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Congratulations to the Chinese for ...
demonstrating just how useless the organization led by Clapper and Alexander is.
After spending trillions of dollars, including money wasted on Alexanders 'Starship' command centre, they have achieved luttle by way of protecting the US secrets.
So much for being a 'leader' of technology. Huess the Chinese hold that honour now.
WHO EVER CLAIMED TELCO'S WERE HONEST (except telco's)
If you read the book FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS NOT, written by an ex-telco man, you will have your eyes opened.
It's out of print but there is an on-line copy in the Library of Congress.
Re: The EFF is a joke
You sound like a NSA/GCHQ Troll.
What USA-based computer system is safe when the PATRIOT Act is in force?
With the lawful ability to get any data from any US computer, who needs to tap cables?
Indian Government sleeping with NSA and GCHQ
There is an extremely large cable intercept station, belonging to NSA and GCHQ, in India.
So don't go thinking India is independent!
Can you blame them? Obama went around the world badmouthing the Chinese, first.
Remember when Obama went around the world trying to persuade countries to avoid Chinese products, in the pre-Snowden days?
Well, time has proved him to be a liar, or a patsy. Didn't stop Australia or England banning Chinese network products from certain applications.
So this action by China is fully justified, and a poke in the eye for the NSA and GCHQ.
Mind you, a lot of CISCO equipment have had their software updated since it was bought, so some of the problems are the fault of the user.
Two Mike Rogers and reducing Edward Snowden's Profile.
NOW we have two Mike Rogers - the new NSA boss - and the old one who practices sneering in his mirror every day, the Congressman who is on an oversight committee and repeats his mantra of "Snowden is a traitor".
As if anyone is actually listening.
Obviously psychologists and their ilk have been consulted which accounts for the Navy man being so cool. Hardly matches Alexander's and Clapper's rhetoric.Perhaps they simply want to help Snowden sink below the parapet and lose his press following.
Whatever happens, this won't occur - Snowden has done everyone a big favour.
I was watching Enemy of the State, made in 1998, an American spy-thriller. If viewers had doubts about technology back then, now - 16 years later - we know what the NSA does.
Meg Whitman ...
a serial disaster for whomever she works for.
California voters must be happy she never made it elected office - imagine the catastrophe!
You, in the West, reckon you have problems ...
You should try living IN China or next to China.
At least they treat their own consumers just as badly as anyone else.
Here in VietNam, the Spratly Islands war aside, imports from China are regarded, rightly, with great suspicion.
Baby formula with dangerous additives; cheap jewellery which causes severe rashes and skin lesions; poor quality products (the fault of the importers, too); recycled plastics with poisonous residues from previous uses; 'brass' fittings made of mystery metal; extension cords with steel/iron conductors coated with copper-like plating instead of pure copper - a small problem until you have a fire where the whole extension cord/wire catches fire simultaneously.
If you see products marked 'Made in VietNam' at least your concious should rest easy. We have mandated over time and maximum hours per week, maximum work days per week, government enforced safety standards, even mandated annual vacations - something not even the USA has! We have a government health plan and even a pension plan.
So just because countries near China get tarred with the same brush - it's not neccesarily true.
New law coming?
Making it unlawful to overfly NSA facilities - just watch the FAA leap into action!
I wonder if, given that their world-wide data is stored in the USA, ...
if HSBC was searched - after all they were the Laundry for the Mexican Drug Cartels.
HSBC clients have to wonder just why data from all operating countries are shipped to Newark, New Jersey by HSBC? (Do a Traceroute and check for yourself))
Even UK users data is handled through their Newark, New Jersey portal.
One Gaping Hole Still Remains - Border Patrol and ICE
There remain wide swathes of country parallel to the US borders where warrantless searches can be done by Border Patrol and the ICE gang that stretch decades of miles inland from the borders. Some of them include sizeable cities such as Rochester and Buffalo in New York State or Detroit in Michigan just along the Canadian border.
Of course, these characters can easily search for things without restriction for their friends in the Cops.
The Software Alliance - Lies and More Lies
This outfit simply publishes guestimates - for many countries they don't even visit, just grab a passing number they fancy and Bingo! there goes a statistic.
I'm happy to report we have no software that we actually bought in a box.
We rolled over our computers this year and the contract required they be running Win 07. The dealer exchanged the installed software for the Win 97 at no cost. All our other software is either free or home grown.
And the People's Police, who check software, never bother to even call to pick up their bribes!
What's with the West - always slow to implement new technology
America is supposed to be the world's technology leader yet huge swathes of the country lack cell coverage, let alone more advanced RF systems. Also missing from the comms mix are fibre optic cables, even ADSL - but they do have expensive Dial-Up service.
Canada is larger than the States, and less populated, yet the federal government has put InterNet in all along the northern shores. Places with strange names such as Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Inuvit, Haines Junction, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik, etc. all hooked together with a 4 gigabyte system.
Out in the Far East fibre optic dominates with digital services reaching right in to peoples homes besides the offices. We have 4G all over northwestern VietNam along with satellite services, multi-channel television and radio services for minorities.
Meanwhile, in Britain, a country that could be dropped in to Lake Erie with room to spare, there are large areas without decent comms service.
Mind you, Cameron's needs could have been filled had he taken a trip to Bude, where GCHQ busily taps undersea cables making landfall as well as pirating many satellite services the retransmits the purloined data to Gloucestershire and the USA.
There's something very wrong in UK comms planning- which needed to keep the country competitive.
The time has come, the Walrus said, for ...
Vietnam has a live body population of around 90-million souls and a registered, and working, population of around 120-million cell handsets.
There are sizeable areas of this country with low population areas (ever visit the country check out Lai Chau Province - makes the Alps look like a Euro city) so the network operators (we have seven) actually share network facilities so if a Viettel handset demands service, the nearest mast, which might be Mobiphone or Vinaphone, gets to handle the call completely transparently - users have no idea who is actually carrying their signal.
All it needs is common-sense, something Euro and North American operators seem to lack.
Rebekah Brooks might not have been found guilty ...
but she sure had to pay a steep price for it and I don't mean legal fees.
Her life and morals have been laid bare, much as the News of the World did every Sunday, and undoubtedly there must be some strains in her marriage.
There is on bright side ... she is likely no longer on Cameron's Christmas Party list ... where a slime gets to show his worst.
Try voice recognition over VOIP or Skyphone links
An organisation I deal with tried something similar. Doesn't work too well when phase distortion is introduced when using VOIP or satellite telephones.
Mind you, it's way more convenient than the HSBC concept of giving everyone a mini-password generator - which sometimes catch fire or they have premature battery failures. HSBC might think they are secure, as might their customers, but then almost every country, including the UK, use AT&T longlines and other global cable services and do their data handling in the USA.
This means that the GFCHQ and NSA can tap the cables, and anyone in the US government can access the data using the warrantless provisions of the US PATRIOT ACT.
Of course, this defeats the whole purpose of security.
CISCO ... NSA and GCHQ compliant
It would be hard to imagine CISCO not getting approved given all the technical assistance they have give the Five Eyes group.
Of course, El Reg readers, having smarts, will choose to use alternative suppliers.
Pathetic ... just ...
loose change, or petty cash, to Samsung.
Not a problem ... it only affects
Been doing it for years - only three baddies
My employers office is on a hill and together with directional antennae from TP-Link, coupled with their 701 range extenders, we have provided access to our fibre optic feeds.
Users have to complete a minimal registration page and agree to Terms then they are free to do their things.
A total of three users have broken the rules and two of them agreed to stop the abuse and were allowed to return. If you wack abusers hard and use a firewall we've found troubles are minimal.
I have a much smaller system down at Dak Lake but it serves most of the village. New software might answer a few challenges we have.
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.
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