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Comment Re:Motive? (Score 4, Informative) 99

The Motive is clear: In today science landscape it's "publish or perish". And if you get published in Science, you're a big star. There are many many papers out there that are using fake data, plagiarizing stuff and so on. It's a game. If you get published, you have won the first round. Maybe someone is able to reproduce the work with some minor tweaks. Than, you're the hero and someone else did your work. And there is still the chance, that no one notices because they are ashamed, because they are ashamed, that they have not been able to reproduce your work. I boldly state that 5% to 10% of published results are not "clean" in one way or another! Only a small percentage of these papers will ever be found. And even after papers are found to be "flawed", sometimes the publisher does not retract it. And even retracted papers still collect citations. The scientific publication system is heavily messed up and play into the hands of a few big publishing houses and some crooks!

Comment Re: not exactly gigabit (Score 5, Insightful) 101

Actually it isn't. By far! 1. On a gigabit wired network you get 1Gbit of transfer speed. There is a very small percentage lost to coding but you get well over 100MB/s (up to about 120MB/s) trough a Gbit connection. If you get slower speeds and don't know why, than start searching for the bottleneck! 2. The 400Mbit to 800MBit in a WLAN is the "wire speed". I've never seen transfer rates that are more than 70% of this. So, I expect to get maybe 56MB/s (which is already quite good) out of "GBit WLAN" while I get 120MB/s out of an Ethernet connection almost all the time. Still impressive how they even reach such speeds! That's engineering at it's best!

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun