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TSA: Another American exercise in futility
"The TSA is reported to have organised several series of tests using undercover agents to put dummy bombs through security scanners at US airports. One such test, in 2007, was said to have resulted in 75% of the fake bomb parts passing through unobserved." Source < http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/19/fake-bomb-us-germany-terror-alert >.
I appreciated TBL's viewpoint; our corporate decision justified
We have just completed a POS for a service company. It involves providing drawings and text for their technicians to service equipment displayed on a 7" pad.
One sticking point was whether to provide the access through a pad App or a browser. After several meetings it was decided to go with a browser - and TBL succinctly stated the reasons why our decision was correct - even though we didn't express it coherently.
Another of our teams has just completed a travel guide for VietNam for both pad and smartphone - again browser based. We have the complete map of VN, as well as key tourist cities - street maps, tourist guides, hotel reviews, etc.
This shows, I believe, careful thought should be given before commissioning yet another App as to the most effective way of presenting content. Browsers, of course, are an escape from Jobs' ring fenced garden.
Great article, thanks Register!
There are, already, CDMA SIMs deployed
There are, in existence, CDMA SIMs, actually called the R-UIM (Re-Usable Identification Module) and have been available in China in 2002. There are even dual-mode double SIM/R-UIM cell hand-phones available on CN. Ordinarily the CDMA's 'SIM' data is held in memory.
GSM is a truly international standard whereas CDMA is a system developed and promoted by Qualcomm.
Obviously since there is only one party determining CDMA's future development path I guess Apple will be happy seeking a deal, and vice versa.
Knowing Jobs reputation he is more than likely thinking of using these SIM variants to further exert control over his flock, just as Jim Jones did those so many years ago in British Guiana.
Jobs hasn't fixed the Lemon 4 yet!
It says much about Jobs and Apple that they have, technically, abandoned the Lemon 4 obviously not intending to do anything about the outstanding problems.
CDMA, whilst a good technology at it's inception, is dieing. Many S.E. Asian cell systems are junking their CDMA systems and replacing it with GSM.
China is a marketing challenge: Apple products are really too expensive for the mass of the population and only a few places like BeiJing or ShangHai have citizens with sufficient disposable income.
In most of the country, where the farmers hang out, they have different priorities like running water in the houses, sewage systems. In many places they still live in houses made from grass sod - hardly places you would find a market for a smartphone.
Same pigs back at the same trough
I see some £3.3-billion was paid to Capita, the governments IT service leach.
Some cut backs!
What about the modular cavity?
One interesting feature is the 'modular cavity' which sounds as if field upgrades or function changes will be possible which is a very effective way of keeping it current whereas other competitors would have potentially bring out a new model.
Of course, annual 'amazing, magical' releases are a way one California company apes the automobile companies marketing strategies.
Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent'
Why are people so upset when all they have done is what they do as SOP? All Davenport has done is to confirm what people think of lawyers, bottom feeding scum.
And why did the watchdog have to wait for complaints when Davenport's trickery was up front for all to see? Any decent watchdog outfit would sniffed this out way before.
Hope Davenport have to refund all ill-gotten gains plus plus interest plus a big penalty, to boot.
Well, like, er ....
I used to get anonymous cell calls from a guy with an gravelly Australian accent, and next day a brown envelope would appear through my letter box.
Never did catch the guys name ...
Forgetting is not an excuse: too cheap to buy 5 or 10 years
All my web sites terminate at least 15 years from initial registration. Mind you the .CA mob have a reminder system that would have likely have avoided this, plus a one-month holdover that almost guarantees people like sleepy Boris never forget to renew.
In some domains names can be acquired with seconds of expiry of former registrations.
One thing about the 400M are the ...
sexy looking propellers.
Little happens, especially gatherings, without government consent
Allowing workers of foreign companies strike for more of anything doesn't cost the state any financial penalties and allows pent up feelings be dissipated.
The whole Foxconn food chain is self-sustaining and any added costs are just passed up the line. Besides what other country is going to permit it's workers deteriorating health continue to support productivity?
VietNam certainly won't as the $5 monthly health insurance premium is barely sufficient to cover health costs now. Our workers suffered years back when Korean shoe manufacturers failed to adequately ventilate glue application areas.
There should laws requiring workers where manufacturing occurs have no lesser working conditions than apply in the country of destination.
The Apples of this world couldn't survive without the nimble fingers and the low production costs of the Far East.
To the guys the Feds are blowing their wad on, use a different cafe/computer each time!
No finesse with American security, they just trot down to the search engine offices whilst someone gets to publicise the fact.
Any half-witted would be terrorist (excluding 'Shoes on Fire' Reid) would get the idea they should circulate not only between machines but also InterNet cafes to spice up the Fed's boring work routine.
Better still, check out all the freebie WiFi's, that will /really/ grab them.
The rest of us can help Google's profits soar by searching for IUD plans, shaped charges, cell phone timer circuits, Al Quaida training manual (not in the UK), how to 'cut' heroin, etc. so when/if Plod comes around to ask questions you can tell them you were testing them to see of they were spying on you.
As for Microsoft, I am sure they're not doing without some quid pro quo from some branch of government.
Ellison: The equal opportunity arsehole
Even for Ellison it seems seems a strange way to nurture Sun's existing customer base.
Still, the DoJ has bigger sticks than Ellison has and even business bullies listen to it.
Very interesting judgement and equally interesting implications
Given that US has decided it is the arbiter of everything and as such all disputes it deems fit will be heard in it's courts there are interesting ramifications. Both Canada and the US use the Common Law principle of justice and often reference is made to rulings in other similar judicial systems.
It could be implied if someone in Canada who was caught with plagiarised material downloaded from the UK might have a defence to some charges that can be laid, although Canada has some very indulgent copyright rules.
Another interesting thing to discover is if Fred Bloggs, in the UK, is forwarding material to Big Daddy servers in the U.S. for 'broadcasting' IF Fred can walk away from charges in the UK?
Smells to high heaven - US dirty tricks
Of all the players in the particular round of tricks I tend to side with Assange.
I am just surprised the Swedes decided to help the U.S. in this way.
More prior art being ripped off by Jobs.
Many fibrous materials / laminates are laid counter-grain/ply to add rigidity or strength from my inflatable boat, through fibreglass constructions to carbon fibre constructions used by the aircraft industry.
This confirms the US Patent Office is dumb. Of course, it could some crafty lawyer who is making himself a job for life filing dumb patents which he can defend later.
Choice needed: paid Apps free of ads as well as sponsored Apps
Let's UK privacy legislation catches up with smartphones prohibiting the collection and re-transmission of any location data - unless specifically permitted on a line by line basis.
This privacy should also include info about WiFi's in the area (Google was hit with complaints so why should iAds be able to) or details about the handset other than the telephone number.
An option should be available whereby purchasing an App entitles you to use free of adverts or the collection of data unrelated to the App operation. 'Free' Apps should be allowed to display adverts.
I feel the RIM exec who suggested that apps shouldn't be needed hit a point - smartphones are largely mobile InterNet terminals and many Apps are superfluous.
Capita! If anyone deserves a kick in the n*ts, it's them
Capita, associated with free-loading, leaching, parasitic, and all things bad when a company gets incestuous with a long-lived government, who just got it's marching orders.
If Cameron really wanted to trim the budget he would force re-bidding on all contract renewals and extensions.
A friend leased a small house, out in the countryside, to an elderly woman who was not only hard of hearing but had cataracts, too. The previous tenant had installed an impressive Antiference antenna which was left behind.
Enter Capita who seems to know peoples homes better than the residents. They insisted she had a TV and they could prove it. It took over a year of correspondence and calls to assert the fact in their database that she had no TV and was over 75.
May your demise be rapid, Capita, for you surely deserve it!
How about a two-handed dexterity test?
To circumvent a 'block' they could require the party trying to make the call to complete a keyboard-pushing task that requires two hands as well as the use of eyes.
Similar in nature to those drunk locks fitted to some cars.
@ "... disabling cell phones with jamming equipment was illegal in the US."
UNLESS you get permission from the FCC.
Whenever Obama goes mobile, one of those black SUV's - the one that looks like a slightly bald porcupine - has wide band radio jammers which only skip Federal and local Plod communications, as well as 700MHz LTE First Responders WiFi.
The system was used in Toronto this year, only the RCMP has to publicly file for authorisation. The effective range, dependent on frequency, is about 700 metres.
I guess they have never considered potential UID trigger men might think of co-opting local Plod frequencies to do their thing?
Think POSITIVELY - alternatives offer opportunity
If allowed to continue:
Fools will kill themselves (thinkpopulation control); undertakers - tow truck operators will enjoy continued employment; replacement vehicles generate jobs.
The number of dead fools will decrease; added technician employment modding the cars; lawyers and courts will garner additional work; government will increase their income through fines.
The genii is out of the bottle - it is too late.
I live in a country where motorcyclists text whilst on the move, where anyone caught using a phone on the move is fined about 20% of a month's minimum pay AND the vehicle is confiscated for a month yet they STILL text and phone.
Disabling kids? No problem ...
just place one of those super strong garbage bags with tie strings over the moggies head. Takes about 10 minutes to become effective.
Is the alternative much better?
My ISP has gone 'honest'. I subscribe to their 'Pro' grade of service at my country / summer cottage where they say the standard of service is 12.6Mbytes and their stated minimum is 512 Kbs. (Non-dynamic).
Actually I am about 370 metres from their pole-mounted DSLAM broadband appliqué box even though we are about 62 kilometres from the backbone fibre, they feed a string of villages from a spur fibre.
So my version of 'up to' has figures but still looks bad on the minimum service end. We've had one outage in 4 years that lasted about an hour.
Cable TV is the real con, since most systems are essentially a WAN so when active subscribers increase, especially in the evenings and on weekends, the speed is pitifully low with timeouts commonly showing when loading web pages.
I use Wimax as back-up (we have country-wide coverage) when needed (1.51173 GBP/100 Gigs).
Fitwatch: Is that all there is, is that all there is?
Don't know why Plod got all excited over this web site. It's hardly provoking.
There are several other web sites that really get down to nitty-gritty of provocation; offensive tactics and the like.
Toronto and Quebec police even have undercovers participating in leading the damage - in Toronto they wore the same boots as police but had socks of different colours on each foot so the riot police wouldn't whack them.
I think american TV crime shows give more 'law perverting' tips than Fitwatch does.
Note: "abused by rogue regimes to spy on US citizens"
This perfect fit for "rogue regimes' IS the US.
The NSA, those guys who own the satellite antenna farm at Menwith Hill spy base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire < http://www.google.com.vn/search?q=nsa%2C+menwith%2C+yorkshire >, already has taps into almost every cell system world-wide < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_telephone_tapping_case_2004-2005 > including those in the USA.
The US Constitution that is so revered by everyone there except for politicians and the security people prohibits spying on citizens. Notwithstanding the so-called Patriot Act allows this tapping even though it is illegal.
Obviously everyone should start inputting 'terrorist' type questions so that the kooks will waste their time chasing down false leads. Same for VOIP or text messaging and use proxies so they waste time tracking from where the call terminates.
The only satisfying thing is in knowing that this business is a failure as many so called acts of 'terrorism' continue unabated and undetected prior to the fact, proving that this waste of money can never succeed.
MS - More (of the) Same
Microsoft seems to have lost it's pizzazz as if it's in mid-life crisis.
Ballmer didn't even his base salary for the last two years given he missed his market slots.
It's that time of life for Ellison
Ellison is a publicity hound who likes to read about himself. Or he has the mid-life blues.
With the SAP trial winding down, he most likely thought it was time to shake up his supplier line.
Wonder if he had even paid for all of the lost items?
NFC, credits cards, etc - rubbish. C-A-S-H is KING (or Queen)
The country in which I reside has no cheques or much electronic banking,
Companies use payment clerks to ride around on motorcycles carrying huge quantities of CASH to pay out to creditors or collect from debtors. The government is just the same, CASH.
But we all have an option. If you want a receipt you will have to pay the 1!)% VAT; likewise if you don't need a receipt, you have the tax waived.
CASH is truly wonderful, in all countries. It doesn't leave a mouse trail for auditors, tax men or Plod to follow. This is the reason why governments love credit cards and, soon, NFC.
These features are what Apple should have had .., next time for more loot
The Chinese pads that beat Apple to market had all of the interconnectivity - plug or radio.
Apple dumbed their version down, no doubt so they can come back next year with yet another fund-raising "magical, exciting" version.
Samsung has the street creds for support and service and, IMO, have set a hardware benchmark. As for pricing, they are too high as they headed into a laptop money zone and parents would likely go for the latter.
SD memory accommodation is essential for this type of device.
We've yet to find Ahmad's alleged blog
Perhaps that's because his ISP had as much guts as the wimpy JustHost.com.
Could it be that West Midlands Plod also has an acting dildo who writes letters alleging authority he doesn't have.
IMO the real culprits are a prime minister who acted like a lapdog to the worlds most belligerent countries president AND who who had some security expert gussy up a report so it read as if Saddam had WMD and when a BBC reporter challenged the then government, he was hung out to dry. (Names omitted deliberately as this is a UK publication)
PROPOSALS published by the government
These are PROPOSALS and all Brits who give a damn should e-mail the lazy bum who represents their riding to get working on this.
Since Cameron has such a small majority it should make him more responsive.
Facebook "believes in openness"
It sure does with the key to that 'openness' being money. He'd sell almost anything.
FB is also 'open' because their security is so lax. And who 'owns' those addresses that FB uses to send endless invitations to join FB? As I've previously stated, I have acquaintances, who must also be idiots, who have donated MY addresses (I own the physical servers) that are in MY web site registrations.
How do we get these addresses deleted from FB?
Then there are the other web sites, such as the Daily Beast, who use some form of FB logon to use TDB. Can't people understand there are many who don't want anything to do with FB? Not only blocking FB make that web site unviewable but it makes all those other, associated, web sites impossible to log into.
I am amazed at the amount of advertising FB does. Living in a country where FB is blocked, one benefit are acres (or hectares) of white space that can be seen.
People should understand that Zuckerberg wouldn't recognise a moral if it it hit him in the face. Likewise, FB, being created as a metaphor for Zuckerberg, is no different. Zuckerberg has only one interest - making M-O-N-E-Y and if, to do that, he has to sell your privacy, he will.
Can you imagine TSA NOT publishing ...
the first person they catch secreting a prohibited object on board?
The Homeland Security guys will having press conferences and releasing all sorts pictures they claimed to 'discard.'
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations
This the perfect description for Devines former employer.
Apple knowingly selling defective goods must fit in there somewhere.
What will be interesting to observe ...
is which government supplier will hire him.
The doors go around and around.
I still cannot follow the logic behind "re-victimisation of the child"
The abuse takes place at the time the photographs/images are taken.
Whether one one one hundred thousand views occur subsequently, usually without the knowledge of the victim, how is she/he re-victimised.
This sounds more like a mantra that the Internet Watch Foundation repeats ad nauseum.
Better to have Dirty Old Men, glued to some screen, touching themselves than some innocent victim.
I had my copies decades ago - perhaps today's youth won't appreciate them
I was around when the Beatles did the CBS Ed Sullivan Show way back in February 1964 where they were paid standard rates but had first and last slots on three consecutive Sunday shows.
Parents didn't know what to do: first there had been legless Elvis Presley whose legs, and more particularly, his hips were kept out of frame because of the alleged sexual implications from their movements.
Now uptight, short back and sides, Americans were faced with these four hairy foreigners who practically put a large debt in the haircutting business as American youth emulated their new musical heroes.
With today's technology, copies will be on-line Torrents tomorrow.
Rest assured, Chinese business comes before Lo Fun (Whites) from overseas
The Chinese government has many levers to pull to favour or advance their interests.
The difference is America gets royally choked up when other countries do what they do. America has the finesse of an elephant whilst the Chinese are like a butterfly.
If you examine the record America's interest is in protecting oil supply lines whereas the Chinese are securing raw materials. Which do you think is the smarter?
What a wussy host - Plod has no rights to censor web sites-no court process now?
What sort of host is this that falls over when Plod comes knocking? How about some court paperwork to start the proceedings?
Ask Plod under what legislation do they think they have the right, the Act - chapter and verse.
The web site registrant should get a .com/.net/,org registration then get hosting on someone LIKE BigDaddy who can handle obstreperous Plods from other countries.
Guess they can kiss goodbye to support from the government, seeing whose furniture was re-arranged.
The reason we give MS a break is because ...
they don't pretend to by a fault free culture unlike a certain California guy we know who is residing, virtually, in his cloud cuckoo land in North Carolina.
Next play is Microsoft's.
The US should locate these guys and give them senior positions in their cyber offensive group.
Don't like Google? Go Bing yourself!
Google provides a no charge-service to to most searchers.
I have no problem with Google putting Google things up front. If they charged a search fee, then I would have a problem.
Honesty can be tested. Pick the name of a piece of Google software for which it charges, then go and search for a serial number. You'll find them all, uncensored, and even more than on competitive search engines.
Searchers always have the choice of comparing search results from a number of search engines and picking results on whatever criteria they think best fits their needs.
As for mapping, looking for a test result in a developed country is hardly a test. Try a less populated country. Google has it. Go compare Mongolia map on any source and tell me which one gives the most information!
Too remote, then try China or Ha Noi region in VietNam and then you will see why Google rightly gives itself the pole position.
As I said, still not happy? Go Bing yourself.
Apple proves, once again, it has no "quality assurance"
Most companies whose keynote product, AKA Lemon 4, would have been so embarrassed that they would have toughened up testing procedures, even going to the extent of providing sealed systems for 'volunteer' testers of the public do their thing
The problem is Jobs' won't face up to the fact he, and Apple, are fallible and maybe even worse when it comes to testing. It is hard to accept that no one knew of the 'Grip of Death' feature before it hit the market.
Chinese manufacturers aren't so dumb, either, when it comes to export orders. I have visited Chinese manufacturers and they test things to whatever spec is provided.
One factory was producing 'spherical vibrating devices' used by some women, that featured remote control through Bluetooth signals from their cell phones relayed from another cell phone, usually their boyfriend's.
Even this technically advanced sex toy was thoroughly tested for dynamics, including directionality, chemical inertness, battery consumption (imagine using an Apple battery that overheated), and charging ability (through a proximity coil).
So I think it is reasonable to suspect Apple's failure is Apples, rather than some overworked assembly outfit in China.
Chances are that if the Chinese had written this upgrade it would have worked, although the English might have been somewhat off dictionary.
European Data Protection Supervisor: What a misnomer!
Given the way that Euro data is handed over to the USA and Israel, this guy has, IMO, failed miserably.
Neither the USA or Israel can be trusted, the US no longer even honours it's own Constitution so why would it honour anything else? (I hold a US passport and the word 'Constitution', along with the word 'flag', are repeated like a mantra in many levels of government and education;)
Canada, when it designed it's database structures, separated content so that someone with access to one database cannot go poking around another without authorisation. For instance, Plod can't go trolling through medical records or tax data.)
The UK's government database, on the other hand, was designed to centralise data and make much it accessible to people who haven't. or shouldn't, have access to many things as has been seen in the recent past.
And to all those Doubting Thomas', look back in history and see what Hitler did with German and French data - and that was all paper based.
Lexis-Nexis runs a database whose contents would amaze many, perhaps the word should be scare or concern, for an experienced researcher can gather up certain data and draw a pretty accurate picture. A while ago a character I was discussing a matter with suggested that the InterNet provided a lot of 'shielding'.
Within 10 minutes of research I had his name, address and employers name together with remuneration (I had access to Canadian credit bureau records at that time) and I was located ten of thousands of miles away from him.
So take a great deal of interest in your data, and ask why people want something, and make sure you let your elected officials know what concerns you, reminding them their number comes up every 3,4 or 5 years.
P.S. If you make any sort of claim against private paid medical insurance, and some countries public paid medical insurance, you should know that data is stored in a 'credit bureau' type structure and (life) insurers pay to access that data. So don't go 'forgetting' health details on insurance applications!
It's all very well bugging the Iranians, the West won't feel so smug when it happens here!
So often what started out with one, not necessarily good, intent turns out to be an own goal as miscreants will, as sure as Hell, use this type of technology against others.
Bet the Iranians are as happy as can be knowing that they have circumvented yet another US inspired attempt to stop them doing what other sovereign nations have done.
If the US doesn't want to incur the wrath of people, it should keep it's nose out of other people's business.Mind you we all end up paying by way of intrusive security and added expenses.
I guess that Iran will switch to Linux, as many countries are doing, as a national policy, and that North Korea is busy running-anti-virus software.
The Chinese have deployed it in BeiJing and also at busy transportation termini
The Chinese obviously have some confidence in it as it has been running since before the Olympics.
Those well groomed young men and women, in Chinese 'hotspots', touting oversized, large screened 2-way radio's are internal security folks. A sister of one of these people said if they are looking for someone in, say, a station they can have the persons picture loaded in to the system and every sighting in the given vicinity is transmitted back to the hand-helds.
I guess the US will equip drones with this stuff, then give them a list of undesirables, then set them loose.
Google is the Rock of Gibraltar: Facebook is like Jello
After working for a reasonable facsimile of a corporate structure with Google, no doubt the sheen of the Cult of Zuckerberg has worn very thin.
Obviously Buchheit is a man of great talents and wants challenges in his life. Good luck to him.
Very useful pictures ... if you are looking for weaknesses
These pictures suggest there are still areas that offer secrecy. The feet and the groin.
Of course the body cavities are completely obscured and offer considerable capacity in which to secrete material - after all babies are quite large.
Now we await the determined female bomber to demonstrate the futility of all this 'high tech' rubbish.
Good Consumer Law is good for economy
There are plenty of Common Law consumer legislation so it shouldn't take long to plagiarise a decent new law.
The fact that EU proposals don't provide for "did not contain provisions forcing EU member states to pass laws allowing consumers to have the same right to reject goods that UK consumers have." or "it says that once a good is "accepted", the right to remedies is lost" suggests the EU law drafters were knobbled by the Dodgy Dealer Sales Association.
People only discover defects AFTER they have accepted delivery and have had a chance to use it.
At least Google has some integrity; Facebook has none!
Given the history of breached security, pure selling of private data Facebook is a place to avoid. I get really mad when idiots I'm acquainted with gives Facebook one of my e-mail addresses.
As for Zuckerberg, he must be one of the most amoral characters in US business. Hookers usually are honest enough to admit what they are: Zuckerberg can't/doesn't/won't.
By Jove! I think she's got it. Yes she has, she's got it!
This is a brave woman to be standing up for sense.
The words of Hans Christian Andersen come to mind: The Emperor has no clothes!
The US airport security is a pantomime to satisfy the travelling public's perception of security. The US even searches pilots, how crazy is that? After all a pilot doesn't need a nail file or clippers to down an aircraft - switching off the autopilot and pushing the yoke hard forwards should do the trick, as the pilot of a Silk Air flight demonstrated a few years back.
It's the combination of human perception, interaction or psychology that gets the bomber.
What the Americans are doing reminds me of the powdered scrambled eggs we had in the Army. The menu board also called for a dozen eggs with shells to be thrown in to the blender with the egg powder. The sergeant cook explained that when men found the bits of eggshell they would be convinced the eggs were fresh!
The US security apparatus is making scrambled eggs!
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