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China is not only a plagiariser but also an innovator
Many people have mistaken beliefs about China.
Western industry has provided a good deal/too much IP to Chinese industry in order that widgets can be bashed out more cheaply and render greater profits to the Western company. So don't go blaming all the evils on China.
One thing I discovered was a Do-It-Yourself IC kit. Definitely not a knock-off.
To use it you run up some free software, start checking boxes and linking others together, much as free Printed Circuit software works, and after saving it you then test the functionality with an associated, free, emulator.
Once you have settled on the design you e-mail the file to the factory and it makes 100-1000 pieces for your test purposes. We are not talking big bucks here - 100 pieces of one design cost me $40 + shipping.
My designs were for simple but much in demand items: a headlight modulator/flasher unit for motorcycles and the other was for a horn-button repeater (one-two-three beeps).
For an extremely small additional cost they mounted the IC dies, under black blobs of 'gue', on small PC boards on which the driver transistors, in one case, and the relay in the other, could be mounted.
The horn beeper was ordered in 500 lots whilst the headlamp modulator was only ordered in 200 lots because we had some heat/cooling challenges. Both sell well through accessory shops and keep two women and two men employed constructing and distributing them respectively.
More complex designs can be achieved by daisy-chaining two modules on a PCB.
Another design I saw was traffic light 'sets' interconnected by BlueTooth. Again, using a small software program, the traffic engineer inserts an intersection diagram of roads, marks off the traffic light positions which are automatically numbered. Insert desired timer delays, etc.
A matrix or table appears on the screen in which the light sequences are programmed through checking boxes. An emulator is activated and the lights illuminated to the selected sequence and it is capable of flagging conflicts, etc. Happy with design - shoot the file off to the distributor and a kit of parts, fully identified and programmed, is assembled and shipped.
A four road intersection, with pedestrian walking man signage, typically prices out around $100 - which compares to Western systems priced in the thousands of dollars and using old interconnecting cabling techniques.
This explains how many Chinese products realise economies when compared to the West, so whilst they might copy some designs there is definitely home grown ingenuity at work, too.
No one can accuse the Consumers Union of prejudice but ...
once again it has given the fingers down to the Lemon 4 GSM and CDMA.
This is a definitive test carried out by engineers with no axe to grind or fruit to polish.
After months and months of getting their nose rubbed in it Jobs and company have been unable to do anything to improve the situation notwithstanding the CDMA signalling protocol is a little more forgiving. Claiming the software was wrong will never fix a mechanical problem.
If Jobs stopped saying/implying he is the best or that Cupertino does quality people might cut him a little slack. The fact is he, and some of his employees, are plain out and out liars which doesn't help build confidence in their products.
Everything for convenience of government; not governance
The government should be adhering to a higher standard as they control most of the levers of power but instead, led by the declining U.S.A., they choose to circumvent existing laws rather than use them. In reality it's a sign of weakness.
The InterNet was designed to be flexible and resistive to attack which is why they find it difficult to control.
How would they propose to control a numbered domain that could use servers based in a less rigid country?
And what would happen if 'criminal' activities, a definition that is currently very broad, uses a numbered domain through which access is gained by named domains not breaking any laws?
Think BUDGETS: if numbers weren't rising nor would ...
Plod is the biggest exploiter of statistics to justify budget increases. Economy in trouble? No sweat, we have a number that will continue to garner larger sums of money.
But it might just be coming to an end in Britain with Cameron's Cuts threatening police budgets. Can anyone explain why the Met, of telephone tap fame, need SEVEN helicopters polluting the skies of London? Most likely used to make sure Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson makes it home in time for dinner.
Perhaps the US finds Huawei equipment too sophisticated to tap ,,,
or compromise they decide to scare potential users to avoid it.
Chinese equipment imported into the USA still has to comply with CALEA which enables the US government to plug straight in to monitor traffic.
The US always plays dirty when it comes to competition. And complains when it is bettered by others.
I see nothing wrong with UK underground services using Huawei equipment, the chances are that there similar systems already in use in China so no funding will be required for design and the British will gain from China's experience. Not all good ideas come from the brains of Westerners.
So easily defeated ...
by using a dumb phone without all the bells & whistles.
Next there will be an App to detect this software.
So next time waiter spits in someone's food ...
as they reportedly do with nasty customers, they can get time, in California?
And this is the state with no money, no jail space and their prison system is operating under a court order for breaching guests rights?
At least Jerry Brown is back as governor - he's the guy who let Timothy Leary out.
Could be used in churches, cathedrals, too.
If there was an option whereby a listener could select an approximate distance in metres, by checking a box, this could be used for interior venues such as churches, theatres, etc.
How about eliminating Google link pages"
Really bugs me when I click on a helpful looking link and it takes you to a page of Google links, many of which are unrelated to the search term.
Make mobile browsers and cell handsets eligible, too
With people asserting that smartphones will take over from PCs more attention should be paid to the involuntary tracking users are subjected to without their consent or knowledge.
Knowing someone's physical location is FAR more intrusive than what they do on a computer.
Even more importantly yu never know who Jobs or Google are selling it to.
"limb dismemberment, decapitation and disembowelment among the reasons ..."
Sounds like the reality of the American War in VietNam, Iraq Invasion 1 & 2 and Afghanistan - all of which Australian soldiers participated in. I remember watching the horrors of VietNam served up nightly with dinner (in North America) and seeing a lot of what caused concern in this ruling displayed in living colour.
I would have thought reminding younger adults of the horrors of war might prevent yet more.
"Alan Turing was a true war hero ..." is what he should be celebrated for
The retro view of lifestyles, viewed from present times, would be laughable except the damage and hurt it did to so many but Turing was in famed company including Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, Federico Garcia Lorca, Edward Albee, W.H. Auden, Aristotle, John Maynard Keynes, Christopher Marlowe, Somerset Maugham, Michelangelo, Noel Coward and many other notables.
Better to remember later than not at all. He saved many lives in decoding the Enigma transmissions and undoubtdly shortened the war.
It's not a morals thing, it's the fact the government doesn't get the money
At least they are not trying to pretend it's a question of morals - they simply want they couple of kilo's of flesh from the deal.
Like governments all over.
Plod and CPS deciding what is acceptable, again
Once again England's standards are being set, at least they are attempting to, by the least qualified people able to do so.
Plod is supposed to be impartial but in fact they use words to twist the reality of what they found. No doubt they still think Lady Chatterly's Lover is too extreme.
With Facebook it doesn't matter; it's so leaky now one more hole won't make a difference
Facebook continues to spout more leaks than the dikes in Holland so one more won't make that much difference.
Still it's surprising that Google let this one slip by.
After all these years and billions and billions of dollars NASA still isn't watertiight?
The Texan shouldn't be charged with the NASA offence; THEY should be charged with failing to secure their servers.
This is plain neglect.
"proven, enterprise-level quality, stability, security, & is easier for students and teachers"
Words straight from MS PR hacks. Must have been offered deep discounts to award this one.
Variety would be nice.
Just an Apple pre-emptive PR strike to persuade people to wait for the next conn
With Apple facing an extended delay whilst it figures out what's wrong with it's latest tablet, it has to do something to all the competitors that are busy readying shipments of their pads, many of which have additional features not found on the Walled Garden version 2 tablet.
Jobs, or whomever, needn't worry, there's plenty of business for everyone and the iPhans will wait as long as he commands them to do so.
So what? Just means Apples pays more in kind or money than others.
I like the way the actors type away and from observation it is quite meaningless gibberish. Also check out the keyboards, I've seen non-Apple keyboards with fruity screens.
I know one production that used a telephone from a certain company but in actuality the thing was empty with a few pictures illuminated by LEDS and power by wire from the actors sleeve.
I wonder is Jobs demands script supervision rights too?
Ahem, Thunderbolt is already used by ...
HTC with their Thunderbolt handset; by Thunderbolt Computing, Inc. of Redmond, WA; by Squakenet of games fame and Thunderbolt Computer & Software Service of Georgia.
Seems all these have prior claim to this name, not that it's ever stopped Apple stealing others names before ... including the word apple!
Jobs losing his grip: named successor will acquire power
Cook has been alongside Jobs since for ever so he is a natural to take over.
The board will find it tougher this time around since some the larger shareholders are also demanding he details apart from the union shareholder that first raised the matter.
Once Cook is named permanent CEO we will then find out whether he supports the 30% skim enforced since last week.
They could follow the North Korean practice and name Jobs 'Eternal President', as they did with Kim Il-sung who moved on in 1994. To preserve the body, placing the corpse in a glass bath with potassium acetate, alcohol, glycerol, distilled water, and as a disinfectant, quinine does the job and will require an 18 month repeat cycle. Then they could keep it in a glass box to wheel out on appropriate occasions. Russians are the experts in this.
Cornish Pasties: Cooked anywhere but only made in Cornwall
As long as the Cornish Pasty is assembled within Cornwall, it can be called genuine even if it is cooked elsewhere.
Makes my mouth water for a Ploughman's lunch washed down with genuine Somerset cider!
Remember when the French tried to knock Greek feta cheese, now that's protected (for the Greeks), too?
Apple PR at work again; more vapourware. Will Jobs be around for intro?
Apples PR is still working spreading unsubstantiated rumours that take on a life of their own so people put off buying the competition whilst Apple fixes the bugs - assuming they now have an in-house testing regime.
If you wait for the latest and greatest in technology you will end up never buying.
Of course, an alternative would be t buy a previously owned iThingy as hordes of the faithful will discard their early model products and the patient can reap savings.
Until the Version 2 appears it is just vapourware.
The other thing involved with the delay is the potential for Jobs not to be able to repeat the words of the Insane Clown Posse - magical, miracle, etc.
Why not use electronic fig-leaves?
On occasion the puritans come out and affix ribbons on sculptures of naked figures so the youth can not derive unintended/uncontrolled sexual jollification from the art.
FB could do the same. They could easily place electronic 'splodges' over the parts they decree to offend and permit viewers to be able to click on the 'splodges' so all is revealed to those who appreciate art?
One problem comes when addressing certain animals as the electronic splodge would have to be really large to cover an stimulated horse or bull.
Diesel or Gas/Petrol: Do Consumers really know the difference between OS?
Many consumers don't actually know what goes on 'under the hood' - they simply buy the name on the box which is, essentially, what iPhans do. If you produced an Android handset with a fruit logo most could tell the difference, at first glance.
The most the average consumer knows is the equivalent of whether a car runs on gas/petrol or diesel.
Later they would discover the freedom to use it for practically anything.
Only techies rant and rave about OS and what percentile of the market do they represent?
Wait whilst Cell Phone manufacturers hire their tame scientists for a response
Seems like this is the same old - same old argument returning for recycling.
The GSM/CDMA guys will simply go back and hire their old friendly scientists and 'fund' them for the sole purpose refuting anything that might affect the bottom line.
Richard Branson has thoughts on this - ''A friend of mine got a brain tumor, and before he died we had dinner and he said his surgeon was convinced that using a mobile phone may have been a factor.''. See: <http://sandanyi.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-cell-phone-radiation >
Given that cell frequencies are approaching those of microwaves, think cooking, maybe the time has come to revisit this question. Even Plod radar speed trap operators have allegedly suffered health damage.
Old Army radio operators who used C52 HF transmitters knew all about the effects of RF - most operators had burned fingers occasioned whilst they tuned the set to the antenna. The first people knew of the 'burning' was the smell of burned tissue rather than pain. Could it be the same all over again?
So a failing Frog search engine and another German proxy for Microsoft are complaining?
Sort of obvious why.
Microsoft hasn't had a success with Bling, or whatever, the Frogs never really got it right so they all turn around and blame Google.
What a pile of horse droppings; and a waste of taxpayers money!
So is Hampshire going to share the loot it collects for ...
preparing criminal records transcripts for people needing to prove they have no criminal record?
For some opaque reason Hampshire Plod send out records for that commercial organisation known as ACPO - why they are in the loop who knows why.
There are two types of records which records criminal offences until they are 'retired' after 35,40 or so years unless you have a SEX record when they live forever. Type 1 is for proving a clear criminal record for Canada, Australia, the U.S.A., etc and Type 2 is what you get if you ask - with everything in black and white.
Perhaps someone can explain if a criminal record is supposed to expire after 35-45 years why do both these record transcripts show the presence of a criminal record.
Very strange, but at least ACPO is raking in the money so they can hire their 'bent' expert witnesses.
Re: Anonymous post for obvious reasons.
No worry, they'll never know - haven't missed my not filing since the 60's. Too busy, this time too.
Why not pre-fill data and allow for changes - it's quicker
Since the government knows so much about you they should pre-fill the slots and boxes with the data and then recipients who care to participate can save time by just making changes rather than filling in the whole bloody form.
Using 'Don't understand' as a reply and a feint (light) blue will also make the American census contractors day just a little harder, too.
(Don't complain too much about loss of privacy - the Ontario government even has details of houses on a database!)
The pope doesn't have to communicate with God - he thinks he IS god.
Always grabs me when the church mentions 'talking with God' as if you needed a microphone. I thought He could read minds.
Having grown up on a Sunday diet of American bible thumpers, I only for laughter at the patter they come out with. Some communication.
A bunch of thumpers have some 500,000 watt medium & short-wave transmitters beaming their 'message' across the water to the heathen in China and VietNam. The only problem is that most listeners use FM so all that energy is wasted! I have never ever seen an AM radio for sale in VietNam, come to think of it.
Won't work in North Korea either as they use wire-line rediffusion to keep re-tunable receivers out of the hands of the population.
Some communicators the churches aren't.
Good for STMicroelectronics - we need someone to challenge the corporate bullies
If Jobs could have his way he would stick 'i' in front of every word in the Oxford dictionary and claim every damn word for himself with the exception of a few that wouldn't look good in his Walled Garden.
Jobs is a serial plagiariser having stolen many of the names he claims as his from others, including the name 'apple'.
As for capitilisation I still prefer the 'old' way REME, BA, RIM, etc. Reading the BBC (not Bbc) web site is irritating as all the familiar letter groupings have changed. At least my spell checker gets them right, now!
Markets are different and difficult to compare
The North American market is split in two and defined by the 49th parallel; Europe is defined by not only the carriers but by EU policies. Into this already eclectic mix add cultural and economic differences.
Out in the Far East market conditions are again different with some governments really flattening the market so handsets can be bought through carriers or retailers with cut-throat pricing regimes.
India is a developing market with infrastructure problems, as is the case with Africa.
As SIMPFELD so rightly pointed out OS don't mean too much to the average user. You buy a Nokia or a Lemon 4 or a Motorola - you buy whatever provides the best answer to your daily challenges - a lot buy because they are happy buying by name alone trusting the manufacturer hasn't screwed up too much.
Alibaba is good for sourcing - not purchasing
When I am searching for a product I often use Alibaba but after that I investigate the sources and buy direct.
A while ago I built a mini-hotel and wanted to source a particular colour shade of marble. Alibaba allowed me to determine what area I could buy it from and afterwards I made a trip, selected the marble and 3 weeks later crates of the stuff were delivered.
I feel Alibaba has grown beyond it's original mandate, China, and now provides weaker coverage for more countries.
"Cabinet Office said it was impossible to say how much ..." More numerical flatulence
The only identifiable provable cost was that incurred by Office of Cyber Security (pdf) and Detica.
Another BSE mathematical exercise that proves nothing.
And Cameron is 'cutting waste"? I have an additional item to put on his list.
The only Force that would make Jobs change his plans are the EU or US authorities
American business seems to have recognised that the EU is a force to reckon with, at least equal to that of the U.S. Government although they use different criteria to trigger an inquiry.
Jobs has already been burned when he was ripping UK citizens off at higher prices than the rest of the EU. Obviously just too bloody lazy to calculate the numbers, so they simply changed the currency designator.
Either way it is likely only a matter of time.
Browser cookies only a small problem, how about ...
turning their attention to the heavy back data flow that all mobile OS collect without permission from users AND AT THEIR EXPENSE.
No one, other than the cellco. should get positional data without the explicit consent of a user whose consent must be informed and need specific selection of options.
Why does Jobs need to know where all his flock are 24 hours a day?
"Our government is going into court with half-baked facts ..." if done by anyone else ...
is called misleading the court or perjury.
The U.S. Constitution isn't worth anything now, unless you have an extreme case of rectal irritation, as successive governments have ridden roughshod over it's provisions, starting with The Patriot Act (sic).
And in trying to fit Assange up with a charge they are attempting to breach the constitutions provisions with respect to making legislation retroactive.
The U.S. is no better than the countries it continually bellyaches about abusing peoples rights.
Obama couldn't send a surrogate or is he out of assistants?
Talk about a wasted trip.
All Zucker what not knows is how to steal someone else's business. He's barely out of diapers.
As for the rest, what bright ideas did they come up with to warrant Obama burning all that fuel, and the cost for such a futile trip?
"... Apple PR people speaking off the record ..." says it all
PR people are only paid to polish the name and keep good things appearing in the media.
Guess they have done their job since The Register and the NYT had pieces on it.
HBGary: Loss of all credibility = loss of clients: Is the U.S. government included?
Given that HBGary was a start-up with only a few years under it's belt, will it survive this exposure of it's business tactics and it's 'expertise'? I love this quote (from their web site): "Security is not an IT problem, it's an intelligence problem" - it exactly describes the failings of HBgary.
Given it's relatively short life and the number of e-mails it appears all they do is thump away at keyboards.
Aaron Barr is a sweetheart, apart from being dumb, as he posted about going after children < http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110214/02201413084/hbgary-federal-spied-families-children-us-chamber-commerce-opponents.shtml >. Only dummies write about their criminal activities.
Demonstarting how blind the U.S. government can be almost a year ago, HBgary received an extension to their contract with the US Department of Homeland Security to “conduct a series of hands-on memory forensics and malware analysis training events with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials around the country.” (See: < http://wlcentral.org/node/1250 >)
HBgary competitors Sophos managed to get the knife in when their Graham Cluley said: "The fallout from the affair will be difficult to overcome." "The damage to HBGary's reputation from this incident is, quite frankly, enormous," he added.
"... it's particularly damaging when the victim is a specialist in the field of computer security," he theorised.
This demonstrates when governments are running scared and all sorts of money are being tossed around the usual crowd of corporate freeloaders are out there busy get a share of the spoils. Undoubtedly this happening in many countries.
Better publicity than Dell could buy
Just look at the coverage of this event ... following the Texas Plod intervention.
Seems they have some law that fits anything in the U.S. - except Wikileaks!
Design matches Hummer driver requisites
Sonim really does make tough cell phones - if this one is anything like their earlier model Hummer owners can actually drive over them and still make a call afterwards.
Hope they still have a belt pouch for it.
Another application for ferrite 'balls'!
Just think the terrorists answer lies in adding those ferrite 'balls' to the trigger wires.
The detonators could be housed in metallic jackets - their own little Faraday cages.
Back to the drawing board.
"compare your face with the image stored on the chip of a biometric passport"
A business partner who shares my dislike for mysterious government electronics has a 'neutered' passport (place mug of cold water in microwave along with passport and cook on high for a minute) that he knows to be a non-working chip.
He flew into the UK at Christmas and the machine accepted him as being who the passport (didn't) show to be.
Another useless government project.
"the study estimated that one-third of adult Australians were active pirates"
The operative word in all these stories is ESTIMATED - they do not really know and they cannot really know.
As for the 6,000 jobs lost due to piracy, this is another load of hog wash. Most of the money would have ended up in Hollywood.
The same happened when the BSE estimated the activity in Cambodia, Laos and VietNam - they didn't even visit these countries and in the rural areas there are very few computers. Laos is even more bereft of computers but there piracy continues unabated - maybe they count those CD/DVD blanks that adorn bicycles instead of lights.
You would have thought that a high tech industry could at least have arrived at accurate figures.
And next time I pick up a discarded newspaper I shall bare in mind that I am committing secondary copyright infringement! What other stupidty are they going to concoct?
You can make numbers say anything you want
Such dramatic language - 'rips' - is intended only to garner readers.
Notebooks are hardly on a par with tablets/pads particularly when you consider Cupertino products are crippled in both content and their use.
No one tells the millions of owners of non-fruit products what they can and cannot do so comparing them as whole genres is pretty pointless.
It's like Michelin, BF Goodrich or Goodyear counting rubber wheels for tea dolleys and claiming their production was more than a competitor. Or auto manufacturers counting pick-up trucks as passenger vehicles.
Still analyst Richard Shim and DisplaySearch have maintained their positions on the free sample, special access and by invitation only presentations which really throws the value of the information into doubt.
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