3296 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
Re: It hasn't been called British Telecom since 1991
Post Office Telephones, with their little Post Office Morris series Z bashed out by Morris. The colour dated from their original wartime colours. If a technician was caught with Post Office tools in his house, he was liable to be charged with theft.
The labs were, long ago, a centre of technical excellence even the code-breaking Colossus computer, used at Bletchley Park during WW2, was built at the Post Office Research Station in Dollis Hill by a team led by the late Tommy Flowers.
ERNIE (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment) was built there for the government's Premium Bond lottery, Dollis Hill conceived Viewdata and the Prestel service (launched 1979) and Dollis Hill even has a war time cabinet bunker under it!
Sadly, it no longer enjoys it's former status.
What the US will do to help American business
Obviously, some American companies have been dropping brown, or red, envelopes of money in Congressional pockets so they get the business.
Maybe China should jerk the financial reins and remind the US whose money they are running on for without the Chinese the US Federal Treasury would be broke. Can you blame the Bundesbank for pulling their gold out of the USA?
If you don't like Google, don't bloody use it ... and it's free, even
The EU should tell Bing and company to take a running jump. All they are doing is wasting EU taxpayer money.
I have no problem with Google promoting Google, just as MS promotes that useless shadow of an 'equivalent' Bing or Yahoo or whatever. Google should start taking longer to respond to MS take down notices - another 'service' that Google provides at zero cost to MS.
The one big thing that annoys me with Google is their stealing my positional data from my Note 2. But I've fixed that by using a TP-Link Portable 3G Wireless N Router (that's not associated with me) and disabling the GPS output. I don't have a SIM in my Note 2 - I live in the land of free WiFi.
The other thing is the way Plod can get data out of Google, but that can be minimised, too.
No one is forcing Google on complainers, and they don't even charge for most services. Even dedicated Phanbois like Google maps.
'Smart' networks ... just more data for the ...
NSA grist mill. They love data, no matter what it is.
The US uses it's diplomats for sales ... pity the EU doesn't.
UK doesn't have enough skilled workers to protect it against online attacks. Nor does the USA!
The self-proclaimed 'world centre of technology', the USA, is exactly in the same position.
If this were true, rank amateurs such as McKinnon wouldn't be be able to wander around the US data-banks looking for Site 51.
And implementing Mad May's 'UK government in your pants' strategy is no answer, technology is fast overtaking government capabilities. And I hardly think students reared on Raspberry Pi processors will provide the immediate answer, it takes experienced hackers to fight experienced hackers.
Apple from amending its charter ... issuance of preferred stock without the approval of shareholders
Cook is no Jobs, who had dictatorship down to a fine art.
What Cook does share is his wanting to treat Apple shareholders as he does it's product purchasers as an necessary pain in the a*se. Cook is not a money man - he is a supply line specialist.
He should accept he is the servant of the board of directors who derive their power from the shareholders.
"after community opposition to the proposed law’s surveillance measures". Only in Canada!
The sheep who reside in the USA and the UK, who let their respective governments do almost every thing they want to, wouldn't garner this much attention from their respective politicians.
It all dates back to the late Pierre Trudeau, who had the audacity to stick his middle digit up to the USA, and refused to adopt the preferred US 'guide lines' unlike governments in the UK.
Must have been his French heritage, France has a similar attitude. One is called 'independence' and the other 'subservience'.
Unlike other governments who cross-link all their data-banks so all and sundry, regardless of their need, Canada's data-banks are deliberately decoupled - no nosy civil servants trawling through your life. Occasionally these controls can be a pain, as an inquirer has to travel from one department to another to collect data for the first.
A small price to pay for privacy.
What Home Depot does to Blackberry can also be done to them
Th US building supply monolith Home Depot is American and just as much as Americans are pro-everything American (even if made in China) so too are Canadians.
So screw you Home Depot, you can close a few more Canadian outlets, we have some well-priced Canadian alternatives.
The company (Capita) is paid according to the number of people told to leave.
Wow, this is a BIG opening for fraud - just bonus so trackers, have then claim 'hits' and Capita make yet another fortune from the British taxpayer.
Ever notice just how small the government's contract telephone list. White collar - Capita; Red collar - G4S. If these companies can locate end contractors who will do the job so cheaply why can't the government go for bids?
Another point, what assurances do people have that these ultimate contractors can be trusted with hot data that could be sold on? It is no secret that tax preparer make additional income by selling 100% accurate data to credit agencies. Likewise with insured medical services and medications.
The government seems oblivious to the fact that data is worth BIG MONEY.
Thanks for the heads-up, Register
My employer was about to order some more Samsung Note 2's, so we will condition the purchase order with the new OS revision information.
Yet another vehicle with Plod Assist built-in
Whilst I have no objection to loaner demo's or rental cars having built in software, I do object to this damn stuff being present in a vehicle I actually possess title to.
A vehicle I owned back in Canada had seat-belt/crash bag electronics incorporated in it and the then Sergeant Cam Woolley, (retired since a new chief decided he was the only mouthpiece) of the Ontario Provincial Police, became aware of exculpatory evidence contained in these chips and he started reading these chips with his little goody box intended originally for mechanics.
Then some police forces started using them as proof of speeding, in other words, writing your own tickets.
I carefully excised my unit and placed it elsewhere in my SUV, leaving the original connector dangling and the device hooked up discretely with my wiring.
Presently there are masses of vehicles driving around with 'hidden' electronics, all busy recording your every vehicle activity - some even calling home via cell networks.
The public doesn't need any more Big Brother stuff, but it's good to see a NYT reporter caught out parsing his story - he should have known better.
If you intend to do crime, make sure you use an old banger or visit your friendly mechanic, first.
MS mimicking Apple: It might be your property, but we hold the key
When is the right of ownership going to recognised and accepted by these damn American companies?
The EU bureaucracy might appear to be under employed but they do have a hight success rate of kicking US commercial butts. Even the near God-like MS and Apple have bowed to their demands, before, albeit reluctantly.
Perhaps the EU should mandate the MS walled garden feature must have a switch in the BIOS so the owners can decide their modus operandi. Not all PC users are Apple-subservient types.
Better dig up Jobs: trying out test firmware from Apple as it investigates the issue
Before his DoD, Jobs used to wander forth and do his "Apple defective" spiel and most of his suckers would swallow the platitudes.
By an Austrian cellco saying: "trying out test firmware from Apple as it investigates the issue" it is obvious Apple is trying a new tactic - plausible deniability".
Doesn't work, guys, you aren't like the emperor with his suit of invisible clothes.
Australians pay more for hardware and software than those overseas
Don't know why they are complaining ... Europeans don't.
the pair of firms would be better off burying the blunt hatchet
Better if the USPO cleaned up it's action and stopped patenting wet dreams that will never come true.
More proof that Jobs was using a publicly owned company contrary to the shareholders interests. Now Cook should hope no one starts a Class Action.
RIM security is good BUT it needs/uses servers
RIM security has always been good, ask Obama, BUT it's weakness is it's use of servers which can be used to obtain / access decrypted messages. And, of course, Plod, RCMP, FBI, et al, are able, and do, access this information. With distributed, corporate, servers, corporations might satisfy their needs for access.
These days Silent Circle provides a good solution - the 'encryption', in effect, is in your hand. Whilst I am not in the habit of building UIDs or remote triggering devices, my communications are mine, and simply none of the business of any government or civil servant.
An added feature with Silent Circle is the new ability to send files of up to 60Mb fully encrypted which should satisfy most users.
Notwithstanding this limitation, BB has always offered a quality product and let's hope they return to their former glory. Unfortunately, I will not be a user as I am happy with my Samsung Note 2.
" ... very young individuals writing malware, including an 11-year-old from Canada"
I guess this is the audience that Raspberry Pi seeks to encourage with their project.
These youngsters should be encouraged to pursue their interests, although not password cracking, and the Canadian authorities should go light on this chap (he has not reached an age of criminal responsibility which is 12 in Canada) so that, hopefully, will keep him from getting a lengthy stretch of incarceration in a US jail, (the present Harper Tory government prostrates itself in front of the US government), or driven to suicide by an over zealous US prosecutor.
DO NOT CALL lists Do Work - especially with a large FINE!
Canada and the USA has been plagued with these nuisance calls for years,
Now both countries have DO NOT CALL lists in operation which MUST, by law, be honoured. Those foolhardy enough to ignore the Lists can be fined and/or have their telephone service ordered withdrawn.
These are called SIT (Special Information Tones) signal: Vacant Circuit (out of service or non-existent phone number). The can be sampled at: < http://www.artofhacking.com/files/sounds/live/aoh_sit-vc.htm >.
I made one using a pair of dual 555 ic's and it plays twice when I go off-hook (pick up the handset), then the handset is connected to the line.
It is very easy to make (for techies) see: < http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps2246/products_configuration_guide_chapter09186a00800ea889.html >
NC1 - No circuit found
First Tone Frequency - Duration
Second Tone Frequency - Duration
Third Tone Frequency - Duration
Since most of these machines are of US manufacture, they often drop the calls (and record the fact the number is "out of service"!
With over £10 billion being stolen from UK finances each year
Gee, for a minute I thought they had caught up with ticket-cheat Osborne for not paying for his rail rides.
Some countries make everyone, including companies, pay VAT first, then they can seek a refund after they can prove goods were sold on. Seems to work well. The governments always get the cash first then payout after satisfying themselves all was well.
the intelligence and security Agencies are able, to some extent, to work around the problem
Guess what, MM (Mad May) has just had her dream eclipsed. This technologically brainless MP is about to discover as from late this week or early next week Silent Circle is offering the ability to transmit up to 60-megabyte files, encrypted at point of transmission to point of reception with no intermediate decrypting.
This means she is SOOL in using her eavesdropping toy and she can't even order backdoors be installed, unless she sends a Chippy around to each and every smartphone loaded with Silent Circle.
You can pack a lot of Bin Laden videos, or EID construction manuals in a 60-meg file. Same with kiddie-porn or any other material Plod might want to get their hands on. Drug dealers would welcome it - all completely out of reach of the DEA.
That MP's are questioning MM's is very good, they know the game ministers play to pad budgets.
How is 'continuity of custody' going to be proved or if the data has not been tampered with if it is held by telephone companies, internet service providers and others for data storage?
Or, once again, are the protections supposedly offered those accused of offences in Britain going to be compromised yet again such as 4 years or your password, give us the story now or loss credibility, etc.
Given the sorry state of financial affairs, the UK can not afford to indulge this hapless female's wet dreams - she should resign.
Never count on the presence of an earth/ground line
Many countries don't have grounds/earths but they DO have ground trip breakers in lieu of.
With the advent of plastic water pipes, creating a chasm between the street water main (which are also increasingly plastic) many grounds are dependent on ground spikes driven into the ground and saturated with copper sulphate, etc.
There is an assumption of continuing moisture to maintain the conductivity - again this might be lost when the area surrounding a ground pole is covered with concrete!
In North America, as well as large chunk of Japan, two phase + ground (120-120/240) is used and although the 240V phase-phase is used for cookers/stoves and laundry driers, as well as central air-con systems, phase-neutral (120V) is used for regular outlets and connected to achieve balanced loads.
Ontario, Canada, had a 'gold' kitchen system whereby a double outlet would share the neutral line but each half of the double outlet would be connected to different phases,
This means that both HomeGrid and HomePlug would need to have sufficient power to reach the the other phase - via a street transformer - or some cross-connection between phases would be needed to enhance transmissions.
My favourite ad is white space - much easier on the eyes than having yet another FB ad flashing in your face.
Not a problem ...
my record / media store is The PirateBay.
Good to see Apple fight this one from Amazon.
The USA Government: Standard of Technical Excellence?
I don't think so.
And they are persecuting MANNING? Think someone else needs to be in the dock for incompetence.
We have a right to privacy in our Constitution, but ...
Obamarama and the US Congress already think the hallowed Constitution is just a piece of a*sewipe as the governments, Republican and Democrat alike, happily ignore, or twist, the meaning of this piece of paper.
'Due process of law' - yet they simply kill even their own citizens without trial; 'writ of habeas corpus', released from imprisonment after such arrest - go tell that to Guantanamo residents; 'secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures' - Patriot Act.
Call their bluff, why should an entity with fewer people dictate to one with more people?
To the 'Honourable' Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
'There must be a limit to what the gov knows about its people'
So how does this pontificating minister reconcile his stated aims with the Crazy Crone MAY and her desire to stick GCHQ's nose into to very form of communication in the UK? Silent Circle and other technologies have essentially rendered The Crones plan mute - anyone can have total privacy and she better believe that any Arab ne'er do wells will surely employ the technology.
Then that bunch of reprobates hiding behind the acronym ACPO. They are the ones who set policy rather than the series of lazy minsters who really don't give a damn. Cameron promised to destroy the national ID database which, allegedly, he has done but in it's place ACPO has initiated the ANR (Automatic Number Recognition) so they can record the movements of number plates associated with the innocent and the criminal alike. I read the number is 20-million a day at the moment and destined to ramp up much higher.
The public is slowly becoming aware just how deep Mad May is in their pants. Most of the UK population is totally innocent of security breaches yet she will have access to almost all conversations without even the nod of a judge.
If the UK is such a stand up country, how come it permits the USA to have military bass on it's territories and even Menwith Hills Satellite Spy Station? The USA doesn't allow anyone to have standalone military bases on it's territory.
The question is: Why is the UK electorate so accepting of all this crap? It is time to grab each and every MP and demand that this nonsense ceases, now.
Most tech mags and reviews are West based
You should remember that Blackberry and Nokia are big in well defined overseas non-Western markets, predominantly Indochina and Africa. Our needs are different. I don't include HSBC-CA in this advanced group as I was informed I would need MS Internet Explorer to use my account - they don't do Firefox, Opera, Chrome or anything.
Whilst handset bonking might be growing in popularity in the West, we are only just getting plastic with embedded chips. A HSBC subsidiary has foisted it's crapware 'SecureKey' on to it's subsidiary and they have all sorts of 'issues'. How do you educate an agrarian population out in the sticks?
Battery life is of prime interest as if you are toiling away in the back 100 (acres/hectares) you want something that has a long life. Ditto Africa where payments/transfers are a major business business/ daily life need.
Th abysmal showing by Apple simply underlines that one fits all doesn't work. China needs multiple SIMs, one handset I picked up there has the capacity for FOUR hot SIMs.
This is very, very, generous of Apple as by providing ...
plans all the knock off stores in countries that don't recognise / accept stupid patents can happily copy the Apple concept so they can have a knock off store selling knock off products.
Way to go Apple.
Transfer Pricing: easy to prove
Where a company such as McBarf or Starbucks charges a certain rate for 'services' to an Franchisee in one country, it follows that the worth of those services has been established.
All the offended country has to do is to get it's hands on a price list and the case is made. These days governments are sleeping together when it comes to taxes as is the case with Korea and VietNam and Japan and VietNam - big bills have been rendered. And paid.
It might not be fraud but it sure is against tax regulations.
Many companies are paying far less than their PAYE employees AND the Tory party is giving industry all manner of breaks on top of these grants.
Can anyone suggest a reason why the UK Frackers get a non-refundable grant, especially given energy prices in the UK these days?
Apple doesn't ...
copy it simply patents prior art.
Sorry to hear they lost triple damages and a ban on importations. Not.
Subcontracting government work is ...
unreliable and expensive.
How much will this mess cost the taxpayer?
Tories have no sense of humour, especially Harper 'Progressive' Conservatives
The Canadian government is, unfortunately, presently in the hands of the 'Progressive' Conservatives who don't do humour.
Gail Shea, an ugly fat frump < http://www.vip.it/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/gail-shea_torta.jpg > used to be Fisheries minister which, by her appearance, suited her fine.
We await to see if David Gallant appeals this knee-jerk decision.
As Skyhawk said on the CBC.CA site "When a lowly call centre employee of a government department gets the attention of the Minister, you know they're doing something right!"
Poor, poor Apple ...
not a promising start for their new year.
All that bad PR for Apple and all that free PR for Samsung. Proves bullying doesn't pay.
What's that spinning noise coming from Job's coffin?
PayPal is ...
a joke and hardly a bank. What bank screws it's customers like PP did Wikileaks?
The USA is dithering on its response to that claim.
Joe Biden is potentially running for president and this means he needs money.
He is already in the pocket of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), so undoubtedly there will be conditional agreements for support being discussed.
As for cutting communications inks to Antigua and Barbuda, the US will likely run into the ITU who don't really agree to that sort of thing. Cuba's connections for years were routed through a sea cable to Miami where most everyone could get connected to Cuba.
Smart Canadians set up 'Call Cuba' businesses whereby American could call into Canada and get connected to Cuba, beating the stupid ban.
Cuba is also linked to South American networks through cables and can always fall back on satellite links.
Up yours, USA.
Haven't made a voice call in years
With the rip-off voice charges Canadian cellco's sock you with, it's hardly surprising.
I've now turned my voice call ringer and vibrator off so I can choose to answer SMS/text in my own time at my convenience. My cellco 'managed cell system', in VietNam, sends me a SMS message every time a voice call is not answered,
I haven't even bothered to stick a SIM in my new Samsung Note 2 as there are so many free WiFi Hotspots in VietNam it makes cell service redundant.
Google Doing Good Things
Google often lives up to it's unofficial motto of "Don't Be Evil".
Apart from grooming a new bunch of Google supporters, it generates good will.
Could be good for a tax write-off, if they paid tax.
64GB - and a $100 price increase
So how much for an SD socket?
Re: How much?????
Apple users have been screwed so many times it's become a way of life.
If I could run Cadence software ...
on iCrap, there would be difficulties running the traces.
With a PC and a mouse - no sweat.
Ahhh, CISCO ...
the company whose equipment that the FBI and NSA like as they have the keys to the CISCO backdoors.
I wonder if GCHQ has a key, too?
Re: Remove all links to Facebook from all engines please
But then Zucker would complain that Google is filtering his stuff and file with Washington DC and the EU.
Just a spoiled brat who wants the lot.
the electronic garbage can for the brainless.
Pity Google does reeally push the issue by ...
publishing full details of the documents used to demand the information unless explicitly denied by law or a judge.
And Google can help by by deleting all records of a document when it is deleted by a user.
My employer owns it's own mail server and all records are deleted two days after it has been read.
Re: If I worked there and they were holding my wages
That's why they give you a small cardboard box for your stuff and an escort to the gate!
Employees shafted once again
In Ontario, Canada, employees are priority creditors before banks and mortgage holders.
Pity more countries don't do this.
Guess there's a ...
crack in Jobs walled garden.
Chances are ...
that your typical Brit lager lout can't answer the questions.
Several different tests have proved that Americans don't know how many states there are or what they names are. (50 states but most people forget about a whole bunch of other acquisitions, such as Puerto Rico, and thirteen others. Canada is not a US state, despite what some Americans think)
In Canada many Canadians could not answer the question: How many provinces and territories are there in Canada. (10 provinces and 3 territories)(Northwest Territories, Nunavut & Yukon)(Provinces have the right to use Constitutional Powers on their own, whilst Territories exercise power at the discretion of the Federal government.)
At least ...
one acknowledged authoritative source recognises the dangers, pity ignorant politicians don't.
And they call them 'honourable'?
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