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Comment: Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (Score 5, Interesting) 119

by Albanach (#47426543) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Fifteen years ago, you opened the yellow pages for the same information. Did you say then, who controls this book? Did you worry about all the power being in the hands of a single phone company?

Likely not, and for two reasons. If the phone company abused it, they'd lose the trust and goodwill that makes the very product valuable, and if it was no longer accurate someone else would come alone and make an accurate version.

Why is that not the same for Google? If their maps become unreliable, won't people move to Bing? If not, why not?

Comment: Re:FDA != NIH (Score 2) 118

by Albanach (#47412229) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

Misleading headline: FDA != NIH.

Guessing you never read the article. Had you done so, you would have seen this bit:

"[E]mployees discovered vials labeled ”variola,” commonly known as smallpox, in an unused portion of a storage room in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory located on the NIH Bethesda campus."

Comment: Re:Borg Home (Score 2) 63

by Albanach (#47385655) Attached to: Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

I get why I'd want to do it at home, but not why I'd pay someone else to do it

I'm not sure how you're going to create an asthetically pleasing multi color 1,000 lumen LED that fits in a standrard lamp using a $10 controller. Plus create an app or web interface to control timing/dimming/color. If you figure it out, please post the details as I'm sure lots of folk would love to take on that project.

In the meantime, I'm thinking these look pretty neat if a little expensive since I think you'd need quite a few bulbs for the best effect.

Comment: Re:So who is behind this? (Score 2) 112

by Albanach (#47379475) Attached to: FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

Seems it is about operating beyond the permitted frequency and power:

13. The Commission’s investigations found that most 5 GHz devices are manufactured to enable operation across a wide range of frequencies, extending down into the 4 GHz bands and up to almost 6 GHz. The devices are controlled by software that manages the specific parameters used in the
equipment. In most of those cases for which a specific cause was determined, the harmful interference was the result of third parties or users modifying the software configurations to enable operation in frequency bands other than those for which the device had been certified, but without meeting the technical requirements for operation in those frequency bands (such as the U-NII-2C band where interference to the TDWR was occurring).

So a hardware limit to prevent out of band operation would solve the problem; while allowing the software to be controlled by the user. I've no idea how difficult a hardware solution would be, and I can see why it would be more expensive than a software one. If this has been abused, I can see why the FCC would be seeking such a ruling.

Comment: Re:Blaming Google (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by Albanach (#47371147) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

He doesn't really blame Google. From the article:

To be fair to Google, it opposed the European court ruling.

He does question why there's no apparent right to appeal. It would certainly seem reasonable to allow the person responsible for an article to highlight why it is still relevant or not outdated since often they will have better knowledge of the subject area than a paralegal.

Comment: Re:javascriptards (Score 2) 91

by Albanach (#47368757) Attached to: WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

Are you serious? The applications exist for when you have access only to a computer and a browser. it doesn't matter what operating system it runs, it doesn't (or shouldn't) matter what browser it running. It doesn't matter that you have no admin rights. If you need to edit a document, it should just work.

+ - FTC sues T-Mobile over bogus charges

Submitted by Albanach
Albanach (527650) writes "The FTC has filed a lawsuit alleging that T-Mobile charged customers millions of dollars for premium rate spam text messages the customers neither wanted, nor signed up for. In response, T-Mobile point out that, unlike other major carriers they stopped billing for these services last year, and put in place procedures to enable customers to obtain refunds. Despite these measures, coverage in The Wire stated the FTC has determined T-Mobile not only refused refunds, but many of those who did receive refunds only received a fraction of the cost."

Comment: Re:Serious? (Score 1) 71

by Albanach (#47344239) Attached to: KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Sounds like you want to compare the cheapest android devices with the most expensive apple ones. The more expensive android devices are much more likely to keep getting updates. And if they're a Google branded device, even when official updates end there's a community to support it. That's why a four year old Nexus One can run Android 4.4 today.

Comment: Re:Serious? (Score 2) 71

by Albanach (#47342479) Attached to: KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

That was a new $700+ iPad, from the Apple Store in the summer of 2010 about five months after launch.

Wikipedia reports: Operating system iOS 5.1.1 (build 9B206) Released May 7, 2012; 2 years ago

No longer supported; third party operating systems available

So it was abandoned by Apple 28 months after launch. The hardware is still functional. It even still holds its charge. But there's no security updates whatsoever.

Comment: Re:You'll want either AT&T or T-Mobile. (Score 1) 146

by Albanach (#47341209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

Clearly you want GSM, so that means AT&T or T-mobile in the United States. AT&T has much better coverage nationwide, but if T-Mobile has coverage where you are heading they are great.

You can get a Net10 sim with unlimited calls, texts and 2.5GB of internet access, and pay $50/month. They're an AT&T MVNO. Probably not as cheap as you've seen in Europe, but it's pretty good when compared to most other plans. Net10 sim cards are available on I don't know if you can find it in stores.

Comment: A smart move (Score 3, Informative) 139

by Albanach (#47335729) Attached to: Norway Scraps Online Voting

Over a decade ago, there was a GNU project for internet voting. With no financial incentive, the driving force was a belief that there would be a benefit in making voting easier. The project was abandoned after they realized how difficult creating a secure, reliable and anonymous internet voting system actually is.

The founder of the project quotes Bruce Schneier as saying, "a secure Internet voting system is theoretically possible, but it would be the first secure networked application ever created in the history of computers."

Of course, if someone here wants to show their credentials and explain why Schneier is wrong, I'm sure many of us would love to hear their reasoning.

"A mind is a terrible thing to have leaking out your ears." -- The League of Sadistic Telepaths