Evilly cunning phone scam from Japan http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1367988. “Dubbed wan giri, or “one-ring hang-ups”, the scheme targets millions of mobile-phone lovers. Unscrupulous operators make thousands of random calls from normal phone lines, letting the phones ring once before hanging up. They count on inquisitive folk, or those anxious not to miss a single call, ringing back the number shown on their screens. Those who do find themselves listening to advertisements for all sorts of dodgy services.”
Escher’s “Ascending and Descending” in LEGO http://www.lipsons.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/escher/ascending.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2311193.stm “A system offering internet access using radio signals is launched in a bid to bring new technology to Wales’ poorest areas.”
“VTT has released findings predicting that within 10 years third-generation (3G) mobile phone networks could be rendered obsolete by a new fifth-generation network”
“By 2010, the new network should, according to VTT, already be capable of providing the high data speeds originally promised by 3G operators, offering services such as high-resolution real-time video.”
I’m afraid I find it difficult to get excited about something that is so far away and should apparently already be in place
.. according to Yahoo “The Sun Will Explode In Less Than Six Years” .. http://tv.yahoo.com/news/wwn/20020918/103236120009.html
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/satellites.html .. See how many satellites you can get orbiting, or go for the real trick and get one orbiting the moon or even a figure 8
Anyone interested in ASP.NET can take a free exam at Brainbench http://www.brainbench.com/xml/bb/common/testcenter/freetests.xml
http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/October2002/4165.htm .. mm02 have launched “O2 media messaging”. Includes roaming across UK, Netherlands, Ireland and Germany. 40p a message in the UK.
http://www.neowin.net/comments.php?id=6641&category=main .. US government-funded scientists are building a Peer-2-Peer (P2P) network like Gnutella .. strange but true?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/22/27364.html .. it seems it’s not just the dialup users who are not allowed to use their so-called “unmetered” products as much as they like, ADSL and Satellite users might have their wrists slapped too ..