Interesting item in the technical Wireless Waffle, it seems almost as unbelievable as Caroline Television seemed at the time, and still is sadly. The thought of a small satellites whizzing around broadcasting the Internet unchecked in content and without countries getting the chance to licence these, is horrendous. Will they ever spin out of control and come crashing down on one of us? Will they be hacked and disseminate ransom ware globally?
The UK Government will not allow such a venture, it likes to control the media, hence the BBC and Commercial Companies in place, and Ofcom trying to squash any attempt for anyone to broadcast without a licence. (My thoughts not the other Wireless Wafflers!)
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Saturday 1 March, 2014, 09:03 – Satellites
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outernet logoA consortium led by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), and calling itself Outernet is planning to launch hundreds of small satellites (at 30x10x10 cm at their largest, they are about the size of a loaf of bread) to ‘broadcast’ the Internet. The idea is that selected portions of the internet will be broadcast using UDP-based WiFi multicasting (as well as, potentially, DVB and DRM).
Stepping aside from the political questions about who will decide which portions of the Internet will be broadcast – and which will not – there is the much bigger question of whether or not it is even possible to broadcast WiFi successfully from a satellite. There are several technical issues to overcome:
The satellites, presumably in low earth orbit, will be several hundred kilometers above the planet, so the path loss will be significant.
They will have to overcome interference from terrestrial WiFi networks on the same channel.
The low earth orbit means they will not be stationary in the sky, leading to Doppler shift on the received signal. Read the full posting at http://www.wirelesswaffle.com
My wife spotted this gem of a shop name in Malta. EAT A BONE! We used to have a shop which sold sweets in Northwood Hills, home of Elton John for a while. Not the sweet shop but the place that Elton lived in. It was named F.A.T DUNCAN. Us school children thought it hilarious that the place that sold sweets was FAT DUNCAN!
Also in Malta, I had to laugh at the Italian for no topless bathing!
As much as I enjoyed Malta, their national dish of Rabbit was something I avoided !
One excellent souvenir that you can buy in the country of Malta, are models of the Knights of St John
The History of the Knights of St. John on Malta.
Taken from the official website of the Order.
In 1530, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, as King of Sicily, ceded to the Order the island of Malta. At first, the Order’s Maltese dominion, which also included the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino was considered a fief of the Kingdom of Sicily, its Grand Master a vassal. It was for this reason that an annual feudal tax was paid, though it was largely symbolic. It included, for example, a “Maltese falcon.” The Order would remain a military dependency of the Kingdom of Sicily until 1798, though, like the feudal tax rendered to the King, this was to be largely symbolic in actual practice during the centuries to follow. Pope Clement VII sanctioned this act in with a Bull of 7 May 1530, and the Order established its grand magistry on the island later in the year. The Order was also granted Tripoli, which it relinquished in 1551.
Thus did the Order become known as the “Order of Malta.” In deference to its origins in the Holy City, it was known as the Hierosolymitan Order of Malta well into the twentieth century. Adopting a new appellation was simple enough; developing this harsh land would be more difficult. Despite its obvious strategic importance, Malta was, for the most part, a hilly and deforested island having few natural resources other than olive groves, wheat fields and good fishing waters. It was, and is, similar to Pantelleria, Lampedusa and some parts of Sicily. The knights set about developing the islands they had been granted.
A slightly blurred image, a hill that I should not have attempted on my new bike or any other. This is a road which is high above Henley on Thames, on the way to the local Sports Centre, and above Friar Park
On the 25th February we made a point of going up to Friar Park in Henley On Thames. That day was my birthday, and the day also thought to be George Harrison’s. A car paused at the entrance for a while, maybe it was Olivia in that car? We spoke to a chap from Stafford who had come down especially to see what was going on. He was taking photos like myself. It was the first time I have ever been there, mainly due to living nearby, The guy was a fountain of information about the Beatles, and also showed us a picture he took in 1968, of George Harrison driving his car past!
Below are the photos I took on the day, also a rare picture of the Waffler in front of the gates.
Friar Park will be a subject that I will tackle in another post sometime this year. In the meantime I will share a you tube video which George Harrison wrote about Friar Park. It is a crazy, well kept house once owned and designed by Frank Crispe. George called it Crackerbox Palace – enjoy!