* Posts by JaitcH

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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

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Rid (Professor of Security Studies) has proved what they say about PhD degrees.

Simply more shit Piled Higher and Deeper.

When I saw pictures of The Guardian having to smash up old Apple computers, I had little doubt that that piece of human slime called Jeremy Heywood, who hangs out in No. 10, had made threats against the newspaper.

All without the aid of PowerPoint!

Besides, the immediate reactions from GCHQ and NSA served as quite sufficient proof they were up to no good.

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A Cambridge boffin told me YOU'RE A BIG, FAT LIAR

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Laboearory conditions don't equate to real life situations

I've been asked to take lie detector tests as part of job application processing as well as a couple of investigations. As a Canadian I can refuse.

I agreed to one but the examiner said 'The subject was unable to comply with conditions' (I took medication before the test). If a prospective subject doesn't co-operate with a test conditions, they will never work properly and therefore any 'results' will be inaccurate.

I still got the contract, I was the best candidate for the work involved.

Same with retina scans - they don't work unless you adhere to their demands when they acquire your scans. I don't have any scans, either.

The equipment isn't much better - look at the Apple fingerprint device - or the expose involving the German Defence Minister.

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Ha Noi had a problem with ...

the bad guys spray painting advertising on walls with contact numbers. Ditto with posters stuck on street furniture like lamp posts, etc.

But they cured it - any telephone number displayed in illegal advertising is cancelled and replaced with another WITHOUT referencing.

The result? Some of the cleanest streets you will see - world wide!

Cancelling cell numbers works.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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NO SD - NO SALE

Any equipment I buy must have external storage - and excludes CLOUD, I don't want to share my stuff with the NSA and GCHQ.

@Anthony Hegedus:

"I have android devices and yes, they have a microSD cards but they're not that useful:"

What a crock. SD memory configuration is established by the manufacturer. Note 4 can handle up to 128Gbyte.

You shouldn't be so cheap when buying SD cards - a couple of percent more can buy you a lifetime warranty.

My wife loads her Note with Bittorent movies, leaves her Note in Hotspot mode in the dining room of our hotel dining room and the guests can down load their choices for the next leg of their journey.

SD work well, if you know how to use them.

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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US Politicians must have short memories - a policy of FAILURE

I don't have enough fingers on my hands to count the times that North Korea has humiliated the USA.

From the USS Pueblo to nuclear bombs and rockets - the North Koreans copy the USA and act with impunity.

The USA, after it lost the American War in VietNam, slapped sanctions on the country, and did VietNam a favour. European technology dominates because the Europeans ignored these petty bans.

We are are self-sufficient in VietNam, save a few shortages of electricity, I can have custom products made by skilled craftsmen that neither the USA, Canada or the UK offer. Where in these countries can you pop down with your transportation of delight and have a custom accessory manufactured?

When I design an electronic device I go straight from Electronic Circuit Simulation Software / Circuit Simulators to CAD, e-mail my design to the PCB manufacturers and have five PCBs the next day with solder resist and text/graphics overlay.

I have to wait a whole TWO DAYS if I want 100 pieces. And the prices would make you cry - a 10cm square board costs me less than a USD$1.25!

So go ahead, USA, do enemies favours, they are better off without you.

P.S. Guess which country is begging VN to buy more products and to rent their old Cam Ranh Bay facilities from VN?

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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YouTube.COM is a ...

US domain that plays by US rules.

EUROland complains about the US meddling in things such as MS servers in Ireland ... they should understand this works both ways.

My web sites carry stuff that deliberately challenges UK laws - but do I care? No, I obey the laws of the land where the domains are registered and the servers are located.

The Advertising Standards Authority is manned by a bunch of ageing retards who live in the 1950's - BANNED IN BRITAIN is their rallying call. Time that community standards ruled, not old fuddy-duddies who think missionary is the ONLY way.

They are the types that censored Bloody January, Again by Flanders and Swann.

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

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I wouldn't trust Apple with my CC number ...

apart from the fact they could do evil with it, next they will set up an Apple credit bureau. Along with health, Apple has a lot of data to sell.

Coming soon ... walk by CC data theft. Or even by 'bumping' someone whilst making a call and getting credit approval info.

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Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!

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Apple, a fortune built on ...

prior art. Just high tech thieves.

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Toffee, Apple? U.S. fanbois get their sticky fingers on Nork-teasing flick The Interview

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Save your money ... or your InterNet allowance

Pure and utter garbage a la The Green Hornet genre.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Remember: This will NEVER happen to GCHQ

The amoral scum inhabiting the doughnut in Gloucestershire as well as those at Bude and Menwith Hill will never be forced to drop their pants as far as this.

That's because their oversight committees, especially the former minister, are as culpable as anyone.

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Apple and Microsoft backed Rockstar flogs zombie Nortel patents for $900m

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Pity the Canadian taxpayers didn't get the money as they ...

were the ones who gave Nortel millions in grants to support early cell development.

Hopefully, if similar grants are made, the Canadian government will a be part owner of the patents so it will never happen again.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Tough! GCHQ and the NSA can only blame themselves ...

after all they have abused the pubic long enough.

Besides, who believes anything they say - just a bunch of psychotic liars.

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Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

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Belkin? Poor Quality - off-standard comms

Seems to me that Belkin has never managed to meet, or beat, the quality of competitors.

For example, they had a Notebook Security Lock - all it is good for is making the security hole in the laptop large enough until it falls out. Pure junk.

If you are going into home-based systems it's essential not to locked in to a non-standard communications protocol. Look at X-10, supported by numerous Third Party vendors.

Nest is solid because it has Google behind it.

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Great! The US Navy emulates nature and ...

now the South American drug growers can emulate the Navy!

Way to go!

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India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

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I hope Cameron has remembered to send the 2015 ...

Foreign Aid give away. And the other financial freebies.

The Indians will need it for their next rocket.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Talk about conflict of interest!

Doesn't the CAA own some of the NATS stock?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Apple should pop down to Ha Noi ...

where Samsung makes Note 4's. And now they are building a second plant.

Vietnamese workers can strike, form unions, demonstrate and the VN Labour Code is very definitive (and superior to the US labour 'standards'). There are national pension and health plans, too.

Come to think of it, may be the benefits are why Apple is NOT in VN!

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Amd what of those millions of ...

passport mugshots?

Hard to imagine that Plod has forgotten about that treasure trove.

These days you can gently massage them with Photoshop and the Passport Agency doesn't even spot it! Modern high-tech government is great.

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easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

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And for William R. Towns ...

free tickets for life?

This matter needs investigation.

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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The British Way: We'll muddle through, don't know how, don't know when, on some sunny day.

It's just as well that Prestwick looks after OCEANIC traffic, otherwise a sizable chunk of world air transportation would have been compromised.

Twenty-five year old software, overloaded computers and an American contractor with a history, little wonder the system collapsed.

Better to use AMSterdam or PARis then take the train.

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Iranian CLEAVER hackers may DRAIN energy and defence firms, warn Feds

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Does anyone actually trust the US Government, or the FBI, when it comes to Iran?

Given that the USA and Israel have expended so much energy and money attacking Iran in so many ways, what credibility is there left.

Just as with the American War in VietNam, the USA lost so much face (were so embarrassed) by a bunch of clerics in Iran kicking out their anointed sheep and having to close down all the NSA monitoring stations that kept an eye on Russian rocket activity.

The simplest solution to all this alleged hacking is to cut the InterNet connections. But that would NSA and GCHQ out of business.

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Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

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Reminds me of my condominium in Ho Chi Minh City where

all the video intercoms/door controls are installed in locations in the various apartment designs where maximum viewability of the apartment can be achieved. Mind you, this requires the control units being installed in some very inconvenient or unusual places and are a damn nuisance to work furniture layouts or access around.

I 'modified' my unit by pulling the microphone connectors loose along those with those of the camera.

Couple of days later a technician shows up, unannounced and unrequested and tells me my intercom unit is defective.

Asked what the problem was he advised me they can't see in the apartment nor hear what's going on.

I told him I had cut the wires (more dramatic) as I don't need the facility. I asked where his company was from he replied: 'Singapore'. He added, most every Singapore apartment has these things and many are connected to the 'emergency' (police/fire) services.

So much for Singapore being a 'free' country.

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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

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The Harper Tory Government is always open ...

to offers.

Being small minded they might be impressed with iThingies all around the cabinet table.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Blunkett is the last person who should be giving moral pointers

Blunkett must be one of the more amoral politicians in Britain, if not the world.

On many levels he is little better than the scum in a sewage works. RIPA was written to breach British citizens Rights, such as they were, which today are practically non-existent.

Blunkett was the mechanism through which the unbalanced extradition treaty between the UK and the USA was implemented.

He also betrayed the spirit of the Labour Party. (I am not a supporter)

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

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It's just Australia trying to ...

out do the USA.

Just sheep of another kind.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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British priorities are interesting: GCHQ Spying - Ho Hum: Pornography Restrictions - Demonstrations

You have to wonder about British priorities.

The GCHQ is effectively stripping your life and privacy bare yet only a few people seem to recognise the danger.

But the porn sites (around 50% featuring Asian/Orient women) are sacrosanct.

Of course, CAMERON and that woman from Maidenhead - MAY- have exposed their ignorance of the InterNet and VPN's.

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Must diarise: UK.gov Verify ID system will 'definitely' work by 2016

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The UK government issued 'high tech' passports, the only trouble is the pictures fade away! They still require TWO photo's and instead of using one real photograph and an e-copy they opted for two e-photos.

The e-photos can be deliberately caused to fade and replacement photographs can be 'imprinted' in their place using electronic deposition technology.

USD$50 in China! So much for security.

And what of people who don't have the necessary documents?

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Brazil, China, Japan, Finland, France, Korea, Mexico, Russia, TaiWan, ISA can, so why can't ...

the UK design or even manufacture smartphones?

The Plesseys, GCEsn Marconis and STCs generated technological breakthroughs - yet now the UK can't even get on the cell phone bandwagon.

But we are good at spying.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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XP popular in Asia on ATMs and Cash Registers

I've just returned home to VietNam after a couple of months in China.

It's unbelievable but I've seen the infamous MS Blue Screen on many ATMs.

At night, when the cash registers are idled I've seen after screen of XP at rest!

Same here in VietNam, thousands of ATMs still running XP, I have a friend who an ATM tech and he confirmed what I saw on the screen of some crashed ATMs - XP Rules!

Ditto in supermarkets and larger stores, more XP territory.

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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"copyright cops once told us"

Why would anyone believe them?

The idiots even claimed computers shipped from the factory with software were using 'hot' software.

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Singapore rides to rescue of local cabs by out-Ubering Uber

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Few governments make market interventions as decisively as Singapore's

Don't mince your words - Singapore is a dictatorship, just like China, etc.

SP (Singapore) is flat-out a dictatorship with all the necessary trappings of such countries from secret police (using Tetra radios), to constant monitoring (and blocking) of the InterNet and telephone systems.

Every aspect of SP residents lives are collected and stored in government computers. They use 'block-busting' techniques to move voters around that would make US gerry-mandering look tame.

Censorship is rife, due to electronic newspaper publication they can no longer stop and cut-up newspapers at Customs. Radio reception is difficult in the tropics and a decent HF antenna sure gets the wrong people's attention.

I was 'posted' there for a 11 month work stint but I refused to live there, prefering Malaysia as it is not so authoritarian. A short commute on the subway was time enough to read all the news that fits.

Australian Signals Directorate, along with GCHQ, NSA and Singaporean 'intelligence' agencies tap undersea fibre optic telecommunications cables that link Asia, the Middle East and Europe and Australia.

Their favourite target, the SEA-ME-WE-3 cable, lands at Tuas on the western side of Singapore Island. Access to the SEA-ME-WE-3 cable is via Singapore's government-owned operator SingTel.

GCHQ used to hang out at Chia Keng 2 (CK2) but have now moved to a military base whose name begins with K and is located in one of the 'highest' parts of SP. They also have air-conditing as opposed to the olds fans.

What I thought was most telling was a comment I overheard from an adjacent table of Singy guys in a SaiGon pho (noodle) shop was when one said: 'I feel so free here (la). I can't believe it (la)'.

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Re: I avoid using taxis as much as possible

Worry not, LEE Quan Yew's dictatorship knows all about you, what with the fully monitored telephone and InterNet systems.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Rifkind - the Man Who Never Saw a Warrant Application He Couldn't Approve

Rifkind, the sad excuse for a former Tory minister, should accept that the UK has no powers over corporations operations not in it's judicial reach. And this includes most of the US social service sites.

His position is that Facebook should operate under UK laws in the US, where web site operators are treated like Common Carriers and are not responsible for the content of communications.

He doesn't expect BT or some other Telco to be responsible for communications, so why should companies in other jurisdictions?

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Guess which US tech giant was just hit with a $137m tax bill in China?

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The UK Could Take Lessons from China on Tax Collection

What with the Luxembourg minimum tax and the Double Irish-Dutch Tax Sandwich scam, the UK revenuers should take lessons on how to collect from BeiJing.

Of course they will have stop giving freebies to the Tories 'friends'.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Dell? HP?

Dell builds consumer junk and has poor / non-existent support. Strange hardware, too.

HP has Third Party (dubious) support and corporate problems. That aging blonde running the show seems to have a new 'idea' almost monthly. I expect anything I buy to be supported for at least three years.

BTW: Were these prices VAT-in or VAT-out?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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BT: Over-Spec'd and out of date

Anyone who has read the specifications for the test standards to be met for the installation of underground conduits issued by BT must be impressed, as if they were installing high technology involved in, say, rocket launching facilities.

It's time the UK network providers took a gander at what is happening on other countries.

Railways are very popular partners as they have the rights of way through all manner of landscapes - and are a kiss to use for installation of fibre optics.

Abandoned pipe systems are also popular - it's amazing how much infrastructure lies abandoned underground, just rusting away.

Sewers are used in Paris - they even have mini-crawlers that haul cable into conduits too small for even a midget to crawl in to - and everyone has a sewer connection.

In Toronto, a Western common carrier checked out Bell Canada's pole/conduit lease rates and decided it was cheaper to plow in (a tracked vehicle with a 'hoe' on the back cutting the ground and laying cable) very well armoured cable straight into the dirt under the roads in fully developed areas - not virgin ground.

Of course, nothing beats a pro-active regulator as Canada (now) has whose enabling legislation gives them control over all property owned by telco's and cellco's and permit's them to stipulate/dictate the terms under which one company can lease facilities from a competing incumbent.

Today's cable together with current cable laying techniques can bypass the artificial bottlenecks thrown up by BT.

Better still, the UK government could establish a stand-alone fibre grid, such as used in electricity distribution, with the ISP's simply accessing it for onward sale.

The rights of way of gas lines and fuel oil lines are another public asset to be exploited. Remember the tank farm fire in HEMEL HEMPSTEAD a few years ago? It was a feeder to Heathrow Airport. Hard to imagine a quicker, more direct, route than one used by a pipeline.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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To start with, the display resolution has jumped from 1080 x 1920 to 1140 x 2560 pixels.

If you wear glasses for reading, taking them OFF negates any difference in the screens. And saves you hundreds of Pounds, Dollars or even millions of Dong.

But Samsung still has some software bugs such as when a Euro language is selected - it still lets Chinese or Vietnamese appear onscreen when used in Asian countries.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Russia Nefarious" You've been reading too much US Gov PR

No one, but no one, has more satellites tasked with evil intent.

The US thinks it owns space, if other major countries wanted their equivalent share of space slots, there wouldn't be enough.

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FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

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Telephone companies, like Leopards never change ...

their spots and seemingly Tigers never change their stripes, either!

Telephone company mathematics are as tricky as unravelling cryptographic code - they've been at it for years. No one has been practicing accounting slight of hand better - and now the new, broken up, AT&T carries on the tradition.

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HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

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"The compromise – limited to the international bank's business in Turkey ..." Oh, really?

If you do a Traceroute on a HSBC account, regardless of country, you will find they all end up in New Jersey, USA. All the ATM's, via MUX systems, also end up in New Jersey.

If you e-mail any HSBC entity they, too, are routed through the HSBC 'e-mail washing machine'

So why does a major breach not suggest that other regions in the HSBC banking computers cannot be equally easily penetrated? This is NOT the first time.

Sounds like a lot of PR tosh is being applied.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Yet another demonstration as why NOT to use US services

The US government and it's judiciary really don't give a toss about the niceties of law.

Witness Guantanamo, invasions of countries without provocation, etc.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Cameron is more delusional every day

After saying he will refuse the return of Freedom Fighters to the UK, which is not only illegal but impossible to impose on UK-born citizens, he now says he will regulate the InterNet.

The biggest challenge is the US Constitution - freedom of speech. Do you think Obama actually likes reading about his activities on www.CRYPTOME.org or https://firstlook.org/The Intercept/ But even Obama is between a rock and a hard place.

And Cameron more and more resembles "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder)(Hans Christian Andersen) - the InterNet has defeated more people with skills that dwarf him.

And is he going reach out and remove material on servers in non-UK countries that offend his sensibilities? I don't think so.

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US carder gets nine years in cooler, must pay back $50 MEELLION

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He should have called his group HSBC ...

then the Feds would have given him a Get Out Of Jail Free card.

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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Android has an answer

After years of reprogramming cell handsets IMEI numbers with special cables hooked up to laptops (unlawful in the UK), the new (certain models) are a whiz to reprogram the IMEI 'on the run' using an App and a power adapter. Maybe you can still get it done at weekend markets - I had my first change decades ago at the High Wycombe Market.

My changing the IMEI had nothing to do with crime, just privacy. I don't use my smartphone in a standard mode - it is a permanent MESH node used to access WiFi and the InterNet by other nodes.

Remember, if you use roaming out of your carriers area, you must change the SIM and the IMEI concurrently BEFORE turning it on, make a call, so the IMEI is registered with the SIM issuer system.

Many WiFi and Bluetooth Apps scrape handset info, for who knows what.

Of course, using the same IMEI on different cells and different networks would sort of spoil the Plod and Marshals little spy escapades.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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No SD Card and a fixed battery ...

is a pass for me.

You need SD these days to avoid hassles from airport security.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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One BIG weakness ...

is Bluetooth.

A shared radio service ... shared by thousands of WiFi and Bluetooth services.

Hope it has a 'return home' feature.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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detecting those little RFID thingys embedded in the back page of UK passports?

I simply cook my passport in the microwave, along with a cup of water, for 80 seconds and Bingo! the evil chip is like the parrot in Monty Python's "Pet Shop Sketch" or "Parrot Sketch" ... deceased.

It doesn't make immigration clearance any slower since a surprising number don't have RFID readers.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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But those who run them have a moral responsibility ...

The old reprobate, father of children born if unions outside marriage, is the LAST PERSON I would take guidance from in the matter of morals.

If using security procedures make the likes of Blunkett, and his cohorts, call me a `terrorist`then I am proud to be called so, as NO government has rights to access my communications, or my thoughts.

When travelling through certain airports I always leave extra time to have a chat with the dead-heads that represent Blunkett`s thought process. They ask question`s such as `Why is your laptop devoid of data` (I always like the correct English they use), `Why are you carrying a smartphone without a SIM or data` (to save weight). My favourite was, when using a UK passport, to be denied entry to Canada - and I am a Canadian citizen!

These result from the Blunkett`s of this world - totally disconnected brain functions.

I have used PGP since a weekend many moon cycles ago when it was released on bulletin boards in California. Great stuff and Phil Zimmerman deserves all the accolades he has received since writing such an effective piece of code that has frustrated GCHQ and NSA for so many years.

I guess, to GCHQ and NSA `thought`processes, that makes Phil Zimmerman a MASTER TERRORIST.

Even the Government of VietNam, an alleged `Communist`nation but actually socialist, permits the use of encryption. Of course, it does nothing like the Five Eyes do by way of surveillance or mistreats it`s former employees as they did Peter Tomlinson.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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At least there are now 4 Mounting Holes

My employer, in a fit of trying to support UK industry, bought four of the original boards with a with to using them in some of our products.

Unfortunately, they failed largely for mechanical reasons when subjected to appropriate tests as they lacked sufficient mounting holes. Now mounting holes are the most noticeable feature!

Pity, we are now gobbling up Beagle Boards.

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If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

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Now, after me, repeat the mantra ...

“All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensure[s] that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. All of our operational processes rigorously support this position.”

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