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  1. Comment on Starlink - Low Latency Satellite Internet in ~tech

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    Yeah, me too. It would be really nice of them to do something like republic.co with a tiny slice. I would throw 1-5% of my savings into it as a high-risk 20 year investment, for sure.

    Yeah, me too. It would be really nice of them to do something like republic.co with a tiny slice. I would throw 1-5% of my savings into it as a high-risk 20 year investment, for sure.

  2. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

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    I just played with it a bit, now I get it. That is a really cool implementation.

    I just played with it a bit, now I get it. That is a really cool implementation.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Facebook acknowledges Pelosi video is faked but declines to delete it in ~tech

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    alt link: https://outline.com/2THeqF partial excerpt:

    alt link: https://outline.com/2THeqF

    partial excerpt:

    When an edited video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began spreading across the Web this week, researchers quickly identified it as a distortion, with sound and playback speed that had been manipulated to make her speech appear stilted and slurred.

    But in the hours after the social-media giants were alerted, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube offered widely conflicting responses that potentially allowed the viral misinformation to continue its spread.

    YouTube offered a definitive response Thursday afternoon, saying the company had removed the videos because they violated “clear policies that outline what content is not acceptable to post."

    Twitter declined to comment. But sharing the video would likely not conflict with the company’s policies, which permit “inaccurate statements about an elected official” as long as they don’t include efforts of election manipulation or voter suppression. Several tweets sharing the video, often alongside insults that Pelosi was “drunk as (a) skunk," remained online Friday.

    But Facebook, where the video appeared to gain much of its audience, declined Friday to remove the video, even after Facebook’s independent fact-checking groups, Lead Stories and PolitiFact, deemed the video “false."

    “We don’t have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true,” Facebook said in a statement to The Washington Post.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Starlink - Low Latency Satellite Internet in ~tech

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    Well the final second engine cut-off was at 273 miles (440 kilometers), while the target orbit for this lower layer is 550km. So I think they will be ~25% less bright at that altitude, and I...

    I guess they'll probably still be quite bright even once they're in position then?

    Well the final second engine cut-off was at 273 miles (440 kilometers), while the target orbit for this lower layer is 550km. So I think they will be ~25% less bright at that altitude, and I imagine the most noticeable during twilight: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_flare.

    Here is another one from Poland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUw5M8RWK_s

    Those videos are zoomed. Here is one that is not zoomed: https://twitter.com/Marcin_Loboz/status/1132070509246652421

    But it is still clearly the brightest thing in the sky. Honestly it makes me a bit worried along the same lines as drone deliveries. They are both great ideas, until you have drone noise over your head 24/7 just to get coffee delivered, or the night sky is changed in a major way just because terrestrial ISPs are too greedy.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Starlink - Low Latency Satellite Internet in ~tech

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    Super cool video of the 60 sats over the Netherlands last night: https://vimeo.com/338361997 I hope the krypton thrusters work to get them into proper placement!

    Super cool video of the 60 sats over the Netherlands last night: https://vimeo.com/338361997

    I hope the krypton thrusters work to get them into proper placement!

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Starlink - Low Latency Satellite Internet in ~tech

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    SpaceX's Starlink division now has the first 60 satellites in orbit, and its website just went live. The constellation is planned to contain 12,000 satellites, but will cover the Northern US near...

    SpaceX's Starlink division now has the first 60 satellites in orbit, and its website just went live. The constellation is planned to contain 12,000 satellites, but will cover the Northern US near the end of year with only ~360 satellites. I am still not sure of the business model, but this is going to be very cool to watch expand.

    Starlink is targeted to offer service in the Northern U.S. and Canadian latitudes after six launches, rapidly expanding to global coverage of the populated world after an expected 24 launches. SpaceX is targeting two to six Starlink launches by the end of this year.

    edit: here are some images extracted from starlink.com which show the super innovative design: https://imgur.com/a/ofUy56l

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a touchscreen with kids games on my head in ~talk

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    It never occurred to me, but they had 3 people, I had two empty seats. The empty seat was being enjoyed by my row-mate as well.

    It never occurred to me, but they had 3 people, I had two empty seats. The empty seat was being enjoyed by my row-mate as well.

  8. Comment on Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe' in ~news

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    I hope that we aren’t getting numb to this type of article. It should upset us all. My family was a direct victim of a far-right regime from Germany. I’m sure that we have all thought “hey, why...

    I hope that we aren’t getting numb to this type of article. It should upset us all. My family was a direct victim of a far-right regime from Germany. I’m sure that we have all thought “hey, why didn’t normal Germans rise up and stop this?” Well, I feel like getting numb to crap like this was a contributing factor.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Europe has outlined its own demands for letting Boeing's 737 Max return to the skies, instead of relying on the US in ~news

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    As well they should. The United States of Regulatory Capture can no longer be trusted. I blame utterly naive libertarian concepts like self-regulation. Tbh, I fell for that line of thinking for a...

    As well they should. The United States of Regulatory Capture can no longer be trusted. I blame utterly naive libertarian concepts like self-regulation. Tbh, I fell for that line of thinking for a while as well.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Washington becomes first U.S. state to legalize human composting as alternative to burial/cremation in ~news

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    Me too! I’ve always said: “put me in a pine box and plant a tree on top of it.” The best thing I can imagine doing with my death is fertilizing a tree to convert CO2 into O2. I knew about this...

    Me too! I’ve always said: “put me in a pine box and plant a tree on top of it.” The best thing I can imagine doing with my death is fertilizing a tree to convert CO2 into O2. I knew about this law, but just now I envisioned a cemetery/park/forrest. I want to be part of that. I really hope someone makes one of those in WA state.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What is the size of your smartphone? in ~talk

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    I have an iPhone 6s Plus which does feel like a huge phone, but I could never go back to a smaller screen. But one thing you might take into consideration is the actual dimensions of the phone,...

    I have an iPhone 6s Plus which does feel like a huge phone, but I could never go back to a smaller screen.

    But one thing you might take into consideration is the actual dimensions of the phone, not just the screen. The screen/body area ratio really varies. On my old 6s Plus, it is only 67.7% screen-to-body ratio.
    So it use a 5.5" screen, but the phone is pretty big:
    158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)

    The Motorola G7 Power is 6.2 inches, 94.0 cm2 (~77.6% screen-to-body ratio) with a body:
    159.4 x 76 x 9.3 mm (6.28 x 2.99 x 0.37 in)

    source: https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g7_power-9527.php

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a touchscreen with kids games on my head in ~talk

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    They are all actually connected enough to where a significant tap minorly "thuds" the whole row. It's not jarring, just enough to wake me up many times. I was in the seat next to the biggest...

    They are all actually connected enough to where a significant tap minorly "thuds" the whole row. It's not jarring, just enough to wake me up many times. I was in the seat next to the biggest tapper. But at one point, mom and 2 kids were tapping, then just 2 kids. Mom was behind me. Whole row was FUBAR man. :) I've been up for 26 hours now, I probably need to sleep.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Is the comment sort label and select supposed to look like this? in ~test

  14. Comment on Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a touchscreen with kids games on my head in ~talk

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    super edit: Sorry ~CedarMadness, I meant to reply to ~elcuello, but am too tired to use a website apparently. I did say something after a while. But I’ve been taking care of a kid his age recently...

    super edit: Sorry ~CedarMadness, I meant to reply to ~elcuello, but am too tired to use a website apparently.

    I did say something after a while. But I’ve been taking care of a kid his age recently and if you give them the video game crack, they seem to act like little crackheads for a few minutes after it gets taken away. So I did wait a while this time, hoping he would stop with my direct glare into his eyes between the seat-backs, mom was crashed out by the time I was ready to say something, and I have a lot of patience for sleepy parents. I honestly don’t know how parents do it.

    Anyway, I saw sleeping Mom, I don’t like speaking to random folks’ kids directly, so I tried the glare thing a couple times, it would work, I’d fall asleep, then tap tap tap tap.

    I 100% blame whomever chose to put touchscreen kiddie crack on the back of my all of our heads.

    Edit: Otherwise, it was such a great flight on one of the last 747 routes from the USA.. I got an exit row aisle for free by being nice, there was magically no one in the seat next to me, it was going to be perfect. I am going to write an actual letter to the airline about the idiocy of touchscreen games on passengers’ heads. But I’m going to wait a few days so that the letter is not 50% foul language.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Is the comment sort label and select supposed to look like this? in ~test

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    Haven’t been around for a while, and just noticed this odd layout, linked in this topic. Is the comment sort supposed to be like that on mobile portrait? iPhone 6s Plus with normal font scaling....

    Haven’t been around for a while, and just noticed this odd layout, linked in this topic. Is the comment sort supposed to be like that on mobile portrait?

    iPhone 6s Plus with normal font scaling.

    Before I go making an issue, is this the desired layout?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What should I do with all my old tech junk? in ~tech

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    I put a 1/4 inch drill bit through the platters of 6 ancient hard drives last month. I completely trust that method. The platters were cracked and otherwise in pieces. I find that method both fun...

    I put a 1/4 inch drill bit through the platters of 6 ancient hard drives last month. I completely trust that method. The platters were cracked and otherwise in pieces.

    I find that method both fun and effective.