• muse
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    6528 days ago

    Russia to be first country to cut first subsea fiber optic cable connecting Africa with Australia

  • @Evotech
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    2428 days ago

    Wild to be gaming in Australia. Playing with the chinese and africans

    • MCHEVA
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      2028 days ago

      I’m in Perth where this cable will go. We do occasionally play with Chinese players it’s happened in a few games not a lot though. It’s mostly SEA players. WA is in this weird spot for gaming because all of the game companies put there servers in melb or sydney and we get shafted on ping. Because of the time difference if you play late at night and there aren’t enough players you often get pushed to SEA servers. We get a lot of Indos and Singaporeans on our servers too. Will be interesting to see if we end up playing with more Saffas.

    • BlueÆther
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      2728 days ago

      The fact that there isnt one is useed as proof of a flat earth, I wonder what they will come up with when this goes in?

        • Brokkr
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          2228 days ago

          I think in their crazy world, the north pole is at the center of the earth disk and Antarctica is actually an ice wall around the perimeter that keeps the water on the disk. Therefore, Africa and Australia are on opposite sides of the disk (like left-right not heads-tails) or are near the out perimeter and no one would build a cable going across that long of a distance.

          If that makes your brain hurt because of the stupidity, that’s because it is. Flat earthers are only good as the target of a joke because we can all agree that it’s stupid. There are some entertaining videos on YouTube of people making fun of them, or of themselves proving themselves wrong.

          • Kairos
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            828 days ago

            Why not the south pole being in the center of the earth.

            And I actually looked on a map, Africa is much further away to Australia than I thought.

            • Brokkr
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              628 days ago

              It is a loosing battle to try to make sense of the nonsensical. Only use their craziness as a source of humor and entertainment.

            • Skua
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              328 days ago

              Well you see, the UN’s logo is actually a top-down view of Earth. Apparently. Because they can’t keep a conspiracy secret without leaving some clues in the open for kicks.

            • @[email protected]
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              128 days ago

              many countries mark Antarctica as neutral territory and there are laws surrounding what you can and cant do in Antartica so doing any business move there is probably not ideal unless you want to piss some countries off even if this is objectively going to help countries get better connected.

            • Brownian Motion
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              -228 days ago

              Meanwhile, many Australians would like to cut WA off with a chainsaw, and push it back to South Africa with all the S.Africans on it.

          • @[email protected]
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            428 days ago

            I thought the ice wall was knocked down by the white walker dragon…

            You know what I’m not even going to continue this joke because I don’t want to give any credit to season 8

            Fuck D&D Where is the Lemmy version of /r/freefolk?

        • @XeroxCool
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          228 days ago

          I’ve only found one post in which someone points to a map, claiming the lack of undersea cables between the southern pointy bits of land is evidence they’re on opposite sides of the disc.

          • @evidences
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            128 days ago

            I see on occasion people talking about the lack of flights across the southern hemisphere as being proof, very similar concept.

            • @XeroxCool
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              127 days ago

              Standard map projection strikes again. Starting from the tip of South Africa, it’s 4300 miles to Uruguay (where you’d land straight east) and 5300 to Perth, Australia. New York City is 3300 miles to Portugal and obviously the smoothest route to Australia is hopping through southeast Asia. Coincidentally, the northern hemisphere has way more population.

              Cape Town is only 34° south. Going to 34°N, you’re lined up with Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta USA, then Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, then the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, middle of China, southern tip of South Korea, and grazing below Tokyo. It’s still 4100 miles between Georgia (USA) and Morocco.

              There are no southern polar flights and no southern undersea cables because the southern continental points aren’t as far south as the northern points are north. Population volume doesn’t create the demand for more direct service.

          • NoIWontPickAName
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            128 days ago

            That is 1 too many, unless it all really is a conspiracy, in which case I think they deserve the win just for convincing so many people in so many countries to all keep their mouths shut.

            I think a flat earth is actually more likely than that though

        • BlueÆther
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          228 days ago

          Or the fact that you have to lay a cable some 9,000km through some of the roughest / windy seas. It’s not called the Roaring Forties for nothing

          Edit misread your comment

  • @[email protected]
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    1028 days ago

    Alt. headline: Uncle Sam ropes in Australia and Google in latest China African containment initiative

    • Hanrahan
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      627 days ago

      Ropes I Austriali? Our tongue is stuck so far up Uncle Sam’s arsehole we can taste their coffee before they do.

    • @ultracritical
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      127 days ago

      Probably not. Too much alliteration. There is one from Angola to Brazil though!