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Dear Obama and NSA
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo would like you to stop datamining my ass, so that they can datamine my ass.
Article appears to be a troll for comments. Must resist the commentard urge...
Gotta love El Reg for always doing the "does it run Linux" thing.
Re: Stop wasting the Police & your ISP's time
How does having skills in one field, setting up a private email server, extend to "expert" in another, that is internet security?
Task B requires prior knowledge of field A. Setting up am email server is the hardest job in IT IMO, demanding knowledge in many areas. respect to anyone who has done it.
Re: Acoustic malware
The air-gap thing is fascinating but requires both systems to be already compromised, in which case the black hat can already transmit data over the wire. Did I miss something ?
Hagman could do it any day
An army marksman could do it in single shot mode. Drone would be low, slow, large.
Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"
..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"
No. Men drive more miles, is all. This is why insurance forms ask for mileage. The average number of crashes per mile driven is almost equal between the sexes overall, but actually slightly higher for women.
All arguments about "men are better at X" or "women are better at Y" are rubbish. The sexes' abilities are exactly equal IMO, but their interests differ. Women could do engineering, they just choose not to. Men could be empathetic homemakers, but they have no interest. It makes them a good team.
The "multitasking" comment is particularly daft. It is an typical piece of manufactured opinion designed for consumption by the unintelligent, using an impressive-sounding word borrowed from computer studies to make it sound vaguely scientific.
Turkeys and Christmas
So the IBS says we are all upset about corporate tax avoidance but totally chillaxed about alarming executive pay ? So says the IBS, who according to their website are a group of, er, corporate executives from industries such as media, insurance and banking, lead by Phillipa Forrester Back OBE, a career banker (surprise!) and vice-chairman of, er, the Institute of the Board of Directors...
It's the 1940s tech we love to love.
Why run an email server ?
Hi AC, he might do it because he has a domain and wants to use the email address me@mydomain. Having his own server, he can do that for free without paying somebody else for it. He can also give other people their own email address @mydomain - either friends/family or on a commercial basis (probably not commercial as it is on a Sheevaplug). Perhaps mydomain is the name of a company he runs, for example. Or he wants to deepen his experience and knowledge for professional reasons, or just as a "hobby".
Re: Stop wasting the Police & your ISP's time
@Chris W (1) the author is referring to spam email which is different from speculative network probes. (2) He has set up his own mail server, which makes him a hardcore expert on internet-facing security, and likely to know about "probes" (3) I can't see it has anything to do with DNS.
As a Linux user, I bought Windows 8 (forced purchase) last week on a new laptop, to go with Vista (another forced purchase) on the previous laptop. I actually like Windows 8, just have no use for it.
Wonder what percentage of these figures were compulsory purchase by people who never boot the software.
Famous first words
(C) 1982 DRAGON DATA LTD
16 K BASIC INTERPRETER 1.0
(C) 1982 BY MICRISIFT
24871 BYTES FREE
As an Owncloud user I agree with the article. Provides dropbox-like functionality on your own server. It's fast enough running on something like a Sheevaplug, for casual use, but on the Raspberry Pi is a bit too slow.
Regarding mobile support, the mobile app is fine but lacks htaccess/SSL support. So if you are sensible and put Owncloud on an SSL site, the app won't work, surprisingly.
Eight Legged Freaks
Worst. Film. Ever. Apart from AI.
Is it 1998 already
Worm does trivial password guessing and PHP injection ? Not exactly Stuxnet is it.
but could there be a heat dissipation issue?
Internet of things = success with women
Apparently chicks love this kinda stuff.
Re: Solutions looking for a problem
Bang on. Automate your bank statements. Set the fish tank to manual.
I read an old advert from Leak (the British Hi Fi company) asking for a design engineer. It ended something like this "...if you do not feel confident to carry out the work, please do not waste Mr Leak's time".
Re: That ad is pretty honest
Employers are like anybody else, they will "try it on" from time to time, hoping to get lucky. It costs very little to advertise a job, you don't have to actually hire anyone, and who knows, a BEng with 20 years experience might drop into your lap for £10 an hour. Kerching! Now interview 5 more people and get your 5 hours of free consultancy...
Alien vs Predator
Dear Massive Ad-peddling web-beast, meet super-giganto beaurocrosaurus.
Re: It has? Who? And how many?
For anyone who has just bought a Windows 8 machine -> press Win-d and it switches to being a normal PC desktop.
Windows 8 is fine. MS's only mistake was to set the default to Metro with a shortcut to conventional desktop, rather than the other way round. Phablet should default to Metro, PC should default to desktop. Simple.
Bang on Nigel 11. The business desktop tends to get overlooked. By Microsoft. But Redmond has no competition on that market, whereas in the domestic market, they have.
"... based business desktop solution set with a big corporation backing it. IBM? Apple? Oracle? Samsung? China inc.?"
That would be an opportunity for Red Hat surely.
Re: Massive Graduate Unemployement
Agree, the whole article is based on an assumption that the poor employment outlook stems from a quality issue with CS graduates, but cites no evidence for that.
Could it have something to do with offshoring, outsourcing, immigration and intra-company transfers, which together allow employers to demand experienced staff for circa £10 per hour ?
None of these big companies can resist touching our private data, but Google resists the temptation less than most. MS is slightly better for not ad-mining email, so give them a (very small amount of) credit for that.
Skaugen is probably right, but the Wintel partnership should not be underestimated. True, it lost the mobile war but seems pretty impregnable on the desktop, even in 2013. Content will always need to be generated and generation happens on the desktop, not the phablet. More phablets will demand more content which will require more desktops IMO.
It's pronounced like "espow", rhymes with "Low" iirc
Re: Google arnt stealing my data...
Wanting to make a profit isn't evil. Companies big and small do it. People know that Ford makes cars and Sony makes PCs or whatever. Most people (non-techies) don't realize that Google makes money by following you around and reporting everything that you do to others. Period.
"Keep calm while ...we steal your data"... Google, of course, does no such thing.
Interesting statement. How would you categorize Google Books, a project based on copying copyrighted works, in which Google used its might to simply brush aside the objections of the Author's Guild ?
Google has settled out of court, and the legal process rumbles on. A reasonable person might therefore use the word "take", or "appropriate", or steal.
Re: But does that mean...
You can do that on Youtube any time, but your nuanced argument and delicate language will only confuse the Youtubers.
Re: Clenches jaw, takes deep breath . . .
Well said AC but it won't pan out like that. Eventually, people will get what they want, and what they want is privacy. The message will gradually seep out until the whole population becomes mega-paranoid about *any* privacy incursion. They will be even more anal about it than they were at any time. It will be a zeitgeist in 2050.
In the meantime techies can foil the snooping one way or another. Eg the owner of an LG TV could hook up an alternative like a WD TV live or similar.
3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?
No, it's all about the BEDROOM TAX !
and a word can be two words... according to Radio 4 this morning. Interview on Today:
Radio 4: Can you suggest any suitable words
wonk: Bedroom tax
Radio 4: er... that has political connotations
wonk: yes bedroom tax blah want to talk about poll tax too... yeah poll tax right?
Radio 4: what about "seriesbinging"?
wonk: yes that is when a person watches a whole series eg. Breaking Bad, blah blah either digitally or from a DVD... blah...
and DVD stands for...
Is this the Linux Desktop at last! Nooooooooo!
Re: Find someone as entertaining please
Second that. I just watched an old YT video of Steve talking/shouting about Windows 3.1 in the 80s. He looked pretty much the same and his style was just as, er, ebullient.
Overtaken Beeb, gunning for Amstrad
ZX80 - 100,000
BBC microcomputer - 1.5 million
ZX81 - 1.5 million
Raspberry Pi - 2 million
Amstrad CPC464 - 2.5 million
Sinclair Spectrum (original) - 5 million
Amstrad PCW8258 - 8 million
Commodore 64 - 12.5 million
Re: Talking with passengers
It is well known that chat with a passenger is different from taking a phone call. The passenger can see the road and what the driver is doing, and adjust their conversation accordingly. They provide another pair of eyes and can see hazards ahead. A caller, on the other hand, will discuss some in-depth subject, push the driver for decisions and generally take 92% of his CPU cycles, while he is trying to lane-merge at 60mph, in driving rain, in the dark, in the rush hour. Agree with coroner, stop this total b0110cks immediately.
My car has full bluetooth whatsit but I would never use it even when standing still. Men hate using the phone anyway FPS.
Re: Death of the business Desktop
Article an obvious troll for comments. Okay I'll bite. Yes, virtualization brings benefits but it also increases complexity. All of the old abstractions still exist - server, disk, NIC, OS, memory, swap, switch, vlan, etc., etc., just now they are wrapped inside another set of abstractions. Staff need (much) more training, not less.
Meanwhile vendors throw a few more skins on the onion and say they are saving you money. The hapless Solaris admin was using "format" to partition disks in 1995. Now he is using "format" to partition disks in 2013. Only now you have to send him on a series of expensive VMware courses so he can provision the virtual disks before using "format" to partition...
Re: Google slow?
Slow-mo video reveals the fleeting link to be
So they are putting your search on file then forwarding to bbc.co.uk (or wherever) but stripping the "q" query so that BBC and other webmasters can's see the query terms. We already knew about the stripping bit - a sharp practice that violates protocols and withholds information from web site owners who then have to use google analytics.
Summary: Google slows you down in order to track you more thoroughly and penetrate more deeply into the business of other websites, pushing them towards Google... and so on.
Difficult to smile about anything Google does today.
Off topic, but has anybody noticed that Google search is slow these days. I mean when you click a result, there is a delay before it shows the page. Google seems to visit another google.com address in between- you see the URL flash in Firefox too quick to read. I am not talking about content linked to the target page or CDN data, this is something that happens while the search results are still showing, before your browser gets the new URL.
Bing feels quicker.
BT and other ISPs now blocking PirateBay and it incarnations here in the UK.
£659 (128GB with mobe data)
Never was so much spent on so few by so many
Re: Hey kids! Torture can be fun!
"Youngsters...ants..anglers" etc. etc.
A small child burning an ant doesn't understand what he is doing and is not responsible. The roach device is a different story, where the maiming is carefully engineered and the electro-convulsive control "enjoyed" by the sort of person who will years later end up wearing somebody else's skin and babbling about fava beans.
Hey kids! Torture can be fun!
Yes, it's about time our young people found something healthy to do, like stabbing and brain-taserting a small creature. See how he jumps when you give him a migraine! Delightful. And not at all backward, depraved, or utterly base.