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Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK

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Why all domestic meters need a mechanical readout

All 'OLD' domestic meters, gas - water - electricity, have a very good security device, the mechanical meter.

These new 'smart' meters can also be ordered with mechanical meters in addition to their electronics BUT how many electricity suppliers are doing this? Why should we trust electricity companies to read our meters?

An up and coming thing is METERED HOT WATER. An Italian developer in Toronto is promoting metered hot water in it's condominiums. THE PROBLEM IS 'hot water' is not defined NOR measured so even when cold water comes from the hot taps, the meter keeps on counting.

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

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Back to the future? That's what I did in the '70's

I used to roam all over God's half-acre in Northern Ontario, Canada where the winter temps frequently drop to minus 40 - it doesn't matter C or F as it was the same either way - and I used a remote to start the engine which needed 15 minutes to warm up the oil and the transmission.

The remote gad another feature: it could sound the horn AND flash the headlights.

I guess what I didn't realise was I needed Bluetooth (before it's time) and sensors buried in the car parks as well as a computer. Had one of those, either a PDP8 or PDP11. And I used for eyes and ears for location purposes.

More Apple Tosh.

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Apple loses again in Chinese App Store copyright case

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Copyright violations ...

it's in Apple's DNA and started with their name and their logo.

Don't believe me? Then go check out the half-page adverts taken out by three 'Apples' and often printed alongside each other in Byte Magazine.

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Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

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I hav two words for the venal specimen MAY ...

SILENT CIRCLE!

Now I can send up to 60 mbyte files and secure voice and, this week, e-mail!

Stuff that in your BAE bag of tricks, MAY, and see what you can hear.

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Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook

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@Anonymous Coward: Strangely the BBC is also blocked

Not on VNPT in the Big City (Ho Chi Minh). It is on occasion, but whenever I want to see a web site that is on the VN "Do not view" list I pop down to the local VNPT office and they are unblocked!

VNPT cell service is also often open.

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Google report shows record rise in government takedown requests

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Ignoring these requests works much of the time ...

my employer has found. Love those lawyers letters!

We have several server clusters in different countries with all of our 'dubious' content, including forums hosted on our own server in a country that could give a fig about ruffled feathers/hard feelings. It's amazing how many of these complainants don't read URL's. We have several travel related web sites and many of the complaints come from the on-line bookers and airlines, all involved in price fixing.

In authoritarian countries it is good practice to criticise a ministry or organisation rather than the minister or the CEO, as let's them blame others whilst not interfering with the message's intent.

A new ruse used by lawyers is to claim copyright on their letters - so we changed our TOSs to reflect any letters claiming copyright to the letter itself will be ignored.

Good to see that Google isn't bending over for these vacuous personalities.

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Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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Re: Not so fast

Visa's "legally binding terms and conditions" have just found to be ILLEGAL.

Besides, credit card companies are governed by laws and regulations - not solely by the companies self serving "legally binding terms and conditions" as the uninformed call them.

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Re: ratfox Makes sense to me

@Matt Bryant:

Wikileaks has not been involved in criminal activities and just because a piece of gossip, or even toilet paper, is marked secret doesn't make it so.

What about the video of Americans using an Apache to kill two Reuters employees and a bunch of civilians - whose a*se is protected by 'secrecy'?

Visa and Mastercard might be businesses but they are governed by banking rules, not some misplaced patriotic duty.

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Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'

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The real offenders are ...

thos incompetents who can't set up servers and keep their patches current.

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Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes

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Doesn't speak SpOzzie

QUOTE; 'My own experiments were rather less successful, as attempts to dredge travellers' Spanish from the deep recesses of my mind resulted in some mis-spellings'.

Few dialects torture Foreign languages more than Australian twang. In a few months it will be fluent.

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Re: iPhone 5 still leading the market.

I guess this is why Android is outselling Apple.

Yours is Apple logic.

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Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

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Heat! No kidding?

QUOTE: "The result is that some of the electrons energy arriving in the LED's drive current is given off as heat instead of light."

Kind of obvious since my add-on headlight LED's require bar copper to conduct the heat away from the LED arrays, and my ambient is often around 40C.

Now, if I could figure out how to boil water with the dissipated energy on my motorscooter I could make cafe sua da on the go.

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ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details

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Old, basic, technology works best

Directional infrared communications work - how will Witch Two be able to tap that?

Another method, already used, and observed by the police, is for two people needing to communicate to go to a park, lie on the grass facing each other and with their mouths covered with their hands, is almost assured of confidentiality. But impractical.

The other method is to overload the system so it can't handle all the information.

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Re: Suppose two terrorists wanted to talk to each other...

@Dr Dan Holdsworth

Ex-US General Petreus and his married hot squeeze Paula Broadwell used this draft e-mail method and the FBI found about their affair.

My employer owns his own server and we ignore Third Party requests. We also use Silent Circle facilities.

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ExxonMobil's oil spill rids neighborhood of 'venomous snakes'

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What Canadian Crude?

This stuff is metered near the border crossing and at that point the near-tar is the property of the buyer.

The crazy thing is that the US is simply going to refine the oil and sell it overseas.

Oil politics, even more confusing than Westminster.

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Silent Circle adds private email to hush-hush communications

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Mad MAY'S Knickers in a twist

That crazy woman running the UK Home Office (we can't catch illegals) is still drooling over the prospect of buying BILLIONS of Pounds of hardware so GCHQ can monitor all comunications touching the UK.

Such a waste of money since Silent Circle defeats the whole process.

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@ACRe: Odd

LEE, Kwan-Yews little paradise on the southern end of the Malay peninsula has ALWAYS monitored communications.

It even scanned all domestic computers a few years ago to check on legal/pirated software. Furthermore, all residential InterNet connections are monitored and URL restrictions are in place. VietNam, Cambodia and Laos are more free than SP.

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Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4

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Apple doesn't think 'Chinese', Samsung does

There is a certain amount of resentment in China about things American (continual war, Spratly Islands, etc) and Samsung is in a good position to exploit this.

Not only that, Samsung knows how the Chinese mind works.

Take multiple SIM phones. The West questions the need for multi-SIM phones but there has always been a market for the oddball/ecentric accessories in China. A multi-SIM phone user typically has one SIM for regular use, another for family and yet another for the Spare Tyre/Tire (girlfriend) - all active at the same time.

Apple would most likely have a moral fit, if it thought some features were being used for extra-marital affairs or placing bets.

Farmers frequently carry basic smartphones so they can monitor market prices, as do other resource suppliers. They might not have running water or main electricity in their basic houses but they will never give up their solar powered cell phones.

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

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@Cornz 1Re: Hmm,

I'm with you on this.

But since the frequencies are likely to be co-share (they are in other countries) a small transmitter on the control channel should suffice.

It's not the energy efficiency that concerns me but rather that Plod and company can make use of this information from knowing when you arise to when you turn in and, even, when you go for a tinkle in the middle of the night. Very useful for some investigations or planning the optimum time to make an arrest.

In the US consumers can decline the fitting of these meters.

I can, and do, look after my fuel economy - even had the supply company come around and change the meter on a couple of occasions as they thought I was diddling the meter.

One thing you can rest assured of is these are being installed for the benefit of the supply utilities and NOT the consumer.

Here in VietNam, EVN (Electricity VietNam) encourages solar water heating and electricity generation. They even hand out information to assist people convert.

My home, offices and two small hotels are all wired for 240V as well as 12V DC - and most all light fittings use PWM controls.

If Toronto, Canada, can usefully employ solar collectors - why not the UK?

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@JetSetJim Re: Alternative

QUOTE: "4 readings per utility meter per year"

How about 10,000 PER DAY, which is far from unheard of in North America.

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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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You have to hand it to the Chinese, they are innovation experts ...

whether it's melamine in baby formula < http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2010044,00.html > or recycled cooking oil; fake green peas < http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-03/31/content_9664992.htm >, pesticide-tainted vegetables, exploding watermelons, “lean meat powder” < http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2060741,00.html > and pork reconstituted as beef, the Chinese have done it.

And don't buy Chinese 'honey'.

They have been copying things for years, even using transferred technology in unofficial shifts to produce competing products adainst the IP owners!

Switching fake parts for real are just a progression in the Chines SOP.

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I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

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How fitting. Bong rhymes with Dong ...

as in Ding Dong ..., the Bag Lady's signature tune.

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Moist iPhone fanbois tempted with golden Apple shower offer

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Wet iPhones? They should have bought waterproof Androids!

The six-month long wet season is about to begin in Ho Chi Minh City and along with the rains come Baggies and big repair bills for iThingy users. (The Baggies are a poor iPhones owners answer to waterproofing)

Only takes a couple of minutes to flatten an Apple product.

Still, others are happy, they are the Motorola, Samsung B2710, Sony and Tuff Phones (UK) users who thumb their noses at the rain.

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

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Why would you ever believe a government, specially the US Government, say?

Although I concede assuming the control of, or even seriously disrupting an aircraft, with an Android OS handset is likely very remote ANY claims made by government should be taken with a fistful of salt.

I remember when the late Yasser Arafat and his Merry Men were recycling aircraft in the Middle Eastern deserts, the Foreign Office tossed high-powered SSB communications systems in to primarily the BA predecessors aircraft without much testing. So if a 200-300 watt HF SSB set passed muster, why would a 0.3 watt Android cause concern?

Likewise, BOAC aircraft did long range testing of other government systems. Decca Navigator had equipment aboard many BOAC flights to Moscow to test coverage for potential RAF bombing use (some of the lane ID signals were lost although the 4 main frequencies were fine).

The recent DEA claim that it couldn't 'hack' iThingy messaging systems was most likely a ham fisted attempt to persuade their potential clients to use an open door which they happily monitor, trolling for new business.

Social drug dealers should continue to cross-post messages on travel web sites, as they do now, avoiding any that are hosted in the USA such as Trip Advisor or LP. The avoidance of any cell handset communication in and around Thailand is recommended for them, too.

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Geolocation tech to save 60 Londoners from being run over next year

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The GLC was dismantled ...

Yet another Thatcher 'success' story.

'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Thatcher: Her achievement? People celebrating her death - justifiably

How many, and what were the characters of, people who have induced such unusual reactions to a persons death?

Not too many, and none too savoury.

Ignoring the Benito Mussolini, Augusto Pinochet, Nicolae Ceausescu, Idi Amin or Saddam Hussein - there are others equally as bad but celebrations would not have been tolerated politically - I can think of few who generated this public outpouring from apolitical members of the public - maybe bLIAR will get a similar treatment when his number comes up.

Since Thatcher ruled, the UK has been through THREE recessions, THREE RECESSIONS since World War 2.

She believed the UK economy could be built on a SERVICE economy - destroying the British manufacturing base (not SDK assembly) - you will have a hard job finding a British made screw. Where are our Plessey's, Marconi's or Leylands now?

She also set the 'Fat Cats' on their route to raping the industrial sector. Scargill got her right, she was anti-worker (and NO, I am not a Labour supporter). Who else has used Plod and the Armed Forces as suppression of democratic strikes and protests.

Although I left the UK many years ago, before Thatcher, I hoisted a 333 celebrating her death, along with all those 'street' celebrations that had to be broken up by Plod.

She screwed Britain, in a way that no one else has managed to do. Good riddance to her. And may she rot in Hell.

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Re: Good riddance

Thatcher only survived because of lethargy. The lethargy of the voters.

Today the lethargy continues, the British Bulldog having turned in to the Lapdog it is.

Why do people even tolerate the government even considering tapping in to every communication in the country? Why do people tolerate the Seniors, the disabled, etc. being reduced to trash?

Get out, contact your MPs - contacting them at home really gets their attention - isolation keeps them immune to people's reactions.

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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Ask a policeman for directions? Pointless, these days.

Even they depend on GPS these days.

Toronto Plod have spent a fortune on GPS devices for their cars.

Fortunately, GPS jammers are simple to make and very effective in use.

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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What's Fox?

Just another Murdoch outflt spreading his conservative/extreme right trash.

The spare spectrum will come in handy for real uses.

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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

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The US ROI is minimal - and totally ineffective

The US 'cycber' defences are pathetic. They have spent BILLIONS and what for? Their main weapon are US Assistant Attorney Generals doing deals with miscreants. Some defence.

Why the hell do defence contractors even have the InterNet connected to their asset holding computers?

And defending the 'infrastructure' against potential attacks from China is fallacious, with GE having it's SCADA range of equipment developed in Chinese design labs.

I have been in Chinese companies, heavily automated with at least one computer on each desk, and yet none had InterNet access. Those wanting to use the InterNet had to switch to stand alone terminals scattered around the offices - and only copying/downloading can be done through 'technical centres' where the transmissions are heavily 'cleaned' to ensure there are no detrimental files pass through.

Americans penchant for making everything 'on-line' is their weakness - why the hell do soldiers need access to diplomatic files? Why would anyone keep video of high-tech helicopters murdering reporters and innocent victims on-line? Even off-line?

Cross linking databases is another weakness - splitting data across databass increases security.

But, hey, the US are 'experts' and they rely on splash screens warning people against 'hacking' US government computers. Says it all.

Some defence!

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Android's US market share continues to slip

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North American centric sales surveys are less than meaningful ...

as the EU and China represent large sales blocks where Android OS are doing very well, thank you.

And many areas where it rains heavily for periods measured in months no Apple will survive unless it is wrapped up in a cheap Baggie. Three or four companies are offering Android splash/waterproof smartphones these days.

Ignoring the fact that Apple is looking tired, using a handset that is as common as that phone is, doesn't make it good - it just proves how many suckers out there actually believe their advertising.

And Apple doesn't do Facebook, which is actually the perfect medium for characters who buy Apple.

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Guide man Frommer buys his name back from Google, plans eBooks

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FROMMERS, a tried and trustworthy guide book - way, way better than LP

Of all the guidebooks for the Indochina area, Frommer is amongst the better ones although RoughGuides does have neat, helpful maps.

Considering the BBC dumped that LP for millions, Frommer got a bargain. Especially when you consider that LP guide writers admitted getting paid off to write up dubious hotels and restaurants.

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China's Beidou satnav will open to mobe-makers

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It wasn't many years ago when using ...

GPS drew unwelcome knots of people in China to view your device.

Fortunately, in much of China urban landscapes have wide roads/boulevards and even decent sized highrise buildings don't affect transmission/reception.

Guess all the government vehicle and portable system will be headed for an upgrade: security police portables in several of the larger cities already have facial recognition.

Another database police can access are pictures of civilian vehicles as they were when purchased. Modifications of anything, including paint colour, can be ordered to be reverted to original. The only accessories/modifications permitted, until sale, are 'bolt-on' types such as fog lights, etc.

The vehicle database is similar to a facial recognition database except that picture comparisons are made in database offices.

Shows just how close Britain is with it's systems at emulating an 'authoritarian' regime.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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You can see it now, Ives and Cook, in the boardroom ...

and they even have a Apple confidential manual for the process:

1.Assemble the Cook, Ives and company. The number of participants must be divisible by three and, obviously, no fewer than three people should attempt the séance.

2. Choose the medium amongst the participants.

3. Either an oval or round table can be used. Some proponents suggest in the middle of the table should be placed some simple, natural aromatic food, such as fresh bread or soup, or Jobs favourite odour (money?).

4. Illuminate three candles (or a number divisible by three), the better. Job will like warmth and light after being in the box for so long.

5. Seated around the table equidistantly, the participants must all join hands.

6. Summon Jobs. The participants must speak words together: "Our beloved Jobs, we bring you gifts from life into death. Commune with us, Jobs, and move among us." Wait for a response. If no rsponse, repeat the chant until the Jobs responds.

7. If and when the Jobs responds, usually through the chosen medium - ask your questions. Basic, simple, first. Yes and no questions at first, one rap for no, two raps for yes, After Jobs finds his voice, you may ask any kind of question.

8. If the séance seems to get out of hand, end the session by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights. Jobs has no control!

9. When you're done with your questioning, thank Jobs for joining you and tell him to go in peace. Break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles.

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Call centers under attack in targeted cyber-blackmail scheme

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HSBC Call Centre sweatshops manage this already ...

by simply employing less than intelligent operators who take their sweet time in answering.

And they refuse written communications as deniability is not possible.

Wonder what sort of service standards the Mexican Laundry Service managed to maintain?

As for 'tracing' calls, all digital calls for over 15-20 years include all information needed including the call originator.

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Facebook prepares to dominate Android

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Zuck & Co. have embedded Facebook on phones ...

but they still won't work in several countries as the powers that are have deemed FB a waste of time.

Thank you, Ha Noi, for doing something good.

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Apple denied trademark protection for 'iPad mini'

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How many patents with iPad need.

There must be a mistake, something sensible coming out of the USPO for once.

No one else, in the USA at least, can use iPad - who knows about Brazil though.

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Court refuses to block Aereo's personal streaming TV service

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Wait for the appeal

This will undoubtedly be appealed on procedure alone.

Not only was it a split decision, which allows appeals automatically, but one of the judges was an import from another area.

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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" ... the device will boot directly into the user's Facebook home screen"

Not, thankfully, in all countries. They have better, higher priority, alternatives.

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FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying

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The FBI is not on trial, check the docket ...

nor are they using a 'Pen Register' which was also mentioned in passing.

The Harris Stingray (See: http://publicintelligence.net/harris-corporations-stingray-used-by-fbi-for-warrantless-mobile-phone-tracking/ ) is interesting - as you can see it uses frequency converters which implies it is hardly 'frequency agile'.

It is also limited to cell handset technology - nothing about 'InterNet'. And, it appears, using a Satphone would be outside it's purview.

What is good about this discussion is that we now know much more about their technology and, ergo, that of the UK Plod. It would appear that they are only 4-channel units, which could easily be overwhelmed in crowded/congested RF areas.

Simpler still, reprogram the IMEI - download ZiPhone GUI OR subscribe to Silent Circle. The US Government does.

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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It seems to have a physical shape in common with ...

(insert fast food chain name) apple or fruit pie containers - and they even have windows in them, too.

Those pointy corners should rally be good for tho may (seamstresses) who do pocket repairs.

If this the extent of an 'annual upgrade', it seems that Apple is really bereft of ideas.

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

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BT over engineers it's facilities and presumes everyone else is ignorant

BT has always been big on engineering, or rather OVER engineering. there is nothing secret or mysterious in running cables, as there were in past times.

Ever seen them check out underground conduits by dragging a large diameter dowl through them? How can other companies, with more kilometres underground than BT, can plough their cable in? Too modern, I guess.

Street boxes, aka 'pedestals', come in all shapes and sizes. I hate seeing cables and in building my home and hotels I have spent big money hiding the utilities to maintain the appearance.

There is one pedestal design which is simply installed into a hole drilled, with a fence post drill, in to the dirt. A sleeve is fitted and filled out with concrete. The cables enter through the bottom of the sleeve and terminate on a sliding member. This has a keyed access that pushes in to the sleeve so it is flush with the sidewalk or grass verge as the case might be.

Canadian Telco's use air operated 'slugs' that force their way under lawns dragging a fibre optic cable with them so there is no damage to the lawns.

If BT had competition undoubtedly they would pay more attention to appearances. That's the problem with monopolies.

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Apple in Chinese court over patent rights for Siri

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Students have been warned about taking out expensive loans ...

even worse, some people are selling their organs in order to raise enough funds to buy an iThingy.

Talk about poor value for money. Apple has a year long warranty and the organs are likely to last a lifetime.

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Google Translate for Android adds offline translation option

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Google Translate: An endless source of humour and embarasment

Vietnamese, a tonal language, is a really hard language to learn.

For example, in my pocket Vietnamese dictionary, there are over 21 variants of the word duong. The spectrum of the word duong includes street, salt, sugar, etc. Duong Sat means "Road of Steel" also referred to as railway!

Still, Google is responsive to corrections and their efforts are rewarded with quizzical looks or outright laughter. Even the police use Google Translate to communicate with foreigners.

Above all, Google Translate is way, way, more useful than the Lonely Planet attempt as a handy translator.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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GCHQ, another Mad MAY operation

Seems like the all time ministrial loser of all time, Mad MAY, is failing again.

I wonder what part of her extensive purview actually functions? And she wants the ability to bug the whole of the UK?

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

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An alternative is to tell fishermen to ...

clear the old copper cabes so they can make a little money on the side.

They did this is southern VietNam, off Ving Tau

Unfortunately, the fishermen being fishermen and not technicians, could tell the differnce btween old-style copper cables and the new fibre-optics, and as a result our InterNet speeds fell through the floor.

Recently fishermen from the Phils have been busy in the East China Sea, unless it was the Chinese fighting over the Spratly Islands, and our sea cables to Hong and further east have suffered damage.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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If Spamhaus was accurate ...

were accurate in their listings, or responded quickly to complaints about incorrect Black Listings, I might feel sorry.

BUT, since they don't, neither do I.

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Sony joins iWear face-off

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Pity the sore ears of the users ...

as I discovered with a pair of enhanced eyewear a couple of years ago.

The electronics buried in the temples (the things that go over your ears) was so heavy that I, and other users, developed sores/hard skin patches above the ear. It is essential that the cords/wires connecting them to the outer world. Maybe new electronics will reduce this load.

We found the Bangkok bar girl trick (snatch and run) was easily thwarted by using "granny strings" attached to the end of the temples - making cute loops would be a real winner.

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Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?

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Thanks, Firefox, for ...

looking after users Java problems - it was disabled soon after all the troubles started.

Pity MS doesn't steal a page from your book.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Fry is a certifiable idiot ...

which explains why he gets employment from the BBC.

Doesn't explain how he got free iPhones, though.

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