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Comment: Re:My prediction.. (Score 1) 173

my prediction is that they will build the network get some cash out of subscriptions for a couple of years and then sell it off to one of the big players.

exactly the same happened in my town during the late nineties with cable internet

And despite being AC you can't name the community so that we can check the story for ourselves?

Comment: Re:Dear Liza! (Score 1) 392

by unitron (#48191983) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Irrelevant. What would be relevant is whether most visitors who will be reading that article are proficient. The Americans in that group may be different than most Americans. Additionally, many in that group may have an education quite different than most Americans.

My preference would be for an education that results in them knowing that it's "different from", and that "than" is for comparing quantities of the same quality.

Comment: That was before... (Score 1) 15

by unitron (#48191967) Attached to: How the worm turns

...the Dixiecrats went over to the GOP.

Many things have changed since 1865.

Frankly, I wish there were some way to dissolve both the Republican and Democratic parties, ban anyone from ever using those as party names again, and ban anyone claiming spiritual descent from either party, and let all those suddenly partyless people hold long converstations to determine who has what in common from a political philosophy standpoint and let them form new parties (if they absolutely can't resist the urge) along those lines.

To accompany this I'd like the idea of governments conducting and paying for party primaries to become absolutely unthinkable, and for voting to be changed to getting to vote for or against every candidate, or abstain, so they get a -1, a 0, or a +1, with the highest total greater than 0 being the winner.

+ - 32 Cities Want to Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead.
The Next Centuries Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so."

Comment: Re:A government picking the winners and losers? (Score 1) 232

by unitron (#48156677) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

The government already picked a winner years ago, just like they did with electrical service, natural gas service where offered, and telephone service, when it first allowed a cable company use of the right of way to either bury wires or string them on poles (or bury pipes in the case of a gas company).

Once one company is in that position, the economics of another one coming along and also running wires in order to maybe get some of the first company's customers to switch over is usually considered unlikely to provide a sufficient return on investment to make it worthwhile.

Besides, having 37 different companies digging up your yard every other week would likely cease to feel like FREEDOM! in short order.

Comment: Actually, Zimmerman is probably acutely aware... (Score 1) 1

by unitron (#48088829) Attached to: Jason Bourne fantasies of the far-right

....that he doesn't have the training and talents and experience and instincts and reflexes of even the original Bourne of the excellent cold war era Ludlum books, much less the character from the more recent movies or Eric Van Lustbader's ridiculously ret-conned amalgam of the two in the current books.

Which means he's in more danger if ever attacked and has more to fear from it.

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