Olympics Organizers Ask Twitter-Happy Attendees to 'Take It Easy'

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ApathyCurve

Considering the I.Q. of the average Twitter user, they'd have better luck asking a bitch in heat to stop servicing male dogs.

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Cregan89

Just so you all understand, it's likely not the back-end wired network's that are the issue. It's the wireless transmissions themselves.

There's a fixed amount of wireless spectrum that operates at a maximum data transmission rate for any given wireless technology. The rate of incoming packets will eventually surpass the maximum receive rate of the transceiver as more devices connect to it. At this point the transceiver has no choice but to drop some of those packets, causing issues for a given data protocol. To get around this issue in congested areas, you add additional transceiver's to split up that spectrum into smaller 3-dimensional areas. But with our current technological constraints, these transceivers can only be so 3-dimensionally accurate before those 3-dimensional areas start to interfere with each other.

You can see this effect all the time and it isn't specific to these networks at the Olympics. Any time you're in a stadium for a concert or a sports event you will notice your signal strength and data rate drop. I do a lot of work in wireless technology and this is a very real problem today with the growing number of connected devices, and it is very difficult to overcome when spectrum is limited (which legally is basically always).

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RaptorJohnson

Stupid question, but how much bandwidth can a tweet be? It's only 140 characters. It think its about 560 bytes (due to how they code chars).

At .5K that means it is 1/10 of the size of the little default user avatar "MPC.png" to the left of this text.
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How could that crash a network?

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Nastyman

"Opm

July 30, 2012 at 5:12pm

Maybe they should reconsider internet monopolies that don't have to fear losing customers by skimping on hardware."

Omp is right on!!! This is the biggest problem in all countries today.

Nasty

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vrmlbasic

Am I understanding this correctly, because some TV company didn't receive timing information in a timely manner (ha), the "powers that be" assume that Twitter is the problem and want to curtail tweeting?

The "solution" proposed by the Olympic committee is laughable. This sounds like an oversight on their part and on England's part. If your infrastructure can't support it, you shouldn't be hosting the Olympics. IMnsHO

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sweb74

sooo techs in london can't figure out how to control network congestion? who do they have over there apple genius?

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Refuge88

+1

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chop_slap

You KNOW it.

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88keyz

Yeah, like people are going to stop using their phones. Unless they start enforcing a no phones policy this isn't going to change. I personally would love for them to enforce a no phones policy, that would be awesome. Cell phones have regressed public manners back to a time when it was acceptable to empty your chamber pot out your windows. The rudest people alive today are those annoying mobile phone users that can't get off their phones for any reason. London 2012 - Ban the Cell!

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ApathyCurve

"Cell phones have regressed public manners back to a time when it was acceptable to empty your chamber pot out your windows."

Very true. Mind if I steal that? =o)

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iheartpcs

Can't afford a cell phone eh?

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88keyz

I have a smartphone, I just choose not to use it in places where my doing so could be an inconvenience to those around me. I'm not going to go through withdrawal if I can't use my phone for a few minutes or even hours. Many days my phone never leaves my pocket more than once or twice.

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winmaster

They can't use QOS in London?

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chop_slap

Makes you wonder if Her Majesty is performing the routing operations herself.

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spacespeed

Or maybe they could consider improving their network infrastructure (or offer free wifi to everyone - the transmitters rely on cell towers, I'd assume). Just a thought.

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tekknyne

"TV commentators from receiving crucial timing information" ... huh? Oh that's right, because they think TV and commercials are important, gotcha. It didn't impact the games, just NBC's profit forecasts.

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Captain_Steve

No; I don't think it was the broadcasts that even got effected; just the commentators ability to comment on it. They can still set up a camera and broadcast the events I would assume. But it wouldn't be as much fun to watch if there wasn't somebody rambling on incessantly about six seconds of footage that you just saw.

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