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Comment Re:Bullshit Math - Netflix unplugged? (Score 1) 172

I agree the numbers are a bit fuzzy but most people aren't on metered internet, so the internet is an existing static cost utility that Netflix rides on. In an average household there is a lot more than Netflix going on over the internet connection.

That said, they are not like products, and comparing them in this way is pretty dumb and the people behind it know it.

Comment PR! (Score 1) 420

I love these PR things where it's just flat out contradictory statements: such a small portion of people *but* they are causing such a big problem *but* if they pay more money the problem is solved.

Although, they must have a pretty good network if people can get over 100gb per month. On my provider that would probably take a year.

Comment What are you driving? (Score 1) 496

A 92' Geo metro on a canyon road? 100mph in a decent car feels like 50, aside from things going by faster. 85-90 is speed of traffic in the southwest on 75MPH roads. As someone mentioned, the autobhan *average* speed is 88mph and their fatality rate is much lower than ours. I'll bet it has a lot to do with drivers being much more attentive at higher speeds.

Comment I wonder.... (Score 2) 342

Who has a lot to gain from making a prohibitively costly barrier to entry for small vendors?

Maybe the same ones who benefited form the outlawing of "flavored" type cigarettes that were sold by niche retailers.

Big tobacco is alive and well, the pitiful thing is that now they are doing their bidding with full public support.

Comment I don't get the siginificance (Score 4, Interesting) 27

It seems to me like a local news story where they leave a bike to be stolen in an area that is known for it and acting like it's news that people...try to steal the bike.

Seems like it would be more interesting if they made some sort of honeypot with something they would want like a CC list or something that has a good password and see if/when people get in without social engineering etc.

Comment Re:California? (Score 1) 218

I have a sneaking suspicion that there's some really, really smart people who have considered the day 1 "why this won't work" aspects of the project like terrain.

My guess is that pretty much anywhere has geographical hurdles to cross for that kind of distance. From what I have read the land rights issues are much, much more difficult to overcome so a place that is effectively nothingness between two points makes it much more attractive.

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