superwizbang (Ken Schmidt)


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WOW to double Internet speeds in Lawrence by January

To follow up, let's imagine the future of television lies not in copper, but fiber. This is not a profound argument or unlikely scenario. Truly, most industry experts agree that delivery of entertainment in the future will be network bound. In such a scenario, cable companies are now not limited by competition in the local market, but are competing in a global market. Continue to imagine how much you love your DVR or plan to have 3 or 4+ streams going at once (DVR for one show, IPad in child's room watching another stream, you in the living room watching football, another family member watching a different channel in another room)...there are 4 streams simultaneously using ~40Mbps. Now imagine the smart electronics in the house also using bandwidth to communicate, both in the home and to the outside world, your usage will add up quickly. Again, notwithstanding the advancement of 4K TV if you plan to stream from your favorite online service. Many will simply say they won't buy those smart devices. We yes, and they probably said 15 years ago that they would never own a cellular device. Unfortunately, their car may now come equipped with that capability standard today, whether they like it or not.

We *need* competition in our marketplace, if only to force current providers to improve their services. If not service improvement, then improved prices. Raise your hands if you love your current $125+ cable bill? Even better, Google offers *free* 20Mbps basic internet service to its customers. Food for thought.

September 24, 2014 at 10:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

WOW to double Internet speeds in Lawrence by January

The problem is that many residents in our community, including those most outspoken on this forum, have no idea what they are fighting about. Let’s remove Wicked from the conversation for a moment.

Using your UVerse service as an example, what do you think IPTv (like AT&T) is? Wiki describes it best: “Internet Protocol television (IPTV) is a system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite over a packet-switched network.” The reason they provide a router is to eliminate using all of your bandwidth on your personal internet (intranet) network.

On average, to stream a “best quality HD stream” you will need ~10Mbps for 1080p and Dolby 5.1. Broadcast TV is limited by law to 19Mbps signals. All this does not matter until you understand that more and more people are viewing their television shows on sites such as Amazon, Vudu, Netflix or Apple TV. The cable companies know this too and are taking DRASTIC lobbying measures to severely limit your ability to watch HD content on their networks using these sites or charging a “gate fee” for priority streaming on those networks. This completely disregards the idea of fledgling 4K TV and ignores the concept of stagnant compression protocols for network transmission.

Enter (1+Gbps fiber network provider Google/Wicked): The ability to possibly choose your cable delivery method and move away from cable to an over-the-net provider scares the XYZ out of cable companies. Of course they will scramble to protect their monopolies. With the advancement of everything from refrigerators, coffee makers, IP security system cameras, and yes, even television based upon network connectivity, our generation of network traffic will increase exponentially, much as electricity use did in the youth of our parents and grandparents.

Stop fighting about, ‘I don’t like/trust ZYX person’ because of what someone told me about them and begin to ask yourself whether a $1 million pilot program could spur enough competition to get us ahead of the curve and not behind it. Just this small threat of competition has forced the hand of WOW executives. Imagine what a functioning network might bring. Also research where the future of networking is headed and understand it *WILL* advance and connect your home, whether you bury your head in the sand or not.

September 24, 2014 at 10:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to deliver recycling carts on Monday

Thanks for the link to request a second cart. Somehow I missed that and thought that we could only request a smaller cart.

Additionally, will Deffenbaugh continue to have their full-sized recycling dumpsters in town now that they are discontinuing curbside service?

September 6, 2014 at 12:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to deliver recycling carts on Monday

I don't get it. I fill up my 65 gallon Deffenbaugh container to the brim each week. I generally only fill my trash container once every other week or third week. Will they deliver a second cart for those of us who faithfully recycle already?

September 6, 2014 at 12:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fans gather, wait overnight, for Late Night in the Phog

As a Williams Fund member, you would know from your Annual Membership Guide that approximately 584 members donated $10,000 or greater last year. Those members are allowed two tickets, if they RSVP'd and were able to attend. That number would equal 1168 total free tickets at most for this program. Given that the total Field House capacity is 16,300, that leaves 15,132 unclaimed seats. I do not have the ability estimate and/or deduct saved seats such as for the band or family members. While I will not justify the treatment that past donors received when Lew implemented the current points system today, I will say it is the system the University has chosen to stand by.

The monetary sacrifices that your father made as well as any donation received, whether large or small, comes as a gift borne from hard work. As I am sure you might attest, just because a donation of $10,000 seems like a large amount, not everyone in that list of 584 can just open a checkbook and sign that payment without pause. It comes with dedication and desire to keep our program strong. It is the same passion that drives a person to give free time to help others in need--when they might be doing something more selfish.

You do not know, it is possible, as a surgeon, that your father is quite acquainted with me and my family. Likewise, you might be a familiar patient too. All the same, I find it nice that once per year, the University makes an effort to say thanks. All the same, there are 16,300 seats in Allen Fieldhouse and that will not change. The true debate is only beginning; how admission for Late Night next year is handled will be determined by the outcry we saw last night. Yes, I agree that it is unfortunate that the Las Vegas graduate did not get in, but we have all waited in those lines and know there is the possibility of the doors being locked. It is unlikely the availability of the extra assigned seats would have changed that reality this year.

October 5, 2013 at 10:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fans gather, wait overnight, for Late Night in the Phog

Elliott, thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, you might be unaware of what this family does for other charities as well; not the least of which has anything to do with money, but rather actual time and physical service.

October 5, 2013 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fans gather, wait overnight, for Late Night in the Phog

There are some who have been attending Late Night for long before you were born, possibly. The glory of this event is that it is open to everyone. In many cases, those older alums are the ones, who through very generous donations (equal to or greater then $10,000) help pay for the scholarships and salaries of coaches like Self who keep our program one of the premier locations to attact great players such as Andrew Wiggins. There are not many of these tickets and they are not courtside or even in the first levels. There are some perks such as better parking for events and such, but in essence, a ticket to Late Night is the greatest of these. The spots are located in sections 15/16/17 on the second or third level. I feel it is nice to receive a small token for giving back to the University instead of buying a new car, taking a grand vacation or installing a new home theatre, *every year*...without regards to records, player/coach names or demanding any further special treatment. Yes, I enjoyed a reserved seat tonight, but like you, I have waited overnight in the past to get in. I have also worked very hard each year to make sure I can support *our* university in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Jayhawks. On late nights when I have to make sacrifices for my family to earn an income which also helps supports this program, it is nice to know that I can make it after work with the knowledge I can watch the fruits of that sacrifice. I hope this makes sense.

October 4, 2013 at 11:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Donor pays $130,000 to keep Jayhawk collection with the Kansas Union

Agreed. With the amount of money spent in many other areas, sometimes I wonder. All the same, the generosity of these wonderful "family" members assures that enjoyable collection remains where it belongs. It would be further more enjoyable to see it become organic and continue to grow with contributions from the community over time. It means something to see the passion of one person grow and bring so much to many, many future generations. Thank you Ascher family!

September 19, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lineman Stowers finds right path at Kansas

As well as every day of the week. This is why we give money to support the University. It's not all altruistic, but I want to know that I can help the folks get a degree who are interested in making something of their lives. Keon, I hope life continues to bless you both inside and outside of the classroom. Continue to make the best of the gift so many work hard to afford you. Go out and then make a difference for the kids who will need your story.

August 4, 2013 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Environmentalists say provision in House-approved farm bill would make it easier to build coal-burning Sunflower plant

You chose only one election. I think if you continue to review, the price of gas--not oil as your first reply indicates--falls each time there is an election, or each time that congress tries to quell the masses by promising to designate a committee to review pricing. In each instance, and only a few months later, refining companies report record profits while we return to status quo gouging. This is not a party issue, its a politician issue. The direct benefactors are those who use the lobby dollars to win reelection.

July 18, 2013 at 11:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )