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Another dumb bugger who doesn't tether his laptop ... or make back-ups.
Hasn't this AD MAN seen the ADVERTISEMENTS that recommend you lock your goodies in your car boot / trunk?
I have hauled laptops and assorted high value electronic test gear around the world for decades and have yet to lose one to a thief. My trusty Kingston security tether (don't use the Belkin as they are useless) is ALWAYS attached when out of my home or office.
At airports or other transportation termini I thread the tether through my baggage handles. On commuter trains I either secure the tether through my trousers belt or around my wrist. Once I travelled on the Chiltern line and noticed all the dozing business men who carelessly entrusted their laptops to the overhead rack. On arrival at Princes Risborough there was a cry of anguish as one of these sleeping beauties had discovered his toy had been taken for a walk.
P.S. Do yourselves a favour, cut off any labelling on the carry cases that suggest the contents have a high value!
Financial systems own goals: credibility down the drain
Financial institutions depend on trust, whatever there is left after the Wall Street frauds, where a person trusts a financial agent to perform a duty without fear or favour and transmit money to a second party.
By claiming Assange / Wikileaks / whomever has broken a law - no U.S. laws have been infringed by Wikileaks - and refusing to perform their advertised service, the financial institutions are simply destroying their credibility, particularly since they still perform services to people infringing the law in other matters.
I frequently use 'ethnic' money transfer services, which are not banks and were declared to be 'aiding terrorism' by Bush, as I can transfer any amount of money - as in thousands of dollars - to a different country knowing it will be DELIVERED to the payee, as in to their door, the next day, 7 days a week.
Never been cheated, never been refused and never had to discuss the 'lawfulness' of my payee.
Smart move: Quality not Quantity
The oft quoted App totals, even those passed by the Thought Control police, had, and have, little meaning to smartphone users who use their devices for business.
Many App library descriptions don't accurately describe Apps, either, making selection difficult.
Perhaps the design contest rules signal RIM will adopt tighter parameters when they open their App library.
Regional bird accents
As someone who has travelled worldwide, I have noticed chickens and owls have distinctive regional calls.
Some owls in, at least, Western Greece making a 'bopping' cry as opposed to the 'twit-twoooo' of the English owl.
The 'morning call' of cockerels, which seem to have no or little relationship to sun-rise are even more distinctly more varied, even to the untrained ear. Having listened to such calls for years in Buckinghamshire, the damn multiple cocks within earshot of my small place on the Greek isle of Kithnos are extremely different both in timing and tone, and seem to start around 04.00H and carry on throughout the day!
My favourite bird call is the plaintiff call of the Canadian Loon < http://www.junglewalk.com/sound/loon-sounds.htm >.
P.S. When travelling, take time to study the night-sky filled with stars - and how it changes from place to place.
Another clash of culture?
In North America, where the telephone was invented on picturesque Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, the early telephone 'companies' were formed by farmers getting together and erecting telephone lines that terminated on a manual switchboard somewhere in the centre, geographically.
The operator, often a housewife, would connect the calls on her cord board. The whole system was financed by occasional payments whilst the individual calls were 'free'.
Later lines were installed that interconnected individual farmers groups systems together, the use of which was subject to charge.
Elsewhere in the world per call charges were used.
Rarely have 'consumption' charges been used in North America since the InterNet became more ubiquitous. Generous limits were imposed but few hit this jackpot, at first.
Now Europe wants to reintroduce it's metering schema.
Several things aren't too obvious to the casual user. The BBC, for instance, maintains servers in White Plains, New York State to service North America.
Google also owns InterNet pipelines around the world that terminate in many countries for which they pay the freight. Other heavy consumers, such as Facebook, do not, relying on regular carriers.
So before people go bad mouthing the usual suspects, just investigate who the real free-loaders are.
Brave guy, this Icelander, and right on the mark
Assange and Wikileaks have broken no laws with respect to the 'leaks'.
The leaks occurred solely because of the failure of American authorities to properly secure the data. Any claims by these usurious credit card companies to the contrary are plain and simply lies.
These companies should recognise that American law does not apply to Europe and therefore the EU should their feet to the fire and get this sorted out.
PayPal - no credibility, not trustworthy1
The PayPal wanna-be-a-bank outfit has a history of freezing accounts for unfounded reasons. Did it for Cryptome, too.
Not only this, they also sell on customer data to other potential vendors.
Totally unworthy and unreliable. Never, ever give them a credit card number, either!
All potential contracts should be advertised with a ...
period to allow expressions of interest, followed by proposals / RFQ's and a public opening of bids.
This will force tenderers to sharpen their pencils and for competitors to tweak / optomise their quotations.
Rape victims don't usually go public
The Guardian had a detailed piece on the allegations, as well as a time line, which highlights all the oddities about these allegations.
One article provides an interesting analysis: < http://thestandard.org.nz/marianne-ny-making-an-arse-of-swedish-law/ >.
Assange hasn't broken any U.S. laws, either, nor is is covered in the U.S. / U.S.A. extradition agreement.
The whole thing smells.
Christmas is coming and even Learned Beaks get the feeling
I think Assange might have better chance of bail next time around.
By then the Swedes will have to get their stuff together sufficient to paint a picture of their case to persuade the Beak, who recognises a hot thing, to ship him off.
Since it is nearer Christmas the chances are the Beak will be more disposed towards considering bail.
"testing of the gizmo’s firmware is still ongoing"
After the disastrous Lemon 4, it must the new process - testing them in the factory and not in the users hand.
Guess this news will flatten sales of Version 1 and boost those of Samsung Galaxy pads for those wanting one for Christmas.
That this is a fix-up is so blatantly obvious except to the people who cobbled it together.
The history of this whole thing suggests the scheme was cobbled together without the aid of the initial prosecutor. After he did the usual routine he pronounced the complaints not credible.
Smart people would have stopped at this point and re-grouped.
But no, we are dealing characters such as find employment with the CIA, best remembered for the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and the U.S. taps a friendly politician who in turns gets a willing prosecutor in a totally different city.
How unrealistic can this get?
P.S. Did you hear of the sick joke that Australia might deny this Australian citizen re-entry if he is convicted? Another bunch of politicians.
Just in time for Santa Claus and Chinese New Years / Tet in February
At last there is choice for these annual celebrations, with the latest OS, rather than a phone that can't be held or earlier generation Android.
Why try fixing something that ain't broke?
One of the few things that has worked well are the international numbering plans and agreements. So why go messing it up?
There was a lot of thought put into the present plan. 852 (straight down the digital dial) for HongKong; 212 fast rotary dialling for a busy place like New York, as was 213 for Los Angeles (issued in 1947) surrounded by 323. Washington DC is 202 - a high number for an politically important but not, in 1947, particularly busy; 313 for busy Detroit.
44 and 33 were good numbers and undoubtedly assigned for their world (colonial) significance.
Areas with potentially high phone counts/populations were awarded single digits: 1 - North America (now less the Caribbean); 8 for China and Russia 7.
The agreement overrode politics, too. U.S. numbers couldn't dial Cuba, but Canada could through the then cable from Miami to Cuba. For the U.S. East Germany wasn't recognised diplomatically but nevertheless it could be reached by non-U.S. numbers through White Plains New York.
Who would have thought, numbers for international co-operation!
Most judges are technically ignorant + UK's in-built class system equals bad law
Both the U.S. and Canada have some judges who are not only qualified lawyers but also doctors, accountants and engineers. They are better qualified in handling today's technically complex cases.
The U.K., from what I have read, have fewer. Additionally there is the 'class' stratification in UK society and more senior judges, older too, are not only less technically skilled but have years of judicial isolation in their ivory towers away from everyday society. How many have been to a football match or even a drink at a pub?
The very expression, 'unsafe conviction', carries baggage whereas the North American "Not Guilty', or 'the conviction is struck' have much clearer meanings and inferences.
The proclamation, by the appeal court, in this case demonstrate the judges hadn't grasped the technical details of the matter which is not good for the court or the appellants - or for any other similar appeals this court may hear.
I was about to put this on my buy list, then I saw ...
Guess I'll have to wait for HTC to get it right.
More Apple Tosh on it's way
Apple will need a couple of weeks to file their version of this Nokia design - no doubt an App to create alleged differences.
Check PatentlyApple.com for progress.
Then, no doubt, they'll be off to the ITC for yet another hearing.
RIM might be smart to develop a Enterprise Server with a back ...
door because with the number of governments wanting to read their citizens mail is increasing monthly.
How about running a hacking competition to see who can break with a prize of $100,000?
The nest Facebook page is one with a bold ...
404 - as seen in China and VietNam and a few other enlightened countries.
Same problem at my summer cottage.
I have small weekend getaway on the 'wrong' side of the lake for a cable feed and using Wimax for listening to the Beeb gets a little expensive.
I bought some TP-Link 501 Access Point WiFi boxes which can be programmed as AP or Client which when connected back to back and using their 14 dB gain antennae gave a reliable link. It is possible to hack TP-Link boxes - search using Google - so you can max out the power.
It's been up for three years now, without any downtime.
How petty! Pay Pal you'd expect but the White House?
Pay Pal has a history of freezing accounts, seizing money or delaying payments, along with collecting and passing data - smart people avoid using them as an recipient of funds and especially as a forwarder of funds using credit cards.
As for the White House, no words describe their stupidity. I supported Obama, he had a once in a blue moon opportunity to change the U.S.A. for the better. He blew this opportunity, too.
I guess the numbnuts on his staff presume the people won't access the Wikilleaks.com/http://220.127.116.11 when they get home.
Moving the DSLAMs really helps
Where I live they use pole mounted DSLAMs to provide high speed drops to customer premises. The backbone are high-speed fibre cables. No more blaming "too far from the exchange". These are even used in remote villages which, when compared to the UK, are really, really remote.
Some city applications even use fibre drops to customer premises.
As for the much hyped test "from BT's nearby Martlesham Heath labs", 'Queen' setups hardly represent the real world conditions out in the field.
Anyway you cut it, the British consumer have been cheated out of what, now, is really an essential utility because BT has failed miserably.
Android is an OS, not hardware & millions of Americans have no insurance
Android would likely never kill anyone, except iOS - but it is not living, so you have to look further to the hardware manufacturer and it's subcontractors.
As for health insurance, you must have been on another planet with the U.S. discussed new health insurance for a year which was reported worldwide as other countries populations were amazed people had no free health coverage as most civilised nations do.
There is over 10% unemployment in the U.S. and the first thing to go is usually the health insurance followed by mortgage payments.
Apple disease spreading - there must be a patent for this
It had appeared, until this report, that Apple had the corner on exploding batteries in telephones. At least the Japanese got lucky, there was a mass recall of Apple batteries there recently.
I'll have to check PatentlyApple.com to see if Jobs has a patent on the battery feature.
Cash is King!
1. No trouble having cash accepted (if good money);
2. No audit trails for The Plod, tax man or expense auditors to check;
3. No anxious moments waiting to see if:there is a message to contact your bank;
4. No anxious moments waiting to see if HSBC has inadvertently cancelled your card;
5. No anxious moments waiting to see if HSBC is having computer problems, again;
6. Instant balance info by sticking your hand in your pocket;
7. No use information sold off to marketing outfits.
Nothing beats CASH, ask any tax dodger, drug dealer or frequent traveller.
Not a bad take even for 4.5 years
Split proportionately between the 5 of them, based on the time awarded, these guys still prove crime pays.
Kind of stupid for not registering property in a trusted third party, but there again there's supposed to be no honour amongst thieves so maybe they couldn't trust anyone!
And people think The cloud is reliable?
The Cloud has just suffered a hell of a hit to it's reputation and claims for reliability.
If some jumped up politician, who isn't quite sure what party he stands for, can write a letter and as a result have a Cloud operator remove the files, perhaps Apple will censor it's cloud of ny prurient material or MS refuse to post anything critical of it's products.
Keep those hard drives, at least you can control their use.
So the U.S. government knobbled EveryDNS?
So let me understand this.
Either agents of, or for, the U.S. Government are believed to be behind the attacks on Wikileaks - certainly they are not attacking themselves.
So the DNS provider terminates service on the grounds Wikileaks breached the clause tha reads: "Member shall not interfere with another Member's use and enjoyment of the Service or another entity's use and enjoyment of similar services".
I don't see how WL breached the terms since it is the victim of the attack.
Sounds like the makings of a court action.
Is this the 'All Indian' solution?
The government trumpeted an 'All Indian' solution.
Question: Where is it being built?
Windows OS, at least hot copies, are very popular - both in and out of government so the real 'savings' in using open software is a bit of a fantasy.
There are many emerging markets where computers at this price break would be welcomed.
At least the EU patent and copyright rules won't support U.S. shenanigans
Just where the hell do any of these U.S. West coast companies think they have the right to steal and plunder all these works by others?
The EU uses more acceptable criteria and would most likely acknowledge the open software communities interest in the word 'Hudson' which, for some reason, has a New York flavour to it.
Back to the boat, Ellison.
Be Happy! No more taxpayer pounds thrown at yet another international con outfit!
It's obvious a lot of people on the selection committee didn't get much sleep, people banging on suite doors offering bags of money.
However, the British taxpayer should be celebrating. Just think of all those taxpayer pounds that will be put to far better use than lining the pockets of private enterprise.
Most hosts to the international sports circuses do not come out ahead on these expenditures, so the funds can be directed to some worthwhile project that will provide long lasting benefits.
The Blair Olympics are a complete waste of funds that could be put to better use.
The BBC program will determine who does NOT get the selection
These international sports fiefdoms, no pun intended, run on corruption whether it is football or even the Olympics.
In reality they are no longer sports concerns, they are businesses and business monopolies at that.
Even with royalty, either of the realm or football, or a politician pushing the UK bid, money will talk louder.
"she was uncomfortable disclosing the details"
This, lady, is the idea behind committee hearings - to make you, and the government - 'feel uncomfortable' and come up with the answers.
Such soft questioning!
As for the 'commercialisation' aspects: the UK has always missed opportunities for major inventions with, usually, Americans, making the money. The Americans make use of government facilities for commercial purposes.
The new idea for 'commercialisation' has to be monitored by people external to GCHQ to make sure no unhealthy relationships develop between it and their new clients.
This is a very slippery slope and a hand of restraint should be provided along with a very clear, and public, set of guidelines.
Another brick missing from the walled garden
It must be comforting for the early adopters of Apple products that even they are somewhat neglected by Apple, at least the modders have kept them in mind.
Another headache for Steve, baby. Another step for freedom of iPhans.
Using valuable spectrum for TV wasteland is squandering a resource.
The massive assignment of valuable spectrum for TV trivia is wrong, these days, but this change of use conversion has to be properly managed, which is the point of the ITU, as electromagnetic transmissions are no respecter of international borders.
Canada and the U.S., whilst sharing a common border are vastly different in nature. The U.S. is geographically smaller than Canada [ :) ] but it's population is about 10 times as large. The majority of Canadians populate the 200 miles immediately north of the border.
Notwithstanding the population disparity, or the different densities, Canada has East-West coast-to-coast cell, television and fibre-optic coverage with multiple high power TV transmitters in the major provincial capitals.
In the mid-West, or prairies, this will have little effect as cows aren't really into WiFi BUT in the extreme West and the heavily populated Northeast these border stations will determine how the U.S. deploys it's spectrum. Assuming a transmitter has an interference range of 4 times it's satisfactory viewing range.
The U.S. really has a critical lack of communications infrastructure out in the country - where powerful TV stations are needed to reach the population.
The alternate might be to provide (almost bankrupt) government sponsored fibre-optic facilities funded from the spectrum sale. This will free up sufficient room for the new uses.
IP TV might be a solution for these sparsely populated areas, it is very successfully deployed in S.E. Asia.
For the larger population areas of Canada one way to eliminate spectrum overlap is to provide free basic local TV station access to everyone, whilst disallowing advertisement replacement by cable companies, so local stations continue to have sufficient revenue to finance their programming.
Europe is easier since the EU waves the big stick and can undoubtedly bring it's disparate countries into alignment.
Other parts of the world are also quite manageable given their demands and their geography.
The bottom line is whatever the solution the U.S. decides to use, it is not necessarily good for the rest of us.
Even InterNet service in Tuktoyaktuk & Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada faster than UK
The northern coast of Canada, separated from the sunny south by thousands of kilometres of cold permafrost gets better service than Britain. The answer is competition.
If the UK government really wanted to roll high-speed InterNet out they would force BT to drop all restrictive practices with respect to BT facilities.
In Saigon the local government authorities got a little ticked off with all the sidewalk and roadway desecration by the local carriers that they made all of the almost 10 landline service carriers share common facilities.
The single fibre-optic cable now serves all my communications needs from any carrier, including two cable TV outfits. At least the competing carriers have their own server facilities, as opposed to buying an allocation from the largest supplier, and all ISP's have at least 6 international IP feeds which have really helped things along.
Note. Requesting IP TV requires they open up the IP pipe to get sufficient bandwidth which often improves the speed of the InterNet carrier signal!
Never have accepted upgrades on the first day
Nver have accepted upgrades on the day of release, just as the company refuses to install OS major revisions until the first 'Service Pack'.
Seems the policy proved correct again.
So much for Apple batteries
Apple is still fighting to justify lengthy battery claims.
They messed with the RF control software and dropped calls trying economise. Now this.
I realise that iPhans like to have decisions made for them but why not simply provide a power control panel and let the owner of the device make their own power allocation decisions?
Would choice reduce the complaints?
Perhaps if the TSA allowed PAX to choose the sex of the person preparing to 'handle your junk' the number of complaints would decrease.
Of course, some of the females employed by TSA might persuade anyone to stick with males.
So why is Hilary's knickers in such a twist over "Nothing really new"
Either Gates is getting senile or Hilary, and Obama, has misjudged the whole thing.
Of course Gates is spinning, the U.S. is very embarrassed - neither can it keep it's own secrets under wraps, it can't even be trusted to keep others secrets secure, either.
Hezbollah must be shaking in their boots
What a wuss of a charge - hacking phones and breaching Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The phones were legally acquired and legally sold on, not like they were like Blue Boxes - which Apple's Jobs made when he was younger - so there was no telecommunications fraud.
Pity we didn't hear about the price differential between the cost of the telephones and the price of the 'heavily subsidised' units.
Perhaps if had made one phone call from each handset he could have claimed they had all been used for personal purposes.
Could Cellco's use this against subscribes who jailbreak their 'subsidised' handsets?
"complaints from Microsoft, ... Foundem and French search site ejustice.fr"
The complainants say all there is to know about the case: two damn American outfits who couldn't make the complaint stick in the U.S. and a Frog outfit who has cultural differences with the predominance of what is, in reality, a pretty good search facility ... for the price - free.
Pay for it and they might have a case.
More than likely a U.S. agency doing what it tells others not to do
The U.S. usually gets all upset and righteous when independent spammers start using dirty tricks against web sites yet all is fine when they use the very same techniques against Wikileaks.
Little wonder that people around the world regard the U.S. with such contempt!
The best quality programming is on Public TV - where is it in MS plans?
With this proliferation of on-line TV, it seems the best is being left behind - the wasteland of American TV has few decent channels.
In Canada there are satellite channels that show TV programming from every province and territory which allows you to appreciate the differing hardships and challenges different communities face.
Unfortunately many of these on-line services will not be offering such variety of programming.
Of course, a challenge that has to be dealt with in Europe are the licencing fees - imagine what the Capita crowd will be up to accusing every computer owner of viewing TV and demanding their financial cut.
Sad squandering of limited public funds
Given the sorry state of council finances across the UK, it is little less than criminal when it comes to installing and maintaining CCTV.
Although the Chinese have done a good job of using their facilities, it requires an enormous amount of manpower to make effective, as well as even more curtailment of civil rights already imposed in the UK.
Compared to most CCTV systems, the Chinese systems are gold plated, not some pickings from a catalogue. Since the State controls prices to a considerable degree, they get the best pricing.
The U.S. has an idea, get the local 'Nosey Parkers' to monitor things using cable channels. Of course monitoring borders is a little less private than looking after your neighbours.
The pointless installation of cameras should cease and only where a use is proven should they in place.
Another Blunkett/Blair legacy
The U.S. has thousands of these country/country agreements around the world. and is an expert in drafting them and simply outfoxed, if that bis the right word when applied to that idiot Blunkett, the UK when negotiating it.
On a scale of car parking to murder, computer hacking is pretty near the bottom and should not be an extraditable offence ESPECIALLY since the crime originated on UK soil.
The French have a pretty good answer for this: "Non!"
Cracking MS was less for demand and more because to prove MS is as bad as Apple
No doubt the jailbreakers did this, not for demand or OS popularity, rather just to prove MS is no better than iOS or numerous other locked down platforms.
Colour anyone embarrassing the U.S. a terrorist, then break the law persecuting them!
American lawmakers are hypocrites. The concept of rule of law is a nice phrase which they conveniently forget when it suits their purposes.
The Patriot Act breached The U.S. Constitution, but no government prosecutor wants to go near a court with it. So the U.S. Congress will pass yet more illegal laws, no doubt trying to make them retroactive - which courts often reject.
As for 'locking the data down' - this should have happened way back when the Army arrested their man.
Wouldn't have happened in China - they monitor computer terminals and would have caught this leak when it started.
Software inventorying a complete joke.
MS has persuaded the Vietnamese government to audit both business and government use of software.
The government declared all of it's operations would switch to Linux - which they did. Unfortunately many users resorted to dual booting machines as their custom software was written for Windows. A recent visit to our local Traffic Plod confirmed to my eyes Windows was still in use.
Business audits are preceded by the local Plod visiting all places to be inspected and establishing a convenient timetable. This allows us to get the sharing of original disks organised, as well as going down to the bank to get some cash to pay Plod off with.
At the end of the day the Plod gets richer and business enters the value of the bribes in the 'other expenses' column.
Apple Tosh ... not a recipe ...
actually the name of the process where some brainless scientist gets together with a guileless patent attorney and dream up, or re-engineer an existing patent, and produce sketches and prose that is sufficiently obtuse to confuse the American Patents Office.