Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, announced on Saturday that the company is changing the default Wi-Fi network name for its Starlink user terminals to “Stinky,” and there’s no way for us to know if he’s joking.
“We’re changing Starlink’s default Wi-Fi name to Stinky.”
SpaceX’s Starlink is a high-speed broadband internet service that connects to a network of low-Earth-orbit satellites (LEO). The company wants to give affordable internet at reasonable rates across the world.
The satellite dish and the user terminal are the two primary components of the Starlink hardware kits. The dish links to Starlink satellites and sends the received broadband signal to the user terminal, which supports wired connections and serves as a Wi-Fi router, allowing devices to connect to a local wireless network.
“If you can’t smell your Wi-Fi, how do you know it’s real?” the SpaceX CEO joked in a follow-up tweet.
Who knows what’s real anymore anyway? At any rate, if it was a joke, it kind of divided Twitter. Most weren’t quite sold on the humour.
Some have also attacked Musk for terminating SpaceX employees who were critical of Musk. “You’re a child,” one enraged Twitter user wrote.
Musk stated in a follow-up tweet that the new name he’s suggesting is “pretty sure” to be unique. He went on to say that the new name “will encourage people to change it,” which could be a convincing reason to do so.
Even if it’s to a strange name like “Stinky.” It’s unclear whether Musk was joking or not.