Tuesday, April 08, 2008

How Fast Can You Blog?

Scientists are working on the even faster internet.

The internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Tellytubbies Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

Perhaps it is so that bloggers can burn out faster.

They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.
Scary stuff. How much did you say it cost again? Sounds a bit more in the league of the Pentagon and the like than your average blogger or blog reader.

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