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Comment Re:Too late and too stupid. (Score 1) 58

The phone companies bills the pri for activity and a number reservation. It only makes financial sense to use real lines if there are few lines otherwise digital is the way to go. I have a customer who has six hard lines and the phone system is self contained within the phones. I have another who has 6 lines but uses a pri because of the ease in VoIP and trunking which includes routing calls to remote locations and cellular connections (more than 6 lines company wide but 6 at this location )

Each channel is not assigned a number on a pri. Each channel can carry any line assigned to the pri as needed. This allows lines to be in use and still ring instead of giving a busy signal. I cannot speak to BT's specific setup but these are standards of the technology and i somehow do not see England being in the dark ages on this.

Comment Re:Too late and too stupid. (Score 1) 58

The caller ID is typically only added by the phone companies on pots lines. Digital lines are programmed by the source. It's how you can have 50 lines behind a PBX display different phone numbers with the majority displaying the company main number. VoIP functions largely the same because the gateway uses the same principle except the VoIPmodem or computer transmits account id numbers as well.

Yes, the phone companies know who to charge because the pri id number is associated with the calls but that is not passed on to the receiver. That also qualifies as your "paying enough money to be peering " comment except for large bundles of lines it is actually cheaper.

Just because your mom got charged for all those 1-900 sex calls doesn't mean you know what you're talking about.

Comment Re:Too late and too stupid. (Score 2) 58

It's not exactly that simple. The caller ID can be programmed to send any number on the caller ID. It gets even more complicated with VoIP where the gateway to the telecom can be used by hundreds or more of different users . The number sent may be an active number for another user not associated with the spam calls.

Comment Re:Power (Score 1) 60

You need a control which means lots of other phones. Otherwise you could get false positives.

Imagine this scenario. It's the night of the big game. Everyone stays up to watch it. You plug your phone into the charger and place it on the night stand next to the bed. You then start having sex and the motions cause enough vibration to trigger the app. Now imagine everyone doing the same. Right about the time you are about to finish you get a text saying we're all going to die.

Comment Re:wow (Score 1) 321

Its not kid turning gay because of the colors but the entire premise behind using the rainbow in the first place. It was picked as the symbol for gay rights specifically because god said it was a sign that he would never destroy the world by flood again in genesis. The usage is to say your god will not do anything.

Religion attempts to teach children how to act often by using fear. The gay rainbow more or less is intended to say there is nothing to fear.

Comment Re:Devices should be de-brickable (Score 1) 156

Yes, yes, that's all very clever of you, except for the fact that iPhones do have that. You can reset the firmware, or all the internal storage, from a plugged-in computer. Almost every single byte of internal flash can be rewritten by Apple, or, hell, by an end user with iTunes. (I think the only parts that can't be overwritten are the parts that allow the phone to enter recovery.)

These 'bricked' phones? They enter recovery mode just fine, and all their internal memory can be rewritten just fine. Everything works fine there.

The problem here is that the current time, of course, is not part of a system recovery, because the damn current time is not saved to the phone's flash memory. How would that even work?

The clock in an iPhone operates the same way the clock in a PC operates, in a separate very low-power clock-tracking chip that runs off a battery. (Which in this case is the device battery.) There is absolutely no way to alter this from outside the device, and, really, no device has even needed such an ability before. iOS just has a really stupid bug.

And the way the iPhone is designed does not allow easy removal of the battery, which, really, is the problem here. If Android had this problem, it would be laughed off, 'Just unplug the battery, that will fix it'. But you can't do that with an iPhone.

I suspect that, within days, Apple will have produced a iOS update that can be put on the device (Even after it has been 'bricked'.) that either checks the time and fixes it, or just doesn't have whatever bug is causing this in the first place. (In fact, it should be possible to put a tiny image on there whose sole purpose is to change the clock, and then put the *original* image back.)

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 270

Put simply: pagers are amazingly reliable, and have nearly perfect coverage. In ideal circumstances, a pager adds nothing to a phone. In real-world circumstances, it does.

After all, if you're sitting at your desk where you made sure you have good cell phone coverage, you also have email and IM and so on, and the phone itself is almost redundant. But when you're at some random customer site, or driving through some place cell coverage is sparse, or in a variety of little cell-coverage dark spots, the pager just works.

Comment Re: But they're not white, so it's OK (Score 1) 321

That's one of the faults with being Pentecostal apostolic. Anyone can claim Christianity. This is also where people look like idiots when they attempt to attribute actions or claims of a subset to the actions of the entire group. They often are opposed which is why there are subsets of groups - they do not all agree on everything except that of Jesus Christ. Technically, all you need is to believe in Christ to call yourself a Christian.

Comment Re:But they're not white, so it's OK (Score 1) 321

But why should that matter to anyone?

I post AC every once in a while specifically because of karma. Sometimes I have things to say that i know will be down moderated because the truth hurts people's feelings. Sometimes the comments are attempts at humor but might be slightly offensive. Sometimes I am on another computer (untrusted) just reading and do not want to drag my log in onto it but want to comment on something.

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