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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.
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.
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.
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.
The idiots down here point out to the cops that they weren't texting (forbidden by law) but were updating their facebook page ... that's not covered by the law which explicitly refers to SMS texting.
Death to all Fanatics
What's the big deal here? Some people like Android, some people like Apple products and other like POTS lines .... really, in the general scheme of things who really cares?
As for marketing material by Google ... what did you expect? He probably googled it and cribbed the whole thing from some high school student paper.
Bring back the stocks
Caught this time but ...what would have happened if the trade had gone well? Sure, this one went south big time but if the ploy had worked we'd never have heard about it. It's time to bring back the old fashioned stocks - put a set outside every financial institution and lock these criminals in the stocks outside their offices for all to see. Then we might see some moral backbone in the financial industry.
"the leaked data appears to be genuine"
Unlike 80% of the profiles on the site.
It's not "do you turn a blind eye to spyware?" but "do you facilitate the planting of spyware?" - I'd think that the easiest way to plant spyware would be to politely "request" that the companies insert little "helpers" to easy GCHQ/NSA access.
all your base belong us
What's next - tapping the hotel sewers to extract DNA and biological samples?
I love gmail
I use it for all my network backup and ups status messages and alerts.
The NSA defence
Everyone does it - he was only collecting intelligence - he didn't collect the data, others did and gave it to him.
Yawn - once again the MPAA show that they have no concept of the value of their products or any clue about marketing. Basic economics theory say that they have the pricing wrong but do they care? Nope, let's just wave a big stick and demand our "rights"
Dot matrix anyone?
How about a dot matrix display? Small magnetic dots on the "screen" would be controlled from a mechanism behind the screen using rotating magnetic rods arranged in a matrix - when both rods aligned, the screen dot would be toggled to set (white) or unset (black) and would remain in that position until an update arrived. Overall, viewed from the mechanism side, the arrangement would be not dissimilar from core memory but somewhat larger.
You buy kit from a vendor and you BELIEVE them when they say it's secure? You connect said kit to the network and let ANYONE from outside at it's interface? You deserve what you get.
If you MUST have admin access from outside the network then you NEVER go straight into the kit interface - you always tunnel though something that you trust and that logs everything.
Slash and Burn worked for the Vikings
While I don't agree with the conclusion, it's hard to argue one way or the other at this point so let's wait for the diagnosis and postmortem before slinging stones.
But in the meantime, never underestimate the power of stupidity.
Re: Got to say I'm pleased that forex bit them
LOL - forex doesn't bite - unless you need it to "lose" money creatively to save you taxes somewhere else.
Re: Are these actual losses? or creative accounting losses in order to avoid taxes?
And if the company appears to be accidentally making too much money in a high tax country then a lower tax arm of the company simply issues an "invoice" for "management fees" to the profit center. It's dead easy - I worked for one company that did this for years - I don't think they ever paid a dime in US taxes.
I've always thought that Iceland would be an ideal host country for US/EU based conferences - given decent accommodations and a large enough venue, I suspect they would do rather well hosting events. A good conference can generate a lot of local benefits in terms of additional spending and visitors.
Plus I've always wanted visit Iceland.
Let's look at the content ...
Frankly there's bugger all on TV that I want to watch ... and what I do watch I pull off the air with a network tuner but they want double the price to add external access / smart TV features.
Realistically, as far as entertainment goes, I want to be able to stream an ISO from my NAS - is that asking too much?
What's the problem?
The download is going great ... although since the mother-in-laws modem connection is only 14kbs it's going to take a while ...
That's security for you - no worries mate, it will be fixed in the next patch.
Cal that a patch?
And now the patches patches patches have been patched once again ... you would think by this time that someone would have sat down and said, "It's time to rewrite the entire environment"
When did the posting of some twit become news?
Nice air gap you have there sir.
LOL - of course we all think we have good secure systems but quite honestly, most of the time we just think that - anyone here old enough to remember TEMPEST?
It strikes me that there's an opportunity here for a secure email provider to set up shop in South America and offer services around the world.
WordPerfect still lives
I use Word when I have to but my default editor and document creation is WordPerfect - it's so vastly superior to Word that there's really no competition for any document creation where you actually care about the final appearance and content.
I smell an opportunity
I'm off to create some fake G+ profiles - Wayne Ker and R. Supward both recommend Boudreaux's Butt Paste for that soothing feeling after a romp with the missus...
I know the first thought going through the minds of our fearless leaders, "Now, finally we can bring back the cavalry"
Re: The funniest part of the commentary...
This was expected and the NSA have a clear history of this type of behavior. Now, start thinking about other products that they might have had more success with ... are you using a commercial router/firewall? And you are sure that it's good with no sneaky little backdoors?
Once a packet leaves your network I think you can assume they the NSA have a copy of it but you think that inside your network, behind your firewall you're safe? Probably not so if you bought your firewall from any of the major manufacturers in the USA.
You think switching the HTTPS did anything? Sure it makes the users feel more secure - and more likely to get themselves into trouble but I think it's a given the entire SSL/HTTPS security are been comprised for some time now.
Vista screwed them
Remember the upgrade path? It was "Upgrade to Vista", but wait, you have to buy a new PC because most XP systems couldn't run Vista according to the MS upgrade tool. So very few people upgraded and then since they didn't buy a new PC they assumed that they couldn't run Win 7 either - or Win 8.
They really didn't think it through.
If properly applied, the concept of "prior art" would destroy many large companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google because they simply commercialize ideas that other people have invented but didn't see the need to patent.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
"Didn't the judges just destroy the patent system?" That wouldn't be a bad thing.
Re: "Limited availability phase"
Given the number of different configurations that they may have to deal with this isn't too surprising - everything lives in beta land for much longer periods of time these days.
Fix the system
This whole mess has been caused by software patents. Stop patenting software and the entire issue of patents becomes much more manageable.
I don't care what the phone manufacturer calls it, IT'S NOT A CAMERA; anymore than a roll of cling-film is a contraceptive ... although now I come to think of it, a length of Saran Wrap actually does a better job at contraception than any camera phone could ever do when compared to a real camera.
I'm not denying that the little toys can be fun, can be handy to have with you for those YouTube moments but they are not cameras. Sure you can take pictures with them, sometimes even occasionally entertaining images but my argument, nay statement of fact, above still applies.
Nuttin' beats mutton
Re: How is this a surprise?
Downvote this all you like - it doesn't change the facts, go back to watching The X Factor.
How is this a surprise?
Basically it's been clear for a while now that if it has "bits" then the NSA has it - we're talking the facts of the case here. The SWIFT "information sharing" agreement is really old news and one of the first companies to get into the "lets sell access to the NSA" after 9/11 was a credit card processor.
What's the problem?
Wouldn't an NHS private label version of FaceBook have been better?
In other news, the European Commission's competition authorities are investigating the Church of England for consistently failing to offer Islam when parishioners request salvation.
Re: The bottom line *so* far.
"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.