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2021-02-28 9:04:47 PM  
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bud jones: anyone else pony up $99 for starlink pre-order?


I did the day it opened.

No broadband options on my street.  (Broadband just skipped my two mile section of road.  Everything else in a 20 mile radius can get broadband, just not us.  Two different cable companies in 1.5 miles of my house and neither will come to me.  Well, the one that is .4 miles away will if I pay them 21,000 to pull the cable.  Fark that noise)
 
2021-03-01 10:19:08 AM  
3 votes:

DVD: question_dj: I was told this internet service doesn't disrupt astronomy and will stop the coup in Myanmar.


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Human presence disrupts astronomy in many ways.  Thus, we should get rid of all human presence?

We try to mitigate our human tools in such was as to keep them bearable for the rest of life, but requiring a few human individuals to go back to unneeded caves while the rest die in place is a bit of a stretch to make sure astronomy is unhindered in any way.

This type of internet (including competitors in the low-orbit field) may help hinder authoritarian regimes, indeed.  One of the first things that a competent fascist does when crushing a population is to cut off communications.  This opens up a new option that may be able to get around authoritarian cut-offs.


I doubt it.

What will happen is that places like Russia and China will embrace their own version of Starlink, and forbid the use of Starlink in their territory.   Either that, or will obviate the need for such a thing by running fiber to every single hovel in the territory.

Then, because they control the network, whether it be satellite or ground based, they'll simply continue monitoring and censoring like they always have.

Remember back when people thought that opening up China economically meant that they would eventually throw off the oppressive yoke of the Chinese Communist Party and fight for more human rights?   How did that work out?

A competent totalitarian government wouldn't allow unfettered access to the Internet, and because the thing radiates an RF signal, and a pretty strong one at that (6600 watts EIRP), it is something that could be easily located by even a modestly capable SIGINT aircraft.   So tracking down users would be a cake walk for the Sixth Directorate of the GRU and Spetzvyaz as well as the Third Department of the Joint Staff Department of the People's Liberation Army.
 
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2021-03-01 8:35:43 AM  
3 votes:

question_dj: I was told this internet service doesn't disrupt astronomy and will stop the coup in Myanmar.



_________

Human presence disrupts astronomy in many ways.  Thus, we should get rid of all human presence?

We try to mitigate our human tools in such was as to keep them bearable for the rest of life, but requiring a few human individuals to go back to unneeded caves while the rest die in place is a bit of a stretch to make sure astronomy is unhindered in any way.

This type of internet (including competitors in the low-orbit field) may help hinder authoritarian regimes, indeed.  One of the first things that a competent fascist does when crushing a population is to cut off communications.  This opens up a new option that may be able to get around authoritarian cut-offs.
 
2021-02-28 8:35:35 PM  
3 votes:

bud jones: anyone else pony up $99 for starlink pre-order?


Not yet, but it's one more cog in the gear of my post-work life, living on something like this:

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2021-02-28 8:25:44 PM  
2 votes:
Yay! Mirepoix soup & space porn! WHOOOOOO!
 
2021-03-01 12:55:11 PM  
1 vote:

question_dj: hurr


bye idiot
 
2021-02-28 9:05:14 PM  
1 vote:

wildbill0712: bud jones: anyone else pony up $99 for starlink pre-order?

I have. Big fan of the unlimited part of it.


I did, got the email saying it would be available mid/late 2021, so I ponied up. I'm excited to try it in my very rural area...
 
2021-02-28 8:39:33 PM  
1 vote:
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Thank you for watching tonight's episode of Will it launch. Tune in again tomorrow.
 
2021-02-28 8:38:57 PM  
1 vote:
probly a 24 hour turnaround
 
2021-02-28 8:28:17 PM  
1 vote:
Another '8th flight' for a booster!

And now the flight manifest is really fleshing out for the year.  We now have *two* Falcon Heavy missions slated!
 
2021-02-28 8:20:30 PM  
1 vote:
Howdy, folks, keep your fingers crossed!
 
2021-02-28 8:19:41 PM  
1 vote:

FrancoFile: And they've got Starship SN10 ready to fly tomorrow!


And now I see on the twitter machine that it'll be Wednesday...
 
2021-02-28 8:15:45 PM  
1 vote:
And they've got Starship SN10 ready to fly tomorrow!
 
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