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Comment: investor returns, perhaps? (Score 1) 327

by swschrad (#48933559) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

many of the countries with 100 Mb and gig to the home almost universally do not have for-profit privatized telcos.

they have nationalized telcos, and if the leader of their administration says "run fiber, not wire," they get the money and power to do that.

the rest back up "requests" to speed it up with subsidized dollars to make it work.

in the US, if you can't make your dividends and trench down fiber, the fiber doesn't happen.

Comment: first, FCC has to pave the way for wireline yank (Score 1) 94

by swschrad (#48915821) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

it's been 3 or 4 years since several telcos petitioned the FCC to set out the guidelines for making VoIP replace copper, and take care of all the legal aspects in the separate states. until that happens, NostrilDrippus Predicts! (tm) there will be precious little formal abandonment of wireline cables and service. it's still possible to make a buck on the copper, but increasingly the way that works is to cut the ranks of the techs who repair it.

Comment: we could build a spaceship for that... (Score 1) 333

by swschrad (#48914725) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

or, to hear them whine, if we tax them a dollar more, they will shrivel up and POOF! a wisp, and nothing. end of the uber-rich.

we can call it the Freedom Levy, and let's write our Congresscritters (a division of Big Money, Inc.) ... uh... geez, on to plan B.

Comment: it's Jack Daniels, he did it (Score 2) 418

by swschrad (#48877765) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

or Old Overshoe or homebrew or whatever... there is always a fringe group of wackos that self-appoint themselves as avengers, just as soon as they get a little numb and it's dark enough...

those guys will eventually spill the beans to a buddy over a cold one. cops might solve a quarter of their cases that way, working their way in to being that buddy.

dating back to the original assassins, who had to get hopped up on a little hash before doing their tasks.

Comment: it would start a war (Score 1) 322

not only would I take them to court and file a civil rights compalint with the Department of Justice, I'd blog every step of the fight, with the phone numbers and home addresses of those pinhead dictator school board members.

and if my kid HAD cyberbullied, they would be so grounded. I'd take the smartphone away and they'd have a Jitterbug like Granny.

Comment: uh, if this is a bag of pipes, isn't it bad music? (Score 1) 303

so I'm so confused, your honor. there is this thing of radio pipes, right? but you can hide pipes inside of pipes, so you are running poo inside of drinking water? but it's drugs instead of poo? and they are stuffing fake money in with the poo, except it runs the other way? and it's all hidden so we can't see it, except bad guys can, and sometimes the cops? except it wasn't really there?

you got any booze in that desk? I need a big swallow...

They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan