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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?
It's NOT NSA you have to worry about, it's those GCHQ types who are, in effect, totally out of control and lack any meaningful OVERSIGHT.
Neither are they known about by the UK public and the immoral work they do.
Re: @ 02x7Cm
Phil doesn't only 'air gap' his activities, his software has always been open source to ward of accusations such as those levelled by @ 02x7Cm. What can be better trusted that open published code?
Re: Trust? LoL
Phil Zimmerman has the creds for fighting the US government his whole career. Just because Clapper lies his face off doesn't imply all Americans do.
I remember the weekend, long ago, when PGP was released via BBS. Not the greatest User Interface then but it shook the USA government up.
The export of encryption was illegal under Munitions law, without a licence, and by using BBS Zimmerman defeated/circumvented the laws as he didn't export it - users/downloaders did. The code was even featured on T-shirts and the prohibition didn't apply to T-shirts.
I presently work on equipment barred under British, Canadian and US law, of which countries I am a passport-holding citizen, but since it is very lawful where I live, I am in compliance. Exactly what Silent Circle is doing.
Re: Potential Legal Problems
@ John Savard:
May be you are correct about US regulations BUT CANADA doesn't block encrypted communications, based on hardware or software, I know companies that use encryption. Encrypted non-government mobile communications has been used for years.
Additionally, the Blackberry/RIM was encrypted and no one complained about them, either.
Even authoritarian governments, such as VietNam, permit software encryption on any communications in the country. Not that it's easy to tell the difference over the air.
Too many people think Canada is the 51st State and slavishly follows the USA. We don't. We even have government-run drug shoot-em up store fronts in Vancouver, that went ahead even though the US tried to stop them.
Boeing announced that it was getting into the game in 2012, ...
Who, in their right mind, would buy ANY secure cell handset from BOEING, given they are the owner of the Naurus hacker machine, and that the company depends so much on US Government handouts?
Apple ... foisted on it's own petard
Not only do Apple employ the most expensive US attorney, but their in-house lawyers need fork-lift trucks to carry off all the share option bonuses they receive.
No wonder Apple shareholders feel they are getting shafted, on occasion.
The Tory Party has only a few names in it's contractor list ...
Capita (we can do anything, eventually), G4S and Serco.
Why can industry get things done right the first go around? And industry doesn't repetitively hire companies that have repeatedly FAILED to meet contract objectives.
Only an Apple user would ...
Samsung has bi-level sensitivity which allows for different operating environments. This avoids the Apple design deficiency.
But Apple has a unique audience - who in their right mind buys a product with publicly known defects in it?
And, of course, being lesser intelligent mortals, they are in need of connectors that can never be plugged in the wrong way. Android users know the wrong and right ways.
Now watch the US of A introduce a new mini-agreement ...
that negates the Euro law and then it will arm-twist nations into accepting it.
It's the American way.
Re: Fragmentation alert!
Apple has a planned obsolescence technique, in case you didn't notice. This is why so many iThingies are rolled over every year by their owners.
iThingie owners do this far more often - just because your 'colleagues' are switching doesn't mean the larger market follows their thought process. They are better suited to the Apple sheep program, ideal for people who don't/can't think or need connectors that can't be plugged in the wrong way.
Tory supporter gets another Tory government job
Too often, in government, it's WHO you know rather than WHAT you know gets important positions.
As a result, projects are doomed to failure as both the Labour and Tory parties have proved with the NHS.
If you write encryption software never patent it in the ...
USA first as the USPO will freeze the registration until NSA, Pentagon, etc., have checked out it's value to them. Always register it with several Patent Offices in different countries simultaneously then the US Government will have no reason for seizure.
Also use obtuse descriptions and avoid the obvious words such as 'encryption'.
COTTONMOUTH how to make a double stacked USB socket leak data
Our 'friends' at NSA have a range of products under the COTTONMOUTH label.
One is a double USB socket stack and hidden under the two sockets is a small data transmitter.
Non-NSA USB sockets only have pins for attaching to the PCB.
DURIAN ... my favourite fruit!
NO FOOD for a good reason
Many construction industries ban food on site IN MANY COUNTRIES. This includes ship building.
Samsung demands a food free site as food introduces rats, etc. Additionally, they are constructing some 'clean room' facilities. Lunch rooms are provided at the site BUT NOT in the building being constructed.
You are out to lunch!
Both the security company and the construction company are non-Samsung companies.
Re: Eventually manufacturing will move to Africa.
The Labour Rules in VietNam are well established:
1. 48 hour maximum work week including overtime;
2. A 6 day working week;
3. Mandated annual vacations and national holidays with pay (13 4-week pay periods);
4. Paid leave for childbirth and funerals/death in the family;
5. National health plan;
6. Workers injury compensation plan - full one years pay followed by percentile decreases thereafter;
7. Minimum wages set by regional costs of living;
8. Employer/employee financed pensions;
9. Two short breaks and a lunch break included, daily.
My employer also supplies free nursery services, fully paid for dental plan, semi-private hospital rooms, segregated male and female rooms for relaxation, gym equipment, etc
So please don't go knocking VN labour rules - they are better than American labour rules.
Re: Not adding up
The dispute involves construction company employees and independent warm-body security guards.
Security guards over here in VietNam are not used as they are in the West. Since the Cong An (Peoples Police) spend most of their time sitting in mini-police stations, or collecting bribes. Apart from seeing Cong An driving back and forth to their homes I have not had a dealings with them for about two years.
Bet you can't say that about the pushy Plod and Cops in the West.
The private security industry is lightly regulated and is manned by warm-body 'Wanna-be Cops' type people. Neither are they used in a fashion that you would not recognise.
I go to a bank in Ho Chi Minh and a 'bite' has been taken out of the public side walk so that members of the minority car driving public can park conveniently for bank access. When I park in this area, on my motorscooter, out come the nobodys in uniform and start ordering me to park elsewhere. They have no jurisdiction on this public area.
I also ride my bicycle there and, conveniently, there is a heavy drain cover with a handle to which I chain my bicycle to. On one occasion, after warning me, they called the cops and I waited at an adjacent coffee patio and after 30 minutes the cops arrived and after viewing my bike the Cops started screaming at the guards for wasting their time.
Every store of decent size has it's security guards. At the Giants supermarket the security guards hand search ALL staff members leaving the store INCLUDING MANAGERS. They feel they are doing the cops work. And the male guards getting their rocks off searching the females.
All this excitement between construction workers and security guards is simply some immature guard pushing the rules, and his luck, in trying to raise his stature. Given that their motorcycles and container accommodation were destroyed by fire, it's likely a new company will be hired to take over the building site.
P.S. Vietnamese police ALWAYS say they are investigating the matter!
The Malaysian-Singapore-VietNam Cable has been down since before Christmas ...
so I wonder if it was NSA/GCHQ at work again?
VietNam also feeds InterNet to Kampuchea/Cambodia and Laos.
Fortunately my office has an unauthorised satellite InterNet feed to/from HongKong ... all uncensored.
The UK should appreciate what Edward Snowden has done for them ...
by revealing what a bunch of low life the UK employs.
Everyone was complacently happy in their ignorance until that fateful day in HongKong when several people met around that Rubic's cube.
Golden rule ...
if Goldman Sachs is involved, RUN, likely all the opportunities for profit making have gone.
Back in the day ...
we used to play 'tunes' on printers, computers (replicated on transistor radios) and other peripherals - on the evening / night shifts.
Musty have cost the employer a fortune in manpower and computer time!
CISCO IS COMPATABLE ....
with the NSA.
All it's routers and other network gear spring to attention when GEN. Keith Alexander's lads come a' knocking.
Let The Tories Hire the Usual Suspects
Just hire Centrica or PriceWaterhouse or the infamous G4S - any of them will be happy to 'resolve' the problem for tens or millions of pounds.
The G4S could actually replace the Border Plod - after all, we know how reliable and trustworthy they are.
US Trade Laws Just More Huff and Puff
I worked for a company a couple of decades ago, in the USA, and their equipment used high voltage triggers that were originally designed for use in nuclear weapons.
Turns out there was more profit in exporting these triggers than in selling their equipment.
I was in the pre-production area where we made prototypes. We really only needed one of these high voltage triggers per unit but I had the task of building units that had FOUR triggers in each. The boss paid me sizeable bonuses for my work and he asked that I not tell others.
Later, after the company hit hard times, it transpired that the boss made more money selling these high-voltage devices than he did the basic unit. I must have packed about 300-400 extra high-voltage triggers - which were mainly glass with the cutest shade of blue writing on them.
The man, who is now deceased, made a real fortune from exporting these things illegally. A true American patriot. And each sale was blessed by the US State Department!
Re: Misplaced Anger Much? Not Dell's Fault here!
The US is always trying to block technology. Once it is out of the USA or Canada, it's available to anyone with money.
Damn USA! You would think some sane person would intervene before it starts throwing legal papers around.
Just another reason to avoid buying US products. I presume, seeing how they are high tech, iPhones are banned, too? Unless their sales are outweighed by the NSA listening in to Syrians.
Meanwhile in Blighty we have ...
Mad May of Maidenhead, 'Toy boy' Hague and the rest of the Tory gang judiciously 'protecting' our privacy - anything GCHQ wants, GCHQ gets. At least the US Agencies have to get around the Constitution.
You can't trust governments, either. Take Station Sounder, out there in sunny Agios Nikolaos, Cyprus where the GCHQ taps into the Middle East cables, actually BT and the Cyprus Telecoms, and share conversations.
The UK/Cyprus agreement limits activities to UK personnel. Americans around Agios Nikolaos are actually NSA spies who are are instructed to dress 'incognito'. One can imagine what 'incognito' means - Beach Sandals, Flip-Flops, Beach Hats & Beach T-Shirts in fluorescent pink and orange.
Re: Genius Bar
Remember, it's cheaper to award someone an impressive position name than to pay them real money.
In the case of people involved in 'bling', such as iThingies, their fragile egos will assign even more worth to such meaningless titles.
Multiple nationality causes confusion!
Some short-sighted court orders/injunctions are frequently unenforceable. When someone registers at a social web site they are quite able to use Russia, or China or Cambodia as their home country. So how would a Beak determine what posts were illegal?
I have, legally, three passports. Often laws of one of these countries conflict with those of another. I also reside/work in a fourth country whose interests are often diametrically different to my other countries - particularly when it comes to military products we sell. One countries 'terrorist' is another's 'freedom fighter'.
So I usually follow the principal of "When in Rome ..." Trying to enforce laws in areas outside a jurisdiction is dumb.
British law is for Britain and stops, in most cases, 12 miles off the coast.
Since a week ago last Sunday ...
our company adopted satellite pagers.
We also have a Mitel IP switch that receives Freephone 800 type calls from people who have received pages and, on request, will connect parties together.
Sorry GCHQ/NSA - we are using our radio comms even less these days. Me - very, very rarely.
I have a feeling that VietNam cell companies don't participate in data sharing, any way, along with China.
VietNam has a human population of around 83-million and a working cell handset population of 125-million! That should confuse the NSA CO-TRAVELLER software.
US Fuel additive blocked in Canada but overturned by WTO
There is a US fuel additive, whose name I can't find, that was been blocked for use in Canada as it is poisonous to young children.
A US company used an international agreement to overturn the Canadian law - so now we have this US muck harming Canadian children's health. AND CANADA had to pay MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in damages, too!
Few of these agreements are good and SECRET AGREEMENTS are NEVER good.
P.S. I forgot to add, this muck is banned for use in the USA
Who asked the USA to be the World Plod?
Once again the USA goes out of it's way to make friends/create enemies. Not satisfied with blocking imports at it's borders it goes out it's way to stir up ill will. Then it wonders why is one of the most hated countries in the world.
The main driver in this sort of trade is the exorbitant profit margins Western companies make when exploiting cheap labour in overseas countries. If the differentials were reasonable, say 20-25% there wouldn't be enough margin in shipping knock-offs.
The better quality knock-offs are often made on 'third' shifts where the legitimate products are made on the day and evening shifts. I know of a couple of factories where this happens in Shenzhen, so the quality is there.
If the Western companies actually made product in the West they would be justified in charging such high prices.
I am amazed at the uses of Burberry style pattern (a true copy) are destined for. Burberry hot pants are attractive, as are the motorcycle gloves of the same pattern. Maybe the Facebook guy would like a Burberry Hoodie for Christmas. Really fetching.
A section of the company makes military and industrial robotic vehicles and I often pop over to China to get deals on parts. I was at a factory where they moulded Mecanum rubber tyres/tires (the tires that allow vehicles move in any direction without steering) .
I asked why some product was just poured into canvas bags in large quantity whilst others were packed 4 tyres/tires in plastic bags. The answer was that the bulk were being sent to dealers on InterNet discount sites and the '4s' were packed separately and sold for 8-14 times higher by the ultimate retailer.
These LED mass sellers in the West buy their product by weight. I bought 10 kilograms each of various colours - untested - and when they reached our plant (where we have a high-speed tester) the cost per 3mm LED was around 0.03 US cents each.
These are typical cost relationships for many, many products.
Western product samples are imported, they are X-rayed and analysed and even the software stripped from memories - forget e-fuse protection! I have a PCB contractor in Shenzhen who will let me see any part of his operation except how they strip software from ROMs, etc.
Talking about World Plod. Did you know the U.S. Coastguard (for safeguarding 'homeland' coasts) has a Coastguard Base in Israel!
Talking about leaky house drop cables ...
Cable TV has been available in Canada for many years - in fact some Canadian companies were cable pioneers.
Early installations were somewhat 'ad hoc' being made before any standards had really been laid down. Often house drops were simply spaded in under lawn turf.
Now, some 40 years on, the cables are working their way to the surface and all it takes is a lawn mower to shave the shield/screen off the cable.
Often the first knowledge of this damage is from aircraft pilots who complain about TV programming they hear on their AM radios when coming in to land at Toronto International!
How about a gift to mankind ... for Christmas?
Perhaps Docomo could donate it to the world, or at least Google Android users, as a humanitarian gesture.
Walking potential dead is a world-wide phenomena. Perhaps someone can work on an App for motorcycle drivers, too.
We have over 4-million motorcycles here in Ho Chi Minh City and most seem to text whilst driving!
P.S. Why do people hold the cell in the left hand and hold it against the right-hand ear? Vietnamese drivers routinely stick the cell handsets under their safety helmet straps and talk whilst using both hands for driving.
Someone dropped the backdoor into the device ...
It's what CISCO does to most of it's InterNet network products and why Obama is supporting their sale - all NSA compliant.
Let's hope that India and Pakistan can be crossed off the ...
aid, handouts and free grant lists now they have money to waste on nuclear weapons and spacecraft.
Did you know that the UK actually still sends grant money to Israel! Some needy country!
It's great living next to Land of Cheap aka The World's Workshop aka China
It is now possible to buy a half-decent feature cell handset, with two SIM slots, for $15 in Ho Chi Minh City. Bottom end Android smartphones, with capacitive screens, go for $35.
Couple these prices with VietNam's government-mandated open (unlocked) cell handset policy and VNPT's basic cell service it's easy to see why students of all ages carry some form of cell handset.
The government-owned, for profit, VNPT basic plan supplies a starter prepaid SIM and airtime for $10 and coupled with their 'poor peoples plan' (one outgoing call/SMS per month to maintain SIM validity) can keep people available for over a year. I have a SMS only unit on which I dropped $20 six years ago using the 'poor' plan and I can still receive incoming SMS messages and have a balance of Dong 210,000 (USD$9.96 / GBP6.08).
A replacement SIM costs $0.15 + a Dong10,000 (USD$0.47 / GBP0.29) top up. VNPT still makes millions (dollars) profits. Their subsidiary, Mobiphone, caters to the youth market with all sorts of messaging, etc AND FREE EVENINGS/OVERNIGHTS!
Samsung, and Apple, maintain their prices for high end cell handsets - Samsung used it's regional activation feature to 'eliminate' the grey market - although all Samsung units are sold unlocked in VietNam. As VietNam has no laws against price fixing, and legit dealers have to sell at stipulated prices, they give 'promotions' (aka discounts) by loading you down with very useful accessories such as Bluetooth headsets, battery chargers, etc.
Sounds more like a US Honeypot trap
So they can persuade him to leave ... then, Gotcha!
Smarter to stay facing the four walls he knows than others he doesn't.
HOW MUCH has Plod cost the UK Taxpayer to watch Assange so far, I wonder?
Heathrow wouldn't be the same ...
without all the exorbitantly priced 'duty free' shops - this would mean passengers could save 30-60 minutes reaching their gates.
And what other idiot airport would put a duty free store just before arriving passengers hit the Customs Red and Green exits?
4,000,000 Motorcycles and counting - and many drivers are ambidextrous ...
as they have learned to text with their left hands whilst the right hand controls the accelerator and steers the bike.
One of the many other infractions Vietnamese drivers commit is to use the fast (cars only) lane, then turn sharp right across the legal motorcycle lane. As you might imagine doing this manoeuvre WITHOUT signals can be risky.
But, add the texting PLUS unannounced right turns and you have the recipe for TROUBLE! Even though the law has a mandatory fine equivalent to between 4% to 9% of a drivers monthly salary, people still continue to do it.
It would be safer to make voice calls - motorcycle riders dial the number then hold the cell handset to their ear using the safety helmet chin strap to keep it in place. But the law has another section for that, too. No motorcycle rider may drive a motorcycle with earphones, speakers, etc. working!
But I must admit I break that law when I make the 320 kilometre trip between Ho Chi Minh City and my home town of Buon Ma Thuot overnight. I have a 25-watt amplifier driving a large outdoor horn speaker under my seat, in the boot/trunk, so I can listen to music as I drive through countryside. Andre Rieu or Springsteen sounds great at 25 watts in a long tunnel.
In the States the human genome was patented, so we better watch out otherwise ...
Apple will try yet another prior art patent filing.
The question is, what would they use the theory for in practice? Not that this would stop them as history has proven.
There should be a EU ...
law that forces deals in one EU country be honoured/offered in all others.
Of course, Britain is either half in or half out of the EU so perhaps some of the blame belongs to Cameron and Company.
"A CERT, Computer Emergency Response Team, is a service set up by ... or government"
Just who will be dumb enough to trust any government, particularly the UK or US governments, given how they have betrayed trust placed in them by the taxpaying public and even politicians.
These guys lie - on TV - that says it all.
As long as there is a ...
PATRIOT Act, or similar, ANY attempt of concealing everything from US Government eyes is doomed to failure as long as Twitter servers reside in the USA.
So what is the point of this?
Re: I'll be opening...
Cell handset jammers are already available - dressed up like a cell handset!
All that is necessary is to jam the SIDs on the control channels and jobs done - and the jammed displays a "no service" message.
Some companies, such as Adobe, seem to relish the opportunity to update ...
as it seems every time I switch on my computer there is that charcoal window demanding I install yet another 'important update'.
Damn annoying, although it let's me refill my coffee cup.
The Problem isn't the inter-switching connections but likely the 'last mile'
Bell Canada, some 20 years ago, cabled a fairly large sub-division in North York, Toronto with fibre optic cable. Then the Neanderthal cable company came along later and laid co-ax into each of the homes.
For around 10-15 years the Canadian telco's have been running high-capacity fibre in to new highrises and, with changes in the law, the former telephone only and cable TV only companies have been able to compete by offering all forms of communications.
The challenge will be forcing these two industries to share facilities in the 'last mile' to customers premises.
Of course, there remains the question of what terminal equipment will be used, important since telco's abandoned the home telephone 'instrument' business some decades ago.
Here in VietNam, following the defeat of the Americans in the American War in VietNam, European companies cleaned up by running fibre cable up and down the length of the country (and crossways, too) with digital switches completing the backbone. All communications is via fibre. Satellites are used to feed TV to remote areas.
Digital subscriber lines completed the system to homes in major towns but in more remote areas telephone lines remain.
Both my office in Buon Ma Thuot, as well as my wife's two hotels, located in cities with 400,00o+ souls, are fed with 200Mbyte fibre cables. Our summer house, midway between between BMT and Da Lat has 30 Mbyte InterNet - there are only 20 odd houses in the hamlet who also have similar speed service.
Interestingly, in Ho Chi Minh City, the competing communications companies have joined together - easy to do when you have a government such as ours - and my new apartment has a terminal which can supply digital landline as well as three InterNet feeds from different companies and two digital HD television signals. The service options are selected by a small matrix of selector pins.
Jail doesn't solve these problems ...
but fining the offenders a large sum, based upon their present income, would be more effective and cheaper to enforce.
Jail harms offenders families, burdens the welfare services and satisfies no ones goals.
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