Beware surfers: cyberspace is filling up

'Experts predict that consumer demand, already growing at 60 per cent a year, will start to exceed supply from as early as next year because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry websites such as YouTube and services such as the BBC�s iPlayer.

It will initially lead to computers being disrupted and going offline for several minutes at a time. From 2012, however, PCs and laptops are likely to operate at a much reduced speed, rendering the internet an �unreliable toy�.'

(I don't even know where to start.)

J.D. Falk wrote:

'Experts predict that consumer demand, already growing at 60 per cent
a year, will start to exceed supply from as early

Can you re-send. Something seems to have stopped your entire message from
reaching my inb

J.D. Falk wrote:

The Times & The Sunday Times: breaking news & today's latest headlines

(I don't even know where to start.)

I was more partial to:

"In America, telecoms companies are spending �40 billion a year upgrading cables and supercomputers to increase capacity,"...

We have supercomputers that need upgrading at the telecoms? And who were the peeps providing all this information which got distorted (or did it?)


(I don't even know where to start.)

You could always do what I did and get an internet surge protector that
prevents computers from "freezing" during rolling data brown-outs. The nice
banker from Nigeria I've been working with (I'm helping to recover a large
inheritance left by a dead colleague) threw one in for "free" after I gave
him my bank account info so he could wire the money. I'm expecting it to be
delivered any day now, although according to my records it should have
arrived last week. I'm sure everything will work itself out...

Seen in a /etc/motd well over 2 decades ago:

/dev/earth is 98% full. Please delete anybody you can.

(OK, a tad drastic, I admit. :wink:

"When Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British scientist, wrote the code that
transformed a private computer network into the world wide web in 1989, the
internet appeared to be a limitless resource."

WTF? I remember cursing the congestion on our T-1 link to Suranet in 1989 a lot
more often than I curse our 10G link today. Was *anybody* seeing bandwidth as
limitless in 1989? :wink:

Recycled alarmism... now get back to enjoying your bout of swine flu.

More alarmism:


hmmm ...

Guess we should keep a close eye on it here:

Stefan wrote:

hmmm ...

Hmmm. "that leased lines and private WANs that your company can monitor and control from end to end make it easier to retain and improve network performance than relying on the Internet"

Are 10G leased lines (or even 1G) and private WANs common these days without using MPLS or some form of resource shared with Internet traffic? And what is the point without the ability to communicate with others? I thought we were well past isolated networks.


The point of the blog I quoted was that things are not only black, or
only white (as some have been tempted to judge - i.e. completely
bashing the original article). To your point - we need to communicate
with others (Internet - non QoS ...), of course, but the critical
production traffic runs for some on top of fully monitored (not
necessarily controlled!) networks ... still ...

... and along the same line, but somehow parallel to the original conversation:

I think it depends on the industry you are in, in the financial industry, no one uses MPLS clouds or VPN's over the Internet, everyone uses either 1G or 10G links.

I think Jack's point was that many 1G and 10G "links" are really just MPLS tunnels through someone else's backbone.

And even if not, they are certainly sharing the same ADMs, fibers, regen huts, etc.

"Shared infrastructure" has taken on a whole new meaning.