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  •  not surprised! eom (1+ / 0-)
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    mbayrob

    Obama's got a great big straw, and he's drinkin' McCain's milkshake!

    by yamanote on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 10:23:09 PM PDT

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    •  I was when I first heard it (4+ / 0-)
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      smartcookienyc, jayden, scotths, yamanote

      I'm an engineer, and I first started hearing about technologies for doing this kind of thing back in 1999, when a group of engineers in Finland designed the Kannel server.

      In Europe, doing this is not that much harder than creating a web server, and there are regulations to create something like a "common carrier" environment.  It's cheap and easy to do, and people do it a lot.

      But the technology requires a kind of hook-up interface for it to work.  Which you can easy order in Europe.  And which is simply unavailable here.  So in the US, there are companies that attempt to cobble together services, and the companies that do this have to enter separate agreements with each and every fucking provider in the country, interconnecting with each and every fucking provider however the assholes in the company decide to make them do.

      This does not for a reliable service make.

      This is crazy, but the providers in the states have so much political clout that it has up until now been impossible to change.  And the FCC is not our friend here, as usual.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 10:39:35 PM PDT

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      •  yowza. maybe it will change with a more (0+ / 0-)

        tech-friendly administration (and I think you all know who I mean!)  :-)

        Obama's got a great big straw, and he's drinkin' McCain's milkshake!

        by yamanote on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 08:20:28 PM PDT

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