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Comment Wow... what are the odds (Score 4, Informative) 608

I was just searching for this same thing today and a friend of mine suggested this product:


It's a 200Mb ethernet-over-coax solution that makes use of existing coax installs and uses traditional cable. We'll be testing it soon for a 200 metre install.

Comment Re:Concealing device id/type/abilities? (Score 3, Informative) 238

Actually, they legally can't in Canada.

From http://techreview.eatuniverse.net/2010/01/24/rogers-disconnects-data-services-to-g1-users/ :

"Some of you may recall legal precedence for this kind of issue, dating waaay back to the 70’s when Bell (then Northern Telecom) tried to force its customers to use Bell branded phones, and tried to attach a special fee to modem/fax use. The courts ruled against Bell, and the CRTC jumped in and made all sorts of rules to prevent telecom’s from requiring proprietary hardware, on standardized networks. This does, legally, carry over to GSM carriers. GSM is GSM. If your phone supports GSM on the frequency of a carrier, the carrier must provide a signal. Period."

Comment Re:Uhm, I thought it was open? (Score 2, Insightful) 238

I'll add a note that this approach isn't 100% proven. We don't know for a fact that the mods are sending the same information to Rogers contained in the build.prop files as the Rogers firmware is sending, or that the mods are even sending that information at all.

However, I do endorse this approach for lack of better ideas, and my phone is connected in spite of being on CyanogenMod.

I'm not sure if the network reset itself or the build.prop fix is responsible, but I'll take what I can get.

Comment Re:Concealing device id/type/abilities? (Score 1) 238

I'll add that there has been some luck fooling it by installing the CursorSense 1.2 mod, which is based on the Mandatory Update itself and reports the same or similar versions of just about everything.

Personally, I'm not that keen on switching mods unless I absolutely have to, though I do rank it as a better option than going with the mandatory update firmware.

Comment Re:Concealing device id/type/abilities? (Score 1) 238

So far, we're not altogether sure of what's being scanned for exactly. If it's a message the radio is sending out on connection to the network with a radio version, it'd be very difficult to intercept.

There's been suspicion it's just the build version, but build patches haven't proven themselves to work (it's been tried).

Comment Re:GSM Providers (Score 3, Informative) 238

As long as the 3G phones support the correct frequencies, they will work on both networks.

Telus: 850/1900Mhz
Rogers: 850/1900Mhz
Wind: 1700Mhz

So between Telus and Rogers 3G will be compatible, but phones that also support EDGE and GPRS will not work on Telus in those modes as they lack the legacy infrastructure.


Canadian Android Carrier Forcing Firmware Update 238

Wolfier writes "For wireless carrier Rogers in Canada, it seems that 'Customer Safety' only becomes a concern after months of neglect. Rogers is the only GSM carrier in Canada and so the only choice for Android users. Months ago, a customer called Rogers to report a firmware bug that was preventing users from making 911 calls under certain circumstances, and informed the carrier that Google had fixed the bug (recording of that call). But Rogers is only doing something about it now — namely, cutting data access of paying customers until they accept a mandatory firmware upgrade that not only fixes the 911 problem, but also contains 'extra' features that prevent users from ever gaining root access to their phones — even non-subsidized ones. And some phones are also getting bricked by this 'official' update. The moral: we really need to open up the competition here up North."
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Submission + - Carrier forcing firmware update on Android Users (howardforums.com)

Wolfier writes: It seems that "Customer Safety" only becomes a concern after months of negligence. An Android firmware bug that prevented users from making 911 calls under certain situations were fixed and informed to the only GSM carrier in Canada — Rogers Wireless — months ago by a customer (there's a link to a recording of the call on the forum), but they're only doing something now — by cutting data access of paying customers until they update to a mandatory firmware by Rogers — that doesn't only have the feature fixed, but also contains those "extra" features that prevents users from ever gaining root access of their phones — even non-subsidized ones. Did I mention that some phones are also bricked by this "official" update?

Conclusion: we really need opening up the competition here up North.


Submission + - Scientists Create Zombie Cockroaches 1

Reservoir Hill writes: "Zombie insects might sound like a B-movie plot device (quicktime video) but to the emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa ), they're a tried and tested way to provide food for their hungry larvae. The wasp relies on cockroaches for its grisly life cycle but unlike many venomous predators, which paralyse their victims before eating them, the wasp's sting leaves the cockroach able to walk, but unable to initiate its own movement. Researchers have discovered that the wasps sting the cockroaches once to subdue them, then adminster another, more precise sting right into their victim's brain. The venom works to block a neurotransmitter called octopamine with a similar action to dopamine, which is involved in preparations to execute complex behavours such as walking. Then the wasp grabs the cockroach's antenna and leads it back to the nest "like a dog on a leash", says one researcher. The team found that they could restore spontaneous walking behavour in stung cockroaches by giving them a compound that reactivates octopamine receptors in the insects' central nervous system. Researchers were also able to create their own zombies by injecting unstung cockroaches with a compound that blocks the receptors producing a similar effect to that of the venom."

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