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I also had a problem, while on Comcast, where my computer waking up from hibernation would not be able to resolve DNS for several minutes. I'd be able to ping numeric IP addresses including Google's DNS servers, which I'd set the machine to use. But it would be several minutes before I could resolve names. That problem went away completely when I switched off Comcast.
So I'm getting gigabit speeds for $59 a month from an ISP that doesn't have the reputation for fuckery that your ISP probably does. Seems worth it to me.
These days you don't see the same hype around microkernals that you did back then. So we should probably warn the HURD team: If your boner for microkernals lasts more than 25 years, you should probably consult a physician.
I hardly ever go for AAA titles anymore. I'd much rather spend $20 or less on an indy title. If it turns out to be shit, I'm not out that much and my hit-to-miss ratio tends to be a whole lot better. I've gotten some remarkably good games that way. I think I've still put more time into Dwarf Fortress than the rest of my steam library combined. It has simple, nethack-style ASCII graphics and tends to bog down two or three years into one of the gigantic fortresses I like to dig out, but it's sill a ridiculous amount of fun.