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VietNam is a surprisingly open society although the 'retraining' camps are ...
filled with street people and drug users, busy shelling nuts.
As for our stream of Decrees emanating from Ha Noi, many are simply put out by various ministries to create the illusion they actually do something.
For example, Facebook is officially banned / blocked yet most every teenager has active feeds on their smartphones AND most are serviced by government owned cell carriers!
We have many decrees for wearing motorcycle helmets, stopping for pedestrians on crossings, paying VAT, yet most are ignored to some degree.
Requiring InterNet service companies have in-country servers is not so unreasonable when you consider we have 90-million+ citizens (and 130-million active cell phones).
My employer has servers in HongKong, Canada and the UK, as well as in VietNam, and we are licenced by the Ministry of Information here. We have never had a visit from them, never a complaint in over 15 years. We are not concerned.
So rather than getting worked up, we shall just lie back and see what happens.
Re: Knee Jerk
We don't, according to Snowden, have an NSA outpost in VietNam, however they do in Kampuchea / Cambodia and Cambodia's InterNet feed is from VietNam (overland).
We also feed to Laos.
Perhaps we don't upset the Americans? Enough!
Re: Remind me again:
Please note that VietNam is a SOCIALIST country like DENMARK and NOT a COMMUNIST country like China or Russia.
Big difference you'll only see if you visit.
Google has maintained a glassy silence ...
so should The Register.
... crawl up NSA's ass with microscope
Given the unwieldy size of a microscope shouldn't that be proctoscope?
Memories of G4S?
High government officials said G4S wouldn't be allowed to bid on government contracts following the IOC security fiasco.
Nothings changed - G4S are still landing new contracts.
Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden should be ...
nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. If Obama can get one, these two deserve it for their real personal sacrifices.
As for techs having access - this has always been the case. In my younger days I was a technician involved with Autovon, and similar systems, and the techs could always go where others couldn't. Many was the time when a scramble-egg bedecked military type would ask for a favour, like making calls home using my access.
We even used to go to microwave sites, jack in our test equipment with the security types busy trying to figure out who we were with no ID showing on their screens.
Now we have cell system test sets ...
The Guardian should simply ...
leak the location of the cable tapping operation in the Middle East.
That will teach Cameron a lesson about threatening newspapers.
No wonder you call youself Yet Another Anonymous Coward ...
when you make statements like that.
There is little in common between selling devices and owning utilities. Both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organisation rules apply.
Many governments restrict use of spectrum by Foreigners. Broadcasting is also restricted. The same applies to critical national infrastructure.
Just because Ding Dong Thatcher sold off UK government assets, doesn't mean to say all Conservatives are nuts. (The present Canadian mob is Conservative)
Why the diificulty?
There are essentially two pinch points in the Middle East - see < http://submarine-cable-map-2013.telegeography.com/ > and these are Egypt and Yemen.
Given that the USA has seemingly kissed Egypt off but deploys numerous drones over Yemen, my money is on Yemen.
Still, given the wealth in the Mid-East, surely they can afford to rent a cable ship and have it check out all the cables and when they find some some suspicious joints / splices thy problem is solved.
Then, Up Yours! GCHQ and NSA. Of course, it would be much better, as well satisfying, if Greenwald spilt the beans - a little bit of payback.
Schematics for jamming cell handsets are all over the InterNet and are on sale for about Fifty Pounds.
"electrically unsafe ... they could cause fires and injure ... through electrocution."
What sort of 'engineer' do they have to give them this advice?
Since when has ANY cell handset, ever used a voltage that is hazardous? Next they will threaten inmates with charges for using unapproved radio equipment - that sure will make them shake in their boots.
And where does Cameron and Company suddenly get all these powers to destroy computers and ban things from sale?
It's high time Plod and ACPO got back to REAL crime fighting - they have enough crooks in the ranks of Plod to keep them busy for years.
Man's inhumanity to mankind ... American style.
Good luck to Manning, at least he knows many people are behind what he did.
Definitely a Nobel Peace Prize candidate. If Obama was worthy enough, Manning is many more times eligible and deserving.
Along with Snowden.
Given the sad state of American education ...
they should have a good market.
Only trouble is the most deserving children come from families who can ill afford them. Hell, many families can't even afford a decent breakfast for their children which is why they have breakfast and lunch programs.
Da Nang Peoples Committe corruption should be a higher priority
Why Da Nang, or almost any Vietnamese city, town or village needs is somewhat confusing as there are literally tens of thousands of open access points? Might it be part of a smoke screen to hide the real problems in Da Nang?
Da Nang is, deservedly, a burgeoning tourist centre and as with any developments, bribery is present. Currently the national government is examining financial dealings between thee committee (council) and developers.
Along with fast food outlets, almost any enterprise offers InterNet access. Sitting in my office here in Ho Chi Minh, at 60 feet, and using a slightly directional antennae, I can see 51 WiFi access points with at least 2 bars of signal strengthen.
At my home in Buon Ma Thuot, DakLak Province, in the agricultural area surrounding the city, I see three open access points (including mine). Further into the city the access point count rockets as it seems almost every type of business tries to offer WiFi.
As for technical university graduates, Japanese companies frequently hire ALL the graduates of a given course. This has gone on for several years, the only difference these days is that rather than have the graduate employees work in Japan, Japanese companies have opened up software development offices in VietNam.
Re: A jobsworth's take on economic development
I have three types of businesses in TP HCM (Ho Chi Minh City) abrasive water cutting; electronic design/assembly and laser cutting. My biggest challenge is getting unskilled, grunt labour. I am not alone, Vietnamese owned businesses are equally challenged.
University-trained graduates often have to to work they are over-qualified for.
The biggest challenge facing the government is an inability to collect taxes which means they cannot pay civil servants a decent salary so they turn to corruption (bribes to officials).
VietNam has many of the needed resources - supply lines need improvement though.
As for raising the "standard of living to Western standards" the cities have all the 'Western' amenities, and the rural are fast improving.
Petty minded hardly describes it
How can any security agency seriously consider this to be even a remotely intelligent action?
What would the average alleged perpetrator do if he knew the Plod were visiting in a week or two?
Hopefully the Giardian took some dogs of computers to destroy after ensuring the Snowden data was backed up.
Re: Why don't they just go abroad?
Silent Circle's servers are in Canada. Only their front office is in Washington.
Zimmerman has the creds for fighting the US government, he did it for three years and won so I suspect there are more, serious, details we have not been made privvy too.
You can still use their encrypted document transmission service with a 60 Mbyte limit. This should handle most email sized transmittals.
Yes - for $300 PLUS the ability ...
to install corrective lenses.
Google knows the wealthier, older, population needs corrective eye-wear and making provision for lens installation will be a nothing after the engineering they have invested in so far.
Obama is a liar
Until Snowden and Greenwald spilled the beans, Obama was fighting detractors in Congress.
Not only is he a liar, he is one of many traitors who have failed the American people.
A very moving video that all drivers should see
What struck me was the generous forgiveness by both Amish victims families as well as the woman whose father was T-boned. What great examples of humanity they are.
Most of us would be looking for revenge, understandably, but these people have moved on.
This was a thin case that relied heavily on conspiracy and innuendo
You forgot to mention Jobs' e-mail, his own goal!
The Big Lie contniues ...
but I guess the NSA boss thinks in repeating this hollow mantra enough times, the general public, who he obviously thinks is as stupid as he is, will actually believe the US Government.
You are a failure, Alexander. What an epitaph - the man who failed.
I live in Second and 'Third World' countries, to adopt your classification and I guess you haven't seen too much.
Cell handsets and InterNet keep even the most basic of African villages rolling. Not only can they do business and banking over these facilities but also ascertain present day prices of commodities and minerals so they don't get ripped off by dealers.
In Laos it's how remote villages keep in touch, summons help from authorities get medical advice, taking accommodation reservations and doing other business.
In VietNam almost every teenager spends hours on-line studying languages from the BBC or general education from that equally amazing Khan Academy, even on-line university credit courses.
Gates does his thing and Google does theirs.
In making that snide comment Bill Gates, worth $61B and Richest Man in America, said more about his small mindedness, than anything.
Re: HSBC two-factor
The SecureKey (key ring dongle) is useless. It has caught fire, and is simply a security placebo. One of my techs took a long time to hack it but now the codes are on my Samsung Note behind a decent password.
I was speaking to a live technician in London, not the Mumbai sweatshop, and he inquired whether I had Rapport installed. After advising him No, he came back with the rejoinder Don't install it! Seems that Tech Support makes a lot of overtime from that little piece of junk software.
And it doesn't enhance security much, but it makes customers feel good.
So the USA is risky and Europe safe?
I think the Europe part needs better defining.
I would rate Britain, France and Germany as unsafe domains to keep the corporate crown jewels in. Britain and Germany because they sleep with the NSA, as well as having resident spy stations, and France because it likely is into cloud penetration, too.
The high-speed fibre cables all have pinch points: Brazil, USA, UK, Singapore, with a small one in India and, equally, draconian computer access laws. The Russian block are tapped in Germany.
Perhaps the answer is to keep the servers in a country that's antagonistic to the USA and doesn't host NSA spies. Greece and Cuba sure don't like the States. Or they could beef up the cable to Greenland and on to Newfoundland thence to the north shore of Canada.
El Reg sure bounces around a lot. I've seen them hosted in the USA, Japan as well as Europe.
Britain's Nanny State
There must be groups of civil servants surveying daily life to see how big an a*sehole they can be each day.
Not all Google-type glasses are the same: some accept corrective lenses and with my tri-focal lens costing around USD$500 a pair I am not about to be buying two sets.
I agree that the display should not be active but corrective lens in a inactive display frame is no more unsafe than any other framed lens. All these spoil-sports need do is to add a few words to the regulation that governs cell handset use.
Guess we are lucky Centrica doesn't have the contract for writing this regulation.
Rgister your telephones as something Pizza
Yesterday (Wednesday), in Washington, at the Senate, NSA deputy director John Inglis let out a little secret when he said: "they (NSA using telephone metadata) “try to be judicious” and that when there is a second hop or third hop, they “may only do that for a subset of numbers. ”If a “pizza deliveryman” is included in one of those hops, “you don’t go after that,” he said.
So, all terrorists, register your cell as Ali's Pizza, or something similar, and the NSA will ignore you!
THANK YOU, NSA deputy director John Inglis. Dummy.
If you treat your employees like shit ...
then it follows you will treat your customers likewise.
What is to stop an dishonest employee from giving an acquaintance, visiting a store, the goods he wants taken out illegally?
Nothing. I usually decline to do business with stores like that as they usually penalise staff for loses, too.
There is a hotel in Hoi An, VietNam, that uses the same scheme, and after I and a fellow employee (we were on a hotel qualification inspection) filmed the process each day.
After a few days a manager approached me and asked what I was filming. I explained my purpose of checking hotels and that we filmed his 'security' inspections to give negative publicity to our trade clients (travel agents and tour operators) which is part of our business.
A couple of days later it had stopped and, after checking for a year, still remains a thing of the past.
Near my office there is a supermarket where, in public near the store entrance, all employees are scanned and hand searched even if they go to the toilets. And that includes the manager.
I asked him who had key access to the store and he replied five people. I asked what was to stop them returning after hours and pinching something
He replied nothing. I said it was therefore pointless searching them and they, too, stopped.
If employees want to steal product, they will, but that does NOT excuse their employer from humiliating them.
Re: Automatically shut down the phone
DIDN'T work for BOEING - and they have money to burn as far as safety is concerned. See: < http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-boeing-requests-worldwide-checks-of-honeywell-beacons-20130728,0,150797.story >.
Now, with Honeywell beacons catching fire (at Heathrow) Boeing is requiring all it's new designs be inspected for scorching. (717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777s, etc)
Th subliminal message is FLY AIRBUS!
Next time buy ...
flame retardant furniture. Unprotected furniture may be cheaper but the cost is far less than the loss of a life,
Many older apartments in HongKong have 'gates' on the entrances and bars on the windows. These are great for keeping break and enter artists out but terrible in emergencies.
This applies to many, many countries in the Far East where builders supply a so-so quality lock for the door AND a sliding-grill / gate for added protection. These are secured with padlocks.
Better still, make sure your household furniture has fireproofing - even required by some governments out here.
And make sure barred windows have quick release devices on the inside!
Re: This Google design and implementation simply highlights ...
With today's technology producing smooth, rounded edges is as easy as a straight. I have PCB's made by the thousand and it's OK for those quantities.
This Google design and implementation simply highlights ...
the childishness in Apple's feeble attempts to frustrate people in opening their property.
No 'unique' screws here!
Nice, clean, design with no compromises like piggy-backing components. Curious why the 'circular' edge is actually a series of flats rather than a continuously rounded profile.
I think Apple supremacy is a perfect reflection of ...
the gullibility of the American buying public.
They don't research buys - simply spur of the moment.
Re: Memories of Eaton's...
Hardly a valid comparison.
Apple doesn't have executives who are pot heads, or race car drivers, or wanna be politicians.
Eaton's, a family owned, Canada-wide, department store was founded by a hard working immigrant Scotsman using very tight vertical integration and then neglected by the third generation who were little better than wealthy playboys.
Guess the NSA could have fingered Dang's gear ...
as they couldn't invoke the NSA keys CISCO has in it's real gear.
It's a pity Google killed their ...
Smartmeter web site - it would be the ideal thing to max out data usage and present it to users in a readily readable format.
The HSBC code generator is hacked
@AC: My bank just forced me to start using a hand held token generator to access my account
HSBC, who think they are hot sh*t when it comes to security despite their web sites being hacked, only allows a single 'SecureKey' per retail customer account although they allow commercial accounts to have two.
As I have accounts in several countries it means I have an equally impressive array of secure keys - all hanging on the wall next to my work station. Fortunately, someone cracked the secure key and now I can access my bank accounts from my Samsung Note which has a code generating program in it.
BTW, SecureKeys, and similar, have a battery mounted under the bottom L/H of the keyboard. THEY CATCH FIRE, have a picture, so be careful where you keep them.
The closer to the next election ...
the more sensitive to the public's concerns the legislators are.
When pols with small majorities are targeted, there is a good chance this will pass.
$277-Billion is a drop in the bucket
Almost every city, and decent sized town, has severe pollution problems. And by severe includes rivers catching fire. Yet the country has an aggressive recycling industry that starts with old ladies (no pension plan in China) going house-to-house ad apartment-to-apartment buying for cash discarded cardboard, newspapers, pop bottles, plastic wrap and even foam cups and food containers. Never realised foamed food containers could be recycled.
These collectors, in turn, turn the collected items in to district recycling companies who reimburse them based upon weight.
THEN the pollution begins! Some types of plastic are heated up whilst others, such as pop bottles are washed (in a river or lake) then they are shredded and dried in the sun.
Electrical cables are particularly polluting. They set huge piles of cable on fire to burn off the insulation, then the copper is recovered.
In VietNam the government is proactive. A Taiwanese owned food additive producer was polluting a river system and the discharge pipe was discovered by amateur ecologists. The only thing that got the company's attention was when the general population refused to buy their products. Some supermarket chains also stopped selling their products.
Another anti-pollution step has been the government reducing the supply of charcoal brickettes - used by street vendors and some residential users - as the fumes from smouldering charcoal is as bad as the old night watchmen's oil barrels filled with garbage to keep warm.
Countries should be forced to dispose, or process, their own disposable products - no more ship stripping on the beaches of Asia or e-waste off Africa < http://www.greenfudge.org/2010/09/13/uk-govt-and-european-e-waste-illegally-dumped-in-africa/ >.
TaiWan has decreed all vehicles must be fitted with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). Since TaiWan is the base for may small-engined vehicles manufacturers, including motorcycles and scooters, the 'spill over' effect has migrated to all regional consuming countries with the result air is cleaner and fuel consumption lowered. The vehicles are also speedier!
NETFLIX option CANCELLED
Due to an overwhelming acceptance of this product, according to the LA Times, Google has been forced to withdraw the Netflix bonus.
All existing Netflix codes will be honoured.
NOW we need a survey based on theft
A similar survey, based upon theft and insurance claims, also taking into account when new iThingies were released might produce some interesting figures.
There was a recent case in Ho Chi Minh City where a street thief snatched a cell handset and, whilst departing, he looked at it and noted it wasn't an Apple. He then threw it down.
After being arrested by plain clothes cops (a lot of these in tourist areas) he was asked why he threw it way and he apparently responded "I only steal Apples"!
Another reason to buy an Android.
No CCTV spokesman Charles Farrier said: "The ICO has validated our view that blanket vehicle tracking should have no place in a democratic society. The ANPR camera network amounts to an automated checkpoint system that is the stuff of totalitarianism."
What this man forgets is the mindset of the British government which also runs Tempura - the slurp everything program (except Silent Circle, PGP and infra-red links)..
The UK, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, South Korea, and Australia able to buy the Nexus 7, too, soon
What about Canada, which many US enterprises treat like a 51st state?
Always on culture
Way back, in the days of pagers, you could turn them off or 'be out of range' and the calling party / boss wouldn't know. Now cell handsets can be traced and / or verified, and I don't mean by the NSA / FBI.
As a manager I prevent any company related calls being forwarded to employee cell handsets. Our company has a 'managed' telephone system whereby all our calls are routed through call management system which re-directs calls to a pre-arranged plan. Since the company actually owns our cell handsets, which are also used as internal office intercoms, this is an easy policy to implement.
Employees off-time should be sacrosanct, unless they receive remuneration for being available, and genuine freedom from employment activities benefits both the employer and employee. We didn't 24/7 communication in years past and 'pocket billiards' kept our hands busy.
IMO, suicide is neither a solution for the actor nor friends / family and is a very selfish act.
I fail to see the benefit of smart watches if ...
it takes two hands to use them. One hand is attached to the wrist the watch is mounted on and the other to manipulate it - whilst squinting at the text.
The distraction is perfect for would be robbers, or those idiots who stumble on to the roadway and get struck by a vehicle.
You might as well keep your money and just use your Android, or other phone, using two hands, too.
And we thought ...
and were told, ad nauseum, that Apple is fault and error free.
P.S. They also lie.
Not a problem ... or very expensive
Given that the UK doesn't compensate innocent people incarcerated for years, these 'errors' won't cost much.
At one time, when I was young, parents would say if you need help - find a Plod. Scotland Yard was actually respected - now, just another bunch of bag men.
These days Plod ARE the problem - crooks in uniform.
If the system is so good, why weren't the crooked Plod caught selling information. Why? Because it was, and is, ineffective.
President Carter is smart ... the American public dumb
President Carter stands out amongst presidents as he didn't go around starting wars, he pursued a very 'quiet' US policy. Carter fought the economic woes of inflation and unemployment. By the end of his administration, he could claim an increase of almost 8,000,000 jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit, measured in percentage of the GNP.
He reformed the civil service, he expanded the national park system including 103 million acres of Alaska territory. He created the Department of Education, strengthened the pension system, and imported record numbers of women, blacks, and Hispanics into Government. He also deregulated the trucking and airline industries.
BUT he made no wars.
He has used his retirement for the betterment of others - no subsequent president can claim THAT!
And what he said about Snowden is so right.
Re: "Unfair competition"
Whenever Boeing has a setback financially, the US government always has a Pentagon contract handy.
EADS won the aerial tanker contract and then Boeing started paying the lobbyists to get the contract cancelled and re-tendered.
The Lockheed 130 aircraft does not need to get orders passed by the Pentagon, Congress passed what amounts to a permanent order for them. The Pentagon say it doesn't need any more, which is why you see so many parked at shared-purpose airports in the USA.
China makes some technically very savvy stuff, and at good prices, which US companies cannot match.
So what does CISCO and company do? Have their products made in China! GE is massive in infrastructure control systems - again, all made in China.
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