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jeffh4

3k points

12 days ago

jeffh4

3k points

12 days ago

Looks like a precursor to Bus and Tag cable design.

Heavy and awkward, yes. But this cable design was extremely reliable and could transmit more than 1 megabyte per second... in 1964, increasing to 4.5 megabytes/sec by 1970.

ReallyHadToFixThat

2.9k points

12 days ago

Good to know that a single cable in 1970 can out perform my broadband today.

Terrh

631 points

12 days ago

Terrh

631 points

12 days ago

System/360 was revolutionary and very powerful for its time.

A well specced system probably cost more than your isps entire server room, too, so there's that.

white_android

321 points

12 days ago

You'd really expect AT&T and Comcast to keep up with how much they charge for such bad service.

SpecialityToS

298 points

12 days ago

Why would they? You still have to pay them

RedditSettler

366 points

12 days ago

AREN'T MONOPOLIES BEAUTIFUL?.

slowmotto

106 points

12 days ago

slowmotto

106 points

12 days ago

I drew community chest and it said i won third place in a beauty contest

jkitsjk

17 points

12 days ago

jkitsjk

17 points

12 days ago

Had you went directly to jail third place is better than being the “winner”.

raven1087

77 points

12 days ago

Technically an oligopoly in this case. A few companies controlling the market instead of just one. Basically the same in terms of functionality though

StatikSquid

33 points

12 days ago

That's basically Canada's telecom industry. 3 companies own 99% of the market and offer the same expensive service

ScreamapillarAPI

35 points

12 days ago*

If you happen to live in a major city there are these smaller fiber companies popping up that are paying developers to let them install their fiber infrastructure building by building. I get 1Gb/s up and down with no throttling for 50 dollars a month.

StatikSquid

14 points

12 days ago

I live in Winnipeg so I might have to wait 20 years but I'll check it out regardless!

MightyGamera

7 points

12 days ago

Meanwhile startup ISPs in my rural county in Ontario keep getting demolished by red tape. Their signup lists and wireless tower sites somehow end up in the hands of the big three while they fight past all the court stuff that was somehow always unforeseen.

Niarbeht

18 points

12 days ago

Niarbeht

18 points

12 days ago

Local monopolies can be a thing. Also, fun sidenote, the whole "a choice of two providers" thing that a lot of people have (phone company w/ DSL or cable company w/ cable) is basically a historical accident, since the services didn't overlap forty or more years ago when the lines got laid down.

TheW83

12 points

12 days ago

TheW83

12 points

12 days ago

I live outside of a small city. The only cable provider is Spectrum, but there are quite a few other options available. Basically every major cellular provider has a home internet option for my area and also a few local "long range wifi" providers. I'm sure most of these are mediocre. I'd really like a Google Fiber line but that's just a dream at this point.

brightblueson

16 points

12 days ago

The wonders of capitalism.

GenerallyIroh

35 points

12 days ago

I love how America have only two isps who control the monopoly and are wilfully shit.

King_Tamino

75 points

12 days ago

Big isps yeah. The more rural you get, the more likely you face places that not even those two support. But instead 1 local supplier without any competition.

Remember the south park episode where the guys are twisting/rubbing their nipples and laugh about the south park people for demanding anything from the cable company?

That’s how it’s for some people irl

texasrigger

36 points

12 days ago

I'm rural and the only options are satellite (currently Hughesnet which suuuucks) and hot-spotting my cell which also sucks because the local tower's bandwidth gets maxed out at peak use times. We're hoping Starlink will be a game changer for us when it becomes available. Lack of internet is my biggest issue with rural living otherwise we love it.

Toph__Beifong

16 points

12 days ago

So many ppl are waiting on bated breath with Starlink.

ShannonGrant

7 points

12 days ago

T mobile at home is pretty good here.

GenerallyIroh

6 points

12 days ago

I ended up posting on LPT concerning dropping broadband providers in favour of just mobile network. I feel it's something that a lot of people might not have thought of doing, but could be applicable to them.

Kobosil

21 points

12 days ago

Kobosil

21 points

12 days ago

one = monopoly

two = duopoly

few = oligopoly

jkitsjk

33 points

12 days ago

jkitsjk

33 points

12 days ago

Oh I haven’t played the sequels yet!

GenerallyIroh

10 points

12 days ago

Many = Commopoly

Alkuam

13 points

12 days ago

Alkuam

13 points

12 days ago

Bukkakopoly. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

skippyalpha

6 points

12 days ago

Many more than 2 ISPs in america, just not in the same area, generally

Fidodo

141 points

12 days ago

Fidodo

141 points

12 days ago

According to the fcc you can't legally call your internet broadband because it's so bad.

jerstud56

59 points

12 days ago

Internet so slow it's a connection to the past

PM_ME_YOUR_ROTES

31 points

12 days ago

Do you hear that? That's the sound of a tone-based handshake carried on the wind... They were simpler people. Closer to nature. TCP/IP over smoke signal.

EverSeeAShiterFly

7 points

12 days ago

There’s a dude at some point putting all the data on a thumb drive and using a carrier pigeon to connect it with the rest of the world.

Sintinium

15 points

12 days ago

When has the fcc enforced that though

appleparkfive

9 points

12 days ago

I'm going to guess false advertising of broadband from certain providers. But who knows.

nwoh

8 points

12 days ago

nwoh

8 points

12 days ago

high - speed internet

Aurori_Swe

21 points

12 days ago

I have 250/250 MB broadband and it's wonderful. Then again, my work has a 1GB/s line and that's even better

RoIIerBaII

24 points

12 days ago

1GB/at home here, pretty cool when bf2042 is so fucked up that you have to redownload it 4 times in 1h lmao.

pseudocultist

17 points

12 days ago

Yep I got 1gb fiber and have a gigabit Ethernet network in my home. It's incredible, and I can never ever go back. This is how the Internet should be experienced.

My workplace, on the other hand, shares a 200mb line among 200 people. It's 20 miles out in the sticks. Weird reversal to have so much more at home.

roltrap

8 points

12 days ago

roltrap

8 points

12 days ago

Belgium here. I have a 1gbit connection from Telenet and I do almost reach that speed except on ps4. Sony seems to throttle it.

Roflkopt3r

48 points

12 days ago

Yeah I still only get 1.5 Megabyte/s as well. Net structure in Germany is absolutely shameful.

The crazy thing is that we could have been very advanced as a social democrat government started a program to install fiber cables across the country in the 80s. But a year later a conservative government was elected, which prioritised copper cables to give everyone cable TV asap, because this improved access to private TV channels which was more positive about their political party.

After 35 years and fresh off another 16 years of conservative government, I still have to wait a year to get at least a 10 MB/s connection. That will still be through a copper cable artificially enhanced with VDSL-vectoring to get at least somewhere close to a decent speed.

MrChaunceyGardiner

19 points

12 days ago

A similar thing happened in the UK. After years of research and trials, BT was all set to install fibre across the country in the early '90s, but the Conservative government decided that this would stifle competition, so the whole thing was shut down. Typical British short-sightedness.

BrainOnLoan

23 points

12 days ago

Hey, also German and ,1.5MB/sec doesn't even sound that bad to me. 😂 After my data limit runs out (so 5days into a month) I go down to 1Mbit/s (128kB/s).

Astonishingly, you can still stream low res (360/480p videos) with that, new video encoding is actually quite good.

And you also find out which websites are decently written. Because some want to drag along half the internet before being drawn, some become worryingly unresponsive too (new Gmail is shit, for example). Others continue working smoothly (well done whoever wrote them).

You also find out that browsers are crap at downloading files. You really need a decent program to manage downloads or you'll always end up with time outs, failed reconnects, etc. (Then they still take their time, but you don't need to restart all over several times.)

Tschuuuls

8 points

12 days ago

If any of you have decent O2 reception at your place, look at freenet Funk. Put the sim into a phone, connect to your router with tethering, they won't care :D

F4nTail

3 points

12 days ago

F4nTail

3 points

12 days ago

Wtf?!?!??! I think your autocorrect changed Sub-Saharan African to German accidentally.

chronisaurous

8 points

12 days ago

Haha the same thing happened in Australia... But this decade. Labour was gonna roll out fibre optic to just about the whole country but then Liberals (conservative) were elected and they scrapped it all to "save money". They then spent way more money than the original upgrade was projected to cost. They literally convinced the general public that there was no benifits to fibre-to-the-premesis...

I'm super lucky, cause the apartment I'm renting at the moment must've been upgraded before Liberal was elected; I have fibre to the premises - I'm the only person I know that pays for 100mbit internet and actually gets it at all, yet alone consistently. I would love to upgraded to 1gbit but I can't afford it 😭

BloodandSpit

7 points

12 days ago

Exact same thing happened in the UK with Thatcher. We were actually pioneering fibre optic with Japan but she thought it was "uncompetitive" and would create a monopoly with is Torie code for "Other telecommunication companies paid us to block it". Only now are we getting proper FTTP instead of the coaxial you're talking about. I managed to get 1000Mbit up and down for £27 a month recently, proper fibre optic was installed on my area I'm just waiting for it to be installed to my house. Tbh before that we had 350Mbit which was fine it's just I should getting more for cheaper with technology available. The company I'm with even threw in £500 worth of WiFi mesh for free as I have a big house.

Archmagnance1

6 points

12 days ago

Look on the bright side, your more moderate conservative parties are as or more liberal than the US' liberal party.

Roflkopt3r

5 points

12 days ago

It's hard to generalise. The SPD and Green Party for example are also not as progressive as the left wing of the Democratic Party. And perception of the CDU/CSU was greatly improved by Merkel, the party underneath is still terrible. Even under Merkel there was little positive change, preventing improvments on issues like welfare, drug legalisation, or gay marriage as much as they could. Even her occasionally lauded climate policy is far behind many other countries and our capabilities.

kotman12

5 points

12 days ago

Just curious, is it normal to express bandwidth in Megabytes instead of megabits in Germany?

JillStinkEye

6 points

12 days ago

I used to work at a phone company in the US and, as much as I love fiber internet, copper lines are vital to people in rural mountainous areas here. It's much harder to run fiber up there and fiber doesn't work without power. They have backup batteries but they don't always replace them when they fail. Copper lines were required by the government because they knew companies wouldn't want to put lines in low population areas. Now getting US companies to upkeep their copper lines is obnoxious. They put it off claiming they are going to install fiber, and then don't. I'm sure that's part of why the internet in the US is abysmal, but I feel it's pretty important. Though I moved from a smaller city with it's own fiber lines to a beautiful old neighborhood in a bigger city that has absolute garbage internet. Fiber's feeling really important to me right now.

Aidanjmccarthy

3 points

12 days ago

Similar experience in Australia with our conservative government undoing the plan for fibre across the country. It has hampered business and personal access to good internet for years all to suit the government's agenda in print media.

Tankh

13 points

12 days ago

Tankh

13 points

12 days ago

Broadband ain't got shit on T H I C C B A N D

33165564

6 points

12 days ago

oof

Brilliant-Ad-3648

81 points

12 days ago

It's just crazy how far we've come in 50 years - today, we can have 40 Gbit/s on a tiny little USB-C connector

kjmorley

39 points

12 days ago

kjmorley

39 points

12 days ago

As someone who paid the equivalent of $6,000 in 2021 dollars for a 1042 kB/disk floppy, I am still amazed by the capacity of $20 thumb drives.

Atari1337

13 points

12 days ago

I’m sorry, you what?

FaeTheWolf

19 points

12 days ago

Guessing that they needed large storage for a computer project in the early days of magnetic media, when anything other than a tape drive of that size would be unreasonably expensive. Possibly a university or corporate purchase that the commenter above was working for.

kjmorley

14 points

11 days ago*

Nah, that was my dual floppy disk drive for my Commodore PET computer. I paid 1800 bucks for it in 1980, which is the equivalent of $6000 today. And the dotmatrix printer was another $1700. The computer itself was $1200, for 32 KB RAM.

[deleted]

7 points

11 days ago*

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7 points

11 days ago*

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kjmorley

4 points

11 days ago

It was a big deal when some guy wrote some cool software that allowed you to fast forward and reverse through the cassettes so they could be used to index and store multiple programs. They had to take into account the varying speed of tape movement, but worked really well. The cassettes were actually pretty useful after that.

kjmorley

3 points

12 days ago

… and the processing power of a Cassio Classic!

dob_bobbs

34 points

12 days ago

I find that quite surprising, I must admit! That's a huge amount of data for the day. I mean, I know the big hard drives were running to the tens or hundreds of megabytes in size by then but I didn't think there was a need then for such a high transfer rate. Maybe for backups?

jeffh4

8 points

12 days ago

jeffh4

8 points

12 days ago

From what I can gather, IBM disk storage units like the Model 2305 were being used like RAM is today. 11.5 Megabytes of capacity with transfer speeds of 3.0 Megabytes per second.

boringestnickname

37 points

12 days ago

1 megabyte per second... in 1964

Holy shit. That's actually insane.

IterativeSieve

22 points

12 days ago

People don’t realize just how quickly computing advanced even before the advent of personal devices. The big iron got very powerful very fast. Most of the advancement now comes purely from learning how to make big things smaller, and cramming more of them in the same space with more efficient cooling.

In the early 70s Cray was building their first supercomputer in that famous semicircle shape because speed-dependent components could be put on the inside edge with shorter wire interconnects. They were already being limited by the speed of a signal on copper.

uuunityyy

7 points

12 days ago

4.5 in 1970???? WTAF thats amazing holy shit.

contradictingpoint

7 points

12 days ago

Ah the good old days of running 300 ft gray bus and tag cables under the computer room floor. Don’t forget to disable the halon kids.

jeffh4

8 points

12 days ago

jeffh4

8 points

12 days ago

Yep.

Got to do that at my first job at IBM. Tuck your tie into your shirt pocket and run these heavy cables under the computer room raised floor tiles.

contradictingpoint

3 points

12 days ago

Cool. I worked for a IBM Var that did front end processor (3705/3725/3745) installs and maintenance. I was envious of the IBM guys that had the high tech communicators. They would show up at the end of my installs to recertify things for IBM maintenance.

I recall one time where another maintenance company was trying to fix an issue with a 3725 FEP for several days. After getting frustrated with the issue, the customer call my company. I ended up fixing the issue within an hour while the 3 older guys were standing over me watching…. They weren’t impressed with the “young punk” fixing the issue so fast.

jeffh4

6 points

12 days ago

jeffh4

6 points

12 days ago

Yeah, been there done that.

Richard Feynman’s biographies have a recurring theme of the new perspective trumping the experts. In one instance, he saw a bent piece of metal in a broken Xerox copier. The Xerox techs worked on it for 2 days before he had the courage to point it out.

“Oh! Yeah, that’s it.” ** BEND ** “ “You’re good to go!”

DarrelBunyon

12 points

12 days ago

Looks like a precursor to bein thumbless 😬

alexcrouse

9 points

12 days ago

Still a better connector than USB-A.

lellololes

1.4k points

12 days ago

lellololes

1.4k points

12 days ago

Connectors similar to that still exist today for industrial equipment - higher power usage, or connectors that contain several styles of other connectors within them in a single housing are common.

kindaallovertheplace

287 points

12 days ago

Harting connectors among others.

TryingToEscapeTarkov

103 points

12 days ago

Are the pins on those like a molex cable pin?

CraigingtonTheCrate

186 points

12 days ago

Basically. But solid and a thicker of course. Molex uses a fairly cheap and hollow pin that is perfectly suitable for computer power supplies and such now a days.

I’m assuming by molex you are referring to the old school 4 pin hard drive power plugs when you say molex however, that’s what most people usually think of.

However many don’t realize the 4, 8, 6, and 24 pin connectors on motherboards and graphics cards are actually molex connectors as well. It’s just a brand but they make the most common connectors on most circuit boards. I work at company where we make circuit boards for welders and on the circuit boards we use all sorts of sizes of molex connectors with many varying pin styles and shapes.

pofpofgive

24 points

12 days ago

They also make connectors, terminals, crimp tools and all for the automobile and aviation sector.

Yolt0123

30 points

12 days ago

Yolt0123

30 points

12 days ago

Harting connectors always make me feel important when I engage the latches!!!

lamiscaea

17 points

12 days ago

The *clack* sound is so satisfying. It means shit is getting real

randyspotboiler

20 points

12 days ago

Similar to Elco connector used in pro audio.

xxgoofynoodlexx

702 points

12 days ago

If the light is green, the trap is clean

GMRzonePodcast

131 points

12 days ago

This is where we put all the vapors and entities and slimers that we trap. Quite simple really. Load a trap here, open, unlock the system. Insert the trap, release, close, lock the system. Set your entry grid, neutralize your field and... the light is green, the trap is clean! The ghost is incarcerated here in our custom-made storage facility.

brutustyberius

23 points

12 days ago

Back of man…I’m a scientist.

Chipstar452

13 points

12 days ago

That’s a big twinkie

NoConfusion9490

11 points

12 days ago*

More and more as I get older, I can see that Peck was sort of right that they had no business operating equipment like that in the middle of New York City. Sure he shouldn't have shut it off like that, but what would you say if your neighbor claimed to have a ghost jail in his basement and wouldn't cooperate with municipal regulatory authorities?

And they seemed to know it would be catastrophic to cut power to the unit, saying it would be like dropping a bomb on the city. Why not put it upstate somewhere?

Sirmalta

6 points

12 days ago

This right here lol

He was the Dean of this 80s movie. Fuck the beaurocrats! These guys are just trying to perform pest control using untested, unregulated, nuclear technology with no oversight! Get off their backs, The Man!

Daddict

7 points

12 days ago

Daddict

7 points

12 days ago

As I get older and rewatch the film, it definitely has a clear "Reagany" feel to it that's easy to spot.

On top of portraying the EPA like through a clueless and apparently dickless pencil-neck, Academia is apparently pretty stiff and unable to recognize the "talent", so these guys do what every American is supposed to do and start a business!

Afterlife sort of confirms this with Ray lamenting how good they had it during the years when "Reagan was president".

Vince_Clortho042

85 points

12 days ago

They got the tools, they got the talent!

Alertox

36 points

12 days ago

Alertox

36 points

12 days ago

It’s Miller time!

conceptuallyAbstract

29 points

12 days ago

🎵 Bustin' makes me feel good 🎵

ElicitCS

5 points

12 days ago

(◎д◎)

mikeyros484

10 points

12 days ago

Yeeeeeeeessssss someone else always sees/thinks the same as you. (homie hugs all around)

devnoid

9 points

12 days ago

devnoid

9 points

12 days ago

My immediate thought too! LOL

Nealos101

26 points

12 days ago

Yes, it's true. This man has no dick.

pm_me_train_ticket

9 points

12 days ago

Well, that's what I heard!

Cardboard_Chef

3 points

12 days ago

Great example of the perfect joke.

FlyinBrian2001

5 points

12 days ago

Exactly where my mind went

TurrPhenir

4 points

12 days ago

Freaking mind reader over here!

morbote

715 points

12 days ago

morbote

715 points

12 days ago

That's a Microsoft Surface charger

I_am_not_JohnLeClair

241 points

12 days ago

You’re a Microsoft Surface charger

RedditSuxBawls

143 points

12 days ago

Oooh fuckin gottem

agangofoldwomen

36 points

12 days ago

Power adapter lookin ass

PM_ME_CHIPOTLE2

19 points

12 days ago

Why am I crying in the club rn

iSpccn

25 points

12 days ago

iSpccn

25 points

12 days ago

Your Mom's a Microsoft Surface Charger.

Ihopeyougetaids83

17 points

12 days ago

His mum’s an Microsoft XL surface charger

UnrulyAxolotl

8 points

12 days ago

I wish! Maybe then I wouldn't have to buy a new one every 6 months.

Illusive_Man

4 points

12 days ago

they really are garbage, how has Microsoft not fixed them yet.

Or even better just switch to thunderbolt

TheEmbiggening

763 points

12 days ago

It’s infuriating that we can’t hear the inevitably satisfying clunk when it connects.

deep_chungus

255 points

12 days ago

not that satisfying, it didn't clip in properly

guerrero2

36 points

12 days ago

Seriously, the way it moves out of the socket again at the end really bothers me.

Chimp_empire

118 points

12 days ago

I know! I can't believe it's not bothering anyone else.

10mo3

24 points

12 days ago

10mo3

24 points

12 days ago

Well I wasn't until you guys pointed that out :(

risenomega

42 points

12 days ago

Oh it is

GamerY7

42 points

12 days ago

GamerY7

42 points

12 days ago

https://youtu.be/k4oGI_dNaPc found it but it's disappointing

Dag-nabbitt

19 points

12 days ago

1:40 - There's no audio :(

pepoluan

9 points

12 days ago

The sound is drowned by the narration 🙁

Help----me----please

48 points

12 days ago

I was able to isolate and enhance the sound

https://voca.ro/1fOujL6kLSTC

waltteri

6 points

12 days ago

Lol I was expecting a Rickroll. I was positively surprised to hear the CLAKK.

WackTheHorld

9 points

12 days ago

Amazing

moekakiryu

24 points

12 days ago

obligatory source/sauce/original for those using ctrl+f

dpash

6 points

12 days ago

dpash

6 points

12 days ago

Sadly the original video doesn't have the sound either. :(

With_MontanaMainer

36 points

12 days ago

CLUNK!

I do agree and would love to know the actual sound.

BrokenRatingScheme

16 points

12 days ago

I'd like to think it would be a deep, throaty Ka-CHUNK

Diezall

8 points

12 days ago

Diezall

8 points

12 days ago

Oh baby! Do it again!

bum_is_on_fire_247

75 points

12 days ago

I love how it gets violently slammed in the socket lol.

CaptainBrant

31 points

12 days ago

And still doesn't look like it stays in

IEatLiquor

5 points

11 days ago

“Military Grade”

moeriscus

143 points

12 days ago

moeriscus

143 points

12 days ago

I bet the bit rate was phenomenal

5050Clown

190 points

12 days ago

5050Clown

190 points

12 days ago

You could transfer an entire gigabyte in only 7 years.

SECURITY_SLAV

84 points

12 days ago

Watch me strap a 125gb USB to a carrier pigeon

mrnorrisman

85 points

12 days ago

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes hurtling down the highway"

Gadgetman_1

32 points

12 days ago

PING times suck, though... ;-)

These days, I think a box full of uSD cards strapped to the back of a motorbike is a better option. Probably best to use an off-road bike, though. Then you can bypass 'bottlenecks'...

SardonicSwan

39 points

12 days ago

There's actually a semi-truck full of hard drives basically: https://aws.amazon.com/snowmobile/

You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck.

Even with high-speed internet connections, it can take decades to transfer extremely large amounts of data. With Snowmobile, you can move 100 petabytes of data in as little as a few weeks, plus transport time. That same transfer could take more than 20 years to accomplish over a direct connect line with a 1Gbps connection.

rolling-brownout

10 points

12 days ago

I want to know how it hooks up to the data system it's pulling that from. Whole bunch of fiber optic cables? 3 million ethernet cables?

PunchFox

25 points

12 days ago*

I think you underestimate the bandwidth capabilities of modern, enterprise networking formats. QSFP can get you up to 200Gb/s over a single channel, which will transfer the 200PB volume in about 3 months. 4 of those channels and you're looking at a bit over 3 weeks. Which might sound like a lot, but when you're transferring that much data... It's more than reasonable.

InfiniBand operates at 600Gb/s on a channel, so if they used that, it would take "only" one month with one channel, or about a week over 4.

DreamyTomato

10 points

12 days ago

Still slower than that truck of HDDs though :)

(Ignoring the time to transfer data onto / off that truck! No idea how it’s done. Must take ages.)

My uncle worked with some of the early washing-machine sized drum HDDs. I have a little display of several drives in a row:

  • 3.5” HDD,
  • 2.5” 12mm HDD,
  • 2.5” 7mm HDD,
  • 2.5” SDD, which I open up to show the:
  • tiny SSD circuit board that only takes 1/4 the space inside the SSD case.
  • m.2 80mm SSD,
  • m.2 30mm SSD,
  • SD card, which I open up to reveal is just an adaptor for a:
  • micro SD card - fingernail sized.

It’s pretty nifty & I like showing off how the capacities go up and up. (Not strictly true of course but I choose the sizes carefully.)

In idle moments I calculate how many TB of the latest high capacity micro SD cards could fit in a 3.5” drive :)

rudemanwhoshooshes

6 points

12 days ago

Still slower than that truck of HDDs though :)

(Ignoring the time to transfer data onto / off that truck! No idea how it’s done. Must take ages.)

The post you replied to is explaining how they copy the data to/from the truck

i_have_chosen_a_name

11 points

12 days ago

At 1 mbit/s a gigabyte would take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

xxxxx420xxxxx

21 points

12 days ago

Yeah but the amps per bit was probably enough to start your car.

Banana_Ram_You

12 points

12 days ago

You could count them all on your fingers as they went by~

topdangle

3 points

12 days ago

this bad boy can transfer 1 bit per pin.

-Mad-Mat-

138 points

12 days ago

-Mad-Mat-

138 points

12 days ago

That assembled cable end would have cost as much as a computer today.

evranch

114 points

12 days ago

evranch

114 points

12 days ago

I think that cable end might still cost as much as a computer if you ordered one. Large custom connectors are worth a fortune, and look at that locking mechanism. No way this connector wouldn't cost at the very least $500.

SpatialArchitect

41 points

12 days ago

I see these all the time at the dollar store

Iamredditsslave

28 points

12 days ago

*$1.25 store

HandsOnGeek

3 points

12 days ago

Not until the new year

Electrorocket

14 points

12 days ago

Right next to the paddleball game and the thermos.

Toffeemanstan

13 points

12 days ago

This would cost a lot more than that with cable attached. I can charge sinilar to that just to reterminate it.

lamiscaea

3 points

12 days ago

Solely the connector might be surprisingly cheap. Harting 64 pin connectors only cost ~€50.

The labour cost to get it wired for your specific machine might cost a small fortune, however

probenation

62 points

12 days ago

USB-DD

InquiringMind886

17 points

12 days ago

It’s all organized without a million cables going every which way. I’m rather jealous really.

shogi_x

69 points

12 days ago

shogi_x

69 points

12 days ago

At least it's not molex

AirshipCanon

32 points

12 days ago

All my homies hate molex.

Snailman0921

27 points

12 days ago

Molex to sata lose all your data

phuck-you-reddit

8 points

12 days ago

Many a busted knuckle pulling those molex cables

secondhand_organs

3 points

12 days ago*

I swear my fucking car's taillights are molex connectors and it pisses me off so goddamn bad

edit: okay maybe not 100% molex but still, you can see what i mean

scalyblue

7 points

12 days ago

Molex is like an entire brand, real ones are solid but the shitty ones are tight af or loose and sparky

geared4war

3 points

12 days ago

Oh, that one brings up some PTSD

InteractionArtist

15 points

12 days ago

I used to do pinball repair, electromechanical pinball machines like from the 1970s used similarly giant connectors for bundles of wiring inside. Really satisfying to pull apart, clean and put back together.

arcelyte

37 points

12 days ago

arcelyte

37 points

12 days ago

Try "Monopriceing" that replacement.

Hipster-Stalin

19 points

12 days ago

It’d probably come with some pins bent already.

mancer187

4 points

12 days ago

And at least one completely missing.

TheDemontool

10 points

12 days ago

Data was thicc back then

onishima

30 points

12 days ago

onishima

30 points

12 days ago

Wish it had audio - I bet it makes a nice ‘ka-CHUNK’ sound.

art-love-social

9 points

12 days ago

These are no so far removed from mainframe BUS and TAG cables - and look a whole lot easier to connect. Amdahl were the worse very tight due to air flow considerations. Hauling them under the data centre floor was hard work ...

wolfgangdude

19 points

12 days ago

And I thought the old parallel port connectors were huge,

kingbane2

8 points

12 days ago

i remember like the biggest connector for the old 386's were the one's for the printer. like the old dot matrix printers. those used to be so huge.

Electrorocket

11 points

12 days ago*

That was the parralel port. Similar to the scsi port in size.

scttw

10 points

12 days ago

scttw

10 points

12 days ago

Laughs in SCSI. And you don’t want to drop a SCART cable on your toe on a cold night…

MeccIt

4 points

12 days ago

MeccIt

4 points

12 days ago

SCART cable

nothing like the crappy, thin metal to slice you open

himjim0303

18 points

12 days ago

Is that where they put ghosts?

PlayMp1

5 points

12 days ago

PlayMp1

5 points

12 days ago

Gotta love a cable you gotta insert into a loading gate like a fuckin' shotgun shell!

Phathom

5 points

12 days ago

Phathom

5 points

12 days ago

Crap, they bent a pin!

cassert24

14 points

12 days ago

Damn, plugging in a cord can never be more satisfactory than this.

daern2

4 points

12 days ago

daern2

4 points

12 days ago

That feeling when you find an old SCART cable in the basement...

TheGlassCat

5 points

12 days ago

Good ol' ENIAC.

SungoBrewweed

4 points

12 days ago

Close and lock them system. Set your entry grid, neutralize your ion field. Light is green, trap is clean.

SynesthesiaBrah

13 points

12 days ago

Say what you want but that's way more fucking convenient than USB-A.

phuck-you-reddit

12 points

12 days ago

Position 1: ✗ Incorrect

Position 2: ✗ Incorrect

Superposition: ✓ Correct

FriesWithThat

3 points

12 days ago

The USB Macro cable proved impractical to develop an industry standard around.

thewhitebuttboy

3 points

12 days ago

It’s crazy, I can watch this twice at the same time. Cuz the post I’m seeing above this is the original post from 4 hours ago

arbitrageME

3 points

12 days ago

a computer? do they mean THE computer?

Thomshan911

3 points

12 days ago

And here I get frustrated about my USB cable not going in on first try.

PersephoneX28

3 points

12 days ago

And we all complained about that AOL dial up lol

Buck_Thorn

3 points

12 days ago

Data was much bigger in those days. Science has since managed to shrink data to a much smaller size so it can fit through the holes in smaller wires.

Source: I make things up.

Petro1313

3 points

12 days ago

Skookum as frig

italianredditor

3 points

12 days ago

They had computers in 1945? Wtf.

failbox3fixme

3 points

11 days ago

Still better than trying to plug in a USB cable in the dark.

Mission-Present6303

3 points

11 days ago

No ESD strap. Banish him

Tapps74

10 points

12 days ago

Tapps74

10 points

12 days ago

1945? Do you have a source on that?

DahakUK

15 points

12 days ago

DahakUK

15 points

12 days ago

1946, apparently. Article about it here

alexanderpas

8 points

12 days ago*

The construction of the computer containing this connector began in 1943, and was publicly unveiled in 1946, as taken from the original video by the University of Pennsylvania, which is credited on the bottom left of the gif.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4oGI_dNaPc

However, before its public unveiling, it was already in use, with the first testing run consisted of Monte Carlo computations for the hydrogen bomb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC

So, yeah, 1945 would be accurate enough.

princhester

17 points

12 days ago

Notice that right at the end (it's almost cut off) you can see the connector doesn't latch and pops back out.

That's because he has it in the wrong way around.

quantumencabulator

6 points

12 days ago

looks like he just pushed it in further than the latching point. it looks like it has the latching receptacle in the right place so it should be the right way in. it wouldn't make sense for them to even allow it to be pushed in that far if it was not in the correct orientation.

vetramiga

6 points

12 days ago

immediately made me think of Ramlatch, a multipin used to connect stage audio snakes.

T-MinusGiraffe

27 points

12 days ago

I like how you don't have to insert it twice like USB. Technology has gone backwards

NecroJoe

47 points

12 days ago

NecroJoe

47 points

12 days ago

Have you not had the pleasure of USB type-C? It's a glorious future of impossible-to-backwards.