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Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 495

> First, it's polemical to call the LNP ultra conservatives.

This is correct. They should be referred to as Ultra Corrupt Parasites.

And thanks for spewing mindless LNP propaganda. The proposed NBN had years of intense design work, and the actual uptake wildly exceeded expectations.

A google search for "NBN myths" will produce may informative pages, especially those exhaustively documented by Delimiter and Sortius.

Comment: Hype and Misdirection (Score 3, Interesting) 140

by Ozoner (#48127345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Have lately been reading everything I can find on Tesla, hoping to find a rational scientific explanation of his "discoveries".
Unfortunately everything so far has been utter balderdash. Just an endless stream of hype.

I had hoped that "Man Out of Time would be better, but sadly it is not.
Cheney seems to be yet another author who has drunk the Tesla Cool Aid.

We hear repeatedly about "Powerful Vacuum Tubes" which turn out to be Geissler tubes,
and how Tesla would "let 100,000 volts harmlessly pass through his body" (no mention that it's high-impedance, and that nerves don't respond to H.F.)
And talk about his secret "High Power Oscillator", which was just a steam-driven linear generator.
Over and over we are told that "Scientists to this day don't know how this was done" when obviously most of it is third rate stage magic.

Hopefully one day a technically literate author will write a book which describes Telsa's work, but without all the hype and misdirection.

Comment: They've reinvented CB radio! (Score 4, Insightful) 153

by Ozoner (#48025051) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Once there was private peer-to-peer radio. It was called "Ham Radio". But the companies couldn't charge for it, so they made the radios always work through their base stations and called it "Cellular Radio". And of course they removed the peer-to-peer function.

But wait, now it's back! (in a way that can be monetised of course).

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.

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