With double or triple glazing you wouldn't hear your neighbours whining so much?
It will be very hard to run two projects for the same amount of money as there will be duplicated costs in so many areas regarding the building and running of the infrastructure.
If was living, working or travelling in a remote region with not other coverage, and you've just had a major accident, and need an air ambulance, or even just a recovery truck to get me and my car home, I'd be really happy I'd got a device like that!
Just look on ebay to see how well Iridium phones hold their value. There's probably a growing market for them in Australia.
Iridium even have spare satellites they can manouvre into position to replace broken ones. and with the latest phone, easy access to a 9,600bps data service by plugging your phone into a USB port, which is good enough to access your email if you use a remote text client such as Mutt, Pine, etc.Their 2,400 data connection. And their low orbit satellite constellation provides true global coverage, work on the sides of mountains, and in depressions between sand dunes, etc. Iridium to Iridium calls don't get relayed via any ground points.
Here in Australia lots remote area travelers and workers carry sat phones. They are much more useful than an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon) or Spot device or similar, for cases of major vehicle breakdown or medical emergency when in remote regions because you can make arrangements, and under those circumstances, most people don't begrudge the high price of calls. If you live in a region where there is no other telephone service, you can get a government subsidy covering 85% of the cost of the device (but not the calls)
In short: there's *nothing wrong with using resources at your disposal*. If your machine has lots of memory, and you can get better performance by building a large, in-memory cache, then by all means, do it! This is *not* the same as "bloat". It's selecting the right algorithm given your target execution environment.
Except that you tend to be using hardware which consumes more energy resources and precious materials for both running and manufacturing. Even with the combination of cheaper and more energy efficient hardware to offset this, this tends to simply encourage more of it to being used.
and he continues to ignore and harass them
Yep. Several weeks after I sent a letter to his Australian Labour Party Cabinet Minister's office on this subject I have yet to receive even an acknowledgment.
My own Australian Labour Party representative (also a cabinet Minister) also failed to respond.
The main opposition party's Shadow Minister of Communications, Senator Nick Minchin (Australian Senate is the Australian Federal Upper House) at least responded with an acknowledgment.
Australian democracy in action, as it really is - arrogant and self serving for those who are in power at the time.
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will build a new A$8 billion broadband network (7.4 $US) for Australia.
As part of a public private partnership initiative, $4.7 billion would come from taxpayers (4.3 $US).
The company is waiting for a regulatory outcome that will protecting shareholder value.
The plan would see 20 megabits per second to 30 megabits per second offered.
But only for investments returns of more than 20 per cent."
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