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8. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 9, 2013, 03:53 InBlack
 
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 00:48:
Anonymous wrote on Jan 8, 2013, 22:23:
Although theoretically a fat beam of infrared should be faster than the speed of electricity amirite?

Seeing as how electricity travels at the speed of light in a vacuum, and somewhere around 95-97% of said speed in most other materials, the difference is probably not really noticeable.

And infrared just sucks for data transfers of any kind, unless it's precisely aimed and stays that way...

Creston

If you are talking about the speed of the electromagnetic wave in a medium and not the actual speed of the electrons then yes you are right. However electricity cant really travel in a vacuum unless you are shooting electrons through it somehow, it needs a conductor. Photons are another matter, since they dont need a conductor.

Also a fat beam of infrared would be a very unefficient way of transfering information or energy, at least in air, since infrared is easily absorbed by air particles.

This comment was edited on Jan 9, 2013, 04:00.
 
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