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Comment This is not a surprise (Score 2, Insightful) 177

Unfortunately this aggressive behaviour is typical among companies selling ham-radio related hardware or software. I got into ham radio in 1980, and after a few years the so called "ham-spirit" evaporated and was replaced by money greedines. I am no more into this, and I do not regret the decision I took. Communities that grew around projects like Arduino or Raspberry PI are more open and technologically-challenging than ham radio today. I wonder why a young student should take his ham radio ticket, and get involved with this stuff, when there are so much interesting things in the SBC wolrd, that furthermore require no license at all!

Comment While they are busy... (Score 1) 33 try to deliver internet connectivity everywhere someday, could we please have back BBC World Service on shortwaves also in countries that are supposed to be connected, but actually aren't ? I travel extensively all along Europe, and having a *working* mobile internet connection fast enough for web radio listening is still a nightmare, and usually it costs you an arm and a leg, especially if you surpass your monthly data cap. I had shortwave radio on my car, and I could receive BBC without problems during my travels, but they turned it off, since "there is internet, who cares of shortwaves"....sigh!

Comment Maybe not. (Score 1) 19

There are some problems to solve before. Frankly speaking, while people are busy connecting developing countries to internet, I meet more and more people who are dissatisfied of internet, and have plans to spend less and less for internet access. Maybe it is better to focus on the quality of what it is delivered, rather than how to deliver it.

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