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Not a problem, Foxconn, workers health and safety first
With the profits Foxconn's customers are making from the fruits of the labour of these Chinese workers they can afford to swallow the increased production costs.
Off the private payroll, onto the public payroll - unemployment
It's all an illusion. Unemployed civl servants stay on the public purse, and the private sector layoff's get to join them.
You should also remember that a lot of 'work' formerly done by government employees was switched to the private sector so a form of balancing is taking place. The wonders of government maths.
Could it be the differential between the rear cheek and the flat glass?
I see a number of iPhans keeping their favourite piece of hardware hard nonchalantly stuck in their rear pockets so other iPhans can see the outline in the shape of their rear jeans pockets.
Given that the underlying body member has a radius that is different to the Applewear it is obvious that stresses and strains that occur whilst walking and sitting will be translated into pressure points on the glass that, despite claims of ruggedness, produce cracks.
Possibly this is why the HTC model with a solid alumin(i)um body offers defence against this. Unfortunately Apple opted to cut the metal in their body to accommodate the Death Gaps.
More work for Apple lawyers ...
Since it's already the butt of jokes it's practically in common parlance.
I shall respect their trade mark as much as Apple respects others IP it has stolen over the years. Besides, they have a lot more registering to do to make it really effective.
In other words MS rushed yet another unfinished OS to market, as usual
This is really an insult to the intelligence of consumers, Once again, following in the tradition of Windows PC, MS is already preparing a patch to complete the job that should have been done before they even released the OS.
Need a better reason not to buy Win7?
TV doesn't need help shedding audiences
Personally, comparing the numbers of TV viewers vis-a-vis iPhans they haven't sold enough fruit ware to have such a great affect.
I occasionally grab satellite TV programs, often Discovery and Nat Geo, but even these interesting channels are useless as they are running rotating schedules that repeat every 4-5 hours and more often than not the programs are re-runs or old programming (I'm thinking of how many ways to crash an aircraft) that has been re-edited or several programs spliced together which is old footage not, as they call it, a 'new' series or a 'premier'.
The reality programs are staged, I watched as a group of clowns 'did' VietNam and the staged, and re-staged, so many portions of the program, that it was more of a play. One contestant had backpacked the country and knew the quick ways to get to 'Hoooey', as one American called Hue, but she wasn't allowed to take them because a film crew had to film her.
CNBC is running re-runs of financial advice programs and so it goes.
No, IMO, TV needs no assistance in dumping audience which is most likely the reason why all the latest screens have multiple inputs so purchasers find alternate uses for them.
"He violated numerous elements of HP’s Standards of Business Conduct": Pot calls Kettle black
The whole sorry episode only demonstrates how ALL of HP's senior echelon's have abused the good name of HP.
Seems like the Board of Directors owe it to their shareholders to resign, forthwith.
The only thing 'dynamic' about smartphones is the jockeying for market share
MS has a 'me too' OS that adds little to the features offered by the three league leaders of Android, iOS and RIM.
I wonder what incentives MS offered/paid for anyone to even make the hardware, some of which looks a little lacklustre when compared to recent smartphone releases.
The name 'Windows' doesn't really inspire since most of us have experienced 'blue screens' and crashes.
Sorry, MS will likely never beat third place in OS sales.
Here is your new condominum apartment delivered on time ...
but you will get the doors and windows next spring.
MS, you failed to deliver a complete product on time. Again.
Kensington is good but no better than the hole in the laptop!
Some laptops with well known names have poor quality sockets for security locks - a 'scissor' style Belkin sure doesn't work with several Acer laptops. Just waggle the Belkin and it will fall out.
When I travel by air, I secure the laptop with the Kensington then thread the security wire through the handles of other baggage and the finally thread by trousers belt through the security wire loop.
This means if you fall asleep no one will be making off with your goodies!
Try stealing the Windows logo and see what happens!
All the larger enterprises seem to indulge in IP theft. Try 'borrowing' the Windows logo and see how MS reacts!
Good behaviour over time doesn't get you a clean sheet in the UK
Some countries want to get a copy of your 'rap sheet' which is handled through a related organisation to ACPO - the unofficial body that governs police activities.
There is one type of record specifically used for Australia, Canada, the USA and a couple of other countries. Even though a persons criminal record might have been expunged through a period of 25 or 35 years good behaviour, these 'clear records' actually contain information that alert the aforementioned countries that the person actually has a conviction history.
Police clearances for other countries are essential a request by the applicant for a copy of the applicants own police record which INCLUDES EVERYTHING, even though technically expunged. This of course makes the whole exercise pointless, if you are trying to show you have a clean record.
In Canada the clearing of a criminal record is handled by the Parole Board and when it says an applicants record is clear, the applicant can get a really clean report - although any offences remain on record in a partitioned area on the computer and can only be released after a proceeding - usually caused by a persons return to their bad ways.
BTW, the U.S. immigration people have a neat question: "Have you ever been arrested?" An affirmative answer opens the door for further questioning. If you lie to a federal U.S. official you commit a felony - the serious type of crime!
Much a do over a disappointing pair
Looks like the narrow-minded Cambridge bush guy has some buddies in Vienna.
I guess Viennese ballet aficionados only have 'miracle conceptions' and get undressed in the dark.
P.S. The woman looks somewhat anorexic given the view of her ribs.
Sorry, you'll have to go because you are single
The worst I heard of was a young, single guy being laid off because the only alternative was to lay off a married co-worker but the effect of that would make a family suffer.
Guess they figured single people have independent sources of income, or have no financial obligations.
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.
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