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The Ephemerality and Reality of the Jetpack

djupedal 1950s (127 comments)

I suspect they ran the numbers and decided that rather than making medicore-range quasi-flyers out of ground soldiers, the smart money was on just getting it over with and develop better helicopters, instead. Better speed; longer flights; bigger payloads - all much cheaper than adding limited flight capabilities to the individual.

about a month and a half ago
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Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

djupedal Re:Drone Ahoy (56 comments)

Two words: air space

about 1 month ago
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Find Along Chilean Highway Suggests Ancient Mass Stranding of Whales

djupedal Article seems a bit confused (63 comments)

The article says:
"Second, most of the baleen whale skeletons had been preserved “belly-up”—a position that suggests the creatures died at sea, rolled upside down as they decomposed, and then remained inverted when high tides or storm surges deposited them on shore. That ultimate resting position is typical of modern baleen whales that die at sea, Goldbogen says.

Finally, ripples preserved in the rocks indicate that the carcasses ended up lying crosswise to currents that had cast them onto the beach—just as in modern mass strandings, Pyenson says."


We've been told that modern 'strandings' are the cause of death (witness all the efforts to return the creatures to deeper waters), not the result.

about 1 month ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

djupedal eh hem... (341 comments)

Everyone (besides me) that actually has glass right now - show of hands...? Great, thanks. The rest of you - STFU & bite me.

about 2 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

djupedal Well, derp, then... (293 comments)

A study on trolling asked if you troll and if you said yes... Wouldn't a simple yes/no question have been easier.

about 2 months ago
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Putting the Next Generation of Brains In Danger

djupedal 6 layers, right? (143 comments)

That's how many times our brain has already been upgraded by evolution. I suspect this isn't the first time a generation or two has been sacrificed in the name of adaptation, so it's all good down the road.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut

djupedal why oh why (61 comments)

Naming every 1" stone chip on Mars is going to take a long time. Of course that is one way to keep the funding going :)

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

djupedal Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at all. (357 comments)

Michel Mulder, who led a Dutch sweep of the medals in the men’s 500, offered another explanation.

“It could also be,” he said of the Americans, “that they were just outclassed here.”

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

djupedal Depends on the sequence of events... (384 comments)

Have you already billed and been paid? Do you know if the 'expert' has already voiced an opinion to said client about your voracity? Is the client a relative?

about 2 months ago
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Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?

djupedal maybe, but . . . (112 comments)

'better at math' seems a bit vague. Better at algebra, maybe, but many who suffer from dyscalculia excel at higher math, example string theory. We don't need more individuals that are ok w/algebra, so the value here is more about trying to better understand the brain than about helping people get jobs working the register at a food truck.

about 2 months ago
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Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

djupedal Ah...the poetry of it all (202 comments)

'Death by Cop'
'Death by Intimidation'
'Death by Dieing'
'Death by Failure'
'Death by Circumstance'
'Death by Stereo'
'Death by Drowning'
'Death by Crossfit'


...the press doesn't care, as long as someone dies. 'Death by Drone' is just today's flavor, nothing more.

**If you have a domain to sell, speak up as clients are waiting** Sorry, they just left the room - never mind.

about 2 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

djupedal Re:Help me out (299 comments)

In pre-internet society, those things were curtailed very efficiently by peer pressure.

Your case is actually one that is being argued against internet anonymity.

I think you mean acrimony. That and you may have had entirely different peers than some of us :) Sorry about your lunch money...

about 2 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

djupedal Re:Help me out (299 comments)

Thanks - it's nice we can relax and talk online like ***ing normal people without having to worry, I guess. If push comes to shove, tho, I'm switching to commenting in Chinese.

about 2 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

djupedal Help me out (299 comments)

I can see this being valid when banking or doing a search on 'ambassador reception' posting revenge sex photos about your ex, but what about when you're just being a dick in general? Should those recognized members of society care as well? Does the govt. have an anti-prick squad yet? You know, something besides the wonks looking for donkey punch culprits.

about 2 months ago
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Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements

djupedal meh (158 comments)

This 'movement' is just patronizing what it sees as gullible dupes for the following reasons: profit and oh yes, profit. Professionals and SMES are an integral part of the food chain when bringing new blood into the mix. Leaving them out works to stagnate those fresh minds, not help them along.

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

djupedal They got nothing... (526 comments)

It's their product and no proof you victimized it, unless using it at all isn't allowed. Escalate (with more noise) up the food chain, try another dealer, etc. until they realize keeping a customer happy is more valuable than a 22.1 cent speaker and the time to swap it/them out would ever be.

about 2 months ago
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Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

djupedal And the circle is complete (149 comments)

"Coin Wash Laundry" ...and how many times has one been a front for a counterfeit puppy sex change massage parlor bag drop underground railroad safe house, after all.

about 2 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

djupedal Here's the deal (192 comments)

Just got my glass last week, and the way I see it (pun!), it is ok for the cops as long as it is ok for the public at large too.

about 2 months ago
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How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap

djupedal Say what? (109 comments)

No security? BS. That would suggest that all one has to do is lift the skirt and look. That's not the case, however, since not all the data is easily sniffed. Seems this is just a product leak/blurb to build a brand, nothing else.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps

djupedal Homework Assignment For This Story (92 comments)

The more people that repeatedly search on 'Ambassador's Reception', the more fun the security wonks will have trying to figure out why the spike and which ambassador :)

about 2 months ago

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Ocean fish biomass 10 times higher than thought

djupedal djupedal writes  |  about 2 months ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Yes, I get it...new data, [ "A team of researchers has found that the abundance of mesopelagic fish in the ocean that could be at least 10 times higher than previously thought" ] but when do we reach the point where we're unafraid to believe the new data over the old data? If we couldn't trust them before, why should we trust them now. Maybe I'm just suffering study-fatigue, but I'd like to see more info on why this time, and not just the usual 'better tech/tools' derp-mantra. And yes, if they'd have asked me, I could have told them that was the case, for no other reason than such existing stats are more often wrong than not — that, and it's a big ass collection of oceans. After all, we've been told for decades that we know next to nothing about ocean depths, so it holds that the majority of such 'studies' are nothing more than brain-dumped assumptions."
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About time, I think...

djupedal djupedal writes  |  about 8 months ago

djupedal (584558) writes "USA Today (8.13.13) says " More women finding jobs in tech sector — According to the survey, the top tech positions for women — in order — were project manager, business analyst, other IT, quality assurance tester and technical recruiter, while men tended to hold job titles such as software engineer, systems administrator, project manager, IT manager and applications developer.""
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Chloe submits an app for approval...

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Chloe submits an app for approval...and runs right into the buzzsaw...

JB: "Chloe! I need that software! What's the hang up?"

Chloe: "All I know at this point is what the email says."

JB: "Read it to me..."

Chloe: "Dear CTU. Your app, '400 Ways to Shatter A Mans' Skull Just By Sneezing', has been rejected based on what the reviewer has determined is objectionable content'.

JB: "Is that all?"

Chloe: "No, it gets worse..."

Also, '400 Ways to Shatter A Mans' Skull Just By Sneezing' cannot be posted to the App Store because the small bundle icon does not match your large icon. This might be confusing to users.

iTunes Connect Developer Guide, pg 35 Large Icon (512x512)
The small (57x57) icon that you include inside the binary will be used on the home screen, and the App Store when viewed from the iPod touch and iPhone. The large icon will be used to feature your application on the iTunes App Store.

Please resolve this issue and upload a new binary and correct metadata using iTunes Connect. Also please remove all objectionable content prior to resubmitting.

Regards,
iPhone Developer Program"

JB: "Chloe! I need that app with the original icon and full content approved and in the store as soon as possible. I must be able to download it when my plane lands in iPhoneistan. If it's not up and running by the time I rendezvous with the really, really bad guys, we're going to have more trouble than just objectionable content and a recycled happy face logo."

Chloe: "I don't think I can, Jack. This isn't like the time you lost reception on your cell phone in Manhattan and 24 hours later AT&T announced that it would have more bars in more places. We're flying blind here. No one knows what the exact process is to get an app approved in the store. It could be anything!"

JB: "Listen closely. We don't have much time. I need you on this one! Find out who has the authority to approve that app right now. Tell them to get off their charging pads and flip the switch...their country needs them. Explain how I died for mine, and lived to tell about it. Use Kim's iTunes logon if you have to, but just get it done!"

Chloe: "OK, Jack, I'll keep trying. Maybe if I remind them that The Black Eyed Peas were just The Peas until you heard their music.""
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Why does NASA exaggerate?

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "In the recent article at the link, NASA types reportedly discusses yet another discovery the the 'Opportunity' rover. From that article: 'NASA's Opportunity rover has discovered a peculiar rock on Mars that scientists think originated deep within the red planet. The stone could reveal new secrets about the makeup of Mars' interior. Dubbed "Marquette Island," the rock is a dark boulder not much bigger than a basketball that sits on a rippled Martian plain. "Marquette Island is different in composition and character from any known rock on Mars or meteorite from Mars," said Opportunity principal investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "It is one of the coolest things Opportunity has found in a very long time."'

The specific object in discussion is subsequently referred to using these words:

rock;
stone;
island;
boulder;
basketball-sized...

A boulder can be as small as 10" in diameter, but is typically thought of as something too big for a human to lift. A Men's Size 7 regulation basketball has a diameter of 9.39 inches. An island is any piece of land that is surrounded by water.

If NASA were to claim that a boulder was about to enter the atmosphere, or an island sized rock, what would the public be led to think about the size of such an object? What if NASA said a basketball-sized object was about to collide with earth? Or a rock or a stone?

NASA seems to think there is no issue calling a 10" rock an island by way of drama. Is 'island' used because NASA wants to find water so bad, that if they go on record as having found an island people will think it means an object surrounded by water, water everywhere? That would kill two birds with one stone, eh? "Love us! We found something very, very big AND it is in the middle of a vast expanse of water! An amazing two-fer! How's that for a return on your tax dollars!!!"

The lack of responsibility towards any kind of accuracy seems to reflect a stronger motive towards space-theater instead. The act of being fast and loose with such descriptions shows a lack of professionalism and respect for the public's need for clear feedback about what is really going on, not to mention their ability to estimate sizes on their own if given facts. In the absence of such respect, the public is being shortchanged on many levels.

Is NASA fearful that if they say 'small rock' instead of 'coolest thing', the result will be chastisement instead of support for their efforts? Are they concerned that the public may not want to have them out looking for trivia so they make things up to avoid being chided?

This isn't new. One rover was said to be exploring a trench...that was only dug 3" wide. It was also reported to be exploring an area named 'Sleepy Hollow' that was less than a meter wide.

If, as they say, the rover is headed for a 'crater', does that mean something smaller or larger than a sinkhole capable of swallowing a bus, or a mere pothole or perhaps a dip as small as a cereal bowl? Is a cliff the size of Yosemite's Half Dome or no more than the distance from your coffee table to the carpet? Is a plain the size of Alaska or small enough to fit in an overhead bin?

Using NASA's metrics, anything by name is free for re-definition at will, just be sure to apply 'tons' of drama so the public can oh and ahh."

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Murdoch hails electronic reading devices

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal writes "Rupert Murdoch, a proprietor known for having ink in his veins, has hailed the day when electronic reading devices will do away with the need for newsprint and the costs that go with it.

"Devices such as Amazon.com's Kindle and Sony's Reader could take 20 years to displace newspapers..." the News Corp chairman told Goldman Sachs annual media conference, "but I do certainly see the day when more people will be buying their newspapers on portable reading panels than on crushed trees".

"Then we're going to have no paper, no printing plants, no unions", said Mr Murdoch, who battled printing unions at his Wapping plant in London more than 20 years ago. "It's going to be great.""

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Help Wanted to Write Book of Life

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "BBC News says "A virtual book of all life on Earth is being created by UK and US scientists. The online reference work will create a detailed world map of flora and fauna and track changes in biodiversity. The database, dubbed a "macroscopic observatory", will be populated with data about local species gathered by members of the public. Early elements of the giant database, such as automatic species identification systems, are already under construction."

Might 'elp a wee bit if we finish learning about the 3/4's of the planet we haven't seen much of yet...eh...y'a think? Because the phrase 'A virtual book of 25% of all life on Earth' might not get you into the local bookstore."

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Apple Push Notification

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Been told that Apple has sent an email to developers asking for volunteers to test the upcoming 3.0 feature 'Apple Push Notification', by downloading an Associated Press app for iPhone 3.0 from the iTunes store (7-day expiration redemption code provided), "...to create a high-volume test environment for our servers."

The app is to be installed on a dev device running iPhone OS beta 5 (only)."
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Conde(ll)scending Della?

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Dell launches 'Della,' a Web site geared to women and 'cute' netbooks. Netbooks for sale, of course, along with recipe, shopping, diet and exercise tips galore. Everything a modern on-the-go tech-amazon could wish for, all at one url. Buy now....swoon later.

"There was certainly no intent to offend anyone and if we did, we apologize," said Dell spokesman Bob Kaufman. "Many people do see their laptops and netbooks as a style statement, and we want to be part of those conversations."

What a boon...doggle. Get out while you can, Bob."

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Betweenness... E-mail messages reveal real leaders

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "BBC.co.uk reports with their take on a study from 2003... "Every e-mail message you send bears far more information than you might think.

Researchers are studying who sends mail to whom to explain the hidden maps of influence and collaboration that spring up inside organizations. The maps reveal which groups are actually getting on with work, which people have become leaders or project managers and those people who are the opinion formers inside companies. The research technique could also be used to identify leaders of tech-savvy criminal gangs or terrorist groups.

The study was carried out by Joshua Tyler, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo Huberman from Hewlett Packard's laboratories in Palo Alto, California."

-=-=-=-
No word if this process has been used in employee performance reviews — or why it took five years for the BBC to report on it as if it was new..."

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Galaxy 'missing link' uncovered

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "By Jason Palmer, Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Astronomers have identified a type of galaxy that represents a "missing link" in our understanding of the Universe.

Spiral and elliptical galaxies used to be known exclusively as "blue" and "red", respectively. But two studies, published in a Royal Astronomical Society journal, show that one in five galaxies is a red spiral. It is now thought the red spirals occur when spiral galaxies grow old without any violent collisions, such as with other galaxies.

(No word if GalaxyZoo has been updated accordingly)"
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US firm unveils plans for mini nuclear reactors

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Nuclear power is normally associated with gigawatt-scale facilities costing billions of dollars and run by armies of scientists and engineers. But some in the nuclear industry have long argued that much smaller, unmanned reactors could play a role too. Such reactors, which would have power outputs of only a few tens of megawatts, would be particularly suitable for people or companies in remote parts of the world.

"There is a strong humanitarian bent to these reactors," said John "Grizz" Deal, Hyperion's CEO. "This was invented to provide electricity and hot water to remote locations, where people might not have electricity or clean water."

No word if Ted Kaczynski has approved..."

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Copernicus' remains and grave found

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Coppy? Is that you??? — Now that they have his DNA....will he rise again...?

MSNBC/AP reports... "DNA matches hair retrieved from one of 16th-century astronomer's books.

Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe back in the very early 1500's.""
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Row over altered US Army photo

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "BBC online reports...

The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered. Ann Dunwoody was shown in front of the US flag but it later emerged that this background had been added.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency subsequently suspended the use of US Department of Defense photos.

"For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography."
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Okla. ambulances debut sirens that you can feel

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/A.P.: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27676244/ "Booming like a 1980s video game, the Howler can even make liquids ripple — Oklahoma's largest ambulance company will become the first ambulance service in the nation to outfit its entire fleet with new Howler sirens, designed to emit low-frequency tones that penetrate objects within 200 feet — such as cars — to alert drivers.""
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Headphones can interfere with heart devices

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/AP: "Magnets may pose a problem but experts say there's no need to overreact " 11.09.2008 — NEW ORLEANS — Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck — even when they're disconnected. A study finds that some headphones can interfere with heart devices if held very close to them."
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World's largest truck goes robotic

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/Discovery Ch.: "The 700-ton Caterpillar 797 is getting a hi-tech upgrade thanks to technology developed as part of the DARPA Urban Challenge. The goal is to improve efficiency and reduce risk of injury to people in the dangerous business of high-capacity mines.""
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'Invisibility cloak' for tsunamis

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes ">MSNBC: An 'invisibility cloak' for tsunamis?
"Many experts are skeptical that the experiment could ward off a disaster.

Impossible? Perhaps not, according to a team of French and British physicists that has devised an 'invisibility cloak' that could, in theory, hide susceptible platforms or coastlines from ocean waves such as tsunamis.

The cloaking concept is based on positioning multiple rows of pillars at specific intervals within a cylindrical pattern, so that the pillars and intervening spaces resemble a round checkerboard from above. In the lab, a small aluminum cylinder was subdivided into 50 precisely spaced rows of pillars radiating out from a flat center. The columns essentially dissipate oncoming waves so that anything behind the structure is hidden from them.""
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Space tourist demands $21 million refund

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Space tourist demands $21 million refund

Reuters/MSNBC

"A Japanese businessman who trained for a 10-day flight aboard the international space station has sued to get his money back, claiming he was defrauded of $21 million by the U.S. firm that arranged the venture.

Daisuke Enomoto, 37, had completed training in Russia and planned to fly to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule in September 2006. But he was pulled from the three-member crew a month before liftoff, opening a seat for Dallas businesswoman Anousheh Ansari to fly instead.""
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Google Guy's Words Get Quick Response

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "From the Washington Post online...

"Google co-founder Larry Page turned up on Capitol Hill today to boost the company's "Free the Airwaves" campaign, and he had some strong words for those who oppose their bid to open more of the airwaves for high speed Internet access. Google, Microsoft and others in the tech world want the FCC to allow the unlicensed use of "white spaces" — the gaps in the spectrum between television channels — as a means of making broadband Internet access widely available in the U.S. But broadcasters fear that their use could cause interference with television stations and other devices, such as wireless microphones.

Page said some of the tests that have been done to determine whether new devices using the white spaces would interfere had been "rigged." A Google spokesman said later he was referring to tests held in August at FedEx Field.""

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