3090 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
Damn Nanny State ...
these commercials are seen in other countries without a general collapse of civilisation.
Parents have to be parents and decide what is suitable for their children
General David Petraeus and his recent squeeze, Paula Broadwell, really needed this
If this lovelorn couple had these facilities to hand, likely the FBI would be busy trying to decrypt their love letters and Petraeus would still be CIA chief.
And what of Cameron's "what you see, we see" plan? May be he will have to resort the old bLIAR trick, your password or your freedom.
Having lived in China ...
I can say most of China's populated areas suffer from pollution. I often visit GuangXi Province, in the south-west of the country, and the river that flows through NanNing, the capital, is so heavily polluted it is almost possible to walk across the surface in places.
I have seen the river burning, even.
Unfortunately, Chairman Mao's proclamation that there would be an iron smelter in everyone's back yard was the beginning of the heavily polluted period.
The other problem is that the building zoning regulations are weak and poorly enforced, read bribes vary planning conditions, which means residential properties can end up surrounded by industry,
The final problem is lack of pride through ownership. In countries such as China, Russia and VietNam the people, through the State, own the land and individuals and companies lease the land from the provincial level governments. This means a leaseholder really has no incentive not to pollute the land and therefore conditions can deteriorate badly, quickly.
The optical sensor often picks up your finger proximity ...
reminds me of an early HP screen that used a matrix of IR emitters and detectors to determine the position of an operator finger. When an operator touched the screen, a pair of IR beams, one in either axis, would be broken and the appropriate action would be triggered.
Obviously, in the development labs in California, HP has a paucity of flies and other pests that are attracted to bright screens.
We were in an area where air-con was not needed, with fans quite sufficient to cool the staff, who also left the windows open. Flies and other multi-legged objects would land on the HP screens and go walkabout, which caused the systems to malfunction.
It took some time to determine the reason for the erratic operation, let's hope Viewsonic technology has overcome this hazard.
Re: Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...
When driving in extremes, not those Mickey Mouse conditions that happen occasionally in the UK, the last thing you need is automation of any kind other than non-locking disk breaks.
I have driven hundreds of thousands of miles in extreme conditions. For example, when snow falls and stocks to the road surface, if the temperature continues to drop to -30 or -40 (C or F makes little difference), it is perfectly safe to travel at 80-100 MPH as the snow, unless packed hard, will "dry off' as the humidity is so low. The bare, freshly cleaned road surface is all that is left. Northern Ontario also have an insulation layer of about six feet of white foam under the otherwise normally constructed road. The foam reduces spring temperature cycling which causes roads to crumble.
In northern Ontario it is also common to drive across lakes, in the winter, when even fully laden log trucks cross the water then, although there might be a spacing of 5 miles to allow for stopping.
If you cross a frozen lake in a car/SUV, where there are no trucks, getting off the ice and onto the embankments also requires no automation.
The safest way to drive is to stick your rear end right in to the fold of the drivers seat, tighten the seat belt as hard as possible and then use fully non-auto settings. It's also what the truck drivers do.
Re: Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...
YOU are the one who first mentioned => Toyota's "unintended acceleration" <=, I was talkng brakes, for which millions of vehicles were recalled. Try Googling.
Re: Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...
Who said => never having had an 'at fault' accident <=?
Given Toyota's previous experience with failing brake systems in the USA ...
I wonder if they should be tinkering with them.
Automation applied to road vehicles can be dangerous in certain situations.
Having driven in weather extremes in Northern Canada (Yukon and Ontario) certain types of precipitation an fool (trick) automatic systems and create situations that are unsafe that might not have without the system.
And what of the system mouse trails? Will they leave evidence in memory that can be used to prosecute the driver as is the case with seat belt triggers in North America? The Ontario Provincial Police regularly seize these modules to determine a drivers actions prior to a seat belt trigger. I removed mine from my SUV in Ontario so the OPP's Sgt. Cam Woolley types are unable to use them,.
P.S. My last 'at fault' accident was over 26 years ago, n case some do-gooder objects.
I am disappointed in Google ...
for even entertaining take down notices that aren't baked by a court order. I know MS works overtime and is one of the biggest users.
Google should publish the URL's of the subject takedowns so that we, the public, can be the judge of the reasonableness of these request, particularly those from the UK government.
What's with BRITISH BEAKS?
Mr Justice Collins has got to be one of the more reasonable Beaks in the UK justice system, a realist.
Better the 'perp' be allowed to humour his needs on screen than getting into shampoo bottles!
These sentences handed down excluding the use of the InterNet is unrealistic and simply begs for offenders to re-offend and risk jail.
Congratulations, Mr Justice Collins!
"at least Windows Defender is capable of repairing the operating system if damaged"
Yet more, interminable, StartUp-Repair. That's all we need for Tuesdays.
The answer is as obvious nose on your face
Don't buy Tosh - let's see how much lower we can drive their profits!
So why is Cameron wasting taxpayer money on new GCHQ e-goodies costing billions of pounds?
Cameron, and GCHQ, should realise that as hard as they work sticking their long snouts into peoples private business, others are working just as hard to keep them out.
Silent Circle is securing the smartphone so the snoopers playing field is narrowing.
Why the public is accepting of these intrusions for all this security theatre beats me. All that is necessary is for the UK government to let the Middle East sort out it's own problems and the Blighty will disappear from these so called terrorists sights.
Hooking Up -Chinese style
It is quite common for Chinese students to 'hook up' with Foreigners to earn some cash on the side to buy electronic bling, school books, clothing, etc.
The usual amounts are between USD$40-70 for a few hours of close encounter. They even use Bluetooth to attract strangers who might be seated in a restaurant and who have, unwisely, left their Bluetooth wide open.
I have chatted with some of these young women and what I find surprising is that they don't find it anything like 'hooking'. t seems there is a difference between living off prostitution and occasionally dabbling in fund-raising.
And in case you guys see it as a likely opportunity on a visit, bear in mind that STD and HIV is rampant!
Should have been Balmer.
Apple TV, hardly worth the trouble
Gven the absolute garbage that passes for TV these days, does anyone really want access improved?
Do you want to see some ageing matron of a Tory MP getting squeezed in a box with 5,000 bugs and labelled 'reality'?
We need more quality drama from the BBC as well as David Attenborough-type shows so children can learn.
We need more like Dotcom ...
even if only to let the US know it's money isn't worth that much, any more.
The British Shed
An institution replicated no where else on earth.
Good for unapproved smokes, railway train setups, and even garden tools.
I remember an IT manager, now dead, who worked for Rubbermaid ...
and he had a full head of hair except his sideburns and temples were bare (bald) as he tugged at the hair when was tense.
And a service manager for a scientific instrumentation company, in Toronto, who lectured service job applicants on integrity and honesty (equipment was used for forensics). I declined the paltry pay offer.
Last thing I heard he was arrested for theft of platinum wire used for servicing the instruments!
Tory 'Get Even' time
The BBC has an enviable world-wide reputation that should be damaged by some a*se-wipes from Downing Street.
The BBC belongs to the citizens of the UK, and is NOT a political football.
Silent Circle by Zimmerman is ...
ONE HUNDRED PER CENT SECURE from penetration by NSA, GCHQ, Humpty Dumpty and all.
And cheap at the price.
Bye, bye, Cameron.
Re: "one in four Brits are morons"
About one in two or one in three in the USA.
Actually getting too close does degrade an RF signal
If you take a handset to the immediate vicinity of a cell base, as in at the foot of an antennae, the signal does degrade, as in distort.
So post copies on US sites
How about < http://www.scribd.com/ >, < http://leakdirectory.org/index.php/Cryptome.org >.
For a greater selection of 'leak' sites check oout: < http://leakdirectory.org/index.php/Leak_Site_Directory >.
These people eat Toshiba threats as snacks. Toshiba, a computer NOT to buy.
Re: @Eddy Ito (No 'coffee' shortage as long as we have Soy Beans)
I live in VietNam - largest coffee exporter for a year or two - and your corn popper(?) is a very interesting idea, I wish this forum had PM's.
There is an Italian coffee machine emporium here in SaiGon but the prices are nuts.
P.S. The recipe above for Soy beans is genuine, only trouble is that if you drink too much your guts will rot!
No 'coffee' shortage as long as we have Soy Beans
Who needs coffee beans to make coffee?
The Chinese, who clearly lead the world in alternate food products, with melamine in baby food, 'fruit freshener' for wilting fruits, etc., have the answer for 'coffee'.
Method: You take soy beans, now predominantly GM types, roast them until they are black, and then after soaking in the chemical mixture overnight, the soy beans are dried in an oven. When dried they are ground up, packaged and sold.
The soaking mixture is made from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, used to make shampoo or dish-soap, toss in industrial colour powders along with Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) and antibiotic Chloramphenicol.
So next time you are in your local 'bucks, or whatever, and think the coffee is dodgy, test it.
It is not difficult to differentiate between real and fake coffee in the market. Coffee is black; fake coffee contains chemicals which easily fade when ice is added while real coffee doesn’t.
Smart ASUS - generates goodwill, unlike ...
Apple and scratched 3 with it's shortened gap until V4 drops.
Watch out! The Ghost of Jobs will be after you for patent infrigement - How to hold Portable Device
Obviously, as with Job's blaming iThingy users for holding the defective model incorrectly, MS has to issue a similar admonishment.
At such time, Apple will jump up and say: We invented Wrong Way Holding!
Buy an Android, they have no restrictions.
Finally, a healthy use for a ...
Now, how about a Mac for weight lifting or football.
And does the US impose sanctions?
This simply highlights how stupid and short-sighted US policies are when it sanctions Iran.
No travel or monetary sanctions for China.
AND they have the NUCLEAR BOMB!
Guess it's harder to accuse Alcatel-Lucent of ...
having 'backdoors' in it's equipment (as they all do) when it's a US-company.
Perhaps CISCO could complain that Alcatel is French? We all know how the US loves France.
CISCO - overpriced stuff MADE IN CHINA!
Another stupid iThingy accessory ...
that is ideally positioned to be bought buy people who have the challenged mentality to buy anything Apple.
Makes you wonder why Apply is so hell bent on 'thin' when people buy accessories like these.
And the USA wonders why it is so despised world-wide?
On the scale of international affairs this is just so petty. No wonder the bastards get bombed and attacked.
Of course this international defender of freedom doesn't do anything illegal like planting Stuxnet, etc., and it expects countries to allow it to carry on without retribution?
All smart terrorists have long moved any assets from the States and, knowing they would be denied visas in any event, don't include the US in their itineraries unless they are planning an encore to 2001. Singapore is a far better destination for bent money.
Israel has nuclear weapons, and no inspections or restraints, nor does India or Pakistan. I'd rather Iranian ragtops had nuclear weapons than Pakistan. At least they are stable.
China now manufactures high-voltage, high-current trigger switches - one brand in the US is coloured a delightful light blue - which are used to trigger a nuclear explosion. So yet another US-restricted component is freely available.
Unlike many Apple products, this at least has ...
novel thought behind it.
I was thinking what other sources of vibration might produce unique outputs. I would suggest some but El Reg is not in the same genre as Health and Efficiency magazine!
A properly designed piece of portable equipment ...
rarely requires fan cooling except where excessive heat is generated. If Apple considered functionality ahead of 'thin' they might not need forced air cooling. I occasionally use a 2-way radio with a minimum high output of 9 watts RF and it doesn't require cooling.
As we all know, heat is wasted energy and already Apple has battery problems. Adding a motor will only exacerbate battery drain.
Likely this is just an Apple patent everything move.
'Outstanding partnership' = between a master and a sychophant ?
A very easy test.
How many military bases does the UK have in the US? How many military bases does the US have in the UK?
And, Cameron, after you've fixed the extradition treaty, how about tossing that load of US spy dishes, in Yorkshire, into the garbage and reclaiming at least a modicum of British pride.
Coals to Newcastle or teachiing the Americans high-tech
There is a talking book I have insisted my partners listen to, we can actually read, called That Used to Be Us. How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum .
The book, written two or three years ago, predicted this reverse transference of knowledge would happen, following America's decline in so many areas..
You can download it from PirateBay - get the talking book version, it's so much easier to follow - believe me it's a must read, just change America with the UK and it is just as appropriate.
Any day now the US Congress will have a hearing about ...
security, back-doors, etc. built in to storage systems.
Americans can't accept that other companies/countries can successfully compete without copying.
Well done, Huawei!
Cameron ... the one finger typer
He needs a screen so he doesn't have to read big words.
Pure bloody Apple PR. At least we know the Americans can read what he is doing - they love tapping cell systems. Ask the Greek government.
In Canada, stored images ...
only cost CAD$5 and, unless they are hard copies, can be e-mailed to you after payment is made.
Looks like the NHS is screwing patients, again. And whose copyright is it, anyway, the camera operator or the 'model'?
An ideal product neatly attuned to the ...
mentality of the dummies who have the stupidity to buy an iThingy in the first place.
What with Start-Up Repairs from MS and FLASH Tuesdays, I might as well go fishing
My wife's rugged little ASUS netbook spends the most of each Tuesday running Start-Up Repairs that kick in the first time she boots up after the Tuesday download. My daughters ASUS netbook is spared a lot of pain as we update her OS starting in the evening.
With FLASH, sometimes it seems to be a week of Tuesdays, but at least it isn't followed by Start-Up Repair. Pity they ccan't get it right the first time.
If this Apple product is 'so delicate' is it even fit for daiily use?
Perhaps Apple has outfoxed Foxconn with it's mania to achieve the impossible? Could this be the time Foxconn says to Apple: "YOU make it!". Of course, Apple makes next to nothing.
If it is so difficult to handle the case in production, how can it handle the daily rough and tumble of even a suited office worker's pocket, let alone people in more challenging physical pursuits?
And, if it is so difficult to make, just how feasible is it to repair? Apple doesn't make 'green' stuff, it's service depot is the large dumpster outside the back door.
The never-ending David Blunkett effect
David Blunkett was the bum who negotiated this subservient extradition agreement.
The case should be dropped for lack of prosecution.
Apple needs new legal talent
Apple's lawyers seem to be on a losing streak.
How many other patents are out there that have been stolen by Apple, along with the company name and logo?
All the usual suspects pigging out at the trough
It's amazing how the usual suspects can adapt to the latest government needs. Next we will see G4S offering services.
I guess their favourite all purpose company, Centrica, is now a security outfit, too.
Carrier NFC SIM costs too high?
Canadian Rogers, notorious for gouging any type of it's customers charges CAD$50 for a SIM card!
There should be enough profit there for NFC.
Cameron's UK and other Nanny States, plus Apple, are most likely ...
delirious knowing that millions of Fanbois' puerile minds are protected from seeing Nature's handiwork.
Not surprising when you consider Apple found t necessary to make their latest connector non-polarised as they believe their clients can't figure how to mate USB connectors.
USA's Hilary Clinton to Gabon: "Your grant cheque is in the mail"
If CNN's projection, just announced as I write this, there is another 4 years and 7 weeks in which the Obama government can authorise cheques can be sent.
So much for the USA being the world's leading technology country!
It's amazing that after the Florida Fiasco that brought Bush in under very dubious circumstances you would have thought this software would have been fixed.
Of course, that Ohio only installed the software a few days before an election whose date had been public knowledge for decades is suspicious, especially since the Republicans arranged the software 'patch' and they have been linked to widespread voter fraud.
The pencil and paper system, plus scanner is superior, in many ways. The carpenters type pencil with a large soft lead, which is used to mark off ovals on the voting paper.
The advantages are that the voter can see where he/she marked, the paper cannot be changed, the voters choices are easily machine read and, in case of failure, the sheets can be manually read.
They are al;so useful for use in appeals.
The system is used in Canada and the technology has never been challenged.
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