689 posts • joined Monday 4th February 2008 19:23 GMT
Re: If it's such an offence. Then why hasn't Peaches Geldof been arrested?
From the article, it appears that it was HM Courts and Tribunal Service that actually published the names of the women, this was then put on a US web site and PG read it there.
A bit awkward to prosecute someone if they have seen information that the courts themselves disseminated in error.
Re: Not 'Greatly Exaggerated'
Running which software version? If it was pre-10.2 then things have changed quite a lot.
I don't think so, it's a type of tree that is called a Monkey Puzzle tree colloqially in the UK. The name refers to the sharp needles on the branches that are thought to make it difficult for even a monkey to climb.
It's actually a Chilean pine, and part of its scientific name Araucaria araucana was also used by the recently-deceased Guardian crossword setter Araucaria.
Re: Operationally, Snowden is a hero
When I see people with such power laying it on thick in front of a committee that didn't so much as gently chew their socks let alone bite their ankles then I automatically get suspicious. I can work out where the weaknesses are in comms systems, so can the bad guys. Assuming that telling their techies what they already knew will affect things badly is just disingenuous.
These people have too much power and can gain access to too much without sufficient oversight. I would rather take my chance of 0.00001% of being injured by terrorism in my lifetime than have a 100% chance of having my personal information hoovered up and stored and also face a worsening risk of my banking details becoming known to criminals because the spooks corrupted the crypto and crypto systems.
Re: Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.
They have all these channels don't they, perhaps they could supply different viewer groups suitable programmes on different channels?
I enjoyed watching that Jim Al-Khalili last night, absolute science and equation pr0n!
Ah yes, governments...
...that are supposed to be "of the people, by the people and for the people."
Which address has just passed the US government by?
The Playbook was shipped before the memory requirements of BBos 10 became obvious, and he sensibly decided not to update people's tablets to a standard which would have caused fairly dreadful performance having seen the effect on the internal development Playbooks with 1GB of RAM fitted.
Playbook OS 2.1 is more than adequate, especially when you consider that the tablets were on sale a year ago for less than 90 quid.
Maybe as BBOS 10 matures it would be possible to put a less memory hungry version on a Playbook but I suspect that Blackberry are not going to devote any development effort to it now so it is most unlikely to happen.
Re: Failure poker...
You can't put the words "politician" and "learn" into the same sentence.
The reason they can't, and won't learn, is because none of this stuff has any relevance to their taxpayer-subsidised lives. If they were suddenly to find themselves at the mercy of the DWP in real life so that they understand why it all goes wrong and why it's so important to the downtrodden to get it right then we'd see some cluefulness applied.
But it's not going to happen is it?
What plaintext emails? Most of my Exim headers contain the string AES-128 or AES-256.
Of course, if I keep the email on my server then it could be seized under judicial warrant, but if the only readable copy came from my end and I have deleted it then the contents can only remain in my head and that's not open to fishing trips from LEAs even if I haven't forgotten what was in it.
Re: I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...
There is a crucial difference. Google may well scan the email and then serve up relevant (splutter!) ads, but it doesn't then keep that email (unless you want it kept), the tokens used to determine the ad in question or anything other than the fact that an ad is served, payment is recorded against the entity supplying the ad and then that's the end of it.
The NSA grabs the data and stores it for processing at their leisure. We have no idea whether they're currently chewing through archived stuff from 2009 or whether their processing is fast enough to be somewhere in late 2013. If an ever more repressive government got its hands on that data it could rescan it all for any purpose and the send in the secret police at 3am to wherever it felt like.
Re: My 48 hours of use random thoughts.
I received mine on Monday too, a 32GB model.
So far I like it a lot, I too came from a Galaxy S2 that was struggling with available RAM and JB 4.1.2.
I have a 3rd party Qi charger pad, it's excellent and the phone charges from 10% to over 90% in well under an hour.
It feels very solid in the hand, the lack of removable battery cover means that the back (which can be removed if you have to, see service manual for how) is very tight and unmoving. I'm a fan of the slab-of-granite approach to phones so this pleases me greatly.
I too have suffered with the Android external SD unmount/corrupt/refuse-to-remount problem, I don't know a solution but I did decide that I would go for the larger capacity version. Had there been a 64GB model I would have bought that, although I suspect it would rarely exceed half full.
So far everything has worked beautifully, I don't really want the "OK Google" feature anyway so have happily left voice recognition on UK settings.
And yes, it's really jolly quick...!
Re: more attractive than the $4.7m
The shame is that BB10.2 is really nice and the phones are very solidly built and smooth to use. My daughter loves her Z10 but I wonder if they will manage to get enough of the manufactured stock out in the market to make a difference.
Just goes to show how the mobile game requires companies to run to stand still and run like hell to win.
Re: BIS Bull
The BBOS 10 phones no longer connect via BIS...
...from an old grey-bearded radio amateur.
It's been fun, read many of your articles, got better informed through doing so.
Best of luck with the future!
Re: Too little, too late.
You might like to ask WhatsApp about their slightly broken encryption...
Re: Tuesday's iOS 7.0.3 reportedly breaks it
And couldn't possibly be deliberate, at all, oh no!
BBM is free...
...what you are paying for is access to BIS email and web acceleration on BBOS 7 and older OSs.
BB10 doesn't do any of the BB special data tricks unless you use BES.
It took about 26 hours...
...for an activation email to appear (early Tuesday morning to 3 am today) in my case.
I suppose it could go either way, but the email I used for pre-registration worked immediately I had downloaded the app.
I find BBM pretty good, and on Android at least I can see that the incoming message isn't marked as read until I've touched the screen for the chat in question so it really can only be the fault of the reader when a message isn't heeded.
If only BB had launched the Z10/Q10 with BBOS 10.2 then it might have sold better, it's actually a very nice phone but in March it was still incomplete from an OS point of view.
Re: Dear Points Of View,
Re: ultra conservatives did not elect Obama
Just like the UK, the vast majority of the votes cast are irrelevant. Here we have marginal constituencies, there they have swing states.
What's needed is a way of making everyone's vote equal, and preferably of having people to vote for that have integrity.
I think that will be a while coming...
Re: Beard second
The problem with a nanometer is that the scale is very difficult to read.
Re: Why didn't he answer the question?
We've already heard from many MPs associated with Intelligence and Security topics and they all say that they were not aware of what was being done by GCHQ as being able to do just that was part and parcel of the Snoopers' Charter bill being debated earlier in this parliament.
We ought to be asking, what else don't we know about that is illegal and being done in our name?
Re: Hmmm... not sure where to begin with this...
Actually Matt, a pedestrian does have an absolute right to cross anywhere they choose and if they are struck by a vehicle then the driver has a case to answer whether or not there is a crossing marked or not. There are, of course, defences to the charge of causing death or injury by careless or dangerous driving but they are not of the form "he wasn't on a pedestrian crossing".
Re: Sensible approach or is it?
Just remember that a GSM/3G/LTE phone doesn't call 999 or 112, it recognises the number dialled as an emergency number and requests a call of type Emergency.
So, when this happens simply make the firmware in the phone enable the GPS (if fitted) and provide as accurate a location as it can via a data connection that is routed to the screen of the emergency operator. No GPS? Then provide a best estimate position based on cell site triangulation or other information (WiFi location?). Otherwise fall back to even less accurate location data.
I don't know what the legal situation is in the UK, I think it might require you to have someone older than 16 with them but I can't point to any statute. Interesting how the age of criminal responsibility is 10 but a child is not supposed to be left alone when they are much older.
As a parent, I would hesistate to leave a 3 year old (and two younger children) alone when I was 100m away, but if I were 15m it would be a different consideration. I don't know the exact details of what was between the tapas bar and the apartment, it looks like fairly open space but there may be obstructed sightlines. I would want to have my eyes on the place where they were.
Whatever we say here it won't make the McCanns feel any better, and after 6 years I doubt that this exercise is going to reveal much more of what happened to the little girl.
Re: Radio hams?
Too right, some of us could wipe out the entire planet's life if we did that sort of near-light s thpeed thing.
If the RF sent Juno's way was problematic then it's going to fall over when it reaches Jupiter as the fields generating the RF there are quite a lot of dB larger than we can generate from earth.
The real poison in DRM...
...is not that it puts proprietary elements inside open protocols, but instead it is that it creates the mindset where the providers of paid-for content get to set the limits on what people can do with their own material that is under their own copyright or distribution licence.
That's what this is about, prolonging the lives of dinosaurs.
Re: 2G shutdown
If that is the case then neither of my kids' phones/tablets would work in our house, they have 2G backup in our area and the displays show the roaming symbol to back that up.
I can believe they have done this is areas where they have blanket coverage and high population density, if they did it everywhere then it would be a disaster for them. Have to wait for full 4G coverage before that becomes possible I'd say, they're never going to roll out 3G coverage to uncovered areas now unless it comes with the 4G transceivers they install (and it will of course).
Re: Dates mixed up!
You are both correct, but the extended spectrum for GSM was allocated (even if not actually usable) much earlier. GSM started to appear in other countries in 1991 IIRC.
If my ailing memory serves, I think that the (E)TACS frequencies were restricted to below 950MHz so that the top 10MHz of the 900MHz GSM band could be used for GSM development and early roll-out.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETACS shows that ETACS stopped at 950MHz, GSM900 band goes up to 960MHz.
Re: 2G shutdown
ITYF that your 3 phone *does* fall back to 2G (originally O2's and later Orange's) networks when it can't find a 3G signal. This is because 3 bet on having coverage at 2.1GHz only, but couldn't roll out fast enough to meet coverage requirements so needed that 2G backup.
The 3G licences specified only 80% population coverage, so in fact 3G coverage has never been ubiquitous in the way that 2G sort of was. The 4G licences specify 98% population coverage to force network roll out to a lot more geographical areas.
Re: He doesn't get it...
While free access to the data is deeply concerning, the mere presence of vast amounts of such data means that it is there for exploitation in the future by whoever is in a position to do so. It makes no difference whether the people that do this are psycopathic politicians who have a massive ego trip and think that they can rule over their minions or that they are criminals who can search through the databases and use it as a means to blackmail people and hold their misdeeds or predilections over them.
If the data is not stored in bulk and for long periods of time then neither of these threats can come to pass.
If the price of detecting people who will be lucky to kill as many people as die on the roads in a week is so high then I'd prefer to take my chances rather than have the certainty that everything I have ever done is held somewhere that it could be misappropriated.
Re: Control, Control
BB10 phones don't use BIS at all, and BBM is provided over a standard data connection when using the cellular radios just as it is on WiFi.
Re: I have a co-worker who had a Z10...
Yes, BB10 is pretty nice to use, it's brilliantly smooth and polished and makes my Android seem quite basic.
However, it doesn't have many useful apps, although most of the important ones (that don't involve watching videos and picture of cats) are there.
As for the Android sideloading, this was never intended for end users, it is for developers to use during the process of porting their Android apps to BB10. Naturally BB would prefer them to develop using Cascades.
Well, that's good news really...
...especially if you're a radio amateur. Plasma TVs are notorious for generating an astonishing wideband hash of spurious signals from DC to at least VHF.
Someone will be along to tell us that sending this message without a callsign violates licence conditions in many places <g>
Re: "HI" is Morse Code laugh
Diddley dah-di-dah...pip pip!
Re: Bad week for giffgaff
It wasn't a database problem as such, it was actually a failed failover in a duplicated transaction processor (this actually took out two Irish MVNOs as well). The faulty processor failed partially, and because it wasn't completely failed the other processor didn't take over.
The resulting surge of people flocking to the giffgaff web site to look for help/vent/top-up etc ended up swamping the system (about a 400% increase in traffic I believe) and so a lot of transactions ended up being queued and giffgaff had to take their main web site off line to recover the situation.
Re: Bad sticker wording
Looks like they are trying to prevent the re-sale of phones sold with a subsidy, or indeed to make it more difficult to ship stolen phones abroad.
Still not a good idea but I can see why they might have wanted to do it.
BBM doesn't do that, it''s based on a very old protocol that has no provision for versions or indeed server handshakes AFAICS. There is nowhere to trap broken clients because they cannot recognise them.
Re: Paranoid explanation
Yes, and indeed according to the discussions I've read it was, however the old buggy beta was causing "orders of magnitude" greater data traffic to the BBM servers which meant that Blackberry couldn't cope with the rapidly ramping numbers of users with this problem. If you think about it, 'orders' of magnitude implies a minimum factor of 100, so 1.1 million downloads could produce at least 110 million users worth of traffic. The new servers (it appears that Blackberry BBM is separated from iOS/Android) had never seen this sort of load and were overwhelmed.
I find this pretty sad, but it's not unexpected for Blackberry to have screwed this up. I suspect that at the current rate the bad news is going to keep coming as networks drop their products and their app world offerings stay outdated and threadbare. We have one Z10 user within the family, it's a nice phone, it works well and is really smooth to use, but without the 'ecosystem' surrounding it then it will almost certainly die before the improved BBOS and apps appear in full.
Because that's not how it works, BBM is based on Blackberry's old PIN messaging and from the reverse engineering descriptions I've seen it appears that there is no version information or build ID in the headers, simply source and destination PIN and the data. Hence their problem, the only way I can think of to block the rogue version is to create a new server with a different hostname/IP address and change the address the to-be-released clients talk to.
Blackberry could have re-designed the protocol for iOS/Android but I expect that the guys coding it were not given enough time to do this so they were forced to replicate their old design and cross their fingers. That didn't work.
Re: Too late
Well, yes, they have announced it, but the key thing is that Fairfax haven't done due diligence *or* actually raised the cash to buy Blackberry. So it might just collapse before it happens.
There is $2.6bn in cash in the bank though...
Note that even with the new 3.2 version of BB10 Bridge it only does BBM and not email or texts...
Re: Provided that it works
If only, 4 devices, some on WiFi, some on mobile, all enabled, all had PLay services data flushed and remote wipe re-enabled and device restarted.
Not one shows up on ADM. Of course my phone (Galaxy SII) is showing up in my normal Google profile.
I suppose I'll get round to checking again in a month or two and see if it's sprung to life.
Re: Analyst results
Just one thing, the phone was only released at the end of March, it was announced in January.
So really they've only had about one quarter's worth of sales to consider, I think it was only a couple of markets that had the Z10 from the off and the Q10 with keyboard (supposedly their top model) wasn't available for a couple of months after the Z10.
Total cock-up with the app though, it has to be said that until BB OS 10.2 is available there are no officially supported headless apps and the background use API is not concrete even then. Mix that with Android which is very sensitive to wakelocks on background apps and a battery life disaster was on the cards anyway.
Re: Doesn't look too bad.
And there I was looking for your posting ID to be Gerald Bostock...
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