"pay to get access to other people's vitals"
The oldest trade, tarted up in the name of romance.
2331 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007
The oldest trade, tarted up in the name of romance.
It is a fair point, that with several MLOC and a closed environment for a few dozen folk to review the code, you have very little chance of finding anything.
If, and that is a hypothetical "if", the TLA have had backdoors planted you can be damn sure they are not so dumb as to have obvious code and matching comments to draw attention to it. Most likely it would be some apparent 'typo' that allows an exploit to be deliverer, or it would be some obscure cryptographic flaw (or blind use of closed hardware support) that makes it easy for them and hard for others to exploit.
I think it is that a lot of dog diseases can be passed to seals.
At the BAS base at Rothera they have photos of the various dog teams and some letters about what happened to the last set when they went back (I think to Canada) to live out their lives. Most did not live long, probably due to a lack of immunity to diseases on the mainland, but at least they were treated well. Still fondly remembered by the older hands.
Given two choices:
(1) broken ribs, broken vertebrae, punctured lungs, demolished spleen
(2) several months of daily buggery
I think any sane person, of any sexual disposition, would opt for the buggery!
+100 for this. Not only the standardised units, but the idea of standard parts (like Whitworth's screw threads) and the resulting interchangeability that led to mass production and, in many ways, the latter part of the industrial revolution and all those affordable gadgets we take for granted (you know pipes and taps for clean water, cookers, etc,).
Do I put my data on public-facing networks?
Am I subject to USA data snooping laws? Would I know if I was subpoenaed?
If I run out of short-term cash will I delete my own data?
Also money is, like AC power, or water, etc, interchangeable. The numeric value of my balance is not something that would be of special advantage for industrial espionage.
Electricity is a basic commodity, it has no real unique characteristics. Just 230V +/- 10%, 50Hz, (mostly) sine wave here in Europe.
My data is unique which is why it is so much more valuable. Do I trust others to look after it? No!
Sure, I might use a cloud provider to store an encrypted backup, but then if they bugger me around I still have the original, and they don't have access to whore me from advertiser (or TLA) to advertiser. Going cloudy might suit small businesses that have no tech support and limited requirements (say just email & dropbox share) but if you have big demands the cost of the "cloud", and the bandwidth needed to work with, it becomes uneconomical even before we get to data sovereignty.
It unlikely, unless some moron of a designer makes it dependant on having a signal.
Firstly you can disrupt RF comms at levels way below those needed to actually damage electronics, and secondly most body implants have the benefit of flesh around them which works as a useful attenuator at the sort of frequencies these things work at.
Still, if you need any medical electronics to live, best not to play with an ESD simulator or similar...
Yup, some years ago I had to shrink some schematics down to fit A3 and it was only just readable. Now I try to fit on A3 pages and split up the design, which sounds obvious, but then with some packages you don't get that much on an A3 page at normal symbol size :(
Cloudy, with some rain in the immediate future
Probably break it for spares, though I can see some great Darwin awards coming for petty thiefs...
EVERY article ever written on El Reg about driverless cars, someone in the forum pops up with "who's going to pay for it if/when they crash"
I do. And now we have a car company saying quite unambiguously that they accept the blame for faults in their car design or manufacture, and that is a great step forward (subject to getting country laws to accepts such a thing).
As other commentards have pointed out, an autonomous car will almost certainly out-brake a human driver in any obvious impact scenario. Though how well they will deal with odd cases, loss of communications (doh! stupid idea...) and anticipation of kids, etc, playing at the roadside is another more difficult question to be answered.
Finally, can we please have proper audits and standards for car software? It is shitty enough we have cars recalled due to potential hacking via in-car entertainment (e.g. Jeep) and not shutting off (e.g. Ford) but having full control of all aspects of the vehicle offers far more opportunities for a BSOD than so far (e.g. Toyota's "unintended acceleration").
So we have:
Its a gift that keeps giving :)
Virgin (no longer owned by the beardy one) bought over past telcos coax networks, they have laid very little since.
It costs real money to do so, and there is not profit in that when there is no universal obligation on them to do so (and bugger-all for openreach putting in fibre outside of VM's areas).
The tech world's FIFA
I fully agree!
Now about that "biologically impossible" act, I'm sure we all have a few old spare routers kicking around and a jar of Vaseline is well within my limited budget...
I saw a 96" 4k TV in Harrods last week and it looked simply amazing, but the £17k price tag is a touch outside my budget.
That sounds sensible. But what happened with Jeep's hacking via entertainment system? Seems someone was not thinking security through at all.
As I have commentarded before, its time that in-car hardware and software was audited for this sort of thing and the results published ncap-style so you can choose to avoid dumb/misled designer's results.
I suspect if this starts costing real profits in the US then the "national security" laws will be changed to have the sort of narrow focus and judicial oversight that should always have been present.
At that point some more equitable replacement agreement should be easy.
The only way this law makes sense is if the criminal then goes on to use/abuse the phone's data.
If your phone is nicked that’s not good, but if there is no violence/injury its only a phone. If you have irreplaceable data on the phone that is valuable then you should not deserve any more compensation (or the scrote any more punishment). After all it could easily fail or be wiped by some botched upgrade and you would get bugger-all back from the EULA even if it were generally dismissed by a court.
How much for the 1TB storage option?
Oh I don't know, Europe has plenty of trolls, and not just under Scandinavian bridges doing a bit of goat-bothering.
Just put up something with a political or religious slant and they come out of the woodwork. Logic and reason are not required, in fact, really take away from a good rant.
Really, this is no place to admit to being a traitor and liar. Though quite why you think "This" is such a state secret I can't quite fathom.
Sensibly used fiat money allows for better management of the economy as Tim points out, but if gov are stupid then gold is a buffer to stop that.
So what is best? Maybe if we stopped any index-linking of politicians pensions, or better still linked them to the economy as a whole, we would see a bit more prudence...
When he died one of the papers had a cartoon sketch of his coffin with a couple fork handles on them and an irate vicar saying "No, I said four candles!"
Some how I think the late, and missed, Ronnie Barker would have approved of that.
Can anyone point to an HP acquisition that is a success?
Will this open another can of worms in the "documents can do stuff" theme that resulted in the various pop-up warnings from Office about risks from allowing macros to run, etc?
I know excess drinking is bad for you, but a pint of Hg? Strewth!
Ironic really, given the Apple logo was based on the symbolic apple from Genesis story of God kicking out Adam & Eve for tasting the forbidden fruit of knowledge. Now they do the same...
Yes, but normally they target the wonks in accounts because they often have lots of access but lack the nous one normally assumes a BOFH has by the bucket full.
Not, it would seem, here...
As soon as folk start talking about compression or de-dupe, they are up to something, and that something is usually a lie.
Compare RAID-protected capacity & cost. Note the IOPS difference, then decide.
Not all work loads benefit from compression or de-dupe to make the extra CPU load and/or RAM usage worthwhile, so leave that to the customer to see if there is some advantage.
Did the same, but promptly unplugged and ran the keyboard under the hot-ish tap for a bit to clean it out, then left is end-up on the to dry overnight. Much to my surprise it worked fine for several years more, and was cleaner then any other in the building!
Yes - probably best option is to nuke it from orbit.
Start again, new board, rules that stop them plying silly buggers, and if they are OK in a years time then job done. After all, most of the Internet would function perfectly well without ICANN, certainly for the time it takes to wipe and re-install.
Firstly a passport is optional, you only need that to travel abroad. Same as a driving license, you only need that to drive. Now most folk will want both, but you can live well enough without them.
Secondly it is not so much malice I fear but incompetence, and that said incompetence could seriously screw you up when everything depends on the ID/database being correct. If its wrong, how do you go about correcting it? Who will pay for losses resulting from such errors?
Not from folk who use email clients that insist on HTML + plain test every time!
The most fundamental issues with the ID cards in the UK come down to two issues:
1) Becoming a non-citizen without one. So if anything happens (you lost it, or the gov screws up) then instantly you might lose the ability to do anything or get health care, etc, because now you now have to prove you are a citizen.
2) The asymmetry of the power. Basically the gov can fine to £1000 for failing to update your detail, can use or abuse the data (e.g. sell it to insurers, etc) as they want. But if they fuck up you have basically no rights to sue them in return (even if you did have that right, the asymmetry in legal resources makes that difficult).
If you look at Estonia they have a very different approach, not the database-state that our gov was wanting to create where the ID was simply to help them. In Estonia the ID card and systems have been created to provide you, the citizen and voter, with advantages.
Just note the law where you can't be pestered to provide data the gov already has, and that you have a right to see who has accessed your data.
Who knows? If a few young Brits get inspired in to engineering and later form businesses with £M turnovers it will have been worth it.
A password manager is a great idea - except when its web based, as you don't control that. Oh and of course if it is software on your machine, and your machine is pw0ned and you have not realised it. Or you have to you another's machine, which may be pw0ned.
Convenience trumps security each time. Probably what we should be going for is a more universal 2FA system so you have one physically isolated dongle-like random number generator that you can register with your password, so gaining access to one or the other is not enough.
Other wise known as "keeping the arse licker"
At one time the main argument for paying for software was you got knowledgeable and experienced support from folk who had made those mistakes years ago and would not do it again on your watch.
Now that is simple an expense to be gotten rid of to shore up some CEO's stupid purchase losses elsewhere.
No if the cable is too long you can do any of the following:
1) Place the appliance further away if it is useful.
2) Coil up the cable, possible with some form of cable tie to hold it neatly in place.
3) Cut the cable a little too long[*] and put a new plug on it.
* We all know a cable cut to length will be too short.
Yes, Windows as such is more expensive. But the overall cost comes down to what you need to run and how much effort you are willing or able to put in to it.
Most readers of El Reg who don't have much legacy Windows stuff will be happy to run various servers of all sorts to do the job, and much cheaper than cloud solutions. Other do need Windows and maybe that is the cheapest solution for either local hardware or cloud provisioning.
On the other hand, a lot of SMB have no real tech support and the cloud suits them in both style and cost. Think web email, document collaboration with Google Docs or Office 365.
And then we get on to data sovereignty and what happens if you decide not to pay suppler #1 any more...
Our experience of P2V converters is mixed, my old home machine (W2k) worked perfectly after I did a bit of file system re-arranging and had enough external HDD to direct the output to. Another machine failed, but that might have been due to the odd/legacy drivers that were not uninstalled first.
I suspect old systems are find with VM emulation, so long as you go for a low enough starting point. Also you can try/wipe/try again with greater ease. Overall I have been really impressed by the VMplayer as a tool to preserve old flaky Windows software and set-ups.
Go on sucker, try attacking me! I bet you can't touch my 127.0.0.1 address :)
Where is the MC Hammer icon when you need it?
Maybe they found the only practical way to do what the Russian gov wanted is to run a few thousand Tor exit nodes that actually "work" in the sense of being seen to provide proper connectivity.
And that would result in jail-time in Russia.
They don't have to, just a secret order and the US companies have to comply.
Considering this case of VW (and no doubt others) lying in such test.
Toyota with unintended acceleration (and a few deaths) due to poorly design software
Ford with cars that would not shut off.
Others like Jeep with crappy security where in-care entertainment could fiddle with braking, etc.
it seems it is high time that on-board software was treated as something to be subject to an independent audit to establish that it is not cheating in test (that any "saving features" really work for normal driving) and that safety and security is taken seriously.
Tried this with Chromium 37.0.2062.120 Ubuntu 12.04 (281580) (64-bit) (version, out of date, supplied with Ubuntu 12.04) and no problems. Guess this bug was introduced since then?
Same test for Firefox on this machine (40.0.3), no problems.
Same test for older Opera (12.16), also no problems. Tried new Opera, it lacked most of the good features of old one (the "turbo" proxy server is its only benefit) so went back. If I need more up-to-date support I have Firefox or can fire up VMs with other choices.
Hey, you know they might use guns as well to conduct crime, so lets ban the sale of those! What, is that is too political in the USA?
Well how about doing a bit of freedom-bothering at the local library, no one will mind that...