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The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than The US Average

The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than The US Average | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Called the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) and constructed by a joint team of NASA and MIT engineers, the set-up consists of four laser transmitters at a ground terminal in New Mexico, which send coded infrared light pulses though four different telescopes and up to a lunar satellite384,633 kilometers out into the depths of space. As a result, we now have a data uplink with the Moon that reaches up to 19.44 Mbps. If you live in the United States, that’s about two and a half times more powerful than your standard 7.4 Mbps.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Well, currently enjoying 50 Mb/s upping and 280 Mb/s downlink. And my ping time is certainly better than the minimal 2,56 seconds. Yet I live closer to the US and in a much more dense area ...

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Viewing Where the Internet Goes - A very interesting NY Times story featuring @vgcerf

Viewing Where the Internet Goes - A very interesting NY Times story featuring @vgcerf | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

while the Internet’s global capability to connect anyone with anything has affected every nook and cranny of modern life — with politics, education, espionage, war, civil liberties, entertainment, sex, science, finance and manufacturing all transformed — its growth increasingly presents paradoxes.

 

It was, for example, the Internet’s global reach that made classified documents available to Mr. Snowden — and made it so easy for him to distribute them to news organizations.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting quote from Vint Cerf : "

Everything has expanded by a factor of a million since we turned it on in 1973. The number of machines on the network, the speeds of the network, the kind of memory capacity that’s available, it’s all 10 to the sixth.

I would say that there aren’t too many systems that have been designed that can handle a millionfold scaling without completely collapsing. But that doesn’t mean that it will continue to work that way.

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36 15 ne répond plus. La fin du Minitel - Vendredi 29 juin 2012, MSCI - Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS (ISCC)

36 15 ne répond plus. La fin du Minitel - Vendredi 29 juin 2012, MSCI - Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS (ISCC) | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Le 30 juin 2012, en même temps que le réseau Transpac, s’arrêtera le trafic Minitel. Si ses usages ont été éclipsés par ceux de l’Internet dans la seconde moitié des années 1990, le Minitel a joué un rôle essentiel dans la diffusion sociale des technologies de l’information et de la communication en France. Sa conception technique (notamment le système Télétel), son approche économique (modèle du kiosque), son design et son graphisme, son interface homme/machine, ses messageries, ont construit une approche de « l’industrie de l’information et de la communication », qu’on interrogera de manière interdisciplinaire.

Ce colloque reviendra sur les évolutions, continuités, ruptures entraînées par la pénétration rapide et massive dans le grand public de ce système interactif. Il s’agira de penser son appropriation, ses enjeux et les usages de cette technologie par ses différents acteurs : acteurs des télécommunications, monde professionnel, éditeurs de services, grand public... Si la genèse du Minitel et les premiers usages sont bien connus, il est nécessaire de replacer cette technologie de linformation et de la communication dans le temps long de l’histoire des médias et de l’innovation, des sciences de l’information et de la communication, de l’histoire des entreprises, etc.

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The Amazing Drones Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use To Beam Internet To The Entire World

The Amazing Drones Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use To Beam Internet To The Entire World | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook is reportedly in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. 

The idea is that Facebook could use the drones to bring Internet access to parts of the world that still need it, as part of Mark Zuckerberg's goal to bring the web to the entire world, through the Internet.org initiative.

It's similar to Google's plan to use balloons to beam Internet access to countries that don't have the infrastructure for broadband Internet. And it behooves both companies to get as many new people online as possible using their services instead of a potential rival's.

So what do we know about these drones?

The drones are covered in solar panels, which store enough energy to lift the craft 20 kilometers above sea level. The drones can stay aloft for five years before having to land or refuel.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Drones are balloning now. Interesting questions ahead for the FAA and other regulators: who is in charge of avoiding collision routes 20 km above sea level?

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:07 AM

Il va y avoir du monde sur le FL600. Quel sera le contrôle aérien ?

Herminia ALEMANY PEREZ's curator insight, March 8, 2014 10:00 PM

FACEBOOK  le drone solaire et Internet pour tous,  une solution alternative au super ballon de GOOGLE 

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This Was The Internet In 1995

This Was The Internet In 1995 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Back in 1995, a public television show called "The Computer Chronicles" made an episode about an emerging technology: "The Net."

 

We found the video after venture capitalist MG Siegler embedded it on his blog.

 

It's pretty insane how far things have come in the last 20 years.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Remember that Pizza Hut was the first e-Commerce site (Maslow is never far) ?

 

Full Wanadoo static HTML tree available from http://blog.dewost.com/2-mai-1996-lancement-de-la-version-1-de-wanad

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Nicolas Fodor's comment, April 16, 2013 9:31 PM
On your screenshot it shows 1996 if I am not midsdtaking, in 1995 I am not sure France was not still protecting its juicy minitel market. The interview of John Markoff was 1995 though but that was in the US and the Internet was already commercially available since at least 3 years. "A tout seigneur tout honneur" and it certainly doesn't go to France ;->