* Posts by JaitcH

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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

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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TASERS - Not As Dumb as you Think

A friend 'acquired' a Taser following a rumble between Plod and some miscreants - after all littering looks bad.

The later models of Taser are 'intelligent', although they can'y prevent unintelligent users from abusing them.

Pulling the trigger of a Taser gun, compressed nitrogen fires two barbed darts at 55 metres per second. Each dart is 9mm long and weighs 1.5 grams. They remain connected through two hair-thin wires. This length is supposed to penetrate clothing and the fat immediately under the skin.

Since many attempts result in clothing only contact, the custom microprocessor triggers a 45kV+ 'flash' that causes an arc and, like a lightning strike, ionizes the contact area making a more conductive path for the subsequent 'shocks'. This higher voltage is supposed to stop!

The 'sample' appears use resistance/current to determine when there is contact.

After the initial 45kV+, the output voltage drops and bursts of 1,000-1,200 volts in a square-wave of 100 microsecond pulses. He measured 19 of these bursts per second. Using only standard bench equipment the averaged 'shock' current was just under 2 milliamperes.

Notwithstanding it's 'smart' technology the 19 Hertz shocks continue so long as the trigger is squeezed. And therein lies the danger. If Plod gets his/her jollies from this, longer bursts can kill. Pity Taser Corp didn't include some sort of forced 'pause' between shots in their software.

Also, Plod is supposed to be trained to avoid the heart area as the effect can include stopping the heart.

The result 'overshocks' can be seen in < https://vimeo.com/169710819 >, < http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2515388/Family-sues-Texas-boy-17-coma-tasered-cop.html >.

Luckily there is anti-Taser clothing ("High Performance Silver Mesh Fabric" from Less EMF, Inc., Catalog #A1222), anti-Taser spray-on for clothing, or using aluminium foil! For the D-I-Y guys and girls < http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-carbon-tape-Taser-proof-jacket/?ALLSTEPS >.

Our sample can't be used again as we need nitrogen cannisters and a replacement barb head. So we are fairly safe.

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FBI expands code theft charges against Chinese national

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There we go again ... FBI captures it's second favourite racial group

How many times has a Chinese-heritage person been arrested, with great fanfare, involving alleged theft of technology, only to have the charges withdrawn?

Take Mo Yun. A federal judge dismissed charges against the wife of a Chinese billionaire who was accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies.

The order signed instructs the government to return Mo Yun’s passport and immediately stop “all court-directed electronic monitoring,” meaning she can return to China.

Then there was Xiaoxing XI - interim chair of the physics department at Temple University in Philadelphia. The IS government charged him with four counts of wire fraud, for four emails sent to contacts in China about establishing labs and a collaboration involving a thin film deposition device.

Before a trial date had been set, the U.S. attorney’s office abruptly dropped the charges, noting that “additional information came to the attention of the government.”

There was the man from Los Alamos; The scientist was fired but never arrested due to a lack of hard evidence."

So any time the FBI toots their horn toss a very large bag over your shoulder - likely they are just looking for a bigger budget.

A less racist group issued a report that included: "High-profile Chinese spy cases in the U.S.,especially these later found falsely accused, raise concerns by civil-rights groups about potential racial profiling of Chinese Americans, Asian Americans and immigrants of Chinese origin, particularly after the collapse of the "Chinese espionage" case against Wen Ho Lee. A prominent Chinese American and a member of the Committee of 100, Dr. George Koo wrote an article in 2015 warning that "Chinese Americans continue to be victimized by racial profiling" after seeing the latest victim Sherry Chen, who was falsefully accused of spying for China."

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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

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Once Oracle always an Oracle staff

QUOTE: "Your humble hack here has a family member who was employed at Oracle for many years and he says that after the firm's HR department makes you jump through so many hoops to join, getting fired is very tricky indeed."

A niece of mine works for Oracle UK ... has a pretty good position, too.

She immigrated and rather than let her resign Oracle established her as an 'outside branch', using the InterNet and VPNs, where she has now been for going on 10 years with annual flights back home once a year to check in with her boss.

Larry Ellison might be a rear end but Oracle is way better than him.

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Mad MAY - Arse backwards ... as usual

We, in Canada, are extremely sensitive to governments of any level penetrating our lives too much.

Way back, when the UK government was likely still running on punched cards the Canadian government set up it's Data Bank Structure.

Compartmentalisation was key. The data banks contain information as varied as climate monitoring, geological surveys, securities law compliance, patent applications and grants, surveillance, national security, border control, law enforcement, public health, voter registration, vehicle registration, social security, and statistics.

We also have newer additions such as the National Homelessness Information System (NHIS) database system, Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) - whose data can be transferred to the NHIS system and the Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS), a directory of Canadian federal public servants throughout the country.

Users are given specific rights and there are data guardians who control/limit access.

In Ontario some data banks share very limited data. For example, drivers licences, with photos, can be accessed by the Cops and the very same photos shared with the Ontario Health Insurance Plan - but users of one are denied access to the other - without judicial permission.

We also have a SIN - Social Insurance Number - that can only be used for five specific reasons and NOT as a universal identifier.

Mad MAY, of course, has a different client base and they want easy access to everything.

The neat thing is, it is extremely easy to screw up systems by messing up the input data. Did you know passport PIX are already available on a multi-user basis? And that the Passport Agency has an extreme interest on where you and your passport have travelled?

Prior to renewing my passports, I legally have three (and three citizenships), I take out the acetone (nail varnish remover) and carefully remove all my visa stickers. I also use another chemical which 'smudges' ink used by governments.

These days, when I get a new passport, I carefully coat the pages with a chemical that males visa removal a breeze and with a wipe of a complimentary chemical removes all those stamps - which means the passport will never get filled and upi get to use it until it's expiry date.

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Is a $14,000 phone really the price of privacy?

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Silent Circle is good for me.

Phil Zimmermann, co-founder Silent Circle & inventor of PGP has a healthy reputation for secure communications. Except with the NSA and GCHQ who are still banging away on PGP.

And the Silent Circle handset is way cheaper than the Solarin handset.

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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

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Why would anyone ...

trust this obnoxious woman from Hurst, Berkshire?

This legislation has been her wet dream for years.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

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Will offer "enhanced resilience" against counterfeiting, the Bank of England assures!!!

Vietnamese Dong notes are printed in Australia. They seem not to have mastered the techniques for making blue coloured notes retain their colour.

What amazes me is the way ATM technology can manage to handle these extremely thin notes.

As for counterfeiting, the B of E is dreaming.

In VietNam the penalty for counterfeiting is death. Even though the highest Dong note (VND500,000) is only worth GBP15.4387 there are many deceased Chinese buried outside Ha Noi attesting to the fact that counterfeiting is a likely crime opportunity with the new Pound notes.

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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Canada's Telecommunications - nowhere more incestuos

I am a Canadian who fortunately lives in VietNam.

Here a new prepaid SIM costs USD$10 which includes USD$10 worth of airtime - which is way cheaper than any Cellco in Canada. A replacement SIM costs USD$1. Coverage is almost 100% of the country and inter-operability/co-operation between Cellcos ensures great coverage.

To keep a prepaid service activated all I need do is to send one SMS message per month. All credit is carried over.

In Canada, I don't even bother with cell service from the large monopolies, I use regional suppliers like Wind - which still still are high compared to other countries.

Bell Canada has landline, cell and cable TV. BCE (Bell) through Bell Media Radio owns 106 radio stations across Canada, broadcasting in 45 markets, including most of Canada's largest radio markets, which counts 5 sports stations; the CTV network is theirs along with the Globe and Mail newspaper.

Rogers is cellular ditto PLUS they have radio (Rogers Radio - 52 radio stations [44 FM and 8 AM]) and the result is Ontarians get shafted.

The word incestuous doesn't even cover it - and they both 'censor' the news.

Meanwhile, back in the land of competition, VietNam, we have both government owned and privately owned cellular networks and InterNet providers - and the government owned ones are usually the better choice. One InterNet provider, FTP, owns a newspaper.

My SaiGon condominium building has SIX InterNet providers and the highest speed is 50 Mbs fibre optic - I have two 50 Mbs feeds from different suppliers at USD$30/month total. There are also FIVE cable TV suppliers (100+ HD channels @ USD$5/month) - I don't subscribe so the deals may be even greater

My SaiGon duplex apartment / workshop building, where I have my laser cutting operation and final electronic assembly, has FOUR fibre optic feeds passing the door on the street as well as FOUR cable TV feeds.

THAT is REAL competition - in a socialist country! Eat your hearts out, Canucks!

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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

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Yet another success story ...

in the unending serial story of Mad MAY of Hurst, Berkshire aka as the Home Secretary.

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Burger-slinger Wendy’s admits: Cash-till data breach hit 1 in 20 outlets

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From Small Buildings Come Big Leaks

On the extreme Western city limit of the former North York, Toronto, sits a nondescript building, just south of the former Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Hospital campus.

One day, not so long ago, an open envelope was placed on the Receptionists Desk awaiting pick-up by a rep from a chip fabricating outfit. It had the code for the new range of POS terminals.

The contents were found to be missing and to avoid a hue and cry the R & D department quietly ran off another copy and nothing was said.

After the new terminals were introduced many were hacked, using the information in the envelope. The losses were 'minimal' - under $100-million - and it was decided by the customers the protocol would be re-written and resulted in new encryption chips being designed and the hack defeated.

How do I know? As an early attendee to the building each day one of my duties was to retrieve the re-issued manufacturing data each day.

Leaks can happen under the strangest circumstances!

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Lauri Love: 'Britain's FBI' loses court attempt to evade decryption laws

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British Justice - May Style

Here is another example of why the UK needs the EU Human Rights legislation for protection.

Good for the Judge, nice to know they are not all subservient to the Crown or it's pay cheques.

Now watch MAY add a clause to the legislation she's trying to ram through Parliament.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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SysOps Revenge

The president of a company that manufactured banking terminals issued a missive that required people to change their passwords monthly.

So the SysOp set it up for the management logins and left the rest of us 'as is'. Management was so impressed that they gave him a special mention in the company rag.

Bullsh*t really does baffle brains.

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Redback sinks fangs into Oz builder's todger

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A large can of bug spray is as essential as toilet paper in ...

Johnny On The Spots in the wilder parts of the planet.

High way convenience stops in Canada suffer from hordes of mosquitoes and blackfly savouring the delights of the toilets. On my hotel build site out here in VietNam, we took the cans of perfume from the automatic dispensers and replaced them with cans of heavy duty bug spray from China - the stuff that's illegal in the West.

Problem solved.

Visitors to our country will find 'nerve sprays' (hoses with water spray on the end) which are intended to be used for bug elimination (we have tiled concrete floors with drains).

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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I hate ...

smartphones that position On/Off, and to a lesser extent Volume controls, precisely where many people grip the damn things. On/Off switches should be on the top, in a depression.

Another feature that is very handy are IR 'blasters', especially if you travel so you can load an App that allows you to off the sound or power. Four hours in Bangkok waiting for the Ho Chi Minh City connector being tortured by TVs that no one watches is a major pain.

Dual SIM is good but SD storage and battery swapping are essentials.

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UK cops trial £250k drone squadron

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Frequency hopping / spread spectrum has lost it's charm

Frequency hopping / spread spectrum, be they Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) or Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS), benefits have long been overcome by SDR (Software Defined Radio).

A popular brand is the over-priced Futaba. Futaba and Airtronics use FHSS but only the Futaba FASST system has the best of both worlds because it is not only FHSS but also DSSS.

All are very susceptible to jamming which is why off-standard frequencies are more reliable.

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Re: 1080p drone for 50,000 pounds each?

The full specs are here <www.dtwc.com/sites/default/files/datasheet/Datron_Unmanned-Solutions.pdf> and they are optimistic at best.

Up to 6.2 miles WiFi? But the specs will make most Plods feel warm and fuzzy.

Let's hope no one jams the GPS or WiFi - my employer's products, sold only in non-aligned countries (with the US)), use off-standard frequencies for control, as well as high-power (6 watt) ground laser beacons.

They would be better off with a £1,000 odd Phantom 4 with Two Extra Batteries and Phantom Backpack but the politics are not good as they are made in China.

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Remember, John F. Kennedy and NASA had the faith to follow their dreams.

Just think how the Hubble Telescope was born in controversy, with mis-ground optics, and here we are some 25 years later, at a cost of USD$2,500,000,000, having provided the world with some of the most stunning photographs of the darkest corners of the universes.

And it's running on a 486 PC!

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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In these days of programmable circuitry, we forget ...

that the magnificent mechanical engineering that was involved in these encryption / decryption strategies. No whipping out a soldering iron, or tapping away on a keyboard, no it required a skilled machinist on a lathe to execute the next 'test' sample.

Even the 'simple' teleprinter (Teletype) was a mechanical marvel that was reproduced in their millions by skilled assembly workers - none of your mass produced PCBs around at that time.

The Western Teletypes were mass produced and had tolerances that proved it. The German manufactured equivalents were precision machines, as anyone viewing them will know.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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DAB+, you say? What a pity ...

only DAB in Blighty.

(See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/01/breaking_fad_dab_plus_is_coming)

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Cops hacked the Police National Computer to unlawfully retain suspects' biometric data

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The old saying goes ...

use a crook to catch a crook.

True these days, obviously, as ever it was.

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Home Office is cruising for a lawsuit over police use of face recog tech

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National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)(aka ACPO) is a lawless enterprise ...

who don't give a fig about anyone or any law other than those they find acceptable.

NPCC/ACPO is uncontrolled - even by Mad MAY of Hurst, Berkshire.The Home Office should trim NPCC/ACPO wings and make it comply with the law and political oversight.

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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Re: There Is No Freedom In China

Ever been to China or any 'authoritarian' country?

The average Joe in such countries doesn't usually have dealings with police, etc. in their ordinary daily life. Even Foreigners can go almost anywhere unhindered and poke around without drawing official attention.

If the Chinese government 'owned' the people, things would be very different to what they are.

The key to a peaceful existence is to ignore the political classes and just do your thing. Even the citizen 'spies' located on almost every block are harmless these days, besides we know who they are.

When I go on a buying trip I spend my first week or two orienting myself and locating products I want to buy. I leave my money in the hotel. Finally, when I have refined my shopping list I hire a 'heavy' and go out and spend my money.

In ViietNam the government structures are interesting. Every province is a replica of the national Ha Noi government. except for the military and ministry of foreign affairs. The police, part of the military, have two bosses - the local People Committee (council) and Ha Noi.

Ha Noi doesn't trust the provinces, for good reason, so it has a duplicated police/security function whose sole remit is to monitor the provincial activities. They look at the big picture - and keep an eye out for crime in the regular police and the Peoples Committees.

They don't have time to bug the whole population or to monitor every Foreigner. They know who their targets are.

And the average Joe citizen in VietNam simply ignores the politicians and gets on with Job 1 - making money.

Sure, we have city level inspectors for health and buildings bit many of the jobs are consigned to the bureaucratic handy people called Peoples Police (Cong An). They do many civil type functions from registering people in their homes, pollution control, crane inspection, etc.

And it works.

I am amazed as I drive my 3,000-4,000 kilometres a month around Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon just how functional things are when compared to the West. No licenced outlets for alcohol, no petty minded wanna-be Plods being bossy.

In the West everything is monitored. Smartmeters are obviously the latest way to control the population (read the UN documentation on it). You are scanned, added to databases, tracked. Hardly a life of freedom.

I have been to over a hundred countries in my lifetime and some of the most oppressive regimes are in the West - the USA and the UK being near the top.

So before you go knocking other countries, take a hard look at where you live.

And when was your last interaction with Plod or the Cops? Mine was over a tear ago. That's freedom.

VietNam has been my home for 23 years and I hardly have any dealings with officialdom

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The LIES the FBI spins

Having just returned from a month-long buying trip to ShenZhen and ShangHai, I was amazed, as usual, at the ever expanding skill sets of youthful Chinese technicians going where few Westerners would dare!

Little wonder China is outwitting the West!

For those who have never been there, imagine a large shopping centre, somewhat run down, with numerous stores 3-5 metres wide and likely no more than 10 metres deep.

These technology whiz kids eschew clean rooms, etc., preferring a bench with a number of fairly basic tools - no CNC here. In fact many shop owners sleep in their premises overnight.

This is where the FBI should be looking for their iThingy crackers, not Cupertino!

Have a look at these links to get an idea of their skills.

https://youtu.be/rI34DOZL_5Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAOpDNLW76w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIhSCbJFbQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQFpay9HgEk

If some Chinese guys can perform miracles with their limited tools, imagine what the NSA can do?

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Good eye, Hubble! Space 'scope spots furthest-ever object

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HUBBLE, not withstanding it's ignominious wrong lens fiasco must be ...

NASA technology at it's finest and a bargain to boot.

The world does owe the USA a round of applause for HUBBLE even if it's government is little better than scum.

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E-borders will be eight years late and cost more than £1bn

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The system was working ...

when they used those thick books filled with details about dubious characters.

Why does the UK have so much trouble doing what others have been doing for years? Cheaper to buy a copy rather than re-invent the wheel.

And what about all those wonderful RFID passports - no good without a database.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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The answer is ... make friends with an old Codger ...

and get it discount.

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How will Ofcom reduce our reliance on BT if it won't break them up?

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Access? Not a problem in VietNam!

The Civic Code, 1995 as amended, provides that no person or thing shall impede the installation of communication facilities provided by a registered communications company.

Access, easement and landlords/condominiums can present a challenge, especially when the latter two have been paid bribes to dissuade the competition from entering their property.

The only costs that can be made are to restore 'damage' caused by the installation.

And it works.

I have a condominium in a new building in Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon where the 'appropriate' bribes had been paid. The management was so stupid to put in writing that it had been paid an 'exclusivity fee' to deny others access.

When their lawyers were appraised of the statute, the condominium 'acquiesced', and agreed that it was open season. My lawyer 'chatted' to my ISP of choice and the very next week it's squaddies were pulling in fibre optic cable. In the following three weeks four other communications companies were pulling in fibre.

There are approximately 1,000 residences in our group of buildings and fastest offerings max out at 100 Mbytes the lowest being 15 Mbytes. They also offer voice and TV over fibre.

So let OFCOM remove the stranglehold of BT on the 'last mile/kilometre of copper' so England can achieve operating parity with Third World or Developing countries!

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Secret UN report finds against controversial WIPO chief

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Another international body puppet of the USA

Gurry is an Australian national - the fourth and current Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He's concurrently Secretary-General of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.

At 64 he's nearly ready for the golden retirement handshake but he is standing for a second 6-year appointment to the post of Director General which the WIPO Coordination Committee will decide in Geneva, Switzerland, between 2014 March 6 – 7 on a final selection.

Naturally the Americans are all worked up about the DPRK technology transfer and this could damage Gurry's chances.

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

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Don't laugh England, Mad May most likely wetting her pants

There is precedent for these All Writs Act authorities in the (British) Common Law - the Writ of Assistance. Some say this goes as far back as Roman Law.

The use of that writ by the judges appointed by King George III was one British practice that the American Revolution was specifically intended to terminate.

Guess the jokes on the American citizens.

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We're four years away from digitising England's courts – report

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Why not ask Ontario, Canada, for a copy of their software?

Canada uses Common Law - the same as the UK - until bLIAR messed around with it.

The Ontario software has been working for over a decade. But, of course, it means all those losers who worked on NHS software systems won't get to screw up again. And screw the taxpayers for yet more millions.

Look at: < http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do-i/access-to-court-records/ >

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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Apps are what put the wheels on Android and Apple

The basic OS, even with a handful of Apps, is basically useless. The fact MS was offering coin for App writers to get with Windows Cell emphasised the point.

And Google doesn't own as many Apps as have been written by Third Parties. They have Maps and Google Now which likely couldn't be used without consent but even these have alternatives.

I've never bought/downloaded an App through Google - all mine are side-loaded through Third Parties.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Even lumps of steel can cause damage - Big Time

The description "tumbling in orbit" suggests it is out of control but until one knows what the real intent of the launch is most everything is just hot air - and American blood pressure rising.

But if the DPRK's lump of steel could cause satellite owners a lot of money were it to collide with another satellite. Since the USA has so much expensive heavy metal flying around the heavens, they should prey they don't get hit.

Imagine the DPRK's propaganda if they did score a hit - then they would say that's what they intended.

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Indonesia's dominant telco blocks Netflix

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The first of many to limit Netflix

Many Asian countries have conservative media laws.

Vietnamese media suppliers often pixelate soap operas from China and Korea - they even pixelate some Vietnamese advertisements! The Ha Noi pols seem to be living in the caveman era when it comes to public programming. Having seen the same politicians in Ha Noi night clubs this obviously doesn't extend to their private lives.

Vietnamese law also requires Vietnamese sub-titles for all public media including Discovery and similar channels.

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Form over Function

So often iThings compromise function for form/style.

Apple has had several connector design failures over the years - but failure is difficult to assert when it's your own 'standard'.

Apple copied the magnetic power connector commonly used on Asian rice cookers and other kitchen appliances (the idea being they would disconnect rather than pull a hot container of juk over someone).

The Apple copy was a miserable failure and was also subject to recall.

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UL Approved Flat-Pin Plugs are Safe!

US-type flat blade plugs are safe. Only the smallest of fingers can touch a live pin if they are UL approved. I have just tried to touch the pins on a 2-pin flat plug as pushed into or extracted from a socket and the pins are dead before I, or my wife, are able to touch them.

Quality fittings have a folded blade which permits the insertion/extraction energy to be varied.

Whilst they appear to be 'cheap', electrically they are good.

Here in Indochina we routinely install multi-standard electrical fittings - all the Panasonic modular sockets in my homes and offices accept 2 / 3 pin US-style, as well as Euro 2-pin (with/without) ground/earth.

The British monster plugs - consuming excessive amounts of raw materials for the task - can be found in HongKong, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Landrovers, Meccano and Mini Moke

All three are British mechanical icons.

There are several knock-offs of Meccano both in metal and plastic, quite confusing. My parents bought my last Meccano set - a No. 10 - and it saw me through my teen years.

Now they are punched out in China for Western companies and they are available, unfinished, in bulk lots, for fractions of the prices they charge at retail - painted. My employers military section use them for prototyping - and as owners of laser and water/diamond cutters we can bang off custom and large dimension base plates.

The Mini-Moke is frequently found in warmer countries - there are at least 17 genuine Mini-Mokes in Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon where the choice de jour is the Toyota Landcruiser at USD$100,000 at the showroom door.

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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My trusty 2 and 4 wheeled chariots, of recent manufacture, are hack-proof

networks using hydraulic oil-based technology for brakes and transmission systems, and stranded wire-cable for the engine control plus electronic ignition activated by a metallic bar with serrations in the edges.

Entertainment are SD memory players that plug into permanently mounted amplifiers and speakers.

And should the battery fail, there are auxiliary foot-powered starter mechanisms.

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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Re: Standardisation

They could standardise on Pantone colour numbers. < http://www.pantone.com/color-finder >

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WTF?

She noted how there is currently no single list of hair colours for identifying ...

MAY would be easy:

Dumb, ugly, peeping-Tom, aged, greyish hair (depending on hair colourant).

When will all this stupidity end?

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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So you think the USA leads the digital revolution?

The USA might, just, have a claim to being the world's leading technology country but when it comes to implementation it stinks.

I was involved in communications implementation in the 4-Corners area - the conjunction of southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico - and especially in the Durango area of Colorado.

The terrain comprises many deep rock valleys radiating like spokes from a hub - it is the ridgeline of the Rockies - and very hard to cross from one valley to the next. There was zero communications is even the well populated valleys - not even landline.

The residents of several valleys formed a telephone cooperative and then they hired the Canadian company I worked for to install, literally, anything that would connect them to the outside world. We decided to install mountain-top systems so two valleys could be served by a single chain of stations. Lots of mountain climbing and helicopter rides!

After we were well advanced with the installation up pops a big-time carrier and they start stringing a few cables where the cost could be recovered.

Now, after 10-years plus, this private venture has beaten back the 'big' guys, maintained the radio backbone and fully-financed fibre optic feeds using lower-cost Chinese equipment. The 'big' guys withdrew - and sold their paltry assets for a nominal USD$1. It was either that or the cost of removing all their poles.

And last I heard the company was still busy connecting remote parts of the States with the rest of the world.

Kentucky and the other States are to be congratulated on taking these initiatives because the commercial outfits aren't - even though fibre optic is so relatively cheap.

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Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

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US Trade Agreements benefit the USA ONLY!

When the US signs a free trade agreement it means they will benefit over other parties.

Take NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement - signed by Canada, Mexico and the USA.

Canada is big in trees, it's trees are better as they are reared in bloody cold areas and this makes lumber (Pine trees to you) better, as well as Shingles (wooden roof tiles to you).

Then the woodcutters in the US complain and the USA sticks an import duty on Lumber and Shingles from Canada. The dispute goes to arbitration. Canada WINS!

So the USA, always devious, thinks of other schemes to stop Canadian imports - again they stick duties on Canadian wood, forcing the US price higher. (The US government keeps the duties, natch).

Back to arbitration, Canada wins again and again. The USA ignores the rulings again and again. And it keeps the illegal duties, naturally. Finally, to stop this stupidity they sign the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA).

One thing excluded from NAFTA is water! And Canada is BIG in water - Ontario alone has 250,000 fresh water lakes. And the USA is a touch short of water.

Payback time, jerks.

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QUOTE: " is signing away his/her country's sovereignty to foreign powers"

Wrong, they are selling their country's sovereignty to foreign domiciled COMPANIES.

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America to ITU: Sort out your spectrum policy

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America is threatening to “go it alone” on spectrum policy - What's New?

The USA is always “go it alone”, be it the Geneva Convention, torture, country invasions, etc.

There only two countries that will be affected are Canada and Mexico as well as all the pockets of people who have to buy non-standard equipment.

Fortunately, transmissions at 5 GHz and 28 GHz don't go too far, and forcing US automobile manufacturers go off standard will affect their exports to countries who follow the ITU plans.

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UK govt: No, really, we're not banning cryptography

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Sorry, Mad May of Hurst, Berkshire, you will never succeed in ...

BANNING, that favourite British political pastime, any software especially secure communications software.

And how will you stop it? WhatsApp sees 50 billion messages per day - not to count the billions of SMS messages - the computer basement in MI5 isn't big enough, unless they go under the Thames, and even Telco's can only store messages for a day or two.

Get real, lady, a term I use pejoratively in her case, you can never do it even with the multi-BILLION Pound computer you are trying to buy.

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Re: Definitions matter

How would / could you discriminate between digital audio or video signals and plain digital data - short of adding a pile of electronics or software?

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Who tapes or burns these days?

On my frequent visits to China I often pick up 'content' that is not available in Indochina - even though Laos has porous borders and borders China.

Tapes have been passé for years, even DVDs and BlueRay have yielded to SD memory in the copy shops on China - although you need to check the quality. Obviously, DVDs and BlueRay disks remain economic for a few movies or music, but for bulk it's hard to beat SD and the Border Plod / Icemen hardly ever bother about SD chips.

In fact it is cheaper to buy SD memory, with content loaded, and then erase it so you can use it for your own purposes than to buy virgin SD chips.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Perhaps Trump can't / doesn't read newspapers

Apple announced on 2013 November that its newest US manufacturing facility is slated to be built in Mesa, Arizona. Apple aims to create thousands of jobs and run the facility on 100 percent renewable energy.

According to Arizona's governor's office, the facility will employ 700 people and will create 1,300 construction and management jobs.

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