1099 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
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: Defence Doublespeak
"He looked like he was gonna punch me, so I nuked him!"
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.
Too many layer 8 devices have buggy software, and they are notoriously difficult to re-program.
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...
How long before the Yeti makes a privacy complaint?
I would have thought laundry reports would be very useful... follow the troop numbers as they are moved from base to base.
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.
My last excuse...
for not answering my phone has gone.
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?
<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...
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.
a martian emailing NASA, "thanks for finding my keys"
it shows that people who oppose gay marriage are more likely to lie about their porn usage?
But how much...
do you have to pledge for the right to aim it at the planet of your choice?
Re: "...paramecium the size of a grain of rice"
Not very rice-shaped, the rice I eat doesn't have an oral groove. A 4mm paramecium is the the stuff of nightmares.
With a little more work...
they might prove the whole media and web 2.0 phenomenon is not only unintelligent but not the result of any living agent1. Something that has been suspected, but not proved.
(1) Including this post. I'm going, but there's no evidence I'll need that coat.
I'm in Aberdeen, and I usually get 24Mbps or higher... up to 51Mbps occasionally, and some round here have a Gigabit connection, which might skew the statistics. That's Aberdeen, Hong Kong, in case you're wondering. Did they check more than the town's name when they took the measurements?
Half man, half kangeroo?
"jump naked onto a Florida couple's roof" - or, as the later part of the article clarifies, he jumped off the roof... onto Mr. Land. Perhaps he thought that was a functional description, not a name?
No cognitive dissonance, the geological-timescale Carbon cycle is often mentioned, e.g. in @Kubla Cant's dragonfly comment above. However, I would suggest large, aerial carnivores would be a concern to parents of small children and pet-owners.
Re: ...firewall off port 22 completely.
Henry, Michael's remark is a good example of why, although /24 is "factually correct" and "shorter than Class C", it is less informative to people who are unfamiliar with networking jargon.
You are correct, but failing to communicate.
You store your lizard-based blueprints for your galactic-domination army on a convenient planet, but when you come back in 65 million years you find:
Why is there a mammoth carcass in the storeroom?
Don't worry, it's just the archive storage, I'll need your help tomorrow when we make a copy and take it off-site.
Bring a warm coat, and a map of the tundra.
@FartingHippo - I'd agree with your counter-arguments, but I was talking about a laptop in the real world. Password strength isn't mandatory, it's at the discretion of the owner, who has just been told by the salesperson how fantastic the fingerprint scanning is. Vein scanners might be better, how many have you seen on laptops?
You're thankful that bolt-cutters would be the only realistic alternative for a crook? What do you keep on your laptop! I think passwords offer more flexibility against this level of attack. You can choose your level of resistance, based on the value of the protected data, and your assessment of the attacker... you can give up the password at any stage from "calling you rude names" to "here come the bolt-cutters" or beyond. As an additional advantage, you get to avoid the punishment by giving in. With a fingerprint scanner, the crook's fastest, easiest option is the bolt-cutters, so you loose the finger AND the data.
Sorry, that's getting away from the real world again. For most laptop buyers, a fingerprint scanner is a convenience for people who forget their password a lot, is likely to be used with a weak password backup, and a crook will either be stealing it for the hardware value, or will take the disc out to access the data direct because there's no full disc encryption.
So, a laptop with a fingerprint scanner is less secure than one with just a password. The attacher can choose which method to attack, there is no protection from a poor password AND there is the opportunity to try a gummy finger cast or other false fingerprint method.
Making biometrics mandatory for all forms of password submission would be so bad. Don't get me wrong, biometrics is a useful form of authentication when used correctly. I've got an ID card with my thumbprint stored, and I can leave the country through an automatic gate by presenting it and my thumb. Very convenient. However, the gate is at a manned checkpoint. Someone with a fake thumb, or who tries to take the gate apart will be caught. Most places we use passwords do not have that sort of protection, so you cannot trust that the biometric reader is reporting correctly. For website authentication, the website owner doesn't even own the reader, so there is no control. BYOD is making the same true for office computing.
Salting and stronger hashes only protect users who choose strong passwords, starting an arms race is only marginally effective when so many users choose "password1" or "secret"
We need to move to PKI, then there is no problem with using the same certificate for multiple websites (or whatever) because the private key is never disclosed.
Re: if you want to lose weight
I think it was H G Wells, and he wore a lead belt and other weighty accessories to appear normal.
Re: Space is big.
So he has returned to his original profession, though apparently not his partnership with Hotblack.
I think my kids will begin lobbying for emigration to Sweden.
Never heard of a Faraday Bag?
The one with the mesh-lined pockets, please.
"Hang on, I thought we were first?" Re: How old is the star?
@toof4st - that sounds like the abandoned first draft of 2001 - A Space Odyssey . An ancient, mysterious technological artefact is found on the moon, it does nothing when discovered because it was created by an entirely extinct species, and nothing happens for the remainder of the film (in the book, an insane AI deletes all the research papers based on the artefact, because of a numeric overflow in the dates).
Isn't Cthulhu a Monsanto product?
Re: Free as in "complimentary for paying customers"
I'd get you a pint, but I don't know who to give it to, your details are false...
Re: Oddly enough...
How private is a Twitter direct message? I don't think I'd want to rely on it for any communication I seriously needed to stay private. Unless it is end-to-end encrypted, it's like sending a postcard - probably no-one will bother to look.
Sorry, I should have added a "Joke Alert" to my second paragraph.
Who says the van is arriving from China? I'm sure Bradley Manning can explain how transferring documents, even in a private message, can get you into trouble in many places.
OK, that's a big jump, from a private tweet to loads of secret documents, but I think there is a continuous range. Whenever people do things online, they must consider the wider consequences, whether that is not getting a job interview because of student party photos, or getting arrested for treason, or finding disturbing "targeted advertising" appearing. When you post a private message in twitter, you are trusting that they actually follow their own privacy rules; they don't screw up; the company that buys them in 10 years doesn't decide to misuse the data; and so on...
Society depends on trust. The internet is changing trust in non-obvious ways. People need to be aware of that.
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