I completely agree. I find two party systems encourage going negative. It doesn't matter how bad you make yourself look when attacking the other party, as long as you make them look worse.
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but we keep having to telling them there's no demand for it. I mean can't they understand that there's no business case for it if none of customers want it. Oh wait...
You don't pay for "X bandwidth" on home internet connections, you pay for a particular type of connection with a theoretical maximum that the provider makes quite clear a) you may never actually reach (eg: due to unavoidable technical limitations like distance from the exchange) and b) they are under no obligation to deliver at all, let alone constantly.
And I'd be totally happy with that if ISP's were required to advertise their oversell ratio right next to their maximum speed and be legally held to that oversell ratio. That way, when deciding which ISP to sign up with, I can compare them on that basis.
If that's too much government intervention then at least make the ISP's publish their current oversell ratio, so that you can decide to drop them if it starts to suck too much.
AMD does not recommend pouring liquid nitrogen on your head or on your friend's head...
Unless, of course, your friend works at Intel.
If I'm willing to pay the money to power my appliance, and the power company is making a profit off me, who exactly is losing?>
Joe Next Door loses when electricity rates go up in reponse to the increased electricity demand. They likely won't come down until years after a new generation plant is built to pay off the cap-ex. So your increase in demand is being subsidized by your Joe Next Door paying more for the same amount of electricity, or by his reduction in electricity use to maintain the same agregate demand.
Seriously, it's the magic of the invisible hand that issues like that are taken care of.
In this case, the pressure to improve power efficiency would have been delayed while waiting for the invisible hand to stop scratching its ass.
On the broader issue of global warming, waiting for the invisible hand to correct the market is a non-starter. By the time market pressures build enough for people to notice, the damage has been done. The damage needs to be done (ie population reduction due to decreased food production) for there to be a market pressure.