Matt_Bennett writes: A scary remote exploit is going to be published that enables someone connected to the the same wireless (mobile data) network to take over many systems, including braking. This is an exploit in Chrysler's Uconnect system. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek also demonstrated exploits in 2013 that could be done via a direct connection to the system, but this is vastly expanded in scope.
Matt_Bennett writes: "It appears that the first released Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich tablet will be MIPS based, not ARM, according to this press report by MIPS. claims a non-subsidized price of $100. It is for sale now at: http://www.ainovo.com/ based on a MIPS based processor from Ingenic: http://en.ingenic.cn/"
Matt_Bennett writes: "Steve Perlman (Quicktime, WebTV) claimsDIDO will break through Shannon's limit by at least 100x and possibly up to 1000x. This is described in a white paper. The technology uses a centralized server to take advantage of constructive and destructive interference to distribute data to multiple users simultaneously."
Matt_Bennett writes: "Bob Pease, a legend of analog engineering and writer has died while driving his 1969 Beetle. He was brilliant and never afraid to speak his mind. A frequent user of the term "floobydust" and many wrote many articles with a spin on the phrase "What's all this... stuff, anyhow?""
Matt_Bennett writes: I'm moving, and I'm shopping for new high-speed internet service. I've been using speakeasy DSL for 7 or 8 years, and I've been very happy with the service. They give me static IP, no restrictions on servers, a really fast link, and incredible uptime. With Speakeasy, by my rough calculations, my uptime (not counting scheduled outages) has been on the order of 0.99991. When I've had to make changes, the customer support has been quick and knowledgable. I run my own servers (SMTP, HTTP, DNS). It hasn't been cheap (but not incredibly expensive). I do know that AT&T UVerse and Time Warner Cable are available. (For television I use DirecTV, and I do not want to change, particularly to Time-Warner... when DirectTivo comes back in HD, I'm on it immediately- that was the way TV was meant to be watched). A couple of years ago, I tried to order DSL for a business we were starting up, and frankly, the business side of speakeasy was kinda crappy- we couldn't get the speed they promised initially and support was kinda iffy. I'm opening up my options.
* * I want to retain at least one POTS line for the reliability. (doesn't POTS service have some regulatory responsibility for reliability that VOIP does not?)
* * I have a cell phone, and I don't want to bundle
* * I want at least one static IP, with options for others
* * I want no restrictions on servers- all ports MUST be open (I will sign the appropriate "I understand the consequences of running a spam server and I am not, will not, nor have I ever been a spammer"
* * I'd like to keep the budget of at something * Access to a NNTP (news server) is a plus- I get 5 GB a month with speakeasy, and have found that it can be really useful.
* * As far as I know T1 is not available, and I've gotten better download speeds off of ADSL than T1. I can't remember what my package speed is, but I see >3Mbit/s typical download speeds.
Matt_Bennett writes: "A somewhat disturbing proposal from ICANN: "Following extensive consideration and discussion, each of the proposed new.BIZ,.INFO and.ORG registry agreements provide for the lifting of price controls formerly imposed on the pricing of registry services." An interpretation of this is a what the market will bear sort of pricing scheme. Variable pricing for domain names based on the name itself?"