673 posts • joined 4 Jul 2009
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
Re: @ chris n
Anything on the Daily Mail or Fox News, for starters. In fact, I'd rather my 6-yo didn't go to either of those sites to start with :)
Re: So in the house with two adults and Junior
Heartily agree - it would be nice if we could set the DNS entries on a user-account basis in whichever OS we were using, though. Obviously the more technically aware kids can get around this, but it would be a good start for the little 'uns (and mine have to use the computer in a public space in the house so supervision can take place).
Re: Vint says:-
Looks lovely - now get MS to write one :)
Re: Vint says:-
It would be nice/useful if Microsoft provided a function within each Office application to "update all files in selected folder to the latest release of the application", with a tickbox for searching sub-folders and a tickbox for preserving the old document.
I'm sure there are a lot of ways this can break - e.g. I seem to recall that the implementation of pivot tables in Excel changed in moving to Office 2003, so it might be nice to know about this sort of thing...
Perhaps a first pass to do a scan to see which documents are there, which have simple conversions and which will break. Then for the ones that break, a dialogue that walks you through what you will lose if the conversion process continues, allowing you to decide if you want to convert or not.
Re: I am a munter
Ms Vorderman lost all credibility with me when she started touting for the "consolidate all your loans into one, just with a much larger overall loan-cost".
Re: Long intro statements
They don't need to do that - it would be easier to randomise each list for each individual call - to the hierarchy would stay the same, just the number combinations to transit to a "leaf-node" would be different each time. And, at random points, you should be asked to enter your account number with the keypad, too.
This fella could perhaps merge his database with the stuff from http://www.saynoto0870.com/ ?
I, for one, am excited about this gesture control of which they speak. I assume that the "spread" move requires one to take the Goatse stance?
Re: illegal download sites
As I was told, if you sign a DD mandate and give it back to the supplier to present to the bank, you have effectively lost all your ability to cancel it as they can merely re-supply it to the bank to get your money. Seems weird as you'd've though that there'd be an expiry mechanism there (isn't there one for cheques?).
Downloading vs uploading
Perhaps this is why they've only been going after folks based on them uploading content - i.e. distributing it, which they don't have a license for.
Re: What about being a sole trader?
The NI bill as a sole trader knocks 9% off your take, plus you get into a situation where you pay your income tax on a window that covers the last 6 months earnings, plus HMRCs prediction of your next 6-months earnings.
Re: What about being a sole trader?
Personal liability, as I understand it. Imagine making a coding error that costs the company that hires you £200,000. They can claim that off you personally if you are a sole trader, or off your company if you are in a Ltd Co.
I'm sure there are insurances to be had in either circumstances.
Also, it may expose the hiring company to IR35 investigations, too. When I did a stint in contracting, it seemed the norm for a couple of tiers of separation between my Ltd company and the hiring company.
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