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Comment Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (Score 0) 371

But that's a bizarre argument. Many uses other than encryption might also do this (lets say, hypothetically, that it was indeed a Public Radio Entropy Source)

So, we're going to take an empty channel, filled with random noise, and replace it with a transmission filled with random noise! Which will be less random than what we started with.

I'm not impressed yet :-)

Go on believing that steganography can't be detected. I'd rather be able to watch you, if necessary, than not.

Comment Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (Score 1) 371

To say that you're not using real sources would be an understatement. The middle one is someone's entertaining list of things that they think will go extinct, offered more as comedy than anything else. The first is a 7-year-old interview with someone in Quatar, which just got Ham Radio around then, who offers no sources to substantiate his statement. And you seem to be assuming that the retirees cited by ARRL will all die and not be replaced, and the emergency groups will find something else to do, which makes no sense. But you are also relying on ARRL which has not presented any substantive survey on this issue.

QRZ, unlike ARRL, operates an online callbook, and thus can actually count the number of hams in many nations. Their survey is here. You need something with at least that much data to be taken seriously.

Comment Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (Score 1) 371

"The number of ham radio operators worldwide has dropped by about 10 per cent over the last decade, he added."

http://www.w0abr.com/ham-stories/internet-saps-ham-radio-popularity

"In the past five years alone, the number of people holding active ham radio licenses has dropped by 50,000, even though Morse Code is no longer a requirement."

http://www.politicalchowder.com/number/2009/number032209.htm

I see you're right about there being an uptick in the US recently, BUT it's not much better than the attrition rate, AND:

"Retirees and 'emergency groups,' are the main sources of the new licenses"

"the recession and high levels of unemployment are driving people towards the relatively low-cost hobby."

http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/ham-radios-popularity-at-all-time-high.php

That sounds a lot like a very temporary and unsustainable increase.

Comment Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (Score 1) 371

So, you're proposing that since we might not be able to detect steganography, that we allow all possible use of encryption. However, the first example would have to be well enough hidden that it would not make significant use of a scarce resource, and thus that resource would not be denied to others. The second example would potentially lock lots of people out of many frequencies that would be in exclusive use for private communications.

Also, don't assume that we can not detect steganography and intruders in general. There is a very active community that does just that.

Comment Re:the return of the Start button (Score 5, Insightful) 505

Here's a novel idea. How about have tablets default to Start Screen and Metro mode and desktops and notebooks defaulting to looking just like Windows 7 - i.e. Start Menu and desktop mode? And having a user option to override that default.

Then the 0.001% of users who exclusively use Metro apps on their tablet would be happy and the rest of us could just ignore it completely. The only reason they're pushing Metro down everyone's throat is so that people write and use Metro apps and the Microsoft store has something to do.

As it is they've got the boat anchor that is Metro dragging down Windows 8 because people who like Windows 7 hate it. It's dragging down Windows RT too because no compelling Metro apps means that Windows RT is screwed. It's dragging down the Windows Store because no one actually wants Metro.

They've got one very unpopular product - Metro and a number of very popular ones - most notably Windows itself. They've tried to force the people that like and use Windows to use Metro. And probably the reason for that is because if Metro apps take off then so will Windows Phone. Which right now is tanking too.

However instead of this strategy making Metro and Windows Phone more popular they've actually managed to make desktop Windows less popular. PC sales are down and they've made Windows run much less well on non touchscreen machines but the tablets people are buying instead are running Android and iOS, not Windows.

Comment Re:FCC is not considering anything. (Score 1) 371

he petitioner is not asking for encryption to be allowed for all traffic on all ham bands, as you have suggested at your site

With good governance, it would go that way. With bad governance, any abuser will be able to claim that they were performing a test or drill of emergency communications, and we will have no way to prove otherwise.

Since the petitioner was completely unaware of HSMM-MESH until yesterday, he didn't consider all of the possible abuses, and did not propose any governance means to deal with them.

Comment Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (Score 1) 371

Your first example would not have violated any rules, although the other operator might have died of boredom and, if deliberate, that would be murder :-) . Your second example would have if it were an encrypted message rather than just rubbing your fingers over the top row of the keyboard.

Unfortunately I think you would have to learn a bit more about the issue before you are able to mount a cogent objection.

Thanks

Bruce

Comment Re:One of my earliest memories (Score 2) 79

Found this in Wikipedia

"On July 3, 1992, a 27 mile long Rogue wave hit the Volusia County beaches. The wave's range was from Ormond Beach in the north, to New Smyrna Beach on the south. The crest was 18 feet high and centered at Daytona Beach. Sailboats crashed ashore onto cars and many people suffered cuts and bruises from glass and debris. Two people required hospitalization and 200 vehicles were damaged. 75 injuries were reported. The prevailing theory is that an underwater landslide caused the rogue wave, making this wave into a type of tsunami, although others have theorized that it was the result of a squall line."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rogue_waves

I guess it was a rogue wave..

Comment Re:One of my earliest memories (Score 1) 79

When I was around 14 I was visiting family in Daytona Beach, we were walking on the beach at night after eating dinner listening to the waves for an hour or so then went home. Some time that night a very large wave came ashore and reached all the way up the beach past where the cars drive and where everyone sets up (umbrellas, towels, etc ). The next day, you could see how far it reached by the stains from the water in the otherwise white sand. I distinctly remember the weather man on the news saying it was possibly a "rogue" wave which was the first time I had ever heard the phrase. IIRC there were no storms that night.

Comment Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (Score 1) 371

The sad part about it is this - the Technician class license material is not at all difficult to learn.

I passed the Technician, General, and Advanced in one session, with an evening's study. There was more arbitrary material (frequencies and the old names for satellite modes) in Extra so I had to come back for that. And it took 90 days to get to where I could do 13 WPM reliably and pass the 20 WPM test by only writing down material after "is", but nobody has to do that any more.

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