363 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009
I promise to bare all to the holder of my ...
Remind me of the average time spent in jail by the thieves who defrauded us of billions in the Libor scandal (to name but one)?
Seems the only way to get 'em behind bars in plant some dirty pictures of their beloved. But that's difficult because it will have all been nicely laundered.
I can almost hear Barbara Streisand singing .... well done the BBC!
And a good weekend to all. Well except those that feel so precious.
Almost a good idea
Software SIMs would be great. I currently have an issue with my Tesco micro-SIM in a Moto G. The G keeps losing it - but not other SIMs. And the Tesco SIM works OK is my Nexus 4. And who hasn't had to indulge in an orgy of gold contact cleaning - if only to please the call centre droid?
This is a bit of unreliable hardware we don't need. The problems when we lose a phone and want to use another - the problem, cost and time of carriers despatching a new SIM.
So be able to configure WITH YOUR FAVOURED CARRIER what IMEI to attach to your number (with a personal PIN in case anyone clones your IMEI) would be great. Online and independent of the device.
So yes software SIMs please. But they belong to either the carrier or me. Not the device. And certainly not Apple or Google.
Re: Contempt for UK law
No - but remember Al Capone was nailed for not paying his taxes - not for killing the competition. Bad companies do bad things. That's what they do. Sometimes you need to concentrate on what you can nail them for rather than what you would like to nail them for.
And in this case not letting them hide away. Like for any vampire - light can be deathly.
Contempt for UK law
The "only webform" comment stuck out. There is a legal requirement for displaying:
Registered information: For a UK registered business, the website needs to display the Company Information i.e. the business name, place of registration, registered number, registered office address and if it is a member of a trade association. For sole traders and partnerships, the address of the principle place of business must be displayed. - See more at: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/is-your-website-legal#sthash.nsW49qgm.dpuf
Which is why the website while portraying itself as a UK enterprise using Home Office logos etc very carefully does not identify itself as a UK or any other registered organisation. The domain registration is hidden by a privacy front. Even the name of the organisation is unclear. There is no Gamma Group UK registration. There are two Gamma International companies at disparate registered addresses that may be behind this or not. But if you don't know who it is - its hard to lodge enforcement action.
These people clearly have something to hide. They are ducking and weaving around the law put in place to protect us. Unsurprising if they are just hackers and phishers to the gentry.
I have no computer related qualification. Here's why:
1) There was none for machine programming a Deuce computer in 1964
2) There was no or very few computing degrees in 1967. People who liked computing would probably do Maths instead (as the Maths department traditionally ran the card punch room - and all that was hidden behind it).
3) Ditto for Z80 Assembler in 1975 or thereabouts
4) Ditto for practically any other innovation in the IT industry
5) Been using and setting up clouds for sometime. Taught by my peers online. Success at last?
I generally find people who come to me with IT qualifications are very good at what they are qualified in. The problem is that's all they know. A few selected silos without even realising the connections between them. Yet alone how to exploit them.
So I am a dumbass at computing. There is always someone better than me to help fix an issue that tests me. But very few who can see an IT project as a whole. That's helpful in spotting black holes that will screw the whole system while all the bits are claiming success.
That's also why I probably earn less than the average qualified coder/designer/analyst. Not that I would ever want to trade places. You can't price pride, enjoyment and just understanding of the subject. Oh, and sometimes making it work.
Re: Moto Heaven
Moto have loyally announced that all versions of the Moto G plus some other kit will be licking Lollipops.
Re: People are keeping them for three years?
"They are still trying to figure out what they are good for.
Nope - I, and the family, luv 'em.
That's an Asus Transformer (about 4 years old), HP Touchpad (androided) 3 years old, Nexus 7 2 years old. All running perfectly. Why would i even think about replacing until one borks?
Oh and i forgot a year old iPad Air given by my partner's employer that has never been out of the box. That will replace any of the others that do die.
If it is three years now, next year it may be nearer four.
Re: But the good news...
I'm not sure that's going to help Guinness too much.
Re: Real design changes @SpecialGray, the topic generally
Hey you may be right. An android powered Lumia 630 might have been an even greater success for Microsoft.
It's all over now
Anybody watching The Code (BBC4) will have spotted the leak of pre-prepared embarrassing information on a cabinet minister.
Its hard to imagine that the Director of GCHQ doesn't already have a dossier of resign quality data on every minister (or potential minister). That's leverage that's hard to put down. Even the most honest/moral of us leave trails that, as Hyppönen claims, can be construed as 'awkward'.
As Ted Heath once asked "Who Rules Britain?" It sure ain't trade unions.
Re: you think thats bad
“The new HQ is an extraordinary workplace with facilities including an auditorium and bar, gym and steam room and even an indoor garden and pond on the top floor,”
Hmmm is that RBS and British Airways built just before hitting rough waters? Management complacence and comfort rather than cutting costs and flab to better serve their customers. UKFast & Loose might be a more appropriate name.
Price out their Cloud offerings if you want to see how they plan to finance their HQ.
An ex-Burstnet customer replies ...
"The business also made its first acquisition, taking on the customer base of UK hosting firm BurstNET after recruiting M&A director Catherine Houghton. No specific mention was made of the deal."
Figures - I was unceremoniously dumped without notice. Was anybody else?
I found out by accident through some odd tickets that my service was going to be terminated in a month. No formal notice - nothing. Always paid on the dot, never used my full allowance, no trouble. No excuse except it was their 'right' - except their right does include giving notice.
It was a backup server - so I had to waste a week setting up and testing a server with a tried and tested provider (in the Netherlands if that's a clue). Strange that every UK provider I have tried over 20 years has let me down. Whereas overseas ones rarely.
Not a company that will get any more business from me. Decide for yourselves.
Your Fridge has shut down unexpectantly, please reboot ...
The most obvious benefit to intelligent fridges is being used to smooth peak electicity demand by shutting down during TV breaks etc. Except this doesn't even need the internet, just the AC frequency signal and a bit of random number generation should do it nicely and securely. One would think it in the generator's interest to pay for the chip.
Except it hasn't happened. Why?
Re: Closed is out of flavour these days.
"Heartbleed, Shellshock ring any bells? The two greatest security threats the Internet has had to weather were caused by open code."
Wow - I never knew that. What would I know as a SysAdmin?
Problems from the above - apart from taking 5 minutes to fix - zero.
Problems from Windows based DoS and brute force password attacks and dodgy hotmail accounts?
I think it a little more than zero. Have a nice Tuesday.
Hey Big Spender ...
"An olde-fashioned touring bike or a modern but strangely very similar cross bike would be rather less than £2000."
Some may think it would be better for people, environment and planet if the government £5000 EV subsidy was switched away from rich people's toys to machines like this. Being paid £3000 to take one of these away ... how many have you got ;-)
City congestion left behind (unless it has a Brooks saddle).
And it isn't Droid it is droidScript. I don't think Google get sued by Mr Lucas for putting 'An' in front. Better still to have a lowercase d to further differentiate.
BTW how did the victory celebrations go? Anybody left standing?
[SECURE DEVICE: SOLVED]
1. Get a Nokia 3210.
2. Don't use the contacts section
3. It will hold no more data than plod could have got from the network anyway.
Car Bonne Tax
I'll believe it all when Osborne starts giving tax breaks to high polluting CO2 gas guzzling flash motors. Oh, hang on hasn't he being doing just that with removing planned hikes to fuel duty?
More wheels, less bedrooms wins votes. Bit sad innit?
Re: I have a better solution
2013 was the year I finally dumped Facebook and Microsoft. Didn't hurt a bit.
Or was it they who dumped me? Wanting me to run my business and personal life their way and to their advantage.
No way. Walk away.
Re: Do they not read the news?
"Yep, I'm being stalked by those two same twerpies too. Can we get the El Reg computery person to mod the forum so anybody who issues more downvotes than upvotes gets redirected to Computer Weekly - if it still exists - I haven't checked but at least they have stopped spamming me."
Aha - so CW does have a reader left - even if he is a downvoter too. Love it!
Re: Do they not read the news?
"I love that I've picked up 2 down votes for my comment... Either we've got a couple of humourless commentards on here (not unheard of) or the RIAA/MPAA have their reputation protecting drones in our Reg!"
Yep, I'm being stalked by those two same twerpies too. Can we get the El Reg computery person to mod the forum so anybody who issues more downvotes than upvotes gets redirected to Computer Weekly - if it still exists - I haven't checked but at least they have stopped spamming me.
Re: Windows vs Linux
But I bet that 20% of the servers are doing 80% of the work. And most of those public facing ones are running Linux methinks.
Still patched mine within minutes of release (Linux repositories are a great way of getting stuff fixed fast). And had I not then the default setting on my WHM/cPanel setup would have done it within hours. That covers a substantial section of the vulnerable systems for starters.
Nothing is foolproof but the odds (and that's the important issue here) is that with open systems problems can be verified fast and we are not reliant on one actor, who has other considerations, to fix it. Panics are good so everyone can be see the problem and see the fix. And sort it if it isn't really a fix.
I can't find my Instamatic ...
Yep even my smartphone produces better picture these days even if I am not a better photographer. I do need to cover my mistakes/enhance. And I do it with my Chromebook using GIMP running in a crouton. But then its mostly cropping and adjusting for over/under exposure. Do it easier in the Chrome browser for free and I'm hooked.
As for that 50GB worth of pajamaless MPs - my nano 64GB USB stick does it a lot more unobtrusively than his $%^& - oops I don't really want to think about that.
Re: Yeah right....
"Like we're going to listen to someone who uses Windows 8!!! I'm much more interested in the opinions of those who won't go anywhere near it, they give a much clearer impression of how shit it is."
You have hit the nail on the head. I haven't used any MS OS since a very short episode with Vista.
That's the point - I was on the edge of my seat (sometimes in front of Bill Gates) excitedly for every new MS OS. I bought into it with all the fervour now donated to Apple fanbois. But no longer, I don't care, I've moved on.- Win9 may be brilliant, it may be pants - it most probably won't make any difference to my purchase plans. I'm not listening, I now have other fish to fry.
That's MS's mistake - it is a darn sight easier to lose your base then get them back.
Personally I think MS missed a trick in trying to keep a unified UI across devices. The story of Linux is that that's now herding cats. The abuse over TIFKAM is mild compared to what's been thrown at Canonical over Unity. Except if you don't like that then there is KDE, Gnome , XFCE, LXDE ...
A smarter MS would have slipped in TIFKAM as the default consumer UI and kept 'classic' just a click away. OS vendors don't seem to learn that it is now a mature market and the new is not a guarenteed winner.
Users hate change. Businesses can't afford it.
Re: What happens when
"..........the aforementioned lasers take a new route directly into Madame's rather sensitive eyes.........."
Will we notice the difference?
We ban TV in sight of the driver for an obvious reason. Constantly flickering speed and other indicators obscuring the exact part of the windscreen through which she is supposed to spot other road users and pedestrians rather worries me.
Many drivers already have the SMIDSY problem without this distraction. Is this going to make it whole lot worse? Has the research been done?
All software engineers should be put back on dial-up ;-)
One problem is those that commission and create net services have the fastest juiciest broadband that money and location can buy. Hogs and hogs of quad core processing and fat wide pipes makes pretty pictures. The prettier the picture the more kudos.
Which means the rest of us are forced to play catch-up with power and bandwidth. If we don't we don't see stasis - we can watch our existing services get slower and slower as the poor processors try and grab more and more inefficient code to basically do the same job. Think how fast sites were when you first got 256 kb/s. are they going faster or slower with 60mb/s?
Living in an urban area and having dosh - that is do-able. In the sticks the laws of physics are harder to defeat.
Yes some stuff really needs cutting edge technology, multicore fat fibre to work. But actually most of us homeworkers are not majoring on HD Videoconferencing or trying to beat the fast computer brokers with nanosecond trades.
Nope - we just want normal websites to load as fast as they did and email to not get lost. I bet I could speed up a lot of folks net access by reminding them of adblocking software and script supression. Trouble is stopping unnecesary waits and processes creates a performance hit in its own right.
And lets not confuse reliability with speed. What use is the latter without the former if you are trying to run a continuous service.
if it was real why are Nvidia are keeping quiet on the WW2 bomber airbrushed out of the scene. ;-)
Re: A little help required from somebody with a better memory ...
"You might be thinking of the Amiga which offered Screens back in 1985."
Which they probably copied from Concurrent CP/M and its predecessors. Guess Gary Kildall wasn't too smart on the patenting front.
At last the 1936 Show, Folks!
Which decade is radio stuck in, the theatre stuck in, the book stuck in ... ???
Technology has aided them, complemented them but not yet superseded them. The only major media certain to die is the printed newspaper. Its problem is the time lag in delivery. You can't be more immediate than broadcast. I mean iPlayer is great but only if you want to revisit last week.
I won't mention its more robust, cheaper and more reliable than AppleTV or whatever wasn't working or compatible with any of my devices for a certain launch last week. Its was all a bit 1936 for students of British TV.
We need a good backup solution - so back off
Yes if only because you are more likely to lose your prized baby photos by disk crash, theft or spilt coffee than from cryptoware. And remember this threat only affects one brand of software. Moving away rather than trying to defend the indefensible might be a good additional precaution.
You get what you pay for
Which in Virgin's case is the eradication of several forests to junk mail me several times a week. If only they would spend that money in improving their service I might be interested. But my interest will come from expert people saying good things about the ISP. That's harder to buy than TV time (or buying islands in the Caribbean).
Yea I know VM have moved on from dodgy Branson but the legacy persists.
Re: Another happy ownCloud user here
Using Kubuntu the Dolphin File Manager will just 'place' the webdav connection. Which gives me an another way of getting at my files. I am running Kubuntu because I believe in 'personal computing' aka 'user control' which has been pretty much eroded by Apple & Microsoft. Going into the cloud is even riskier. Donating your user files to a proprietary (or is it predatory) supplier in the sky is asking for trouble.
Already had that when my first foray came a cropper when the supplier completely reneged on their deal. When they do that you either have to give in to blackmail or take time out to re-implement clouds (and when you have a few hundred gigabyes you don't want to be winging up and down a broadband line).
The good news is OwnCloud is a fast developing product. The bad news is that in two months I have gone through four versions. Whilst the upgrades, for me, have gone cleanly that has not been the case for everyone - and the prime requirement for a cloud is security and stability. New stuff breaks old stuff. Maybe they need to more clearly differentiate a stable route from the bleeding edge for those that don't want to fiddle with it more than once a year.
Oh and the capitalisation - I just can't write it without a leading capital. But otherwise its brilliant and looking to be brillianter. I have always had my newbie issues answered quickly, efficiently and kindly on the support forum. Thank you for that which is sufficient for personal and small users. There is a paid enterprise option for, err, enterprises.
I'm not sure I would yet go with OC for a major mission critical project. But I would strongly recommend considering it for smaller projects and familiarisation. You are not going to get the best out of it until you have had some experience.
Re: There's going to be a lot of landfill
Nope - there must be a market for texting selfie naughty bits in 3D to the one you love - or want to love. And a lot more useful at the other end I would imagine. No, on second thoughts, I don't want to imagine.
Hang on, am I too old for this?
Some people forget the retired was the generation that invented digital computing. And that meant fondling machine code and thermionic valves. Assembler was for wimps. C was for cissys.
Yes some of us are frustrated and overwhelmed by the crap that modern manufacturers have put between the interface and the machine over the past half century. The reversal of the later concept of personal computing to lock out the user from the pc as IT teams had earlier locked them out of mainframes.
Is our only hope now full blown Linux? Is that an option on this device? Or would providing that be too difficult for the young?
Re: Apple don't like sex
"Because it's something which even they would find hard to claim to have invented"
You mean you don't have rounded corners? Rough!
Are you talking to me? (again)
Another vague scare story. No reference to the risk factors. Is it a browser, os, java vulnerability. Hence do I have to take it seriously or not?
English first - rest of the world can wait
" ... but I just wish they'd teach the kids English first"
Ahem - my Z80 Assembler is better than my English. Some of my fellow kids were wonderful artists but couldn't do 'rithmetic. Forcing people towards a particular method of communication and hold particular subjects higher than the rest closes real opportunity.
Expose everybody to everything and then encourage them to develop along the new found strengths rather than follow rigid curriculum aimed at grading people (Huxley like) with terminal (or is interminable?) exams.
That's if we want a really creative community with people wedded to and enjoying their skills.
It's the Apps Stupid!
"Market share is I think poorly understood by your typical journalist... possibly deliberately to make a statistically meaningless point which suits their own biases?"
I remember when Android was struggling against Apple. The reason was not price, not cool but fewer apps. Only when it got to near parity did the reason not to buy Android disappeared.
Those market share figures are important to the app market. They don't quite match the percentage revenues to the App makers but a majority and increasing share of revenue is coming from Android. Now if I produce an App it is going to be both Android and Apple. I might consider Windows but is it worth the effort in support & development - especially for the smaller companies (still responsible for the width of app offerings for each platform).
If Apple goes lower than 10% and my development/support costs are appreciable higher then the Apple variant may be late (when Android has amortised the development cost) or even not at all.
If 'premium' Apple costs you Apps you may not buy. That could herald a Blackberry/Nokia tumble. It can happen inside 18/24 months. Aston Martin is not a business model. They wouldn't sell many if it could only use motorway or A roads.
Re: Sounds normal
Remind me - what percentage of lawyers/corporations manage to lose to "utterly without merit" cases. And what does this say about them?
It may feel like 23/09 but the outage didn't last that long. MX (five google servers) records are now showing. Maybe the Chocalots are the root cause? And yes your NTLWorld mail is now both fully Google and NSA approved - if you got it!
Re: dig ntlworld.com mx
"Unless its been de-listed from DNS because they've shut the server down....."
Something like that - accidental or deliberate. It only takes seconds to put the MX record back - to direct it elsewhere (surely they have a receive/store/forward reserve server for when the mail system goes tits-up - a not unknown risk at VM).
Indeed taking hours to not getting a workaround in place suggests the Virgin problem is managerial rather than technical.
Are you talking to me?
Could I just request El Reg journos to add a line indicating vulnerable operating systems and/or software version number on security stories.
Because this is flash it could just be one os - or all? I could take time to find out - but as so many turn out to be just one it wastes a significant amount of time for people using others. Alerting people to real security issues is good journalism. Posting vague scare stories is not.
Landfill!!! Fill my pants!!!
Moto G is landfill product?
Its the fanbois that splash out £500 on the latest gizmo and dump it after 18 months that treehuggers might worry about. I have a feeling longevity may be inversely related to price. I have too many friends with really retro budget Nokias.
Re: Be a pleb
"It is much harder to corrupt the hosts file if you are running as an unprivileged user"
The default on most Linux distributions? Why would you do it any different for end user installations home or away?
Re: Given that this could cause crashes
"The one with the keys to the classic mini in the pocket"
Errr ... you don't need keys to get in or start an original Mk1 Mini. And it don't understand anything less than 12 real live volts up its distributor ;-)
Re: Does the court case matter?
"Assange may be a narcissitic, self-aggrandizing asshole, but I've seen nothing to suggest that he won't get a fair trial in Sweden, nor any good reason that the Swedes wouldn't want him to have one."
Nor do I. Does that surprise you?
You do seem intent to take and twist almost every word I have written to try and present it as saying the opposite. For example claiming I am prejudging the court when I speak of evidence at face value. Did you miss the word 'face'? The point of a court is to subject evidence to the highest scrutiny before accepting it. Otherwise we could just let the prosecution attorney to decide guilt. Face value is what it is before scrutiny.
Can courts get things wrong, not uncover ... yes they do. That's why you have appeal courts, and supreme courts and pardons.
Please don't make me suck eggs. I'm going to stick with the idea that so many games are being played around and by Assange that you or I don't stand an earthly determining what is or is not true. You appear to have complete confidence the court can. I believe they may be our best chance of determining the issue which is the very reason we have courts. I have no evidence that Swedish Courts are anything but amongst thee best in the business. But are they are not immune by being manipulated or deceived by external forces?
The bottom line is I have less confidence than you. Let's leave it there please and not keep on accusing me of stuff I never did. You certainly don't deserve any place in court other than the dock.
Re: Does the court case matter?
"That's why we have courts and legal systems in the first place. If you're assuming that they are all incompetent or corrupt (which is a considerable insult to the millions of people who work in them) then perhaps you should just get a bigger tinfoil hat and go back to hiding under the bed?"
I am afraid it is you who is assuming stuff that I neither wrote nor thought. Which is why I fervently hope you are not one of the millions working the system.
A competent and uncorrupt court can only come to its decision based on the evidence presented. Well crafted fake evidence looks just like the real thing. We can assume (oops I know that is dangerous) there is enough evidence (real or fake) at face value to convict Assange. You assume that all fake evidence will be rooted out Rumpole like. When it is done by professionals that is an unsafe assumption.
Tin foil time? Well that's the problem. A cursory conclusion from their own documents liberated by Snowden and Assange would suggest the American authorities do not feel bound by their and other jurisdictions to not do illegal stuff. So does this include this case?
I don't know. The fact you think you do know invites me to ask - how?
Re: New browser names:
There is an excellent browser called BROWSER on Android. Maybe they could buy that for a little less than Nokia. And have perpetual rights to the name?
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