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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

GBE

OpenSSL "blueprints"

"[...] meaning that by making the blueprints public, flaws should be quickly spotted and fixed."

Blueprints?

Really?

Afraid that readers of The Reg wouldn't know what "source code" means?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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doesn't care if his changes cause other projects pain

I thought the whole _point_ of systemd was to cause as much pain for users and other projects as possible. I don't even use systemd and I've had to several changes to all my Linux installations as a result of dictates from systemd developers.

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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Prime is now $99

"And given that Amazon Prime costs $79 in USAland"

It cost $79 in the US at the moment. It's going up to $99. Still, that's only $8.25 a month, and the selection of TV shows on Prime seems to have surpassed Netflix (at least in terms of stuff I want to watch).

My first generation Roku is going strong and is still head and shoulders above the various "smart TV" and "smart Blueray player" implementations I've seen.

My LG Blueray player does Netflix and Prime in a horrible, half-assed manner. Every press of the remote takes 1-2 seconds to be recognized (Roku response is always instantaneous). Things that take two button-presses on the Roku take 8-12 on the LG.

The only feature missing from the Roku is subtitles -- but that's been fixed for the past several generations of Roku boxes.

It sounds like the Fire box might be a worthy competitor...

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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It's Texas

"Is it normal for US judges to talk in an unprofessional manner about their cases?"

It's Texas.

Hopefully, talk is all she does unprofessionally.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

GBE

Did you hear about....

Did you hear about the homeopath's patient who forgot to take his medication?

He died of an overdose.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Pained tone of a person's voice?

"However, the program will be of limited utility to bosses dealing with sickie-pulling staff, because it relies on analysing facial expressions rather than the pained tone of a person's voice."

I don't understand the reference to a person's voice. When people are going to stay home claiming illness in the UK, do they record some sort of voice message and e-mail or message that to their boss?

Here in the US, we just send an e-mail or text message saying we're not going to be in.

You guys ought to get set up with e-mail. It quite handy.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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Re: Minor correction

" Target isn't really a supermarket in any dialect, but it's also not really a department store, at least in British English."

The same is true in USian English. Target's ex-parent-company Dayton's started out with department stores. The Dayton's stores werw sold off, and after a series of acquisitions the Dayton's stores now say Macy's on them. At least in the US, Target is usually referred to as a "discount general merchandiser" or something equally awkward.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: "Isn't as secret as you think"

"The claim "WhatsApp isn't as secure as we thought" does not presume that WhatsApp security was any good."

No but it does presume that we _thought_ WhatsApp security was someting other than completely and utterly non-existant. Nobody with half a clue thought that _before_ they were acquired by Facebook, and there's certainly no doubt after becoming part of Facebook (even for those totally sans clue).

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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That's Chippenham in March?

It's just not fair.

That's 6 degrees further north than where I live (Minneapolis). It was well below 0F (-20C) only a couple weeks ago, and there's still several feet of snow on the ground. But Chippenham has green grass and fracking _palm_ trees?

Or did I just get trolled?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Sounds about right

I'll publically admit to knowing very little about MS Windows, so my response when asked about slow-running Windows computers is usually something along the lines of "I can wipe the disk and install Linux if you like."

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Stolen or just irretrevable?

"Now someone else has all the bitcoins,"

Personally, I doubt that.

I think it far more likey that through some sort of system (including human) failure, Mt.GOX lost the private keys to their cold storage. That means all those missing bitcoins are still "owned" by the MT.GOX cold-storage public keys, but without the corresponding private keys there is no way to transfer them.

This may have happened a log time ago, and Mt.GOX could have been operating on a very small fractional reserve while they continued to accept both new customers and new deposits (and at the same time dicked around trying to recover their cold-storage keys). It could be that recent malleability attacks drained just enough of their fractional reserve from hot storage to push them over the edge of the cliff on which they'd been teetering for some time.

The true value of a good lawsuit will be in forcing Mt.GOX to explain what happened (admit it, this is all pretty fascinating!).

Nobody but the lawyers will end up with any money.

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GBE

Re: Legal standing?

Courts don't "have standing".

Plaintiffs are the ones who must have standing.

Courts have jurisdiction (or not).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_%28law%29

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: dum di-di dum dum

"How can anyone loose 750,000 of anything for 'years' and not notice?! Especially when it is effectively £500 notes. Talk about shoddy accounting."

This is a web site set up to allow nerds to trade "Magic The

Gathering" cards with each other.

Then somebody with presumably no background in banking, accounting, or finance decides to change it into an international bank. [Hey, how hard can it be to run a bank based on an untested currency model implemented in untested software?]

Add hundreds of millions in drug money; mix well; wait a few years.

Hilarity ensues.

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Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw

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Make some mopey?

"That brief period where it looked like voucher bazaar Groupon might actually make some mopey could be over already."

Is "mopey" a typo, or is it Brit slang/humor that went right over my head?

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: @ Mad Mike

Florida and Texas for starters.

All you have to convince the jury is that you were afraid. You probably also have to show that your fear was "reasonable" or some such thing, but "reasonable" in places like Texas and Florida doesn't really mean the same thing it does to civilized people. If you get a true jury of your peers (AKA like-minded nut-jobs), then you're clear.

IOW, stay away from Florida and Texas.

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GBE

Re: Appeasement

I've got nothing against Pooh Sticks, but I don't know what sort of weirdness you're talking about....

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

GBE

Sapphire Glass isn't...

A glass, that is.

At least not from a materials science point of view.

It's crystaline rather than amorphous.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Not everyone was happy...

"In the early 2000's ( 3 4 ) we had walkie talkie / phones it would use the same network but in direct client to client . Worked great and everyone was happy."

Except everybody else within earshot of the users of "push-to-shout" walkie-talkie cellphones -- the awful speakers and codecs always meant the volume of both the phone and the user were cranked up to 11.

Thank god those things vanished.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

GBE

Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

"Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics."

Cars were never simple and reliable. And they're a damned site more reliable than they used to be. Mechanically, they are in some ways simpler than they used to be. Remember having to clean and rebuild a 4-barrel carb with automatic mechanical choke every couple years -- otherwise the damned thing wouldn't start on cold mornings?

Modern comptuer-controlled cars are far, far, more reliable than they were back in the "good old days".

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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I don't understand the reference to our sun...

"These show that the star has very little iron – at a maximum of 10-7.1 the concentration in our Sun, it's the most iron-poor star ever characterised."

Does that mean that the "old" star has a concentration less than1e-7.1 _times_ the concentration in our sun?

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

GBE

Re: Cowboys & Indians

Grass doesn't always get trampled.

Some of it gets eaten, and some of it gets shat upon.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Crackpot (and one without standing)

I read the petition, and based on the language and writing, I'd have to say the author is a genuine, bona-fide, died-in-the-wool crackpot. [Though rather a low-level one apparently: he was denied a Wikipedia page as either a "real" scientist or as a crackpot because he wasn't genuinely famous.]

General crackpottedness aside, I fail to understand why he thinks he has standing. About 95% of the section of the petition that's supposed to explain the petitioner's standing is a list of his publications and supposed qualifications as an expert in astrobiology (or something like that). However, "standing" doesn't have anything to do with his qualifications as an expert. "Standing" is about showing that you've been more-or-less directly harmed and that the remedy you're seeking will compensate you for that harm and stop you from being harmed further.

When it comes to the actual question of his standing, the petitioner falls back on the old "I'm a taxpayer and <somebody> is spending my tax money in a way that I don't like." That's referred to as "taxpayer standing", and the US Supreme Court says it's not a valid argument unless the plaintiff is claiming that the taxes are being levied and spent in a manner that exceeds the authority granted to <somebody> to do so under the constitution.

Even though it was definitively tossed out by the Supreme Court in 1923, crackpots never tire of the "taxpayer standing" gambit...

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

GBE

Re: what the hell did the author mean

Whether it was funny or not is subjective, but it's pretty clear it was _meant_ to be humor -- and the author's intent is what was asked about, not whether it was actually funny.

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Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

GBE

Re: "a meth lab comprising a small torch, batteries and other items",

> That 3 pack of LED torches I bought from B&Q the other day [...]

You guys do know that in the US "torch" means something different than it does in the UK?

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It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS

GBE

Re: Diamonds have no intrinsic value. After all, what use are they?

> Are they not used on diamond tipped blades and stuff, used in a variety of industrys?

Industrial and "gem" diamonds aren't the same thing (well, they are chemically, but for all practical purposes they're two different commodities). For example, industrial diamonds are often synthetic (IIRC, 80-90 of diamond used

for abrasives is synthetic).

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

GBE

Re: I like it!

> I quite like the device. I wish it was a TV as well.

I've got TVs (two of them), and neither has an antenna or "cable" connected. They're just used as monitors for various set-top boxes and DVD players. I'd much rather have a built-in browser and netflix player than built-in OTA/Cable receiver.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

GBE

Re: Thank you Facebook

> Suppose a setting to turn that irritation off is too much to ask for?

Yes it is.

You are _not_ Zuck's customer. The people paying for the ad's are the cusotmer. You are the product being sold. Nobody give's a sh*t about the product's opinion.

If you want to stop wasting time, give up Facebook.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: I genuinely do not understand...

> Same sort who think kicking down your fences on a Friday night is funny?

It's more like somebody told you to to kick down your own fences and you went ahead and did it even though

1) you should have known better than to build a fence that will fall over when given a kick.

2) you should have been bright enough to avoid being talked into doing something so stupid.

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

GBE

> Yes, but that was Fox news which is basically Sesame Street minus the facts and with worse maths.

And minus the writing, wit, humor, entertainment and production value. For all that Fox News substitues ranting deluded old white guys. Fox News: it's sort of entertaining until you realize they're _serious_. Then it's just frightening.

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Four teachers indicted in Steubenville social media rape case

GBE

Investigate the victim?

"indicted for interfering with the investigation of a teenager who was raped in Steubenville last year,"

Hopefully it was the crime that was investigated, not the victim. But, in a small town in Ohio, one would have to give the author's the benefit of the doubt.

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How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

GBE

Re: Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)

The VMS wombat help article was actually pretty extensive, and if you had smart enough terminal (e.g. VT240) even included a half-way decent picture of a wombat. I don't know if all of that was available from the command-line or if the more extensive wombat info and graphics was only available from withing some specific subsystem...

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

GBE

Re: IPV4 best for the general public

> I am behind a NAT router, my ISP gives me a dynamic

> IP address, and I wish to stay like this thanks very much.

Why can't you can do exactly the same thing with IPv6?

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Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod

GBE

Re: NetGarbage

I second the endorsement of openwrt -- on whatever hardware you can find that will run it. For the past handful of years, I've been running it on Netgear and Buffalo WAP/routers. Before that I ran it on Linksys hardware for several years.

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D-Link hole-prober finds 'backdoor' in Chinese wireless routers

GBE

What's GoAhead got to do with it?

> Source code for the GoAhead web server used in Tenda products has been made available on GitHub.

I'm not claiming that statement isn't true (a lot of embedded products use GoAhead web server code). What I don't see is what it has to do with the rest of the story. Was the backdoor inserted in the GoAhead code? Was that back door present in the source code on GitHub?

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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It's not that it's "new"...

It's that is so incredibly sad somebody is asking for VC money to help enable people that have such a serious addiction that it interferes with their ability to feed themselves. Perhaps they should get psychological help instead of buying some sort of gloop that prevents them from having to log out of WoW for a few minutes per day in order to eat.

Eating (or even _preparing_) real food just isn't that difficult or time consuming...

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Too busy tweeting to turn over TV channels? AT LAST a solution

GBE

Re: From my neck of the woods

> "It's Comcast"

>

> Oh, fuck me.

Don't worry.

If you're one of their customers, you don't have to ask.

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Steve Jobs' boyhood home may become protected historical shrine

GBE

Is it "Christ" or "Crist"?

It would be appropriate if the guy that brought us the "Jesus Phone" grew up on Christ Drive...

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

GBE

Re: How many?

Jen was socially inept?

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Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

GBE

but it doesn't know when it will roll out the feature

From what I've seen, they haven't yet "rolled out" reliable 2D video conferencing.

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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Re: Explanation for the explosion

Google fuel-air-explosive (FAE) or thermobaric weapon.

Also known as a poor man's tactical nuclear weapon:

> They are, weight-for-weight, significantly more energetic than conventional

> condensed explosives. Their reliance on atmospheric oxygen makes them

> unsuitable for use underwater, at high altitude, and in adverse weather.

> Thermobaric explosives, however, cause considerably more destruction

> when used inside confined environments such as tunnels, caves, and

> bunkers.

I worked on fire-control SW for an FAE weapons system years ago. It was basically a large morter shell what was little other than a can of propane/butane with a parachute that you 1) pop open, 2) let mix with air [this is the important part] and 3) ignite. Does all sorts of nasty things to people, buildings, and vehicles but doesn't kill the grass (or so I was told, I never witnessed a live-firing).

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

GBE

Re: And so, to the stars...

If that's not the title of a book, it sure ought to be.

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

GBE

Re: Veggie

Yea, it's a shame you can't kill a few poor people these days without having

to talk to the police about it afterwards. Next thing you know, they're going to outlaw chattel slavery as well.

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

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Southhampton is not in "the city"

The restaurant was in Southhamption, which is a town about 60 miles east of New York City. It may be posh, but it's not a disctrict in the city. It's not even close to the city.

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

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It's probably safe to assume his lawyers get about 50% of what's awarded.

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

GBE

Re: Oscar, what are you doing?

I loved that book as a kid. My teacher (Mrs. Saxon, IIRC) read it to the class 40+ years ago (I was 11). About 1/4 of the way through, I checked a copy out of the library and finished it in a couple days. I even re-read it a couple times since then.

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Water, sunshine or pig s***: How will YOU power your data centre?

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"much" of the energy turned into heat?

"And you also need to be able to cool the room after your machines have turned much of the generated energy into heat."

"Much" of the energy is turned into heat? What happens to the rest of it? Hint: for all practical purposes, _all_ of the energy is turned into heat. There is a utterly negligible amount that leaves the room via network cables, but for the purposes of specing an HVAC system, all energy is turned into heat.

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

GBE

Bravo if the skeuomorphism is goes away!

It will be a great improvement if the skeuomorphism is indeed gone in iOS 7. That alone would be reason to upgrade. I gagged when I saw that introduced.

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

GBE

Why do people get upset at Apple for this?

Do you give the government more tax money than the law says you owe?

Why would anybody expect Apple to do so?

If you invested in Apple, do you want them to give more of your money to the government that the government says they have to?

If you don't like the tax rules, you should bitch at congress, parliament, the IRS, or whoever makes the rules...

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Brit spooks bugged Edward VIII's phones, records reveal

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Re: Booze!

This particular American has never been under any illusion that he's much of a drinker. A few years back, I got to travel to England and attend my employer's UK office Christmas party. It was quite a do compared to the snooze-fests we have in the US. To quote Roy from IT:

"You people drink like you don't want to live!"

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

GBE

Re: AMPS

Back in the early 80's I did hardware and software design for AMPS

cellular mobile and base station stuff, and remember ilstening to a lot of that data (it was particularly useful to listen to the unmuted data bursts on the voice channels). It did sound a lot like cicadas. :)

IIRC, it was manchester encoded with a 5KHz clock....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Mobile_Phone_System

I worked on the firmware for a competitor (almost a clone) of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000 shown on that page...

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