Cats on satellite dish interfere with internet connection

EIn contrast, complaints about Elon Musk’s Starlink offering are limited. Internet connections via satellites with high data transmission rates are announced, even in remote areas, and announced with simplicity and convenience: a dedicated application helps to choose the right location for the receiving dish, brackets for mounting on the roof or tripods for installation in the garden can be ordered. The antenna aligns with the correct satellite. For two years now, it has even had a special heating function which is supposed to prevent snow from accumulating in the bowl in winter and thus reduce the transmission capacity.

Recently, however, a Canadian customer of Starlink had to complain about a remarkably low data transfer rate, probably due to this heating function: in a beautiful winter weather and temperatures of minus 25 degrees, five cats discovered the warming quality of the bowl and sunbathed. Over 190,000 users have expressed their enthusiasm for the receipt photo posted on Twitter. Some fear that the microwave radiation from the device could cook poor animals at the lowest possible temperature. Others, on the other hand, wonder with anxiety if the cats could not escape to the heat, to be reassured by Aaron Taylor, the operator of the bowl: The animals – which by the way are protected by a thick fur – have a heated cat house in which, however, they did not retire until after sunset.

The process not only proves once again the interest in cats on the Internet, but it also shows that this interest can be reciprocated. In her essay “Cat Content – On the Intimacy of the Human-Pet Relationship in Digital Media”, published in 2016 in the “Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft”, Ina Bolinski says: “The interaction of animals and technology reveals action animals when this becomes decisive for communication on the Internet. Or for the restriction of this communication.

Meanwhile, complaints about the Starlink program mount in orbit: Elon Musk is already orbiting more than 1,500 near-Earth orbiting satellites, and it is expected to reach twelve thousand one day. There is already a frequent risk of collision with Earth observation satellites and space stations. Just last month, China protested to the relevant UN body after the Tiangong station nearly collided with a Starlink satellite on two occasions. In space travel, communication is also limited, it seems, without the help of cats.


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