* Posts by JaitcH

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Just Tories looking after their friends in Industry

Britain is almost unique in expecting users to pay for their own meters.

The old boys, down at the club, must be buying their Tory MPs endless rounds of drinks over this one!

In the USA, and Canada, heavy adopters of these technologies, the power companies install these meters at their own cost. And these things either employ MESH radio or wire communications.

Adafruit, NYC, has a neat jammer - http://www.ladyada.net/make/wavebubble/ - that will fix the MESH radio and ferrites, around the power feed INTO the meter, will stop the signals dead.

Developers in Toronto, Ontario, have gone one rip-off better - METERED HOT WATER. The catch? Any water, regardless of temperature, flowing out of any 'hot water' tap costs money!

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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MORE of what Apple calls ...

'Open Software'?

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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Re: HSBC =

A US Congressperson described the HSBC as a criminal enterprise.

And the HSBC's former leader is now in the House of Lords. HOW APPROPRIATE!!!!!

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HSBC COO ‘profoundly apologises’ for online outage

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Have HSBC data centres been flooded?

Perhaps the HSBC bunker which can be found between Sheffield and Barnsley in the former mining community of Tankersley in the UK, GPS 53.48935, -1.4918, has been flooded.

It's just off the M1 and can be found by following the A61 to Wentworth Way then along Maple Road.

The locals call it "Teletubbyland" because of all the ventilation funnels surrounding the site that resemble the voice trumpets on the TV show!.

The data centre, completed in Summer 2009, has a server hall measuring 250 metres long by 100 metres wide. There is an Argon fire suppression system, along with underground fuel tanks for the two DRUPS (Diesel Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supplies), as well as a couple of dedicated electricity sub-stations.

Also in 2009 HSBC opened a new data centre "at a secret location in suburban North London" which is actually located at what was formerly an old Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham site, now known as Quadrant Park, Mundells, Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

Since when has Hertfordshire been called "suburban North London"?

No flooding reported there.

P.S. All those waiting for Fibre Optic services might like to know that both these sites have Fibre Optic cables described as 'thick as your wrist'.

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HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

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Just say ...

you are valued customer from Mexico and HSBC will leap into action.

HSBC keeps all it's central computers in the States - New Jersey is their landing point - and they service ATMs all over the world from there. So much for being called a 'British' bank.

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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How difficult is it for Cupertino to ascertain ...

the hardware revision information?

Apple loves tracking it's products - so there is no difficulty there.

Other OS can do this and prevent unsuitable upgrades - of course such companies care about their customers.

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It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

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Since when has ACPO actually needed anyone's permission?

ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers, officially The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland) was replaced by the National Police Chiefs' Council. IACPO was incorporated in 1997 as a private company limited by guarantee, and as such, ACPO was not subject to freedom of information legislation.

ACPO set up the camera spy system and it runs on the Hendon Plod computer.

ACPO supervised the creation of one of the world's largest per-capita DNA databases, containing the DNA profiles of more than one million innocent people.

Another failure by the Mad May of Hurst, Berkshire?

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Apple swallows 7 year mobile patent payments deal from Ericsson

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Yet more of what Apple calls ...

'Open Software'.

And they have the Gaul to complain about Samsung using a few pixels that are similar to the iThingy?

Apple even pinched their logo and name way back in the day!

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Be afraid, Apple and Samsung: Huawei's IoT home looks cheaper and better

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Next, the US Tech Whiz OBAMA will make another world tour declaring ...

that HuaWei products are a security risk and that only American (made in China) products should be used, as he did with their modems.

His best buddy Cameron had GCHQ keep on eye HuaWei products in their UK lab. Imperial College-HuaWei has acquired the Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) in 2012 and Neul, the Cambridge Internet of Things Data Science Innovation Lab right in the centre of London!

Then there's the HCSEC facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, owned by Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd.The HCSEC provides assurance that any risks to UK national security from HuaWei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks are sufficiently mitigated.

Meanwhile, down in Gloucestershire, the GCHQ continues to collect selfies. Strange world we live in.

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Launch embiggens Galileo satnav fleet

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The US military has announced that if ...

Galileo doesn't comply / match the US GPS system crippling regimes, such as over a war zone - which might be the whole world - they will destroy Galileo satellites.

Meanwhile we have the Russian GLONASS system - currently GLONASS-K - GLONASS compatible GPS receivers can acquire satellites up to 20% faster than devices that rely on US-GPS alone. It is less accurate than the US-GPS system but now covers the world. GLONASS has better performance in dense urban areas.

Many smartphones sold in the Far East are Glonass ready. GARMIN has dual system receivers (see their web site) but activating GLONASS may require changing the Satellite System setting to GPS+GLONASS from the Setup System menu.

The standard-precision GLONASS signal offers horizontal positioning accuracy within 5–10 metres, vertical positioning within 15 metres (49 ft), a velocity vector measuring within 10 centimetres per second (3.9 in/s), and timing within 200 ns, all based on measurements from four first-generation satellites simultaneously - the minimum required by receivers.

The Chinese Beidou system - whose name translates as "Big Dipper" - the system is able to pinpoint locations to within 33 feet (10 m). The US' GPS system currently relies on 24 satellites, China aims to have 35 in the constellation by 2020.

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Re: Who is in charge?

There are restrictions on where Galileo satellites can go on the ground which is why they using French Guyana as a launch site even though using Russian rockets.

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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Firefox 64-bit STILL needs COMCTL32.DLL

A custom ASUS computer we have been trialling has kept on loosing the COMCTL32.DLL file since we added some MS updates.

I had hoped Rev 43 would eliminate this problem but ... NO ... FF is still bitching it can't find COMCTL32.DLL!

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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

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Re: verbatim, from ATT...

Fibre Optic is easier to run than copper wire.

I have a summer 'cottage' near Dak Lake in DakLak Province, VietNam. For years I have run a string of TP-Link Access Points in a daisy-chain from the village on the main road where there are Fibre Optic feeds. The village is way out in the boon-docks and it is about 1,2 kilometres to my property.

The national telephone company was upgrading the main feed along the road and I asked the foreman what he could to improve my lot.

He left three spools of Fibre Optic 'drop cable' at the house and instructions how 'joints' (splices) were to be positioned. Some tech friends and I had a beer party and we managed to string the drop line - professionally mounted - and on the following Monday a VNPT squaddy came by and spliced the joints (they were housed in plastic conduit on the poles) and terminate the drop on to a Huawei modem which outputs 100 Mbit data, 200-channel TV and 2 telephones.

The drop line was extremely rugged, the mounts were plastic and secured with Tiewraps and a breeze to pull in.

If we could do it, what acceptable excuse is there for telco's, including BT, not to do it other than pig-obstinacy?

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

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My Chinese assembly shop contractor ...

always makes a couple of pre-production boards, tests them and them sends them back to us for acceptance.

What's with CISCO - used to be so reliable. At least you would have expected the NSA to query non-functioning indicators.

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Chicago and LA teased with promise of Google gigabit pipes

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These Fibre Optic 'advances' in the world's 'leading' technological country ...

(according to the US) are a source of humour in countries such as Korea and Japan as well as China.

Even here in VietNam it is impossible to get an ADSL InterNet connection from the government owned VNPT - all their technicians are carrying their ubiquitous orange Fibre Optic jointing kit boxes - with reels of overhead drop cable tucked under their arms.

The ADSL feed to an apartment over one of our workshops was damaged - and it was replaced by an optical feed that carries 50 Mbit InterNet, voice lines for our telephone switch as well as cable TV signals. Our service fees increased a little to the equivalent of USD$35/month for unlimited 50 Mbit InterNet, cable TV and three voice channels (usage metered).

By the way, it takes one whole day from placing the order for the installation to be completed.

How is BT doing these days with fibre service?

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? What about Vietnamese police?

Almost every street level Vietnamese police station and office, as well as the data entry centres for the Internal Security Police, are filled with aged computers running that great OS - Windows XP.

Another curious feature is the fact most have the same serial number! Of course, since the very same police monitor software piracy, the latter shouldn't prove an insurmountable problem.

Perhaps the solution is to switch to Linux to avoid a big hardware bill.

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Netherlands votes to splash cash on encryption projects

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Just another reason ...

for the Tories to quit the EU.

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Apple finally publishes El Capitan Darwin source

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Apple Ordered To Pay $234m In Damages To University Of Wisconsin

A lawsuit filed against Apple with regards to patent infringement back in 2014, in which it was alleged that Apple had infringed upon a patent for a predictor circuit that was used in the A7, A8, and A8X chipsets.

Apple attempted to get the patent invalidated with no success.

Perhaps this is what Apple calls 'open source software'. Another word is theft.

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EU governments reach agreement on passenger name data

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Nice to know they are rebutting the US data demands

I have a trusted, real-life, travel agent who books all my travel needs.

Her office address is my home address, there are no mobile phone numbers, frequent flyer plans are for the birds, email addresses are on her agencies servers and forwarded on demand. As for credit card data - she books hundreds of thousands of dollars of travel on her agency plastic.

And she uses EU-based Amadeus res system as all the US systems such as Sabre, Apollo, Expedia all pump their data straight into US Government computers.

Land transportation is still the best way to cross a border with minimal mouse trails - ask Nick Leeson (Barings Bank spectacular failure) and CHOY Hon-Tim (USD$14-million Singapore bribery case) who both used air transport.

And with all the sources for fake ID, including passports, there are still many holes to close.

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National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

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Keith Vaz says National Crime Agency is more like Keystone Cops than FBI

Although I don't agree with this Tories politics, his labeling the National Crime Agency as more like Keystone Cops is right on!

And how much is this outfit costing the UK taxpayer?

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On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

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" ... any data protection guarantee that a US company makes in Europe is worthless ..."

Given that GCHQ would be on the 'inside' and that NSA'a main EU spying office is Germany - where it accesses Russia and satellite InterNet signals - where is the protection?

Another scene from Security Theatre.

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GCHQ can and will spy on politicos, rules tribunal

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If a 'Doctrine' has ...

no legal force, how much reliance can be placed on government 'guidelines' or 'guidance'?

Since GCHQ operates under government 'guidelines' and 'guidance', does this ruling mean that the amoral scum in Cheltenham are free to do whatever they want?

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Brazilian prisoner nabbed with mobile up rear end

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Does this mean ...

Jails X-Ray inmates without the protection of 'pinafores' filled with Lead to protect their 'Crown Jewels'?

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US tries one last time to sway EU court on data-slurping deal

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What about all those SWIFT Transfers, and banks like HSBC who keep their WORLD data in the USA?

The USA is one huge data sink hole.

Whether you are departing Bangkok or Singapore International Airports, transferring money using SWIFT (Moneygram and Western Union are hard-wired in to US security) or using any HSBC ATM in the WORLD, your data is in the USA.

And, for those who don't know, your voice analysis, made whenever you talk to any HSBC telephone number, is stored in New Jersey, too. Imagine what security forces could do with THAT!

The good news is HSBC voice analysis is paralysed if you play Canadian Inuit Throat singing (Tanya Tagaq), or a loud newscast loudly in the background.

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Ten years on: Ronnie Barker, Pismonouncers Unanimous founder, remembered

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Stumbled across some The Two Ronnies Torrents ...

recently and their material is a fresh today as it was when originally broadcast.

Time flies, he retired so long ago.

Yes, Minister is still doing the rounds, too, on some US Public TV stations. Just proves it's hard to beat the BBC oldies.

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Don't want to fork out for NAND flash? You're not alone. Disk still rules

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Just ordered a bunch of ASUS UN62V Core-7 units ...

and even though they are customised for us, ASUS insists they come with NAND drives. Unlike some competitions vertical stack computers there is not even physical provision for regular drives.

And the added cost of NAND, even at manufacturers quantity discounts, sure would buy very large spinners.

Let's see if Lenovo comes up with some answers.

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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What's with the FOUR MINUTES?

This article reminded me of a much shown movie many years ago.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON IN FOUR MINUTES.

In those days the clever tricks they used were much more complicated to execute but notwithstanding very entertaining.

Of course, anyone who has recently travelled from London to Gatwick, or vice versa, realises that little has been done to even approach that speed depicted in the film in the decades since it was made.

Unfortunately, another film, Genevieve, circa 1953, better depicts the London / Brighton link, and was a British comedy film of two couples comedically involved in a veteran automobile rally.

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Fiorina - offers the goods to the highest bidder ...

just like a hooker - except hookers / prostitutes have morals.

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Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

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Let's Hope Uncle Sam's Latest Wet Dream Works Better Than P25!

P25, the universal 2-way radio, with encryption, for use by all government agencies at all levels in the States was a roaring failure.

Unfortunately, a $39 Mattel girl's toy rendered many of the features less than useful.

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NSA? Illegal spying? EU top lawyer is talking out of his Bot – US gov

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What about the banks? HSBC ATMs and accounts all housed in New Jersey

Whenever an HSBC ATM is used, including from the Far East and Australia, all those bits and bytes find their home in New Jersey where the allegedly British bank keeps it's computers.

And, if you talk (voice) the data is recorded AND subject to real time analysis.

Having spoken to HCBC in Canada only this morning I learned that the audio analysis software gets confused (as in doesn't work) if you play Canadian throat singing in the background or news closer to the mic.

So much for Euro data protection.

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

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One needed feature - the ability to read incoming e-mails as text only

Banks take all incoming e-mails, strip out everything and simply present the bare-bones message. This renders scripts neutered.

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Airbnb goes titsup – travellers and hosts flip out over lengthy downtime

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Airbnb should get prepared for a Uber-type governmental attack

Many countries require accommodation guests to be registered with the 'appropriate authorities', some to keep their tracking records accurate and others to make sure the tax man gets his cut.

And before an accommodation provider goes into business, they have to get inspected as to fitness for purpose by the said Cong An and registered with aforementioned tax people.

In VietNam everyone's but everyone's sleeping accommodation has to registered with the designated branch of the Cong An (aka People's Police). Same applies to homes, temporary accommodation such as those for itinerant farm workers and construction types.

Many Foreigners here in Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon have seized the opportunity to make money and have rented apartments by the year and sublet through Airbnb which violates the lease and numerous applicable statutes.

And, just like Uber, all it takes is an e-mail or phone call and the gendarmes have all the information they need for a take down!

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Apple VICTORY: Old Samsung phones not sold any more can't be sold any more

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A ban in the USA is not a Worldwide Ban ...

so the effect will be even less in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The USA is likely one of the biggest markets in the world but the churn is far less than in Asia where cell handsets are often sold without carrier plans, which is often required by law, and therefore it's not uncommon for users to buy new units after 6-12 months - and just toss the old units.

There's a street market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 5 where used iThingies - versions 4 or older - can be had for USD$10-15! Seems a fair price.

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Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute

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BT should stick to what it knows - communications

BT was a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) only company and now it is a communications company.

And even then it is not a very good communications company - witness the UK Fibre Optic roll out fiasco. Hardly an endorsement for BT. Compared to other countries, the UK is in the Dark Ages of Fibre Optic.

China, which is considerably larger than the UK, has many parts of it's extreme landmass is fed through Fibre Optic. Same with Canada. My summer cottage is in a small hamlet with fewer than 20 homes yet we each have 20 Mbyte Fibre service, And the hamlet is half-way between Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot - neither of which are large centres,

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Not too shabby, has a 3-year warranty to boot!

Our company landed a contract for some outside (i.e.in the wild weather) electronic systems and we built three prototypes - one using an Intel NUC (NUC5i7RYH) a second with a NUC5i5RYK and the third a Gigabyte (GB-BXi7H-5500). I realise the specifications of two are a few notches higher than the NUC5i5RYK but essentially the difference is in the processor and memory.

What engendered our interest was the ability for a closed box being able to dissipate heat. The ambient runs approximately -10C through +35C in extreme ends of the country (VietNam).

We had employed more traditional mechanical forms of computers in an earlier contract but we suffered from the ingress of flora, fauna and biota (other life forms such as fungi) who made the most of a warm enclosure to set up housekeeping.

After a month or so, notwithstanding quality air filters, the fans would grind to a stop as the minced intruders jammed the blades.

These new form computers allowed the whole electronics package - computer, power unit, accessories, including standby batteries - to be housed in a sealed stainless steel container.

After many weeks of trials I believe these mini-computers have the solutions to many challenges in adverse conditions. The NUC units can be powered from 12V batteries and charged by solar reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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"was booted from the job in 2005"

'Nuff said.

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Australia to capture biometrics at the border under new law

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ABOUT THE FIVE COUNTRY CONFERENCE

The Five Country Conference (FCC) is a consortium of government immigration agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The FCC aims to enhance the integrity, security and efficiency of immigration and border services and to improve client service across all five countries.

In AUSTRALIA it's the Department of Immigration and Border Protection; in CANADA it's Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. For NEW ZEALAND there are three - Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The UNITED KINGDOM has the UK Home Office and in the UNITED STATES there are two - US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of State.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Fuxed Battery ...

no sale.

Still, with 2 SIMs it should interest Ashley Madison followers - one SIM for the girls and the other for the wife.

It's why they are so popular in China where some even boast FOUR SIMs!

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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Cleaning Up Eglinton & Yonge, Toronto

Avid Life Media is in one of those high-priced high-rise office buildings in this mid-town area of Toronto at 2300 Yonge Street aka Yonge-Eglinton Centre.

A friend who works in the building says other tenant's employees have been increasingly harassed, even to the point where reporters, etc. are lurking in the underworld which connects many of the buildings to the subways and garages.

People have been getting accosted in the public mall area, on the elevators (lifts), etc.

Now that Biderman's digital life has been spread all over the InterNet and that he has, allegedly, separated himself from the private company, people are hoping things will cool down and they won't have to hide their faces to avoid being seen on local TV news!

As for Biderman, couldn't have happened to a nicer fella'. Interesting that he doesn't have children in his Will, only 'issue'. Wonder how many 'issues' he has?

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Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing

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Why didn't one of those arrogant BA females ...

simply COMMAND the device to stop smoking.

I saw one of these creatures assaulting a toilet door demanding it stop smoking. It had the temerity not to respond.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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There's an ...

Android App that can do this. Free!

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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It might not having flashing lights but ...

it has a speaker!

The local TP-LINK office in SaiGon/Ho Chi Minh has had one these things sitting on the receptionists desk playing music. They weren't allowed to say anything but the connectors gave a hint.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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ZTE manufactures cell handsets that use ...

Android, Windows Phone and Mozilla Firefox OS

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Cameron actually fighting BitTorrent? If so, he is losing

I am a pretty heavy BitTorrent user downloading various film and video we could not otherwise see. This is because the films are simply not shown in many Indochinese region countries.

Same applies to books, although a number would be seized under censorship/importation laws of physically imported.

This morning (at 02.00H UK time) there were several thousand BitTorrent users from the UK on-line, openly transmitting/receiving the forbidden fruit.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Talk about foxes and the henhouse! Why trust cellco's?

Many other countries derive their coverage information from users via Apps running in smartphones. These are FREE - and the data is damn sight more realistic.

Cellco's use trunk/boot mounted receivers attached to external antennae. Hardly the optimum way to gather cell coverage INSIDE homes!

What's with OFCOM - are they with the consumer or the trade groups?

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Costa Rica is BILLIONS in debt ....

with hedge funds suggesting the US dependency close down their school system.

How can Costa Rica even think about buying SAP software? Hot Windows is the government's favourite OS.

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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If they can Geo-Ban the White House ...

DJI has the ability, when the GPS is enabled, to prevent their products from being flown in prohibited airspace as in Washington, DC. This also applies to many airports and BeiJing, etc.

Since Cameron thinks he is a somebody the UK will no doubt send a long list of banned UK areas and demand that DJI enter them in their software. He wouldn't want pix of his Sammy all over the InterNet (nor would many of us).

Since VietNam and China have ongoing disputes over China's peremptory theft of some islands in the middle of nowhere, DJI units are sold here without any restrictions whatsoever!

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr ...

is the persecutor who had Sergey Aleynikov, 40 years old, arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly stealing Open Source software from Goldman Sachs - the notorious shark company of Wall Street.

After two trials driven by Cyrus Vance, Sergey was EXONERATED by Appeal Courts. Sergey is now suing all concerned.

Read Flash Boys - A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis [EPUB] [MOBI] - a real page turned for even the slightest tech reader!

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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Sweden's statute of limitations on prosecuting rape allegations is 10 years.

Sounds sensible.

Of course, UK Plod, unable to handle current crime, has been busy locking up aged entertainers who are collecting their pensions.

How can justice be done of the expiration of 40 or 50 years?

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