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Comment: Ahem... (Score 1) 2219

by BLKMGK (#46193537) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

At work i don't login and was one of those "just 25%" who got redirected to your "beta". I read the site for tech news at work and I especially read the comments to gain additional insight. Your beta was such a steaming pile I stopped reading it completely at work and stuck to reading it at home registered.

The comments were spread out, there was a ton more whitespace EVERYWHERE, it was hard on the eyes. the moment I found out there was a way to direct to the old classic style I did it! If you shove anything that looks like that down our throats again I'll leave for good - just like I did Digg and just like I've left other sites. I don't read the site for ads, I don't even read it for the most up to date articles because you are ALWAYS behind. I get the most out of the insightful comments that often show up from people who have knowledge in areas i don't or who have different thoughts that I've not been exposed to. Stop fucking that up idiots! This is like someone woke up from a nightmare and wrote Unity or Metro for Slashdot - seriously?! I don't use any of those either and for good reasons not simply because new is difficult - it's not...

Comment: Re: Obligatory car analogy (Score 1) 338

by BLKMGK (#46070953) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

We currently have shit for bandwidth, many people want way more bandwidth and could argue they need more bandwidth NOW much less in the future. Billions? How about the money already given to these companies by our Govt. actually be used for rolling it out? The Govt. and the people, except apparently for you, recognize that bandwidth offers opportunity and innovation. I will point out, again, that if everyone had your attitude we'd still be using 2400baud modems to download ASCII p0rn instead of streaming HD movies from Netflix. Were it not for bandwidth Netflix simply wouldn't have the business opportunity that they have now. You apparently think that all of these opportunities are done and gone despite what Google is doing - wake up.

Other countries are already doing this - we are FAR from the top of the heap when it comes to availability much less bandwidth. I spoke to someone just tonight from Finland who told me that network access was as much a critical utility as water where she's from. Our attitudes, and yes your's, are all wrong. If there's fail here it's you.

Done feeding the troll now O/

Comment: Re: Obligatory car analogy (Score 1) 338

by BLKMGK (#46065395) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Google is doing it, DOCSIS 3 gets us 300+Mbps, and FIOS has made some inroads with fiber into the home - I have it. Other countries are doing it too albeit with more density.

My point was that it CAN and would be utilized and that there IS a point for rolling it out. If we all took the attitude of "good enough" I'd still be listening to a 2400baud modem making connections.

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 1) 338

by BLKMGK (#46065169) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Interesting, you say it's for metal detection the other guy says it's for being charged by RF and is continuous. Someone ain't right. Regardless, once the cable goes in the ground, is attached to a house, is strung on a wire, and is then left alone - shit happens. One would hope the original installer did it right (I've seen some FIOS installs...) but after he leaves? Jimmy Bob does who knows what and might even just bury some Romex on top of your cable :-) Hell I've actually SEEN guys use ductape to secure ladders before climbing to some pretty decent heights and couldn't help but shake my head. In my area code inspectors actually got into a heated argument about how best to run power to an outbuilding I was having constructed. My contractor simply excused himself, allowed them to continue, and we had it inspected with the bare minimum to pass. Right after they left we had a licensed electrician run it the way he best knew how and called it a day - they haven't seen it since or the double handful of circuits I added once the box was in. "Code" has to take into account freaky things and while it's extremely possible this was simple stupidity of them treating glass like copper it's also possible they've seen things and decided to protect against them. Code seldom ever sits still either, it seems ot be ever changing and fluid plus it varies from locale to locale

Comment: Re:Obligatory car analogy (Score 3, Insightful) 338

by BLKMGK (#46064853) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

What bitrate are those "1080p" videos at? Oh, I thought so.

Imagine having that 1Gb connection. Imagine that you can't use it all but that you can do anything you want with it. do you think maybe you might sit down and ponder, that you might try to imagine better ways to use it? Cloud backup service is obvious and done. Video is done and being done. Keep going. Just sit and use your imagination and I suspect that you will eventually think of something new that cannot be done now with existing normal bandwidth. Maybe it's something silly, maybe it's something crazy, maybe it turns out to be something life changing.

THAT is why we need to have bandwidth well over and above what we have now. We need to have enough that people sit down and think up new ways to use, innovate, maybe find a way to save a life or help another. We've done this with CPU and GPU for a long time, disk space too. My first HDD was 40MEG and nearly the size of a shoebox. Suppose way back then someone had spoken as you have and decided that we would never need more and was listened to. We need to bring fuel for dreams and imagination - right now we're WELL behind the curve for that...

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 1) 338

by BLKMGK (#46064825) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

I don't know too many geeks with just one device though. Between streaming services (ick), games, VPNs to friend's homes to share media and do backups, and all sorts of other things I think I'd really really enjoy Gig internet. I also think I probably wouldn't be saturating that and I'm okay with that. I think I'd be looking for ways to host interesting things, perhaps interactive things. I can certainly see where having THAT much bandwidth would drive all sorts of new innovation and applications as people tried harder and harder to find uses for it. I think we could really use that!

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 1) 338

by BLKMGK (#46064787) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Metal tracer is conductive - no? While the equipment it may be attached to is low voltage there's no telling what's likely to happen later. Nails driven through it - and a high voltage conductor. Rubbing against high power cables. Stuck in conduit that rubs it and then somehow gets energized. Weird. Shit. Happens. People do stupid stuff, go lookup some of the redneck repair sites to see what i mean. Some of the shit is dangerous and downright scary. One of my faves that actually worked was a guy who built a contraption for his BBQ grill that he used to heat his POOL. Seriously. You can't fix stupid and while that might not exactly be the worlds biggest example I would put forth that people do some weird shit and it's better to be prepared than get electrocuted or have your house burn down because of it if possible...

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 1) 338

by BLKMGK (#46064685) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Years ago while awaiting a position on a contract with my employer I was using a workstation and decided to download some large files from Lotus. I started several file downloads at once and though nothing of it until I noticed that my mouse was acting jittery and weird. When I investigated I found out why - the download was hitting the computer so damned hard that HDD light was solid and the computer was choking on the download. I quickly stopped one of them and then marveled as the first continued to download at speeds I had NEVER seen before. Honestly I was stunned that Lotus had that kind of capacity and really surprised that my employer was letting ME suck up so much of it. I never asked what our pipe looked like but it was a pretty big employer and we were situated in an area where getting fat pipes was possible but wow I'd never seen that before or since. Sadly I don't recall the numbers and if I did I'd probably be depressed to find I do as well at home now or something even if I can't manage to stress any of my computers :-)

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