Re: tens of kilobytes

Subject: Re: tens of kilobytes
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 23:18:44 -0400

Jane Carnall wrote:
> The SME sent me some information about the SM he's E of:
> On 2G networks, a "large" amount of data is 10s of K.
> I know exactly what he means: over 2G networks, transferring even 50K of
> data can take 40 seconds - a noticeable amount of time for you to sit
> watching your mobile phone. But I knew that before I read the line above,
> which is why I understand what he means - I think.

I had no problem with "10s of K". I might or might not use it, depending
on the audience, but I had no problem understanding it.

However, what on Earth is a "2G network"?

I read it first as 2 Gigabits/second, and was about to tell you your
arithmetic was wrong -- that's about 256 K byes/sec so a "10s of K"
file transfers in a fraction of a second. Then I realised it must be
my reading that's wrong.

Is "2G" a short form of "second generation"? If so, it strikes me
as objectionable nonsense. I can see no reason to use it, but then
I'm not your audience and don't know your goals.

Or is it something else?

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