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Comment More space junk (Score 1) 44

The one down side to this is the booster gets into orbit along with the payload. Unlike the SpaceX boosters that come back down and land to be re-used. These boosters will remain in orbit for a very long time unless you leave enough fuel to de-orbit them. Since this would cost more and the boosters would simply burn up in re-entry and potentially have pieces hit things on the ground I don't think they will want to do this.

Comment Arms Race (Score 1) 124

This has like many things like cracking DRM become an arms race between spammers and anti-spam technologies.

I run a small ISP that was established in 1995. Spam was non-existent when we started our company. Since then many anti-spam measures have been implemented. All are effective when deployed. They get less effective over time as spammer find ways around them.

Most of the spam that leaves our network results from infections people get on their computers. These send through our servers and leave with correct SPF data. The only effective way we have been able to deal with this is to impose strict limits on how many email messages a subscriber can send. Your network is only as strong as it's weakest link. For us this link is our customers equipment/practices.

Comment Things happeing now (Score 1) 39

Several companies have come out with 60GHz WISP gear that give full gigabit speeds now. At least one offering complete links for under $2k. They will have to go to some very high frequencies (millimeter wave) to get enough spectrum to do these things. 2.4GHz is over congested and 5GHz is getting that way.

Comment ISP perspective (Score 4, Interesting) 160

I own an ISP (WISP) that is virtually the only option outside of the two large incumbent carriers, Centrylink and Comast that residential users have. The other CLECs mainly, if not exclusively, sell commercial service. We have seen in the last 5 years demand for bandwidth increase nearly 500% mostly due to video streaming. The cost of the fiber and equipment has come down to be sure, but no where near 500%. So far we have been able to keep providing an essentially unlimited service. However if current trends continue, I'm not sure for how much longer.

Comment No minimum wage low enough (Score 1) 954

No way you would ever replace an even an only moderately reliable machine with a human employee. Pointless to use this as an argument against raising the minimum wage. If a human had to replace a machine at the same cost he/she would starve to death.

Raising the minimum wage might speed up the adoption of automation, but not by much.

Comment 250GB for $48 per month. (Score 3, Interesting) 59

I run a WISP in a heavily competitive area with both CenturyLink and Comcast as competitors. We sell a residential service that averages 25Mbps down and 9 up. 250GB per month for $48/per month. We use the cheapest radios available, Ubiquiti.

I don't understand a WISP who can't make money at a $50/month and 15GB limit plan.

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