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Comment: Re:Why? Because... (Score 1) 535

That's not DSL, it's "Uverse". And it's not "cable" (i.e. coax), it's twisted-pair phone service.

In a nutshell, traditionally there are three types of wire carrying three different services: power (large braided steel/aluminium/copper), phone (24-32awg copper pair), and cable (coax) Thanks to modern technologies, all three can be used to carry data ("the internet".) Thanks to additional technologies, both phone and tv are now "data", and thus, can be fed over any of those common wires. However, the point remains -- You have ONE power utility, ONE phone utility, and ONE cable utility. You don't have 5 power companies, 19 telcos, and 17 cable companies spidering various cables all over creation to millions of consumers. In the "last mile", there is very little competition. If you want to sell me DSL, you WILL be paying AT&T, because they own the local lines.

Comment: Re:Why? Because... (Score 1) 535

Really? How many cable operators are available to your house? VERY few places in the US have more than one. You have "competition" in the form of technology -- one company per: cable, dsl, powerline -- but that's all. And it's very far from any meaningful motivator. Healthy competition means the barriers to entry are not 9000 miles high and dripping with ebola. Wanna build your own Super Awesome Cable Co? Sorry, prohibited by franchise agreement. Wanna run your own fiber/copper network? I hope you've budgeted many millions for lawyers, because you *will* be spending *years* in courts before you get to bury the first foot.

And before you bring up satellite and cellular... Satellite is the internet tech of the ninth level of hell; it's a serious punishment. Cellular is exceedingly expensive.

Comment: Re:Not faultless (Score 1) 535

Comcast isn't a "utility", and they don't give a shit who owns the property. For residential service, you'll get no "contract"; they can (and often do) drop the order. For business service, you can get an actual contract, but read it carefully as there will almost always be wiggle room to get them out of it.

Comment: Re:homeowner fail (Score 1) 535

Or, perhaps, going to the prospective new home and looking for signs of cable access . If there's no coax cable running into (and to various places within) the house, odds are it's not serviceable. Looking on the poles and along streets for signs of Comcast infrastructure also isn't f'ing difficult. It's as if this guy did the entire transaction "over the internet".

CenturyLink's refusal to provide service should've been disclosed up-front. It's not like they ran out of ports in the time between his call(s) and moving in.

Comment: Re:And how, exactly, are they going to do that? (Score 1) 296

by Cramer (#49297379) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

Right. And everyone is supposed to declare the actual value of the item crossing the border. I laugh every time I get something at work from outside the country; that SSL crypto card is "$100", and the "web server" it goes in "$2000". "Value for customs only. Not for sell" No shit!

Comment: Re:And how, exactly, are they going to do that? (Score 1) 296

by Cramer (#49297301) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

they will chase it back to the day it was made

And Cisco will enter the serial number in their portal -- btw, used to be, anyone could lookup any serial number, only a Cisco Employee would be able to see who owns it, 'tho. That search will show it was sold to IBM: "we sold it to IBM in 1992. Go ask them how restricted technology ended up on eBay."

(Shit happens. Remember the F-16 parts that ended up on eBay? The only way to know what they were, and that they were classified/restricted, was to look up the random-looking "part no.". (do you have the parts manifest for an F16?) To you, me, and apparently the junk recycler who put it on eBay, it's an ancient circuit board with some scrap discrete parts on it.)

Comment: Re:Why not just deliver it yourself? (Score 1) 296

by Cramer (#49297181) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

Exactly. They already pay numerous companies to do this. (Smartnet warehouses and couriers. Only in RTP or SJC are you likely to ever get anything direct from Cisco -- and the one time Cisco-proper replaced something of mine, it's because the RTP lab had the only one left [cat2926])

Comment: Re:Or we just stop buying Cisco. (Score 1) 296

by Cramer (#49297087) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

If you're going to go to the used market -- esp. for stuff the vendor (Cisco) will no longer support, there are plenty of non-cisco options as well. Bottom-line, YOU are more familiar with Cisco tech, so that's what you're using. But yes, it will be easy for anyone to come along after you that knows Cisco as well. (the same is true of Juniper, Brocade, Fortinet, etc.)

Comment: Re:How much to become a sensitive customer? (Score 1) 296

by Cramer (#49297003) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

Enjoy your flight(s) to and from Mexico, Malaysia, etc. Very little of Cisco's gear is made in the USA.

But yes, a "retail" market for these things would make it virtually impossible to target anyone. Having to intercept every shipment to Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, etc. would be a major pain in the ass, and their tampering would become very apparent. (by retail, I mean a place where you take it off the shelf yourself. Any mail order, and it's back to the NSA being able to get it before it reaches you.)

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.