* Posts by JaitcH

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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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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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'National Roaming'? Been there, done that

Countries as disparate as Canada and VietNam have a problem. Size.

City wide mobile systems in Canada having roaming agreements with country-wide carriers and seamlessly transfer even during a conversation. The whole process is transparent to the User and the cell handset displays the Home Network logo and messages.

Here in VietNam we have some very large wide open spaces, particularly in the northwest and in jungle areas yet, because of national roaming, everyone has cell system coverage.

When, as occasionally happens, a remote cell base on a mountain, say in Son La Province or in the equally mountainous Ha Giang Province, fails users don't lose service, the cell network operators just activate the failed equipment standby plan, switch to a competitors network, and everyone is safe and secure knowing they are but a click away from help.

These Cellco's should realise that others outside the clubby industry, know technical details and can tell when they are lieing, again.

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Israeli ex-spies want to help you defend your CAR from cybercrooks

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Mass produced anything precludes security

Mass produced devices of any type have a weakness - MASS.

All to takes is a criminal sharpy to hack a mass anything and the device is often defenceless.

A language student of mine is a car electronics technician and we use the service manuals, carefully presented in English, for an American designed automobile that is manufactured in China.

We ploughed through the boring suspension, engine and body manual sections and then we hit the electronics! In this manual were all the details needed to bypass, eliminate, all manner of electronic security ... for maintenance purposes only.

If I, albeit an electronics technician, can fathom the devices what can a dedicated, thieving, hacker do?

Even the good old cylinder locks are open book since there is a device you insert into a lock and, using induced frequency testing, can determine the lock characteristics in seconds. What hope is there?

My high-end TaiWan made motorcycle has a convenient multi-pin connector behind the rear number plate. This is used in production test and circumvents all the security provisions. Naturally I inserted switches in the power pin lines and the test connector is ineffective unless switched on - after removing the seat mounting storage box.

I also installed a 15 second timer in the fuel pump line which, unless a concealed contact is touched, stops fuel delivery to the engine. I also have a very noisy alarm which is triggered by motion and is loud enough to awaken any sleeping parking lot attendant.

Neither of these devices would have value except for the fact they are unique. THIS is what is missing from mass produced security devices.

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

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More Security Theatre

All this security theatre, both this latest one, and the daily farce at airports dies little to make anything really safer.

It makes you wonder what is being planned in Downing Street.

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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"People who work at GCHQ would sooner walk ... than be involved in ... ‘mass surveillance’" Sure!

So please explain who/why copied all those Yahoo pictures?

And does he/she/they still work for GCHQ?

BTW: Those pictures that regaled many papers yesterday showing 'covered' GCHQ workers were actually quite revealing.

One picture showed roof-mounted aerials/antennae very clearly from which you could deduce approximate frequency and direction, whilst another picture clearly related the same aerials/antennae to major features of the building.

Guess the subservient UK press is awaiting a DN notice so the news can be censored, again.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Whose rules RULE?

I have citizenship of, and passports from, three countries and work in a fourth.

My employer supplies legally manufactured military electronic equipment, designed/fabricated in the fourth country, whose political interests are adverse to the first three countries. The fourth country supports, and recognises, countries in Eastern Asia and Middle East.

Presently we market most of our products through a government arms agency, as do the other countries.

The question arises is just whose legislation prevails?

This the the problem when the UK or the US extends it's 'jurisdiction' beyond it's recognised territory.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Not a problem - I prefer privacy

I haven't used Google for ages - there are so many search engines out there, several dedicated to downloads. Besides they are either agents for the NSA or have poor security, so I choose alternatives.

Do I feel guilty?

No, I usually download music (classical) and films, then place orders with off-shore vendors. These days so much media is pure garbage with maybe one or two songs worth the price but certainly not the whole CD.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Do you realise that the ...

NSA has satellites that receive radio frequencies from VLF through EHF on real-time from all parts of the globe?

The US base at Menwith Hills, Yorkshire, where these real time downloads occur is exactly opposite the NSA Pine Gap US near Alice Springs, Australia.

Tome the British government stopped all this unnecessary snooping.

At least we can whisper face-to-face or use infra-red.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Both Canadian and UK Soldiers will agree with her

Repeatedly, Canadian and UK soldiers, as well as many others from other countries have been killed by 'friendly fire' by American airborne cowboys - even when ordered not to fire.

But in a war between Russia, or the Chinese, the drones will be castrated when the enemy knock-out US satellites killing the drone command and control.

We should also remember all the innocent women and children killed by manned and unmanned aircraft. As well as the Reuters reporters who were murdered by a manned US Apache helicopter looking for fun on a Saturday afternoon.

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Is this NEWS?

What UK government computer system has ever worked right first time ... or the fiftieth software upgrade?

Memories of NHS.

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Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

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Goosed statistics often precede budget or legislation changes

In Canada a 'crime' is flagged as solved as soon as an arrest is made. Looks good at annual review time.

Unfortunately, a lot of charges are later withdrawn for lack of evidence, others are 'Not Guilty' at trial or 'Not Guilty' on appeal.

One appeal went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court over the use of the word 'MAY' by the judge. The appeal was sustained!

Statistics lie!

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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New Update? Wait EIGHT days and read the tech news sources.

We never install ANYTHING until 8 days has lapsed.

Problem is with Adobe, they seem to update almost daily.

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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First Happy Pizza, now Happy Lamb

Happy Pizza is a speciality pizza readily available on request in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea). Really boosted the industry income.

So British farmers should be celebrating - added income for the financially stressed farmers!

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Re: Many, many, many moon phases ago I worked for a company ...

@YetAnotherLocksmith:

I know exactly what is inside - the model was an early one and the separation between the electronics and the cash cassettes very weak. We could, if you knew the technique, open the cash cassette area. We did have a complete mechanical sample in our premises.

The point I wanted to make is that many of these machines have the very same key combination after all these years. I don't know if my key was a 'master' or not - but I do know it opens the lock.

I never lifted the cover as there is likely an alarm under it.

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Many, many, many moon phases ago I worked for a company ...

that landed a contract, or rather a subcontract, to fabricate metal boxes for ATMs that had a electrical distribution harness built in to them. It was really done as a favour to the bank in question, as the company also provided other electronic equipment for them.

As QC manager, I had certain functions that required me to unlock the finished enclosures using a serialised key that had been given to myself and a couple of others.

After bashing out many thousands of these 'boxes' the contract was completed and we carried on to other work.

But no one ever bothered to collect these keys! The other two that had them returned them to me and I simply left them in the stores department.

Long story short, I still have my key on my key ring even today. Sometimes, when I happen past one of this US banks ATM's, under lt's blue, green and white coloured logo, I discretely insert my key and see if I can just torn the lock.

The last time I tried this, late last year, it still worked! So, after the passing of 29 years this nameless bank with the blue-green-white logo still has never changed it's key combinations. Worse yet, this ATM was in Europe. Imagine the potential!

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Brace yourself for a 12-inch Apple maxiPAD – probably... maybe... ish

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Another 'dark week' or two for Android in The Guardian

For the week prior to and the week of the Banana cell handset from Cupertino, The Guardian banished all mention of Android from it's on-line pages and filled the space with rumours and tosh - many later proved untrue - of what features the 'technical' editor considers the finest piece of electronics in the world might have.

Normal, less biased, publishing will follow on the week following 2014 October 16.

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

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Ah, another insecure piece of US-sold hardware!

Should have bought TP-Link or Huawei network switches and routers - they are certified NSA and GCHQ unfriendly.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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When Edward Snowden, World Hero, first released his archives and revealed NSA ...

spying activities, the NSA said IT WAS ONLY COLLECTING METADATA.

And that they weren't actually LISTENING IN.

So why the complaining? All the Cell OS writers have done is to shut of access to content - data - whilst the spooks, FBI, DEA, Mounties, Plod, etc. continue to have full access to metadata. Could it be they were lieing?

Bit what Apple and Google add, the Mod Men can remove.

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Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

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The DA-Notice or Defence Advisory Notice is an official request to news editors not to publish ...

items on specified subjects for reasons of national security. Note the word 'request'.

Stripping away the thin veneer of 'security' seems to be to be the raison d'etre of El Reg.

Given how the UK Government and it's agencies have abused public trust, they don't deserve any consideration from the Press.

This guy, like scum on a pan of stew, has floated to the top whilst the magic goes under the surface. He doesn't do much apart from costing the UK taxpayers a fortune from dark-windowed, chauffeur driven cars, private jets, home security - just to stroke his ego.

If Younger dropped dead tomorrow, do you think much would be affected operationally?

El Reg, go tell the DA Notice Committee to forget it. Subservience doesn't suit you.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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MESH has the answer

MESH network radios are secure and effectively untraceable. Western military are switching to MESH in a big way. And MESH is designed to work around damaged/incapacitated Nodes.

Until this year my employer was bashing them out for the military of countries politically adverse to the USA for around USD$40 a copy, Now the Chinese have them in sale for USD$30 each!

There is an App for using an Android cell handset as a terminal node for interfacing a MESH network to the InterNet.

I think GCHQ and NSA have their work cut out for years to come as more and more systems of all types go dark.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Apples petty actions highlight why no iThingy review can be trusted

Apple has shot itself in the foot again.

Highlighting this simply points out that all the 'technical' editors, such as the guy with two Christian names at the Guardian, are so biassed towards Apple and simply overlook all the obvious deficiencies.

No one is perfect ... except on the tech pages of the Guardian. All for the cost of a crappy iPhone.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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“But we are a law-based state operating very tightly within a legal framework and a ...

cultural environment and that is where your protection must lie.”

Another version of Trust Us.

Along with these law-based restrictions is the total absence of morals by GCHQ such as copying Yahoo selfies, etc.

The UK has, effectively, no independent oversight, either - just retired stiffs like Rifkind who approved most applications he was asked for.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Come on and cry, cry, cry me a river, cry me a river (Arthur Hamilton)

Now that Edward Snowden's revelations are finally bearing fruit, the world's biggest Peeping Tom is learning the price of what it did. You cannot trust any government.

Of course, GCHQ is even worse with minimal oversight and it's morals worse than a lawyer.

There is always CALEA but with all the encryption becoming available the Feds are fighting a losing battle, which is good.

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US stakes out 'net battleground ahead of ITU meeting

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Since when has the USA ever bothered about International Agreements?

You name it and the States gets a waiver or simply ignores the agreements, as does the UK although less frequently

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Now we know why Apple was ...

going to use Sapphire glass ... to keep the damn thing flat!

Apple used cheap alumin(i)um - they have high strength/tensile alloys but they cost.

But Apple could fix it easily - just make the speaker squeal VERY LOUDLY when someone is squeezing their iThingy too hard.

The Guardian has a pictorial guide on the way Apple should be worn. See: < www.theguardian.com/technology/gallery/2014/sep/24/iphone-6-plus-bending-in-pictures >. It is specifically written for iSheep who also have problems plugging connectors in the right way.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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A year and a half ago, who knew ...

what GCHQ or the NSA were up to? That's why Edward Snowden's revelations have so shocked the world.

Southern Cross might be exercising poetic licence to it's limits.

There are cable systems in the USA where, at the landing station, certain staff are 'indoctrinated' and perform duties for the NSA. Remember that picture of a small room in a AT&T facility that the leaker exposed?

Only a couple of staff were permitted to enter that room, yet more company staff indoctrinated and acting on behalf of the NSA

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