* Posts by JaitcH

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Fuxed Battery ...

no sale.

Still, with 2 SIMs it should interest Ashley Madison followers - one SIM for the girls and the other for the wife.

It's why they are so popular in China where some even boast FOUR SIMs!

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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Cleaning Up Eglinton & Yonge, Toronto

Avid Life Media is in one of those high-priced high-rise office buildings in this mid-town area of Toronto at 2300 Yonge Street aka Yonge-Eglinton Centre.

A friend who works in the building says other tenant's employees have been increasingly harassed, even to the point where reporters, etc. are lurking in the underworld which connects many of the buildings to the subways and garages.

People have been getting accosted in the public mall area, on the elevators (lifts), etc.

Now that Biderman's digital life has been spread all over the InterNet and that he has, allegedly, separated himself from the private company, people are hoping things will cool down and they won't have to hide their faces to avoid being seen on local TV news!

As for Biderman, couldn't have happened to a nicer fella'. Interesting that he doesn't have children in his Will, only 'issue'. Wonder how many 'issues' he has?

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Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing

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Why didn't one of those arrogant BA females ...

simply COMMAND the device to stop smoking.

I saw one of these creatures assaulting a toilet door demanding it stop smoking. It had the temerity not to respond.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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There's an ...

Android App that can do this. Free!

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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It might not having flashing lights but ...

it has a speaker!

The local TP-LINK office in SaiGon/Ho Chi Minh has had one these things sitting on the receptionists desk playing music. They weren't allowed to say anything but the connectors gave a hint.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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ZTE manufactures cell handsets that use ...

Android, Windows Phone and Mozilla Firefox OS

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Cameron actually fighting BitTorrent? If so, he is losing

I am a pretty heavy BitTorrent user downloading various film and video we could not otherwise see. This is because the films are simply not shown in many Indochinese region countries.

Same applies to books, although a number would be seized under censorship/importation laws of physically imported.

This morning (at 02.00H UK time) there were several thousand BitTorrent users from the UK on-line, openly transmitting/receiving the forbidden fruit.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Talk about foxes and the henhouse! Why trust cellco's?

Many other countries derive their coverage information from users via Apps running in smartphones. These are FREE - and the data is damn sight more realistic.

Cellco's use trunk/boot mounted receivers attached to external antennae. Hardly the optimum way to gather cell coverage INSIDE homes!

What's with OFCOM - are they with the consumer or the trade groups?

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Costa Rica is BILLIONS in debt ....

with hedge funds suggesting the US dependency close down their school system.

How can Costa Rica even think about buying SAP software? Hot Windows is the government's favourite OS.

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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If they can Geo-Ban the White House ...

DJI has the ability, when the GPS is enabled, to prevent their products from being flown in prohibited airspace as in Washington, DC. This also applies to many airports and BeiJing, etc.

Since Cameron thinks he is a somebody the UK will no doubt send a long list of banned UK areas and demand that DJI enter them in their software. He wouldn't want pix of his Sammy all over the InterNet (nor would many of us).

Since VietNam and China have ongoing disputes over China's peremptory theft of some islands in the middle of nowhere, DJI units are sold here without any restrictions whatsoever!

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr ...

is the persecutor who had Sergey Aleynikov, 40 years old, arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly stealing Open Source software from Goldman Sachs - the notorious shark company of Wall Street.

After two trials driven by Cyrus Vance, Sergey was EXONERATED by Appeal Courts. Sergey is now suing all concerned.

Read Flash Boys - A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis [EPUB] [MOBI] - a real page turned for even the slightest tech reader!

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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Sweden's statute of limitations on prosecuting rape allegations is 10 years.

Sounds sensible.

Of course, UK Plod, unable to handle current crime, has been busy locking up aged entertainers who are collecting their pensions.

How can justice be done of the expiration of 40 or 50 years?

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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A baseball cap with a few ...

IR LEDs fitted to the peak or a baseball cap are usually enough to render facial recognition useless - at night. (1 watt IR LEDs fitted around a number plate will 'blind' Plod's national number plate tracking facility - even during the daylight hours.)

For daytime use, heavy black eye glass frames do the trick for faces.

They are also using 'gait style' identification, where a computer identifies a person by their walking style. I guess this means we will have to learn John Clease' Ministry of Silly Walks - see: < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ministry_of_Silly_Walks#/media/File:Silly_Walk_Gait.jpg >.

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Whirling dervishes of blade and robot? FCC reaches for rubberstamp

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What about West Virginia, Virginia? Are they OK here?

See:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Radio_Quiet_Zone

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Police use RIFLE AND TASER to relieve man of iPhone case

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Just another dumb Plod on a horse

Toy 'guns' have been with us since 1865, as gun manufacturers suffered business challenges after the US 'Civil War' and found success, after making a few changes to their factories and began to build cap guns instead.

Canada, as another poster wrote, has extremely stiff gun laws (even bows and arrows) but these less than smart horse riders should know that 'coloured' guns are restricted and therefore anything resembling a gun, especially those with a 10 cm tip of orange colour, is easily discernible.

Canada doesn't have 'carry' laws either - and it is extremely unusual to see a real gun on the streets other than those used by our Plod. Security guards very occasionally have gun permits but most of their weapons are actually chemical types (gas or liquid). Canadian society shares much in common with the USA and proves that culture affects the use of weapons.

Cops with guns doesn't equate with killing civilians. The Chinese police carry guns as do many of the police in Laos, Kampuchea (Cambodia) and VietNam but their use is very infrequent. There has been ONE case of a police gun being used in VietNam this year (on civilians) and that was to stop a robber escaping on a motorcycle in SaiGon/Ho Chi Minh City. In VietNam we are even unable to buy matches (think pipe bombs) and sparklers have only been available for two years.

Given Cameron's 'Nanny Society' it's surprising even 'cap guns' are permitted. I was taught in the British Army how to make very effective explosives from the contents of the average UK kitchen. In fact, an ordinary light-bulb plus one other common household fluid will effectively 'clear' an average-sized room, as our training sergeant proved.

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Samsung phablet phrenzy brings mobile payments into the age of WIRELESS TAPE

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No removable battery, no SD-memory ...

NO SALE.

What Samsung designers seem to have forgotten is that SD-Memory chips offer a security answer as they can be used to store Apps and content that interests governments in Australia, Canada, the UK, USA and North Korea. Equally, in less developed countries with power access challenges, replaceable batteries are a good answer especially since Samsung provides a totally inadequate hard-plastic USD charging cable that cracks after a few months of use which could be used with an external battery.

Thankfully Motorola has a potential solution <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/06/review_motorola_moto_g_3rd_generation_2015_android_smartphone/?page=1>, <http://www.motorola.com/apac/products/moto-g>. And it is somewhat waterproof.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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"If someone sends you an abhorrent image... our advice is to save it, and then contact the police."

And what will Plod do? Compare it to their database of dicks? They are database crazy.

Then Mad May, that crazy woman in the Home Office, will require that all male children, and immigrants - of course, submit their dicks for printing to be held an infinitum until the EU privacy court gets to to rule it illegal.

Best thing for recipients to is just have a laugh, mutter aloud 'How Small' and delete the thing.

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Next-gen secure email using internet's own DNS – your help needed

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How many people trust even a subset of the US Department of Commerce?

The US Government and ALL it's agencies are way beyond trust.

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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

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Honestly, who thinks these blocks actually work ... apart from Cameron?

Because the local movie circuits, controlled by Hollywood, don't show many Western movies without a third of the screen being taken up with foreign hieroglyphics and because I have some slack on our commercial speed fibre services, I download music, books and movies, etc.

If Cameron could see my monitor he would observe that 71 addresses from the UK are thankfully contributing to our download requests ... and it's 09:15:10H in the UK.

All because a bunch of greedy hawgs in Hollywood want every last penny.

P.S. Many of the requests, by my subscribers for which I charge no money, titles are simply trash - who would pay for them? Personally, I like the endless source of e-books.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Balmer not only guilty party ...

whenever a company spends that sort of loot it usually has to be blessed by the Board of Directors.

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Canucks: Hey, Big Dog Telcos. Share that fiber with the little guys, eh?

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Good for you.

Bell Canada are jerks and still seem to have their knickers in a twist from losing their monopoly.

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not to mention that each individual fiber is passively split to as many as 16 houses

I was in Toronto when Bell started laying it's fibre optic cable into the development immediately north of the Fairview Mall, North York. Each house/property had four fibre optic feeds.

Bell Canada, and other provincial telephone companies, have benefited from municipal growth as these then-monopolies were able to able to take advantage of the road-building. When Telus 'did' Toronto, about 10 years ago, modern cable laying techniques had evolved and they simply ploughed their backbone cables along the centre lines of major city streets and put breakout boxes at street corners.

Here in VietNam the InterNet Providers run backbones down most every street with either pole-mounted or in-building DSLAMS. We have 3, or so, 5-terrabyte fibre optic cables spanning the country (north to south) which were ploughed in and terminated in buildings.

Provincial highways host high-capacity fibre cables so that even my summer house/shack, as do my neighbours in the area, over 70 kilometres from the nearest population centre, enjoy 20+ megabyte service. The DSLAMS are pole mounted.

There are two 'hot' fibres and two spares feeding every house.

VietNam, surprisingly, in it's national Civic Code has provisions for preventing any property owner from denying common carrier service/access to any occupant. It also provides that carriers SHALL share conduits, etc. within buildings. I have service from four common carriers in my Ho Chi Minh City condominium.

I always wonder why it is taking so long to fibre-up the UK.

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"The vast empty space up north is irrelevant, except to those few people that live there."

@ JeffyPoooh:

Spoken like a true southerner.

It might be irrelevant to you, if you live in the border-hugging band of 200 miles wide, but the north NEEDS better communications than most other areas in Canada.

Fortunately the federal Government of Canada doesn't share your view and has promoted modern, high-speed communications for decades for they know that it is essential for industry and the citizens that it be present. If it were left to the Telco's the Northerners would still be using dogs and sledges to carry messages.

I worked Northern Ontario for about 20 years and it was very annoying, as I drove Highway 11 (inland route) and Highway 17 (Lake Superior coastal route), en route to computer sites struggling to keep Bell 202 modems working, to follow the first suspended (on poles) trans-Canada fibre optic cable. It was about the diameter of my fat thumb.

Communications, particular RF, are higher density in the remote areas than in the 'sun-belt' cities due to the logging and mining industries.

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Canadian Telecoms were, historically, two damn great whales and a bunch of minnows

Historically, in Canada, there were two trans-national telephone networks. One was the networks formed by the 'Bell' system wherein separate 'Bell System' type companies would provide interoperability coast-to-coast. There were a bunch of provincial, municipal and 'farmer' companies

The other was CNCP (Canadian National and Canadian Pacific), CNCP was created as a joint venture between the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1967, which used railway rights of way to bridge the coastal gap. A 40% stake was acquired by Rogers Communications in 1984 and CP acquired CN's stake.

The CRTC, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the regulator, along with various national governments have always sought to look after the 'small guy' be they cable or InterNet operations.

I actually installed one of the first COAM (Customer Owned And Maintained) PBX - a Mitel unit - albeit illegally - in a lawyers office on Jarvis Street in Toronto. The battle of Interconnect was interesting to experience - and, on occasion, daunting. The installation was carefully orchestrated by Mitel, the lawyers and my employer to force interconnection to be addressed by Bell Canada.

Bell Canada's problem was that it used Mitel equipment connected directly to the network yet they demanded that we use clunky interface devices.

The CRTC stood by and refused to allow Bell Canada to disconnect the service. Great support from a government body.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Re: Finnish police took a long time to catch up

The FBI is notorious for fabricating cases - for budget increases - whilst some police forces actually investigate cases.

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FBI to 'aggressively' probe St Louis Cardinals in baseball 'hack' storm

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Does the FBI smell another ...

FIFA size scandal?

Anything to get bigger budgets.

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Blighty wants to ‘strengthen links’ with Huawei via the begging bowl

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Given the badmouthing HuaWei received from Obama ...

Cameron seems to be adopting a very independent stance.

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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WHY. in other countries, are utilities ...

able not only finance their smartmeters but actually make millions of them work (using MESH radio) whilst Cameron's favoured 'high tech' one-stop company can't do it?

Better to get North Americans in to show them how.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

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Samsung chose Ha Noi and now ...

we have three damn great factories there.

And the salaries are competitive with India.

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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You think THAT'S bad?

There is a branch of the international GIANTS Supermarket chain in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City (SaiGon).

Any time a shelf-stacker, supervisor, assistant manager and even the MANAGER leave the store to enter the rest of the Mall they are hand searched as well as wanded by the store security staff. This is done immediately in front of the store which is on the basement level.

FEMALE staff are also searched by MALE security types.

At the close of business the security guards repeat the insult then lock the staff, including the MANAGER out of the store. The Vietnamese manager, who has worked for many supermarkets, told me it is really an insult that he cannot have his own keys to the entrance doors of his store.

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Condoleezza to China: 'The rules' mean cyber-spying isn't allowed

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“The problem is, nobody really trusts Huawei because of cyber-security issues.”

Bollocks! The Cameron government does, after doing a 180 on the matter.

Huawei is quality equipment, mechanically and electronically.

Unlike CISCO, they don't build back-doors in for the US Government.

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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I think the most important fact is THEY DON'T KNOW HOW MANY

Just highlights the IT management's total ineptitude in the US Government.

Little wonder the Chinese and North Koreans stealing secrets. Good luck to them.

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

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Thanks for publishing this, WIKILEAKS

Assange might get another 10 years for this.

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Re: The secrecy is odious and completely unnacceptable

At least in the US they need to be ratified by the Senate (I believe).

The US is trying to renew 'fast track' voting, a binary Yes or No, to the whole deal.

And I agree that any international agreement with so many participants is plain WRONG. Why aren't they using the WTO?

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Why not just side-load the App?

Here in VietNam many people bypass the crApple store and load Apps through their computers.

Many Vietnamese developers use this technique due to their specific market

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Dotcom keeps assets, for now

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It is so refreshing to see some countries not grovelling obsequiously at the feet of the USA

That volcanic atoll, at least the judiciary, has guts. If it were most any other country, especially Britain, would be lining up tame judges to rush all and any applications through in favour of the USA.

Australia is another brown-nose country.

Perhaps DotCom could consider Russia as an alternative home-from-home?

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Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers' privacy

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The USA started all this crap ...

and some of it's value to 'security' is beyond comprehension.

Why is it necessary, for example, to record the type of meal ordered on a flight? Sure, you might tell a Muslim from a Jew but what self-respecting terrorist/Freedom Fighter wouldn't change his diet?

A lot of the guff they collect is self-evident. For example, never buy tickets from the same Travel Agent; likewise, never buy tickets for people travelling together at the same time or place, etc.

PAX should know the difference between Direct and Non-Stop flights; use of 'hidden cities' (see: https://skiplagged.com; www.flyshortcut.com; www.digitaltrends.com/web/secret-airlines-hidden-cities-fares-screws-everyone-else/), etc.

As the article pointed out, using land transportation completely thwarts the ever curious security types - but you need to know the little tricks border guards use to ensure proper crossing procedures.Whilst the Canadian/US border has been protected for years by ground sensors (if you want to cross get very close and friendly with a animal that can carry you through a forest) many countries in other parts of the world have many unguarded crossings or small crossings that don't have computers.

All this tracking is a waste of money and energy if there is even one hole in the system. How is Cameron going to know if you cross from France, switch small craft, then sail into Blighty? The answer is you will unlikely be detected.

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Sorry we called you a fatty, say Kiwi spies to Kim 'Slim Jim' Dotcom

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If DotCom is ...

single, possibly he could solve his immigration challenges by marrying a Kiwi.

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Security software's a booming market. Why is Symantec stumbling?

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Symantec? I thought they were ...

bankrupt / taken over.

So much competition out there from Russia and Eastern Europe I never even look at US suppliers - besides, hard to trust anything from the USA with your data - you don't know where it might end up.

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NATS ignored previous recommendations – IT cock-up report

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Safety on the cheap ...

never works.

And NATS wanted to assume control of all of Europe? Fat chance.

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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

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"We can promise Huawei has never and will never do anything to harm our customers or partners.”

Notwithstanding OBAMA'S anti-Huawei sales trip a year or so ago, Huawei has prevailed and proven the man wrong. Dead wrong.

Australia, ever the USA's brown-noser, forswore the use of Chinese hardware - Britain seems confused, harking after the US policy yet letting Huawei open cybersecurity testing centre in UK partnering with CESG, which is a part of government intelligence agency GCHQ.

It appears on many fronts China is outpacing the USA - which makes accommodating NSA's desires to break product security short-sighted at best.

Back in BeiJing Intel and Huawei are partnering a new WiMAX Interoperability Testing laboratory.

Good for Huawei!

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Swedish government wins legal case to seize Pirate Bay domains

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Perhaps ASSANGE has a point ...

given how the formerly independent country of Sweden is pandering to American government and industry demands.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Why would ANYONE believe a word the FBI says?

The FBI has, over the years, established a record of embellishing and misinterpreting technical matters.

Given that lying to the FBI, in their own opinion, can get people jail time it is best to say "I want a lawyer" at which time they are supposed to not be questioned any further.

Don't crooks watch TV crime shows any more?

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Android tool catches apps silently pumping hundreds of ad, tracking servers red-handed

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And, I wonder, how much ...

all these free loading bums cost by way of data allowances?

Little wonder those who roam soon run out of data allowance time.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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The time has come, the Walrus said ...

for the UK to dump it's monster plugs - expensive and over-engineered.

Europe has a grounded plug whereas the North American/Canadian/Japanese markets seem to manage very well using connectors with even less metal.

Ring main fuses could still be employed but likely replaced with electronic assemblies.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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In reality this latest incident is ...

an upscale version of "swatting" -- when a anti-social person fakes a real life emergency situation so serious it requires the SWAT team - except soon United will be flying empty.

Lousy airline anyway.

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WORLD+DOG line up to SLAM Google after anti-trust case unveiled

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I don't trust Google or even use their Search these days ...

but Google achieved it's position by simply doing things better, by being more innovative.

Let Yelp and the other has beens improve - many have switched to DuckDuckGo and Ixquick because of Google's subservience to Hollywood.

Bing is a pathetic knock-off of Google and it plays with certain search terms and lies in your face.

Look what a force for good Android has been - keeping Apple more honest - making work for hundreds of thousands writing Apps and even promoting them, too.

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Telstra to let customers access their own metadata for AU$25

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Sounds like the HSBC

In a recent court action it was revealed that a HSBC UK employee leaked data about me, quite deliberately, in the belief I was dead. (Surprise!)

I contacted the Data Protection Officer who informed me that for the princely sum of GBP10 she would let me know what exactly was leaked.

The information also included voice analysis data - which I had confused by using voice changing software.

As I explained to the woman, I can find out exactly what was leaked by reading the transcript, what I really wanted to know what they were doing about the leaker.

Cue long, pregnant, silence.

CAUTION: MOST CALLS TO HSBC, world-wide, ARE SUBJECT TO SECRET ANALYSIS.

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