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Location Services Screen Shot

Location Services Screen Shot

Update: Coincidentally, a few weeks after i posted this entry, the new update of iOS removed this behaviour.

Have you ever noticed? To turn off Location Services, there is this BIG RED button, (which is rarely used throughout the iPhone, maybe just for those critical things, like reset the iPhone to factory settings) asking for confirmation, but to turn it on, swoosh it goes, right ahead, without asking for anything.

What’s up with that?

Aggiornamento: Per pura coincidenza, proprio qualche settimana dopo aver pubblicato questo, l’aggiornamento di iOS ha rimosso il comportamento bizzarro discusso qui sotto.

Lo hai mai notato?

Per spegnere le Location Services, l’iPhone chiede conferma facendo un di un GRANDE BOTTONE ROSSO (che viene usato molto raramente, giusto solo per quelle operazioni ad alto rischio, come la re-impostazione ai valori di fabbrica, cancellando quindi tutti i dati), ma per accenderle, si accende subito, senza chiedere nulla.

Sai mica il perché?



{2014-02-20}   Not Guilty

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Ads like these could be illegal, in my opinion. Not only for the content of the ad per se, also for promoting anti-ethical behavior: it’s a message saying “it’s ok not to be ethical, you can do it too, and you won’t suffer from negative consequences”. The same message comes across by the fact that there is an agency that is willing to help such behavior by posting billboards around Chicago. So the reader looks at it, and thinks “well then maybe it’s not that bad after all…” even if his/her conscience tells them otherwise.



{2013-10-22}   JTAG Flashing a CM5000

JTAG Flashing via unbuffered Xilinx DLC5 Cable III a CM5000 processor

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{2013-09-13}   Phoneblocks

From http://phoneblocks.com:

“Everyday we throw away millions of electronic devices, because they get old and become worn out. But usually it’s only one of the components that causes the problem. The rest of the device works fine but is needlessly thrown away. Simple because electronic devices are not designed to last. This makes electronic waste one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. And our phone is one of the biggest causes.

See the video presentation and home page.

The concept is great! I really like the idea of repairable hardware. While it is important for all of us to participate, it is also just as important to do so with the awareness that this is most likely not going to materialize. The reason why i’m expressing this opinion is to prevent discouragement, and here’s what i mean.

We find ourselves now in an era of disposable hardware. The era of repairable hardware has passed a few decades ago. Most hardware vendors are exploiting the planet to be able to deliver cheap hardware, which is very hard to repair, hence encouraging replacement over maintenance. It’s more profitable for them, however it’s not sustainable at a planetary level. For this reason, and because of the law of impermanence, this will have to change again. So we will enter a new era or repairable hardware at some point again, there is no question about that. The unknown is when.

So the proposed 29th of October blast will not materialize in anything physical or concrete. At the same time it will be a first move toward the new era. Manufacturers will start to read of this blast in the news, and, while they will most likely not act upon it in any way, the seed will get planted. And blast after blast, news article after news article, CEO after CEO, eventually the necessity will become so normal, so natural, that manufacturers will naturally start to move towards more expensive repairable hardware again.

So this is why it is important to participate, while at the same time being prepared and avoiding disappointment and discouragement. Let’s just keep making our voices heard, without expecting them to be heard, persistently, ardently, patiently. The law of nature is such that sooner or later, we are bound to succeed.

Da http://phoneblocks.com:

“Ogni giorno buttiamo via milioni di oggetti elettronici, perché sono diventati vecchi e consumati. Nella maggior parte dei casi, però, la causa del problema si limita ad un singolo componente. Il rimanente del dispositivo funziona bene, ma viene gettato via lo stesso, semplicemente perché i dispositivi elettronici non sono studiati per durare. Questo fa sì che i rifiuti elettronici siano diventati uno dei flussi di rifiuti più rapidamente in crescita al mondo. E il nostro cellulare è uno dei motivi principali.

Vedi  il video e visita la home page.

Il concetto è fantastico! Adoro l’idea di dispositivi riparabili. È importante per tutti noi interessati partecipare, ed è altrettanto importante farlo con la consapevolezza che molto probabilmente in apparenza non andrà da nessuna parte. Il motivo per esprimere questo punto di vista è per prevenire di scoraggiarsi, ed qui spiego cosa intendo dire.

Ci troviamo ora come ora in un’epoca di dispositivi usa e getta. L’epoca dei dispositivi riparabili è terminata da qualche decina d’anni. La maggior parte dei produttori sfrutta le risorse del pianeta (mano d’opera, materia prima e smaltimento rifiuti) in modo da poter vendere sottocosto oggetti che sono molto difficili da riparare, incoraggiandone, così, la loro sostituzione. Sicuramente gli rende di più, ma allo stesso tempo non è una procedura sostenibile a livello planetario. Per questo motivo, e per la legge dell’impermanenza, questo dovrà cambiare di nuovo, e quindi entreremo prima o poi in una nuova era di dispositivi e oggetti riparabili. Mentre non c’è dubbio su questo, la domanda che rimane è quando accadrà.

Quindi la proposta di farci sentire tutti assieme il 29 Ottobre 2013 non si materializzerà in qualcosa di tangibile o concreto. Però si tratterebbe di uno dei primi movimenti in direzione della suddetta nuova epoca. I produttori cominceranno a leggere di questo evento sui notiziari (web, cartacei o TV che sia) e mentre molto probabilmente non li prenderanno in considerazione, il concetto verrà seminato. E così dimostrazione dopo dimostrazione, articolo dopo articolo, CEO dopo CEO, prima o poi questa idea diventerà così naturale per tutti, che si trasformerà in necessità, e dunque i produttori cominceranno a soddisfare le richieste riprenderanno a produrre apparecchi elettronici più costosi, ma riparabili.

È per questo che ritengo importante partecipare a questa dimostrazione, e allo stesso tempo farlo con la consapevolezza di non aspettarsi nulla, in modo da evitare frustrazione e scoraggiamento. Continuiamo pazientemente a ardentemente  a farci sentire, senza aspettarci di essere sentiti: prima o poi dovremo avere successo. Così è la legge della natura.



Filmato in inglese con sottotitoli in italiano.

Eben Bayer: i funghi sono la nuova plastica?



English: Logo of PayPal. Español: Logotipo de ...

English: Logo of PayPal. Español: Logotipo de PayPal. Русский: Логотип системы PayPal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a PayPal account, and when i go in the Statements section, they only have a history of the past 3 months of Statements, forcing me to download them. I have noticed several such limitation with accounts i have with other banks. Maybe not 3 months, but 2 years, or 3 years.

In the digital era we are in today, this makes no sense at all. PDF’s take up so little space, that banks could easily store all statements that were generated for that customer. And even if storage is an issue, PDF’s can be generated on the fly, per request! So assuming the bank institution keeps records of all transactions of a given account, they system could produce a PDF for a statement that was issued 5 or 10 years ago.

I don’t understand this limitation, and i feel weird about it. Anyone else with a similar sensation? Anyone know more about this?

Ho un account con Paypal e nella sezione degli estratti conto, vedo solo gli ultimi 3 mesi. Sono quindi obbligato a scaricarmeli ogni tanto, e salvarmene una copia per conto mio. Ho notato limitazioni simili anche per conti che ho con altre banche. Magari posso andare indietro di 2 o 3 anni, ma mai per tutta la vita del conto.

Questo non ha più senso nell’epoca digitale in cui ci troviamo. I file PDF occupano così poco spazio che le banche potrebbero tranquillamente archiviare tutti gli estratti conto di tutti i clienti (e probabilmente lo fanno). Inoltre, se anche lo spazio fosse un problema, con la tecnologia di oggi, non è molto complicato generare PDF su richiesta. Il che vuol dire che il sistema potrebbe generare l’estratto conto di 5 o 10 anni fa.

Non capisco, e mi sento un po’ strano riguardo questa limitazione. C’è qualcun altro che la pensa come me, o che ne sa qualcosa?



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T-Mobile has two really cool plans, which have finally made cellular data an option for me while in the USA: $2/day and $3/day, only for those days that the phone is actually online. Both have unlimited SMS, voice and data, but while the $2/day provides only 2G data speeds, the $3/day provides 3G/4G speeds for the first 200MB, and 2G above that. Since i come to the USA for business a few times a year, and stay a couple of weeks each time, this plan has changed my life.

At any rate, i have discovered that what they publicize does not represent the reality i have experienced: it is publicized that the first 200MB of traffic are 3G/4G and everything above that only 2G. So, a sort of a FAP. But in reality i have experienced this:

  • Checking on t-mobile.com for the available traffic didn’t help me, as it kept showing me 0MB used. Maybe the information is not real time? Maybe it was that way because i had just upgraded from the $2 to the $3 plan? In any case, i hit the limit with that page showing i had used up 0MB. Maybe it might have been necessary to disconnect, and reconnect for the site to pick up the correct
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    English: Unusual speed limit (3 MPH), located at the DATA bus terminal in downtown Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    amount of data used. Don’t know.

  • The speed limitation (FAP) after 200MB is not 2G, but less than a third of 2G.

2G data uses EDGE technology which has a bandwidth limit of 320kbps, which usually in reality never translates to more than 25KBps (bytes, not bits). But T-Mobile allows connecting on 3G network and the data bandwidth available seems to be about 8KBps (around 64kbps). At that speed, it would take about 4-5 minutes to load the t-mobile.com website, instead of taking less than 1.5 minutes. This makes a huge difference when working at such low speed, especcially because many servers have connection timeouts. For instance the t-mobile.com website is so heavy, the server seems to timeout each time i try to load the page after i hit the 200MB limit.

The speed limit also occurs when disabling 3G on the phone, and connecting with 2G technology only. While i have no proof physical proof (i.e. router configurations, or other packet/frame data that indicates bandwidth limitation) that T-Mobile has a bandwidth limiter in place, i sure feel comfortable saying that it sure looks like they do: from downtown Chicago, where i get 5 bars of coverage, i can’t get more than 8KBps with lots of jitter connecting via 2G, and about the same 8KBps with almost no jitter connecting via 3G once i have hit the 200MB limit.

I have also noticed that the $2/day plan is faster than the $3/day plan once the 200MB limit has been reached, by about a factor of 2.

Conclusion: T-Mobile claims that they provide 2G (EDGE) bandwidth once the 200MB/day limit has been reached, while instead it’s more like 1G (GPRS) bandwidth.



{2013-01-14}   Cairo Time

Cairotime_posterA romance. I’m not usually fond of romances. Great performance from Patricia Clarkson, very well casted.

A sad story of a woman traveling all the way to Cairo to meet her husband and spend some time together, only to be greeted at the airport by one of his friends. Her husband doesn’t seem to apologetic for not being there with her. It doesn’t look like he understands how hard it is for her. That’s sad.

No, i didn’t enjoy it particularly. I don’t like watching romances on the screen: i prefer living them. Sure, for the protagonist, that trip to Cairo will always remain in her memories. Don’t we all have romances, one way or the other? This one didn’t really seem worth while a movie. It felt like a plain old classic romantic situation to me. Maybe that’s what the film maker was shooting for…

But for someone who enjoys romances, i think this movie could be very entertaining! 🙂



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