133 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007
Re: No Brainer, Really....
"The US currently controls all of the sea lanes that matter. Everyone, everyone has to be nice to the US for them to allow trade."
More insidiously, the rise of petrodollars and the subsequent ubiquitous use of the USD in world trade means the US has a much more effective means of controlling trade. Transactions denominated in USD requires that it goes through a US bank or a US-based subsidiary of a bank. This gives the US huge leverage in blackmailing companies and countries into complying with their geopolitical machinations of the day. Which is a reason why an increasing number of countries are working to bypass the use of USD and trade with each other using their own currencies. The ditching of the USD in favour of the euro by Saddam Hussein is what prompted his downfall.
Re: Class Action?
"Perhaps a body set up specifically to fund defence of spurious claims by NPEs, that is in turn funded by the larger groups that are targeted by them. This fund could then be used by even the smaller companies that are often preyed upon."
Perhaps some of these larger companies find paying the patent fees an acceptable cost of doing business and it gives them a competitive advantage if the smaller companies can't afford to pay and go out of business.
Windows is not ready for the desktop
"I just want my computer to work and I don't want to take the better part of an hour saving, sorting, closing, figuring out what needs to be patched, patching, rebooting and then opening everything again."
With most Linux desktops there is a session manager that will remember what programs are running when you logout/shutdown and will restore them next time you login. It's something that has been available for $diety knows how many years.
"At which point the US companies opens a protectionism case in the ICC ..."
How does commercial disputes warrant a hearing in the International Criminal Court? Nevermind that the USA, along with fellow rogue countries, Israel and Sudan have decided to withdraw from the ICC.
"«And of course let's also note that there's colossal hypocrisy on both [emphasis added, MHD] sides ...»"
I think the hypocrisy is hugely more colossal on one side than the other. Remember all the outrage from the US when the Chinese government forced Yahoo to reveal details about certain email accounts and when the Chinese government was accused of breaking into gmail accounts, whilst all along the US government had been forcing US companies to allow them to tap into all communications, and to top it all those same companies were served with gagging orders that prevented them from making public this coercion.
"and things like a simple text-to-speech converter are hideously complex for Chinese."
Not really, given that there are only a finite and relatively limited number of sounds in spoken Chinese.
"And a Siri equivalent would probably need several times more computing power than that available to all the NSA"
Have you seen the size of the dishes that are used to pick up these "factions [sic] of a billionth of a watt coming a space probe billions of miles away"?
Re: Sounds familiar
In the same way that wifi is a glorified Marconi-era radio link?
"There are surely those in Israel who would prefer attack to diplomacy."
To the "West", attack and "diplomacy" are the same thing.
The "West"'s "diplomatic" efforts with regards to Iranian nuclear enrichment boils down to: stop your enrichment, dismantle all your enrichment infrastructure and ship out all your enriched uranium OR we'll bomb the shit out of you.
The "West"'s "diplomatic" efforts with regards to Syria boils down to: President Assad step down and gtfo of Syria OR we'll bomb the shit out of you.
"Sarkozy's ministers, and civilian and military officials, will each be issued with a handset, AFP reports."
So did austerity and cutbacks meant the current French govt didn't get these?
"Yeah, the Chinese are still the worst when it comes to stealing tech."
Do you mean they are "worst at it" or "worst for it"?
"People focus on NSA and GCHQ because that's what they hear of, but their spying is mainly targeted at military/terror threats,"
Problem is they are treating EVERYTHING as a potential military/terror threat and hence are scooping everything they can get their hands on. Killing everybody in London is bound to remove 1 or 2 people who maybe be a potential threat, but that is hardly the most efficient or the most acceptable way of doing things.
"while the Chinese spying is aimed at stealing tech"
I'll eat my Huawei router (If I had one) if it can be proven that the NSA and GCHQ are not engaged in stealing tech - that may not be their primary mission but they're doing it nonetheless.
"... and suppressing human rights."
Whilst the Chinese in general have been enjoying more freedoms and human rights over the last 3-4 decades, the opposite is true of the US and the UK.
"ALL Chinese companies are nominally the property of the Chinese state, and the Chinese state has unrestricted rights to all company assets."
I don't know how you worked this out. Granted a lot of the major companies are state owned, if this is what you mean then fine, but then don't use the word "ALL". If that is not what you mean then I'm sure by whatever chain of logic you used to come to that conclusion can also be used to reach the same conclusion for any other company in any other country.
"The Chinese secret service runs the Chinese counterparts of Facebook and Google,"
Well do you have a youtube (or even a youku) link to back up your claims?
"and if the secret service wants to insert code in the firmware of a Huawei product then Huawei will comply."
At this moment in time there is no credible proof to support this. If there was credible proof do you not think that the US govt would have exposed this already? Or are they keeping quiet so as to not let anybody know that they are reading all the communiques shuttling back and forth between the CCP and Chinese companies?
Re: They're doing their job.
The "surprise" is that they are coercing/threatening commercial entities into helping them do the spying. And they have muzzled those commercial entities so that they are not allowed to reveal that they have been co-opted by the NSA. Thus there can be no meaningful oversight.
Re: Look out Brazil
"[As a side note: I firmly believe all archaic post-war regulations should be removed and Japan should be allowed to re-arm itself as they see fit.]"
What, like how Germany was "allowed" to re-arm prior to WW2?
Unlike Germany, after WW2 Japan has never properly apologised for the atrocities their troops have committed, even worse they are denying those atrocities. The postwar generation are not taught about the real events of WW2 and hence many of them are genuinely puzzled as to why other Asian countries have such strong anti-Japanese feelings. When a prominent politician comes up with shit like this, about the use of forced prostitution :
“In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that,” Hashimoto, also the Osaka mayor, told reporters in a building of the Osaka city government.
... you can understand why most of Asia doesn't want to see Japan "re-arm". Even though the Japanese military is officially a "self-defence" force, their budget is very similar to that of the UK or France and are already one of the best equipped forces in the world.
To be rehabilitated into the "civilised" world, Japan needs to at least:
- apologise sincerely, without reservations and qualifications, to the people whom the crimes were committed against, for the crimes they have committed from the beginning of the 20th century through to the dropping of the 2 atomic bombs,
- teach their children the real events concerning their quest for Asian dominance - all the atrocities and crimes committed needs to be laid bare and discussed in detail
- hunt down and bring to justice the remaining war criminals, most don't need hunting down since they're well known figures living in comfortable retirement.
- make it unlawful to deny that the Japanese have committed heinous war crimes
- pay reparations to the victims of their crimes, starting with those who have been forced into prostitution
Basically do what Germany did after WW2.
Re: @Don Jefe - Americans safe from... What?
You don't seem to have read or understood my remark. Fighting for your own freedom and defending your own way of life - which is what the British, French, Soviets etc were doing - is not "noble" and there is nothing to remember or forget and no lessons to be learnt, because "fighting for/defending your own interests" is ... natural. So we're talking about the 2 dominant colonialists, Britain and France, fighting for survival against the 2 wannabe colonialists, Germany and Japan, not fighting for some ideal like freedom and liberty for all mankind. In some cases the colonialists promised their colonies freedom if they helped them in their fight against "tyranny", and in all cases they reneged on their promises. So after WW2 all the colonies were recolonised and any attempts to regain sovereignty or achieve independence were brutally suppressed. So what happened to the freedom if that was one of the lessons of WW2?
Re: Any doubts?
"We didn't when Saddam gassed the Iranians, and we didn't when the previous Assad gassed the Syrians, and I see no reason to go after the new Assad now."
... especially when nothing was done after the US used chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004, and Israel used them Lebanon in 2006 and again in Gaza in 2008.
Re: @Don Jefe - Americans safe from... What?
"Seemingly, many have forgotten that the Great War and WWII—at least for many of the infantrymen and others who fought in them—were about freedom, defending a way of life, and to live in peace without being dominated by totalitarian governments."
How naive. Both WWs were about empire building and defence of empire.
About freedom, whose freedom? After WW2, countries that had been <sarcasm>liberated</sarcasm> by the japs were promptly recolonised by the colonialists.
Re: Sir, I must take exception to your statement
Train implies momentum. It's more like a rusty wheel barrow with a couple of wheels missing.
Re: NFC does make more sense
@ JohnG "a Nokia E51 (Symbian and not even a smartphone)."
Another idiot who thinks apple invented the smartphone?
Your ancestor was probably the tw@t who said the same thing about fire. Or probably not, since someone with such stupid genes would have their lineage ended rather quickly.
Re: Decent Landline
Just to pre-empt them:
Mobile phones have made landlines obsolete for most residential usage. Most people had jumped from "no phone" to "mobile phoneS" and skipped over the "landline phone".
@ Michael Habel
"Besides Osamba already robed NASAs cradle for its Milk Money so he could fund his Healthcare Scheme. "
Maybe he should rob the welfare department aka warfare department (aka defense department) to fund NASA?
@ frank ly
"Woud the ISS or the LHC be a good model for joint projects of this nature?"
Depends on who has the final say. China expressed an interest in joining the ISS, but the US didn't want them.
Re: Weird, thought
Most IE exploits didn't require user input, you only need to "visit" a dodgy website to get infected. This particular "exploit" requires you to explicitly allow the installation of a plugin. If you're dumb enough to install from unknown sources then you deserve to be exploited.
The only sensible way to use these things is to have them behind firewalls and then use either vpn or ssh tunnel to access them.
Re: Government, ffs
"Assad government. "Regime" just sounds like Daily Wail propagandising"
unfortunately in "western" media, only white-majority-run countries are run by governments, the rest of the world are run by regimes.
Re: Pat 4 USA has a problem
You can leglislate against owning pencils all you like, point is TLA's act outside the law with the complicity of the government of the day.
Your childish analogy is too tragic for words.
"That's how extradition treaties normally work: If a crime is committed against the people of country X, and country Y, if country X submits an extradition request before country Y prosecutes, the prosecution will be put on hold until the extradition is approved or not. If the extradition is not approved, country Y may proceed with a prosecution, should they so desire."
That is exactly NOT how it works. Extradition is for cases where someone (anyone) commits a crime IN country X and somehow ends up in country Y before country X was able to arrest them. Country X then asks country Y to extradite alleged criminal back to country X, where the crime was committed, to stand trial.
In other words, in most (all?) legal jurisdictions, crimes are tried according to where they are committed, and not according to whom they are committed against.
But being the world's policeman, the US is beyond mere national laws or international laws. If they want someone they have options other than extradition: such as abduction, rendition, or simply the laying of false charges.
Re: Wake up and realize this is global.
The issue isn't in the actual spying, as you say everybody does it. As Snowden said himself it is more about shining a brighter light on the sheer audacity and hypocrisy of the US in bellicosely accusing others of spying and other misdeeds.
Re: HP Huh
"Great machine. Crap software."
I had the misfortune to help someone install their newly bought multi-function thingy. I almost died from shock seeing that installing the "required" software/drivers needed several hundred MBs of disk space.
@I ain't Spartacus
"Give people the money to buy it, then they can make their own decisions on what they want."
Except that that won't work in a cruelly capitalist system like in Hong Kong. Whenever the government gives out money or subsidies to the poor/elderly the filthy landlords immediately raise the rent of those unfortunate enough not to be living in government subsidised housing.
"Not guys in civilian attire hiding behind women and children or IED emplacing thugs."
If western militaries are allowed to bomb, maim and kill civilians in other countries, then surely those same civilians are allowed to defend themselves - whether or not they can afford a uniform?
Surely it should be illegal blackhole?
US Congress act now
The US Congress should enact leglislation, immediately, to outlaw the use of Turck products in the US.
"they have one tiny medical reactor that already has 50 years of fuel"
Stop peddling your lies. I already corrected you once on this. Last time they bought fuel was 20 years ago, the amount they bought was expected to last 10-20 years.
"that might actually require you to get a clue - unlikely!"
My thoughts exactly.
"Microsoft, Google and Nokia all fund their free maps by selling local adverts and delivering them to users who wander near enough. ..."
I don't know about Winphones, but on Symbian phones Nokia maps does not deliver adverts.
'Bankers also don't push pencils through screens "just to see what would happen".'
Of course, they are too busy crashing the economy and see who'll pick up the pieces.
"Tightly integrating malware protection into the OS is something MS are trying to do"
I read that as "Tightly integrating malware into the OS", which is something MS has been doing since forever.
As long as Australia stays a faithful poodle to the US then there is little chance of being on the receiving end of sanctions.
"The word is _entirely_ subjective and malleable, that's why they love to use it so often."
The word has been abused so much by the Israelis that real, god fearing terrorists wouldn't be seen dead associating with the likes that Israel calls "terrorists".
The abuse of the word has reached new depths when after the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of upgrading the State of Palestine's status to non-member state, a former Israeli FM called it a "strategic terror attack".
without this our clients just won't be interested in that market full stop
They can probably fine tune this, eg only affect local domestic broadband connections, plus other refinements for business or hotel based connections etc.
Well that gives a pointer to where the attack came from!
Surely you're not implying his holeyness the Dalai Lama?
@ A Cowards
"And how do you know Stuxnet was a USA creation?"
The US govt did nothing to deny the NY Times report, and in fact took credit for it.
"Iran which only wants to enrich uranium for innocent "research purposes" - the research being "how big a bomb can we build?"
If you have definite proof that Iran is making a "bomb", then show it to the US and the IAEA, because so far they don't have proof.
"when the **** hits the fan, who do you think everyone is going to be trying to hide behind in order to have their butts saved? Iran or the USA?"
When the shit comes from the US as is most likely the case, don't look to them to save you.
"Just look at 20th century history in China to decide if you really want them to be the world's superpower."
Since WW2 China has only been involved in 2 major wars involving other countries, Korean and Vietnam. The former as a result of US led invasion of N Korea, and the latter as a result of US led attempts to conquer N Vietnam.
It has also been involved in one or two minor border skirmishes with India, Vietnam and the USSR/Russia.
Since the death of Chairman Mao and the subsequent opening up of the economy, China hasn't been involved in any wars or lent support to whatever communist "insurgencies" that remain in around the world.
In contrast the US has invaded or tried to invade or has unleashed major military action on:
- N Korea (and threatened to use nuclear weapons on China for daring to support the North)
- Dominican Republic (on the side of a military regime which deposed a democratically elected leader)
- Laos (between 1964 and 1973, US bombers dropped more ordnance on Laos in this period than was dropped during the whole of the WW2. This is in a country just over half the size of California.)
- Iraq (again)
And the US has a shameful record of covertly or otherwise of deposing democratically elected or popular leaders who are "too independent" (ie doesn't do what the US tells them to do) and replacing them with often brutal military dictatorships or despots:
Nicaragua 1980s, trafficking arms to Iran and using proceeds to fund the Sandinista terrorists, trafficking drugs via Manuel Noriega (dictator of Panama, subsequently abducted by the US and convicted for drugs trafficking) and using proceeds to fund the Sandinista terrorists who wanted to overthrow a democratically elected government.
Dictatorships or authoritarian regimes that even China doesn't support are eagerly propped up by the US:
South America, all the right-wing military dictatorships
Africa, all the resource-rich regimes, plus Egypt before the overthrow of Mubarak
Middle East, all the oil-rich authoritarian monarchies
Central Asia, all the oil-rich dictatorships
Asia - Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, S Korea all had military dictatorships fully supported by the US until popular action replaced them with more or less functioning democracies.
With China you get what it says on the packet - they will not interfere in other countries internal affairs and they don't.
With the US they say they're fully committed to freedom of speech, self-determination, human rights, rule of law etc, except when they're not, which from the above list of examples is a lot of the time.
It seems the app allows you to keep a diary of the shape and colour of your turds as well. Someone must find this handy.
The interface seems to allow you to control the aim on at least 1 axis (front-rear).
"Luckily I have several other fake named accounts to use."
I think you meant to say "Unfortunately I have several other fake named accounts to use."
"The radio spectrum surrounding us belongs to us. Governments selling it to Telcos who increase their charges to pay for it is simply a substantial stealth tax on mobile communications."
I'm sure if the government gave out free licences to the telcos you would also be complaining that the government had been negligent for not extracting the maximum value from our public resources.
"Apple have taken some flak but then again they are +500m a year (and more as they sell more devices)."
You seem to think that's a good thing. It might be if you're a shareholder, and only if Apple thinks it should share the savings with the shareholders and continue to issue dividends.
But if you're an isheep then those savings are not passed onto you in the form of lower device prices.
Motorola is not being generous at all with their cap of $100-125M. Assuming $500 per device, then 2.25% yields $11.25. MS will have to sell over 10M devices to reach the cap, which we all know is not going to happen.
It's clear the "key powers" don't want to allow the rest of the world to do "officially" what the "key powers" already do themselves.
At least the "world powers" are upfront about it this time. Normally they make the rules that they intend to break.
Apple is a bit late. Chinese companies already released iphone 5s last year. Now they're probably onto iphone 6s or 7s.
Re: I'm Confused
You are indeed. Microsoft with Windows illegally obtained a monopoly, which was further maintained through dubious lock-ins and deliberate non-interoperability. Thank $deity that Apple has so far not managed to achieve a monopoly status, otherwise they could very well be a worse monopolist than Microsoft. You are misled into thinking Apple rules the world because you are overwhelmed by the hype and the fanaticism of the isheeps. The same hype and fanaticism that is rewriting history by attributing the invention of the smartphone to Apple, hotly contested by the fandroids who probably thinks Googsung invented the smartphone.
Re: I'm guessing South Korea.
Of course it's SK, with 2 failed rocket launches under its belt they need to do something to catch up with NK.
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