"Not fit for purpose"?
Starts at the top with the minister ... May.
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Starts at the top with the minister ... May.
Whenever I travel I always leave my Kingston security tether in place so when i have to wait around transportation terminals I can thread the cord through suitcase handles and still know all is safe (except at Heathrow where a Plod told me to carry them)..
At check in counters, I treat it like a dog leash - around my wrist.
Going through the X-ray machine I thread the tether through my jacket / coat sleeves to stop things disappearing.
When riding the Chiltern Line (great service) I place my laptop on the rack and keep the Kingston around my wrist. I can even snooze knowing all is safe.
Never lost a computer (or anything) in many decades of travel except when travelling with Air Canada when they managed to lose my checked baggage.
Not to big for the male pocket; or the female purse; right-sized for car/truck dashboards or sun-visors and motorcycle mounting. Not too small to view a movie.
Plain Android without icing making it eligible for fast upgrades from Google. Freedom to run any App you choose to.
Manufactured by ASUS who have proven adept at making netbooks that can withstand the rough and tumble of school-aged children (and my wife) backed by a world-wide support network.
Finally the price - on a par with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
This crowd claim they have "billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It’s therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect their copyright."
One of the theirs are the Fox Studios in Hollywood, so the statement is somewhat self-serving.
What Murdoch should be concentrating on is the Chinese-sourced satellite encryption-cracking activity.
Whilst satellite receivers have to be licenced with the government in VietNam and the Peoples Police are quite proficient in spotting misdirected antennae - the licences only permit reception of Vietnamese owned satellites - there are substantial proliferation of cracked decoder cards all over the region - many viewers see forbidden / censored channels which must be costing the old man millions.
In some countries such as Cambodia or Laos they even have illicit signals hived into special channels so only favoured locals can see the channels.
Mind you, IMO, a lot of Murdoch programming is trash and not even worth the cost of a hot card.
If government is like many commercial organizations, many features of MS software are never used.and older versions are quite adequate.
Even more to the point, Open Source software is more than adequate but Cameron wants to travel the high cost route. It's what Posh Boys do.
THE tax department has no need to release numbers; they could simply assign a code that would signify what a persons status is.
Too much information is filtering down to councils, who are the east trustworthy level of government.
the best advertisement for Linux.
reading the tea-leaves and realises the USA is pulling yet another fast one.
Lucky Dotcom wasn't fitted up with a terrorist conspiracy charge, currently the flavour of the month with the FBI.
At least the NZ authorities are more reasonable than the UK types, they swallow FBI lies hook, line and sinker.
abtuse as some of Apples patent filings.
I was in NanNing, GuangXi Province, China over the weekend and was, as usual, shopping in the electronics marts downtown (4-million population).
Copy CD/DVD were openly on sale; from all parts of the spectrum, movies and software. Some good looking Apple knock-offs, too, at a fraction of list prices.
I window shop Friday nights, place my orders on Saturday and all the stuff is ready to go first thing Sunday. (Deep stocks of copy software is stored way off site) No fuss, no muss. 555 timers were 2.7 cents each, genuine PIC and Altmel microcontrollers available at low prices, too, for a dollar or two.
As for BSA, they never visit some of the countries whose names they blacken. Laos and Cambodia have few computers and most of the copy ware is removed from VietNam government computers as they switched to Linux!
if they still put Jobs name on every patent application they file, even though he''s pushing daisy's?
... in the meantime friendly, reliable XE suffices and away with those upgrades that cause StartUp Repair that plague my wife's machine.
TOSHiba's on-line warranty support is TOSH.
I religiously registered the ownership of a TOSHiba laptop, bought an extended warranty.
Travel to Toronto and the thing quits. Call their automated telephone system, push an amazing amount of buttons and squat. Doesn't recognize my registration.
TOSHiba is rental car distance outside Toronto - no time.
End up having to call the Far East to get help, along with a big telco bill.
To hell with TOSH, of any kind.
BIG companies have BIG NAME positions, no pun intended.
Ah, just came back to me. The Senior VP of Talent Acquisition at SAP is Susan Bor, formerly an executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who was allegedly very close to the Chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland .
With the penchant for government to get in to your pants and your brain, particularly the US Government, do you actually believe there are no backdoors around?
Maybe ZTE was stupid enough to leave an engineering access, but there again, they are not the first.
If you want security, go use your own devices to get it.
Or use two handsets, one for receiving a conversation and another for transmitting a conversation - using different networks for each really upsets Plod as they can't figure it. Better still, use a pager to set up calls.
Or,stretched on the ground, facing your talking partner, with hands covering the sides of your faces, you can really have a private conversation. (from an Al Qaida manual not allowed in the UK).
I recently flew in to the USA, for which I have a passport, and the ever friendly ICE agent asks what I have on me. I said shaving kit and a set of clothes.
He asked about 'personal electronics'. I replied I have an MP3 player and a set of Sony noise cancelling headphones.
He starts tapping away on his computer - I already knew what my previous ICE interviews said through an access demand - and he said "Are toy aware you will be a "subject on interest" if you don;t have a cell phone? I said I stopped carrying data across borders when they started stealing laptops and phones.
I said last time his friend said I would be a subject of interest because I had no SIM. His friend also said I had to keep my cell charged so they could check it.
Looks line you're a "subject of interest" either way. Next time I'll carry my Mitsubishi - it only makes calks. Or my pager.
Wit a little patience FBs security will fail again and display all the goodies OR they will be sold off to advertisers.
FB and security / privacy should not be used in the same sentence.
There are well over 800 patent claims against Apple at this time.
A few years ago I was deployed to China to assist a Canadian company set up a manufacturing line in China.
One night I had to work late, and the plant manager said No Problem, we work 24/7. I said why had he always insisted on working days only to which he replied that the Day Shift is for Customers and the Night Shift was for themselves.
Further discrete inquiries revealed that the production moulds used for for a Western customer had their identification / serialising modules replaced with blanks and the night production was used as knock-offs to compete with their Western customer.
The US Naval Academy announced that it was discontinuing its course on celestial navigation, considered to be one of its more demanding courses, from the formal curriculum in the spring of 1998 stating that a sextant is accurate to a three-mile (5 km) radius, So I guess only old sea dogs will be able to navigate around South Korea.
Or they could dig up an old Decca Navigator system, which woks in the VLF band and is more difficult to jam - good enough to be picked up by BOAC aircraft in the Cold War when they flew to Moscow.
I bought my wife an ASUS bouncy-bouncy (because it has now survived 19 counter-to-floor drops without damage) Eee PC which she uses for browsing for recipes and e-mail in the kitchen. Only a couple of programs loaded - Firefox and Irfan.
Then along comes Wednesday (we are one day ahead of Redmond), up pops the Update flag and once again the StartUp Repair kicks in.
Such fun. Normal service might be restored by Friday. It's enough to drive you to Linux.
Unfortunately, very little, it seems. In my distant childhood we were taught to trust the police, they could be relied upon. Our local Bobby had a bicycle, a ground floor office in his Police House and he welcomed visitors 24 hours a day.
Now the local Bobby has been replaced with anonymous people who are regarded as enemy and seem to be as crooked as many of their clients.
The 24-hour news cycle doesn't help, a few tenners or twenties here and there. gets the breaking news.
Even worse are the instances of disclosures of files or data, this requires a concious breach of the system.
You can't trust many priests who might involve a child in a sexual abuse situation. One priest I knew of left his car outside his church supplied vicarage. The church bookkeeper was always suspicious of mileage claims and he would take a stroll past the vicarage and, using a torch, would carefully note the speedo readings. Sure enough, even this preacher was ripping off the church.
Yes, parents are faced with many imponderables these days and they are a sad commentary on today's society.
I don't blame the newspaper industry, they are not paid to be honest. The whole matter centre on problems with police, who enjoy privileges under law that few others have.
The 19-inch (482.6 mm) rack claims their origin as mounting systems for rail-road (railway) signalling relays, It has served many industries well. It's even used in ships.
If this minor league server centre player is unhappy about 19 inches, why not switch to the 23-inch (580 mm) standard which even the EU recognises as the ETSI rack, relating to the European Telecoms Standards Institute.
The vertical spacing is identical and the 19 inch adapter pates are commonly available.
It appears that Facebook's Frank Frankovsky doesn't know his rack hardware too well.
Finally, if the 19 inch isn't satisfactory because it gets overfilled, why does Frankovsky the larger standard won't suffer a similar fate? Don't believe me, just go check-out an airport baggage carousel.
This latest MS slight of hand is but a blip on the radar screen given the weeks news about Murdoch's pipeline in to the minister's office concerning satellite broadcasting rights.
When VietNam closed down a couple of software copy shops in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, MS set up office in Ha Noi to advise the national government on things computerised.
The government also undertook to eliminate hot MS software from it;s computers. Being honourable people, it did just that.
Then iIt promptly opted for Open Source software. Score for Linux!
The USA, Philippines and VIETNAM have just completed naval exercises near the Spratly Islands - VietNam's name for the islands it claims - although China thinks it owns the whole bloody South China Sea including the parts within VN's 200 mile zone.
There's oil out there and now VN has found gas in it's area. Little wonder the USA is around.
the Jobs copy has more to gain by seeking a quieting of the legal action.
BTW, what's in a few black pixels that they are making so much noise about?
If this one isn't enough of a sacrifice, then there's always Hunt.
Surprisingly, there are no salacious tid-bits like cross-dressing, homosexuality, orgies, Russia spies, Toy Boys, etc. Quite tame compared to previous Tory incidents How the NofW is missed, by some.
the US or Israel would have thought of a more novel trick than this.
Perhaps they should switch to Linux, that will make things harder.
The best death for any potential hassle should have been sufficient to bury the damn thing in Davy Jones locker.
These drilling rigs come with all mod cons including satellite feeds for high-speed InterNet, numerous TV channels and even their own cell base station.
They might be smart enough to drill holes kilometres below the surface but they sure are slow in choosing optimum secure communications. Even MS owned Skype would have offered much more security.
When will people learn that cell systems serve the authorities and not the user?
Now this poor slob, who no longer works for BP, will spend a fortune on lawyers, after he gets bail.
Ne'er a word about LG TV's or handsets around here.
Their household products are extremely good and super easy on the electric meters. HTC and Samsung rule the handset market, Nokia is still picking up business in the low end for now - cheap Chinese cells are on their way.
Limited supplies of Apple phones don't satisfy the market, neither does the gray market.
Here in VietNam many indigenous farmers live in stilt houses and they keep their animals underneath the living quarters - which is how thee disease transfers to humans.
Disease mutiplication is easily achieved by housing chickens together with a carrier. Then you take an infeted bird and chop it up and smuggle the meat in to the area you want to infect.
Apart fromall the usual knock-offs we now have iCORNER in SaiGon / Ho Chi Minh. They sell gray market iThingies.
The US record of proactie anti-terroism is very sad.
Starting with World Trade Centre crashes, through Richard Reid (exploding shoes) and the Panys on Fire guy in Detroit. None were stopped by the less than wonderflul Home Land Security.
Look at the Pants on Fire guy. Was granted a visa ater an interview; Father then visits self-same embassy and tells them his son is a no-good terrorist.
Months after original visa issued Pants on Fire buys a ticket and air carrier verifies visa validity.
Pants on Fire flies to Europe, again his data is submtted through PNR and visa checks; he then undergoes a second pysical security chrck and is permitted to board.
Nothwithstanding the 7 hour flight the wondrous Homeland Security dozes at the wheel. Plane overflies Canada and just as it comes in to land at Detroit, his pants misfire.
No where did the pre-flight data stop this man, everything was discovered post landing.
BTW PNRs for passengers on Canada-boud flights are also given to the US as wel as Canada.
You can apply for your PNR filings with all your personal bumph including whether you ask for a religious meal by applying on-line to the Homeland goons.
No more bribing crooked Plods for the low down on their article targets.
The more automation te easier things are to crack.
The US has delusions of grandeur, they think just because they have 19,000 drones around and can kill anyone, anywhere including US citizens - that their law overrides all others.
Holder, (Obama's attorney-general), and Biden (V-P & hatchet man for the movie industry) might have to face the fact they screwed up.
What's more, the US Constitution prohibits retroactive laws!
Was it the fact that Bittorrent was used for transmission or did they actually sample the data?
My employer sends all manner of documents, RFQ's and tenders using Bittorrent.
when they are headed by one of the dumbest ministers and likely there only so Cameron can claim to be a equal opportunity man, except the equal opportunity is supposed to refer to gender not the employment of cretins.
The Tories condemned, and dispatched, the National ID Card proposed by Labour, then they follow this up with Plod's Number Plate Photography System. Now this GCHQ proposal which is much more intrusive than an ID card.
The USA has demonstrated that mass communications slurping doesn't work, so why should the UK waste more money on the scheme?
When you consider how the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution has been serially violated;how people have lost any pretence of privacy; how (in the UK) you can be jailed for not divulging a password; how much this 'security theatre' is costing and what government programs for deserving people have suffered, I find it very hard to accept the US, or any country, have 'won'.
One man, and a pile of his money, have changed the world dramatically no matter what your perspective is, religious or otherwise,
How many 'terrorists', real or imagined, have been caught by those millions of CCTV cameras that record the daily minutia of Brits going about their daily business, BEFORE an atrocity? And don't even suggest those FBI set-up jobs are anything more than theatre.
As I said, IMHO, Bin Laden won, hands down.
Anyone who has been caught in the deluges in Singapore, Malaysia or elsewhere in the Indochina region that they call monsoons but in reality have more in common with a shower turned on full blast will appreciate this type of handset / cell.
With 'cheap' iPhone replacement Motherboards damaged by water costing the best part of $400, anything that offers protection against rain is welcome. I remember a Panasonic water proof unit along with one from Sony-Ericson that sold very well out here.
There's something detracting about someone fishing a iPhone out of a plastic bag to answer a call, and that's when you have found shelter to do even that it.
The soaking quality of these downpours that can happen without notice, means that almost all clothing is useless for protection of personal electronics.
When travelling in China it is common to be asked for your ID card or passport even more so in BeiJing.
More and more of the Chinese police are being issued two-way radio's with cameras and ID card scanners so that the subjects full data file is accessible any where, any time. Foreigners visa fies can be pulled up, too.
It won't be long before the UK has it too, who knows, maybe ACPO is already planning the latest assault on British citizen's privacy.
Once again the British consumer will get the short end of the stick.
You pay more for cars that have to be built reverse to the rest which increases costs and the complications in driving on alternate sides doesn't really enhance safety.
Then you have those bloody great monster plugs, engineered when materials were considerably cheaper. I think it's true to say only Malaysia, Singapore and possibly HongKong use them as standard.
It seems that the two-pin (with or without ground) is quite satisfactory for hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people. I can buy FOUR two-pin + ground Euro plugs for the same price as a UK plug out here.
I understand the ring main concept and the individual fuses but in a country of 90-million odd where at least 80% of the population only have the main meter fuse to protect them the ring concept seems a little excessive.
Differences in standards were intended to protect manufacturers turf, to keep foreign competition out.but since Britain imports most of it's durable goods why, once again, use different standards? It means that all the latest and greatest equipment will be built for the major markets and small tokens made for the UK.
Were the words that caused a secretary to scream with alarm.
Mr. Fuch was the then president of Wandel & Goltermann Inc., a very 'proper' gentleman in all senses of the word. He had come to purchase ROR Associates of Toronto.
He pronounced his name in the German manner which was essentially the sound of replacing the last two characters with CK.
After hurried discussions with the president of the Canadian company it was decided he would call himself Fuch, pronounced similarly to MUCH!
This is why he was called Fuch, like Much, all over North America!
The Central Government fears the farmers as they have so much power. Food.
Large cities require uninterrupted supply lines. Consider ChongQing (aka ChongChing): it has 30-million residents and is a great manufacturing centre with emphasis on vehicles. One days food stoppage would have an immediate effect on markets which function much like Covent Garden or Smithfields. What comes in in the morning is gone by the afternoon, the difference being the end customer is retail in China.
A couple of years ago a farmer, with huge numbers of hectares under crop, told the GuangXi Government that he wold not deliver tomatoes to NanNing. The cost of transporting the produce 30 kilometres was not worth it.
The GuangXi Government sent police and troops but he was adamant. So they sent fuel trucks and he delivered the tomatoes - and dumped them at the market, free for all to take.
Subsequently the GuangXi Government set up a marketing scheme whereby farmers costs were met and no more free food - which disturbed the market equilibrium.
The farmers know, as does BeiJing, they have power, the power of supply interruption.
I have many friends teaching in the more remote parts of China, essentially farmers children, and from many geographically separated areas I hear of uprisings and riots by farmers upset with prices or other concerns.
The Chinese Swat Teams are more properly described as Swat Regiments with personnel carriers with fire nozzles on top used for spraying Pepper Gas. The ordinary Chinese policeman is not really a nice person, but these masked Swat types make the local Chinese cop look like a best buddy.
How often do you hear of these gatherings in the West? The Chiese firewall works well on public communications.
1. Police grab the goods;
2. Prosecutors rifle through files, extract evidence t be used in prosecution;
3. Destroy all evidence;
4. Defence us neutered as it has no material;
5. Court hasn't adjudicated the charges, What happens if the prosecutors lose;
The whole think stinks, makes Russia look like a model justice system.
AND Obama took law in Boston? Bent b*stard.
QUOTE: "the regulator had described Google’s interception of data as “worrisome”, after the internet giant admitted its Street View cars in more than 30 countries secretly gobbled chunks of web traffic as they travelled through unencrypted Wi-Fi networks"
Therefore I take it the FCC as zero concerns with hundreds of millions of Smartfones sniffing WiFi data globally? AND that the US NSA has full, unfettered access to this data!
Like the rest of the US government, I think the FCC has is priorities severely compromised.
Personally, I trust Google way more than the US government who thinks it is the dominant country, which is delusional given it has no money.
QUOTE: "This information is useful to energy suppliers but it is also potentially valuable to a whole host of other organisations too." SUCH as thieves and Second-Storey men?
I have a modern TaiWan made motor-scooter which is heavily endowed with electronics including a magnificent electronic dash. The travelled kilometres are stored in this module in allegedly non-volatile memory.
I say allegedly because the distance travelled display (what do you call a meter that records kilometres?) has failed three times in 30,000 kilometres.
Fortunately, I log my daily usage for expenses so I am aware within 5 kilometres what the distance should be.
These new 'smartmeters', at least the one I took apart, were all electronic, no moving parts. This means that the only record exists within the computers of the power company which is akin to giving a fox the key-card to the hen house. If they don't trust us, why should we trust them?
At least with meters with a mechanical component there is an opportunity to recover data independently.
Your article reported that the German investigators detected a reading every two seconds and since every 24 hours = 86 400 seconds it equates to 43,200 data bursts each day. In a MESH network, with repeater or re-transmission options activated that equates too one hell of a lot of RF transmissions, likely continuous. This is way higher than TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) system for communications used by Plod, et al.
I, too, wonder what happened to the opt in / out and suppliers pay discussion. It sounds as wishy-washy as any other Cameron policy.
never seems to go back and reclaim their (the taxpayers) money back?
If this happened in a civil setting either businesses supplying to business or to retail customers there would be hell to pay. Many years ago Crown Agents acted as inspectors for overseas governments and they were tough. They ALWAYS made sure their clients got exactly what they were paying for.
On a couple of occasions they caught my department short and it was always compliance or no acceptance.
Pity the UK government doesn't use them.
These days often the government rep who signs off on a deal is hired by the supplier/
I 'acquired' one of these newer 'smartmeters' not so long ago and took it apart, carefully, It was returned but in less than pristine condition.
Almost all the metering is electronic. Sensing (consumption) can be achieved by acoustic-optical doppler, magnetic, mass-thermal, wheel-turbine / pelton, ultrasonic, etc. They have all the angles and substances covered.
The LCD display was chip on glass, driven serially, with the microcontroller linking everything together including RF communications, etc. There was a menu that includes encryption.
Seemingly, the display inviolability is big with regulators, the old mechanical readers failed, but they usually retained the data even when the mechanical damage was severe, This isn't the case with these 'virtual' meters which places the consumer at the mercy of the utility and who trusts a utility?
Technically remarkable, But for the consumer the mechanical meter is best.
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