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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

speedlaw Re:Yeah, but... (303 comments)

More likely, there is FCC approval, but it is classified. The FCC would not want to blow up the rest of the spectrum. Notice how unhappy they get when someone decides to use a cell jammer. There was one instance where a cell jammer was used by a driver, who "took out" a whole tower every day when he passed it. The FCC tracked him down and fined him. I'd guess Harris has a "type acceptance" for the radios.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

speedlaw Scanner is Blocked (303 comments)

Back in the analog days, after a few embarassing phone conversations were recorded in a few places in the world, any radio scanner sold in the USA had to block out the 800 mhz cell frequencies. Clearly, someone thought the general public listening in was a bad idea. Now, the conversations are in an encrypted spead spectrum format. A Casual listener cannot hear anything. A stingray is decrypting this proprietary format. I would argue a HUGE expectation of privacy when using a cell phone, despite it being a radio device. Clearly, you need to be very motivated, or very government, to hear it.....

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

speedlaw They are relentless (463 comments)

I run a small business with an address on a web page. Every single day I get notices from banks saying I need to re register my information. I don't use these banks. I get things from other departments of my business, asking for auto reimbursements, etc. There are no other departments. I once got a notice from my email provider asking me to re-up my acct. They didn't send it. All of this nonsense has exe, zip, html, and a few other files attached. I never open the attachments, and usually delete the emails without opening them either (no active x here, ad and flash block in use). Somehow, I ended up on a hacker list....which I saw from one submission with an unredacted cc list. I do, however, read the full header. The fakes are easy to spot. If you aren't tech, if you use it as an appliance, they will get you eventually..... If I were retired, I'd be a 409 eater

about three weeks ago
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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

speedlaw Just like obamacare (81 comments)

Watch out for the reverse play. Insurance companies screamed about the Affordable Care Act (yet another example of newspeak) The bone tossed was no pre existing condition bar to insurance, and some minor coverage tweaks. The industry GOT mandatory partcipation at the point of the IRS. The policies they are selling and you are forced to buy are crap for most folks. High deductibles mean most things aren't paid for (That trip to the ER for a bee sting reaction or five stitches will be just under the deductible) and if you end up hit by a meteor (cancer, heart) the bills will still be so high the 20% copay will bankrupt you. (those of you from civilized nations may stop making disbelieving looks now) Likewise, the industry will scream about net neutrality, but they will end up with a position more to their advantage. I can hardly wait to find out my small business website "can take advantage of faster loading" in a glossy brochure from an ISP.....

about three weeks ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

speedlaw Re:A good first step (275 comments)

when i got a $5 per month charge on my cable bill for sports programming, which I don't watch (the espn charge), I cut the cord. between OTA and streaming, no regrets at all. buh bye

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

speedlaw Re:Blameless Random Employees? (343 comments)

or throw the keyboard against the office wall...and then write the password on a post it note pinned to the screen

about a month ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

speedlaw Re:What are they going to do? (230 comments)

Which is why Sony bent over so fast. Not only do we have the "background" to the XX deal, but they know the Norks know who the mistress is, and who they buy blow from (the powder kind). Faced with that sort of exposure....

about a month ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

speedlaw Total information awareness ? (177 comments)

What, bugging every cell phone, landline and internet connection isn't enough ?

about a month ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

speedlaw Re:Propaganda? (102 comments)

one would not exhibit paranoia to wonder what conference calls decide what is going on in the 'news'. You can't control all of it, and the web helps, but I feel tossed between Vlad, mujhadeen, and impending enviro doom. Sadly, the last one is real. Add some appeal to consumerism, a dash of fox paranoia, and stir.

about a month and a half ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

speedlaw Re:Fast, but not Quick (395 comments)

mk 6 TDI manual here. 37 mpg combined no matter how hard spanked, 40 if driven nice. The car is fast...it will roll along at any speed up to about 105 that you choose, all day, no matter the hills, but it isn't fast getting there. Kind of like getting a train up to speed. The true test is that at 90 mph, it is as quiet as my e46.

about 2 months ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

speedlaw Too Simple (554 comments)

Index fuel taxes to inflation. Gas eaters pay more. Long distance drivers pay more. econoboxes pay less. grandma, going to the market once a week, pays less. No violation of privacy, no odo readings, we put off the realtime "govt car tracking service" a bit longer. Oh, and this only works if the money stays for roads and bridges....OK, I see why politicians will not let this simple system work.....

about 2 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

speedlaw Re:riiiight (706 comments)

Copyright cops built right into the internet. uh huh. RIAA, Win !

about 2 months ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

speedlaw Nothing new here-Election Year "Bargain" (334 comments)

Fuel prices tend to drop during election years, and especially years where the (R) have a shot at majority. The oil industry is more than willing to forego a few months profit to get control over the Congress. Expect the nastiest Presidential election ever in 2016 (and another temporary price dip). You know the Keystone XL was the real winner in this recent round of elections..... I'm off to fill my heating oil tank now.....

about 3 months ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

speedlaw Re:There is no digital divide (262 comments)

"It just happens". You clearly have little idea how at some evels children occur. This isn't my petit bougie bon mot...it came from a committed social worker in a storefront social services setting. You don't plan. "it just happens". Most people plan where making extras is concerned, but certainly not all.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

speedlaw Bad news for OTA folks (31 comments)

The "spectrum" the Govt wants to auction is "found" by "repacking" the remaining TV over the air broadcasters. Among the great idea are multiple stations using one channel (So we get two crappy streams on one frequency instead of the pretty HDTV we were promised) and other stations going back to VHF-Lo (RF channels 2-5) which don't work all that well without big antennas and have issues with interference and digital. The NAB is unhappy because the "re pack" means that many stations will lose broadcast area. If you are a cable co, or a broadband provider, OF COURSE you will want to do anything you can to cripple the "cut the cord" folks....you can't ban OTA broadcast, but you can cripple it. There is debate as to how much money the broadcasters will get in compensation, but there clearly isn't anyone looking out for the OTA viewer. I like some broadband too but this is the new titan fighting the old titan...

about 3 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

speedlaw Next Year ! Really ! (287 comments)

Much like the flying car, it is possible, and coming next year.....

about 3 months ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

speedlaw nope (242 comments)

Glad I didn't catch the sport virus. When the cableco put a $6 per month charge (or $72.00 per year) on my bill for "sports programming" I checked my antenna and cut out all TV programming. Stream the rest. Worked for me. I enjoy going to games but not being forced to pay for them otherwise.

about 4 months ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

speedlaw A special case (185 comments)

NY law allows a Judge to use alternate means to serve someone evading service...in this case, it is clear that service was being actively avoided. It was an unusual approach but in this case made sense.

about 4 months ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

speedlaw Re:I always thought it was weird... (65 comments)

You are an idiot...of course, you did post AC. If the moon landings were false, the USSR, our main adversary at the time, would have busted us. How would you spoof radio signals from the moon, or in transit ? You can't. First tier nations, as well as motivated radio amateurs, could receive it all... Go find a site to climate deny.

about 4 months ago

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Sony DVR useless after Rovi stops TV Guide OnScreen

speedlaw speedlaw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

speedlaw writes "Rovi has just announced that they are stopping the TV Guide OnScreen service as of April 13th, 2013-this was announced via the service itself. This is an on air listing service that provides listings over the air, as part of an OTA TV signal. Many devices, notably the Sony HDD 250 and 500 Digital Video Recorders, will no longer function without the clock-set data this stream provides. When Microsoft decided to stop supporting Windows 95, they didn't "brick" everyone's system. Worse, Sony never came out with another DVR in the US market. Why do we have to rent them ? How do we get Sony or Rovi to provide at least a software patch to set the clock so the DVR can at least retain 1980's VCR functionality ?

https://forum.sel.sony.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=15646&p=42468#p42468
Sony admits no fix.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/537711/sony-dhg-hdd250-500-official-thread too much information on TV Guide OnScreen.

The TV stations who broadcast the data have been ordered by Rovi to disconnect the data inserters and ship them back. I have a TiVo, and yes, I know all about HTPC, but this data stream was "lifetime listings" like TiVo has "lifetime listings"....now that Rovi is looking to cut, my two DVR units are about to brick....Slashdotters, help !"

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