720 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 05:54 GMT
Good idea, but even better...
Why don't we form an international police and diplomacy force by selecting children with weird mental powers, take them from their parents and train them to use glowing swords?
Has anyone else noticed?
That these services often record your call (for "staff training"), so if (when?) there is a problem, the Company has a record of the conversation, and you don't. They have the choice, conveniently "loose" the recording ("it was deleted after X days, for data protection purposes"), when it includes their agent promising something never delivered; or, reveal the part where you were incoherantly ranting due to on-hold frustration over their polite employee whispering the relevant detail.
Time to conduct all my business in writing, carved in tablet of stone.
Can you both just stop the Open/Closed wars? Re: You're joking, right?
Having the source code makes it easy to add extra source (Duh!), but, guess what? It's well-known how to modify arbitrary binaries, and even easier to get a fake DLL loaded. Virus writers have been doing that for years with PEs, and kits are available.
While you're scrapping about which is more secure, the bad guys have got their act together and are using both: targeting the most popular web servers (FLOSS) to deliver malware to the most popular desktops (Windows).
"insects that walk on all fours" Re: the message
I can't decide, did Leviticus fail at maths or biology?
most of the pictures are arseholes, but some are the dogs bollocks!
A bit lame responding to my own post, I was hoping someone else would post the rejoinder.
I'm delighted to report that mine is the 42nd up vote.
James Bond not a fair representation of intelligence?
Next you'll be telling me Die Hard is misleading about police work!
Curse you Jasper Hamill!
Your throw-away remark about dogs taking photos led me to consider dogcam™, with a head mounted camera and then how dogs greet each other. I now cannot rid myself of the concept of an internet full of tagged pictures of dog arseholes.
"experienced programmers put a known elephant in Cairo"
Good thing you posted AC, or you'd have been DDoS'd by a crowd of curious commentards...
Re: Claiming GPS is not precise is an error
So you can do a GPS calculation in 10 seconds, and the flight time of a bullet over 3km is 2 or 3 seconds.
Tell me again how useful it is to have a GPS bullet...
Quick! European governments should hack the US more
Pot, meet kettle. Seriously, is there a little sampling bias here? There were recent reports of a Chinese General complaining about attacks from the US. Both US and China have active cyber "defence" units.
What is more interesting in the report is that most of the attacks are criminal, only a fifth are government-backed.
@steve 124 - if you build your great firewall, where are you going to buy your iPhones and other cheap electronics from?
Don't fear the cowbell
the black one with the cowl, thanks.
What if they DIDN'T delete?
They'd know when to pillage the data...
i) Personal Data - The dead have no personal data privacy rights.
ii) Copyright - OK, this is long-term planning, but they'd know when they can start using all that valuable content
iii) reconnaissance for theft and fraud. Just like burglars note unemptied mailboxes to tell when people are away from home, they could search for information about online accounts and answers to "security questions", and misuse them knowing the owner won't notice. If anyone does notice, they can say, "it can't be us, we deleted that data".
Naturally, I completely trust Google and their "Don't be Evel" mantra.
Re: I have not paid for software for years ...
The betting? Pretty good. But they'd be lying if they have, all the OSS I have comes with a license agreement.
Re: Well in the classical world...
So, you're saying that the ancients had a clear division between intelligence, refinement, shall we say beauty, and virility, lewdness, shall we say eroticism? Further, the correlation between penis size and other attributes of the ancients is exactly the same as suggested in the Register's headline. The cultures may be closer than you believe.
<- I'm saying nothing about this guy's size.
Free backup service?
Publish all your important documents on a .UK site, and the BL keeps a backup for you. Encrypt it if you don't want everyone to read it.
Banks don't think things through...
Last time I went to an ATM, the card slot had sprouted a green plastic thing...
the hotline eventually confirmed it was legitimate but they are idiots for not putting a warning on the screen.
HKJC also does football betting and the Mark 6 lottery. The profits from the HKJC end up in many of HK's charities, there are lots of HKJC Clinics, and HKJC disabled buses. Happy Valley is only the smaller racecourse, the Shatin one is even more impressive.
HKJC is a consistent technology leader, supporting multiple generations of mobile betting technology. Many of the old-timers have their own terminals.
Yeah, you are a weirdo... Don't you know you should be polite, give up your seat and let people on first WITHOUT making eye contact? Even watching people is OK, even accepted as normal entertainment, as long as you DON'T make eye contact!
Re: @Stuart Moore
So who's up for sending them one tin of meat each?
Does anyone trust a grunt with a drone to correctly tell the difference between a hacker behind a cyberattack (who can legally be targeted with lethal force when there is open conflict) and a user with a zombie-infected PC? No?
Time to make sure your PC is clean.
Re: Defence Doublespeak
That's a fix? I was thinking it might be closer to, "He dropped a USB drive in our carpark, so we nuked his country". If a cyberattack is an armed attack, then armed retaliation is justified, right? And dropping a USB drive could never be an accident, right? We just prevented cyber-Armageddon, right? Your own choice of nationality for the USB dropper and the carpark, it works either way.
Stuxnet looks like a good result, but we were told Iraq had chemical weapons, so there might be a tiny bit of unreliable information floating about, you know?
Re: Onroad parking would be better
"Gentrificator"? Nice neologism for builder, have an up vote.
But, unlit obstructions where cyclists will run into them, have a down vote.
Re: Defence Doublespeak
"He looked like he was gonna punch me, so I nuked him!"
Re: Sadly common in UK Gov
Perhaps they think you're complaining because you want to use a shorter password?
Which Chinese Calendars?
I know of only two, the lunar calendar, popular for determining the date of Chinese New Year and other festivals, and the Minguo calendar.
The Minguo calendar was defined by Sun Yat-Sen with year 1 = 1912 in the Gregorian Calendar, and is only used in Taiwan. I would expect, uh, political difficulties in including it in a PRC Ubuntu.
So, what is the other Chinese calendar they'll be including?
Incidentally, functions for date conversion between the Minguo and Gregorian calendars were included in WordBasic, Word 6.0.
The lunar calendar depends on which side of midnight the full moon occurs, so a small uncertainty can sometimes change the date by a day.
icon - well, yes, I think today's a holiday...
Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?
@Lockwood: How big was it?
Re: Almost perfect...
But ALL dolphins are bald! Though, I have to admit, they also have uniform, mid-grey colouring.
Mine's the one with the dripping thesis in the pocket.
Re: "Jennifer Lopez gets you more Facebook friends than Iron Maiden"
The 80's? So, did you warn them about sub-prime mortgages, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Fukashima disaster your Lordship? ((c) xkcd, of course)
She's lucky she got arrested...
when a Darwin award was the obvious outcome.
Less severing option...
1. Invite your victim to wave their hand above your fake scanner
2. Take image of vein pattern
3. Fake scanner is linked to 3-D printer that reproduces vein pattern in plastic
4. Fill pseudo-hand with blood substitute
Selection of a suitable plastic and blood substitute to fool the real scanner is left as an exercise for the reader. If you get stopped for questioning, explaining a plastic hand with fake blood is probably easier than explaining a real one.
Trick-or-Treaters Arrested for Bank Heist
Sounds like the plot of many monster movies...
Take a rich biological environment, subject it to unusually high levels of radiation for an extended time.
Enter the naive honeymoon couple.
What could possibly go wrong?
Re: because the windows were left open
Note: WINDOWS BURGLAR SECURE is an option extra for AUTOMATIC HOME WINDOWS. The company is not responsible for unauthorised ingress or complete trashing of your home.
Confused by endless conflicting configuration screens? Get our ULTIMATE SECURE CONFIGURATOR and say goodbye to gaping security holes because of stupid configuration errors.
You know, there might be an endless market here...
The "personnel on station" are the end users. These are devices for home use, "tell your home to prepare as you drive, and it's comfortable, your favourite music is playing, and you meal is ready when you arrive". The only way these will get secured is if the manufacturers build in security as the default.
I suspect that the novelty of arriving home to a cacophony of pets disturbed by the sudden music who have eaten the toast again and an enormous electricity bill because the windows were left open will quickly wear off, but by then the devices manufacturers will have made their profit, and the devices will still be vulnerable when you are not using the features.
Re: More critical reading is needed
@Kevin - did you talk to the network contacts in Chinese and Korean? Have you junked any Chinese or Korean spam? That might have been your reply.
How old was Hagrid?
Hagrid claimed to have raised Fluffy from a pup, so Fluffy can't be an alias of Cerberus. Probably a relative.
I should get out more.
I like the idea of naming an astronomical body Kerberos. Fluffy should be reserved for a warm body that you can cuddle (as long as the music is playing).
Re: I don't mind being compared by age...
@dcluley, it might have "worked as intended", but that is not the same as being a well-designed, secure system. Could a criminal set up a direct debit to a front company just using the same details? Could a criminal set up direct debits to a charity, then take the money from the charity because it is poorly administered (concentrating on its intended purpose)? How difficult is it to reclaim an "incorrect" payment? Do the banks care that their weak system allows their customers to be robbed?
You've got it wrong...
It's a laser pointer to attract the giant, interstellar cat to deal with the problem.
Re: <rant>An unused /24?!
Definitely, the internet needs a "<rant>" tag! I <rant>NEED</rant> a "<rant>" tag.
Incidentally, is there a style guide that specifies how to pluralise /29 while shouting?
Backups and bank cards...
Hopefully, all the banks will have changed to chip-and-pin before this is deployed.
The popularity of tape for transfers to off-site backup might suffer.
<rant>An unused /24?!
DOESN'T THIS RYAN WERBER KNOW THERE ARE DEPRIVED PEOPLE WHO NEED THAT /24? A /24 CAN PROVIDE 254 CHINESE PEASANTS WITH A VITAL CONNECTION TO POLITICALLY ACCEPTABLE PARTS OF THE WORLD, OR IT CAN BE SPLIT INTO /29s AND PROVIDE VALUABLE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO THIRTY TWO SMALL/MEDIUM ENTERPRISES STRUGGLING TO SEND OUT LOTTERY WIN NOTIFICATIONS AND LINKS TO FAKE BANK WEBSITES</rant>... oh, forget it...
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