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Comment Re:5.8 million of those offering less than 3Mbps: (Score 1) 209

I live within 20 miles of downtown Denver and have as my fastest option 3 Mbps DSL from CenturyLink. About 6 years ago we were upgraded from 1.5 to 3 Mbps. This pathetic situation has remained the same over the approximately the past 20 years despite letters of complaint to CenturyLink and the FCC. I have no other options other than slower and data-capped services like satellite or cell service. I don't live in "the country." CenturyLink has no plans to upgrade the service in the immediate future. They have a monopoly in our neighborhood and charge broadband prices for non-broadband service. There is no cable in our neighborhood, so again, no reasonable alternative. I just wanted to make the point that people with poor internet service don't all live in the middle of Death Valley.

Comment BB vs Ace (Score 1) 99

BB also came out with authorized editions of ERB's Mars and Tarzan books. Ace published a few of them, but not the whole of each series. On the other hand ACE with great Frank Frazetta and Roy Kernkel covers ended up published most of ERB's other books, such as Venus and Pellucidar series, as well as the books not in any particular series (e.g. The Mad King, Beyond the Farthest Star). The argument as been made that if ACE had not published LOTR, stirring up controversy, the series would not have made such a big splash in the 60s. Those of us who grew up in the 60s have to be thankful to both Ballantine and ACE's Donald Wolheim for publishing great science fiction and fantasy.

Comment Re:Not quite a monopoly (Score 1) 97

I am in Parker, 20 miles from Denver center, and the best Internet I can get is 1.5 Mbps through CenturyLink. Comcast is not even an option as there are no cable lines here. I have contacted CenturyLink (and the FCC) and there are no plans to upgrade. We have been stuck with the same slow speeds for the last decade. It sucks.

Comment I went to Dartmouth at that time (Score 1) 146

I was there starting in 1969. Went to the Kiewit computing center there all the time. There was a BASIC program called DATE which was kind of a whacky psychoanalysis program in which you typed questions and it answered them humorously. It was called DATE because you would bring your date there (though women were few and far between at Dartmouth then) to impress them. I took some math classes from Tom Kurtz. Super nice guy. Saw Kemeny around a lot too. Those were good days.

Comment Bradbury book signing (Score 4, Interesting) 315

RIP Ray Bradbury. In 1999 I waited for about 4 hours in a line that wound around the downtown Denver Barnes and Noble to meet him and have him autograph a book. At the beginning of the event the book store manager announced that he would only stay for 2 hours to autograph books. The 2 hours came and went and the line was still very long. He then announced that he would stay until every last person had his or her book signed. He stayed until long after the usual store closing and signed every book. One of America's greatest authors and a true gentleman.

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