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Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 2) 281

Sooo... your evaluation of S/O/L (heh, cute) Office is based upon how they convert to and from proprietary formats created and designed by other developers? Out of curiosity, any complaints involving files created in their native formats, used exclusively with their respective suites?

I've tried to support a mixed Open Office/MS Office shop, and yeah, it was a pain. But, if something was going to stay entirely within one sphere or the other, no problems.

Comment: Re:Er... (Score 2) 259

by ReverendLoki (#46307371) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

Not only that, but they are willing to let you pay that install fee in monthly installments, over the course of a year, no financing fees involved.

That's $300 up front, or $25/month for one year, after which you have guaranteed 6 more years of free service. If you want to break it down, that's around $3.57 a month of the course of this agreement. AND there were NPO's offering to help people offset even that much.

Comment: Re:Dynamics (Score 2) 390

by ReverendLoki (#46151363) Attached to: Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

Until someone sends every car a rogue "Look out you're about to crash!" signal, and every car hits the brakes as hard as they can. Then you get to find who has sub-par brakes, and who doesn't have a smart vehicle yet (or maybe who circumvented it).

Would emergency vehicles have this as well? I can see not implementing it in police vehicles (might need to ram, or otherwise contact another vehicle in the course of duty), or Fire or EMS vehicle. They would then be susceptible to this sort of thing (when the car in front gets the rogue signal, not them).

Comment: Re:munis are broke (Score 3, Informative) 430

by ReverendLoki (#46119901) Attached to: Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

Have you seen the scale of rates being charged? They are charging $300 for the fiber install, which they are even willing to finance at 0% interest over a year ($25 a month!), and if you do nothing else, you get a FREE 5 Mbps connection. If you opt for the full connection, they waive the install fee, and then give you 1 GBps down AND up for $70. In addition, they are providing free gigabit service to schools, libraries and hospitals.

And what is the city giving in return? An expedited permit process, and only charging half as much per pole to connect. How is this a bad deal for the city or it's constituents?

Comment: Re:BWAHAHAHAHA! (Score 3, Insightful) 430

by ReverendLoki (#46119697) Attached to: Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

You make your sarcastic comments, but where I am, it's getting very very competitive here. Hell, recently TWC bumped us up from 2 to 10 Mbps for free. Also gave us free HBO (not an introductory offer, just plain free), and offered to give us a wifi point (already covered, but still).

Of course, I'm in KCMO, in a section where Google Fiber isn't yet, but is imminently on its way, but I'm sure that's completely irrelevant, and does not undermine the cableco's competitiveness message in any way at all.

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 3, Interesting) 338

This is why Google is rolling out to KC, Provo and Austin. I know in KC, the city agreed to streamline and cut a deal on government costs on rolling out the hardware - less giving "big business" a break, and more taking the course of action that's best for it's citizens, really. I believe Provo and Austin have done similar, and if I recall, Provo even had a small, existing fiber rollout in place to start from.

Comment: The Boulevard Drive-In in the Kansa City metro (Score 1) 236

by ReverendLoki (#44606853) Attached to: The Death of the American Drive-in

One drive in here, the Boulevard Drive-In, has the 4K digital projectors, and claims to be the first drive in to do so. It is doing great business, with one screen, occasionally running theme nights, and engaging with the community. It is definitely worth checking it out if you are in the area.

There are 2 more drive-ins in the metro (one news report claimed this was the most active drive-in in any major metro today, but I never saw any substantiation for it); the Twin Drive In, which has two screens of course, and is fairly nice and in a remote, peaceful location, and the I-70 Drive-In, has 4 screens, and last time I went there many years ago, was a festering hole. I really want to go back to the Boulevard soon, and I'd like to go to the Twin again sometime, though it can probably use some updating.

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