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  • The Department of the Internet

    11/11/2014 4:19:22 AM PST · by abb · 61 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2014 | Andy Kessler
    Get ready for the Department of Broadband. On Monday, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the Internet as a public utility—like water or electricity—under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The goal: “to protect net neutrality,” Mr. Obama said in a White House YouTube video, an ironic venue for announcing a monumentally bad idea that could strangle the Internet. For years the FCC has been inching toward imposing net-neutrality rules, which are sold as a way to ban Internet service providers from discriminating against content providers. In reality such rules would dictate what ISPs...
  • Honorary grave for Hollywood pin-up -- Hedy Lamarr

    11/08/2014 11:34:06 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 47 replies
    the Local (Austria) ^ | 07 Nov 2014 12:27 GMT+01:00
    The Austrian-born Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr is being given an honorary grave in Vienna's Central Cemetery on Friday, ahead of her 100th birthday on November 9th. Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna in 1914. Not only was she known as one of the most beautiful women of her day, but she also invented a technology that enables the mass use of mobile phones and other wireless communications. She died in Florida in 2000, aged 85. On the anniversary of her 100th birthday Austria’s Film Museum is screening a documentary about her. Lamarr garnered a degree of fame...
  • Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect

    09/30/2014 10:44:32 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 40 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tom Simonite
    A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to “talk” directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. LTE Direct has been pioneered...
  • FBI blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones

    09/25/2014 3:05:24 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2014 | Craig Timberg and Greg Miller
    FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants. His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, from murder to child pornography to attempted terrorist attacks. “There will...
  • Communications for When SHTF, by N.M.

    09/25/2014 3:47:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/25/14 | NM
    Communications is a key element in our everyday lives. If you don’t believe me, try going a whole day with no cell phone, Internet, television, or any other means of communications (COMMS). So it stands to reason that having COMMS, when SHTF, is essential to gaining intelligence (COMINT), the safety and security of your family, keeping informed, and keeping at least one step ahead of anybody with bad intentions. Like any skill, it is essential to practice; that means practicing before SHTF, so that you have the necessary skills. While most of the communications methods discussed in this article are...
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 33 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • Four DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than The Internet

    07/14/2014 11:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Defense One ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick Tucker
    Forty years ago, a group of researchers with military money set out to test the wacky idea of making computers talk to one another in a new way, using digital information packets that could be traded among multiple machines rather than telephonic, point-to-point circuit relays. The project, called ARPANET, went on to fundamentally change life on Earth under its more common name, the Internet. Today, the agency that bankrolled the Internet is called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which boasts a rising budget of nearly $3 billion split across 250 programs. They all have national security implications...
  • "Roof Knocking", Israel's Courtesy Call Before Bombing.

    07/11/2014 2:55:54 PM PDT · by lee martell · 11 replies
    July, 11, 2014 | lee martell
    Roof Knocking is the Israeli military's tactic of phoning Palestinians it is about to bomb. Before the Israeli Military bombs your house, it is not uncommon for many Gaza Strip residents to get a phone call. Can you imagine getting such a phone call, knowing it's serious, knowing they literally have got your number and have viewed within via drones? It happens a lot in this part of the world. Sawsan Kawarea, a resident of Khan Younis, said she was in her home earlier this week when the phone rang. She answered, and on the other side was 'David', who...
  • The Most Laid-Back College Majors

    06/23/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT · by 7thson · 49 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 23 June 2014 | Terence Loose
    I thought this was interesting and Freepers might get a kick/laugh out of it. Look at number 1 major requiring the least amount of study and number 5.
  • The Tuesday List - Ten Inventions That Changed The World

    06/17/2014 11:35:24 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 66 replies
    Stuff of Genius ^ | June 24, 2013 | Ed Grabianowski
    If you think that the world's greatest inventions came from the fevered minds of solitary geniuses, think again. As you scan this list of the 10 inventions that changed the world, note how many of them perfected workable designs. 10. Plow Compared to some of the gleaming, electronic inventions that fill our lives today, the plow doesn't seem very exciting. It's a simple cutting tool used to carve a furrow into the soil, churning it up to expose nutrients and prepare it for planting. Yet the plow is probably the one invention that made all others possible. No one knows...
  • Popular Communications: free download of November and December 2013 issues

    01/12/2014 11:06:50 AM PST · by virgil283 · 2 replies
    swling.com ^ | 11 Jan 2014 | thomas
    “Anyone, subscriber or not, can get a free copy of the November and December Popular Communications to download as a PDF on the Popular Communications site.“ Simply go to the Popular Communications website to download your copies (download by clicking on the November and December front covers)...." .....;
  • No One Will Like This Piece

    12/20/2013 5:09:00 AM PST · by fporretto
    Liberty's Torch ^ | 12/20/2013 | Francis W. Porretto
    Q: Could you please explain what "ratum sed non consummatum" means with respect to marriage? I always thought that this was an antiquated term that no longer had any relevance, but recently I encountered it [in a current context]… Why would it matter to the Church whether a marriage has been consummated or not? –Fiona A: The Latin phrase ratum sed non consummatum is translated literally as “ratified but not consummated,” and it has been used by theologians and canonists in regard to matrimony for many centuries. These four Latin words actually contain a wealth of information about the way...
  • The day that began touch-tone dialing

    11/18/2013 4:43:26 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 90 replies
    Tribune Review (suburban Pittsburgh, PA) ^ | 18 November 2013 | By Adam Smeltz
    50 Years ago today . . . Long before smartphones and text messages made the world instantly available with a split-second tap, reaching out to touch someone could take a full 10 seconds. That was just to dial a number, ticked out one deliberate digit at a time, on a mechanical wheel owned by the phone company. Monday marks 50 years since the United States began saying goodbye to the classic rotary phone, replaced by touch-tone services that slashed dialing time and foreshadowed a digital revolution that keeps reshuffling everyday communication. The push-buttons became an especially big deal in Western...
  • Go on Offense for More Effective Political Messaging

    11/14/2013 12:36:52 PM PST · by Drew McKissick · 6 replies
    DrewMcKissick.com ^ | 11/14/13 | Drew McKissick
    Whether you like it or not, in politics, the aggressor usually shapes the debate. This means that, in terms of political messaging, it’s best to be on offense so that you can advance your agenda on your own terms and on your own schedule. The reverse scenario is that you get blindsided and are forced to respond to your opposition. The more unprepared someone is to respond, the less effective their response will be, and the more likely that they’re constantly playing defense. In American politics, liberals (excuse me, “progressives”) are usually the aggressors. Generally speaking, it's liberals who want...
  • VANITY - Rural communications options - CB radio?

    09/21/2013 6:43:48 PM PDT · by PinkChampagneonIce · 73 replies
    Am looking for information about how to communicate in emergencies. I live about 20 miles from where I work. I am an attorney, and need to get word to the Courthouse if I am not able to get where I am supposed to be due to a combination of physical obstacles plus no phone service. I am on dial-up internet, so if there's no phone, there's no Internet. I am 1/2 mile from a paved road, so if there is no vehicle, there's no way out. There's no cell phone service in my area - have to drive about 10...
  • Government Threatens Montanans Privacy

    09/11/2013 1:26:35 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 9-11-13 | Daniel Zolnikov
    We take privacy for granted. Too often we mistakenly assume that we are the only ones privy to our personal information. We assume it is within our discretion to decide who has access to the most intimate details of our personal lives –unfortunately, as the latest headlines have shown, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The National Security Agency has implemented policies undermining the expectation of privacy that every American assumes they have. I say “assumes” because after the “Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management” program (aka PRISM) came to light, it is obvious that Americans no...
  • Obama Gives Himself Control of all Communication Systems in America

    07/06/2013 6:59:53 PM PDT · by yorkie · 140 replies
    World Truth ^ | July 6, 2013 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama quietly signed his name to an Executive Order on Friday, allowing the White House to control all private communications in the country in the name of national security. President Obama released his latest Executive Order on Friday, July 6, a 2,205-word statement offered as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” And although the president chose not to commemorate the signing with much fanfare, the powers he provides to himself and the federal government under the latest order are among the most far-reaching yet of any of his executive decisions. “The Federal Government must have...
  • How to Keep Your Communications Private

    06/09/2013 10:45:10 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 06/06/1955 | Kit Lange
    You’re not running a domestic terrorism group (well, there are those new DHS criteria…). You’re not even sending around emails about what a dismal failure President Obama’s administration is (THIS hour, anyway). You just want to be able to chat with friends, conduct your financial business, and argue with your spouse without Big Daddy Gummint all up in your biz. Believe it or not, that’s your right. Harry “Who Cares” Reid may blow it off and say the government’s been “doing that stuff for years,”but we’ve got a news flash for Harry: just because you’ve been doing it a while...
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • Obama’s Non-Lethal Aid to Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is a Deceptive Euphemism

    04/21/2013 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There used to be a basic distinction between military and humanitarian aid. Military aid meant weapons. Humanitarian aid meant medical and food supplies. Nonlethal aid blends the two together by combining medical supplies with military gear into something that is military aid, but pretends not to be. Nonlethal aid is not humanitarian aid. It’s military aid that you give to enemy forces that you want to see win, but whom you don’t trust. It’s military aid that bypasses international blocks on military aid. Nonlethal aid is dishonest. It tries to make military aid sound humanitarian by emphasizing defense rather...
  • Vandals (?) knock out communications in South Bay

    04/17/2013 7:07:58 AM PDT · by George Varnum · 19 replies
    ABC Local (KGO) - CA ^ | Carolyn Tyler
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- South Bay authorities have announced that a coordinated act of vandalism that took down electricity and phone service on Tuesday.
  • Conclave to silence at least nine tweeting cardinals

    02/16/2013 7:00:19 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | February 15, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Matt Lauer and New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan appear on NBC’s “Today” show in New York in this handout photo taken Feb. 11. The cardinal talked about Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement earlier that morning that he will resign as pope at the end of the month. The 85-year-old pontiff said he no longer has the energy to exercise his ministry over the universal church. (CNS photo/Peter Kramer, NBC via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Parrots may squawk in the Vatican Gardens during a conclave, but the cardinals are not allowed to tweet.For most of the 117 red-vested princes of...
  • Where are the Communications from Ambassador Stevens During the Attack?

    10/26/2012 5:17:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Vanity | 25 October, 2012 | marktwain
    Where are the communications that were sent from the mission in Benghazi just before and during the attack? Are we to believe that Ambassador Stevens and his highly trained men never let anyone know what was going on, or asked for help? It is hard for me to believe that there was a live feed of the attack back to the situation room of the White House, but that there was no information sent by the people who were under attack, and that there were no requests from them. What did they say? What did they ask? What were they...
  • A Bandwidth Breakthrough!

    10/23/2012 11:42:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | David Talbot
    A dash of algebra on wireless networks promises to boost bandwidth tenfold, without new infrastructure. Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude—not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to banish the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets. By providing new ways for mobile devices to solve for missing data, the technology not only eliminates this wasteful process but also can seamlessly weave data streams from Wi-Fi and LTE—a leap forward from other approaches that toggle back and forth. "Any IP network will benefit from this technology,"...
  • Executive Order: Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions

    07/07/2012 9:28:51 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 261 replies
    White House Press Release ^ | 7/6/12 | White House
    For Immediate Release July 06, 2012 Executive Order -- Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ASSIGNMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTIONS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and...
  • FCC Considers Granting Police the Authority to Shut Down Cell Phone Networks

    03/08/2012 3:55:59 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 119 replies
    The Intel Hub ^ | 6 March 2012 | IntelHub
    The FCC is currently seeking public comments on whether or not it is appropriate and feasible to grant local police forces the power to shut down mobile phone networks.The request for the public’s input comes after BATR officials in San Fransisco shut down cell towers in an attempt to stop a first amendment protected protest for “public safety” reasons.An article published by CFO World broke down the FCC request in an easy to understand fashion: The FCC asks several questions in its request for comments. Among them:– When have government agencies in the U.S. considered interrupting mobile service?– When would...
  • Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China...

    02/07/2012 3:07:36 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | February 6, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following news release is a quote: www.ice.gov/news/releases/1202/120206denver.htm FEBRUARY 6, 2012 DENVER, CO Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China radiation-hardened computer circuits used in satellite communications DENVER – Philip Chaohui He, aka Philip Hope, a Chinese national, made his initial appearance in U.S. district court on Thursday after he was named in a three-count indictment charging him with attempting to export defense articles without U.S. State Department authorization. The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney John Walsh, District of Colorado and Michael A. Holt, special agent in charge of the Denver office of...
  • Bills to Stop Web Piracy Invite a Protracted Battle

    01/16/2012 3:36:11 AM PST · by abb · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2012 | Jenna Wortham and Somini Sengupta
    When the Obama administration announced on Saturday its opposition to major elements of two Congressional bills intended to curtail copyright violations on the Internet, the technology industry, which has been loudly fighting the proposed legislation, could declare victory. But few people in Silicon Valley or Hollywood consider the battle over. The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents Hollywood studios and is a principal proponent of the antipiracy legislation, suggested that it would continue to push the administration to approve a modified version of the bills, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. “Look...
  • Secretive North Korea opens up to cellphones (1 million now?)

    11/21/2011 5:57:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies · 1+ views
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | reuters via Yahoo Canada | Jeremy Laurence
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Secretive North Korea is expected to register the one millionth cellphone user on its new 3G network by the end of the year, barely four years after people were thrown into prison camps, or possibly even executed, for owning one. Most of the users are in the capital of Pyongyang, home to the impoverished country's elite and powerful who have the cash to splash out for a device and the calling fees. "There has been an astronomical increase since even two years ago," said Michael Hay, a lawyer and business consultant based in the capital for the...
  • Emails, notes give insight into Gunwalker communications

    11/01/2011 12:46:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/1/11 | David Codrea's photo David Codrea , Gun Rights Examiner
    Email correspondence and handwritten notes obtained today by Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars and this correspondent provide details on information and strategy being shared between top level officials of the Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, including between Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and then-ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. A total of seven documents are presented herein, including: A Feb. 4, 2011 letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Weich denying the walking of guns, itself the subject of a Feb. 8 Gun Rights Examiner column. Email correspondence between Breuer and Melson. The assignment of...
  • Woman charged $201,000 for phone bill

    10/18/2011 11:55:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    CBS ^ | 10-18-2011 | CBS/AP
    Cue the outrage button. A South Florida woman got a shock when she opened a recent cell phone bill: she owed $201,000. Say what! It was no mistake. Celina Aarons has her two deaf-mute brothers on her plan. They communicate by texting and use their phones to watch videos. Normally, that's not a problem. Aarons has the appropriate data plan, and her bill is about $175. But her brothers spent two weeks in Canada and Aarons never changed to an international plan. Her brothers sent over 2,000 texts and also downloaded videos, sometimes racking up $2,000 in data charges. T-Mobile...
  • Flash Memory That'll Keep On Shrinking

    09/02/2011 11:19:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Friday, September 2, 2011 | By Katherine Bourzac
    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and one of the largest manufacturers of computer memory, Samsung, have created a new kind of flash memory that uses graphene—atom-thick sheets of pure carbon—along with silicon to store information. Incorporating graphene could help extend the viability of flash memory technology for years to come, and allow future portable electronics to store far more data. Chipmakers pack increasing amounts of data in the same physical area by miniaturizing the memory cells used to store individual bits. Inside today's flash drives, these cells are nanoscale "floating gate" transistors. Recent years have seen the...
  • Tips for Communicating in an Emergency

    08/27/2011 4:10:42 PM PDT · by bd476 · 44 replies
    The FCC ^ | 27 August 2011 | by: Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
    Tips for Communicating in an Emergency by: Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau August 27th, 2011 I want to share some important emergency information to you for during the storm so that you and your family stay safe.Recommended Practices for All Users It is important for consumers to keep in mind that during an emergency, many more people are trying to use their wireless and wireline telephones at the same time when compared to normal calling activity. When more people try to call at the same time, the increased calling volume may create network congestion. Limit...
  • To defuse 'flash' protest, BART cuts riders' cell service. Is that legal?

    08/12/2011 6:21:11 PM PDT · by tje · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 12, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson
    The decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to cut off cellphone service Thursday evening – to forestall a planned protest – raises a fundamental question: Do Americans have a basic right to digital free speech or to digitally organized assembly? Because July protests against BART police shootings had turned violent, BART officials took the unusual step to protect public safety, they said. The tactic may have worked: No protests took place Thursday night at BART stations. Temporarily shutting down cell service and beefing up police patrols were "great tool[s] to utilize for this specific purpose," BART police Lt. Andy...
  • BART admits halting cell service to stop protesters

    08/12/2011 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/12/11 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    BART officials acknowledged this afternoon that they shut down cell phone and wireless data service in its downtown San Francisco stations to disrupt a planned protest. Their announcement sparked denunciations from civil libertarians and the apparent threat of a cyber-attack on the BART website. A statement posted on the transit agency's website said the communications blackout was ordered in the interest of public safety: "Organizers planning to disrupt BART service on August 11, 2011 stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police," the statement reads. "A civil...
  • Moving data at the speed of science: Berkeley Lab lays foundation for 100 Gbps prototype network

    07/14/2011 8:05:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | July 13, 2011 | by Jon Bashor
    The DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) today announced a major step toward creating one of the world's fastest scientific networks to accelerate research in fields ranging from advanced energy solutions to particle physics. Known as the Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI), the effort represents a $62 million multi-year investment by the DOE Office of Science in next-generation networking technology. "As science becomes increasingly data-driven and global in scale, it's critical that we create an infrastructure that will enable our scientists to collaborate and compete successfully in the search for solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges in energy,"...
  • Al Qaeda's online communications disrupted by electronic attack on its sites - NBC News

    06/29/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT · by library user · 9 replies
    Al Qaeda's online communications disrupted by electronic attack on its sites - NBC News Just a headline for now. More to follow.
  • ARRL Field Day 2011: June 25-26!

    06/24/2011 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 33 replies
    ARRL Field Day Overview ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate. ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity.  It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.  It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community...
  • Dutch Lawmakers Adopt Net Neutrality Law

    06/23/2011 3:10:02 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Kevin O'Brien
    The Netherlands on Wednesday became the first country in Europe, and only the second in the world, to enshrine the concept of network neutrality into national law by banning its mobile telephone operators from blocking or charging consumers extra for using Internet-based communications services like Skype or WhatsApp, a free text service. snip Analysts said that the legal restrictions imposed in the Netherlands could shape Europe’s broader, evolving debate over network neutrality, pushing more countries on the Continent to limit operators from acting as self-appointed toll collectors of the mobile Internet. snip “We support network neutrality,” said Sandra de Jong,...
  • Social networking sites and our lives (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/16/2011 5:11:22 AM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    Pew Internet and American Life ^ | June 16, 2011 | Staff
    Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project decided to examine SNS in a survey that explored people’s overall social networks and how use of these technologies is related to trust, tolerance, social support, and community and political engagement. The findings presented here paint a rich and complex picture of the role that digital technology...
  • PC Boot-up Time Reduced by Half With 8GB SSD, Software

    06/08/2011 2:00:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    TechOn! ^ | 06-07-2011 | Tomohisa Takei, Nikkei Electronics
    Diskeeper Corp developed "ExpressCache," software that enhances operating speed of personal computers (PCs) by using a small-capacity SSD as a cache for HDD, and demonstrated it at Computex Taipei 2011. In the demonstration, operations such as booting Windows 7 and launching applications were compared between a PC equipped with a 500-Gbyte HDD (5,400rpm) and a PC using the same hardware in addition to an 8-Gbyte SSD for a cache (made by SanDisk Corp, connected via mSATA). As a result, the software and the SDD halved the time it takes to perform those operations. ExpressCache is software that monitors the read/write...
  • Unorthodox links to the internet Signalling dissent

    03/25/2011 11:22:57 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 48 replies
    Economist ^ | March 25 2011
    WITH a tin can, some copper wire and a few dollars’ worth of nuts, bolts and other hardware, a do-it-yourselfer can build a makeshift directional antenna. A mobile phone, souped-up with such an antenna, can talk to a network tower that is dozens of kilometres beyond its normal range (about 5km, or 3 miles). As Gregory Rehm, the author of an online assembly guide for such things, puts it, homemade antennae are “as cool as the other side of the pillow on a hot night”. Of late, however, such antennae have proved much more than simply cool. According to Jeff...
  • China Tightens Censorship of Electronic Communications

    03/22/2011 4:09:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/21/11 | SHARON LaFRANIERE and DAVID BARBOZA
    BEIJING — If anyone wonders whether the Chinese government has tightened its grip on electronic communications since protests began engulfing the Arab world, Shakespeare may prove instructive. A Beijing entrepreneur, discussing restaurant choices with his fiancée over their cellphones last week, quoted Queen Gertrude’s response to Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The second time he said the word “protest,” her phone cut off. He spoke English, but another caller, repeating the same phrase on Monday in Chinese over a different phone, was also cut off in midsentence. A host of evidence over the past several weeks shows...
  • Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You (end of an era?)

    03/19/2011 2:11:19 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/18/11 | Pamela Paul
    NOBODY calls me anymore — and that’s just fine. With the exception of immediate family members, who mostly phone to discuss medical symptoms and arrange child care, and the Roundabout Theater fund-raising team, which takes a diabolical delight in phoning me every few weeks at precisely the moment I am tucking in my children, people just don’t call. It’s at the point where when the phone does ring — and it’s not my mom, dad, husband or baby sitter — my first thought is: “What’s happened? What’s wrong?” My second thought is: “Isn’t it weird to just call like that?...
  • China trains army of messenger pigeons

    03/02/2011 6:10:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Malcolm Moore, Shanghai
    China is training 10,000 messenger pigeons to deliver vital military communications in the event of the country's communication systems breaking down. According to the Chinese state media, the pigeons are being trained by a special unit of the People's Liberation Army in the central city of Chengdu. "They will be primarily called upon to conduct special military missions between troops stationed at our borders," said Chen Hong, an air force expert, to China Central Television (CCTV), the state broadcaster. "In modern warfare, the pigeon is indispensable," he added. "There are as many military pigeons as there are soldiers in the...
  • EchoStar buy Hughes Communications for $1.34B

    02/14/2011 11:01:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/14/11 | AP
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- EchoStar Corp. will buy satellite Internet services company Hughes Communications Inc. for about $1.34 billion so it can boost its ability to transport data and video via broadband, the company said Monday. The value is based on Hughes' 22 million outstanding shares. EchoStar, which makes equipment for cable, telecom and satellite TV providers, said the deal is worth $2 billion including debt, which the company said it will refinance.
  • First National Emergency Alert System EAS Test Ordered

    02/08/2011 10:41:37 AM PST · by The Comedian · 12 replies
    National Terror Alert Response Center ^ | 2/7/2011 | Homeland Security NTARC News
    The FCC has made it official. It has released an order that requires participants in the Emergency Alert System EAS, namely broadcasters, cable operators, and certain satellite providers, to participate in the first-ever national test of EAS. This test will differ starkly from the monthly EAS tests the public is familiar with. In this instance, the White House will actually activate the test as if the President wanted to take over the air waves to address the nation. No specific date for the test was set, although as it stands, a two-month notice will be provided.
  • The Day Part Of The Internet Died: Egypt Goes Dark

    01/28/2011 12:45:44 PM PST · by edpc · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 28 Jan 2011 | Jordan Robertson
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- About a half-hour past midnight Friday morning in Egypt, the Internet went dead. Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the Internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule, experts said. Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for any country with a major Internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the Internet to try and silence dissent.
  • Liveblogging the Vote on Rules Protecting the Open Internet

    12/21/2010 12:31:45 PM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    OpenInternet.gov ^ | December 21, 2010 | George Krebbs
    I realize this has been posted several times over the past few days. However, this blog notes the six "principles" today's order covers. And all of us here at FRee Republic know that what is WRITTEN in federal rule means nothing. It's what the FCC's lawyers SAYS it means is all that counts. 1) Transparency. Consumers and innovators have a right to know the basic performance characteristics of their Internet access and how their network is being managed. 2) No Blocking. A right to send and receive lawful traffic. This prohibits blocking of lawful content, apps, services, and the connection...
  • Video:Is Your Cell Phone Spying On You?

    12/06/2010 1:49:20 PM PST · by greatdefender · 12 replies
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | December 6, 2010
    It's possible that someone could listen to your conversations -- even when you're not on the phone.