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Reg reader lost for words over blank HP keyboard

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First Apple and now HP, must be a industry trend ...

letting purchasers do the QC for them. Doesn't seem to improve pricing in our favour though.

Next we'll have keyboards and sheets of stickies so we can really have custom keyboards.

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Sony: 'PSN attacker exploited known vulnerability'

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YOU might not care but identification information should be guarded like your bank account

I have never given my Social Insurance Number (Canada) or Social Security Number (USA) to anyone for years.

Canadian uses of the SIN are well defined in law and no one can use them as identifiers be it police or credit bureaus.

In the US almost everything is linked to it but I refuse to give it as it is lawfully used only for the payment of taxes/pensions and the collection of retirement benefits.

Once an inquirer knows you know the law they usually back down.

They might steal your information but no one has ever stolen mine, easy since I never hand it out.

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If the attack was based on a “known vulnerability” why didn't SONY fix it up front?

Sony is responsible for this successful attack if, as they now claim, attack was based on a “known vulnerability”.

Things are supposed to updated when weaknesses become known not after clients data has been stolen.

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Is iPhone data collection legal?

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If not Legal then it is at least Immoral

First of all I accept that, for purposes of troubleshooting, certain historical datasets are needed. For instance an LG handset with a slider keyboard counts the number of slide operations.

Likewise collecting the last 30-50 cell sites or a similar number of WiFi transmissions (1) If used by the handset in question; (2) Used within the past 7 days; and (3) accessible only to a 'local' service need (i.e. a technician troubleshooting the handset) is OK.

However, TRANSMISSION of this data is wrong and IMMORAL. This involves, usually without INFORMED user consent, the collection of geolocation data (otherwise for what use would it be) and an IDENTIFIER (no identifier reduces the use of the data) and THEFT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Apple has admitted it has collected data for up to about a year. What use can this aged data be used for?

I do not accept for a minute that it was an oversight. Any software author knows damn well how difficult it can be to get an authorised service to function properly. This infers that a great deal of effort went into this data collection. What triggered a collection and what triggered a transmission?

Then let's consider the transmission. Handsets and cell sites have strict protocols and even if such protocols were successfully navigated, how was the mass transmission of this data 'ignored' by Apple. Stray strings of data, in my experience, almost always result in a Request for Retransmission/NAK and almost always GUARANTEED to trigger an alarm.

This implies either Apple has sloppy server software that ignores certain transmitted data - which requires programming or they are lying - again.

Apple has had sufficient problems with Lemon 4 software for it to have checked, and cross-checked, almost every line of code used in the handset if only to save 'face' in the case yet more weaknesses are exposed.

It is common to find notable 'remarks' in software code but the comments are short whereas Apples data collection code would be far lengthier.

I personally would have less concerns with data collection if (1) Apple and Google, etc. were up front about it; (2) if users had control over transmissions; (3) if users were compensated for transmission time.

No one needs to know a users location unless a handset has gone 'rogue' and cellco's already have plenty of ways to minimise interference since almost all handset operations are subject to their control.

Authorised entities can already interrogate a handset's GPS function without the knowledge of a user so why is it necessary for a MANUFACTURER to know where it's products are?

Since Apple et al cannot be trusted to practice proper privacy it is incumbent upon legislators to put in place the necessary laws, with large financial penalties, to ensure compliance.

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Wikileaks: Canadian piracy arrests were favor to movie biz man

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What was he convicted of or was he bailed twice?

The Canadian Courts take themselves very seriously and it is quite likely even though the original offence was a nothing, failing to appear IS taken very seriously, even in Quebec, and is often treated as a contempt of court type offence.

The RCMP won't like to be considered to be doing a CDPMA a 'personal' favour as it supposed to treat all people equally. Mind you, it's kind of hard to get hold of them as they use telephone answering machines a lot. The RCMP office for Toronto is about 40 kilometres out of town!

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Foxconn staffers cuffed for leaking iPad 2 design in 2010

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GuangXi Province has over 140 jails and even from the outside ...

they look depressing. No one, but no one, would want to stay in them.

For a short list of the prisons see < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/List_of_prisons_in_Guangxi >. These are where the prison factories exist.

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For a country whose raison d'être has always seemed to be ...

plagiarism locking these guys up seems a bit rich.

They should be given 'gongs' for entrepreneurship.

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Apple breaks location-storing silence

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You don't need to store ID data in a file

Any cell phone can be interrogated for it's unique identifier, along with other criteria - it need not be stored anywhere else.

The fact that so much data is accumulated makes it suspicious. Google has strict limitations on the data it accumulates which makes it more believable that the data is being used for trouble shooting.

Even though Apple has many more communication failures, and probably needs more data, it doesn't excuse them collecting 365 days worth of information.

Reverse triangulation, i.e. mobile location using cell info, is far less accurate than cell data used to locate a handset especially now there is sophisticated software to d the job in real time, it makes the Apple database even more suspicious.

Even though I disagree with Apples lock-down philosophy, I am also against ANY accumulation of user data for any purpose unless it is stipulated clearly, in writing, and with user control of it's transmission.

That is why I do not carry a smartphone and until these aspects are governed I will not buy a smartphone. I use a satellite telephone and I understand the data that can be deduced from my communications and I accept these as a limitation. I can also govern my use of the satellite handset in order to minimise useful data.

People who claim they do not worry about being tracked are naive: the trust in governments and their agencies are minimal these days and likewise with law enforcement so minimising collected data frustrates any attempt at 'framing' someone.

I sued a Canadian police authority and in the process I subpoenaed their 'intelligence' files and spent 4 days dragging through the accumulated data. I was amazed at what inferences they deduced from certain data. At one time I carried a chemical heat conductive paste - the white goo that you see on properly installed semiconductors such as processors - it is poisonous. I also carried a powdered form, that looked like talc. It was intended to pack around high powered semiconductor RF amplifiers to carry away the heat.

According to the police 'intelligence' it surmised that I had it so I could poison an air-conditioning duct work system to poison people. To achieve this would require kilograms of the material whereas I only carried about 300 grams. Had they contacted my employer they could have explained my need to carry this stuff which was clearly labelled along with remedial treatment should exposure occur. Prospective poisoners would not do this, I suspect.

Whenever I renew my passport I remove all visa inserts because where I have been is really my business and few others need know. Having passport legally issued to me by three countries also assists me in maintaining my privacy.

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Apple products are meant for fondling NOT calls ...

besides fondling inanimate objects is more acceptable than playing pocket billiards.

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At least Garmin doesn't get locations accurately

I have a couple of Garmins as well as GPS receivers from other manufacturers and one thing for sure is that notwithstanding what the Garmin claimed I didn't travel along a road 15 kilometres out at sea for a distance of 800+ kilometres.

The other units had it right - the road was actually on land. So your privacy using a Garmin is maintained!

As for Apples wet explanation, it makes no sense to display an approximate location as the incorporated GPS will produce a better accuracy. Using cell locations as a determinant is extremely risky as there are so many variables. Apple as much admits data is used by Third Parties so it is passed on.

And why keep so much data? Google's data limits are much more reasonable.

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Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

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China is hopelessly behind, ... recent testing of a so-called "stealth fighter" prototype indicates

Anyone subscribing to this sentence is somewhat delusional. The existence of the Chinese copy of the U.S. 'stealth' aircraft made the Americans sit up and pay attention. After a U.S. stealth aircraft was downed during the Kosovo non-war the Chinese went around buying, for cash, all the scraps of the plane from which they designed/rebuilt for their own air force.

U.S. analysts estimate the Chinese are only about 4 years behind in this project which means they will be current in a couple of years time.

They already make civilian and military aircraft and are on the way to launching a space station, unaided, which lends further credence to the fact they are sufficiently technologically advanced to match the U.S. on an equal footing.

The West has supplied much of the IP and technology to the Chinese in the rush to acquire modern products are amazingly low cost. If anyone thinks the Chinese even honour production agreements they are fools. Nothing made in China is privy to the manufacturers - all can be considered shared with the military manufacturers.

China leads the world in the use of high-speed transportation; in building railways in poor conditions, etc. They have a very healthy integrated circuit design and manufacturing industry and even though they might not be up to the latest standards used by Intel, they are not far behind.

The Chinese are currently preparing to build aircraft carriers - of which the UK has none!

The Russians have long had jet fighters that can take off in inclement conditions, including grass or mud fields. The U.S. jets require runways be 'walked' before they can be used to remove all debris, etc. before their jets can take off.

The U.S. is an unreliable source for products as it retains control of their use, in the fashion of Apple, even after delivery to it's customers. It has even flexed it's muscles when the UK used U.S. facilities to execute military missions that didn't meet American expectations.

Today's military weapons are so advanced that even shells can be 'programmed' on the fly and this includes rendering them harmless - other than for the fact a whole hunk of metal is headed your way.

Ghadaffi was dumb to buy American weapons with smart technology, he should have bought supplies from the Russians or Chinese whose less sophisticated weapons still work even when fired at the suppliers.

Even the British had to seek technological assistance from the French in order to neutralise missiles fired by the Argentinians during the Thatcher Falklands escapade.

Now that Britain is essentially stripped of it's advanced military industries it is little better than Ghadaffi being dependent upon others for it's military capability, such that it is. Hell, they even depend on U.S. designed radio systems.

Rule Britannia should be read as Fool Britannia (tip of the hat to Fool Britannia (1963) with Peter Sellars, Anthony Newley and Joan Collins)

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US smartphone market goes Google

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The U.S. market does not necessarily reflect the world market

The U.S., even the North American market, do not necessarily reflect world trends since the carriers position in the mix is more of a determinant than in the European or Asian markets.

Therefore it can be inferred that Neilsen, or whomever's, numbers are distorted to a degree.

The Apple OS market is monolithic whereas the Android market offers users a wide range of choices allowing them to select hardware most suited to their needs.

Whilst RIM might be facing challenges in it's home continental market it sure seems to be doing well in other parts of the world.

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End of the line for mechanical typewriters

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In India, ownership of an IBM Selectric typewriter can be a source of wealth

Travellers to India will see prominent signs in smaller villages proclaiming IBM Typewriter where locals can go to get Important Documents typed up for government, etc. Typewriter owners often make as much money as pre-birth baby sexing clinics.

Computers are less adaptable, more expensive and cannot compete with the manual or electric typewriters for ruggedness and the intrusion of the occasional bug. Maintenance is simplicity itself by people with a touch of mechanical ability.

P.S. Visitors to India should be aware of a new hazard! <http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/science-technology/India-Superbug-120747334.html >

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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

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If more WiFi outlets were open Plod might finally figure the futility

When we order in an InterNet connection here, one national ISP inquires whether it is for a hotspot. If the answer is yes, it kindly configures the USER as ftp and the PASSWORD as telecom.

This is almost the standard set up right across the country in coffee shops, fast food outlets, restaurants, etc. It is hard to pinch WiFi time as downloads are unlimited and few locals even bother with WiFi security even in their homes.

As a result the police have decided chasing pornography of any type is an exercise in futility and they simply ignore it.

This way the perverts can do their thing in front of their computer screens and the rest of the world can get on with their pursuits. If there is physical child abuse, the courts are extremely hard on the adults - a case last year involving a man and wife resulted in them getting 20 years each - no time off for good behaviour, either. Convicted rapists are frequently shot - after trial - so there are few repeat offenders.

Mind you, Facebook is blocked along with about 20 other sites.

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Feds finger China in wire fraud

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What do you reckon? The Chinese or the Ruskies?

Given the Russians prowess using the InterNet for fraudulent purposes and the proximity to the Russian border it seems more likely it is the Russians behind this.

The Russian border of China is a pretty desolate place and the comforts of BeiJing or ShangHai are likely more amenable to would be Chinese fraud artists.

Perhaps if a 'holding' period was established in such transactions of around one business day would allow for the bona fides of both parties to be verified.

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Amazon: Some data won't be recovered after cloud outage

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Not Ready for Prime Time? The Old Maxim, Back Up, Back Up Still Applies

Given Amazons cloud history, along with it's peremptory transactions with Wikileaks, it is obvious the service is not ready for prime time.

Obviously Amazon can't provide reliable back-up, the need for clients to secure their own data remains effective.

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Labour MP says police should clamp down on online incitement

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Keep Plod out of people's lives

Plod should apprehend alleged scoff-laws and leave the determination of guilt or innocence, as well as punishment, to the Learned Beaks.

Too much power has accreted to Plod and, in particular, that collection of aged reprobates who hide behind ACPO.

Plod has affiliation to government whereas Learned Beaks are, allegedly, independent. Any rule assessment by Plod is a conflict of interest.

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Verizon iPad 2s suffer 3G blindness

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Perhaps the working environment is ...

outside those specified in Apples spec's microprint.- Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F

(0° to 35° C). Source: <http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html >.

Obviously iThingy's aren't supposed to operate over 10,000 feet only they omitted to say above what - sea level or ocean floor.

Besides, everyone knows Apple uses customers for quality control - since when has a Lemon 4 ever worked perfectly straight out of the box?

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Google settles with DoJ over flight data buy

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Google participation can only benefit the travelling public

Presently all the GDS/GRS systems such as Sabre, Galiileo, Amadeus - who supply ticketing services to travel agents and the like - all have their own public-facing retail outlets such as Travelocity, etc.

Then you have the 'independent' Expedia (owner of TripAdvisor), Kayak, etc.

What the public doesn't realise is that these outfits are rated as consolidators (airlines aren't allowed to discount flights to the public so they resort to using wholesalers and consolidators) and selling these discounted seats results in substantially higher income.

They foist these odds and sods on an unsuspecting public when they build routing and fares.

Most Register Readers are well travelled people and they know their optimum routing for given destinations. My familiar routings include YYZ (Toronto) to Europe (avoiding Heathrow); YYZ to SGN (SaiGon).

As a test I routinely insert these into the usual search engines just to see how they 'optimise' your routing whilst dumping their discounted seats. Invariably the routing is through the US and then eastbound through some intriguing and imaginative routes and often using numerous carriers. Using numerous segments involves, usually, change of aircraft. Using different carriers puts the passenger at risk of being stranded by the late arrival of one carrier and the need to wait for a seat on the next carrier - and YOU picking up the cost of hotel/food during your wait.

Of course any trip involving the U.S.A. involves giving all your information to Homeland Security as well as having those thieving TSA security/baggage checking agents stealing your stuff. Now TSA gets to look at you stark naked!

The optimum routing is YYZ >> HKG (HongKong) >> SGN (Cathay) or YYZ >> TPE (TaiPei) >> SGN (Eva Air). Today's pricing on these routes - 1 year return - is CAD$2,300 and CAD$1,600 approximately, (Prices from my REAL PERSON travel agent).

You'll never get these prices from an automated search engine as it's not in their interest to offer them.

What Google is bringing to the table is transparency and this will reveal all the competition for what they are - on-line con artists. If your flight is a single segment each way, feel free to use these automated systems. If your journey involves several segments in each direction no one offers a better service for optimising routing/timing/pricing than a real live travel agent in your home town where the travel agents reputation is on the line.

Few people have better search capabilities than Google and their expertise will only benefit travellers but will also definitely impinge on others excessive profits.

There are many reasons not to use on-line res systems as opposed to the real, live, travel agent. The agent does the work, her/his expertise and ongoing knowledge adds benefits to the mix. They can play 'tricks' that on-line bookers won't do to optimise your flight or seat.

How many on-line systems offer access by e-mail and/t telephone? How many res systems will help you get another flight if you miss a connection? How many res systems will keep an eye on you as you follow your itinerary? How many res systems will remind you when your last day of validity is drawing near? How many res systems will tell you when a 'seasonal' price break/increase is coming due?

Smart people use Travel Agents and Google will only add to their performance and services offered to the public which might put a big dent is some peoples profits, but remember that is your money inflating their profits through conflict of interest and deliberate/dubious business methods.

Little wonder they were out there paying lobbyists and calling on their political friends to get this deal killed.

Another overlooked aspect of using on-line bookers is security of YOUR MONEY. Using a booking system outside your country of residence means that most Travel Agent Bonding (as in refunding your money in case of agency/airline failure) does not protect you. Just see how Expedia, etc. help you recover your money!

(I have no interest either in a travel agency or Google)

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FCC official: AT&T deal faces 'steep climb' for approval

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"all of whom have solid track records of being hostile to privacy"

T-Mobile USA has to comply with CALEA (See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Communications_Assistance_for_Law_Enforcement_Act >) and with the FBI's DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, and the other, classified, system, called DCS-5000 - which means they think you are a spy or a terrorist - can circumvent most any of the inconveniences that T-Mobile presents.

Triangulation techniques, using cell site reception parameters, have progressed to the point where location can be achieved measured in the single digit metres, unless obscuring RF technology is used.

A single FCC ruling could bring T-Mobile into the standard practice of other carriers. Sprint has gone even further when itestablished a website so that law enforcement agencies would no longer have to go through the trouble of seeking the assistance of Sprint employees in order to locate individual Sprint customers. This website was then used to ping Sprint users more than 8 million times in a single year. (Congressional evidence)

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Your census data will be kept secret - except from MI5, police, courts etc

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My UK mail handler has opened the package and ...

completed it according to my instructions which were not to complete it as it wasn't confidential and since they failed in this respect, I reciprocate. I also stated my time has a pecuniary worth and they were not offering any compensation.

Do they really care when they ask: How is your health in general? Very good/Good/Fair/Bad/Very bad? Besides since I am not medically qualified I am unable to answer.

Question 17 was an interesting one. Why was it printed?

Just another database filler. I guess we shall find out how proficient a U.S. processor is - no one ever bothered me for all the other census I missed.

Don't forget - use only light blue pencils, make Lockheed work for it's money.

Interested readers might like to check out: < http://www.s3ri.soton.ac.uk/isi2007/papers/Paper14.pdf > as to where the concept was sourced from. Not that it works in that country, either, as I have never completed their census forms no follow up was made.

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Man Utd sues supporter over corporate client 'data theft'

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Unfortunately for the Grubby Glazers, Google has cached them!

< http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:QF7nJ__vU60J:wewantglazerout.blogspot.com/+wewantglazerout.blogspot&cd=1&hl=vi&ct=clnk&gl=vn&source=www.google.com.vn >

Tough.

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Five jailed for £140m VAT scam

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Good conviction! Lousy sentence

The Learned Beak should have tied their sentences to the recovery of the money - say a year off for every £500,000 surrendered and, if the VAT people work hard, and the money is recovered without their help they get zero credit for it.

A long probation, with tracker, should have been added as well. Real downer to have a civil servant probation officer running your life!

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BlackBerry bans drink-drive apps

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RIM, a Canadian brown-noser

I wonder why RIM would bend over backwards to accommodate some U.S. politicians.

Although my first wife died from a rear-ender involving a drunk, I personally don't think the average DUI would have either the wherewithal to manipulate a smartphone or the inclination.

The gesture, on RIMs part is so futile and meaningless, since the App can be sourced from Third Parties and even if the pols banned it in the U.S.A. it could be downloaded from overseas.

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Google open sources MapReduce compression

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Another public donation from the allegedly 'evil' Google.

Apart from the question Why, is is good to see that some of the spirit of early InterNet days where people helped others out, still active in Sourceforge, etc., especially from a large entity like Google.

Likely it will help their competition, too, which is a sign of real philanthropy.

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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

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A whole bunch of bull about nothing

The iPhans chant Android is fractured because there are so many variants.

Yet when Google decides to lock the software down during what is effectively a beta stage, everyone complains.

It's like a new house owner trying to move the furniture in before the builders finished building the thing - not very practical.

It makes eminent sense to restrict access until everything is cleaned up and ready for market before addressing software access.

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RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken

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"state-sponsored hackers, most likely from Iran": Where's the proof?

Just because Iran is on many countries bad list why pick on them? All of a sudden they have unbefore heard of expertise whereas China, Russia and a few others have the knowledge and have used it before.

Let's have the proof so we can judge the accuracy of the accusations.

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Hackers make off with TripAdvisor's membership list

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Could Expedia, who owns TripAdvisor, have the same vulnerabilities?

Expedia, the web site that sells circuitous routes to your destinations, owns TripAdvisor and I was wondering if they shared software with similar security weaknesses.

If my memory serves me correctly, TripAdvisor is using someone's cloud services

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Ofcom gives shonky Sitefinder Google Maps boost

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Make it a condition of installing a transmitter

For the country that controlled every emitter above infra-red things have come to a pretty sad state of affairs. Way back we used to to joke the only thing you didn't need a licence for was semaphore flags and flashing torches.

Most countries require cell sites to be registered within 39 days of their installation. What happens when a frequency oscillator goes wonky and need to eliminate transmitters by turning them off sequentially.

Admittedly they are relatively low power but signal interference can extend for many miles.

The company I work for has 5-watt VHF portable transceivers but we still have to register their approximate location.

The local cell carriers have cell sites mounted in 4-wheel drive vehicles for special events to bump up channel counts and they, too, require notification to spectrum management authorities.

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Apple bashes 'gay cure' app

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Jehovah's Witnesses next - it'll mean we can sleep in Saturdays

In Toronto the Saturday morning lie-in was usually interrupted by the persistent ring of the door bell.

When answered the sleepless home owner would usually be greeted by a nubile wench, conservatively dressed of course, and wizened partner, of indiscriminate age and sex, preaching the benefits of Hubbard's wacky science.

The Witnesses could have an App written so only those who actually believed that drivel could receive the message whilst everyone else could lie in bed dreaming about nubile wenches!

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US gov opposes Microsoft in i4i patent spat

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B-b-bu-but-but i4i is a foreign Canadian company and Microsoft is A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N

This is terrible. After all the money Microsoft has spent on donations to U.S. political parties, after all the money MS has spent on lobbyists the Obama government is backing a Canadian company?

Microsoft, Apple and others, have always stolen other peoples IP - it's the AMERICAN WAY. They have done it many times over the last few decades and have just bought their way out of trouble.

We know we treat Canada like the 51st state when it suits us but this is DIFFERENT. Obama is actually giving the case away.

This means we will actually have to recognise other peoples prior works and it will drive our expenses sky high and it might even mean we have to let people go increasing UNEMPLOYMENT.

If Canada gets away with this we might even have to end up saying 'Eh?' after the end of every sentence.

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BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption

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SOP: "claims by the prosecution ... were overstated"

Most police and prosecutors exaggerate their cases in court. Look at all the drug cases where drugs worth gazillions of dollars when priced by the police actually amount to substantially less in the real market.

Likewise with terrorism cases, some little bomb is going to blow up some metropolis. The FBI affidavits seem to be more fiction that fact.

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Steve Jobs must face the music in court

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Arrogant people can make terrible witnesses and, boy, is Jobs arrogant

Certain types of people and professions are simply not cut out for being good witnesses, Lawyers are terrible as they know the law and try to think their way ahead whilst being examined.

Jobs fit another category of poor witnesses for even if he gets coached to the nth degree, one slip and a chasm can open and a good attorney can march an army through it.

Should be interesting to learn what happens.

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Chinese man jailed for provoking nuke panic

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Re: Paris, because she's fake.

Did you hear the prosecutor that had Paris convicted for heroin was arrested for ... buying heroin!

Case research, I guess. He's 48, out of a job and facing his ex-friends!

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Actually it was a Chinese government chappy who said ....

citizens should take 3 KILOGRAMS (appropriately 6.613867865546327 pounds for fastidious readers, or 6 kati for those many Chinese readers of Reg) to ward off the effects of radiation.

Since this guy has stature in the government, he got away with no punishment.

There were even deals like: “Buy one, get one bag of salt free.” Where salt was unavailable residents resorted to cleaning out stocks of soy sauce.

You should remember that large mass of Chinese, living in the country, are largely uneducated and rely on those who had enough money to get an education, for news.

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NHS to share foreigners' data with border agency

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Why would anyone come to the UK to vacation on the NHS when, just ...

across the channel, is one of the best, most generous health plans around?

I speak of France, of course.

A Vietnamese friend landed a job opening up an office for a Vietnamese company in Paris. She entered France on a work permit. As a resident she is entitled to all manner of health services - far, far, superior than those in VietNam, for which she has to pay!

I am one of "those who are not ordinarily resident" in the UK but the NHS has never queried my status. Many of these 'vacationers' often use siblings identity so it will be hard for the NHS to ever get things right. Unless they use fingerprints!

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Fans face freezing Apple MacBook Pros

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Read the fine print about operating temperatures

maybe these 'defective' units were intended for Alaska, Northern Canada, Arctic or the Antarctic.

Apple doesn't do 'defective' - ask Jobs.

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Microsoft Kinect hacked to control the PS3

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Sony must be very pleased about this development

I hope Shantanu Goel has readied his computers for shipping along with his Paypal account, it will save a loy of time when Sony comes a-knocking.

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Apple sues Amazon over 'App Store' name

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Jobs stealing yet more from others. What a legacy!

Apple/Jobs has no rights that others don't enjoy to use this name as it has been around for decades - even before Apple started using it.

Next Apple will be claiming Apps.

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Microsoft sues trio over Androidian book reader

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Pot to kettle: You stole our IP

Microsoft should be respected in this arena of the law for it, like a certain company in Cupertino, have been serial IP thieves over the years and have developed a depth of knowledge as to how to do it.

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Dutch courts: Wi-Fi 'hacking' is not a crime

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Technically astute Learned Beak ...

made a good decision.

WiFi s inherently weak and breaking any protection is now so easy. Guess he wouldn't convict Google, either.

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Hamburg vice girls to be serviced by cable car

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I hope they remember to build it high enough for ships to pass under unlike ...

a similar scheme in Nha Trang, central VietNam.

The developers kicked back millions of dollars and the planning department approved shorter, cheaper, support masts.

Now cruise ships can no longer use the channel below to sail into the harbour.

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BAA outhouses 200 IT workers over to Capgemini

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WTF?

So when is Philip Langsdale moving on? To Capgemini to collect his appreciation

Given the mismanagement of BAA airports, this can only improve passenger conditions.

Does Capgemini do snow, too?

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RIM ruffles operator features with NFC play

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Mayhem made in heaven - it's bad enough selecting a smartphone, now there's an added twist

Why RIM would chose to go the solo route, given it's less than dominant position in the market, is not clear. It claims to be the business smartphone and businesses tend to be a little fixed in their ways.

On the other hand Google , in providing SWP access, at least provides a little flexibility.

The part of the NFC equation not addressed are the merchants, most of whom have card swipe terminals, and their relationships with Discovery, Mastercard and Visa cards.

Many people travel, in the past 11 days I have been to 4 countries which would also impinge on any decision as to which technology suits.

It's like the Betamax/VHS battle all over again, except this time there are more choices to be made.

Apple, for once. might have made a smart decision in opting to sit this round out by not incorporating NFC yet.

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IBM accused of bribery in China, South Korea

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IBM never was a white knight, with or without armour

A few years ago IBM Canada had a deal to sell credit card terminals to a Canadian Bank - only the terminals hadn't been delivered because of late changes.

IBM invoiced the bank, certifying the terminals were in their warehouse when in actual fact they were sitting in production waiting. The production company was paid, also before delivery.

I had to work with a crew of 17 completing the order over Christmas, and they were paid very handsomely too. We had hire a non-delivery company who not only back-dated delivery slips but also took cash.

At the IBM warehouse there were casual hires and one manager to stack the terminals and the delivery date on their system was all before Christmas as their computers were closed down for the Christmas-New Years vacation!

The credit card terminal company management were all ex-bankers, now we understand how they operate.

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Pr0n domain approved by ICANN

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Wow, even the frigid prune from Ottawa approved?

The Canadian ICANN representative is a civil servant who totes the Conservative Party flag - it's surprising she would do anything more than abstain.

There is a minority government in Canada so it doesn't really represent 'all Canadians'.

It will make it easier for the nanny states like Australia and the UK to protect their citizens from seeing what comes naturally.

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Programmer gets 8 years for theft of stock trading software

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Beak: “the scope of his theft was audacious.”

The Learned Beak summed up the whole of Goldman Sachs corporate mentality best demonstrated by them selling product and then betting it would decrease in value.

Of course, being bankers they are above the law. Let's hope Sergey Aleynikov made some decent bucks out of the deal.

Even with a record, Sergey Aleynikov will make ideal human resources material to work in the financial industry with his morals.

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US e-book sales double as dead tree demand dips

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Paper books down; e-books up;e -book prices sky high!

The introduction of the 'agency' contract with book stores where they get stock 'on consignment' and it remains the property of and controlled by publishers us bad for everyone.

Equally bad is the 'price fixing' evidenced by narrow price band between publishers,

Limiting libraries to a small number of loans AND killing 'old book sales' is really crippling them. Thank you Murdoch.

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Supercomputer charts killer tsunami's course

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A death toll of over 85,000 is tragic but should be considered that...

over 1,000,000 deaths by road kill occur annually.

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Nature Rules: A little reminder that no matter what Mankind builds, Nature can knock it down

You have to wonder what the devastation have been like if this earthquake had occurred under the YangTze Three Gorges Dam.

The data overlay the Google globe is, to me, a far more dramatic presentation of the two and just shows how much power was discharged.

Makes you feel a little small in the scheme of things.

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