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    New "Retina" display MacBook Pro's will wreck havoc on your network

    This has to be one of the dumbest tech articles I have read in a long time.

    Source: Wall Street Journal

    CIOs Beware: New Macbook Pro Could Drive More Bandwidth Use
    CIOs with loose bring-your-own-device policies might find their corporate networks clogged should employees bring the just-announced Macbook Pro computers to work. Introduced at Apple’s developer conference on Monday, the new Macbook Pro is fitted with a Retina display, whose resolution of 2880-by-1800 pixels packed into a 15.4-inch screen is the crispest screen for a computer yet, clearer than Apple’s newest iPad.

    But it may also wreak havoc on CIOs’ networks and connectivity budgets because, as some analysts have suggested, owners of devices with high-resolution screens might well consume more video and HD video, which would result in higher bandwidth consumption.

    Experts told CIO Journal earlier this year that employees using the new iPad, which includes a Retina display of 2048-by-1536 resolution with 3.1 million pixels, would be likely to download more video content because of the more attractive display, thus slowing enterprise networks and increasing data costs from carriers.

    CIOs would thus do well to monitor network usage and make sure their employees aren’t watching too much high-definition content from YouTube and other video websites. At the very least, CIOs might want to follow the lead of companies such as Google, which give employees a monthly “bill” for the IT services that they consume, and make the usage a matter of record throughout the company.
    Where do they find these analysts?

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that the higher resolution Retina displays of the new iPad and forthcoming Macbook Pro computers would increase consumption of network bandwidth, thus slowing performance of corporate networks. Higher resolution screens do not in and of themselves consume more network bandwidth. Some analysts have suggested that owners of devices with high-resolution screens will likely consume more video and HD video, which would result in higher bandwidth consumption. This article has been substantially recast to reflect this change.

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    so when your network breaks next just find the nearest person with a retina Display MB and point at them and then point them in the direction of this article thus shifting the blame for the network breaking

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    They've also completely neglected to realise that although the display is 2880 x 1800, the resolution is still 1440 x 900 and is scaled to make it look pretty. The highest resolution available is 1920 x 1200 which is hardly new.

    Dribbling idiots.

    Source: AnandTech - How the Retina Display MacBook Pro Handles Scaling

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    Applications have to updated to support the new display. The screen resolution is definitely 2880x1800 though.

    Chrome update for MacBook Pro's Retina display coming soon, developer version available now « The Verge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    This has to be one of the dumbest tech articles I have read in a long time.

    Where do they find these analysts?
    You've never had a meeting with a Gartner analyst during which (rather than discussing the matter at hand) he tries to get you to fix his home computer? They're not the brightest sparks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    You've never had a meeting with a Gartner analyst during which (rather than discussing the matter at hand) he tries to get you to fix his home computer? They're not the brightest sparks.
    After having worked with both Gartner and KPMG... Seconded.

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    It is the stated resolution, there's no doubting that - it's not going to make anyone stream any more HD video though, christ. What sort of plank writes this stuff? Perhaps the Daily Fail just sacked him.

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    Pedantry of resolutions aside ... surely the article is saying that people using devices which higher resolution screens are going to be more enticed to download more video and at HD quality where possible ... and this will cause performance issues as BYOD kit hogs the network? It is a problem more about people than it is about the device ... if any device is marketed as "showing the best videos you will ever see" then it will entice people to watch more videos ... even if people are silly enough to believe watching a naffly encoded clip that was captured in 640 x 480 will suddenly become cinema quality just by playing full screen on a device with a higher resolution screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    surely the article is saying that people using devices which higher resolution screens are going to be more enticed to download more video and at HD quality where possible ... and this will cause performance issues as BYOD kit hogs the network?
    That's how I read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Pedantry of resolutions aside ... surely the article is saying that people using devices which higher resolution screens are going to be more enticed to download more video and at HD quality where possible ... and this will cause performance issues as BYOD kit hogs the network? It is a problem more about people than it is about the device ... if any device is marketed as "showing the best videos you will ever see" then it will entice people to watch more videos ... even if people are silly enough to believe watching a naffly encoded clip that was captured in 640 x 480 will suddenly become cinema quality just by playing full screen on a device with a higher resolution screen.
    Its where you want a proxy/firewall which will limit each client to a set bandwidth - so they can't hog 90% of the line.



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