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Comment Thats quite impressive. (Score 1) 66

As someone who can barely see a 0603 SMD device, I find this quite impressive. He was able to remove the flash from the board, get it to function, watch it communicate, and identify the multiple mechanisms used by the chip to communicate and where on the flash it accessed. I always suspected the way the FBI did it was a brute force attack on copies of the chip data.

Neat!

Comment Re:Damn! They need to do it properly like big toba (Score 1) 167

The last mile is very expensive. It costs a ton to maintain that infrastructure.. Yeah, so I can add a downstream DOCSIS QAM to an existing chassis for $50.. Say 8*50 = $400, it is just the beginning. Cable modem termination systems? Go buy and maintain a bunch of uBR10012s and ASR routers and tell me how cheap it is. The taps, the wiring, the amplifiers, the trouble calls cause the plant is old. Do I need additional chassis to handle, will the lasers even do it, if I split the node how far will I need to trench new fiber? Do I even have spare fiber back to my headend? Will it even fit in my existing building, do I need more AC? Have I maxxed out my power panel?

The broadband CEOs quoted have no clue.. They clearly don't work for tier-1 MSOs.. Multiply by 10s of thousands and it starts getting real -- very fast. Anyone can run 50 service groups out of one small town. (E.g. Sonic?) Frontier hardly faces the same constraints.. They have distributed DSLAMs and offer crap speed through them.

In the real world, broadband demand is quickly outstripping cable plant capacity. Just adding 8 or 16 QAMs would be too easy. (Assuming you have it and a lot of plants don't.) This means - more money. Plant upgrades to 1.2 Ghz, CCAP, all active/passive component upgrades, and it still only buys you a few years the way things are going.

If it were up to me, municipalities would run fiber to each house and then connect us to the provider of our choosing. It's a nice dream.

Comment I don't need no stinking Outlook... (Score 2) 200

I just got an amazing toy. It's got all these free built in applications. It comes with an e-mail client. It has a beautiful 1920x1080 display and responsive touch screen..

It was only $229 and it was made by Asus for Google. Seriously, you intend to compete with that? The margins on the device have to be thin. How does Microsoft plan to make it up? Do I need an Office 365 subscription to go with it?

Call me skeptical. The first iteration of tablet wasn't that good, I still hate Windows 8, and the price point you'd have to get to in order to make me consider a Win8 tablet is so low, it would be unprofitable. Those people who would buy the Win8 tablet at $200, will just as happy with the Android equivalent.

Comment Re:microsoft knows it... (Score 1) 253

I think you may be right on this one. I use my Windows machines for everyday work, Quicken, etc, My e-mail is on a Linux VM somewhere, and my tablet is a brand new Nexus 7 2nd Ed. I must say, I really like the Nexus too. It really does everything I need in a form factor that is hard to beat and at $229!

Not a lot of margin for MS in a $229 device where the OS is free..

Comment Re:Think you may want to look at his logs (Score 1) 221

I do the same... I love it when they tell me how safe they are.. I am sure they all have PhD's in Physics and can tell me how ionizing and non-ionizing radiation are different and how various parts of the body absorb radiation differently. They don't care if you are delayed, they just set you aside and ask the next victim to step up.

One day I was at the airport and a RapidScan technician was leaving for the day. He was wearing a radiation dosimeter, because clearly the company is concerned enough to monitor their employees exposure.

I use to fly 150k domestically. I no longer do. I'm not sure the scanners did much for aircraft security as lets face it, Abdulmutallah, Reid, and that crazy Jet Blue pilot all managed to get through security and were stopped by -- passengers, not overgrown xray machines.

I don't believe terrorists are going to be stopped by $12/hr screeners with video oogling equipment. The terrorists are far smarter and more dedicated to their cause. Nothing the US government will ever do will change that.

Besides, you wouldn't believe the things people shove up their ass..

Comment But it still doesn't work.... (Score 1) 168

I formerly flew for a living and got patted down atleast once or twice a week because I won't use the Rapidscan 1000 which is installed at Phoenix Airport. I have no idea whether 10 uRems of ionizing radiation is bad for me, but all the Rapidscan techs all wear radiation dosimeters. Clearly, someone is concerned. Alas, I get enough radiation as is - so why risk it? I don't have the same concerns about the Thz non-ionizing radiation units made by L3. However, I don't have that job anymore and won't get on an airplane unless someone is paying me!

These scanners are worthless though. I am an American citizen with provable birth record, gun licenses, completed KnownTraveler screening, and my strong dislike of Muslim fundamentalism is far from hidden. I am a member of multiple frequent flier programs and if I haven't tried to blow something up in 7 years, why would I start now? Could I go through the metal scanner instead? No. However, the black muslim immigrant in head scarf who works at the Starbucks is allowed to.

Who do you think is more likely to be a threat? According to the brain trust at the TSA, me.

How long before Al Qaeda has people terrorists board with Ebola or Hemoraggic Fever or some other horrendous disease that you can't treat? As long as we're focused on "things", we're doomed. Terrorists have proven to be smarter than the US government at every turn.

Besides, couldn't the terrorist just stick it up their ass and get through anyway? Our government should send the scanners to the same destination.

Comment Drop in the bucket... (Score 1) 275

Hmmmm, I wonder who owns the multiple new CRS-3 chock full of 10G Ethernet ports next to my cage... I have a pretty good idea - and 500M is a drop in the bucket for them.

I have been to an awful lot of data centers and it's not trivial to build or maintain them. I am aware of more than one that wanted to expand but couldn't because of power issues. One of them was going to require a "couple" of new substations. Another one needed a new power main that would require substantial trenching through an urban area.... Datacenters are not built like normal buildings. They are built to be hardened, self-sufficient, and have multiple levels of fail-safes -- that isn't cheap. If my home AC goes out, I'll just be hot. If a Liebert 20 ton AC fails in one of these places, blade servers overheat, vast arrays of businesses go dark.

Dimon's comments are interesting, but the costs don't strike me as far outside the norm. There are more than a few companies out there who have made very major expenditures in infrastructure.. Most don't detail it, for obvious reasons.

Comment Re:The end. (Score 1) 72

It's really never made sense in the last few years to continue to have terrestrial OTA TV. Crazy you say? Not really, half the time people can't even receive the signals anyway without cable or satellite. We'd be better off just letting the satellite and cable companies deal with distribution and subsidize life line service for the people who cannot otherwise afford it. In so many markets cable penetration is 80-90% anyway.

Ka spot beam satellites allow essentially the entire US local channel markets to be transmitted over satellite. There are no dead zones. No areas where the antenna isn't strong enough. TV broadcasts take up a lot of valuable spectrum that could be used better. In addtion, TV broadcasts would be easier to obtain if delivered to consumers via unencrypted satellite -- not only that -- it costs a lot to power all those transmitters that not many people watch anyway..

I believe strongly in the value of local broadcasts, but our over the air mechanism for home delivery is dated at best and woefully inefficient at worst. Broadcasters and consumers should have better options for signal delivery. I wish the government would take some of that money their getting to make it happen.

Comment Re:Heard it all before (Score 1) 129

You are correct!

Level 3, Qwest, and others have lots of unused fiber (much which may never be used) in conduits that they can light up if they see fit. Right now they may have 160 wavelengths on a pair of fibers, maybe 320 lambdas on the next gen of Infineras. Today the lambdas are OC-192s, tomorrow they will be OC-768s, and then 100G Ethernet. All on the same 2 fibers already in the ground.. And they have lots more than 2 fibers available to expand on.

Who in their right mind would try to compete with that? Their cost to attempt to run you out of buisiness is absurdly low.

Comment So, lets say you need a 10 Mhz Reference (Score 2, Interesting) 316

And your GPS satellites got blasted out of orbit or a solar storm wipes out all of those satellite resources?

Your SONET networks and cell phone stuff are gonna need it. Your 8-VSB exiter may as well. Single Freq. Networks.

Where do you get an accurate reference from?

WWV? I haven't seen anything other than a GPS reference at any telco facility/cell site. If there ever is a loss of GPS, it's gonna be interesting.

Comment Ummm, not exactly. (Score 1) 153

I don't see Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the like laying fiber in the ground all across the country. In some cases, they are buying it. I suspect they are mostly buying lambdas and dedicated circuits *FROM* Tier 1 providers. However, instead of going over the Tier 1 providers IP network, they are buying an OC-12 directly to where their customers are.

Who would they possibly buy a point to point OC-12 from? Who has fiber in the ground and wavelength to spare? A tier 1 provider. Traffic is shifting, but not really AWAY from those who have the infrastructure to provide transit services.

Same companies, different product.

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