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Offline ShiftyEyes

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Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« on: September 13, 2004, 07:59:03 AM »
It's almost a done deal.  I will have broadband!!!  *clears throat* WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!


Duel way dish with 700k download 200k upload.  I know it's not the fastest but the only thing I can get!  Hopefully within a few days I'll be downloading like mad....MaD I SaY!?!?!?!? MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  MUAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAH!
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2004, 08:47:37 AM »
Wootness!  Welcome to the 21st century.

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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2004, 08:53:29 AM »
Now you can use the internet for things other than text-based rpgs!
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2004, 08:55:58 AM »
YES!  The Shiftage will have broadband!  Just say NO to Officers On Dialup!
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2004, 10:36:53 AM »
About dang time! I suppose it was inevitable though, wherever there's an untapped market...  And would you believe I work with one of the guys who helped make 2-way satelite internet possible?  I swear, sometimes the world is too small.
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2004, 12:41:37 PM »
Well I suppose I should be thanking Grave! hehe
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2004, 01:56:51 PM »
Grats Shifty, you'll enjoy.




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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2004, 07:01:51 PM »
WOOT SO DO I NOW!!!

It's 512k down, 128k up. Well, its as fast as I could ever hope for! It's so awesome, even though you all may scoff at the speed...

1.5MB up next, though. :D
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2004, 02:41:40 AM »
That's awesome! Congrats' guys, you'll enjoy it I think.

Satellite is available to me aswell, though it's so expensive for such little bandwidth and the packet sizes are so much larger it would make all "twitch" games impossible. (First Person Shooters and low-lag requirees.)

And I'm really picky... My cousin has satellite and he lags in starcraft more than he did with dialup due to the large packets. (They are large because there is more latency when travelling between a satellite and the dish, and large packets allow for faster download in that case.)

The cheapest option for me is $60 a month, and it's only 400/128........... blech, no thank you.

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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2004, 06:08:14 AM »
Dav, i'm curious how badly FPS's will play, unplayable?  I've been hearing the same thing at satellite.  I'd really like to play Halo 2 and Half Life 2 online.  

Either way, MMO games should be much better and I can't play FPS on 56k anyways....(I can in 8 player games but refreshing the lists and finding dedicated servers are to much of a hassle)
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2004, 08:28:13 AM »
The average ping time for satellite connections is 500ms, which is slower than 56k response times for FPS games.

For MMOs, yeah that shouldn't be much of an issue.
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2004, 03:34:46 PM »
That's actually a relief.  I can live with 500ms.  I average 250-400 on my 56k but I lag like nuts doing any quest with more than 15 people.  I'd hate to have that ruin some of my WoW experiences.
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2004, 03:53:20 PM »
Remember, ping times are just a measure of how quickly a packet gets from your computer, to the destination you pinged, and back to you.  500 miliseconds is, in fact, half of a second.  It's not a measure of how much information can be moved, just how fast a very small packet of information is moving.

What a ping DOESN'T tell you is how wide your pipeline is.  What's important to remember is with a lot of bandwidth, you're getting a large amount of information, not a tiny bit like 56k gives you.

The reason why lag happens with lots of people on the screen when somebody's playing on 56k is that all the information about all the locations and actions of all 15 people needs to be sent to you.  So, you lag because it's more information than can FIT down your pipeline and get to you - So you receive it at a trickle-like pace.  Your information appears in bits and pieces, and people bounce from place to place, etc - That's lag.

Even if you had a 1000 milisecond ping time on your broadband, you've got MORE than enough bandwidth for 15 people's locations and movements to get to you.  So, while you may be a "second behind everyone else" you never really know it, because the data comes to you smoothly and consistently.  The 'lag' effect is only when the data being sent is larger than your bandwidth can handle.

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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2004, 03:50:43 PM »
Yeah, like I said your MMO experiences will be fine. Your twitch gaming, however, will suffer. *shrug* Half a second is bigtime lag when you want to get as close to real time as possible.

(It generally takes me less than a quarter of a second to respond to the appearance of an enemy in an FPS, and fire my first shot at their head... Thank God for optical mice.)
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Re: Zoom Zoom! (no not the car company)
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2004, 07:02:09 AM »
Well I'll be finding out on Wednesay or Friday!  WOOT!
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