Hey, 'contraband'?!? It's criminal that govts deny prisoners Internet access & mobile phone contact with their families & communities.
26 posts • joined 28 Feb 2009
Australian Federal Police hiring digital evidence retrieval specialists: Being a very good boy and paws required
Gangsterism wearing badges
Whilst coke in pineapples sounds like the real thing, and 'designed by criminals for criminals' has a lot of marketing charm, this snatch was not good police-work but just gangsterism wearing badges. First they lean on one bad guy, not only making him promises of leniency but paying him hard cash--taxable? Not on your life.
Doesn't sound like honest busts to me. This was just trickery.
How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale
BRICS, and backed by gold
Honestly, the words “trust” and “business” are incompatible. Who, exactly, doesn’t trust China? Not consumers, they love cheap kit. Manufacters love China; without China’s tech & labour, they’d have to at least double the prices.
Governments? Ah, here we’re geting somewhere. China is not part of Western designs on empire, particularly, ahem, America. China doesn't even partner with the World Bank. It founded the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) financial structure precisely for non-aligned emerging nations.
BRICS member states have 42% of the world’s population, 23% of GDP & 18% of global trade. Scary, huh, neocons? (Pretty damn tired of that old, tired con, too.)
Among them, China is the only country on the planet which backs its currency with physical gold. I'm no kind of right-wing libertarian, just stating a fact. From BRICS mission statement: “to promote peace, security, development and cooperation”. (Listen, we’re not having any of this airy-fairy nonsense!)
China doesn’t play by America’s rules so Western nations profit less handsomely by them. Belt-and-Road takes care of international distribution even if the West pulls the plug.Huawei is a great, well-managed company producing quality kit for half-price—doesn’t that sound downright DANGEROUS!?!
Okay, 5G, from Huawei or anybody else is complete nonsense but still; it would be a better solution to cancel 5G's adoption entirely & stick with 4G
Would it ever upset the applecart if investors decided RMB based on gold was a safer bet than US green toilet paper, backed by promises.
Lest you think this has some high-minded human rights & democracy implications, well, would you like fries with that? Privacy, hah: the USA already pwns YOU!
Collusion & conspiracy
It's not much of a stretch to think that Sweden may well have colluded with the US to drop the (consensual) 'rape' allegation. JA was never wanted by Sweden for rape, only for questioning. They refused to come to question him in the UK and he felt the allegations were a pretext to extradite him to he US. Hence, the Ecuadorian Embassy. JA's eviction proves (again) exactly how dirty are the whims of politicians anywhere.
One would think the earlier extradition request by Sweden would hold legal precedence. Now that Sweden has dropped its investigation, the US has open season to grab him.
Will the UK stand in the way of Yankee bullies. Highly doubtful. Show trial & 30 years in an American gulag.
As a Mac user since 1984 buying most iterations, most of them are still running.
I refuse to read email the size of a postage stamp so I made my hand-me-down iPhone 'stupid' by disconnecting it. It's, ahem, a phone.
Rather than forcing the rest of us to smaller & lighter, proprietary non-upgradeable, to iOS (very limited compared to MacOS), I'd prefer convergence. I'd be the first to buy a 12.9 inch iPad if it could double as a phone.
Apple needs to start considering what its dedicated users want from their devices instead of pushing us meat puppets into its mould.
Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request
Once again, Canada's pretty boy PM proves Canada is the 51st state, America's capitalist lap-dog. What right does the US have to sanction any country? What right does the US have to pluck foreign citizens from third countries? This isn't terrorism?!? Justin's father, Pierre, had style & an open mind which made Canada the world's best country (a reputation which lives on on backpacks everywhere). All Justin has are great socks.
Well, yes, good enough reason buyers should ALWAYS spring for AppleCare.
However, if your KB fails, after you've gotten and AppleCare case number and gotten a MASP to order you a new one, DON'T leave your Mac!
Take it home and plug in an external keyboard to use until your repair shop calls you in.
This is typical US govt overreach. They like capitalism, of course, but if you're making money, they want their pound.
All this info is readily available on the 'net. Ex-cop, they want to teach him a lesson and all who might follow him.
No matter where you live in the world, if you think anything American is legal, it's only because they haven't arrested you yet!
Diane Feinstein was mayor of the most liberal city in North America...until her decline and fall into national politics. If San Francisco, for example, can be fooled by a politician who doesn't believe in why America is great, well, almost all of us can be fooled.
Perhaps I shouldn't, but this segues into Barack Obama. The man people voted for was black, was a Constitutional scholar, a man who, at the end of his tenure, might really have deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Hope and change, you might say.
Unfortunately, this man who sends his daughters to Quaker school became one of the greatest warmongers of our time, a President who believes in torture, a man who thinks any human can be a target for American assassination. A President who doesn't believe in Congressional approval.
Sorry, but I don't see any way out of this nest of vipers...
<Andreessen said: "The Germans knew full well what was happening, the Brits knew full well what was happening. The Russians knew full well what was happening.>
Umm, what he really meant is that a handful of spooks in each country "knew" what was going on, probably compartmentalised so nobody had a complete picture. Perhaps surveillance took on a life of its own as components were imagined and added. This being government, its likely there was never a direct plan or even a big picture.
But it's sure "the Germans", "the Brits", "the Russians", meaning citizens in whose name the surveillance was accomplished, the taxpayers who paid the spooks, were never informed.
Frankly, Andreesen is the kind of right-wing dinosaur I want out of the tech industry. He ain't MY daddy!
Safe from EMP?
A lot of people have been talking about an enormous EMP knocking out ALL infrastructure. This could be politically motivated but is far more likely to occur from a giant solar flare. Mankind's tech is simply not protected from an EMP event--it would send us back to the caves. (The last time this happened, in 1859, our highest tech was telegraph and that was knocked out!) I wonder if the HK boffins have considered that such underground storage could be EMP protected. Everything on the surface would still get fried, of course, but at least rebuilding might seem feasible if the underground infrastructure were intact. For the rest of us, there's going to be sopme amazing Auroras!
Where are the 17-inchers?
Apple is making some crucial mistakes alienating high-end users. While it's true all the yupsters want small, light showoffs, power users want BIGGER and faster.
We need real estate! The only reason I'd ever buy an iPad Mini is if it can make voice calls. In fact, I'd adjust my wardrobe to Capt. Kangaroo pockets if iPad could make calls instead of only Skype.
Am I alone here???
In a word, LaCie
While I realise this article only reviewed four-bay NAS boxes, it missed the clear winner, by any standard. LaCie's 5big Network 2 NAS box comes with five 3TB disks. Flawless operation, plenty of ports, and only $1200 for 15TB.
Mine's full already! http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10485
Glow in the dark
Although I really do like therapeutic radium hotsprings, I'm not sure what the Reg's agenda is over this issue.
Here at Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT), we rely on the Reg for some news about free expression. They do a great job.
However, they are out to lunch on the nuclear issue. Fukushima is an unprecedented global disaster. It doesn't need apologists. The folks at the Reg may wish to glow in the dark but they have no right to force the rest of us into fallout shelters.
All Thai-ed up!
Unfortunately, Google Translate is complete crap when dealing with Thai language, both in and out of English. It even tries to translate proper names rather than transliterating!
We don't know if this problem is universal to non-Roman text languages.
Thai is notorious difficult but we don't think it's more troublesome than, say, Devanagiri, Chinese or Farsi. Anyone?
Safari 4? DON'T!
Being a reckless early adopter type, I installed Apple's beta Safari 4 on my PPC PowerBook G4.
INSTALLING SAFARI 4 WILL DELETE ALL YOUR SAFARI 3 BOOKMARKS! (Luckily, I'd made a backup. ~/Library/Safari)
I did not notice much of a speed improvement, if any, but, then again, I'm not a big streaming guy.
What I did notice what a HUGE design flaw. Tabs now open at the TOP of the Safari 4 window.
Any 4 year old can tell you that a computer user moves and adjusts windows at the top. Having your tabs up there means you're always clicking them opening or, worse, hitting the X and losing the page.
Apple, new does not mean better! I switched back to Safari 3.