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Ars Realizes Internet Can't Keep Up With Google Fiber
How Fast is Too Fast to Be Practical?
by Karl Bode 02:28PM Wednesday Nov 28 2012
Ars Technica is visiting Kansas City to give Google Fiber a spin, and is looking for suggestions on how to truly put the 1 Gbps connection through its paces. While initial speed tests showed downstream and upstream speeds exceeding 600 Mbps, Ars is running into one major obstacle: while the public is ready for Google Fiber -- the Internet isn't. Speed tests are all fine and dandy, but as most of you know, offering 1 Gbps is mostly a marketing move. Outside of running a Tor node or server, there's not many websites or services out there that can deliver that kind of throughput:
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...so far, it seems like a gigabit connection really only gets close to such high speeds if you have something on the other end to serve it adequately and not throttle or otherwise slow it down. Even major websites like Microsoft were only serving me with a Windows 8 download at about 1-2MB per second, comparable to what my Ars colleagues on non-Fiber connections were getting.

As Ars staffer Lee Hutchinson pointed out, "You've in essence removed a bottleneck that the Internet isn't yet structured to deal with being removed. Having that much pipe means you're basically plugging your computer directly into the thing you're downloading from. Your own bandwidth is so great that it becomes immaterial. It becomes a question of how much bandwidth the other side has available."
All of the people stuck on 1-3 Mbps DSL lines with no competition whatsoever in their markets are probably crying a river for Ars and Kansas City. That the Internet can't keep up with your connection sounds like a nice problem to have.

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Okay, this farce was '640k ought to be enough for anybody'. And Bill Gates didn't say it.

Supposedly, this was at a show in 1981 where the initial intel 8088 (8/16 bit) machine was announced. The ram limit was set for 640k, although the earlier limit for 8 bit machines was 64k.

Nobody has ever found proof that Bill Gates said it, and he himself always denied it.