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Is the new ‘Starlink for RVs’ scheme worth it for you?

Starlink, for many, is filling a need, especially for those with limited or no access. Yet, these are still early days and Elon Musk‘s satellite internet service–operated through SpaceX—is not robust enough to accomodate everyone who needs or desires access. This might be a reason Starlink and the Starlink for RVs program is seemingly aimed at those who are incapable of waiting, can afford it, and don’t mind paying the inflated prices.

Starlink for RVs for Canadians » CDN$947.60 (~ US$740) 1st month then CDN$195.50 (~US$153) per month for service thereafter (Conversion rate 2022.05.24 / CDN$1 = US$0.7777371 or US$1 = 1.00 US Dollar = CDN$1.2848661)

Richard Lawler, The Verge »

Taking that route won’t be cheap, though. Like most people in the US who live east of the Mississippi River, my home address is waitlisted for Starlink service, but I could sign up for a dish today with $99 down and an estimated $110 monthly service price. If I opt for Starlink for RVs, then I can get a dish shipped to me ASAP, as long as I’m willing to pay the full $599 price plus fees immediately and $135 per month for internet service.

For my extra $25 each month, I would enjoy “best effort service,” as well as the option to pause service for months when I don’t need it. As the Starlink for RVs FAQ explains, “Network resources are always de-prioritized for Starlink for RVs users compared to other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed. Service degradation will be most extreme in “Waitlist” areas on the Starlink Availability Map during peak hours.” »

Elsewhere » Engadget / PC Mag / Business Insider / Interesting Engineering / ZDNet

 

YouTube has removed over 70,000 videos and 9,000 channels relating to Ukraine war

The videos and channels related to the war in Ukraine were taken down for violating content guidelines, including removal of videos that referred to the invasion as a “liberation mission”.

The Guardian »

The platform is hugely popular in Russia, where, unlike some of its US peers, it has not been shut down despite hosting content from opposition figures such as Alexei Navalny. YouTube has also been able to operate in Russia despite cracking down on pro-Kremlin content that has broken guidelines including its major violent events policy, which prohibits denying or trivialising the invasion.

Since the conflict began in February, YouTube has taken down channels including that of the pro-Kremlin journalist Vladimir Solovyov. Channels associated with Russia’s Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs have also been temporarily suspended from uploading videos in recent months for describing the war as a “liberation mission”.

YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, said: “We have a major violent events policy and that applies to things like denial of major violent events: everything from the Holocaust to Sandy Hook. And of course, what’s happening in Ukraine is a major violent event. And so we’ve used that policy to take unprecedented action.” »

Framework’s new laptop demonstrates repairable and upgradeable tech devices are possible [Updated]

»»» Introducing the new and upgraded Framework Laptop (Framework Team Blog Post)

It’s pretty cool that current Framework Laptop Owners Can Now Upgrade to 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs (Gizmodo)

The Framework is possibly my next laptop (after my expensive to buy, expensive-to-repairable, and un-upgradable MacBook Pro dies).

The Verge »

A little more than a year after announcing the first version of its ultra-repairable, upgradeable notebook, Framework is launching the second-generation Framework Laptop. It’s meant to be substantially faster and a little more sturdy, but, mostly, it’s a signal that Framework is serious about building truly long-lasting devices and might actually be fulfilling the often promised and rarely delivered dream of upgradeable, modular gadgets.

Which raises the real question for Framework: how do you launch a new laptop when your whole company is based on letting people upgrade and improve their laptops without just having to buy a new one?

That’s where Framework’s announcement gets cool: the new chipset is also going to be available in Framework’s Marketplace, meaning you can buy a mainboard with a 12th Gen chip and slot it into your existing Framework Laptop without having to buy a whole new device. Or, you can opt to replace your top cover with the new stronger one without changing anything else. (The Upgrade Kit, which includes both pieces, starts at $538.) Framework is planning to continue selling the first-gen laptop at a discounted price of $899 while its inventory lasts, too, so you can start on your upgrade path whenever you want. »

Elsewhere » Gizmodo / XDA

Canada to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment and services on telecommunications networks in the country

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, released the following statement »

“Today, the Government of Canada is ensuring the long term safety of our telecommunications infrastructure. As part of that, the government intends to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems.

“This follows a thorough review by our independent security agencies and in consultation with our closest allies.

“As a result, telecommunications companies that operate in Canada would no longer be permitted to make use of designated equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE. As well, companies that already use this equipment installed in their networks would be required to cease its use and remove it. The government intends to implement these measures as part of a broader agenda to promote the security of Canada’s telecommunications networks and in consultation with industry.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Policy Statement » Securing Canada’s Telecommunications System

Last week, US President Joe Biden extended for another year a Trump-era executive order that declared a national emergency and prohibited U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment produced by firms posing a national security risk.

Robert Gillies, Associated Press » Canada joins its intelligence allies in banning carriers from using Huawei and ZTE equipment for the country’s 5G network

Elsewhere » CTV / Nikkei / WSJ / Financial Times / The Guardian / Deutsche Welle

Chatham House » Podcast » War in Ukraine: Disinformation and the cyber war

Why is controlling information so important?

If you are interested to know how misinformation, disinformation, and cyber war is conducted, and why it’s so vital for authoritarian regimes, this podcast may be useful to you.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, is a London-based independent policy institute and forum for debate and dialogue.

Chatham House » Podcast » Undercurrents »

How does Russia use disinformation and who are they targeting? How are social networks shaping the war in Ukraine? What can be done to stop the spread of disinformation?

Host Ned Sedgwick and guests Emily TaylorKeir GilesDamian Collins MP help us understand.

While listening to this podcast, I often found similarities with the tactics and techniques used by other authoritarian regimes and, to some extent, right-wing political parties around the world (ie banning books, reducing funding for education, reducing or controlling access to the Internet, …)

The Biden administration is capping the cost of high-speed Internet for low-income Americans

The Affordable Connectivity Program will provide at least 100 Megabits per second of high-speed Internet access for no more than US$30. An estimated 48 million US citizens will qualify.

NPR »

“High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity,” the White House said. “But too many families go without high-speed internet because of the cost, or have to cut back on other essentials to make their monthly internet service payments.”

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