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Simple, boycott Foxconn and let their customers, your suppliers, know
I am aching my employer to add a line to supply contracts:
The Vendor certifies that the products supplied contain zero content from any entity owned by Foxconn.
If you buy App;e products, tell Apple what you think.
Foxconn - pore scum.
So Samsung wins the ...
Christmas sales season.
And with the profits accumulated, they are making hay. And all the models complained of by Apple are in a past catalogue.
Could it be the Courts are getting tired of all these patent claims and will simply give them short shrift as some judges have done already?
Perhaps 'cool' evaluations, as awarded in the UK, will keep Apple happy?
Good for California!
Too often Big (US) Business gets away with murder. The only thing they understand is money.
Besides, California needs the fine money - it's broke.
"Over time there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the US"
Apple really solved this challenge.
Now they are glueing iThingies together. This means they are generally unserviceable and defective units are only fit for the garbage dump.
A really, really 'Green' solution.
I wonder if Apple, in their competitor product strip downs, ever have wondered why others batteries are removable and that they actually use screws?
One thing Apple is now facing - America actually has Labour Laws which means no 7 day work weeks and unpaid overtime such as the Foxconn plants operate under in China.
It's not 'palstic; ...
it's polymer - that notes are made from now..
As for the IT part of the story - do you really think the US Congress would allow it to happen with their 'back door' paranoia?
U.S.A. exposed for what it is ... a lawless country
The U.S. AG Holder has discovered that not all countries have signed on to his "laws be damned" routine that is SOP for that country these days.
And the NZ government, and in particular the judiciary, are to be congratulated on not capitulating to the illegal, heavy handed techniques of the FBI, etc.
Canadians are ong accustomed to the USA treating our country as theirs, we have even had Americans come over the border and arrest and detain people, without the benefit of Canadian court support, and inveigle them back to the USA.
Fortunately, the then Canadian government had the kidnapped party returned to Canada. Wouldn't happen these days with a Conservative government led by a wimp who makes toilet paper look like a tower of strength.
Mind you, if Dot.Com does get his free trip to the US he needn't expect anything less than their citizen Manning got.
Funny how all this 'news' pops up when ...
the government is trying to work some quickies on Parliament. Old tactic, doesn't work any more.
This should be read in conjunction with May's 1.6-billion waste of money for GCHQ toys.
Remember when it was the fashion to leave a gap between your tie knot and collar?
About 1986 it was the 'in fashion' to have ties done this way. At least for younger set.
In walks your Mister Smartypants, dressed at age 20 in a very expensive suit, with the air of "when do I start"? There was that equally fashionable and expensive tie staring me in the face bugging me throughout the interview.
I chose a female engineer, who had a permanent 'bad hair day', who had met Mr. Smartpants in the waiting room. Smartypants inquired of the results, even though letters had been sent, and I remarked the position had been filled by a woman who had a .Masters degree
His response was that, in his opinion, I had a made a 'mistake' as she had no sense of dress style and her hair was a mess! I replied I was hiring an engineer, not a fashion statement. She subsequently left and joined Nortel becoming a senior engineer.
Michele Bachmann felt so outraged ... that she introduced the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act
And you wonder why the US is in such a mess with kooks like Bachmann in office?
It doesn't harm to give neophytes a head up now and again ...
Judging by the great unwashed using Facebook and hanging the entrails of their lives on public washing lines for all to see little wonder a large segment has no concern about privacy.
Spooks will only find airheads using social web sites. For years drug dealers have been using Lonely Planet, a BBC Worldwide company, but seemingly they have more reliable communications now.
Bin Laden and Company are well versed in secure communications, along with IUDs, etc. They were tapping into the plain video feeds for the longest time using a handy dandy Russian software offering available for a few pounds.
THIS is the why Cameron and May are so short-sighted/dumb because the people they have an interest in are way ahead of the game with PGP and now Silent Circle. RIM was always handy for passing cryptic messages but what with a server in the UK, UK badboys should be using alternate means.
And 1,600,000,000 for a pile of electronics that is far more expensive than that networked system used by the FBI. No government can prevent surreptitious communications, they can only make a little more difficult. They have lost the battle before they have started..
But at least with the millions of CCTV cameras and number plate readers blighting the countryside, at least the spooks will have something to watch during working hours, even it is just re-runs of how the badboys did an end run around Plod and GCHQ.
Meanwhile, social programs including the NHS are denuded of funding, the elderly have to make lifestyle decisions between having light, having heat or eating cat or dog food. Take the 'Great' of Great Britain.
If you don't want freedom fighters expressing their annoyance with bLIAR sticking his nose in to Arab disputes, just ignore the stupidities. Bin Laden won, the US is broke, financially and morally, and they are still a bunch of nervous Nellies waiting for the next surprise.
Reduce the effectivity of Paents to ...
fifteen months at which time they should be expired.
Electronics moves too fast for a patent to be worth that much anyway.
Most people wouldn't like their dirty laundry hung out to dry
In the States you can check on almost any offence a person is convicted of. In fact the authorities make a point in notifying individuals of offenders in their area.
Making judgements / proclamations about cases when a person was not present in court is a futile endeavour. I have sat on juries and heard the prosecution and started thinking 'toss the key' yet when the defence presented their evidence a lot of the police / Crown suppositions evaporated.
Some professions are always in and out of courts, including police, medical professionals, etc. There have been cases where such practitioners were accused of crimes and harassed or driven out of their homes because the ignorant mass thought they were criminals when in fact they were expert witnesses.
Take the Sevile matter: Glad was arrested and released, but has convictions in competent courts of law (and that doesn't include VietNam); Sevile has never been deemed by a competent authority to have been proven beyond reasonable doubt to be a child molester, neither has the late MP Smith.
For all his alleged evil, Sevile's charities did good but that seems to be conveniently overlooked in this crowd-driven uproar. Mind you the police offering opinions doesn't add much to the discussion, as they are not charged with issuing opinions. Likewise the former policeman, now a self-proclaimed expert on child abuse, is, through his endless verbal diarrhoea, simply promoting his business.
Once a person has been convicted, and completed whatever sentence was awarded, they should be allowed to continue their lives without interference from do-gooders and busybodies. The job of the police is to take appropriate precautions.
Remember Profumo? He paid for his mistake and then followed it with a life of service to the community and was, I seem to remember, before his death, restored to good standing by the Queen.
If the rabble want to publish the paedophile convictions, then let everyone's criminal record be made available on-line so we can see who the thieves, shop-lifters and drunk drivers are.
Step 1. Fire Whitman
Couldn't make it as a politician and hasn't made it as HP guiding light.
What HP needs is a Scott Forstall to kick some butt!
Every successful company has a ...
corporate a*eshole, an attack dog, who gets the job done.
Scott Forstall's problem was he never completed the job and, hence, the Crappy Mappy app.
They could use him over at HP where the blonde would-be politician is serially screwing up and driving the once great company down the toilet. The real problem is the Board of Directors - they should never have abandoned Hurd as he has dual motives now: succeed at Oracle and give HP the biggest 'fingers' sign as he leaves them in the dust.
MF823 sports a second gen Qualcomm LTE chip
Does this mean the US Congress who, in their ignorance, claimed ZTE had back doors is NOW in the clear, or are they dreaming up another non-trade excuse to block Chinese imports?
"... leaving the profitable equipment biz Motorola Solutions to live on ..."
This part of Motorola is doing very nicely, thank you, with Tetra/PS25 systems spreading throughout the Far East.
A Chinese outfit now has Tetra compatible cell-style handsets and two-way radio style units that are not only way smaller than Moto handhelds but also way, way cheaper.
Still, over-priced Tetra trunking systems will the cash flowing for the short-term.
And after the Plod / Border Agency type have retreated ...
can the data be recovered?
And if sold in the US will there be a back door marked NSA?
The impossible we can do ...
but miracles take a little longer.
An old Army saying.
Joking aside ...
when you consider the pure technical aspects of these products, it should make people sit up and think.
Apple couldn't make it's products in the West and, even if fully automated, couldn't do it for the price. And British readers shouldn't laugh, Britain doesn't even make cell handsets. Period.
These products represent viable products to the masses of Chinese, and Africans, who can't afford iThingies and highlight why Apple might not do so well in China. The Babiken is available in VietNam and is an affordable buy for school children. (The standby terminology used in their website means that incoming calls on any SIM will be detected,) With 16GB of SD memory priced at an honest $16.00 these things are set to sell.
The only area the Chinese fall down on is finish, but given they have the talents to make Apple and Samsung products, this area could be effectively addressed as if need be.
What's the problem with a Sat Data Terminal?
There are a plethora of satellite data terminals, portable and fixed. which can be hand carried in to China - you can claim they are engineering samples to get quotations for production - using all manner of carriers.
The only precautions you need to take: Make sure any dish antennae are small and split into pizza slices (even the dumbest China Customs guys can spot a uncollapsed dish; and make sure the antenna is mounted discretely on a balcony or window ledge.
Broadband speeds are easily achievable.
Manning - the poster boy for dumb Marines
Who else, other than a Marine 'mind' would subject someone to the punishment Manning suffered whilst the world's spotlight was shining on him?
Only a real COWARD would say that, hiding behind an appropriate name.
I guess it's OK for the military to shoot up innocent civilians including two Reuters people?
Siri will also blank out any requests that it regards as too complicated
Puts paid to any valid uses, I guess, given it's record of "Sorry, I am unable to connect right now".
The simplest solution to this risk for 'guests' is to ...
carry their own tube of fast-drying epoxy so you can seal up your own locks after checking in.
When I use hotel rooms I only unpack what I need and keep my baggage bundled up behind Pac Safe which is secure enough to beat the TSA thieves employed by US Homeland Security.
Pac-Safe now has a range of sizes including ones that secure lap-tops and even smartphones, which can be tethered to a large immovable object in the room.
What did Apple get for it's money?
Apple bought Siri, and it was fairly near release state, even though it had a few lumps in it, is passed muster.
In the map fiasco, Apple bought a number of companies and since then they have been incubating their Crappy Mappy app for years and it is still junk, according to iPhans.
What due diligence did Apple do when they bought these corporate entities?
It also has to make you wonder what Quality Assurance Apple employs when it has had a series of problems from Antennagate through the Crappy Mappy app. Does no one in senior management even check out the latest product? It wouldn't take much. How many 'enhancements' were there, including the failed Version 5.
Even if they only put their home address in, it would reveal a lot!
And what's with these ancient black and white satellite images? I bought sat pix of my home and business in DakLak Province, VietNam and said I wanted latest copies. The sat company gave me an ETA of the month they would be taking the pictures.
I did the place up, made sure all the vehicles were parked nicely. There were several passes - some were from extreme angles but the best shot was just when the liquid propane man decided to top our fuel tank, something he does once a year!
Really, IMO, the release of Crappy Mappy app lies right at the top of the executive chain and it wouldn't have taken much effort to test things. Of course, Apple painted itself in to a corner by comments about Google, which only highlights it's immaturity.
They should buy a Samsung S3 ...
as it's brimming with Apps, so the SD socket is a necessity. Great deal.
Only Apps I bought / acquired were specialised ones for specific equipment.
"IDC numbers show how Android devices will comprehensively dominate the market by 2016"
Fanboys, and that sad excuse for a tech (copy) 'writer' Charles Arthur, will be holding wakes, crying in their beer and tearing their hair out.
Only three more years? Millions of people standing around with aged fondleslabs. Just how humiliating can that be?
US 'Justice' at work ... Let's Do a Deal.
For once what passes for US 'justice is being challenged by some one who has slightly deeper than your average 'perp'.
And he won't keep quiet which is no doubt upsetting the 'Justice' Departments usual SOP..
Good for DotCom.
Following the 'Duck Theory' ...
of looks like, squawks like, must be; a company who maintains an off ice in a country is domiciled and should be fully liable to tax..
International companies often sell through the in-country office but "drop ship" equipment directly to the customer directly from a company's branch in another country.
The UK should designate all such pseudo sales as taxable - both from a Duty and Corporate tax viewpoint.
I, as a technician, have been 'imported' in to countries for installations where most of the labour/contractors were local.so the locals billed me (my branch) as a 'foreign' customer and the company customer was billed by us less all sorts of taxes.
I know I'm good, but not good enough to erect a 200 foot guyed mast single-handed!
China will be down there soon ...
claiming 'ownership' as it has done over parts of the East China Sea, even the parts in many other countries Economic Zones.
If there is oil, the US will be down there to keep the peace.
"Deloitte are understood to have set a deadline of 14 November for offers from interested parties."
Is this an old news piece, a typo or Deloitte's a little confused? (14 November}
HSBC uses call centres n Mumbai so ...
I learnt a few choice Hindi and Marathi phrases which work as well as an Fbomb.
They must have some number recognition software on their system as after a few clicks I end up in a UK call centre.
Did you know that most Indian call centres are run /owned by a California company?
Who really ...
gives a damn?
Jobs last ego trip and he's not even here to see it. Like his house and boat.
I was in Toronto, Canada when the power went down 6-7 years ago for 3 days or so. Few people had made preparations such as laying in candles, canned food, et.c. Fortunately the processed water supply is gravity fed from reservoirs located in the higher land north of the city.
Countries where the public electricity supply can be 'intermittent' are far better prepared. Even residences have small gasoline-powered generators, and cans of gas/petrol to refill the tanks. High-rises all have auto-switching generators, as do hotels and even restaurants.
The cellco networks are protected with small, auto-start, propane powered generators to charge the batteries, In the northern climbs, where the are some hills/mountains up to 3000 metres high, protection ensures continuous power for days on end.
Most all of the computers in my office are laptops, chosen mainly because of their 'power-fail' protection offered by batteries. All our LANs and WiFi units are similarly protected. Our lighting is by LED which are again low voltage.
In the States cellco's operated by telco's such as A T & T have no excuse as the telephone switching centres typically employ 'battery' technicians who spend all their time providing TLC to banks and banks of batteries to ensure their long life. The real reason the batteries are there is to ensure reliable communications.
Cellco's, from what I have observed, tend to be on the cheap side, maybe a bank of rechargeable batteries to provide a few hours power bridging, certainly nothing to ensure continuous operation for several days. The FCC is in a position to modify cell licences to ensure there are minimal power fail working conditions.
Given the profits cellco's make, it is not as if they can't afford the tax-deductible outlay, it's just they don't plan properly.
Now, in Canada, office space rental advertisements often trumpet that they have 'uninterruptable' power!
Bill Nguyen .. sounds like imported Human Resources techniques
I've heard of similar being used over here in VietNam, except the gun-toter is replaced by a couple of thugs carrying nasty looking chunks of wood.
Solves all manner of labour problems, as well as complaining customers and tardy payers.
Guess Bill has adopted the ways of his new country very well. I wonder if Apple has a 'get out' clause.
My names Scrooge ... our Christmas comes on 2013 Feb 09 ans it's called Tet
Christmas Day never seems the same when the weather is in the 80's, so we put the Christmas vacation over until Tet, it runs until February 12, and often stores have a bit of a New Years discount.
So we get to save a little. The iPhone knock off from China, it uses the iOS6-JB, seems to be the hot item this year and it's displays Vietnamese with the correct diacritical marks. comes in a rainbow of colours, too. Guess someone has made off with the molds to squeeze the plastic for V4S - or someone's been working an unofficial night shift.
Injuntion Issued Restraining School - Hearing Next Week
A district court judge for Bexar County, Texas, has granted The Rutherford Institute’s request for a temporary restraining order to prevent Northside Independent School District from removing a San Antonio high school student from John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy because she objected to wearing a name badge signifying participation in the school district’s new “Student Locator Project.”
Source: < www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/on_the_front_lines/victory_court_grants_rutherford_institute_request_to_stop_texas_school_from >
Don't let ACPO know, they wll be next - RFID readers all over the UK next on their WANT list
There is just too much being forced on to students. I am Herandez' side, technology looking for a problem.
The RDIF system can be easily defeated by simply leaving the tag behind secreted somewhere, or covering it with alumin(i)um foil. For more permanent cures, placing the RFID-equipped device in a microwave, together with a mug of cold water, and giving it 15 second bursts of 100% power. Works well on UK Passports and larger denomination US dollar bills, too.
GAP clothing are sold with several RFID chips in each garment.
ACPO would have a field day with this stuff, with Plod carrying portable readers around so they can scan people and bring up their information and criminal records eliminating the familiar expression: "What's all this then?". Besides Plod now have a handbook for guidance such as the Warwickshire Police handbook Policing Our Communities.
Thank you, again El Reg
I've just gven a copy of the article to my local alternative software sourcing shop.
They said Thank You, too.
The nosiest b*stards are in the West
I travel / cross borders frequently and in my experience the US is by far the worst, followed by the UK and Canada. I don't go to Australia.
Once you have had equipment 'borrowed' by the USA, they will annotate your ICE/Customs profile and being stopped will likely increase. The UK are a little better, at least they treat you with civility but just as pushy in seeking access. I have been given the usual "Password or 4 years" routine.
I explain it's kind of hard to use a password when there is no hard drive and it's like a car without an engine.
Canada Customs simply calls an RCMP tech who quickly copies the hard drive contents.
Smart-phones are treated similarly, they plug their little device into the unit and suck the contents - in the same countries.
In China and VietNam never a problem - they hardly even check baggage.
I wonder what the GCHQ wll do if Silent Circle proves they are eunuchs?
Re: 3 questions
1. Canada is a sovereign nation and not subject to the Patriot At or any other misnamed US legislation.. If the servers are physically in Canada there is not too much they can do, without creating a lot of dust and noise; If the FBI wants in, they will be accompanied by a bunch of horsemen from the RCMP. Canadians are protected by a Constitution, 1982, which has continually proved to be a pan n the butt for government and is jealously guarded by our Supreme Court.
2. In my experience, NGO's and other potential users are well versed in the use of secure software.techniques - much is supplied through the Munk Centre at the University of Toronto. There are already established ways of transporting software in to adverse countries.
3. Ziimmermann has credibility, getting roasted, several times, by agencies of the US Government. See: < http://www.contra.org/pgp/PhilZimmerman.html > and < http://www.gimonca.com/personal/archive/philzima.html >.
Software encryption is legal in many of these countries, some, such as China require registration < http://www.wikinvest.com/stock/ELong_%28LONG%29/Register_Encryption_Software_Chinese_Regulatory_Authorities_They_Request >. Here in VietNam there are only restrictions on hardware-based encryption. No computer/smartphone equipment of mine has ever been checked at the border. There are restrictions on satphones but, again, I have had no hassles takng them in - with the antennae removed.
Guess the ...
Microsoft salesman came calling with his special suck 'em in price list.
Happens all the time where open software gets a foothold.
WIRED: Nokia’s ‘Here Maps’ iOS App Is a Buggy Eyesore
I guess Map Apps are, like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder.
The E; Reg write up has to be compared with Wired.com's evaluation - which has pictures. Check it our: < http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/hands-on-nokia-here-maps-app/ >.
MG Siegler, for example, gushed about all the different ways that Apple is amazingly, shockingly ...
You overlooked that sad excuse of a copywriter at the Guardian, Charles Arthur, for whom Apple can do no wrong. The sun rises, and sets, on Cupertino.
It beats me how these Apple Trolls continue their sad boosting mutterings without their publishers just how much damage they do to their publications when this hero-worship is allowed to continue.
One thing readers appreciate The Register for is that it is beholden to no one, at least perceptibly.
Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight?
Without Apple, for the Trolls, hardly worth attending.
In Ottawa, you say, the boring city on the Rideau Canal? Will keeping them talking for months!
For a country's capital city, Ottawa has to be one of the most boring perhaps only surpassed by Pyeong Yang.
The best view, apart from the roads departing the city, is of the Parliament Buildings sitting atop a cliff and viewed from Hull, Quebec. They also skate on the canal when t freezes over.
Apple's status page stated that the downtime only affected some users,
Please define what Apple calls SOME. Ninety-nine per cent is some, so are ten users.
What about Organiser?
Organiser, a really gussied up address / activity / etc program.
It has one really neat feature, apart from the fact it works without fail is the address formatting option.
In one address book (you can have as many duplicate sections as you want to create) you a have UK, Canadan, US and Chinese addresses. Whilst the data page is displayed in the same formats, the addresses are output in the format of the country.
In the case of China the address appears, to Western eyes, completely reversed with the country name coming immediately after the addressee's name.
IBM support for Organiser has always been great, too.
heaper than applyiing for a two-way licence and buying radio's
The network 'chat' feature is really a neat solution to situations where, in the past, an application would have to be made for a licence, the radio equipment purchased and all the accessories sourced.
Then, with your system set up you would find yourself in the frustrating situation where the range was insufficient. Even worse, is where you an see the distant point visually and yet be out of working communications range - happened to me when I was working on a system in New Delhi. Luckily we had a solution, using IFR test sets with RF Amplifiers!
Using a cellco is so practical from so many points it makes sense.
The traffic police in VietNam use the government owned cellco VNPT for it's two-way communications with dial-out landline available to every traffic cop.
Yet another government at Apple's beck and call
Knowing Apple, they most likely fitted an RFID device on the packaging and then donated 'security equipment', or, some of the competing smuggling gangs provided 'financial relief' to Customs officials.
Routing matters, too, the border gates are very busy at certain times of day and Customs checks minimal. Similarly for passengers taking the express commuter trains - pre-boarding checks are minimal and quick.
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