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Comment Re:Amateur Radio (Score 2) 177

HRD is widely used among Hams. One of its claims to fame is integration with amateur transceivers and other equipment; it can control and monitor a wide variety of complex modern rigs, amps, tuners, etc. through serial ports, USB, Ethernet, etc.

Yes, HRD is sort of the systemd of ham radio. You get the same kind of comments.

Comment Re:IPv6 deployment is not a switchover (Score 1) 150

I understand that the changeover from 4 to 6 has to be gradual, and I suppose the fact that all the new cellphones are using IPv6 is significant. Still, I wonder if we will ever be able to shut off IPv4 in home installations -- or on phones. Realistically, we can't do it until every server out there supports IPv6.

With Comcast service, I am now fully dual stack, and it's nice to see more of my traffic using IPv6. But there have to be extra overhead and security issues when running two IP systems compared to pure IPv6. Many or most of the services I use are still IPv4 only, e.g. Slashdot.

Comment Re:Are they serious ?!? (Score 1) 159

The question is whether a tiny cubesat can emit enough plasma to be even *detectable* with radar or other ground based communications (like ham radio). There is very little mass available. I suppose this is a science experiment to characterize the dispersal and recombination of plasma clouds in LEO. That might be useful for understanding natural processes -- or as a prototype for some *serious* propagation enhancement project in the future.

IIRC, there have been experiments like this in the past with sub-orbital rockets that emitted ion clouds. They make nice visual displays.

Ham operators use ion trails from meteorites for communications. They last for a few seconds at most.

Comment Re:What doies it do? (Score 1) 64

On the face of it, it seems the US Government is recognizing privacy rights of EU citizens -- that the US does not give its own citizens. What does the US get out of this? More profits for MS, Google, et al.? I would support it if the US was willing to step up to European standards of privacy for everybody.

Comment Interference potential (Score 3, Insightful) 169

Can't find any clue as to what frequency is being used for the charger. The prospect of 50 kW of power in your garage or wherever is worrying, despite being "well shielded". Even if it's a lower frequency (in the kHz range), there will be harmonics all over the spectrum, putting radio amateurs and anyone else using sensitive radio gear in a bind.

Comment Re:Not sure I trust it. (Score 1) 558

Negative rates are nothing new. Banks have been doing this, but instead of "interest" they call it "fees". For any smallish balance, you've been getting a negative rate for a long time now.

This is reasonable in a way. I am happy (more or less) to pay a small fee so that I don't have to carry my savings around in a wheel barrow. The bank provides safety and convenience. The value of this service is proportional to the amount, so it's fair to charge a negative interest rate -- as long as it's small.

Submission + - Duplicate Login Details Enabled Hack Of More Than 20 Million Chinese Consumers (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to various Chinese sources including Techweb (Chinese language), police in Zhejiang held a conference on Monday announcing that 20.59 million users of the 'Chinese eBay', taobao.com, had their login details stolen by proxy, when hackers ran user/pass combos from a stolen database of 99 million other users and found that more than 20% were using the same login credentials across different ecommerce sites.

Submission + - One Eye Blind: Canada "Temporarily" Halts Five Eyes Intel Data Sharing (reuters.com)

cold fjord writes: Canada has stopped sharing data from its Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's NSA equivalent, with the other members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, including the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The halt came after it was discovered that the CSE had shared information containing inadequately sanitized metadata as a result of technical deficiencies. The information shared did not contain names or enough information to personally identify individuals, so the privacy impact was judged to be low. Sharing will not resume until the Minister of Defense is satisfied that effective systems and measures are in place. An official watch dog had revealed the issue.

Submission + - Japan orders SDF to shoot down North Korean missile (japantimes.co.jp)

schwit1 writes: Japan on Wednesday condemned Pyongyang's plan to launch a space rocket, calling it a thinly disguised test of a long-distance ballistic missile.

The government ordered Aegis ballistic missile defense warships of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and land-based Patriot PAC-3 rocket units to respond should projections show components falling in Japanese territory.

"This will effectively mean the firing of a ballistic missile. It would be a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and a grave, provocative act against the security of our country," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Lower House session Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, North Korea notified the International Maritime Organization that it plans to send a "satellite" into orbit between Feb. 8 and 25. It said the launch will take place on one of those days between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Japan time.

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