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While I’m gone

A little something from BoingBoing while I’m away (well, not away specifically, but paying a little more attention to the Festival of Ideas blog than this one at the moment):

Space scientist says texting is four times more expensive than receiving scientific data from space

…Dr Bannister said it had been difficult to work out exactly how much Hubble data transmission costs. So he contacted NASA who gave him a firm figure of £8.85 per megabyte (MB) for the transmission of data from HST to the Earth.

Dr Bannister estimated the cost of the data from Hubble could vary between £8.85 and £85 per MB- much cheaper than the £374.49 per MB cost of transmitting one MB of text.

Indeed.

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