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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?
Ghost of Jobs / Apple will cry prior art
Remember when you used to use a torch (flashlight) to project shapes made by your fingers on to bedroom walls?
Watch Apple undoubtedly claim prior art, so they can copy it.
We need new OperSource software conditions
This software cannot be used for any military purposes.
The only trouble is the US government regards international treaties as well as it's very own Constitution with utter contempt.
Send them over! Cambodia, Laos and VietNam need them, NOW.
THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS after the Americans left VietNam following their loss of the America War in VietNam, people and animals are STILL being killed and wounded by munitions dropped by the Americans.
Remember, Laos was not active in that war. The US just dropped their bombs all over the Plain of Jars. Even today thousands of hectares remain unsafe.
It is heart wrenching to see pre-school aged children missing parts of their bodies that are happening as a result of explosions TODAY.
American bombing often wasn't targetted, either.
Their bombers used to fly in from the Philippines, drop bombs on Hai Phong -- a major generating areas - then overfly Ha Noi dropping a few more mementos on the way.
They then flew towards Thailand crossing over Son La Province and Laos. If the American bombers had any bombs left, they would dump them over Son La Province in VietNam and Laos.
For readers who haven't had the privilege of visiting VietNam, Son La Province is farming country with magnificent mountains. All those hundreds of small 'ponds' you see are actually bomb craters. There are also many unexploded bombs.
The worst bomb these days is the cluster bomb whch scatter small bomblets, some as small as a large golf-ball, that sit there waiting for a foot, or a child, to disturb them. Many are plastic-encased and have extended lives measured in decades.
That's why I say bring the rats over.
So a company offers a freebie and promotes it's ow stuff first ...
seems a perfectly logical and fair way of doing business, unless you are in a different political environment where all your in-area people can't offer a free service that competes.
For example, I was a long time member/user of a number of web sites that decided to use Zuckerburg's crappy web site to login in. Since I have never and will never, ever use FB I decided to take my interest elsewhere.
Same applies to Google, I am no supporter of their offerings other than search and maps so I simply don't use their services. At the office all our searches are caught on our network and redirected through a computer that really anonymises our IP, etc.'
Just because MS and others can't better Google that is not a governance problem.
If Google allows it's search to acquire serial numbers for it's very own charged software, it seems to me they are handling things petty fairly. Cheeking the Google take down requests recently it appears tat MS is the largest reqester yet Google still services it's requests.
If someone is so upset with Google search, let them go use Bing and see gow long they stay there.
"unnecessary energy use, reduce emissions and cut consumers' energy bills"
Dream on, the main thing is it will save electricity companies money, big time. Mo more flat-footed meter readers traipsing from house to house, instant suspension i=of service, etc.
What concerns me more is the physical meter reading displayed by means other than electronics. So often a meter fails and if an electronic version without mechanical displays the data is lost at the point of measurement.
Yes, I know some computer under the control of the supply authority will have data but where is the security i that, for the consumer? There has to be a totally secure method for the subscriber to know their consumption.
The statement "it is also potentially valuable to a whole host of other organisations too" include many elements of government particularly the police and security forces. If the police are building a blimp to spy on UK residents, and GCHQ is monitoring your communications, obviously ACPO would simply love a data feed to enable them to monitor other datasets.
Question: What ensures consumer privacy?
I would never had thought the British would be so compliant in letting government monitor their every act. What happened to the Bulldog?
What Does ASHCROFT Do That Is Woirth ~2,500 Pounds Each Working Day?
Whenever I hear of a bloated friend of Cameron, a 'captain' of industry, getting outrageous remuneration, I roughly calculate is hourly rate.
This freeloader, assuming he gets [paid for Stat Vac(ations) works 52 weeks of 5 days which totals 260 days annually. Guessing this wonderkind puts in a full 7 hour day, this amounts to 080 hours annually, That means this robber scores 275.84 PER HOUR.
Me thinks he is grossly overpaid.
I'll stick to PirateBay.
One day, hopefully soon ...
the governmental authorities will get together and write a unitary patent policy under the auspices of the WTO.
They should limit certain patents to 5 years, which is a lifetime in electronics, a from being protected.nd stop idiotic filings such as pixels in the corner of screens, etc.
"Not fit for purpose"?
Starts at the top with the minister ... May.
Where was her Kingston security cord?
Whenever I travel I always leave my Kingston security tether in place so when i have to wait around transportation terminals I can thread the cord through suitcase handles and still know all is safe (except at Heathrow where a Plod told me to carry them)..
At check in counters, I treat it like a dog leash - around my wrist.
Going through the X-ray machine I thread the tether through my jacket / coat sleeves to stop things disappearing.
When riding the Chiltern Line (great service) I place my laptop on the rack and keep the Kingston around my wrist. I can even snooze knowing all is safe.
Never lost a computer (or anything) in many decades of travel except when travelling with Air Canada when they managed to lose my checked baggage.
SEVEN INCHERS - Win, Win, Win, Win!
Not to big for the male pocket; or the female purse; right-sized for car/truck dashboards or sun-visors and motorcycle mounting. Not too small to view a movie.
Plain Android without icing making it eligible for fast upgrades from Google. Freedom to run any App you choose to.
Manufactured by ASUS who have proven adept at making netbooks that can withstand the rough and tumble of school-aged children (and my wife) backed by a world-wide support network.
Finally the price - on a par with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
Murdoch, Fox, BSkyB have more worries than PirateBay
This crowd claim they have "billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It’s therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect their copyright."
One of the theirs are the Fox Studios in Hollywood, so the statement is somewhat self-serving.
What Murdoch should be concentrating on is the Chinese-sourced satellite encryption-cracking activity.
Whilst satellite receivers have to be licenced with the government in VietNam and the Peoples Police are quite proficient in spotting misdirected antennae - the licences only permit reception of Vietnamese owned satellites - there are substantial proliferation of cracked decoder cards all over the region - many viewers see forbidden / censored channels which must be costing the old man millions.
In some countries such as Cambodia or Laos they even have illicit signals hived into special channels so only favoured locals can see the channels.
Mind you, IMO, a lot of Murdoch programming is trash and not even worth the cost of a hot card.
How many users really use all the features?
If government is like many commercial organizations, many features of MS software are never used.and older versions are quite adequate.
Even more to the point, Open Source software is more than adequate but Cameron wants to travel the high cost route. It's what Posh Boys do.
Codes instead of detailed numbers
THE tax department has no need to release numbers; they could simply assign a code that would signify what a persons status is.
Too much information is filtering down to councils, who are the east trustworthy level of government.
the best advertisement for Linux.
Perhaps the XZ Crown has been ...
reading the tea-leaves and realises the USA is pulling yet another fast one.
Lucky Dotcom wasn't fitted up with a terrorist conspiracy charge, currently the flavour of the month with the FBI.
At least the NZ authorities are more reasonable than the UK types, they swallow FBI lies hook, line and sinker.
It looks as ...
abtuse as some of Apples patent filings.
BSA numbers pure guesswork; Chinese numbers pipe dreams
I was in NanNing, GuangXi Province, China over the weekend and was, as usual, shopping in the electronics marts downtown (4-million population).
Copy CD/DVD were openly on sale; from all parts of the spectrum, movies and software. Some good looking Apple knock-offs, too, at a fraction of list prices.
I window shop Friday nights, place my orders on Saturday and all the stuff is ready to go first thing Sunday. (Deep stocks of copy software is stored way off site) No fuss, no muss. 555 timers were 2.7 cents each, genuine PIC and Altmel microcontrollers available at low prices, too, for a dollar or two.
As for BSA, they never visit some of the countries whose names they blacken. Laos and Cambodia have few computers and most of the copy ware is removed from VietNam government computers as they switched to Linux!
I was wondering ...
if they still put Jobs name on every patent application they file, even though he''s pushing daisy's?
I'm waiting until it's available at my Copy Shop
... in the meantime friendly, reliable XE suffices and away with those upgrades that cause StartUp Repair that plague my wife's machine.
I say no to TODH and TOSHiba
TOSHiba's on-line warranty support is TOSH.
I religiously registered the ownership of a TOSHiba laptop, bought an extended warranty.
Travel to Toronto and the thing quits. Call their automated telephone system, push an amazing amount of buttons and squat. Doesn't recognize my registration.
TOSHiba is rental car distance outside Toronto - no time.
End up having to call the Far East to get help, along with a big telco bill.
To hell with TOSH, of any kind.
Re: SAP ... name rings a bell
BIG companies have BIG NAME positions, no pun intended.
SAP ... name rings a bell
Ah, just came back to me. The Senior VP of Talent Acquisition at SAP is Susan Bor, formerly an executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who was allegedly very close to the Chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland .
So American software doesn't have backdoors?
With the penchant for government to get in to your pants and your brain, particularly the US Government, do you actually believe there are no backdoors around?
Maybe ZTE was stupid enough to leave an engineering access, but there again, they are not the first.
If you want security, go use your own devices to get it.
Or use two handsets, one for receiving a conversation and another for transmitting a conversation - using different networks for each really upsets Plod as they can't figure it. Better still, use a pager to set up calls.
Or,stretched on the ground, facing your talking partner, with hands covering the sides of your faces, you can really have a private conversation. (from an Al Qaida manual not allowed in the UK).
US Customs: No cell phone? That's evidence you are inbolved in crime!
I recently flew in to the USA, for which I have a passport, and the ever friendly ICE agent asks what I have on me. I said shaving kit and a set of clothes.
He asked about 'personal electronics'. I replied I have an MP3 player and a set of Sony noise cancelling headphones.
He starts tapping away on his computer - I already knew what my previous ICE interviews said through an access demand - and he said "Are toy aware you will be a "subject on interest" if you don;t have a cell phone? I said I stopped carrying data across borders when they started stealing laptops and phones.
I said last time his friend said I would be a subject of interest because I had no SIM. His friend also said I had to keep my cell charged so they could check it.
Looks line you're a "subject of interest" either way. Next time I'll carry my Mitsubishi - it only makes calks. Or my pager.
Why hack Facebook?
Wit a little patience FBs security will fail again and display all the goodies OR they will be sold off to advertisers.
FB and security / privacy should not be used in the same sentence.
Patents - Apple needs the attribures of a centipede
There are well over 800 patent claims against Apple at this time.
Day Shift for Them; Night Shift for Us.
A few years ago I was deployed to China to assist a Canadian company set up a manufacturing line in China.
One night I had to work late, and the plant manager said No Problem, we work 24/7. I said why had he always insisted on working days only to which he replied that the Day Shift is for Customers and the Night Shift was for themselves.
Further discrete inquiries revealed that the production moulds used for for a Western customer had their identification / serialising modules replaced with blanks and the night production was used as knock-offs to compete with their Western customer.
Relief is spelt SEXTANT
The US Naval Academy announced that it was discontinuing its course on celestial navigation, considered to be one of its more demanding courses, from the formal curriculum in the spring of 1998 stating that a sextant is accurate to a three-mile (5 km) radius, So I guess only old sea dogs will be able to navigate around South Korea.
Or they could dig up an old Decca Navigator system, which woks in the VLF band and is more difficult to jam - good enough to be picked up by BOAC aircraft in the Cold War when they flew to Moscow.
Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines
I bought my wife an ASUS bouncy-bouncy (because it has now survived 19 counter-to-floor drops without damage) Eee PC which she uses for browsing for recipes and e-mail in the kitchen. Only a couple of programs loaded - Firefox and Irfan.
Then along comes Wednesday (we are one day ahead of Redmond), up pops the Update flag and once again the StartUp Repair kicks in.
Such fun. Normal service might be restored by Friday. It's enough to drive you to Linux.
What's the difference between LAPD or the Chicago Police and UK Plod?
Unfortunately, very little, it seems. In my distant childhood we were taught to trust the police, they could be relied upon. Our local Bobby had a bicycle, a ground floor office in his Police House and he welcomed visitors 24 hours a day.
Now the local Bobby has been replaced with anonymous people who are regarded as enemy and seem to be as crooked as many of their clients.
The 24-hour news cycle doesn't help, a few tenners or twenties here and there. gets the breaking news.
Even worse are the instances of disclosures of files or data, this requires a concious breach of the system.
You can't trust many priests who might involve a child in a sexual abuse situation. One priest I knew of left his car outside his church supplied vicarage. The church bookkeeper was always suspicious of mileage claims and he would take a stroll past the vicarage and, using a torch, would carefully note the speedo readings. Sure enough, even this preacher was ripping off the church.
Yes, parents are faced with many imponderables these days and they are a sad commentary on today's society.
I don't blame the newspaper industry, they are not paid to be honest. The whole matter centre on problems with police, who enjoy privileges under law that few others have.
If not the 19 inch standard, then why not the 23 inch standard?
The 19-inch (482.6 mm) rack claims their origin as mounting systems for rail-road (railway) signalling relays, It has served many industries well. It's even used in ships.
If this minor league server centre player is unhappy about 19 inches, why not switch to the 23-inch (580 mm) standard which even the EU recognises as the ETSI rack, relating to the European Telecoms Standards Institute.
The vertical spacing is identical and the 19 inch adapter pates are commonly available.
It appears that Facebook's Frank Frankovsky doesn't know his rack hardware too well.
Finally, if the 19 inch isn't satisfactory because it gets overfilled, why does Frankovsky the larger standard won't suffer a similar fate? Don't believe me, just go check-out an airport baggage carousel.
Given all the conflict of interests between ministers and suppliers, this is nothing
This latest MS slight of hand is but a blip on the radar screen given the weeks news about Murdoch's pipeline in to the minister's office concerning satellite broadcasting rights.
When VietNam closed down a couple of software copy shops in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, MS set up office in Ha Noi to advise the national government on things computerised.
The government also undertook to eliminate hot MS software from it;s computers. Being honourable people, it did just that.
Then iIt promptly opted for Open Source software. Score for Linux!
China unites former enemies
The USA, Philippines and VIETNAM have just completed naval exercises near the Spratly Islands - VietNam's name for the islands it claims - although China thinks it owns the whole bloody South China Sea including the parts within VN's 200 mile zone.
There's oil out there and now VN has found gas in it's area. Little wonder the USA is around.
With over 800 patent claims against Apple ...
the Jobs copy has more to gain by seeking a quieting of the legal action.
BTW, what's in a few black pixels that they are making so much noise about?
Tories stick together like glue, old school tie, What?
If this one isn't enough of a sacrifice, then there's always Hunt.
Surprisingly, there are no salacious tid-bits like cross-dressing, homosexuality, orgies, Russia spies, Toy Boys, etc. Quite tame compared to previous Tory incidents How the NofW is missed, by some.
You would have thought that ...
the US or Israel would have thought of a more novel trick than this.
Perhaps they should switch to Linux, that will make things harder.
Too cheap to drop the thing in the sea
The best death for any potential hassle should have been sufficient to bury the damn thing in Davy Jones locker.
These drilling rigs come with all mod cons including satellite feeds for high-speed InterNet, numerous TV channels and even their own cell base station.
They might be smart enough to drill holes kilometres below the surface but they sure are slow in choosing optimum secure communications. Even MS owned Skype would have offered much more security.
When will people learn that cell systems serve the authorities and not the user?
Now this poor slob, who no longer works for BP, will spend a fortune on lawyers, after he gets bail.
LG only advertises fridges and washers in Indochina market
Ne'er a word about LG TV's or handsets around here.
Their household products are extremely good and super easy on the electric meters. HTC and Samsung rule the handset market, Nokia is still picking up business in the low end for now - cheap Chinese cells are on their way.
Limited supplies of Apple phones don't satisfy the market, neither does the gray market.
Stupid 'security' - Do it Nature's way
Here in VietNam many indigenous farmers live in stilt houses and they keep their animals underneath the living quarters - which is how thee disease transfers to humans.
Disease mutiplication is easily achieved by housing chickens together with a carrier. Then you take an infeted bird and chop it up and smuggle the meat in to the area you want to infect.
"a new case is uncovered of IP or trademark infringement involving Apple products"
Apart fromall the usual knock-offs we now have iCORNER in SaiGon / Ho Chi Minh. They sell gray market iThingies.
More Seurity Theatre
The US record of proactie anti-terroism is very sad.
Starting with World Trade Centre crashes, through Richard Reid (exploding shoes) and the Panys on Fire guy in Detroit. None were stopped by the less than wonderflul Home Land Security.
Look at the Pants on Fire guy. Was granted a visa ater an interview; Father then visits self-same embassy and tells them his son is a no-good terrorist.
Months after original visa issued Pants on Fire buys a ticket and air carrier verifies visa validity.
Pants on Fire flies to Europe, again his data is submtted through PNR and visa checks; he then undergoes a second pysical security chrck and is permitted to board.
Nothwithstanding the 7 hour flight the wondrous Homeland Security dozes at the wheel. Plane overflies Canada and just as it comes in to land at Detroit, his pants misfire.
No where did the pre-flight data stop this man, everything was discovered post landing.
BTW PNRs for passengers on Canada-boud flights are also given to the US as wel as Canada.
You can apply for your PNR filings with all your personal bumph including whether you ask for a religious meal by applying on-line to the Homeland goons.
This will save News International a Fortune in Bribes
No more bribing crooked Plods for the low down on their article targets.
The more automation te easier things are to crack.
Re: Can that prosecutor please explain...NO PROBLEM
The US has delusions of grandeur, they think just because they have 19,000 drones around and can kill anyone, anywhere including US citizens - that their law overrides all others.
Holder, (Obama's attorney-general), and Biden (V-P & hatchet man for the movie industry) might have to face the fact they screwed up.
What's more, the US Constitution prohibits retroactive laws!
What were the alleged offences based on?
Was it the fact that Bittorrent was used for transmission or did they actually sample the data?
My employer sends all manner of documents, RFQ's and tenders using Bittorrent.
Why should anyone expect the Home Office not to be clueless ...
when they are headed by one of the dumbest ministers and likely there only so Cameron can claim to be a equal opportunity man, except the equal opportunity is supposed to refer to gender not the employment of cretins.
The Tories condemned, and dispatched, the National ID Card proposed by Labour, then they follow this up with Plod's Number Plate Photography System. Now this GCHQ proposal which is much more intrusive than an ID card.
The USA has demonstrated that mass communications slurping doesn't work, so why should the UK waste more money on the scheme?
And the winner is ... Bin Laden
When you consider how the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution has been serially violated;how people have lost any pretence of privacy; how (in the UK) you can be jailed for not divulging a password; how much this 'security theatre' is costing and what government programs for deserving people have suffered, I find it very hard to accept the US, or any country, have 'won'.
One man, and a pile of his money, have changed the world dramatically no matter what your perspective is, religious or otherwise,
How many 'terrorists', real or imagined, have been caught by those millions of CCTV cameras that record the daily minutia of Brits going about their daily business, BEFORE an atrocity? And don't even suggest those FBI set-up jobs are anything more than theatre.
As I said, IMHO, Bin Laden won, hands down.
A large section of the smartphone market ignored
Anyone who has been caught in the deluges in Singapore, Malaysia or elsewhere in the Indochina region that they call monsoons but in reality have more in common with a shower turned on full blast will appreciate this type of handset / cell.
With 'cheap' iPhone replacement Motherboards damaged by water costing the best part of $400, anything that offers protection against rain is welcome. I remember a Panasonic water proof unit along with one from Sony-Ericson that sold very well out here.
There's something detracting about someone fishing a iPhone out of a plastic bag to answer a call, and that's when you have found shelter to do even that it.
The soaking quality of these downpours that can happen without notice, means that almost all clothing is useless for protection of personal electronics.
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