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Social media and a global network
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Hey everyone. Living in Japan I am of course affected by this immense earthquake. It was very scary on the day of the quake, and after the dust had settled that day, I realized something: If I didn't have a 3g enabled device (kindle) and access to social media, I would have been in 10 times the trouble I already was. All land lines and cell services were down, and there was literally no other way to contact my family in Canada, or talk to other teachers at my company about what was happening. So I ask this:

Is a global network, one which is free to access, a necessity in the modern world?

I for one think it is, especially after this quake. Now we're probably a long way off technology-wise, but once that hurdle has been overcome, is there really a reason not to have this?

EDIT: sorry, haven't been around in a while. Should we move this to computing?
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#2
No, it's fine where it is at.

As for the "global" part, as long as it is under the control of nobody, I'm fine with it. The last thing we need is some entity regulating it. That's my Libertarian perspective on it.
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StereoMike Wrote:Hey everyone. Living in Japan I am of course affected by this immense earthquake. It was very scary on the day of the quake, and after the dust had settled that day, I realized something: If I didn't have a 3g enabled device (kindle) and access to social media, I would have been in 10 times the trouble I already was. All land lines and cell services were down, and there was literally no other way to contact my family in Canada, or talk to other teachers at my company about what was happening. So I ask this:

Is a global network, one which is free to access, a necessity in the modern world?

I for one think it is, especially after this quake. Now we're probably a long way off technology-wise, but once that hurdle has been overcome, is there really a reason not to have this?

EDIT: sorry, haven't been around in a while. Should we move this to computing?

Holy Smokes its Stereo Mike!

I will formulate a better response a bit later, but for now I just want to say welcome back and it's good to know a long lost poster is still alive and well despite the recent events.
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Gunnen4u Wrote:
StereoMike Wrote:Hey everyone. Living in Japan I am of course affected by this immense earthquake. It was very scary on the day of the quake, and after the dust had settled that day, I realized something: If I didn't have a 3g enabled device (kindle) and access to social media, I would have been in 10 times the trouble I already was. All land lines and cell services were down, and there was literally no other way to contact my family in Canada, or talk to other teachers at my company about what was happening. So I ask this:

Is a global network, one which is free to access, a necessity in the modern world?

I for one think it is, especially after this quake. Now we're probably a long way off technology-wise, but once that hurdle has been overcome, is there really a reason not to have this?

EDIT: sorry, haven't been around in a while. Should we move this to computing?

Holy Smokes its Stereo Mike!

I will formulate a better response a bit later, but for now I just want to say welcome back and it's good to know a long lost poster is still alive and well despite the recent events.

Thanks man. I'm just here to talk about some of the things going on right now. Most people here aren't thinking about this sort of stuff and I have been off work for the last 4 days, so I'm trying to fill the time seeing what other people think.

John,

Is it really that simple? We're still looking at thousands of people missing. If everyone was in my situation (with access to the internet anywhere they were) this number would be much lower. I'm not talking about big brother here, just having a global network we could all connect to just in case.

P.S. good to talk to you again.
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#5
Mike, I believe the current internet is about as good as it's going to get. Anyone, who has internet access can get on, but it is so vast that the problem is 'overkill'. Unless there is a dedicated area where people can go and search for loved ones, I would guess a good search engine would be the best bet.
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Libraries provide free access to the Internet for those who do not have access to it at home.
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#7
Its terrifying to me that anyone could support a global internet plan. We would be beholden to international law. all some pissant dictator has to do is pass a law then ram it through the UN and suddenly we find ourselves in the US unable to access sites considered "right wing" or "revolutionary". The internet isn't this great goddamn freedom machine. It's available for those who can afford it, it's a luxury like cars or goat cheese pizza. We don't even give toilet paper away for free worldwide, now someone wants to make the internet available to everyone across the globe? Nice idea, but it's grounded in delusion and a Utopian desire to control everything.
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John L Wrote:Mike, I believe the current internet is about as good as it's going to get. Anyone, who has internet access can get on, but it is so vast that the problem is 'overkill'. Unless there is a dedicated area where people can go and search for loved ones, I would guess a good search engine would be the best bet.

Well what about google person finder? It's being used now and was used in Indonesia in 2004.

I think public terminals to broaden the access to the internet would be a good thing. I found myself passing my kindle around at the train station I was stranded at so that people could get a quick facebook or mixi (japanese facebook) message out.
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#9
Why not just implant a GPS tracker in every man woman and child when they are born? We would never lose anyone ever again
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#10
Well of course, we don't want to go that far. But technology just keeps getting better, nothing's going to stop it. I don't think it would be a bad thing if we could get internet access in extremely rural or agrarian areas.
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#11
Quote:Well of course, we don't want to go that far.

Maybe not, but there are people who would, and they would want control of a global net, if it existed. Things work pretty well now. Keep in mind, as well, the infrastructure for a global wireless network would likely be destroyed in this sort of situation, so what good would it do?
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