1097 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
The plus side of hacking
I saw a case some years ago where a system was hacked and then remotely upgraded because it was so old that the code they loaded initially wouldn't run.
The problem with "utility" devices is that the manufacturers never bother to update the OS so backdoors and the like never get fixed. You want that backdoor fixed son? Buy a new one.
Re: I vote for resolving the lot of them
no, they wont, they'll just complain/sue/spit dummies until the media and politicians get hold of it and pass some ill thought out law that makes the whole lot unworkable
It's a sad reflection on society that you are probably correct.
There are only two types of users ...
... those who have lost data, and those who are going to lose data.
Look on the bright side, you'll take precautions in future and this will not happen again.
Re: Server or backup?
NAS - Network Attached Storage. There's no "B" in there - it's not a backup strategy. A backup strategy assumes that your primary drive will fail AND your backup drive fails but because you have a backup plan you can still recover the data. A NAS is not a backup plan, RAID is not a backup plan, two NAS devices is not a backup plan if they are in the same location.
My NAS (RAID 1) backs up an image every night to a separate NAS (also RAID 1) which maintains the last seven images. The second NAS is in a another building and backs itself up to a cloud in another state. And I have spare drives sitting next to each NAS. That's a basic backup plan - active data on the NAS, seven daily backups locally and seven more backups remotely.
Re: Tim. Are you and other El Reg Journos
I figured that EL Reg was the training ground for journalists want to write for The Grauniad.
Re: which particular terrorist are you equating with Jesus?
At the time both the Jews and the Romans considered Jesus a terrorist - these days a "terrorist" is simply someone who opposes Government policy or fails to believe Government statements.
Re: King of fools money
"Please do explain how you think the banks were responsible for the blatantly fraudulent Greek government accounts or their inability/unwillingness to collect taxes?"
The banks were well aware of the fraud in the Greek accounts and decided that they could make money by assisting in furthering the fraud with off the book loans.
Luddites reborn as clouddites
If you don't want it to be public then don't write it on the toilet wall - or put it in an email on a cloud provider - other than that, my attitude is "who cares?"
If I want to do business with my bank then I walk in the front door and talk to them, it's no big deal.
Re: No surprise
My first reaction was "what a POS" but after using it for a while I really like it - the interface works so much better on a small screen than the original version + because it runs gmail they have a lot more incentive to fix the bugs - and active sync works well too - sweet!
Change is inevitable (except from a vending machine) - I've been looking forward to 5.0 (on a Nexus 5 phone) and it's a big improvement - on a system that I thought was pretty darn good to start off with. Yes, it's different, but that's not a bad thing.
ALL YOUR XP BELONG US?
You are a sheep running XP and the shepherd is walking towards you wearing gum boots ... are you nervous yet?
"Screaming Target" by Big Youth.
On repeat at maximum volume... It's worth joining Spotify just to annoy Uber ...
When I started working in the US I was very careful to keep all my visas and paperwork in order and spent an arm and a leg with lawyers to get residency - having been here some 40 years now, I understand how easy it actually is to stay completely under the radar and avoid almost all problems due to non-citizenship/illegal status etc.
The problem is that you have to really understand the culture - and David Green appears to have this sorted - to get away with it, and most newbies are wet behind the ears and thus run into problems of their own making if they try this on their own. Of course, corporations have been doing this legally for years, they have the political clout to get the visas and then just import the workers - the situation is the same, it's just that when a corporation does it you sit in a cubical at weekends instead of on the beach.
Re: Is Facebook still around?
Yup - my 16 yo and all her friends dumped Facebook for Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr last year. At this point Tumblr seems to be the big winner for them. She who must be obeyed still uses it to swap cat pictures and stay in touch with family.
Facebook is on the way to becoming myspace for cat pictures - perhaps they'll launch a bid for FARK and the rights to Caturday?
Re: Highly unlikely
Now a politician might do it for £2000 - they are cheap - but a professional would be asking for much more and not so directly in my experience. She's an amateur and she's going to get caught.
I think that Google's strategy has changed a little - when you look at the cost of having a cell phone, the cost of the device itself is not that significant, so the higher price of the Nexus 6 doesn't put me off much. I have bought Nexus phones because I want a device that I control with apps that I want, not something stuffed with the service providers apps - that's my bottom line.
However, at this point I'll be sticking with my Nexus 5, mostly because it's the right size and a nice balance of features. I'll get the lollypop update soon enough and I've been running ART on the phone for a while - it definitely works as advertised! At this point it does almost everything that I want in a phone.
IMHO, Google hasn't really pushed the envelope with the Nexus 6, it's just another damn fat phone.
Yes AT&T - please cancel the fibre!
AT&T have been gaming the system for years - they have very little real interest in land line service of any kind - if you go to a store and ask about land line service (the store only deal with cell phones) then they give you a number to call. Call the number and it's a "reseller" who promises you cheap rates and signs you up. AT&T then install the phone lines and charge you a rate about 4 times higher than the one you agreed to because you are not on an AT&T contract.
You can spend days talking to them on the phone about this and eventually they will tell you it's been fixed. But it never is - every month the bill keeps coming in at the high rates. When you cancel the service they send you another bill for early cancellation of the contract ... WTF!
AT&T - please roll over and die.
Re: Not dead yet
Purchased from Amazon via a vendor in Tennessee and shipped from China - so that was just a simple transaction and quite easy to follow. You lucky lad!
Re: complicated to tax @AC
You're forgetting "tax-free days" - locally we have several tax-free days every year (I kid you not!) when certain items are not taxed ... prior to hurricane season they have tax-free shopping for supplies like flash-lights, radios and generators, and before each school season we have tax-free shopping for school supplies - pencils, notebooks etc.
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever." - Thomas Jefferson
Pithy to the point of pointlessness
Come on Richard, can we have some more details please - this isn't the weather report. What were the claims and what's the history to this case? Sure, I could go and read through the patents myself but that's not going to give me any background to why anyone thought that this case might have had legs.
It's the parents not the kids
The problem is many homes in the US is the parents, not the kids. Families don't talk with each other, children are seen as a nuisance who need to be entertained all the time and bought off with toys to stop them bothering their parents. Americans almost never sit down with their children and talk about current affairs, a film, a book or in fact anything - and now that they have the Internet, why go to the public library?
Instead the kids are given a speak-and-spell toy to learn to talk and read, a playstation to entertain them, and an iPad to do their homework. Anything so long as they don't bother their parents.
Re: Obama Plan for Internet?? - Nooooo!
"Now, pick any two of the above. You are not allowed by the laws of economics to pick all three, sorry. Unfortunately our quasi-president is selling the idea that people can pick all three, and much of the public is ignorant enough to believe him."
To get enough votes for the healthcare bill to pass they had to make compromises with the Republicans that effectively gutted the original design. The Republicans added many of the amendments at the behest of the Insurance companies and Doctors with the aim of sinking the bill eventually. Americans are greedy and self-centered with little regard for what happens to their neighbors so long as they are OK - what a pity the Mayflower didn't sink on the way over.
Re: Yeah, right
I have high speed AT&T service here (Baton Rouge, LA) ... all 6Mbs of it. They have been promising fibre service for the last mile since the 80's and have done sweet FA about it. But at least I have DSL, I've got relatives who are are still on 14kbs modem service with no hope of anything faster. Thanks AT&T
USA - most expensive Internet connection for the lowest speed.
USA - most expensive and least effective medical care in the world.
Land of the free, home of the brave - well you have to be to put up with some of this ...
What does "trust" mean anyway?
"It is a question of do you trust us, or do you trust Snowden or do you trust the Islamic State?"
In that list I'd "trust" Snowden more than the others ... because faced with the realization that he'd signed up to do one job and found himself doing another job that seemed to break several laws, he did the right thing.
Would you trust any organization when their basic business is lying? Or a group of people who would behead anyone who disagrees with them? Given the alternatives then Snowden's the obvious winner here although I'd +1 her for at least talking about the issue.
Re: TSA probably nicked one
Not very likely - if they were like the TSA they would have nicked the lot.
Re: I'm impressed
You'd have been even more impressed if you'd tried their "produce" - it was some of the finest sacrament available at the time.
TOR is compromised
Clearly TOR is broken badly and it's possible that since it was developed in the US, that it's always been broken as far as the NSA is concerned. This take-down suggests that all TOR activity is effectively transparent to the NSA.
I wouldn't trust any replacement for TOR that's developed in the US.
Isn't the real problem that the users agreed to the Terms and Conditions and then discovered that they really should have read them first?
The real problem here is the general use of T&C to make an end run around decent behavior.
Advert own goal
And right in the middle of this article Google serves up an advert for Lasik eye surgery!
A simple solution
1 Iguana - female
3 large sour oranges
1 garlic bulb
4 lg. onions
1 tsp. black pepper
12 c. water
1 lb. dry corn (powdered)
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
3/4 bottle of pork grease
Salt to taste
After the Iguana has been killed, open the stomach and below, take out the eggs and intestines. Clean the eggs very well with the sour oranges. Put the eggs in the arms with the Iguana in all its skin. Later in the day cook the eggs in salt water for 10 minutes, then let them sit in the water until they are cold. Store them in refrigerator.
Early the following day soak the Iguana in cold water. Skin it and wash it once more. Cut the Iguana into small pieces and cook it with 8 cups of water with salt, garlic, sliced onion, and black pepper. Grind it into a "Soft Mass" and mix it with the gravy. Cook the corn in water until soft, then brown it (not too darkly) and grind to a lumpy mass. Take 4 cups of this corn, mix with the gravy and Iguana and cook, stirring constantly until it is well cooked.
In 2 1/2 cups of pork grease, fry 3 onions (chopped fine) until clear and light brown. Set aside a few onions. With the rest, add the powdered pepper, Iguana mixture, more salt, sour oranges, and, if necessary, more pork grease. Do not let get too dry. Form a large rounded shape in a serving dish and create an indentation in the center. Garnish with onion and serve with a robust red wine.
Re: just like the good old days.
Or not. "It's brilliant and it only blows up sometimes" is not an acceptable value for the mission_critical key.
It might be if you were Russian.
Blade Runner mentality
During a recent traffic stop I was told by the officer that "We are the Law" - I attempted to point out to him that he wasn't actually the law, he was only an officer of the law - but that only dug the hole deeper. And my offense? I had not stopped long enough at a stop sign in my neighborhood to satisfy him.
Unfortunately this is only too common now - "You know the score, pal! You're not a cop, you're little people."
Unfortunately you see this everyday in America.
I'm sorry, I just can't see paying to watch a hippo fart.
It looks like www.marburg.com is already taken, as is www.hemorrhagicfever.com.
Re: Easy to say
If you know Verizon then this isn't a surprise at all. In fact it's exactly the sort of behavior that I've come to expect from MCI/WorldCom/Verizon.
Interesting to real all the comments from folks upset that the manufacturer of the chip and driver is taking an aggressive stance against getting ripped off. Their position seems to be that theft is bad but if they benefit from it then it's OK with them.
It's like watching your mate bash a guy at the bar and then walking over and drinking his beer.
Re: Could someone explain this to me in English?
" I don't usually ask eight-year-olds for purchasing recommendations." - but rich, hipster goofballs probably do.
First up against the wall when the revolution comes.
Listen to the CEO's and they will tell you that there's a huge shortage of US engineers to do this sort of work which is why they keep demanding more and more visas for foreign workers to come to the US and do the jobs that Americans are simply unwilling to do. Cheap foreign workers keep America competitive is another mantra ...
The politicians, lawyers, and corporate shills would sell their mothers to be rendered down for soap if they could get $1.21 for them.
Follow the money
The longer they can keep "issues" like this in the air then the more money will flow to the politicians campaign - although I wonder if, by the time they finally make a "decision" the mobile market will have changed so much that the spectrum space will be obsolete?
This is because our relationship with the phone companies has changed - we used to be "customers" but now we're "consumers" ...
The way it works is like this - everyone wanted cheap phone calls and the phone company with the lowest rates started to get more customers so all the phone companies lowered their rates to starvation levels to compete. But the companies have to make money somehow if they are to stay in business - so now they sell access to your phone number to anyone who will pay.
I must mention this to the wife
I guess it's safe for her to go back to read "50 Shades" at work now ...
Raise your hand if you want fake chips.
It's a hardarse approach to the problem but having, some 15 years ago, kissed about $50k away because we bought a batch of fake analog chips that completely failed to work in-spec (cost of troubleshooting the problem, then buying and reworking/fitting replacements) I have some sympathy with them.
Sourcing components is a nightmare because the market is awash in fakes - Google AD 286J and you'll see what I mean, it's a chopper amp that Analog Devices stopped making years ago but there are dozens of Chinese "sources" for it. In fact, Google almost any chip these days and you'll get pages of sources, almost all of them fake.
Let's compromise and send a transgender crew.
Hadn't noticed, don't care.
What's with people these days expecting everything to always by up and running? Stuff doesn't work that way - of course it's nice when it does but really, get a life - sometimes stuff doesn't work and when that happens everyone scrabbles around to fix it.
So let's hear a round of applause for the admins and PFY's who are working there asses off so that you can check to see if anyone's +1'd your last post.
Re: as long as
ROT-13 is strong .... most lusers never figure it out.
The other side of this
Effectively this means that under US law it must also be legal for the officials in countries outside the US to hack into US computers if they suspect wrongdoing or criminal activity.
Have at it lads.
The new Reg Review style
1. Is it pretty?
2. Does it have graphics in the software setup?
3. Will it look good on my desk?
4. ... what's #4? I know there was something else I was supposed to look at?
Fight them the traditional way!
In the EU this will involve lots of meetings in different countries with hotel stays (four star of course) and lots of wine and food to discuss the formation of a planning committee to investigate methods to approach the problem. Reports will be issued.
The password that you entered exceeds the maximum length allowed and contains illegal characters.
change your passwords regularly
Great ideas but then you have sites - notably when dealing with the US government - that require that you change your password every 60 days and require that your new password is not the same as any of the "n" passwords used previously.
So naturally everyone writes the passwords down on a sheet of paper under the keyboard.
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