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Whatever the eventual outcome, Wikileaks and Assange scored big time
There are very few people who have managed to get the U.S. government knickers in a twist as Assange and company did.
Bin Laden and gang did, and definitely the several presidential assassins, along with Manley, but Assange managed to expose the stupid gossip of the State Department and to move the U.S. government to show just how vindictive it can be when it is really, really p*ssed off.
Good luck, Assange.
One or two systems beyond Plods reach.
One system Plod will find hard to hack - satellite phones and two way radio's. VHF CB units have a short range, but so do any attempts at jamming them due the limitations of frequencies used. Portable Marine radio's also can't easily be attacked and the costs are relatively low.
As i wrote yesterday, hacked TP Link WiFi base units, with high output RF, powered by batteries and carried around in backpacks would circumvent Datongs little box of tricks. This system has been used in the USA and Canada with success at G20 meetings.
London gets modern - almost as good as Far East cities
SaiGon, and most towns and cities in VietNam and major cities in Cambodia are bursting with free InterNet WiFi. In fact the only paid WiFi outlets are in our two airports and 5-star hotels.
I can 'see' about 17 free WiFi channels from my suburban Ho Chi Minh City house, 14 with 4/5 bars.
It always hurts when I travel to the West as so many systems are for profit. WiFi is good for business as KFC and another fast food chain are filled with food-buying school children using the free WiFi before setting off for home.
Why couldn't have some British company taken the initiative?
Only on Android, you say? What a pity.
Sounds like a useful technology as movement is an international language which will circumvent dialects as with Scots accents on the 4S phone.
If we could train the technology new movements, all manner of potential uses arise.
I totally agree with Hague and ...
he can make a start by freeing up the InterNet in the UK.
Adults should be made accountable for their actions as in real life.
If someone take a garden shovel and beats the brains out of his neighbour, he gets charged. The government doesn't ban shovels.
Likewise the InterNet should be wide open and should someone choose to access a kiddy porn site they do so at their own risk. If these damn do-gooders are leery of their little Johnies and Janes seeing things they can apply blocking software rather than making all of us be restricted. Damn Nanny state.
"was highly inappropriate and unprofessional, and TSA has zero tolerance for this type of behavior."
Sure, so is theft from baggage but there are still some TSA employees trying to upgrade their standard of living through theft.
I always use Pac Safe products, made in Australia but sold every where, as the TSA fondlers can examine the contents but not actually remove them from the Pac Safe which has a stainless mesh which is impervious to most everything other than torch cutters.
Loss elimination is simple - make employees buy smarphones
Ownership implies pride. If the government, and companies, paid an allowance to employees calculated on a useful life of three years, any employee losing the product is responsible for it's replacement.
A similar principle was used for salesmen. Instead of their employer leasing cars, with lease complications if an employee left, the company paid their lease payments wth the lease in the employees name.. The bottom line was there were fewer staff turnovers.
Apart from outright robbery, I find it difficult to understand how people are always losing cell phones. I have used two way radios and cells for decades and have never lost one. Mind you, I don't use those flimsy belt-mounted quick release holders, I use theft proof 'holsters' of my own design based upon a handgun holster. Miscreants have attempted snatch theft, but they withstood the attack.
I wonder how many Lemon 4's will get 'lost' now it has been replaced with an upgrade that actually works? Perhaps insurers will let us know.
VietNam #7? At least something is going well
Things have been pretty tough here for the average Vietnamese over past year: inflation 25%, food prices driven higher by Western speculators, tourism down because of the international eonomies.
If someone complained to the Ministry of Communications about spam, I am sure they would send out squads of olive green men (all government uniforms are olive green) to put the miscreants in place.
We only have 3 InterNet gateways but our new 5 gigabyte fibre optic cable does allow for massive traffic increases. How else to make 20 Mbyte feeds to residences available?
What's sauce for the goose ...
The police mess with cell systems, then someone might be tempted to mess with TETRA, a glorified trunked radio system.
Trunked systems use control channels and a jammed control channel sort of spoils their game. They could switch to DMO (Direct Mobile) mode but range and traffic capacity is limited.
Some protesters have resorted to having a few WiFi base stations (TP Link is best as you can reprogram their power output) working from batteries all carried in backpacks. These mobile WiFi carriers don't have to be in with the crowd, just nearby at a highish location.
Power to the people!
Bet you never paid for your 'dumb' meter
The gas.petrol metering is part of the cost of building a station, kind of hard to do business without some measurement device. You'll note they don't add a surcharge to your bill for using the meter.
Gas and electric companies have traditionally provided meters, part of the cost of running a pipe or mains feed into your house.
The power vendors gain from them as they can remote read, limit power consumed, even detect meter by-passing (fraud) or suspemd service. It's only since private utility companies have appeared on the scene have outstretched hands been begging from the government.
These are mandated changes that cut power companies overhead and I can almost guarantee you, as a consumer, will not receive penny one as a reduction in your bill.
Why is it that most of the profit oriented North America is not charging for these meters? Simple, because they know customers wouldn't stand for it and the power utilities are the winners - by sensitizing users to cost and reducing demand.
Funny how cost-cutting Cameron slashes away at citizens benefits whilst propping up industry. Something wrong there.
BTW, next time you fill up, tell the cashier to keep the change as your donation for paying for the meter. That look on his face, registering what he thinks of you, is exactly the same pricipal of you buying your own smart meter - NUTS!
Why should consumers pay for smart meter replacements?
Meters benefit utilities, they are there for utilities and they are sealed by utilities.
You don't pay for petrol meters, etc. so why can't the beneficiary pay for the meter as they have done in other jurisdictions.
If consumers pay for the meter, this infers ownership, as in you can take it with you when you move. I DON'T THINK SO!
This whole concept of bleeding the consumer dry is wrong. Let the utilities pay, they have plenty of ill gotten gains.
I am 'disturbed' by the levels of Government snooping
At one time a man's home was his castle. Now it seems that every Tom, Dick, Plod and TV licence crew can invade your privacy, often without a warrant or judges order.
Why can't citizens have secrets? Why do customs decide they want to check your hard drive?
Why does GCHQ, a member of Echelon, need to monitor everything electronic of citizens? What acceptable justification do they have for mass monitoring?
Why is ACPO recording every car number plate that passes road cameras, as well as many private CCTV cameras?
Why do I have to buy secure encryption software for my computers or encryption modules for my hand phones?
This is what disturbs me.
P.S. If the government creates 'security software' you can guarantee it has a back door in it, just like GSM, etc.
If Android stands on MS shoulders, MS stands on Toronto-based i4i Inc.?
Toronto-based technology company i4i Inc.had it's software stolen by MS, who had years earlier pinched the name Internet Explorer as well as some hardware utility.
I guess if Henry Ford had been like Jobs, we would be driving black cars.
Hopefully saner heads will prevail and patent law, like other international activities, will be governed by an internationally established common practice that will be adopted by all countries.
3D lens option more ...
a gimmick than a serious application. Pictures are somewhat distorted.
Better to spend your money by more battery packs or a screen.
Go-Pro is good but there are some weak points
As a motorcycle and 4-wheel vehicle driver in a country with some of the worst drivers world-wide I have two Go-Prp's in the body of my two-wheeler plus a helmet mounted unit. My employer also a further 9 units on company wheels. I also switch them to my utility vehicle when I go on long trips.. They are used for continuous recording of driving events (crashes, police collecting bribes, etc.)
Go Pro is definitely up there in the leaders, I had a couple of Oregon Scientific but they don't repair their products. Go Pro has numerous accessories but I recommend you buy the HD HERO Naked Kit as it has a broad range of general accessories including a spare lens (that can easily get scratched as they project to the front). I also recommend a spare case (the camera itself has no mount and you need the lens built in the plastic protective case to achieve focus), and a spare battery or two - recharging from a USB jack takes overnight. The ONLY good thing about the Oregon Scientific unit was the fact it used AA cells.
Other things to note:
1. Only one specified SD chip will enable all functions;
2. The camera housing lens fogs up (industrial goggle cleaner eliminates effect);
3. The all-plastic mount is easily broken by snatch thieves;
4. Buy extra batter packs;
5. None of the GoPPro specialised housings such as Helmet HERO, Motorsports HERO, Surf HERO or the chest mount are sufficient to withstand theft (sharp twist and the base snaps), crashes involving a car (the camera flies off), violent waves can also crack the base and cause the camera to fall off, and when used on the chest there is no protection.
6. To prevent (5) I had several stainless wire cages fabricated in which the camera is located. I also had a compatible mounting base (the part that attaches to the helmet, car, bicycle) machined from aluminum/aluminium so the camera is secure under all circumstances.
7. Cords are provided but can only be used when the camera is not in the case - I made up right angle connectors which can be used with the non-waterproof case;
8. The base on which the camera is mounted in it's packaging is great as a spare base.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has used the GoPro as a POV (Point Of View) camera mounted to Ski Dooers on the highest setting and used the recording for TV broadcast.
It handles all types of daylight, well lit indoor scenes and brightly lit streets - it is terrible on poorly lit streets - as found in UK villages and towns..
As long as you now GoPro limitations, you'll be happy with it. Use a demo in a store IN THE DARK CORNER and check it out.
Notwithstanding it's shortcomings, I would recommend it and will buy another unit or two when I am in a country with a distributor. Good luck!
Are you waiting for the video?
This strange display of worship continues with the Discovery Channel airing a video version of the life and times of whomever under their Mythbusters program.
So presumably it will be on PirateBay shortly thereafter and iPhans can play it, ad nauseum, to their hearts content.
Android batteries don't ...
catch fire inexplicably. Apple has the exclusive on that.
Given Apples miserly record ...
one has to wonder if Saint Tim has lost his marbles?
Apple rarely gives much away, unless there is an ulterior motive.
He shouldn't be scared, there is a big hairy guy waiting to protect him ...
from every threat, in return for certain favours. They like youth in the Big House.
Check out Chinese web sites
China, and several other countries require web sites be licenced, which I disagree with, but the owner and their address and contact info have to be shown
Countries internal laws are quite adequate to address these complaints which makes me think there is another reason for these privacy invading tupes to get steamed up.
Give me rivets and 4 engines every time
As a frequent long hail flyer I prefer rivets and metal until a few more millions of miles have been clocked up on these 'plastic' planes.
When flying the polar route between the Far East and North America, and looking out of the window at bare ice for thousands of miles or even more kilometres, it gives me a sense of comfort to have four, rather than two, engines.
Canadians suing for a good reason
In the past Canadians have watched as other country customers get freebies or credits whilst Canadians get nothing, as in squat. This is all to do with consumer legislation.
I personally have claimed for lost InterNet service as well as POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) outages because there is little that racks up aggravation within Bell Canada between the Business Office and the operations side than a REFUND.
Years ago, whilst working night shifts on computer systems, we discovered that Bell was closing circuits off that were supposed to be 24/7. Another little case of telephone fraud was a private 'tie line' between Toronto and Vancouver that was also supposed to be a direct connection 24/7. Imagine the customers surprise when he learned from us that he had a regular dial-up line and he was paying big bucks for a full time service.
Telephone companies are old hands in the fraud business (read For Whom The Bell Tools Not) so Canadians, and people elsewhere should go for every single cent or penny. It's the only way they learn.
Stuff Acer: Don't colour it green
Whether you care or not about global warming, pollution, etc., and we should, my employer has stopped buying Acer because of rubber feet.
As we are in an area where power can get dicey when water levels fall or high temperatures cause air-cons to kick in, we always buy laptops rather than desktop computers because the batteries allow us to get away with a manual switch-over generator, which is much cheaper than auto-switching.
Over time Acer computers rubber feet drop off - they haven't figured out what ASUS uses for glue, so we tried to buy replacement feet.
Oh, they are available BUT you have to buy them attached to half the base cover. Really dumb.
Just another lying troll from FB: Deception is their business
Some dummy I know uploaded one of my e-mail addresses into FB when it first opened up.
I instructed her how to remove my name, which she did. I have also requested FB to delete all addresses in the domain name for my mail server.
As I have my own e-mail server I frequently assign people a unique address through which to contact me.
Every so often FB sends an e-mail, which proves (1) requests to delete are not honoured; (2) their staff is incompetent; (3) they are liars.
I personally think the whole damn lot are liars and con artists.
Jobs gone and Androids stll here: guess he missed that goal!
It would appear that the Apple lawyers are running with he baton now.
American religious fruit and nutbars are stupid
Even though this aging engineer screwed up the maths and nothing happened, they still send the money.
This is one of the American religious outfits who rent airtime blasting their phony messages across to China and VietNam using 500,000 watt medium wave transmitters.
The joke is boh China and VietNam only have FM recovers, so all that RF energy is wasted.
exchange them "on a private network run by the Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion"
You mean to say the UK government doesn't have it's very own enterprise server?
Need to get their stories straight
According to other news sources Jobs was too sick to even climb stairs and that he was curled up in a foetal position and that for the last two days he was just lying in bed waiting for the Grim Reaper to knock.
Still Apple can claim whatever product was Jobs last and sell a few million more or make it a special and double the price.
That would be a fitting score that he would appreciate.
No bloody way - FB is a social leach
Zucker what not treats subscribers as commodities selling anything they can glean from postings.
Thankfully his web site is blocked in my country, along with China. I love those acres/hectares of white space where that bastards advertisements are supposed to display.
I also block him from advertising on all of my web sites.
If I need support, I go to the vendors web site. If the vendor uses FB, I don't buy their products.
Old sales adage: Don't knock the competition
A salesman I worked with years ago in the days of Mohawk Data said to me 'never knock the competition' as it has the habit of turning around and kicking you in the spheroids.
Ballmer should know better, Microsoft may be good but a Canadian company had such good software that Microsoft copied it - and had it's nose rubbed in the dirt by all levels of the US court system.
"The govt dropped the charges in order to prevent further disclosure"
Most all of the 'democratic' countries have closed/secret court proceedings so I respectfully suggest you are incorrect in this case.
In some countries the accused is not even allowed to hear the evidence against them and their lawyers are barred from even discussing it with the accused.
I am signatory to The Official Secrets Act but what I signed is a two-way contract: as long as the government doesn't break the law, then I won't talk about it.
These days 'classified' is stamped on almost everything - likely the toilet paper, too. I had 'secret' documentation and when I searched on Google I found the source of this 'secret' information.
Only brave, or dumb, men give the US government the finger. Thomas Drake, a hero.
It takes a very brave man to stare down one of the most vindictive attorney-generals the US has had since at least Nixon's reign, and Obama tolerates holder's (lowercase to signal contempt) continued abuse of process.
Look to Manning to see both how malicious and dumb they can be. Concurrently, yet!
Drakes recollections are so bizarre they have to be based upon truth. One can imagine this bunch of NSA management brown-nosers running around covering their backsides rather than admitting they had dropped the ball.
And you in the UK shouldn't laugh too much as the NSA is up in Yorkshire at the RAF Menwith Hill base where they run interference for the NSA and hassle people who take too much interest in it.
The GCHQ sleeps with the NSA (NSA on top) and is essentially unaccountable for it's activities. The UK agencies have far less accountability than that of US agencies.
We owe a great deal of thanks to people like Thomas Drake as he is the sort of person that scares management into a semblance of compliance.
France has it right: No deportation but a trial in France
Britain is becoming a subservient nation, why else would the UK allow the US NSA to have a base in this country? No one, but no one has any base in the USA.
France has always stood up for it's rights, ever since DeGaulle was around.
If a crime was committed, allegedly, on British soil, it is a British offence. The fact that the American military is unable to secure it's computers is their weakness, not someone who actually gained access.
Time the wimp Cameron put some meaning in the phrase 'Great Britain' or does he aim to maintain the reputation of 'Broken Britain'?
What a refreshing blast of fresh air
Give this man a medal!
US politicians seem to have one purpose in life - collecting money. The RIAA has bought off many politicians, the most prominent of them is VP Joe Biden who his always talking up the RIAA.
In most jurisdictions all this money would be called 'bribes', in the US it is called 'contributions'.
Americans should support this man, at least he has peoples interests at heart, rather than companies.
7"/17.78 cm rules
I picked up a few of the pre-Jobs tablet when visiting China. Sure the finish was a little iffy, but they had neat features that Apple never deployed on their copies.
The company I work for has now successfully deployed 7 inch units for use by maintenance technicians for a truck company and has landed a contract for a telephone company so their field technicians can interrogate circuit assignments, etc.
Most work uniforms have pockets large enough to accommodate a 7" pad case, whereas a 10" would never fit a pocket.
I fitted a 7" unit in the kitchen for my wife to read off recipes from the InterNet. I also have a 7" unit on my motorcycle that enhances the function of, and adds features to, my set of wheels.
Jobs wasn't bad in product feasibility, but he sure was in the mid-sized tablet - as Apple now acknowledges.
If it's a software problem, like the one wide line ...
Samsung should simply sell the device with a plain vanilla interface that when first switched on, after purchase, invites the user to upgrade to the latest, greatest thereby bypassing all this stupidity.
Now Apple can wrk on the Amazon challenger!
I still can't see how they can carry the 449-550,000 wires
presently the highest voltage lines, often pairs of cables rather than a single cable per phase, can be hung.
How is helicopter cable maintenance going to be practical on the cables nearest the vertical support column?
NOW all that is left is to NOT run the cables over/through beautiful skylines.
Insurers pay Big Money for patient health data
Most health insurance clients (patients) don't appreciate that data from every claim is retained in what is the equivalent to a health 'credit bureau' where the most infinite detail is recorded and, from which, intimate health information can be derived.
The only real information they lack are the doctors detailed notes, although some doctors do 'share' them for money.
Apply for a life insurance policy and the first thing they do is to pull your file. 'Forget' to include some small detail, no problem the insurer knows. They'll still happily accept your premiums BUT CLAIM then they drag out the omission and deny you coverage.
The reluctance of the NHS "to make connections with other public sector agencies." is to be praised. How would you like Plod, investigating a criminal complaint against you, to be able to rummage around your health record looking for supporting evidence?
What, of a disclosure during treatment a patient said to their physician I can't sleep because of A, B or C. The doctor would understand the context in which this disclosure was made. However, Plod might say that having made this disclosure, and they are investigating an incident of type C, this is sufficient evidence to charge someone.
Do you really want any connected terminal to be able to look at your life with a few keystrokes?
When Canada switched to on-line data banks Parliament wisely set up a system where data is compartmentalised. An unauthorised agency seeking data has to apply to an access official who can judge the appropriateness of a data request and then that official, if satisfied, then retrierves ONLY the pertinent data. Audit trails ensure proper use.
For example: say the Passport office wanted to verify citizenship, they have full access to data banks with that data. Should the Passport office want access to pensions information, they would be blocked.
If a Plod seeks a person, one way is to access employer information from pensions or tax data banks. Application is made to the data guardians who consider the request and if they concur, they rather than Plod will ascertain an employers information.
The former Labour government had a fetish for data collection and universal file access. Imagine what ACPO could do! They could take their number plate database, check info with ownership information, and build a profile. If Tom Cobley goes to Blackpool, every other week, Plod could search the database and find out he visits a doctor.
UK citizens should question all data collection requests and challenge all opportunities for linking data.
All day I've faced a barren waste ...
All day I've faced a barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry
And souls that cry for water
Cool, clear, water (Marty Robins)
The news that water will be a cause for war is hardly news. More than likely the US of A will break the Great Lakes agreement (no water to be transported out of the GL basin).
Already the mid-Western aquifer is barely making it! Los Angeles ships water in a canal for hundreds of miles and loses 50% to evaporation. Texas is already well under supplied and the fuel industry is drilling deeper and deeper to get it's supplies.
China has seriously polluted so many of it's bodies of water it is already suffering.
Canada is self-sufficient as long as the US doesn't get greedy, especially British Columbia and Ontario (250,000 lakes). The River Nile is already really stressed.
I think the date of 2030 is way optimistic.
Google doesn't google Goggle, nor does Bing
Neither Google or Bing show Goggle, so obviously they've put a partial block into effect.
I Goggled from China and the ads were in Chinese characters. on my VPN to VietNam Goggle responded in Vietnamese then on my UK VPN it responded in English.
The Goggle site has some sophistication.
Samsung upgrades bypassing ban
Forbes business web site had a piece on Samsung's fight back in Europe yesterday.
Quote: "Europe may be where some of the fiercest court battles are taking place between Apple and Samsung over patents, but it’s also where consumers will soon get their hands on three versions of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones that have been specially upgraded to, in one way, stick it to Apple."
A little patience and you, too, can have what many think is the best smartphone going.
Apple scores it's pound of flesh
Knowing Apple, there was more than likely an element of revenge in making sure this was pursued to it's bitter end.
What happened to the employee who lost it?
Statcounter not dead accurate: print servers, etc. missed
Way, way back MS had a small Windows add-on that could turn slow PC's into print servers.
Subsequently, users started using the redoubtable XP as print servers. I know of at least 367 refurbished PC 'dog' computers that exist in rural school settings in VietNam not connected to the InterNet directly.
A program, using discarded computers from Toronto businesses, and declined by game playing youngsters, were refurbished and exported to VietNam and Cambodia rural schools, brought in over 7,300 units and volunteers set them up using XP.
Our company only maintains the 367 units in the Central Highlands.
How many more did Statcounter miss?
The Chinese have a rat poison that's so good ...
it's banned as too dangerous in several countries.
It's an innocuous looking white powder which easily satisfies a rats reluctance to eat new things without a day or two sampling period, then it zaps them but good!
Available in many Chinatowns to discrete shoppers. You can also get white 'chalk' fatal for cockroaches.
Just make sure you wash your hands afterwards, very, very carefully!
The Lords of the Admiralty should wake up
as simulating loss of GPS signal can be emulated by switching off the GPS receiver or disconnecting the antennae.
GPS is used for too many extraneous systems now including ATMs, rail, etc.
I have a portable cell jammer which has GPS jamming capability, and it is amazing hew large an area a signal of a few milliwatts can affect.
"supposed to be treated as a secondary navigation aid"
This is a little disturbing as the new point-to-point flight system, as opposed to corridors, is predicated on using GPS because it is a single system, like the earlier Decca Navigator, as opposed to individual, multiple systems such as inertial or radar navigation.
Cook et al were sailing, a lot of them didn't come back
But those were the ships that sailed too close to the edge of the world, where old charts had pictures if evil looking men and giant fish that ate ships..
No warranty support, I guess
If they hoisted any cell phones they will have to get them jail broken and the IMEI /MIN reprogrammed and since they are likely Lemon 4's rather than 4S the cost will take a chunk ut of the small price they will get for a hot phone. Could it be they thought Iphone 4S had een released?
If the computers have trace software, and the thieves are smart, a hard drive switch will fix that.
Just shows how far people will go for a little electronic bling.
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great