2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
Re: Year 1900 Compliance
C'mon, Excel still can't be made to read certain date formats out of a CSV.
Can someone please enlighten me
Lance Armstrong was a drugs cheat. We know this now.
But wasn't almost every other top-flight racer in his time also a drugs cheat? Wasn't the problem actually systemic rather than just a few rouges?
Are drugs still rife in cycling? I assume they are, but I genuinely don't know.
Re: I remember my Java and Linux friends spouting that junk too.
No system can be 100% secure indefinitely as over time a "secure" system will become insecure due technology progressing. So let's take "secure" to mean "invulnerable to the best-effort attempt available at the moment".
Ben Tasker gets closer to what I meant. I wasn't talking about F/OSS as such, just that security by obscurity is useless. It's useless because the user (i.e. the customer) is unaware what vulnerabilities exist and is thus unable to mitigate them.
Let's take a more mundane example. Your front door probably has a Yale-style lock. It is "secure"? As in, is it anti-bump, anti-snap, anti-pick and anti-drill? How do you actually know? From the packaging? Or from details on how the lock works and its design?
The former is security by obscurity, the latter is full disclosure. For example, anti-snap can have the weakening cur from the top to the bottom, or the bottom to the top. One of these designs is almost certainly worthless, the other is better; which is which? How can you know unless the details of how ant-snap locks work is in the public domain?
Now let's come back to Thales. If we know all the details on how the Thales system works, based on our knowledge of good security design and procedures which should all be in the public domain we can maybe say "I know how this lock/system works, and I am satisfied that when it engages it will remain secure". It also allows us to take mitigating actions should a vulnerability exist. Or you just believe the hype (*cough*Medeco*cough*). Luckily you can find out all about this (at the moment). Imagine how things would be if only the bad guys knew? And only the bad guys would know because the good guys would be too scared to discuss it in case they ended up in jail.
Oh and something else to consider, if you are relying on the packaging of your locks, your insurance might be invalid (even if it claims to meet the correct standards); so that £15 lock you just got from the DIY store might end up costing you an awful lot more.
If the system is secure...
...then even after all the details have been explained, once the locks engage it will remain secure.
If your system is relying on security by obscurity, then your system is insecure.
Now the UK can eat its way, horse free, to obesity, diabetes and an early grave.
I feel so safe!
Re: I'm not to sure...
If you trust any free public cloud service, you are an idiot.
Encrypt first, encrypt last, encrypt always.
Even though JSTOR had no interest in pursuing the matter?
Re: Buy local
"oh come on...*nobody* is proud to pay tax. Everyone resents it."
Newsflash - some people don't mind paying. I enjoy having roads, the NHS etc. Makes life that much easier. I am quite happy to pay my fair share (we can argue about "fair" if you like).
The thing I resent is our MPs spunking my cash into their pals' wallets through tax-avoiding PFI deals. All PFI deals need to stop. Now.
Re: Buy local
Protectionism? Who ever mentioned that?
Maybe we need a campaign like "Patriots pay taxes", "Proud to pay my tax" or something.
Local traders could display it in their windows (or their websites) and the likes of Amazon, Google, Starbuck, Vodafone, Tesco etc wouldn't.
Of course, it would be better if MPs tightened up the tax laws to negate such chicanery in the first place.
Re: Oh nos!
There was a curious BBC news item about how helicopters didn't have radar and the pilot had to rely n what they could see (hence why the fog was such a problem). Thing is, I didn't think any commercial aircraft had active radar these days - am I wrong in thinking that?
Re: Spherical cow? really?
Calm down dear, it's only a codename.
Most codenames are for the amusement of the developers and hard-core users. When did you ever install Longhorn?
Re: I could get rid of Java ...
Thanks! Dunno how I missed that. My excuse is that I'm laid up with the lurgy.
Re: I could get rid of Java ...
Can you cite a source for that, please? I'm genuinely interested to know if OpenJDK/IcedTea is affected or not.
A bit of quick searching only yields me forums postings - nothing authoritative.
Re: Only on this site...
Anti-MS? El Reg is as pro-MS as they come.
Apart from the bits that aren't.
Summary: They get the balance about right.
Do I understand things correctly?
Now I can ask my friends without needing to ask my friends?
Is it just me, or is Facebook trying to drive a wedge into norma human interactions. A wedge it can then copyright, patent and monetise.
I knew there was a reason I didn't have a Facebook account. I have this quaint habit of talking to people.
Wassa matter JDX, get out of the wrong side of bed this morning?
Re: Wrong legislation wording
The patent should go to the Open Innovation Network, thus protecting other organisations from future threats (e.g. from the successful defendant). Basically...you troll, you will be open sourced.
If the court finds a patent to be invalid (e.g. poorly written or whatever) then the patent office should face censure, up to and including the people responsible losing their jobs. And if they can't be identified, you go to the management level (gross incompetence). And if you can't identify the managers, go to the executive layer.
The rep's job is to place a nice veneer over everything whilst making as much money as possible for themselves and their cronies. To think anything else is naivety in the extreme.
Re: It was only a matter of time
"Retro Gamer magazine. "
Tesco. I see it in there all the time.
Ideally you should ask you local newsie to order it for you and buy it there. Support you local traders, they pay taxes (unlike the big boys).
Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid
>Oh my god!! We live in a nation of 40 million tax minimizers."
Of course we do, which is why we should lobby our MPs to change the tax laws.
Never happen though.
MS will implement "improvements" to this so it will only work on IE and only if you have required Skype libraries installed.
Re: And what will it be used for?
So what? You think Hollywood blazed the trail for the VCR?
Re: PFI - Epic fail
"You cant ask the bats They are dead."
That was my point...
PFI - Epic fail
All PFI is, is a way to take money from the poor (via taxation) and hand it to the rich. It should no longer form any part of any state enterprise. And all these "private partners being paid by results" need to go to; it's the same kind of scam.
As for wind power...utterly useless (expect in a very few cases) and it will remain so until we have a way of storing the power for when the wind does not blow. Liquefying air, making fuel from H20 and CO2, pumping water uphill or whatever; unless we can store it, there's no point in having it.
Unless we want to be like Germany and have to import dirty coal power.
And, of course, wind power isn't very green; just ask the bats.
I was thinking of one of these...
...now I'm not. A battery life of 10 hours is utterly ludicrous. What is it with this obsession in making phones the size of monoliths? Have our hands and pockets trebled in size or something? The battery for these things has got to be measured in days, and weeks for standby. If it's not, then it's not fit for purpose.
I'm still looking for a new phone, but there is nothing on the market. It's like laptops - all 16:9 1366x786 glossy screens and thus utter shit. Wrong aspect ratio, dreadful DPI., wrong finish. 16:10 matte screens are the only sensible choice.
Why is technology racing forward on the one hand,but engaged full reverse in the other?
Re: Evil fuckwits
"to allow them to use FOSS software"
The article says "freeware". That may or may not be F/OSS.
Re: (km123) This is about Government POLICY overriding a PREFERENCE for Windows
That German FO switch was more about politics (as there was a power shift in Germany) than practicalities from what I understand, especially given this from the story you link:
"All that despite McKinsey confirming in 2009 that the German Foreign Office had splurged less cash on its individual IT workspaces then any other federal authority in the country while running a Linux desktop shop."
Although understanding anything a government does is difficult at the best of times.
We can cite stories back and forth, but that doesn't change anything. Whilst people use MS only formats (e.g. Office Open XML*) and MS only code (i.e. anything that only runs on Windows); then MS have you by the balls. If organisations spec open standards and portability, they have a much better bargaining position and can keep their costs down (even if they ultimately remain on Windows).
*Before some Windtard chimes in, yes; I do know that in theory Office Open XML is an ISO standard and in theory an open standard. The actuality of that is, however, rather different (e.g. the "openness" only applies to a specific version of ooxml). The only true open standards IMO are those spec'd by OASIS (e.g. odf).
By "portable" I mean you can take yer J2EE mega app running under JBoss on Windows and drop it on to JBoss on GNU/Linux and it will just work. Unless some ass-hat coder has made explicit assumptions about file-paths and other resources.
If have been that ass-hat coder.
(Sorry about that)
If you are a customer and you do not spec portability...then you are spec'ing "Please lock me into one specific vendor who can gouge me forever more."
J2EE is (well...should be...) portable, ASP.NET isn't.
@Chris Miller - Yeah, one could save on licensing but I am going to bet that HMRC doesn't really use vanilla Office (if they use that at all for doing your taxes; the UK taxes managed in Excel? *shudder*); it will have custom apps (probably Windows only) and add-ons for Office (Windows only).
Whilst it would be nice for HMRC to be out from under the yoke of MS, the savings from licensing etc. probably don't give a quick enough return over the re-implementation costs. I don't know, I don't have the figures. Picking any solution purely on dogma rather than prudent considerations is almost certainly going to cause one problems.
What, maybe, HMRC could threaten MS with is moving their back-end away from Windows. e.g. Samba 4 instead of Active Directory. Or CentOS rather than Windows Server (assuming they aren't using SQL Server, of course). HMRC could push this even further by still running Windows etc, but commissioning new applications/services that can be migrated from platform-to-platform (e.g. JBoss, Apache or whatever instead of IIS, Java, Mono, Python etc instead of .Net). In fact, I would strongly suggest that engaging new projects in such a manner is the correct decision, as it make future negotiations that much easier.
And thus, F/LOSS does its job. Maybe not directly, but it makes it harder for the monopoly incumbent to gouge the customer (and thus us, in this case).
Did a run in a Windows VM on a different PC (I had upgraded the host from FF 17 to FF 18 already). Host is almost the same as above, save it runs Windows 7 and has a 3.1GHz Core 2 Duo
FF 17 - 263ms
FF 18 - 312ms (18% slower)
I concur after trying Sunspider
Ubuntu 12.10 64bit, KDE 4.9, 4GB ram, Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz
FF 17 - 293ms
FF 18 - 323ms
So based on the mighty evidence of one sample, I say that FF 18 is 10% slower and a regression.
I believe this comparison to be fair as the same add-ons were enabled in both runs.
If I get a computer...
...I hang up. If I get a human, I waste their time for as long as I can. Strangely enough, I don't really get any nuisance calls. Maybe I am on a "Don't call this number, the guy is on to us" list?
(WARNING: Incoming F-bombs)
What I want stopped, ***NOW*** are these fuckers texting me about PPI. Seriously, fuck off.
I hope someone does. I'd love to know how to set such a thing up, chuck the landline and have cheapy-cheap VOIP calls.
Re: Again and again: BALLMER AND HIS ENTOURAGE MUST GO first....
MS can't lose what they never had.
Give it time
Windows 8 will be in almost every home and office. Not out of choice, but due to the fact it's pre-installed and you have no choice. You will have Windows, and you will like it. Unless of course you are rich, in which case buy an Apple and enjoy a different walled garden.
Thank you, I didn't know he was paying a "moral" tax level. I assumed, like all other large companies notionally based in the UK, he was engaging in tax efficiency.
"British knowledge is simply taken abroad."
Dyson products are made where, exactly? Clue: it's not in the UK.
Re: HDMI HiFi
To add to AC, I have a TV that works (but is not smart). I can afford £30 if I want smartness, I can't afford £500+ and I do not want to be locked into the restricted services provided by the OEM.
Also, my guess is that devices like this will be hacked to provide even more functionality than a TV OEM would ever want to give you.
Re: Two thirds of the country ?
Just because the Sudan is bad, does not mean Israel is also not bad. There isn't some finite amount of badness that can exist in the world, us humans have an infinite supply.
The Palestinians have committed acts that are repugnant. This is without question. And so has Israel, this is also without question. Recognising that Israel has committed such acts does not make one an anti-Semite, it makes one a realist.
I am sorry if people who do not view Israel with your pious view offend you.
Re: Round II promises to be very busy
"Copies of the electoral rolls compiled constituency-by-constituency would all be stored unedited with the credit referencing agencies."
This is my data, that I have provided under threat of legal sanction. Do I now have to pay these private companies £10+ a month to be able to check the veracity of my data? Screw that.
"GDS have appointed seven "identity providers", one of them being Mydex."
So we need to ensure compatibility, security and reliability by demanding that the data and protocols used be 100% open (and I mean, free & open; not the MS patent-infested idea of "open") up-to and including a private individual being able to host their own, personal identify service (this is perfectly feasible by going down to, say, a post office and submitting the various keys along with primary ID). A failure to provide this is to disempower the public and have them held hostage to private concerns.
Want to check you data? Pay up or shut up, bitch.
Oh and one last thing; should any of these private companies be compromised, I want to see the executives held personally and infinitely liable for all losses suffered by persons breached and all fines levied. In the exact same way banking professionals are not. Why so stringent? Simple. These people only understand money, so the only way to make them behave and not profiteer is to put their wallets on the firing line.
But wait! No business will agree to those terms and the service won't be provided! Well, I have no problem with that either. We truck along right now quite happily.
Re: Bite my...
I forgot one thing; all hail the DarkNet. Let me see you put that genie back in the bottle; bitch.
Re: ... eradicate terrorism and pedophilia.
Define "terrorism". Setting a bomb on the public street? Sure, we can all agree that that is terrorism. But our state goes much further than that and the laws pass (potentially) from protection into oppression. Sometimes that person saying the thing you don't like and don't want to hear is saying the thing you need to hear.
The Tories and Labour are cut from the same cloth; they want all the power for their rich Etonian friends, but none of the responsibility; is it any wonder the minor (and some rather repugnant) parties are gaining traction? The country is screwed because of Labour and Tory policies over the past 20 years (i.e. PFI), we know this; just be honest, swallow your party pride and fix the problem.
Children are most at risk from relatives. Children should not have families. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
May is a fool.
Re: The national ID debacle - round II coming up.
The system should be federated and public so that if I want to, I can host/provide my own ID verification system. I probably won't (I do have something that vaguely passes for a life), but the only way to keep the bastards honest is to ensure that at any time you can yank the rug from below them.
I agree with the main thrust; if the state wants me to be open with it, then it must be open with me. That means that I can authenticate (via OpenID or whatever) and view all the information the government holds on me, and all MP/civili servant interests and expenses etc.
I'm happy to accept some restrictions for national security (e.g. active police investigations) but not one heck of a lot. I said it below - I want to see my MPs and MEPS leads by example; not engage in hypocrisy,
Godwin. You ruin an otherwise good point.
A public action can still be private (I go to the toilet, that is public knowledge, the action remains private) and it is often by acting in public that we are at our most free and anonymous. The state wishes to remove this - why?
Not for the children; that is the systematic failure of outdated, superstitious organisations that (for whatever reason) still get special treatment. Also, if our own MPs and MEPs divulged their information publicly (you know, to their employers) then I would have more sympathy. Until then, in the words of that great philosopher, "eat my shorts".
...asymmetric crypto, VPS, VPN and multiple accounts; bitch.
The government can handle my data in via the private sector the same day they engage in full disclosure of all expenses, all gratuities, all benefits, all share-holdings/directorships etc. In other words, the day they lead by example is the day I follow.
Until then the government will be treated like the clear and present danger they are and get the minimum information they require to function.
What is worse for children? The (small) risk of being interfered with physically or the very real risk of their state regime systematically mining their personal information. And every regime that follows. The state is elected to obey and to serve the people, not the other way around. We forget this at our peril.
Petraeus now makes sense
He gave out his CIA login? He didn't just use a public system like mail.com etc?
Surely giving out such sensitive details is not just worthy or firing, but of jail time, dishonourable discharge, and goodness knows what else? He gave unfettered access to his CIA email, and not happens, yet Manning rots in a military prison.
Seems in the USA (like in the UK) justice is no longer blind and actively favours the rich.
Re: I Call Bullshit
I think you miss the point. A lot. See that spec on the horizon? That's the sign post telling you where the point is.
"Your Macbook HD with its 2-3 warranty is more reliable than multiple server farms spread across continents?"
Of course not. Not HDD is. That's why we have RAID and multiple back-ups (with at least one off-site).
"Techies will steal your music?
No. But they may mine the information and report yo to the authorities. Heck, the authorties could even compel them to do so. Also, your data comes under the jurisdiction of the hosting country which could land you in some very hot water if you are unlucky.
"Cloud server administrators cannot and absolutely will not deliberately delete your files."
Unless compelled to by law or other threats (see above). Imagine the MPAA issuing takedowns for movies/music you have uploaded for personal use. Heck, just doing that could be a criminal offence.
"So be circumspect with what you store and where you store it."
Oh, you did get the point after all.
Me - I will store my data locally, keep back-ups and use the cloud only for information I need to share with other and, for whatever reason, don't wish to host it locally. When in the cloud, most of that data will be encrypted/locked by me to ensure that only the people I want have accees
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