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Jobs' messianic status challenged
and, hopefully, this will result in Apple governance ad opting traditional values used by most other public companies.
Head hunters intent on capturing what passes for Apple talent can be rebuffed by offering shares redeemable at a future time (measured in years).
Do David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton & Sergei Lavrov even ...
have a clue of the technicalities involved?
The absence, seemingly, of the Chinese leaves a gaping hole in the conference.
Finding those elusive cell phones
There are two major kinds of cell phone location technologies - the US FCC has different accuracy requirements for them . For “network-based” technologies, accuracy must be within 100 metres for 67% of calls, 300 metres for 95% of calls; for “handset-based” technologies, within 50 metres for 67% of calls, 150 metres for 95% of calls. The remaining 5% of calls are handled on a “best efforts” basis.
“Network-based” refers to, usually, Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) – a carrier has receivers located at cell towers and determines a cell phone location by processing the signals received from that cell phone, which locates wireless phones by comparing the time it takes a mobile station's radio signal to reach several location measurement units (LMUs) installed at an operator's base stations. One advantage is that the technology works with legacy handsets, but the drawback is that it doesn't always work well in rural areas where there are fewer base stations and towers to measure a signal.
“Handset-based” generally refers to a cell phone with built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver – it calculates its own location by receiving transmissions from at least three GPS satellites.
CDMA operators opted for handset-based location technology based on global position system (GPS) technology using satellites to determine the location of a handset. This offers greater accuracy but can't pinpoint callers indoors — because the signal is too weak — and is ill suited in the urban canyons common to cities.
Most of the GPS technologies currently deployed include a fall back to Advanced Forward Lateral Triangulation (AFLT) or Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology to achieve better accuracy. Accuracy rules require these handset-based systems to provide accuracy within 150 metres for 95% of the calls and 50 metres for 67% of calls. A-GPS also is used on WCDMA networks.
There is also another technology from Rosum Corporation (www.rosum.com) who is exploring TV-GPS, a system that combines television signals with global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for tracking assets/people right to places where GPS alone can't go, such as in the high-rise “canyons” of urban centres and even inside buildings and garages.
Location Technologies include:
E-CID - Enhanced Cell-ID (500-1000 metres depending on cell-site density)
Derives additional timing advance and power measurements from the wireless network.
A-GPS - Assisted Global Positioning System (>30 metres)
Uses modified handsets that contain a GPS receiver and a special network server to assist in location calculation.
Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (>50 metres)
Uses low-cost location measurement units installed in the operators' base stations to precisely calculate location using trilateration (aka Lateral Triangulation).
AOA - Angle of Arrival (100-500 metres)
Uses two or more antennas with multiple element arrays, allowing the exact location of each AOA element to be calculated precisely.
Links: < www.gps-practice-and-fun.com/a-gps.html >, < www.911dispatch.com/911/wireless911.html >.
In the States the FBI can also use credit card transactions in REAL TIME. Cash remains king (or queen).
Suspicious people can always have their cell GPS receiver disconnected - a -minute operation at any cell service centre. Emergency calls can also be made when the SIM is removed or a cell is not in their providers area.
The UK's facing unforeseen financial challenges and they waste their ...
energy and resources discussing InterNet filters? Some one has their priorities severely mixed up.
Porn for one person is light titillation for others. It doesn't matter what medium looks in to there is someone's idea off porn. It doesn't matter whether it is an art photograph, a famous painting, a statue even abstract art - someone will complain about pornography.
The government would dare allow standards to be set by communities - it means relinquishing too much control.
It works in other countries. Police in other countries consult with the prosecution and then, if judged as having crossed the line, off to court and a judge, with a jury, render a decision - some decisions are quite forward looking.
Why should the decisions be made by do-gooders who think their morals should be foisted upon the general population?
Let the government clean up the banking industry, the pollution crisis and the crowded roads before they waste their time on this.
Not available on Apple as Jobs didn't think of it first as well as being recently patented
A fellow employee has this on his Android device and even I, being large of finger, found it a breeze to use compared to those squarish keys with small spaces between them and the adjacent key.
Well done, David Baker.
Who cares how many MS pooh-bars deny Google's claim
The facts are simple. Google caught Bing copying.
So what? Bing is still an inferior product - and an attempt to shore up MS revenue which is none too healthy compared with it's history or other competitors.
Hard to believe, I thought knockers were door knockers
Having grown up in the UK countryside where every house worthy of the name mansion boasted a custom-cast 'knocker' from Gomme's Forge, Loosley Row near Princes Risborough (UK) so I did a Google and surprise, right at the top were pictures of female apertances.
At least my naivete was countered when I found door knockers at positions 4 and 7 (A hinged fixture, such as a metal ring or bar, used for knocking on a door).
What's wrong with the word 'breasts'?
You should also be loyal to your friends - and give them the contracts
This even pre-dates a couple of millennia (including our present one) as Proverbs 21:21 (NASB) states, "He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life."
So ICO, in handing out this contract was only following biblical practice, which is kind of hard to argue against unless you are of a different faith.
So much for Cameron's cut-the-costs regime.
After all this expense I hope they copyrighted and registered the work.
Apple PR at work
Have you noticed when the California fruit factory is out of the newspapers something crops up to bring it to peoples attention.
Given the flap about the boozy Apple employee who lost his pre-production Lemon it is doubtful that the would make that mistake again.
This is what PR companies do - tease iPhans in to ignoring all the new, improved competition until another Apple upgrade is ready.
I am tired of all this underhanded downloading of bloatware
The early versions of Windows Media Player were of a reasonable size and I left the on my machines. Slowly they grew in size as new 'features' were added. What really grabbed me was bloody advertising appearing under "Media Guide".
So I dumped it and live happily with Irfanview and some very handy plug-ins and VLC which handles any video I am interested in.
PNR data is overkill for a security check.
The PNR contains first name, initial and last name; DOB; passport number/place of issue/expiry date; credit card information; meal preferences; seat assignment; special needs; potentially an address in the country of departure; cell/telephone numbers; e-mail address(es); frequent flyer plan number(s); date of departure/flight info; date of return; hotel - if made through GDS**; car reservations - if made through GDS; itinerary if multiple segment; travel agent notes.
Of this data there seems only 9 needed by Plod and company: first name, initial and last name; DOB; passport number/place of issue/expiry date; date of departure/flight info. The rest are quite unnecessary for a security check.
I deliberately obfuscate my information, and pay cash, because it simply an unwarranted intrusion into my business. Fortunately my travel agent has a separate database in which she stores cell/tel numbers, etc. so she has no need to include this in the PNR. She also understands she'll lose all my and my employers business if she ever handed it out.
** GDS = Global Distribution System (Amadeus, Galileo, etc)
The higher the court, the more arcane the arguments
The juicy stuff in a trial goes on in the lower courts where all sorts of information is input in to a case.
One case I remember centred on the word 'may' as in "if you find there is insufficient evidence you MAY find the accused not guilty". This word went through several levels of appeal and ended up in the Canadian Supreme Court where is was decided that MAY doesn't mean the same as MUST.
Interesting to the legal profession but as boring as hell to the public - except the accused.
What about new networks and technologies?
Canada now has moved the newest cell voice networks in to the 2+ GHz range in addition to the 900 and 1800MHz bands.
Will the new UK spectrum plan preclude/lock-out new entrants into the business?
If it does it seems that the public could lose out, again.
Murdoch losing? Just give him a little time to show his 'appreciation' so the judges get it right.
There are so many price differentials in the EU - it always seems the British are getting the short end of the stick. The EU has been in existence long enough for all external vendors to understand the rules.
Unfortunately Canada also suffers from the same price discrimination but only with different countries.
There are English and French TV networks with different 'blackout' rules and often English speaking people will view a match on the French network with the sound turned down using the English radio network as the source of commentary!
This is on a par with drying small dogs in a microwave or X-raying a baby in check-in
It appears the days when ignorant New Yorkers 'nuked' their miniature dogs are fading but this particular women is little better.
There was also the cases in the U.S. where babies carrier were X-rayed for dangerous weapons, with the BABY still INSIDE! See: < http://articles.latimes.com/2006/dec/20/local/me-baby20 > and <http://www.securityoracle.com/security_forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=267 >.
"... preformed admirably from -40c up to 35c. Why can't a tablet do the same?"
They are generally larger than smartphones and and harder to keep warm and lose heat more quickly. Then there's the wind-chill factor. Smartphones can keep snug and warn under your clothing.
The rapid temp changes with a Chinook might cause condensation. Apple has admitted that it's warranty denying moisture detectors are defective and rely on the ability of an Apple employee to 'interpret' the colour of the detector not exactly scientific.
Of course, if it's an Apple product you are out of spec, anyway, with your operating specs.
Your problem is you live in the middle of nowhere
If you lived in Toronto you wouldn't be having all these complaints.
Besides living in the cold of Alberta your pad/tablet will only be operable a few months each year unless the Chinooks** happen by.
** See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Chinook_wind >
Assange can't comment without compromising his legal options
Given that these are 'privileged documents' in the jurisdiction in which he might be charged, Assange would be well advised to keep his mouth shut otherwise any benefit to him arising from the release of these documents will be lost to him.
I've never associated Murdoch with professional journalism
The Wall Street Journal used to be a reputable newspaper until Murdoch came along and made it as tasteless and worthless as all his other titles.
Why should we expect any better now he has discovered smartphones?
Jobs has a patent for this
The new App, still being developed, uses a special algorithm derived from Picassa, that softens the focus of the camera and reduces the tonal range so that dark areas in lines, usually representing a wrinkle, are reduced or eliminated.
Another feature will enable hair tones to remain the same thereby allowing the elimination of grey hair.
Due process of US law - kick the doors down
In the days of the observance of law, the U.S. recognised legal niceties like The Constitution, territorial limits and due process.
Now it has just about trampled on all other countries - did you know the U.S. Coast Guard now operates world-wide - it is turning on it's own people.
Just because some brain-dead puritanical do gooder thinks on-line gambling - which is what these streams are used for - is wrong but in-person gambling is OK, the whole country/world has to adopt their thought process.
Not the PR blurb language: "accused of illegally streaming live pay-per-view sporting events", "accused of selling or distributing".. Hey, Obama, you're a lawyer - do you know the difference between accusation and conviction.
No wonder the U.S. is held to be in decline, not far to the bottom now.
Lost your res info? No problem, just contact ...
U.S. Homeland Security as they get everything about you and your flight including e-mail address(es), credit card numbers, passport number and DOB, meal preferences, seat assignment info, frequent flyer card numbers, home address and telephone number, cell number (if used anywhere in flight process), etc.
They draw down credit bureau info, too. Hotel reservations, other transportation details booked through any res system is also fully accessible to them.
If the news letter pay wall is anything like Murdoch's pay TV satellite security ...
out here in the Far East he won't be making much money.
Modded Pay TV receivers can be bought openly in many markets along with all the necessary cards, etc.
Unreasonable pricing will encourage hacking
If a product is perceived by customers to be unreasonably high hackers will likely render any security software mute and then the e-book industry will really be in trouble - no market and mass piracy.
Hopefully the UK government will produce sufficient information to reduce sale prices to a reasonable level allowing reasonable returns for all the players involved..
Psst! Going cheap, low mileage and only two owners
The Canadian government is tiring of fighting wars started by the U.S.A.
They have some used Chinooks for sale. They bought them from the U.S. forces for only $282-million.
So far there have been no takers for the five CH-147D choppers. If no buyers are found for the Canadian Chinooks they will be packed up and brought home when the combat mission ends in July.
So if Cameron figures out the cost for shipping these back to Canada - the props come off - tosses in an extra couple of million for goodwill he'll have the gear in situ and for a bargain!
The Canadian looking after this deal is Brigadier-General Charles Lamarre.
Quote: "Appalling grammar too."
How's your Chinese?
You shouldn't point a finger at anyone as three are pointing back at you.
When the Grim Reaper comes a calling not even Jobs can resist
Why are so people about death, even talking about it?
It'll be kind of ironic for the guy who has spent so much time telling people what they can, or cannot, do with their property when the Grim reaper calls - even Jobs will have to listen.
Perhaps he should have skipped the transplant as the anti-rejection drugs have, according to experts in the field, made it risky for alternative, more aggressive, treatment.
Has the worst UI I've ever seen. Did you go ...
any further and check out the 'fish'.
Pretty rough looking.
Australian Sydney Peace Foundation gives the finger to Oz and U.S. governments
Whatever you think of Assange he's in good company with Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda.
He deserves it for his personal bravery alone. Must be feel pretty exposed with the U.S.A. threatening you and your very own government forming the cheer leaders for the U.S.
"... copied most of the interaction paradigm from iOS ..."
And where did Jobs copy most his work from?
Dating from early days Apple has plagiarised others work so they are not innovators as much as a photocopier is not an artist or author.
King Canute, all over again
China and VietNam, along with some other countries, have blocked access to Facebook and, in China, many other web sites.
I would dare to say there is no computer or smartphone owning school aged child in either country, especially VietNam, who doesn't know how to circumvent blocking tactics used by ISP's.
China arguably has the most advanced Firewall/blocking around but it doesn't work that well, either.
MS caught hands down - to cheap to monitor inputs!
No doubt MS will revamp whatever it uses as an algorithm soon, like monitoring the various inputs for glaring spelling mistakes.
As some one said: " Use Google, Bing does"
You'll upset iPhans presenting data this way
To keep the Jobs Mob happy you are supposed to divvy up the Android market, on the basis that they are not really the same, by manufacturer and then iPhans will think Apple is on top.
Of course, the real world knows the truth - likely why they don't buy the Lemons - that Android is No. 1 no matter what the Cupertino lie factory, sorry, Apples PR lot say.
This could be interpreted as a re-write of BAE, EADS & BA's business practices
With all the dirty money sloshing around in the aircraft manufacturing and operating businesses some companies are going to really change their operating practices.
The U.S. has a similar law but it seems to have little effect on bribery, in fact the U.S. government has become quite a dab hand at 'persuasion' by either denying Most Favoured Nation status, offering quid pro quo deals or other 'incentives'.
Neither the UK or the US governments are 'nice' - ask the Brits who stayed over in Guantamo
Given the history of both the UK and the US governments, especially the anger expressed so publicly by members of the government and congress, Assange is likely wise to have regard for his security.
It is is interesting to see how the UK beneficiaries of Wikileaks downloads is now turning against Assange. The Guardian, along with the New York Times, have really been scraping the gutter trying to disparage Assange.
It makes one wonder why? Is it because they know he is going for different leak partners and the newspapers respective increased circulation, and profits, will suffer as a consequence?
What the newspapers are printing about Assange personally say more about their 'professionalism', or rather lack of it, than anything else.
Whatever personal foibles Assange adopts still doesn't detract from the fact that he has produced the goods in a way, and in a quantity, that no one has ever achieved or is likely to achieve again.
I have no interest in whether he is a cross dresser, has unusual ways of expressing his happiness, or is particular about his security - but I am interested in his product which stands on it's own.
Did anyone even consider the plight of the property owners?
I imagine there will be many property owners upset at the information displayed as it forces the value of their properties yet lower, as if the banking industry hadn't done enough.
The insurers will love it though, as they will use it, no doubt, to force their premiums further skyward.
Criminals will be able to pick 'quiet' spots where Plod doesn't expect trouble so their escape is almost guranteed.
A winner all round?
Since 2001SEP11 schools have overreacted in many ways
It is right that the ACLU challenged the school authorities over their extreme reaction to an opinion that may, or may not, have been founded on fact.
Even in England of the last century we all had names for teachers, each reflecting a consensus of opinion of a given class on the attributes of the said teachers. This student, no doubt a little unwisely, chose to post his opinion for all to see.
The school should draw a line between school activities and those in students private arenas. Did whomever find the comment do it on school equipment during school hours?
As for 'cycberbullying' - what a ridiculous charge - the teacher had many remedies that he could have used but chose to dramatise the comment instead of using it as a learning opportunity.
The ramifications could have followed a similar path to a case in Chicago: < http://www.tgdaily.com/business-and-law-features/41373-student-sues-to-expunge-record-of-cyberbullying-charge?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20tgdaily_all_sections%20%28TG%20Daily%20-%20All%20News%29 >.
Jobs is trying to prove history doesn't repeat itself
There are nuggets of truth in what Patrick Lo espoused, irrespective of his business affiliations. Apple, when Jobs was ever involved, has always tried to suppress it's openness and interconnectedness. It has suffered as a result.
And whether Jobs likes it, or not, this world is increasingly interconnected. And that 'interconnectedness' is assuming proportions never before, by many, be it in manufacturing, service or domestic markets.
Whoever thought a washing machine would talk to an electricity meter before commencing a heavy wash cycle? Software updates for automobiles through the InterNet, etc.
A closed environment might be a a profitable one for Jobs, ever noted the disproportionate costs of Apple connectors, but how many ATM's run on any Apple software whereas the MS Blue Screen of Death appears all over the place. How many embedded controllers run Jobs software?
Apple, a public company, is run like a private one with, seemingly, one man determining it's policies and practices. This might be successful in the short-term but even the Apple shareholders are questioning Jobs practices. And they would like a share of the riches, too, after all it is there money that put Apple where it is today.
Jobs might be innovative but others can run rings around his Walled Garden. He might have developed the smartphone market but now Apple is losing it. Ignoring all inputs other than sales, Android is now ahead of iOS and it was a late starter. Android starts off with a rich choice of software options whereas Apple adds them year after year - scoring additional sales along the way.
P.S. If you don't like Netgear range extenders, try TP-Link. TP-Link equipment can *really* be extended by downloading 'patches' that some independent developers have devised.
If the Google man is so smart ...
he should know sticking his finger in to the melange that is Egyptian politics can be a very, very dangerous thing.
Smart people with a high profile should reduce their profile during this period of instability. Tunisia amply demonstrates that both pre and post rumble periods are fraught with danger as people seize the opportunity to eliminate problems, and people, in their lives.
Good for Google in helping circumvent the communications outages.
Just exercising their ...
'Fair Use' rights (See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Fair_use >) which is permitted in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders.
However, they should have post a hat's off to the source.
Admittedly the quality is suited to ...
people talking a form of English with G'day as a preamble and interspersed with words such as fair dinkum, corker, bizo, etc.
Are they available in ...
Versace 4044B Sunglasses?
If not, how about Christian Dior Black Tie 68/S?
"since IE is the only known vector"
IE has always been a liability since Version 1.
I like the way they say: "The vulnerability results from the way Windows processes web-pages containing MIME-formatted content."
But you can understand MS not wanting to expose IE to the derision it deserves.
No wonder they need faster processors
With all these Apps on their favourite e-toy, little wonder users are clamouring for faster, multi-core processors.
What did these iPhans do with their hands before the smartphone came along?
Another greedy party wanting a bit of Googles action
So damn simple - turn the WiFi password on - whatever good it will do given all the hacks that are floating around.
Competition is healthy and the American Way!
Vic Gundotra, of Google, once said: "... a draconian future where one man, one company, and one device would be our only choice. … That's a future we don't want."
It's healthy to have competition - imagine the market place if there was only a single smartphone - would there be an incentive to innovate, to improve, to make different coloured cases?
The answer is no. We would be back to the early 1900's where Ford said they can have any colour as long as it is black.
The ferocity of the 'war' between the Android and iOS factions is healthy, even that conservative old familiar RIM had to get off it's duff and actually add colour screens.
In North America, although not China, Apple was one of the first to mass market pads/tablets (Fujitsu and Panasonic were the first out with heavy duty units). MS had one but was it ever sold. Apple is back where it has traditionally been - a market opening innovator but drops the ball by building a Walled Garden.
The one disturbing thing about smartphones is that OS writers - even maybe manufacturers - collect data that is really intrusive in peoples lives. We, the user, are also entitled to the big 'off' switch. The FCC mandated that GPS modules be incorporated into cell telephones.
I had my non-smartphone module disabled - where I am can be determined well enough by using cell data from the operator. My employer does subscribe to a satellite based geo-location system ( the 'toy' in this market is Spot which requires an annual fee) which is effective world-wide and has no annual fee, but I have no problem with this during working hours or if I am in a remote location. If, however, I want to visit the Hard Rock cafe or The Apocalypse Now bar (heaven forbid) it is no ones business - except possibly my wife's.
Users are entitled to determine who gets what information - and I could care less who wants to get it's hands on it - my data is mine. Period. And, in my case, I take sufficient precautions including using alternative SIMs.
Pagers and GPS receivers have one great benefit - they are essentially one way devices.
These days even credit cards are used as geo-locators with the FBI getting real time reports on card usage.
Who will be the first to add the no-location option?
This is why governments LOVE cell communications!
When you consider cell telephones amongst all the other paraphernalia that crosses international borders they are rarely the subject of intense interest - unless the carrier is flagged.
Governments have total control of cell services which have limited distance communications, are subject to network control, provide positive identification and pretty accurate location.
There are very few governments that deny cell service as a policy, Burma comes to mind, as the benefits that accrue to authorities are as great as those for cell subscribers.
The recent world-wide crackdown on pre-paid SIM cards was an attempt to tighten up one weakness but I find any bell hop will be happy to procure a SIM card in his name for you to use! Cambodia forbids foreigners to purchase SIM cards but most every traveller has one.
The best portable phones are the satellite ones but the dorky antennae are a dead give away to any border post personnel and are outright banned because local governments have no control of their use.
Networks don't get restricted because ... there is a VIP in town! Oh, yes??
Next time Obama, or whomever makes his home temporarily at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, comes to London try making any radio communication as his (her) entourage passes by.
The only communications that will work are Plod frequencies and other essential services.
Hard to comprehend but it looks like a database being used to replace an ID card
It will be interesting to see how they build up a persons profile based on Third Party information.
By this I take it they will use credit bureau data, charge accounts and all the other minutia that an average individual leaves behind in their travels.
I was asked to piece together my life's history a while back for a company profile and quite honestly I couldn't even remember when I was married, or much else. I remember the dates when I gained to other citizenships but little else. I remember where I was, and doing, when Kennedy was assassinated or the same when I heard about Princess Diana but not the dates.
My credit bureau history is a laugh. The UK one doesn't even have my name - when my UK bank forwarded my name to it they replied 'does not exist'.
My governmental correspondence has been through an e-mail system in Scandinavia, the couple of real mailings they did were c/o my bank. The one thing I do remember is my Army number - hard to forget those.
So where is this wonderful database going to fill it's crevices?
Passports? I remove all my used visas from my 'big version' passport as I am tired of buying replacements, so they can't collect that, don't use a UK driving licence or even own a car there. Never book travel in the UK, and usually switch passports when changing countries to achieve a degree of privacy. I love rail and road travel because there are minimal formalities.
Doomed to failure, like so many other government schemes.
Gatwick security as dumb as U.S. Homeland Security
You have to wonder just how purile 'security' experts can get. And they wonder why people think airport security is a joke.
Good to have a heads-up on where yet another bunch of idiots live in England, apart from Heathrow and Manchester. It's hard to believe that Gatwick actually has a new management team.
Do airports really appreciate how tales like these hurt tourism, along with the high cost of living in the UK, and Plod checking your camera and telling people you can't take pictures of ancient monuments?