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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

clonehappy Re:I don't see what good unlocking does (74 comments)

This is a tech site, we're supposed to be people who keep up with the latest in technology. I'm not sure, exactly, why I have to keep posting this over and over, but here we go again:

The "retarded" Verizon specific phones are actually some of the most compatible phones you can buy today. Not only do they work on the Verizon CDMA and "bastardized" LTE networks, but they include full functionality for GSM and HSPA networks. I have two Verizon phones, right at this moment, that I'm using full time on other networks with full capability. My Verizon iPhone 5S is currently being used on an AT&T postpaid plan. All LTE, HSPA, and GSM functions work with 100% compatibility. My Verizon LG G2 is being used on T-Mobile with full LTE, HSPA, and GSM services. Nearly every phone worth having today is fully compatible with the GSM/WCDMA (HSPA) network technology. Phones are becoming more compatible, not less.

Now, everyone always wants to trot out the fact that you can't take a phone from Carrier X and move it to Verizon, and this is true. Very few use cases actually involve moving a phone TO Verizon, however. But to say that Verizon phones are the bastard child of the cellular industry is simply untrue. In fact, they are more useful to some people, including myself, as I can take the aforementioned G2 or iPhone and put my Verizon SIM back in it and go on my way. Phone manufacturers have no incentive to make multiple product lines, yet they all still need to support Verizon as the largest carrier in the United States. So they make compatible phones, then simply disable the ability to connect to CDMA on the ones sold to GSM/HSPA providers. But the Verizon ones are compatible with GSM/HSPA and CDMA, making them the most versatile of all.

At any rate, things being more open rather than less is always a good thing. There are plenty of cases where a phone geek such as myself can benefit from having unlocked handsets lying around. Say someone breaks a phone, or an iPhone fanboy wants to try out Android (or the other way around), or traveling overseas, or trying out a new MVNO or prepaid carrier...just pop in the SIM and you're on your way. And as for the GP, millions of phones work on CDMA and GSM (and their descendents), they're just all sold by Verizon. But the FUD machine wants you to think there's no good reason to have handsets with carrier mobility, and for many folks, that's simply untrue.

2 days ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

clonehappy Re:Uh (278 comments)

For the sake of our privacy, let's all hope so!

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

clonehappy Re:LoL... (278 comments)

Raw phone audio traffic/data, at least on cellular which makes up the vast majority of telephone traffic these days, is already heavily compressed at the air interface level to allow companies to maximize the voice traffic they can carry across a channel without increasing physical capacity. It would be hard to compress it much further and still be audible. Hell, on Verizon Wireless's network it is already practically inaudible due to the compression.
 
You'd basically just have to dump it to disk which wouldn't be processor intensive whatsoever nor would it take much disk. 8k EVRC is a common audio codec, which you could store roughly 30 years of phone calls on a 1TB disk at 8kbps. More reading on EVRC

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

clonehappy Re:Thank you William Binney (278 comments)

You expect anyone in the media to actually be able to figure out how to reply to someone when it's more involved than just clicking the reply button at the top of the web page they check their email on?

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

clonehappy Re:I'm shocked! (278 comments)

worse than I expected

 
Then you really, really haven't been paying attention for the last 15-odd years or so. Where are the apologies from all of the nay-saying bootlickers who branded those of us who have been pointing these things out since the early-90's "tinfoil hat nutters" or "right-wing conspiracy theorists" or just plain old "kooks"?
 
I'm not happy to be proven right (I was always hoping to be proven wrong), I'm just sad that we had to let it get to this point before people started paying attention.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

clonehappy Re:There are legit uses (188 comments)

So now I guess I can expect a knock on my door from a couple guys with no sense of humor that drive a nondescript sedan with black wall tires.

Nondescript sedan with blackwall tires? Weren't those the days...

Howabouts a no-knock raid on your next door neighbor's house (since the jackboots can't be assed to get the house number right in most cases) where they shoot his dog and break his grandma's nose with the butt of the rifle for telling them to fuck off?

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

clonehappy Re:Good. (188 comments)

Ever heard of a Stingray? The police have been using them like hotcakes all over the country. The feds even went as far as to raid a police station who was going to release a FOIA request about their use. Long story short, they emulate a cell phone tower and trick the "target" handset into connecting to it. It's a hardware MITM over the cell network. Highly illegal, violates a number of laws and FCC regulations. Of course, those are perfectly fine since it's the power elite using them against YOU. You want a cell-phone free zone in your museum or church? PIRATERRORISM, of course.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

clonehappy Re:Us AV guys have known this for years. (394 comments)

Putting a cable box on the sequencer is a bad idea. Almost all STBs will lose all of their guide data, which can take hours to repopulate, in addition to taking forever to boot up. Occasionally they will even lose their subscription information if you are out of town/country for a few weeks. I wouldn't recommend it.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

clonehappy Re:500 Watts for master/slave power relay, likely (394 comments)

You can't read well. I just spelled out, in a post you replied to, exactly what the switched-AC passthrough port that is on the back of many STBs was originally designed for (which was for powering on an old-fashioned CRT television set). No, modern DVRs like TiVo probably DON'T have them (they also aren't rated for 500W), but many of your Motorola/GI/SA boxes DO in fact, have the switched power passthrough on the back. Stop trying to stir up bullshit.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

clonehappy Disingenuous Summary (394 comments)

Which is it? 500 watts or 35 watts? This summary and title are completely ridiculous, I can think of plenty of other things that are using more power in my home than a cable box. Refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, hair blow dryer, desktop computer, television, central heating/air conditioning, range (if it's electric), power tools/garage, home theatre system, the list goes on and on.
 
The reason the "500 Watts!!!" is disingenuous, is because many cable boxes have a switched outlet that allow you to plug in a television set to the back of it. Back in the good ol' days, you could click on the cable box and the TV would turn on as well, if it was plugged into the back. That CRT might draw as much as 500 watts, so that's what it's rated for. With the advent of universal remotes, electronic controls in sets that forget the last power setting and the need for constant power to keep settings and "quick-on" for many sets, this is now an antiquated port that's just a hold over from the olden days of cable TV.
 
The STB might be the 2nd biggest energy user in many homes, but I wouldn't bet on *most* homes.

about a month ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

clonehappy Re:Real easy to see what's going on here... (346 comments)

It's simplistic on purpose. Because as far as the general public and people who are loyal to the Constitution, rather than the secret police, are concerned, he gave us concrete evidence that we're being systematically denied our basic human rights by the wicked authoritarian regime that's risen to power out of the dark depths of the intelligence community and that's all that matters is that we are getting fucked.
 
I guess I could expand my analogy to say that not only is the husband a womanizer, he's also a slimy scumbag with a history of questionable activities, murder, and shady business deals. So to cross him, you'd better be ready to go all in. At that point, you can't just stop with telling his wife how she's getting fucked, you tell everyone he's fucking the whole world over what he's up to.
 
Otherwise you risk opening yourself up to his wrath. If Snowden just leaked a document or two about the light, fluffy things the secret police are doing to the public, he would have faded into obscurity and then permanently "disappeared" by the powers that be. You know what I mean by that. His only choice was to leak every, single document he had and keep himself in the public eye in order to keep safe.
 
    Again, was it right? Possibly not, again that all depends on where your priorities lie. If you are the general public, you aren't real concerned with what the spooks are doing overseas, you care what they are doing to you right here at home. I'm just explaining why everyone *does* think he's a hero, just as the wife in my "simplistic" analogy above probably wouldn't care too much about how her murdering scum husband's dirty laundry was aired, neither does anyone care what happens to the NSA at this point.

about a month and a half ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

clonehappy Real easy to see what's going on here... (346 comments)

Imagine a hypothetical situation:

You are cheating on your wife, and have been doing so for some time now. A good friend of hers finds out about what you're doing and tells your her. At this point, people are going to be pissed off at one of two people. People loyal to you are going to be pissed off at your wife's friend for ratting you out. People loyal to her are going to be pissed off at you, and see your wife's friend as a hero. That's just the way things work. So you can always tell where someone's loyalties really lie by determining whom they are pissed off at.

In this situation, the secret police/military complex/power elite/establishment is effectively screwing over the general public and the Constitution (the highest law of that land, for those that are unfamiliar), and has been doing so for some time now. Someone finds out about what they're really doing and tells us. At this point, people are pissed off at one of two people (or groups of people). People who are loyal to the secret police/military complex/power elite/establishment are pissed off at Snowden for ratting them out. People loyal to the general public and Constitution are pissed off at the people screwing them, and see him as a hero.

I'm not trying to scream "shill" to every person who wants Snowden's head on a pike, but you'd better believe that any prominent figure who is crying traitor day in and day out in the public media, well, you know where their loyalties lie is all I'm saying. It's not too hard to figure it out.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

clonehappy Re:Gs and stores. (259 comments)

You understand wrong. A few carriers petitioned the ITU to allow them to market their advanced HSPA+ networks as "4G". This was because they had no LTE network and Verizon was rolling one out. All of the carriers that were marketing HSPA+ as 4G now run LTE networks, however.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

clonehappy Re:SIM card (259 comments)

Get an unlocked phone with a removable SIM card (which excludes anything Verizon sells)

Stop repeating lies. Every modern Verizon phone sold in the last 3 years has a removable SIM card. The last 5 Verizon phones I've owned (iPhone 5S, LG G2, HTC Rezound, RAZR HD, Galaxy S3) were sold SIM unlocked with GSM/HSPA world capabilities. Most even work on AT&T/T-Mobile here in the USA as well. Just because Verizon *used* to sell crippled CDMA-only hardware doesn't mean that's been the case in recent history. The Verizon devices are actually the best ones to get nowadays, as they are the only carrier selling factory unlocked phones and are compatible with Verizon AND every other GSM provider in the world.

about 2 months ago
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Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

clonehappy Re:Sensationalism at it's finest... (136 comments)

The amount of plastic found was "three orders of magnitude larger than some counts of plastic particles in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch" Maybe that isn't interesting enough for you, but it is for me.

Did you RTFA? It also says that the researcher used a 0.22 micron filter to catch the particles out of the melted sea ice, and a 333 micron filter to catch particles out of the water from the garbage patch. Do you know how many orders of magnitude smaller that filter is? And how many orders of magnitude more crap that filter will catch?? Or was it more convenient for you to not mention that fact?
 
Again, this is common sense passed off as sensationalist bullshit trying to cause some alarm as if it's something we didn't already know. If you dump shit in the ocean, it pollutes the whole fucking thing. Some of that shit travels up to the Arctic where it's cold as fuck and freezes in the ice in the winter. Then, in the summer when it gets warmer, some of that shit thaws and is released back into the ocean. Gee, glad they told us that

I read the article and am just saying that while it might be a mildly interesting read, it really isn't anything as jaw-dropping or earth-shattering or outrageous as the headlines would lead us to believe, like most every article posted on here these days. And as for the "Thinly veiled reference to global warming", yes, I stand by what I said. Arctic sea ice freezes and thaws in a cycle every year. Whatever froze into that ice was already in the water recently, and therefore this is not some impending doom waiting to be released on the oceans when the warm period comes and that sea ice thaws. If we found a way to somehow pollute the land-based ice caps and they were actually thawing and releasing the pollutants, then this would be a story.

As it stands, still sensationalist garbage that didn't deserve a place on the front page of slashdot.

about 2 months ago
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Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

clonehappy Sensationalism at it's finest... (136 comments)

Wait...as it melts?? It melts every year, then freezes again. It's not like some barrage of plastic that's been sequestered in ice for billions of years is suddenly going to be dumped into the ocean because of the Arctic sea ice "melting", a thinly veiled reference to global warming as if the melting isn't happening every summer. And if it was created in 2012, then gets released, then a little bit freezes in the ice next year...it doesn't sound like this is even a story!

As an aside, what happened to Slashdot? What happened to our ability to critically think in general? Crap like this should never see the light of day on the main page, it's almost as if we're just expected to consume whatever the headline is alluding to, truth be damned, and subsequently have the proper level of outrage as is determined by the +5 comments. What happened to active discourse, agreeing to disagree, and civility even amongst people with different ideologies? Every day, I read more and more comments along the lines of "If you disagree with me, you should be executed." It makes me really, really sad and angry at the same time that we've been effectively reduced to the mental capacity of neanderthals when it comes to our science/religion of choice (and really, what's the difference anymore?)

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

clonehappy Re:Sure (500 comments)

Nice appeal to emotion, but fuck off. A few posts down, someone replied that it sets a bad precedent, but that the first time an idiot cop interprets Fido's "woof" as consent to a seach it will be litigated.

The problem, is that it will be litigated and upheld, as cops can do no wrong in the eyes of a judge. All because assholes like you trade our rights away every day in the name of "poor beaten woman", "gang material", "guns", and other dangerous undesirables we should trade our rights away for. Which all sound very reasonable, until you realize where it goes. A totalitarian police state run by people like you who are afraid of shadows

So you know what, fuck off, and fuck the poor beaten woman. She shouldn't have been shacking up with gangbanging trash in the first place if she didn't want gangster shit going on in her house. I'm not giving up my rights because some people can't make even the most basic life decisions in a decent manner. It really isn't my problem, I don't associate with gangbangers so I could really care less if they all murder each other in the gang-ridden cesspits of our victim disarmament zones, and I'll keep my 4th Amendment, thank you very much!/p?

about 5 months ago
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Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

clonehappy Color me Shocked! (157 comments)

It's not like everyone hasn't been saying this for 3 years now. If you'd been paying attention, you would already know this was the case. But I remember when people were saying this in 2011, 2012, even into 2013, they were nay-sayed and called coal shills and alarmists. Now what?

about 5 months ago
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White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition

clonehappy Re:Just that same old song and dance. (245 comments)

The 'playlist for the dance' will remain the same as long as there are effectively only two parties to choose from at voting time.

And this is why you should support every Tea Party candidate that you can. Now, wait, hear me out. You may not agree with their politics, but you have to admit they're really stirring people up, both on the left and the right. Now, I know, what you're going to say: "They'll ruin our entire system, set the rights of $GROUP back 100 years, make the middle class poor, make the rich richer, and leave us all out to hang and dry!"

And you'd probably be right. And I support that. Yes, I support my quality of life dropping, at least temporarily, if it means we can reboot this entire thing and start over again. There are millions of sane, level-headed liberal folks out there who realize the mess of shit we're in. Just as there are millions of sane, level-headed conservatives out there who realize the same. You see, the average, middle class working person, which whether we admit it on Slashdot or not, most of us are, aren't in support of socialism, no more than we are in support of capitalism. It's a balance. It's not black and white, we're for a decent world to live in. One we can hand down to the next generation and say "See, we tried not to fuck it up so bad, made a few things better, made a few things worse. Give it a shot and see how you do."

But we need to get back to basics. We need a government that builds and maintains infrastructure. Roads, schools, sanitation, water, energy systems. At least at the basic level. We can still have toll roads, we can still have private schools, for those who want them. But government needs to get out of the business of micromanaging people's lives. Now, why should you support the Tea Party? Because if you're so sure they're going to fuck everything up beyond recognition, bring the whole system crashing down to the ground, LET THEM! Then you can rebuild it with your input as you see fit.

As it stands, it's the only real option we have left. No one wants violence or any of that kind of thing here in America. Call it exceptionalism, call it whatever denigrating term you want, I think we're above it. We're not stupid enough to end up shedding the blood of our own people, are we? Over such bullshit as Obamacare, or welfare, or abortion? We can agree to disagree. We can find a compromise that works for everyone, if we stop letting the power structure call all the shots and control every debate with the black and white all or nothing rhetoric. We're not all so different. Not as different as you'd think we are if you watch cable news or read every political blog on the web. We really can fucking get along without secession or violence or this radical idea or that radical idea. But we need to reboot, and the only way to do that is by electing someone who's not a D or an R.

Put the partisan, emotionally charged rhetoric down just long enough to get our country (world?) back. Then we can get right on back to debating about minutia and Justin Bieber. But the hole in the ship isn't getting any smaller, and the guys with the blue and red hammers and nails are only using them to beat us about the head. We can get back to that once we use them to fix the hole and pump out the water. Anyone but the incumbent. That's my vote.

about 5 months ago

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