AT&T Firstnet and selling you out …

Crazy stuff going on sometimes at Telcos and AT&T.

The bribery scheme lasted from at least April 2012 until September 2017. Initially, the two Pakistani men bribed AT&T employees to unlock expensive iPhones so they could be used outside AT&T’s network.

The two recruited AT&T employees by approaching them in private via telephone or Facebook messages. Employees who agreed, received lists of IMEI phone codes which they had to unlock for sums of money.

Employees would then receive bribes in their bank accounts, in shell companies they created, or as cash, from the two Pakistani men.

Pagarba’s HopeBox wouldn’t be like that. Just saying.

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Lot of fluff in blockchain articles

I was reading an article about a startup today doing some cool things in the telco space. There are over 2000 telecommunications operators, carriers , and companies in the world. And a decentralized like blockchain telco sounds interesting and promising. But the article and the startup reek of clueless writers and founders.

Telecom industry to create an  “); background-size: 1px 1px; caret-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.843137); font-family: medium-content-serif-font, Georgia, Cambria, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: -0.07199999690055847px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: 0px calc(1em + 1px); background-repeat: repeat no-repeat”>ecosystem where consumers are in full control, and there is trust, security and transparency in the participating ecosystem. 

In theory this sounds good. In reality we’ve seen how few people actually care about any of that stuff. Especially people paying for things. Or companies looking to make money and paying for things. How many telcos who are revenue generating really wish their customers have full control ? The trust and security is just nonsense because we’ve seen how the crypto and blockchain space is filled with just as many con artists and scam artists as any other space. Maybe even more when my was at an all time high.

A much more reliable and efficient solution would be to do this using a private blockchain, accessed by the CSPs.

The article then dives into private blockchains. Being 5G requires closer proximity and more gateways and base stations, etc and not so much larger cell towers sprung up every mile , I think people forget someone pays to have these gateways installed and maintained. And many times they pay to lease the property it’s on. Oh the telco companies make billions , especially the AT&Ts and Verizon’s and such , but they still have costs associated with new towers , new gateways and new data centers. If they are building some telco private blockchain, how exactly is that any different than what exists now ? Oh it’s a blockchain and not a database. That’s someone who doesn’t seem to know how blockchains work or is purposely making things up to serve their own agenda.

Telstra extends the security provided by blockchain technology and combines it with biometric features, such as voice and facial recognition. These are stored encrypted on a blockchain, making it immutable, verifiable and traceable. 

This sounds like a bunch of nonsense. They store all that on a “blockchain” or a “blockchain” that is really Kafka and MongoDB with some hyperledger thrown in.

Gotta be careful of all the blockchain articles out there. Most aren’t talking about blockchain. More like a hybrid big data and cloud system with some blockchain sprinkled in.

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Why you need Lora, LoraWAN, Mesh and blockchain

At Pagarba( we love LoRa Mesh And LoraWAN. Some of our projects utilizing these protocols and technologies has helped build better systems for hospitals. A hospital needs to track medical devices , beds, equipment, medicines and toiletries. If you dive into how commercial real estate buildings and plazas need to be smarter and safe and energy efficient , Lora Mesh, LoraWAN, blockchain and AI lead the way.

Think More intelligent building infrastructure without needing to rebuild your building from scratch. Just add Lora.

We’ve worked on projects with Lora, Lora Mesh, LoraWAN, and blockchain smart contracts integrated with LoraWAN and RFID tags to better track hospital medical devices and equipment. Other projects integrated blockchain, artificial intelligence, IOT, Lora Mesh and decentralized Mesh technologies for smart water metering, smart energy metering , better monitoring and analytics for heating and cooling systems.

We improved building and construction management and maintenance by integrating LoraWAn with machine learning. Automation was key for better building safety and security standards and features, better space utilization and asset tracking optimization. Smarter and safer elevators during hurricanes and earthquakes with products like HopeBox.

What is LoRa ?

LORA mesh is different than Zigbee or other short range RF technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Because LoRa does not require property management companies to use building installers to deploy the network or highly-skilled technicians to manage it. It’s also unlocked radio frequency vs Zigbee and SigFox which are not open frequencies or open source.

LoRA offers hospitals or commercial building owners and management the ability to reduce costs while generating new sources of revenue by optimizing energy costs and increasing commercial tenant satisfaction to achieve higher property values and rents.Or create a better personalized well run hospital with optimized inventory management and tracking.

That’s all great, but why LoRa ?

LoRa’s advantages include very low asset deployment costs due to a need for fewer gateways and repeaters when compared with WiFi or Bluetooth. A single gateway can cover an entire loT or IIOT system. Imagine your entire building, even entire campus , such as underground parking garages, multi unit buildings and facilities , large airport like manufacturing plant , even an airport or sports stadium and surrounding facilities and neighborhoods. There is no expensive need for a complex system coverage analysis. There is no need for a complicated power source wiring system because LoRa has a protocol for low power consumption and long battery life characteristics.

With things like AES-128 encryption built in and public and private key blockchain technology integration, it’s far more secure than some open WiFI network.

It is also the only commercially available solution that features free GPS service at no extra power cost and operator free spectrum ISM bands making a low-cost solution for smart buildings and intelligent hospitals.

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NBA doing a cryptoplayers like cryptokitties collectibles on blockchain

Blockchain crypto video highlight tokens for the NBA is an interesting concept . I wonder how much will be blockchain and crypto and how much will be stored and processed and linked to the YouTube’s and other networks.

Cryptokitties did a lot of cool processing and work utilizing ethereum, genetic programming philosophies and smart contracts. But half their system was also centralized cloud like storage and processing.

Sports leagues are marketing and entertainment kings, especially the NBA and ESPN. I imagine this being some 10% blockchain and 90% AWS like cloud processing and programming. But cryptokitties and blockchain is the marketing keyword. Tokens will cost money (NBA token etc) and link to some NBA owned video link. Smart marketing.

The idea is that instead of having physical collectible cards, fans will have the opportunity to own a limited number of tokens containing the highlights of some of the most commemorated in-game moments from the NBA season. Each token will be differentiated by a distinct digital market that will allow the owners to participate in fantasy league games and compete against each other.

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New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming language BASIC

This is awesome. We need more of this. Turbo Pascal. TRS-80. Commodore 64. Atari. Colleco Vision.

The newest New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker, celebrating the creation of the BASIC computer language at Dartmouth in 1964, has officially been installed.

BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. BASIC proved robust enough to survive for decades, helping launch Microsoft along the way, and there are descendants still in use today. In short, it’s way more important than many people realize.

Thomas Kurtz, the retired Dartmouth math professor , created BASIC.

This new highway marker can be found on the east side of Route 120 in New Hampshire. It seems to be about halfway between the old Trumbull Nelson facility and Hanover Public Works.

The reasoning why it’s not located on or at Dartmouth is because state highway markers have to be on state highways and all the roads around Dartmouth College are owned by Hanover or the college itself, so this was about as close as we could get to the school on a visible, well-traveled route.

The marker is so new that the state hasn’t added it to their official list yet.

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