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Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network 107

Posted by samzenpus
from the built-to-last dept.
alphadogg writes "Engineers are putting the final touches on a network capable of handling up to 54Tbps of traffic when the Winter Olympics opens on Feb. 7 in the Russian city of Sochi. The two locations where the Olympics will take place — the Olympic village in Sochi and a tight cluster of Alpine venues in the nearby Krasnaya Polyana Mountains — are completely new construction, so this project represents a greenfield environment for Avaya, the company heading up the project. In addition to investing in a telecom infrastructure, Russia is spending billions of dollars to upgrade Sochi's electric power grid, its transportation system and even its sewage treatment facilities."
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Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 16, 2013 @08:16PM (#45709743)

    As a lesbian (yes, some of us do browse Slashdot), I find the attitudes of the political correctness crowd far more distasteful than the attitudes of the Russians in this matter.

    It's very hypocritical for the politically correct crowd to clamor on about how bad discrimination is, but in doing so they end up discriminating against those who wish to hold viewpoints that may be considered controversial. The political correctness crowd's attempt to take a stance against discrimination is inherently discriminatory in and of itself.

    Collectively, we can't move forward if we grant a monopoly on "legitimate" discrimination to one particular group of people (the political correctness crowed, for example).

    While the Russians may severely dislike homosexuality, to the point of criminalizing it, at least they're honest about it. They don't pretend to be against discrimination, while simultaneously engaging in it, like the political correctness crowed constantly does.

    I find honest dislike or disapproval to be much less onerous and disgusting than the veiled, denied-but-omnipresent hatred that the political correctness crowd engages in.

  • Re:Hyperbole (Score:4, Insightful)

    by funkylovemonkey (1866246) on Tuesday December 17, 2013 @03:45AM (#45711839)
    You don't "necessarily support" this law? So you're not willing to defend it, but you're upset people are coming out against it? The problem is that they define "propaganda" as broadly as possible, to the point where even talking about homosexuality in a non-negative light is criminalized. Gatherings of gay groups is also criminalized (and not just parades, this includes political groups), whether a minor is present or not. In fact the law is worded in such a way that it doesn't really matter if a minor is present, although that's the reason d'etre proponents have claimed. It has nothing to do with minors and is simply a cheap way to inflame prejudice and cover their ass. "We're just doing it to protect the children!" It's nothing more than bigotry and homophobia, where lawmakers are increasingly using it as a scape-goat to distract the Russian people from the widespread corruption that sickens the country at every level. And saying "At least they aren't shooting people!" isn't the greatest defense. This is only the beginning of a slew of laws already proposed by Russian lawmakers which have gone so far as to say that gay people should undergo forced medical treatment to undo their homosexuality or even be exiled. And under the law as it stands, while Russian citizens are only required to pay a fine, foreigners can be imprisoned two weeks for speaking out (in addition to be fined and then removed from the country).

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