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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday February 12 2020, @08:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the making-a-major-mobile-mess dept.

Each year, the GSMA (GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) Association) holds three MWC (Mobile World Congress) events. The next is MWC Barcelona and is scheduled for 24-27 February 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The next event scheduled for this year is MWC Shanghai 2020, scheduled for 30 June - 2 July 2020 in Shanghai, China. And rounding out 2020 is the last event, MWC Los Angeles, California on 28-30 October 2020.

Since 2011, MWC Barcelona has been known as the GSMA Mobile World Capital. It is the oldest and largest of the MWC series, so some of the largest mobile product announcements occur at this event. The 2018 event attracted attendees around the world. Approximately half of the attendees hold senior positions in their firms. In other words, in the mobile market, MWC Barcelona is a "Really Big Deal."

That was all history. The recent outbreak of the 2019-nCoV Coronovirus has made quite a stir worldwide. Major players in the mobile arena are concerned about sending their representatives to a venue with approximately 100,000 attendees drawn from all around the world.

Major companies in the mobile space have recently announced plans to either skip MWC Barcelona entirely or, in some cases, make presentations remotely. These include: including Intel, TCL, Sony, Amazon, Samsung, Nvidia, Ericsson Vivo, and MediaTek among many others.

[...] It will be "interesting" to see what the follow-on effects will be from the reduced attendance. The June MWC is scheduled for Shanghai (a major city in China - the country that is the apparent source of the 2019-nCov coronoavirus and imposing major quarantines trying to stem its spread). Thus, unless 2019-nCoV is brought under control in record time, things do not look good for those who were diverted from Barcelona to look forward to making up the difference 4 months later. That leaves waiting for MWC LA at the end of October, or making more one-on-one connections to work out buying and selling decisions.

[Editors' Note: The World Health Organisation has formally renamed the virus to COVID-19]

For those who are interested in more details on these vendors plans, here are a baker's dozen links expanding on this:

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  • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Saturday February 29 2020, @08:35PM (4 children)

    by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Saturday February 29 2020, @08:35PM (#964664) Journal

    Tell me if I am the craziest one here, why I was the one who found this for you(and i have trashed 100 videos in the last 3 weeks for being bs): []

    15:00 min

    Few times in my life has my jaw ever dropped like in the movies.

    I wrote my last message before I saw this, mind you.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday February 29 2020, @10:36PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Saturday February 29 2020, @10:36PM (#964692) Journal

    No Middle East nuclear war has happened. I would not be surprised if Israel attacked Iran to shut down its nuclear weapons program at some point, if the U.S. doesn't, so that is fairly low value prediction. Corona-chan's mortality rate is a far cry from 50%. Ok, he's saying plague + war + infrastructure failure. That might do it. Good thing I picked up 50 lbs of rice.

    Chinese mismanagement of diseases appears to be a recurring theme (see the first SARS []). Maybe bats were peeing in scientists' mouths down in Wuhan. They don't need to be targeted from the outside. I did hear some (joking) chatter about it targeting Asians specifically, but it spread to non-Chinese easily.

    Geophysical event... no Planet X talk please.

    If elites are prepping for some event, good for them, they are just regular preppers with more money. A plan to take out the Chinese makes sense on some levels: China is the only nation other than the U.S. that can claim to have a superpower status, and they have a (seemingly) strong government that has integrated its elites into it and will presumably oppose other elites and try to steamroll the West in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The "Anglo-Saxon" elites mentioned might love it if China were to collapse, especially is S was about to HTF.

    Looks like Bill Ryan's journey continues, so you don't need to just look at 10 year old videos full of copouts: []

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    • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Monday March 09 2020, @02:18PM

      by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Monday March 09 2020, @02:18PM (#968490) Journal

      The video says a short conflict, not full blown out war before the virus.

      The soleimani attack fits exactly what he described.

      I am not saying that I am allegiant or worshipful of mr ryan, just that this is one of the most uncannily correct predictions I have ever heard, and the means by which he heard it lands in the realm of the possible as I see it.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday March 01 2020, @09:32PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Sunday March 01 2020, @09:32PM (#965088) Journal

    I think some have linked handling of the ACE2 enzyme to racial targeting but given the virus's spread outside of China I doubt it is significant: []

    Named 2019-nCoV by the WHO and SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, this virus is a new human-infecting Betacoronavirus that, based on its genetic proximity to 2 bat-derived SARS-like coronaviruses, likely originated in chrysanthemum bats. The virus uses a densely glycosylated spike (S) protein to enter host cells and binds with high affinity to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor in humans in a manner similar to SARS-CoV. However, monoclonal antibodies against the receptor-binding domain of SARS-CoV do not exhibit much binding to SARS-CoV-2, confirming that this is a new virus. The ACE2 enzyme is expressed in type II alveolar cells, and some unconfirmed data suggest that Asian males have a large number of ACE2-expressing cells in the lung, which may partially explain the male predominance of COVID-19. However, other factors such as a higher prevalence of smoking among men in China may explain the difference in the sex distribution of the disease.

    Meanwhile you have that one AC and others saying that smoking helps to prevent you from getting coronavirus.

    Bats peeing in researchers' mouths confirmed?

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    • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Monday March 09 2020, @02:35PM

      by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Monday March 09 2020, @02:35PM (#968493) Journal

      I find the distribution of the virus improbable from any natural person to person transmissions, especially the italy and iranian outbreaks.

      Even if there were a natural outbreak in china and it was not engineered or planned, israel would have jumped at the chance to teleport that virus to iran as soon as possible for the sheer damage+plausible deniability, war by deception plus land, rinse repeat, 'most moral army' etc etc