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  • Sep 24th, 2020 @ 3:15pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I don't discount this was a heinously stupid action by the CBP. I'm just pointing out the quote

    you'd think there would be far more dangerous "dangers" that they could be focusing their efforts on.

    is shortsighted because they were doing their jobs. Doing them badly yes, but it isn't distracting them from other things.

    It's like saying to a highway patrol officer that pulls you over for speeding "shouldn't you be off catching bad guys". Regardless of how you feel about the police (believe me I'm firmly in the camp we need reform), that highway patrol office shouldn't be off somewhere else catching bad guys, they're department purpose is traffic enforcement and his job is pulling people over and ticketing them.

    You can criticize for how well they do their job (like seizing perfectly legal goods) but you can't criticize for not doing their job when they did do their job

  • Sep 14th, 2020 @ 7:40pm


    This comment is a bit shortsighted.

    There are certainly a lot of problems with the CBP, but the seizure of counterfeit goods is literally one of their jobs that they are supposed to be focused on. It's in the name Customs and Border Protection. They have agents whose entire job is finding an seizing counterfeit and illegal goods.

  • Jul 28th, 2020 @ 2:47pm

    Go ask Wyden and Cox what it means

    If their intent is to clarify what Congress intended with Section 230, there is no need to have the FCC or anyone else attempt to clarify it. The authors of Section 230 are still alive and well. Wyden is even still a Senator.

  • Sep 18th, 2019 @ 3:24pm

    Re: To much math..

    You really need to research how Starlink will work before you spew this old nonsense. I've seen someone spew this every time Starlink comes up. This IS NOT the old style 1-3 geostationary satellites which have to contend with the laws of physics creating huge lag. This, as stated in the article, hundreds and eventually thousands of low earth orbit sats with latency around 20-30ms similar to cable internet now. The latency in between continents, E.G. NY to London, is actually expected to be faster than the existing fiber lines because speed of light in a vacuum (between the satellites) is about twice as fast a the speed of light in glass.

  • Sep 18th, 2019 @ 3:16pm

    Re: 800 low orbit satellites will not eventuate.

    The article is actually off by several orders of magnitude for the full constillation. SpaceX plans to have 12,000 LEO satellites launched by the mid 2020s. 800 is just the minimum to provide moderate coverage. That being said they can launch 60 at a time from a standard Falcon. They only need to do 14 launches, assuming no losses, to hit that number and they plan on 24 launches next year.


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