635 posts • joined 4 Jul 2009
Ah - but think of the scratches. Think of the screen replacement revenue...
If it's anything like the "upgrades" of the Waitrose Online over the years, expect a few weeks of fail before they adjust for new load.
On the other hand, stick some orders in during that time as, when they inevitably fail, they'll probably give you some decent presents to compensate just like Waitrose did
> Won't this kill battery life?
No more than the updates for Angry Birds to squeeze yet more adverts into it.
Seriously, there's other stuff in the LTE spec that allows the operator to suck the juice from your phone. Take MDT, for example - a feature designed to make your mobile a radio test station and let the operator suck up the logs to do radio optimisation. It'll be a lot cheaper for the operator to do this than send out a van stuffed full of expensive electronics - and it will obviously let them collect data in places the vans can't get to.
As someone else has noted...
It's a Pez dispenser - only it spits out iPhones
Still fugly though
A lot of this info can just be sniffed by the mobes - no need to transmit and interfere.
Obviously more advanced tests could be done with transmitting data, but you could easily imagine a good build of this s/w being able to schedule calls/downloads for each device from one central point
There's an app for that (already)
Or even like the Root Metrics app, which aggregates data from lots of users and then sells it back to the operators. It even plots it on a pretty map for folks to browse.
Saying that, drive testing type data is always useful as you get the proper GPS track along with it, rather than the cute hexagons offered by Root Metrics (not sure if the data they sell to the operators is better, though, as it obviously does log the GPS for each measurement)
Re: NHS blocking the NHS
Or try https://faxyourgp.com/ - this site, linked to from the one blocked, will fax them your opt-out.
Re: The picture ..
The Sammy variant also available with a smattering of blue or red, at least:
Not quite as garish as the Dyson, admittedly.
Re: The picture ..
Upvote for pointing out the lack of reading comprehension, although one has to admit that they do look decidedly similar:
Operators are currently playing with tech to geolocate every call in the network. just run an analysis, list all IMSIs that made calls from that area and put those that make calls in the prison on a blacklist that all operators share. could do some other tests to see if those numbers make any calls elsewhere too. or check the subscription address. lots of other things you could do to gain confidence in the decision to mitigate false positive chances.
this would not require installation of extra masts, either
Re: I don't think 3 uses any 2G service any longer
Apparently they still have a little bit of 2G, but it depends on where you are. They started disconnecting from 2G in some areas back in 2010:
> Given that your phone has to register with a cell tower, I wonder why they couldn't send you a text telling you that there is a problem when you enter the affected area?
Because your phone doesn't have to register with an individual tower if it's not doing anything. Instead it registers on the Location or Routeing Area, which can be a large collection of towers covering a reasonably large geographical area. In theory you could still probably do something, but it wouldn't be that cheap to implement on the expensive big boxes in the middle of their network.
In terms of "having a strong signal, but no data", basically it means that the 2G side of things was probably working fine - so making calls may have been perfectly OK (I don't know, and the article doesn't say). But as 3 piggyback on 2G networks (I forget whose) and have their own 3G network, it's not that much of a surprise that if their 3G network falls over all the impacted subscribers can still fall back onto the 2G network.
Re: At last!
You can already get electrically switchable transparent/opaque glass - it's been in Grand Designs, for a start. I think you can get it in one of two flavours - either "unpowered = transparent, powered = opaque", or the other way round. Thus there is a default setting that does not use power at all.
A lot of this patent looks like "take a bunch of existing stuff and glue it together", which is not patentable. The devil is in the detail, however, and some claims may well be valid patentable ideas - even if the assignee is Apple Inc
Surely it needn't eat his data plan
Just stick a filter on the sender email address (I'm guessing that at the very least it was all from the same domain, if not the same email address) and stuff them all into a separate folder that is not set to sync with the phone.
Re: If it walks like a duck...
Indeed - most mobile phone core networks run on standard boxes anyway - be they Sun servers, ATCA chassis, or bog standard routers. Just not Intel boxes, AFAIK.
The key differentiator here is what they want to do at the edge of the network. Now, with traffic density going up and up, you will need more and more masts. This is quite possibly the most expensive part of the whole network. Some masts can be dumber than others, but LTE ones need a fair few smarts. But, perhaps it can be pooled in the cloud - who knows. But then, if you dimension your "cloud" incorrectly, and a few different and unexpected conditions start placing demands on the resources in rather large ways, you're still going to have blocking due to congestion. Perhaps Intel are on to something, but UMTS had an intermediate "clever" box (the RNC) and they got rid of it as it added too much latency to handovers and call setups. You'd need a moderately major shift in the 3GPP standards to put it back in.
Hmm - not even reaching that far back in time, IMS presence is supposed to enable this sort of thing, as well as a raft of other tech. I'd be fairly certain that this "idea" is just a logical extension of something that already exists (who will no doubt start quaking at the thought of the cost of lawyering up when Apple serve a Cease & Desist (or pay up) order on them).
The patent was filed in July 2012, too, so there's all sorts of stuff out there. Doesn't Sonos do something like this?
The SV camera does not allow for exit via the launch tubes.
It's "Michel Combes", not "Michael"
No, that's a computer ringing you up, waiting for something that doesn't sound like an answer phone, and then begins playing you it's spiel, whether it's "Congratulations, you have won ....", "Have you been mis-sold PPI?..." or "Your mobile contract may benefit from renewal...". Either way, hoping you press the correct button to be connected to someone, with a similar hope that you can then either be scammed out of some cash, or scammed out of some personal information that can be sold on further.
Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS
> You could say this of anything - my washing machine still washes clothes, my fridge still keeps beer cold etc. - it is probably a lot more efficient and had other 'under the hood' changes but essentially it does the same job.
...and your car may still get 20mpg, just like the 1908 Model T Ford :-)
Re: where do you park?
There will be underground parking for a large swathe of senior cultists, and nearby surface parking for the multitude of lowly acolytes, apparently. There's a link to a Jobs PPT (in PDF) here that shows the offsite parking. I think you have to get at the proper building plans to see the underground parking (I've seen them, but can't find them again, this PDF refers to 2,300 basement parking spots, but with no pics)
Re: Honey Pot
Perhaps they might also pretend to do a very public "audit" of the code - with the added bonus that the members of the public are conned into paying for it....
Everyone knows that any decent scatter chart should be segmented into a 3x3 array, nowadays, so you can easily filter the "middle-of-the-pack" out.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
According to a Patent Attorney acquaintance, it gets better than this. He could have demo'd the phone, making no reference whatsoever to the bouncy-bounce-back action, not even showing it, and it would still count as prior art if it could be proved that it was in the software load of the phone he demo'd.
Re: Dot vs Lightradio
Plus you seem to need to lay fibre to connect up the "digital unit" with the "indoor radio unit". The Dot just seems to be a remote radio head. Additionally, ALU offer an ethernet based indoor small cell, too.
Re: Crystals made of light...
More like gates on the end of footballers driveways for the ultimate bling
Re: Do they mix?
Spotify needs to release a plugin called "auto-mix" to do the job for any playlist to really wind MoS up. It's not hard, a quick frequency analysis to get the bpm of neighbouring tracks, and then a simple calculation to get the relative playing speeds. Ramp them in/out and Bob's your uncle. Might sound a bit s*it compared to a professional DJ who knows the intro/outro sequences a bit better, but an easy first cut. You could even have tunable lengths for mixing in/out for each track.
There was some fella on Dragons Den a while back who claimed to have patented the above, effectively, but I had my doubts about the value of that when he presented it as it's just some moderately simple maths.
I've often wondered about making something like this to ensure I get tunes to a beat I can run to.
In GSM, you are not actually known to the BSC, you're known to the logical grouping of cells known as a "Location Area" (LA), which will comprise a number of cells (typically all connected to one BSC).
So, before you attack a specific mobile, you have to know at least which LA it is in.
TMSI's change each time the mobile changes LA, and may also change if the mobile does what is called a "periodic location update" (which is not triggered by movement) so this attack isn't that long-lasting.
The attack relies on the attacker responding to the paging message faster than the mobile does. In practical terms, this means locating yourself at an "earlier" base station within the location area, as the BSC will typically clunk through BTS's in the LA one at a time - but the differences are in the milliseconds, so you may be at the mercy of the speed of being able to get radio resources to send your paging response. It's certainly possible, but I doubt it's that reliable.
The article claims the hijack is not detectable, but I'd argue that's not true - the MSC will receive multiple paging responses, therefore a trivial modification is required to detect this in software (and indeed may already be implemented in some vendor equipment for all I know). In addition, the network KPI's on call termination success rate would plunge through the floor (for the "global" attack, anyway) and alarm bells that "something" is happening would be ringing within 30 mins. It would take longer to diagnose, I admit, but it is diagnostically possible to work out that this is happening by examining traces from the BSC.
I'd agree that it's possible to hijack a session in networks where the authentication/ciphering are not implemented, although their claim "an attacker can fully impersonate the victim after cracking the session key Kc" seems a bit brief (perhaps it's feasible, I don't know).
The "Detach" attack is clever, I admit.
The standards changes they propose are unlikely to be implemented - the s/w stack for GSM (and UMTS) is so old, there would be too many different devices that would need their firmware re-flashing. Not economical to do.
Overall, a good bit of fun and potentially a headache for an operator. Buy the phones with cash and your attack can be suitably anonymised, too.
Indeed, I'm already on FF 23.0.1, so their tests are out of date
Indeed, on reading the article I fondly remembered memories of the almost identical Norwegian choccy:
Delving into the history, only a couple of years separate their inception (yes the Kit Kat is earlier), but they've both been knocking around for nigh on 80 years, and Freia is now owned by Kraft Foods.
Re: Yeah, good luck.
The Shanghai MagLev train is indeed cool, and wondrously easy to use as a transfer into the city. Use it before it falls over due to shoddy construction techniques - IIRC, there have been a few articles in recent years on the concrete supports not being of the highest build quality.
Apparently they've also extended the metro out to the airport, too, which is a goodly amount cheaper to use (10RMB/£1 rather than 50RMB/£5). The ticket machines can also operate in English, so also rather easy to use (provided you know where you're going).
Either way is a lot more relaxing than the roller-coaster ride of the local taxi drivers. Beware landing around 11pm at Pudong, it's end of shift time and some of the drivers struggle to stay awake while driving....
Re: The telco giant will spend £11m in Oxfordshire
Yeah, but the PM's constituency wasn't there until recently.
Re: easy one to stop
or even just link it to an (unchangeable) iTunes account that has a device attached to it - a no show then blacklists the account.
That's the one - ta, it was bugging me
Done properly, it might actually be quite good. I recall reading a science fiction book ages ago which mentioned something similar - the subscribers "news service" gave them stories about topics they were interested in and a smattering of other stuff that they might be interested in, rather than present them with everything.
Strange as it may seem, the Daily Mail might be a good place to implement it as their stories can easily be categorised/tagged:
Royal Baby (admittedly only recently)
Various celebs being "brave" by not putting on makeup
Nature photography (usually excellent, btw)
Helen Flannagan's boobies
Couple it with the ability to "downvote" topics so that as they keep getting presented to you, you can make it less likely that this topic is presented to you again.
At least in this way the targeting is giving me something I want. With ads I never want to click on any of them, irrespective of the targeting (which is why I use Ad-Block & Ghostery).
"A surprising number of parents simply assume the internet is already filtered, just like the TV has a watershed, and their children are wandering unprotected on an open network parts of which are really quite unpleasant."
So why not apply this filter in the same way as it is on the telly - i.e. turn it on before 9pm, off afterwards (until some arbitrary time in the dead of night)?
Personally, I'd prefer the control to reside in the devices, rather than in the network, but then I'm literate enough to police my kids network connectivity.
Re: "and a full 37 percent dismiss human evolution entirely"
I'm sure they have morals, (as an aside, they seem to have plenty of morale, too), but their "good" metrics are not the same as ours.
Re: This should be done by the networks
There is an EU-wide equipment register for stolen phones - so they have to ship it a bit further afield. Only problem is that this register is not propagated to a wider number of countries.
Re: Oh my god... They killed Kenny!
Re: Android will become a poor choice soon enough
Try Glympse - it's not "always on", but a nifty "here's where I am for the next X mins/hours" to anyone you select from your address book (phone/email)
Re: Not new though
Here's some prior art:
Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."
Uh-oh, Swindon now becomes a target for US drone strikes:
> Just look at how many kids under the age of 13 are actively using Facebook with or without their parents' permission
Will Graph search tell us this?
Apart from the obvious problems with successive govmts wanting to expand the scope of where they can get money from this mine of information, I've no personal objection to my suitably anonymised medical information being used by private organisations to further proper medical research on the proviso that the info isn't sold like a second hand car, but licensed, and the license terms include some nice (and enforceable) words about derivative medicines/treatments get given back to the NHS (or even the world in general) on very favourable terms (which would need some clever wording to ensure companies can't wriggle out of it, too) .
The govmts track record of making such deals is a bit poor, though, so I have no confidence such a deal would be brokered. It is more likely to be the companies making the govmt pay for the database, then give it to them for free with no strings attached - personal data and all.
I know it's a bit Apples (couldn't resist) and oranges, I was just trying to get a measure of whether the unwashed masses would judge Sammy to be a good corporate citizen, or a tax avoiding git. I'm sure Sammy have ample opportunity to play within the rules to manage their tax bills best if they wanted to, I just have no information is all.
Just curious, but I wonder how much corporation tax Sammy pays - it would be nice to put it into context with the Apple/Google/Amazon crowd.
And what sort of cash pile must they be sitting on by now?
The price is set in Euros, so I'm guessing the small differences are fluctuation in currency rates (€ has been between 1.14 and 1.19 per £ for the last few months). The article says 38p/MB and my text says 45.9p/MB. The BEEB coverage says "45 euro cents per megabyte or about 38.5p, plus VAT." I'm assuming my TXTed rate includes VAT
Urban myth has it that you can achieve the same with just Guinness and cheese
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