Back @ It Tuesday

A rocket crashing into a satellite and cutting off the internet may sound somewhat like the start of an end-of-the-world blockbuster; surely such destruction, and lack of Wi-Fi, could only be a harbinger of doom?

Fortunately, the scenario that played out last week was slightly less portentous. A SpaceX rocket, part of Elon Musk’s fevered attempts to eventually colonise Mars, exploded on Thursday as part of a failed pre-launch test fire, destroying a Facebook-owned satellite in the process.

The satellite, which cost the company around £150m, was due to be used as part of Internet.org, a project designed to bring web connectivity to areas of the world with limited internet access. Free Basics, a program developed by Facebook with six internet service providers, is an “onramp to the internet”, designed to help those without the internet get online. Its latest iteration, in Nigeria, saw the launch of 85 free online services including healthcare offerings, job listings, education portals and, of course, Facebook itself.

So far so good, right? Well, kind of. Providing access to the internet is a noble cause, particularly in parts of the world where it is severely limited or even non-existent. But should this infrastructure belong to a private company like Facebook, or should it be state-owned and maintained? Far be it from me to question the true nature of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy, but no matter how charitable a cause Facebook is championing, its primary aim is to make money – often from monetising its users’ data.

@TG

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12 Responses to Back @ It Tuesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Drizzling.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Really finally stopped so I went stick walking to TVD and back. Took a long 48 minutes this time. On the way out there was a big fat raptor in the favorite tall evergreen; not there on the way back. No other birds and no rabbits.

    Day 3: 65+48=113 minutes.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      More from the sky as I left the Hillside Cafe to walk down B Street back home. Just caught the end of the shower for the first 5 minutes of the walk.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Really pisses me off that people like Musk and Zuckerberg rather spare no expense to deliver internet across the globe, but I’m 500 ft from M-52, a main rural highway and I’m stuck w/ satellite and a gig limit. So their rocket blew up, so there. Grrrr. What about Americans, boys???

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  4. Den says:

    WOW! Just now got my internet back, been off since 10:00AM, apparently a cable cut somewhere took it out.

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  5. Den says:

    It crapped out just as I was going to post this:

    Israeli-built satellite for Zuckerberg, why?

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  6. Den says:

    Vertical passing,

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  7. micki says:

    Many of these radio commercials would not make it past Standards & Practices today. If anyone has 11:24 to spare, listen, listen up!

    https://archive.org/details/RussellStametsBobStanford_sIrresistibleRadioCommerials

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