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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!
There is away to avoid this ...
I use InterNet banking and hold money in a 'savings' account, which has no other means of access, only transferring money to my 'banking' account, which has ATM access, only just before I make withdrawals.
The ability to set-up new transfer facilities to any other account have been disabled which means such attacks are minimised.
I can only set-up new accounts by way of a personal attendance at my bank branch.
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.
Now that CEO Page has prematurely grey hair ...
he will be taken more seriously in the business world!
Schmidt had the staid personality to suit his role, though, and his business skills have arguably advanced Google in the past ten years.
Rumours reported on Bloomberg this morning suggest he is headed for a government position which should cover his daily expenses, he has made millions/billions in his time with Google.
Late breaking news - HP board ejects 5 Hurd supporters
Whitman, the old bat who lost out in the California elections, remains but all the Hurd supporters have been ejected likely to make the new CEO feel more comfortable, undoubtedly hoping he was also CEO when SAP stole software from Oracle.
At least his venal character will match that of the new 'screw you' HP that has emerged.
HP lost 'face' (credibility) and likely nothing will restore it
HP screwed up, abandoning all the principles of the founders, in it's handling of Hurd.
I haven't seen any substantial allegations with respect to the female, although HP claims Hurd spilt the beans about potential M & A that she was to assist with.
It is reasonable to acquaint an assistant with details of a project making this claim against Hurd a little weak.
Hurd diddled his expense claim by changing the actual description of items claimed for rather than trying to goose the totals to score extra cash, rather to expense items - false accounting in the strictest sense, not theft, though. Of course, do we know who actually prepared the expense claims?
In my experience many busy CEO's leave the mundane form filling to an assistant, who uses credit card slips as a basis and the CEO just signs off - likely without line by line checking.
What really wound HP up was when Hurd signed on with Oracle at which time HP lost all sense of proportion and simply went for revenge, a poor thing for any company.
The whole episode is a sad comment on HP's board of directors who abandoned all the ethics and business practices of Messrs. Hewlett and Packard. Shame on them.
If there are any accidents or odd disappearing acts ...
they can always blame it on the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon. (See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle >) Users should also read he terms and conditions of their GPS devices - most have clauses disavowing responsibility for everything.
This makes 'nature' responsible and you can't sue 'nature' even in the U.S.A.!
This service interruption is another reason for having a Euro system.
Never ending stream of Apple Tosh: Fibre optics hardly price sensitive
Forgetting about Apple plagiarising prior art,. the concept of using fibre optics in this application cannot overcome the cost of the fibre and accessories.
Just trolling for more legal fights.
Just another company trying to ride WikiLeaks coat tails
Even people without their on server can spoof addresses, those with their own servers can do it more effectively.
Given WikiLeaks penchant for security they more than likely use VPN's terminating in many countries.
Why not an honest statement admitting foot in mouth instead of using the old excuses 'misquoted' (on a recorder?), 'taken out of context'. or a 'language problem'?
At least 'talking out of turn' is new!
(Neanderthal) Business groups have argued against the change
It is hardly as if the UK would be breaking new ground with this and other countries experiences have shown many positive results. No person should be forced to retire just because some number comes - and this includes pilots.
Older people have experience and, usually, patience, they tend to be reliable (and turn up on time), they don't need time off because a child is sick, their wisdom can be shared with younger newcomers. They can act as role models and mentors.
Minorities in other cultures treasure the knowledge of their elders instead of throwing them on the slag heap younger folk try to learn from them.
Older workers can be holiday or sick day relief. They can help out when there are need for skilled temporary workers when order books are overfilled.
As for the employer groups, their cousins across the Atlantic can fill them in and bring them out of the Ice Age.
"ACPO confirmed to us today, police are continuing to take samples, as usual"
When is the UK government going to rein in this commercial outfit that seems to dictate policy rather than the Home Office doing what it's duty is?
ACPO even sells police data, with the profits going to ACPO, and sources 'experts' for certain court cases. Talk about prejudicial, biased witnesses.
Why does Chief Superintendent Alison Rose think that the Yorkshire or any Plod outfit can defeat human nature / or a history measured in centuries? As for her statement: 'they would obviously be removed from any database' she is either smoking some funny stuff or deliberately lying. Plod is like most people, why destroy data?
Prostitution, pers se, is a victimless crime as two parties come to a commercial agreement and consummate it. I am not referring to juvenile hookers. If the trade was liberalised to modify the business end, pimps and procurers would lose their hold.
Once again Plod seeks to govern the people it allegedly 'serves' by imposing it's idea of morals on people. Plod should concentrate on real crime, not just filling databases and creating statistics.
If there is a neighbourhood problem with hookers, go create them a neighbourhood in an industrial park so that in-town neighbourhoods will be freed up from the circular driving patterns of potential purchasers and the sordid reputation resulting from the world's oldest trade. Works in other countries, why not the UK?
Likely because of the Plod attitude.
Question: What justifiable reason is there to take patient data home in the first place?
Peoples health data not only affects their privacy BUT is a very valuable commodity for insurance companies.
If the UK insurers are anything like those in the U.S. and Canada, all claim data - procedures, consultations and prescriptions - are stored on yet another database which is used to establish pre-existing conditions for both medical and non-medical insurance policy premium determination.
The insurers will not reject applications for coverage containing false information, and they will happily accept your money BUT when it comes to claim time they suddenly drag out all their data and deny all claims.
The NHS, nor any medical facility, should permit any data to leave it's jurisdiction - does this mean they would allow doctors to cart files and charts off home? I don't think so.
That's why I like the Canadian system that contains data in separate databases, each individual one on it's own is less than useful.
ACPO - a law unto itself
ACPO needs more than a little bit of window dressing. Any policy decisions should be made by the elected government and not by an incestuous arrangement of the governed setting their own rules.
PR words of comfort "the 787 problems are not a show stopper ... impact"
Why should we believe a banking analyst? All his interest is ROI for investors in Boeing.
All companies have 'teething problems' the difference with aircraft is that peoples lives are at risk.
As with any new item, they should be avoided until they have some history of use - let someone else be the guinea pig.
With nearly a two year delay in delivery you have to wonder just how airworthy these aircraft will be - is the FAA going to change the rules for Boeing again? (Prior to the 777 two-engined aircraft had limitations on their distance to the nearest airport).
As a frequent traveller, along with other frequent travellers. my travel agent (a live body) knows my seat preferences, my drop-dead seats (never, ever fly) as well as my aircraft choices (again, a never use decision). (The greatest, most reliable aircraft was the DC3!)
Early version of 737's should be avoided as should some American carriers (AA has a virtual aeronautical fleet of flying rustbuckets) and definitely the American regional carriers.
The youngest fleets are to be found with many LLC's and other airlines in the Far East.
Think this is unnecessary worrying? Think again if you take a South America/European flight (where did that Air France flight go?) or 'over the top' across the vast wastelands of the Arctic.
Did Rick Smith, Taser CEO, try it out on himself like other models?
Rick Smith, Taser CEO, has claimed that he and others in his company, have 'sampled' the effects of their products.
I wonder if has tried these latest versions of his product out on himself.
The reaction of a bear whose fir prevented sufficient conductivity on the Taser user would be interesting - maybe they would go for a three-barrelled Taser rifle. (See: < http://www.taser.com/products/law/Pages/TASERXREP.aspx >)
'three times more often than other search engines'
So maybe the other three got their algorithms wrong?
In any event, Google makes no charges for this search function, so I have no problems with any bias - real or imagined.
If it was a paid service things would be different.
Segway unsafe for road use, unsafe for pedestrians on sidewalks, too
I live in a country where Segways are used on the road way.
They have no signals, horns, etc.
The funniest thing is watching the rider handle an emergency stop - another thing they are incapable of - even funnier when the driver discovers the limitations of the Segway as the wheels continue to drive sufficiently long enough for the handle bar support to hit the vehicle in front, lowering the handle bar so as to form a perfect take off point for the Segway driver, propelled by the drivers kinetic energy, to propel them over the lowered handle bar.
Anyone witnessing such an incident would have little doubt about whether a Segway is "intended or adapted for use on roads". In my opinion it is definitely not!
"kind of a scaled-up smartphone – which is a bizarre produc, in our view."
Obviously their view is not shared by many others. Older users tend to need eyeglasses and/or larger type - which is not too easy if the screen is as small as Apple's smartphone.
Equally, unless you are wearing a trench coat, the Apple tablet is too large to fit in a pocket and is a bit heavy in the hand.
The mid-size tablet is the best of both worlds: a larger screen for those who need it; small enough to fit a suit breast pocket and even hand carry for a period of time. Using either a wired headset or a Bluetooth connected device, voice communications can be conveniently achieved. The larger case permits a better speaker and bigger batteries, as well as providing more real estate for external connections.
My company has just complete a Test of Concept where service/production manuals for complex numerically controlled industrial machines. The manuals were made available on three sizes of screens - smartphone, 7 inch and 10 inch. There were sufficient pad/tablets to let the test subjects all choose identical units. One condition was they were to use each size at least twice.
The most popular size proved to be the 7 inch screen based upon usage.
As a private project I used 7 inch screens in my home to provide, primarily, dictionary services - my wife's mother tongue is way different to mine - and were affixed to a wall in the kitchen and portable elsewhere.
The kitchen unit was also used to access recipes from the InterNet and the others for miscellaneous browsing including newspaper sites.
It is my experience that a 7 inch screen is very satisfactory for most uses, commercial or otherwise and doesn't support Cooks proclamation, which is somewhat bizarre in itself. Now we will have to wait and see what the market says.
"Apple's board has a plan. They ... don't want to make it public." Scratch 'board' write in 'Jobs'.
Few other CEO's would get away with all this secrecy.
Apple isn't paying dividends (still) which means all the investors capital as well as dividends are all tied up with the success of Apple. When Jobs' latest vacation was announced the share value dropped quite a chunk.
When his number is called the value of Apple may well plummet. Promulgating the boards asset protection plans should be announced to sooth Apple investors.
Jobs' predilection for secrecy is all well and good, albeit not so successful given the Chinese leaks, but should not extend to corporate governance.
'Phenomenal,' says Jobs. Shareholders: "What about our bit."
The shareholders would like to share in the winnings as Apple does not currently pay dividends on its common stock. Apple paid dividends from June 15, 1987 to December 15, 1995. Perhaps the shareholders ought to vote in a new board who understand the meaning of "return on investment" and 'dividend". Bernstein Research’s Toni Sacconaghi said that Apple could pay out a 4% dividend.
Apple shareholders don't even get a discount on products.
Many celebrities, top politicians, company executives, military officials and TV talking heads get 'samples' as do compliant review writers. Guess that fixes The Register who tend to give: 'Just the facts, Ma'am.'
High tech hackers blasé about their security
Maybe wanna-be hackers should set up their own secure scratch-pad comms, employing encryption, so the Feds don't cases served up on a platter.
There is 'one time' encryption software available that would even the NSA work overtime.
Two systems offer redundancy protection
The Euro system cost is pittance of around $600 million and is a bargain for the benefits that will accrue from it, especially when compared with wastage incurred under the farm subsidies.
The generosity of the Americans, coupled with the good deed by President Clinton - who signed the order resulting in increased accuracy, is acknowledged but given the 'politics' involved with the GPS system a secondary system controlled by a separate political entity is wise.
ATM's, public transport trains, etc. all depend on GPS so it is just plain smart to have the Euro system.
That 'Sony Ericsson swirl' was pinched from a mint-flavoured ...
gob-stopper I had years agp.
Talk about prior art.
Now that Blair has been 'outed' for ...
misleading the Commons, according to evidence from Lord Goldsmith, see < http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lord-goldsmith-blair-did-not-reflect-legal-advice-on-iraq-war-2187031.html >, does this mean Blair could b charged with malfeasance?
Facebook: Act first, then engage brain
Time and time again FB introduces a new 'feature' then afterwards figures out the implications.
It is the sign of poor/immature management and equally poor planning.
Hard to believe there are 5.000,000 dummies who trust FB with their life data - happily plundered by police, lawyers involved in litigation, human resources departments, credit bureau's, bail bondsmen, etc. - and not necessarily in the users interests, either.
"smuggle in the cables too - presumably the same way the phones ... " Ouch!
The prongs of the chargers might prove a little painful on insertion and extraction from a suitably sized body orifice.
A pain like haemorrhoids?
American has changed the game plan ...
by killing off the special deals it had with these complaining would be competitors thereby forcing passengers to use the AA web site to check for deals and driving prices higher.
AA was the originator of several passenger shafting moves including killing off travel agent commissions.
If other air carriers were to adopt this ticketing strategy, all the Expedias and screen-scrapers will have poblems. Some might say Ryanair started this, but is Ryanair a normal carrier?
One worth looking at is Travelocity, owned by GDS Sabre, which gets its data from the GDS rather than directly from the airlines.
New life for worn out laser drums?
Following this articles theory, am I to assume simply resetting my lasers "Change Drum" circuitry, I can carry on using my old drum whilst improving communications?
What a boost for saving the garbage dumps!
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