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Comment Re:40% profit, not 400% (Score 1) 297

Apple still has an ongoing operating cost on each of these iDevices after they are made and sold.

This is for the back-end Big Data needed to make these devices perform their magic throughout the service life of the device and Apple has invested substantially in several large data centers to make that happen.

(I am going to stop here as there are additional R&D efforts that are not yet public knowledge.)

Comment Defcon 1 Gift Cards (lockout codes) (Score 1) 621

From the financial powers that be, perhaps the folks within the Secret Service/Office of the Inspector General should issue some "Defcon 1" gift cards (not to be used except under financial duress) that will immediately lock-out the merchant accounts used in this regard. The merchant accounts would then be impounded by the treasury for further examination into money laundering.

Comment If you can't beat them... (Score 5, Interesting) 405

...Join them.

I believe another strategy on this would be to setup a crowdsource movement to create Android based ALPR devices and scatter them all over LA County and have these devices harvest data for uploading to the web for EVERYONE to view, especially with the ability to get real-time tracking on any California (E) plated (governmental) vehicle.

By doing this, it would encourage the lawmakers to make it a requirement to have a specific warrant before this data collected by anyone. This assumes that the new law would be designed to raise barriers to "amateurs" entering the ALPR business and use them indiscriminately.

Best results if that can also be done in the District of Columbia and Sacramento, CA so we can keep tabs on our lawmakers actions.

Comment Re:Open Source on iPhone will be fun ... (Score 1) 93

The fun begins when the iDevice app is rejected, and Apple has to explain itself to the FCC their decision.

Remember that the FCC came down on AT&T, Apple, and Verizon on the absence of tethering apps and tethering functionality that was carrier crippled and ORDERED them to explain themselves.

Comment Why not give EVERY resident a PO Box (Score 2) 867

In some small towns, there is no mail delivery.

I would prefer that the USPS grant everyone a PO Box, with automatic translation of Street Address to assigned PO Box. This would reduce the amount of letter carriers needed for a given zip code immensely. With that savings, parcel lockers and extended front desk hours would be within reach.

Comment Lode Data (Score 1) 75

Although this product is part of a larger selection of CATV design software, it is well written for the lifecycle installed metro fiber with the ability to pre-allocate either fiber or individual lambdas based upon anticipated needs and stakeholders. In addition, it incorporates storage of OTDR results and allows some extrapolation for expected signal strength should future cuts and splices be needed in the future. Their traditional copper plant design tools are nice to have should this be part of a campus network design with a traditional (institution owned) CATV plant.

Results are linked through AutoCAD files for both the metro fiber map out in the field as well as documenting terminations inside the (head-end and distro) facilities as well.

Disclaimer: I have taken their Lode Data training as part of college campus CATV upgrade and have been please with what I saw on their fiber plant software.

Submission + - Suspect arrested in Spamhaus DDoS attach (

apenzott writes: According to the BBC Technology News "Spanish police have arrested a Dutchman suspected of being behind one of the biggest ever web attacks..."

"The man arrested is believed to be Sven Kamphuis, the owner and manager of Dutch hosting firm Cyberbunker that has been implicated in the attack...."

" 'Spamhaus is delighted at the news that an individual has been arrested and is grateful to the Dutch police for the resources they have made available and the way they have worked with us,' said a Spamhaus spokesman."

Comment What are they shutting down exactly? (Score 2, Insightful) 390

I doubt that these senators have considered the possibly that being able to shut down an offending site (say Bing, Google, Hotmail, Yahoo, Youtube, ) wouldn't have significant collateral damage.

This is equivalent to shutting down an entire mall (which happens to include an office for the County Tax Assessor, small FBI field office, post office and police substation) on the account of one bad employee grossly (mis)representing the interests of the merchant renting space in said mall.

Bottom line:
Merely having such a kill switch is not a license use it indiscriminately and not face the consequences of its misuse.
(Notice that engineers are required to retain errors and omissions insurance for bad engineering decisions, but no legislator is required to retain insurance for passing of bad laws.)

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