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Networking

+ - Flexible optic fiber for "last mile" conne

Submitted by bn0p
bn0p (656911) writes "According to an article on Ars Technica, a Korean company has developed a low-cost, flexible, plastic optical fiber that could help solve the "last mile" problem and bring 2.5 Gbps (bits per second) connections to homes and apartments. While not as fast as glass fiber, it is significantly faster than the copper connections in use today.

In related news, Corning recently announced a flexible glass fiber that can be bent repeatedly without losing signal strength. The Corning fiber incorporates nanostructures in the cladding of the fiber that act as "light guardrails" that keep the light in the fiber. The glass fiber could be as much as four times faster than plastic fiber.

Neither fiber is available commercially yet, but both should help improve data rates to the home when they are deployed."
Programming

+ - Are Most CS Students Getting a Raw Deal?

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Jason Luther
Jason Luther writes "Are most Computer Science students in universities and colleges around the world getting a raw deal? That's what it seems like; especially when you look at all the evidence and realize just how many hundreds of thousands of students are putting long hours and thousands of dollars into studying something that they just won't do well in... Given the disparity amongst the "coding talent" present in different students, is it the universities' duty to inform students of the real hardships encountered in the programming world, and the fact that it's not experience alone that makes a good programmer?"

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