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Comment: Re:That doesn't sound bad (Score 1) 312

by drinkypoo (#48936077) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Well, what does "get" mean? Has purchased? As in nobody wants to pay for faster service? Or can obtain, as in everybody else is too far from the nearest DSLAM?

People within a bowshot of me have access to both Cable and DSL. I can get neither, but at first glance everyone thinks that my "neighborhood" has both. Then they check and "oh no, we don't serve that address, how odd". Which is why I get my internet access from a semi-local WISP which promises 6Mbps and delivers 5.7. Some of their customers get 20 Mbps, which you will note is still no longer broadband. However, those customers are in areas where there is competition for internet access. AT&T has literally the only fiber run into my entire county, so my ISP brings a signal in via repeaters across four mountaintops, the fourth of which being where my CPE is pointed.

I would expect to see the lowest speeds in the most economically depressed areas simply because people have other priorities.

Well for my part, I expect that it's because Pacific Bell, uh I mean Southwestern Bell, uh I mean AT&T has other priorities, and it has nothing to do with the customer base. If you can't remember that far back, Pacific Bell was notorious for splicing copper until well after you couldn't reasonably splice it any more. And back when we had line sharing, they were notorious for stealing any pair without either POTS or a digital circuit on it to give to one of their subscribers, so if you got your access from someone else across their copper you could expect an interruption any time there was inclement weather or not, because either the weather would get into a splice between the CO and your house, or it would get into some other line and they would steal your pair to use to fix it. But it should go without saying that AT&T didn't come into town and replace all that shitty copper, it's still festering there. And so in some places sure, DSL is great, works even farther than expected... and in other places, DSL is hopeless, and Pacific Bell cut their distance limit from an original 17,500 feet to just 14,000 feet and even some of those customers weren't getting anywhere near their advertised bandwidth.

Eventually the DSL ISPs started getting dinged hard for delivering lower-than-promised bandwidth, which made DSL penetration the absolute last priority for telcos. So now you have what we have now, where DSL penetration is piss-poor, and I have to use a craptacular WISP because there's nothing else available to me.

Comment: Re:Jealous much? (Score 1) 413

by sjames (#48936031) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

WITH a warrant, a pentrace is still available. That is, who did this phone call and where was it at the time. But note they're not complaining about phones that encrypt voice communication. Neither Google nor Apple are proposing to do that. They're complaining that they can't read your address book or paw through your email and photos. They're complaining that your papers might be secured nearly as well as Capone's (but not quite as well unless you have a tommy gun).

The thing is, most crimes eventually come down to some sort of physical activity somewhere that can be observed or to money moving from one place to another which can be traced (yes, including bitcoin).

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 310

by drinkypoo (#48936021) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Keep in mind, that simple electrification of rural America wasn't completed until the 1950s, and was only started due to Depression-era programs like the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Works Progress Administration basically footing the bill to attempt to employ the unemployed.

Well, real unemployment is still at levels not seen since the last great depression, not the published bullshit rate but the inverse of the workforce participation rate. So, where the hell are our public works projects?

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 310

by drinkypoo (#48936009) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

have you ever worked in a union? while this is true, most of them make it hard as heck to jump through the hoops needed to jump through to ensure none of your dues are used towards political campaigns.

It's a lot of bullshit anyway because most of what Unions do is political. The part of actually looking out for worker's interests is a minuscule part of what they do.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 310

by drinkypoo (#48935991) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

What I wouldn't give for a quality centrist party that's willing to compromise and work out policy that meets somewhere in the middle rather than having notthing but weird fringe parties who are way off to the edge in one extreme or another.

The Democrats are centrist. We don't have a leftist party, at least, not a credible one.

Comment: Re:Manual config (Score 1) 14

by drinkypoo (#48935927) Attached to: D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

Are any of these routers actually quality hardware? All the routers I've ever had have been crap. All versions of WRT54G overheat, for example, as do most other home routers.

Within the next couple of hours FedEx is supposed to drop off my new home router, which is a Lenovo SFF machine with 3GB RAM and a 1.8GHz C2D. I'm popping a quad-ethernet into it. Then I'm going to heat up this RB411 I've got here and use it just for the WiFi. I've been using an RB192 and it seems to have just died on me. If the RB411 dies I guess I'll have to find a PCI-E WLAN NIC which works in Linux in Host mode. The machine supposedly had 1xPCI and 1xPCIE, and I need the PCI slot for the quad eth. But since the machine is so balls-heavy, I'm going to feel compelled to do more than just firewalling on it...

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 258

Unfortunately, the US does not have free market capitalism on broadband communications. In most areas it is either monopoly or duopoly

That's what a free market will usually naturally gravitate to. [...] If you want competition and choice you need market regulation to make it happen.

We have regulations, we're just not enforcing them. It's illegal to use your monopoly position to prevent competition. And it's not a free market unless you both have and enforce rules meant to keep the market free. So the idea that the USA had a free market which then led to the current situation is laughable; the USA has never had a free market, except in certain limited situations.

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