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I'd think that said HR systems must be running on Microsopht platforms. And knowing how lazy some underpaid IT workers are, the "system" might just be an Access mdb ... which a few minutes with Cain & Abel will easily crack.
You'd be amazed how many LANs aren't subdivided into "public" and "sensitive" areas...
Flames, coz the firewall should be stopping these "hacks". Now that I think of it, maybe this is the true meaning of "jailbreaking" systems...
Facebook ain't vital.
I still wonder why some people claim that FB has turned into something you need for communication.
Messaging? I have MSN/Live Messenger for that.
Social networking? MSN Spaces, hi5 and Tagged seem to cover like 80% of those in my contact list; and most of the rest are people I don't even talk to anymore.
Pics? Again, those who matter upload their stuff on hi5 or MSN Spaces; the latter has more pics as it is easier to bulk upload pics there.
I'm honestly surprised that FB is actually turning into a positive cashflow. I also expect it to be pure BS as well.
Geeze ... that "No JRR Tolkien" rule would slam most of my older campus server farm.
They did show good taste for those names, though. SAURON was where all the sysadmins logged on, MORDOR was the dark land where the NFS server lived; most of the students used the BOLSON or GANDALF workstations. ("bolson" is a lame translation of "baggins" to spanish.)
Not every server followed LOTR though; I distinctly remember seeing "falkor", "luke", "bobafett" and "chewbacca" so it seems that some of the IT staff were into Star Wars and The Neverending Story as well.
Oh well.. it also seems I've violated one of these rules, as my PS3 is called hal9000. Eep...
Yahoo screws up again?
Why am I not surprised? When they bought Flickr, they decided to kill their own Yahoo Photos and not give a direct migration path for those who actually used Yahoo Photos other than "move 'em all by yourself.
Recently, they wiped away every single frickin' profile for their "new profile", which combined with a weird login error with the BlackBerry Yahoo Messenger client, made me believe someone had 0wned my acct. Nope, it was only Yahoo being stupid.
Now they're killing 360, which means that whatever profiles survived the wipe (because they had migrated to 360) are also getting wiped. Stupid!
Oh, and as they're killing Geocities too, where am I going to host any kind of page with Yahoo???
That is assuming that PH set up a password on her BlackBerry, as device encryption requires this. Highly unlikely, and even if it has a password, its doomed to be something like ... um... her favorite pet's name, which was how they 0wn3d her 2005 Sidekick in the first place!!!
Hey, at least there's Remote Wipe ... of course, PH has to ask RIM or her mobile operator for that; and it would require the BB to be up and running. I'm pretty sure whoever got it has shut down the mobile access and is now dumping the whole Address Book contents to the net.
It isn't really far-fetched.
If you don't get much sex, you'll try to be good when you do get it. Braindead fitness studs get so many girls, they don't care if they don't come back. They'll just get another one.
Anyway, I do remember hearing a girl saying that in her experience, the ones that actually have been best lovers have been either scientist-oriented dudes, or IT folks. It seems that the "Hmm, what if we tweak this thing over here" associated with these areas also applies to sex...
It seems like the FTC just got tired of this case, which looks like a bad decision. But oh well... I do hope JEDEC doesn't bring in Rambus for the next RAM spec.
As for RIM ... that case was a different thing; NTP is clearly a patent troll, and if anything, they're losing their stupid patents anyway. Rambus can't really get its patents reversed, because they actually did the thing, it isn't a "chip that stores bytes" kind of patent. Ugh.
MySQL's arse was already Oracle's since some time ago...
Some commenters forget that Oracle has already owned InnoDB and BDB for some time now. Thanks to Monty's stubborness, the standard MyISAM tables don't support transactions or referential integrity, and even for some time, their own documentation dissed the transactional paradigm! So it had to be a BDB plugin hack, and then InnoDB the ones that took on their hands to implement the missing functionality.
If Oracle had wanted MySQL dead, they would've killed it already. Without InnoDB, MySQL would've crashed down hard thanks to that "we don't need no steeeeenkin' transactions" attitude from their early days.
I worry more about Sparc ... I'd rather have more RISC stuff on my server side than Intel crap...
I thought the "flagging" option has been there since at least 2006. I don't see why geographical separation is necessary. If anything, those who don't want to see "adult" content should be able to put some option for that, and SL would automatically lock them out from the "Mature" areas.
What if the kid was the one pulling off the prank?
However, I'd have to say that those callers are idiots. Who in their right mind would believe someone would actually sell a kid in something like XBox Live? It is obvious that such a post is a joke.
I always wondered how many people were stupid enough to pay $20/month for *dialup* when broadband was around that price tag. Fortunately, their venture into Mexico failed miserably, as Telmex (basically, the Mexican equivalent of BT) already owned the home dialup market. Another contributing factor is that Mexicans are wary of giving away their credit card number, so most AOL retaining tactics fail on either capturing or retaining users.
The only thing I'll be sad to lose is ICQ.
That secondary school principal...
Back in secondary school, the vice principal gave us a "lecture" about sexuality, and told us about how homosexuality was unnatural, because there are no homosexual animals. He also told us that the day he ever watched two animals engaging in homosexual sex, would be the day that he would accept gays.
Seems like he's gonna have to accept it then...
Web2.0 is *financially* dead
Geeze, it looks like Dzuiba's articles always attract flames. Anyway, it seems that some commenters forget the whole point about the "Web2.0 is dead" statement.
The only "Web2.0" company actually making a profit is Google.
There are plenty of other Web2.0 sites that are very popular like Twitter or Facebook, but these guys *aren't* making any profits, and are in fact on life support. I'd even go as far as saying that the only "web2.0" sites I've seen at least breaking even would be the "web MMO's" like ogame and such, which give "special powers" to those who convert to paid subscriptions.
@Moore's Law - I've seen "Moore's Law" used as "doubling processing power" for at least 10 years; Dzuiba's probably referencing this kind of misuse common in the IT and Web2.0 world.
@Jason - Users don't give up cars for public transport: Depends on where you live. Even the car-hugging US residents will give up their cars for daily commutes if they happen to live in big, congested cities like New York or Boston.
Remember the 2000 VMA's?
That Ulrich sketch was stupid in comparing *physical* theft with p2p downloading. I suppose that now the other band members will proceed to take away all of Lars' personal belongings then!
Mine's the one with the "NAPSTER! BAD!" sticker.
Pencil and paper isn't flawless, either.
Based on our own Mexican 2006 voting sham, I can personally attest that paper voting doesn't guarantee a clean vote. The tabulating software was allegedly tampered by the contractor, which was owned by the current President's brother-in-law, and had an obvious conflict of interest.
Add to that some "recount restrictions" that sound very similar to the 2000 Florida sham, and you've got a veeery suspicious "election" on your hands.
@raving angry loony
"I have not used the keypad on a keyboard in over 20 years, yet I'm still stuck having the fucking useless thing stick out, without a choice."
I'd reckon you're not an accountant, or have a job that doesn't require extensive number entering. Because I use it very frequently, and most of my colleagues use it as well.
Re: Talking of idiots...
"Look at all the poor spelling in the posts slagging the BNP.
The mugs have also swallowed the BBC/ dead tree press line that they are "right wing".
They are in fact national socialists."
Sam, do you remember what NSDAP (Nazi Party) stands for?
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei = *National Socialist* German Worker's Party. Pretty much every organization using the "National Socialist" flag has some degree of racism and/or fascism ingrained in their ideology.
Can we say 'payola'?
"The Canadian rock star described YouTube as "the new radio" but claimed that unlike the wireless* days of yore, Google's video sharing website fails to equally compensate for every artist and record label."
It seems Young forgets about all that "payola" stuff, and how most radio stations put crap music on the radio if the record companies pump enough money to them. Those who pay more get more radio coverage; and that has been the rule for at least 20 years.
Mind the giant penguins
If they find those, CLOSE the tunnel! It might be too late when you see the shoggoths...
Get your ass to Mars
While I do think it might benefit with new FX stuff... I doubt it would be even half as good as the original one.
Funnily, I frequently pass through one of the filming locations (Mexico City's Chabacano Subway Station) and I've sometimes joked on that topic, like hitting the ground if you ever see Arnie running up the long escalators (which I also frequently use). Wonder if they'll use it again this time...
Re: Same Length
IIRC, Half-Blood Prince was shorter than book 7. Of course, if "608 pages" is to be the reasoning to split book 7, well, they should've split book 5 as well!
Agreed with some commenters though, J.K. Rowling did seem a little ... tired in the last books; book 6 was kind of a sleep-through in a lot of parts, and well a good chunk of book 7 was kind of dull as well.
You missed the article's point: the Telegraph article is upping the "terrorist buying cheap electronics for terrorism in the UK!" when the "electronics" can be bought anywhere, and are the easiest part to acquire anyway.
The problem is one: "Intel Inside".
I'd rather use PA-RISC (even when its nearing its end-of-life) than use anything made by Intel.
Too bad that most desktop systems have been saddled with the x86 arch. RISC is much much better.
Re: Seems IE might not be vulnerable to the "homographic" attack
Nice. So it seems like the retarded idea of enabling unicode characters in DNS registries is the cause for homographic attacks. Great!
I just don't understand why is it so important to have non-Latin characters in URLs. It only opened a new avenue for phishing.
As for users not noticing the difference between http:// and https:// ... they *deserve* to get phished. FF3 shows a nice yellow URL bar when using https, IE7 does something similar. Even if still using IE6, you can always check the https stuff yourself, or the "lock" icon. Come on!
Flying while talking
If using your mobile phone while driving causes an accident, I wonder how dangerous it might be for the pilot to answer his phone:
- "Hello? Oh yes, I'm about to land this .... OH SHIT! >CRASH<"
Also, while inflight mobiles are supposed to be too weak to interfere with the airplane instruments, a phone right inside the cockpit *can* interfere with them!
Flames because the pilot was talking on his mobile while flying...
Feeds for free
My oh my ... is this article for those born after 1990? Satellite dishes were very very common back in the 80's, and the first half of the 90's over here in Mexico. Most of them had motorized solutions, and were programmed with the preset coords for the good satellites. It was only a matter of having two remotes; but then again, SKY subscribers these days have the same problem.
@AC 14:10 - Hmm... I see you read your Bruce Schneier well. ;)
Mine's the one with the geostationary orbit satellite coords in the pocket...
Anyway, as some of the others have pointed out (and the article's author as well), Obama may not be using his BB at all, but the Sectera Edge. I just hope it isn't the Windows version he's using. Oh man, a Windows box with SIPRNet access is a worse thing than having Obama use a Blackberry...
The price *is* a factor when people get a 360 instead of a PS3. If you check out my local GameRush's price lists, you find that the XBox360 is cheaper than the Wii... but when you check out the consoles, you'll find that it is the 360 *Arcade* that has a low price tag. The really good 360's are around the current PS3's price tag $400? $500? and that is without adding XBox Live fees.
But the regular buyer doesn't check out the additional costs.
No more non-OEM XPs, remember?
It seems to go over most of these commenters' heads that XP Pro is *no longer* available outside the OEM channels; and even then, OEM's can't sell XP by itself. They are *forced* to sell Vista Business, which has downgrade privs and guess what; that one isn't the Vista version used for "home" computers.
So the extra charge isn't Lenovo's, it is either an MS tax or the "price differential" of buying a Vista Business OEM license and allow the user to downgrade.
You can't just go 'elsewhere', MS dictates that no OEM shall ever sell XP again, except those lucky netbook manufacturers.
Windows updates might b0rk your Windows install, but usually you're still able to enter "Safe Mode" and save whatever you need to rescue. XBox360 bricks with firmware consoles. Which is worse?
On the other hand, my PS3 did have to be changed because I got one of those 0.01% that have a faulty Blu-Ray drive (jokingly dubbed the Blu-Ray of Death) and met shocked faces at GameRush when I went to change it. I was the first one *ever* to return a faulty PS3, and they were visibly surprised to see one failing. 360's are much more common, of course.
Oh, and like someone mentioned ... there's a "Safe Mode" menu available in the PS3, where you can repair faulty firmware.
@Obama has no clue
He might cling on his BlackBerry... but that small piece of equipment is safer than the stupid Exchange server that Bush put in the White House.
Given how easily McKinnon 0wned military systems, cybersecurity might mean removing all Microsoft stuff from critical applications; otherwise any script kiddie will be able to crack in through someone who left blank passwords on their PC.
Bring it on!
I actually bet my money on Psystar. Power Computing was late in the game, but it was the only chance Apple had for its Macintosh OS to reach the cash-strapped market; that possibility was destroyed after the Second Coming of Jobs.
If Psystar wins, either we will get Apple to sell OSX to everyone (and actually take a nice bite on the disgruntled Fista users) or it will return to good hardware, say, PPC and send Intel hardware where it deserves to be ... in the trash bin. OSX will never gain a foothold as long as it remains tied to Apple hardware. For example, the iPod didn't take off until the "Mac-only" restriction was lifted.
I wish someone sued them for their non-user-serviceable batteries as well.
Re: That good old time internet really is gone, isn't it?
That internet has been going away for the last 10 years.
- I used to be able to telnet into the campus' RS/6000 workstations. Not anymore.
- I used to have *public* *routeable* IP addys at my campus, work, or wherever I had internet access. Not anymore.
- I used to be able to finger most UNIX/Linux servers on the net, and even "talk firstname.lastname@example.org" every now and then. Finger was one of the first services blocked for "security reasons".
- I used to see people who blocked port 23,25,110 from the internet as rude people. Now *I* have to block them down, as well as port 22 to keep the botnets at bay.
The Internet lost its "interconnected" appeal the day we started using the "private" IPs; which are basically a stop-gap solution to avoid running out of IPv4 space. Now with this DNS exploit, it seems that DNS servers are going to lose their adaptability: if root servers change, I should be able to ask any DNS for this. But it seems that thanks to the botnets, this will be blocked as well.
I want my 1996 internet back.
Geeze, Reuters seems to be a bit slow on this news. The law got approved months ago.
It is also retarded; the second-hand phone business is larger than the "new phone" one; common users can't be arsed with registering their cellphones, let alone fingerprinting them!
This will lead to either a gigantic DB that will be out of date pretty fast, or mobile users simply giving up on their cellphones. This will only increase mugging for mobiles, as robbed cellphones are rarely reported.
Given the quality of TV programs of late, I think the mere act of watching TV will depress me anyway, HD or not. TV is the opiate for the masses, and this "study" just shows that off. HD doesn't add anything.
If anything, buying an HD TV right now will only *increase* my depression when my next credit card statement comes. Really, there are more important things to spend on than HDTV.
Missing the point
Most commenters are missing the point: it isn't that IE is included with Windows. It is the fact that ever since IE4.0, it is *impossible* to remove IE, and that some critical systems actually depend on a fricking browser! (Windows Update)
And because MS has a guaranteed install base of "everyone who has Windows" for IE, they can shamelessly lock down their Web Application solutions to Windows by making them IE-only (*cough*Silverlight*cough*) when there is no credible reason to do this; websites are multiplatform by mere definition.
Re: I'd be happy...
If you think Spanish is the "role model" of languages, you haven't used it much, especially outside Spain. It isn't even standardized, it thinks "ch" is still a letter, and some countries still use the dog-ugly "vos" or "vosotros" person that makes me think of 17th-century Spanish. Thank God we got rid of that annoyance! Also, its got the silent H, the multiphonetic X (also a reason why Spaniards insist on misspelling "Mexico" as "MeJico") and the overcomplicated grammar we have.
Spanish is even more "unstandardized" than English; at least the English-speaking world only has to cope with US English and UK English. Spanish has different grammar/spelling rules by region! Not to mention that even simple words like "coger" (to grab/to catch) have other meanings (to fuck) in certain countries. So much for sensible languages...
@What I object to... - NUCULAR is exclusively from the Bushtards and/or US Southerners. "Yanks", that is, Northern US people do pronounce "Nuclear" correctly. ;)
"Steve Wozniak, minor computer designer and coder"
MINOR??? Jobs would be nothing without him. Oh wait, I think that was the whole article's point ;)
Anyway ... it is sad to see that Wozniak doesn't get enough credit, while the egomaniac jerk that is Steve Jobs gets all the credit.
I think you might add "rape" to his felony rap. I doubt those kids actually wanted to engage on sex.
This is interesting, as it seems that this "kid" was able to use both the threat of making their pics public (embarrassment) and the "child porn" nonsense laws against them.
Also, it serves as a warning to those who send nekkid pics to a "girl".
Re: Yeah right
Man, I wholeheartedly agree with this. In fact, we are also victims of the Chinese offshoring! Mexico was *supposed* to benefit from NAFTA, only to find that most "maquila" stuff suddenly moved to China, leaving a bunch of Mexicans out of a job (and swelling the lines of border jumpers!) just because of greedy corporations who couldn't even keep the NAFTA deals.
The other side-effect of the "maquila" economy has also hit recently, as most of the "maquila" industry is geared towards the automotive industry. Oops! Basically, tying our industry to depend on the US market means that when the US goes down, it takes us down as well.
Anyway, the "Buy American" clause goes for infrastructure projects. It is only fair for US projects to benefit US taxpayers!
Re: In the UK we pay for all phone calls....
"When I lived in the UK a person phoning your mobile paid for the call - Not sharing the charge with the receiver of the call as what happens here in Canada."
Um... I think that's the whole point, isn't it? Any calls other than 0800 are paid by caller. Nobody should pay for *incoming* calls, except 0800 / 1800 / 01800 toll-free numbers.
Hm.... China ... "new" battery ... why does this sound like this guy bought one of the "local" cheapo batteries? If this is the case, well... this guy found out exactly why you should not buy batteries of dubious quality, and it's really sad that he didn't survive to learn this lesson.
Also, it looks like putting your cellphone on your chest is as dangerous as carrying a grenade! Maybe I should stop carrying my cellphone on my belt-clip...
"Sorry carrot-head; PC's DON'T HAVE public IP's, you can't scan for them."
Can you attest to that? I distinctly remember my college having public IPs for every single PC, workstation and whatnot on campus up until 2003. "Private" IPs found increasing use only because most orgs couldn't keep up with the expense of maintaining large blocks of IP addys which basically served only one useless PC; couple that with the IPv4 shortages and you can see why most orgs have switched to private IPs.
However, I do think the US military might have public IPs on their systems; however, the most you *might* get into would be NIPRNet boxen, which won't contain "sooper seekrit" stuff like McKinnon claims to have found. And if he did find it, well, some heads would roll, as it would be a violation of security protocols.
I'd be more concerned about McKinnon being able to get there without a firewall blocking him out. Meh.
Re: Hate to disillusion you folks
You just reminded me of that Spanish song called "Mi Aguita Amarilla" (My Yellow Water)... which describes precisely how the guy takes the piss, and his "yellow water" makes its way to the sea, passing through the water YOU drink, drunk by the cows YOU eat, and eventually the fish you also eat.
Even here in good ole Earth we have to filter our water before drinking, otherwise we would still get cholera from drinking tap water. (Ok, in some countries you still have to filter tap water as well, but that's another story.)
Kill the XBox instead.
I'd rather have MS kill the XBox, its reputation is bad and the only reason they're still selling is because they've slashed the prices... which also means they're *losing* money on the turd. I'd rather have SEGA or even Atari reviving consoles than MS bringing out another console.
However, the Zune... well... meh. My old SE W300 was enough for me, as well as my current Blackberry 8300. I don't need a shiny mp3 player so I can get mugged. But still, I do like the idea of MS *attempting* to beat Apple on the mp3 player biz.
Mine's the one with the DualShock 3...
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