Just another blatant ...
money grab from a country in financial trouble.
How can anyone miss one of those weird looking Google cars - so many people are aware of them these days - even in developing countries.
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money grab from a country in financial trouble.
How can anyone miss one of those weird looking Google cars - so many people are aware of them these days - even in developing countries.
BT is a good buddy to GCHQ, making all those party lines to Gloucestershire work so well.
These cables don't just lie on the sea bed, they are ploughed under but currents can remove the covering.
the Malaysia / Singapore / VietNam undersea fibre optic cable was cut by NSA / GCHQ / or a fishing boat trawling (at 400 feet?).
Since all 3 cable repair ships were tied up in Manila for the Christmas/New Years break we suffered from international InterNet speeds resembling molasses on a winters day.
Sometime in January they 'patched' it intending to do a full repair in March - which undoubtedly explains the intermittent service we have been experiencing recently.
Never ones to miss an opportunity, Vietnamese fisher people managed to damage the spur feed from the aforementioned cable to Da Nang in the centre of the country.
VietNam has a 5 terrabyte land link from Ha Noi, through LangSon, across the Chinese border terminating in HongKong but, due to differences between VietNam and China over the Spratly Islands, this link has been down 'for repairs'.
a force for good (except if you are a US cloud vendor).
Where's his Nobel Prize?
best marketing / sales scheme ever devised!
Mind you Obama shouldn't be forgotten for all the lies he spouted on his world tour last year, either.
@Anonymous Coward 101
Dropbox, just another NSA/GCHQ compliant web site.
victim of copying.
In this case, second-placed Apple is accusing first-placed Samsung of copying.
Theoretically, copying a less favoured second place holder would drag the first placed holder down.
Apple is always trying to change laws of physics and history. Better they spent time improving their products like making an SD socket standard. Next they will be patenting electromagnetic communications, especially now Marconi isn't around to explain what he was doing in Newfoundland a century ago.
The much vaunted US Constitution has been shredded in recent years but it still has utility as toilet paper.
The Canadian Constitution, fought for by the late Pierre Trudeau, is alive, and well, and biting. Anyone observing what can happen if a country adopts a strong Constitution, will use Canada as a fine reason never to do it.
Our Constitution is so strong our version of NSA is complaining they can't spy on Canadians - in or out of the country.
The paper book market, hard or soft cover, might be in trouble but the e-book business is doing fine.
Jobs tried price-fixing the market and the US 'justice' system quickly knocked him down, witnessed by the number of book companies who signed settlements with US government. The big stiff was wrong again.
Ever since MS started 'renting; the software you bought, more and more vendors got the impression they could do this for all manner of things. Apple does it with cell handsets.
As others have stated, when I pay money to receive a 'good', regardless of what anyone or anything thing says, as far as I am concerned that 'good' is my property. Why doesn't MS demand the return of all the millions of floppies and CD's it has 'rented' out?
Likewise with e-books, what is the end difference if I read a 'Kindle' book in it's original format or use one of those format changers to adapt the 'good' in to a format convenient for me.
In Canada, the rent-an-ebook scheme run by many libraries is so convenient and 'green'. Using my library card on the other side of the world I can download/reserve thousands of titles. If my work schedule prevents me from finishing reading, a simple pass through software converts the format and another library user can read it.
Of course, in the UK, libraries are being shut down as Cameron's cut and slash policy takes hold, but titles could be offered in many formats without harming the author, or the greedy publisher.
such as the famous Osborne U-turns, building two incompatible aircraft carriers, etc., etc., yet another makes little difference.
Roll on the election.
all the 'freedom' loving countries are also the leading the government requests stakes.
Of course, the biggest hypocrite of all is the USA who is always lecturing others on Human Rights, Freedoms, etc., whilst it kills hundreds of innocents using drones.
When the US is on the losing side of a trade arbitration it simply ignores the decision.
Witness the argument with Canada over hardwood shingles (wooden roofing tiles) and softwood lumber (2x4's) - they simply blackmailed Canada into doing a quickie bilateral agreement - Britain has signed those, ask Blunkett, so UK perps (alleged) can get deported to the US for trial.
GM had a rare metals operation once, but it sold it off - with US government blessing - to /drumroll/ the Chinese!
Don't know why the Japanese are complaining - they have an exclusive on a mining hole in Northern VietNam whereby they ship all their rare stuff back to Japan for refining.
At this very moment the US is bashing VietNam over the head with threats to block the ever popular Tiger Shrimp business with a surcharge ... unless the VNese bend over and submit to yet another bilateral agreement.
I think we should block McBarf and Starbuck (where the hookers hang out) operations until the States gets the message. Back off, Bully!
Whether it's using non-standard screws, copying Japanese rice cooker connectors, messing with head phone cable standards, adding resistors to make charging iThingies difficult, using non-standard connectors, glueing cases together or whatever, Apple is simply demonstrating it cares about nobody, other than shareholders,
Jobs was a petty minded individual and Cook is emulating him.
And filling garbage pits up with their discarded unrepairable trash.
Still, the iSheep must like it, they come back every time and bend over so Apple can screw them all over again.
No longer can the cops and Plod demand things ad nauseum, the general public has learned much since World Hero Snowden released his NSA library.
It seems only just that if they want to see my stuff, they have to work their buns off for it. Somewhat of a self-defeating exercise, though.
equitably, I might have some sympathy. Performance money theft is rife in the business.
These media companies only seek to maintain their excessive income, so I have no sympathy with them or qualms in 24/7 downloading via commercial fibre optics.
That's ignoring the fact few originals are available here.
Given the rampant lieing as to 'successes' by the software industries, I doubt these figures are accurate, especially since the new encrypted downloading became available.
and to determine if there was any benefit between the brands we carefully numbered each 'light' and it's location.
After a year of use we found the 'Dutch Masters' products were WORSE than cheaper OEM/No Name Chinese knock offs that have a 5-year warranty.
The Phillips mini-fluorescents also have a high fail rate BUT the difference is we can get them refurbished for a $1 (including a one year warranty) from a hole-in-the-wall entrepreneur.
All our lights are tied into our computer controlled fire alarm system which uses lighting to indicate the nearest exit.
cell handset that self-destructs when opened?
A bargain at $650!
QUOTE: "The New York Times and Der Spiegel have reported another communiqué from their source-in-exile"
Read: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/ for the FACTS.
The US, through Obama and Mike 'Mouthy' Rogers, claims that the Chinese government is linked to Huawei through former military CEO Ren Zhengfei, but that CISCO is different notwithstanding it hired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle upon retirement as the Army's chief information officer and appointed vice president of the Global Government Solutions Group at Cisco Systems.
Typical two-faced hypocrisy from the US Government.
ALSO, Edward Snowden HAS NOT LEAKED ANY DOCUMENTS SUBSEQUENT TO HIS SOJOURN IN RUSSIA - journalists are responsible for the timing of disclosures at this time. See https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/.
I give you the 0.1 inch hole matrix and dual-in-line pin spacing.
Not even the decimal gang have overcome that!
being the more trustworthy, my vote is overwhelmingly Edward Snowden.
No one has proved he has lied, to date, whereas Jug-eared Clapper and his pal Keith Alexander have consistently lied, wittingly or unwittingly.
Given the Yard's new notoriety for accepting bribes and payoff's, this type of contract has to be viewed with the greatest suspicion.
Widely promoted, open Requests for Tender against properly specified equipment demands that allow many tenders to be made are by far the best way to go.
Thailand is far from idyllic if you want to get lost.
As a major drug growing area, the US FBI, DEA, etc. are well represented in town and the Thai government is far too friendly with the US supplying all manifests departing flights to all destinations to the big US data suck system. The UK has passport control types as well as drug Plod. The new Thai visa regime is a pain, too, as the old border runs are out.
Adjoining countries are also unsuitable. The Thai/Cambodia border is well guarded due to cross-border fighting. Cambodian immigration now has eye-scan facilities and also contributes to the US. China, Laos, Burma and VietNam are stiff visa destinations.
My choice would be 'borderless' Europe or South America.
Still, in a Swiss jail he will be well catered for, although not as well as in some Scandinavian countries.
His biggest problem will be Uncle Sam taking an interest in him and dreaming up some wild charges that will get him a room in Leavenworth for a few decades.
Each morning I take my meds, then I move the two containers to just under the mirror, on my counter.
Later in the day, the cleaner comes around, cleans my private bathroom and also moves the two meds containers to the front edge of the counter.
This technique reminds me to take my medications. It's worked for years.
When I travel, I put mu meds in one pocket for even days and another for odd days. Never fails.
Is there still an Office of the Lord Chancellor? He was the guy who insisted all doors be opened at the end of all public artistic performances.
I thought bLIAR killed it?
When I was at Dauntseys School, West Lavington, Wiltshire, many, many, decades ago, copies of Health & Efficiency <http://www.henaturist.net/> used to circulate. The guys (unisex now) used to rent copies out for a Mars bar, or similar, for a day or two.
Copies of Lady Chatterly were acquired, the bindings ripped apart and chapters were rented out individually!
I really can't understand the BANNED IN BRITAIN mentality. It doesn't and won't work.
My sister-in-law invited me to view her daughter's school play and I discretely took pictures, sans flash, with my high-end camera. As we were leaving some sanctimonious male said he would have to 'seize' my film as taking pictures of children was equated with paedophilia. I remarked I always travel thousands of miles to take pictures small children acting. Besides, there was no film - only memory chips.
What are the most popular pictures for Tourists to take in foreign climbs? Children with cherubic faces! Seems that UK people have a very strange attitude when it comes to children other than their own.
Of course, MPs are the very people who shouldn't be determining this, what with the Deputy Speaker on trial for grabbing at male youth. At least they were Tory male youth. Then there was the Tory who was found dead - dressed in women's clothing.
I would far rather have a socially challenged adult satisfying their cravings on-line than roaming the streets looking for the real thing.
Way back Channel 79, in Toronto, used to play Baby Blue featuring soft porn movies. The Cops were happy, they knew where the paedos were - hanging around TV retailers looking at Baby Blue! NOT ONLY THAT, sexual assaults actually DECREASED on Friday nights.
It's time that parents took on the responsibility for their children - THEY are the ones best positioned for determining what their children watch, not some MP who drags up this old chestnut every time there is an election pending.
Smart countries such as the USA, Canada, China (and VietNam) encourage the use of codes by GIVING THEM AWAY.
When Canada first introduced Postcodes they published a FREE directory.
The Canadian system also has a reverse lookup feature.
To frustrate Americans and ship stuff to the States in wooden containers, using Robertson Headed screws is really effective in winding them up.
Robertson screwdrivers are extremely hard to find down there.
Note: A Robertson, also known as a square screw drive has a square-shaped socket in the screw head and a square protrusion on the tool. Both the tool and the socket have a taper, which makes inserting the tool easier, and also tends to help keep the screw on the tool tip without the user needing to hold it there.
When Henry Ford tried the Robertson screws he found they saved considerable time in Model T production, but when Robertson refused to license the screws to Ford, Ford realized that the supply of screws would not be guaranteed and chose to limit their use in production to Ford's Canadian division. Robertson's refusal to license his screws prevented their widespread adoption in the United States!
Bad choice, Canada. We talk our heads off and have conversations almost morning to night.
Back in the day, I was a communications contractor for Maritime Tel and Tel in St. John's, New Brunswick, and Mondays were the best. We would put the testers headset up on the switching centre public address then we would touch the line-side jacks to the field of sockets until we happened upon a juicy conversation.
The best were when two females were discussing their weekend seductions - real laugh.
In the large centres such as Halifax or Moncton we would tap into the operator headsets in the off chance they were comparing notes with fellow operators.
Unfortunately, large automatic switches were introduced which started eliminating many operators. What a pity.
all Apple has to do is declare that it is a design feature not understood by Techie Plebs. Or that it is an undocumented feature
Worked for Antennagate, why not now?
We all know that Apple never screws up. Ask an iPhan.
Our idea was that a totally sight-challenged user (or a tester wearing a blacked out pair of goggles) could find their way around without having to 'hunt' for a responder (beacon). Additionally, the idea has to work in low light/no light conditions.
Luckily VietNam has a surplus of sunshine, at least in the south, so power is not a problem.
Lighting (street) IS a problem since our average day is from 06.00H-18.00H, plus/minus 30 minutes seasonal variations. To reduce power consumption many authorities only turn lighting on when it is actually dark (not dusk) and start reducing it around 22.30H (a common bedtime for anywhere outside large tourist areas) and the lights frequently are totally extinguished around 01.00H in the sticks.
Conveniences taken for granted in the West - sloping corners for wheelchairs, pavement surfaces providing different textures to indicate guidance, etc. - are totally absent here. Sight-challenged people using canes are best served walking in the roadway as they can use the kerb as a reference - the sidewalks are filled with parked motorcycles and vendors carts.
What really kick-started me on this idea was a very, very, courageous sight-challenged 22-year old girl who toured VietNam completely alone and unaided from Ha Noi through to Ho Chi Minh City. Over dinner she described the added challenges of people such as her in developing countries such as Cambodia, Laos and VietNam. They were daunting and yet she managed to overcome them all. Alone and unaided.
This weekend we placed another 23 Beacons - 11 were in common use public facilities - so, hopefully, in a few months time we can show our very conservative officialdom what can be done to help fellow citizens. With official blessing it would mean we could freely attach Beacons to public buildings and property. We have numerous Community Police Stations, real Cop Shops, and these would be a secondary target for our attention.
Thanks for your interest.
It's good to see Samsung remembering the members of society who struggle, daily, as they make it through their days.
Over the recent Lunar vacation a friend was 'dumpster diving' in a tech park and came across a dumpster that was filled with TP-Link WiFi modems - too cheap to fix and to expensive to return to factory. Half-a-day later and many beers we transferred possession to my company office.
We have managed to get many basically functional, sufficient for our needs which are as a WiFi transmitter which can send out a code and a 30-second message intended to advise sight-challenged people where they are, or near a shop or facility.
Then came iBeacon.
Regardless of whether WiFi or Bluetooth - they can both perform the function of notification. With the now ubiquitous intelligent cell handset these limited distance signals can trigger a very simple App that shakes the cell handsets 'booty' and then annunciates the message.
We aren't too swift with pretty looking UI but who needs that when they can't see the screen!
The pre-amble code is used to identify the signal as a guide rather than an advert and could, with work on the App make announcements based on a database within the cell handset. This database can contain messages in alternate languages using only the transmitted code.
We have forty-three out now, all solar powered.
Mounting them is a breeze. With a store owners permission, we simply put a 'splodge' of construction adhesive on the rear of the case and, using a modified squeegee mop, affix it on the building high enough to make it impossible for some thieving b*stard to steal. They can be removed by using the butchered squeegee mop to loosen the glue.
We have also been able to purchase Bluetooth transmitters that have failed specification tests but basically just work for around 50 cents each, but they lack cases.
Thanks, industry folks who want to go nameless, for your support, schematics and repair tips!
Could you do this in YOUR community?
I flew the Concorde, too, I was bumped up to it because of a technical emergency I had to attend to. My adjacent passenger was Lady Black - I still marvel at how pricey knitted dresses can cover large curvaceous lines without revealing what's underneath.
Still have my Concorde tag, securely attached to a leather briefcase with stainless wire - which has survived many attempts at theft.
he earned people's respect because he spoke his mind using simple language. He had integrity, too - how many of today's MPs can claim that?
And how many would surrender their inherited peerage, the first to do so, following the death of his brother, as Viscount Stansgate? However he was prevented from doing so until The Peerage Act 1963, which allowed renunciation of peerages, became law shortly after 1963 July 31 at 18.00H.
He was not only 'street smart' but also well learned both through university (Oxford) and life.
His wife predeceased his in 2000, I seem to remember, but his children are equally famous. In fact their election to the House of Commons made the Benn family one of the few to lay claim to three generations of MPs.
RIP, Tony, you earned it.
Thanks to the late Pierre Trudeau, Canada has a Constitution that keeps governments in line. Really.
But this little fracarse is all about Canadian content.
It's not onerous: Broadcasting Act of Canada, that radio and television broadcasters (including cable and satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. It also refers to that content itself, and, more generally, to cultural and creative content that is Canadian in nature.
Even if the dollies are from another country, the CanCon can be met by the written, produced, presented part of the rules.
The important word is MAPL. Canadian content in a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions:
M (music) - the music is composed entirely by a Canadian.
A (artist) - the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian.
P (performance) - the musical selection consists of a performance that is: recorded wholly in Canada, or performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
L (lyrics) - the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian.
There is even a MAPL, a clever play on Maple (tree), logo which will be seen on all records and videos which shows how CanCon rules are met.
Australia, Philippines, Mexico, Nigeria, Israel, South Africa, Jamaica, Venezuela, and New Zealand, Republic of Ireland and France also have quotas.
So bring on the girls from the Miramichi, or the wild women from The Rock (Newfoundland).
Not withstanding we have the World Trade Organisation, the US loves doing regional (Pacific and Atlantic at this time) and bilateral agreements (think Blunket and extradition).
Look at NAFTA (Canada, Mexico, USA). Freely arrived at, driven primarily by the Americans. Then up comes Hardwood Shingles (for walls and roofing) and Softwood Lumber (Construction 2x4). Canada starts scoring big time, apparently our cold winters harden up the hard and softwood trees and produce a superior product AND it costs less because of the dollar differential.
USA applies unlawful surcharges, Canada goes to mediation and wins. USA then applies taxes in lieu of stumpage charges (replacement trees), Canada appeals and wins. After a third shafting by the USA Canada decides enough is enough and signs an amendment to NAFTA.
Mexican drivers can't bring their vehicles into the US, although NAFTA allows this to happen after 5 years. Another country screwed by the USA.
And here we are again, the old US divide and conquer routine, with a handy bilateral agreement between the UK and the US. Brits better get ready to bend over, Uncle Sams about to do it all over again.
P.S. I hold Canadian, UK and US citizenship, so don't go calling me anti-anything!
I have read of theft attempts in many countries of the world including Canada, Europe, UK and USA.
My event was a drunk taxi driver who realised he was in deep doo-doo - he not only lost his job the next day but he was also charged with drunk driving and attempted theft.
The faces of the senior managers, as they watched the video, were a treat to behold - likely they wouldn't have believed it without the video.
I've done over 44,000 kilometres using my web cam and only person has tried to steal it.
Mine is mounted on the side of the helmet. There is also a stainless steel tether securing the guard cage to my belt.
THEREIN LIES THE WEAKNESS.
My Go-Pros are helmet mounted and to ensure thieves don't break the flimsy mounting brackets and steal my cameras I mount them inside cages made from stainless steel round bar.
I have seen cameras ripped off by motorcycle riding thieves who don't even pause as they break cameras off.
The Stubilizer simply provides would be thieves with a very ergonomic handle by which to snatch these cameras.
There are competing cameras, in the same price range as G-P, with metal mountings that come with "steadicam" electronic stabilisers and even remote controls.
The excessive use of plastic in the Go-Pro range is it's major weakness, ignoring the lens fogging problem, that is (and the very pricey batteries).
Retail consumers in the States pay at least ONE tax equivalent to VAT, other places TWO!
The difference is easy to calculate and to demonstrate that VAT Free prices are way out of line when compared to North America and mainland Europe.
As for batteries, if I can't swap a battery out, I will NOT buy the cell handset.
Similarly, with extension memory. With the UK Border Bods along with the US ICE men (and women) happily interrogating the contents of cell handsets as well as laptops, a la Miranda, I always transfer any hot data from the system memory to SD memory and then lose the chip somewhere about my body.
ICE men even get their knickers in a twist if you have downloaded video on your handsets and use this as an excuse to impound your gear.
is a fact of life for many single-parent mothers when either the food budget hits zero or the rent is due.
I have seen this in Canada, China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, the UK, USA and VietNam. Pity they don't sling the absent fathers in jail. As well as the Camerons of this world who think slashing welfare budgets is a smart thing to do.
by doing a dump all over the statue.
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.
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.
@ 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.
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.
Too long, and redundant.
Apple doesn't comment is quite sufficient.
@ 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.