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Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 1) 494

OK if that's what you meant then bad choice of verbs. To break something is to, "separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain". You want to use break then something like "break the power of the cable companies... either through ___ or through ___".

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 494

That's not technically a T1 it is bonded DSL at 1536kbs. What makes DSL cheap is that it isn't going direct back to the CO but is shared. If it isn't shared, then why not bond it and deliver it as an actual T1. I'd assume they don't intend to meet the SLAs. Certainly though bonding up lots of inexpensive connections can make for a so-so to good but not great internet at terrific price point.

Comment: Re:This is because of net neutrality (Score 1) 494

Rules not allowing differences in rates between residential customers prevent cable companies from recouping their investment effectively on more remote connections. They also don't allow apartment owners to do things like offer cable as an amenity for 1/2 of what it would cost to buy.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 494

No on what you said, yes on what you meant. It is either or. T1 is a specific standard of how you use analog copper. VDSL is another way to use copper. So it is either / or for the telco. However... those high frequency DSL signals won't make it to the LEC, he's likely too far for VSDL2 to work.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 494

The business license is no big deal. And the $600 / mo / 1.5m is probably reducible with an agent. So something like $250 / mo or 5mbs for $600 if he prices out different options.

That isn't highway robbery though. While there is lots of old copper at 24 lines per 1.5mbs offering people good modern bandwidth chews up a ton. Say 88mbs is 56*24 lines. It is a limited resource.

Comment: buy business not consumer class (Score 1) 494

It is tough with inaccurate broadband maps. The government site is terrible. People really need to confirm.

First off he needs to get an agent this is not something that an individual is going to be able to successfully navigate easily though it is possible. This Seth guy doesn't seem to really understand what he's doing which is understandable but he's in over his head. The article mentions he is 1/2 mile away from Comcast's access point. That's going to be an expensive buildout, the $50k-60k he's objecting to sounds right. That doesn't mean that Comcast might not eat a percentage of the cost for example neighbors also want broadband.

There may also be other fiber near him, for example that CenturyLink fiber. If he's marked as on net there may be another access point for Comcast near him (for example fiber that Comcast is selling to a 3rd party provider who might thus be able to give him access)

His comment about XO at $600 / mo being exorbitant is crazy. If there is no fiber in the neighborhood then the internet over bundled copper (which the article doesn't say they are doing but XO specializes in and makes sense given they started with a T1 quote) seems reasonable. Again he might be able to bring that down by engaging an agent to something like $200 / mo / 1.5mbs but he's not getting 50mbs for $50 / mo other a copper bundle.

Comment: Payouts and application revenue (Score 1) 259

by jbolden (#49339939) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

The main thing that's happened is that simple horizontal applications are approaching a price of $0. The answer is don't code simple horizontal applications if you are looking to make money. That doesn't mean the whole model is broken but that there is massive oversupply of particular types of applications.

Apple app store payouts are about $5b growing at a rate of about $1b / year. I'm having a hard time seeing a medium sized and rapidly growing revenue stream as not existing. It is absolutely concentrated though that's true. Where it isn't concentrated is money from vertical and custom applications which far exceed the app store payouts.

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