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Some judges take time to get up to speed with technology
This is good news.
A cell base communications links contains far more customer data than do telephone switches/exchanges which require search warrants.
US police have, for years, been sticking recording GPS receivers on their clients cars for years without seeking court approval.Now they will either have to get approval or follow suspects in the old fashioned way.
Still not ruled on are the use of miniature spy planes.
We need The Registers assistance in sorting out this plethora of pads
With the ever increasing count of pads/tablets, The Reg would really help if it had a chart comparing all the attributes of these devices so we can make informed buying decisions.
I think the Pentagon is 'FOC'ed up
What a crazy bunch.
Guess they will have massive wall displays showing threats from around the world, as is usually depicted for NORAD's Boulder hideaway.
We should contribute to a prize fund to the first guys to knock their web site down.
Britain: Neither quite 'in' or quite 'out' of Schengen or the EU
Britain has only itself to blame. The word is 'commitment'. It never has been fully committed to the EU, whatever the shade of the government.
No doubt it will purloin a password and then rummage around for the information.
The fact that the ITC has invalidated ...
some of Apple's patents is likely indicative of the quality of the rest.
Patently Apple < http://www.patentlyapple.com/ > makes interesting reading for those idle moments in the toilet.
Comparing their 'quality' to other titans in the electronics industries show to be more of a 'wish' type patent rather than a been there, done that type.
Jobs' 'thin' laptop fetish renders USB3 too big to fit
The bare-bones USB3 socket < http://www.geekstreamonline.com/Images/CES%20images/usb3_socket_dia.jpg > is essentially precluded from being built in to an Apple laptop.
Still, the potentially offers Jobs' yet another revenue stream - more adapter cables!
There must be an App for this?
Since Apple (Jobs' name must never be associated with failure) can't the time right and every time they open up iOS more bad things develop, someone should write an App.
Must be quicker and more reliable than iOS 4, whatever. Alternatively, Apple's software guys could review iOS 3 and see what changed.
Today's Western brats are too picky, only fast, free PC's needed
In a Canadian city there was a drive to get corporations to donate computers to a charity whose volunteer members would recondition them and install free Linux OS and operating suite and they would BE GIVEN AWAY to underprivileged kids whose parents had little money to spend on computers.
After a while there was a considerable stack of unwanted, fully working computers. A friend, who was one of the refurbishing volunteers, told me the computers 'weren't acceptable' to these ungrateful brats 'because they were too slow for games.'
Junking them was considered, so I said rather than waste everyone's energy how about donating them to overseas students. Now there is a 40 foot container standing in a yard, which when when filled with working 3-4 year old computers, is transported here to VietNam where they are distributed to the more remote areas of this country so children can gain knowledge similar to those resident in the cities.
We have now placed over 3,100 computers in small, remote villages and recently a national drive has enabled many of them to be connected to the InterNet at no cost by a national communications company here.
We are now looking at Laos and Cambodia.
Better safe than sorry: Too many lives have been lost already
At take off the shuttle is extremely vulnerable and the chances of minimising insulating foam damage is dependent on ideal weather conditions and so critical in preventing loss of insulating tiles essential for a safe return.
The whole assembly is a flying bomb and either lightning or severe winds could bring it down.
I still have vivid memories of teacher Christa McAuliffe who died in the Challenger disaster on 1986 January 28. See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster >.
Retarded Railways - change site name slightly, move to non-UK host then tell then to get stuffed
This so very typical of British business - any other operator in another country would welcome the free customer service.
You ought to see what sites have spawned from Chinese rail data.
The railways are a public utility and therefore the government must amend the law to allow not-for-profit use of this data. Maybe the Transport Minister should have a little chat with Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and straighten them out.
Can it be the CPS has nothing better to do?
Obviously some uptight Plod or persecutor have their knickers in a twist over the initial court decision.
Why are they wasting their resources on such a petty matter whilst others await there days in court. often denied bail?
Accept the initial finding at leave the matter be.
Oracle and Apple have one thing in common
Public companies both run by wing-nuts.
American corporate practice hits new lows. HP is little better. They both make Gates look like an angel.
Everyone hates the military Junta except the Chinese (oil and minerals)
Governments have a duty to protect their citizens. the dumb military rulers have another use for them - target practice.
It;s high time the US deployed a couple of drones over the military capital and had some target practice on the military.
P.S. If you go to Burma don't take GPS or cell phones - they are seized at the border.
Heaven help the ICO's first victims
To prove his office isn't a wuss < http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wuss >, this guy is really going to hit a few targets hard.
Then he will shut all his critics up and he can go back to sleep
Next US Homeland initiative: hiring off-duty and retired cops and prison guards
then they will implement their extreme search options: searching all body orifices with gloved digits.
There is an alternative for rectal searches - stand and squat three times then bend over for visual check. One commercial US prison claims this is guaranteed to expel all secreted items.
Homeland Security knows no limits!
Slightly pricey but built for the Tropics
Many parts of the Tropics don't have rain showers, they have, appropriately, soaking deluges which penetrate almost anything even though they might last only an hour or two,
In fact, as I post this I have been getting soaked for about 35 minutes and it would be on occasions like these that the water resistant features would prove their worth, The DAB features aren't of much use out here, we have acres of unused FM spectrum, but the the manufacturers thoughts are in the right place - the potential international market.
Maybe it's Mono because when the signal breaks up, or gets delayed, the irritating noises are less so when experienced in mono whereas stereo really tends to emphasise all signal quality shortcomings.
Thank you, Google, for your public service.
Unlike a certain California fruit farm, Google contributes to society.
I use Picassa almost daily, and Sketch even more often.
Apple/Jobs' patents invalid? Impossible, they made sure every detail was copied precisely,
This is undoubtedly good news for all those companies accused of copying Apples and Jobs' patents (his name is often included) many of which are clearly prior art or simply copies of others work.
Unfortunately, unless otherwise ordered, Nokia has to pay it's lawyers fees.
Still, Jobs' has lost face, and exposed for the schill he is.
Hooray! No more US electioneering for a few months.
The US election seasons are very, very long but you really get to know all about those who run.
That is what happened to both Whitman and Fiorina, we found out that they were simply a couple of really bitchy women who were so shallow. And Whitman fired her Mexican home help - in a state with 30% Mexican ethnic population.
Why not use Telco wiring for a LAN?
Telco wiring is usually good enough for 100Mhz signalling. There are thousands of LAN's in North America using abandoned 25-pair cabling for carrying the Ethernet signals around.
You will need 4 conductors. These links may help: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_jack >, < http://www.nadtec.to/doc/wiring/telephone_and_lan_wiring.htm >.
They could disguise them ...
by painting Google on the outside so people think they are Street View cars.
BT - totally incompetent
Don't they have duplicated fibre systems routed separately backing each other up?
Basic engineering - it's called redundancy.
"same sanitised version of the internet as everyone else in China"
I guess the author hasn't been around in China too much.
Ask any teenager how to get Facebook (officially blocked in CN) and you will shown how. So much for 'sanitised.' Any URL can be reached.
As for satellite dishes your contributor us really showing his lack of knowledge. All satellite dishes require permits issued by the Internal Security Police, which are required to be displayed alongside the antenna. Another permit is required for the receiver, again displayed alongside.
The police, of any shade, can enter the premises to inspect the equipment and permit. They have their own technicians and often they check the antenna alignment to ensure the authorised signals can be received.
I smuggled a collapsible antenna in - but I am a 'Lo Fun' so it is possible for me to get a permit - but didn't look like an antenna when collapsed. It is used for HongKong based satellite InterNet.
Great news! Now what other airborne irritants can we suggest can set bombs off?
For a start, refuse to fly those flights where the rear end of the cabin is filled with cargo. The airlines are sensitive to PAX concerns (not American or BA). This, BTW, is one reason luggage allowances have been slashed - so they can sell the weight/space to shippers.
Unfortunately denial of WiFi can be circumvented by blocking inbound originating traffic so all traffic sessions have to originated in an aircraft.
I still can't think of a reason for kids running wild around the cabin or screaming babies to become a bomb trigger.
We're never going to hear the end of this from Ellison
Poor winner, comes to mind. People won't cheer him for his attitude.
Now, as I see it, he only has a single goose to turn his attention to -Google. Let's hope they have more success than SAP.
Not only Mac, Lemons slipping, too!
The Mac slippage undoubtedly is not the only thing on Jobs' mind: for in 2010 Q3 Android was on 40% of smartphones sold.
Analyst group NPD just said 44% of all smartphones sales in the US Q3 were Android OS based, which is an 11% increase over Q2. Not withstanding Jobs' hype about the Iphone 4, iOS accounted for only 23%.
Looks like nothing much will change in Q4, either. NPD claims that Apple's market share dropped 21% in the last 12 months.
Jobs' old nemesis, Creative, has just come out with 7" and 10" Android 2 pads, base models start at £199/£180 respectively.
So much for Jobs' claim that open systems don't always win, and as with the claims of many false prophets, things ain't necessarily so.
2011 should see Apple's iOS complementing the Mac in the slow decline.
"both companies have received loans from the Chinese government "
The Chinese government owns American government through all the bonds, etc. it bought with the torrent of U.S. dollars it acquired by becoming America's production line.
Following the politico's theory we should therefore regard the American government with suspicion!
"that Apple has been lately so assiduously patenting," what more prior art?
Parts of Europe but more particularly the Far East, such as Korea and Japan, have long used this technology.
Jobs seems to think the U.S is the world's technology leader: this is patently stupid thinking. The U.S. lags so much of the world. Plus it has major, as in MAJOR, infrastructure weaknesses and no money.
The sooner the U.S. kneecaps all these wanna be patent trolls, the better, so freeing up the creativity which is how the Far East got so far ahead.
Smart Plod thinking - they should all do it
What wonders budget cuts can achieve!
Let's have even more cuts, Cameron.
Is there a Boy Scout's badge for this?
As a juvenile he will get kissed by the judge.
Those who should be fired and charged are the incompetent 'experts' who draw massive salaries and can't even secure a server.
Remember when Americans wanted to patent the Human Genome, just like Harvard mouse?
Luckily then President Clinton signed legislation preventing it.
Smart guy, that Clinton.
Potentially the Courts will get pissed off with all this in-fighting
Court time is limited and with everyone claiming to have invented EVERYTHING and then Jobs (his name is on many patents) and Apple the come along claiming they did all the work - even years after the original patents were filed - was actually that of themselves, even when Jobs was out in India smoking funny tobacco learning that short haircuts are best.
The Courts should buy a big rubber stamp with VOIDED on it and pay a visit to the Patent Office.
Same old, same old
Facebook and it's 'friends' can't be trusted. Period.
So what part don't users understand?
If the courts were to limit lawyer fees severely, their interest would fade quickly
Likely the driving force behind these civil actions is the bloody lawyer.
If the now woman needs a fresh round of councilling every time someone gets convicted, what of the many views that go undetected? All of a sudden she is fine?
Besides, the chances of collecting cent one from one of these actions is extremely low as a sentence of 17 years most likely meant there would be no assets in any event to meet the judgement.
How long is she going to go on saying people will recognise her? If she was 8 when assaulted and is 20 now, her ageing should have sufficiently altered her appearance by the time she hits 30.
American law is one of extremes, no doubt the reason law is called an ass. Madoff, of Ponzi fame, was awarded 150 years, which sounds impressive but is meaningless as he will die long before his release date. If he had been given 20 years, there is no US Federal time off, it would be long enough to achieve the same end yet mentally bug Madoff who would no doubt hope to make it.
These people ordered to pay the wishful sum of $3,000,000+ won't feel any pain. Had the order been made to pay 10% of any income, pre-tax, it would become a festering wound on the perp's lifestyle, after his release. As it is, the award is a joke that he likely can't even get his mind around. The piece stated he was a veteran of the American War in VietNam. Assuming if he was last guy out in 1975 and aged 20, he would be 55, at least, at this time. Add 17 years takes him to 71 on release with an income potential of $0, except for pension/welfare. These payments are partially protected from judgements assuming he walks out of jail and doesn't get murdered.
As I said, she'll be whistling Dixie waiting for her money.
Engine off? Been there, done that!
OnStar has an engine disabling feature.
Rent any GM car in the U.S. and go outside your agreed area of usage and see how effective it is when the rental agency stops your wanderings.
Should be popular with Mafia and Terrorists, maybe the alternate IRA
This will be very handy for remote starting cars to see if US operatives have placed bombs on board.
Al Quaida and the IRA subset could rewire horn circuit to TRIGGER bombs/UIDS.
Real smart GM.
Viewsonic builds many products you never see with other peoples names on them
Viewsonic standards remain high. They build to a customers specification so Viewsonic do just as they are required to do.
Their range of products is very wide and some of their Professional lines are well regarded by people qualified to make such determinations.
Viewsonic bests Jobs: One thing he would NEVER do!
That is to have a dual OS system.
The Viewsonic interconnectivity specs are somewhat better than the original Chinese pads that hit the market there almost a year ago, months before the Apple copycat hit the streets.
The support/service network, along with better plastics finish, is what the Chinese originals lack and which will benefit Viewsonic sales. I personally find the 7" format to be very practicable, small enough to fit an inner suit pocket or almost any pocket of an outdoors style jacket.
Our company has already supplied 7" format pads to 3 customers loaded with service diagrams/data for their products - it is hard to imagine a technician servicing a hydraulic control panel armed with a 10" Apple pad whereas the 7" is light enough to wear around a users neck or to magnetically support on the control panel door during servicing.
Jobs might yet again live to regret his pontifications on 7" but he will be able to add Viewsonic to his list of companies who 'stole' his gestures software which, in turn, he stole from others. Should be quite a party!
And how many gigabytes of HDD drive will the MS browser need?
With MS being the poster child for bloat-ware, what are the new hardware specs to be?
Imagine the size of their creation if they try to make it an OS and desktop combination!
I get the feeling Joe Q Public is the guinea-pig rather the beneficiary of all these browser activity with the hardware guys standing by to make a killing.
I thought it was usual practice to develop a standard, publish it and then have product made. Wonder if a little MS SOP trickery can be seen at work here?
Good for Google! Did MS write the RFQ as well?
Too many government departments send out an RFQ having secretly selected their favourite supplier. Often the favoured supplier 'assists' in drafting the RFQ.
Google has put h U.S. Government departments on notice that it won't be shut-out by tricks of old. Halloween is past!
Sex, paedophilia and terrorism are Plod trigger words for magistrates
Magistrates are the lowest form both legally and in stature but they are attractive to government as they are cheap. They make pronouncements of little worth and give talks to Women's Institutes.
Plod uses key words which are picked up by the ignorant magistrate who adds her prejudice and nails the victim.
The defendant is obviously sick and should be treated so.
Freedom of Speech, US style, is like Speakers Corner in Hyde Park
Whilst you can say anything, there are few criminal penalties and civil recourse is allowed.It DOES mean you can LIE and INSULT people.
Crying Fire! has been held to be a criminal offence.
What this guy did would likely fall under poor taste and free speech.
This is why so many chatrooms are hosted in the US as well as terrorism web sites.
The Chinese business mindset is to follow path of least resistance to make money!
HTC likely is paying royalties to clear the clutter from the path to making a fortune. Likely they consulted with Google but made their own decision.
HTC doesn't want to waste time in a US court, it wants to get rich.
The real interesting court battle will be Apple defending patents that are obviously prior art involving multi-touch!
Why are we to be surprised: Industry was dumb to start it?
The RIAA has no one else except itself to blame.
The problems will occur when it blossoms into a full time, fully fledged war and starts to busy out chunks of the InterNet.
"it was investigating how to prevent any future re-occurrence of similar problems."
Most likely it was a sneak attack by Cryptome and all those other account holders it shafted by freezing their accounts.
Users can cure the problem promptly, user a reputable service. Even AmEx is in on the business and they are experts at shifting money, especially circumventing currency controls for valued customers.
Even Windows gets this right.
Really pathetic. It's something fairly high on the minds of Americans since they recently decreed summer would be extended.
All North Americans get really good at time zones as it affects TV schedules ... show is on at 7pm Eastern and 6pm Central. In the West i's different ... showing at 7pm, 8pm Mountain.
USA, Canada, northern Mexico’s border cities
DST Begins 2 a.m. (Second Sunday in March)
DST Ends 2 a.m. (First Sunday in November)
DST Begins 1 a.m. UTC=GMT (Last Sunday in March)
DST Ends 1 a.m. UTC=GMT (Last Sunday in October)
In winter Canada has 6 time zones, in summer 7 - Saskatchewan doesn't do Daylight Savings.
Funny thing is, for all it's other faults Windows always got time right. Just shows how parochial Jobs really is.
"Internet Bill of Rights" ... UK doesn't even have a regular "Bill of Rights" (unlike Canada)
You would be better off working for get a "Bill of Rights" to protect yourself from government.
They are really handy against wayward civil servants, etc.
Remember War Driving - Google just automated it
Before some people climb on their high horses REMEMBER The Register has international readership and different laws throughout the world:
(1) WiFi is limited to a common shared frequency band, and generally most countries waive licencing. registration, etc.;
(2) Type approved equipment has to be used;
(3) No one has exclusive use, right to elimination of interference, etc.;
(4) WiFi is, generally, broadcasting so any one with equipment can receive it;
(5) Privacy is NOT assured although encryption and user/password techniques are provided to provide low level security.
(a) Google is simply 'War Driving' - see: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardriving > - the only difference is they automated it and added data collection;
(b) Google associates the WiFi data with GPS and pictures of surrounding scenery that can be seen from public thoroughfares - all of which can be done by members of the public;
(c) Some of the traffic it accessed was only due to the fact the WiFi base owner was either technically incompetent or too stupid not to activate the available security in their WiFi equipment;
(d) In many countries what Google has done is perfectly legal;
(e) Almost every one of the tens of millions of smart-phones in use PRESENTLY record WiFi signal data, including MAC addresses, and TRANSMIT THIS DATA along with GPS data TO UNKNOWN RECIPIENTS EVERY MINUTE THEY ARE SWITCHED ON.
So if all those people with their knickers in a twist want some cause to champion, go complain about what smart-phones are DOING not what Google has DONE. Make it unlawful to transmit GPS and WiFi data without explicit, per time, authorisation of the telephone owner. (Best tackled from unauthorised transmission time.)
Then go figure out how to tighten up WiFi security.
"We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP ..." Pot to kettles
I guess Apple has conveniently that the Mac started off with stolen goods from Xerox. And Jobs was there. Ang they have regularly done so ever since.
The whole American patent system is screwed up an needs fixing.
Funny how the US has time to work on a world agreement for Copyright, for Hollywood, but not for Patents, which is far more important than all this Hollywood bull.
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