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Comment: You can't hit people at work (Score 1, Offtopic) 625

by speedlaw (#49345641) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
Moron. Won't change a thing here. Cut the cable cord a while back, Hulu for back episodes, and non usian web sites for the current season. The Stig-The Stig The Snob-to be replaced The Bloke-Hammond The Bard-May Reboot with another Snob. I can only imagine what his real snob position as real or faker is in the brit class system. Here in the US we don't pick up on that fine gradation.

Comment: Re:HackRF, Ham it up, and the TV on a stick chips. (Score 1) 135

I find it fascinating that everyone now carries a digital spread spectrum, full duplex device. When I was a kid, messing with (yes) 11 meters, and later graduation to ham, this was a fantasy from sci-fi. When the first brick cell phone came out, hams had already been "phone patching" to local repeaters for years. Try to explain to someone why they can or cannot get a signal, basic propagation knowledge, and you get a blank stare. No one has a clue how any of this works. We have seen Heinlein's Law in my lifetime !

Comment: Very good points (Score 1) 135

by speedlaw (#49133695) Attached to: Developers Disclose Schematics For 50-1000 MHz Software-Defined Transceiver
The presentation is spot on about the lack of innovation with the current big 3 ham equipment makers. Thank you for pushing the envelope in a hammy way. I'm impressed by the current crop of SDR, but it comes at a price and this promises to do more with less. Come out with a moderate power HF rig before china finally gets it's act together and spits them out....

Comment: Re:Not a place where competing is a winning strate (Score 1) 186

by speedlaw (#49116097) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay
Everyone there is gunning to be the next Visa...taking a permanent 2% tax on every transaction. Sharp elbows and such are to be expected. I still don't see a need to make my charge card two orders of magnitude more complicated-the battery in my credit card never runs out. Maybe thats a bad thing... No one ever makes it cheaper. They want you to bank on line, but no one ever offers to rebate you the billing by dead tree expenses.... Do you accept....CASH ?

Comment: Evil Twin (Score 1) 106

by speedlaw (#49005477) Attached to: Kickstarted Firefox OS HDMI Dongle Delayed, DRM Support Being Added
HDMI is a licensing scheme. HDCP is the evil twin that you must bring along..... At the outset of HD TV, the industry was afraid that some flavor of DVI would be the open source plug, so invented HDMI. I've read the licensing docs (at least the ones you can find on the web) and an HDMI dongle that does not protect the MAFIAA will find itself sued out of existence.

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.....

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