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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.
Beware of the "Made in China" label
Sounds like these scales were made by the same outfit that made my wife's cookery scales which we purchased on a visit to China.
My wife, an experienced careful cook, weighed out the ingredients and the fruits of her work were frequently disappointing. One day the low battery indicator light flashed so she resorted to her older scales and the results were perfect.
The the penny/cent/dong dropped and on changing the batteries we found that several different readings could be achieved even when weihhing the same item!
Made in China should serve as a warning.
Imagine the confusion if you protest a credit card charge - through the card issuer!
Simple credit card complaints take months to sort out - for travel agents this is usually around - 4 months.
The utter confusion that will arise if you direct your complaints about misreads and penalties if you protest a charge to your bank! They will be swamped.
There is no need for TfL to re-invent anything, all they need do is to send some minion out to visit all the public transit systems in the Far East and they will soon discover the best, tried and tested with no development costs involved.
The US shoots enough of it's allies now, next they will zapping their own
Most of the US allies have suffered 'friendly fire', where carefree US soldiers and airmen casually fire off a few rounds that result in, usually, the deaths of UK, Canadian or some other alleged allied military force.
Of course, I exclude this as a description of the out and out premeditated murder of they Reuters reporters depicted in the leaked video last year.
With the ability to 'squirt' off bolts of laser it is likely the US will kill and maim as many friends as foe.
I guess the only limiting factor in this is the availability of electrical energy: with lasers averaging 50-60% and the need for high volume water cooling, it is likely ships equipped with this latest military dream will require nuclear generated electricity.
FOI Action is only possible early in a governments life
Blair stated recently that he regretted some aspects of FOI legislation. He is not alone in feeling this way as the longer a government is in power the more angst it develops against letting the 'shareholders' know what is going on.
So it is fortunate that this new amalgamated UK government has done something early in it's term to improve Blairs idea of FOI.
In any event, the present UK government structure is unlikely to produce as many missteps as would a government formed from a single party.
Not too practical: "Set the bomb off in 2 minutes" and India finds out 13 minutes after the bang!
Sounds like RIM's solution isn't too efficacious as the time delay might be sufficient to let the bomb off and escape detection.
RIM could solve the solution by having two (three including the Obama version) levels of encryption - low grade for India and other developing countries and high grade for the less nosy governments.
Again, you can't beat software encryption contained wholly within a handset. RIM has proved that money (sales) comes before customer privacy.
Morgan setting market balance - prices should moderate
Whilst the features of this Morgan pad might be modest, it will fill a void - particularly in the Christmas season - which will allow parents to satisfy a child's dream at reasonable cost - so they can evaluate the recipients use of the pad before moving on to a more advanced version whose prices should have moderated by then.
They will provide today's children with their grandparents experience of reading a book under the bedsheets using a torch/flash-light.
These solicitors/lawyers are slow learners
These solicitors/lawyers really are deserving of the indignities they suffer for if their intelligence matched the usurious fees they gather for using legal assistants to harass InterNet users based upon the flimsiest of 'evidence' they would use better judgement.
It is really amusing to see how these self-praising societal leaches react to receiving modern retribution from friends of these lawyers victims.
P.S. I am sill waiting for my 'letter'.
You might laugh at Googles pictures, but this is one hell of a public service
The few errant pictures that Google publishes hardly detracts from the fact that they are doing humanity a great service that will live as an historical pictorial record that few others even come near to matching.
I look forward to seeing cities as complex as Ho Chi Minh or Bangkok being included for their streets layouts can mystify even locals.
Carry on the good work, Google!
This is a Plod (implied) code message: We need more money
How come Plod, and other 'services' that have a high, often inflated, opinion of themselves want to exclude themselves from the national budget trimming exercise that is currently under way in the UK.
For far too long the outstretched hand of the Plod, often in the disguise of ACPO, has been filed with gold from the immediate pas Labour governments. Under Plunkett, Plod could ask for nothing that wouldn't be answered with yet more funding.
ACPO is also deserving of inquiry, it seems to act like a private fund allocation service with, naturally, the funds coming from the public purse.
The Plod 'thought process' is actually more of a creative process based on the premise of how they can scare the public into pressuring the powers that be in to releasing yet more funds for some adventure in 'empire building'.
Register headline "Microsoft caps Ballmer bonus over mobile phone" says it all
Early market pioneers often serve as market guinea-pigs by providing marketing intelligence for subsequent competitors.
But there is a point where latecomers to market suffer ignominy in 'me too' features and low sales.
Of course Microsoft has another persuader, if you make a handset with our OS we won't sue you, too much.
IBM's Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA) was at this in 1996
The credits for this should properly go to IBM's Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA) as it was developing PAN's (Personal Area Networks) way back in 1996, See: < http://www.almaden.ibm.com/cs/user/pan/pan.html >.
The proposed uses at that time included automating, securely, the transmission of passwords and PINs.
May be there is an opening for yet more patent litigation!
It's not the initial buy cost that matters - it's the running costs (and refillability)
People tend to get trapped into buying products only to find their running costs outweigh the perceived savings of the purchase.
An important feature is after-market supplies, i.e. the ability to refill.
This is why you will no HP products in my house or my employers offices but you will find a predomination of Brother products - built like the proverbial sh*t house, refillable and great after-market resources.
On the other hand, HP notoriously is continually engineering upgrades to make it impossible/very difficult to do this which makes them very wealthy in supplying refills, etc. This is not an honest policy, but the 'new' HP has long abandoned the scruples of it's founders, so anything goes. They are even suing some after market refillers who dare to refill HP cartridges.
Pad radio and wire interconnectivity really needed to better a notepad
Not fitting a cell radio option to North American units, to my mind, is a poor decision. Relying on an associated RIM cell phone is not a good option makes the two units inter-dependent - the absence or failure of one lessens the use of the other.
If a pad seeks to displace a notebook it is essential that this independent connectivity be provided and the best design would be a standard alone, self-sufficient pad with RIM-cell features. The ability to connect a pad with peripherals, be they memory, keyboard, mouse or printer through generous USB and other connectors with added value beyond the petty cost of providing them.
The other element that seems weak in pads is the ability to create data equally as well as they consume it. E-mail is a read AND write operation as are most applications.
It's not the gun, it's the camera that got him upset ...
Police, patrolling on their own, frequently draw their weapons when it comes to stopping people, often at the end of a loudspeaker and locking their fingers behind their heads, lying on the ground, etc. in the US of A. The police often handcuff a topped person 'for their own safety' (the civilian's and not the Plod's).
I took up using a motorcycle in a very, very busy city of 12,000,000 people where the driving is simply atrocious about 5 years ago. When foreigners are involved in collisions they are invariably expected to pay irrespective of guilt, made more difficult as numerous 'witnesses' come forward to testify against the foreigner.
I fitted an Oregon Scientific waterproof minicam to my helmet, concealed in a moulded fibre glass 'lump' on my helmet; I have never been held responsible for payment of any damages by the police since using it. The traffic police love seeing my accident videos. On a few occasions I have been stopped for bribery collection, by police, for driving in a car lane as opposed to a motorcycle lane and on every occasion when the police became aware of the camera they have simply returned my money and said Go!
Seems that the Plod, in the West, think they have more rights and privileges than the public and whilst they can video anything with impunity, the Plod get very uptight when the public pulls a 'Rodney King' clip of taping the Plod doing illegal things.
I hope this motorcyclist does the 'American thing' and sues for wrongful arrest.
Microsoft - the thieving troll
Microsoft has, over the years, stolen so much IP from others it's like the pot calling the kettle black. They even stole the name Internet Explorer from another company/
I seem to remember that some other outfit is calling the whole bunch on e-mail. As for signal and voltage detection, there are many circuits that can achieve this without nearing a patent.
Your article suggested a reason why HTC is making Win7 - a quid pro quo deal between HTC and MS that gives HTC a break on patents if they bang out a losing WinPhone.
At the base of this whole mess is the US Patent Office as it has such a poor set of criteria to meet in order to gain a patent.
Unlike some countries, Canada has a written Constitution that works
Even though Canada only got it's Constitution in 1962, it has very few opt outs that might make politicians happy.
The hardest hitting part of The Constitution is the incorporated Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
For all of it's features it seems about the right price
SUBJECT to it's warranty and after market repairs.
I have several Chinese tablet to hand but the 1 Gig processor makes it worth the money.
Cryptome.com & Wikileaks.com needed to offset governmental abuse
Given the obsession of the military to stick SECRET on every piece of paper, other than toilet paper, and the misinformation/lies the Pentagon and governments come out with we need disclosure.
If these government organisations had norhing to hide they wouldn't be so touchy. History tells us that no government can be trusted, even more so these days.
Remember WMS - Weapons of Mass Destruction. They haven't found them yet, 7 years and counting.
Samsung making the right decision
Given the success of the impressive Galaxy range, of which I don't own any, Samsung is far better off supporting fewer OS better than spreading it's resources too thin.
Now Nokia has to seriously ask itself whether of not to opt for an alternative OS.
Better late than never
The employers seem to trot out all the same, or similar, arguments that were voiced by their counterparts in North America.
What is wrong with equal pay for work of equal value? How do same sex couples cost employers or the public purse any more than does a heterosexual couple?
I have always been struck by various forms of discrimination in Britain. I remember seeing a play in Malvern some years ago where a woman in a library discretely breast fed her child yet she was ordered to leave because of a perceived offence.
Accept it, this Act's time has come
You should see the vehicles in China and S.E. Asia
In the West we are used to having impressive in-dash audio systems, In my oart of the world the in-dash audio spaces are usually filled with pop-out DVD players and TV screens that can easily be seen by ANYONE in the vehicle, including the driver.
These devices are also offered as optional accessories for trucks, and the like, too. In VietNam they are commonly fitted in taxi's as their cost is relatively low.
Maybe this helps explain how over 1,000,000 people are killed in China annually and over 13,000 in VietNam (population ~90-million).
For those who want to show off their wealth driving their Mercs or Bimmers one way is to fit individual pop-up players for the rear seat passengers.
Autocad on a mini-screen?
The Autocad drawings I work with need a large desktop screen. Many are schematics and it is very useful to be able to see both ends of a connection for the drawing to make sense.
Likewise, printed circuit board layouts are best viewed in their entirety. and multi-layer boards again are also better on a large screen.
I wonder what drawings, viewable on a small screen, Autocad has in mind or is this just a novelty App?
How long until Irfan releases a pluh-in?
One of my favourite graphics tools, Irfan, usually comes up with a new version, or a plug-in, for events like this.
I wonder if Jobs will allow WebP to run o his stuff?
Typical Pentagon overkill: The model to follow has existed for years
The (illegal) hackers don't take a huge army of manpower to achieve their goals, in fact many telecommute to work.
Not only that, there are several likely candidates for employment languishing in U.S. jails and I am sure financially attractive employment packages could be designed whereby they could be induced to wear military uniforms in lieu of their present orange overalls.
Meanwhile, the Pentagons efforts are essentially another waste of money of whixh the U.S. has little to spare.
Nothing beats discriminating against & alienating your best market
Apple Marketing must be nuts, as in crazy.
There are few markets as receptive to Apple things than the USA, yet they intend to degrade the iOS for it? Given the Lemon 4 pricing in China the US will likely remain Apples prime sales arena.
Still, no doubt the real Apple software experts will devise a workaround for this latest bit of Jobs control freakery.
Early adopters short-changed again?
Since this is a new product and the motherboard is unused by any other equipment (note copyright 2010) it is obvious that Apple has in mind it usual annual money-generating upgrade scheme as it has used over most of it's range.
And Thank You, Register, for "Apple's standard 30-pin dock connector as is used on the iPhone/Pod/Pad" which correctly identifies the common Apple connector for what it is - an Apple standard.
I noticed on a recent trip to ZenShen that non-Apple manufactured versions of these are available in the Chinese after-market parts catalogues for around $1.31 each in 10-piece quantities which is way less than what Apple charges for just the royalty fee's. Another thing to get Jobs excited.
Name and Shame? Shame on the BIS - charge the cheapskates
The law stipulates a minimum payment - likely totally inadequate for basic living and these OFFENDERS are going to be SHAMED into paying.
Do the right thing, charge and fine them then have the court award the missing payments + interest in the sentencing and hold the company officers responsible personally.
About bloody time!
In it's days of decline the U.S. is acting as if it was a kingpin. Already too much data is leaked to the US by the ever obliging security services through the Echelon Agreement as the intimate relationship between the UK and the US.
The US doesn't let foreign spies operate on US soil, but Britain does (Menwith Hill spy base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire).
The US has even arranged NO FLY status for a Canadian citizen travelling from Ottawa, Canada to another Canadian destination.
All manifests for flights departing Bangkok are transmitted to the US even for non-US flights.
Currently the Obama administration, as did the Bush administration, deliberately flouts the US Constitution in it's spying on US citizens - no warrants are needed under the Patriot Act (please hold your hand over your heart) to look at any computer system, tap communications, etc.
Europe's privacy is compromised enough, especially with the UK's password or 4 years in jail law, but he US wants everything on everyone.
Europe should stand up and be counted. Europe is bigger than the USA but it kowtows as if it was a nothing.
The US already taps cell systems internationally: see < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_telephone_tapping_case_2004-2005 >, < http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/02/phone_tapping_i.html >.
The Trade Centre incident in 2001 was a result of US laxity in their security system, just as was the Pearl Harbour attack.
The Detroit 'bomber' was US intelligence at it'd best. The father of the bomber alerted the US, It issued the bomber a visa notwithstanding, he was cleared to board a US bound flight. And these rear ends think they can better protect the world by capturing all data including petty value financial transactions.
Whilst I have sympathy for those civilians who have lost their lives, the US invites violent reaction because it's long snout is into everything, whether justified or not.
Sounds like a revrse takeover!
RIM buys QNX; QNX squeezes out the RIM OS.
Let's hope it is as secure and as reliable. as the RIM. As well, even if the US requires backdoors, other countries will get 100% secure transmissions.
"We act very quickly whenever ..."
They sure do, especially when it comes to embezzling funds destined for their merchants - remember Cryptome?
PayPal collector and vendor of private information - one outfit to avoid at all costs, especially if you are a merchant who needs your collections paid over quickly to survive in these hard economic times.
"largest ever superfast broadband programme"
All words, words, words ... no numbers though?
BT: What is "superfast" in BT parlance?
I use satellite InterNet and it certainly wouldn't make the top 5 in most places.
Question: Is a streamed media file by a dead performer ...
a download or a performance?
This could mean that Elvis is really still with us!
I thought the ability to make voice calls was ...
the criteria for having access to Google Apps.
The choice of alternative App stores will only enhance Android as speciality stores devoting themselves to certain areas of application use will make choice easier.
As for any membership fee, count me out. I don't pay to go shopping in a bricks and mortar shop and I won't pay to shop on-line, either.
The jammer stops them from ...
answering and they never know their texts don't arrive.
Besides I have a large pointy bumper of the from of my motor-scooter and a wide hitch draw-bar across the rear!
At least Pedetrian texters usually only suffer embarassment
It.s bad enough having pedestrians walking around, texting, and crashing into sign and lamp posts, other sidewalk users and occasionally into the roadway but in the city in which I often find myself we have a motorcycle population of 4,000,000 (yes 4 million) and around 390,000 cars.
Notwithstanding the fact that if caught the fine can represent about one-fifth of a minimum monthly wage, everyone seems to answer their hand-phones within two rings and happily drive along testing with the left-hands (rear brakes) whilst steering with their right hand (accelerator and front brake).
Even though my set of wheels has a cell jammer, it is ineffective in stopping message entering, of course. I have seen all manner of collisions yet the plague of distracted drivers continue, in addition to the fact that most Vietnamese drive as they did when they only rode a bicycle.
The good thing is these idiots often get seriously hurt but at 13,000 countrywide deaths annually, it will take a lot of time to eliminate these cell users!
Meg Whitman and many, already elected politicians
You may recall about three or four years ago all manner of US politicians discovered members of their staffs were illegal so this ugly tight-wad is following in a long line of slave labour employers.
The least Whitman could have done would be to help the woman regularise her status.
Whitman should know that 14 million Latinos reside in California; they account for 37% of the state's population; Latinos have the highest percentage of likely voters under age 35. That's a lot of people to upset.
The question that begs an answer is: "Why?"
Samsung has pre-existing successful OS so why are they, and HTC, going to make handphones using that must be at least lower than the 5th slot on the OS popularity pole.
Could it be they all signed confidential contracts to bang out these losers or is the OS free or are they being paid by MS to make them?
With China, Malaysia, Singapore and VietNam having the death penalty ...
you can be assured that I buy (or use) no recreational drugs.
Besides, VietNam has it's very own poppy fields along it's borders with Cambodia and Laos and the evil weed is openly smoked in the north-west of the country - even by old ladies whose 'joints' resemble large cigars.
P.S. China no longer bill victims families for the bullet (but they harvest the bodies for spare parts) and VietNam uses a single bullet. Malaysia and Singapore use the rope.
Cash is King (Queen)
Nothing beats cash.
No little receipts following you around, no exposure to potential on-line fraud, no explaining to yor spouse what the charges were for.
And BEST OF ALL, it frustrates the hell out of the American Government who can't file your personal information away in their files!
ACER - forget them - warranty not honoured
ACER cannot be trusted to honour it's warranty, by personal experience, and even for a commercial customer. And we were dealing with a countries corporate office not through a dealer.
Their 'extended' warranty - something most laptop users should have - has so many exclusions to make it nigh on worthless.
A rubber foot fell off, my country typically has summer days reaching 35-40C. Do they have spares? NO! You have to buy a whole new base cover - hardly a reasonable thing to do. (Rubber feet are excluded from any warranty coverage).
Given that they glue aircraft together you would have thought ACER could make feet permanent attachments.
ASUS, however, do replace feet which is why the corporate office now has 163 ASUS computers.
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