Gamers in TSI?
April 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm #5493
You run a Seasteading version of D&D via IRC…. that’s awesome! LOL
I agree that I could see a theatre, gym, cafe, tavern, etc on seasteads. Electronic media has it’s entertainment value as well (duh!) and I can imagine too many Seasteaders would want to go without. Personally, I’d be happy with a good Paper N Pencil group to sit around a table and do some RPing. I’d still like to have high speed internet for other needs though.
I think Satellite is going to be the answer for the first couple of Seasteads. Building an infrastructure for internet on the open Ocean would be a huge undertaking, though I do like the blimp idea.
-JasonApril 9, 2009 at 1:02 am #5499
Don’t they have huge undersea cables that transmit internet signals between the continents? Maybe we could just….scuba dive down there and hack in.April 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm #5541
Mobile internet is becoming increasingly popular and is becoming more and more widely accessible. Could this not be a viable option for the internet connection problem.
Also, with this project being a revolutionary step forward, there should be plenty of companies that would be interested in supporting some kind of internet connectivity solution.
Lookin at this from a different angle, doesn’t the detachment from the internet, and the connectivity we’ve all grown to love, hold any kind of appeal for people?April 13, 2009 at 8:46 pm #5542
“Mobile Internet” generally refers to using the internet on a fancy new cell phone or having an adapter to plug into your laptop. The problem is that the signal runs through the same system of telecommunications towers as cell phones. Out on the open ocean there are no towers, and therefore no signal, so we would need a completely different system. That’s what this discussion has been about.
You might be surprised by how many hundreds of thousands of cell sites it takes to keep everyone’s phones working. Depending on the cell phone carrier and the population being serviced, you can expect sites to be about 2 miles apart at most. Most people don’t notice them, in part because many of them have been around for decades, in part becuase many of them are designed to be somewhat less noticible, and in part because we’re used to ignoring all the aesthetic clutter out there. Before I started working in the telecom industry, I never gave much thought to it but unless you work so far out in the country that you get no cell phone coverage, you’ve definitely had plenty of chances to see these sites. We put antennas on traditional towers, high voltage power lines, hidden in oversized flagpoles, and on the roofs of buildings. This massive infrastructure is what we’d be lacking on the high seas.
Yes, it’s a bit odd to worry about video games when contemplating a much more serious and dangerous pioneering venture but we’re not just talking about games, but the ability to access important data (including worldwide weather information) and to allow for high tech cybercommuting jobs in addition to subsistence activities.
Hacking into undersea cables isn’t as simple as it would seem and I doubt you could do it using traditional scuba gear… but fiber splicing is done all the time on land. That’s how networks are expanded. For the right price, I’m sure someone could buy an access point in international waters. It might be a good idea to check the maps for where these lines run, though. I’m guessing they run across the North Atlantic in order to shorten the service distance from point to point and, obviously, the cost of the cable.
As far as detaching from the internet as a good thing… I’m sure there will be many who find it to be an unexpecdedly pleasant change of pace. Many people would enjoy a simpler way of life… but if possible, the choice should remain open.April 14, 2009 at 9:17 am #5546
http://go.gethughesnet.com/index.cfm is a satellite internet service at a reasonable price. The usable foot print of the satellites actually extends to about 200 miles beyond US borders. Using larger dishes extends the coverage area. Prices start at 60 per month for two way broadband comparable to DSL. The one screw is the Fairuse policy, which throtlles total bandwifth to 200-500 MB per 24 hour period depending on service level.April 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm #5547
Not for boats or mobile applications.
Expensive and slow…
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