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Cuba: The USA's little pain n the a*se
Cuba has always been linked to the US mainland, Miami, for telecommunications - even though no one in the US was able to call the island.
Canada could, using US communications links, and for a while Canucks made a fortune connecting displaced Cubans to their families in Cuba using call forwarding. This was before Cuba was connected via satellite.
The US-Cuban link had to be maintained under international agreement.
I wonder in the US has the right to run cable through Cuban territorial waters, or is it one of those grey areas? Not that the US would give a hoot, anyway.
Cisco and Facebook, the same but different
Both Cisco and Facebook seem to treat customers with disdain; Cisco changing it's firmware AND imposing conditions without giving a choice and Facebook, who just changes everything, exposes private data all without notification to users.
The difference? At least CISCO apologises and restores the status quo.
BA ... the anacronym for British A*seholes won't be getting me
because it has to be, without a doubt, one of the worst air carriers in the world led by it's equally vain Wee Willy Walsh.
So many carriers are superior to BA. I flew EVA from Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City and the flight attendants addressed people by their name, after asking how they would like to be addressed - Sir/Madame, Mr Phillips or James. Wasn't some trick, either. On departing the aircraft most of the Biz and First Class were not only addressed in the right language but by their name. (I confused them by speaking Mandarin!)
No pads or tablets, just excellent training that matched the care they lavished upon customers.
Cathay, VietNam, Thai and Singapore airlines know how to treat you well and there is no need for yet another intrusion in to a persons privacy. AirAsia/AirAsiaX do a great job in the low cost carrier group.
But BA ... it's for the dogs. Database, indeed.
Who is this heretic ...
if he is allowed to voice this opinion hundreds of lawyers will be unemployed, unable to do anything except draw strange numbered drawings and write unintelligible prose.
No patents in electronics ... Jobs will arise and smite him down.
Waterproof at1 metre for up to 30 minutes? Translated ...
that's the same as 3.5 hours in a SaiGon shower or 2 hours in a Da Nang monsoon!
Damn sight better than buying a replacement motherboard for an iThingy @ Dong2,000,000 every time in rains.
No sweat ... the Japanese are digging a bloody big hole in ...
the north of VietNam where a new, rich source of some rare metals has been discovered.
The ore will be refined in Japan. See: < http://www.livinginvietnam.com/forum/component/kunena/7-vietnam-news-highlights/11138-japan-vietnam-push-on-with-rare-earth-mining-plan?Itemid=0 >.
Get the noodles out, China goes to war
China's 'crackdowns' are pure theatre.
I've been there during one of their feature events and whilst bulldozers, made on Japan, rolled up and down on a pile of CD-DVD look-alikes, I could still go in to the electronic market in downtown GuangZhou and select my choice of pirated goods without a hassle.
If the Chinese really wanted to crack down, they are more than capable of it,, but their heart isn't in copyright protection.
Most likely a unique iCloud feature ...
making sure downloads are kiddie safe, by disabling them.
I guess Apple screwed up and ...
didn't do it's due diligence.
So easy, all they gad to do was ask Siri a question.
If the EU rejects it ...
and with a population greater than that of Canada and the USA, it effectively kills it world wide.
Notice how the EU is doing a lot of good things that the US Congress no longer does, because they get bought off?
There is only one answer to this stupidity ...
and that is to have a WTO-like patents agreement where the rules are internationally standardised.
Remember, it is the CONSUMER who is getting shafted by Apple, etc. so ending these court activities will only make it better for US.
the poster boy for incompetence and lying,
If Jobs were still alive ...
he would be busty saying it never happened whilst his PR guys were slipping a confidentiality agreement in the hand of the unlucky user.
Happened too many times for people not to believe it.
Super reliable power supply breeds complacency
North America enjoys a pretty reliable power supply but when it goes down, it really makes a job of it.
I was in Toronto when the Northeast US and southern Canada suffered a blackout, a few years ago, that lasted up to 5 days. Generator sales went crazy, even the local butcher had two going to keep his refrigerators working.
Countries that experience failures on a regular basis are usually well prepared - with either portable or standby power units ready for service. High-rise apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City list their features such as swimming pools, sun decks and always emergency power is listed as a feature.
Many moons ago I worked a a technician at a Decca Navigator transmitter station and our station manager, the late John Pratt, always surprised us with his sneak power failures not only during the day but also in the middle of the sleeping watch at night. We had banks of batteries that carried the load whilst the generator started up.
When the real thing happened, our transmitter performed flawlessly.
Be must think Google is like ..
Apple, when it comes to pinching IP>
Just got my new 48-page passport ...
and I seethe RFID is still readable for many metres.
Popped over to a vendors press shop and it is an RFID no longer. Up yours, May, why not use short-range units? Like the Americans?
Hey, Xuxian Jiang, Googles on the phone ...
they want to know if you want a job?
"the largest collection of our news and publishing brands"
Considering that the Wall Street Journal was a reference newspaper before Murdoch took iit over and today it is hardly fit even for use in the bottom of a bird cage, I don't think people have much to fear.
In any event, I don't think he will be around for too more many years.
Having been rear-ended by people texting ...
I bought an accessory for my motorcycle, in HongKong, that set me back the equivalent of 29 pounds whixh jams all cell and GPS frequencies including 3G.
It's small enough to fit in my under-seat storage and the antennae are fairly inconspicuous.
In the city the range is approximately just over a 100 metres (tested against cells and a GPS receiver). In the open country/highways things get much better. As our CGST (highway police) use speed traps with GPS attached and speed checking is far shorter distanced with a plastic bodied motorcycle/motorscooter, than a huge blob of steel in the form of a car or truck (lorry). Without GPS readings the courts will not accept speeding tickets. The GPS reading is on the picture along with the time, date, compass direction and speed.
I suspect BAE's wet dream could be as easily defeated.
Would Virtual Immigration Circumvent the Law?
Apart from the fact the government seems to protect big business and put the boot to the small guys, would claiming to be Canadian or Russian continue to offer predication?
Italy calls their bluff!
Apple has had it's way it has obviously become a law unto itself.
One year warranties are too short, any charged warranty extensions are, in reality,price increases which are very popular in North America.
Yet anothr case of Apple pinching ...
IP, as it did with it's logo and corporate name decades ago.
Two other companies used them first and used to advertise with half-page adverts in the paper version of Byte magazine.
Microsoft is no better, either.
How can the Conservative government be trusted with numbers ...
when they can;t even get the budget right on the umpteenth time around?
What about releases and fees?
Capita better get photo releases and the employees should demand modelling fees BEFORE signing. (Bet the snapper guy is getting paid)
Quality of life over money
Bob Mansfield is a smart guy if he is throwing out the opportunity to get rich and opting for the opportunity to enjoy life and undoubtedly improve the quality of his life.
I had the opportunity to live where I wanted, work my own hours and be remunerated on a per project basis and have never regretted my lifestyle choice.
Money can't buy everything, as no doubt Bob Mansfield realises.
Chrome is the world's most popular browser
Sure is. It seems to attract every deleterious bug and spyware floating around.
When I run my anti-virus software it always has more junk in it than all of the three browsers I have on my computer put together.
And Chrome doesn't like my wife's ASUS EeePC, either, which runs Win 7. Neither automatic nor hand job installs will mount Chrome! SketchUp is OK, though.
Capita, surely not!
I thought Capita and the Conservative Party were bonded like twins.
Is the Old Boy system breaking down?
Is ASUS handling distribution and service?
ASUS VietNam is a little closed mouth about this device.
Does anyone know the distribution channel being used and who will do repairs?
Where is the Immigration / Foreign Worker Control?
Seems to me that the government needs to tighten up on who and why foreign workers are allowed to work in Britain.
I would be very suspicious of, in this case, Indian companies trying to bring workers in to the UK.
This whole fiasco highlights the shortsightedness that British jobs can simply be exported to other countries where the pay is minimal. I suspect any money saved has long been burned up by management trying to rescue the operation.
Only bankers could interpret this as implementing economies.
India, you say, must be just down the road from the HSBC sweatshop call centres
HSBC has got all this stuff covered.
They call it Unscheduled Maintenance.
Then, when their long suffering customers actually try calling their branch, they get shuffled off to Sweatshop India where totally inept people, who speak a form of English that is totally incomprehensible to the average English person, try to confuse you.
By the time you have wasted your time trying to communicate with Customer Support (India) for ten or fifteen minutes you will find the Unscheduled Maintenance is over.
Can't beat exporting British jobs.
It's the election, stupid
Perry, the brainless fool who had a go running for the presidency, has big problems.
He's sold off State assets and his books are still in a mess.
He's allowed all the Frackers to have their way - the State Railroad Commission looks after most of the fracking licences.
Fracking has a small problem, poisonous well waste water. Got all the junk they pump in plus benzene. So they drill yet more wells and pump this poisonous soup down these holes at extreme pressures, way above the ability of the ground to absorb this junk. so it being fluid does it's own thing and starts popping out of farmers water wells and long abandoned wells.
So Perry has a problem. So what better solution than to sue Google? All the newspapers ooh and aah over Google and the Fracking poisons loose their coverage.
US Judges Getting Increasingly Smarter
What with the Oracle case judge actually learning basic programming and this cases judge telling both parties to take a walk, perhaps the lawyers will be given a back seat and let the technicians and designers do their thing.
Good ruling, for the public.
"because the company continues to purvey the myth that TV viewing is growing"
Sounds like they have the same mentality of the TV licence spotter vans who are firmly convinced everyone watches TV, even if there is no TV in the house.
I tossed my TV years ago and only am able to watch through my daughter's computer, which gas an adapter.
"Apple says that the bankruptcy court doesn't have the expertise necessary to hear a patent case "
Maybe, but any court knows a frivolous argument when the hear one and the are good at determining a*seholes like Apple.
Little wonder the US lags the Chinese market - they work to get the product out.
Please pass the ...
Petty Cash box, we have a small bill to settle.
John Belushi, sadly missed, but what a memory
My favourite scene was the Mother Superior at the top of the stairs.
The mall demolition scene was filmed in 1979 at the Dixie Square Mall located in Harvey, Illinois which was essentially abandoned until it's official demolition began in February 2012!
TThis is good news for McBarfs ...
now they can cut down the rest of the Amazon Forest.
HSBC has these ...
they call them unscheduled maintenance periods then they refer you to a dead-brained call centre operator in Mumbai.
BT is like a Vera Lynn song that came to mind ...
with changed words. We'll muddle through .. why can't BT do anything right?
... don't know where,don't know when ...
Since when has Plod assumed the duties of the courts?
The British police are something else. Ignoring the fact that almost everything they have/know is for sale, it is only because a series of lazy governments have assigned powers to Plod that they now think they also handle the Crown's and quite likely, the judges functions.
Assange hasn't gone anywhere. most likely parking is at a premium what with Plod and American security agents keeping the front and the back under surveillance.
The two Swedish women with loose morals are most likely wishing the whole thing will go away, except that they likely received bulging brown envelopes for their part in the frame up. The whole process, for those that remember, had frame-up written all over it.
The US is the world's largest rogue nation (think drones and lack of permission) and it wouldn't bother them one bit to break all sorts of protocols to wreak their vengeance upon Assange.
Jobs was an a*sehole, seems that little has changed now his ghost is running the show.
Apple, according to a piece in Forbes, has around 840 patent claims in which it is the Defendant, way, way higher than those actions in which it is a Plaintiff.
That Apple let is claims rest for years until Kodak hit the rocks, simply demonstrates they didn't act in good faith.
I would imagine that even if the bankruptcy court awarded damages in the amount of $1,000,000 per calendar day per patent where it's patent claims are unsuccessful, Apple would give a damn. All is fair in American business but just maybe a judge will call their bluff,
Better that Google has it than stuffed away in filing cabinets.
This is a good decision, as a boater I know how difficult is to keep charts up to date.
Francesco Shattino, late captain of the soon to be late Costa Concordia knows the value of frequently used charts - any errors get reported by masses of people quickly. So in letting Google have the data the British Waterways are ensuring it will be a living entity rather than a drain on a charities coffers.
Having spent hours looking at StartUp Repair ...
Balmer can stuff his Win 8. Almost after every patch bundle we get to look at StartUp Repair strutting it's stiuff and rolling back the OS to the last restore point pre-upgrades.
StartUp Repair even makes the XP's Blue Screen look good.
The only thing I have to say to May is: Phil Zimmerman
Little has changed with Phil Zimmerman since he spent a weekend uploading PGP on to every BBS he could other than the size of his waist and bank account and the colour of his hair.
As soon as Silent Circle releases their smartphone security software they'll be getting my orders.
And when the Border idiots ask for a password you will truthfully be able to say you don't know what it is!
May, the poster woman for a dumb broad.
Unilever no better than HSBC
HSBC moved it's customer support lines to India and the service went down, unbelievably. These intelligence challenged types haven't a clue suggesting that I go to my London branch which happened to be a few thousand miles away. On one occasion I ended up in the Philippines and it turned out the woman lived in the same city as our Phils office.
I learned a few choice words of Hindi and now they re-connect me to London as if they are handling a hot coal.
American help lines rarely get fobbed off to some distant land where the human scree readers sit. Jails, may be in the case of some airlines, but not some remote country.
It seems to be a uniquely British industry habit.
So, when you get through to Bangalore practice your dock worker Hindi and demand you get put through to a British-based person who has some concept of your problems.
Or you can trying Hello, Hello repeatedly, as if the circuit is bad.
Re: Why, Oh Why, can't ... we try our own
I never suggested borders would afford an escape, just that British citizens should be tried, in Britain, for offences committed on British soil.
If Gary Glad can be prosecuted, in Britain, for sex crimes committed overseas why can't this guy be prosecuted for crimes he committed in Britain?
Talk about perversion.
Why, Oh Why, can't ...
British courts try Britons charged with crimes committed on British soil?
The French don't hand French citizens over to the States, and it is very hard to get people from the States, so why are the British bending over and saying do it again?
US justice is not justice, it is revenge.
The facade of LEE Kwan-Yews perfect Singapore cracks again
Singapore likes to think of itself as the perfect little country that could.
Scrape the thin veneer and it is as 'bent' as HongKong or China.
BICC and six other companies were banned for five years for bribing the deputy of the Public Utilities Board who got 14 years in Changi Jail for his troubles. Singapore is as corrupt as anywhere else in the Far East except they bury their heads in the sand.
Either stick a piece of tape over Cyclops eye, or put a doll in front of it, or point it sideways.
Might be interesting to see what it makes of that.
US Judges Getting Smart
Can you imagine some old legal fart in the Old Bailey learning programming?
- Updated HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Peak Apple: Mountain of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s ordered
- BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion
- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account