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Comment Re:Enjoy it while you can. (Score 1) 94

And in an ideal world this would be true.
Problem is the 'we only want to make one version' problem.
Easier to secure their own product line and get it certified everywhere than an 'FCC only' version.
There'll be open versions, we'll just loose easy and affordable access to gear we can secure and play with.
Doesn't matter for amateurs in Oz anyway, ACMA sold off a big chunk of the 13cm band anyway.

Comment Re:I'm in love (Score 0) 81

Compared to some of the other stuff I've done and had done to me this is pretty safe. At least it's not removing slivers of metal. And I know folks with this and much more extensive body-mods done and they have no problems. It's done in a very specific location I intend to follow the advice of
And the smooth glass might make it easier to move, it also makes /much/ easier to remove later and reduces the chance of damage, or at least damage that will still leave me with a hand afterwards.. And of course, if it causes problems, it'll come out and will be a failed experiment.

I've lost too many keys, tags and forgotten too many passwords for this to not be useful.

Comment Re:It's easier than you might think. (Score 0) 81

I'm already running that, been fiddling with it.. And with my implantable NFC tag(https://dangerousthings.com/shop/xnt-ntag216-2x12mm-glass-tag/) showing up two days ago.. I'm looking forward to saying good-bye to both keys and unlock screens forever! Or at least until I find something I can't enable.. :)

Comment Less is more (Score 0) 399

I'm new to Smart Watches and I got it because of a few features..
It's usable in full, bright midday sun, I get 5 days to a week per charge, it's quite waterproof and oh yes.. It happens to make a rather nice watch if my phone is not around!
I've already got a 'smart' device with all the bells and whistles in my pocket/bag, I really wouldn't want a 'watch' that can do much more than the pebble, it gives me a remote display so I don't need to take my phone out of my pocket to check simple things like GPS navigation direction and at the end of the day, it's just a watch that I can have fun with different watchfaces on..
And I know people who have continued to use their Pebbles even while they were without their smartphones for weeks at a time, just as a nice watch.

To me, it's turning out to be a handy extension of the phone, but it's not meant to 'take over' any functions..

Comment Re:And on many bands.. (Score 2, Informative) 180

Considering the current generation of geeks is developing all the software defined radios used by Amateurs and with digital modes becoming a whole new area to play with, there's a lot of younger people involved.
The older people have the contacts in government departments to get things done, the younger have the equipment to do a lot of the tracking all automatically.
I know this from helping a group deal with some people being abusive on some bands in my area. They now have no radio gear and a few thousand dollar fine that gets remarkably large if they ever do it again..

That being said, if they stay off the used areas and are courteous to other users of the spectrum.. THEN no-one will care enough.. You can get away with a lot, if your discrete and do it somewhere no-one cares.

Comment And on many bands.. (Score 1) 180

Try doing this on the HAM bands and you'll have a bunch of Radio Amateurs tracking your location and reporting you in to ACMA/FCC/Whatever the UK has.
Encryption is explicitly excluded in the regs. Doing so will actually have people tracking your location and gathering logs on what they find.

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