3228 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
The futilty of it all
When did Napster start? June of 1999? PirateBay, et al, still as busy as ever.
Just upgraded the InterNet feed to my SaiGon condominium to a new 35 Megabit fibre optic feed. Fifty dollars installation fee and thirty-seven dollars a month unlimited. They even tossed in IP TV, free. Had to buy a couple of humongous hard dives to handle the loads.
Just like having a pipeline to the Hollywood film vaults! Up yours, Weinstein!
NHS and Technology ... Never Works
You would have thought by now the government would accept that the NHS and technology don't work.
If visitors or immigrants can't accept the culture and habits of a country ...
they should go home, or at least to another country.
Funny how they exercise the British right to complain - which many can't do in Muslim countries - about another British right.
Many Brits will even let them draw pictures of JC or even tear up the Bible, as long as they clean up the mess. So what's so special about Mo?
They must be using the ultra reliable ...
Cisco equipment ... made in China, just like Huawei and ZTE.
Re: Sub-metre accuracy
You can get sub-metre accuracy using GPS, a reference receiver and a regular GPS receiver.
These additional systems will allow accuracy-cross checking at less cost - no reference receivers.
Garmin will have no excuse to show our main north-south VN highway as being 15 kilometres out to sea.
And UK trains should be operate even more reliably and increase their on-time accuracy.
Why? ... accuracy of unencrypted GPS so troops could use ... civilian receivers more effectively
Bill Clinton signed the order relaxing of SA to boost the civilian applications / uses of GPS. The military prefers it's overly complex versions, custom made at great cost, and the US military uses a supplementary GPS navigation system.
The encryption is for use in time of conflict, what's the point n assisting an enemy?
There are now, or soon will be, Chinese, European, Russian and US systems. And freedom of choice.
How many more Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plants exist around the world?
When you consider just how many of these nuclear devices are situated near potential problem areas and / or high population centres it seems many are positioned to cause severe problems.
The States has 67 civilian owned reactors and the military has a whole bunch more, Russia has 42 working units, Korea has around 19 working units; India has 18, Canada has 16 with being repaired, China 14, UK has 7, etc.
The Japanese disaster came at a propitious time for VietNam, as it is plans to build a total of 13 new nuclear plants (the first unit was in 1960 built with US help in Da Lat). At least it can re-examine it's plans to see if they need up grading in view of Fukushima
Russia and Japan are signed for construction in VietNam, with Korea expected to join later. The Chinese are building a 'large' complex at Fangchenggang, near the Chinese-Vietnamese border, which will feed in to VietNam..
The question facing all users: What to do with the waste?
IP Theft = Apples SOP
Hope they have to pay big time or, possibly, claim they had permission ... after a little Photoshopping on the authorisation.
Apple stealing IP? Again? Slow learners
This is just the latest in a long line of purloining by Apple and MS. It's about time victims starting kneeing these thieves where it hurts most.
Good for Swiss Railways.
As for the term "Gnomes of Zurich". I think you should be using the term "Gnomes of Singapore" as more and more Europeans avoid Switzerland as their Piggy Bank now that the US, and a few other countries, have disclosure agreements with the country.
Singapore is more independent than Switzerland and has a political dictatorship (LEE Kwan Yew is still pulling a few levers of power) and given it's key position in transportation is more unlikely to bend to the wishes of the USA.
An indication of it's affiliations is that it keeps it time synchronised with that of BeiJing which can mess with Traveller's minds.
So, if MS wins, make THE Map App a free downloadable
I think what really lies behind this is market share or, at least, MS lack of share.
Balmer is having a rough of late, what with a pay cut, etc. And his latest idea of an iOS rentable computer might not be the greatest idea, techies like freedom.
I won't authorise the purchase of any equipment, of any type, that ties me to a single source supplier.
It always pays ...
to have alternate suppliers / sources around.
Ask the military, it's how they avoid getting their testicles squeezed at quotation time.
Jimmy Wales, getting it regualrly must be affecting his brain
The guy's full of effluent. It was a multisite team effort.
Back to bed, Wales.
Living in VietNam I get too see some of the worst, most incompetent drivers anywhere. Lanes, lights and signs mean nothing, just roadside bling.
Where else do drivers take a 'glide path' profile to a turn, winging through opposing traffic. You don't check turn indicators, you check tire direction. When turning right, the VN driver frequently overtakes the vehicle in front and then take a sharp turn across the other vehicles bows.
Taxis are of the opinion that a signal gives them right of way, regardless of the fact another vehicle is within an intersection.
The ultimate indicator of a cultures ability to drive is whether there are any professional race drivers from that culture. The are very few drivers of either hinese or Vietnamese origin.
Why the surprise?
Fanbois bought the Antennagate version of the handset knowing that it was defective.
They are so desperate to fondle the latest offering, with the unique tactile feedback of scratched aluminium. Most manufacturers finish their product to a smooth finish which, I guess, can be boring to some. Could be they are also into S & M or self-abuse. Or ribbed condoms.
Crappy Map App is a nothing, it's the feel that makes their days.
I think prefer the 0.8 inch extra, and my Canadian tailor
The additional goodies found in the SIII (Org) far out way the perceived benefits.
Still, this demonstrates that the Android stable of handsets far outweighs the Cuperino competition, in size, function and even ruggedness.
In fact, it seems that Samsung is stuffing almost everything into it's products whereas Apple users have to pay 30% tithings to by more apps just to make their favourite squeeze functional.
Just whi does DEFRA think it is ... the USA?
Only the USA trots all over the place downing web sites in ex parte applications.
Why does DEFRA think that it is has equal powers?
The list distributors should have sent it to Wikileaks or a Bittorrent site and then see what they can do.
Every time I switch my Kymco motorsccooters headlight on ...
I marvel at the thought that all this bright white light is from a 60 watt LED.
Now I know who to thank for all mt reduced electricity bills at home, too.
"... only once their disability is assessed and graded by a panel of medical experts ..."
If the hospital; removed half this poor guys brain, what sort of "medical expert" does it take to figure this guy's quality of life is down the toilet.
THIS is the price that Chinese workers pay so the CrApple owners can masturbate their scratched up phones. Hell of a price to pay. Wouldn't happen at Foxconn plant in TaiWan.
Foxconn and Apple - totally amoral.
Re: "Lawful" is the keyword here
The USA does not recognise any law, or The Constitution, other than a law written by the current administration.
Perhaps the unemployed SEALS are going to do guard duty on the servers.
At least this project has creds with Zimmerman on board.
Harper - copy of Cameron with strange American-like accent
This Harper panders to Americans which is why Canada is acting like a mouse, again.
What we need is a new Trudeau, he told the Americans where to go. Unfortunately his sole surviving son is too young to repeat the act. Yet.
So Canada buys overpriced Cisco equipment ... made in China.
Re: If the alleged offences were alleged to have been committed outside the US
Even Britain has extra-territorial laws ... witness the child diddler Gary Glad who was deported from Cambodia AND VietNam and then faced legal action in the UK.
I'm all for knocking these perverts down (ever seen a picture of some old white letch holding the hand of a girl who height barely makes it to his belt level - lives in in the memory) but this fad is spreading.
The US is by far the worst offender.
We need more countries like France, and, now, New Zealand who protect their citizens and their rights. There are too many a*sewipes of countries like Australia, Britain, Canada, et.c, who bend their laws and help the US get the people. Once in the US they are in the Let's Make a Deal system - 100 years if you plead not guilty, 5 for guilty.
The Canadian Supreme Court has slapped down that government on breaches - the US simply declines to hear them.
Of course, Britain doesn't have a tangible Constitution - better for the pols.
We should all be grateful for the stand taken by the Prime Minister of New Zealand in acknowledging the wrongs, and for the courts of that country for denying the enforcement authorities use of illegally obtained warrants. Wouldn't happen in the Us of A with it's nothing of a Constitution which all officials there pledge, hand over heart, to uphold and protect. What a joke.
Burred satellite pix pointless ...
as high resolution pictures can be bought, as Apple did, from sources on both sides of the former Iron Curtain.
I've seen pix of the armed White House roof floating around, as well as some high res of the UK which were subsequently knocked down in detail.
The Greeks still have laws that make it an offence for Foreigners to possess detailed maps of the country, introduced decades ago, yet there is a Greek publishing house selling pictures of most anything Hellenic. I located it by following the Copyright notice.
If anyone wants a high res picture of the Island of Kithnos, in the Milos island chain ....
... truth that most networking equipment is manufactured in China anyway ...
The futility of the U.S.Congress is highlighted again.
This is not about security, it's the U.S.doing an end run around WTO rules and regulations as they have done to other countries. They can't operate on a level playing field.
But they screwed themselves. Companies wanting to up their profits ship their assembly and manufacturing operations to China. The Chinese are no dummies, so they 'borrow' the American technology, and improve it, then sell it back to the US as a competing product. Actually, the Chinese government is now demanding IP transfers / licencing.
Since American imports exceed exports their trade surplus. it drains the treasury. So the Treasury issue bonds, the Chinese fearing a loss of their main market, buy the bonds.
Now the Chinese have US technology, production, and the control of debt. It's called holding all the cards.
And the US thinks it is the greatest? Dumb b*stards. End of the American empire.
The difference bewteen the Natwest CashApp and the HSBC SecureKey
is that with NatWest it works and the SecureKey is just crap that is good for generating random numbers for use in games of chance.
I'll have to take the SecureKey to Grosvenor Victoria Casino or Crockfords and see if works there.
I didn't find an Apple patent on this unique camera technique?
Apple patents the most inane things around, much of it prior art.
Yet in searching AppPat there is not one thing about eliminating the purple rage by cupping their mobe in their hands or just holding it the wrong way.
Another undocumented feature, perhaps?
According to an FBI affidavit, ...
Ashley Yablon, general counsel of ZTE USA, said he saw senior ZTE executives ...
Since when do people accept FBI anything on face value other than prosecutors and judges?
No doubt Ashley is line for USA alien status and after 5 years, and manufacturing more tails, he will get a new passport.
Always assuming that ...
the Chinese sweat labour doesn't get antsy and strike, revolt or leap out of the windows.
I wonder in the Chinese workers could make by leaking the manufacturing details to the Western press?
Bing which is letting internet users down
Mind you MS is like a child compared to the wizened, wise Google. And the results show it.
We host copies of MS software ...
on one of our web sites. We keep them ether so employees can re-install software when travelling.
For some reason MS thinks the DCMA applies outside the continental USA.
Love those threatening letters.
Americans protecting America from American greed
Just the American government fighting off the competition, such a wonderful upholder of the WTO trade agreements. NOT
What are they going to use instead? Made in China Cisco products? They need to get real, the greedy Western companies sold out IP rights and handed them to Chinese manufacturers in return for the opportunity to reap outrageous profits.
Look at Apple. It couldn't get Americans to assemble iCrap, only Asian skills can.
The US government uses commercial blackmail to promote American products. Don't buy GM seeds, or we'll block your food product shipments.
Buy Chinese aircraft and you'll have trouble getting FCC approval.
Look at the rare earth industry. The US had the world's nuts in it's hands and the the automobile company that owned it sold the outfit to China. Now the US has lost control it is using every 'diplomatic' to lever the Chinese into selling it more.
Guess they will have to wait for the Japanese to dig up more in northern VietNam before things improve.
The US doesn't like it when they are on the wrong side of a problem. Too bad, they are so of the asleep at the wheel.
The US has an employment problem. And whose fault is that - the Romney types who sold the American jobs to China so he could make more money.
And on and on.
Anyone who has visited India ...
would winder on what basis they call the fluid flowing in river beds 'water'.
They wash in the rivers, defecate in the rivers and, as a parting gift, they throw dead bodies and cremation ashes in the river.
Maybe that is the source of 'India Ink'?
Last time I heard ...
Tamils inhabited, or at least used to until they were exterminated, Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon.
Freedom of speach means the good, the bad and the evil.
Bl oody Plod enforcing the Nanny state, again.
Far better, and cheaper, to request posts in extreme bad taste be discretely removed by the social web site and the Username deleted.
The results are the same but the free publicity for the poster is removed.
Of course this particular dummy should have used his brain and created a new Username at an InterNet cafe and he would have a Sunday at home.
This very much like the blow the airport up incident, he chose the wrong target (Heathrow was better) and all that legal claptrap that followed.
Words of ignorance
"Energy Secretary Ed Davey said that the Government would "consider carefully the implications" of the report, and publish a formal response before the end of the year."
Last week, Ed Davey was reported as saying that it was nothing to worry about and that there was still a 4% 'cushion' ...".
A very, very, stupid man. I livid through a 5-day North American power outage and it was hell, especially considering Canada's system was and the fault lay in the States!
Am I serious?
When I visit countries in the West I practice what I preach and those locals think it is 'excessive'. The first power outage makes people believers.
In Ho Chi Minh a few thousand ...
small generators are nothing compared to 4,000,000+ motorcycles.
Power outages have benefits, too
Living in a country where power frequently goes out, there are definite benefits that accrue from them.
Conservation: Everyone thinks about whether they they need the heater / air-con or whether a plain old fan is sufficient. Never filling a kettle beyond the amount you NEED. Using economy lighting (most of mine are LED now) and always switching the lights off; Using refrigerators in moderation, none of that cold as possible stuff.
Consideration: for others knowing that your wastage might cause them to lose power;
Awareness: That power resources are finite and conservation is not just a word;
Choosing the right appliances: Instant on water heaters, mounted adjacent to the point of use save money big time. Cut out the 'Hollywood' showers (Did you see that Angie Dickinson shower scene!!).
Standby Power: Get yourself a small generator and a can or two of petrol / gas. Make wiring arrangements for easy emergency power switch-overs for essential outlets. Install battery powered emergency lights near stairways and other risky areas.
And don't forget the condoms in North America where power stays on, uninterrupted, for years, birth rates always increase nine-months after the power failure as adults reap the benefits of alternative entertainment during outages.
No Wikipedia entry for them.
Besides, who the hell is Kate Garvey?
Mid-Summer Celebrations ...
are a centuries old celebration, along with Chinese New Tears.
Foxconn surprises me as they are Chinese and they celebrate this festival. The workers only get two visits home annually and for the rest of the year they live in basic dormitories.- not too nice for 18 -26 year olds.
And strikes don't happen without the implied blessing of BeiJing, it's how working conditions get improved without the government getting involved.
All this abuse just to keep Fanbois happy.
Some second leve in FB l ...
selected the initial price.
Re: Bah humbug - simulated picture
Bull! Looks awfully realistic based on my experience.
In China, amazingly CHEAP!
I bought a bunch of 100mW Green laser modules at USD$10.05 each to make me a private 'ighthouse' so I could find my way home - the low tech way using my eyes.
These units are good for at least five kilometres at ground levels.
A friend who on approach, as a passenger, flying our local airport said he could make out our house with ease - even though they were not pointed at the aircraft. He also said he knows when I am fishing!
Ever taken a blue laser from a CD burner? These, when repackaged, can pop balloons at up to 15-20 feet!
There should be legal protection ...
for stupid people.
And the ecology - the glued together, unrepairable iCrap.
Why not put the last nail in the box and leave the worms alone?
You are 'celebrating' Jobs the plagiariser.
He stole / copied:
The 'Apple' logo; the name 'Apple'; the Xerox UI, the mouse; etc., etc.
Wire is just following those who celebrate Jesse James, Doc Watson, even Charles Manson.
John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, said it best forty years ago: This Jobs is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late Jobs. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-Jobs
US Security Theatre - a Joke!
The US security theatre is nuts.
A Russian software author can, and has, designed software for US companies and, when this software is installed or sold as packages the software can't be sold back to him!
You must remember the FBI is one of the leading entrapment artists in the US.
Mind you, using clear text messaging is kind of dumb given the numerous encryption packages available.
Remember, a charge is not a conviction, just another round in the US "Let's Make a Deal" legal game.
"4K set’s higher pixel density makes it harder for the eye to detect individual pixels"
Either system will highlight a damaged pixel, be it dead or one colour lost - especially for the myopic (short-sighted) viewer.
A dead pixel is preferable to a missing colour version as the latter advertise their presence by being standouts with differing colours.
I use a wide screen on my PCB layout system and I have one pixel dead and damn annoying it is, too! Finally, I gave it to my daughter and I bought myself a new unit!
Some people think waterproofing is an unnecessary luxury
I have always, wherever possible, bought 'ruggedised' or 'waterproof' versions of portable electronics for in monsoon storms, which I regularly experience, even things in your pockets get soaked, as in dripping wet.
Whenever I see Vietnamese school children calmly walking through shower-like storms, blithely ignoring the rain and wearing nothing but their light school uniforms, I always think they must have fish-like qualities.
Every storm sees people with iThingies and other smartphones who forgot their 'baggies' lose motherboards to rain. They don't even think to switch them off! Of course Apple aficionados are well and truly screwed as their batteries cannot be removed! Another sale for Apple.
One way to recover from a soaking
A wet cell phone, IF promptly switched off, AND THE BATTERY REMOVED can be recovered. With luck.
After shaking all the surplus water from the cell, you wrap the unit in kitchen wipe type paper then place it in a sealed glass jar such as a used instant coffee jar, and left for 24-hours.
Then remove the device, discard the paper. Either dry the rice on a flat plate on a low setting in a microwave oven or use fresh, dry rice.
After thoroughly dried repeat the 24-hour drying cycle AND ONLY THEN try powering the cell up. I have recovered several this way.
I also use silicon grease (from professional electronic suppliers - used in two-way radio antenna work) around ALL opening in a smartphone case. Even around rotating controls.- always preferable to get a little grease on your hands than lose a handset.
Laptops and Netbooks
Thank goodness for turkey sized plastic bags (or small garbage bags) as they are your protection for larger portable devices. Often double-bagging is needed to really get protection.
The HSBC SecureKey is allegedly waterproof - news,it isn't unless thoroughly dried off before using.
Open Sesame for GCHQ?
Why would anyone trust a UK government agency? This sounds like another backdoor marked GCHQ.
Funny how Cameron has all this money for foreign ventures yet he screams cut, cut, cut at home.
Imagine all those joggers with iThingies strapped to ...
their arms! What a scream, random prints all along their route.
My new Brother printer latches on to anything WiFi or Bluetooth (as well as Ethernet and USB) so I'll have to protect it from passing iThingies.
I saw an Apple owner shaking his thing, after he had dropped it, to see if there as anything loose inside. Whoops, there goes another print command!.
Just how dumb can these patent apps get?
New Zealand needs to check cell systems software
The US NSA claims to be able to tap into any cell system.
The Greek system was compromised a few years back and tracked down to be 'patched' OS software.
There were also three suspicious antennae in the grounds of the US embassy in Athens which could be monitored from a nearby hillside at the time.
At least you can sill whisper to each other, most effective spread-eagled on the ground outside, in the open, directly facing the other party, which renders all forms of monitoring near impossible. Or use Phil Zimmerman's products.
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