back to article 'Massage parlour' location looks like Amazon stealth-testing secret new wireless network

Evidence suggests Amazon could be pretending to be a massage parlour to avoid attracting attention to a new network it is testing in Silicon Valley, applying for radio permits under a variety of names. The FCC has taken a chunk of spectrum (at 3.5Ghz) from the military and opened it up for commercial public use. It is hoped …

  1. CAPS LOCK Silver badge

    "Chrome Enterprises"...

    ...cheeky...

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Trollface

    "Total Body Stretch"

    Sounds rather scary to me. I mean, what if they make a mistake ? We're not going to get a new Fantastic 4 member out of that place, now are we ?

    Besides, I hate massage parlors because I hate being touched by people I don't know. It doesn't relax me.

    1. Teiwaz Silver badge

      Re: "Total Body Stretch"

      Besides, I hate massage parlors because I hate being touched by people I don't know. It doesn't relax me.

      Hairdressers unsettle me for the same reason.

      Swigs bottle labelled 'Redeye'

      1. ma1010 Silver badge
        Trollface

        Re: "Total Body Stretch"

        Hairdressers unsettle me for the same reason.

        Not to mention telephone sanitizers!

    2. big_D Silver badge

      Re: "Total Body Stretch"

      I think that Tomás de Torquemada perfected the technique in the 15th Century.

  3. EveryTime Silver badge

    It's a credible theory. It's exactly what I would do to make it a little less obvious what the company was working on, right down to using a massage parlor as the front. And throw in a competitor's product name just to confuse the issue.

  4. Mike 16 Silver badge

    Do they promise

    A "Happy Ending"?

  5. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Is it actually Amazon or a competitor seeking "inside" info on Amazon since industrial espionage has always been a "thing"? Enquiring minds and all that.

  6. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E....

    IIRC they used a tailor's changing room as the secret entrance to their HQ. Their enemy was THRUSH. Let's hope Amazon don't encounter a similar adversary.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: The Man from U.N.C.L.E....

      Then there was Maxwell Smarts' telephone booth...

  7. Commswonk Silver badge

    A New Euphemism?

    I rather like the idea of "Houses of ill Repute" being called "fulfilment centres", seeing as the article used the term.

    On second thoughts, if some reports are correct at Ama*on Fulfilment Centres it's the employees who get screwed, not the customers.

  8. Mage Silver badge
    Coffee/keyboard

    FCC captured

    It would make more sense for it to be ISM, like WiFi band. Make it illegal for Mobile operators to use it or WiFi. FCC greed & Mobile Greed.

    Femto cells on MOBILE bands are fine indoors. More masts is the solution outdoors. Not more spectrum to be poorly managed.

    1. Suricou Raven

      Re: FCC captured

      There's a pecking order on spectrum allocations.

      1. The military.

      2. Civil government.

      3. Industry with deep pockets who want exclusive spectrum to provide a commercial service.

      4. Certain things established by international agreement back when spectrum was plentiful enough to give away for free: ISM and ham.

      5. Scientific use.

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