writes: A sad day for science and science fiction fans. Arthur C Clarke is reported to have died at age 90.
I cannot say I read everything he ever wrote but I certainly tried. His intelligence and story-telling ability will be missed.
Never let reality temper imagination
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.