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Would you watch professional sports on TV if there were no spectators in the are   The Real You: Personality Poll

Started May-30 by Showtalk; 607 views.
Showtalk

Poll Question From Showtalk

May-30

Would you watch professional sports on TV if there were no spectators in the arena?
  • Yes, I'm craving sports2  votes
    16%
  • It depend on which teams are playing4  votes
    33%
  • Only if my local team is playing0  votes
    0%
  • No, they need some fans, even if they are social distancing1  vote
    8%
  • No, I will wait until stadiums are full again0  votes
    0%
  • No, I will wait to watch live sports in person0  votes
    0%
  • Other5  votes
    41%
Yes, I'm craving sports 
It depend on which teams are playing 
Only if my local team is playing 
No, they need some fans, even if they are social distancing 
No, I will wait until stadiums are full again 
No, I will wait to watch live sports in person 
Other 

Other. It has been a couple of decades since I watched professional sports. Once it went from free broadcast TV to nearly everything on ESPN, it's "gone dark" for me because the last time I had cable was 1981 when they wired the dormitory

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Jun-1

Right now, no one is watching professional sports.

Showtalk said:

Right now, no one is watching professional sports.

Of course the mainstream people aren't because there really aren't any professional sports happening. But as for me, I haven't really watched in decades, so it's kind of like the tree that falls in a forest and no one was there to hear it, and no electronics were present to capture a sound on audio either.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-1

No, if you don’t have transmission. But you do have online access to get here, so technically you have streaming capability.

Yeah, but <whiny skinflint cheapskate voice> but it costs more moneeeeeyyyy :)

and more realistically, my internet connection at the house has slowly gone from about 650 kB/s all the way to yesterday barely 8 kB/s, but when I downloaded some stuff remotely from one of the computers there, it uploads at a solid 650. Uploading remotely showed the download speed at the house to fluctuate between about 50 kB/s up to about 230 kB/s.

And I finally had to tell Filezilla to abort the connection and reconnect through the VPN tunnel again, because just pushing a small text based log file from here to the house had bogged down and stalled after moving maybe 50 kbytes total.

So I finally just gave up and pushed it to the notebook here, and I'll haul the notebook home and transfer everything at the full 11 MB/s via the LAN when I get there rather than anything through the internet itself.

I half joke that it's so slow because all of the new neighbors are reading their Fa(k)ebook and Instagram feed while the teenagers upstairs are secretly going to pornhub, and all of them essentially share bandwidth in the same microwave beams that make up that entire slice of spectrum allocated for 5.6 ghz terrestrial links from one tower in town.

When I first set it all up, there were only 2 people subscribing out that far. Now there's maybe between 50 and 100 households, and a lot of those houses that were built (little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky) intrude into the Freznel zone, where microwave divergence strikes terrain and reflects, creating multi-path signal fading.

Same for other friends of mine in outlying rural areas but where Odessa or Midland have towers peeking above the horizon.

At least one family I've talked with, actually has a large commercial building in the line of sight between them and the tower, some 5.2 miles away, where it adds a worst case scenario to the normal curvature of the earth problem.

I'd show a flat earther some of the challenges of making a microwave link work, which specifically involves the curvature of the earth being quite a headache over as little as 3 or 4 miles. But he'd probably come up with an alternative delusional "explanation".

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-1

Yes, you need better access.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-1

I don't own a telly, so I voted other.  If the Braves are on the radio, I will definitely listen.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-1

Do you not want a television and actively avoided getting one or did you just never got around to buying one?  That is very unusual.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-1

I just got bored with it and gave it up about 20 years ago.  Gave the one I had to Goodwill.

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