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Both Australia and the US have raised concerns at the highest level about potential security risks
Most likely the Australian and US governments are concerned they can't install back doors in Huawei equipment without revealing what strategies they use for keeping tabs on users.
They spend trillions of dollars on all this security and still the Pants on Fire guy nearly succeeds, as did Richard Read except for the fact he didn't take his shoes off and the explosive material got damp and didn't ignite.
Another thing, security 'experts' say the hardest 'terrorist' to catch is the lone operator. So just what the hell is NSA listening to - single operators who talk in their sleep?
The Key Missing Factor is Trust and Quality
Notwithstanding Alibaba's outstanding success with it's product sourcing search engine, Chinese products cannot be trusted, either for quality or integrity.
I'm not concerned about Chinese backdoors in networking equipment - the US NSA already has plenty of backdoors in US equipment (which is made in China) and software but rather their software integrity and whether can be trusted to behave like an international enterprise should.
China has two quality standards: home and export. Some of the products destined for the home market are pure garbage. Yet, often from the very same 'garbage' factories emanate some world class products. A walk around any of the electronic malls you find in all major cities you can see both extremes.
The Chinese playing field is not level, even for it's own manufacturers, and you never know which large Chinese corporation is bending the rules on government instruction or as a result of bribes.
No, even though Alibaba uses an international OS, I rather stick with the devils I know than stick my neck in China's wok.
Broadband Wiring Can be Simpler than Cable TV
North America puts it channel selection in equipment within a house whilst many European systems put the channel switching systems outside on the street.
Fibre optic cable is simply the conduit through which signals flow and the controlling equipment is within the 'exchange' or switch building.
This means very infrequent access is required to broadband fibre cable and therefore simple 'holes in the ground' are quite adequate.
A perfectly acceptable underground chamber can be seen at: < http://www.areco.co.uk/images/access-boxes.jpg >.
Blocking Web Sites Futile and Cameron's Nanny State
You would have thought by now even Tory cabinet members would realise blocking web sites is futile.
All a potential self-terminator need do is to e-mail friends overseas and they could either send e-mails of contents or even burn a DVD.
Why is it that European governments think their citizens so immature? Children look for pornography, preachers look for pornography, it doesn't just 'pop' up - it requires searching.for. My employer has a search group who work on client contracts and all they do is search for material. That's six women for 40 hours a week and they rarely accidentally happen across porn. In fact the web site producers might be disappointed for whenever their are a burst of giggles I know they are laughing at some of the featured antics.
In fact one of the best porn lists was published by the Australian government. It was their block list for ISPs.
If someone decides to kill themselves with gas, or to take a toaster into the bathtub, or to asphyxiate themselves in a car you don't see governments banning the supply if gas, or electricity or petrol.
Parents are responsible for their own children and if they want to block InterNet or long-distance calls, etc. they can damn well do it themselves without restricting the whole of the citizenry. Why should the greater public be penalised because some incompetents can't program their computer software or TV channel blocking.
Art Nouveau Reincarnated
What a ghastly looking lot of radios.
FM worked fine for decades, AM for much, much longer. What do we need all this for? Just so people can have more spectrum for cell handsets?
Wet Creams ...
So impracticable they'll unlikely work.
Remember we were all going to be flying in our personal planes, or zipping between planets with sky windows served by voluptuous female cabin staff by now? Hell, they even had to junk the Concord.
And what did we get?
Security Theatre staged by the TSA. Some progress .. shoes off, belt off, let us have a little feel.
VietNam ... More Expensive than most Home Countries
International 'industrial' schools here in VietNam are nothing less than a rip off.
Many schools have fees either nearing or at the USD$20,000 mark PLUS you get to pay horrendous additional amounts for Registration, Evaluation, Admission, etc.
Several are Cognita owned ... you know Cognita, the UK industrial school company financed by a UK vulture capitalist.
These industrial schools join for profit associations who proclaim how their fee paying members are 'accredited'.
Apartments, for Foreigner management types who want to maintain their home country lifestyle, can look forward to a monthly bill of around USD$2,500 plus all the essential services.
Many wives of these Foreign imported experts find things so tough they have to find part-time employment to make ends meet.
The VN government policy is to allow 'experts' in, but then pick their brains so Vietnamese acquire the skills. Then the Foreigners can go home.
Another bent judge ...
bought by and sold to Apple.
My glasses are shatter-proof, why not Apple's glass?
When, I wonder, are they going to ...
start arresting all the crooked Plod who were on the take, whether leaking the Queen's schedules or simply dishing out the dirt?
Some of us don't forget just how much the reputation of Scotland Yard has been diminished.
Reporters are not paid to be honest, Plod is.
Ever heard of a hole? And things that go bump in the night
The obvious thing to do is to have buried terminal boxes - as they used to do with other telecoms. Out of side and out of mind.
With broadband there should be no need for frequent visits to 'pedestals' as these eyesores are referred to in the trade.
A neighbour of mine, who owns a small construction company, had one of these things 'grow' in his lawn, and Bell would erect their 'tent' and work away for days. (There was a telephone switch building in the area).
Telco's, electricity and water utilities always get 'easements' on subdivisions before the houses are built so they are free to run what they want, where they want - and Bell Telephone wouldn't place it anywhere else.
There were a few bumps in the night where a 'mysterious' vehicle would run into the box and push it over. Out would come the Bell boys and rebuild the mess.
Eventually my friend visited with his lawyer who, as lawyers are wont, crawled over the documents pertaining to ownership. He discovered that there were 'legal impediments' that made the box illegal.
The neighbour then had his back hoe operator dig a sizable trench around the box, as well as nicely disassembling the box, then the dirt was removed from around the cabling until there was a nice hole. He then filled the whole thing up with concrete and replaced some soil and turf.
The Bell boys were confused, their trace equipment revealed where the box should have been. Long story short, Bell dug a hole in the road and re-terminated the cables in it.
Still there, 36 years later at the corner of Ernest Avenue and Edmonton Drive near Victoria Park and Finch Avenues, in toronto!
Apple, FBI and the US Government - all damn liars
Personally I don't accept any are telling the whole truth.
Apple usually doesn't respond, the FBI answered/responded way, way too quickly for them and the US government ...
Who has the more believable track record? AntiSec, or the rest. Apple could have been under legal restrictions imposed by the FBI warrant not to disclose the disclosure, apart from the fact they employ a whole department well practiced in the art of saying nothing, often in a verbose manner.
US manufacturers sleep with the government, only Zimmermann of PGP fame had the guts to stand up to the US government harassment and give them the finger.
No Sweat, the American Taxpayer Covers it Through Corporate Expense Deductions
Even if a Larry, in this case, neither would really hurt as they are rich, even filthy rich.
The bit that really hurts is that Larry the Mouth and Oracle lost. The lost prestige and the argument. Egg all over his face.
And Google no doubt learned something for it's USD3-million, clean up the comments in your code ... not that they are alone.
The world’s change-rooms and fitness clubs might get that little bit more private,
Once more the puritanical Apple is out to save it's users sensibilities.
The trouble is that what's banned in California, isn't necessarily banned elsewhere. In 1991 toplessness as an indecent act was challenged by Gwen Jacob in Guelph, Ontario, who removed her shirt, and bra, and was charged with indecency.. She prevailed citing as men can do, so can women.
So Apples new feature would be 22 years out of date in the bigger country north of the USA.
This is the biggest reason why I prefer Android over Apple, the freedom to do what I wish, with what I own.
Russia, a trusted source ...
Many companies ...
use Google for sourcing services and products.
Since the UK is no longer a manufacturing country, thanks to Maggie's 'service' economy, , it's not surprising.
Does that mean ...
that dirty old men who search on the InterNet for pornography, are protecting their health?
Why would ANYONE believe ANYTHING either the FBI or a GOVERNMENT SAYS?
In the US there is a felony (serious) law that makes lying to Federal officials an offence.
What they REALLY need is felony legislation that makes it illegal for Federal employees to lie to the public. That would shut them up.
Do Bittorrent Users Care?
Downloading is legal in several countries.
I have one computer permanently downloading - been running for over six years.
Previously, I had a computer in a storage locker in Toronto doing the same thing ... Plod never showed up.
Pity the SEC doesn't chase the ...
real Wall Street crooks down instead of going after minnows.
Look what they've missed - the boss who stole $200,000,000 in PFG, Idaho .
That's after the former Goldman Sach's guy who ran MF Global lost $40,000,000,000.
I think the SEC needs to reorder it's priorities. AND STOP ACCEPTING SWEETHEART SETTLEMENTS!
A new "I want" toy ...
for The City and Wall Street traders.
Imagine four of these stacked 2x2 on your desk!
No doubt ...
as reliable as Amazon cloud, or the Apple cloud.
No fat filings ...
Most courts have Rules and in these Rules are specifications for paperwork submitted to the court.
They also prefer printed material to handwritten submissions. Some even welcome CD/DVD filings.
I was sued by Sabre, the airline reservation people, and after some printer tweaking, fiddling with wont sizes and styles, and line spacing as well as carefully narrowing the margins, I found I could get almost a full page of single line spaced text into a court acceptable "double spaced" specification.
Fortunately, many courts do not stipulate fonts and the narrow versions really work wonders.
P.S. I won the case brought by Sabre.
Could all this heat mean a really major revamp for the US patent system?
The oddities that comprise the US patent legislation is causing so much business interruptions that it is conceivable that it will, eventually, lead to a major reform.
Given that the US acknowledges that the EU has developed workable legislation in many areas, they might well adopt major features of it.
China is another sore point in the patent business, and given that many (most?) American products are made there, even internal Chinese patent squabbles could lead to production level interruptions, irrespective of where the products are eventually sold.
Imagine, CrApple without their Chinese made products because Foxconn was sued by a Chinese competitor. That would really awaken the Congress.
In North America mobiles are used for parking and stolen car infractions
Every night, in major North American cities, city/police vehicles drive up and down streets scanning parked vehicle number plates.
The scanned number plates are converted in to plain text and checked against main frame databases for infractions and theft. They also conveniently, for the police, issue parking infraction notices.
Additionally, the numbers are checked against licence and insurer databases to ensure they are current with formalities.
At least on cold nights in Toronto, the operators are usually too lazy/cold to get out and manually scan plates that cannot be read.
A meaningless survey unless ...
(1) We get to see the questions;
(2) Who paid for the survey.
Americans may be naive but never that naive. Pure bloody theatre.
This trial is a farce ...
a biased judge limiting evidence that can be used against Apple.
I guess the lawyers will be making an appealable case so more mature judges can have a go at it.
Who really cares how allegedly secret documents are leaked ...
as long as the garbage is exposed to the world to show the US for what it is.
On the day after this second revenge charge was made public ...
the evil empire of Goldman Sachs was advised by the Justice Department they were facing no more charges.
This high-speed trading is nuts. The feeds from the trading servers to the high-speed traders computers are physically adjusted to ensure the data arrives at each traders computer precisely at the same time.
There is a detailed report in Wired.com .Com - US version..
Trusteer: Rapport Software is ....
now based in the US of A, in the northwest, I think.
The mob at HSBC banking said I had to install it. I said it doesn't say that in InterNet banking terms and conditions.
He hung up.
And the Euribor Interest Rate Fiddling Bank
You have to give them credit, where credit is due, these b*stards have put aside NINE-BILLION POUNDS to clean up their laundry business and they haven't even started looking at Euribor.
This is the world's largest criminal entity with branches all over the world''Now you can add blackmail, My Secure(sic)Key hasn't arrived so the said OK, you're OK until September.
Imagine my surprise, and extreme annoyance when, last Friday I couldn't access my account. The InterNet Banking mob said no money until you use Secure(sic)Key - and I'm in the Far East.
Alternate uses abound
With this App on the unemployed cell handsets, it means that applicant's lives can be monitored.
(1) What time does a user's cell stop moving at night and in the morning; (2) How may times a user actually uses the App; (3) Time planner - allowing users to plan out their job search activities - and for Big Brother to monitor their performance; (4) Check on transportation modes (slow-walking; faster-bicycle;, fast, non fixed route-car; public transport, etc; (5) Plod could track their potential customers; (6) Check on cell usage costs and inquire wheee the funds are coming from.
Great tool especially for social serves and benefits providers..
TALKING ABOUT information in "an intelligible form" ...
have you noticed how the receipts from those wretched thermal primers always manage to fade jusy before you need them for tax preparation time.
I think the government should mandate a 18-moth life for all receipts.
"Rate Parity" - what a joke!
Expedia owns TripAdvisor.
If you go to TripAdvisor you will find links to hotel sites scattered throughout their pages.
What TripAdvisor doesn't tell you is that most of these sister web sites have an incestuous relationship through their cookies.
You get one quote from Tripadvisor it offers to let you compare prices and the prices are all within a dollar or so of each other. Delete the cookies as you switch from one site to another and then you see some action!
Another way these outfits can rip you is by pricing individuals, i.e. per person, when the rooms are sold in the country as rooms. This means they can really increase their take.
Hotels.com and Hostels.com have another wrinkle. They accept your reservation and charge you a deposit. These 'deposits' are actually their commission for the booking activity - in other words the hotel or hostel sees squat of this money.
They simply send an e-mail off and say Mr. Smith is arriving on so and so date for three nights. The weakness is that the web site relies on the hotels to advise them if a room is available for the whole block of days. Unfortunately they often don't.
Another problem arises is when a customer arrives at the hotel and the front desk, live and in person with only one room available. The question is: does the hotel sell the room and get full price or pass on the live customer and hold for a maybe? Often the choice is for the live customer which means that if the Hotel.com reservation turns up there is no room available.
So Hotels.com complains to the hotel and they say: E-mail, what e-mail?
You would need a genealogy program to detail all the inter-relationships between travel companies, it is simply unbelievable.
And never use someone like Expedia for flights, they get a bonus for selling the left-over seats.
I'm not in travel as a business, but do yourselves a favour - use your local travel agent, at least you can scream at them when things go wrong.
Does anyone have the ...
fuel to flour ratio's of this lark?
ill this mean that Free-To-Air ...
The theory is good but there will be numerous problems in reaching remote communities.
Then there's the Designed by Committee factor which make it a non-starter.
It' not Skype I don't trust, it's Balmer and his gang of Federal btown-nosers
MS has always been open door to Plod from all countries. They even wrote tools to hack their software,
As far as I am concerned all written material carried by Skype gets encrypted.
Forget beer proof, is it Monsoon Proof
Even though nature has been trying to eliminate the Hose Pipe Ban, that and the bbeer test are nothing compared to a real soaker in Singapore, Cambodia or VietNam.
The toll on unsuitable cell phones is high here, even when wrapped in baggies.
Some ingenious repair people fix damaged motherboards and reselling as refurbished. Authorised Apple repair shops just bin them.
I wrapped a laptop in two turkey basting bags, and two zip-lock monster bags and after a one-hour trip I had to dry everything and repack. Monsoons are hard taskmasters.
So bring on those waterproof/beer proof Androids, they are something Apple don't have.
P.S. A touch of silibcone grease around the joint faces really improves things, too.
We love our XP ...
No STARTUP REPAIR, faster than Win 7 and simply operationally more reliable and able to stand abuse better.
IEnn? Just use it for XP upgrades.
Simple ... Just change the cell Class of Service
Cell systems are not equal opportunity. They have Class of Service which can allow one user have service whilst the guy right to him, on the same network, gets a busy.
It would hardly be noticed had the cell companies changed the COS for the riders for the duration of the race.
Another IOC failure.
Microsoft has alwys slept with the Feds ...
so I ask you: Does a tiger change it's spots?
I use Skype PLUS PGP for secure transmission.
What MS doesn't realise is that there are many more evil governments other than just the USA and a leaky Skype could cost some people their lives, even if they are the good guys.
Next, they'll be digging up Jobs body ...
to see if they can worm their way out of this one.
Apple has consistently copied others works, it's just that Samsung has deep pockets and can afford to fight the deal.
Hopefully when Apples tricks are exposed this whole patent business will fade away.
We, the paying public, is getting screwed. Royally.
I "love" my HSBC code key
HSbC have been sending out code keys that generate PINs on the fly.
A few of our technicians were messing around and now I don't need a code key in my pocket. I have the next 50 in my electronic address book!
So much for security.
QUOTE: "and keeping to a reputable bank"
Where do you find a reputable bank?
The HSBC has been accused of fiddling the Euribor AND it is (was) the drug cartels favourite laundry.
Given that China acquired a US ...
business, from GM I believe, I am surprised that the sale wasn't prevented on security grounds y the US of A.
Asleep at the switch again?
For once, the usual suspects, the ...
Chinese, aren't involved.
A refreshing change.
What these tech clowns seem to over look is ...
the reason an in-custody alleged offender is entitled to come before a magistrate is to allow such people the opportunity to bring to the courts attention any matter that be alleged offender might have from health matters, food and legal affairs / representation.
Furthermore, an accused is entitled to face anyone giving evidence, in person, and to challenge 'evidence'. How many cases have turned on the cut and thrust of cross examination?
How can anyone be sure a tele-witness is not being coached by someone off-screen? Personal interaction between a barrister/lawyer and a witness is critical; Body language can not be clearly seen on TV screens.
Most Word users don't use many of the fearures
In my experience, many Word users are happy with Word 2003 and 2008 - and even these have far too many unused features on them.
However, if you are in the graphics presentation business they are most likely very useful.
Re: Racist diatribes!
India is both sexist and racist. (They kill unborn female children to increase male births).
And it is high time Britain stopped sending money to support this 'struggling' nation. Using birth control would be a big start.
Talking Electronics - an unbeatable teaching resource
I encourage youngsters I know to visit < http://www.talkingelectronics.com > so they can select projects that are within their capability and pocket change.
Amatuer radio, the cheapest emergency networks around
These are unsung hero's.
Living in a country where the are very few amateurs, authorities are often left bereft of communications other than cell.
Morse code might sound dated, but minimal equipment is all that is needed to communicate. Many commercial designers rely on amateur radio technical handbooks to keep up with the latest techniques that work.
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