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Next-generation SIM cards may run advanced apps and contain embedded sensors

Telenor's Fritjof Bogner Engelhardtsen and Sun's James Gosling look at a new experimental development platform for SIM cards that allows programmers to design new mobile services including adding sensors and Wi-Fi radio directly on the card.

At JavaOne in San Francisco, Telenor's Fritjof Bogner Engelhardtsen and Sun's James Gosling look at a new experimental development platform for SIM cards. The Java platform allows programmers to design new mobile services including adding sensors and Wi-Fi radio directly on the card.

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emeseboldog
emeseboldog

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Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

We already have problems with some government organisations using the capabilities in current phones to track people through the phone towers. now they have a wifi in the sim card itself, and sensors in them. This capability opens the door for people to access your sim card and it's data via the wifi without your knowledge and to use things like the on sim gps sensor to locate you without your knowledge and have it feed direct to somewhere via wifi. What the hell ever happened to the idea of a telephone being a basic communications device when you want to use it as such? the phone screen is too damn small to be much good for Internet access anyway, so why have it? All this added capability is just a case of some smart alec wanting to show how fancy he can get and then making money by pushing it on people. If the phone companies go back to making a very basic and simple phone they can cut the costs dramatically but I don't expect to see them do that as it isn't as neat as having BS features people don't use. If the only options for a new phone when I next see about getting one are so over featured, I doubt I'll buy one.

cory.schultze
cory.schultze

That's pretty spot-on, but there's a lot more: We recently re-structured our entire domain and server infrastructure, supporting over 200 users and all the bugs came out of the woodwork! I found that what most annoyed people was change. It also seems that Favourites, Themes and Desktop items are most important to these people - one lady user kicked-up a stink because she lost the picture of her grandchildren from her desktop background! Another biggie is learning - we have a fair few users with a reluctancy to learn a process that may be necessary but not often used. And on the note of processes, we also have some members of staff who like everything in a specific order where they can pretty-much do things without thinking about them. The accounts team open their applications in a certain order and find it extremely aggravating that, (because of licence restrictions, we had to remove some software and replace it with a free alternative) they need to click the mouse one more time than before. Conclusion: Users are VERY particular and definitely don't like change, as I've found-out.

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