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RVs can use the more expensive Starlink internet connection from SpaceX





For its hardware kit, an upfront payment of $2,500 is required.

While the Starlink service for RVs provides a way to stay online even while you are off the grid, it has one significant drawback: It cannot be used while moving. Now that you may utilize Starlink on moving vehicles, SpaceX has released a new version called “Flat High Performance” for RVs. To use the service, you merely need to be prepared to pay nearly five times as much for the required dish.

The Flat High Performance Starlink for RVs has a larger rectangular terminal with a 35 percent greater field of view than its normal version, making it ideal for use when moving. Additionally, it features improved GPS capabilities that provide the dish the ability to connect to more satellites, making it possible to access the Starlink internet even when a vehicle is moving. The terminal has higher performance in hot weather and snow as well as improved weather resistance. However, the Flat High Performance dish must be permanently mounted on top of your RV as opposed to the conventional version, which can be set down on the ground.

Flat High Performance is already available for pre-order in a few locations, and deliveries will begin in December. Be aware that the hardware kit for it costs $2,500 and includes the dish and mount. Only $599 must be paid up front for the regular Starlink for RVs’ equipment. Like the basic version, the service itself costs $135 per month, which is $25 more than a standard Starlink connection. However, you are not required to pay for the months you do not utilize the service because you can pause (and unpause) it at any moment.

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The Cybertruck is experiencing a less than favorable beginning





In 2019, Elon Musk introduced the Cybertuck, an event that did not unfold as Musk had anticipated. Subsequently, a series of calamities have occurred, and presented here are a few comical and mortifying instances.
The initial moment of realization

The Cybertruck was revealed on a well-illuminated stage as a new addition to Tesla’s product lineup. The vehicle was designed to accommodate six individuals, achieve a speed of 0 to 100 kilometers (0 to 60 miles) per hour in under 3 seconds, and possess a somewhat childlike aesthetic.

Additionally, it was asserted during the presentation that the material was impervious to a 9mm handgun. In order to demonstrate the veracity of this assertion, Franz von Holzhausen, the chief designer of Tesla, forcefully propelled a metal sphere towards one of the truck’s windows.

The ball promptly shattered the window, much to the astonishment of all present, and even Musk uttered a few profanities.

The company continues to assert that the Cybertruck remains resistant to shattering.

With the release of the Cybertruck, it has become apparent that rough terrain poses a challenge for this vehicle, despite its Off-Road Mode designed to handle steep inclines, declines, uneven surfaces, shallow streams, and other obstacles.

The Cybertuck appears to be better suited for driving on paved roads than off-roading, which has been a disappointment for owners. Even mild off-roading can be problematic and may necessitate assistance.

It strongly dislikes sand



lol this thing is such a shitbox #fyp #tesla #cybertruck #fail #meme #guilestheme #guilesthemegoeswitheverything #bruh #shitbox

♬ original sound – Myony (LESBIAN APOCALYPSE)

Being summoned back
In the previous month, a recall was issued for Cybertrucks manufactured from November 13, 2024, to April 4, 2024. This recall specifically related to a problem with the accelerator pedals and affected a total of 3,878 vehicles. The presence of lubricant between the pedal and the covering pad was causing the pad to slide off and become stuck underneath the interior trim in front of it.


serious problem with my Cybertruck and potential all Cybertrucks #tesla #cyberbeast #cybertruck #stopsale #recall

♬ original sound – el.chepito

The Cybertruck appears to have encountered a less than favorable beginning.


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The company responsible for constructing the tallest building in the world intends to convert skyscrapers into gravity batteries





A renowned architecture and engineering firm, known for its impressive portfolio of projects including the world’s tallest building, has partnered with Energy Vault, a startup, to develop skyscrapers that integrate gravity batteries into their design.

With the world’s transition to renewable energy, the issue of storage becomes increasingly important. One issue is that the availability of wind and solar energy does not always align with the peak demand for power. During days with strong winds or abundant sunshine, there is a possibility of excess electricity being generated. This could result in a scenario where consumers are actually paid to use electricity in order to prevent grid overload. While cheap and clean energy is undoubtedly beneficial, it is important to consider the waste of unused power.

It would be more advantageous if we could store that energy for future utilization. Gravity batteries are a viable option for achieving that goal.

Despite its catchy name, the concept behind gravity batteries is actually quite straightforward. When energy sources generate more energy than needed, the surplus energy is utilized to raise weights, converting it into potential energy. When the power supply is low, these objects can be released to power turbines as gravity pulls them towards the Earth.

Reservoirs are the most common form of gravity batteries, but there are also innovative projects that utilize abandoned mines to move sand or other weights when there is excess power being produced. It has been proposed to integrate gravity batteries into the architectural plans of skyscrapers.

“Since our inception, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has consistently pushed the limits of architecture and engineering, revolutionizing the impact of buildings on cities and communities,” stated Adam Semel, the Managing Partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

This collaboration with Energy Vault demonstrates a dedication to expediting the global shift away from fossil fuels. Additionally, it aims to investigate how renewable energy infrastructure can improve our collective natural surroundings and urban spaces.

According to the teams, future skyscrapers could be equipped with gravity batteries to provide them with multi-GWh of gravity-based energy storage. This would be sufficient to power the skyscrapers themselves as well as nearby buildings. Through the integration of the hydro system into buildings, the aim is to reduce the impact on wildlife ecosystems that is often associated with alternative energy storage systems.

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China’s $47 billion semiconductor fund prioritizes chip sovereignty as a key focus





China has just shut down a third government-supported investment fund in order to strengthen its semiconductor industry and decrease dependence on other countries for the production and use of wafers. This move is aimed at emphasizing what is known as chip sovereignty.

The National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund of China, commonly referred to as ‘the Big Fund,’ has had two previous iterations: Big Fund I (2014–2019) and Big Fund II (2019–2024). The latter was considerably more substantial than the earlier, but Big Fund III surpasses both with a total of 344 billion yuan, equivalent to around $47.5 billion, as disclosed in official filings.

The size of Big Fund III, which surpasses expectations, further demonstrates Huawei’s growing dependence on Chinese suppliers and reflects the country’s determination to attain self-reliance in semiconductor manufacture. It serves as a reminder that the ongoing competition in semiconductor technology between China and Western countries is reciprocal.

Both the United States and Europe share the desire to decrease their reliance on their long-standing technological competitors. China also has concerns regarding its supply, which extend beyond the potential impact on shipments from the U.S. and its allies.

Taiwan is the primary focus when it comes to chip manufacturing. If China were to take control of its production capabilities, it would greatly disadvantage the United States and its allies. Currently, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) produces approximately 90% of the world’s most advanced chips.

However, according to sources, Bloomberg has learned that ASML, a company located in the Netherlands, and TSMC have methods to render chip-making machinery inoperable in the case of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

China now manufactures over 60% of legacy chips, which are often used in automobiles and household appliances, according to a statement made by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

The competition between legacy and modern chips has expanded, yielding varying outcomes.

The Chinese official stance is that the policies of the United States is having a negative effect, resulting in a decline in exports from prominent American chip manufacturers. This viewpoint is shared by others as well.

According to Hebe Chen, a market analyst at IG, Nvidia is faced with the challenge of balancing its presence in the Chinese market while also managing the tensions between the United States and China. Due to U.S. sanctions, the company developed three customized chips specifically for the Chinese market. However, in order to remain competitive, the company had to cut the price of these chips, compromising its desired pricing strategy.

Nevertheless, it might be contended that the financial challenges faced by Western chip manufacturers may be justified if it hinders China’s rapid development and acquisition of more sophisticated semiconductors compared to its rivals.

Indications suggest that China may face significant consequences if limitations are imposed, such as the potential loss of access to Nvidia’s advanced chips for its AI companies or increased difficulties for its leading company, SMIC, in manufacturing its own chips.

The existence of Big Fund III indicates that China is experiencing significant pressure. As per reports, the cash will be allocated for both large-scale wafer fabrication, similar to past investments, as well as for the production of high-bandwidth memory chips. HBM chips, often referred to as high-bandwidth memory chips, are utilized in many applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

However, the most significant indicator is its size.

With the support of six prominent state-owned banks, Big Fund III has surpassed the $39 billion in direct incentives allocated by the U.S. government for chip manufacture under the CHIPS Act. Nevertheless, the total amount of federal assistance is $280 billion.

The EU Chips Act, valued at €43 billion, appears relatively modest compared to South Korea’s $19 billion support package. It is likely that the markets have taken note of this.

The announcement of Big Fund III triggered a surge in the stock prices of Chinese semiconductor businesses that are poised to gain from this fresh infusion of funding. Nevertheless, Bloomberg observed that Beijing’s previous investments have not consistently yielded positive results.

Specifically, China’s highest-ranking officials were dissatisfied with the prolonged inability to create semiconductors capable of replacing American circuitry. Furthermore, the media outlet highlighted that the previous leader of the Big Fund was dismissed and subjected to an investigation due to allegations of corruption.

Even in the absence of corruption, implementing significant modifications to semiconductor manufacturing is a time-consuming endeavor. In both Europe and the United States, the process takes a considerable amount of time. However, there are noteworthy and innovative advancements occurring.

Diamfab, a French deep-tech startup, is currently developing diamond semiconductors that have the potential to facilitate the green transition, specifically in the automobile sector. Although it is still a few years in the future, these Western ideas have the potential to be just as intriguing to monitor as the actions of established Chinese companies.

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