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Virgin American In-Flight Internet Review, From In-Flight 198

Posted by timothy
from the latency-desires dept.
wintersynth writes "I've posted a review of Virgin America's in-flight internet provided by Gogo. Here's the scoop: Avg. .90 megabits/sec DL, .283 megabits/sec UL, ping: 130.6 msecs, $12.95 for the duration of the flight. Verdict: AWESOME. In fact, I'm posting this from 36,000 feet right now. Skype did not work for voice, even though I'm pretty sure those stats are over the minimums. Any ideas from the slashdotters on what might be going on?"
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Virgin American In-Flight Internet Review, From In-Flight

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  • by kentrel (526003) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:31PM (#27865203) Journal

    Yes,

    You need to watch this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jETv3NURwLc [youtube.com]

  • by E. Edward Grey (815075) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:33PM (#27865257)

    Skype did not work for voice, even though I'm pretty sure those stats are over the minimums.

    Everything is awesome and no one is happy!

  • Linky (Score:3, Funny)

    by E. Edward Grey (815075) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:35PM (#27865289)
  • Welcome (Score:5, Funny)

    by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:39PM (#27865345)

    "AWESOME. In fact, I'm posting this from 36,000 feet right now."

    Let me be the first to welcome you to the Mile High Virgin Club.

  • by kindbud (90044) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:39PM (#27865361) Homepage

    Any ideas from the slashdotters on what might be going on?

    No. Is there anything else I can help you with?

  • Your choice (Score:5, Funny)

    by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:40PM (#27865369)

    Any ideas from the slashdotters on what might be going on?

    It's the "block the VOIP" feature which tested much more positively than "kill the annoying guy on the phone" with focus groups.

  • Re:Srsly? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chlorine Trifluoride (1517149) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:47PM (#27865523)
    I guess going from a single tube to a series of them is an improvement...
  • by Brit_in_the_USA (936704) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:53PM (#27865611)
    ...you can send wave file samples and receive them as "packets" using the record button. Start with this 2 way radio approach to talking and see where you can go from there.
  • by StikyPad (445176) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:53PM (#27865635) Homepage

    Tracing route to www.l.google.com [74.125.45.103]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

        1 3 ms 1 ms 1 ms linksys.local [192.168.1.1]
        2 4 ms 2 ms 6 ms really.powerful.transmitter [192.168.1.0]
        3 424 ms 527 ms 530 ms secret.router.on.the.moon.moo [127.0.0.2]
        4 830 ms 832 ms 927 ms pwnt.by.brazil.sat.mil [403.406.408.410]
        5 84 ms 79 ms 79 ms GOOGLE-INC.FTL.warp.Level3.net [4.71.20.22]
        6 52 ms 53 ms 51 ms yx-in-f103.google.com [74.125.45.103]

    Trace complete.

  • by ceoyoyo (59147) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @03:58PM (#27865715)

    The plastic knives and forks supposedly don't work well for hijacking, but they should be okay to use on an in-flight yapper. For bonus points, use the spoon.

  • by breakfastpirate (925130) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:00PM (#27865759)
    Is the .moo TLD reserved only for celestial bodies whose composition is above 50% dairy?
  • Re:Skype (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:08PM (#27865935)

    In other words, UDP says:
    "here take it!".

    TCP says:
    Client: "Hi, Nice to meet you, I'm TCP-Client".
    Server: "Hi, TPC-Client I'm TCP-Server." (shakes hands)
    TCP-Client: "I've got data for you. Here you go."
    TCP-Server: "I got most of the data and it appears uncorrupt, but I'm missing page 2 and 374. Cand you send them again?"
    TCP-Client: "Here you go. That's all, Goodbye"
    TCP-Server: "Damn, he left before I could say goodbye"

    Or something like that, it's been a while since my network programming class. But it was a lot of fun implementing these protocols. =P

  • by sexconker (1179573) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:11PM (#27866003)

    Did you mean, "Did you mean, "I hope neither you nor anyone else"?"?

    The second comma separates "nor anyone else" from "you", but "anyone else" is an ultimate qualifier, which should be placed at the end of any lists.

    You're using "gets" for "you" when you should be using "get". This seems correct since you're using "neither" and ", nor anyone else" to (incorrectly) form a list.

    Since there is no list involved, the ultimate qualifier should be used parenthetically after the verb, or without the comma. If we're using it parenthetically, we drop the "neither" and commute that negative over to "ever", and change "gets" to "get" as well.

    "Oh god, I hope neither you nor anyone else ever gets this to work."

    "Oh god, I hope you never get this to work (nor anyone else)."

    If you add in a third comma it's still wrong.
    "Oh god, I hope neither you, nor anyone else, ever gets this to work." Separating out "nor anyone else" with commas before the verb "gets" ties "gets" to "you", which is incorrect. Parenthesis should be used here if you want to keep "nor anyone else" before the verb in order to prevent any conjugation conflict.

    If you're going to be a Grammar Nazi, do it correctly.

    If you're going to bitch about my use and nesting of quotation marks and punctuation at the beginning of my post, eat a dick. What is inside a quotation must be copied exactly. If it includes quotation marks, so be it. Nobody said it had to be easy (or unambiguous) to parse, and any attempt to use single quotes, block quotes, etc. can be foiled if you need to quote something containing them, so they do not provide complete disambiguation.

  • by smellsofbikes (890263) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:22PM (#27866183) Journal

    Nah, it's reserved for MOOs [wikipedia.org]. secret.router.on.the.moo.MOO is actually a text-based VR specializing in dusty conspiracy theory role-playing. And furries.

  • Re:Skype (Score:5, Funny)

    by JWSmythe (446288) * <jwsmythe@jws[ ]he.com ['myt' in gap]> on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:23PM (#27866187) Homepage Journal

        That's close, but I'm not sure your technical jargon is exactly how I learned it. :)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:33PM (#27866473)

    The plastic knives and forks supposedly don't work well for hijacking, but they should be okay to use on an in-flight yapper. For bonus points, use the spoon.

    "Why the spoon?"

    "It's dull. It will hurt more, you twit!"

  •     Noise canceling headphones, with pressure relieving ear plugs.

        I've flown a few times with slight upper respiratory infection (because I had to, not that I wanted to). With that usually comes Eustachian tube dysfunction. That can range from annoying to painful. By painful, I mean feeling and hearing your eardrum ripping open, and then not being able to hear anything but a rattle for the next few days.

        So when I fly, I buy the pressure relieving ear plugs. They usually sell them in pharmacy stores and the gift shops at the airport. Over them, I wear decent noise canceling headphones. I can hear the movie, music, or my laptop, but I can be completely unaware of the person beside me.

        I've flown with crying babies and shrieking teenage girls near me. The only time I remove the headphones is when I want to ask the stewardess for another drink. :)

        Go for it kids, get your Skype working. Don't disturb my drinks and we're all fine.

        But please, I beg all of you. If your ass is as wide as two airline seats, PLEASE book two seats. No matter how large you are, you're not welcome to share my seat for an 8 hour flight. Don't complain that the seats are too small, when your BMI is over 40. Stop making excuses, and stop eating so much. Your weight is directly effected by your intake. That's all there is to it.

       

  • by daveime (1253762) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @05:11PM (#27867131)

    "Yes, I'm on the plane now".

    "Well no shit Sherlock, I just dropped you at the airport. You'd hardly be likely to be on the elephant now, would you ?".

  • Re:Skype (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 07, 2009 @09:50PM (#27871465)
    Your post confused me. Could you rephrase it in terms of a car analogy?
  • Re:Skype (Score:3, Funny)

    by gnapster (1401889) on Friday May 08, 2009 @09:19AM (#27875499)

    How about a car rental analogy? You book a car rental ahead of time.

    With UDP, the rental place leaves the keys in the ignition.

    With TCP, you go to collect your rental. Sign on the door reads "Yes, we are OPEN! Please come in." You enter and approach the counter.
    Client: "I'd like to rent a car. I have a booking."
    Agent: "Thank you for choosing us, sir! Here is your contract. Please sign here, here, here, here, and here."
    Client: [signs] "There you are."
    Agent: "Here are your keys."
    Client: "Thank you."
    Agent: "Your car is the green Fiat, three spaces to the right of the door. Have a nice trip."
    Client: "I can see it from here!"
    [Client goes out to car and puts luggage in trunk, then gets in the driver's seat. The keys won't fit in the ignition. He gets out and walks back to the building entrance. The door is locked and a sign reads "Sorry, we are closed. Please come back later!"]
    Client: "Damn, he left for the weekend before I could say goodbye."

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