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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.
China emulating USA and USA emulating China (Britain, too, a little)
When people complain about China interfering in the internal affairs of South Africa they are doing no more and no less than either the USA or Britain do, only China's new to the game.
We undoubtedly accept that South Africa is lieing through it's teeth, for I know a technician who is based in India who supports equipment used in SA and needed a visa the ttime. He was instructed to fly to Jo'burg and by the time he had arrived the visa was there, ready to be picked up at the airport. It's not as if the Dalai Lama is an unknown person, he has visited the USA and what country is more hypersensitive to risks, real or imagined?
No one can beat the USA for meddling in 'internal affairs', or Britain on occasion, when you consider how many countries the USA has unitarily attacked/invaded since the cessation of the Korean war.
Of course, Libya is the latest example - way, way outside the mandate specified by the UN and without doubt meddling in Libya's 'internal affairs'.
As for paying visa games, prominent British enviro John Stewart travelled to the United States to take part in a month-long speaking tour organized by Aviation Justice Express, a US-based coalition of environmental and community-based groups. When Stewart landed at JFK last week, he says he was escorted off the plane by police and interviewed at length by FBI, Secret Service, and US Customs and Border Protection officials. Then he was denied entry and flown back to the UK. (See: < http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/10/john-stewart-detained-interrogated-JFK >)
As for eavesdropping, no one, but no one does more it than the USA! Whether it's hot wiring the Greek cellco, putting satellite stations in foreign countries such as the one at RAF Menwith Hill, a clear signal that Britain is subservient to the USA (See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Menwith_Hill >) or tapping all forms of communications of it's citizens.
Of course there is one thing that differentiates China from the USA, China has gold reserves of between $2-3,000,000,000,000 whilst the USA has a national debt of $14,836,776,365,856.
The Regs Terririst Gude for would be Terrorists
Whist not The Reg's fault there's sufficient information for a smart terrorist, not a Richard Read, to Google enough information to possibly beat these machines. The weakness in the US system is the automation; humans have gut feelings, hairs on the backs of their necks, etc. which adds an extra dimension.
An acquaintance who works for customs once explained what makes ;green line' monitors decide to inspect someone. He also explained what would minimise inspections when you have to line up for immigration.
I've used the techniques for years with great success. Mind you, as a frequent international flyer I never carry duty free goods either.
Really grabs you? Uh? What happens ...
when you want to move the furniture, or add some, another TM application?
What better example of what's wrong with the US Patent/Copyright system!
No Oracle reference for Paul Frascella then, I guess
Both Canada and the US have these purchasing arrangements and each and every order acknowledgement and invoice has to be sworn that they are most favoured customer prices.
The wording of the oath is very clear and has to be sworn by an officer of the company. It is a dumb thing to cheat on them as government auditors come in randomly to check on things.
The penalty for swearing false declarations is a fine or jail time.
With $40-million Paul Frascella should be set for life!
Another remembers Jobs at school
"Like most people with a touch of genius, he had quite an odd personality. I have 2 recollections of him from my childhood.
1 - He was a bully (verbally and physically) to the young kids, not nice at all (we were on the same swim team (Mtn. View Dolphins) and my sister and his sister (from his adoptive parents) were best friends for a time. My mom advised me to stay away from him. We also car pooled with them for a while.
2 - He took a starters pistol which had been converted from a real pistol, aimed at someone and shot it. Fragments from the converted pistol shot out(I don't know how) and hit someone...I don't remember who. He was kicked off the team."
Source: < http://www.livinginvietnam.com/index.php/forum2/Living-in-Ho-Chi-Minh-City/9250-Grim-Reaper-stops-by-Jobs-house.html?Itemid=0#9267 >
Kind of a long article ...
for The Reg.
He was an American businessman. He hsad many of the attributes of Oracle's Ellison. Both could read the market.
With half-decent utility maps and tracing gear
Toronto is hardly a back-water, there are even 100 year old tree-trunk water mains, still in use downtown. And the other infrastructure is little different from most cities.
In urban areas they don't simply plough them in all the way, they use other tools to navigate buried objects.
One resembles a torpedo: inside there is a large spring-loaded weight that slides longitudinally along the body. Compressed air, think jack hammers, drives the weight back, then the spring carries the weight forward where it hits the rear of the nose, driving the whole the device forward. Since the nose of the torpedo is rounded, it either pushes objects aside or, in the case of a pipe, the torpedo is deflected.This device is used for gas and water services.
The speed is approximately 3 metres a minute - just think how many front yards a day!
Paris has placed fibre cables in sewers, using robots to affix them to sewer walls. Agsin in Toronto one system used disused water mains.
The main point is, ducts are passée, the protection the ducts once provided is now incorporated in the fibre cables. The world has progressed, BT needs to, as well,
It's excruciating just reading about BT's travails
This talk of 'duct' suggests that BT isn't following current practice.
Many telecoms providers do NOT use ducts, they plough the cable in to the ground. A Western Canadian telco decided to break into the Toronto market and they used the traditional grid pattern configuration to install their fibre cables installing backbone cables both east-west ad north-south along major streets with junction boxes at intersection points for feeding smaller streets. No ducting, direct-to-dirt.
My new mini-hotel is some eleven kilometres from the national backbone. I wanted IP TV feeds as well as the highest speed InterNet feeds. The vendor canvassed residences and businesses along the route, figured there was sufficient revenue and two months later the plough passed by our front door.
Installation charge for fibre to every room, along with a terminal for the whole premises set me back $100.
Ducts slow down installs, direct-to-dirt speeds the process.
Perhaps they were factoring in anticipated ...
potential fuel rate increases.
The utility hikes in Britain are highway robbery.
Other suppliers look up historical consumption patterns and if there is a variance outside certain limits the account is flagged for human intervention.
interesting piece in Forbes ....
Samsung 3G patents + LG 3G patents = screwed Apple
Samsung and LG both have some of the largest 3G patent troves around and together they ARE the biggest.
Apple should hope they never get together.
Apple is claiming it has rights to Samsung technology by virtue of the fact Intel is licenced for it's chips which Apple uses.
Not Actually that Great As A Phone & Stephen Fry Likes It are reason enough to avoid
iPhans don't buy Jobs' thingies to actually use, they buy them for flash or glam reasons. Any self-respecting person would NOT buy anything that was not working properly.
Anything the cretin Stephen Fry likrs should be warning enough. Send him a freebie (aka non-returnable sample) and he will promote it. Witness all the freebies from Apple.
They say One is born every minute. Now we can spot them - the people masturbating their iThingies.
Firefox has many add-ons that appeal: Chrome can be a pain
Chrome doesn't provide enough user controls and those it does, don't always play along. Chrome allows you to choose your search engine unless you want to use a different Google from that of the country you are in. Then it overrides you.
I like filtering script/adverts - great with FF, impossible with Chrome.
The biggest thing against Chrome is that you don't know/can't control what Google is doing with all the data that it collects so I use Chrome for my routine, non-revealing activities and FF + Opera for the rest.
Does the waning commercial interest signal end of another 3D phase?
II was reading in Bloomberg or Forbes that Hollywood's interest in 3D is waning as the costs are too high to warrant them. Apparently the number of 3D movies in production is falling, too.
A friend who has a GO POV camera for which he bought a 3D kit with which he has recorded bicycling trips, undersea snorkelling ventures and mountain climbing. Quite honestly, the effects were underwhelming and not worth either the cost or filming hassles
I use GO POV cameras daily in my travels and the non-3D video's are as dramatic, technically, as were his 3D video's. Another factor s how many people have 3D TV's to share videos with.
The Android version of the look-alike continues unabated
There are look-alike hand-phones on sale in China which appear, on first glance, to be Jobs' products but are actually physically identical but running on Android. The screen icons are identical.
More popular are the Android knock-off look-alike pads on sale and from the outside appear the same. However the weight is a little heavier than the fruit version.
These, and other similar devices are readily available across China in the ubiquitous electronics 'marts'.
I even saw them in Shenyang, Liaoning Province way up in the extreme north-east near the North Korean border.
The typical Chinese user seems to be more than satisfied as long as te physical appearance is similar. I did see version numbers that were different, instead of iPhone 4 they might label it iPhone 4ZE. The Android OS runs English and Chnese characters.
Think about LG and Samsung LTE patents
Jobs is currently putting the boot to Samsung - and having seen their products being SOLD at retail you know why - and undoubtedly Samsung is ready to return the compliment.
LG and Samsung might be competitors but they are also flag waivers so, together, they can put the screws to the fruit factory as far as LTE goes.
Apple's exclusive iPhone partner?
There are some excellent hardware knock offs here in China of iThingies, the very same graphics, etc. at much lower prices than Jobs iThingy. As low as $125 depending on memory size AND they support LTE.
Oh, they use the Android OS. And you can hold them any which way and still make calls.
Xoom for $99 - dream on
Motorola has a good product there, well suited to kick Jobs' butt.
Great MULTI-TOUCH, too!
... PlayBook's price point may sink, if it too becomes a collector's item
What is it worth, a pad that requires tethering to a RIM?
.unfortunately RIM looks like another Nortel.
He died innocent of charges, why besmirch a man;s name?
The U.S. in charging people, infer they are guilty= on the theory that innocent people never get charged.
Reijane Hua was, at the time of his death, as innocent as the nurse charged with murdering patienys through their ;drips' or the older male landlord who was arrested and imprisoned for his dead female tenant.
I omit their names deliberately as they have already had enough lies andinnuendo said about them.
I am sorry to see The Register trying to emulate the NotW and other rags.
R.II.P. Reijane Hua, a legally innocent man,
Up yours, Zuckerberg and, now, Spotify
I resent having to join ANYTHING in order to join another web site.
This is apart from the fact most web pages I view, are filled with gaping white spaces where FB advertising is supposed to be but is not as FB is a blocked site in my country of residence, along with China.
I was a member of an on-line interactive web site and one day I couldn't sign on. I needed an FB account.
I have already, some years ago, had my e-mail address - donated by a dumb friend - through my lawyer, removed from FB so I surely don't want them to have it again.
Costs are awarded to Apple
Chance of collecting zero.
From what the Minister from Aberdeen says in public now and previously on the BBC ...
simply proves that total pratts have an equal opportunity with those better prepared to handle to ministerial positions.
In assuming the guise of a female e-mailer might, upon investigation, prove his further unsuitability for his present position, though.But there again, he is a Conservative and they have a history of doing strange things such as being found dead in women's underwear.
Cameron should instruct all official business be conducted through government facilities.
Paper + Scanner are best!
Ontario , Canada, was an earlier adopter of 'mechanised' accountng.
Our vote ballots are on good old paper with squares against the candidates or the questions in which the voter marks their choice. Similar in concept to multiple choice exam papers.
Election officials provide super-black pencils, similar to carpenters pencils, with which to mark the ballots.
After the polls close, all the ballots are fed into scanners which check for the marked boxes. In the event of a dispute, machine or power failure, the reliable people-readable forms can be hand counted.
None of this high tech ballot stuffing as in the U.S.!
The Inertia of Big Government and Big Corporations
Too often, when a contract comes up for renewal, large organisations opt for the old route with the same supplier.
Look at OpenOffice - only the cash-strapped or more adventurous even considered it. I was in a meeting once where the MS sales rep even suggested that open source software was written by 'amateurs' which was why it was either free or low-cost.
I suggested 'amateurs' were at the forefront of technology, such as the radio amateurs.
Likely the government purchasing agent for the DOI was buddy-buddy with his supplier rep who might have even prepared a draft sales order, which frequently happens, ensuring that only one company - his - can fulfil the order.
Google did well in having the order re-opened. May the best product win.
Canadian federal goverment employees are sexless, other languages need identifiers
The Canadian Government has, for some years, omitted sex identifiers which is fine until you have to reply. The best solution is to simply include the whole name: Dear M Jackson, for example. Personally I am quite happy to have no appendage, too. My name is quite sufficient.
The Vietnamese language uses the word 'Thi', as in Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, to help users where names are interchangeable between male and female.
What DOES confuse people is where Nguyen becomes Miss Khai after the first use of her complete name!
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