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Singaporean government does not muck about when it comes to passing legislation.
Why the surprise? Singapore is a dictatorship in all but name.
Mentor minister, walking dead, LEE Kwan-Yew still runs the show. Has since day one.
He has a wet dream and in a couple of weeks a new law. A minister gets chewing gum on his shoe and, Bingo!, chewing gum is banned.
If an area of Singapore votes against LKY, suddenly there is a new urban renewal project with all the dissidents scattered to other parts of the island so no more anti-government votes.
All the telephone and communication systems are 'monitored' for quality - he doesn't need a GCHQ - it's part of the government. When the InterNet was put in every hard drive wa searched remotely to ensure that no one had 'hot' software. Domestic InterNet connections are subject to a form of Chinese Fire Wall where LEE imposes his thoughts on what is proper us of the InterNet. Commercial users get unlimited InterNet but they better ensure the right isn't abused - no porn, etc.
Newspapers and magazines are censored - those little holes in the imported papers are where the censors set to work.
Then LKY ended up with albino children which he public blamed his daughter-in-law for having 'bad genes'. She committed suicide. And his Ministry for Unmarried Women ... his attempt to marry off the surplus, ageing spinsters. Then there was the LKY theory or evolution. If a mother of children went to university, so can the children. If only the husband went - problems and difficulties getting into uni.
They even dug up all the grave yards and cremated all the remains then stuffed them in the walls of especially created high-rises. They then use the cleared land to build new high-rises ... for people.
They don't have farm animals in Singapore, that's a waste of resources. Pork, ironically, comes from a Muslim country - Indonesia.
The Computer Misuse Act is simply another way of controlling the population. No wonder so many Singaporeans buy one way tickets, emigrating to really free countries in the West.
The best things about Singapore are the low taxes/duties and the departure lounge in Changi Airport, hard by the Changi Jail.
Another MS ...
piece of super secure software.
"the government's prosecution of Swartz was a grotesque miscarriage of justice"
And CISCO generated the report about ...
Chinese manufacturers having back doors!
Get real, now we know it is a trade war.
Re: Apple has stolen so much ...
Lets not forget that the Xerox designs were all research that had been sat about in their R&D for decades.
So research has no value? And Apple doesn't have stuff sit around for ages?
No wonder you are so much of a coward to post as Anonymous uttering that Tosh.
Apple has stolen so much ...
IP so learning of it starting to pinch staff is hardly surprising.
Must be better quality than some of Apple's staff, who simply get canned.
I'd rather have the Chinese listen ...
than Cameron's mob or Obamarama's NAS.
Must be frustrating for Homeland Security and the NAS to think the Chinese have masses of data they can't access like they do FB, Twit, etc.
"quoted him out of context,"
That's what politicians say when the get putting their feet in deep puddles of doo-doo, such as 'legitimate rape'.
Go with the earlier thought, it's likely nearer the truth. You remember what jobs said about the antennagate hassle - it was the LEDs!
Why believe Apple, they are in the business of selling illusions?
TV Licensing: Brain dead
My Mother had severe cataracts which effectively killed much of what she enjoyed visually, including TV.
So the idiot employees from TV Licensing came around and demanded she pay the fee. She said she had no TV to which they replied, recorded on a CCTV camera over the front door: "It doesn't matter, you still have to have a licence. Checking on people who say they have no TV is a waste of our time."
She never did pay and sure as hell, they were around the next year. A lawyer shut them up but their tracking van used to park outside the property from time to time.
No doubt the TV Licensing people think these people are cheating. Only cretins employed by TV Licensing would actually buy a new TV, especially since there is nothing but garbage on it.
The satellite channels are running endless repeats, the dog owned by Senior of OCC has been resuscitated, or has risen from the dead four times now - very poor program planning. The satellite channels have turned in to gun boosters where members of America's NRA can watch gun porn endlessly. No wonder they shoot school children.
Oh, and that BA pilot who was nearly sucked out of a window, he has done that trick 5 times, now.
Better watch out or the MPAA will be around ...
with the Swedish Plod to seize the offending evidence.
Pirate Bay - TPB - my favourite record and book store.
Bribery? China? Way of life ... it's called 'tea money'
Everything in China is subject to potential bribery efforts.
The Taiwanese are no different, so where's the news?
How do you think the Chines bureaucracy accumulate so much wealth?
Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...
The Japanese invented the electric rice cooker, and Apple copied their safety connector. Cooking rice is not such an easy job.
Don't believe me?
Take a cup of rice, place in microwave proof dish, wash the dust off and leave about one-half inch of water above the rice. Cook for 10 minutes at 80% power.
Remove, stir rice, and leave standing. The rice will continue to 'cook; and absorb water for about 5 minutes.
Just think - all this is done automatically, by your 'simple' rice cooker. And it gets it perfect most every time!
An enlightened position that ...
out to be emulated by others, particularly in Europe.
The military like blocking out huge bands "in case" which then stand idle waiting for a conflict. Given that the frequencies are so high, these 'I want everything' types have to learn that sharing is the name of the game.
Why not just have video conference calls?
This continuing dilution of justice in the British judicial system is plain wrong.
The Defendant is entitled to FACE his accusers, in person. How can a defence team exercise their full range of talents in challenging the veracity of a witness?
People don't seem to remember why an accused appears in court during a pretrial period. It allows a Defendant to address the Court with minimal fear of retribution, particularly when a Defendant is held in pre-trial custody. Now we have video pre-trial appearances from within a custodial situation where a Defendant is surrounded by those he might complain about.
The Crown has always had excessive powers and since bLIAR these have increased to the detriment of what was known as British justice.
HERE WE GET RIPPED AGAIN!
I seem to have heard this old tune so, so many times. They all have one thing in common - BIG MONEY.
All the now micro-sized military needs is a ruggedised cell-system connected to a satellite system fed from MoD. They don't need InterNet.
Costing around £200 per smartphone, a ruggedised Android device made in the UK. And GSM technology is tried and tested. The present (wo)man radio used by the Army costs around £8,000 EACH. Compared to the modern Android smartphone features, these £8,000 radio's are crippled. Base stations can be duplicated and placed in several 'hard' vehicles so if one gets knocked out, the rest carries the load.
And the American designed junk the UK bought was a fantastic failure. Even the US military are using smartphones for ground troops, now.
Unfortunately, the MoD doesn't want off the shelf, they have wet dreams about what they need. They want some friendly military contractor to dream up an expensive system, lots of parties and confabs and testing.
The trouble is that the MoD and the MPs are all besotted with buying big, so the UK will get ripped once again.
@ Anonymous: Samsung sell an Android phone today and make very little (if anything)
Make very little? Samsung made USD$8-billion in the last quarter.
And, unlike the overpriced thing from Cupertino, Samsung owners don't have to buy Apps since they thoughtfully provide numerous, useful Apps.
I had to delete several, classy Apps from my Note 2 as I had no need for them. And I have an SD chip socket.
The Answer: Silent Circle
Let them have a go a the latest Phil Zimmerman project. Keys, on the server, self-destruct in 24-hours. And no logging.
@: Question: Heard the latest
The board of the Bank of America, rescued from bankruptcy by US Government, is meeting to consider suing said rescuer, as their former fearless leader is doing.
Mpral of the story: Let them go bankrupt!
Another reason to avoid Thailand ...
All flight itineraries (passenger lists), regional and inter-continental, are copied to the USA. Part of the U.S. World Plod program, I guess.
Careful planning, using less popular airlines (and NOT international reservation systems such as Sabre or Galileo) can get you around the place.
Nick Leason, the world-famed banker discovered why not to use connecting flights, as did CHOY, Hon-Tim. Paying cash helps, too, as the FBI has the ability to get credit card activity posted live in any of it's offices.
And when planning your air jaunts, know the difference between connecting, code-share, direct and non-stop.
Singapore is another FBI honey-pot to be avoided.
Knowing the reputations of intermediate prison systems helps, too. Thailand's is notoriously bad.
Chinese naval vessels have fired on Vietnamese fishing boats a few times ...
Actually it's far worse than that, Vietnamese have been killed on both fishing and government/military boats both around the Spratly/Paracells and in the northern part of Ha Long Bay.
The Chinese are a*reholes of the worst type.
Th Vietnamese Navy has 'tours' out there for people interested in seeing a few hardy souls, tending their gardens and fishing. They also have a weather station and the public power runs from 06.00-22.00H daily.
There is not too much love lost between VN and China, although the really Old Farts in Ha Noi make trips to BeiJing every 5 years.
VN has documentary and archaeological proof they were out there hundreds of years ago which, naturally, China rejects having proclaimed the whole of the South China Sea to be their territory.
Last time VietNam and China fought, in 1979, the Chinese invaded northern VN and lost 20,000 soldiers in 17 days. The Vietnamese loaded the dead in freight cars and pushed them north. During the Chinese withdrawal they blew up every significant bit of infrastructure including bridges and larger buildings. The Russians then befriended VN and the result was some of the ugliest buildings and bridges, etc. you have ever seen.
No problem, my record supplier PirateBay has them up already
Seventy years is far too long, the copyright should cease when the author/artist dies.
I only buy really good stuff, on CD's or vinyl yet, and after I have checked it on download - too much Tosh put out by the recording companies.
As for Cliff Richards stuff, many far better artists out there. I liked Francis (Frank) Edward Ifield whose now 75 years old.
Why are secret content networks ...
even connected to the InterNet?
Seems kind of dumb. But we are talking about American 'security' (think Manning).
I know some companies that do development work on a cut-out Intranets whose only common "interconnection" is the electrical power source. Another uses floppies for working data which are destroyed each night.
Re: What about DNA?
NO DNA, they only went to the police days after the rapes/
Re: evidence - we have a video of some guy making jokes and hearsay
If nothing else it shows a very, very sick attitude to the females of the species. THIS is what is so disturbing ... and why would a sane person allow the diatribe be recorded?
I think Michael Colin Nodianos is mentally challenged. Bet Nodianos wishes he hadn't made those statements, now.
Read the Local Leaks web site, it's enough to sicken any parent
Whilst Anonymous might be a little over the hill, usually, this time they did right.
If you want a balanced, well written account of what happened, check out: < http://localleaks.blogs.ru/2013/01/01/steubenvillefiles/ >.
Nothing in a horror movie would encompass what allegedly happened, the us of the word "allegedly" here is hardly warranted. There were too many pieces of evidence to excuse the us of "allegedly".
As the father of a teenaged daughter, I was sickened by the vivid picture painted, teenaged boys dragging a 'trophy' around to share with their equally sick friends. A prime 'condoner' in this latest violence to a child seems, once again, to be a coach, who facilitated some of the early assaults on this child.
Where have we heard this before? Pennsylvania! Then, only last week, Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota) - the coach is at the centre of the allegations. Missoula, Montana Football Team - almost identical to Steubenville, Ohio.
Th allegedly crooked sheriff, a relative who is the drug king pin, a prosecutor whose son is on the team, and on and on.
Read the account < http://localleaks.blogs.ru/2013/01/01/steubenvillefiles >, you'll never sleep if your daughter isn't at home.
No icon - nothing is sufficiently dramatic for this picture of rural America.
They are traveling in an unofficial capacity ...
which might be better as the official US policy is completely ineffective.
I liked swing buildings with only one side painted - the side which could be observed from the road, Jerking the government 'minders' can make for humourous moments as they are always fewer in number than 'international guests'. They can't really yell at you but they do run around a lot.
There are only one cylinder vehicles in the country, and humans often are used as substitutes for beasts of burden. There are an awful lot of people walking around, minimal transportation.
I think with Richardson returning, and Schmidt joining him can only be for the good.
One thing for sure, no cells work there - unless you are connected to government.
Apples losing streak continues ...
and it is high all this stupidity stopped.
Perception is far more important than what some bling outfit in Cupertino says. App Stores are generic and besides the US is only a segment of the market where the rest of the world knows what an App Store is.
Call it St. Helena, Africa and Cameron will find the money ...
as his record of gifting African countries might do St. Helena some good.
BBC America gets 25 million viewers a month and numerous awards
Why the surprise? Even a channel showing bread dough rising would be more interesting than some of the visual garbage fed to US viewers.
And it's not much better on international channels where the Discovery channel group (we having a 'Premier' show repeated 5 times so far in different YEARS) and the Nat Geo group are both playing "if we edit the original show this must be new. Right?" game and 10-year old re-runs CSI-Somewhere are padding out other channels.
I'm awaiting the schedules to start re-running "I Love Lucy" crap soon.
The real kicker is that our Discovery channel content is so old that NEWER seasons, shown on 'Western' satellites can be downloaded from InterNet.
Little wonder the Beb is so successful.
Of course, we are not talking about BBC World, which is as bad as many other satellite channels. And this explains why I haven't bothered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio by removing the bird guano (our dishes point almost directly vertical).
Apple PR keeping common-or-garden cell phone in the media
I would have thought El Reg would have had something better to do than giving free publicity to Apple.who micro-manages almost everything that 'leaks' out.
Bet the purchasers of V5/iOS6 feel real happy that their recent purchases are now depreciating. Obviously Apply doesn't give a bucket of spit about it's customers.
At least they are keeping that part of the Job's 'legacy'. Wonder what they are going to do about the Scratchy Back feature?
No hands! They could use coloured pixels that surround the periphery - one colour for each regular hand - and all you need know is the approximate time.
Let me file a patent before Apple copies it. I have two of these in my office now.
I'll call one the iSpot and the other the iDot.
I disagree, it's the legs not the shoes
I live in a country where flip-flops ar de rigeur, and heels are used only for special occasions, and I can assure you from years of visual research, studying legs on motorcycles, that it is the shape of the leg that matters.
A leg without a well defined ankle, even if shod in a pair of heels, looks like sh*t.
So stuff your science and study the form.
Angling to get another Brit into a US Court?
If there was fraud, it sure must have been sophisticated with all those bean counters crawling over the books for Due Diligence.
Let's face it, since Messrs H and P departed this earth, the company has been through a series of totally inept executives currently the hot seat is occupied by a failed would-be politician.
What happened to so many acquisitions? Discarded! Now Meg the Frump needs to save her fat a*se, so she dreams up this 'investment mistake'.
The fact is HP sells junk, it's former wide array of top end products is gone. It is a shell of it's former self. I always advise people to avoid anything with H and P written on it, even laptops and particularly printers. They are history, an elephant that has some very sharp mice running around it.
What a shame that the hard life work of it's founders has been squandered. And we shouldn't forget to include the Board of Directors, either, they are responsible for hiring pneumatic bird-brains as CEO's whilst pulling down massive cheques.
Cameron should tell the US that if there was a crime it was done on British soil, allegedly by a British citizen and that any criminal charges will be dealt with under British law, in a British court.
The Two-Faced USA Trumping Up Yet More False Accusations
The USA is like a dying star, a lot of noise followed by a big bang and then nothing.
The fact is that US industrialists of all types have sold the US out. They transfer IP and machinery to China and expect them not to get curious? Just so they can make extra bucks.
And why should China, and anyone else, pay attention to sales restrictions? The US surely doesn't if it suits it's political goals.
Who gave Israel fissionable material from Livermore-Lawrence Laboratories? Why the US Government, even against it's prohibition.
It embargoes VietNam and these restrictions worked wonders. VietNam now has a resilient, resourceful industrial sector as it had to develope th skills because the US cut it off. There is not too much love lost between the Neanderthals in BeiJing and their cousins in Ha Noi but whatever we need, we can buy it.
CISCO has a profits problem, so it rents a few Congressmen, generates a report or two on the evils of it's Chinese competitors. Hearings are staged, unsubstantiated claims are made all with a view to cutting off the competition.
To make things a little harder, US 'intelligence' is deployed tto scar the hell out of Australians and the UK all so the USA can make more money by selling Chinese-made network equipment with US NSA backdoors in them.
Pity the Australians and the British pols can't see through this trade manipulation.
What the Chinese should do is refuse to allow CISCO products to be made there, forcing up the cost of manufacture and then letting CISCO see if they can sell stuff cobbled together in the USA.
Why can't the world's alleged centre of technology tear Huawei, et al, software to pieces and see if they can locate all these backdoors.
Twelve channels of CCTV bleating the wonders of BeiJing policies
There must be only one channel more boring than the CCTV channels fro BeiJing and that is the Singapore government news channel.
Most of all the news in China emanates in the BeiJing studios although certain (politically reliable) provinces do get to add their local diatribe to that from the Big Cheeses. There are some light entertainment programmes although I don't think the monks will be in to it much.
Visitors to China will notice the paucity of antennae of any type, except on government buildings. There are a few satellite dish users but these require permits and involve regular visits from police armed with compasses to ensure that they are directed at the right satellite.
Hard to hide satellite dishes and easy to spot from an aircraft.
"copyright infringement complaints very seriously".
Only when someone steals the logo or name ... that Apple stole from others!
Or if someone tries to use their software in non-Apple hardware.
Otherwise Apple doesn't give a damn although it is busy filing prior art patents which, in a way, is like stealing copyright from others.
About time the SEC got rapped over the knuckles for doing deals with Wall Street
For years the SEC has molly-coddled the Goldman Sachs ilk on Wall Street so it is good to see a judge highlighting the cosy arrangements.
The USA has repeatedly criticised other nations, including Britain, think Saudi Arabian fighters, for back-handing people to get business whilst, naturally, ignoring their own violators.
Just PROOF that criminals have BAD TASTE
or that iThingy owners 'lost' them so they can buy the latest version.
If the Fanbois wouldn't waltz around the streets with their latest Apple bling, th thefts might decrease. I saw a subway train rider neatly deprived of his goodies. One ne'er do well blocked the doors as they were closing and his buddy snatched the tablet from behind the user and both escaped with the train leaving th station!
The cellco's are likely not bothered about copying the Europlan of blocking lost/stolen handsets as it means more business for them.
Look at the cost of SIMs in North America - it costs me less than a dollar to get a new SIM and (optionally) change my number here in VietNam. The difference is we have government regulations that stop exploitation - and handsets/cell phones have to be sold unlocked.
A Hat Tip to William J. O'Brien, an American engineer
who invented what was later known as Decca Navigator. - although it operated on position fixing by means of phase comparison of continuous wave transmissions whereas GPS is based upon time..See: < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decca_Navigator_System > and < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System >.
Decca was knee-capped by the EU and the principal espoused at that time seem to have been happily ignored in the development, and financial support, of Galileo.
Guess these subsibers are feeling like those who ...
participate in the BBC owned Lonely Planet chat room that was closed down at Christmas as they detected some 'inappropriate language', whatever the hell that means where four letter words are more the norm.
Just think about it, is there any other time when travel chat rooms are more needed?
Well done, Beeb, well planned.
Re: I have a question - funny looking yacht
Yachts have sails, this looks as if a slight wind, maybe Force 2 or 3, would blow it over.
Re: I have a question
The end without propellers.
Re: Typical Jobsian Design
Doesn't have to be sea worthy. They are designed to be moored so the owners can wear funny hats and drink themselves silly.
If they actually want to cross a real sea, they are carried as deck cargo. You can see these floating marinas all over the world and, upon arrival, the owners fly in.
Re: That yacht looks terrible
Philippe Starck obviously has something going for him AND he has money in the bank to prove it.
Re: That yacht looks terrible - I bet the navigation systems are shit.
I bet the navigation systems are shit.. Surprised? They are running on Apple products.
A better need for multi-SIM phones ... and security
People ask why there are so many multi-SIM handsets/cells in China, especially when compared to other countries.
The reason is obvious, now, to Foreigners, for each SIM represents a given Celco and keeping "spare Tires (girlfriends)" on different networks makes eminent sense. Different Spare Tire, different Network - what's more, ach Network can be ignored (turned on and off) by signing in.
Another reason is that when a Spare Tiree goes flat, for you, simply change the SIM and get a new number - yet the main contact numbers for business or family remain unchanged.
Rare Earth monopolies breed competition
I have the privilege of being able to roam freely over the beautiful (and not so beautiful) landscapes of VietNam, and Indochina generally, and I noticed that there are teams of white boiler-suited types scouring the land in VietNam who were definitely not Vietnamese in facial characteristics.
I took a relaxing lunch-break near of of these teams and one of them men wandered across and he was able to speak passable English.
He explained, voluntarily, what they were doing. In fact, he handed me an envelope of material that detailed their endeavours.
They were a Japanese team searching the old mining tails (debris) of VietNam looking for rare earths. In fact they had found some, just south of Ha Noi, where they discovered sufficient quantities to financially justify opening a new mine.
Elsewhere in the country the finds were only sufficient to process the tailings - with success.
Unlike the Australians, the documents advised, they are moving the untreated soils, by ship, from VietNam, to Japan where they have a low-emissions refining plant.
So, Thank You, China, for hogging the market, you are creating jobs and enterprises in other countries.
Goggle, two little letters for your new Nexus
Bad quality, poor reliability, no manual or charger
You speak of Apple, I presume.
Re: @AC 21:17
Your three year old Mac only sells because Fanbois are less than smart - as witnessed by antennagate, and are too slow to negotiate a better price.
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