2976 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
Statement of the bleeding obvious
"NSA and any other world-class intelligence agency can hack into databases even if they not in the [USA]"
Yeah, we know. That is why we are so pissed of with the USA, UK, and all the other USA lackeys.
So much for defending freedom.
I took MS's advice and sent in my comments
Unfortunately for MS I think they are a a freedom-hating shower of arseholes (not to mention a convicted monopoly abuser) and proclaimed my support for ODF.
I know there will be pain/costs in the short-term, but that's OK given the longer-term savings.
I'd love to do that
I started out doing COBOL, now I'm a Java jockey. Moving back to mainframes would mean getting away from all the MS shit that I have to deal with day-in, day-out.
Where do I sign up?
I think the problem for them was a lack of public awareness, but the fact the public became aware of the intended data rape. The fudged lack-of-info campaign was clearly deliberate.
"It still pisses me off that people have been working with IT kit for around 15-20 years, but still use the arguement that its all 'too complicated' and dont spend any time helping themselves by finding out what it is they are actually buying."
That doesn't piss me off at all. What pisses me off is the push by clueless marketeers that it should be easy. My boiler is 'too complicated' and beyond setting the temperature/timer I don't touch the bloody thing. I hire someone who knows what they are doing.
Why are people so averse to hiring someone to come in and sort out their router or what-have-you?
*I* am quite happy to arse about with my routers, but it is certainly way, way, WAY too complicated for the average user. Just as my boiler is way, way, WAY too complicated for me.
We can't all be experts in everything y'know.
"the systems leak a hard-coded key and password that Belkin uses to sign firmware."
So let's say that someone gets robbed because of this.
Would their insurance pay-out, or refuse because they had equipment that was known to be insecure?
Is Belkin in anyway liable for consequential loss?
Re: Two words
Not in all countries. In Germany, for example, the operator is responsible for all activity on their network; so free wi-fi is a rare thing indeed.
Outside of the UK I disable roaming data, never make calls, never take calls and only use texts if I absolutely have to.
I just opted out
No way I am letting the government sell my deeply private information for a quick profit.
More info here: http://optout.care-data.info/
Internet of things?
The thought that my fridge and TV may be spying on me or sending spam emails is bad enough, but people putting the blast furnace (or whatever) on the Internet gives me a serious case of the heebie-jeebies.
Re: Wall Street's tealeaf readers' pronouncements fail to happen
Straw man, I never mentioned communism.
Re: Wall Street's tealeaf readers' pronouncements fail to happen
And there is everything that is wrong with the world economy. Burning fast, burning hard and burning out.
"Never mind your wife, what's in it for China Mobile?"
Marketing and PR. Possible legislation dodge too? "Hey Mr. Politburo, no need for laws; look how *fair* we a being!"
Re: Wrong Downside
"Now, if you don't have children who need protecting against online smut"
Here's a concept. As the parent that's YOUR JOB. Either you are willing to do your job, or just don't breed.
It's not beyond people to install a net nanny etc. Kids that will be traumatised by on-line smut are too young to gave their own mobile and shouldn't be using the Internet without supervision.
There's a lot more than just smut to worry about, news sites can be hard even for an adult.
Just because Britain's parents want to shirk the responsibilities is no excuse. Not knowing how is no excuse (learn or pay someone, just like you'd hire a plumber).
It was only ever about censorship
The "Protect the childrens from paedos" line was ust to get an emotional response and shut down dissent (as any dissent could be construed as supporting padephillia). Now the die is cast the glove can come off and the Tories and get censorship installed, which Labour will then increase and accelerate.
Thing is, his grand scheme won't work simply because it can't work. He will cause BILLIONS to be wasted on this futile task, while the schools and hospitals get sold off to pay for it all and the nation crumbles at his feet.
His censorship will be routed around and turn those of who believ in freedom of speech and thought into criminals.
Screw Mr. Cameron. Screw his Etonian-old boy clique. Screw the Tories. And screw Labour, their lick-spittle imitators. Where is the alternative party in the UK?
"Pimlico"? Bloody mobile phone autocorrect. Just take the entry you bastarding thing and no, don't add it to the dictionary.
"none pay tax or duty either".
Well neither do banks, supermarkets, coffe shops, cyber-tat bazaars, newspapers, or the rich. And this Pimlico is worried about a few fags before the nation's health?
"We are up to well over 900 known holes in the kernel alone."
Excellent! Hopefully the goog guys can use this info to mitigate attacks. Where's the public list of NTOSKRNL exploits?
Oh, I see, only the bad guys have that.
Re: Most folk are not El Reg readers
"we are talking about embedded devices here and manufacturers at the moment seem more interested in recording what channel our TV is playing to " improve our experience" than good security practices."
And that's what a firewall is for. The TV can still send its snoop report, but it is not public facing.
Surely this requires access to a public site? Surely any public site is in a DMZ and heavily firewalled from the local network?
People shouldn't run their routers with remote admin available (unless they know what they are doing). People should also disable UPnP on the router's firewall to prevent remote access.
As this is all either default/most-basic-of-basics, how is this worm any threat?
Umm, even their first point is wrong. Linux is just the kernel. It's quite possible to have many different OSs that share the same kernel.
Re: DMZ and firewalled to hell
Sorry - didn't really get much sleep last night.
DMZ and firewalled to hell
Any device which I did not install, I do not have the ability to fully configure and for which I do not have access to the source; will find itself off on a DMZ and behind a very strict firewall (if it is even permitted to connect).
I cite LG as one reason why.
When the system if fully under my control - OK, I might find that advantageous. When it is under the control of a third party - screw that.
Re: interesting enough story but....
Did you check the category it was under?
Even though your eyes are open, you may often fail to see.
So what you are saying is...
...these ransomeware dealers have more honour than the likes of British Gas and the other utility companies.
Re: Why all the exitement?
Indeed. I'd like to delete Facebook and related crap to get some space back. But as it is "baked in" for whatever reason, I am stuck with garbage I don't want.
Shame Cyanogenmod doesn't run on my phone.
Re: Balaclava anyone?
Not camo paint, ut this stuff: http://cvdazzle.com/
Re: A quick correction
Will Cyanogenmod run on the Hudl? If so, for £60 it could be worth a punt.
> Windows RT is already ahead of Android in terms of performance and efficiency.
Citation required, preferably not MS funded and thus can be considered independent. I'm genuinely interested.
Re: Why? @AC 6:25
"I don't think the readership of the The Register is the target audience for these devices"
Speak for yourself. I have been looking for a netbook for ages and these fit the bill (they should take a full GNU/Linux install, assuming no lock-down).
Yeah, because 98% of the population doesn't use their computer for Social Media and watching cat videos.....wait a minute!
Well technically they didn't actually deny boarding this time either.
I am sure a law boffin would agree.
Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.
"The Internet is a multi-purpose network and so better analogies would be with the postal service or courier firms."
Depends how you view it. You view the electrical network as "single purpose" as is "move the elcetrons back-and-forth". So is the Internet. Move the packets around. One purpose.
You claim the Internet is multi-purpose. Well I can claim the electrical network is multiple purpose. It powers TV, microwaves, MRI scanners and even time-stamps telephone calls. Now, do you want to be charged a different electrical rate depending on the device?
"I think Verizon's argument is that they should be free to offer premium services on top of standard."
What you think and what is in actuality are not the same. The argument is to permit Verizon of retard data from other sources and thus push their own. If Verizon want to provide a premium service, there is nothing stopping them going out and building that network. But they want to use the Internet (built by others) and then degrade that to gouge their customers.
Fuck that shit.
Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.
Electricity. All power goes into the same lines.
Gas. All gas goes into the same pipes.
Even telecoms. Many companies share the same links.
Net neutrality defines the Internet and the free movement of information. If Verizon win, I hope their customers drop them like the steaming turd they will have shown themselves to be.
The Balkanisation continues
They won't be satisfied until the "Inter" in "Internet" no longer has any meaning.
A legned passes
An insane, genius, lunatic, 100% nutbar and magnificent legend at that.
Re: My E-gate experience in Heathrow is
My experience is that they are slower than a person. I'm almost 2m tall - takes the machine an age to work out where my face is. But I am using a biometric passport, surely my height is in there? Surely the machine could say "Oh, I'll start at 1.9m rather than 2mm off the floor".
Re: Not just the UK
USA security checks are a joke. Try getting out of N.Ireland when the IRA was active, now there was security. Polite security. Efficient security. But security with big guns nevertheless.
Not these jumped up TSA dimwits.
Peer pressure, mob rule, groupthink, circlejerk; yes, these are all a thing.
Does social media add to this or, by making it easier to access other opinions, detract from it? With all the walled gardens and filter-bubbles in effect, I am siding with "add to".
Has, what might be an interesting study, been over simplified for cheap and sensationalist journalism?
Re: So let me understand this
Exactly. A "false positive" (you'll get "false negatives" too). And this is the kind of censorship that they wish to impose on the nation.
The great-unthinking who can't work out how to install a net-nanny will assume this to be a magic solution and not take the time to educate or talk to their kids.
It's not a magic solution, it's pandering to the knuckle-dragging Sun/Mail reader and trying to score brownie points all "for the children".
They want to protect the children? Advise parents to get a clue before letting their kids play on-line.
Re: @The BigYin
"Every power-crazed dictatorship has done as much as possible to remove parents from bringing up children, and substituted the state."
The Tories are Newer-New-Labour. Who knew?
Re: Illegal market manipulation?
I'll agree with her 100%. And that is why we have these things called parents who have, by and large, done a fairly decent job of bringing the kids up thusfar.
How do I know this?
Well, you're reading my drivel aren't you?
So let me understand this
Westminster can't even install the most basic-of-basic web filters, and yet Cameron wants to censor the entire nation?
edit 1: my mistake - I missed a couple of pertinent words in my first read. The requests were blocked. Good.
So now that Cameron knows local blocks work, why not just let folks filter their own connection as they see fit? Just like people censor their movies by (intake of breath) not watching things they don't like.
edit 2: Nice of them to mention that false positives are a problem. Do they understand that they wish to impose that problem country wide? I don't think they do. Idiots.
The title is incorrect
"Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE"
"Scots council tax payers cop £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE"
Were the managers who had failed to put the policies in place (or block home-working) fired?
So nothing will change.
Re: Facial Recognition
Non-users too. All it would take is one of my Farcebook using friends to tag me a pow; there goes my privacy.
Re: Makes sense now
Give them your number.
0871 FUK U ZUK
(0871 385 8 985)
Re: Rule 1
Civil servants are immune to any censure. But "lessons will be learned" and "core competencies will be reinforced". Then a few consultants brought in at extortionate expense to rubber stamp everything and nothing will actually change.
But our MPs' friends will be much richer, so that's all right then.
Just buy the head of the IRS a nice dinner
It worked in the UK.
Surely "fraud" would be a better word.
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