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Reading the fine print
Apr 24th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Provo doesn’t know where its fiber is, Google makes city spend $500,000 to find it.

On Tuesday, the Provo city council formally approved the transfer of its iProvo fiber network to Google, making the city the third metro area to gain that sweet, sweet gigabit service. Google is only paying $1 for the network, but in return it will have to provide a “basic 5-megabit” connection to all residents for seven years and provide free gigabit service to 25 public institutions.

As it turns out, though, it’s not such a good deal as it might seem. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Provo Mayor John Curtis also revealed Tuesday that the city now owes a total of an additional $1.7 million to keep those fiber-optic lights on.

The city must also pay “about $500,000 to a civil engineering firm to determine exactly where the fiber optic cables are buried, a requirement by Google,” the Tribune reported. “Curtis admitted that the construction company that installed the fiber cables underground did not keep records of where they buried all of them.”

[Ars Technica]

One part of this story in particular grabbed my attention because of Google’s recently announced plans to bring fiber to Austin:

As we reported previously, Provo taxpayers are still on the hook to pay off the city’s $39 million bond that was used to fund the network’s construction—the city still collectively owes $3.3 million in payments in the next 12 years.

If Google wants to be an honest business and make an investment in fiber infrastructure here in Austin, followed by charging people money to use it, great! But if they’re expecting the city government to steal money to pay them to do business here, then thanks but no thanks.

Quote of the Day
Apr 24th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Quote.

“The terrorists don’t hate America because of its freedoms. The Republicans and Democrats hate America because of its Freedom. The terrorists hate America because of the Republicans and Democrats.” — John Shuey

[End the War on Freedom]

Quote of the Day
Apr 21st, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Let’s get something straight. Anyone who uses a CZ-75…in a shooting competition is basically a cheater. This thing is simply too easy to shoot.

MrColionNoir

I’ve only entered one shooting competition, ever (I’m not at all competitive and was basically nagged into it), and I used my CZ-75B. Yes, I won.

Quote of the Day
Apr 16th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.

An evil man who has used bombs to target thousands of innocent civilians

Interesting news
Apr 9th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

It’s official: Google Fiber is coming to Austin “by mid-2014”.

Just days after Google sent out a sneaky little announcement inviting the press to the Texas capital, the company has now confirmed what we’d all long suspected. Austin is slated to receive the gigabit speed of Google Fiber “by mid-2014,” with a “similar choice of products as our customers in Kansas City,” priced at “roughly similar to Kansas City.”

Google has been reticent to say what its broader plans are for bringing Google Fiber to other communities around the US—on Monday, two Wall Street analysts concluded that Google likely wouldn’t bring it to the rest of the country.

Currently, in the Kansas City area, the service comes in three options: a $120 per month package (which includes TV-over-IP and a DVR to go along with it), a $70 per month package (same gigabit speed, minus the TV), and an option to get your house “Google Fiber”-ready at a one-time construction cost of $300 (which can be split up over 12 months)—that will bring 5Mbps, for free, over seven years.

[Ars Technica]

There’s no mention of where, exactly, they’re going to be installing it. If it comes to my neighborhood I’ll certainly pay for the $70 package.

Spoilers
Apr 2nd, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Sometimes having a broad general knowledge of fantasy literature can lead to a story you don’t know being given away far in advance. For example, there’s a scene in episode three of Game of Thrones where one of the characters talks about the cultural significance of dragons and how his ancestors came to power riding on their backs. Right there I can tell where a major part of the story is going, because one of the best known characters in fantasy is Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons.

Game of Thrones
Apr 2nd, 2013 by Ken Hagler

I finally got around to watching the beginning of Game of Thrones. I’ve never read the books it’s based on, but I get the distinct impression that some of the characters were supposed to be much younger than they are in the series.

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