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This sounds like North Korean Hackers
Cosmos Bank of India was hacked by the North Korean Lazarus group - a hack known as "jackpotting" which had just the same scenario. They made off with $14m from ATMs around the world, all within a few hours. Just handling the cash was an impressive feat. Details here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct5fby
The spokesperson for Cosmos said that they recovered all the money from legitimate customers who took advantage of the ATMs spewing cash. When I heard that I suspected a whiff of Mandy Rice Davies.
Allowing the perpetrator to assess the compensation
It's a huge shame that Sir Wynn didn't scrap the existing compensation schemes and set up a new, independent one. The awards being made are tiny. Think what a ;lifetime of earnings must be, then throw in compensation for wrongful prosecution, imprisonment, stress of collapse of marriage and the like. It's got to net out at £3m a pop and there are over 1,000 cases. Current awards are in the tens of thousands.
You need more than FM.
When I worked for Sony Ericsson, I had the task of traveling the world to learn about how people used mobile phones in different places. I went to rural India. The real expert was the Nokia anthropologist Jan Chipchase so much of my work was just reading his research. Bear in mind that this work was done over a decade ago and was for feature phones, but I suspect that much still holds true.
India needs special phones. In poor areas your phone is a status symbol, but it has to have utility. It’s why Chipchase added a torch. Farmers who go out at night to turn on the irrigation want torches. There are a lot of power cuts and batteries are expensive. A radio also adds justification to this major purchase.
India has four religions: Hindu, Muslim, Bollywood and Cricket. It is the secular ones of these which dictate phone requirements. Most cricket is (or was) broadcast on AM, so we added AM to the Sony Ericsson phones. The country is loud. Everywhere is noisy, so we added big speakers, particularly for listening to Bollywood music.
We also learned a lot about resale value, supply chain, dust (lots of it), language support and regionalisation. We debated adding a field in the phone book for caste, but were told that people just know. A bit like gaydar.
It was a long time ago, before apps and before the kitchen sink attitude to features. We had Cybershot phones for photography and Walkman for music fans. There was proper consumer segmentation for devices. MeitY is right in wanting features that suit the nation but it’s a lot more than FM radio.
You are much better off doing it in the network
I've used quite a few call recording apps, but in practice you are far better off using a SIP connection and a provider where you can record in the network. Some providers, like Truphone, aimed at financial service where recording of calls is mandated, will let you do it over cellular.
Re: Not about the modems
Frank, I'd left by the time Cliff was doing Apricots, but I suspect the car was a fabulously wallowy, Peugeot 604 in JRG. At one time, before I met him, he'd had an American car with the numberplate PET 123, which he enjoyed driving in France because of how PET translates.
Re: Why was it called Demon?
Ok, here is the *real* story as to why it was called Demon. As I mentioned in the obituary, Cliff had a company called ImPETus, which wrote code on Commodore PETs. So the joke was our software was In PETs. That went broke because we charged too little for our really rather good software.
Cliff started up again, with two other people. one of whom raced high-performance radio control cars competitively and successfully. The rules of indoor scale model racing are very tight, one of the regulations was a cost cap on the motors. The best at the time were Demon Power motors. So looking for a name for the reborn software company they chose the name Demon, because the colleague liked the name. That became Demon Systems and when Cliff's tenner a month took off, Demon Internet was born from Demon Systems.
When ImPETus went broke Cliff laid me off, it was my first job out of school and Cliff was really, really good about it. That meeting, which I can still vividly remember 42 years on, turned Cliff from my boss to a friend. I learnt that firing someone is harder than being fired. He called around some friends to try and find me a job, and asked me to keep the keys to the office and the company credit card in case they could have me back.
There is probably a revisionist name around why the company was called Demon, but when I see companies spending fortunes on branding I'll think of Demon and Amstrad that built multimillion businesses by just having a name the CEO liked.
Rupe.. I was with you all the way up until..
Folding phones. I love my Z3 Flip.
In a world where everything is a Black Mirror, having a phone that is different. In any way different. Is special.
Of course, if all phones were folding ones we'd be back in the same positions.
I understand wanting to inhabit a virtual world.
No, I understand wanting to inhabit a different world to the one we are in.
Samsung releases pair of jeans that can't do anything except cover your legs and hold a Galaxy Z Flip 3
So, I started by thinking you were wrong about this idea, but not as you may think that the Z3 Flip is a bad idea. I love mine. folding phones are A Good Thing.
Nor are custom jeans a bad idea. I could be tempted.
No the reason that this is not thought through is that, looking at the pictures, the phone doesn't fit in the custom pocket.
Ever wanted to own a piece of the internet? Now you can: $1 for a whole gTLD... or $2.8m if you want a decent one
Re: .com, .org, .gov, .edu
I bought some lamps from lights.co.uk only to find that they were a German company, shipping from Germany with all the ensuing supply chain problems. So when customer service was diabolical it took weeks for them to fix problems. Then one arrived broken and again the replacement had to be shipped from Germany. I would not have bought them from a German website. I was furious. Indeed, incandescent.
Going, going, gone... until March: UK comms regulator delays 5G spectrum auction over pandemic logistics
It's all about borrowing money
To buy the rights to use the spectrum the operators will go to financial institutions. While we are in the midst of a pandemic borrowing money is hard.
Waiting until the markets recover is sensible if Ofcom wants to realise the best return.
Unfortunately, this means delays to the coverage it promises. Ofcom first identified 700Mhz as a priority in 2014
Ofcom has long said that the auction would happen "by 2022", but there have been many false dawns on this one.
Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support
Delighted to see Rupert writing for El Reg, but I think it "a frozen lunchbox consuming virtually no power in its core can outperform a computer chewing through enough wattage to keep a small town going" is carefully drawing the lines to ignore the power consumption of cooling the whole lot to 15 millikelvins.
The problem with the animal experiments which get cited (the Ramazzini study) is that the results were inconclusive so both sides use them selectively. For instance one side might say "some of the exposed mice and rats got cancer, the control ones didn't" while the other side will say "all the exposed mice and rats significantly outlived the control animals". This means the control ones might have developed cancer too if they had lived long enough.
But ultimately it's the difference between science and belief. There are people who believe that radio waves are dangerous and that may be enough. There is a lot we don't understand about placebo and nocebo. Belief does seem to have and epidemiological effect so believing it is dangerous might actually make it so.
I made a cup of tea this morning, well it was pain boiled tap water, but I thought of it as homeopathic tea. It was delicious.
Trump-China trade war latest: Brave patriot Apple decides to do exact same thing, will still make Mac Pro in US
In the bag: Serco 'delighted' to grab £450m ferry and freight deal between Scotland and Northern Isles
This has been going on for a very long time. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/27/ministry_of_fun_announces_tries_again_on_mobile_mast_planning_permission/
The major thing a change in the rules is that it takes away the networks' excuse that they can't provide coverage because the rules are too restrictive.
Although to be fair to the networks they signed up to better coverage and then the goverment failed tto deliver on 900MHz spectrum licensing and mast planning: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/27/1uk_voda_ceo_says_one_thing_about_not_spots_minister_of_fun_says_another/
I like GoDaddy
This week I had an hour long call with "sales" where they went through all the services I had switched some off and many to cheaper alternatives. It will have significantly reduced my quarterly spend.
I also like the tech support, the Phoenix office, in particular, has the ability to pitch explanations at the right technical level for me. Not being condescending or talking over my head.
It's complicated, so people don't try to understand, they just have opinions.
The millitant action against 5G seems to have come out of nowhere.
The problem is, if you explain to people with deeply held beliefs why they are wrong they are incapable of absorbing the information. It's fine with people who are neutral, but when someone asks you "Is it safe?" and you say "Limits are not yet fully harmonised within the EU but the upper limit, which applies to the total power from all sources, recommended by ICNIRP is f/200 W/m^2 between 400 MHz and 2 GHz, then 10 W/m^2 up to 300 GHz which is an electric field strength of 61.4 V/m." you can't be surprised when they switch off. And go back to their beliefs.
I'm in a twitter war with someone who has oblected to my blog, who won't accept any argument on the basis that I work in the industry so I'm biased. But if the industry doesn't do any resarch it's accused of ignoring the problem.
This is complicated by the people ho know about biology not tending to know about rado physics and vice versa. I've worked with people who understand the physics and they have critised the methodology of some of the biologists doing research, and I guess if I found some good biological people they would make similar claims of the physicists.
We've looked very, very hard, there are something like six billion phones in use and we've not found anything yet, but that doesn't seem to carry any weight.
The whole ESN is supposed to be release 12. Which is daft because release 12 doesn't support PTT, that's in release 13, but then Motorola own Kodiak a proprietary solution which it has introduced to bridge the gap. It also ensures that whatever devices are bought Motorola makes money. Part of the rationale for the ESN was an open market for devices. The whole project is a mess.
Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp
5G Evolution would be a name for 6G (whatever that is)
The orign of the name "LTE" as in Long Term Evolution was a 3GPP committee which wanted to set a 4G standard but whose remit was only 3G, so they discussed "3G LTE" by which they meant "4G". 4G was the long term evolution of 3G so 5G E, would be an evolution of 5G, as in what comes after, and it's far too early to think abou that. Indeed we may never get 6G : https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/21/ee_and_prof_say_6g_mobile_will_never_exist/
It's not Dixon's fault..
There is currently no must-have need to upgrade. Got an iPhone 7, Galaxy 6? You won't be any better off with an X or 9+. The battery life is no better the phones are no thinner, The camera is incrementally better but the old one was good enough as a phone and will never be as good as a proper camera.
Couple that with two year contracts and good SIM-only deals and why upgrade? The new generation of folding phones, particularly the new Moto Razr, might change this, but just as DixonsCarphone can't take the blame for the slump it can't take the credit for the recovery.
Protesting too much
I'm starting to suspect that a lot of the government suspicion about Huawei comes from the western governments knowing exactly what they are doing with Nokia/Ericsson/Cisco and whoever, and they assume the Chinese are doing the same.
Remember that the reason Sputnik was put into orbit was because the Russians couldn't do re-entry. The Americans could do re-entry but couldn't reach orbit. America assumed that if Russia could do orbit it could also do re-entry, and this kicked off the whole space race.
G. Fast is bloody clever but it's an ADSL technology and will never do better than 500mb/s.
BT loves it because BT has more copper in the ground than most copper mines, but using G. Fast is a sticking plaster on old tech. The only sensible solution is FTTP.
G.Fast is, however, a half-way house to FTTP, it's FTTP where P is Pole, fibre to the pole and then copper (or aluminum if you are unlucky) to the home. It's kicking the can down the road and not something BT should be proud of.
It all depends on what you mean by 5G
If you mean 3GPP release 15 - which is the official definition - then you can do all that at existing spectrum and not build anything. Go on marketing, call it 5G.
If you want Ericsson's vision of 5G which is 500MHz of contiguous spectrum then you are going to need to go to millimeter wave. That's lots and lots more sites. Maybe not towers but buying streetlights is still shareholder baiting capex.
If you want the IoT view of 5G which is a million connections per square kilometer you need lots of backhaul.Again not towers but significant capex.
And testing 5G with its MIMO, Beamforming and full duplex is hard, very, very hard much more so than 4G so again needs a lot more capex.
Thinking in towers is simplistic.
And this is despite moving the goalposts as to what constitutes coverage. Airwave is 99% landmass, London underground and inland waters, and some sea coverage (used by coastguard).
The new ESN is 90+% landmass - all major roads. And it still looks like being 10 years late.
Be careful of people around the Emergency Services network re-writing the past. The new ESN was supposed to start replacing Airwave in April 2016
This hasn’t started yet so it’s already three years late.
Every time they have moved the goalposts it’s late compared to the last time it was due, hence the “year late”. They haven’t even started testing because the service isn’t ready – I don’t think the device to device software is locked down yet – so whenever it is ready, and that looks like years – there will need to be 18 months of testing. This service isn’t a year late if it’s less than nine years late I will be surprised. Oh, and it’s many years since I used Kodiak, but it was so laggy that when I pressed the button and said hello to a college and they didn’t reply I walked down the corridor to the colleague’s office and as I entered his office I heard my message arrive. I doubt that it’s that bad now, but I very much doubt it’s up to the use the police need.
Unlike the junk mail I got from BT which makes no mention at all of the speed it's trying to sell me with it's unlimited, superfast fibre. It did say that the speed was 5x what most people had, but not what it was actually selling me.
I'm typing this slowly because I'm in rural Westminster (in what was the nearest residential home to the House of Commons before it became offices), and so BT can only get me 17mb/s.
Hyperoptic arrives soon.