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  •  Some disagreement here (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, mmacdDE, terabytes, Nowhere Man

    Honestly, Gigabit ethernet is incredibly useful when moving very large files around an office, and helps ensure bandwidth for the future. This will be ESPECIALLY true once machines start getting SSDs more frequently. A hard disk might not be so fast as to take full advantage of a Gigabit line, but SSDs are that fast, and they are becoming more common as they both get less expensive, and as data starts moving into "the cloud". "The Cloud" is also going to make having lots of ready bandwidth more important too.

    And ISDN was crazy expensive.

    Also, these days I find myself buying and downloading PC games over Steam and Origin. Do you know how big Battlefield 3 is? Around a 15GB download. The patches run 2-3GB a piece (and often add new content). Try downloading that on my ~3Mbps connection (best case speed). It takes a DAY to completely download. I'd love to have a 100Mbps cable line.

    The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein.

    by Cvstos on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:43:54 AM PDT

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    •  Is the future of business (3+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy, NonnyO, mrkvica

      post literate? The massive files are mainly graphics. Are memos dead and information will be passed along via You-Tube? Or will everyone be hunkered down in their cubicles, playing Battlefield 3 instead of working?

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 10:49:06 AM PDT

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      •  They say a picture is worth a thousand words. (0+ / 0-)

        Of course the image may take up hundreds of times as much memory as those 1000 words. But it takes longer to read 1000 words than to look at a picture, and words are sometimes a less effective way to communicate certain kinds of information.

        "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

        by AaronInSanDiego on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:23:42 PM PDT

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        •  You Tubing (0+ / 0-)

          is the modern equivalent of Egyptian scrolls when it comes to accessing information. I don't disagree that some pictures can convey a lot of information in a very effective way, but I don't see that happening in 99% of the stuff that shows up on my screen.

          "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

          by Orinoco on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 12:26:05 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, even an HDD can saturate a gigabit (0+ / 0-)

      connection.  Modern 7200 RPM drives tend to get 90+ MB/s sustained sequential read and write rates.  That's 0.72 gigabits per second.

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