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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In the US wireless market, AT&T is currently attempting to buy T-Mobile to create one heck of a behemoth wireless provider. While earlier this week the US government already filed a lawsuit to block the merger, citing antitrust concerns, US carrier Sprint has now also filed a lawsuit to block the merger.
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RE[9]: "Long term" matters
by zima on Tue 13th Sep 2011 23:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So ..."
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don't get me started on coverage ... its a really bad joke but the average American on this forum thinks (to quote George Carlin) "everything is fine and f-cking dandy!".

The saddest part is all the mind-twisting to justify it... say, that Europe is supposedly ahead in infrastructure cycles thanks to WW2 (as if whole continent was levelled, as if a solid telephone network was the first priority when repairing all the destruction, as if every place didn't need to upgrade recently most of core equipment numerous times to stay in the game). Or insisting that rural levels of the US are comparable to... sub-Saharan Africa (I kid you not), ignoring that suburban sprawl is a matter of choice (which does impact local, interchange-level operations), imagining Europe as some sort of continent-wide urbanized area with half an hour from a random major agglomeration (me, living in the very centre of Europe, I have an hour to anything of note, and 5+ hours to all of nearest three major agglomerations; two of which are in different countries, with loosely connected infrastructures and weak benefits of "radiating" them; with even some quite sparsely inhabited primordial forests and swamps in-between)

...and always ignoring that the "big three" Nordic countries have population densities (all that matters in the end, how many people pay for each proportional part of infrastructure) significantly below that of the US.

PS. One very minor thing, not warranting a separate reply, in one of your other nearby posts...
I've seen it here in NZ - people spending thousands on the latest gadgets but don't have the money to provide a decent lunch or a rain coat for their kid. We live in a strange time where people have warped priorities.

I don't think that's really the case, I don't think that's fair. The past wasn't really better, we just don't have memories of it. "Good old times" is a myth known, in written forms, since the antiquity.
People were starving much more often in the past. And look at all the ornamental folklore artefacts, very valued and cherished now ...but, really, primarily made to look "fancy" (at the time) and, worse, typically very labour intensive.

Edited 2011-09-14 00:12 UTC

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