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SaneIT
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12/29/2014 | 7:26:22 AM
Re: Satellites
I like Elon Musk's vision, really, but this is also the guy who was promising something much better than even the best mag lev trains just about a year ago.  That whole promise kind of fizzled out and we don't talk about it much.  I'm not holding my breath waiting for him to cut through the red tape required to put objects in orbit.  I'm not even sure how he would immediately make money putting the satellites up unless it is purely from the delivery stand point with SpaceX.  I don't see him making much money delivering satellite internet access to every Tesla sold.
nasimson
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12/29/2014 | 2:18:21 AM
Re: Riddled with errors
@ Mark:

> there will be geostationary satellites over the North Pole.  You DO know that's physically impossible,

Pardon my ignorance about geostationary satellites over the North Pole. Why is that impossible?

Thanks for your thoughts in advance.
nasimson
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12/29/2014 | 2:13:43 AM
space pollution
First we got water pollution, then soil pollution & air pollution and now space pollution. More and more junk we leave in space, more difficult it will be for our future generations to continue accident-free space endeavors. They might be cursing us for leaving so much junk behind.

Next is lunar pollution!
Gary_EL
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12/28/2014 | 5:09:30 PM
Re: Satellites
I agree that drones aren't the long-term solution to internet access - Fiber optical cable is. But, there are parts of the world that don't even have clean drinking water or reliable electricity, so a fiber-optic network is only a wonderful dream. The reason I like the idea of drones over satellites is that they can be launched with very little muss or fuss, and they can be launched and operated locally, giving locals a chance to get in on the fun and to hone their tech skills. Space is starting to get very crowded, especially geosynchonus orbit. Also, drones impose less latency, which can be a factor in other things besides video gaming. Finally, the simpler solution is usually the more elegant solution, and who doesn't like elegant solutions?
SachinEE
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12/28/2014 | 1:48:26 PM
Re: Project Loon
@tzubair: Well, nice idea, but high speed networks at remote locations would mean higher costs for the network provider. If the network provider does not have the confidence of numerous companies willing to make their offices at remote locations, then they won't be providing high speed networks.
SachinEE
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12/28/2014 | 1:46:02 PM
Re: Satellites
"It seems that one of the problems is that are very few regulations of any sort governing the operation and use of Drones."

There will be, if the market is ready for drones everywhere. Drones are not the long term solution to this problem anyway. Make bigger dishes maybe? That'll cost a ton to implement. 
Gary_EL
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12/27/2014 | 1:32:09 PM
Re: Satellites
It seems that one of the problems is that are very few regulations of any sort governing the operation and use of Drones.
tzubair
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12/27/2014 | 10:34:55 AM
Re: Project Loon
"When the wires disappear then a lot of boundaries will disappear as well.  How many tech companies had to consider the availability of high speed connections before choosing their corporate office space?"

@SaneIT: I think that seems to be one of the biggest advantages. This would allow companies to even have offices at remote locations where the land may be cheap. This may eventually prove to reduce pollution in the cities.
tzubair
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12/27/2014 | 9:43:01 AM
Re: Satellites
 

"The problem with satellites is their very limited bandwidths. Drones don't cost megabucks to launch, they can be cheaply returned to earth for repair, and for the same amount of money they can carry far, far more data back and forth"

@Gary: Is there a rental that companies have to pay to any authorities to launch drones in the air for internet? If there are occupying air space then some authorities might be involved in controlling their use of the space.

 
PedroGonzales
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12/25/2014 | 7:10:34 PM
Re: Satellites
I think outer space is going to become are crowded place very soon.  Putting more satellite up in space to provide more internet access is not as simple as zuckerberg think it is.  It would really expend internet access to remote and mobile locations
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