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  1. #1561
    Seems pretty normal? It’s always interesting to compare on a global scale.

    In Sweden I payed 3k for fiber installation in my house. (That included some digging + installation)
    My current isp has a few bw options, we currently use a pretty low one, 100/100 for 40$.
    A 1000/1000 is currently 85$. Since we stream/buffer 100/100 does the trick.

    My phone plan is currenly 12$ for unlimited calls but low data.
    For 72$ I used to have an unlimited cell phone data plan. (But I almost never used it).

  2. #1562
    Fair enough, obv. a large housing co-op can negotiate a better discount than individual households.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

  3. #1563
    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuk2 View Post
    Due to the land being the size of the US I suppose, the outlay of infrastructure, hardware and sheer cabling required for high-speed broadband across large expanses of land must be considerable.

    500Mbps broadband and basic cable TV package here in the UK for £90 pm, so a little over a hundred US$.
    Quote Originally Posted by Flixy View Post
    But IIRC wiggin lives in New England which is densely populated.
    Yes, I believe rural costs are higher. I imagine Comcast and the like amortize their costs over all their customers to an extent but I'm probably getting a cheaper rate than someone in the boonies. The bigger limit here is availability, in lots of places in the hinterlands broadband access at all (let alone cost) is quite limited.
    "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first." - Werner Heisenberg (maybe)

  4. #1564
    My wife and I watched both seasons of I'm Sorry over the last week or two. It was pretty funny, I don't really know Andrea Savage at all, but she was pretty solid.

    Too bad they cancelled the third season because of Covid. The episodes were already written, though, so I'm hopeful someone picks it up. I don't even know what TruTV is, but this was a surprisingly fun show.
    "When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first." - Werner Heisenberg (maybe)

  5. #1565
    Quote Originally Posted by wiggin View Post
    Are you seriously telling me that if you purchase internet alone - without TV or phone - you are charged a regional sports fee? That is crazy.
    Yep, it's a compulsory fee. Can't opt-out. But I got some good news -- comcast is giving us a credit around $40 due to covid restrictions (can't watch games that aren't played, right?) But that still doesn't explain why we're forced to pay a Regional Sports fee in the first place. It's the kind of thing only a monopoly can demand and get away with.


    Sorta 'standard' ~100 Mbps internet is usually $40-50/month and that's what we had until the pandemic, we don't do much more than Netflix and email at home. But with our dramatically increased usage of bandwidth (typically 2-3 videochats at once + heavy use of cloud services) we shelled out for more. The added marginal cost for more bandwidth is quite small; I think it's about $110/month for 1 Gbps. But I frankly don't need the extra bandwidth and can come up with a better use for $150/year. I would consider fiber if it was actually available, but we all know the games Fios plays on that front.

    There are promotional bundles with TV that cost similarly but I don't want to deal with the hassle of cancellation and return of equipment once the promo pricing ends... and we really don't miss watching TV.

    But we all know that broadband connectivity in the US is unreasonably expensive. For me it's essentially a rounding error compared to the cost of housing, tuition, food, and healthcare (my biggest expenses by far, excluding taxes and retirement) but I imagine it's a substantial burden for people of modest means. There are crappy subsidized versions of broadband for the poor but it's far from ideal.
    Well, at least you admit that US broadband is crappy AND expensive. You don't have to be poor to see that costs are outrageous, or that "promotional bundles" are convenience schemes that only people of means can afford to pay. It's not really about watching TV, ya know, but affordable access to the internet, and if that should be treated like a Public Utility.

    Reset: I'm looking forward to "Resident Alien" on SyFy. I'll be really pissed if comcast moves that channel to another more expensive "tier" like they did with TCM.

  6. #1566
    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Fair enough, obv. a large housing co-op can negotiate a better discount than individual households.
    It doesn't work that way in the US.

  7. #1567
    Just saw "Oyadeng" (s05e07) and oh my God. Just completely blew me away. Dominique Tipper is just so goddamn' awesome, even if her arc comes with the surly dipshit and the dimestore Antonio Banderas. I did NOT see that coming—even as it was happening. Just a few seconds, but what a journey. A little mad at myself for not waiting for all the episodes so that I can binge...
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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    Come on. You know you couldn't wait. How possible is what she did?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazir View Post
    Come on. You know you couldn't wait. How possible is what she did?
    It didn't strike me as being the least bit plausible, and esp. not given how fast it was with the big guy... but I don't care, she's just so goddamn' cool

    We've started watching Wandavision, and, I really didn't expect to like it this much. Slow start, unique vibe, and they have fantastic chemistry—much better than their characters were in the movies. My wife was laughing her ass off. Think we're really gonna enjoy this show
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
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  10. #1570
    I'm sure it's going to get better but the first episode of WandaVision was empty boomer fan service.
    "In a field where an overlooked bug could cost millions, you want people who will speak their minds, even if they’re sometimes obnoxious about it."

  11. #1571
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    I'm sure it's going to get better but the first episode of WandaVision was empty boomer fan service.
    Approximately 5 boomers will see this show, and none will recognize the world it portrays
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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