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All the usual suspects pigging out at the trough
It's amazing how the usual suspects can adapt to the latest government needs. Next we will see G4S offering services.
I guess their favourite all purpose company, Centrica, is now a security outfit, too.
Carrier NFC SIM costs too high?
Canadian Rogers, notorious for gouging any type of it's customers charges CAD$50 for a SIM card!
There should be enough profit there for NFC.
Cameron's UK and other Nanny States, plus Apple, are most likely ...
delirious knowing that millions of Fanbois' puerile minds are protected from seeing Nature's handiwork.
Not surprising when you consider Apple found t necessary to make their latest connector non-polarised as they believe their clients can't figure how to mate USB connectors.
USA's Hilary Clinton to Gabon: "Your grant cheque is in the mail"
If CNN's projection, just announced as I write this, there is another 4 years and 7 weeks in which the Obama government can authorise cheques can be sent.
So much for the USA being the world's leading technology country!
It's amazing that after the Florida Fiasco that brought Bush in under very dubious circumstances you would have thought this software would have been fixed.
Of course, that Ohio only installed the software a few days before an election whose date had been public knowledge for decades is suspicious, especially since the Republicans arranged the software 'patch' and they have been linked to widespread voter fraud.
The pencil and paper system, plus scanner is superior, in many ways. The carpenters type pencil with a large soft lead, which is used to mark off ovals on the voting paper.
The advantages are that the voter can see where he/she marked, the paper cannot be changed, the voters choices are easily machine read and, in case of failure, the sheets can be manually read.
They are al;so useful for use in appeals.
The system is used in Canada and the technology has never been challenged.
Better to test a product in house ...
before sale rather than wait for people to report defects.
Who does Sophos think they are? Microsoft?
In China only around USD$5 per unlock
through an authorised cell carrier via iTunes.
Time to add Public Hotspot Software?
Time to down load Antamedia HotSpot software, or similar, to control who and what can leach from your WiFi systems ... or to iThingies special slow rates.
Always good to put controls n place like no graphics, no FB or e-mail only.
Try switching a few letters!
[Google] Apple attempted to have some US imports of Microsoft and [Apple] others Android products barred from stores because, the company claimed, its key smartphone technology patents ....
Apple has over 800 patent claims against it. (Forbes)
The secret bank accounts now in Singapore
All the fat cats from Germany, France, Greece are stashing their money is Singapore.
Where? Try to fill in the missing letters: Bank of S--ga-ore. You don't even have to use your real name!
Wife, President, Germany, Hooker
The wife of former German president Christian Wulff is taking legal action against Google.
Bettina Wulff shows if you search under my title in Google, as does Bing!
May be she should move to Australia to collect.
I wonder if UK Home Sec May has 'Future Proofed' this?
Poor old May, she claims the new spy and wire tap bling they are buying is 'Future Proofed'.
This venture, along with Silent Circle, is the new reality.
Let's see what GCHQ can do with this. All those little clouds filled with impenetrable secrets from the Middle East and 'terrorists'.
May is ether dumb, or a liar
Most likely both.
"Future proofing" is unattainable. Can they eavesdrop on Silent Circle equipped smartphones? Skype s now insecure. SFone is still pretty good.
How about people who use pager/pay[hone combinations? This where one party calls from a payphone and sends a message, in numeric code, to a satellite pager. Totally untraceable. And if the pagers are leased, separately, in another country, they are even less likely to be traced.
They already 'spy' on calling card users - payphones already retain the first three 'groups' of numbers in North America (telephone number to card service; calling card number and called number. But this can be made confusing when someone changes payphones, and the changes calling cards. How will electronic spying link these together?
If the UK wanted to spy on anyone, they could either do it themselves, or ask another member of Echelon to do it for them. They don't need to spy on everyone.
This is just another budget boost for GCHQ under the guise of fighting all these alleged terrorists.
The proposed system is even more expensive than the Americans vainglorious system.
Should have shipped it to the UK ...
then hand carried it over to China on a China Southern Airlines, China Airlines or Air China flight - straight to the PRC from Heathrow.
Of course, using a foreign name like that was kind of dumb, should have chosen some more patriotic like All American Communications.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
It's about time someone other than the usual suspects started chasing Apple around.
Apple still has between 800-900 claims against it outstanding.
Who is more guilty? Dumb Citibank or the Perps?
It is simply mind boggling that, in these days or high speed communications, Citibank is so pig greedy that it waives a basic check?
Guess it helps when you are running on government money.
And this company is the very one ...
who is shafting the employee who lost half his brain in an accident?
A pox on all their houses. Bastards.
How times have changed ... for the better
It wasn't many years ago that Chinese workers injured at work were simply discarded and sent home.
On any scale Foxconn is simply another company exploiting the world's largest labour market. And whether they like it or not, both Foxconn and Apple are tarred with the same brush.
Westerners, for their part, should voice their thoughts to Apple and let one of the world's largest, richest companies know that we care about this man.
If the questionable state of Siri and the dismal Crappy Mappy is enough to can/fire a senior official, if reasonably follows that Fanbois are entitled to a refund on Version 6.
Since Apple knows all the information about it;s purchasers there can be no excuse for ANY delay in crediting the credit cards.
AND the restoration of Google Maps until Apple fixes it's Map app.
Why would anyone put assets in NYC when White Plains is so close by?
White Plains, the East Coast international communications hub for decades, has an airport whose elevation is 439 feet (134 m) above sea level and is the terminus for many long haul fibre cables.
It would take a very, very big surge to flood that place. And the BBC uses it to host it's services to North America from there, too.
The correct question, in China, should be ...
"Are there any beauty parlours open late around here, Siri?"
A very high percentage double up as way stations for ladies of the night and they even sit outside their stores hustling potential clients, from the comfort of their chairs, as the men stroll by!
Who would want to be a Microsoft dealer?
MS even have patches out before you first install any Windows version ... except for Wiin3.1.
And imagine Adobe ... more upgrades even still!
If they can/fire these two for defective preformance, is it not reasonable to assume ...
that both Siri and Crappy Mappy are equally sub-standard and deserving of a refund?
How much, is the question or will that be vouchers for iTunes?
Out of curiosity I checked with my local ...
software copy shop, they had Win 8/Metro/whatever on sale for the princely sum of USD$1.
Since I am a happy XP Pro user, available on a compilation DVD also at $1, I demurred purchasing the latest and 'greatest' Windows.
Smart users put off purchases until the first Service Pack.
I pull my credit record annually ...
as is permitted under Canadian legislation.
The most frequent inquirer is Revenue Canada, four times annually for the past 24 years. I guess they are looking for my tax money. I don't use credit, I have no cards and therefore they have no need to have any records reflecting my current location.
I always use credit bureaus when I sue people, it provides such a rich source of embarrassing information on the proposed defendant.
What do you call ...
a disillusioned 'fanbois' who are so excised they actually sue the Church of Apple?
Herd mentality in full flight
I am glad that at least some El Reg posters recognise there has been no convictions registered against the late Jimmy Saville. And never will be. Gary Gladd was convicted of having 4,000 images, not making them. He was also convicted n VietNam of abuse when he spent the night with two girls and their aunt in the same bed.
Given the extreme secrecy surrounding the matter, the closed court hearings, the less than politically isolated courts and the poor general law conditions in VietNam I would even place that in the dubious category. Please note that I am one of many Foreigners who wrote to the Prime Minister of VietNam asking that no sentence reductions be given Glad. These reductions are handed out en masse on vacations and national holidays.
No one has explained why these now 40 and 50 year old alleged victims are only now coming out of the woodwork.
As someone who came up in the Sixties, I remember it was quite common for people to 'put out' by way of appreciation. These were the days of free love, mini-vans with "Don't laugh your daughter may be inside", etc.
Like Soldiers of Fortune
When the luckless Moore accepted his position in Iraq he was undoubtedly tempted by visions of quick, increased, income. He likely didn't really consider the true risks and why his employer was offering a pot of gold.
Ignoring the premises on which the war was based, let the soldiers fix the violence and THEN go in.
It's often Third Parties
Remember the US contractor who, when vacationing in the USSR, stoked up his laptop and communicated with a SCADA system, I believe in the Chicago area? All sorts of accusations of Russian spies and the like?
This is the sort of thing that should be unnecessary. Then, it is believed, a Russian technician introduced the virus/malware into the Iranian nuclear material refinement program.
It is heartening, to me to least, to hear that a Indochinese country that is purchasing electricity from China and other neighbours refuses to permit automatic interconnected network controls with these external suppliers.
Furthermore, it has established it's very own fibre network that is 100% dedicated command and control + communications network.which is 'sterile'. There are absolutely no external connections and since the SCADA scandals has even prohibited anyone from connecting any device to it other than through a secure access point.
The US, and Canada, are so incestuously interconnected.
The Northeast blackout of 1965 was a significant disruption in the supply of electricity on 1965 November 9 affecting parts of Ontario in Canada and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, and New Jersey.
It was caused by by an adjustable safety relay being set too low.
The 2003 Northeast blackout widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada, on 2003 August 14, which lasted up to five days in some areas, including parts of Toronto.
You have never, ever seen so many official fingers pointing at each other and even across the Canada/US border. One the heat had cooled it was determined the problem lay in Ohio!
Being profit motivated, i.e. 'cheap', these outfits who formerly ran their own communications networks which included extensive microwave strings over hundreds and thousands of miles, regarded the InterNet as the best thing to come along since Edison.
Down came strings of microwave towers and dishes which were replaced with a pair of wire to the local telco.
The other thing with power and utility companies is that they are frequently technically 'conservative' and having adopted SCADA to find that this new, alien, technology is responsible is responsible for system failures is more than a little disturbing.
One benefit the US phantom war on terrorism has done is to sensitise the authorities to the vulnerabilities they face, even though the general public has to suffer harassment and embarrassments whilst travelling.
Systems are even more interconnected today and the elimination of these computer threats are a matter of national security. Canada and the US, along with many other countries, assume, foolishly, their electrical supplies are immune to attack.
Living in a country where power failure is a regular occurrence does persuade people to look to alternate power sources. My office, and home, have standby battery systems - LED lighting works from 12 volts - as well as standby generators with well-filled fuel tanks.
Why does anyone outside the US care?
The US Copyright decisions affect the US and it's territories.
In many jurisdictions they either don't care or these governments have different priorities. The USA can protest all it wants to BeiJing but Chinese entrepreneurs will carry on business as usual. Likewise in other countries.
As long as trusted authorities such as El Reg, continue it's promotion of this subservience, people will actually believe, and accept, US law is world law.
If this were the case, Apple wouldn't be performing it's pantomime with Samsung all over the world.
Up yours, Uncle Sam.
savage indictment of the American legal system ... based ... past character.
Obviously, correspondent Iain Thomson isn't too legally that aware.
Thousands of 'convicted felons' in the USA commence suits annually. Just because they've been convicted of / framed with a charge doesn't deny them right to see a judge.
It isn't an 'indictment' of the American system, it's system that can be seen to function inasmuch that it this clam was exposed.
Calling in the 'Feds', or cops, is an old trick. Happened to me when a large American travel-related corporation decided that our differences should be settled in court. They sued me for a million dollars. They also called the cops, who swallowed their line hook, line and sinker. Fortunately I had a smart attorney who gave me instructions regarding my property and all the civil Gestapo found in my premises was me and my furniture.
They lost their claim and had to pay my costs.
Unless you know all the details t an be dangerous to 'assume' anything.
The council members are the equivalent of the ...
board of directors in a company and the mayor it's CEO.
If a fine is imposed it should be paid from the pockets of these guys as they failed n their jobs.
Why should taxpayers get stiffed again?
I always heard it wasn't the ...
length but the technique.
Guess Cooks extra 2..45 centimetres isn't worth much.
Re: The way IATA will want to fix this...
IATA has nothing to do with standards.
You mean, presumably, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency.
IATA is simply a price fixing club that represents rich airlines.
The device "guesses" where it is by sniffing for nearby WiFi base stations
I guess this perfectly matches Apple's Crappy Map App and relies on the theory two guesses DO make a right.
"overall design of extreme simplicity".
Isn't this just a long winded way of saying PLAIN?
I wonder if Apple likes eating Humble Pie, UK style?
Using 'Murdoch' business morals against a Murdoch company
Apple products won't sell well in China ...
unless they reduce their profit margins.
Here in VietNam there are some Android 'smartphones' which have resistive displays, games, audio playback and SD storage a.. for under USD$40. Good value for money, although they do look cheap. They are popular with school children.
Time to use 100% foil-backed dry wall and chicken wiire + ferrites
I saw a specification for a high powered pulsed UHF transmitter test 'warehouse'. The main features were that the foil backed dry wall / gypsum panels had to be bonded and areas around the joints and corners covered with 'chicken wire' of certain dimensions. All services, which included water pipes, were also bonded and passed through ferrites.
If these protections can contain a signal, they can equally protect from such signals, IMO.
With respect to American military tests, many in the past have been questioned, especially when the senior officer n charge of projects was, later, hired by the contractor. Boeing has had lots of projects prove unsuccessful after detailed Congressional investigation.
The question what were the attacked buildings constructed from - woos, brick or concrete?
Hell, Boeing couldn't even build a 'high tech' fence designed to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico.
Poor old Apple. more prior art discounted
Perhaps the courts would save one hell of a lot of time if they had the USPO to go back and go through Apple Tosh with a fine tooth comb.
Some of them are plainly prior art, like some of the travel reservation screens. Apple is a very late comer to travel, so check Sabre's Planet Sabre UI (discontinued) to see where Apple's 'inspiration' came from..
Are theu entitled to royalties ...
if the dumb Siri doesn't work properly?
Google's approach is much more functional, and faster, when two of these devices are held side by side and a simultaneous inquiry made.
Which part of 'facial technology' ....
when used in toilets can differentiate between the left and right posterior 'cheeks'?
Why the pregnant silence from ...
You would have thought the PR department would have been working overtime.
Possibly Judge Koh had a premonition, or a tip, that things might change and she protected proceedings by adjourning until December. Guess Samsung has deservedly been given two big Christmas presents - the delayed trial proceedings allowing them to score the Christmas market and this patent determination.
New trial anyone?
Re: @Phil This should never have been a problem
Criminal and civil law are hardly comparable, the standard of evidence in the former is far, far higher.
Tim Cook can't run a company second-guessing specifications Apple's dead leader might prefer
I thought Cook went down to the bone-yard and held a weekly seance?
As for the education market, it has little spare budget, so cheaper, smaller is only part of the equation. Apples jail environment with a 30% gate fee is simply to restrictive and to expensive for the education app developers and schools to pay,
Which s another reason not to buy this Apple product.
Jurisdiction is paramount
Plod, apart from looking for an easy conviction, has to look out for jurisdiction.
What if the unhappy poster is domiciled elsewhere other than the UK or Europe? Ditto for the server.
And if the Troll is using a VPN, what then?
Plod is simply looking to make numbers look good and really it is as meaningless as the comments. Look at that blowing up the lousy airport - total waste of court time.
Why ask Siri?
Most women;s hairdresser staffs have extra curricular work.
I stay in a teacher's apartment on school grounds when in NanNing and I have to run a gauntlet of five hairstylist shops and everyone of them solicits business from men passing by.
A but embarrassing for the female teacher but she is used to it.
In Newfoundland, Canada, many government owned cars have ...
'G' plates. Regular car owners get a 'A' registration plate and trucks and pickup's get a 'C' lettered plate.
There are a few cop cars that don't comply.
The other way, to spot which are the cop cars, if you know radio antennae sizing, is by their slightly longer antennae lengths. The RCMP don't always play fair, they have concealed antennae under the rear window shelf in the trunk (boot).
Only YOU used LIBOR, HSBC was 'allegedly' involved in the European version.
Doesn't make them any more honest ... even a US Congressman described them as a 'criminal enterprise'. Who's going to argue with that?
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