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Comment: but maybe not fast enough? (Score 1) 219

Since we are thinking about latency, propagation delay, then microwave is almost 50% faster than fiber for a straight line path, and most fiber networks don't go straight, but microwaves (that is to say "radio") does. This is because light does not propagate down a fiber as fast as radio waves do in "free space."

Bandwidth is another thing. You can get a lot more bits per second onto a terahertz carrier than on a gigahertz carrier.

So, if latency is the issue, maybe fiber is not fast enough.

This is not really news, we've seen anecdotal evidence of high-speed traders using microwave networks to gain a slight speed advantage over their competition using fiber networks.

Comment: since when did ./ turn into boingboing? (Score 1) 263

by lophophore (#49722267) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

can we get this without the posturing? Yeah, maybe congress is 99% populated with idiots, but what does that have to do with this book? And what does this have to do with the

Since when did slashdot turn into boingboing?

the editing department needs a high colonic, me thinks. This site is losing it's relevance.

Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 4, Interesting) 369

by lophophore (#49643001) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

nespresso is even worse the k-cup. Though they both are pretty bad. an awful lot of waste for some convenience.

me? I grind my own beans and put them into the portafilter of my 20-year-old Saeco espresso machine -- it won't die. The only waste is the spent coffee, and I feed that to my compost heap.

Comment: better watch your back (Score 1) 123

Silicon Valley was nowhere in the 60s. Everything has it's rise and fall

Consider what happened around Boston, look at the wreckage of the computer industry there:

Symbolics, Lisp Machine, Prime, Data General, Wang, ComputerVision, and (of course) Digital Equipment Corporation.

For a while, route 128 was the epicenter of the American computer industry. Now, those companies are all dead.

It's coming for you, California! Silicon Graphics, Sun... Gone... HP is already circling the drain. Apple's remarkable boutique computer business can only last so long. The web companies are largely one-trick ponies, just waiting to lame up. (We saw what happened to Twitter's valuation last week...)

I call bullshit on this article.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche