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duerig
    @clarkgoble I've seen that! Hahaha.
    duerig
      @jws Both of them are looking for trendlines. One thinks we are seeing exponential improvement. The other thinks we are seeing something more like an asymptote.
      duerig
        @clarkgoble I'd be interested to know how new subdivisions are being built. Do they lay fiber to every house now by default like they do with water, sewage, and electrical? @johngordon
        duerig
          @jws They'd argue that most new tech falls into this category. Useful and incremental rather than transformative. The exponentials think that the world is on the brink of a society-shattering change. The fadders think 'not compared with what went before'.
          duerig
            @jws The people who dismiss cell phones and social networks as transformative make the comparison to previous tech. It is great and has made a difference. But the marginal difference of the house telephone was greater. @clarkgoble @oluseyi @johngordon
            duerig
              @johngordon If last mile deployment of Internet is too costly compared to last mile deployment of these other utilities, this implies that the marginal benefit of fast Internet must be much smaller than the marginal benefit of running water. @clarkgoble
              duerig
                @johngordon The whole thing with 'Last Mile Costs' is striking to me. It is as cheap or cheaper to string fiber on the last mile compared to telephone, power, sewage, water, or other utilities. @clarkgoble
                duerig
                  @johngordon @oluseyi @clarkgoble A part of me finds both these lines of argument compelling. So I keep flip-flopping back and forth between them. And some days I think that we will see an exponential increase in meaningless fads instead of progress. :)
                  duerig
                    @johngordon @oluseyi @clarkgoble The other half seem to argue that we are on the lower end of an exponential curve which will bring tech changes that are bigger and more transformational than anything that we have seen before. Society itself must change.
                    duerig
                      @johngordon @oluseyi @clarkgoble There seem to be two schools of thought that I come across with regards to tech. Half the people argue that the big tech innovations are in the past. Cell phones and social networks are closer to fads than transformations.
                      duerig
                        @murr Yep. It is a lot quieter now.
                        duerig
                          @clarkgoble It is still in invite-only mode. I am waiting for an invite code for snippets.today to try it out. A slick interface that lets me microblog and follow others on my own domain would be worth $5/month to me. @johngordon @jws
                          duerig
                            @clarkgoble Downtown SLC is very picturesque with lots of tall and lovely trees. It looks like a forest with just a few office buildings erupting out of it when you look down on it from the mountain peaks. My house had no line of site for microwave.
                            duerig
                              @clarkgoble Part of it is that they aren't requiring users to shoulder any of the burden for last mile. All I had to do to sign up was give them a $10 deposit. I would have paid them a couple hundred up front to cover installation.
                              duerig
                                @clarkgoble Yes. I am pretty much giving up on social after this. My last best hope is @manton's snippets.today. @johngordon @jws
                                duerig
                                  @clarkgoble I am pretty sure that the solution to this is for the city to start charging cable companies for rent on every cable and pole that is on public property. Currently, the telecom model involves sucking users and cities dry at the same time.
                                  duerig
                                    @johngordon I am pretty sure that I am doom to online services. I signed up for Google Fiber about a half hour before I saw the news articles about how they are cutting back... @clarkgoble @jws
                                    duerig
                                      @johngordon I subscribed to your linkblog RSS and blog RSS quite a while back on Newsblur. Still, it is a pity they aren't replicated here since I responded to the posts here when I had something to say.@clarkgoble @jws
                                      duerig
                                        @jws I have found that there are three rules for getting by in the world: Do not anger a wasp, do not cut off a bus in traffic, and always obey the orders of a cat. :-) @bzzz @33mhz @joanna
                                        duerig
                                          @jws I do live in the middle of a city. And I tend to go very still whenever I see one. Though probably it is a matter of luck as well. @bzzz @33mhz @joanna