Does this total include...
...any spyware or tracking software from the NSA?
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...any spyware or tracking software from the NSA?
Security by obscurity is absolute nonsense. Someone wants to target you, they will hunt for that obscure information. They even managed to damage a reactor via an air gap. For that you'd need knowledge of the systems the other side of that gap. If they can find that out, they will find what obscure kit you are using.
A system protected by "security by obscurity" is an easy target for a hacker.
"Speak for yourself. All of our industrial control systems are backed up every hour, accessible USB ports are removed or filled with araldite, disaster recovery is tested once a month, the network is independent and monitored for any any changes (when I say independent I mean just that - own servers, switches and monitoring systems). The last time a bean counter wanted access he was taken to HR and given his discharge papers - we don't compromise security for anyone."
Suxnet was created just for that. A separate network that wasn't connected to the outside world. It jumped the air gap.
What happens when there is an upgrade to the system? Say, add some new equipment or change how part of the process operates. Even an operating system patch. You'll have to transfer that data to the independent network somehow.
And software backups wont be any good if they manage to cause some physical damage.
Make them all "three laws safe"?
There were some that used the cursor keys for moving around. Some even used lots of keys, eg Academy (Tau Ceti 2).
Is that keypad emulating a Kemston interface?
Didn't vote as I'd only say Yes if it was a full keyboard.
The trouble with "Correct horse battery staple" is if they know you are a fan of XKCD and using a four word password, they can still get you with a dictionary cracking tool.
Create a password.....
Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters....
Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character.
1 boiled cabbage
Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces.
Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case character.
Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively.
Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.
Sorry, that password is already in use!
Are they matching up the movement to the typing, as in you could be at the next terminal (within range) and picked up by another terminal's sensor.
And how does it handle one handed typists? I often hold a document in one hand and type with the other, and that can be left and right handed.
And what about the pause I had between paragraphs while I stopped typing to think.
And as for fashionable, some people's idea of fashionable is to be covered in sparkly things, which precludes unisex.
...as I don't like it because of the black bit at the bottom of the screen. I was thinking of getting one till I saw that.
Must make a white watch face look terrible.
They managed to keep the number to all 8s and 1s for quite some time during London's phone expansion. I wonder if the BBC helped drive the way BT changed their numbers.
It used to be
01 811 8181
Then they expanded it by one digit.
081 811 8181
Then they expanded it by one more.
0181 811 8181
Then was completely fucked when they changed it to
0208 811 8181
Anyone applied for refund of their donation to Wikipedia yet?
Having a Samsung S4, I have a few apps that, no matter how often I remove/disable (some are bloatware so cannot be removed totally, just set to disabled) they will re-enable themselves and update themselves.
Apps, such as ChatOn, Flipboard, S Health and Trip Advisor.
Some apps I've not updated, such as Facebook and Twitter as the new versions want too much access. No you cannot read my SMS and play with my wifi settings.
Facebook are trying to force and update by disabling the build in messaging and making you install another app, which has all these nasty permissions too.
What do they do when someone is standing in the middle of the road waving their arms?
Does it treat them like a hazard and drive round them. They could be there to warn that the way ahead is dangerous (bridge about to collapse).
Does it treat them as someone to stop at, which case it could be a member of a gang, trying to stop your car so the rest can pounce on it, force it open and rob you.
And I spotted a nice little article about networked cars:
"Most if not all parts ( anything that weighs less than 20 kgs) should be user replaceable without the need for special tools. Could create a huge market for customisation."
That alone scares me. I remember seeing many a home repaired car that would shed a reasonable proportion of its weight by driving over a cobbled road. Imagine all those home repaired cars, held together with string and wrong sized bolts, flying over your head waiting to plummet to the ground.
I've not updated in a while. Not since it required 'reading SMS messages' in its list of demands.
Same goes for Facebook.
"p.s here's a song about selfies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0 :)"
I thought it was an Ikea advert. Taking pictures of your shelf...
Compared to text messages, its not that different. However, your phone broadcasting voice at anytime without prior warning is never a good thing. Throw in that teenagers don't talk much on phones, just text, and you might see a few problems.
It plugged in to the TV and contained several games preloaded. All housed in an old style joystick.
What if someone made a full spectrum emulator in the old style box. Throw in a TV adaptor (could be the old style tuner one or maybe composite video or push the boat out with HDMI) maybe even 9 pin joystick ports (and chuck in a joystick or two) and emulate a kempston or cursor interface. USB slot for copying across the .TAP files and a button on the back to bring up an internal menu (one for copying to/from USB, loading .TAP files, etc)
I would suggest it could also be used as a media centre (as the emulator would probably be running on something like a Raspberry Pi) but then you'd want to put all the gubbins in a fixed box near the TV and have the Spectrum keyboard as a wireless remote control to that unit.
They had permissions creep and wanted access to the microphone on an IR Remote Control app (to let you make voice commands to trigger the remote functions).
After having words with them, they now do two versions, a basic and one with all the extra functions.
I doubt that Facebook and Twitter (which also wants access to your SMS) will release a less intrusive app. And as a result, I am not updating them.
If anyone knows a good and trustworthy apps that will access Facebook and Twitter without all the extra intrusive permissions, please let me know.
I might even write my own.
But, by that time, it has already connected to your phone.
And it is controlled at the PC end. To prevent something writing to your memory card (malware upload or malicious delete all) surely it should be controlled at the phone end?
My older phone would ask every time if I wanted to connect if I plugged in to a PC to charge.
My new one gives me the choice of MTP or PTP. It is a minor annoyance that it no longer has 'mass storage' mode but a major annoyance that it doesn't do a charge only without going in to the developer settings and putting the port into debug mode.
I thought technology was supposed to improve, not go backwards.
So, a rival can't call themselves
Can't Believe It's Not Candy
If you are 20 miles away, why would you feel the need to tweak the aircon?
Was in one recently who was too busy fiddling with his taxi booking system phone thingie to fully watch the road. Had to point out to him there was an empty taxi lane beside the queue of cars we were stuck in.
Ban them from having more than one device on the screen and they will have a tablet and a mini wifi network connected to all the phones in his glove box, scraping the messages from each device.
But if they are paid in BitCoins by their customers, they don't need to buy any.
"It's not the meteors you have to worry about. It's the meteorites."
No, its the potholes you need to worry about if you spend all your time watching the sky for falling objects.
...if you know for certain that your compiler is not compromised and injecting code in to the final executable.
And how do you know that open source compiler is safe as you have to compile it on something to start with.
... of odd and even numbers? Only the odd number Windows versions are any good (ok, just XP (5) and Win7. Vista (6) and Win 8 are not so good)
I miss the keyboard on my old HTC Desire Z.
Though the screen is very small compared to the Samsung S4. Pulled it out the other day to find an old note I typed on it and that thing looks tiny.
There is a lot to be said about tactile interfaces. I could type without looking at the screen or keyboard on my old Desire Z as I could feel where the keys were. I can touch them without the device thinking I am pressing them. Thus my typing speed was a lot faster than on my Samsung S4 or on my 10" tablet.
An on screen keyboard is ok for a short reply, but if you want to type something longer (or even have a rant online) I always find myself heading to a PC so that I can put my words across at full thinking speed instead of being held back by the bottleneck of typing on a virtual screen.
Going by the price some charge to update their built in Sat-Nav (Vauxhaull charge over £100 for singe update that comes out once per year) I am not surprised they are taking their time to move to a platform that allows other people's software on their systems.
I hope that when they do allow interconnection they have some sort of separation between the car controls and the satnav/entertainment system. If the systems were joined it wouldn't be too tricky to make a malicious app that unlocks your car for thieves or engages your immobiliser when you do above 65 on a motorway.
The T18 and T28 were a pain. There was a software bug in them that made it look like the phone was operating normally, with full signal, until you try and call or text.
Rebooting the phone would make it spring to life, letting you know of all the texts and voicemails you had waiting for you.
"What else does a telephone really need to do?"
For starters, I no longer carry a separate camera these days.
It doesn't NEED to have the extras, like a camera, it is just something that is a little more handy than pockets of junk.
Try turning them off via gmail.com
Some mobile apps do tend to forget settings or not pass them back to the main site.
I turned that annoying thing off as soon as it was implemented.
I already have several email accounts (for different things like work, personal, a few sites I run, etc) and it can be a pain having to look at each one without having to fight through several sub folders on each account.
It is the same on Firefox and have ensured my allow non-intrusive setting is on.
I don't mind text adverts or stationary graphics. But moving graphics or ones that take over your screen is why they are all blocked.
If ever the Reg puts adverts in to the quieter category, I might just white-list them.
...Twitter and Facebook's Android apps?
I'm not updating them due to their extra permissions and would ideally get them off my phone by using something with less permissions.
It is walled garden apps we are talking about. It is the official Facebook app that wants to poke about in your SMS messages and fiddle with your WiFi settings.
"What's the betting the survey says that the phones are only ever used for checking on family welfare."
What do you use your illegal mobile phone for?
A) Checking on the hoes you are pimping.
B) Telling your crew to beat up the family of someone who pissed you off inside.
C) Checking with your family and talking to your pet dog.
Yea, who is going to answer anything but C.
Can imagine the frustration of someone smuggling a mobile into jail up their hoop (3 pin charger included) only to find out they can't get a good signal on the 3 network.
Remember the Original Domesday book. From 1086 and still readable
The update to it was created in 1986 and there is limited hardware that can read the disks any more.
The data may survive on the drive, but will future civilisations have the equipment to interface to an old SATA drive?
Several have jumped ship from Cyanogen
And watch on the device of your own choice without having to sit through the piracy warnings or trailers you are forced to watch on the DVD copy.
If you are a Narwhal, it would be midnight.
"false means false!"
I would disagree on that point. Take the following conversation taking place between a husband and wife when she us upset.
M: Is there anything wrong dear?
F: NO!!!!!! <slams door>
I'm sure the software will handle those logic levels.
'Illegal' becomes 'treaty' becomes 'agreement' becomes mining rights.
...and that is the path to the dark side.
"...your sarcasm tag is ineffective because there is no opening one."
The point was a thing called humour. Maybe you should do a little research.
And I was not trying to write code that would parse in a compiler. I was saving it as a punchline to a joke. Punchlines are normally made at the end, not at the start.
Or are you claiming you typed <sarcasm> once in a post and still haven't turned it off yet?
With a little something added to the Interface 1 module.
A little impractical though. A slight bit of interface wobble and you have to plug your tape drive back in and reload the keyboard mapping software.
Basically doing what other companies have done before with a USB keyboard made from old PCs, just making a bluetooth version of it. No Z80 processor inside any more.