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WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

ruiner5000 Ting (273 comments)

Yeah, Ting, my bill just went down.

about 5 months ago
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

ruiner5000 Re:Why (230 comments)

Yeah, they don't. I had just cable for years until they had the HBOGo bundle.

about 10 months ago
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

ruiner5000 Re:300Mbps for $?$?$ (230 comments)

So what. It will also force Time Warner and Grande to raise their top speeds which are 50 and 110 respectively, and just 80 for business customers for Grande, but at least they don't rip you off like Time Warner business class does. Uverse for business is affordable.

about 10 months ago
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

ruiner5000 Re:Grande had fiber to the home first in Austin (230 comments)

They have enterprise class fiber which is to the premise. I had it in 2006. They don't have fiber to the home as a product, its coax the last mile, unless you are ponying up for the enterprise class which is too expensive. They have also not been able to cross 2222 to where I can get cable at my home even though my sister a 5 minute walk from me had had it available for about 8 years.

about 10 months ago
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

ruiner5000 Re:competition (230 comments)

I'm from Austin, and sorry, but the legislature needs to open up competition. That money is largely wasted on moronic projects and our property taxes and business personal property taxes continue to rise with no attempts at really curtailing them as the schools continue to deteriorate to the point where I can not let my kids go past elementary school. So I'd prefer that money we 'save' back in the form of property tax relief instead of paying for a study for ever single dumb thing possible, and relining Shoal Creek for bicycles seven times over.

about 10 months ago
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

ruiner5000 Re:at&t guy came by my house the other day (230 comments)

I have Grande, ATT Uverse, Time Warner, and I had Clear. I'm from Austin. I'm not some transplant from Cali. So that is 4 right there. You were saying? Some areas also have Suddenlink.

about 10 months ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

ruiner5000 Re:Both ends of the spectrum (128 comments)

Uhh, my house settles because of the clay it is on. Solid stone? Really? We are widely on caliche. I have dug the fence posts to prove it. We are on top of limestone, about the easiest thing you can dig up. It crumbles.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

ruiner5000 Re:Why not Houston? (128 comments)

IBM, National Instruments, Intel, Google, Apple, Dell, Rackspace, Hostgator, Data Foundry, Sematech, Spansion, Applied Semiconductor, Blizzard, EA, Microsoft, NCSoft, Bioware, Flextronics, 3M, Whole Foods, Oracle, you know, not much. But Houston did have Reliant.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

ruiner5000 Re:Why not Houston? (128 comments)

Not really, Carmack is teaching NASA more than ever and making code changes to his software at the pad and actually building rockets. He says a modern game is far more complex, and Austin, not Houston has the game developers.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

ruiner5000 Re:SXSW (128 comments)

Time Warner is only offer 50Mbps, and if you are very lucky you can get 110Mbps Grande. I don't call that very high tech. I think you underestimate the extra cost of California in doing business versus in Texas.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

ruiner5000 Re:Why not Houston? (128 comments)

Houston has no software development close to Austin. Oh wait, they gave us that horrible Aliens: Colonial Marines in Sugarland. Forgot about that one. If only they had Google Fiber it would have been better, then they just needed it Dallas so Gearbox could hook up.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

ruiner5000 Re:Why not Houston? (128 comments)

Grande which is what my business has, along with ATT Uverse as a back up, and Time Warner which I have at home. And then ATT DSL. That is it for consumers.

Google is going strictly, and only by demand.

about a year ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

ruiner5000 Re:The final step (72 comments)

Wow, you guys have serious envy there don't you? And bored, maybe you should do some research the next time you post. You are clueless.

about a year ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

ruiner5000 Re:WTF? (72 comments)

We have a ton of dark fiber in Austin, and people who can actually use it.

about a year ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

ruiner5000 keeping tabs on fiber (72 comments)

I have gone from Texas.net dial up, to Grande Enterprise class fiber, and been an early adopter the entire way. I certainly hope to get this for my business on Guadalupe, or my home in Allandale near 2222 and Shoal Creek. My sister can get Grande South of 2222 a 5 minute slow walk from my house. 7 years later they have not jumped 2222. South of 2222 you can get it Central, and I currently have Grande at my business Game Republik at 40th and Guadalupe in Hyde Park. I can also get Uverse there, but not at my home. I'll be tracking news of this as it happens in the same manner I have covered AMD since 98. I also worked at an ISP back in the late 90s, and got turned down by Time Warner to work in tech support upon graduation probably because I told the interviewer how bad their support was. Please if you have any Google fiber news in Austin send it my way. I in particular want a good roll out map. http://googlefiberatx.com/

about a year ago

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Grande Beats Google, AT&T To Gigabit In Austin

ruiner5000 ruiner5000 writes  |  about 5 months ago

ruiner5000 (241452) writes "While Google and AT&T have been battling it out in Austin to be the first to gigabit Grande Communications has beaten them both to the punch. Using their own fiber network they are offering FTTH for $64.95 a month for much of Old West and Central Austin. AT&T has some areas of 300Mb service available, and Google has been largely quiet about where they are rolling out service."
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ruiner5000 ruiner5000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ruiner5000 writes "AMD has announced an offer of convertible senior notes of $1.8 billion to ease their current well publicized cash crunch. They plan to use 500 million to repay portions of a loan to Morgan Stanley they used to finance the purchase of ATI. The rest will be put to working capital and capital expenditures. Will this be enough to get them through the battle with Intel for marketshare as CPU prices fall heavily?"
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ruiner5000 ruiner5000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ruiner5000 writes "This weekend we are hosting a worthwhile event at our headquarters, Tek Republik here in Austin. The League of Technical Voters is about 12 hours into a 48 hour long code-a-thon. So what is the League of Technical Voters you ask? Well here is a description from their site. Our primary goal is to involve more technical people in the political process, especially in relation to the use of technology by government. We are in a position to provide a priceless resource to our country by helping to improve governmental policies and use of technical resources. We believe that many of the current problems have more to do with a lack of education than with partisan issues. So what is this code-a-thon about? Yet more details for you. What: a Code-A-Thon (software development marathon) at which we are gonna lock up 100 programmers for 48 hours and see what kind of open source Drupal modules they will help write for non-profits! This is a BYOLaptop Event! You can leave and come back... but only those who stay for >48hrs in one stretch will get a prize (to be determined — suggestions welcomed!) If you spend at least 18hrs you get a t-shirt. We have more space available here, and the more coders the better for this worthwhile cause. If you could possibly post up a blurb on your site it would be greatly appreciated. I know this is not the normal news, but please excuse that. Details about the code-a-thon can be found here. http://lotv-lockin.pbwiki.com/ Directions to Tek Republik are at www.TekRepublik.com. As an extra incentive I have 10 of the new AMD quadfather tshirts I'll give away before 2PM today Central time to anyone who comes into Tek Republik, and asks me."
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ruiner5000 ruiner5000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ruiner5000 writes "This weekend we are hosting a worthwhile event at our headquarters, Tek Republik here in Austin. The League of Technical Voters is about 12 hours into a 48 hour long code-a-thon. So what is the League of Technical Voters you ask? Well here is a description from their site.

Our primary goal is to involve more technical people in the political process, especially in relation to the use of technology by government. We are in a position to provide a priceless resource to our country by helping to improve governmental policies and use of technical resources. We believe that many of the current problems have more to do with a lack of education than with partisan issues.

So what is this code-a-thon about? Yet more details for you.

What: a Code-A-Thon (software development marathon) at which we are gonna lock up 100 programmers for 48 hours and see what kind of open source Drupal modules they will help write for non-profits! This is a BYOLaptop Event! You can leave and come back... but only those who stay for >48hrs in one stretch will get a prize (to be determined — suggestions welcomed!) If you spend at least 18hrs you get a t-shirt.

We have more space available here, and the more coders the better for this worthwhile cause. If you could possibly post up a blurb on your site it would be greatly appreciated. I know this is not the normal news, but please excuse that. Details about the code-a-thon can be found here. lotv-lockin.pbwiki.com Directions to Tek Republik are at www.TekRepublik.com.

As an extra incentive I have 10 of the new AMD quadfather tshirts I'll give away before 2PM today Central time to anyone who comes into Tek Republik, and asks me."

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