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All the batteries in a tube are ...
easier to scan, and are safe from shorting.
Better than having to hunt for loose batteries.
You get screwed at HKG and BKK
If you transit through either HongKong or Bangkok your duty free is lost on US flights.
A spot of cash will sort the problem out in BKK, but HKG rules coupled with the Chinese mentality is a real pain as they slavishly follow US security rules.
Don't use checked baggage for lithium batteries!
ALWAYS hand carry lithium batteries - they can cause a real vicious fire.
I carry them in in plastic water piping with a glued cap on one end and a push-fit cap on the other. The pipes are about 6 battery lengths long. Used batteries are positive to the bottom and charged are positive to the opening.
Security types seem to appreciate the arrangement, and they are safe from shorting.
Sounds so sensible, except US citizens rights have been swept aside
The Constitution notwithstanding, US citizens rights have been swept aside with unlimited communications tapping and the 'Patriot Act'.
What happened to "Dumb, Simple"?
A single 50 mm bullet could destroy their little wheelie and then all the electronic toys will be useless.
Batteries and fuel have been major challenges for Armies for years, these systems are simply increasing vulnerabilities. Already today's soldiers are carrying around a 100 pounds of equipment so there is not much more even a well exercised soldier can carry.
Maybe they are trying to reduce the Chinese worker body count
Obviously there must be significant challenges for Jobs commitments to be questioned so many times.
Could it be the hazardous production chemicals and processes are resulting in an 'unacceptable' phone unit count to production worker injury ratio?
All this to satisfy someone's vanity. Hell of a price for the poor Chinese working stiff who gets pennies for their hours work.
"Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in Apple’s supply chain are safe ..."
That might be the corporate patter but Apple isn't there day and night - nor are all the other Western enterprises who use cheap Chinese labour employed in conditions that wouldn't be tolerated in their home countries.
The Chinese government doesn't care, it is too busy counting the loot.
Now the white iPhone 4 has been released, without the Grip of Death, you have to wonder what new health risks are involved.
Dixon of Dock Green had the answer
He would take the pain in the a*se by the ear and have a little 'chat'. He knew all his 'clients' as he walked around his beat.
It is amazing what you can see if you walk, years ago I had a work area in downtown Toronto and used my feet for transportation between accounts, and I learned so much about the underbelly of T.O. is was scary.
It makes you susceptible to begging but I only 'sponsored' one guy, Joe, as he always said: "No bullshit, I don't want a coffee or a bus fare, I WANT BOOZE!"
Plod should walk or bicycle - keeps them in shape, too.
@Sarah Bee - why should it be necessary?
One of the legs of democracy is dissent and the freedom to express it.
When you look at today's Britain you wonder where all the qualities that made it so great have gone to. Locking up people for not revealing passwords is both unique and pathetic. Police are supposed to be subservient to the government, not running it.
Unless you remove the rose tinted glasses, and get some travel time in you'll see how bad things are.
Dummies, moving money across borders is a breeze
Most people know there is a USD$10,000 cash limit across borders, courtesy of yet another US 'diplomatic' effort. These guys are dumb - there are literally hundreds of ways to move money but I guess they were too cheap.
I travel, I use well over USD$10,000 per segment of my itinerary but I don't get hassled. Mind you, I am white and not from Nigeria - two factors that most likely caused these guys t be 'subjects of interest'.
They should have asked their country drug dealers to help them, for a commission, as most major drug importation involves international payment settlements!
Two points: Encryption needed; swamped with data
Those desirous of maintaining their privacy have been put on notice that the need to increase communications vigilance and security provisions is key.
The good thing is that with all this comms 'garbage' being collected the security people will be overwhelmed in their searches. It is happening already in the US will some very obvious screwups.
The e-secure border by Boeing is a flop, and funding is being withdrawn, and is being replicated across the security spectrum. The US is essentially bankrupt and eventually the lack of liquidity will catch up with the monster that is 'homeland security'.
The UK finances are in bad shape, too, and security budgets will reflect reality eventually - regardless of the self-serving tasks that GCHQ and their spook friends in Whitehall keep on trotting out.
They might have info you are not privvy to.
Take a look at: <http://www.emscard.com/uploads/Documents/E-commerce/CNP%20Card%20Acceptance%20Operating%20Guide%20-06-07-08.pdf >.
Better to lose a small commission than a big debit note
Now you get the principle. Only people unknown to a travel agent would be asked to do this.
An alternative is to provide a desk, carefully framed within a camera range, and have the un known client complete the transaction at this desk. These characters are technologically smart and are aware of precautions people take.
(The camera works, a client agency caught several fraud artists, when I was active in the travel business. Following a client out the door, ostensibly to get a coffee, also lets you see how they depart - foot, taxi or car.)
Greedy travel agents part of the problem
Travel agents should be well versed in the ways of the fraud artists, especially since card issuers routinely issue debit notes (charges reversals) up to 4 to 6 months from when the CREDIT CARD APPROVAL was ISSUED.
No sane travel agent would accept a CNP (Customer Not Present) ticket charge unless they had personal knowledge of the customer and a signed Letter of Authorisation from the client.
I routinely acquire tickets on the road from my favourite travel agent but the so called e-ticket is only issued to one e-mail address and only after a rigid series of messages through designated systems have been completed.
Another ruse used by fraud artists is to come in just before closing and order a long-haul ticket. The sucker agent skips all the checking protocols and then is surprised when the card issuer issues a charge reversal.
The rules are simple: No tickets from one remote destination to another that isn't your own airport; no CNP charges; never sell long-haul to unknown people within 60 minutes of closing; never accept anything except the real credit card; use and publicise closed circuit TV in the travel agents store; require a thumb print from ticket purchaser. Scammers will never agree to this.
Just a way to identify ...
Works almost every time. Click the red box to indicate another hit.
If you think The Reg has problems, go check out: < http://www.theinquirer.net/type/news > for an even healthier take on fruit fans.
"indecent images of children" is getting as common as "is that with chips"
Wow, the guy commits vehicular homicide and they worry about bloody images.
Better to start figuring out how to stop al this mobile madness - drivers should be doing one thing - driving.
Perhaps someone should devise an electronic device that will test the drivers alertness and attention to the task in hand. We already have breathalysers controlling ignition systems, now we need systems that will hold vehicle speed to a given maximum which can only be reset by stopping and waiting 5 minutes. How about two hands on the wheel with only certain allowances for gear change time?
Forget the images, worry about minimising victims.
Fairsearch is as dishonest as they claim Google to be
Tripadvisor is a subsidiary of Expedia; Travelocity sells tickets to retail and is OWNED by Sabre Holdings who is a GDS to travel agents and, in other words, is selling against it's TA clients through Travelocity. Kayak Software Corp. of Concord, Mass. is an aggregator selling to the retail public.
Unless you are involved in the travel business what this bunch of 'crooks' do is get special pricing from the airlines which boosts profits if they sell of those few empty seats that are often found on every flight. They do this even if it is cheaper, quicker or more convenient with fewer changes by alternative routings which they know about.
This so-called Fairsearch is a con job; they are simply trying to stop Google exposing their rackets by which they fleece the travelling public.
Sabre Holdings, aka Sabre Reservation System, doesn't easily reveal it owns Travelocity (try a Traceback and you will see they are hosted by Sabre). Sabre uses it's travel agent data to flex Travelocity pricing so retail customers think they are the cheapest.
We need disclosure in the travel business as the airlines are royally screwing the travel business, aided and abetted by these members of Fairsearch. And try getting 'service' from Expedia, Travelocity or Kayak after you push/click the Buy button.
Transparency in any business squeezes the bottom line; here you are dealing with some of the most experienced dubious dealers in the travel business (Kayak is more honest than the others).
Don't believe me: Check out a mutli-stop travel itinerary such as YYZ (Toronto) to BKK (Bangkok) to SGN (SaiGon). Or pick your own favourite grouping. Then call your friendly, IN PERSON, travel agent and ask for a budget price for an equivalent flight (only use economy). If I'm wrong, I'll buy you a beer - in SaiGon!
(Disclosure: A friend was sued by Sabre and Galileo reservation systems for revealing 'trade information' both ended in losses for the res systems - how can you fight the truth?)
Photo 11 ensures conformity with Job's concept of family friendly
As in all things 'i' an undocumented feature is present that ensures all content conforms with Job's vision of acceptable taste.
Excessive skin, ugly faces and questionable subjects are at risk of rejection by the index software.
If you want to see how Photo 11 should work, check out Picassa, fast and free.
"... the US will diplomatically lobby foreign governments to adopt the standards ..."
The US rarely uses diplomacy, unless this is what you call financial or industrial blackmail. Even the UK is susceptible to it.
The French, however, are not as Charles de Gaulle, despite his many faults, taught the Frogs to tell the US to take a hike. Cost them nothing; kept their self-respect and really pissed off the USA who grudgingly gave them cookie points.
Meanwhile Britain has allowed the US National Security Agency to set up it's very own spy base in Yorkshire whilst the US Air Force treats the UK like a land-locked aircraft carrier and even used British airports for 'black' rendition flights.
"Bluetooth leaps about the 2.4GHz band like a gnat on speed ..."
Pity the alleged Russian spies didn't use BT, they might be still enjoying the good life if they had.
Maybe this new WiFi standard offers an alternative for like minded 'tourists'. And another excuse for the FBI to demand more money.
It's gratifying that the UK actually leads the world in this market sector
Given that the USA and TaiWan are often technology leaders, it's good news that ARM is leading a market sector.
They would be well served to keep an eye on China as their technology is advancing rapidly.
"You only hear about those in the iPhone because ,,,"
your leader Jobs thinks the sun shines out his a*se and he can walk on water.
If Jobs wasn't such a supercilious phallic symbol and admitted that he and Apple actually made mistakes - like the yet unfixed Grip of Death, exploding batteries, etc. - we would cut him some slack.
As it is he is just making himself a target.
Quality Apps, not quantity is key
There is a need for quality Apps, rather than the childish claim that someone has more Apps than another. What's the point is a so-called app can only wobble graphical breasts or emit electronically emulated flatulence sounds.
A few thousand solid Apps is well worth more to RIM users that 200,000 or so dumb ones.
Another American outfit claiming copyright to the dictionary
The only commonality between Facebook and Faceporn is the word 'face' which is so common it must have been used for every human ever born and well before Zucker whatnot was born.
As for the colours they are suddenly people can't use the same colour? Maybe I sould think about that next time I sample a web page colou palette that I find pleasing.
The logo's are likely the only thing that the court could get upset about.
The dictionary should remain public domain, if someone wants a unique word, let them work on it, just like Exxon or Lenovo did.
Only international companies can do this easily (and some people)
Another trick is for a mother company to bill a subsidiary for services supplied so the subsidiary never makes a taxable profit. Unfortunately, for these financial rip artists, governments are catching on and gaining more taxes in the process.
The US Congress is bought off by Wall Street and companies so this will not change for a long time.
The only thing 'deprecated' os the Mac OS
Slowly the California cult leader is drawing his flock in to drink his AppleAid.
Jim Jones all over again, or may be the more technological Ron Hubbard of Scientology. All three rated as nuts, but what does that say of his followers?
But is it secure or are there back doors?
There should be a sunshine law that requires all documents relating to military actions be released no later than 5 years after their creation unless the military can satisfy a normal court of their risk to ongoing military action.
The financial backers of these operations, aka taxpayers, are entitled to judge whether the use of their money was for good or evil.
These documents show that the Pentagon, and their various mouthpieces scattered across the US government, only had it's shortcomings and failures to hide - which should never be kept secret.
Everyone who decried the release of these documents should be ashamed of themselves.
But is it secure or are there back doors?
Given that NASA is government, and MS sleeps with U.S. security (giving them aids to crack Windows) the question that comes to mind is: "How secure and orivate are these schemes?"
Their own battery technology ,,,
What's with the three sizes/shapes of batteries?
Guess Jobs really wants to keep suckers feeding his money machine.
When will the kick the big ass (out)?
This reminds me of a large Telco that decided to enhance shareholder earnings by trimming staff. The company hired an expert HR termination type and after months of detailed evaluation he prepared a list of names that was submitted to the Board of Directors.
The CEO, whose office was dark with but a single spotlight illuminating his countenance (older readers might recognise the CEO), remarked the list was incomplete.
The HR expert had the temerity to inquire as to the missing name. "Yours", replied the CEO. The board approved the amended list.
When is the MS board going to jettison Ballmer?
Win XP, 64 bit, now reliable why change?
We always wait at least until SP 1 before changing to a new OS but why bother if XP64 is doing it's thing reliably?
So for the time being we shall live happily in the past whilst others figure out the nigglies with a new OS. Chances are we will switch to Linux for most of our machines in line with our countries government who is steadfastly only installing Linux for government offices and school systems.
One of the US school problems are tenured reprobate teachers
There are many teachers who have achieved tenure, largely by unions obtaining school board concessions with respect to employment agreements, so they are stuck with old fashioned, out of touch teachers whose skills have atrophied over the years and are just hanging in there for the pension.
Everyone has a teacher in their past who went out of their way to help students and who lives on in the students mind. Mine was named HASLETT, who taught in a secondary school in Harrow-on-the-Hill. Possibly still really alive, but fondly remembered by many, no doubt.
How can iPhans afford all these goodies in a single year?
First there was Lemon 4, then out came a tablet followed by various audio blings to hand around their necks and now a skinny laptop?
Either iPhans are bankers with large bonuses, or have a corporate sugar daddy, but most people in the US don't have this amount of discretionary income.
It might be better for them to await vapourware Lion to actually materialise to see if it functions before laying the plastic down.
More like cellco's trying to get into the action
Essentially these things are similar to Bluetooth, except they involve money. so all of a sudden cellco's get interested in what is a very low range transmission system.
If they get in, watch the costs rise!
How about the military bases with replica villages or all the 140+ Gulags in GuangXi?
Bet you the Chinese will hide those funny little villages replicated by the military.
Also, those 140 gulag/government factories are filled with political prisoners that make Guantanamo look like a holiday camp, all in the really beautiful province of GuangXi in south-western China.
The problem IS Facebook
Facebook has handed over client data to advertisers so please explain how encryption will stop this abuse by Facebook?
Dumb, biased Beak gets his excesses trimmed
The trial Beak was excessively harsh by any measurement and he was properly brought to heel by more experienced, temperate brethren who can recognise a miscarriage of justice that exceeds even the usual Hug-A-Plod attitude that comes from British benches.
Can't be using Garmin or MapQuest
Using a late model Garmin GPS unit in conjunction with Mapquest I, allegedly, DROVE 1,800 kilometres around 10-15 kilometres out to sea.
Obviously these rustler hunters must be using more reliable hardware and software that cost me USD$700.
Android will disappear as fast as it arrived.
Words from from a certifiable sycophant.
These features set smartphones apart
The ability for smartphones to continuously sniff WiFi and GPS info is what makes smartphones more intrusive.
Every single use of WiFi and GPS data should be subject to user control. That's why I like like even my late model 'dumb' phone - I had the GPS crippled. Cell triangulation is so unreliable which is why the FCC mandated GPS modules.
And you get to backhaul the data to Google, Apple and all the Apps advertisers.
If someone is too dumb tock the door, don''t be surprised if you are robbed
When travelling I live off unlocked WiFi systems, never had to buy signal for years. Users should learn how to secure WiFi systems if they want a modicum of security.
If you are really wound up about Google, just send your secure stuff at night as Google only takes daylight shots!
@ Religion is weird
No more strange than people who buy equipment knowing that it is defective!
They didn't meet forecast sales
Whether a goal not achieved is called flattening or a modified curve the fact remains they slipped.
@ (Some) MOST coppers are bent!
Any job that is incentivised stands the risk of exaggerated reports by the performer of the task.
The police are supposed to be an uninterested enforcer of statutes, to report accurately, and without lies or enhancement, the truth to a court.
If these particular Plods can't even be trusted to behave fairly between themselves, keeping in mind the maxim "honour amongst thieves", how can any court trust their sworn evidence which is even more degraded by their reprehensible failure even to answer questions honestly?
Why do they still hold their jobs, their rank or their pensions? In any self-respecting organisation the offenders would have been given the Order of the Boot.
There again, we're discussing Plod, so those criteria don't apply.
Shafted by Jobs, again
Guess these countries lack consumer rights organisations.
But not to worry, true iPhans will simply assume the position and say: "Do it again, Steve".
Jobs couldn't copy Chinese tablets or even copy Japanese rice cooker connectors, either
Funny how millions of these connectors have been successfully manufactured for use on water boiling units, rice cookers, etc. - all with minimal problems.
Yet Apple has had nothing but problems including frayed cords, burned contacts, shorted contacts, etc. Once again Jobs tried to make something unique with a single source supplier, aka monopoly, but failed.
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." (Shakespeare's Hamlet)
What ever the significance of the releases, Wikileaks has scored.
Never, EVER, forget the callous way in which US pilots murdered Reuters reporters as if they were hunting.
Bad enough friendly fire, cold bloodied murder takes the biscuit.
Jobs:" ... our own battery chemistry ..."
This must be the reason why Apple had to swap out hundreds of thousands of batteries in Japan, and the cause of batteries exploding in Europe.
They also have unique requirements ... must not be left out in sunlight!
The REAL reason for using custom parts is to ensure a continuing flow of revenue from spare parts and repairs.
This is the old Lemon 4 battery extender trick
One of the (many) complaints about Lemon 4 was dropping calls, separate and apart from it's Grip of Death problems.
Several test facilities have attributed dropped calls to this technical slight of hand fom Apple in a feeble attempt to claim it had lengthened battery life.
This is similar to saying a 40 watt light powered from a car battery lasts as long as an LED array from the same car battery.
But, hey, Apple claims to have some of the best RF guys in the world ... one thing for sure they introduced unique sets of problems!
Jobs: " I don't see them catching up to us in the foreseable future ..."
Maybe this is a case of myopic vision.
Jonathan Swift said "There’s none so blind as they that won’t see."
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