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Comment: Re:The basics... (Score 5, Informative) 324

Comcast in our area was willing to run the line to an office if we paid for the cost of running the line. At the time they needed a new distribution hub with it so the cost was $60k+. 2 years later they changed their tune and did it for free in return for a 2 or 3 year business class internet contract.

Chances are good you'd need a hub in your subdivision so it isn't like running a single cable and daisychaining the houses will work. If you can get commitments from enough of the neighbors however, you may be able to get somewhere with the company. 10 homes wanting $100/mo cable+internet adds up to $1200/mo and $14,400/yr. That might get them interested. 5 of you wanting $40/mo Internet only isn't likely to get them interested.

Comment: Apparently their staff are expendable (Score 1) 107

by aaronmd (#45711701) Attached to: Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network

“We have built the TOCs in separate locations to ensure redundancy in the case of a natural disaster or man-made incident,” says Frohwerk. “Should the Adler TOC go down, we would simply send the next shift to the Sochi TOC and carry on.”

So if a TOC is blown up, they'll just send the next shift to the other TOC and continue? Ummmm....

+ - Kickstarter: The Enormous Potential of Fiber Optic Art->

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aaronmd (314035) writes "A project that marries the beauty of art and technology for the purpose of promoting healing and a more positive environment. From the Kickstarter page:

What Inspired this Project
In a recent solo exhibition of my work in Cologne, we discovered that these light installations had an unexpected effect on the viewers. Throughout the month long exhibit, people would come into the gallery and stay for hours. They didn’t want to talk to the curator, or hear about the artist, they just wanted to sit and look. Many returned multiple times to the exhibit, again quietly just “being” with the light installations.

This is not a typical reaction to exhibits; statistically viewers observe artwork for an average of 30 seconds.I was intrigued with this reaction to my work and have spent the last 18 months searching for a cause.Is it the imagery? Is it the lighting? Or is it a combination of both that triggered the reaction of sitting quietly for long stretches of time, essentially "calming" the viewer?

Promoting Healing with Art + Light

The results have been fascinating. Research shows that there are measurable physiological effects from both art and light that could explain the effect of "calming" that we witnessed during the solo exhibit in Cologne. This is why it is important for us to get this work installed where we can further test this work in healthcare settings."

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