February 18th, 2014
- An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to launch hundreds of miniature satellites into low Earth orbit by June 2015
- Each satellite will broadcast the Internet to phones and computers giving billions of people across the globe free online access
- Citizens of countries like China and North Korea that have censored online activity could be given free and unrestricted cyberspace
- 'There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this'
You might think you have to pay through the nose at the moment to access the Internet.
But one ambitious organisation called the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is planning to turn the age of online computing on its head by giving free web access to every person on Earth.
Known as Outernet, MDIF plans to launch hundreds of satellites into orbit by 2015.
And they say the project could provide unrestricted Internet access to countries where their web access is censored, including China and North Korea.Using something known as datacasting technology, which involves sending data over wide radio waves, the New York-based company says they'll be able to broadcast the Internet around the world.
The group is hoping to raise tens of millions of dollars in donations to get the project on the road.
The Outernet team claim that only 60% of the world's population currently have access to the wealth of knowledge that can be found on the Internet.
This is because, despite a wide spread of Wi-FI devices across the globe, many countries are unable or unwilling to provide people with the infrastructure needed to access the web.
The company's plan is to launch hundreds of low-cost miniature satellites, known as cubesats, into low Earth orbit.
Here, each satellite will receive data from a network of ground stations across the globe.
Using a technique known as User Datagram Protocol (UDP) multitasking, which is the sharing of data between users on a network, Outernet will beam information to users.
Much like how you receive a signal on your television and flick through channels, Outernet will broadcast the Internet to you and allow you to flick through certain websites.
THE OUTERNET PROJECT TIMELINE
By June of this year the Outernet project aims to begin deploying prototype satellites to test their technology
In September 2014 they will make a request to NASA to test their technology on the International Space Station
By early 2015 they intend to begin manufacturing and launching their satellites
And in June 2015 the company says they will begin broadcasting the Outernet from space
'We have a very solid understand of the costs involved, as well as experience working on numerous spacecraft,' said Project Lead of Outernet Syed Karim, who fielded some questions on Reddit.
'There isn't a lot of raw research that is being done here; much of what is being described has already been proven by other small satellite programs and experiments.
There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this'
But at the prospect of telecoms operators trying to shut the project down before it gets off the ground, Karim said: 'We will fight... and win.'
If everything goes to plan, the Outernet project aims to ask NASA for permission to test the technology on the International Space Station.
And their ultimate goal will be to beginning deploying the Outernet satellites into Earth orbit, which they say can begin in June 2015.
February 18th, 2014
The Rush Limbaugh Show
You gotta hear Pat Caddell. I mentioned this, but I want you to hear Pat Caddell say it.
It was last night on the Fox report on the Fox News Channel, talking about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.
CADDELL: The reason is, the establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea Parties. Got it?
They want to go after the Tea Parties because the Tea Parties are an outside threat to their power hold, and I'm telling you, the lobbying, consulting class of the Republican Party and Republican leadership who have been attacking the Tea Parties and alienating them, they want the IRS to do this.
RUSH: That is a serious charge. That is a very, very serious charge, that the Republican establishment is aligned with Obama and is okay with Obama using the IRS to investigate the Tea Party.
But it's believable, because we know the Republican establishment, the political class in Washington, is spreading the word that they are not gonna criticize Hillary, it isn't gonna happen, and we shouldn't, either.
It shouldn't happen. It won't help anybody to criticize the Clintons, at least not from the nineties. Maybe go after her on Benghazi, but if anybody does that they'll say, "No, no, no, leave Benghazi alone." And pretty soon they're gonna say no criticism of the Clintons. That's not gonna help us. You watch.
February 17th, 2014
Fascinating how the GOP laments how little can be done, and yet roll over when actionable items arise where they can push back hard against Obama's authoritarianism.
Of course there's little one can do, when most especially, one refuses to do anything...
By Joseph Weber
Washington Republicans on Sunday restated their argument that President Obama has violated the Constitution by using executive orders to alter the Affordable Care Act but acknowledged they likely have no recourse or ability to stop another incident.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told “Fox News Sunday” that congressional Republicans think the president abused the government’s separation of powers by using the executive orders to sidestep Congress and delay the law’s employer mandate.
“The president knows this is wrong.”- Sen. Mike Lee
However, he said critics would be challenged to win in court because Congress lacks the so-called “legal standing” to present the case and they would have a “tough time” finding somebody hurt enough by the delays to be a good plaintiff.
“The president knows this is wrong,” said Lee, among the most outspoken ObamaCare critics. “What gives him the ability to rewrite the law?”
Last week the president, for the second time in about seven months, delayed the employer mandate, which requires medium- and large-sized businesses to offer insurance to employers.
The original Jan. 1, 2014, start for the mandate, which requires businesses with 50 to 99 full-time employees to offer the insurance or face a tax penalty, was delayed in July for one year. On Monday, Obama delayed it until 2016.
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., defended the president’s actions Sunday, telling “Fox News” that Obama is “making sure laws are written and executed” to help Americans.
He also said that if Obama’s actions “were against the Constitution somebody would have sued him by now.”
Obama has used executive order less than modern U.S. presidents -- 167 times so far, compared to 238 for President Carter and 256 for President Reagan.
Still, Lee called Obama’s actions “a shameless act, a shameless power grab.”
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February 17th, 2014
Narcissists, psychopaths, sadists or Machiavellian? When it comes to online trolls, you can take your pick: Researchers say habitual electronic provocateurs have several of these serious personality issues.
One of the biggest studies yet into such behavior has found that Internet “trolls” — those who post deliberately provocative messages to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument — may need some intense therapy.
Researchers said sadistic behavior was most commonly exhibited online, and that commenters’ negative traits got worse the longer the person spent online, Slate reported.
“Respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles,” the team at the University of Manitoba said in their report.
Erin Buckels and two colleagues conducted the research via two tests, and determined “overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures.”Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. The Daily Mail reported:
One asked survey participants what they “enjoyed doing most” when on online comment sites, offering five options: “debating issues that are important to you,” “chatting with others,” “making new friends,” “trolling others,” and “other.”
It found only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually enjoyed trolling. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” the team wrote. “Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”
Psychology Today explained Machiavelli was legendary for his duplicitous nature, and modern psychiatrists now use “Machiavellian” to describe people who are brilliantly and dangerously self-centered.
Based on this research, it’s safe to assume whether online or in person, these trolls could benefit from a few doses of humility, or a visit to the therapist.
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February 16th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
There have been dramatic increases in Antarctic sea ice extent, as reported by the National Sea Ice data Center, which indicated the following:
"Antarctic sea ice extent continues to track very high in January, reaching the second-highest monthly extent in the 36-year satellite monitoring record. "
As shown within the above graphic, sea ice extent can easily be seen to increase in most areas, while waning somewhat in others, which is a normal oscillation.
While we have heard numerous conflicting stories on Arctic sea ice and the apparent loss of volume, as increasingly stipulated by the global warming crowd, the actual facts contradict that which the warmers have been arguing.
In fact, when we look at data which is not readily apparent, that being Arctic sea ice thickness, a set of contraindicating facts comes to the forefront. The principle issue missing appears to be one of sea ice thickness as it relates to overall volume or extent.
In the following diagrams, we can see a considerable increase in thickness and overall area of Arctic sea ice, as compared to recent years:
If Arctic sea ice is on the wane, then why is it considerably thicker than in years past?
According to the NSIDC, the ice is:
While current Arctic temperatures have been temporarily higher than average in February, a thing which the warmers have been touting, the overall data sets suggest something quite the opposite from recent overall temperature changes.
"Antarctic sea ice remains significantly more extensive than average."
More from the NSIDC:
While satellite observations have shown a decline in Arctic Ocean sea ice extent since the late 1970s, sea ice is highly mobile, and a decrease in extent does not necessarily imply a corresponding decrease in ice volume. Observations of thickness (which allows calculation of volume) have been limited, making it difficult to estimate sea ice volume trends. The European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat satellite was launched in October 2010 and has enabled estimates of sea ice thickness and volume for the last three years.
Preliminary measurements from CryoSat show that the volume of Arctic sea ice in autumn 2013 was about 50% higher than in the autumn of 2012. In October 2013, CryoSat measured approximately 9,000 cubic kilometers (approximately 2,200 cubic miles) of sea ice compared to 6,000 cubic kilometers (approximately 1,400 cubic miles) in October 2012.
About 90% of the increase in volume between the two years is due to the retention of thick, multiyear ice around Northern Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. However, this apparent recovery in ice volume should be considered in a long-term context.
So, while the Cult of Climate Change will inevitably cherry-pick overall data, the real and true facts are in direct opposition to that which the warmers try to constantly characterize, concerning both poles being increasingly devoid of ice.
Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.
NSIDC scientists provide Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis, with partial support from NASA.