1325 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
Re: I already see too much on HD
Hasham: "Blackheads and the tiny hairs on ladies' chins and upper lips. What horrors await us with 4K I shudder to think."
Yeah, HD ruined the 9xx channels for me, too.
Re: EULAs on other, non-OS software
IANALBIPOOTI and I think there is UK case law that covers this: I seem to remember some contract conditions (parking Ts&Cs) were not enforceable because they were only displayed on the back of the ticket, and the contract (purchase of said ticket) had to be entered into before the terms could be read.
Re: We need a good backup solution
Agreed - I think the killer functionality in the consumer space would be proper versioning (the only way to defeat cryptolocker). I think Dropbox has such a system, but it would be great to see it on consumer back up boxes like (secondary) NAS and external HDD systems.
Re: Doesn't ring true indeed
Good job there aren't any conspiracy theorists around! I bet those crazy idiots would think this was some kind of false-flag black-ops terrorism attempt to justify the increased terror alert, but was just inadvertently foiled by a women taking the wrong bag!
Re: It was fun while it lasted.
>>(kewpie doll to anyone who knows where "death nail" came from)
Confusion between "death knell" and "nail in the coffin", I would guess.
Some of these big screens weigh so much that the installation the require makes front projection look like not just the cheaper option, but the easiest one too.
>>my usage for the last month is over 200GB
My sons have Steam; and bought a copy of Wolfenstein each --- 88GB in a couple of days. I watch a lot of SKY on-demand - that is 1-2GB per hour of TV. I work from home and that's probably another 1-2GB per day. Our monthly usage is therefore the thick end of a TB and (for all their peak time congestion) SKY have honoured their promise of 'unlimited'.
So, if I VPN all that, I'm a pirate unless I can prove I'm not? How, by accounting for every GB of data I have downloaded? The idea is simply ridiculous.
Re: Alistair Dabbs
>> the Will Self of the IT world
>Except much shorter, poorer and less likely to get published in New Statesman or The Guardian. I >know this because I tried.
Any IT workers out there rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of all the IT work that would seem to be entailed by a YES vote?
* unlike (apparently the vast majority of) politicians, journalists and pundits I realise that 51%:49% in a poll with a 95% confidence interval larger than 2% does not show a majority that one group is ahead.
Re: There's going to be a lot of landfill
I doubt it ... most 3D printed objects have a relatively simple composition (and maybe a few pigments) - pretty much a recycler's dream. Even better, use an edible substance such as chocolate --- although maybe not for coffee mugs :-)
"How much would Jimbo have contributed to the access of information without Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf? No web, no wiki. No internet, no wiki."
Agreed, but let's not forget Ward Cunningham!
Why the Warsaw flight crashed...
I heard the joke as follows:
The pilot was just a simple Pole in a complex plane - so they used the method of steepest descents.
Re: the “adult weight” of 87kg
At 1.78m and 68kg I think you're slimmer than average if you're male. You're the same height as me though ... anecdote:
My Doctor: "You are 15 Stone. Do you know your BMI?"
Me: "Of course, it's exactly twice my weight in Stone, 30"
Dr: "That's not how you calculate it"
Me: "It is if you are 5 foot 10"
Dr: *fiddles with calculator, then laughs* "do you spend a lot of time sitting around thinking about maths?"
Me: "Why do you think I'm so fat?"
Re: Some valid points ...
"Who uses just one device?" Well, a lot of people who don't read El Reg, and that (use random strings and rely on email reset if the browser forgets) is the advice I give them. What I use myself is this:
echo -n 'PASS SITE USER' | sha256sum - | base64 | tr 'a-m' '!--' | cut -c -16 | head -1
where PASS is my own secret password; SITE is the URL of the login page; and USER is the userid for that site. That gives me a unique password with 96 bits of entropy for every site (the tr allows me to pass arbitrary rules about including punctuation), and I can calculate it on any device with a terminal (including my Android phone). *Then* I user browser caching.
Some valid points ...
... but I really cannot see the rationale for reuse. They seem to suggest that it reduces cognitive load, but you could just use different high-entropy strings for each website and just store the password in your browser. As long as you can remember your email password, you'll be able to reset any as required.
That's a bit like saying people shouldn't be able to choose their own interior decor because you don't like the inside of any of your friends' houses.
PSN Home was even worse when it started ...
Hello = ****o
Indian = *******
Yes, that's right, a whole continent of people were forbidden to state their nationality, because the word might offend some Native Americans. Although, weirdly, the only Native American I've ever met referred to herself as (Sioux) Indian.
It was still possible to call people vvankers though, it just needed two Vs.
I think I'd rather have...
3 2k monitors and double the framerate? Anyone with a 4K monitor (I've never seen one in the flesh) care to disagree, I'm genuinely interested.
It would be plain rude to call him Mister Spock unless ...
... he was a surgeon?
In order to get anything done at all (I work from home and have a landline telephone number ending 00xx, so it's early on in the robodial lists for this area) I have an answering machine silently answer all my calls. Messages are off but the announcement informs callers of the VIP code, which will actually cause the phone to ring; not before it tells them it is for the exclusive use of colleagues, friends and family -- and threatens other users with prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act if they proceed (one great thing about the CMA, you can give prosecute unauthorized users even if they know the password).
The machine has paid for itself many times over, fielding around 20-30 calls per working day.
Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"
Oh I'm such an idiot; Muphry's Law again --- 1TB is exactly 1012 bytes
Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"
"Anyone who does the former [1TB = 1,000,000,000 bytes] should be fired..."
So, that'll be all the official standards bodies? RAM, being addressed in binary, traditionally got expressed using binary k, and disk, not being, traditionally got expressed in decimal k.
Now the official definition is 1TB = 1,000,000,000 bytes and 1TiB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes. Of course, if someone uses MB, TB etc. to refer to RAM it's safe to assume they're talking MiB and TiB. But otherwise, I'm afraid 1TB really is exactly 109 bytes.
Human genome is about 3 Giga bases - four possible values for a base (A,C,G,T) so that's about 6 Gigabits without compression. Amusingly, that's about the same capacity as a CD! I'd expect an 8TB disk to hold the genome of at least 10,000 people - maybe 100,000 or a million with clever compression.
The only thing I missed on my B was ...
... a reset switch. Eventually I put a push-to-break in the USB power cable, ugly but functional.
Re: The Vagenda ...
The Vagenda isn't man-hating - it's one of the reasons I love it. It's acerbic sometimes, funny and generally inclusive. Even this quote isn't from one of the authors - it's a quote from her (male) friend, whilst the article in which it appears "Running with Wolf Whistles" is actually very positive about the men the author has encountered whilst pounding the pavement.
The Vagenda ...
... my favourite feminist blog, contained this pearl recently:
"if IT engineers had to do their work in the middle of the pavement, where we could all see their screens and hear their conversations, we’d quickly stop thinking of builders as the worst misogynists in the village"
Whenever I have visited, I have been amazed how weak most USians drink their coffee - mainly because they are always going on about how they like it strong and black. Back when I was an academic, we had a visiting US professor who, arriving and complaining of jet lag, asked for "a really strong black coffee". My fellow post-doc, a coffee aficionado even amongst his own Portuguese compatriots, took him at his word and cooked up a 1oz espresso in a mini-bialetti on the lab hotplate.
I will never forget that prof's face as he took a sip! He asked if it could be put in a mug of boiling water and, once it was, he expressed enormous satisfaction with it, and said he had learned a valuable lesson about European coffee!
... if you want less acidity, maybe stay away from the acid coffees (good Kenya AA is so acid it usually curdles any milk added). My personal pref is espresso, I have a bodge-repaired, 14 year old Gaggia that has made >=4 cups a day.
One little hint I found useful for Cona and filter coffee that is standing around - shove a cardamom pod in the filter basket. Gives a nice fragrance and seems to counteract the staling effect. Particularly good for a big after dinner (especially curry!) pot that will be drunk during hours of pointless postprandial persiflage.
Re: Infographic Fail
They've quietly changed it.
Ah, I see ...
It's called the Goondas Act to reflect its authorship, rather than its intent.
In other news ...
... drivers of more expensive cars tend to be in a higher income bracket than those who drive similarly functional vehicles with a less premium brand. Puzzling.
Re: More than Outlook
So you need to
go contracting put infrequently used / low user count windows-only software on a few VMs or specific servers, and let the users who use it connect via RDP. You don't need a whole new ecosystem for a small number of use cases.
I can't work out ...
... whether this is serious or not
Re: It's all down to the stupid....
Why not just have this list as part of your complexity rules. In addition to your complexity rules, why not just have a list of (hashes of) forbidden passwords? I reckon the best possible strategy is to allow users to choose anything but to regularly run password crackers on your own user database. Anyone whose password is cracked has to change it.
Re: I'm more impressed
Well, I upvoted. And I've also added DrXym to my "NEVER DOWNVOTE" list.
Re: Why trust any third party?
d3rrial: "why not use "considerdollarbaseready fARSEbook" as password directly instead of hashing it first? It's not like you're adding anything to the password, that would make it safer, by hashing it"
Theoretically, of course, you are right. Practically, however:
- some sites don't encrypt passwords (or may have compromised certs) - I don't want to compromise my master password
- some sites limit password length: (a) the first 16 chars of the hash contain more entropy than the first characters of the password; and (b) all sites which use <=24 chars would have the same password, which I'm trying to avoid
- some sites "enforce quality" which in practice means a minimum length and certain characters. By using base 64 (and tr where necessary) I can meet these rules without having to use those symbols or numbers in my master password (which, for any given length, reduces its memorability).
AC: "I thought TrueCrypt was recently busted wide open?"
It's not quite as simple as that; version 7.1a might be fine :-)
Why trust any third party?
I wouldn't trust a third party with my passwords, but I hadn't even considered availability!
I'm sure there's more elegant ways of doing it, but you could reuse a reasonably secure but memorable password with a memorable nickname for the site you need it for, e.g.:
echo -n 'considerdollarbaseready fARSEbook' | sha256sum - | base64 | cut -c -24 | head -1
As long as you have a shell and some standard utils, you can reconstruct the password.
"Block them at the firewall"
... until these type of IoT devices start shipping with their own SIM cards :-(
Re: A flaw in his argument
"addresses need to be assigned to physical locations, and even mobile phones need to talk to towers, metadata can be gathered, stored, and analysed, if deemed necessary. This is surveillance, and encryption will not help against it." --- TFM Reader.
Encryption can help against it, for instance, I can post the following AES256 encrypted text here:
Quite a few people are going to see that, but only the people who know the password are going to be able to read it. So the mechanics of using encryption to obscure metadata can be relatively simple: you can broadcast encrypted messages to a wide group of people including your receiver, but in a form that only they will understand (numbers stations seem to have been doing this for decades).
Of course, the legality of it is something else. In the UK, as I understand it, having this message in your browser cache, and being unable to produce the key when asked, could result in you receiving an effectively infinite prison sentence, served out in 2 year chunks. In the short term, I can spare you this ("password") but in the longer term that legislation needs to be removed. That gets us back to the real problem - how to get people engaged.
Re: So, the Empire starts in Australia
+ space elevator so we can get all that stuff up out of the gravity well ...
Re: or you could go even more downmarket...
John 110>> I also have to confess an sneaky liking for MacDonald's coffee
It's certainly hard to beat for the price. I set up all day in a local MacD once - they arranged a power socket for me and provided waiter service. When I gave them a tip they put it in the charity box!
Siemens firing is ...
... a high-tech job blow.
Re: Dunno what you can say except...
I agree. I think the privacy people would be happier if they had a better understanding of the process - unlike with the NSA dragnet, this is not about permanent records being kept forever, or your email / cloud storage being scanned for anything and everything. It's a simple pattern search for known illegal content, followed by the appropriate actions being taken for a positive match
We really do need pro-privacy organisations, but - or rather therefore - they must be very careful not to put themselves in a position where they look like they are protecting criminals.
Re: Contrived. Probably by Endomondo.
Article explains that she said yes straight away, and tracked her response later as a formality...
At dinner that evening, he confessed that he had taken the afternoon off work and gone for a bike ride without her. He then shared the link to the Endomondo workout and asked her to look at it on her phone. She looked at her screen, immediately saw the message and after getting over the surprise, gave him her answer…”of course!”
For the record, she tracked her response later on too: [map deleted]
Re: Can someone please explain
"This behaviour is tolerated because most technical managers aren't sufficiently technical that I'd let them program my TiVo."
Indeed - the problem is that, however much we like to think it, IT isn't generally a profession - it's a job. You can't practice law, medicine, accountancy or electrical contracting without appropriate qualification / certification. Surely it's about time that people developing (and I include their managers) internet-facing systems which contain personal data are properly regulated.
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