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Comment Pointless article (Score 5, Interesting) 50

It's Sunday night, so let's be picky:
1) 10 or 100 gigabits is not a measure of speed.
2) the "current" internet could very well exhibit the same capabilities if it didn't have to carry all the porn streaming left and right for millions of clients. A conventional network connection rated at xxx could run at that rate if you didn't have any sort of congestion, something this new network will likely not suffer because it doesn't have porn (yet). Any dedicated link will give you that. Heck, any 100Gb/s optical channel will give you 100Gb/s to play with.
3) "designed with hardware security features to protect it from the attacks" from the "internet" - by not having a direct connection to the internet in the first place? Fancy words, but it'll do.
4) $5 million to weave a cluster of fibers? Sounds too cheap.

Finally, the article says that "the new network will also serve as a model for future computer networks", but doesn't say anything about protocols, routing, etc. Nothing.

Comment Re:Panic (Score 2) 265

(...)Unless you consider turning away from nuclear energy as a panicky reaction(...)

(reposting because I'm an idiot and wasn't logged-in)
Funny you should say that, because the first thing I thought when I read that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel suddenly decided to shutdown 7 power plants http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/us-germany-nuclear-merkel-idUSTRE72D51520110315 after the incidents in Japan was "wtf!?".

I could only come up with 3 scenarios:
1) she did know that the power plants had urgent issues, but delayed any action until now
2) she didn't know of any urgent issues, and just found out
3) she knows that there are no issues, but the Green's votes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_party are just too appetizing.

This is "going apeshit" by any fair and reasonable measure, and this reaction seems to be is both unwarranted and unhelpful to Japan and any country where nuclear power is the sustainable solution.
Also, the general behaviour of the media hasn't been something to call home about, sensationalistic, biased, and altogether agenda-driven (which seems to be a common-place nowadays.)
---- Gravity sucks

Comment Do they mean WDM? (Score 2, Informative) 129

Intune Networks (...) has developed a technology that can enable a single strand of fibre to move from carrying one signal from one operator to carrying data from 80 telecoms and TV companies all at once."

Do they mean they have "invented" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength-division_multiplexing? I'm puzzled.

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