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  •  Download speeds are okay, (3+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, navajo, SciMathGuy

    if the sky is clear but uploading is akin to dial-up.

    Download speeds are typically up to 500 Kbps; uploads are closer to 56 Kbps.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 12:16:09 PM PDT

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    •  Wow - you done good! (2+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, sceptical observer

      I never, ever got download speeds greater than 99 kbps. Better than dialup, to be sure, but not by much.

      The fundies are right! The world is ending! There's a black guy with his feet up on the Oval Office desk! Oh Noez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      by SciMathGuy on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 01:48:26 PM PDT

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    •  Satellite download is OK for single large files (3+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, navajo, SciMathGuy

      if you're just streaming data down the link, it works tolerably well. Unfortunately, a lot of internet usage is getting many small files (a typical web page might be 5-25 small files), and satellite latency issues make that very, very expensive.

      For example, logging into a remote server and changing directories, a very low data action, is   p a i n f u l l y     s l o w  on satellite. Much much slower than dialup, because each request takes multiple seconds to activate.

      Even typing a command on a remote host is terrible. Because, every time you type a letter, it goes up the link to the satellite, down the link to Houston, out on the internet to your server, back to Houston, back up to the satellite, back down to you. Every freaking letter.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:34:28 PM PDT

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