* Posts by JaitcH

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RSA rebel conference TrustyCon sells out despite 'dirty tricks'

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Want to see how the NSA cracked "elliptic curve cryptography"?

A fascinating YouTube series of what should be a totally boring subject is absolutely viewer/reader friendly.

Start here: < http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/inquiring-minds-edward-frenkel-math-doesnt-suck >.

Check out the whole series - truly mind grabbing.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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Another Boeing Project 25?

Boeing, a sweetheart of the NSA, didn't have too much success with Project 25, so why should we expect much better this time?

Additionally, why would anyone, other than the American government, trust Boeing or any other American company with security?

Requesting "permanently withheld from public inspection" is simply a Drama Queen act - which many companies employ. And what is a piece of paper worth? They can collect as many NDAs as they want but if someone wants in, they'll find a way.

Secret screws didn't do Apple any good, and epoxy is easily defeated - after the cell handset has been appropriately rendered inoperable through it's local environment.

There are places in China who can, for a fee, reverse engineer 'secure' electronics products using X-ray techniques, followed by applications of choice concoctions of heated nitric or sulphuric acid along with 2,2,2trifluoroacetamide gas. They also use chemical and plasma etching.

As for the memory fuses to stop duplication, they are a breeze, too.

Me, I would go for Phil Zimmerman's BLACK PHONE, just announced, at least he has the credits for standing up for Uncle Sam.

So away with you Boeing, go fix those batteries that keep catching fire.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Pure bloody unfounded prejudice

@ frank ly:

I guess England has never had the Kray Brothers, the Train Robbers, etc. - all pre-bred English people.

My aunt lived out in the country with a famous line of pure bred dogs, nearby a Travellers site (legal). She fell over one day and couldn't move. One Traveller noticed the change in the dogs barking and he investigated, then called the police.

The aunt never lost a thing to theft - in fact the Travellers even kept an eye on her premises when she attended dog shows.

I suspect immigrants do less major crime than English-born people on a percentage basis.

P.S. LY doesn't sound too English, either.

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Some Canadian Telco's ...

print, in large yellow type, FIBRE OPTIC-FIBRE OPTIQUE on the outer plastic sheath of cables. Bilingual signs are mandatory!

Seems that cable thieves are quasi-technical, damage to fibre is way below that of copper.

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Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone

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Apple doesn't comment on ongoing legal disputes.

Too long, and redundant.

Apple doesn't comment is quite sufficient.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Re: Signal free railroad operation

@ Ryan 7:

Human free, remote controlled trains over long distances are already a reality in Canada.

Each and every night a high-speed freight train travels between Windsor, Ontario (opposite Detroit) and Fort Erie (opposite Buffalo, New York State) without a human around.

Further north in Ontario, Canada, a control centre in North Bay (think NORAD North) operates trains between Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario to Moosenee, Ontario (on Hudson Bay).

The only 'local' input is if a short between rails is detected which is used to determine if there is another piece of rolling stock on the line.

Actually, unhappy First Nations Indians - who have treaty rights pre-dating Canada - use car battery booster cables between the opposite rails to force trains to stop. It generally results in their "issues" being addressed, promptly, especially since they legally own the land under the railroad tracks.

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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I wonder if the GCHQ logo is copyright?

@Ledswinger:

I'm off down to our T-shirt embosser tomorrow - only Fifty (US) Cents for a 2-colour computer stitched embossed logo (100 pieces)! Should look good on a dark blue T-shirt.

Both GCHQ and NSA have very poor Press Kits - no logos.

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Has ANYONE dared check in at a US airport ...

actually wearing "Department of Homeland Stupidity".

They might even arrest the wearer for 'passing off' as a Homeland employee!

(Wikipedia: "In the United Kingdom, passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights. The tort of passing off protects the goodwill of a trader from a misrepresentation.")

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Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists

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Microsoft - Who can trust THAT name?

Given all the (alleged) back doors in MS software why would you trust them for anything, so GCHQ and NSA can plunder your comms?

Why not give TOP SECRET AMERICA a read < magnet:?xt=urn:btih:0fc432e17c2e856e6b3c605761cd9d6748e970cb&dn=Top%20Secret%20America >, then go load a Chinese or Korean software version equivalent.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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@ Paul Webb - Hoover? Wasn't he the ...

gay guy who ran the FBI and kept is job, until he dropped dead, by blackmailing US politicians?

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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Re: Showboating

==> PS, due to the delights of fibre and light, you only need a single fibre in each house, not a pair.

Telco's are as tight as a duck's ar*e but even they run two fibres in - in case of failure. Maybe not BT, but whoever claimed they even think ahead?

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Re: Something we can look forward to

200 years? THAT soon?

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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.

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

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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?

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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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.

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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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.

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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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.

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Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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Re: Data retention, it's all the rage

@ veti:

If you are so wound up about Google Translate and privacy - simply don't use it!

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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!

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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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.

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Great new word - SIGNIT

which, I presume is the name given SIGINT operators.

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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

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"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'.

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

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To obfuscate the ruling Google should simply use ...

Google Translate!

Might even make it humourous.

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Canadian spookhaus says airport Wi-Fi slurp didn't invade privacy

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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.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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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!

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Canada says Google broke law by snooping health info to serve ads

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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?

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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I bet that Apple's ...

USD$1,800 an hour lawyer is loving every minute ($60) of this stupidity.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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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).

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

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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?

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Re: FUD

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.

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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

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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?

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Re: Trust? LoL

@ 02X7Cm:

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.

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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.

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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?

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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

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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.

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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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.

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Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

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Only an Apple user would ...

need this.

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.

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EU pulls out antitrust probe, prods Euro pay-TV contracts

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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.

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Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

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Re: Fragmentation alert!

@Shane Sturrock:

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.

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

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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.

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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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'.

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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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.

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Workers, guards clash in hours-long Samsung factory RIOT in Vietnam

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DURIAN ... my favourite fruit!

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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.

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You are out to lunch!

Both the security company and the construction company are non-Samsung companies.

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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.

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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!

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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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.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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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.

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