* Posts by HereIAmJH

142 posts • joined 24 Aug 2010


Engineers blame 'intentionally conservative' test parameters for premature end to Space Launch System hotfire


Re: So let me see if I understand...

This was a verification of years of simulation and modelling that was supposed to prove the design before any construction even started. A sensor reading out of range shows there is an important detail missing from the model that makes the simulation invalid.

This is what bothers me. When I'm testing software I never worry about the things I know to test. I build my test cases and expect everything to pass. I don't make excuses why something 'almost worked'. If it's test parameters then you fix them just like a defect. What worries me is there are ALWAYS things that could fail that you don't know about. You either find them and fix them during testing, or it bites you in the ass in the real world.

Boeing isn't going to build a dozen test vehicles and 'fail early' like SpaceX does. With their recent track record, saying "no worries, it's just a bad test parameter" isn't good enough. It was just a 'bad test parameter' on a clock that caused their launch problem on their test capsule.


So let me see if I understand...

They had equipment failure and their test failed under perfect conditions, and the problem is the test parameters were too restrictive and everything will be all right when we put people on top of it and light the candle?

Well, failure to make orbit was a success previously. So maybe.

Debut firing of NASA's Space Launch System core stage cut short following 'Major Component Failure'


Re: Sad but not unexpected

And in contrast, SpaceX lit their SN9 engines 3 times in 4 hours. Boeing just seems to be finding new ways to fail.

SolarWinds malware was sneaked out of the firm's Orion build environment 6 months before anyone realised it was there – report


Re: You mean SolarWinds did no hash checking to guarantee the integrity of their code?

Since they had inserted themselves into the build process, hashes for the deployed code (integrity check) would have come from the already modified code. As a result, if a clean build was done it would actually trigger the alert as being suspect. You'd need to bump your release and issue a whole new set of hashes.

Pandemic? Check. World in peril? Check. CES is on? Check. So of course Bluetooth Smart Masks are now a thing


I just want one that makes me sound like James Earl Jones.

Amazon turns Victorian industrialist with $2bn building project to house workers near new headquarters


Re: Scary

Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see anything in the article that linked the homes to employment. They are just homes being built in areas where Amazon is opening new offices.

If you have to be an Amazon employee to live in these new homes, then it's problematic. It's bad enough in America that you have to make career decisions based on employer 'supplied' health insurance. I can't imagine having to consider a job search and home search at the same time.

OTOH, if Amazon went in and said 'our analysis of the demographics surrounding our headquarters show a lack of affordable housing, and we can do something about that.' I don't see a problem, even if they earn a profit from rentals, if it's open market housing.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: I'm surprised

My only thoughts are; you'd think we'd have more bananas...

And now for something completely different: A lightweight, fast browser that won't slurp your data


I would actually prefer a light weight core browser that supported features through extensions. With a proper sandbox and security model. There are so many default 'features' in many browsers that I will never use. And before long your browser is consuming a gig of ram. That was the original promise of Firefox, and look where we are now.

Google reveals version control plus not expecting zero as a value caused Gmail to take an inconvenient early holiday


Re: Yet again - zero bounds checking

Technically, this would be range checking. Making sure the values you are manipulating are within an expected range. In this case, > 0. A pretty common occurrence is list handling. Users shouldn't ever see 'subscript out of range', for example. But coding practices have largely become let the shit fall where it may. and we'll address it in a future release.

Bounds checking, OTOH, or the lack of it, is the more dangerous incompetency. This is where no one is checking if the data will fit in the memory allocated. And leads to buffer overflows and exploits.

Delphi had both bounds checking and range checking since the 90s. Other languages don't. Either because someone sees them as syntactic sugar, or because it slows down their app. Seriously, there is enough other crap slowing down apps much more than bounds checking. It's time for some improved tools.

Google Mail outage: Did you see that error message last night? Why the 'account does not exist' response is a worry


Re: If you're not paying for the product, yada yada...

Technically, we do pay for GMail. There is value in our digital footprint. We just aren't paying in a common currency. It's more of a 'payment in kind'. But make no mistake, Google is providing us a service and we are giving them valuable info in return. GMail is no more a gift than Google search is.

Having said that, I'm depending more and more on my domain parked on GSuite and I'll probably look to move it onto another service provider, migrating away from Google mail servers.

Megabucks in funding, 28 years of research, and Boston Dynamics is to be 'sold to Hyundai' for 1/40th of an Arm


As I get older, a Ripley (Aliens) style exoskeleton is looking pretty attractive. Even if it only had a lift capacity of a couple hundred pounds.

Google Chrome's crackdown on ad blockers and browser extensions, Manifest v3, is now available in beta


Re: The end of innocence

The Internet isn't changing, you've just finally become aware of what is has been for over 2 decades. Probably since it moved from an academic only platform to the general public, it has been a commercial enterprise. Amazon launched in '94. eBay moved from 'sell stuff you don't need' to stores a long, long time ago. I rarely buy anything used there anymore.

If you want to create your own web space, you can still use a web host or dynamic DNS. Most people prefer the ease of Facebook or Instagram. The only business model for public web sites that seems to succeed is free content with advertising. As such, there is going to be a battle over what the appropriate amount of advertising is going to be.


Re: I try to use a combination of methods

Except Edge and Opera are now Chrome with a new wrapper. I've been reasonably happy with Opera, since I got tired of Firefox's bloat and bullshit. And if Google makes this the new core Chromium, then it's going to be hard to get away from. It would take a lot of work for open source developers to stand up a new browser engine. Sure, you could fork the code. But Google could just bury it deeper with cross dependencies. Think SystemD.


And let them collect your contact info? An anonymous "I'm going to boycott your product" will simply be ignored.


Re: If the goal is increased performance

Something else you might notice is that your Internet provider has 'tuned' their network in a web unfriendly manner. Spectrum, for example has made changes to improve streaming speed in ways that slow down web pages. They prioritize large transfers at the expense of connection setup. So a web page that has 20 scripts and 50 images will load slowly, but your speed tests and streaming will all look great. That means if web developers would put all their javascript in one file they would see a big increase in page load speed. At the expense of a little more RAM. I doubt it would be significant, memory wise though. Currently my browser has 54 processes and is using 3.3gb of RAM.

It's not just the economy and bad management messing with Kmart - ransomware crews are there too


Re: Forgot the third option

Is the rail car required?


one of many.


Re: Forgot the third option

Decades of mismanagement. In the early days of Internet shopping, someone there was probably saying 'we don't want to siphon traffic from our stores with a web site'. And all those customers went to Amazon. With their company's history, they should have BEEN Amazon. And ironically, I'll bet they have enshrined copies of their mail order catalog in their corporate headquarters.

Now that they have sold off all of their premium brands, Sears/KMart is pretty much irrelevant. I don't see them doing a Target or Best Buy type of turn-around.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


Logitech poor quality buttons

I have been using these since the corded versions came out. Back when they were US $80. I, unfortunately, have stacks of the M570s. The left button keeps failing after 6-12 months of use.

I finally just gave up and bought a Jelly Comb bluetooth trackball from Amazon. Exactly same design, but bluetooth with a rechargeable battery. You're supposed to be able to pair it with 3 different devices. The buttons feel like much better quality. But I have a problem with it going to sleep, which can be really frustrating.

I've been threatening to scavenge right-buttons from my trackball scrap pile and replacing failing left buttons. Maybe it's time to pull out the soldering iron and do it. I can't see me buying any more Logitech gear. The quality is gone.

Tax working from home, says Deutsche Bank, because the economy needs that lunch money you’re not spending


Re: They have a point.

I'm going a simpler route. I'm going to set up a charity with the sole purpose of care and feeding of me. Give it all my assets and income. You're welcome to contribute, it's tax deductible.


Re: From each...

From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

Isn't this the gist of the whole article? Except it's not true Marxism because it only focuses on earned income. (small money) It completely ignores the businesses that are doing well. (big money)


Re: Economists

Unless those workers have stopped eating, you haven't necessarily made things more efficient, you have just shifted inputs. Now, if your employer reduces your salary due to working from home, that could be an increase in efficiency, but would probably lower morale and reduce productivity. TANSAAFL. Of course, there they might pivot and fire the less productive workers and hire cheaper ones, depending on the availability of replacements. Human resources, you're just another input.

Reducing labor costs to improve efficiency (IE improve productivity) is only a target when it's a big part of the cost of their product. And businesses only care about employee count as a percentage of cost. If they have 100 people doing the same work as 50, they wouldn't care if it cost the same. There is actually some benefit to it. Shifting labor to busier parts of the day (IE fast food during meal times), a sick worker become less critical (1 out of 100 is 1% of your workforce, 1 out of 50 is a disruption of 2%)

There are some simple economics. Not like the crap about redistributing wealth through taxation being spewed by the author of this article.

Love Minecraft: Java? You'll have to learn to love your Microsoft account as well – it will be required next year


Re: User accounts - NO!

Actually, Minecraft launcher requires you to log in for Java. There is an option to skip login, that I never noticed before. But if you skip login, choose Minecraft Java and click play, it takes you right back to the login page. This is before you are given the option to select single vs multiplayer. Maybe there is a way to bypass the launcher and load Minecraft directly. I don't know. But the launcher handles all the game updates too.


Re: "security should be better with multi-factor authentication"

My first thought was, more tedious logins. I only play Minecraft in single player mode. The login is nothing more than a license check. If I were to play online, I'd set up my own server and invite friends to it.

So the question is, which Microsoft account. Outlook.com, Live.com, something else? I supposed ideally it would be something completely new and just replace my moyang login. And not mess with my accounts that I use for MSDN, etc. But I can't say that I'm thrilled about having to grab my cell and open the authenticator app to verify my license when I just to relax and unwind. diggy diggy.

Verizon: Just 25% of global businesses comply fully with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard



Out of all the critical systems being deployed to the cloud, I wholeheartedly support off loading credit card transactions to a 3rd party. Let PayPal handle all the PCI-DSS compliance headaches. Having spent close to a year of my life, and millions of $$$, working on a project to get our company in compliance, leave this to the experts. Those transactions costs aren't as high as they seem.

Braking point: Tesla has had quite enough of Trump's 'unlawful' tariffs on Chinese-made parts, sues Uncle Sam


Re: Good luck with that.

And now you understand why the GOP Senate has been so intent on appointing federal judges.


Re: Good luck with that.

Policy-wise, I guess it needs to be a two-pronged thing. Slap tariffs on China to encourage Tesla et al to switch suppliers. Preferably to the US, and help out the blue collar workers decimated by manufacturing shifting off-shore.

Bringing the manufacturing back to the US won't bring back the jobs. The new manufacturing plants will be automated and you'll just have a few people monitoring, adjusting, maintaining the equipment. Any task that still requires a lot of manual labor will still be off shored because there are still a lot of places around the world with cheap, semi-skilled labor. Those jobs would only come back when the dollar becomes so weak that the US is the cheap labor country.

People just need to realize that the need for skills change over time and they need to retrain to be employable. Anyone working in IT is very familiar with the concept.

Hold on to your hats, Net Neutrality version 2 is on its way courtesy of Trump and the FCC's moves on Section 230


Social media as common carriers

I suspect that they would love to act like common carriers, and only remove egregious violations of their posting policies. But Craigslist, Backpage, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube have already been told that's not going to happen, They will be held accountable for all the nasty stuff that will get posted if nobody monitors it. So that puts them in a tough situation. At what point do you become a publisher, and no longer a common carrier, if you are removing 'objectionable' content? I think they are going to get legislated regardless of what they do.

I personally think they are still a common carrier because they aren't acting in an editorial fashion (to my knowledge). They aren't editing content, they are simply removing content that violates an ever changing acceptable use policy. I would be more concerned with the insertion of targeted ads. For those they have full discretion about what gets published and who sees them.


Re: A dumpster fire in the making

What you fail to understand is that I do understand that the First Amendment applies to the government only. What I was suggesting is changing the law so it also applies to social media platforms.

So what you are saying is that you want Congress to pass a law that changes the intent of the Constitution?

Ever wonder how a pentest turns into felony charges? Coalfire duo explain Iowa courthouse arrest debacle


Re: Authority to hire services

I'm not sure what US states you are familiar with then. Around here county (and city) governments are distinct entities from the state governments. With their own elected officials and charters. I live in my county seat, and I can assure your that our courthouse is owned by the county and secured by our sheriff.


Authority to hire services

Something else you might want to get in writing, if you are doing physical break-ins, is an affidavit stating that the person hiring you has the authority to hire the services you are selling. It should have been a big red flag in contract negotiations that a State official was hiring you to pen test a County building.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?


Re: "The Fairness Doctrine would have made Fox News [..] illegal"

The difference between the past and today is that in the past, media outlets were expected to be un-biased in reporting the news and giving their opinion in editorials. There was (believed to be) a distinct line drawn between them. You'll note old media still have editorial pages and mark articles as opinion pieces.

Fox News launched a generation of 'entertainment news', where it's nearly impossible to differentiate between the facts and Fox opinions. So many people single source their news, if they watch any at all, that they can't filter fact vs opinion on their own. This has inevitably led to a push from other sources to get attention to their positions. Has this affected CNN/NBC/Etc? Maybe.

The next wave is fake news. We are seeing lots of articles pushing agendas that have no basis on facts. This will be beneficial to the the people who jump in early and successfully utilize it. I suspect the reason for wanting to push liability to Google/Facebook/Twitter is to stop them from blocking fake news. It gives the government a huge lever in controlling new media.


I think the Democrats were more focused on who can beat Trump than the person who would do the best job. Biden was more middle of the road, and was expected to pull more Independents. The last election has a lot of people nervous about poll numbers.

You can bet the conversations about universal healthcare would be strikingly different if COVID-19 had been COVID-18. And fewer candidates would have been dismissed for having ideas that were too expensive (and too progressive). (Healthcare, Universal Basic Income, etc)


There is no interest in finding anyone with a higher IQ. The people backing Trump have gotten exactly what they wanted. Whether it's the White Supremacists or the very rich. Do you really think no one has been taking advantage of all the stock market bounces from random tweets? My personal opinion is that this administration will go down in history as the most corrupt ever.

FCC boss pleads with Congress: Please stop me from auctioning off this spectrum for billions of dollars


Re: No real danger

They already are untethered. If they do something that they shouldn't, they either claim the law doesn't apply to them or fire the career overseers and appoint political hacks.

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


Re: "according to Worldometer's stats"

The mortality rate for COVID-19 has been running about 4%, but that is against confirmed cases. Every member of society isn't going to be a confirmed case. Even though I suspect most of us will be exposed at some point this year. Currently we are at 210k cases with a world population of 7 billion.

And another number to put things in perspective. In 2017 80,000 Americans died from the flu. Yes, that was the deadliest year in decades. But if it's true that China has things under control already, the rest of the world is possibly a month or so behind.

My opinion is more people will die from economic instability than from this virus. So be safe, but stop panicking.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket


Re: Would someone explain

You shouldn't enter the intersection (junction) if you can't exit it before the light turns red. The amber is giving you information that is supposed to stop you from running red lights or slamming on your brakes. You are supposed to use good judgement and the length of the amber should be consistent based on the speed limit. Unfortunately, neither is a given.

More likely the problem here is the automatic red light camera. Most of them, in the US, are owned by private companies with a revenue sharing agreement with the local governments. It has been claimed that they are profit driven, not safety driven. They have been banned in several US states because they violate the state's constitutions.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future


Re: One task done properly

It's worse than that. It's Microsoftish at a Windows NT/2000 level. Microsoft has improved over the last two decades and SystemD has Linux distributions targeting where Windows used to be.

Frankly, if this is the direction that Linux is going to go, why not just use Windows?

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper


They could solve the email problem if they'd work with cell phone makers to incorporate NFC receipts. Then there would be a benefit for us as well, since all the receipts could be stored together (on the phone) rather than having to dig through email to find them.

But another problem is they expect you to hand over your phone when they need to look at the receipts. I don't want to hand my phone to a stranger to get out the door at Sam's Club.

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment


Re: hire a more reputable firm

Security consultants are hired to help you find any deficiencies in your processes and procedures. They get paid regardless of whether they find anything. It's beneficial if they can point out things that you can address. The actual audit is just validating that you are in fact secure. Customers aren't hiring you to see what your audit vulnerability score is. They want to know that vulnerabilities that they don't know about, because they don't have the consultants expertise, are identified so that they can be fixed.

If I contracted a company to do penetration tests on my electronic systems, I would NOT expect them to be trying to get physical access to my data centers. If I'm worried about physical security, I'd hire someone who specializes in that. And in both cases the contract would define the scope to avoid misunderstandings or damage to systems or property.

Spri-Mobile? T-Print? Time to think of a nickname: The Sprint/T-Mobile US merger is go


Re: Big gear purchases

Frequency determines signal propagation, not network technology. Sprint's primary frequency for CDMA is 1900. Which was a good, middle of the road spectrum for voice with a 1/4 century of densifying towers in urban areas.. Sprint rolled out LTE on 800 as they re-farmed iDEN. But 800 isn't as good as 700 for coverage, and I believe they only had 5+5 in many markets. Which meant if the LTE couldn't hand off to a higher frequency it would quickly run out of bandwidth.

As far a footprint is concerned, the only way you get that is with $$$. AT&T and Verizon also have the benefit of being former Bell companies. They are the incumbent local loop providers for most of the US and that helps considerably when you need backhaul for a tower. Sprint and T-Mobile stick to urban areas because they have a higher network cost to revenue ratio. Putting New T-Mobile up around 130m subscribers should help the revenue equation (higher utilization on rural towers) once they have fully absorbed Sprint.

I have confidence in the subscriber number based simply on past performance. T-Mobile hired Legere in September 2012. The numbers on Statista say Q1 '13 T-Mobile had 34m subscribers. Metro had 9m. Sprint had 55m and Clearwire had 9.5m. Verizon had 117m and AT&T had 107m. Jump to Q3 '18 and T-Mobile has 77m (79% increase). Sprint has 53.5m (17% decrease). Verizon 154m (32% increase). And AT&T 150m (40% increase). Since Legere will be leading the new company, I would expect churn to stay low (and subscriber growth to continue) unless they bungle the merge like Sprint did with Nextel.


800 MHz

Actually, Sprint's 800 MHz is rolled out everywhere. It was Nextel spectrum. It has been mostly refarmed since the shutdown of the Nextel network. Limited primarily by regulatory issues. But T-Mobile's 700 is better low band spectrum and I believe they have significantly more of it. So the merged company would likely use 700, 1900, and 2500 while investigating higher bands for backhaul and very dense/high demand areas. (Stadiums, arenas, etc)


Re: Big gear purchases

It's only strange if you aren't keeping up with technology. The CDMA vs GSM argument is largely irrelevant now that LTE is deployed. Legacy voice will be going away in a few years, and T-Mobile is a leader in VoLTE/VOIP. Also keep in mind that T-Mobile has done this type of merge in the past with the acquisition of Metro PCS. And with the deployment of 5g the older technologies will become even more irrelevant. Now it's just a waiting game to get customers to upgrade their handsets.

They'll have to run both networks for a while, but they'll pick the best towers out of both networks and let the leases on the others expire. Everyone buys from the same equipment suppliers so it's just a matter of re-provisioning and updating antennas to support the merged spectrum. A process that will move quickly because T-Mobile needs the 2.5g spectrum for LTE/5G soon.

Network is a fixed cost that is divided per subscriber. So Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all pay roughly the same cost for equivalent coverage. The larger carriers have a lower cost per subscriber advantage. The merged company will have the same cost per subscriber that it has now, but with a path to lowering that cost. That's one reason why all the hand wringing about T-Mobile raising prices after the merger makes no sense. T-Mobile doesn't compete with Sprint now. And when you increase their ARPU due to lower fixed cost per subscriber, they will earn more at their current prices so there is no need to raise them.

Firefox armagg-add-on: Lapsed security cert kills all browser extensions, from website password managers to ad blockers


The xpinstall.signatures.required doesn't work on 'release' versions of Firefox. If it's working on Linux, it's likely built using the developer build settings. It did NOT work on my Arch Linux. It also doesn't work on my Windows machines. For the most part I resolved my problems by changing to Opera. My only problem system is my work machine where I have to wait for IT to roll out an update. Currently I have 60.6.1esr and no word when we'll get updated.

And the issue here isn't the expired certificate. The issue is that users aren't trusted to manage their own hardware, so Mozilla made decisions for us that we didn't want and it bit them. Every release should have had the ability to turn off add-on signature checking, particularly on add-ons that are ALREADY INSTALLED.

Personality quiz for all you IT bods: Are you a chameleon or an outlaw? A diplomat or a high flier? Vote right here


I was looking for none of the above too. But then I knew the poll was bogus when I saw that High Flyers are focused on money but 'stay at the same company for at least 5 years'. That isn't how you make the big $$$ in IT. Corporations are microcosms. They have a bunch of legacy tech and experiment with a few 'new' technologies. Unless your goal is to learn a variety of software development methodologies, they change those on a regular basis. So you learn the techs they are using, then move on to 'someplace else' to keep your resume buzzword count growing.

Also, corporations tend to have entrenched salary increase limits. You can bypass that to a degree with promotions, but that will be limited. You'll be stuck with 2% annual increases otherwise. But if you change jobs (companies) every 2-3 years you'll get a 10-15% bump each time.

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing


Re: Draining the swamp

Not draining the swamp. They have just reversed the flow. Now instead of serving in gov't to get a cushy position as a lobbyist, they work as a lobbyist until they can get appointed to an oversight position where they can rewrite regulations to suit their industry. Overall I suspect it pays better and you don't have to pretend to care about the proles.

*taps on glass* Hellooo, IRS? Anyone in? Anyone guarding taxpayers' data from crooks? Hellooo?


Re: We're 14 days into 2019 so far...

'Scuse an ignorant Brit failing to understand US government, but ...

Shhh.... don't apply too much logic to politics.

Prior to shutdown Republicans controlled Whitehouse, Senate, and House. Senate passed a bill to keep the gov't running; Whitehouse threatened to veto and House couldn't be bothered to vote on anything.

After the shutdown; Democrats control House and have passed a bill similar to what Senate proposed prior to shutdown. Senate refuses to vote, even on the bill they passed almost unanimously prior. And Whitehouse throws a tantrum that Democrats won't do anything.

Maybe we could get China to manufacture us a wall, they have experience. It could be Assembled in USA, like everything else, and be a much cheaper ecological disaster.


Re: Governing America

Or we could solve your Brexit woes by making you our 51st state. Glass houses?


Re: There's a simple solution to this

So far for me, there has been no impact (will not say there will be none yet).

Hmm, lots of tainted food recalls last year, seems like the perfect time to furlough food inspectors. And those farmers getting hammered by trade wars, they'll just have to wait for their token reimbursement. And the essential services they depend on for planning next years crops..... Not to worry, corporations will buy out all those 'small' farms that can't survive the uncertainly and low revenue. And the consumer will just have to live with the higher prices. Just hope you are in the higher income range where food is a smaller percentage of your budget.

Having just finished the holiday season, there is ample proof that many jobs, both public and private, can be neglected for a week or two before seriously impacting their organizations. That doesn't mean those jobs aren't essential.

I used to work with a guy, who like you, felt that most federal jobs were a waste of money. A self-proclaimed libertarian. So I asked him, your kids go to (socialist) public schools, right? Should we get rid of them? "No!" How about we privatize all the roads, you can pay tolls on your 40 mile daily commute. He didn't like that either. And the ultimate irony, last time I talked to him he was working a government job. Just because you don't see a direct benefit from public services doesn't mean you don't receive positive benefits. At least that is what I tell myself as 75% of my property taxes go to public schools that do not (and will not) affect me directly. I also have very limited ability to utilize national parks, but that doesn't mean I don't see the benefit of a well funded parks system.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US


Re: Well he's a bit of an arse, but...

Of course he knew, there is no mystery around how traitors and spys are treated

We pay for their sex change and release them after 6 years?

Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball


Re: $270 per site per year

The $270 fee per site isn't talking about macro sites, it small cells. $270/year to put a shoebox size radio and antenna pack on a light pole, for instance. 5g needs very high density. You can't build a macro tower and let it cover a 3 mile radius.

The part that the wireless companies are unhappy about, "deemed granted", is because some municipalities have extremely long approval processes. They can cover new sites (such as mounting a small cell on a light pole or cable line) to adding frequencies or changing antennas on an existing tower. If you have 100k macro towers (nationwide) to update to new tech (3g to LTE or 5g) it can be a long process. When you start talking about adding thousands of new small cells in each market the approval process could stretch out for years if you don't have some kind of expiration on the process.



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