Archive for February, 2010
To secure exclusive rights to the iPhone, [AT&T] acceded to Apple’s demand that the device come with a simple, flat-rate plan. But instead of selling only a few million as it expected, AT&T now has an estimated 12m-14m iPhones on its network. Its data traffic has grown by 5,000% in the past three years.
wireless networks are different from fixed ones. In most cases, the extent to which one subscriber uses a fixed connection has little impact on other customers, since each has a separate link to the internet. But the data-transfer capacity within a cell is shared between several handsets. If left unchecked, a small group of users can gobble up most of the bandwidth, as on AT&T’s network, where the top 3% of users consume 40% of it.
operators will have to introduce more stringent usage caps, demand a premium for better service or charge by usage.
The Economist’s article.
16th-21st March 2010
11.00am-5.30pm, free admission.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU
Leading UK science researchers have been working with designers from the Royal College of Art to visualise the potential impact of scientific developments and how they might effect how we live in future Britain. Very interesting case studies.
I was browsing old posts of MobBlog the other day, and ran into Daniele’s post on (double) blind review. I have to say I’ve yet to see a conference in my field which genuinely benefited from double blind review, and despite the anecdotes I’ve heard of double blind being statistically better for female authors than regular review, I’m starting to think we possibly need to move for the exact opposite soon. (more…)