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Comment: Re:Stealing Bandwidth (Score 1) 83 83

Actually that's not how the FCC tends to license bandwidth. Quite the contrary, you have to have all sorts of approvals from said FCC before you operate a radio device in licensed spectrum. There's a reason Apple and others pay gobs of cash to make sure that they are producing compliant devices.

Comment: Stealing Bandwidth (Score 1) 83 83

Here's my question, why aren't the cell companies screaming mad about unlicensed use of their cellular bandwidth by Stingray devices. Let's not forget, these are massive corporations that spend billions of dollars for a slice of the radio spectrum and here they have this regular intruder on their space. I would think it would be a matter for the FCC to get involved, but nobody says anything other than, yeah, they intercept cell signals and retransmit the data. I can guarantee if I were to do this, I'd have tens of thousands of dollars worth of fines on my butt in a heartbeat.

What kinds of deals with the devil have been made or is everyone operating blissfully unaware of what's going one. Any cell tower technicians able to comment? Anyone in the cell industry able to clarify how someone can run an unlicensed third party device over their bands? If they don't care, then maybe people need to start using their spectrum for other purposes as well. 2.4GHz is too crowded as it is.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 2) 489 489

You're forgetting a key element in the analogy, the Amazon customers that live on the dirt road have been paying the owner for paving services that weren't ever going to be implemented unless Amazon foot the bill. In fact, on numerous occasions, the owner was caught out in the street with a stop sign, slowing the delivery services because Amazon wouldn't pay up. The real problem was the fact that the people living on the road don't have a choice because the road is the only way to or from their properties.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489 489

How is the FCC enemy #1 of technological freedom in the past decade? I've seen quite the opposite, I've seen an undervalued government entity slowly stripped of it's operating and enforcement budgets trying to do their best to encourage innovation and foster competition. As I've followed them, I've noticed of all the federal agencies, they tend to be very public and very transparent.

Comment: Re: Yay for "zero tolerance" (Score 1) 591 591

I'll bite. I've been there. By your definition I'm one of the apparent "inattentive parents" and I think you "don't know what the fuck [you]'re talking about".

I'm there for my kids all the time. We do stuff together. We talk. We figure out right from wrong and it doesn't stop this from happening. Why, because a 12 yo lacks the maturity of a full grown adult.

Case in point, my A/B student (so not some dummy or delinquent). Placed on suspension and probation for terroristic threats.

Ignored by a kid that used to be a friend, said inflammatory things about having people ready to jump him. The twist, the kid didn't care. The kid didn't report it, it was another school official who overheard everything.

In this case, language designed to elicit a response was purposely chosen. Does a kid have the maturity level to realize the consequences of doing so? Um, no, not at 12 and not having had this experience.

Have you ever used language to piss someone off on purpose? How would you keep the emotions of an 12 year old in check while they're at school? How was the school district zero tolerance policy beneficial in preventing this from happening? What would you have done as a parent to make sure your kid never said something stupid? Do you even have a kid? If you don't have the answers then STFU!

Comment: Re: Simple solution (Score 1) 468 468

Yes, because the schools in my county switched to busing all the students. They're not even allowed near the street until high school! Really sucks for my kids because, despite living less than half a mile from school, they can't participate in after hour activities unless someone can pick them up. Hard to do when work is 30 minutes or more away.

Comment: Re:A device that helps find lost kids (Score 1) 610 610

Actually, yes, 10 years ago the tablet computer did exist. It wasn't a capacitive touch screen available to everyone+dog, but I know I coveted the touch devices that were hitting the computing market more than 10 years ago. There was one in particular that was very promising and ran linux but never got past prototype stages.

Even smartphones were around back in the day. The term smartphone is 14 years old and I remember co-workers with handsprings that could make and receive phone calls over 10 years ago.

I'm not arguing that technology is screaming forward at an unprecedented pace, but it's not nearly as fast as everyone wants us to think. Apple, Samsung and Nokia didn't just spring out of the woodwork 5 years ago with fantastic new phones. They built on the work done by others, many of whom couldn't innovate fast enough to even exist today.

Flying cars on the other hand just seem to have stagnated for the past 40+ years.

Comment: Re:Did the cop got fired? (Score 3, Interesting) 451 451

Really? Didn't seem like it when I was getting back off my honeymoon. I wasn't searched, but the the cop at the airport really wanted "snoopy" to investigate me further.

I will say that I am sure that I stood out from the crowd. Hair bleached from 2 years of Mexico sun, face and arms equally tanned. I was also dressed head to toe in traditional white cotton Jarocho clothing. I probably was extra haggard from a severe second degree sunburn all across my back and shoulders.

If the handler was trained to avoid a false positive, why was he so sure that the dog needed to have a go at me? He was dragging the dog by the leash to have a go at my suitcase and carry on. The pooch was clearly disinterested and I am 100% certain I wasn't carrying anything that would have triggered a reaction.

Social Networks

+ - Not Google+: The First Antisocial Network->

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Do you feel like there’s simply too many social networks you have to manage? You aren’t alone.

On the heels of Google opening Google+ to the public, the people over at College Humor decided to create their own social network: Not Google+.

Joining Not Google+ is simple: “Don’t join Google+.” The next step is simple as well. “Once you’ve done that, don’t invite your friends to join Google+.”

While College Humor picks on Google for the entire two minute video, it does make a good point: do we really need another social network?

Google seems to think so. College Humor thinks you should play tetherball with a small Portuguese child instead.

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Microsoft

+ - How MS may stop you from installing your own OS-> 1 1

EponymousCustard writes: Redhat developer Matthew Garrett provides details of how Microsoft require that UEFI secure boot is a requirement of conforming to the Windows 8 Logo program. The side effect is that "A system that ships with only OEM and Microsoft keys will not boot a generic copy of Linux" (or other unsigned operating system for that matter). I think he is right to suggest we should be concerned.
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Comment: Re:Rubbish (Score 1) 981 981

The puzzle is based around the possible sets of siblings. You have to understand that.

I like to look at it as coins. Take a 10 cent coin and a 5 cent coin with distinct heads or tails. There are the following possible combinations:

10 | 5
H | H
H | T
T | H
T | T

They are very distinct in the sense that if we toss the coins, we have a 25% chance of any combination appearing. If we're told that in a given toss, there was one that was heads and are now asked what is the probability of the other being heads, it is one in 3 since we've eliminated the third option.

The point is, the boy/girl combinations really are distinct and unique outcomes that do factor into the overall probability.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (5) All right, who's the wiseguy who stuck this trigraph stuff in here?

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