I have 2x 4U rackmount fileservers and a 16 port Gbit switch in my bedroom, the gentle hum of the server fans luls me off to sleep nicely. I rarely need to turn the radiator on in the winter either!
Indeed, I remember playing Quake 2 on dialup with 150-200 ping... This feels like the service has been built with the assurance that the associated technologies that it's going to be relying on will have caught up by then. This type of gaming service might just about be viable in 3-4 years, but only to the city dwellers. I can't see it ever working properly out in the rural areas where carriers just don't see enough return against upgrades due to sparse populations.
How else would you account for the success of reality TV shows?
Clip it's hooves, wipe it's arse and put it on a plate!
...but abstract it from any locational or identifying data. Wrap it up in a bow and let them waste their time wading through it.
Wait... how did we get on to Seasonal Affective Disorder?
How about not bothering to cap and process it yourself at all? Just download it from usenet or torrents with all the processing, advert chopping, etc done for you.
In fact, just point your download software at the right RSS feed, plug in the right set of wildcard filters and let it get on with it.... Most new TV shows are up on the internet within 1-2 hours of their initial air date....
Get the howto writers to stop using Vim. Seriously, people who are used to windows are driven away by stuff like that, just tell them to use nano!
I predict a lot of WoW players getting together to form 24hr drop-in DnD centres.
If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.