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Monday, March 27, 2006

 
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crap. carl points us to a nerve article about religious conservative philip anschutz: "A heavy contributor to the Republican Party for decades, Anschutz helped fund Amendment 2 [as a former coloradoan i say, *that bastard!*], a ballot initiative to overturn a state law protecting gay rights, and helped stop another initiative promoting medical marijuana. More recently, he helped fund the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank that mounted a public relations campaign and financed 'research' into intelligent design. He has also supported the Media Research Council, the group that generated nearly all the indecency complaints with the FCC in 2003."

he's also the owner of at least 20% of the Regal, Edwards and United Artists theatres. the 2wenty? yep, that's him. AND he's a major stakehold in qwest (our DSL provider). AND one of the movie companies he's created was responsible for *the lion, the witch and the wardrobe*. AND he owns any newspaper than ends in the word "examiner." so unless i give up DSL and only go to century eastport to watch specially selected movies, i'll be giving money to him. i don't ordinarily do the pocketboook politics thing, but that makes me queasy.

Comments:
You mean the century 16 theater? That's the only place i go to watch movies anyways. That's an easy choice.
You can't get a cable modem?
 
yeah, century 16. but the regal fox sometimes carries movies i want to see.

through comcast? eh. & we don't have cable, which makes it more expensive. besides, i prefer dsl to cable (no network effect), but qwest is the only dsl provider here.
 
Expensive yes, but my cable modem is so much faster than DSL it's no contest. I have never had any "network effect" problems, and I've had cable for several years. Plays well with my wireless net too.
/end commercial
 
what's "network effect"?
and i agree that cable is much, much faster than DSL. I tried my neighbor's DSL connection and found it painfull.
basic cable is something like $12. you get a $10 discount if you have cable tv and modem.
 
man, two votes for cable.

but we don't want tv cable at all. just the slick shiny tubes that delivers our internet drugs, please. does anyone have a strong anti-cable bias? the network effect has been my strongest argument, but i'm crumbling... the thought of sven downloading movie bits all in one chunk (rather than stopping & starting) is a powerful lure.

(alex: each dsl line goes directly to your house, but cable is shared within a "neighborhood," however that's defined by the cable co. so technically, you're all on a subnet. even ignoring privacy issues, if everyone hopped on at once and download movies, your bandwidth would suffer).
 
Our dsl doesn't seem to be that much slower than my connection at the university (which is fast, fast, fast), and our cable co. is Time/Warner and we hate to giving them $$.

But if we had your dilemma, the cable co. might be the lesser of 2 evils. Have you checked out the owners of your cable company? They might be more despicable -- although it's hard to see how.

and the Word Verification for the moment is "padafoxd" -- kinda has a nice ring to it.
 
comcast is owned by ralph roberts & his son, brian. if i have to give money to someone, i'd rather give it to them than anschutz. but sven points out that our phone is also qwest, so it's not like we can get rid of anschutz completely.

maybe i'll wait to subscribe to the regional wifi that should be showing up... any.. day.. now....

(nice word verification, susan. can you use it in a sentence? ;)
 
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