* Posts by crayon

137 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

crayon

Great, they're going to do this in stages:

"800 Nits, then 1500 Nits"

then Philip's 4000 Nits,

then Dolby Vision's 10000 Nits.

So they want us to buy 4 generations of TVs before we get to HDR nirvana? Sounds a bit like the racketeers at the SD Card consortium who brings out incremental increases to capacity every few years.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

crayon

"security vulnerabilities" ?

I think most bluray player owners would not classify this as a security vulnerability, it's more like a bugfix.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

crayon

"it incorporates an innovation which has not yet been introduced by Apple, and cannot be sold till Apple have thought of it second"

It would be more effective to let it be sold for a while then they can claim damages for "lost sales".

"Sorry, I'm no fan of American imperialism but I was unaware the US had annexed parts of Chile."

Crimea held a referendum (however flawed it may have been) the outcome of which was to (re)join Russia. Which is more than could be said for the US/EU backed mob that overthrew an elected government. The US/EU are all for self-determination when it suits them (eg Kosovo) but when the shoe is on the other foot they cry foul, and throw tantrums, and impose sanctions, and if the other foot is militarily weak they start dropping bombs on them.

"This was the principle which for the US permitted Bosnia, Libya, and Kosovo"

The UN resolution stated "to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack". The US/EU/Nato perverted it into a war for regime change.

If the US/EU/Nato hadn't acted illegally with respect to Libya (that is taking a UN resolution that authorised specific, limited actions, and taking it as a mandate to wage war and regime change) then the UN Security Council might have had better chances gaining China and Russia's support in passing some meaningful resolution on the Syria issue.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Unhappy

@All expensive for what they are

"... I am disappointed just how expensive and short battery life these devices still are."

Don't worry, some bright spark will bring out mobile battery chargers to keep your cleaner topped up whilst you're sucking away on turbo boost mode.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

crayon

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.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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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.

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

crayon

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.

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Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying

crayon
FAIL

"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.

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

crayon

@mhenriday

"«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.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

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@Mephistro

"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"

ditto

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US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

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@druck

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"?

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Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

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Re: Sounds familiar

In the same way that wifi is a glorified Marconi-era radio link?

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Iranian cyberwar chief shot dead. Revolutionary Guard: Assassination? Don't 'speculate'

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@DougS

"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.

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French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM

crayon

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/07/thales_teorem/

"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?

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

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@Vociferous

"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?

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

crayon

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.

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

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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 :

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“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.

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... 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.

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

crayon

Re: @Don Jefe - Americans safe from... What?

@tom dial

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?

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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.

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crayon

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.

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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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.

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

crayon

Re: NFC does make more sense

@ JohnG "a Nokia E51 (Symbian and not even a smartphone)."

Another idiot who thinks apple invented the smartphone?

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Eggheads turn Motorola feature phone into CITYWIDE GSM jammer

crayon

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.

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China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband

crayon

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".

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

crayon

@ 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.

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Fiendish fake Flash plugin squirts grumble-flick ads into kiddies' websites

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FAIL

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.

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D-Link patches vid storage units

crayon

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.

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Syrian Electronic Army no longer just Twitter feed jackers... and that's bad news

crayon

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.

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Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

crayon
FAIL

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.

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Latvian foreign minister speaks out against giving up alleged Gozi writer to US

crayon

Extradition?

"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.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

crayon

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.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

crayon

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.

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Desperate Venezuelans wiped clean of bog roll

crayon

@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.

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Anonymous threat shutters Gitmo WiFi

crayon

"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?

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crayon

Surely it should be illegal blackhole?

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Feds slam hacker-friendly backdoors in jalopy, grub factories

crayon

US Congress act now

The US Congress should enact leglislation, immediately, to outlaw the use of Turck products in the US.

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'Lab-smashing' Stuxnet HELPED Iran's nuke effort, says brainiac

crayon
FAIL

@Matt Bryant

"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.

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Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app

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WTF?

"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.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

crayon

'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.

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UK.gov: You didn't trust us with your ID, so we gave it to private biz

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@Chet Mannly

As long as Australia stays a faithful poodle to the US then there is little chance of being on the receiving end of sanctions.

@Naughtyhorse

"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".

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Apple shifts iTunes to HTTPS, sidesteps China’s censors

crayon

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.

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10,000 Indian government and military emails hacked

crayon

Well that gives a pointer to where the attack came from!

Surely you're not implying his holeyness the Dalai Lama?

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US: We'll drag cyber-spies into COURT from their hideouts

crayon

@ 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)

- Cuba

- Dominican Republic (on the side of a military regime which deposed a democratically elected leader)

- Vietnam

- Cambodia

- 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.)

- Grenada

- Panama

- Iraq

- Afghanistan

- 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:

Iran 1953

Guatemala 1954

Iraq 1963

Brazil 1964

Chile 1973

Turkey 1980

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.

Venezuela 2002

Libya 2011

Syria 2011-?

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.

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Japanese firm lifts lid on Android-controlled toilet

crayon

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.

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@Evil Auditor

The interface seems to allow you to control the aim on at least 1 axis (front-rear).

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Facebook: 'No merit' to claim we broke German privacy law

crayon

"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."

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Dutch operators: Ugh, we really overdid it on the 4G last night...

crayon

"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.

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Apple: What do our Maps need? Stalk-yer-buddies Foursquare tech, NATCH!

crayon

"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.

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

crayon

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.

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ITU to treaty haters: Enjoy your pricey roaming, boatloads of spam... suckers

crayon

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.

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