[LINK] powerline net access
Fri, 25 Feb 2000 10:30:24 +1100
I'd leave it midway between urban myth and not. Powerlines not only _can_ be
used for data, they _are_ used for it -- at middling rates, by the electricity
authorities themselves, for industrial control apps.
But as Stewart Fist points out, the practical issues make it a joke for Internet
access. [And respectable news media still get sucked in by hype just as much as
any other kind. A business newspaper is interested in money, not technology...]
Subject: Re: [LINK] powerline net access
Author: "Roger Clarke" <Roger.Clarke@xamax.com.au>
Date: 24/02/00 23:28
stephen loosley <firstname.lastname@example.org> :
> ... such report, albeit un-confirmed (www.handelsblatt.de?) ...
Karl Auer is closer to it than me, and my German is Swiss and Austrian
rather than genuine Hochdeutsch, but:
(a) Handelsblatt = Commerce Newspaper, i.e. not the Daily Mirror
(b) a quick check of the 'Computer und Technik' Sektion finds an article
on the Australian situation datelined 5 Apr 99, credible, though worth a
debate, written by a Richard Joseph, presumably he who was once of the
Uni of Wollongong's Dept of I.T., an economist who watched I.T.
At a quick glance, mid-way between the Financial Review and the business
pages of the Tele, and certainly not the Xinhua Newsagency.
I *still* don't know whether or not powerline net access is an urban myth!!!
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