How low will they set the datacaps? What good will 1000mbps be if you hit the ceiling immediately? And how many people does have to be online simultaneously before everyone gets throttled to 512kbps?
JRRM does not write books to make people happy.
My favourite book that he's written was Tuf Voyaging. Far lighter than the Song of Fire and Ice and the endings did make me happy...
the lawyer seeks out the victim
if you ever are the victim of a newsworthy accident/ crime, you will get cold called by a number of lawyers, who want to represent you pro bono
because such cases gild their CV, get their name out there. free advertising
some lawyers, they seek out interesting strange and noteworthy cases only. out of ego, fame, crank cause, adrenaline, hero complex, whatever:
you mean you're a hopeless idealist who think things have to be perfect?
i'm glad you agree we need to get rid of corruption
but i'm mystified how you think the country's obvious success has nothing to do with democracy, however imperfectly implemented
i've been commenting on slashdot for years. there's always this steady drip of comments from grammar (punctuation?) nazis like yourself. do you see me changing or caring?
if you don't like the formatting of my comment, don't read it. i don't owe you anything. you're not paying me
this is an informal comment board, not a doctoral thesis. get over yourself
and that's exactly the next step with a weakened government: corporation owned armies abusing you with no recourse for your rights
oh, i'm making that up? it's science fiction?
By the early 1890s, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than there were members of the standing army of the United States of America.
During the labor strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businessmen hired the Pinkerton Agency to infiltrate unions, supply guards, keep strikers and suspected unionists out of factories, as well as recruiting goon squads to intimidate workers. One such confrontation was the Homestead Strike of 1892, in which Pinkerton agents were called in to reinforce the strikebreaking measures of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, acting on behalf of Andrew Carnegie. The ensuing battle between Pinkerton agents and striking workers led to the deaths of seven Pinkerton agents and nine steelworkers. The Pinkertons were also used as guards in coal, iron, and lumber disputes in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia as well as the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921. The organization was pejoratively called the "Pinks" by its opponents.
now remember dick cheney and his adventure with blackwater
weaken the government and blackwater expands exponentially, and corporate goons are now stepping on your throat: "get back to work slave, i mean citizen. if you have a problem with our enforcement activities, please see the corporation owned courts, or attempt to fight our legion of well-funded lawyers when you can barely get enough to eat, because we've let 'the market decide' your salary"
you look around the world at kleptocracies, warlords, mafias... you really fucking believe government has a monopoly on force?
if there is no government army, it's not suddenly peace and happiness, it's fucking hell
where do you morons come from with your bullshit unexamined beliefs?
we have competing ambulance services here in the usa too
but they will take you to a further away hospital they have financial agreements with (fuck your actual health emergency)
and if you don't have insurance you get a life destroying huge bill (because health insurance is a "choice")
agreed (with the european part, fuck your grammar demands)
you really can't conceive of the simple obvious fact that running all that fiber is fucking expensive?
oh, EUR, euro
you guys understand the concept of a natural monopoly so much better than americans
in the usa we believe letting a rent seeking parasite siphon more money for shoddier service, and buying off our government to keep the arrangement, such as with healthcare, is "capitalism." and anyone who suggests dealing with natural monopolies as they should be dealt with: government control or heavily regulated, as you describe, is "evil socialism"
additionally, no one wants their roads constantly dug up by various companies all the time, or the poles by their house an ugly rats nest of various cables
better: one cable, fractionally leased
as tech improves and one cable means much more bandwidth, government progressively upgrades the single cable, and has more bandwidth to lease
i see that as a half measure but i still approve, it is an improvement over the status quo elsewhere. how expensive is your cable bill?
and that's exactly how wireline should work
government should build and maintain the fiber, and companies should lease it for any and every service, comprehensive or fractional, that the free market commands
the current american system is a fucking joke- there's no competition in wireline because the barrier to entry is too high, it's just too expensive to build the shit
so we have a monopoly. it should be the government that governs it. because letting an economic parasite drain us like a vampire for shoddy service is certainly worse than any criticism you want to level at government, and competition from google isn't coming for another 40-50 years to your town
... whose jobs are dependant on a federal grant getting renewed.
A recent GAO report said that $106 BILLION was spent by the US government through 2010 on global warming research. If you figure that was through the end of 2010, that was still 4 years ago, so the number is now much larger.
That number absolutely dwarfs even the imagined amount of money that fossil fuel companies have been accused of spending in campaigns against "climate change". I mean it's easily more than 2 orders of magnitude larger.
Even scientists are human, and they are smart enough to know which side of their bread the butter is on.