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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    You've seen too many movies. A few good firewalls, a virus scanner, and an encrypted network can keep you plenty safe.

    Unless someone with decades of hacking experience specifically targeted you and spent days trying to gain access to your system, you are safe.

    These stories you hear of people getting hacked are because THEY did something stupid, like turn off their firewall, keep their network unencrypyted, or downloaded a suspicious file without a virus scanner. If you know what you are doing, you are under virtually zero risk from being hacked.
    I agree with this...

    You can get a good free one from comodo.com... I could never prove it, but I would swear that there are people at McAfee, and others, that also write viruses and release them occasionally to boost sales, so in terms of virusscanners, it's best to go with one that detects based on the types of actions viruses will take, to not go with the most common (most likely to be targeted specifically in code), kept up to date, and regular schedule scans.

    Firewall - Windows firewall does not count. Some ISP's have the router as part of the modem, that would cut it, but best to have a software firewall as well.

    You're far less likely to be attacked if you use mac.... linux, I'm told is mostly unhackable without direct access to the computer (or the previous mentioned do something stupid). Windows just gets targeted more, probably because they are completely evil and corrupt, and Bill Gates is a weasly looking nerd, God forbid they actually release a program that is NOT broken out of the box, and every few years comes out with a NEW broken program once the old one was just starting to get useable.

    If you are attacked by a real good hacker, you would probably not even notice that it happened.

    What I'm more concerned about are things like :
    Due to there being few limits on the US President's emergency power, which can be renewed indefinitely, the densely worded 197-page Bill (PDF) is likely to encounter stiff opposition.

    TechAmerica, probably the largest US technology lobby group, said it was concerned about "unintended consequences that would result from the legislation's regulatory approach" and "the potential for absolute power". And the Center for Democracy and Technology publicly worried that the Lieberman Bill's emergency powers "include authority to shut down or limit internet traffic on private systems."

    The idea of an internet "kill switch" that the President could flip is not new. A draft Senate proposal that ZDNet Australia's sister site CNET obtained in August allowed the White House to "declare a cybersecurity emergency", and another from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) would have explicitly given the government the power to "order the disconnection" of certain networks or websites.

    Internet 'kill switch' proposed for US - Security - News
    http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index...a-04b7f4cb0123

    Defense.gov News Article: CENTCOM Team Engages 'Bloggers' - The defense department is just paying people to 'blog', nothing to see here.

    Oooooh Identitiy management as part of the security strategy, it will no longer be 'bmanmcfly' it will be John Doe, so it will be much easier for you guys to track me down and punch me in the face for all the times pissing you all off.... but it's ok, it's 'for the children'

    FT.com / Technology - US outlines online security strategy

    They say that they are doing this for cybersecurity... I think these guys underestimate the ingenuity of the hacker community, because to start cracking down on the internet is going to piss off any number of THOUSANDS of underground hackers. I knew a guy who once overtook (with the admitted help of a likeminded individual located in russia) a sattelite TV high tech algorithm upgrade within 3 months... we're talking 150million+ that only guaranteed security for 3 months (He got caught for that one eventually). There's also stories of the hackers that gave up the corporate world because the hacking world was more profitable. So, really... the government should really think twice and know what they are doing before pissing that many nerds off simultaneously... I mean, I was kindof a nerd back then, and I still try to keep up a bit, but we're talking die hards, people that will reprogram certain microchips to do ... whatever...

    I'm just saying... if the internet shuts off I'll be stuck, but I can guarantee that no matter the situation, people are going to get around the thing, and then it will get out... then again, if it's the ISP's shut down, then it may not matter, except maybe VPN's, but I dunno enough personally anymore.

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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    That's great to hear. Obama is really the first President who reflects the US population in terms of keeping up with modern technology.
    He's taking full advantage of modern technology, alright . . .

    Obama 'Internet kill switch' plan approved by US Senate panel
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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    500MHz is pretty much obsolete.



    which is odd as the band is a pretty robust band that tends to deal with things like adverse weather better than some of the other current bands. We often operated around this area.
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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Maybe those more technologically savvy can help me on this, if the government is selling off broadband, what exactly stops these companies from charging people for it once they've gained control of it?

    What do you mean?


    If they auction a section to AT&T, they would sell you phones that used these frequencies.
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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Maybe those more technologically savvy can help me on this, if the government is selling off broadband, what exactly stops these companies from charging people for it once they've gained control of it?
    My understanding is that in the current system, the phone and internet companies have X amount of spectrum which they can use to offer services to the public. That's starting to get crowded, so Obama is auctioning off another chunk which will raise the government billions and give the companies more space.
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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    My understanding is that in the current system, the phone and internet companies have X amount of spectrum which they can use to offer services to the public. That's starting to get crowded, so Obama is auctioning off another chunk which will raise the government billions and give the companies more space.
    Thats pretty much it. The last major chunk of spectrum to go on sale went to Verizon and I think they are using it as part of their upcoming LTE deployment (4G)

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    Re: Obama To Nearly Double Available Wireless Spectrum

    Better hurry up. Get me off this ****ty HughesNet connection. Piece of **** satellite internet.

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