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Ashmeade should have told Plod to go sit on it
This is so typical of what a nanny state Britain has turned into.
Besides, it is all in the beholders mind: it could be taken to look like a immature mushroom with two others on their way.
No right sensed Plod, or even a prosecutor, would have dared take this to court with the threat of the Euro Courts and Human Rights arguments
No doubt Plod would have asked for DNA samples from the offending bush as well as .Ashmede and required both to sign the sex offenders register, too. Little wonder Plod is held in such contempt.
As it stands Plod will think they have new authority to govern these things - what about all those phallic symbols found on public statues, human or animal, that litter the public grounds?
Blame the ITU & the USA: North America Frequency Plan
Frequency assignments are determined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Telecommunication_Union > which is an international forum.
Lucky Canada has to follow along with the USA frequency plans as we are so close. CDMA is also a world standard < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDMA2000 > although it is a fading star since it's major manufacturing proponent has ceased development on the chips.
All cell systems in North America use the N.A frequency assignments, as well as Japan. CDMA is also used in Indochina although Vietnamese CDMA carriers are switching to GSM.
Interestingly certain uses, such as maritime and amateur, etc., are uniform in all parts of the world.
"Gartner said that Windows Phone 7 will provide a fillip ..."
How can this be, given that Microsoft confirmed there will be no backwards compatibility for previous Windows Mobile in Windows Phone 7 Series? This means there will be a great number very unhappy users who will hardly be endeared to MS leaving them stranded with technological orphans.
Not everyone is inclined to slavishly purchase new hardware just because an OS is updated.
Foxconn not alone in Chinese worker abuse
Foxconn gained notoriety with respect to working conditions that allegedly drove some workers to kill themselves. They are the poster company for this abuse but many companies treat their workers in ways that are considered illegal in the West.
It should be borne in mind that standards are minimal in China. For example, construction workers in the West wear steel-capped toed boots whereas 'flip-flops' or sandals are common in other countries including China.
Equally, child labour is common in many developing countries, although some - including VietNam - bans it through legislation. Education is not mandatory in many countries and is frequently charged for so poor families (a) can't afford education fees (b) parents take otherwise idle children to work where they can earn pittances in wages.
Many Western countries manufacture in China, and elsewhere because labour laws permit activities prohibited in Western countries including what we consider abuse/harsh treatment and unsafe working conditions.
The chemicals used in the assembly of Apple, and others, products, as well as the cleaning solvents, are causing health concerns such as bleeding from the nose and other respiratory effects. Ventilation, lighting and machine tool safety are all problematic when measured against Western standards.
The conundrum is that the West couldn't afford to make these products at an 'affordable' price although often the manufacturing cost differentials are simply used to make usurious profits for the importers.
Living next to China, and making frequent trips there, lets me see just how much profits are when comparing Chinese retail prices to European or Canadian retail prices.
Next time you buy the latest electronic equipment remember that others suffered in bringing it to you and the company whose logo appears on the item is making a killing on profit, and not employing either you or your neighbours in the process.
Are there going to be geographical copyright viewing limitations on Google TV?
Some programming can't be viewed overseas because of copyright/distribution restrictions.
Will Google TV impose these restrictions as well?
@Cameras and overlays are ...
Quote: " it reads the PINs from the keypad and ..."
Sorry, I was a production manager in a Pin-Pad / Terminal manufacturer moons ago and even then the specifications required PIN data to be passed encrypted through to the card processor where the decryption was applied. This is why crooks find it necessary to use optical devices to read pad entries by customers.
Swapping PinPads between terminals (or cash registers) or with replacements has to be coordinated with the card processor as the DES changed with each transaction. We used special software for testing the Pads before they were 'injected' with the initialisation DES combo that was immediately replaced by the bank computers when the Pads were placed in service.
Pads used with 3rd party terminals, such as IBM, were no different to any other Pad as the data flowed through without modification.
Pin Pads use internal DES encription
Pin pads, those customer operated devices, use DES encryption so once the Enter button is hit, the data block is transmitted encrypted to the processing network.
This is the reason these devices have to be photographed as tapping the connecting cord is ineffective.
Sure sounds like an inside job!
It's all a matter finite budgets and infinite demands
Whilst science research might be deserving of government financing, so do the arts and all the other demands assisted by government budgets.
The sad fact is what with fighting Blair wars, the Wall Street fiasco, Brown's sell-off of gold at a market low point many governments are strapped for cash.
All strata of society have to share in the pain of austerity, although pensioners needs deserve leniency.
Sorry, guys, you'll have to suffer with the rest of us. Mind you it would be nice if bankers faced the same cuts.
Mainly prior art and U.S. patent stuffing language
Actually I did scan the schematics when I got back to my office (where I had the correct viewer loaded) and I again reiterate nothing spectacularly new, as in new technology. ASICS are customised for most every application so that's a nothing.
The generalisation of the applicability is standard so that even the remotest similar use can be scooped into a patent licensing/fight at a later date. It is common practice. And what display can generate audio? Just literary fluff.
Last year I saw very large process control screens in China and they had a touch area which permitted touch/gesture from the screen to be input. The new Tibet railway system also uses touch/gesture screens so the prior art has been in use for some time. All have switched inputs - often for safety reasons.
Go and look at the Apple patent for their magnetic plug (US Patent No. 7311526) which is a total knock off of the connector used by Japanese counter-top cooking appliances except the Apple adaptation failed for several reasons.
US patents are frequently used tp attempt to adapt others works which is why there should be be an international agreement brining all patent offices into line using a single standard.
It's simply a switching array that can be ...
constructed with existing, off the shelf, integrated circuits. As I said the only variation is building it into a screen bur that increases the potential costs of warranty should the switch fail and require a complete change of a screen.
I remember the HP touch screen, drove users crazy as flies could land on a screen and take a walk causing chaos.
Another garbage patent from Apple
Apart from the fact they appear to want integrate the switch in a single chip (hardly patentable in a sane Patents Office) , or even on the screen, the balance of the circuitry, for switching the signal(s) appears to be somewhat mundane, certainly not ground breaking. Besides if they are buying the screen from someone else the chances are that this technology might be covered, already.
It appears that Apple, with it's pile of cash, just patents anything and if challenged (or used) they decide to evaluate the worth of a patent.
Most companies only patent really original ideas but in the US it appears anything goes.
It would be interesting to learn what criteria have to be met within Apple in order to commence a filing.
All Jobs has to say: There is no problem (even of there is) and all will be well
Given Jobs sorry record of not accepting that there are a number of deficiencies, this is just another problem that will be talked away. Just as there were no defective batteries (except in Japan) or a youth was burned by an Apple product in Europe.
The Grip of Death was allegedly cured but when a telco technician showed me his Lemon 4, freshly delivered in a batch of 1000 pieces for all of VietNam and released last week, he showed me how he could still kill signal strength by the infamous Grip.
Consumer Reports has still not reversed it's recommendation of not buying this years version of the Apple phone.
Thse developments could generate for cash strapped universities
Providing Jobs doesn't claim prior art developments such as these can generate a good cash flow for the universities involved.
Battery life is the Achilles Heel of smart-phones and messing with call signal criteria to save battery life has already cost one company dearly.
Perhaps edge illumination would solve night viewing.
CDMA might beat Grip of Death
I have found, in some situations, CDMA devices work in locations where GSM has difficulties, so this characteristic might minimise some of the compromises evident on the Lemon 4 GSM version.
I doubt there is sufficient real estate to permit multi-mode, multi-band hardware to be incorporated within the same case
More reliable than Link-Sys? Why always a strange shape, Cisco?
Cisco might be able to make routers, etc. but if this domestic version is anything like their domestic LinkSys with all the software hassles even the Panasonic gear mentioned elsewhere today would be better. And cheaper.
And what's with the physical shapes? Cisco is a pain in the a*se when it comes to rack mounting their equipment as it is always off-square. This latest Cisco concept would be hard to 'stack' as well.
He should have faced the other way or used a bottle like ...
Ha Noi taxi drivers do.
Of course, in France this is de rigueur!.
(Spain: Another country where there is one law for police and another for everyone else)
"means we have not been able to gauge fully how attractive a proposition this is ..."
No doubt reflects this interest of the citizenry in this Blair/Brown extravaganza.
Britain will be hard pressed to equal the BeiJing games and let's hope the Olympics will be paid off more quickly than the 1976 Montreal Olympics which took TWENTY YEARS TO PAY OFF!|
"The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby," said then Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau - a politician well know for extorting money from senior levels of government.
Wonder where Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci is these days?
Does Win 7 have that delightful shade of ...
blue that users of PC Windows have come to see so often?
"Bing...offers a user experience that we think users will find ..."
as useful as < www.Cuil.com >.
Guess Mozilla sold out and is getting cash donations from Richmond. Makes you doubt their bona fides.
As long as Bing can be deleted.
"Apple also promised to improve its corporate governance practises and compliance checks."
How will Apple achieve this when Jobs treats Apple like a personal fiefdom and a private company? Hard to achieve when the fox has keys to to hen house.
And whose money will be used to pay off all the administrative fines - no doubt the shareholders will cover Jobs malfeasance?
Can 2010 get any worse for Jobs? (And Android sales are now ahead of iSO!)
iPhans click he red box below.
I wondered what would happen to Motorola patents when it splits apart
My moneys on Motorola winning this one as they have been in the game so long having, over the decades, knocked down most of it's competitors. Way back in the 1940's Motorola developed a backpack two-way radio, the 'Walkie-Talkie' concept and large hand-held two-way radios for the US military.
Bell (System) Labs actually conceived the cellular concept for radio systems.
Compared to Motorola Apple is a nothing in radio communications, given that Motorola's patent portfolio is numbered in the thousands.
We're standing by to watch Motorola to bitch-slap Jobs who is already a little unhappy with a court decision that found Apple had stolen IP, again.
One or two weeks until they break the restore?
It's a pity that HTC is pulling a iCrap because it will cost them some sales and make people think twice before buying HTC devices.
What's the betting Apple will add this 'feature' to their phone next?
In my mini-hotel we have no TV's not even a B&W
We have 31 rooms for rent and no one has complained about the lack of a TV - but we do provide InterNet connected computers in each room. If guests want to see a movie we have a large collection of DVD's (all copies) for them to view.
I guess the endless repeat cycles of limited choices on movie satellite channels loses their attraction, too. As for TV programming, it's hardly worth buying TV set for.
Maybe the Irish Channel but nothing larger
Britannia rule (the) some waves.
Brittons never, never, never shall be slaves (except to limitations of liberty imposed by UK pols)
The Pirates of Penzance are equally applicable.
I thought Apple had all the screen touchy/feely patents in the world?
It comes to mind that Apple is suing someone for using their touchy/feely screen technology.
The only thing that appears to be a little odd are the thick trim edging that surround the screen, unless this is because it is early in development.
How about ...
"any and all data of whatever description, pertaining to any individual person, whether or not it includes or touches upon another individual person, shall be held secure and only accessible to a extent needed by any viewer; in a lawful manner, sufficient only to complete the viewers duty. The data shall not be copied, by any means, or otherwise stored or disclosed to other persons contrary to law
The subject person of the data shall be free, upon written request, be able to inspect the data and offered the opportunity to correct any errors, other than such data in current use for ongoing criminal or security investigation."
@ Same crime twice
Sure he can as he continuing to commit the alleged crime or disobey a court.
Sounds like Russian justice.
So much for British Freedom of Speech and a Man's Home is his Castle
Another Blair/Brown/Blunkett version of 'justice' British style.
Hope the guy has the wherewithal to last out his sentence. Maybe by then he could plead amnesia.
In the country of 'The Free' some towns/cities have dress codes
There are actually some towns and cities in the States that have 'ordinances' (bye-laws) that prohibit the exposure of the physical meeting of anal cheeks (the crack).
Some freedom of expression.
Ever heard of borrowing money from banks?
Why should subscribers pay anything, other than proper user fees, for infrastructure?
Canada has recently invested huge fortunes in upgrading the electrical systems to introduce Time Of Use metering. They didn't get an award from the customer base to finance this, they got the money from their business resources.
When British Gas had an interest in Consumers Gas in Ontario, Canada they even charged householders for having a gas pipe running into a house EVEN is the meter was disconnected. Real bunch of corporate crooks.
And what happens when Apples 'me, too' software arrives?
Apple has also acquired a company with similar technology, so what happens when Apple decides to pull rank and decide whether Apple or Google software prevails?
Ellison shooting his mouth off once again: how many times now?
Over the years Ellison has always picked on some target, in a manner that akin to O'Leary of Ryanair, not only to feed his ego but also to keep the company name in the press.
The REAL problem lies in the US Patent Office's enabling legislation.
The energy expended on reaching near agreement on the international agreement with respect to copyright - to protect Hollywood moguls - would have been better spent on equalising patent legislation worldwide.
Of course it never happened as more money is involved in Hollywood than patenting mice and software.
Go for it, after you have secured your e-mail (use Hushmail)!
The information Cryptome has provided access to is very useful to see what governments are actually up to.
The measure of their success is the proportional inverse dislike displayed against Cryptome by the US Government and it's agencies.
It might be an idea to sign up for secure Hushmail.com, based in Vancouver, Canada where the government has to get a warrant before they access users e-mail - unlike the US where an investigative agency can simply issue a letter.
Recession? What recession?
Hard to believe that the US is in such a financial mess.
Every pad sold is more US money heading for China.
Newfoundland beats the lot
Newfy time is 30 minutes ahead on Eastern (coast) standard time.
When people spread words of doom they say "The world ends at midnight, 12.30 in Newfoundland".
Yet another ludicrous decision from a US court makes them a laughing stock
Seems that the stupidity of the US Courts in awarding unenforceable sentences, obviously has spread to France, such as the 150 years for Madoff or this Quebecker has no limit.
The reason the award was simply confirmed is because Canadian law allows awards made by other countries courts, where a semblance of justice exists, is permitted without further trial and is a 'rubber stamp' process.
No doubt some of the Facebook dweebs could usefully use the information, so there was some utility to it AS WELL as proving that Facebook and security are two words that should never appear in the same sentence.
I guess Adam Guerbuez' real penalty is that he is banned from Facebook.
Encryption by Symantec? What a joke, a bloody great back door for the Government!
Symantec is too close to governments to entrust with encrypting your secrets.
Another "me, too" company we can do without on the smarter side of telephony.
Nelson's rolling: He beat the sh*t out of the French & Spanish we now depend on French ammo?
How far Britain has fallen. How do we know there isn't some circuitry or software that allows the Frog's to disable the munitions if the UK fires it at someone the French like?
Have people forgotten the French missiles fired in the Falklands?
Norman's death closes a chapter of entertainment history
Norman Wisdom's death extinguishes the galaxy of British stars with whom he performed, many now sadly departed, which included Hattie Jacques, Margaret Rutherford, Michael Caine, Oliver Reed, Alfred Marks, Susannah York, Fenella Fielding, Honor Blackman, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Diana Dors, Gilbert Harding, Terry-Thomas, Millicent Martin, Richard Briers, Bernard Cribbins, Michael Bentine, Harry H. Corbett, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White and even Britt Ekland.
What set Norman's humour apart from that of today - he never resorted to smut.
It's hard to believe he was born during World War 1 and was still acting, in 2007.
BTW, this is the second time Norman has died for on 28 December 2008 Sky News announced that Wisdom had died!
R.I.P. Norman, you left people with happy memories and a smile in their hearts.
Jerome Kerviel is the fall guy for Société Générale
Seems that Société Générale was happy to pocket the profits when things were going well for Jerome Kerviel, even though his outgoing costs of business were beyond his limits.
When the tides changed all of a sudden the bank took notice of his short-circuiting the few safety measures there were in place.
The hypocrisy is that the bank itself was criticised for it's lack of control - but that is forgotten in the criminal justice system of France.
'Ello, 'Ello: Wot do we have here?
It always warms my heart when I hear some indignant, self-righteous immodest character gets a dose of what he accuses others of doing.
(Job worshippers please click the red box below, right, now)
Apple's Mac was built on IP theft because Xerox PARC was too slow in filing patents. They have pinched other's ideas over the years. Then Apple files a patent application for having sub-assemblies in an integrated circuit - obviously stolen from analogue.digital converters of old - a process also referred to as 'system-in-a-package'.
2010 is really a bitch of a year for Jobs ... bet he's looking forward to 2011 and an iPhone 5 that works.
Russia and America still lead the way in the ...
'leaks' league: Chernobyl and Three Mile Island!
No doubt the Israeli's are planning a much larger leak, as soon as the USA gives them enough bunker-busting bombs, courtesy of the American tax payer.
Worry not, burial regulations are extensive ...
in North America.
Into the empty grave is placed a large cast metal container, sans top. Into this is placed the coffin, Following the rituals, and after the guests have gone, the graveyard workers place the top on the base.
The joint has a watertight seal, and clamps/screws, that keeps water out and the embalming fluids in.
The the whole lot is covered by dirt.
This means even an iPhone 3 couldn't make the calls, nor the Army's old C11 set. < http://freespace.virgin.net/mark.roper/wsr210c11.jpg >
He'll never make using an Lemon 4! Talk about a REAL Grip of Death
Kind of sad people have to take so much worldly junk with them, but since it is America, death is a special event and worth billions annually to the burial biz. You can even find funeral directors / parlours on Twitter and Facebook.
Just as well burial plots (holes) have to be lined with a special leak proof container so the poisonous materials in his Lemon don't pollute the ground.
Boing-Boing has an interesting article on an usual aspect of American burials: < http://boingboing.net/2010/07/02/new-york-times-and-o.html >.
Still Tony Curtis had a good run with many memorable credits to his name, he really outlived (longevity) many of his well known co-stars. who included Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemon, Marilyn Monroe and Janet Leigh - who Register uses as an headline icon.
Another reason why ...
centralised health records are dangerous. Centralised anything in fact, and amalgamated multiple databases are even worse.
Patients can easily be given a memory fob on which all their medical data is stored and handed over for perusal or updating by a doctor. Prescriptions could also be entered and the chemist/pharmacist would have limited read/write rights so no no duplicate prescriptions can be issued without authority.
It will stop double-doctoring, too, no dongle - no service except in emergency.
I attended a hospital in Toronto for around 7 months and my electronic record, including X-rays was around 5 megabytes - which was copied, at my request, to my dongle.
Hairy palms are better than ...
damaged kids. < http://www.healthyplace.com/sex/men/masturbation-q-and-a/menu-id-66/ >
Where is the irrefutable proof that people who download dubious images actually go on to assault children?
This guy obviously was upset at not being able to build yet another government-funded empire. Tough, the UK has no money, so everyone has to chip in and help the national economy.
The benefit of using the InterNet in ...
China and VietNam is that many of the ad servers are blocked so we have large areas of white space.
It was until Facebook got blocked did I realise just how many adverts they foist on us.
Thank you censors, keep up the good work!
Poliicians are a trusted ...
technical resource with knowledge as deep as the dust on my motorcycle.
Blunkett is another example.
Information is power AND money
Cookies are invasive enough but the data they provide is far from complete.
On a smartphone the data that is accessible is far greater, more accurate and more current. Your addresses, your numbers dialled, etc. are all available to the deviant App writer, as well as the contents of certain documents.
All these snippets can add up to a treasure trove which can be used for reasons you know nothing of and without your approval.
One of the most revealing sets of data is your GPS location, far more useful than the cell you are connected to or the WiFi signals that are within range. Using cell identities for location is very inaccurate give the varying cell sizes and vagaries f radio transmission.
If you are happy walking around like Lady Godiva < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Godiva > with all your secrets open to view by persons unknown, relax and ignore concerns many other people have.
Meanwhile, I will happily continue to use my 7 year-old Mitsubishi cell phone, which makes great calls and e-mails, but can't detect where it is but provides great privacy.
What detection techniques do they use?
It is important that Comcast, et al, tell people what they do to discover the infections.
A few years ago the Nanny sate of Singapore used their state-supplied InterNet network to inspect all connected connected computers and resulted in information that included information about copy software, etc.
Even the tame citizens of the near authoritarian regime of Singapore were outraged enough to protest and most became familiar with firewalls, etc. to ensure their privacy.
So it is critical that full disclosure be made to ensure whatever trust between ISPs and customers that exists is not reduced. After all Comcast has lied before, when it involved traffic shaping.
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