James Barrett on 17 Feb 2009 04:42:51 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Public Service Announcement (Really)

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 7:37 AM, James Barrett <jadoba@jadoba.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 11:34 PM, Brian Vagnoni <bvagnoni@v-system.net> wrote:
>> My advice don't waist your time with 802.11b. Stick with just 802.11g support and later. People are going to have spend a little money as far as I'm concerned to use the service anyway. I was looking at some of the quotes on the website like "The internet is a path out of poverty". If this true, and the internet is not just a path to free pr0n then wouldn't you make internet access a priority in your life. $20/month for pay to play services like xDSL and cellular don't seem like a real hardship to me. I mean it's less than a dollar a day for access to virtually the sum of humankind's knowledge; a bargain as far as I'm concerned.
> That is so insightful.  Say nothing about the families who scramble to
> get $10 together in order to renew their drivers licenses, or who
> can't afford to pay their gas bills because the <$1000 they get in
> charity and welfare every month is not enough to pay to heat their
> run-down under-insulated homes with the almost-broken and terribly
> inefficient furnace.  For them to pay $20 for Internet access is a
> breeze, right?  Sure, and they should have no problem finding
> state-of-the-art e

... sorry, tab fail ... as I was saying,

People who are just scarping by should have no problem finding money
to purchase state-of-the-art equipment.

There are many pathways out of poverty, but don't think that everyone
can afford them just because you can.  Wireless Philadelphia might
seem like a novelty to you, but it is the only way for some people to
get online with their old freebie computers and "waist of time"
802.11b wireless adapters.

James Barrett
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