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Old 06-24-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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Actually its a connectivity issue. Once the entire country has replaced cables under ground that are nearly 40 years old with fiber optic cable than the problem will be mostly resolved.
till cousin bubba and his backhoe go diggin' for a busted water pipe and he doesn't think to check for other lines (happened at school once, expensive water leak!)
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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till cousin bubba and his backhoe go diggin' for a busted water pipe and he doesn't think to check for other lines (happened at school once, expensive water leak!)
Ugh this happened to me last summer. Neighbor's contractors were digging holes for fence post, and poof - no cable or internet. Knocked out the cable/internet for over 200 homes in the area.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Can you elaborate on that? Compared to.....?
When you can't do something you want to do on your computer, there is a much higher probability that the cause is "the network" instead of some other component.

If you are in a business, when something doesn't work, you are more likely to hear "the network is down" than anything else. Your loss of service is not likely to be your hard drive, the memory, or the motherboard.

Networks are complicated. That ethernet cable plugged into your computer goes to a wall jack, then many feet/meters of cable in the walls, into a network switch. Which may connect to another network switch. Which may go to a cable modem. Then you are connected to a cable that goes outside the building. Then you reach their switches, routers, etc. And so on. There are also various pieces of software and hardware (such as firewalls) in the data path. If each of these various pieces has 99.9% reliability, and you need to successfully go through 50 of these pieces before your data arrives at its destination and back (round trip), your overall availability rate drops to just over 95%.

Wireless is less reliable in general too.

Working with the cloud REQUIRES a network, and a fast reliable one. If your data is in a cloud, and you are on an airplane, you can't get to your data at all unless you have a local copy.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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till cousin bubba and his backhoe go diggin' for a busted water pipe and he doesn't think to check for other lines (happened at school once, expensive water leak!)
Had the cable company dig through a main phone trunk behind our office with a backhoe. Poor phone guys were in a hole splicing cable back together for days!
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