13 posts • joined 24 Aug 2009
Re: Connecting from 10km up.
Actually in more rural areas it's very common for cell sites to use pretty much just whip antennas (pretty close to omnidirectional), so it's entirely conceivable to make a connection.
FWIW I've seen it work from 30,000 feet.
Exactly my question.
I've NEVER seen someone use facetime. Not once.
The only time I've EVER tried it is to see if my MAC connects with my wife's 4. It worked. We played with it once, and haven't tried it again.
I undestand the argument people have, but I really would love to know how many people actually USE facetime. I don't think the number is very high.
Only 4 Watts?
Only 4 Watts?
25bDm is 316mW, you were pumping more then 10 TIMES the power into your STB, I don't see this as any meaningful datapoint.
It is exceedingly poor design on the STBs side to not shield their equipment enough to withstand 316mW at 1M. The CableCo's have noone but themselves to blame.
The Real World
Many on this forum, and many reviewers don't seem capable of stepping back for a moment and seeing the world as it is.
So, here I am to enlighten.
If you look at you average "young person", they are already at a point where they don't need much "local storage". Most of what they do is ALREADY in the "cloud".
Look at the iPhone. Hate it or not, it's very popular. The iPhone doesn't have a file explorer. While it does have local storage, many use very little of it, and those that do use the local storage as a mirror of what's in the cloud (your iTunes library).
As for young people using their laptops, almost EVERYTHING they do is online, they don't use an email client, they use MSN or Yahoo mail. Photos/videos? Facebook and Youtube. The only time they use local storage is when they're uploading something to an online album.
I myself am an old codger compared to them, and yet most of what I do isn't local. While I don't use "the cloud" as much, I do remotely connect to my home servers for most of what I do. Think of it as a private cloud. The laptops/desktops I use don't really contain much data, it's all centrally stored on my server, so when I'm on the other side of the planet a quick VPN login and I've got all my email, docs and media right there.
My cell phone? Only thing I have stored on that that isn't in the cloud are the demos videos my phone came with.
While CromeOS is very "limiting" to some here, for the masses it offers pretty much exactly what they want a computer for these days: a portal to their data.
"Bunch. Of. Idiots."?
Consider this: a rape victim. How would a rape victim potentially feel about this?
They'd have two options: let someone see them naked, or let someone grope them.
Either option sound good to you?
What about a child abuse victim? Spousal abuse? What about the kid that has been tormented for years by his or her peers about their bodies?
Yes, most of us aren't fortunately in these shoes, but when a "screening" technology starts victimizing people (directly or indirectly) who have already had horrible things done to them I think it's time to draw a line in the sand.
I'm not even going to mention the "slippery slope" aspect, because we're already there. When these machines were introduced they said you'd always have the "pat down" option. What they failed to mention is the pat down option would be modified into a disgustingly violating action, purposely so to "encourage" people to step in to the Nudifier.
Sickening what people in the "free world" are willing to tolerate.
For the longest time Europe was FAR ahead of North America when it came to cell phone technology.
Now you're talking about finally repurposing 2G spectrum for 3G use (some we did here a few years ago) and LTE class tech won't be coming till 2016 (it's here now in very limited form)?
I don't get it
If I'm yelling out my window my personal business, and someone drives by and writes down what I say, what person in the right mind would consider me right in expecting what I yelled to be held private?
This data was siphoned from OPEN UNSECURED networks. The only blame here is the people who set up their networks.
Why do we have to baby every single person on the planet?
Not all are wireless
Something not mentioned is the tire pressure monitoring system on many cars ISN'T WIRELESS.
The computer just uses the ABS sensors on the weeks to detect a wheel that rotates faster then the others to trigger a flat tire warning.
So, for those cars there's nothing to exploit with regards to that system.
If you CONSIDERED a car where the lights shorted out every time you touched the steering wheel, wouldn't you choose a DIFFERENT car?
There's LOTs of options out there other then the iCrapPhone, consider them.
Except of course that the swap file contains TONS of personal data. Whatever you open (emails, word documents) is stored in memory, lots of that ends up in the swap file.
If you don't encrypt the swap partition all an attacker has to do is pull the plug either on a running system or one in standby. Pull the drive and read the file, personal data say bye-bye.
The swap HAS to be encrypted, there is no choice there.
Note also that this sort of technique can even be used to pull data out of DRAMs, put the chips out of a running system and read them with another specialized device and much of your data will still be there. ALOT harder to acquire the necessary hardware, but easy if you have the right equipment.
Radio (be it analog or digital) is dead
Was in the UK a few years ago, drove from London to Edinburgh and back.
I tried listening to the radio, I couldn't stand it.
Fortunately I had my Sirius Sat radio with me with tons of content I recorded off the bird here in North America and listened to that for the whole journey.
Radio as a medium is dead, it offers NOTHING above anything else, and has alot of stuff people don't want. Every once in a while I try listening to terrestrial radio here, I don't make it very far.
It may sound ridiculous to some, but I say don't mock until you try it: pay radio is the future.
DAB? It's just another stab by a dying industry to stay alive.
mp3 is the only worthy choice
Give me a break, you're talking about how this is the version of linux for consumers, and then harp that the music store offers it's tracks in mp3 format? Listen, ogg may be "better" to some, but the fact is mp3 is more the good enough for the general public, and if you try and have a music store that doesn't sell mp3s you WILL fail in this day and age.
Like the media companies...
The phone companies have to wake up. There are new technologies out that that people want (VOIP being a prime example). By artificially limiting consumers they are just shooting themselves in the foot.
Like the music industry has finally begun to realize, consumers don't tolerate artificial limits for very long. The mobile phone companies just have to realize that the future is IP for transport. The sooner they do, the sooner phones will really start becoming useful.