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Canada has a solution
Some Canadian emergency vehicles are fitted with a 'horn', more like an acoustic vibrator, that actually shakes vehicles and motorcycles which, together with the accompanying low frequency tone, can break through these mobile acoustic sound chambers.
The effect on humans will certainly return the zombies to reality.
This is nothing ...
Wait until the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is in action. See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement >.
For some of the nitty gritty read: < http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4829/125/ >. Not very nice.
Just what the Pentagon wants. Don't get suckered by them!
Seems like the Pentagon's plan for undermining Assange is getting some help.
Wake up, guys, Wikileaks scored a major hit against the Pentagon, so don't get taken in.
NASA is to be congratulated for not being U.S. centric
No one has the corner on ideas, even though Jobs might think so, and NASA, in it's wisdom of being open to all comers with good ideas - Canada with it's tried and tested Canadarm as well as the Dextre - is making another smart move.
Now, from Blighty, the Cornish RoboThespian to join other Cornish innovations which include the game of rugby, originated in Penzance; one of the earliest water closets (WC) at Arwenack Manor, Falmouth; discovery of substance manaccanite, at Manaccan in 1790, now known as titanium; the first passenger carrying steam engine known locally as the puffing devil at Penydaren; perfecting the process of refining soap (Pears).
My personal Cornish favourites are The Pastie and The Cream Tea.
Labour's wasteful self-stimulation
These revelations simply demonstrate a complete disregard for the tax payer, an arrogance that simply highlights their mealy-mouthed speeches and how false their claims to be looking after the less fortunate in society were.
No tax money should be used to shape opinion and all publicly funded opinion poles should be published with 3o days of their completion.
Few endeavours such as this can be achieved at a lower cost by using civil servants.
Why the surprise? Not every country can depend on 'service' industries
The countries who are resisting the onslaught of the Wall Street financial frauds are those who actually manufacture products.
Britain's manufacturing industries are a miserable scrap of what they used to be. How many screws are actually made in the UK? How many ball-bearings?
China, Korea, TaiWan and other Asian countries aren't suffering as much as the Western importing countries the difference being is that they are self-sufficient and have a manufacturing base that exports.
In Europe Germany is a shining example. In North America - hardly anything.
The fallacy that manufacturing products overseas is 'cheap' is a fallacy as the importers mark the goods up so much (living adjacent to China lets me see the real product cost), there is a social cost - lost jobs and depletion of foreign reserves.
Britain's oil legacy has been squandered by propping up failed government programs.
A complete re-think of many countries goals, and the effects of the WTO need implementing.
Easy, uncontrolled, access leads to abuse
Thw data holder should also be the gatekeeper to the data vault.
Few people can be trusted not to use abuse database information and since this data contains personal information the fewer people who have direct access, including police, the better.
Government cannot be trusted.
The fault is that of the data holders and web site operators
I have always regarded data or web site vulnerability to be the responsibility of the owner/operator of the data in question.
For years the U.S. Government web sites bleated on about the criminal risks of attacking their domains. In my opinion if a web site is vulnerable it is NOT the (h)(att)ackers who should be held accountable but the data holder.
The U.S. Government, amongst many, should be embarrassed, in fact, by the fact that their web sites, etc., have even been breached. So much for the high handed speech about their technological prowess just proves that they are technical eunuchs.
Many of the vulnerabilities by IT departments not patching or updating software for which there is a word: laziness.
These discoveries should not be used as excuses for inaction
The trouble with suppositions that global warning is not as bad as first envisioned is that even LESS will be done to stop the otherwise inevitable.
Bush showed what a dummy can do when most of science was running against him so we should be on guard against complacency - think of all the wonders of nature that have disappeared already.
The UK will lose it's 'Gulf Stream', Manhattan will become submerged and London's geography will be rewritten and who knows how ever increasing populations will be fed from ever decreasing arable land masses.
I'm getting on in years but I do my part - avoiding use of my car, recycling heat between exhaust and intake air on my central system, solar water heating, etc. - not for me, but for the future generations.
So Dell's technical screw up is an Androis problem?
The fact that Dell issued an upgrade without thorough testing (like Apple) is not the fault of the Android OS. Dell 'enhanced' the OS to interface it with it's product.
Even Apple, with it's buttoned down 100% software, has failed to cure the problems.
Funny how more experienced Android uses such as HTC, Samsung and Motorola have had so much success - must be a reason.
Patience pays off
iPhans have demonstrated that early adopters lose.
Be it the now crippled Version 1 that has hardware 'challenges' or those lemming-like iPhans who lined-up to buy a Lemon 4, particularly those who bought it after Consumer Reports came out condemning the failures.
Likewise with any product, never buy an early version so that the bugs can be fixed before you put your money down.
This is especially applicable to the Android OS since Version 4, due out this fall, has tablet enhancements in it.
Let them play Marbles!
May be the 'gob stopper' size marbles would satisfy a pre-teens needs to play with spheroids.
This is a Lemon 4 safety feature
Although many non-existent (in Jobs mind) still exist, the 'call dropping' feature associated with Lemon 4 Version 1 phones is actually a safety precaution.
As there is no sound when the call is dropped it permits the iPhan to re-connect with reality and hear warnings, etc.
Another hidden Apple feature.
"Clearly, all our aircrafts will be shot down.”
that is of these old Ilyushin can actually fly that far without crashing ... there have been a few mysterious accidents.
Not a problem in Toronto, Eh?
For all those Craigs List deprived viewers in Toronto, Canada they can satisfy their needs through the Toronto Now < http://toronto.nowtoronto.com/gyrobase/classifieds/Disclaimer > and Toronto Eye Weekly < http://www.eyeweekly.com/classifieds > FREE news mags OR the Bell Canada Yellow Pages which are delivered on request and really leave little to your imagination.
And then there's the Canadian InterNet sites!
Just hold on a minute ...
Apple will want to patent this, as their own work, to go with Gen 3 Apple TV.
Apple owns all technology ... judging by their patent claims.
Or possibly a karaoke outfit will lay claim to the gestures ... just like those used in karaoke.
Lucky visitors returning from China
Australian Customs are already a large pain in the a*se to most travellers going into Australia - they even seize electronic bug killers - so with yet another hot item on their list all visitors coming or returning from China will likely get an extra special Australian welcome.
Notice: To all people finding this USB
Please forward to < www.wikileaks.org > or < http://cryptome.org/ >.
Does he even know wgere a computer on/off switch is?
Who else would employ such a loser?
Brown brings nothing to the table that will contribute to the advancement of the InterNet. If this appointment had been put up for a vote he would have had the world + dog vote him down.
If Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million ...
How much of a bill will Facebook look at for it's serial privacy breaches?
You've got to hand it to Google, they are pretty easy on censorship
If this was Apple, Job's altar iPhans would have smote this video from it's servers.
Google happily indexes competition, critics and things that cost it money.
Pretty even handed.
"The problems arise when the government goes beyond this legitimate use"
The U.S. government, through the Patriot Act, as amended, is breaking The Constitution by wholesale monitoring of private communications WITHOUT WARRANTS, i.e. without the oversight of a court.
This service is provided courtesy of the usual suspects - AT&T, Sprint, etc.
They can also access all computers on the issuance of a letter that also makes it illegal to notify the victim.
Another sick joke is "duty to keep it's citizens safe". What did Blair do when America offered to return ALL UK citizens illegally imprisoned in Cuba? He cherry picked, refusing to accept certain citizens. Some safety.
Likewise, I meet many backpackers travelling in my country of residence with backpacks displaying the Canadian flag and on being asked where they are from (I being a Canadian) and getting answers in distinctive American regional accents giving false information.
When challenged most say they are scared about getting attacked as American citizens - particularly when Bush was running the shop.
Governments don't keep their citizens safe and often they do little to help - particularly when drugs are involved.
With respect I think your trust is wholly misplaced and governments have demonstrated why they should be strictly accountable to a public forum - although many UK judges are little better than a rubber stamp.
I thought the U.S. military was segmented.
How come the U.S. Army is flying this thing? Granted they have helicopters, which have a reasonably low ceiling, but this balloon certainly is in the U.S.A.F.'s domain given it's much higher ceiling.
Next we'll be hearing the U.S.A.F. has ordered it's very own version, followed by the Marines who always want special versions of things military.
No wonder the U.S.A. is bankrupt.
You can't trust government!
Government security workers have used security information to enrich themselves in the U.S.A.
Whilst those with intimate familiarity in the telecommunications industry have known what governments routinely do, surreptitiously, the current level of chatter is very healthy for more and more people are becoming sensitive to eavesdropping/monitoring done by governments.
RedPhone 0.1(voice)[uses ZRTP by Phil Zimmermann] and TextSecure 0.3 (text) are amongst several answers for Android users and defy government monitoring.
Secfone (software), Rohde & Swartz (Bluetooth hardware) and SnapCell (hardware) are others.
Using specific cell phones to call specific numbers stops governments building a database of contacts and using a pair of hand-phones as one-way communicators or split communications (A cell used for talk only to cell B; cell C used only to talk to cell D [A & D are one end and B & C are the other end]) is very effective, more so when they are paired using different carriers.
Developing countries, China excluded, definitely don't have the technology to beat these and even the U.S. capabilities are challenged.
Cell hygiene is essential (clearing registers, powering down periodically), Carrying cells across borders allows Plod and company to gather information such as the IMEA which can be used to build contact information.
Using calling cards is ineffective as all numbers are recorded, although dedicating one card to one called number increases difficulty in building contact databases (and not using different cards sequentially from one number).
Apples iPhans Orgy in the middle of the Bible Belt
The verbal masturbation that will be occurring in Apples cloud warehouse, bang in the middle of the Bible Belt will likely defy anyones imagination. The similarities between Apples latest fund raising effort and the evangelical church movement is striking.
Undoubtedly Jobs will be posting his 'treasured' snippets of Apple wisdom to keep the faithful happy.
How many moderators will it need to keep the faithful on the straight and narrow?
Can it run Win XP?
THIS is the beginning of the **real** tablet age rather than dumbed down, locked up toys.
If it doesn't have cell voice access, I guess the Google Apps store will be closed to it although now the Google App verification has been broken Apps will be installable along with Apps from non-Google stores.
Only shipping with Android OS V1.6 is a bummer and potentially shows a rush to market or poor support given that V2 is out and running.
Our corporation standard is XP SP3, in the main, so whether or not it would run is an interesting question.
Standard (non-licenceable) and Propietory (patented/used with licence)
A Standard connector is one that is available from multiple sources, without licencing, whereas Apple, or other propitiatory connectors, are those that require a licence. Making millions of proprietary connectors doesn't make it a Standard until it as approved by an internationally recognised authority.
Apple tries to, and gain wealth from, in patenting various connectors. The Magsafe, were first used on Japanese rice cookers and fryers. Unfortunately Apples copied design was flawed as it's insulation failed and metallic bits were attracted to the connector causing shorts. It was never licenced but workarounds were designed to beat it.
Then Patent #D585375 was issued in respect of a cigarette lighter adapter (see: < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/28/apple_power_connector/>). How stupid can they - the USPTO - get?
The Mac IIX machines had 13 pin D connectors when everything else had EGA or VGA D-sub connectors. Then came a bunch of 7100s and Powerbooks with odd square connectors, etc. whilst the rest of the world managed with VGA D-sub connectors.
The post suggesting different 'standard' connectors were used for different computers still doesn't detract from the fact they used connectors that were not unique to their products but could be purchased from multiple sources.
The Mini DisplayPort, created by Apple, was released to VESA so it could become a 'standard' connector.
iPhans will be happy to learn that Apple is retiring the standard 2.5 and 3.5mm audio connectors for yet another, unique, design. Guess this 'advancement' will preclude the use of hgih-end headphones. This can't be to eliminate dust as the other connectors are available in waterproof versions.
Even Apple is hard-pressed to produce reliable connectors - money doesn't cure everything as is witnessed by hundreds of millions of dollars pf RF anechoic chambers and the failed antenna design - whereas a 'standard' connector is subjected to rigourous testing. Apples power connectors have failed spectacularly, and dangerously, over the years as they lacked the experience of dedicated connector manufacturers.
AMP, Canon, Molex can all give Apple lessons. Billions of 'Molex' type connectors are used world-wide; millions of Amp-designed 25-pair connectors were made for the telephone industry - all released from licencing to become 'Standards'.
Apple clearly wants to control what and how things are connected to their products. Their continued bleating about size constraints is meaningless when you view the reams of connector catalogs and the variety available.
The only standards Apple set are the ability to maintain the wall around their products by using unique connectors whereby they determine who can licence their use, and control the accessory in question, whilst generating money - driving overall costs higher.
This is hardly in the interest of customers.
Females soldiers sacrficed include
Lance Corporal Sarah Holmes, from 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment; Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer, aged 24; Private Eleanor Dlugosz, Royal Army Medical Corps, aged 19; Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill RAF, aged 32; Staff Sergeant Denise Michelle Rose, Royal Military Police, aged 34.
And many, many more.
Little wonder you hid behind "Anonymous Coward", the last word describes you perfectly.
I don't think Lincoln helped write The Constitution
If my memory serves me correctly my original quote came from his Gettysburg Address where Abraham Lincoln gave what must be one of the best-known speeches in US history.by Lincoln during the American Civil War, in 1863 November, when he dedicated the Soldiers' National Cemetery located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union (Northern) armies defeated the Confederate (Southern) army at the defining Battle of Gettysburg.
I doubt if much of Bush or Blair rate a quote, although Churchill was as certainly as good as Lincoln.
I wonder if it has rubber feet and whether they remain attached
A company I worked for standardised on Tosh laptops but they all had a problem in common.
Some of the rubber feet would always fall off the computers - usually so that they rocked when the keyboards were used. Getting replacement feet from Toshiba was impossible.
They no longer buy Tosh products of any type.
Content is King (Queen) - not delivery
Jobs has only managed to sign up two TV networks who are undoubtedly analyzing everything that sells and when they realise that there is a good potential of making money, they are either going to renegotiate their cut or even look ar setting p their own cloud.
No doubt Hollywood, as well as the record industry, is trying to figure out how to increase their cut and when they do, Jobs will find himself in an unusual position of not being in control.
And what of the Jobs morals clause? Is he going to censor all of the content to meet his rules? Can you imagine Sex in the City landing on his servers?
'Too far from the exchange'
It's difficult to determine the user termination speed when ADSL is applied only at exchanges leaving the final speed determined by the vagaries of of copper wire interspersed with joints in street connection cabinets with moisture laden spider webs. DSLAMs should be in the cabinets, fed by fibre.
Many cable systems use the equivalent of WANs where the number of users, together with their activities, determine the carrier speed.
The only way, as other countries have proved, is to have fibre optic cable in every house with sufficient backbone capacity capable of carrying the traffic.
Governmental and private WiFi fought all the way by carriers
The US carriers ran the telecoms world with impunity until the famous Carterphone case which eventually led to the breakup of the AT&T monopoly.
Like oil, the dissected members of AT&T have come together, joined by even more unprincipled enterprises and once again they are using the old tricks to re-establish their monopoly gaining help from the government by providing surveillance to them.
Load shaping, no matter what form it takes, is only aided by killing free WiFi forcing the public to use far more expensive communications as determined by the carriers.
Where US municipalities provided free access the carriers used the courts to eliminate this service.
Why would Assange do anythimg so stupid? Most likely a setup by the USA
Assange should skip the nicety of redaction and just dump all the embarrassing documents on th InterNet. The USA government has done so many wrongs in the conduct of these wars that there must be few actions that could embarrass them more.
The words of Lincoln, a person so espoused by Barack Obama, that included "government of the people, by the people, for the people" seems to have been forgotten as the US, British and other governments trample roughshod over their citizens be it people being kidnapped and held illegally or Blair twisting 'intelligence' so he could stick his nose up Bush' arse whilst sacrificing young British men and women for his ego.
The truth needs outing. The Second World War might have had it's atrocities but, except for the techniques, the present wars are more dirty and underhanded and rely on secrecy to hide the facts from 'the people'..
We need more people to emulate Assange if only to let governments know they can't hide behind alleged secret ratings.
This has got the features than iTablet should have had
The crippled tablet from Apple should have had all these features and more, as did the first Android tablets released in China had - many months before Apple tried to persuade everyone they were the first.
The Android OS V3 has features that really will enhance tablet performance.
Split phases or transformers can be a hassle
Some (many?) people have split or two phases (two hot wires plus neutral) power line supplies and should these adapters be on different phases loss of signal can affect operation.
I solved this by using 0.1 ceramic capacitors between the phases to improve signal transmission.
Often power suppliers will equip street side transformers with similar devices on request if you want to connect across therm to, say, a neighbour.
If in doubt find an electronics technician - there should be a fuse or breaker protection between where the capacitor is attached and the meter - even it is on a shared circuit (i.e. doesn't have to be dedicated).
Switched power supplies in equipment can play heck with these devices, as can fluorescent lights.
Job's can't use iPing (legally)
as it is a company registered in 1998 and is involved in the InterNet Telephony business.
Ping.FM, however, is almost in the social networking business.
But has that ever stopped Jobs before?
Ping can't be copyrighted since it's in common use already
Ping is in the public domain, and used for software so once again Job's and Apple are trying to steal someone else's IP.
Funny how it's OK for Apple to steal things but heaven help you it they think you've knobbled something their lay claim to.
What man created will be ruined - Dark Tranquility: Vernal Awakening Lyrics
Guess Sony hasn't learned that when it challenged game players someone will persevere over Sony's dumb headiness. Now this crack is in the open they have lost the battle.
Now Jobs has a bed mate, both having lost the jailbreak fight.
When people buy a product it should be theirs to do with as they wish.
Vapour ware being used against competitors - Lemon 4 defects remain
This is classic. Apple has millions of defective Lemon 4 product in peoples hands and what has Job's done for them. I realise that most are iPhans and have knowingly bought a defective product but I think it is very telling the product appears to have been abandoned. Even iPhans are entitled to their monies worth
As if it had never happened. Vapor - which is how all Apple promises should be regarded.
This should be a lesson to all - iPhans and disbelievers alike - Apple, and Jobs, could care less about customers or the fact that they shipped, and continue to ship, defective product.
Where is the WHITE Lemon 4? It must really be bad for Apple not to ship it, given their demonstrated give a dam attitude.
The HTC, Lenovo's and Samsungs would never ship product in this condition. Motorola deserves a ha tip for manufacturing product that works.
Another aspect that has not been addressed is power. Apple, in it's ignorance, has not made batteries to be user changeable, unlike their competitors, Apple has already changed the Lemon power cycles in order to extend battery life and with additional uses the power consumption will rise - so where/how will this power demand be satisfied?
This highlights another Apple weakness: power connectors. Apple obviously wants to bleed every shekel from iPhan's pockets so it continues to use non-standard connectors and power packs.
Smart manufacturers know to use trusted product - connectors are a case in point. How many Apple competitors make their own connectors? How many standard connectors does Apple use?
Apple chooses to design it's connectors and the result is they have caught fire, endangering users. So Jobs fetish for owning everything is damaging in so many ways and simply demonstrates how the throw away society is very much with us.
There are so many reasons not to own anything Apple only iPhan's egos override everything.
What Zable claims is not quite accurate
Quote: 'Zable explained: "Nobody has been able to fry a liquid before." '
The Chinese cuisine has had "Fried Milk" dishes for a very long time. There are many variations of flavours.
I have eaten it in HongKong and Toronto.
Do as we say, not as we do!
This is so typical of do gooders who want to force what they consider to be morals down everyone's throats. Out and out hypocrites!.
They are no different than the Florida anti-gay 'expert' who hired a gay prostitute to 'carry his bags' or the Colorado preacher who had sessions with another gay. Let's not forget the pillar of society, Jim Bakker the American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host of The PTL Club.
Or of the earlier members of the UK Conservative Party who promoted 'family values' whilst cabinet minsters cheated on their wives, fathered out of wedlock children, etc.
Just let the people do what they want, in private, and mind your business!
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