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  • Jun 27, 2009 @ 02:18pm

    AT&T Ripoffs

    It is about time that someone with Media attention was ripped off by AT&T, exposing the illegal activities of their legal team at Wiley Rein. Wiley Rein are also responsible for the farce of e-security, then refuse to comply with government regulations claiming privacy issues. I am a victim of AT&T who charged me for a phone I never used, while I was somewhere else and deducted various phone bill amounts directly from my account for years. I have never been able to solve it. Verizon, whose main shareholder is a partner with Wiley Rein and is the so-called husband of former NTIA director, Nancy Victory has a similar method of extortion from the public. Roaming fees are a farce. The limits on bandwidth are created to raise prices. They are not inherent in the systems themselves. Further, Wiley Rein and John Sie of Starz/Encore are now heavily engaged in a porno network with Sirius. How did they get the money for their system? Was it high cable bills from TCI or stolen BCCI money?

  • Apr 09, 2009 @ 05:53am

    Data Retention and Network Security

    Finally, the EU gets it. They need time to find a sorting mechanism to extract useful data and catch the "wrongdoers". They will need more time than one year. If they find any of mine, will they please send it to the FBI so they can correct their falsified records. I can't seem to get in touch with them, indirectly. Thanks.
    "In the future, we will all die from hearsay"

  • Apr 09, 2009 @ 05:31am

    Wiretapping

    Correction: Hedi Lamarr filed the first patent on Radar. She escaped from her first husband, in Germany, who was involved in arms dealing with the representative of the Kaiser, a Bechtel. She escaped to England, where her work was known and married Mr. Meyer and moved to Hollywood. Her patent was filed around that time, early in the 1900's. It was the basis for Radar. It was top secret most of her life.

    About Wiretapping, the original article for this string:
    I agree with Micheal, #24 that we should go after AT&T, specifically their attorneys, Wiley Rein, who did the wiretapping and were exposed by their own employees for MANIPULATING the data in San Francisco. When the government asked for the records, they refused, claiming they needed immunity first from the Government. What was illegal about the wiretapping was AT&T abuse of it and then hiding their abuse. What did they do with the data? It is clear they were not obtaining information for the right purposes. They were spying on people for industrial espionage purposes and putting together lucrative deals with other companies at the same time, like a porno network with Sirius and Howard Stern.
    Anonymous Coward #55. Your drawing speaks volumes about your knowledge of hacking. Your comment #1 is absolutely correct, we should start encrypting everything. Not to protect privacy as this is now a loophole for thieves, rapists and killers, but to identify everyone so it is possible in the future for law enforcement to catch criminals preying on the lives of unprotected, undefended, citizens who cannot protect their IP.

  • Apr 09, 2009 @ 04:49am

    Bandwidth

    Cable buys cross licensing of bandwidth from fiber optic trunk lines that were originally grandfathered as part of railroad and highway rights of way. When rights of way are purchased in an area they are usually purchased as a right of way for a period of time, usually 99 years. Much of the US right of way in major metropolitan areas are now "leased" long term to foreign owned companies, many who have interests in hardware manufacturing, like HDTV displays. Cable currently has a must carry rule to carry broadcasters along with their programming to customers. Besides the profit motive, Cable companies, who do not usually produce their own programming and buy it from the Major Motion Picture Distributors who financed it through agreements with banks and guarantees of exhibition, like theater screens of a certain number for a certain time period. Cable is limited in bandwidth due to the nature of the materials and the ad-hoc network structure. Specifically, this is copper wiring and bus network architecture. The high signal to noise ratio inherent in copper means a bad picture, (snowy image), on larger screen sizes and a high cost in labor to adjust the network during seasonal changes in temperature. This is why your Cable signal to your display is better during the cold winter months. As screen sizes increase and Cable is limited to what they can “squeeze” into their limited lines, they are forced to either upgrade their networks, which they have had plenty of profit to do all this time, or limit their customers’ bandwidth so they have enough to go around, or to try and prevent larger screen sizes from being adopted. They are in trouble and this is why they scramble to get up in the air on satellites and try out new things, like using the power lines. Ever wonder why your computer is so slow even though you have paid for bandwidth? You can't unplug it either to solve the problem. All of these issues will be fixed with fiber to the home, with the exception of costs. Those will be determined by the new fiber middlemen. The owners of your local and metropolitan rights of way will become the new providers and determine prices. They will already have made a fortune off of your purchases of their affiliated HDTV equipment manufacturers, as well as the US government pushed adoption of their standards and forced buying by distributors of compatible equipment. This is all the result of a lost industry, sold as part of US trade agreements during the 1980’s in exchange for tobacco. It literally went up in smoke.

  • Apr 09, 2009 @ 04:14am

    Paradigm Shift

    I observe an odd animosity to "Weird Harold" for his opinion, which I find very insightful. The original article is about MIT, which is notorious for obtaining and using other researchers’ information without credits and then developing it in-house and spinning it off into their own spinoff companies, claiming they obtained it through so-called open sources. They started by taking Paul Allens' dish and cutting his abilities for SETI research time literally in half. If you think that other peoples work should be available for a big business model, then you don't believe in small business which is the life and blood of the entire nation. These large companies take everything overseas, where they get cheap labor and tax write offs. They take from one scientist and put it in a lab and spin it off into a big company and create an industry with jobs for others, albeit underpaid ones, overseas. It is destroying our economy which allows us the money we must have to live. This same Paradigm Shift in society was detailed in an excellent book entitled, "The Ascent of Man" by J. Brownowski. It was about how societal advancements can be overtaken by technological ones.

  • Apr 09, 2009 @ 03:55am

    Three Strikes

    I agree with the position France has taken to try and protect the copyright of artists and their ability to make a living from their music. Copyright and IP rights are to protect the artist who signs agreements with others to "promote" and "produce" their art or music. As in all commerce, this is the most expensive part of finding customers. Copyright infringement means no money for neither the artist nor the distributors, disk duplicators, advertising medium or any other involved entity. The only ones who make money off of pirated work are the internet service providers, who are not providing free service to those who like "free" stuff. I think three strikes is more than fair for thieves. I hope the future is not one of parents telling their children, "Don't become a musician or an artist or a computer programmer. You will not be able to support yourself. Why don't you look at..."

  • Apr 04, 2009 @ 05:59am

    World Court on IP Joke

    Too bad. What a great idea in an interconnected, interactive world where borders are disappearing in real time. Imagine having yet more decision makers on high technology issues, protecting our intellectual property rights, instead of unfair trade agreements which give our industries and our future away. Oh, what music to entrepreneurial cortexes, to be able to sue China in our hometowns for stealing our information worldwide off of our computers. They could bring their interpreters and entourages here in large numbers and fill up hotels and spend our lost money in our hometowns. We can drag out the lawsuit, American court HDTV style. Our new yens might make our dollars more valuable then, but can we compete with penniless labor? If it keeps going the way it has been with no solution to the loss of industry, we might.

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  • Mar 28, 2009 @ 02:29pm

    HDTV Set Top Boxes

    I agree with the comment about the frog. One of the “sleeping giant” issues with HDTV was over 2 decades of little to no knowledge about HDTV, what it is, and what it is about. As one of the original pioneers in the industry, I have been deeply involved these issues. I find that most people are just as confused now as they were then.

    Television, telephone and other communications technologies have cost we consumers more of our wealth than we have spent on automobiles. The entertainment industry is the nations # 2 export, after aerospace. Television (and radio) is the emergency broadcasting mechanism to warn the population and give instructions in a time of emergency.

    What is being “subsidized” here is the Japanese, Chinese and Indian hardware and software industry, not America’s poor people, who should not have to pay to receive what has always been free over the air broadcasting on their investment of a TV set. It may surprise you to know that the NHK, Japan’s broadcasting company, goes to the homes of Japanese citizens every year and charges them a tax on their TV set.

    The many billions of dollars of investment by Americans in new HDTV monitors and set top boxes will go primarily to these countries and companies while the US economy worsens. We are being entertained to death.

    The software, which now includes our entertainment industry, music, movies, and other media is becoming increasingly “free” due to “stealing” of revenue to artists and distributors. The money makers are the hardware manufacturers, the exhibitors of destination entertainment such as 1st run motion pictures and the advertisers. For a time, disk rentals and home delivery of disks will be popular because the picture is better than what low bandwidth can currently provide for HDTV large screens.

    Meanwhile, contrary to popular belief, the broadcasters were partially subsidized with government interest free loans and great terms on broadcasting station HDTV “head end” equipment, mostly by the same standard affiliated hardware suppliers.

    Sony, Sony, Sony…with their fists in the air like Hitler youth in a video back in the eighties are putting spyware on your computers, buying up Hollywood and all of the money to be made is not just in TV’s. It is for cameras, for disk players, for broadcasting equipment, for cable equipment, for fiber optics equipment, and for satellites, among other lesser known items. This “system”, otherwise known as the “standard” for HDTV was not supposed to end up like this, it was supposed to benefit suppliers worldwide, including American ones.

    Our once burgeoning industry was sold to Japan and later usurped by China, in really unfair trade agreements for tobacco in the 80’s, cars and airplanes in the 90’s, and beef in the 2000’s. Now, during the next decade, we will be selling our brains, because we will be brain interfaced and completely vulnerable to attack due to an unsafe network architecture and a brainwashed public.

    For a while we will have a choice, but it won’t be long before the frog starts to boil. By then, of course, it will be too late. Hold off the transition and let them sit on their stuff. We can’t afford to pave that road for them which will benefit the oil industry to power it the most. Let’s support US entrepreneurs, like myself, in our attempts to create manufacturing jobs and industry here at home. How is that for capitalism?

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  • Mar 05, 2009 @ 09:10pm

    Undermining Creative Rights

    All of the arguments do not address the issues of upholding the rights of the creator. In a world where information is stolen at the speed of light and those with money, power and low labor costs have the ability to fight a right holder from either obtaining damages or sustaining expensive legal fees, there needs to be discussion with the future in mind. The right way is to base judgments on brain scans of truth or lies concerning the origin of an idea and the contribution of that idea to the economic gain and use of the idea. We are headed toward "autolaw" in order to handle claims of any kind in a cost effective way. There can be nothing more important than the rights of the individual to their own IP. There is nothing more important to the US economy than enforcing those rights. This is a nation based on small business and diversity. It is based on individuality and opportunity, not information and "mind sharing". In the not too distant future we will argue over the right to thoughts and right to be paid for creative thought, otherwise why bother educating our youth? If we are not going to protect their IP rights, they will become slaves and the nation itself will be outsourced.

  • Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:51am

    Wireless Security

    As wireless users reach into the many billions worldwide and ID chips and bio implants do as well, the security of the wireless world becomes critical to our life expectancy. Right now, wireless technology via cell phone towers are used to correct heart problems with heart pacemaker implants. Hackers and unsecured networks could cause a problem instead. It is not difficult to recognize that children must be protected but how? The only way is to track malicious users who hide their identity, some because they want to "privately" attack children or engage in identity theft. How will things be corrected without an identifier and a data trail? On the other hand, hackers who want to destroy someone else can send and embed unlawful information on computers and you would never know it was there. The FBI would not have the time, the money, the personnel, the expertise, nor the storage space to deal with real time issues by seizing computers. Then everyone would have to go out and buy another one they can't afford that has malicious software embedded in chips from Asia and elsewhere. This combined with spyware purposefully put in place by Sony, for which they received a slap on the wrist in Texas, and went into business with Cheney in UAE, would finally give them what they want... control over the standard. This is what the battle has been about for years and will be about for years to come... DOMINATION OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM.

  • Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:26am

    Destruction of data

    It might be people with neural interface technology accessing the human brain. The data may also have been falsified. It could prove wrongdoing and theft of IP. What about identity theft? The only purpose of destroying data is to destroy information about who created it and why. In other words, all the people who were spied upon by communications subcontractors to the government agencies who were stealing trade secrets and IP, then falsifying information about their subjects. The anti-competitive practices would become known with a paper trail and so would the abuses. Just because there is a copy of the data doesn't mean it will be used unlawfully, that is if it can be safely stored, which is very difficult to achieve.

  • May 09, 2008 @ 12:01am

    Re: radio propagation

    The electromagnetic radiation from wireless communications, particularly some high powered WiMax and cell phone towers concentrate heavy metals and trap them inside of brain cells. This causes toxins to be released and can cause cancers. The studies done concerning autism being caused by the concentration of these heavy metals, such as mercury and uranium in the brains of children are being covered up and sabotaged. As these antennas proliferate and screen sizes increase, thereby edging out cable television due to the signal to noise ratios and needs for increased bandwidths, perhaps we will finally see the fiber to the home we have all been waiting for. Of course, which HDTV electronic manufacturer will you be indebted to? Who owns the rights of way leaseback agreements (usually 100 years) in your town? Will you still be able to think straight by then?