[Bloat] [Starlink] On fiber as critical infrastructure w/Comcast chat

Robert McMahon rjmcmahon at rjmcmahon.com
Sat Mar 25 19:38:53 EDT 2023

Sorry about your Healthcare experiences. It sucks it's rationed. Far from perfect. We've got a ways to go for sure. Thankfully, today's medical communities aren't using shit ladder water sources. Previous generations of leaders in their field got that right.

My view is that leaders in our industry actually lead and stop making excuses for about the world sucks and it's not doable. I know it sucks for many, been there done that. Let's focus our energies every day on making it better to the extent we can.

Then go to our graves in repose with Thomas Grey's epitaph

Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
       A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth,
       And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
       Heav'n did a recompense as largely send:
He gave to Mis'ry all he had, a tear,
       He gain'd from Heav'n ('twas all he wish'd) a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,
       Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,
(There they alike in trembling hope repose)
       The bosom of his Father and his God.


On Mar 25, 2023, 3:57 PM, at 3:57 PM, Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:
>On Sat, Mar 25, 2023 at 3:04 PM Robert McMahon
><rjmcmahon at rjmcmahon.com>
>> My opinion is poor people shouldn't have to pay for insurance to
>> companies, companies that figure figures for a living.
>Be sure to be out there campaigning at every election. Really
>but IMO the current scheme of health insurance keeps many people from
>into their own business, and keeps them working for large companies.
>sure that's deliberate. Valerie works for the University, which is the
>thing that kept me under health insurance - I'm just a consultant.
>California would give me a plan today, but most states would not.
>November's heart attack cost $359K, the insurance company negotiated
>away and paid the rest, charging me $125. Prices aren't going to fall
>unless we get single-payer like most civilized countries. Somebody
>*does *have
>to pay for health care, though, and the choices are out of your pocket,
>in your taxes, or through inflation.
>A digression: I could do an LMR 600 passive cable system looped with
>> Wilkinson power dividers, patch antennas and nests to protect the
>> escape ladder for about $10 to $15K. Don't need an SLA. We've
>> priced protecting human lives to only rich people.
>If it's going indoors between the units, you need plenum-rated cable.
>is really pricey in plenum-rated, RG-6 is more than adequate and more
>reasonably priced. RF between units is a legacy medium, though, there
>should be plenum-rated CAT-8. The dividers can be of the sort specified
>cable TV. Wilkinson would be overkill and this is just a tiny toroid
>transformer in the box.
>The very best way to future proof is not with any sort of wire or
>but with conduit with lots of room, that can be re-pulled.
>I think it's on us to do similar for digital communication networks.
>> They're needed far beyond entertainment, and we need to get public
>> elements engaged too.
>I'm really dubious. Anyone who has to cope with the cost is going to
>the siren call of wireless no matter how inappropriate it is to the
>You will be lucky if fiber makes it to urban buildings.
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