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EVER NOTICE ... how often anti-terriorism laws are used against non-terrorists than the real thing?
The problems seem to be centred around what a 'terrorist' actually is. Too many governments are accepting a definition of a 'terrorist' as laid down by the USA.
Same for 'support' to a terrorist organisation. Until recently donating money to worthy causes such as health, housing or education related charities was fine until the damn USA decided, alone, that charitable help was also 'assisting' terrorists.
The unfortunate Malaysian air 'incident' over the Ukraine wasn't 'terrorism' as many news outlets suggested, it is a civil war (if wars are ever civil), a war for independence. They aren't 'terrorists' they are Freedom Fighters.
Attacking poorly managed computer systems, such as the US military, isn't 'terrorism' it's either the Chinese updating their information or amateurs testing their computer prowess against a country that claims to be a world 'technology leader' - at least in their own eyes.
So let's straighten out exactly what is a simple crime and what is 'terrorism'.
Whatever the suckers will pay ....
Most US companies discount when they hit Developing countries or China be it software or hardware - in fact it seems that 'piracy' or copying is even more profitable as some companies will actually swap out your 'hot' software for a copy of the real product for either nothing or a very small fee.
The EU seems to be very gullible when it comes to comparing US pricing, mind you the fact that VAT is included makes calculations a little harder. Tax should always be shown separately so help consumers compare prices. Apple has always been a prime example of ripping people off, then selling extended warranties even in countries where the mandated warranty is two years.
But Apple DOES care, it cares VERY MUCH ...
about collecting all that 30% tithing (commission) that these unwary parents pay.
ISDS: A favourite claose of the US Government. It screwed Canada.
There was a fuel additive manufacturer in the US whose product was later deemed injurious to human health.
The US banned it.
Then Canada followed suit ... and got sued by the company. And collected it millions from Canada.
So this is one US clause to avoid.
The House of Lords, a place of considered reflection. NOT!
Passing a bill in a single day makes a mockery of the whole process ... and we don't even have the opportunity of voting them out.
A bunch of free-loading leeches.
It is high time patents had a 'pit up or shut' clause
Apple, and others, should have 3 or 5 years to pit their Tosh into operation OR lose their patent.
This would disarm Patent Trolls and companies who file to block competitors for petty reasons.
And they call the British free?
Canadians appreciate more each day their rights granted them under The Canadian Constitution, thanks to the late Pierre Trudeau.
Many of the things Plod has a 'right' to in the UK requires the signature of a judge in Canada.
I wonder what liability attaches should the Plod arrest the wrong guy as a result of a lookalike snap? Or do the cops get a free pass jail move?
We have Thirtyfive Dollar Androids here ...
in Indochina ... imported from China.
For people earning $150 month it's just right for their pocket books and even their children's school backpacks.
Since it's an unofficial fork of Android you don't have all that traffic back to California slowing things down, Very basic camera, capacitive low res screen - just the thing if you hard up!
CISCO ... the 'gold' ...
standard adopted by the USA, Australia and New Zealand and possibly Blihgjty.
The Chinese and Russians thank you.
P.S. Who uses 'wireless' for secure applications?
That £6,000,000 would have been better ...
on helping the needy, or Seniors.
The Tory government has no sense of priorities.
Should have used an Android - their batteries are removable!
This guy made a mistake, he used an iPhone with it's unmovable battery.
Another reason to use Android!
Have you noticed that the word de jour is ...
terrorism and yet all these 'terrorism' laws are used for purposes other than terrorism?
Glenn Greenwald's hot squeeze was held for 9 hours at Heathrow, en route from Germany to Brazil under 'terrorism' laws and yet no one, even Britain, has claimed he was a terrorist.
This means this whole ramming through Parliament is on, or for, false purposes. And politicians wonder why they are despised?
Re: .. whereas Google simply lies to them.
A lot of the data Apple, and Google, collects is completely superfluous to the operation of the handsets. If they didn't collect the NSA, et al, couldn't demand it.
I'm with the Chinese, my data is MINE and not for others to sell.
Finally, Four, Yes Four, Count Them ...
Hope the PCB is laid out without any off-set holes.
Another indictment of the futility of all the money wasted by Alexander, Clapper and the NSA
The success is not in the FB framing someone but in the Chinese demonstrating that all the trillions of dollars wasted by Alexander, Clapper and the NSA has achieved little.
The Chinese are also losers - stealing the overpriced F35 info, all of which have been grounded following a fire at Farnborough.
He should fix his satellite services first
I can stroll down to several satellite stores in SaiGon./Hi Chi Minh City and pick up a code key that allows me to see any of the Murdoch garbage channels.
It's almost enough to make me go out and buy a TV, just the thought of shafting the old fart.
I wonder how many manhours and expense ....
go into devising all these acronyms used by the US Congress?
Of course, the most infamous one is the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, obviously intended to stir the loins of all loyal Americans (whilst their government shafts them wholesale).
Just German face-saving theatrics
If GERMANY really meant business it would stop the NSA building it's huge new 'Data Storage Facility' (US materials only by security cleared US citizens only) and to tell the NSA to remove some of their radomes.
Until they do that, mutterings from Germany are meaningless.
AMAZON whose raison d'etre is ...
deceptive consumer practices.
Why the surprise?
Nadella pledged to make ... Skype essential parts of daily life.
The ONLY thing MS has done for SKYPE is to make open backdoors for NSA/FBI/DEA.
I stopped using it as soon as MS acquired it.
Congratulations to the Chinese for ...
demonstrating just how useless the organization led by Clapper and Alexander is.
After spending trillions of dollars, including money wasted on Alexanders 'Starship' command centre, they have achieved luttle by way of protecting the US secrets.
So much for being a 'leader' of technology. Huess the Chinese hold that honour now.
WHO EVER CLAIMED TELCO'S WERE HONEST (except telco's)
If you read the book FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS NOT, written by an ex-telco man, you will have your eyes opened.
It's out of print but there is an on-line copy in the Library of Congress.
Re: The EFF is a joke
You sound like a NSA/GCHQ Troll.
What USA-based computer system is safe when the PATRIOT Act is in force?
With the lawful ability to get any data from any US computer, who needs to tap cables?
Indian Government sleeping with NSA and GCHQ
There is an extremely large cable intercept station, belonging to NSA and GCHQ, in India.
So don't go thinking India is independent!
Can you blame them? Obama went around the world badmouthing the Chinese, first.
Remember when Obama went around the world trying to persuade countries to avoid Chinese products, in the pre-Snowden days?
Well, time has proved him to be a liar, or a patsy. Didn't stop Australia or England banning Chinese network products from certain applications.
So this action by China is fully justified, and a poke in the eye for the NSA and GCHQ.
Mind you, a lot of CISCO equipment have had their software updated since it was bought, so some of the problems are the fault of the user.
Two Mike Rogers and reducing Edward Snowden's Profile.
NOW we have two Mike Rogers - the new NSA boss - and the old one who practices sneering in his mirror every day, the Congressman who is on an oversight committee and repeats his mantra of "Snowden is a traitor".
As if anyone is actually listening.
Obviously psychologists and their ilk have been consulted which accounts for the Navy man being so cool. Hardly matches Alexander's and Clapper's rhetoric.Perhaps they simply want to help Snowden sink below the parapet and lose his press following.
Whatever happens, this won't occur - Snowden has done everyone a big favour.
I was watching Enemy of the State, made in 1998, an American spy-thriller. If viewers had doubts about technology back then, now - 16 years later - we know what the NSA does.
Meg Whitman ...
a serial disaster for whomever she works for.
California voters must be happy she never made it elected office - imagine the catastrophe!
You, in the West, reckon you have problems ...
You should try living IN China or next to China.
At least they treat their own consumers just as badly as anyone else.
Here in VietNam, the Spratly Islands war aside, imports from China are regarded, rightly, with great suspicion.
Baby formula with dangerous additives; cheap jewellery which causes severe rashes and skin lesions; poor quality products (the fault of the importers, too); recycled plastics with poisonous residues from previous uses; 'brass' fittings made of mystery metal; extension cords with steel/iron conductors coated with copper-like plating instead of pure copper - a small problem until you have a fire where the whole extension cord/wire catches fire simultaneously.
If you see products marked 'Made in VietNam' at least your concious should rest easy. We have mandated over time and maximum hours per week, maximum work days per week, government enforced safety standards, even mandated annual vacations - something not even the USA has! We have a government health plan and even a pension plan.
So just because countries near China get tarred with the same brush - it's not neccesarily true.
New law coming?
Making it unlawful to overfly NSA facilities - just watch the FAA leap into action!
I wonder if, given that their world-wide data is stored in the USA, ...
if HSBC was searched - after all they were the Laundry for the Mexican Drug Cartels.
HSBC clients have to wonder just why data from all operating countries are shipped to Newark, New Jersey by HSBC? (Do a Traceroute and check for yourself))
Even UK users data is handled through their Newark, New Jersey portal.
One Gaping Hole Still Remains - Border Patrol and ICE
There remain wide swathes of country parallel to the US borders where warrantless searches can be done by Border Patrol and the ICE gang that stretch decades of miles inland from the borders. Some of them include sizeable cities such as Rochester and Buffalo in New York State or Detroit in Michigan just along the Canadian border.
Of course, these characters can easily search for things without restriction for their friends in the Cops.
The Software Alliance - Lies and More Lies
This outfit simply publishes guestimates - for many countries they don't even visit, just grab a passing number they fancy and Bingo! there goes a statistic.
I'm happy to report we have no software that we actually bought in a box.
We rolled over our computers this year and the contract required they be running Win 07. The dealer exchanged the installed software for the Win 97 at no cost. All our other software is either free or home grown.
And the People's Police, who check software, never bother to even call to pick up their bribes!
What's with the West - always slow to implement new technology
America is supposed to be the world's technology leader yet huge swathes of the country lack cell coverage, let alone more advanced RF systems. Also missing from the comms mix are fibre optic cables, even ADSL - but they do have expensive Dial-Up service.
Canada is larger than the States, and less populated, yet the federal government has put InterNet in all along the northern shores. Places with strange names such as Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Inuvit, Haines Junction, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik, etc. all hooked together with a 4 gigabyte system.
Out in the Far East fibre optic dominates with digital services reaching right in to peoples homes besides the offices. We have 4G all over northwestern VietNam along with satellite services, multi-channel television and radio services for minorities.
Meanwhile, in Britain, a country that could be dropped in to Lake Erie with room to spare, there are large areas without decent comms service.
Mind you, Cameron's needs could have been filled had he taken a trip to Bude, where GCHQ busily taps undersea cables making landfall as well as pirating many satellite services the retransmits the purloined data to Gloucestershire and the USA.
There's something very wrong in UK comms planning- which needed to keep the country competitive.
The time has come, the Walrus said, for ...
Vietnam has a live body population of around 90-million souls and a registered, and working, population of around 120-million cell handsets.
There are sizeable areas of this country with low population areas (ever visit the country check out Lai Chau Province - makes the Alps look like a Euro city) so the network operators (we have seven) actually share network facilities so if a Viettel handset demands service, the nearest mast, which might be Mobiphone or Vinaphone, gets to handle the call completely transparently - users have no idea who is actually carrying their signal.
All it needs is common-sense, something Euro and North American operators seem to lack.
Rebekah Brooks might not have been found guilty ...
but she sure had to pay a steep price for it and I don't mean legal fees.
Her life and morals have been laid bare, much as the News of the World did every Sunday, and undoubtedly there must be some strains in her marriage.
There is on bright side ... she is likely no longer on Cameron's Christmas Party list ... where a slime gets to show his worst.
Try voice recognition over VOIP or Skyphone links
An organisation I deal with tried something similar. Doesn't work too well when phase distortion is introduced when using VOIP or satellite telephones.
Mind you, it's way more convenient than the HSBC concept of giving everyone a mini-password generator - which sometimes catch fire or they have premature battery failures. HSBC might think they are secure, as might their customers, but then almost every country, including the UK, use AT&T longlines and other global cable services and do their data handling in the USA.
This means that the GFCHQ and NSA can tap the cables, and anyone in the US government can access the data using the warrantless provisions of the US PATRIOT ACT.
Of course, this defeats the whole purpose of security.
CISCO ... NSA and GCHQ compliant
It would be hard to imagine CISCO not getting approved given all the technical assistance they have give the Five Eyes group.
Of course, El Reg readers, having smarts, will choose to use alternative suppliers.
Pathetic ... just ...
loose change, or petty cash, to Samsung.
Not a problem ... it only affects
Been doing it for years - only three baddies
My employers office is on a hill and together with directional antennae from TP-Link, coupled with their 701 range extenders, we have provided access to our fibre optic feeds.
Users have to complete a minimal registration page and agree to Terms then they are free to do their things.
A total of three users have broken the rules and two of them agreed to stop the abuse and were allowed to return. If you wack abusers hard and use a firewall we've found troubles are minimal.
I have a much smaller system down at Dak Lake but it serves most of the village. New software might answer a few challenges we have.
Congressional priorities - total screw up
The two parties fight over providing health care to the tens of millions without any health insurance ... still arguing after years of fighting, yet a minor commercial proposal rockets through.
You have to wonder what drives the GOP.
Re: I am delighted to see this...
The Congress controls the purse strings - it doesn't need Obama's signature to cut funding.
The NSA is funded through defence budget, using a lot of hidden lines of budget items, so even now it might not work.
VERY DISAPPOINTING VIDEO.
No decent bang; video cut prematurely. Hardly worth sitting through.
Given the USA is indebted to China to the tune of billions, ...
they should deduct the fine from the amount owed and ask t5he Chinese to collect.
But don't hold your breath.
Thank you ...
Edward Snowden ... you did well.
Andt he technical world owes a debt of gratitude to you.
(Not so many cries of Traitor! from Mouthy Mike (Rogers) recently, either.)
Why the fuss? North American Telco's have always been a*seholes
Until the Carterphone decision, ATT used to literally scare people not top touch 'their wires'. I installed special high-speed modems way back in the late '60s in the States and when I simply wired them directly to AT&T terminals WITHOUT AN INTERFACE the customer was surprised the world didn't collapse.
If you can find a copy of FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS NOT, written by a Telco man, it describes many of the evil things Bell and AT&T did.
Old habits die hard.
In Canada things are worse. We have Bell Canada, and all it's siblings, and Rogers, but outstripping the US for all the surcharges they make on their captive customers. These two companies practically sleep together.
It's refreshing to see a rebel upsetting the quiescent market state - only risk is he might get taken over, then it's game over.
Why should anyone buy an ACER product ...
if they can't even replace a laptop keyboard?
This applies to several models.
British Columbia - Canada's California - the province where strange things happen
The court that made this decision is the equivalent of a State supreme court in the States. Furthermore this is a single judge decision and still has more steps to take before it enters the realm of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Just because a BC judge is making like the USA as a super-power, the games are not over yet.
Re: Excuse me, but
It's a place where idiots share all their secrets with other idiots so the Plod can monitor people of interest's activities.
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