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Space internet is ready for people to start using it, Elon Musk says

 

 

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said his space internet project is ready for public use following the latest launch of Starlink satellites.

SpaceX delivered a further 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit this week, bringing the total number close to 800.

The private space firm hopes to eventually launch tens of thousands of Starlink satellites to create a constellation capable of beaming high-speed broadband down to 99 per cent of the inhabited world.

 

“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in northern US and hopefully southern Canada,” Musk tweeted following the launch.

 

“Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval.”

 

The Starlink network has already been tested on a limited scale, providing internet to emergency responders in the US following recent wildfires.

The Washington Emergency Management division was able to set up a Starlink-powered WiFi hotspot for residents in Malden last month after 80 per cent of the town was destroyed by fire.

Musk said at the time that SpaceX was prioritising emergency services and locations with no internet connectivity at all.

 

 

It is pretty neat that it has already been used successfully in real life. 😎

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Nice to know that the hundreds of millions of pounds spent on GCHQ here in the UK are not wasted.

 

I spy with my little eye: GCHQ chief reveals Christmas cards featuring 'fiendish' festive bauble-shaped brainteaser sent to agents across the world

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The chief of GCHQ has released Christmas cards featuring a brainteaser which unlocks a secret message.

Jeremy Fleming, director of the spy agency, sent the letters to 'colleagues and partners across the world' and has made them public so everyone can have a go.

On the front is a circuit board pattern in the shape of a bauble, with space for nine answers.

There are nine letter sequences on the inside of the card which need to be fed into the decoration to reveal the message.

 

 

 

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On a slightly more serious note,

 

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He warned vaccine suppliers and hospitals were being targeted by hackers looking to capitalise on uncertainty brought about by the Covid and Britain leaving the EU.

The spy chief revealed the National Cyber Security Centre is dealing with around 60 serious incidents every month.

He said around 200 incidents over the last nine months have been related to coronavirus.

Mr Fleming told the Sun: 'We have seen serious criminals and states trying to take advantage of this situation.

'They have targeted the vaccine's production and supply chains, government services and healthcare.'

He went on to warn members of the public were being tricked into handing over money in scams that posed as offering Covid-19 testing and treatment.        

 

 

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Thanks for reminding me to look up what "GCHQ" stands for. I've been binge watching "Spooks" for a few weeks and they mention it in almost every episode. Just finished series 9 last night, one to go! Great series. 👍😎

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Today is summer solstice in the southern hemisphere. Which is the day with the longest time of daylight for the year. I just found out that does not mean the latest time of sunset for the year as I had believed for my whole life. Mind blown!

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-12-21/summer-solstice-2020-sunset-seasons-saturn-and-jupiter/12956544

 

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There are more hours of daylight during the solstice, but it is not the date of the latest sunset.

The latest sunset doesn't happen until January (and the earliest sunrise happened about two weeks ago).

This mind-bending phenomenon is due to a combination of the tilt of the Earth and the fact our path around the Sun is more of an oval shape than a circle.

 

 

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And just by sheer coincidence, skywatchers are in for an extra treat when Saturn and Jupiter appear their closest in nearly 400 years in a great conjunction about an hour after sunset on December 21.

Note that's an hour after sunset AEDT.

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I was hoping to see Saturn and Jupiter "fairly close" together but it is extremely overcast here. I guess I'll have to wait for the next one in 400 or 800 years.

It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed

this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night

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How mass vaccinations halted a killer virus in 1950s Glasgow

 

 

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The long line of people outside the health centre wait patiently for their turn to be vaccinated.

Special clinics are getting through 600 jabs an hour but the queues are not getting any shorter.

Meanwhile, public health officials are desperately trying to trace anyone who has come into contact with those carrying a deadly virus.

It may sound familiar but this is in fact the picture in Glasgow in the grip of a smallpox outbreak in 1950.

 

 

Seems to me that government and people were much more sensible and quicker to react to danger than they are today.

 

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28 minutes ago, abarbarian said:
Seems to me that government and people were much more sensible and quicker to react to danger than they are today.

 

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I'd guess people were more likely to follow government and community guidelines when they were already used to doing it during and after the war. Same for the 1918 pandemic and probably more so as the world was still on wartime restrictions.

People were maybe more trustful that their leaders would put them on the right path whereas these days any idiot on social media can panic a vast amount of gullible sheep with crazy conspiracy theories.

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3 minutes ago, sunrat said:

People were maybe more trustful that their leaders would put them on the right path

 

Yesterdays leaders acted as they saw it for the good of the country and hoped that they had done the right thing.

Todays leaders will do anything to try and protect their own interests and their profits or their reputations.

 

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I often listen to ambient music to create a relaxing mood both while awake and sleeping. One artist I have actually regularly purchased is Louigi Verona who often releases well-produced and inspiring work. Currently listening to '"Mystic Waters" on Bandcamp which was released yesterday and is one of his best so far imo - listen at https://louigi.bandcamp.com/album/mystic-waters . I'm about to splurge the €3 EUR to buy the FLAC version.

 

He also dabbles in coding and has a page of randomly amusing and/or useless software - https://louigiverona.com/?page=projects&s=software&t=various#chess

Desolate News Channel and Non-Random Number Generator made me chuckle.

 

There are also games and other stuff, and he writes some insightful articles - https://louigiverona.com/?page=projects&s=writings&t=philosophy

 

Edit a short time later:- Just read this fascinating article which analyses a major cause of turmoil in today's world - The Dangers of Public Discourse

 

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