31 posts • joined Friday 23rd November 2007 10:38 GMT
Don't be so dismissive of the serial port on here. I have one on my laptop and I use it quite frequently - there are still a number of devices which use RS-232 as a standard interface (GPS, radio equipment, etc). My previous laptop was erroneously ordered without serial and I had to muddle along with a USB/serial conversion dongle - not ideal.
@ Lee Jackson
As for the previous posters who've made the Google analogy, there is (IMO) the issue of intent. Pirate Bay should be seen as doing what they did predominantly to facilitate illicit activity.
"Conficker, aka Downadup, [...] exploits the MS08-067 vulnerability patched by Microsoft last October"
"The worm has been able to build the largest botnet on record largely because sys admins have been slow to cut down the vulnerability responsible for fueling its spread."
And what's the betting that the majority of comments on this will be bashing MS (who fixed this) rather than the sysadmins (who didn't apply the fix)?
As a report by the London Assembly (or GLC, or whatever they're called nowadays) noted when assessing the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings, the fact that London Underground opted for Airwave was coincidental....certainly not part of some grand design to have LU and the police on the same network. This lucky coincidence meant a financial saving as the police didn't have to fund extension of the Airwave network to the Underground to support police communication...but let's not kid ourselves that this is some joined up thinking.
makes me think...
"It subsequently crashed in a swamp near Milton, Florida, where investigators discovered "no signs of ... a smashed windshield"
That must be one robust windshield
"Having lost faith with data destruction, on the basis of its experience with one wiping tool,"
Important word missing here: "free".
Yeah...if I had data which, if it fell into the wrong hands, could significantly jeopardise my financial wellbeing and possible my personal security, then I don't think I'd be bothered to invest a few quid in a tool to delete the data properly.
Pay nothing, get nothing. Sounds like to data "destruction" software was perfect value for money
@Nick / Thermodynamics
"Surely the heat output of a processor is a function of the power input? In order to be as hot as the sun, either the battery life will be miniscule, or the power supply will be huge."
I'm guessing the latter option....is this the downside of solar powered appliances?
sounds cool for waterproofing gadgets, but I'm not sure about clothing. If it's *so* waterproof does that mean that treated articles won't breath in the same way that Goretex does. Could get a bit sweaty in there....
"You are perfectly within your rights to refuse to accept the increase in charges or terminate the contract early."
Be that as it may, how many people entered into a contract in order to get a shiny new handset either free or at a knock-down price?. Terminate your contract early and you have to return the handset surely....something which I expect makes the "just tell them to stuff it" option less palatable to a lot of people.
Are they using an eight bit bitmask to store the characteristics of barks under different circumstances? I hope so, then the code which handles it might say:
[ hmmmm.... El Reg comments system doesn;t seem to like formatting code-like comments ]
@"No worries" By Christoph
"They have a new security scheme in place - the password will still be bundled, but will be securely protected with industry standard ROT13 encryption."
And then what's the betting that when they subsequently decide to beef up their security even more, some clown adopts the practice of double ROT13 encryption for extra security.
"Broadcast Warehouse supplies radio equipment to many of the new community radio stations and are on Ofcom's published list of suppliers, but in future they're going to have to be a lot more careful about identifying their customers. Perhaps some sort of ID card?"
Will a Lithuanian one do?
@ Ivan Headache
Welcome to my world...been trying to sort out my parents' email, as they're with Sky and having similar problems.
Have spent ages on the phone to tech support at Sky (two of the preceding words are laden with sarcasm - can you guess which 2?) trying to sort this one out.
The bottom line I'm getting from them is "There's a web interface you can use for your Sky email. We provide POP/SMTP but we don't actually support email.. if SMTP/POP work for you then that's nice, but if not then don't come crying to us"
I am willing to publish a correction to the previous sentence if I was provided with some more information from the Sky engineer who I have been promised numerous times will call me to discuss this. The engineer's name is Chris Bell. Chris, if you're reading this, then at least have the courtesy to call me and tell me that you don't give a s**t rather than just ignoring me.
Sky TV? No complaints. Sky broadband? I'd rather stick pins in my eyes.