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Mobile v Satellite Phone Tech

The earthquake disaster in Nepal has been shocking on many levels but one thing is clear.  Mobile phones are fast becoming useless outdated tech.

The network was completely wiped out in Katmandu and surrounding areas making it impossible for people, authorities, victims and families to communicate on any level.

There are strangely only a few providers but this tech must be waiting in the wings for its world wide ‘debut’.  Iridium, Pivotel, Thuraya and the new Inmarsat are about it.

Interesting is the fact that the phones and service providers are almost at the same cost as mobile providers and give both phone and data services at comparitive costs.

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Cody Wilson – 3D Printed Gun

Many people have asked is Cody Wilson good or evil.  I don’t think he’s either.  He’s simply an anarchist and a particularly idiotic one and the media has to stop giving this guy, full of his own self-importantance, a soapbox.

His continual diatribe about printing a 3D gun is totally fatuous and lacks a deeper understanding of what this technology is capable of.  He’s driven by an ego that craves attention and he is causing an unnecessary distraction in the development of this desktop based version of a radical technology that will change the world.

Wilsons comments are affecting US legislature by turning many less informed congressional members against this futuristic but affordable technology.

Desktop 3D printing is the ‘Startrek Replicator’ technology we dreamed of as kids and leaders of this affordable desktop industry, such as ‘Makerbot’ and ‘Form Labs’ will be the ‘Apple Inc’ of the future.

Both of these companies have had their share of problems but things will continue to move forwards despite Cody Wilson with groundbreaking applications such as personalised prosthetics printed in the home.

Imagine if you will a time when 3D printers move away from using plastics and polymers to genetically matched organics for printing actual body parts.

This is a future just around the corner.

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Why Marketers Should Read The New Rules of Sales and Service

David Meerman Scott is my new guru. Hang the expense. I’m going to buy all his books on my AusStudy and then busk for rent and food !!!

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Guns v Government

I know it’s hard for most Americans to come to grips with a society that has grown up without guns being around every corner.
In Australia, I did and still do.  I am proud of the fact that my country is almost singular in getting to nationhood without the loss of life and misery brought about by civil war (No. The Eureka Stockade was not a civil war…an ‘uprising’ maybe. There was just 13 people and a flag). We didn’t have a ‘wild west’ that romantised the cowboy into an almost mythical figure (although we do have one bushranger called Ned that drives a lot of tales).

When guns were prevalent in Australia, we wiped out the aboriginal population in Tasmania completely and massacred thousands of 1st nation peoples. I could make a link here with why Mr.Average in the Australian suburbia hasn’t been able to carry a weapon for over 150 years. Just as well, judging by what we did when we had ’em.

Sure we have our massacres and gun fights but we also have an adequate police force to deal with this which keeps the guns ‘mostly’ off of our streets period. We even have laws preventing their import.

What I’m trying to say is that most Australians can’t understand a country that enables the common man to bear arms.  Even though the 2nd Ammendment gives this right, it is to protect the ‘people’ against the ‘government’ and Downunder we just vote the bastards out.

This is a fundamental difference between our two nations.

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