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    At what point in time is the internet connection speed going to be faster than the hard drive transfer speed?
    i mean, currently, the fastest hard drives commercially available (scsi 15000 rpm) can transfer at around 160MB/sec.
    now, military connections and business connections are much faster than this (gigabits per second).
    what kind of hard drives do these military/governmental computers/mainframes use?
    and at what time in the future will residentially available adsl/cable be faster than hard drives can handle? if that happens at all?

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    Those military/government PCs you speak of probbably have either a ) a ton of RAM(which a lot of them do) or B ) a SCSI array(double your speed, *drool*) or c) both. Or, the connection could simply be split off to several PCs which can handle the bandwidth(I think that is the most likely solution).

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    RAM drives are the answer. A solidstate "Hard drive", no moving parts.
    The technology is there, but the money to buy one is not yet feasable.

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    Originally posted by Spindulik@13 May 2003 - 11:57
    RAM drives are the answer. A solidstate "Hard drive", no moving parts.
    The technology is there, but the money to buy one is not yet feasable.
    I was only talking to a mate yesterday about solid state hard drives, I think it will happen and probably soon!!!
    The idiosyncratic syntax of riddles interests me

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    A RAM drive will look and work like a regular hard drive. It will even have the standard pins for a ribbon cable. Also, it may have a Hard disk emulator, so older motherboards will communicate to it, emulating sectors. Could even be used in DOS computers.

    Memory sticks are already here, but it is possibe to have a standard "memory disk". A whole new fast format that could possibly replace CDs or DVDs. Imagine a postage stamp sized chip, that can hold 4 GBs. Sounds unrealistic? So did a 1GB hard drive, at one time.

    Fiber optic motherboards may be the next innovation. It has been done, at nearly a milion dollars, just to see if it could be done. What is faster than the speed of light?

    In the past 10 years, we have only scratched the surface of computer technology. What will the next 20 years bring?

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    i've seen a tweak in tweak xp pro about ram drives, but couldn't get it to work.
    anyway, thanks for the replies, i wasn't really sure when i asked this question what the answers would be, thought it might get laughed away, but there are some good answers.

    p.s. it makes you think about what kind of pc bill gates has, must be pretty good

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    i think its possible with radio connections (not sure if they're practical or even available to most), but i read they can transfer up to 1gig a second might have read it wrong, but it'll be damn nice if it was true.

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    Originally posted by thisiswhoweare@13 May 2003 - 15:39
    i think its possible with radio connections (not sure if they're practical or even available to most), but i read they can transfer up to 1gig a second might have read it wrong, but it'll be damn nice if it was true.
    There actually is radio connection! I tried it one time.

    I bought a TVMAX TV Tuner Video capture card. It came with software that allowed your tuner card to recieve a digital signal, via TV antennae, or wire inserted into your coax connector.

    You had to live near a city that broadcasted the signal. It took 6 hours to download 1 mb. So it sucks.

    ALSO, they are experimenting with using your existing power lines into your home, as a way to facilitate broadband internet. The advantage is that you don't need any phone wires or cable, and the wire is already there. It has worked with limited success! There still is a problem with mixing digital information with an AC current. Too many errors. But there is a possibility that could be corrected.

    Cable may be the answer, due to fiber optics. In my city, all cable television is fiber optic, until it reaches a hub. One hub will supply 250 customers, that is where the bottle neck is. The fiber optic is converted to copper coax cable.

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