Friday, July 24, 2015

Welcome to the future, coming now to a planet near you.

Already in the US where we have for years paid too much for too little when compared to high speed internet in Europe, Austin TX has 'net architecture capable of transmitting a gigabyte of data every second; "The network, called GigaPower and offered through AT&T, relies 100 percent on fiber-optic lines laid directly to homes and souped-up routers that allow speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. That's 30 times the average in the United States today and fast enough to download 25 songs in a single second..." (Emphasis added because that's freaking fanTAStic.)

Also NASA with the Kepler Space telescope has found a bigger and older cousin planet to our Terran planet:
Kepler-452b is the first confirmation of a near-Earth-size planet that can sustain liquid water and orbits a star much like the Sun. It was found through data collected by the Kepler Space Telescope, launched into space more than six years ago.
“As far as we can tell,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, “it’s a pretty good, close cousin to our planet and sun.”
What the heck, might as well put on my big boy boxer shorts, eat more fruits and vegetables, and try to stick around for a long while just to see what happens next.

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