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Comment: Re:Scrap all the rules (Score -1) 104

BTW, encryption is already permitted (in the ham bands) in many countries. The only catch is that the encryption must be via a publicly disclosed method.
There are many encrypted ham standards, PSK31 WSPR, WSJT, MAP65, Hellscriber, etc, etc.

The main reason (for public methods) is to prevent commercial organisations taking advantage of the generous Amateur Radio provisions.

Comment: Re:Scrap all the rules (Score 5, Informative) 104

You can now. Just stick to the allocated ISM bands (eg WiFi).

What you can't do now is build your own transmitter without a ham license. This obviously is to prevent interference to other services.

The philosophy is simple. License the Radio or License the Operator. The Amateur Operator has passed sufficient technical barrier to ensure that they won't do stupid things and cause interference.

There is one catch however. The Amateur License excluded commercial operations. To do that you need a commercial license.

The amateur license is primarily for self education.

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

I doubt that the FCC has been ignoring it, it is more likely that they have investigated and found that the fault is with the crappy domestic equipment.

I worked as a government Inspector for many years. I can tell you that the fault is almost never with the transmitter.

But once people decide that the problem is a "1000W CB booster", there is nothing you can do to convince them.

Comment: Crappy domestic equipment (Score 1) 180

From what you say, the fault is with the crappy domestic equipment. Most domestic electronics equipment in USA has very poor "Immunity" specifications. Any nearby RF will cause interference.

BTW, interference to non-radio equipment (eg a landline) can never be the fault of the transmitter.

And your claim that "boosting it's power" will "fuck up it's channel separation" shows that you haven't a clue.

Comment: "Hacker's Heaven" (Score 2) 89

by Ozoner (#46830707) Attached to: The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

The term "Hacker" has multiple meanings, but in this context it originally referred to hardware guru's,
eg, Amateur Radio enthusiasts, etc. It dates back to well before software hobbyists.

I remember a wonderful electronics hardware shop that called itself "Hacker's Heaven".

Apparently it had to change it's name when the idiot media gave the term a negative context.

Comment: I loved WinXP (Score 1, Interesting) 641

by Ozoner (#46693035) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

I've been with Windows since the start and ended up loving WinXP.
I was forced to move on to Win7 64 bit for the extra memory, but after a couple of years I still hate it.

It's just so full of irritating little bugs which catch me out every day. And M/S shows no interest in fixing them.
I swear I'll never buy another M/S product.

If only Linux wasn't worse.

When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.