With current wireless networks, each antenna operates mostly alongside the others, as opposed to working in tandem with them. In fact, if you put two antennas too close, they’ll interfere with each other and degrade your signal. But, working hand-in-hand with principal scientist Antonio Forenza and other Rearden engineers, Perlman has developed a new type of antenna that uses signal interference to its advantage. With pCell, interference actually enhances a signal, with multiple waves combining to form even stronger waves. “You can locate the radio heads wherever you want them, rather than where it’s convenient to put them,” Perlman says, “and they all transmit in such a way that there’s huge overlap…creating an extremely high-performance signal”
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Michael J. De La Merced and Bill Carter talking to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts:
Mr. Roberts recalled that when Bill Gates invested $1 billion in his company in 1997, the Microsoft billionaire told him that data would be a bigger business than video one day.
“I didn’t know what he was talking about then, but he was right,” Mr. Roberts said.
1) Bill Gates invested $1 billion into Comcast in 1997?! Yep. He did. (That $1 billion gave Microsoft an 11.5% stake in Comcast at the time. That stake would be worth something like $15 billion today, but the company sold the stake in 2008.)
2) The Comcast investment was right before Gates invested $150 million into Apple, seemingly on its deathbed.
3) Bill Gates is a genius with impeccable timing.
House of Cards Against Humanity
On Monday we quietly announced and sold out of a little pack of cards we made for Netflix to promote the new season of House of Cards, which comes out on February 14th.
This was a weird project, even by our standards. Here’s how it happened.
Just downright awesome