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Comment Re:As if T-Mobile can really serve LTE ? (Score 1) 116

California is a big place. I get LTE in the all the major cities and most of the smaller ones along the I-5 corridor. You won't get it in the boonies, though; LTE is fast but not good for wide-area coverage.

The problem is, when you don't get LTE, you also mostly don't get HSDPA. Because T-Mobile's coverage is so shit, you're lucky if you can get EDGE. Which, by the way, doesn't work either. You cannot actually load a webpage over it. Ask me how I know.

Comment Re: Documentary on Netflix (Score 1) 22

Oh, you mean LiveScript 2.0? They didn't buy it from someone, they just copied someone else. I'll give you half of that one. If you can come up with another half you'll really have something. But you're just engaging in typical Microsoft-fanboy revisionism; it was Netscape's LiveScript that actually made dynamic webpages possible. Creating Xmlhttprequest was Microsoft's way of attacking Netscape.

Comment Re:I'm not mad about the subsidies (Score 1) 160

They probably need the money to do the job. But they should have a tiered roll-out plan, and they should get the money in portions as the roll-out proceeds, not all at once. Maybe it is already planned that way, I don't know. Did not RTFA, am not new here

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 160

That's what bothers me... you move out to the country, you can get a really nice, big house and large piece of property for a lot less than you'd pay in or near a city. If you want broadband, use some of the money you saved moving out to the middle of nowhere to get it.

Your tiny little view of the world from the pinprick through your blinders is pathetic and shortsighted. We had a program to extend POTS to rural customers because of the benefits to society. The benefits of extending the internet are even greater, but because you can't see any farther than the end of your nose, you're more concerned about your paltry share of this bit of cash than about far more egregious uses of your taxes... like bombing brown people for profit.

Of all the expenditures you could complain about, rural internet is about the dumbest.

Now, if you want to complain that this money is probably just going right down a toilet, or that nobody should receive subsidies for installing some slow-ass third-world internet connections, I'm right there with you. But having lived in both the city and country, I don't see why you would even be worried about whether we spend some money to bring modern communications to all citizens, unless you're in favor of it.

We in the country have to subsidize your roads in the city, since we drive more miles and pay more gas taxes, but the damage is really done by heavy trucks. Why don't you complain about that? Insist that you city dwellers pay your fair share of road taxes? Naturally, you're only concerned when you think you might be overpaying, not when you're underpaying. You don't care about fairness, you only care about yourself.

Comment Re:This should have been an open bid contract (Score 1) 160

That's the one thing a big corp like CentryLink has going for it, they have a lot more than this contract to lose if they take the money and run.

What? No they don't. We already paid billions for last mile internet which we didn't get, and nobody got in trouble.

Comment Re:Subsidies are okay. Exclusivity is not. (Score 1) 160

"they must lease it out at reasonable rates." Why? The government isn't mandated to charge reasonable rates for services.

The government is only permitted to pass laws for certain reasons, all of them are promoting welfare and serving the public interest, none of them are making a profit.

Comment already fucking dead to me (Score 1) 116

T-Mobile cancelled the daily PAYG plans, so now they're not cheap, they don't have unlimited internet, and their coverage is absolute shit. So why would I use T-Mobile? Even AT&T makes more sense at this point. Thanks for convincing other operators to unbundle phones from plans, T-Mobile. Now you can FOAD and DIAF now that your purpose here has been fulfilled.

Comment Re:For me, it will always remain the mountain... (Score 1) 103

I can't remember who it was... it might have been HalldÃr Laxnes... who said that a piece of nature isn't really a piece of nature unless it doesn't have a name. [...] And that if you want to establish a real connection with nature, you don't go sit on top of that well-known named peak that people climb... you go to that little nameless stream or that remote nameless cliff or whatnot - places which tell only their own story.

Either you're misrelating this, or it's just fucking ridiculous. It's not nature until you name it, but if you want to connect with nature, you have to find something without a name? Logic not present

Comment Re:A silly test (Score 2) 256

When they say shoot back maybe they're talking about a serious anti aircraft missile... okay. But why are you doing close support in that kind of environment in the first place? US doctrine says you get air superiority before you advance your ground forces. Which includes pacifying ground based AA.

Unfortunately, you might well need air support before you can find every asshole hiding in a crack between two rocks with a truck-mounted SAM.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.