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thejeff wrote:The first modern analog computer was invented in 1872.Orfamay Quest wrote:That doesn't even make sense. You could get ham radio - or actual broadcast radio - with late 1800s tech, but you couldn't get Internet via packet radio without computers and you're not going to have computers with 1800s tech. Babbage engines, in theory.Fergie wrote:Then it's patently ridiculous. Ham radio with 1800s tech is trivial -- which in turn gives us universal Internet via packet radio for anyone who wants it.
The book doesn't talk much about exactly what happened, but I think it involved some catastrophic stuff on the coasts, followed by famine, disease, and lots of hardship. One of the themes of the book is that information beyond word-of-mouth just isn't available.
Could it handle the Internet packet radio protocol?
Hey, we don't even need the radios, we can just implement RFC-1149