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Comment: pulling a gmail (Score 5, Insightful) 363

by speed of lightx2 (#31088198) Attached to: Google's Experimental Fiber Network
When gmail first appeared, the two big free email services were yahoo and hotmail. Hotmail have you 2MB to play with, and Yahoo was a bit more generous with 5 (if I remember correctly). That seemed to be the status-quo until google offered with gmail 200 times more free storage (plus features).

Comment: Re:Oh really? (Score 2, Interesting) 227

by speed of lightx2 (#30250692) Attached to: In AU, Film Studios Issue Ultimatum To ISPs
In Canada there is a blanket tax for all Cd-R's that goes to the record companies. If you guy a blank CD in Canada, your automatically considered to be copyright thief (at least probabilistically), or as some other people prefer to think about it, you already paid for your right to pirate.

Comment: Re:The easiest solution (Score 1) 438

by speed of lightx2 (#29445969) Attached to: (Near) Constant Internet While RV'ing?

Product requirements;

- Decent latency

- Decent bandwidth

- Available everywhere

- Reliable

Solution; none.

(Almost) not true. There is an experimental product that satisfies all of the above:

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090909/wr_nm/us_safrica_pigeon

In South Africa, it was recently shown that it provides faster data rates than Telkom (major South Africa telecom):

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090909/wr_nm/us_safrica_pigeon

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