Re: Definitions matter
How would / could you discriminate between digital audio or video signals and plain digital data - short of adding a pile of electronics or software?
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How would / could you discriminate between digital audio or video signals and plain digital data - short of adding a pile of electronics or software?
On my frequent visits to China I often pick up 'content' that is not available in Indochina - even though Laos has porous borders and borders China.
Tapes have been passé for years, even DVDs and BlueRay have yielded to SD memory in the copy shops on China - although you need to check the quality. Obviously, DVDs and BlueRay disks remain economic for a few movies or music, but for bulk it's hard to beat SD and the Border Plod / Icemen hardly ever bother about SD chips.
In fact it is cheaper to buy SD memory, with content loaded, and then erase it so you can use it for your own purposes than to buy virgin SD chips.
Apple announced on 2013 November that its newest US manufacturing facility is slated to be built in Mesa, Arizona. Apple aims to create thousands of jobs and run the facility on 100 percent renewable energy.
According to Arizona's governor's office, the facility will employ 700 people and will create 1,300 construction and management jobs.
who can blame the Chinese, et al, for listening?
The fact GCHQ even tried to fob this off illustrates how dumb GCHQ is and how bereft of ideas they are.
And this is bleeding-edge cyberwarcraft?
QUOTE: "Well, the primary fact is that their chance of being killed in a terrorist attack on any given year is about 1 in 4 million. Their chance of being killed in an automobile accident, for example, is about 1 in 6- or 7,000. If we talk about the period since 9/11, your chance of being killed is 1 in 90 million per year. So, that is where the discussion should start. It isn’t where it should end, but certainly the basis should be there. Instead of constantly talking about, “Are we safer?” The beginning question should be, “How safe are we?” And these statistics and odds are an indication of how safe we are. Salon: 2016 JAN 18-“More than a trillion dollars has been misspent”
Given the serial continuum of UK Governments acting in amoral ways, how much "international standing and reputation" remains?
From the castration of Kenyan POWs through mass surveillance, is there much further to go down in the Slough of Despond**?
** 'This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place; and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.' John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
This is the most common way that is used to transfer technology from the West to the East.
As for 'restricted' exports, a couple of years ago US companies subcontracted software writing to some Russians, in Russia. Obviously they had detailed knowledge of the product.
After their handiwork was installed, or loaded in to the complete product, US trade restrictions prohibited the very same Russians from even touching the product!
requires a computer to attach to this devices USB connector and when the probe is inserted in to a lock, the pins are analysed / profiled. The data is then used to cut keys.
Locks that use 'flat' keys, where the inserted part of the key has no profile other than dimples, it is possible to 'pick' the lock with two simple tools. Totally insecure.
Locksmiths often suggest the use of German locks as they have very low tolerances and therefore less susceptible to picking. On the other hand, Chinese locks are less secure as they often make batches of 500 or 1000 locks all with the same combination. The combination is changed and another batch is made.
The various batches are then 'mixed' by hand, in Mahjong this is called 'dry swimming', so there is some variety on the shipped product.
to keep the corporate name on the public's mind.
was a total cock-up when it first went on line on top of all the turf wars.
But their PR system is smooth ... " Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) Intelligence Unit also staff the New York State Intelligence Centre (NYSIC). Managed by the New York State Police, the NYSIC serves as the State's Fusion Centre, bringing together federal, state and local agencies to analyse and share information related to terrorism and other crimes."
Meanwhile, the FBI is getting it's security theatre to produce 'terrorists' for the New York State Intelligence Centre to look good.
Has anyone ever found out why the RAF helicopters are flying nightly sorties sniffing RF signals over London and the fixed wing MET aircraft - all based at RAF Northolt - a CIA rendition flight centre - are flying every night sniffing cell signals from the south of England in to Scotland?
Britain is almost unique in expecting users to pay for their own meters.
The old boys, down at the club, must be buying their Tory MPs endless rounds of drinks over this one!
In the USA, and Canada, heavy adopters of these technologies, the power companies install these meters at their own cost. And these things either employ MESH radio or wire communications.
Adafruit, NYC, has a neat jammer - http://www.ladyada.net/make/wavebubble/ - that will fix the MESH radio and ferrites, around the power feed INTO the meter, will stop the signals dead.
Developers in Toronto, Ontario, have gone one rip-off better - METERED HOT WATER. The catch? Any water, regardless of temperature, flowing out of any 'hot water' tap costs money!
A US Congressperson described the HSBC as a criminal enterprise.
And the HSBC's former leader is now in the House of Lords. HOW APPROPRIATE!!!!!
Perhaps the HSBC bunker which can be found between Sheffield and Barnsley in the former mining community of Tankersley in the UK, GPS 53.48935, -1.4918, has been flooded.
It's just off the M1 and can be found by following the A61 to Wentworth Way then along Maple Road.
The locals call it "Teletubbyland" because of all the ventilation funnels surrounding the site that resemble the voice trumpets on the TV show!.
The data centre, completed in Summer 2009, has a server hall measuring 250 metres long by 100 metres wide. There is an Argon fire suppression system, along with underground fuel tanks for the two DRUPS (Diesel Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supplies), as well as a couple of dedicated electricity sub-stations.
Also in 2009 HSBC opened a new data centre "at a secret location in suburban North London" which is actually located at what was formerly an old Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham site, now known as Quadrant Park, Mundells, Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.
Since when has Hertfordshire been called "suburban North London"?
No flooding reported there.
P.S. All those waiting for Fibre Optic services might like to know that both these sites have Fibre Optic cables described as 'thick as your wrist'.
you are valued customer from Mexico and HSBC will leap into action.
HSBC keeps all it's central computers in the States - New Jersey is their landing point - and they service ATMs all over the world from there. So much for being called a 'British' bank.
the hardware revision information?
Apple loves tracking it's products - so there is no difficulty there.
Other OS can do this and prevent unsuitable upgrades - of course such companies care about their customers.
ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers, officially The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland) was replaced by the National Police Chiefs' Council. IACPO was incorporated in 1997 as a private company limited by guarantee, and as such, ACPO was not subject to freedom of information legislation.
ACPO set up the camera spy system and it runs on the Hendon Plod computer.
ACPO supervised the creation of one of the world's largest per-capita DNA databases, containing the DNA profiles of more than one million innocent people.
Another failure by the Mad May of Hurst, Berkshire?
And they have the Gaul to complain about Samsung using a few pixels that are similar to the iThingy?
Apple even pinched their logo and name way back in the day!
that HuaWei products are a security risk and that only American (made in China) products should be used, as he did with their modems.
His best buddy Cameron had GCHQ keep on eye HuaWei products in their UK lab. Imperial College-HuaWei has acquired the Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) in 2012 and Neul, the Cambridge Internet of Things Data Science Innovation Lab right in the centre of London!
Then there's the HCSEC facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, owned by Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd.The HCSEC provides assurance that any risks to UK national security from HuaWei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks are sufficiently mitigated.
Meanwhile, down in Gloucestershire, the GCHQ continues to collect selfies. Strange world we live in.
Galileo doesn't comply / match the US GPS system crippling regimes, such as over a war zone - which might be the whole world - they will destroy Galileo satellites.
Meanwhile we have the Russian GLONASS system - currently GLONASS-K - GLONASS compatible GPS receivers can acquire satellites up to 20% faster than devices that rely on US-GPS alone. It is less accurate than the US-GPS system but now covers the world. GLONASS has better performance in dense urban areas.
Many smartphones sold in the Far East are Glonass ready. GARMIN has dual system receivers (see their web site) but activating GLONASS may require changing the Satellite System setting to GPS+GLONASS from the Setup System menu.
The standard-precision GLONASS signal offers horizontal positioning accuracy within 5–10 metres, vertical positioning within 15 metres (49 ft), a velocity vector measuring within 10 centimetres per second (3.9 in/s), and timing within 200 ns, all based on measurements from four first-generation satellites simultaneously - the minimum required by receivers.
The Chinese Beidou system - whose name translates as "Big Dipper" - the system is able to pinpoint locations to within 33 feet (10 m). The US' GPS system currently relies on 24 satellites, China aims to have 35 in the constellation by 2020.
There are restrictions on where Galileo satellites can go on the ground which is why they using French Guyana as a launch site even though using Russian rockets.
A custom ASUS computer we have been trialling has kept on loosing the COMCTL32.DLL file since we added some MS updates.
I had hoped Rev 43 would eliminate this problem but ... NO ... FF is still bitching it can't find COMCTL32.DLL!
Fibre Optic is easier to run than copper wire.
I have a summer 'cottage' near Dak Lake in DakLak Province, VietNam. For years I have run a string of TP-Link Access Points in a daisy-chain from the village on the main road where there are Fibre Optic feeds. The village is way out in the boon-docks and it is about 1,2 kilometres to my property.
The national telephone company was upgrading the main feed along the road and I asked the foreman what he could to improve my lot.
He left three spools of Fibre Optic 'drop cable' at the house and instructions how 'joints' (splices) were to be positioned. Some tech friends and I had a beer party and we managed to string the drop line - professionally mounted - and on the following Monday a VNPT squaddy came by and spliced the joints (they were housed in plastic conduit on the poles) and terminate the drop on to a Huawei modem which outputs 100 Mbit data, 200-channel TV and 2 telephones.
The drop line was extremely rugged, the mounts were plastic and secured with Tiewraps and a breeze to pull in.
If we could do it, what acceptable excuse is there for telco's, including BT, not to do it other than pig-obstinacy?
always makes a couple of pre-production boards, tests them and them sends them back to us for acceptance.
What's with CISCO - used to be so reliable. At least you would have expected the NSA to query non-functioning indicators.
(according to the US) are a source of humour in countries such as Korea and Japan as well as China.
Even here in VietNam it is impossible to get an ADSL InterNet connection from the government owned VNPT - all their technicians are carrying their ubiquitous orange Fibre Optic jointing kit boxes - with reels of overhead drop cable tucked under their arms.
The ADSL feed to an apartment over one of our workshops was damaged - and it was replaced by an optical feed that carries 50 Mbit InterNet, voice lines for our telephone switch as well as cable TV signals. Our service fees increased a little to the equivalent of USD$35/month for unlimited 50 Mbit InterNet, cable TV and three voice channels (usage metered).
By the way, it takes one whole day from placing the order for the installation to be completed.
How is BT doing these days with fibre service?
Almost every street level Vietnamese police station and office, as well as the data entry centres for the Internal Security Police, are filled with aged computers running that great OS - Windows XP.
Another curious feature is the fact most have the same serial number! Of course, since the very same police monitor software piracy, the latter shouldn't prove an insurmountable problem.
Perhaps the solution is to switch to Linux to avoid a big hardware bill.
for the Tories to quit the EU.
A lawsuit filed against Apple with regards to patent infringement back in 2014, in which it was alleged that Apple had infringed upon a patent for a predictor circuit that was used in the A7, A8, and A8X chipsets.
Apple attempted to get the patent invalidated with no success.
Perhaps this is what Apple calls 'open source software'. Another word is theft.
I have a trusted, real-life, travel agent who books all my travel needs.
Her office address is my home address, there are no mobile phone numbers, frequent flyer plans are for the birds, email addresses are on her agencies servers and forwarded on demand. As for credit card data - she books hundreds of thousands of dollars of travel on her agency plastic.
And she uses EU-based Amadeus res system as all the US systems such as Sabre, Apollo, Expedia all pump their data straight into US Government computers.
Land transportation is still the best way to cross a border with minimal mouse trails - ask Nick Leeson (Barings Bank spectacular failure) and CHOY Hon-Tim (USD$14-million Singapore bribery case) who both used air transport.
And with all the sources for fake ID, including passports, there are still many holes to close.
Although I don't agree with this Tories politics, his labeling the National Crime Agency as more like Keystone Cops is right on!
And how much is this outfit costing the UK taxpayer?
Given that GCHQ would be on the 'inside' and that NSA'a main EU spying office is Germany - where it accesses Russia and satellite InterNet signals - where is the protection?
Another scene from Security Theatre.
no legal force, how much reliance can be placed on government 'guidelines' or 'guidance'?
Since GCHQ operates under government 'guidelines' and 'guidance', does this ruling mean that the amoral scum in Cheltenham are free to do whatever they want?
Jails X-Ray inmates without the protection of 'pinafores' filled with Lead to protect their 'Crown Jewels'?
The USA is one huge data sink hole.
Whether you are departing Bangkok or Singapore International Airports, transferring money using SWIFT (Moneygram and Western Union are hard-wired in to US security) or using any HSBC ATM in the WORLD, your data is in the USA.
And, for those who don't know, your voice analysis, made whenever you talk to any HSBC telephone number, is stored in New Jersey, too. Imagine what security forces could do with THAT!
The good news is HSBC voice analysis is paralysed if you play Canadian Inuit Throat singing (Tanya Tagaq), or a loud newscast loudly in the background.
recently and their material is a fresh today as it was when originally broadcast.
Time flies, he retired so long ago.
Yes, Minister is still doing the rounds, too, on some US Public TV stations. Just proves it's hard to beat the BBC oldies.
and even though they are customised for us, ASUS insists they come with NAND drives. Unlike some competitions vertical stack computers there is not even physical provision for regular drives.
And the added cost of NAND, even at manufacturers quantity discounts, sure would buy very large spinners.
Let's see if Lenovo comes up with some answers.
This article reminded me of a much shown movie many years ago.
LONDON TO BRIGHTON IN FOUR MINUTES.
In those days the clever tricks they used were much more complicated to execute but notwithstanding very entertaining.
Of course, anyone who has recently travelled from London to Gatwick, or vice versa, realises that little has been done to even approach that speed depicted in the film in the decades since it was made.
Unfortunately, another film, Genevieve, circa 1953, better depicts the London / Brighton link, and was a British comedy film of two couples comedically involved in a veteran automobile rally.
just like a hooker - except hookers / prostitutes have morals.
P25, the universal 2-way radio, with encryption, for use by all government agencies at all levels in the States was a roaring failure.
Unfortunately, a $39 Mattel girl's toy rendered many of the features less than useful.
Whenever an HSBC ATM is used, including from the Far East and Australia, all those bits and bytes find their home in New Jersey where the allegedly British bank keeps it's computers.
And, if you talk (voice) the data is recorded AND subject to real time analysis.
Having spoken to HCBC in Canada only this morning I learned that the audio analysis software gets confused (as in doesn't work) if you play Canadian throat singing in the background or news closer to the mic.
So much for Euro data protection.
Banks take all incoming e-mails, strip out everything and simply present the bare-bones message. This renders scripts neutered.
Many countries require accommodation guests to be registered with the 'appropriate authorities', some to keep their tracking records accurate and others to make sure the tax man gets his cut.
And before an accommodation provider goes into business, they have to get inspected as to fitness for purpose by the said Cong An and registered with aforementioned tax people.
In VietNam everyone's but everyone's sleeping accommodation has to registered with the designated branch of the Cong An (aka People's Police). Same applies to homes, temporary accommodation such as those for itinerant farm workers and construction types.
Many Foreigners here in Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon have seized the opportunity to make money and have rented apartments by the year and sublet through Airbnb which violates the lease and numerous applicable statutes.
And, just like Uber, all it takes is an e-mail or phone call and the gendarmes have all the information they need for a take down!
so the effect will be even less in Africa, Asia and Europe.
The USA is likely one of the biggest markets in the world but the churn is far less than in Asia where cell handsets are often sold without carrier plans, which is often required by law, and therefore it's not uncommon for users to buy new units after 6-12 months - and just toss the old units.
There's a street market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 5 where used iThingies - versions 4 or older - can be had for USD$10-15! Seems a fair price.
BT was a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) only company and now it is a communications company.
And even then it is not a very good communications company - witness the UK Fibre Optic roll out fiasco. Hardly an endorsement for BT. Compared to other countries, the UK is in the Dark Ages of Fibre Optic.
China, which is considerably larger than the UK, has many parts of it's extreme landmass is fed through Fibre Optic. Same with Canada. My summer cottage is in a small hamlet with fewer than 20 homes yet we each have 20 Mbyte Fibre service, And the hamlet is half-way between Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot - neither of which are large centres,
Our company landed a contract for some outside (i.e.in the wild weather) electronic systems and we built three prototypes - one using an Intel NUC (NUC5i7RYH) a second with a NUC5i5RYK and the third a Gigabyte (GB-BXi7H-5500). I realise the specifications of two are a few notches higher than the NUC5i5RYK but essentially the difference is in the processor and memory.
What engendered our interest was the ability for a closed box being able to dissipate heat. The ambient runs approximately -10C through +35C in extreme ends of the country (VietNam).
We had employed more traditional mechanical forms of computers in an earlier contract but we suffered from the ingress of flora, fauna and biota (other life forms such as fungi) who made the most of a warm enclosure to set up housekeeping.
After a month or so, notwithstanding quality air filters, the fans would grind to a stop as the minced intruders jammed the blades.
These new form computers allowed the whole electronics package - computer, power unit, accessories, including standby batteries - to be housed in a sealed stainless steel container.
After many weeks of trials I believe these mini-computers have the solutions to many challenges in adverse conditions. The NUC units can be powered from 12V batteries and charged by solar reducing ongoing maintenance costs.
The Five Country Conference (FCC) is a consortium of government immigration agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The FCC aims to enhance the integrity, security and efficiency of immigration and border services and to improve client service across all five countries.
In AUSTRALIA it's the Department of Immigration and Border Protection; in CANADA it's Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. For NEW ZEALAND there are three - Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The UNITED KINGDOM has the UK Home Office and in the UNITED STATES there are two - US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of State.
Still, with 2 SIMs it should interest Ashley Madison followers - one SIM for the girls and the other for the wife.
It's why they are so popular in China where some even boast FOUR SIMs!
Avid Life Media is in one of those high-priced high-rise office buildings in this mid-town area of Toronto at 2300 Yonge Street aka Yonge-Eglinton Centre.
A friend who works in the building says other tenant's employees have been increasingly harassed, even to the point where reporters, etc. are lurking in the underworld which connects many of the buildings to the subways and garages.
People have been getting accosted in the public mall area, on the elevators (lifts), etc.
Now that Biderman's digital life has been spread all over the InterNet and that he has, allegedly, separated himself from the private company, people are hoping things will cool down and they won't have to hide their faces to avoid being seen on local TV news!
As for Biderman, couldn't have happened to a nicer fella'. Interesting that he doesn't have children in his Will, only 'issue'. Wonder how many 'issues' he has?