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Originally posted by bajunga
This is/would be amazing, however I fear that shortly after it's debut, if they succeed, there would be a "malfunction" or some other excuse as to why it is not working.
We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves - a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right," the website for Buy This Satellite stated. "Imagine your digital life disconnected. Without access to the 100 million man-hours that have been put into Wikipedia, how much do you actually know?"
"Big ideas, that can improve our society as a whole, are worth doing, and this one will be done," he added. "It's the logical next step in communications: a network available to anyone everywhere for minimal cost."
Originally posted by kwakakev
The Iridium network did have some bankruptcy during its days, en.wikipedia.org...
Although the satellites and other assets and technology behind Iridium were estimated to have cost on the order of US$6 billion, the investors bought the firm for about US$25 million
A cheep way to get rid of some debt, sounds like some dodgy stuff is going on somewhere with it. You are going to need a lot more than one satellite to provide Internet coverage to the world. With one you can either give one region constant coverage or move around the world with intermittent coverage. There is also a big bandwidth issue if too many people try and use it which will just jam the system. Also need the equipment on the ground to send and receive. There are lots of issues for anyone trying to get into space and it does get expensive. I wish them well in their endeavours, if they can get some business model working with one satellite it will make it easier to expand to others.
The group hopes to raise $150,000 to finalize a business plan, investigate the legal and business aspects of submitting a bid for the satellite, and hire engineers to turn the plan into a reality. After this initial phase, the group plans to development an open source low cost modem that could be used to connect to the satellite and finalize plans with partner governments.
Originally posted by EnhancedInterrogator
Wow! What a great idea! Give the world "FREE" Internet! And ...
... sniff all their data and stock-pile whatever might be useful for ... "later use".
Require a logon so that you can track everything per registered user.
Which registered user visited what sites.
Which registered user even just did DNS lookups for sites.
What protocol each registered user is running.
Sniff all their e-mail traffic for keywords.
Sniff all their instant messaging for keywords.
Transparent-proxy all their web-browsing to get that data too.
Do man-in-the-middle substitutions to present phony "certs" that appear authentic, that way you can even get "secured" stuff!
... The possibilities are endless!
edit on 2011-2-10 by EnhancedInterrogator because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by bajunga
reply to post by HunkaHunka
I'm sorry i don't understand what you are trying to say... I think you misunderstood what i was trying to say. All I was implying was that anything free in this world is very hard to come by without some sort of catch and I don't think tptb would aprove of this so they would be the ones who cause the "malfunction". I just don't understand your "internet example", please explain.edit on 10-2-2011 by bajunga because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by harrytuttle
How can they offer it "Free"?
More like every web page you view will have an HTML injection of ads across the top of the page. NO THANKS.