#ThroughTheWire 3/21

From mobile Internet's failings to the confessions of a tech journalist, The Connectivist brings you the best of this week’s science, tech, and TV news.

Mobile Internet drools, broadband rules:

We’ve all been there. You move into a new apartment and for that short while before you get an Internet connection, your world implodes. You have no idea what the hell is happening outside the walls of your new digs. After unpacking the boxes in his new house, Quartz‘s Leo Mirani decided to conduct an experiment. He spent a week tethering his computer to his cell phone and its mobile Internet connection. Worst. Decision. Ever. He lists a bunch of reasons including expensive data plans, lack of technical support, and outdated devices — but he says by far the most frustrating part was the pathetically slow connections speeds compared to traditional broadband. The average 3G download speed in the U.S. is under 2Mbps, the definition of broadband is a download speed of at least 4Mbps. Read more.

Birthday week!

This was a week of anniversaries. First came C-SPAN, which celebrated its 35th year covering congress on Wednesday and yesterday Twitter officially turned eight. BuzzFeed decided to take a look back at celebrities’ first tweets — hilarious how we had no idea what Twitter was for eight years ago. A couple of our favorites are below. Read them all here

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Do you speak Hack?

There are a number of different computer programming languages out there and now there’s one more. Bryan O’Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani are resident Facebook engineers and they’ve spent the last few years of their life coming up with a language unlike any other — they call it “Hack”. They’ve crafted a language that can build complex websites and other software at great speeds while at the same time remain organized, reports Wired. Read more.

Under the sea

Image Credit: Jason deCaires Taylor

Image Credit: Jason deCaires Taylor

Image Credit: Jason deCaires Taylor

Image Credit: Jason deCaires Taylor

From busts plastered in coral to an algae eaten volkswagen, take a plunge into a new concept — the underwater museum. Jason deCaires Taylor has curated a seabed of submerged sculptures. Take a look at all on offer.

Confessions of a tech journalist

Cast away any romanticism you may have held dear to the world of journalism, tech journalism anyway. Ex-Venture Beat writer Bekah Grant lifts the veil on what it’s really like to deal with impending deadlines, heavy handed PR reps and over aggressive readers. Read more for a chuckle or two. 

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