"Twisted Light" Paves the Way for Ultra-Fast Internet

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Irridium:
*quitely weeps with his 80 kb/s connection*

Don't mind me, just chilling with my 30 mb/s connection :P

I eagerly await someone to upstage this number

Easton Dark:
What could anyone do with a connection greater than a gb a second... what is there to download that's that large?

Well for starters the demand on reliable broadband connections is growing larger and larger so anything that can help keep up with this demand is a bonus. Plus you could download Hi Def movies and games in a couple of seconds :D

Sounds nice in theory, but won't this get bottlenecked by HDD capabilities?
I currently have a 100 megabits/s (which means my downloads cap at 12.5 MB/s) connection and most sites don't allow for such downloading speed.
I'm sure there's a good use for it, but I don't think it's very useful for private users.

As a network engineer, this makes my privates tingle with arousal.

I am very excited.

Irridium:
*quitely weeps with his 80 kb/s connection*

Are you saying Kilobytes or Kilobits? If that is how many Kilobytes you get a second in a download your speed is actually 640 Kilobits a second. (8 bits make up a byte...)

My speed is about 10 Megabits a second. I download about 1.5 Megabytes a second... It is probably faster cause I share bandwidth with lots of other things in the house. 3 other computers, an Xbox. and an iPad...

Tanis:
So, what you're REALLY trying to say is...

ALL MY PORN WILL SOON BE 1080P?!??!?!

Woohoo!

1080p porn!? YAY!~

DTWolfwood:
Would be nice to have a 312.5GB/s speeds :D Download a complete game in about .05 seconds! ::drools:: (assuming whomever you download from actually has the same upload speed XD)

I think the fastest steam goes is like 25MB/s... Not sure. never reached it before....

I've been waiting for several years for Verizon to bring FiOS to my area so I can have an Internet speed above 1.5MB/s

Random fact: The U.S. is ranked 26th fastest in Internet speeds.

Sorry, I couldn't hear the content of this article because of how awesome science is. APplication of orbital physics to the movement of light through media. Just totally awesome!

Zagzag:

samsonguy920:
Guess it is hit or miss wherever you are. I do hear from many in Europe how they enjoy high speed without caps. They must be the lucky ones.
Either case, higher speeds won't deter internet caps. It just means you will reach your cap faster. Until I hear a legitimate reason and not just lame profiteering excuses from the big ISP's, I will stand on the position caps are completely unnecessary in this day and age.

I agree that they are unnecesary, but since they are so normal here, people seem to just assume that there is a reason for them. I imagine that some Europeans get good unlimited intenet, but in the north of England, caps seem to be a fact of life for anyone who doesn't get their internet as part of a TV package, and even then it is not certain.

Ask any ISP that imposes caps, and they will most likely give you this excuse: 'Our servers and other facilities are limited and unable to handle heavy traffic. Hence we impose caps to help reduce and/or support heavy traffic.'
This is pure bullshit. When you consider the technology that is already in place, and what you are being charged monthly to access what is otherwise a free resource, the ISP's make more than enough to improve their services to where caps are completely unnecessary. They would rather budget most of that money to feed the CEO's their bonus paychecks.

this is desperately needed escpecially with the crunch comming on bandwidth in the next couple of years

wintercoat:

Easton Dark:
What could anyone do with a connection greater than a gb a second... what is there to download that's that large?

For the record, my average of around 2mb/s is perfectly fine with me, thank you.

Why, download the internet of course! :D

imagehttp://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4f563c627c06b.gifimage

A man can dream...

I felt that insatiable urge to click the "ok" button in the error box, but couldn't. :(

Fast internet is good. Very good...

Irridium:
*quitely weeps with his 80 kb/s connection*

I'm right there with ya bud...

Solo-Wing:

Irridium:
*quitely weeps with his 80 kb/s connection*

Are you saying Kilobytes or Kilobits? If that is how many Kilobytes you get a second in a download your speed is actually 640 Kilobits a second. (8 bits make up a byte...)

My speed is about 10 Megabits a second. I download about 1.5 Megabytes a second... It is probably faster cause I share bandwidth with lots of other things in the house. 3 other computers, an Xbox. and an iPad...

Tanis:
So, what you're REALLY trying to say is...

ALL MY PORN WILL SOON BE 1080P?!??!?!

Woohoo!

1080p porn!? YAY!~

DTWolfwood:
Would be nice to have a 312.5GB/s speeds :D Download a complete game in about .05 seconds! ::drools:: (assuming whomever you download from actually has the same upload speed XD)

I think the fastest steam goes is like 25MB/s... Not sure. never reached it before....

Damn, it'd be like mankind breaking the soundbarrier for the first time again...

Hopefully it won't be more expensive than the actually provider -_-

Easton Dark:
What could anyone do with a connection greater than a gb a second... what is there to download that's that large?

For the record, my average of around 2mb/s is perfectly fine with me, thank you.

Why would anyone need more than 56kb/s? What is there to download that's that large?

-Music downloading begins.

Why would anyone need more than 512kb/s? What is there to download that's that large?

-SD movie and TV downloading begins.

Why would anyone need more than 1Gb/s? What is there to download that's that large?

-HD movie and TV downloading begins, SD movie and TV streaming peaks, digital distribution of games becomes a reality.

So basically, the answer to your question is; "we don't know yet, but it's going to be fucking awesome".

Jarrod Ames:
Our children will look at us like idiots when we tell them we had a 56k modem while they get mad if the internet drops below a gig a second

56k? I had a 28.8k! Old telephone central ftw :P

Hevva:

A new technique allows fiber-optic cables to move 2.5 terabits per second.

SO MUCH P0RN

*giggity*

OT: I hope they do eventually make super hi speed connections available at a decent price and without caps. Our local internet here is capped at something stupid like 12mbps (megabit NOT bytes mind you) and that's the highest speed for residential customers.

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