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Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 2) 497

by jratcliffe (#47937691) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Yes, but you can easily set your device to wipe after 10 incorrect passcode entries. So, what this really means (assuming that Apple's statements are true) is that, in the event the police want access to your iDevice, their only option (unless they're willing to play 1000:1 odds) is to get the passcode from you.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 323

by jratcliffe (#47937633) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

The reason you don't think it's even close to a two way street is precisely due to the fact that the necessities of rural living are subsidized.

If they weren't, cost of living would skyrocket... and suddenly, all natural resources would be unaffordable to most people in urban areas.

This fundamentally doesn't make any sense. Say current subsidies to rural areas are $X. Those are clearly enough to get people to live there, work in agriculture, mining, etc. If the subsidies went away, then prices for some goods would rise, but they wouldn't rise by, in aggregate, any more than $X, by definition.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 323

by jratcliffe (#47937281) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

$60k/home, 24 people, 3 mile radius. So, that's $1.44M to build out. 3 mile radius is about 28 square miles. Even if that minimum commitment was only 10% of the homes in that area, you're talking (at about 2.5 people per home) about only roughly 21 people per square mile. That's very rural. Typical suburban density is more like 2500 people per square mile.

Comment: Re:For the sake of perspective...... (Score 1) 323

by jratcliffe (#47937177) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Google Fiber is only building in VERY specific locations, with optimal physical characteristics (either all aerial plant, or ground that's easy to trench through), with optimal density, with optimal income levels. They're cherry-picking aggressively (which is the perfectly reasonable thing to do). Google Fiber certainly isn't talking about overbuilding areas which are rural enough to qualify for USF subsidies.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 323

by jratcliffe (#47937111) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Rural areas often subside things like mass transit through regional governments as well so it's a bit of a two way street.

It's not even close to a two way street. Urban areas massively subsidize rural areas, even just in transport, and even after you include the very modest subsidies for public transit. Roads are funded with gas taxes, which are related to miles driven.

Comment: Re:well, duh? (Score 1) 323

by jratcliffe (#47937037) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Fiber builds cost, in urban and suburban areas, about $600-700/home passed, plus $200 or more for each house you actually connect to it. Somewhat less, if it's all overhead plant, a LOT more if it's underground plant. In rural areas, fiber build costs can easily reach $3k per home passed.

Comment: Re:Comcast says this never happened. (Score 3, Informative) 418

by jratcliffe (#47912935) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

For the copyright alert notices, they're just forwarding on notices from the copyright holder, when the copyright holder says "hey, IP address XYZ is downloading Captain America." Comcast just sends on the notice to whomever has IP XYZ (or had it at the time in question).

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