The Future of Television? By Wild Ox As many of you probably know, the government has decided to create the "Internet-2." Whereas our current Internet is based of ancient (1950s) connections between giant mainframes, the internet-2 will be based off fiber-optics. And, if Al Gore is to be believed, this will yield a speed increase or 100000% (1000x). With this knowledge, I did some math, and came up with some startling results. Here are the statistics based on a conservative and non-conservative view: Conserv. Non-Conserv. 1. Current speed: 2.0 K/sec 4.0 K/sec 2. Speed increase: 100x 1000x 3. Internet-2 speed: 200 K/sec 4000 K/sec (4MBps) 4. 800x600x16 Pic (uncomp): 960K 960K 5. 800x600x16 Pic (comp.) : 320K 100K 6. 320x240 2s 15fps movie : 122K* 100K* 7. 800x600 2s 15fps movie : 763K** 625K** 8. 800x600 20m 15fps movie: 457M** 375M** 9. 640x480 2s 15fps movie : 488K** 400K** 10.640x480 20m 15fps movie: 286M** 234M** 11.D/L time for #8 : 2340s (38m) 93s (1.5m) 12.D/L time for 1s of #8 : 1.9s .075s 13.D/L time for #10 : 1464s (24m) 59s (1m) 14.D/L time for 1s of #10 : 1.2s .0492s * Test movie was of 4 multi-colored circles gliding across a black background and passing through eachother. It was 16-bit and compressed with the sorenson codec at hight quality. ** These numbers are based off the statistics provided by #6 What does this mean? Well, judging by these statistics, it means that an 800x600x16 video can at least stream at half fps, but can probably stream easily at full speed. It also means that a 640x480x16 vido can almost certainly stream at full speed. Plus, all the file sizes are at high quality, which isn't neccesarily neccesary (that sounded wierdÉ) This in turn means that a telivision show (20 minutes of which are the real show) can be streamed or downloaded to someone's computer from the internet with ease. If it's utilized, it could be the future of TV (and it would be darned coolÉ) Well, there's a problem with this. The government has decided to make the internet-2 educational only. This means that only schools and universities will be able to use it. Now, let us ponder how incredibly stupid this was. 1) Schools don't use the internet as much as people at home. 2) It's somewhat unconstitutional. 3) Judging by the enormous success of the internet, this was a really dumb descision. So, if the government decides to get a clue (now what the likelyhood of that?), then you may be watching the next sportscenter on the internet. (Not to mention archived episodes, and the irrelevance of the time you d/l itÉ Woohoo!)