Not that it in any way excuses the prices and rate hikes but I would like the point out that the broadcast transmission fees are paid out to the local tv stations (which more often than not are locally owned) and NOT to the network. So even though they own NBC, Comcast isn't charging the broadcast fee and then paying it to itself.
All that said, Comcast can't go suck an egg. Google will be here soon and I can't wait.
The problem with that is cost. I work in school IT. We pay about $200 per drop to get one installed. Our centrally managed wireless access points cost around $500/ea plus the installation, say $700 total. One access point can easily handle, say, 30 computers. That's $700 vs $3000 for the equivalent number of ethernet drops. Oh, and it also only uses one port for all those machines instead of needing to add a very expensive 48 port switch that costs several thousand dollars to handle the extra drops.
Hours? Try days. Distance to geosynchronous orbit is a bit over 22,000 miles. Even if your space elevator car could average 1000 mph ascending that's still almost 24 hours to get there. It's doubtful that you're going to have climbers going 1000 mph though. A much more realistic speed might be 250 mph. Well your one day climb is now four days.
Now let's consider that there are two ways to counterweight the elevator. The first method is to extend the cable as far out as it is from the earth, so a total length of around 45,000 miles. The other option is to anchor the cable to a small asteroid located a few thousand miles past geostationary orbit. The asteroid would be a more logical choice since it gives you the raw materials for a space station too. Just hollow it out, send the minerals down to earth for processing if they aren't going to be needed in space, and build your station inside it.
Guess what, we'll assume the station is about 5000 miles past geostationary level. Now we're looking at another 20 hours. Basically five days up and five days down. A space elevator is great for getting lots of stuff up into space cheaply. Not so great for getting it up QUICKLY.
Hurricanes won't be an issue because the elevator would have to be on the equator. Hurricanes can't cross the equator, not as hurricanes anyways. The winds are relatively calm within a few degrees of the equator like that as well.
That's possible, assuming it is a franchise and not a corporate-owned location. However I would think that a) he would still be concerned about bad publicity given that the McDonalds is in the area of the protests and thus most of his customers would be too and b) McDonalds corporate office would lean on him heavily because of the bad publicity it would bring them, possibly it could even be a violation of the franchise agreement.
I mean, everyone always complains about how kids these days don't like to read. I can't imagine that for most of them going to adult books is going to be their first choice. So if they're seeking out books instead of watching videos then good on them I say!
with this, aside from the principle of the thing I mean, is let's say that, uh, someone who isn't me likes porn and has AT&T for internet. What happens when their algorithm decides that since they like porn so much they should start getting ads for adult sites injected and their kids start getting those ads since it's the same connection?
>The fact that the EFF has apparently stepped up and shown interest might be enough to keep it from reaching that point, it depends on how much control the publisher has over their lawyers, and themselves.
Well it really makes sense for the EFF to be willing to get involved if it goes to court. A victory for the publisher would almost certainly mean that extensions like Adblock would also be made illegal. In fact, pretty much any extension that alters a page could become illegal (so, most of them?).
Cause I'm pretty sure I would have raised a stink about it and I would have not only reposted them on Facebook (along with a scathing description of what went down), I probably would have put them up on Reddit and anywhere else they would have gotten attention too. Maybe even my local news channels.
So a couple of months ago I was in the AT&T store getting a replacement SIM card for a phone and the rep started talking to me about U-verse. She sold me on it but I decided to give Comcast one last chance to provide me with a similar deal. I called them up to tell them what AT&T was offering me and give them a chance to match it. If they had even been close I probably would have accepted just for the hassle factor. I got through to retentions and the guy on the other end was a complete jerk. He talked down to me, his comments, questions and tone of voice made it pretty clear that he thought I was trying to scam them and they wouldn't even come CLOSE to what AT&T was offering me. Aside from the $300 in Visa gift cards, Comcast wanted about $70 more a month for a package close to what AT&T offered.
So I said screw it, canceled Comcast by taking everything into the local office and had U-verse installed. I now get more channels by far, my internet is comparable (Comcast was rated for 50 mbps, U-verse for 45). I won't say everything was perfect (it wasn't, I had a few issues caused by the initial installer doing a crap job, a couple of equipment issues and problems at the node up the road) but I've been pretty happy with it outside of those. Most of the people have been very helpful and polite. The onsite techs even gave me their cell numbers and said if I had any more problems in the next 30 days that I could call them directly. It's like they looked at what Comcast is doing and said, "Let's not do that. In fact, let's do the fucking opposite of that."