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Comment Re:Sony makes the best camera modules? (Score 1) 131

Sony's been in the camera business a long, long time, with everything from CCTV to studio cameras. Their sensors are behind lots of lenses.

That they might make the best compact modularized camera is a concept that I'll take with the appropriate quantity of salt, but I would not be surprised at all if the claim were true.

Comment Re:Copyright? (Score 1) 179

Dear flurry of ACs who don't know their dick from a screwdriver,

You aren't rebroadcasting those derivative works.

Do you know what a WAP gateway is? Because it certainly is a third-party thing that sits in the middle, reformatting HTML for retransmission to the end user.

Did you notice that the Readability bookmarklet linked does server-side processing of third-party content before retransmitting that content to the end user?

Comment Re:Copyright? (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Is using a browser on a dumb phone with a WAP gateway creating a derivative work?

Is using the Readability bookmarklet creating a derivative work?

Both of these things have been happening for number of years (over a decade, in the first example). They simply reformat web pages.

Now that you've thought about these questions for a moment, consider: If they reformatted a web page and added advertising, does that addition of advertising affect the things status as a (non-)derivative work? (Aside from making you livid, of course. I'm not happy about ads, either.)

Comment Re:Trap? Usually its a tarpit of unusable service (Score 2) 179

AT&T's hotspots used to be faster back when they were non-free.

I used them a few times back then, generally at McDonald's, as an AT&T customer ("free" for me).

They seemed backed by a T1, based on speeds and traceroute guessery in an empty store. And that was generally better than the alternatives at that time (3G or nothing), so was certainly welcome. But that was a different time...

These days a T1 with multiple freeloading users is painfully slow. Overall experience can be helped considerably with some very careful QoS at the endpoint to prioritize small data streams over more lengthy streams but this is something they apparently aren't doing.

The last time I was at a McDonald's and wanted a cup of free WiFi I had far better results turning my cell phone into a 4G hotspot and paying by the gigabyte.

Same with the local public library: They have free Wifi, and welcome you to use it, but it's so slow that it's useless.

Comment Re: Why does the CPU need this? (Score 2) 98

Fine, then: It's to turn the machine on, while being ridiculously low-power in doing so.

And maaaybe faster/better than the CPU: While ARM/Android is nothing in speed compared to Intel's latest-and-greatest whatever, there are cell phones with dedicated voice processing chips such as the Moto X.

My sister, last Christmas, was showing off her new Moto X. It was a family party-type-environment, and so had plenty of voice-range noise going on. She yells across the room at her phone: "Hey phone send a text to adolf `I'm talking to my phone.'"

Seconds later, my own phone woke up with an SMS message, with that text.

These aren't the world's first forays into dedicated hardware speech processing. I can think of other things from the past, such as IBM's MWave, which (despite new CPUs seeming just as fast then, as new CPUs seem now) did a far better job than software alone on a general-purpose CPU.

Comment Re: Nothing open to the sky (Score 1) 114

LEO also does lots of things without asking the FCC, but I'm not personally aware of any using any sort of jamming technique, nor have I fielded a request for such a thing. They're much more interested in getting and keeping their own mobile communications working properly than in figuring out how to make someone else's somehow not work. (And yes, bog-standard cell phones are part of their kit, so they're not going to be jamming those.)

Citation: I work with public safety communication systems, including with departments that have SWAT and bomb squads.

Here's what happens in reality whenever something nasty is going down: The cell network collapses under the weight of its subscriber base and becomes unusable. This causes text messages to be delayed by minutes or hours or just fail to send, TCP connections to hang forever, and phone calls to quickly drop or just fail to connect.

This may appear to the less-clued end-user as a DoS attack, ala "jamming," especially after spinning it through the Facebook Stupidity Multiplier in the rundown after a noted event. But it's really just a lack of service, not a denial of it.

Last year I was grocery shopping when the local tornado sirens went off. I pulled out my pocket computer to get a radar map to see what my options were and plainly wasn't the only person trying to do this; despite having awesome 4G capacity just minutes prior, and still having plenty of signal strength during, what normally took seconds took at least 5 minutes. (Thankfully, there was no actual tornado, and my SO was able to successfully send word to the kids at home to stop watching Youtube and get to the basement in fairly short order.)

I could tell from the morbid disdain on the faces of those around me as they stared at their own temporarily-useless phones that I wasn't the only one who was experiencing this issue.

Government conspiracy? Active jamming before rounding up devices to hide The Truth? No. Just an oversubscribed, under-built network performing as best as it can at a time when everyone wants to use it Right Now.

Doesn't matter if it's a bomb threat, a riot, a huge fire, a natural disaster, or any other source of immediate public concern -- the network doesn't care what is happening, it is simply aware that it can't keep up. And it is affected by this of this in far less time it would take for any domestic government agency to start jamming. (What would they jam, anyway, to cause a criminal's 2-way radio to cease functioning? Everything/wholesale broadband RFI? Then their own stuff wouldn't work.)