turkeyfish writes "Deutsche Telecom rolls out 400 Gbps service over a single channel to select customers, more than doubling the top US and Canadian rates of 186 Gbps.
With the use of Alcatel Lucent software technology, DT will be able to deliver on a single optical fiber a total of 48 channels — making the total potential throughput up to 24.6Tbps (terabits per second) — or the equivalent of 3,696 CDs per second.
Does this recent development provide further evidence that US leadership in telecommunications technology and is rapidly slipping away? Does this together with dramatic improvements in commercial internet service in Korea, Japan, and other countries, who already have much higher average bandwidths available to their citizens at much lower cost and who are now more heavily investing per capita in education and telecommunications development than does the US, indicate that the US is now in danger of falling even further behind?
What does full commercial roll out of such high bandwidth technologies portend for the development of global internet service economies given that Germany may soon have the technological and economic edge in the race for global information control and its consequent impact on global economic supremacy?
Will this development give German data mining companies an upper hand in economic and political competition among nations?
Is there anything the US can do to catch up or will US IT customers be happy to see DT replace ATT, Verizon, and other US carriers for their bandwidth needs given their newly emerging spare capacity?
turkeyfish writes "UK scientists are reporting today in the journal Nature Geoscience that a huge bulge of freshwater is forming in the Western Arctic Ocean caused by a large gyre of freshwater. The gyre appears to indicate that the ice is becoming thin enough over the Arctic Ocean that the wind is beginning to affect the motion of water under the ice. A sudden release of this water or its emergence to the surface will greatly accelerate the melting of the remaining polar oceanic ice and likely alter oceanic circulation in the North Atlantic." Link to Original Source top
turkeyfish (950384) writes "InfoWorld is reporting that a pair of analysts at Forrester Research are claiming that Oracle will confine the use of Java to enterprise use. With Oracle imposing tighter control over how Java can be used for broad use and use by third parties and the apparrent collapse of the Java Community Process evidenced by the Apache Foundation's departure from the JCP, how will the future of Java in the broader community be affected? Where will those in places like universities, where much Java inovation has taken place in the past, go as the sun apparently sets on the the concept of "Write Once, Run Anywhere", especially as budgets shrink at universities, non-profit organizations, and many small commercial shops and as the future of alternatives hang in the legal limbo of litigation?
What alternatives, if any, are developer's in such environments considering as the new reality that government no longer has a role to play and consequently both the internet and programming languages become tiered, into those for the have's and those for the have nots?" Link to Original Source top
turkeyfish (950384) writes "InfoWorld is reporting that analysts at Forrester Research are claiming that Oracle is planning to restrict Java to a specialty niche as a tool for commercial enterprise development. What do slashdot users predict will be the future of Java as a lingua universalis of multiple computing platforms? Is the concept of "Write once, run anywhere dead" or are there other languages that will take over after Java becomes a speciality language? If so, which ones?" Link to Original Source