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Canada - going British - Can't sustain technology
First Northern Telecom and now Blackberry/RIM. Kind of sad way to end for former technology leaders.
Still there's Mitel and that outfit that makes those damnable 'secure keys' as well as Corel. They don't even make Newfy screech any more!
Yet more prior art? Ever been to the Louvre?
One of the more public entrances, and definitely not the quickest, to the Louvre in Paris, has an iconic glass entrance - I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid.
Has Apple run out of creativity, that is, non-lawyer creativity?
P.S. The Carousel du Louvre (99 Rue de Rivoli) is an underground shopping mall in Paris and has an entrance to the Louvre. It has automatic ticket machines. Another entrance is the Porte des Lions, but I digress.
Re: VietNam has cell handset locking legislation UPDATE
I continued my search for the elusive unlocked Note 3 on Saturday evening and have found some more information on this lock.
An "unlocked" Note 3 has to be INITIALLY LOADED WITH A SIM FROM THE REGION OF PURCHASE and after that it can be used globally.
However, if purchased under a term contract it will remain locked to that particular cellco. Cellco contracts are not exactly popular out here in the Far East.
I went to a notorious discounter in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday night and they had Note 3 advertising on their window but it had a large winking eye on the poster.
Th salesman, who spoke fluent English, showed me that after being initialised with a local SIM (which they do for you) you can insert a Rogers Canada, or an AT&T SIM with full functionality, then you can re-insert a VN SIM and it, too, is fine.
My 'friendly' salesman said they had carefully opened up all 19 units they had for sale and had initialised them with a VN SIM
As I mentioned above the Note 3 is listed for VN Dong 16,900,000 including 10% VAT, BUT IT MUST BE PAID FOR IN CASH.
The deal this rogue offered was the Samsung fixed price (16 GB) and after filling in a customer information form, he then issued a VAT rebate form AND he refunded IN CASH the VAT amount PLUS he through in a Samsung case (retail value VN Dong 600,000). VAT is a strange subject in VietNam as there are so many ways to avoid it.
He cannot discount the unit price. Other dealers are issuing Discount Coupons which can be used for other purchases or a cash payout.
I realised, after reading press reports this Samsung scheme had been in effect since 2013 July, a Canadian friend who had bought a 'restricted' S4 in VN had experienced no problems after returning home.
WHAT or HOW Samsung hopes to achieve with this is hard to understand since once a unit has been initialised with a appropriate SIM, the grey market can thrive as usual.
I now own a black version, with my free case, and am supposedly free to roam.
VietNam has cell hangset locking legislation ...
which has resulted in most every cell handset sold here being unlocked. Even Apples are cellco unlocked.
This afternoon (GMT -7) I went to two stores to check out the situation. The price here is FIXED, by Samsung, at 16,900,000.00 VND (495.86 GBP, 591.99 EUR, 800.49 USD).
To get around this stores issue 'Discount Cheques' to be used for future transactions (including a cash out at face value).
At one store they showed me the original packaging they had from two Note 3's on display and at the other they opened a brand new Note 3. NONE HAD WARNING NOTICES with respect to locking.
I visited the Samsung country office in TP HCM and specifically asked about locking when bought from an independent (non-Cellco) authorised dealer and I was told they had no answer and that I would have to wait until Monday.
If Samsung thinks I am going to spend 16,900,000.00 VND of corporate money on a one-country handset, they can go to hell.
I also wonder what the legality is on buying a Note 2 handset bought from an independent (non-Cellco) authorised dealer which is then restricted?
Gold, the new Black?
Only for this model year then Cook and Company will be touting a new colour - especially since they hit the bumpers technologically speaking with Siri, Crappy Mappy and anything goes finger scanning.
MikroElectronika offers a range of embedded ...
Actually, these modules are great for breadboarding, then you can copy the designs for even greater savings.
I know someone who made a combat robot from their designs!
Re: So like Spanish....
AND Chinese characters can be written from top to bottom.
Yes, it is good to know other languages, but forcing people on your language is not such a good thing, you know, they may be what you say before, and because of the loss of its own language in the background noise, and You will not notice that they can plan nasty things you want to replace the Hibiscus Lemon Chicken.
But what do I know? Most people here talking about something that can be seen as a bad day in English, but Aberdeen you.
"focusing on the countryside and areas with ethnic minorities"
This statement reveals the 'problem' areas.
Much of China is 'remote', particularly in the west, north-west and north-east.
These rural areas have absolutely minimal 'services' from the Central Government. No electricity, no TV, occasionally a regional short-wave broadcast transmitter, no water, no sewage treatment, absolutely nothing.
Houses are often made of grass sod (roofs are also do suspended on hand-hewn wooden beams). The people are dressed in 'clothing' made from a sacking-like material. When I visited the rural areas of GuangXi Province my camping gear looked like luxury accommodation. I had GPS and my Sony short-wave, along with cameras. My (unauthorised) satellite-phone, through satellite InterNet, let me show them ShangHai with it's tall, weird looking buildings which they couldn't accept as being real.
A friend I know in NanNing, GuangXi Province, took me with her on her annual vacation to her home village and was an experience that made me realise, and appreciate, things we consider 'normal'. I tell you, hauling a plastic drum of water from the river makes you appreciate conservation!
But with education comes demands for services and facilities. The question will be, Is the Chinese Government prepared to foot the bill?
Declassified documents show ....
THIS will NEVER be said of GCHQ ... as the UK government, of any colour, don't believe the great unwashed British public are entitled to know what it does in their name, or the same audience is capable of understanding what GCHQ actually does.
This is reinforced by all the things the Nanny State does for the public including what InterNet URLs it may visit. A sort of country-wide version of The Stepford Wives (available on PirateBay).
Whoops, I forgot, that URL is verboten. Do the rules even allow ownership of bulldogs?
You can get the AC adaptor with either UK or European power pins
Pity the EU hasn't 'aligned' power connectors.
The Monster UK connector is over done with brass bars for connectors.
Border Bods - dumb but commensurate with pay level
I use (legally) three passports, working on my fourth, and choose an appropriate one for my destination.
For example, it is bad karma to use a passport with BKK (Thailand) in it as likely you will undergo secondary baggage check.
Entering the UK, using a Canadian passport, Bright Spark Border Bod fails to notice that I don't have an exit stamp issued in the last 30 hours - longer than the longest scheduled flight. Stamps the passport "permitted to remain for 6 months", "not permitted to work". I show him I was born in the UK, therefore have the right to remain in the UK indefinitely AND work.
His response was 'he was new on the job'.
So I get my UK passport out from it's secure sub-underwear location (with a dreaded BKK stamp) and I asked "how about this one?" He smiles, stamps it, too, and says "Welcome home".
Now I have two passports, with two identical dates of entry but I at least don't get clipped for a secondary baggage check.
Wouldn't have / couldn't have happened in Kampuchea / Cambodia - their border electronics works well.
Pretty sad commentary on UK government IT.
More likely the latest NSA patch on the CISCO equipment.
Doesn't affect ZTE and Huawei network gear as they are not NSA compatible.
According to a international survey a couple of years ago ...
it was determined that VietNam was one of the most happiest nations in the world. I live in the Vietnamese community (as opposed to the short-term 2-3 year types) and I am treated like a Vietnamese. They ARE happy - far different from 15 years ago.
The citizens are free to cross borders, immigrate, and even boat people are welcome to return.
If this is such a bad, depressing country why are so many Foreigners moving here, even if only for retirement?
There are many worse governments around the world.
America lost the American War in VietNam for good reason. They weren't fighting to reunify their nation as were the Vietnamese.
Re: @AC - Remind me again:
It's funny but many Americans in VietNam believe they have more freedom here in VietNam than they do in the USA.
Having lived here 21 years now I must say that I have never felt restrained by any laws particular to VN, and I move freely around the country with restraints only in the land border areas - which applies to most Vietnamese, too.
VietNam is a surprisingly open society although the 'retraining' camps are ...
filled with street people and drug users, busy shelling nuts.
As for our stream of Decrees emanating from Ha Noi, many are simply put out by various ministries to create the illusion they actually do something.
For example, Facebook is officially banned / blocked yet most every teenager has active feeds on their smartphones AND most are serviced by government owned cell carriers!
We have many decrees for wearing motorcycle helmets, stopping for pedestrians on crossings, paying VAT, yet most are ignored to some degree.
Requiring InterNet service companies have in-country servers is not so unreasonable when you consider we have 90-million+ citizens (and 130-million active cell phones).
My employer has servers in HongKong, Canada and the UK, as well as in VietNam, and we are licenced by the Ministry of Information here. We have never had a visit from them, never a complaint in over 15 years. We are not concerned.
So rather than getting worked up, we shall just lie back and see what happens.
Re: Knee Jerk
We don't, according to Snowden, have an NSA outpost in VietNam, however they do in Kampuchea / Cambodia and Cambodia's InterNet feed is from VietNam (overland).
We also feed to Laos.
Perhaps we don't upset the Americans? Enough!
Re: Remind me again:
Please note that VietNam is a SOCIALIST country like DENMARK and NOT a COMMUNIST country like China or Russia.
Big difference you'll only see if you visit.
Google has maintained a glassy silence ...
so should The Register.
... crawl up NSA's ass with microscope
Given the unwieldy size of a microscope shouldn't that be proctoscope?
Memories of G4S?
High government officials said G4S wouldn't be allowed to bid on government contracts following the IOC security fiasco.
Nothings changed - G4S are still landing new contracts.
Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden should be ...
nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. If Obama can get one, these two deserve it for their real personal sacrifices.
As for techs having access - this has always been the case. In my younger days I was a technician involved with Autovon, and similar systems, and the techs could always go where others couldn't. Many was the time when a scramble-egg bedecked military type would ask for a favour, like making calls home using my access.
We even used to go to microwave sites, jack in our test equipment with the security types busy trying to figure out who we were with no ID showing on their screens.
Now we have cell system test sets ...
The Guardian should simply ...
leak the location of the cable tapping operation in the Middle East.
That will teach Cameron a lesson about threatening newspapers.
No wonder you call youself Yet Another Anonymous Coward ...
when you make statements like that.
There is little in common between selling devices and owning utilities. Both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organisation rules apply.
Many governments restrict use of spectrum by Foreigners. Broadcasting is also restricted. The same applies to critical national infrastructure.
Just because Ding Dong Thatcher sold off UK government assets, doesn't mean to say all Conservatives are nuts. (The present Canadian mob is Conservative)
Why the diificulty?
There are essentially two pinch points in the Middle East - see < http://submarine-cable-map-2013.telegeography.com/ > and these are Egypt and Yemen.
Given that the USA has seemingly kissed Egypt off but deploys numerous drones over Yemen, my money is on Yemen.
Still, given the wealth in the Mid-East, surely they can afford to rent a cable ship and have it check out all the cables and when they find some some suspicious joints / splices thy problem is solved.
Then, Up Yours! GCHQ and NSA. Of course, it would be much better, as well satisfying, if Greenwald spilt the beans - a little bit of payback.
Schematics for jamming cell handsets are all over the InterNet and are on sale for about Fifty Pounds.
"electrically unsafe ... they could cause fires and injure ... through electrocution."
What sort of 'engineer' do they have to give them this advice?
Since when has ANY cell handset, ever used a voltage that is hazardous? Next they will threaten inmates with charges for using unapproved radio equipment - that sure will make them shake in their boots.
And where does Cameron and Company suddenly get all these powers to destroy computers and ban things from sale?
It's high time Plod and ACPO got back to REAL crime fighting - they have enough crooks in the ranks of Plod to keep them busy for years.
Man's inhumanity to mankind ... American style.
Good luck to Manning, at least he knows many people are behind what he did.
Definitely a Nobel Peace Prize candidate. If Obama was worthy enough, Manning is many more times eligible and deserving.
Along with Snowden.
Given the sad state of American education ...
they should have a good market.
Only trouble is the most deserving children come from families who can ill afford them. Hell, many families can't even afford a decent breakfast for their children which is why they have breakfast and lunch programs.
Da Nang Peoples Committe corruption should be a higher priority
Why Da Nang, or almost any Vietnamese city, town or village needs is somewhat confusing as there are literally tens of thousands of open access points? Might it be part of a smoke screen to hide the real problems in Da Nang?
Da Nang is, deservedly, a burgeoning tourist centre and as with any developments, bribery is present. Currently the national government is examining financial dealings between thee committee (council) and developers.
Along with fast food outlets, almost any enterprise offers InterNet access. Sitting in my office here in Ho Chi Minh, at 60 feet, and using a slightly directional antennae, I can see 51 WiFi access points with at least 2 bars of signal strengthen.
At my home in Buon Ma Thuot, DakLak Province, in the agricultural area surrounding the city, I see three open access points (including mine). Further into the city the access point count rockets as it seems almost every type of business tries to offer WiFi.
As for technical university graduates, Japanese companies frequently hire ALL the graduates of a given course. This has gone on for several years, the only difference these days is that rather than have the graduate employees work in Japan, Japanese companies have opened up software development offices in VietNam.
Re: A jobsworth's take on economic development
I have three types of businesses in TP HCM (Ho Chi Minh City) abrasive water cutting; electronic design/assembly and laser cutting. My biggest challenge is getting unskilled, grunt labour. I am not alone, Vietnamese owned businesses are equally challenged.
University-trained graduates often have to to work they are over-qualified for.
The biggest challenge facing the government is an inability to collect taxes which means they cannot pay civil servants a decent salary so they turn to corruption (bribes to officials).
VietNam has many of the needed resources - supply lines need improvement though.
As for raising the "standard of living to Western standards" the cities have all the 'Western' amenities, and the rural are fast improving.
Petty minded hardly describes it
How can any security agency seriously consider this to be even a remotely intelligent action?
What would the average alleged perpetrator do if he knew the Plod were visiting in a week or two?
Hopefully the Giardian took some dogs of computers to destroy after ensuring the Snowden data was backed up.
Re: Why don't they just go abroad?
Silent Circle's servers are in Canada. Only their front office is in Washington.
Zimmerman has the creds for fighting the US government, he did it for three years and won so I suspect there are more, serious, details we have not been made privvy too.
You can still use their encrypted document transmission service with a 60 Mbyte limit. This should handle most email sized transmittals.
Yes - for $300 PLUS the ability ...
to install corrective lenses.
Google knows the wealthier, older, population needs corrective eye-wear and making provision for lens installation will be a nothing after the engineering they have invested in so far.
Obama is a liar
Until Snowden and Greenwald spilled the beans, Obama was fighting detractors in Congress.
Not only is he a liar, he is one of many traitors who have failed the American people.
A very moving video that all drivers should see
What struck me was the generous forgiveness by both Amish victims families as well as the woman whose father was T-boned. What great examples of humanity they are.
Most of us would be looking for revenge, understandably, but these people have moved on.
This was a thin case that relied heavily on conspiracy and innuendo
You forgot to mention Jobs' e-mail, his own goal!
The Big Lie contniues ...
but I guess the NSA boss thinks in repeating this hollow mantra enough times, the general public, who he obviously thinks is as stupid as he is, will actually believe the US Government.
You are a failure, Alexander. What an epitaph - the man who failed.
I live in Second and 'Third World' countries, to adopt your classification and I guess you haven't seen too much.
Cell handsets and InterNet keep even the most basic of African villages rolling. Not only can they do business and banking over these facilities but also ascertain present day prices of commodities and minerals so they don't get ripped off by dealers.
In Laos it's how remote villages keep in touch, summons help from authorities get medical advice, taking accommodation reservations and doing other business.
In VietNam almost every teenager spends hours on-line studying languages from the BBC or general education from that equally amazing Khan Academy, even on-line university credit courses.
Gates does his thing and Google does theirs.
In making that snide comment Bill Gates, worth $61B and Richest Man in America, said more about his small mindedness, than anything.
Re: HSBC two-factor
The SecureKey (key ring dongle) is useless. It has caught fire, and is simply a security placebo. One of my techs took a long time to hack it but now the codes are on my Samsung Note behind a decent password.
I was speaking to a live technician in London, not the Mumbai sweatshop, and he inquired whether I had Rapport installed. After advising him No, he came back with the rejoinder Don't install it! Seems that Tech Support makes a lot of overtime from that little piece of junk software.
And it doesn't enhance security much, but it makes customers feel good.
So the USA is risky and Europe safe?
I think the Europe part needs better defining.
I would rate Britain, France and Germany as unsafe domains to keep the corporate crown jewels in. Britain and Germany because they sleep with the NSA, as well as having resident spy stations, and France because it likely is into cloud penetration, too.
The high-speed fibre cables all have pinch points: Brazil, USA, UK, Singapore, with a small one in India and, equally, draconian computer access laws. The Russian block are tapped in Germany.
Perhaps the answer is to keep the servers in a country that's antagonistic to the USA and doesn't host NSA spies. Greece and Cuba sure don't like the States. Or they could beef up the cable to Greenland and on to Newfoundland thence to the north shore of Canada.
El Reg sure bounces around a lot. I've seen them hosted in the USA, Japan as well as Europe.
Britain's Nanny State
There must be groups of civil servants surveying daily life to see how big an a*sehole they can be each day.
Not all Google-type glasses are the same: some accept corrective lenses and with my tri-focal lens costing around USD$500 a pair I am not about to be buying two sets.
I agree that the display should not be active but corrective lens in a inactive display frame is no more unsafe than any other framed lens. All these spoil-sports need do is to add a few words to the regulation that governs cell handset use.
Guess we are lucky Centrica doesn't have the contract for writing this regulation.
Rgister your telephones as something Pizza
Yesterday (Wednesday), in Washington, at the Senate, NSA deputy director John Inglis let out a little secret when he said: "they (NSA using telephone metadata) “try to be judicious” and that when there is a second hop or third hop, they “may only do that for a subset of numbers. ”If a “pizza deliveryman” is included in one of those hops, “you don’t go after that,” he said.
So, all terrorists, register your cell as Ali's Pizza, or something similar, and the NSA will ignore you!
THANK YOU, NSA deputy director John Inglis. Dummy.
If you treat your employees like shit ...
then it follows you will treat your customers likewise.
What is to stop an dishonest employee from giving an acquaintance, visiting a store, the goods he wants taken out illegally?
Nothing. I usually decline to do business with stores like that as they usually penalise staff for loses, too.
There is a hotel in Hoi An, VietNam, that uses the same scheme, and after I and a fellow employee (we were on a hotel qualification inspection) filmed the process each day.
After a few days a manager approached me and asked what I was filming. I explained my purpose of checking hotels and that we filmed his 'security' inspections to give negative publicity to our trade clients (travel agents and tour operators) which is part of our business.
A couple of days later it had stopped and, after checking for a year, still remains a thing of the past.
Near my office there is a supermarket where, in public near the store entrance, all employees are scanned and hand searched even if they go to the toilets. And that includes the manager.
I asked him who had key access to the store and he replied five people. I asked what was to stop them returning after hours and pinching something
He replied nothing. I said it was therefore pointless searching them and they, too, stopped.
If employees want to steal product, they will, but that does NOT excuse their employer from humiliating them.
Re: Automatically shut down the phone
DIDN'T work for BOEING - and they have money to burn as far as safety is concerned. See: < http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-boeing-requests-worldwide-checks-of-honeywell-beacons-20130728,0,150797.story >.
Now, with Honeywell beacons catching fire (at Heathrow) Boeing is requiring all it's new designs be inspected for scorching. (717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777s, etc)
Th subliminal message is FLY AIRBUS!
Next time buy ...
flame retardant furniture. Unprotected furniture may be cheaper but the cost is far less than the loss of a life,
Many older apartments in HongKong have 'gates' on the entrances and bars on the windows. These are great for keeping break and enter artists out but terrible in emergencies.
This applies to many, many countries in the Far East where builders supply a so-so quality lock for the door AND a sliding-grill / gate for added protection. These are secured with padlocks.
Better still, make sure your household furniture has fireproofing - even required by some governments out here.
And make sure barred windows have quick release devices on the inside!
Re: This Google design and implementation simply highlights ...
With today's technology producing smooth, rounded edges is as easy as a straight. I have PCB's made by the thousand and it's OK for those quantities.
I think Apple supremacy is a perfect reflection of ...
the gullibility of the American buying public.
They don't research buys - simply spur of the moment.
Re: Memories of Eaton's...
Hardly a valid comparison.
Apple doesn't have executives who are pot heads, or race car drivers, or wanna be politicians.
Eaton's, a family owned, Canada-wide, department store was founded by a hard working immigrant Scotsman using very tight vertical integration and then neglected by the third generation who were little better than wealthy playboys.
Guess the NSA could have fingered Dang's gear ...
as they couldn't invoke the NSA keys CISCO has in it's real gear.
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