Wall Street Journal Says Big Screens are Bandwidth Hogs

Wall Street Journal contributor Clint Boulton gaffed in a blog entry Monday titled "CIOs Beware: New Macbook Pro Will Be a Bandwidth Hog."

Clint argues that larger screens take up more bandwidth, apparently forgetting that there is a difference between screen resolution and the actual resolution content is delivered in:

...Better quality displays require more network bandwidth, which allows users to increase data consumption. Consider that experts told CIO Journalearlier this year that the new iPad, which includes a Retina display of 2048-by-1536 resolution with 3.1 million pixels, would slow enterprise networks to a crawl and increase data costs from carriers. Now imagine how a Macbook with 5.1 million pixels — two million more than the new iPad — will increase data traffic in office networks.

CIOs would do well to monitor network usage and make sure their employees aren’t watching too much high-definition content on YouTube and other data-hungry websites. CIOs whose policies for content consumption are lax must be prepared to increase bandwidth. Another option might be for CIOs to require workers who want to bring their own high-powered devices to the office to bring their own bandwidth as well. 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.

Apparently Clint is doing everything he can to meet his publishing quota, this bollocks is a continuation of his March 22 article, "The New iPad Could Create High-Speed Headaches for CIOs"

The rotten "experts" (with an s) in all this seem to be Amtel CEO P.J. Gupta who "sells software that sets alerts and notifications on bandwidth consumption."

One wonders how this technically challenged sap managed to get a gig writing articles for Chief Information Officers when he can't tell the difference between a sales pitch and objective analysis. I can see the HR people at WSJ are top notch.


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