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Comment Re:Cisco does it to. (Score 1) 126

I think the Cisco stuff, as I did it, is portable enough. At the time Cisco released a new revision of the course which had two different editions: 'Discovery' (hands on -presumably not so portable) and 'Exploration' (theory based - following on from the previous version).

The theory based course covers the fundamentals of networking (at the small enterprise and ISP level at least) very well - quite a bit of the stuff in the curriculum appeared again in the telecommunications subjects I've done at University.

Comment Cisco does it to. (Score 3, Informative) 126

I was able to do the CCNA program as a unit for my high school certificate (VCE) here in Victoria, Australia. It was delivered through Cisco's Network Academy - to get the credit you had to pass the tests on netacad, but you still needed to sit the formal certification exams afterwards if you wanted the actual CCNA certification.

Comment Re:Killing anonymity (Score 4, Interesting) 88

More likely it is the Brisbane GoCard or Perth SmartRider - which use the horribly insecure MiFare Classic, which was compromised some years ago and there are 'off the shelf' exploits.

The operator of the Brisbane system even tried to play down the significance of the MiFare Classic exploit when it was known before launch.

Comment Re:Could? (Score 1) 94

because those frequencies are allocated to terrestrial TV in Australia.

It is actually because Australia will be using the (more sensible) 'digital dividend' plan with the rest of the Asia region once we finally turn off digital TV, not the US layout which was carved up according to political and profit motives. I don't think there are any interference issues. Maybe the UK regulator is tight on available bandwidth in the European 800MHz band.

Comment Look on eBay (Score 2) 142

Search eBay - I bought a 3.2" LCD with touchscreen like this one (~$25) and I'm currently working on driving it with an ARM Cortex-M3 controller.

The downside is that these ones are generally designed to interface with 8051 or 68000-type micros, hence they only expose the 16-bit parallel bus on the LCD controller. Not as optimal, but the displays are quite cheap.

Comment Re:A week? (Score 1) 1004

Hardly the only reason.

If you live in Australia, you would already pirate everything else anyway - the commercial TV networks are terrible - poor HD content, editing programs to fit more ads in, US content shown when convenient for them etc.

And subscription television was a flop here well before BitTorrent existed.

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