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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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The Three Monkeys on display

Why should ANYONE believe this Pony & Cart show - except gullible people?

Obviously they have learnt from the US version with 'Clap-Trap' Clapper and Alexander admitting to lying. Likely pre-scripted questions with the force of cotton-balls. Just another act in Security Theatre.

And what was the purpose ... to accuse an American of leaking UK secrets?

That their 'secrets' leaked out was the problem with NSA and NSA' ability to keep things confidential. These things should have been kept on a UK-controlled server.

Given that Ms. Manning had previously outed all the secrets from the State Department, The Three Monkeys should have wised up and had a chat with their friends in the USA. Obviously they failed in their duty.

One thing for sure, never have either UK or US security agencies ever stood so exposed.

Thank you, Edward Snowden.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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IF A CELL HANDSET is on a body when that body does evil REMOVE AND DESTROY THE SIM. Without a SIM many of these 'forensic products' won't work.

AND if you are planning evil, plan to get a throw away cell handset (as in smash with a hammer) OR a SIM you destroy after your evil scheme is completed.

When I travel I use a very old but trusted Mitsubishi Trium Mars on my shorter trips to the West. It might be 2G but there is no GPS or memory - other than the SIM.

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The best course of action for anyone really is to heed the warning ...

It amazes me, given that 'Miranda Rights' form a common link in TV shows,etc., just how many American arrestees, if you believe 'reality' shows, break down and 'fess up! AND how many non-Americans think they have 'Constitutional rights'.

Then we have the UK model: Open your mouth now and we'll check out your story/harass your witnesses OR we'll discount your alibi if you get one later.

Then we have the Canadian Bill of Rights/Constitution which really let's you shut up; to refuse to even give your name; to even refuse to respond to police. Of this I have personal experience. Canadian police cannot fingerprint, DNA sample or photograph you unless you are charged and DNA only after a judge convicts you.

I never respond to police in Canada IF I know I have committed no infraction. After my last 'don't talk' session, in which the cops made many mistakes, a couple of years pass and I receive a nice cheque for $17, 861. Damages and legal fees.

This would not/could not happen in either the USA or the UK.

The moral: Know your rights, exercise your rights. I know my rights in Canada and they include the right not to speak to police. And I know how they can work for you.

Saying nothing and demanding a lawyer, are words every one should know. Most other legal points in the article are jurisdiction dependant.

One other thing is common between these three Common Law countries - they ALL use the Reid Interrogation System. (reid.com) The cops are experts at interrogation, most of us are not although saying "Ah, the Reid System" during the early part of an interview throws most cops. It means they can't follow their routine. Study the Reid web site and understand cop strategies.

Re-read the article where it says: One of the main aims of the initial interview is to shut down any potential “Get out of jail card”, such as claiming that evidence was planted or “I let my neighbour use my PC as his was broken”. It is also used to identify evidence that could potentially be used to mount any defence.

Just ask for a lawyer and say absolutely nothing. BUT REMEMBER THIS IS VERY HARD.

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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I have these all over - they are called PIR (Passive Infra-Red) sensors

It's how I cut my home, hotel and office electricity bills.

My automobiles and motorcycles use BlueTooth and PIR proximity technology. And I use Ultrasound to sense gas and water tank levels as well as for security (lights).

And NEST thermometers and the new smoke detectors detect motion.

Perhaps Apple could patent prior art as a patentable process.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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TRY THIS FOR A TEST

Take the unit, running Android 4.4 operating system, then:

>> Disable all location services;

>> Select an language not used in your region (Chinese or Korean, Japanese - might require a download)

>> Switch off, THEN on.

>> Observe selected non-English language usage; see if local language (English in the UK) appears in any screen requiring service from a Google server.

>> The previous OS always showed the language of the country the cell handset was in in the areas which were changeable through a server, regardless of the handset language settings..

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Re: Humph!

On my last trip to a UK supermarket, one older lush had the answer.

Get a plastic cup, park yourself in the corner table facing the wall. Then surreptitiously fill it from a bottle purloined from the booze section.

I was sitting there 'stretching' what they called 'coffee' and the guy finished the whole bottle before I finished my drink!

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Secrets of Apple's mysterious Arizona sapphire factory: Our expert whispers all

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Re: They don't need maximum economies of scale

"no one is going to pay an extra $100 for a sapphire screen"

Methinks you misjudge iPHANS, they bought malfunctioning iThingies by the million.

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Is Apple to sapphire as the Texas Hunt Brothers were to silver?

Another Apple problem is that it's cash is on the wrong side of the border and crossing that border can be very, very costly.

35 percent of the imported loot.

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Re: woot Arizona

Arizona also has thousands of abandoned homes - the nouveau rich type - and an equally amount of serviced lots, with roads.

Going cheap, too.

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Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google

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Re: 'We do not store location data'

If people transmit radio signals they shouldn't be surprised if unintended recipients catch them.

All this stupidity about WiFi is just hot air. Pure 'security'/privacy theatre. Users should learn how to configure their equipment or get the store where they bought it to do it for them.

It is pretty simple to mask the WiFi terminal you are using or even your GPS location and not particularly onerous, either. I doubt Google has figured out where my motorcycle mounted 3/4G modem+router combo actually is as it remains the same regardless of my physical location.

I get my selection of SIMS by paying tourists $5 for their old SIMS as they check out of hotels. Guess it might keep NSA occupied, too.

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UK fraud squad bends over Serco, G4S for 'phantom crims' probe

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3,000 of these turned out to be back in prison, out of the country, released or dead

Serco and G4S aren't only to blame - they do have their reputations, as useless, to maintain - but also the government auditors who failed to detect these frauds for years.

And will the government demand refunds with interest I wonder?

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Playtime's over: Next NSA boss may be torn away from US cyber-war effort

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Alexander, Clapper past their Best Before dates.

US Cyber Command, the team tasked with protecting US government computer systems, seems to be less than successful judging by the youthful characters accused of penetrating US computer systems.

Besides, having the diverse tasks under different heads, of equal seniority, might well avoid some of the excesses that our friend Snowden has detailed.

Clearly Alexander blew it, be it his excesses or his lieing to Congress. Even his charm strategies are wearing thin with the aged Diane Feinstein (now EIGHTY) having to rewrite her scripts to fit the occasion.

Question: Which Command will get to keep the Starship control centre, the manifestation of Alexander's ego?

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Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing

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What is the reason for using off-standard screws given they defeat no one

Using non-standard screws is most common for petty minded reasons - occasionally they are for a good reason such as critical components involving safety.

I usually insert a Notice into my property, printed on a piece of plastic that gives my name and a couple of contact points. It also states unless a certain document is shown, the unit has been likely stolen. I do this with all my high value equipment.

The local Samsung Customer Service store, there are FIVE in Ho Chi Minh City alone, kindly unscrewed the inner backplate of my Note 3, under the battery, and squeezed it in. Quite honestly, I could have done it myself as none of the screws were non-standard.

Thank you, Samsung.

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

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Who the hell would want to bug a meeting of vapid Tories ...

masturbating their egos. Can you imagine how boring it could be listening to the likes of May, Hague or Cameron.

Next, lead-lined boxes will be de rigeur for board rooms, as the latest corporate status symbol.

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Commies copying West again as Vietnam plans own Silicon Valley

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Can someone explain to writer MUNCASTER the difference between ...

Communism and Socialism. VietNam is not a Communist Asian state, rather it is a former Communist state that has adopted Socialism - like Denmark.

If Muncaster wants to understand the difference send him to China (make sure his passport doesn't say reporter) and then to VietNam.

The VietNam economy is built on small enterprises, with a few government owned larger enterprises. There are some large private VN enterprises, such as the food industry (noodles and rice) or highrise accommodation.

And the Vietnamese are still learning how to use the InterNet for business. A Decree sorting out some copyright problems, or making a rule for the domicile of VN domain servers won't affect much. As for DINH Nhat-Uy, he challenged the governments well understood policies. The USA and the EU have similar policies in limiting freedom especially the UK.

Start-up money is a problem and only the government has the wherewithal to start the process. In the USA they call it the TARP Plan. The US government kick-started the solar industry, yet Muncaster doesn't condemn that. Many VN policies are copied from the West.

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Anonymous hacked off with Singapore's menacing net rules plan

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It's great that LEE, Kuan-Yew's legacy lis exposed for what it is - a dictatorship

LEE, Kuan-Yew was a dictator all his political life; his followers have carried on his line. Hard not to when the old fart keeps on sounding off, even though he has one foot in the grave..

Singapore has always censored news, gone are the days when it's censors ordered holes be cut in the International Herald Tribune for now, with web sites, news can be removed without leaving a gaping hole.

The Singapore Straits Times is simply a mouthpiece for the government as is the SP TV news channel. It's why antennae in SP point North to Jahore Bahru, Malaysia, where freedom is better, as are TV movies.

All domestic InterNet feeds are monitored 24/7; commercial InterNet users are supposed to have in place censorship software.

The NSA telephone monitoring system is ANTIQUATED compared to Singapore's system - they record conversations, too. They even delay call completion (you hear prolonged ringing which you can check using another phone) until a call is monitored.

To visitors Singapore appears idyllic, foreigner residents know different. And armies of smart Singaporeans support the feeling that all is not right by emigrating to the countries as my former wife did.

Singapore is where the NSA and GCHQ tap into the submarine fibre optic cables that link Asia to the world to the West. The SP government most likely, in it's warped fashion, most likely takes that as a sign from the West it's practices are condoned.

Sure, SP is a commercial success story but the price paid by SP citizens is great. Hell, SP even dug up it's graves so they could build more highrises. And what other country bans chewing gum and mandates shorter hair styles for men?

One area SP excels in is keeping crooked businessmen in line. Fines and banning is common and jail not so unusual. There will never be a Wall Street failure in SP, the penalties are too great. The Damons and Fred the Shreds of the West would be in Changi Prison.

I was having a Pho in SaiGon last year, when I overheard the familiar sing-song of the SP accent, with liberal use of la, the same manner as Canadians use Eh. I inquired how they were enjoying VietNam and one said the freedom to do what they wanted, in VN, was far greater than in Singapore!

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Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign

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Re: Inspiration

Cameron ALREADY has more onerous laws.

Password or 4 years; charged with making FB comments; Bittorrent sites blocked; etc.

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Most everyone knows the rules in VietNam

After twenty-one years here in VN, and with heavy involvement with the InterNet, web products and admin/modding 40+ chatrooms (for money) I have never had a visit from the Ministries of Culture, Information or Internal Security.

First of all, FB is - supposedly - a blocked site in VietNam due to the type of content. ISPs here do block it, although VNPT Mobile users can access it. Any youth over 10 knows how to set-up/use VPNs. The UK and France both block more web sites than VN.

DINH Nhat Uy is a fool. He didn't get locked up for using FB, he was locked up for criticising the government in the way he did. NEVER criticise government personalities, ministries are OK.

The courts here are similar to the ones in Britain - opinionated. They are sensitive to the social scene, again as in Britain. I have used the courts several times and found the judgements equitable. Penal code section 258 is used by prosecutors not, as Muncaster said, by the courts.

We have two types of charges, as do most countries: Summary/Misdemeanour and Felony. The Cong An (Peoples Police) handle Administrative charges - drunk driving, fighting, minor theft, etc. Sound familiar? The 'records' of such charges are destroyed after one year. In the USA, UK and Canada, etc. such records are retained often for life. Which would YOU prefer?

Felonies are handled by the courts and the records remain for life.

Police don't feature in peoples lives here, we don't hear "Hey you" followed for a demand for ID. Neither do we have the cops pulling people over as happens in Canada, UK or USA. I frequently travel 350 kilometres overnight, at speed. but I never get checked. And the cops hang out at every toll gate.

Decree 73 isn't onerous, it requires .VN domains be hosted on a VN domiciled server. It will require Yahoo and Google to set up token servers here. The English translation of 73 aren't the greatest, Vietnamese loses a lot in translation.

Western 'social' sites have experienced difficulty with personal data being abused and misused. VN has strict controls on the use/copying/retention of personal data. My wife owns two hotels and we require guests to complete their own registration forms; our employees complete their own government forms - which means the data supplier 'volunteered' the information.

Reading 73 without knowledge of VN law distorts opinions.

P.S. Like most people in VN I am apolitical, my wife is apolitical, only the most dedicated people have time for politics. As a Canadian I know Western 'freedom', both the UK and USA have far more onerous police states than either Canada or VietNam.

Why are so many Foreigners living here if they don't regard VietNam favourably?

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Re: They *are* a communist government

Sorry, they ARE a Socialist country although whilst Ha Noi won the battle, SaiGon won the war - most Vietnamese are too busy making money to bother about politics.

If the VN government has your number, they will simply deny you a visa.

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Re: I've been to Vietnam

Your generalisation of 'north' VietNam was no doubt generated by visiting Ha Noi. (Or Ha Long Bay or Cha Pa [SaPa]).

Ha Noi has a strange attitude to Foreigners and southern Vietnamese alike. They think they are the 'cradle' of Vietnamese culture. The rest of the north is very friendly. Temperatures can be as low as 10C in the winter and 35-40C in the summer.

Tourists get 'fleeced' as they don't know how to shop. And, maybe if you had endured years with hundreds of thousands of tons of bombs dropped on you, you might regard bombers with suspicion.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: A con

Reel-to-reel?

That dates you .... do you still edit using a razor blade and sticky tape?

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Who/what is driving digital broadcasting, worldwide, yet?

If you wander the wilds of VietNam at night, the glow of television outlines the windows of isolated 'houses' where even the most impressive Yagi antenna might pull in one or two channels - if thee wind is blowing the right way.

In the cities the maximum OTA (Over The Air) channels might be 15, Cable is good for up to 150 or so.

In Laos and Kampuchea (Cambodia) the situation is similar. As for radio broadcasting we have FM and short-wave (for the mountains in the northwest). The rabid religious broadcasters, in the Phillipines, us 500KW transmitters on Medium Wave AM - they don't seem to realise we have no AM sets in China or Indochina!

YET the governments of these countries has been persuaded, by ASIAN, to go digital. So poor people who might make $700/annum as farmers are going to have to upgrade. It can't be spectrum, VietNam has border to border to coast cell coverage, with masses of unoccupied spectrum.

I agree with other posters, DAB is a retrograde step for quality, so who other than Chinese and Korean manufacturers are to gain?

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Samsung is officially the WORLD'S BIGGEST smartphone maker

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Samsung has, at least, a range of models that wary in features AND colour.

Apple just wrapped last years in coloured plastic as well as introducing a handset that captures fingerprints for Plod.

What's a Focus card?

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Crimes in Britain Should be Prosecuted in Britain

If this alleged 'crime' was executed in Britain, as it appears to be the case, let the Brits charge and try the guy.

Extraditing people to the USA is neither just nor right AND the rules are very, very, different.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

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Time for an RPi upgrade

As a home/school experimental device the RPi has proved it's worth BUT compared to the newer competitors, it's a little aged.

I bought some hoping we could use them in some short-run projects.

Hardly fit for commercial use. We ran tests on the units, the vibration tests made them like birds with flapping wings! The irregular outline shape, caused by protruding connectors, etc. makes the cards harder to us - even house.

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Singaporeans BEG government to block website

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AshleyMadison.com ... Never needed in Singapore before

When I worked there the local Chinese didn't need help getting "spare tires" - it's the reason why so may cell handsets have two, three even four SIM capacities - one for the wife and business and the others for the girls.

The are many hotels renting rooms for 1-2-3 hours for grub screws at lunch time.

Even worse in Mainland China!

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Cameron on EU data protection rules rewrite: 'Hold it so we get it right'

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We were told Cameron's comments had "nothing to do with reality."

The EU sure has Cameron nailed but GOOD!

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New Oz government keeps Huawei ban after spook briefing

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I'd trust Chinese made gear more than bent US or British gear

No one has proved Huawei, or any other CN manufacturer, has compromised equipment, other than Tenda. The purpose of the dodgy Tenda software has not been determined but it might just be a leftover from design.

Reliability is far more important, than anything, to me and having over 920 TP-Link routers and hubs all over VietNam with only one adapter having been damaged during a thunderstorm. We visit each unit whenever there is a software upgrade.

One undocumented TP-Link feature is the ability to max out the RF output to 0.5W or 1W according to model! Really punches through Rebar filled concrete walls and floors.

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Re: You have to remember

Australia and NZ are already exposed to US hacking. New Zealand’s satellite interception station is civilian (NSA ID NZC333).

The output of the Australian interception site near Geraldton, Western Australia, is never seen in Australia. Pine Gap, near Alice Springs - employs American and British staff!

An Australian intercept site, at Shoal Bay near Darwin, Northern Territories, with 9 satellite interception antennae is not, however, part of the ECHELON network, as Australia refuses to share the raw intercepts with the United States and Britain.

So much for trust.

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First time posters often smell like Trolls. What proof do you have Huawei is 'dangerous'? Cisco, D-Link, LinkSys, etc. have been found with backdoors.

If you think non-Chinese products are risky - most are made there anyway - how many people do you know who actually upgrade network components with software patches? THAT practice is VERY RISKY.

In any event, my experience is that routers and hubs end up as foot rests, coated with years of dust, and very rarely looked at.

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

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Merkel's crocodile tears.

GERMANY is the No. 1 intercept country for Russia and Eastern European countries, second only to Britain in the phone tapping business in Europe.

And if Merkel is so smart she should know the NSA is building a huge new headquarters in Weisbaden, using ONLY American labour and materials.

And, during her time in office the NSA monitoring base in Bad Aibling was operative until around 2004,

I guess Americans don't need visas to work, or spy, in Merkel's Germany.

She could take her new car to the NSA "Dagger Complex" in Griesheim - where she will be, once again, surprised to see Americans at work.

Kind of hard to miss those bloody great golf-balls called RADOMES.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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Ho Chi Minh City - biker snatch capital in VietNam (China worse)

Here motorcycle riding thieves drive along sidewalks, even into some restaurants, and steal from fellow riders.

Some solutions:

(1) Walk opposite the flow of pedestrians;

(2) Walk farthest from the kerb;

(3) Put the bag strap around your neck AND under one arm with the bag on your lap;

(4) Get a guitar string (wire) or a piano string (wire) and thread it THROUGH the strap, or have it sewn to the backside of the strap. Run it though the eyelet/catch and back up the strap for 10cm/4 inches then sew ends tight. You might need a leather workers help;

(5) Do (4) with 'bum bag' belts as well as backpacks.

Remember, pulling on a motorcyclists helmet is the quickest way to pull him over.

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Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

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The VN Government has his ID number, fingerprints, etc,

VietNam uses identity cards, recently updated to conform with ASEAN rules, using a number that is generated at birth.

In a persons late teens they are invited to visit the local identification centre where mugshots and fingerprints are taken. People are supposed to carry ID cards at all times. (They are also supposed to wear motorcycle helmets!)

It is a criminal offence for people/organisations to collect ID data unless legally authorised to and then only with a person's consent. This includes vehicle registration data and Land User Certificate numbers (no one actually owns land here, they long-term lease from governments)

There are also no "credit bureaus" per se - just banks who collect data and who 'share' information with other banks. Cash rules!

Vietnamese are recognised as sharp IT types - Japanese companies often hire the WHOLE class of IT graduates from certain VN universities.

Ironic that NGO, Hieu-Minh is making money from a society (USA) that eschews national identity cards.

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Wokingham is a town that's not famous for anything in particular

Got a good Fish and Chip store (Better one at nearby Twyford) as well as a decent Indian take out.

Lousy train service and a miserable station with a level crossing. The traffic circulation is weird, too.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Great stylus, even better sound

The stylus is great - I use it with a PCB design App and it's a breeze to use and you don't even have to actually touch the screen. Memories of Palm.

The sound quality from within the Note 3 is noteworthy. Don't know they manage it but Bach through The Beetles sound great.

The 4-contact headphone jack is a pain - needs an adaptor with my Sony headset.

The Dock is a dumb design - cables coming out of every side other than the front. Gobbles up the desk space. Luckily a Samsung support tech gave me a dock schematic and I made my own.

The Samsung on-line support is poor, and the manual URL in my Note 3 was wrong. The included Quick-Start manual shows where the antennae are located - handy since my home-made dock is of stainless steel construction.

Could have benefited from a security loop for a wrist-strap.

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Snowden's pal Greenwald QUITS Guardian to launch hush-hush news rival

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Greenwald left Salon for The Guardian on good terms ...

so no reason it won't happen again.

Greenwald sure boosted The Guardians circulation, even if it cost them some old computer junk.

The main thing is the veil of secrecy has been torn aside, regardless of personalities, and some snot-nosed government workers activities have been exposed.

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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Re: Let's count the ways...

the publisher can start official proceedings against EasyDNS in the Canadian courts

Remember, Canadian Courts enforce CANADIAN law - not other countries laws. So start hunting for the law you figure fits.

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Police/PIPCU ignorant of UK Law - check the Canada Act 1982 (UK)

This British Act of the British Parliament separated the Dominion of Canada from the mother-ship. I appreciate Plod often doesn't bother about the niceties of law.

City of London is 3.32 kilometres (2.06 miles) from Westminster.

We Canadians also enjoy the protection of the Canadian Constitution - something Britain doesn't have! In fact, Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, brought the act into effect with a proclamation she signed in Ottawa on April 17, 1982, with the late Pierre Trudeau doing the honours.

It's why we Canadians can refuse to even acknowledge police, answer questions, demand a lawyer. We can also do certain things with movies and recordings that others can't - all within Canadian law.

Even the FBI recognises there is a border; bounty hunters who have snatched people in Canada have had to return them. And, of course, we happily accommodated political refugees from the USA when it invaded VietNam.

A registration in the .CA domain also has added benefits. And our independence is why Silent Circle, and many others choose to house their servers in Canada.

So City of London Plod/PIPCU, stop doing the FBI trick of trying to push your laws on to other countries.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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How to tell the difference between Turks and Greeks on Lemnos Island, Greece

By the eyes - whether they are popped wide open or not.

There is such a chasm between the cultures of even the closest EU neighbours and Turkey, it will never meet the lowest of bench marks for getting in the EU.

Turkey belongs on the eastern shore of the Bosphorus, the 32km long strait between the Black and Marmara Seas, separating Europe from Asia.

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Google to award bounties for fixing non-Google open source code

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Re: fun with numbers

FIFTY PER CENT tax?

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

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Anything this man says about GCHQ is worthless, he is not in GCHQ.

Could be he is talking about the MI techs who are employed directly by MI: I know one, since he was in the Army, and whilst he never discussed operational activities we sure discussed technology, just as much as members of other professions do.

This stuffed shirt could lie his face off about GCHQ and then say, oops, my mistake, and do a CLAPPER.

If you want a 'look see' into present day technologies, keep an eye on patent filings! A real treasure trove of information. University people love 'publishing', they publish masses of things on arcane things but there is gold to be had there, too.

Secondly, this mouthpiece was reading from a really well edited script. Delivering a message. And misleading casual listeners.

The point is the public (unwittingly) trusted the politicians and government agencies to look out for our interests, silly us, and they have abused this trust. They shot their load, and now they want another go round?

And the politicians were complicit in these dealings or asleep in their seats.

THIS IS HOW THESE ABUSES ARE PASSED INTO LAW. Hey, but who cares, I don't see any protests so the MPs will just support the rules without even considering the implications.

These agencies should be headed by people outside the business. Parker's viewpoint is myopic, he can't see the bigger picture. If heads from other walks of life were in charge, they would likely have different perspectives than people like Parker.

All legislation should have sunset clauses so when coming up for renewal, new technologies can be considered.

WAKE UP BRITAIN, THE POLICE STATE IS ALMOST COMPLETE.

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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

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Canada - going British - Can't sustain technology

First Northern Telecom and now Blackberry/RIM. Kind of sad way to end for former technology leaders.

Still there's Mitel and that outfit that makes those damnable 'secure keys' as well as Corel. They don't even make Newfy screech any more!

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

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Yet more prior art? Ever been to the Louvre?

One of the more public entrances, and definitely not the quickest, to the Louvre in Paris, has an iconic glass entrance - I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid.

Has Apple run out of creativity, that is, non-lawyer creativity?

P.S. The Carousel du Louvre (99 Rue de Rivoli) is an underground shopping mall in Paris and has an entrance to the Louvre. It has automatic ticket machines. Another entrance is the Porte des Lions, but I digress.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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Re: VietNam has cell handset locking legislation UPDATE

I continued my search for the elusive unlocked Note 3 on Saturday evening and have found some more information on this lock.

An "unlocked" Note 3 has to be INITIALLY LOADED WITH A SIM FROM THE REGION OF PURCHASE and after that it can be used globally.

However, if purchased under a term contract it will remain locked to that particular cellco. Cellco contracts are not exactly popular out here in the Far East.

I went to a notorious discounter in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday night and they had Note 3 advertising on their window but it had a large winking eye on the poster.

Th salesman, who spoke fluent English, showed me that after being initialised with a local SIM (which they do for you) you can insert a Rogers Canada, or an AT&T SIM with full functionality, then you can re-insert a VN SIM and it, too, is fine.

My 'friendly' salesman said they had carefully opened up all 19 units they had for sale and had initialised them with a VN SIM

As I mentioned above the Note 3 is listed for VN Dong 16,900,000 including 10% VAT, BUT IT MUST BE PAID FOR IN CASH.

The deal this rogue offered was the Samsung fixed price (16 GB) and after filling in a customer information form, he then issued a VAT rebate form AND he refunded IN CASH the VAT amount PLUS he through in a Samsung case (retail value VN Dong 600,000). VAT is a strange subject in VietNam as there are so many ways to avoid it.

He cannot discount the unit price. Other dealers are issuing Discount Coupons which can be used for other purchases or a cash payout.

I realised, after reading press reports this Samsung scheme had been in effect since 2013 July, a Canadian friend who had bought a 'restricted' S4 in VN had experienced no problems after returning home.

WHAT or HOW Samsung hopes to achieve with this is hard to understand since once a unit has been initialised with a appropriate SIM, the grey market can thrive as usual.

I now own a black version, with my free case, and am supposedly free to roam.

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VietNam has cell hangset locking legislation ...

which has resulted in most every cell handset sold here being unlocked. Even Apples are cellco unlocked.

This afternoon (GMT -7) I went to two stores to check out the situation. The price here is FIXED, by Samsung, at 16,900,000.00 VND (495.86 GBP, 591.99 EUR, 800.49 USD).

To get around this stores issue 'Discount Cheques' to be used for future transactions (including a cash out at face value).

At one store they showed me the original packaging they had from two Note 3's on display and at the other they opened a brand new Note 3. NONE HAD WARNING NOTICES with respect to locking.

I visited the Samsung country office in TP HCM and specifically asked about locking when bought from an independent (non-Cellco) authorised dealer and I was told they had no answer and that I would have to wait until Monday.

If Samsung thinks I am going to spend 16,900,000.00 VND of corporate money on a one-country handset, they can go to hell.

I also wonder what the legality is on buying a Note 2 handset bought from an independent (non-Cellco) authorised dealer which is then restricted?

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

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Gold, the new Black?

Only for this model year then Cook and Company will be touting a new colour - especially since they hit the bumpers technologically speaking with Siri, Crappy Mappy and anything goes finger scanning.

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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

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MikroElectronika offers a range of embedded ...

Actually, these modules are great for breadboarding, then you can copy the designs for even greater savings.

I know someone who made a combat robot from their designs!

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: So like Spanish....

AND Chinese characters can be written from top to bottom.

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@Freeman said:

Yes, it is good to know other languages, but forcing people on your language is not such a good thing, you know, they may be what you say before, and because of the loss of its own language in the background noise, and You will not notice that they can plan nasty things you want to replace the Hibiscus Lemon Chicken.

But what do I know? Most people here talking about something that can be seen as a bad day in English, but Aberdeen you.

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"focusing on the countryside and areas with ethnic minorities"

This statement reveals the 'problem' areas.

Much of China is 'remote', particularly in the west, north-west and north-east.

These rural areas have absolutely minimal 'services' from the Central Government. No electricity, no TV, occasionally a regional short-wave broadcast transmitter, no water, no sewage treatment, absolutely nothing.

Houses are often made of grass sod (roofs are also do suspended on hand-hewn wooden beams). The people are dressed in 'clothing' made from a sacking-like material. When I visited the rural areas of GuangXi Province my camping gear looked like luxury accommodation. I had GPS and my Sony short-wave, along with cameras. My (unauthorised) satellite-phone, through satellite InterNet, let me show them ShangHai with it's tall, weird looking buildings which they couldn't accept as being real.

A friend I know in NanNing, GuangXi Province, took me with her on her annual vacation to her home village and was an experience that made me realise, and appreciate, things we consider 'normal'. I tell you, hauling a plastic drum of water from the river makes you appreciate conservation!

But with education comes demands for services and facilities. The question will be, Is the Chinese Government prepared to foot the bill?

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