1341 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007
Software is a product one can buy with NO guarantee of it doing what is said on the tin or actually working at all. MS are not alone in this. I don't condone the use of weasel words in licencing agreements to avoid responsibility for providing an unfit for purpose product... It is just they way it is.
One can accept this with software that is given away free of charge. It is generally the case that one gets what one pays for right? Not so with commercial software.
If it can be proved
that an entity breached the data protection act on purpose for self gain, the directors/owners of that entity cannot be trusted and should be fined, black listed and NOT allowed to direct/run any other entity that handles personal data ever again.
If the breach was through incompetence or accident and unintended, punishment will not necessarily help that entity secure its systems. Security costs money and fining an entity just adds more cost and potentially more problems as corners may be cut to meet the expense of the fine.
Compulsory training paid for by the entity at fault is more likely to produce positive results than financially punitive measures.
Many things are various shades of grey there is no right or wrong way to proceed. Dishonesty and honesty are diametrically opposed and in such an instance it *IS* case of black and white, right and wrong.
Re: Remote access
You read the "how is it done bit" ?
Compromise via local machine using Jscript is only part of it.
Using a static IP and DNS for all LAN side machines seems good enough mitigation.
I do this for all machines on my LAN they each have a static IP and specified DNS servers.
Of course most home and SOHO users just accept the defaults out of the box. And this is where potential problems arise. Ease of use over security is where the consumer and much of the professional hardware providers put all their eggs.
All I am saying is it should be the other way around, Security first, convenience as a secondary consideration.
should be disabled by default.
A SOHO router should not expose any ports to the Internet unless the user configures it to do so.
It's so simple and obvious, I do not understand why this is not the default on all routers from all manufacturers.
Wrist controlled shooting, anyone?
I have that already
It's easy enough
to rent a botnet. And not exactly difficult to build one.
A high school computer lab is not required... An open wifi connection and a device with a spoofed MAC address is enough to avoid being traced and to send a target IP address to a C&C server. It only takes a few seconds to run a prepared script, it could be done whilst driving past without stopping.
No I didn't down vote you.
Re: As long as it runs Android...
Have you any evidence that Android cannot be made secure?
I am of the opinion that any device running any operating system can never be 100% secure.
I wouldn't single out Android.
If a device can be rooted it can be made *more* secure or less secure dependant on the skills of the owner. Although I am not expert with Android or Linux my skills are adequate enough for me to know with certainty that my rooted device is far more secure than it was when I first powered it up.
If one uses a device that is not rooted one does not own it. Either the telco does or the operating system provider does, regardless of whether the OS be Android, IOS or WinPhone.
I suspect that
that graduated colour printing was a capability of the prototype. However there's more money to be made selling that capability in a the form of a new machine at a later date.
There are times that I wish I was not so cynical.
Re: Sounds about right
unfortunately many people are more interested in distraction, irrelevance and entertainment than anything remotely educational, thought provoking (as in requiring one to think) or indeed essential.
Life can be a bitch especially if one sucks at living it. And regrettably many do. Hence the profusion of lolcatz, people falling over videos and Farcebook, which merely serve as an escape from their otherwise humdrum? pointless? existence.
All of this is relative of course, I am just a boring old fart that reads nothing but technical stuff on line in hopes of advancing and keeping my ageing mind active. I am sure that there are many Farcebook devotees that would see my life and lifestyle as pointless and indeed awfully boring. I shrug at this, I feel positive about my life and I feel that the very few friends, as in people I know, love and trust, love me too. And this makes me feel special and privileged. No doubt the Farcebook devotee feels the same way too, only difference being most of their friends are strangers. It's all relative.
I do feel sad that Farcebook has corrupted the word friend.
It don't need to be Friday for glass of wine. Beer icon 'cos there is no Shiraz icon.
Cheers to you all.
Some people have short memories
I do have to say I have never had problems with Microsoft mice or keyboards, I wonder who makes them?
Nothing to worry about
It will never happen here
All your cards and cloud data is perfectly safe
Re: (albeit willingly given).
The only thing that breaks websites if blocked are Google script servers.
I know this because I block everything else.
Re: So that makes three computer businesses flushed...
He's a Sir... And that title covers a multitude of sins. Are you familiar with the house of lords?
Copied and quoted directly from the Steam store...
"Downloadable soon. Free forever!
SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information."
Are you capable of creating a dual boot PC?
There is no hardware cost unless you don't own a PC and use a proprietary locked down and locked in console.
As for the controller the choice is yours buy one or use a keyboard and mouse.
With the exception of the controller and some hard disk space there is no cost.
I took me 15 seconds to confirm what I suspected and become factually informed
I haven't downvoted you for your presumptuous position. However others might.
I would be surprised
and what's more disappointed if anyone cared.
works behind the counter in an Apple store, a model is cocaine riddled fleshy clothes horse and a light plane is useful for making doors fit holes.
"I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft"
Then please keep it to yourself.
" in the hand this 15-incher looks a good deal bigger than this"
An elephant in the picture would have helped with scale, better not use a mouse though.... It might scare away the elephant.
/very silly joke
Not that I condone such a thing.
But wouldn't receiving this software as as a spam email attachment titled "Your UPS delivery" or something similar provide the user with plausible deniability?
It would have to be pre-configured and perform its function with no intervention on the part of the user other than running the EXE.
All we need to do to shut down a business is ignore them and if enough people are motived and driven by what is right rather than what is easy, what polishes the ego or fills the coffers, it should be possible.
"You have to feel sorry for Microsoft."
A year off work...
travelling around <insert continent of choice> or possession of a dust collecting ornament?
Such a difficult choice.
Fancy Kim Kardashian's ... nose?
Only f I can I flog it to some loon on E-Bay?
It only matters
If they take out some unsuspecting pedestrian or another driver if they lose control.
Perhaps the selfie snapper, if they survive, could be billed for the clean up.
Neurinos have mass,
although this has not been measured. It is therefore a massive relativistic particle and can approach but not reach the speed of light.
Re: Hi pot, kettle calling...
Microsoft did not do any such nefarious user data collection until Windows got an auto-configuring network stack.
Re: Ah, that kind of low
Not Bonnie Langford?
One does have some choice
not over what is shared, expect (whether this be the case or not) everything one does on line to be logged, shared and sold.
What one does have control over is the quality and content of that information and "who" it is associated with.
I run a business, I use google+ Farcebook and linkedIn to promote that business. These profiles are all separate but the content is more or less identical. These social sites are advertising my business NOT me.
My non professional profiles and identities on line are many and I do my best to ensure they are separate from each other and most important, separate from the image I wish to create for business.
My personal life and my business are separate. I have no desire to expose my personal life on line to a bunch of strangers labelled by an ad agency as "friends" or "contacts". On the other hand I wish to expose my business and my professional persona to as many prospective clients as possible.
It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure their own privacy by restricting or simply providing false information where the request for such information is deemed invasive by said individual.
"...laws are for the little people..."
They always have been.
The laws are the systems sheepdog.
Re: I call bullshit
I don't need to say anything now. Thanks for saving me time, have an up.
If I can't root it, I won't use it.
"...according to figures from Microsoft."
I am pretty sure most of them are going to stay in the store.
Re: I fail to understand...capitalism?
"Were you thinking that the law is there to protect ordinary citizens?"
Sadly no, I realised a long time ago that individual rights are those rights that one is ALLOWED to have by the state.
I fail to understand
how personal data aggregation conducted the way of Experian is legal.
It shouldn't be.
A business has a right to keep certain kinds of personal information on clients. That is understandable.
A third party that collects data for sale to other third parties is a parasite and their behaviour immoral in my rather idealised world view of our right to privacy.
The law needs to be changed so that personal data cannot be sold without specific permission from the person involved. I am not talking obscure cover all statements in the small print of T&C's. I mean a specific request for permission from the data farmers for EVERY instance of personal data they wish to sell. They should inform the person involved of who the data is going to and exact details of the content of that data and request permission to pass it on.
Do I care if this breaks the way business is done, the way leads are found and that businesses could no longer spam thousands of people with silent/computer generated phone calls or texts and email. Not at all.
Do I care that this might make such data farming no longer financially viable? Nope. However, as long as there are sheep to be fleeced, there are victims to bear the cost.
Do I care that I might have to do a bit of research to determine if that big order from the unknown customer is bogus or not? Yes, it is a small price to pay though if it puts a stop to, or a least a slowdown on the harvesting and selling of personal information.
In my opinion and without any evidence to back it up, Experian along with all such commercial data aggregators serve a very few whilst providing a real disservice for the vast majority.
That's right. I use Facebook for business, many of my customers are there and share my updates.
I post about my business, knowledge I WANT to be made public.
I don't post about my liking for Shiraz or that I love my cat more than I even like most people.
And I don't post opinion only fact.
Facebook have a real email address and a real name associated with the business.
My business is honest with nothing to hide.
They have my IP address (static) and all the information that can be gleaned from that.
They think I am 108 years old, there is not a single other piece of personal information I have given them.
Facebook scripts are blocked everywhere except Facebook, I only accept session cookies from them.
The adblock filters:
deal nicely with the advertising.
What's not to like about a free advertising platform?
As for your average Facebook user, think of it as evolution on the Internet, Darwinism on a whole new level. Those with the smarts to work it out and understand how the Internet works will be the users. The rest will be the used. Not so much survival of the fittest, which was a somewhat inaccurate description of evolution anyway, as survival of the smartest.
Be grateful for those with less Internet savvy, for they take the flack. And whilst there are those to take the flack, those of us smart enough to wear flack jackets (noscript, adblock, refcontrol, cookie monster etc) will generally be overlooked.
with 30 per cent of today's youth never knowing a world without IP
leaving 70% of todays youth who vaguely remember a time when they didn't see a targeted advertisement and know what a book is.
I just hope that those 70% teach their young ones that there was a time when there was privacy, little government data collection and little in the way of commercial data mining. A time when person and state were two separate entities, a time when the customer was the client and not the product.
And in doing so, encourage them to resist and oppose the slow and relentless commodification of the human being.
Thanks for the...
Who at Microsoft....
dreamed this idea up?
Users in general want to *UPGRADE*.
People will not sell a device for less than its second hand market value.
No further research is necessary to realise that is is an entirely one way proposition.
Any takers must subconsciously wish to harm themselves.
UK's Get Safe Online? 'No one cares'
No one cares?
Does anybody know?
I have never heard of this, should I have done? Is it my fault?
Or is it the responsibility of those that start such campaigns to ensure the target audience is made aware?
@ThomH re: I don't mind
4.5Ghz at 1.272v + huge air cooler = lower temps than stock clocked chip under a stock Intel cooler. Quiet enough for 2:00am work sessions too. It started out a long time ago as a 386SX, it just evolved over time.
Myself and Apple are incompatible because we are both control freaks.
Apple insist on controlling the customer experience and they coerce the customer into behaviours that are good for the Apple business model and Apple revenues.
I insist on controlling my own experience and behaving in such a way that it is good for me and my bank balance.
I don't mind
having an ugly Asus ProArt monitor on my desktop and an ugly Lian-Li PC-60 case containing an firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz and a 3Gb MSI 7970 lightning, 256Gb SSD and 1Tb of RAID that I can upgrade at my whim under my desk. All at less than 2 /3rds the price I might add.
Not as pretty I agree, no where near as pretty in fact.
Still, I don't spend a great deal of time looking at my tool, I prefer to use it.
What makes you think I am being sarcastic? So obvious that perhaps sarcasm tags are not needed. ;-)
knowledge of civil liberties is scant within the ranks of the NSA. Why else would they be so completely ignored.
Employing an officer for such would give them insight into which part of their operations are legal and which are not. Once they are fully aware of the law relating to civil liberties, they will no doubt comply to the full letter of that law instead of rewriting them to suit the situation.
The NSA should be praised for this attempt to clean up their house.
They are welcome to call around my place for coffee and doughnuts anytime.
Rays of sunlight caress your form whilst Eros calls the tune
revealing moisture, your parted lips, I will taste them soon.
Such heady heights of bliss await, I rise under your touch.
and to get you ready for what I want, here's a selfie of my crotch.
Security by obscurity
Use someone else's finger
What I would like to know
is what a 450 metre tower has to sneak up on.
so difficult to use that it needs a training session?
Any IT professional worth her/his salt should be experienced enough to learn new software in real time. Or is this just an advertisement?
Forgive me if I am wrong, all my years in IT have honed my cynicism to a razors edge.
Re: 14 nm!
Lower voltage, shorter pathways. less electrical noise is a plus of shrinkage, it all kinda cancels out the effect of packing more in the same space so the TDP remains similar.
As much as being smug...
is somewhat self righteously complacent. I have decided to fight against my complacency to write these few words...
I don't care, I sacked Microsoft a long time ago.
Would advise anyone to do the same.... The move to open source is a one off expense and if one plans to run a business for more than a couple of years the move will pay for itself.
I remember what licence fees were, vaguely.
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