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Galileo! Galileo. Galileo! Galileo frigged-LEO: Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low

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Re: what is their current orbit?

I don't think station keeping is much of a problem, it's not like geostationary orbit where they need to be within a small box over the equator as they are actually intended to be in a geosynchronous orbit (2 orbits in 24 hours is what the GPS SVs do, not sure if Galileo is the same).

In theory all that matters is that they are in a predictable position, fill in an empty part of the constellation and can be found and their ephemeris data measured very accurately using the earth stations, the satellites just send this information back to the GNSS receivers of the users which then perform the calculations needed to locate themselves.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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Bridge has been supported on the BBOS 10 devices for a while now, so if you still have that Playbook...

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

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Re: VMNOs

It should be identical in terms of everything within O2's network with the exception of the specific virtual links allocated to the MVNO in question and any interaction between the MVNO's billing system and the O2 HLR that holds the account details/credit status.

Short answer, very little difference, but I can say that in giffgaff's case their data links are pretty congested and they're in the process of making changes to tariffs etc to try and fix this.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

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Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Divide and rule I should think, trying to prevent one copper from becoming de-facto PM or Home Secretary.

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Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Too late for the tax disc, as from October 2014 it is no more and will, like MoT and Motor Insurance, be checked from the DVLA database.

Looks like your sub-PO is going to need more sales of sundries...

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Re: Wondered what was going on

Ah, status@gate, that's a real blast from the past.

I shall raise you with a brief finger of post...

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Re: confused by ...

The meaning is simple, only 1 in 100 does not make mobile calls even though they have a device that allows them to do so. These may be people using only SIP/VoIP.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: @aBloke FromEarth - Possessing an image likely to cause injury

Er, but they're *all* a bunch of moralising clowns Graham, that's why they like being in charge :(

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Re: Possessing an image likely to cause injury

They mean that the image *depicts* an activity likely to cause injury to the "breasts, genitals or anus" which I think is what the extreme porn legislation says.

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It'll have been done under the We-couldn't-give-a-crap-about-the-law-you're-nicked Act.

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Re: unsolicited

I have never deleted any of my WhatsApp or BBM chats, my phone has lots of storage so why would I need to?

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Re: unsolicited

It won't work, the establishment will protect them unless TPTB don't like that particular politician and want them to be chopped down a peg or two.

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All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

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Re: re. small antennas

Yes, which is why path loss rises with increasing frequency. If you are only interested in small ranges then this actually helps with interference mitigation, but of course you need enough link budget to make your applications work within the serving cell.

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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Re: Gender of the internet???

Only if you can see the fnord...

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: Doppler Shift and Timing of Satellite Signals

Read the ATSB report, there are two or three examples of other commercial flights being tracked using the same Inmarsat systems and their ground tracks being plotted within a quite small error in comparison with their position recorded from GPS coordinates. That should mean that data captured from the MH370 aircraft is valid and relatively accurate.

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Re: What about those black-box locator pings?

The problem is that the pings can change frequency as the batteries run down, it is quite easy for a 37.5kHz pinger to drift down to 33kHz once the batteries are nearly dead. In addition the water pressure also affects the frequency a little, so the frequency can change depending on the depth.

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Ofcom to BT Openreach: From now on, you'd better kill 70% of gremlins within 2 days

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Re: Do they still charge for technical support calls?

You could always try asking a question on the Fibre Broadband forum at ThinkBroadband.com

There are people there who can get the information you seek.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

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Re: Good news

He's been out of the medical definition of a coma since Sabine Kehm said as much in April, he had opened his eyes and was exhibiting short periods of apparent consciousness.

What that means for his future is unclear. Sadly Gary Hartstein, who is a realist (and a neurologist), doesn't think that his chances are very good. I wish it were otherwise but only time will tell.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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Re: Strange...

Never did work out what that extra 1 meant, the 100MHz should have implied a DX3 suffix.

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BlackBerry inks deal with Amazon to get Android apps on its mobes

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Re: Dilemma

Just to make it clear, BBOS 10 does away with all that Blackberry data stuff and makes it behave like everything else with normal APNs and settings, it's now only BES that uses BB's own services.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Re: Groundless conjecture.

IIRC the US Marshals are part of the FBI and hence can be used to do stuff that isn't publicly admitted.

Isn't that why Florida police have deputized some of the cellular surveillance operatives into the Marshals so that they can't be so easily FoI'd about what they're doing?

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Re: Groundless conjecture.

That'll be the same groundless conjecture that DC has been writing about for 35+ years now where he's regularly been shown to be pretty much right in hindsight is it Matt?

The establishment hate him, and have tried to stop him many times, they wouldn't bother if he was an insignificant gadfly now would they?

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Re: Impressive amateur tracking work...

Have a look at the PlanePlotter site, I think it's at www.coaa.co.uk or some such.

Bev is one very smart chap, he managed to make MLAT work because the original SBS-1 receiver has a fast clock that is used to timestamp received transponder signals, with ntp and some clever PhD level maths you can then create intersecting hyperbolas that tell you where the thing is provided that you get enough receivers to resolve the ambiguities in position.

From 45,000 feet, just about everyone can hear a transponder.

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Re: gaz TheOtherHobbes

Hardly, the Dutch descendants were responsible for Apartheid which in itself added to the pressure building up in the southern part of Africa.

You can't let them off, they're as guilty as all the other colonial powers!

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Re: TheOtherHobbes

Remember that all these countries boundaries were created in 1918 in a stitch-up between France and the UK. Those straight lines on the map are a dead giveaway aren't they?

What is happening now is that the Middle East map is being redrawn with the tribal and religious links from the past reimposed, although quite how this will end up I don't know.

It was inevitable that once the regional dictators were changed/removed/challenged that something like this would happen.

May you live in interesting times!

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Re: sounds familiar

It has taken a while for this particular bug to be found, but without the source oversight it wouldn't have been. Had this been in a closed-source product without the same robust methods of detecting such bugs the same thing can happen and the number of reviewers is much more limited.

It's a great shame that this didn't get spotted earlier or recognised as a security problem but then if someone is determined to commit at 11pm on New Year's Eve then the chances that they remembered doing it and ran lots of tests subsequently is clearly reduced.

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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Re: You're an idiot.

Does BT provide VDSL connections over exchange connected lines? I suspect they don't, which means a limit of 24Mbps from ADSL2+ instead of VDSL's limit of 80-odd Mbps.

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

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Re: 4.7.5.1.83.8.94.1.37

And no wonder that they can't keep track of which features are fixed/broken in such a labyrinthine numbering scheme.

Maybe they could make it even worse using hexadecimal and colons...oh, no, that's IPv6.

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This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

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These chaps have dedication!

Well done to them both, it's great to see such single-mindedness.

It's a long time since I remember seeing David and family happily playing with Mindstorms robots on the living room floor, glad to see that all that coding has achieved something really useful!

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Red Hat plans unified security management for Fedora 21

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One really good thing to see is...

...that Fedora 21 is not going to be released in May, they've actually put a whole 6 months into the schedule to get things settled down a bit more. The most recent 3 releases have been pretty hairy in that things have gone wrong with the new installer and the updating tools such as fedup have been less than perfect. It seems that someone has finally said "Enough!" and forced a delay to allow people to tidy up things that need it.

Good on the security overhaul too though, sounds good to me.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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Re: Got 4G ?

Have Vodafone rolled out the 10.2.1 OS update for their BB 10 devices? It might make a difference.

Some time ago my daughter's Z10 (which is on 3) seemed to leave the network selection to 3G/2G, and once it changed it back after it was set to 4G/3G/2G. Worth a look see I'd say...

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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So let me ask this then....

Base stations can transmit at powers up to +64dBm, and receive at levels down around -100dBm. That's 164dB difference in signal level, or more than 16 orders of magnitude. How many bits of resolution would you need to separate out those two very different amplitude signals? My rough calculation says 27 bits.

Is that even possible? I don't know of a way of doing that even at audio frequencies, let alone RF.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Time for a Sting?

Yep, that Law of Unintended Consequences is a real bitch!

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Re: Damn thieves

You need the high voltage to puncture the (high resistance) outer skin layers. Once you're into the nice soggy stuff inside the skin then the resistance drops very rapidly and current flows without much problem.

This is the reason that people who get electrocuted by a few thousand volts and up tend to end up scorched and smoking, their internal body fluids have boiled.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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A little more on this, via the UKCrypto mailing list...

From http://www.hscic.gov.uk/hes

"In 1996 these bodies were abolished and the NHS-Wide Clearing Service (NWCS) was set up to provide a means of transmitting the records. In 2006 this work was taken over by the Secondary Uses Service, which is run by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and the National Programme for IT.”

So it came under HSCIS’s remit in 2006. The data set was from 2000-2010.

For tracking though, there is the HESID - http://www.hscic.gov.uk/media/1370/HES-Hospital-Episode-Statistics-Replacement-of-the-HES-patient-ID/pdf/HESID_Replacement_Nov09.pdf

Which appears to include per-client pseudonym-ids. Data cleaning on release appears to be documented here - http://www.datadictionary.nhs.uk/web_site_content/cds_supporting_information/security_issues_and_patient_confidentiality.asp?shownav=1

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Mobe operators, need to check your network? There’s an app for that

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We already have...

...OpenSignal on Android that does pretty much this.

Assuming that it's accurate and that it keeps the correct values.

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They measure...

...SNR in dbm (sic)?

Heavens to Betsy, now we know why coverage isn't what we expect!

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BlackBerry sets BBM Voice and Channels live on iOS and Android

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Have to agree that it's pretty nice and has gained a lot of new features in a fairly short time.

While it looks very 'BlackBerry' on my Nexus, it seems to work well and keeps me in touch with the BB/iPhone/Android using family members very nicely.

Thumbs up from me!

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Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

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Re: kit kat

It's often difficult to upgrade because the hardware vendor withdraws driver support for the chipset used in older phones, mainly because they don't have the resources to work on old hardware while simultaneously developing and releasing future and current hardware.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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If you want an example of an earlier 'eviction', just ask...

...the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society about their experience when a more prestigious organisation decides it wants to muscle its way in.

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Android VPN redirect vuln now spotted lurking in Kitkat 4.4

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Re: KitKat 4.3?

Sorry old chap, no cigar!

4.1.x/4.2.x/4.3.x is Jelly Bean, 4.0.x is ICS.

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Re: Dead Platform

I had never used a WP device before, but a while ago I was in my local where the landlady (with a Lumia) and a rather the worse for wear customer (with a Series 40 Nokia) were trying to exchange phone numbers. I got asked to do it for them, and I will confess that it took me a while to work out how on the Lumia (about 5 seconds on the Nokia including typing the name). There was a number already in the received calls list, so I thought OK create a contact. Riiiight... took several minutes of fiddling to achieve that.

I have never before had that much trouble with any other phone using any other OS. It should just happen without the user needing to think, rather than needing a lot of poking about.

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Apple punts patches for holes in Pages and OS X, Windows iTunes

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Re: iTunes on any platform is pretty grim

The fix is to uninstall each component of the iTunes virus one by one, then reboot and install the latest version after downloading a new copy.

Nasty, and why it takes 100MB+ download I can't imagine.

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

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Re: @Trevor_Pot

I'm sure they did monitor, must have been directed by good intelligence in those days. Perhaps that helped.

Of course it wouldn't have been enough even if they had been able to monitor everything. I'd always wondered whether airport airside security was very good then or whether the authorities were just very lucky. Tuirns out it was the latter, there was a bomb that didn't detonate placed on a Trident airliner flying from Belfast to London. The reason it didn't work is simple, it was placed under a seat but luckily the passenger that sat there was a fat bastard and his weight disrupted the device so that either the timer failed or the wiring was disconnected in a crucial spot. It was found at Heathrow and the whole thing was hushed up.

You won't find this in the official archives, but I know someone who was there and it's as true as any other actual IRA incident of the 70s. Personally I missed the Harrods bomb in the early 80s by about half and hour, some of my friends were inside the place when it went off. None of us would have been in favour of the current arrangements because on a large scale they just don't work and they are a threat to everyone for as long as the data is kept in storage for poring over later.

Sometimes it just comes down to the percentages, there is a tiny chance of being killed by a terrorist in your lifetime but being totally surveilled is always a 100% bad thing for the population at large.

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Re: @Trevor_Pot

The price of freedom is that in a statistically insignificant number of cases, mad people kill others at random and are not stopped before they excute their plot.

We used to accept this, then some time in the last 20 years or so everyone thought they were at no risk of dying at all except for being killed by maniacs.

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But the problem is...

...you're not sifting a haystack for needles, you're either sifting a haystack looking for hay or a pile of needles looking for needles...

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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

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Re: Is this the first time that ...

Even if it is, you can bet that any lessons will be forgotten or hidden behind that old 'Beware of the leopard' sign...

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Not in the UK it isn't.

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Re: Here's another legal hypothetical ...

Really decent tamper-proof hardware has several measures in it to prevent physical intrusion, often just cutting a single conductor in a wire net surrounding the storage elements within a potted assembly causes the inbuilt battery to be inverted to several kV and this is then applied backwards across the storage device power rails until they are no longer able to recall their own names.

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Re: and another thing ...

This is what is totally fucked up about this sort of law, it may only be used against terrorists now, but while it remains on the statute books there is no reason it can't be used against someone who is rocking the establishment's boat. If you get a worse version of the current Home Secretary then that could easily happen without any change of government or indeed law.

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