1664 posts • joined 4 May 2008
Spin doctor spin
The spindoctors are trying to spin as hard and as fast as they can but they still can't drum up any interest.
For an American company to be talking about security is kinda ironic at the moment.
It must be a beancounters nightmare, spend 1 Billion in marketing, recover 10 million in sales.......As Yoda might say, "Bringing success to our company, this will not make.."
Killing the messenger
Why don't these "studies" ever seem to focus on the real cause of problems.
If people want to use porn : Ask yourself WHY.
If people want to use drugs : Ask yourself WHY.
If people want to buy guns : Ask yourself WHY.
Maybe just maybe, there are a lot of very unhappy people on this planet. Seriously ask yourself why and then go about finding solutions to help the poor buggers. Telling them that Bill gates now has 72 Billion in the bank, oe that Abramovich has the worlds 3 largest yachts is not a solution.
Does this mean that at some point, someone caught a beaver, pulling various bits and pieces off , including the analy situated scent glands, squeezed them, waited for some ooze and actually though that it might be a good idea to eat.
And then decided it might be a good replacement for Vanilla.
Re: Wrong animal
It was actually an American that invented the phrase.....
The Simpsons - Season 6 Ep 22..... ( Wikipedia is my friend)
Crock of shit
"There are times when US special forces use AK47s, even though they have superior guns available."
That's similar to saying I own a old Jeep and a Ferrari but the Ferrari is far superior. It might be on the racetrack but it wouldn't be worth shit when you head out on a wild boar hunt.
Good on the French, by selling the yanks this kind of solution they have probably created their own PRISM Key which opens a special little backdoor into the NSA.
By the way : Are the NSA actually accountable to the American population or do they simply have complete freedom to do and say as they please ?... Wouldn't this kind of group not normally been known as Subversive Anarchists.
Re: Apple forgot why they are popular
"People buy Apple phones because they look expensive"
I think what you mean is that some for some people they are expensive and therefore they consider them as being luxury items, when in fact they have very little intrinsic value. It's more of a wishfull thinking phenomena than anything else.
Hence the existance of fanbois...
Re: How does this help?
There are a couple of guys in this thread that really need to shake your heads a little. My comments were an "example" of what a newbie might just have to go through when installing [insert favorite distro here].
One or two of your answers were exactlly the kind of "I'm an expert let me show you how to do that properly" neck beard kind of answers which genuinely do not help newbies or anyone else for that matter.
It is an unfortunate fact that there are relatively few *nix users on forums that actually know what pedagogy actually means. I can see that you are happy keeping up the tradition.
Re: How does this help?
It's not FUD it's fact.
Here is an example of an answer on how to change the resolution of the video card. And this is an easy question ( a lot of people are confronted with this problem that is the reason I Cherry Picked this one).
I have been running Linux on and off for the last 20 years or so, so I undersand mostly why each of these lines are important and also their general prupose. BUT, this sort of answers frightens the shit out of Joe User..... I would very much doubt that most would even manage to open a terminal.......
Reponse starts here.........................................................................
Uvesafb replaces vesafb in Ubuntu, in case you are wondering.
* uvesafb required v86d package to be installed. Hwinfo package is required for the next step as well.
sudo apt-get install v86d hwinfo
* Find out the supported resolution by using hwinfo.
sudo hwinfo --framebuffer
Sample output :
02: None 00.0: 11001 VESA Framebuffer
[Created at bios.464]
Hardware Class: framebuffer
Model: "(C) 1988-2005, ATI Technologies Inc. M92"
Vendor: "(C) 1988-2005, ATI Technologies Inc. "
SubVendor: "ATI ATOMBIOS"
Mode 0x0321: 640x480 (+2560), 24 bits
Mode 0x0322: 800x600 (+3200), 24 bits
Mode 0x0323: 1024x768 (+4096), 24 bits
Mode 0x03ee: 1366x768 (+1408), 8 bits
Mode 0x03ef: 1366x768 (+2752), 16 bits
Mode 0x03f0: 1366x768 (+5504), 24 bits
Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
* Edit /etc/default/grub to make sure we boot with uvesafb framebuffer. For the mode_option parameter change to your native screen resolution you see from running the above comment (if not just set to 1024×768-24 which is safest. Oh, Netbook user – please exercise some common-sense here) Non relevant lines are omitted for clarity.
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1366x768-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"
* Edit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules to include uvesafb by adding the following line.
uvesafb mode_option=1366x768-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap
* Force the use of framebuffer:
echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
* Update and we are done :)
sudo update-initramfs -u
* Now reboot and enjoy the high resolution sensation :) (my first reboot hangs, but 2nd time onward it works flawlessly). If it works correctly, you should be able to have moving dots with the splash screen; lesser time of blank screen and much more time with splash screen.
And this is only "one" of the variations that were found on the forum. There were also far more "exotic" responses....
Re: How does this help?
I pity the poor fool that heads on down to a Linux forum and asks a noob question.... There is nothing worse than some next beard explaining that you need to write a little script in python which pipe outs to a second bash script that makes reference to various regex expressions, grep and awk and a fistfull of parameters.
That is not the way to gain support.....
RTFM , no problem but which manual....... There are million of them and "man" is a f****ing mightmare for anyone less than a Stephen Hawkings groupie... ( With MAN you actually have to read the MAN page on how to use MAN)
Congrats for the title
Fool floated far from fixed footing, finally fell.
Re: Crap clothes + crap cameras = crap photos
They don't want to lose the Chavness
Re: "Suicidal squirrel”
LOL, I wonder how many El Reg readers even know what the Tufty club is, that's made my day...
Keyholder information please
And who holds the encryption keys ?
Does any of the data "pass thru" any of the Merican servers at any time ?
Maybe instead of backdoors we should now talk about Prism Keys.....
Re: France and secure communication
Cligg you should have added that all content is written in "Verla".( Not sure how to spell that word please read on to understand why)
For the unwashed masses : Verlan is a technique in which the french reverse all of the sylables in a word.
The word Verlan is actually the word " l'enver " in reverse = "len" + "ver" = "ver" + len" = "verlan" ( Yes they do change some of the spelling as well but it iis more of a verbal thing than a written one.
The word "l'enver " actualy means Reverse or Backwards.... All very clever really.
"Et les keufs et les meufs dans le RER, la banlieue c’est pas rose"
AstroGlide and Szechuan pepper
I think the problem lies in the fact that we really do not need smartphones. They are esentially gadgets which have come from a Geeks Only status to a General Public status. SmartPhones are becoming passé.
We have essentially learned what they are usefull for and also what they are not usefull for. Their evolution is reaching it end.
Ones phone/smartphone was once a "symbolic icon" for who er are/who we pretend or aspire to be, today it's just another gadget in our pockets. It's all become very bling bling.....( talking mass market here, not professional usage)
We now need something radically different,....
We need a new form of entertainment, clothes that can talk, or bicycles that can sing, personal hologram devices( 3d Tamagotchis) . etc etc etc .
Now that we are at the end of the wave a new one will come along, for the life of me though I cannot imagine what it will be.
No it can't be because most crooks have a code of honour, whoever runs the NSA has no scruples whatsover.
Re: British billionaires
Not forgetting what the proverb states about what comes before a fall.......
Re: British or not British
I would argue that it is necessary to give a new name after every three 0s. In the same manner as a we have in IT Mega, Giga, Terra, Peta, Exa etc ....
I think is easier to think in terms of "2.7 Giga" than it is to think about "two thousand seven hundred Megas", or worse, "two thousand seven hundred million bytes" or even worse "twenty one thousand six hundred million bits". And this is only at the Gigabyte level....( although that is roughly where the Billionaires are for the moment)
it is also far easier to write.....
Re: The UK's main business now is banking.
Can we therefore presume that MPs accept cheaper backhanders in London than anywhere else. ....
French Revolution N°2
What will we call it when the world's population has had enough of learning how rich the rich are ?
Why 2016 ? because that's how long it will take the main Operators to strike a price fixing deal together and also to invent some new scams. Maybe they will stop subsidising the telephones or find some way to create a "Media Tax"...
Re: Installation nonsense
I find it far more amazing that they have never found a means of avoiding the "obligatory" reboot......
Re: This prop used to live ...
"One wonders at the mentality of the idiot purchasing the toy for that kind of green."
If I had that kind of money I wouldn't stop at the car, i would want a copy of Stromberg's Lair in The Spy Who Loved Me..
These are cult symbols, they belonged to every young boys dream, James Bond was a "National Hero", he exemplified a world of fantasy, of the superich, he glorified the Spy world and even the bad guys, he was a ladies man. He was/is a living myth.. Why would we not want to be part of that..
Lighten up Jake, you are allowed to have some fun too.
Re: Whose data is it?
Shit, I forgot about those damned cameras, OK stand outside of the internet cafe whilst wearing a tinfoil hat and rubber mask and don't speak to anyone..
Re: Whose data is it?
One solution : ,Using a "friends" laptop, a USB version of Tails, connect to the Wifi of an internet café or Airport, encrypt your emails contents and then send using NymServers and Remailers.
Not a very comfortable solution but relatively secure. ( Don't use the same laptop or Internet cafe any more than twice in a year.)
Re: That's nature
<quote>It is that she would leave the conference thinking "Well that industry is clearly just a bunch of silly men obsessed with looking at women's bodies. Not for girls like me then. It kind of makes me feel uncomfortable." That is the tragedy. That's what *I* find offensive.</quote>
i would consider that as a purely "adult" frame of thought capable only from a mind mature enough to know what it was looking at. Not what I would expect from a pre-pubescent child, even one that was mentally capable of programming.
Re: That's nature
As far as I remember tech is usually very clean, or would you like to brand everyone with the Shit Stick because a pair of minor technies had some fun.
Nobody takes these kinds of things seriously, they are intentionally made to be funny and made to be a little tongue in cheek.
Pray tell us how you protect that same little innoncent sweet 9 year from the Sex, Bad Language, Violence , Politics and general disarray that can be found on the Web, Movies, Television, Newspapers, on her iPhone/Android, splattered everwhere in publicity......
That same little girl will soon discover that their are far more things to be worried about that looking at a pair of clothed breasts.......
Re: That's nature
You honestly want to be believe that taking a 9 year old girl to a tech conference will generate further interest in the tech field ? I am sure there are far more interesting things for 9 years olds to do than stand around bored shitless for hours waiting for an interesting field to crop up.
By the way the web has a very large percentage of hardcore/softcore pornography websites, written by the same techies..... You might want to consider that for later....
Think of the children, yeah right, don't take them to these kind of events. Whats next to much swearing in the football stands. Ballerinas whose clothing is too tight and show a little too much nipple at the ballet.
This seems to be very unfair for those that love ogling at a pair of Great Tits or some Blue Tits in the winter time, or a pair of Coal Tits up in a the North of England.
"We've listened, we value your partnership, and we are adjusting based on your feedback." = Bollocks
If they had listed to what was being asked / complained about / offered as advice then we would not have the product that we have today.
If they had listened we would be reading about how great W8 is, unfortunately this is not the case. W8 definately has some goods elements, it's just that they are overshadowed by the bad ones.
I get the impression that you actually believe that you live in a democratic society. The spooks have been doing it for years, this is certainely nothing new. ECHELON has been in use since around the 1960's, don't tell my you think they only spy on foreign nations.....
I do not agree with what the spooks are doing but I can understand why they might be doing it. They need to provide evidence/figures that prove they are doing something usefull....BIG DATA provides that evidence. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to put a little make-up around the stats...
I very much doubt that the real terrorists are using public networks anyway.... They know how to use encryption and TOR just like everyone else....
Isn't that what spooks are supposed to do ?
Re: @Tom Welsh - @Khaptain - France isn't too bad
As I mentioned above , it's all about attitude.
Although I have lived in France for almost 20 years, I also have a typically broad Scots Accent, so it is easy to imagine that my French is heavilly "tainted".
The French can be extremely rude though , especially to impolite people, they do it amongst themselves all the time. Believe it or not the most French are normally very polite.
Re: France isn't too bad
You mean you are surprised to learn that when living in a foreign country not everyone speaks "English".
I have lived in France for almost 20 years and I have never had that kind of problem as soon as they realise that you try and make an effort they usually lighten up and help you out. If you come across as the snotty Englishman expecteing everyone to speak English then you deserve what you get.
I think it is more about attitude than it is about competence.
Re: France isn't too bad
Now that is a new twist - charging you for assistance on a seperate bill. Free are not so Free after all.
Re: France isn't too bad
At least you can complain, the alternative would be that they provide no complaints departments whatsover....
France isn't too bad
Here in France you don't pay until you have a real person speaking to you on the other end. Companies are not allowed to charge during the obligatory Queue/Waiting Music period.
Which to me seems quite fair.
Agreed, I had a Golf GTI at the time and my friend had the GT5, he could run rings around me. Far to powerfull in relation to its weight,road handlingm, chassis ( unless of course you know what you are doing which most don't)..... Roundabouts on a damp night in a GT5, oooooooohhhhhhhhh fuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkkk.....
Might be for the Brits but on the continent PostCodes are far less precise. For example my postcode covers 7 different little villages..... So here it not even something that we ever be missed.
So it's only a fail for a small minority ie The Brits that drive the new 208 Gti.
Re: Doesn't make sense.
You are right I didn't see that at all but now that you spell it out, it is very clear, my bad. ( Suddenly my
eyes open and I realise how blind I have been)......
The facepalm is for me ...
Steve Dingledine Knox will then be forced to move into the Dark Dark Dark Dark Net where the Dingledine name is yet unheard of .......
If you ever are tempted over to the Dark Dark Dark Dark side and you see that Pseudo you can be pretty damned sure who is using it......
Doesn't make sense.
Those that you the TOR are far more aware about computing than most people, It would be very surprising that those same people are infected by the various BOT malwares....
Those that are careful about hiding their identity or that keep a low profile are usually clever enough to keep their machines clean.....
BitTorrent rather than Botnet......is the likely cause
Usages ideas please
I will play the ignoramus and ask what usages can be forseen for which which we do not already have a solution. We already have light sensitive switches etc
I belong to the unwashed masses please enlighten me... ( I lack imagination too)
I suppose that it gives another context to a gun being ""Fully loaded and cocked".
Re: which are expected to ship in the fall.
The Rev. Spooner sent a memo to Ballmer
"Unaccepted like shit in a pail."
Re: Genuine Question
Personally I do not have a Linked-in account, as mentioned above it's like facebook for suits.
What I do get though are regular emails from people who have Linked-in accounts and that must have my email address in their address book. I hate the bastards.....
For me Linked-in is on par with those that sell little blue pills.
Re: Likely Cause
They also forgot to mention that these were only the figures for a Mr. D. Cameron's office.....
Re: Cat 2 Cables
Is it any less forgivable than beginning a sentence with a lower case letter?
Re: Limited Availablitiy
He might actually be confusing what "Slab" of liver actually means..
Slablet and onions, lovely.....