Re: And the obvious question is...
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We obviously want Fried Egg, Sausage and Bacon sandwiches.
how many sandwiches can you fit in a cubic meter?
If we knew that, we could easily calculate how many football stadiums full of people could share one sandwich bag.
I've heard the explanation that the Met is the biggest force by a fair margin. As a result, everyone else expects them to go first. Once they've done so, Lincolnshire will discover they have the same requirements as the Met. So they sort-of simulate a national system by the back door. (However, the Met's recent IT chaos has meant some people have got bored waiting for the met to order lots of obviously-needed things and gone for systems that are only as good as a small force can afford on their own)
The other advantage (for politicians in the home office) of a decentralised approach is that the IT cock-ups aren't (technically) actually the fault of the politicians.
So, al in all, a central purchase would be better for the taxpayer.
Happily - because I'll submit loads of questions to which I know the answer and then more easily get certified
The linux root fs is contained in a user directory, which presumably means each user gets their own. This may have all sorts of fun consequences, such as allowing the set of mount points to be different between different users, as is possible on plan 9.
Of course I have no idea how Linux users relate to Windows users; if you do sudo adduser, will that create another Linux user in your own private root fs, or add a user to Windows?
Anyway, there are a lot of devils in details about how the 2 systems interact, but it is possible that Windows 10 actually has useful features as an OS for running Ubuntu on which Linux lacks.
What was wrong with the old handling of PS/2 mice?
There doesn't seem to be a 4U server in that picture. And this article has a picture that matches the spec of the CL5200 which the article is actually about http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2450139/hpe-rounds-out-cloudline-portfolio-with-dedicated-storage-server
Nope. You can't stop the solid boosters once they're going.
Now I've slowly got used to having 2 decent-sized monitors, I print out a lot less stuff. Like approximately none. I guess that a typical office now needs quite a small and cheap printer, and with time it'll get smaller and cheaper.
When I retire, I assume it'll be lower-spec than my current home printer. But will still exist.
Now can we kill office desk phones. In a typical office, everyone except the head of HR and the finance guy can't see the point in a desk phone as they just use their mobile for everything.
If I'm following this, they want you to be locked into their software, instead of someone else's hardware and software combo. Which is a step in the right direction (assuming the software has a sensible price). But I still see something that looks and quacks like vendor lock in.
I assume that whoever downvoted this is an unscrupulous bastard who regularly fails to give his young children a chance at Monopoly
"... possible paths between trains' operational systems and passenger entertainment systems, ..."
As a workaround, train operators could ensure that no aspect of the journey is in any way entertaining.
No, the problem is that the vendors who provide all this stuff that needs upgrading have a business model in which change requests for 'new requirements' are an important element.
Regarding Red vs Grey squirrels. I, too, am assuming that all these attacks are the fault of dastardly foreign grey squirrels. True, patriotic, red squirrels would never undermine our national infrastructure.
One mitigation to the problem suggested is Amazon's spot pricing.
When someone suddenly want 1,000 servers NOW they don't take ones that were running idle; they steal ones from people who had put in low bids for spot pricing. When sensible people want 1,000 servers they don't say they want them now, but use spot pricing to wait until the bank trading floor has finished its 1,000 server 'must be run at 4pm' job then grab all the spare servers.
Presumably he isn't old enough to remember when the Royal Mail started using driverless trains - The Post Office Railway started in 1928
(IBE = Identity Based Encryption)
This is an idea that was invented by CESG. It is regarded as secure. It is a very cool concept. It's probably CESG's biggest triumph in terms of academic crypto (ignoring rumours that they invented public key crypto before anyone else because inventing something and keeping it secret doesn't count as an academic crypto)
So CESG keeps on coming up with really cool protocols that use IBE. The only problem is that anything you can do with IBE can be done in a way that's slightly less theoretically elegant but more generally understandable using ordinary public key crypto. So that's what everyone always does.
Another issue is making sure that ISPs or others don't store excessive personal data, such as browsing histories, in the first place. I hope MPs will ensure ISPs don't do any such thing.
This always sounds like a good idea but personally I hate it.
I want a machine to behave like a machine which means that the controls stay where I expect them to be. Am I in a minority here? The idea of being good at working something because you've got used to how to work it seems to be hopelessly old-fashioned these days.
If they're in the wrong place, I want to move them to the right place myself.
That falls into my 'more onerous than PCI' category. No-one will bother with compliance unless it's made mandatory, and if anyone suggests making it mandatory then some trade association will invite lots of ministers to their long conference in the Bahamas to convincingly explain why it's a bad idea. (The more factual aspects of this presentation will involve remaining competitive with economies that don't have excessive red tape. Funding this trade association's blatant bribery would be much cheaper than complying with such a certification)
I entirely agree that to offer any useful protection such auditing and insurance is needed.
PCI is both an intolerable pain in the ass to comply with and completely inadequate at protecting consumer's interests. However, when you look at it, it's all quite reasonable, in the sense that if you're going to write a box-ticking assessment standard to prove a system is secure then PCI does about as good a job as is possible. There aren't absurd pointless requirements or obvious omissions.
So the question for any such kitemark is how does it compare to PCI. Is it more onerous, in which case no-one will bother. Is it less onerous in which case it gives no meaningful assurance of anything. Is it the same, in which case no-one will bother and it gives no meaningful assurance of anything.
'The Priv is unique in that nobody else is pitching a security-hardened Android at businesses that boasts top-end consumer specs.'
Presumably some words in that have precise definitions in order to make that true.Does Knox and SEAndroid not count as security hardening? Or are Samsung phones not 'pitched at Business'.
I'm going to guess they are using a definition of security hardening which describes something that no-one else thinks is worth doing.
Over that timescale you have to assume some sort of technology like X-Point or some other phase-change memory will be developed. When that happens, its liable to be much more rapidly disruptive than flash was. I suspect that flash will look like a briefly-forgotten intermediate technology between disc and phase change. And things will get very hyper-converged very quickly - it's the only way to make use of the speed of phase change.
I'm waiting for G.fastest bis
I've hard that quite a few times before. I was going to say that I first heard it with V.90 but I think I may have heard it earlier than that.
The only thing that can stop a bad guy in a car is so many other cars that all the roads gridlock.
Re: proper audits for car software.
The good thing about the car manufacturer accepting liability like this is that market forces are correctly aligned with the interests of consumers and there's no need for complex legislation to impose proper audits. The car manufacturer, or their insurer, will want to make sure that the software works because if it doesn't they'll end up paying for crashes. This is very different to the VW situation, where there's a bit of software that wasn't really in the interests of either the car owner or the car manufacturer; not unsurprisingly this software actually did what the owner and manufacturer would want it to. I'd also assume that an autonomous volvo won't leave the drive until it's checked for security updates; volvo would have a strong financial incentive to make sure cars are patched so they'll make darned certain they are patched.
That doesn't mean we don't need audits and standards. It's just that we can rely on car manufacturers to create them, and to do a better job of creating them than would happen if they were imposed by legislation.
The Qualcomm 810 (fabricated by TSMC) has a well-publicised heat problem, leading Samsung to switch to their own processors for the Galaxy S6 and Qualcomm to switch from TSMC to Samsung for the 820. So at the time it rather looked like TSMC was having heat problems relative to Samsung. But now it's looking like TSMC have more than got their house in order.
(Heat and power draw are basically the same thing; where else does the power go?)
The reason why is obvious - they're interacting with real spooks. How 007 is that? What could be cooler? And the real spooks said all sorts of stuff about how the meaning of the warrant is terribly complex, technical, not at all scary and absolutely essential to national security.
Oh, and accidentally destroying civil liberties is less of an electoral liability than accidentally allowing an unsuccessful terrorist plot to get further than it might otherwise do, so the safe thing to do (from an electoral liability point of view) is to sign everything put in front of you.
640 kilobytes, er I mean 512 start menu entries should be enough for anyone
...might be found to have the additional advantage of being self-emptying
After all, a wise man once said 'When you're standing on a burning platform, you have to jump'.
Oracle are counting bugs found during development! Arguably true, but not how anyone else in the universe counts security vulnerabilities.
What matters (from Sophos's point of view) is not whether or not it's legal to give antivirus software to someone called Hasan Ali. What matters is whether their lawyer says it's legal. Which is subtly different - the lawyer could get into a lot of trouble if they say something is legal when it isn't, but they're unlikely to get into any trouble for claiming something 'might be problematic' when it isn't. Hence everyone 'errs on the side of caution'. And everything gets made more general and vague a few times in the interests of 'simplicity', making the eventual rules even less connected to the original law.
The same principle causes health and safety to go mad, and it needs to be better appreciated. A law should be considered faulty if it has consequences like this even if anyone reading the actual law can clearly see that, in this situation, it shouldn't apply.
OK, so it's much better value than South Korean flagships, but people wanting to save some money by getting a Chinese flagship already have a few options. OnePlus are probably creating the most media chatter, and I'd have thought the One is the obvious phone to compare with this.
I'd suspect the OnePlus One would be a better bet - slightly cheaper, hardware maybe a bit better depending on what metrics and benchmarks matter, and (most importantly) it comes with a more vanilla Android.
...and involves random people in battered vans delivering the parcels. Either Amazon has very odd ideas about how to maintain a fleet of vans, or they're all freelancers in their own vehicles.
How about Plutocrats
I wasn't worrying about a cable ignoring alternate mode. I was worrying about it not having the right wire, screening and so on for whatever protocol it finds itself carrying.
But I hope someone who knows more than I do about wire, screening and so on has thought of this.
If a cheap cable just-about works for normal USB, I could easily imagine it not working for Thunderbolt. And maybe some cables would work for some alternate mode protocols but not others, while other cables will work for a different random set of protocols.
And has Thunderbolt managed to change things so it can run over passive cables? I thought that thunderbolt cables were really expensive as the actual driver circuitry was in the plug, not in the device. If so, have they solved an impressive problem or were they being lazy before?
I'm impressed that someone from the University of Maryland recognises the moons as rugby-ball shaped. I would have feared that people from near Maryland would mistake them for American Football shaped moons.
According to Wikipedia
Pad abort test in Feb 2017, uncrewed flight to ISS in April, crewed flight in July. Presumably an in-flight abort test will happen in March.
That sounds like a remarkably short time to go from pad abort to crewed flight. It doesn't give much time for any lessons to be learnt from any minor anomalies between the launches.
My guess is that they've 'got' to be ready by June 2017 to get the NASA gig, but they don't think they'll be ready for pad abort before Feb. And they can pretend this is viable by assuming all those tests will go absolutely like clockwork.
So I guess SpaceX will be launching first, after 'unexpected' delays in Boeing's plans.
The Pi needs Windows for the same reason it needs RiscOS and Plan 9
I'd have thought that if you wanted to do anything useful about anything to do with internet safety (as a minister), you'd have to be at the Home Office. That would give you involvement in things like the snooper's charter.
Whether or not she looks like a complete dead loss depends a lot on whether you compare her with successful people in the tech field, or whether you compare her to other ministers involved in internet stuff. I'm optimistic that she may be relatively good, because she isn't a PPE graduate who thinks that getting your secretary to print out your emails counts as using the internet (but she'll be unable to do anything as she'll have to tow the home office line on anything that matters)
Surely they're responsible for all this strong crypto. They should be held responsible!
I've rung (and then been rung back by) 999 twice, both times in London. On both occasions the incoming call showed up as 999. Maybe other 999 call centers can't program the phone system as well.
My android tablet is better in every respect than my Apple (Newton) tablet.
Isn't amazon.co.uk technically in Luxemburg?
In which case many brits buy from foreign sites. I suspect many other national Amazon sites are the same.
(And I think there are EU countries without national Amazon sites, for whom Amazon insists on charging excessive postage fees)
An interesting question, but I'm going to argue for better semi-dwarf rice.
Aren't the fire control systems of Belfast completely mechanical?
In which case, anyone hacking them over the internet (or defending against such an attack) is a genius.
I understand that Scratchwood was chosen as the target to demonstrate the guns' range; of all the targets that are very close to the guns' maximum range, it was deemed the one most deserving of a few 6" shells. So the guns can't reach slough and targets in central London aren't impressive enough.