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I don't think that the prime aim of plain packaging is to effect a change to addicts (they are killing themselves off anyway), but to remove the "designer label" contribution from the promotion of a harmful, addictive substance to upcoming generations.
This "study" is meaningless. To see if there was any meaningful change the comparison should be between the proportion of smokers under the age of e.g. 25 before plain packaging, with the proportion after 5-10 years. If the measurement is to be in fiscal terms then the cost of tobacco related disease and currency export has to be balanced with the value of tobacco tax to the treasury.
Re: all the packs look the same
>> It's about spotting untaxed cigarettes - if all the packs look the same
According to the article the packs do not look the same. The untaxed packs have no health warning and/or are branded. So this should make them easier to spot.
Re: But does the ICO really want to do anything?
You seem to be of the opinion that the ICO is not a branch of the UK government.
I believe it is a part of the Government whose ties to the Ministry of Justice are kept just loose enough to create a "plausible" deniability of responsibility. All governments have been actively pro-marketeers and anti-consumers since the promotion of spin-doctors and flim-flam merchants to the upper echelons.
I will believe in effective regulation when I see it take effect.
But does the ICO really want to do anything?
Just because they could take action doesn't mean they will. I won't be holding my breathe.
Re: Infection Vector?
As this has only been reported as occurring at a hosting company; I would put my money on a buggy and/or poorly configured HTTP(S) ISP control panel.
Re: Infection Vector?
> ... it hides itself in a shared library ...
But unless it was part of the original base OS installation, I would expect it to be pickeded up by rkhunterd or somesuch.
I have not seen anything to suggest that this malware could be installed and remain undetected on a system with a reasonably alert sysadmin.
Re: Should've used *BSD
Was that openBSD as in the originators of openSSH?
If you have root access to any Unix type system you can install anything you like. The unexplained problem is gaining unauthorized root access to any system that has not already been weakened by ignorance or stupidity.
4 years not long enough
for a meaningful study of hdd lifespan.
I think we would need the date and place of manufacture as well as the make and model to get really interesting numbers.
Two years ago we had a lot of identical drives fail within six months of each other. This represented about 70% of the batch we purchased. The other 30% are still spinning happily. Oddly the failure cluster represented drives that had been in service for five years as well as drives that had been in storage and been installed for a few months.
Re: Storage engine?
Jack can't help it. He's a journo, not a techie.
Although he did seem to use "engine" correctly a bit further down.
A surprising number of web-sites will accept "firstname.lastname@example.org" as a valid mail address.
If you are numerate, you should be working, not commenting.
Re: FLOSS nutter -- @Dave 126
I'm sorry, but I do not appear to have made my points clear. I was trying to say:
1. If David W. had been a "FLOSS nut" he would have been less likely to see the noxious ads.
2. These toxic ads are counter-productive. By driving away desirable content (GIMP from Sourceforge), and provoking visitors to block ads, they lead to a loss of ,rather than an increase in, revenue.
I never thought that this issue would be a factor in promoting Linux. I thought that it was a demonstration of the futility of abusive advertising.
If you were, you would get your binary software from a trusted repository, and your OSs download/installation software would automatically check the signature. downloads from the likes of Sourceforge, Github, etc. are for obtaining source code. The problem is for users of propritary OSs. The message for Sourceforge, and its advertisers, is that if they abuse their visitors everyone will be driven to use adblocking and they will have no ad income.
Re: Don't be stupid.
> Use Skype.
I liked that joke!
Re: Taking a punt on something a bit different
@ Stuart Longland
> A quick mkfs.ext3
A journalling filesystem on a flash memory device is probably not such a good idea. Try something like mkfs.nilfs2 .
Re: BAD idea
> You could always put it in a case
> the education and certification also mention virtual machine migration tools.
I suppose helping the move away from Hyper-V to VMware is an attempt to reduce customer dissatisfaction. Are there any MS tools for migration to KVM in the offing?
Re: Like hiding diamonds in lumps of coal
If you live in India they are about £6 -- Can't find a UK supplier, but they are probably in a local Asian-owned cash and carry or maybe tv shopping channel.
I still think that this article should have been in Bootnotes rather than Security.
Then you need to buy a phone.
Re: If only someone had told them..
> As any horse owner knows...
they would also know that horse shoes, or racing plates, are sold in pairs as the front and rear are different sizes.
And that shoes are available in Titanium and aplastic, besides the ubiquitous steel and aluminium.
Re: If only someone had told them..
Ideal footware for El Fideldo, who was Lobey Dosser's faithful steed in Calton Creek.
Re: enlightenment from the Digital Bond blog post
Battelle have no need to copy Southfork's allegedly infringing code from a hard drive; it is downloadable from Github
Re: Anyone know ...
Nowhere near as many as are driven to Ghostery. No(n)Script, and AdBlock. The effectivity of these makes the proposed spyware deployment somewhat moot.
Re: Tested MariaDB just a couple of weeks ago.
" just a couple of weeks ago"
You are aware that MariaDB is coming up for its fifth birthday? We have been using it in production since it appeared (v5.1.44) with openSuSE-11.4 in spring 2011. It has always just worked for us in a LAMP stack.
Moving from a single controlling vendor to a community/foundation supplier for mission critical software is really a no-brainer. We did consider PostgreSQL, but the absolutely trivial migration from MySQL to MariaDB as part of a routine OS upgrade won the day.
Did the appeal court think that it was no big deal because of the girl's age?
Or perhaps the judges would also regard it as no big deal if videos of their sexual performances were distributed among their social circle?
I think that Experian's first concern would be that they could have charged more if they had known the data was being used fraudulently.
Re: Completely unnecessary in the UK.
> It's aimed at the US market where they still use what they call 'checks'
Well as Square are taking two days, this is not an express service. Why not just post a cheque?
> Libre Office is a pain in the arse to configure centrally for my 400 PCs ...
Then you are not very skilled in systems administration. I don't pretend to know what MS people do, but in the Unix/Linux world suitable skels are set up in minutes. Then hundreds of users can be rolled out in seconds. The productivity of moderately skilled Unix/Linux sysadmins is many times that of their MS counterparts, and the operating costs reflect that. It is only among the semi-skilled ranks that MS Windows admin has parity, or perhaps a small advantage. But then without the inefficiencies of MS software there would be a lot fewer jobs in IT support.
@AC Monday 14th October 2013 13:34 GMT
I did not mean "free", but "Free" (as per FSF), and was thinking in the first instance of e.g. Red Hat and SUSE, then perhaps Oracle, IBM, HP and Canonical.
Re: Cash Tills and self check counters?
My understanding is that MS and the vertical suppliers of these devices will continue to provide security patches et. after the 2014 eol for XP Desktop editions.
Posted by Anonymous Coward Monday 14th October 2013 12:13 GMT
> therefore no such thing as free software
Which is why I used the term "Free". We can expect a modicum of technical knowledge here, can't we?
From the article there does not appear to be an absolute FFIEC requirement for only Microsoft support. There are plenty of support of options for Free software.
Re: Why not release XP as open source?
And how much more credibility would MS lose when their code was exposed to expert scrutiny (and/or ridicule)?
"other people's money"
Should that have been:
"other peoples' money"?
Has anyone got a copy of Fowler's handy?
> Short-sighted actions ...
And the long-sighted would take the opportunity to break free of vendor lock-in and insist on open data structures. Preferably with Free or in-house software.
Organisations with money
PLCs are in the fortunate position of only ever spending other people's money!
Re: Microsoft -- Security?
Posted by Anonymous Coward Monday 14th October 2013 09:12 GMT
> when Microsoft put security as #1 priority::
Did you forget this icon?
Microsoft -- Security?
And what history does Microsoft have in providing and maintaining secure software? What credible reassurances are provided by Microsoft support?
Who prompted the FFIEC to issue this warning?
Re: re: AC 11 Oct 12:49 GMT
£400 and how many million on a building that didn't work, £20k on a single wooden desk etc etc"
Are you referring to the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood? This was a venture under the remit of the Labour Party (Tony Blair and Donald Dewar), you cannot blame the SNP with any semblance of integrity.
Your recourse to personal innuendo and playground name-calling just sounds like bluster, and a lack of any reasoned argument.
I have known many people who have supported devolution and independence over the last 50 years. They have been both right-wing (When SNP suffered the "Scottish Tories" soubriquet), and of the left (driven by the successive Thatcherite and Blairite attacks on public life public life and non-selfish ideologies. The one thing that has been constant has been the SNP's commitment to self-determination. Without that we have no choice, with it the people can decide.
re: AC 11 Oct 12:49 GMT
You miss the point completely. After independence we in Scotland could vote for any government that WE wanted -- the southern shires would not be able to foist their chosen one on us.
There might even be a return to a socialist Labour Party in Scotland without the right-wing Blairite "whip". If Scottish Labour could form a credible left, then I would expect a post-independence SNP to shrink and reform as a pragmatic centre party. The Tories should renounce their "Unionist" title and take the "Progressive" title they had in Scottish local politics not so long ago.
Re: Here comes an old copy of Windows to burn the place down
The "public" and hotel wireless networks that I use when travelling seem to drop traffic from clients other than to ports 53, 67, 80 and 443. This should lessen the inane chatter found on many LANs.
Is this a loanshark and/or a phishing scam?
I found this report interesting:
If this guy was supplying credit without DPA registration, doesn't that mean he was operating illegally? Should that not be a matter for the OFT?
If anyone did actually take out a loan with this company, it should be declared void and any monies paid to First Financial Returned.
Why did they use a Magistrates Court when a higher court might be better acquainted with more effective punishment?
Re: What is a stock market for?
Buying and selling (whether shares, bonds or derivatives) within 24hours should be regarded as gambling and taxed accordingly.
There could be a choice of electing to pay tax on the purchase price or paying on the difference between buy and sell prices. somewhat analogous to the betting shop, but you always pay, whether the price goes up or down.
Much ado about not very much.
"Continuous delivery is defined as a process in which software development teams focus on deployment and refinement over and above any imperative to work on new features"
Isn't that called bug-fixing?
And the rest of this article seems to be about PHB style project management and the aforementioned buzzword blitz.
Does the use of "individuals" mean that the spammers can claim that they "intended" to spam business mail addresses, and thus are covered by the Tony Blair/Direct Marketing Ass. spammers exemption.
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