Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Sony’s PlayStation 5 opened pre-orders today, and it’s an utter fiasco so far — there was no communication about when, where, or how to get one without competing with scalpers. But perhaps we can help you get your hands on Nvidia’s new RTX 3080 graphics card, a GPU that finally powers 4K 60fps gaming or better for $700? Truth be told, we don’t know when all of these retailers will begin — we’ve already seen this MSI card go in and out of stock — but Newegg recently tweeted that orders begin at 6AM PT, and an Nvidia community manager said the same, so that seems like a pretty safe bet. It’ll definitely happen by end-of-day Thursday, because September 17th is launch day. But we do know where you might want to look: Amazon, Best Buy, and N... Continue reading…
Deepfakes are media — often video but sometimes audio — that were created, altered, or synthesized with the aid of deep learning to attempt to deceive some viewers or listeners into believing a false event or false message.The original example of a deepfake (by reddit user /u/deepfake) swapped the face of an actress onto the body of a porn performer in a video – which was, of course, completely unethical, although not initially illegal. Other deepfakes have changed what famous people were saying, or the language they were speaking.To read this article in full, please click here
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Oh, no, is Google about to have its Galaxy Note 7 moment? A swathe of Pixel 3 and 3XL owners have reported damage to their handsets due to swollen batteries. According to numerous threads on the Google Support forum and Reddit, bulging batteries are causing the back panels of some Pixel devices to pop off. The threads, which date back to May, were first spotted by AndroidPolice. Curiously, AndroidPolice founder Artem Russakovskii’s Pixel 3 suffered from the same issue. Oh wow… just found out why the wireless charging stopped working on the Pixel 3… check out the battery bloat that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
Reddit is an excellent online social platform to share your content and get feedback for it.It provides you with a variety of features including a Material Design user interface, colored and highlighted comment-threads to make them easier to read, and various background themes.The app offers hundreds of features including amazing widget support, material design, view switching per subreddit, media preview options, filtering, various customizable themes, options for changing the font size, type, and color, etc.Although, Boost for Reddit offers a paid version that you can purchase for $10.00 to get access to the entire app.Infinity for RedditInfinity for Reddit is quite a decent Reddit app loaded with a variety of features such as a dark theme, multiple account support, and many more.It offers a variety of basic features such as support for various file types, support of Reddit Gold features, and Imgur support.It provides you with some decent features including various themes, support for multiple file types, widgets support, moderator tools, and some other standard set of tools.
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Does this Amazon listing hold the key to the PS5 release date?
One aspect of the 2020 presidential campaign that isn’t much discussed is the fact that both candidates want to end the internet as we know it. Both President Trump and Joe Biden have called for the end of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech companies in most cases when their users post something illegal on their platforms. Trump brought the subject up today when a Twitter account with fewer than 200 followers posted an obviously doctored image of Senate Majority Mitch McConnell dressed up in Soviety military garb, with the caption reading “Moscow Mitch.” “Why does Twitter leave phony pictures like this up, but take down Republican/Conservative pictures and statements that are true?” the president wanted... Continue reading…
So you certainly wouldn’t want to lose your password to that wallet/holiday fund, would you?We will guide you through the process of hacking your own Bitcoin wallet, which is not recommended for rookie users or impersonated accounts.How Is Bitcoin Stored?Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that originates from 1998 when Wei Dai described an idea on the cypherpunks mailing list about using cryptography to control the creation and transaction of a new currency instead of the traditional way of using a central authority.Use our special promotional code below and if you haven’t used RoboForm before you can enjoy RoboForm Everywhere or Family for as low as $1.16 per month, saving 30% on the subscription fees.Click to Reveal CouponA Bitcoin wallet is actually a collection of Bitcoin addresses, and it essentially stores the corresponding keys to those addresses.Since SHA-256 is a deterministic method, users can always use the same password to recreate their private key.Still, there is one thing you need to consider: using this method means the security of your Bitcoin wallet now depends on how unpredictable your password is.How to Recover a Lost PasswordTo regain access to a Bitcoin wallet, users need the latest copy of their wallet file, at least an idea of what their password is, a computer with a super-fast CPU, a list of potential passwords, and time and patience.Two of the most popular are John the Ripper or Hashcat, so pick one that suits your needs.It might be worth looking into how password recovery tools work before downloading the software of your choice.With John the Ripper you’ll need to inform the software of what it is that you want crack, specify the hash you’d like to decrypt, choose the word list to use for the attack, and, finally, specify the number of CPU cores to use.Of course, you have access to more info than a hacker might, so putting together a list of passwords can streamline the process and could increase the success rate.You aren’t the first and won’t be the last to crack a Bitcoin wallet.
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An in-game ad in UFC-4 prompted angry fan backlash | Reddit/r/Ydino EA has apologized for putting a full-screen, in-game ad into its UFC 4 game, after angry fans protested on Reddit. First reported by Eurogamer, the commercial break, which featured a spot for Amazon’s show The Boys, was added to the $60 game about a month after its initial release. An EA spokesperson wrote in a Reddit post that the team had turned on ad placements in the game during the “replay” moments, and that while “this type of advertising inventory is not new to the UFC franchise,” it has typically been limited to “specific main menu tiles or Octagon logo placement.” A post on Reddit’s r/assholedesign board pointing out the issue had close to 100,000 upvotes. EA decided to add full-on commercials in the middle of... Continue reading…
Electronic Arts decided to roll back the addition of in-game ads to UFC 4, which were introduced more than two weeks after launch, following player backlash.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge You’ve probably been caught off guard by videos that play automatically on Facebook, Twitter, or just across the internet in general. They begin playing as soon as you load a page or (if they’re more deviously implemented) when you start scrolling through a page. Automatic video play is a feature that, while nice to have when it’s surfacing content that’s related to your interests, can be pretty annoying. Autoplay videos can be harmful, too, exposing you to violent, offensive, or otherwise unwanted content that you shouldn’t have to see by default. Whether you just want to put an end to autoplay videos on social media platforms or are looking for a more comprehensive fix, we’ve got some tips. Keep in mind that you’ll need to adjust... Continue reading…
Arnold Schwarzenegger fans know him for being a badass on screen, but they may not know him for being a badass on ... Reddit?In July, a Reddit user by the name RadonLab celebrated the former California governor on the platform by sharing images of a custom carved tobacco pipe that featured the likeness of Schwarzenegger’s character in Terminator.The user shared the images of the incredibly detailed pipe with the caption: “I Carved this pipe specially for Arnold’s birthday” (Schwarzenegger turned 73 on July 30.)I Carved this pipe specially for Arnold's birthday from r/DamnthatsinterestingSoon after, Schwarzenegger ― whose Reddit name is GovSchwarzenegger ― found the image and commented that he thought the pipe was fantastic.“Would you sell this to me?” he asked on the platform, to which RadonLab said he’d like to simply give Schwarzenegger the pipe. In response, Schwarzenegger said: “If you insist on giving it to me, I insist on sending you back a signed photo of me using it (Now that it’s 2020, I just sign things on my machine and send in email if that works for you). You can send me a message and I’ll give you the details.”Fast forward to this week, and RadonLab shared a snapshot of the image Schwarzenegger sent him using his new “Terminator” pipe.“To Radon, thank you for the great pipe,” the signed image reads.I carved and gifted the "Terminator pipe" to Arnold birthday and he sent me a photo. from r/nextfuckinglevelSchwarzenegger also told RadonLab on Reddit: “I love it. You’re really talented, and I can’t thank you enough!”Sceptics on the platform pushed back to express their disbelief that Schwarzenegger actually signed the photograph, which prompted Schwarzenegger to defend himself and verify that yes, it is authentic.CardHe also offered some pretty sage advice for Redditors: “Saying something is fake without proof does not make you better than someone who accepts something as real without proof. You’re just a negative mirror image of them.” CardThis joyous story has since gone viral on other platforms, including Twitter, where it’s racked up more than 25,000 retweets.“This was a fantastic birthday gift and I am glad Radon Labs is getting the attention he deserves,” wrote Schwarzenegger in a later Reddit comment. Happy belated birthday Schwarzenegger, and congrats to RadonLab for getting your “Terminator” goods noticed by the man himself!READ MORE: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Adorable Mini Pony And Donkey Want You To #StayTheFHome Arnold Schwarzenegger Reassures Fans He’s OK After Being Dropkicked By ‘Idiot’ Man At Meet And Greet Terminator: Dark Fate Is Not A Win For Feminism. Here’s Hoping It Won’t Be Back
“I take portraits of dicks because dicks have their own stories to tell, but are still censored.” Artist-activist Ajamu is discussing Me And My Penis, a new Channel 4 documentary released this week, which celebrates his ongoing photography series – sensitive portraits of naked men – while also interviewing those involved about the reasons they may feel anxious about their penises and their bodies.In front of his camera, men talk openly about sex, masturbation and erections, and how it feels to be a man, away from the clichés of locker or steam room banter. They tell stories of infertility, violence and sexual abuse as they pose – one wearing only an octopus to represent the shackles of masculinity. In another segment, an unnamed Asian man (all his subjects are anonymous to viewers) speaks about how he bruised his penis by attempting to stop the flow of semen in line with his Muslim teachings against masturbation. He spent his young life feeling oppressed by his homosexuality but feels validated by Ajamu’s lens. “The film became a space for us to recognise what we all share, despite our differences,” says Ajamu of the mission statement for his documentary.“I wanted to meet and photograph all kinds of men – the kinds of men I would not normally meet.”Ajamu, 56, born in Huddersfield and based now in Brixton, south London, tells HuffPost UK he was moved by the bravery of his subjects. “What’s poignant is how many of them have lived with their demons and not felt able or allowed to admit to them because of being a man,” he says.Participants, who ranged in age from their twenties to fifties, include a trans man who speaks about the power of transitioning and what their genitalia means to them, and a former member of the military whose testicles were blown off by a bomb. He still gets horny, the man says – but has no way to alleviate it. Ajamu wants to normalise the penis, “especially the erection; by keeping it taboo we give it too much power and don’t allow men to be vulnerable.” Erections are viewed as aggressive, but that’s exactly why we should see more of them, suggests the artist, who points out that many straight men won’t have seen an erect penis other than their own.When the Channel 4 documentary first aired on Bank Holiday Monday, it was the first to show an erection on British TV, even if a number of viewers tweeted afterwards how conventionally attractive Ajamu’s participants were – and how most of the penises shown on screen were noticeable large ones.Also hoping to normalise the penis, but by offering practical solutions to health problems, are cousins Xander Gilbert, 31, and Angus Barge, 29, from London.They are the founders of a new digital health service, Mojo Men, launching with the specific aim of helping men with erection issues, though there’s actually a ban on the term ‘erectile dysfunction’ in discussions, the pair say.“We try not to use that term because we don’t want our customers to feel dysfunctional. We know that will exacerbate the issue,” says Gilbert of their approach. A recent study found almost a quarter (23%) of men under 35 have experienced erection issues during sex, but Mojo Men’s founders believe that despite these stats, men struggle to talk about these issues.The service offers video tutorials with a team of health experts, including psychosexual therapists, urologists, clinical psychologists and pelvic health specialists, as well as a forum where users can post questions to be answered by professionals. Users can choose anonymous usernames if they wish, but the idea is for questions to be posed publicly to help other men who may be experiencing the same issues but are uncomfortable seeking help.The duo present their £9.99 subscription as an alternative to little blue pills, which they see as exacerbating the problem, rather than helping it, and not a longterm fix (though as Caroline Criado Perez revealed in Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, early tests on Viagra showed promising results as a treatment for period pain but were not considered worthy of funding, so women might be happy to co-opt any going spare).“Guys want to learn at a distance,” says Barge, who compares Mojo Men to a “professionalised” Reddit, centring as it is around a forum. The cousins say they only plucked up the courage even to talk to each other about what turned out to be a shared issue a year-and-a-half ago.“I told him how much erection issues had rocked my world, and luckily it landed on the ears of somebody who had experienced it as well, it had a profound effect on both of us,” says Barge of that initial conversation.“When Angus brought it up I froze like a rabbit in headlights. I thought: oh god, can I open up about my experiences?” recalls Gilbert. “I wasn’t prepared for it and I hadn’t talked about before, then suddenly he was wanting to talk about it and I bucked up the courage to reciprocate and it felt really good, like a weight off my shoulders.”The founders say the influence of Princes Harry and William on mental health for men has been a crucial milestone in the broadening of conversations. That’s not to say the royals have been discussing their genitalia in public – but that these issues are wider than a physical health thing, but a wider issue of wellbeing.Men’s insecurities around their genitalia, as with women’s about theirs, are often driven by fears constructed in the mind, rather than being based on truth: penis dysmorphia, a subcategory of body dysmorphic disorder, is common among men, and can lead to men avoiding sex altogether out of fear, shame or embarrassment. Related... Men Are Reaching Burnout – Is Self-Care The Solution? For artist Vincenzo Costantino, who has been photographing men in the nude this year for a new series called #MenInLockdown, the pandemic has been a natural way into having conversations about how men view their own bodies.“The global lockdown have enabled many men to focus on themselves and maybe look for self-improvement,” says Constantino, 32, who lives in London.He reached out to men using the sex and dating app Grindr, sharing images he’d already taken and asking others if they’d like to be involved. “The image of the penis is a powerful one, evoking many emotions in people, says the artist, who hopes to lessen the stigma around male genitalia. “I think normalising the image of the penis is a beautiful thing. They come in all shapes and sizes and almost 50% of the population owns one. We should get to know it more.”During the shoots, participants were concerned about how their bodies would photograph and others were curious about why Constantino was doing the project in the first place. He hopes the series will help men validate their body image: “Not all of the guys were classically confident but I think the experience lifted their self-esteem,” he says.The nakedness in his photographs comes in all shapes and sizes, both of bodies – and penises – and represents a wider pool of men than Ajamu’s series.However, clothes can carry their own raw power, says Constantino, who believes the rise of androgynous fashion has led to a cultural shift away from rigid ideas about masculinity, platforming gender fluidity as it does. “The female body has been viewed as beautiful for generations. Now is the time to recognise the male form as a thing of beauty,” he urges.Understanding male bodies in their own context is a practice which needs to be mirrored when it comes to understanding male mental health. Martin Seager, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, believes that part of the reason men haven’t been comfortable with sharing their feelings is because services tailored to the male experience such as Mojo Men hadn’t previously existed.“Whilst it is true to say that men are now more able to share feelings than in the past, the emphasis on this message is also unhelpful because it also blames men for differences rather than recognising that it’s our attitudes to men that need to change,” says Seager. “A better message is to say we need to listen to men better and tune in more to the ways they communicate – once men are listened to in a male-friendly setting it’s hard to stop them expressing their feelings,” he adds.He lauds the arrival of services such as Mojo Men and Manual, a website that sells products for a range of men’s health issues, from erectile dysfunction to hair loss to problem skin, with no need to visit a doctor. As its website states, “nearly 90% of men don’t seek help unless they have a serious problem”.But this idea that men are bad at communicating will only end when the image of the archetypal man changes, argues Seager.Related... 8 In 10 Men Are Putting Up With Pain Instead Of Seeing Their GP – Why? “The message needs to be for men: there is a wide range of ways to be virile and penis size and sexual performance is only one aspect of masculinity.  Just as for women, beauty can come in many shapes or sizes.”The queer scene can be a microcosm of this wider masculinity debate. While diversity is supposedly celebrated, and the community prides itself on tolerance and acceptance, unhealthy ideals of masculinity – of having the perfect muscular body – are also rife. Dr Justin Bengry, queer theorist and founder of the Goldsmiths MA in Queer History, says the exoticisation of a certain type of male penis has been cultivated over hundreds, if not thousands, of years.“What is considered an erotic, desirable, or attractive penis has its own history, and experiences of desire, sexual acts, and eroticism are all historically and culturally specific,” he says.“That’s not to say that these behaviours can’t also do harm, that they don’t also turn people into objects to be fetishised, and that they don’t devalue some people relative to others. They do all of these, and have long done so.”This debate plays out in the heteronormative space too. With each new series of Love Island, producers are criticised for their narrow casting of body types – among the men, as much as the women. And for all the sexual bravado and footage of the male contestants working out in the garden gym, there is little discussion – at least that makes the cut – of their feelings about their bodies.We can be thankful, perhaps, for the introspection of the pandemic helping shape some of the cultural projects emerging under lockdown, including those by queer artists such as Ajamu and Constantino. There is certainly a change in conversation happening.Over the next few months, Mojo Men says it aims to monitor its subscribers to learn more about the topics men care about most – data like this, emerging from platforms specifically designed to appeal to men, may be the formation of a new way of thinking about masculinity and men’s physical and mental health needs.Why not listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcastsRead More Does Love Island Affect How Men Feel About Their Bodies? How Do You Help Girls Grow Up Without Hating Their Bodies? The Rise Of NoFap: Why Young Men Are Quitting Masturbation
If you live in Australia, chances are that you might not be able to post news links on Facebook soon. The company said it tried to engage with the Australian government to come up with a solution, but its proposals were overlooked. In April, the country’s government started to form a mandatory code that forced companies like Facebook and Google to pay for the content others — such as media outlets — created. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a draft on July 31 to invite comments from the public. The ACCC’s aim with this code is to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
The python programming language is a modern web programming language that was originally conceived and developed by Guido van Rossum in the 1980s.Some of the largest websites in the world are utilizing Python such as YouTube, Disqus, and Reddit.Python offers a number of features that make it an attractive programming platform including stability, portability, object-oriented development, a powerful standard library and a wealth of third-party modules or packages.Finance programming in pythonStabilityPython has been under active development since the late 1980s and is considered a mature programming language.The developers of the Python language conduct extensive functionality and regression testing to ensure the language remains bug-free and stable with each new release.PortabilityPython programming offers a number of features that make it an attractive option for web application development.Data Scraping in PythonStandard LibraryThe standard Python library offers developers a plethora of features comparable to more complex languages such as C++ while maintaining simple and approachable language syntax.
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Telecommunications experts said that Elon Musk's aerospace company will struggle to win $16 billion the regulator is reverse-auctioning in October.
Some teasing footage had been arriving since the last few months, but the new trailer has left fans exhilarated with anticipation for the 2021 HBO Max premiere.The highly anticipated trailer of Zack Snyder’s version of the Justice League is now finally with us.The upcoming film has been intensely discussed among fans on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and other internet platforms.The long feature film has got a release date of 2021 on HBO Max.Zack Snyder has revealed that “Snyder Cut” will be unveiled to fans in four parts and those who do not have a way to access HBO Max will have another way to view the film as another distribution strategy is being devised for the same.The clamour from the DC fanbase on the internet has intensified in the last three years, and their demand for Snyder’s version of the Justice League hasn’t become obsolete considering the success of the MCU and the failure of DCEU has been taken quite personally by the DC fans.It originated after Snyder had to step down from the production scenes of Justice League following the tragic death of his daughter.The “Man of Steel” director holds the pedigree of commencing the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and has directed two of its high budget films “Man of Steel” and “Batman Vs Superman” and a part of 2017 film Justice League.The 2017 flick Justice League failed to impress even the most ardent fans of DC and Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice too was ruthlessly criticized for its clichés and its vacuous way of showcasing DC’s characteristic dark tone.When Snyder had to step down, Warner Bro.Snyder Cut is now officially due to be released in 2021.Zack Snyder’s cut for Justice League will be a courageous venture that will speak volumes of the audacity, tenacity and virtuosity of everyone involved in the rebuilding of a forgotten film.Several of the cast members that include Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and others will return to do some reshoots.DC film studios are in the rebuilding phase since Justice League and have shown some promising signs with Aquaman, Shazam and Oscar nominee Joker.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you’ve scrolled through Reddit’s app recently, you might have spotted a live stream of someone playing music, making art, or just talking to the camera. Those broadcasts come from Reddit’s own live-streaming service, the Reddit Public Access Network (RPAN), which just celebrated its first anniversary last week. And as the service enters year two, Reddit is teasing an expansion to more subreddits at some point in the future. The best word I can use to describe RPAN streams is wholesome. While browsing some last week, I stumbled across a video of a streamer playing Super Mario Maker 2 while a friend sang songs with Mario-themed lyrics. Another person streams videos of his adorable chickens. A popular post I caught on the r... Continue reading…
A new Philosopher AI could help you find meaning in a meaningless world — as long as you don’t ask it any controversial questions. The system provides musings on subjects that have plagued humanity since its inception. You can ask it about a topic that’s filling you with existential angst. It then uses OpenAI‘s GPT-3 text generator to analyze your text and spit back a life-affirming/soul-destroying response. The system is the brainchild of a Vancouver-based programmer called Murat Ayfer, who describes it as an experiment in “prompt engineering.” Ayfer admits the AI doesn’t have any specific opinions or knowledge of its own. Instead,… This story continues at The Next Web
Image: Google If you check in on Google’s cute frog mascot that accompanies search results for weather in the Google app on Android, you might see that the froggy is wearing a mask, as first observed by some Reddit users over the weekend (via 9to5Google). The froggy is still doing things it did before wearing a mask, such as hanging up clothes, walking through a field, or riding a bike, but now it might also be wearing one of many different masks, as found by Verge staffers and seen in screenshots on Reddit and 9to5Google. You might not be seeing the mask on the froggy just yet, though — the frog wasn’t wearing one for some users on Reddit this weekend. We’ve asked Google if this is rolling out to all Android users. The Centers for Disease Control... Continue reading…
New leaked images may have the first look at the Google Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A 5G. The image showing what could be the Pixel 5 in black and the Pixel 4A 5G in white came from a since-deleted post on Reddit. They also include details about the phones’ specs which seem to match up with previously leaked information, according to XDA Developers. Google launched the Pixel 4A earlier this month and announced the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G would be coming sometime this fall, likely early October. Renders of the Pixel 5 leaked last week, showing a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device, a square-shaped camera array with two cameras, a flash, and a hole-punch front-facing camera. A previously leaked render of the (likely)... Continue reading…
It’s the same old story for Microsoft, sadly, as yet more Windows 10 users suffer at the hands of cumulative updates.
SpaceX has launched hundreds of internet-beaming Starlink satellites and recently started a private beta for the network. But the aerospace company, founded by Elon Musk, might try to defray some of its cost through Federal Communications Commission subsidies worth $20.4 billion. Starlink performance tests published on Speedtest suggest that SpaceX might be eligible for the program, called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. But industry experts say they doubt Starlink will get anything, because the fund strongly favors fiber-optic cables over satellite networks. Still, a loss in the program's $16 billion first phase might help SpaceX push for changes that allow it to better compete for a $4.4 billion second phase. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX has a penchant for powering technological disruption with engineering savvy and federal assistance, most famously with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spaceship programs. But its next big play to glean some government dollars — to power a network of internet-beaming satellites — is likely to fail, industry experts say. On Tuesday, SpaceX launched a new batch of desk-size Starlink satellites to orbit, boosting its operational fleet to about 600. The goal of the project, currently backed by private money, is to provide affordable high-speed web service across America and the rest of the world. The company's founder, Elon Musk (now the fourth-wealthiest person alive), told Business Insider in 2019 that it would take about 1,000 spacecraft to make the system "economically viable." But that's just the starting point: One day, as many as 42,000 Starlink satellites could simultaneously circle the planet. SpaceX might have to make that happen almost entirely on its own. Industry experts told Business Insider the company will struggle to win a penny of a $20.4 billion subsidy program called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which is managed by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC plans to award companies that money in exchange for building up as much broadband access in as many underserved areas as possible. The rules of the program stack the deck against approaches that don't involve fiber-optic cables, and recent leaks of Starlink performance data from a private beta test almost certainly won't help SpaceX. "My guess, looking at the numbers, is the satellites don't win anything," Blair Levin, a telecommunications policy analyst, nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former FCC chief of staff, told Business Insider. Applications for the first batch of that money, totaling $16 billion, were due July 15, and it's unclear whether SpaceX submitted one. The company did not respond to a request for comment, and an FCC representative told Business Insider only that "the list of applicants has not yet been published." Given the company's success in lobbying for the right to compete for these funds, SpaceX likely put itself in the running. And while a loss would sting, a rejection might become useful down the road. "When you're playing the long game, you understand that you win some, you lose some," said Levin, who was a key figure in realizing the US National Broadband Plan (which got tens of millions of Americans online). "Every time you lose, you create an argument for why you should win the next one." A $20.4 billion push to help close America's digital divide Those who live in remote areas of America know the problem well: The internet access is crummy, if it's accessible at all. "Without access to broadband, rural Americans cannot participate in the digital economy or take advantage of the opportunities broadband brings for better education, healthcare, and civic and social engagement," the FCC said in January.  The agency reported in 2017 that about 21 million Americans didn't have access to broadband internet, a connection the commission defines as a minimum download speed of 25 megabits per second and upload speed of 3 Mbps. (The regulatory agency considers that fast enough to telecommute, do schoolwork, or stream 4K video, for example.)  But as Business Insider's Tyler Sonnemaker reported in March, that number is a vast underestimation; it's more likely that 42 million to 162 million people in the US (as much as 50% of the population) don't have broadband. Over the past decade, the FCC has fueled a lot of infrastructure development to change that. In January, it announced the details of its latest subsidy program, the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, paid for by fees tacked on to phone bills. Phase one of the program, detailed in June, puts $16 billion up for grabs in a multiple-round reverse auction on October 29. Providers that can offer the highest internet speeds, the quickest latency (that is, round-trip signal delay), and the lowest infrastructure cost are most likely to get subsidies. Phase two, whose auction date and rules haven't been determined, will offer another $4.4 billion to fill as many remaining gaps in rural internet service as possible. SpaceX believes it can serve up affordable high-speed service to many of those Americans. The FCC appears to agree, since it has authorized thousands of Starlink satellites to launch through 2027. "Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach," the commission's chairman, Ajit Pai, said in a statement in February 2018 ahead of the approval. That SpaceX would chase these subsidies to defray the costs of Starlink, even as it privately raises $1 billion to $2 billion a year, makes sense: Building, launching, and operating thousands of satellites is not cheap. In May 2018, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's chief operating officer and president, said Starlink might be "the most challenging project we've undertaken" and could cost "about $10 billion or more to deploy." (Amazon also gave a $10 billion estimate for Kuiper, its planned and competing fleet of 3,236 internet satellites.) "I think they can do what they want to without a penny of government money, and so therefore every penny of government money helps cushion their overall challenge," Ernesto Falcon, a senior legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who focuses on broadband access and competition policies, told Business Insider. "If the government's going to give you the ability to apply for free money, why wouldn't you just take it?" Starlink and other low-Earth-orbit fleets seem tailor-made to claim the new subsidies, since their coverage would reach almost anywhere on Earth and far exceed the speeds of yesteryear's satellites. But the FCC's program appears to have left them in a lurch — and by design. The FCC holds 'serious doubts' about satellite networks Within the paragraph that permits satellite providers to compete for the new funding — a change SpaceX fought for — the FCC said it had "serious doubts that any low earth orbit networks" would qualify to compete in the fund's most appealing category of subsidies, called the "gigabit" performance tier (meaning 1,000 Mbps). "The purpose of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is to ensure that Americans have access to broadband, no matter where they live. It is not a technology incubator to fund untested technologies. And we will not allow taxpayer funding to be wasted," Pai said in a statement accompanying the release of the phase-one rules. Pai added: "A new technology may sound good in theory and look great on paper. But this multi-billion-dollar broadband program will require 't's' to be crossed — not fingers. So any such application will be given very close scrutiny." Notably, the final rules and Pai's statements came less than two weeks after SpaceX submitted confidential data to the commission regarding Starlink's "network latency testing and performance." The public now has some sense of those metrics via Reddit, after Starlink beta users (likely violating their nondisclosure agreements with SpaceX) tested their connections with Speedtest, which publicly posts anonymized results. Speedtest, run by a company called Ookla, helps people gauge their download speed, upload speed, and ping (a rough measure of latency) by shuttling data sent to and from a nearby server. The results showed download speeds ranging from 35-60 Mbps and upload speeds ranging from 5-18 Mbps. "The tests you link to all appear to be legitimate," an Ookla representative, Adriane Blum, told Business Insider of the posted results. She added that Ookla had "robust" quality-assurance measures in place and vetted internet-service-provider names — in this case, SpaceX's Starlink network. Shrihari Pandit, a photonics engineer and CEO of Stealth Communications, which provides internet access to New York City businesses and researches new internet infrastructure technologies, also said the results appeared valid. "There's no way to really improve those tests locally," he told Business Insider. He said that while it was possible to make an internet connection on Speedtest look slower or laggier than it is, that seems unlikely in this case. In its 2016 FCC application to launch Starlink, SpaceX said the network could eventually provide up to 1,000 Mbps of bandwidth to an individual subscriber after full deployment. Pandit said it wasn't too surprising to see performance that's about 4% as fast, since SpaceX is still building out, testing, and adjusting its network, and has upgrades planned for it. "It's kind of concerning that you're getting these data rates so early in the game, though," Pandit said. "I would suspect it should be a little higher than where it is, let's say a couple hundred megabits per second." Still, at face value — and without knowing how many users are connecting to a satellite flying overhead at a given time — the results suggest SpaceX should qualify for phase one's lower performance tiers. Called "baseline" and "above baseline," these two levels dictate connections greater than 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload and greater than 50 Mbps download/5 Mbps upload, respectively. Adding more Starlink satellites would open up more bandwidth to users, which would improve download and upload speeds — perhaps pushing Starlink into the program's third tier, called "above baseline," or connections better than 100 Mbps download/20 Mbps upload. Pandit said SpaceX might also make speed improvements by updating software on satellites and user terminals, whose appearance Musk has described as a "UFO on a stick." Specifically, he said Starlink could be tuned to better account for issues like signal loss due to wireless data passing through Earth's atmosphere. But SpaceX is, for now, shut out of the coveted "gigabit" tier, which calls for connections of 1,000 Mbps download/500 Mbps upload, and which the competition rules greatly favor in terms of making it easier to win bids. If there are many of those providers vying for subsidies across the US, as Levin expects there to be in the upcoming auction, little if any cash may be left over for SpaceX and other lower-tier competitors — if they're even deemed eligible to bid in the first place. One additional issue Pandit said he saw in the presumable Starlink performance data was the ping. The FCC auction rules heavily penalize a company's bid if its service's latency is higher than 100 milliseconds. The Speedtest results suggested that Starlink's latency sits below that threshold, with pings reaching as high as 94 milliseconds. Yet Pandit noted the data appeared to come from relatively local connections, typically from rural Washington state (where SpaceX is beta-testing Starlink) to Los Angeles (where SpaceX is apparently basing network test servers). A lot of Starlink user traffic would be served by local servers and should not, in theory, exceed 100 milliseconds. However, given a video call from rural Washington to New York City, Starlink in its current form — without satellites beaming data through space to each other via lasers, a planned feature — the latency would exceed 100 milliseconds, Pandit said. This is because the signal would have to hop onto a transcontinental fiber network, which might add about 60 milliseconds of delay. "This would definitely create a problem for SpaceX," Pandit said. "In order for them to resolve it, they'll need to get additional satellites up in space." Pandit also said adding more strategically positioned ground stations would help. So would implementing Starlink's planned laser-interlink technology, which would shuttle data at the speed of light through space (nearly twice as fast as light can travel through fiber-optic glass) from one satellite to another. The test results are 'not good,' but they might not matter Despite the nascency of Starlink, Falcon said it's hard to avoid comparing the Speedtest results, even for a beta test, to the marks SpaceX says it's supposed to achieve. "So much of the rhetoric around SpaceX in the early years was gigabit or fiber-like speeds," he added. "This is clearly not that."  In the context of FCC politics and the prospects of bidding for these subsidies, he added "it's not good" to see such performance results. Falcon said that "if you're already leery of anyone saying 'a satellite broadband option is great for you' and the first public reporting from the press is 'here are these pretty slow speeds,'" it wouldn't be hard to make the leap to wondering why the government would pay for satellites instead of fiber. But any influence from the leaked performance results might matter less than the official rules. Levin said the application and bidding process appeared to favor the digging of fiber-optic cables, not the launching of satellites. He said that was in part because another satellite-internet provider earned $122.5 million of $1.488 billion in a similar FCC subsidy auction called the Connect America Fund Phase 2 in 2018. For a program that seemed geared toward building out wired connections, the win shocked some, apparently including people in areas that were set to receive the subsidized internet access. "In the first half of the auction, the satellite guys won a significant portion of the bids, and there was criticism, including from the communities, that they had been locked into a non-future-proof network," Levin said. "And so the FCC for the next auction adopted a formula that gives greater weight to the faster-speed, lower-latency networks." Generally, the FCC's view is that while burying fiber-optic cables may be tedious and expensive, it is ultimately the most durable method of getting Americans online. "Fiber has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years," Pandit said. Once cable conduits are laid, he said, replacing or upgrading them is fairly easy and inexpensive. Low-Earth-orbit satellites, by contrast, last just five to seven years. Musk has said as much, saying it's a chance to also upgrade the spacecraft.  The satellites also have to be carefully monitored to avoid collisions in orbit and to prevent the creation of space debris. That's a problem ground cables don't have. Fiber has the capacity to shuttle the extreme amounts of internet traffic that are anticipated in the future. Meanwhile, satellite constellations like Starlink have a lower ceiling for bandwidth than fiber, because of both wireless-spectrum allocation and the physics of interference. "If you didn't put the fiber in the ground as the first step, you will have to do it later if all of the trends of internet applications and services continue," Falcon said. "They are always going to require more and more bandwidth." That's not to say SpaceX won't win anything for Starlink through the FCC's rural-broadband program. Levin conceded that he could be "totally wrong" because of the mind-numbing complexity of the reverse auction process (which he said has made some game theorists into multimillionaires). "It depends on who else shows up," he said. "You can say that the better baseball team will win, but sometimes they don't. That's why you've got to play the game." Even if SpaceX doesn't score in the first few figurative innings, Levin thinks the company — especially as its network capacity and capabilities grow — could use its defeat to rally the phase-two rules in its favor. SpaceX might also defray some costs through US military programs. (The company already has a cooperative research agreement for Starlink with the Army.) And subsidies or not, Starlink could still become a highly successful and useful business. "In the US, we built this interstate highway system to allow passengers and trucks to do commerce and allow people to travel between state lines. But we haven't built an interstate highway system for fiber-optic cables, and that needs to happen," Pandit said. "And until we do that, we will rely on companies like SpaceX to deliver a service reliably and more effectively to a wider range of people, where fiber simply could take decades to get deployed."SEE ALSO: Watch 57,000 planned satellites swarm Earth within 9 years in a stunning new animation DON'T MISS: Elon Musk says the biggest challenge of SpaceX's Starlink internet project is not satellites, but rather 'UFO on a stick' devices users will need to get online Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why NASA waited nearly a decade to send astronauts into space from the US
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