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What do you reckon? The Chinese or the Ruskies?
Given the Russians prowess using the InterNet for fraudulent purposes and the proximity to the Russian border it seems more likely it is the Russians behind this.
The Russian border of China is a pretty desolate place and the comforts of BeiJing or ShangHai are likely more amenable to would be Chinese fraud artists.
Perhaps if a 'holding' period was established in such transactions of around one business day would allow for the bona fides of both parties to be verified.
Not Ready for Prime Time? The Old Maxim, Back Up, Back Up Still Applies
Given Amazons cloud history, along with it's peremptory transactions with Wikileaks, it is obvious the service is not ready for prime time.
Obviously Amazon can't provide reliable back-up, the need for clients to secure their own data remains effective.
Keep Plod out of people's lives
Plod should apprehend alleged scoff-laws and leave the determination of guilt or innocence, as well as punishment, to the Learned Beaks.
Too much power has accreted to Plod and, in particular, that collection of aged reprobates who hide behind ACPO.
Plod has affiliation to government whereas Learned Beaks are, allegedly, independent. Any rule assessment by Plod is a conflict of interest.
Perhaps the working environment is ...
outside those specified in Apples spec's microprint.- Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F
(0° to 35° C). Source: <http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html >.
Obviously iThingy's aren't supposed to operate over 10,000 feet only they omitted to say above what - sea level or ocean floor.
Besides, everyone knows Apple uses customers for quality control - since when has a Lemon 4 ever worked perfectly straight out of the box?
Google participation can only benefit the travelling public
Presently all the GDS/GRS systems such as Sabre, Galiileo, Amadeus - who supply ticketing services to travel agents and the like - all have their own public-facing retail outlets such as Travelocity, etc.
Then you have the 'independent' Expedia (owner of TripAdvisor), Kayak, etc.
What the public doesn't realise is that these outfits are rated as consolidators (airlines aren't allowed to discount flights to the public so they resort to using wholesalers and consolidators) and selling these discounted seats results in substantially higher income.
They foist these odds and sods on an unsuspecting public when they build routing and fares.
Most Register Readers are well travelled people and they know their optimum routing for given destinations. My familiar routings include YYZ (Toronto) to Europe (avoiding Heathrow); YYZ to SGN (SaiGon).
As a test I routinely insert these into the usual search engines just to see how they 'optimise' your routing whilst dumping their discounted seats. Invariably the routing is through the US and then eastbound through some intriguing and imaginative routes and often using numerous carriers. Using numerous segments involves, usually, change of aircraft. Using different carriers puts the passenger at risk of being stranded by the late arrival of one carrier and the need to wait for a seat on the next carrier - and YOU picking up the cost of hotel/food during your wait.
Of course any trip involving the U.S.A. involves giving all your information to Homeland Security as well as having those thieving TSA security/baggage checking agents stealing your stuff. Now TSA gets to look at you stark naked!
The optimum routing is YYZ >> HKG (HongKong) >> SGN (Cathay) or YYZ >> TPE (TaiPei) >> SGN (Eva Air). Today's pricing on these routes - 1 year return - is CAD$2,300 and CAD$1,600 approximately, (Prices from my REAL PERSON travel agent).
You'll never get these prices from an automated search engine as it's not in their interest to offer them.
What Google is bringing to the table is transparency and this will reveal all the competition for what they are - on-line con artists. If your flight is a single segment each way, feel free to use these automated systems. If your journey involves several segments in each direction no one offers a better service for optimising routing/timing/pricing than a real live travel agent in your home town where the travel agents reputation is on the line.
Few people have better search capabilities than Google and their expertise will only benefit travellers but will also definitely impinge on others excessive profits.
There are many reasons not to use on-line res systems as opposed to the real, live, travel agent. The agent does the work, her/his expertise and ongoing knowledge adds benefits to the mix. They can play 'tricks' that on-line bookers won't do to optimise your flight or seat.
How many on-line systems offer access by e-mail and/t telephone? How many res systems will help you get another flight if you miss a connection? How many res systems will keep an eye on you as you follow your itinerary? How many res systems will remind you when your last day of validity is drawing near? How many res systems will tell you when a 'seasonal' price break/increase is coming due?
Smart people use Travel Agents and Google will only add to their performance and services offered to the public which might put a big dent is some peoples profits, but remember that is your money inflating their profits through conflict of interest and deliberate/dubious business methods.
Little wonder they were out there paying lobbyists and calling on their political friends to get this deal killed.
Another overlooked aspect of using on-line bookers is security of YOUR MONEY. Using a booking system outside your country of residence means that most Travel Agent Bonding (as in refunding your money in case of agency/airline failure) does not protect you. Just see how Expedia, etc. help you recover your money!
(I have no interest either in a travel agency or Google)
"all of whom have solid track records of being hostile to privacy"
T-Mobile USA has to comply with CALEA (See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Communications_Assistance_for_Law_Enforcement_Act >) and with the FBI's DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, and the other, classified, system, called DCS-5000 - which means they think you are a spy or a terrorist - can circumvent most any of the inconveniences that T-Mobile presents.
Triangulation techniques, using cell site reception parameters, have progressed to the point where location can be achieved measured in the single digit metres, unless obscuring RF technology is used.
A single FCC ruling could bring T-Mobile into the standard practice of other carriers. Sprint has gone even further when itestablished a website so that law enforcement agencies would no longer have to go through the trouble of seeking the assistance of Sprint employees in order to locate individual Sprint customers. This website was then used to ping Sprint users more than 8 million times in a single year. (Congressional evidence)
My UK mail handler has opened the package and ...
completed it according to my instructions which were not to complete it as it wasn't confidential and since they failed in this respect, I reciprocate. I also stated my time has a pecuniary worth and they were not offering any compensation.
Do they really care when they ask: How is your health in general? Very good/Good/Fair/Bad/Very bad? Besides since I am not medically qualified I am unable to answer.
Question 17 was an interesting one. Why was it printed?
Just another database filler. I guess we shall find out how proficient a U.S. processor is - no one ever bothered me for all the other census I missed.
Don't forget - use only light blue pencils, make Lockheed work for it's money.
Interested readers might like to check out: < http://www.s3ri.soton.ac.uk/isi2007/papers/Paper14.pdf > as to where the concept was sourced from. Not that it works in that country, either, as I have never completed their census forms no follow up was made.
Unfortunately for the Grubby Glazers, Google has cached them!
< http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:QF7nJ__vU60J:wewantglazerout.blogspot.com/+wewantglazerout.blogspot&cd=1&hl=vi&ct=clnk&gl=vn&source=www.google.com.vn >
Good conviction! Lousy sentence
The Learned Beak should have tied their sentences to the recovery of the money - say a year off for every £500,000 surrendered and, if the VAT people work hard, and the money is recovered without their help they get zero credit for it.
A long probation, with tracker, should have been added as well. Real downer to have a civil servant probation officer running your life!
RIM, a Canadian brown-noser
I wonder why RIM would bend over backwards to accommodate some U.S. politicians.
Although my first wife died from a rear-ender involving a drunk, I personally don't think the average DUI would have either the wherewithal to manipulate a smartphone or the inclination.
The gesture, on RIMs part is so futile and meaningless, since the App can be sourced from Third Parties and even if the pols banned it in the U.S.A. it could be downloaded from overseas.
Another public donation from the allegedly 'evil' Google.
Apart from the question Why, is is good to see that some of the spirit of early InterNet days where people helped others out, still active in Sourceforge, etc., especially from a large entity like Google.
Likely it will help their competition, too, which is a sign of real philanthropy.
A whole bunch of bull about nothing
The iPhans chant Android is fractured because there are so many variants.
Yet when Google decides to lock the software down during what is effectively a beta stage, everyone complains.
It's like a new house owner trying to move the furniture in before the builders finished building the thing - not very practical.
It makes eminent sense to restrict access until everything is cleaned up and ready for market before addressing software access.
"state-sponsored hackers, most likely from Iran": Where's the proof?
Just because Iran is on many countries bad list why pick on them? All of a sudden they have unbefore heard of expertise whereas China, Russia and a few others have the knowledge and have used it before.
Let's have the proof so we can judge the accuracy of the accusations.
Could Expedia, who owns TripAdvisor, have the same vulnerabilities?
Expedia, the web site that sells circuitous routes to your destinations, owns TripAdvisor and I was wondering if they shared software with similar security weaknesses.
If my memory serves me correctly, TripAdvisor is using someone's cloud services
Make it a condition of installing a transmitter
For the country that controlled every emitter above infra-red things have come to a pretty sad state of affairs. Way back we used to to joke the only thing you didn't need a licence for was semaphore flags and flashing torches.
Most countries require cell sites to be registered within 39 days of their installation. What happens when a frequency oscillator goes wonky and need to eliminate transmitters by turning them off sequentially.
Admittedly they are relatively low power but signal interference can extend for many miles.
The company I work for has 5-watt VHF portable transceivers but we still have to register their approximate location.
The local cell carriers have cell sites mounted in 4-wheel drive vehicles for special events to bump up channel counts and they, too, require notification to spectrum management authorities.
Jehovah's Witnesses next - it'll mean we can sleep in Saturdays
In Toronto the Saturday morning lie-in was usually interrupted by the persistent ring of the door bell.
When answered the sleepless home owner would usually be greeted by a nubile wench, conservatively dressed of course, and wizened partner, of indiscriminate age and sex, preaching the benefits of Hubbard's wacky science.
The Witnesses could have an App written so only those who actually believed that drivel could receive the message whilst everyone else could lie in bed dreaming about nubile wenches!
B-b-bu-but-but i4i is a foreign Canadian company and Microsoft is A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N
This is terrible. After all the money Microsoft has spent on donations to U.S. political parties, after all the money MS has spent on lobbyists the Obama government is backing a Canadian company?
Microsoft, Apple and others, have always stolen other peoples IP - it's the AMERICAN WAY. They have done it many times over the last few decades and have just bought their way out of trouble.
We know we treat Canada like the 51st state when it suits us but this is DIFFERENT. Obama is actually giving the case away.
This means we will actually have to recognise other peoples prior works and it will drive our expenses sky high and it might even mean we have to let people go increasing UNEMPLOYMENT.
If Canada gets away with this we might even have to end up saying 'Eh?' after the end of every sentence.
SOP: "claims by the prosecution ... were overstated"
Most police and prosecutors exaggerate their cases in court. Look at all the drug cases where drugs worth gazillions of dollars when priced by the police actually amount to substantially less in the real market.
Likewise with terrorism cases, some little bomb is going to blow up some metropolis. The FBI affidavits seem to be more fiction that fact.
Arrogant people can make terrible witnesses and, boy, is Jobs arrogant
Certain types of people and professions are simply not cut out for being good witnesses, Lawyers are terrible as they know the law and try to think their way ahead whilst being examined.
Jobs fit another category of poor witnesses for even if he gets coached to the nth degree, one slip and a chasm can open and a good attorney can march an army through it.
Should be interesting to learn what happens.
Re: Paris, because she's fake.
Did you hear the prosecutor that had Paris convicted for heroin was arrested for ... buying heroin!
Case research, I guess. He's 48, out of a job and facing his ex-friends!
Actually it was a Chinese government chappy who said ....
citizens should take 3 KILOGRAMS (appropriately 6.613867865546327 pounds for fastidious readers, or 6 kati for those many Chinese readers of Reg) to ward off the effects of radiation.
Since this guy has stature in the government, he got away with no punishment.
There were even deals like: “Buy one, get one bag of salt free.” Where salt was unavailable residents resorted to cleaning out stocks of soy sauce.
You should remember that large mass of Chinese, living in the country, are largely uneducated and rely on those who had enough money to get an education, for news.
Why would anyone come to the UK to vacation on the NHS when, just ...
across the channel, is one of the best, most generous health plans around?
I speak of France, of course.
A Vietnamese friend landed a job opening up an office for a Vietnamese company in Paris. She entered France on a work permit. As a resident she is entitled to all manner of health services - far, far, superior than those in VietNam, for which she has to pay!
I am one of "those who are not ordinarily resident" in the UK but the NHS has never queried my status. Many of these 'vacationers' often use siblings identity so it will be hard for the NHS to ever get things right. Unless they use fingerprints!
Read the fine print about operating temperatures
maybe these 'defective' units were intended for Alaska, Northern Canada, Arctic or the Antarctic.
Apple doesn't do 'defective' - ask Jobs.
Sony must be very pleased about this development
I hope Shantanu Goel has readied his computers for shipping along with his Paypal account, it will save a loy of time when Sony comes a-knocking.
Jobs stealing yet more from others. What a legacy!
Apple/Jobs has no rights that others don't enjoy to use this name as it has been around for decades - even before Apple started using it.
Next Apple will be claiming Apps.
Pot to kettle: You stole our IP
Microsoft should be respected in this arena of the law for it, like a certain company in Cupertino, have been serial IP thieves over the years and have developed a depth of knowledge as to how to do it.
Technically astute Learned Beak ...
made a good decision.
WiFi s inherently weak and breaking any protection is now so easy. Guess he wouldn't convict Google, either.
I hope they remember to build it high enough for ships to pass under unlike ...
a similar scheme in Nha Trang, central VietNam.
The developers kicked back millions of dollars and the planning department approved shorter, cheaper, support masts.
Now cruise ships can no longer use the channel below to sail into the harbour.
So when is Philip Langsdale moving on? To Capgemini to collect his appreciation
Given the mismanagement of BAA airports, this can only improve passenger conditions.
Does Capgemini do snow, too?
Mayhem made in heaven - it's bad enough selecting a smartphone, now there's an added twist
Why RIM would chose to go the solo route, given it's less than dominant position in the market, is not clear. It claims to be the business smartphone and businesses tend to be a little fixed in their ways.
On the other hand Google , in providing SWP access, at least provides a little flexibility.
The part of the NFC equation not addressed are the merchants, most of whom have card swipe terminals, and their relationships with Discovery, Mastercard and Visa cards.
Many people travel, in the past 11 days I have been to 4 countries which would also impinge on any decision as to which technology suits.
It's like the Betamax/VHS battle all over again, except this time there are more choices to be made.
Apple, for once. might have made a smart decision in opting to sit this round out by not incorporating NFC yet.
IBM never was a white knight, with or without armour
A few years ago IBM Canada had a deal to sell credit card terminals to a Canadian Bank - only the terminals hadn't been delivered because of late changes.
IBM invoiced the bank, certifying the terminals were in their warehouse when in actual fact they were sitting in production waiting. The production company was paid, also before delivery.
I had to work with a crew of 17 completing the order over Christmas, and they were paid very handsomely too. We had hire a non-delivery company who not only back-dated delivery slips but also took cash.
At the IBM warehouse there were casual hires and one manager to stack the terminals and the delivery date on their system was all before Christmas as their computers were closed down for the Christmas-New Years vacation!
The credit card terminal company management were all ex-bankers, now we understand how they operate.
Wow, even the frigid prune from Ottawa approved?
The Canadian ICANN representative is a civil servant who totes the Conservative Party flag - it's surprising she would do anything more than abstain.
There is a minority government in Canada so it doesn't really represent 'all Canadians'.
It will make it easier for the nanny states like Australia and the UK to protect their citizens from seeing what comes naturally.
Beak: “the scope of his theft was audacious.”
The Learned Beak summed up the whole of Goldman Sachs corporate mentality best demonstrated by them selling product and then betting it would decrease in value.
Of course, being bankers they are above the law. Let's hope Sergey Aleynikov made some decent bucks out of the deal.
Even with a record, Sergey Aleynikov will make ideal human resources material to work in the financial industry with his morals.
Paper books down; e-books up;e -book prices sky high!
The introduction of the 'agency' contract with book stores where they get stock 'on consignment' and it remains the property of and controlled by publishers us bad for everyone.
Equally bad is the 'price fixing' evidenced by narrow price band between publishers,
Limiting libraries to a small number of loans AND killing 'old book sales' is really crippling them. Thank you Murdoch.
A death toll of over 85,000 is tragic but should be considered that...
over 1,000,000 deaths by road kill occur annually.
Nature Rules: A little reminder that no matter what Mankind builds, Nature can knock it down
You have to wonder what the devastation have been like if this earthquake had occurred under the YangTze Three Gorges Dam.
The data overlay the Google globe is, to me, a far more dramatic presentation of the two and just shows how much power was discharged.
Makes you feel a little small in the scheme of things.
No problem when running NoScript
Only 12%, they say, sometimes with busy links to AdSense or DoubleClick there seems enough time to pour a coffee.
But NoScript cures the problems on Firefox.
I'm more interested in the discriminating process ...
is it just a matter of signing up in person and presenting the Android set or is it automatic when someone logs on?
as WiFi has been an anathema with the authoritarian Chinese government because of it's openness and, ergo, it's relative lack of accountability. For example, every InterNet connected hotel room has it's individual web activity logged, no watching girlie movies without BeiJing knowing about it.
ChinaNet, the ISP brand of China Telecom, may have a new way of identifying users and their equipment which would be very interesting
Most Chinese cities are like WiFi frontier country with very few signals compared to VietNam where no one, except in the countryside, needs broadband as the spectrum is filled with WiFi, Wimax and LTE signals most of the WiFi being free as well as unlimited downloads.
Jobs will be jealous - someone making more profit than he does on ...
Watch for sneak attack through the T & C's - only original purchasers will be entitled to 'warranty; and support in the first 12 months following sale.
Of course, Apple warranties are like jelly - hard to fix down.
Bon Jovi should be a happy camper for ...
in Montreal, Canada, there is an upstart new company, owned by a laid off financial guy which is banging out 33.3 disks and they are so busy they have to run the presses 24/7.
Now if there more decent record players incorporating the latest techniques that would be near heaven for audiophiles.
Imagine if Apple was Chrysler, Ford or GM selling new cars ...
they would try to cripple all the previous years models so every one is forced to buy the latest model.
This is built-in redundancy it's more like bend over and I'll do you again.
Why is Apple trying to promote sales of things they don't even have in stock nor likely to meet existing demand for months?
Now NASA has no shuttles, no flights, no goals and no budget ...
maybe it's a soon to be made redundant employee or contractor fighting off despondency. At least an under performing employee won't endanger crew lives.
Maybe the should send one of those crew-cut Drug Enforcement Types to the space station - just in case, you know.
R.I.P. Christa McAuliffe
Is this going to be made in China, too?
The last high-tech uniform the MOD ordered ended up being manufactured in China, will this one as well?
Given the recent kerfuffle over stolen Renault battery plans and research it would appear this Brit technology should be made right in the UK.
There was a web site somewhere that would take inputted text ...
process it and then toss it out in whatever language style you wanted.
Some were really, really different. It's a bit like a word processor with a selectable grammar option - business, casual, etc.
Bet that would bugger up even that great university, Concordia. Great for untouched e-mails but undoubtedly beatable if need be.
Sphere Analysis is likely a dummy company, ...
financed by the record and film industries, with a fancy name so people will actually believe they are real. Wouldn't be the first time, either.
Fake companies go with their fake claims about millions of jobs lost.
The clock failure could also portend the potential failure of ...
the Blair Olympics.
What a heritage! What a bill!
If Google is planning to hand shopkeepers thousands of NFC-capable terminals at no cost ...
merchants are likely to be very receptive because the banks charge a high, for small merchants, monthly fee for the credit card/debit terminals.
Pre-emptive strike to Google.
Funny - the winds coming from the west and later from the south over the ...
site means that the Phils are in the clear. Pity Korea, though.
Ah, the miracles of instant communication!
The carmaker's security boss was arrested as he boarded a plane for West Africa.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
The worst possible way to disappear without leaving a trail is by air. You have to positively identify yourself and all police forces have access to the major GDS (Global (ticket) Distribution Systems)..
Ask Nick Leeson ( the infamous trader whose unchecked risk-taking caused the collapse of Barings Bank) or Choy, Hon-Tim (former deputy director of Singapore's PUB who took $14-million in bribes) both caught by trying to 'escape' by plane.
Smarter thing to do would be to drive to Italy or Greece and take a ferry or a regional flight on a small airline (with it's own reservation system) across the Mediterranean.
Maintain your safety vigilance to the end
Reminds me of an old Army rule: Never hang your arms, etc., over the sides of a truck/lorry.
Not so long ago a group of soldiers were returning from a small skirmish in the back of a truck/lorry and some had their arms extended over the side of it to cool off.
A vehicle coming the other way side-swiped the military truck, injuring several soldiers. As a result several soldiers had their arms or hands or fingers amputated - after surviving a shooting battle!
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