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Comment Re:Looks pretty shit (Score 1) 664

I think that eventually someone will throw up a network of those high altitude balloon UAVs with some kind of mesh topology and a series of ground stations with Google and similar datacenter-in-a-shipping-container web services out in the middle of nowhere, including in the third world.

The network itself will be better protected from vandalism than copper or fiber, and properly meshed, highly resistant to centralized attacks. Can you take out all of the Google shipping containers on the network?

Solar-powered repeater stations on the ground can turn whatever RF transport that's used and translate into WiFi.

This would be a perfect opportunity for a large-scale IPv6 rollout, while they're at it.

Interested? Someone's going to do it. Why not have it be you?

Comment Why is everyone ignoring the latency issues? (Score 3, Insightful) 135

It seems as though everyone's excited about "wireless broadband", but the speedtest app on my iPhone says 416ms ping while I'm on 3G.

Latency that's even half that is useless for many applications, and just frustratingly slow for just about all the rest.

Are we just heading for a new definition of the digital divide whereby some people don't have access to *useful* broadband?


Submission + - Watching Drug Resistance Develop in Real Time

nursegirl writes: As the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria like MRSA and the new XDR-TB (extremely drug resistant tuberculosis) becomes a growing concern throughout the world, a team of scientists has been able to learn how bacteria evolves in vivo as a response to vancomycin and other antibiotics.

The team isolated S. aureus bacteria intermittently through a patient's antibiotic therapy and sequenced the genome of the bacterium multiple times. The results demonstrated 35 mutations in 31 locations as the bacteria evolved from vancomycin-susceptible to vancomycin-resistant.

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