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World's Fastest Internet Cafe 176

Posted by CmdrTaco
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Thyrus writes "An internet cafe offering connections 50 times faster than typical broadband services has opened in Cornwall. Computers at Goonhilly satellite station, on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, are connected to BT's global internet protocol network. That means users can download data at speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps). It is thought to be the first time such high speeds have been seen at a UK internet cafe. The service will be free to visitors."
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World's Fastest Internet Cafe

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  • Re:World's fastest? (Score:3, Informative)

    by bcat24 (914105) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @11:26AM (#15621380) Homepage Journal
    RTFAS (Read The F***ing Article Summary):
    It is thought to be the first time such high speeds have been seen at a UK internet cafe.
    Emphasis mine.
  • Re:World's fastest? (Score:2, Informative)

    by utopianfiat (774016) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @11:28AM (#15621396) Journal
    But the article is "World's Fastest Internet Cafe" according to ./ mods. ... but then again we know how reliable they are, eh?
  • Re:Can't be cheap? (Score:5, Informative)

    by LiquidCoooled (634315) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @11:29AM (#15621413) Homepage Journal
    the 61 dishes were there already.

    Its a massive communications centre [wikipedia.org].
    the cafe is just a tiny part of it which they have hooked into the direct net feed.

    Like having the microwave at springfield nuclear power plant linked directly to the reactor core.
  • Re:World's fastest? (Score:3, Informative)

    by bcat24 (914105) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @11:30AM (#15621419) Homepage Journal
    Damn, "at a UK internet cafe" was supposed to be in italics. Oh well.
  • by rkww (675767) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @11:42AM (#15621522)
    According to wikipedia [wikipedia.org] the cafe has a 1Gb pipe. The 100Mbit connections are to the desktop.
  • by voice_of_all_reason (926702) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:13PM (#15621729)
    grandfather poster was pointing out that it doesn't matter what speed the cafe has if you're grabbing a torrent of the latest Harry Potter movie from a 40KB/s source in Bumbleskunk, Ohio.
  • -Yawn- (Score:4, Informative)

    by Reality Master 101 (179095) <RealityMaster101 ... m ['gma' in gap]> on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:14PM (#15621741) Homepage Journal
    Who cares? I can barely tell the difference between my old 4 megabit connection and my current 10 megabit connection. Servers can't even typically send it that fast. It only comes in handy when I'm doing multiple downloads at the same time.
  • by billstewart (78916) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:17PM (#15621758) Journal
    Haven't you been reading Slashdot recently? There was an article about Bittorrent [datacenterknowledge.com] getting gigabit worth of capacity.

    ...

    Besides, even old people in Korea get gigabit access in their cybercafes these days :-)

  • Re:They forgot... (Score:3, Informative)

    by 1984 (56406) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:21PM (#15621806)
    Actually there are a few that can. Our office network is piggybacked on our mid-size data center, which has enough upstream link capacity that the 100Mbit/s desktop LAN is the slow bit. Downloading Apple software updates (Akamai), various Linux ISOs from mirrors (for example) we get several MByte/s throughput onto the desktop. Never *quite* maxing out that 100Mbit/s portion, but above 50Mbit/s.

    That's in San Francisco, so YMMV, but there are sites out there that can feed at high rates and don't seem to throttle too much.
  • by maw3193 (927455) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:33PM (#15621908)
    The activity centre was quite boring, as was the tour, and the selection at the cafe. The gift shop was a complete sell-out, they sold telephones! Anyway, the cyber cafe was not a pleasant experience, mainly due to the 'new' keyboards. They're made of pressed metal, like public phones, meaning that you can't achieve any decent typing speed. The keyboard is missing the ALT key, instead they had the bright idea of replacing it with a "www." key. The keyboard was embedded into the wall and was at a very steep slope, making it difficult to get around. There was some arse-backwards system where, if the web browser is closed, it locks out until a technician logs you back in. While the bandwidth makes it seem like a good idea, what good is it, when there is no access to portable media. Quick streaming media is it's only advantage, and when it backs out into the cafe, porn is completely out of the question.
  • Re:BT (Score:2, Informative)

    by TheBiGW (982686) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:42PM (#15621979)
    The whole place is owned by BT. I've visited and there is BT branding everywhere.

    The 100mbit is probably with reference to the LAN the PCs are located on. When I surfed on the iMacs there it certainly didn't feel like the fastest internet surfing I've done.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @12:57PM (#15622104)
    The British climate is not well suited to growing coffee, so we have to import it all. As a result, we drink the same fucking coffee the rest of the world does - Nescafe, Illy, Starfucks, you name it.
  • by piotrr (101798) <piotrr AT swipnet DOT se> on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @01:19PM (#15622299) Homepage

    Since December of last year, Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget have upgraded all 10mbit customer feeds to 100mbit downstream (10mbit upstream) connections free of additional charge. For this connection, I pay 350 Swedish Kronor per month, and this news would never turn up on the Slashdot front page.

    Bredbandsbolaget serves over 300 000 households in Sweden, a nation of around 9 million. It's not some curiosity out in the boondocks or goonhills or whatever you call'em.

  • by Doctor Crumb (737936) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @02:24PM (#15622880) Homepage
    "Monster Island" was already taken...
  • by lebski (931360) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @02:38PM (#15623000)
    Sounds to me like you haven't been around much for the last few years. Alright UK internet access isn't the best but unless you live right in the middle of nowhere you can certainly get ADSL speeds. 90% of uk households according to this [uk-bug.net] (alright I've never heard of them but it was this or theregister).

    Personally I get 8mbs (theoretically) more like 6.5mbs in practice. Where I live you can get up to 24mbs if you feel like it. Telewest (if they are still called that) are trialing a 100mbs connection to a few select areas and offer 10mbs to their other customers. Let's be honest it's nothing like your description.
  • That's just not true (Score:3, Informative)

    by Catullus (30857) on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @04:47PM (#15623872) Journal
    I'm sorry, but you're just wrong. While the state of high-speed connectivity in the UK might not be ideal, we're not doing badly [computing.co.uk] and the rate of broadband uptake in this country is higher than pretty much everywhere else. You might have been right a few years ago, but things are much better now.
  • by drspliff (652992) <harry.roberts@NOSPAM.midnight-labs.org> on Wednesday June 28, 2006 @06:13PM (#15624454)
    ** roudy MP style cheers **

    Here here, this is the same company that fixed the price of most dialup services in the UK (read non-0845 services), then promoted their horribly under-reliable service with nightmarish support for just a little less (or trying to pursuade you to setup an account when you setup your phone line).

    Then did the same with ADSL, while I could get 25mbit in France for 30 euro, I was paying ~30 euro for 256kbit in the UK when the bandwidth used by the people in France was likely passing THROUGH the UK before getting to America, so they can't bitch about bandwidth being too expensive.

    In my latest flat I phoned up BT to get a phone line, 75 quid and about two weeks to get it installed.. Called up NTL instead and had phone and 2mbit cable within the week without any additional charges. BT can do anything they want to try and improve their image, but as long as they still fuck customers over there will still be web forums full of thousands of angry customers.
  • by glesga_kiss (596639) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @05:16AM (#15626562)

    Grandparent is talking shit. I've got a 10 meg cable connection here in the UK and it'll max out whenever the remoter server is up to it. I usually get bittorrent running over the 1000kb/s mark, pulling in 300 meg in around four minutes or so.

    Customer support is as always understaffed. But I've never had a problem with them. Perhaps no more than 24 total hours of outages (that I know of) in five years service.

    Job-wise, things are pretty good right now. Been better, but has been worse (.com bubble). London pays more but they'll get it back out of you (and more) with the cost of living there. Try Scotland, we're much more fun!

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