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Connecting Android Phones Without Carrier Networks

twostar Re:The next step is WiFi calling (102 comments)

Most T-Mobile android phones have wifi calling built into them. great for calling when outside the US and not paying roaming fee's.

about a year ago
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Falcon 9 Prepares For High Stakes Launch

twostar Re:I don't get it... (190 comments)

I believe the contract includes nonrecurring engineering costs. Basically the engineering time to meet NASA requirements for docking to the station that wouldn't have been there just to launch into orbit. SpaceX's website puts per launch costs at around $45-50 million.

more than 4 years ago
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Giving CubeSats Electric Propulsion

twostar Re:Pico (74 comments)

Picosatellite is just a general classification in the satellite community of 1kg. "Small" satellites are anything from 500kg down. Notice it's not Pico- kg but pico-satellite. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_satellite

more than 4 years ago
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Data Center Raid About Unpaid Telco Fees

twostar Re:Looking forward to more inflammatory articles (174 comments)

Maybe because VOIP has NEVER BEEN A GOOD 911 OPTION.

What happens when the power goes out?

My UPS kicks in supporting the modem, the VOIP router and the phone.

What happens when the internet goes out?

I assume you mean when your internet connection goes out. I've got DSL and I've had it go out once in three years and that was during a pretty nasty storm. I'm pretty sure the phone was out also though I had no way of checking. So as long as the phone system works my DSL and VOIP are probably up.

What happens when...

The list goes on and on and on and on which is why if you're really concerned about 911 you should have at least one land line phone plugged into an outlet. Why? Because the FBI doesn't need to worry about VOIP service. You should have a 911 phone available.

Why should I be forced to subsidize an out of date POTS when I don't use it? Maybe we should all be forced to buy and maintain emergency radios so we can call first responders when the phone system goes out.

If 911 was REALLY a problem then Comcast shouldn't be able to cut anyone's internet access... ever.

Because the phone company has never disconnected anyone before either.

about 5 years ago
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Does Obama Have a Problem At NASA?

twostar Re:I hate to be an ass... (479 comments)

IAAAE (I am an aerospace engineer) and Ares looks silly. Solid rockets should never be used for manned vehicles. The capsule idea is the way to go but the LV is a bad choice IMHO.

more than 5 years ago

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