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Text messages traveling at the speed of light is one of a popular companies new ploys to buy their product, but don't text messages already do that? Fiberoptic lines are all about light travel is this not right? Have I misunderstood???


 

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« Reply #1 on: 27/11/2007 16:46:51 »
Text messages traveling at the speed of light is one of a popular companies new ploys to buy their product, but don't text messages already do that? Fiberoptic lines are all about light travel is this not right? Have I misunderstood???
The Naked Scientists made you one of those people who cannot be easily bamboozled by those kind of claims!  ;)
 

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« Reply #2 on: 27/11/2007 16:54:59 »
As a firm believer in empirical study I wrote a text message on my phone then threw my phone at one of wifeys home made jellys !...the phone shattered !!....but...it was evident to me that the text message did not fly at the speed of light !


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Don't text messages already travel at the speed of light?
« Reply #3 on: 27/11/2007 17:57:49 »


Text messages traveling at the speed of light is one of a popular companies new ploys to buy their product, but don't text messages already do that? Fiberoptic lines are all about light travel is this not right? Have I misunderstood???
The Naked Scientists made you one of those people who cannot be easily bamboozled by those kind of claims!  ;)

OK Albertto but does that mean I am right and they already do?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 27/11/2007 18:00:54 »
As a firm believer in empirical study I wrote a text message on my phone then threw my phone at one of wifeys home made jellys !...the phone shattered !!....but...it was evident to me that the text message did not fly at the speed of light !


Glad I could help !

Thanks Neily,

You dare to waste a good Homemade Jar of Jam on such an expeiment? Wow... Thanks so much!

I bet wifey's message back to you may have traveled at the speed of light!!! LOL
« Last Edit: 29/11/2007 00:38:50 by Karen W. »
 

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Don't text messages already travel at the speed of light?
« Reply #5 on: 27/11/2007 18:53:56 »
Well - they travel about as fast as light does through a glass fibre and a similar speed when they are in electrical form on cables. (about 2/3 speed). Between you and the local cell base station, they go a bit faster.
They do, however, spend a long time, in some instances, hanging around in some server, waiting for a chance to be sent. The delay, sometimes, can be really annoying. That lowers their average speed somewhat.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 27/11/2007 22:14:38 »
 VERY INTERESTING... huh... I AM PLEASED TO KNOW MY BRAIN MAY STILL BE ABLE TO ABSORB SOME INFORMATION AND ACTUALLY RETAIN IT IN SOME FORM! LOL THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WONDERFUL ANSWERS!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 27/11/2007 22:38:29 »
Also a fan of experiments, I sent my roommate a text. She is sitting on the couch next to me. It took 26 seconds for her to recieve the message.
 

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Don't text messages already travel at the speed of light?
« Reply #8 on: 27/11/2007 23:20:19 »
Oh that is a good idea..... Nice.. Thanks meg! I wonder where it had to go from you before it got to her.. you know how far did it really travel??? I suspect a lot further then from you to her on the couch!
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« Reply #9 on: 28/11/2007 13:04:59 »
I guess it didn't take the 'pretty route', then.
(Take that as a compliment).
 

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« Reply #10 on: 29/11/2007 00:41:36 »
OK..Thanks!
 

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