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DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

Icepick_ from-the-no-shit-department (337 comments)

When it happens, It's going to be really bad.

about a year ago
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AT&T Threatening To Raise Rates After Merger Failure

Icepick_ Re:"cellular" means frequence reuse (247 comments)

Not so with CDMA/UMTS/LTE. All cells operate on the same frequency.

Under these coding schemes, more cells allow more capacity, but they all use the same spectrum.

more than 2 years ago
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US Changes How Air Travelers Are Screened

Icepick_ Drug cases (260 comments)

I wonder how the cases where drugs were found and reported to law enforcement will pan out.

Does consenting to a TSA screening also mean you're consenting to a search? I'm certain someone will attempt to try the unreasonable search and seizure/warrentless search defense.

This troubles me.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Should Own Your Smartphone?

Icepick_ Heck, I work for a mobile phone company.... (129 comments)

And they make me pay for my own service. Discounted, but I still have to pay. The phone is mine.

And because of this, I can refuse to receive work email on it. Come 5 pm, I'm out, and I'll be back tomorrow. No answering mail at 2 am for me.

more than 4 years ago
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Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals

Icepick_ Re:EXPOSURE: 1 hour of cellphone=lifetime with WiF (474 comments)

FWIW, I'm a GSM RF Engineer. Two issues with your post:

In the US, phones are limited to 1 W max for 1900 MHz (aka PCS) transmission, and 2 W for 850 MHz.

The interference you hear on your speakers isn't due to the amount of power being transmited, but it's actually caused by the modulation of the signals being transmitted. That modulation occurs at 217 Hz....which is audible.

more than 4 years ago
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Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

Icepick_ Re:We are a bunch (898 comments)

You've never tried texting on New Year's Eve. Many of those texts don't go through for hours.

FWIW: I work for T-Mobile in an engineering capacity. I know of what I speak.

more than 5 years ago
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SCO's Lawsuit Gets Even Crazier

Icepick_ Wait (179 comments)

wat?

more than 6 years ago

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