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Cabinet Office talks to Facebook & co about new ID system

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How does "insist that privacy would be at the forefront of such a system" work with Facebook?

Apart from the fact Facebook and security are incompatible why should I have to sign up with any non-governmental system to access my entitlements?

Or is it a tacit admission that the UK's purported world leading cyber 'experts' can't handle secure logins?

Making one of the early users the pensions scheme is more than nutty - these people are more likely NOT to have InterNet access as well as being MORE likely to less computer literate.

I am fed up with people expecting myself and fellow employees to obtain FB or Twit accounts so we can learn some information. I simply refuse to use Twit and the decision about FB has been made as the government of the country I live in has blocked FB very, very effectively.

The UK government is my government so why the hell should I use American gateways to access my UK government, gateways that the American government has total access to.

Bet the French wouldn't do this - or the Americans - they have a sense of pride in their countries.

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Feds seize $15m from scareware monger's Swiss account

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US 'Justice' arse backwards

Most jurisdictions put an alleged offender on trial first, then apply penalties.

If you think the money is going back to the suckers, think again. The US Government has an insatiable appetite for money.

Ask the international drug cartels.

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'One size fits all' EU data law would undermine rights, says Clarke

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UK Privacy Policy Screwed Up - Government Left and Right Frontal Lobes Totally Disconnected

I seem to remember one of the points Cameron/Clegg ran on as the elimination of the national ID database. And they even honoured their pledges.

Contrast that with the collection of old farts that comprise ACPO, the commercial outfit that benefits by selling government data, who announced a couple of weeks ago that they had scored GBP24,000,000 to enable it to equipment every roadside AND EVERY PRIVATELY OWNED traffic facing camera with number plate reading capability, in real time, with the data to be stored on a new computer to be housed in Hendon. This will only record number plate details and depends on the criminally minded not to switch number plates - a la James Bond.

Clarke, in addition to rendering his thoughts on rapists, also declared he thought 15 years was not an unreasonable time for the U.S. to store PNR information for 15 years.

In case any Register readers aren't concerned, consider that the following information is also collected but not shown on tickets, Numbers refer to PNR fields:

2. Date of reservation; 5. Other names on PNR; 6. Addresses; 8. Billing address; 9. Contact telephone numbers; 11. Frequent flyer information (miles flown and address(es)) (frequent flyer number might be shown on tickets); 16. Split/Divided PNR information; 17. E-mail addresses; 19. General remarks; 23. No show history; 25. Go show information (often used to note a "walk-up" passenger, i.e. someone who presents themselves without a ticket or reservation, and buys a ticket to travel immediately. Some carriers create a reservation on the spot . Other carriers simply sell them a ticket- which might be an "open" ticket, boarding them as a stand-by); 26. OSI information; 27. SSI/SSR information; 28. Received from information (the person who requested the reservation, not necessarily the traveller, e.g. a business associate, personal assistant, friend, family member, etc.); 29. All historical changes to the PNR; 30. Number of travellers on PNR; 33. Any collected APIS information.

The following data might be gleaned from tickets:

1. PNR record locator code (Tickets don't always show any record locator-the CRS record and not necessarily the same); 3. Date(s) of intended travel, airlines, dates, and flight numbers or '"open"; possibly hotel or car hire reservations, tour or cruise bookings, etc., on non-air PNR; 7. All forms of payment information; 10. All travel itinerary for specific PNR (reservations for current flight, and might include reservations for flights not yet ticketed, or ticketed separately, together with non-air components of the travellers such as accommodations, car rental or rail reservations, tours, cruises, etc.) 12. Travel agency; 13. Travel agent-IATA/ARC accreditation number, agent, etc.; 14. Code share PNR info; 24. Bag tag numbers; 34. ATFQ fields.

Register readers can no doubt determine just how invasive this information is to their own situations.

The PNR often contains additional information pertaining to car rental and hotel stays and all the associated data such as affinity cards, etc.

In reality I don't think Clarke, or the present government, has the faintest idea of what privacy is. Additionally, ACPO will undoubtedly build a case for having access to this data so Plod can track a persons movement aided and abetted by knowing cell phone information.

If you want to take some action now, you can do it by using a travel agent and requesting the agent to (1) hold all data not needed to issue a ticket on agency based contact management software; (2) Book hotels and car rental directly, on-line; (3) Use the agency as your contact address and telephone number.

15 years is one hell of a long time to hold any data.

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McKinnon's mum applauds Obama extradition stance

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It's not McKinnon who should face charges but the incompetent people in NASA and the Pentagon ...

as it was their lax commitment to duty that enabled McKinnon to breach what is laughingly called 'security'.

It is time that defective piece of legislated by Blair & Blunket was amended so that Britain can put on trial all people accused of crimes committed in British jurisdiction - as do the French. Cameron has the responsibility, now, to secure justice for Brits.

Just imagine what the Chinese hackers can do if poor old Gary McKinnon can hack these computers!

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Oz paper in todger-based trivia quiz outrage

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Something like this happened back in the '60's with a UK electronics magazine, ...

except it was an article on war surplus conversion of a radar unit which featured a 'horn' and a 'cavity', in the days before the commercial resale market developed and the magazine was distributed and when readers, at least those with dirty minds, realised it described the deflowering of a virgin all tangled up with words technicians commonly use there was absolute panic. One phrase that comes to mind was "blowing away the cobwebs before you start". A real collectors item.

Yes it was an April issue - which was hurriedly recalled, unsuccessfully.

As for the question: : "What is the official currency of Vietnam?" the answer is the DONG (pronounced DOM) and has a picture of Uncle Ho on everyone of the notes/bills. They start at VND200 and the largest is VND500,000. There are about 22,000 to the dollar. My morning Cafe sua nom (strong enough to melt a teaspoon) costs me VND5,000.

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Bradley Manning accuser to meet with prosecutors

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Lamo - a publicity seeking piece of scum out of the ...

gutter who wrapped his betrayal in the flag to claim he was a hero.

Some questions:

(1) How much has he been paid or will he be paid;

(2) During this much touted Washington trip will he be advised or coached into what to say:

(3) How does he reconcile the varying accounts of what transpired between himself and Manning;

(4) Will the prosecutors try to get him to include Wikileaks in his 'disclosure'.

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PlayStation Network breach will cost Sony $171m

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Do I feel sorry? No! If Sony had expended as much energy on

security and updating server software as they did whilst harassing George Holtz it would not of happened.

Poetic justice: what a hit on the bottom line! Hooray!

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Foxconn closes iPad factory after explosion deaths

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Kind of hard to operate when you have holes in the factory floor

According to ChengDu, SiChuan local media a friend relayed to me apart from the damaged explosion area there are holes/cracks in floors above the detonation point and there were concerns the floors might collapse.

What interests me more, are the employees going to get compensation for the lay off period?

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Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailer reveals terror on the tube

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To beat the best Tube movie, made before CGI, which was ...

IMO, American Werewolf in London, anything better will have a hard time making it. The subway chases were superb in Werewolf - all taken with straight cameras!

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Super-injunctions 'unfair' cos of Twitter gossip, says Cameron

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"Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt declared Twitter had made the law "an ass" "

Wrong! The politicians were the asses who drafted and passed this legislation, Twitter had nothing to do with it other than asserting it's U.S. Constitutions 1st Amendment rights.

Mind you the two stuffed dummies, Neuberger and Judge, didn't help themselves much when they opined about technology on the weekend. They are simply out of touch, not too good if they are deciding the merits of your case.

If married footballers, broadcasters or others want to bed women other than their wives they should understand the risks, including large alimony payments, before they do so. Using injunctions tto stop the publishing of fact is not justice.

Fred the Bankers, aka Fred the Shred aka Fred to Adulterer, injunction was a mockery of the courts - but they fell for it hook, line and sinker.

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Apple iPhone 5 to sport CRT-style screen

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Apple emulating car manufacturers - a touch here and another there

Obviously Jobs mob is getting desperate to maintain repeat sales.

All they appear to be doing is making slight changes so Iphans can differentiate between new models and clunkers and, Jobs hopes, it will generate yet more sales as Iphans slavishly buy yet more of the same.

Worked for years for car manufacturers, why not other products?

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vBulletin abandons bid for injunction against ex-devs

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No costs in the U.S.A., hopefully big ones awarded in the UK for the ...

defendants XenForo.

Pure malicious legal harassment.

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Journos 'risk charges' for covering Parliamentary debates

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Messrs. Neuberger & Lord, Senior British Beaks, have demonstrated just ...

how much they are out of touch with reality - the InterNet prevails and no matter how much sabre rattling these two old farts do, their jurisdiction ends at Penzance and/or Hadians Wall.

Then Neuberger further illustrates his stupidity by implying that newspapers reporting disclosure of 'superinjunctions' in Parliament would be potentially liable for contempt. What Neuberger misses is that newspapers have a duty to report to the electorate the activities in Parliament, except for a very few exclusions. He also forgets that he, Neuberger, is subservient to Parliament inasmuch as they write the legislation he administers.

As far as their fellow idiot who named Twitter, he too seems to realise the limitations of his proclamations as was reported by today's Guardian who named the Scottish Herald as being the newspaper who showed a slightly modified picture of the football player who was sleeping with Imogene Thomas.

Pretty sad state of affairs when the judges are clueless about the real world.

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Heads roll at HP as Apotheker swings new broom

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Apotheker is like a dog peeing on a lamppost to show there's a ...

new boss in town.

Pity so many people are suffering career interruptions.

The 'new' HP is nothing like the old one: it valued employees and treated them with respect and dignity. Guess this is the Frog method of management.

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Apple seeks anti-snoop display patent

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Yet more Apple Tosh: Ever heard of Polaroid or 3M - ATMs use it

Here we go again, Apple trying to re-invent other peoples work.

There are already films, applied screens, that do this and at least one type of LCD does, too.

Dumb U.S. patent office

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Google was 'warned repeatedly' about rogue drug ads

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Just 'running ads from online pharmacies that were breaking US laws' doesn't make illegal elsewhere

Google, and other international companies, cross borders and different countries have different laws, therefore what is legal in one is maybe illegal in another.

V-P Biden is obviously in the pocket of the Hollywood media types - he is the one pushing the anti-piracy and copy hacking agenda - and now, obviously, Obama and company, facing a 2012 election, is cozying up to the U.S. pharmaceutical industry which has lots of dollars to throw around.

Maybe Obama should pay regard to hundreds, if not thousands, of American citizens who cross the northern border to purchase prescribed drugs - ignoring the fact Canadians have great marijuana, too - and with these savings can still afford the 'drug run' buses together with plenty of cash left over.

Canadian brand name drugs often are manufactured IN the USA, so many of these drug purchases are essentially buying exported drugs and then importing them back in to the U.S.A. The only difference is the price. The Province of Ontario has a drug pricing regime that is way, way cheaper than many other places - not generics but the same name brands.

Much of the on-line purchasing - ignoring certain blue heart-shaped pills - is a modified form of this, no buses. There is the small matter of U.S. prescriptions being accepted without a Canadian doctor actually issuing the prescription for Canadian drug sales.

At the bottom of this whole thing is American drug companies wanting to max out their profits. They work against the legal generic drug industry yet licence generic knock-offs in India and Brazil - two countries which find it difficult to deliver drugs into the U.S.A.

Not many Register readers have to ask themselves: Do I pay the rent, or buy food , or buy drugs. Europe looks after it's citizens, as does Canada, but in the 'greatest country in the world' there are many families who have to make this call monthly.

Obama claims he is out to look after 'the small people' yet his policies say otherwise.

Maybe Obama and company think they stand a better chance of getting political kickbacks from Google than they would if they chased the also illegally advertising Yahoo and Bing/Microsoft?

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Google nabs patents from defunct mini-phone maker

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Nortel patents, many at the cost of the Canadian tax payer

Way back in the early days of digital cell phones, when Americans had a lighter weight (than the famous Motorola brick) cell phones, the Canadian government decreed that when it introduced new technologies it would not licence dumb portable telephones.

It laid out a plan to guide manufacturers and Nortel jumped on the plan as a way to make big money. It also received large Canadian government grants to develop these technologies. If anyone gets to buy the portfolio I hope it is Google rather than some patent troll.

Pity Canadian taxpayers aren't able to receive a proportion of the patent sales, they surely deserve it.

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Explosion in iPad factory kills two, injures more

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How can 'good working condition's equate with explosion?

I seem to remember that Foxconn ChengDu was a recent addition to their line up of factories and, given the earthquake of 7.9R in 2008, a lot of new industry was using brown field building sites.

Foxconn also requires special conditions for it's plants - clean, for a start - and notwithstanding the penchant for the Chinese construction industry to cut corners or bribe inspectors to overlook deficiencies, so I doubt Foxconn building inspectors failed in their duty.

I witnessed a dust explosion when I worked at a farm during my school summer vacation and it was pretty dusty in the silo before the explosion, guess who carried the tea to the workers there, so I find it hard for 'good working conditions' to have existed prior to the Foxconn explosion. (See < www.latestgadgetsnews.com/wp-content/gadgets/images/7/foxconn-ipad-2-plant-explosion-video.jpg >)

Whilst I, and others, have disparaging comments to make about Jobs' mob, even if they had no hearts or feelings, it is simply not good business practice to have sloppy production lines - it can hurt profits.

I believe, strongly, that work transferred from or done by Western companies should be done under the conditions that prevail in the home country. China along with Bangladesh, India, Cambodia and VietNam have all been guilty of worker mistreatment in the name of profit and it is due mainly to NGO and public pressure that things have improved.

Western consumers have a moral obligation to consider their purchases origination - whenever I visit Toronto I rarely take more than a couple of shirts as I know I can buy a new shirt for about the same as dry cleaning a soiled one. How can a shirt be manufactured and shipped to destination with small margins for profit without workers paying a penalty?

Low retail prices come at the cost of workers. Besides, not even Apple could manufacture their products in the U.S.A economically.

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Using the internet in the People's Republic of China

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Hotel InterNet access may seem lax but almost every room connection ...

in the country has activity recorders attached to record and transmit back each individual rooms 'net activity. They were installed in preparation for the Olympics.

Our company uses a small hotel in NanNing when attending a work site. We hook a TP-Link WiFi up to a directional antennae, and crank the power up with a software patch, and use the connection at the work site.

At least we have access to more web sites than the locals do from their broadband connections.

In the more remote hotels in YunNan Province, which borders VietNam, Laos and Burma/Myanmar, the hotels have no room activity recorder as you can see the broadband connection coming through the wall and connecting to the modem and the hub for the rooms.

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£1.1bn Royal Navy warship finally armed, sort of

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New Navy procedure: Ordering ships without armaments - Part 2

Britain's last aircraft carrier was scrapped a couple of weeks before everyone's 'hero', Cameron, decided to conquer Libya in 2 or 3 weeks, months ago.

But the Ministry of Defence, always on the ball, has ordered two new aircraft carriers which will be delivered in a few years time.

Everyone but everyone knows 'mods' aka 'variations' is where suppliers make money.

So our gallant desk bound admirals ordered these ships, but without knowing what aircraft will fly from them - in fact there will be no aircraft when they hit the water. The choice of aircraft will determine if the carriers will be equipped with the standard steam driven or the latest maglev launching system.

If they go with maglev on only one carrier it means when the maglev version is out getting oiled and greased the other, steam launcher version will be unable to launch the other carriers aircraft.

So what did these expensive destroyers teach DOD about procurement? Squat! And once again the British tax payer get to pay twice or three times the original cost.

Part 3 are the Trident submarines .....

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Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

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Apple products - computers or Lemon 4's - are perfect; Jobs said so and would he lie?

Once again, Jobs mob is playing dishonest with their customers. Seeing how they have already been taken for premium prices you would hope for, but not expect, straight dealing.

No one is perfect, except in Job's mind - and that the sun shines out his nether end.

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FTC, Canada bust internet scammers

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Name Brand versus Generic

In most Canadian provinces pharmacy customers have to be asked if the want name brand or generic EXCEPT WHEN doctors add, on a prescription, no substitutes.

Not being able to opt for a generic maybe explains why NHS costs are so high!

Many name brands only 'touch up' their formulas in the hope of maintaining a patent, according to a Canadian research paper issued when drug copyrights were being re-legislated.

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Unless you can squeeze money down your broadband you have to use plastic

Canada has quite an able national police force, as well as provincial and municipalities, and it certainly doesn't need the US FTC. A simple message to the RCMP liaison office in Washington, DC is all that is required.

Snake-oil originated in the US, and reading US newspapers they are as active as ever (cancer cures abound). If the FTC had completed cleaning up the mess south of the 49th then perhaps, they can cast their eyes wider.

The US often thinks Canada is it's 51st state, it isn't - that's why both countries have border controls.

The US thinks it is the worlds policeman, it isn't, yet you find the US Coast Guard challenging ships in the East China Sea and other places thousands of miles removed from the continental USA. It pays little heed to the niceties of other countries rights; there are US DEA officials in many countries.

If the offending company did wrong, Canada is more than capable of handling it - without having to deport the operators to the US for their version of 'justice'.

Credit card errors can be resolved through the card issuer and the card issuer is well able to withdraw credit card handling facilities to businesses, of any kind, so they will lose the convenience.

Besides, if Americans are dumb enough to supply credit card details in order to receive a purported 'free' offer, and they are incapable of thinking something is fishy, then they are fools.

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FTC: Clean up your US acts first ...

as one of the things the US continuously complains about is on-line Canadian pharmacies (chemists in the UK).

I was recently in the US and I was given a prescription for Biaxin XL 500 milligram tablets for which several pharmacies wanted USD$38.02, plus dispensing fee.

I went on-line to a Canadian dispensary and the generic of this, Clarithromycin, was only USD3, plus express mail and dispensing fee of $4.

So FTC, close your scammers down first, before chasing down Canadian entrepreneurs.

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Simply viewing Apple kit provokes religious euphoria

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Follow the crowd phenomena are not new ...

as it is common in Lemming behaviour.

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada was earlier known as Pile of Bones. Before the West was settled the First Nation Indians used to drive buffalo over low cliffs to kill them - the easy way.

The first few buffalo to the edge were hard to get over the edge but followers, seeing the first buffalo head over, simply followed.

Similarly, a few few early adopters entice the rest of the Jobsian supplicants to follow them. Just like sheep.

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Cisco refuses to deny it will sell off Linksys

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"those slim "flying-saucer-wedge' cases" ...

can't be stacked, either, unlike good old square cornered boxes.

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Do we really care, when there are quality products from ....

TP-Link? Their products can be patched and all manner of neat 'features' added including high power outputs.

ASUS has it's new WiFi line, too.

Linksys always looked 'clunky' with it's case designs.

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Mumsnet founder: Our members are 'very keen' on PORN ...

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The UK government needs a single, coherent policy

My understanding is that UK law holds that websites that host chatrooms, such as this, are not responsible for content UNLESS they actively edit content.

Then people want ISPs, etc. to get in the business of moderating websites their users access, which, IMO, puts their heads in line for potential legal action.

On the other hand telco's are completely free of these encumbrances if their users plan so called acts of terrorism or just a simple break and enter.

Both classes of entity are 'common carriers'. Maybe the government could hold electricity supply companies responsible for supplying electricity to a indoor marijuana growing operation?

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Identity and Passport Service loses its website

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Why don't they absorb ...

ACPO into the Home Office so that British citizens can have law governing their police rather than guidance from a bunch of old reprobates who get their positions by not getting court at anything disreputable during their careers.

At least the Home Office and the government is answerable to the pubic at election times whereas ACPO just goes on and on.

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Apple proposes even tinier SIMs for future iPhones, iPads

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The top cover fell off my SIM and it revealed ....

not one but two chips each covered by some sort of glue.

The cellco provides GSM with 3G.

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Customer access to SIM's is key to ...

having the ability to use post or pre-paid services and to make the change without resorting to a fee-based service.

I travel frequently internationally and frequently see fellow passengers switching their SIMs for their destination carrier. Unless there was provision for multiple carriers, software SIMs, as used by the rapidly declining CDMA, the physical SIM will have it's advantages.

There is a limit to Apples stupidity in seeking Thin and that is SIMs need holders and contacts.

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Welshman attempts to board train with pony

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In the days before Thatcher buggered up the railways ...

and the Metropolitan line ran on electric traction to Rickmansworth where it switched to steam engines and later to diesel electric, the guards had a whole 'van'/carriage to themselves with plenty of room for passengers goods to be carried.

I have seen a small horse in a guards van in those times as well as a few sheep. Then they 'improved' the service by electrifying the rail to Amersham - but no more guards van.

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David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

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Another UK politician reveals how stupid they can be

Laying cables today often involves ploughs and pigs.

Ploughs, designed for cable laying, can dispense armoured cable straight off a reel to a depth of about 1.5 metres, dependent upon the type of soil or the lack of it.

Pneumatic 'pigs' are devices shaped like a torpedo, in which a reciprocating weight, driven by compressed air, that can make holes under lawns and roadways in minutes. Think of it like a piston from car that is designed to strike the top of the cylinder, and kinetic energy drives the 'pig' forward. Some are 'steerable' within limits.

The problem has been, in the past, that the former BT entity always went the 'gold' route with cable conduits being installed (remember those 4 and 6 hole pipes?) and their conformity tested by dragging a test piece through them to ensure it didn't get stuck.

Canada has had thousands of kilometres of all sorts of cables laid by ploughs. Even undersea cables are ploughed in to prevent damage from fishing tackle.

The 'drops' to premises can be pre-manufactured so field work is minimised and limited to feeder connections in street distribution boxes.

Maybe the unemployed Davis has in mind can be used to make tea or coffee or roll the spools of cables around. Certainly they are not need for digging holes.

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Supreme Court: DNA database retention regs are unlawful

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ACPO guidance which the Supreme Court has now deemed unlawful ....

Once again the unregulated ACPO is wrong.

Why doesn't the Home Office, a ministry rather than a prejudiced bunch of under-employed chief's of police, pass a LAW? Guidance is a recommendation and has little force in law.

The Supreme Court also failed: it should have struck down the ACPO 'guidance' and suspended it for 12 months to allow Parliament to get it's act together. All we have now is an indeterminate process.

Hardly justice.

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HTC's UK repair centre suffering long delays, confusion

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HTC could complete customer frustration by ...

using an Indian call centre to handle complaints.

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Hack attacks on US could spark military action

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So next time a UK citizen proves how insecure a Pentagon computer is ...

the USA will bypass the niceties of deportation, etc and just send a drone to zap the offenders house?

I don't think so - better that server owners accept responsibility for their security.

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Iran accused of hacking nuke inspectors' phones, PCs

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Why not have a David Davis unemployable accompany the inspectors ...

and stay in the hotel room guarding the electronic goodies?

You can also buy sealed satphones that cannot be physically accessed apart from charging them and the antennae.

Of course, a tube of glue also provides the potentiality of detecting tampering - a cracked case is a dead giveaway.

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Cybercrooks set up shop in Canada

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Canada, eh? What a pity!

It's most likely the border jumpers from south of the 49th who have just realised that the laws in Canada are way different from the U.S.A.

So many of the heavy handed, draconian laws - such as the DCMA - are not in effective in Canada, plus we have some extremely fast InterNet pipes.

It's similar to the there being no TSA to rifle your air baggage - Canada is much more understanding and offers a great way to avoid the U.S. of A.

And our BC marijuana is way better than anything the U.S.A. has, along with the beer! You know something is going right up here when the DEA is bitching about our laws. What better reasons to come north?

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Court rejects Google call to end 'Android not open' suit

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It's not tha Android isn't 'open', it's that Google wants an offset for all of it's free services

Both Google and Apple seem to have gone the same route - only Apple has the applications store hoop for developers to negotiate.

Google offers 'free' services from which it obviously derives benefits and since it allows anyone, seemingly, to use Android at no cost, why can't it make contractual limitations?

Next we'll have the Android pad manufacturers jumping up and down saying but we can't access the Google App Store unless we make our pad a telephone.

Rubin and Jha are experienced businessmen and undoubtedly aware of the niceties of U.S. law. If Skyhook does not have a document that specifically says it's Google or the high road it's all a matter of 'he said' which isn't the greatest evidence to fight a case over.

Recently Skyhook has inveigled it's way on to Android through an App, or two, that uses Skyhook services which sort of weakens it's case. Besides if Skyhook wants on so bad you have to wonder what THEY are doing with the aggregated data and who are they going to SELL it to?

Still, this case makes a change from the petty Samsung stole our rounded corner icons with a black line in it we have from Apple.

This application was a preliminary one for a very minor matter, the type of games lawyers play to bug each other so nothing really flows from the Boston Beaks decision.

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Google dumps Aussie Wi-Fi data tracking

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Does it really matter when all those little Androids are out there ...

doing such great emulations of ET and phoning home with massive mother loads of pay dirt - all at no cost?

I've never appreciated people's concern anyway - if you have a transmitter, and it is turned on, it may be received by anyone. If people want to get in a tizzy over what Google, and many others, are doing, turn the bloody transmitters off.

If you want keep the transmitters on, learn how to set them up - not take it out of the box and plug it in! And don't use WEP - make anyone wanting to use your WiFi work for the privilege.

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Google joins California Do-Not-Track opposition lobby

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Better for Google to help shape "self regulating policy" than simply have it put down it's throat

Google most likely perceives what the ultimate regime will be demanded by the politicians and has wisely decided to participate so it can make it's views known, if not accepted.

The most important thing on the tracking agenda is mobile tracking of any kind without informed user consent.

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Mozilla refuses US request to ban Firefox add-on

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No doubt it is a novelty for ICE for someone to actually ...

and question their bona fides. After all the are part of the world's greatest government and Mozilla is an American outfit who should be pulling their forelocks and prostrating themselves before the flag.

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Microsoft Skype: How the VCs won and Ballmer overpaid

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Could this be a delayed April Fools joke?

Business media channels report that the decision was made by the Microsoft way back in April.

Could it be the jokes on MS?

At least MS won't have my real email address, I always use a different address, each time, when signing up for things.

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Bradley Manning now in nicer Army prison

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Quantico official issuing the order responded, "We will do whatever we want to do"

Just proves the marines are mentally as dumb as they look with their short hair cuts - and they think they are above the law.

Little wonder they are behind so much of the excess cruelty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Facebook caught exposing millions of user credentials

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Readers who aren't sure if they're affected might want to err on the side of security ...

Being on FB endangers:

- Your job prospects

- Mortgage potential

- Even, especially for Koreans, prospective wives

- Police interviewees for people associated with criminals

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New York attorney general escalates Sony attack probe

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Schneiderman is a State AG and they don't marching orders from the Feds

New york State Attorney Generals are known to to be very independent so Sony will have a little more reaching to do, than usual.

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It's good to know that Reg Readers aren't the only Doubting Thomas'

In reality Sony brought this whole chain of events down upon itself when it shafted it's customers by 'upgrading' the Play Station OS and making it impossible to use for running other OS.

Anonymous rightly protested, albeit in it's unique way, but obviously there were yet other other unplacated users.

Sony, having failed in the duties of a server owner, by not patching it's server software, suffered what is not such an unusual thing - they got hacked.

Then Sony USA turns around and blames Anonymous for it's woes? Give me a break - next they will claim Anonymous should have told them about their server failings.

At least others than the technically with it aren't buying the story which is to their credit. Sony USA needs exposing, feet first, to a very hot furnace until the truth is outed. The USA, being the worlds leading torturers, must have something that works even on Sony.

It is a pity the New York AG isn't as fast off the mark in chasing down those white collar criminals who nearly bankrupt the USA, or on Goldman Sachs who bet against it's very own customers..

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Reg reader lost for words over blank HP keyboard

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First Apple and now HP, must be a industry trend ...

letting purchasers do the QC for them. Doesn't seem to improve pricing in our favour though.

Next we'll have keyboards and sheets of stickies so we can really have custom keyboards.

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Sony: 'PSN attacker exploited known vulnerability'

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YOU might not care but identification information should be guarded like your bank account

I have never given my Social Insurance Number (Canada) or Social Security Number (USA) to anyone for years.

Canadian uses of the SIN are well defined in law and no one can use them as identifiers be it police or credit bureaus.

In the US almost everything is linked to it but I refuse to give it as it is lawfully used only for the payment of taxes/pensions and the collection of retirement benefits.

Once an inquirer knows you know the law they usually back down.

They might steal your information but no one has ever stolen mine, easy since I never hand it out.

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