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More Apple Tosh on it's way
Apple will need a couple of weeks to file their version of this Nokia design - no doubt an App to create alleged differences.
Check PatentlyApple.com for progress.
Then, no doubt, they'll be off to the ITC for yet another hearing.
RIM might be smart to develop a Enterprise Server with a back ...
door because with the number of governments wanting to read their citizens mail is increasing monthly.
How about running a hacking competition to see who can break with a prize of $100,000?
The nest Facebook page is one with a bold ...
404 - as seen in China and VietNam and a few other enlightened countries.
Same problem at my summer cottage.
I have small weekend getaway on the 'wrong' side of the lake for a cable feed and using Wimax for listening to the Beeb gets a little expensive.
I bought some TP-Link 501 Access Point WiFi boxes which can be programmed as AP or Client which when connected back to back and using their 14 dB gain antennae gave a reliable link. It is possible to hack TP-Link boxes - search using Google - so you can max out the power.
It's been up for three years now, without any downtime.
How petty! Pay Pal you'd expect but the White House?
Pay Pal has a history of freezing accounts, seizing money or delaying payments, along with collecting and passing data - smart people avoid using them as an recipient of funds and especially as a forwarder of funds using credit cards.
As for the White House, no words describe their stupidity. I supported Obama, he had a once in a blue moon opportunity to change the U.S.A. for the better. He blew this opportunity, too.
I guess the numbnuts on his staff presume the people won't access the Wikilleaks.com/http://220.127.116.11 when they get home.
Moving the DSLAMs really helps
Where I live they use pole mounted DSLAMs to provide high speed drops to customer premises. The backbone are high-speed fibre cables. No more blaming "too far from the exchange". These are even used in remote villages which, when compared to the UK, are really, really remote.
Some city applications even use fibre drops to customer premises.
As for the much hyped test "from BT's nearby Martlesham Heath labs", 'Queen' setups hardly represent the real world conditions out in the field.
Anyway you cut it, the British consumer have been cheated out of what, now, is really an essential utility because BT has failed miserably.
Android is an OS, not hardware & millions of Americans have no insurance
Android would likely never kill anyone, except iOS - but it is not living, so you have to look further to the hardware manufacturer and it's subcontractors.
As for health insurance, you must have been on another planet with the U.S. discussed new health insurance for a year which was reported worldwide as other countries populations were amazed people had no free health coverage as most civilised nations do.
There is over 10% unemployment in the U.S. and the first thing to go is usually the health insurance followed by mortgage payments.
Apple disease spreading - there must be a patent for this
It had appeared, until this report, that Apple had the corner on exploding batteries in telephones. At least the Japanese got lucky, there was a mass recall of Apple batteries there recently.
I'll have to check PatentlyApple.com to see if Jobs has a patent on the battery feature.
Cash is King!
1. No trouble having cash accepted (if good money);
2. No audit trails for The Plod, tax man or expense auditors to check;
3. No anxious moments waiting to see if:there is a message to contact your bank;
4. No anxious moments waiting to see if HSBC has inadvertently cancelled your card;
5. No anxious moments waiting to see if HSBC is having computer problems, again;
6. Instant balance info by sticking your hand in your pocket;
7. No use information sold off to marketing outfits.
Nothing beats CASH, ask any tax dodger, drug dealer or frequent traveller.
Not a bad take even for 4.5 years
Split proportionately between the 5 of them, based on the time awarded, these guys still prove crime pays.
Kind of stupid for not registering property in a trusted third party, but there again there's supposed to be no honour amongst thieves so maybe they couldn't trust anyone!
And people think The cloud is reliable?
The Cloud has just suffered a hell of a hit to it's reputation and claims for reliability.
If some jumped up politician, who isn't quite sure what party he stands for, can write a letter and as a result have a Cloud operator remove the files, perhaps Apple will censor it's cloud of ny prurient material or MS refuse to post anything critical of it's products.
Keep those hard drives, at least you can control their use.
So the U.S. government knobbled EveryDNS?
So let me understand this.
Either agents of, or for, the U.S. Government are believed to be behind the attacks on Wikileaks - certainly they are not attacking themselves.
So the DNS provider terminates service on the grounds Wikileaks breached the clause tha reads: "Member shall not interfere with another Member's use and enjoyment of the Service or another entity's use and enjoyment of similar services".
I don't see how WL breached the terms since it is the victim of the attack.
Sounds like the makings of a court action.
Is this the 'All Indian' solution?
The government trumpeted an 'All Indian' solution.
Question: Where is it being built?
Windows OS, at least hot copies, are very popular - both in and out of government so the real 'savings' in using open software is a bit of a fantasy.
There are many emerging markets where computers at this price break would be welcomed.
At least the EU patent and copyright rules won't support U.S. shenanigans
Just where the hell do any of these U.S. West coast companies think they have the right to steal and plunder all these works by others?
The EU uses more acceptable criteria and would most likely acknowledge the open software communities interest in the word 'Hudson' which, for some reason, has a New York flavour to it.
Back to the boat, Ellison.
Be Happy! No more taxpayer pounds thrown at yet another international con outfit!
It's obvious a lot of people on the selection committee didn't get much sleep, people banging on suite doors offering bags of money.
However, the British taxpayer should be celebrating. Just think of all those taxpayer pounds that will be put to far better use than lining the pockets of private enterprise.
Most hosts to the international sports circuses do not come out ahead on these expenditures, so the funds can be directed to some worthwhile project that will provide long lasting benefits.
The Blair Olympics are a complete waste of funds that could be put to better use.
The BBC program will determine who does NOT get the selection
These international sports fiefdoms, no pun intended, run on corruption whether it is football or even the Olympics.
In reality they are no longer sports concerns, they are businesses and business monopolies at that.
Even with royalty, either of the realm or football, or a politician pushing the UK bid, money will talk louder.
"she was uncomfortable disclosing the details"
This, lady, is the idea behind committee hearings - to make you, and the government - 'feel uncomfortable' and come up with the answers.
Such soft questioning!
As for the 'commercialisation' aspects: the UK has always missed opportunities for major inventions with, usually, Americans, making the money. The Americans make use of government facilities for commercial purposes.
The new idea for 'commercialisation' has to be monitored by people external to GCHQ to make sure no unhealthy relationships develop between it and their new clients.
This is a very slippery slope and a hand of restraint should be provided along with a very clear, and public, set of guidelines.
Another brick missing from the walled garden
It must be comforting for the early adopters of Apple products that even they are somewhat neglected by Apple, at least the modders have kept them in mind.
Another headache for Steve, baby. Another step for freedom of iPhans.
Using valuable spectrum for TV wasteland is squandering a resource.
The massive assignment of valuable spectrum for TV trivia is wrong, these days, but this change of use conversion has to be properly managed, which is the point of the ITU, as electromagnetic transmissions are no respecter of international borders.
Canada and the U.S., whilst sharing a common border are vastly different in nature. The U.S. is geographically smaller than Canada [ :) ] but it's population is about 10 times as large. The majority of Canadians populate the 200 miles immediately north of the border.
Notwithstanding the population disparity, or the different densities, Canada has East-West coast-to-coast cell, television and fibre-optic coverage with multiple high power TV transmitters in the major provincial capitals.
In the mid-West, or prairies, this will have little effect as cows aren't really into WiFi BUT in the extreme West and the heavily populated Northeast these border stations will determine how the U.S. deploys it's spectrum. Assuming a transmitter has an interference range of 4 times it's satisfactory viewing range.
The U.S. really has a critical lack of communications infrastructure out in the country - where powerful TV stations are needed to reach the population.
The alternate might be to provide (almost bankrupt) government sponsored fibre-optic facilities funded from the spectrum sale. This will free up sufficient room for the new uses.
IP TV might be a solution for these sparsely populated areas, it is very successfully deployed in S.E. Asia.
For the larger population areas of Canada one way to eliminate spectrum overlap is to provide free basic local TV station access to everyone, whilst disallowing advertisement replacement by cable companies, so local stations continue to have sufficient revenue to finance their programming.
Europe is easier since the EU waves the big stick and can undoubtedly bring it's disparate countries into alignment.
Other parts of the world are also quite manageable given their demands and their geography.
The bottom line is whatever the solution the U.S. decides to use, it is not necessarily good for the rest of us.
Even InterNet service in Tuktoyaktuk & Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada faster than UK
The northern coast of Canada, separated from the sunny south by thousands of kilometres of cold permafrost gets better service than Britain. The answer is competition.
If the UK government really wanted to roll high-speed InterNet out they would force BT to drop all restrictive practices with respect to BT facilities.
In Saigon the local government authorities got a little ticked off with all the sidewalk and roadway desecration by the local carriers that they made all of the almost 10 landline service carriers share common facilities.
The single fibre-optic cable now serves all my communications needs from any carrier, including two cable TV outfits. At least the competing carriers have their own server facilities, as opposed to buying an allocation from the largest supplier, and all ISP's have at least 6 international IP feeds which have really helped things along.
Note. Requesting IP TV requires they open up the IP pipe to get sufficient bandwidth which often improves the speed of the InterNet carrier signal!
Never have accepted upgrades on the first day
Nver have accepted upgrades on the day of release, just as the company refuses to install OS major revisions until the first 'Service Pack'.
Seems the policy proved correct again.
So much for Apple batteries
Apple is still fighting to justify lengthy battery claims.
They messed with the RF control software and dropped calls trying economise. Now this.
I realise that iPhans like to have decisions made for them but why not simply provide a power control panel and let the owner of the device make their own power allocation decisions?
Would choice reduce the complaints?
Perhaps if the TSA allowed PAX to choose the sex of the person preparing to 'handle your junk' the number of complaints would decrease.
Of course, some of the females employed by TSA might persuade anyone to stick with males.
So why is Hilary's knickers in such a twist over "Nothing really new"
Either Gates is getting senile or Hilary, and Obama, has misjudged the whole thing.
Of course Gates is spinning, the U.S. is very embarrassed - neither can it keep it's own secrets under wraps, it can't even be trusted to keep others secrets secure, either.
Hezbollah must be shaking in their boots
What a wuss of a charge - hacking phones and breaching Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The phones were legally acquired and legally sold on, not like they were like Blue Boxes - which Apple's Jobs made when he was younger - so there was no telecommunications fraud.
Pity we didn't hear about the price differential between the cost of the telephones and the price of the 'heavily subsidised' units.
Perhaps if had made one phone call from each handset he could have claimed they had all been used for personal purposes.
Could Cellco's use this against subscribes who jailbreak their 'subsidised' handsets?
"complaints from Microsoft, ... Foundem and French search site ejustice.fr"
The complainants say all there is to know about the case: two damn American outfits who couldn't make the complaint stick in the U.S. and a Frog outfit who has cultural differences with the predominance of what is, in reality, a pretty good search facility ... for the price - free.
Pay for it and they might have a case.
More than likely a U.S. agency doing what it tells others not to do
The U.S. usually gets all upset and righteous when independent spammers start using dirty tricks against web sites yet all is fine when they use the very same techniques against Wikileaks.
Little wonder that people around the world regard the U.S. with such contempt!
The best quality programming is on Public TV - where is it in MS plans?
With this proliferation of on-line TV, it seems the best is being left behind - the wasteland of American TV has few decent channels.
In Canada there are satellite channels that show TV programming from every province and territory which allows you to appreciate the differing hardships and challenges different communities face.
Unfortunately many of these on-line services will not be offering such variety of programming.
Of course, a challenge that has to be dealt with in Europe are the licencing fees - imagine what the Capita crowd will be up to accusing every computer owner of viewing TV and demanding their financial cut.
Sad squandering of limited public funds
Given the sorry state of council finances across the UK, it is little less than criminal when it comes to installing and maintaining CCTV.
Although the Chinese have done a good job of using their facilities, it requires an enormous amount of manpower to make effective, as well as even more curtailment of civil rights already imposed in the UK.
Compared to most CCTV systems, the Chinese systems are gold plated, not some pickings from a catalogue. Since the State controls prices to a considerable degree, they get the best pricing.
The U.S. has an idea, get the local 'Nosey Parkers' to monitor things using cable channels. Of course monitoring borders is a little less private than looking after your neighbours.
The pointless installation of cameras should cease and only where a use is proven should they in place.
Another Blunkett/Blair legacy
The U.S. has thousands of these country/country agreements around the world. and is an expert in drafting them and simply outfoxed, if that bis the right word when applied to that idiot Blunkett, the UK when negotiating it.
On a scale of car parking to murder, computer hacking is pretty near the bottom and should not be an extraditable offence ESPECIALLY since the crime originated on UK soil.
The French have a pretty good answer for this: "Non!"
Cracking MS was less for demand and more because to prove MS is as bad as Apple
No doubt the jailbreakers did this, not for demand or OS popularity, rather just to prove MS is no better than iOS or numerous other locked down platforms.
Colour anyone embarrassing the U.S. a terrorist, then break the law persecuting them!
American lawmakers are hypocrites. The concept of rule of law is a nice phrase which they conveniently forget when it suits their purposes.
The Patriot Act breached The U.S. Constitution, but no government prosecutor wants to go near a court with it. So the U.S. Congress will pass yet more illegal laws, no doubt trying to make them retroactive - which courts often reject.
As for 'locking the data down' - this should have happened way back when the Army arrested their man.
Wouldn't have happened in China - they monitor computer terminals and would have caught this leak when it started.
Software inventorying a complete joke.
MS has persuaded the Vietnamese government to audit both business and government use of software.
The government declared all of it's operations would switch to Linux - which they did. Unfortunately many users resorted to dual booting machines as their custom software was written for Windows. A recent visit to our local Traffic Plod confirmed to my eyes Windows was still in use.
Business audits are preceded by the local Plod visiting all places to be inspected and establishing a convenient timetable. This allows us to get the sharing of original disks organised, as well as going down to the bank to get some cash to pay Plod off with.
At the end of the day the Plod gets richer and business enters the value of the bribes in the 'other expenses' column.
Apple Tosh ... not a recipe ...
actually the name of the process where some brainless scientist gets together with a guileless patent attorney and dream up, or re-engineer an existing patent, and produce sketches and prose that is sufficiently obtuse to confuse the American Patents Office.
"not only tramples on due process"
The U.S. Government no longer recognises the 3-legged principle of government proposed by the founders.
Having trashed The Constitution, with minimal objections, it is now going after the courts who don't seem to be toeing the governments line.
Guess they will be seizing personal property assets next, bypassing all the niceties of procedure.
And what did Obama graduate as?
Poetic Justice. American government funded technology shafts sponsor!
DARPA was the Pentagon-funded outfit that developed the InterNet and now it's shafted by it. How glorious. How poetic.
Perhaps the Pentagon should keep a tighter rein on DARPA, who knows what other great ideas are coming.
As for those people who aren't impressed, they don't count the shareholders of Bank of America in their number. Wikileaks next announced target, Wall Street, has already taken a large chunk of worth from BoA!
Keep up the good work, Assange.
The Chinese used to do this big time, then they figured out why they were so ill
All over rural China you see methane generators where 'night soil', so called as it earlier collected overnight, would be placed and it's degeneration would cause the gas. It's used for cooking and water boiling.
Only the poorest of peasant farmers use this excrement, as the risk of illness is offset by their desire not to die of starvation. Even moderately wealthy farmers buy 'artificial' fertilisers as the added cost is more than offset by the increase in crop output.
Here in VietNam around 94% of sewage is dumped UNTREATED into our lakes, rivers and the sea. Even farmers on the banks of these polluted waterways - think SaiGon has around 12-million rear ends - don't use river water to irrigate their crops.
How ill-informed can this UK outfit be? They must be funded by pig and chicken farmers looking for a place to dump their shit. Imagine the NHS costs?
Great idea! Protecting the impressionable from bad information.
What a great scheme. It seems that all the squares of this world are busy building yet another walled world.
How will they propagate their pap?
Tea plantation workers have a great amplifier
I visited a tea plantation last year and out in the fields you could hear the feint tones of the local music.
On closer investigation, many leaf pickers had their own personal, non-fruit, music reproducers. Not being loud enough to be heard un-aided, they placed their devices in buckets which made the music loud enough for them to enjoy.
Very 'Green', too, no power needed.
"they weren't likely to make changes anytime soon"
That's because their guru is out in the perfumed garden with his head in the sandbox pretending the world is perfect.
And they think fruit machines are secure enough for business? Bush, the saviour of Iraq, uses fruit products, which should be warning enough.
Tell these commercial rip-off artists to go take a jump
Every where the Olympics are held is preceded by a drive to stamp out the use of anything with OLYMPI .... the name.
When the international commercial extortion scheme went to Canada they even chased down restaurants all over the country even if they had been using the name for years. One, owned by proud Greek, fought them and won. Others, with less fortitude, caved in to the pressure.
When Greece helped itself into bankruptcy by hosting the Samaranch glorification celebrations the Ico had a problem since not only the national carrier used 'their' name, but so to did a lot of proud Greek businessmen.
It all started with that old reprobate Samaranch, who was involved STILL as Honorary President for Life of the International Olympic Committee and still had his snout in the trough until he died, who managed to get his son a permanent job with the IOC.
Many entities have used the word Olympic before the IOC even came along and has since spent a lot of time and money trying to persuade governments they own the word.
ICANN should tell the IOC to go whistle Dixie ... unfortunately both entities have things in common, one being some members are self-worshipping, incestuous, glory seeking bastards.
Has the author checked the sales numbers?
Only last week one story was entitled "Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site" < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/26/windows_phone_7_sales/ > puts the lie to todays piece which tries to suggest there is even a fight.
Personally i think Google should adopt the PC Windows schema. Updates to the OS can come independently of any other application. The manufacturer's UI is the equivalent of the PC desktop can have it's functions supported by the updated OS until the manufacturer extracts the digit and updates his UI.
Likewise with Cellco's. Since the relationship between the Cellco's and manufacturers is a closer one than Google and the Cellco's, they could co-operate in upgrades. The user should, however, have the option of using the 'no frills' Google OS until the manufacturers/Cellco's get their acts together.
Microsoft has too much baggage to garner a mass of support such as Google has. MS abandoned the users of it's earlier OS, there is a permanent 'hate' in a large number of people for MS - all challenges that require energy to overcome.
Google, on the other hand, is coming up big time in the pad/tablet business with many diverse manufacturers adopting the Android OS. This is an arena MS hasn't even got it's nose in the door.
WP7 challengers are way below Android, MS might have attractions for the suits that carry RIM, but RIM has a solid world market. The world is not North America, there are distinct areas where different OS choices are favoured.
And then there is China. Forget your expensive bling phones, other than in BeiJing or ShangHai, the mass of Chinese citizenry want value for money and that likely doesn't include MS. Android is the OS of choice for the Chinese entrepreneurs - not MS.
Google has a little housekeeping to do, then the question posed by the article's title will be redundant.
Wikileaks underscores the fact You Cannot Trust Government, most ANY government
The Wikileaks release is a great service to the public: it illustrates that the U.S. is a government that cannot be trusted - it has already passed legislation that bypasses the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, so why should anyone have faith in any agreement or document it's seal is appended to?
This bastion of secrets is no better than a kitchen cullender - hell it's messages rated 'Secret' can be legally read by some 3-million people, ordinarily. Today the number is much greater!
Just post the rest, Wikileaks, forget about the redacting.
Unless there are special arrangements, it keeps local censorious bastards away
My country of residence has light touch InterNet censoring, mainly to keep rabid anti-government propaganda and Facebook, away from the population.
My company installed HongKong satellite-based InterNet feeds to our offices which means we have no politically inspired 'service interruptions'. Hopefully the WTF band of do gooders that the UK government has appointed to keep InterNet users minds pristine and free from natural instincts can't get their hands on his service.
How much more of the Blunkett/Blair/Brown legacy has yet to be removed?
If Plod is getting one of these microwave portables they will only use one ...
setting - High. Of course the military use carries different risks, one of the intended warmees might turn around and use your basic AK-47 and simply show how old technology often out guns new tech.
When it comes to Plod, equating their meaningless "To serve and protect" and the equally meaningless name changes from "Force' to 'Service' to what they actually do to the public - treat them all like enemies - is hard, then they wonder why the victim public doesn't stand up and 'support their local Plod'.
If anyone treaties me in a defined manner, I am likely to respond in kind. The Plod in the recent student riots did much to antagonise the crowds. Personally, had anyone used ice picks, marbles or chile powder (horses do breath), on the horses I would have not been upset. Once again, Plod went overboard - no way was it 'crowd control'.
The population elects the Pols who immediately forget about the process and condone all this abuse of their electorate.
In the States, the Pigs act like near military with their armoured personnel carriers, robots running around blowing up correct and incorrect targets, tasering people to death - remember how the much vaunted RCMP killing in Vancouver of a legal immigrant who lacked any knowledge of English? He was killed on the very day he landed in Canada to start a new life. Sure was a 'new life' - cut up in morgue. The was completely unnecessary since the murder victim was already being held in a secure room.
The Rodney King assault, the murders - by police - of those attending a wedding party.
Before any more life endangering high tech weaponry is handed to Plod, or Pig, a serious evaluation of how the public should be treated is needed.
@ Illegality not yet confirmed
Sorry, you are wrong. If they had been found NOT GUILTY they would not be appealing their conviction and sentence.
If they absolutely nothing the police would arrest them and return them to jail.
Brings to mind one of the Boulting Brothers
He was a director of the film company and he claimed he wasn't an employee (for tax purposes you know).
The learned Beak held he was. Pay the tax!
P.S. Where's Hailey Mills these days?
£6,628 or 3-months? Cheaper to do the time and get 30% off
The stuff he allegedly sold, military-issued boots, rucksacks and ration packs, is peanuts to what goes on in the U.S. military.
There you can get good stuff like laser guide lights (used by drones to target bombs); night vision gear, guns, etc.
King of dumb to use e-Bay, Craigs List would leave far less of an evidence trail.
Deja vu, all over again
This film reminds of the early days of colour TV when hucksters used to sell colour 'conversion' kits to gullible owners of black and white TV's.
The conversion kit was simply a film that had a band of sky blue at the top that faded into the transparent film colour and a band of green that darkened towards the bottom edge.
The theory was most scenes were bluish at the top and greenish at the bottom - which worked well for cowboy movies. The scam artists selling these kits, from P.O. Boxes in NYC, made a killing.
Still these films for tThingies will serve a purpose: either stopping the glass from getting scratched or, in case of breakage, minimising harm to the iPhan.
Maybe Microsoft should copy Apple
They could write an App so a WinFone 7 could do something with their seemingly successful Kinect controller box, or sell Kinect with 2 WinFones.
Then MS could have a TV box ...
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