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(CNN)   Hey everyone, we're back from our 8-month research trip on a remote Pacific atoll, what did we miss? Oh, dear God   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-12-02 2:11:27 PM  
How did they have email if they had no internet?
 
2020-12-02 2:22:33 PM  

Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?


Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.
 
2020-12-02 2:27:26 PM  
Has an Ernest Shackleton feel to it.

In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad."

Also, what is he wearing?

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2020-12-02 2:54:31 PM  

Mr.Tangent: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.


I think I saw it way back when for Survivor, Discovery Channel, or Discovery doing a tie in show about nature islands like Survivor (the first 3 seasons).

You either use a SAT phone or erect a 90 foot tower and get signal from something able to relay the data you are trying to get.

I would agree it probably isn't any better than 1x or 2x service.
 
2020-12-02 2:55:40 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Has an Ernest Shackleton feel to it.

In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad."

Also, what is he wearing?

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those are migratory coconuts
 
2020-12-02 2:57:21 PM  
So one chick and three guys for 8 months?
 
2020-12-02 2:58:06 PM  
but DID THEY HAVE SEX???
 
2020-12-02 2:58:32 PM  

cwheelie: Nadie_AZ: Has an Ernest Shackleton feel to it.

In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad."

Also, what is he wearing?

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those are migratory coconuts


Marine waste makes excellent jewelry

/ Back to the Island, pack some rum
 
2020-12-02 3:03:57 PM  

AlgaeRancher: cwheelie: Nadie_AZ: Has an Ernest Shackleton feel to it.

In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad."

Also, what is he wearing?

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those are migratory coconuts

Marine waste makes excellent jewelry

/ Back to the Island, pack some rum


They look like Mardi Gras beads. Or the necklace from a mid-80s martial arts based anime.
 
2020-12-02 3:09:08 PM  

solokumba: So one chick and three guys for 8 months?


What if she blew all three of them?
 
2020-12-02 3:09:25 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: Mr.Tangent: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.

I think I saw it way back when for Survivor, Discovery Channel, or Discovery doing a tie in show about nature islands like Survivor (the first 3 seasons).

You either use a SAT phone or erect a 90 foot tower and get signal from something able to relay the data you are trying to get.

I would agree it probably isn't any better than 1x or 2x service.


You can use a BGAN. We have a couple of Explorer models we use in remote Pacific locations. Luckily one of the Inmarsat satellites is right over New Guinea, so you can point the thing nearly straight up to avoid interference from trees. It's slow and expensive, but good for emergency communications and getting your critical data offsite so you don't lose several weeks of work if your bag goes over the side of the boat on the way home.

/Of course, you still put copies on every laptop and tablet in your group, and everyone has an SD card in a waterproof case in their pocket.
 
2020-12-02 3:09:50 PM  

solokumba: So one chick and three guys for 8 months?


The odds are good but the goods are odd.
 
2020-12-02 3:10:29 PM  

solokumba: So one chick and three guys for 8 months?


Thank you for going there first...

That was the first thing I thought of...  in somewhat more explicit detail...
 
2020-12-02 3:10:52 PM  
Subby's gullible.
 
2020-12-02 3:11:03 PM  
AppleOptionEsc:

I would agree it probably isn't any better than 1x or 2x service.

so it's just like having AT&T then?
 
2020-12-02 3:11:46 PM  

Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?


Iridium satphone? 2400 baud, just like the old days.
 
2020-12-02 3:17:18 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Has an Ernest Shackleton feel to it.

In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad."

Also, what is he wearing?

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Is that Team Ralph or Team Jack ?

WHERE'S PIGGY AT?
 
2020-12-02 3:18:53 PM  
I'm making a claim of amnesia. Please explained the excruciating dilation of time that fits neatly between now and then. I'm also wearing an eye-patch. And I have an evil twin. Who secretly traffics in orphans who a Duke from an ambiguously named country quite gothic in its appeal refuses to recognize.
 
2020-12-02 3:22:03 PM  
"...volunteer researchers are drawn to the promise of complete isolation..."

Throw in an 8 month supply of wine or beer and sign me up.
 
2020-12-02 3:26:37 PM  
Should have never left the atoll.
 
2020-12-02 3:27:02 PM  
Yes, it's true.

Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup, and the Browns have clinched a winning season.
 
2020-12-02 3:28:01 PM  

solokumba: So one chick and three guys for 8 months?


There's a limited reality series in that.
 
2020-12-02 3:29:09 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: Mr.Tangent: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.

I think I saw it way back when for Survivor, Discovery Channel, or Discovery doing a tie in show about nature islands like Survivor (the first 3 seasons).

You either use a SAT phone or erect a 90 foot tower and get signal from something able to relay the data you are trying to get.

I would agree it probably isn't any better than 1x or 2x service.


Cheaper to get a Garmin inReach Mini.
 
2020-12-02 3:35:16 PM  

BretMavrik: AppleOptionEsc: Mr.Tangent: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.

I think I saw it way back when for Survivor, Discovery Channel, or Discovery doing a tie in show about nature islands like Survivor (the first 3 seasons).

You either use a SAT phone or erect a 90 foot tower and get signal from something able to relay the data you are trying to get.

I would agree it probably isn't any better than 1x or 2x service.

You can use a BGAN. We have a couple of Explorer models we use in remote Pacific locations. Luckily one of the Inmarsat satellites is right over New Guinea, so you can point the thing nearly straight up to avoid interference from trees. It's slow and expensive, but good for emergency communications and getting your critical data offsite so you don't lose several weeks of work if your bag goes over the side of the boat on the way home.

/Of course, you still put copies on every laptop and tablet in your group, and everyone has an SD card in a waterproof case in their pocket.


Sounds like you've had your share of adventures. What do you do out in the remote Pacific?

/ No snark, genuinely curious
 
2020-12-02 3:42:15 PM  
This reminds me* of the notes found from the guy who'd been out boating for 3 months.


* in The Last of Us
 
2020-12-02 3:42:56 PM  
My niece disappeared during the Bande Ache tsunami.  A month later she called home saying "It turns out that big wave was a bigger deal than people thought on the island I was on."
 
2020-12-02 3:43:22 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: solokumba: So one chick and three guys for 8 months?

There's a limited reality series in that.


Gilligan's Island 2: Erotic Boogaloo
 
2020-12-02 3:47:13 PM  
Gmail's low bandwidth mode is wonderful when you're out in the middle of the ocean.

Don't knock email.
 
2020-12-02 3:47:21 PM  
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2020-12-02 3:48:36 PM  

Mr.Tangent: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.


RFC1149?
 
2020-12-02 3:48:54 PM  
So do the guys each build a nest of driftwood and shells, with a palm frond or two, and the lady then chooses the best nest to hook up in?
 
2020-12-02 3:54:08 PM  

BretMavrik: AppleOptionEsc: Mr.Tangent: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Limited internet, so likely not good for anything heavier than email.

I think I saw it way back when for Survivor, Discovery Channel, or Discovery doing a tie in show about nature islands like Survivor (the first 3 seasons).

You either use a SAT phone or erect a 90 foot tower and get signal from something able to relay the data you are trying to get.

I would agree it probably isn't any better than 1x or 2x service.

You can use a BGAN. We have a couple of Explorer models we use in remote Pacific locations. Luckily one of the Inmarsat satellites is right over New Guinea, so you can point the thing nearly straight up to avoid interference from trees. It's slow and expensive, but good for emergency communications and getting your critical data offsite so you don't lose several weeks of work if your bag goes over the side of the boat on the way home.

/Of course, you still put copies on every laptop and tablet in your group, and everyone has an SD card in a waterproof case in their pocket.


Yar, INMARSAT prioritizes emergency messages so anything else may take hours to make its way through the queue. There is also the IRIDIUM network that offers global coverage and more suited to general purpose use, not sure how expensive it is because I never see the bill.
 
2020-12-02 4:01:18 PM  

Theeng: Gmail's low bandwidth mode is wonderful when you're out in the middle of the ocean.

Don't knock email.


heh, at work we have a system we call EMAS or email at sea because it's not useful for much else, more to do with the shiatty bandwidth on the ground being shared with the entire fleet than the actual satellite link. It likes to break a lot when they beam down an updated config file while the ships happens to be sailing in a direction where the mast blocks the signal.
 
2020-12-02 4:09:49 PM  

orbister: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Iridium satphone? 2400 baud, just like the old days.


You can go even lower.

For example, today I sent a position report and got a propagation report and a weather report using the WINLINK system.

It's a way to send and receive e-mails and some other kinds of data over amateur HF radio.  Speeds are up to about 4000 baud, but often it's lower, sometimes quite a bit lower depending on propagation.

However, it can be used pretty much anywhere on the planet, even where there isn't good satellite access.  All you need is a computer, an interface to an HF radio (I built mine from scratch), an HF radio, an antenna, and power for the radio and computer.  Some people use it for keeping in touch while sailing on ocean passages.

https://www.winlink.org/

Best of all, it's free.
 
2020-12-02 4:11:47 PM  

Mr.Tangent: Yar, INMARSAT prioritizes emergency messages so anything else may take hours to make its way through the queue. There is also the IRIDIUM network that offers global coverage and more suited to general purpose use, not sure how expensive it is because I never see the bill.


SpaceX's Starlink system shows a *LOT* of promise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlin​k
 
2020-12-02 4:17:23 PM  
I think I would have stayed on the atoll till the vaccine was made and passed around or everyone was dead and I could sail back or something.
 
2020-12-02 5:03:07 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Has an Ernest Shackleton feel to it.

In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad."

Also, what is he wearing?

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or for those of us that are morons - it is similar to that episode of Gilligan's Island when the Japanese soldier shows up in the submarine and takes the castaways prisoners as he did not know WW2 was over
 
2020-12-02 8:56:23 PM  

dittybopper: Mr.Tangent: Yar, INMARSAT prioritizes emergency messages so anything else may take hours to make its way through the queue. There is also the IRIDIUM network that offers global coverage and more suited to general purpose use, not sure how expensive it is because I never see the bill.

SpaceX's Starlink system shows a *LOT* of promise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink​


There is also Oneweb but ahhh...well let the current main page tell the story. https://www.oneweb.world/

They plan to cover the arctic which I'm not sure about Starlink, my employer has a promotion perpetually available in Iqaluit that I would take in a heartbeat if the Internet wasn't so shiatty there....like Mrs.Tangent would let that happen.
 
2020-12-02 10:11:10 PM  

McGrits: So do the guys each build a nest of driftwood and shells, with a palm frond or two, and the lady then chooses the best nest to hook up in?


Female sparrows like to get it on with all the post dwellers.  I saw that on a documentary once.
 
2020-12-02 10:17:56 PM  

I just lurk here: BretMavrik: You can use a BGAN. We have a couple of Explorer models we use in remote Pacific locations. Luckily one of the Inmarsat satellites is right over New Guinea, so you can point the thing nearly straight up to avoid interference from trees. It's slow and expensive, but good for emergency communications and getting your critical data offsite so you don't lose several weeks of work if your bag goes over the side of the boat on the way home.

/Of course, you still put copies on every laptop and tablet in your group, and everyone has an SD card in a waterproof case in their pocket.

Sounds like you've had your share of adventures. What do you do out in the remote Pacific?

/ No snark, genuinely curious


Like the group in TFA, conservation. My team does IT for the region, everything from laptops and routers to UAVs and ROVs, from Mongolia to India to New Zealand. It's a pretty good gig.
 
2020-12-03 10:00:30 AM  

Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?


Just need an acoustic coupler, a radio and some terminal software to get a shell prompt someplace to run mutt...
 
2020-12-03 11:12:06 AM  

6nome: solokumba: So one chick and three guys for 8 months?

What if she blew all three of them?


in a row?
 
2020-12-03 2:13:07 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Just need an acoustic coupler, a radio and some terminal software to get a shell prompt someplace to run mutt...


Knows a thing or two about sciencing with shells from remote tropical locations.

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2020-12-03 8:45:05 PM  

Mr.Tangent: Baloo Uriza: Bob Falfa: How did they have email if they had no internet?

Just need an acoustic coupler, a radio and some terminal software to get a shell prompt someplace to run mutt...

Knows a thing or two about sciencing with shells from remote tropical locations.

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He was only there to make sure Howels drugs were pure.
 
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