* Posts by JaitcH

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Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

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Baby Boomers are Getting Old and Need ...

things like false teeth and glasses and walking sticks.

Larger screens permit-the use of a handset without the need of eyeglasses. The ability to change font and background colours enable many more to select colour combinations to enhance viability.

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PhD pimp's mobe lock screen outwits Feds - Google told to help

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Every time I hear about the hassles smartphones can get you into ...

my 7year-old Mitsubishi handset endears itself a little more.

No SMS, no GPS and no hassles.

It only receives and makes calls to one number, our office electronic communications switch - special low rates apply - and no mouse trails to follow. Pagers work well, too, and the cops hate them.

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iPhone/PS3 hacker Hotz arrested in pot bust

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Texas 'Justice' - Not the Best Place to be Caught

American law is tough in Texas and since they are country 'folks' who don't understand city folks, it is NOT the place to be stopped.

Perhaps the conveners of the SXSW festival should lean on the Texas convention agency to remind them that brain dead cops could cost them a lot of lost income.

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'Seas will rise, flood millions of homes' warns Eric Schmidt ecologist

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Think of the High Tech Infrastructure at Risk

Many of the major cities in the world are built near tidal water and salty sea water is definitely the most damaging to things electronic.

Visitors to the St, John's River Valley, including as far inland as Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada) often ask why telephone junction boxes for underground cables are mounted on posts 2 metres high. It is because the floods that occur annually. Now.

Here in Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon, 30% of the city is vulnerable TODAY from monthly floods that occur when the leap tides happen around. The city is riddled with streams and canals that look innocent enough but when the SaiGon River rises (about a metre) all those benign water courses become THE enemy as water backs up through the sewers and in to homes.

It gives a whole new perspective on flooding.

Added to this is the fact that illegal water extraction by industry is equal to the official water extraction is causing the land mass to slink, as is occurring in Venice.

It's alright laughing at these predictors of gloom but when you can't leave your hotel without risk of literally drowning, t brings the whole discussion real up close.

I live at 4,500 feet ASL in the Central Highlands, so I am OK for a few more years but millions of people would be displaced in VietNam alone even if the water rose 50 centimetres.

Think of London, those flood gates are good only until 2050l and then the water will simply flow around them and flood much of London. New York is particularly vulnerable. The Mississippi already floods annually, damaging millions of acres of land, another metre and you have a serious problem not even the Army Corps of Engineers could conquer.

During the Cold War years communications networks were routed around major population centres, presumed to be nuclear bomb targets, now we better start planning around flood plains.

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Hubble snaps exploding star's near-fatal weight-loss bid

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Hubble has to have been the biggest NASA space coup other than the moon

If you look over the history of Hubble it started out with a bad mirror that crippled performance. Since it was repaired it has been a roaring success with all those magnificent pictures that have enthralled and educated so many generations of children around the world.

No more a select group of scientists cerebrating their success alone, they now share things with world with pictures that are so bright they almost burn yor eyes.

How many government projects returned so such value for money spent?

Sadly, the next time there is a technical failure there will be no shuttle to effect repairs and the whole world will be that much poorer for it.

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Asus peddles three-in-one smartphone, tablet, netbook

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ASUS - rugged as a Rubber Ball

ASUS had a real sweet deal on Eee PC Netbooks and in my experience I have never seen computers take so much abuse,and come out smiling.

I have one on my motorcycle, actually under the seat, company vehicles have hem in glove compartments. etc.

The one I gave my wife lives in the kitchen, in the main, and that one has been dropped on the floor at least 19 times now and the only damage sustained was that the clips holding the bottom cover on popped - simply a matter of squeezing together.

If for nothing else, I shall be looking at one of these combo units for my daughter - ASUS builds things tough.

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Child abuse suspect won't be forced to decrypt hard drive

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TrueCrypt - guaranteed unbreakable by the U.S. government

This has got to be the best endorsement any product could receive.

Wonder why the U.S. Government doesn't use it: Or commercial intelligence companies?

Is PGP still unbroken?

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Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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"a piece of dormant code used to run a limited internal test of a new feature,"

Sees this is parrotted by every company starting with Apples tracking software,

Since so many companies have proved they cannot be trusted, it is time the politicians stepped in and put an end to it.

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Private Manning keeps mum at Wikileaks plea hearing

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"Judge, isn't a soldier required to report a war crime?"

Obama must be one of the most venal characters ever to be elected president.

He swore to uphold the law but instead he kills American citizens without due process, he tramples on peoples rights - he is at least as bad as Bush Junior but he had a excuse, he was dumb.

The American Bar Association should strip Obama of his appointment for he is unfit to be even a lawyer. Especially as many people think there is no lower life form than a lawyer.

Te Marines are just as dumb subjecting Manning to months of torture in a prison near Washington.

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Councils spunk £515m in 4 years on CCTV

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Practically useless at night

Apart from the fact they are ignored by potential offenders, remember the Plod in Wiltshire who was allegedly (ha, ha) caught assaulting a female prisoner, they are easily defeated by hoodies or long-peaked baseball caps.

The infra-red versions are eve more easily eliminated - simply place a few high-output LEDs in the aforementioned long-peaked cap and the cameras are swamped. Have IR's monitoring out parking lot at work, dogs are far better.

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Court claim slapped on bloke via Facebook in landmark case

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Let the case proceed and ...

then deny service of documents.

Any judgement will be set aside and then the whole game can start again, and the Plantiff will have shown his hand.

Finigin (As in There was an old man called ...)

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GPS jamming rife, could PARALYSE Blighty, say usual suspects

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Most of the Jammers around can't go far, even with the wind blowing the right way

Most of the cheaper jammers are only good for a few yards, if conditions are optimum.

I have a GPS/cell jammer on my motorcycle - the traffic cops use cells as 2-way radios hereabouts - a model with separate antennae for each frequency band, and on perfectly clear, flat terrain it's good for 200 metres tops, enough to envelope the vehicle in an impenetrable cloud and to stop nearby idiots who SMS/Text whilst driving to be put out of service.

In countries that allow licenced low-power transmitters, there are many schematics on the InterNet.

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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I write a 4-Digit Number on my Card

No, not my pin, but any lazy thief might assume it IS my PIN and stick it, or a permutation, in thereby hastening the lock-up of my card.

Whenever a web page offers to store my password, I always accept AFTER putting the wrong password in, so if anyone tries to access it, it simply doesn't work..

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Fujitsu tempts Europe to splash cash on waterproof mobes

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Water-resistant devices have great potential

In many areas of the world, where extreme weather conditions occur, water-resistant devices are needed even by the average Joe.

Siemens has made a reasonable income from selling such cell phones.

Tropical countries experience downpours that have a lot in common with a shower turned full on. Most cell phone holders offer little protection. Several friends have discovered another weakness with the iPhone - the main board is very susceptible to rain damage - not immersion - and replacing a main board involves a great deal of cash.

I personally use sandwich bags to protect my personal electronics, but care is required to make sure the nags are folded carefully when putting the cell in to their holster or container.

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Pakistani military building PAC-PAD fondleslab

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Even if they could sell a billion units, I can't see the point.

It is common practice in developing countries for agencies such as the military or the police to have commercial arms.

It generates "off budget" income that can be used for pet projects that official budgets can't be used for.

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Goldman Sachs developer cleared of code theft

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Arrest records in the US

All 'interaction' with law enforcement is recorded.

I worked for a US company and it had certain US government customers/ Only US citizens were permitted in these premises.

One company employee, who had a senior design function with the system in the US Government building,in other words he knew it inside out, was called in to help resolve a problem.

When he attended, the Secret Service guards ran his name through their computer and he was denied entry. THE REASON? He had a childhood misdemeanour involving a broken window. And childhood convictions are supposed to be suppressed.

Some Land of the Free!

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Goldman Sachs + US Government Fail

This former Defendant was smart - he did't take a deal and he didn't accept faulty law adjudicated by a gullible judge.

The US Federal Government habitually 'over charge' people and then, like second-hand car salesmen offer a deal 'that you can;t refuse;. Charged person pleads guilty, usually an irreversible decision, and the judge drops his gavel and another sausage goes through the machine.

Happened with the Barclay bankers and is likely the fate that awaits others awaiting deportation from Britain to the 'land of the free' (sic).

Strange how they trumpet the accused with a 'perp' walk and yet when the prosecutor and government fail you could here a pin drop. Congratulation to The Reg for publicising this matter. Not that it will make much difference for in the US he will still have a record of his arrest that will follow him around for the rest of his life. That is why American cops ask: "Have you ever been arrested" rather than "Do you have a criminal record".

I've designed electronic hardware which included public domain circuitry, and have been accused of 'stealing' it by using it in other companies I worked for. It's kind of hard to think of a smart way to achieve a function without falling back on a tried and trusted design.

Likewise with software. No doubt Blankfein is having all sorts of unhappy thoughts about this successful appeal. Just proves that even with all Goldman's lawyers back stopping the government they still couldn't prevail with this false charge.

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FTC urged to probe Google's Safari-tracking gaffe

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The problem with InterNet connections where down capacity is higher than up capacity is ...

that given the amount of back chat between software and other surreptitious communications on the up channel there is hardly enough spare capacity for user related transmissions.

Put a Network Analyser on an InterNet connection, with all connected computers idling, the amount of 'app chat' is amazing.

Time to reclaim our privacy!

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Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack

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Security and No Deportation

Given the amount of data FB has given away or leaked it is hard to imagine they even employ security, other than on toilet cubicles.

What I find interesting is "reported to the FBI, which passed the case over to the British police" which is what they should have done with all cases involving crime committed on British soil even if targeting any other country.

France does it best - Our Citizens, Our Courts.

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Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

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And telcos will need to pump some serious data to maintain a high-def image.

Good luck!

Rogers uses cable TV WAN technology and Bell is the major wholesaler, The more people that use Rogers concurrently, the faster the signal degrades.

Bell is better for speed stability, but as for high speed, forget it, only in the larger communities. What about the more rural areas, what are they going to see?

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Heathrow facial recognition tech stalled by borders fiasco

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Wrong sort of snow and now wrong type of face

As someone who oiles on the miles and visits too many airports I can attest that Heathrow is managed by the biggest collection of incompetents gathered together in a single location.

Last year they had the wrong snow and the airport was closed; the they went out ad blew THIRTY FOUR MILLION POUNDS on new toys to clear the snow.

Notwithstanding a forecast that the Met said was timed to the minute, a smattering of 2.5 inches of snow, something that Canadians think is contemptible to call a snow storm,, and BAA falls flat on it's collective face, again.

Whose wildest imagination ever figured a BAA airport was a suitable place to try out new technology? Nothing ever works properly and to combine them with a government entity is guaranteed to fail.

Undoubtedly as much as the Olympics will not cost the British tax payer a single Penny.

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Coke-snorting cop bots to replace sniffer dogs

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Bet they can't really do what dogs do ...

The drug sniffing, animal meat and fruit dogs (3 types, not combo) in the US airports are cute, only you don't want them 'cute' to you.

If they detect their favourite scent on a passenger, they simply sit down, looking at the suspect and wagging their tale. Their large hairy human handler then takes over and 'requests' the passenger follow him.

Bet these machines won't do that.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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"may never be a third smartphone ecosystem" in a given market

RIM is being kicked around in North America but is has a very solid following in Africa.

In VietNam cell/hand phones are often referred to as 'Nokias', even though they aren't market leaders here.

I bought a $10 hand set for my daughter, all sorts of built-in options (programmed numbers for my wife and myself, calling denial, alarm clock, multi-language choice, etc). I don't know what OS it has, all I know it is ideal for children and is old by the millions, along side HTC, Samsung and iThingies.

So it is the market that determines how many phones can co-exist and that OS plays a minor role.

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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

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Google is pretty even-handed about things ...

for instance, there are serials, cracks and keygens all over for Google's top rated Sketch Up software yet they choose not to censor it.

Max is a fool, he more than anyone is keeping his sexual antics in the public eye. public figures choose to be in the public eye and should tailor their activities to match.

It's bad enough Google complying with legally unsubstantiated take-downs by governments but it still doesn't stop you finding Bin Laden's web sites or other web sites that don't meet with government approval. Google is a sign post, whether people choose the route is not Google's responsibility.

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Obama refuses to respond to MPAA bribery claim petition

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Two words: Joe Byden

That numb-nuts Joe Byden, V-P, etc. has long been bought and sold by the MPAA.

His profile is fairly low overseas but this robo-mouth is constantly shooting off for the MPAA.

US politics is corrupt from the prescient to the dog-catchers and sheriffs.

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Court defies Apple demand to ban Samsung tablet

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It's the Patent system that is broeken

Many of the legalistic urinating contests could be avoided if there was an international agreement on Patents.

And electronic patents should have a drop-dead period of 5 years,since technology advances age them so quickly.

Arguments about the shapes edges of cases are so facile. Imagine what would have happened if patents had been around hen the humble brick first hit the market! HIS brick has the same feel as MY brick; his brick is the same colour as my brick; his brick is the same shape and size of my brick, and so on.

Now that Jobs is pushing daisies, perhaps it is time to move on.

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TripAdvisor: OK, not all our reviews are trustworthy or real

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Tripadvisor is at least trying ...

For some years now, TA has been marking dubious high ratings so readers can ramp up their scepticism levels.

Every so often when I want a break, and fancy living on expenses, I volunteer to join my employer's travel checking service where we go around to hotels and check them: moving furniture to check for bugs and dust , spraying toilets and bedding with test chemicals that change colour if the objects are unclean (duvets and pillows are the worst), etc.

Sitting in Boston, TA moderators have no knowledge of the destinations they moderate but they do 'get a feel' for trends.

Verified guest comments are useless because any hotel can claim their ;plant' stayed there if the hotel wants a boost.

One TA listing had a lousy hotel in Ha Noi listed 7 times! Unless you know the area, how can you tell a corner property is using addresses of both streets, adding 'A' to the street number, etc?

TA is owned by Expedia, that on-line seat filler that sells 'dog' seats (the odd shaped one against a toilet) or routes you on multiple carriers and segments that are not the best routing. TA is a great advertising tool for Expedia, and they are the ones that need investigating.

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OFFICIAL: Smart meters won't be compulsory

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"we do not expect suppliers to seek an entry warrant ..."

This highlights just how little privacy, and rights, the British have.left.

If a utility wants to chop service, let them go climb a pole or dig a hole.

What, I suspect, is that Blair's gift to the power industry will now be funded by the beneficiaries of this technology, the power people, as it has been the case in other countries.

Still to resolved are privacy issues: Plod can deduce a lot about occupants of premises by having minute by minute read outs, if they want to execute a warrant, simply wait until the power usage is way down. Already the FBI is developing strategies, as they call them, in the US.

And the RF usage of this mesh network is considerable, up to 10,000 bursts of data per day.

There are some benefits, switching suppliers is simply a phone call away, the ability of 'smart' appliances to chat to the grid for load balancing, etc.

In the meantime, do your bit for employment, keep your old meter so all those thousands of people stay employed.

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Flag-waving Lego Canuck soars to 80,000ft

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Granted, but the US didn't have it's 100% security blanket

These days the US claims it's got all bases covered ... mind you they thought that when Pearl Harbour happened by.

The big difference is that Canada is adjacent to the States and the fleet of drones keeping an eye on those marijuana smoking, beer swilling Canadians only fly around 60,000 feet (if my memory serves me correctly).

Canadians also have the jet stream going for them, if you want to fly a balloon over the States, already the Land of the Mounties supplies 50% of what's needed for tornadoes and US weather forecasters always blame 'the cold air from Canada' whenever it gets cold in Florida.

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Next the Terrorist crazy USA will be demanding their extradition ...

Newmarket, Ontario, is about 20 kilometres north of Toronto so it would be in the realm of possibility that the USA will be demanding Canada hand over these would be terrorists if their device drifted across te border.

Perhaps these guys have inadvertently discovered a chink in the American security fence that protects it from real or imagined terrorists. What a hoot, that should make the Pentagon start a whole new multi-billion dollar program to detect and eliminate meteorological balloons.

Who knows, they might have to get new drones that can reach 90,000 feet so thay can shoot down balloon bombs from Canada.

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Tablet LCDs: seven-inchers outsell 9.7in panels

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Jobs was wrong on this call

Jobs poo-pooed the smaller screen when he introduced his large screen prior art tablet four months after the Chinese had 3D 7" models selling at retail. The ones I bought are still functional.

My employer has now sold eleven companies in the Indochina region all based on 7" format. Five of the companies bought some larger screened devices but almost all our clients preferred the smaller screens as they could be put in an overalls pocket; used inside machinery by maintenance staff, etc. One customer has given all their bus mechanics 7" units and another is an electric grid system operator.

I've had 7" units both my 4-wheeled vehicle as well on my motorcycle and the contrast is more than adequate even in bright sunny areas. And now the Samsung Tab 7 is here with a full range of accessories!

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Iran spy drone GPS hijack boasts: Rubbish, say experts

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The more important thing is China and Russia have ...

a working, almost undamaged drone with some of the most sophisticated sensors on board now sits in Tehran.

Regardless of whether a desk-bound pilot or some Russian jamming equipment brought it down, it is Iranian hands and will likely be made available to the highest bidder. Likely something to advance their nuclear ambitions.

I saw reports that over 30 drones have crashed in the past two years which demonstrates a systemic weakness.

The U.S. is embarrassed over this loss and no doubt much of the chatter is an attempt to play down the significance of this loss and therefore is as reliable as Iranian claims.

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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Regulation is superfluous, the key is PREVENTION

You can have all the regulation (i.e. laws) in the world but they are meaningless. Does GCHQ bother about laws? Laws are for law abiding people, just as locks are for honest people.

It's illegal to listen to decrypted cell conversations or peoples voicemail boxes but it sure didn't slow down Murdoch and the NotW gang.

The GSM encryption schema is weak, as has been described in Reg before, the US government requires there be back doors n ejcryption devices. Only a very few, like Phil Zimmerman, give them the finger.

But this is nothing. Wait until Cameron puts a smart meter in your house. Then there are the smart appliances that go along with them. Already, in Korea, you can buy 'smart' appliances. Start a washing machine load,but read the screen, the machine might have been to to hold off until later when it gets the OK from the smart meter.

Same with defrosting your fridge, chat chat chat between the things in your home and the smart meter and then to the electrical supply company.

This isn't future technology, this NOW technology. It isn't paranoia, it's fact.

Police get on line, real time, access to all manner of utilities - it's one way they learn about abnormal power consumption for drug growing - and it will increase.

Say Plod wants to raid your house, a push of a button and your smart meter can cut power.and since the power meter is controlled by the power company, they don't need a warrant.

If you want to stop this spying people better start investing in ferrite rings (for power cords) and study Faraday cage construction for that smart meter - a large piece of mesh across the back wall before they mount the meter is a good start.

I, personally, am happy that some segments of the population are waking up to the fact that government is not only in your bedroom, as Trudeau once said, but they are in your pants.

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Manning to get day in court

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We should remember the first, video, leak ...

was from an Apache helicopter in which numerous civilians and children were randomly shot and murdered as well as two Reuters reporters.

The most sickening art of the video was the play-by-play commentary of the crew that sounded they were out hunting wolves.

Their attitude was played out by Lt. John PIKE at UC Davis when he calmly walked down a line of seated students spraying them with pepper/tear gas as of they were cockroaches..

DO WE WANT MURDERERS PROTECTED BY SECRETS LEGISLATION? I hope most of us do NOT?

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Smart meters blamed for Wi-Fi, garage opener interference

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Just get a TP Link WiFi unit ...

then download a patch that cranks the output to way beyond specification!

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The transmissions are only for a couple of seconds ...

BUT up to 10,000 times a day, the utilities say, which is over 5 hours of interference.

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Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

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Poor old Assange

If he had slept with uni students who share his dislike for condoms, instead of the two older women, he would have been fine today.

Legally speaking, that is.

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Kindle Fire gets root access

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Job's always knocked the smaller screen, looks like he was wrong

I've had Chinese made 7" sized screen pads since before Jobs got his larger copy out.

After extensive testing my employer settled on the smaller form factor and, quite honestly, it has proven a success for field technicians maintaining high-speed printer systems as well as for mechanics maintaining high end stand-by generator systems.

The size was the success. It's small enough to actually place inside a workspace so a user can reference the information simply by simply refocussing his eyes and page turns a mere touch away.

We ruggedised ours by having a custom case built from stainless so the pads are protected even in a mechanics tool box.

Our Fire order delivery is awaited with interest and the work of sharp guys who liberated the Fire suggest we can use it. The $199 price point is important in countries where income levels are lower turns an Apple pad wet dream into a Fire-type reality.

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US stealth bombers finally get nuke-nobbling super bomb

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Iranians cannot prove that is wasn't their own facility that leaked radiation

Nuclear material has trace eements that can be used to determine the source.

For example, the Israeli nuclear material, which they continue to lie about, was traced to a U.S. laboratory in California.

It seems that Reg readers are overlooking the fact this is yet another act of war.

The Chinese and Russians have stated they will oppose UN action against Iran because Britain, France and the USA exceeded the action authorised in Libya.

The question that remains unaswered is: When is Israel going to submit to the same inspections that the Iranians are asked to submit to. Little wonder the US isn't trusted and little wonder why Americans are disliked in most of the world.

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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Perhaps Google will want to database Smartmeter Mesh networks?

The new Smartmeters, which for some reason the UK wants YOU to pay for, use a mesh radio network - many of which operate in the 900 MHz band, conveniently close to cell frequencies.

They use burst transmissions and some have been clocked as transmitting 10,000 times a day. With meters in every house, location accuracy could be quite impressive.

At one watt ouitput, people who worry about cell/handset radiation will have a whole new concern!

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The Antenna is as important as the Receiver

I would respectfully suggest that the antenna is the most important element in any GPS system, for no matter how good a receiver is, without a decent signal, no receive will work.

Antennae on any cell/handphone is a compromise at best, nothing works better than an optimised antenna dedicated to a single purpose.

And cells aren't always the greatest locators. government here has mandated that certain levels of service must be maintained as the Traffic Police, along with the Internal Security police, use certain networks for national communications.

As a result several cellco's have fleets of mobile cell base stations, over 200, that drive from one location to another to meet this government mandate. Recently there was another popular bull festival held in the north of he country and several cell base identifiers there were those I had seen in SaiGon for the Tet festival. These vehicles are also deployed during floods and other natural disasters or when there is a cell base failure or relocation.

Whilst it is great that Google now allows us to tag WiFi access points, why couldn't they use a simple 2-character designator?

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Top cop calls for tougher sentencing of cybercrooks

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It's similar to White Collar and Blue Collar crime

There are sentencing differences between White and Blue collar crime. Likewise between 'manual' crime and keyboard crime.

Of course, bankers not only have white collars but expensive suits and the don't get charged at all. Nor do, seemingly, all those cops running errands for NotW or accepting bribes.

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Ex-councillor jailed for grooming blackmailer posing as teen

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It takes two, three or more to have a conspiracy

Depending on your jurisdiction, you can;t conspire until you have a given number of people. In Canada one would be fantasying, two would be chatting but three or more is conspiracy.

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Logitech CEO: Google TV a 'gigantic mistake'

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So now Logitech feels when companies abandon users

Logitech, on occasion, has some neat products and one we used with great success for some unusual applications.

We were happy to run it on old computers and old Windows OS but it required Logitech software. This software was, for years, available on their FTP server, then they pulled it and left us in the lurch.

Moral: Caveat Emptor with Logitech products, here today and gone tomorrow.

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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Thank you, Tim Worstall, and Register for publishing this

With this comment being in the two hundreds only one or two will read it but i want to say THANK YOU for explaining such a complex subject in such a a lucid manner.

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Chief inspector sacked for 'advertising uniformed self online for sex'

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Did you hear of the Plod who used the bonnet/hood of his car ....

instead of a bed?

It happened in a south western USA desert state, where there are a lot of remote areas. This particular highway state patrol-man met a woman way out in the middle of nowhere, in fact there was an empty house with a padlocked gate and, obviously in the interests of safety, they used the driveway entrance as a safe place to park.

Unfortunately, for the Plod and the woman, there were hidden, motion detector activated, cameras in place and every time the couple made a motion - of which there were several - another image was collected.

Subsequently the pictures were downloaded by a security company and they went public.

The Plod was suspended without pay for idling on duty.

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Nokia's Windows comeback: Great but what's next?

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In some overseas markets the word for cell phone was spelt N-O-K-I-A

When Nokia ruled the handset market, everyone had a Nokia, and when the lost one they simply went back and bought another Nokia. Their outlets were everywhere.

Then the cell manufacturers started using our market as a test market - small compact country, 7 carrier choices, 100% coverage, fashion concious and a unique language. Reduced chance of gray market exports.

These days you have to search for a Nokia dealer whereas all your usual suspects have outlets all over, and very competitive pricing.

But we do get a look see at new models before most other countries.

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Mobile scaremongers want warning stickers on EVERYTHING

JaitcH
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Unhappy

But mobiles DO kill!

This new affliction of reaching for a mobile every time there is a break in traffic flow is unbelievable.

In VietNam, instead of using warning cones (which would likely be stolen and resold as plastic scrap) they use broken branches to signal a road obstruction. The other day I saw a guy busy texting as he drove his motorcycle, stopping and starting moving in sympathy with traffic seen from the corner of his eye.

The traffic started moving, he obviously missed seeing the static branches and crashed into the back of a truck and collected a very impressive gash across his forehead with blood gushing from it.

I have seen another motorcyclist, busy pushing buttons on his iThingy suddenly disappear! The road turned a corner and he didn't and he took a short cut over the embankment. (They only use guard rails on extreme corners)

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UK.gov moves to close VAT loophole on etailers

JaitcH
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WTF?

Why has this taken so long?

Why is not possible to simply say flowers and other flora are exempt from tax rather than right across the spectrum?

It seems that taxes can be finitely applied or, in the case of Cameron's wealthy friends, not applied.

Amazon and tax are like insurance adjusters, if there's a way out (of paying a claim), they will find it!

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Immigrants face £49k wage minimum to stay

JaitcH
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Immigrants who have made millions

Britain has never been a traditional immigrant target country as Australia, Canada and the U.S.A. are - yet further demonstrated by this short-sighted Cameron plan. Singapore encourages immigrants and look at their standard of living.

I read in the last month where a poor immigrant worked for years in the automotive spares business, in the UK, and when he sold his company he made millions. These stories are common in immigrant countries.

Setting such a high threshold does nothing other than to stop immigration which, from what I read on-line, is the intent of the Tory party. If income levels are to be the determinant then it should be based on the median income of the country, Bankers incomes are the exception but I bet not too many, other than Fred the Shred, would make the threshold.

When Britain vacated HingKong it issued passports that effectively denied the right to immigrate to Britain, a scheme that prevented the most innovative people from immigrating and bringing benefits to Britain.

Remember when washing dishes was considered a starting job for immigrants? The joke is now on Westerners, for there are many Westerners, in HongKong, working as dish washers to earn enough to survive! Talk about poetic justice.

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