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Electrical and wireless appliances, devices and other infrastructure

Apr 19

Google Glass Alert

Potential health risks from wireless radiation

"The Google Glass emits more wireless radiation than most cell phones on the market, but unlike cell phone users, Glass users may be wearing this device on their heads for more than 12 hours a day putting their health at risk. . . .

"Just because these devices are legal does not mean they are safe. . . .

Apr 18

Rogers rolls out more powerful 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 3 cities

Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto: Company paid $3.3B for spectrum in federal auction earlier this year

Vancouver: north to Pender, south to Howe; east to Beach and west to Broughton; parts of Barclay to Georgia; Denman to Lost Lagoon.

Calgary: 10th Avenue S.W. to Prince's Island Park and 11th Street S.W. to First Street S.W.

Toronto: west to Yonge east to the DVP; north to Rosedale Valley Rd. (just north of Bloor) and south to Carlton.

"The company will be rolling out the spectrum gradually on its high-speed LTE network across the country, in both urban and rural areas. . . . 

"The federal government earned $5.27 billion from the auction of 97 licences for the coveted 700-megahertz spectrum, which was previously used for over-the-air analog TV signals . . . .


Apr 17

Canada Post Removes Wi-Fi from Saanichton Post Office

Letter of accommodation from the Group President of Canada Post's Physical Delivery Network

The attached letter is from Canada Post recognizing the need to accommodate people with EHS.

" . . . As a customer-focussed company, we are very much aware of the need to provide barrier-free access to our post offices and dealerships . . . thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.  We remain committed to providing you and other customers with efficient and accessible service at all times."

Apr 4

New regulations on the sale of GSM (Belgium)

Belgium: New regulations on the sale of GSM in force from 1 March 2014 (GSM = Global System for Mobile Communications)

New regulations on the sale of GSM
"From 1 March 2014, new rules come into force on the sale of GSM. On the one hand, it is prohibited to sell GSM specially designed for young children (under 7 years). On the other hand, it is mandatory to mention the SAR value at all points of sale of GSM, not only in stores but also on the Internet.

Banning the sale of GSM for children
"Mobile phones specially designed for young children can no longer be placed on the Belgian market. Referred adapted mobile phones for children under 7 years, which, for example, have few or keys are presented in an attractive form for children. Any advertising on the use of GSM for the age of 7 is also prohibited.

The value of radiation (SAR) becomes mandatory information to the attention of consumers
"You can now choose your new mobile phone, taking into account the value of radiation (SAR). The SAR is the specific absorption rate (SAR or SAR in English, derived from "specific absorption rate"). The SAR value is indicated with other technical data of GSM, and not only in stores but also in online sales. Why are these measures?

"These are precautionary measures. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an increased risk of brain cancer is possible in case of intensive use of a mobile phone. For this reason, the IARC has classified radio waves as "possibly carcinogenic." Pending clearer scientific findings, measures are taken. The goal is to educate users of GSM.

"By opting for a mobile phone with a lower SAR value, you can reduce your average exposure. However it should not call for hours, because the way you use your mobile phone determines your exposure. To reduce your exposure sure to use a headset, texting and avoid calls when you're in an area with poor reception. You can find more advice on the " Towards a reasonable use of mobile phones . "

"Children enter early into contact with GSM devices. The total exposure during their lives will therefore be greater than current adults. In addition, children absorb more radiation than adults GSM (2 times for the brain and 10 times for the cervical cord).

"Hence the importance of increased vigilance, given the classification of radio waves as "possibly carcinogenic" by IARC.

NB: Article (above) available in many translations from the French.

From Wikipedia: GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Special Mobile), is a standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to describe protocols for second generation (2G) digital cellular networks used by mobile phones. It is the de facto global standard for mobile communications with over 90% market share, and is available in over 219 countries and territories.

The GSM standard was developed as a replacement for first generation (1G) analog cellular networks, and originally described a digital, circuit-switched network optimized for full duplexvoice telephony. This was expanded over time to include data communications, first by circuit-switched transport, then packet data transport via GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) and EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution.)

Feb 18

26+ years later and here we are, still questioning whether or not this very technology even exists! Just IMAGINE how far more advanced things are today . . .

Jan 20

Fridge sends spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets

BBC - Junk email The fridge was one of 100,000 devices used as part of the spam attack

"A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets.

"The fridge was one of more than 100,000 devices used to take part in the spam campaign.

"Uncovered by security firm Proofpoint the attack compromised computers, home routers, media PCs and smart TV sets.

"The attack is believed to be one of the first to exploit the lax security on devices that are part of the "internet of things". . .

Dec 2

Dr Anthony Miller to Toronto Council re: RF Exposure

Telecommunications- Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles

Published on Dec 2, 2013 Dr Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health presents to Toronto Council that RF exposure should be classified as a 2A (probable carcinogen), not a 2B (possible carcinogen)

This is a 3-minute video of a November 2013 presentation by Dr. Anthony B. Miller in which he states his belief that wireless radiation would be classified "2A PROBABLE HUMAN CARCINOGEN" if it were evaluated today. Dr. Miller sat on the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) committee when IARC made the decision to classify radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (wireless radiation from any sources) as a "Category 2B possible human carcinogen" (May 2011).

This clip is his presentation to Toronto Councillors at the City of Toronto Government Management Committee regarding the proliferation of increased density of wireless radiation emitted by cellular network towers/antennas installed below 15-metre height in Toronto.

Nov 7

You Are a Rogue Device (Seattle, Washington)

A new apparatus capable of spying on you has been installed throughout downtown Seattle. Very few citizens know what it is, and officials don't want to talk about it.

"If you're walking around downtown Seattle, look up: You'll see off-white boxes, each one about a foot tall with vertical antennae, attached to utility poles. If you're walking around downtown while looking at a smartphone, you will probably see at least one--and more likely two or three--Wi-Fi networks named after intersections: "4th&Seneca," "4th&Union," "4th&University," and so on. That is how you can see the Seattle Police Department's new wireless mesh network, bought from a California-based company called Aruba Networks, whose clients include the Department of Defense, school districts in Canada, oil-mining interests in China, and telecommunications companies in Saudi Arabia.

"The question is: How well can this mesh network see you? . . .

Oct 27

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

New York Times: By GINA KOLATA

"In a chilling episode of "Homeland" last year, a terrorist killed the vice president with a fiendishly clever weapon: a remote-control device that attacked the computerized defibrillator implanted in his chest. For former Vice President Dick Cheney, it was all too realistic.

"Mr. Cheney, who had heart disease for decades before receiving a transplant last year, had such an implant to regulate his heart rate and shock his heart back into life, if necessary. The defibrillator could be reprogrammed wirelessly from a short distance away. In 2007, he had the wireless feature disabled. About the "Homeland" scenario, Mr. Cheney said on the Oct. 20 episode of "60 Minutes":  "I found it credible. It was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

"But was it really? Medical experts say the answers are surprisingly complicated. "Mr. Cheney's cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University, said in the "60 Minutes" interview that he agreed with his patient. . . .

Oct 27

Gadget Sickness

New York (News & Politics)

"Last week, Apple released an iOS 7 fix, addressing user complaints that the mobile operating system was making them queasy. ("Note to self: get Dramamine," Mia Farrow tweeted.) It's not the only tech-induced ailment; office drones and teen phone addicts alike are coming down with illnesses as trendy as the devices that inflict them. According to recent research, that hunchback you're developing might really be your cell phone's fault. . . .

  • Sleep deprivation 
  • Nomophobia 
  • Cybersickness (kinetosis) 
  • Laptop thigh (erythema ab igne) 
  • iPosture (cervicalgia) 
  • Texting thumb (tendinitis) 
  • Scrotal hyperthermia 
  • Phantom-vibration syndrome

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