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Paying for web access by the byte

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by N8 v2.0, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Whoa!!! This oughta git the netizens excited!

    http://biz.yahoo.com/nytimes/080614/1194785259060.html?.v=3

     

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  2. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    f*ck that
     
  3. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Apple will just have to come to the rescue. Again...
     
  4. DRB

    DRB unemployed bum

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    THEY suck.
     
  5. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    And how do you propose Apple will come to the rescue? I'm sure their iTunes store (it's even mentioned in the article) is a HUGE part of the problem!
     
  6. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    You SUCK sucker!

    Apple intarweb service and FREE Titanium shiny things for everybody!
    :weee::beerjam::shakefist::panic::wave::popcorn:
     
  7. johnbryanpeters

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    This has been under discussion for some time.
     
  8. j.les

    j.les Monkey

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    Then they should start charging all these couch potatoes for the amount of time they spend watching cable TV. Maybe then this country wouldn't be so FAAAAT.
     
  9. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I'm completely okay with this if the non-heavy user service goes down in price.

    There is absolutely no legitimate reason why ISPs should not charge-as-you-go. It costs them more money as you go, why should it not be paid for by the user?

    Unfortunately, I'm sure this will turn into an issue where they leave their prices the same, and just add on a surcharge for those heavy users - which is ridiculous.
     
  10. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    I dunno, just market it as premium service packages and charge more to get more. They've already hurt themselves by announcing possible slow downs for some users.
     
  11. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I am already on a Similar type of system , Verizon Fios , has 3 plans

    5MBit down /2 Mbit up
    15mb/5 mb
    170Mb /30 MB

    this way heavier users pay more

    BTW I use 5/2 .

    Yeah Right!! that would be a fast way to kill the company Microsoft Tried it in the mid 90's and with MSN and lost Tons of Money.
     
  12. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I can't just go back to regular p0rn! That aint right!
     
  13. dan-o

    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    Makes perfect sense to me. I like me some fast internets but I don't use it that often.
     
  14. ire

    ire Turbo Monkey

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    Thats the speed, but I think they are talking about total downloads over a month

     
  15. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    I thought d/load limits were the norm in the rest of the world. Certainly is in Australia.
    Not here in Nippon thank christ, never will be either I'd say.
     
  16. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    yes but limiting the speed, limits the bandwidth.
     
  17. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    The contingent of tentacle rape porn fanatics is too strong, eh?
     
  18. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    Well obviously there's that but the ISPs are in bed with the IPTV people here so can't see anyone wanting to throttle bandwith. Good thinking, value add to get more revenue through.
     
  19. ire

    ire Turbo Monkey

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    I think I catch what you’re saying….if they limit the pipe, you wouldn’t be able to download 20 gigs even if you were on around the clock?
     
  20. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Pssh. I refuse to believe that any force is stronger than Japan's desire for weird fetish porn.
     
  21. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    My favorite bandwidth story is when I was working in the era of home modem use. The head of the PC department, who my personal rival, asked me about monitoring activity to the corporate firewall (controlled by the main office).

    I mentioned that if you use a SSH tunnel, it would be impossible to see what was being downloaded, but that you could not hide how much bandwidth you use.

    Fast forward 3 months later, this guy was fired. Apparently, he took my advice and used a SSH tunnel, but he downloaded so much pornography (probably with a bot), that he had other people doing his work. I believe his bot was downloading 24/7 for weeks.
     
  22. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Gang probed by the Golden Banana

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    I'd agree with this if part of the extra $$ they make was used to improve Internet infrastructure, improving service for all. However, as we know, these companies don't care about anything but profit. Meanwhile the US is falling behind in technologies that were essentially born here.
     
  23. ire

    ire Turbo Monkey

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    Like downhill racing?
     
  24. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    No, like the need for tentacle rape porn!

    Please try to keep up.
     
  25. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Turbo Monkey

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    I'm fine with them charging people by the byte, as long as that means that for the 95% of us that aren't a problem would see lower bills.

    But that will never happen.

    And because of that I am against it. If doing this means more equitable billing then I am all for it, but I see this as a ploy to raise more revenue. Basically we'll see two programs: "unlimited downloads" and "even more unlimited downloads"

    It will be stupid. If you give people unlimited bandwidth, you have to take it like a man when someone takes you up on it.