* Posts by JaitcH

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Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

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The Problem Living Next to a Self-Centred, Selfish Country is that . . .

it takes little notice of other objections or interests . . . unless it's to their benefit.

Often the USA sets a technical standard and Canada has to adopt it because the majority of Canadians live within 100-200 kilometres of the southern boarder. Whether it's TV standards, automobile regulations, rail transportation or things such as spectrum assignments, the USA is there pushing their case over all others.

With the present regime that occupies the White House you have the added element of outright lies. For example, the Orange Orang-Utan said last week that Canada was blocking milk sales. The fact is Wisconsin has more milking cows the the WHOLE of Canada and that it's portion of the Quebec market is 75%. We don't need any more chemical laden milk.

Canada and the USA are distinct cultures - think guns or Americans hunting animals from helicopters - just as the Brits are distinctly different from Greece or France.

The USA has always had it's hassles with people's whose name is Trudeau, and it is good to see that Justin is a chip off the old block. Pierre Trudeau was independent and it served we Canadians well,

Soutien à l'indépendance!

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Sessions, the Brain-Dead Poster Boy of Trump Supporters

Assange never has leaked anything; he is not an American citizen; he owes nothing to the USA,

He is a rebroadcaster, akin to newspapers, radio and TV.

If they can go for Assange, why not The Guardian, The New York Times or The Washington Post?

Sessions, a silly little racist bigot who is the product of centuries of in-breeding from a very small gene pool based in Alabama. Dothan, Alabama, is the self-proclaimed Peanut Capital of the World which is why Session's (small) brain resembles a peanut.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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A British Friend with a Quirky Sense of Humour . . .

recently acquired a cell handset with a fingerprint sensor,

As he willingly demonstrates, not one of his fingers performs the 'Open Sesame' trick. He has never been observed unlocking his electronic pride and joy.

Turns out he uses his OTHER 'pride and joy', in the privacy of a toilet cubicle, to unlock his cell handset!

I wonder if this would work on a bankcard?

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We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

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Re: Spolier Alert - It's a lot

You really, really, should invest in a dictionary - even if it's only a software add-on to your browser.

Your spelling detracts from whatever subject you are writing about.

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The Biggest Difference Between British and American Spying is . . .

The British government and it's many spook agencies are liars, treat the public like serfs, and are totally bereft of morals.

Of course, British law is totally 'bent' - it permits government witnesses to lie.

The American government system appears to be more transparent and there is always the Constitution. What everyone needs are more Ron Wydens and Edward Snowdens.

And far fewer Ryfkinds, MAYs and bLIARs.

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Canadian court refuses to let Feds snoop on Megaupload servers

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Good for Canada and The Court of Appeal for Ontario!

The Court of Appeal for Ontario is located in historic Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto and has, historically, awarded several pleasantly surprising judgements.

In 1996, the case of Guelph activist Gwen Jacob led the COURT OF APPEAL FOR ONTARIO to rule that going topless is not, in and of itself, an indecent act. 1996 yet!

The next Court which would have jurisdiction is the Supreme Court of Canada - and good luck with that one. FBI, they are NOT a bunch of government sheep like the US Supreme Court

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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A Few Years Ago I was Sourcing a Chinese manufacturing Contractor . . .

I visited one likely candidate and the Director proudly showed me his then current production run of a custom BlueTooth device.

Basically it comprised a BlueTooth App that communicated with a spherical ball in which there was a BlueTooth receiver, a cell handset vibrator and an inductive charger and battery,

The App would be in a remote cell handset and an SMS message directed to the equipped cell handset would trigger the vibrator, The spherical device was intended for use in the vagina of the message recipient.

The Lover 1 would trigger the vibrator to show Lover 2 they were being thought of by way of a clitoral stimulation.

I asked if they sold well in China, to which he replied No, we do 'it' the natural way. Later I learned he made hundreds of thousands of these devices, which likely explained why he wasn't interested in batches of 500 units of our product!

For some strange reason he gave me a sample of the product. I find it ideal for mixing drinks a la James Bond - "shaken, not stirred".

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Dr Michael Gilmore is missing the point

The F35 program, as with most other defence acquisition programs, is a WEALTH TRANSFER PROGRAM from the public purse to the shareholders of whatever defence contractor gets the job.

In the States it is also an EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM so that every politician's electoral base gets just enough of the financial distributions to gain the politician's votes.

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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Can anyone name a dumber method of dealing as . . .

Brexit?

MAY has to be the most stupid prime minister, male or female in British history, to think she has the upper hand OR that a No Deal is better than anything else.

Better to emigrate ASAP - New Zealand is looking good.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Oh, Oh. Another Home Secretary Gets the GCHQ Power Point Session

Seems that every political nobody who gets appointed Home Secretary visits the Donut in Gloucestershire gets the same old pack of lies which they then repeat ad nauseum in public.

Privacy is a Human Right.

Privacy is a fundamental human right recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in many other international and regional treaties. Privacy underpins human dignity and other key values such as freedom of association and freedom of speech. (Britain is a signatory)

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998. It means that you can defend your rights in the UK courts and that public organisations (including the Government, the Police and local councils) must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.

Pity the Home Secretary doesn't do some reading before opening her mouth.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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. . . from Rosyth, where she was assembled . . .

Accurate description of what the UK shipbuilding industry has been reduced to - welding giant-sized Leggo blocks together.

Nelson would be rolling around hearing this.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Don't Laugh Too Much, the Freedom Fighters have Pretty Good High Tech - Left by the USA

just before my friend who works for a US contractor pulled out of Afghanistan, he visited the Kabul markets buying up 'rock radios' (MESH radios scattered around by US troops in the deserts) along with other US high tech surplus. He put all this stuff into the containers he used as workshops and the US military kindly shipped them, at no charge, to his home country.

The Freedom Fighters have good quality technicians in their organisations - so likely they don't need any help of getting to use drones, of any size. They repair and refurbish much of this 'surplus' and repurpose it against the American troops.

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If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

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Never Heard of SERVAL or MESH Radio?

Silly people. They should have pulled their SIMs and switched to MESH radio. Beats Plods and Cops every time. The App in Googles App Store is called SERVAL.

It would have helped to have a few SERVAL base stations to ensure better coverage.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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The Answer for the password should have been . . .

it was written on a small piece of paper because the password was so long and comprised random numbers and letters. I don't know what happened to it when the Plod/Cops raided my house.

Who can remember the passwords issued automatically? For example, Arstechnica issues 12-digit randomised passwords that would defy memorising other than by a person with an eidetic memory.

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Re: Future Justice

Napoleonic Code is the same as reverse onus - guilty until you prove your innocence.

In the States it's more like "Let's Do A Deal".

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US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

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Since the US Defence Department is the ISP to many Military Bases . . .

it should be easy to prevent their 'subscribers' from accessing these web sites.

There again, Ms. Manning, presently residing in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, also subscribed to the Defence Department InterNet and they couldn't detect her downloading hundreds of thousands of documents.

Says it all. And these guys are supposed to be the whiz kids at 'cyber defence'? Heaven help the USA.

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: I'm putting a bet....

Aircraft interiors are maintained to the equivalent of 8.000 feet ASL. My home in VietNam is at 4,500 feet ASL.

Likely air pressure had little to do with 'ears on fire'.

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UK's BT Openreach settlement highlights wider issues of 5G convergence

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It's All Down To Cellco Attitude!

In Indochina, political history plays a big part in most things today.

VietNam acts like an adoptive parent to Laos (VN also supplies International InterNet access to this country), VN dislikes Cambodia and hates China. (No Chinese programming is permitted on any VN medium)

Laos and Cambodia are fine, and China is acting like a sugar-daddy millionaire to both of them, 'giving' them the latest Chinese-made network equipment

Back in the day, after VN had backed out of Cambodia with it's army, it donated base TV station transmitters to both Laos and Cambodia. VTV (VN) is on one of the channels in every donated system.

VN has handed much of it's used cell base equipment to Laos, as VN cellco's constantly upgraded, Viettel, owned by the VN military, has huge fibre optic installations in Cambodia along with extensive cell coverage.

Within VN there is a network of 5-7 cellco operators owned by either the government of private investors. Whilst they compete for customers, the technical cooperation is surprisingly friendly with well-funded government companies often helping their lesser endowed competitors with back-bone access.

Technically, VNPT (government) is hand-in-glove with Mobiphone (lately a subsidiary of VNPT), but I detect that isolated 'pockets' of coverage, in the more remote areas, by other networks are hosted on VNPT equipment which essentially covers the country,

Viettel led the way with 4G - concentrated around Ha Noi (capital) whereas VNPT hung back a little but when it's 4G when live, so did it's 'competitors'.

Likewise with cable companies - they each help the other. I had access to a major cable company's feed (they 'borrowed' space in one of our underground cable ducts, and using a spectrum analyser found that programming for other 'competitors' was also carried on their networks although filters stopped the average subscriber from seeing what was going on.

There is minimal government intrusion in these arrangements, little coerced cooperation, which demonstrates when carriers get a mature management, with the right attitude, everyone can have a WIN-WIN situation.

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Messaging app used by Trump aides 'riddled with security bugs'

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Is this the answer to . . .

Trump's complaints about leaks from the White House?

Should have stuck with Telegram or Signal.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Yet ANOTHER Fail In The Offing?

The 868 MHz-band (868–870 MHz), in the UK, is filled with RFID systems, thermostats, fire systems, burglar systems, 'wireless' audio, telemetry, telecommand, etc. Sounds like another recipe for disaster.

Some units can output up to 500mW when equipped ith LBT (Listen Before Transmit) and RFID units can output 2W!

It seems that the UK Consumer is getting ripped once again when frequency agile smart-meters are going for USD$50 in quantities of 100 on Alibaba. Guess this is yet another case of re-inventing the wheel so a Union Jack can be planted on the things.

This is not new technology - smart-meters have been installed by the millions over the past 5 plus years. SOC smart-meters cost a few dollars and given the present mechanical meters have much of the needed hardware there is no reason why they should cost more than GBP100 - except for the government-granted monopolies.

Why can't smart-meters perform similarly to SIGFOX, Weightless and WiSUNs, which use licence exempt wide area mesh technology based on the IEEE802.15.4g standard on their own cut-out frequencies?

For drone operators, another great band for your use! Hardware available on Alibaba and other Chinese marketing sources. And for those putative eco-terrorists, get some 2 watt RFID units and give the power companies some exciting times.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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BBC Licence Tracers Little More Than Thieves

My late Mother, after she was widowed, was always very reluctant to open the door to strangers,

One day there is a knock at the door, which she refused to acknowledge, and the knocking persisted for some time during which she persisted in not answering the door.

The intruder seemingly went to a neighbours, introduced himself, provided ID and commenced to acquire a physical description of my Mother - all second hand.

A few weeks later she was summonsed to court and in her stead she was represented by my brother.

The 'complaint' was wholly fabricated by the Licence Enforcer but made believable by him describing someone he had never met. My brother produced her birth certificate (which made her 87 at the time of the 'offence') along with an Affidavit from a TV repair person that stated the signal level in that part Buckinghamshire required an external antenna and that there was none. The witness further attested to the fact the only TV set was in a closet, that was filled with bric-a-brac and dust and not in working condition.

Licence Enforcers are nothing less than crooks without shame.

The case was dismissed with costs against the Enforcer, personally!

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Judge green lights Microsoft vs Uncle Sam gag order case

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What the USA . . . and the Whole World Needs

is a bunch more like James L. Robart, U,S, Federal District Judge of Seattle, Washington.

Too frequently judges bow in obsequence to their government. Witness the average UK magistrate. At age 69 likely Judge Robart isn't up for promotion, so sticking his finger in so-called president Drumph's eye won't affect him. (Assuming he doesn't use Twitter)

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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Re: Bad Mouthing

YES THEY CAN! (Does this mean they could do the same thing if someone in the UK was trying to buy something from someone in Damascus and was paying by Paypal?)

PayPal is a bank under US law and as such subject to the petty prejudices of the current US administration.

PayPal often applies it's own restrictions as to what it's services can be used for. Some of these account restrictions can last months with the vendor getting no money.

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Re: I can't even remember why I hate paypal.

Knowing that they are regarded as a bank should be enough. The fact they are an American bank should increase your concerns.

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PayPal Operates Under US Banking Laws and Collects Data Better Than Your Hoover . . .

collects dirt.

PayPal is, in reality, an extension of the US Government particularly since it involves transmitting funds internationally and for 'small dealers' which might well fit the description of social drug dealers and out-of-country prescription drug dealers.

PayPal not only generously make their transactional data available to agencies such as the Department of Revenue, DEA, FBI, and the rest of the alphabet agencies but they also sell their data to credit reporting agencies and tracing agencies (unpaid child support, other debts) including bounty hunters.

Furthermore, PayPal has a habit of freezing accounts for various innocuous reasons which can leave vendors hanging in the wind as their cash flow ceases.

PayPal - a company that should be avoided by a 'country mile'.

P.S. A "country mile" in the USA is equivalent to "all the way over thar" or " a fur piece" or " way over yonder" or just means basically a good amount of distance.

A country mile is also described as the distance between roads when you get out in the farm lands or country in the USA. it was said that the land was originally divided into ten square miles give or take, and then subdivided into 640 ten acre lots.

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Bloke, 27, arrested, tech gear seized by cops over UK Sports Direct hack

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Never Cared for The Cloud - Better to Use Your Own Storage Off-Site/Out-Of-Country

The ease with which Plod or Cops can seize accounts, etc. can only exist because you don't have personal control of the data that you have when the data is in your own equipment.

The Plod/Cops also know about WiFi connected storage in nearby sites as a few dealers in graphical material in the USA have discovered. The only way is to store sensitive/purloined data on a server in a country whose judicial interests are less concerned with computer technology. The Continent of Africa offers several solutions.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Some so-called President

Judges are human and they read / listen to the news.

For this so-called president to have Twittered away negatively just demonstrates his immaturity.

This undoubtedly spurred the Appeals Court to work overtime and really issue a Decision that the so-called president would have a hard time fighting in the superior courts.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty . . .

is a Trump supporter.

'Nuff said.

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MEEELLIONs of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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So Much For a Leading Technology Country - The Last Mile Hassle

It is my submission the switchover problems are a failure of OFCOM to kick a*se.

Would you tolerate a day without water, electricity or gas is you chose to switch suppliers? So how come the telecoms industry can get away with it?

I live in a country with several country-wide cable, InterNet, landline and cell providers - some government-owned and others privately owned. They are co-operative competitors.

Somewhere, I have yet to discover where, there is a meeting point, a bloody great terminal box. maybe, could be a shared facility (building) and from these mysterious destinations (deliberately rated as a national security item) emanate cables, or drops, to individual business and residential premises.

The first building occupant pays about USD$50 to any service provider who, in turn, contracts it to a cable pulling cable company to install the fibre cable into the subscribing building. By the time a building, either single or multiple occupancy, is authorised for occupancy all utilities are up and running. I built a double apartment-over-a-commercial-space building (I think the Brits called them 'parades') and I had to tell NOT to come in until called.

One telephone call to MY choice of provider(s) resulted in a single modem being delivered (another USD$50) by courier and by the time I had plugged the thing in I had 100 Mbyte InterNet and, had I wished it, cable and telephone service. All within a day or two of my initial request.

In Canada the telco's, some many years ago, pulled in cables along every street in the cities and where streets intersected, the intersecting cables made 'appearances'. When service was ordered some Squaddie would start at the switching centre and streetbox by streetbox connect intersecting cables until dial tone appeared at the subscribers premises.

In my present country of residence the rural areas are served in a similar fashion. A cable emanates from a town or city and follows a highway, underground, and every time it passes through a village or hamlet 'appearances' emerge every 500 metres. In the event the trunk cables are overhead, the DSLAMs (digital subscriber line access multiplexers) are pole mounted!

Everything points to an abject failure by the UK regulator and BT in doing their work. Why is it so difficult for a new service to be connected to a drop by a technician, who is more than capable of disconnecting an existing service?

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BT's profits plunge 37% following Italian Job

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Why is BT even operating . . .

in Italy when it hasn't even finished putting fibre optic in all the valleys and hillsides of the UK?

It's activities should be constrained to the UK.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Could it be another Stuxnet-like operation?

A big- mouthed American general stated, even before Galileo satellites were launched, that the USA would destroy the G-satellites if the operators didn't 'comply with American orders' to shut the system down; in times of conflict.

Could these clock failures be due to a Stuxnet-like piece of malware?

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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The Most Harassing Cellular Calls Often Originate With The Celco

I have to keep my cell handset on in order to receive SMS messages from overseas time zones where family and friends still think the Earth is flat and we are all on the same time.

Here in VietNam, with 6 or 7 physically separate networks - not resellers, advertising is rampant. Such advertising is provided either through the celcos or through standalone computers attached to the celco switches.

Some of the worst offenders for sending SMS messages between 00.00H and 06.00H are celcos themselves.

After months of digging I obtained the cell handset numbers of many celco executives as well as installing at our company a SMS Messaging Administration system. Unlike North America, cell handset numbers readily identify the network which originate the calls.

Our SMS system now captures overnight messages, identifies the originating network and simply forwards the unwanted messages to the executives numbers.

Their reactions are invariably quick, and effective, and result in these late night SMS advertisers being suspended.

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UK can be a 'world leader in 5G', you say? Er, our 4G still takes a beating from Peru

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Why is the UK so technologically challenged?

The UK is a technological laggard in so many ways and for no good reason.

There is nothing especially difficult about the territory. The country is small and it's geographical profiles similar to many other countries, or at least no more challenging than others.

Which leaves only one area that is different - the human element. BT should be relegated to be a 'gridmaster' where it provides the back bone services.

The recent UK story of a woman starting her own ISP from a single link is a heartening one, and should be a way forward for many to follow.

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Rackspace enters tipping-point year with newly minted sales chief

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For the sake of transparency ...

why does 'The Register' never disclose it's relationship with Rackspace?

After all, The Registers reson d'etre is transparency.

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ZTE laying off 3,000

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The ban was first announced ... after the US found ZTE was using front companies

I do support work on equipment legally sold to the DPRK (North Korea) before the latest (ineffective) sanctions were announced under US sponsorship by the UN, are working here they would be shocked.

If the USA realised just how many hundred of it's citizens, and thousands more from other countries employed by well known international companies.

We travel through gateways not used by tourists, we travel openly and some even have motorcycles with them.

But if you check our passports - nothing! The DPRK issues 'loose' visas that are stapled into the passports - not glued. My cell handset has two SIMS - one that international visitors get to make visitor-visitor and international calls with, the other for talking to other numbers as accessed by ordinary citizens. All traces of travel are removed from the passports.

There are fibre optic cables linking major cities to the 'Cloud' but use and access to web sites is strictly controlled.

So much for US 'bans', just another feel good exercise by Washington.

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Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

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We can buy 'hot' TV boxes but they are legal . . .

as they are unmodified and come with no means to convert when you walk out of the store.

But watch your mail box - a couple of days after you buy a converter a lumpy envelope arrives and the wherewithal to access all the forbidden channels is revealed with very complete instructions.

The 'conversion' process is easy enough for a child to do it. And for continued monthly updates, just watch your e-mail or SMS messages.

I don't actually use the service as I don't have a TV in my residences!

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Travel booking systems ‘wide open’ to abuse – report

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GDS - Major Data Source for ALL Intelligence and National Police Services

The data retained by GDS is accessible, without warrant or other impediments, by all major intelligence agencies and the larger, or national, police entities.

Many Third Party Res systems run by some notorious on-line travel agents' also have unlimited access. too. This includes several in the USA and a couple in the UK.

Unbelievably, when the GDS (read > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Distribution_System <) were developed by the airlines, there were few checks - everything was based upon 'trust'. After all, these systems were subsets of airlines.

Then they started interconnecting and do bookings for Third Parties and ticketing commission was viewed as potential compensation for the costs of running these systems. To avoid claims of conflict-of-interest the systems were hived off from the carriers but still based on 'gentleman's agreements'.

Gentlemen's agreements are defined in Wikipedia as: "A gentlemen's agreement or gentleman's agreement is an informal and legally non-binding agreement between two or more parties. It is typically oral, though it may be written, or simply understood as part of an unspoken agreement by convention or through mutually beneficial etiquette. The essence of a gentlemen's agreement is that it relies upon the honor of the parties for its fulfillment, rather than being in any way enforceable. It is, therefore, distinct from a legal agreement or contract, which can be enforced if necessary.'

In fact, the airlines/carriers relied upon these former carrier entities to do their ticket accounting!

The GDS/CRS systems used to deduct their 'cut', aka commission, from the money they paid to the airlines. From this 'cut' they would pay commissions to user travel agents.

When the airline business was stressed, the airlines started to use software to ensure that the GDS/CRS commissions were credited when tickets and - surprise, surprise - the airlines discovered they were being bilked for hundreds of millions of US Dollars (the currency upon which the back-end of the travel industry is based).

The carriers, after wrestling multi-million refunds from the GDS/CRS, then implemented stricter ticket accounting systems.

Meanwhile down at the Travel Agent level, many discovered they could earn 'points', 'credits', 'awards' by ticketing through GDS/GRS. As the Agency accounting was still done by the GDS/CRS, the TA's (Travel Agents) were able to scam the Res systems because of their weak accounting software by booking travel for fictitious PAX (passengers).

These 'ghost bookings' were cancelled and the TA's still earned their benefits! Scammers scamming the other scammers.

Around this time, about 15 years ago, I was involved in developing/installing Agency automation so that the Agents became as technologically advanced as the rest of the ticketing system.

Our software revealed that Agencies were getting ripped off by the GDS/CRS by way of omitted ticketing credits.

I believe in transparency and a trade paper was alerted to this fraud. A court case filed by a GDS/CRS based in Chicago, and founded by United Airlines, sued a Toronto Travel Agency and, as a sidebar, obtained an Order from the court that prohibited me from revealing what I knew about GDS/CRS scams - effective only to the 12-mile limit surrounding Canada. I no longer live in Canada.

The case was settled on agreed terms and SEALED. As a Petty to the proceedings I was entitled to documents which can be found on the InterNet.

As for 'main frame', perhaps someone could explain how a hundred or so PCs in Denver, Colorado, on which a GDS/CRS was using as a central system meets the definition.

For security and most privacy, out of Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre or Worldspan (they use many other names, too) I ONLY use AMADEUS which is based in Madrid and therefore the EU data rules. They have central sites in Madrid (Corporate Headquarters & Marketing), Nice (Development) and Erding (Operations).

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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The Usual UK Government Leaches Reinventing the Wheel

Instead of enriching the usual financial freeloaders, why doesn't the UK government do a deal with it's 'best friend' nation (allegedly the US of A) and buy some of the work the US government has already paid for?

And, before spending much more money, they should do a patent search, there's an amazing body of research out there on file - I know because many companies in the 'non-aligned' (military) world get so many of their ideas from patent filings.

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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Since when has GCHQ or the MI mob ever been bothered with the law?

All the Mad MAY legislation did was to make everything that GCHQ and MI ever did legal.

Where, I wonder, was the castration of Kenyan Freedom Fighters ever within the law?

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: In principle...

QUOTE: "The company disabled only their own software, nothing else. It's still a fantastically stupid thing to do, not just because of bad PR but also because you could construe this as fraud "

Perhaps Samsung should think about this with respect to their mainly crippled Note 7s.

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Re: I remember when ...

An old friend who believes in guitars and Williamson Amplifiers (1947-1949) (featured in the late lamented Wireless World in the late 1940s) now has an audio amplifier with a pair of 807s as a final, push-pull pairs in class AB1 or AB2 giving up to 120 watts of usable power.

See: > http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/tubes-valves/239713-low-cost-class-hi-fi-amplifier-807-s-e-ultralinear-pentode-drivers-6g6g.html < and still available > http://www.tubes-store.com/product_info.php?products_id=309 <.

The 807 was the backbone of the military. The No. 19 tank set had one; the British Amplifier No, 2 Mk 2 had a pair of 807s;

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Re: I remember when ...

I actually used chips of coal as a diode!

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I remember when ...

Amateur Radio operators used to build their own rigs. From ordering an alumin(i)um chassis from Radio Spares (now RS Components), cutting holes for valves/tubes in them with Greenlee** holes cutters, then wiring up the whole thing. We even used inverted baking/roasting pans when money was tight.

What more fun than could be had than waiting in anticipation for the valves/tubes heaters to glow and for the rig to actually work!

What better hand warmer can be found than an 807 power beam tetrode valve/tube?

Many of today's Amateurs are little better than box operators and now Apps!

At least many have to erect their own HF antennae - I have a long-wire receiving antenna that runs across the farmers field next door.

P.S. If you need to cut smaller-sized holes in wood or metal few things beat a "Stepped" drill bit. Magical. And RS doesn't sell alumin(i)um chassis any more.

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Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight

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Harris (Stingray) Doesn't Do MESH!

There are Apps, at least for Android, which use the WiFi features for confidential communications called MESH radio.

One Google Play App is called SERVAL.

SERVAL is also the name used for the many projects developing this technology. Just Google 'SERVAL'.

And the best part is neither GCHQ or the NSA can eavesdrop on traffic, just like Harris.

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Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK

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Amazon NOT First Flight - Just More PR

The first drone delivery in the USA, approved by FAA officials was made, thanks to drone startup Flirtey in collaboration with 7-Eleven. It successfully carried and dropped off a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts from a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada

Tough, Amazon, that makes your delivery number two.

See: > http://phys.org/news/2016-07-donuts-flight-us-approved-drone-delivery.html <

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IBM boss pledges to hire 25,000 Americans in next four years

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Drumph.

Just the wealthy getting their hands on more public money.

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Samsung SmartCam: Yes, those eyes really are following you around the room

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Why Bother To Steal The SD Card

"the fact is that if you do have some footage of a burglar, and they see the camera ... it is very easy for them to simply take the SD card out and walk off with the evidence."

Easier just to grab the whole damn thing ... should be good for a bag of something from the local drug emporium.

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

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I Have a Question: Why Is It That In The U.S. of A. is Volkswagen ...

buying these fraudulent cars back but the cash-back offer is not being made in in the EU?

Perhaps it's something to do with The Drumph not believing in climate change ... notwithstanding the inches, centimetres, feet or metres of the white stuff that has covered half the country in the past week.

Happy white Christmas to everyone!

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

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Re: Is this even legal in the EU?

Our company served notice on Samsung that should our equipment be degraded they would be sued for a laundry list of civil claims.

We were requested to bring our devices to a certain service centre (there are many in the country) whereupon a patch would be added that would remove existing, and prevent future, deleterious patch transmissions. The technician, who we have known for years, confirmed it is a 'good' patch and that several others have been given the same protection - after their lawyers contacted Samsung.

We were not required to a sign any document although they 'hoped' we would be discrete with the information!

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