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Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

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Here's a Great Opportunity (for HuaWei) to Bring Jobs To America

HuaWei should use an American proxy and supply redesigned products, to conceal their origins, then use automation for assembly, then sold in the USA.

Without a doubt this is another example of the USA bending the international trade rules of which it has an historical record (ask Canada). With the idiot president they have it might be also tinged with racism.

If HuaWei products are vetted by GCHQ, and GCHQ was sharp enough to spot Trumps Russian contacts before the USA, it must be sufficient to accept that HuaWei products are clean. Of course, it could be the NSA can't re-engineer them to allow them to be tapped by the USA.

BTW, check your 'American' products to see how many have been made overseas.

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Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

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I Used to Support Wikileaks Until . . .

it's stupidity with US election meddling.

One thing more stupid is the money squandered by the UK Government on 'guarding' the Embassy of Ecuador.

But that's Tories for you.

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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The US Government Is Racist and Untrustworthy

The US Government does't like level playing fields and it doesn't even honour international agreements and treaties. Canadians know, they have been screwed over royally by the US when it comes to softwood lumber (think 2x4 construction wood) and wooden roofing tiles (that can last 50-70 years).

Canada appealed unilateral US decisions and won. The US simply ignored the WTO rulings.

Take Iran - everyone signed an international agreement - the an orange haired orangutan becomes president and he repudiates these agreements.

The US can't survive without Chinese money and China can't prosper without the US market.

Of the two options - my data being stolen by the GCHQ and NSA OR China, I would go for China every time.

Here in VietNam we can buy Chinese electronic products at a FRACTION of what you pay in the West. And remember, American companies are already ripping off UK consumers by simply converting US prices by substituting the $ symbol with the £ symbol (check Apple prices).

The US is a fading world power and, like stars at the end of their lives, is making a lot of noise before it sinks in to oblivion.

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Re: FŬCK HUAWEI & CHINA!

Obviously you can't accept that US companies also plundered Nortel IP - much of which was financed by grants financed by the Canadian taxpayer, through the Canadian government.

And much of the Western IP China has / uses is supplied by greedy Western companies wanting to make maximum bucks from Chinese sweat labour.

The Chinese has great home-grown engineers, they don't really need the US except as a market.

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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RAF Northolt: A Very Interesting Airport That The UK Government Likes To Keep Quiet About

RAF Northolt, close to Heathrow International Airport, is a very special airport with very special customers. It is home to the Queen's Flight (aka No. 32 Royal Squadron) - used by the Royal Family. The Prime Minister and other UK Government poo-bahs also can be seen there.

The US Embassy staff use it, as did the CIA for rendition flights.

Another client is the Metropolitan Police who keep part of their fleet of fixed-wing aircraft and AgustaWestland AW109 lightweight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopters, fitted with StingRay IMSI-catcher receivers, there. Netjets is based there - they carry movie stars and others with money to burn.

Tucked away on the northern border, on the western end, are the RAF classified surveillance, communications intelligence electromagnetic~electronic Intelligence aircraft. The Mail on Sunday said the RAF aircraft were Britten-Norman Islander - popular as they are great for use over London - day and night - with their very low stall speeds. The London Plod Islanders have very distinctive camera

surveillance turrets located under the main spar (attaches the wings) which is used for ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition),

If any readers go to Northolt, be aware that Link Integrated Security Systems of Chesterfield have supplied a high-tech perimeter security system manufactured by ObjectVideo of Reston, Virginia, USA.

Metro Plod also has facilities at Farnborough where they go by the name "Aero Lease UK" as well as "Nor Leasing" operating out of a Mail Boxes Etc store. The aircraft that overfly the motorways are based here - and cover motorways as far as way as Scotland.

Must be nice to have a limitless budget . . . funded by UK taxpayers.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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The Result of Government Accepting Payoffs (Donations) From Pilot Associations

British pilots, and their unions, have been vociferous opponents to anyone but anyone sharing 'their' airspace.

Most all of the pilot complaints have been anecdotal reports of 'drones' flying at heights when pilots simply do not have the facilities, or time, to properly identify something they are passing at hundreds of miles per hour.

Furthermore, the country with a far higher aircraft-to-drone ratio than the UK has far fewer sightings as their pilots don't lie. Sure, there was recently a drone / helicopter collision reported recently where the drone 'dented' one of the elements of the rotors but the helicopter carried on and landed safely.

My employer develops drones for military purposes - dropping nasty things on opponents - and we have flown drones into windmills used to generate power, propellers attached to engines fixed to runway concrete and even in a wind tunnel. On no occasion have the objects our drones were in collision with caused disabling damage.

The airflow over the skin of an aircraft is smoothly handled to minimise perturbations in the air and since drones share the same air, they are carried over, or under, the aircraft. I have seen no reports of any tests actually firing a drone in to a jet engine.

The British government is relying on a 'bent' experiment, that had pilot union participation. that cannot in any way shape or form be described as scientific.

Why do the commercial aircraft operators have so many interactions with Unidentified Flying Objects, and the military, who zoom across the otherwise quiet Shires of the Home Counties disturbing cows and dozing senior citizens, do not have reports?

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: Hard wired sensors and cellular transmitter all with back up batteries

Never heard of a cell jammer?

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Guess Most of the Features are Covered by ...

HAVEN, recently released by Freedom of the Press Foundation and its president, famed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, might be a low-cost answer.

Personally, I don't think Google and it's sub-companies, are to be trusted with any data you want to be kept private, including absences from your place of residence.

Most systems have a large hole in their strategies - communication security. Wires can be cut and cell frequencies jammed. Then there is the Crying Wolf problem - false alarms caused deliberately by prospective robbers.

Hard to beat a large, ugly, dog with a bad attitude towards humans.

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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Re: Other Options.......

It is easier to run fibre optic than two conductor overhead cable.

I ran fibre from a roadside access point to my summer hideaway is less than a day for a total run of about 1.8 kilometres.

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Why is it Large and Small Western Countries Have Such SLOOOW InterNet?

China has country-wide fibre optic communications network and residential service of upto 100 Mbytes; South Korea also has country-wide fibre optic comms with residential service upto 1000 Mbytes. 'Developing' VietNam boasts several northern border to southern coast multi-terrabyte back-bones (owned by competing domestic carriers) with upto 100 Mbyte residential service.

The light levels in Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon have increased city-wide as tons of overhead copper drops have been replaced by underground fibre optic cables.

Yet in the Western sphere, the the LARGE USA has huge swathes of real estate that have NO terrestrial landline communications and one of the countries (Britain) with the SMALLER land masses in Europe has data-free areas.

Britain, in promising "at least 10Mbps" by 2020, demonstrates how the government and a larger communications company has failed and neglected the countries needs.

Britain has it made. Fibre optic cables can be run along railway rights-of-way or inder-sea cabling - no digging needed.

There is absolutely no excuse for this. They are damaging the country's economy, and reducing the country's technical potential.

Little wonder the cream of the UK's talent is pulling up stakes and moving overseas.

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You too can fool AI facial recognition systems by wearing glasses

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Enhance the effect by adding IR LEDs!

A friend in Toronto, who specialises in custom optical frames, something the Brits call 'bespoke', for customers with vanity concerns, those who require specialist frames to accommodate medical or deformity needs and the film industry.

He took an eyeglass frame similar to the heavy frame in the article and he inserted very small Infra-Red LEDs in the Frame front (front part of the eyeglass frame that holds the lenses in place and bridges the top of the nose), eye wires (rims) (plastic parts of the frame front into which the lenses are inserted), the bridge (The area between the lenses that goes over the nose and supports 90 percent of the weight of the eyeglasses).

He cut a hinge in two (Part of the frame that connects the frame front to the temples) through which he fed power to the LEDs from a Temple (part of the frame that extend over and/or behind the ears to hold the frame in place) and an End Pieces (extensions of the frame front to which the temples are attached).

Since he had done similar jobs for films, the work was hardly a challenge. He made a few pairs for me and it only cost about $200 labour.

When pictures are taken with an 'electronic' camera, the effect is quite stunning and actually cause the lens and eyes to appear dark. However with a film camera this effect disappears, or rather is not recorded.

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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Britain's Answer: BANNED. Personally I Think the Pilots Are Lieing (aka Alternative Truth)

It seems British pilots possess visual acuity above international standards - if they are to be believed. NOT!

It seems the preponderance of 'near misses' emanate from British pilots flying over Britain. a country with a paucity of flights compared with the USA.

There was, allegedly, 100 feet of separation, and at the speed suggested by another poster of 200 knots. Someone more clever than I can figure out the amount of time the DeHavilland crew could have to capture the image with their eyes, focus, and then identify the drone model. I am disappointed this liar didn't report a serial number, too.

Given that a drone flies significantly slower than a commercial jet, the reports use of the expression "The board agreed that the drone had been "flown into conflict" with the DHC-8" demonstrates bias - the DHC-8 actually flew in to 'conflict' with the drone as demonstrated by the fact the DHC-8 approached the drone from the rear and overtook it.

One day they will do some actual tests to determine what damage a drone collision might cause. It the mean time the whole thing is guess work . . . and meaningless.

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Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

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Tesla Has a Battery to Prevent This!

Tesla has a battery system to prevent this.

Back in the day I worked on a navigation system transmitter site.

We had duplicate mains feeds from different segments of the grid, a massive bank of batteries and a ONE-CYLINDER ENGINED GENERATOR. We technicians religiously maintained the back-up system, carefully checking each individual 2 volt glass-walled cell, recording the battery electrolyte levels, internal resistance (annually), etc.

Once a week the station engineer would, without prior warning, disconnect the grid power to test the reserve power system. It never failed.

I would put money on this incident that regular maintenance was not performed.

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US authorities issue strongly worded warnings about crypto-investments

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Ha Noi Warned Vietnamese Investors Early This Year

The State Bank of VietNam has some smart cookies in it's Ha Noi offices.

Ar first it advised extreme caution for anyone contemplating any kind of involvement in such investments.

Then the computer retail builders started promoting computers customised for Bitcoin mining. The State Bank (similar to the Bank of England) tested a few of the machines and determined that significant percentages of 'found' Bitcoins were being skimmed off and transferred to distant accounts for the benefit of the software writers.

The State Bank then banned Bitmining in VietNam.

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Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

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Arriving late has some advantages: it means being able to skip older, slower . . .

generations of networking gear. VietNam, Cambodia/Kampuchea' Laos and many other developing countries have leapt ahead of many countries in the West.

Here in VN we have over 90% of 4G coverage of land mass - any vertical pole, or tree, often sports a new profile as the seven national carriers happily extend coverage to the deepest valleys or smallest hamlets (a few houses) and some remote islands by adding small boxes of electronics and discrete antennae.

Farmers can get the latest markets quotes, members of 56 disparate ethnic groups dispersed all over the country can keep in touch with their kindred spirits. Bring it on.

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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

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The American Government Might Be Run By The Biggest Idiot Of All Time But . . .

it is hard to beat it's historic generosity to man (and woman) kind in all the benefits we have derived from President John Kennedy's decision back in the day.

From Teflon to eye-popping pictures from Hubbel , adjustable smoke detectors, artificial limbs, baby formula, cell-handset cameras, computer mouse (stolen by Jobs), cordless tools, ear thermometer, firefighting equipment, instant dried food (far better than Army field rations of past years), invisible braces, transformational distance communications, foams and glues, MRI and CAT scanners, boot insoles, skiing boots, solar devices, UV-blocking visual aids, water recycling and purification filters. (I am sure there are more on Google)

And a Thank You to American Taxpayers who made it all possible.

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The sun rose, you woke up, and Qualcomm sued Apple three times

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Apple - The Long-Time IP Thief

The bug-eaten Apple logo as well as the name Apple were purloined way back in the day.

For those who remember the days of Wireless World, and it's competing electronics magazines, there used to to be three third of a page, full page-width advertisements advertising computers - all called Apple - manufactured by three companies.

Two folded, Apple nearly did, but post survival it pinched the buggy apple logo.

Apple was partially financed by 'Blueboxes', tone generating devices that simulated inter-exchange (inter-switch) MF, which they sold to gather funds. Steve Wozniak has admitted this.

So all Apple is doing is what it has often done in the past - plagiarizing others IP.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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This is a Political Statement . . .

on Trump's claimed attributes - along with small fingers - as mentioned Vanity Fair.

See: > https://www.vox.com/2016/3/2/11148356/donald-trump-short-fingers-small-hands-vulgarian <

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Car Tax? Oh, Yes, I Remember That . . . Many Moons Ago

Living in a country where the only tax due is one registers a new vehicle, the UK system seems so quaint.

The only other charges here are toll roads and bridges - but only for vehicles other than motorcycles - which are free. The road toll for a bus is GBP2.67 for 80 kilometres.

Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon has, however, been installing a 10,000+ camera system to implement road charging, but also free for motorcycles - which only have one plate, and the results of the massive system are available on-line now.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Singapore and USA?

It's Head Office:

Bkav Corporation

2nd Floor, Bkav Building

Yen Hoa New Town, Cau Giay Dist.

Ha Noi, 122000

VietNam

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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London, belatedly, follows . . .

Paris, which has Sewer InterNet since before 2006.

Could it be because of the Fat Burgers in the London sewers?

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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This means that . . .

The Independent newspaper can now update the article in it's 'Tech' section headed TESLA CRASH: DRIVER KILLED IN FIRST FATAL CRASH INVOLVING AUTOPILOT MODE which has occupied a prominent position since 1 July 2016!

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

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It is a Pity that some of the People Posting Have Never Been To VietNam

1. The use of ANY currency other than the DONG for transactions within VN is ILLEGAL;

2. Virtual currencies have been used to defraud people here;

3. Any country without control of it's own currency cannot plan it's own economy. Cambodia has Rial AND the Dollar and the result is Cambodia cannot control inflation, etc;

4. Only electricity and drugs have government controlled prices;

5. The lowest denomination coin /note is D200 which is 0.006GBP (or 1 Penny gets you 30 Dong). This demonstrates the total impracticability of Bitcoin;

6. Major Foreign currencies can be purchased at banks and jewellery stores;

7. VietNam is a Socialist country - like Denmark. The difference between China and VietNam is stark - China really, really knows how to keep the population under control;

8. We can see anything on the InterNet, unlike the UK, except for a few crazy web sites in California and Texas who slander the government;

9. We have country-wide 4G and 100 Mbyte InterNet is common - even in the boondocks;

10. Traffic Police must not hide when performing their duties such as radar speed checking, etc;

11. We even have Amateur radio enthusiasts as well as over 120-million cell handsets (and 90-million citizens);

12 Foreigners enjoy most of the benefits in the Civil Code of Practice.

Come and visit and get a surprise!

P.S. I was born, and lived, in the UK.

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Re: What is it with (mostly) single party states and crimps on cryptocurrency?

As someone who lives in VietNam, I should explain the LAW states that ONLY VN DONG may be used for transactions in VietNam.

This applies to ALL transactions, regardless of the total transaction value.

Try spending a Pound in the USA or even a Euro. Nor strange after all and nothing to do with politics.

I would also point out there are NO [goods (at the very least for key commodities) are fixed] other than electricity and certain drugs. Petrol / gas is at world prices and adjusted as required - often two or three times a month.

Drugs are bought WHOLESALE on the international market and distributed through government pharmacies to poor people. Wealthier people buy their drugs from retail pharmacies BUT the prices have fixed percentile profit mark-ups.

I am apolitical but please understand VN is a SOCIALIST country, like Denmark, except for the National Party. If you ever travel here you will see that the whole country is VERY MUCH a CAPITALIST economy.

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Re: Please enlighten me. STAMP OUT PAPER MONEY?

THAT will never happen in VN!

We have coins but Vietnamese HATE them with a vengeance. I carry coins and when I offer to pay for parking in coins they usually refuse to accept it. FREE PARKING!

Unfortunately my daughter started saving for her university at a young age and collected every coin she could lay her hands on and put them in a large wooden box.

The problem is that banks expect coins to be deposited wrapped in coin wrappers. Solved that problem - I pay my condominium fees in coins! Easy for me to count - I weigh them.

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The Main Reason Are The Crooked Promoters In VN

Bitcoins have been foisted on the public for several years.

They promote data mining as a get rich quick system and this is one of the reasons to protect gullible 'investors'.

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Just Another Way For Government To Waste Money

As an employee of a company manufacturing military equipment for non-aligned governments (but sold through government>government deals) all these things are simply defeated.

Switch the operating frequencies to those frequency bands assigned to military uses - no one ever monitors these frequencies and ERPs are unregulated and Aeroscope, and all the others which employ WiFi band jammers, will be out of business.

Undoubtedly Aeroscope will follow all of it's predecessors in to the scrapyard of failed projects.

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Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on UK.gov email accounts

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They were only hacked because the systems admins . . .

were incompetent at their job.

The same with the US military, they are never to blame when the Russians, Chinese, Norks or the 400 pound kid sitting in his East Cheam bedsit. They never admit it was a weakness on their part.

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Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

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Banned in Britain

Britain is ruled by Nannies!

What business is it of the CAA, an agency that has a pro-air industry bias, just what the hell is sold? Whether a flight, lawful or otherwise, results in a commercial transaction doesn't affect safety. So what is their nose doing in that part of the business?

It is unlikely the train was in any form of danger, irrespective of the legality of the flight, given the size ratio and the fact the train is of sturdy construction.

Next time the UAV operator will know to obfuscate any connection between a flight and the sale of some of product.

It's not as if Plod doesn't have real crimes to solve - but low hanging fruit is the easiest way to bolster their reputation.

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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Another Winner Judge For The Orange Dotard

If the Orange Idiot was unhappy with the 'Mexican' judge, this judge, a woman to boot, should really wind him up.

It's good to see some countries have stand-up judges, rather than settling cases down at 'the club' somewhere in 'the city'.

There must be a moral in this somewhere, something about showing respect for one of the three legs of the US Government.

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Name One Reason Why The NSA, US Government or The WSJ (Murdoch) Should Be . . .

believed? The whole bunch are totally untrustworthy. Even the Orange Dotard in the White House gave away Israeli intelligence to the Russians.

The Wall Street Journal, of all newspapers, is the least trustworthy and simply spreads propaganda that suits that senile Murdoch.

If the USA is too cheap to employ it's own security employees, rather than using commercial entities, it has only itself to blame.

Kaspersky Lab has previously done excellent malware research and published it's findings widely. Why, all of a sudden, should Kaspersky do things that could damage it's reputation?

This is just another attempt by the US government to bring business back to the USA rather than having foreign entities make profits.

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Well Done, Google, From The Large Unilingual Traveller Road Warriors Gang

In VietNam almost every cab / taxi has a dash-mounted Android device that translates between English and Tieng Viet. Without the Google translation facility life would be much harder.

Now I will buy a Chinese smartphone with Android N software when the Babel earbuds go on sale.

Thank you, Google. (But I still use DuckDuckGo)

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: There are some details on Internet in North Korea

As a periodic Foreign Guest Worker in the DPRK I work in 'high tech' areas.

The 'internal' InterNet is just for lower class people who are wealthy enough to own computers. There are no external links. Guaranteed.

The 'external' access to the InterNet as we know it is tightly controlled, slow and seemingly monitored by live bodies rather than just computers. There are computers in the facilities where I work which have external InterNet connection but access is controlled by the head of the facility and a 'political officer' along with many locks and keys.

Long-time FGW (Foreign Guest Workers) have dual SIM cell handsets that allow connection to either the internal cell network or to the Foreign Tourist network that permits international calls as well as calls to other Foreigners in the country. Areas close to the Chinese border (defined by a river) can get illegal but spotty access to Chinese networks (using Chinese SIMs).

A few FGW have skysat telephone units which have been inveigled in and are used extremely discretely! The customs guys look for the distinctive antennae which, fortunately, can be removed.

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Russian suspected of $4bn Bitcoin laundering op to be extradited to US

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Greek Justice Is For Sale and the Greeks Hate The Yanks

A stupid adult daughter of my Greek friend, along with her two junior school children was arrested for smuggling some white powder drugs in to Greece from Turkey. She was tossed in to pre-trial jail near Agia Paraskevi (Greek: Αγία Παρασκευή) (Athens),

The inmates seem to be OK there, she had her cell handset with her (legally), and the food was decent and visiting hours long.

The father, my friend, hired a lawyer and after four months wait she was hustled in to court and the charge dismissed on a technicality! Turns out the four months was needed to get a USD$10,000 + bribe agreed upon between the defence attorney and the judge (using his clerk).

Presumably Alexander Vinnik didn't have a connected lawyer or a financially stressed judge!

There is certainly no love lost between large sections of the ruling classes after Andreas Georgios Papandreou and the Konstantinos Karamanlis (an anti-American government) and later PASOK.

This feeling was exacerbated when cell handsets were found to be tapped (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_wiretapping_case_2004%E2%80%9305)(https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/06/greek_wiretappi_1.html) including those of the Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and members of his family, the Mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyannis, most phones of the top officers at the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Public Order, members of the ruling party, ranking members of the opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement party (PASOK), the Hellenic Navy General Staff, the previous Minister of Defense and one phone of a locally hired Greek American employee of the American Embassy. Phones of Athens-based Arab businessmen were also tapped.

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

THIS IS wholly in-line with the Orange Dotards policy of detente with Putin.

After all, The Dotard famously gave Israeli spy information to the Russian ambassador in THE OVAL OFFICE. And his erstwhile National Security Director FLYNN was busy visiting Russia as well as making calls.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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I Thought MAY Was Technically Ignorant But ...

this RUDD woman makes MAY look like a PHD.

Dumb and dumber.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Dangerous Cyclists Should Avoid Kapuskasing, Ontario (Canada)

The police chief in Kap - over 40 years ago - charged idiot cyclists with automotive type charges even if they were too young to have a driving licence.

They held the points on the computer and when the offender gained a driving licence, the demerit points would be shown on the record!

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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Britain,

a free country?

I think not.

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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Why is Openreach like a Duck?

Because it is tight, like a duck's a*se which is watertight.

The size of a fibre cable is SMALLER than a 2-pair telephone cable and can be fished through conduits even PLOUGHED IN under gardens. There is the option of using an air powered 'torpedo' which avoids disturbing the gardens. The ONLY RESTRICTION is that bends cannot be as tight as a 2-pair cable.

Terminating subscriber fibre drops is a breeze and putting the modem on a sub's premises is more reliable, secure and Openreach gets free power.

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

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All you need is . . .

to load up Telegram (www.Telegram.com) and you can chat away for free, send messages whilst knowing your comms are completely secure from GCHQ and the NSA.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: "to defend against this"

Most of these jammers transmit a 30° cone pattern to jam the control and GPS navigation frequencies. The control frequencies are all commercial drone licensed telemetry bands.

Obviously, using alternative frequencies will defeat these latest military toys. Sad!

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Re: Assuming it was armed...

with operators like this one > https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=36CTDiJjQ8I < who needs drone defences?

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These Wondrous 'Solutions' Often Depend on Radio Frequency Jamming, which is . . .

kind of dumb as they all presuppose that 'rogue' drone manufacturers comply with international frequency plans! Sad!

The company I work for manufactures equipment for the non-aligned military market and our devices are designed for land, sea and air.

Recently we 'observed a demonstration of a Blighter, that allegedly can briefly inhibit a drone to the user appear it is malfunctioning or 'lock' the target drone until the batteries drain and it crashes. Their latest system uses a quad-band radio frequency (RF) inhibitor/jammer that disrupts all commercial drone licensed telemetry bands, and they claim effective against UAVs at up to 2 km and longer ranges.

Our craft don't use "licensed telemetry bands" (nor do the military), in fact RF is only one methodology of control we employ.

We attend as many of these demonstrations as possible so we can monitor the demonstration and take any adjustments needed to minimise interference. One aspect of these systems is the length of time they take to deploy, quite impracticable for military field use.

One of our most popular manufactures is our version of the Spiro (see http://www.sphero.com/sprk-plus) only it doesn't glow, and is coloured to match the water it is usually deployed in but it sure makes an impressive bang when charged (by the customer) with C4! They are land (so they can be deployed in shallow water/beach conditions) and water mobile.

Fixed-wing drones are also very effective at outrunning all these multi-million Shekel, Pound and Dollar systems and when the cameras are reduced in weight and size (we use SJCAM) our flight duration, along with the amount of terrain surveilled, can be considerable.

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Uber has Objectionable Practices But So Do . . .

'black' (traditional) cabbies.

They are simply trying emulate the fight they had when those 'mini-cabs' first burst upon the scene those many decades ago.

There is little stopping 'black' (traditional) cabbies from setting up their own 'App' scheme as has been done in many other countries.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Count VietNam, ATMs and Nuclear Subs In

VietNam's Cong An (Peoples Police), CGST (Traffic Cops) all run on XP, proudly standing next to low resolution 8-bit Epson dot-matrix printers.

Both some of the UK and US nuclear submarines also run on XP, as do older generations of ATMs.

But since most of these act simply as 'dumb' terminals, with the heavy lifting done by main frames, does it matter?

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Carry Two Cell Handsets and a Concealed SD Card

Naturally, the SD Card will have your goodies on it whilst the two cell handsets can be used to confuse the Border Plod / TSA / ICE.

Make one a basic cell handset - often called a burner - and the other a smart cell. When the aforementioned nosy pigs request your goods - just hand them the burner which will be promptly handed with a derisory look on the officials face.

If they ask for 'anything else' just carry on ignoring their request. Please remember outright lying (a la Trump) is a Federal felony in the USA. Loading a soft (non-extreme) porn movie distracts them.

Also, never travel with SIMs installed - No SIM = No Good Data.

Given the number of people who seem to reading others screens these days, you can now purchase polarised plastic overlays which will stop this practice.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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None Too Smart - But that's the US 'Intelligence' Lot

There are programs used by the US Government departments that have thousands of lines of code written by subcontractors in other countries. And I am thinking China and Russia, as well as India, etc. And these reams of code aren't identified as "Written by Russians" either. One of the few ways to identify such code is to check them for comments buried in the code.

The DPRK is smarter, it will allow NO ONE other than North Koreans to touch the code for either rocket or any other military projects. In fact, Foreign Guest Workers aren't allowed anywhere near any military hardware or software production!

Some of the Russian security services have reverted to using TYPEWRITERS which are very hard to 'hack'.

Obviously this an attempt to persuade US corporations to 'buy American' so the NSA, et al, can deploy THEIR backdoors without having to struggle with decoding the foreign code! Obama went around the word bad-mouthing HuaWei products, whilst the British ALLOWED HuaWei to set up development labs in Banbury, with oversight/cooperation from the GCHQ.

Meanwhile, back in the US of A, things still are akin to Harry Belafonte's "There's a Hole in my Bucket" with all and sundry saving a fortune on R&D stolen from military contractors as the systems remain little changed. Seen the latest Chinese fighter planes?

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: One thing I always failed to understand....

I don't even have a SIM in my smartphone.

Leaving your Bluetooth active can be very entertaining - friendly self-employed young ladies use it for intro's instead of leaving little notes in telephone booths!

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And not even . . .

Camden Town (Mornington Crescent is situated at the southern end of Camden High Street, where it meets Hampstead Road and Eversholt Street.).

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Garbage In - Gospel Out

Here in dear old Ho Chi Minh City (aka SaiGon) (9,123 Square Miles) they have mounted tens of thousands of CCTV cameras for:

1. Collecting tolls from vehicles with 4 or more wheels;

2. A video App that let's you watch thousands of vehicles going no where;

3. Traffic modification (often using temporary barriers that are wheeled into position at rush hours).

The only problem is that the humble Infra-Red LED renders vehicle identification / charging useless.

Additionally, 99.99% of VNese drivers could give a damn about red lights, one-way streets and other generally accepted road practices. Motorcycles are supposed to have exclusive use of the kerb lanes and the heavier vehicles the centre and fast lanes.

It's easy to frustrate these cheats - by going very slow in front of them. The cacophony of horns and flashing lights from the slowed cheats is truly wondrous.

We even have pedestrian area cameras - they look good but do little to improve things.

Technology - wonderful stuff!

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