jra at baylink
May 3, 2012, 8:24 AM
Post #1 of 1
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The Compexity Factor (was VoIP v POTS)
> From: "Ralph Brandt" <ralph.brandt [at] pateam>
> Yes, those things happen. But there are several such failure points in
> the POTS system and hundreds in VOIP. I support VOIP, ISDN etc. But I
> know all too well the failure points...
And here, Ralph puts his finger on what has always been my number one
concern about the Internet, as cool as it is:
The likelihood of a system's failure (and indeed, it's lack of complete
use) is proportional to -- not solely, but prominentl -- its systemic
There really isn't much that can fail in a current day copper POTS install,
or more to the point: much that *does* fail. There are probably an order
of magnitude or two more places that a VoIP residential phone line can stop working.
Sure, you get more capability, but does that outweigh the reliability
My answer is Not Always.
Alas, I don't make those decisions.
The same process has affected other disciplines; most notably (for me)
photography: tried to buy a roll of 35mm ultraviolet film lately? Locally?
Jay R. Ashworth Baylink jra [at] baylink
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