one of my friends awhile ago asked me about the boring company and i answered that, actually that one is kind of boring
and he pushed back on that, and really changed my way of thinking about it. to paraphrase some of what he said, its not just a matter of what is the actual boring company doing but putting the elon brand on the much larger phenomenon of underground infrastructure
here we will examine an interesting puzzle within the larger puzzle, and though there is no neat and tidy conclusion to be drawn just yet it has been bothering me since utility computing came up and i think it is worth documenting here.
as mentioned in the thread on 'cloud', the state of computing in the 1950s and 60s was such that computing resources were centralized in large mainframes and accessed in a slow card-based batch system
i havent forgotten about the original target, i am drawing a big circle around elon musk and dont want to rush the process. besides, the benefit of 'exposing' elon musk comes from placing him into context
'cloud computing', 'fog computing' etc are terms that sound gimmicky and annoying. 'cloud computing' itself has been overloaded to mean multiple unrelated things, which is alienating and discourages people from seeking a concrete understanding.
i think a lot of people understand that consumer tech is all spunoff from the military, but struggle to place it all in a context that leads to further understanding
for example, they know intuitively that their phone tracking their location/analyzing their speech is somehow related to uav warfare elsewhere but arent confident to connect these two other than that hypothetically these systems could be linked
katrina was used as a drill for uav and conflict zone communications networks:
the entire katrina genocide was engineered and carefully planned and this + the aims and results have been covered elsewhere but i think its worth reexamining the technological drill aspect in context of this broader review of uav and communications history
countering the spacex origin story, looking at early employees
the spacex origin myth is elon and some rocketry people he cold called went to russia to buy rockets, which they couldnt do so elon said 'ok we will build our own rocket'.
michael griffin was along for the ride, though some accounts of this story dont mention him and some accounts say he was a business partner. so who is mike griffin? lot to say about his work in 80s/90s, but notably around this same time ('02) he became pres of in-q-tel