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Date: Aug. 7th, 2017 06:26 am (UTC)
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (0)
From: [personal profile] marahmarie
It is amazing.

And while I don't mean to sound like an ingrate - 75mbps down (which actually translates to over 100mbps in the kitchen, and all on wifi- the tested hard connection actually tops out between 80-90 on that laptop and other devices, which suggests Comcast might have somehow optimized our throughput for wifi) is three times faster than what the FCC officially defines as "high-speed", but with anything less than superfast, brand-new hardware and current network cards you don't benefit from it much more (except in my kitchen; I need to have that network card cloned) than you would from say, 30mbps down 10 years ago.

It's like - I see the web and modern tech as being sort of under race conditions which consumers will always be on the losing end of. We'll always need faster hardware and more powerful network cards and bigger pipes because as available bandwidth increases for the majority of web users, web devs keep loading more cruft onto the front end until everything feels as slowed-down as though you were on truly terrible hardware with a crappy network card and like 10mbps down 10 years ago.

But on my current hardware with this connection, 10 years ago it would've been like getting a gigabit down on all brand new stuff today, because the front end of the web was so much simpler back then.
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