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Too hot to handle? Time to get off the pot!
I was sorry to see Heather Dryden of Canada, a country with enlightened views, was questioning whether or not any "controversial" domains should be added to the internet.
The reasons she gave were very weak. 'Censorious nations' exist on both sides of the political and geographic divides and include Australia, China, Germany, United Kingdom and VietNam - a very eclectic choice of bedmates.
Dryden's claims this "could eventually lead to alternate domain name systems being set up", thereby "fragmenting the internet" shows just how out of touch she is. This suggests she is a card carrying member of CIRA (later confirmed). Worse still a Lexis-Nexis search reveals she is a government designate from the Canadian Government, which is extreme rightist at the moment.
How her educational background in International Politics and Russian Studies.helps is beyond comprehension. Coming from Ottawa further compounds her problems, it is not a city noted for intelligentsia in government.
I guess she is the 'Gordon Brown' type appointee - handed a cushy job where they can do minimum damage.
The InterNet is already fragmented which is how children get advanced sex lessons already: assigning them to an internationally recognised domain name such as .XXX seems eminently suitable.
Sailing plan filings
Dumb ideas like these are easily defeated by filing proposed trips both short and long, whether to another destination or just around the bay.
After getting swamped with junk they will give up anyway.
A Home Affairs Select Committee report concluded that 'the e-Borders programme is likely to be illegal under the EU Treaty. Not that this small detail ever bothered previous governments. (Think DNA)
Anyway, how can five high-speed clapped out ex-Navy cutters, which will patrol the country's coastline, do much other than waste fuel and show the flag. Another security joke. Except it is costed at £1.2 billion.
Boeing has got the border security boot in the US; why does anyone think the UK can succeed?
The lauded e-border security system custom built by Boeing has just gotten the boot as a failure on the Mexican border.
Why on earth does the UK think it can be any more successful after centuries of being given the run-around by smugglers? Britain is perfect for surreptitious entry, all you need is a row boat. Then the illegals melt into the ethnic areas and another one wins.
People smugglers and would be illegal immigrants are a determined lot and have more tricks than you think.
The fact that the police stopped hundreds of thousands of people, with a handful of 'hits' - none terrorist - is indicative of the failure that should be expected unless the public is prepared to submit to an even more rigorous regime than those already rejected by the pols and the citizens.
One answer is to make countries of departure more attractive so people might be persuaded to stay home.
In technologically advanced countries such as ...
Canada, China, the USA or even VietNam finding mobile WiFi, distinct from Wimax or LTE, is common on long haul buses or rail so people can use their time productively.
Usually there is no charge for these services in the Far East.
Just think Britain might do it, one day ....
Isn't the infrastructure great in the 'developing' world?
Remember the 'developed' nations were our test lab. And forget your 'upmarket' qualification - less free access there than other areas;
You checked the AMPS cell system, long haul telco carrier systems, etc., NTSC/PAL/SECAM TV signalling, and so on.
VietNam now has a 100% fibre network; we have remote villages with 12 Megabyte InterNet feeds to homes; digital signalling even to residential premises; 'city' and 7 national coverage cell radio systems; TV over radio in all major cities and Wimax/LTE countrywide. Farmers are now being fed crop wholesale prices, via cell phones, so they know the optimum time to pick crops. We even irradiate food exports to meet US demands.
South Korea is even more advanced with 100 Megabyte residential InterNet. advanced transportation tracking and reporting systems where bus shelter displays advise passengers of bus arrival times.
Little wonder Brits feel cheated when BT promises higher speed InterNet some year within the next decade. At least you can boast your sewers work better than ours do.
The only difference in mobile back-haul and land-locked
service is that backbone services are fed to the mobile Access Point using Wimax or LTE - some Canadian rail systems use cell system fed InterNet.
Nothing complicated about it.
A failure - sensible outfits supply free WiFi for travellers
If damn coffee shops can justify free WiFi why can't a massive public rail terminus?
This nickel and diming is what spoils the whole thing and will be seen as BT out to take the public's money. Totally out of touch BT.
So HP fires alleged crook then hires a new alleged crook. American business is strange.
This whole mess is really looking bad for the HP board of directors.
Their fearless leader, formerly with Oracle, replaces someone fired by HP for alleged mathematics problems with his expenses, who gets hired by Oracle.
Then the former Oracle board chair hires the president of a SAP subsidiary who admits to IP theft .
The whole arrangement sounds somewhat incestuous. My money is on Apotheker getting fired and possibly the ex-Oracle HP chair! Wonder what the payoff's are for fired alleged crooks?
Good time to grab HP shares cheap?
Sell it to the Pentagon, their security is none existent
If the US military had any concept of security it would stop curious UK types from rifling their data on UFO's, Area 51, etc.
Data holders should quit blaming people for breaking in to their cookie jars and do somehing to prevent it.
Many web sites allow post editing
"You might want to take a moment here and imagine what life would actually be like if commenters could edit their own comments."
I took several moments and still can't see the problem.
There is a little risk in allowing post editing - I moderate or administer a number of web sites and have never found post-editing to be a problem.
In fact it makes moderators work easier, so more can be achieved with less labour. Works for The Daily Beast - which is a very hot forum.
Google does nothing anyone else can't do.
There is little Google does that can't be done by Joe Q. Public. I can't understand the exaggerated excitement around this subject.
(a) They take pictures from public areas, so who can't? (b) They monitor a common frequency band that can be used by type approved equipment without a licence, so who can't?
Most likely what is driving this is naive fools who haven't set their WiFi up properly. And Google is to blame?
Worry about the fact that smart-phone manufacturers and Apps are STEALING your airtime, usually with most not knowing it, using YOUR SMART-PHONE to do EXACTLY what Google has done with WiFi.
That makes you whining ninnies with smart-phones no better than Google - so quit the crocodile tears and activate the free WiFi security - using WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security is best.
Jobs: Just a closer walk with Me
Knowing Jobs it is to put the hackers out of business so all phones have to be activated for use on approved carriers. No more jail breaking.
Jobs is about control, not customer convenience.
Why would you need GPS?
Networks automatically provide identification through network signalling.
Better to use network signalling as you at least know the handset is within operational coverage areas.
Automatic roaming will not be acceptable to some governments as users are required to identify themselves through passports and/or visas before service is permitted. In Cambodia no foreign visitor is permitted to use cell services.
So now the Mossad can use any Euro citizen data?
Mossad, and therefore Israel, has repeatedly shown contempt for other nations citizens by using passports from a number of Euro nations as well as Canadian and U.S. passports whilst going around the world murdering people.
What sureties does the EU have that this will not happen again enhanced by the broader range of data now made accessible.
Do the EU citizens have a veto right to stop any data on themselves being passed?
What we need is an Android layer cake
Peole talk about fragmentation of the Android 'space' and the sluggishness of various parties involved in bringing the 'experience' of the latest OS version to market.
The other day I was at a bakery buying my child a birthday cake; others were buying cakes for their own personal reasons - but they all had one thing in common, the base comprising a cake, with fillings, all covered in white icing.
Equate the cake to an Android smart-phone. The common cake element is the OS whilst the personalised greetings and colouring is the interface.
If Google were to say: "Hands off the cake" so it alone could update or patch directly to users without waiting for manufacturers or cellco's to do their thing. This OS would, however, need a simple interface so if there were incompatibilities between the new OS and an older manufacturer or cellco interface, operability would be maintained.without the fancy icing.
Nexus 2 would be great place to minimise OS fragmentation.
Back to the birthday party.
Plod proves Plod is wrong, again. The silence is ACPO figuring next reason for having them.
After harassing the general public with the excessive powers bestowed on them by Plunkett, Blair & Brown, particularly photographers, the Plod has produced a completely unassailable set of figures all on their own.
ACPO must be stunned, at least more stunned that at the present time than usual, that the Met Plod has own goaled ACPO's propaganda.
And remember Labour's bleating for extended periods of incarceration without charge? Another report just released shows that few are kept over fourteen days and that any charges were preferred by the 14th day. And Labour wanted 90!
Thank someone for the Lib-Dems sanity in these matters. Hopefully they will reduce the insults to British freedom.
What is the significance of a "chamfered cylinder" in a standard?
I understand the mechanical benefits of a chamfered cylinder, but what beneficial effects would they have on a static standard of weight?
The Citizen Lab is part of the ...
Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto, Canada.
< http://citizenlab.org/ >
This is Obama:
I have my very own personal server and it is a U.S. Government secret.
At least they've moved on from ...
dead uncles and aunts bank accounts or dictators abandoning money.
80% for creativity.
All very legal ... where I live
You are assuming that all countries have similar legislation to yours. They don't, therefore your views have limited geographical applicability. Besides, reporting my IP would have little consequence - it's 112.197.220.077 BTW - as VN laws aren't being broken. Neither am I a criminal. Furthermore, I and most others use VPN so IP's become even less relevant.
Most of our restaurant WiFi's are supplied by FPT (User: fpt; p/w: telecom) which are openly displayed when you access a WiFi (just hit enter) and the attitude here is that open WiFi is good for business. Only Western owned hotels think about charging for WiFi.
Same in regional airports, and even on the rail and some buses. Free and unlimited. And passworded.
So please don't get would up, privacy is being breached but I could careless about others traffic. My point still remains, if you have an expectation of privacy use WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, otherwise don't complain. Besides, what with all the smartphones sniffing your connections, things are really busy out there. And you don't even realise it.
Robert Halfon's vacuous head demonstrates principle behind 'Empty vessels make most noise'
You don't go around leaving your premises unlocked, as was the case in yesteryear, only to complain that someone walked in and taken something.
For years the WiFi manufacturers have been advising people to implement security, not helped by making the default as security turned off, so Halton and his merry bunch of dummies should stop blaming Google, who was honest enough not to delete the evidence.
As someone who travels constantly, I NEVER have to pay for WiFi access, I even download gigabyte Bit-torrents over WiFi and rarely get interrupted. As might be expected, this is being posted over a neighbours unit and he uses WEP! (I subscribe to WeFi.com so if you need some handy passwords ...)
Plaintiff, lawyer and enforcement all in one.
Why bother with the courts?
A visit from a couple of the boyo's, on their hawgs, should do it. If not, a pipe bomb should complete the job.
Quicker than the courts, too.
Still be hawked around? It was first used in 1964!
I guess this says a lot about Aston Martin's quality as this ageing car must be qualified for 'historical plates' by now.
Today's version would no doubt feature laser guided missiles instead of the now missing machine guns.
Apple's S.O.P. - their Chinese tablet sales will be minimal, anyway
Apple only bought off the earlier users of 'their' product name when they determined such users might have the wherewithal to upset Apple's cart.
Besides with the Chinese stores overflowing with lookalikes of Apple's knock-off, boasting features that would challenge Jobs sensitivities, at prices a fraction of the Apple tablet, prospects for sales of the fruit version are likely minimal at best.
Even the 3D tablets are really improving so that (pirated) copies of Hollywood's answer to piracy look good.
Apple will develop it's own 'standard' and strange connectors
Great idea to eliminate all those damn 'specials' that plague us.
As Jobs will want to lock his flock into single-sourced SSD's to max out their contributions Apple will no doubt, once again, go it's own way and use yet more strange connectors to hammer home the point.
Want guaranteed compliance?: Make directors and officers personally and severally liable
LEE Kwan-Yews little dictatorship got it right - hold directors and officers personally liable for their own and their colleagues errors.
If they break any corporate law, they are banned from holding any office, in any company - public or private - for at least 10 years, anywhere.
It's only when directors and officers spheroids are squeezed do they wake up and actually care.
They ought to limit the ratio between the lowest paid employee and the highest paid employee, and disallow sub-contracting.
All the batteries in a tube are ...
easier to scan, and are safe from shorting.
Better than having to hunt for loose batteries.
You get screwed at HKG and BKK
If you transit through either HongKong or Bangkok your duty free is lost on US flights.
A spot of cash will sort the problem out in BKK, but HKG rules coupled with the Chinese mentality is a real pain as they slavishly follow US security rules.
Don't use checked baggage for lithium batteries!
ALWAYS hand carry lithium batteries - they can cause a real vicious fire.
I carry them in in plastic water piping with a glued cap on one end and a push-fit cap on the other. The pipes are about 6 battery lengths long. Used batteries are positive to the bottom and charged are positive to the opening.
Security types seem to appreciate the arrangement, and they are safe from shorting.
Sounds so sensible, except US citizens rights have been swept aside
The Constitution notwithstanding, US citizens rights have been swept aside with unlimited communications tapping and the 'Patriot Act'.
What happened to "Dumb, Simple"?
A single 50 mm bullet could destroy their little wheelie and then all the electronic toys will be useless.
Batteries and fuel have been major challenges for Armies for years, these systems are simply increasing vulnerabilities. Already today's soldiers are carrying around a 100 pounds of equipment so there is not much more even a well exercised soldier can carry.
Maybe they are trying to reduce the Chinese worker body count
Obviously there must be significant challenges for Jobs commitments to be questioned so many times.
Could it be the hazardous production chemicals and processes are resulting in an 'unacceptable' phone unit count to production worker injury ratio?
All this to satisfy someone's vanity. Hell of a price for the poor Chinese working stiff who gets pennies for their hours work.
"Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in Apple’s supply chain are safe ..."
That might be the corporate patter but Apple isn't there day and night - nor are all the other Western enterprises who use cheap Chinese labour employed in conditions that wouldn't be tolerated in their home countries.
The Chinese government doesn't care, it is too busy counting the loot.
Now the white iPhone 4 has been released, without the Grip of Death, you have to wonder what new health risks are involved.
Dixon of Dock Green had the answer
He would take the pain in the a*se by the ear and have a little 'chat'. He knew all his 'clients' as he walked around his beat.
It is amazing what you can see if you walk, years ago I had a work area in downtown Toronto and used my feet for transportation between accounts, and I learned so much about the underbelly of T.O. is was scary.
It makes you susceptible to begging but I only 'sponsored' one guy, Joe, as he always said: "No bullshit, I don't want a coffee or a bus fare, I WANT BOOZE!"
Plod should walk or bicycle - keeps them in shape, too.
@Sarah Bee - why should it be necessary?
One of the legs of democracy is dissent and the freedom to express it.
When you look at today's Britain you wonder where all the qualities that made it so great have gone to. Locking up people for not revealing passwords is both unique and pathetic. Police are supposed to be subservient to the government, not running it.
Unless you remove the rose tinted glasses, and get some travel time in you'll see how bad things are.
Dummies, moving money across borders is a breeze
Most people know there is a USD$10,000 cash limit across borders, courtesy of yet another US 'diplomatic' effort. These guys are dumb - there are literally hundreds of ways to move money but I guess they were too cheap.
I travel, I use well over USD$10,000 per segment of my itinerary but I don't get hassled. Mind you, I am white and not from Nigeria - two factors that most likely caused these guys t be 'subjects of interest'.
They should have asked their country drug dealers to help them, for a commission, as most major drug importation involves international payment settlements!
Two points: Encryption needed; swamped with data
Those desirous of maintaining their privacy have been put on notice that the need to increase communications vigilance and security provisions is key.
The good thing is that with all this comms 'garbage' being collected the security people will be overwhelmed in their searches. It is happening already in the US will some very obvious screwups.
The e-secure border by Boeing is a flop, and funding is being withdrawn, and is being replicated across the security spectrum. The US is essentially bankrupt and eventually the lack of liquidity will catch up with the monster that is 'homeland security'.
The UK finances are in bad shape, too, and security budgets will reflect reality eventually - regardless of the self-serving tasks that GCHQ and their spook friends in Whitehall keep on trotting out.
They might have info you are not privvy to.
Take a look at: <http://www.emscard.com/uploads/Documents/E-commerce/CNP%20Card%20Acceptance%20Operating%20Guide%20-06-07-08.pdf >.
Better to lose a small commission than a big debit note
Now you get the principle. Only people unknown to a travel agent would be asked to do this.
An alternative is to provide a desk, carefully framed within a camera range, and have the un known client complete the transaction at this desk. These characters are technologically smart and are aware of precautions people take.
(The camera works, a client agency caught several fraud artists, when I was active in the travel business. Following a client out the door, ostensibly to get a coffee, also lets you see how they depart - foot, taxi or car.)
Just a way to identify ...
Works almost every time. Click the red box to indicate another hit.
If you think The Reg has problems, go check out: < http://www.theinquirer.net/type/news > for an even healthier take on fruit fans.
"indecent images of children" is getting as common as "is that with chips"
Wow, the guy commits vehicular homicide and they worry about bloody images.
Better to start figuring out how to stop al this mobile madness - drivers should be doing one thing - driving.
Perhaps someone should devise an electronic device that will test the drivers alertness and attention to the task in hand. We already have breathalysers controlling ignition systems, now we need systems that will hold vehicle speed to a given maximum which can only be reset by stopping and waiting 5 minutes. How about two hands on the wheel with only certain allowances for gear change time?
Forget the images, worry about minimising victims.
Fairsearch is as dishonest as they claim Google to be
Tripadvisor is a subsidiary of Expedia; Travelocity sells tickets to retail and is OWNED by Sabre Holdings who is a GDS to travel agents and, in other words, is selling against it's TA clients through Travelocity. Kayak Software Corp. of Concord, Mass. is an aggregator selling to the retail public.
Unless you are involved in the travel business what this bunch of 'crooks' do is get special pricing from the airlines which boosts profits if they sell of those few empty seats that are often found on every flight. They do this even if it is cheaper, quicker or more convenient with fewer changes by alternative routings which they know about.
This so-called Fairsearch is a con job; they are simply trying to stop Google exposing their rackets by which they fleece the travelling public.
Sabre Holdings, aka Sabre Reservation System, doesn't easily reveal it owns Travelocity (try a Traceback and you will see they are hosted by Sabre). Sabre uses it's travel agent data to flex Travelocity pricing so retail customers think they are the cheapest.
We need disclosure in the travel business as the airlines are royally screwing the travel business, aided and abetted by these members of Fairsearch. And try getting 'service' from Expedia, Travelocity or Kayak after you push/click the Buy button.
Transparency in any business squeezes the bottom line; here you are dealing with some of the most experienced dubious dealers in the travel business (Kayak is more honest than the others).
Don't believe me: Check out a mutli-stop travel itinerary such as YYZ (Toronto) to BKK (Bangkok) to SGN (SaiGon). Or pick your own favourite grouping. Then call your friendly, IN PERSON, travel agent and ask for a budget price for an equivalent flight (only use economy). If I'm wrong, I'll buy you a beer - in SaiGon!
(Disclosure: A friend was sued by Sabre and Galileo reservation systems for revealing 'trade information' both ended in losses for the res systems - how can you fight the truth?)
Photo 11 ensures conformity with Job's concept of family friendly
As in all things 'i' an undocumented feature is present that ensures all content conforms with Job's vision of acceptable taste.
Excessive skin, ugly faces and questionable subjects are at risk of rejection by the index software.
If you want to see how Photo 11 should work, check out Picassa, fast and free.
"... the US will diplomatically lobby foreign governments to adopt the standards ..."
The US rarely uses diplomacy, unless this is what you call financial or industrial blackmail. Even the UK is susceptible to it.
The French, however, are not as Charles de Gaulle, despite his many faults, taught the Frogs to tell the US to take a hike. Cost them nothing; kept their self-respect and really pissed off the USA who grudgingly gave them cookie points.
Meanwhile Britain has allowed the US National Security Agency to set up it's very own spy base in Yorkshire whilst the US Air Force treats the UK like a land-locked aircraft carrier and even used British airports for 'black' rendition flights.
"Bluetooth leaps about the 2.4GHz band like a gnat on speed ..."
Pity the alleged Russian spies didn't use BT, they might be still enjoying the good life if they had.
Maybe this new WiFi standard offers an alternative for like minded 'tourists'. And another excuse for the FBI to demand more money.
It's gratifying that the UK actually leads the world in this market sector
Given that the USA and TaiWan are often technology leaders, it's good news that ARM is leading a market sector.
They would be well served to keep an eye on China as their technology is advancing rapidly.
"You only hear about those in the iPhone because ,,,"
your leader Jobs thinks the sun shines out his a*se and he can walk on water.
If Jobs wasn't such a supercilious phallic symbol and admitted that he and Apple actually made mistakes - like the yet unfixed Grip of Death, exploding batteries, etc. - we would cut him some slack.
As it is he is just making himself a target.
Quality Apps, not quantity is key
There is a need for quality Apps, rather than the childish claim that someone has more Apps than another. What's the point is a so-called app can only wobble graphical breasts or emit electronically emulated flatulence sounds.
A few thousand solid Apps is well worth more to RIM users that 200,000 or so dumb ones.
Another American outfit claiming copyright to the dictionary
The only commonality between Facebook and Faceporn is the word 'face' which is so common it must have been used for every human ever born and well before Zucker whatnot was born.
As for the colours they are suddenly people can't use the same colour? Maybe I sould think about that next time I sample a web page colou palette that I find pleasing.
The logo's are likely the only thing that the court could get upset about.
The dictionary should remain public domain, if someone wants a unique word, let them work on it, just like Exxon or Lenovo did.
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