* Posts by Tempest

264 posts • joined 2 Sep 2010


Why can't passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?


Passport Photos Used For Facial Recognition? You Must Be Joking!

My employment causes even 'large' UK passports to be filled in under a year, until I discovered a method to remove rubber stamp ink, and I used to mess around with my facial images.

I've 'flipped' images horizontally, moved my eye pupils closer and further apart, changed the colour of my eyes, had 'droopy' eyelids, changed my nose profile - even a broken nose, but the Passport Office accepted them all, except one droopy eyelid that covered the iris. The latter was replaced by the identical image with a black (square) dot so the 'iris' could be seen. Facial hair changes are readily accepted by the P.O., as are hair colours.

I object to the UK Government transferring my image to all and sundry. Their ersatz passport offices - in actuality VFS Global - have a chequered security history with local employees who, in some locations, are obviously agents for the host government. I always send my applications straight to the P.O.

But why worry? After they have processed images in to two for the data pages, your image is a total distortion of you!

Now with my ink removal chemical, my present 'large' passport, I have had 63 visas affixed and I still have many pages to use.

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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Who Needs 5G In Brighton?

Most people have handsets that can't use 5G.

Why should the environment be blighted yet further that affects everyone for a few handset users? Britain already molly-coddles aerial software owners, especially those Tetra eyesores.

At least further 'G's will be long time coming.

Her Majesty opens UK Parliament with fantastic tales of gigabit-capable broadband for everyone


Another Tory Wet Dream

They've done little so far so why should Britain expect more?

Politicians ... fraud artists and liars.

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands


BANNING - Britain's Solution For Everything

These narrow-minded Parliamentary deadheads don't think.

In Britain, laws state that it is illegal to knock on a person's door (or ring their doorbell) and walk away; it is illegal to be drunk at a bar; all whales and sturgeon are the property of the Crown; all cars, until 1976, had to carry a bale of hay;if Londoners annoy anyone by flying a kite the penalty is 500 Pounds; it is illegal for Londoners to carry planks of wood across sidewalks; after 08.00H it it is illegal to shake any rug or mat outside; asking a person for change, under the Vagrancy Act, it is deemed 'begging'; under the Salmon Act it is illegal to handle a fish 'suspiciously'; it is illegal under a 1960 Act to dress as a soldier or sailor.

Other stupid laws state it is illegal to gamble or use obscene language in a library (remember Lady Chatterley's Lover); it is illegal to sing profane or obscene song ib Public; it is illegal for Parliamentarians to wear armour in the House; it is illegal to keep pigs outside your house without adequate fencing the penalty is One Thousand Pounds; it is illegal for a subject's (you) dog to mate with a Royal dog; it is illegal to eat any unmarked swan; for hanging washing out to dry above a street the penalty is One Thousand Pounds; it is illegal to be without footsocks within 100 yards of the Queen; it is treasonous to affix a stamp upside down; it is illegal to die in Parliament.

It's illegal to do many things in Britain, but as the Courts attest, people do them anyway. These numb-nuts think that laws will stop everything. NEWS! - they don't and will not. All these banning laws is inhibit innovation, innovation that is so needed these days.

UK ads watchdog bans Burger King Twitter jibe for condoning chucking milkshakes at politicians


What Happened To The British Bulldog?

Nearly 80 years ago millions gave their lives or suffered injuries for the cause of freedom.

What a waste - given the Nanny Regime that has insinuated itself in to British life and has resulted in almost every facet of life in Britain.

If you don't agree with a advertisement or display, simply don't buy their products.

A friend was in London a few weeks ago and was having a loud 'discussion' with someone who had short-changed my friend. Some character, in street clothes, flipped open his Plod I.D. and said they were breaching some law. My friend, who is university educated, addressed the alleged Plod using an extended vocabulary, expressing himself more vehemently.

Plod responded said he didn't understand what my friend said but Plod said he could be arrested based on his 'attitude'. I think this is what the Army called 'dumb insolence' when I served. My friend switched to Chinese and repeated his opinions, leaving Plod with a blank look on his face.

Seemingly any of the standards that were current but a few years ago have been swept away by the standards adopted by authorities.


US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else


Police in Cambodia (Kampuchea), Laos, Thailand And VietNam All Use Google Translate ...

when dealing with Foreigners.

In VietNam laptops have been issued for this purpose whilst the Cong An's (Plod) other business happily continues on ancient desktops running XP!

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images


Parking Control Systems - Real Privacy Collection Systems - Ideal For Extortionists

Late last month the condominium in which I reside decided to waste money installing a parking control system running VinaParking software.

Apart from the significant physical installations fails (a Harley wouldn't fit between the lane guides for motorcycles - my scooter has paniers than measure 1 metre across from one side to the other), the HD cameras fitted are very susceptible to IR and UV radiation. The cameras record rear number plate and a facial image of the driver.

The system collects a multitude of data points apart from the essentials including height of rider (against a visual scale), number of riders, etc. The collected information can be used by unscrupulous people as often car images on newer systems include number plates AND images of front seat passengers who should not be seen together such as in extra marital affairs.

I have long fitted IR & UV radiators to my motorcycle (as SaiGon has over 20,000 traffic cameras as well as a national highway plate reading system) to blind them since the traffic cops aren't able to identify the lamps. The cops are wise to reflective paint (Google 'reflective paint for license plates').

The cameras are 'blinded' on the parking system. EMP generators (search YouTube) are extremely effective for producing false readings, even 'killing' cheap card scanners, and simply dropping a helmet faceplate neutralises the facial capture system.

Most parking systems are set not to impede when a camera 'misread' occurs.

UK ISPs must block access to Nintendo Switch piracy sites, High Court rules


I think I've Heard A SImilar Story Before ...

something about a Dutch Boy, a finger and a dike.

Just another delusional judge.

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?


"sadly the chips have been soldered on, limiting upgradeability a little"

Solder presents no problems to the technical whiz kids in ShenZhen, why should they to techs in the West?

Huawei thanks Uncle Sam for returning its seized comms kit ... two years later, ya jerks


"there may ... be geopolitical or ethical considerations ... Government need to take into account"

Since when has the "Government" been found in the same sentence as "ethical considerations"?

Trump is a fine example, as have many UK Governments.

Just one in five UK constituencies receive 4G from all four mobile operators – research


Developing Countries Have Better Coverage Than The UK

VietNam has great coverage from Viettel - the system owned by the Interior Security Ministry (Ministry of Defence) - and supports 63 million subscribers!

I have a summer house in KonTum Province hard up against the Laos border and my 4G data rate is around 20 Mbytes (up to 1 gig in larger centres).The Viettel (only) 4G coverage map can be seen at https://www.nperf.com/en/map/VN/-/21932.Vinaphone/signal/. The cost is 300.000 Dong (USD$15) for 24GB of data, prepaid.

Where 4G is unavailable in the mountains and sparsely populated areas there is 3G automatic switchover. There are 4 cell systems offering 4G. 4G coverage covers the out islands of Phu Quoc through to Cat Ba in the North.

There's fraud, and then there's backdoor routers, fenced logins, malware, and bribing AT&T staff seven figures to unlock 2m phones


There are so many ...

websites that provide free unlock codes ... 'locked' cell handsets hardly warrant the name.

Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again


It's simple, avoid travel with a word ...

beginning with a letter 'B' such as British Airways or Boeing.

Flying B. A. used to be for Queen and Country, now it is for some squalid holding company that keeps Wee Willy Walsh in free, complimentary First Class travel.

Brit couch potatoes increasingly switching off telly boxes in favour of YouTube and Netflix

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As An International Travel Warrior ...

I have a handful of URLs that provide access to Canadian, UK and US radio and TV channels - many live. Several are sent decrypted which avoids the need for finding an acceptable credit card.

The Epic browser provides VPN access to several countries. Even works from China and Russia.

Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China


In IndoChina We Love Trump's Tariffs

The Blond Headed Dummy is working wonders for economies in IndoChina.

With every increase in the idiots Tariffs on Chinese products, more plants are built in Laos, Kampuchea (Cambodia) and Thailand where re-labeling is the main 'production' activity.

Recently, a dummy company located in VietNam was shuttered when it was re-labeling Chinese made products as being "Made In VietNam'.

Additionally, exports to our region, from China, are being discounted more in order to keep Chinese workers employed.

Thank you Trump - for screwing Americans again.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Who, in the Western Hemisphere, Actually Cares About "Cosmic Rays" ...

other than the military and chip manufacturers?

Carriers were also guilty of ignoring the effects of "Cosmic Rays", to my knowledge Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) was the first carrier to subject crew route assignments to limitations imposed by "Cosmic Rays" in flights headed over the pole.

And America is the greatest? I think not.

Apple loses FaceTime patent appeal again. And again. And again. And again. And again... yes, it's the fifth time


Apple Is Guilty Of Plagiarism From The Get-Go

Anyone old enough to remember the print adverts in technical magazines from decades ago might remember there were three 'Apples' in the States.

Apple purloined it's logo from a competitor, as well as the name. Just as with the Xerox Park mouse and other things stolen by Jobs.

Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS


Next, the orange-haired Republican orangutan named Drumph ...

will be jumping up and down, as orangutans are apt to do, screaming that people of Mexican heritage are stealing American industries wealth.

Just imagine if a judge of Mexican heritage os assigned the case!

Telstra hauls in Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper to explain TITSUPs


Problems with CISCO and Juniper? Should have bought the best - HuaWei! - GCHQ approved!

Blame Obama - he went around the world bad-mouthing Chinese products and the Australians fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Meanwhile, back in Blighty, HuaWei sets up a GCHQ monitored lab and everything is fine. Except the 5 Eyes group have to crack yet another piece of hardware.

Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out


Economic USB Cable Testers

I was in ShangHai last month and I picked up a USB-C cable test set.

It comprises a SD chip for the software and a loop-around terminator, with LEDs, and a battery powered terminator.

The LED and battery units, as a pair, can verify there are no shorts between pins/cables. The Battery terminator is removed, the software is loaded/run and the screen shows the illuminated LED response to be expected. USD$5.50.

The decent quality USB-C cables, depending on termination types are USD$4.90-5.30.

Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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Firstly - the UN WGAD has not authority or jurisdiction over the UK. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG

Oh, is that what you think?

The United Kingdom was a founding member of the UN, and sits on the Council and agreed, by treaty, to honour various matters determined by the UN. This means the UK has agreed to comply to allow certain matters over-rule certain UK decisions.

But your argument fails because the UK used UN resolutions to invade Iraq and various other things.

Reminds me of cake and eating it.

Bill for half a billion quid lands on Apple's desk in Facetime patent scrap


When will Apple learn what is meant by the term ...

Open Software?

They stole the name Apple, they stole their logo and Jobs stole the mouse. A corporate criminal enterprise that got caught, again.

Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty


Diplomatic representation is by Treaty ...

which is why the USA allowed the Japanese diplomats to sail back home after Pearl Harbour - another, earlier, demonstration of US incompetency.


Assange and Snowden have more guts than most. Period.

Both the USA and Britain have no moral grounds to stand on - the USA promoting torture and casting aside international law and invading countries whilst Britain, trying to demonstrate it's 'prowess', follows along sniffing the USA's nether quarters.

Britain and the USA have breached international agreements and treaties with their governments playing the Three Monkeys Game. They have broken the trust that is supposed to exist between the voters and the voted. They spy on the population as if we are terrorists, or whatever. They strip us of our privacy and the mentally-challenged May thinks it is fine and gives them billions of Pounds to GCHQ and the MI mob to carry on.

The employees of these agencies have been at it so long they wouldn't recognise a moral if it hit them in the face.

But Snowden, regardless of his personal safety and freedom, knee-capped the US government that had few coherent justifications for it's activities. That past-retirement Clapper lied, in Congress and on TV, asserting the US government didn't do mass communications tapping. Not once but twice or more - outright lies which he maintained even though he was offered opportunities to retract ot 'correct the record'.

And Assange is equally as committed to honesty in government by allegedly exposing the lies protected by secrecy. If these lies were supportable by fact, things might be different. The charges being sought by Sweden have, at different times, been renounced by the women involved. How many Register readers have struck it 'lucky' only to have their sexual partner express regrets?

And who knows of the underhanded US government agencies didn't set him up like they have with so many including Martin Luther King. The FBI is an expert in framing people, look at their laughable record of security and the staged 'terrorism' events that serve only to increase the myth of the FBI.

There is no defence for what the UK and the USA have done and are doing. I am sure Her Majesty wouldn't condone the castration of Kenyan POWs in Her name.

What Assange is offering takes bravery - given that he is essentially at the mercy of these governments ... and Sweden. How many of you envy his position?

How a power blip briefly broke GitHub's boxes and tripped it offline


What? No UPS?

Who runs a data centre these days without some form of UPS?

Sounds like a cheap operation.

One benefit of living in a country which has unscheduled power outages, is that protection is the norm. My home standby generator runs on gas - the stuff that is leaking all over California - not petroleum. I also use battery power storage - charged by FREE solar.

Scottish MP calls for drone-busting eagles



There is no question of ethics - it's a question of aerial engagement.

The whole idea is to prevent theft - so all is fair.

Maybe flash/bangs used on robotic devices could prove effective, too. I was hit by the casing of such a flash/bang on a robotic military device during development (used to ignite an explosive charge) and it hurt like hell.


Now we have an opportunity to redeploy Stun Guns or use Stainless Steel rotors

The video revealed (1) Where the bird grabbed the drone; (2) The bird conflicted with the rotors.

A pair of wires attached to a high-voltage generator and attached around the periphery of the drone's body might focus the bird on himself and not the drone.

Using razor-sharp edges on the rotors would enhance the likelihood of long term inability to catch drones by cutting a bird's tendons or damaging it's feet. How many of these birds would they be prepared to lose given their initial cost as well as that of training?

Perhaps the chopped feet could be sold to Chinese restaurants and enable them to offer chicken, duck AND eagle feet for dim sum.

This video was staged with optimum advantage for the bird given that the drone was travelling slowly and on an even keel. They must employ the type of photographer that makes the F35 look good.

Pentagon can't check F-35 maintenance thanks to insecure database


And the US is the world's leading tech nation?

Dream on.

They're alive! Galileo sats 9 and 10 sending valid signals


Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system is subject to US control - or a bomb

"According to a leaked US Air Force document written in 2004 August and obtained by The Business, Peter Teets, under-secretary of the US Air Force wrote: "What will we do 10 years from now when American lives are put at risk because an adversary chooses to leverage the global positioning system of perhaps the Galileo constellation to attack American forces with precision?"

"The paper also reported a disagreement between EU and US officials this month over Galileo at a London conference which led to the threat to blow up the future satellites.

"The European delegates reportedly said they would not turn off or jam signals from their satellites, even if they were used in a war with the United States.

"They made it clear that they would attempt what they called reversible action, but, if necessary, they would use irreversible action," the official was quoted as saying. (AFP. 2004 October 24)


Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal


Who trusts governments? Even more so, who trusts the US government?

The US government has got to be the least trustworthy government, neck and neck with the UK.

Start filling information requests up with garbage, at least that will slow them down.

Far better they have a human data request filter to make sure they at least seem to obey the rules.

Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms


A Cat has NINE Lives but Mad May ...

of Hurst, Berkshire, has NINETYNINE!

When will this odious woman, touted as post-Cameron material, be booted. She obviously can't be someone's love interest with a face like that, so what gives?

'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'


What's wrong with TETRA?

There are numerous reasons why TETRA should be replaced. SDR is one good reason.

With SDR (Software-Defined Radio) has most of the answers to TETRA'd deficiencies. In fact there are several InterNet SDR systems running circles around TETRA UK providing full decryption of Plod radio in the UK.

The ability of SDR's software emulating hardware components such as mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc. can be achieved with an embedded system. SDR systems are today based on an internationally endorsed open Software Communications Architecture (SCA). This standard uses CORBA on POSIX operating systems to coordinate various software modules.

The P25 Program in the USA high-tech digital radios used by the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security were designed so poorly that they can be jammed by a $30 children's toy GirlTech IMME, Mattel's pink instant-messaging device with a miniature keyboard that was marketed to pre-teen girls!

A P25 Digital sells for USD$3,295! Read: <https://gcn.com/articles/2011/08/11/p25-radios-eavesdropping-jamming.aspx> for full details. The Texas Instrument CC1110 sub-GHz RF chip is the key to this pursuit!

Motorola (aka Airwave) produces these P25 Digital USD$3,295 Edsels!

(Amateur and home use, see: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software-defined_radio>)

HSBC online banking outage: Moneymen are 'still under attack'


Remember, every voice call is more grist for their voice analysis computer

All calls to HSBC are 'recorded', the term HSBC adopts for voice analysis.

A background paper said: "The smart phone would capture the customer’s spoken words and transmits it to the bank for authorisation. The sent words would then be compared with his voice in the database, if it matches, he would be authorised. If not, he would be denied access and asked to try again."

To circumvent this blatant invasion of privacy you can (1) Have a 'talk' playing loudly where you make your call; (2) Use cotton wool padding in your cheeks; (3) Remove your false teeth; (4) Alter your voice electronically. All are intended to change audio spectrum of your voice.

They will not/cannot disable the feature on request. The voice database is accessible to police, et al.

CANNIBAL! Apple's 7.85in iPad will EAT 9.7in iPad sales


Just Apple PR keeping the name in the Press

I guess they can't make it a 7 incher otherwise it would prove Jobs was wrong.

The question is whether even iPhans would get sucked into paying the premium for a product that is similar to a $200 pad from the rest.

'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5


Question: Will Jelly Bean handle Quad Core hardware?

At a recent release of an Android smartphone, tech writers questioned the absence of a Quad processor.

Therefore, the question. Will Jelly Bean be up to it?

Google settles with DoJ over flight data buy


The airlines had problems with reservation system veracity

One thing you forgot to highlight was the fact that airlines trusted the reservation accounting systems: that is until they found out that they were being charged too much.


The reservation systems earn their money when a seat is sold - but they charged/debited the airlines when an inquiry was submitted and held pending customer acceptance. What is supposed to happen was when a 'held' booking was cancelled as a result of a no-sale or confirmation period time-out.


The airlines then installed software and all hell broke loose as they had the proof the reservation systems were overcharging them, which is more properly called fraud. Smaller airlines opted for the weakest link in the deal - the travel agent - billing them for charge-backs rather than going after the thieves in the mess.


Then travel agents got suspicious of res systems and found they were not being credited with all the seats they sold. Travel agents get bonus payments for large bookings with a reservation system. In fact there was a court case, brought by Galileo against a travel agent in Toronto, Canada, which was withdrawn after the reservation system realised they would be vulnerable to questions around their accounting accuracy. (There is no record of this action as it was heard in secret)


I agree with you that the presence of Google will improve things for the travelling public who, at this time, are being nickle and dimed to death by airlines imposing their usurious fees (started by American) which has now led to ridiculous baggage limits which offer the carriers to collect yet more fees for bags they once carried free.

BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption


What concerns me most about this matter is BA's hiring practices? Don't they do background checks?

BA, like all major entities, owe it to their customers to do through background checks on employees that can exploit vulnerabilities in corporate entities.

Abother reason to avoid flying BA>

Steve Jobs must face the music in court


Jobs extensive corporate knowledge could be risky

You made a good point.

Questioning people at the top of the structure means they have so many things to be wary of ranging from corporate duties, shareholder interest, etc.

Questioning a person lower down the corporate ladder allows companies wriggle room if malfeasance is exposed.

No doubt Apple lawyers will be filing objections by the ton so they can respond in writing, after careful deliberation.

US gov opposes Microsoft in i4i patent spat


It's none too often the U.S. Government tries to assist non-U.S. companies.

I checked my Lexis-Nexis and you are right.

There are extremely few legal matters where the U.S. has worked against it's own in this type of civil matter. The only other area in which they do this with any frequency is the airline pricing conspiracy cases.

Since there is to be new patent legislation I would have thought the government objections could have been covered by new rules.

More cocaine found at Kennedy Space Center


You mentioned Christa McAuliffe - such a loss to her children and the school

Christa McAuliffe was selected as the primary candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space Project assigned as a 'liaison' for school children, and killed on 1986 January 28 on board the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

A tragic loss especially for her two children, Scott and Caroline, who were nine and six when Christa died.

Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo


Reject Lego pieces or Ikea furniture?

Whatever it is supposed to represent, it sure isn't warm and cuddly with all those square corners.

Google wires up for wireless payments


Different countries different rules.

Here in Cambodia there's a monthly fee, VietNam and Canada too.

Different classes of users have different fees - travel agents get theirs free through the reservation systems.

Mole points to April iOS 5.0 outing


I'm clipping this post ...

there are so many countries without daylight saving o it, far more than I realised.

China is really screwed up. Too bright in the morning in ShangHai whilst those poor stiffs living in Yunnan out West have to stagger around in the dark for a couple of hours just so they can all get to use BeiJing time.

iPad 2: Apple forced to make carrier concessions


SIMS are too high priced

In Cambodia I only pay about a USD$1 for a SIM, the very same type as you pay CAD$50 for.

There should be a law ....

iPhone lead in ad revenue generation slipping away


Both these OS are ...

or nearly are EXTINCT, as in dead!


Neat idea ... I'm coming from Mongolia, too

Like your airport idea!

Always get bothered by touts in Phonm Penh and Siem Reap so I want want a ride to Nowhere, too!

Republicans believe in 'climate change' but not 'global warming'


ICANN doesn't list .GOD

Who is the Registrar for this domain?

MS smartphone share falls despite WinPho 7


@Fandom: No Verizon as no phones

Verizon didn't get to peddle the CDMA Version 4 until the subsequent quarter which has yet to be calculated.

Coming soon!


Iphone 4 sales say more about the buyer

The iPhone 4/Lemon 4 has been declared by reputable organisations to be defective/less than effective.

It's like saying the Edsel was a great car.

Anyone who buys duds says more about themselves than a defective product.

BBC accused of coming out for porn opt-in?


Only the BBC would bring us an idiot like ...

Stephen Fry who knows diddly squat about technology and so many other things.

Who else would hire him?



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