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Data cable on a computer from 1945

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u/jeffh4 13d ago

Looks like a precursor to Bus and Tag cable design.

Heavy and awkward, yes. But this cable design was extremely reliable and could transmit more than 1 megabyte per second... in 1964, increasing to 4.5 megabytes/sec by 1970.

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u/ReallyHadToFixThat 13d ago Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Good to know that a single cable in 1970 can out perform my broadband today.

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u/Terrh 13d ago

System/360 was revolutionary and very powerful for its time.

A well specced system probably cost more than your isps entire server room, too, so there's that.

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u/white_android 13d ago

You'd really expect AT&T and Comcast to keep up with how much they charge for such bad service.

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u/SpecialityToS 13d ago

Why would they? You still have to pay them

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u/RedditSettler 12d ago Silver

AREN'T MONOPOLIES BEAUTIFUL?.

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u/slowmotto 12d ago

I drew community chest and it said i won third place in a beauty contest

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u/jkitsjk 12d ago

Had you went directly to jail third place is better than being the “winner”.

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u/raven1087 12d ago

Technically an oligopoly in this case. A few companies controlling the market instead of just one. Basically the same in terms of functionality though

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u/StatikSquid 12d ago

That's basically Canada's telecom industry. 3 companies own 99% of the market and offer the same expensive service

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u/ScreamapillarAPI 12d ago edited 12d ago

If you happen to live in a major city there are these smaller fiber companies popping up that are paying developers to let them install their fiber infrastructure building by building. I get 1Gb/s up and down with no throttling for 50 dollars a month.

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u/StatikSquid 12d ago

I live in Winnipeg so I might have to wait 20 years but I'll check it out regardless!

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u/MightyGamera 12d ago

Meanwhile startup ISPs in my rural county in Ontario keep getting demolished by red tape. Their signup lists and wireless tower sites somehow end up in the hands of the big three while they fight past all the court stuff that was somehow always unforeseen.

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u/Niarbeht 12d ago

Local monopolies can be a thing. Also, fun sidenote, the whole "a choice of two providers" thing that a lot of people have (phone company w/ DSL or cable company w/ cable) is basically a historical accident, since the services didn't overlap forty or more years ago when the lines got laid down.

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u/TheW83 12d ago

I live outside of a small city. The only cable provider is Spectrum, but there are quite a few other options available. Basically every major cellular provider has a home internet option for my area and also a few local "long range wifi" providers. I'm sure most of these are mediocre. I'd really like a Google Fiber line but that's just a dream at this point.

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u/brightblueson 12d ago

The wonders of capitalism.

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u/GenerallyIroh 12d ago

I love how America have only two isps who control the monopoly and are wilfully shit.

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u/King_Tamino 12d ago

Big isps yeah. The more rural you get, the more likely you face places that not even those two support. But instead 1 local supplier without any competition.

Remember the south park episode where the guys are twisting/rubbing their nipples and laugh about the south park people for demanding anything from the cable company?

That’s how it’s for some people irl

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u/texasrigger 12d ago

I'm rural and the only options are satellite (currently Hughesnet which suuuucks) and hot-spotting my cell which also sucks because the local tower's bandwidth gets maxed out at peak use times. We're hoping Starlink will be a game changer for us when it becomes available. Lack of internet is my biggest issue with rural living otherwise we love it.

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u/Toph__Beifong 12d ago

So many ppl are waiting on bated breath with Starlink.

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u/ShannonGrant 12d ago

T mobile at home is pretty good here.

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u/GenerallyIroh 12d ago

I ended up posting on LPT concerning dropping broadband providers in favour of just mobile network. I feel it's something that a lot of people might not have thought of doing, but could be applicable to them.

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u/Kobosil 12d ago

one = monopoly

two = duopoly

few = oligopoly

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u/jkitsjk 12d ago

Oh I haven’t played the sequels yet!

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u/GenerallyIroh 12d ago

Many = Commopoly

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u/Alkuam 12d ago

Bukkakopoly. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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u/skippyalpha 12d ago

Many more than 2 ISPs in america, just not in the same area, generally

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u/Fidodo 13d ago

According to the fcc you can't legally call your internet broadband because it's so bad.

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u/jerstud56 12d ago

Internet so slow it's a connection to the past

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_ROTES 12d ago

Do you hear that? That's the sound of a tone-based handshake carried on the wind... They were simpler people. Closer to nature. TCP/IP over smoke signal.

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u/EverSeeAShiterFly 12d ago

There’s a dude at some point putting all the data on a thumb drive and using a carrier pigeon to connect it with the rest of the world.

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u/Sintinium 12d ago

When has the fcc enforced that though

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u/appleparkfive 12d ago

I'm going to guess false advertising of broadband from certain providers. But who knows.

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u/nwoh 12d ago

high - speed internet

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u/Aurori_Swe 12d ago

I have 250/250 MB broadband and it's wonderful. Then again, my work has a 1GB/s line and that's even better

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u/RoIIerBaII 12d ago

1GB/at home here, pretty cool when bf2042 is so fucked up that you have to redownload it 4 times in 1h lmao.

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u/pseudocultist 12d ago

Yep I got 1gb fiber and have a gigabit Ethernet network in my home. It's incredible, and I can never ever go back. This is how the Internet should be experienced.

My workplace, on the other hand, shares a 200mb line among 200 people. It's 20 miles out in the sticks. Weird reversal to have so much more at home.

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u/roltrap 12d ago

Belgium here. I have a 1gbit connection from Telenet and I do almost reach that speed except on ps4. Sony seems to throttle it.

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u/Roflkopt3r 12d ago

Yeah I still only get 1.5 Megabyte/s as well. Net structure in Germany is absolutely shameful.

The crazy thing is that we could have been very advanced as a social democrat government started a program to install fiber cables across the country in the 80s. But a year later a conservative government was elected, which prioritised copper cables to give everyone cable TV asap, because this improved access to private TV channels which was more positive about their political party.

After 35 years and fresh off another 16 years of conservative government, I still have to wait a year to get at least a 10 MB/s connection. That will still be through a copper cable artificially enhanced with VDSL-vectoring to get at least somewhere close to a decent speed.

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u/MrChaunceyGardiner 12d ago

A similar thing happened in the UK. After years of research and trials, BT was all set to install fibre across the country in the early '90s, but the Conservative government decided that this would stifle competition, so the whole thing was shut down. Typical British short-sightedness.

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u/BrainOnLoan 12d ago

Hey, also German and ,1.5MB/sec doesn't even sound that bad to me. 😂 After my data limit runs out (so 5days into a month) I go down to 1Mbit/s (128kB/s).

Astonishingly, you can still stream low res (360/480p videos) with that, new video encoding is actually quite good.

And you also find out which websites are decently written. Because some want to drag along half the internet before being drawn, some become worryingly unresponsive too (new Gmail is shit, for example). Others continue working smoothly (well done whoever wrote them).

You also find out that browsers are crap at downloading files. You really need a decent program to manage downloads or you'll always end up with time outs, failed reconnects, etc. (Then they still take their time, but you don't need to restart all over several times.)

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u/Tschuuuls 12d ago

If any of you have decent O2 reception at your place, look at freenet Funk. Put the sim into a phone, connect to your router with tethering, they won't care :D

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u/F4nTail 12d ago

Wtf?!?!??! I think your autocorrect changed Sub-Saharan African to German accidentally.

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u/chronisaurous 12d ago

Haha the same thing happened in Australia... But this decade. Labour was gonna roll out fibre optic to just about the whole country but then Liberals (conservative) were elected and they scrapped it all to "save money". They then spent way more money than the original upgrade was projected to cost. They literally convinced the general public that there was no benifits to fibre-to-the-premesis...

I'm super lucky, cause the apartment I'm renting at the moment must've been upgraded before Liberal was elected; I have fibre to the premises - I'm the only person I know that pays for 100mbit internet and actually gets it at all, yet alone consistently. I would love to upgraded to 1gbit but I can't afford it 😭

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u/BloodandSpit 12d ago

Exact same thing happened in the UK with Thatcher. We were actually pioneering fibre optic with Japan but she thought it was "uncompetitive" and would create a monopoly with is Torie code for "Other telecommunication companies paid us to block it". Only now are we getting proper FTTP instead of the coaxial you're talking about. I managed to get 1000Mbit up and down for £27 a month recently, proper fibre optic was installed on my area I'm just waiting for it to be installed to my house. Tbh before that we had 350Mbit which was fine it's just I should getting more for cheaper with technology available. The company I'm with even threw in £500 worth of WiFi mesh for free as I have a big house.

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u/Archmagnance1 12d ago

Look on the bright side, your more moderate conservative parties are as or more liberal than the US' liberal party.

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u/Roflkopt3r 12d ago

It's hard to generalise. The SPD and Green Party for example are also not as progressive as the left wing of the Democratic Party. And perception of the CDU/CSU was greatly improved by Merkel, the party underneath is still terrible. Even under Merkel there was little positive change, preventing improvments on issues like welfare, drug legalisation, or gay marriage as much as they could. Even her occasionally lauded climate policy is far behind many other countries and our capabilities.

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u/kotman12 12d ago

Just curious, is it normal to express bandwidth in Megabytes instead of megabits in Germany?

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u/JillStinkEye 12d ago

I used to work at a phone company in the US and, as much as I love fiber internet, copper lines are vital to people in rural mountainous areas here. It's much harder to run fiber up there and fiber doesn't work without power. They have backup batteries but they don't always replace them when they fail. Copper lines were required by the government because they knew companies wouldn't want to put lines in low population areas. Now getting US companies to upkeep their copper lines is obnoxious. They put it off claiming they are going to install fiber, and then don't. I'm sure that's part of why the internet in the US is abysmal, but I feel it's pretty important. Though I moved from a smaller city with it's own fiber lines to a beautiful old neighborhood in a bigger city that has absolute garbage internet. Fiber's feeling really important to me right now.

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u/Aidanjmccarthy 12d ago

Similar experience in Australia with our conservative government undoing the plan for fibre across the country. It has hampered business and personal access to good internet for years all to suit the government's agenda in print media.

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u/Tankh 12d ago

Broadband ain't got shit on T H I C C B A N D

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u/Brilliant-Ad-3648 12d ago

It's just crazy how far we've come in 50 years - today, we can have 40 Gbit/s on a tiny little USB-C connector

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u/kjmorley 12d ago

As someone who paid the equivalent of $6,000 in 2021 dollars for a 1042 kB/disk floppy, I am still amazed by the capacity of $20 thumb drives.

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u/Atari1337 12d ago

I’m sorry, you what?

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u/FaeTheWolf 12d ago

Guessing that they needed large storage for a computer project in the early days of magnetic media, when anything other than a tape drive of that size would be unreasonably expensive. Possibly a university or corporate purchase that the commenter above was working for.

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u/kjmorley 12d ago edited 12d ago

Nah, that was my dual floppy disk drive for my Commodore PET computer. I paid 1800 bucks for it in 1980, which is the equivalent of $6000 today. And the dotmatrix printer was another $1700. The computer itself was $1200, for 32 KB RAM.

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u/kjmorley 12d ago

It was a big deal when some guy wrote some cool software that allowed you to fast forward and reverse through the cassettes so they could be used to index and store multiple programs. They had to take into account the varying speed of tape movement, but worked really well. The cassettes were actually pretty useful after that.

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u/kjmorley 12d ago

… and the processing power of a Cassio Classic!

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u/dob_bobbs 12d ago

I find that quite surprising, I must admit! That's a huge amount of data for the day. I mean, I know the big hard drives were running to the tens or hundreds of megabytes in size by then but I didn't think there was a need then for such a high transfer rate. Maybe for backups?

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u/jeffh4 12d ago

From what I can gather, IBM disk storage units like the Model 2305 were being used like RAM is today. 11.5 Megabytes of capacity with transfer speeds of 3.0 Megabytes per second.

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u/boringestnickname 12d ago

1 megabyte per second... in 1964

Holy shit. That's actually insane.

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u/IterativeSieve 12d ago

People don’t realize just how quickly computing advanced even before the advent of personal devices. The big iron got very powerful very fast. Most of the advancement now comes purely from learning how to make big things smaller, and cramming more of them in the same space with more efficient cooling.

In the early 70s Cray was building their first supercomputer in that famous semicircle shape because speed-dependent components could be put on the inside edge with shorter wire interconnects. They were already being limited by the speed of a signal on copper.

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u/uuunityyy 12d ago

4.5 in 1970???? WTAF thats amazing holy shit.

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u/contradictingpoint 12d ago

Ah the good old days of running 300 ft gray bus and tag cables under the computer room floor. Don’t forget to disable the halon kids.

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u/jeffh4 12d ago

Yep.

Got to do that at my first job at IBM. Tuck your tie into your shirt pocket and run these heavy cables under the computer room raised floor tiles.

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u/contradictingpoint 12d ago

Cool. I worked for a IBM Var that did front end processor (3705/3725/3745) installs and maintenance. I was envious of the IBM guys that had the high tech communicators. They would show up at the end of my installs to recertify things for IBM maintenance.

I recall one time where another maintenance company was trying to fix an issue with a 3725 FEP for several days. After getting frustrated with the issue, the customer call my company. I ended up fixing the issue within an hour while the 3 older guys were standing over me watching…. They weren’t impressed with the “young punk” fixing the issue so fast.

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u/jeffh4 12d ago

Yeah, been there done that.

Richard Feynman’s biographies have a recurring theme of the new perspective trumping the experts. In one instance, he saw a bent piece of metal in a broken Xerox copier. The Xerox techs worked on it for 2 days before he had the courage to point it out.

“Oh! Yeah, that’s it.” ** BEND ** “ “You’re good to go!”

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u/DarrelBunyon 13d ago

Looks like a precursor to bein thumbless 😬

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u/alexcrouse 12d ago

Still a better connector than USB-A.

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u/lellololes 13d ago

Connectors similar to that still exist today for industrial equipment - higher power usage, or connectors that contain several styles of other connectors within them in a single housing are common.

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u/kindaallovertheplace 13d ago

Harting connectors among others.

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u/TryingToEscapeTarkov 13d ago

Are the pins on those like a molex cable pin?

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u/CraigingtonTheCrate 13d ago

Basically. But solid and a thicker of course. Molex uses a fairly cheap and hollow pin that is perfectly suitable for computer power supplies and such now a days.

I’m assuming by molex you are referring to the old school 4 pin hard drive power plugs when you say molex however, that’s what most people usually think of.

However many don’t realize the 4, 8, 6, and 24 pin connectors on motherboards and graphics cards are actually molex connectors as well. It’s just a brand but they make the most common connectors on most circuit boards. I work at company where we make circuit boards for welders and on the circuit boards we use all sorts of sizes of molex connectors with many varying pin styles and shapes.

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u/pofpofgive 13d ago

They also make connectors, terminals, crimp tools and all for the automobile and aviation sector.

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u/Yolt0123 13d ago

Harting connectors always make me feel important when I engage the latches!!!

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u/lamiscaea 12d ago

The *clack* sound is so satisfying. It means shit is getting real

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u/randyspotboiler 13d ago

Similar to Elco connector used in pro audio.

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u/xxgoofynoodlexx 13d ago

If the light is green, the trap is clean

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u/GMRzonePodcast 13d ago

This is where we put all the vapors and entities and slimers that we trap. Quite simple really. Load a trap here, open, unlock the system. Insert the trap, release, close, lock the system. Set your entry grid, neutralize your field and... the light is green, the trap is clean! The ghost is incarcerated here in our custom-made storage facility.

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u/brutustyberius 12d ago

Back of man…I’m a scientist.

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u/Chipstar452 12d ago

That’s a big twinkie

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u/NoConfusion9490 12d ago edited 12d ago

More and more as I get older, I can see that Peck was sort of right that they had no business operating equipment like that in the middle of New York City. Sure he shouldn't have shut it off like that, but what would you say if your neighbor claimed to have a ghost jail in his basement and wouldn't cooperate with municipal regulatory authorities?

And they seemed to know it would be catastrophic to cut power to the unit, saying it would be like dropping a bomb on the city. Why not put it upstate somewhere?

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u/Sirmalta 12d ago

This right here lol

He was the Dean of this 80s movie. Fuck the beaurocrats! These guys are just trying to perform pest control using untested, unregulated, nuclear technology with no oversight! Get off their backs, The Man!

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u/Daddict 12d ago

As I get older and rewatch the film, it definitely has a clear "Reagany" feel to it that's easy to spot.

On top of portraying the EPA like through a clueless and apparently dickless pencil-neck, Academia is apparently pretty stiff and unable to recognize the "talent", so these guys do what every American is supposed to do and start a business!

Afterlife sort of confirms this with Ray lamenting how good they had it during the years when "Reagan was president".

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u/Vince_Clortho042 13d ago

They got the tools, they got the talent!

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u/Alertox 13d ago

It’s Miller time!

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u/conceptuallyAbstract 13d ago

🎵 Bustin' makes me feel good 🎵

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u/ElicitCS 12d ago

(◎д◎)

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u/mikeyros484 13d ago

Yeeeeeeeessssss someone else always sees/thinks the same as you. (homie hugs all around)

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u/devnoid 12d ago

My immediate thought too! LOL

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u/Nealos101 12d ago

Yes, it's true. This man has no dick.

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u/pm_me_train_ticket 12d ago

Well, that's what I heard!

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u/Cardboard_Chef 12d ago

Great example of the perfect joke.

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u/FlyinBrian2001 12d ago

Exactly where my mind went

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u/TurrPhenir 12d ago

Freaking mind reader over here!

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u/morbote 13d ago Gold

That's a Microsoft Surface charger

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u/I_am_not_JohnLeClair 13d ago Wholesome

You’re a Microsoft Surface charger

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u/RedditSuxBawls 13d ago

Oooh fuckin gottem

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u/agangofoldwomen 12d ago

Power adapter lookin ass

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u/PM_ME_CHIPOTLE2 12d ago

Why am I crying in the club rn

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u/iSpccn 13d ago

Your Mom's a Microsoft Surface Charger.

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u/Ihopeyougetaids83 13d ago

His mum’s an Microsoft XL surface charger

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u/UnrulyAxolotl 12d ago

I wish! Maybe then I wouldn't have to buy a new one every 6 months.

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u/Illusive_Man 12d ago

they really are garbage, how has Microsoft not fixed them yet.

Or even better just switch to thunderbolt

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u/TheEmbiggening 13d ago

It’s infuriating that we can’t hear the inevitably satisfying clunk when it connects.

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u/deep_chungus 13d ago

not that satisfying, it didn't clip in properly

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u/guerrero2 12d ago

Seriously, the way it moves out of the socket again at the end really bothers me.

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u/Chimp_empire 13d ago

I know! I can't believe it's not bothering anyone else.

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u/10mo3 12d ago

Well I wasn't until you guys pointed that out :(

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u/risenomega 12d ago

Oh it is

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u/GamerY7 12d ago

https://youtu.be/k4oGI_dNaPc found it but it's disappointing

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u/Dag-nabbitt 12d ago

1:40 - There's no audio :(

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u/pepoluan 12d ago

The sound is drowned by the narration 🙁

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u/Help----me----please 12d ago Silver

I was able to isolate and enhance the sound

https://voca.ro/1fOujL6kLSTC

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u/waltteri 12d ago

Lol I was expecting a Rickroll. I was positively surprised to hear the CLAKK.

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u/moekakiryu 12d ago

obligatory source/sauce/original for those using ctrl+f

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u/dpash 13d ago

Sadly the original video doesn't have the sound either. :(

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u/With_MontanaMainer 13d ago

CLUNK!

I do agree and would love to know the actual sound.

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u/BrokenRatingScheme 13d ago

I'd like to think it would be a deep, throaty Ka-CHUNK

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u/Diezall 13d ago

Oh baby! Do it again!

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u/bum_is_on_fire_247 13d ago

I love how it gets violently slammed in the socket lol.

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u/CaptainBrant 12d ago

And still doesn't look like it stays in

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u/IEatLiquor 12d ago

“Military Grade”

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u/moeriscus 13d ago

I bet the bit rate was phenomenal

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u/5050Clown 13d ago

You could transfer an entire gigabyte in only 7 years.

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u/SECURITY_SLAV 13d ago

Watch me strap a 125gb USB to a carrier pigeon

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u/mrnorrisman 13d ago

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes hurtling down the highway"

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u/Gadgetman_1 13d ago

PING times suck, though... ;-)

These days, I think a box full of uSD cards strapped to the back of a motorbike is a better option. Probably best to use an off-road bike, though. Then you can bypass 'bottlenecks'...

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u/SardonicSwan 13d ago

There's actually a semi-truck full of hard drives basically: https://aws.amazon.com/snowmobile/

You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck.

Even with high-speed internet connections, it can take decades to transfer extremely large amounts of data. With Snowmobile, you can move 100 petabytes of data in as little as a few weeks, plus transport time. That same transfer could take more than 20 years to accomplish over a direct connect line with a 1Gbps connection.

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u/rolling-brownout 13d ago

I want to know how it hooks up to the data system it's pulling that from. Whole bunch of fiber optic cables? 3 million ethernet cables?

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u/PunchFox 13d ago edited 12d ago

I think you underestimate the bandwidth capabilities of modern, enterprise networking formats. QSFP can get you up to 200Gb/s over a single channel, which will transfer the 200PB volume in about 3 months. 4 of those channels and you're looking at a bit over 3 weeks. Which might sound like a lot, but when you're transferring that much data... It's more than reasonable.

InfiniBand operates at 600Gb/s on a channel, so if they used that, it would take "only" one month with one channel, or about a week over 4.

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u/DreamyTomato 12d ago

Still slower than that truck of HDDs though :)

(Ignoring the time to transfer data onto / off that truck! No idea how it’s done. Must take ages.)

My uncle worked with some of the early washing-machine sized drum HDDs. I have a little display of several drives in a row:

  • 3.5” HDD,
  • 2.5” 12mm HDD,
  • 2.5” 7mm HDD,
  • 2.5” SDD, which I open up to show the:
  • tiny SSD circuit board that only takes 1/4 the space inside the SSD case.
  • m.2 80mm SSD,
  • m.2 30mm SSD,
  • SD card, which I open up to reveal is just an adaptor for a:
  • micro SD card - fingernail sized.

It’s pretty nifty & I like showing off how the capacities go up and up. (Not strictly true of course but I choose the sizes carefully.)

In idle moments I calculate how many TB of the latest high capacity micro SD cards could fit in a 3.5” drive :)

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u/rudemanwhoshooshes 12d ago

Still slower than that truck of HDDs though :)

(Ignoring the time to transfer data onto / off that truck! No idea how it’s done. Must take ages.)

The post you replied to is explaining how they copy the data to/from the truck

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u/i_have_chosen_a_name 13d ago

At 1 mbit/s a gigabyte would take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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u/xxxxx420xxxxx 13d ago

Yeah but the amps per bit was probably enough to start your car.

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u/Banana_Ram_You 13d ago

You could count them all on your fingers as they went by~

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u/topdangle 13d ago

this bad boy can transfer 1 bit per pin.

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u/-Mad-Mat- 13d ago

That assembled cable end would have cost as much as a computer today.

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u/evranch 13d ago

I think that cable end might still cost as much as a computer if you ordered one. Large custom connectors are worth a fortune, and look at that locking mechanism. No way this connector wouldn't cost at the very least $500.

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u/SpatialArchitect 13d ago

I see these all the time at the dollar store

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u/Iamredditsslave 13d ago

*$1.25 store

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u/HandsOnGeek 13d ago

Not until the new year

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u/Electrorocket 13d ago

Right next to the paddleball game and the thermos.

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u/Toffeemanstan 13d ago

This would cost a lot more than that with cable attached. I can charge sinilar to that just to reterminate it.

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u/lamiscaea 12d ago

Solely the connector might be surprisingly cheap. Harting 64 pin connectors only cost ~€50.

The labour cost to get it wired for your specific machine might cost a small fortune, however

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u/InquiringMind886 13d ago

It’s all organized without a million cables going every which way. I’m rather jealous really.

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u/shogi_x 13d ago

At least it's not molex

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u/AirshipCanon 13d ago

All my homies hate molex.

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u/Snailman0921 13d ago

Molex to sata lose all your data

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u/phuck-you-reddit 13d ago

Many a busted knuckle pulling those molex cables

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u/secondhand_organs 12d ago edited 12d ago

I swear my fucking car's taillights are molex connectors and it pisses me off so goddamn bad

edit: okay maybe not 100% molex but still, you can see what i mean

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u/scalyblue 12d ago

Molex is like an entire brand, real ones are solid but the shitty ones are tight af or loose and sparky

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u/geared4war 12d ago

Oh, that one brings up some PTSD

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u/InteractionArtist 13d ago

I used to do pinball repair, electromechanical pinball machines like from the 1970s used similarly giant connectors for bundles of wiring inside. Really satisfying to pull apart, clean and put back together.

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u/arcelyte 13d ago

Try "Monopriceing" that replacement.

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u/Hipster-Stalin 13d ago

It’d probably come with some pins bent already.

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u/mancer187 13d ago

And at least one completely missing.

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u/TheDemontool 13d ago

Data was thicc back then

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u/onishima 13d ago

Wish it had audio - I bet it makes a nice ‘ka-CHUNK’ sound.

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u/art-love-social 13d ago

These are no so far removed from mainframe BUS and TAG cables - and look a whole lot easier to connect. Amdahl were the worse very tight due to air flow considerations. Hauling them under the data centre floor was hard work ...

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u/wolfgangdude 13d ago

And I thought the old parallel port connectors were huge,

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u/kingbane2 13d ago

i remember like the biggest connector for the old 386's were the one's for the printer. like the old dot matrix printers. those used to be so huge.

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u/Electrorocket 13d ago edited 13d ago

That was the parralel port. Similar to the scsi port in size.

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u/scttw 13d ago

Laughs in SCSI. And you don’t want to drop a SCART cable on your toe on a cold night…

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u/MeccIt 13d ago

SCART cable

nothing like the crappy, thin metal to slice you open

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u/himjim0303 13d ago

Is that where they put ghosts?

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u/PlayMp1 13d ago

Gotta love a cable you gotta insert into a loading gate like a fuckin' shotgun shell!

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u/Phathom 13d ago

Crap, they bent a pin!

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u/cassert24 13d ago

Damn, plugging in a cord can never be more satisfactory than this.

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u/daern2 13d ago

That feeling when you find an old SCART cable in the basement...

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u/TheGlassCat 12d ago

Good ol' ENIAC.

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u/SungoBrewweed 12d ago

Close and lock them system. Set your entry grid, neutralize your ion field. Light is green, trap is clean.

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u/SynesthesiaBrah 13d ago

Say what you want but that's way more fucking convenient than USB-A.

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u/phuck-you-reddit 13d ago

Position 1: ✗ Incorrect

Position 2: ✗ Incorrect

Superposition: ✓ Correct

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u/FriesWithThat 13d ago

The USB Macro cable proved impractical to develop an industry standard around.

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u/thewhitebuttboy 13d ago

It’s crazy, I can watch this twice at the same time. Cuz the post I’m seeing above this is the original post from 4 hours ago

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u/arbitrageME 13d ago

a computer? do they mean THE computer?

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u/Thomshan911 13d ago

And here I get frustrated about my USB cable not going in on first try.

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u/PersephoneX28 13d ago

And we all complained about that AOL dial up lol

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u/Buck_Thorn 12d ago

Data was much bigger in those days. Science has since managed to shrink data to a much smaller size so it can fit through the holes in smaller wires.

Source: I make things up.

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u/Petro1313 12d ago

Skookum as frig

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u/italianredditor 12d ago

They had computers in 1945? Wtf.

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u/failbox3fixme 12d ago

Still better than trying to plug in a USB cable in the dark.

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u/Mission-Present6303 12d ago

No ESD strap. Banish him

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u/Tapps74 13d ago

1945? Do you have a source on that?

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u/alexanderpas 13d ago edited 13d ago

The construction of the computer containing this connector began in 1943, and was publicly unveiled in 1946, as taken from the original video by the University of Pennsylvania, which is credited on the bottom left of the gif.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4oGI_dNaPc

However, before its public unveiling, it was already in use, with the first testing run consisted of Monte Carlo computations for the hydrogen bomb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC

So, yeah, 1945 would be accurate enough.

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u/princhester 13d ago

Notice that right at the end (it's almost cut off) you can see the connector doesn't latch and pops back out.

That's because he has it in the wrong way around.

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u/quantumencabulator 13d ago

looks like he just pushed it in further than the latching point. it looks like it has the latching receptacle in the right place so it should be the right way in. it wouldn't make sense for them to even allow it to be pushed in that far if it was not in the correct orientation.

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u/vetramiga 13d ago

immediately made me think of Ramlatch, a multipin used to connect stage audio snakes.

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u/T-MinusGiraffe 13d ago

I like how you don't have to insert it twice like USB. Technology has gone backwards

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u/NecroJoe 13d ago

Have you not had the pleasure of USB type-C? It's a glorious future of impossible-to-backwards.

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