Too bad most of it is in neighborhoods most don't want to live in
I was born and raised in the Kansas City area. I currently live in a suburb on the Kansas side. Currently a lot of us are very very excited that Google is in town and making huge waves against the entrenched providers like Time Warner, Comcast, SureWest, and AT&T. This competition will be great...
The only problem is that the vast majority of the areas covered by this project right now are areas that most middle class people just don't want to live in due to crime and poverty. That said there are a few significant areas that look like they are covered. This includes the revitalized downtown and Cross Roads areas, The Plaza, Waldo, and I believe maybe even the River Market area.
I think in those areas Google Fiber will thrive. But I think Google Fiber would take off even more if they extended a bit further southwest on the Kansas side into Johnson County. This county is arguably one of the richest in the nation per capita. I will admit that I do live in this county, so I am a bit biased. But it has a lot more people with the money to spend and a high population density.
None the less, we are very excited to have this service here. Especially with all the fancy new tech and speeds. We have been treated very poorly by the incumbent ISPs and it is time that we had some real competition to spur them into treating us like customers instead of cash cows. I believe that at least 70-80% of the people I know would use Google Fiber over any of the other providers here.
Another positive, the areas that they are building in are rich with businesses, schools, hospitals, police, and other organizations that would greatly benefit from this service. Especially the public ones that would get the service for free. You can't beat that. Our schools in KC need all the help they can get.
I have personally been taking all these lawsuits by Apple towards Samsung as a sign that I should really closely at Samsung products next time I am in the market to buy a smartphone or a tablet.
Actually these lawsuits are part of the reason why I chose a Samsung Galaxy s2 when my friends and I put our money together and bought a tablet for a close friend of ours. Seemed like a no brainer with the price, features, and Apple's unwitting accolades towards it. He loves it.
Thanks Apple for helping me find more affordable competitors products to purchase. Tell me, will you be putting together a coolness/competitiveness matrix that I can refer to the next time I want to find affordable products similar to Apple products in coolness and ease of use? That would help even more.
I think it would be really awesome if someone created a counter-logo to this that has a Creative Commons license. This logo would indicate to the customer/consumer that the creators don't, in fact, think they are crooks. That they look forward to the consumer watching the content and sharing it with their friends (thereby spreading the word about the works of the content creator and building their fan-base and popularity).
It should have a warm friendly smile, maybe a cute woodland creature, and a message to the effect of "Thank you for using our content. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family. We want your business."
You have no idea how many glassy-eyed stares I have received when I have tried to discuss these issues with non-techies and even some techies.
Most just don't see it as all that important at all. And I understand that to some extent. They have a lot going on in their lives and this just seems so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. That is until you understand how this effects your life, your future choices, and your freedoms.
I am glad to see others are recognizing this problem too.
If some a-hole at the USTR wants to pretend that he has more of a right to control and see the documents that they make that the US is held accountable for than any elected member of Congress then he has another thing coming to him.
I think it is time to fire him, throw out anything he was working on, and hire someone who isn't corrupt.
So I am getting confused here. Is the Department of Justice separate from the Judicial Branch? The name is very misleading if it is. Also then you refer to the government, yet both of the aforementioned entities are part of the government. Just seems awkward, convoluted, and confusing.
That said, the Attorney General Eric Holder should be fired and disbarred for all of his actions while in office/power. He clearly doesn't care about the law or justice. Its obvious that he is just bending over backwards for his Hollywood butt-buddies.
Unless I am missing something, I see a very simple solution. Get some third party web developers that are neutral to this to go into the megaupload system and re-enable login access to the site users, but don't allow files to be shared nor accessed by those accounts that didn't upload the files.
Since I know nothing of the setup nor complexity of the Megaupload system I cannot attest to the difficulty of such a task. But if they have a decent permissions system in place it shouldn't be too difficult. I'm a web developer and I have done stuff like that before, given only a user access to their own content.
If the person who uploaded the files is the only one to access them then how is it infringement? How can their possibly be any infringement?
It would be safe to assume that if they uploaded it in the first place and it is infringing material then they probably still have another way to get it (either through backups or other sites). So I don't see the difficulty here.
There should, however, be concerns that such developer access could pose a threat to data security for the MegaUpload defense team. But beyond that this seems very doable.
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Thank you @G Thompson. We have actually discussed a huge number of games that we could add to this. Things like billiards and poker, even Apples to Apples could be fun to add to the list.
We will probably start it off with outdoor sports and then work out how to best do indoor games.
We are also concerned with the safety of our users and want to avoid any unsafe (especially criminal) situations arising. So that is something on our minds as we work this out.
Also thank you for the link. I will try to keep the Techdirt community informed, but I think it may be another few months before I will have the first edition ready. Hopefully it won't take that long though.