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Comment How would they get that exactly? (Score 1) 74

The health data the Watch collects is sent only to the users phone. From there other apps can request access to parts of it, but the user has to explicitly grant permission to allow it - and they would first have to install an app that could even ask...

So tell me again how it's a data collection initiative when there are so few ways to collect the data it collects?

Maybe, just maybe, some of the fitness tracking stuff the Apple watch does is useful enough to people that it encourages healthier living. Maybe, just maybe, being told to stand every hour and stretch has long term benefits.

But no, lets discount all of that and go for the Slashdot Paranoid Delusion #75757, Standard Evil Corporate Overlord wants to know my average run pace.

Comment Re:There's plenty of space (Score 1) 94

I think it was a poor choice to raise a bunch of money by starting the sell spectrum to cell providers in the 90s instead of licensing it to them as had been done before

Bandwidth auctions are only selling off a LEASE of that spectrum in the first place.

so now a lot of power is concentrated into a few companies that own spectrum

Auctioning is a good way to allocate limited resources. The significant expense highly discourages carriers from buying anything they won't extensively use (leaving it open for smaller organizations) and have also encouraged the FCC to open up more spectrum to get in on some more of that big cash.

it's not necessarily in their interest to pursue certain RF research or new RF technology

It's money from the cellular carriers that has been paying for developments of 3G and 4G technologies, and is continuing with a surprisingly fast push to work on 5G.

And again, the huge expense of buying new spectrum in an auction is encouraging cellular carriers to "densify" their networks, instead of just expanding their bandwidth.

Imagine if TV stations owned their spectrum, we might never have been able to force a HD digital transition.

There's been no need for the government to force carriers to start shutting off their 2G networks and rolling out 4G. There's competition in the market, and tighter integration between sender and receiver. TV networks could never have hoped to force their audience to upgrade their all their TVs, but cell carriers can and regularly do.

Comment Re:not limitless (Score 1) 94

the organizer of an event should be given some way to coordinate and organize access to the limited resource.

They can... They get an FCC licenses for restricted RF bands, and use those, instead of heavy-handed attempts at individuals co-opting and monopolizing unlicensed bands.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 94

What you absolutely don't have a right to do is to carry whatever you want onto someone else's property. Take for example weapons bans which prohibit students from bringing knives to school, to Disney World, etc.

Except you increasingly DO have that right.

"a growing number of states are passing laws where the right to ban firearms does not extend to vehicles in employer parking lots."
- http://www.employmentlawdaily....

Schools are increasingly being thrown open to concealed guns:
- http://neatoday.org/2015/03/26...

Comment Re:Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 1) 94

I can totally understand banning Wifi hotspot access points at big crowded events like this.

I can totally understand many things which happen to be illegal. I don't think anyone is dumbfounded by the idea of theft, extortion, etc.

Performance will suck for EVERYONE, including the venue WiFi.

Then the venue should have licensed their own radio spectrum from the FCC. Guaranteed there would be zero contention for their band, then.

You don't get to monopolize unlicensed spectrum, and tell people they can't use their legal devices around you. That's a recipe for the "electromagnetic sensitive" nut-jobs to demand everybody in proximity to them must shut off their cell phones. And the FCC takes a particularly dim view of this behavior when it's combined with FEES. If access to their on-site WiFi was free (and speeds were tolerable), the FCC probably would have just let it slide.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 163

Where do you get fear-mongering about ruining all arable land?

All over the place...

"severe crop failures and livestock shortages worldwide."
- http://www.livescience.com/370...

"average yields are predicted to decrease by 30â"46% before the end of the century under the slowest (B1) warming scenario and decrease by 63â"82% under the most rapid warming scenario"
- http://www.pnas.org/content/10...

"most of the Western Hemisphere (along with large parts of Eurasia, Africa, and Australia) may be at threat of extreme drought this century."
- http://www.skepticalscience.co...

"25 million more children will be malnourished in 2050 due to the impact of climate change on global agriculture."
"irrigated wheat yields, for example, will fall at least 20 percent by 2050 as a result of global warming"
"business as usual will guarantee disastrous consequences for the human race."
- http://www.scientificamerican....

"Decreased arability. Prime growing temperatures may shift to higher latitudes, where soil and nutrients may not be as suitable for producing crops, leaving lower-latitude areas less productive."
- http://www.climatehotmap.org/g...

It isn't from the scientists.

That sounds an awful lot like "No True Scotsman" to me...

Comment Better to dream big than not at all (Score 1) 136

If you're going to Mars at all anyway messing around with just a few people means certain death for all. With enough people you have redundancy in skill and ability, a lot of pure manual labor on tap if required, and lots more of a drive to make the community continue. In think the timeframe is pretty realistic to be honest and the goal not very out of reach. Think of where we were technologically forty years ago, across many fields of science...

Comment Re:Whole thing, not "at all" (Score 1) 85

No I'm trying to explain an observed effect, far more thinking than you have ever done in your miserable life.

I don't care really care either way which of the two goober was the slightly less goobery one, I'm approaching this as a strategic issue.

I hope that increases you post count enough you get that bonus from the Hilary campaign! The money came from Wells Fargo bilking customers, but whatever. I'll not respond further since you are an even larger goober than the pair of the candidates combined.

Submission + - Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law? (theregister.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.

Reporters at the event were appalled to find that among the heavily marked-up items they were offered – $150 to rent a lamp, anyone? – was a $200 charge for a "secure wireless internet connection."

Worse than the clear effort to price-gouge people trying to file stories, however, was the fact that the university decided that only its wireless access points were allowed to be used, and even sent someone around with a Wi-Fi signal detector apparently threatening to throw out anyone who was using an "unauthorized" access point.

That action – effectively shutting down people's ability to use their own internet connection in order to force them to use a paid-for service – was ruled illegal in 2014 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a landmark ruling against Marriott Hotels.

Comment Re:Wifi everywhere yet? (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Yes they do. Very rarely will they get even close to the theoretical max rate of whatever standard is in use in your area, never mind the advertised rate. This is true for any wireless standard because use of radio is subject to congestion and interference. Sorry, but there will always be wiring closets and hardwired connections for the applications and people that need/want performance and consistency.

Comment Re:nice video, but the launch seems backwards (Score 2) 172

The ship going to mars is fueled multiple times while in earth's orbit. I guess the fuel is too heavy, so they are spreading it out over multiple launches. They are talking about reusing the same tanker to do this too:

LOREN GRUSH 3:21:49 PM EDT Tanker will go up 3 to 5 times to fill up the ship.

https://live.theverge.com/elon...

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