4 posts • joined Tuesday 9th October 2007 16:20 GMT
Uhhh, little non-thinkage going on here...
What no one here seems to acknowledge are the limitations and differences between DSL and cable modems/connections. You (collectively) are thinking of the access point as a perfect system, a line directly to the internet from your home. That's a nice thought and in many ways is accurate, but cable modems have seperate upload/download segments. A modem can tell when data transferred wasn't intended for it, but not upload. Cable modems in a single neighborhood/street/w/e converge at a certain point and the whole street basically shares that one connection and with so much bandwidth dedicated to download it's not a problem receiving information, but modems can actually send signals that collide with and destroy each other at the meeting point on upload. If a single person on the network is sending hundreds or thousands of these packets a second, the odds of a collision increase significantly and the modem cannot know when it doesn't make it until the connection times out waiting for a response that will never come. Most of the time it's not a problem b/c there are thousands of times a second when a modem can send packets but if someone is seeding and d/l'ing on the Bit all the time, they're likely to degrade the QoS of their neighbors and effectively become a bandwidth hog. That's why it actually is reasonable for them to reset sometimes. Note also, they don't reset EVERY connection ALL the time.
Wow. Maybe it's b/c I'm from the States, but most of this doesn't even make sense to me. I'll just address a few concerns. Firstly, science is based on statistics. A consensus is NOT unanimous, ever. At least not in science. And one cannot simply brush aside the mounting and absolutely undeniable evidence that SOMETHING IS HAPPENING. Whatever that may be is up for some, though admittedly very little, debate. Which brings me to my next point, which is that money is supposed to go proportionately to mainstream ideas. That is, the general consensus of scientists' ideas, with extremely rare exception (namely medecine). This is the very foundation of science and is the reason why it is absolutely ludicrous that all the major media in this/my country, the good ol' US of A, seem to present all the ideas as somehow equal. They put extremists and radicals and people who generally have no idea what they're talking about instead of down-to-earth, hard working people who are doing the actual nitty-gritty research. Anyway, that is simply not how science works, and I believe this is what the man (used in the literal, not figurtive sense) means when asking for honesty. But what do I know, I'm only a freshman physics major at ISU.
I would however, urge all of you to take a look at this most excellent and thought-provoking of posts on the Dot Earth blog over at the NYT (for those who may not know, the New York Times, one of three of the most prestigious publications in my country and the best for politics).
ps - republicans would be the more "conservative," free market types and democrats the more socialist. any questions? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
result of product design?
it was interesting, that's for sure. nobody ever mentions how much failure rates for the ds affect sales but i've heard my fair share of stories so i'd bet it's reasonably high. of course, the low entry price makes it easier both to get in and to replace but... well, i think design also greatly affects product success. ps2 was aesthetically pleasing and dominated the global market (compare to: fugly black and green xbox and purple barney murse gamecube). ds looks remarkably like a miniaturized version of the black Asus Eee PC which has (evidently) been selling out as well. hmmmmm....
looks like they're testing the price waters if you ask me. they want to see if they should continue to develop backwards-compatibility or if they should go ahead and concentrate that team on something else (more new features in firmware is always nice!) and i know this seems obvious but i've not seen anyone mention it so far. actually, i wonder if these people would be allocated to something like Home (behind in development) or a new project entirely that they're looking to create. or maybe they're just trying to cut costs and firing the backwards-compatibility team is the easiest... idk. what do you guys think?