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Comment Re:So just what am I paying for? (Score 1) 547

I would suggest understanding the base technology of the services you are considering.

Cable for example is a shared platform. You may share 40meg of capacity with 100 other people and be individually limited to 5meg. Depending on the users, you may or may not not ever have the network congested so you will receive less then peak value, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.

You could be unlucky enough to end up on a node with dozens of heavy torrent users.

The up-to is probably generally acceptable because 95% of consumers don't understand the underlying technology and probably are not as concerned about if they get 5meg all the time, or if sometimes they only get 3meg.

The speed they are giving probably refers to the physical cap on your access path, and the up to is to cover them off when the load simply get overwhelmed. If they are good company, they either have have tons of capacity, or they fire customers who use excessive quantities of capacity, most likely a mix of both.


Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

Submission + - Dell 300WFP-HC 92% Color Gamut, 30" LCD Tested

Spinnerbait writes: "When it comes to high-end wide screen computer LCDs, Dell's UltraSharp line has historically earned high marks. If you're in the market for something huge, you should check out this article at HotHardware on Dell's new UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC. Not only does this monitor feature a gigantic 30" panel with a native resolution of 2560x1600, but it also features ultra high 92% color gamut capability based on new backlighting technology that is currently one of the industry's best. Most other desktop LCD monitors feature a 72% to 76% color gamut. The UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC is going to be somewhat expensive, and at first will only be available with the purchase of an XPS system. The word is, general availability will come in February. Drool...."

Submission + - Are Slower Processors Better?

deadline writes: "Last month at the annual supercomputing show, there was a different kind of system that seems to buck the current trends. Instead of handful of faster and hotter processors, a new company called SiCortex is using a bucket of slower cooler MIPS processors (5832 cores to be exact). The whole cluster computer takes up 5 square feet of floor space (1.4 square meters) and is expected to deliver 6 TFLOPS with a power signature of only 16 KWatts. Each MIPS core sips only 10 Watts. Linux, the HPC workhorse, was the OS of choice for this new machine. Interesting pictures and discussion on ClusterMonkey as well."

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