Re: please help FreeNet by becoming a node

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From: Missouri FreeNet Administration (
Date: Mon Mar 06 2000 - 20:24:09 PST

On Sat, 4 Mar 2000, David Honig wrote:

:Its not the up/down allocation that's the concern: its
:the ham-handedness in denying 'servers' in their contract,
:instead of say specifying the upstream rate ("you must not generate more
:than 384 kbps x 24 hours per day upstream").

This is pretty much an industry standard, whether your connectivity comes
from dial-up, cable, dsl, etc. The reasoning is to provide for a higher
over-subscription rate. If you want to run servers, which traditionally
have *much* higher bandwidth requirements, you need to pay for that type
of connection. Let's face it: it costs the company more to run that line
for you if you are using more bandwidth. Around these parts, a 128K
residential account, unlimited (as to bandwidth, not to type of service)
runs about 50.00 a month. There's a damn good reason to charge the same
dedicated line, *which allows servers/resale/etc*, four times that amount.

:But, geez, let people use their pipe any way they want, within the limits
:of what they paid for. Maybe that's the problem.
:The marketeers won't let the engineers point out that
:certain values are peak, that everyone can't flush the toilet
:at the same time.

Like it or not, the provider needs to make a living too...

As for everyone flushing at the same time, the concern is more "how often
will they flush", rather than will the all flush simultaneously...

:Apologies for continuing this tangent,



J.A. Terranson

If Governments really want us to behave like civilized human beings, they
should give serious consideration towards setting a better example:
Ruling by force, rather than consensus; the unrestrained application of
unjust laws (which the victim-populations were never allowed input on in
the first place); the State policy of justice only for the rich and 
elected; the intentional abuse and occassionally destruction of entire
populations merely to distract an already apathetic and numb electorate...
This type of demogoguery must surely wipe out the fascist United States
as surely as it wiped out the fascist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The views expressed here are mine, and NOT those of my employers, associates, or others. Besides, if it *were* the opinion of all of those people, I doubt there would be a problem to bitch about in the first place... --------------------------------------------------------------------

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