* Posts by JetSetJim

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LTE-Broadcast has broad deployment models. What it doesn't have is the iPhone

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Re: Does the fault only lie with Apple?

If it's mandated by the standards, and was invented after they came up with the FRAND concept, then it will be available on FRAND terms. Perhaps not the FRAND terms Apple demand, but FRAND nonetheless. Apple currently re-suing Nokia for something akin to FRAND abuse.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: but will she make it to the release date?

> I think the question is more about will she make it AFTER release. There are still many nutjobs in the US who think Manning should be shot on sight.

Quite possibly, although there are also quite a few who probably don't even know who she is - a lot barely know who Snowden is (see this Last Week Tonight, around the 07:30 mark).

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Re: The USA way of doing things

We need an IoB - Internet of Bullets. When they strike a target, they report back on what damage they did, what trajectory they used to get there, and other diagnostics to help the fire-control AI decide whether or not to aim more shit that way.

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Re: The USA way of doing things

> Russian cosmonauts used a pencil.

I may be wrong, but I heard that either NASA was worried about this, or the Russkies didn't care, but using a pencil meant little flakes of graphite floating around in the vehicle, which could potentially lead to a short-circuit. Happy to be corrected on this.

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Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

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Re: Sticky back

> Difficult for pickpockets to pickpocket it..

Difficult for owners to remove it from pocket...

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Well done SpaceX

At this time this sped up video is not on Youtube for some unknown reason - apologies for any trauma caused to ppl visiting FB when they don't have an account. A few folks have posted cuts of the real-time landing, which are about 3 mins long, but I can't find a sped-up variant of this landing, only one of the Falcon-9 first stage landing

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Well done SpaceX

There's a fantastic sped-up video of the landing on their FB page.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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> Presumably only a UK phone can generate a CLI number itself? BT should not allow a CLI to be different from its allocated number unless pre-registered.

On the first part, you can configure asterisk servers and the like to do it, I'm told, and with VoIP it's almost trivial.

In the UK, Ofcom publish rules much like you surmise on how to use CLI, but it is possible to work around them by using an out of country service as it then becomes an issue for how trusted is the relationship between the two organisations. But there are legitimate usages of an out of country service spoofing an in country phone number - e.g. off-shored call centres regularly do this.

I'm sure more can be done with this network-to-network authentication of CLI information, and I wouldn't be surprised if standards have been written on the topic - but I'm not in that field...

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You can register a mobile on TPS.

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> Blacklists don't work because they seem to change called IDs at will.

That's because it's a piece of piss to spoof CLI as it's just a field set in headers..

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Re: Interesting development

Considering the quality of internal communications in BT, I could still believe that they actually had tried to call you.

But it doesn't sound like something BT would do - actually monitoring your line speeds and calling you to troubleshoot if they fall off. They'll only trigger something if someone complains.

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Re: Hmm...

Not forgetting the potential to include acrophobia, agorophobia and claustrophobia

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Re: damn

Meh, I go back and forth past the end of the world every day.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: Weigh the coins

US legal tender status here. Basically, you can use any combination of coins/notes to a govmt organisation, however private individuals/organisations are free to do as they please.

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Plusnet? More like Plus-naught: Mobile data on the fritz for days for some unlucky punters

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Re: Working for me now....

Is there any reason to not see if your current provider will price match to at least something resembling what you asked for on PlusNet? Saves the porting hassle...

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Cat litter + evidence

> I thought kitty litter absorbs smells?

YMMV, IMHO. Some do, some don't - it may depend on the brand and the cat's diet. Plus the stuff itself may not smell that good to start with (albeit better than cat shit).

Hopefully it goes without saying that the cat litter should be unused to be effective!

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: My fav useless item of the show.

> all because of wearing cargo trousers with 10 pockets (4 front, 2 back, 2 thigh, 2 ankle).

Is this because you take them off and put them in the X-Ray tray before you go through the scanner?

Mine's the one with many pockets...natch

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Re: Project Valerie

> Especially as (AFAIK) no laptops support two extra screens in addition to the main one (at best you can add one external monitor, but my info might be out of date)

Yep, out of date :)

My work Dell Precision M3800 is driving 2 extra screens, admittedly via a "dock" USB3 gizmo which needs it's own power source, but it's there. Only one video port (HDMI) on the main chassis, tho. Previous iterations of our standard work laptop have also been Dells with both HDMI and VGA which would also drive two monitors directly (additional to the screen) if you had the right firmware/hardware combo, but we didn't get many of those.

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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

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Re: Magmanado.

Needs some sharks thrown in for good measure

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Just watched the Top Gear segment from 2009(?) - not the one I remember, but hey ho. At least they did some honest reporting on braking distance, so excluding the "thinking distance" part.

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> You couldn't have braked because no car can stop from 50 to 0 in 30 feet even if you had instantaneous reaction time.

Running the numbers on this, The Stig did a test to have a dig at the Highway Code stopping distances which state the total stopping distance at 70mph is 315 feet (aka 96m). They took a Vauxhall Insignia and stopped from 122mph in that distance. Assuming they didn't game the system(*) and ignore the "thinking distance" component, then it's eminently feasible that speed could at least be reduced to a much more survivable value.

Then there's this article listing 60 -> 0 stopping distances, with the shortest listed being an eye-bulging 90 feet.

Or, maybe he was in an F1 car, which can brake from 200 km/h (124 mph) to a complete stop in just 2.9 seconds, using only 65 metres (213 ft). Assuming linear deceleration, then you get down to a bit over 26m stopping distance, which is still too far :)

(*) Not beyond the realms of possibility with Clarkson & Co.

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Europe trials air-traffic-control-over-IP-and-satellite

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Re: IoT (Internet of Travel)

It would be nice to see a study into the possible points of failure of the system (satellites do occasionally go boom), as I'm sure has been done, plus what failover mechanisms would be mandated/advised.

I wonder if Elon will enter the market, too.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Re: @Bucky 2 - Trump voters

>If a strong third party candidate arrives in 2020 or 2024, he has a very good shot of winning it all.

Go Kanye!

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Re: Oh dear

> hey must have had their suspicions on someone in this gang already?

Either a snitch, or some forensic accounting software magic that combs company accounts and company director self-assessment forms for irregularities.

I wonder if (and if so, how much) HMRC paid a bounty for this

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Don't see the point

The cops in the warzone don't much care about finding out what's on your photos ... so will confiscate your camera encrypted or not.

What these journos really need is an invisible camera or one that looks exactly like a camping stove.

Completely agree, the images of Tank Man were smuggled out by hiding the film while handing over a sacrificial film, for example. If an official can't figure out what's on a media card, it'll just get confiscated/destroyed. Punishment to the journo will depend on the civility of the country...

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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Re: In game purchases...

I'm starting to think that maybe I should write one and hope someone with the right bank balance turns up!

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Pluck-over-success underdog hires Olympic ski jumper as Xmas bash speaker

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Re: Former palsterer?

For some reason I'd remembered him as a double glazing salesman - perhaps that was merely my brain playing tricks on me because of his glasses, but you're right, he has a building business in Gloucester, according to the Telegraph (I can imagine it being stated as Chelt elsewhere to give it a better image, though). Fascinating chap, though.

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UK.gov has outsourced tech policy to Ofcom because it is clueless – SNP techie

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Re: And we wonder why no-one in government has a clue...

On the topic of his knowledge, I guess at least he has worked in telecoms (albeit probably not intechnical roles according to a brief bio that notes his degree in History, and work roles of "account manager", "practice consultant" and "practice leader".

I was amused by "a more informed Parliament could allow it to make bolder, more creative decisions about the market" as I could see Jim Hacker saying something like that, much to Sir Humphrey's disgust.

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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> Well, he's certainly not civil.

Does self-serving count as being a servant, though?

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: andy265

I'm seeing the same symptoms on my wife's win10 box connected to a gigaclear router. Fixed by clicking the "connect to network" button in network settings, but no idea if it will come back...

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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Re: Time to bring in the drones

> I would have thought (if practical) some sort of regular boat service to the beach just to fill the arsehat's vista with as many untidy surfers and hippies as is humanly possible. Good surfing might preclude being able to easily get there by boat though...depends upon the terrain.

I'm sure a hovercraft could make it at the right time of day, looking at some photospheres available on Streetview taken down on the beach. Make sure to bring loads of booze & barbecues and loudspeakers and party while you wait for surf to come up.

What's a bit confusing is that going down Martin's Beach Road (streetview pictured in the article about his novel legal strategy), there are about 40-odd houses on the beachfront in that bay. So either that isn't the beach we are looking for, or that vc chap bought all of them too, as surely they'd have access rights along that road.

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Re: Yes, but it has FOUR corners!

Sorry, you fail. It is a three dimensional rectangle, thus has 8 corners and so damages must be multiplied by at least that much.

If I had half an hour I'd try and wangle time as another dimension to double it up again to 16 as the phone is a four dimensional entity in space and time....

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: You can't do that ...

It would be interesting to know the implications of *if* the IRS finally finish their audit during the next presidential term and come to the (unlikely) conclusion that Drumpf was deliberately and convincingly a crook, would it be possible to throw him in jail (although he's much more likely to enter into "negotiations" as to his tax liability under such circumstances).

Would he then publish his returns, too?

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: So ask them

> I hope I'm not blacklisted.

Perhaps with our shiny badges we are allowed a bit of fucking profanity. Friend Pigeon is a member of the lower classes without badges

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: Shame " epic scientific smackdowns " link down

Worked for me, too, and a merry read around the various *opedias it was too.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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RIPA meatiness

> Perhaps we just need to point out that the RIPA contains traces of beef.

perhaps not beefy, but I suspect plenty of pork may be involved when it comes to contracts

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: Redundancy

Oops - typo:

"all in the same conduits"

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Re: Luckily the cables are in relatively shallow waters . . .

In fairness, cables do have to traverse an element of shallow waters to make landfall.

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Re: Redundancy

Reminds me of a story of a company putting in optical fibre and the plan calling for redundant links. They did have them, but they were unfortunately all in the conduits. Then someone dug up the road with undue care and attention and all hell broke loose.

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Behold, your next billion dollar market: The humble Ethernet cable

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Re: Pigeons @Lost All Faith

> I think that 90 MPH is peak transmission speed, not average throughput.

The source I linked to in my post states:

Racing Homing Pigeons have been clocked flying 92.5 mph average speed on a 400 mile race.

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Re: Pigeons

Memory density on flash drives is sufficiently good to actually be able to get good overall throughput on a homing pigeon. The birds can average over 90 mph, and rack up 700 miles in a day source. A 45g terabyte memory stick shouldn't be a problem. The RFCs [1] [2] might need a bit of updating, though.

Latency is a bit of a bugger, and "packet" loss can be catastrophic.

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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

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Re: Raise a toast

Part common sense (the average whisky drinker is an average person, on average) and part head-scratcher - I'm interpreting this as "no other whisky maker may use 'Clan' in their branding as it may be confused by a humble whisky drinker with 'Clan McGregor' branded whisky".

If that's the case, then I give you:

Clan Campbell

Clan Fraser

Clan Denny

Or is it just "Clan", in which case I give you The Clan Malt.

Now I'm confused, and I drink whisky. Might have to have one or two to settle the nerves...

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: divided highway

> NO head on traffic

depends on which ramp you use to get on it, surely

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Well...

> May I suggest we also reduce packet sizes as well. If they do indeed collect only meta data then shrinking packets increases their storage burden.

I suspect this will do nothing except slow your connection down - they'll be storing NetFlow records, no doubt, which basically say "This IP had a TCP connection to that IP and this amount of data went in one way and another amount in the other direction." Perhaps they'll "enhance" this data with a quick sniff up the stack to grep out a URL, and perhaps try and add some form of hardware signature and payload protocol from request headers and DPI. The use of a VPN will obviously mask a lot of the info, though.

> ill be sure to download and upload to the maximum extent possible on any internet connection I use

If you're really keen on adding load to their work, instead of doing this and wasting your disk space, write a short script to load up random google searches, and then follow links to random results from the searches, with various random header value selections and MAC addresses, and then load it onto a Pi and leave it trundling along. For added fun (& risk) seed the initial google searches with various naughty phrases - how long before someone knocks on your door with a Ram-It?

If you were malicious, connect it to your neighbours open wifi :)

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2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it

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Re: Hype

It's additional to LTE, not present in any of the 3gpp specs for it. Ergo it needs shoehorning into the lte specs as the infrastructure for "eTETRA" is lte. These features are requirements of the emergency services that are/were not present in the lte specs. That's all I've been saying, however flippantly

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Re: Hype

That was my point. There are features in tetra that are not available in lte, but will need shoe horning into additional specs as the emergency services need then at times.

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Re: Hype

Probably stuff like point to point connections without going through much infrastructure, which can be quite handy for the emergency services. Plus there's some phone/software stuff for group messaging which may need extras in the cell sites but I'm not sure.

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Re: contention

It's probably a maximum for one user using carrier aggregation and an impressive MIMO array. In reality it would be the total available to all. There'd be some tricks to play with beam steering to make it a bit better, and in a stadium there might be a streaming broadcast channel for event specific feeds (e.g. goal replays and the like), which would add some efficiency for some and cap resources further for others not looking at that.

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Grand App Auto: Tesla smartphone hack can track, locate, unlock, and start cars

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Re: That's a lot of code

I wonder what percentage contain merely curly braces (opening or closing), or if this is supposed to exclude such lines

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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> Hopefully not using rubber-hose decryption - Ed

Oblig. xkcd. Hopefully not too prevalent in the civilised world...

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