Network question

Warren Wolfe wizard at
Mon Jan 1 11:15:32 CST 2007

On Sun, 2006-12-31 at 22:38 -0800, Fred Cisin wrote:

> On Mon, 1 Jan 2007, Warren Wolfe wrote:
> >     Keep it in historical context...  Bongos were a significant speed
> > increase over smoke signals.
> ??
> ~1100 feet per second v 186,000 miles per second

    Oh, SURE, the PROPAGATION speed is higher for smoke signals, the
delay comes in filling the "cache" with smoke to let it go, and
different interpretations of various clouds of smoke, necessitating
error retries.

> But bongos could operate without line of sight,
> and with or without ambient light.

    Yes, an attribute not seen again in the commercial market until the
advent of SneakerNet.

> Neither seems to be supported by current MICROS~1 software.
> So, reliability is likely to be higher than modern NICs.

    The EXISTENCE of software from MICROS~1 does not, in itself, degrade
a NIC -- one has to actually RUN the software to mess things up.  My NIC
has only run Linux drivers, and has functioned perfectly.


            Warren E. Wolfe
            wizard at

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