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[-] paultimate14 90 points 5 months ago

I was having a hard time imagining which company this could be. Not that I'm a fan of Verizon or Comcast, but I think they know what side their bread is buttered on. Which one wouldn't?

Then I remembered Starlink exists.

[-] Linkerbaan 170 points 5 months ago

Don't think they were colluding with the provider. They probably just put a burner sim card into a 4g module and sent data over a VPN to China whenever it had signal.

[-] paraphrand 38 points 5 months ago

It could have even been one of those multi SIM router things that has network redundancy.

[-] postmateDumbass 4 points 4 months ago

The blurb says primarily for navigation.

So it was using the starlink signals like gps signal and therefore they needed to correlate with the carrier to get a rough time sync.

I wonder what timing data is freely available on the starlink acquisition signal.

[-] Linkerbaan 1 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Why would they need data then? With GPS can get a 1metre accurate chip for like 20 bucks and it's way smaller. And no need for any carrier or subscription.

[-] postmateDumbass 1 points 4 months ago

Mapping out network topology? Who knows.

Whatever the collected data was, it could have been sent to their satellites for long haul back home.

[-] [email protected] 54 points 5 months ago

It’s a satellite provider. Cell networks don’t work at that altitude. Starlink was my first guess too but, after some more thought, it could be Hughesnet. They probably have wider coverage.

[-] Nurse_Robot 29 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Yeah, their coverage is hughe

[-] snausagesinablanket 10 points 4 months ago
[-] crsu 7 points 4 months ago

So are their pings

[-] [email protected] 3 points 4 months ago
[-] Evilcoleslaw 9 points 4 months ago

Probably Hughesnet or Viasat.

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