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UK Plod are becoming freedom of expression suppression experts!
Once again, undoubtedly, Plod is busy readying cameras, shields and Tasers whilst dirtying or loosening their ID tags, in preparation for yet another go at suppressing members of the public who wish to exercise their charter right to freely express their opinions.
The rhetoric against funding cuts will rise as Plod tries to maintain the status quo.
At least Microsoft responded. Perhaps these mystery transmissions are App makers ...
back-channel communications that enable them to sell data and provide appropriate advertising.
Or is it a 'cloud' back service?
Apple's board just a bunch of sycophants who follow, not ....
Apple is pretty unique in that it is a public company that is run like a private fiefdom.
Jobs' challenge is to pull another 'magical' trick out of his bag every year and one big enough to generate income of sufficient size to satisfy the ever increasing expectations of shareholders avarice.
Every market Apple creates, or develops in the case of pads seeing how the Chinese and Japanese were first, will always shrink as others exploit the weaknesses/omissions of Apple offerings. Jobs fetish in maintaining control will always result in opportunities for others as potential customers opt for freedom of choice.
The union who is using it shareholding to push for transparency is right in it's demands as it will hopefully focus the board on it's fiduciary obligations.
How poetic: Ellison foisted on his own petard!
Ellison, who demonstrated such a Gotch Ya! attitude after winning against SAP, deserves this 100%!
Hope the award is as great as SAP, too.
Wasted energy ... few people have InterNet access in North Korea
along with food, telephones and freedom of thought.
'Skin' affectionados needs met by visiting ...
Glodok, part of Jakarta Old Town, also known as Pecinan or Chinatown. I saw numerous shops selling DVD's featuring lurid pornography.
The 'catalogues' only contain DVD covers. When you make a selection either a cell call or a runner will result in the affectionado receiving his satisfaction after a few minutes. You'd be surprised just how many 'liberal' Muslim viewers there are!
Finally, it's sinking in - the U.S. is bankrupt financially and morally
The global 'empire' of the U.S. is fading, just as those of the Romans, Greeks and British did before them. America needs money to work it's magic and it's credit has about hit the buffers.
Previous empires left benefits be it long, straight roads, democracy or bureaucracy and right-hand drive. They also enjoyed a certain amount of good will and appreciation.
What will the U.S, legacy be? Israel's Teflon coating thinning out, substantial drops in standards of living and far less effective sabre rattling, no more invasions and undeclared wars.
Let's hope they realise it soon, so their demise can be orderly and minimise collateral damage.
Any cachet with owning Apple disappeared when they sold them at Walmart
Walmart is today's Woolco/Woolworths and has as much class as they did in their hey days, long ago.
They were known for selling the worst or cheapest of things, which is Walmart does.
Likewise Apple's cachet has been tarnished, especially when they are discount.
The "employee who bought the stolen goods has died since the thefts ceased"
One thing for sure, he won't be charged or convicted and the company will be able to blame everything on him and get away blame free.
Not even the U.S. government can bring back the dead.
@ already half way to being a police state, the UK IS a POLICE STATE
You sound too light on this number, more like 90%.
Passwords or prison; ACPO thinks it IS the law and makes money by selling various law related items; check/delete those photographs; train-spotting in supporting terrorism.
You name it and British Plod is busy organising your lives.
Why do we elect a government?
Sounds like great case for constructive dismissal
Why should the CFO be fired - he only used Apple computers to do the books. (Maybe he bought an Android phone?)
Courts can 'tax' claimed costs to regulate excessive claims
Denying costs to a successful plaintiff is denying justice. Courts can examine claimed costs and adjust them to a reasonable, proven amount.
Just because business finds it hard, too bad, most of the circumstances giving rise to claims can be avoided if businesses chose not to cut corners.
Plain, ordinary, non-kiddie porn is largely a 'victimless' 'crime'
Why are Plod wasting so much time and money on adult (as in the 'model' being over 16-18) entertainment/pornography?
Way, way back in the early days of 'local' TV, in Toronto, Channel 79 - the highest UHF channel on the dial, so that a minimum area of viewers could see it in case of 'problems' - was permitted to run soft porn.
Every Friday they ran 'Baby Blue Movies' just before midnight. Some were so 'hot' for the time the Plod used to search all over for the telecine that was being used to produce the pictures. Both the station - to keep the programming going, and the police - to stop the movie, went to extremes.Unfortunately the Plod couldn't seize a remote feed cable.
Around that time I knew a 'sex squad' detective and he said that the police actually liked the transmission as all his 'clients' would be watching and offences (in real life) would drop on Fridays. Electronics stores would actually leave their demo TV's, in their display windows. turned to Channel 79 and many of the 'street' people would gather around and watch.
These transmissions were so popular that viewers in Buffalo, New York State, made significant investments in Yagi antennae so they could see them better.
I have yet to be persuaded that adult sex video's actually cause crime. It seems that viewing this material crosses all social strata (I seem to remember the husband of a Labour MP charging his habit to her expenses).
There was a church convention at the former Westbury Hotel in Toronto, also years ago, the local cable company (Rogers) provided pay-TV to the hotel. One of their technicians told me that this convention hit the No.1 spot for adult viewing during this convention. Better to entertain themselves in their rooms than on some poor choirboy.
The laws dealing with 'porn' seem intended not so much as to eliminate it but rather to pander to the prurient voters to satisfy their thirst for 'action'. The 'do gooders' try to force their narrow standards on the rest of us - with little effect.
Chasing down child pornography viewers seems equally pointless - the REAL problem is in the producers of this material. Please don't tell me they only do it because there is a market for it, the images appeared before the market was developed.
Children, unfortunately, have long been subjected to sexual abuse by real people for centuries - not viewers - so why chase the viewers?
Better that the Plod do so real work like disrupting drug supply lines rather than trying to score headlines with a pornography 'bust'. What of all the 'white collar' criminals that stole millions from people by devaluing their bank accounts and pensions.
Is RIM the answer for corporate "iPhan" equivalents?
It's interesting, if RIM is to believed, that corporate IT types support their pad/tablet against those of others in the marketplace.
It seems that RIM is a corporate 'fan' winner. It would be interesting to know why: Quality; Security; RIM compatibility?
E-books break down traditional 'borders' and encourage reading
Living overseas limits access to books I wish to read so the advent of e-books has opened up a new source.
Being a member of a Canadian city library (free) allows me to select a book which is then sent to me when it becomes available (they only purchase so many copies). The benefits to me are that I can browse the catalogue at my convenience 24/7, distance is not a problem, and the ability to view books from many, ordinarily incompatible, sources.
As an part-time ESL teacher I can introduce fresh subjects to my students, rather than the same old-same old school texts, making learning interesting.
For cash strapped libraries e-books are a God send as their staffs are freed from mundane work; no 'late' returns (the life of the book is two weeks unless extended before expiry).
A win-win situation for all.
Herding instincts at work?
Purchasers of mobile products tend to fall in to well defined groups. Equally their general buying habits form similar groupings.
It can be seen that notwithstanding a well publicised product having many 'compromises' AKA defects, it's support group has continued to purchase this defective product, seemingly armed with the knowledge that it has problems.
Since this particular group, and possibly others in support of alternate equipment, has shown such a predication for 'herd' purchasing it should not come as a surprise that they, too, show similar responses to other purchasing offers.
I don't think 'instant' mail is much of a factor since similar mail systems exist for laptops. It is the mental attitude that has the greater effect.
Now that many mail processors offer free and charged mail filtering mail attacks should decrease.
Of course if the OS authors made information access less automatic mobile terminals would be more secure.
Rackspace USA (22.214.171.124) has terrible service today!
I hope that today is not representative of Rackspace 'performance'.
Even though I have InterNet feeds through HongKong and a direct one terminating in the Seattle area, as well as a selection of VPN's terminating in several diverse locations, Rackspace has problems - today.
Better put more water on the string to improve transmission.
We know this but it is bad manner to push it in iPhan faces
Apple PR doesn't like comments like yours.
No doubt their PR trolls, and others, will be out hitting that red button, again and again.
Does Skype really need them - it's video service is tops already!
Skype video has always proved a winner with easy configuration and operating when other systems failed to communicate.
Skype is such an asset - we couldn't do business without it.
I have been using Skype for years in my mini-hotel instead of a telephone system. All our rooms have computers (no TV's) with handsets to communicate with the front desk.
Soon, with some luck, we shall replace this system with a e-pad system.
Reminds me of "Three Days of the Condor (1975)" (Robert Redford)
In the movie they had a Digital Equipment (RIP) PDP8 scanning books and it had an automatic page turner!
Still, when this manual device hits the market it should do well, so everyone can have their very own :Google" digital library.
Dell should stick with computers ...
they have plenty enough shortcomings to keep them busy for years.
The cellco's have the answer
The Jo'burg traffic guys should have a little chat with their cellco provider.
It is extremely simple to program the Class of Service so that given SIMs can only dial pre-determined numbers. This would eliminate the reason for the thefts - wide open dialling plans.
Another alternative is to use equipment where the SIM data is held within a memory chip - this is used on miniature data collection systems when the luxury of circuit-board real estate is at a premium or where the data capture/transmission systems are encapsulated for weather proofing purposes.
One system in Indochina uses only SMS transmissions - very quick 'burst' data - which can also be controlled by Class of Service eliminating the ability to use voice. Mind you, the Chinese built system has poor reliability, the 'counting' displays often go into reverse - counting up, rather than down, to the next light sequence.
What's the problem? Apple copied Xerox in the first place
Many readers are likely too young to remember that Apple knocked off Xerox Parc Research work years ago.
Since when has creating uniformity been an offence?
Not all that Goldman Sachs touches ...
turns to gold.
In fact they used to bet it wouldn't.
Some have really short memories.
Murdoch must have known: take his knighthood away!
Since Murdoch micromanages his media acquisitions, he likely knew;approved what was going on.
Rupert Murdoch should be stripped of his papal knighthood, received from Pope John Paul II, as he was allegedly of (don't laugh) of "unblemished character". Character yes, unblemished - you have to be joking! He's not even Catholic but it appears he was honoured purely for donating large sums of money to the church.
Is this what they call an Arse (S)Wipe ....
motion on a touch screen?
More importantly, Jobs hasn't patented it (yet).
What a pity ... no phone or SMS?
Having gone so far it would not have cost that much more to make it a handset.
Good to see Samsung is using a standard audio connector instead of the multi-pin things it used on it'd earlier handsets.
I think Archos will have to take a pencil to it's price list.
John P. Wheeler III: Moving force behind the VietNam Memorial
John P. Wheeler III was a major mover behind the VietNam Memorial, (see: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial >) a memorial that brought out the best and worst of America.
Maya Ying Lin, although Chinese(-American), was the controversial winner of a public design competition for the Memorial, beating out 1,441 other competition submissions. aged 21 and still an undergraduate, not so much because of her design but her ethnicity vis-a-vis VietNam are of the war. See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Maya_Lin >. One of her detractors was the Texan Ross Perot who called her an 'egg roll' referring to her Chinese Heritage.
John P. Wheeler, and his supporters stood behind the competition winner, notwithstanding significant veteran opposition, a decision that was later confirmed by visitor counts now around 3 million visitors annually. Up yours Perot!
Wheeler has been trumpeting cyber war for years and was a consultant in the establishment of the Pentagon's cyber war efforts earlier last year.
Really, really in the clouds - more Apple Tosh!
This concept is so bloody old it ranks with the Stone Age.
Dumb boxes for loading OS + features pre-dates even Apple's 1999 patent - well before Apple was recognised as a serial IP plagiariser.
Guess Job's wants to get his name in early - maybe there is a competition running somewhere to see who can score the number of patent applications in one year.
Could it be now that Novell has sold off it's IP, Jobs knows the new IP owners won't complain about his tosh, seeing how Apple is one of the new owners?
Israel: Serial passport fraudsters sand inveterate agreement breakers
Israel has, repeatedly, and over many years, used forged passports from other countries which places passport holders at risk as well as devaluing the passports worth. Israel has repeatedly undertaken never to repeat these offences, yet it has, to the very same countries, time and time again.
Israel receives generous annual governmental donations, who knows what for, from the U.S.A. AND the U.K. yet passports from both these countries have been exploited. Israel has even attacked U.S. warships and murdered it's citizens. It can do no wrong - no doubt because of guilty consciences dating back 60 years.
Expelling a Israeli diplomat is an affront to both the United Kingdom and it's citizens. Money matters most to Israel, yet the UK continues to fork over millions/billions annually, as does the U.S.A., yet both countries have finances that are proportionately far worse than those of Israel.
Time that the Israeli puppet, the U.S.A. stood up to it's declared values and treated all countries equally.
Don't hold your breath, Cameron hasn't the guts.
Microsoft's record as serial plagiariser doesn't count?
Microsoft, et al, have a lengthy record of copying and stealing other peoples IP - the name Internet Explorer for starters - but I guess this U.S. court chose to ignore the fact that a U.S. company is a thief.
Talk about bent justice.
If they had done this at Cambridge U they could have claimed it was for their thesis
Messrs VO and VAN might have been just doing studies for thesis work, just as their counterpart at Cambridge was studying weaknesses in card payment security.
Funny how an affidavit is released - part of a larger investigation, Operation eMule, which is presumably continuing - when ordinarily this sort of publicity occurs AFTER charges are laid.
Something fishy here.
A new target for the litigious minded?
Would the 'touch' movements be those within an Android's OS or has Opera incorporated them within it's software, opening the door for litigation?
I guess Chrome will follow, soon.
Yet another reason for personal encryption products?
Obviously personal encryption products are the only answer to circumvent this CA ruling as well as the CALEA compliance requirements that are mandatory in the U,S. AND several other countries.
'Locking' cell/hand phones is a 'nothing' for The Plod as cell/hand phone manufacturers provide the tools/information to unlock telephones, as well as reading SIM content.
Pagers have certain advantages: location can not be determined by network; many pagers have minimal 'cracking' features and clear messages after reading.
Message vocalisation services, where SMS messages are intercepted and converted to voice messages also make a Plod's life harder
Small world - thousands of ex-Canadian computers are dotted all over Laos & Cambodia
Some years ago a Toronto friend was a volunteer in a computer recycling program where large corporate entities would recycle hardware and offer thousands of computers to organisations who used the talents or retired techs to restore them to an acceptable working standard.
The intended recipients were the disadvantaged youth and single parent families.
Distribution commenced and follow ups to ascertain program weaknesses and strengths. It was found that many excellent machines had been set aside as the poor deprived kids complained they were no good for gaming!
There were hundreds of machines looking for a home so I said how about Developing Countries? I rented a 40 foot container and when it was filled it was shipped to VietNam and I personally delivered and installed hundreds of them. The trail of containers was financed at special deep discount rates courtesy of a European shipping line by my employers when destined for VietNam.
This is why you will find names of outstanding Canadian companies emblazoned on computers in Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Ede, etc!
Later the Vietnamese owned national telephone company started a similar scheme so we discontinued ours and redirected the containers to Cambodia and Laos where others are continuing the technology transfer.
There are few things so rewarding as watching the response of children when they are set loose on their very own computer!
How many multi-function machines have you encountered where a function has failed?
My experience is that, like Jack of all trades, multi-functions are as never as accomplished as dedicated, single function, machines. There are always compromises in some function.
Uniform packaging helps consumers compare prices
The lowly loaf of bread has significance in comparing costs of living in a diverse number of countries is usually in 400 or 800 gram sizes which has been fine for years, until some twit of a politician wants to make a name for himself.
Standards exist for good reason for decades, whereas a minister of the Crown is a passing fad.
Garmin: Great for underwater travel, ahem
Not long ago I used a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx, loaded with Garmin software, and it faithfully recorded all my activities for some 1,900 kilometres.
After transferring the data to laptop it showed, according to the Garmin software, that I had made the complete journey 10-15 kilometres out to sea. This was unexpected as I made the journey by road.
There are only two major roads of any type running north and south, so it is impossible to take a wrong turn. One, called Highway 13, is a good 6-lane highway, clearly defined on maps. Again using my GPSMAP 60CSx recording my journey. Once again there was great satellite signal strength and once again the recorded track was 10-15 kilometres off compared to several maps.
So I acquired alternative software and it proved the Garmin hardware was good but that the software was crap.
So before you go placing your faith in the Garmin App, read the fine print - especially the part where Garmin denies all responsibility!
Must be that GM food striking back!
Wikileaks US diplo e-mails reviewed on Sunday highlighted the heavy handed techniques of the U.S. in pushing Franken seeds.
In fact a Filipino hustler, sponsored by the U.S.A., has just left the shores of Indochina after singing the (paid) praises of America's attempt to make all rice taste as bad as Texas rice. This guy was used as there is so much resentment of U.S. conglomerates trying to usurp local farming success stories.
Guess bee's don't like the taste of the chemical combinations. China has suffered too, but given the cost of farm labour, people laden with brushes and ladders are making out like bees quite successfully.
Add-on security only immediate solution
If network operators can't be relied upon to upgrade their systems, users will have to employ 'add-on' security via software or hardware accessories to maintain their privacy - which at least make the ever intrusive governments work for their money.
When the networks do eventually upgrade it will be the end of all the drive-by intelligence gathering activity that presently well-endowed snoopers currently do - with or without court permission.
Of course little of increased security will faze the U.S. NSA or the FBI as all cell systems in the U.S., and elsewhere in some countries, have to be CALEA-compliant so the FBI surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, a suite of software that collects, sifts and stores phone numbers, phone calls and text messages, basically a comprehensive wire-tap system that intercepts wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems . The system directly connects FBI wire-tapping outposts around the country to a far-reaching private communications network.
Unaffected will also be the DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, captures and collects the content of phone calls and text messages for full wire-tap orders.
Neither 'do' Skype!
Android users already have software options. It's always good to separate the encoding devices from a handset so you can be assured there are no 'bypass' circuits leaking unencrypted messages.
Leave Apple alone, it will bring the US Patent Office down unaided
Apple makes a mockery of the purpose behind patent legislation and it, alone, will best serve as an example of why it needs an overhaul.
Let's hope the new UK system doesn't ape that of the States. When China progresses from plagiarism to innovation, the challenges will be significant for existing patent regimes. At least India uses the English language!
Sounds like like a lawyer working on commission!
Oops, I forgot - lawyers don't call it commission they use the fancy term 'contingency', it sounds classier and implies risk - risk of not getting anything!
In the U.S. losing civil litigants don't usually get to pay winners legal fees.
First Kinect and now Sony
The enterprising types who do this should be congratulated on their technical prowess.
Pity they can't use it in a CV.
Now the FBI will demand point & click InterNet tapping
Presently the FBI has a very sophisticated, remote, automatic called DCSNet, Digital Collection System Network, a comprehensive 'click and point' wire-tap system capable of intercepts wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems through CALEA conforming systems anywhere in North America, from any FBI office in America. It doesn't do Skype, or InterNet! :o)
Guess they will now demand ISP's provide uniform interfaces so they can monitor everyone's InterNet activity in the U.S. of A.
People think NSA 'taps' everything when in actual fact the NSA does not engage in 'wire-tapping'; it collects signals intelligence, AKA 'sigint' - rather it intercepts complete streams of communications containing millions of telephone calls and e-mails, etc. Then the NSA runs the intercepts through very bid computers that filter them for particular names, telephone numbers, Internet addresses, and trigger words or phrases.
Undoubtedly the FBI will demand that the whole world conform to CALEA interfaces so the U.S. can listen in to the world. Pity the U.S. doesn't have any money.
The Chinese Government is likely lying - censorship not cash
The Chinese government is more likely concerned that they, along with the Germans and the FBI, can't monitor what is going on.
Anyone familiar with DNS and port customisation should have little difficulty in circumventing the Chinese - or aircraft WiFi - attempts at throttling the InterNet and Skype.
Piers Sellers? Mmmm .... is this the French version of ...
the late lamented famous Goon Show actor?
IMO, people who have deserted the UK and taken another countries citizenship aren't deserving of any British 'gong' or recognition.
Well done, Gov.UK - smart move
Any red tape reduction allowing people to file their IP and then to get on making use of it is to be welcomed, particularly the EU wide concept.
The only thing we should hope is that EU patents don't become as confused and litigation prone as is the case with the U.S. system.
They have the answer in mainland China
I was on a Chinese carrier recently and there were several instructions in English and Chinese that all 'electronics' should be switched off.
The Chinese are worst than most at using cell's everywhere.
The cabin crew simply walked down the aisles starting at the front of economy literally seizing cell phones that were in use from the hands of the offending passengers. They didn't collect too many as other passengers saw what was happening and quickly put their phones away.
After landing further announcements were made advising all passengers who 'lost their hand phones' should wait in their seats and could pick them up when others had disembarked.
In China No! means No!
The Walled Garden: A trap of Jobs own making?
Google's Android is open, too open for some, since Apps aren't pre-approved and some were withdrawn only after they were made available. But Google never promised a 'rose' garden - what you see is what you get.
However, Jobs, by claiming to 'vet' all his Apps, even keeping some locked in approval for months, is different - he has actively, and persistently, blocked all attempts to open up The Garden so obviously any Apps that have been released has been done with Apple's blessing. The conditions imposed by Apple on developers should obviously be tested as part of the approvals process and therefore it is not unreasonable to hold both Apple and the developer culpable.
In fact, Apple's liability is greater, IMO, since it has the ultimate capability of making all data unavailable to any App or, alternatively providing a user controlled function to allow, or deny, App access to ant data. Some Apps remove data that has absolutely no utility in the use of the App.
Most, if not all, Apps do not need a smartphones unique identifier, many do not need to know it's physical location, either.
This is not to say Google is much better; for they, too, collect all sorts of data and not many people know either how much or who else gets to share it.
There is a way to control all this: deny all access by Apps and have it supplied through Apple or Google so they become the gatekeeper to this data. The problem is that neither Apple or Google can be trusted much, if at all, but at least they can be trusted more than App developers.
Does, I wonder, the action seek compensation for the theft of transmission time used by all these back channels?
Inaction by banks deserves exposure
Whilst Barclays is to be congratulated in closing this particular loophole, the bank cards association had plenty of time to remedy the defect yet all they wanted to do was to shut the info source down.
Lucky he didn't have Plod breathing down his neck, too.
Since the introduction of Pin and Chip the banks have adopted a harder attitude towards complaints of customers accounts being plundered, claiming that their new system prevents fraud when in actual fact it doesn't
This means they are defrauding / misleading / lying to the public whilst some parts of the banks know there are weaknesses. THIS is what is so DESPICABLE about the whole matter.
I never withdraw round amounts from ATM's (490 instead of 500) and I always scan those receipts that fade (so quickly) so in case of dispute I have all the records.
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