287 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009
Re: Containing little but bolts and glue
This has always annoyed me with work trips to US. "Hey TSA monkey (apologies for monkeys...) ...since there is a visa stamped on the passport, immigration officials above your paygrade have already deemed that I have valid reasons to travel here"
Would be easier on tourist visa...
Why is it you think that it's any different at Heathrow?
The "tourist visa" approach may seem tempting but is not without risk. I will leave it to you to balance the risk/reward but please be aware that if you run afoul of CBP then any future visits to the U.S. are likely to be painful, at best. If you're on B1/B2 then just be upfront about what you're doing and for how long. If it's not excessive then you should be fine (if not then please respond here)
Re: And what about electronic items WITHOUT batteries?
If it won't power up, check it in your luggage. Stuff indeed does fail and/or get broken.
Education market, anyone?
I can imagine that these will be pitched to schools, as well as the light-use corporate market (receptionists, etc).
Misleading headline - not "passed by CONGRESS"
This has NOT been "passed by Congress". That requires approval from both the House and the Senate. So far it has passed just the House.
I hope that the Senate approves it too but, as things stand, your headline-writers have allowed their wishes to distort the reality.
this does not sound good :(
Embiggenment of Oracle is never a good thing.
penalty is not really the problem
@AC: the penalty isn't really the problem, although it is a part. The central problem is twofold:
1. it's stupidly easy to spoof call-origin
2. the telcos have no incentive to "discipline" abusive callers. On the contrary, the telcos are happy for the huge call volumes to continue, as long as they can deny knowledge
So here's the solution (part of which I described in another post):
1. use the "automatic number identification" (800-service)
info to identify all calls
2. require all telcos to filter the Caller ID info supplied on their PBX trunks for "reasonableness". That is, the telco know what range of numbers is assigned to the trunk and a supplied number outside the range would be replaced by the main number for the trunk.
This won't solve the problem of international spam calls. But those do have non-trivial cost. All the one I have suffered (in the U.S.) seem to have been IP from "various Asian nations" that then enter the U.S. phone system at a local point. That is, they aren't "international phone calls" but "U.S. long distance calls" with a non-U.S. endpoint.
If we can do this then all the U.S.-based boiler rooms will go away, "Rachel" will retire to a beach somewhere, and international phone spam will have to contend with phone charges, and Caller ID.
I think this would be a good first step.
FTC and FCC
>Every spam call has the CallerID of a local unrelated legitimate business,
>so somebody else takes the hit.
>US phone calls come with zero authenticated information.
Actually, most calls seem to come from non-working numbers. But not all -- I have had several from an unfortunate taxi company in San Jose, and they're really, REALLY tired of their number being given out as the source of the spam.
Solving this needs action from FCC as well as FTC. That's because there IS authenticated information on the origin of calls. But it's not available to "regular punters". But the information IS available as part of "800" service in the U.S. and so enterprising folks have services that redirect your number to 800-service and then to your (hopefully unlisted) actual phone number. And the number you then get as "Caller ID" is the real, actual number of the caller. This number is supplied by the phone company and cannot be spoofed (AFAIK) in the way that happens to regular Caller ID. It's important that this number be correct for 800-service because the recipient pays for the call, and therefore the caller-info-data must be auditable. The 800-service info is separate from the Caller ID signaling.
So it's time for the FCC, which controls such things, to mandate that this info be available generally. The phone companies already have it and use it so the change would be relatively minor.
Of course, the Law of Unintended Consequences remain in effect so there will have to be attention paid to certain categories of call (think: battered women's shelter, etc) but these can be handled in a way similar to the way that people already get an unlisted phone number. I suggest that there would be a "substitute number" supplied that leads back to the phone company. If problems were reported against this number then the actual source would be available to law enforcement. So privacy of these people would be preserved but abuse of the phone system could readily be dealt with.
nothing but fluff
Why should 30% be a "magic number" ??
Truth is that the vertical (being an ISP, content distributor, content creator) is far worse than being a large horizontal (very big ISP, OR a very big content distributor, for example).
The only way this "merger" should be allowed to proceed is on the basis of join-then-split. Allow the merger and require the immediate separation of upper-level stuff (NBC, TV distribution etc) from lower-level things (being an ISP, providing pipes).
Once the ISP is out of the content business, the net neutrality issues fade away.
I must admit that, being now retired, I am not likely to use the components of Office very much. But the three-year cycle was sort-of OK for the $80 or $90 it cost.
But that price EACH YEAR. Sorry, Redmond. You're not worth *that* much more than iOffice which is now free.
Are these real numbers or has Samsung played the benchmark-genie again, as it has done before?
Did anyone check yet?
The article doesn't say whether or not the problem was caused by a hash-collision. Or if it was improper sharing.
So both Dropbox and El Reg have made a hash of this one.
>But the minister is not sure that ICANN is ready for the job
How the heck would HE know ??
And this is what his Attorney General is up to ...
Attorney General's new war on encrypted web services
Basically, you have to give up your SSL keys to the "authorities"
>Under the department's plan, "law enforcement, anti-corruption and national
>security agencies … [would be able] to apply to an independent issuing authority
>for a warrant authorising the agency to issue 'intelligibility assistance notices' to
>service providers and other persons".
Re: But do all Macs run OSX?
No - sucks for you.
There are reasons why Windows does it the way that it does. They have to do with windows (small "w") and not with usability. It is the way that it is.
will not end well
ITU has no cred here. This will not end well.
lawyer get-rich fund
I see that the players get 25%
PLUS their costs and expenses. Sweet for them. For us, closer to "sour".
" ... almost magical " ??? NOT
"It was almost magical the way the PC came about with an operating system from us and hardware from IBM.
What does he mean - "almost magical" ? It WAS magical because, although IBM developed the hardware, Microsoft did not develop the OS. Bill just paid money and bought it.
Almost magical -- NOT
"... one more thing"
I can imagine the following scenario developing:-
1. MS releases its last XP update next month and soon thereafter the pile of exploits that malware miscreants have been hoarding starts to roll into new hacks.
2. After two months, MS releases a "one more thing" patch that squashes lots of them.
Re: sounds like.. still waiting for BMW to release a cradle
I don't know what BMW is up to with this. It's not as though it didn't have to license the details for the iPhone 4 cradle, is it ?
But the "BMW Apps" software and "iPod Integration" stuff is very poor. My iPod and the car audio fight at least once a week. It takes all sorts of voodoo to get it going again. And BMW refuses to acknowledge that there is any issue.
I'm not sure he's a "former CEO".
He may have had the title but he didn't do the job.
And the Board is just as bad for having left him there so long.
And since he's still on the Board - how can one hope for improvement ?
Re: Stopped in heavy traffic is still driving
Of course, being stopped in a traffic jam makes it impossible to pull off.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Re: Not in the UK.....
A similar case came up in Australia a few years ago. Except that he person was sleeping it off in the BACK seat (alone, in case any one wonders).
The law was subsequently changed so that this is no longer an offense. But it still is if you're in the front seat.
"After the US Army cancellation, HAV negotiated successfully to buy the vessel."
Typical deal for a cancellation by the Government is that you can buy it for 10%.
No - not 10% discount. You pay only 10%. Sweeeeet.
There was quite a bit of interest around that time of Y2K but that quickly died out.
The situation has not improved since then - quite the opposite. This will be an expensive "upgrade".
Phil said it would be a long winter
The groundhog said that winter would be with us for a while, and it will. Verizon will continue to "throttle" various types of use without actually discriminating directly against any one. "So sorry, capacity constraints" and the like.
FCC will have a go at new regulations but will soon find that carriers have made an end-run. So it will finally be forced to tell the industry that you can't be both a carrier and a value-added supplier and have the same rules apply to both. The rules are going to be different and, as usual, the devil's in the details.
But the current trajectory is unsustainable, with most people in the U.S. having only a single broadband service (and many with DSL, which usually isn't "broadband"). Since there is no choice, market forces cannot possibly work. So there must be regulation. With value-added services carried on top of broadband there is choice and there the market can pick winners and losers.
"Handy" - WTF
How on earth did the Germans choose "Handy" as their term for a cell phone? It's puzzled me for a long time but no-one there seems to know. Or maybe they're too embarrassed to tell?
"Threshold of a Dream"
Yeah. I remember that.
More seriously, on the threshold, you can go either up or down. It's unusual of Microsoft marketing to leave the question so open, regardless of whether or not the engineering effort lives up to it.
Maybe reality has started to impinge upon Redmond ?
I'd expect EMC to sell RSA first.
Before its value drops to zero.
If AT&T gets traction with this, expect them to roll out data caps on wired connections too. I think they already exist in a few places but not many and the cap is quite high. But that would soon change if they see there's money to be made.
All this commercial/Jeopardy stuff is just a front for the NSA-oriented systems. Who knows how many they've bought (tell us in the notes if you know :)
But if you need deep pockets, these are your friends.
it all depends ...
It all depends upon the evidence, m' friend.
And it seems that Apple has been mostly clean about patent infringement. Not completely by any means, but mostly. And some so many patents are (most unfortunately) vaguely written and cast a wide net, that isn't a bad track record.
For the most part, Apple doesn't do SEP patents so it seldom encounters the FRAND licensing issues that have bedeviled Samsung.
Apple has lot a few. But not any lately.
making a bet
"When you're a company the size of Microsoft, you don't want to make a chip architecture bet and get it wrong."
That's true but it would be a much less grievous error than several they've made in the last few years. What's one more going to do? Kick out Steve ?? Oh, wait...
ILECs have for many years received special treatment, along the lines that Ma Bell received when she was the only one (with minor local exceptions).
Having enjoyed those for many years, ILECs seek to retain the bennies and ditch the responsibilities. They don't want to provide access to CLECs with their new systems, especially the fiber-based ones.
I don't care how ILECs provide their service - fiber, copper, IP, whatever - as long as they live up to their responsibilities.
not really first
It has been widely reported that this was T-Mobile's plan first, and was planned for announcement at CES.
Somehow AT&T heard about it and made their speedy announcement last week. Right from the start their move was labelled as "preemptive" which gives you the clue that it wasn't their original idea. And AT&T is doing it only against T-Mobile, while T-M accepts switchers from all three major carriers.
RSA has now passed its best-before date.
I suggest that a new conference be created by another group that still has trust. Serious folks will go to that and RSA will be left to wither.
> ... you might not have met “OS-level virtualisation” before
Err, sounds suspiciously like "time-sharing subsystem", which dates from the 60's IIRC.
propeller logo - NOT
According to BMW, the white-and-blue logo isn't representative of an airplane propeller. Although I do admit that it does have a certain resemblance, and aero engine is what the company started with.
Apparently it's really a piece of the Bavarian state flag. By the way - any good Bavarian will quickly correctly you if you you happen to refer to it as "blue and white". For reasons I don't pretend to understand, it's "white and blue".
The ads on TV in the U.S. include the comment "Rated 'M' for 'Mature'"
That's giving far too much credit where little is due.
Couldn't happen to a more deserving target
What? Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn't work ??
>Apple's iMessage is a text-messaging service which allows fanbois to send free messages over Wi-Fi.
True, but not the whole truth. It can send the messages using cell network connections as well as WiFi.
>The NSA can force a company to categorically state they are NOT supplying data to the government, even when they absolutely are.
>Point is: you can't trust any statements about the security of data made by any company doing business in the US.
Again, not true. Companies might not be able to tell you the whole truth. But they cannot be compelled to tell lies.
>Instead, you just have to assume that whatever you send is being monitored and stored for future reference.
Goes for GCHQ too, I might add. And, it's just good security practice.
Err - it says "Apple appoints..." but it's clear to me that's incorrect.
Apple did not appoint him - the Court did, to watch over Apple.
Re: Want an apple but not the 5c or the 5s
No. The iPhone 5 is done. But you can still get 4s as the low-price entry (typically free on contract).
The iPhone 5c is virtually identical, spec-wise, to iPhone 5. What Apple did was take the same innards and use a plastic case that's less expensive to make. .
laugh ?? Err, no
>Ballmer was allowed to laugh off the iPhone
No. Steve and his friends had a full-blown funeral for it. With pipers and all.
I am sure that Apple will not demean itself by returning that favor.
Most conspicuous by its absence is any mention of trade-in of Surface and Surface Pro for new kit.
You think MS would want to get shinies in fans' hands a.s.a.p., wouldn't you.
A crucial difference is that Steve Jobs knew he was mortal. He planned for it, and set up Apple for when he would be gone.
Larry, on the other hand, seems to believe he's immortal. That does not bode well for Oracle.
and by implication ...
And by implication, Oracle is toast once Larry snuffs it. Right?
Just so we all understand.
Miracles performed. Film at 11.
Why is el Reg still giving top billing for Larry ??
He's well past his use-by date.
Re: Have I missed something?
Maybe. It depends upon when it was filed. If the products came after the filing but before the grant (often a long time) then they wouldn't be prior art.
But - sheesh. There certainly is prior art. I was doing this "intercept" thingie for a VPN back in the late 90's.
Re: Shutting the Stable Door
"Insurance is the classic example of what's known as 'risk transfer' - rather than mitigating the risk via controls, you simply move it so that it's someone else's responsibility. The big problem with this is that it doesnt actually work in terms of risk prevention - a classic case of bolting the door long after the horse has fled"
It works this way sometimes. But more often in business environments the extreme cost of the no-mitigation strategy forces the Board to spend money to lower the premium. Boards never like spending money on things that don't make a profit, such as security, but will spend to reduce cost, such as premiums.
To me, the main problem facing Surface RT was the lack of apps. Apple was lucky to avoid this fate and it was due to iPhone, which had been available for several years when iPad was released. Lots of apps had been created in that time.
The vast majority of those apps would run on iPad, even though they weren't optimized for it, so iPad was a useful device right at the start. Imagine the debacle if iPad had been introduced first, with just a few apps.
Fortunately you don't have to - Surface RT shows exactly what it would have been.
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