Monday, September 12, 2011 5:51:29 PM
Well, a trifecta today. This one is actually a comment about Society more than a specific piece of technology, though I will discuss a Droid 3. In fact, I'll start there. I recently got my first Smart Phone. Due to my really old Motorolla stopping charging well, and some deals, I picked up a Droid 3. Now, I know Verizon has a 2GB data cap (well on the basic plan, I could pay outrageous amounts for more I guess). I didn't care - I wasn't going to use much data anyway, having both WiFi at home and work and computers in each place for real internet browsing, all I was going to use the data for might be some comparison shopping when out and about and weather data perhaps. Oh, and sometimes gasbuddy.
It's true, I'm not even hitting 200MB, forget about 2GB. So all is well with the world right? Well, not really. I realized that Verizon, by setting a cap, has basically prevented us from actually using new technology to its fullest potential. Oh, yes I can check e-mail, the news, weather etc while I'm running about. That has changed my life a slight amount. But many of the uses advertised, that may well have further revolutionized peoples lives, are prevented because of the amazingly high data costs. I'm thinking Video Calls, watching youtube / hulu / netflix, and pandora or Grooveshark for music.
I don't do any of those, because I'm scared of going over my cap. Even though I probably wouldn't immediately, I can imagine if I was to replace my flash drives with MP3s with grooveshark, even the 80 minutes each day I'm in the car would probably use up the actual data allotment in less than a month.
Even though it's actually just having me not start doing something I've never done before (so I don't miss it - it's like a negative lifestyle change, it's preventing a change), I still feel it's bad.
It's preventing innovation. It's potentially promoting piracy of content. Where with unlimited Caps you could just click on netflix when the desire hit you, you now have to have planned ahead to extract to your phone from your PC. At that point, why jump through hoops for the file vs torrenting an avi? Same goes for music. Where you might have paid for Pandora or Grooveshark premium, you now have to pre-download the MP3. Why go through the hassle of ... tool, when you can just grab the album in one go from ____.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:51:44 PM
So now ISPs in the US want to cap data transfers after years of unlimited use. And charge overages. It seems they want to kill the internet to me... Now I know all the arguments, I've read DSLR for years. ISPs are oversubscribed etc...
I understand that ISPs can't provide dedicated bandwidth to every user at anything like costs that home users will pay. What I don't understand is how caping is going to help. Caping doesn't alleviate conjestion - network management/QoS/throttling does. Personally I'm ok with QoS during heavy use times. I understand that if everyone is on at once, the net will slow down for everyone. Caps don't propose to try and slow down access during heavy use, they will just front load the slowdowns at the beginning of the month before everyone has used up their caps.
The worst part of course is some ISPs claiming to cap at 5GB. This is insane - I'll go back to dial up and get more data, and pay less every month. Most of my bandwidth use is in background moving of files / e-mail. Much of my other use is forums - mainly text. Oh, and I use Opera so I can of course deal with slow internet. $10/month is going to drop my bill, and back to lowest phone plan... just for the net. So they go from $100 a month to $30 a month... real way to make money or deal with internet use.
I'm also ok with the arguments that users who use more should pay more, but if we're going to do that, what's good for the goose is good for the gander - i.e. lets bill by the GB. No $45 a month to start, lets have an equivelent line fee (maybe up to $10 to keep DSL going) and some real cost of GB / month. Maybe up to $1.50 / GB though that sounds like highway robbery, it's what we pay at work, so probably reasonable to get the bandwidth out to the rural area. However, I will need a couple things - one a official billing bandwidth meter, like I get with the electric company, and a way to block stuff I don't want, like port scans, from spending my money. Maybe something like the telephone where you don't pay for incoming calls or the like...
Anyway, 5GB is absolutely useless for the internet now adays, and I think will lead to more unpatched computers etc... Bad all around.