* Posts by JetSetJim

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

I fail to understand why it even needs an app - it's just a view into the web pages. The only thing FB won't let work in the mobile web page is messenger, which is no great loss to me, but equally I bet could still be done in a mobile web page. The only reason for the app is to slurp your data, so I didn't bother installing it.

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We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

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Re: Bet it won't ID me correctly

I can't wait for it to inevitably mis-identify people in an hilarious way (perhaps now is a good time for the visitors to the area to invest in print-outs of celebrity heads to crowd-source this), cos obviously I'll be watching the coverage avidly and not enjoying the (currently forecast) nice weather.

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: NAVIC

And the Indians are brown, Daily Mail readers will be up in arms

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ZTE now stands for 'zero tech exports' – US govt slaps 7-year ban on biz

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Re: It's not just ZTE

> One of the first Androids I messed with was an ancient Samsung S2 from T-Mobile and it had a bunch of "analytic" settings enabled by default sending data back to T-Mobile.

That's probably the case with all carrier OS'es - read up on CarrierIQ - the info is used, for the most part, to improve the network. How much the info gathered is abused, I don't know...

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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>He could always try "not selling it".

At the very least they could not keep fucking around with privacy settings and defaulting everything to 'let them sleep from the blood of the masses'. Thought I had my Facebook locked down but turns out the was another set of settings that allow contacts apps to sleep their friends data. That was never there when I first started to get protective of my data, and I doubt I was informed of it unless it was printed in a microdot on page 34 of some updated ts&C's.

Fuckers, e lot of them. It would be nice if this buries FB, but I doubt it as the are too many sheeple in the world

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Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

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Re: Britain had an empire before the RAF.

> Phantom - Jag write up here.

I prefer the ACs version above your link

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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Re: One can only hope...

It would be cheaper for 3rd party providers of fibre to run them on BT poles for a nominal rental than to dig a trench, yet it's only recently that anyone is making Open reach do this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43168564

Thames Water as there's always been mutterings of running fibre up the sewers for an easy duct to every property.

True, there's not much duct in villages, but the poles and sewers are there and would probably be much less effort to use than digging trenches.

I built my house and, despite having a BT pole right outside my plot, Openreach couldn't get the install right (never showed up to two installation appointments, then cancelled it claiming they could only install fttp despite that not being enabled on my exchange). Gigaclear said "yeah, we'll do it tomorrow" and did.

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Re: One can only hope...

> The only sensible way forward is to provide LTE/4G/5G facilities. Must be cheaper than digging.

The most likely first 5G use-case is to provide domestic broadband services using highly directional base-station antennas and massive-MIMO technology.

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Re: One can only hope...

> As for trenches, while I agree I do quite a bit of work for a company that digs those trenches for open reach gigaclear and virgin... New trenches will be a last resort, they will either use existing duct (which is still ok because they can shove fibre down there) or overhead cable to keep costs down.

"Last resort" aka "normal operation" cos BT/Thames Water et al. won't play nicely. I have a BT pole on my property but Gigaclear had to trench cos there's no way BT will help out. Not aware of Gigaclear being able to use other ducting from any of the pics they put up on their twitter feed of installs going on in villages (perhaps there aren't any?)

Regarding suppliers of FTTP, BT do offer it on demand in some areas (YMMV, naturally):

https://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home/products/ultrafastfibreaccess/fttpondemand/fttpod.do

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HPE burns offering to Apollo 6500, unleashes cranked deep learning server on world+dog

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Tesla the car company send to predate the Nvidia GPU by a few years, but it's just a coincidence of naming.

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BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme

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Re: As could be expected.... @Steven Jones

That's the point I was trying to make - the article seems written from the perspective of the entire pension being transferred to something with a lesser benefit for the members of the scheme, rather than closing it to new contributions and members and putting into place a plan to close the £14bn shortfall while pushing current contributors onto a new scheme which royally shafts them in terms of defining the benefit they will receive on retirement (although it's still better than a completely defined contribution scheme with absolute minimum contributions from the company, at least).

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Re: As could be expected....

The CEO bonus may be well deserved if he's managed to convince the slaves to accept a £14bn write off of their pension value. :)

I always thought that when you had a DB scheme in place you couldn't convert to different terms without the employees permission as that seems to be what my previous employer is trying to do. The worst you should be able to do is close it to new entrants and not accept more contributions. You could certainly offer to transfer it to another scheme, but the employee should not be under any obligation to do so, however big the funding shortfall is.

Although if the shortfall is big enough to sink the company (e.g. Nortel), then perhaps taking the transfer is a good idea...

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Hackers create 'ghost' traffic jam to confound smart traffic systems

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Re: All I want...

> The main road through Slough[1] had, at one point (and my do still) had linked traffic lights that were supposed to enable traffic at 30mph to pass though all of them at green.

The newish "Northern Orbital" road in Swindon had that, so, at first, a lump of traffic would go all along it's length at 40mph, through about 9 sets of lights that spurred off into the new residential roads which also had the "if something approaches from the side, find a suitable time soon to allow it to join the carriageway by changing the lights".

Then they broke, and it would cost a fortune to repair them, so they are now left so that traffic joining from the side effectively triggers a gap in the main traffic, which then triggers the next lights to change for the traffic joining there - leading to stop-start all the way up the road for the main traffic. Unless you went at 60 in a 40mph zone.

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Re: Spoof traffic entering the Intelligent Traffic Signal System

> It's not really user generated data; it's data generated by the vehicle system,

Isn't it "crowdsourced", and therefore trendy?

It needs some anomaly detection routines to detect the spoofers.

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Re: Braking News !!! :) <==== NOT a Typo !!!

I've been wondering for a while how easy it is to spoof the location data the phones are always sending to Google to see how it impacts the traffic layer on the maps. Want to get a few people off the road in front of you? Then spoof a few "slow cars" in the system ahead of you to bump up the traffic weight in the Google navigation world, hence getting redirects. No idea how many devices and throwaway accounts you'd need for this, though - and at the moment the effectiveness is limited as I suspect only a small percentage of drivers are using it.

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HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why

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Re: Three Data sims

> three give you free roaming in a load of other countries, including most of Europe and United states - was handy for my last holiday.

I think they all have to do "free" roaming nowadays - certainly within the EU (while we're in it). If it's in your mobile package at home, then it's also available to you in the EU

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40281013

Annoyingly it's one of those rules that hasn't been enshrined in law here, so Brexit means back to high roaming charges unless something changes :(

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Win 10 Stupid Edition

Yes, it's dumb. Yes, the user can switch 'back'. But this option puts all the dumb users default configuration into one that pushes them into Microsoft controlled revenue generators Bing and the store

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April Fool: FCC finally bothers with Puerto Rico as chairman visits

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Re: Embarrassed to be American

>>4.3%" sounds - pretty low, actually.

>Try: nearly 1 on 20 of people in your country can't phone for fire / police / ambulance

is it population coverage or land-mass coverage? And what was the coverage before the storm? For example EE claims 75% geographical coverage for 4G, 99% for population

Not that I'm excusing it - the graph looks pretty poor, as is Pai's position on a lot of things.

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4G LTE pried open to reveal a slew of new protocol-level attacks

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Re: Hardly surprising

> That's just a radio right?

Yep, that's just the radio, and you also need a controlling PC that is a bit better than a $200 Chromebook. And you'll need to buy the right antennas ($10-20). And ideally a GPS antenna to ensure a good frequency lock in the SDR (<$20). And perhaps you want to house the circuitry in a sturdy box for another $50.

The software, however, can be completely free and there's even other free and open options like this and this.

These may not be commercial grade implementations, which also exist to purchase from places for prices in the low $'000s, but they cover the essentials within a 4G eNodeB.

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Re: Hardly surprising

> I'm not sure if the protocol spec is publicly available

Yep, they are. Get them here. Enjoy wading through thousands of pages of technical jargon

> Setting up a private LTE base station or base station simulator isn't something the typical person has the financial resources and technical ability to do

Takes about $1.2K, plus a laptop, but yes, non-trivial technically (other solutions are available, possibly cheaper too)

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Re: A rhetorical question: Is it better or worse to have your own service provider hacking you

> That term "malicious node" did not seem to be well explained in this article.

A "malicious node" is a fake base station. You can buy the hardware off the shelf for around $1k, connect it to a regular PC/laptop and run open source LTE code to provide a base station - I've done it with Open Air Interface, and have connected that up to an open source core network to actually make a full 4G network broadcasting with a test license at low power.

The trick needed here is to convince an operator network to let this node actually connect to it - something I find hugely unlikely as they are usually on their own private network, connected via protected links (IPSec probably). Determining the IP address of the MME & SGW that you'd need to connect to, then getting them reconfigured to allow connection from a new IP address (and knowing which are available to use) is a moderately high bar to jump. The malicious node would then start getting reported in statistics to the operations centre, which should ring alarm bells. All of these network elements are usually explicitly configured to say that "box A with name X at IP xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx can connect to box B with name Y at IP yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy" - which is a right pain in the arse to manage across the whole network, but possibly a better solution that allowing open access.....

Overall, not something even a technically aware black-hat could achieve easily without getting detected.

OTOH, perfectly simple for a govmt sponsored agency to achieve with cooperation from the operator

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Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

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How do the NOIs appear in the accounts?

If someone were to magically update the copyright office database to be current, what total liability would Spotify incur to pay them? Would it sink Spotify?

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4G found on Moon

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Re: Stupid

> There are better solutions.

Possibly, but they might need extensive designing. This is off the shelf, plus some radiation hardening, so probably a bit less effort

> LTE is designed to suit patent holders,

Meh, Nokia is part of this, and the specs are in FRAND, so doubt they'll owe much. Equally I doubt this is vanilla LTE - probably rather cut down protocols as they don't need to worry about authenticating their users. Plus a core network in a box to do the local switching/routing to the right base station

> the issues of terrestrial channel size,

What issues? You can do carrier aggregation up to 6x20MHz, at least, plus MIMO and beam steering. Loads of capacity for each rover if they want

> handovers between bases etc.

Possibly a useful feature if the rover, you know, moves about

Definitely good PR though :)

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Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

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Re: handset repeater

There are two radios that can operate independently in most decent handsets nowadays, so this function is merely a software problem to include for ESN. It certainly was a feature of TETRA and I remember it causing a little bit of a kerfuffle when it was stuck in the requirements for eTETRA, but I believe it was accepted (I've been out of that arena for a few years to)

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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> Er ... don't we keep giving large amounts of money to BT to get them to provide rural broardband?

Yes, we do, but it's not much, and the cash is running out. I guess all he's saying is that he'll put a little bit more money in the pot - I imagine his quote of "spending billions of pounds to improve rural broadband" will get diluted to "spending a few more million quid" in the long run.

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2017/11/government-extends-uk-2mbps-rural-better-broadband-subsidy-scheme.html

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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Re: What a load of Trump...

"There are 300,000,000+ guns in circulation. Legislation won't make most of them go away"

Stop the sale of ammunition (or regulate it heavily), then there's 300m paperweights in circulation.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: how to turn that shit off

If you have to use Google search, use encrypted.google.com instead - I see no AMP (thanks timecop1818)

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Re: Ends-Means

>Know what's even faster than that? Google simply not permitting advertisers to deliver dynamic content- that no user, in the history of the world, has ever wanted or needed to see- in ads.

The user is not the customer, though, the advertisers are. Google will implement features that advertisers want until the consumers walk away.

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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

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I'd be surprised if they had any significant overlap, as then there would be less incentive for take-up.

What I'd like is for Ofcom to finally start slapping BT for calling their Superfast Broadband "fibre" when it's FTTC, rather than FTTP.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

> Jeez, tough crowd! ;-)

*If* the aim was to get into a particular orbit, then this is an epic fail on the part of the control systems to be so far off. Unfortunately that seems to be how it's being reported (or at least reports I've seen, but I haven't tried hard to read it all)

*If* the aim was to burn the rest of the fuel to exhaustion just to kick the car as hard as possible, then this is not a fail.

Still fricking awesome to watch.

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Re: I knew there was a reason

> removing myself from Linkedin

I assume you got confirmation that all copies of your profile were deleted, backups and history of changes included?.

Colour me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of such account deactivations fall in this bucket, and the bucket where your data is actually deleted is a lot harder to get into. From the account deletion page:

Closing your account means permanently deleting your profile and removing access to all your LinkedIn information from our site

Then further down is:

You can reopen your account in most cases if it's been closed less than 20 days, but we're unable to recover the following even if you reopen your account:

Endorsements and recommendations

Ignored or pending invitations

Followings (Influencers, Companies, etc.)

Group memberships

Which effectively states that they are not deleting *any* of your personal data, just not showing it on the interwebs. They still have that data to use for whatever internal purpose they desire - be it training AI to write CVs, or any other research purpose. Add to which they probably store the account history changelog, so it probably doesn't really impact things if you first change all your data to junk like "Professional Human Cannonball" before requesting the account termination.

Local data protection laws may override this behaviour in some jurisdictions - perhaps worth asking them what they have on you now that your account is terminated (assuming they are obliged to answer and can't wriggle out of it by transferring the info to a separate legal entity that's in a different jurisdiction that isn't subject to the same rules by some legal loopholing - IANAL, YMMV, etc...)...

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Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages

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encrypted.google.com

Ta very much, have an upvote and a pint. Much nicer now.

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Re: AMP is garbage and should be killed, not "improved"

Possibly because it doesn't work inside chrome, but good first effort. There's a few user script apps out there, but not sure my confidence in them is high

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Re: AMP is garbage and should be killed, not "improved"

All I want is a way to disable it - give me a config option somewhere, don't force it on me. Perhaps a toggle at the top of the page.

AMP - DO NOT WANT (in proper shouty!)

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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

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Don't forget the Sammy Exynos chipsets, which I'm sure will be 5G capable when the full set of standards actually get defined to allow for a complete system.

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I think you're confusing countries. It's the Norks that only need one mast for the country and it will follow the Dear Leader around

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To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

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Re: Logarithmic tail

> If I was organising it (thankfully not) I would probably start with the major population centres where technology is concentrated and leave the outliers until last to try and provide communications to the majority of users as soon as possible. Like the 90% plus coverage in the UK.

I think it would be a bit more complicated than this, and coordinated between fixed line providers and cell providers to try and get whole island comms from at least one tech in place as quickly as possible so that there is always at least one way to call out from somewhere, and then infill the gaps that you have - possibly doing urban first bu who knows what metrics they are using to prioritise

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Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

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Re: Any point?

> streaming audio, maps, mail, Slack, Skype, news, weather, Google, basic browsing

Until you get into the demands of streaming video, if you're not really worried about latency, then 3G (assuming that includes the decent flavours of HSPA) is probably sufficient. Although I think you must be a very patient person because whenever I drop down to 3G websites can be very slow.

LTE should offer sub 10ms access times even after a bunch of timeouts have fired to free up network resources, 3G access times can get much longer as the basic access procedures are much more involved.

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Re: internal vs external

> Is this internal or external signal reception

You won't know. All these organisations are reporting are the outputs of their apps, that are installed on a subset of subscribers of each network. The apps just sit in the background and sip the RF measurements from the phone, and perhaps also occasionally perform throughput tests if they are configured that way (i.e. the user doesn't care about their mobile data usage!). The phone doesn't have any inkling as to whether it is indoors or outdoors, although I'm sure you could possibly frig a reasonably accurate metric together based on GPS measurements (i.e. if the mobile is stationary and not on a road, or if there are no measurements available, then it's probably indoors).

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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

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Re: Goodbye Moto...

Motorola split into Motorola Mobility ( handsets) and Motorola Solutions (network infrastructure). Two separate companies.

Motorola Solutions fragmented with bits being sold off and all that's left in that company is the TETRA stuff. It bought Airwave in 2015, I think, so yes, win-win for them there (barring any penalties EE can foist on them, which I doubt). At the time, Airwave were suing Moto over the award of the contract by HMG to Moto - I've no idea what the merits, or even facts, of their case were, but there are plenty of news reports to read.

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Goodbye Moto...

> At least Motorola didn't manage to crowbar their way into the handset contract

Different company entirely and has been for a while (early 2011). The Motorola supplying the ESN is the last remnants of the company which used to make all sorts and then basically got chopped up into unprofitable/dying bits.

There used to be a chipset manufacturing bit, now that's Freescale.

There used to be an automotive bit, sold to Continental a long time ago

There used to be a "Wireless Infrastructure Division", but this was internally fragmented into IDEN & CDMA for the (at the time) lucrative N. America market, TETRA (lucrative) and "proper" mobile phone networks (GSM, UMTS and LTE). IDEN was taken out the back and shot. The "proper" mobile infrastructure bit plus CDMA was gradually eroded by Huawei and eventually bought by Nokia before being shuttered, that left the TETRA bit. This became "Motorola Solutions", which is what is supplying ESN.

There used to be a handset division that made a lot of money out of the RAZR, but due to sheer shortsightedness then died due to too many platforms to support, plus no new products (thanks Ed Zander) resulting it becoming a tiny player that then got sold off for IPR to Google and then (less the IPR) to Lenovo.

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Re: Just curious

> The Airwave systems is an old and creaky thing that works

I agree, but the <STOP> was for "just flick a switch and turn TETRA into LTEish.

The bells and whistles added to LTE for ESN are more along the lines of adding stuff that they do in the existing system into the LTE spec for these purposes - e.g. PTT, and the ability for handsets to talk directly to eachother if there is no (working) infrastructure around that they might normally use - perhaps useful when emergency services are trying to get somewhere moderately inaccessible (by foot or by radio wave). Not entirely sure about the status of these features in the new equipment as it's been a while since I looked at them. My understanding of what was intended (originally!) was that they needed feature parity from TETRA to ESN, plus add some high bandwidth data bearers for funky things like video feeds.

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Re: Just curious

The Airwave system is an old creaky thing that runs the TETRA system. The system they are moving to, eTETRA, runs on a modified LTE specification that adds the bells and whistles that the emergency services need. Chances are the TETRA system is not running with Software Definable Radios which would enable such a switch-over as it would have been built on fairly specific hardware with similarly specific processors and whatnot, none of which is compatible with the new system. Add to which the system may well be on a different frequency band, which may well require different antennas at the transmitting sites.

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Maths

isn't £210million / 250k devices equal to £840 per device?

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Re: Are we surprised?

In all honesty, I'd assumed Google was doing this anyway and wouldn't be surprised if Apple were doing it too.

Doubt I'd ever been asked by Google, and I wouldn't be surprised if the "fix" Google might apply is to merely add one more step to the Google account login you do when you power up the phone, possibly with a "no" answer binning you out and nothing works on the phone from then on - i.e. a requirement of having a google account is to allow location tracking by any means.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Re: @AC @imanidiot

> Ever tried driving in heavy congestion with adaptive cruise control turned on? Do it and I bet you'll turn it off again in very short order because the ride is just f'ing annoying

I suspect ACC is getting better and better. I just got a new car with it and it's perfectly ok in congestion and I suspect is at least trying to maintain a gap proportional to the speed as in slow traffic it closes the gap to a few feet. Equally it's wary of undertaking with a large gap in front of me, but less concerned if there is a small gap in front. It's pretty good in city traffic, too. The only annoying bit is in mild-to-heavy traffic on multi-lane as it starts to slow down quite early with a slower moving vehicle in front, meaning you have to pull out a lot earlier than you might normally do, but it does seem to take account of relative velocity when pulling out behind a faster moving vehicle, so it doesn't instantly brake.

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So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

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Re: Not a single mention of the word 'fibre' or fibre backhaul in the article.

The same statement is also true of 4G - an LTE site running *at capacity* should be throwing out 150mbps easily (a 5MHz system should get you around 15-7mbps usable data in a single cell - most deployments are 20MHz multi-cell (usually triple) sites), and that's before you consider LTEadvanced with carrier aggregation) . But there is a fair wedge of fibre out there - I wonder how much of it is designed to have lots of breakout points for these cells though...

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: RE: JetSetGim

That may well be the case, but equally (or possibly less likely) it may well also be that the movement to avoid the pothole was excessive. Other possibilities include the cyclist undertaking in traffic and swerving, or some other irresponsible action.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to pin blame on the cyclist, the driver or the Tesla autopilot, there are lots of ways either party could be at fault, but because it's a Tesla - with their claims that their driving software has a stellar safety record - it makes headlines before anyone knows any facts.

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> It is unknown at this time if the Tesla driver was using any self-driving technology when the incident occurred.

It is also unknown as to what the cyclist was doing prior to being struck, even if driver aids were in use by the Tesla.

It will be interesting if there is information in the telematics of the Tesla regarding the movements of the cyclist in the few seconds leading up to the incident. Did it make a sudden movement - e.g. to avoid a pothole - or was the victim moving in a nice predictable straight line? Doesn't Tesla own the data for this and doesn't necessarily hand out the raw data?

A cyclist being killed in a collision with a car is a terrible thing, but blame *could* be on either party. But now we're into the murky uncharted waters of if the self-driving systems are active, how do you judge whether either the meatbag or the computer programs were capable of avoiding the incident, or even if avoidance was possible.

Certainly the driver has responsibility of keeping an eye on the road constantly and assuming control to attempt to prevent/avoid/minimise the collision.

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