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Comment Re:Cisco does it to. (Score 1) 126 126

I think the Cisco stuff, as I did it, is portable enough. At the time Cisco released a new revision of the course which had two different editions: 'Discovery' (hands on -presumably not so portable) and 'Exploration' (theory based - following on from the previous version).

The theory based course covers the fundamentals of networking (at the small enterprise and ISP level at least) very well - quite a bit of the stuff in the curriculum appeared again in the telecommunications subjects I've done at University.

Comment Cisco does it to. (Score 3, Informative) 126 126

I was able to do the CCNA program as a unit for my high school certificate (VCE) here in Victoria, Australia. It was delivered through Cisco's Network Academy - to get the credit you had to pass the tests on netacad, but you still needed to sit the formal certification exams afterwards if you wanted the actual CCNA certification.

Comment Re:Killing anonymity (Score 4, Interesting) 88 88

More likely it is the Brisbane GoCard or Perth SmartRider - which use the horribly insecure MiFare Classic, which was compromised some years ago and there are 'off the shelf' exploits.

The operator of the Brisbane system even tried to play down the significance of the MiFare Classic exploit when it was known before launch.

Comment Re:what are you talking about? (Score 1) 94 94

The APAC 700MHz is a straight forward split in half, 45MHz each up and down with a some separation in the middle.

The US has two major 700MHz bands which are presently incompatible, CPE-wise with each other, yet alone other frequency plans for the "700MHz" block.

Comment Re:Could? (Score 1) 94 94

because those frequencies are allocated to terrestrial TV in Australia.

It is actually because Australia will be using the (more sensible) 'digital dividend' plan with the rest of the Asia region once we finally turn off digital TV, not the US layout which was carved up according to political and profit motives. I don't think there are any interference issues. Maybe the UK regulator is tight on available bandwidth in the European 800MHz band.

Comment Look on eBay (Score 2) 142 142

Search eBay - I bought a 3.2" LCD with touchscreen like this one (~$25) and I'm currently working on driving it with an ARM Cortex-M3 controller.

The downside is that these ones are generally designed to interface with 8051 or 68000-type micros, hence they only expose the 16-bit parallel bus on the LCD controller. Not as optimal, but the displays are quite cheap.

Comment Re:A week? (Score 1) 1004 1004

Hardly the only reason.

If you live in Australia, you would already pirate everything else anyway - the commercial TV networks are terrible - poor HD content, editing programs to fit more ads in, US content shown when convenient for them etc.

And subscription television was a flop here well before BitTorrent existed.

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