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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.
"paranoia about Android-based technologies being vulnerable to legal attacks"
Since when have petty details ever prevented Chinese manufacturers from stealing foreign IP before?
The Chinese are clever but trying to avoid using Western tech is kind of late, given that so much of their telecoms infrastructure is international compliant already. They already bash out TETRA-compliant base stations and handsets for use in their cities, with many more advanced features than UK Plod has, but the underlying technology makes it totally compliant with other systems around the world.
Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope
No site, based n earth, can take better definition pictures than Hubble.
The big difference? Airborne pollution. And, as you might expect, it's getting worse and affecting all parts of the world.
Still, spending a pittance on this is better than making bombs and bullets to kill people, many of whom are innocent.
Thank You, Firefox
Any Reg readers checking their Options will discover that Mozilla 'nuked' Java, with as much as a request.
I'm thankful, as both my wife and daughter, undoubtedly like many others, haven't a clue on how to disable Java.
What of Internet Explorer?
Sony has a couple of tricks few others emulate, and definitely NOT Apple
Rain proof/splash proof and waterproof features.
Put here in the Tropics iPhans have to carry their Apple toys in cheap sandwich bags as our typical 'shower' is very effective at killing protected electronics.
Sony, and a UK company, are two of the very few offering this essential feature which is so necessary in much of the world and, increasingly, the US of A with potentially climate change induced storms.
Anyone who has lost a cell handset through a brief exposure to water learns just how useful the Sony feature is!
And, I presume Apple, does nothing "gimmicky"?
Little wonder you don't use your real name - and how ignorant you are of others needs.
I know a person who has spent most of his life with a stick, dripping spittle, picking away at a Saran-wrapped keyboard. He had/has no meaningful movement in his arms.
The day he acquired a rudimentary voice/text software package was the first day of the nest stage of his life, Dragon Dictating has improved by leaps and bounds, as has my acquaintance's abilities and work output.
To someone, what you call a gimmick, is another life-changing happening.
Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, the UK theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author has achieved more success than many fully able people. And he had technology make his life that more easy.
Now, with Samsung's technology, and likely quite unintentionally, yet other physically challenged people have gained yet more independence.
Can anyone explain why ...
the Apple cable that can be plugged in any which way needs a chip?
Much better to use a standard connector ... but Apple couldn't screw it's customers USD$39 for the thing. ($5 in China)
@DougS: The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...
not to do with the guys face, shaven or not, dressed or not. You seem to be ignoring the point of the pictures - the optics.
Look at the position of the U of T glasses is in front of the eye, which I saw at a Toronto demonstration. There position over the eye requires additional head movement to compensate for this. Other electronic optics don't suffer from this impediment.
The Google Glasses, I understand, project the image on to the eye - far more practical as there is no contact. If having a single lens on your face causes you so much angst, simply add a neutral lens to the other side.
I trialled some optical display glasses a couple of years ago and the over-sized temples (the parts that go over your ears) were so unwieldy that almost every tester found them uncomfortable due to the size. Google appears to have reduced the electronics considerably.
Likely you are upset that Cupertino isn't matching MS, Google, Oakley, etc. but no doubt they will become adaptable to your electronics.
The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...
they are practical, don't have to be screwed to your head and don't make the wearer look strange.
Re: The terrorists need new cash flow.
In Afghanistan they ship billions into the state bank and then officials do some creative printing and loan out all sorts of money to friends of the government.
Time that Switzerland really opened up the accounts for near failed states and their citizens.
Great fun, but impracticable ...
Many regions of the world are wood-adverse.
Take the Asian Longhorned Beetle is a large wood-boring insect native to China, it will chow down on any wood remotely soft. Now, thanks to softwood pallets there are large colonies in the USA, Canada, Europe and elsewhere.
The only answer to these pests are hard-wood or concrete.
Then there is the bureaucracy. They are the architects friends who seem to have but a single purpose in life - to generate business for architects. Then there is the construction trade who think everything but everything is beyond the intending home building plebs. Seemingly only the building trade can employ unskilled labour and produce a building.
Unfortunately, these designs in wood are impracticable for my part of the world, well entrenched as it is with Asian Longhorned Beetle, so we create in concrete. I have constructed three buildings, now, one being my home and the other two what government calls 'mini-hotels' (which have over thirty rooms each.
Being a pleb builder, I studied very hard. I did unusual things such as making all 'techno-structure' (pipes, wires, etc) accessible with the minimal of bashing concrete - unlike professional builders who bury all such infrastructure under mounds of concrete. I used insulating concrete forms (ICFs), factory made rebar forms, welded window inserts into which windows (or doors) can fit knowing the frame is dead square.
Even crazier, according to the local 'construction experts' was my use of large-diameter plastic pipes as concrete forms instead of using tatty-looking things made from wood and nails. I simply split piping longitudinally and used packing bands to hold them together whilst the concrete dried. Strangely several 'professional;' builders are now copying my technique in the area.
My first mini-hotel used containers (surplus or 'hot' units costing me USD$300-400 delivered) and it took an engineer to explain to the planners that a container will support many, many times their weight and that my height of five-seven containers wasn't a challenge.
I wish Wikihouse every success, however I fear they will best succeed in places such as Africa for 'advanced' countries throw up to many obstacles to make this practical. I must admit, there are many authorities in Canada, outside the larger cities, who will happily accept DIY home plans, and offer technical help in making the plans meet 'code'.
has zero credibility, especially after he backed the SEE-ALL AIRPORT SCANNERS which have recently been withdrawn from service by the TSA.
One benefit is ...
that even legislators will be able to see the stupidity of accepting some / most of Apples 'patents' which will eventually lead to the much needed revamp of the whole system.
The problem with HP lies within it's ...
board of directors who must number amongst the most inept in American corporate history.
They have totally abandoned the principals of the founders Messrs. Hewlett and Packard. The resultant mess and corporate meandering totally vindicates the concept used by the founders from the beginning.
Apple loses, again - American corporate law prevails
The simple fact is David Einhorn and his hedge fund Greenlight Capital won - and Apple capitulated - after the SEC gave them the boot.
At last, justice prevails
After all the trials and tribulations of the first trial, at least a semblance of justice is entering into these proceedings.
The trial made a mockery of American 'justice' notwithstanding how warped it is.
For the technically minded ...
< http://www.uk.amsat.org/ >, < http://www.360app.co.uk/ >, < http://www.screaminspace.com/ > (terrible web site contrast), < http://www.sstl.co.uk/Missions/STRaND-1--Launched-2013 >. Also: < http://amsat-uk.org/2013/02/26/radio-amateurs-asked-to-collect-strand-1-telemetry-data/ >, < http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/strand-1/strand-1-videos/ >, < http://amsat-uk.org/2013/02/07/isro-plans-sarl-and-amateur-radio-satellite-launch-for-february-14/ >.
You can use SkyGrabber software < http://www.skygrabber.com/ > (works with PC card or Dongle) and an appropriate antenna.Orbit map: < http://www.uk.amsat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Initial-Pass-of-STRaND-1-640x451.png >.
nobody can hear the cries for help
you must be confused and thinking of the Apple product that kept on dropping calls.
Gyproc/plaster board/drywall has gone high tech
Innocent looking is often the cause of signal reduction as you can get it with rear lines in water proof, steam proof, foil covered and even ballistic - the latter capable of stopping bullets - kind of handy if you live in an American 'hood which have a high frequency of bullets.
Then there are the metallic 'tinted' windows such as the Royal Bank Building in Toronto which is also a very effective attenuator.
But you do have peace/freedom from cell rings.
If India has rockets for rent, how come Cameron is ...
sending them aid money?
No wonder the UK is broke.
How little you know about Canada.
In some places population densities exceeding one live body per square kilometre seem crowded, and objects from space don't come down vertically but leave a long trail of debris.
In southern Ontario we have the Southern Ontario Meteor Network since so many make landfall around there. Go visit < http://astroengine.com/2008/10/25/rare-meteor-fireball-captured-by-seven-canadian-cameras-videos/ >, < http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/12/14/science-meteor-meteorite-toronto.html >, < http://www.universetoday.com/91816/meteorite-alert-remote-cameras-capture-slow-moving-fireball-near-toronto/ >.
Re: Blocked worldwide
"impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world"
This USED to be the case but now the BBC has a new slant on things following the F.O. financing review - I even noticed it before I read about it is a UK document.
The broadcasters should bear in mind that radio receivers are predominantly FM and ASEAN has a target date to make all broadcast TV digital.
Satellite receivers in both China and VietNam require 'operating licences' and, in China, a demonstrated 'need' for viewing overseas broadcasts. Visitors to China will notice a sparsity or satellite dishes and even WiFi access.
VietNam only allows satellite reception from it's own satellites, which also include crap such as AXN, NatGo, Discovery, etc. Cable TV systems (soon to be trimmed to three national systems and four regional from the present forty systems) are fed through the Ha Noi 'monitoring'/censorship centre with a 15 MINUTE delay (the world ends at midnight - 15 minutes later in VietNam).
As from later this year VN subtitles re to be provided on all foreign broadcast services in to the country.
Access to BBC Vietnamese is easy and has minimum censorship here, locally.
BBC, CNN have been eliminated from 'free view' on cable although Deutsch Wella, Australian Broadcasting and a French news channel continue. I guess they are 'politically reliable'.
We have fibre optic cable feeds in larger centres and more remote areas can easily obtain satellite dish permits. A unit of the Cong An (Peoples Police) goes around checking on the direction of dishes to make sure you are pointed at the VN satellites!
My salt and pepper shakers ...
though only two or three years old and made of nicely finished stainless steel, are Dalek imitations - bought in Singapore!
Darleks are celebrated the world over! Still!
"monstrous libel on a public figure based on the flimsiest hearsay"
This applies to Savile, too. No judicial authority has ever made a finding as to his culpability.
We have plenty of Plods proclaiming their thoughts, an ex-Plod holding himself out to be an expert on child abuse and we have a group of adults who saw fit to withhold their allegations until Savile was in no position to defend himself.
I make no judgement about what Savile may, or may not have, done but only of the wagon train that rolls out more and more accusations. There are legal procedures that could be implemented, should the government wants so to do.
If this is British Justice it sure has fallen pretty low.
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