1612 posts • joined 6 Oct 2008
atleast it's not just me
Re: Your app is intriguing to me and I wish to download it...
I'm wondering if they really thought this through...
I mean, one person triple-taps you and you're gone? Gee, that's got no abuse potential.
In theory that may be true, but it would first require a world-wide power grid.
I suppose if you where going to try to to a sidewalk sized path of photo-voltaics around the planet at the equator, hooking into grids for the major contents wouldn't be too hard, you still have to contend with Europe and Scandinavia's power is now coming by way of Africa, I suppose the middle-east would be a possibility as well. The US and Canada's power would be coming through Colombia and Mexico. South America wouldn't be do bad, the strip would go through Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.
I guess you are planning on building a lot of wires over (under?) the ocean to connect to places like Australia.
All in all, I think this would go over about as well as a lead zeppelin.
Last I looked farmville and angry birds are still pretty popular. The only reason flappy bird isn't is because the developer had that mental breakdown (which notch now get to avoid)
Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?
Im glad you said this, Tom 38, because if you hadn't I'd have had to.
"nickserve traffic" is the same as all the other traffic. You really shouldn't depend on it being encrypted.
freenode has a higher user/bot ratio then most IRC servers because of the target audience.
Microsoft's did, just a couple of days ago.
Re: "transmitting phony Caller ID information"
There is a legitamite reason for this. MANY companies use it to make outgoing calls from personally assigned number, which displaying a general operator number. While this may not sound like a big deal, it is. If a customer calls me back personally looking for support, I could be on vacation or whatnot. all they'll be able to do is leave a voice mail. By calling the queue, any of my co-workers can help them.
Now, we only send out numbers we actually own, and I really think some improvements need done to limit the numbers any one organization can use, but I'm not sure how that would be implemented.
Re: salaried employees
Respect works both ways.
When your entire staff tell you something is more expensive, more complex, is prone to failure, harms performance, inconveniences clients, has glaring security flaws, and harms morale it's generally advisable to listen. For the record, some of the tasks asked of me where only doable because I kept my own machine here. That WAS the compromise for them to continue to retain my services, and they live with it because we have systems no one else knows (something else I've told them they should do something about).
Re: salaried employees
Cojones indeed....if I took it upon myself to install software that wasn't sanctioned by my employer, or reinstalled my workstation to my personal specification, I could reasonably expect to be dismissed for gross misconduct.
I didn't do that, I just brought my own machine in. Haven't used this worthless-ass mac since they made me put it there.
Re: Apple Watch ... a solution looking for a problem
Some of us still think so.
Only thing mine ever does is watch online videos. It's only worth the price because it was free.
Fairly sure they where talking about the CO2 scrubbers, not that it would have mattered, the thing didn't have power to run the primary nav-computer, let alone a 3D printer.
Maybe less entertaining, but I'm sure it would have made James Lovell's life easier.
Actually, though, it wouldn't have. One of the highly limited resources on Apollo 13 was power. They'd have had to rip the cover off the manual anyway, because they couldn't afford the power for this.
Re: I wonder who the curmudgeonly, low-life dipshit was that down voted you?
probably the guy who got the door shut in his face!
Re: NFC? . . . .
However, as Android and Apple mobile phones are at the top spot for stolen mobiles
That's because they cover the vast majority of the the smart phones. I mean maybe the thieves REALLY like windows phones, they just can't find them!
those samsung bastards and their preemptive copying again!!
I'd do it.
If someone want's to sponsor me to stand infront of an apple store for a week, I will happily do so. You do have to provide you own shirt with your logo on it though.
"Data is an interesting thing," Enescu said. "It's very difficult, very expensive to move around."
After a quick look around here, it seems most of the difficulty and expense of moving it around is Cisco.
Re: Two-factor auth for Find My iPhone?
the phone call could be to a real phone. some of us luddites do still have those, you know
maybe a frog in the throat?
I'm not up on the kid's bands.
Who is the lizard squad, and why do I care?
incoherent and annoying?
Aren't most kids that already?
Because takes a lot of time to process the render compared to the time it takes to upload the source files and download the output. The source files may only be a a hundred meg, The output may be a couple of Gig, but it takes (2hr film * 60 min/hr * 60 sec/min * 60 frame/sec=) 432,000 frames. Now if each frame takes 5 minutes to render (it's a fairly simple film) that's 1,500 computer-days. far longer then it takes to download the output.
Re: Interesting title
And to think, I thought the pins where the male bits.
Re: They aren't meant to inforce
There is a vary easy way to ensure compliance. Just have a couple of suits against retailers who lose information and are found to not be in compliance. Make the damages PAINFUL. Explicitly state in the ruling "the only reason I'm setting these damages this high is because of the gross negligance of not following industry best practices (ie PCI DSS)."
Re: Not WYSIWYG
Even going so far as changing themes takes you out of the flow of writing. It's a distraction; you might as well be asking for writer's block.
Get the text in when you can. Themes can be delt with once the important part is done. I kind of think this mentality comes from much of the web-driven world, where being pretty is more important then the content.
Re: Personally ...
not able to write a 250 page SciFi novel without word?
I wonder how Heinlein managed Stranger in a Strange Land?
Re: I'm puzzled by this article
You might consider RTFA for Shaun Nichols' fine article, Mr. Orlowski, or read the opinion of the US copyright office (which is where this is likely to be fought).
The US Copyright Office is quite clear that he does not. Your wishes have no bearing on the matter.
Dirty console peasants
Join the PC master race!
Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science
I want to address a couple of comments here, and come to the defense of the reviewer.
1) in the excerpts the reviewer shows, it doesn't say "coriolis effect," it just says "Coriolis." The context clues of many of these sentences do look like they are a name, not a force of nature. Even knowing what I was reading about, I find that kind of jarring.
2) most people aren't that familiar with science. Science fiction is already a small genre (once you exclude fantasy anyway), made smaller still when you limit yourself to hard scifi. I would describe most hard scifi as exclusionary, because it's outside of what the average reader can (or is willing to take the effort to) follow.
(FTR, I think I'll have to pick these up at my local bookseller)
I actually clicked the link, and read it. I didn't just go on Sean's article, which makes it quite clear the photograph is uncopyrighable (pronounced "public domain"). http://copyright.gov/comp3/chap300/ch300-copyrightable-authorship.pdf page 8 explicitly lists "A photograph taken by a monkey" as something that cannot be copyrighted.
By definition, anything which cannot be subject to copyright, is public domain.
Re: Quick Reader Poll:
I would say weekly, but they have to cram a Qi charger in it. I'm tired if fiddling with wires.
I still have no idea what I'd use it for though. I don't even wear a real watch much.
Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means
For those that don't know ALEC, here's a quick rundown. They create legislative templates of bills that are favourable to ALEC members, and which are then handed out to conservative politicians to try and pass in their home districts. Subjects of the bills range from "kill the gays" to "make sure convicted violent felons can still purchase guns" to "mercury in your drinking water is good for you" to "let Wall Street do whatever it wants" to "kill the abortion providers" to "climate change is Obama's mind-control program"... you get my drift. If there is any thinking involved or compassion emoted, it has nothing to do with ALEC.
(to clarify, I don't disbelieving that they are partisan. I think you are, I'll be kind here, mischaracterizing the extent of the proposals they draft.)
Re: Punishing the wrong people.
Im trying to figure out what exactly you expect to be done about a DDoS (what these miscreants did).
But, I'm sure she was asking for it, wearing such a low cut skirt.
so, he recognises
that having a shit network is bad in the cell business?
'bout time someone at sprint recognize that.
How about because he is wrong? Is that okay to invalidate him on?
Let me list his argements and invalidate them:
1) It's "old"
I don't care. This isn't even really an argument. We've been making booze for thousands of years, but that doesn't make it any less of a find beverage.
2) Keys are hard to read
Well, yes. unfortunately he doesn't offer any kind of fix.
3) Old releases of GnuPG have bugs.
Yes, most software has bugs. Update to fix them. GnuPG can be updated for free (as in gratis). Any proposed fix will be susceptible to this problem.
4) Trusting a central authority would be easier.
Yes, it would. I think we can use the NSA as that central authority. If we trust any US company, they'll be it anyway.
5) WoT is bad.
He manages to take a whole paragraph and say just this and "I'm not backing it up with why." Well, I'm not responding to it, because he didn't bother to say anything to respond to.
6) Lacks forward secrecy
While forward secrecy is great, it requires much more automation on software side. This requires putting much more faith in much more complex software. For something like SSH, much of the complexity is already there because the sessions are real-time, for a non-realtime "session" I'm not as convinced. (although, this is EASILY the strongest point he makes)
7) PGP supports old ciphers and not new ones.
He even says most of these are not exploitable, so this is basically a rehash of 1. Specifically he complains about the lack of support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). Dual_EC_DRBG (atleast) is known weak, and there are weaknesses in the recommended curve. At least one noted analyst recommends not using ECC at all in light of these revelations https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/09/the_nsa_is_brea.html#c1675929
8) too easy to send unencrypted
Ideally, it should probably be harder to send an encrypted email in these apps, unfortunately most people are not setup to receive encrypted emails, so sending unencrypted emails are still the norm. This is also likely to be unresolvable with:
9) too easy to send unimportant emails encrypted
If you are going to use encryption, you NEED to be using it for everything. If you don't you are give a treasure-trove of meta-data to an attacker. What you think it unimportant, who you are talking about important things with, and how often.
10) too easy to encrypt the email with the wrong key
I'll give him this.
11) requires passphrase to unlock key, which is required for just signing.
Not locking your key would be a HUGE vulnerability. The key is necessary for signing. Getting done with it and removing it from memory as fast as possible is the most secure thing you can do, but it requires you to reenter the passphrase each time. I guess I'm not sure I understand what he's proposing here, maybe he wants to abandon signatures.
Re: Do not piss off (pissed) fans
I agree if it starts being a hassle, especially in pubs, people will start to make a big deal over it.
The rights owners already lost quite a bit of the high-ground when they starting sending notices to grannies, but I think most people where still of the "it doesn't affect me" mindset. Corrupt politicians depend on voters not caring (for the most part). Once most of them do, they either do what the voters say, or get tossed out (big business be damned)
Re: @ Destroy All Monsters -- @ the man who feel to earth
As a point of fact, that would better tell you how NOT to hide a body, because, as I recall, the miscrants end up propperly cuffed in Fargo(1996).
"So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it."
(I think I love every line Frances McDormand has in that movie)
re: a spy lies
Hell, both of them are probably lying.
Re: NAT is a kludge
"IPv6 doesn't need a "fixed" version - just the removal of the objection to NAT on IPv6.
Then NAT can carry on working just as we've been doing on IPv4; it's not a technical limitation, it's a dogmatic one."
Honestly, it doesn't even need the objection removed, it just needs everyone to treat this objection with all it deserves (which is to say, ignore it). Noone outside you network will know, noone inside your network will know (unless, ofcourse, you have some protocol which opens a socket to a machine which "calls back" which is completely brain-dead).
On a phone, I don't find so many deceitful, as that x is just bloody hard to click.
You're telling me, both companies allowed accounts to remain around that had over 100 cancellations? Seriously?
If I where an investor in either company, I think I would be asking some questions about these types of inefficiencies.
Re: Why Stop Now?
since 1990? you're going to have to go a bit farther then that... probably before recorded history.
Umm, no. Linux dropped ReiserFS because without Hans working on it (you know, because he's in jail), it wasn't getting development done on it and it was bitrotting.
While I may disagree with the linux guys on a number of things, code that's not getting maintain should be tossed. It was completely the correct decision.
Re: Please explain
'tis better to be quietly thought the fool then to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
There are any number of pieces of network capture software (for example, wireshark). They record every packet sent over the network. Apple has been caught having one installed on consumer devices. No matter what, it shouldn't have been there, but I do not attribute to malice what is adequately explained by incompetence.
Did he agree to the terms of service when installing the Zeus trojan? no?
I'd say he's dead-to-rights to reverse engineer it. From there, it's not really HIS fault that it was capable of controlling the ner'do'well's camera. Seems to me that's part of the intent of the software, so the person who installed it must have intended for him to use it this way. All's good in my book.
Re: I'm happy it's happy...
I assume you mean Mark Shuttleworth, I was confused about what Microsoft had to do with anything.
Re: Good article.
The tragedy of commons does not apply. It's based on a limited resource, unless you are alleging that there are a limited number of times I can copy the monkey-selfie.
Photos are fundamentally different then mines.
why mention Lenovo?
They are a Chinese company. I'm surprised they aren't the ONLY ones on the list.
Re: More anti-US bashing
Because, on the whole, Americans are used to it, and don't give two fucks about it. Overall the commentary on elReg is amusing, and the stereotypes of Americans are laughable.
- Analysis iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?
- First Crack Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE
- First Fondle Reg journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN
- TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
- Vid Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS