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Comment Re:Music industry is sooo fucked... (Score 1) 173

The big labels are doing fine, with record album sales.

While I agree about the challenges around streaming, pay by the track, and piracy, where are you getting the idea that album sales are at records?

Album sales (including album downloads) are down by nearly 65% from their peak around 2000.

Comment Re:Defensive action (Score 1) 549

2) I had a girlfriend driving in stop-and-go traffic on a rural street, light turns green, but the second we cleared the intersection traffic slowed again, and the driver behind us didn't notice. She crept forward close to the service truck in front of us to try to give a little more space, but to no avail, the driver behind us hit us anyways, and pushed us into the truck. The driver who hit us paid for our damage, but my girlfriend was at fault for hitting the truck... "Why" you ask??? Because the space in front of you is the safety buffer to prevent multiple car accidents when there doesn't need to be.

Interesting, because my personal experience is the exact opposite. On the highway, incident ahead, driver in front of me brakes sharply, I do too. He stops in time, I stop in time, guy behind me doesn't, hits me, and pushes me into the car in front of me. Driver behind me was liable for the damage to my vehicle AND the vehicle in front of me. Certainly helped that the driver in front of me testified that I had come to a full stop before I was pushed forward, hitting his car.

Comment Re:"Per capita?" (Score 1) 285

Note that, absent immigration, US population is declining.

No, it's not. It's just not true, not even close. Natural increase (i.e. births minus deaths) is still positive, and is expected (by the Census) to remain so through their entire forecast period (through 2060). Natural increase is also currently a bigger source of population growth than net immigration.* By 2023, the Census expects immigration to exceed natural increase as a source of growth.

*And yes, the Census figures include both legal and illegal immigration.

See table 1 at the below link:

Comment Re:Big but price has stalled (Score 5, Informative) 195

"The price-per-gig on the EVO model comes out to around $0.40/GB, which is where SSD prices have more or less been stalled for a few years now."

Really? A few years?

The 850 EVO 500GB is currently $162 at Amazon (0.32/GB). In December, it was $252 (0.50/GB).

That's a nearly 40% decline in six months.

I'm getting 500GB SSDs today for what I was paying for 250GB drives a bit over a year ago.

Comment Re:So, what was the nature of this agreement? (Score 1) 123

Nope, the city didn't pay Verizon any money. In fact, Verizon pays about 5% of their TV revenue to the city as a franchise fee.

The city did provide something valuable to Verizon, however: the right to offer TV service in NYC (along with Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, and RCN). Verizon wanted that, and agreed to buildout requirements as part of their franchise agreements to get it.

Comment Re:Undefined or ambiguous language (Score 2) 123

It's not, and there's a lot of debate between the city and Verizon about how much of the homes that don't have FiOS service available are because of buildings not letting Verizon in vs. Verizon not doing the work.

It's not easy to install FTTH in a high-rise building, particularly an pre-war building, which probably has riser space designed for enough wiring for a couple hundred watts of lightbulbs and a fridge, along with a single phone line, in a two bedroom apartment.

In my building, which is post-war, the crews had to drill two 4" wide holes in each floor by the laundry area on each floor to run the conduit to get the fiber up to the apartments. Took better part of six months from starting the process to bringing up service.

Comment Re:So, what was the nature of this agreement? (Score 1) 123

There's zero exclusivity in the franchise agreement. Anybody can get one (who can show the financial wherewithal, etc.). The city does have the ability to decide who gets to offer TV service in NYC, and, since Verizon wanted that right (non-exclusively), they had to sign a franchise agreement.

Google could get a franchise agreement in NYC tomorrow if they wanted to, but they'd have to agree to terms like Verizon's, which include passing all the homes in NYC, not just those in certain areas.

Comment Re:Shocking... (Score 2) 123

"I'm so tired of your snarky half wise/idiot dipshits that enter every discussion, make some stupid comment that you think is clever, and then when challenged you run away thinking you accomplished something."

You clearly spend a lot of time looking in a mirror. Look, if you want to believe that there's a huge amount of empty space running under Manhattan streets, just waiting to be wired with fiber, be my guest. You're also welcome to believe that the main problem is dealing with the CHUDs down there. Both beliefs are equally true.

If you want to think that the primary cost of network deployment is the license, not the fiber (which is cheap) or the labor (which is NOT), let me pose one question to you then: Google has deployed minimal amounts of fiber, in markets where construction and deployment is much cheaper than in NYC, and where they have all the licenses. Are they just idiots, who don't have your understanding of network and construction economics?

Finally, one more question for you: do you understand the difference between the license needed to run fiber and the franchise agreement needed to offer TV service on the fiber you've run? Because it doesn't sound like you understand that there's a difference, with one being much more complicated to get than the other.

Comment Re:Shocking... (Score 2) 123

In new york there is PLENTY of room in the conduits to run as much cable as people could possibly want to run.

Really? How interesting. You really need to call up Verizon, AT&T, Level 3, Cogent, etc. etc. etc. and let them know about these hugely extensive empty conduits under NYC, since they'd love to make use of them.

The reality is that the conduits are often totally fully, requiring extensive reroutes (many date from the late 1890s). There's also a lot of dead cable in there (providers who went belly up, or old copper phone lines), but getting to the conduits to clear that out usually requires ripping up the streets. In addition, there's a natural reluctance to rip out cables unless they're known to be dead, as nobody likes getting their phone service cut off.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]