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Need Technical Help   The Online You: Internet Life

Started 11/9/20 by kizmet1; 2553 views.

Well,  my internet connection is so slow that it would take a decade to send someone a copy of my assorted documentaries and stuff. But just fill up a 4 terabyte hard drive, box it up, address the box, put on postage, and ship it.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

12/12/20

Your internet speed sounds like my phone. Slow but sure.
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From: Showtalk

12/12/20

I never thought of shipping computer data.  Shipping is expensive right now.

It seems to have sped up a bit in the past month, but it's still as slow as molasses in January except for that fateful January day in 1919 in Boston, when molasses moved at nearly 30 mph engulfing entire neighborhoods in the sticky brown tsunami.

Showtalk said:

I never thought of shipping computer data. Shipping is expensive right now.

If it's a vast enough amount, it's far more efficient than uploading it. That is what they did when they made the image of the black hole event horizon. It required several petabytes of data from 8 radio telescopes around the globe to create a virtual aperture the size of the earth. Essentially each radio telescope packed over a thousand multi-terabyte hard drives on a pallet, each - and air-freighted the pallet to a huge center in Massachusetts where all the hard drives were hooked up and the data crunched to build the final image.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

12/27/20

Lol. I heard about the molasses.
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From: Showtalk

12/27/20

Do you have other internet options?

It's now been 102 years since the Great Molasses Flood.

Only if I were to cough up $3 million to have many miles of optical fiber buried from somewhere in town at an internet backbone connection all the way out to the house. Then I could easily get gigabit speeds.

But the length of copper wire or radio signals and finite spectrum available tends to limit the speed I'll ever be able to get out here.

At higher frequencies the atmospheric water vapor absorption of signals just gets worse and worse. This is one of the technical reasons that 5G needs a LOT more towers - because not only is it fast, but the signal range is very short.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

1/17/21

Just think, my grandparents were alive then and back home in Indiana. I wonder if the molasses was competing with the Spanish Flu then?
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