The NOKIA Ha Noi plant was OPERATIONAL IN 2013!
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The NOKIA Ha Noi plant was OPERATIONAL IN 2013!
When will smart publications learn to spell the capital city of VietNam correctly?
It is HA NOI - the United Nations also uses the correct spelling.
Maybe some readers live in Desmoines or Newyork or Berwickontweed?
VietNam (my version) is actually Viet Nam, when spelt correctly.
I live in VietNam and employ a handful, 35 to be precise, too.
It might surprise readers to know that the Labour Code of VietNam is more stringent in regulation and more generous to employees than the labour statutes in the USA as well as other countries.
The rules limit work to 48 hours/6 days per week - the seventh is a mandatory no work day. There are also mandatory leave periods for births, marriages and deaths. Health coverage has to be provided - there is a national health plan, and a national pension plan.
There are factory inspectors to ensure work areas are physically and chemically safe for workers. Workers can have unions, and they can strike - even have 'information meetings' outside the gates of the plants.
The advantage of Vietnamese workers over Chinese is that the Vietnamese language uses Roman characters, albeit modified by diacritical symbols, whereas the Chinese use characters.
Assuming that VietNam has the same working conditions as China simply reflects the commenters ignorance. We have a minimum wage that is adjusted annually - one year the MANDATED PAY INCREASE WAS THIRTEEN PER CENT. Try that in the USA where many jurisdictions don't review minimum pay for years and years. Furthermore, there are different minimum pay levels for city and rural folk.
As a Canadian my company complies with the Vietnamese Labour Law but we also voluntarily add Canadian work law to our governance. We use the 13-month Chinese calendar (four weeks per month) with the pay for the 13th month being paid before our people go on the annual Tet celebrations. We provide free infant/junior child care and we also have as-you-work massage therapy to ease the stresses of being seated all day.
There are many Vietnamese cell systems and most are distinguishable by their base equipment.
VNPT and Mobiphone are owned by the P.T. & T and engineered like telephone companies, often buying flat-roofed houses on which to mount antennae.
The youngest operators, VietTel (owned by the VN military) and BEE (part owned by the Interior [security] police) buy only pole mounted equipment.
VNPT only uses InterNet DSLAMS in the rural areas that mount on poles. Pole mounts beat flooding, too.
Why the snide remarks?
Would have thought El Reg had more class.
As my most confidential comms go out encrypted and none of the smartphones have SIMs - WiFi only.
We also have a maintenance contract for the new MESH radio system on the electric grid - so we piggy-back on that and have a few Nodes through which we access the PSTN.
I also use Silent Circle whenever I need voice.
two people, lieing in a park or other comfortable location, facing each other with their faces cupped in their hands and whispering.
The other medium that is off their scale is infra-red, point-to-point, communications. Some astounding distances can be achieved - measured in kilometres - with a narrow reception aperture.
If course, being Britain, they could BAN WHISPERING.
breached contracts. They should do what the U.S. does - put them on a shit list so they don't get further contracts..
The NHS are the most glaring examples of failed contracts and no doubt the War Ministry/Ministry of Offence has a longer list of failures.
Great feature. One for a wall wart and the other for a battery!
VietNam is, too many, a place where America got it's comeuppance.
In fact, it is a crucible where technology manufacturers market test new products and potential products. And the citizens are smart enough to exploit new technology. And the government is fairly tolerant in this respect. (We even have amateur radio operators, chip foundries, etc). We also have almost total cell coverage backed up by satellite services for the most remote areas.
WiFi has been a major marketing factor since the earliest modems became available. And when mobile WiFi became available it was fitted to the numerous thousands of buses, seated and sleeper, that ply the roads.
I had an opportunity to test these mobile hot spots recently when I travelled from Ho Chi Minh City, down to the southern coast at Rach Gia and then east to Ha Tien, the nearest town to the Cambodian border. Throughout the journey I was able to view YouTube videos with minimal delays.
On the way back to my hotel, I happened to pass by the rear side of the bus station parking lot where I spotted many laptop and smartphone screens lighting the darkness. Curious, I wandered over.
There, I found, about 20-30 teenagers busy accessing free bus WiFi - it appears that buses all over the country leave their WiFi equipment energised 24/7 - and getting great service (speed) as well. (Passwords are painted in large lettering above the drivers window)
Just imagine the possibilities in the UK. Free, mobile, access to all manner of web sites that might offend the sensibilities of Nannies and Cameron - funded by the Tory government! And Plod following along trying to figure out who was uploading girlie pics, etc.
I cannot see how my diet choice impinges on security improvement - unless you are looking for dedicated religious adherents. There again, if someone was going for his/her minute of glory would they really be adverse a last meal variation?
Experienced travellers, as well as Freedom Fighters, are all aware of the tricks to use - telephone numbers can be created on the fly, particularly cell handset numbers. Same for street addresses - whose going to check? And how?
The rates can be indicative of government/other organisation discounts - great for spotting those spooks travelling incognito. I always pay cash - never by plastic - to my travel agent who pays IATA (for 'plated' travel agents) through bank transfer.
So, essentially, the system is failed from the get go. Then there is always the 'hidden' city option to really confuse Plod..
I spotted an iThingy in the gutter. So I pulled my motorcycle over and picked it up. No owner information so I had the SIM hacked and we eventually found the owner.
He said he dropped it but after buying a new LG cell handset he didn't bother picking it up. I guess that says it all.
So the Cops can use technology, but not their victims?
Many traffic signal light control computers are used by Plod and Company to determine where 'speeding zones' are located. They then set their speed 'guns' up and rake in the revenue.
In Toronto there are several well-known 'Honey Pots' - one on Bloor Street East just past Greenwood, on the Don Valley Parkway side. Especially on Sunday evenings.
I once got ticketed for speeding on Toronto's Thorncliffe Park Drive - whilst in a favourite Honey Pot location. The problem was I was on foot and was swinging my key ring in my hand! Still got a ticket - and the Cop scored a cookie point with his sergeant. The judge threw the charge out.
Waze, etc., don't endanger Cops and Plods - only in their 'minds'. The USA has a Constitutional right to free speech and this includes listing Honey Pots. Britain, naturally, has a different view point - they use BANNING.
Damn Windows, even though set to NOT upgrade dies, as does Firefox - did you version 35 yesterday?\
I never like upgrading until I have waited a week so I can see what others are saying about the 'new and improved'.
that a geographically small country can boast so little Fibre Optic infrastructure.
UK ;and mass is 241,930 km2, according to the World Bank; South Korea has 97,100 km2 and VietNam has 310,070 km2.
South Korea boasts up to 100 Mbyte residential fibre optic service; VietNam up to 40 Mbyte residential fibre optic service.
VietNam has 5 terrabyte back bone (plus dark) capacity north to south and even in a village of a few hundred people, over 115 kilometres from a large switching centre, we get 20 mbyte service. Our DSLAMS are pole mounted.
Canada has fibre service even in small towns in northern Ontario.
The question I ask is; Why is the UK so far behind?
So often in the past British ingenuity has developed products yet they can't market them.
Beagle was just a 'fork' in this history.
Who, particularly DB managers, actually believe this statement?
It's been my experience that database managers are the biggest Magpies around ... less heartbreaking to buy a bigger, better, hard drive than to delete treasured, aged, junk.
And the US Government must be one of the worst offenders.
The very initials EU highlight what Europe is trying to do.
Unfortunately, all the sense and reason in the world won't dissuade the Tories to act sensibly.
Copyrights should be limited to the life or a person or 25 years. The extended periods in some jurisdictions are quite unnecessary.
The same applies to patents, they should have a life of about 5 years and certain things should be barred from being patented at all - especially in connection with human, plant and animal functions.
Simply more shit Piled Higher and Deeper.
When I saw pictures of The Guardian having to smash up old Apple computers, I had little doubt that that piece of human slime called Jeremy Heywood, who hangs out in No. 10, had made threats against the newspaper.
All without the aid of PowerPoint!
Besides, the immediate reactions from GCHQ and NSA served as quite sufficient proof they were up to no good.
I've been asked to take lie detector tests as part of job application processing as well as a couple of investigations. As a Canadian I can refuse.
I agreed to one but the examiner said 'The subject was unable to comply with conditions' (I took medication before the test). If a prospective subject doesn't co-operate with a test conditions, they will never work properly and therefore any 'results' will be inaccurate.
I still got the contract, I was the best candidate for the work involved.
Same with retina scans - they don't work unless you adhere to their demands when they acquire your scans. I don't have any scans, either.
The equipment isn't much better - look at the Apple fingerprint device - or the expose involving the German Defence Minister.
the bad guys spray painting advertising on walls with contact numbers. Ditto with posters stuck on street furniture like lamp posts, etc.
But they cured it - any telephone number displayed in illegal advertising is cancelled and replaced with another WITHOUT referencing.
The result? Some of the cleanest streets you will see - world wide!
Cancelling cell numbers works.
Any equipment I buy must have external storage - and excludes CLOUD, I don't want to share my stuff with the NSA and GCHQ.
"I have android devices and yes, they have a microSD cards but they're not that useful:"
What a crock. SD memory configuration is established by the manufacturer. Note 4 can handle up to 128Gbyte.
You shouldn't be so cheap when buying SD cards - a couple of percent more can buy you a lifetime warranty.
My wife loads her Note with Bittorent movies, leaves her Note in Hotspot mode in the dining room of our hotel dining room and the guests can down load their choices for the next leg of their journey.
SD work well, if you know how to use them.
I don't have enough fingers on my hands to count the times that North Korea has humiliated the USA.
From the USS Pueblo to nuclear bombs and rockets - the North Koreans copy the USA and act with impunity.
The USA, after it lost the American War in VietNam, slapped sanctions on the country, and did VietNam a favour. European technology dominates because the Europeans ignored these petty bans.
We are are self-sufficient in VietNam, save a few shortages of electricity, I can have custom products made by skilled craftsmen that neither the USA, Canada or the UK offer. Where in these countries can you pop down with your transportation of delight and have a custom accessory manufactured?
When I design an electronic device I go straight from Electronic Circuit Simulation Software / Circuit Simulators to CAD, e-mail my design to the PCB manufacturers and have five PCBs the next day with solder resist and text/graphics overlay.
I have to wait a whole TWO DAYS if I want 100 pieces. And the prices would make you cry - a 10cm square board costs me less than a USD$1.25!
So go ahead, USA, do enemies favours, they are better off without you.
P.S. Guess which country is begging VN to buy more products and to rent their old Cam Ranh Bay facilities from VN?
US domain that plays by US rules.
EUROland complains about the US meddling in things such as MS servers in Ireland ... they should understand this works both ways.
My web sites carry stuff that deliberately challenges UK laws - but do I care? No, I obey the laws of the land where the domains are registered and the servers are located.
The Advertising Standards Authority is manned by a bunch of ageing retards who live in the 1950's - BANNED IN BRITAIN is their rallying call. Time that community standards ruled, not old fuddy-duddies who think missionary is the ONLY way.
They are the types that censored Bloody January, Again by Flanders and Swann.
apart from the fact they could do evil with it, next they will set up an Apple credit bureau. Along with health, Apple has a lot of data to sell.
Coming soon ... walk by CC data theft. Or even by 'bumping' someone whilst making a call and getting credit approval info.
prior art. Just high tech thieves.
Pure and utter garbage a la The Green Hornet genre.
The amoral scum inhabiting the doughnut in Gloucestershire as well as those at Bude and Menwith Hill will never be forced to drop their pants as far as this.
That's because their oversight committees, especially the former minister, are as culpable as anyone.
were the ones who gave Nortel millions in grants to support early cell development.
Hopefully, if similar grants are made, the Canadian government will a be part owner of the patents so it will never happen again.
after all they have abused the pubic long enough.
Besides, who believes anything they say - just a bunch of psychotic liars.
Seems to me that Belkin has never managed to meet, or beat, the quality of competitors.
For example, they had a Notebook Security Lock - all it is good for is making the security hole in the laptop large enough until it falls out. Pure junk.
If you are going into home-based systems it's essential not to locked in to a non-standard communications protocol. Look at X-10, supported by numerous Third Party vendors.
Nest is solid because it has Google behind it.
now the South American drug growers can emulate the Navy!
Way to go!
Foreign Aid give away. And the other financial freebies.
The Indians will need it for their next rocket.
Doesn't the CAA own some of the NATS stock?
where Samsung makes Note 4's. And now they are building a second plant.
Vietnamese workers can strike, form unions, demonstrate and the VN Labour Code is very definitive (and superior to the US labour 'standards'). There are national pension and health plans, too.
Come to think of it, may be the benefits are why Apple is NOT in VN!
Hard to imagine that Plod has forgotten about that treasure trove.
These days you can gently massage them with Photoshop and the Passport Agency doesn't even spot it! Modern high-tech government is great.
free tickets for life?
This matter needs investigation.
It's just as well that Prestwick looks after OCEANIC traffic, otherwise a sizable chunk of world air transportation would have been compromised.
Twenty-five year old software, overloaded computers and an American contractor with a history, little wonder the system collapsed.
Better to use AMSterdam or PARis then take the train.
Given that the USA and Israel have expended so much energy and money attacking Iran in so many ways, what credibility is there left.
Just as with the American War in VietNam, the USA lost so much face (were so embarrassed) by a bunch of clerics in Iran kicking out their anointed sheep and having to close down all the NSA monitoring stations that kept an eye on Russian rocket activity.
The simplest solution to all this alleged hacking is to cut the InterNet connections. But that would NSA and GCHQ out of business.
all the video intercoms/door controls are installed in locations in the various apartment designs where maximum viewability of the apartment can be achieved. Mind you, this requires the control units being installed in some very inconvenient or unusual places and are a damn nuisance to work furniture layouts or access around.
I 'modified' my unit by pulling the microphone connectors loose along those with those of the camera.
Couple of days later a technician shows up, unannounced and unrequested and tells me my intercom unit is defective.
Asked what the problem was he advised me they can't see in the apartment nor hear what's going on.
I told him I had cut the wires (more dramatic) as I don't need the facility. I asked where his company was from he replied: 'Singapore'. He added, most every Singapore apartment has these things and many are connected to the 'emergency' (police/fire) services.
So much for Singapore being a 'free' country.
Being small minded they might be impressed with iThingies all around the cabinet table.
Blunkett must be one of the more amoral politicians in Britain, if not the world.
On many levels he is little better than the scum in a sewage works. RIPA was written to breach British citizens Rights, such as they were, which today are practically non-existent.
Blunkett was the mechanism through which the unbalanced extradition treaty between the UK and the USA was implemented.
He also betrayed the spirit of the Labour Party. (I am not a supporter)
out do the USA.
Just sheep of another kind.
You have to wonder about British priorities.
The GCHQ is effectively stripping your life and privacy bare yet only a few people seem to recognise the danger.
But the porn sites (around 50% featuring Asian/Orient women) are sacrosanct.
Of course, CAMERON and that woman from Maidenhead - MAY- have exposed their ignorance of the InterNet and VPN's.
The UK government issued 'high tech' passports, the only trouble is the pictures fade away! They still require TWO photo's and instead of using one real photograph and an e-copy they opted for two e-photos.
The e-photos can be deliberately caused to fade and replacement photographs can be 'imprinted' in their place using electronic deposition technology.
USD$50 in China! So much for security.
And what of people who don't have the necessary documents?
the UK design or even manufacture smartphones?
The Plesseys, GCEsn Marconis and STCs generated technological breakthroughs - yet now the UK can't even get on the cell phone bandwagon.
But we are good at spying.
I've just returned home to VietNam after a couple of months in China.
It's unbelievable but I've seen the infamous MS Blue Screen on many ATMs.
At night, when the cash registers are idled I've seen after screen of XP at rest!
Same here in VietNam, thousands of ATMs still running XP, I have a friend who an ATM tech and he confirmed what I saw on the screen of some crashed ATMs - XP Rules!
Ditto in supermarkets and larger stores, more XP territory.
Why would anyone believe them?
The idiots even claimed computers shipped from the factory with software were using 'hot' software.
Don't mince your words - Singapore is a dictatorship, just like China, etc.
SP (Singapore) is flat-out a dictatorship with all the necessary trappings of such countries from secret police (using Tetra radios), to constant monitoring (and blocking) of the InterNet and telephone systems.
Every aspect of SP residents lives are collected and stored in government computers. They use 'block-busting' techniques to move voters around that would make US gerry-mandering look tame.
Censorship is rife, due to electronic newspaper publication they can no longer stop and cut-up newspapers at Customs. Radio reception is difficult in the tropics and a decent HF antenna sure gets the wrong people's attention.
I was 'posted' there for a 11 month work stint but I refused to live there, prefering Malaysia as it is not so authoritarian. A short commute on the subway was time enough to read all the news that fits.
Australian Signals Directorate, along with GCHQ, NSA and Singaporean 'intelligence' agencies tap undersea fibre optic telecommunications cables that link Asia, the Middle East and Europe and Australia.
Their favourite target, the SEA-ME-WE-3 cable, lands at Tuas on the western side of Singapore Island. Access to the SEA-ME-WE-3 cable is via Singapore's government-owned operator SingTel.
GCHQ used to hang out at Chia Keng 2 (CK2) but have now moved to a military base whose name begins with K and is located in one of the 'highest' parts of SP. They also have air-conditing as opposed to the olds fans.
What I thought was most telling was a comment I overheard from an adjacent table of Singy guys in a SaiGon pho (noodle) shop was when one said: 'I feel so free here (la). I can't believe it (la)'.
Worry not, LEE Quan Yew's dictatorship knows all about you, what with the fully monitored telephone and InterNet systems.