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US Fuel additive blocked in Canada but overturned by WTO
There is a US fuel additive, whose name I can't find, that was been blocked for use in Canada as it is poisonous to young children.
A US company used an international agreement to overturn the Canadian law - so now we have this US muck harming Canadian children's health. AND CANADA had to pay MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in damages, too!
Few of these agreements are good and SECRET AGREEMENTS are NEVER good.
P.S. I forgot to add, this muck is banned for use in the USA
Who asked the USA to be the World Plod?
Once again the USA goes out of it's way to make friends/create enemies. Not satisfied with blocking imports at it's borders it goes out it's way to stir up ill will. Then it wonders why is one of the most hated countries in the world.
The main driver in this sort of trade is the exorbitant profit margins Western companies make when exploiting cheap labour in overseas countries. If the differentials were reasonable, say 20-25% there wouldn't be enough margin in shipping knock-offs.
The better quality knock-offs are often made on 'third' shifts where the legitimate products are made on the day and evening shifts. I know of a couple of factories where this happens in Shenzhen, so the quality is there.
If the Western companies actually made product in the West they would be justified in charging such high prices.
I am amazed at the uses of Burberry style pattern (a true copy) are destined for. Burberry hot pants are attractive, as are the motorcycle gloves of the same pattern. Maybe the Facebook guy would like a Burberry Hoodie for Christmas. Really fetching.
A section of the company makes military and industrial robotic vehicles and I often pop over to China to get deals on parts. I was at a factory where they moulded Mecanum rubber tyres/tires (the tires that allow vehicles move in any direction without steering) .
I asked why some product was just poured into canvas bags in large quantity whilst others were packed 4 tyres/tires in plastic bags. The answer was that the bulk were being sent to dealers on InterNet discount sites and the '4s' were packed separately and sold for 8-14 times higher by the ultimate retailer.
These LED mass sellers in the West buy their product by weight. I bought 10 kilograms each of various colours - untested - and when they reached our plant (where we have a high-speed tester) the cost per 3mm LED was around 0.03 US cents each.
These are typical cost relationships for many, many products.
Western product samples are imported, they are X-rayed and analysed and even the software stripped from memories - forget e-fuse protection! I have a PCB contractor in Shenzhen who will let me see any part of his operation except how they strip software from ROMs, etc.
Talking about World Plod. Did you know the U.S. Coastguard (for safeguarding 'homeland' coasts) has a Coastguard Base in Israel!
Talking about leaky house drop cables ...
Cable TV has been available in Canada for many years - in fact some Canadian companies were cable pioneers.
Early installations were somewhat 'ad hoc' being made before any standards had really been laid down. Often house drops were simply spaded in under lawn turf.
Now, some 40 years on, the cables are working their way to the surface and all it takes is a lawn mower to shave the shield/screen off the cable.
Often the first knowledge of this damage is from aircraft pilots who complain about TV programming they hear on their AM radios when coming in to land at Toronto International!
How about a gift to mankind ... for Christmas?
Perhaps Docomo could donate it to the world, or at least Google Android users, as a humanitarian gesture.
Walking potential dead is a world-wide phenomena. Perhaps someone can work on an App for motorcycle drivers, too.
We have over 4-million motorcycles here in Ho Chi Minh City and most seem to text whilst driving!
P.S. Why do people hold the cell in the left hand and hold it against the right-hand ear? Vietnamese drivers routinely stick the cell handsets under their safety helmet straps and talk whilst using both hands for driving.
Someone dropped the backdoor into the device ...
It's what CISCO does to most of it's InterNet network products and why Obama is supporting their sale - all NSA compliant.
Let's hope that India and Pakistan can be crossed off the ...
aid, handouts and free grant lists now they have money to waste on nuclear weapons and spacecraft.
Did you know that the UK actually still sends grant money to Israel! Some needy country!
It's great living next to Land of Cheap aka The World's Workshop aka China
It is now possible to buy a half-decent feature cell handset, with two SIM slots, for $15 in Ho Chi Minh City. Bottom end Android smartphones, with capacitive screens, go for $35.
Couple these prices with VietNam's government-mandated open (unlocked) cell handset policy and VNPT's basic cell service it's easy to see why students of all ages carry some form of cell handset.
The government-owned, for profit, VNPT basic plan supplies a starter prepaid SIM and airtime for $10 and coupled with their 'poor peoples plan' (one outgoing call/SMS per month to maintain SIM validity) can keep people available for over a year. I have a SMS only unit on which I dropped $20 six years ago using the 'poor' plan and I can still receive incoming SMS messages and have a balance of Dong 210,000 (USD$9.96 / GBP6.08).
A replacement SIM costs $0.15 + a Dong10,000 (USD$0.47 / GBP0.29) top up. VNPT still makes millions (dollars) profits. Their subsidiary, Mobiphone, caters to the youth market with all sorts of messaging, etc AND FREE EVENINGS/OVERNIGHTS!
Samsung, and Apple, maintain their prices for high end cell handsets - Samsung used it's regional activation feature to 'eliminate' the grey market - although all Samsung units are sold unlocked in VietNam. As VietNam has no laws against price fixing, and legit dealers have to sell at stipulated prices, they give 'promotions' (aka discounts) by loading you down with very useful accessories such as Bluetooth headsets, battery chargers, etc.
Sounds more like a US Honeypot trap
So they can persuade him to leave ... then, Gotcha!
Smarter to stay facing the four walls he knows than others he doesn't.
HOW MUCH has Plod cost the UK Taxpayer to watch Assange so far, I wonder?
Heathrow wouldn't be the same ...
without all the exorbitantly priced 'duty free' shops - this would mean passengers could save 30-60 minutes reaching their gates.
And what other idiot airport would put a duty free store just before arriving passengers hit the Customs Red and Green exits?
4,000,000 Motorcycles and counting - and many drivers are ambidextrous ...
as they have learned to text with their left hands whilst the right hand controls the accelerator and steers the bike.
One of the many other infractions Vietnamese drivers commit is to use the fast (cars only) lane, then turn sharp right across the legal motorcycle lane. As you might imagine doing this manoeuvre WITHOUT signals can be risky.
But, add the texting PLUS unannounced right turns and you have the recipe for TROUBLE! Even though the law has a mandatory fine equivalent to between 4% to 9% of a drivers monthly salary, people still continue to do it.
It would be safer to make voice calls - motorcycle riders dial the number then hold the cell handset to their ear using the safety helmet chin strap to keep it in place. But the law has another section for that, too. No motorcycle rider may drive a motorcycle with earphones, speakers, etc. working!
But I must admit I break that law when I make the 320 kilometre trip between Ho Chi Minh City and my home town of Buon Ma Thuot overnight. I have a 25-watt amplifier driving a large outdoor horn speaker under my seat, in the boot/trunk, so I can listen to music as I drive through countryside. Andre Rieu or Springsteen sounds great at 25 watts in a long tunnel.
In the States the human genome was patented, so we better watch out otherwise ...
Apple will try yet another prior art patent filing.
The question is, what would they use the theory for in practice? Not that this would stop them as history has proven.
There should be a EU ...
law that forces deals in one EU country be honoured/offered in all others.
Of course, Britain is either half in or half out of the EU so perhaps some of the blame belongs to Cameron and Company.
"A CERT, Computer Emergency Response Team, is a service set up by ... or government"
Just who will be dumb enough to trust any government, particularly the UK or US governments, given how they have betrayed trust placed in them by the taxpaying public and even politicians.
These guys lie - on TV - that says it all.
As long as there is a ...
PATRIOT Act, or similar, ANY attempt of concealing everything from US Government eyes is doomed to failure as long as Twitter servers reside in the USA.
So what is the point of this?
Re: I'll be opening...
Cell handset jammers are already available - dressed up like a cell handset!
All that is necessary is to jam the SIDs on the control channels and jobs done - and the jammed displays a "no service" message.
Some companies, such as Adobe, seem to relish the opportunity to update ...
as it seems every time I switch on my computer there is that charcoal window demanding I install yet another 'important update'.
Damn annoying, although it let's me refill my coffee cup.
The Problem isn't the inter-switching connections but likely the 'last mile'
Bell Canada, some 20 years ago, cabled a fairly large sub-division in North York, Toronto with fibre optic cable. Then the Neanderthal cable company came along later and laid co-ax into each of the homes.
For around 10-15 years the Canadian telco's have been running high-capacity fibre in to new highrises and, with changes in the law, the former telephone only and cable TV only companies have been able to compete by offering all forms of communications.
The challenge will be forcing these two industries to share facilities in the 'last mile' to customers premises.
Of course, there remains the question of what terminal equipment will be used, important since telco's abandoned the home telephone 'instrument' business some decades ago.
Here in VietNam, following the defeat of the Americans in the American War in VietNam, European companies cleaned up by running fibre cable up and down the length of the country (and crossways, too) with digital switches completing the backbone. All communications is via fibre. Satellites are used to feed TV to remote areas.
Digital subscriber lines completed the system to homes in major towns but in more remote areas telephone lines remain.
Both my office in Buon Ma Thuot, as well as my wife's two hotels, located in cities with 400,00o+ souls, are fed with 200Mbyte fibre cables. Our summer house, midway between between BMT and Da Lat has 30 Mbyte InterNet - there are only 20 odd houses in the hamlet who also have similar speed service.
Interestingly, in Ho Chi Minh City, the competing communications companies have joined together - easy to do when you have a government such as ours - and my new apartment has a terminal which can supply digital landline as well as three InterNet feeds from different companies and two digital HD television signals. The service options are selected by a small matrix of selector pins.
Jail doesn't solve these problems ...
but fining the offenders a large sum, based upon their present income, would be more effective and cheaper to enforce.
Jail harms offenders families, burdens the welfare services and satisfies no ones goals.
Acers in a mess ... plenty of spare motherboards but no spare keyboards
Out here in the Far East the ACER branches in several countries have no replacement keyboards so Customer Service staff are tearing newer style keyboards apart so they can repair the older (2 years) keyboards.
Battery packs are no problem as there are replacement cells available and Motherboards gather dust on shelves - they are more reliable than keyboards. Plastic cases abound, too, I'm not sure on the spare LCD screen status.
So move your chatroom servers to the USA
where speech is protected.
If you check, most of the papers are based on servers away from the UK. The Reg is coming from all over these days ... except China. Makes it hard to select the optimum satellite InterNet source. For cable destinations to the West we use a Singapore cable, for the East-bound we use a HongKong cable.
"Scrolling and Bouncing" ...
no doubt is what is happening in Job's wooden burial box.
All his well laid plans unravelling.
How do 'high-altitude balloons' and WiFi/ISM ...
I and some colleagues, a couple of years ago, mounted some solar-powered TD-Link WiFi access points atop some mountains in Son La Province in north-western VietNam so some dispersed villages of the same ethnic group could communicate via a virtual 'landline' (phones on the wall).
These mountains were only around 2,500 metres high and we used TD-Link directional antennae pointing at different villages for the mountain/village links. As you might imagine, there is precious little in these areas and we were able to patch the software and even add RF amplifiers for one village without the 'authorities' even catching on what we had done.
Our links have now been continuously operational, without maintenance, since installation although we expect to have climb up those terrible slopes to change batteries within a couple of years. Speaks well of TD-Link reliability, too. The telephone switches for each village were refurbished Mitel SX10 and SX10E with custom built interfaces to the WiFi
My question is given that ISM bands are shared and power limited - how much of a footprint will Google achieve or will they use the re-allocated wireless “D-block” of 700 MHz spectrum?
I thought CISCO only leaked data, not cash
If this guy hadn't taken a break, I wonder how long it would have taken CISCO to cotton on to this leak?
If you Google: "cisco money theft" you'll see CISCO has numerous activities involving fraud.
A CISCO report cited by PC World included the line: "However, many banks are not sophisticated enough to do this, and the money is lost."
I guess CISCO'S "sophistication" is somewhat lacking, too.
The Three Monkeys on display
Why should ANYONE believe a Pony & Cart show - except gullible people?
Obviously they have learnt from the US version with Clap-Trap Clapper and Alexander admitting to lying. Likely pre-scripted questions with the force of cotton-balls. Just another act in Security Theatre.
And what was the purpose ... to accuse an American of leaking UK secrets?
That their 'secrets' leaked out was the problem with NSA and NSA' ability to keep things confidential. These things should have been kept on a UK-controlled server.
Given that Ms. Manning had previously outed all the secrets from the State Department, The Three Monkeys should have wised up and had a chat with their friends in the USA.
Obviously the Monkeys don't understand/accept they have broken the public trust and they have much work to do to restore even a modicum of trust.
The Three Monkeys on display
Why should ANYONE believe this Pony & Cart show - except gullible people?
Obviously they have learnt from the US version with 'Clap-Trap' Clapper and Alexander admitting to lying. Likely pre-scripted questions with the force of cotton-balls. Just another act in Security Theatre.
And what was the purpose ... to accuse an American of leaking UK secrets?
That their 'secrets' leaked out was the problem with NSA and NSA' ability to keep things confidential. These things should have been kept on a UK-controlled server.
Given that Ms. Manning had previously outed all the secrets from the State Department, The Three Monkeys should have wised up and had a chat with their friends in the USA. Obviously they failed in their duty.
One thing for sure, never have either UK or US security agencies ever stood so exposed.
Thank you, Edward Snowden.
Re: 3 of 19
IF A CELL HANDSET is on a body when that body does evil REMOVE AND DESTROY THE SIM. Without a SIM many of these 'forensic products' won't work.
AND if you are planning evil, plan to get a throw away cell handset (as in smash with a hammer) OR a SIM you destroy after your evil scheme is completed.
When I travel I use a very old but trusted Mitsubishi Trium Mars on my shorter trips to the West. It might be 2G but there is no GPS or memory - other than the SIM.
The best course of action for anyone really is to heed the warning ...
It amazes me, given that 'Miranda Rights' form a common link in TV shows,etc., just how many American arrestees, if you believe 'reality' shows, break down and 'fess up! AND how many non-Americans think they have 'Constitutional rights'.
Then we have the UK model: Open your mouth now and we'll check out your story/harass your witnesses OR we'll discount your alibi if you get one later.
Then we have the Canadian Bill of Rights/Constitution which really let's you shut up; to refuse to even give your name; to even refuse to respond to police. Of this I have personal experience. Canadian police cannot fingerprint, DNA sample or photograph you unless you are charged and DNA only after a judge convicts you.
I never respond to police in Canada IF I know I have committed no infraction. After my last 'don't talk' session, in which the cops made many mistakes, a couple of years pass and I receive a nice cheque for $17, 861. Damages and legal fees.
This would not/could not happen in either the USA or the UK.
The moral: Know your rights, exercise your rights. I know my rights in Canada and they include the right not to speak to police. And I know how they can work for you.
Saying nothing and demanding a lawyer, are words every one should know. Most other legal points in the article are jurisdiction dependant.
One other thing is common between these three Common Law countries - they ALL use the Reid Interrogation System. (reid.com) The cops are experts at interrogation, most of us are not although saying "Ah, the Reid System" during the early part of an interview throws most cops. It means they can't follow their routine. Study the Reid web site and understand cop strategies.
Re-read the article where it says: One of the main aims of the initial interview is to shut down any potential “Get out of jail card”, such as claiming that evidence was planted or “I let my neighbour use my PC as his was broken”. It is also used to identify evidence that could potentially be used to mount any defence.
Just ask for a lawyer and say absolutely nothing. BUT REMEMBER THIS IS VERY HARD.
I have these all over - they are called PIR (Passive Infra-Red) sensors
It's how I cut my home, hotel and office electricity bills.
My automobiles and motorcycles use BlueTooth and PIR proximity technology. And I use Ultrasound to sense gas and water tank levels as well as for security (lights).
And NEST thermometers and the new smoke detectors detect motion.
Perhaps Apple could patent prior art as a patentable process.
TRY THIS FOR A TEST
Take the unit, running Android 4.4 operating system, then:
>> Disable all location services;
>> Select an language not used in your region (Chinese or Korean, Japanese - might require a download)
>> Switch off, THEN on.
>> Observe selected non-English language usage; see if local language (English in the UK) appears in any screen requiring service from a Google server.
>> The previous OS always showed the language of the country the cell handset was in in the areas which were changeable through a server, regardless of the handset language settings..
On my last trip to a UK supermarket, one older lush had the answer.
Get a plastic cup, park yourself in the corner table facing the wall. Then surreptitiously fill it from a bottle purloined from the booze section.
I was sitting there 'stretching' what they called 'coffee' and the guy finished the whole bottle before I finished my drink!
Re: They don't need maximum economies of scale
"no one is going to pay an extra $100 for a sapphire screen"
Methinks you misjudge iPHANS, they bought malfunctioning iThingies by the million.
Is Apple to sapphire as the Texas Hunt Brothers were to silver?
Another Apple problem is that it's cash is on the wrong side of the border and crossing that border can be very, very costly.
35 percent of the imported loot.
Re: woot Arizona
Arizona also has thousands of abandoned homes - the nouveau rich type - and an equally amount of serviced lots, with roads.
Going cheap, too.
Re: 'We do not store location data'
If people transmit radio signals they shouldn't be surprised if unintended recipients catch them.
All this stupidity about WiFi is just hot air. Pure 'security'/privacy theatre. Users should learn how to configure their equipment or get the store where they bought it to do it for them.
It is pretty simple to mask the WiFi terminal you are using or even your GPS location and not particularly onerous, either. I doubt Google has figured out where my motorcycle mounted 3/4G modem+router combo actually is as it remains the same regardless of my physical location.
I get my selection of SIMS by paying tourists $5 for their old SIMS as they check out of hotels. Guess it might keep NSA occupied, too.
3,000 of these turned out to be back in prison, out of the country, released or dead
Serco and G4S aren't only to blame - they do have their reputations, as useless, to maintain - but also the government auditors who failed to detect these frauds for years.
And will the government demand refunds with interest I wonder?
Alexander, Clapper past their Best Before dates.
US Cyber Command, the team tasked with protecting US government computer systems, seems to be less than successful judging by the youthful characters accused of penetrating US computer systems.
Besides, having the diverse tasks under different heads, of equal seniority, might well avoid some of the excesses that our friend Snowden has detailed.
Clearly Alexander blew it, be it his excesses or his lieing to Congress. Even his charm strategies are wearing thin with the aged Diane Feinstein (now EIGHTY) having to rewrite her scripts to fit the occasion.
Question: Which Command will get to keep the Starship control centre, the manifestation of Alexander's ego?
What is the reason for using off-standard screws given they defeat no one
Using non-standard screws is most common for petty minded reasons - occasionally they are for a good reason such as critical components involving safety.
I usually insert a Notice into my property, printed on a piece of plastic that gives my name and a couple of contact points. It also states unless a certain document is shown, the unit has been likely stolen. I do this with all my high value equipment.
The local Samsung Customer Service store, there are FIVE in Ho Chi Minh City alone, kindly unscrewed the inner backplate of my Note 3, under the battery, and squeezed it in. Quite honestly, I could have done it myself as none of the screws were non-standard.
Thank you, Samsung.
Who the hell would want to bug a meeting of vapid Tories ...
masturbating their egos. Can you imagine how boring it could be listening to the likes of May, Hague or Cameron.
Next, lead-lined boxes will be de rigeur for board rooms, as the latest corporate status symbol.
Can someone explain to writer MUNCASTER the difference between ...
Communism and Socialism. VietNam is not a Communist Asian state, rather it is a former Communist state that has adopted Socialism - like Denmark.
If Muncaster wants to understand the difference send him to China (make sure his passport doesn't say reporter) and then to VietNam.
The VietNam economy is built on small enterprises, with a few government owned larger enterprises. There are some large private VN enterprises, such as the food industry (noodles and rice) or highrise accommodation.
And the Vietnamese are still learning how to use the InterNet for business. A Decree sorting out some copyright problems, or making a rule for the domicile of VN domain servers won't affect much. As for DINH Nhat-Uy, he challenged the governments well understood policies. The USA and the EU have similar policies in limiting freedom especially the UK.
Start-up money is a problem and only the government has the wherewithal to start the process. In the USA they call it the TARP Plan. The US government kick-started the solar industry, yet Muncaster doesn't condemn that. Many VN policies are copied from the West.
It's great that LEE, Kuan-Yew's legacy lis exposed for what it is - a dictatorship
LEE, Kuan-Yew was a dictator all his political life; his followers have carried on his line. Hard not to when the old fart keeps on sounding off, even though he has one foot in the grave..
Singapore has always censored news, gone are the days when it's censors ordered holes be cut in the International Herald Tribune for now, with web sites, news can be removed without leaving a gaping hole.
The Singapore Straits Times is simply a mouthpiece for the government as is the SP TV news channel. It's why antennae in SP point North to Jahore Bahru, Malaysia, where freedom is better, as are TV movies.
All domestic InterNet feeds are monitored 24/7; commercial InterNet users are supposed to have in place censorship software.
The NSA telephone monitoring system is ANTIQUATED compared to Singapore's system - they record conversations, too. They even delay call completion (you hear prolonged ringing which you can check using another phone) until a call is monitored.
To visitors Singapore appears idyllic, foreigner residents know different. And armies of smart Singaporeans support the feeling that all is not right by emigrating to the countries as my former wife did.
Singapore is where the NSA and GCHQ tap into the submarine fibre optic cables that link Asia to the world to the West. The SP government most likely, in it's warped fashion, most likely takes that as a sign from the West it's practices are condoned.
Sure, SP is a commercial success story but the price paid by SP citizens is great. Hell, SP even dug up it's graves so they could build more highrises. And what other country bans chewing gum and mandates shorter hair styles for men?
One area SP excels in is keeping crooked businessmen in line. Fines and banning is common and jail not so unusual. There will never be a Wall Street failure in SP, the penalties are too great. The Damons and Fred the Shreds of the West would be in Changi Prison.
I was having a Pho in SaiGon last year, when I overheard the familiar sing-song of the SP accent, with liberal use of la, the same manner as Canadians use Eh. I inquired how they were enjoying VietNam and one said the freedom to do what they wanted, in VN, was far greater than in Singapore!
Cameron ALREADY has more onerous laws.
Password or 4 years; charged with making FB comments; Bittorrent sites blocked; etc.
Most everyone knows the rules in VietNam
After twenty-one years here in VN, and with heavy involvement with the InterNet, web products and admin/modding 40+ chatrooms (for money) I have never had a visit from the Ministries of Culture, Information or Internal Security.
First of all, FB is - supposedly - a blocked site in VietNam due to the type of content. ISPs here do block it, although VNPT Mobile users can access it. Any youth over 10 knows how to set-up/use VPNs. The UK and France both block more web sites than VN.
DINH Nhat Uy is a fool. He didn't get locked up for using FB, he was locked up for criticising the government in the way he did. NEVER criticise government personalities, ministries are OK.
The courts here are similar to the ones in Britain - opinionated. They are sensitive to the social scene, again as in Britain. I have used the courts several times and found the judgements equitable. Penal code section 258 is used by prosecutors not, as Muncaster said, by the courts.
We have two types of charges, as do most countries: Summary/Misdemeanour and Felony. The Cong An (Peoples Police) handle Administrative charges - drunk driving, fighting, minor theft, etc. Sound familiar? The 'records' of such charges are destroyed after one year. In the USA, UK and Canada, etc. such records are retained often for life. Which would YOU prefer?
Felonies are handled by the courts and the records remain for life.
Police don't feature in peoples lives here, we don't hear "Hey you" followed for a demand for ID. Neither do we have the cops pulling people over as happens in Canada, UK or USA. I frequently travel 350 kilometres overnight, at speed. but I never get checked. And the cops hang out at every toll gate.
Decree 73 isn't onerous, it requires .VN domains be hosted on a VN domiciled server. It will require Yahoo and Google to set up token servers here. The English translation of 73 aren't the greatest, Vietnamese loses a lot in translation.
Western 'social' sites have experienced difficulty with personal data being abused and misused. VN has strict controls on the use/copying/retention of personal data. My wife owns two hotels and we require guests to complete their own registration forms; our employees complete their own government forms - which means the data supplier 'volunteered' the information.
Reading 73 without knowledge of VN law distorts opinions.
P.S. Like most people in VN I am apolitical, my wife is apolitical, only the most dedicated people have time for politics. As a Canadian I know Western 'freedom', both the UK and USA have far more onerous police states than either Canada or VietNam.
Why are so many Foreigners living here if they don't regard VietNam favourably?
Re: They *are* a communist government
Sorry, they ARE a Socialist country although whilst Ha Noi won the battle, SaiGon won the war - most Vietnamese are too busy making money to bother about politics.
If the VN government has your number, they will simply deny you a visa.
Re: I've been to Vietnam
Your generalisation of 'north' VietNam was no doubt generated by visiting Ha Noi. (Or Ha Long Bay or Cha Pa [SaPa]).
Ha Noi has a strange attitude to Foreigners and southern Vietnamese alike. They think they are the 'cradle' of Vietnamese culture. The rest of the north is very friendly. Temperatures can be as low as 10C in the winter and 35-40C in the summer.
Tourists get 'fleeced' as they don't know how to shop. And, maybe if you had endured years with hundreds of thousands of tons of bombs dropped on you, you might regard bombers with suspicion.
Re: A con
That dates you .... do you still edit using a razor blade and sticky tape?
Who/what is driving digital broadcasting, worldwide, yet?
If you wander the wilds of VietNam at night, the glow of television outlines the windows of isolated 'houses' where even the most impressive Yagi antenna might pull in one or two channels - if thee wind is blowing the right way.
In the cities the maximum OTA (Over The Air) channels might be 15, Cable is good for up to 150 or so.
In Laos and Kampuchea (Cambodia) the situation is similar. As for radio broadcasting we have FM and short-wave (for the mountains in the northwest). The rabid religious broadcasters, in the Phillipines, us 500KW transmitters on Medium Wave AM - they don't seem to realise we have no AM sets in China or Indochina!
YET the governments of these countries has been persuaded, by ASIAN, to go digital. So poor people who might make $700/annum as farmers are going to have to upgrade. It can't be spectrum, VietNam has border to border to coast cell coverage, with masses of unoccupied spectrum.
I agree with other posters, DAB is a retrograde step for quality, so who other than Chinese and Korean manufacturers are to gain?
Samsung has, at least, a range of models that wary in features AND colour.
Apple just wrapped last years in coloured plastic as well as introducing a handset that captures fingerprints for Plod.
What's a Focus card?
Crimes in Britain Should be Prosecuted in Britain
If this alleged 'crime' was executed in Britain, as it appears to be the case, let the Brits charge and try the guy.
Extraditing people to the USA is neither just nor right AND the rules are very, very, different.
Time for an RPi upgrade
As a home/school experimental device the RPi has proved it's worth BUT compared to the newer competitors, it's a little aged.
I bought some hoping we could use them in some short-run projects.
Hardly fit for commercial use. We ran tests on the units, the vibration tests made them like birds with flapping wings! The irregular outline shape, caused by protruding connectors, etc. makes the cards harder to us - even house.
AshleyMadison.com ... Never needed in Singapore before
When I worked there the local Chinese didn't need help getting "spare tires" - it's the reason why so may cell handsets have two, three even four SIM capacities - one for the wife and business and the others for the girls.
The are many hotels renting rooms for 1-2-3 hours for grub screws at lunch time.
Even worse in Mainland China!
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