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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

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Republicans move to gut FCC and crush its net neutrality crusade with paralyzing budget rules
Friday, 27 May 2016 08:54

A new budget proposal would effectively bar the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from enforcing its net neutrality provisions.

Buried deep within the House Appropriations Committee budget proposal [PDF] is a set of new rules that limit the FCC's ability to use its funds for activities including the regulation of "prices, other fees, or data caps and allowances" for broadband internet providers.

Additionally, the budget proposal calls for the regulator to be blocked from enforcing any of the rules it laid out in its February 2015 order on open internet access until a handful of court cases filed by telecom

NBN raid fallout continues, with Conroy formalising privilege claim
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 09:03

The Australian Labor Party's (ALP's) senator Stephen Conroy has formalised his claim of parliamentary privilege over documents seized in last week's Australian Federal Police raid of his office and the homes of two of his staffers.

Conroy has sent a letter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), a procedural step required to formalise the verbal claim of privilege made at the time of the raid.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) says Conroy's claim for privilege “extends to all words spoken, and acts done, in the course of, or for purposes of, or incidental to, parliamentary proceedings”.

To Vulture South, that

NBN leak pits minister against AFP commissioner
Monday, 23 May 2016 09:00

The Australian Federal Police's (AFP's) raid on Australian parliamentarians and their staffers over leaked documents on delays to the National Broadband Network (NBN) leaked-documents raid had more fallout over the weekend, with the AFP criticised for allowing an nbn TM staffer to photograph documents seized in Thursday night's raid, and the communications minister acknowledging he knew about the investigation.

The row first blew up on Thursday night, May 19, when AFP officers raided an office used by Senator Stephen Conroy and the home of a staffer to the opposition Labor party's communications spokesperson Jason Clare.

Australia's Communications minister Mitch Fifield

Identify Your Devices by Their Unintentional Radiation
Monday, 23 May 2016 10:00

RFID was supposed to revolutionize asset tracking, replacing the barcode everywhere. Or at least that was the prediction once tags got under five cents apiece. They still cost seven to fifteen cents, even in bulk, and the barcode is still sitting pretty. [Chouchang (Jack) Yang] and [Alanson Sample] of Disney Research hope to change that.

Instead of tagging every electronic device, they use whatever electromagnetic emissions the device currently produces when it’s powered up. What’s surprising is not that they can tell an iPhone from a toy lightsaber, but that they can tell the toy lightsabers apart. But apparently …read more

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