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2017-11-06 04:53:11 PM  
I wonder if that's why I couldn't load up the video of that porn actress that I have now forgotten her name so I'll never be able to find her again.

Unless I go into my router, maybe I can do that.
 
2017-11-06 05:06:27 PM  
Outage has renewed calls for Seattle to form its own municipal broadband.  Do it, already.
 
2017-11-06 05:21:21 PM  
We had about 2 hours of downtime here which created a less than optimal lunch time for me.
Farking Comcast.
 
2017-11-06 05:58:02 PM  
Looks like it hit my area but I slept through it.
 
2017-11-06 06:51:46 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Outage has renewed calls for Seattle to form its own municipal broadband.  Do it, already.


Yes please. I work in IT and all the carriers suck.
 
2017-11-06 06:51:55 PM  
Was down most of the day yesterday.

F*cking Comcast
 
2017-11-06 06:57:12 PM  
Oddly enough, I have Comcast and only experienced a minor blip in the internet yesterday. Maybe my suburban server farm wasn't affected, but the one in the city was?
 
2017-11-06 06:59:59 PM  

Duke of Madness Motors: Soup4Bonnie: Outage has renewed calls for Seattle to form its own municipal broadband.  Do it, already.

Yes please. I work in IT and all the carriers suck.


I would legitimately hug my elected city officials if they'd do this.  There's no reason people should be forced to put up with this overpriced, low-quality shiat.
 
2017-11-06 07:02:28 PM  
Quick, post ponies now that Comcast is down.
 
2017-11-06 07:12:48 PM  
I farking hate Comcast as much as the dude next to me, but my local area provider also experienced issues and mentioned that today's fark-up might not actually be totally on Comcast, but on a company called "Level3" that carries a lot of Comcast's network over fiber.

https://blog.spiral.com/?p=900

To be fair, I wouldn't be surprised if this "Level3" is part of Comcast in some way or another but... eh. Just something to know while Comcast is trying to figure out how to spin this against Net Neutrality.
 
2017-11-06 07:14:44 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Duke of Madness Motors: Soup4Bonnie: Outage has renewed calls for Seattle to form its own municipal broadband.  Do it, already.

Yes please. I work in IT and all the carriers suck.

I would legitimately hug my elected city officials if they'd do this.  There's no reason people should be forced to put up with this overpriced, low-quality shiat.


Except that most every state legislature has been bribed received campaign contributions to pass anti-municipal-broadband laws, and any state legislature that thinks about approving such laws suddenly opposes them after the big carriers start plying them with bribes campaign contributions.
 
2017-11-06 07:20:59 PM  
And they are of course, as I type, in the middle of a board meeting discussing ways to charge you for the Convenience of being relieved of their service temporarily
 
2017-11-06 07:24:14 PM  
I'm not in any of those big cities but I'm between two of them.  DNS took a pounding or something this afternoon there for a few hours.  Certain sites (Fark being one of them, unfortunately), would partially load but spin forever, while others were just fine.

Part of me at least is grateful they tend to have this nonsense in the middle of the day when I'm not usually home.  The other part of me wonders why I know that from so much experience, given how seldom I'm here in the middle of the afternoon to notice, yet I notice it all the time.  Does Comcast internet slow down or die in the middle of the afternoon all the time?
 
2017-11-06 07:42:50 PM  
Level3 tech farked up and screwed everything. 
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11​/​06/level3_comcast_outage/
 
2017-11-06 08:10:34 PM  
Took out the loop that the Texas college system uses. Made for a boring afternoon.
 
2017-11-06 08:13:55 PM  
OMG, this was KILLING me today!  I don't get a lot of opportunities to work from home but I was able to today. And the goddamn internet kept crapping out!  My "work from home" day became a day at Starbucks. Not horrible, but i'd have still preferred to stay in my sweats and slippers on my couch the whole day.
 
2017-11-06 08:27:24 PM  
I had Internet service but reaching a lot of sites was realllllyyyyyyy sloooooow.

From work I connected to my home computer with Remote Desktop, and that worked fine. So I had TWO screens to yell at - "Load the site! WTF!!!! Dammit!!"
 
2017-11-06 08:29:01 PM  
Never went down for me (SE Michigan) but was slow as molasses.  Couldn't deploy code for several hours.
 
2017-11-06 08:35:53 PM  
FARK COMCAST.

I live in a fairly urban area, and yet somehow I still have one single choice for internet with any kind of speed (just 55Mbps, nothing greedy) and I get to pay through the nose monthly.

How is one and only one provider in a major metro area NOT a farking monopoly and regulated as such.
 
2017-11-06 09:15:12 PM  
It was like trying to masturbate to dial-up again.
 
2017-11-06 09:45:23 PM  

Combustion: It was like trying to masturbate to dial-up again.


NEVAR FORGET
 
2017-11-06 10:39:46 PM  
Just a nice large virus payload. Pay no mind to it.
 
2017-11-06 10:41:00 PM  
I was listening to an old album on YouTube when that happened. I could not access any other web pages, but the video continued to play uninterrupted. I had never played it before, so it wasn't cached. Is that normal that it would continue to play?
 
2017-11-06 11:06:00 PM  

darthstormer: How is one and only one provider in a major metro area NOT a farking monopoly and regulated as such.


The internet service that you get in your home is not the only internet service available in your area. There is another internet provider able to provide you with broadband (read:faster than dialup) internet service.

The fact that they are unwilling to provide that service because you would be a residential customer and not a commercial customer is irrelevant, as is the fact that the company that provides residential broadband and the company that provides commercial broadband are one and the same (if applicable to your area). The only thing that matters is that the service you have is not the one and only service available in your area.

Also, satellite internet exists, and it counts as broadband because it's able go faster than ISDN under ideal conditions. This automagically means that it's impossible for any company to have a broadband monopoly where you live so long as at least one edifice in your county has a mostly-unobstructed view of the southern sky.


'Murica.
 
2017-11-06 11:07:06 PM  

wiseolddude: I was listening to an old album on YouTube when that happened. I could not access any other web pages, but the video continued to play uninterrupted. I had never played it before, so it wasn't cached. Is that normal that it would continue to play?


Yes, if the video was fully downloaded before your internet went kaput.
 
2017-11-07 04:40:01 AM  

Makh: Quick, post ponies now that Comcast is down.


I would, but it's taken me twenty minutes just to post this reply.
 
2017-11-07 06:43:10 AM  

wiseolddude: I was listening to an old album on YouTube when that happened. I could not access any other web pages, but the video continued to play uninterrupted. I had never played it before, so it wasn't cached. Is that normal that it would continue to play?


Yes.  Youtube does something where the audio loads a lot faster than the video.

And when the video crashes due to connection problems, the video stops and the audio keeps going.  You hit pause, the audio keeps going.  You close the tab, the audio keeps going...
 
2017-11-07 08:44:49 AM  

Soup4Bonnie: Outage has renewed calls for Seattle to form its own municipal broadband.  Do it, already.


Even if Seattle had its own broadband, a problem with Level 3 (one of the tier 1 providers) would still cause some problems.
 
2017-11-07 09:04:19 AM  
Comcast here has been pretty stable..  no glitches noticed.
 
2017-11-07 12:23:01 PM  
Funny, that outage map looks like the one from the Spectrum (formerly Time Warner/Roadrunner) outage from last week.
 
2017-11-07 01:58:36 PM  

Imaginativescreenname: And they are of course, as I type, in the middle of a board meeting discussing ways to charge you for the Convenience of being relieved of their service temporarily


We here at Comcast realize that with the hustle bustle of modern life, it's hard to make time for your family. For an extra $10/month, we will guarantee your service goes down so that you can spend those precious minutes realizing just how much you hate those other jerks who live in your house.

Comcast, bringing families closer together.
 
2017-11-07 03:17:30 PM  
One of our clients was without phones / internet at their business for >20 days because of Comcast's ineptitude after the hurricane.  Comcast kept blaming a local power company.  I know various people who work for the power companies including linemen.  No such issue existed, but Comcast kept insisting it until I had a lineman conferenced in and called their bluff.

Similarly, last week had a major outage in this area which lasted almost 12 hours, including their 'Business Grade' internet & phone customers.

King Something:The internet service that you get in your home is not the only internet service available in your area. There is another internet provider able to provide you with broadband (read:faster than dialup) internet service.

Nope... in this area, Comcast is the only carrier in many areas, if you have access to broadband at all.  In some locations, Comcast has bribed officials & developers to get 10-year-exclusive contracts for cable/TV/phone.  You want someone else?  Too bad -- no other carriers are allowed to use those easements.   In other locations, Comcast doesn't feel like running lines, so you're stuck with cellular (3G if it's available) or satellite (forget having internet in a thunderstorm).   Centurylink is still stuck in the 1980s & 1990s and also isn't terribly interested in serving new areas either.

Now, there are a couple of scrappy local wireless ISPs which fill in the gap, but they have 0 budget for advertising and most people don't know about them.   I've been using one of them for my office's internet for 10+ years.  Far more reliable than Comcast and if anything goes wrong, I can call the NOC directly.  I also have the owner's cell phone and he's absolutely friendly and helpful.
 
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