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Roz is having issues with her internet service. She uses DSL Extreme through AT&T, and the service has been down for two months. Leo says that DSL is reliant on the phone lines put in by the phone company decades ago. AT&T claims the internet lines are down, but Leo says they use the same phone lines as the phone service. So that's nonsense.
Rod joins Leo from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Rod is there for the International Space Settlement Design competition for high school kids. They give the kids a request for proposal and get them to design a Mars Settlement. The kids then figure out everything for the design over the course of three or four days. Rod is covering it for Ad Astra magazine, and he says that the kid's attention is rapt and intense. Check out spaceset.org for more information.
Gabe is having trouble logging into YouTube using Steam's Overlay browser. He gets a browser not secure warning. But if he uses a different Gmail account, he can get in. Leo suspects that the Browser is using a format that YouTube no longer supports. It turns out that YouTube has made a change that doesn't support the Overlay Browser. Here's a Steam note on it, and another here.
Chris wants to know if Starlink is good for a boat. Leo says that they want you to stay on land with it. But there may be plans in the future, according to The Verge. Wild Blue's Exceed is supposed to be better, but you're moving around with a boat, which means constantly realigning the satellite signal. So the problem is likely going to be the same. Since Chris is mostly in a sound with his boat, cellular may be a better option.
Over 100 navy vessels from various countries, including Russia and the US, have had their GPS location hacked to make it look like they are unlawfully entering a nation's waters. Leo says that the hackers have been quite busy with not only messing with military ship GPS but also commercial traffic. And it has governments concerned that they could accidentally cause an international incident or even conflict.
Thanks to the so-called Rickroll phenomenon, Rick Astley's music video NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP has surpassed one billion plays, a rare achievement on the streaming site. Astley took to social media to thank fans, calling the achievement "amazing, and crazy." But Leo suspects that Astley isn't really getting that Rickrolling is a punk, not a compliment.
Stan has an email account with Verizon.net, but now he can't log into it. Leo says that Verizon bought Yahoo and then recently sold it, and since then, people have been having trouble logging into their accounts. It may also be that since Stan's account is a very old account, and he has since canceled the phone service, it may be that the company simply turned it off. Or turned the servers off. Verizon has retired its email service as well. Either way, this is becoming a common problem.
Recently, due to the delta variant and people being hesitant to get the vaccine now, Johnny Jet has had to cancel a few trips. Countries are now requiring a negative test or proof of vaccinations to get into theaters, events, and even restaurants. Even here in the States, restaurants are starting to require proof. Las Vegas is also now requiring masks. The more people get vaccinated, though, the faster we can get out of it. The good news, though, is the UK is now open to Americans as long as you're vaccinated and have a negative Covid test.
Actress Scarlett Johannson is suing Disney over their decision to simultaneously stream BLACK WIDOW at the same time the film has been released in theaters. Her position is that Disney violated her contract, which pays her most of her salary based on box office receipts. By releasing the film also on Disney+, even though it was behind the premium tier, she contends it cost her millions.
Emma Stone is also considering doing the same thing over CRUELLA.
Adam is getting notifications on his Android phone, from Google, asking for his birthdate. Leo says that Google will ask for his birthdate when he signs up for an account, to set age-appropriate settings! But it shouldn't keep asking for it. He doesn't have to give them the accurate birth date. Just make sure it's over 13 years ago.