Friday, June 17, 2016

Things I learned lately - 17 June

  • The price of solar panels has dropped 95% since 2008. That's a pretty big drop in just 8 years.
  • In June 2015, Netflix had 4.1 million subscribers. One year later, they have 5.2 million. Meanwhile, CraveTV and Shomi have 740,000 subscribers combined in 2 years.
  • There are 6 lakes in Canada deeper than Lake Superior. Great Bear (NWT); Adams (BC); Grand (NFLD); Quesnel (BC); Clearwater (BC); Great Slave (NWT). As deep as Great Slave Lake is, if you could put the Burj Khalifa in it, it would still stick 700 feet out of the water.
  • During the 1960s, AT&T Bell Labs developed the Picturephone. Had this $500,000,000 project caught on, we would have had the internet much sooner than the 1990s, as Bell intended to build a broadband network to support the Picturephone, instead of relying on the copper phone cable we'd been using for regular phones.
  • There were video phone booths run by the German post office allowing video calls between Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Hamburg and Munich, from 1936 to 1940.

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