How to talk a layperson out of satellite internet

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  1. eideteker

    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    So, my wife's uncle lives in the boonies. Cable does not run to his abode, DSL isn't available either. He has decided that he would like to get satellite TV and maybe bundle the internet together with it. He is the one who would be paying for it, but my major problem is that I'll invariably be doing the "free family" tech support for him. I've tried to tell him that it's slow and prohibitively expensive for what you get in return but it doesn't seem to be working...

    Without using technical terms or jargon of any sort (he's not stupid, just not informed in this manner), how would one dissuade another from getting satellite internet?
     
  2. Stilgar1973

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    I would try something like this,
    'Ummm cable isn't available at all?'
    'Ummm DSL is a no go?'
    'Ummm Team Fortress 2? No sir, that isn't a movie.'.

    Yeah, satelite internet does sound like a good idea to me. At least till something better and cheaper comes around.

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    I am not sure what YOU are getting at. Are you suggesting 56K? Are you suggesting some sort of cell phone based broadband plan?

    What is it you are suggesting?
     
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    Learn to say no and it's not your problem.
     
  4. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    wtf else would you suggest?
     
  5. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    We use Sat internet as a backup to one of our plants. The ping times are horrible, but the bandwidth isn't too bad for surfing and email - and this is for an entire plant.
     
  6. CodeX

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    If nothing else is available (including mobile broadband) Satellite > 56k, but to avoid interruptions you should have both.
     
  7. 7960

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    On his first phone call for help, say "sorry, I have absolutely no experience with satelite. You should call their support line" and hang up. Problem solved.
     
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    You've seen this, right?

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/computers
     
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    GOGZILLA Double-Uranium Member

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    god i love the oatmeal
     
  10. eideteker

    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    I'm advising against it because it is prohibitively expensive, slow, and I can't be bothered helping with it (ranked in order of importance). Verizon wireless broadband is the most cost-effective answer to this dilemma, so I'll probably be pointing him in this direction.

    I'd expect the "tell him to fuck off" answers from Dumpy Dooby, et al...but a mod? Thanks, 7960. I'm not sure who you blew to become a mod, but you're doing a hell of a job. Keep up the good work.
     
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    it's not your money, it's faster than dialup, and you don't have to help (ranked in order of importance).

    so tell him "it is prohibitively expensive, slow, and I know nothing about it so can't help if something goes wrong.". You answered your own question.

    Shut the fuck up you whiny cunt.

    My advice was to learn to say no, or to say "sorry, I have absolutely no experience with satelite. You should call their support line" and hang up.

    I never even joked that you should be rude to him.
     

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