While the roll-out of the NBN (National Broadband Network) continues slowly, Telstra has just ran a test of it’s future 5G network with two mobile phones and achieved download speeds upwards of 20Gbps. For the record, that is almost 200 times faster than the fastest 100Mbps speeds on the NBN.
Of course, there are variables which will be involved once the network launches in 2020, and 5Gbps speeds are a theoretical maximum which will vary depending on network congestion and of course wireless networks are more prone to drop outs than fixed connections, but it does show how that by the time the NBN is finally completed, it will already be obsolete.
One of the things I like to do my spare time among other pursuits is to fly my Phantom drone around getting some nice videos and shots. Currently the drone uses the basic, yet quite functional DJI GO app for control. I find it quite stable and easy to use in getting the shots that I want, but sometimes I do wish It had just a few more features to make capturing images a bit easier. Enter the third party app, Litchi.
After dropping $30 on the google play store a few days ago and attempting my hardest to make use of the app, I find myself more than a little frustrated with Litchi. I can see so much potential and benefit in the app over using the stock DJI GO app and the one time it worked successfully was a revelation but the implementation frustrates massively. I’ve used the app, or should I say, tried to use the app on three different devices with my Phantom. First was the Nexus 5x running Android 7. I knew running Litchi on such a new OS would have compatibility issues and it did, but the one time it did work without crashing worked superbly well. The other device, an 8 inch Samsung tablet fared much worse, frequent crashes and connection issues meant I couldn’t fly at all on this device. The third device, a 7 inch Lenovo tablet didn’t fare much better with similar crashes and connection issues as well. If Litchi can sort out compatibility issues with their app, they are onto a winner here, but as it stands currently, $30 Australian is just too much for an app this buggy.
Today I read with great disappointment that funding for the Arecibo Observatory dish is yet again in doubt with a possible closure on the cards. This is very sad to me. While there have been many advances in telescope technology and there are now other, more advanced telescope sites around the world, Arecibo is still one of the few telescopes that can find gravitational waves due to it’s hefty 300 metre size.
It seems to me that the only advancement we appear to be doing as a species today is when it comes to technology in our hands, rather than advancement that comes from actual exploration and advancement of our species. The world was once a place of achieving great things, now all we seem to be is preoccupied with celebrity and vapid technology with built in obsolescence so big business can make bigger and bigger sales every twelve months. That is very sad to me.
Here’s hoping logic and funds prevail.