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  1. Johand

    Reserve Bank wants to unveil South Africa-only bank card to take on Visa and Mastercard

    Ha - have you seen the average transaction cost for bitcoin transactions? Hint: it is not free and higher than 99.9% of merchant fees on transactions I perform... Credit cards have the "hidden fee" that the merchant must pay. Sure some of the banks give a portion of that back to you in the form...
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    South Africa's tech startup industry to take a hit due to Section 12J tax change

    Want to make it about politics when it is not. Everytime somebody can't think for themselves they blame it on the ANC because they are an easy target. This has nothing to do with politics. Fact is that Section 12J has been used to avoid tax on companies that did not need the incentive, and it...
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    South Africa's tech startup industry to take a hit due to Section 12J tax change

    Glad they closed it. It became a tax dodge scheme for the rich. I doubt it could have been salvaged in its current form - "closing loopholes" would probably have created all other kind of drama. Better shut it down by not renewing it and replace it with something better. Every single 12J...
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    Electric vehicles vs fuel-powered cars - Longest ranges compared

    Well - I meant to say once Vumatel got going most of the metropoles were covered quick-quick. As in all things - people tend to overestimate short term change and underestimate long term change. Progress in the first 2-3 years will seem slow and frustrating but after 5 to 8 years people look...
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    Electric vehicles vs fuel-powered cars - Longest ranges compared

    Maybe for the well off in the short-term, but distribution for electricity is a lot easier problem to solve than for example hydrogen and logistically it will be a lot easier than the infrastructure than what was build up for petrol (distribution networks already in place for electricity!) The...
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    Electric vehicles vs fuel-powered cars - Longest ranges compared

    I can't wait for electric cars to arrive. I am holding onto my current car until I can go electric... Range is not a real issue - just require planning. And BTW the batteries charge while going downhill. And regenerative breaking is awesome. The most surprising thing for me about tesla 's was...
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    Wonder data leaks on vacbook.co.za

    Because hopefully they take the site down...
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    Wonder data leaks on vacbook.co.za

    [deleted after common sense kicked in]
  9. Johand

    Starlink will take on fibre in South Africa

    A lot of people talk out of their behind when talking about Starlink being a fibre or LTE replacement. Don't take make word for it. Here is Elon himself :
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    Jeff Bezos reclaims title of world's richest man after passing Elon Musk

    Number of rockets put in orbit: Bezos: 0 Musk: More than 100. It is the only flex that matters.
  11. Johand

    How to sign up for free basic electricity from Eskom

    Still trying to decode this. You can only get one FBE voucher per month per meter. Does this apply when multiple meters are installed?
  12. Johand

    Are you interested in Starlink?

    Long term maybe. Current v1 satellites doesn't have laser links. Lots of logistics and technical hurdles and testing and maturing needed for laser links. So MAYBE, in the FAR FUTURE. Probably only in 5 years at earliest as current Starlink satellites are replaced. Nope. Speed of light in...
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    Are you interested in Starlink?

    I love both projects and both projects push humanity forward. Hopefully, the impact can be mitigated enough so that it is not a real problem (but a compromise will degrade both SKA and Starlink service. ) Super long term it would be great to have a square kilometer array in outer space...
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    Are you interested in Starlink?

    Yes. Until satellite laser-to-laser comes into effect international latency will be MORE than we currently have on fibre. If however they perfect the laser links AND route long-distance that way (without hopping onto closest ground station) then there might be latency improvements. But this...
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    Are you interested in Starlink?

    Well the problem is it would be changing all the time :-) So Starlink bounces you to the closest ground station and then it is fibre the rest of the way (currently). With more ground stations and in future laser satellite to satellite things will change a lot. The TLDR however is that old space...
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    Are you interested in Starlink?

    Yes.Cellphone cells refer to a single tower. However - the way starlink works is you will always be jumping between satellites - you are not assigned to a single satellite because they are zipping by too fast :-) So I don't think "cells" are a good description of what is going on -- SpaceX must...
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    Are you interested in Starlink?

    Just say it is a dstv dish
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    Are you interested in Starlink?

    Well - for me currently living in the city with fibre ... no. But it would be amazing to have starlink if you want to go work remotely at a lodge in the middle of nowhere for a week. Wonder if Starlink will bring out pre-paid bundles? It would be nice just stash the dish in your garage and when...
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    Microsoft CEO says Big Tech must have clearer laws for handling online speech

    For technical users. There is a lot of things you can't do without rooting your device. Google gives scary warnings when side-loading. There is a reason why Epic has filed suit against Google. If sideloading was so easy then developers wouldn't be giving Google a 30% cut of revenue :-)
  20. Johand

    Would you take the AstraZeneca vaccine if it is offered to you?

    Have you ever voted? Last time I voted there were ink on my finger, I was checked of a paper list at my registered voting station and my ID was scanned electronically to check if I already voted. Chances are if you had a vaccine for anything else before it was probably made in India :) The...
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