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Addendum: The sound track was the revealer
The above mentioned video showing the murder of reporters was made even worse by the light-hearted banter of the aircrew.
How can anyone defend the sound track, let alone the murder with aforethought.
Totally, totally reprehensible.
Wikileaks concerned? I don't think so ...
This shows just how warped the FBI thought process is.
Notwithstanding that Wikileaks has just set s record for unlawfully releasing more U.S. government 'secrets' in it's 200+ year history, some intelligence-challenged Special Agent expects them to give a hoot about copyright?
Little wonder they missed the Russian sleepers for so long!
This is simply another undocumented feature which we planned to activate in a future iOS upgrade.
As you might appreciate we have other pressing (no pun intended) matters to deal with.\
You don't reflect many peoples attitude
To whom I communicate with, at what time and the subject matter is strictly my business,
The American government is by the worst citizen spying offender, and through Echelon, the governments of Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand are not far behind.
Cell phones with GSM features were mandated by the U.S. FCC with remote activation; credit cards, travel reservation systems, wire-line exchanges with dial up 'tapping'; the same exchanges capture the first three sets of numbers dialled on any call - which means calling cards have no privacy; time-of-use utility metering; power consumption records; international money transfers - all reveal things about users.
But the laugh is on these governments because with all this expensive activity Bin Laden remains free! Totally ineffective.
How can RIM be secure if there over 100 Peeping Toms looking in?
RIM might be secure between RIM servers and their handsets but what of the legions of government Peeping Toms?
The ONLY positive thing coming out of all this publicity is that privacy is only possible when one party whispers in the other parties ear OR out at sea in a row-boat or standing in a isolated desert.
The only way is to use secure handsets, or handset software, on non-RIM units so when they are 'overheard' or tapped the add-on party just hears gibberish making sure secure comms are only used when really needed. Interlopers would be more inclined to blame scrambled signals to be bad signals.
And to those who say you can trust governments - remember CIA analysts who used satellite images to judge crop yields and adjust his stock investment plans accordingly? No one can be trusted.
The cheapest way to confuse interlopers is to use two pairs on handsets, on different cell systems, with opposing microphones muted so the calls are essentially two one-way, split frequency links. Works well. :)
Just another distraction from doing REAL work
All the Lemon toys will do is to provide distractions at council meetings.
In all this paper saving did anyone really figure out the running costs of all these things? Since council is a business type activity surely they should consider a business solution - RIM.
Of course they could see all those girlie pictures, etc. It's unlikely they read all the handouts so why do they think they will see more on a small screen.
A waste of tax payers money.
Plod thought process: ´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·
In the Army they called this sort of activity, going against orders, Dumb Insolence.
Photographers should either use cell cameras or regular cameras which transmit their pictures to a nearby colleague by Bluetooth.
It's strange how camera shy the police are all over the world, the local Plod here in VietNam having pulled me over to collect their rent donation suddenly get excited when they observe my helmet cam and usually order me to leave immediately!
P.S. The woman should have gone for the handcuffs as the offending officer would have one hell of a lot of paperwork to complete!
None of this Pentagon huff and puff detracts from the fact ,,,
that U.S. military deliberately murdered reporters acting lawfully.
We should also never forget all the British and Canadian soldiers who have been killed by 'friendly fire' by these American shoot first and ask later tactics.
It's not not security they are worried about but gross offences under international law governing war - and we should remember that the Bush government had 'issues' with the Geneva Convention. Of course, killing off likely complainants solves lot of problems.
Apple is a Cult, not a Religion, like Jim Jones' Peoples Temple
These Apple enthusiasts seem to have the same mentality as the Jim Jones followers.
Jobs lies to his followers, as Jones did his, then Jobs sells them Lemons and they buy knowing there are defects; Jones started executing his followers telling them heaven awaited their arrival.
It appears to be culture independent since cults occur in many countries.
As for myself, I simply avoid first runs of new products are am willing to pay more for excellence which is NOT the same as style.
"especially if said criminals are less respectful of ham licensing restrictions"
Forget 'less respectful', they most likely don't even know what a 'ham' is.
And if you shop at the Gap or Walmart your clothes will be good substitutes for radar reflectors, some garments have more than two RFID.'s in them.
RFID's can be neutered by placing the object in a microwave oven, along with a mug of water, and turning it in high for a minute.
The real name for this council action is STALKING
Once upon a time, before B & B (Blair and Brown) a man's home was his castle. No more, though.
All involved in this abuse should be fired and any damages awarded should be paid from their pockets and not those of taxpayers.
Canadian Conservatives are out of touch like Republicans
Canada has a sad excuse for a 'defence' department - following years of fiscal abuse that has resulted in antiquated and misplaced equipment purchases.
The F-35 Lightning II is a crippled version of a stealth fighter aircraft with one engine and one seat which means Canada only needs a few pilots to keep these things in the air, when the budget permits it, of course. The single engine means it also saves gas.
Meanwhile our air-sea rescue service is still awaiting decent rescue helicopters to protect our valiant deep sea fishermen and those on oil rigs in the North Atlantic. They were once on order, then cancelled - maybe the Conservatives can't raise enough back-handers as was once the allegations involving an earlier Conservative prime minister.
The Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alberta, is the same province where the 'Progressive' Conservative Party has it's electoral power base which means the are building jobs for their supporters.
Alberta is also, fittingly, the site where prehistoric skeletons have been discovered and is also known for not having any 4-legged rats. It is also bloody cold in the winter.
The whole mess is typically Canadian - and we have three coast lines in need of protection.
More Apache videos?
Perhaps Wikileaks has a few more videos shot by Apache pilots as they murder innocent reporters going about their lawful business.
The U.S. military seems to have as many scruples as the Al Quaida.
How refreshing: an informed and enlightened judge
Perhaps being independently appointed to the bench is better than having a judge beg and scrounge for campaign donations as happens in the U.S.
Most U.S. judges simply bow to the wishes of these Hollywood distorters, so it is refreshing to see not all judges are bedazzled by the glitz of the movie industry.
What they want is what other governments have - access
RIM has stated it has agreements with 175 governments with respect to it's services. The US has access to RIM's servers (located in Canada) as does the Canadian government.
Basically you cannot trust any cell network provider to maintain your privacy. Better to use separate encryption software even if you have to plug a module in between your headset and your cell. Running software on the cell is no guarantee of privacy with the access that some Apps get.
Using a General Dynamics' Sectera Edge (USD$3,350) would circumvent Peeping Toms or PhoneCrypt Mobile for people with smaller budgets.
The emirates are supposedly encouraging businesses to set up offices in their sheikdoms and messing with privacy is hardly 'business friendly'.
Jobs proved the Chinese proverb was right, again
The Chinese have a saying that goes: "Point a finger at someone and three point back at you".
No one could have demonstrated this better than Jobs highlighting dipping bars - the real test actually being maintenance of communications, which all units other than Lemon 4, managed to do.
Do what the French network advised: "Non, mon Dieu! Non!"
Who jams these days? I do, for one
When I visited ShenZhen, China's electronics workshop in GuangDong Province I picked up a cell phone/GPS jammer that is disguised in a cell phone case and aa higher powered one I use on my motorcycle and SUV.
Never has eating in restaurants and riding on public transport been so peaceful, as well as the odd occasion I take in a movie. No more "I'm passing the (whatever)" or "How's the weather" yelled by some idiot who hasn't a clue how to use a volume control or modulate their voice (talking quieter usually causes the other party to speak louder.
The larger unit has settings to force handsets into vibrate/ringer off, as well as wideband jamming with frequency selection. Best $168 I have spent for a long time.
British 'secrecy' is nuts
Two countries are fine example of disclosure of technical data - Canada and the USA.
Canada is closest to the UK, culturally and politically, so best demonstrates that there is little to be feared from disclosure. Certain police.governmental frequencies/uses are not disclosed but these are soon exposed by those who have the patience, expertise and equipment.
Cell companies expecting privacy lack brains - not only does each company having vehicles roaming around measuring signal strengths or placing test calls on their own and competitors networks but there are many commercial direction finding equipments available for determining all manner of transmission sources - either infrequent or continuous.
What should be of interest to proud British citizens is just what the hell the US National Security Agency is doing at Menwith Hill near Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Talk about subservience and loss of pride - this is the sort of thing that needs a light shining on it - along with GCHQ.
And don't overlook the BBC - they are also involved in government activity that needs to see the light of day.
What is so pervasive about British 'secrets' id that the hidden legions of civil servants always presume their activities is beyond the great unwashed citizenry who have meekly complied.
The US is even more open and such 'secrets' they have are usually quickly exposed which can only be good ... for the tax-paying public.
The common link between Lemon purchasers and Jobs ...
is that the legions of purchasers and Jobs believe the same lie, or illusion, that is expressed when a religious organisation attributes an unlikely or impossible occurrence as being a 'miracle'.
When Jobs said "We haven't figured out a way around the laws of physics yet" it illustrated just how delusional he is as most other people accept the laws of physics proscribe the definitive point beyond which no human endeavour will prevail.
Next Jobs will be turning water into wine!
You can't beat C.A.S.H.
I move in countries where Cash is King and I have no concerns in leaving digital trails as I go about my business.
Mind you Mastercard and Visa are trying to change this about without too much success.
Few transactions are 'private' these days with card acceptors retaining card numbers and PINs; the governmental authorities use them for unknown reasons and the world's data vacuum, the U.S. Government, sucks up everything EXCEPT cash transactions.
Travel Agents, after being given authorisation cards, can have charges reversed 4 months later, as can other merchants.
I might be involved in high tech industry but you can't beat CASH!
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had a phrase
he used on striking postal workers which the French network operator could say to Jobs: "Manger la merde!".
Although dead, Trudeau looks wiser with every passing year.
F is for Facebook ...
The amount of personal information people put put in Facebook about themselves AND OTHERS boggles the mind. This information id a treasure trove for skip tracers, police and potential employers.
Such people can be described as fools.
I'm running out of fingers and toes ...
on which to count the defects in Lemon 4.
Time for another sermon, Jobs. I guess Apple has skipped all quality control and testing now AND they have two cell base stations in their backyard (guarantees 5-bar reception).
All it takes are three ferrite toroids
Ontario, Canada has switched to these interactive meters.
Toroids placed around each feed, including the neutral, should happily isolate your meter. Some systems are using a Wimax system, bit shielding will defeat these weak signals.
The upside is they will have to keep on employing meter readers!
and offering coffee and croissants to girls ...
Funny way to sell things, discriminating against the males unless is inferring woman are less technical and won't notice Lemon 4 doesn't work properly,
It might even be a matter of anatomy ... women have small hands and won't 'bridge the gap'.
Lemon 4: Now It's 12 Defects
I guess this means that Lemon 4 communicators should be kept north of the Tropic of Cancer - the circle of latitude on the earth that marks the apparent position of the sun at the time of the northern solstice.- AND south of the Tropc of Capricorn - the circle of latitude on the earth that marks the apparent position of the sun at the time of the southern solstice.
This makes the Lemon 4 ideal for northern residents of Canada, and Laplanders, where it is bloody cold and they wear gloves so there won't be antennae problems.
I;ve got something like this already ...
It's made by Bamboo, < http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/index.php >.
BTW, gray is a terrible colour, Jobs, shows the dirt so quickly; so you better market some Magic Cleaner. You can't copyright it. you are too late.
I never know my passwords ...
the key files are only supplied via our cell phones from my office when connected to our laptops with Bluetooth whilst trvelling.
The only password I know unlocks the dummy TrueCrypt volume.
Hard to give Plod something you don't have. Besides, cloud computing really messes up their high handed demands, too, just remember to purge browser history and bookmarks - best done by using Portable Apps software and selecting shared computer options.
I've taken pictures all over the world and was never, ever ...
challenged except in London by some brain-dead Wanna-be-a-Plod (community) types. After I responded in Chinese they tried shouting louder and again I answered in Chinese.
They then mumbled to each other and wandered away.
Why doesn't the chief plod just tell them 'leave photographers alone'?
Simple: Program in family groups
As men who are unknown to females shouldn't try to make contact they could have female RIM users have a list of approved contacts with all others blocked until a male member of a woman's family has read any messages and approved them for forwarding.
Similarly, female RIM users would be permitted interaction between each other, without blocking unless a male relative objected.
Men, naturally, would have no restrictions on their use of their RIMs.
This would promote equality, Arab style, and not disturb the status quo.
Other features could include compass roses, driven by GPS, pointing to Mecca and alarms to signal when to get the mats out.
Jobs bad month continues ....
Faced with Lemon 4 challenges, then the US Copyright rules against his walled garden and now people are targeting his gravy train things are not so hunky dory as they were.
There is little Jobs can do to coerce App developers not to jump ship since he is dependent on their ingenuity and hard work rather than vice versa, a position that Job's is not accustomed to assuming.
Of course we, the consuming public, will benefit with all this choice and the ability to compare Apps based on OS platforms.
At least the donkey survived ....
unlike all those old nags they ship across the Channel from the UK and Eire.
Her heart might be in the right place but it makes some Google her image which today shatters memories of that huge image that adorned newspapers way, way back in the '60's. Now: < http://stupidcelebrities.net/wp-content/524.jpg >, then: < http://3oneseven.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/brigitte-bardot7.jpg >.
All banks are the same
I bank at HSBC and they never sent my new PIN for 38 days when I was abroad. Not only that they double convert some foreign exchange deals and collect double commission.
Banking by handphone is ...
It's a bad as banking at am InterNet cafe.
Does this mean the British buyer is more astute?
Americans, seemingly demonstrating they care more about style than the function have continued to buy Version 4 telephones notwithstanding there about 11 known defects with the product.
The figures you include in your piece suggest that the British smart-phone buyer is more concerned with function, inasmuch as Version 4 has defects and RIM fewer 'flashy' features, than style. In other words value for money.
Maybe the different philosophies behind Android and Apple - open and closed - is finally being recognised by the non-technical purchaser and they are voting with their wallets.
It will be interesting to see the sales figures in other countries in August.
Now we will have to start saving all our bottle caps again
They will start pull tab and bottle top collections all over the country to scrape enough money to buy another toy for the cash strapped military.
How many caps will that be Coke and Pepsi?
They tax Apple Lemon's?
Apple Leon 4's shouldn't be subject to duty as they don't work (properly).
P.S. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is an international forum where American trade advantages are advanced and GM food is propagated throughout the world.
We will find out the ratio of dummies by country
One outcome of Apple selling this electronic Lemon is that we will get a determination of how many dummies actually buy this defective product having been made aware of the numerous problems.
The other hassle Apple will face is that the EU has a different take on selling duff stuff than does the U.S.A.
Getting kind of crowded out there
Maybe the trouble with Apple 4's not working is that so many government bodies, together with illicit private ones, are tapping rhe communications.
You have GCHQ, the US NSA (who monitor almost every cell network in the world [remember they were caught in Greece?]), BT, SOCA and who knows how many others.
GCHQ could look after all this police activity - they are most likely checking porn for steganography anyway - and the NSA most likely are covering them anyway.
Customs/immigration should suffice for the borders - there is no need for the police there. Now the Army is being pulled out of Afghanistan they could replace the Plods touting machine guns at airports.
The only problem is all these unemployed would be on the dole and the savings would be less than envisaged
I'm really surprised to hear that Australia ...
is even worse than the nanny states of Europe. Where is the 'Crocodile Dundee' spirit of independence Australia was famous for. The government is making them sound like a bunch of pussy cats.
Can't blame apathetic Oz voters as they HAVE to vote. Why do all these bloody politicians think they actually have a corner on wisdom? Who are they supposed to be 'serving'; why is it necessary to have so many secrets?
Little wonder Cryptome and Wikipedia bother the faceless government workers so much and little wonder we need them so much.
I took the Australian banned list and ran it through a Vietnamese broadband link and could access almost every banned link. Guess this confirms that the oppression of the West can be worse than authoritarian countries.
Motorola doesn't need lessons from Apple
Motorola doesn't need lessons from some upstart like Apple. Motorola has been a communications pioneer, along with other companies, way before Jobs even was a wet dream in his parents eyes.
Consider: starting in 1928, Motorola has a record of innovation in communications. Over the some 80-plus year history it pioneered mobile communications in the 1930s in the U.S.A. It's equipment was used in the moon trips starting in 1969. Motorola also made the first commercial handheld cellular phone in 1983.
So up yours, Jobs.
On the other side of the Pond we should remember Plessey, Marconi, Pye and the other technology pioneers.
Remember, Jobs, the Chinese say point a finger at something and three point back at you, which means the rouble is with Jobs and not the others.
The bottom line remains Version 4 is a technical failure, by Job's own admission, whose primary function of voice communications is less effective than it's competitors irrespective of any display.
Motorola has more equipment in public safety use, so professional users have voted with their cheque books.
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