From the Coffee Shop

by wjw on October 11, 2019

Xfiniti, my phone company, dug up my ground line the other day, I assume by accident.

I suspect malevolence, however.  My ground line now consists of nothing but splices.  The phone company has cut my phone line so many times that I have to assume it’s deliberate.  I mean, why would a public utility repeatedly expose their customers to incompetent service?

I no longer have access to the Internet from my home.  I’m posting from the local coffee shop.  News will be spotty for, let us hope, only the next few days.

But it may be weeks.  You see, I’m incompetent to diagnose my own phone problem.  They have to send a technician to analyze the difficulty, and he may decide it’s cosmic rays or something, anything but their own incompetent service.

UPDATE: Hey, the guy showed up on time, dug through some cold, soaked clay, and fixed my problem!  He also says it was AT&T that sliced the cable in the first place, though I could swear I saw Xfiniti painted on the truck.  Maybe AT&T is trying disguising themselves as a rival and wreaking havoc.

Etaoin Shrdlu October 11, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Uninterrupted writing time!!!

Robert M Roman October 12, 2019 at 11:31 am

Poor service and worse grammar: split xfinitis…

Minx October 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

No, I believe AT&T just has a quota of making the world a worse place to meet and anything will do.

Killing net neutrality wasn’t quite enough.

Etaoin Shrdlu October 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

Despite what Rush Limbaugh kept spouting on his show, “net neutrality” was nothing more than a battle over who would pay for high-volume traffic such as YouTube; it had nothing whatsoever to do with the political viewpoint of the content. That’s all being censored by the giant faceless corporations themselves, not the ISPs.

DensityDuck October 14, 2019 at 6:34 am


Between you and John Brunner we described all this forty years ago…

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