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.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
and bring all these 'international' or 'global' companies into line.
There are very few countries that wouldn't benefit from this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 >.
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.
Just give someone enough time and incentive!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Since his Mother was born in Wales, and Manning was even conceived in Wales - important if you subscribe to the belief a person exists at the time of conception.
Still, even if Manning isn't British (which he could easily claim) ordinary, decent morals require that prisoners be treated in a humane way. Even the guys down in Guantanamo have it better than Manning because the thick sculled Marine regime in Virginia have pre-judged him OR want to reduce his mental capacity to such an extent that he will be unfit for trial.
The U.S. screams loud enough when one of it's personnel get banged up in Korea or VietNam but Manning, remember, is one of your own. The U.S. is sticking it to their own people which makes the Marines Corps as despicable as the captors of Americans, if not more so. Of course Manning's abuse is a great moral booster, too, knowing that your government is capable of permitting this to happen.
This will enable the aforementioned thick sculled Marine regime to disown him and say he was accepted by mistake, etc.
Hell, some bent characters might even say that's what happens when you let gays at the secrets - seeing how the Marines are so enamoured with people of alternate life styles.
The fact is the U.S. government is dumb. It gave over 3-million people clearance to view these 'secret' messages that were little more than what people write when visiting another country. There have been no 'secrets' revealed unless you call the murderous bastards flying the helicopters that were used to serially murder two Reuters reporters and a bunch of unarmed civilians featured in the leaked video.
No other country has suffered such embarrassment because (a) None is dumb enough to give so many people, in so many places, access to material that is superfluous to their job; (b) over use of the term 'secret'. It would appear that only toilet paper escapes being given a secrecy rating.
Whilst not many in the U.S. can see it at this time, Manning has done everyone a favour (if he did in fact leak anything) as (z) the U.S. has reviewed it's security procedures; (y) has implemented some form of security on computers having access to restricted material; (x) has demonstrated to the diplomats that they are little better than gossips.
The other beneficiaries are other countries who now realise, if they didn't before, is that the U.S. doesn't honour agreements, it is two-faced and even stoops to collecting DNA from other diplomats with whom they come in contact and plays dirty.
Two consecutive U.S. governments, of both political stripes, have now voted to deliberately break the terms of The Constitution which goes to show just how amoral the politicians and government is - and they deem to tell other governments how to run their operations!
If you went to school in the U.S. or even joined the military you might recall just how many times you vowed to uphold/observe The Constitution - almost daily. Sort of diminishes the worth of all those pledges to being little better than hot air.
P.S. I carry a U.S. passport.but am too embarrassed to use it.
around the web in order to better sell ads based on your on-line peregrinations, as do Apple, App developers, cellco's and Uncle Tom Cobley and all.