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Comment: So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 3, Insightful) 46 46

Was this some sort of lease to own scheme? Municipalities tend to pay very little for cash less than a leasing company. Are we surrounded by idiots with no impulse control or long term thinking to think leasing is cheaper?

Comment: Re: Routing around (Score 1) 192 192

If I have the option I always pick 2 actual providers and stipulate the divergent fiber paths in the contracts.

Mind you if I have my druthers I'm getting dark fiber so I can run my own C/DWDM over it in a metro setting.

L1 Protected circuits are nice and all but the CPE box that binds them make it no longer fully redundant. So you still need two of them to let you L2/L3 redundant gear work properly.

Comment: Re:It won't work that way (Score 1) 293 293

Because ARIN/ICANN has about 0 authority over these old blocks, they were assigned well before all this you do not own they we can take them back to companies with enough lawyers to litigate them into oblivion (well into having to up the ICANN fee's so much people will look for an alternative like hey GE want to leave me a block).

Comment: Re:Routing around (Score 1) 192 192

That costs money, A basic requirement of N+1 redundancy where N is any shared hardware or physical path or capacity. It's pretty trivial to technically to route around this sort of thing it's a significant cost to install diverse routes, buy redundant gear etc etc.

I just turned up a pair of divergent 10ge metro e links. The vendor terminated both of them on the same CPE gear. So with divergent entrances etc etc etc they literally hopped the fiber from entrance A telco room to entrance B telco room to reuse the CPE switch. Telcos are great at trying to save a buck (the CPE gear is probably a month maybe two MRC) while failing to make things reliable.

Comment: Re:Dogfights?! What year is it?! (Score 1) 813 813

Consider by weight that one gunpod with a fraction of a second of ammo weights as much as 8 or so aim-120D's. It's also far cheaper to shoot than 10+ million in air to air missiles.

Now by mission a gun is more versatile it can fire in ground support what that missile is worthless in that role.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.