Yup; the Internet is screwed up.

Jared Mauch jared at puck.nether.net
Fri Jun 10 09:22:04 CDT 2011


On Jun 10, 2011, at 10:04 AM, Scott Brim wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 09:47, Chris Adams <cmadams at hiwaay.net> wrote:
>> I'd go so far as to say "user failure".  If I wanted cable TV
>> (especially if I needed it at home as part of my job), I wouldn't
>> buy/rent/lease/whatever a home without checking that cable TV is
>> available at that location.
> 
> Yeah, he messed up, but the social problem is still real.  The
> Internet is now more important than electricity or water -- you can go
> off the grid or dig your own well, but more and more you can't get a
> job or talk to the government without web access and email.
> 

I have an off-the-grid location I can go to.  I can get internet access there with a VZ MIFI at speeds of 1Mb/s.  What I can't get is a software update over that service to keep my devices secure.  The 5GB data cap gets in the way.  

The current set of iphone/ipad firmware updates are about 700mb per device.  Not counting the latest combo updater (or incremental) for MacOS. (Hopefully with the 5.0 software announced they will do OTA updates on a different APN that doesn't count against ones data limits).

I don't use windows so not sure what those weigh in at, but they're bound to be a few hundred megs.

- Jared



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