154 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Here's an idea
Some out of the box thinking here, but they hire incompetent people who are motivated to do a crap job (the longer it takes, the more updates, etc the more they get paid)... you can also get loads of inexperienced people who are motivated to do a good job for free - students!
approach a university, they have software development courses where they make their students create software projects purely for the experience of making it - give them your system requirements and let them set that as an assignment.
the students will have to make a system as part of their course so it's no extra work for them, but at the end of it you get 200 students with 200 versions of the software you require - so then you just have a look at them all, out of 200 attempts you are bound to get at least a few decent examples... offer to buy the system off them for £100,000, loads of money to a fresh graduate, peanuts to the government!
If a business can afford a leased line, perhaps they can spend that money on multiple low grade ADSL/Cable links instead, combined reliability should be better...
Re: Very short memories at L3
"All very true: Netflix and the like provide the majority of eyeball bound traffic in the US. Why shouldn't they pay carriers for the massive amount of traffic that they are dumping on them?"
should my ISP be paying me for the massive amounts of data I request/they dump on me, or would that be silly?
It's worth noting that they expect government customers, and nobody else.
Then they can go after them for money laundering or some other serious criminal charge because they falsified their paperwork... (unless you think visa have no way to know which company asked them to charge the credit card they signed up to the VPN service with?)
Re: Am I missing something?
From the 'adobe' reference in the article i'd guess about the same time flash became part of HTML5? oh...
I can never understand how these companies end up getting paid. Which civil servant was authorised to pay out $6mil but was able to spend over 100 times the amount? Whose signature is on the payments, and who gave them the authority to make the payments? I'm sure you can tell where i'm going with this if it turns out someone was taking money without authorisation, and if it was actually authorised then that raises even bigger questions...
Re: Can someone enlighten me
Except in this case the files directly in the my documents folder are mostly inaccessible and you can only use subdirectories, but companies still want to put their files there...
If you dont want them globally addressable, use local addresses instead. This isn't IPv4 - all v6 devices get dedicated local IP addresses that can't be accessed remotely, as well as the optional globally routable one(s).
What would you rather have, an agent who can read some of the messages and maybe send a summary, possibly a copy of some of the messages? How about a copy of all of the messages, without worrying about your source getting caught and turned/shot?
Re: Channel Bonding
Lack of standards isn't the reason your ISP doesn't offer that service, it's because you are using an ISP for low bandwidth users. If you select an ISP that caters for heavy users then you'll find most of them offer line bonding options of some kind (some will even bond VDSL lines), of course they also expect you to use the extra bandwidth so it's not going to be as cheap as an ISP offering you a "check your facebooks" connection.
Funny you should mention PPP, as that's the most obvious (although not only) way to do it - PPP has built in support for multiple connections creating a single logical pipe, works with bog standard PPP equipment that is already deployed and doesn't require any new standards or new devices. Used to be quite popular for bonding dialup connections together.
Re: Sounds fair to me ...
Call it a "stupid tax" and it sounds fine to me. If keeping your servers up is that critical that you'll throw £40,000 for a possible extra week or so (nothing stopping them taking the cash and shutting it off anyway), why don't you have a backup you can switch to?
Re: Sour grapes?
The reason the government doesn't do what most people would recognise as the obvious cheaper better option is actually quite simple, those options are better for private companies/individuals but the government doesn't operate like a normal company and the usual incentives are reversed.
If a project goes over budget then the project manager can now put down a £200mil project on his CV instead of a £100mil project.
If a departments staff and have a huge backlog of work, they are obviously overloaded and under funded and the department needs a bigger budget for more staff, oh and as the number of people in the team has increased obviously the manager needs a pay rise to reflect the increased responsibility, etc.
That's why government projects manage to blow through huge piles of cash without ever achieving anything, they are rewarded for blowing through cash and punished for achieving anything! That's before you even start on the companies circling the gravy train sucking it dry (with full government support).
Re: That's great...Orange
google can probably deliver the content for free anyway over peering links to france telecom's upstreams, however they are still paying infrastructure and delivery costs, and delivering locally to france costs requires them to purchase capacity from providers and interconnect locally, they likely have connections to all the local IXs for local traffic delivery.
If they can peer with an ISP 10Gbit ports in a couple of datacentres directly on a major providers core network, they can probably get similar pricing as their IX capacity or peering capacity to their upstreams if it even exists locally, so if it costs around the same but performs better to those users then it makes perfect sense, it makes even more sense when you're talking a few million on budgets of billions...
Re: No Whammy's....STOP!
I think a few petitons to officially recognise the work of historic figures have been accepted. Not sure about any that ask the government to do anything more than reply, anyone?
Re: "supplied with a book-like cardboard case"
they're too busy calibrating and adjusting their printers to notice this article
that was my first thought, most of the stuff they get will have been seized somewhere else, processed, then spend several days being trasnported before it arrives there, and i bet it won't be put in a faraday cage until it gets there.
posted from my account registered with the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, which has received no spam - unlike email@example.com for example which has had 139 spam messages (yes pharmacy ad type spam, not notifications for some account) in the last 30 days, i have several such addresses auto-filtered and know exactly who to blame for the spam, almost all of it is easily identified (can't do much about addresses in whois databases and public websites, then i just use per-site addresses so i can filter it if it gets too spammy)
It is both the best porn you have ever seen, and the most disgusting thing you've ever seen, at the same time.
isn't that like responding to the announcement of the first portable computer by saying these things will never be that portable - if such crazy ideas had merit then why would people have computers the size of entire rooms?
Re: Automated dump and erase.
If they have 5 versions of the file stored, and you put in a request for all 5 versions then I would assume that they would have to comply as you are requesting something they hold?
The only circumstance where I would think there might be doubt is if you didn't specifically request all versions in which case I think they would probably just assume you only wanted the latest one. I wonder if there is any obligation for them to request clarification in this case? or if they merely need to use their judgement as to what they think you're asking for (which for 99.9% of requests will probably be the latest versions)
perhaps if they wanted people to be interested in technology it should be more reachable - i recently tried to purchase a load of ICs to play around with and it can be quite a challenge finding things in a big enough form factor that you can actually do something with them without needing robotic arms to mount the components on a PCB...
they never said BT was the cheapest, just that it is cheaper than what they currently have (so it's the second most expensive option)
because if your small business wanted to make the world greated word processor, you're not allowed because microsoft already patented word processing software. or perhaps you want to be able to have your application contain more than will fit on a single screen? but scroll bars have been patented, as have buttons for switching between multiple windows, and any other even slightly obvious method of doing that.
Copyright is "it's illegal to steal my work and claim it as yours", patents are "it's illegal to make a product that competes with mine". Patents should not apply at all to software, we have copyright protection for that!
Technically they are saying that nothing has changed regarding what law enforcement are allowed to listen in on as a result of the architecture change, it makes no comment on how much they were allowed to listen in on before only that it hasn't changed since then.
Re: Find out for yourself
The call technical info tab will also show if a call is going directly or being relayed through supernodes (needs to be enabled in options, then the option appears on the menu), i'd only be suspicious if all of your calls are being relayed even though you have global reachability (inbound allowed through firewalls/forwarded through 1:n NATs etc).
Theoretically that tab could lie about it and claim a call isn't relayed whilst it is, but so far i've not seen anyone claiming this can happen - and this would require sending a "you are being monitored, lie to the user" signal to the client, whereas forcing all calls to relay can be done by the supernode quite easily without the client being aware of it.
Surely you mean they must have been using <insert readers ISP>? (judging by comments on most ISP related articles it seems most readers seem to chose to give their money to ISPs they think are a load of crap)
except if they did combine all their networks in to 1 network then if you didn't have a signal then the option of using a different network that does have a signal would be gone - along with the incentives to provide better coverage than your current provider to take your custom
I suspect this is because OSX users are used to things not working properly for them due to their choice of operating system. If someone told me that it was normal for things to not work on their chosen OS, I would probably suggest they try a better OS.
Although that is probably countered slightly by the larger than average number of single person households amongst the readership...
If someone agreed to give me that much money even if i didn't end up selling to them, i'd be pretty confident in thinking they were expecting the sale to go through.
.kids/.xxx same thing
A TLD containing content that a 17 year old is using the internet for? Didn't they already create a TLD specifically for porn?
"the tablet votes will be printed out on portable printers and sent in by mail." Please don't comment on articles you haven't read.
If your VPNs are that high latency that you notice a significant delay in doing a DNS lookup then you should probably use a local resolver instead of using a remote resolver on the other side of the VPN?
IPv6 addresses are easier to remember, you only have 1 prefix (rather than getting multiple assignments as you grow) then the rest of the addresses you can number in whatever structured way you want - for example your DNS servers might be PREFIX::53 and PREFIX:1::53 and your web server might be PREFIX::80 etc, rather than your DNS servers being x.x.0.219 and x.x.1.86 because those just happened to be the next addresses available. Although of course you shouldn't need to type addresses except when setting them up, and sensible DNS naming is practically impossible to forget.
I am offended by the fact that you think you can do something offensive then just put "no offence" at the end and think that is OK!
The language doesn't really matter, only what it has access to - anything that can be written in one language can also be written in another language - hell most languages have implementation of interpreters for other languages!
It gets worse
If you read your kindle outside of a clean room then it will gain even more weight from dust landing on it. Actually thinking about it there are quite a lot of things that can make a kindle gain weight - I advise against taking your kindle anywhere that you don't have ready access to heavy lifting equipment just in case it gets too heavy for you to carry yourself.
This would never happen with an iProduct, anyone claiming differently is probably holding it wrong.
Indeed, the "Email" printer compares very nicely at an upfront cost of £0 and 0p/page ongoing cost, no need to ever refill toner, and perfect quality with full colour support it beats everything in this list - not to mention it takes less time for the postman to lose, i mean deliver it :)
yes, listing the names and addresses of constituents is a significant risk factor with identify theft. It's a good job that there isn't some kind of register of all the voters in a constituency with names and addresses on that is required by law to be publicly available isn't it?
Don't be silly, it will never be put to such uses, this is the US government we're talking about they would never do something like widescale illegal intercepting of everyones traffic.
Oh you mean for decrypting hard drives that have been lawfully seized in raids with warrants? yes of course it can do it as fast as you can provide it with data, unfortunately the system as currently implemented will need the data to be fed to it in the form of a file transfer over a network connection that it is monitoring, this was purely down to a poor design decision and was nothing to do with it having a different primary design purpose.
Although one would assume that should the coast guard receive a distress signal with no/an improbable GPS location, they, being fully aware of the activities going on, would be able to call up the RN (who they already cooperate closely with) and ask them to turn off the jamming for a bit so their GPS comes back up. This is assuming that the beacon doesn't also contain a homing signal.
Also I expect that the RN would be monitoring emergency bands in areas they are operating in, and may well already have a rough direction from one or two of the high tech communications rooms onboard the various ships (depending which ones were involved in the exercise) and probably wouldn't even need the coast guard to call them before they respond.
no you can't just use your own modem, for reasons which are pretty obvious if you consider the difference between DSL and Cable, on DSL you are authenticated based on the fact that you are using the phone line that is paying for the service and which modem you use is irrelevant to them, cable you are authenticated based on the modem because your location is unknown to them (you're just "somewhere on that section of broadcast network").
In theory they could authorise a modem you bought yourself, but in practice nowhere sells them because nobody has a legitimate reason to buy one (until they stopped supplying plain modems for free anyway, apparently now fixed with this update), and it just adds extra security risks - for example on cable networks you always connect at the full rate of the shared channel, then your modem downloads a config file that tells it to throttle you to a specific speed, modified modems typically ignore the throttles in the config file.
Not sure they have improved it, I signed on online in december and although they did get my application and called me back to make an appointment, it was an appointment to go in and go through the application with someone in person, who basically just asked all the questions again to "check i had filled it in correctly", before filling in the details on their system for the "real" application.
Somehow I had managed to fill in every detail correctly (imagine that), then whoever "processed my claim" apparently just went through editing random details to be incorrect, that's the only explanation I have for how they managed to get it wrong when the printout of the details that were on their system prior to that showed everything was put on there correctly!
ages ago...? the lowest package they offer has 1Mbit upload, but the higher packages go up from there - it's still only 10% of the download speed, but 10Mbit upload is way faster than anything BE can offer, hell most ADSL2 customers can't even get 10Mbit down let alone up!
Although there is no virgin fibre service, their "fibre optic broadband" is just as fibre optic as ADSL, it's a fibre backbone with copper to the customer. Their "unlimited" is also not quite unlimited on the bottom packages, however their throttling system is a lot closer to it than most ISPs "unlimited" packages.
RE: unless for some reason Oracle loses its credibility
like for example if "the amount of prior art involved provided so much ammunition for the defense it would take up too much court time"? I'd say the judge is already questioning the credibility of their claims.
I very much doubt they would issue a press release after "disappearing" the evil low life scum who dared to commit the ultimate sin of disagreeing with their government.
why expensivelockeddownpads? i assume this will be just to access a web interface of some kind that a £50 tablet from china or one of the piles of tablets clogging up the distributors warehouses can do just as well (probably better in many cases)?
not that a tablet is probably the best option here, i imagine a traditional computer system with a keyboard interface would last a lot longer than a touch screen considering the nature of the user...
Copy/paste between computers that are all controlled seamlessly by the same keyboard/mouse? check! Granted no dragging windows between computers, but there are advantages to having separate systems with different configurations.
Posted by my desktop, typed on my netbook sitting on the desk in front which has the only keyboard/mouse. Can you pick up part of your desktop setup and walk around with it? It's like a cordless keyboard/mouse(/headset) with an extra screen attached!
pot kettle black...
i wonder if he configured it to trigger on his grinning face and annoying voice, definitely as annoying as anything else he was complaining about, thankfully he's not all over my TV!
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