Japan Cranks Up Download Speeds

Softbank's Son drives adoption of DSL technology

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As recently as 2001, despite a concerted government effort the year before to jump-start Internet technologies, "high-speed" connectivity in Japan meant a decidedly poky 64 kilobits per second--what you could get, basically, from ISDN (integrated services digital network) technology, long dismissed elsewhere as outdated. Well before that, customers in most other advanced industrial countries were able to get at least 1 megabit per second, be it over phone lines or television cable.

Similar services were becoming available in Japan, but they were mostly from start-ups lacking consumer name recognition or strong financial backing. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT), Japan's largest telco, offered an advanced service, but unenthusiastically--it was more interested in recouping its investment in ISDN before aggressively marketing a competing technology.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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