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    Old lady surfing Web at 40 gigabits-per-second

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/07/20/s....ap/index.html


    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- She is a latecomer to the information superhighway, but 75-year-old Sigbritt Lothberg is now cruising the Internet with a dizzying speed.

    Lothberg's 40 gigabits-per-second fiber-optic connection in Karlstad is believed to be the fastest residential uplink in the world, Karlstad city officials said.

    In less than 2 seconds, Lothberg can download a full-length movie on her home computer -- many thousand times faster than most residential connections, said Hafsteinn Jonsson, head of the Karlstad city network unit.

    Jonsson and Lothberg's son, Peter, worked together to install the connection.

    The speed is reached using a new modulation technique that allows the sending of data between two routers placed up to 1,240 miles apart, without any transponders in between, Jonsson said.

    "We wanted to show that that there are no limitations to Internet speed," he said.

    Peter Lothberg, who is a networking expert, said he wanted to demonstrate the new technology while providing a computer link for his mother.

    "She's a brand new Internet user," Lothberg said by phone from California, where he lives. "She didn't even have a computer before."

    His mother isn't exactly making the most of her high-speed connection. She only uses it to read Web-based newspapers.

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    i dont think its a new modulation technique, but rather a completely optical technology called "Photonics"

    either way...this is bad ***...
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    i did't think we see this for another 20 years or so with our current rate of development in speeds!
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    back in 1997 scientists were getting over 10Gb/s using photonics...and the distance between the repeaters is roughly the same with photonics if i remember correctly (dont quote me)...there are a lot of things that the world has as far as technology goes, its just not released to the public.

    for example...Verizon FIOS...Verizon has the capability to unlock the restrictions on their FIOS lines to get much faster than the 200MB/s that they are giving currently to businesses...they are using that to their advantage so when someone comes up with something faster, they will just unlock it a little bit more for a cheaper price to keep the edge...its how businesses work...

    besides...i dont know of any hard drive (even in RAID 0 or RAID 5 configuration) that can write 40GB in 2 seconds...so its technically not even necessary at this time...
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