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To be fair ...
... the advice about not opening attachments is not helpful. Sometimes there's nothing in the email but the attachment and sender addresses can be spoofed, so unless you have a policy that all incoming email has to be digitally signed (in which case no unsigned mail should never be delivered to the user, so they can't open it anyway) you are, at some stage, going to have to open attachments. I mean, honestly, who can say with a straight face that you shouldn't open attachments unless you are sure of their contents? If you are sure of their contents you don't need to open them at all!
The problem is in the helper applications. Adobe's PDF Reader is a particular culprit. There is no way that viewing any kind of document should EVER allow any executable code to run without further explicit confirmation from the user. We are far too lenient about applications that allow remote execution exploits.
Like Tie Rack ...
... I thought it had gone away years ago.
Re: @John H Woods - economics in two pages never really works
Dear AC 04:21,
It is impossible to answer your question, if indeed you really seek an answer, without understanding the distinction you intend to convey by quoting "education" in that manner.
I am naturally aware, as are many people, that there is a risk that at least some medical journals may effectively operate as the part of the marketing departments of Big Pharma (Smith, 2005; Spurling et al., 2011; Handel et al., 2012).
Presumably we could agree that the ability to read and understand cogent arguments (i.e. that some journal articles should be taken with varying sizes of pinches of salt) and come to our own conclusions about them is a product of (perhaps a certain kind of) education. As, I would suggest, is the ability to go beyond feelings such as "there's no smoke without fire; it's obviously a conspiracy" and consider the evidence directly -- in this case that the benefits of MMR massively outweigh its risk.
A recent example: there was outrage a few weeks ago from some politicians that approximately £700 of the cost of an NHS childbirth was insurance premium. This was repeated ad nauseam by the journalists, and many people relayed this "news" to me (I have worked on projects for Insurance Companies, and the NHS) as if it were shocking. When I asked them what was shocking, that the risk of an accident necessitating life-long support of the child might be "as high" as a few cases in 100,000 or that the cost of that life-long support might be "as much" as a few £million, these people looked at me as if I were a special kind of idiot - of course those figures are perfectly reasonable. But, nevertheless, wasn't it shocking that insuring against this risk cost several hundred pounds?
This is what I mean by lack of education being the opposite of a public good. The politicians expressing the outrage are either uneducated themselves, or are exploiting a lack of public education to promote a political agenda. The journalists repeating it are either uneducated themselves, or are exploiting a lack of public education to report a good story. The people repeating it to me as if it were amazing are mostly intelligent people who have unfortunately missed that part of their education that would have empowered them to think critically about what is presented to them and to realize that it is not really all that amazing. In fact, I think it is mainly lack of empowerment (i.e. self confidence to apply their own intelligence and reach their own conclusions) rather than ability. Nevertheless, I did not see a single politician or pundit on the TV, Radio or in print putting forward the point of view that the insurance premium is pretty much the right order of magnitude for the insured risk. I'm sure some did, but it would certainly not have attracted the same attention.
Now that little storm in a teacup subsided without apparent harm, apart from wasting everybody's time. But it is the same sort of thing preventing us from using more nuclear power, even though the radiological risks are lower than those of fossil fuels; causing children to die of preventable illnesses, even though the risks of preventative vaccination are tiny in comparison; and numerous other public policy problems.
Handel et al., 2012 BMJ 2012;344:e4212
Smith R., 2005 Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies. PLoS Med 2(5)
Spurling et al., 2011, The Lancet, 378
Re: economics in two pages never really works
"The whole sorry tale of MMR and the triple vaccine is an example of what happens ... WHEN MEDICAL FRAUDS SUCH AS ANDREW WAKEFIELD PUBLISH BOLLOCKS." The very fact MMR take-up is still depressed actually supports the inverse of the hypothesis that education is a public good; i.e. that lack of education negatively impacts a society.
Re: Can we stop ...
I suppose some journo must have seen C2012/S1 (ISON) written down and thought the contents of the brackets was the unofficial name rather than the source of the designation.
Can we stop ...
... calling it Comet ISON? It's a bit like calling something Comet NASA. I'm pretty sure the International Scientific Optical Network is going to spot another one one day. Let's have a new media-friendly name for C2012/S1 or Nevski–Novichonok please --- I suggest maybe "Nev-Nov", which is even more appropriate given the month of its perihelion.
Re: Shows how stupid it is having one indicator that covers all possible failures
Agreed, power-on BIOS beeps can be surprisingly informative
0.4%, not 4%. so 4000 units.
MattEvansC3: "Also that 0.4% failure rate could be higher as there will be a significant number of PS4s that won't be opened until Christmas day."
You might want to refresh that bit about sample sizes from Statistics 101. Even if 90% of those million PS4s are under the tree, the sample size tested would be 100k units, with 400 failures. Even that that gives you high confidence that the failure rate of the full 1M units will be 0.4% to 1 significant figure. (My maths is a bit rusty but I make the 99% confidence interval 0.351 to 0.449).
Natural language ...
Person: Go to the shops, get me a carton of milk. And if there are any avocados, get me five.
Robot: They did have avocados. Here are your six cartons of milk.
re: bum him
I'm sure I'm not the only person who suspects the homophobia stems from the usual place -- repressed homosexuality.
Ob. Chuck Norris Joke:
The FORCE feels Chuck Norris
Re: It might be classic lit, but....
Northanger Abbey should be the one to start the kids on. Short, sarcastic and funny, with a little bit of suspense for good measure. I can't resist quoting, so apologies, but on discussing how a young lady might bashfully put aside a novel they had been reading ...
Now, had the same young lady been engaged with a volume of the Spectator . . . how proudly would she have produced the book, and told its name; though the chances must be against her being occupied by any part of that voluminous publication, of which either the matter or the manner would not disgust a young person of taste: the substance of its papers so often consisting in the statement of improbable circumstances, unnatural characters, and topics of conversation, which no longer concern any one living; and their language, too, frequently so coarse as to give no very favourable idea of the age that could endure it.
Click the padlock icon to see the certificate, there's normally an 'advanced' or 'more information' button that will show you additional details - these should include the encryption mechanism. My https to Google yields:
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA, 128 bit keys
Re: Rebuild times
Aaron Miller: "All RAID is not RAID-5"
Agreed -- and RAID-5 has been silly for a decade. eg http://www.baarf.com/
... nobody needs this technology any more. Just take as many overlapping pictures as you can with a high quality camera and let something like Hugin do the rest.
Just showing my wife ...
... because my company car is up for renewal soon. But she just says it looks too much like the taxi in Total Recall ...
Might this approach give one more confidence there aren't backdoors in one's network kit?
Re: Decisions decisions.
Wouldn't shorting them create a fire risk?
Rob, do you have supplier and instruction recommendations? Just about to start on the same job myself.
Twitter - a news feed for people who can't grok RSS
Re: Ditch the aluminium
I think "frank ly" might have been referring to Star Trek IV.
Do you remember ...
... when PlayStation Home first launched? It had weird censorship - "Hello" became "****o" and "Indian" was not allowed at all!
I am delighted.
I am a 'green' - not a tree hugging, knit-your-own-yoghurt, anti-progress green - but I think we should take a science-based, damage-limiting approach to our sustainability challenges.
The Fukushima Nuclear Success shows that even old technology, subject to horrendous environmental challenges, is safer than burning fossil fuels. We need a lot more nukes. Just a shame that we in the UK seem to have to borrow money from the Chinese to pay the French to build (just) one new plant.
Of course we should continue to research renewables. But if we're all going to be driving electric vehicles soon, we are going to need a lot more capacity. Maybe start now, instead of a power policy based almost 100% on nimbyism, whose medium term consequences will be loss of power and whose long term consequences will be the hurried last-minute assembly of suboptimal, and almost certainly less-sustainable, generation capacity.
... and the other reason shipping containers are such a useful architectural resource in the states is that the USA doesn't manufacture enough stuff to return the containers that arrive - and it isn't economical to ship them back empty.
"A good Smalltalk method probably only has one comment, which describes what the method does. Everything else should be pretty understandable from reading the code. If it isn't, that's usually the fault of the coders (the reader, the writer or both) rather than the language. Any method big enough to need inline comments is usually too big to be a single method, and should be a considered a candidate for refactoring."
Re: And some sour grapes too.
... as these incidents were caught on CCTV, the perps have already been apprehended?
Outgoing mail filter idea...
... how about diverting all outbound mail that contains, either directly or in an attachment, more than N historical dates, postcodes or NI numbers to another department for checking before sending.
It would be a start. I'm sure we can come up with a regex ...
I prevented my daughter accessing online porn ...
... I didn't want to give her unreasonable expectations. A whole generation of girls are growing up thinking you can get a plumber or washing machine repair man round about five minutes after phoning.
Kids these days ...
"Get in the van!"
"The van's got wifi ..."
"Oh, ok ..."
... I think it might be "opening the kimono" or "dropping the towel"
Re: And Laws of the USA/Europe are going to prevent this?
Yes, I've always wondered why USians think "could care less" is a synonym for "couldn't care less" but then I'm told they believe that "buried at sea" is how you say "chained to a radiator in a secret prison with electrodes on his testicles"
Terry, you're right, but - if you want an app you usually have to compromise. I have a dashcam app on an old Android. I had to give it permissions to make calls (e.g. to the emergency services or a specified contact) so that its call-on-collision function can work, even though I keep this function switched off. But if I'd said 'no' I'd have to do without the app.
The primary defence is economic. The dashcam phone has no SIM, so it can't cost me money. My own phone is PAYG, so the highest cost I could incur is exhausting my call or text credit before the end of the month.
In terms of privacy, Google could tighten up some rules: for instance when an app asks for permission to use contacts, one should be able to deny that without forgoing access to the app, perhaps my having an OS level option to restrict the contacts available to that app to a specific group of those on the phone.
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Re: No surprise
<Sheldon>I refuse to contribute to the devaluation of the word genius</Sheldon>
Re: The other flaw...
It's not you that's thick, Psychic Monkey. A reasonable estimate is that 100 gigahumans have lived on the earth since we evolved, and that 7 gigahumans (the current population, approx) had lived on the earth by perhaps 8,000 BCE, certainly by 1 CE.
wolfetone "I'd have preferred a £10/£20 reduction in the license fee to be quite honest."
Where did it say that this was going to cost £250-£500 million pounds a year? That's the discount you're asking for.
"Dutch mathematics and computer science student Thijs Alkemade" ... has an encrypted name
Re: supersize me....
"You know you are eating toxic muck when even the *microbes* won't have at it!!"
I'm afraid this is bogus. How long can you leave a bag of flour in your cupboard? A pot of sugar? A sack of rice? If the fries aren't moist, and they go into a clean dry environment, they will probably dry before they rot. See also drying flowers, naturally mummification, etc.
Re: Everything in moderation
"Everything in moderation - including moderation" - Oscar Wilde (although I can always hear Billy Connolly saying it).
Sale of Goods Act ...
... although these things are normally litigated in the US, does anyone have any insight into whether the existence of a deliberately introduced massive security flaw (into a device whose function is partly to implement security between the WAN and the LAN) could count as the goods being unfit for purpose in the UK? Any law students fancy a go at a UK test case?
Re: The other El Reg article...
unitron "So how did my comment (on the subject of competition) in reply to that article wind up attached to this one?"
perhaps it was too good to miss - I didn't read the first article so i'm glad it was moved/copied.
I offended an acquaintance ...
... who told me that Rockstar's morals were awful: he found out his 12 year old nephew was bragging about murdering prostitutes for money in GTA IV. I told him that as it was an 18-cert open world game where you were able to do a vast number of non-mission activities, and - to a large extent - make your own choices about how you play the game, the only morals that appeared to be at fault were the parents' and the child's.
He never spoke to me again.
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- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion
- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account