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So what's with Thailand as a Get Lost Destination?
Thailand is far from idyllic if you want to get lost.
As a major drug growing area, the US FBI, DEA, etc. are well represented in town and the Thai government is far too friendly with the US supplying all manifests departing flights to all destinations to the big US data suck system. The UK has passport control types as well as drug Plod. The new Thai visa regime is a pain, too, as the old border runs are out.
Adjoining countries are also unsuitable. The Thai/Cambodia border is well guarded due to cross-border fighting. Cambodian immigration now has eye-scan facilities and also contributes to the US. China, Laos, Burma and VietNam are stiff visa destinations.
My choice would be 'borderless' Europe or South America.
Still, in a Swiss jail he will be well catered for, although not as well as in some Scandinavian countries.
His biggest problem will be Uncle Sam taking an interest in him and dreaming up some wild charges that will get him a room in Leavenworth for a few decades.
My meds scheme doesn't need a bloody Apple
Each morning I take my meds, then I move the two containers to just under the mirror, on my counter.
Later in the day, the cleaner comes around, cleans my private bathroom and also moves the two meds containers to the front edge of the counter.
This technique reminds me to take my medications. It's worked for years.
When I travel, I put mu meds in one pocket for even days and another for odd days. Never fails.
Re: 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies
Is there still an Office of the Lord Chancellor? He was the guy who insisted all doors be opened at the end of all public artistic performances.
I thought bLIAR killed it?
Memories of Health and Efficiency and Lady Chatterly's Lover
When I was at Dauntseys School, West Lavington, Wiltshire, many, many, decades ago, copies of Health & Efficiency <http://www.henaturist.net/> used to circulate. The guys (unisex now) used to rent copies out for a Mars bar, or similar, for a day or two.
Copies of Lady Chatterly were acquired, the bindings ripped apart and chapters were rented out individually!
I really can't understand the BANNED IN BRITAIN mentality. It doesn't and won't work.
My sister-in-law invited me to view her daughter's school play and I discretely took pictures, sans flash, with my high-end camera. As we were leaving some sanctimonious male said he would have to 'seize' my film as taking pictures of children was equated with paedophilia. I remarked I always travel thousands of miles to take pictures small children acting. Besides, there was no film - only memory chips.
What are the most popular pictures for Tourists to take in foreign climbs? Children with cherubic faces! Seems that UK people have a very strange attitude when it comes to children other than their own.
Of course, MPs are the very people who shouldn't be determining this, what with the Deputy Speaker on trial for grabbing at male youth. At least they were Tory male youth. Then there was the Tory who was found dead - dressed in women's clothing.
I would far rather have a socially challenged adult satisfying their cravings on-line than roaming the streets looking for the real thing.
Way back Channel 79, in Toronto, used to play Baby Blue featuring soft porn movies. The Cops were happy, they knew where the paedos were - hanging around TV retailers looking at Baby Blue! NOT ONLY THAT, sexual assaults actually DECREASED on Friday nights.
It's time that parents took on the responsibility for their children - THEY are the ones best positioned for determining what their children watch, not some MP who drags up this old chestnut every time there is an election pending.
Postcodes & ZIPS should be FREE and in the public domain
Smart countries such as the USA, Canada, China (and VietNam) encourage the use of codes by GIVING THEM AWAY.
When Canada first introduced Postcodes they published a FREE directory.
The Canadian system also has a reverse lookup feature.
Re: Threat Identification - Robertson Headed Screws are the answer
To frustrate Americans and ship stuff to the States in wooden containers, using Robertson Headed screws is really effective in winding them up.
Robertson screwdrivers are extremely hard to find down there.
Note: A Robertson, also known as a square screw drive has a square-shaped socket in the screw head and a square protrusion on the tool. Both the tool and the socket have a taper, which makes inserting the tool easier, and also tends to help keep the screw on the tool tip without the user needing to hold it there.
When Henry Ford tried the Robertson screws he found they saved considerable time in Model T production, but when Robertson refused to license the screws to Ford, Ford realized that the supply of screws would not be guaranteed and chose to limit their use in production to Ford's Canadian division. Robertson's refusal to license his screws prevented their widespread adoption in the United States!
Re: Threat Identification - Canada?
Bad choice, Canada. We talk our heads off and have conversations almost morning to night.
Back in the day, I was a communications contractor for Maritime Tel and Tel in St. John's, New Brunswick, and Mondays were the best. We would put the testers headset up on the switching centre public address then we would touch the line-side jacks to the field of sockets until we happened upon a juicy conversation.
The best were when two females were discussing their weekend seductions - real laugh.
In the large centres such as Halifax or Moncton we would tap into the operator headsets in the off chance they were comparing notes with fellow operators.
Unfortunately, large automatic switches were introduced which started eliminating many operators. What a pity.
The fix is simple ...
all Apple has to do is declare that it is a design feature not understood by Techie Plebs. Or that it is an undocumented feature
Worked for Antennagate, why not now?
We all know that Apple never screws up. Ask an iPhan.
Re: This is great! So are iBeacons but NOT for shopping.
Our idea was that a totally sight-challenged user (or a tester wearing a blacked out pair of goggles) could find their way around without having to 'hunt' for a responder (beacon). Additionally, the idea has to work in low light/no light conditions.
Luckily VietNam has a surplus of sunshine, at least in the south, so power is not a problem.
Lighting (street) IS a problem since our average day is from 06.00H-18.00H, plus/minus 30 minutes seasonal variations. To reduce power consumption many authorities only turn lighting on when it is actually dark (not dusk) and start reducing it around 22.30H (a common bedtime for anywhere outside large tourist areas) and the lights frequently are totally extinguished around 01.00H in the sticks.
Conveniences taken for granted in the West - sloping corners for wheelchairs, pavement surfaces providing different textures to indicate guidance, etc. - are totally absent here. Sight-challenged people using canes are best served walking in the roadway as they can use the kerb as a reference - the sidewalks are filled with parked motorcycles and vendors carts.
What really kick-started me on this idea was a very, very, courageous sight-challenged 22-year old girl who toured VietNam completely alone and unaided from Ha Noi through to Ho Chi Minh City. Over dinner she described the added challenges of people such as her in developing countries such as Cambodia, Laos and VietNam. They were daunting and yet she managed to overcome them all. Alone and unaided.
This weekend we placed another 23 Beacons - 11 were in common use public facilities - so, hopefully, in a few months time we can show our very conservative officialdom what can be done to help fellow citizens. With official blessing it would mean we could freely attach Beacons to public buildings and property. We have numerous Community Police Stations, real Cop Shops, and these would be a secondary target for our attention.
Thanks for your interest.
This is great! So are iBeacons but NOT for shopping.
It's good to see Samsung remembering the members of society who struggle, daily, as they make it through their days.
Over the recent Lunar vacation a friend was 'dumpster diving' in a tech park and came across a dumpster that was filled with TP-Link WiFi modems - too cheap to fix and to expensive to return to factory. Half-a-day later and many beers we transferred possession to my company office.
We have managed to get many basically functional, sufficient for our needs which are as a WiFi transmitter which can send out a code and a 30-second message intended to advise sight-challenged people where they are, or near a shop or facility.
Then came iBeacon.
Regardless of whether WiFi or Bluetooth - they can both perform the function of notification. With the now ubiquitous intelligent cell handset these limited distance signals can trigger a very simple App that shakes the cell handsets 'booty' and then annunciates the message.
We aren't too swift with pretty looking UI but who needs that when they can't see the screen!
The pre-amble code is used to identify the signal as a guide rather than an advert and could, with work on the App make announcements based on a database within the cell handset. This database can contain messages in alternate languages using only the transmitted code.
We have forty-three out now, all solar powered.
Mounting them is a breeze. With a store owners permission, we simply put a 'splodge' of construction adhesive on the rear of the case and, using a modified squeegee mop, affix it on the building high enough to make it impossible for some thieving b*stard to steal. They can be removed by using the butchered squeegee mop to loosen the glue.
We have also been able to purchase Bluetooth transmitters that have failed specification tests but basically just work for around 50 cents each, but they lack cases.
Thanks, industry folks who want to go nameless, for your support, schematics and repair tips!
Could you do this in YOUR community?
I flew the Concorde, too, I was bumped up to it because of a technical emergency I had to attend to. My adjacent passenger was Lady Black - I still marvel at how pricey knitted dresses can cover large curvaceous lines without revealing what's underneath.
Still have my Concorde tag, securely attached to a leather briefcase with stainless wire - which has survived many attempts at theft.
I didn't agree with his politics but ...
he earned people's respect because he spoke his mind using simple language. He had integrity, too - how many of today's MPs can claim that?
And how many would surrender their inherited peerage, the first to do so, following the death of his brother, as Viscount Stansgate? However he was prevented from doing so until The Peerage Act 1963, which allowed renunciation of peerages, became law shortly after 1963 July 31 at 18.00H.
He was not only 'street smart' but also well learned both through university (Oxford) and life.
His wife predeceased his in 2000, I seem to remember, but his children are equally famous. In fact their election to the House of Commons made the Benn family one of the few to lay claim to three generations of MPs.
RIP, Tony, you earned it.
We Canadians have a Constitution; we don't ban much unlike Blighty
Thanks to the late Pierre Trudeau, Canada has a Constitution that keeps governments in line. Really.
But this little fracarse is all about Canadian content.
It's not onerous: Broadcasting Act of Canada, that radio and television broadcasters (including cable and satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. It also refers to that content itself, and, more generally, to cultural and creative content that is Canadian in nature.
Even if the dollies are from another country, the CanCon can be met by the written, produced, presented part of the rules.
The important word is MAPL. Canadian content in a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions:
M (music) - the music is composed entirely by a Canadian.
A (artist) - the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian.
P (performance) - the musical selection consists of a performance that is: recorded wholly in Canada, or performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
L (lyrics) - the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian.
There is even a MAPL, a clever play on Maple (tree), logo which will be seen on all records and videos which shows how CanCon rules are met.
Australia, Philippines, Mexico, Nigeria, Israel, South Africa, Jamaica, Venezuela, and New Zealand, Republic of Ireland and France also have quotas.
So bring on the girls from the Miramichi, or the wild women from The Rock (Newfoundland).
USA Completely untrustworthy when it comes to data
Not withstanding we have the World Trade Organisation, the US loves doing regional (Pacific and Atlantic at this time) and bilateral agreements (think Blunket and extradition).
Look at NAFTA (Canada, Mexico, USA). Freely arrived at, driven primarily by the Americans. Then up comes Hardwood Shingles (for walls and roofing) and Softwood Lumber (Construction 2x4). Canada starts scoring big time, apparently our cold winters harden up the hard and softwood trees and produce a superior product AND it costs less because of the dollar differential.
USA applies unlawful surcharges, Canada goes to mediation and wins. USA then applies taxes in lieu of stumpage charges (replacement trees), Canada appeals and wins. After a third shafting by the USA Canada decides enough is enough and signs an amendment to NAFTA.
Mexican drivers can't bring their vehicles into the US, although NAFTA allows this to happen after 5 years. Another country screwed by the USA.
And here we are again, the old US divide and conquer routine, with a handy bilateral agreement between the UK and the US. Brits better get ready to bend over, Uncle Sams about to do it all over again.
P.S. I hold Canadian, UK and US citizenship, so don't go calling me anti-anything!
"The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "
I have read of theft attempts in many countries of the world including Canada, Europe, UK and USA.
My event was a drunk taxi driver who realised he was in deep doo-doo - he not only lost his job the next day but he was also charged with drunk driving and attempted theft.
The faces of the senior managers, as they watched the video, were a treat to behold - likely they wouldn't have believed it without the video.
Re: QUOTE: "The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "
I've done over 44,000 kilometres using my web cam and only person has tried to steal it.
Mine is mounted on the side of the helmet. There is also a stainless steel tether securing the guard cage to my belt.
QUOTE: "The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "
THEREIN LIES THE WEAKNESS.
My Go-Pros are helmet mounted and to ensure thieves don't break the flimsy mounting brackets and steal my cameras I mount them inside cages made from stainless steel round bar.
I have seen cameras ripped off by motorcycle riding thieves who don't even pause as they break cameras off.
The Stubilizer simply provides would be thieves with a very ergonomic handle by which to snatch these cameras.
There are competing cameras, in the same price range as G-P, with metal mountings that come with "steadicam" electronic stabilisers and even remote controls.
The excessive use of plastic in the Go-Pro range is it's major weakness, ignoring the lens fogging problem, that is (and the very pricey batteries).
Why do Brits accept Rip-Off Pricing? No Batteries or SD Memory?
Retail consumers in the States pay at least ONE tax equivalent to VAT, other places TWO!
The difference is easy to calculate and to demonstrate that VAT Free prices are way out of line when compared to North America and mainland Europe.
As for batteries, if I can't swap a battery out, I will NOT buy the cell handset.
Similarly, with extension memory. With the UK Border Bods along with the US ICE men (and women) happily interrogating the contents of cell handsets as well as laptops, a la Miranda, I always transfer any hot data from the system memory to SD memory and then lose the chip somewhere about my body.
ICE men even get their knickers in a twist if you have downloaded video on your handsets and use this as an excuse to impound your gear.
Unfortunately, in cities around the world, going 'on the game' ...
is a fact of life for many single-parent mothers when either the food budget hits zero or the rent is due.
I have seen this in Canada, China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, the UK, USA and VietNam. Pity they don't sling the absent fathers in jail. As well as the Camerons of this world who think slashing welfare budgets is a smart thing to do.
Even if Apple declines a comment, birds can ...
by doing a dump all over the statue.
Want to see how the NSA cracked "elliptic curve cryptography"?
A fascinating YouTube series of what should be a totally boring subject is absolutely viewer/reader friendly.
Start here: < http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/inquiring-minds-edward-frenkel-math-doesnt-suck >.
Check out the whole series - truly mind grabbing.
Another Boeing Project 25?
Boeing, a sweetheart of the NSA, didn't have too much success with Project 25, so why should we expect much better this time?
Additionally, why would anyone, other than the American government, trust Boeing or any other American company with security?
Requesting "permanently withheld from public inspection" is simply a Drama Queen act - which many companies employ. And what is a piece of paper worth? They can collect as many NDAs as they want but if someone wants in, they'll find a way.
Secret screws didn't do Apple any good, and epoxy is easily defeated - after the cell handset has been appropriately rendered inoperable through it's local environment.
There are places in China who can, for a fee, reverse engineer 'secure' electronics products using X-ray techniques, followed by applications of choice concoctions of heated nitric or sulphuric acid along with 2,2,2trifluoroacetamide gas. They also use chemical and plasma etching.
As for the memory fuses to stop duplication, they are a breeze, too.
Me, I would go for Phil Zimmerman's BLACK PHONE, just announced, at least he has the credits for standing up for Uncle Sam.
So away with you Boeing, go fix those batteries that keep catching fire.
Pure bloody unfounded prejudice
@ frank ly:
I guess England has never had the Kray Brothers, the Train Robbers, etc. - all pre-bred English people.
My aunt lived out in the country with a famous line of pure bred dogs, nearby a Travellers site (legal). She fell over one day and couldn't move. One Traveller noticed the change in the dogs barking and he investigated, then called the police.
The aunt never lost a thing to theft - in fact the Travellers even kept an eye on her premises when she attended dog shows.
I suspect immigrants do less major crime than English-born people on a percentage basis.
P.S. LY doesn't sound too English, either.
Some Canadian Telco's ...
print, in large yellow type, FIBRE OPTIC-FIBRE OPTIQUE on the outer plastic sheath of cables. Bilingual signs are mandatory!
Seems that cable thieves are quasi-technical, damage to fibre is way below that of copper.
Apple doesn't comment on ongoing legal disputes.
Too long, and redundant.
Apple doesn't comment is quite sufficient.
Re: Signal free railroad operation
@ Ryan 7:
Human free, remote controlled trains over long distances are already a reality in Canada.
Each and every night a high-speed freight train travels between Windsor, Ontario (opposite Detroit) and Fort Erie (opposite Buffalo, New York State) without a human around.
Further north in Ontario, Canada, a control centre in North Bay (think NORAD North) operates trains between Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario to Moosenee, Ontario (on Hudson Bay).
The only 'local' input is if a short between rails is detected which is used to determine if there is another piece of rolling stock on the line.
Actually, unhappy First Nations Indians - who have treaty rights pre-dating Canada - use car battery booster cables between the opposite rails to force trains to stop. It generally results in their "issues" being addressed, promptly, especially since they legally own the land under the railroad tracks.
I wonder if the GCHQ logo is copyright?
I'm off down to our T-shirt embosser tomorrow - only Fifty (US) Cents for a 2-colour computer stitched embossed logo (100 pieces)! Should look good on a dark blue T-shirt.
Both GCHQ and NSA have very poor Press Kits - no logos.
Has ANYONE dared check in at a US airport ...
actually wearing "Department of Homeland Stupidity".
They might even arrest the wearer for 'passing off' as a Homeland employee!
(Wikipedia: "In the United Kingdom, passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights. The tort of passing off protects the goodwill of a trader from a misrepresentation.")
Microsoft - Who can trust THAT name?
Given all the (alleged) back doors in MS software why would you trust them for anything, so GCHQ and NSA can plunder your comms?
Why not give TOP SECRET AMERICA a read < magnet:?xt=urn:btih:0fc432e17c2e856e6b3c605761cd9d6748e970cb&dn=Top%20Secret%20America >, then go load a Chinese or Korean software version equivalent.
@ Paul Webb - Hoover? Wasn't he the ...
gay guy who ran the FBI and kept is job, until he dropped dead, by blackmailing US politicians?
==> PS, due to the delights of fibre and light, you only need a single fibre in each house, not a pair.
Telco's are as tight as a duck's ar*e but even they run two fibres in - in case of failure. Maybe not BT, but whoever claimed they even think ahead?
Re: Something we can look forward to
200 years? THAT soon?
America is a technological disgrace (but good at PR bullsh*t)
First in colo(u)r TV, first in cell service, first with TouchTone dialling, first with the atomic bomb, first with stealth, etc BUT LAST IN INTERNET.
There are MANY places in the US which don't, even today, have wire telephone service STILL.
Of course being first doesn't mean you have the best - look at NTSC (Never The Same Colour) TV. GSM has always been technologically advanced (except for disabling encryption).
They can't blame bodies/square mile for poor service, Canada has areas with even lower body counts yet they have wired InterNet. Look at China - they have way more Fibre Optic than the USA.
Of course, developing/Third World countries have an advantage - we get the technology later but it is better. Korea has the best InterNet - it is simply eye-popping to see how fast new pages load. Japan has always been leading edge in equipment - they have bump-and-pay or dial-and-pay for years. My 'summer' cottage, way out in the boon-docks (sticks) in VietNam has 20Mbyte fibre optic service (to the pole-mounted DSLAM). We even had dial-up digital InterNet - digital into the house, that is, on every telephone drop in the country (It is removed when Fibre arrives).
Google is showing IT CAN BE DONE. When the rich, monopolistic AT&T gets competition it can move fast - even back in the day, it could move fast. When it wanted to. (TouchTone was promoted as it increased dialling speeds)
So now Google has proven it can be done, let all the cable and telco monopolies extract their collective digits and get with the times.
The ministry is in the midst of spending £70,000 on a research project to figure out ...
how prisoners are using their illegal mobes in English and Welsh jails.
QUESTION: Why not just call GCHQ?
Re: Android is one big spying platform
And, I presume iOS isn't?
Get real! Android users have much more control over their equipment AND they don't have to worry about Google editing words - unlike iOS.
So the UK has it's own drone - guess what, so does VietNam
Sweden has a project in VietNam for building drones.
The PR blurb said:
"In Phase One, Sweden will provide funds and equipment for VietNam to manufacture two Magic Eye 1 UAVs. It will send experts from Unmanned Group, provide intellectual property and the model design to VietNam.
During Phase Two, the two sides will cooperate in aeronautical electronic science development.
In the Phase Three, they will manufacture UAVs according to each other's demand and capacity.
Pity VietNam doesn't have the technology to sort out the road and traffic mess.
I bet it won't take long for some of those to be stolen...
The proper Met terminology is 'lost' or 'mislaid'. Police don't steal things. (mind you, I also think the moon is made of cheese)
And jamming an iPad will/is be a breeze compared to hacking Tetra - bit of a challenge that Tetra. Now used world-wide and all the Tetra maintenance manuals and schematics are available, as well as Test Sets.
Re: Data retention, it's all the rage
If you are so wound up about Google Translate and privacy - simply don't use it!
WHATEVER Google Translates shortcomings ...
many people appreciate the fact it is available.
The Cong An (People's Police) in VietNam have equipped all their sleeping quarters (aka police stations') with computers so the can communicate with Foreigners.
The same has happened in Cambodia/Kampuchea and Laos.
I am able to quickly scan e-mail and web sites in languages foreign to me and at least get the gist of what it is about. Damn site cheaper than paying USD$5/A4 sheet of print for a professional translator.
See, Google does do good!
Posting negative information about a firm on online firms or actively ...
trying to ruin business relationships.
Sort of describes Edward Snowden's valiant work.
How many people have riled up so many governments, using peaceful means, as our hero? And made the main protagonists look so stupid.
Great new word - SIGNIT
which, I presume is the name given SIGINT operators.
"The wireless industry must take action to end the victimization of its customers."
So what about usurious charges for replacement SIMs? They cost me around 80 cents to change - MUCH, MUCH, MORE in North America.
Then they could reduce roaming and miscellaneous charges to a reasonable level. Of course, being telephone companies little they do is 'reasonable'.
To obfuscate the ruling Google should simply use ...
Might even make it humourous.
Re: Well, I figured that the canuck sigint spooks would get outed before too long
IMEI and MAC addresses are what they like - but they can be changed.
I change my IMEI weekly - if you roam out of country (which makes IMEI swapping redundant) just pop in to your Cellco and have them update the IMEI they have on record.
Re: I've had a claim 1 in 3 HP cartridges can't be refilled as they are too borderline to do so.
REPLACEMENT CHIPS are available (from China) and are used widely in Canada. Most of the recycling/refill shops know how to get them.
Buy a Brother printer - last for years and multiple refill sources abound!
It's amazing to watch where ...
Google cookies originate from.
On our browsers we can read which cookies are served by which companies and even though Google cookies are deleted from every non-Google page, and at page closure.
I wonder if there is a limit on just how many unique cookie identifiers there are before Google has to start all over again with the sequence?
I bet that Apple's ...
USD$1,800 an hour lawyer is loving every minute ($60) of this stupidity.
What's next? Plod movie patrols?
Perhaps someone can explain the difference between a "police state" and the USA as it is today.
Notwithstanding the USA has a Constitution, this abuse continues. What will happen to UK moviegoers when ACPO thinks of another way to invade UK citizen (subject) privacy space?
Thank goodness I live in an 'authoritarian' country where the police only stir when they need a money top up and where downloading is free. Bittorrent and PirateBay rule!
Hell, we feel quite left out - we don't even have an NSA listening station (Cambodia and Thailand do).
I'd rather have the Chinese check my ...
backend as opposed to anything in the West.
The only information about Chinese activities comes from that fountain of truth, the US Government, whereas much of what we know about NSA and GCHQ comes from Edward Snowden.
Of the two who would you trust more? The USA or Snowden?
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