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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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Goldman Sachs developer cleared of code theft

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet

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ASUS builds tough stuff

My daughter has an Eee Transformer and she treats it rough, but it is still functioning well. Every day she throws it in her backpack and subjects it to two daily bicycle rides and playground breaks to boot.

My wife has an Eee PC netbook and I know for a fact it has fallen from counter tops to a marble floor on at least 17 occasions (yes, I count) and all it takes is a squeeze around the outer edge, to reseat the plastic latches, and it is as good as new!

If the new transformer has similar construction it is recommended.

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Russian probe engines crap out on way to Mars

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Memories of the UK Beagle project come to mind

It must be both frustrating and disappointing to have this happen, just as with Beagle, conceived by a group of British academics headed by Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University.

Let's hope this type of rocket failure doesn't happen on a Space Station trip - everyone is depending on them.

At least the Beagle had a decent name, Beagle 2 was named after HMS Beagle, which twice carried Charles Darwin during expeditions - that was when Britain had a real Navy.

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UK Border Force chief walks in passport checks row

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May is a a serial incompetent and needs to go

She was a complete wash out at the recent exhibitions of displeasure, described by Cameron as 'riots', where the Plod failed to react and now she is blaming staff for things she should take ministerial responsibility for.

Heathrow is one of the worlds most mismanaged airports, a total disgrace as a 'gateway' to Britain, and one of the bright spots was, in my experience, immigration. The only thing that functioned. If the UK wants to operate the 'brain dead' model they only have to look at the U.S. immigration model.

Far better that individual immigration officers exercise discretion such as with the under 5's and the elderly. I have three passports and using two of them subjects me to the full immigration treatment. The third passport is a UK issue. I find British immigration polite and efficient.

So out with May and put a bright spark in her seat.

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NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength

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Just as well they are not using Apple batteries ...

or the mission would have failed before it passed Mars.

Jimmy Carter was US president in the year of the launch in 1977, Pierre Elliot Trudeau was prime minister of Canada and James Callaghan, was UK prime minister. Clive Sinclair introduced his new two-inch screen television set, which retails at £175, and The Archers had been running 25 years.

This probe demonstrates that America did have the technical skills at one time. What happened since then?

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UK Home Sec: 'I authorised biometric bypass pilot'

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With 19,000 kilometres of coastline how in hell do they think they can win?

"It's important to have intelligent border controls using technology, putting the right people in the right places, so we can keep our border secure."

Well, Cameron, you simply don;t have enough people to manage it. That's why smuggling was so successful in previous centuries.

Boaters are supposed to declare their intention of landing whilst way out at sea, which is useless if there is no one to meet them. And there is only ONE patrol ship - which spends a lot of time tied up at dockside to save fuel.

So much for Britannia ruling the waves!

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Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

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They said that about phonograph/turntable records

Yet there is a booming, self-sustaining plastic stomping business in several countries.

Mind you, some of what passes for 'music' these days actually improves after it has been reduced to MP3 format.

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UK.gov digital boss defends ID assurance scheme

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Anything involving government and security is suspicious and government and passwords fatal

Given the government and civil servants penchant for destroying all privacy ANYTHING the government is involved in is suspicious.

I don't trust passwords to anyone and my Will contains my password, which can only be decrypted with some very private knowledge, so my wife can clean out the accounts before the banks freeze the accounts post my death.

Common passwords are a very weak security defence as almost anyone knows, other than gullible nanny politicians. Their 'plan' is like coercive phishing on an industrial scale.

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The Beeb is broken

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What a (technically) great index page - keep it, please

I spend a lot of time viewing "Page Source" browser options, in fact tearing CNN pages apart years ago was how I started in to HTML, and I wonder if people just how much clutter is loaded in to some of the larger sights. If you combine them with the separate CSS and Script pages it is hardly surprising they take so so long to load.

So this new, lean BBC index page is a welcome change, as many have noted.

High speed InterNet connections seem to have become the answer to lazy coders.

The Independent, the UK newspaper, has recently undergone a 'revamp', and what a farce it has been. I am still wondering which browser can usefully handle the expression: "height: 69.00325000000001px".

One thing many sites screw up on is in their index pages. Countries that filter news often allow the whole of the Index page to be displayed. Unfortunately, the CSS and Script pages are blocked which severely degrades the presentation.

For sometime now, web pages authored by my employer have included full CSS and Scripts in the Index page so even in China they look as intended. It is also surprising how many web authors miss the SKIP link when the first page uses Flash. Even today, many companies do not allow Flash content to be displayed for security reasons.

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HSBC UK systems major outage

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HSBC web site has Apple attitude - problem, what problem?

I just checked the HSBC opening page which has a news box on it.

Latest news (HSBC title)

My Accounts updates

Mobile View

Investments

Global Investment Perspective

Online security at HSBC

Payment Protection Insurance

Nothing reveals that they had an outage or what effects were caused.by the problem. Hardly good enough.

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Apple assails mobile porn purveyor's URLs

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I guess most places dead people lose their rights

Dead peoples estates can sue for libel/slander in Quebec, Canada.

I wonder what Apple would do if someoe decided to register some derogatory namme including the word JOBS.

My understanding was you can have near passing off names (to living entities) but only if they are used for commerce you then run the risk of losing them.

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Shale gas operations triggered Blackpool tremors

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Lies and more lies: Fracking endangers water aquifers and land structures

QUOTE: "There's a certain level of seismic activity that can occur even with a truck going past a house" (Cuadrilla executive)

What a facetious remark, there are quantum differences between a truck/lorry causing vibration as it passes and fracking which causes underground seismic events that can be found over a wide area.

QUOTE; " A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said: "The implications of this report will be reviewed very carefully before any decision on the resumption of these hydraulic fracture operations is made." "

This (pregnant) pause is doubtless to allow time for Cuadrilla to work the politicians, arrange political donations, etc. so when the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, led by Tim Yeo - a fully obsequious member of the Tory we're all for business party, also notorious known for using his MP allowance to buy a pink laptop computer from John Lewis, is hardly an independent adjudicator of fracking.

On his return from a industry sponsored junket to the States earlier this year Yeo stated: "There appears to be nothing inherently dangerous about the process of fracking itself and as long as the integrity of the well is maintained shale gas extraction should be safe.

"The government's regulatory agencies must of course be vigilant and monitor drilling closely to ensure that air and water quality is not being affected."

In other words, there's a risk – but it's a risk that can be managed by regulation - and when it is, the positives outweigh the costs.

These junket exploiting MPs also said: "Any instances of methane contamination of groundwater were either blamed on poor well construction (an issue that applies to conventional as well as unconventional hydrocarbons) or were thought to pre-date any hydrofracking activity."

Register readers might be interested to know that an Oscar-nominated documentary called GASLANDS made much of a householder's flaming taps, where methane in the water could be ignited from the tap. It's downloadable from the InterNet as a .torrent file.

New York State is very concerned about the effects of fracking, as is Texas - the home of US oil.

Fracking also consumes inordinate amounts of water, where are UK frackers getting their water and are they even paying fair market value?

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Apple admits iPhone battery suckage, promises fix

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At one time, not long ago, problems simply faded when ...

He said they weren't defects in reality, just figments of users imaginations.

When is Tim being elevated to Saint Tim so he, too, can declare defects to be figments of peoples imaginations? It saves Apple a fortune.

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GoPro HD Hero 2

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Smuggle? Never had a problem cossing borders

I always carry at least one unit, and have never been hassled by customs.

Of course. if you are going on a buying spree just remember to mail the packaging, warranty cards and instructions home, to a friend.

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Steve Jobs: the Exclusive Biography

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What a waste of trees and bloody paper

You would have thought since the object of this tome was into electronics they would have only published in e-format.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

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WTF?

Have they never heard of inductive loops?

A far better form of communication would be through inductive loop technology with a control loop needing to be placed on a patients skin.

The location could easily be defined by blood coloured tattooed dots.

Next we'll be hearing of MURDER BY RADIO! Or CELL PHONE?

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Assange brings down British justice system

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Whatever the eventual outcome, Wikileaks and Assange scored big time

There are very few people who have managed to get the U.S. government knickers in a twist as Assange and company did.

Bin Laden and gang did, and definitely the several presidential assassins, along with Manley, but Assange managed to expose the stupid gossip of the State Department and to move the U.S. government to show just how vindictive it can be when it is really, really p*ssed off.

Good luck, Assange.

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UK cops must justify using new mobile interception tech

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One or two systems beyond Plods reach.

One system Plod will find hard to hack - satellite phones and two way radio's. VHF CB units have a short range, but so do any attempts at jamming them due the limitations of frequencies used. Portable Marine radio's also can't easily be attacked and the costs are relatively low.

As i wrote yesterday, hacked TP Link WiFi base units, with high output RF, powered by batteries and carried around in backpacks would circumvent Datongs little box of tricks. This system has been used in the USA and Canada with success at G20 meetings.

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