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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.
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.
Just rumours courtesy of Apple PR
Companies that have no real news to release, or who want to displace bad news, release little tit-bits of information.
The real news is that Apple sales have flattened as people figure that not all things bare the saign of the fruit but actually offer more features and better value.
@ (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."
Sounds like fear raisining against budget cuts
Government entities step up self-aggrandising activities when it appears that budgets are being slashed.
Send more money, so we can do it again!
Some lead ... iTablets didn't sell as wll as forecast
Looks like Apple is eating it's forecasts with sales showing a flattening, guess that people are realising some features are missing from Apple products including the ability to read free library e-books.
Don't laugh! Women's condoms are best ...
for keeping small electronics dry in the rain jungles of S.E. Asia unless you have a waterproof cells and laptops. Unfortunately many Bluetooth devices are susceptible to rain and they can get expensive to replace.
Since the rain is a soaking rain we also line our packs with giant garbage bags so only the backpack material itself gets wetted.
Jobs: Apple products are pestilence free
As no self-respecting bug would dare to to step upon the surface of an Apple product, fruit users are safe.
Watch for some new Apple patents: (a) Plastic casings impregnated with bug killer; (b) All future products will radiate a very high frequency which will drive mosquitoes away; (c) Wipes, at only a $1 each, to polish Apple casings and to disinfect them, too. These are unlike others on the market as they are imprinted with the sign of the fruit.
Me thinks the lawyers got more than the victim
Lawyers in the U.S. often taken on court cases on a "No win, no pay" basis and the lawyers cut in a successful case is often greater than the victims.
Would you rather have normal vision or a miserly $325,000 for your pain and suffering?
Compatibility Reporter used and overworked
We use it as we are trying, in our small way, to contribute. But we still have work to complete!
Stuff Firefox 4 until it's plugins and widgets are compatable.
My employer gave a few members of staff the opportunity to check out the beta versions of Firefox 4.
Unfortunately the number of crashes and the lack of our favourite add-ons has driven all our users to revert to FF3.
Let us know when everything is compatible and then we'll give it a shot.
Caution: Dumb politicians talking
If this idiot thinks that the likes of Twitter or Facebook are going to scroll through the inanities of thousands of comments to satisfy a UK law, or any other web sites that are not domiciled in the UK. he is dreaming.
The US presents the biggest challenge because of it's Constitution and the small matter of freedom of speech.
Already court orders suppressing evidence in preliminary hearings are ignored by overseas journalists, and likely he will be to.
If a court is too cheap to sequester a jury in a hotel, he will have to take the risks. Besides, now that people are so connected, the challenge he faces are even more daunting!
For Jobs, black seems such an appropriate colour
The colour back seems to be an eminent colour choice for most anything associated with Jobs. White proclaims innocence and purity, hardly qualities that spring to mind when thoughts of fruit-land and their domineering leader are in mind.
Of course, this might be the reason why it has taken such an inordinate time to achieve a white Lemon, which will undoubtedly become discoloured through exposure to the environment and usage.
It will be interesting to see if Apple has used the time between the release of the Lemon 4 and it's virginal edition to actually improve it's functional failures that are months and months old.
UK Government: Do as we say, not as we do
How can anyone take the UK government, and more particularly it's privacy destroying agencies, seriously when the government laughingly continues to use antiquated software, such as Internet Explorer 6, which even it's author recommends that it be abandoned!
The drivel about needing to 'train staff' to use safer browsers is laughable, unless it's employees are intelligence challenged, as most adopters of new versions seem to have minimal difficulty in achieving a basic usability, permitting productive use.
The 'advanced' features can be introduced gradually so their brains are not over taxed.
Lurking in the background is the question: Why? Does upgrading help GCHQ achieve it's aims of being Big Brother?
"Britain's largest and most venerable technology firms" - That was yester year, that was
In an earlier century the former POT's (Post Office Telephones) were innovators with a bunch of sharp people employed at the Dollis Hill Research Station.
The balance of it's success was essentially a nationalisation of private companies and endeavours. See: < http://www.britishtelephones.com/histuk.htm >.
Towards the end of the last century both the U.S. and U.K. governments recognised that large national telecoms entities were a failure and introduced break-ups & competition.
It seems that the lethargy of POT's prevails to this day, in many departments, and the competition at home and abroad run circles around BT showing it up for the lacklustre entity it is.
Typical of police the world over - we need more money even if you are cutting!
This is just an attempt to persuade the public that police need yet larger budgets, even whilst the rest of the country is suffering from cutbacks.
Happens in the U.S, Canada and Australia, etc. Let them make so with what they've got - which is generally much more than they had only two years ago.
They also should monitor those 'sleeping patrols' who seem to find out of the way spots to hide in.
My late Mother never was a deep sleeper and the beeps from the Plod radio's, from the local 'sleeping patrol', always woke her and she occasionally called in a 'suspicious noise' complaint which often resulted in the shift sergeant catching the sleepers who, despite repeated incidents, never did figure to sleep elsewhere.
Kindle and the iPad ... the one thing they can't do ...
is to borrow free e-books from the public library.
Almost any other reader is able to. That tightening feeling in your groin area is Jobs getting ready to squeeze you dry. Again.
No limit to this manic fruit cakes thought control efforts
I presume the Church of Job will force march every carrier of the symbol of the faith of Apple into the protected holy grounds, worldwide.
How will Jobs decide a colloquial expression, such as knock you up in the morning, is not offensive to certain believers in his faith?
Just another challenge for the Apple Crackers to display their talents on. Maybe this is the one that gets the U.S. Department of Justice up his nose.
It's ironic that Thatchers birthday falls on the same day as miners rescued
Whilst Scargill was deserving of contempt, so was Thatcher, as her actions in using excessive government power reminded us 'Bloody Friday' Glasgow's General Strike of 1919 < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_George_Square >.
She closed the mines and now the folly of her decision can be seen with the introduction of clean coal usage.
Another government joker!
Three digits sums up the British governments commitment to security.
I E 6
Good news for world road warriors
With both Wimax and LTE deployed across the world, it is good that Broadcom is offering a universal solution to the many road warriors who travel around the world.
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.
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