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$277-Billion is a drop in the bucket
Almost every city, and decent sized town, has severe pollution problems. And by severe includes rivers catching fire. Yet the country has an aggressive recycling industry that starts with old ladies (no pension plan in China) going house-to-house ad apartment-to-apartment buying for cash discarded cardboard, newspapers, pop bottles, plastic wrap and even foam cups and food containers. Never realised foamed food containers could be recycled.
These collectors, in turn, turn the collected items in to district recycling companies who reimburse them based upon weight.
THEN the pollution begins! Some types of plastic are heated up whilst others, such as pop bottles are washed (in a river or lake) then they are shredded and dried in the sun.
Electrical cables are particularly polluting. They set huge piles of cable on fire to burn off the insulation, then the copper is recovered.
In VietNam the government is proactive. A Taiwanese owned food additive producer was polluting a river system and the discharge pipe was discovered by amateur ecologists. The only thing that got the company's attention was when the general population refused to buy their products. Some supermarket chains also stopped selling their products.
Another anti-pollution step has been the government reducing the supply of charcoal brickettes - used by street vendors and some residential users - as the fumes from smouldering charcoal is as bad as the old night watchmen's oil barrels filled with garbage to keep warm.
Countries should be forced to dispose, or process, their own disposable products - no more ship stripping on the beaches of Asia or e-waste off Africa < http://www.greenfudge.org/2010/09/13/uk-govt-and-european-e-waste-illegally-dumped-in-africa/ >.
TaiWan has decreed all vehicles must be fitted with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). Since TaiWan is the base for may small-engined vehicles manufacturers, including motorcycles and scooters, the 'spill over' effect has migrated to all regional consuming countries with the result air is cleaner and fuel consumption lowered. The vehicles are also speedier!
NETFLIX option CANCELLED
Due to an overwhelming acceptance of this product, according to the LA Times, Google has been forced to withdraw the Netflix bonus.
All existing Netflix codes will be honoured.
NOW we need a survey based on theft
A similar survey, based upon theft and insurance claims, also taking into account when new iThingies were released might produce some interesting figures.
There was a recent case in Ho Chi Minh City where a street thief snatched a cell handset and, whilst departing, he looked at it and noted it wasn't an Apple. He then threw it down.
After being arrested by plain clothes cops (a lot of these in tourist areas) he was asked why he threw it way and he apparently responded "I only steal Apples"!
Another reason to buy an Android.
No CCTV spokesman Charles Farrier said: "The ICO has validated our view that blanket vehicle tracking should have no place in a democratic society. The ANPR camera network amounts to an automated checkpoint system that is the stuff of totalitarianism."
What this man forgets is the mindset of the British government which also runs Tempura - the slurp everything program (except Silent Circle, PGP and infra-red links)..
The UK, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, South Korea, and Australia able to buy the Nexus 7, too, soon
What about Canada, which many US enterprises treat like a 51st state?
Always on culture
Way back, in the days of pagers, you could turn them off or 'be out of range' and the calling party / boss wouldn't know. Now cell handsets can be traced and / or verified, and I don't mean by the NSA / FBI.
As a manager I prevent any company related calls being forwarded to employee cell handsets. Our company has a 'managed' telephone system whereby all our calls are routed through call management system which re-directs calls to a pre-arranged plan. Since the company actually owns our cell handsets, which are also used as internal office intercoms, this is an easy policy to implement.
Employees off-time should be sacrosanct, unless they receive remuneration for being available, and genuine freedom from employment activities benefits both the employer and employee. We didn't 24/7 communication in years past and 'pocket billiards' kept our hands busy.
IMO, suicide is neither a solution for the actor nor friends / family and is a very selfish act.
I fail to see the benefit of smart watches if ...
it takes two hands to use them. One hand is attached to the wrist the watch is mounted on and the other to manipulate it - whilst squinting at the text.
The distraction is perfect for would be robbers, or those idiots who stumble on to the roadway and get struck by a vehicle.
You might as well keep your money and just use your Android, or other phone, using two hands, too.
And we thought ...
and were told, ad nauseum, that Apple is fault and error free.
P.S. They also lie.
Not a problem ... or very expensive
Given that the UK doesn't compensate innocent people incarcerated for years, these 'errors' won't cost much.
At one time, when I was young, parents would say if you need help - find a Plod. Scotland Yard was actually respected - now, just another bunch of bag men.
These days Plod ARE the problem - crooks in uniform.
If the system is so good, why weren't the crooked Plod caught selling information. Why? Because it was, and is, ineffective.
President Carter is smart ... the American public dumb
President Carter stands out amongst presidents as he didn't go around starting wars, he pursued a very 'quiet' US policy. Carter fought the economic woes of inflation and unemployment. By the end of his administration, he could claim an increase of almost 8,000,000 jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit, measured in percentage of the GNP.
He reformed the civil service, he expanded the national park system including 103 million acres of Alaska territory. He created the Department of Education, strengthened the pension system, and imported record numbers of women, blacks, and Hispanics into Government. He also deregulated the trucking and airline industries.
BUT he made no wars.
He has used his retirement for the betterment of others - no subsequent president can claim THAT!
And what he said about Snowden is so right.
Re: "Unfair competition"
Whenever Boeing has a setback financially, the US government always has a Pentagon contract handy.
EADS won the aerial tanker contract and then Boeing started paying the lobbyists to get the contract cancelled and re-tendered.
The Lockheed 130 aircraft does not need to get orders passed by the Pentagon, Congress passed what amounts to a permanent order for them. The Pentagon say it doesn't need any more, which is why you see so many parked at shared-purpose airports in the USA.
China makes some technically very savvy stuff, and at good prices, which US companies cannot match.
So what does CISCO and company do? Have their products made in China! GE is massive in infrastructure control systems - again, all made in China.
Re: This should be done by the networks
Thee networks benefit from the thefts - it increases handphone sales.
The IMEI is easily re-written, by those technical types with a little bit of equipment, IMEI has to be easily programmable for production reasons.
If anything will jar the Congress into action killing drones will, even if killing kids ...
is OK by the legislators and the fruitcakes who belong to the NRA.
American values are so screwed up but the worst thing is they try to foist their ways to to the rest of the world.
Guess there will be a new sport. Out with clay shooting and in with drone shooting.
" it's a bit of a black eye for Boeing."
Black scorch marks, too.
Perhaps Honeywell can drill some holes in the airside casing so the smoke vents outside the aircraft.
All Chinese homes are equipped with a circuit breaker
Unlike the West, many countries are somewhat economical in their use of circuit breakers.
Typically a house has a meter, which has a supply company breaker to protect their gear. Then there is another breaker where the power feed from the meter enters the premises.
After that there is a junction box where all the house wiring is attached to. This means be it light, power socket or water heater the SOLE protection is a breaker way, way too high in rating for individual outlets.
So when an attached appliance catches fire/shorts the 40 Amp breaker almost guarantees a dangerous situation.
Well, that's a slight improvement.
One hundred per cent more than three months ago.
It's a pity that Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, and others ...
have better security than the NSA.
It would be nice if a Snowden civil industry counterpart would leak lists of all those the US government had demanded information about.
It would be kind of hard to declare the companies security risks when they have the goodies.
The US push back against Huawei is simply an ...
attempt to get people to install NSA compliant CISCO and other equipment.
Makes it easier for GCHQ, too.
If Snowden was wrong about NSA operations ...
why is the NSA reviewing it's collection and storage of data and adopting the EU plan of common carriers doing the storage?
Wonder what other Constitution breaches are under review?
Snowden deserves a Nobel award for this, at least he is more deserving than Obama.
Don't laugh ...
I still use Word 2007 - others in my office are enjoying 2003 and a couple are still swearing at version 2010.
If you trust the NSA contractor Microsoft with your data, one has to question your judgement.
Re: Just Scum
At least China never pretended to be a virgin unlike the USA who has the affrontery to lecture everyone of Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom.
Kind of rich when you consider they abbrogated the Geneva Convention; operated Abu Ghraib Prison and tortured prisoners; made Guantanamo a no mans land jail; waterboarded inmates; murdered innocents, including two Reuters employees along with a sound track that sounded like a moose hunt; abused Bradley Manning by denying him clothing; lieing to everyone from politicians and citizens and even spying on their own people. The list is endless.
If you call the Chinese 'scum', what is your descriptor for the USA?
Another 'win' for Hollywood?
When will they get the message?
My media supplier is PirateBay - fast delivery. And who needs the fidelity of CDs to hear what passes for music these days?
What's this "all-but-authoritarian city-state" you are talking about?
Singapore in just a small version of China, with a guy well past his Best Before date telling the government how to run things. The big difference is Singapore has a good PR department but otherwise it is just as crooked as most any other country.
Little wonder Singaporeans are emigrating by the thousands - all air, except China's, smells fresher.
The old bond / deposit trick is a favourite with the Singy government. Singapore is the new 'dirty money' capital of the world that Switzerland used to be.
All domestic interNet connections are monitored and many web sites cannot be accessed.
Singapore is good, only, for making money. The Vietnamese owner of the office building in Ho Chi Minh City, who has a work permit for Singapore, where my company rents some space, always seems to be in back home.
When I asked him why he spent so much time here when he lives in Singapore, he replied: "I come back to VietNam to enjoy the freedom!"
I suspect the problems are more fundamental than that ...
as anyone who has ever tried making landline calls in India will attest to.
I worked in India for around seven months, installing data communication systems, and we eventually ended up using unlicenced Single Sideband HF eequipment operating in their military bands. These were far more reliable than telephones.
They never did catch on!
The difference is that France is shafting the French, but America does it to them, too.
Whilst countries spy on their own citizens, this is less objectionable that the US doing the same thing in France, to the French.
Whose country is it?
According to FAST/whomever there are more pirates than computers in Indochina
It is reasonable to assume that most computer owners have InterNet and therefore the connections are a reasonable indicator of computer numbers.
The problem is FAST/whomever (often an MS employee) claims there are more pirates than there are computers.
The question is: How are these non-computer owners using the allegedly hot software?
More mystery numbers.
THIS WOMAN will never make FCC COMMISSIONER, ...
she is far too sensible for a government employee.
Re: 'The US would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies'
Suggest you read ...
< http://www.privacysurgeon.org/blog/incision/former-nsa-contractor-warns-of-murky-interception-arrangements/ >
IS THERE really ANY difference between US tactics and those of Russia - other than language?
Me thinks ...
Assange should keep his mouth shut or he may find himself out on the street and then in Sweden en route to the US of A.
More NSA/FBI secrets revealed?
With the increasing covert presence of American security agencies in our lives, could it be the revelations these guys want to announce are yet another exposure of a hitherto secret monitoring scheme collecting only metadata, of course, of American citizens?
Of course, the UK Plod have their number plate snapping scheme - a few eons of technology behind,
Ah, CISCO, purveyor of NSA compatible network equipment and recommended by ...
And their equipment is made in China.
What better guarantees for data security?
The GCHQ claims it cannot tell the difference ...
between overseas communications and domestic ones.
What a load of poop.
Given that they know the difference between transmitters and receivers and they can figure out that most domestic cables do not cross the shore line even the sad excuse for womanhood, May May of Maidenhead, could figure which was which.
Re: And in other news...
Likely a damn sight more than knew where Afghanistan was, and likely even Iraq, before the US invaded those countries.
North Americans knew about Ecuador as producers of bananas, ranked 5th with an annual production of 8 million tonnes, 6% of world production, which all had little labels stuck on them.
It is also why it is known as a 'banana' republic.
Apple: too big to fine?
Since Jobs was buried - at least according to the newspapers - Cook has proved incapable of lying like Jobs and polishing the 'Apple'.
Apple wants 30% of everything - so go fine them $30-million.
The British and their Sheds
I know of no other nation that has such a fetish with 'sheds'. The Americans have their car ports and pools along with the obligatory BBQ, the Canadians their basements but only the British, seemingly, fancy sheds. In the Far East roof tops can be interesting.
Sheds are often smelly and house everything from mini-front rooms from where to escape the family, to model train setups to even storing garden tools and motor-mowers - no more smelly ATCOs though.
This Judge Morgan is a fool for saying "he was considering ordering its destruction". What a petty minded imbecile he must be.
What secrets; what theft?
Most of what has been 'leaked' by Snowden is simply confirmation, or reiteration, of an earlier whistleblowers 'leaks'.
And what is the value of a few poorly executed graphics containing some artwork stolen from others?
The ONLY thing Snowden is guilty of is EMBARRASSING the US government and opening up a can of worms.
Buy laptops with camera covers; disable cameras and mics through the Windows system screen. As for mikes, just stick a dummy connector in thee audio i jack.
And set up your software properly, especially Flash and Chrome.
Re: You have to ask
@AC: said: "The other part of this is that the ISP's must have been fully aware of the extra kit being inserted onto the networks"
These 'taps' are not done at ISPs but rather at the carriers facilities.
I have a friend who is a senior supervisor and he says it is common knowledge which fibres are fed off to GCHQ and his men (and women) make a point of bending, crimping GCHQ feeds thereby damaging the fibres and reducing their throughput. It often takes, he told me, a month or more before GCHQ figures out they have a damaged cable.
The GCHQ cables, along with other high priority circuits, are flagged with special coloured 'protectors' that clip on to connectors.
People with your attitude encourage poor service.
I have letters (not advertising) from the HSBC stating that no one has better technology - obviously not referring to their SecureCard - so if they fail meet their standard, they have failed.
Re: Bring back the cash economy!
Once I was ordered to pay $200 in a court penalty.
I did, in nickels (5 cents), and dumped on the clerk's desk in bags!
Re: Bring back the cash economy!
The fact governments dislike/disapprove of something immediately makes it potentially attractive to me. I have not made a personal credit card purchase for over 40 years, including vehicle purchases, and get a certain perverse delight when I hit a banks 'big cash' reporting limit.
All this to satisfy the US government.
For many of the same reasons @Blitheringeejit enumerated, I love cash.
I also use a double account system. My 'big money' in a savings account with only in-person or InterNet access and a banking account with ATM access. I move money from savings to banking when I know I will need cash.
And I have peace of mind knowing the largest amount that can be stolen from me is the amount in my 'banking' account - of course with the proviso that the HSBC occasionally steals my funds without explanation (really).
Re: Less than ideal
'Robust" is hardly a word that can be applied to HSBC or it's 'service' offerings. I live on ATMs, I have even built hotels using ATMs for cash.
But relying on HSBC UK is an exercise in frustration. In fact, nowadays, I always pull a credit check for the senior bank official and chairman of the board so I have their private numbers with which to seek help. I don't abuse the knowledge - in case they change their numbers - but have it in case nothing else works .
Contrary to HSBC belief they do NOT have the best technology, or the best security, or even thee most reliable service, which is why I have two banks in every country I bank in.
One idea behind ATMs is to reduces thee amount of cash you keep about your person or property. For safety reasons.
Acquittal is supposed to mean innocence ... except in the UK and the USA
I worked, a long, long time ago, for the now defunct MDS data equipment company.
There was an American technician/engineer who was the only person who could fix a particular problem on some equipment specially designed for a security agency in the US government. He rarely went out on calls - except for real emergencies.
He turns up at the security entrance of this US government office, produces ID and was told he could not enter. Asking why, he was told "because of his record".
Given the man had an ongoing US government clearance and did all sorts of 'heavy' design work, MDS inquired what the problem was.
Turns out, as a juvenile, he had broken a neighbours greenhouse window and was hauled off to court. The matter was settled, WITH NO CONVICTION, by his father paying money to the neighbour. No animosity - the cops had changed the whole thing from a nothing into an arrestable offence of a juvenile.
Only convictions should be recorded.
"it is not subject to any constant tracking."
that is until May May of Maidenhead gets her hands o it or ACPO decides, once again, to do their own thing as they have with the number plate photo scheme.
Then they can add tolls for different roads, the surreptitious applications will be unlimited.
ow where are my wire cutters?
I frequently have to travel trans-Pacific (Far East >> Canada - avoiding the USA and the TSA gorillas) and use Cathay Pacific often.
Of all the carriers only CX has a passenger health warning like this < http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_INTL/helpingyoutravel/insidethecabin#C > and their concern is sufficiently great to limit crews to two return flights per month.
On occasion, I have to make two return flights in a calendar month and CX flags my travel agent with a Cosmic Radiation warning. Imagine Expedia telling you?
Of all the carriers CX is the only one who considers this, dog airlines such as Air Canada, don't even warn their crews.
I expect to see a Dark Lightning warning on Cathay any day soon!
"and have that information sharable between partners" like the ...
Yesterday, Snowden, US Hero, admitted that the USA is hacking routers - CISCO routers BTW - so undoubtedly this would be pleasing to the NSA to have but three hacks: CISCO et al; Huawei and ZTE. Much more manageable.
Should be handy for ...
NSA - no need to hack all those CISCO routers.
The NBA likes BIG data.
WHAT WE NEED is one of those unbeatable EL REG Comparison charts
The RPi, is a bit of a compromise, not backwards compatible physically, amateurish mechanical design (components piggy-backing, paucity of mounting holes, off-matrix pin layouts). Our company even bought a couple with a view to using them in a school product.
Now comes TI, a classic name in integrated circuits, with their new BeagleBone Black with 2Gbyte of on-board storage pre-loaded with Linux. AND it comes with a USB cable!
Raspberry Pi has an ARM11 core, strange, no other small board competitor does.
Then there are ODROID-U2 and ODROID-X2 from Samsung with a powerful Quad-core Exynos 4412. The U2 is an ultra-compact offering, smaller than the Raspberry Pi. Armed with 2GB of RAM, 100Mbps Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0 connections,an audio codec with headphone and microphone jacks. For video there is a micro HDMI connection is supplied and for storage, options of micro SD and even eMMC. Android 4.X and Ubuntu 12.10 will be compatible out of the box (it even comes with an enclosure). $20 pricier than the TI.
For our school-targeted projects we are using PicAXE networked with a BeagleBone Black.
Accessory board pricing should be a consideration. IMO RPi add-ons are high priced.
BUT WE NEED one of those El Reg comparison charts to sort the wheat from the chaff.
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