Reminder: within 5-8 years we’ll have low earth orbit isps covering most of the globe.
OneWeb, Starlink (SpaceX) and Amazon are all in the manufacturing/launch phase for their hundreds-of-satellites orbital constellations.
The practical impact is that in a few years most people in most countries will acquire the ability to use an american ISP.
This will have quite a large impact in various countries.
With electricity, some payment method and no govt jamming, internet worldwide
Sometimes there are ideas that are hard to come up with before, but on stating them they are immediately obvious. The best kind of ideas.
Case in point: https://twitter.com/dgryski/status/1125922800877883393
Hey, #Firefox-using friends—
If you lost access to your add-ons this past weekend and you tried some advice to set `xpinstall.signatures.required` to `false` in `about:config`, you should
1. install the latest update, and
2. flip that setting back to `true`.
It's important to have this setting on to help protect you against malicious extensions.
(Don't @ me about whether you personally need or want Mozilla to sign the extensions you use. Consider this toot may not be for you.)
It took $150 billion to build the International Space Station, out of which $50-80 billion were just the costs of getting stuff into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) - around ~420 tons.
Doing the same today (or in the near future) for just a few tens of millions blows my mind.
The possibilities of space are opening up for a bunch of things, Mars and solar system exploration, much bigger LEO presence (space stations that produce artificial spin gravity), etc.
That Mars 2033 series that is part scifi, part documentary is pretty damn good.
A Mars research station is probably not that far off in the future, I can see it happening by the 2030s.
It was interesting for me to see that compared to the space shuttle, which had $25-100k/kg to low earth orbit, SpaceX brought down costs to $1k/kg with Falcon Heavy.
The BFR might decrease it down to $50/kg (FIFTY!!)
Bernie Sanders: "It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death."
How can someone be this ignorant?
Starvation was pretty much what happened in Ukraine in the 1930s. Lines mean that everyone except the ruling elite is fucking poor, it's not egalitarianism.
climate change, microsoft
Microsoft has joined a conservative-led group that demands fossil fuel companies be granted legal immunity from attempts to claw back damages from the climate change they helped cause.