KRQE News 13 reports that residents, who use Internet-based phone service, may have trouble connecting with the county's emergency operators. This was from Sheri Rogers, a San Juan County Communications Authority analyst. She says 911 calls made via phone line that also is carrying a digital subscriber line (DSL) may automatically be directed to administrative offices instead of the dispatch center.
Alien8's Broadband Reports wireless security forum thread mentions The Register story on U.S. slapping on the wardriver-busting paint. Security-minded U.S. decorators' supply outfit, Force Field Wireless,
claims to have developed a do it yourself (DIY) solution to the international menace of
marauding geek wardrivers--DefendAir paint "laced with copper and aluminum fibers that form an electromagnetic shield, blocking most radio waves and protecting wireless networks".
This New York Times article say monitoring telephone conversations is intended to track the performance of call center operators, but the professional snoops are inadvertently monitoring callers. Most callers do not realize that they may be taped even while they are on hold.
This Yahoo! News article says rats can use the rhythm of human language to tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, researchers in Spain reported Sunday.
BBspot lists the top 11 geek break up lines.
IRS granted cell phones for U.S. soldiers nonprofit status, meaning contributions to the cause are tax-deductible.Submitted by ant on Tue, 12/28/2004 - 2:29pm. Communication | Others | Personal | Technology
Broadband Reports and Techdirt report that Mayo clinic concluded that Wi-Fi won't disrupt your pacemaker, despite a number of recent concerns. One recent study showed that certain pacemakers get confused by some signals from GSM phones. This study tested a HP Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC fitted with a Cisco Aironet WLAN card around certain pacemakers and found no issues.
Engadget has a photograph of a solar-powered cellular payphone that was spotted on boat sailing around Lake Victoria in Africa. It is probably not real since it could possibly be a staged advertisement for something or other.