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Comment: Re:But who uses Yahoo! mail? (Score 3, Informative) 83

by Adrian Harvey (#46708595) Attached to: Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Their best proposed solution is to ban Yahoo email users from mailing lists and encourage them to switch to other ISPs

What the #%^+? Since when is Yahoo an ISP?

Several ISPs outsource their customer email service to Yahoo. If you're with one of those, and especially if you use your ISP provided email address, then moving would fix it (or just move to gmail/, you're mail is in the cloud now anyway, since your ISP moved it there)

Comment: Re:miniphone (Score 1) 240

by Adrian Harvey (#46708309) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Yeah, I often think Apple could make a great iPhone Nano, similar size to the iPod Nano, thicker for battery, etc, just like the iPhone / iPod touch, with just basic, simplified apps to show calendar perhaps preview, but not write email, etc. A kind of up-market feature phone, or just as an iPad companion...

Comment: Been done for years (Score 1) 104

by Adrian Harvey (#45343225) Attached to: High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls

Xirrus have been doing this for years - see or

They put 8 (or more) access points into a single unit, each with a directional antenna covering a segment of the room or venue. I looked at their product at a trade show or conference once (don't remember which) but it was way overkill for the spaces we had at the time which were separated with heavy reinforced concrete walls and floors, so needed an access point for each area.

Comment: Re:56 Kbps of landlines voice quality is noticable (Score 1) 329

by Adrian Harvey (#42659683) Attached to: When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

IIRC it wasn't 1 bit in each byte/octet, but one from every 6th octet. This meant that or voice it was still 'almost' 64 kbps ... Let's see... 64 - (64 * 1/48) is 62.66... But because a modem can't synchronize, so it can't tell which bit is going to be robbed, it has to assume that but is always used, so you get 56 kbps.

Although this (bit robbing) was mostly a North American thing 56k was still the top speed modem I ever saw...

I've found much more detail here.

Comment: Re:This Month/This Year? (Score 2) 329

by Adrian Harvey (#42655433) Attached to: When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

The question didn't say landline had to be a POTS landline. In that class I would include ISDN. And a big chunk of office VOIP systems go out to ISDN lines. Including the one I used today.

I might even consider some VOIP systems to be landlines in and of themselves. Perhaps if they are wired, somewhat location specific, provide power on the line, and maybe some other things I can't think of right now, but would make them indistinguishable from a POTS/ISDN line. What does the protocol matter anyway?

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