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Facebook Wants to Build 11,000 Drones to Bring Internet to Africa
betabeat ^ | 3/04/14 | Jordyn Taylor

Posted on 03/04/2014 10:48:02 AM PST by MeshugeMikey

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s a Facebook drone.

The social media site reportedly wants to use drones to bring Internet connection to the two thirds of the world that still lack connectivity, starting with parts of Africa. The initiative is part of the internet.org project, which Facebook backs.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: africa; drones; facebook; internet; internetorg
I can barely wait for the African Version of Facebook.
1 posted on 03/04/2014 10:48:02 AM PST by MeshugeMikey
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To: MeshugeMikey

Fine. Do it.


2 posted on 03/04/2014 10:49:38 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

We can’t be the world’s police force, but let’s be the world’s ISP.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 10:49:40 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: MeshugeMikey

Mmmm...might be a little different.

However, being in touch with the rest of the world through the Internet can make huge changes in a society, which is precisely why Muslim countries and dictatorships try to limit it. I hope Boko Haram doesn’t come after them!

Fortunately, the Muslims’ lack of technology wouldn’t allow them to hit a drone, and California is too far away for them get there to behead the Facebook people.


4 posted on 03/04/2014 10:50:41 AM PST by livius
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To: MeshugeMikey

FaceBurka?


5 posted on 03/04/2014 10:51:04 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: MeshugeMikey

Why do they have to build 11,000 drones. I can find that many working for the government in D.C. in about an hour.


6 posted on 03/04/2014 10:51:31 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (lib-pocrisy: requiring photo ID at a march protesting photo IDs for voters.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I hope they do not run on oil.....global warming and all that.


7 posted on 03/04/2014 10:52:26 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MeshugeMikey
I can barely wait for the African Version of Facebook.

I wouldn't know one from the other as I do not believe social networking is any more than a quick and easy way to:
get arrested
get a divorce
lose your job
get unwanted media attention
etc. etc.

stay off the social media.

8 posted on 03/04/2014 10:53:21 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yay! Looking forward to more emails from sisters of imprisoned millionaires with money tied up in accounts that only I can help them access!!


9 posted on 03/04/2014 10:53:58 AM PST by irishjuggler
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To: MeshugeMikey

Obviously funded 100% by American taxpayers.


10 posted on 03/04/2014 10:54:11 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Gee what did we ever do before the internet? Let them build the infrastructure like we did.


11 posted on 03/04/2014 10:56:48 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: MeshugeMikey

Well after blowing $18 billion on that one company, they have to do something to make their shareholders happy.


12 posted on 03/04/2014 10:56:53 AM PST by MNDude
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To: MeshugeMikey

Ugh.... teach them to read first.. and build bathrooms..


13 posted on 03/04/2014 10:58:28 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: VRWCmember

Might be possible that these would be dual purpose drones. Zuckerwhatever is in the backpocket of obozo so who knows what purpose these things could serve. The government has to approve the production of these things, so........


14 posted on 03/04/2014 11:00:12 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: MeshugeMikey

For the cost of a drone you could probably give them a cow or a goat, clean water, and a polio shot. All of which would do much more to improve their lives than Facebook.


15 posted on 03/04/2014 11:01:10 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: meadsjn
FaceBurka?

the wife was asked to join facebook by her maid of honor, who she had not heard from in 20 years.

she signed up and then got pictures of her friend in a burka(nice Polish girl from upstate NY)...she was living in Egypt with her muzzy husband and 2 daughters and probably walking 10 paces behind and not driving. the wife cancelled her Facebook account immediately. The wife feels bad not so much for her friend, but for her 2 daughters who are nothing more than chattel.

16 posted on 03/04/2014 11:01:14 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Go for it, Zukerberg. Get Bill and Melinda Gates to pony up at least a billion. You guys can feel good about yourselves afterward. The rest of us will sit this one out, thank you.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 11:03:16 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: MeshugeMikey

Build?

Just go down to the local DNC and hire 11,000 drones for half the price.


18 posted on 03/04/2014 11:05:06 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: MeshugeMikey

Hey!
Bring it on over here too while you’re at it!


19 posted on 03/04/2014 11:11:50 AM PST by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I think it would be Flys on my Facebook


20 posted on 03/04/2014 11:15:47 AM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Making the world safe for Facebook — one drone at a time.


21 posted on 03/04/2014 11:16:55 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree; VanDeKoik

Build 11,000 drones?

They’ve already got millions of drones as members!


22 posted on 03/04/2014 11:19:38 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Great, the literacy rate is as low as 25% in some African countries. How does Facebook expect their new sub-Saharan customers to effectively communicate to each other who the penis thieves are and who the witches are?


23 posted on 03/04/2014 11:24:15 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: MeshugeMikey; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Do they even have the internet in Nigeria?


24 posted on 03/04/2014 11:24:18 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: LibWhacker

Believe me, FB wouldn’t be doing this if there weren’t profit involved. And that’s not a bad thing.


25 posted on 03/04/2014 11:29:14 AM PST by livius
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To: MeshugeMikey

Don't Do it!!!!

We need to unplug Africa to reduce the number of scams.
26 posted on 03/04/2014 11:32:29 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: MeshugeMikey

Myspace of some other company needs to come out and state, we will have no comments on immigration or other political issues. That is not our desired purpose.

Then have it to where all the facebook data can be quickly transferred from facebook. I would love to see them fall flat on their azzes. There needs to be a good and easy alternative to facebook. Facebook needs to soon be out and something new and non-political needs to take their place.


27 posted on 03/04/2014 11:32:33 AM PST by boycott
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To: Vaquero
"I can barely wait for the African Version of Facebook."

"Welcome to my webpage. Perhaps you can help me. My late Uncle Gomez left $240 million in a bank account. If you will help me transfer this to the U.S., you can have half!"

28 posted on 03/04/2014 11:35:10 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: boycott

Even the almighty Google boys pretty much failed to poach many FBers with their Google+.

Although they claim everybody on YouTube as a Google+ member now which is a bit of a stretch.


29 posted on 03/04/2014 11:36:55 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: DannyTN

I know uncle g. He and his various nephews email me weekly.


30 posted on 03/04/2014 11:39:56 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Free Republic is social networking. It is like blaming guns for murders. Facebook and the like are just tools. It doesn’t cause divorce. People cause divorce. I do agree that stupid or impulsive people have to be extra careful when using a tool like facebook. I use facebook but I don’t let facebook use it and run my life. I use it for remote networking and don’t divulge much on that site. To each his own.


31 posted on 03/04/2014 11:40:15 AM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

I assume your name really is Plain Talk and your boss, wife and police have a lock on you and the rest of the “Talk” family.


32 posted on 03/04/2014 11:43:05 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

I would actually support these drones, if and only if, they are militarized and authorized to strike any scammers and internet cafes being used in scams.


33 posted on 03/04/2014 11:44:06 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Vaquero

It’s amazing the connections Ungle G has. The FBI has contacted me on his behalf and held my money for me. I once even got personal mail from Bernanke asking me to pick up my money.
He must know every barrister in England.


34 posted on 03/04/2014 11:47:14 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: hosepipe
"Ugh.... teach them to read first.. and build bathrooms.."

Absolutely! Stone Age black Africans need to learn to read write and compute first. Then agriculture, road construction, framing a house, sewage and water management, and indoor plumbing. Just the usual stuff a modern civilization needs to get started. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans knew this.

35 posted on 03/04/2014 11:52:36 AM PST by StormEye
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To: MeshugeMikey

will they bring electricity to Africa too?


36 posted on 03/04/2014 11:55:44 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Vaquero
Just like Free Republic, you can put any name you choose on Facebook. They don't require an ID check.


37 posted on 03/04/2014 12:03:32 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

People don’t. The kids put it out there and talk to their friends. If you are going to make up a name there are other sites that are not social networking you can go to.


38 posted on 03/04/2014 12:06:39 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: plain talk

I use to get notices wanting me to tell where I was born and where I live. I gave all the info I wanted known so I refused. People who know me know those things already so why let the world know. It is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends who live all over the country plus I get loads of conservative news.


39 posted on 03/04/2014 12:07:32 PM PST by MamaB
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To: GeronL

the coal powered chromebook..by google will be airdropped by the millions eliminating the need for any electircal grid!!


40 posted on 03/04/2014 12:11:48 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: a fool in paradise

given the number of bogus phishing scams vI’e gotten frorm nigerian bankers id guess they must..have the net


41 posted on 03/04/2014 12:13:08 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: Vaquero
other sites that are not social networking

They, like Free Republic, are social networking.

42 posted on 03/04/2014 12:14:41 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I don’t consider it such .....you don’t know who I am...and I don’t broadcast that I am here to anyone....


43 posted on 03/04/2014 12:29:02 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

lolz


44 posted on 03/04/2014 12:33:53 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Mbweki got up today. Ate missionary. Shrunk head. Found FB friend to help me rescue family fortune of dead father killed while running with the wildebeasts. No good gnus. Off to tribal dance. Good day. (Like) (Comment)


45 posted on 03/04/2014 12:35:47 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: Vaquero
.....you don’t know who I am...

That is what you think...

Just kidding. But you are adding your own definition that doesn't exist. You can join FaceBook or many others entirely with fake data.

Or you can be like some of us here that use real names and meet real people through this network. Come join us at the next TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot. Even Jim Robinson has been know to show up at some of them.

Signed,
T. Hackney

46 posted on 03/04/2014 12:36:01 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: N. Theknow

I can See It Now!


47 posted on 03/04/2014 12:39:44 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: Vaquero

Ha ha. Good point. Yes Mrs Talk thinks I must be be involved with someone on the Free Republic site. :-).

You are right - Facebook is not anonymous so one has to be disciplined. I love it for networking with distant friends but that is about all I use it for. Your concerns are valid. To each his own. ... and Mrs Talk says Hi.


48 posted on 03/04/2014 12:55:48 PM PST by plain talk
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To: MeshugeMikey

Great! Facebook for African’s is a priority, especially in a land where an 8 transistor radio out of a Sears catalogue form 1967 is considered hi-tech.


49 posted on 03/04/2014 2:26:51 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Nowhere Man

Many in Afrika are ill from some tropical disease or aids. I’m sure having access to facebook will help their situation...no?


50 posted on 03/04/2014 3:35:09 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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