I missed this Microsoft blog post last month. Their data show that the FCC estimate of the number of Americans without broadband access is very low. FCC says 7.5% of Americans lack broadband, based on polling. Microsoft estimates, based on their usage data, that 49.5% of Americans lack broadband!
They make suggestions for how the FCC can improve their methodology.
@darius I live in a suburb and supposedly have broadband access, by which I mean there was an entire week where my average connection speed was exactly zero bytes per second.
It's a big problem in some rural areas with DSL. The infrastructure can't handle the amount of people on the connection. So during a "time of peak demand" connection speeds will frequently go down to dial-up speed along with frequent disconnects. So their internet will be unusable after about 5 pm each day.
@darius That's assuming the FCC wants their data to be correct.
@darius Well sheeeeeit. That's a lot of people going without!
Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.
If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!