While it seems like it took far too long for Sprint to lawyer up and file against AT&T, it’s finally done. Better yet, Sprint actually did it right stating that no concessions will make the deal acceptable.
“The proposed transaction would produce no tangible public interest benefits and would impose serious anti-competitive harms that cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions,” Sprint said on Tuesday, the deadline for initial responses to AT&T’s application to the FCC. (Yahoo)
Even though this was done by a competitor who would most certainly be harmed by the AT&T T Mobile combo, we’ve finally seen a complaint entered against AT&T that addresses the way it does business. AT&T makes concessions / promises with every merger deal. Time goes by. People forget. The promises are never kept. Does anyone remember $15 DSL without the land line charge? What about fiber to every home? Then there was a fair rate to rent rack space and last mile infrastructure to competitors are a fair price. All of these promises were made to speed acquisitions of other local Bell companies. Pols understand this methodology. It’s their stock and trade. Maybe that’s the reason why AT&T has gotten away with it for so long.
Kudos to Sprint for doing the right thing, even if it’s just acting in it’s own self interest. Other small providers are also complaining. Noticeably absent is Verizon. If the AT&T – T Mobile deal flies, Verizon is likely to roll over on Sprint creating what amounts to a duopoly. That’s great for AT&T and Verizon. If you like the broadband duopoly that’ s pushing us into the third world or the political one that’s ruining our country, you’ll love a wireless one.
The upper boundary of the rate data can travel over a strand of glass has been revised again.
Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have succeeded in encoding data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam, transmitting the data over a distance of 50 kilometers, and decoding the information successfully. This is the largest data volume ever transported on a laser beam. (Science Daily)
This feat was accomplished on an ordinary fiber strand, just like the ones that have been buried en mass since the 80′s. Photonic transmission is still a fairly new science. It’s safe to assume the speed limit will continue to incease soon and often.
Yes, that is Calibre. It slices, it dices, it marinades. Ooops. That’s for the cooking show. Calibre is a eReader, converter, downloaders, newsreaders that I would say is without compare. Its available in formats for Linux, Windows, Mac. It stores meta data, looks for missing meta data. You can provide your own tags, update or change meta data.
Its the tool certainly every publisher needs. But readers will benefit most from this software. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. Web site here.
…. as the Samsung Tab. Yep. Saw one live-virtual on the Linux Action Show. (Issue 14, Episode 9.) Take a look, should be up and for display later this evening.
Has all the same attributes, handheld size, good screen and reasonably thin. The parallels between what Roddenberry suggested and what is now being produced here are uncanny.
Go take a peek later this evening and I bet you will say — yep.
When the original Internet went public, the folks who were the original users went about building a new network for themselves. Dubbed Internet 2, the network is about to make a server across the globe as fast to access as the typical local hard disk. In theory, the technology incubated by Internet 2 is supposed to migrate to the networks we use.
Internet2 is moving to 100 Gigabit per second (100G) networking thanks to new technologies and standards. Internet2 is a high-speed network connecting over 50,000 research and educational facilities.
The official move to 100G networking should not come as a surprise, as Internet2 first announced its 100G intentions back in 2008. What has changed in the last two years is that 100G networking has moved from becoming just an idea to becoming an implementable reality. (Enterprise Networking Planet)
As technology advances, speed increases, bandwidth increases and costs continue to race to zero. Why is that only the largely publicly funded academics and researchers who push the envelope are the only ones to enjoy the fruits of their labors? Imagine nearly limitless bandwidth with speed that makes doing giant things online possible. For the rest of us, the last mile belongs to a government enabled duopoly that has no interest in upgrading no matter how advanced and cheap new technology becomes. In a free market competition drives constant rapid improvement in a quest to win the customer’s loyalty. Isn’t about time to open the last mile market and make it possible for the rest of to have better bandwidth that amounts to a small sliver of what the Internet 2 folks have?
Streaming content delivery is different from broadcasting in that every play consumes additional bandwidth and distance degrades performance. Deep pockets like those at Hulu and Netflix use CDN’s or content delivery networks like Akami that keep cashing server farms in numerous locations to insure a good user experience regardless of location. CDN delivery is expensive. That leaves the hobbyist and smaller producer at the mercy of low qulaity services like Youtube or out in the cold.
Now the advantage of deep pockets may be fading. Using peer to peer technology, a small, single location server can rival the CDN model. Wikimedia is already testing the concept with the Swarm Player browser plugin.
We have enabled this for Wikimedia video via the multimedia beta. Once you installed the add-on any video you view on Wikimedia sites with the multimedia beta enabled will be transparently streamed via bittorrent. The add-on includes simple tools to configure how much bandwidth you use to upload. Even if you upload nothing, using the add-on helps distribute load by playing the video from the P2P network and the local cache on subsequent views. The Swarmplayer has clever performance tuning which downloads high priority pieces over http while getting low priority bits of the video from the bittorrent swarm. This ensures a smooth playback experience while maximizing use of the P2P network. You can learn more about the technology on the Swam player add-on si