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Posts by Maury Markowitz

I couldn't agree more. Sadly, however, this article contains nothing of the sort. Do you see any "context" other than bland generalities about unrelated topics, or "history" about anything related to THIS topic? I see neither. After three pages we're left with a single block of text about the actual topic, one that merely regurgitates the existing press feed. Can you find a single statement about Light Peak that isn't copied from another source? If I want the Wikipedia,...
Well all I can say for sure is that the current connectors are all-optical end-to-end. This is a problem because it's very easy to get reflections off the end of the cable if they don't meet really nice and flat. That's why TOSLINK cables are so tightly connected. In the case of the computer cabling I've used it's typically two fibres ending in this big plastic block. The connector is surprisingly large, oddly shaped and flimsy. It's terrible industrial design. I can...
> if Light Peak's economies of scale drives down the price of optical cabling as expected > doesn't this effectively solve the Telcos "last mile" bandwidth problem? Sadly, no. Light Peak is a different kind of fibre, and the kind of fibre the telco's/cableco's use is already pretty much free. The cost in the last mile has nothing to do with the cost of the fibre and everything to do with digging up the last mile. You have to send out real humans to run the stuff, and...
I always shudder when I see a technical article on Insider, because they are almost always wrong. At some point I always conclude that the author doesn't really understand the technology they're talking about. The analysis articles, like this one, are equally wrong headed. After THREE PAGES of bogus filler brushing over ancient history, the author finally gets around to actually talking about Light Peak. And what does he say? Nothing that wasn't in the briefs sent out...
No, that's going too far, just like this article. Really, all it demonstrates is the poor quality of reporting in this article, nothing more. Maury
I actually have a little background in this, so let me take a whack at it... Traditional LCD screens produce a color image by selectively filtering down a white light source, the backlight. As the name implies, the backlight lies at the back of the screen, and fires forward toward the viewer. Most backlights use CCFL tubes, while those on high-end televisions sometimes use LEDs instead. Of the total amount of light produced, only a tiny fraction makes it through the entire...
Well a related problem is that it never really goes to sleep. Come on, isn't Apple supposed to be the greenies? 13W forever? Fix it! Maury
Some of them. Tropic Thunder was amazing. A Fish Called Wanda, not so much. Maury
For me it's the tuner itself, the DVR is less important. I hate the tuner in my TV, it takes a full second to switch channels, and you can't hold down the button and skip over them, it stops at every one. EyeTV, on the other hand, absolutely flies through the channels. Technically it's already done, people have hacked EyeTV into the ATV over a year ago. And it even does DVR. Maury
Do you actually believe that? I don't.After all, their network was perfectly adequate for their pre-iPhone needs. It was only when people actually started using their system that a real problem appeared.AT&T already had the iPhone money in their pocket, and their network sucked in spite of it. I can't see any reason for your claim that they would have invested in this, given that they didn't.And in spite of a working network prior to the iPhone, people were abandoning AT&T...
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