794 posts • joined Friday 27th April 2007 08:22 GMT
Re: In it for the kill
Yes, I despise them as much as the next person, but I also realise that big portions of the world economy are funded/run by people who know nothing else.
Yes, but they don't know it well enough to matter. They could learn to click on a certain icon in another OS as quick as they can learn to click on a new icon in Win8 or whatever. As for the IT folk who really do know MS-Windows, they'll have no trouble working on another OS - especially if it's their job to do so. The dependence on MS has nothing to do with computers and how to use them.
Cat scan finds culprit
. . . they captured a cat carrying a memory stick in its collar containing the source code for the virus. Thirty-year-old IT worker Yusuke Katayama was finally arrested soon after once the cops studied CCTV footage . . .
Re: Of little use
I search because I want information,
Me too. Search results are filled up by hawkers and it destroys ability to search effectively for many things. Try searching on anything even remotely related to laptop batteries and the problem becomes extremely obvious. Why is it that it is assumed that I want to buy something? I rarely do, and these search results simply come across like a crowded street where everyone is coming up to you begging for money. It's actually really uncomfortable. Google isn't half as useful as it used to be.
Tit for tat.
Re: net neutrality
"A better user experience" is indeed not something which another person, or in this case company, is able to define. Of course there is always the fundamental idea that my opinion is better than yours, and it would appear that Telstra is of that persuasion. Also, them saying that VoIP should take precedence is just pants. If I am looking up some web site so I can get the number of the doctor's office, or similar, then is that less important than your evening chat with your girlfriend? Argue that one however you wish, the only good solution is going to be to treat all packets equally.
Don't believe everything you read
I don't even believe everything I write.
Re: Why are they on .se? They just arrr
Quite. They should make other arrangements.
For how long?
How long can one have one of these domain names? If people can just register a bunch of them and keep them forever, then all the shorter ones will be gone, whether active or not. I think this will end up like Hotmail addresses and even Microsoft will be lucky to get "microsoft1975.ml".
Re: $320 billion: $46 each.
Less than $4/month each for a year. I'm on.
I wonder why the telcos aren't.
Re: The best defence is a good offense.
Not necessarily. It's all in the choices you make.
C:\> pkunzip -d malware.zip
Re: Hit Counters
First time I was on there I was 105. Followed by 2, then 196, then 35.
Probably based on the Windows progress bar.
Politics and software
Government software projects are always, above all, politically correct. And we all know how secure politically correct software is. Bolt on it is then.
I do think Manning has done a lot for world peace. I also think that if he got the Nobel Peace Prize, it would contribute further.
Re: IP Trolls
The problem is the underlying IP laws are corrupt.
That is a problem. The problem is that these guys are crooks.
Lawyers pleading the 5th. That's a bit rich innit?
Re: "it's judicial bullying and overreach"
"Big Brother" is a bit of an understatement. When you start to get laws where they can always find something on anybody they want, then it's actually leading to something much worse.
never have been
I'm guessing this is just someone who got their words garbled. Take out the word "been" and you'll get what was likely the intended meaning:
The only thing we would like to say is that we (including our clients) did not, and never have, sent any spam.
Re: @ Ole Juul - Just buy a computer! Sorted.
Yes I do understate the case. I too live in a very small rural community and there is a fair proportion here who are simply not going to get a computer, let alone figure out where the any key is. I have a neighbour, a couple in their mid 80's, who just got a computer last year. It has taken them this long to figure how to put search terms into the Google box and what a list of results actually is for. Yesterday I got a call asking how to input a postal code. After fighting with the auto-complete, it turns out that the key piece of information here was that we needed to sort out the difference between a zero and and the letter O on the keyboard. There is indeed much to learn if one is starting from scratch. Indeed, many who don't have a computer now, are simply not going to put in the effort to get up to speed.
Re: Just buy a computer! Sorted.
I get the joke, and it's exactly what some bureaucrats seem to think.
However, the tragedy here is that it's not about economics, it's about education. There's probably some other old fart like me reading this right now on some old piece of kit that somebody else would throw away. It would cost me nothing to get on line were I to start from scratch. People reading this forum know that running a browser doesn't need to involve a new computer, and anybody could theoretically get online regardless of income. But the sad fact is that even if the government were to give away free computers to the 15% in question, it would take some time before very many of them would be able to file something on line.
To use online public services people need to be able to trust the government with the information they provide online.
I'm sure that many will trust the government, but that doesn't mean that they actually can be trusted. If a bank gets hacked, people will go to a different bank. There is an incentive for banks to be secure. The government, on the other hand, is in a different position. They get hacked, and people will go to a different .... what? Exactly. There is no incentive for a government to do the best they can.
Re: All of it?
By inference pretty much every business in China must have connections to or are overseen by the Government and businesses that have goods made in China must have permissions from the Government.
In fact, I'm not entirely sure how this would be significantly different here, or in any other country. Every company needs permits and has economic connections to their government etc. Are we to assume that the US government hopes to do an overnight revival of home industry, or is the state planning to do without tech for a while?
The article missed a mycological opportunity by not even once referring to the slimies by their more colourful name of myxomycetes.
Could be interesting from a security perspective as there are lots of compromised unlicensed windows PCs that don't get patched in China.
Indeed, this could be revealing. We might see a lot less malware coming from China as botnet hosts die.
When I was a kid we used to do e-mail on an abacus.
Re: Good question
Do you have ANY idea how much four hours dial-up every day costs?????
Yes I do. My ISP has a 120hr package for $18.95 per month for 56K dialup. They also don't meter after 11pm so if you don't fall asleep early, you can get by with their $8.95 per month plan.
It's a puzzle. HTML wraps unless you use /pre or line breaks (/br). In this case I get IwbAJtta at my usual 120% and IdrAJopc at 100%.
not the money
The service just didn't fit into their long term plans for corralling everybody into their net. Good thing Feedly got something out of it. However, that may be temporary until Google comes up with some new but related service to gather all those people back in.
Just call it hacking and charge them under terrorism laws like they do with everybody else. Why are they pussyfooting around? I think the government is complicit in this case. My point is that this could be treated like they treat script kiddies, but they don't. Why?
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
I agree that it is not so black and white. However, I think the lesson here is that it is not about making more laws. It is about the fact that "due care and attention" is an overreaching factor which could make the present laws seem to be poorly correlated with the real situation.
Intensive virus attacks?
Intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on internet servers
This kind of statement makes me wonder what exactly is going on. Of course there are always attempts to compromise servers, surely they didn't just discovered this. Maybe he is referring to the kind of virus attack one gets after visiting free pr0n sites. Which side of the firewall are we talking about here?
This protesting about Google not continuing to provide something is just indicative of people denying that they had unrealistic expectations. This is a public company in a dominant position so it has little to no responsibility toward its clientèle. That's just how it is. Pretending that is not the case is perhaps what all those people are doing who have bought into Google's services and now complain when their dreams are broken. There'll be more of this, and I for one, am not playing that game.
Re: 25 years?
I'm not sure myself, but does an account for an employee still belong to that person after they are no longer an employee? I would think that in this case the account would belong to the Tribune and that they would have been negligent in allowing Keys to still have valid credentials - that being tantamount to them willingly giving out the password themselves. Who knows. The story here could indeed be about The Tribune trying to blame somebody, anybody, on their own incompetence.
Re: Band of brands
a policy that is designed to dilute the value of their brands
The thing is that the whole idea of diluting the value of a brand by using a close spelling in a domain name is a bunch of hooey anyway. Mostly people click on links, and besides, spelling isn't as hard as some marketeers would have you think. We have had similar spellings for as long as there have been written words. My friend Jon is not about sue my other friend John for diluting his identity, and in any case I have no trouble telling them apart. If I did, we'd have another problem on our hands - either with the Jo*s or with me.
Re: It's not stealing in the first place
most police cars these days are equipped with equipment just as capable
Are you suggesting that if it's OK for the police, then it's OK for Google? I don't like that idea very much. In fact I'm not even happy with how far the police are going these days.
progressively more disenchanted
I feel the same way. It is odd that Shuttleworth says he has "zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different", when it is the fact that Ubuntu keeps changing, and is "always different", that is causing many of us to move on.
Re: Mark, you keep punching that straw man...
"I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say," Shuttleworth wrote.
Yep, that's about the dumbest thing that a smart person could say. . . . oh wait ...
Here's an opportunity
for those peddling secure operating systems.
Re: No, no, the hoax is a hoax
If the hoax was a hoax, then it wouldn't be believable .... oh wait ...
As for Linux not being user friendly "Huh" indeed. I'm writing this on a computer that started as Ubuntu 6.04 and eventually got upgraded to 8.04, which is what it has now. That means that it has been a user friendly and functional desktop machine for 7 years, and that the current Linux on it is now 5 years old. That's a pretty good track record. I'm sorry if you haven't been as lucky, though I do suspect that bad luck isn't actually your problem.
If you want to put down Linux, I'll join you, but I'm not going to say that it isn't user friendly, easy to install, and very functional - because it is. Still, I'm with AC at the top there, about FreeBSD being the best choice.
Re: The local media outlet is called DR...
I only watch the radio when I'm drunk.
You must live in a nice neighbourhood. Some places you have to watch everything.
Re: As a Swedish colleague said
When you see the Scottish women you understand immediately why it was only pillage.
There's lots of beautiful women in Scotland. Perhaps you a getting confused by the kilts.
It might be useful to them, but to me this dogged insistence on 'look and feel' requirements is a drag.
Something is fishy all right. They didn't even mention what kind of software one would have to run in order to make this happen.
Re: a Linux LiveCD ..
I hope you're not suggesting that all the news about America being hacked is just a noble nationalistic attempt to protect America's favourite corporation, combined with sheer lazy avoidance of having to learn something new!
RW: It was neither deliberate nor a "technical" error. It was a management error, pure and simple. You would think that MS, with the threat of a large fine hanging over it should they commit a specific misdeed, would make very sure that that misdeed did not occur by accident.
MS is probably assuming that it will not be a large fine, probably only a few million, which they can well afford - especially considering that it will not actually "cost" them that much after tax deductions etc. It's likely worth it to them. If it turns out not, only then is it a management error.