888 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
Re: Daddy, what is XP?
I know the problem, I have an entire accounting system written in COBOL ... oh wait - it's still working.
To mis-quote Frank Zappa
"You can't be a real company unless you have a CEO and a patent. It helps if you have some kind of a business plan, or an actual product, but at the very least you need a patent."
Diversify away from search?
Smart move - because the Google search results have been crap for months now - once upon a time you could enter a few words and almost always find what you were looking for but these days you get served something that more closely resembles my dogs dinner ... after he deposits it on the carpet.
History is on Bitcoins side
The US dollar has a history far worse than Bitcoin with dollar notes issued by the individual states originally and values fluctuating wildly - it was the backing of the Federal Government that stabilized the currency and made it "safe".
Bitcoin is not really that much different that trading with small bits of carbon with strong atomic covalent bonding - we assign a value and trade based upon a mutually agreed value. Although a diamond does look prettier than a Bitcoin.
Tax deductable loss anyone?
This could be interesting - Dear Tax man, I lost (pick a number) of Bitcoins worth $MONEY$ so can I claim this as a tax loss against my income for the next few years?
For some reason I thought MWC was "Married With Children" - I must be spending too much time on Craig's List.
Re: useful for the ladies, perhaps
Sure they will - and the cops will arrest them if they see them. Of course, all the judges are either out of town or in the parades so anyone arrested during Mardi Gras will be in jail for a few days until the judges get back to business.
Re: If you've ever been
I have been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras many times and I've often been happy to pay the going rate (anywhere from a couple of dollars upward) to use a clean bathroom - many hotels and restaurants with a bathroom close to the entrance charge a fee to visit and for the most part it's well worth paying ... this morning I'll be paying it simply to get my hands under some warm water I suspect - the weather report is for freezing rain and sleet but the parades will roll anyway.
Today in Louisiana it's Mardi Gras - for the rest of you poor bastards it's just Tuesday. This is a major reason that I live here.
What's the cost benefit?
There's always going to be some snooping going on, I can accept that - I don't like it, but I understand the rational for it and politicians being the weak-kneed bastards that they are, it's inevitable.
But what doesn't make any sense is the secrecy - if the aim is to prevent terrorists and pediatricians ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H pedophiles from injuring our society then why keep it secret? Wouldn't we all be safer if they knew that they would be caught if they tried anything? With the current scenario, what cost it cost to catch anyone in the categories that they are looking for?
Dr. Strangelove: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn't you tell the world, EH?
You can't defeat terrorists by blowing up terrorists, that just creates more terrorists - you defeat terrorists by dealing with the root causes of terrorism. And pedophiles et al wouldn't exist if our society was more open to sexually positive experiences.
How is this different?
This sounds exactly like the experience that I have calling AT&T about my phone account in the US.
Re: Lawmakers huh?
Here in Louisiana they put a law on the books some years ago banning posting to Facebook while driving ... they recently had to amend it after a number of prosecution case failed because the drivers showed that they were posting to Tumblr and Twitter, not Facebook.
"If you've got half a mind to run for Public Office, that's all you need" - David Frost.
... they still have no idea how Gareth Williams died ...
It's the math
Cheaper to Insure than Secure + Cheaper to under-staff than maintain staffing levels = management bonus.
Re: dum di-di dum dum
"Ok, so apparently we have 750k btc deposited. Do we actually own those bitcoins, and where are they?"
That question depends on the accountants - and accountants are notorious for not asking questions that might embarrass the person paying them.
Never attribute to Malice anything that can be accomplished by Stupidity.
Come on, we've all looked at code for days and not seen the problem, only to awaken in the middle of the night and realise that the problem is simply that we're always checking for a>b and never a=b or some similar malfunction (sic).
Re: Actually, yes it can be "Stolen".
Really? I woke up this morning and, after commenting in El Reg last night, I found that my identity had been stolen. I have no name, I don't know who I am and I'm sleeping on a park bench and my head hurts ...
Now, about those fifteen Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters that I drank last night ... I have no memory of them either because my identity has been stolen ... maybe I'll get my identity back when I sober up?
"300,000 SSNs swiped "
Nope - the SSN's have not been stolen - I still have mine.
Identity can not be stolen, merely forged or copied. The solution to this problem is not to penalize the "victims" of this data copying but instead to make the banks and other organizations liable when they either hand out the data entrusted to them or sell services/make loans based of the information and then blame the "victim" - Identity Theft is a scam perpetrated the Banks to avoid admitting that they gave away money/goods without bothering to check.
Please offer to service my town.
You don't actually have to do it (we're a little cow town in Louisiana) but the mere threat of competitive high speed internet (that is anything over 2mb) will make both COX and AT&T improve their service.
"My father was a nun" - Baldrick
Where's the IT angle?
Oh wait, the PHB just walked past my office ...
Alternatives are available
Personally I like a dab of Talisker behind the ears.
Of course your phone app is secure
ROTFLMAO - I wouldn't trust my Bank to code its way out of a paper bag - particularly if the bag was stuffed with my money. If you read the Terms and Conditions with any of these apps then somewhere in there you'll find that you are assuming all the risk of using the app and the Bank is not liable.
Wait for the next batch of numbers
These numbers are only the numbers that they are permitted to release and only purportedly cover "official" requests, meanwhile everything is being sucked into the NSA/GCHQ vacuum cleaners for "analysis" - no, we're not collecting anything, we're just analyzing it.
You're missing the point lads.
Ignore the patent - the fact that they think it's a patentable business method tells you quite a lot about how the Amazon site and databases works behind the scenes. When you go to Amazon and start searching or browsing for a product category they probably have a better idea of what you'll eventually purchase than you do when you log in.
Re: Made little sense to begin with
That's a good point and time will show who's right.
I think the web is slowly souring on the idea of hanging on the coat-tails of one vendor to the exclusion of all others - sure Verizon's big in some places but other than wireless access ($$$) its' relatively unmetered direct fiber access is limited. In general people subscribe to content first and the method of delivery comes second.
Made little sense to begin with
I think Intel had no real idea what to do with OnCue from the beginning - if they could make it a "standard" then it could have had some running room but that was never really on the table. The real kudos must go to Intel for actually being able to flog this thing anyway ... Verizon just bought a dog, the only question now is how long it will be before they take it out and shoot it.
We the sheepeople...
That was predictable - while Obama is reviled by the Republicans as "left-wing" the truth is that he's politically about as right-wing as Maggie Thatcher in real terms and is a member of the establishment majority. He is a politician which means he doesn't care about anyone unless he need their vote - and having voted for him, we have no further purpose.
I don't see the current level of surveillance changing for the better in the future unless we the people change our behavior - we need to live our lives knowing that we are always in the spotlight. Use cash, not credit, firewall everything (not using commercial firewalls - they are compromised), abandon the cloud and cease using any service that stored data in the US or its minions. Build EMF shielded houses and offices where all cell-phone service is lost when you walk in the front door and isolate the AC power because before Edward Snowden there was Echelon, and before that we had Tempest - these programs didn't go away. Only we we change our behavior will anything change.
But the chances of this happening are vanishingly small. The function of the President is not to wield power but to distract attention from those who do wield power - and to point out, when questioned, that the book has "Don't Panic" on the cover. Move on folks, there's nothing to see here.
What do you make of this fiendish challenge?
Boring - it smells like the Illuminati rebooted.
Gosh - think how lower the prices would be now if AT&T had managed to buy T-Mobile ... that deal was promising to lower costs too.
Re: Mike Flugennock
You're still watching TV? Don't you have a life? I guess not...
Now, given a good copy of LOTR directors cut, a 4k UHDTV and some mushrooms I think this would make a wonderful weekend.
T-Mobile vs AT&T
Frankly, my experience in the USA with the AT&T telephone customer service (wired and cell) has been so terrible that I'd pay T-Mobile to switch to them. The only thing that AT&T have going for them is coverage outside the cities in the USA and even that is not enough to offset the mind-numbing, soul-destroying hassle of dealing with their customer service. I assume that the perpetual "Due to unexpectedly heavy call volume ..." messages that I get when I call AT&T is due to people calling to cancel their contracts.
That said, I have nothing but praise for the AT&T Internet tech support techs who know what they are doing, answer the phone and get stuff fixed when it breaks.
It's always seemed to me that all the climate change arguments are variations of "It's going to be a long winter, should I turn the thermostat down to conserve fuel or should I eat my children?" And one way or the other they always decide to eat the kids - on both sides of the argument.
Digging in the bucket again eh El Reg?
I know it's New Year and the El Reg staff are probably three sheets to the wind but couldn't you actually discuss the merits of the patent rather than just writing another sewage story?
Re: Used by the NSA? Perhaps not?
Exactly - if the OpenSSL function had been a problem then if would have been fixed since it's widely used. So it's safe to assume that it's not a big problem for the NSA to crack the other algorithms.
Don't write anything you can phone. Don't phone anything you can talk. Don't talk anything you can whisper. Don't whisper anything you can smile. Don't smile anything you can nod. Don't nod anything you can wink. - Earl K. Long
Re: Looking at
My name's Roger, I'm turning my parents in immediately - apparently they've been having sex ... I was horrified to find out that Father has not been telling me the truth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpNZTv6Dayo - I wonder if this clip will be banned now?
It's a New Morning!
I think you have a good point - the US cell market does need a good shakeup and T-Mobile has done that recently by scrapping the old "captive customers" attitude - with the result that the are gaining customers. If the two companies were to merge and the T-Mobile attitude came out on top, then the AT&T/Verizon duopoly could be given a run for the money.
T-Mobile have great service in the metro areas but once you get out into the countryside you lose service a lot of the time - this is their weak spot and something that a merger with Sprint could improve.
Re: I suspect that many of IBM's Lawyers have Alligator skin brief cases.
That will not help them, the alligators eat almost anything.
Now oddly enough, I live in Louisiana and there's nothing about this case in the local papers. I think that the case has legs because if it had been any other reason for the sales drop (e.g. system delivery problems, manufacturing problems etc) that caused the fall in income , then IBM would have had to report this to the shareholders in a timely manner.
What's te problem?
I've installed Win 8.0 and 8.1 on a bunch of machines and the only people who don't like it and adapt to the new GUI pretty quickly are dodos - if they want to stay using Win 3.0 then that's fine with me ... LOL.
"I speak Esperanto like a native" (Spike Milligan).
Planning? We've heard of it...
Isn't this a wider problem? Who writes code with the expectation that it will need to be replaced or migrated in ten or twenty years in the future? Look at all the recent grief given MS for daring to say that Windows XP will meet it's "Sell by" date next year - and really it should have been replaced several years ago.
But computer programming is still in its infancy compared to Banking and we're still struggling to figure the whole thing out - sure, there are computer languages that have some modicum of portability and long term evolution but we've mostly thrown them out because the new kids on the block are sexier and offer mood of the moment features - who bothers to learn COBOL, FORTRAN, or ADA any more?
Old stuff - only old farts write in that stuff - we use VB ... no, wait lets code the new ATM with Ruby or Java ... and so down the road we discover that both our new fancy languages have more holes than an aerosol sandwich. I'm not arguing for a wholesale return to writing banking applications in COBOL (assuming you're still with me and haven't down-voted this and moved on) but simply saying that we need to learn from the history of application writing - COBOL et al have legions of issues but the applications worked and were/are supportable for a long time ... do you really want to be debugging Java code that's twenty years old?
But nobody ever thinks about the future when they write the code these days - just get it out of the door, collect the bonus and move on.
RE: Failure to work properly?
I don't understand this comment, the fact that most MS products fail to work properly has never been a real deterrent to their success. I'd argue that the Home Server actually had a better up-time than most of their client software operating systems - admittedly the file corruption issue was a little annoying at times though.
Re: AC "none have been detected"
The NSA loves you.
Re: AC "I have an XP workstation installed 2005"
I'm guessing you probably work for a power company, probably supervising switching stations then - or maybe you work for RBS?
Look - I have nothing against XP as an operating system, it's good but it's old and out of date. It's time to move on - I have several old computers running old operating systems (RSX11M, VMS, ZCPR etc) for media conversions but there's no way I'd try to do modern work on them or $DEITY$ forbid, connect them to the Internet.
Take it out and shoot it
Extending support for XP would be terrible - the operating system is ancient and needs patching every month just to attempt to fix this months exploits. It's time to die and the fact that people like it is not an excuse for keeping it alive. If it was then I'd be typing this this comment in with a line editor (ED) on a terminal connected to my CP/M 2.2 machine at 4800 baud.
Please think before you post
It's a neat idea and soldering iron free for those that want that - which seems like everyone these days. It would be a piece of cake to knock the whole thing up with an Arduino and a few hours of code so quit bitching about the implementation and roll one yourselves.
The point is that it's an IDEA - what you do with it is up to you but make no mistake, this is the future unless you still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
Move on, nothing to see here
The porn market is no different from any of the other social networks and services on the Internet, it has had its day, people got rich and then it all slid downhill - like The Well, CompuServe, AOL, MySpace etc. You discover a market, exploit it, make money and then the world and his wife jump into the business. If you don't adapt then you die.
My grip is that the Internet has made porn boring ... it used to be fun and exciting, you could take your time finding the right shop to buy the magazine and sneak it home - then the challenge of getting the wife to try the same positions ... these days even the kids have seen it all and done it all by the time they are twenty. Where's the fun in that?
Just change the DNS server to an opendns server that doesn't resolve porn. How stupid are these people?
I upgraded Miss 15 from Vista to Win 8.1 with a new ultrabook and she's been very happy - it's fun to watch her trying to swipe the screen on my wifes' old Win 7 machine though ...
My feeling, after watching Miss 15 make the transition to Win 8, is that Microsoft really got it right with the new UI - it was never about getting us old folk to use it, they are aiming at the younger market.
"ASCII art pornography"
John, what are you smoking? ASCII art pornography indeed? Art is not pornographic (unless you're American) and while ASCII art has a certain retrospective appeal, the concept of ASCII pornography brings back fond memories of line printers.
It's YouTube, home of the farting hippo videos - what does anyone expect? ASCII art pornography sounds like a great improvement.
All our Nexus-4 phones upgraded to Kit-Kat this week and it's a big improvement in speed, battery life and appearance but staying up to date is a big reason to go with these phones. I love the absence of all those crappy little up-sell "improvements" appear on every other phone.
Some issues with EAS accounts were fixed by a mail-server upgrade, it seems that MSFT changed their documentation to include a small clause that if the device sends '0', treat it as 512. This code made it into the 4.4 client but of course mail-servers take a little longer to update.
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