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A widely publicized study by the FCC on users’ perceptions of their broadband speeds (.pdf) found that 80 percent don’t even know what those speeds are supposed to be.
Also, a clear majority believe that the broadband provider should always “deliver the promised speed” — they clearly don’t know that the contract they signed but did not read merely promises a “best effort”.
Only a third of cell phone customers are pleased with the price and speed they get, though a majority are happy with the cell phone as a phone.
It is not clear at this time how or whether the survey will influence FCC policy.
Crumb! I never knew he was so good.
On May 21, 2010, we attended the latest performance of counter)induction. The first piece, “Ikhoor” by Xenakis, a piece for string trio, was greatly enhanced for me by a conversation I recently had with my friend Ken, a violinist. I had said that classical music does not have distortion and he described several methods by which violinists can obtain unusual sounds.
One involves turning the bow on its side, a method that Xenakis used very well in this piece. Another involves lifting the strings and letting them fall against the bridge of the violin, which produces a sound that is very different from plucking.
This was followed by Pascal Dusapin’s Trio Rombach, a piece I did not like.
All of this was a prelude to the meat of the performance.