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Congressional priorities - total screw up
The two parties fight over providing health care to the tens of millions without any health insurance ... still arguing after years of fighting, yet a minor commercial proposal rockets through.
You have to wonder what drives the GOP.
Re: I am delighted to see this...
The Congress controls the purse strings - it doesn't need Obama's signature to cut funding.
The NSA is funded through defence budget, using a lot of hidden lines of budget items, so even now it might not work.
VERY DISAPPOINTING VIDEO.
No decent bang; video cut prematurely. Hardly worth sitting through.
Given the USA is indebted to China to the tune of billions, ...
they should deduct the fine from the amount owed and ask t5he Chinese to collect.
But don't hold your breath.
Thank you ...
Edward Snowden ... you did well.
Andt he technical world owes a debt of gratitude to you.
(Not so many cries of Traitor! from Mouthy Mike (Rogers) recently, either.)
Why the fuss? North American Telco's have always been a*seholes
Until the Carterphone decision, ATT used to literally scare people not top touch 'their wires'. I installed special high-speed modems way back in the late '60s in the States and when I simply wired them directly to AT&T terminals WITHOUT AN INTERFACE the customer was surprised the world didn't collapse.
If you can find a copy of FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS NOT, written by a Telco man, it describes many of the evil things Bell and AT&T did.
Old habits die hard.
In Canada things are worse. We have Bell Canada, and all it's siblings, and Rogers, but outstripping the US for all the surcharges they make on their captive customers. These two companies practically sleep together.
It's refreshing to see a rebel upsetting the quiescent market state - only risk is he might get taken over, then it's game over.
Why should anyone buy an ACER product ...
if they can't even replace a laptop keyboard?
This applies to several models.
British Columbia - Canada's California - the province where strange things happen
The court that made this decision is the equivalent of a State supreme court in the States. Furthermore this is a single judge decision and still has more steps to take before it enters the realm of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Just because a BC judge is making like the USA as a super-power, the games are not over yet.
Re: Excuse me, but
It's a place where idiots share all their secrets with other idiots so the Plod can monitor people of interest's activities.
Just another Plod with an overactive imagination ...
must think he is giving evidence in court where so many lies are told - by prosecution and defence witnesses.
How often will a US jury find against a US company?
He should have realised he didn't have a chance with a bunch of prejudiced US jurors.
They should try the EU - that would hopefully see justice ... and money.
Basicly another Cameron freebie for major industry whilst the SME's get screwed
Must be nice to get all the benefits from government be it money or diplomatic promotions.
Now Cameron gives them a free service whilst the SMEs and citizenry have to suffer or pay for their own help..
... because everything people ... posted on these sites were external comms based on US platforms
If this is the criteria GCHQ uses, this means anyone using HSBC.CO.UK is being monitored.
In fact most every HSBC InterNet link terminates on AT&T longlines in Newark, New Jersey. After that the whole damn server group is subject to the PATRIOT ACT.
You would have thought an allegedly British Bank would have had their world server farm in the UK. E-mails are handled similarly.
So this HSBC arrangement means that GCHQ reads the comms as they pass through and then the US has a go.
So much for HSBC privacy!
Re: Where are the Register's servers located?
They seem to be all over the place - I see from my screen they are in the UK, USA and even Japan depending on the time of day.
These various server locations were all serving pages to users in either Kampuchea/Cambodia and VietNam. Kampuchea/Cambodia and Laos take their national InterNet feeds from VietNam.
Bank with HSBC? Your info across the world is in the USA - and the PATRIOT Act
If you do a traceroute, even on HSBC.Co.UK, it leads through AT&T and Newark.
So in effect the US government can access your financial data without a warrant. And they don't even need the NSA!
Wonder what other UK banks hold their data outside the UK?
It also raises questions of surveillance
The rich trove of data this outfit will collect is huge. Then comes along the taxman for checking taxi drivers income.
Divorce lawyers will no doubt exploit the information, along with Plod. Imagine what GCHQ and the MI gangs will be able to do.
What about visitors, or poor people who don't rate for credit cards?
Cable is a dreamer, and not long for the unemployment lines. The Chinese don't want to buy anything, they are just waiting for others to prove the concept then they will move in and perfect the technology - as they have done with the Maglev, etc.
I, and no doubt many others, are happy that Snowden ...
missed his flight.
Where's his Nobel?
Nothing simple with Apple
They have a cheap charger that is defective and they require iSheep to take the accompanying handset along with them.
Most normal companies would simply accept the defective part in exchange for a good one.
Doesn't really mean they are meeting the needs of users, what if there is a defective Apple charger that causes a death and the handset is not available? Time to reach for a lawyer.
Nothing like selling the assets before a conviction
U.S. Marshals asset forfeiture program is little more than a budget balancing scam - legalised theft - that drives so many of these 'drug busts' that are later thrown out of court.
The victim of this sale hasn't even been tried yet, so how come they are liquefying his assets?
American justice at work. Almost makes you sympathise with with terrorists when you see the US government acting like this.
Snowden's leaks have done a lot of damage to the computer security industry
Snowden hasn't damaged anything, all he has done is open the barn doors and let the sun shine in.
If the computer security industry had done it's job properly, there would be nothing for Snowden to expose.
Likewise with the NSA, if it had restrained itself to within reasonable limits the American public would likely support it.
So quit blaming Snowden for suppliers/vendors shortcomings.
Does GCHQ really have any credibility?
Following the revelations of extreme behaviour, who camn really trust them?
You always will wonder if there was an ulterior motive behind their recommendations.
Lasers with outputs up to 10W available in China - over the counter
Last time I was in ShangHai I picked up 4 watt green and blue lasers - from a retail outlet store.
There were others with outputs as high as 10 watts on sale. Some of these can burn skin at a distance!
Re: get over it!
I always like seeing Anonymous Cowards who haven't enough guts to stick their name above their opinion.
It sort of rates their scribble, which is why I never read them.
Stuff them, I am in control!
My wife, a holder of a technological university degree, recently decided to upgrade some of our domestic machinery decided that some of her choices should be 'connected' or at least capable of making operating decisions.
As a North American we like our washing to be thumped and banged so that every shred of dirt is dispatched down the drain. None of this wimpy, treat things gently Japanese stuff. Another item she bought was a bread/cake maker-baker. I must admit it is nice coming home of a night and smelling fresh cooked bread.
Then there's the new, multi-grain optimised rice cooker. At least it isn't so automatic it can identify the rice types! After years of experimentation I have perfected cooking rice in a microwave. Suits me to a 'T'.
And the most frustrating thing about these new whiz-bang gadgets? They are actually better at the job than the human.
This will continue so long as the ...
British public don't give a damn. The action by the nerdish-looking wimp of a cabinet secretary in destroying The Guardian's computer equipment (albeit it fit for the junk yard) is the sort of action we associate with China and Russia - except they would have no doubt shot them, too - NOT in the UK.
Where is the accountability when a piece of a*sewipe like this man can threaten reasonable newspaper coverage? There are few fora where Heywood can be questioned and held accountable for his illegal actions.
With an election coming soon, the opportunity to remove Cameron, and Heywood, looms. Neither of these people either deserve the office they hold, neither are they fit for the job.
Let's hope that some of the Arabic emirates tell the UK and the USA to take their toys and leave.
As for cable failures, Malaysia/Singapore/VietNam links to the USA went down just before Christmas last and ever since we have been suffering from intermittent outages. Could be a fishing boat at the depth the break occurred, and likewise it wouldn't be an anchor.
Where is the Jimmy Carter these days?
Happy to help ... even more
Since CISCO is a de facto NSA cooperator in the spy business, I am doing my little bit by NOT buying CISCO products.
Hope it helps.
Reminds me of when I (and others) cooked expenses ...
whilst working at Mohawk Data Sciences.
We service technicians had many accounts dotted all over the Metro Toronto area which gave rise to a matrix of inter-account road journeys for which we were compensated. Recording the service calls was easy, compiling expenses at the end of the week wasn't.
So we developed this chart, based upon true numbers rounded up to the nearest mile. There were always a few who rounded up a few extra miles - potentially OK for journeys from one end of the city to another.
The accountant was sharp - he could, as your example demonstrates, spot the fakes, the padded accounts! He called me in only once. My territory included God's country (Northern Ontario where bears and aurora borealis hang out). He queried my expenses. I explained that there had been a road closure and my usual motel had caught fire.
Before I left MDS, I asked him how he spotted fakes, and his explanation was similar to the example.
Re: How can the police be so stupid?
Blueboxes are great for anonymity.
Captain Crunch led the way in showing Telcos what you can do with 2600 Hz and disconnecting segments of calls, then redialling. Great fun.
Even with the latest switches, Blueboxes work - the only catch is you need to be careful where you make your initial call from.
Then there are the IP telephone switches which all manner of vulnerabilities - also great for losing any traces.
Boeing like Apple
Overheated PR Department trying to forget the words DREAMLINER and BATTERY FIRES.
A firm accused of selling spyware to "oppressive regimes"
The term "oppressive regimes" encompasses so many of the leading nations of the world.
Countries such as China, the UK and the USA for starters. I seem to remember our friend ASSAD had a system in SYRIA, too.
This will make Harris Corporation of Florida happy, too, as they will get some more sales leads. Does STINGRAY ring a bell (or cell)?
One politician to another: Decades and Centuries? Doesn't concern me!
The report should have omitted the line: "This sector will be a major contributor to sea level rise in the decades and centuries to come," Rignot said. "A conservative estimate is that it could take several centuries for all of the ice to flow into the sea."
Politicians, with their 4, 5 or 6 years political horizons, will seize on this as not worthy of consideration as is outside their foreseeable budget concerns.
Anytime, anywhere, on time, and right the first time: Lockheed motto
Being a US Government contract to one of their favoured contractors, likely there were few penalties in the contract as is often the case with such work.
But now they can bid on a contract to upgrade the system, a contract likely making very, very, few companies eligible for the work.
I guess the old Lockheed motto: "Anytime, anywhere, on time, and right the first time" doesn't apply any more. Pity.
Re: Good for the owner
IMEI blocking is useless as they can be replaced with a different number in a 5-minute operation.
I have my cell handset IMEI changed every week or two - last time I took it in to a Samsung Service Centre (we have five in SaiGon) the tech noticed the difference and simply used his laptop to correct it.
If you do change your IMEI and intend to go roaming, visit your Cellco office and ask them if the have the correct IMEI on their computer system.
P.S. It's illegal to change IMEI numbers in Blighty - it makes GCHQ work so much more harder.
What some iSheep will do ...
to get a fix for their habit.
Perhaps Apple will provide a patch for their car systems that prevents cars from being driven into a iSheep store. New use for Beacons?
Fancy that, Luddites alive and well in London
There are so many positives for using Smartphones.
For the driver:
1. A map showing where the fare is;
2. Security - user is identifiable, reducing potential robbery/assault;
3. Assured payment - with credit card;
4. Potential for building a long-term business relationship.
5. Business accounting;
6. Fare retention - disappearing fare can get penalty charge.
For the user:
1. Direct contact with assigned driver;
2. Assured driver attendance;
3. Security - knowing your driver + cab is locatable;
4. Fare invoicing for business purposes/expense reclaim.
1. Reduced pollution;
2. Reduced 'cruising' traffic.
Canada quashed this balloney ...
by legislating the whole question including rates.
Now our cities are being dug up as competing fibre optic vendors lay cable. Of course, this excludes Rogers Cable, they prefer the visual pollution system where all there big, black, cables are strung from utility poles.
I'm glad Australia hadn't spread it's gospel before now.
Way back in the day when the US was licking it's wounded pride over it's defeat by VietNam, it banned the export of many goods to this country. European and Chinese companies seized the opportunity to ignore the US and one area, exploited by Germany, was telecommunications.
We have had digital switches since the earliest days, and end-to-end digital signalling, as in handset to handset. You could even hook a digital modem to a line and get fast InterNet. Some telephone instruments even had data connectors.
And they went crazy with fibre optic. Almost every highway has a fibre optic cable under it. These cables surface in towns, villages and hamlets (a few houses) where the distribution boxes are mounted on poles and the house-drops radiate from there.
When I built my house, as well as when I built my office, along comes the cable gang pulling in fibre optics! This means that, depending on the building termination unit configuration, I can select who will provide my cable TV, telephone or InterNet service. As the terminals are easily configured I have managed to change some selections ... unofficially.
Same with my wife's hotels, even though one is somewhat remote, along comes the fibre guys, no copper in sight.
In the cities, copper is eschewed with new buildings also being blessed with multi-vendor fibre optic.
Despite what Australia thinks, IMO copper is passée, and fibre offers the best return on investment, particularly given today's copper prices. The same applies in Canada, except that competing carriers insist on running separate FO drops to each residence!
Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull viewpoint is somewhat skewed - possibly Australia has an interest in copper? Fibre optic has so many long-term benefits that makes anything else ill advised.
We also have low-power radio and television transmitters which are fed from FO in remote areas.
My fingers remember the PDP 8
@ j arthur rank
The DEC PDP8 had a row of switches on it's front panel through which you loaded the boot. Most DEC operators had callouses on their fingers from flicking those damn switches!
The Canadian equivalent of the NSA ...
is as closed mouth as GCHQ and it has been found to be breaking Canadian rules, like all the rest.
It's not allowed to 'spy' on any Canadian anywhere - in or outside Canada - without a warrent. But when has that ever stopped these spooks?
This is actually OttIX (OttAwa) - our Capital city.
There is a better way - except only a few governments use it
Each time an international flight is readied, there is a manifest that contains much of the detail collected by Immigration types around the world. These lists could be used to pre-screen passengers - just as the US does for Freedom Fighters/Criminals/Crazies.
UK Immigration already has some border agents in Bangkok (fat, ugly, loud-mouthed and pushy) who pre-screen UK bound flights. They could easily generate lists of people they have suspicions of thereby narrowing the number of interviewees upon arrival. And reducing the workload.
Better still, use PAR or AMS then take the channel train - just as quick as Heathrow.
Every time I see a spectrum chart ...
then watch/glance at a TV program I think what a waste of resources. Scan satellite TV channels and my thoughts are redoubled - numerous channels have duplicated content.
In larger population areas terrestrial TV can easily be carried over fibre optics and in the less populated country areas Low Power Transmitters could be used to distribute the TV signals, fed through fibre optic trunks. These would re-use the same, small, band across the country.
LPTs are common in many larger countries, if their programming choices are limited, so be it - it's one of the joys of living in such places.
How many people really need hundreds of channels from which to choose? So many resources could be better utilised.
My employer manufactures robotic devices for military/government uses and these days we have to supply Software Defined Radio systems with frequency agility. The control unit is turned on and for about 5-10 minutes it surveys the spectrum, then chooses the frequencies it will use, transmits that to slave units and away it goes. No need for spectrum charts.
The military wastes so much spectrum, just scan their designated areas and see just how under utilised it is in non-combat zones. Combat Zones are a different beast, and the military doesn't even consider spectrum allocations. Anyone who has done RF technical work know that the military doesn't give a damn about civilian allocations.
Once again, the US claims the world as it's domain
The US, like a fading star, makes a lot of noise and generally disrupts life.
Who gave it permission to inflict it's self-serving laws on other countries?
At one time the US was the source of many technical components but, as in so many things, it has delegated it's manufacturing to other countries - so it can make more money. Not all countries agree with the supposition that the US and a few buddies can be the ONLY owners of nuclear weapons.
Iran is exercising it's sovereign right. Pakistan is one of the four nuclear armed states (together with India, Israel, and North Korea) who are not, shock and horror, parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Let the US force Israel into compliance and others might follow, too.
SCOTUS is an American term, just as the equally inane POTUS - sounds like something that needs squeezing.
El Reg is based in the UK, uses English spelling and therefore should follow English practice as laid out in the OECD.
Whose damn language is it anyway?
Re: 'Camera Failure' pop-up error message
Apple would roll out a cardboard cut-out of a certain stiff then start a sales program to SELL THE MISBEHAVIN' CAMERA AS A FEATURE.
It's comforting to know that IMEI is used ...
by GCHQ and NSA to verify handsets. That's no doubt the reason why the law in the UK is stiff on changing it whilst elsewhere it's not even a consideration.
It seems that they don't verify whether or not an IMEI is correct for the type of handset it is purportedly on, though. IMEI number assignments are issued in blocks to manufacturers.
Changing the IMEI is a breeze, the only hassle is to make sure if you are roaming, make sure that the home Cellco knows the latest IMEI which simply requires a visit to a service centre - occasionally it can be done through a call.
CIA? Perhaps the ...
Russian population has never heard of the NSA?
Still, the gap between the CIA and the NSA is as thin as tissue paper.
PirateBay - Red flag to MPAA and Hero to many
The embarrassing failure of the MPAA, and it's friends including the FBI and the US Vice-President, to close it down, illustrates the futility of trying to stop something that has public support.
May it sail the seas forever!
Australians trying to out do the Americans
Australia, like several countries, are hung up on American technology. This time the Australians want to outdo the Yanks.
Not satisfied with hosting two NSA controlled spy stations, it has even built it's very own Australian-only spy base. One of it's other bases has NSA-staff only areas and that, along with another, have remote controlled NSA satellite spy facilities.
The US likes Australia, because the Chinese and Russians can't copy downloads from US spy satellites sent back to the NSA.
Seems like New Zealand are the most sane - they banned nuclear anything from their territory.
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