[LINK] Forum on high speed bandwidth in Australia - this Thursday

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Mon May 4 12:32:52 AEST 2009

On Mon, 2009-05-04 at 12:15 +1000, Paul Brooks wrote:
> Speed is also misused. Most information travels at the same speed -
> the speed of light in a vacuum, 300 metres per microsecond in air for
> radio and microwave links, about 200 metres per microsecond in optical
> fibre, and somewhat less in metallic cables.
> What most people look for is capacity, or volume, and the speed is
> taken for granted these days.

Well - no, it isn't! I thought I just finished explaining exactly why

No gamer takes speed for granted (meaning latency, NOT volume). No-one
browsing the web takes it for granted either. The point I was trying to
make is that the number of applications where volume is relevant is
actually quite small.

I think that exactly the opposite of what you said is true - most people
look for speed, and volume is taken for granted. Obviously there are
exceptions - businesses shifting bulk data, the torrent addict whose
link runs hot 24/7 - but for most of the population, most of the time,
it is interactive response that they actually notice and care about.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)                   +61-2-64957160 (h)
http://www.biplane.com.au/~kauer/                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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