Outernet is now Othernet and is indeed receive-only... kinda. I believe the plan for the current hardware is to relay LoRa signals from node to node (over non-standard frequencies) until an Internet-connected device is reached, possibly even with sneakernet relaying as an option. These very small packets will contain requests for information only. The satellite then responds, delivering the requested information at higher bandwidth.
There are several heavily funded projects currently underway that aim to provide high speed satellite communication, with Starlink recently launching its first two test satellites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_(satellite_constellation)
There is also Iridium NEXT, ViaSat's ViaSat-3, Inmarsat's Global Xpress and Hughesnet and EchoStar's XIX. With everyone except Iridium NEXT promising tens or hundred of megabits of bandwidth.
One of the early volunteers at sudo mesh was consulting on a secret satellite Internet project (I don't know which one). They wanted to know how much bandwidth they could get if you put a phased array antenna on the back of a smartphone or tablet and how quickly it would drain the battery. That was in 2013. People with a lot of money have been working on this for a while and the intent is definitely to make this more of a portable consumer technology.
I'm definitely interested if anyone wants to put together a communications satellite, but we'll probably see global high-speed somewhat affordable coverage by a bunch of different companies in 5-10 years.
Joey Hess I'm very interested in phased array antennas and making lower-cost open hardware versions of them!
"Nucular" is a commonly used mispronunciation of the word "nuclear". While no dictionaries list this particular pronunciation as correct, several make mention of it because of its increased usage.
The funny thing about language is that if enough people do it wrong then it becomes right. However this particular work should not have used what is still by most considered a mispronunciation. Neither HJPEV nor HJG would pronounce it nuclear and would be annoyed by others doing so.
@nanomonkey yeah, except for the pronunciation of nuculear
@dinosaur Does anyone in the ssb dev community have the necessary experience to implement such a protocol? Might it not be better to adapt an existing protocol, e.g. the one used by Signal, for peer to peer use?
i've been using this identity on multiple devices since i created it. It's probably pretty rare to have a situation with multiple devices that aren't either all connected to the internet or on the same lan in between posting from them. You'd have to post using one offline device, then move to another device on a different lan and post from that device.
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