15 posts • joined Friday 5th October 2007 13:55 GMT
If you wanted to justify additional funding for your agency, and deflect attention from your own activities, it would be convenient to nurture, even talk-up, the impression that a rogue foreign power was responsible for a significant proportion of digital eaves-dropping which was in fact largely due to your own crafted activities.
Although it is not released in the UK until the 16th of November, the Kobo Arc looks like a good alternative.
It is close to the Acer A110 in terms of spec; it has a higher res screen, but with a dual-core chip. However it is more open and will get JB at some point, so I thought would wait until it was in the shops before I make a final decision.
If you live in a block of flats, a low-pass filter at the fuse box/trip panel should minimise potential interference from neighbours that may also be using powerline network adapters. However I am not aware of such device existing, nor of it being available as an installation option for the wiring of home premises.
It is early days yet; at present not many people are using the mains for networking, but as in the case of wifi, as more people start using it, the signals from neighbouring premises (in shared buildings) may in some cases have a greater impact on through put.
I was advised by an electrician when asking the same sort of questions, that the signal will not be stopped at the Fuse Box/Trip Panel. So in addition to appearing on all of your internal rings, it will also be fed into the building supply if you are in apartment block say. I think the signal gets out on to the local supply connection, where it is attenuated by distance. So if you are in an apartment building, you may find yourself competing with a neighbour for bandwidth.
I would also be interested in other takes on this.
Not before time
Unfortunately, much of what was appearing on the Webwise threads was unadorned, adolescent tripe. Those concerned did more to turn-off BT users interest with all of their aggression, rather than help their cause. Overall it was badly handled by both sides with little of practical value being achieved.
I wonder how much it will cost me per transaction?
Maps and Usage
I have been registered for BT FON for sometime. I live in an apartment block with its own post code, and which is surrounded by similar blocks. There is a problem in the locating of the HotSpot on the map, with it being shown to be about 100 meters further to the south than the building. I assume that this inaccuracy is introduced through inaccurate mapping data held by Google.
Surprisingly I get a lot of visitors to the BT FON HotSpot - most of them iPhone users, at least two a week, usually at the weekends. There also seems to be a regular stream of new iPhones, so I am wondering if one of my neighbours is running a small retail business or something.
Its not the the trunk networks that are the issue; legislation or consolidation of the Local Access would help reduce risks and costs to the comms companies if any vendor could by access - much the same way as railway companies could gain access pre-grouping.
Will also be able to buy vouchers
From the FAQs on the BT FON site, non-BT customers will also be able to buy vouchers from the BT Openzone site - you only need to buy the special router for your broadband connection if you want to contribute to the number of access points by joining the FON community.
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