Do we really care if FB can't look after it's housekeeping?
What else should users expect from FB?
It doesn't care about users, it only wants to make money from them.
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What else should users expect from FB?
It doesn't care about users, it only wants to make money from them.
The fines will make the office of the ICO self-financing and therefore a zero cost to government.
It's win win situation, the IcO keeps his job and the Exchequer appreciates the cash.
Unlike a certain walled, perfumed California garden where everything is declared to be perfect Google, without any prevarication, openly admits an error. Obviously the response of an entity with credibility.
Others pretend there is no problem whilst working their butts of to correct the deficiencies.
What a difference three little zeroes had made to SAP's bottom line.
Guess SAP's lawyers won't be seeing their bonus.
Froe Wynachten, SAP!
who used to buy sub-spec chips and then re-brand them suggesting they, too, were of Mil-spec grade.
Then they sold them surreptitiously to China.
The international con job was discovered when a Communist China pilot checked out his aircraft and flew to TaiWan where the Americans did a tear down!
If these were manufactured in the States, at least the ITC would be eliminated. And actually employ some people.
Shipping product into the States, without software, which would be injected post-arrival is a technique employed by several manufacturers, including Canadian companies.
U.S. patent law is a mess, even MS' Ballmer agrees to this point, and software patents should either be eliminated or limited to, say, 5 years. Mind you, Apple's patent lawyer troll would be looking for work, no more prior art patents to file.
reading you today has paid off yet again!
This sloppy handling of allegedly stolen data is more indicative that it was was an individual initiative rather than an organised spy ring. No sane person would return carrying purloined goods - besides since the engineer carrier a corporate computer, who knows where the data actually came from. Mind you, downloading stuff on the eve of your departure is kind of dumb.
Diplomatic courier systems are used to carry information in and out which further suggests it was not officially condoned or supported.
I have been involved in the design of equipment in years past and I have the software work as well as incomplete finished physical product in my possession still. I wasn't stealing anything more that it was to illustrate my abilities/accomplishments - the design evolved within me so it would be hard to steal.
Some of the product knowledge is still valid and should I work for a competitor it is nigh on impossible not to transfer ideas or information.
And if you think the Americans or British are innocents in these matters, think again. 20-30 years ago my work took me to 'interesting' destinations and on many occasions some character(s) would later appear, after our corporate reports had been submitted, and question us on what appeared bizarre subjects and only later, when the dots were connected, did we surmise what the interests were. When asked by immigration: "Where did you visit" isn't such an innocent question. "All over" is a good but meaningless response. Equally: "What was the purpose of your visit" - tourism is a good answer!
On fewer occasions we had pre-trip briefings where this odd job character would suggest we take an interest in various non-work related matters.
This is standard practice. Where my home is physically located is of interest to the Americans (think human rights) and whilst their embassy guys require permission and escorts to visit the area at certain times of interest, I get to roam free as a resident.
I have been asked for soil and vegetation samples and even for small scraps of metal - I can, now, figure out why. Also electrical & communication cables, antennae, etc.
In industry, many companies offer competitors sample products at near cost prices, if not free. All car companies buy 'samples' for tear down whether for patent infringement or to learn of new manufacturing techniques.
Older readers might recall Greville Wynne; how about Denis Sugrue - see < http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Galway-businessman-says-US-considers-him-a-spy-102846919.html >.
Likely the only reason the Americans are highlighting this case is as a warning to other would-be spies.
With two shiny screens this unit is as good as a make-up desk.
Which OS are they contemplating using? Two LCD screens could spell trouble - buying an extended warranty is a must.
Of course, if they build this they will have something not even Jobs has in his toy box.
With near custom devices as pads are, very important factors will be hardware support and honouring the warranty.
Acer's historical record hasn't been, in my experience, exactly valiant in these respects. For example, when a rubber foot fell off one of their better computers, the purchase of a case was required to effect repairs. Real wastage of material and money.
This is typical pragmatic Chinese thinking. Let others fight the wars and HTC will continue making money.
Hard to argue with success.
Given the low price of integral GPS units and that Google covers more of the world than most on-line maps he chances are good that it has GPS.
Stores in HongKong and southern China are all showing new products from substantial companies.
Personally I think Korea will score big time as supply lines are often integrated within one industrial group.
Note? We don't allow drinking in the office.
The flood gates on the tablet/pad market are about to open and your eyes will start watering.
And iPhans will even question whether it was smart to buy the Apple door stop.
Pity they won't be here for Christmas but they say Patience is a Virtue ... just wait until the goodies out here in the Far East arrive at your place.
She should move her groups to another service immediately.
Obviously FB is ill equipped to deal with basic sort of problem.
And that idiot who allegedly owns FB thinks he is going to conquer the world?
Google has class and reliability and track record to prove it (and is trusted by governments) whereas FB lacks class and reliability (and is trusted by few).
If other governments are anything to go by, lowered government employment leads to ramped up retention of consultants and their ilk.
When governments have been in office longer and they seek programs that resonate with the taxpayers so watch the amount spent on opinion polls!!!
But this information is at least shaking up those civil servants with questionable relations with suppliers.
Can't have been too well read, our friend Poo, otherwise he would have travelled with clean laptop on downloaded his stuff later.
If he flew to the U.S. just to sell CC numbers, that makes him even more dumb, as most card dealers trade on-line.
Still, he will likely to get his visa extended by 10 or 20 years spending his time reflecting n his business plan, in a federal jail with all needs - other than keys - supplied. No time off in federal jails - time given = time served.
Obviously this troll, and his lawyers, don't realise how many links actually stored the message contents en route. These days we also have to remember the U.S. NSA has copies, too.
Besides, once delivered to G-mail surely what happens to his prose is between G-mail and their subscriber.
I wonder if this was based on a personal demonstration on his couch?
You know what they say about those couches!
all those cheerful red boxes Novell software was sold in?
When searching for some misplaced software, red made finding Novell so easy.
Little wonder that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is way ahead of of Heathrow in almost all respects - except for that officious little woman baggage inspector always give a hard time.
Heathrow, the perpetual construction site that mixes passengers and planes together in the most inefficent, hostile environment ever devised.
And this is the gateway airport to Britain? A sick, sick joke.
Sabre.Amadeus/Appolo/Galileo GDS; Various marketing databases - including the airlines; Us homeland Security/TSA, etc.
And you thought they were doing you a favour! Suckers!
are multi-million dollar/pound aircraft that communicate with the ground using Amplitude Modulated VHF radio's!
Kind of ironic.
and look at America now.
"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 >.
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, 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.
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.
I see some £3.3-billion was paid to Capita, the governments IT service leach.
Some cut backs!
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
sexy looking propellers.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?