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Given a wireless channel with loss rate 0.1, what's the throughput one can get with retransmission.

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It can modeled as binary symmetric channel. As to my understanding, channel capacity can be acheived with perfect feedback and simple retransmission scheme, so i guess the answer is 1-H(0.1).

10/(1.23456...)=8.1 packets per sec

Interviewer was correct. With probability 0.1 you have one retransmission, with probability (0.1)^2 you have two, etc., since you can also lose the retransmitted packets, reducing the throughput to approximately 0.89.

There is a body of water that starts with 1 square unit, and doubles in size every day (2 units after 2 days, 4 units after 4 days). It takes 100 days to fill up. How many days would it take to fill if you started with 2 square units?

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What would you do if you got an error with the Schema Master FSMO role?

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If I put you in front of a system no one has ever used before and asked you to spin up 100 servers, how long would you tell me it would take?

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If you could be any Linux command, which would you be?

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What is an F5?

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Using C code write a routine to find a 32 bit frame start sequence in a raw byte stream buffer.

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The most difficult question was "If you are not hired for this position, would you be willing to accept a position one step down and work up to this one?

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Windows AD, Exchange how do they relate.

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what is a weakness you have

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