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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So Apples new feature would be 22 years out of date in the bigger country north of the USA.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.
A better reason to ....
subscribe to Phil Zimmerman's new encryption software doesn't exist.
These governmental fools should understand it is easier to circumvent their unfettered access in to the citizenry's most private communications.
If councils need to invade communications, let them go get the police and they should get a warrant. Bloody garbage collectors don't need all these powers.
Who said Jobs was dead?
Even if he is, his ghost sure is around making Apple as mean spirited, in so many ways, as it always was.
Cutting a little slack often generates goodwill.
Oh, wonderful ... more StartUp Repair on it's way
It would be nice if they had done a better job on Win 7. Weekly updates means week StartUp Repairs for many machines.
How I love my good, old, reliable Win XP, as do many others.
Good Luck in the USA
All US international agreements (treaties) have to be ratified by the US Congress.
Since the name of their game seems to be to auction their votes off to the highest bidder, who knows how effective it will be.
Remember, most all electronic 'exchanges' have dial in taps, ...
certainly all the CALEA systems in the US. The FBI can remotely tap any land-line phone, from any of their offices, in the USA.
The cell systems are a new source of information and as long as dumb criminals use their regular SIMS or don't turn their cells off, they leave one hell of a mouse droppings trail.
Mind you, a lot of dummies reside on Wall Street, too, as their cell phones turn up a lot of evidence that have put some way for decades. No time off for Federal crimes in the US, either.
Get smart, use Phil Zimmermann's new Silent Circle cell app, he has never catered to cops sticking their noses in too your business. Coming soon. (Still won't beat Geo-location, though)
When I lived in Canada, all Canadians are cold experts, I ...
made a remote control that simply switched the thermostat into circuit. Most systems have a 40 F minimum built in for anti-freezing purposes and all it required was to switch in the normal thermostat. My switch was activated through the phone line using touch-tone controls.
Way under $600, too.
BTW, bill payers, if you have children who seem to be working for British Gas and always are turning the ;stat up high, fit another, concealed, thermostat in series with the regular thermostat so no matter how high they set it, you control the maximum!
Old Farts dressed in strange hairpieces have ...
never been my idea of a technical resource.
This guy's advice seems as unreliable as David Pogue - the alleged wife beater who lectures at seminars against violence to women (he was arrested and charged) - of the New York Times whose present bed warmer is a woman employed in the California tech PR business.
Talk about bias, or maybe the judge is so dumb he can only handle simple things.Like powdering his funny wig,
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.
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