These new streaming services may entice you to cut the cord

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Steve Belk is a resident of Houston, Texas. He’s an entrepreneur and he’s also a cord-cutter, i.e., he’s gotten rid of cable TV. He is, in fact, such an avid cord-cutter that he runs the Cut Cable Today website, which offers step-by-step instructions to anyone looking to ditch their cable provider in favor of a streaming device and a handful of services.

“My wife and I were looking at areas to improve our budget and it just made so much sense,” he said. “We didn’t use a significant portion of the channels, we were tired of expiring ‘promotional bundle deals’ that were misleading, and we knew there had to be a better way.”

The setup that they use will sound like nonsensical jargon to those who haven’t delved into this issue much. But it’s actually pretty simple.

“I use a Mohu Leaf 30 Indoor Antenna to pick up all the…

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How do airlines screen pilots for mental health issues?

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In the days since the deadly crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps, one possible cause has come to light: the incident may not have been an accident, according to information gleaned from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder.

According to ABC News, pilot Patrick Sonderheimer can be heard on the cockpit voice recorder asking his co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, to take over the controls, an then leave the cockpit. Shortly thereafter, the plane began an accelerated descent, and Sonderheimer can be heard knocking furiously on the locked cockpit door, demanding to be let back in. There was no response from Lubitz, who could be heard breathing up until the moment of impact.

Lubitz made a “deliberate attempt” to destroy the aircraft, Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin said in a statement Thursday.

The incident raises questions about the psychological screening pilots undergo. In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration

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Where do CEOs with addictions go when they hit bottom?

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Anna David is Editor-in-Chief of RehabReviews.com, a website with reviews of nearly 900 drug rehabilitation facilities. Think of it as a Yelp.com for drug rehabs.

David is also a recovering addict, and she said that in her experience, the CEO with an addiction is by no means a rarity, and neither is the treatment facility catering to his or her needs.

“Rehabs targeting this demographic have started popping up seemingly every second,” she said. “Many of these rehab owners are addicts who got sober, became quite successful as a result, and know exactly how to treat these people, because they are these people.”

These facilities aren’t exactly cheap — David said that at the high end, the $100,000-a-month inpatient facility is not unheard of — but she also said that they’re ideal for easing a chief executive officer into recovery.

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I can use Wi-Fi on my flight. Why can’t black boxes use it too?

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A Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed Tuesday morning in the French Alps, with approximately 150 people on board. In a statement to the press, French President François Hollande articulated the worst fears of the friends and relatives of those on board.

“The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, suggest that there might not be any survivors,” he said.

Now that one of the plane’s black box recorders has been found, authorities stand a better chance of determining what exactly went wrong. These devices document radio transmissions, pilot voices and such information as the plane’s altitude and speed. They are required on all large commercial aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration, and they are often critical to uncovering the cause of a crash.

Despite their importance, black boxes use technology that is hardly state-of-the-art. Older units store data on magnetic tape, and while newer units use…

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