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Comment Re:This will be great! (Score 2) 143

"Maybe the Canadian government should be requiring all phone companies to upgrade their switching stations to DSLAMs. 50k to 500k is a big jump, and is the difference between being able to watch hulu.com or not."

Actually Bell has a monopoly on the lines. Such a mandate was issued then rolled back in terms of definition of both coverage and required bandwidth.

I worked as an employee of Bell up until a week ago as I am switching jobs and where I live. We use a program Called Iris to determine availability of High Speed based on address. We would often figure situations where a next door neighbor had high speed available where next door they did not.
Same goes for cellular Coverage: http://www.bell.ca/shopping/PrsShpWls_Coverage.page

Look how things get patchy into the North. Even around North Bay a city of 60 000 plus people with a University extremely modern Hospital and other thriving industries.

Laptops (Which I sold) were often sold based on whether they had a 56kb modem in them, typically Toshiba facilitated this. Our USB Modems were sold out, always.

People in the North are far from poor. Some people I know own 1000's of acres worth millions but choose to live a modest life.

They can't justify paying bell THOUSANDS to have a line run to their property.

But they certainly can afford to pay a premium for an alternative to the tyranny of the monopoly.

Comment Re:This will be great! (Score 4, Informative) 143

This is Canada bud, we have the most land per person with gaps in population not seen in most places in the world.

Even in Northern Ontario where cell service and broadband exists, there are still consistent areas that have access only to dial up.

I have seen customers first hand, who had no service while their neighbor across the road had High Speed Bell or Cogeco.

When we start to take into consideration people that can't even access dial up it becomes apparent that there is a glaring gap in equal access to internet up here in the proper North.

With Bell and Rogers running the show it becomes very evident that an ideal way to harness these customers is to offer some sort of over the air service not already in place.

Comment Billy Mays here for another exciting product.... (Score 4, Funny) 625

Hi Billy Mays here for the Commercial Kill.
Sick of commercials blaring and waking up your hooker in the middle of the night?
Using the power of the internet we can eliminate loud obnoxious commercials for your viewing pleasure.

Note: Commercials only removed from pirated material. Non Pirated material will be subject to EVEN LOUDER commercials that conveniently have the volume control disabled during duration.

Comment Ying/Yang (Score 2, Funny) 207

I guess the real argument is what is considered a Production. Surely if the movie is of the quality as many B titles the means of distribution are irrelevant.

That said, the flip side is a IMDB that is littered with amazing Productions such as "Football to the Groin" and "Cat Gets Tasered, In Bathtub"

I guess for some of us the real IMDB will be reduced to .NFO files and their summary. That'll learn em' :O

Comment Re:Bungie??? LOL! (Score 1) 315

"Yep, that's right. A bunch of FPS-obsessed geeks are far superior intellectually to people who play casual games in the spare time they have between their graduate studies, international travel, and outdoor activities."

It's a fact that anything short of "open dvd tray insert disc" is going to be seen as difficult to the masses. Marketing analysis proves this fact.

Lets remember we are talking about the late '90's in that comment. PC gaming was the ANTI console gaming providing gracious modability as well as control over functionality.

Today PC gaming is so gloriously simplified it's only a matter of time before laptops and tablets become the primary gaming platform.

Your stereotyping of "geeks" shames your whole argument.

To insinuate that people who play games do not go outdoors or play games casually (maybe so casual they don't need a dedicated gaming system in fact) makes you a bigot, Sir, or Madam.

Comment Re:Bungie??? LOL! (Score 2, Interesting) 315

As somebody who played Quake when it FIRST came out. (Goldeneye came out in 1997 same year as Quake 2)
During the original Quake, online Multiplayer was fantastic because me, my friend and any other rat in the city could play together from the comfort of our homes.
It was literally the coolest thing going. No split screen B.S.
Using the QuakeSpy portal one could access many "Dedicated Servers" that hosted games, something still not realized even in the modern complexion of today.
Online multiplayer capability was the flagship ability of Quake when press releases first came out. (Never mind Quake 2 circa 1997 when the completely nailed Quake 2 Online capabilities and MOD freedom)
Setting up a LAN is very difficult I know...

But, PC gaming will only ever be limited by the average intellect of the masses.

Comment Re:Ah, nice. (Score 4, Informative) 75

Are you lost sir?

The United States has the DEA enforcing it's domestic drug policy throughout the world.

Here in Canada:

Abroad, Cocaine is tolerated and seen as a great resource in South America yet America is killing civilians to thwart a domestic problem?????? A problem that stems from lack of Education, Health care and Poverty

Missionary plane shot down in Peru: collateral damage in US "drug war

DEA agents shoot innocent 14-year-old girl in the head, but deny any wrongdoing.



Lets not forget Marc Emery a Canadian politician extradited because of his influence on the pro marijuana movement. He was extradited for selling seeds (which is legal in Canada) via mail to the U.S. unprecedented enforcement of American pollution on Canadian Sovereignty.

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