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nweaver

join:2010-01-13
Napa, CA
reply to amungus

Geosynchronous satellite MUST suck...

Namely, it will always have too high a latency. There is just that whole pesky speed of light thing, that is just unavoidable physics.

You have nearly 600ms of latency (two trips up and down to geosynchronous orbit). Which is effectively unusably "slow" no matter how much bandwidth you have.

Thus geosynchronous Satellite only ONLY makes sense when there are no wires around and no terrestrial wireless around. So if you're out in the Alaskan bush, yeah, it makes sense. But thats about it.