July 20, 1969

Well done, NASA.

Previously here:

47 Years Ago Today, Americans Landed On The Moon
The Greatest Thing Ever

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Is This A “What’s Next?”

Twitter:

The MTA is such a mess, it’s hard to tell. But this is the second time for this month. If it was a cyberattack, there is no way they would say so. Hey, let’s blame it on a cable. Any cable. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Same-day update:

Hey, we have another transit system in trouble!

Twitter:

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Second same-day update:

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Right then. I’ll say it: What’s next?

Previously here:

Are We At “What’s Next?” Yet?
Midtown Manhattan Power Outage: “What’s Next?”
How Can We Become Digital Ants?
2020: Year Of The Ant
2020 Is Coming. Be An Ant. Not A Grasshopper.

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Alt-Wheels Notes #11


Four cars stopped at a red light. Source.

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Ninebot/Segway KickScooter MAX IGG Passes US$4M

Let’s see if the buyers are pleased in the months ahead. I doubt they will be.

Previously here:

Ninebot/Segway KickScooter MAX IGG Passes US$3M
Ninebot/Segway KickScooter MAX IGG Extended
Ninebot/Segway KickScooter MAX IGG Passes US$2M
Ninebot/Segway KickScooter MAX Nears US$1M
Ninebot/Segway KickScooter MAX Hits IGG

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Alt-Wheels Notes #10

Inside: Revealed! Why car drivers hate cyclists!

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Alt-Wheels Notes #9


The Mother Enemy of All Wheels (even cars). Source.

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Are We At “What’s Next?” Yet?

EU’s GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage

Galileo, the EU’s global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.

According to a service status page, 24 of the 26 Galileo satellites are listed as “not usable,” while the other two are listing a status of “testing,” which also means they’re not ready for real-world usage.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the organization in charge of Galileo, has not published any information in regards to the root of the outage, which began four days ago, on Thursday, July 11.

A post-publication update adds:

… GSA blamed the Galileo outage on “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure.”

Even so, I’ll still say it: What’s next?

Previously here:

Midtown Manhattan Power Outage: “What’s Next?”
How Can We Become Digital Ants?
2020: Year Of The Ant
2020 Is Coming. Be An Ant. Not A Grasshopper.

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Alt-Wheels Notes #8


Parking we like. Source.

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Midtown Manhattan Power Outage: “What’s Next?”

The New York Times [paywalled]: Power Restored to Manhattan’s West Side After Major Blackout

Con Edison said the failure apparently stemmed from a problem at a substation on West 49th Street, and affected six power sectors.

John McAvoy, Con Edison’s chairman and chief executive, suggested it was a mechanical failure but emphasized that the utility would not know the cause until an investigation was completed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was more specific, saying the failure started with an explosion and fire at a substation that caused other substations to “lose power and malfunction.”

Spin?

Well, they’ll eventually figure it out.

I just find it eerie that after writing earlier this week about websites going down and saying they were soft targets, something that would be considered a hard target goes down. I’m not saying it was a cyberattack — but I don’t think anyone in charge would reveal if it was, either! Because if it could be done once, it can be done again. And admitting that is just Not Good.

But if we have another power outage in another city, maybe then it’s time to start asking, “What’s next?”

Previously here:

How Can We Become Digital Ants?
2020: Year Of The Ant
2020 Is Coming. Be An Ant. Not A Grasshopper.

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Alt-Wheels Notes #7


Naked deck of the Meepo Mini 2 electric skateboard. Built-in nose protection.

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