More Security Theatre
All this security theatre, both this latest one, and the daily farce at airports dies little to make anything really safer.
It makes you wonder what is being planned in Downing Street.
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All this security theatre, both this latest one, and the daily farce at airports dies little to make anything really safer.
It makes you wonder what is being planned in Downing Street.
So please explain who/why copied all those Yahoo pictures?
And does he/she/they still work for GCHQ?
BTW: Those pictures that regaled many papers yesterday showing 'covered' GCHQ workers were actually quite revealing.
One picture showed roof-mounted aerials/antennae very clearly from which you could deduce approximate frequency and direction, whilst another picture clearly related the same aerials/antennae to major features of the building.
Guess the subservient UK press is awaiting a DN notice so the news can be censored, again.
I have citizenship of, and passports from, three countries and work in a fourth.
My employer supplies legally manufactured military electronic equipment, designed/fabricated in the fourth country, whose political interests are adverse to the first three countries. The fourth country supports, and recognises, countries in Eastern Asia and Middle East.
Presently we market most of our products through a government arms agency, as do the other countries.
The question arises is just whose legislation prevails?
This the the problem when the UK or the US extends it's 'jurisdiction' beyond it's recognised territory.
I haven't used Google for ages - there are so many search engines out there, several dedicated to downloads. Besides they are either agents for the NSA or have poor security, so I choose alternatives.
Do I feel guilty?
No, I usually download music (classical) and films, then place orders with off-shore vendors. These days so much media is pure garbage with maybe one or two songs worth the price but certainly not the whole CD.
NSA has satellites that receive radio frequencies from VLF through EHF on real-time from all parts of the globe?
The US base at Menwith Hills, Yorkshire, where these real time downloads occur is exactly opposite the NSA Pine Gap US near Alice Springs, Australia.
Tome the British government stopped all this unnecessary snooping.
At least we can whisper face-to-face or use infra-red.
Repeatedly, Canadian and UK soldiers, as well as many others from other countries have been killed by 'friendly fire' by American airborne cowboys - even when ordered not to fire.
But in a war between Russia, or the Chinese, the drones will be castrated when the enemy knock-out US satellites killing the drone command and control.
We should also remember all the innocent women and children killed by manned and unmanned aircraft. As well as the Reuters reporters who were murdered by a manned US Apache helicopter looking for fun on a Saturday afternoon.
What UK government computer system has ever worked right first time ... or the fiftieth software upgrade?
Memories of NHS.
In Canada a 'crime' is flagged as solved as soon as an arrest is made. Looks good at annual review time.
Unfortunately, a lot of charges are later withdrawn for lack of evidence, others are 'Not Guilty' at trial or 'Not Guilty' on appeal.
One appeal went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court over the use of the word 'MAY' by the judge. The appeal was sustained!
We never install ANYTHING until 8 days has lapsed.
Problem is with Adobe, they seem to update almost daily.
Happy Pizza is a speciality pizza readily available on request in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea). Really boosted the industry income.
So British farmers should be celebrating - added income for the financially stressed farmers!
I know exactly what is inside - the model was an early one and the separation between the electronics and the cash cassettes very weak. We could, if you knew the technique, open the cash cassette area. We did have a complete mechanical sample in our premises.
The point I wanted to make is that many of these machines have the very same key combination after all these years. I don't know if my key was a 'master' or not - but I do know it opens the lock.
I never lifted the cover as there is likely an alarm under it.
that landed a contract, or rather a subcontract, to fabricate metal boxes for ATMs that had a electrical distribution harness built in to them. It was really done as a favour to the bank in question, as the company also provided other electronic equipment for them.
As QC manager, I had certain functions that required me to unlock the finished enclosures using a serialised key that had been given to myself and a couple of others.
After bashing out many thousands of these 'boxes' the contract was completed and we carried on to other work.
But no one ever bothered to collect these keys! The other two that had them returned them to me and I simply left them in the stores department.
Long story short, I still have my key on my key ring even today. Sometimes, when I happen past one of this US banks ATM's, under lt's blue, green and white coloured logo, I discretely insert my key and see if I can just torn the lock.
The last time I tried this, late last year, it still worked! So, after the passing of 29 years this nameless bank with the blue-green-white logo still has never changed it's key combinations. Worse yet, this ATM was in Europe. Imagine the potential!
For the week prior to and the week of the Banana cell handset from Cupertino, The Guardian banished all mention of Android from it's on-line pages and filled the space with rumours and tosh - many later proved untrue - of what features the 'technical' editor considers the finest piece of electronics in the world might have.
Normal, less biased, publishing will follow on the week following 2014 October 16.
Should have bought TP-Link or Huawei network switches and routers - they are certified NSA and GCHQ unfriendly.
spying activities, the NSA said IT WAS ONLY COLLECTING METADATA.
And that they weren't actually LISTENING IN.
So why the complaining? All the Cell OS writers have done is to shut of access to content - data - whilst the spooks, FBI, DEA, Mounties, Plod, etc. continue to have full access to metadata. Could it be they were lieing?
Bit what Apple and Google add, the Mod Men can remove.
items on specified subjects for reasons of national security. Note the word 'request'.
Stripping away the thin veneer of 'security' seems to be to be the raison d'etre of El Reg.
Given how the UK Government and it's agencies have abused public trust, they don't deserve any consideration from the Press.
This guy, like scum on a pan of stew, has floated to the top whilst the magic goes under the surface. He doesn't do much apart from costing the UK taxpayers a fortune from dark-windowed, chauffeur driven cars, private jets, home security - just to stroke his ego.
If Younger dropped dead tomorrow, do you think much would be affected operationally?
El Reg, go tell the DA Notice Committee to forget it. Subservience doesn't suit you.
MESH network radios are secure and effectively untraceable. Western military are switching to MESH in a big way. And MESH is designed to work around damaged/incapacitated Nodes.
Until this year my employer was bashing them out for the military of countries politically adverse to the USA for around USD$40 a copy, Now the Chinese have them in sale for USD$30 each!
There is an App for using an Android cell handset as a terminal node for interfacing a MESH network to the InterNet.
I think GCHQ and NSA have their work cut out for years to come as more and more systems of all types go dark.
Apple has shot itself in the foot again.
Highlighting this simply points out that all the 'technical' editors, such as the guy with two Christian names at the Guardian, are so biassed towards Apple and simply overlook all the obvious deficiencies.
No one is perfect ... except on the tech pages of the Guardian. All for the cost of a crappy iPhone.
cultural environment and that is where your protection must lie.”
Another version of Trust Us.
Along with these law-based restrictions is the total absence of morals by GCHQ such as copying Yahoo selfies, etc.
The UK has, effectively, no independent oversight, either - just retired stiffs like Rifkind who approved most applications he was asked for.
Now that Edward Snowden's revelations are finally bearing fruit, the world's biggest Peeping Tom is learning the price of what it did. You cannot trust any government.
Of course, GCHQ is even worse with minimal oversight and it's morals worse than a lawyer.
There is always CALEA but with all the encryption becoming available the Feds are fighting a losing battle, which is good.
You name it and the States gets a waiver or simply ignores the agreements, as does the UK although less frequently
going to use Sapphire glass ... to keep the damn thing flat!
Apple used cheap alumin(i)um - they have high strength/tensile alloys but they cost.
But Apple could fix it easily - just make the speaker squeal VERY LOUDLY when someone is squeezing their iThingy too hard.
The Guardian has a pictorial guide on the way Apple should be worn. See: < www.theguardian.com/technology/gallery/2014/sep/24/iphone-6-plus-bending-in-pictures >. It is specifically written for iSheep who also have problems plugging connectors in the right way.
what GCHQ or the NSA were up to? That's why Edward Snowden's revelations have so shocked the world.
Southern Cross might be exercising poetic licence to it's limits.
There are cable systems in the USA where, at the landing station, certain staff are 'indoctrinated' and perform duties for the NSA. Remember that picture of a small room in a AT&T facility that the leaker exposed?
Only a couple of staff were permitted to enter that room, yet more company staff indoctrinated and acting on behalf of the NSA
How things have changed.
At one time enterprise, unfettered, brought us so many good things - remember what Hewlett Packard made - all those great pieces of test equipment. The crazy innovators at Wavetek of California, gobbled up by that staid outfit Wandel and Goltermann of Germany.
Since then the lawyers have taken over and companies have put their wagons in a circle and slowly real innovation is fading.
Luckily, today's generation is recapturing the spirit and hopefully they will get rid of the lawyers and the daring be set free to experiment once again.
Look at Volkswagen, they deliver straight to the customer with great success. Tesla could be the same. Why do we dealerships these days? Click away on a web site, put your dream whatever together, computers in the manufacturers test it for feasibility and then, another click, the order is entered and the JIT system looks after the rest with a delivery date almost cast in concrete.
Tesla vehicles have far less 'mechanics' and, as a certain New York Times reporter discovered, it's on-board computer, chatting away with the factory, can alert the owner or Tesla to potential problems.
Likely a 'repair' could be made by a shipping/freight company delivering parts one day and calling back if there are parts to return.
Microsoft and/or Bracknell are?
Bracknell was so bad even the Met Office moved.
Back in the day when I used to fly-in via Heathrow, the bus I took used to terminate at Slough Bus Station where I had to catch a bus that went in to the bowels of Buckinghamshire.
I have never experienced such a depressing place as Slough Bus Station - even makes High Wycombe Bus Station look good. Slough is easily on a par with the worst parts of Kolkata (of Black Hole fame).
Why would anyone, even Amazon, settle in Slough in the first place?
David Miranda likely wouldn't have spent 9 hours as Her Majesty's government in Heathrow had he used one of these.
The 'waterproof' feature would have allowed safe passage in, or through, any body orifice.
Freedom: 1; Border Plod: 0
that scrawny Quebec female who supports separation is enough to drive anyone to terrorism.
A 'smartmeter' benefits, in the main, power utilities as they can lay off thousands of meter readers.
Since these damn things can take readings every minute, Plod could determine every time you take an overnight 'tinkle', get up and boil the kettle and anything else that sucks power.
Worst of all, there is no permanent record of consumption - unless the supplier chooses the mechanical meter option - with the use consumption being held in memory. Of course, memory is unreliable and do you really trust a utility company to tell you the truth in case of device failure?
Think about 'estimated' bills and how inaccurate they are. NOT!
Had one in a rental property I own in Ontario, Canada, but with a little Faraday engineering the power company surrendered and returned to a good old mechanical meter. Some meters transmit/forward up to 10,000 bursts a minute if located near a system terminal.
Still, the meter MESH system can be hacked and used for unofficial transmission purposes.
My late Mother lost much of her sight and aged 90 she was long without a TV set when a Thug from the TV licence gang banged on her door.
He stated she was stealing TV signals and she should pay or go to court. Extremely upset and overwrought, being alone, she shut the door in this guys face.
Sure enough, it proceeds to court. The only evidence in her defence was a video showing every corner of her house. No TV!
Well, I plead Guilty, on behalf of my employer to being a heavy VPN user. Very heavy, at least two or three running concurrently.
Why? Because we transmit material to our customers overseas. It minimises 'oversight' from our authoritarian government. And others.
But we do run a BitTorrent terminal - hooked to the regular InterNet.
There's another type of iPhan?
Remember a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that funnels information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans?
And the documents that showed that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defence lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges?
The documents showed that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
Sounds just like the modus operandi used by the FBI is this case.
Every time I hear of the latest intrusions in to the lives of ordinary Brits, I thank the day I got Canadian citizenship, not that Canada is perfect.
But it does have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution which is way more than what England has. And there is more transparency in some of the oversight of these privacy-intruding institutions.
Britain, at least what's left of it, will never get a Constitution because of the entrenched 'them and us' attitude of politicians. Even the women who joined the Tories last election are quitting because nothing has changed.
The judiciary is so inbred you need not expect much help from them. What has to happen is a groundswell from the citizens to topple all these entrenched interests so the elected people actually represent the interests of the citizens.
And good luck with that.
where rain 'showers' really are like standing under a shower.
It's amusing to watch iSheep using their favourite iThingy wrapped up in a sandwich bag to help them survive a little bit if water.
Sony has models with similar features at a lower price.
and some, like Cambodia, ban the use of headlights during daylight hours.
Two-wheeled travellers know the safety value of being able to hear the sounds of other road users apart from horns.
Depends on the 'appendages' size ... and length ... unless the scanner is adjustable.
of 'their millions of customers such as name, address, phone numbers, financial history, etc.' Furthermore banks aren't immune to on-line attacks - as HSBC, and others, know.
I haven't been in any of my home bank branches for years, in one case over 20 years. And none know my telephone number.
If their security is so good, how come they don't know I'm married or in which country I actually reside in. Not only that, my wife has a copy of my bank card and can use it on one part of the world whilst I can use the original in another 10-12 time zones apart a few minutes later.
Obviously they don't know aircraft don't travel at the speed of light.
so many kids look like mini-Michelin men from all the McBarfs and other super-sized and saturated fat products they eat.
That can perform several remote functions including tracking a vehicle and even slowing it down and bringing it to a stop.
I guess ACPO wants their own custom version.
Car rental companies and Repo(ssession) men also have remote stop features although they tend to use cell systems.
There are so many dedicated media search engines for locating 'discounted' that are far better than Google, etc.
So why waste Google's talents for pointless political pursuits?
Simple things for simple minds.
security such as a hole where the hand strap could be looped.
Even the damn Samsung Note 3 didn't have provision for a loop. And they have all sorts of real estate.
What I did was to X-ray my Note 3, figure out a location where I could safely drill a hole and NOW I HAVE SECURITY!
Apple says it is infallible. Mmmm ...
At least Android users can encrypt their stuff.
US version will it have ... which is running near zero?
This is Apple PR's way of keeping the name in the public eye.
What's an upgrade in an iThingy is a standard offering in the competition.
Our company was going to try these out for an education product line we developed for low income families.
The problems were the paucity of mounting holes and the fact that one connector was offset to the 0.1 inch matrix.
Now we have switched to a TI product. What a pity.
This would really get the drugs market hopping. And the US DEA!
Ritter was a UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, and later a critic of US foreign policy. Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Ritter stated that Iraq possessed no significant weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities.
This upset the Bush regime.
In 2001, Ritter was detained and arrested on charges of soliciting minors for sex on the InterNet that were both dismissed. The FBI worked it's 'magic' and Ritter was arrested on similar charges in 2010 that led to a conviction and sentence of one and a half to five and a half years.
It's amazing what Photoshop and other software can be used for.
Quote: "neither the matchstick bomb nor the napalm recipes worked."
My match recipes work, we use it in military robot demonstrations. You must have got a decoy copy that was put out to stop people 'trying it at home'.
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