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Comment: Re:Not so sure (Score 1) 27

by TuringCheck (#48210679) Attached to: Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US

They can use a great encryption algorithm, but if they continue to not authenticate the basestation, as per 2G specs, then it doesn't really help. It wasn't until LTE that this finally started happening.

This problem can be solved at the Mobile Station or SIM by refusing to register or call over a network that does not support at least UMTS authentication of the network and replay protection or that does not activate encryption. This would break connections to 2G networks whose MSC was not updated to support UMTS authentication but it could be implemented as an user option.

Comment: Voice and data are separated (Score 1) 126

by TuringCheck (#47082191) Attached to: US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE
VoLTE IMS voice uses a dedicated low latency guaranteed bearer for the RTP packets. Traffic on this bearer is charged separately and is not routable to regular Internet.
The SIP signaling also uses a dedicated AP that cannot be used for anything else. Traffic is only allowed towards P-CSCF.
All the IMS client, Quality of Service and dedicated bearers are implemented in the baseband chip (Qualcom dominates that market) and is off-limits to the operating system of the phone, even to root.

Comment: Re:Glitterboyz on the way (Score 1) 630

by TuringCheck (#46707633) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

is there a recoil on rail guns? or is this a joke?

The recoil is lower than a conventiomal chemical gun for the same projectile and speed because no gas is accelerated with the projectile.

However, rail guns tend to be immensely heavy beasts to withstand recoil and transversal electromagnetic forces.

Comment: Re:Toy project (Score 4, Informative) 179

Actually the whole idea of ReactOS was to provide a binary compatible kernel so Windows drivers could be loaded unmodified.

At the time ReactOS was started the lack of drivers was seriously hurting Linux. Meanwhile the situation has changed and drivers for Linux are no longer something unheard of.

Also note that ReactOS and Wine share a lot of the higher level library code - in fact all libraries that are pure Win32 with no calls to native libraries.

Comment: Re:PRAISE?!? (Score 1) 283

by TuringCheck (#45769337) Attached to: Mikhail Kalashnikov: Inventor of AK-47 Dies At 94
The AK-47 is designed to win wars, not specifically to kill people. Read some Sun Tzu. With the normal military ammo (not the East German one) if the bullet doesn't hit a vital organ and with medical assistance there are very good chances of a full recovery. Can't say the same about many other firearms.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. -- Albert Einstein

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