Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Mar 2011 20:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A major deal just went down in the United States, which seriously shakes up the mobile industry on the other side of the pond: AT&T has announced it plans to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom.
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RE[6]: Invisible hand
by Neolander on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 07:03 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Invisible hand"
Neolander
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Cars are a *huge* issue, and not only a technical one. Nowadays' urbanism is heavily based on cars, especially in countries which don't have a rail network from the pre-car era like the US. If we want to switch to bike + rail, we must reduce the distance between the average home and train stations/basic services/work, which implies living in higher-density housing and thus forgetting about the dream of the pretty individual house with its garden - which would be best for several other technical reasons, but is a huge sociological issue. If we do not want to go to that extreme, we could also keep a bus network, but then we must much improve the engine which buses are based on. And afaik, the electric car is currently the best technical option in this regard, especially when coupled to better and cleaner electricity storage like hydrogen.

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RE[7]: Invisible hand
by Neolander on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 07:18 in reply to "RE[6]: Invisible hand"
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Telecommuting, when it does apply, can indeed reduce the load of transportation networks, but not void it as 1/It is sometimes very important for people to meet in person (thus the suggestion of someone in my country that telecommuting should not be done at home but in places dedicated to this purpose in every city) and 2/anything which requires expensive and/or uncommon equipment will still require people to move (as an example, looks like I'm going to spend most of my life in a clean room, that's not the kind of things which I can build at home).

There's also the problem of heavy loads, for which cars will always somewhat be needed. We can eliminate the need for individual cars (and that would be great), but some must still be available for delivering products and for rent in specific events. In short, I don't think we can get rid of cars, only make them technically more efficient and change their purpose to something more sane than taking a heavy 4-place monster to go to work...

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