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Comment To what end (Score -1, Troll) 59

"Potential applications could include estimated economic output from activity in urban areas, or guiding city governments on how to improve services such as trash collections, he says."

Figuring out what to do or how to do it is not the problem, but getting people in the government to coordinate and execute is the problem. They will no doubt find the most expensive boneheaded contract that will never get anywhere.


Google Fiber To Cut Staff In Half After User Totals Disappoint, Says Report ( 203

An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: Sources claim that Google Fiber has been disappointed with the company's overall number of total subscribers since launching five years ago. A paywalled report over at The Information cites a variety of anonymous current and former Google employees, who say the estimated 200,000 or so broadband subscribers the company had managed to sign up by the end of 2014 was a fary cry from the company's original projection of somewhere closer to 5 million. Google Fiber has never revealed its total number of subscribers. A report last October pegged the company's total broadband subscribers at somewhere around 120,000, though it's unclear how many of those users had signed up for Google Fiber's symmetrical 5 Mbps tier, which was originally free after users paid a $300 installation fee. Disappointed by sluggish subscriber tallies, The Information report states that last month Alphabet CEO Larry Page ordered Google Fiber boss Craig Barratt to cut the total Google Fiber staff in half to roughly 500 people. That's a claim that's sure to only fuel continued speculation that the company is starting to get cold feet about its attempts to bring broadband competition to a broken duopoly market.

Comment Re:Using Cinnamon (Score 1) 512

That's why I'm sticking with a GUI that pledges never to change. It really does make us feel like idiots when we update our software and everything is changed around because an interface designer got bored. It takes us a while to understand and get used to such changes. We feel like idiots when we have to constantly relearn things. Sticking with Cinnamon makes us feel clever, we always know exactly how to do what we want.

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