DAB+, you say? What a pity ...
only DAB in Blighty.
3747 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009
only DAB in Blighty.
use a crook to catch a crook.
True these days, obviously, as ever it was.
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.
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
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.
If some Chinese guys can perform miracles with their limited tools, imagine what the NSA can do?
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.
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.
and get it discount.
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!
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.
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.
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/ >
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They could standardise on Pantone colour numbers. < http://www.pantone.com/color-finder >
MAY would be easy:
Dumb, ugly, peeping-Tom, aged, greyish hair (depending on hair colourant).
When will all this stupidity end?
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.
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.
Wrong, they are selling their country's sovereignty to foreign domiciled COMPANIES.
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.
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.
How would / could you discriminate between digital audio or video signals and plain digital data - short of adding a pile of electronics or software?
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.
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.
who can blame the Chinese, et al, for listening?
The fact GCHQ even tried to fob this off illustrates how dumb GCHQ is and how bereft of ideas they are.
And this is bleeding-edge cyberwarcraft?
QUOTE: "Well, the primary fact is that their chance of being killed in a terrorist attack on any given year is about 1 in 4 million. Their chance of being killed in an automobile accident, for example, is about 1 in 6- or 7,000. If we talk about the period since 9/11, your chance of being killed is 1 in 90 million per year. So, that is where the discussion should start. It isn’t where it should end, but certainly the basis should be there. Instead of constantly talking about, “Are we safer?” The beginning question should be, “How safe are we?” And these statistics and odds are an indication of how safe we are. Salon: 2016 JAN 18-“More than a trillion dollars has been misspent”
Given the serial continuum of UK Governments acting in amoral ways, how much "international standing and reputation" remains?
From the castration of Kenyan POWs through mass surveillance, is there much further to go down in the Slough of Despond**?
** 'This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place; and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.' John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
This is the most common way that is used to transfer technology from the West to the East.
As for 'restricted' exports, a couple of years ago US companies subcontracted software writing to some Russians, in Russia. Obviously they had detailed knowledge of the product.
After their handiwork was installed, or loaded in to the complete product, US trade restrictions prohibited the very same Russians from even touching the product!
requires a computer to attach to this devices USB connector and when the probe is inserted in to a lock, the pins are analysed / profiled. The data is then used to cut keys.
Locks that use 'flat' keys, where the inserted part of the key has no profile other than dimples, it is possible to 'pick' the lock with two simple tools. Totally insecure.
Locksmiths often suggest the use of German locks as they have very low tolerances and therefore less susceptible to picking. On the other hand, Chinese locks are less secure as they often make batches of 500 or 1000 locks all with the same combination. The combination is changed and another batch is made.
The various batches are then 'mixed' by hand, in Mahjong this is called 'dry swimming', so there is some variety on the shipped product.
to keep the corporate name on the public's mind.
was a total cock-up when it first went on line on top of all the turf wars.
But their PR system is smooth ... " Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) Intelligence Unit also staff the New York State Intelligence Centre (NYSIC). Managed by the New York State Police, the NYSIC serves as the State's Fusion Centre, bringing together federal, state and local agencies to analyse and share information related to terrorism and other crimes."
Meanwhile, the FBI is getting it's security theatre to produce 'terrorists' for the New York State Intelligence Centre to look good.
Has anyone ever found out why the RAF helicopters are flying nightly sorties sniffing RF signals over London and the fixed wing MET aircraft - all based at RAF Northolt - a CIA rendition flight centre - are flying every night sniffing cell signals from the south of England in to Scotland?
Britain is almost unique in expecting users to pay for their own meters.
The old boys, down at the club, must be buying their Tory MPs endless rounds of drinks over this one!
In the USA, and Canada, heavy adopters of these technologies, the power companies install these meters at their own cost. And these things either employ MESH radio or wire communications.
Adafruit, NYC, has a neat jammer - http://www.ladyada.net/make/wavebubble/ - that will fix the MESH radio and ferrites, around the power feed INTO the meter, will stop the signals dead.
Developers in Toronto, Ontario, have gone one rip-off better - METERED HOT WATER. The catch? Any water, regardless of temperature, flowing out of any 'hot water' tap costs money!
A US Congressperson described the HSBC as a criminal enterprise.
And the HSBC's former leader is now in the House of Lords. HOW APPROPRIATE!!!!!
Perhaps the HSBC bunker which can be found between Sheffield and Barnsley in the former mining community of Tankersley in the UK, GPS 53.48935, -1.4918, has been flooded.
It's just off the M1 and can be found by following the A61 to Wentworth Way then along Maple Road.
The locals call it "Teletubbyland" because of all the ventilation funnels surrounding the site that resemble the voice trumpets on the TV show!.
The data centre, completed in Summer 2009, has a server hall measuring 250 metres long by 100 metres wide. There is an Argon fire suppression system, along with underground fuel tanks for the two DRUPS (Diesel Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supplies), as well as a couple of dedicated electricity sub-stations.
Also in 2009 HSBC opened a new data centre "at a secret location in suburban North London" which is actually located at what was formerly an old Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham site, now known as Quadrant Park, Mundells, Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.
Since when has Hertfordshire been called "suburban North London"?
No flooding reported there.
P.S. All those waiting for Fibre Optic services might like to know that both these sites have Fibre Optic cables described as 'thick as your wrist'.
you are valued customer from Mexico and HSBC will leap into action.
HSBC keeps all it's central computers in the States - New Jersey is their landing point - and they service ATMs all over the world from there. So much for being called a 'British' bank.
the hardware revision information?
Apple loves tracking it's products - so there is no difficulty there.
Other OS can do this and prevent unsuitable upgrades - of course such companies care about their customers.
ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers, officially The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland) was replaced by the National Police Chiefs' Council. IACPO was incorporated in 1997 as a private company limited by guarantee, and as such, ACPO was not subject to freedom of information legislation.
ACPO set up the camera spy system and it runs on the Hendon Plod computer.
ACPO supervised the creation of one of the world's largest per-capita DNA databases, containing the DNA profiles of more than one million innocent people.
Another failure by the Mad May of Hurst, Berkshire?
And they have the Gaul to complain about Samsung using a few pixels that are similar to the iThingy?
Apple even pinched their logo and name way back in the day!
that HuaWei products are a security risk and that only American (made in China) products should be used, as he did with their modems.
His best buddy Cameron had GCHQ keep on eye HuaWei products in their UK lab. Imperial College-HuaWei has acquired the Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) in 2012 and Neul, the Cambridge Internet of Things Data Science Innovation Lab right in the centre of London!
Then there's the HCSEC facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, owned by Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd.The HCSEC provides assurance that any risks to UK national security from HuaWei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks are sufficiently mitigated.
Meanwhile, down in Gloucestershire, the GCHQ continues to collect selfies. Strange world we live in.
Galileo doesn't comply / match the US GPS system crippling regimes, such as over a war zone - which might be the whole world - they will destroy Galileo satellites.
Meanwhile we have the Russian GLONASS system - currently GLONASS-K - GLONASS compatible GPS receivers can acquire satellites up to 20% faster than devices that rely on US-GPS alone. It is less accurate than the US-GPS system but now covers the world. GLONASS has better performance in dense urban areas.
Many smartphones sold in the Far East are Glonass ready. GARMIN has dual system receivers (see their web site) but activating GLONASS may require changing the Satellite System setting to GPS+GLONASS from the Setup System menu.
The standard-precision GLONASS signal offers horizontal positioning accuracy within 5–10 metres, vertical positioning within 15 metres (49 ft), a velocity vector measuring within 10 centimetres per second (3.9 in/s), and timing within 200 ns, all based on measurements from four first-generation satellites simultaneously - the minimum required by receivers.
The Chinese Beidou system - whose name translates as "Big Dipper" - the system is able to pinpoint locations to within 33 feet (10 m). The US' GPS system currently relies on 24 satellites, China aims to have 35 in the constellation by 2020.
There are restrictions on where Galileo satellites can go on the ground which is why they using French Guyana as a launch site even though using Russian rockets.
A custom ASUS computer we have been trialling has kept on loosing the COMCTL32.DLL file since we added some MS updates.
I had hoped Rev 43 would eliminate this problem but ... NO ... FF is still bitching it can't find COMCTL32.DLL!
Fibre Optic is easier to run than copper wire.
I have a summer 'cottage' near Dak Lake in DakLak Province, VietNam. For years I have run a string of TP-Link Access Points in a daisy-chain from the village on the main road where there are Fibre Optic feeds. The village is way out in the boon-docks and it is about 1,2 kilometres to my property.
The national telephone company was upgrading the main feed along the road and I asked the foreman what he could to improve my lot.
He left three spools of Fibre Optic 'drop cable' at the house and instructions how 'joints' (splices) were to be positioned. Some tech friends and I had a beer party and we managed to string the drop line - professionally mounted - and on the following Monday a VNPT squaddy came by and spliced the joints (they were housed in plastic conduit on the poles) and terminate the drop on to a Huawei modem which outputs 100 Mbit data, 200-channel TV and 2 telephones.
The drop line was extremely rugged, the mounts were plastic and secured with Tiewraps and a breeze to pull in.
If we could do it, what acceptable excuse is there for telco's, including BT, not to do it other than pig-obstinacy?
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