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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fullback Wait... (352 comments)

Your hard-earned money is confiscated then given to ISP's, and you still have to pay through the nose for a heaping, steaming pile of manure of throttled, fourth-world internet service? WTF?

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

fullback Here's another idea... (243 comments)

How about the ISP's spend a little money to give Americans a first world infrastructure?

I live in Japan and have 200Mps fiber with no caps for about the price of two pizzas per month. I've had at least 100Mps fiber (or 45Mps ADSL) for over ten years. I had 50 Mps fiber in 2000.

No, I don't live in the middle of a big city. I've lived in the suburbs no different than any suburban area or small city in the US, I've lived in the countryside for a year with no fiber, but had 45Mps about eight years ago.

And don't come back with the "US is too biiiiig!" excuse. You have electricity, water and gas, don't you? How did you get that if the area you live in is "Too biiiig!" The density where I live is no more than a place like Nashville, or Arlington Heights, or Jacksonville, or Albuquerque, or Portland, or Anytown, USA.

How did I get reasonable cost, high-speed fiber? Competition. There are no exclusive franchises or politicians controlling the internet business. Companies invested in infrastructure and competed to win customers with better and faster service with lower pricing. Most areas are now wired for 1Gps, and will be opened when the time comes to fill that bandwidth.

Your politicians and unelected regulatory gangs, er, agencies have hoodwinked you into forgetting that investment into infrastructure is amortized and not a fixed cost forever. Price should be going down and service should be better and faster... and ISP's would still be making mountains of money.

I doubt it's going to change, but I do wish you had options and at least 2nd-world service.

about two weeks ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

fullback Arrrgh.. (288 comments)

Laws should be against the law.

Don't hurt anyone, don't lie or steal from anyone and don't crap where we all live. There might be a few more, but probably not too many. All the rest is nonsense.

about three weeks ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

fullback Great... (82 comments)

More old geezers like me hanging on for another 20 years, waiting to die, who can't pee, filling up the pockets of corporations that own nursing homes, as I endure a miserable existence, forgetting who I am and why I'm wandering around in my pajamas with no money.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

fullback 4Mps and 640k (533 comments)

Should be enough for anyone . . .

about three weeks ago
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Japanese Firm Showcases "Touchable" 3-D Technology

fullback Re:This is much cooler (41 comments)

You wonder if it's "worth it?" It's free to the kickstarter backers.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

fullback Why? (199 comments)

I have this image of Leonard Cohen standing in the corner of the courtroom singing "Everybody Knows" during the hearing...

about a month ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

fullback Re:The world's most protectionist economy (113 comments)

Sorry, but it is not "patriotic duty." I've lived in Japan for over 20 years and most markets are not locked up. There is a sense of community in Japan. Patriotism is not teary-eyed nonsense looking at a colored cloth. It's a sense of living within a society and doing things that benefit a society that's been around for over 1,200 years.

Japan is small, has no resources, half the population of the US packed into a place the size of California. Police don't kill people and a convenience store robbery (no one gets hurt) is national news.

The used book business in Japan is huge. People read in Japan; they like books and magazines. They like the touch of paper. It's the most widely read population in the world. People stand at bookstores and read and read and read. The pricing model assures that small publishers exist and a wide variety of books and authors can be published. They are not all gobbled up by conglomerates.

Japan can do business in Japan however it chooses.

about a month ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

fullback I understand it. (579 comments)

Try having a fact-based discussion with a woman and see where it gets you.

On second thought, that doesn't work with men either . . .

about a month ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

fullback And Outside the U.S. (347 comments)

I'm moving and my new place has 200Mbps down/100Mbps up fiber, so that's an upgrade from the 100Mbps I've had for about 15 years. And the price is going down to about US$38/month. Not bad, huh? I could choose 1 Gbps, since everywhere has been upgraded with it for years now, but it would only be useful for content inside the country. The infrastructure is far more advanced than the U.S.

Of course there are no caps and no provider-conspired speed throttling. I've never had a provider-caused outage in 20 years of internet service.

That's that service level and pricing that competition has created over time in Japan. I'm in a small town, so don't even think about the "U.S. is too big" reply. Every time I go the U.S. I'm shocked at the level of service. You are really under the thumb of the internet provider mafia.

You need to vote in representatives that will actually to start representing you. I don't see any hope for you without that.

about 4 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

fullback I've Lived in Japan for 20+ Years . . . (283 comments)

I couldn't even begin to comment on all of the misinformation and wrong assumptions posted.

Suffice it to say that the Japan has existed as an entity for well over 1,200 years and the stories about the future "last Japanese person alive" probably started with the first written records of Japan.

Japan has survived events that ended other civilizations, so they will find a way to survive and thrive with less people.

about 5 months ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

fullback Re:Hey Tim (274 comments)

"There is plenty of violent crime in Japan."

No there isn't. I've lived in Japan for over 20 years and never once ever felt the slightest apprehension anywhere, any place, any time of the day of night, period. I live a life free of fear of having to watch my wallet, look over my shoulder, or worry that i might stumble into the wrong neighborhood.

You have no idea what you're talking about.

about 5 months ago
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Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

fullback Re:Details please (210 comments)

Her are those details:

I live in Japan and not in the middle of a city. I'm in a suburban area and have lived in what would be considered almost rural at one time.

I've had fiber for over 13 years. The only time I've ever had a service interruption was during the major earthquake 3 years ago. Internet came back up within an hour, though. That was the only time I've had a power outage too, in over 22 years of living in Japan.

I was in several major cities the southeast U.S. - Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, etc. I needed to ftp data to my servers and it was almost impossible. So slow that I had to give up and wait until I returned home. I was at a friend's house and he lost internet service at least once per week. He had to scream answers for 5 minutes through his phone to a silly automated service before he could talk to a person. He said he has to do it weekly...

I couldn't get any emails from Asia through his connection. They're all blocked, and those were from the major ISP's in Japan - NTT and Softbank. Blocked! Every foreign web server was like pulling teeth.

Public WiFi was, well, pathetic.

It has nothing to do with size of the country. I had faster, more reliable service in the middle of nowhere surrounded by rice paddies in Japan 10 years ago than exists in U.S. urban areas now.

The reason is that there is competition in Japan. No area franchises. It's a free country.

about 5 months ago
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Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

fullback Three Weeks in ISP Hell (210 comments)

I just spent three weeks in the U.S.

The internet service was like being in a third-world country, but no one would believe it if you told them.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Communicate Security Alerts?

fullback I Like Paper (84 comments)

Type it; print it; deliver it.

It worked for generations.

about 5 months ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

fullback Stress? (150 comments)

Millions of people live like that now in Tokyo. No big deal.
You can't even let the water run while brushing your teeth.

about 6 months ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

fullback Yea, but... (180 comments)

wearable devices are a hit compared to the rate of married couples who stay together. Does that mean marriage is a fad?

about 6 months ago
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eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

fullback Same for all Four Users? (80 comments)

I've lived in Japan for over 20 years and I, like probably most people in Japan, didn't know it even existed.

about 6 months ago
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Spinoffs From Spyland: How Some NSA Technology Is Making Its Way Into Industry

fullback WTF (44 comments)

Patent attorneys and a marketing department?
It has to be true because you can't make up shit like this.

about 6 months ago

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