* Posts by JaitcH

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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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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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"...range of fetching colours including weathered metal."

Bell Canada built a microwave tower at Pharmacy and Eglinton in Scarborough many years ago. The 'weathering' depends on pollutants in the air.

Unfortunately, it was around this time the Ontario government introduced pollution reducing legislation and the Bell monster took much, much, longer to weather than planned. It also developed multi-hued colours as it failed to weather as fast as hoped.

Now it looks just like a rusty erection, outdated by fibre optic cable. But the ice dropping from it sure dissuades people from parking under ot!

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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

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If the USA gave a damn about international laws and treaties, it would not have ...

1. Invaded Panama and arrested Noriega;

2. It wouldn't have invaded Cambodia during the American War in VietNam;**

3. It wouldn't have invaded Laos during the American War in VietNam;

4. It wouldn't have invaded Afghanistan;

5. It wouldn't have invaded Iraq;

6; Ir wouldn't have changed the government in Iraq;

7. It would have told Pakistan about killing Bin Laden before the fact;

8. It wouldn't have rendered prisoners from one country to another;

9. It wouldn't have used waterboarding/other harsh interrogation methods in “black site” jails;

10. It breached Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949;

11. It breached Article 147, “unlawful deportation/transfer/unlawful confinement of protected person”;

12. It operated an illegal international “disappearance” operation, on an international scale'

Etc.

In other words, the USA treats the world with contempt.

**We are having a huge celebration of America's defeat and departure from VietNam FORTY YEARS AGO right across the country on April 29th. Tyrants and sovereign terrorists can be beaten..

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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"You almost never see copying as blatant or as reckless as this."

Ahem, except by Apple.

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Blaze it: US drug cops taken to court to ensure all dragnet snooping records are destroyed

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Recently a WB lawyer asked me, with disbelief, why ...

I hadn't had telephone service in my name, or in any of my residences, since the late 1980's.

My answer was I worked on government telecommunications and knew what they could, and actually did, do.

All those funny protected circuits running back to central locations in the RCMP.

Colour me private.

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Oh no, Moto! Cable modem has hardcoded 'technician' backdoor

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These modems are approved, and recommended, by

GCHQ and NSA.

You don't trust your governments?

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TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs

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Another hat-tip to

Edward Snowden who sensitized us to all this spying.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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The only 'advertising' I see ...

on some screens is: "This copy of Windows is not genuine".

We advise people to run a handy fix that removes it.

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

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Re: Pah

WiFi is sold as a 'Plug 'n Play' device - which is why so many units are open with default settings.

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Interview reduces dangers to commonly understood terms

John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, started the piece by interviewing randomly selected volunteers in Times Square, NYC. True to form many of these Americans, particularly the younger ones, showed their ignorance in current affairs.

By going from esoteric terms such as 'metadata' to dicks (or selfies) John Oliver managed to speak to the less well informed in their own terms. Most youngsters know what a selfie is, and most didn't want their genitalia seized by Uncle Sam.

Good for you, John Oliver, on simplifying this obviously confusing subject, in very un-American terms, which is why, I guess, his show is so popular.

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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And Turkey wants to join the EU?

It's even more authoritarian that the UK.

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US law enforcement rushes to assist bumbling Canuck pirates

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Britain couldn't do this ...

it has a bare-bones Coast Guard type service.

Even the UK has to call on the USA to chase Russian subs away from Scotland. And to think the UK once 'ruled the waves'.

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UK lawsuit against Google delayed by EU antitrust investigation

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If Ford, or Mercedes, buys advertising space ...

why should they have to promote Chrysler or Jaguar?

Let these whiners build their own web sites - it's called free enterprise.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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With Windows XP you are never 'out of date'.

Having a moniker XP is great. It's timeless.

Whereas Windows 3, 7, 9, 83 immediately dates you and the OS.

XP is one of the few Windows products that has proven so reliable.

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Newly merged Chinese taxi-hailing app now valued at $9 BEEELLION

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Governments should mandate E-taxi hailing

Living in Ho Chi Minh City with over 5-million scoots and around a million 4-wheeled vehicles, much of the congestion is caused by parked taxi's.

One, Vinasun, is notorious for having thousands of vehicles parked at the roadside - as soon as a road gets widened from two-lane (one each way) to four lane - the kerb lanes fill with parked Vinasun, predominantly, vehicles.

If governments stiffened up on taxi parking (and standing - i.e. with a driver in the seat) and insisted that taxi industry groups implemented develop/buy Apps with the servers providing access to all legal taxi companies (we also have numerous illegal 'pirate' companies) the community benefits would be enormous.

Idling taxis could park on less crowded streets, pollution would be reduced, emergency U-turns with minimalist signals to scoop a passenger would diminish and governments would/could get a handle on taxi income for tax purposes.

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Facebook 'violates Euro data law' say Belgian data cops' researchers

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It is NOT a "factual inaccuracy" that ...

API.FACEBOOK.COM as well as Twitter cookies are being tossed in by El Reg and their article pages.

As the Chinese say: "Point a finger at someone and three point back at you".

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CSC confirms top exec suspended over Australian bank scandal

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A Banker who doesn't know how to Hide Money?

Must be a first ... he should have called the HSBC and mentioned Switzerland or Jersey.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Having worked, in my yoof, in cable rack rooms ...

I know from first hand experience that tidy, well organised, wire racks and cable channels are the key to high reliability and long life.

It's why POTS/Telcos have always invested in wire rooms - recently reduced in importance by programmable switches (exchanges).

Heavy use of identification tags and Identity Ink Rollers (for marking the length of the cable) PLUS very good documentation is hard to beat.

Multiple cables provide redundancy and security.

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Huawei networking kit gets the green light from Blighty's spooks

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What about the US suppliers - or do they get a pass Jail card?

Living next door to the world's workshop - China - is exciting ... and money saving.

ZTE and Huawei names adorn many of pieces of equipment we have both in our premises as well as in the wider word in VietNam.

Now that the UK has rejected the admonitions of Obama and the US Government, surprise, surprise, hopefully the Huawei will penetrate Europe and bring commensurate savings with it.

A hotel group my wife is a member of has recommended they standardise on Huawei and TP-Link equipment.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Another UK technological failure. Why?

Smartmeters are not new, they have been around so long that second and third generation versions are coming to market.

The big difference is that in overseas jurisdictions, commercial enterprises are doing the switch-over with their own money - and what private enterprise likes to lose money?

But no, the Tory government decides to screw the public for the costs with power utilities laughing all the way to the bank. Why not simply mandate the costs will be born by the utilities and that they must convert 5% of their meter base per year?

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