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Dumb politicians 'thinking'.
Hardly News - A Daily Occurrence in the Land of the Second Amendment and Phallic Challenged Men
What WOULD be news would be a day WITHOUT a death by gun.
If the country hasn't figured how to reduce deaths, hardly worth wasting your sympathy over Americans.
VietNam has gun carrying cops and only one law enforcement gun was discharged last year. More deer died than people.
Another Apple Rip Off - Avoid Problems and Use BitTorrent
Anders Gonçalves da Silva should simply download copies from Alternative Sources.
I live in a country where we can get few English language moves, unless you cross the border and buy copy CDs. Several Foreigners here have massive collections of movies and with our 100 Mbyte fibre optic feeds ($32/month) we waste little time downloading - hardly enough time to open a Tiger.
Canada Has It Right
Canada has a government identifier and has made it illegal for anyone to demand, collect, or use, for other than authorised purposes. These are essentially things involving money - taxes, pensions, etc.
There are other numbers such as Health, Law (Criminal Records), etc. None are linked.
All data is held in separate 'databanks' and each has a 'gatekeeper' who governs access. So if some government department wanted information it was not permitted access to, the gatekeeper of the desired information has a very high bar to meet.
Britain's system works the opposite way, the government deliberately cross-links data. Nevertheless, privacy can be achieved by feeding bad data. My UK drivers licence is at my daughter's address; my passport at a business accommodation address and my National Insurance Card / Tax elsewhere.
I learned that the Passport Agency tales great interest in where a used passport - returned for renewal - has been used. I remove all my visas as I consider it none of their business.
Another Dumb Judge Who Knows Little About Geography or the InterNet
American jurisdiction is geographically limited - not world world wide. Ask the Chinese or the Russians. The judge must suffer from the same delusions as King Canute.
Already some of the advanced designs of printed guns have been found of the streets of Thailand, Cambodia and VietNam. There are substantial 'printing' installations in Thailand and VietNam - less substantial in Cambodia (Kampuchea) and Laos.
You can almost guarantee the Chinese are busy - improving the designs as they go.
Given there are land borders between all the countries, and that automobile parts smuggling is rife from Thailand to Cambodia (Kampuchea) and VietNam, the flow of small plastic parts are unlikely to be stopped. Smuggling between Laos and China are massive hardwood logs.
The US activity is more political than practical.
Not Only Google - All Those Damn Cars With Sharks Fin Antennae
My employer has a laser test range way up in the highest mountains of western KonTum Province in VietNam, up alongside Laos. Many of these mountainous areas, with deep gullies, have sketchy cell service.
We installed several Rural Small Cells, similar to urban metrocells, which are robust and operate in remote outdoor locations. Their coverage range, typically 1-2 km, achieved through a combination of elevated antenna/mast and higher RF transmit power. They are solar powered, too.
They are connected to a fibre optic cable we hauled in and intended for our sole use.
On occasion we were unable to use our cell stations since some vehicle equipped with a "Call Home ET" transmitter was attempting to make connections.
Until the cellco changed our Class of Service, locking out these damn things, we used to glue aluminium caps on interfering vehicles.
I always wonder what car manufacturers do with these billions of data transmissions.
Metro Plod Have IMSI Catchers in Every One of Their Spy Aircraft Based at Northolt Airport
The Met has a flight of aircraft of fixed and rotary (helicopters) wing based at Northolt Airport - which is also used by The Queens Flight, US Embassy, CIA (Rendition) and many other dodgy outfits.
The fixed wing are used over the motorways - right up to Scotland.
One day even criminals will figure out if they are up to no good not to use cell handsets AND TO TURN THEM OFF! They should use CB (Citizen Band) radio (see: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/84406/citizens-band.pdf). 4 Watts should be sufficient for the baddies to coordinate their activities.
The best is MESH radio - for short-range communication.
Re: Tranismiting on licensed frequencies
TETRA (Plod Radio) is easily cracked using SDR and appropriate software.
Here We Go Again, Britain Re-Invents The Wheel
Instead of wasting money re-inventing the wheel, the UK should buy a tried-and-tested system, based on a similar legal system, such as Canada. The US systems have too much bling that doesn't work properly (think the P25 neutered by a Mattel doll).
And hiring US-based companies is not the answer - except for off-the-shelf 'solutions'.
Pentagon 'do not buy' List Includes Russia and Chinese Code. What About the Alleged ...
plagiarized IP? Is it banned, too?
All This Wondrous Technology and Jaguar Land Rover STILL Can't Keep The Mirrors On!
Most spares for this line of cars have prices that make the eyes water. The ever creative VietNamese ne'er do wells can remove mirrors, for resale, with the greatest of ease.
You Forgot The Motorcycle Helmet Option
The overwhelming vehicle in VietNam, which is hardly surprising since import duties on cars range up to 100%, is the motorcycle. For those who don't use such vehicles, the right hand controls both the accelerator and the front brake.
As in most countries, use of cell handsets is forbidden whilst vehicles are in motion.
The ever ingenious motorcycle driver dials, or answers calls, they stuff the handset in the chin strap, really high up, so they can communicate quite effectively - and keep BOTH hands on the handlebars.
Try a Pager, Burner and a Smartphone With No SIM
The country I reside in has a very active Internal Security police force. They even own a civilian cell service! (For the money)
To circumvent their prurient interest in Foreigners we use pagers for initiating communications, Burners for communications (our cell handsets don't have GPS) and Smartphones for holding data (or playing games).
Apart from rotating SIMs, the ideal place to make a call to avoid triangulation is close proximity to a cell base station. Fortunately, our cellco uses easily identifiable antennae configurations, which is never changed as they are hoisted into place by cranes.
Our Technician Was Stopped On The Way In!
Back in the early '70s I worked for MDS (the now defunct Mohawk Data Sciences) and one of our clients was an atomic agency of the US government and the MDS technicians who serviced that account were especially cleared by the Secret Service.
Being used for specialised purposes meant the MDS equipment was non-standard. In fact, our field service office had some of the equipment designers actually attached to our office, who were there for technical support. They were easily identifiable by their non-conformist 'hippie' style dress code and long hair.
In one occasion there was a serious defect in the equipment, way beyond the scope of humble techs. So help was sought from one of our senior 'Hippies' who traveled on a particularly noisy hawg (motorcycle). The presence of such a character, along with his wheels, disturbed the quiescence of the armed gateman.
Our Hippie was admitted into the car holding area, with serious looking gates on either side, whilst he was 'checked out'. A few minutes later a couple of suited gunslingers came out and said Hippie was to leave the premises.
After some telephone calls ir was determined the problem could only be solved by our Hippie since he designed the custom system.
Turns out Hippie had a 'criminal record' which, upon research, was determined to be a juvenile offence of breaking a window. He was permitted to enter, escorted by the gunslingers, and eventually resolved the problem.
U.S. Security - can't be beaten for stupidity.
Living In A Country Where Most Every Telephone Pole Resembled The Mess Associated With Wire Frames
the conversion to fibre us amazing in more than one way. The sunlight on the streets is remarkably higher than when the sky was darkened with dense maizes of overhead wires.
At first VietNam installed high-capacity fibre networks the length of the country and then started stripping out urban copper. Very, very few installs, residential or commercial are copper these days.
The last few patches of copper in SaiGon / Ho Chi Minh City, a city with an unknown number of souls in excess of 12,000,000, are being stripped out and being replaced by fibre with a vengeance.
To read "called for the rollout of full fibre to the entire UK by 2033" is pathetic - if countries such as China or VietNam can go for the Full Monty, certainly the UK should have done so by now given it's small landmass.
Let's hope they install fibre BEFORE stripping out the copper in their hurry to meet a deadline of 2025!
What's Left To Hack In Kampuchea - Prime Minister Hun Sen Needs No Help
The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen is corrupt - and the US Government has done nothing to stop it. Maybe it's because Kampuchea (Cambodia) allows the NSA to have a huge office there and operate unhindered. Until recently Kampuchea was connected to the InterNet via VietNam, where the NSA definitely has to operate clandestinely!
When the Communist Kmer Rouge (killing fields) ran the country they destroyed all the land registry details as such governments often lay claim to all the territory. Only people who could prove the land was theirs, such as through family grave sites, were allowed ro regain ownership after the KR was defeated.
All the other land remained the 'property' of the government.
The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has since been selling off this acquired land, thousands of acres, to the highest bidder.
In recent years Hun Sen has been sleeping with the Chinese who have ramped up developments, based on loans to the government of Kampuchea. When such loans are in default, the ownership of the security becomes the property of the Chinese.
Does Boeing's Scheme Meet With Trump's Buy American?
I wonder if this proposal will meet with Trump's Buy American; Tax Imports and all the other scatterbrained ideas he has?
Even The Older Courts Were Better Equipped Than Other Countries
In the 1990's the McBarf McLibel Defamation trial pitted the goliath McBarf against Helen Steel and Dave Morris who made suggestions that McDonalds objected to,
I attended a couple of those hearings - cheapest place to escape the rain - whilst visiting London and was surprised to find that the Court Reporters transcription was made available in real time to members of the public. (On the second visit I actually hooked into the serial cable that daisy-chained these public laptops together)
I was amazed that such a service was available, the only other country I knew of was New Zealand where a series of Court Reporters would make transcripts for an hour or so then disappear to produce hard copy printouts of their work.
In Ontario Landlord and Tenant hearings are recorded. If such recordings are not available for appeals, another trail is often ordered. A neerdowell acquaintance of mine made a high-energy, high audio tone generator which he used to jam these court recordings when his, or friends, cases were being heard.
Ain't technology wonderful.
Don't Talk To Me - I'm Hard Of Hearing (Wink, Wink) - Use Text!
When I found out all Passport pictures were captured to a computerised database. I progressively changed my appearance with Photoshop over a few years (I usually have to renew every 12-18 months when filled) until a company biometric scanner rejected me. (The US has donated numerous cams to Third World countries).
Then the renowned money launderers, HSBC, surreptitiously introduced 'voice analysis' - without announcement - although their technicians mentioned it in technical magazines.
There are two practical ways to defeat these 'voice analysis' systems. One is to make calls with a radio or other disruptive variable tones in the background. The other is the use electronic filters to narrow a telephone calls bandwidth (especially raising the bass) or a Tremolo unit to distort the voice.
Mind you, when conversing to an overseas HSBC Call Centre, the lines are so poor the systems don't function.
There is little more personal than biometric data.
I'd Prefer Russians and Chinese Routing Around in my Privates Than the UK or USA
Why would anyone trust the NSA or GCHQ with anything? Or indeed their governments? They have no morals.
Besides, they haven't figured a crack for Chinese and Russian equipment.
Does anyone still use CISCO equipment for anything? They have been hacked by the NSA and GCHQ years ago.
Trust no one with your crown jewels; avoid the cloud and don't even let the InterNet in to buildings where confidential work is done. It might be a pain in the butt but at least you have total control.
And please explain if US software is so great, how come the Chinese, the DPRK and Russia can seemingly access US Government systems as well as Trunp's 400 pound Yoofs in their bedsitters?
The FBI, and Other US Government Agencies Should Get Their Stories Straight!
Some US Agencies have claimed the DPRK (North Korea) are in the technical Dark Ages, whilst others claim the country is as advanced as many others, especially since Russia has provided additional InterNet access to the DPRK.
As someone who works there four or five times a year, I know that much of the country's technological advances are home-based talent. Overseas technical resources, even YouTube, are widely distributed on the internal InterNet.
Advanced components are readily available - imported through China and Russia.
Whilst faculties aren't bright and shiny, what they do have is exploited to the maximum.
VietNam Has Airwave/Tetra - And Users Hate It
The Internal Police, Diplomatic Guard Service and Tan Son Nhut (SaiGon) International Airport have Tetra radios - and the Internal Police prefer using cell handsets as the features are better and the well-known Tetra handset profiles, their pockets, are give-aways to the bad boys around here.
The ground coverage of the base stations is very poor as there are insufficient for decent operational coverage. I have asked several police on diplomatic duty if they like the radios and almost everyone said they have to stand in given spots to achieve communications!
There is one base station about 2 kilometres from where I live - and it is surrounded on all sides by closely-spaced apartment buildings.
The national traffic police, the Canh Sat, have standardized on smartphone handsets, with push-to-talk and localised group features for small operational team applications. They have almost 100% coverage across the country as they are programmed to use any cell system within range.
What else does Plod need?
I Still Have . . .
callouses from flipping all those damn switches on the PDP-8 and PDP-11.
But Digital sure built good equipment.
What Better Reason to Buy ZTE or HuaWei?
The USA, starting with Obama, started canvassing countries around the world advising the use of Chinese cell handsets was a risk security.
To me it's more likely the risk was they didn't have American spyware so the Americans could stick their snouts into everyone's business.
Basic cell handsets are the best - their Design Optimisation process eliminates even GPS!
My smartphone has no SIM and the only added application is MESH radio. Eliminating all the back-chatter sure makes the batteries last longer.
QUESTION: Who pays for the airtime of all the surreptitious collection of data?
Typical, Tight-Ar-e Canadian Civil Servants
Dumb Canadian laws include:
A Toronto businessman found that to sell edible underwear in his “adult entertainment” store, he’d need a food license;
“Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times” is illegal in Petrolia, Ontario;
Until May 28th, 2012 you could only legally move a bottle of booze from one province to another with the permission of the provincial liquor control board;
Since 1973, the only noise-makers Sudbury, Ontario, cyclists can attach to their bikes are bells and horns. Breaking noise bylaws in Sudbury can lead to fines up to $5,000;
It’s illegal to skinny dip in Bancroft, Ontario;
Canada’s Currency Act of 1985 limits to the number of coins you can use in a transaction. If it’s nickels, vendors can say no to any purchase over $5, while the loonie limit is $25;
Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality Bylaws for Taxis and Limousines stipulates drivers must wear shoes and socks, keep their attire in neat and tidy condition at all times, and absolutely cannot weart-shirts;
It’s illegal to build big snowmen in Souris, P.E.I. If you live on a corner lot it’s against the law to built a snowman taller than 30-inches.;
It was illegal to sell butter-coloured margarine in Ontario until 1995;
Canadian law currently states, “Everyone commits an offence who… (b) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.”
Many Canadian communities long restricted the use of outside clotheslines;
In Toronto there's a zoning by-law that only allows up to two mechanical gaming machines in a restaurant or place of amusement;
In Toronto, if your day-to-day vocabulary is riddled with expletives, steer clear of publicly owned green spaces. There's a large fine of over $200;
Chickens, hens, turkeys, and pretty much every other farm animal are prohibited in Toronto with a $240 fine to suggest you comply.
A Three Letter Word Search for . . .
NIX will be all needed to locate this bunch of charlatans.
Screw HP - We Switched to Brother Products
Rather than just diddle the HP software (all over the InterNet) we switched to Brother.
Built like proverbial brick sh_t-houses, we have recommended them to customers in many countries. They make great machines, rarely fail, withstand power line surges and generator standby generators. Dust storms hardly cause them to react. We even have them working in the rear ends of SUVs.
After market supplies are readily available in both refill and replacement ink units - all round better than GP printers.
Just one – the Canadian Communications Security Establishment Commissioner – said , , ,
spy agencies were required by law to provide it access to intelligence sharing arrangements.
Good for Canada - except they let the Americans place equipment in Canada that Ottawa hasn't a clue what it is doing nor does Canadian Communications Security.
In New Zealand the government is banned from knowing what the Echelon mob is doing and ONLY the Prime Minister has an inkling of what they are up to.
Who Ever Thought It A Good Idea To Buy . . .
something you can't even service?
Only the dumb British Government.
It wasn't so long ago when military electronics wouldn't be purchased without 'second sources' to ensure continuity of supply of spare parts.
I work for a company that supplies military equipment to the 'non-aligned' market place and one key element of the majority of contracts is that most of the components can be sourced from in-country suppliers.
The C in China doesn't equate with . . .
poor quality, Chinese military gear is good quality - where it counts.
And 'Cheap' refers to the differential between inflated US military contractor prices, approved by both military and political personnel who upon retirement take up lucrative positions with the very same contractors and those in other countries.
The US has a long line of failed projects, notwithstanding rigged horse-and-cart 'demonstrations'.
Mikhail Kalashnikov’s AK-47 is an excellent example of the fallacy of 'cheap'. There are somewhere between 75 and 100 million AK-47s worldwide - an obvious success story. About 50 standing armies use the AK-47 — including those of China, Egypt, Cuba, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, VietNam, Iran and Iraq.
In most places, an AK47 can be bought for $50 – $100, in governmental quantities. China is the world’s largest producer of them. No American gun can be wrapped in 'burlap' (sack cloth), buried in the soil and later recovered in serviceable condition.
As someone who spent considerable hours cleaning Fabrique Nationale Fusil Automatique Leger (Light Automatic Rifle), or FN FAL in the military, the qualities of the AK47 would be appreciated.
No, the C does not stand for Cheap Cost.
Russia is ahead in one aspect of flying . . .
and that is they don't require people to 'walk the runway' picking up the minutiae and debris before their jets depart.
Anyone who has observed US aircraft departures will know there is a lengthy clean-up of runways as their engines are more susceptible to damage than those of the Russians.
Re: Russia has the world's best cyberwarriors, who can win elections.
The DPRK is up there too.
As well as Trump's "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."
No One But No One Can Beat An "Elephant Nest"
Up on the Central Highlands of VietNam, where I live in Buon Ma Thuot, DakLak Province, we have "Elephant Nests" - big enough to swallow a car.
When a small hole in a road gets pounded over a few weeks by 18-wheeler tractor-trailer sets, the holes get really, really, large. And deep.
Then comes the rain, heavy rain. And so an "Elephant Nests" is born. See: http://static.new.tuoitre.vn/tto/i/s626/2015/10/04/hinh-12-read-only-1443913917.jpg
To complete the scenario, a wandering group of elephants, the Central Highlands of VietNam is home to thousands of these vegetable-garden marauding animals, happens by and take numerous dips all the time enlarging and deepening the hole.
As it would likely take a can of spray paint to mark one "Nest", the Vietnamese resort to using tree branches to warn of holes.
Re: NDAs are bullshit - Must Use The Same Dictionary As Trump.
'Unpresidented': Donald Trump invents the Guardian's word of the year.
Guess Donn Bly deserves a mention in The Guardian, too.
Why Would Anyone Believe Cambridge Analytica
Why Would Anyone Believe Cambridge Analytica given what NIX has claimed and data found subsequently in it's possession?
Why the Hell would the DPRK want to . . .
waste any of it's limited supply of nuclear material in attacking a militarily nothing of a country?
As someone who occasionally works in the DPRK, the only country that attracts ill-feeling in the DPRK - the country that has refused to sign a Cease Fire Agreement with the DPRK, is the USA.
When I present my Canadian passport - with it's 'loose' visa - at the border I have never been treated with other than appropriate behaviour unlike US passport holders. Ask yourself, how many Brits are in DPRK jails?
Britain should avoid the 'me to' attitude adopted by Australia that simply brown-noses the US policies.
Nav Canada Has Years Of Data-Link Under It's Belt
Nav Canada has years of data-Link under it's belt as it has used this technology to communicate with trans-Atlantic aircraft under it's control for many years which are in the 1,400-1,600 daily flights.
Canada is an ideal country to test and update this technology as it has vast distances in a climate that ranges between from polar to temperate. Additionally it encompasses a crossroads international air traffic paths, including the busiest oceanic airspace in the world as well as unique northern air operations.
Canada completed its nationwide implementation of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) in July 10, 2014.
Crooks and Crims: Rule 1: Turn Off All Electronics
Given how much publicity has been given to Plod an Cops using cell phones to locate / determine who / what / when you would have thought people would know never do crime with a an active cell device.
Or buy a burner cell handset.
Turning Cell Handsets Off or Using Disposable or 'Burner Phones' Will Defeat This Plan
The cheapest cell handsets in many countries don't have GPS facilities whether Disposable or 'Burner Phones'.
Over time even the Bad Guys will learn to turn all their electronics off - or use Serval (MESH) Apps after pulling the SIM.
Hubble - A Generous Gift From The USA
Given it's ignominious birth, with the main mirror was sent aloft ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope's capabilities, the Hubble satellite must be one of the best satellites ever launched.
Thank you, USA.
P.S. There are two more telescopes as big and powerful as the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescopes were built by contractors for the National Reconnaissance Office, a U.S. spy agency. The telescopes have 2.4-metre (7.9-foot) mirrors, just like the Hubble, but they have 100 times the field of view. They are in storage in Rochester, New York.
Too Many People Think The Chinese Still Stand Knee-High In Water Wearing Funny Hats
Only those Foreigners who have had the opportunity to actually visit Chinese manufacturing facilities realise that the days in the rice paddies are over. Sure many of the plants are not the most impressive but, as with Chinese restaurants, who cares about the decor?
They have technology malls, much along the lines of the retail malls in the West, except that the small cubicles are filled with very, very, skilled technicians where iPhone memory chips can be removed, à la FBI, except in ShenZhen the skilled workers fit a memory chip with expanded capacity.
China made the first tablets before Jobs copied them (I bought a few at the time).
As for stealing IP, sure they knock off DVDs, etc., but a lot of Western IP is transferred because the greedy financial pigs in the West want to max out profits and without the transfers their products could not be manufactured at crippling low prices. So where is the theft?
Whilst China, the DPRK and Russia spy on the West, who would ever claim the West has clean hands?
HuaWei, ZTE, TP-Link design and make very fine products and even the UK government accepts that HuaWei products are clean. And where do you think all these 'trusted' US manufacturers are going to get their 5G products made?
And if US technology so great, and technicians so skilled, how come anyone - including an unwashed 400 pound character in his bedroom (described by Trump) - can crack their systems?
Because they have better skills than Americans.
P.S. I am Canadian and hold UK and US passports.
FCC boss to block 'national security risk' companies (cough, Huawei, ZTE) from US's $8.5bn broadband pot
"Threats to privacy posed by US communications equipment providers are a matter of concern"
It's NOT the Chinese we need to worry about rather its the bunch of amoral characters employed by governments in Gloucestershire and Maryland - and many other locations around the globe.
Why, otherwise, is CISCO a preferred supplier?
National Cyber Security Centre Is One You Might NOT Want Messing Around With Your 'Jewels'
Letting an associate of what is, essentially, the 'enemy' (GCHQ-NSA-Echelon), might raise concerns such as those leveled at Kaspersky, HuaWei and ZTE.
Another case of foxes and chicken-houses.
I would trust the Chinese more than the UK government.
Why Not Upgrade The Britten-Norman Islander? Good Enough For Metro Plod
The Britten-Norman Islander, us used by the RAF in a classified surveillance, Communications Intelligence (COMINT) and Electronic / Electromagnetic Intelligence (ELINT) counter-terrorism role. The aircraft is used by the British Army and police forces in the United Kingdom.
They are regularly seen circling and almost "hovering" over London at all times of the day and night – they can be used a bit like helicopters, as they have very low stall speeds.
Alternatively they could use the Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II - also popular with Metro Plod.
All these aircraft are based at Northolt - and monitored by enthusiasts using Kinetic Avionics SBS-1 Real Time Virtual Radar units.
More information: > https://www.secret-bases.co.uk/cia-rendition.htm <
Re: Wishful thinking
Essentially he has been sentenced to confinement in the UK.
The US (UK, et al) all track PAX manifests be they air or sea. The best way is to take a fishing boat to the channel islands the pop over to France. Using non-standard land travel is the best way to avoid detection on the EU and staying at hostels, etc.
High End Radios Are Disappointing In Appearance
I used to work with multi-channel radio receivers and transmitters and they were simply rack-mounted boxes with numerous antennae connections and a couple of LAN sockets. BUT when attached to a computer and screen, they will make you drool.
Even the attached antennae mini-farm would make a technician excited.
The old No. 19 was far more exciting to look at AND you could hear Radio Luxembourg!
Re: "Weed is also accused of earlier nicking $340,000"
Guess the exit door security isn't very good.
My employer sticks RFIDs on all equipment, and vehicles, mainly for equipment location in our offices. Naturally, there are RFID readers on all exits and gateways. Our equipment losses and misplacement are minimal.
But I guess US high security buildings haven't kept apace with technology.
Drivers Should Fight Plods Bulk-Slurping Of Car Plates
Lucky car / truck (lorry) drivers in SaiGon/Ho Chi Minh City are now surveilled by tens of thousands of new CCTV cameras designed to implement road usage changes. Motorcycles are free. Some of the larger intersections have to 10 cameras.
One unusual feature is that many of the cameras are accessible, in real time, on Apps so drivers can check on road conditions - open, jammed, road work or flooding, etc,
All my company's vehicles are fitted with elongated Infra-Red LED spotlights, back and front, which effectively 'blind' cameras and render them useless. The Apps are great for 'fine tuning' the IR radiators
People are tired of the covert attempts to track people / activities, stripping away privacy, be it by cameras, cell handsets or vehicle CAN "Call Home" systems. Obviously trails from credit card, ATM, passport use, etc. are understood / accepted by users to leave mouse trails although some trails can be minimised / eliminated.
What About All The Other 194* Countries Who Might Want Their Own Satellites?
It's all very well the USA slinging it's junk into space, whether bribing Pai or not, but what of those countries whose budgets can stretch only to smaller devices?
Satellite coverage of the USA can, in many cases, be achieved by terrestrial fibre cables whereas there are many countries where communications can only be achieved by satellite. Take Republic of Indonesia with 17,504 (officially listed) islands. How else can so many points be covered other than by satellite?
Anyone listening to entertainment satellite traffic knows how much spectrum and space real estate is wasted. How many people listen to I LOVE LUCY (circa 1951)? Aficionados are well catered to, even today.
The USA has many space monsters, the size of double-decker buses, two of which are circulating around the Korean peninsula. Perhaps KIM Il-Jun can switch from nuclear to concrete and knock out these things and make room for others with lofty goals.
*There are more countries but not all are recognised.