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Monday, 28 November 2016

Is World-Wide Satellite Broadband Coming Soon?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:14 AM (04:14)

It seems as though Elon Musk (of SpaceX fame) is pushing for a new way to do satellite-based communications.

Instead of placing a few large satellites in geosynchronous orbit (22,300 miles up), he wants to put up lots — 800 to start, 4225 in the end — of small satellites (about 850 lbs apiece) in lower orbits (about 700-850 miles up).

The goal of this project is to offer gigabit-level bandwidth all over the Earth’s surface. Which is a damn sight better than the current wired services (I usually get somewhere around 54 Mbps on Comcast, using copper wire for the last mile).

Each end user will get a “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs.”

Chances are that the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” will use a standard electrical plug that connects to the outlets found in residential and commercial buildings . . .

And since adapters that allow you to connect those plugs to a car’s cigarette lighter or electronics jack, the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” can just as easily be mounted on the roof of your RV or SUV. Or your everyday four-door sedan.

Mobile broadband that’s faster than what’s available over the wired services? Sounds like a decent deal to me.

Another aspect of this is that it could put the traditional satellite providers (Direct TV, Dish, HughesNet, etc.) out of business. Why would you bother with them when you can get YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu or Vimeo anywhere in the world? And the cherry on top — you won’t have to pay extra for watching porn.

Now we’re waiting on Musk to get approval for this from the FCC and its international relative, the ITU (can’t have this project giving the Chinese a way around the Great Firewall, can we?) to sign off on it. Which means Musk will have to engage in some legalized bribery lobbying, because the Political Classholes simply can’t approve it without their palms being sufficiently greased in some manner.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Science Alert – SpaceX wants to surround Earth with an internet service that’s 200 times faster by Dave Mosher
  2. Ars Technica – SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed by Jon Brodkin

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.9
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

John McAfee: Security is an Illusion

Filed under: Preparedness, Security, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:01 PM (23:01)


  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / seen.life / Tea Party Community / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Monday, 11 July 2016

No TOR for the Masses?

Recently Techspot India reported that the NSA doesn’t want us civilians using the TOR technology —

NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists”

Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

H/T Seth Anderson Bailey


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Wikipedia page for Tor
  2. Wikipedia page for TAILS
  3. Wikipedia page for Dark web

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus here and here / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Fooling Google and Facebook a Bit

Filed under: Humor, Preparedness, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:34 PM (19:34)

After installing Linux Mint 17.2 on my Asus K54L laptop, I logged into Google, and got the following alert message at my Gmail account:

2015-11-15-182044-ss-gmail-google-login

Then I logged into Facebook, and received this alert message:

2015-11-15-18-19-08-ss-gmail-fb-login

Here’s the funny thing — I logged into both accounts using Mozilla Firefox.

So why am I getting messages saying that I used Safari on Mac OS X?

For the record, I haven’t touched anything Apple or Mac since April, 1994, when I had to use a Leatherman multi-tool to pull my floppy disk out of the drive slot when the “Eject” command (⌘-E) didn’t work after repeated tries.

After installing Linux Mint on the laptop, I launched Firefox, and installed the following add-ons to Firefox —

The costs of this?

  1. Linux Mint 17.216.99 + tax (It was on the live DVD glued to the front cover of Linux Format magazine – part of the price tag is for the DVD. Another part of the price tag is that it’s printed in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic every month.)
  2. A few minutes of time, a few watts of electricity to spin that live DVD in the drive.
  3. A few mouse clicks here and there . . .

. . . and to paraphrase the MasterCard advertising copy, the upside — giving a virtual single-digit salute to two of the biggest privacy invaders on the planet — PRICELESS.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Bananas! at liberty.me by David Montgomery — You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

MTA ? [Email]

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Life — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:24 PM (12:24)

This morning, I received a different kind of “rejection notice.” My newsletter sent to one of my subscribers was returned with the following note. “. . . host smtp02asnl.sandia.gov[198.102.153.117] refused to talk to me: 554-smtp02asnl.sandia.gov 554-Sandia National Labs 554-Your access to this mail system has been 554 rejected due to the sending MTA’s poor reputation.”

Does anyone know what “MTA” means? Please advise.

“MTA” most likely means “message transfer agent” in this context.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Message_transfer_agent

It’s a bit of software that handles sending and receiving email messages between computers.

For what it’s worth, you *are* using AOL as your internet service provider.

AOL didn’t get the nicknames “America Offline” and “A-O-Hell” the easy way — they earned them.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 8.2
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
  3. Current mood: amused
  4. Viewing – Radioactive Wolves Of Chernobyl – Scary Mutations

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Blogging at Medium?

Filed under: Administrivia, Networking — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:06 AM (00:06)

 

A few months ago, I heard about and registered with a new netowrking and blogging service called Medium, established by Evan Williams, one of the creators of Twitter. More recently, I received a “beta invite” from the site admins to start posting blog material there. So here’s my first go-round there (text copied below).

Giving Medium a Try

Time to kick the tires, take it for a spin.

At present, I’m blogging at WordPress. Recently I received an email invite to blog here.

So let’s see how it goes, OK?

My Medium site


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs, micro-blogs etc. – Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tumblr / Twitter

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

WTF?! (TLE LTE)

Filed under: Humor, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:39 AM (05:39)

Current mood: cranky

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: What the Fuck?!
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2012 02:16:05
From: Mike Blessing
To: Ken Holder, L. Neil Smith

Neil / Ken –

Just now (Saturday, 6 October @ 1:15 AM), I saw the message in my inbox that TLE #691 was up on the web, so I went to check it out.

What did I see when I scrolled down a bit?

A cartoon by Rex May of Romney spanking Obama like a little kid.

I was under the impression that TLE was above this sort of WWE-style cheerleading for the DNC-vs-RNC dance of death that plagues us every two years.

When the (fascist) Democrat fights dirty and cheats, we’re supposed to jeer, yet when the (socialist) Republican pulls the same sort of dirty tricks, we’re supposed to cheer. Because, we all know, the Republican is the “lesser of two evils” good guy.

Anyone who has been reading TLE and similar media outlets for any length of time has no doubt seen numerous examples of stupidity, evil and insanity instigated by Republicans. But they’re the “lesser of two evils” bunch, correct?

For what it’s worth, I watched what’s been politely called a “debate” and saw the two clowns stammering out their “talking points” while making excuses for their track records and trying to score points on the other with witty one-liners.

Most of these one-liners were the same old, tired bits that we’ve all heard before from them, courtesy of the lamestream snoozemedia.

Still, I was quite amused that gun-grabber and health-care socializer Slick Willard had the audacity to talk about “free enterprise” and invoke the Declaration of Independence.

This is the same Slick Willard who supported TARP as signed by Bush, supported cap-and-trade for CO2 emissions, supported the GM bailout . . . . Need I go on?

About Mittens’ earlier promises to “repeal and replace Obamacare” – last Wednesday night he revealed exactly what he wants for the “replace” part of the scam – RomneyCare as implemented in 2006 in Massachusetts.

Here’s the funny part about this nonsense: he implied that he wants RomneyCare to replace ObamaCare, yet RomneyCare is what Jon Gruber (the MIT economics professor who helped RMonster put together the plan in Boston) pitched to the Obama Administration in 2009 as a template for Obamacare.

Meet the new bullshit, same as the old bullshit.

At first I was thinking that this was a bait-and-switch scam, but it’s more like the shell game that con artists play on the street – the ball, which was something like free-market health care, was nowhere to be found under any of the shells.

OK, this is the part where Rex starts behaving as a Romney-roid (think hemorrhoid, minus the rationality and principles) by screaming that I must want Obama re-elected, “If your not with us, your with Obama!!!!” that sort of thing.

Bring it on.

And if this sort of thing continues, then it’s probably time for a new front-page cartoonist on TLE. Let Rex peddle his Romney-porn somewhere else.


NOTES

  1. Posted at The Libertarian Enterprise
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga
    2. The Weekly Sedition


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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Check Your URLs, OK?!

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Life — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:21 PM (16:21)

Current mood: annoyed, bitchy, cynical, geeky

While perusing a recent posting over at New Mexico Liberty, I clicked on http://www.nmpubreporting.certiclear.com/, as linked to in that article, and got the following:


So I changed the URL as specified in the picture above: https://www.nmpubreporting.certiclear.com/, and got the following:


At first, I figured, “What gives here?! Do I have to be a ‘registered’ senior citizen for this site to show me the data?” Then I re-entered the URL, this time taking out the “www.” : http://nmpubreporting.certiclear.com/, and the data shows up.

The Moral of My Posting — Check your URLs to make sure they work before you finalize your post for public consumption. The ego you save may be your own.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs — Blogspot / LiveJournal / Myspace / Tumblr / WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media — Blogspot / Myspace / Xanga
    3. Darth Mike — Myspace / Xanga

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Monday, 21 January 2008

Old Media vs. New

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Media, Networking, Philosophy, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:25 AM (01:25)

Following the current trends of internet growth, it looks like we’re about to see an explosion of creativity from the world’s population in the coming years.

Back in 2001, I made the prediction on the Smith-2004 list that television programming would start moving to the internet. One of the other list members told me that I was full of shit, as there was no way for the service providers to charge for advertising. (Look to the porn sites to see the future of the internet.) I predicted that it would start happening within ten years.

My detractor in this case was wrong in that it’s happening, and in a quicker time frame than I supposed back then. I cite YouTube and Google Video as examples.

The interesting thing about this is that it’s not only the Old Media types — the TV networks, newspapers, radio stations and publishing houses — that can get in on this gig. Anyone who has an internet connection and a bit of technical savvy can play on the field. True, the established media has a leg up on the newcomers in terms of capital, equipment, experience and track record, but that will carry them only so far. Knowing that, they’re looking to stake their ground in the New Media, as well as looking to co-opt any newcomers by incorporating them into the Old Media.

The upshot here is that, again, anyone can have a website or blog, and quite a few people do. The downside is that, as the number of content creators increases, their market share declines. Back in 1990, Dark Horse Comics released their Aliens line. One of the things that writer Mark Verheiden (now a producer on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series) predicted was a cable or satellite TV market with 10,000 channels, and each channel measured its market share in the teens.

Another aspect of this is that it’s now possible for every little religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, philosophical and political subgroup to have some sort of presence on the web, forming “cybernations” and networks. Of course, the Powers-That-Be will oppose this, saying that “it will undermine the traditional framework of society.” If it does, so what? Societies are composed of individuals first and foremost, and any social trend or movement that puts the group above the individual members that comprise it will in the end become just another excuse for tyranny.

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