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Comment Re:People still fall for it (Score 0) 209

In the majority of cases, it is greed.
In a some people, greed can override common sense. IMHO, these people deserve to lose everything.

A few years ago, there was a South African man (CxO of some company) who lost a few million in a 419 scam. He went to Nigeria to try and get his money back, but got killed instead.
Good riddance.

Comment Re:Idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 118

Unless you use different frequencies for neighboring towers (keep in mind that it would be extremely expensive to do so), you will just be causing another problem.
Where the towers overlap, you get a lot of interference, which degrades the service.
If you want to cover the same area, you will have a lot of overlaps.

Personal experience: I live on top of a hill with line of sight to 4 cellphone towers. Voice is fine, because that is relatively low bandwidth. But when I try to use HSPA, It's almost as bad as GPRS.
If I go halfway down the hill, where I can only see 1 tower, I average 10 Mbps.

Comment Idiot (Score 4, Informative) 118

With any wireless service, you have a limited amount of bandwidth. That bandwidth is shared by everybody connecting to a tower.

If you have more than 1 person trying to use as much bandwidth as they can, it will just degrade the service for everyone.

You could get another frequency to operate on, or use more directional antennas so that less people connect to each transmitter, but that will only delay the inevitable.

In these days of ever increasing bandwidth demands, there is no way that wireless can supply that demand.

With a wired connection, you can add more cables.
With a wireless connection, that is not an option.

Comment Not for programming's sake (Score 4, Interesting) 276

I started programming when I was about 10 years old for one very simple reason. I enjoy making things.
I recently built my own house for that same reason. I also made most of the furniture in it as well.
If, at the end of the day, I can say "I made that", then I am happy.
Android

Submission + - Google Reacts to Recent Openness Criticism (infoq.com)

aabelro writes: Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google and head of Android group, has addressed the latest comments in the media regarding Google’s dedication to openness and policy around Android, remarking that Google wants both an open and healthy ecosystem for their mobile OS.
Apple

Submission + - Apple Faces 1.5-to-1 Aspect Ratio Patent (applepatent.com)

OliasEsq writes: Ogma, LLC has filed complaints Apple for infringement of US patent 5,825,427, titled "Image display system" in both the Eastern District of Texas and the US International Trade Commission.

"So, as far as I can tell, a company formed this past January would like to stop the importation of millions of iPhones because the phones have 1.5:1 aspect ratio displays, and the company has acquired a patent that the USPTO somehow issued that covers such displays based just on that ratio."

Cloud

Submission + - Intel Confirms Atom-based Server CPU For H2' 2012 (itproportal.com)

siliconbits writes: Boyd Davis, General Manager of server marketing at Intel, confirmed yesterday during a press dinner in London that the firm would be launching its first sub-10 watt Atom-based server chip in the second half of 2012. The second half of 2012 may turn out to be one fraught with danger for Intel as the first products based on the ARM Cortex-A15 technology, some of them targeting the very low end of the server markets, are expected to be launched then with Calxeda, Nufront, Marvell and Fujitsu amongst the likely candidates. The 10 watt Atom server chip would almost certainly be a refined version of the N570, possibly with a much finer manufacturing process, which will allow Intel to reduce the die size while significantly boosting the clock speed and keeping the overall TDP in check.
Open Source

Submission + - FLISOL: A Continent (and more) of Free and Open So (linuxpromagazine.com)

akgraner writes: Jon maddog Hall writes,
FLISOL, the Latin American Festival of (Free and) Open Source Software Installation will be celebrated throughout Latin America and the Caribbean this Saturday, April 9th, 2011, typically between 0900 and 1800 hours (9 A.M. and 6 P.M. for Microsoft users), but you should check your local dates and times on the FLISOL website.
For the past months I have been receiving emails, tweets, Facebook event notices, and many other types of communication about this event, and it has been overwhelming. It is one thing when a large organization puts on an event, with sponsorship and money behind it, and it is another when passionate people band together to push forth an idea.

Security

Submission + - Most Global Energy Organizations Suffered a Breach (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: More than 75 percent of global energy organizations surveyed admit to having suffered at least one data breach over the last 12 months. Furthermore, 69 percent of organizations feel a data breach is very likely or likely to occur over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Q1 Labs and the Ponemon Institute. The survey polled 291 IT and IT security practitioners in utilities and energy companies with an average of 11 years of experience; the work of participants in the study involves securing the organization’s information assets, enterprise systems or critical infrastructure.
EU

Submission + - EU copyright term extension (kluwercopyrightblog.com)

airfoobar writes: Bad news from Denmark. According to an official press release, the Danish government has changed its position and now endorses the European Commission’s proposal to extend the term of protection for sound recordings. Since Denmark was part of a fragile blocking minority in the European Council, there is a danger now that the EU Presidency (Hungary) will try to push through the proposal within a matter of weeks.
Crime

Submission + - The True Scale of the Insider Threat (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: UK employees are likely to either maliciously or accidentally disclose confidential information about their employers to unauthorized personnel. A LogRhythm survey of 3000 UK workers revealed that 37 percent of people have shared privileged company information with their friends and family, while 21 percent of laptop/desktop-owning respondents stated that they have transferred company data to their personal computer, even though more than half of these devices – 58 percent – were shared with, or could at least be accessed by, other people.

Submission + - Getting L33t Into The Oxford English Dictionary (bit-tech.net)

arcticstoat writes: A few net-speak acronyms such as LOL and OMG to the Oxford English Dictionary last month, but could we ever see l33t-speak (complete with numbers) or ROFLcopters in the OED? Actually, yes we could. In this interview with OED principal editor Graeme Diamond, he reveals the selection criteria for new words and discusses the potential for words such as 'l33t' to get into the dictionary."'L33t is obviously a respelling and a contraction [of elite]," says Diamond, "so it would be a separate entry, and yes it is familiar to me, so I think it's something we would consider for inclusion."

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