* Posts by JaitcH

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Car Tax? Oh, Yes, I Remember That . . . Many Moons Ago

Living in a country where the only tax due is one registers a new vehicle, the UK system seems so quaint.

The only other charges here are toll roads and bridges - but only for vehicles other than motorcycles - which are free. The road toll for a bus is GBP2.67 for 80 kilometres.

Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon has, however, been installing a 10,000+ camera system to implement road charging, but also free for motorcycles - which only have one plate, and the results of the massive system are available on-line now.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Singapore and USA?

It's Head Office:

Bkav Corporation

2nd Floor, Bkav Building

Yen Hoa New Town, Cau Giay Dist.

Ha Noi, 122000

VietNam

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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London, belatedly, follows . . .

Paris, which has Sewer InterNet since before 2006.

Could it be because of the Fat Burgers in the London sewers?

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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This means that . . .

The Independent newspaper can now update the article in it's 'Tech' section headed TESLA CRASH: DRIVER KILLED IN FIRST FATAL CRASH INVOLVING AUTOPILOT MODE which has occupied a prominent position since 1 July 2016!

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

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It is a Pity that some of the People Posting Have Never Been To VietNam

1. The use of ANY currency other than the DONG for transactions within VN is ILLEGAL;

2. Virtual currencies have been used to defraud people here;

3. Any country without control of it's own currency cannot plan it's own economy. Cambodia has Rial AND the Dollar and the result is Cambodia cannot control inflation, etc;

4. Only electricity and drugs have government controlled prices;

5. The lowest denomination coin /note is D200 which is 0.006GBP (or 1 Penny gets you 30 Dong). This demonstrates the total impracticability of Bitcoin;

6. Major Foreign currencies can be purchased at banks and jewellery stores;

7. VietNam is a Socialist country - like Denmark. The difference between China and VietNam is stark - China really, really knows how to keep the population under control;

8. We can see anything on the InterNet, unlike the UK, except for a few crazy web sites in California and Texas who slander the government;

9. We have country-wide 4G and 100 Mbyte InterNet is common - even in the boondocks;

10. Traffic Police must not hide when performing their duties such as radar speed checking, etc;

11. We even have Amateur radio enthusiasts as well as over 120-million cell handsets (and 90-million citizens);

12 Foreigners enjoy most of the benefits in the Civil Code of Practice.

Come and visit and get a surprise!

P.S. I was born, and lived, in the UK.

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Re: What is it with (mostly) single party states and crimps on cryptocurrency?

As someone who lives in VietNam, I should explain the LAW states that ONLY VN DONG may be used for transactions in VietNam.

This applies to ALL transactions, regardless of the total transaction value.

Try spending a Pound in the USA or even a Euro. Nor strange after all and nothing to do with politics.

I would also point out there are NO [goods (at the very least for key commodities) are fixed] other than electricity and certain drugs. Petrol / gas is at world prices and adjusted as required - often two or three times a month.

Drugs are bought WHOLESALE on the international market and distributed through government pharmacies to poor people. Wealthier people buy their drugs from retail pharmacies BUT the prices have fixed percentile profit mark-ups.

I am apolitical but please understand VN is a SOCIALIST country, like Denmark, except for the National Party. If you ever travel here you will see that the whole country is VERY MUCH a CAPITALIST economy.

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Re: Please enlighten me. STAMP OUT PAPER MONEY?

THAT will never happen in VN!

We have coins but Vietnamese HATE them with a vengeance. I carry coins and when I offer to pay for parking in coins they usually refuse to accept it. FREE PARKING!

Unfortunately my daughter started saving for her university at a young age and collected every coin she could lay her hands on and put them in a large wooden box.

The problem is that banks expect coins to be deposited wrapped in coin wrappers. Solved that problem - I pay my condominium fees in coins! Easy for me to count - I weigh them.

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The Main Reason Are The Crooked Promoters In VN

Bitcoins have been foisted on the public for several years.

They promote data mining as a get rich quick system and this is one of the reasons to protect gullible 'investors'.

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Just Another Way For Government To Waste Money

As an employee of a company manufacturing military equipment for non-aligned governments (but sold through government>government deals) all these things are simply defeated.

Switch the operating frequencies to those frequency bands assigned to military uses - no one ever monitors these frequencies and ERPs are unregulated and Aeroscope, and all the others which employ WiFi band jammers, will be out of business.

Undoubtedly Aeroscope will follow all of it's predecessors in to the scrapyard of failed projects.

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Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on UK.gov email accounts

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They were only hacked because the systems admins . . .

were incompetent at their job.

The same with the US military, they are never to blame when the Russians, Chinese, Norks or the 400 pound kid sitting in his East Cheam bedsit. They never admit it was a weakness on their part.

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Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

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Banned in Britain

Britain is ruled by Nannies!

What business is it of the CAA, an agency that has a pro-air industry bias, just what the hell is sold? Whether a flight, lawful or otherwise, results in a commercial transaction doesn't affect safety. So what is their nose doing in that part of the business?

It is unlikely the train was in any form of danger, irrespective of the legality of the flight, given the size ratio and the fact the train is of sturdy construction.

Next time the UAV operator will know to obfuscate any connection between a flight and the sale of some of product.

It's not as if Plod doesn't have real crimes to solve - but low hanging fruit is the easiest way to bolster their reputation.

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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Another Winner Judge For The Orange Dotard

If the Orange Idiot was unhappy with the 'Mexican' judge, this judge, a woman to boot, should really wind him up.

It's good to see some countries have stand-up judges, rather than settling cases down at 'the club' somewhere in 'the city'.

There must be a moral in this somewhere, something about showing respect for one of the three legs of the US Government.

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Name One Reason Why The NSA, US Government or The WSJ (Murdoch) Should Be . . .

believed? The whole bunch are totally untrustworthy. Even the Orange Dotard in the White House gave away Israeli intelligence to the Russians.

The Wall Street Journal, of all newspapers, is the least trustworthy and simply spreads propaganda that suits that senile Murdoch.

If the USA is too cheap to employ it's own security employees, rather than using commercial entities, it has only itself to blame.

Kaspersky Lab has previously done excellent malware research and published it's findings widely. Why, all of a sudden, should Kaspersky do things that could damage it's reputation?

This is just another attempt by the US government to bring business back to the USA rather than having foreign entities make profits.

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Well Done, Google, From The Large Unilingual Traveller Road Warriors Gang

In VietNam almost every cab / taxi has a dash-mounted Android device that translates between English and Tieng Viet. Without the Google translation facility life would be much harder.

Now I will buy a Chinese smartphone with Android N software when the Babel earbuds go on sale.

Thank you, Google. (But I still use DuckDuckGo)

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: There are some details on Internet in North Korea

As a periodic Foreign Guest Worker in the DPRK I work in 'high tech' areas.

The 'internal' InterNet is just for lower class people who are wealthy enough to own computers. There are no external links. Guaranteed.

The 'external' access to the InterNet as we know it is tightly controlled, slow and seemingly monitored by live bodies rather than just computers. There are computers in the facilities where I work which have external InterNet connection but access is controlled by the head of the facility and a 'political officer' along with many locks and keys.

Long-time FGW (Foreign Guest Workers) have dual SIM cell handsets that allow connection to either the internal cell network or to the Foreign Tourist network that permits international calls as well as calls to other Foreigners in the country. Areas close to the Chinese border (defined by a river) can get illegal but spotty access to Chinese networks (using Chinese SIMs).

A few FGW have skysat telephone units which have been inveigled in and are used extremely discretely! The customs guys look for the distinctive antennae which, fortunately, can be removed.

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Russian suspected of $4bn Bitcoin laundering op to be extradited to US

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Greek Justice Is For Sale and the Greeks Hate The Yanks

A stupid adult daughter of my Greek friend, along with her two junior school children was arrested for smuggling some white powder drugs in to Greece from Turkey. She was tossed in to pre-trial jail near Agia Paraskevi (Greek: Αγία Παρασκευή) (Athens),

The inmates seem to be OK there, she had her cell handset with her (legally), and the food was decent and visiting hours long.

The father, my friend, hired a lawyer and after four months wait she was hustled in to court and the charge dismissed on a technicality! Turns out the four months was needed to get a USD$10,000 + bribe agreed upon between the defence attorney and the judge (using his clerk).

Presumably Alexander Vinnik didn't have a connected lawyer or a financially stressed judge!

There is certainly no love lost between large sections of the ruling classes after Andreas Georgios Papandreou and the Konstantinos Karamanlis (an anti-American government) and later PASOK.

This feeling was exacerbated when cell handsets were found to be tapped (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_wiretapping_case_2004%E2%80%9305)(https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/06/greek_wiretappi_1.html) including those of the Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and members of his family, the Mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyannis, most phones of the top officers at the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Public Order, members of the ruling party, ranking members of the opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement party (PASOK), the Hellenic Navy General Staff, the previous Minister of Defense and one phone of a locally hired Greek American employee of the American Embassy. Phones of Athens-based Arab businessmen were also tapped.

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

THIS IS wholly in-line with the Orange Dotards policy of detente with Putin.

After all, The Dotard famously gave Israeli spy information to the Russian ambassador in THE OVAL OFFICE. And his erstwhile National Security Director FLYNN was busy visiting Russia as well as making calls.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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I Thought MAY Was Technically Ignorant But ...

this RUDD woman makes MAY look like a PHD.

Dumb and dumber.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Dangerous Cyclists Should Avoid Kapuskasing, Ontario (Canada)

The police chief in Kap - over 40 years ago - charged idiot cyclists with automotive type charges even if they were too young to have a driving licence.

They held the points on the computer and when the offender gained a driving licence, the demerit points would be shown on the record!

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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Britain,

a free country?

I think not.

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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Why is Openreach like a Duck?

Because it is tight, like a duck's a*se which is watertight.

The size of a fibre cable is SMALLER than a 2-pair telephone cable and can be fished through conduits even PLOUGHED IN under gardens. There is the option of using an air powered 'torpedo' which avoids disturbing the gardens. The ONLY RESTRICTION is that bends cannot be as tight as a 2-pair cable.

Terminating subscriber fibre drops is a breeze and putting the modem on a sub's premises is more reliable, secure and Openreach gets free power.

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

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All you need is . . .

to load up Telegram (www.Telegram.com) and you can chat away for free, send messages whilst knowing your comms are completely secure from GCHQ and the NSA.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: "to defend against this"

Most of these jammers transmit a 30° cone pattern to jam the control and GPS navigation frequencies. The control frequencies are all commercial drone licensed telemetry bands.

Obviously, using alternative frequencies will defeat these latest military toys. Sad!

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Re: Assuming it was armed...

with operators like this one > https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=36CTDiJjQ8I < who needs drone defences?

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These Wondrous 'Solutions' Often Depend on Radio Frequency Jamming, which is . . .

kind of dumb as they all presuppose that 'rogue' drone manufacturers comply with international frequency plans! Sad!

The company I work for manufactures equipment for the non-aligned military market and our devices are designed for land, sea and air.

Recently we 'observed a demonstration of a Blighter, that allegedly can briefly inhibit a drone to the user appear it is malfunctioning or 'lock' the target drone until the batteries drain and it crashes. Their latest system uses a quad-band radio frequency (RF) inhibitor/jammer that disrupts all commercial drone licensed telemetry bands, and they claim effective against UAVs at up to 2 km and longer ranges.

Our craft don't use "licensed telemetry bands" (nor do the military), in fact RF is only one methodology of control we employ.

We attend as many of these demonstrations as possible so we can monitor the demonstration and take any adjustments needed to minimise interference. One aspect of these systems is the length of time they take to deploy, quite impracticable for military field use.

One of our most popular manufactures is our version of the Spiro (see http://www.sphero.com/sprk-plus) only it doesn't glow, and is coloured to match the water it is usually deployed in but it sure makes an impressive bang when charged (by the customer) with C4! They are land (so they can be deployed in shallow water/beach conditions) and water mobile.

Fixed-wing drones are also very effective at outrunning all these multi-million Shekel, Pound and Dollar systems and when the cameras are reduced in weight and size (we use SJCAM) our flight duration, along with the amount of terrain surveilled, can be considerable.

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Uber has Objectionable Practices But So Do . . .

'black' (traditional) cabbies.

They are simply trying emulate the fight they had when those 'mini-cabs' first burst upon the scene those many decades ago.

There is little stopping 'black' (traditional) cabbies from setting up their own 'App' scheme as has been done in many other countries.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Count VietNam, ATMs and Nuclear Subs In

VietNam's Cong An (Peoples Police), CGST (Traffic Cops) all run on XP, proudly standing next to low resolution 8-bit Epson dot-matrix printers.

Both some of the UK and US nuclear submarines also run on XP, as do older generations of ATMs.

But since most of these act simply as 'dumb' terminals, with the heavy lifting done by main frames, does it matter?

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Carry Two Cell Handsets and a Concealed SD Card

Naturally, the SD Card will have your goodies on it whilst the two cell handsets can be used to confuse the Border Plod / TSA / ICE.

Make one a basic cell handset - often called a burner - and the other a smart cell. When the aforementioned nosy pigs request your goods - just hand them the burner which will be promptly handed with a derisory look on the officials face.

If they ask for 'anything else' just carry on ignoring their request. Please remember outright lying (a la Trump) is a Federal felony in the USA. Loading a soft (non-extreme) porn movie distracts them.

Also, never travel with SIMs installed - No SIM = No Good Data.

Given the number of people who seem to reading others screens these days, you can now purchase polarised plastic overlays which will stop this practice.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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None Too Smart - But that's the US 'Intelligence' Lot

There are programs used by the US Government departments that have thousands of lines of code written by subcontractors in other countries. And I am thinking China and Russia, as well as India, etc. And these reams of code aren't identified as "Written by Russians" either. One of the few ways to identify such code is to check them for comments buried in the code.

The DPRK is smarter, it will allow NO ONE other than North Koreans to touch the code for either rocket or any other military projects. In fact, Foreign Guest Workers aren't allowed anywhere near any military hardware or software production!

Some of the Russian security services have reverted to using TYPEWRITERS which are very hard to 'hack'.

Obviously this an attempt to persuade US corporations to 'buy American' so the NSA, et al, can deploy THEIR backdoors without having to struggle with decoding the foreign code! Obama went around the word bad-mouthing HuaWei products, whilst the British ALLOWED HuaWei to set up development labs in Banbury, with oversight/cooperation from the GCHQ.

Meanwhile, back in the US of A, things still are akin to Harry Belafonte's "There's a Hole in my Bucket" with all and sundry saving a fortune on R&D stolen from military contractors as the systems remain little changed. Seen the latest Chinese fighter planes?

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: One thing I always failed to understand....

I don't even have a SIM in my smartphone.

Leaving your Bluetooth active can be very entertaining - friendly self-employed young ladies use it for intro's instead of leaving little notes in telephone booths!

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And not even . . .

Camden Town (Mornington Crescent is situated at the southern end of Camden High Street, where it meets Hampstead Road and Eversholt Street.).

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Garbage In - Gospel Out

Here in dear old Ho Chi Minh City (aka SaiGon) (9,123 Square Miles) they have mounted tens of thousands of CCTV cameras for:

1. Collecting tolls from vehicles with 4 or more wheels;

2. A video App that let's you watch thousands of vehicles going no where;

3. Traffic modification (often using temporary barriers that are wheeled into position at rush hours).

The only problem is that the humble Infra-Red LED renders vehicle identification / charging useless.

Additionally, 99.99% of VNese drivers could give a damn about red lights, one-way streets and other generally accepted road practices. Motorcycles are supposed to have exclusive use of the kerb lanes and the heavier vehicles the centre and fast lanes.

It's easy to frustrate these cheats - by going very slow in front of them. The cacophony of horns and flashing lights from the slowed cheats is truly wondrous.

We even have pedestrian area cameras - they look good but do little to improve things.

Technology - wonderful stuff!

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Where did this Troll get his . . .

'doctorate' from (and which post office)?

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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What a Sad Death for a Talented Woman

Even if she met her death by accident, why abuse her remains?

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Best Korea fingered for hacks against Bitcoin exchanges in South

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Re: Going after bitcoins is probably the result of the increased sanctions

Obviously the DPRK has little difficulty in acquiring / spending hard currencies.

Foreign Guest Workers are paid with Korean People's Won when in the country and a choice of the Euro or US Dollar when exit account balance is paid.

I also carry electronic components in when I visit and I am promptly compensated against the invoice prices. What is amusing, there is a forgery detector light for recipients to use!

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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Re: Not Surprised

The Plod, an other 'intelligence agencies', love those smartmeters since they can be, in demand, provide a constant trail of real time data.

When you go to bed, when you have a midnight 'tinkle', when you raid the fridge, when you make tea/coffee, etc.

And none is IoT - just reading the electricity and water consumption.

But at least the technically knowledgeable can block the RF signals, and insert juicy ferrite RF filters in the power feed into the house, etc.

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Re: Lazy or smart

Some married men would prefer an IoT to a live, chatting, wife - they don't argue back, don't argue and you can choose your own TV programs.

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

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Re: Wondering ...

GPS is used for far more than navigation these days from trains, ATMs, rime standard, etc.

Hardly practical.

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Re: Wondering ...

If you jam drones 'in the wrong place' you will have a whole crowd of smartphone users complaining about loosing their WiFi.

Not too practical

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My property, my business

I, for one, am fed up with the Job's/Apple attitude that YOUR property is subject to Apple's control which means our company doesn't use anything from them.

Likewise with DJI although their software is more accessible for customisation. Funny how over-priced equipment shares similarly arrogance from their respective manufacturers. Windows proved that Apple is wrong.

DJI owners have a similar attitude as iPhone owners. DJI is overrated, there are many better featured drones, for the experienced operator. And there are better cameras than those promoted by DJI available at lower cost.

In the meantime, register your DJI product in Mongolia, they have open skies and you can fly wherever you want to elsewhere.

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Kiwi prankster 'oinks' down cops' radio and sings Old MacDonald

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Re: They should mobilize their amateur radio people

If the songster has a any technical prowess, it is likely going to be difficult to make him change his tune.

TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio specification) or any radio system is vulnerable, especially with leading edge SDR (software defined radio) and other technologies available on the retail market. Nothing will really withstand penetration by dedicated amateur 'hackers' who get great satisfaction at breaking systems just for the technical challenge.

Trunked or digital systems often use 'control channels' - jam those and you 'own' the system.

DF (direction finding) can be thwarted, too. When I was constructing a hotel for my wife there was no cell service. I made a multi-element Yagi antenna to access a cell tower that was some 15-20 kilometres away, which was further than a 'local' cell tower whose signal was reduced to intermittentcy because of the 'luscious' jungle greenery. Using cell base data would obviously provide false information.

Using a cell handset in the immediate vicinity of a cell base only illuminates a single base as the handset signal level is cranked way down by the tower, depriving any other towers of a signal.

Even the US P25 system (multi-agency, trans-US) is regularly attacked with success.

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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What Sailor Has Ever Heard of ...

burying a person at sea on what is essentially a day cruise?

Were there even sleeping quarters on this rustbucket? Was the 'submarine' in international waters?

Likely she had discovered something untoward with the 'financials' and had asked too many of the wrong questions.

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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This Reminds me of the Early Days of Interconnect in ...

Canada when the telco's proclaimed landlines were beyond the capability of the lay public. The excuses that followed were equally humourous.

One late (deceased) Soady-Eastern, of Bell Canada Security, and I became quite close over the years as I fitted additional handsets to my home line. Additional sets were detected by the voltage decay time of the ringer series capacitor.

In the end I just fitted additional capacitors across the line, the tester would notify Soady-Eastern and I would get another visit! It kept him very busy.

In actual fact, aficionados of The Blue Box (and other Boxes)(the Blue Box that financed the beginning of Apple) knew more about the telephone system than Bell as we could establish a number of calls, in series, so we could actually call a telephone sitting next to us!

Today such people are called Hackers. I wonder where Captain Crunch is today?

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

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The Answer Is ...

to respond with printouts from a crappy 9-pin dot matrix printer.

Impossible to scan and too long to retype!

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Me? Not Surprised at All!

Way, way, back I worked for a Canadian company who manufactured ATM sub-assemblies and accessories.

As the production supervisor I had a Master Key that would unlock all manner of these ATMs. In fact I ended up with several Master Keys (as they were emphasised in paperwork). I found a bunch of them a while back, when I was unpacking my imported personal goods.

When I returned to Canada for a brief visit, I took these Master Keys with me. Believe it or not, decades after they were first installed THEY STILL WORKED! (Opening the locked panel door is a No-No as there is an alarm microswitch attached to detect door opening.)

So not only is the software ancient, so is the hardware!

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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The REAL APPLE EXPOSED

It might be better to spend more money doing background checks than searching employees.

Given some of the voluminous orifices on bodies, one large enough to give birth, it is a challenge doomed to failure.

Better to have occasional spot checks on the inside of the time clock than harass ALL employees.

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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PayPal - registered as a US bank but plays by it's own rules.

PayPal is notorious for doing things regular bankers don't do - like holding funds off an account for months, even to the point where the financial wherewithal of the account holder, or even the payee (depositor) is put in danger.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Especially when it involves out of country / trans-border transactions.

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UK industry mouthpiece wants 'near-universal' broadband speeds of 30Mbps by 2020

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30Mbps? By 2020! Sad! Nay, Pathetic!

One country that didn't even have toilet paper until 1950 now boasts 1,000Mpbs domestic service. That's South Korea. TODAY!

Another developing country that was ravaged by the Americans offers 100MBPS domestic service. That's VietNam. TODAY! (I have two 100 Mbps feeds from separate ISPs over one fibre optic line in my condominium.)

Fingers out, BT, et al.

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Ontario, Canada and VietNam have at least one thing in common . . .

and that is the highest tide (yes the Great Lakes have impressive wind generated tides - even ice 'tides') govern the extent of privately owned beachfront land.

In VietNam it's actually the highest tide plus one metre.

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Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

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Britain: A Bunch of Sheep-like Mice. What happened to the Bulldog?

There was a time, not long ago, when the utterances of a Rudd would have created a furor over the suggestion that the government, of any stripe, was entitled to access any communications or peer into any computer to strip a citizen naked, metaphorically speaking, as if it were treating citizens as serfs not entitled to secrets.

Privacy is a right and the UK signed up to this UN Treaty but they totally ignore it.

The only privacy between people these days can be effected by two people, lieing in a field of grass, hands cupped around their mouths whispering to each other.

Britain is effectively a police state. And yet few cry foul and call the government to task. It's what WW2 was all about. And the sheep-like MPs swallow the whole deal and carry on collecting bribes, etc.

The encryption genie is out of the bottle and neither RUDD nor MAY will ever get it back in. They can put as many back doors in as they like, but will that stop encrypted communications? NO! Smart people use add-on devices, not subject to communications back doors, to encrypt messages.

I live in an 'authoritarian' society, by choice, yet I have more freedom than the average Brit. No one tracks my number plates, no one does facial recognition, there is no blanket coverage CCTV, and my InterNet rights and access, bar a few anti-government fruit cake web sites in California, is wide open. Access to BitTorrent, porn and other dubious sites is completely unfettered.

The only time I know someone has accessed my cell system information is when an acquaintance in the Internal Police (sounds so ominous) sends me a SMS message that usually says: "See you are in HCM - How about dinner".

The UK, US and Australian governments use 'terrorism' as an excuse for any trampling on rights - time that voters stood up and challenged MPs on their lackadaisical ways or vote them out.(What we need is a modern day Guy Fawkes to complete the job)

Terrorists don't need high-tech anything, that is why they are largely unaffected by the billions of any currency wasted on them. I can transmit almost any amount of money from the UK to many destinations in the world without leaving any trace. I do it regularly - and more quickly and more economically than any bank can.

So much for security!

P.S. I hold a UK passport, so I am entitled to comment on MPs.

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