3270 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
Re: Something we can look forward to
200 years? THAT soon?
America is a technological disgrace (but good at PR bullsh*t)
First in colo(u)r TV, first in cell service, first with TouchTone dialling, first with the atomic bomb, first with stealth, etc BUT LAST IN INTERNET.
There are MANY places in the US which don't, even today, have wire telephone service STILL.
Of course being first doesn't mean you have the best - look at NTSC (Never The Same Colour) TV. GSM has always been technologically advanced (except for disabling encryption).
They can't blame bodies/square mile for poor service, Canada has areas with even lower body counts yet they have wired InterNet. Look at China - they have way more Fibre Optic than the USA.
Of course, developing/Third World countries have an advantage - we get the technology later but it is better. Korea has the best InterNet - it is simply eye-popping to see how fast new pages load. Japan has always been leading edge in equipment - they have bump-and-pay or dial-and-pay for years. My 'summer' cottage, way out in the boon-docks (sticks) in VietNam has 20Mbyte fibre optic service (to the pole-mounted DSLAM). We even had dial-up digital InterNet - digital into the house, that is, on every telephone drop in the country (It is removed when Fibre arrives).
Google is showing IT CAN BE DONE. When the rich, monopolistic AT&T gets competition it can move fast - even back in the day, it could move fast. When it wanted to. (TouchTone was promoted as it increased dialling speeds)
So now Google has proven it can be done, let all the cable and telco monopolies extract their collective digits and get with the times.
The ministry is in the midst of spending £70,000 on a research project to figure out ...
how prisoners are using their illegal mobes in English and Welsh jails.
QUESTION: Why not just call GCHQ?
Re: Android is one big spying platform
And, I presume iOS isn't?
Get real! Android users have much more control over their equipment AND they don't have to worry about Google editing words - unlike iOS.
So the UK has it's own drone - guess what, so does VietNam
Sweden has a project in VietNam for building drones.
The PR blurb said:
"In Phase One, Sweden will provide funds and equipment for VietNam to manufacture two Magic Eye 1 UAVs. It will send experts from Unmanned Group, provide intellectual property and the model design to VietNam.
During Phase Two, the two sides will cooperate in aeronautical electronic science development.
In the Phase Three, they will manufacture UAVs according to each other's demand and capacity.
Pity VietNam doesn't have the technology to sort out the road and traffic mess.
I bet it won't take long for some of those to be stolen...
The proper Met terminology is 'lost' or 'mislaid'. Police don't steal things. (mind you, I also think the moon is made of cheese)
And jamming an iPad will/is be a breeze compared to hacking Tetra - bit of a challenge that Tetra. Now used world-wide and all the Tetra maintenance manuals and schematics are available, as well as Test Sets.
Re: Data retention, it's all the rage
If you are so wound up about Google Translate and privacy - simply don't use it!
WHATEVER Google Translates shortcomings ...
many people appreciate the fact it is available.
The Cong An (People's Police) in VietNam have equipped all their sleeping quarters (aka police stations') with computers so the can communicate with Foreigners.
The same has happened in Cambodia/Kampuchea and Laos.
I am able to quickly scan e-mail and web sites in languages foreign to me and at least get the gist of what it is about. Damn site cheaper than paying USD$5/A4 sheet of print for a professional translator.
See, Google does do good!
Posting negative information about a firm on online firms or actively ...
trying to ruin business relationships.
Sort of describes Edward Snowden's valiant work.
How many people have riled up so many governments, using peaceful means, as our hero? And made the main protagonists look so stupid.
Great new word - SIGNIT
which, I presume is the name given SIGINT operators.
"The wireless industry must take action to end the victimization of its customers."
So what about usurious charges for replacement SIMs? They cost me around 80 cents to change - MUCH, MUCH, MORE in North America.
Then they could reduce roaming and miscellaneous charges to a reasonable level. Of course, being telephone companies little they do is 'reasonable'.
To obfuscate the ruling Google should simply use ...
Might even make it humourous.
Re: Well, I figured that the canuck sigint spooks would get outed before too long
IMEI and MAC addresses are what they like - but they can be changed.
I change my IMEI weekly - if you roam out of country (which makes IMEI swapping redundant) just pop in to your Cellco and have them update the IMEI they have on record.
Re: I've had a claim 1 in 3 HP cartridges can't be refilled as they are too borderline to do so.
REPLACEMENT CHIPS are available (from China) and are used widely in Canada. Most of the recycling/refill shops know how to get them.
Buy a Brother printer - last for years and multiple refill sources abound!
It's amazing to watch where ...
Google cookies originate from.
On our browsers we can read which cookies are served by which companies and even though Google cookies are deleted from every non-Google page, and at page closure.
I wonder if there is a limit on just how many unique cookie identifiers there are before Google has to start all over again with the sequence?
I bet that Apple's ...
USD$1,800 an hour lawyer is loving every minute ($60) of this stupidity.
What's next? Plod movie patrols?
Perhaps someone can explain the difference between a "police state" and the USA as it is today.
Notwithstanding the USA has a Constitution, this abuse continues. What will happen to UK moviegoers when ACPO thinks of another way to invade UK citizen (subject) privacy space?
Thank goodness I live in an 'authoritarian' country where the police only stir when they need a money top up and where downloading is free. Bittorrent and PirateBay rule!
Hell, we feel quite left out - we don't even have an NSA listening station (Cambodia and Thailand do).
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.
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