Yup; the Internet is screwed up.

Seth Mattinen sethm at rollernet.us
Fri Jun 24 00:47:18 UTC 2011

On 6/22/2011 14:33, Nathan Eisenberg wrote:
>> I agree, the whole use of the terms 'need' and 'want' in this conversation are
>> ridiculous.  It's the Internet.  The entire thing isn't a 'need'.  It's not like life
>> support or something that will cause loss of life if it isn't there.  The only thing
>> to even discuss here is 'want'.  Yes, consumers 'want' super-fast Internet,
>> faster than any of us can comprehend right now.  1Tbps to the house, for
>> everyone, for cheap!
> Wait, the internet isn't a need?  Is this 1991?  Of course it's a need, as surely as heat or electricity are needs.
> Without even trying, I can think of a dozen life-safety systems that rely solely on the internet for their functionality.

Life safety aside, enough common stuff is moving online (whether it's
paying bills, schoolwork, or preparing forms for the DMV ahead of time),
and it's slowly becoming a disadvantage to not have the internet.


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