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Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 113

They seem to be use in a few locations in Puerto Rico, and were interfered with by non-wifi point-to-point devices. An image of a screen showed fixed straight lines a few pixels wide. Teapot, meet tempest.

To be fair, one should arguably reserve that channel in countries that use these oddly low-frequency radars...

Comment Blocking is illegal *within* a country (Score 1) 438

It's a non-tariff barrier to trade: between the states of the US or EU, or between the provinces of Canada, a blocking scheme is illegal. Between countries, it is legal because the countries want to protect their businesses from foreign competition and encourage, for example, local printing of physical books.

IMHO, it should not be legal for non-physical goods. Someone in Australia or Canada shouldn't have to pay a higher price that someone in the US to stream a movie, just the exchange on the money...

Comment One of my customers hires semi-retired folks (Score 1) 561

I was thinking of retiring there when I got to about 110 (:-))

Instead I was asked to do a gig replacing for my old director until we chose a permanent replacement, and then went back to a true engineering gig at a very "young" start-up.

In my opinion, old and smart still works. Everything I learned in Simula and Concurrent Pascal applies to Java and the modern scripting languages. I had expected my new, younger, colleagues to be rocket scientists on objects. Nope: the smart folks are smart (Hi, Muhammad!), and the ordinary folks are ordinary.

Some places thing young is good, but old guys do well. Some places think old guys are good, but young guy do well (Hi, Sesh!)

Keep learning and have fun. You'll die before you run out of fun things to learn. P.--dave

Comment As always, security was broken 5 years back (;-)) (Score 1) 225

See https://www.lightbluetouchpape...

It's actually worse now: for about $20 you can get a stick-on chip to make your own cracker-card.

Chip-and-sign in the US is no more secure, but it has the brilliant advantage of allowing the victims to prove it wasn't their signature and recover from the banks.

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