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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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My car has two reverse gear speeds.

In "C" (the taller gear option), I think it could probably do about 100 kmh in reverse.

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Top Gear feature two 'cars' with massive aircraft engines

One "Bentley" (not really) with a "Spitfire" (not really) engine.

Another German "Fairground Attraction" with a WW2 Bomber engine.

Both were the slowest cars ever tested.

Still amusing. But not fast, by any definition.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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Same fundamental error as last time

Apple ... market cap of $703bn

Switzerland ... GDP of about $650bn

One is a total NPV based (not really) on future sales and earnings.

The other is equivalent to annual sales.

Same error, new year.

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

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Re: Legally incapable

@DH ...music...

Mixcloud. Which links to FB anyway.

Good luck.

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Re: Legally incapable

"FB users lack 'legal capacity' to sue"

"People who use Facebook are the product"

Yep. No more than a banana could sue a fruit stand upon which it sits.

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

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How about sharing exactly and precisely everything written on the Passport?

By definition, the information fields contained on one's Passport should be necessary, sufficient and complete. Airlines should take a *temporary* copy of Page 3 (IIRC) and send it along in advance to the government(s) of the trip destination(s).

Of course the Flight information would be included too, as a related block of data.

Period.

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US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

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"...government depts, ...two speeds, slow and stop!"

You missed one.

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3) Full Speed Ahead, in the wrong direction.

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MS Windows, sold from Microsoft Luxembourg of course

I'm sure that there are good reasons for it besides tax avoidance.

The above statement is not true.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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AdBlocker?

Is that a plug in?

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Molten Salt Nuclear to the rescue

The Chinese are clever, for example they are switching as much as possible from coal to natural gas as an interim measure. Our environMentals will insist we keep burning coal until zero-carbon energy sources are ready.

The most effective thing we could do the the short and mid term is focus on replacing coal with anything better. Just concentrate the campaigning on replacing coal first would be more effective.

Is being effective important?

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Re: get your facts right!

Nova Scotia is building windmills every day. We presently get about 25% of the electricity from renewables, and will continue increasing to 40-50% range. They're even building a cable to connect us through Newfoundland to Labrador for more hydro power.

On the other hand, we have Lingan. It burns coal and produces 25% of the power but emits about 4 or 5 tonnes of CO2 per person in NS. Not to mention vast clouds of dirty pollution that drifts across the Atlantic and straight into Paddington Station. They could have run a natural gas pipeline under the sea from Sable Island to Lingan, but they didn't.

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Re: I seem to remember

PC "Iceland"

We need longer HV DC power cables in the gigawatt class. Plenty of them. Iceland could be the power supply for NW Europe.

Plus, all aluminium (whatever that is?) should be smelted with such renewable energy.

I hope the Saudis didn't actually go through with the giant oil pipeline to power an aluminium smelter over towards Yemen or such. Really have to outright ban such projects.

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Re: i don't even care

Example of innumeracy:

Earl grey: "one jet leaving the local airfield is using more fuel, creating more pollution, than me and my entire family will do in a lifetime."

First of all, if you and your entire family go on the occassional airplane trip, then much of this imagined vast fuel use would be on both sides of the comparison. On one vacation to Asia alone, we had a total of twelve flight legs with a party of five, thus adding up to sixty of your imagined aircraft seats on a jet "leaving a local airfield." That's just one vacation. Do you take vacations?

Next obvious flaw. Why is my personal gasoline consumption and electricity bill per year so much vastly higher than the average cost of our occasional vacation? If aircraft used a "lifetime" of fuel, then ticket prices would be £30,000 each. They're not. Price is a very strong clue of *total* embodied resources.

Next subtle fact. Many travel agencies will provide you an estimate of your CO2 from a flight. It mght be for example, 150 kg. Your annual CO2 per person might be 5 to 10 tonnes. A family of five IN ONE YEAR (not lifetime) might roughly balance a 100-passenger aircraft on a typical 2 hour flight. Roughly.

Next number fact: aircraft are a fairly small part of CO2. More visible to you than your local coal fired power station. Air travel is a small part of the issue overall. For your claim to be true, it would have to be top of the list. It's not.

Innumeracy is dangerous. Leads to demands for bad policy. Please be more careful.

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Re: @b166er

Salts: "The cost of a drilling rig alone makes ground source without significant subsidy not worthwhile..."

Huh?

Around here, in the glorious suburban sprawl, everyone has a drilled well for water. Our drilled well is over 300 feet deep. Neighbours are mostly in the 200 foot range. Solid bedrock all the way, with occasional cracks where water pours in. It's so much per foot. Write a cheque. Not a big deal compared to building lot and building an entire house. Not a big deal, but it could add up if you need four holes!

For heat, one over-ambitious neighbour opted for a lake sourced heat pump. $30,000+ at 20 years ago!!, plus a machine room for the gear. Payback period, both fiscally and embodied resources, is about three lifetimes ...of the Universe. Not to mention his system needs more power than my 10kw baseboard heaters. Bad decision.

If you're trying to save money or save the planet, then investing a fortune and the associated embodied resources, is a very bad first step. Blame innumeracy.

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Re: Tiny heat:

@FK

Google: Carnot

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Re: I seem to remember

"...A living human body produces about 100 to 150 Watts of heat..."

I was told it's closer to 80 watts.

Replace your bed partner under the blankets with a 100 watt light bulb and I think you'll quickly see that 100 watts has to be an overestimate.

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Re: reducing energy consumption

HJ: "...greenies can't."

Self-proclaimed greenies, with their lack of common sense and dangerous idealism, are a vastly greater threat to the planet than the harmless lunatic "deniers".

The Siberian-Chinese natural gas deal *by itself* shoiuld contribute roughly a 1% reduction in CO2 global emissions (by displacing dirty and 2x CO2 coal), plus a vast incalculable reduction in NOx, a much worse GHG (even more benefit to climate change). Thank godness China is a one-party state. Else the idiot Greenies would be knee-jerk protesting the pipelines from Siberia, cause the project to be halted, and China would then continue to smolder dirty coal.

The greenies would then stare blankly at the Beijing smog wondering why it isn't going away.

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Re: reducing energy consumption

Marshalltown "Poor people have strong reasons for many children, not least that child mortality increases as wealth decreases. To have any surviving children..."

I documented this inverse to common sense relationship more than a decade ago. Very few have understood it, and policy makers haven't all brought it on board. You're one of the few to have instinctively grasped in on your own. It's not rocket science, so I'm frustrated that most people still don't get it.

High child mortality (e.g. 50%) has a high random deviation. So to achieve a high confidence of two surviving kids, you can't trust just having four babies, because you want better than 50/50 odds. So you have eight babies and end up with four kids on average to guarantee two.

.: High child mortality leads directly to high population growth. <- THAT! Simple math.

Low child mortality (modern world), has little room for variation. Want two, have two, end up with two. Leads to very low growth.

The nonsense about "educating women" (a very good thing anyway) is a red herring. Except possibly as a secondary effect that helps to lower child mortality. Mostly it's all about wealth and health of modernity leading to lower population growth via the above described counterintuitive mechanism.

Thank you.

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Re: reducing energy consumption

"...nearly all raw energy eventually ends up as heat."

I try to heat my electrically-heated house with consumer electronics.

Since our heating season in Canada is literally eight months long, any energy savings from low power netbooks and LED lightbulbs is thus 67% ineffective, since the electric heaters have to compensate for the reduction in "waste" heat. The big problem is not "deniers", it's that most environMentals are uneducated about such technical details.

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Re: I seem to remember

"The pump is powered by a 2ft square Solar Panel."

Sure... Water exchange pump? You forgot to mention that the heat pump itself is powered through a 30A circuit breaker using grid power.

If you're claiming that the heat pump is powered by a small panel, then you either live in a bread box or you're a bald faced liar.

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Re: Between a rock and a hard place

"...(aided and abetted by the climate change deniers)..."

Naive and idiotic environmentalists with their innumeracy and hair dresser skill sets are a bigger danger than the harmless "deniers". Are people too busy arguing with the deniers that they don't have time to install a thermal blanket on their hot water tank?

The deniers are no more an impediment to action than the Flat Earth Society were an impediment to the Apollo space program.

Really getting tired of hearing that as an excuse. It's not acceptable.

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Re: reducing energy consumption

"If you have a roof over your head, own a car and eat two meals a day, have a few pounds/dollars in the bank, you are already on the list of the rich."

You need to travel more. Only the car claim is true. The world is doing vastly better than it was a few decades back. Roof and two square meals a day is now widespread. Not universal, but certainly the rule.

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Re: reducing energy consumption

PC: "...reducing birth rate would help..."

This isn't the 1970s. Reduced birth is already a fact in most countries. Overpopulation isn't the big issue it once was. We'll probably peak at about 9B around 2050, and most of that in Africa. The new issue is too few young people leading to skewed to elderly demographics.

It's pretty much an over-solved problem.

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Naive -> "What’s needed are zero-carbon energy sources..."

What's the old saying? "Perfection is the enemy of good enough."

Instead of holding out for perfection ("zero-carbon"), why don't we actually *do* something in the near term, even if it's not "zero". Do this: Reduce the amount of electricity made from coal and increase the amount of electricity made from natural gas, with half the CO2. When the renewables perhaps, maybe, eventually, hopefully, actually come online, then simply turn the handle on the pipeline to ramp down the use of Natural Gas.

With this approach, our windmill and solar panel factories could be powered by clean burning natural gas instead of dirty coal that also emits twice the CO2.

It's not and end state. It's a logical stepping stone.

And eventually the natural gas fueled power stations could have fast reacting gas turbines to provide backup power when there's no wind, no sunshine and no tides at the same time. Low duty cycle hopefully.

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

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Paperclip antennas - functional or legal decoration?

The early pictures clearly showed the antenna cards racked and stacked horizontally deep in the bowels of what appeared to be a basement data center. Right next to all sorts of electrically noisy equipment. Also, there was no sign of preamplifiers or cabling. Everything presented at that time strongly suggested that they were pure fake.

Later pictures showed that some were (then?) installed vertically behind a radome wall with direct line of sight to the transmitter site, such as the Empire State building. This clear shot to the signal at least opened up the slight possibility that they were actually doing something like what they claimed. But far from certain. And perhaps it was a Mark II version that was slightly less fake. Not sure.

Maybe the next opportunity would be for somebody in the UK to stream BBC TV out to us here in the cold colony. It's not until we spend $100 A MONTH !!! on satellite TV do we reach the higher numbered channels that are not mind numbing crap.

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Re: They should have done it differently

When you creep to the other side of the line, they'll just move the line.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Can anyone suggest an adblocker / browser solution for Win 8 RT ?

One of my many gadgets is a Surface 2 running Win 8.1, but it's the non-Intel RT version of the OS.

I've not yet found an adblocker solution, making the Surface 2 and its lovely screen rather unusable for YouTube.

Can anyone suggest an adblocker / browser solution for Win 8 RT ?

Thanks.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: Shot in the foot/ and you're to blame/ you give Windows/ a bad name

At least they finally blinked and gave up on their "New Coke" moment of forcing the stupid Metro tiles down everyone's throat. 8.1 is a big improvement over the GUI-as-a-religion 8.0 nonsense; now 8.1 is just like the Mormons constantly knocking on your door offering tiles.

And I understand they finally fired the idiot that was pushing it so hard.

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Re: It's not like many people complain about the Windows kernel

CB suggested "...just install cygwin directly on top of Windows..."

Nobody done this yet? Seems like a good post-grad project for someone.

An intermediate API translation layer perhaps?

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Re: All that fuss

Perhaps the label has some deeper meaning, the change indicating something beyond just the label itself.

Do you think?

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Re: The Chinese will love this build

I came here to point out the same Chinese enjoying of 888 thing, but you're faster. Beer for you. Cheers.

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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Don't forget that...

Don't forget that there is other software in a phone besides the obvious OS and apps.

Just for example, the actual transceiver or "baseband" chip will have it's own software load, quite separate from the OS. And the power control IC probably has a SW load. Even a SIM card is actually a computer.

I'm waiting for the day when someone will start selling a single PN of SMT resistor that can be programmed, perhaps over NFC, to any value of resistance. When that day comes it would help people to not forget hat there are other software items in a phone besides the obvious OS and apps.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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DNA/RNA

DNA or RNA. Pretty dense storage. Inherently MLA with the quad-state digits.

If they could just nano-miniaturize the readers and printers, then we'd have this option.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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"In defence of Uber..."

Why?

Uber clearly seems to be run by teenagers. They're constantly acting like immature, self-centered twits. If they keep going in this manner, they'll implode at some point.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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HUMAN DNA to be FOUND ON MOON

Ah, yeah. Plenty of it frozen in the lumps of Apollo-era feces that were presumably flung outside before they left.

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Greening the copper with NFV, lower power optics from GreenTouch

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Low power? Have they spoken with Chris Toumazou yet?

20-some years ago he developed current-mode circuits applicable to ultralow power operation. Might be worth bringing his ideas on board.

Source: very recent BBC Life Scientific, Europe Inventor of the Year.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: Slack

MW: "Using free wifi for a security update? Call me paranoid..."

Okay... You're paranoid.

Most every OS will check the files it downloads to make sure that they've not been fiddled by the hackers that you fear are hiding under the counter at Starbucks.

You're more likely to choke to death on your Latte.

One should really learn to balance risks using logic, not irrational fear.

Don't smoke. Wear your seatbelt. When driving, make use of that large conveniently situated transparent screen provided by your vehicle manufacturer. Have a varied diet. Look both ways before crossing the street. Don't wear headphones while walking on train tracks. Hmmm... We're getting down into the weeds here.

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Re: MS, please help me understand

AC: "...pretty much impossible to release 100% bug free code, especially when your talking about..."

Also pretty much impossible to write a sentence with the correct spelling of "you're".

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Re: MS, please help me understand

"MS developers don't know anything about coding"

DING DING DING.

We have a winner!

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Re: Stop signs at junctions.

@PO'S: "subtitles"

In Anglo Canada, I've seen English subtitles when Newfoundlanders speak on TV documentaries. They're speaking English, just not as we know it Jim.

Then again, same thing for some of the British. Subtitles.

I was in the southern USA recently. I could barely understand some of them.

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Re: Stop signs at junctions.

At least they don't spray paint ARAF all over the roads.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Display pwned in 3.. 2.. 1..

Bingo.

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World leaders rubber-stamp tax recoup effort at G20 gabfest

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Slap in import duty on "imports" of IP rights

E.g. "Trademark Royalties" (a.k.a. untaxed profits) going out, with supposed "rights" being "imported" to balance the books.

Slap an import duty on 'em. Like, this morning. Order in Council or whatever it's called. Then have lunch.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Horses for courses

It looks French. The Subject line word "Horses" helped to coalesce my thoughts for some reason. Hmmm, what's for lunch?

Looks French. For 'ATOYOT' *, that's an improvement. A big improvement. Their cars are typically so hidiously, gob-smackingly ugly that I can feel bile rising each time one enters my field of view. All of them, no exceptions. Including those branded Lexus. They also don't seem to know how to install an exhaust pipe; always dangling beneath the car. Even brand new. Idiots.

* Toyota once sponsored a big silly sail boat in some big silly sail boat race. Must have been 12 or 15 years ago. The camera helicopters trailed the boats, so the brand name emblazoned on the translucent sails were only visible from the rear. Every since then, they've been called "ATOYOT" in our household.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Guess who?

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A. You will make sure

- that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;

- that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;

- that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.

B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, you will forego

-my sitting at home with you;

-my going out or traveling with you.

C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:

- you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;

- you will stop talking to me if I request it;

- you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.

D. You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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"Walmart....purveyor of the finest ***China*** has to offer..."

There. I fixed it for you.

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Ethernet patents claim smacked down by US judge

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Defendants can recover costs...

That's interesting.

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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Re: argh -- have to go anon for this one.

AC "...Since I *work* for a cable company..."

What you wrote is all good, explaining all the difficulties in updating networks. Very difficult, very expensive, very slow. Sounds awful.

But Bell (Aliant) is still rolling out FibreOp FTTH anyway.

In one day, a few trucks of an outsourced installation company rolled through. There were more road safety folks than fiber optic cable installer folks. In and out and done very quickly. Then a week or so later a tech showed up and plugged in a FO cable, ran it through the woods, and left it dangling beside the house. Maybe two hours work. Then #3 tech showed up to screw some boxes to the panel. A few hours. Now POTS is on fibre, and 175 Mbps net.

It did cost millions, but that brought FTTH for thousands of homes. Seemed pretty quick and relatively easy. Now the phone company offers "Cable" TV service. Better than Cable TV. Yikes!

They're continuing to roll it out all over the place. Inexorable.

Good luck.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Net neutrality: the already solved problem

MO says it's easy.

What if the bottleneck is not near the customer's last mile link, but is actually somewhere between (for example) Netflix's undergroud lair and the ISPs?

What if, unlike every other content provider of the same scale, Netflix didn't want to play by the same basic rules (share costs) as others with their own CDNs?

What if Netflix participated in perpetrating a myth that the 3 or 6 Mbps of their stream speed readout was somehow a reflection of the actual speed of the customer's last mile link?

Not so simple.

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Re: This is why the Carriers and ISP's......

Dan Paul "This is why the Carriers and ISPs should never be allowed to own the physical networks. ... no impetus ... to increase the bandwidth of the network."

And yet, Bell (Aliant) FibreOP does exist.

A counterexample.

A telco that is also an ISP.

Spent and spending many millions of dollars to roll out FTTH.

We chose 175 Mbps just because. Previously 1.4 Mbps ADSL on copper.

The secret impetus is that the telco is now able to offer 'cable' TV service.

Haven't seen any lead. That must be a very old neighbourhood. Traditionally telcos rely on twisted pairs, not so much on lead shielding.

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