I remember reading this a year ago or so when the home service launched, but I guess
I remember reading this a year ago or so when the home service launched, but I guess
Umm...the !Doctorow options (1,2,4) are not mutually exclusive; in fact, I'm convinced we have been in a Corporatocracy for a while, which controls us through the "utopia where the people are bribed into apathy/foolishness" (courtesy of MPAA/RIAA mafia + youtube and friends), and the "Totalitarian states in constant war" is right around the corner--hell, you can see THAT just in the other comments here!
Replying to myself: as if the drive prices weren't expensive enough, the prices for media are totally, well, consistent with Sony:
1.2TB rewritable $270 from B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1010742-REG/sony_odc1200re_archive_cartridge_1_2tb_rewritable.html
1.5TB WORM $280 from B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/983354-REG/sony_odc1500r_archive_cartridge_1500gb_write.html
And to top it all off, here's the obligatory DRM:
To help content creation professionals manage their metadata and improve workflow efficiency, Sony has developed the Optical Disc Archive Content Manager, which is a software application (license) bundled with each drive.
You didn't look too hard at the ODA specs. For starters, everyone here is talking AT LEAST 100 megaBYTES per second of bandwidth on and off the media SUSTAINED.
Now look at Phony's ODA: 35-50 megaBITS per second--MAX (it is a disk, after all). Connection is USB-3. Target machines are winblows and mac, no mention of Linux or any kind of server environment at all.
Time to fill a full 1.5TB 12 disk cartridge: 48 hours (2 days) at 50 Mbps, 72 hours (3 days) at 35 Mbps.
It was a joke when it was introduced, and an even bigger joke now: http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/04/16/1924248/30-blu-ray-discs-in-a-15tb-minidisc-like-cassette
Not funny enough? Here is more hilarity (the prices): http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-datastorage/cat-opticaldiscarchive/
For some place that's supposed to be for nerds who, unlike me, finished college, this discussion is embarrassing. Parent post and 1 or 2 other posts have it right, and this is something that every radio guy knows as well.
Wikipedia references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velocity_factor
More general discussion with heavy math: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_velocity
The reason for it all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refractive_index
This is straight from the horse's mouth: http://www.corning.com/WorkArea/downloadasset.aspx?id=39403
First, I have no affiliation with these people, but they sell worldwide and actually show pricing for real VSAT, not crappy HughesNet, Viasat, Starband, etc: http://www.groundcontrol.com/
Second, almost all satellite internet is from GEO orbit, as everyone has said, with massive latency; reducing contention is done with spot beams, but the catch is that, if you're not in the spot beam, you're out of luck: this is especially true of the new Ka-band services (Viasat-1, Gen-4 Hughesnet, and probably more coming). And since ALL of these are on Ku or Ka band, unless you can afford a big dish, you can expect rain fade much of the time.
Third, up until recently we had a Ku-band Hughesnet connection here at work for our extranet. It sucked. BIG TIME. I have to echo what everyone else says: do not get satellite internet unless you have NO OTHER CHOICE!
Last, there are the slow-speed alternatives: Inmarsat is also in GEO, but much slower and more expensive; in exchange, you get portability (no dish, just one of those suitcase antennas). Then there's Iridium (2400 bps) and Global(aka Local)Star (9600 bps--no kilo!), which are only useful for e-mail without attachments or text browsing with Lynx (and even then it'll be slow): these are in LEO (Low Earth Orbit), but at these speeds from the 1980's, you won't notice the latency gain.
Hope this helps, Mike
Certification from the relevant national authority is absolutely required for *ANYTHING* capable of transmitting RF. For something that connects to a public network, there are additional certifications besides just the basic RF ones. I still remember back in the old days, if you took your AMPS handset into Canada, you had to have it registered at Canadian customs; this was eventually dropped, but I don't know if it was due to complaints, drowning in workload, or what.
However, I disagree about FOSS firmware based on the very existance of all the 802.11 and Bluetooth drivers in our favorite operating systems: this was a real concern for them, but the wrath of the world's governments has not come down on them since, for example, MadWiFi was open-sourced. Cellular Radiotelephone networks present a special case, not because of the RF, but due to the authentication requirements to prevent toll fraud.
Besides this, individual network operators also check out devices to be sure they behave on their networks before they commit to carrying them (for GSM).
One last thing, though: at least here in the USA, much of our GSM will disappear in 2016 when AT&T shuts down that network; T-Mobile USA has not given a date yet. Unfortunately, WCDMA--much less LTE in its various forms--is heavily patented worldwide, so getting a legal FOSS implementation of it is probably impossible at this time, so certs would be the least of your trouble: do you really want the likes of Qualcomm suing you into oblivion?
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As pointed out by others, the fax machine and ATM are modems I use now and then, but there's one that none of you caught that I use every day here at work (and a lot of places I shop): the credit card terminal. Like ATM's, they've been available for a while in IP versions, but there are a lot of dial-up ones around, including the one in our motel.
Remember what happened to it: instead of upgrading it to provide near-GNSS accuracy, they killed it, eliminating the only terrestrial nav/pos system outside of major airports and air traffic lanes. If we have another Carrington-size solar event or someone decides to deploy their satellite-killer missles/satellites/sharks-with-lasers/whatever, WE HAVE NO SAFETY NET for nav/pos as well as network synchronization!
They've already proven once they're willing to sacrifice the country's safety against outside forces (while simultaneously building up their off-, er, defensive capabilities against their own citizenry), so what makes you think they won't do it again?
Mod parent up: I searched for almost 15 minutes trying to find the exact "free software" license it was changed to, and failed. But, boy, finding how to use XenControl (which runs on winblows only, BTW) to "license" your server (apparently that's what Citrix calls a support contract now) is very easy; oh, and this "license" is per socket now rather than per machine.
My take away from reading this and the blog post is that, while NVIDIA may consider graphics to be their bread & butter, it looks like they're looking at this space (HPC) very seriously in the long term--perhaps they even think they can dominate it. This is a big difference from the other players: IBM isn't bothering to throw POWER at it, and AMD/ATI is only present on older machines; ATI in particular seems more interested in going after the mobile space rather than HPC. I don't know what to make of Intel other than they know they're the choice for the non-GPU side and are at the top of their game.
One problem I see is that NVIDIA is still a fabless house and has performance limitations tied to whatever fab they partner with; perhaps this is why they downplay process gains in the blog post.
Of course, if the conspiracy theorists are to be believed, NSA and friends already have this 10-years-into-the-future technology...
Why I stay off windows whenever possible:
1. The Evil Empire: no matter how much money Gates & Co give away, I never forget where (and, more importantly, how) he got it in the first place. Also, how they continue to compete with Apple and Oracle for the title of Most Evil (Tech) Company. (Almost forgot about Monsanto there...)
2. FOSS is far more secure, especially from spyware and such. I don't access my bank account, for example, from anywhere other than my computer sporting Slackware that I know personally to be clean.
3. It also follows the Golden Rules: "treat others as you want to be treated" and "share and share alike".
4. I can afford it!
Why I must use winblows at times:
1. Certain proprietary software that will not run on anything but winblows, usually because of DRM, but occasionally due to lack of a driver in Linux/BSD. For me personally this is some games or my radio programming software (http://www.rtsystemsinc.com which is surprisingly DRM'd to the point Wine/Crossover won't run it--and the author has stated to me over the phone that he doesn't care about anything other than windows).
2. The company that I, er, the franchise I work for, works for, decided to become a M$ $hop, forcing us to use their proprietary software that breaks all the time and runs as an Active-X app! Curious thing, though: I'm convinced, now, that the backend may be an IBM CICS system. Weird.
3. Trying to teach my non-tech family (particularly my technophobic parents--my dad STILL doesn't have an ATM card!) is an exercise in futility. Only a few years ago did he finally get a laptop because he has to do certain transactions (some commercial taxes, etc) online. I just broke down, let them use winblows, and hope for the best--they never listen to me anyway.
People for the Eating of Tasty Animals--BEHOLD!
Claimer: I proudly own these "Mashed Potatoes" and "Vegetarian" shirts and people take pictures of us all the time--99%+ of people love them and they're the BEST ice-breakers! (No joke)
"...a former top executive at software maker SAP..."
I really think this says it all: it would be like having an IBM exec trying to run Google when it was a startup--you don't put curmugeons in charge of something this new (IMHO).