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(WHLT Hattiesburg)   It's a bird. No, it's a plane. No, it's an internet-beaming balloon launched by Google?   (whlt.com) divider line 20
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2013-06-16 07:45:48 AM
What's the second balloon doing up there?
Oh you, that's the NSA.
 
2013-06-16 11:06:21 AM
Ping
 
2013-06-16 11:28:40 AM
Some people have looked at tethered balloons over US metropolitan areas for easy WiMax service.
 
2013-06-16 12:24:13 PM
If Google ever offered their internet service in my town, I'd drop Comcast in a heartbeat.
 
2013-06-16 12:24:52 PM
Is it piloted by Cory Doctorow?
 
2013-06-16 12:24:58 PM

FrancoFile: Some people have looked at tethered balloons over US metropolitan areas for easy WiMax service.


This.  It's not newsworthy.  It's the next logical trial step after things like cell phone towers.

I think it'll fail, weather can be a real biatch.  And other forces, planes, animals, etc.
 
2013-06-16 12:30:52 PM

omeganuepsilon: FrancoFile: Some people have looked at tethered balloons over US metropolitan areas for easy WiMax service.

This.  It's not newsworthy.  It's the next logical trial step after things like cell phone towers.

I think it'll fail, weather can be a real biatch.  And other forces, planes, animals, etc.


They're using untethered balloons held aloft far above the height of aircraft or animals. It's not quite old-hat.
 
2013-06-16 12:46:07 PM
Most people are so fed up with Comcast that they would readily drop them for Google, and then laugh and laugh....
 
2013-06-16 12:57:04 PM
theplanninglab.typepad.com

They live, we sleep.
 
2013-06-16 01:17:14 PM

LasersHurt: omeganuepsilon: FrancoFile: Some people have looked at tethered balloons over US metropolitan areas for easy WiMax service.

This.  It's not newsworthy.  It's the next logical trial step after things like cell phone towers.

I think it'll fail, weather can be a real biatch.  And other forces, planes, animals, etc.

They're using untethered balloons held aloft far above the height of aircraft or animals. It's not quite old-hat.


Weather though?  That was my main point anyhow(I only mentioned other thigns because someone else was, that's how conversation works, we talk about relevant things) These things can and will drift and move.  It'd be one thing if it were like a satelite and more less stationary, but a system moves through, these things could move hundreds of miles, and the cost of replacing them is no longer a boon.

Yes, balloons are old hat.  People have been putting electronics in them for years if not decades.
 
2013-06-16 06:49:06 PM
omeganuepsilon:Weather though?  That was my main point anyhow(I only mentioned other thigns because someone else was, that's how conversation works, we talk about relevant things) These things can and will drift and move.  It'd be one thing if it were like a satelite and more less stationary, but a system moves through, these things could move hundreds of miles, and the cost of replacing them is no longer a boon.

Yes, balloons are old hat.  People have been putting electronics in them for years if not decades.


I think it's really going to depend a lot on the expense of the balloons, typical weather won't affect them if they're floating above 60,000ft as that's about the max height of cumulonimbus clouds in the equatorial region with rare cases reaching up to 75,000ft.  I am not certain though about the weather formations that accompany cataclysmic systems like hurricanes and typhoons though and whether these balloons would still be impervious to that type of weather as well thanks to their altitude.  It's a pretty interesting concept, a lot less hazardous to aviation actually if the idea of floating balloons work as there is no tether to contend with that can make things dicey for private pilots.
 
2013-06-16 06:54:11 PM
Weather though?  That was my main point anyhow(I only mentioned other thigns because someone else was, that's how conversation works, we talk about relevant things) These things can and will drift and move.  It'd be one thing if it were like a satelite and more less stationary, but a system moves through, these things could move hundreds of miles, and the cost of replacing them is no longer a boon.

First of all they're talking about thousands, so as one balloon blows away, another follows.

Also, it's 12 miles up; the threshold of the stratosphere, safe from pretty much anything inclement except the occasional volcano.  Those things suck.  Blow, whatever.
 
2013-06-16 10:09:19 PM
So, will dense cloud cover kill your connection, then?
 
2013-06-16 11:33:16 PM
So, corporate littering on a massive scale?  Brilliant, Google, absolutely brilliant.  What is your clean up proposal?
 
2013-06-17 12:55:06 AM

Mock26: So, corporate littering on a massive scale?  Brilliant, Google, absolutely brilliant.  What is your clean up proposal?


There won't be any clean up necessary, haven't you been reading the thread?  These things are impervious.

/apparently what these people actually think
 
2013-06-17 09:28:54 AM
well, at least now i understand today's xkcd.
 
2013-06-17 11:32:22 AM
I just spent a 4 days in the Mississippi delta for a friend's wedding. No internet except for the POS Hughes satellite which no one had, you had to drive for miles to get cell service on anything but Verizon, and even there it was flaky.

Google, I know just the place to test this.
 
2013-06-17 01:00:25 PM
CLOUD COMPUTING
 
2013-06-17 01:25:16 PM
Its been done before. Well, its been thought up anyway. Sanswire was actually a big scam bit it was basically the same idea.
 
2013-06-17 02:02:31 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
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