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  • Jul 28th, 2014 @ 7:11pm

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    I just donated $60.

    I checked out their main page.. it's kind of annoying that I just gave them my credit card thinking I could read some of the interesting things on the main page... but... I don't get access unless TechDirt meets their goal.

    So... get on it people.

    If anyone knows... everything there is essentially paywalled. Does anyone know if it works with Pocket?

  • Jul 19th, 2014 @ 7:46am

    Re: To use a shipping company analogy

    If I pay FedEx for overnight service, I expect my packages to be delivered... overnight. But I'm a reasonable person. If FedEx gets an unexpected flood of packages, maybe I don't get the quality of service I paid for on a single days shipments. If it becomes a pattern, I'd expect FedEx to hire more people, re-evaluate their logistics, and, you know, do something about it.

    I suppose I'm being a bit lazy in that analogy on who pays and who the customer is. In this analogy, the shipper is the customer and the shipper pays. Asking the receiver to pay, in addition to the shipper, would be pure rent seeking.

    The fact is, I pay my ISP to connect me to the internet. I expect that (1) I get connected to the entire internet, and (2) the ISP reasonably peers with other networks in order to get good speeds to the other networks that I request data from. If ISPs were truly customer-centered, this is a no brainer. The customers want Netflix, so any ISP worth anything is going to make sure there is adequate bandwidth to Netflix.