With Windows XP you are never 'out of date'.
Having a moniker XP is great. It's timeless.
Whereas Windows 3, 7, 9, 83 immediately dates you and the OS.
XP is one of the few Windows products that has proven so reliable.
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Having a moniker XP is great. It's timeless.
Whereas Windows 3, 7, 9, 83 immediately dates you and the OS.
XP is one of the few Windows products that has proven so reliable.
Living in Ho Chi Minh City with over 5-million scoots and around a million 4-wheeled vehicles, much of the congestion is caused by parked taxi's.
One, Vinasun, is notorious for having thousands of vehicles parked at the roadside - as soon as a road gets widened from two-lane (one each way) to four lane - the kerb lanes fill with parked Vinasun, predominantly, vehicles.
If governments stiffened up on taxi parking (and standing - i.e. with a driver in the seat) and insisted that taxi industry groups implemented develop/buy Apps with the servers providing access to all legal taxi companies (we also have numerous illegal 'pirate' companies) the community benefits would be enormous.
Idling taxis could park on less crowded streets, pollution would be reduced, emergency U-turns with minimalist signals to scoop a passenger would diminish and governments would/could get a handle on taxi income for tax purposes.
API.FACEBOOK.COM as well as Twitter cookies are being tossed in by El Reg and their article pages.
As the Chinese say: "Point a finger at someone and three point back at you".
Must be a first ... he should have called the HSBC and mentioned Switzerland or Jersey.
I know from first hand experience that tidy, well organised, wire racks and cable channels are the key to high reliability and long life.
It's why POTS/Telcos have always invested in wire rooms - recently reduced in importance by programmable switches (exchanges).
Heavy use of identification tags and Identity Ink Rollers (for marking the length of the cable) PLUS very good documentation is hard to beat.
Multiple cables provide redundancy and security.
Living next door to the world's workshop - China - is exciting ... and money saving.
ZTE and Huawei names adorn many of pieces of equipment we have both in our premises as well as in the wider word in VietNam.
Now that the UK has rejected the admonitions of Obama and the US Government, surprise, surprise, hopefully the Huawei will penetrate Europe and bring commensurate savings with it.
A hotel group my wife is a member of has recommended they standardise on Huawei and TP-Link equipment.
Smartmeters are not new, they have been around so long that second and third generation versions are coming to market.
The big difference is that in overseas jurisdictions, commercial enterprises are doing the switch-over with their own money - and what private enterprise likes to lose money?
But no, the Tory government decides to screw the public for the costs with power utilities laughing all the way to the bank. Why not simply mandate the costs will be born by the utilities and that they must convert 5% of their meter base per year?
Christmas was Meccano upgrade time, in my youth, when you hoped that you would get a big enough set to make the impossible come true.
Decades later Meccano has new uses such as mechanical prototypes but it's getting harder to find out here in Indochina.
The Chinese are making one, out of plastic, which is still great for prototypes except it has little strength. Still, it's rewarding that today's e-generation still has a fascination and will lay down all their electronic goodies to get 'back to basics'.
The one thing that C.A.S.H. doesn't generate is an audit trail!
I live with C.A.S.H., it is truly wonderful - even government agencies in VietNam love cash. For example, the national electricity generator orders many line installation accessories, such as brackets, clamps, angle supports, etc.
To 'stretch' their budgets, this government owned agency pays C.A.S.H. to avoid paying 10% VAT. There is a law, however, that requires payments over USD$3,500 value to be paid by bank transfer. Instead, the company, EVN, sends men out each day with satchels filled with billions of Dong and they go around settling accounts. No VAT! If the amount owed exceeds USD$3,5000 they make repeat daily calls until the debt is satisfied.
For many reasons, I treasure my privacy. I can travel and not leave a 'mouse trail' of credit card charges which can be brought up real time on screens in police an national security offices in many countries around the world. HMRC loves 'audit trails', too, to check that your declared income jives with your known out going. I can enjoy a sumptuous meal and not have Plod know anything about what or where or when.
International 'ethnic' banking needs C.A.S.H.. This is the banking system that can 'transmit' tens of thousands of Pounds almost anywhere in the world for a miserly GBP20 per transaction. And often overnight.
Try THAT with the HSBC! Usually a minimum of GBP40 plus two days and NOT delivered in the currency paid in. And they make a fortune by using strange rates of exchange.
PayPal, Moneygram, Western Union are all US banking facilities and the US government has pipelines into their servers.
Even governments are getting into Bitcoin and you can guarantee they aren't doing it for YOUR benefit.
C.A.S.H. is quick, too, those who wait in supermarket line-ups can attest to that.
I have, on occasion, handled large sums of money. I always transfer them between one bank to another in C.A.S.H., in amounts less than USD$10,000, as it breaks the audit trail. NEVER accept a 'cashiers cheque' - they are easily traced.
Mark Pesce, the author shows his ignorance when he says: "In the ‘developed world’ we use slow and antique systems like clearinghouses to settle our payments, a process that can take days".
These clearinghouses are used to settle accounts between BANKS. Not 'clear (individual) cheques'.
A bank receiving a cheque for deposit, completes the magnetic character coding for the cheques it receives, regardless on which bank they are drawn and then they are scanned into the receiving banks network. The physical cheques travel at a more leisurely pace to individual cheques processing facilities where they are scanned and photographed back and front.
The digital data is used to achieve a total of cheques received from the various banks in the country. Each morning, at the 'clearinghouse' a bunch of suits sit down at a precise time, and they exchange totals.
Say the HSBC has cheques worth £10.5-billion drawn on Lloyds accounts, and £4.4-billion drawn on Barclays, rather than moving the cash around, these amounts are offset by cheques drawn HSBC - the outstanding debits and credits are 'cleared'.
And woe is the bank that is late for 'clearing' - interest starts getting clocked from the stipulated time.
Banks hate cheques and they hate cash - cash is their vaults isn't making interest.
So away with your digital this and digital that, the REAL thing can't be beat!
Hopefully all the GPS receiver manufacturers will update their software so we can receive all four navigation systems.
We should remember, the Euro Galileo system only operates with the condescension of the USA who have stated that 'they will knock them out of the sky' if they are not switched off/encrypted when the US decides that it should be so.
So go tug your forelocks.
simply don't use any US search engine. DuckDuckGo is a winner, too.
It's high time all these countries, including the UK, understand that their powers are limited.
All Judge Vernon Broderick has done is to reinforce the concept of avoiding ANYTHING and EVERYTHING involving the USA.
lurid thoughts must circulate in the 'minds' of the narrow-minded bas*ards who twist every bare leg into sexual innuendo complaints. Likewise for the LONE COMPLAINER.
And American Apparel should simply replace the photo's with links to it's non-UK web sites.
Perhaps if AA simply lopped the models head off consumers would be less likely to regard her as being younger than 16 years of age.
HSBC has voice-recognition analysis software strapped across many of it's service lines - they don't tell you exactly that they are using it.
I've been having great fun with it. If you have music playing in the background it messes up and the Squaddie from Sri Lanka, Mumbai, Manila or one of hundreds of sweatshop cubicles asks you turn the music down.
A steady tone also blocks HSBC voice snooping. One Squaddie got exasperated so I asked him what his problem was and he then told me about their system.
On another occasion I used voice-changing software and a spectrum analyser to determine my vocal sound characteristics which were then used so my long suffering personal assistant, using the voice changer, could emulate me.
We called the help line, and sure enough the software was happy. During the call I slowly faded from the emulated sound to her own voice and only afyer 3 or 4 minutes of female conversation did he figure she was not me!
So much for high tech HSBC.
What really hurts is stopping similar behaviour like barring access to computers and the like.
Or weekday absence from their homes - only to permit work.
don't die even when they are expired by time.
There are two types of CR printouts, my friend told me, for immigration. One is good for some countries like the USA, Canada, etc. and the other is a regular one you obtain for personal use.
The former has codes that covertly indicate a criminal record and the 'personal' that shows everything in plain language.
If you are granted a 'clean sheet' in Canada, you get just that - no record, although a minister can order a recidivist record to be returned for serious offenses.
The USA doesn't do 'clean sheet's unless a politician gets involved. But they also have a crafty question - "Have you ever been arrested"? Lying, BTW, lying is a Federal offence. Remember the 5th Amendment, shuts Cops up.
This stuff has been around for YEARS. Everyone is making SoC for the business.
One good thing, MESH radio can be hacked, so you can make like a meter and send encrypted messages - FREE!
My Mother died 12 years ago and a large firm of lawyers was wanting to contact me. I have a bank a account in the UK.
Amongst the data they wanted was:
- Current address and contact details, including e-mail addresses to contact you on and telephone numbers. (AFTER they contacted me)
- Your wife's full name and details of any children you may have, including names and dates of birth. (To collect money from a Will?)
- Details of your current occupation and your work and movements over the last seven years. (To collect money from a Will?)
- Details of truck/lorry accidents and copies of any hospital records relating to your accidents. (To collect money from a Will?).
- Details of transactions on your bank account with the XXXXXX bank for the last three months. (To collect money from a Will?)
- A recent photograph of you with some kind of evidence within it of the fact that the photograph has recently been taken (such as a recent newspaper) (And the lawyer can't even buy a Vietnamese newspaper in London to compare it with)
I thought it was the wrong form letter - but no, the lawyer came back with The information is to satisfy the identity processes we use to comply with the Anti- Money Laundering Regulations (This is money from one UK bank to another UK bank)
This security theatre is going too far!
P.S. The lawyers name is withheld to protect her stupidity!
The NOKIA Ha Noi plant was OPERATIONAL IN 2013!
When will smart publications learn to spell the capital city of VietNam correctly?
It is HA NOI - the United Nations also uses the correct spelling.
Maybe some readers live in Desmoines or Newyork or Berwickontweed?
VietNam (my version) is actually Viet Nam, when spelt correctly.
I live in VietNam and employ a handful, 35 to be precise, too.
It might surprise readers to know that the Labour Code of VietNam is more stringent in regulation and more generous to employees than the labour statutes in the USA as well as other countries.
The rules limit work to 48 hours/6 days per week - the seventh is a mandatory no work day. There are also mandatory leave periods for births, marriages and deaths. Health coverage has to be provided - there is a national health plan, and a national pension plan.
There are factory inspectors to ensure work areas are physically and chemically safe for workers. Workers can have unions, and they can strike - even have 'information meetings' outside the gates of the plants.
The advantage of Vietnamese workers over Chinese is that the Vietnamese language uses Roman characters, albeit modified by diacritical symbols, whereas the Chinese use characters.
Assuming that VietNam has the same working conditions as China simply reflects the commenters ignorance. We have a minimum wage that is adjusted annually - one year the MANDATED PAY INCREASE WAS THIRTEEN PER CENT. Try that in the USA where many jurisdictions don't review minimum pay for years and years. Furthermore, there are different minimum pay levels for city and rural folk.
As a Canadian my company complies with the Vietnamese Labour Law but we also voluntarily add Canadian work law to our governance. We use the 13-month Chinese calendar (four weeks per month) with the pay for the 13th month being paid before our people go on the annual Tet celebrations. We provide free infant/junior child care and we also have as-you-work massage therapy to ease the stresses of being seated all day.
There are many Vietnamese cell systems and most are distinguishable by their base equipment.
VNPT and Mobiphone are owned by the P.T. & T and engineered like telephone companies, often buying flat-roofed houses on which to mount antennae.
The youngest operators, VietTel (owned by the VN military) and BEE (part owned by the Interior [security] police) buy only pole mounted equipment.
VNPT only uses InterNet DSLAMS in the rural areas that mount on poles. Pole mounts beat flooding, too.
Why the snide remarks?
Would have thought El Reg had more class.
As my most confidential comms go out encrypted and none of the smartphones have SIMs - WiFi only.
We also have a maintenance contract for the new MESH radio system on the electric grid - so we piggy-back on that and have a few Nodes through which we access the PSTN.
I also use Silent Circle whenever I need voice.
two people, lieing in a park or other comfortable location, facing each other with their faces cupped in their hands and whispering.
The other medium that is off their scale is infra-red, point-to-point, communications. Some astounding distances can be achieved - measured in kilometres - with a narrow reception aperture.
If course, being Britain, they could BAN WHISPERING.
breached contracts. They should do what the U.S. does - put them on a shit list so they don't get further contracts..
The NHS are the most glaring examples of failed contracts and no doubt the War Ministry/Ministry of Offence has a longer list of failures.
Great feature. One for a wall wart and the other for a battery!
VietNam is, too many, a place where America got it's comeuppance.
In fact, it is a crucible where technology manufacturers market test new products and potential products. And the citizens are smart enough to exploit new technology. And the government is fairly tolerant in this respect. (We even have amateur radio operators, chip foundries, etc). We also have almost total cell coverage backed up by satellite services for the most remote areas.
WiFi has been a major marketing factor since the earliest modems became available. And when mobile WiFi became available it was fitted to the numerous thousands of buses, seated and sleeper, that ply the roads.
I had an opportunity to test these mobile hot spots recently when I travelled from Ho Chi Minh City, down to the southern coast at Rach Gia and then east to Ha Tien, the nearest town to the Cambodian border. Throughout the journey I was able to view YouTube videos with minimal delays.
On the way back to my hotel, I happened to pass by the rear side of the bus station parking lot where I spotted many laptop and smartphone screens lighting the darkness. Curious, I wandered over.
There, I found, about 20-30 teenagers busy accessing free bus WiFi - it appears that buses all over the country leave their WiFi equipment energised 24/7 - and getting great service (speed) as well. (Passwords are painted in large lettering above the drivers window)
Just imagine the possibilities in the UK. Free, mobile, access to all manner of web sites that might offend the sensibilities of Nannies and Cameron - funded by the Tory government! And Plod following along trying to figure out who was uploading girlie pics, etc.
I cannot see how my diet choice impinges on security improvement - unless you are looking for dedicated religious adherents. There again, if someone was going for his/her minute of glory would they really be adverse a last meal variation?
Experienced travellers, as well as Freedom Fighters, are all aware of the tricks to use - telephone numbers can be created on the fly, particularly cell handset numbers. Same for street addresses - whose going to check? And how?
The rates can be indicative of government/other organisation discounts - great for spotting those spooks travelling incognito. I always pay cash - never by plastic - to my travel agent who pays IATA (for 'plated' travel agents) through bank transfer.
So, essentially, the system is failed from the get go. Then there is always the 'hidden' city option to really confuse Plod..
I spotted an iThingy in the gutter. So I pulled my motorcycle over and picked it up. No owner information so I had the SIM hacked and we eventually found the owner.
He said he dropped it but after buying a new LG cell handset he didn't bother picking it up. I guess that says it all.
So the Cops can use technology, but not their victims?
Many traffic signal light control computers are used by Plod and Company to determine where 'speeding zones' are located. They then set their speed 'guns' up and rake in the revenue.
In Toronto there are several well-known 'Honey Pots' - one on Bloor Street East just past Greenwood, on the Don Valley Parkway side. Especially on Sunday evenings.
I once got ticketed for speeding on Toronto's Thorncliffe Park Drive - whilst in a favourite Honey Pot location. The problem was I was on foot and was swinging my key ring in my hand! Still got a ticket - and the Cop scored a cookie point with his sergeant. The judge threw the charge out.
Waze, etc., don't endanger Cops and Plods - only in their 'minds'. The USA has a Constitutional right to free speech and this includes listing Honey Pots. Britain, naturally, has a different view point - they use BANNING.
Damn Windows, even though set to NOT upgrade dies, as does Firefox - did you version 35 yesterday?\
I never like upgrading until I have waited a week so I can see what others are saying about the 'new and improved'.
that a geographically small country can boast so little Fibre Optic infrastructure.
UK ;and mass is 241,930 km2, according to the World Bank; South Korea has 97,100 km2 and VietNam has 310,070 km2.
South Korea boasts up to 100 Mbyte residential fibre optic service; VietNam up to 40 Mbyte residential fibre optic service.
VietNam has 5 terrabyte back bone (plus dark) capacity north to south and even in a village of a few hundred people, over 115 kilometres from a large switching centre, we get 20 mbyte service. Our DSLAMS are pole mounted.
Canada has fibre service even in small towns in northern Ontario.
The question I ask is; Why is the UK so far behind?
So often in the past British ingenuity has developed products yet they can't market them.
Beagle was just a 'fork' in this history.
Who, particularly DB managers, actually believe this statement?
It's been my experience that database managers are the biggest Magpies around ... less heartbreaking to buy a bigger, better, hard drive than to delete treasured, aged, junk.
And the US Government must be one of the worst offenders.
The very initials EU highlight what Europe is trying to do.
Unfortunately, all the sense and reason in the world won't dissuade the Tories to act sensibly.
Copyrights should be limited to the life or a person or 25 years. The extended periods in some jurisdictions are quite unnecessary.
The same applies to patents, they should have a life of about 5 years and certain things should be barred from being patented at all - especially in connection with human, plant and animal functions.
Simply more shit Piled Higher and Deeper.
When I saw pictures of The Guardian having to smash up old Apple computers, I had little doubt that that piece of human slime called Jeremy Heywood, who hangs out in No. 10, had made threats against the newspaper.
All without the aid of PowerPoint!
Besides, the immediate reactions from GCHQ and NSA served as quite sufficient proof they were up to no good.
I've been asked to take lie detector tests as part of job application processing as well as a couple of investigations. As a Canadian I can refuse.
I agreed to one but the examiner said 'The subject was unable to comply with conditions' (I took medication before the test). If a prospective subject doesn't co-operate with a test conditions, they will never work properly and therefore any 'results' will be inaccurate.
I still got the contract, I was the best candidate for the work involved.
Same with retina scans - they don't work unless you adhere to their demands when they acquire your scans. I don't have any scans, either.
The equipment isn't much better - look at the Apple fingerprint device - or the expose involving the German Defence Minister.
the bad guys spray painting advertising on walls with contact numbers. Ditto with posters stuck on street furniture like lamp posts, etc.
But they cured it - any telephone number displayed in illegal advertising is cancelled and replaced with another WITHOUT referencing.
The result? Some of the cleanest streets you will see - world wide!
Cancelling cell numbers works.
Any equipment I buy must have external storage - and excludes CLOUD, I don't want to share my stuff with the NSA and GCHQ.
"I have android devices and yes, they have a microSD cards but they're not that useful:"
What a crock. SD memory configuration is established by the manufacturer. Note 4 can handle up to 128Gbyte.
You shouldn't be so cheap when buying SD cards - a couple of percent more can buy you a lifetime warranty.
My wife loads her Note with Bittorent movies, leaves her Note in Hotspot mode in the dining room of our hotel dining room and the guests can down load their choices for the next leg of their journey.
SD work well, if you know how to use them.
I don't have enough fingers on my hands to count the times that North Korea has humiliated the USA.
From the USS Pueblo to nuclear bombs and rockets - the North Koreans copy the USA and act with impunity.
The USA, after it lost the American War in VietNam, slapped sanctions on the country, and did VietNam a favour. European technology dominates because the Europeans ignored these petty bans.
We are are self-sufficient in VietNam, save a few shortages of electricity, I can have custom products made by skilled craftsmen that neither the USA, Canada or the UK offer. Where in these countries can you pop down with your transportation of delight and have a custom accessory manufactured?
When I design an electronic device I go straight from Electronic Circuit Simulation Software / Circuit Simulators to CAD, e-mail my design to the PCB manufacturers and have five PCBs the next day with solder resist and text/graphics overlay.
I have to wait a whole TWO DAYS if I want 100 pieces. And the prices would make you cry - a 10cm square board costs me less than a USD$1.25!
So go ahead, USA, do enemies favours, they are better off without you.
P.S. Guess which country is begging VN to buy more products and to rent their old Cam Ranh Bay facilities from VN?
US domain that plays by US rules.
EUROland complains about the US meddling in things such as MS servers in Ireland ... they should understand this works both ways.
My web sites carry stuff that deliberately challenges UK laws - but do I care? No, I obey the laws of the land where the domains are registered and the servers are located.
The Advertising Standards Authority is manned by a bunch of ageing retards who live in the 1950's - BANNED IN BRITAIN is their rallying call. Time that community standards ruled, not old fuddy-duddies who think missionary is the ONLY way.
They are the types that censored Bloody January, Again by Flanders and Swann.
apart from the fact they could do evil with it, next they will set up an Apple credit bureau. Along with health, Apple has a lot of data to sell.
Coming soon ... walk by CC data theft. Or even by 'bumping' someone whilst making a call and getting credit approval info.
prior art. Just high tech thieves.
Pure and utter garbage a la The Green Hornet genre.
The amoral scum inhabiting the doughnut in Gloucestershire as well as those at Bude and Menwith Hill will never be forced to drop their pants as far as this.
That's because their oversight committees, especially the former minister, are as culpable as anyone.
were the ones who gave Nortel millions in grants to support early cell development.
Hopefully, if similar grants are made, the Canadian government will a be part owner of the patents so it will never happen again.
after all they have abused the pubic long enough.
Besides, who believes anything they say - just a bunch of psychotic liars.
Seems to me that Belkin has never managed to meet, or beat, the quality of competitors.
For example, they had a Notebook Security Lock - all it is good for is making the security hole in the laptop large enough until it falls out. Pure junk.
If you are going into home-based systems it's essential not to locked in to a non-standard communications protocol. Look at X-10, supported by numerous Third Party vendors.
Nest is solid because it has Google behind it.
now the South American drug growers can emulate the Navy!
Way to go!
Foreign Aid give away. And the other financial freebies.
The Indians will need it for their next rocket.