Several years ago, America was a gigabit desert. No American communities had the prospect for the world-leading broadband enjoyed in Korea, Japan, and Sweden. Now, with Google and AT&T negotiating to build such networks in dozens of communities and with others now stepping up, America may soon enjoy a gigabit garden.
Of course there’s a wrinkle.
Many factors could derail the progress. One is a complaint sometimes raised when Google, in particular, starts negotiating with a community. The complaint? The new investment will create a digital divide because Google does not commit to connect every neighborhood. The argument, while sometimes well-intentioned, ignores history, economics, and the reality of the digital divide. Moreover, its proponents fail to acknowledge the consequences of their arguments.
via Holding Back High-Speed Internet for the Poor’s Sake Just Hurts Everyone | Opinion | WIRED.
In a key transparency case, a federal judge has ordered the United States government to hand over four orders and one opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) published in secret between 2005 and 2008. US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers will then review those documents in private.
via Gov’t must give up 5 secret surveillance docs for court to review, judge orders | Ars Technica.
I hope this trend continues.
But do not expect to quench your thirst down there. The water is not liquid — or any other familiar form like ice or vapor. It is locked inside the molecular structure of minerals called ringwoodite and wadsleyite in mantle rock that possesses the remarkable ability to absorb water like a sponge.
via Earth’s Rocks Contain a Hidden Ocean’s Worth of Water – NBC News.com.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.
via Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf to add Iraq military option – Yahoo News.
“I think your complaint is with the conclusion that arithmetic dictates.” — George Will responds to senators on his sexual assault column – The Washington Post.
Whether anyone defends him or not, he’s correct about the math.
Cosmic Concept: Exploring Titan’s Great Lakes in a Submarine – Popular Mechanics.
In a million years, Titan could be the next habitable planet… but right now it makes a great gas station.
“For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what’s hurting our health.” — Ending the War on Fat | TIME.