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Pity the sore ears of the users ...
as I discovered with a pair of enhanced eyewear a couple of years ago.
The electronics buried in the temples (the things that go over your ears) was so heavy that I, and other users, developed sores/hard skin patches above the ear. It is essential that the cords/wires connecting them to the outer world. Maybe new electronics will reduce this load.
We found the Bangkok bar girl trick (snatch and run) was easily thwarted by using "granny strings" attached to the end of the temples - making cute loops would be a real winner.
Thanks, Firefox, for ...
looking after users Java problems - it was disabled soon after all the troubles started.
Pity MS doesn't steal a page from your book.
Fry is a certifiable idiot ...
which explains why he gets employment from the BBC.
Doesn't explain how he got free iPhones, though.
The gas providers fix the market and how to reap excess profits
There is little difference between the various gas consuming markets except in the way are run and the rules governerning them. The charts are interesting, as things were proceeding on goal until mid-January. So why would the storage facilty operators not start pumping more gas in to the ground?
From what I understand there is a damn great direct feed from a monster tank farm off Norway, as well as feeding Europe through separate feed connectors. So was the Norwegian farm 'head' failure a manufactured failure? A fix? After we all are dealing with oil/gas men who don't enjoy the best of reputations.
This is a typical gas supply system, one duplicated the world over. We have several of them in Canada and they have never failed on such a massive scale. There would heads flying and contracts being r,ipped up.
The people running UK government obviously favour energy 'providers' so little will happen other than the public gets shafted again as Cameron awards the fat-cat gas business 'emergency' gas rate increases to cover these 'losses' and then, all of a sudden, the 'emergency' will fade.
Any emergency increases should be refused and the money should be from fuel pigs profits.
They've bought mappers before ...
and all they have achieved is to be the laughing stock of mobile maps.
I wonder even if they bother to do due diligence?
Any source of money is "totally appropriate" to these leaches. Just what benefits do they add?
If there are any near banking operations that need investigating it is these two, talk about too big to fail - they epitomise the term.
Hands-free Google Glasses make much sense than a two-handed watch
A watch-type appliance requires one or two arm/hand combinations - even looking at it takes one combo.
That means the ability to do an independent task is compromised from the start.
Google Glasses, on the other hand permit the complete, independent use of both arm/hand combinations with eyes and voice acting as the control interface.
With image capture and matching, Glasses could find an appropriate drawing/reference document and display it - all the while keeping the hands free.
It helps to have used Voice Commands or video enhancement previously, it takes a bit of training.
The watch arena seems to be getting a little crowded these days and the old protagonists - Samsung and Apple - are there, too.
All these cries about privacy are red herrings - everyone is selling everything - including Apple.
Sendgrid, a name to remember ...
to avoid. You support the genuinely aggrieved, not fire them.
Says an awful lot about Sendgrid corporate morals.
Canada had this challenge AND solved it ...
by placing public access InterNet terminals in libraries, community centres and seniors homes.
Unfortunately, the UK government seems to support a policy of closing down libraries.
What a pity.
Hitachi has, repeatedly, hired complete course graduate students emerging from VN computing courses for a number of years.
Guess that speaks for itself.
Hot software in VietNam is pure guesswork.
Whomever BIS, or the outfit, is who proclaims so much 'hot' software is running in a country is out to lunch. They don't even know how many computers there are here in VietNam.
Sure the VN government had hot software a few years ago but the they went out and switched to Linux!
Most high school students have factory installed software on their numerous laptops, so where does it get it's numbers from? Guess work. Same goes for Laos and Cambodia, but even more so.
And all those 'call home features' in software are usually neutered by rewriting the HOST file. Cadence includes a call-home procedure but the installation .BAT file adds a line to the .BAT file that dad-ends the attempt to call home.
The key to education in VietNam is ATTITUDE
I recently met a Vietnamese parent, who is employed by a foreign entity and who obviously makes way higher than the average wage, who told me he had moved his Vietnamese children from the State system to one of the for-big-profit foreign schools because he was of the opinion VN schools 'were no fun' and the foreign schools had fun things like sports. His two children are costing him around USD$25,000 annually.
My daughter, whose right to State schools is through her citizenship, gets up at some unGodly hour, shortly after 06.00H, meets her friends for breakfast where they compare homework and then start their school day at 07.30H. They have two 15-minute breaks and an hour for lunch and leave school at 17.00H. She has extension classes three or four nights a week AS WELL AS Saturday school. Many also study on Sundays.
There is homework every day.
Parents have to pay for schooling, around USD$60 per month, per child, which is quite a burden where a good family income is around USD$300.month.
Children here aren't just 'interested', they have a hunger for knowledge. Every weekday evening our offices remain open until 22.00H so the local children can do their homework, or study. KhanAcedemy.Org is a great resource, especially now it has sub-titles. We were watching a video of calculus recently and some children could even work out the answers in their heads! It made me feel old.
I met a 13-girl recently who has perfect fluency in Vietnamese, English and Chinese/Mandarin. When I say perfect English I mean she understands the subtleties of the languages, as usually only someone from a country does.
I recently acquired 10 Raspberry Pi computers, set them up on tables in a spare room, and left many copies of various RPi books around and left them unannounced. Within a couple of days some kids had figured out how to make them do basic things and now, after 17 days, they are practicing basic programming. Completely hands off from myself and my partners.
This is the competition the West is facing not only from the 50-million odd school children in VietNam but a few hundred million more in China and India.
Are all the XP discs licenced......... Or not?
My employer has a legal OEM copy of XP but it is a rarity.
Most of us just pop down to our local copy shop and order what we need and it is sold on DVS for a whopping VN Dong 40,000 (GBR1.26/USD$1.91) which is a fair rate for software over 10 years old.
GoPro facing stiff competition these days - for good reason
I use GoPro daily whenever I drive and as a POV user for around six-years I would say they are, presently, an average product. My employer has a total of eleven units - all mounted in vehicles.
GoPro is fussy on which SD memory chips you use, uses custom rechargeable batteries (identical to a cell battery) and it FOGS UP even on hot days. They recommend using the vented case, which has large holes in it, but is hardly suitable for expeditions in high-humidity/downpour conditions.
GoPro, who has never acknowledged/answered my condensation complaint now INCLUDES DESICCANTS for some models to ameliorate the condensation which effectively blocks the video sensor.
Another deficiency is GoPro's belief in plastic. The camera proper will not work unless it is within the outer plastic casing, in which the lens is mounted/attached. This plastic case has a plastic mount and a plastic foot, the foot SLIDES in to the various mounting options, many of which rely on glue.
I changed the plastic foot to a stainless one; and I protect all camera locations, including my helmet, in stainless steels cages made from one-eighth round bar (rod). The GoPro supposition that you can use a plastic mount EXTERNAL to the safety cage of a racing car is wishful thinking. Their concept of GLUING a helmet cam to a HELMET is equally stupid as they can easily be twisted off in an accident or by a passing thief on a motorcycle.
I recommend the people working El Reg's own Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spacecraft) do some serious preflight testing in a food freezer AND include a secondary POV (the Sony is good - we have road tested them), ADDITIONAL BATTERIES (an extra battery on the camera ALONG with a battery source external to the camera. Remember, camera frame rates interact with the SD memory so test carefully.
Just because a product has big bucks behind it's advertising and a shiny web site, doesn't make the product good or best in class.
P.S. This isn't a product review, this is user report.
TETRA is not a Motorola Standard, nor particularly secure
Contrary to what many believe, TETRA (formerly known as Trans-European Trunked Radio) is a Open Standard and is primarily hawked around the place by EADS / Cassidian and Motorola.
It is proclaimed to be secure but at a recent symposium held in China I saw an interesting combination of a SDR (Software Defined Radio) coupled to a TETRA hacking computer which output intersting data, for those interested, DMO gateway functions, short data services (SDS), packet-switched data and circuit-switched data communication, etc. I was unable to understand the audio as I am not that fluent in Mandarin.
One hundred and twenty plus countries have some TETRA systems. In VietNam there is a 3-base station system for Internal Security and the Peoples Police in the country's largest city, Ho Chi Minh, running over Motorola equipment but when I have monitored it is hardly active since the police prefer cell handsets! The Peoples Police (Cong An) spend most of their working hours 'patrolling' their offices seated sleeping in chairs which obviates the need for mobile communications.
BeiJing, a hot spot for high-tech Plod communications uses a custom-built system with handhelds having swipes for ID cards and large display screens.
Smartphones likely could provide similar services in most cases.
Microsoft is no Google
MS has always been pro-pro law, it even has a How to Hack for Plod Kit available whereas Google has a record of resisting police.
So no credit to MS.
Never travel direct; never use a credit card; never book a flight to eventual destination ...
Never travel direct (Nick Leeson and CHOY, Hon-Tim); never use a credit card (the FBI can have real time displays in their offices); never book a flight to eventual destination (far better to fly to Canada on a return ticket and then buy a new ticket, preferably from another airport and NOT Westbound, either). Stopping over in the UK is not advised (password or 4 years) but France is OK.
The computers and hard drives could have been shipped to a friend, or Chinese restaurant in YYZ.
Put TOR and PGP on your computer and put real hot files on waterproof SD chips, wrap them in a condom and swallow. Better still, compress the files and visit an InterNet cafe. Messages are best passed through travel web sites - just like drug dealers do.
And if anyone asks what in your bag, say nothing and just let them look.
Obviously this was not a government prank, the Chinese are experienced at this sort of thing.
P.S. Taking the SIM from your telephone makes it impossible for airport data sniffers to work. And now they have to get search warrants.
Today's word is TSA - to keep those computers humming.
Never trust the mail
Mail delivered to embassies with adverse interests to the host country get X-rayed and even searched. Hand carried to the CN Embassy would have been better.
John Wiley & Sons doesn't do 'altruism'
How can John Wiley & Sons print a book in the USA; ship to VietNam and give the book wholesalers/retailers a 30% cut if they aren't making a profit?
Since the books hereabouts have John Wiley & Sons Printed in the USA on the inner cover, we must presume they have been imported.
Seem that V-P Joe Biden has let his IP hustlers down again, along with A-G Holder. Good news for students!
America's so called Bogeyman is supposed to be a source of risk
So I guess GE-USA SCADA Division hasn't heard of this as all their SCADA work is being done in ... China!
Just how will the UK Government ...
censor any web site using a US domain and/or server?
That's why people like the US - TMZ can say almost anything it likes and it is protected by the First Amendment. Of course, the UK doesn't have a Constitution which is why Parliament can dream up, and pass, dumb legislation.
Now the US government wants private industry to do their dirty work
After spending BILLIONS of dollars trying to secure their IT infrastructure, and failing, the US Government wants to foist the costs on to ISPs and, in turn, the general public.
Let them kill the failure known as the F35 and put the money in to protection that works.
Re: I like the waterproof feature -No plastic Baggies as with iPhones
Sony has always wisely featured waterproof phones as many regions of the world need them.
If you have ever experienced a Singapore drenching rain, or DakLak Province, VietNam, in the spring you will realise what a strong sales feature waterproofing is.
I always get a laugh when some iPhan pulls out an Apple cell phone, covered in a Baggie, but ONLY they have found somewhere dry to hide in.
Unfortunately, there are some are some counter-flows in UK government
At one time, some time ago, consulates and embassies actually did something to justify their existence like processing passports. Now, in an effort to reduce passport issuance costs - but not deployed diplomatic staff levels - passports are processed in various world regional centres, prior to the documents being forwarded to the UK for actual passport manufacture/issuance.
The next stage is supposed to be the complete process is handled entirely within the UK with the present outposts being retired.
This means that passport issuance will often occur when thousands of miles separate the applicant from the issuing office.
When I renewed my passport a couple of years ago, having been out of the UK continuously for 40 years, I, once again, used the same picture as five years before, just skillfully aged by a Photoshop craftsman, and with facial hair added and a few tweaks about the eyes/eyebrows. Not one official verified anything about me in person!
'Mad Hatter' MAY is besotted with technology. Technically minded people know that the more 'machines' and the fewer people involved the greater the increase in failure.
Take telephone 'Blueboxing'. Forty years ago practitioners had to know how to use operator phraseology convincingly but as automation increased so did the ease of placing fraudulent calls. The only thing that has changed of late is the alternative 'free' technologies such as VOIP.
The ever-crazy MAY thinks technology is the answer to spying on everyone is a multi-billion Pound 'toy' for GCHQ which already dated with the introduction of Silent Circle which costs USD$20/month - well within terrorists budgets.
China, with blanket CCTV coverage, and minimal civil rights, with detailed ID cards with biometrics, still has trouble actually locating/tracking people. Identification technologies might be good in ideal circumstances but in real, every day life, there is, thankfully, much to be desired - .far too many false 'hits'
Next time you bump into an eye scanner, cross your eyes or wear heavy framed eyeglasses. The finger print scanners really 'love' you pushing hard on the sensors.
But the civil servants will convince themselves things are safe until the next 'incident' occurs (an airline expression). Then they will buy more high-tech junk and the farce will repeat.
Now we need a new interpreter for this high tech gobbledigook
"has stopped short of offering a thorough explanation for just what went wrong" means they haven't a clue.
"something caused the batteries on two 787s to become very hot" is stating the obvious given there was smoke, flames and heat.
"deep discharge” could be a short circuit - they are known to cause 'deep discharges'.
"the venting is a protective measure" means it reduces the chance of a battery acting like a BOMB.
"heat from the cell propagated to other cells and they vented as well. This is a protective mechanism that is designed into the battery cells" now we have unionised batteries - one on fire, now all on fire.
"they leak vaporised electrolyte which looks like smoke" sure, now explain the flames, acrid smoke and scorching.
"systems worked as planned with flight crews notified after smoke detectors worked" is such a stupid statement - why sound the alarm before an alarm condition is reached?
"cannot be considered a “thermal runaway” so just what the hell is all this fire and heat if it isn't runaway? Or did Boeing plan for fires?
For a high tech aircraft manufacturer who expects passengers to entrust their lives to their plastic plane we also expect far more cogent answers than the rubbish muttered the other day.
(Today's NSA word is Acritic. It keeps their computers buzzing, and increases readership)
No doubt the cyber perpetrators are shaking in their boots ...
If the USA can't keep the bad guys out of their computers, why does the UK government think it can do any better?
All that is going to happen is that ball-breaker Mad May with be conned into spending yet more money on doomed schemes. No doubt Capita or G4S will form a cyber protection subsidiary so they can keep on milking the public purse.
Why do people care about the cell handset OS? They can't do much about it
Given that a cell OS is a fixed, immutable object, except when the likes of Apple or MS deliberately take 'possession' of a cell, who really cares?
It is the experience of using the devices.
I have found Samsung tends to overload it's line with an excess of Apps and one of the first tasks for many users is to rationalise the software for their personal use. Other cells require that you pay out hundreds of Pounds, Dollars or Dong just to make them functional.
Shin seems to be a very skilled diplomat, too!
Given all the money swilling around politicians ...
no fines are likely to affect their calling activities.
Then there are the incessant SMS and e-mails. Cutting the 'political' season down, would help, only people who have suffered through the US vote solicitation periods realise how extreme things can get.
So nice living in a single party country, although they do deploy loudspeaker equipped trucks to extol the virtues of the government. The military in VietNam really do have some impressive sound systems which, when strategically placed, can cover even medium sized cities.
It appears that Samsung is out-Googling Google and Apple
Some of the features claimed for the S4 put this cell handset in a class on it's own, for now.
The neat trick of chatting to POS terminals, without requiring new hardware, is so obvious that no doubt a lot of people in Cupertino are walking around with self-inflicted ankle wounds after learning of this.
The Translate function is a winner, particularly if the languages are increased. Given the excellent audio services from Google already, that put Siri back in beta, the S4 again sets a new benchmark for others to beat.
And, naturally, you don't need a USD$40 cable to hook it up to other devices. Another winner is the external SD socket which is great for moving data around, or avoid the TSA thugs who want to check out your privates (although the US courts have clipped their wings).
Ditto with UK Customs - remember, removing the SIM screws up many of these data sniffers - and micro-SD and SIMs are much easier to conceal on the way through Customs - just remember to buy waterproof versions.
As a Note 2 driver, I am looking forward to seeing how much migrates to Note 3.
What strikes me about this review is ...
it appears to be balanced and fairly neutral - unlike the Guardian's rewrite artist Charles Arthur - and provides informational reading to El Reg readers. The family arguments on Orange County Choppers killed that show and, likewise, Troll writers who write 'reviews' exposing their prejudices/preferences are just so much waste space.
That Samsung is marketing what is, effectively, an under-powered cell handset in North America is interesting. I run a company Note 2 purchased and used in the Far East and when compared to a friend's North American Note 2 the subtle differences become noticeable.
I would be curious to know the strategy behind these decisions.
In the mean time I patiently await the Note 3 - just think what Samsung could achieve with all that additional real estate under the cover!
Apple's Marketing Honcho Schiller Not the Brightest Spark as he ....
broke a well known rule in Marketing.
NEVER knock the competition - it makes customers check them out.
With all this new found wealth ...
it is time to PUT MONEY INTO BT PENSION FUNDS.
BT, along with it's air equivalent BA, have been ripping off employees for years by under-funding the pension funds and potentially making the average tax payer responsible for making up the deficits.
Credit bureaus - a two edged sword
I don't 'need' credit as I have always lived within my income and now, as owner of a house and two mid-size 'motel' style hotels and a company with 35 employees, I continue to pay cash.
For reasons forced upon me by an inheritance, I had to open an account with HSBC. One of the conditions of the account was that they can copy my information to credit bureaus.
This, in normal circumstances, would have caused me to get somewhat excited but since I reside overseas and had a minimum amount in the account I was less concerned and much of the information was accurate only for my stop over in the UK..
But this mandatory loss of privacy has a silver lining.
In the years subsequent to opening my account, HSBC service has declined and the on-line 'customer service' only offers 'service' in name. So I acquired the personal information of senior HSBC management, and a few other do nothings employed there, by accessing credit information.
I can assure you, such people receiving an SMS message from an angry customer quickly elevates attention, and service, to address the problem!
In many countries this data appears on screens in many businesses and police authorities. This is worst in the USA.
What a meaningless, self-serving statement
"HP has provided information to the UK Serious Fraud Office, the US Department of Justice and the SEC related to the accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and misrepresentations at Autonomy that occurred prior to and in connection with HP's acquisition of Autonomy."
An obvious reflection of the incompetence of the failed politician running the show. She is just trying to protect her interests, like employment.
If I had "provided information" of an alleged wrong doing, it is meaningless unless established by facts.
Californians doesn't know how lucky they were!
Just what a country emerging from years of suppression needs - Cisco routers & LAN equipment
Once again, the US government is demonstrating how venal it can be by promoting totally inappropriate goods to a country that is decades behind in all basic infrastructure.
Why would a huge population, living it very basic housing, and often with no running water or electricity want a damn router for? Sewer pipes, yes.
Much of Burma is in the technological Stone Age. Smartphones? How about telephones?
The Chinese are well ensconced in Burma (Myanmar) and their prices are very reasonable, too.
Go home, Yankee carpetbaggers - and wait about a decade.
Apple will also start using wireless charging this year ...
APPLE is not know for using KISS design principals so you can envisage them using yet another non-standard device. It could have a unique modulation schema, with reception only possible on genuine iCrap, coupled with serial number verification, etc.
The EU should mandate inter-operability for these things.
Still, living in the copyright free area of the world, where fully compliant Apple umbilical cords, complete with switching chip, cost USD$5, I am sure our Chinese friends across the border will circumvent any pseudo-security proffered by Apple and at a fraction of the price.
Given the advanced state of ...
antenna technology, along with the frequencies in question, the French should be told to install systems that are less omnidirectional.
Canada shares a 4000-mile border with the USA and has few problems.
It doesn't seem to matter to MS
as you are still able to buy XP original software, i.e. not copied, from MS who are quite happy to charge an exorbitant price for it.
Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???
So GoPro finally admits it has a problem?
Of all the POV cameras I have used only the GoPro exhibited these problems.
Even the Oregon Scientific unit was better, and it used standard batteries, but it's problem was it it was unserviceable - simply dump and buy another.
Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???
The 'skeleton' back is useless in heavy rain as there are too many large openings.
And, when the water has entered, quite a bit has to accumulate before it overcomes the internal lip of the rare cover of the case. Only if you are taking pictures of clouds, with the camera tilted skywards, will these holes permit moisture to exit the case.
And, given the condensation is between the lens of the camera insert and that of the external lens, it is extremely hard even to permit a 'draft' to equalise the moisture.
Riding in the desert hardly equates with the extremes of space.
Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???
Fairy liquid doesn't work for prolonged periods. Might for 'fairies' though.
Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???
How long are these video's and what cover were they using? If you use a 8 or 16-gigabyte chip, which obviates case opening they will mist but ONLY over the lens.
I used two GoPro's, daily, for years and they both suffered from the same effect. The humidity comes from within the camera.
Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???
AVOID the GoPro Hero cameras UNLESS you want pictures featuring condensation on the lens!
The heat from the camera causes condensation to form on the lens insert - even in locations as hot at SaiGon or as cold as Kapuscasing, Ontario, which effectively renders images unviewable.
If you must use a GoPro I suggest you use the waterproof case with a couple of vent holes stuffed with some breathable material. The holes should be at the lowest point of the case.
My employer has had eleven GoPro units for the past couple of years and there are now superior units available under the names of Sony, Liquid Image, ION Air Pro, Vio POV.HD, etc. Choose carefully and test at low temperatures! Unfortunately GoPro support is not good.
You should also choose SD memory carefully, GoPro doesn't function properly with many brands of SD memory.
"but it would also free them from reliance on Samsung"
Unfortunately, Samsung has taken an interest in a Japanese manufacturer making screens for Apple.
So much for freedom.
All they need is the letter 'i' and a watch strap and ...
they have Apple beat - the iStrap Phone 2.
Who needs curved glass or some knight to design a winner?
Re: Who Is Doing The Street Cleaning
Great map - thanks for sharing. It puts the whole accident into realistic terms that make it better understood by many.
Don't cry for Boeing.
We have no need to pity Boeing over it's inability to keep it's 'plastic' plane in the air because the company has a large umbilical cord attached to the US Treasury as well having monopolistic manufacturing facilities for the Apache helicopters - the one the US Forces use for recreational killing of civilians and reporters in Iraq (see < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qWADMfQnQ >).
I am sure the paid Boeing hacks are already soliciting Congress people, as well as the Pentagon, angling for a contract for the investigation in to the use by transportation community to (better) understand the risks and benefits associated with high capacity lithium batteries including military aircraft.
No doubt the delay is occasioned by the time taken to develop a snappy acronym for the project. Perhaps < www.acronymfinder.com > can give them some ideas.
The contract need not be large - say USD$5-billion - enough to buy off the airlines who have all these plastic things stranded at airports around the world.
Why stop at Lane ...
fire the whole damn lot of dummies and take loser Whitman with them.
Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?
The UK even sends 'aid' to Israel.
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