Archive for December 6th, 2006

India outlaws VoIP

How stupid is this? India is outlawing VoIP because these providers don’t pay some sort of tax… But, the whole VoIP point is to be cheaper by going around such problems. Why do anyone have to pay tax just to use a software application? Technically speaking, using a VoIP app is not different than using a web browser or an IM app. Bytes coming in and bytes going out. Damn, and I thought that only the Greek parliament was stupid for outlawing all computer games.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Cell phone users, beware. The FBI can listen to everything you say, even when the cell phone is turned off. A recent court ruling in a case against the Genovese crime family revealed that the FBI has the ability from a remote location to activate a cell phone and turn its microphone into a listening device that transmits to an FBI listening post, a method known as a “roving bug.” Experts say the only way to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery.”

Hmm, very interesting… I don’t know if they can do this with all phones though… except if FCC requires it and so all phones have this “feature” in them by design. And remember, if FBI can do it, so it’s Scotland Yard, Interpol and EKYP (or whatever it’s called now).