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your hard drive write speeds
I didn't realise you hard-drive write-speed was a physical-entity that could literally stop you from downloading.
I realise that you wouldn't be able to download faster than your hard-drive can write but how would your PC stop you from doing it? Does the connection just 'know' how fast your hard-drive can store things?
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http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/13/s...n-ca/#comments

Go sonic! Now come to the East coast! Screw Comcast! They need to rot in hell. Local/smaller carriers always win
Whoa, great news indeed! And yes, Sonic needs to expand to the East Coast and everywhere else!

I can see the 100mbp/s service for $39.99 per month becoming very popular.
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I have Sonic.net DSL service, switched from AT&T recently.

On AT&T I was getting 5.5mbps down and about 600kbps up, with Sonic I pull 8.5mbps down and 1.1mbps up using the same DSL technology. Also, about 30ms lower ping across the board to game servers and the like.

All this for just over half the cost that AT&T was charging.

TL;DR Sonic is awesome
    
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I didn't realise you hard-drive write-speed was a physical-entity that could literally stop you from downloading.
I realise that you wouldn't be able to download faster than your hard-drive can write but how would your PC stop you from doing it? Does the connection just 'know' how fast your hard-drive can store things?
Are you being facetious? How does the storage medium on the other end know to send anything in the first place?

Here's a simplified version: The two devices communicate info in packets, with the OS on either end determining what needs to be sent/needs to be stored. The source is communicating to your computer what packets it's sending/sent, and your computer (you can call it your OS if you'd like) is constantly communicating back to the source what packets it received, and the source then sends more packets. It's like a give-take relationship. The source will only give when the client says it's ready to accept more. The OS knows when the hard drive has successfully written data to the drive, hence it knows when to ask for/receive new packets of info.

This is a very crude but accurate enough of an explanation that hopefully illustrates that while the hard drive doesn't "tell" the other end what it can do, it's still determining the absolute speed attainable (if the hard drive is the limiting factor).
    
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I didn't realise you hard-drive write-speed was a physical-entity that could literally stop you from downloading.
I realise that you wouldn't be able to download faster than your hard-drive can write but how would your PC stop you from doing it? Does the connection just 'know' how fast your hard-drive can store things?
TCP. The server has to wait to receive confirmation that the other computer received the packet of data before sending more data. Transfer speeds are only as good as the weakest link.
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Do Want.
If they have proper availability i see people snatching this service straight up as fast as possible.....
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I didn't realise you hard-drive write-speed was a physical-entity that could literally stop you from downloading.
I realise that you wouldn't be able to download faster than your hard-drive can write but how would your PC stop you from doing it? Does the connection just 'know' how fast your hard-drive can store things?
The same way computers back in 2000 connected with fiber communicated with each other perfectly fine. Why the RAM, of course. You don't transfer straight to the disc. You queue up in the RAM.
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Time to move to CA for 125MB/s interwebs?

Then again, ridiculous taxes, ridiculous emissions laws. I'll stick to Jersey. :/
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The school I went to paid $150,000 for a fiber line to be installed into the nearest backbone by the service provider they used... lol. Got that kind of money lying around? you could expedite it, haha.
LOL, don't I wish. I couldn't even get a budget to run fiber 100 yards between two buildings. Two cheap wireless routers flashed with Tomato, and two cantennas are 'good enough' as a bridge. Nevermind that you can't actually work from the other building if 'work' includes anything more than checking your email. It took some serious campaigning just to get us off satellite once T1 became available in our area, and everybody agreed to a pay cut to afford it. Even the cable TV company does not think our little dirt road is worth the effort of wiring, so I'm not holding my breath for a Gbps connection.
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Time to move to CA for 125MB/s interwebs?

Then again, ridiculous taxes, ridiculous emissions laws. I'll stick to Jersey. :/
You must not know what you're missing out on, because you're the first person I ever heard of choosing New Jersey over California.
    
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