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posted by janrinok on Thursday June 10, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the this-is-infrastructure dept.

From Spiked:

If life ever returns to normal, one thing no one will miss from the lockdown era is the 'TV goldfish'. For over a year, we've watched the disembodied, pixelated faces of contributors to live TV mouth their words out of sync with their audio, gulping away as if in a private fish tank. This isn't the exception for internet video, it's the norm.

John Day is one of the internet's greybeard founding fathers. For a decade he has been advancing a set of improvements to the current mainstream internet protocols. His proposals – called RINA (Recursive Internetwork Architecture) – revisit and build on Louis Pouzin's founding concept of datagrams (data packets). Simplifying these features allowed the original inter-networking protocols (IP) to get out of the door in the 1980s and 1990s, and allowed for the rapid growth of the internet. But the current system we have – TCP/IP – is holding back new innovation.

See also: Internet outage illustrates lack of resilience at heart of critical services
The Guardian view on the internet outage: we need resilience, not just efficiency


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Revek on Thursday June 10, @12:59PM (2 children)

    by Revek (5022) on Thursday June 10, @12:59PM (#1143866)

    Agreed. Problems like that are the exception not the rule. Looks like a solution in search of a problem.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @05:16PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @05:16PM (#1143956)

    Most likely, the author has some fancy setup where their audio goes through about five different daisy chained boxes before it reaches his/her speakers, and with each box adding its own latency, the result is he/she has created their own fishbowl problem.

    The author is probably also the same type who purchase $4,000/foot speaker wire with oxygen free gold wire because it provides a purer sound with more melodic highs and more bassy lows.

    • (Score: 5, Touché) by driverless on Thursday June 10, @05:19PM

      by driverless (4770) on Thursday June 10, @05:19PM (#1143958)

      Most likely, the author has some fancy setup where their audio goes through about five different daisy chained boxes before it reaches his/her speakers, and with each box adding its own latency, the result is he/she has created their own fishbowl problem.

      No, not at all. The author has some elaborate pet-project solution they've been working on for years and now has to invent a problem for it to solve.