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(CBC)   Hundreds of thousands of Canadians still using dial-up. I wish there was something funny I could say about this but I'm one of them and I pray for death every day   (cbc.ca) divider line 129
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2012-05-22 08:36:10 AM
What's a "dial up"?
 
2012-05-22 08:43:27 AM
What's a 'Canadian'?
 
2012-05-22 08:58:23 AM
What the hell? Who even offers dial-up anymore?
 
2012-05-22 09:59:47 AM

NeedlesslyCanadian: What the hell? Who even offers dial-up anymore?


Lots of people in remote and rural areas don't have access to broadband.
 
2012-05-22 10:00:06 AM
My God. Those poor people.

Could you imagine downloading porn at 56K speeds? You'd be finished before you got ten seconds downloaded.
 
2012-05-22 10:00:33 AM
Haha, it's funny because Canadians are backwards people. In America you guys are known as Amish.

Still, can't hate Canada, though. The women in Montreal and Toronto are worth the price of admission alone. Just beautiful.
 
2012-05-22 10:00:43 AM
EEEEEEEE-OOOOOO-EEEEEE-GHGHGHGHGHGHHGHGHGH, eh?
 
2012-05-22 10:01:11 AM
Oh dear, subby! That headline is one of the most depressing things I have ever read on Fark.

I will pray that FSM will take pity on you.

Ra-men.
 
2012-05-22 10:01:13 AM
56K...that's, what, about 43k in real bandwidth?
 
2012-05-22 10:01:16 AM
I hear ya Subby. Only 3 years since I suffered through that shiat, maybe 100 yards from the broadband cutoff.
 
2012-05-22 10:02:52 AM

TheOther: 56K...that's, what, about 43k in real bandwidth?


56k? Try the 28k that I had in 2008. Fark was one of the best sites on the internet, most content for the loading times.
 
2012-05-22 10:03:03 AM
so, no canadian national broadband then I take it.
 
2012-05-22 10:03:55 AM
Yup, my family's cottage has no highspeed access, and the dialup over the phone lines is pretty poor. And people wonder why stuff like always-on DRM is annoying.
 
2012-05-22 10:04:31 AM
I bet the providers are still charging more than $30 for it too
 
2012-05-22 10:04:43 AM
Wow... Subby. Well, anyway here's a link to a slide show of some amazing high res photos I found over at the Sierra Club. i hope you like them. Link
 
2012-05-22 10:05:16 AM
Hey Canada, why don't you just socialize your internet like you did with medicine since that worked out so splendidly for you.
 
2012-05-22 10:05:28 AM
forum.ih8mud.com

Yeah well Canada has socialized medicine, so get off my lawn.

NO CARRIER
 
2012-05-22 10:05:34 AM

dywed88: TheOther: 56K...that's, what, about 43k in real bandwidth?

56k? Try the 28k that I had in 2008. Fark was one of the best sites on the internet, most content for the loading times.


Pfft. I was signing on to bulletin boards using a 300 baud modem back in the 1980s. We would have given our collective left testicles for even a 9600 baud modem back then, when 1200 baud meant you dropped some heavy cash on a new modem.
 
2012-05-22 10:07:00 AM
I think people in Ottawa have access to higher speeds. If 6,500 dont want to pay for it that's on them.

FTA:For some Canadians in rural communities, dial-up is the only way they can get online

Meaning, if you want to live in Elk-Pelvis, Yukon then dial up will be your friend forever.
 
2012-05-22 10:07:46 AM
I hope they have more than one phone line.
 
2012-05-22 10:07:53 AM
I sort of miss dial up on a 1200 baud modem hooked up to my C-128.
 
2012-05-22 10:07:55 AM
If it's because you live in the middle of nowhere: suck it up. You've chosen to live somewhere relatively remote and as part of that decision have chosen to do without some of the privileges of a more central or convenient location.

If it's because you're poor: maybe you should be using your time for better things than surfing the Web. One shift at McDonalds will pay for basic high speed service for the month.
 
2012-05-22 10:08:12 AM

rudemix: Meaning, if you want to live in Elk-Pelvis, Yukon then dial up will be your friend forever.


Because Southern Ontario is the bloody Yukon.
 
2012-05-22 10:09:18 AM
My parents, in rural Nova Scotia (though we're talking "ten minutes from town and five to the highway" rural, not the great beyond), were on dial-up until about eighteen months ago...the cabling was installed two roads down for years previous, but the dominant telecom in the area decided that it wasn't worth stringing an extra 3 kms of cable up, and they sure as hell weren't about to allow anyone else to do it, either. Took the government plowing money into building a network of transmission towers for them to get broadband...insofar as service that maxes at around 1.5-2mbps counts.
 
2012-05-22 10:09:53 AM
If you leave the city in Canada, it immediately becomes The Road Warrior.

STAY IN REGINA, STAY SAFE.
 
2012-05-22 10:10:47 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Dial-up? I guess that's all fine and dandy, if you want to be one of those smarty-pants wise-guys using computers and CD-ROMS on the Facebook website chatroom. Just don't come crying to me when you use up all of the inner-tents.
 
2012-05-22 10:11:06 AM
Just wait until Comcast gets up there and tells you about their "discount" for phone, cable, and internet service. Only $760 per month!*

* with an incorrect invoice and new hidden charges every month and being sent a modem you don't need and they charge you for it until YOU drop it off and then the subsequent customer service phone calls and being put on a transfer merry-go-round until you just wish every last employee at Comcast was dead.

I'll take the 56K dial up over Comcast, although I'm currently on DirecTV and a DSL line that does just fine for my simple phone and websurfing methods and is a fraction of the cost and frustration.
/the Comcast lady I dropped the unwanted modem off to had a black eye already. There's a joke in there somewhere
 
2012-05-22 10:11:30 AM
Yeah? My internet used to be me dialling long distance into my ISP and yelling "ONE ZERO ONE ZERO ZERO ZERO ONE ONE ZERO ZERO ZERO ONE ONE ONE ONE..."

Drove my wife nuts.
 
2012-05-22 10:12:56 AM
well, don't live in the farking boonies, morans.
 
2012-05-22 10:13:30 AM
i.qkme.me

www.universitymeme.com

/"Everything is amazing and no one is happy"
 
2012-05-22 10:13:40 AM

ModernLuddite: If you leave the city in Canada, it immediately becomes The Road Warrior.

STAY IN REGINA, STAY SAFE.


images.wikia.com

JUST WALK AWAY FROM THE T3 CONNECTION!
 
2012-05-22 10:15:24 AM

NeedlesslyCanadian: What the hell? Who even offers dial-up anymore?


There is still 2 isp's in Calgary that I know offer dial up still. One is Telus and the other is Nucleus. I think most rural people use Telus though for the free LD charges to connect.
 
2012-05-22 10:18:20 AM
Good lord Canadians, if you want to be our neighbors then get your shiat together.
 
2012-05-22 10:18:43 AM
Until the government allows real competition in the 3g market, why have grandma switch? She only uses email related to the seniors club anyway. She doesn't need to be paying what amounts to one of the highest rates in the world.
Same for DSL or cable.
 
2012-05-22 10:20:23 AM
Manitoba's phone company is finally scrapping their copper lines and switching to fiber province-wide, so soon even Cletus will be downloading porn at least 100mbits. Dunno what's going on elsewhere.
 
2012-05-22 10:20:29 AM
So Tim Horton's doesn't have free wifi?

/Trying to remember if I ever leeched off them with my Android phone, which doesn't have data roaming in Canada.
 
mjg
2012-05-22 10:21:20 AM
Interesting. Some extended family and friends of mine in Saskatchewan (yup) just this week had their internet/cable/phone upgraded to 200Mbps, set to go to 1GBps. Not too shabby.
 
2012-05-22 10:21:35 AM

theurge14: Good lord Canadians, if you want to be our neighbors then get your shiat together.


Uh, you think there aren't an equally large number of Americans who only have dialup? Rural America is better covered, but it's still not completely covered. Of course, we have a larger land area with 1/10th the population, so that's no surprise.
 
2012-05-22 10:22:06 AM
Complaining now? Just wait until they computers.
 
2012-05-22 10:22:43 AM

theurge14: Good lord Canadians, if you want to be our neighbors then get your shiat together.


If this is what Canadians have, what, dare I ask, is going on in Mexico?
 
2012-05-22 10:23:41 AM

Bhruic: theurge14: Good lord Canadians, if you want to be our neighbors then get your shiat together.

Uh, you think there aren't an equally large number of Americans who only have dialup? Rural America is better covered, but it's still not completely covered. Of course, we have a larger land area with 1/10th the population, so that's no surprise.


Have you seen America? We're like Coruscant. We haven't had dialup since Samuel Morse died.
 
2012-05-22 10:24:33 AM

Nana's Vibrator: theurge14: Good lord Canadians, if you want to be our neighbors then get your shiat together.

If this is what Canadians have, what, dare I ask, is going on in Mexico?


They share broadband down there. Like 20 people per computer.
 
2012-05-22 10:24:51 AM

GooberMcFly: Yeah? My internet used to be me dialling long distance into my ISP and yelling "ONE ZERO ONE ZERO ZERO ZERO ONE ONE ZERO ZERO ZERO ONE ONE ONE ONE..."

Drove my wife nuts.


This was my internet:

i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-05-22 10:24:54 AM

Bhruic: theurge14: Good lord Canadians, if you want to be our neighbors then get your shiat together.

Uh, you think there aren't an equally large number of Americans who only have dialup? Rural America is better covered, but it's still not completely covered. Of course, we have a larger land area with 1/10th the population, so that's no surprise.


15% of Americans don't have anything better than dial-up. And lousy connections at that.
 
2012-05-22 10:25:45 AM
Before dumping on us poor Canucks, remember that there are plenty of American dial-up users:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/plenty-of-internet- u sers-cling-to-slow-dial-up-connections-85360/
 
2012-05-22 10:26:24 AM

dittybopper: dywed88: TheOther: 56K...that's, what, about 43k in real bandwidth?

56k? Try the 28k that I had in 2008. Fark was one of the best sites on the internet, most content for the loading times.

Pfft. I was signing on to bulletin boards using a 300 baud modem back in the 1980s. We would have given our collective left testicles for even a 9600 baud modem back then, when 1200 baud meant you dropped some heavy cash on a new modem.


We ate dirt, and we were grateful for it!

Alternately, dad would slash us in two with breadknife.

Take your pick. ;)
 
2012-05-22 10:27:27 AM
Who the hell still uses the term "information superhighway" anymore... aside from someone still on dial-up?

And another way to sum up that article is "number of troglodytes still using dial-up has decreased by over 75% between 2007 and 2011".
 
2012-05-22 10:29:08 AM
My parents had dial-up until a couple of years ago...but 56k would have been wonderful compared to the ACTUAL bandwidth they got (usually less than 10k)...the internet would literally time out just trying to log in to their email. When we visited, I either had to hope the neighbor's wireless was on or go without internet. They finally relented and got cable when we had our second child and we showed them skype (we live over 500 miles away). I feel for those still having to deal with that crap.
 
2012-05-22 10:34:45 AM

SweetSilverBlues: dittybopper: dywed88: TheOther: 56K...that's, what, about 43k in real bandwidth?

56k? Try the 28k that I had in 2008. Fark was one of the best sites on the internet, most content for the loading times.

Pfft. I was signing on to bulletin boards using a 300 baud modem back in the 1980s. We would have given our collective left testicles for even a 9600 baud modem back then, when 1200 baud meant you dropped some heavy cash on a new modem.

We ate dirt, and we were grateful for it!

Alternately, dad would slash us in two with breadknife.

Take your pick. ;)


Back then, you actually had to know modem commands to get it to do anything.

ATDT
 
2012-05-22 10:34:49 AM
Back in the day we played Ultima Online and got our porn using a 28.8 dial up and WE LIKED IT

Kids these days...

/Great Lakes
 
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