Re: Bring back the cash economy!
Once I was ordered to pay $200 in a court penalty.
I did, in nickels (5 cents), and dumped on the clerk's desk in bags!
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Once I was ordered to pay $200 in a court penalty.
I did, in nickels (5 cents), and dumped on the clerk's desk in bags!
The fact governments dislike/disapprove of something immediately makes it potentially attractive to me. I have not made a personal credit card purchase for over 40 years, including vehicle purchases, and get a certain perverse delight when I hit a banks 'big cash' reporting limit.
All this to satisfy the US government.
For many of the same reasons @Blitheringeejit enumerated, I love cash.
I also use a double account system. My 'big money' in a savings account with only in-person or InterNet access and a banking account with ATM access. I move money from savings to banking when I know I will need cash.
And I have peace of mind knowing the largest amount that can be stolen from me is the amount in my 'banking' account - of course with the proviso that the HSBC occasionally steals my funds without explanation (really).
'Robust" is hardly a word that can be applied to HSBC or it's 'service' offerings. I live on ATMs, I have even built hotels using ATMs for cash.
But relying on HSBC UK is an exercise in frustration. In fact, nowadays, I always pull a credit check for the senior bank official and chairman of the board so I have their private numbers with which to seek help. I don't abuse the knowledge - in case they change their numbers - but have it in case nothing else works .
Contrary to HSBC belief they do NOT have the best technology, or the best security, or even thee most reliable service, which is why I have two banks in every country I bank in.
One idea behind ATMs is to reduces thee amount of cash you keep about your person or property. For safety reasons.
I worked, a long, long time ago, for the now defunct MDS data equipment company.
There was an American technician/engineer who was the only person who could fix a particular problem on some equipment specially designed for a security agency in the US government. He rarely went out on calls - except for real emergencies.
He turns up at the security entrance of this US government office, produces ID and was told he could not enter. Asking why, he was told "because of his record".
Given the man had an ongoing US government clearance and did all sorts of 'heavy' design work, MDS inquired what the problem was.
Turns out, as a juvenile, he had broken a neighbours greenhouse window and was hauled off to court. The matter was settled, WITH NO CONVICTION, by his father paying money to the neighbour. No animosity - the cops had changed the whole thing from a nothing into an arrestable offence of a juvenile.
Only convictions should be recorded.
that is until May May of Maidenhead gets her hands o it or ACPO decides, once again, to do their own thing as they have with the number plate photo scheme.
Then they can add tolls for different roads, the surreptitious applications will be unlimited.
ow where are my wire cutters?
I frequently have to travel trans-Pacific (Far East >> Canada - avoiding the USA and the TSA gorillas) and use Cathay Pacific often.
Of all the carriers only CX has a passenger health warning like this < http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_INTL/helpingyoutravel/insidethecabin#C > and their concern is sufficiently great to limit crews to two return flights per month.
On occasion, I have to make two return flights in a calendar month and CX flags my travel agent with a Cosmic Radiation warning. Imagine Expedia telling you?
Of all the carriers CX is the only one who considers this, dog airlines such as Air Canada, don't even warn their crews.
I expect to see a Dark Lightning warning on Cathay any day soon!
Yesterday, Snowden, US Hero, admitted that the USA is hacking routers - CISCO routers BTW - so undoubtedly this would be pleasing to the NSA to have but three hacks: CISCO et al; Huawei and ZTE. Much more manageable.
NSA - no need to hack all those CISCO routers.
The NBA likes BIG data.
The RPi, is a bit of a compromise, not backwards compatible physically, amateurish mechanical design (components piggy-backing, paucity of mounting holes, off-matrix pin layouts). Our company even bought a couple with a view to using them in a school product.
Now comes TI, a classic name in integrated circuits, with their new BeagleBone Black with 2Gbyte of on-board storage pre-loaded with Linux. AND it comes with a USB cable!
Raspberry Pi has an ARM11 core, strange, no other small board competitor does.
Then there are ODROID-U2 and ODROID-X2 from Samsung with a powerful Quad-core Exynos 4412. The U2 is an ultra-compact offering, smaller than the Raspberry Pi. Armed with 2GB of RAM, 100Mbps Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0 connections,an audio codec with headphone and microphone jacks. For video there is a micro HDMI connection is supplied and for storage, options of micro SD and even eMMC. Android 4.X and Ubuntu 12.10 will be compatible out of the box (it even comes with an enclosure). $20 pricier than the TI.
For our school-targeted projects we are using PicAXE networked with a BeagleBone Black.
Accessory board pricing should be a consideration. IMO RPi add-ons are high priced.
BUT WE NEED one of those El Reg comparison charts to sort the wheat from the chaff.
as it means more time in the air generating cash and less pfaffing about on the ground.
Load of bull, the aircraft still have to await their runway 'slots'. Normal people call these flight schedules.
Huawei and ZTE are Chinese designed and NOT PRISM compatible. All three product lines are manufactured in China.
No more, the once almighty US of A has to rent space to fly to the International Space Station.
How demeaning can that be?
Judges are more than equipped to deal with sentencing. Even the cretin from Maidenhead, in disallowing the deportation of a hacker to the USA acknowledged that cases have nuances.
A fine example of menu-driven sentencing is the US 3-strikes and you are screwed.
How many are doing life, no parole/time off for stealing food, minor drug deals, etc?
I always thought Europe meted out punishment in human terms.
If a web site has weaknesses, or a utility is exposed, it should be incumbent for them to PROVE they had security in place and not just the manufacturers password.
supplementary alarm so owners know when the expensive factory fitted alarm has bee bypassed.
Or they could fit one of my Disablers which I sell for $5 in SaiGon. Guaranteed to work. My classy version uses Bluetooth but costs more.
I make no compromises for the medium when I SMS and I also like to occasionally test my correspondents knowledge of the Queens English and so often suggested words are way out of context, except in the case of my Chinese cell handset which offers fine repertoire curvaceous shapes most of which are, um, Chinese to me.
Give me a QWERTY keyboard any day.
they managed to catch most of the schemes their FBI 'plants' were involved in.
In fact the security is so 'good' they missed the Boston bombing and the Detroit 'pants on fire' guy. And they can't even keep the Chinese out of their computers.
The US is a failure, especially when you consider their failed wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
Don't laugh, Britain, it was where that idiot, Mad May of Maidenhead, wants to put YOU!
All Apple has to do is offer a few backhanders to the people who matter and all will be well.
Only problem is they aren't supposed to do it under US law.
The ONLY reason the MPs are questioning anything Chinese is for trade reasons, absolutely nnothing to do with security.
Obummer has been around the world saying the Chinese have back doors in their network equipment whereas the Chinese-made American equipment is secure ... except for American back doors.
Given the recent revelations in the Guardian (hat tip to Greenwald) who would trust the lying b*stards that are today's American officials?
black and white pajamas for. The president hands out a few months off here and there - say for Tet vacation or the celebration of the Americans defeat in 1975. And the pajama is not attractive - the stripes run horizontally!
I do outreach at several of the many prisons in the province I I live in, visiting incarcerated Foreigners, and I can tell you conditions are rough. No need for bars - those prisons are miles from anywhere. And the prisons are full, too.
When I visit, along with some colleagues, we are offered 'lunch' by laughing guards but we prefer our sandwiches! The foreigner prisoners have it easy - they get to make phone calls or make taped messages on 'walks' around the grounds on equipment we inveigle in on our visits.
No TV, lots of patriotic music and an opportunity to improve their Vietnamese skills is about all that passes for relaxation.
Pity the Vietnamese guy, though, he will likely get hit with bars or heavy books until he sees the errors of his lifestyle and confesses all.
ad all the platitudes and praises are worthless .. after one year . when they get fleeced again/
The charger hack can only happen with Apple because in his haste to lock the suckers into, Jobs made use not ONLY of the two power wires like rational people, the idiot also used the two data wires to ensure the charger being used had components worth 50 cents that confirmed it was a Apple charger.
THAT is fraud, like his crooked book deal.
Remember, Jobs made money from selling Blueboxes whose only use was to steal from telephone companies.
It's like a breath of fresh air seeing a member of the judiciary sticking it to the government, especially where the FBI is involved.
Shows, in stark relief, the proper way and the American way.
The deference the New Zealand goverments gives their judiciary is remarkable, in Britain the minute the government loses one, out come the legally ignorant politico's criticising the judges.
Look at that piece of effluent from Maidenhead, Mad May, she took geography for her BA. And the A doesn't stand for Arts but rather the piece of her anatomy she sits on and where she keeps her 'brain'.
The only down side to this is the fact Dotcom will be talking about this 24/7 for months.
Seven inchers were an anathema to Jobs.
How wrong he was.
If the copy shops in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh can't sell Win 8 for a dollar a copy, then you know you have a loser.
Check PirateBay downloads, Win 8 is a dog.
All hotels now have State supplied equipment that monitor EACH ROOM.
I have stayed for years at a 20-odd room hotel in NanNing, GuangXi Province and just before the BeiJing Olympics the owner took me to his basement and showed me the new array of equipment. installed Mien Phi (No Charge) that monitors every InterNet connection in the building.
So all points in a hotel are monitored regardless of the number rooms.
and where are the taxpayers going to find the money to pay for all this?
to watch corporate a*seholes excoriate each other?
Particularly when Americans come to Europe to do it,
And, pray, what does it do when one of it's principles steals software from others as MS did to Toronto software firm i4i, who took Microsoft to court for stealing its patented technology for use in the software?
The court also granted $290 million in damages to the Toronto firm.
Ah, yes, I thought so, NOTHING!
have stopped this attack.
Why should the majority of the British public be stripped of their privacy because of a couple of khat-chewers decided to off a soldier?
At least the Met will be able to track the pair AFTER the deed was done, just as happened in the subway explosion. Then they can put the videos on YouTube.
And that feminine nutter from Maidenhead, MAY, simply illustrates her ignorance when she claims this multi-billion white elephant she wants would have stopped this. Reid is as technnically challenged as MAY is.
In any event, the PLOD took 15-20 minutes to turn up on the scene, enough time for the dummies to make a few speaches to cameras. So what would all the technology have done to change the timeline?
Time for MAY to go.
Silly woman, for want of a few minutes extra time she could have saved herself all that hassle and expense.
And as for McAlpine, what was a forgettable incident by a bird-brained broad has now become memorable.
GE - USA - sell a lot of SCADA equipment, all over, after all they even have a financing outift to help them.
And guess where these infrastructure critical parts are made? Of course, CHINA!
On another corner of the block the USA is deliberately blocking sales by Chinese data companies on the grounds their equipment has backdoors, but when it comes to a US company selling Chinese goods - everything is fine.
Of course, CISCO, the beneficiary of all the US Government activity, is little better. They, too, have their products bashed out in ... CHINA!
ARM, Raspberry Pi and now Cronto.
Of course we shouldn't forget Acorn Computers Ltd, Andy Hopper, Aveva, Broadcom, Cambridge Network, CamSemi, Camcon Technology, DANTE, Hermann Hauser, Jagex, the somewhat notorious Sinclair Research Ltd, Sagentia (formerly Scientific Generics), Global Silicon Limited, CSR plc and not forgettig Cambridge University!
In particular, Trinity College, Cambridge University for the founding of the Cambridge Science Park in 1970.
Pity the weather isn't more like California.
the one on whose wrist the phone is mounted and the other to touch, or press, those teeny-weeny controls.
Google Glass is far more suitable, with only the occasional use of one hand. Along with some winks, blinks and head shakes. Unfortunately, those suffering from Tourette's syndrome might have some challenges with Google Glass.
as I do for all my media these days, or simply buy copy DVDs on my trips to China.
I used to visit Princes Risborough a while back, leaving High Wycombe - a miserable excuse of a town - travel along the A40 and hang a right just before West Wycombe, on to the A4010.
There was a RAF base above Saunderton (Lacey Green?) that was 'secret' except for years of convoys of trucks used to cart dirt down and later convoys of readymix concrete travelled up.
It is hard to imagine that even the most short-sighted Russian satellite of those years could miss the desecration of the countryside. All these groundworks scattered around the UK installed at the greatest expense.
In my early work days I worked for a notable company that used to bury VHF transmitter-receivers in the green fields of the UK, all fed through miles annd miles of underground conduits that carried comms and electricity between our underground chambers and the nearest "telephone exchange". These pits had emergency generators, air pumps and antenna - all designed for remote control.
About 16 years ago I happened to be in an area I had worked in and decided on a small diversion. Took some hunting but finally I located the steel doors of one site and the rusted manual release switch and peeped in. All the equipment, even the pneumatically raised mast/antenna, was there but it was obviously powered down.
I wonder just how many other millions/billions pounds lie buried across England? All wet dreams of government done for nought.
You should see RAF Latimer, a few miles away, they didn't even clean the mess up!
Is nothing private any more? If all this is on sale, why do they restrict the photography in schools or blur children's faces in newspapers.
And what of an opt out clause?
Gove, a new swear word.
London has been abused; it's skyline a momumental hodge podge of buildings of many heights. London is no longer remarkable, it is simply a copy of so many other world cities.
Paris has restricted the unfettered littering of the skyline, restricting highrises to well defined areas.
Most of Paris's high-rise buildings are located in three distinct areas, which are: La Défense, located in the western inner suburbs in the département of the Hauts-de-Seine; Italie 13, located in the southern half of the 13th arrondissement; Front de Seine, located in the 15th arrondissement.
London? Just wanton desecration, pure sacrilege.
The Ontario Provincial Police pioneered, in Canada, the use of air-bag controls to ascertain the actions of a driver immediately prior to a accident using the data to, in effect, self-convict an at-fault driver. I removed all the circuitry and mounted them in a location disguised as a body component and requiring a hoist for access on my SUV.
In this latest wet-dream, just how 'dead' are systems in Level 2 and above? Are they quiescent but monitoring/recording?
Additionally, it would make a perfect accessory for Plod to actually bring vehicles either to a stop or render them inoperative.
Do we need to give Plod any more powers than they have already?
Since politics and control play an active part in a satellite navigation system, there is little surprise here. Four world systems should be sufficient - Chinese; European; Russian and the USA. It would unlikely all four would be involved in a single 'incident' where they would all degrade their signals concurrently.
As China and India have had ongoing border disputes for over 20 years, likely India will not be a party. And whatever India does, Pakistan often chooses an opposing route.
The USA is not shy in degrading GPS signal, so I say the more the merrier.
Here in Indochina it is common to have at least eight GPS satellites 'in sight', even heavy built-up areas get very usable signals out here.
Now we have to see what the GPS receiver manufacturers responses will be with many, of course, being manufactured in CN. Will they embrace the CN cluster?
What will be interesting to watch if the parties adverse to China in the Spratly Island dispute host ground facilities, I know VietNam has some GPS ground facilities, though they are situated in inaccessible areas or signed as military reservations. (These often have signs in English, too). Indonesia and the Phils would no doubt be useful.
And what of Singapore, China's best buddy out there very close (2 degrees) to the equator?
to opt out of the NHS datasystem?
he is the guy who owned the near criminal enterprise called News of the World and tried making loving noises to Tories so he could own the whole of some satellite TV outfit.
Hopefully he will soon be tormenting the gatekeepers of Hell.
he has billions already.
PayPal decides whether to pay out or to hold your money. They also force their politics on you.
Even HCBC doesn't do this - and they are one of the worst banks around. (Think otherwise? Then explain why they have to wire money between YOUR accounts in some countries?)
Cook has just raised $610,000 for a one-hour coffee break with some idiot.
I guess the appearance before the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is a freebie?
I was of the understanding that the IOC party leftovers were to be used for sports related activities.
Given that the shindig cost 12-BILLION POUNDS +++ I wonder what the true cost of this building is and whether the proposed rents will actually help recoup the capital outlay, or is this yet ANOTHER Tory giveaway to business?
I imagine workers in this place won't be too enamoured of it's location when it's a game day at the stadium.
Learning the back room deals that Apple sets up is very interesting and enlightening.
If they do this for books, just imagine how much this sort of agreement is costing Apple customers with all their products.
or a pair or $2.50 socks is nuts at best, given the daily cost of jail.
The US has the highest world population, per capita, of incarceration, too.
And the very self-same country declares itself to be the leading defender of human rights ad protector of the poor.
The reason many junior schools don't permit even simple calculators is because they want children to learn the 'mechanics' of doing mathematics. Pushing buttons teaches little whereas lining numbers up and 'carrying' a surplus to the next column means so much more.
Likewise with writing. The WHOLE of VietNam has an almost unified handwriting style, it is a delight to watch children writing AND adding diacrytical marks on the fly. Children in the far south have the very same style as children almost 3,000 kilometres away.
And what of Chinese, Laotian and Thai children and their character-based languages?
But technology can be used for evil by children. I teach, volunteerily, in big Ho Chi Minh City as well as rural Buon Ma Thuot up in the Central Highlands. I noted the children in BMT never slacked off, they were their usual studious selves.
About a month ago, I noticed a slackening in the pace of my students in SaiGon/HCMC. As if they hadn't a care in the world.
Then I found about their use of technology. For $30 they could have an App added to either their computer or Smartphone and on the day of the TOEFL tests students could use their individual passwords to activate the App and the anwers to the TOEFL examination would be revealed!
The organisers were smart, not all answers were correct and the incorrect answers were randomised so it would be hard to detect any patterns in the answers. This week the certificates were issued. Interestingly my workaholics in BMT achieved higher marks than their Big City counterparts.
So much for computers 'helping'.
just who the hell do companies like Apple think they are?
Many statements can easily be word processed, especially when pumped out by an on-line banking system. Many people don't have passports and yet more don't have driving licences.
This is yet another form of discrimination targetting well defined areas of the population.
Besides, 'supporting documentation' is easy to manufacture/forge.
CAUTION: Western Union AND Moneygram DEMAND TWO PICTURE IDs in every country they cash out in! (Even when all your documents have been stolen)
Not exactly democracy in action. Just who the hll does PP think it is when it says: USER is then TOLD?
Stuff it PayPal, there are better funds transfer systems around, and they neither pinch customers funds or impose their political thoughts upon them.
It seems that MS is not having a very good year.
Huge swathes of users hanging on to XP; Win 8 in the garbage; fancy coloured notebook-type thingies not selling and the MS cellular OS in the doldrums.
For the ISS to switch to Debian has to be the last insult it can take for a while.