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Comment: Buy a "SIM FREE" phone in UK, and note! (Score 1) 259

by eionmac (#47166009) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

1. Buy a 'sim free' phone in UK on arrival. Different bankwidths and safety regulations as she must use a "CE" marked phone within the EU.
2. At beginning certainly use a pay-as -you-go-phone. She cam swop to her USA SIM when she goes back to USA.
3. Coverage: Very necessary to know actual telcom providers ( both real and 'virtual' who piggy back on an other telecos line) relative to the area she will be in, Albeit most telecos claim 90+% coverage, they do this by piggy backing (roaming charges) on other networks and operation is very limited in mountainous regions.
Example: Within my areas near Manchester in England and in Galoway in southern Scotland, signal strengths vary widely. ( 300yards = 80% loss of signal on two telecos but not on third) In cities mostly OK, but in rural and some islands areas you have problems.

Comment: Re:How far do these laws go? (Score 1) 104

by eionmac (#46435059) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

In UK these laws apply to all 'personal data' , even in written form inside your organisation, all personal data must be securely held.
Thus membership list etc should be kept in a safe or locked cupboard in locked premises if in written form and in secured electronic form if on a database or website. No if, No buts! Germany is the toughest on data protection.

Comment: already in UK. as BT Wifi; BT FON (Score 1) 253

by eionmac (#46421591) Attached to: Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

All routers supplied by major UK ISP BT (British telephone) reserve 10% of bandwidth for public access to router, but on a separate log in. BT-Wifi OR BT-FON, thus you as a deal if you permit this 10% sharing [Itis an opt in service] can thus access any free BT WiFI or BT FON elsewhere away from home or in home. On 'find all wireless signals' my router detects My WiFi , neighbours's WiFi all named and locked encrypted and two other signals BT FON and BT Wifi unencrypted available to visitors (thus their doings not on "my ISP" logs or outsiders not on "my ISP" logs). I find it useful at home and abroard.

Comment: all life ends on earth by age or disease (Score 1) 363

by eionmac (#46318733) Attached to: UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

All life ends on earth by age or disease, so if enough air/water/food for a lifetime then the Mars trip is no different to living on Earth. Cleric has no fundamental logic to life's period on Earth never mind elsewhere. So not suicide unless all life is a suicide trip.

Comment: "The Wallace" (Score 1) 796

by eionmac (#45880179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

A play on freedom, what to do to get it and maintain it. The actions of greed, advancement and lust in some persons and the cruelty of those in power (power corrupts) to keep it
The play by New Zealander Sydney Goodsir Smith, published by Oliver & Boyd of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960, is in the "Lallans" (Scottish) dialect of English.
Once read , it changes how you look at the persons 'seeking' financial/social advancement in any polulation.
I am biased, as a Scot living in England, but it made great sense to my Russian colleagues.

Comment: "securities" = "transferable by sale value items". (Score 1) 366

by eionmac (#45879965) Attached to: The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

1. Crowdsourcing does not give a valid "share certificate' or 'vote' in a company/organisation. SEC etc only relevant to 'saleable/buyable transferable' certificate of value/vote.
2. Crowdsource funders are 'adventurers in trade'. All can be lost (idea fails) or they may get a tangeable reward ( a magazine or T-shirt or software) which is not a 'security' or even remotely fall near ' 'security' meaning.
3. Seems to try to get at "IPO equivalent without securites on a registered exchnage", but even voting shares in a club, say a chess club, are irrelevant to SEC; I think.
4. Key lies in both USA and EU /UK that sale of a share in a 'public company'/'public incorporation' are subject to regulation. In UK at least Private Companies are not subject to share regulation but only to tax law and companies tax and companies law, and must keep a register of shareholders which is public knowledge via application to register by any interested party.

Comment: 36 years on 13 week max period contracts. (Score 1) 138

by eionmac (#45776487) Attached to: Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

1.BBC in UK has for many years 'employed' many 'staff' on 13 week contracts. Renews if necessary , one person worked out 36 years that way. Always 'shedable' at end of 13 weeks , Actor carries his own insurance for health illness and Professional Liability to main company. Its a way of life.
2 As a (non-IT) engineer I am now into seventh year of short term contracts for one UK company. Suits me, I work only the hours I want to work. Life Ok for reward. However I base all things on Salary in year to myself through the MY Limited Company (a private Incorporation) billing the UK Client Company. This allows me to get insurance as easy to get insurance for company employees via company, but maybe no so as 'persons'. Tax saving is little, depends on how much you leave in company, but taking out say 80% billing as salary is OK in UK. There are up front yearly charges as insurance / IT stuff etc to buy before you can enter into a reasonable contract , so you need to cover that in a 'minimum expected hours' or retainer clause. P.S. I do IT as well , but that is not what they pay for.

Comment: Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 1) 698

by eionmac (#45745923) Attached to: NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

I often wondered why USA constitution did not follow the established and known formulae of most European states/kingdoms/dictatorships origin in that "treason" has two grades "High Treason" and "Petty Treason" ,or big and little treason. It avoids conflicts of jury disagreements on grade.

Comment: Re:how would it work in the real world? (Score 1) 308

by eionmac (#45664617) Attached to: Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

similar corporate story. 4000+machines, 30% desktops circa 2000/2002 XP Pentium 4s, adequate for word documentation and spreadsheets, old corporate programs need to be upgraded/re-written from 1998 libraries; 60% 2004 laptops with XP Office 2010, new employees & machine failures put onto laptops win 7, MS office 2010, as basis of a slow upgrading. Change scheduled, funds allowing, to go all Win 7 in 2014 onwards with new laptops but company heavily indebted, so that is not a small beans rounding error in total even when compared to employee remuneration plus costs, it is real cash spend from borrowed money.

+ - Are We Ready for the Post-Snowden Internet?->

Submitted by jcenters
jcenters (570494) writes "Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA spying have rocked the world, but could they break the Internet? With countries growing more distrustful of American Internet companies, it's possible that they will close off their digital borders, demanding that Internet companies host services locally. Such balkanization could change the Internet for the worse."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:A poll we can actually verify to some degree... (Score 1) 381

by eionmac (#45642555) Attached to: Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

I use different browsers for different jobs.
  Firefox , tied down securely for strange places and work investigations( mainly China and Russia banks) and Slashdot (!) but I do not try to work with my own bank due 'pop ups', Java etc
  Chrome for 'less secure browsing' and may own banking (from a live Linux to Internet over a wired connection, Java enabled)
  IE for intranet at work ( They standardized on IE, and it shows and hurts.)
  IE for Windows updates (not possible on FF or Chrome!)

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.