* Posts by JaitcH

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Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

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Whils I Generlly Support the Principles or Wikileaks and Cryptome ....

Given that our white-haired friend is a guest of Ecuador, I personally think diddling with elections in any country is not helpful for democracy, especially in these circumstances. Democracy is an element in Wikileaks raison d'être.

I have thought even Snowden has pushed his luck on occasion, but at least he is smart enough not to mess with elections from his new home in Moscow.

In the meantime, GCHQ can save a little on the overtime, just like the London Plod did when their bills starting reaching double-digits in millions of Pounds/Dollars/Shekels.

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So. What's North Korea really like?

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Re: Wow

Check out: > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oULO3i5Xra0 <.

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Living in a country that doesn't observe sanction niceties ...

I have worked in the DPRK repairing our companies equipment they purchased through government resellers.

Getting there requires a multiple-entry Chinese visa. I go through HongKong then use rail to the border. There are three border gates for non-tourists. Tourists have to travel to Pyongyang and Americans can only fly there from BeiJing.

As my DPRK visa states "Government Guest Worker" I can choose the gate nearest my destination - travel, food and accommodation is best on the Chinese side of the border. I prefer land travel - rail - as I usually have to carry test equipment. The DPRK trains I class as hard seat - worse than any aged UK train.

Since I am going to industrial DPRK I make sure I am well stocked with Chinese noodles as I don't like extremely spicy food. The DPRK customs inspection takes an age, uneducated inspectors gazing at awe at modern electronics. They seal my laptops - to be only opened at destination. Water-based glue is not very effective on plastic!

My visas are 'loose', stapled and not glued into my passport. (Glued visas are easily removed with acetone) This means I have deniability. Since I legally have several passports I leave China on one and enter the DPRK on another.

I have to be escorted, usually a female, from the border to the work centre. I have had the same female for the last several years, so we are now friends. Her English is excellent. I pack my equipment interiors with small, valuable, gifts to give away.

I carry large business cards on which is printed information about Canada and I give these to people who dare to shake hands and say 'Hello'! At the work centre things are very relaxed, but the food and accommodation is not good. They eat some very strange things!

There is a hunger for technical knowledge and we print out what I take since DPRK storage media is encoded and re-entering by hand circumvents these trackers. The customs might count SD chips but they can't count the contents! I usually leave

You can now use cell handsets in the DPRK - you buy a 'Foreigner' SIM that restricts your connections to other Foreigners and International calls. I use a multi-SIM Chinese handset and my customer gives me a DPRK resident SIM which allows me to contact DPRK users.

As I have been there numerous times over the past 7 years and my work place is somewhat distant from Pyongyang what I call the 'Communist bullsh*t' is more relaxed. The local techs invite me to their homes, along with my female guide. I often take my female guide, a widow with children, to dinner and she takes large 'doggy bags' home.

If any tech reader gets the opportunity to visit the DPRK - go. Just learn the rules. And leave whatever technical goodies behind as gifts when you leave. They appreciate even solder.

Also remember the DPRK gets bloody cold, as cold as Northern Canada, and the difference is they have minimal inside heating. Take warm clothes. Assume that there are no facilities there that you need for your work. And if you see a national entertainment group, such as the Moranbong Band (Moran Hill Orchestra) out in the regions, often there are only a few members of the main Orchestra there with back-ups picking up the slack.

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Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

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Just how much of the actual work involved in the vetting process is outsourced?

In the USA most of the lower ranks of security are outsourced, but since Snowden, et al, they have been examining their procedures.

The US government keeps files on people that include juvenile 'criminal' offences.

A colleague at a US company was 'government security cleared' and was a trouble shooter on sophisticated computer equipment. He was called out to sort out a problem at some nuclear facility that was guarded by the Secret Service.

In order to enter he had to be positively identified (fingerprints) and a computerised check run on him. As he waited in the parking lot for the OK, he was approached by two armed Secret Service types who told him to leave.

His employer was advised he had 'had a juvenile criminal record' - which are supposed to be sealed court records. He had broken some greenhouse windows. His employer said it was my friend or no one, who could fix their problems.

Two days later the plant called up and said my friend could return, and be admitted, as the problem had bee 'expunged'!

So much for security!

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Background checks? Hardly worth the effort.

A friend who designed encryption chips used in secure terminals was awarded a contract for some government work.

He had lived aboard a well appointed boat bought with the proceeds of an earlier venture. He queried what answers to give on the 'vetting' form vis-a-vis employment, addresses resided at, etc. Since he was essentially self-employed, a high tech "rolling stone", he was advised to have a friend say that he was employed by them.

I, the 'employer' friend, was later contacted by some form of Plod who started asking various questions. I cut the man short and said instead of wasting my time, just e-mail me the questions and I'll check my records.

A couple of weeks later, after an appropriate delay, I emailed my response: "Looks good to me".

My friend has been working away and is now on the fourth extension of the contract.

The whole exercise was bureaucratic bullsh*t, they were buying his knowledge and skills and could hardly fail him, a single source vendor!

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SAP re-positions senior UK cloud brass

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Thinking of SAP ... where is ...

Susan Bor these days?

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Extreme But ONLY with USA Permission

Any devices (rockets, ships, etc) that contain US products are subject to use with US authorisation only.

It's how the USA controls aircraft sales to countries it doesn't like.

The Trident missile is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) equipped with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) and are sold to the UK in accordance with the 1963 Polaris Sales Agreement, as amended. It was originally developed by Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation. The four Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines have British warheads.

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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Plod Technique ... Open Mouth First, Then Think

Here in VietNam, imported American and Japanese cars are fitted with all these electronic wonders as well as the necessary cell system interface. For various reasons many of these things spend all their lives going 'Allo; 'Allo because of cell system interfacing problems.

It is common practice for VNese car mechanics to disable these devices before delivery.

I wonder if this Big Plod realises that cars fitted with GM OmniTrak already have this feature in the OmniTrak and is often used by the American cops?

Besides, London's Met has it's own one-man car disabling man, one PC Savage of Camden. < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEjWUClQXZg > < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y&feature=youtu.be >.

His type is why I carry a small squeezy bottle of Chinese chilli oil - the darker the better! Works wonders in focusing people's attentions.

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Judge makes minor tweaks to sex ban IT man's order

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I Think of the Hundreds of Thousands of British ...

soldiers who have died over the decades in order to protect citizen's freedoms.

Then bLIAR, Blunkett and May are born and make the Gestapo or KGB look like pussy cats.

The British system of using magistrates or Plod, even, to impose such penalties is completely wrong. In civilised countries magistrates usually handle only traffic tickets. Even worse is the practice of judges verbally abusing miscreants who have no means of defending themselves, without the penalty of contempt.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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NOT One Of Your World Travellers

Ignoring the fact that cell handsets can be traced, or most airport lines are recorded, it is common practice amongst many air carriers that late arrivals, etc. are NOT boarded following a bomb, or other threat.

Kelowna is a city in the Okanagan Valley, in the south of Canada’s British Columbia. It’s somewhat being on a remote shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains.

If they put the guy on a No Fly list, he would have a long way to drive ... anywhere!

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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The Problem with Boxes on Forms is that the Lesser Intelligent of the Species ...

require that they be filled.

Older people can get away with murder, so to speak. They aren't quite sure what social media is. So confuse the ICE men:

http://wickedspatula.com; www.dogforum.com; http://www.birdforum.net.

But remember, lying to a US Federal official is a felony - so at least sign up.

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Re: Bound to get deported?

You'll be denied entry on the grounds that you are a morality risk to the gentle folk who inhabit that country.

The ICE types who greet you on arrival call it "Moral Turpitude", that is a legal concept in the United States that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals.

Plan on never re-entering.

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Wow, RIP hackers ... It's Cyber-Lord Blunkett to the rescue for UK big biz

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Since The Common Factor Seems To Be Alleged Sharp Practices ...

this marriage appears to be a good match.

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Hang on a minute...

Shhh ... you ask too many intelligent based questions.

Remember, these are make work programs and this is undoubtedly designed for another expensive upgrade.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Remember JAMES COMEY ...

is neither technical nor a cop. He was the United States Deputy Attorney General from December 2003 to August 2005 under Bush 2.

Memory swapping has been available in ShangHai for years - and around USD$100.

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Dark web drug sellers shutter location-tracking EXIF data from photos

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Try Metability QuickFix

I use Metability QuickFix. It’s a small, free program that will wipe the GPS data from photos you have.

With a a smartphone camera you can delete their GPS coordinates, by opening the Camera app and hunt through its settings until you find the Location option. Different places on different smartphones. With Android phones alone, manufacturers heavily customize the Camera App, even from phone to phone.

iPhone, you’ll need to open the Location Services configuration pane and disable location access for the Camera app.

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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The Dictionary meaning for Capita is ...

Failure.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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That's Fine, Unless They Change Transmitted Patterns Or End Run Using Lasers

QUOTE: "BriteCloud detects RF emissions and cross-references them against its pre-programmed threat library. Upon finding a match, the decoy applies advanced algorithms and emits a deception signal to defeat the threat radar and incoming missile.”

We must agree with our enemies they won't make changes to their transmitted patterns OR to switch to laser guidance for the last few seconds. Then it might work.

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RAF Reaper drone was involved in botched US Syria airstrike

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Re: Barrel Bombs vs Precision Guided 500lb Bomb

If by 'Precision Guided 500lb Bomb' you are referring to laser guided, more accurately laser marked target bombs, they are only as accurate as their markers.

The target is identified by the laser carrying marker being identified using a 4-digit number entered by the pilot. This number is conveyed to the bomber pilot who dials it in to the ''Precision Guided 500lb Bomb". The bomb ignores all other 4-digit identifiers.

The alternative can be infra-red markers placed around/near by ground based accomplices OR a laser target marking system. These are often referred to as Ground Laser Target Designator (GLTD) and are used in conjunction with Paveway bombs and Hellfire missiles.

The transmitted marker is from a Nd:YAG laser with a wavelength of 1.064 micrometres (3.93701e-5 inches) and a pulse energy energy of up to 80 Millijoules (0.0010 watt seconds). They are good for -32 degrees C to +45 degrees C operation.

Unaligned nations are using IR receivers that decode the marker signal and transmit the codes, in real time, to alternative IR decoy markers which then become the target for the incoming weapons, thereby rendering the 'Precision Guided 500lb Bomb' less ineffective.

So much for 'precision'.

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UK oversight body tipped to examine phone snooping tech in prisons

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Re: Welcome to Zero-T's form of Britains' Open Prison.

If you object to HM Snoops observing your presence, the installation of a string of 3 watt Infra-Red LEDs around the periphery of a number plate, and a couple as imitation mounting bolts in the centre of the plate, is a very effective way of blinding various optical electronic devices.

In the hours of darkness, the effect is greatly enhanced. The use of a sequencer, aka Knight Rider, to illuminate the LEDs randomly (not sequentially) improves the obfuscation.

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Here we go again ... distinct avoidance of the use of Judiciary

The big difference between Britain and other countries is tha absence of the oversight of the judiciary in UK covert operations.

Although, given the relationship between a certain party and the judiciary, their presence would simply be a rubber stamp.

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Luxe cable crimper

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And the big question ...

the price!

Better still, shoot the guy who designed the cable layout in the first place that makes termination such a pain.

AMP will be coming out with their Rolls version, soon. I am still using a AMP tool for terminating cables that is 30 years old!

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Google plots cop detection for auto autos

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Re: This is NOT a patent.

So what? Google is simply doing an 'Apple'.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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What could go wrong? Remember it's HSBC ...

Unfortunately my drivers licence doesn't have a photograph apart from the fact it has a high-gloss surface that resists attempts at copying it - by design.

I don't trust HSBC so count me out.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: why now?

Commercial pilots are trying to protect their turf and their jobs!

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Flying Liars? If Commercial Pilots Can Miss Seeing Small Passenger Aircraft, How Come ...

they can spot these even smaller flying objects?

I suggest some of these pilots suffer from more than extreme visual acuity, like wild imaginations.

I was a technician with the Met Office years ago attached to one of their busier weather balloon launch sites. The radiosonde and battery weighed a pound (lb) or two and the balloons were a creamy white.

No pilot ever complained about these aerial objects and they flew tens of thousands of feet in height.

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Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

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What other names do ANKER sell under?

Given that many products come off the same production lines in China, with only a label being different, WHAT OTHER CABLES ARE DEFECTIVE?

P.S. Samsung USB C cables are crap - they use HARD PLASTIC sheathing that invariably cracks and then the internal cables break.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

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Speaking of Meaningless Comparison Measures ...

If these boats weigh as much as 120 London buses, how many OLYMPIC SIZE POOLS of water will it take to float them clear of the dock floor?

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Way, way, Back in Time, British Justice Was the Benchmark ... then bLIAR Came Along

bLIAR and Blunkett started this sort of 'justice' with their 4 Years Or Your Password legislation. And bLIAR demonstrated PMs can lie to the public and escape retribution ... even make millions of Pounds from it.

What's next - THOUGHT CRIME?

And the UN says privacy is a Human Right! (A sick joke)

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Thailand waters down alien-tracking plan

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Another Brain Dead Idea from the Military

Cambodia and Thailand have previously had restrictions on SIM purchases.

The solution was simple. Drop the hotel concierge $5 plus the cost of a SIM and in a few minutes you will have that magic chip. I do this every time I go to BKK to purchase specialised electronic supplies from Western distributors located in Thailand.

Some hotel workers must have thousands of SIMs attached to their names.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Yet More Pilot Ado About Nothing - Unnecessary Scaremongering

The ATR 72 is one of a family of twin turboprop passenger/freighter aircraft manufactured by Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). ATR, of Toulouse, a joint venture between EADS and Finmeccanica / Alenia Aeronautica (Italy).There are around 1000 flying.

They are popular in 'developing' such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and VietNam because they are tough and easily maintained, VietNam Airlines does maintenance for itself as well as Cambodia and Laos. Laos is notorious for increasing seating capacity by adding plastic chairs in the aisles, along with caged pigs, etc.

I have seen one of these ATR72s land, and overrun the runway, and end up mowing the bush at the end of a runway. A simple wipe down of the propellers, along with a touchy-feely gloved hand and the machine was ready to continue.

So for some pilots to complain is stupid as these aeronautical bush whackers would make short shrift of a drone. I suspect, given the speed of the ART72, the size of a drone, and the inability of pilots to focus on distant objects.

Besides, it was THE ATR72 that flew ALONGSIDE the DRONE - the ATR72 being the faster winged object. If this was a road, a faster vehicle approaching from the rear would have to accommodate the slower vehicle by driving to one side and passing.

The fastest quad-drone is around 70-80 K(ilometres)PH and the ATR72 can easily top 300 Knots.

In the States you can fly a weather balloon, with a 12 lbs (5.4 kg) total payload without a permit - and how many of these balloons (popular with students) are reported by aircraft?

As I said, unnecessary scaremongering. Just civil servants trying to make work for themselves.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Scotland Yard not alone - most of VietNam's Governments, too

The Cong An, aka Peoples Police, is responsible for doing Copyright Checks - an annual fiasco where they announce the checks are coming, even posting a schedule of victims. These companies immediately arrange for sets of genuine MS product to be motorcycled from one enterprise to another , so that when the boys in khaki arrive, a pile of CDs awaits inspection.

Funny thing is, the biggest consumer of hot Windows products is ... the Cong An!

Their crappy computers can't run anything better - in fact the Cong An stations I visit to renew business permits have resorted to employees bringing in their own laptops.

Paper is a killer in VietNam, and the government must have the biggest repository of Red Ink, too.

Every household has an Occupancy Book in which is inscribed the names and ID Card numbers of the registered occupants. The local Cong An station has an exact duplicate of the book, along with thousands of others. This replication extends for all the numerous forms the Cong An administers.

They only use computers to print yet more forms ... and watch the InterNet. They are also big in FAX (more paper). Google Translate is the main medium through which they communicate with Foreigners. Google Translate has a 'few' shortcomings when translating in to Vietnamese which either produces laughs or looks of shock.

Long Live XP!

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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HSBC had it in place years ago, and they still think my P.A. is me

Like all good techs, and university professors, they like to toot their horn and praise their technical prowess.

So it was with HSBC when they started pulling e-mail addresses and pushing voice calls. I chatted with one of their operators and she said they were experimenting with 'voice id' instead of the lists of questions.

Anyone who has used Nuance Dragon software are very familiar with what can go wrong.

It is possible to emulate another persons voice, borrowing from the Moog synthesiser crowd, and now my PA, a female, is able to impersonate me very well, electronically. On one test we started off with my voice and over a period of 2-3 minutes we slowly morphed from my simulated voice to her natural voice.

Eventually something clicked at the HSBC end and she said "But you are not ..." at which point we flicked back to the simulation. The woman said there is something very wrong because "our equipment is 'infallible'!"

Voice ID suffers from all the usual imperfections of distortion, phase distortion, clicks, etc. You name it.

The real danger is the banks will start saying their equipment is PERFECT and the person who sucked your account dry was YOU! And then they will try to stick you with the losses.

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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"... it turned out that they wanted to discuss volume pricing so they could equip their agents."

I guess this is yet further confirmation that the FBI, et al, have NO CONFIDENCE whatsoever in the extremely expensive Motorola designed, US coast-to-US coast clear-channel P25 system.

But Mattel proved that long ago.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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F35? Oh, the Dud from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics: over budget, late delivery, under performing

This is most likely a Pentagon ploy to keep politicians critical of the whole scheme from getting to know the truth.

This aircraft barely meets specifications ... so they re-write the specifications!

Did they fix the pilots flying suit problems yet? Or the helmet? (F-35 helmet costs ISD$400,000 - 4 times that of predecessor) How about pilots under 136 pounds aren't allowed to fly any F-35 variant because they may die?

Another 'design by committee' that fails.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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Re: Waiting around for home deliveries?

VietNam Post insists on delivery to the recipients hand (bunch of thieves in the streets makes this imperative).

Our local P.O. will send you an SMS if the addressees Cell Number is appended to their name. This is really great for all parties involved.

My unofficial arrangement with the local P.O. Sorting Office, which serves 7,000,000+ people, is that they will leave me a SMS message and I can collect it at the Sorting Office Sunday through Friday!

Better than the (new) Royal Mail.

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Re: Street Cameras on every corner? BEAT THEM!

Many of these cameras use Infra-Red - especially the number plate readers/loggers.

The solution to this Big Brother problem lies in the ubiquitous Infra-Red 3 watt LED.

Surrounding your number plate with several of these 3-watt LEDs, with a couple placed in the centre of the plate as 'dummy' mounting screws, effectively 'blinds' IR cameras. Modulating them at 4-10 Hz increases their effectiveness.

Wearing a US-style baseball cap with 5mm IR LEDs scattered around the top of the 'peak' blinds cameras effectively, too. And, being IR, emit no visible light for Plod to see (unless they use a smartphone camera to view you).

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Dubai ... beginning to look like Blighty

with it's bLIAR/Blunkett '4 years or your password' legislation.

The obvious bypass is to use a Satphone.

In days of yore, satellite handsets required large, external antennae. One of my units is a Inmarsat Isatphone pro and, like the Globalstar GSP-1700, has a fold-away antennae which makes it less obtrusive when not in use.

Gets past Chinese customs who have hawk-eyes for satphones.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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Peterborough? Trent-Severn? Peterborough is on the Nene!

The DP's (Delayed Pioneers) from the UK simply named villages/town/objects after places/things in the UK.

Ontario has a City of London with the Thames River (in that order) flowing through it, too.

Back in the day, the term "Taronto" referred to a channel of water between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, but in time the name passed southward, and was eventually applied to a new fort at the mouth of the Humber River. Simcoe was named after a British governor.

My favourite town in Northern Ontario, Kapuskasing, is located on the Kapuskasing River, 493 km northwest of North Bay. The name derives from a CREE term meaning "branch" (the Kapuskasing R being a branch of the Mattagami) or "place where the river bends."

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Ontario, Canada Has Some Odd 'Bridges', Too

There is the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge <http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ontario/burlingtoncanalliftbridge/>. Nothing too exciting.

Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is a Hydraulic type built in 1904 and upgraded in the1980s. Length 43 metres (141 ft); Width 10 metres (33 ft); Fall19.8 metres (65 ft 0 in)

Coordinates 44°18′27″N 78°18′03″W.

The lock has two identical bathtub-like ship caissons in which vessels ascend and descend. Both caissons are enclosed at each end by pivoting gates, and there are pivoting gates at the upper and lower reaches of the canal at the junctions with the caissons. The gates on the caissons fit into slots on the gates on the reaches, so that they open in unison.

Each caisson sits on a ram, the shafts for which are sunk into the ground, are filled with water, and are connected with a pipe that has a crossover control valve. The caissons are guided up and down on either side by rails affixed to concrete towers. See Wikipedia: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterborough_Lift_Lock>

Kirkfield Lift Lock, Trent-Severn Waterway. Operation-Hydraulic. First built 1907 and upgraded in 1969.

Length 42.4 m; Width 10.1 m; Fall 14.9 m. Coordinates 44.58973°N 78.98981°W. See Wikipedia: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkfield_Lift_Lock>

BUT OUR MOST UNUSUAL ONE is:

Big Chute Marine Railway

During WW1 the government decided improve the Trent-Severn river system. Located on south-east Georgian Bay there was a bloody great around which the river flowed. It had been decided to bypass the rick and they even built the beginnings of a canal and lock.

Then the war concluded.

So they ran railway lines over the rock. Boats were floated on to the carriages, which were submerged, and then inched up and the next boat was secured. Eventually the train was hauled over the rock and the baits released.

Big Chute Marine Railway is a boat lift at lock 44 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario. It works on an inclined plane to carry boats in individual cradles over a rock of about 60 feet (18 m). See Wikipedia: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Chute_Marine_Railway>.

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

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They Are Only Effective If The Operating Frequency Is Standard

My employer manufactures military items that are sold, through our government, to 'non-aligned' countries.

Few of our systems comply with international frequency assignments, we are talking war, even 'civilian' applications use 14, 27, 50, 72 and 75MHz, as well as the 'WiFi' bands. Spread Spectrum, such as used by Futuba and drone ground speeds of up to 70MPH - just going into production - make many interdiction strategies redundant

A work colleague us in the Battle Bot gaming hobby and his bot uses non-standard frequencies and signalling technologies and he often wins when he activates his bots WiFi jammers.

Still, with 380 sales dropping, I guess Airbus can use the money.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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I remember that accident - only in 1967!

Jane Mansfield, who always carried an impressive load of melons, was a passenger in a car with three adults up front and children, sleeping, on the back seat. The three adults were Mansfield, driver Ronnie Harrison and lawyer Sam Brody.

They were decapitated.

Canadian Mansfield Bars are stronger than American units, by law, but none are really that good. The BEST are MANAC - dry van trailers in the U.S. under the name TRAILMOBILE. Their advantage is the supports of the Mansfield Bars are towards the outer end - where the worst damage occurs,

Angular hits suffer the greatest damage and deaths. Short nosed vehicles, even hitting at 90 degrees, are also heavy losers.

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Is BT Over-Engineering, Again/Still?

Way, way, back in time, around the 1960's, the then version of BT was burying overhead POTS wiring with breakouts every hundred yards or so for a 'hub' telephone pole from which the house drops originated. I lived to one side on a fairly substantial 'dip' as the road crossed a narrow and reasonably deep valley.

This valley, only about 300 yards from ridge to ridge, took months to complete to meet telco's specs. The cable ducts were of vitreous china with 4 or 6 conduits for the cables. As you might expect there were four 'bends' - two where the ducts crossed from the level to the down grade and two in the bottom of the dip where the descending cable crossed the level valley floor.

Ducts were like sewer pipes - just plug a male end into a female end and cement.

Testing was simple. The P.O. Tel techs had standard wooden dowels which were dragged through each duct and if the bend was too extreme, the dowel would become stuck.

I now watch VietNam Post & Tel techs stringing fibre these days and wonder why BT is so slow. In HaNoi, a terrible city for infrastructure, the VNPT have erected regular wooden telephone poles outside many apartments - one each in the front and rear.

To these poles the techs run fibre optic drops from apartments, drop being the operative word for the cable motion, and then the drop is connected to a pole-mounted fibre junction box. They manage to do 2 to 4 apartment buildings per day.

Out in the boonies, where I live, they often use lamp posts and even trees as cable bearers. For my feeds I rented a small Bob-Cat and dragged in three 2" water main continuous pipes. The techs said it was overkill. The techs use motorcycles for all transportation needs!

So if fibre can be dropped in place in basic conditions, just what is holding up BT? Perhaps D-I-Y fibre installations should be considered?

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

JaitcH
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Why the confusion? Canuck Governments have never heard of conflict of interest.

The Canadian telecoms regulator - the CRTC - is stuffed with retired Telco types who no doubt have large share portfolios with their former employers.

As a result Canadians are screwed monthly when their cell and InterNet bills arrive.

Here in VietNam we pay $0.15 (yes, fifteen US cents - at cost) for a replacement SIM card - the originating card costs $10.00 with a $10 credit for airtime. In Canada you are charged CAD$50 for the very same card!

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Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love bailed amid US extradition battle lull

JaitcH
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WTF?

Why is it the UK always seems surrender it's citizems whereas France just says, ...

to quote the late Pierre Trudeau, Mange Là Merde!

Why is it if a crime is allegedly committed within the 12-mile (19.312128 kilometres) limit of Blighty, and the alleged victim is in the USA, Mad MAY ships them off instead of putting them on trial in the UK?

France has the trial in France!

Of course it was that allegedly pair of philanderers - Blunkett and bLIAR - who signed the deal deportation deal with the USA.

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

JaitcH
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Does anyone want ...

a slightly used 777 which requires extensive cleaning?

Going cheap.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

JaitcH
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When I shop I want a flat playing field. not a supermarket selling eye-space

Why do we need Maplins when we have www.aliexpress.com or Alababa?

When using these Chinese websites you see just how much of a rip-off Western websites are - with or without VAT.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

JaitcH
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Think about cats, rats, monkeys and cute bugs as well as dogs!

Dogs are eaten in many parts of the world including South America and Indochina.

Chinese residents in the areas bordering VietNam love Vietnamese cats - in fact the illegal exports were so bad that heavy jail sentences were introduced for smugglers as the Vietnamese rat population rebounded in the absence of cats.

In the MeKong Delta, VietNam's rice bowl, rats are the meal de jour after the rice harvest has been gathered. The rats feast on the rice as it dries in the sun.

In ZhenZhen, China, a delicacy is to catch a live bug from a bowl, dip in chile sauce and munch on it, spitting out the shells.

In HongKong, in the classier restaurants, you might notice a round 'lid' in your table. If you glance at a nearby table you might notice that there is a leather harness hanging under the 'lid'. These harnesses hold scalped monkeys, with the bared brain held centrally under the 'lid'.

At the appropriate time in the multi-course meal, the wait staff will lift the lid off and lay a large spoon next to it. Then the guests will literally 'dig in', scooping the erstwhile live monkey's brain on to their plates! The monkey's feel nothing as the brain has no nerves - the monkey just get a mental 404.

Then there is the cooked, breathing, fish!

Back in the day, the powerful Empress Dowager Cixi - the one who built a stone boat - liked fresh fish, the fact attested to as the fish, with a well fried rear end was attached to it's real, breathing head. The cook would catch the fish from a tank outside the kitchen, wrap the head in a cloth - which served as a handle, then wok the hell out of the nether end then rush it in to the empress.

If the fish was not breathing when the fish was served, the cook would be executed!

You can still get this dish, even in London, but the cooking technique has changed (RSPCA). These days they take a gutted fish, i.e. definitely dead, and cook it. Just before serving, the cook pours some alcohol in the cooked fish's gills. The heat causes the alcohol to change to gas, and to push the gills open - creating an illusion that it is breathing. I have seen grown, adult, diners faint at seeing this!

Bon appetite!

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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Re: TASERS - More dangerous than the "average" current indicates

@Anonymous Coward

At the time of the acquisition of the 'abandoned' Taser, my friend, who is in the business of reverse engineering products for use in non-aligned countries, made readings with equipment typically found on a well financed electronics workbench.

As I said yesterday "Using only standard bench equipment the averaged 'shock' current was just under 2 milliamperes."

I checked back with my friend yesterday and, he reported, the service manual states: "Once the barbs establish a circuit, the gun generates a series of 100-microsecond pulses at a rate of 19 per second. Each pulse carries 100 microcoulombs** of charge, so the average current is 1.9 milliamperes.

Given that we usually are involved in reverse engineering infra-red and radio frequency equipment used by the military, I think the initial evaluation is pretty accurate. The Taser chip is presently in ShangHai being reverse engineered.

I subscribe to your thoughts on this type of equipment. Seemingly there are techniques to defeat this equipment - by twisting the body and breaking the wires. The fact that Taser hasn't used technology to restrain the duration of the charge or the repetition of 'shots' is indefensible. The video, < https://vimeo.com/169710819 >, is a completely inexcusable use and 4 years in jail seems to be a 'kiss'.

**A microcoulomb is a decimal fraction of the SI derived unit coulomb. A coulomb is defined as the charge transported by a steady current of one ampere in one second. The coulomb can also be defined in terms of capacitance.

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