* Posts by GStark

2 posts • joined 6 Feb 2020

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother


Re: This is where we are now

More to the point and probably one of Musk's issues...

Who's gonna breach the Chinese Great Firewall or Erdogan's version, or, for that matter any other country (we've seen it too often lately) and that still doesn't mention the nascent garden walls growing around subscribers to the big ISP's who are simply unable to resolve domains that are verboten.


This is a small cost for saving the world

Part of Elon's Save The World plan... vehicles? Check. Batteries? Check. Solar? Check. AI & Rockets? Check and Check.

Preserve the Internet as we know it and provide access to all... even the remotest island? Working on it.

Just as the Internet begins to be carved up and filtered/divided into shards and pieces of itself by a rapidly growing list of actors including China, the UK, Turkey, Verizon, AT&T, and so on, Musk is providing universal unfiltered access to the net. Equally importantly, just as he has with transportation, rocketry, and the rest, he has broken ground and inspired competition globally.

These are huge achievements and this latest one may rank as one of the most impactful ones in the list.

I think almost any non-dystopian future requires that kids in Botswana, Aleutian Islanders, and HK cyberpunks alike all have the Internet in their toolkits.

We can mitigate the astronomical inconveniences and it will be a small price paid if it helps keep that 'non-dystopian future' option alive.


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