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I blame S2H.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,518405,00.html

Internet users face regular "brownouts" that will freeze their computers as capacity runs out in cyberspace, according to research to be published later this year.

Experts predict that consumer demand, already growing at 60 percent a year, will start to exceed supply as early as 2010 because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry Web sites 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. Beginning in 2012, however, PCs and laptops are likely to operate at a much reduced speed, rendering the Internet an "unreliable toy."
 

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Back from the dead
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What they didn't consider is all the people who will be wiped out by the swine flu. That will free up a lot of bandwidth.
 

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Shirtcocker
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I'm not worried. Al Gore will fix it.
 

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Creakyknees said:
It will initially lead to computers being disrupted and going offline for several minutes at a time. Beginning in 2012, however, PCs and laptops are likely to operate at a much reduced speed, rendering the Internet an "unreliable toy."
According to the Mayans, the world will end in 2012 anyway. So who cares?
 

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If they removed p()rn, think of how much bandwith would be free.
 

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GTDave said:
Can't they just make more tubes?
They put in way more tubes than they could use in the mid-1990s, anticipating a huge boom. Then with the dot-com bubble bursting in 2001 a huge fraction of the new fiber remained dark. For the past 8 years they've been able to deal with most of the rising bandwidth by turning on existing unused cable as needed. When they run out of dark cable, they're actually going to have to start digging trenches for land-lines and laying submarine lines for intercontinental comms, and all of that's both really expensive and slow.
 

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uzziefly said:
If they removed p()rn, think of how much bandwith would be free.
I am assuming you mean...because the removal of porn would render the internet(s) as useless as an 8 track player.
 

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uzziefly said:
If they removed p()rn, think of how much bandwith would be free.
but without pr0n, is there a good reason for the internet to even exist? :confused:
 

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I feel confident that this article is totally real and should be taken seriously. I am now concerned about my ability to use the interwebs in the future. After all, this story was posted by Fox news, and Fox news never lies or makes things up. Ever.
 

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Take it away, muppets!

thatsmybush said:
I am assuming you mean...because the removal of porn would render the internet(s) as useless as an 8 track player.
<object width="425" height="344"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/T-TA57L0kuc&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></object>
 

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As a side note, a lot of the bandwidth hungry sites like youtube are having financial issues because storage is costing them more than they are making.
 

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It's okay. Just start taxing bandwidth and it will all be solved.

Oh wait.....
 
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