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TETRA band usage
Ummm, no. TETRA, and other PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) systems use a very specifically defined set of frequency bands, and once a system has been provisioned, that's it. The radios are set up to operate in those frequencies and CANNOT operate elsewhere. The most advanced radios in that market can operate on 3 bands: 150MHz, 460MHz, and 800MHz (US - I believe the bands in the UK are similar but not identical).
The reason you hear the traffic coming out of J. Random Electronics is that the radios are very powerful - the hand-helds are 5 watts, the mobiles are 50 watts. Most consumer electronics are crap and do not adequately protect themselves from strong signals in the area, which is why any powerful signal nearby (PMR, Ham, CB) will cause them to freq out (pun intentional).
And how many resources does it take to make this stuff, vs. making food the old fashioned way? If it takes more energy, more water, more arable land to make this stuff than to grow veggies and meat, what's the point?
And as for this "I've been living off this stuff and I'm fine" argument - the human body isn't some shrinking violet that will curl up and die if you don't feed it exactly what it needs to very tight tolerances. Amazingly enough, it can handle a wide range of inputs and continue to function remarkably well. You can be seriously malnourished and still be "OK" for quite a period of time.
Re: It's no joke
If possible, get some Roach-Proof (boric acid) and sprinkle that around the affected devices. Lay it down pretty thick - like you are the Winchesters laying down a circle of protection from demons. Arthropods don't like the stuff - it gets into their joints and tears them up, causing them to dehydrate, as well as getting into their spicules and choking them.
The "signal" is a release of pheromones, specifically a "distress" pheromone - not an electrical signal. "Spoofing" that pheromone would mean synthesizing it.
In normal conditions, the idea is "that which kills one of us may kill all of us, so let's kill it first!". Great, if what is 'killin joo doods' is something that can be killed, like an anteater. Bad, if it cannot, like a high voltage circuit.
There's a documentary on this.
Nice, *if* it is optional
There are several nice features there, but I hope they are optional and can be disabled.
For example: showing only the streets pertaining to the route is nice - until the street is closed due to some event Google doesn't know about, and you need to see what options exist.
Also, the article isn't clear: is this about the maps on the web site, or the Maps application in Android? If the latter, once again, I wish they would fix it to allow multi-point routing: something they have been promising for YEARS.
Re: UK car insurance is fucked
"So if it's optional and boy racer ploughs into bus queue, crippling a dozen people, then when they try to claim compensation he just laughs and says 'Tough, I'm skint'
Compulsory 3rd party is essential[....]"
I totally agree. The only way it can be optional is:
chav: "Tough, I'm skint"
Judge: "Oh, but that's where you are wrong, my friend. A lung, a kidney, part of a liver (don't worry, it'll grow back, usually) all fetch a high market. Skin - do you know how valuable skin is? and we can keep harvesting it. And then there is the forced labor - I hear the Japanese would like some help with a little mess that needs cleaning up, fuku-something."
Thankful for Teflon Ballmer
I, for one, am thankful for Teflon Ballmer - you don't want a sweaty, sticky Dancing Monkey Boy, do you?
As could just enforcing the existing laws!
“potentially address about 80 percent of crashes involving non-impaired drivers once the entire vehicle fleet is equipped with V2V technology.”
Or, they could start just enforcing the existing laws of "at least 2 seconds following distance". But that would require law enforcement to actually look around rather than waiting for their
ticket generatorradar gun to go off.
Maybe if they also said "You rear-end somebody, you owe them a new car."
(sniff. I miss my 1973 Mercury Monterrey Custom with the real "zero damage" 5MPH bumpers. I was rear-ended once: totaled the other car, didn't even scratch the chrome on mine.)
Another clear benefit to tourists:
Many tourists to the UK come from right-side-of-the-road countries. Among many, that is why I planned my upcoming business trip to the UK in terms of taking the Tube and the train rather than driving - the LAST thing I want to have to do after 14 hours on planes/in airports is have to keep reminding myself "keep left".
"Sealed" - using the time
I've often pondered this as well. What if you had the train split into 2 sections: "sterile" and "non-sterile". Let me get into the non-sterile side, and then, as the train is rolling, go through the security checkpoints and be admitted into the "sterile" side.
And likewise, let me get off the plane into the "sterile" side, and go through Customs and Immigration as the train rolls.
As a born-and-raised Yank....
As a born-and-raised driving-on-the-right-since-14 cussing-at-Amtrak-to-get-their-act-together Yank, I am amazed that you'd be arguing against a good high speed rail line. We *used* to have a good passenger rail system over here, and we screwed it up when we subsidized both the highway system and the airline system (and didn't subsidize the rail system). Please, don't make the same mistake we made!
Maps mobile: how about multi-waypoint?!?
OK, Google, all the wonderfulness you are working on, how about allowing Maps Mobile/Navigation Mobile to support having more than one waypoint? Sometime I don't merely want to go from A to B, but from A to G via B, C, D, E, and F - so how about NOT making me have to stop at each one and plot in the next.
Seriously, guys: for a search engine/advertisement company, you miss a really obvious use-case scenario: "Maps: Route 66, old alignments, all standard stops. GO."
Re: ...'allows online users to store their most sensitive documents'...
@AC: If you are going to quote me, cite it correctly:
Just be worried...
Just be worried if you see them cutting the tread off the tyre with a kitchen knife and applying shoe polish, or ripping open a heating pad for the asbestos lining.
It look like you're declaring war on a neighbouring star system. Would you like help?
"It look like you're declaring war on a neighbouring star system. Would you like help?"
"THEN YOU ARE WEAK AND DESERVE TO DIE."
Re: That's not how fractional reserve banking works, though.
Unfortunately, while what you said is how it is *supposed* to work, it does not in reality work that way.
Deposit 100 moneys.
Bank loans Abe 80 moneys, puts an 80 moneys IOU in the "assets" column. Bank still has 100 moneys of "assets", only 20 moneys of which are real money.
Bank loans Bill 80 moneys, pointing to the 100 moneys of "assets". Other banks nod and wink at the check written against the IOU. Bank puts Bill's IOU next to Abe's.
Reg: Suggestion - use "The Sun" or "Sol"
Given that "Sun" is ambiguous in the headline context (Did the maker of computers and languages that was assimilated by Oracle just release three products? or did the large unshielded fusion reactor over there burp 3 times?:), might I suggest using "The Sun" for the large fusion reactor, and "Sun" for the company?
@AC: RTFineA - Video is mentioned
"Liquavista's tech is called electrowetting, which it claims can make displays clearer in all lighting conditions and play video without using a lot of power." (emphasis mine).
And soon Apple will take the next step:
"That is a lovely device what you have bought from us. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it, right? But we can help you with this matter; we can provide iNsurance."
Amazon had best watch out
Making funny money with no legal backing - the banks already do this with the "fractional" (read: negative) reserve system (a.k.a. "kiting checks").
The banks don't like competition, and are quite happy to be able to get use of the politicians they have on retainer to squash any competitors.
(riddle me this: how can a bank take in $10 in deposits, then issue $80 in loans, and call that legitimate? Where did that extra $70 come from?)
Ugh. I'll take the bugs.
Wild bugs have parasites....
Many wild bugs are full of parasitic organisms harmful to humans, so you don't want to eat wild bugs.
So, the bugs will be factory-farmed.
And then, PETA will complain about the conditions for factory-farmed bugs.
(of course, I expect to see PETA weighing in on how horrible the life of a vat-grown steak is....)
Re: He should also remove all atoms in his body
Evidently, both you and 8 other people failed to see my statement was in regards to an action Dr. Hawking should perform, not Nitsana Darshan-Leitner should perform - the suggesting is Dr. Hawking should remove his computer, so why should he not be expected to go all the way.
McDonalds? Burger King? Not a very high bar!
Comparing any meat-like product to McDonalds or Burger King is not a very high bar to clear.
Now, go to a real burger joint, and get REAL beef, properly raised, butchered, prepared, and cooked, and then compare.
Re: ElReg Standards
Obviously, an amp should be defined in the amount of current it takes to render one PHB unconscious with a given length of time of exposure (holding EMF constant, natch.)
The one with the current metrology sticker on it.
Re: Yes, that will work well.
Just use Beethoven's First Movement.
Unfortunately for Microsoft...
... neither The Financial Times nor The Economist derive the majority of their advertising revenue from Microsoft.
The days of the only magazines to cover computer issues being largely funded by Microsoft advertising are over. It must make it very hard to exercise the "influence" that Microsoft once did.
Yes, that will work well.
So the child, who only sees his parental units after urination, begins to associate urination with love.
Remind me to invest heavily in "watersports" porn in about 15 years.
Re: The problems it causes.
That depends upon how strongly you define "Free". I tend more towards RMS's level, that if you cannot modify, compile, and run the resulting code, it is not Free. It may be Open Source, but it is not Free.
So saying "Sure, here's the code, but we won't make the private key available to you, we won't let you sign the executable, and thus you cannot use a version you built for the intended purpose" means it is not Free.
You may define Free differently.
The problems it causes.
OK, you want the problems:
1) the *only* way DRM can "work" is that the DRM mechanism must have a secure channel from the decryption code to the user's sensory organs. If at any point in that channel there isn't total security, then the user can intercept the data at that point, and then do whatever they want with it. Thus, the ONLY way DRM can be implemented is if the content holders control your computer, not you - otherwise you can subvert that secure channel.
2) DRM means that just because you can access something today does not mean you can access it tomorrow. You may have that copy of "1984" that you bought and paid for, but if whoever controls the DRM key server decides you shall no longer have access, you don't. The system is totally asymmetric in terms of who's "rights" are "managed".
3) Likewise, it is an invasion of privacy: if you do have local "managed" media, whoever manages the key server can see when you access that media. You may not care if they see how often you want My Little Pony, but do you perhaps care if they see how often you read those "subversive" works - or even how often you re-read that one chapter of "50 Shades of Grey"?
4) It means restrictions on competition.
4a) No Free Software can implement DRM, since if I have the ability to compile and run the source, I can intercept the decoded data (see 1, above).
4b) Indeed, since the algorithms and implementations must be kept secret, that means that whoever controls the algorithms controls who can make players (e.g.: The digital FM system here in the US, iBiquity, requires as a part of the standard that all data SHALL be encrypted using a key from iBiquity - and so if you want to make an HD Radio, you SHALL pay iBiquity for that key. And if they don't like what kind of radio you propose to make, you don't make it. Look up "Griffin HD Radio Shark", and what happened to it.)
5) It can lead to restrictions on media creation. If entities like the RIAA have their way, then once DRM is widely available, they can start towards requiring ALL media to be rights managed. You want to upload your funny cat video? You MUST use a key, and guess what? You MUST rent that key from them! (Yes, this is a "slippery slope" argument. "Slippery Slope" is not a fallacy, but rather an assumption. You may chose to question the truth of the assumption, and thus the validity of the argument, but it is not always in error, and given what has transpired in the past, the slippery slope is more often than not taken).
In "Mostly Harmless", DNA had the idea that, as biometrics became ever more detailed in block fraud, they became ever more time consuming and invasive, so somebody has the brilliant idea to store all the biometric data on a card that could be scanned instead.
Ford Prefect steals a top-tier Guide executive's card, and is then able to pass himself off as that executive by presenting the card to all the "secure" systems.
So, Paypal gets its wish, and we all get a device to authenticate ourselves. Great - so if that device is stolen, whoever has it can masquerade as us. So we need a way to authenticate that is really is the device's proper owner using it. Hmm, I wonder what that would be. Something easy, that won't fail like a fingerprint scanner after you've been working on that engine block all Saturday. Something that doesn't require a bunch of extra, costly hardware. Something that works with existing hardware, like a keyboard. Something like, I don't know, maybe a string of characters known only to the user and the device. Brilliant! I just wonder what we should call it....
Why aren't stores forced to use chip & pin everywhere?
"Why aren't stores forced to use chip & pin everywhere?"
I think you have the question backwards: what would force stores to use chip and pin?
Look who gets hurt in a credit fraud:
Usually, not the account holder - if they can prove the fraud is not their fault they usually are not held responsible for most, if not all, of the cost.
Not the credit card company - almost always, they just reverse the fraudulent charges back to the merchants.
So it's only the merchants who have any motivation to deploy anything more secure. However, the "invisible hand" only works when there are real alternatives, and since the credit card companies don't really offer a meaningful alternative to mag-stripe, the merchants have no choice - they take what they can get (mag-stripe) or they don't handle credit transactions (read: they don't get any business, because who can be bothered to carry cash or checks in this spend-spend-spend era?)
I knew of a guy involved with a very large company's web site, who detected a massive credit fraud-in-progress. He held the transactions, contacted the credit card company, said "I can give you the address they are wanting the goods shipped to: call the police, nab them in the act, done!" The credit card company's response? "Don't care, not our problem, don't let the transactions go through or we'll just charge it back to you, bye now<click>".
He should also remove all atoms in his body
He should also remove all atoms in his body that have ever been in Israel, stop responding to any gravitational pull from Israel, and not use any mathematical constructs ever developed by an Israeli.
Really, Palestinian supporters? The man is already backing you, stop being silly.
Re: Let's play a game....
iCame - rounded corners are a must here.
His name should be....
His name should be "Dig-Dug".
Either that, or Hans and Franz:
"I am here to PUMP <this stock> UP!"
How he can get away with buying this, then making a statement like that, and not have the SEC on his doorstep that afternoon - well, it doesn't boggle my mind, but it does greatly depress me.
Partials are not boring
I would disagree; even a partial eclipse is not boring.
Take your hands, crossing the fingers of each hand to make a 4x4 grid. Spread them just a bit, to make a bunch of almost pinholes. Hold over a flat white surface. Watch what would normally be round spots become little crescents - you've just made a bunch of pinhole viewers. Go find a tree that is making a bunch of pin-holes between the leaves. Make a pinhole viewer from a gum wrapper. Let your inner child-scientist loose for a change!
We don't *know*, but we are pretty sure it does
We don't yet *know* if antimatter responds to gravity the same way as matter, but we are pretty sure it does; if it doesn't, it would really change our understanding of the universe.
The reasoning goes like this:
An object in free fall is following a straight line in space-time (the line may not seem straight in space, but remember, we are seeing a slice along the time axis, not the full line in space-time. That's why we say "gravity curves space-time", or more properly, "gravity IS a curvature of space-time.").
Now, consider if you had something that had a different response to gravity than normal. Let's say you have a ball that has an inertial mass of 1kg (that is, a force of 1N will accelerate it at 1m/s^2), but experiences a force due to gravity on Earth of 1N rather than 9.8N. You let your "odd" ball and a normal 1kg ball loose at the same time, close enough that the differences in the curvature of space-time are negligible. The normal ball will have 9.8N of force on it and will accelerate at 9.8m/s^2, the "odd" ball will have a force of 1N on it and will accelerate at 1m/s^2. But, in theory, both are just following a straight line in space-time, and since we've constructed the experiment that the lines should be the same, we have a reducio ad absurdum - we've created a paradox. So, the reasoning goes, inertial mass and gravitational mass must be the same. And since we do have a very good set of evidence that antimatter has positive inertial mass (things like the recoil of an atom releasing a positron, for example), we thus have a strong reason to expect antimatter to react the same to gravity as normal matter.
The experiments with trying to prove that are difficult, as we cannot just make an "odd" ball of antimatter and drop it - the quantities of antimatter can can make are small, they tend to come into being moving very fast, and even if we can slow them down to where gravity is a significant factor, they don't stick around very long (they tend to fall down, find some matter, and go FLASH in a very short period of time). So the error bars on the experiments are pretty large - we can say that antimatter is less than 100 times more strongly attracted by gravity than normal matter, and not less than -60 times as strongly attracted (read: repelled) as normal matter. That's like saying you have found by experiment to have between -60 and 100 heads - we suspect the real answer is 1, and -60 < 1 < 100, so our experiment has not disproved our assumption.
Now, if we ever did find an "odd" ball - be it antimatter, or floobydust, or whatever, but that didn't respond to gravity the same way as normal matter - then we'd have to rethink general relativity in a pretty big way, a way as big as general relativity was for Newtonian mechanics. That might happen: we know that quantum mechanics and General Relativity don't fit together, and we know that quantum mechanics and General Relativity are pretty good descriptions of the universe in their own domains, and we know the universe contains both the domain for which quantum mechanics is valid and the domain for which General Relativity is valid at the same time, so we know we don't know everything. A major re-think like that might explain a lot, but since we have no data that would shape what that rethink should be, we cannot start it now. And that's what experiments like this are good for: they give us that evidence to say "OK, this is the direction you need to be looking in."
My friends all know my phone # and can call me, so this doesn't help there.
Door-to-door types won't do this; they will ring the bell. Even if they DID do this, why would I want them to?
So who does this leave?
Food delivery types? - again, they will just push the button.
Parcel delivery types? - they don't even push the button half the time; they just drop the package and run (that even happened when the delivery guy was dropping off the cartridge for my dying mother's morphine drip - no signature, drop the package full of a Schedule 1 narcotic, knock twice, and run.)
Law enforcement? Either they will just push the button or they will bash down the door.
Who, exactly, is this for?
Dick move, but...
Yes, it's a bit of a dick move, and in the limit this would allow the rich to buy up all the good stuff so we peons cannot access it, but at least the man isn't trying to force other people who own property to abide by his view of things <cough/>trump and scotland<cough/>.
I say the best way to deal with this has been publicly available prior art for decades in the form of Monopoly:
"Let's see: you own N houses, that is N times the tax per house. Pay by 15 April, please."
MAC address in packet - not that myth again!
"I don't mind all of my data packets being made into digitally signed and certificated evidence (IPv6) with the MAC address of the packet origin device also signed evidence."
Not that myth again (I wonder if Snopes or Adam and Jamie could be pursued to address this....).
Yes, at one point there was the consideration to make the bottom 48 bits of the IPv6 address be the MAC address of the device, to simplify stateless autoconfiguration. Then EVERYBODY pointed out the obvious security flaws in that idea, and the idea of using the MAC address to form the publicly routeable address was DROPPED. AXED. KILLED. REMOVED. That idea is not pinin' for the fjords, it is PASSED ON.
Even the idea of using the MAC address for the link local addresses has been made OPTIONAL, and alternatives to allow link local addresses to be created randomly have been defined.
Re: Questions to ask objectors
"Do you own a mobile phone? [...] How do you expect to use it?"
Your typical NIMBY would respond with:
"What does that have to do with anything? What does that tower have to do with my phone?"
As inconceivable as it may be to most Reg readers, that sort of person often truly does not realize his phone is a radio, and needs a radio tower to work.
Re: The IRS...
"I assumed it was a picturesque reference to removing Excalibur from the stone"
But it wasn't Excalibur that was removed from the stone - Arthur got Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake - a.k.a. the "sword-flinging watery tart".
Buy stocks in aluminum!
Call your broker and buy stock in aluminum foil companies like Reynolds - because an announcement like this is really going to stir up the tinfoil hat crowd!
"Yeah, man, I heard they have a working time machine, and a cloning machine, and antigravity, and....."
/me slaps forehead....
I think we all missed the most obvious and useful gesture:
Both hands out, palms toward TV, alternating between open palm and fingers brought down to thumbs in a pinching motion:
BOOBIES! SHOW ME BOOBIES!
Cicadas sound like an AMPS (Advance Mobile Phone System, the US analog (and now defunct) cellular system) control channel.
And yes, ONE cicada is 100dB. Imagine an entire woods full of them.
It's quieter on Main street in Sturgis the first week of August.
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