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I would have hoped that "3 levels above Top Secret" would be flying saucers and such like, not yet another politically sensitive spying-at-scale program.
With a lot of broadband accounts having ~1GB/day upload limits, you are looking at just under 3 years to upload a TB of data, even assuming 24/7 connections with no down-time.
Yes, multiple sources would spread that burden around, but even so it is still a major problem. How many users, let alone businesses, can wait for months to get data back?
When I first heard of "bitcoin mining" and had not looked it up, I was under the impression that they were "earned" by doing something useful like this and not simple solving a pointless puzzle designed to create logarithmically increasing scarcity.
I doubt the limiting factor in practice would be the end user's storage space though, network bandwidth is going to make the practicalities of accessing TB-sized data sets distributed on home user's PCs a challange.
...not ultra high DPI.
Few folk can work at distances from a monitor where the current DPI is terribly noticeable, certainly not for any length of time. Hence in my humble opinion the really useful market for 4k monitors in the 30" (or a bit more) where having in effect 4 x 15" HD monitors patched together is going to give you useful space for images, text, etc.
A great man
Such a shame he died young, but good to see some of his stuff is coming out from the metaphorical locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.
An example of his mind is in the El Reg article when he died in 2001:
"What we are now focussed on at h2g2 is what happens when people start to share information while they are on the move. Soon we will start to see devices arriving that combine palmtop computers with cellphones with Internet devices with GPS systems. That - in a phrase we hear over and over again when people talk about the Internet - will change everything. You'll be able to read and write to the Guide wherever you are: at the station, in the plane, on a park bench, in your car (pulled over to the side of the road with the handbrake on, of course) in a café. And when you write in something as simple as 'The coffee here is lousy!' the Guide will know exactly what to do with that information and where to put it. And if you see, a few seconds later, a note which says 'Yes, but the cheesecake is good' it might be worth looking round the other tables to see who you've just made contact with."
See, basically he invented the iPhone and Facebook!
Just a shame there were not actually invented by him and he had lived, I bet they would have been a whole lot less shitty to the end user's respect.
Mr. President, we must not allow a lupine directed energy weapon gap!
Re: Where will it all end?
When folk take to putting tape over the cameras?
Re: king of foo
"But surely MS do something fundamentally wrong when it comes to security?"
It is more complex than that.
Modern versions of Windows can be locked down pretty good, but that requires a high level of skill and an attitude of not making life easy if it makes it vulnerable. Home users do not normally fall in to that category, and some (usually small) businesses are run by folk with little more IT knowledge.
What MS also has to battle is a legacy of folk just downloading and running stuff, often while logged in as admin, and just clicking "yes" to every annoying pop-up that asks them if shaftmesideways.exe should be allowed to do XYZ.
In that respect the typical *NIX system user is not expected to do that, and won't normally be logged in as root. Add to that the typical package manager approach to getting most software and it is a different mind-set, more like the Apple walled garden app store.
Re: Paul Crawford Whitter
Do SSD's have a bulk erase option? That would side-step the issue as you could arrange for the data to be erased on panic, and not just the key, thus no encrypted data left to be prosecuted over.
Re: Yes, but...
Yes, I can see how much fun your computer will be once your cat finds the laser spot...
"Tough luck if you have deleted the keys, you still go to jail."
Er, no. The requirement is to hand over any keys in your possession. If you don't know the key because you never memorised it nor backed it up, I'm pretty sure any attempt to jail you for lack of knowledge would fall foul of the human rights act.
Whether they could get you for destroying evidence is another matter, I suspect that would very much depend on showing you activated the destruction because you knew it was the police calling.
Interesting. What about Gallium, etc, for LED lights?
Seems like a very good reason not to use skype really. How many personal conversations would you really want written down?
Re: More Julian Clary I think
So he likes a warm hand on his entrance?
Ahem, to the stage...
Re: The problem with that
AdBlock allows non-intrusive adverts but stops the worst of them, which seems a reasonable deal as those advertisers who play nicely get shown. Also you can white-list sites you like to permit adverts, which is also a fair approach.
Re: Ergo sum
As opposed to rightists who are too busy following orders?
Re: There is one
The problem with the likes of the Chromebook pixel and the Macbook retina is they are expensive largely due to the high resolution. For example, my el-chepo Acer chromebook is 1366 x 768 on an 11.6" screen - that is enough resolution for any viewing distance I can actually use, but the overall screen is just too small!
The option for, say, 1366 x 1024 on a 15.4" screen (4:3 aspect ratio) would give me 33% more vertical space and should not cost much. Scaling to a 17" 4x3 monitor would be even better!
"heaps of suits are doing network diagrams in Visio"
No, probably spreadsheets. But same applies, having a 3x2 screen is much less sucky than 16:9
Re: 50% market penetration, but only 5% ever paid for.
No, just 0.1% phony...
Which bits were different to the official version might worry you, of course...
"Until they realised that no one wants to pirate Windows 8...."
Fixed it for you.
Re: My hand is up
Clearly you, and most of El Reg's readers, are not the target market. It is mainly for folk who just want web access, with a keyboard, and don't want to manage anything to do with updates and AV software, etc.
For that sort of use-case it is very good and cheap, which is important.
Yes, it has Google's spying but most folk are still going to use Google anyway, and probably download Chrome as well, so that is not something they care about.
I got an Acer one for playing with and dual-booting, good value for money, but I do hate the lack of home/end/insert/delete keys on the keyboard.
Re: KNOX is a buggy piece of shit.
"even in it's virgin form...KNOX complains of intrusions"
Maybe that is telling you something important about how buggy the pre-installed (and store?) apps are in terms of not poking where they should not be?
Re: Kind of figures....
The problem with this comes from the president the USA would set, and other ISPs around the would would start eyeing up the opportunity to charge twice for their pipes.
The real problem is not the ides of prioritised data based on type - that is already a known technical solution - but that the payment by source of data becomes the factor. Added in to this the race to the bottom on ISP prices, they won't invest in making better back-hauls unless someone big and rich pays them to.
If ISPs are forced to treat all data sources equally then of course they may have to adapt thier billing model (and maybe, just maybe, be forced to honestly advertise their quality of service) and charge some end users more, but it would keep a level playing field so you don't get a few big media players delivering usable video and anyone else being throttled in to oblivion.
They don't provide the DRM, just the "hooks" that allow it to be called.
In that sense it is no worse than supporting flash player. But they, and other DRM-opponents, are right as it is a very worrying trend towards everything being restricted so ad-blockers, etc, may not be allowed in this dystopian future.
MS had some of the weakest security around at the turn of the millennium but actually decided to do something about it. These days the Windows kernel is not bad at all, and in the believable comparisons (not the odd troll here) it has broadly similar numbers of flaws as the Linux kernel.
What gets your average Windows machine p0wned these days is user-space crape like Adobe reader plug-ins.
Of course, a Trojan and lack of knowledge is another easy route to the dropped trousers and bucket of soapy frogs (which is an OS-independent problem).
MS has an operating system comprising of millions of lines of code in hundreds of sub-systems, and has managed to get serious bugs down to a handful per month to be patched.
Adobe has a document reader, and not much more than a video player for the web, and it can't do much better?
Re: So how come there are so many of them in Australia?
Food for the spiders & snakes I suspect?
Re: "....who wants a liver"
Are you offering a nice Chianti with this liver?
Re: Shipboard Hardware
Good point, if that make it then the next sales opportunity is for schools...
"...runs on ye olde spinning rust, a medium that offers lesser performance than the solid-state-disk-based tier it previously offered and therefore attracts a lower price."
Nope, it runs on ye olde spinning rust, a medium that offers lower cost per GB compared to SSD and that is the reason it is cheaper. The "lesser performance" aspect is why you might choose to pay more for SSD.
An interesting move, however, I first thought they were doing x86 and ARM in the same chip as well so you could get both (or just low power, etc) as needed at run-time.
Maybe if Intel had done this with the Itanium from the start it would have been less Itanic...
Re: I was noodling on the idea of AI a few days ago
*cough* teledildonics *cough*
Re: 'new ways that atoms can be ... potentially made to decay more slowly'
The atomic number, like 117 is the count of protons in the nucleus, but the stability depends strongly on the number of neutrons. E.g. in the simplest hydrogen has none, the Deuterium isotope has one and both are stable, while Tritium has two and decays to half over 12.3 years.
So with the "island of stability" (which is a relative measure, none will be *that* stable) there is a great uncertainty about what the effect of differing isotopes will be. Unfortunately it is damn hard to make any of them, let along high neutron count versions.
Oh dear, that reads as if "bit-wise operations" are dangerous! Doh!
My point was you can do things in C with ease, such as bit-wise operations, pointer arithmetic, etc, that can be seriously dangerous, but is also essential for some OS operations. Same in that respect as assembly, and not as other languages that (for good reason) deny dangerous operations.
I think C was created to be just "one step from the metal" for writing OS in a moderately portable way. However you might complain about the dangers of C, it sure beats assembly!
Re: GOTO be GONE?
There are occasions where a goto might be the most elegant option (e.g. breaking out of multiple nested loops) but the problem I see is when you look at a goto target, just how did I get there?
I think gcc supports a variant on the idea, but then you get in to serious portability issues for a library that should be cross-platform and compilable on systems of widely varying age.
Re: Note to all C programmers
Yes, one of the issues is simply crappy coding style (as the author put it so well "No bug is shallow if it lives in a bug-camouflaging environment.").
That is why the likes of MISRA C/C++ guidelines were created, to get programmers doing things in ways that are robust (i.e. common/minor mistakes are easily caught or mitigated) and readable (so bugs have less opportunity to be hidden).
You can argue C++ has more elegant ways of doing safety/clean-up things, you can also argue that it has lots of interesting ways of adding bloat or doing things inefficiently. But if you know and understand those arguments, you can probably write safe code in either C or C++ anyway.
Depends - it won't stop them if you are a high-value target worthy of directing a lot of resources, hell they will just bug your machine(s) at $100k+ sort of cost in that case.
What is does do is make data hoovering that bit more difficult and expensive. If enough people used it then they would only be able to investigate high-value targets, sort of like the good old days when human resources (i.e. a spy) had to do the work, or that quaint idea of having proper judicial oversight.
Re: Useful for photo sharing.
Have an upvote for mentioning the FB Purity add-on !
Useful for photo sharing.
Increasingly I don't bother with facebook as the signal to noise has decreased. Maybe my "friends" are more boring now, or simply numerous, also adverts increased and lots of pointless article referrals.
But as an ID service? You must be joking?
Remember the "rouge" MP3 site that sold tunes by the data volume, in the format of your choosing, and DRM-free? Much easier to mange as no device type info needed, just let consumers choose the image size/quality and price it accordingly.
Oh and the industry might make more money if they turned out better films and less crap remakes. Just my opinion of course...
Re: Beyond a joke.
"since an SSD has a life of say, 3000 years"
Mistake #1, you assume that erase/write is the only failure mode, and not due to, say, ion migration under voltage stress, etc. Most devices have a lot of failure modes, but often only 1 or 2 are dominant and you may find SSD have lives under read-dominated operations of 5-10 years max.
However, having it mirrored with another device, such as a cheaper HDD, gives you a sporting chance of surviving a failure without problems. (Incidentally the more recent Linux RAID software supports write-mostly for situations like that where IOPS differ a lot between the storage devices).
Re: die fast
Rule #3 of data sheets - NDAs exist because they suck at something or another, and don't want it more widely known or compared..
Rule #1 of Data Sheets
Rule #1: if it is not specified - it sucks.
Rule #2: they probably lied with the stuff that doesn't suck.
Broadly - when talking bollocks about one's self.
Allegedly - when talking bollocks about others.
***chough*** RBS Mainframe ***cough***
Re: @Peter Gathercole
"I tried to embark on a process of capturing the disk images, but stopped when I had difficulty finding any new blank double sided double density floppies"
Don't do that - make an image of the whole disk, for example using 'dd' or some Windows equivalent, and then you can present a copy of said image to a VM running an emulator to extract the files (assuming it is a weird file system format). For example:
dd if=/dev/fd0 of=~/Documents/image-1.dat conv=noerror
Even if you need to make real floppies again, you can 'dd' back from the stored and backed up images you made.
Just remember though that 'dd' is nicknamed 'destroy data' because of the tragic consequences of getting source and destination confused!
Re: I can't describe filesystem corruption...
So a bit like pr0n then?
Mine's the dirty mac with the profanasaurus in the pocket.
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