Green Baron

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  1. Back when I was a kid

    Oh, wait, maybe i liked that too early: i understood you were bullied by instinct driven cowards and that gave you thick skin ?
  2. Boring company

    There is a plethora of information about the Los Angeles Basin on the web. It even has a Wikipedia page. The best place to start is surely the USGS. Oil is probably one the lesser "problems". In general wet sediments are difficult to tame, a tunnel network probably needs a lot of steel and concrete. Publications from a mapping project: A tunnel network is a very limited enterprise, so the regional charts don't help much. The boring people need actually to know what the local conditions at the places were they dig are like.
  3. Boring company

    Wow. There a sauce for this ? Edit: found, it is apparently correct ! I know we're ot. nevertheless and since there's nothing new from the Boring company; a 250sqm house without any ground e.g. near Stuttgart, Germany, would be worth a million, can be much more if it is new and in a preferred area. The average family there are no millionaires, though there are quite a few of them ;-) 250sqm are ~2,700 square feet, right ? Editedit: and i found that it is apparently half that in Germany, though houses are MUCH more expensive. For the average house price in the US (250,000 funds) you get a two room flat (60-70sqm) in a city situation in southern Germany. And you must commit yourself and pay deposit before it's being built. Bloody central bank money. Sorry ... :-))
  4. Colonization Discussion Thread (split from SpaceX)

    No. It is by no means clear and get as well grow to 11billions or more.
  5. Boring company

    I think, but i am not sure, that the calculation in America is different. It includes cellar, patios, balconies, garages(?), walls, etc. while (some countries in) Europe excludes these things, and everything where the headroom is below 2.2m or so. Keeping a house with 400m² clean is a full time job, so i am not jealous :-) Also, i'd be careful with the wish to get a share of their business. This could be expensive ...
  6. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Satellites partly prepare pages "in orbit" before they send them to the recipient. That frequently makes for a long wait-time (satellite is gathering and distributing all that google and facebook and ad nonsense the enduser has absolutely no benefit from) when nothing happens. Then they send the package down. Javascripts on the client then send request back based on where you've been before and so on ping pong. Best: disable Javascript and block all the social stuff. That accelerates things a lot, but also some pages don't work any more. You literally communicate 3 Mbyte for a content of maybe 800 Bytes.
  7. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Longer waves limit bandwidth. The higher the frequency, the higher the throughput ... Also: atmospheric reflections are as unpredictable as SpaceX timelines ? True. "Not for long !" - Shinzon
  8. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I am not an engineer, but i can imagine that a sophisticated software and protocol for the handshake between a fixed groundstation and a buzzing swarm, based on a single license is easier to establish than a uniform grid of masts and corresponding infrastructure. Just think of all the national treaties and licenses one would need, and the competition with indigenous technology and companies, often owned by ... ah politics ... :-) But this is just a guess. It is a space company. (Their boring department sells silly party toys). Navigator's rule of thumb for the distance to a lighthouse: Distance in NM = 2.075 * ( sqrt(height of eye) + sqrt(height of light) ). Objects are closer than one might think ! And that is not only valid for T-rex ;-)
  9. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    "chaotic orbit", "predictions impossible" .... ... similarities with actual SpaceX timelines are of course incidental ? Edit: Hey, i'm trying to be funny. They did a really good job with the launch i think !
  10. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    A single (big) satellite can cover half a continent with 100 TV programs and high speed internet for millions. Only problem: it is in GSO, aka far away. One needs a dish in the garden. But they have immense capabilities to buffer content, think pages in advance, etc. It is just, dynamically built pages, like news pages, pub science, etc. take time. A lower flying swarm might actually improve link times, but buffering and broader services are not their thing, too small. At least i can't imagine how ... we must wait & see :-)
  11. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    They use Inmarsat as part of the GMDSS. I doubt they'll switch to a different provider if these services are not integrated into that system. I am not sure if Iridium is licensed for the GMDSS too ... Starlink services will probably "just" serve the open public, at least in the beginning.
  12. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    There is was no infrastructure at all away from the touristic or urban centers and traveling routes (but in the parks actually, funny, a lion with phone ?) when i visited the countries i named above 7 years ago. Many people don't have earnings and live from today to tomorrow, as a white guy hiking alone you better be watchful and don't provoke anything. Leave photo equipment at your place (if it can be locked and isn't just a rigid tent), etc. I heard there was a program to hand out cellphones free of cost to people, like there was the aid from the state when people bought new cars in western Europe several years ago, but if people can't pay a contract then this makes no sense and i don't know how that went. Maybe (hopefully) things have changed in between, in the course of the global boom we are reportedly living in :-) They certainly have changed here, but still no DSL or cable internet out in the green. 2km farther away, in the village, there is DSL, even ADSL at some places. Ok. But i think we all agree that Starlink must have a broad base of customers to make it pay. And it will be in competition with existing satellites that actually work, so in order to be successful it must be better or cheaper or both. I hope it will be :-)
  13. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I was there. Edit: you live in Scandinavia, @Nefrums, one of the if not the most egalitarian society in the world. You never see much difference between rich and poor, i daresay you don't have poor people in a sense that they can't afford basic clothing and food. The poor people there drive fried out cars and use the penultimate generation of phones, but they have cars and phones In many parts of the world the differences between rich and poor are much greater. Once away from the city centers you see the gradient. I bet it'll make you feel uncomfortable when you see it. Back on topic: the people Musk wants to reach aren't necessarily wealthy clients with computers, electricity and a necessity of high speed internet access as a primary requirement. And if his company doesn't find enough customers to finance the upkeep of such a network it'll be gone soon(tm). I mean, we already have celestial internet at reasonable speeds, this isn't new what he plans, but it is imo a good step towards competition. I have satellite internet. He must do better than that ! Let's see if his "yet another funny company" Starlink - thanks @sh1pman who mentioned that below - can ;-)
  14. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Nope, no infrastructure. Not even high speed GSM or terrestrial DSL. You need the masts, transmitters and the cable or satellite connection to get the data away. Enormous investments that the big companies like Vodaphone, Orange, Movistar etc. don't do. Not even in rural Germany, and guaranteed not on an Atlantic Island. Not for let's say 50 or 100 potential customers per mast. Again: in the villages and towns, yes. Since last year the fibreoptic cable from the mainland via Tenerife goes until Los Llanos de Aridane. ADSL is available too there, but not out in the fields. See above :-) Since last year, but only the town. I have seen people in Africa (East Africa, Tansania, Kenya) run around with black painted cardboxes, playing mobile phone. And many without nothing. In relatively densely populated areas. Away from the centers things are different, people are poor and infrastructure is bad to non-existent. Those who have phones and live in an area with coverage don't care for a satellite network, those who have nothing must care for different and more basal things than celestial internet. That's the sad reality in many places. Direct investments are discouraged and the "official" ones frequently end up ... well i don't want to summon the moderators who are quite strict when it comes to politics :-) Whatever. The company that offers such a service has to demonstrate first that they can deliver and that they don't walk a constant borderline to bankruptcy. Then we'll see. Well, first they actually have to build that Kessler-network :-) 7 :-)