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October 20, 2009

Why Can't We Be More Like the Euroweenies?

Here in the U.S. of A. we are so backwards and provincial. The more enlightened sort of world citizen understands the value of securing fundamental rights:

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has approved a law mandating that all citizens have access to high-speed Internet by next July. Under the legislation, telecommunications companies are now obliged to provide Finland's 5.3 million citizens with at least a 1 megabyte-per-second connection. Ninety-six percent of Finns already have Internet access...

Because nothing screams human rights violation 'national emergency' like 4% of your citizens without high speed Internet access.

I want ...no.... need a lifetime subscription to Marie Claire.

Posted by Cassandra at October 20, 2009 11:34 AM

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Sure let them in...who cares if there is insufficient bandwidth to handle the tweets, skypes, air cards, file sharing, cell phones of the current group. a 4% rise in megabytes per second shouldn't slow access down too much, should it?

I get kicked off the web enough these days when school lets out or on the weekend. Another sop to the socialists to keep them busy and blissfully unaware of how much they are being charged for taxes to pay for this service.

Posted by: vet66 at October 20, 2009 11:53 AM

I smell another Peace prize in the offing.

Posted by: bt_+let-my-people-stream_hun at October 20, 2009 12:07 PM

Sure let them in...who cares if there is insufficient bandwidth...

The military originally reserved more frequencies than they needed for airborne GPS, because they foresaw the inevitable expansion into military ground applications. When wireless I-Net exploded, the Net providers leased the unused frequencies.

Now GPS has expanded into the civil sector, both air and ground, *very* rapidly, and the military is running out of bandwidth. At some point, the Net providers will lose the lease on those reserved frequencies or the military will further encrypt GPS signals so that only civil users who will be able to access them will be airliners.

At some point in the future, the Lexus drivers and weekend hikers are either going to have to learn to read a map, or wireless providers are going to cease expansion. Any bets as to which of those will occur?

Posted by: BillT at October 20, 2009 01:27 PM

This is a luxury that the USA prob will never be able to afford, given its size and the prevalence of ... underperforming citizens.

Posted by: I Call BS at October 20, 2009 03:16 PM

I actually used the compass in the top of my flash light a couple of weeks ago and had to rack my brain to remember the angle of declination for the area I was in.

GOD bless the Boy Scouts.

Posted by: vet66 at October 20, 2009 07:44 PM

Heh... A good map and compass never run out of juice when you need em most. And they never need recharging.

Posted by: bthun at October 20, 2009 08:05 PM

"Any bets as to which of those will occur?"

For the record, MH says, "Since the military will certainly regain control of those bandwidths when the leases come due -- or as they need them for operational purposes, the wireless companies will cease to expand......however, the Lexus drivers and weekend hikers still won't learn to read a map."

Which, all things considered, might not be a *bad* thing....

Posted by: DL Sly at October 21, 2009 12:54 AM

A good map and compass never run out of juice when you need em most. And they never need recharging.

That's what I tell my kaydets over here.

"The HHM is better than a GPS because it never needs batteries."

"What is the HHM, sir?"

"Hand-Held Map."

Posted by: BillT at October 21, 2009 02:34 AM

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