* Posts by JaitcH

3330 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

Microsoft reinfects Chrome with closed video codec

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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.

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EU Commission proposes new directive on storing air passenger details

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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)

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UK's Supreme Court greenlights Twitter usage

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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.

Case dismissed!

Interesting to the legal profession but as boring as hell to the public - except the accused.

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Mobile spectrum gets more mobile

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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.

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Sky loses pub footy case

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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!

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Post-a-puppy woman hit with cruelty charges

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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 >.

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Canada? The computer vendor says no

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"... 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.

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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 >

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Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net

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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.

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Murdoch & Co unveil iPad news rag The Daily

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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?

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Wrinkle-faced smartphoners demand 'BlackBerry Botox'

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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.

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Feds seize 10 domains accused of illegal sports streaming

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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.

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Ryanair disses booking system security fears

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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.

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Murdoch, The Daily, and life without the web

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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.

Total failure.

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UK probes ebook pricing

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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..

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No new copters for Afghanistan troops

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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.

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Netgear CEO sorry for 'when Steve Jobs goes away' bit

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Quote: "Appalling grammar too."

How's your Chinese?

You shouldn't point a finger at anyone as three are pointing back at you.

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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.

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Dating site and hacker in online spat over security breach

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Has the worst UI I've ever seen. Did you go ...

any further and check out the 'fish'.

Pretty rough looking.

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Julian Assange wins peace prize

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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.

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Google unleashes Android fondleslab SDK

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"... 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.

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Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures

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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.

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Google and Microsoft relive Joan Collins catfight

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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"

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Official: Android rules OK

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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.

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Government put brakes on Bribery Act

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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'.

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Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

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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.

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Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail

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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?

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School reinstates Facebooker who called teacher 'douche bag'

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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 >.

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Netgear CEO says 'closed' Apple is doomed

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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.

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Google exec 'missing' amid Egypt protests

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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.

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Chinese 'repurpose' Top Gun footage

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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.

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Boffins squeeze a mesh onto Android handsets

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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.

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LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs

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Are they available in ...

Versace 4044B Sunglasses?

If not, how about Christian Dior Black Tie 68/S?

Thanks.

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Microsoft issues temp fix for serious Windows security bug

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Gates Horns

"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.

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Apple iOS app hunger swells

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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?

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Google to settle state 'Wi-Spy' spat out of court

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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.

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Google and Apple locked horns over iPhone location data

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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?

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Egypt switches off the internet

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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.

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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.

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DWP seeks data for identity verification service

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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.

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Gatwick Airport security swoops on 3-inch rifle

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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?

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Finnish regulator calls for iPhone refunds

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Is there ANY country you can use an iPhone all year? Yes, there are ...

Anywhere around the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. You'll have to keep an eye on the humidity restrictions, though.

They also work year around in Gibraltar, Jersey, Isles of Scilly, Cambodia, Laos, VietNam, HongKong, Lebanon and few other places.

California actually does freeze - the spring melt of all the mountain snow is where the water fr the south comes from. Funny how the Japanese haven't complained about this - they did manage to get new batteries out of Jobs.

I guess the specs were written for Cupertino - or 'Snow Birds' who follow the sun in their retirement.

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Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers

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What if he had used a 'cloud' service: How do you impound a 'cloud'?

Another recent unlock exploit was achieved by using a 'cloud' service. If this had been the situation in this case how would you go abut impounding the 'cloud'.

I hope the Defendant in this action has gathered together all his old 386/486 junk, and a very old hard drive to give to the court - suitably erased, of course.

In the mean time Google has, once again, come to everyone's assistance with their 'Cache' feature <https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:30hHr5XIU2UJ:geohot.com/old_index.html+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&client=firefox-a&source=encrypted.google.com >.

An interesting part of the page reads:

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erk: C0 CE FE 84 C2 27 F7 5B D0 7A 7E B8 46 50 9F 93 B2 38 E7 70 DA CB 9F F4 A3 88 F8 12 48 2B E2 1B

riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D

pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19

R: 80 6E 07 8F A1 52 97 90 CE 1A AE 02 BA DD 6F AA A6 AF 74 17

n: E1 3A 7E BC 3A CC EB 1C B5 6C C8 60 FC AB DB 6A 04 8C 55 E1

K: BA 90 55 91 68 61 B9 77 ED CB ED 92 00 50 92 F6 6C 7A 3D 8D

Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 20 DC FB 06 70

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Just paste the above into Notepad and all should be revealed/readable.

Guess this is yet another judge who is gaining InterNet knowledge whilst 'on the job'.

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Gov unveils plans to reduce employment tribunal claims

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Where is Fred Kite when you need him?

The employer groups bellyache about everything ... claiming all sorts of hardships. In suggesting these changes the government is simply pandering to all their friends in business.

When employees are treated fairly, they usually respond in kind. I was a production manager many years ago and I made sure that my staff were well cared for. The women who suffered spousal abuse didn't have to come in with their black eyes and other bruises and I made sure their pay wasn't docked. Sick child? No problem, get them to the doctor and then get into work - no loss of pay.

When I had an urgent production order and needed people to work way into the night, they were always there to help.

This proposed two-year period is way too long; 3 months probation followed by full entitlements is the proper way to go. The answer is to sue the employer and see if they like the expense of court.

Arbitration does have the benefit of refining a dispute but shouldn't be the place where all matters reach resolution.

If other countries can make Tribunals work the government should be asking why can't the British.

It is these types of decisions make the Fred Kites** of the union movements necessary.

** Peter Sellers played an old died in the wool union shop steward in the 1959 movie entitled "I'm All Right, Jack".

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WTF is... wireless HDMI?

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Wireless communication is all good and well but people live too close to each other

I was in Toronto a short while back staying over in an apartment on the 15th floor of a building. Scanning for service I found I had 71 WiFi signals detected using a TP-Link directional antenna. These included 5 coffee shops, two McBarf outlets (not the same one), and other commercial establishments along with all the domestic installations.

There are simply insufficient channels to accommodate all these co-located signals.

Likewise, at a very nice hotel in the Far East, all the rooms had TV and audio equipment from the same manufacturer and every so often the programme would be interrupted by signals from an adjacent room.

Things are unlikely to improve from an accommodation standards point of view so it is incumbent upon the standards people to enable systems that at in close proximity to operate without interference. Infra red, possibly, is an answer.

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Theresa May announces new counter-terrorism package

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Why should Plod be entrusted with making any RIPA decisions?

Plod is one side of the RIPA equation/stop-&-search, and the proposed victim is the other. Only judges should be entrusted when anyone's civil rights are about to be curtailed or breached.

Civil Liberties, as the words are understood in other countries and in the UK until the 1970's, no longer exist in the UK. Enforced answering to Plod questions; your password or jail; detention without trial; etc.

Either Plod, 'security forces', et al, have enough to charge someone with an offence - the Crown has everything going for it in any event - or get off the pot and let the guy go free. Enforcing any regime on an alleged offender is has not undergone judicial process is an insult to the words 'civil liberties'. It's bad enough with most judges having a myopic viewpoint and siding with 'authorities' as if they have some God-given power.

What gets me, and others, why are the British so accepting of all this authoritarian trash. Something has happened to the British psyche between WW2 and the 1970's to permit this to happen.

If you let a government take anything from you it is awfully hard to recover it.

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FBI serves 40 search warrants in Anonymous crackdown

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No problem in the Far East - Plod busy collecting New Years bribe money

The end of every month can be expensive for those breaking laws such as driving or selling on streets, etc. in China, VietNam, Cambodia and Laos as the Plod seize every opportunity to solicit bribes - as opposed to issuing tickets - so they can pay their rent or mortgages.

Chinese New Years, Tet in VietNam, exacerbates the problem as the under-paid (really) government employees are too busy enriching themselves - a restaurant with about 30 illegal bikes parked on sidewalk costs about VND4,000,000 ($200) per month. Buying all the needed requirements for the upcoming can get expensive, especially since the government hasn't awarded any pay increases for 3 years now.

The same in China, except that money is contained in 'red packets' (envelopes). Food prices have really increased and Plod returning to their ancestral roots need train and gift money.

If MS, or the heavy gang from the software industry, ever want piracy 'investigated' they actually have to pay the Plod to start an investigation - even more if they actually want results.

So any DDoS practitioners, along with all the piracy shops, are quite free to carry on with their pursuits in these parts!

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Met re-opens NoTW phone hack probe

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An important item overlooked ...

is why the GSM networks aren't deploying the latest encryption standards?

Most networks use aged encryption techniques which render their cell toting customers open to NoW and other newspapers invading their privacy.

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NYT casts Assange as 'arrogant' (with a little 'Peter Pan')

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"This is why the US DoJ would be hard pressed to go after NYT"

The reason they won't litigate against the NYT - OR ASSANGE - is because of the provisions of The Constitution with respect to the Fourth Estate.

(Thanks AC - I was thinking of a TV news show!)

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