112 posts • joined Wednesday 6th February 2008 13:25 GMT
A little late
The magnetic strip is very much on the way out - replaced by the chip - I doubt that the financial institutions will "facilitate" transfer of the chip coding to a multi vendor card arrangement.
I'm in the DAB+ world of Sydney and while the paper comparison says DAB+ is better than DAB it's still worse than FM and even MW!! On a clear day I could see the top of the DAB transmission tower for Sydney yet the DAB+ signal is far from error free. It drops out and error distorts if I have the receiver anywhere but by the window.
Sydney Talkback stations are on MW (and AM Stereo - but I've never seen a receiver!) which at least is a stable signal even when the set is in the bathroom for the morning swill - something the DAB set cannot deliver.
As for portable use waste of time - batteries give up sooner than the next advert break - maybe the real advocates of DAB are Duracell / EverReady?.
As others have said the use of FM is probably more in cars than homes and the UK's excellent RDS Traffic service should not be lost - on the rare occasions I drive in the Sydney rush hour I wish we had it here!!!
"Documents obtained by the ABC also reveal that the Attorney-General at the time, Mark Dreyfus, was advised that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) does not have backdoor access to the National Broadband Network."
"I see pigs flying overhead - no wait - they don't need backdoor access if the NSA and China already have it.
Ground the pigs!
That's correct -- everyone in the World is subject to American Laws, and the UK Authorities are happy to oblige with enforcement.
Re: The new battlefield...
".......which limits the speed to 25mph when there's no valid GPS signal ......."
How would that work in a road tunnel? Traffic would come to a virtual standstill.
Just move your street view man onto the road shadow and miraculously the building appear - Bad google!
Re: Billy Bookshelf...
More Scope Creep
"Federal forces protest that they have been outfoxed by moves such as the shift to https and messaging encryption,"
And they will continue to be so. If if they are outfoxed what is the point of additional laws? The crims they are after will always be one step ahead and the "Federal Forces" know that - but it seems like a good excuse for having laws which will scope creep so that the whole, nominally law abiding population, can be monitored and their privacy invaded..
Re: Perhaps you can point us in the direction of this magic software
Start at http://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-solution/customer-service-solutions/solutions-services/inbound-solutions/voice-authentication-biometrics/spid/index.htm
"Nuance S.P.I.D. (Speaker Identification and Detection) is a comprehensive audio processing system that efficiently searches for a target’s voice within a large volume of intercepted calls, "
Not magic and if this much information can be published on the interwebs you can bet that more sophisticated tools are available at GCHQ.
Ignoring the obvious why do they need to keep it for so long just how can Apple claim that the data is anonymised?
They may not store metadata with it like the IMEI / IP you were using but given the advances in voice recognition there will always be the ability to scan the data looking for conversations that match Joe Bloggs voice print.
"It initially phones home to its masters by establishing a HTTP connection to what appear to be a command-and-control server. "
So who is at the end of the address it phones home to?
Smart meters or not joe public will not save money as the supply companies will not want to see current revenue decrease. So the cost per kW will just rise to match the reduction in consumption. In other words it's heads they win tails we loose
Well there is another problem with Streetmaps the links don't link to what you have on the screen. I was trying to show how bad Streetmaps was at showing where Park West Place, London, City of Westminster, UK was.
Horses for Courses
I grew up with OS 1:50,000 maps they are clear and easy to use (and I used Streetmaps to view them) but they don't have individual street names. Streetmaps then zooms into other maps which just don't cut it for me.
When you are looking for particular streets Google are "streets ahead". As an example find Park W Place on Google - clearly visible
as opposed to Streetmaps
Every DMCA request should require a physical seal/stamp or similar to demonstrate that it has been generated by a human after a due diligence process has been completed.
Having a robot trawl through the interweb results of a search engine and throwing millions of DMCA requests out is plain wrong. Using the DCMA process to censor a transparency report is also wrong and sets a dangerous precedent for governments to use similar tactics to hide their ever increasing surveillance/monitoring of our activities.
While I'm at it the crime is copyright theft or similar is not "piracy" - I wish the enlightened (i.e. not in studios pockets) Press would start using that term as the studios have "pirated" the term to add a touch of evil to the crime. IMHO each individual act of copyright theft is a minor civil offence (and should be treated as such) but I agree that the collective impact of a number of acts may damage an industry - to date I think that "Cried wolf too much" gives a better understanding however.
I wonder if the banks will send out DMCA requests to Google claiming that even mentioning their name and addresses (never mind street view issues) encourages bank robbers to steal from them??
What has happened just to the south of Kings Cross St Pancras? - a load of houses look as though the ground has folded up around them taking the foundations with them.
"........he's almost certainly wrong, humankind being humankind. "
Do we really need this level of Political Correctness in a technical article? The word MAN (Hu man kind) is still in it so it still presents an insult to those who have issues with (their view) sexist language - mankind has served us well lets keep it going.
Leave the English language alone lest we all fall down a humanhole in the road.
End of PC rant.
The advantage of being able to move the SIM from a broken phone (or one with a flat batter) to a working friends or second phone will be lost and I can't see the Networks being keen on allowing other Networks to be added to the hardware "SIM" in the phone.
Damn silly idea designed to give what little control consumers still have back to the networks.
Re: I'm sorry...
czsaloco writes; "If France keeps this up they'll find themselves shut off to the modern world as companies refuse to talk to them anymore"
That is probably what the french government raelly want - it would halt the dilution of the french language/culture/way of life/values etc.
Re: CMOS "Button cells"?
Mage say's "Mercury based thermometers and blood pressure are long obsolete."
Not at two GP's I visit or the ward of a Hospital on another visit for blood pressure monitoring. When I asked "why" I was told that it's a cheap, reliable, accurate instrument that does not need power, calibration or significant maintenance.
If you have tried one of the "cheap" home blood pressure monitors you will find it difficult to get 3/4 successive readings even approaching the same numbers.
Time for change
"Guaranteeing a price until 2015 is tough, but when that money is needed to subsidise the cost of the latest iThingy, it's even harder. "
"free/subsidised" handsets should be banned. The concept was designed 20 years ago to get people onto the new networks. As virtually everyone now has a handset there should be no need for linking into the service provision cost.
Networks should be forced to disconnect the costs of handset purchase from service provision - the current linking creates an unfair cross-subsidy for those on SIM only deals. If people really must have the newest iThingy then let them go get finance in the open market to buy it. There would also be the benefit of less old iThing's sitting in draws and maybe the iThingy manufacturers will think about getting their costs down to consumer acceptable levels as opposed to the inflated levels they can convince a network to pay - a Network that knows it can squeeze money without effort from the final customer.
While I'm ranting can the Register start a Save Our SIM (how does one start this on Facebook?) campaign to stop the American iThingy manufactures locking our phone to them and chosen Networks with wired in SIMs - I want to roam Europe and the world swapping my SIM as the plane lands - not having to negotiate with a walled garden about which carrier they will let me use.
Lower Corporation Tax but apply the new level to Gross revenue not Net then they can pay their Overseas minders whatever they like for the use of the Corporate Logo from what is left.
There is precious little I can offset against Income Tax so why should Corporations be any different?
Re: Touch down
In my experience (3 flights) the Check-in, Security, Immigration and South Yorks Police staff (yes they also check you out - when I flew at least) are more draconian and "Jobs Worth" than the TSA staff I came across earlier this year on a trip to New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
I have a mental note never to use Finningley (Robing Hood) Airport again - serves them right for stealing the name from Nottinghamshire!
Enforcement in NSW will be simple - PC Plod will draw alongside you, request that you wind the window down and promptly tase you unless you are displaying a "I have a heart condition" sticker in which case you will be pepper sprayed. It's a Police state for those who don't live here.
"The other problem is that LTE, the 4G technology of choice, is about as efficient as it can get: fitting more signals into the same frequency band just isn't possible."]
A brave statement or was it intended to be a challenge to the boffins?
This guy is now totally alienated against society for what I believe to be an excessive abuse of power by the bench. If the bench applied the same degree of sentencing for crimes where peoples property was invaded, members of the public suffered physical harm and criminals (white and blue collar) caused people to loose hard earned savings I'd not complain. But my observation is that "prisons are too full" so cannot take these "minor" offences.
I hope the guy wins an appeal but that he suffers more public humiliation for his stupidity - NOT for posting, no matter how inappropriate, material on a website but for being a complete dimwit.
When I was at school "Sticks and stones may break my bones - but names will never hurt me" was what we were told when people said things that "hurt" us - wherever happened to these very good mantras?
In New South Wales These idiot's have spoilt it for those of us who just want a laser pointer for our own (inside) entertainment (have you seen a cat trying to catch the dot:-).
It's now a serious offence (read prohibited weapon, 14 years in clink for a class 3/4 device, $5000 fine class 1/2) - more serious than a shotgun - to carry one in public.
"Also be aware that if you obtained the laser pointer before 18 July 2008, you will not need to obtain a permit until 1 December 2008. Thereafter, if you wish to retain your laser pointer, you will need to obtain a permit through the Firearms Registry."
SO if the ANPR system is so good why;
- are there still many stolen vehicles not detected until they turn up burnt out in a country lanes?
- can my defense lawyer not ask for a listing of my movements, as detected by the APNR system, to demonstrate that it was unlikely that I committed a crime in Bristol, say, when I was driving towards Newcastle
- are untaxed vehicles still untaxed
ANPR will suffer (if has not already) scope creep towards the fully monitored population.
"If there was a chance of anything bad happening then it would have happened because I'd guess most planes these days have at least one device that has been accidentally or unknowingly left on during take off."
This is a perfectly reasonable conclusion however lets say all passengers on an A380 have their Kindle /iPad 's on during take off - that's a potential 600 transmitters all trying to communicate with home. Unless significant testing demonstrates this will not upset aircraft navigation I'd rather people did the right thing and have a 15-20 minute holiday from their electronic world.
BTW I don't see any difference between a fondle slab and a phone - they are both using the same radio comms systems.
For me the Channel 4 logo (and associated jingle) is probably one of the most successful (and pleasing) graphics of the last century - well done MS for catching up!!
Looks like we are in for a cat and mouse game with Assange finding a way out of the Embassy with a following car chase through London towards an, as yet, unidentified airfield. The chase will have the obvious flashing blue lights and unmarked vans all shadowed by the US G men, who have their own agenda, probably in helicopters disguised as News Crew.
Ultimately Assange will get to a plane which will take off - Britain will claim it did everything it could to arrest him and Ecuador will be doing some grandstanding.
Then the plot goes two ways;
a) The plane is intercepted in international airspace by a F1-11 which "escorts' it to a rendition friendly nation or;
b) Assange arrives in Ecuador to a hero's welcome but 6 months later Ecuador suddenly finds it'self in receipt of a dollop of US aid. Assange then mysteriously looses his Diplomatic status "new evidence of his serious crimes has been brought to the attention of the Ecuadorian Government" and a midnight flight lands on US soil with one passenger escorted by 20 marines. Ecuador and the US become the best of friends and Sweden bows out on the basis of "his crimes in the US are more serious (sic) than those he is only accused of in Sweden"
Whichever way the plot goes Assange is going to end up in US hands.
Justice will not have been done and I will forever think Sweden could have done it differently.
Not for me
As PayPal are involved it looks like I will be avoiding whatever payment system eventuates.
Re: British TV drama is NOT crap
If you want to see really crap TV drama then check out the Free to Air offerings on Australian TV - mind you it's hard to find a complete programme between all the adverts. If you do the Networks will make sure you miss chunks by never keeping to any published time schedule.
The day after then ban all searches for "Wine" that deliver non French sites.
Is May Competent?
Can someone remind me if a doctor has examined Theresa May and certified that she is competent to make decisions on people lives in the face of a bully attacks?
This whole case seems to be based on some hairy chested bully, ranting from across the Atlantic, not the due process and application of "just" Law.
One begins to wonder what toy the bullies have threatened to withhold from May.
Would it not be more appropriate for the Courts to ban the sales of both companies until the patent war has been settled? That way there is no advantage /disadvantage to whoever may eventually loose.
I suspect that the reason this was handled in the UK was to protect the identity of the person whose account was hacked. It's probable that if the case was heard in the US the identity would have to have been revealed . There must be more to this than reported.
"The DPA contains an exemption which states that personal data can be processed for the purposes of the prevention or detection of crime without having to inform individuals if informing the individuals would jeopardise the ability to prevent or detect crime."
That's OK then - since virtually everybody has probably committed a crime against one of the myriad of laws and regulations that abound the Statue Book, it will always be possible to find a "potential" crime to justify the shared snooping..
"The goal is to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute terrorist offenses and related crimes as well as other serious cross-border crimes punishable by a sentence of imprisonment of at least three years,"
That's OK then covers just about anything, except double parking,under the US sentencing regime.
I suspect that Apple will not bow to the Australian Courts.
I suspect that Apple win not bow to the Australian Courts.
Very soon a missive from the US of A will land in Canberra talking about free trade agreements etc and the whole thing will slip peacefully away. Proving once again the power of the corporations.
So we are up for hoards of people just buying a ticket to use the free WiFi. Platforms will become depositories of pad/laptop users camped out while real passengers have to scurry around them to get on the trains. :-)
Just like the situation in coffee shops that offer free WiFi.
So a country hoards it's natural resources (which we must assume are it's sovereign possessions) to maintain high prices and it upset the EU / US and GB - only because they want access to the resources.
But it is OK for other countries to "control" the flow of their natural resources to keep the price high, diamonds, gold, for example.
I don't like what China are doing but I can't see an argument that justifies the "we can force you to sell us your goods" stance.
50,000 files - won't be long before they appear on Wikileaks.
So Google are the new bad boys because they tried to clear up a mess with another "mess".
I don't have a direct financial arrangement with Google so as an end user I'm not directly impacted by the alleged "Anti Trust" nature of their operation - I'd just prefer that they did not harvest user data for whatever they do with it - but then they could not run their business and would have to start charging for their services. 10 Euro a search?
I'd be more impressed with the EU mandarins if they addressed the stupid situation with patents and the "Bad Boy" tactics of those manufacturers who actually take money from us, while collecting information about what we do with our computing devices and control what we are allowed to download and install on them.
BTW - I'm still a conspiracy theorist - the Google data collection is on behalf of the CIA/FBI/Homeland Security who I'm sure all have direct access to it. I can't see the US government allowing the establishment of what is probably the worlds largest database/computing system unless they had some access/control. (don't forget ANY of your financial data that goes anywhere near a US server belongs to the US.)
" The alleged perpetrators of the scam are Nigerian, Thai and Taiwanese, a huge practical obstacle to any seizure or possible criminal proceedings, even assuming the miscreants were sitting on piles of money."
"The judgment is in the US, and the guilty parties are not. Applying the judgment extra-territorially is a significant hurdle for retribution on a practical level,"
Don't American Court rulings have worldwide application now (probably slipped in a recent Free Trade Treaty) so what is the problem? - just use an extradition warrant.
Oh sorry those are only of use if the person is in the UK , they probably don't work for other countries (yet).
Why the UK
What worries me is that the UK is high on the removal requests. Historically the UK promotes it's self as having freedom of speech (I'm never sure about freedom of expression) and often points to other countries that have restrictive regimes, censorship and other terrible obstacles to "democracy'. But some of these countries don't have a high "please take down rate" .
Google releases the Report under it's "transparency" banner. Lets expand transparency and report the detail of the specific requests so we can learn what our government does not want us to see. If that offends a Court Order then don't list those sites covered by Court Order. Certainly if Google did not take the site down then I see no reason for us not to be told which sites were requested. That way we can start to understand what we are being shielded from.
DAB should be killed
If only to save the planet. All that power consumed by the receives must add to global warming and battery operated receivers are a no go (unless you lug spare AA cells around with you.) While TX power is lower, than the kWatts of FM, there are more TXs so overall the DAB experimentation has been a green failure!
Thanks eWill - PDF redaction can sometime go wrong. As you say Reg readers will already know these solutions to nosey governments.
I last saw this error on a State Government Contract in Australia. The public document had all pricing redacted but changing Adobe Preferences / Text custom colour soon showed the $s up (red text looks good on a black background)
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