+1 to this, anyone who wants to make voice calls (of any kind including VoIP) can pay extra to sit in the "voice calls allowed" section. Businesspeople and such who will gain advantage by being able to make calls in flight can just expense the extra cost to the company along with their ticket. (after all, people these days already expense things like in-flight WiFi if they get benefit from having internet access on the plane)
They should be locked up for a long time in whatever the UK version of "federal pound me in the ass prison" is these days.
How many people only support it because they have been force-fed FUD and propaganda by the media along the lines of "if we dont spy on everyone, the terrorists win"? (and all attempts by sane people to convince them otherwise are ignored because they believe the talking head on the idiot box more than their close friends)
The in-development Neo900 phone is being built specifically to ensure the modem has no access to the main processor.
The modem will NOT be able to read anything from/write anything to the RAM or ROM attached to the TI OMAP main CPU. It will NOT be able to access peripherals connected to the main CPU (including the screen, speakers, microphone and cameras).
On the GTA04 (the device that the Neo900 is based on) all communication between the main CPU and the modem module happens via an internal USB port (with the omap and internal USB chip acting as the USB host and the modem acting as the USB guest). There is also a modem audio interface connected to the McBSP port of the OMAP chip that handles call audio (but its an audio interface and cant be used for anything else).
So not all phones give the baseband control over the main CPU.
+1 to this idea, combine GPS, alarm and other sensors to permanently erase all the encryption keys (and in a way such that you can have an expert witness demonstrate in court that the keys are gone and will never be recovered).
If the bad guys open the case (to pull the hard disks for imaging) without disabling the chassis alarm, keys get wiped. If they move the PC without disabling the GPS alarm, keys get wiped. If they enter the house without disabling the house alarm, keys get wiped.
Turn on the PC and enter the wrong boot password too many times, keys get wiped. (and this would also prevent accessing the BIOS setup to change the boot settings so it can boot from removable media or USB drives)
Enter the wrong password on the OS lock-screen too many times, keys get wiped. (meaning that if the PC is on when the bad guys show up, all you have to do is press the key combination to lock the system and they cant get in)
Someone ought to take a leaf from Cryptonomicon and find a country somewhere that is willing to say "screw you" if the US or its allies come knocking on the door, has a stable political system (whether that be democratically elected or not) and is willing to host a big data center to hold all the crap the US would rather not be hosted (WikiLeaks etc) and all the crap the US wants to get its hands on.
This is exactly why the patent system needs to change to make it impossible to amend patents after they have been filed.
Google (or Samsung or any Android OEM) will never make or ship an app that can send all audio or video from the phone to another device because app developers who make apps where they dont want that to happen (or where the providers of the content for that app dont want it to happen) would kick up a major stink.
Just state in the merger contract that any tax liabilities owed by Nokia are the responsibility of Nokia and do not follow the Indian factory to Microsoft.
Its Nokia that owe any taxes and the sale of the Indian factory to Microsoft shouldn't mean that somehow the taxes owed go with it.
Here in Australia I can transfer money not only to my bank but to any other bank in Australia (via my online banking) and I dont pay a cent.
I can also pay bills (those that dont come out automatically via direct debit) online and I dont pay a cent.
The fancy scanners are at airports but places like courthouses, schools, nightclubs, government buildings, jails, prisons and such still have the old style metal detectors.
Heck, there are probably still airports out there that dont have body scanners.
As we have seen when other companies with big portfolios have collapsed or sold off their patents, usually its well established companies that pick them up. Look at what happened to the Nortel Networks patents (that were bought by Microsoft and others)
My mum bought iPads for both of her parents last xmas and they both picked it up easily enough once the initial setup was done.
Its no different to how they store weapons grade material in the military, one assumes that the question of how to store nuclear weapons and weapons grade material is a solved one.
Nuclear power is by no means "perfected", there are reactors using fuels other than uranium, molten salt reactors, pebble bed reactors and all kinds of other reactors that have thus far either existed only as tiny demonstration plants (and, if they are any good, need to be improved so they can be used at full scale for electricity generation) or as plans in a lab somewhere (in which case they need to be tried out as experiments to see if they work)
Not to mention designs like breeder reactors and fuel reprocessing that would be a great way to get rid of a lot of that nuclear waste sitting around the place waiting for the politicians to agree on a location for long term storage. And you can overcome the irrational fear about "nuclear weapons proliferation" that comes with reprocessing by making sure the reactors, storage sites and reprocessing facilities have enough guys with really big guns to stop anyone stealing the waste. (or you can modify things so that weapons-grade material is never generated in the first place)
There is no reason to keep building the same reactor designs that were being built in the 70s when there are newer safer better designs out there.