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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?
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?
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.
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:
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
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'.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
"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!)
"lacks the skills of a credible journalist"
What are the skills of a 'credible journalist'?
Is a credible journalist one who hires a communications whiz to hack peoples cell telephones to find out about the users activities? Is a credible journalist one who rifles through garbage/trash cans searching for clues to a persons lifestyle?
I think most people agree that the function Assange has performed is that of a investigative journalist.
Assange didn't just go out and expose the leaked cables, he acted as a responsible journalist and redacted information that could endanger 'little' people.
Did he act lawfully? I think even the U.S. government agrees he broke no laws, therefore he acted within the law.
So we are back with 'credible'. He warned the U.S. government; he shared the information with several leading newspapers - one of which consulted with the U.S. government before publishing.
So Assange took a little hop and a skip following a meeting that obviously went successfully for him. Who amongst The Reg readers hasn't, in their own way, physically demonstrated satisfaction at a job well done - be it coding, circuit design or whatever.
If Assange had dropped into a pub following the meeting, would that qualify him him as a drunk?
By any measure Assange behaved as many other journalists would - remember he has no editor to guide him - and in enraging the U.S. government he was very brave. How many of we readers would want to go up against the U.S. government, or indeed those of Britain, France or Russia, given their historic records of solving problems with a little termination in a back alley.
We need more like Assange, and Bradley Manning, to expose the dishonesty of the elected officials who lie and mislead their respective citizens.
The families of all those killed or maimed in Iraq or Afghanistan deserve to know, so they may judge whether their respective losses were in a good cause.
Our present and future generations of leaders are without military experience (Bush never made it to a zone of conflict) and therefore they can hardly relate to the horrors of war. Blair, IMO acted as a lapdog to Bush, as we are now finding out through an inquiry in London, satisfying his ego at the expense of British soldiers who have since died.
Assange has done well and right and may he continue to expose the injustices in this world.
Like putting a bloody great padlock on a field
The weak security IS Facebook as well as it's policies.
Putting on front end security will do little good if Zuckerberg is selling the info.
Given all the crime the Northampton Plod bases it's budget demands on ...
you would have thought they have plenty to do separating warring spouses, eliminating vehicle thefts and dealing with hate crimes without wasting time on some twit who is intent on eliminating others enjoyment.
More money, indeed. Get out the bicycles!
Israel: One of the few countries that make cells dutiable
Either the offence is for duty or to ensure compliance with their radio equipment approvals regime.
Most countries accept the ubiquitous FCC approval, although Canada and EU require compliance.
Another freedom loving bosom mate of the U.S.A.
Ever notice how the U.S.A. enjoys 'close relations' with many of the dictators of this world - at the same time spewing 'human rights' to other countries.
Not that I support Mubarak - the problem arises when he, or any other dictator, dies - mayhem often follows. In Egypt's case it is the Muslim's who are demonstrating.
The biggest problem is the Suez Canal through which much of Euro trade passes.
Another war, anyone?
This decision illustrates just how brain-dead the BBC Trust is
What better example do we need to show just how out of touch the BBC Trust members are completely out of touch with the listening public's demands of the BBC are.
This is as empty headed as people can get. They most likely think Melvyn Bragg satisfies the audience!
Just an upgraded Google Street View with better coverage
The only difference between this bit of hardware appears to be the transportation techniques as well as the optics.
Guess other governments won't be filing privacy complaints about this 'bird'.
Just think the whole thing is financed on bonds sold to the Chinese!
CIA: With all the budget cut backs, we need time to get the evidence together
With all the powers that many governments have given themselves including the Canadian, United Kingdom and the U.S. of A. they don't even need to cobble together a believable version of tosh as all they need do is to declare the evidence to be 'secret'.
In Canada and the UK the defendants don't even get to see the 'evidence' against them.
Likely it is even worse in the U.S. and as for military 'justice' heaven help Bradley Manning - he is living in hell now, just wait if he gets convicted.
I remember escorting prisoners to military jails in the UK when I was in the Army. We, the escorts, gave the prisoners every indulgence we could afford on our meagre pay. The last thing we did was hold the victim just outside the prison for his last 'fag'.
The minute they crossed that massive white line the prisoners double marched until their sentences were completed.
No doubt the Marines have even more exquisite torture which they will subject Bradley Manning too.
And what is this revenge for? The memos I have read are simply embarrassing, hardly secrets, to the American government that reveal they are duplicitous, dishonest and lie to their electorate. Of course, 'embarrassment' hardly encompasses the aerial murder of those Reuters reporters, along with innocent children.
And the American governments wonder why they are so despised?
Is this referring to ...
Seems a perfect fit.
I love the acres of white space provided by ...
It makes you realise just how much advertising Facebook is buying.
All the options/add-ons available for use with Firefox makes it a hard browser to match. It puts the USER IN CONTROL!.
Our company, like many, have purchasing policies ...
that preclude us buying any products from regimes that murder women and children.
Besides, how do you know how secure the product is.
Why bother with passwords?
FB doesn't use security - it abuses it. THE problem IS Facebook.
Good advertising ... FB security at it's usual low/non-existent state
Wonder if Zuckerberg likes having his privacy invaded?
Now he knows what it is like to be an FB subscriber.
I like Portable Firefox...
for browsing controversial sites.
It leaves no tell tale bits around after you leave.
Ellison worse than Jobs: at least Jobs registers Tosh
Ellison must think he is King Canute of Sun derived software.
Jobs is smart enough to register his Tosh, even though a lot of it is prior art - sometimes 25 year-old prior art.
Scotland bans smut. What (is) smut?
A Welshman, wearing Wellington boots chasing sheep might test a kilt wearing Scotsman fattened on haggis.
Difficult to know what might constitute 'community standards' by people dressed in female attire and without underwear.
I like those security types dressed like Filipino Plod with those huge badges
I saw this goon at a checkpoint in Toronto International and a woman had her sweater bulging from the top of her carry on.
Big Badge tells her she can't board. Woman passenger puts sweater on and her bag passes under the baggage frame. Big Badge satisfied.
Woman, after passing through the baggage check gate, takes the sweater off and stuffs it partly in to her carry-on bag. Big Badge yells at her she is 'illegal' . Woman, obviously undeterred by a big badge, carries on and Big Badge loses face!
Guess Microsoft needs the money
When things get tough, financially, litigation usually heats up.
Since the MS product line success is shrinking, they have to get income from somewhere.
Kodak, a company whose time has passed
Kodak-Eastman had some great moments in technological history, unfortunately things have moved on.
They were well aware of the digital imaging age as I remember them issuing a paper about 10-15 years ago advising how their business would change with the then impending digital transition.
You can't even get Kodachrome processed any more. Thank goodness for Fuji!
Great idea - sorts out who owes how much to whom
Some companies charge employees for use of facilities, some as a result of tax regulation, so this will provide a clean way of separating 'government' work from an employees company endeavors.
Great news - no feet!
Toshiba, along with Acer, lacks the ability to permanently attach rubber feet to it's products.
This unit is a great step forward - no feet.
Canada has the unique Robertson headed screw!
The Robertson headed screw is unique to Canada - see < http://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/images/robertscrew.jpg > -
There are four sizes and no other screwdrivers fit! It wasn't designed for security - just an easy, reliable design to use with a power driver.
A Canadian company I worked for had some U.S. Navy contracts and the packing/shipping directions were so detailed they were a pain to follow. Failure to comply involved return of the goods.
The only thing they didn't specify was the type of screw to be used to build the wooden crates. To show our appreciation we always used Robertson headed screws which always floored them!
Schmidt: Worth every cent!
Seeing how Google has progressed under Schmidt's guidance, along with it's share appreciation, $100-million is a bargain.
Stephen Fry - the target for the Dummies book series
Stephen Fry must be the most serial dummy around - heard his description of how GPS works - none of his verbal diarrhoea is worth commenting on. A real dummies dummy.
No doubt the inmates were happy to see him leave after three months in Pucklechurch Prison - luckily for Fry, alive. (See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Stephen_Fry >)
If the BBC wants somewhere to cut - start with Fry.
"Android users aren't cool enough for Starbucks"
Actually it's the fact that Android users only drink REAL coffee, served in containers using normal nomenclature rather than flavoured coffee dust, prepared by dubious talent and served in strangely named cups.
As for McBarf, no technology they adapt will work in VietNam as we are fortunate enough to have NO McBarf stores here. Since the Vietnamese have a better sense of good food taste they go for fresh cooked-in-the-store juicy chicken served in KFC!
Pfc. Bradley Manning has NOT been convicted of anything
so he can not be named as the source of Wikileaks material.
The treatment he is suffering is unadorned governmental torture as he is very lightly, partially clothed, denied all reading material, prohibited from exercising in his cell where he remains for 23 hours each day.
Every 5 minutes he is visually checked on and if he is sleeping face to the wall, he is awoken.
By any measure he is being tortured but what else would you expect from a country that abducts people (rendition) and then tortures them in an isolated prison. Hypocritically the U.S, accuses other countries of torture.
I might possess a U.S. passport but I refuse to use it as the government abuses it's very own citizens it is duty bound to protect.
Enough to make Jobs check out of hospital
Not only have they hacked their way into his Walled Garden, violating all that is dear to him but they have also breached his Treasury by rendering iTunes unnecessary.
Even changing screw head formats has been defeated ... and it's still only January.
Would a simple solution be to ...
remove every other turbine in existing farms - which improve efficiency - and simply build new mounting bases to re-install the removed turbines.
Hopefully UK wind-farm designers read The Register so they have time to make sure they optimise their configurations.
The field is really crowded and Groupon is just another large one
Given that there are so many coupon dispensers it's unlikely there will be any/many claims.There was a piece recently on one of the international business channels about coupon web sites and I was surprised how crowded the field is with city, regional and national outfits.There are others denominated by commodity types.
Charlie Rose also interviewed the Groupon founder recently on Bloomberg TV.
Google has an advantage few others have. Android. Just imagine as you about your daily business that little green robot can offer you location related deals or may be a generic choice say food, clothing, automotive, etc.
With Google vendors could post coupons when waiting lines thinned out - just as is done on radio. Any way you cut it Google can scoop the field.
Google better make sure no Apple Tosh has been served up laying claim to this idea!
I'm waiting for Wikileaks ...
to publish the full satellite specifications as soon as they have finished with the Bank of America release.
Re: JaitcH's plan only works if your local bank branch hasn't been closed
My branch is seven time zones away from where I am presently, at other times it is 12 zones distant. Haven't been there for over seven years!
Apple Tosh patent filings facing the test of foreign courts
If you really want to view some technological 'wet dreams' go visit < www.PatentlyApple.com > to see just how messed up the patent business is.
All electronic patents should gave a non-renewable life of 5 years and software none whatsoever.
Apple just wants the fruits of others work for nothing, as it started out when it purloined the work of Xerox Parc - which Jobs admits.
Another petty Jobs' game
Apple is really wasting it's time as these 5-point Torx variants are easily defeated.
Start with <http://silverhilltools.com > or < http://www.brycefastener.com/ >.
If you can't access these sources locate a machine shop. The one we use uses PINS, made from hardened steel 'wire' mounted in a stainless steel handle. Taking a casting and subsequently making a mould is hardly worth while for low quantities.
The idea for using pins comes from the extraction tool sold by the manufacturers of the 'clutch' screw - the slotted style with 'ramps' that force a regular screwdriver out of the screw-head.
Another interesting point is that few of these security fasteners are patented - another opportunity for more Apple Tosh - although the principle is likely outside even Apples range of plagiarism.
Perhaps Apple could try reverse threading screws for their next failure of securing their boxes. I can understand why their their latest portable is secured - there's so little in it for the price charged.
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