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  1. Yet you're on a computer. A computer that likely runs a proprietary operating system, running a proprietary browser, proprietary drivers and even proprietary firmware. Even if you're running the most open of Linux, you'll find it hard to move away from proprietary 'blobs'. Even on ManxForums, Google can read analytics data about you. So, stop with your nonsense.
  2. Older geostationary tech has historically used wired backhaul before for upload, such as 56k modems. It was cheaper and easier than getting users to transmit back up that high. That's what The Old Git was on about. Edit: "One-way receive, with terrestrial transmit" was the technical name for it.
  3. The dish tracks the satellites as they move. An academic did some modelling of the capability here, and how the handoffs work, based on FCC data https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m05abdGSOxY He has a couple of other videos, SpaceX want the satellites to be doing satellite to satellite communication in the future. He works out whether it could be faster than the fibre across the Atlantic.
  4. Satellite both ways. The satellites are much closer to the ground and much more densely packed to make things work better.
  5. There are already people on the Island using Starlink, it's about 90 quid a month, but, if you're working from home, or out in the sticks it can make all the difference. It's also allegedly going to get cheaper as the platform matures. I think one speedtest I'd seen from over here was getting 300+ down. But even a reliable 50-100 megs is a night and day upgrade from being on a spotty connection.
  6. Realistically, the Island isn't set up for foundational research. You've got huge hubs of skill in places like Manchester and Dublin, with multi-national companies throwing hundreds of millions into facilities and staff. So, you have to attract the companies. What is there to entice a PhD researcher here? Unless they're looking to settle somewhere down safe for the kids. The companies being here may attract the staff, but will it keep them here? The IOMG tries quite hard to attract tech business over here already, and to try and help it where they can. But you'd need a sustainable and long-term strategy to really establish the Island in the research sector. We'd need to have more appeal than just being a geographically diverse small test-bed.
  7. They'll have installed their own transmitters/receivers. You just need a spot with some fibre-optic cable, electricity and as broad a view of the sky as possible. There's a picture on MR comments that looks to be the antenna. They look to be the same setup as Starlink ground stations elsewhere.
  8. What do we actually have to offer? The sky? A couple of submarine cables to the UK and Ireland? Being in the middle? That's the reason Starlink are setting up some kit on the island. We don't encourage knowledge and skill retention on the Island.
  9. These are what some of the American starlink sites look like.
  10. Interesting video on how well Starlink can theoretically perform with ground relays exclusively. Mark Handley talks about the theoretical latencies with different configurations of satellite to satellite links too.
  11. An interesting publication from the psychology dept at the University of Sydney... https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/07/30/what-psychology-says-about-covid-non-compliers.html
  12. The NHS figures have been published for the past month in England of people in hospital with vs due to COVID. As it stands, it's about 77% because of COVID. https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-hospital-activity/
  13. I would be hesitant to suggest 4G as a dependable fallback in certain areas of the Island. You really need a couple of days to work out whether it is a viable prospect where you are. There are a couple of sizable towns where contention is known to be a major issue on 4G, especially on Sure, you can actually plot the change in speed and latency over the course of a day, as you'd expect it gets notably worse at peak times, falling well into ADSL speeds. MT I was getting around 40-50mb/s in the same area, using a roaming SIM card, but unfortunately, that provider stopped offering unlimited roaming. Sure no longer offer unlimited home broadband over 4G either. The most you can get is 100GB a month, anyone on the unlimited was grandfathered in. Personally, I would recommend going for fibre if available, especially if you're planning on staying in a property. MT are aiming to switch everyone to it in the next few years, as it is faster and more reliable. I believe the Island-wide rollout is to be complete by 2024.
  14. The Health Minister confirmed on Thursday, as did a doctor that all the cases in then were in due to COVID. Your 'answers' are based on conjecture, extrapolation and Manx whispers. You could always email the minister, he's said to reply promptly.
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