* Posts by JaitcH

3863 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal


No problem: Do what the USA does with trade agreements - ignore the WTO & NAFTA

When the US is on the losing side of a trade arbitration it simply ignores the decision.

Witness the argument with Canada over hardwood shingles (wooden roofing tiles) and softwood lumber (2x4's) - they simply blackmailed Canada into doing a quickie bilateral agreement - Britain has signed those, ask Blunkett, so UK perps (alleged) can get deported to the US for trial.

GM had a rare metals operation once, but it sold it off - with US government blessing - to /drumroll/ the Chinese!

Don't know why the Japanese are complaining - they have an exclusive on a mining hole in Northern VietNam whereby they ship all their rare stuff back to Japan for refining.

At this very moment the US is bashing VietNam over the head with threats to block the ever popular Tiger Shrimp business with a surcharge ... unless the VNese bend over and submit to yet another bilateral agreement.

I think we should block McBarf and Starbuck (where the hookers hang out) operations until the States gets the message. Back off, Bully!

iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'


Apple is simply bloody minded - and is out to shaft it's Customers

Whether it's using non-standard screws, copying Japanese rice cooker connectors, messing with head phone cable standards, adding resistors to make charging iThingies difficult, using non-standard connectors, glueing cases together or whatever, Apple is simply demonstrating it cares about nobody, other than shareholders,

Jobs was a petty minded individual and Cook is emulating him.

And filling garbage pits up with their discarded unrepairable trash.

Still, the iSheep must like it, they come back every time and bend over so Apple can screw them all over again.

Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will


Not me: I use Tor, PGP and air-gapped MS Office

No longer can the cops and Plod demand things ad nauseum, the general public has learned much since World Hero Snowden released his NSA library.

It seems only just that if they want to see my stuff, they have to work their buns off for it. Somewhat of a self-defeating exercise, though.

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body


If media companies remunerated artists ...

equitably, I might have some sympathy. Performance money theft is rife in the business.

These media companies only seek to maintain their excessive income, so I have no sympathy with them or qualms in 24/7 downloading via commercial fibre optics.

That's ignoring the fact few originals are available here.

Given the rampant lieing as to 'successes' by the software industries, I doubt these figures are accurate, especially since the new encrypted downloading became available.

Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS


My wife's new hotel uses only LED lights ...

and to determine if there was any benefit between the brands we carefully numbered each 'light' and it's location.

After a year of use we found the 'Dutch Masters' products were WORSE than cheaper OEM/No Name Chinese knock offs that have a 5-year warranty.

The Phillips mini-fluorescents also have a high fail rate BUT the difference is we can get them refurbished for a $1 (including a one year warranty) from a hole-in-the-wall entrepreneur.

All our lights are tied into our computer controlled fire alarm system which uses lighting to indicate the nearest exit.

White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple


What about Boeing's super glued, super secure ...

cell handset that self-destructs when opened?

A bargain at $650!

US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying


We expect better from El Reg

QUOTE: "The New York Times and Der Spiegel have reported another communiqué from their source-in-exile"

Read: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/ for the FACTS.

China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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Nothing better demonstrates the convoluted US idea of security

The US, through Obama and Mike 'Mouthy' Rogers, claims that the Chinese government is linked to Huawei through former military CEO Ren Zhengfei, but that CISCO is different notwithstanding it hired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle upon retirement as the Army's chief information officer and appointed vice president of the Global Government Solutions Group at Cisco Systems.

Typical two-faced hypocrisy from the US Government.

ALSO, Edward Snowden HAS NOT LEAKED ANY DOCUMENTS SUBSEQUENT TO HIS SOJOURN IN RUSSIA - journalists are responsible for the timing of disclosures at this time. See https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/.

Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield


Fear not, ancient standards of measurement prevail in today's electronics ...

I give you the 0.1 inch hole matrix and dual-in-line pin spacing.

Not even the decimal gang have overcome that!

Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently


Symantec? I thought they had ...


'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss


Faced with a choice of the NSA or Edward Snowden ...

being the more trustworthy, my vote is overwhelmingly Edward Snowden.

No one has proved he has lied, to date, whereas Jug-eared Clapper and his pal Keith Alexander have consistently lied, wittingly or unwittingly.

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight


Open, advertised purchasing can't be beaten for value

Given the Yard's new notoriety for accepting bribes and payoff's, this type of contract has to be viewed with the greatest suspicion.

Widely promoted, open Requests for Tender against properly specified equipment demands that allow many tenders to be made are by far the best way to go.

'Zotob' hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok after three-year hunt

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So what's with Thailand as a Get Lost Destination?

Thailand is far from idyllic if you want to get lost.

As a major drug growing area, the US FBI, DEA, etc. are well represented in town and the Thai government is far too friendly with the US supplying all manifests departing flights to all destinations to the big US data suck system. The UK has passport control types as well as drug Plod. The new Thai visa regime is a pain, too, as the old border runs are out.

Adjoining countries are also unsuitable. The Thai/Cambodia border is well guarded due to cross-border fighting. Cambodian immigration now has eye-scan facilities and also contributes to the US. China, Laos, Burma and VietNam are stiff visa destinations.

My choice would be 'borderless' Europe or South America.

Still, in a Swiss jail he will be well catered for, although not as well as in some Scandinavian countries.

His biggest problem will be Uncle Sam taking an interest in him and dreaming up some wild charges that will get him a room in Leavenworth for a few decades.

Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds


My meds scheme doesn't need a bloody Apple

Each morning I take my meds, then I move the two containers to just under the mirror, on my counter.

Later in the day, the cleaner comes around, cleans my private bathroom and also moves the two meds containers to the front edge of the counter.

This technique reminds me to take my medications. It's worked for years.

When I travel, I put mu meds in one pocket for even days and another for odd days. Never fails.

MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies


Re: 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

Is there still an Office of the Lord Chancellor? He was the guy who insisted all doors be opened at the end of all public artistic performances.

I thought bLIAR killed it?


Memories of Health and Efficiency and Lady Chatterly's Lover

When I was at Dauntseys School, West Lavington, Wiltshire, many, many, decades ago, copies of Health & Efficiency <http://www.henaturist.net/> used to circulate. The guys (unisex now) used to rent copies out for a Mars bar, or similar, for a day or two.

Copies of Lady Chatterly were acquired, the bindings ripped apart and chapters were rented out individually!

I really can't understand the BANNED IN BRITAIN mentality. It doesn't and won't work.

My sister-in-law invited me to view her daughter's school play and I discretely took pictures, sans flash, with my high-end camera. As we were leaving some sanctimonious male said he would have to 'seize' my film as taking pictures of children was equated with paedophilia. I remarked I always travel thousands of miles to take pictures small children acting. Besides, there was no film - only memory chips.

What are the most popular pictures for Tourists to take in foreign climbs? Children with cherubic faces! Seems that UK people have a very strange attitude when it comes to children other than their own.

Of course, MPs are the very people who shouldn't be determining this, what with the Deputy Speaker on trial for grabbing at male youth. At least they were Tory male youth. Then there was the Tory who was found dead - dressed in women's clothing.

I would far rather have a socially challenged adult satisfying their cravings on-line than roaming the streets looking for the real thing.

Way back Channel 79, in Toronto, used to play Baby Blue featuring soft porn movies. The Cops were happy, they knew where the paedos were - hanging around TV retailers looking at Baby Blue! NOT ONLY THAT, sexual assaults actually DECREASED on Friday nights.

It's time that parents took on the responsibility for their children - THEY are the ones best positioned for determining what their children watch, not some MP who drags up this old chestnut every time there is an election pending.

PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov


Postcodes & ZIPS should be FREE and in the public domain

Smart countries such as the USA, Canada, China (and VietNam) encourage the use of codes by GIVING THEM AWAY.

When Canada first introduced Postcodes they published a FREE directory.

The Canadian system also has a reverse lookup feature.

NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re: Threat Identification - Robertson Headed Screws are the answer

To frustrate Americans and ship stuff to the States in wooden containers, using Robertson Headed screws is really effective in winding them up.

Robertson screwdrivers are extremely hard to find down there.

Note: A Robertson, also known as a square screw drive has a square-shaped socket in the screw head and a square protrusion on the tool. Both the tool and the socket have a taper, which makes inserting the tool easier, and also tends to help keep the screw on the tool tip without the user needing to hold it there.

When Henry Ford tried the Robertson screws he found they saved considerable time in Model T production, but when Robertson refused to license the screws to Ford, Ford realized that the supply of screws would not be guaranteed and chose to limit their use in production to Ford's Canadian division. Robertson's refusal to license his screws prevented their widespread adoption in the United States!


Re: Threat Identification - Canada?

Bad choice, Canada. We talk our heads off and have conversations almost morning to night.

Back in the day, I was a communications contractor for Maritime Tel and Tel in St. John's, New Brunswick, and Mondays were the best. We would put the testers headset up on the switching centre public address then we would touch the line-side jacks to the field of sockets until we happened upon a juicy conversation.

The best were when two females were discussing their weekend seductions - real laugh.

In the large centres such as Halifax or Moncton we would tap into the operator headsets in the off chance they were comparing notes with fellow operators.

Unfortunately, large automatic switches were introduced which started eliminating many operators. What a pity.

iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim


The fix is simple ...

all Apple has to do is declare that it is a design feature not understood by Techie Plebs. Or that it is an undocumented feature

Worked for Antennagate, why not now?

We all know that Apple never screws up. Ask an iPhan.

Samsung puts ultrasonic echolocation cover on a smartphone for the blind


Re: This is great! So are iBeacons but NOT for shopping.

Our idea was that a totally sight-challenged user (or a tester wearing a blacked out pair of goggles) could find their way around without having to 'hunt' for a responder (beacon). Additionally, the idea has to work in low light/no light conditions.

Luckily VietNam has a surplus of sunshine, at least in the south, so power is not a problem.

Lighting (street) IS a problem since our average day is from 06.00H-18.00H, plus/minus 30 minutes seasonal variations. To reduce power consumption many authorities only turn lighting on when it is actually dark (not dusk) and start reducing it around 22.30H (a common bedtime for anywhere outside large tourist areas) and the lights frequently are totally extinguished around 01.00H in the sticks.

Conveniences taken for granted in the West - sloping corners for wheelchairs, pavement surfaces providing different textures to indicate guidance, etc. - are totally absent here. Sight-challenged people using canes are best served walking in the roadway as they can use the kerb as a reference - the sidewalks are filled with parked motorcycles and vendors carts.

What really kick-started me on this idea was a very, very, courageous sight-challenged 22-year old girl who toured VietNam completely alone and unaided from Ha Noi through to Ho Chi Minh City. Over dinner she described the added challenges of people such as her in developing countries such as Cambodia, Laos and VietNam. They were daunting and yet she managed to overcome them all. Alone and unaided.

This weekend we placed another 23 Beacons - 11 were in common use public facilities - so, hopefully, in a few months time we can show our very conservative officialdom what can be done to help fellow citizens. With official blessing it would mean we could freely attach Beacons to public buildings and property. We have numerous Community Police Stations, real Cop Shops, and these would be a secondary target for our attention.

Thanks for your interest.

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This is great! So are iBeacons but NOT for shopping.

It's good to see Samsung remembering the members of society who struggle, daily, as they make it through their days.

Over the recent Lunar vacation a friend was 'dumpster diving' in a tech park and came across a dumpster that was filled with TP-Link WiFi modems - too cheap to fix and to expensive to return to factory. Half-a-day later and many beers we transferred possession to my company office.

We have managed to get many basically functional, sufficient for our needs which are as a WiFi transmitter which can send out a code and a 30-second message intended to advise sight-challenged people where they are, or near a shop or facility.

Then came iBeacon.

Regardless of whether WiFi or Bluetooth - they can both perform the function of notification. With the now ubiquitous intelligent cell handset these limited distance signals can trigger a very simple App that shakes the cell handsets 'booty' and then annunciates the message.

We aren't too swift with pretty looking UI but who needs that when they can't see the screen!

The pre-amble code is used to identify the signal as a guide rather than an advert and could, with work on the App make announcements based on a database within the cell handset. This database can contain messages in alternate languages using only the transmitted code.

We have forty-three out now, all solar powered.

Mounting them is a breeze. With a store owners permission, we simply put a 'splodge' of construction adhesive on the rear of the case and, using a modified squeegee mop, affix it on the building high enough to make it impossible for some thieving b*stard to steal. They can be removed by using the butchered squeegee mop to loosen the glue.

We have also been able to purchase Bluetooth transmitters that have failed specification tests but basically just work for around 50 cents each, but they lack cases.

Thanks, industry folks who want to go nameless, for your support, schematics and repair tips!

Could you do this in YOUR community?

Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88


Re: Concorde?

I flew the Concorde, too, I was bumped up to it because of a technical emergency I had to attend to. My adjacent passenger was Lady Black - I still marvel at how pricey knitted dresses can cover large curvaceous lines without revealing what's underneath.

Still have my Concorde tag, securely attached to a leather briefcase with stainless wire - which has survived many attempts at theft.


I didn't agree with his politics but ...

he earned people's respect because he spoke his mind using simple language. He had integrity, too - how many of today's MPs can claim that?

And how many would surrender their inherited peerage, the first to do so, following the death of his brother, as Viscount Stansgate? However he was prevented from doing so until The Peerage Act 1963, which allowed renunciation of peerages, became law shortly after 1963 July 31 at 18.00H.

He was not only 'street smart' but also well learned both through university (Oxford) and life.

His wife predeceased his in 2000, I seem to remember, but his children are equally famous. In fact their election to the House of Commons made the Benn family one of the few to lay claim to three generations of MPs.

RIP, Tony, you earned it.

Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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We Canadians have a Constitution; we don't ban much unlike Blighty

Thanks to the late Pierre Trudeau, Canada has a Constitution that keeps governments in line. Really.

But this little fracarse is all about Canadian content.

It's not onerous: Broadcasting Act of Canada, that radio and television broadcasters (including cable and satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. It also refers to that content itself, and, more generally, to cultural and creative content that is Canadian in nature.

Even if the dollies are from another country, the CanCon can be met by the written, produced, presented part of the rules.

The important word is MAPL. Canadian content in a musical selection must generally fulfill at least two of the following conditions:

M (music) - the music is composed entirely by a Canadian.

A (artist) - the music is, or the lyrics are, performed principally by a Canadian.

P (performance) - the musical selection consists of a performance that is: recorded wholly in Canada, or performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.

L (lyrics) - the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian.

There is even a MAPL, a clever play on Maple (tree), logo which will be seen on all records and videos which shows how CanCon rules are met.

Australia, Philippines, Mexico, Nigeria, Israel, South Africa, Jamaica, Venezuela, and New Zealand, Republic of Ireland and France also have quotas.

So bring on the girls from the Miramichi, or the wild women from The Rock (Newfoundland).

Brit and Yank data watchdogs ink deal to share case info


USA Completely untrustworthy when it comes to data

Not withstanding we have the World Trade Organisation, the US loves doing regional (Pacific and Atlantic at this time) and bilateral agreements (think Blunket and extradition).

Look at NAFTA (Canada, Mexico, USA). Freely arrived at, driven primarily by the Americans. Then up comes Hardwood Shingles (for walls and roofing) and Softwood Lumber (Construction 2x4). Canada starts scoring big time, apparently our cold winters harden up the hard and softwood trees and produce a superior product AND it costs less because of the dollar differential.

USA applies unlawful surcharges, Canada goes to mediation and wins. USA then applies taxes in lieu of stumpage charges (replacement trees), Canada appeals and wins. After a third shafting by the USA Canada decides enough is enough and signs an amendment to NAFTA.

Mexican drivers can't bring their vehicles into the US, although NAFTA allows this to happen after 5 years. Another country screwed by the USA.

And here we are again, the old US divide and conquer routine, with a handy bilateral agreement between the UK and the US. Brits better get ready to bend over, Uncle Sams about to do it all over again.

P.S. I hold Canadian, UK and US citizenship, so don't go calling me anti-anything!

Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'


"The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "

I have read of theft attempts in many countries of the world including Canada, Europe, UK and USA.

My event was a drunk taxi driver who realised he was in deep doo-doo - he not only lost his job the next day but he was also charged with drunk driving and attempted theft.

The faces of the senior managers, as they watched the video, were a treat to behold - likely they wouldn't have believed it without the video.

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Re: QUOTE: "The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "

I've done over 44,000 kilometres using my web cam and only person has tried to steal it.

Mine is mounted on the side of the helmet. There is also a stainless steel tether securing the guard cage to my belt.


QUOTE: "The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "


My Go-Pros are helmet mounted and to ensure thieves don't break the flimsy mounting brackets and steal my cameras I mount them inside cages made from stainless steel round bar.

I have seen cameras ripped off by motorcycle riding thieves who don't even pause as they break cameras off.

The Stubilizer simply provides would be thieves with a very ergonomic handle by which to snatch these cameras.

There are competing cameras, in the same price range as G-P, with metal mountings that come with "steadicam" electronic stabilisers and even remote controls.

The excessive use of plastic in the Go-Pro range is it's major weakness, ignoring the lens fogging problem, that is (and the very pricey batteries).

X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother


Why do Brits accept Rip-Off Pricing? No Batteries or SD Memory?

Retail consumers in the States pay at least ONE tax equivalent to VAT, other places TWO!

The difference is easy to calculate and to demonstrate that VAT Free prices are way out of line when compared to North America and mainland Europe.

As for batteries, if I can't swap a battery out, I will NOT buy the cell handset.

Similarly, with extension memory. With the UK Border Bods along with the US ICE men (and women) happily interrogating the contents of cell handsets as well as laptops, a la Miranda, I always transfer any hot data from the system memory to SD memory and then lose the chip somewhere about my body.

ICE men even get their knickers in a twist if you have downloaded video on your handsets and use this as an excuse to impound your gear.

Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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Unfortunately, in cities around the world, going 'on the game' ...

is a fact of life for many single-parent mothers when either the food budget hits zero or the rent is due.

I have seen this in Canada, China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, the UK, USA and VietNam. Pity they don't sling the absent fathers in jail. As well as the Camerons of this world who think slashing welfare budgets is a smart thing to do.

Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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Even if Apple declines a comment, birds can ...

by doing a dump all over the statue.

Most fitting.

RSA rebel conference TrustyCon sells out despite 'dirty tricks'


Want to see how the NSA cracked "elliptic curve cryptography"?

A fascinating YouTube series of what should be a totally boring subject is absolutely viewer/reader friendly.

Start here: < http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/inquiring-minds-edward-frenkel-math-doesnt-suck >.

Check out the whole series - truly mind grabbing.

Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs


Another Boeing Project 25?

Boeing, a sweetheart of the NSA, didn't have too much success with Project 25, so why should we expect much better this time?

Additionally, why would anyone, other than the American government, trust Boeing or any other American company with security?

Requesting "permanently withheld from public inspection" is simply a Drama Queen act - which many companies employ. And what is a piece of paper worth? They can collect as many NDAs as they want but if someone wants in, they'll find a way.

Secret screws didn't do Apple any good, and epoxy is easily defeated - after the cell handset has been appropriately rendered inoperable through it's local environment.

There are places in China who can, for a fee, reverse engineer 'secure' electronics products using X-ray techniques, followed by applications of choice concoctions of heated nitric or sulphuric acid along with 2,2,2trifluoroacetamide gas. They also use chemical and plasma etching.

As for the memory fuses to stop duplication, they are a breeze, too.

Me, I would go for Phil Zimmerman's BLACK PHONE, just announced, at least he has the credits for standing up for Uncle Sam.

So away with you Boeing, go fix those batteries that keep catching fire.

Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage


Pure bloody unfounded prejudice

@ frank ly:

I guess England has never had the Kray Brothers, the Train Robbers, etc. - all pre-bred English people.

My aunt lived out in the country with a famous line of pure bred dogs, nearby a Travellers site (legal). She fell over one day and couldn't move. One Traveller noticed the change in the dogs barking and he investigated, then called the police.

The aunt never lost a thing to theft - in fact the Travellers even kept an eye on her premises when she attended dog shows.

I suspect immigrants do less major crime than English-born people on a percentage basis.

P.S. LY doesn't sound too English, either.


Some Canadian Telco's ...

print, in large yellow type, FIBRE OPTIC-FIBRE OPTIQUE on the outer plastic sheath of cables. Bilingual signs are mandatory!

Seems that cable thieves are quasi-technical, damage to fibre is way below that of copper.

Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone

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Apple doesn't comment on ongoing legal disputes.

Too long, and redundant.

Apple doesn't comment is quite sufficient.

Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Re: Signal free railroad operation

@ Ryan 7:

Human free, remote controlled trains over long distances are already a reality in Canada.

Each and every night a high-speed freight train travels between Windsor, Ontario (opposite Detroit) and Fort Erie (opposite Buffalo, New York State) without a human around.

Further north in Ontario, Canada, a control centre in North Bay (think NORAD North) operates trains between Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario to Moosenee, Ontario (on Hudson Bay).

The only 'local' input is if a short between rails is detected which is used to determine if there is another piece of rolling stock on the line.

Actually, unhappy First Nations Indians - who have treaty rights pre-dating Canada - use car battery booster cables between the opposite rails to force trains to stop. It generally results in their "issues" being addressed, promptly, especially since they legally own the land under the railroad tracks.

Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha


I wonder if the GCHQ logo is copyright?


I'm off down to our T-shirt embosser tomorrow - only Fifty (US) Cents for a 2-colour computer stitched embossed logo (100 pieces)! Should look good on a dark blue T-shirt.

Both GCHQ and NSA have very poor Press Kits - no logos.


Has ANYONE dared check in at a US airport ...

actually wearing "Department of Homeland Stupidity".

They might even arrest the wearer for 'passing off' as a Homeland employee!

(Wikipedia: "In the United Kingdom, passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights. The tort of passing off protects the goodwill of a trader from a misrepresentation.")

Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists

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Microsoft - Who can trust THAT name?

Given all the (alleged) back doors in MS software why would you trust them for anything, so GCHQ and NSA can plunder your comms?

Why not give TOP SECRET AMERICA a read < magnet:?xt=urn:btih:0fc432e17c2e856e6b3c605761cd9d6748e970cb&dn=Top%20Secret%20America >, then go load a Chinese or Korean software version equivalent.

Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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@ Paul Webb - Hoover? Wasn't he the ...

gay guy who ran the FBI and kept is job, until he dropped dead, by blackmailing US politicians?

Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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Re: Showboating

==> PS, due to the delights of fibre and light, you only need a single fibre in each house, not a pair.

Telco's are as tight as a duck's ar*e but even they run two fibres in - in case of failure. Maybe not BT, but whoever claimed they even think ahead?


Re: Something we can look forward to

200 years? THAT soon?


America is a technological disgrace (but good at PR bullsh*t)

First in colo(u)r TV, first in cell service, first with TouchTone dialling, first with the atomic bomb, first with stealth, etc BUT LAST IN INTERNET.

There are MANY places in the US which don't, even today, have wire telephone service STILL.

Of course being first doesn't mean you have the best - look at NTSC (Never The Same Colour) TV. GSM has always been technologically advanced (except for disabling encryption).

They can't blame bodies/square mile for poor service, Canada has areas with even lower body counts yet they have wired InterNet. Look at China - they have way more Fibre Optic than the USA.

Of course, developing/Third World countries have an advantage - we get the technology later but it is better. Korea has the best InterNet - it is simply eye-popping to see how fast new pages load. Japan has always been leading edge in equipment - they have bump-and-pay or dial-and-pay for years. My 'summer' cottage, way out in the boon-docks (sticks) in VietNam has 20Mbyte fibre optic service (to the pole-mounted DSLAM). We even had dial-up digital InterNet - digital into the house, that is, on every telephone drop in the country (It is removed when Fibre arrives).

Google is showing IT CAN BE DONE. When the rich, monopolistic AT&T gets competition it can move fast - even back in the day, it could move fast. When it wanted to. (TouchTone was promoted as it increased dialling speeds)

So now Google has proven it can be done, let all the cable and telco monopolies extract their collective digits and get with the times.

Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer


The ministry is in the midst of spending £70,000 on a research project to figure out ...

how prisoners are using their illegal mobes in English and Welsh jails.

QUESTION: Why not just call GCHQ?

John McAfee declares war on Android


Re: Android is one big spying platform

And, I presume iOS isn't?

Get real! Android users have much more control over their equipment AND they don't have to worry about Google editing words - unlike iOS.

UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight


So the UK has it's own drone - guess what, so does VietNam

Sweden has a project in VietNam for building drones.

The PR blurb said:

"In Phase One, Sweden will provide funds and equipment for VietNam to manufacture two Magic Eye 1 UAVs. It will send experts from Unmanned Group, provide intellectual property and the model design to VietNam.

During Phase Two, the two sides will cooperate in aeronautical electronic science development.

In the Phase Three, they will manufacture UAVs according to each other's demand and capacity.

Pity VietNam doesn't have the technology to sort out the road and traffic mess.

15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad


I bet it won't take long for some of those to be stolen...

The proper Met terminology is 'lost' or 'mislaid'. Police don't steal things. (mind you, I also think the moon is made of cheese)

And jamming an iPad will/is be a breeze compared to hacking Tetra - bit of a challenge that Tetra. Now used world-wide and all the Tetra maintenance manuals and schematics are available, as well as Test Sets.

Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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Re: Data retention, it's all the rage

@ veti:

If you are so wound up about Google Translate and privacy - simply don't use it!

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