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Submission + - Municipal FTTH Feasibility

honestOctave writes: Local rural municipality is upset it didn't get Google's Fiber bid that went to Kansas City. They are heavily invested in a proposal that would *supposedly* bring Gigabit to each household via Fiber To The Home with smart metering. The market involves 3700 households, of which they are expect 40-60% to particpate. The price tag is $25 Million with principal and interest over 20 years. Am I the only one thinking the numbers aren't really adding up with contention ratios, backhaul costs, etc.? Current cable company offers 50-80 Mbps. DSL offers 1.5-20 Mbps. Anyone care to provide some holes in this arrangement from any experiences they might have in the industry or similar arrangements?

Submission + - Huh, that's funny...

QQBoss writes: The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka” but “That’s funny...”
—Isaac Asimov (1920–1992)

Most of us have probably heard this quote before, but physicists at the Large Hadron Collider involved in the LHCb experiment might have come http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/aug/02/has-lhcb-spotted-physics-beyond-the-standard-model">face to face with it (with a confidence level of 4.5 so far).

Any predictions where this unexpected decay behavior of a B-meson could take the standard model?

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