Comcast does all sorts of business Internet connections including web hosting. I suspect they do in your area too, but you've probably never noticed (where do small businesses in your area get Internet access from?). Their cable business connections are delivered over similar (or maybe the same) infrastructure as the residential ones.
Residential service is around $60 here. So for about double that you can get a 22/5 line without caps.
So, uh, thanks. I've used SearchYC many-a-times.
I don't care whether or not there is an outage. I care that people are professional in their work. Passing the buck is unprofessional. Accepting the responsibility is what matters, and if they decide not to fix it, then say so and own that choice.
Service providers are responsible for their service only. Not the products you layer on top of them.
Doing free favors doesn't mean you should drop your level of professionalism.
I feel the same way. But this isn't work, this is play.
The favor they should be thanked for. The reprimand is for misrepresenting what happened to make Comcast look bad when SearchYC was being run outside the TOS for residential internet.
That's the extent to which they dwell on the issue.
There was something really cool about seeing hits, knowing that someone in another part of the world requested a file and it was sent from the hard drive in this very closet.
Even an old Pentium 4 w/ a couple gigs of RAM is probably all he needs.
A micro-instance on EC2 for moderate traffic does wonders if properly optimized (i.e. Nginx, async behavior, CloudFront) and is costing me something like 15 USD per month (the total bill, which includes EBS, S3 and CF), which is cheaper than my home broadband line which is totally unusable for any kind of traffic (because it is ADSL, download is good but uploading sucks).
I also moved my private Git repositories on it, from Github and I'm probably going to end my subscription with them. It is also configured as an email server with which I spammed my old high-school colleagues before our 10-years reunion :-)
Comcast business class w/ a fixed-ip (I have set up several to stream 720p HD surveillance cameras), has upload tiers in 2Mbps, 5Mbps, and 10Mbps...and it starts at $60/month.
All he is serving is text, no images, video, or audio.
Verizon Fios has 5Mbps, 25Mbps, and 35Mbps upload tiers.
A Fios 35Mbps up and down connection is $125/mo. Not bad for UNLIMITED bandwidth.
Anecdotal evidence: http://seesarasotalive.com/sarasota-webcams - moved from rackspace to Fios
This would make for an article or blog post I'd love to read.
I'd love to read more about setting up nginx, ec2, s3 and cf.
Better would be an option to specify range.
There is a custom range option as well where you can set the start and end dates.
EDIT: Google search using site:news.ycombinator.com just now delivered the result I was expecting.
Did you get different results? Were you expecting another submission?
There are multiple open-source solutions for this 'problem' as many people on here could attest (not to mention configure). Obviously if it can be done over the wire it could be done even better (cheaper/faster) local to the server.