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*video goes here*
Tee hee.


Makes the same point, but not nearly as annoyingly. Good ol' Weird Al.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGM8PT1eAvY[/ame]
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Originally Posted by Bobobearx View Post
http://www.rogers.com/web/link/hispe...owDefaultPlans

welcome to the club

60GB for 47$ a month. < what i have

or if your rich, 175GB for 100$ a month.

and your thinking why i'm against steam when i can get a disc copy
Ya I feel bad for people who live in parts of Canada that don't have alternative ISP's to Bell or Rogers that offer unlimited bandwidth packages, such as Eastlink.

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Originally Posted by gooddog View Post
This isn't about capping internet usage.
It is only about the pricing of service.

I get that some people may use a lot of bandwidth for netflix, steam, games, whatever, but does it really make sense that they would pay the same as a person who uses 1G bandwidth a month?
People who download lots already pay for a high speed connection. People who don't download lot's pay less for a slower connection.

This not about them making profit, it is about them maximizing their already high profit considering the cost of what they provide is already extremely low.
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If you think for a minute google (youtube), netflix, hulu, grooveshark, and other companies aren't going to fight this you would be wrong. Watch for a nice inflow of lobbying money against this.

Which is probably what they want. Hmm tough campaign this year how can we gin up some money. I know lets propose a ridiculous restriction that would kill off some really big businesses. They will send us money not to do it. Brilliant.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by srsdude View Post
This has to be a joke

The US is a backwards nation now?

Big Crapporations like Google/Apple/M$ are just taking control of people, setting up their pricing plans as if the technology is going backwards, and now the government wants to support that?

Good job, except you forgot one big flaw: instead of the Internet, piracy will continue, but this time on disks.

What are you gonna do next, randomly raid people's houses for "illegal" disks?

Information wants to be free, and you can't stop that. Plus, I can hardly believe anyone here who says that "ogm thoz piratz are destroyng mah compz bettar stop em"
Since when is Google a crapporation? From what I've seen, they don't have a service you need to pay for except for extra cloud storage.
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c0ck blocking every1 else just for a few pirates is not reasonable and is just not nice.
    
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post #46 of 168
Hm what can I say... Oligarchy, ancient alien theory, nostradamus effect, among several other things. I love the part where we all get screwed though.
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Capping bandwidth will discourage piracy?

Not really. Pirates will simply circumvent the attempt at restriction.
Ex: Tom's internet is capped at 250GB/mo. Tom's torrent usage is more than that, so Tom rents a torrenting server in Europe on a 100Mbit connection. Tom can now upload 10x as fast as he could on his home internet in America.

The real effect?

The average customer gets shafted if they need to use a lot of internet for streaming legitimate movies and media content from "the cloud".
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As someone from a country where unlimited internet is as rare and expensive as a fast VIA CPU, no, it doesn't. At all.

The users either download as much as they can at the end of the month or just download until it goes on dailup.
    
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Originally Posted by hypertripo View Post
I'm in Canada i'm paying 80$/month for a 30mbits/sec 150gig download and I need to control what I do because I always use all my bandwidht. Internet cap IS THE REASON why I am not subscribed to netflix, I can't use it!

Who's your provider 0.o

I'm paying $89 and getting 60bmits/sec and 150gig
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Lol if I have to choose between paying $300 (~$2 per extra GB over the cap) for 150 GB of new games per month, I'd rather pay that than ~21 (approximately 7GB per game) x $60=$1260 for the same things.

So, how does this discourage piracy? Oh yeah, it actually encourages it even further.
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