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Obama/Binen worse than Cheney/Bush for privacy invasion
This was the administration had the temerity to condemn the UAE's ban on Blackberries on the ground that it impedes "the free flow of information."
Have a read of both < http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27wiretap.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp > and < http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/26/AR2010092603941.html?hpid=topnews >.
As well the Obama administration wants to require U.S. banks to report ALL electronic money transfers into and out of the country, a dramatic expansion in efforts to counter 'terrorist' financing and money laundering." Whereas banks are now required to report all such transactions over $10,000 or which are otherwise suspicious.
The new rule would require banks to disclose even the smallest transfers.
I believe government's need to show some evidence of criminality before they are granted unfettered access to the private affairs of every individual or entity that dares to conduct financial transactions.
And don't feel too smug in the UK, governments think alike.
It's time to take pro-active steps to make these characters work harder.
The ONLY good thing is that increasing government surveillance is actually counter-productive, as it swamps the governments with more data than it can possibly process and manage. Which is why the Detroit would-be bomber from Nigeria actually entered the US WITH A BLOODY VISA.
The true value of requiring back-door access for all InterNet communications is if you want to sift through communications in bulk, it's only going to be feasible with a backdoors.
Remeber Francis Bacon's observation that "knowledge is power"
10 years! Mon Dieu!
Obviously someone's audit systems are very lax.
No wonder cell co's charge so much, they have to, with this sort of uncontrolled fraud - or could it be they make so much money they didn't notice thee losses?
Would-be private broadcasters station in a package
All those would-be pirate broadcasters could hang a suitably sized wire on this device and have themselves a low power station! Ofcom's nightmares realised!
More seriously these would be handy for playing language courses or other computer-bound sound files to play through a sound systems without all those interconnecting wires.
Oracle policies like Apples, demented CEO's rule
This decision is a wise one given that Oracles policies seem to change on the whim of one man, much as Apples do.
With this instability it is hard to do business with these types of personality without catering to the personalities various mindsets.
Ahem: Before building a ship you better have a word with ...
Canada, since the navigable, although iced in sea routes, traverse Canada's territorial water.
Some countries have restrictions on the introduction of nuclear material into their territories.
Too little, too late
Sorry MS, why not get Windows working properly first?
"liable to be in for all sorts of trouble"
Please explain what bank doesn't question the honesty / veracity / sanity of ANYONE questioning a banks security.
The banks programmers and web sites are invincible. Or hadn't you heard?
So says the HSBC who has has web site defamation before.
Mange le merde**, Frog
Just another troll trying to make money.
** Phrase used by Pierre Trudeau to striking postmen in 1984.
A pox on PatientLine
When my Mother was dying I tried calling the Patientline number at the hospital but could not get connected.
Eventually, I reached the nurses station for her ward only to be told she had died ... minutes earlier.
All incoming hospital calls should be free of charge and be sufficient to handle calls.
Patientline is yet another leach on society.
Maglev: Devised by Americans; implimented by Germany and perfected by China
The Maglev principle was devised in the early 1900's by two Americans, Emile Bachelet and Robert Goddard. By the 1930's the challenge was being tackled by Hermann Kemper who demonstrated the use of magnetic fields to produce the advantages of trains with aircraft features.
For some odd reason, in 1968, Americans James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby were granted a patent for a magnetic levitation train but I guess Kemper was history by then.
Research and development programs have been conducted by Great Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan into Maglev technology.
German Maglev technology is now speeding passengers between ShangHai Airport and downtown and further installations are planned by China.
The US might realise huge savings by having China do the development of this launch device since it is, essentially, just a short run, high energy Maglev system.
The US Military/Industrial complex only knows how to build things at monstrous cost with not always successful conclusions.
Perhaps they could develope a gun using the same principle so the RN could shoot anything to hand as long as it fit a barrel. A very Green solution.
Seems kind of petty ...
but given the way HP is being run these days, I guess anything is unlikely to cause surprise.
The American market is unlike others
This survey is applicable to a single market, may be even Canada but it/they are distinctly different to markets in other parts of the world.
In my country of residence we can buy a promo SIM. Every month I buy a promo SIM for £1.62, get £5.19 total credit, and then I add £5 onto it, and I can use unlimited InterNet on a USB GSM modem. Great deal!
I dupe the SIM and can use multiple devices although only one at a time (no concurrency). All our cell devices are unlocked at sale - it's the law!
At least Jobs knows when to bend over
Slowly American business is learning the meaning of 'union' as interpreted in Europe.
It's good that the EU is making people play by it's rules and will no doubt be used as aa precedent in other 'unions' around the world.
Maybe the big-mouthed lawyers partners will ...
convene a meeting to develope a new communications policy that circumvents provocative statements.
Guess this loser-lawyer failed the court hearing part of his course on how to induce juries and judges to buy his theory.
Memory, interconnection & OS will determine the winner
Given that pads are minimalist computers the add-on memory capability, connectors and interconnection become increasingly important. Sound is a good accessory.
The OS will also be a determinant due to the App availability.
Don't buy yet, many more about to flood the market!
Apps will be the determinant
The company I work for has now been working on pad replacements for some existing Human Interface applications and iOS and Android pads were purchased.
Without a doubt the ability to create our own applications, and retain control of them, has persuaded us to follow the Android course.
Apples decision to govern what their pads can run means we cannot use our application unless: (a) it becomes public or (b) we jail-break Apple products.
Since we want to use standard off-the-shelf products our choices are being determined by manufacturer policies.
I believe, eventually, this and App availability will determine the dominating OS and, at present, that appears to favour Android.
This interesting proposal deserves serious consideration
I always considered the connection between nakedness and sex crimes somewhat tenuous and that Blair and Browns criminalisation of viewing, storage, whatever was a step too far.
If viewing/ownership of pictures of naked bodies was illegal years ago most of those in private, fee-paying schools ('public' in British parlance) would be in jail. I remember dog-eared books of naked bodies doing the rounds in the dormitories when I was at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire and most of the students turned out to be a fairly decent cross-section of society.
Pictures od child abuse in any form should, naturally fall outside the protection of the law but should NOT be linked to a sex offender claim.
This reminds me of the old Amateur Radio antenna arguement ...
in the States.
Since transmitters are licenced by the Federal government they are pretty tough to change as the senior government prevails over junior state and town legislation.. I think similar situations can be found in many countries.
I stopped believing in Scot's canniness with money when ...
Gordon Brown dumped British gold at a low market point. If he had waited a few months ... with gold at $1,300+ these days!
"Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough"
What a great idea! Ground zero should be that miserable bus station I used en route to/from Heathrow when I used it years ago.
Can I push the bomb release?
The pod connector ia NOT an international standard
Just because Apple makes a lot of pod connectors which are of relative poor quality does not make it a 'standard'.
A 'standard' connector, such as Molex type, D-connectors, the North American 25-pair telephone connector, etc. are royalty free. Apple milks anyone who uses their connectors.
Apple had a magnetic 'safety' connector which they copied from Japanese rice cooker manufacturers. The difference? The Japanese version worked for hundreds of millions of cookers whilst the Apple version had problems.
The 3-pin connector commonly found on the PSU's of PC power supplies was designed by HP who donated it's exclusivity to make a real standard connector found throughout the world.
'Standard' connectors have to meet stiff criteria which Apple products can't always meet. Witness their burned connectors.
A lot of people are happy not to have Facebook ...
Tibet and VietNam!
Where's the problem?
Any word in any dictionary on the date of a claim should fail automatically.
This would protect words like Exxon, Taligent, Enron easily whilst Jobs can have his iPod but not prevent anyone else incorporating the word 'pod' into their products.
The problem is unique to the American legal system and obviously requires updating.
Guess the Plod doesn't like the competition
This guy was in the wrong business, he should have joined the Plod.
The problem with British justice is the 'justice' part - too many nobodies on the lowest echelons making appeal business for the higher courts. Too many judges accept evidence from the Plod without questioning it's validity.
Blair/Brown getting too close to favoured vendors
All government contracts should be published at the Request For Tender AND post award stages so that others can determine if the award was on merits or because of 'connections'.
Two faced US Government defender of Hollywood rights used palgerised software
It is surprising that the biggest proponent of enhanced action against those distributing Hollywood films on-line is guilty of using copied/plagerised software.
Another example of US government hypocrisy.
The CIA was also a big player in bringing drugs north from Mexico whilst the DEA was busy fighting the trade. Some morals.
Another victim of the Digital Age?
Blockbuster didn't keep it's eye on the ball and follow technologies leading edge.Other outfits seized the opportunity whilst Blockbuster just watched it's market shrink.
Just imagine if more countries had streaming capability - their demise would have arrived earlier.
Mailed disks aren't really the answer, they can't satisfy 'spur of the moment' movie viewing.
Who else but a Inspector Cluzot could ...
take this long to solve identical series of crimes.
They are not the only store using these air transport systems, either in Europe or North America.
It will strike a blow against piracy and benefit authors and artists ...
He must be joking.
"We offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay."
This navel gazing MS type obviously live in BT's rural areas.
I like my movies to run in one continuous flow, not in short snatches interrupted by spinning thingies on my screen.
If I have to download I use PirateBay.
I hate those auto-completions
As someone who uses technical languages as well as foreign languages, the damn auto complete is something that needs a DESELECT option.
Swype is a very effective application otherwise, though.
I can't see anyone using ...
MS InterNet Browser when there are so many other, advanced browsers. It seems that MS is always playing the 'me too' game, duplicating winning features of competitive software.
I routinely use 4 browsers choosing the most appropriate one for my work needs and although I have tried IE on occasion, other browsers have always prevailed..
Should the plan prove successful translates as 'if'
Over the decades, nay centuries, man has transported flora and fauna to non-native habitats with deleterious effects.
Witness the unchecked invasion of North American waterways by Chinese Carp.
How do they know nothing untoward will happen this time? (Think Army Corp of Engineers, levees and Hurricane Katrina.)
Poor old Berlio, another 'bad hair' / toupe day for him
Not only is he a failing star in bed, and his wife has left him, but now in the world of business he is failing.
Of course had this been Italy Berlio would have simply passed a law.
Not only a gutter bottom-feeding lawyer but dumb, too
Maybe ACS:Law should obtain a court order to force ISP's to reveal the identities of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) perpetrators.
I still haven't received a letter from these clowns after downloading for longer they have been on the job.
Hope he has many more attacks and that HIS ISP sends HIM a letter, terminating service.
There must be a hack for these, any day soon
In reality these are detrimental to the adoption of HTML 5.
It's bad enough having to clear out Flash cookies. Maybe the Washington politicians could pass a bill ...
He might be rich, on paper but ....
it still doesn't change the fact that he is a prize jerk, and not even all the gold in Fort Knox would correct that.
P.S. Has that claim against The Jerk claiming an interest in FB ever been settled? He night have t share his money, yet!
Sure, T-mobile, pull the other one - it's got bells
The time-line of events puts the lie to T-Mobiles story.
At least we have all learned of Weed Maps < WeedMaps.com > and what it is about.
iPhone dumping AT&T could be a plus for AT&T
Since the Lemon 4 was released on to an unsuspecting public AT&T has taken a lot of flack for their network insufficiencies because the defects of the Lemon 4 only served to exacerbate the defects of AT&T.
Switching networks would likely reduce complaints about AT&T and Lemon 4.
Besides, since AT&T is offering Android, which doesn't have Lemon 4 weaknesses, AT&T will begin to look good again.
North American hunters are intillegence challenged
Many jurisdictions in North America issue hunting permits/licences that are printed on high intensity, bright orange card or cloth that are required to be wordn by hunters.
You might think these would alert animals, fortunately, they are colour blind. The orange cards are intended to alert hunters that they are not alone.
Unfortunately every year hunters shoot other hunters despite the fact that no known animal has orange fur or feathers.
In Canada bored hunters shoot road signs. The most popular of these are the ones warning of moose which are posted to alert motorists of the areas of road where moose normally/habitually cross. A moose can easily destroy a vehicle, if hit: they are also of derailing a train.
Could it be the personality of Job's kidneys OEM are taking over?
Job's has always been a miserable bastard but his bitchiness seems to have reached new highs.
Could his donor's personality, memories or consciousness remain within the tissue of the new set of kidneys and have been passed on to the MOS (Miserable Old Sod)? See: < http://scienceray.com/philosophy-of-science/a-medical-mystery-transferred-organ-donor-consciousness/ >.
Further links: <http://www.google.ca/search?client=opera&rls=en&q=personality+of+organ+donor+transferred&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 >.
"including the former prime minister's wife, Sarah Brown" How come?
Undoubtedly to her own, and everyone else's surprise, this woman is married to an InterNet expert.
Just roll over lady and give the object in bed with you a kick and then pop the question.
Caution: Brain-dead Intel mouthpiece prattling
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Intel's prowess just get flushed down the toilet recently when Intel confirmed the wonderfully high-tech HDCP copy-protection had been cracked?
Why would this latest bit of Intel magic not fail, as well?
Narrow minded Old Farts. Canada says different, eh!
Get this IN 1996 an Ontario Court said that bare women's breast are not breaking the law!
Good old square Ontario, Canada! (see: < http://www.faqs.org/abstracts/News-opinion-and-commentary/Topless-in-Ontario-women-exercise-the-right-to-expose-their-breasts.html >.)
Other interesting citations can be found: < http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=opera&hs=mhg&rls=en&&sa=X&ei=UpGYTLf2HIfuvQPut5ncDA&ved=0CBIQBSgA&q=bare+breasted+girl+in+ontario+lawful&spell=1 >.
I always wonder in cases such as these ...
how many banks made accusatory suggestions against customers complaining about unauthorised withdrawals?
Bank employees refuse to accept bank security is weak!
Why not just use the bloody key?
These lazy driver central locking systems typically use 315 MHz in North America and Japan, and 433.92 MHz in Europe with rolling encryption to enhance security.
If Hoodie wants to hang around pushing his key button, thereby preventing Intended Victim from locking his car, there is little Plod can do for, as with WiFi and garage door openers, these are essentially licence free, no complaining about interference, frequencies.
All the lazy driver need do is to activate his button in close proximity to the vehicle or, as in yesteryear, use the bloody mechanical key.
Judge John Anderson of Harrow Crown Court ....
your annual pass good for one year for two people valid at any Vue movie house is in the mail.
Free DVD's, too.
What a troll. (Is that a Class B offence - on his record for 35 years:)
A minimalist smartphone for $99. Good Christmas deal.
Since manufacturers don't have to pay for software development, only the human interface, it means costs are substantially reduced. Given that so many million are using (and testing) the OS, reliability is improved.
Likely it will access to Google Apps which further enhances it's value. Great present for children at Christmas as they can use pocket money to buy time.
Yahoo! owns "about five...broad" patents
Maybe too broad to sustain challenges.
I should have filed a patent for putting an electrical contact under keyboard keys.
"You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize”
He never finished his sentence ... what sort of prize? Prize twit?
District Attorneys are usually elected into office - which is why they seem like members of political office. Let me be your DA because I lock rape artists up for life and fry murderers.
Wonder if he is married: there might be a couple of expensive cases on his horizon - one for divorce and the other for abuse.
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- Review Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
- Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it
- That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It's HERE... (You'll have to squint, 'cos there are no specs)