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Comment: Recent claims by whom? (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by Swampash (#47942775) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

What a load of PC "humans are the only baddies in the world" bollocks.

Chimpanzees have a well documented history of intra-group hierarchical violence, violence against females and extra-group murdering raids. This is nothing new. Anthropologists have known this stuff for decades.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 288

by uncqual (#47937941) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Fabulous. But note that the FCC didn't need to tax someone in the Bronx for the needs of a business in Minnesota since Minnesota residents seem to have decided it's in their best interests, due to their demographics, to pay taxes (I assume taxes are involved here given how you worded it) for infrastructure to give their businesses a competitive advantage over businesses in other states. A family in the Bronx might feel that the money is better spent on local schools (and, they would probably be right) and can choose to tax themselves for that.

(Of course, if Minnesota's premise is correct, these lines should probably be paid for via a revenue bond that the farmers pay -- if it increases sales enough to be worthwhile, the cost of paying of the bonds would be more than offset by increased profits).

Comment: Re:I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 288

by uncqual (#47937703) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

I'm curious how much of a premium individuals are willing to pay for 1gbs vs. 100mbs. I have slightly greater than 100mbs down and I don't think I would pay $5 a month more for 1gbs down although I only have about 20 mbs up and would pay $5 a month to increase that to 100mbs (it would make my online backups faster).

I suspect few households would pay much extra for 1gbs which suggests it's not that important. The primary use for 1gbs seems to be entertainment in large households who want multiple concurrent high quality video streams -- that doesn't strike me as a national priority (and, if it is, shouldn't we be subsidizing 55" 4K TVs and Hulu and Netflix for everyone as well?).

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 288

by uncqual (#47937551) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

If these rural areas need broadband to prosper and they pay for it themselves, then the cost of minerals or timber from that area may go up infinitesimally. If that pushes mineral or timber costs higher than somewhere else (including transport costs), then harvesting minerals or timber wasn't really a viable business there anyway. Mining and timber companies don't need more government subsidies and I don't see why a telephone user in an inner city two thousand miles away should subsidize building mansions for Larry Ellison or Bill Gates via keeping timber or concrete artificially cheap.

Comparing federal level taxes/subsidies to regional is comparing apples to BMWs. If voters in a regional area decide they want to subsidize the outlying areas for some reason, that's much more acceptable as residents in those areas are best able to judge what their needs are. They may decide a new hospital is more important than broadband for every cabin in the woods and if they decide the broadband is more important, they can set rules for the subsidies that make sense for their geography and demographics.

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