Death to an all bits are equal internet, or as it is commonly called Network Neutrality comes from the newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler; a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries, who announced this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Companies like Comcast have long spouted half-truths and outright lies about delivering “blazing fast speeds” via their broadband services. But fact back critics have long shown that the U.S. is falling behind other developed nations in providing high-speed Internet access to average citizens. Prime examples of this is South Korea and the 100% broadband penetration at 100mbps to the house, Switzerland 100mbps to the house and many other European and south Asian nations with 100 mb and Gigabit service. Continue reading →
Today Elon Musk unveiled his plans to build his Hyper Loop rapid transit system. In a funny turn, the concept is an old one. Using the similar design to the old Beach pneumatic rail transit systems created in New York city in the 1850′s. In this above ground elevated evolution of the BPRS, passenger capsules would travel at 700+ miles per hour in a zero-pressure tube creating a possible near frictionless transit. In Elon Musk’s SpaceX white paper on the project a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco would only take 30 minutes
Baltimore, Maryland has been the home to Plan8 Media since our beginning in 2008. The Plan8 Podcast started in the north Baltimore community of Charles Village. It has been a pleasure being a member of the technology and creative culture of Baltimore. But Plan8 Media has been wanting to expand for a long time. Moving to Los Angeles will give us with a means to collaborate with many more people to produce a richer swath of original and unique content that readers, listeners, and viewers will enjoy. The “Hon” is still in our blood and the natty boh and maryland crabs are in our DNA. Thanks again for the memories Baltimore and to all the great people we have gotten to know in it’s rich culture and ever growing startup tech scene.
The Xbox One has 8GB DDR3, of which 5 GB available to developers.
The DDR3 ram has a bandwidth rate at 68 gigabits a second meaning:
At 60fps the maximum memory available per frame is 1.133GB
At 30fps the maximum memory available per frame is 2.266GB
The Playstation 4 has 8 gigabytes of GDDR5 of which 5.5GB available to developers with 512mb of that swap space, paged to the Hard drive.
The DDR5 ram has a bandwidth rate at 176 gigabits meaning:
At 60fps the maximum memory available per frame is 2.933GB
At 30fps the maximum memory available per frame is 5.866GB
This is the real maximum amount of memory available to each console irrespective of what amount the OS uses up.
If people are wondering why the figures are at where they are, the bandwidth amounts dictate the maximum amount of ram available per second. So 68GB/s means 68GB maximum memory access per second. If a game is 30 fps it means there are 30 frames rendered per one second. So you just divide the amount of ram bandwidth per second by the frames per second, that give you the amount of how much memory is available per frame.
So what do you think this means in the amount of data processing, enemy AI characters, and other background and foreground processes and applications the Playstation 4 can do verse the Xbox One? That’s a rhetorical question.
Comcast Executive Vice President, David L. Cohen, has written a rather disingenuous editorial for The Philadelphia Inquirer insisting once again that offering gigabit speeds would be pointless. He states that because “most websites can’t deliver content as fast as current networks move, and most U.S. homes have routers that can’t support the speed already available to the home.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same level of reach that Mr. Cohen does with writing a long Op Ed like this? Continue reading →
There is an interesting thing about having a legitimate 3rd party hard-line / cabled internet service provider, like back when DSL internet had at least 20 different options to choose from. It forces dramatic price and service competition and incentive to innovate faster and better services. With Google joining into the fray of the typically two-party ISP wired provider market of today, Google would seem just happy knowing it would break even or make only a tiny fraction of profit from its fiber internet, tv, and phone service. The goal of Google is not to make Google fiber a major profit wing it would seem from all account from their people. Yes it will provide you with internet access hundreds of times faster at a fraction of the rate other telecom provider are charging. But that leaves many supply side capitalists asking, “why?” Continue reading →