Re: I wonder what it really does?
Let's see... what kind of military application would you have for a satellite that can latch onto another one? Hmm...
76 posts • joined 31 Aug 2009
Not sure about the treason part, but I agree, it's damaging critical infrastructure. These towers that are getting torched typically have a lot of equipment on them and the 5G equipment. So while you might be torching the 5G equipment, you're also torching everything else. Many towers share space with other carriers and some also include public safety radio equipment.
Reminds me of when the US Dept of Defense when on their tizzy about getting everything Y2K compliant. Anything that plugged into an electrical outlet had to get a sticker. Anything found to be non-compliant got put on a spreadsheet for funding to replace it. I got to take a peek at that list for our base and saw that the medical squadron had a dozen VCR's on the list. Of course everyone got what they wanted... but I couldn't help but wonder if the clock on the VCR's would flash 13:00 instead of 12:00?
"The logical next step is for the Feds just to have the raw data sent directly to them via intercept at the towers or somewhere else in the system and cut out the middlemen. A win for the corporates as they can claim they "didn't know" and all will be well once again amongst the users."
They can already place their own "tower" near a suspect and collect data from everyone in the neighborhood.....
Insert meme here: What if I told you that a cloud was just someone else's computer?
In this case, several computers. How many several-several computers does it take to make them happy? It makes perfect sense to have all of the computers under one cloud with one service provider. As long as that service provider has diverse and alternate paths and carp-loads of redundancy, what's the issue? If the other bidders take issue with how the contracting process is being run, they can file a formal protest. They know how to do this. Let's not confuse contracting with politics.
It isn't what you think it is. SkyConnect is a GPS and Iridium box all-in-one. The basic unit has two functions: 1) Get the GPS coordinates and send them to Honeywell with the aircraft ID over Iridium; and 2) Allow Iridium phone calls. They do have higher level boxes that add internet, but even with that, I don't see you bringing down a plane with it. You could possibly really confuse dispatch if you could change their coordinates, but that's not that much fun.
I remember back in the day... back before 9/11... one of my "additional duties" was to be a classified courier. Even had a letter saying what I was carrying was exempt from inspection. Most airport cops didn't appreciate it. I can't fathom the amount of lube that would be required to do that job now!
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