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Apple is lining itself up for legal challenges: EU or U.S. first?
You can see all manner of legal challenges forming as Jobs tries to squeeze the last shekel out of suppliers and what for? Just so they have the expensive convenience of dealing with his skimming machine? The good thing is it opens the way for competition and he will lose out.
And what's with all this stuff about magazines and newspapers have only themselves to blame because they didn't join with with Murdoch? The man is untrustworthy, notwithstanding what the Roman Catholic church claims. The guy is a serial cheat and notwithstanding having repeatedly undertaken to keep his snout out paper acquisitions editorial policy he always does the opposite. Witness the Wall Street Journal.
Many business operate on way less than 30% - travel agents, thanks to American Airlines, operate on 0% commission.
The only question remaining unanswered is whether the EU or the U.S. Justice Department moves against Apple first.
Credit bureaus have all the info
Anyone carrying a credit card or having a bank account (in the UK) is automatically checked against the credit bureau records. Didn't do my bank much good as the CB said I didn't exist and that the address I used wasn't in their database either.
Given that much CB access is via computer and all sorts of people are permitted access confidentiality has as much meaning a Secret does to the U.S. State Department.
Never completed a census in any of the countries I've resided in and businesses didn't seem to mind too much, either.
Some census questions are really intrusive and one has to wonder just what it matters how many toilets, wash basins or bathtubs one has in a property. And whose business is it which God or idol you pay homage to?
But the up side is that employment figures improve for that point in time and the unemployment rolls drop, a little.
A friend of mine traces family trees and she does dig up some interesting poop from past (100+ year old) census information but the newer ones are less helpful. The churchyard moving and amalgamation activity also screws things up for her.
Ethnic minorities seem to be particularly reluctant to complete these questionnaires, especially when some family members may be less than legal. Promising Plod won't see the info does seem to carry much weight with them, either.
Bureaucracy defined: "random decision-making also led to a backlog of cases at the agency"
What a perfect example of how civil servants can demonstrate their employment by the government.
Well done, fellas, may be they will make a TV series.
Re: If his case is incoherent and makes no sense
This should have highlighted the fact to The Beak that the training was useless.
University training helps discipline the mind so concepts can be organised and presented.
Pay the money Uni.
If unlocking an iThingy is legal and I buy an iBook and it doesn't work ...
I would sue Apple for consumer fraud.
Since US users can lawfully unlock their fruit-ware this doesn't break any criminal or civil laws. If I buy an iBook this should work on anything legal including anything from Apple.
I have a feeling that jobs might have put his foot over the line on this one, even more so if there is no warning about dysfunctionality given in the purchasing process.
Obviously the answer is not to buy iBooks, which will reduce the amount of cash leaches from your wallet.
I wonder if he will try this in Europe?
Good old American business enterprise.
Just shows how gullible businesses can be when accepting telephone bills as gospel. Do they even have audits?
One technique that blocks these scams is requiring extensions to dial a personal identifier code for all long distance. This type of software can't, usually, handle such quirks as that.
Jobs did nothing until the jumpers hit the headlines
Apple and Jobs did precious little about working conditions in sub-contractors manufacturing plants before the bad publicity hit the headlines in the West.
Only then, after the NGO's were involved, did he make any attempts to force suppliers to adopt even minimal standards when compared to the West.
The manufacturing could never be done in the West because labour costs are so high: ergo Jobs makes his billions from workers in developing countries.
Apple has had years to improve conditions: only publicity made them move
N-HEXANE has been around since around the 1990's so it's properties are well known.
Have a read of < http://scorecard.goodguide.com/chemical-profiles/summary.tcl?edf_substance_id=110-54-3 > which was issued in 2005.
Additionally, Messrs. Hathaway GJ, Proctor NH, Hughes JP, and Fischman M (1991). Proctor and Hughes' chemical hazards of the workplace. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold. that addresses this chemical.
Again, Apple responded to bad publicity so this report is a response to complaints from earlier times and shows Apple is now, at long last, sensitised to the problem.
Apple didn't place contracts in developing countries from the viewpoint of improving their citizens lot in life, Apple did it since regulatory controls are lax (obviously) and that manufacturing costs are lower. Americans couldn't make most things with a fruit logo on them because Apple couldn't make such a profit.
The same situation has existed in other industries including clothing and shoes where conditions were only improved AFTER Western NGO's found out what the conditions were like.
Countries that permit imports of anything made overseas should require that conditions in the manufacturing plants must conform to AT LEAST those mandated in the country of import, only then would workers safety be ensured..
P.S. N-Hexane is used to extract sunflower oil used for cooking. Yum, Yum!
From what we read in Apple's report .... Cupertino is to be commended
Next we'll be asked to believe that Jobs is as a big a philanthropist as Bill Gates actually is.
What a difference between the two: Gates is actually out in the world doing great good with his Trust whilst Jobs is myopically stashing it away at the cost of cheap labour all over the world.
Let's have real news, not papp churned out by paid hacks trying to improve Apples appearance.
The difference between VP8/WebM and H.264/MPEG LA is greed and ...
Mr. 30% in Cupertino has all the characteristics of a Mafia skimming operation and his avarice seems to have no limits whereas MS just needs the cash to maintain itself. Jobs denying access to newspapers, except through his commission collection scheme, is typical Jobs.
Google has certain strengths, which are acknowledged by the H264 crowd inasmuch as the client is available free, including the ever popular YouTube. With Mozilaa, et al, getting behind VP8/WebM it stands a reasonable chance of making it big time.
The users can make their positions known, too, by making a choice and refusing to look at anything that doesn't conform to their choice.
Apple has learned, through the actions of Adobe, that it doesn't rule the roost, a position that will become more evident as it's market share falls resulting from the onslaught of Google.
Elop focussed on nuts and bolts not consumer viewpoint
The thing that differentiates cars from one another is styling and features. This could be equated to the 'interface'.
Elop seems to be claiming that end users (forget the semantics about consumers and clients) concern themselves with what's under the hood.
Apple has iOS and features that it thinks appeals to iPhans. The average iPhan doesn't really give a damn what makes something happen - as long as it happens.
The same with Android. People don't buy a phone just because Android is under the hood - they buy them because of the same reasons as iPhans.
The fact that Elop reckons he can give end users that fuzzy feeling with a Nokia is fine for the average end user - The Register, and readers, don't stop there they ARE interested in what's under the engine and the implications of making a cell phone with specific OS and hardware.
If Nokia can actually make a silk Nokia purse out of a Microsoft's pigs ear, good luck to them. The problem is they are tossing a lot of investment and talent out of the window in the process, and this is what riling the techies up against the seemingly thoughtless path Nokia is following.
Nokia: betting it's fortune on a lead balloon called MS
Engineers are strange beasts. Not only are they attracted to a job/position by salary but also by the subject of their efforts.
Hacking MS software and Nokia hardware to become functional may just be enough to send the cream of Nokia engineering scurrying off the ship and towards the OS of choice - Android.
Nokia stands a good chance of becoming a shell of an entity gaining income from it's patent portfolio which, no doubt, it has opened up to MS.
What a sad end to a Scandinavian miracle. Two duds don't make a winner.
Global access? I doubt it
With increased anti-terrorism action governments are demanding user ID, or passports from foreigners, with some countries refusing service to foreigners all together (Cambodia, for one and Burma for another).
Thus apples concept of 'global' might not be as encompassing as you imagine.
Cash is King/Queen; great for tax payment suppression; privacy; etc.
If people want the convenience of paying by credit/debit card they should be able to do so and merchants should be permitted to pass ONLY the ACTUAL COSTS on to the user. In some jurisdictions Mastercard, Visa (and Uncle Tom Cobley) write in to their contracts that no price differential between card users and cash payers is permitted which means that cash people get short-changed.
Cards have real drawbacks. An error by a bank (Hello, HSBC) can deprive a debit (or credit) card user to accessing their account even though in good standing. The FBI (and Plod) can receive real time reports on card usage (this is achieved by lowering the credit limit to zero for the card requiring phone approval every time)..
'Authorities' can gain access for all manner of 'reasons' be they unrelated criminal matters, tax related matters or any point in time or physical place.
Lawyers acting in civil matters can also, with court orders, access data. Might be embarrassing in divorce matters. Use a card for a flight and your data will go viral to every country on your itinerary; the data will be held on GDS all with computers in the U.S. which under 'The Patriot Act' (sic) can be accessed without warrant.
The card companies use your usage data for all manner of purposes including onward selling of data.
Of course not everything is bad with cards: you don't need cash and you can 'stop payment'.
Cash can't be traced; leaves no 'bit' trail, honoured by most vendors and is great for avoiding tax!
My Primary School is still standing and in use by students!
Unbelievably the county primary school I attended is still actually standing, mainly unchanged, to this very day. It was new when I was first enrolled.
Gove, a regular 'air head' from Any Questions is like so many people promoted to a new position: He has to let EVERYONE he has ARRIVED.
Gove, since actually - for unknown reasons - becoming a minister set about fulfilling this goal. By introducing so many controversial acts and regulations has managed to offend almost every sector of the public.
Dogs do this. They urinate on every lamp post and post box so every other dog knows THEY HAVE ARRIVED.
In Toronto, Canada, they actually built a school in a shopping centre ...
so that all the 'drifters' who should be in school instead of hanging around malls actually had a school to attend. It's on Dufferin Street just north of College Street.
The classrooms were actually converted vacant stores so it was a win-win situation for everyone.
The EU should steal pages from U.S. legislation ...
and bring all these 'international' or 'global' companies into line.
There are very few countries that wouldn't benefit from this.
What we need are interstate taxes
The U.S. federal government should step in here and mandate a U.S. wide interstate tax, also making it illegal for rebates for it, so all jurisdictions are subject to it.
All government entities are screaming for additional income so if they were to present a united front they could make the corporate freeloaders pay their fair share.
"included documents Miszewski had helped write on ... strategy and tactics for cloud based CRM"
Unless MS is proposing a lobotomy it is extremely hard to delete a thought process from someone's brain.
If their strategy is so wonderful they should have done a Jobs on the thing and filed numerous, if weak, patents.
If you can't look after your staff, they will always gravitate/percolate to something better.
A beginning doomed to failure
The success of the U.S. Constitution is due, mainly, to the vision of the founding fathers who, on reflection, did a pretty good job, but it's significant benefit there was no political baggage surrounding the writers of the document.
Fast forward to 1982 when Canada's home written Constitution was signed into law by the Queen giving Canada full independence from the UK - British North America Act in 1867 governed Canada until this point.
Although the Canadian Prime Minister of the day, Pierre Trudeau, wasn't the most popular guy to hold that office he did have the foresight to get the constitution from a wet dream to reality. Examination of the Canadian Constitution will show there are quite a few 'outs' for political office holders that aren't to be found in the U.S. Constitution.
Jump to today's feeble attempt of a British 'Constitution' and it is completely devoid of protection of citizens that can be found in both the aforementioned constitutions.
If the UK government intended to protect the citizenry it would strike down many of the give-aways that Plod enjoys such as no-warrant searches, your-password-or four-years, entitlement not to answer police questions without penalty.
As both a citizen of Canada and the U.S. (and, actually, the UK) I enjoy many rights that the politicians would never dare give the British. I don't have to respond to Plod yelling: 'Oi, you' if I haven't committed a crime, I don't have to identify myself as a pedestrian (vehicle use requires ID) and I am free to take pictures of any damn thing I see.
The American Constitution can be amended but only with extreme difficulty; the Canadian likewise but with far lower requirements and the British attempt ...
Therefore, IMO, no UK 'constitution' will ever succeed unless politicians, with characters that we see no longer, drafted the document.
Here we Google again: Apple and MS signal their greed
Apple and MS are simply software pigs who have no one but their own selfish interests at heart. It might, possibly, make commercial sense but from a more public perspective Google has demonstrated, yet again, that not only is it a commercial success but it also is a generous benefactor to many InterNet users, including competitors.
Good luck to Google and may all attempts to eliminate WebM fail.
Censorship, like manners, begins in the home
The problem with mass censorship be it Apple or government is that in trying to cater for all tastes the more liberal minded members of society get shafted.
Just because a brother of mine is a bible-thumper and frowns on 'pornography, even though affairs are OK, shouldn't mean I have to share his views (which I don't).
The optimum answer is for individual content controls based on government lists and accessed through ISP's so each user can enjoy the InterNet as best suits them.
Why is the InterNet proceeding differently to other forms of media - just because some loud mouthed do-gooders think I shouldn't enjoy watching what I want. Next they will be giving us 'closed' Sundays as in former times.
A pox on the lot - and hands off my InterNet.
"... can't really blame Apple for using what is an industry standard now ..."
Why not? Apple always insinuates that the sun rises and sets on Cupertino and that their products are superior to other peoples
Clearly Apple is the same as others and not a cut above..
"BT was first alerted when it realised that takings from phone boxes .... considerably lower ...."
Reading between the lines this implies that robbing the coin boxes involved no physical damage to the telephone itself. This seems unlikely. Surely even BT would have twigged to the fact that damage equates to robbery.
Pay telephone units manufactured by the late lamented Northern Telecom, of which hundreds of thousands are still in use, are painted bright orange on the theory anyone seeing an orange pay telephone will know it's been damaged.
Unfortunately Bell and company forgot to advise the police or the general public of this 'silent' security feature.
Twitter is acceptable in China and elsewhere
One advantage Twit has over FB is that certain governments, who have understandably restricted FB, permit access to Twit.
I guess if FB does the deal it will be to stop competition with it's web site whereas Google could use it as a vehicle to challenge FB.
Technically stunted judge reveals ignorance
You would have thought that judges would be embarrassed by some of the rulings and orders they issue.
George, on the other hand, should simply get an old clunker computer and load Sony's winnings on to the drive and let them go whistle Dixie.
A solution to RIM's challenges
Stand alone encryption is infinitely better than system encryption as nosey governments cannot attack a cell handset manufacturer and updating is easily done - all with difficulties for the governments concerned.
Authoritarian governments such as the U.S. now is have nothing to gain by poking around servers as the protection lies with the user.
The only things is how do we know there are no backdoors to Redphone and TextSecure? Other Apps might well be able to bypass these Apps and surreptitiously transmit them without users knowledge.
Sony shoots self in foot and forgets U.S. law has it's limitations
How dumb can an otherwise seemingly normal company get. They get lazy in their security precautions and when someone discovers the magic key they pretend they can re-secure the device with lawyers doing the job.
Another point is that U.S. law is limited to the jurisdiction of the U.S. territories and that many governments don't have protection provisions in their legislation.
Really very short sighted.
If Google was like Apple ....
it would have patented the idea of search and no doubt trade marked the term.
Instead, notwithstanding all it's faults, Google has done the world a great deal of good including the donation of software to the public domain which is even being used by competitors!
A complete defence?
I guess George Hotz, aka geohot, potentially has a 'complete defence' to the allegations levelled at him by Sony.
The whole matter proves that Sony still hasn't figured out security following that 100% foul up with the root technique. See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal >.
Now the U.S. Coast Guard will require anti-submarine ships
The U.S. Coast Guard, who assumes it mandate includes all world oceans and seas, will require an expensive upgrading to improve it's anti-submarine defences.
And I thought coastal waters went out to 200 miles.
"NFC-based payment systems obviously can't be copied in this way"
Just give someone enough time and incentive!
Lucky Continentals with small pinouts - UK monster plugs fail again
As a technician my universal plug comprises two wires with bared ends - the damn monster plugs they use in the UK are far too big to carry around. Malaysia, Singapore and HongKong also use the UK monsters - as do some Singaporean owned hotels in their region.
Chinese outlets offer combo sockets - they even accept the weird Australian ones.
Don't forget plugs and sockets don't indicate the voltage - better to check the lamp/bulb ratings for that.
Bet not many Chinese will be swimming there!
Chinese have an aversion to places and things associated with death.
You'll never find a Chinese person buying a house near a cemetery or in a hotel near one, either. The Caravelle Hotel in SaiGon is a suicide jumpers favourite spot and the Chinese avoid it, too.
In the swimming pool they possible would be worried that their ancestors might happen by, as they often do, on a day when the rest of the family is enjoying a dip. If you see a Chinese person burning make-believe money, often it is for their deceased family members.
Still persona non grata in China, VietNam, etc
No matter how close to mainland China they get, Facebook still isn't welcome although Twitter is.
Given the central governments aversion to social unrest and Facebook's participation in Tunisia and Egypt the chances are the status quo won't change.
In fact, Facebook might be increasingly unwelcome in a number of authoritarian countries.
Where is the Sheriff of Chicago, or all those other prudes?
I guess the Sheriff has another problem, in his mind, he must deal with but he has all those Attorney-Generals from the bible thumping states to lend a hand.
Facebook's reaction might be different to Craigslist so this challenge to the Sheriff's morals might turn out differently.
Why not go the whole hog?
The App should include the ability to play the Hail Mary's in audio and then do whatever with the rosary on the screen.
Then they could have a fully automated version whereby the type of misdeed is selected from a menu, a designated penalty is awarded and the iThingy chants the HM's and then displays the rosary action for the appropriate number of times.
This way RC's won't have to drop in to the church - saving gas and time, or giving the preacher a good laugh. Best of all there will be no need to drop any coin!
1 down, millions to go: building owners shouldn't have to pay tp protect idiots
Building owners have enough responsibilities without having to extend walls designed to prevent cars from popping over the edge to be tall enough to prevent people stupid enough not to pay attention as to where they are going.
I have just measured the balcony wall off my bedroom and it is 110 centimetres tall and sufficiently high to hold me back even when leaning over to check whose ringing the front door bell.
Death by dumbness should be the coroners decision.
"nothing to stop Apple incorporating a second, GSM-tuned antenna"
No need to, GSM can piggy back on the CDMA antenna and the degraded signal will be little worse than a Lemon 4, which everyone will remember, didn't stop iPhans from buying it.
Maybe they could deposit an antenna on the glass.
I still have callouses on my fingers from keying in the bootstrap!
Two things stand out about both the PDP8 and 11, of which I have an 8 in storage somewhere, was that they were built like the proverbial brick sh*thouse and defective components could even be changed by a technician.
You could actually 'scope' an IC pin and watch a flip-flop change state - try that on those big, black blobs nowadays. A great technical teacjing computer.
Another big thing was interconnectivity! You could buy PC boards that would provide interfacing for almost anything - the PDP series were used by credit card companies in the early days for telephone line input at which they excelled.
Phillips, amongst others, produced a chipset for both the 8 and 11 that ran DEC software - none of the Apple crap in those days.
Talking about the California fruits, DEC had one hell of an App library that saved many a programmers neck.
Thanks, Ken, in spite of my callouses!
Potential alternative uses
When these things start 'flying' there are, potentially, a myriad number of uses for them such as security or checking out library books, rental car out-of-hours releases, door openers, etc.
Really interesting possibilities are lurking out there.
American's moralities exposed - really strange
Whilst US Senator Ron Wyden is to be congratulated on bringing this up officially (I wrote about it here on the same grounds last week) you have to question U.S. moralities.
Imprisonment without trial: OK
Spying on Americans against The Constitution: OK
FBI 'dial up' telephone monitoring anywhere in USA without warrant: OK
Copying contents of any U.S. computer: OK
Authorising Executive murder of American citizens: OK
Shooting Kent University students: OK
Seizing InterNet domain names: PROBLEM
Apple has attempted to patent the idea ...
Apart from the fact that Jobs sticks his name on anything Apple patents screens supplied to certain industries, including the airlines, have had this ability for positioning built-in for years. Adjustable, yet!
Of course, since Jobs only flies corporate jets he wouldn't recognise a check-in counter if he saw one.
The U.S. Patent office ... a standing joke.
It would be good to get a Nexus 2 without frills ...
as the carrier software seems to spoil the experience.
I live in a country where cell handset manufacturers have to sell unlocked, from the factory, units. They are also able to sell through carriers with all their 'bling' added.
Although not a smartphone owner I have had the opportunity to use friends units here as well as identical units in North America, loaded with carrier ware, and the perceived operating is remarkably different in many cases.
Our 'unlocked prices' from manufacturer stores are lower than PAYG units of the same type from carriers.
By the time 2020 arrives a lot of the existing problems ...
might be dead.
We've all heard of people walking into others, or lampposts, etc., well driving adds the potential of serious injury or death to these texting drivers. Often their driving careers are short-lived.
That's the good news.
Unfortunately these characters often hit others, en route to the hospital or morgue, which is a tragedy.
Automobile drivers at least have four wheels under them, but motorcyclists only have two yet these drivers frequently text and drive - and have major and minor accidents in the process.
Out here in the Far East we don't only have the mobile phone menace but we have mobile television and video players. These devices aren't only for the high-end cars but can be found in the dashboards of even modest vehicles and, even worse, are clearly within the eyesight of drivers. The TV receivers fit into the aperture meant for radio/CD players and in use the screen pops out and up. Viewers in the back seat can see the screens quite clearly.
The TV receivers don't take signals off the air but are fed with high quality, low loss signals through 3G systems. In VietNam the system is almost country wide and not one or two channels but all sorts of programming from local, in-country sources, as well as satellite channels.
Landing agreements supersede dumping, denied boarding, etc
Bumped can be used to describe any number of reasons that results in 'denied boarding'.
Your phrase: "let them find their own way home" is EXACTLY what will not happen if Ryanair is required to meet it's obligations. What usually happens is they use a different carrier - Cathay Pacific terminated a pilot who happened to be in the U.S. on lay over and flew him back on a competitors aircraft.
And Ryanair wouldn't get away with dumping across the nearest border, either, as present travel tracking can be used to prove a passengers intent.
Single, as in no return flights, can be purchased for most destinations. the right terminology in 'onward' - countries can require 'onward' rather than 'return' ticketing.
I live in a country that requires proof of onward travel, so the difference is familiar to me. Onward travel can be by any means, as well, including road, rail sea or air.
Besides, proof of onward travel is very ephemeral with e-ticketing, since changes/cancellations can be made by e-mail these days. Whenever I fly through a drug hub, such as Bangkok, I always depart on the passport of entry to Thailand (a necessity) but land at the next destination on one of my other passports - removing any thought I might be carrying drugs. Never been challenged on this, either.
As for seeking assistance from diplomatic sources, most countries reps aren't worth even contacting for assistance for their first line is that 'We can't help you with legal matters, only ensure that the host countries legal procedures are followed'.
Better reaction than tame British passengers
Passengers who are bumped in a foreign country should always remember that every airline agreement permitting flights to countries contains a clause that each airline is responsible for the removal of all passengers from a country that were brought in to the country.
It doesn't mean you will travel out on the same carrier but it does mean you will get out and, usually, home.
It is high time passengers vocalised just how venal Ryanair is - the only thing it has in common with other airlines is that is has aircraft. They have never heard of service.
Given that Elton is a fashion trend setter ...
he is most in line for one of the thousands of promo samples sent out free by Apple PR.
And if he wrote a song about it, Apple would be even happier.
I admit it, I was wrong, Jobs didn't copy the Chinese ...
who had pads/tablets out months before Apple. but it was devised by ROGER PRICE in his story of the The Tomorrow People, produced by Thames Television for the independent (commercial) British ITV Network, running between 1973 and 1979.
Still, even though Jobs wasn't the world's slab/pad/tablet inventor - could it be Moses - he was the first in Cupertino. Still prior art though.
Fishermen in on the deal, too
Underwater cables look much alike whether they are carrying copper communications cable, fibre-optic or high voltage electricity.
Starting about three years ago Vietnamese fishermen went after a new species - the underwater cable. The cables laid during the American War became redundant being replaced by fibre and some bright spark in the telecoms industry said the fishermen could recover and sell as much of the old cable and sell on to supplement their incomes.
Unfortunately an old cable, to a fisherman, looks much the same as a new one and as a result the InterNet capacity was slashed. We are talking tens of kilometres here!
Every so often around the Gulf of Thailand, a major feeder area for many countries, another cry of anguish goes up as yet another species is caught. Now all fibre cable have GLASS printed in four languages along the length of the plastic sheaths.
Funny thing is these fishermen know which the electrical power cables to the many islands look like - and that they go BANG when cut!
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