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Judges getting smarter.
Looks like this Swiss judge is on the ball and understands the nitty-gritty detail.
Good for him (her?)
Facebook doesn't need any Trojans! (They do it themselves)
Given the lousy record of privacy protection from Facebook, it is obvious Trojan writers can save themselves time by concentrating on other social networks.
Although Facebook holds first place, many other websites need to tighten their security and make sure their server software is fully patched to current updates.
TEN years of Labour rule demonstrate how worthless their plethora of legislation, much more than previous governments, really is.
Now the British Law books are cluttered with meaningless, police time wasting, legislation. How fitting it is that all these Members of Parliament become the victims, many of whom are actually lawyers, and really didn't bother to read the legislation they voted for rather they acted like sheep following Blair and Brown where ever they would lead them.
iPhans voting with their pocket books on Walled Gardens
In reality the success of these alternate Apple App markets by people who obviously favour Apple electronic products, is a vote against Jobs Walled Garden.
Will Jobs even learn from Apple's previous attempts at exclusivity?
Viva the competition!
Are they wonder if Boeing ...
gives a warranty that these things will fly or whether these crashes will simply lead to further orders.
Imagine this aircraft's vulnerability if it was operating in a theatre of war! I guess helicopters are a little more complex to fly than six when it roams are in Pakistan.
This reminds me of the BA check-in guy
I remember years ago, I think it was at Gatwick, a BA check-in counter man used to figure out whose houses were worth a visit whilst his customer passengers were away on vacation.
When will people learn putting information on public notice boards, such as Facebook, make them vulnerable to many comprising uses the day employers looking for background information, or nosy neighbours wanting to know the latest gossip and, obviously, be ever vigilant criminal community.
Remember the old maxim, " Talk is dangerous"? Still good today.
This is reaching disturbing levels
This new British Heinz 57 government must be setting some sort of record with the numbers of election commitments it is honouring.
Gathering fingerprints for passport renewals was a stretch anyway, particularly since the number of offices actually issuing passports has been reduced. For example, all UK passport renewals will be handled in the U.S.A. This consolidation is being replicated across the world.
How would they be able to get clear prints at remote offices? The skin of older peoples hands are difficult to print as it is so soft, as are hands kept in rubber gloves filled with skin softener for 24 hours, for those reluctant to donate to the governments data collections. The removal of skin hardened by arsenic and similar chemicals using abrasion often results in a very satisfying print formed of 'criss crossed' lines - totally frustrating for comparison. ;-)
Technology catches the technologist
Just shows how unintelligent some people connected with technology can get.
No doubt the fake signature writer will be identified in short order - then let's hope he learns his lesson. 7 days sitting in a park, without pay, should do it.
Why worry, no one can open a passenger aircraft door - not even Arny
Passenger cabin doors, even if on 'local', cannot be opened as the pressure differential between internal and external air atmospheres makes it absolutely impossible, let alone the fact that even to open them in proper circumstances is difficult.
The regular exit doors have to be pulled inwards, rotated, then pushed out.
The only doors that open in flight with any regularity are cargo doors, some of which only need swing out - Boeing aircraft have had several instances where their cargo doors opened because the safety mechanisms were poorly designed and manufactured. In one case a coffin dropped in to Ontario!
So let the big breasted air-heads try their best, they won't make it.
Sounds like handy software, where can we get a copy?
Most network operators have various staff driving around do their normal duties with test sets in their trunks that auto-dial calls on everyone's networks so they can assess coverage.
Why can't Ofcom start with this data? Dam sight cheaper than having a paid outfit cover the same ground. They can cover the less frequented areas.
Numbers distort the truth
How many dead FB accounts are there? How many are accessed monthly/weekly/daily?
One group finds FB useful - drug dealers and smugglers, who also use Lonely Planet as few countries block it.
The U.S. is rife with prurient bible-thumpers and do-gooders
As readers can see from newspapers or Google. the latest being the self-proclaimed Qu'ran burning preacher, a long list of narrow-minded hypocrites - so long that it would fill several Register web pages - who also gather unto themselves like-minded politicians who are usually looking for funding or following the latest public opinion poles to gather votes, are often the rabble-rowsers who drive public opinion.
Then you get people like Jobs who use their positions to force their concepts of morals on to their followers.
Unfortunately these like-minded people are good at organising public groups such as The Tea Party or the Anti-Immigrant movement and then they start a witch-hunt using search engines followed by a search of government grants.
Yet the often under-aged, multi-wife, faiths of Utah and parts of Western Canada go about their polygamy even though it is contrary to the laws of both countries. Older readers will remember when the singer Jerry Lee Lewis came to the UK to do a tour, accompanied by his then, legal, 14-year old wife, who was also his first cousin. This was in 1957! He didn't last long as UK public opinion was violently against him.
The problem lies in culture. The InterNet is culturally insensitive; one persons idea of normal is another's insult or offence. Look at Greece: naked breasts all over the beaches with few tops; Vietnamese women dress, to Westerners, provocatively, yet this is no indicator of their conservative views; many African women are topless but this is their custom. It doesn't mean they either promiscuous or flaunting their wares.
InterNet content providers should put a warning screen between regular and more 'extreme' content, much as movie theatres or the TV advise that the following material is not suitable for certain audiences. But you'll find these do-gooders carry on clicking, and then complain about content that offends them.
Personally pornography bores me but IMO it is a useful, harmless, victimless, outlet for those who have a predilection for that type of activity and might even prevent an attack on a child or female. Yet the politicians have criminalised such viewing which only drives the practices, which are obviously flourishing notwithstanding, underground.
The U.S. should look after it's 'culture' first before trying to make the rest of the world toe their line.
No wonder America is failing - everyone's staring at a screen
There are possible, logical, answer to this.
Maybe the mass of unemployed Americans are using FB to look for work / employment connections or, having nothing to do, just hang around FB.
Some companies are now blocking FB as their employees also spend hours on FB, whilst getting paid, and doing nothing productive.
Interestingly, some of the booming Asian economies, where so much of the West's stuff gets manufactured, actually block access to FB.
In American English anything goes
You shouldn't be so fastidious, we're talking about the States here and in their variant of the English language anything goes!
It's like saying they even have 'culture'.
True Freedom of Information - Couldn't happen to a better source
The military rate almost every piece of paper, other than toilet paper, 'Secret", or above, which really detracts from the ratings worth.
Given the numerous illegal acts committed by U.S. Forces, including killing British and Canadian forces, as well as other coalition forces this information needs outing.
A previous leak showed the murder of Reuters reporters with a sound track that sounded more like game hunting talk rather than the pre-planned, deliberate murder of innocent civilians.
The Pentagon isn't entitled to any secrecy in a pathetic attempt to hide their crimes, crimes which violate civilian, military and war rules. These Wikileaks are justified as anyone who has viewed the helicopter video of the reporters murders would no doubt support.
There's cracks in the walls of the Garden of Job and getting bigger
Looks like between the FCC and Google, and inadvertently aided by AT&T, the much vaunted Wall of Job is going the same way as all walls - be they Jericho, Hadrian's, Great [China] or Berlin - they all collapse.
The technical innovation unleashed by the introduction of the smart-phone was only being inhibited by the personal prejudice of one man who betrayed his duty to Apple shareholders in the process.
Corporate Betrayal. 'Nuff said.
"Since HP was founded in 1939, we have fostered a culture built on trust, respect and dignity for all. Our shared values and objectives guide our work. We adhere to laws and regulations that apply to our business wherever we operate, and our stringent internal standards, policies and processes often go beyond these requirements. Our ethics and compliance office provides the oversight, support and resources to maintain our culture of integrity, and is reinforced by numerous compliance functions across the business, including the privacy office, U.S. public sector compliance, global trade, anti-corruption and environmental functions."
From "Ethics and compliance" < http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/society/ethics/index.html >
BBC living in another world
The BBC seems not to understand that there is a new government in town and that their mantra is Cut, Cut, Cut.
Given that the BBC is, in a fashion, a government entity, why is it not following along instead of creating all these high-fallutin' positions with multiple layers of bureaucratic desk jockeys and applying a higher percentage of the budget to the technology part of their business.
Possibly the government should introduce a scheme, used presently in other countries, of listing all people employed through salary or contract of payments that exceed, say, £150,000 per annum. At least the public could adjudge value for the licence fee.
Ha Noi has the answer?
The civil government of Ha Noi, VietNam, has a problem with illegal advertisers painting advertisements, with telephone numbers, on buildings walls and on the sidewalks, etc.
Asking them to stop proved fruitless.
Then they got smart. All numbers found illegally on public areas are simply disconnected, rendering the adverts worthless. A total success in less than 9 months.
Why can't numbers used for fraudulent activities also be either blocked or disconnected, this should be particularly easy given that telephone switches (exchanges) are essentially computers that operate switches?
An alternative would be require all subscribers to these fee collecting lines be required to accept payment 60 days after a call was made and deposit a sizable, cash, security bond.
The Ontario, Canada has this already!
Many building interiors in Ontario are already extant on many computer systems used by the fire services, building departments and TAX departments.
Whether or not the value-for-money of this research is proven, just how many tunnels do the military investigate?
Seems to me there are better ways to spend taxpayer money.
Two illegal acts don't make it right!
So when will the Indian InterNet authorities cut off Aiplex Software because Indian InterNet resources are already strained and have some do-gooder outfit won't improve things.
I'm not surprised Murdoch's gang is also up to this business - it's in line with his business morals and practices.
Srange how BT can do this, yet not improve broafband speeds?
Given the trashy TV programming that fills our screens these days, often junk from the U.S.of A., is it a wise investment to implement steaming anything rather than improving consumer data flow?
A confusing choice, indeed.
"The move was not about customer service because standards were very similar around the world"
Too damn true, we know this.
Slow, slow transmission rates, deceptive advertising (how many BITS per second), excessive charges, unresponsive service support, etc.
Why does it take so long to plough in fibre optic cable in the UK? Could it be the wrong type of soil?
Very inappropriate choice
Even Paris' grandfather disowned some of her antics and said he was going to re-write his Will.
Guess the U.S. government is impervious to yet further embarrassment after killing Reuters reporters, imprisoning people without trial for years and extra-judicial kidnapping. This is addition to illegally tapping American's communications without warrant and using presidential orders to kill American citizens without trial.
Come to think of it, the government and Hilton are perfect bedmates.
Why is ACPO allowed to rule and what happened to government participation?
In most countries governments not only write the rules, but they also direct the police most having some independence.
The courts interpret the legislation to set precedents for other courts AND the police to follow.
So why is this biased bunch of senior Plods allowed to usurp the function of government?
Robots capable of 'deceiving humans'
Two customers come to mind: The Pentagon and Apple.
The Pentagon could deploy these, alongside their fleets of drones, to deny what happened, actually happened. 100% deniability!
As for Apple both the PR crowd could use them to create believable illusions and Customer Service section to deny defects that exist in fact, are actually the customer suffering from delusions.
Just levelling the playing field
Perhaps Apple is finally acknowledging that Android is giving them a run for their money and is offering iPhans a more Android-like experience with free calling. Or could it be the government?
It's amazing what happens when the elephant, in the form of the FCC, stirs so perhaps Jobs chose to cut his losses and avoid having the entrails of his plans being examined in the brightness of daylight.
Unacceptable use policy - Rackspace is the hypocrite
The American Constitution presents a challenge to anyone trying to shut down web sites, even those with a U.S. domain - witness the Al Quaida web sites.
However Wikileaks and PirateBay have demonstrated how to configure servers to make them U.S. proof - which this nutty preacher should study. The other remedy is to run your own servers, so the Rackspaces of this world can't express their content opinions.
Whilst I agree with the general displeasure of what the nut-bar preaches, Rackspace demonstrates the weakness in the system - if ISP's want the protection of telco's vis-a-vis immunity from hosted web site content liability, they should also have a hands off policy - not trying to talk out of both sides of their mouths.
Who knows, Rackspace might decide to block The Register!
Caution: Apple publicity exagerating again
One motion touch might, legally, be acceptable it represents a fact about Apple, and Jobs, they don't tell the truth. To the typical iPhan a single motion is hardly fitting with their conception of the accepted meaning of the phrase.
Using Apple's criteria, my house is filled with 'touch' items that have only a binary state.
And what is gained by slimming the case whilst the the glass standing proud? Again, Apple abandons engineering principles for form-factor. This was the cause of the Lemon 4 antenna failure.
Exposed glass edges can lead to 'chipping' creating possibly dangerous chips of glass.
Another example of Job's lies is his proclamation that the latest Word from the Almighty was streamed using 'open standards' is false. The technology is Apples and has no acceptance as an Open Standard.
Hiring Microsoft's Stephen Elop is no guarantee for success!
Microsoft suffers from monster corporate clotted arteries - decision by committee. Look at the MS recent history. Hardly something to boast of, especially with the increasing abandonment of MS mobile OS based smartphones.
Likely Elop carries this baggage with him, so how does Nokia hope to regain it's former glory?
"Russian constitution has provisions that block extradition of its citizens"
Lucky Russians, they have more rights than the British whose government seems intent on putting them on the next flight, usually to the U.S. of A.
Does the new UK government see the irony in this? The Blair/Brown (Plunkett) regime didn't.
Quality not quantity
What really matters if an App has some utility that will help complete your work assignments.
Wobbly breasts on a Lemon 4 might be just what an iPhan needs for their daily chores. Shows the device has some function.
What's wrong with private industry competing for the contract?
When a big public work is being planned, such as the BeiJing Olympics, governments hold competitions.
Why not for technical projects?
How the arrogant have been taught a lesson
I guess that the imperialistic Jobs has learned it is hard to fight the Washington bureaucracy.
The piece says: "... that Jobs & Co believe that it's their role, not yours, to decide what you can load onto your iOS device.
In Apple's paternalistic world, you're an unsophisticated child, unable to make your own decisions. It's not up to you to decide what you want. Apple will take care of that for you."
Maybe the majority of iPhans like this amount of control exercised over them, they certainly have a different take on new product reliability with millions buying the defective Lemon 4 after Jobs admitted there were problems.
The aesthetic appeal of the Lemon obviously attracted many yet they passively accepted a poor quality plastic band which not only detracts from the Lemon 4 appearance but also signals to observers they are looking at a defective phone.
Smart vendors might be able to make money from this large audience with a definable, unusual characteristic.
Some censorship is a trade barrier
I disagree with any form of censorship but I hardly thinking blocking pornography or churches advocating Koran burning does much for trade.
To the less well informed ...
Africa means NIGERIA the biggest word for FRAUD in the West.
7" screens are very usable
My employer acquired several Chinese 7" and 10" tablets when they hit the GuangZhou retail market last December (BEFORE APPLE) and I have spent considerable time testing their functionality and applicability to a number of projects we have underway.
Although the 7" screen might seem to have insufficient real estate, the opposite is, in my experience. actually true.
I have a Taiwanese motor-scooter and I made a touchscreen, using Linux and a small laptop in the luggage compartment to replace the original electronic dash. For the past 2-3 months I have been using a 7" Chinese tablet and even when driving, our speed limits are 50 km in town, the functionality is good and the display is quite sufficient except in direct, overhead, sunshine.
I use it to display all normal functions, along with GPS (Google maps), accessory control, etc. It is secured in a stainless steel frame to make it harder to steal.
Money's on that the Grip of Death remains or battery life is reduced
Given that this update is supposed to not be necessary as Jobs claims there was nothing wrong with the Lemon 4, it still remains that even if it should cure all the defects complained of it is only achieving what should have been on the day of it's initial release.
Hardly an achievement as it means the Lemon 4, that meets a reasonable level of service, was effectively released today, months after it's due date.
It seems that Apple/Jobs expends much of it's software capability keeping the damn thing in jail rather than actually improving performance.
P.S. iPhans click on the red box below, right.
Just verbal flatulence that will make little difference
Ever heard of the mass destruction of CD' and DVD's in China? Did they stop copy shops?
Understand, the BeiJing government sets policy and the rest of China promptly ignores it, especially in the semi-autonomous regions.
If you REALLY want to stop product copying don't ship the manufacturing technology over there - keep the smarts and the jobs at home.
I know many Chinese factories that make stuff for the West who run 'Third Shifts' which is when the copy stuff is made.
Samples by willpower!
This must be the politically correct phrase for masturbation.
For Roman Catholics it must mean growing hair on their palms.
How can you prove the integrity of the evidence?
I have taken pictures for use in court procedures and have always been interrogated, under oath, as to whether the material is question has been in my care and custody since the pictures were taken.
This required my attending the developing laboratory and visually tracking the negative as it was developed, dried and subsequently printed.
How can Plod attest to the safe custody and it's originality if the camera operator has his property purloined?
More bent evidence?
What's the difference between bad batteries in Japan and elsewhere?
Japan is extremely consumer pro-active and has resulted in making Apple and Jobs bow to the inevitable - the replacement of defective products.
Japan wasn't alone in experiencing 'irregular battery behaviour', Google will produce results from all over describing Apple battery failure.
But the difference in Apples response is telling. ONLY the Japanese have had a recall, other countries with less effective consumer protection have had ... dick... nada ... zip.
Typical Jobs; typical Apple.
P.S. iPhans please click the red box below, right.