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Old 05-31-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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I've spent the majority of the past several months living in a hotel in NYC. Times Square, in fact. Broadway & 49th. Nice place. You'd think that maybe it'd be reasonable for a person to expect that internet service here might be better than at a Motel 6 in East Roosterpoo, AR, but you'd be wrong.



It's gotten to the point where I've given up on trying to use uTorrent. I just set up a VPN connection for myself into one of the servers at the jobsite. I use it to do the downloads, then pick 'em up on a USB drive when I'm in the master control room.
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wow that is terrible.


This is my parents house that I am at until I get a job...>.<

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That makes me lol. I just torrented all of Bill O' Reilly's books to listen to while sitting on the beach tomorrow.
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They most likely are capping it on purpose joe. That way each customer can get an equally shitty experience. Even though bandwidth capping sounds high rent for a hotel, even in Manhattan, its actually pretty easy to set up.

If you had done a tracert while you were there you likely would have seen it going through a local server before hitting roadrunner.
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I hated life when i was in Savannah. They had a wireless connection only with a 100kbs download speed and it constantly disconnected.
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They most likely are capping it on purpose joe. That way each customer can get an equally shitty experience. Even though bandwidth capping sounds high rent for a hotel, even in Manhattan, its actually pretty easy to set up.
Thing is, it's not as though I'm connected wirelessly, or even to a hole in the wall. There is a Toshiba PCX2500 cable modem sitting under my desk, and the "If you have difficulties" placard in the room instructs me to call Time Warner for tech support. It ain't just this room either. Since January, I've been in five different rooms (on three different floors) and it's the same everywhere.

This is actually slower than dialup in both directions. I haven't accessed the internet at speeds like this since 1996, and that was through a VAX termserver (and the web was a hell of a lot less graphics-intensive then, to say nothing of flash / java / etc). Even FTP is horrifyingly painful.
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How do you watch ****? At the least you should ask for some of the adult channels/movies to be included with your room.
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And that's what I live with 365, not just temporarily at a hotel. Comcast says it'll be $16,000 to bring anything out here. Currently I have BCT, or Beavercreek Cable Television. But I'm pretty sure it stands for BFG Cable Television
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I'd be blowing up those Time Warner ********' phones, Joe. That **** sucks!!
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How do you watch ****?
I just hang around the Penn Station railroad terminal.
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i used to have 20 megabits down and 10 megabits up when i had uncapped cable. was fun
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My upstream is rocket fast in bursts, but dips to complete **** for longer transfers..
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joe, why not get a wireless 3G connection?

there are "ways" of getting unlimited data and tethering for around $75 a month plus plenty of minutes and messaging.

granted the upload speed leaves something to be desired.... but here's a bluetooth tethered example from about 20 seconds ago:

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joe, why not get a wireless 3G connection?
Because despite the fact that my Vaio has built-in support for Sprint Mobile, I'm a cheap SOB.
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Because despite the fact that my Vaio has built-in support for Sprint Mobile, I'm a cheap SOB.
you carry a cell phone? a $20 addon plan for unlimited data is pretty damn cheap. plus my 1 cent phone as a built in honest-to-god GPS.
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I just hang around the Penn Station railroad terminal.
Hopefully not the restrooms!
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