* Posts by JetSetJim

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T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

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Re: So innovative

It's not cloning, it's registering one or more devices to be notified of incoming calls and to be able to handle those calls. Those devices may well be on another service providers network, and have their own contracts.

1G was an awfully insecure system, as everything was readily interceptable by any device in the network - which is why that worked. The same technique would not work from 2G onwards. However SIP was invented to support VoIP calls, where a central server keeps a record of subscribers to a service, and attempts to notify all registered subscribers of events related to that service. In that way, multiple different devices, on multiple networks, can register to receive calls to an IP phone number, and the IP phone service provider will attempt to notify all subscribed devices and establish IP bearers (not voice circuits) to those devices that respond.

Google and Apple like it cos it moves the operators one step closer to being a dumb pipe, this is another attempt to put the brakes on that on T-Mo's part.

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The app will need permission for the following:

a) access contacts - so that you can dial from your contacts, or add someone to them from the app

b) network access (wifi & mobile) - so that the call can progress over a data bearer on an available technology. They may abuse this by also bundling enhanced purchasing suggestions in informative sub-windows of the app

c) at a stretch, location, but this should really be looked after by the mobile network infrastructure

To offer a more complete solution, it may ask to be able to receive and send SMS/MMS, use the camera (particularly if video calls are supported), and store media files. Potentially, to guarantee access to 911 facilities, it may require the ability to make a phone call (via cellular).

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Re: App versus battery

It's basically a SIP call - your number isn't really deactivated, as your IMSI will be used to track you as you move around the network - sounds like they just have a lookup table that routes voice calls to you via the SIP service that notifies all registered appliances that you have an incoming call. All that happens here is that a SIP paging message is transmitted to those end-points, and the mechanisms needed to instantiate bearers to a particular device are invoked as needed - e.g. same as for when you get a notification that you have an email on your phone - typically a push notification for services such as Google.

T-Mo may be the first mobile provider to offer it, but it's been around for a while - I can receive calls on several mobiles for all calls to my home number, and have done for 2 years - and I'm pretty confident that the feature was baked into SIP at least 15 years ago.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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They've wanted to do this for ages, and now they have a combined whammy of "think of the children" *and* "terrorists" in one event, so it's another way to get the wedge a little bit further in.

Spend the money on fixing the social (both local and global) problems that cause such nutjobs to think they are serving a higher purpose in killing random innocent people going about their business - it'll probably be cheaper in the long run, both in terms of cash and casualties.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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Turning it off

..annoyingly the only way to disable it seems to be to restrict yourself to the desktop version of google, so it thinks you've got a computer rather than a phone. Do Not Like AMP

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Qualcomm to demand US iPhone import ban

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Re: The Gods are at war again...

Damn contracts are cheap here - struggling to find anything more than £65/mo for unlimited everything.

AT&T do a $145/mo, but it's for 2 lines, so a bit of a cheat:

https://www.att.com/plans/unlimited-data-plans.html

Otherwise it's a measly $90/mo for 1 line.

Obviously you don't have to have that plan, too.

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Re: Motorola tried the same thing with Apple

> It all gets a bit murky but IMHO, QC have a bit of a nerve trying to base their royalties on the price of the end product.

IANAL, but the phone industry boils down to:

Manufacturer A uses a chip in a phone that t can only convince punters to fork out a 10% margin for (i.e. costs £100 to make, including all costs of business operations, sale price of £110)

Manufacturer B can use the same chip to get a 40% margin for arguably the exact same product

Should the royalty rate for manufacturers A and B be the same absolute value (e.g. 2cents/phone) for a SEP, or should it be based on the value of the product being sold that contains the IPR? I'm sure there are very good arguments on both sides of this conundrum.

OTOH, Apple do have a bit of a history of ignoring IPR of others (or bullying their way through it), and abusing their own IPR (rounded corners et al.)

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Re: The Gods are at war again...

> From the Apple website in the United States (http://www.apple.com):

> iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Gold: $969.00

Or buy it in the UK, where it is £919, aka $1,189.20 at today's exchange rate :), which is near enough to $1200 for my maths, and that's before accessories and Apple (Doesn't) Care

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Re: Wow. Abusing patents.

"But [Apple's] main argument at the ITC will likely revolve around how the Qualcomm patents at issue are now effectively an industry standard and so should be treated differently."

Assuming these are Standards Essential Patents (SEP) then they need to be licensed in a FRAND way. This is the only way they have to be treated differently, but the key point is that to be able to sell a phone in today's markets, you have to implement those patents in that phone, and so a royalty is due. The fact that they are essential means that the royalty rate must be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory, so Apple will no doubt need to demonstrate that the agreement that they signed several years ago isn't in line with FRAND principles.

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Re: Motorola tried the same thing with Apple

Don't know as it's that cut and dried - from the article, QC and Apple have had an agreement for a quite a while and now Apple are saying that they don't like it so they're not going to pay it any more. Try doing that with other things (e.g. rent payments on a flat, which I appreciate is a completely different kettle of fish) and you get handed your arse.

QC may well be arguing "well, 5 years ago you thought the agreement was FRAND, so go suck lemons".

On the other hand, these are statements from mouthpieces, so who knows what is the Truth (TM) and what is FRAND (if indeed the patent in question is a SEP one, although that's quite likely)

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How do ransomware scum decide what to charge you? The Big Mac index

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Re: North Korea is pretty safe then...

>You can't buy a Big Mac there.

Good luck finding a VPN service that pops out there, too. There's only a thousand or so IP (v4) addresses available there (or that is the publicly known figure, at least)

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Clanger..

> That was a clanger

No, these are clangers.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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> is it OCD- driven behavior?

where "OCD" is "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder", naturally...

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Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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Re: GDPR

The dialogue has it covered - you can consent to complete data-slurping, or you can flick a switch and consent to limited(*) data slurping

(*) - currently limited to some degree, may not remain the same for the foreseeable future, information collected subject to change on update due to presumptive consent, at which point MS assumes consent given by the action of installing whichever patch re-enabled such slurping

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Must have hit the red cross to close a dialogue.

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

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Re: If Huawei agreed an payment plan with Ericson

> I bet the original inventors of these patents got a one-time bonus of €1000 or so

As a recipient of several of these, I can agree that the original inventors will get such sums. But at the same time they are drawing a salary and are tasked with investigating such things on behalf of a company, with the use of expensive company resources to do these investigations. In a lot of these patents, not necessarily all, it would be difficult for someone to actually come up with the idea, prove it worked, and then spend the time and effort needed to get it into a standard, as well as forking out the large sums of money required to pursue the patent in the first place.

Yes, some patentable things can be bashed together in a garden shed, but increasingly in many areas, it takes a large investment to some up with small incremental ideas that together form part of a larger whole. I'm not bitter in the slightest about my patent awards.

Sure, there are problems in the whole area of patent law, but I'm not sure being able to trade ownership rights is one of them.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: The main issue

> Lets say for example you had a small child who got loose and ran into traffic - what good is the self driving car sensors if it cannot see something the size of a car? Presumably if it misses something big, it cannot sense anything smaller.

Ah - the omniscient AI, and anything less is a failure. Reminds me of the Marvin Minsky AI book where the AI was helping someone cross the road - it wouldn't let them because it was conceivable that an out-of-view/earshot formula 1 car (or some such) would be able to hit them in the time it would take to cross the road with the given road layout, therefore it was not safe.

The idea of autonomous cars should be to at least remove the "stoopid errors" made by so many drivers - whether it is aggressively hopping lanes causing a bump, driving too close and not being able to react in time, or just not getting tired/drunk/high. Perfection is in-achievable with meatbags at the wheel - anything demonstrably better is a plus. This scenario is almost the equivalent of the Minsky one - the sensors on the car couldn't see the approaching hazard, so they couldn't react. If a car is driving at 40 mph and a small child runs out, it's going to be bad news with either a meatbag or AI.

On the other hand, I can see rules along the lines of "only pass cars with a delta-v of less than X mph" being useful in at least urban scenarios, or have a different X for different scenarios, anyway.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Re: And they claim to be the land of the free

On a similar note, but unrelated to ISPs, a friend of mine outlined a prank where a group of people injected white text with strange phrases into their emails to a friend's Gmail account. The target was somewhat puzzled by the subsequent appearance of numerous adverts for goat-related products after this

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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

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Re: Off at a tangent - providing cover for absences

If you had to not turn up, you are expected to supply a suitably qualified replacement at your (company's) expense. IIRC, if the Company hiring your company doesn't accept your replacement and only wants you, then that looks bad for IR35.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Re: "Cloud time?"

I just spent the entire article wondering why he'd get heavily jetlagged travelling from Paris to Munich - if that happens to him, then maybe that explains the gibberish

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

But, for a mere £2,000+, you too can have one of these marvellous devices which give you the benefit of this marvellous marketing blurb:

"With the MobileControl function you can keep an eye on your Miele appliance, even when you're not at home - via smart-phone or tablet PC. Not only can you access the programme status, you can also conveniently select and start programmes regardless of location using your mobile terminal device. Simply download the Miele@mobile app and connect the device to Miele@home. When you return home, your Miele appliance has already finished its work. "

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Why Friday? It should be part of your daily diet according to latest research

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Re: There should

The IgNobels don't have a fixed category list, so nominate them here. In 2013 there was this prize:

SAFETY ENGINEERING PRIZE: The late Gustano Pizzo [USA], for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers — the system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane's specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival.

In 2010:

ENGINEERING PRIZE: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and Agnes Rocha-Gosselin of the Zoological Society of London, UK, and Diane Gendron of Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Baja California Sur, Mexico, for perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter.

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ENGINEERING: Donald J. Smith and his father, the late Frank J. Smith, of Orlando Florida, USA, for patenting the combover (U.S. Patent #4,022,227)

And there's more on their winners page

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McDonald's India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

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Re: Honey Pot?

> It's a Harry Pot. Pure magic!

Unlike Hari Puttar

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Re: Lockheed Martin... OMG please say it isn't so!

> a great weapon to stop the Mexicans from scaling that wall he's gonna build

And they're already climbing it

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

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Re: Please....

> You may also wish to register a complaint with ITV directly about this.

yeah, cos they're obviously investing heavily in their streaming platform.

It's a steaming pile from end to end.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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It's a personal account, FFS

Barring divulging sensitive/commercial information, I see no reason to regulate a persons usage of a personal account to say anything on Twitter. About half the Twitter users on the planet are saying "Trump's a twat" in various guises on Twitter, I'm sure, and he's certainly supplying plenty of evidence to back them up.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Re: Gunboat Diplomacy

> Even if the Suez transit routes were disrupted, that just means ships have to use the Cape Town route which adds, what, ten days, for clothing and miscellaneous manufactured tat

I'm sure I could wait an additional 10 days for my tat to hit the high street stores, but I'd guess there's an additional cost of fuel to ship it all that extra few miles (admittedly divided up over all the containers on that particular boat but still)

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UK.gov 5G strategy 'mostly sensible', says engineering brainbox

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Re: Basically

> Basic physics and economics dictates you need more base stations for more speed / capacity, not a new protocol.

That's true up to a point, but 5G also reduces the latency further, and does up the bandwidth to the user too. Saying that, a half decent 4G system is enough for me.

However 5G is also about new network architectures making it much cheaper to deploy masses of cells. Baseband processing will get at least partially centralised where you can benefit from better efficiencies to cope with when a single cell gets loaded for half an hour a day. Instead you deploy cheap radio units (think hundreds of dollars rather than the thousands needed for an LTE macro cell) with a decent fronthaul connection to a pooled baseband resource.

Yes, it would be nice to wander the country and get decent 4G, and in theory EE should be enabling that for all with the conditions attached to the new ESN, but 5G has the potential to be more efficient and cheaper. In theory, at least :)

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New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

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Re: how about..

> you'd have to be very careful to ensure it captures only phones inside the designated areas

Perhaps a directional antenna of some sorts is in order... Yes, there's a certain amount of RF leakage in all directions around a directional antenna, but in prisons with nice thick, high walls this is probably entirely manageable. Mount the antennas high up pointing in & slightly down. Muck around with transmit power so they don't overshoot the walls on the other side of the compound by enough to trigger any handover attempts from outside.

All they need to do is make sure that their "fake" cells are the dominant signal inside the prison in most areas, and are not dominant outside the prison.

As to the "mobile flagging up if encryption isn't enabled" - if the operator is deploying these "fake" cells, then they can be deployed in the operators domain, and so encryption needn't be disabled. All they need to do is to configure the cell to not actually provide any service, which is a doddle.

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You can smuggle a phone up your jacksie. Not entirely sure I'd like to try smuggling a knife that way - it's easier to make one when on the inside, I'd imagine.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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I imagine they're scared that if they go along with it and get this one-time windfall, all the big companies (no idea how many there might be) with sweetheart deals to stay in Ireland will skedaddle to the next corporate hideaway, and their tax revenues plunge.

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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Was it *his* account being used?

But was it *his* account or had he stolen someone else's credentials? They didn't say "after consulting server logs they found his account still active and causing havoc", but instead "the timing of the attacks raised their suspicion"

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: video

Get a USB headset then, there are plenty around. Or if you're desperate to keep the current headset, but a USB adapter with mic/headphone jacks built in - there are also plenty around for less than a fiver.

edit - also Ninja'd!

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If USA wants a say in 5G, Cisco HAS to buy Ericsson

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Re: 5G Cloud based, Managed Software RF processing doesn't have borders.

> Twitter works perfectly well on 3G.

Twitter was designed with SMS in mind, so 2G would also be fine

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Re: Disappointing article

> agreeing with JetSetJim for his reasons, but will add what might be a bigger one: Ericsson has pretty big corporate operations already in the US. They may not be a US company, but they employ a lot of US citizens already.

How else do you think they got the gig? Just like operating in China - need to have a big presence to get the big contracts

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Re: Disappointing article

> Nothing wrong with the premise, but not particularly well argued. Why Ericsson and not Nokia?

Because Nokia only has a presence in USA with its purchase of ALU (hence inheriting presence based on ALU kit in the field, which would be very expensive to completely replace, in the RAN at least, therefore it needs to continue supporting it and, I presume, the roadmap that kit was sold with), whereas Ericsson has a well established relationship. Nokia has a poor reputation in USA, for whatever reason, despite this purchase and also the previous acquisition of Motorola Wireless (which also had presence in USA, but not much of a reputation, and it didn't do Nokia any good anyway!)

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: ...having previously defended the sale of topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge

IIRC she and Willy went to France to visit a chum on some vast estate. Some topless sunbathing ensued, but unfortunately they didn't check that a small snippet of land half a mile away that could have a view of the sunloungers which had public access (it may even have been the side of a road) did not contain a pap with a rather large lens.

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> He shows signs of being a tin that actually contains what it said on the outside before it got elected.

> Something very rare and wonderful in politics.

Yeah - doesn't happen very often. Last time I recall was in 1932. Now that was a rare and wonderful event, indeed

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Diagnosis...

>He shows most signs of a paranoid, narcissistic and psychopathic dictator.

Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president - so says a psychotherapist (admittedly with a book to sell)

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Trump decides Breitbart chair Bannon knows more about natsec than actual professionals

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7 Days in May

It's the sequel to One Night in Paris

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: Cruel and unusual punishment...

Cruel and unusual punishment, I'd claim, unless they used odour control towers to reduce the whiff

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Re: Whisky Galore

Having spent the <5 mins required to drive through the entire town in Streetview, I can confirm that there are no pagodas in the town, so can perhaps understand their concerns.

On the other hand, the vast majority of the houses in the town are either terraced with render (Victorian era?), or really crap 50's-ish semis that look ghastly, IMHO, I think a nice pagoda building may make a delightful addition to local vernacular. Or they could repurpose a derelict building in the area (possibly extending it if it's not big enough), perhaps incorporating some smell-reduction measures in the design. If not, the brewery's current location isn't exactly intrusive on the village itself so why should they give a flying toss what a distillery looks like.

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Cisco: We know what you all want – a $10,000 70in whiteboard with a $190/mo cloud sub

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Re: Um...

all that will get used is the HDMI port and a long cable to the hosts laptop

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2014: El Reg booze lab proves Bluetooth breathalyzers are crap. 2017: US govt agrees

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This article from a couple of years ago says they're not that brilliant (one was crap) and laments the lack of regulations in this area. The best of the devices tested would falsely reassure a drunk that they were safe to drive approximately 1 in 20 times.

More readable writeup here. Dunno which brands are on sale in France.

Naturally the Alcosense website makes no mention of this research...

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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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