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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: 2) by janrinok on Friday June 11, @05:53AM (1 child)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 11, @05:53AM (#1144185) Journal

    We are trying to encourage a discussion - which this story has achieved. At the time of writing it has had more comments than any other story in the same day. If you don't like a story then skip it. Better still, send us a non-bot submission that you have written, please

    Secondly, I live in a very rural area - this is a common experience for many people in this region although improvements are being regularly seen.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, @09:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, @09:53PM (#1144398)

    I know people who are still on dialup because that is all their system can handle in an anyway respectable manner. The inability of people to understand that not everyone has the same experiences as them is just astounding sometimes.