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Here in SF I opted out from the telco-cableco duopoly, and I get 45Mbps symmetrical service from an outfit called Web-Pass, for $45/month. They use the Cat3 wiring inside my apartment building to deliver 100Base-T Ethernet, with a microwave beacon on the roof for backhaul. In some other locations, they offer the full 100Mbps. I'd much rather have the enhanced uploads, as I run my own servers at home and do offsite backups over the network.
I fail to see how virtualized SIMs fundamentally change the equation. Users already can and do swap SIMs. This just makes it easier for Apple to provision phones without having to physically swap SIMs. Operators get their market power through things like SIM-lock and plain old oligopoly in the US, and a cartel-like refusal to offer data services on a prepaid basis. That's not likely to change soon.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2010 on How to Bypass Carriers Apple-Style at VoIP Watch
Another factor to consider is that "open access" to public information does not necessarily mean it is equally open to all social groups as a practical matter, and in fact acts to the detriment of the poor: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/when_open_data_is_bad.php
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on What is Wrong With Government 2.0 at Whimsley
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I use a Matias Tactilepro V3 on my Mac at home (and have a spare just in case they stop manufacturing it, as they did with the V1): http://majid.info/blog/matias-tactilepro-3-0-review/ I rotated my old V1 Tactilepro to my office. Some keycaps are fading on the V1, but the V2 is laser-engraved. For Mac users, it's pretty much the only game in town.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
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