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Bernie Vine
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Message 63734 - Posted: 19 Aug 2015, 8:56:59 UTC

Well this is my connection


I can't say I need any more.

As you are aware I can stream the Railstream cameras at HD.

I find quite often that it seems the websites I use are the problem not my speed.

I am part of a broadband monitoring system here in the UK, they sent me a box I attach to my router and it monitors my connection 24/7 and my speed hardly varies from what you see above.

The nice thing I have found is that having a fast upload speeds up things like Photobucket which is important to me.

However as has been said for normal use you would probably not notice much difference as the websites would have to be able to keep up.
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Message 63741 - Posted: 19 Aug 2015, 18:48:58 UTC - in response to Message 63621.  

Well, we sure had fun last night. One after another thunderstorm passing directly over.

Looks like you weren't the only one. From the BBC:

Google loses data as lightning strikes

Google says data has been wiped from discs at one of its data centres in Belgium - after it was struck by lightning four times.

Some people have permanently lost access to their files as a result.

I'm sure the NSA will let them have if back if they ask nicely.
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Message 63742 - Posted: 19 Aug 2015, 19:15:18 UTC - in response to Message 63741.  

Google loses data as lightning strikes

Google says data has been wiped from discs at one of its data centres in Belgium - after it was struck by lightning four times.

Some people have permanently lost access to their files as a result.

I'm sure the NSA will let them have if back if they ask nicely.

The problem with that is the NSA has the data in unencrypted format and Google needs it in encrypted format to restore it.
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Message 63748 - Posted: 20 Aug 2015, 14:07:49 UTC

Sigh. Mom called this morning, she had stomach pains and wanted to call the doctor. Fine with me. Fifteen minutes later she called again, could I bring her to the doctor?
Sure...

It is no hours later, we are in the emergency room, have been here for the last 4 hours. Finally the surgeon is here. Mom should still get an MRI and honestly I hope they keep me here. Yes, just as I wrote that we got confirmation that mom has to stay. Acute inflammation of part of her large intestine, can only be cured with rest.

So... That was a fun jubilee for me, spending lots of my 8th alcohol free anniversary in the hospital.

Yay! Celebrate good times come on!
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Message 63749 - Posted: 20 Aug 2015, 16:18:33 UTC

Life's a beach and then you die.

Hope they get you mom stable.

Congrats on you eight years.
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Message 63756 - Posted: 20 Aug 2015, 21:06:22 UTC - in response to Message 63748.  

Took till 21.30h before mom was admitted and all questions were answered. I did make a dash home and back again to get her some clothes and her medicines.

Am now home, just ate and am going to play a little Duke Nukem 3D, then off to bed.
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Message 63789 - Posted: 23 Aug 2015, 19:31:10 UTC
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We have been to the hospital again today (and yesterday, and Friday), after my Mom called at 7am to say she didn't have clean underwear anymore. Then she called again at 10am, and again at 10:15am. Thank the deities I'd gone to bed at a reasonable time last night, normally in the weekends I go on till deep in the night, but since this happened I'm bone tired. So I was awake at 7am, and 10am, and 10:15am. ;-)

On Mom,I must say, it might be going better with her inflammation, but when she's released from hospital it'll have to be directly into an old people's home, or when going home, she'll need 24 hour care. At the moment she cannot go to the toilet alone, she cannot get dressed, she can hardly walk, hardly stand. Even sitting is difficult, and she also tends to fall out of bed. Her hospital bed is almost on the ground, and there's a big gym mat in front of it in case she manages to fall out.

I've never seen someone go backwards that quickly. She won't make it out if she continues these backwards slides. But then, perhaps that's for the best.
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Message 63790 - Posted: 23 Aug 2015, 20:54:29 UTC - in response to Message 63789.  

Hello Jord

So sorry to hear about all this.
It's just so familiar now. The few people left in my church are mostly on the elderly side, and they keep disappearing.
They'd be at church one Sunday, and then the next I'd hear that they were in hospital. A week or two later, I'd find out that they were now in an aged care home.
This has just happened with another person.

And our minister reached retirement age a couple of years ago. Then early this year we were told that his wife now has motor neuron disease.

One can only hope that none of them suffer too much.
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Message 63802 - Posted: 24 Aug 2015, 12:23:24 UTC

Sorry to hear...my mom is in early stages of dementia. Physically she functions but is in constant pain.

Wishing you well as you make tough decisions
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Message 63804 - Posted: 24 Aug 2015, 13:29:14 UTC

Jord, so sorry to hear this. Wishing you and your Mom the best. Anything I can do, ask.
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Message 63816 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 14:50:17 UTC - in response to Message 63734.  



Nice upload speed Bernie.
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Message 63818 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 16:23:31 UTC

& it's down.
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Message 63819 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 16:25:38 UTC

Gee, there's no one on Mibbit...

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Message 63821 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 16:57:22 UTC
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Jord I am so sorry to hear about your mum :( I'm not inexperienced in the matter of much-loved but wobbly-legged and wobbly-memoried mum's - so PM when/if you need to :) I took my mum out of a care facility recently because her ending up in it was not a decision I was given any part in, and because of the distances and costs involved in trying to visit her. Because of her alzheimers, she seemed to go downhill so rapidly once she was in there and away from her familiar surroundings. She's picked up considerably now she's back home with me. It may only be short-lived though. She's not as physically dependant as your mum - so the situation is naturally going to be very different. If 24hour nursing care isn't affordable, try to make sure she's in a home near to you. Whatever you can do to lessen the load on your shoulders will be the right thing for both of you :)

On a brighter note - apparently - *astonished blink at newly discovered anniet superpower* - I am to blame for my mother-in-law's bedroom ceiling collapsing in on her this morning. And from a completely other part of London too! *pause for impressed murmurs to die down*

My view is that, when she had a new roof put on a few years ago - and paid them upfront - and they did nothing except cart off all the lead pointing that was kind of important to stop it from leaking - it helped. My powers I mean.

She's fiiiine. It missed her. :)
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Message 63824 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 17:01:07 UTC

Outrage post after work.

Hi @ll! *waves*
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Message 63825 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 17:02:07 UTC - in response to Message 63824.  
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Outrage post after work.

Hi @ll! *waves*


Julie! It's you! :)

edit: for forgetting to say hello...

Hello! *wave back at Julie*
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Message 63827 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 17:15:31 UTC

A happy outrage morning to all.
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Message 63828 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 17:47:39 UTC

Good morning everyone. :-)

Sorry to hear about your mom, Jord. :-(
Have TARDIS, will travel...
Come along K-9!
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Message 63829 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 17:52:40 UTC

Sending wishes of peace and comfort to Jord and his mother.
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Message 63830 - Posted: 25 Aug 2015, 17:53:37 UTC - in response to Message 63732.  
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Anyway, now that that's over, got a question for all ya's.

Comcast/Xfinity has been advertising lately that it can now deliver multiple gigabits of internet speed to your home. Does anyone really need that? My employer just upgraded its entire connection speed to 1.5Gb. That covers 22 buildings with probably 1,500 staff and at least half of our 17,000+ students on line at any given time. All of the nearly 6,000 high school students have just been issued Chromebooks, so at least 2/3 of them will be on at any given time.

So is Comcast really selling anyone anything they really need?

??? Just did a search and what I found was a top speed of 0.105Gb, or 105Mb. Did you perchance read/hear it wrong?

FYI for reference, Seti's Hurricane Electric link was 1.0Gb to give a rough idea of how much data can be transferred on such a link.

As to an individual needing that speed, not unless they are a very exceptional case. And if they are they likely need much faster upload speed as well and definitely fixed IP.

Now 0.1Gb, consider if your family has say 3 teenage boys streaming what teenage boys will, a couple teenage girls on skype with their friends, your wife streaming some craft show or soap opera, and now you want to stream the big game, never mind the torrents you are downloading. I can see that speed.

Okay, I checked. http://www.xfinity.com/internet-service.html does offer 2000 Mbps for $299.95/month. You may have to click "show more" once or twice to find it on that page. So yes, I heard it correctly. As all of you point out, it *is* just as ridiculous as I thought.

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I just ran Ookla here at work. It says we have AT&T and I got 94.87 Mbps download and 95.27 upload.
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Jord, sorry about your mom. I was in that situation a few years ago and it's not fun.
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