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Comment Doesn't scale. (Score 1) 290

It takes 10 minutes to listen to a 10 minute message, and it is hard to scan them like you can a 20 page report or email. In an 8 hour day, you have time to listen to 48 such messages. If you have to interact with more than 20 or 30 people (direct reports, peers and people you are managing) they simply can't all be sending you 10 minute voice messages once per day. Also, there is the search problem. Have you ever realized that something important was buried in some email, and you have to search through dozens of keywords to find the right one? Now, imagine doing that with a few hundred voice mail messages.

If I worked for her, I would suggest getting a good speech to text system to transcript and index all of the voice messages - that way you could search for things relevant to you.

Comment This needs to be abolished. (Score 1) 166

What you could call criminal civil forfeiture in the United States (specifically, civil forfeiture done by police agencies or prosecutors in response to alleged crimes but without a criminal conviction) is incredibly corrupt and corrrupting and should be abolished completely.

If the State wants to seize someone's assets in response to a crime, let them mount a case and get a criminal conviction. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It boggles my mind that the judicial system in the United States pretends that this simple principle is somehow now obsolete.

Comment Re:They's right, probably (Score 1) 90

In most places 5G (in currently envisioned form) will not happen at all due to economics of it. Outside of Japan and such we simply do not have population density to justify putting a cell unit at every lamp post (because signal is short range and does not go through walls very well).

Why do you think Ka band can't go through walls?

What you want get much is diffraction, so the small bits of metal in a typical wall might cause small scale blockage (while at S band the wave would just diffract around the obstacle), but I think it'll go through plaster etc just fine.

Comment 5G is Ka band (Score 2) 90

All this talk of wobbles, but the real nut is here:

[the] high frequency spectrum that the FCC recently said it would open up for 5G purposes is all above 24 GHz.

Above 24 GHz is Ka band, now favored for deep space communication. It has one issue that the article doesn't mention - it is blocked by rain. Look for your 5G bandwidth to drop significantly in a downpour.

Comment Re:When you are outside people can see you (Score 1) 242

Precisely. It is one thing if you are outside, doing something wrong, and a policeman happens to be walking or driving by and sees you and reacts. Suppose, instead, that there were police permanently stationed outside your house, watching your windows, and every time you left home they followed you everywhere you went. To claim that these cases are the same is simply nonsense, and is generally recognized as such. People who are treated like this tend to get very upset about it, and complain to the press, go to court, etc. The notion that technology changes everything, that this is all OK if the police department's machines, rather than their employees, track you every second, is also nonsense, but nonsense that is unfortunately not yet as generally recognized as such.

Comment Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 472

As it happens, I am writing this on a 4-year old MacBook Pro. It is fast and reliable and I have yet to find any Mac software I want that I cannot run. If I lost this one, I would definitely want to buy a replacement, but I don't feel a need to upgrade just because. Now, I know that having the latest-greatest CPU is cool, but what exactly would that buy me if I bought it?

Comment Secret Agent? (Score 5, Informative) 87

An electronics exporter who violates ITAR and sells electronics abroad is not a secret agent, even if he misrepresented the purchases when he acquired those electronics.

And, how did he get this stuff? By "falsely claiming to be a traffic light manufacturer." Now, think about that for a second. The traffic lights in your neighborhood have "microprocessors which are frequently used in military systems, missile-guidance systems and detonation triggers" ? Well, they may (microprocessors can be put to many uses), but that doesn't mean that the traffic lights in your neighborhood contain secret military hardware. In fact, they certainly do not.

In other words, this guy was convicted of selling export-controlled hardware, which you can buy on the open market, not militarily secret hardware, which you cannot. There is a big difference (not least in that there near no exhaustive list of what is subject to ITAR control, and at times no easy way to determine if something is or is not export restricted), but you wouldn't know it from reading this article.

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