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Rogers
james_nicoll
Is having nationwide intermittent issues with dial-up (and their automated switchboard is down, which actually means I get to go directly to a human, poor me) so I may or may not be online at any given time. They were not sure when this would be resolved.

The fact I got online now is no guarantee I will be able to later on today.

I had to explain to one of the people at Rogers that Rogers still does dial-up.

It's not impossible -- basically if one of the major trunk lines is having issues (I recall a case of backhoe fade that UUNet's fiber lines suffered in the late 90s, which took most of Eastern Canada offline for a day), relatively geographically remote areas could feel the impact.

Or it could be simply that James' readership is large enough that two completely unrelated events are occuring roughly in the same time span. It's not like Rogers offers a five nines uptime guarantee on its dialup service.

I remember VIA or CN had a talent for cutting cable while working on the rails.

On a smaller scale, one of the now-local-to-me backhoe operators was so famous for this that the phone company repair crew made him wear a length of copper cable around his neck to remind him to *check for underground cables*.

Before he finally left for other employment, he'd cut:
the water main
The phone lines (twice)
The overhead power lines
And almost broke the gas line, but we caught him in time

Or it could be simply that James' readership is large enough that two completely unrelated events are occuring roughly in the same time span.

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Everything James and I experience is cosmically related! You can't prove otherwise!

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