* Posts by JaitcH

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Back-Up? Have you never heard of GLONASS or BEIDOU

Many consumer GPS systems come equipped with the Russian GLONASS system these days, In my part of the world we also enjoy BEIDOU - both free.

And, somewhere, there is Galileo.

And what of Dodderhill, just outside the village of Wychbold, near Droitwich in Worcestershire where the BBC Long Wave service is transmitted? It already carries radio data encoded using phase modulation.

They might be short of valves / tubes but they could chat with engineers who worked at the late Decca Navigator and get copies of the circuits of their solid state RF amplifiers. The present carrier frequency is controlled by a rubidium atomic frequency standard.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Highlighting the BIG difference between Britain and the USA (and Canada)

The Constitution of the USA makes such a difference to living in that regime,

Compare that to the UK, where the Queen's SUBJECTS reside, where MAY can have a wet dream and wake up and pass legislation that affects everyone's daily life.

Canada even has a Constitution AND a Bill of Rights!

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Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

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So Mexico joins most of the rest of the world.

So Mexico has joined the ranks of the G20 ... and a whole bunch of countries whose people live in poverty.

The United Nations even has a hand in this. The UN financed several 'suites' of high tech communications gear for Kampuchea / Cambodia. They have one extremely well equipped central 'lab', with three or four regional labs with less equipment. The UN financing included two mobiles with a lot of high-end gear.

Imagine the shock of my friend, who works for an NGO in a more remote part of northern Cambodia, where there is no cell service and not even electricity, when some squaddy walks up and says the have NO LICENCE for the 5-watt VHF hand-helds they use for NGO members to keep in touch. (A $20 bribe fixed the problem)

To complete Cambodia's membership in the spy society they have a NSA monitoring outpost in Phnom Penh.

Makes me appreciate my aged featureless Mitsubishi Trium even more. My smartphone doesn't have a SIM - it uses a MESH radio App.

Ain't technology great?

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Swiss super pushes USA off podium in new Top500 Supers list

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And Trump says the USA is ahead of China?

The USA is going the UK way.

Plenty of smart ideas but lacking the skills to execute them commercially.

When you consider where China was 40-50 years ago, mainly agrarian, terrible electricity, water and transportation, they sure have come a long way, For this they deserve congratulations.

For this the citizenry suffered, though, big time. Hopefully today's generation, and those who follow, will reap the success of these technological achievements. I think of some of the residents I met in YunNan, located in the far southwest of the country, who to this day live in grass and mud huts without education or even basic infrastructure such as electricity, water or sewers.

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Most People Like to Kick the Tyres / Tires Before Buying

That piece of aeronautical junk called the F35 still doesn't meet specifications even after they have been relaxed. So why is the UK buying them, let alone ordering accessories?

And the F35's don't really like steam-driven Catapult Bridles because it puts excessive strains on the air-frames. Bet the Russians don't have that problem. Naturally, Cameron went for different catapult drive systems (steam / magnetic) for the two new aircraft carriers he bought.

What's wrong with the Euro fighter?

And the Brits can't even maintain their F35's - that has gone to Italy.

Must be nice to have unlimited funds that you never worked for.

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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What a Bunch of Softies!

I'm Canadian - think -40C (Kapuskasing, Ontario) in February, snow in June. engine and battery heaters when parking overnight, tyres / tires with flat spots where they rested on the ground. etc.

Now, in Indochina - think +35-40C, equator sun position, heavy rain. Tie, shirt and slacks for dress.Special precautions? Maybe a small bottle of boiled water, no sun block and that's it! I use fan for cooling the house (yes, I have air-con), mosquito / bug repellent early morning / evening.

It took about a year to acclimatise. Oh, and show bugs respect, especially the weird looking ones - some poison you if you squash them!

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Oh the irony: Government Digital Services can't pay staff because of tech problems

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You can't beat C-A-S-H!

Here in VietNam we have no cheques - the banks have a fund raising system called Transfers.

Whenever you want to pay a bill or send money somewhere UNLESS you go to the payee's actual branch, there is the money raising Transfer Fee.

The law also requires that payments in excess of USD$3,500 equivalent (79,420,893 Dong) in an effort to get people to pay VAT!

My company does sizable business with EVN (Electricity VietNam-government owned) every month well in excess of USD$11,000 equivalent, The Invoices we have to issue are basically word-processed without any numbers other than the amount owed.

Within a few days Mr. Moneybags rolls up on his motorcycle, with a bulging square briefcase, and he walks in straight to the rear of the premises. He calmly counts out 78 blocks of money, all neatly tied up with strings and a special seal. We sign a simple receipt and he's off. Next day he returns, same process.

On the final day he counts out the precise balance and, again, a simple receipt concludes the transaction.

People like this system - it works day and night, rain or shine, power on or off. Best of all is the no VAT deal.

Beats computers and cash registers every time!

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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QUOTE: ' "The alternative is a government that monitors and controls the internet in the way that China or North Korea does. If we turn the internet into a tool for censorship and surveillance, the terrorists will have won." '

InterNet users in both China and the DPRK can usually bypass the controls - it's more of a hassle than anything. 'Foreign Guest Workers' in the DPRK are current on world events - learned from Western sources.

If you parse MAY'S words carefully, she is leaking some secrets!

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Terrorists can't win... unless

Regulating the InterNet companies will NOT stop the malcontents, just as the UK can't stop ANYONE from making explosives. Long gone are the days when all you had to do was to keep an eye out for large sales of with high content of ammonium nitrate (domestic fertilizer is salted with urea and ammonium sulfate which neutralise ammonium nitrate).

No, today, right in MAY'S bailiwick, all the ingredients for TATP, PETN or HMTD (check Wikipedia) are readily available from your local supermarket or chemist / pharmacy / drugstore. And then there are Swan Vesta matches and plumbing fittings.

I live in a country where we can't even buy matches or even party sparklers yet every so often my employer hires a 'local' when we need to test some prototype military equipment - all materials bought from the supermarkets. How can MAY block the sales of peroxide-based items (think Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield [eyes up]) or acetone (nail polish remover). (BTW acetone PLUS rubbing alcohol makes a great solder resin cleaner and real cheap, too)?

The fact is MAY, et al, are toothless when it comes to the malcontents but interfering with the InterNet is great 'Security Theatre' with high public visibility.

(P.S. Nothing above will help any aspiring malcontent - all you need Wikipedia!)(Much of my explosives knowledge was taught me when I was in the British Army)

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bLIAR, Cameron and May are the Root Cause of the British Problems

I have some sympathy for people who get very, very, upset when some distant Foreigners stick their noses into what are essentially civil wars and then proceed to bomb their countries to oblivion.

Saddam and Ghaddafi weren't very nice to their citizens but at least the problems were contained within their countries.

Why aren't the same meddling Foreigners bombing the DPRK (North Korea)? Not that I wish this to happen given that I visit that country for a month, four times each year. Many Americans are also working in the DPRK - all of us strictly apolitical. That's why we can travel in and out without fear of arrest.

But MAY has especial responsibility for these problems - she was Home Secretary for SIX years and she still doesn't know too much about communications. The GCHQ undoubtedly spoon fed their side of the story to her and yet she is still technically dumb - just like many politicians.

Stick a back-door on an App and she still won't read the contents if they are encrypted, say with PGP.

If the DPRK is such a closed society, how come we 'Foreign Guest Workers' can send communications out with little hassle (we do have international cell access)? It's because they, as with May, don't have the wherewithal to really make it hard work for techies. Ditto for China.

The only people who are suffering and the law-abiding citizens of the UK who have been stripped of their privacy and so many rights - including human rights.

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UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be 'deputised' by the state

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Nothing New in the IPA 2016 - just makes what GCHQ has been doing for years Legal

Britain, land of the allegedly 'free', has been under the thumb of the government, albeit unknown by most, for around a century and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 simply codified their activities.

The good thing is they can't prove knowledge - no doubt they are working on mind readers now.

Human Rights includes privacy, Human Rights is a UN Treaty the UK signed up to. Who will protect UK citizens post-Brexit?

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Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

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Electronic Keys Unsafe? Guess What, so are Mechanical Keys!

A device called the Electronic Key Impressioner (EKI) comes with common vehicle keyway inserts, a USB cable, and lock mapping software. It uses magnetic fields to measure the characteristics of each individual pin tumbler.

At first they were strictly controlled but these days they can be bought all over with no restraints.

I drive a motorcycle in the city and the police, and car park attendants, are very adept at snatching keys from the locks which permit key withdrawal from lock+park and locked positions. I had the lock modified so that they key removal is limited to lock+park which also requires the handlebars be turned to the left.

You can't beat a Master Battery Switch!

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: MAD

Not only SUPLIED by another country but also CONTROLLED by the USA. The USA can block the use of almost anything supplied by them to the British.

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Bog Standard Option in US Submarines, too

US submarines also use Windows XP, great standardisation.

At least the Russians won't be trying to steal it - they most likely use Windows 10.

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UK council fined £150k for publishing traveller family's personal data

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It's always heartening when the superior level of government . . .

slaps down those many arrogant bastards who inhabit our city halls.

Whomever thought they were fit to handle any confidential data was less, far less, than smart.

Local tin-hats should be made personally responsible for breaches of law instead of sticking the costs on local council bills.

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

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Re: So what is the big secret about LiDAR?

Obviously you haven't worked with LiDaR. LiDaR, as applied to domestic cleaning devices, is a nothing compared to a vehicle with high velocity movement and thousands of data inputs per second.

My employer company designs and manufactures military robots and I can assure you, even when moving at relatively low speeds compared to cars, there are heavy data loads to deal with.

If it was as easy as you suggest, there would be fleets of robotic vehicles cruising the highways.

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

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Geo-Blocking? What's that?

QUOTE: "To combat piracy ... permanently moved abroad or are sharing log in details by verifying methods of identification including payment details, ID cards, tax information, and IP address checks."

The BBC has, over time, beefed up it's iPlayer controls. They are still ineffective.

To those with UK familial connections, meeting the aforementioned checks is a whiz. I have my brothers TV licence number and address, I have my National Insurance Card, UK drivers licence, etc. I renew my passport using my brother's home address - so it appears I am still in the UK. My name is even on the electoral roll. And, thanks to my brother, I can use his company VPN.

But the restrictions look good on paper.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Dependable Utilities Generate a Blasé attitude

I lived for many years in Canada where the water flows free and plentiful and generates most of our power needs, year after year, decade after decade. Then in 1998 came the Great Ice Storm.

Quebec was knocked flat. Much of it's power comes from Labrador (part of Newfoundland) and many of the stately pylons carrying the life blood of today's lifestyle collapsed, simply crumpled, under the weight of the ice.

'Low voltage' (local distribution) failed, too, with trees and hydro (electricity) wires fell and utility poles cracking or snapping off under the combination of 7-11 cm (3-4 in) and cold weather. But after a month everyone had their power restored.

Then came the Northeast blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Ontario, Canada on Thursday, August 14, 2003, just after 4:10 p.m. EDT.

Two very hot days in a big city like Toronto, with no power, is not fun.

Now. living in VietNam, power failures are a nothing. Most business have portable generators, larger entities such as hotels and hospitals have impressive generators, housed in 'sound proof' box=shaped containers.

My wife owns two mid-sized hotels and I own a mid-size 4-floor office building and a couple of homes. All have fire alarms and stand-by power systems. The hotels have LED lighting, throughout, and their initial back-up is through batteries, big batteries.

My office has battery/generator back-up, as do my homes.

Every one of our buildings has an automatic, human intervention-free, fire and power system. They are programmed to randomly power off, or sound the alarm, so that all occupants are very familiar with emergency procedures.

I wonder how often BA actually tested their facilities without giving prior notice? How often does YOUR company do the same? It's the only way to really test emergency equipment.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Politicians - technically ignorant at best.

The loss of life at the hands of Freedom Fighters/Terrorists is to be regretted and this last weeks tragic loss of life is made all the worse due to the victims young ages.

Encrypted communications would have done little to prevent this from happening, especially since it appears the man had just returned from his ancestral country of Libya. The device was TRIGGERED BY HAND.

The fact is that notwithstanding pouring BILLIONS OF POUNDS into to MI5, GCHQ and the Plod, all we have to show for it is some historical video tape and a list of To Visit addresses. The head of MI5, the prime minister (former Home Secretary for years) and the present loon who calls herself Home Secretary should RESIGN. The explosion is testimony to their abject failure.

Why, pray tell, did the Plod go calling AFTER the event? Other jurisdictions go a-calling on a regular basis just to let their potential clients know they are under observation.

And most anything the government proposes will fail - which, again, the incident attests to.

I work for a company who designs military equipment for non-aligned (read not American) countries and I can attest to how easy it is to make IEDs, triggers, etc. The average supermarket has all I need to make a loud bang.

Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), made from explosive forms of acetone peroxide, belong to the few high explosives that do not contain nitrogen (think fertilizer), and so can pass undetected through most sniffer devices. TATP is easily made, with extreme care, following visits to your local chemist/drug store/pharmacy, and the ironmongers/hardware store.

When I was in the British military, we were taught how to make explosive mixtures from common household chemicals (cleansers, polishes, etc). I know how to make anyone in a decent sized room with a lamp (one of those things with a filament) and a common fuel imitate John Clease's famous parrot.

The much vaunted British security services haven't progressed much since 2005 July 7. Stopping encryption is not the answer, as the first explosion after such a ban will prove.

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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Seems pilots using Heathrow can't tell the difference between DRONES and UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS

Heathrow, notwithstanding advertising to the contrary, is NOT the busiest airport in the world but it sure seems to have the highest complaints worldwide.

There also seems to be problems. Pilot's eyes have focusing problems in certain circumstances - and generally focus fairly close in when this occurs. Additionally, how the hell can the aforementioned pilots focus on a relatively small, cloud-coloured object when travelling at several hundred miles per hour?

Personally, I think they lie (aka 'alternative truth') because if near misses between private aircraft (like a Cessna) and a bloody great 777 occur because 'they didn't see each other' how can they see drones?

Could they be high-flying Canada geese?

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Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

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If a company shafts employees - shafting customers will follow

UBER recently admitted ripping off drivers, so much so it has embarked on an urgent repayment plan. So it comes as no surprise customers have been ripped, either.

UBER even ripped city regulators using special software called Greyball.

It's like Volkswagen and Fiat/Chrysler claiming surprise when they were accused of cheating climate control regulations.

Airlines are a great example. Air Canada, BA, Delta and United are all notorious for harassing employees (BA uses two pay rates for different employees on the same flights) and EQUALLY Air Canada, BA, Delta and United have passenger relations problems.

As a electronics road warrior back in the '70s, based in Canada, armed with passports from three countries (legally), I traveled widely all over the Western hemisphere. I found employee Notice Boards were equally revealing as to how companies treated employees. One notable one, I remember to this day, were signs dangling from the beams of the Spiegel Catalog warehouses that advised staff that NO SPITTING PERMITTED was an important rule to remember!

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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So registration will stop misuse? I don't think so . . .

Sounds like DJI is working a scam, a fraud. They sell you a machine then feed you crippleware. And how will they detect false information supplied against their demands? There are many reasons why registration is unwise these days, given the insecurity of many databases.

Hopefully some litigious American will hold DJI to account. Then, without doubt, some enterprising people will rework the software to render DJI crippleware ineffective.

And how will DJI accommodate fast changing legislation, as occurred recently in the USA? Where I live there are hundreds of 'airfields', still shown on maps, originally built by the Americans during their war in VietNam?

If all manufacturers adopted the short-sighted policies of DJI, vehicle drivers of all types would be crawling around at walking speed. Lawn movers wouldn't cut, knives would be blunted. Electricity would be limited to 48 volts. Then there are garage door openers and cell handsets - all used to trigger IEDs.

TATP is the terrorists explosive de jour m the full name is triacetone triperoxide - very easily formulated at home with commonly available materials. Common household chemicals sold at supermarkets can easily be repurposed for alternative uses. And DJI attitudes expect to deny women of peroxide. Good luck with that.

Owners should be expected to assume the responsibilities of ownership - not have them peremptorily imposed by the manufacturers trying to play Plod. Back to manufacturing DJI.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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What we need is a SILENCE option

The last thing I want to hear is some grating 'music' when I'm calling the 'Service' line.

An optional SILENCE option on the menu should be provided, along with a queue announcement indicating how many people ahead of you.

Even worse are those celco's who offer music instead of ringing tones which make it hard to know if you are actually ringing the number you dialled.

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Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

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Re: Well DONE APPLE AND NOCKYA

Your next purchase should be a dictionary. Or a spell checker.

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China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

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One if the GREAT things about living in VietNam is that we are ...

test lab for new products and models!

Many of the 'new' models introduced to Western markets are the last half-fiscal years offering here in VietNam.

We might only have 90-million odd live souls in VietNam but the ACTIVE cell handset population is nearing 130-million!

Samsung has numerous production facilities scattered across the country, particularly concentrated on Ha Noi and Metro Ho Chi Minh City. Samsung boasts over six service centres here in SaiGon!

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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You want privacy? You want anonymity? NEVER use AIR And ALWAYS pay in CASH!

As Nick Leeson of Barings Bank, Singapore and Singapore PUB Deputy CEO, Choy Hon Tim, discovered, if you are trying to travel incognito, NEVER fly. Nick was scooped up in Germany and Hon-Tim in Malaysia!

Passenger travel data is available as an 'option' on many law enforcement screens - even your local Plod. The better ways to avoid these technical trackers is either have multiple passports or use ground transportation. And book segments separately and switch travel times - as close as practicable to departure.

The US Government is very generous with this technology, giving away free hardware to countries 'of interest' such as drug growing areas, animal part smuggling and terrorists.

Thailand bought their own equipment but Burma (Myanmar) and Kampuchea (Cambodia) had free gifts from the USA so they could even equip their border gates. These 'gifts' often include cameras. The cameras on the borders of Cambodia, as the immigration staffs will tell you, are "connected directly to Washington, USA" - makes the border police think they are a somebody. Even remote border gates, my favourite, have cameras.

But they all have a common weakness. Power and communications. My favourite Cambodian gateway has frequent daily power outages, being at the end of the power line, and if my timing is good I can cross the border bearing electronic goodies from Thailand - with a token 'duty' charge of $100 - because they are out of touch!

Also, remember, C-A-S-H is KING! SITA data includes method of payment with credit card numbers and associated travellers on the same flight. Buy your tickets separately from your friends, and from different travel agents.

Hotel res systems are just as intrusive - there is always hotel space at most destinations - don't book ahead! The FBI even transmits Wanted notices on several hotel networks. Stay at small, cheap, hotels for anonymity!

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Three home security systems found to be vulnerable – if hackers were hiding in bushes

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Anything radio has vulnerabilities

Some systems use cell radio for alarm links.

They are easy to locate and even easier to jam. Hard to beat continuous transmission over wire.

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

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Re: Here we go again

Chelsea Manning's recent accommodation is formally known as the United States Disciplinary Barracks (or USDB, popularly known as Leavenworth).

One thing Obama did right - the general officer offenders get a 'kiss' for a sentence and Chelsea was victimised.

Good luck and success with the rest of your life, Chelsea!

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DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

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One thing for sure, copper with paper insulation and lead sheathing won't cut it!

There must still be hundreds of miles (even more kilometres) of the former Post Office TelephoneS (POTS) cabling lurking in Great Britain.

As a new fibre optic subscriber, with proper government regulation with respect to sharing, has to be better than trying to resuscitate an old technology. Apart from this there are environmental and health considerations to be considered these days.

China, and Indochina, have invested heavily in fibre optics with great success. Cambodia, a circular shaped country, has brought modern services to formerly isolated areas. VietNam, an elongated shaped country has almost all forms of communication using fibre, from TV programming, long-haul cell links between cell sites, etc.

All services (supports pure data, Data +Voice, Data+ Voice+ WiFi, etc. and can provide up to 1.25Gbps uplink and 2.5Gbps downlink transfer rates) are available. I chose TWO 100Mbs InterNet services from different suppliers emanate from a single modem attached to a single fibre optic.

The vertical 'house wiring' fibre optic that feeds each floor of 20 apartments, plus five spares, has multi-core feeds all in an external diameter of that of a lead pencil.

Putting old technology on life support will be for all the wrong reasons - many financial (which don't reduce consumer installation charges).

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Australia: As the French say "être comme les moutons de Panurge"

or, in English, 'to act like a bunch of sheep' - just following the Americans.

As they do in many things these days. EXCEPT they drive on the British side!

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

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Just More American B.S.

The DPRK has minimal communications facilities with the outside world. The main communications links cross the Yalu River, which separates Pyongyang, DPRK, from China, carried by the tatty looking bridge which also provides road and rail communications.

There is a new bridge between the countries called the New Yalu River bridge that spans the Yalu between China's DanDong New Zone, LiaoNing Province, and North Korea's Sinuiju Province. The DPRK's end is completely devoid of any infrastructure - not even a muddy track - let alone communications.

All the DPRK's comms are routed through China which means that the lines could easily be high-jacked by the Chinese.

Any accusations are based upon the flimsiest of data and are likely just the Americans creating more hassles for their current favourite enemy.

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It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?

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Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk? Silly Question

He's a Republican supporter and a recipient of monetary 'appreciation'.

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Anything with Obama's Signature on it, has to to Reversed and Erased!

It starts at the top - with the Orange Orang-Utan who for years tried to prove Obama was't born in the USA - and that was before the Big O was elected.

The second sack of salt in the Republicans wound was that a BLACK man actually was elected president, not once but TWICE! The Koch brothers must have bee apoplectic.

Now that the Republicans have managed to wrest control of the White House and BOTH houses of Congress they have systematically set about to erase Obama's name from history and the government records.

And that includes the FCC.

As for Pai, cable and comms lobbyists met his price.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Wikileaks needs to keep to what it does best - not diddle elections. Cryptome manages it

I have been a supporter of Wikileaks, governments need their feet being roasted - which Wikileaks, and CRYPTOME.ORG, have done well.

When Wikileaks started messing with an election they, IMHO, crossed a line. I no longer financially support Wikileaks. Elections are KEY to DEMOCRACY. (Check out Turkey).

P.S. Ms. Manning gets out soon!

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

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The Toronto Transit Commission TTC) has always been technically challenged

Being a government agency, run by people with civil service attitudes (we run this for our convenience, not yours) technology has always challenged them.

The automatic track-side breaking systems, that trigger the train brakes, failures have cost several lives, especially when trains rear-ended each other.

But they do have bus and train cleaning down pat! They have humongous vacuum houses that they feed in through one set of doors which makes like the UK's Great Storm of 1987, sucking everything out - even loose advertising posters.

And a recent report suggests employees are 'happy' in their work following the results of 11,000 drug and alcohol tests of its employees since 2010 “indicate that drug and alcohol use continues to be a significant problem for the TTC.

And then there the hills and snow! Just as bad as the wrong British leaves.

TTC aka Take The Cab

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CIA tracked leakers with hilariously bad Web beacon trick

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Government Anti-Leak Tricks Can be Very Sophisticated

Governments use many tricks to aid tracking from modified photocopying machines to custom fonts.

The photocopying mods centre around copy paper with ultra-violet paper coatings or imprinted characters that are detected by the newer, 'intelligent' copiers, etc.

The computer tricks are much more interesting, both 'visible' and 'invisible'. First rule - disconnect the InterNet after receiving dodgy comms.

The 'visible' are misspelled words, deliberately altered spaces (Kerning) between letters and words, shifted/displaced (up and down)(aka 'leading') characters all of which can be determined even on photocopies. Given laser printer 'features', command codes can be made to perform many identifier tricks that can also can be used for making uniquely identifiable printouts.

Most all of these techniques can be foiled using dot matrix printers or software like Notepad - or Edit.

The 'invisible' are identifiers exploiting computers. MS Word scripts (does ANYONE use them?) are pure evil. Use a 'REVEAL CODE' add-on. Governments also use custom font packages that have very, very slightly altered characters which can be used to make copies unique and vulnerable to tracking.

Best to have an e-mail client that accepts e-mails, then neuters then to pure ASCII, which are commonly deployed in banks and government.

And if you are transmitting anything surreptitiously, use a busy InterNet café which will make tracing your activities much harder. And use a 'disposable' e-mail address!

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High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

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This Wouldn't Happen In France: Thank You bLIAR & Blunkett

The USA loves doing One-on-One trade deals where they throw in a wish list of completely unrelated things that have nothing to do with Trade.

Thank you, bLIAR & Blunkett, for allowing the USA to gobble up British offspring.

Crimes committed in the UK should be tried in the UK. The criminal law systems in the UK and the USA are from different planets. How many imprisoned lifers in the USA compared to the UK? How many people are serving life for stealing a pair of socks? (Three strikes out rule) Besides, the USA justice system is more akin to a Let's Make A Deal TV show. They don't want trials, they want deals,

France wouldn't, DOESN'T, surrender it's own to another jurisdiction, so why does Britain?

And the biggest, sickest, joke of all? The USA going around preaching about Human Rights.

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Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

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The Problem Living Next to a Self-Centred, Selfish Country is that . . .

it takes little notice of other objections or interests . . . unless it's to their benefit.

Often the USA sets a technical standard and Canada has to adopt it because the majority of Canadians live within 100-200 kilometres of the southern boarder. Whether it's TV standards, automobile regulations, rail transportation or things such as spectrum assignments, the USA is there pushing their case over all others.

With the present regime that occupies the White House you have the added element of outright lies. For example, the Orange Orang-Utan said last week that Canada was blocking milk sales. The fact is Wisconsin has more milking cows the the WHOLE of Canada and that it's portion of the Quebec market is 75%. We don't need any more chemical laden milk.

Canada and the USA are distinct cultures - think guns or Americans hunting animals from helicopters - just as the Brits are distinctly different from Greece or France.

The USA has always had it's hassles with people's whose name is Trudeau, and it is good to see that Justin is a chip off the old block. Pierre Trudeau was independent and it served we Canadians well,

Soutien à l'indépendance!

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Sessions, the Brain-Dead Poster Boy of Trump Supporters

Assange never has leaked anything; he is not an American citizen; he owes nothing to the USA,

He is a rebroadcaster, akin to newspapers, radio and TV.

If they can go for Assange, why not The Guardian, The New York Times or The Washington Post?

Sessions, a silly little racist bigot who is the product of centuries of in-breeding from a very small gene pool based in Alabama. Dothan, Alabama, is the self-proclaimed Peanut Capital of the World which is why Session's (small) brain resembles a peanut.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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A British Friend with a Quirky Sense of Humour . . .

recently acquired a cell handset with a fingerprint sensor,

As he willingly demonstrates, not one of his fingers performs the 'Open Sesame' trick. He has never been observed unlocking his electronic pride and joy.

Turns out he uses his OTHER 'pride and joy', in the privacy of a toilet cubicle, to unlock his cell handset!

I wonder if this would work on a bankcard?

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We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

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Re: Spolier Alert - It's a lot

You really, really, should invest in a dictionary - even if it's only a software add-on to your browser.

Your spelling detracts from whatever subject you are writing about.

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The Biggest Difference Between British and American Spying is . . .

The British government and it's many spook agencies are liars, treat the public like serfs, and are totally bereft of morals.

Of course, British law is totally 'bent' - it permits government witnesses to lie.

The American government system appears to be more transparent and there is always the Constitution. What everyone needs are more Ron Wydens and Edward Snowdens.

And far fewer Ryfkinds, MAYs and bLIARs.

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Canadian court refuses to let Feds snoop on Megaupload servers

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Good for Canada and The Court of Appeal for Ontario!

The Court of Appeal for Ontario is located in historic Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto and has, historically, awarded several pleasantly surprising judgements.

In 1996, the case of Guelph activist Gwen Jacob led the COURT OF APPEAL FOR ONTARIO to rule that going topless is not, in and of itself, an indecent act. 1996 yet!

The next Court which would have jurisdiction is the Supreme Court of Canada - and good luck with that one. FBI, they are NOT a bunch of government sheep like the US Supreme Court

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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A Few Years Ago I was Sourcing a Chinese manufacturing Contractor . . .

I visited one likely candidate and the Director proudly showed me his then current production run of a custom BlueTooth device.

Basically it comprised a BlueTooth App that communicated with a spherical ball in which there was a BlueTooth receiver, a cell handset vibrator and an inductive charger and battery,

The App would be in a remote cell handset and an SMS message directed to the equipped cell handset would trigger the vibrator, The spherical device was intended for use in the vagina of the message recipient.

The Lover 1 would trigger the vibrator to show Lover 2 they were being thought of by way of a clitoral stimulation.

I asked if they sold well in China, to which he replied No, we do 'it' the natural way. Later I learned he made hundreds of thousands of these devices, which likely explained why he wasn't interested in batches of 500 units of our product!

For some strange reason he gave me a sample of the product. I find it ideal for mixing drinks a la James Bond - "shaken, not stirred".

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Dr Michael Gilmore is missing the point

The F35 program, as with most other defence acquisition programs, is a WEALTH TRANSFER PROGRAM from the public purse to the shareholders of whatever defence contractor gets the job.

In the States it is also an EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM so that every politician's electoral base gets just enough of the financial distributions to gain the politician's votes.

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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Can anyone name a dumber method of dealing as . . .

Brexit?

MAY has to be the most stupid prime minister, male or female in British history, to think she has the upper hand OR that a No Deal is better than anything else.

Better to emigrate ASAP - New Zealand is looking good.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Oh, Oh. Another Home Secretary Gets the GCHQ Power Point Session

Seems that every political nobody who gets appointed Home Secretary visits the Donut in Gloucestershire gets the same old pack of lies which they then repeat ad nauseum in public.

Privacy is a Human Right.

Privacy is a fundamental human right recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in many other international and regional treaties. Privacy underpins human dignity and other key values such as freedom of association and freedom of speech. (Britain is a signatory)

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998. It means that you can defend your rights in the UK courts and that public organisations (including the Government, the Police and local councils) must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.

Pity the Home Secretary doesn't do some reading before opening her mouth.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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. . . from Rosyth, where she was assembled . . .

Accurate description of what the UK shipbuilding industry has been reduced to - welding giant-sized Leggo blocks together.

Nelson would be rolling around hearing this.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Don't Laugh Too Much, the Freedom Fighters have Pretty Good High Tech - Left by the USA

just before my friend who works for a US contractor pulled out of Afghanistan, he visited the Kabul markets buying up 'rock radios' (MESH radios scattered around by US troops in the deserts) along with other US high tech surplus. He put all this stuff into the containers he used as workshops and the US military kindly shipped them, at no charge, to his home country.

The Freedom Fighters have good quality technicians in their organisations - so likely they don't need any help of getting to use drones, of any size. They repair and refurbish much of this 'surplus' and repurpose it against the American troops.

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If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

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Never Heard of SERVAL or MESH Radio?

Silly people. They should have pulled their SIMs and switched to MESH radio. Beats Plods and Cops every time. The App in Googles App Store is called SERVAL.

It would have helped to have a few SERVAL base stations to ensure better coverage.

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