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Comment T-Mobile (Score 1) 142

Hey anonymous Scandinavian neighbor.

I have myself been in your shoes, and never seemed to get a proper answer, simply because the US mobile market seems totally screwed compared to the "Scandinavian" offers.

I travel to US often too, and have ended up in using T-Mobile starting with a $30 Walmart Starter pack. It had unlimited talk, text and "unlimited" data with 5GB on 4G (EDGE after 5GB).

I wanted to keep the number, so when home I change the plan to "Pay as you go" (no roaming available) which is a $3 monthly plan, this is just to keep the phone number. If you don't need it you can discard it.
When I return to US I simply change the plan to whatever suits me (usually $80 everything unlimited plan).

I usually travel west coast, but coverage has been fine, though some holes in desert/rural areas. And yeah even on 4G there can be areas where speed is slow as EDGE probably due to overloaded cells.

If you go for this idea, there are some things to remember.
- If you want to keep the number you have to register an account with My-Tmobile while in US due to SMS activation (since international roaming is an extra service/fee)
- When changing plans there is a turn period. Usually I change the plan near my departure and make a chat session with customer service and ask them to make the change of plan immediately, rather than have to wait. Funny enough, downgrading a plan is effective immediately.

Of course this might not be the best or cheapest option, but it was the easiest and has been for me.
The Google Fi project has been looking promising, but the requirement of a Nexus phone does not please me.

Comment Misleading article (Score 1) 90

This article has a misleading headline and /. simply relays the misleading. This is not an Apple iDevice problem, all WIFI devices are subjectable for such an attack. Underlying problem in Apple's case is that some carriers seem to add predefined WIFI networks to an iPhone/iPad when the device get their carrier settings. So this must be the carrier's issue!

But this attack could might as well be used against any laptops or Android devices.

How often have many of you not been to Starbucks and used their free WIFI. Their WIFI (in most countries) is open with no security and all you have to do is agree to some terms on the webpage. So in the US, basically I should simply set up af network called attwifi. I really dont need to do a landing page with Starbucks/AT&T terms, many would probably not even wonder if they came directly on the internet. And then devices would begin to connect to my network, I could sniff through the traffic.

It is an old school man in the middle attack and not much Apples problem. And yes HTTPS protects you, no wait, it only protects your payload. Metadata is still floating through.

Comment Re:What do they do? (Score 2) 212

I had the same plans when I bought my Pi. But along the way I found out that there was a bit cutier gadget with better hardware for XBMC, but in general for other programmed stuff too.

The MK 802 series (there is I, II and III models), UG802, GK802 etc. There are the size of a bigger USB stick, contains HDMI, WLAN, flash, more RAM than Pi, higher clocked and dual/quad core CPU than Pi and some even bluetooth.

Costs a bit more, can run Android and XBMC from there, though not all got direct hardware codec support yet.

Comment Sounds like Linux (Score 1) 381

Really sounds more like a linux world, whereas in Linux people would say "I downloaded this media player and it will not install..." Was it for Debian, Ubunutu, Red Hat and so on.

Now it would be "I have downloaded Angry birds for Windows, and it will not run?" "Are you using ARM or..........the other one?"

Comment Told ya (Score 1) 252

I have said it for years, and yet ISPs/Blizzard only learn by doing.

Bittorrent != Piracy. It is used by applications for distributing e.g. updates or games in Steam-like services.

So what does Blizzard have to learn? That they kept on using bittorrent for distributing updates, knowingly ISPs would block or throttle the bandwidth for it.
However I still praise Blizzard for using bittorrent, to fight the consensus that bittorrent is equal to piracy.

Comment Re:Wrong motive (Score 1) 110

This law has been in effect in Denmark over several years now. And even when it is the law several ISPs does not log this information, simply because of the costs.

So maybe ISPs or justice department should put some more work into, what if an ISP does not comply with the law, what should then happen, a fine, cease and desist or.....?

Chip Allows Blind People To See 231

crabel writes "3 blind people have been implanted with a retinal chip that allowed them to see shapes and objects within days of the procedure. From the article: 'One of the patients surprised researchers by identifying and locating objects on a table; he was also able to walk around a room unaided, approach specific people, tell the time from a clock face, and describe seven different shades of gray in front of him.'"

Comment Old news (Score 1) 303

This news is at least 5 years old.

Back in 2004/2005, Kevin Rose demonstrated the use of gummy bears to cheat fingerprint scanners on the TV show "The Screensavers" (today called "Attack of the Show"). And my guess that this trick was known even before then.

Comment Metageek has the answer (Score 1) 499

Try inSSIDer which also can show you some of the non-broadcasting networks.

But nevertheless the true tool would be a spectrum analyzer, Metageek sells some cheap ones.

And think about moving to 5Ghz.
Wireless intereference is not something new, and 2.4Ghz aint just big enough, especially not in apartments complexes, and equipment broadcasting at full power.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."