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I don't understand the fuss
When the FCC dictated that all US-bound handsets had to have GPS modules - that actually cost hard cash - there were no complaints.
The big difference, I suspect, is that anti-theft software will affect their sales - something GPS didn't do.
Useful ruling for the new Apple price fixing racket
Hopefully the final determination of this price fixing scam by Apple, where all their co-conspirators have pled no contest and paid the penalty, will make Apple rethink it's partnership policies.
Well, I'm safe then ...
as I haven't paid Canadian taxes for over 22 years. And before that I filed on paper - to keep people employed as they transcribe the figures into computer terminals.
I feel comforted in the knowledge that the RCMP, repleat in red uniforms and riding trusty steads, is on the job. Guaranteed to lose the trail, like Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.
Does Apple have a short memory, or what?
I guess Apple has forgotten they were nailed for price fixing e-books.
It seems to me the only difference between the earlier price fixing and the new scheme is they are now fixing iThingy prices.
Price fixing is illegal in many countries.
Whay the need to travel to the USA when ...
the alphabet soup agencies are all around overseas.
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, there are the FBI, the DEA, the CIA, NSA and other characters driving around in darkened SUV's with satellite antennae sprouting forth (actually they look like air intakes on the old military Austin Champ). The IRS is even here, checking on wayward Americans who might have forgotten to declare their non-US income.
Should a Mark Karpeles be reluctant to check in with the embassy, then the US can send out JSOC troops to show them the way.
And Japan, Karpeles present home from home, has even more US 'assets'.
Little wonder the US is bankrupt.
Think this bad - just wait until you get 'soft' Smartmeters along with Hotwater metering
Smartmeters come in many flavours - some have mechanical meters which are held to be the end-all of disputes whereas many others have 'soft' meters which can be reset by supply company computers!
Which would YOU choose!
Hot water metering is creeping in - most systems just measure water consumption and NOT whether the water is hot, cold or meets a minimum criteria.
Who, amongst us, can resist the temptation to ...
store old data, or old software?
Same with Plod, or GCHQ, they have empty drives and simply want to fill it up. And they, like us, keep it 'in case'.
I found an ex-wife's Social Insurance number on an old drive recently - and when applied to a pension equalisation application for the period of our marriage resulted in a few tens of thousands of dollars flowing to my benefit.
iSheep - they need their weekly adrenaline rush
Apple simply thrives on news column inches - good or bad - and iSheep need it weekly, if not more.
Of course, by announcing vapour ware, Apple hopes to cut in to sales of existing products. And the 'analysts' are hoping for their free samples.
There must be an ulterior reason ...
for the ever dictatorial Singapore to do this.
Singapore has newspaper censorship; radio & TV censorship, movie censorship; it monitors all domestic InterNet connections ruthlessly; telephone calls are monitored voice + metadata. An really oppressive system. And their are limits on chewing gum!
An Three Strikes is right down the single governments alley.
So, the question is, Why?
it loves the free publicity.
If they aren't making what their public wants, they should get their monster PR machine in to gear to persuade the public they want the wrong thing.
If Apple managed to persuade their iSheep to buy a bad Antennagate handset, surely they can change peoples minds over size, etc.
Apple-stealing IP? Hard to believe NOT!
This continuing abuse of the public by the US P.O. has to stop - it's more damaging than most anything.
Patents should have a limited life of 5 years and only extended if the patent owner can demonstrate a good reason.
Patent holders should be required to produce a viable patent that is used in production within two years of filing, otherwise they lose it and it becomes prior art.
This is totally adverse to the Mad May and GCHQ policy ...
which is to locate and store every bit of information.
And another reason for May to resent the EU.
Did you hear that the GCHQ has recorded the serial numbers and associated information for every storage system presently in use?
Why do they do all these things? Just because they can?
They seem to forget they are spending UK tax dollars - or forcing ISPs to increase charges.
Lawyer letters are written to say whatever you want to read into them
A while back a senior executive once asked me if I had ever had legal training. I said no, but I know how to use the English language.
His question came about because I had written a report that had split the board members who read the report - they couldn't agree precisely what the conclusions were.
Lawyers, too, are trained to write truthful lies, which can be read either way.
To my eye, this statement reeks of avoidance - somewhat clumsily - and as a result anyone dissecting it will come up with a different conclusion.
IBM should have simply said that it complies with all laws on privacy and disclosure in all the jurisdictions where it operates and they are prevented it from giving a more forthright response.
End of question.
Type approval might be interesting ...
with some officious regulators thinking any change is bad.
Great concept, though, should do well so South Paws (l/handers) can have cell handsets that fit their needs precisely.
And people complain about the ...
NSA/GCHQ? Why would anyone want to share this sort of stuff with Amazon, the outfit that steals underpaid employees wages, makes them wait - in their own time - to use the toilet or get security checked out of the building?
Amazon is evil. Period.
Until now I have found a pencil and paper, stuck on the fridge door, quite sufficient technology to make a shopping list.
Here in SaiGon we have it even better. When I drive down to the local cho (peoples market) I pull up at my favourite store and the assistants immediately recognise me and remember what my usual needs are - no technology needed. Nearby merchants, whose eyes never stop roving, call out and try to do a deal, which is immediately bettered by my favourite store!
The only drag with buying really fresh food is that the fish won't lie still, so the fishmonger whacks them across the head to keep them still until I get home.
So away with your privacy invading technology, Amazon - and start paying your workers the proper rates.
When the going gets tough ...
the losers start suing.
When will this stupidity end?
At least KOH shows she has the guts to tell either party where to go.
"As a rule, the White House objects to ..."
Who is this guy? He still visits the toilet.
As a rule the White house ... doesn't murder American citizens without a trial;
As a rule the White house ... doesn't tap everyone's telephones (except Nixon);
As a rule the White house ... doesn't seek revenge on Whistleblowers;
As a rule the White house ... doesn't lie as egregiously as this one has.
The people own the White House, the occupants are temporary tenants. Landlords set the rules of Tenancy.
There wouldn't be a problem if it was Apple, Boeing or Lockheed, et al.
Just another blatant ...
money grab from a country in financial trouble.
How can anyone miss one of those weird looking Google cars - so many people are aware of them these days - even in developing countries.
BT ... GCGQ's silent partner
BT is a good buddy to GCHQ, making all those party lines to Gloucestershire work so well.
Re: cut in two places?
These cables don't just lie on the sea bed, they are ploughed under but currents can remove the covering.
Twas the Friday before Christmas when ...
the Malaysia / Singapore / VietNam undersea fibre optic cable was cut by NSA / GCHQ / or a fishing boat trawling (at 400 feet?).
Since all 3 cable repair ships were tied up in Manila for the Christmas/New Years break we suffered from international InterNet speeds resembling molasses on a winters day.
Sometime in January they 'patched' it intending to do a full repair in March - which undoubtedly explains the intermittent service we have been experiencing recently.
Never ones to miss an opportunity, Vietnamese fisher people managed to damage the spur feed from the aforementioned cable to Da Nang in the centre of the country.
VietNam has a 5 terrabyte land link from Ha Noi, through LangSon, across the Chinese border terminating in HongKong but, due to differences between VietNam and China over the Spratly Islands, this link has been down 'for repairs'.
Edward Snowden ...
a force for good (except if you are a US cloud vendor).
Where's his Nobel Prize?
NSA and GCHQ - HuaWei's ...
best marketing / sales scheme ever devised!
Mind you Obama shouldn't be forgotten for all the lies he spouted on his world tour last year, either.
Re: well personally
@Anonymous Coward 101
Dropbox, just another NSA/GCHQ compliant web site.
Historically, the market leader has been the ...
victim of copying.
In this case, second-placed Apple is accusing first-placed Samsung of copying.
Theoretically, copying a less favoured second place holder would drag the first placed holder down.
Apple is always trying to change laws of physics and history. Better they spent time improving their products like making an SD socket standard. Next they will be patenting electromagnetic communications, especially now Marconi isn't around to explain what he was doing in Newfoundland a century ago.
Unconstitutional? No Britain will never have a Constitution
The much vaunted US Constitution has been shredded in recent years but it still has utility as toilet paper.
The Canadian Constitution, fought for by the late Pierre Trudeau, is alive, and well, and biting. Anyone observing what can happen if a country adopts a strong Constitution, will use Canada as a fine reason never to do it.
Our Constitution is so strong our version of NSA is complaining they can't spy on Canadians - in or out of the country.
Paper books might be in trouble, but e-books?
The paper book market, hard or soft cover, might be in trouble but the e-book business is doing fine.
Jobs tried price-fixing the market and the US 'justice' system quickly knocked him down, witnessed by the number of book companies who signed settlements with US government. The big stiff was wrong again.
Ever since MS started 'renting; the software you bought, more and more vendors got the impression they could do this for all manner of things. Apple does it with cell handsets.
As others have stated, when I pay money to receive a 'good', regardless of what anyone or anything thing says, as far as I am concerned that 'good' is my property. Why doesn't MS demand the return of all the millions of floppies and CD's it has 'rented' out?
Likewise with e-books, what is the end difference if I read a 'Kindle' book in it's original format or use one of those format changers to adapt the 'good' in to a format convenient for me.
In Canada, the rent-an-ebook scheme run by many libraries is so convenient and 'green'. Using my library card on the other side of the world I can download/reserve thousands of titles. If my work schedule prevents me from finishing reading, a simple pass through software converts the format and another library user can read it.
Of course, in the UK, libraries are being shut down as Cameron's cut and slash policy takes hold, but titles could be offered in many formats without harming the author, or the greedy publisher.
The government has bungled so many things ...
such as the famous Osborne U-turns, building two incompatible aircraft carriers, etc., etc., yet another makes little difference.
Roll on the election.
I find it humourous that ...
all the 'freedom' loving countries are also the leading the government requests stakes.
Of course, the biggest hypocrite of all is the USA who is always lecturing others on Human Rights, Freedoms, etc., whilst it kills hundreds of innocents using drones.
No problem: Do what the USA does with trade agreements - ignore the WTO & NAFTA
When the US is on the losing side of a trade arbitration it simply ignores the decision.
Witness the argument with Canada over hardwood shingles (wooden roofing tiles) and softwood lumber (2x4's) - they simply blackmailed Canada into doing a quickie bilateral agreement - Britain has signed those, ask Blunkett, so UK perps (alleged) can get deported to the US for trial.
GM had a rare metals operation once, but it sold it off - with US government blessing - to /drumroll/ the Chinese!
Don't know why the Japanese are complaining - they have an exclusive on a mining hole in Northern VietNam whereby they ship all their rare stuff back to Japan for refining.
At this very moment the US is bashing VietNam over the head with threats to block the ever popular Tiger Shrimp business with a surcharge ... unless the VNese bend over and submit to yet another bilateral agreement.
I think we should block McBarf and Starbuck (where the hookers hang out) operations until the States gets the message. Back off, Bully!
Apple is simply bloody minded - and is out to shaft it's Customers
Whether it's using non-standard screws, copying Japanese rice cooker connectors, messing with head phone cable standards, adding resistors to make charging iThingies difficult, using non-standard connectors, glueing cases together or whatever, Apple is simply demonstrating it cares about nobody, other than shareholders,
Jobs was a petty minded individual and Cook is emulating him.
And filling garbage pits up with their discarded unrepairable trash.
Still, the iSheep must like it, they come back every time and bend over so Apple can screw them all over again.
Not me: I use Tor, PGP and air-gapped MS Office
No longer can the cops and Plod demand things ad nauseum, the general public has learned much since World Hero Snowden released his NSA library.
It seems only just that if they want to see my stuff, they have to work their buns off for it. Somewhat of a self-defeating exercise, though.
If media companies remunerated artists ...
equitably, I might have some sympathy. Performance money theft is rife in the business.
These media companies only seek to maintain their excessive income, so I have no sympathy with them or qualms in 24/7 downloading via commercial fibre optics.
That's ignoring the fact few originals are available here.
Given the rampant lieing as to 'successes' by the software industries, I doubt these figures are accurate, especially since the new encrypted downloading became available.
My wife's new hotel uses only LED lights ...
and to determine if there was any benefit between the brands we carefully numbered each 'light' and it's location.
After a year of use we found the 'Dutch Masters' products were WORSE than cheaper OEM/No Name Chinese knock offs that have a 5-year warranty.
The Phillips mini-fluorescents also have a high fail rate BUT the difference is we can get them refurbished for a $1 (including a one year warranty) from a hole-in-the-wall entrepreneur.
All our lights are tied into our computer controlled fire alarm system which uses lighting to indicate the nearest exit.
What about Boeing's super glued, super secure ...
cell handset that self-destructs when opened?
A bargain at $650!
We expect better from El Reg
QUOTE: "The New York Times and Der Spiegel have reported another communiqué from their source-in-exile"
Read: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/ for the FACTS.
Nothing better demonstrates the convoluted US idea of security
The US, through Obama and Mike 'Mouthy' Rogers, claims that the Chinese government is linked to Huawei through former military CEO Ren Zhengfei, but that CISCO is different notwithstanding it hired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle upon retirement as the Army's chief information officer and appointed vice president of the Global Government Solutions Group at Cisco Systems.
Typical two-faced hypocrisy from the US Government.
ALSO, Edward Snowden HAS NOT LEAKED ANY DOCUMENTS SUBSEQUENT TO HIS SOJOURN IN RUSSIA - journalists are responsible for the timing of disclosures at this time. See https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/.
Fear not, ancient standards of measurement prevail in today's electronics ...
I give you the 0.1 inch hole matrix and dual-in-line pin spacing.
Not even the decimal gang have overcome that!
Symantec? I thought they had ...
Faced with a choice of the NSA or Edward Snowden ...
being the more trustworthy, my vote is overwhelmingly Edward Snowden.
No one has proved he has lied, to date, whereas Jug-eared Clapper and his pal Keith Alexander have consistently lied, wittingly or unwittingly.
Open, advertised purchasing can't be beaten for value
Given the Yard's new notoriety for accepting bribes and payoff's, this type of contract has to be viewed with the greatest suspicion.
Widely promoted, open Requests for Tender against properly specified equipment demands that allow many tenders to be made are by far the best way to go.
So what's with Thailand as a Get Lost Destination?
Thailand is far from idyllic if you want to get lost.
As a major drug growing area, the US FBI, DEA, etc. are well represented in town and the Thai government is far too friendly with the US supplying all manifests departing flights to all destinations to the big US data suck system. The UK has passport control types as well as drug Plod. The new Thai visa regime is a pain, too, as the old border runs are out.
Adjoining countries are also unsuitable. The Thai/Cambodia border is well guarded due to cross-border fighting. Cambodian immigration now has eye-scan facilities and also contributes to the US. China, Laos, Burma and VietNam are stiff visa destinations.
My choice would be 'borderless' Europe or South America.
Still, in a Swiss jail he will be well catered for, although not as well as in some Scandinavian countries.
His biggest problem will be Uncle Sam taking an interest in him and dreaming up some wild charges that will get him a room in Leavenworth for a few decades.
My meds scheme doesn't need a bloody Apple
Each morning I take my meds, then I move the two containers to just under the mirror, on my counter.
Later in the day, the cleaner comes around, cleans my private bathroom and also moves the two meds containers to the front edge of the counter.
This technique reminds me to take my medications. It's worked for years.
When I travel, I put mu meds in one pocket for even days and another for odd days. Never fails.
Re: 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies
Is there still an Office of the Lord Chancellor? He was the guy who insisted all doors be opened at the end of all public artistic performances.
I thought bLIAR killed it?
Memories of Health and Efficiency and Lady Chatterly's Lover
When I was at Dauntseys School, West Lavington, Wiltshire, many, many, decades ago, copies of Health & Efficiency <http://www.henaturist.net/> used to circulate. The guys (unisex now) used to rent copies out for a Mars bar, or similar, for a day or two.
Copies of Lady Chatterly were acquired, the bindings ripped apart and chapters were rented out individually!
I really can't understand the BANNED IN BRITAIN mentality. It doesn't and won't work.
My sister-in-law invited me to view her daughter's school play and I discretely took pictures, sans flash, with my high-end camera. As we were leaving some sanctimonious male said he would have to 'seize' my film as taking pictures of children was equated with paedophilia. I remarked I always travel thousands of miles to take pictures small children acting. Besides, there was no film - only memory chips.
What are the most popular pictures for Tourists to take in foreign climbs? Children with cherubic faces! Seems that UK people have a very strange attitude when it comes to children other than their own.
Of course, MPs are the very people who shouldn't be determining this, what with the Deputy Speaker on trial for grabbing at male youth. At least they were Tory male youth. Then there was the Tory who was found dead - dressed in women's clothing.
I would far rather have a socially challenged adult satisfying their cravings on-line than roaming the streets looking for the real thing.
Way back Channel 79, in Toronto, used to play Baby Blue featuring soft porn movies. The Cops were happy, they knew where the paedos were - hanging around TV retailers looking at Baby Blue! NOT ONLY THAT, sexual assaults actually DECREASED on Friday nights.
It's time that parents took on the responsibility for their children - THEY are the ones best positioned for determining what their children watch, not some MP who drags up this old chestnut every time there is an election pending.
Postcodes & ZIPS should be FREE and in the public domain
Smart countries such as the USA, Canada, China (and VietNam) encourage the use of codes by GIVING THEM AWAY.
When Canada first introduced Postcodes they published a FREE directory.
The Canadian system also has a reverse lookup feature.
Re: Threat Identification - Robertson Headed Screws are the answer
To frustrate Americans and ship stuff to the States in wooden containers, using Robertson Headed screws is really effective in winding them up.
Robertson screwdrivers are extremely hard to find down there.
Note: A Robertson, also known as a square screw drive has a square-shaped socket in the screw head and a square protrusion on the tool. Both the tool and the socket have a taper, which makes inserting the tool easier, and also tends to help keep the screw on the tool tip without the user needing to hold it there.
When Henry Ford tried the Robertson screws he found they saved considerable time in Model T production, but when Robertson refused to license the screws to Ford, Ford realized that the supply of screws would not be guaranteed and chose to limit their use in production to Ford's Canadian division. Robertson's refusal to license his screws prevented their widespread adoption in the United States!
Re: Threat Identification - Canada?
Bad choice, Canada. We talk our heads off and have conversations almost morning to night.
Back in the day, I was a communications contractor for Maritime Tel and Tel in St. John's, New Brunswick, and Mondays were the best. We would put the testers headset up on the switching centre public address then we would touch the line-side jacks to the field of sockets until we happened upon a juicy conversation.
The best were when two females were discussing their weekend seductions - real laugh.
In the large centres such as Halifax or Moncton we would tap into the operator headsets in the off chance they were comparing notes with fellow operators.
Unfortunately, large automatic switches were introduced which started eliminating many operators. What a pity.
The fix is simple ...
all Apple has to do is declare that it is a design feature not understood by Techie Plebs. Or that it is an undocumented feature
Worked for Antennagate, why not now?
We all know that Apple never screws up. Ask an iPhan.
Re: This is great! So are iBeacons but NOT for shopping.
Our idea was that a totally sight-challenged user (or a tester wearing a blacked out pair of goggles) could find their way around without having to 'hunt' for a responder (beacon). Additionally, the idea has to work in low light/no light conditions.
Luckily VietNam has a surplus of sunshine, at least in the south, so power is not a problem.
Lighting (street) IS a problem since our average day is from 06.00H-18.00H, plus/minus 30 minutes seasonal variations. To reduce power consumption many authorities only turn lighting on when it is actually dark (not dusk) and start reducing it around 22.30H (a common bedtime for anywhere outside large tourist areas) and the lights frequently are totally extinguished around 01.00H in the sticks.
Conveniences taken for granted in the West - sloping corners for wheelchairs, pavement surfaces providing different textures to indicate guidance, etc. - are totally absent here. Sight-challenged people using canes are best served walking in the roadway as they can use the kerb as a reference - the sidewalks are filled with parked motorcycles and vendors carts.
What really kick-started me on this idea was a very, very, courageous sight-challenged 22-year old girl who toured VietNam completely alone and unaided from Ha Noi through to Ho Chi Minh City. Over dinner she described the added challenges of people such as her in developing countries such as Cambodia, Laos and VietNam. They were daunting and yet she managed to overcome them all. Alone and unaided.
This weekend we placed another 23 Beacons - 11 were in common use public facilities - so, hopefully, in a few months time we can show our very conservative officialdom what can be done to help fellow citizens. With official blessing it would mean we could freely attach Beacons to public buildings and property. We have numerous Community Police Stations, real Cop Shops, and these would be a secondary target for our attention.
Thanks for your interest.
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