* Posts by JaitcH

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Great! The US Navy emulates nature and ...

now the South American drug growers can emulate the Navy!

Way to go!

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India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

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I hope Cameron has remembered to send the 2015 ...

Foreign Aid give away. And the other financial freebies.

The Indians will need it for their next rocket.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Talk about conflict of interest!

Doesn't the CAA own some of the NATS stock?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Apple should pop down to Ha Noi ...

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!

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Amd what of those millions of ...

passport mugshots?

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.

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easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

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And for William R. Towns ...

free tickets for life?

This matter needs investigation.

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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The British Way: We'll muddle through, don't know how, don't know when, on some sunny day.

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.

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Iranian CLEAVER hackers may DRAIN energy and defence firms, warn Feds

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Does anyone actually trust the US Government, or the FBI, when it comes to Iran?

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.

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Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

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Reminds me of my condominium in Ho Chi Minh City where

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.

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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

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The Harper Tory Government is always open ...

to offers.

Being small minded they might be impressed with iThingies all around the cabinet table.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Blunkett is the last person who should be giving moral pointers

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)

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

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It's just Australia trying to ...

out do the USA.

Just sheep of another kind.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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British priorities are interesting: GCHQ Spying - Ho Hum: Pornography Restrictions - Demonstrations

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.

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Must diarise: UK.gov Verify ID system will 'definitely' work by 2016

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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?

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Brazil, China, Japan, Finland, France, Korea, Mexico, Russia, TaiWan, ISA can, so why can't ...

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.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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XP popular in Asia on ATMs and Cash Registers

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.

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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"copyright cops once told us"

Why would anyone believe them?

The idiots even claimed computers shipped from the factory with software were using 'hot' software.

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Singapore rides to rescue of local cabs by out-Ubering Uber

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Few governments make market interventions as decisively as Singapore's

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)'.

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Re: I avoid using taxis as much as possible

Worry not, LEE Quan Yew's dictatorship knows all about you, what with the fully monitored telephone and InterNet systems.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Rifkind - the Man Who Never Saw a Warrant Application He Couldn't Approve

Rifkind, the sad excuse for a former Tory minister, should accept that the UK has no powers over corporations operations not in it's judicial reach. And this includes most of the US social service sites.

His position is that Facebook should operate under UK laws in the US, where web site operators are treated like Common Carriers and are not responsible for the content of communications.

He doesn't expect BT or some other Telco to be responsible for communications, so why should companies in other jurisdictions?

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Guess which US tech giant was just hit with a $137m tax bill in China?

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The UK Could Take Lessons from China on Tax Collection

What with the Luxembourg minimum tax and the Double Irish-Dutch Tax Sandwich scam, the UK revenuers should take lessons on how to collect from BeiJing.

Of course they will have stop giving freebies to the Tories 'friends'.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Dell? HP?

Dell builds consumer junk and has poor / non-existent support. Strange hardware, too.

HP has Third Party (dubious) support and corporate problems. That aging blonde running the show seems to have a new 'idea' almost monthly. I expect anything I buy to be supported for at least three years.

BTW: Were these prices VAT-in or VAT-out?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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BT: Over-Spec'd and out of date

Anyone who has read the specifications for the test standards to be met for the installation of underground conduits issued by BT must be impressed, as if they were installing high technology involved in, say, rocket launching facilities.

It's time the UK network providers took a gander at what is happening on other countries.

Railways are very popular partners as they have the rights of way through all manner of landscapes - and are a kiss to use for installation of fibre optics.

Abandoned pipe systems are also popular - it's amazing how much infrastructure lies abandoned underground, just rusting away.

Sewers are used in Paris - they even have mini-crawlers that haul cable into conduits too small for even a midget to crawl in to - and everyone has a sewer connection.

In Toronto, a Western common carrier checked out Bell Canada's pole/conduit lease rates and decided it was cheaper to plow in (a tracked vehicle with a 'hoe' on the back cutting the ground and laying cable) very well armoured cable straight into the dirt under the roads in fully developed areas - not virgin ground.

Of course, nothing beats a pro-active regulator as Canada (now) has whose enabling legislation gives them control over all property owned by telco's and cellco's and permit's them to stipulate/dictate the terms under which one company can lease facilities from a competing incumbent.

Today's cable together with current cable laying techniques can bypass the artificial bottlenecks thrown up by BT.

Better still, the UK government could establish a stand-alone fibre grid, such as used in electricity distribution, with the ISP's simply accessing it for onward sale.

The rights of way of gas lines and fuel oil lines are another public asset to be exploited. Remember the tank farm fire in HEMEL HEMPSTEAD a few years ago? It was a feeder to Heathrow Airport. Hard to imagine a quicker, more direct, route than one used by a pipeline.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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To start with, the display resolution has jumped from 1080 x 1920 to 1140 x 2560 pixels.

If you wear glasses for reading, taking them OFF negates any difference in the screens. And saves you hundreds of Pounds, Dollars or even millions of Dong.

But Samsung still has some software bugs such as when a Euro language is selected - it still lets Chinese or Vietnamese appear onscreen when used in Asian countries.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Russia Nefarious" You've been reading too much US Gov PR

No one, but no one, has more satellites tasked with evil intent.

The US thinks it owns space, if other major countries wanted their equivalent share of space slots, there wouldn't be enough.

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FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

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Telephone companies, like Leopards never change ...

their spots and seemingly Tigers never change their stripes, either!

Telephone company mathematics are as tricky as unravelling cryptographic code - they've been at it for years. No one has been practicing accounting slight of hand better - and now the new, broken up, AT&T carries on the tradition.

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HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

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"The compromise – limited to the international bank's business in Turkey ..." Oh, really?

If you do a Traceroute on a HSBC account, regardless of country, you will find they all end up in New Jersey, USA. All the ATM's, via MUX systems, also end up in New Jersey.

If you e-mail any HSBC entity they, too, are routed through the HSBC 'e-mail washing machine'

So why does a major breach not suggest that other regions in the HSBC banking computers cannot be equally easily penetrated? This is NOT the first time.

Sounds like a lot of PR tosh is being applied.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Yet another demonstration as why NOT to use US services

The US government and it's judiciary really don't give a toss about the niceties of law.

Witness Guantanamo, invasions of countries without provocation, etc.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Cameron is more delusional every day

After saying he will refuse the return of Freedom Fighters to the UK, which is not only illegal but impossible to impose on UK-born citizens, he now says he will regulate the InterNet.

The biggest challenge is the US Constitution - freedom of speech. Do you think Obama actually likes reading about his activities on www.CRYPTOME.org or https://firstlook.org/The Intercept/ But even Obama is between a rock and a hard place.

And Cameron more and more resembles "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder)(Hans Christian Andersen) - the InterNet has defeated more people with skills that dwarf him.

And is he going reach out and remove material on servers in non-UK countries that offend his sensibilities? I don't think so.

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US carder gets nine years in cooler, must pay back $50 MEELLION

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He should have called his group HSBC ...

then the Feds would have given him a Get Out Of Jail Free card.

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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Android has an answer

After years of reprogramming cell handsets IMEI numbers with special cables hooked up to laptops (unlawful in the UK), the new (certain models) are a whiz to reprogram the IMEI 'on the run' using an App and a power adapter. Maybe you can still get it done at weekend markets - I had my first change decades ago at the High Wycombe Market.

My changing the IMEI had nothing to do with crime, just privacy. I don't use my smartphone in a standard mode - it is a permanent MESH node used to access WiFi and the InterNet by other nodes.

Remember, if you use roaming out of your carriers area, you must change the SIM and the IMEI concurrently BEFORE turning it on, make a call, so the IMEI is registered with the SIM issuer system.

Many WiFi and Bluetooth Apps scrape handset info, for who knows what.

Of course, using the same IMEI on different cells and different networks would sort of spoil the Plod and Marshals little spy escapades.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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No SD Card and a fixed battery ...

is a pass for me.

You need SD these days to avoid hassles from airport security.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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One BIG weakness ...

is Bluetooth.

A shared radio service ... shared by thousands of WiFi and Bluetooth services.

Hope it has a 'return home' feature.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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detecting those little RFID thingys embedded in the back page of UK passports?

I simply cook my passport in the microwave, along with a cup of water, for 80 seconds and Bingo! the evil chip is like the parrot in Monty Python's "Pet Shop Sketch" or "Parrot Sketch" ... deceased.

It doesn't make immigration clearance any slower since a surprising number don't have RFID readers.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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But those who run them have a moral responsibility ...

The old reprobate, father of children born if unions outside marriage, is the LAST PERSON I would take guidance from in the matter of morals.

If using security procedures make the likes of Blunkett, and his cohorts, call me a `terrorist`then I am proud to be called so, as NO government has rights to access my communications, or my thoughts.

When travelling through certain airports I always leave extra time to have a chat with the dead-heads that represent Blunkett`s thought process. They ask question`s such as `Why is your laptop devoid of data` (I always like the correct English they use), `Why are you carrying a smartphone without a SIM or data` (to save weight). My favourite was, when using a UK passport, to be denied entry to Canada - and I am a Canadian citizen!

These result from the Blunkett`s of this world - totally disconnected brain functions.

I have used PGP since a weekend many moon cycles ago when it was released on bulletin boards in California. Great stuff and Phil Zimmerman deserves all the accolades he has received since writing such an effective piece of code that has frustrated GCHQ and NSA for so many years.

I guess, to GCHQ and NSA `thought`processes, that makes Phil Zimmerman a MASTER TERRORIST.

Even the Government of VietNam, an alleged `Communist`nation but actually socialist, permits the use of encryption. Of course, it does nothing like the Five Eyes do by way of surveillance or mistreats it`s former employees as they did Peter Tomlinson.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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At least there are now 4 Mounting Holes

My employer, in a fit of trying to support UK industry, bought four of the original boards with a with to using them in some of our products.

Unfortunately, they failed largely for mechanical reasons when subjected to appropriate tests as they lacked sufficient mounting holes. Now mounting holes are the most noticeable feature!

Pity, we are now gobbling up Beagle Boards.

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If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

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Now, after me, repeat the mantra ...

“All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensure[s] that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. All of our operational processes rigorously support this position.”

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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'National Roaming'? Been there, done that

Countries as disparate as Canada and VietNam have a problem. Size.

City wide mobile systems in Canada having roaming agreements with country-wide carriers and seamlessly transfer even during a conversation. The whole process is transparent to the User and the cell handset displays the Home Network logo and messages.

Here in VietNam we have some very large wide open spaces, particularly in the northwest and in jungle areas yet, because of national roaming, everyone has cell system coverage.

When, as occasionally happens, a remote cell base on a mountain, say in Son La Province or in the equally mountainous Ha Giang Province, fails users don't lose service, the cell network operators just activate the failed equipment standby plan, switch to a competitors network, and everyone is safe and secure knowing they are but a click away from help.

These Cellco's should realise that others outside the clubby industry, know technical details and can tell when they are lieing, again.

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Israeli ex-spies want to help you defend your CAR from cybercrooks

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Mass produced anything precludes security

Mass produced devices of any type have a weakness - MASS.

All to takes is a criminal sharpy to hack a mass anything and the device is often defenceless.

A language student of mine is a car electronics technician and we use the service manuals, carefully presented in English, for an American designed automobile that is manufactured in China.

We ploughed through the boring suspension, engine and body manual sections and then we hit the electronics! In this manual were all the details needed to bypass, eliminate, all manner of electronic security ... for maintenance purposes only.

If I, albeit an electronics technician, can fathom the devices what can a dedicated, thieving, hacker do?

Even the good old cylinder locks are open book since there is a device you insert into a lock and, using induced frequency testing, can determine the lock characteristics in seconds. What hope is there?

My high-end TaiWan made motorcycle has a convenient multi-pin connector behind the rear number plate. This is used in production test and circumvents all the security provisions. Naturally I inserted switches in the power pin lines and the test connector is ineffective unless switched on - after removing the seat mounting storage box.

I also installed a 15 second timer in the fuel pump line which, unless a concealed contact is touched, stops fuel delivery to the engine. I also have a very noisy alarm which is triggered by motion and is loud enough to awaken any sleeping parking lot attendant.

Neither of these devices would have value except for the fact they are unique. THIS is what is missing from mass produced security devices.

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

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More Security Theatre

All this security theatre, both this latest one, and the daily farce at airports dies little to make anything really safer.

It makes you wonder what is being planned in Downing Street.

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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"People who work at GCHQ would sooner walk ... than be involved in ... ‘mass surveillance’" Sure!

So please explain who/why copied all those Yahoo pictures?

And does he/she/they still work for GCHQ?

BTW: Those pictures that regaled many papers yesterday showing 'covered' GCHQ workers were actually quite revealing.

One picture showed roof-mounted aerials/antennae very clearly from which you could deduce approximate frequency and direction, whilst another picture clearly related the same aerials/antennae to major features of the building.

Guess the subservient UK press is awaiting a DN notice so the news can be censored, again.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Whose rules RULE?

I have citizenship of, and passports from, three countries and work in a fourth.

My employer supplies legally manufactured military electronic equipment, designed/fabricated in the fourth country, whose political interests are adverse to the first three countries. The fourth country supports, and recognises, countries in Eastern Asia and Middle East.

Presently we market most of our products through a government arms agency, as do the other countries.

The question arises is just whose legislation prevails?

This the the problem when the UK or the US extends it's 'jurisdiction' beyond it's recognised territory.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Not a problem - I prefer privacy

I haven't used Google for ages - there are so many search engines out there, several dedicated to downloads. Besides they are either agents for the NSA or have poor security, so I choose alternatives.

Do I feel guilty?

No, I usually download music (classical) and films, then place orders with off-shore vendors. These days so much media is pure garbage with maybe one or two songs worth the price but certainly not the whole CD.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Do you realise that the ...

NSA has satellites that receive radio frequencies from VLF through EHF on real-time from all parts of the globe?

The US base at Menwith Hills, Yorkshire, where these real time downloads occur is exactly opposite the NSA Pine Gap US near Alice Springs, Australia.

Tome the British government stopped all this unnecessary snooping.

At least we can whisper face-to-face or use infra-red.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Both Canadian and UK Soldiers will agree with her

Repeatedly, Canadian and UK soldiers, as well as many others from other countries have been killed by 'friendly fire' by American airborne cowboys - even when ordered not to fire.

But in a war between Russia, or the Chinese, the drones will be castrated when the enemy knock-out US satellites killing the drone command and control.

We should also remember all the innocent women and children killed by manned and unmanned aircraft. As well as the Reuters reporters who were murdered by a manned US Apache helicopter looking for fun on a Saturday afternoon.

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Is this NEWS?

What UK government computer system has ever worked right first time ... or the fiftieth software upgrade?

Memories of NHS.

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Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

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Goosed statistics often precede budget or legislation changes

In Canada a 'crime' is flagged as solved as soon as an arrest is made. Looks good at annual review time.

Unfortunately, a lot of charges are later withdrawn for lack of evidence, others are 'Not Guilty' at trial or 'Not Guilty' on appeal.

One appeal went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court over the use of the word 'MAY' by the judge. The appeal was sustained!

Statistics lie!

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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New Update? Wait EIGHT days and read the tech news sources.

We never install ANYTHING until 8 days has lapsed.

Problem is with Adobe, they seem to update almost daily.

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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First Happy Pizza, now Happy Lamb

Happy Pizza is a speciality pizza readily available on request in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea). Really boosted the industry income.

So British farmers should be celebrating - added income for the financially stressed farmers!

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Re: Many, many, many moon phases ago I worked for a company ...

@YetAnotherLocksmith:

I know exactly what is inside - the model was an early one and the separation between the electronics and the cash cassettes very weak. We could, if you knew the technique, open the cash cassette area. We did have a complete mechanical sample in our premises.

The point I wanted to make is that many of these machines have the very same key combination after all these years. I don't know if my key was a 'master' or not - but I do know it opens the lock.

I never lifted the cover as there is likely an alarm under it.

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