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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

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Re: And this from the company.......

If brothers that's worse?

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Hey, operators... 'member our edge-of-SPAAACE interwebs balloons? Help! - Google

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Idiots

They may be experts at selling advertising, slurping users's information and Search. But they really ought to listen to an RF / Comms Engineer.

This project is doomed.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Bookmarks

I came across some 1970s Punch cards used as book marks in an old cookery book at Christmas. My wife dropped three boxes of cards (large Fortran program) down the stairs once. She was delighted with the CRT screen editor on UCSD-Pascal vs removing an card or two and punching new ones to edit a program.

She still prints "hard copy" of everything, 35 years later.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Lost in Space

I know a Brand can be valuable.

But Beat Audio is nothing more than a Brand that could be as irrelevant as Myspace next year.

Has Apple flipped?

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Obviously a conspiracy

USPO is a front for the USA lawyer Mafia.

No, it's not made OK if Amazon claim they are never going to sue someone. Who knows when someone like Murdoch or Ellison would own Amazon in the future?

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Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

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Re: Interesting thoughts

But Apple *IS* a Chinese phone. With USA marketing and OS.

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Samsung's NX300 cam is bad in bed: Snatch victims' pics over the air

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hardware engineers suck at software security

Really?

Citation?

Any more so than the 90% of Software only people clueless at security?

How do we know the SW in the camera was done by HW folk anyway?

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Fake Snake oil

The kind of nano silver in Anti smelly stuff isn't RF blocking or conductive. An RF shield has to have wires long enough and in all directions to "short out" any induced current. Foil or fine mesh is best. Any metallic threads in a yarn used to weave will not short reliably.

Also two large holes at base and big hole at top. Maybe lead lined pants would block an ionising radiation source at crotch level, but these will not block RF.

Also there is ZERO evidence that any normally encountered RF Field has any harmful effect. A strong field will give cataracts, like if you peer into running transmitter waveguide or stand in front of high power radar dish (pretty much like microwave oven 700W average power, 10kW repetitive peak).

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Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

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Migratory Robin?

Ours are lazy then. There is no MW radio here (during daylight and Robins don't fly after dark) and the Robins never go anywhere.

They have a pretty song:

"This is my territory, come any closer and I'll kill you"

This may be why you only see one Robin at a time or a pair.

I believe they are same family as Thrush and Blackbird, do they have compass beaks too?

Is there some other kind of Robin in mainland Europe?

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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Sony

It's a Western name. They ditched their Japanese name nearly 60 years ago.

Nintendo needs a better strategy or they are toast. Perhaps selling their games on iTunes for iThings and Playstore for Android and maybe on Amazon (40% of UK online purchases last year were on Amazon). Amazon has a TV box/console thing and will happily sell anyones' games for it. Probably.

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Re: Four things ought to happen before this all gets settled:

Marge?

I've been called a lot of things.

Also no "may have been called in too late to be responsible". He was called in because out of panic they repatriated it from Siemens. When he analysed it and reported his bosses. stuck their fingers in ears and went "la la la la".

The actual engineers in BBC also were not just ignored but told to stop being "negative".

The non-Engineering upper management are responsible. They refused to listen when told.

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John Linwood

He is a scapegoat. HE told them it was a disaster that was going nowhere. He was brought in when all the bad decisions had already been made. They were not his.

DMI (A project for Production) was doomed from the start. Ironically BBC R&D had a better working Archive system ALREADY which could have been extended for Production.

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Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost

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Re: NAT has to go, yes

We used NAT + Firewall + Proxy server as single access point to Dial up 1994 to 2005. Couldn't get Broadband till then.

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Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

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dot matrix

I understand your attempt at humour.

[pedant mode]

Unless there is a CRT based headset all headsets are Dot Matrix

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schematics displayed

Only if you want to scroll a lot. 960 x 540 is about a quarter of the resolution you need.

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less than half the current price

But the current Google price may have no relationship to any Google retail product price which could undercut Epson by over $200.

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ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

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Re: Hmmm

The 21st C Archimedes runs Android instead of RiscOS and a keyboard + mouse is optional.

Though the Archimedes did have a UNIX option (from about 1987?), Linux Kernel (only) was released about the same time as entire NT 3.1, 1993.

How does a Redmond x86 system today compare with 1987?

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AMD beds ARM in 'Project SkyBridge' and home-grown 'K12' ARM architecture chips

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Re: Over compromised?

It seems to be mainly a packaging ploy, I can't see how it compromises the ARM architecture. It's not like they are going to put an ARM into a 286, 386 or 486 standard package.

(If they are, I had a box of old ISA MoBos somewhere, but they don't take much RAM).

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AMD Opteron is also an ARM?

Confusing ...

Maybe MS will be a customer for their Surface. I'm not sure what the logic of this is, unless the ARM chips fit an existing design of board that uses Another Company's x86 chip?

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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Re: re: Had to downgrade security as the TV supports WEP!

You can spoof MACs

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Even the UK Police recently mentioned what I said over 6 years ago.

Don't use ANY public WiFi without VPN. There is no way to know how trustworthy it is.

HTTPS isn't secure from a "man in the middle" attack.

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Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

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It's really only 3rd party cookies that are the problem. You usually DO want the one(s) belonging to the sites you log in to.

Almost all privacy issues are 3rd party ones (they let a 3rd party track you as move from site to site!).

Firefox lets you disable all 3rd party ones. But some actual sites then are confused unless you delete the cookies for that site and let them be re-created. I don't know if it's a bug. But at the FIRST time you disable ALL 3rd party cookies you might have to log out of a site, delete (not same as disable) all cookies, close browser, open browser then log in again and the "desired" site cookie then works.

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3rd party cookies

There is zero reason to allow 3rd party cookies. I have them blocked ever since I could.

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ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

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Intel has an ARM licence

They didn't flog ALL the ARM chips to Marvell either.

Why don't they swallow some ego and use their world beating production engineering, design skills etc to make a better ARM SoC.

Or could it be they think that they can charge a higher margin on x86 chips if they manage to dominate a market?

Really we don't need a narrow focused US company that dominates the PC CPU arena to be successful in Mobiles, Set-boxes, Tablets and over charge the Consumer, do dodgy deals with OEMs and cripple SW development with poor architectures and concentrate more on Process Shrinking than Architectural Innovation.

ARM's licence model encourages diversity and innovation. Intel's sales model is the opposite.

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Re. AI

There is no evidence that complexity or performance results in AI. A modern CPU is no more intelligent than a Z80. It's faster. Presumably if you had enough storage, data and a suitable program an AI program's speed, purely, would be affected by technology used.

There is also no evidence that replicating neurons or what people think is a brain's structure would result in an Intelligent machine. If Turning is correct, then any program that runs on a Super computer will run (slowly) on a real programmable computer made with mechanical relays. All CPU parts can be replicated with relays. Add sufficient storage for the program and data. Even Address size isn't an issue as that can be and has been addressed by a larger virtual address space and even software based paging to additional storage. This just simply slows the program.

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Re: AI is already here . Dumb enough

None of those actually use AI.

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Re: I just wish....

In reality Moore's law started to tail off rapidly about 2002.

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Agreed

None of the present examples are AI. Hawkins should stick to Physics & Mathematics etc.

We can't even agree on a definition of Intelligence, which is partly tied up with creativity. So how can anyone write a program to simulate it. The history of AI in Computer Science is people figuring how to do stuff previously thought to require intelligence and redefining what counts as AI rather than coming up with a proper rigorous definition of Intelligence.

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

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Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"

No, still a chance as the USPO largely ignores publications and prior art.

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

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Seems bonkers

Unless about 1/10th price, high margin, very reliable and about x4 the storage and speed of competitors.

This seems unlikely.

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Boffins pen 'Guide to better spamming'

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Fraudulent Source?

How do you decide that?

I have ONE SMTP server access, my ISP.

I have 20 or so email addresses on different domains.

I select appropriate source and reply to, which is hardly ever the domain of my ISP, when sending.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

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Re: It's not my birthday today! @Gene Cash

CD was joint Sony / Philips.

Compact Cassette was Philips, but Sony made first pocket sized player. They had earlier made a portable transistor tape recorder with wind-up motor (i.e. like clockwork) to save batteries. A German company in late 1940s or 1950s had made a portable battery valve tape recorder with gramophone style "clockwork" windup for tape transport. Sony miniaturised it with Transistors in early 1960s.

Sony did do the failed Elcassette which was really HiFi (compact cassette wasn't!).

They also made a wonderful 8mm portable VCR/camera that could play Analogue tapes as well as recording/play Digital. Great "bridge" to put analogue on PC via Firewire via its analogue input.

They also made the failed US slot mask idea into the working Trinitron.

BD isn't dead, they just can't compete with Chinese.

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Re: Ooops

I doubt it. Apple do not have the Reality Distortion power any longer to sell £200 TVs at £400 and £500 models at £1000.

There is no margin in TVs. Samsung and LG make very good TVs. With slightly rounded corners. Would Apple's Sony-Apple branded Chinese made models compete?

If they don't sell them as Sony, they don't need to buy anything. Any Chinese OEM will make Apple a TV, nearly as good as a Samsung or LG. If they did sell them as Sony they can't have Apple pricing.

I think Turkish Vestel is now making the Toshiba. They made the Mitsubishi Black Diamond even back in the 4:3 CRT days. So why would Apple buy ANY Japanese TV brand today? The physical sets would be made in China or Turkey or Malaysia anyway by existing OEM such as Foxconn or Vestel.

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Sad

The giant Philips is gone. Back to pre-1922 Light Bulb business. They were the only serious European innovation [consumer Electronics, Valves, then Transistors then ICs, they owned Mullard from 1928) and only meaningful competition to Japan from 1960s.

The great German companies all gone entirely (Grundig, Telefunken) or only Industrial (Siemens). The UK consumer Electronics played out by 1960s, Thorn was the last and strangled by their own bean counters killing quality.

Another step toward Chinese dominance. All those traditional labels you see (RCA, Alba, Bush, Goodmans, Grundig, Philips are just labels on Chinese or sometimes Turkish (Vestel) OEMs.

The American Consumer Electronics are all long gone. RCA 1986.

(Apple is a Marketing company, Intel & Qualcomm narrow chip markets, MS well ... no Consumer Electronics giant).

The influence of the Media division from the days of Mini-Disc has crippled Sony Electronics.

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Re: Stun devices

Take the 300V generator out of a single use £5 camera from Tesco.

Probably best to swap the 300uF capacitor used for the Xenon tube for a 1uF to avoid killing yourself (will cycle 300x faster too!). Uses a single AA cell.

It and the battery will fit in a matchbox or scrap gadget of your choice.

Warning: carrying this may be an offence in some countries. Or kill the owner.

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Maybe more than $100

But possibly under $500 retail to regular public.

The current price isn't unreasonable for a limited production test bed.

What resolution image does it do?

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Ofcom snatches spectrum from SPIES for mobile broadband

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Ofcom Interests

1) Selling spectrum licences to people with deep pockets

2) Not actually policing anything, hence the Broadcast damaging "White space".

They are not fit guardians of a one off national resource. It's not like regulation of Baked Beans production.

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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Re: Note to all C programmers

Also C programmers are in denial, or they would not be C programmers.

This is totally obvious from the comments and votes.

Makes me despair about the chance of better SW. Yes, C is flexible. It's also like using nitroglycerine to dig the flowerbed.

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Re: Bring back Ada

I think Modula-2 is nicer than Ada, but sadly most people don't understand Modules and Co-Routines to implement Objects and Concurrency. But C++ is preferable to C except when people use a C++ compiler to write C. Strustrup didn't want the amount of backward compatibility there is, but AT&T insisted.

JAL is best for 16F & 18F PIC. Doing them with C or BASIC is plain daft. They don't have the right architecture for pointer rich C or C++ (nor very suitable for Modula-2, Pascal, Ada, Java/C# etc).

I think we are stuck with C++ and Java (C# is really MS Java), but no excuse for C or C like programming styles. Or BASIC which is a cut down Fortran (I regard properly used VB5 & VB6 as closer to Visual Pascal or Visual Modula-2 than BASIC. VB.net on the other hand is C# pretending to be BASIC, so utterly pointless).

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Re: And another thing...

Why are you using C?

It was designed to make porting UNIX easily. It's not fit for purpose since late 1980s. Been using C++ since 1987.

Besides you don't need Macro to define True and False.

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Re: Once again

Of course designing your giant application as lots of small ones (in separately compiled and tested files) with a clearly defined APIs/Interfaces/layers whatever so they are separately testable "black boxes" that implementers of other parts need know nothing about the innards is a good idea. Actually the ONLY way to do bigger projects with more than two developers.

But copy & paste of small "apps" to make a big one is probably a bad idea.

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Re: Once again

What is really frightening is that many programmers don't even understand what I'm talking about. Or see the problem with source that can only be checked by running it. Or that in the source page text it's impossible to see what actually happens without mentally running a browser inside your head.

Or why Includes that are just text isn't real structure, objects/classes and can create bugs.

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And another thing...

Much more evil than Macros, or not sanitising input or not checking array bounds or GOTO are Macros.

Macros are for assembler. They are an absolute evil in a High Level Language, Don't use a Macro, EVER.

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Re: GOTO be GONE?

You seem to misunderstand why we have high level languages. It's deliberately to hide the CPU assembler / machine instructions. Every CPU I can think of uses Goto. Some like low end PIC only have stack for saving address etc due to Interrupt, they even use Gotos with parameters in an address to reuse code to simulate a function or procedure.

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Once again

Excellent Ms Stob

I was shouting in an enraged fashion the other day at the wall :

Why are the Security Mailing lists full of the same old Array Bounds Violations, lack of input sanitising and cross site scripting vulnerabilities?! (or is it !?)

Why nearly 30 years after C++ coming to DOS and every other platform from AT&T UNIX are people still using C?

I know it's too much to expect people to use Modula-2. But everyone has had time to learn how to program in C++ and port it to everything.

Why is the GUI and Web pages getting prettier but tools to develop Web Sites are like 1970s? Code if anything seems poorer than 1980s.

Verity should look at the unholy mix for ONE web page the source files mix of Java, Javascript, PHP, SQL, CSS, HTML, Oracle SQL-PL, and BOTH kinds of Adobe's Cold Fusion (Java style and XML style), often examples or fragments of all in the same source file.

You have to run it on the server and view with several browsers to even discover if it looks like you intended. Whole chunks of "code" may even be missing without warning. You have to "run" it to get ANY checking or diagnostics.

Don't let me get started on "Frameworks" for PHP etc.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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"create a BASIC interpreter "

Actually they didn't. They (BIll Gates and mostly Paul Allen) simply ported Dartmouth BASIC.

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Re: You will need

It's called humour.

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The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

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OpenWRT

Two ethernet ports?

Add HDD on USB

Add USB 3G dongle

Add USB Wifi?

Plug between cable modem or Fibre modem and your LAN switch. Router/Firewall/Backups and auto failover to 3G?

Power it and Switch off UPS.

It's not any use for cameras without the separate HDD. If it had 3 to 5 slots for HDDs I'd call it a NAS as it is, it's just a smart router/Adaptor.

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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

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contribution to the world of ham packet radio

I see no contribution here.

1) This isn't new

2) Piracy isn't new (over 100 years old)

3) Data comms over radio is really really old. Even in 1930s they used typewriters and almost unbreakable encoding (note the German traffic was cracked due to bad operating practices).

4) It's really easy to track down locations of transmitters.

Hams could have been using encryption and cyphers for over 100 years but don't because it's illegal everywhere.

With Laptop, SSB transmitter / Receiver you can do secure encryption on any datamode (Morse, RTTY, Hellscriber, fax, PSK31 etc etc). Like encryption on t'Internet the biggest issue is key distribution, or if you use the uncrackable one time pad, the code book!

So not news, just stupidity. Also unless you use about 100 systems in parallel on 100 different frequencies the average analogue dialup phone line is about 10x faster.

If you have very fancy gear then spread spectrum over 10s of MHz might not be noticed. Most off the shelf gear will only do a single 2.5KHz channel.

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

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I don't believe it

Google would have a cleverer more deniable evil scheme that wouldn't at all look evil.

However though I run maybe 15 websites I don't have any 3rd party adverts, so I can't offer any pithy anecdotal evidence.

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