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Most content doesn't really need low-latency. If we can develop a good protocol/UI for 'hours-to-days' latency or 'offline' networking, we could just pass thumb drives between ourselves and probably accomplish all of our data transfer needs. Swapping hard drives with a buddy twice a month can be more bandwidth than most mobile contracts.



That's effectively the network setup I have. A long range radio link to a farm in the area that then has an upstream link (again via radio) to a residence that has a fiber connection.

The latency can be huge when we have less-that-optimal conditions.

Since the throughput is low and the latency high, it's not streaming-video capabl. A buddy downloads a load of movies to an ssd and drops that off every now and then.

For real-time news I use an actual radio. There are some good news and music stations in the area.

I have an offline copy of the spanish language wikipedia.


Very cool. I would love it if there was better tooling for using a kbps connection for download/searching file lists and making a 'drop drive request', so you could use your low speed connection to decide what you want on the drive, then buddy could basically just get a list of files to curl, throw em on the drive with new indexes of available file directories.




> Swapping hard drives with a buddy twice a month can be more bandwidth than most mobile contracts.

Sounds like the 21st century version of Samizdat :)




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