You might think that a proper telco like AT&T might want to make a good wired-phone infrastructure, to stop the flight of people to cell phones
You mean by offering VoIP and IPTV services over their wired-phone based internet connection? They are with their Lightspeed/Uverse service which I am really happy with.
OK, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Western reporters in Beijing are total dumbasses. They constantly write stories colored by their own blinders they're not even aware that they're wearing. The story doesn't even mention that WoW/Netease problems getting a license in China has been going on for a while now and is nothing new. It's not really even a story, just a space filler - bureaucratic turf wars between communist ministries are news now? Anyhow, I just wanted to mention whenever you see that line at the top of the story, immediately mentally activate your BS detectors. If you want China news, there is no shortage of primary sources in English. Even my own small city district has its own website, with a translated English page. Here is a much better story from Shanghai Daily, which lays out the issue in a much clearer fashion:
``The GAPP said downloading online games is also an "online publication". GAPP is responsible for reviewing and approving "publications", and the ministry has the right to regulate the "online game" market.''
Compelling story, eh? This is typical of what comes out of Western media in Beijing.
> advertised rate, but you are never guaranteed to get it 100% of the time.
The offensive part of this is not that there is no guarantee of availability, but that there is a guarantee that it will -not- be available for more than 15 minute increments.
> You get throttled *only* if the network is congested...
That's not what I saw in the summary. The summary states that you will be throttled if the network becomes congested -or- if you use more than 70% for 15 minutes. I would agree that throttling if the network becomes congested is reasonable, and scaling back the peak users at those times is the obvious measure.
But the "70% for 15 minutes" cap, when there is no congestion seems to be unsupportable. I can imagine thousands of legitimate scenarios where home users would use 70% plus for longer than 15 minute increments; not 24/7, but for longer periods than 15 minutes. If no other users are competing for the bandwidth, what is the justification for throttling?
I take it you've never driven stick then? (Need one hand to shift, often for several seconds)
Or had to pay tolls? (Roll up the window after paying)
Let's see if I got this strait. The speculation is that when random space objects smash into the very-dark and powdery Phoebe, the particles form a temporary dust ring around Saturn. The solar wind slowly pushes the dust ring toward Iapetus, which is tidally-locked with Saturn. This means the same face always encounters the dark dust ring, and thus Iapetus is half-covered in dark Phoebe powder. It therefore has one "normal" side and one dark side, solving the long-standing pre-Voyager dual-color puzzle.
Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce