Would that allow them to speed up the… whatever they’re building. At this point I literally don’t even know what I paid for but I’m also not really bothered. Even if I never see an actual device in my hands, I can see from this website that this isn’t just a ‘hoax’ or something as other backers have insinuated.
I can see that the organization here have in fact launched some sort of tiny satellites (I’d like to understand the significance of all this, but I don’t currently, other than the obvious basics that that is how content will be broadcast).
I can see that others with their own hardware (or beta lanterns?) are already making use of Outernet and that’s very exciting. What they’re actually using it for, I don’t yet know. Is it more the idea that it’s working, or is anyone on the forum (who obviously also have Internet access) getting use out of this that they couldn’t more easily get from their computer or phone, I don’t know.
But the way I see it, I made a pledge to financially support an idea–more than anything, it was the hope that it would help, along with all the other financial backings, to cause the ball to roll in the direction we want: free information to as many humans as possible.
It does seem like the snowball started down that hill. Has it picked up speed? slowed down? hit a tree and broken up? Honestly, it’s hard to tell if it’s slowed or sped up or hasn’t changed speed, but it does appear it is still in motion. I hope it doesn’t hit a tree!
And I hope someone more deeply aware of the goings-on at Outernet will be able to tell us what is happening at the company. Not just regarding the lanterns but regarding everything happening there. There may not be anything to report every month regarding hardware devices, but isn’t there something interesting to report every month? or is that not how this works. I don’t know anymore, but I haven’t given up all hope.