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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!
We were told Cameron's comments had "nothing to do with reality."
The EU sure has Cameron nailed but GOOD!
I'd trust Chinese made gear more than bent US or British gear
No one has proved Huawei, or any other CN manufacturer, has compromised equipment, other than Tenda. The purpose of the dodgy Tenda software has not been determined but it might just be a leftover from design.
Reliability is far more important, than anything, to me and having over 920 TP-Link routers and hubs all over VietNam with only one adapter having been damaged during a thunderstorm. We visit each unit whenever there is a software upgrade.
One undocumented TP-Link feature is the ability to max out the RF output to 0.5W or 1W according to model! Really punches through Rebar filled concrete walls and floors.
Re: You have to remember
Australia and NZ are already exposed to US hacking. New Zealand’s satellite interception station is civilian (NSA ID NZC333).
The output of the Australian interception site near Geraldton, Western Australia, is never seen in Australia. Pine Gap, near Alice Springs - employs American and British staff!
An Australian intercept site, at Shoal Bay near Darwin, Northern Territories, with 9 satellite interception antennae is not, however, part of the ECHELON network, as Australia refuses to share the raw intercepts with the United States and Britain.
So much for trust.
First time posters often smell like Trolls. What proof do you have Huawei is 'dangerous'? Cisco, D-Link, LinkSys, etc. have been found with backdoors.
If you think non-Chinese products are risky - most are made there anyway - how many people do you know who actually upgrade network components with software patches? THAT practice is VERY RISKY.
In any event, my experience is that routers and hubs end up as foot rests, coated with years of dust, and very rarely looked at.
Merkel's crocodile tears.
GERMANY is the No. 1 intercept country for Russia and Eastern European countries, second only to Britain in the phone tapping business in Europe.
And if Merkel is so smart she should know the NSA is building a huge new headquarters in Weisbaden, using ONLY American labour and materials.
And, during her time in office the NSA monitoring base in Bad Aibling was operative until around 2004,
I guess Americans don't need visas to work, or spy, in Merkel's Germany.
She could take her new car to the NSA "Dagger Complex" in Griesheim - where she will be, once again, surprised to see Americans at work.
Kind of hard to miss those bloody great golf-balls called RADOMES.
Ho Chi Minh City - biker snatch capital in VietNam (China worse)
Here motorcycle riding thieves drive along sidewalks, even into some restaurants, and steal from fellow riders.
(1) Walk opposite the flow of pedestrians;
(2) Walk farthest from the kerb;
(3) Put the bag strap around your neck AND under one arm with the bag on your lap;
(4) Get a guitar string (wire) or a piano string (wire) and thread it THROUGH the strap, or have it sewn to the backside of the strap. Run it though the eyelet/catch and back up the strap for 10cm/4 inches then sew ends tight. You might need a leather workers help;
(5) Do (4) with 'bum bag' belts as well as backpacks.
Remember, pulling on a motorcyclists helmet is the quickest way to pull him over.
The VN Government has his ID number, fingerprints, etc,
VietNam uses identity cards, recently updated to conform with ASEAN rules, using a number that is generated at birth.
In a persons late teens they are invited to visit the local identification centre where mugshots and fingerprints are taken. People are supposed to carry ID cards at all times. (They are also supposed to wear motorcycle helmets!)
It is a criminal offence for people/organisations to collect ID data unless legally authorised to and then only with a person's consent. This includes vehicle registration data and Land User Certificate numbers (no one actually owns land here, they long-term lease from governments)
There are also no "credit bureaus" per se - just banks who collect data and who 'share' information with other banks. Cash rules!
Vietnamese are recognised as sharp IT types - Japanese companies often hire the WHOLE class of IT graduates from certain VN universities.
Ironic that NGO, Hieu-Minh is making money from a society (USA) that eschews national identity cards.
Wokingham is a town that's not famous for anything in particular
Got a good Fish and Chip store (Better one at nearby Twyford) as well as a decent Indian take out.
Lousy train service and a miserable station with a level crossing. The traffic circulation is weird, too.
Great stylus, even better sound
The stylus is great - I use it with a PCB design App and it's a breeze to use and you don't even have to actually touch the screen. Memories of Palm.
The sound quality from within the Note 3 is noteworthy. Don't know they manage it but Bach through The Beetles sound great.
The 4-contact headphone jack is a pain - needs an adaptor with my Sony headset.
The Dock is a dumb design - cables coming out of every side other than the front. Gobbles up the desk space. Luckily a Samsung support tech gave me a dock schematic and I made my own.
The Samsung on-line support is poor, and the manual URL in my Note 3 was wrong. The included Quick-Start manual shows where the antennae are located - handy since my home-made dock is of stainless steel construction.
Could have benefited from a security loop for a wrist-strap.
Greenwald left Salon for The Guardian on good terms ...
so no reason it won't happen again.
Greenwald sure boosted The Guardians circulation, even if it cost them some old computer junk.
The main thing is the veil of secrecy has been torn aside, regardless of personalities, and some snot-nosed government workers activities have been exposed.
Re: Let's count the ways...
the publisher can start official proceedings against EasyDNS in the Canadian courts
Remember, Canadian Courts enforce CANADIAN law - not other countries laws. So start hunting for the law you figure fits.
Police/PIPCU ignorant of UK Law - check the Canada Act 1982 (UK)
This British Act of the British Parliament separated the Dominion of Canada from the mother-ship. I appreciate Plod often doesn't bother about the niceties of law.
City of London is 3.32 kilometres (2.06 miles) from Westminster.
We Canadians also enjoy the protection of the Canadian Constitution - something Britain doesn't have! In fact, Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, brought the act into effect with a proclamation she signed in Ottawa on April 17, 1982, with the late Pierre Trudeau doing the honours.
It's why we Canadians can refuse to even acknowledge police, answer questions, demand a lawyer. We can also do certain things with movies and recordings that others can't - all within Canadian law.
Even the FBI recognises there is a border; bounty hunters who have snatched people in Canada have had to return them. And, of course, we happily accommodated political refugees from the USA when it invaded VietNam.
A registration in the .CA domain also has added benefits. And our independence is why Silent Circle, and many others choose to house their servers in Canada.
So City of London Plod/PIPCU, stop doing the FBI trick of trying to push your laws on to other countries.
How to tell the difference between Turks and Greeks on Lemnos Island, Greece
By the eyes - whether they are popped wide open or not.
There is such a chasm between the cultures of even the closest EU neighbours and Turkey, it will never meet the lowest of bench marks for getting in the EU.
Turkey belongs on the eastern shore of the Bosphorus, the 32km long strait between the Black and Marmara Seas, separating Europe from Asia.
Re: fun with numbers
FIFTY PER CENT tax?
Anything this man says about GCHQ is worthless, he is not in GCHQ.
Could be he is talking about the MI techs who are employed directly by MI: I know one, since he was in the Army, and whilst he never discussed operational activities we sure discussed technology, just as much as members of other professions do.
This stuffed shirt could lie his face off about GCHQ and then say, oops, my mistake, and do a CLAPPER.
If you want a 'look see' into present day technologies, keep an eye on patent filings! A real treasure trove of information. University people love 'publishing', they publish masses of things on arcane things but there is gold to be had there, too.
Secondly, this mouthpiece was reading from a really well edited script. Delivering a message. And misleading casual listeners.
The point is the public (unwittingly) trusted the politicians and government agencies to look out for our interests, silly us, and they have abused this trust. They shot their load, and now they want another go round?
And the politicians were complicit in these dealings or asleep in their seats.
THIS IS HOW THESE ABUSES ARE PASSED INTO LAW. Hey, but who cares, I don't see any protests so the MPs will just support the rules without even considering the implications.
These agencies should be headed by people outside the business. Parker's viewpoint is myopic, he can't see the bigger picture. If heads from other walks of life were in charge, they would likely have different perspectives than people like Parker.
All legislation should have sunset clauses so when coming up for renewal, new technologies can be considered.
WAKE UP BRITAIN, THE POLICE STATE IS ALMOST COMPLETE.
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.
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