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Comment: Re:Yeah, but... (Score 1) 303

by speedlaw (#48748539) Attached to: FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places
More likely, there is FCC approval, but it is classified. The FCC would not want to blow up the rest of the spectrum. Notice how unhappy they get when someone decides to use a cell jammer. There was one instance where a cell jammer was used by a driver, who "took out" a whole tower every day when he passed it. The FCC tracked him down and fined him. I'd guess Harris has a "type acceptance" for the radios.

Comment: Scanner is Blocked (Score 1) 303

by speedlaw (#48748357) Attached to: FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places
Back in the analog days, after a few embarassing phone conversations were recorded in a few places in the world, any radio scanner sold in the USA had to block out the 800 mhz cell frequencies. Clearly, someone thought the general public listening in was a bad idea. Now, the conversations are in an encrypted spead spectrum format. A Casual listener cannot hear anything. A stingray is decrypting this proprietary format. I would argue a HUGE expectation of privacy when using a cell phone, despite it being a radio device. Clearly, you need to be very motivated, or very government, to hear it.....

Comment: They are relentless (Score 1) 463

by speedlaw (#48733685) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked
I run a small business with an address on a web page. Every single day I get notices from banks saying I need to re register my information. I don't use these banks. I get things from other departments of my business, asking for auto reimbursements, etc. There are no other departments. I once got a notice from my email provider asking me to re-up my acct. They didn't send it. All of this nonsense has exe, zip, html, and a few other files attached. I never open the attachments, and usually delete the emails without opening them either (no active x here, ad and flash block in use). Somehow, I ended up on a hacker list....which I saw from one submission with an unredacted cc list. I do, however, read the full header. The fakes are easy to spot. If you aren't tech, if you use it as an appliance, they will get you eventually..... If I were retired, I'd be a 409 eater

Comment: Just like obamacare (Score 1) 81

by speedlaw (#48727365) Attached to: FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February
Watch out for the reverse play. Insurance companies screamed about the Affordable Care Act (yet another example of newspeak) The bone tossed was no pre existing condition bar to insurance, and some minor coverage tweaks. The industry GOT mandatory partcipation at the point of the IRS. The policies they are selling and you are forced to buy are crap for most folks. High deductibles mean most things aren't paid for (That trip to the ER for a bee sting reaction or five stitches will be just under the deductible) and if you end up hit by a meteor (cancer, heart) the bills will still be so high the 20% copay will bankrupt you. (those of you from civilized nations may stop making disbelieving looks now) Likewise, the industry will scream about net neutrality, but they will end up with a position more to their advantage. I can hardly wait to find out my small business website "can take advantage of faster loading" in a glossy brochure from an ISP.....

Comment: Re:Propaganda? (Score 2) 102

by speedlaw (#48534977) Attached to: In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite
one would not exhibit paranoia to wonder what conference calls decide what is going on in the 'news'. You can't control all of it, and the web helps, but I feel tossed between Vlad, mujhadeen, and impending enviro doom. Sadly, the last one is real. Add some appeal to consumerism, a dash of fox paranoia, and stir.

Comment: Re:Fast, but not Quick (Score 1) 395

by speedlaw (#48482569) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel
mk 6 TDI manual here. 37 mpg combined no matter how hard spanked, 40 if driven nice. The car is fast...it will roll along at any speed up to about 105 that you choose, all day, no matter the hills, but it isn't fast getting there. Kind of like getting a train up to speed. The true test is that at 90 mph, it is as quiet as my e46.

Comment: Too Simple (Score 1) 554

by speedlaw (#48391711) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices
Index fuel taxes to inflation. Gas eaters pay more. Long distance drivers pay more. econoboxes pay less. grandma, going to the market once a week, pays less. No violation of privacy, no odo readings, we put off the realtime "govt car tracking service" a bit longer. Oh, and this only works if the money stays for roads and bridges....OK, I see why politicians will not let this simple system work.....

Comment: Nothing new here-Election Year "Bargain" (Score 1) 334

by speedlaw (#48340583) Attached to: Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices
Fuel prices tend to drop during election years, and especially years where the (R) have a shot at majority. The oil industry is more than willing to forego a few months profit to get control over the Congress. Expect the nastiest Presidential election ever in 2016 (and another temporary price dip). You know the Keystone XL was the real winner in this recent round of elections..... I'm off to fill my heating oil tank now.....

Comment: Re:There is no digital divide (Score 1) 262

by speedlaw (#48268223) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People
"It just happens". You clearly have little idea how at some evels children occur. This isn't my petit bougie bon mot...it came from a committed social worker in a storefront social services setting. You don't plan. "it just happens". Most people plan where making extras is concerned, but certainly not all.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.