306 posts • joined Saturday 1st August 2009 13:04 GMT
Re: The PirateBay
Please don't shove your BitTorrent downloads of Miss Congeniality 2 Cruise Control through Tor at the expense of people who really need the service.
What does mean?
Sprit of the law? I assume you're referring to cricket here.
Oh no... can't... must... resist...
It's in their interest to pay as little tax as is allowable by law. Just as it's in my interest to pay as little as is allowable by law. Just as it's in the interests of every single MP to do the same. I bet there are very few people who voluntarily pay more tax than they are legally bound to and I bet they are not politicians!
Calling it morally repugnant and attempting to guilt-trip people into making additional contributions, while failing to make additional contributions themselves is what disgusts me. Since when is it the job of politicians to cast moral judgements? That's not their job. The fact that any politician can believe they are morally superior to anyone or anything is exasperating, by definition that is impossible.
It's morally repugnant to constantly whinge about people/companies that haven't broken any actual laws, while they themselves pay as little tax as possible, and fail to actually change the rules which they themselves are supposed to be responsible for.
This is not a new problem!
Did the boffin follow the guide published on this very website by any chance?
Thanks to the awesome work of real boffins at Southampton Uni...
So how is that cloud? If the application and data is still running on your machine, like it always has. Oh right, I forgot about the special marketing department usage of "cloud".
Cloud != cluster
When it comes to virtualisation clusters, I always feel the word cluster is slightly mis-used. My definition of cluster (rightly or wrongly) always leads me to assume that the computing resources of each hardware node are pooled and actively shared amongst all VMs, to the point that if a hardware node goes down the software should continue to run albeit with reduced resource access if required. Though I guess that's more of an HPC/beowulf cluster definition.
In a virtualisation context, "cluster" tends to mean a collection of beefy hardware nodes with different VMs running on each. So if a hardware node goes down, it takes those VMs with it. Since your storage is usually separated these days it's simple to spin up those VMs on other hardware nodes so not a huge nightmare. Not like trying to cobble together some similar bits to get another physical machine up and running that's for sure.
But I guess to me "cloud" means you can have multiple copies of the same application/VM running on geographically separated hardware hardware nodes, with a load balancer directing requests between the available VMs. So a cluster of VMs rather than a cluster of hardware nodes. Could "cloud" be the platform that provides abstracted storage, abstracted compute nodes, and load balancing that allows your application to keep running?
Who knows, who cares, what I do know is that you're nothing without the word somewhere in your marketing bumpf.
IIRC Firefox has been transmitting anonymous telemetry info for a few versions now and it does (or did) prompt you when you install/upgrade with a bar across the top of the window.
People complaining about the invasion of privacy... what alternative browser are you using? Chrome? And what's that, you have a GMail account? And you use Google Search and Google DNS? Right.
Agree on the bloat though. Sync should be an addon. The new downloads integration is horrible, with the download retention config option not being honoured. Though still the best browser going IMO. Customisation is everything to me and I would probably die without some of the addons I use. I just wish they would stop needlessly tinkering with the UI, which has been ideal since v3/v4.
Anyone not complaining about Firefox now though... just wait until the Aurora theme becomes the default later this year. Then you'll have something to complain about! Oh and I believe the addon bar will be disappearing so it will be interesting to see what happens to those addons I use that are only accessible through the addon bar and don't expose toolbar buttons.
I'm interested to know how they propose I get my files into this creative cloud in the first place. I routinely end up working with monster PSDs and InDesign files which would take a days to upload with my ADSL connection. Even needing to import local media, say 50x 10MB JPGs, would probably take most of the day. According to Openreach they're not planning on changing that at my exchange any time soon. Not a problem as file transfers on my LAN are faster than any FTTC connection could manage anyway.
A veggie mate of mine has a rule that he won't eat anything with a face. With most meat supplied these days, the face is probably the best you can hope for.
Re: Too much methane
Ha ha! That was a fact I've known for years but never thought it would be required on this, an IT site. Have an upvote!
Completely gutted about the MotoGP. Not about the BBC losing it. But I've been watching it with Toby & Jules on Eurosport for over 10 years so it will be sad to see that go. I reckon WSBK will be next.
What's insane is that they're trying to compete with Sky on content, yet they don't even have 1/10th of the content. When you compare the price to Sky Sports (once you've bought everything else) then BT Sport is expensive as well, per minute per channel.
It's annoying that I know exactly what will happen. Subscribers surprisingly won't suddenly ditch Sky and flock to the service and definitely won't take out a subscription to BT in addition to Sky. So they'll pump less and less money into the coverage over the next 5 years, eventually for BT Sport to be canned or morphed into some other half-baked service. And Dorna (commercial operator of MotoGP) will be begging Eurosport and the BBC to take it back.
Still not giving up my Eurosport Player subscription, still great value for £3 per month. Though it is Silverlight.
Why do Google's accountants have anything to explain? A private company and as such it's in their interest to pay as little tax as is allowable by law. Just as it's in my interest to pay the legal minimum amount of tax. Just as it's in the interests of every single MP on the committee to pay just the legal minimum. I doubt any of them have voluntarily paid more tax than they have to.
Oh dear... a rant is brewing!
And calling it morally repugnant? Please. Since when is it the job of politicians to cast moral judgements? The fact that any politician can believe they are morally superior to anyone or anything is exasperating, by definition that is impossible.
It's morally repugnant to constantly whinge about companies that haven't apparently broken any rules, when they continually fail to change the rules that they themselves are responsible for. It should be MPs in front of a committee.
The phone itself doesn't need to be anything special. Though on a previous project at a small biz I went ahead and got Snom 821s which are pretty great and the larger than normal display meant I could retrieve information from their intranet DB when a call came in and show it on the screen (company name, account status etc). They came in at about £160 which wasn't that much more than many dumber IP phones.
But really the intelligence should be on the server-side and it's how you integrate it into the company. For example at this same site I made a natty little addon for Zimbra (zimlet) to display the output from a web service which took XMPP presence, merged with SIP extension status from Asterisk, allowing users to get a realtime view of who was online or busy. Great for users to use their XMPP presence almost as internal tweets (eg: "boarding the plane, back online at 2:30") and you could filter and scroll through that info from within the e-mail client and on the intranet. Overkill for this particular client but very cool nonetheless.
That's the sort of thing that I'd like to see more of in larger companies but they tend to just buy expensive unified comms sytems from big vendors. You don't need clever phones but clever integration. That's where the big vendors make their money as integrating and aggregating data from open source communications software is still fairly painful.
Call me old fashioned but I actually hate typing on a full touchscreen and find myself doing less and less messaging on my phone these days, instead primarily using it just for web browsing. I doubt I can even hit half of the typing speed I used get when using my old SE P1i.
Even simple things like trying to move a text cursor around an input field I find is horrible with a touchscreen, especially since so many touchscreens go right to the edge of the handset. Then simple things like needing to use it in the rain with wet fingers (happens more often than not in this country), the touchscreen sensor goes mental. A scrollball or jog wheel for text navigation and confirm/cancel would be a big improvement. But anyone who decides to make a decent Android with a qwerty keyboard that's not a nightmare to root and install CM would probably get my money in the future.
Full touchscreens on devices as small as phones just don't make sense to me. Tablet, probably. But phone, no, not in my experience of 3 different Android devices. Just give me some effing buttons! Though maybe I'm just a grumpy old 20 something.
Re: "I wish passports didn't have your address printed on it"
Ha, turns out I'm a d***. There's no address on mine after all. It's an old visa stuck on the opposite page with my address. So ignore me, ignore everything I say!
Ah mine does (I believe) but it's from 2005. Not one of these biomagic ones.
The reason I don't want to go near PussNet is I had a business ADSL line back in 2004-2006 or something (before moving it to Be). When it was set up it cost £50 per month. 18 months or so in I decided to take a look at their product range and noticed that package was no longer offered but I was still on the same tariff even though the equivalent package was now £25 per month cheaper. However my parents' connection, they were on the basic package which was deprecated and their monthly charges were increased to the new cheapest package. So they're prepared to change your tariff up automatically without notice but not make it cheaper.
With Be on the other hand, I'm still paying the same rate I was 5 years ago, despite the equivalent package now being £4 per month more expensive.
Memo to PussNet... Manners cost nothing.
My problem with ID cards is that I already have 3 of them! Driving license, passport, NI number. I don't want to be forced to pay for a 4th! I could at least conceptually (but not ideologically) agree with an ID card if it was to merge all of those services into a single card. But creating an additional card and forcing people to pay over the odds for it is pure fockery.
Whilst I'm on the subject, I wish passports didn't have your address printed on it. Where you live is such a transient thing these days so if our elected idiots want accurate residence information they need to make it free and easy to update, not asking people to pay for a revised driving license/passport. As I, like most people, never bother to update it.
I would never trust civil servants or members of parliament with the money that is be required to actually implement something like a merged services ID card so it's in everyones' best interests that they don't bother and just stick to having G&Ts on the terraces at Parliament. MPs are safer and cheaper for the tax payer that way.
How about we take care of the essentials first? Like making sure we can guarantee that future generations will be healthy and well-educated. Or maybe I'm just living in the wrong country (I already know the answer to that)!
"Politicians are not born, they are excreted"
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Been with Be for several years now and they have to be the most reliable provider I've ever used, of any utility/service. I had noticed a drop in sync speeds after the takeover by O2 though, down from 18Mb/2Mb to 12Mb/1Mb for no real reason so I ended up dropping to a lower package since I was no longer able to take advantage of the Annex M or whatever it was.
To be honest even when my exchange is FTTC enabled (Southbank estimated Nov 2013) I'm not really sure I would leave Be in its present form. Though it sounds like they're merging their network with Sky around about then so I might jump at that point.
The main thing that concerns me is I've not seen any mention of what will happen to the static IP service once the network merges with Sky. My guess is that Sky are hoping anyone who actually wants power-user features like that will actually jump, leaving only the people who used Be's basic broadband. I would have thought it would be inconvenient offering static IP services to a small percentage of their customers.
So it would probably be either Zen or AAISP if I move to FTTC. I'm afraid you'd have to pay me to go anywhere near BT or PussNet. The way their network basically closed during the early evening was a complete nightmare.
I'm not particularly bothered about the higher speeds of FTTC at the moment. I want no usage limits and a high level of service availability/no throttling. A consistent but lower base speed is more useful to me, especially when I tend to let P2P run overnight anyway.
Re: Not sure why EME is necessary
Easy. To try and stop legit subscribers being able to record the stream and then redistribute the content. Something Silverlight is annoyingly good at.
Yeah I disagree with that too, if you've paid for it then you should be permitted to record it if you want. IMO locked streaming services need to be significantly cheaper than non-streaming to justify the usage restrictions... but that's not going to happen.
Re: Needs DRM
I agree with your disagreements. I'm slightly astonished though... would you rather continue with Silverlight/Flash/whatever for possibly several more years in the hope that content providers will all eventually decide to just offer their content for free capture by everyone?
My point was that the media cartels have their heads so far up their ar$eholes that I'll welcome any efforts made to scrap proprietary plugins ASAP!
The development of a formalised cross-plaltform DRM spec can surely only be a good thing. Whether content providers use it or not, I don't really care, I'd love them to. But at the moment without any sort of open spec then there's even less of a chance that Silverlight and Flash will die.
The open web needs DRM, as horrible as that sounds. Expecting the media cartels to give away their media in a freely redistributable format is just not going to happen.
I realise music's gone DRM-free in the most part but I just can't see it happening with video. I'd love it to, don't get me wrong. Ideally I'd like to be able to go to an online store and download a film, documentary, TV series or something, in a decent container/codec, to playback on any device I own, would be amazing. I'd probably pay almost the same amount for that as I would for physical media, maybe more! I just can't be bothered with physical media any more. I have so little spare time and so little storage space that I want to be able to watch my media anywhere, without internet connection, on any device, whenever I want.
But while streaming services are around and you have to be tied to the internet, I'd happily take an open and cross platform DRM system over Silverlight any day of the week.
There needs to be a DRM system that's authored and discussed sensibly in an open environment, by adults, with a technical background, ending up with me being able to play back media on any device/platform I choose. Otherwise you just know all the media cartels will continue to pump horrible proprietary browser plugins everywhere.
This is something I was thinking about a few years back, a distributed zero-knowledge P2P storage network. I was figuring that you would specify how much of other peoples encrypted data to be stored by the service on your machine and in return you get access to that same amount of storage in the mesh. Obviously the maths to my plan doesn't really work out though, as you really want to be storing mulltiple copies of all the data so you need many people to dedicate more space to the service than they're willing to use themselves.
How much space do you get access to with this?
The client for this looks ok as well, not too dumbed down and actually provides you with half-decent information on what's going on and how quickly it's happening. I quite liked the look of SpiderOak for a while but the client was a bit of a mess and I want to be able to specify the exact directories to sync rather than forced into using a pre-set directory.
Re: A completely useless utility then.
Yeah but if you're implementing/buying a new system now or in the last 3 years, I doubt you'd choose 16bit/DOS.
One project I've been meaning to look into for a while is rigging up a Wiimote to control the mouse pointer on a computer. For the past few years I've had various HTPC machines plugged into my TV and the remote has been the one thing I've wanted to get sorted. At the moment I have Keysonic RF keyboard/trackpad device which works ok. But really for moving a mouse pointer around and simulating left/right clicks, up/down/left/right enter and escape keyboard buttons the Wiimote could be perfect. I'm a bit fed up of battling with flaky joystick/HID support in programs or trying to use HID re-mapping software which stopped development in 2001.
So if someone can make or find me a wiimote-like device with proper drivers and utils for mapping and works cross platform then that would be super.
I've always been concerned about all CAs. Frankly the only person I really trust is myself but it's a shame browsers are so heavily prejudiced against self-signed certificates. And it's a total pain rolling out your own root CA in an environment with a mixture of devices and locations.
I've always thought that there must be a better way of verifying certificates by using DNS. Could you distribute a self-signed root cert or the serial in a DNS TXT record for that host? That way you could be confident that the cert belongs domain/subdomain owner (as confident as someone having access to an e-mail address at the domain which is what most CAs use for verification). This becomes even tighter with DNSSEC.
Anyway, I don't have the answers. But there has to be a better way than putting all your trust in a bunch of anonymous private CAs.
Since when does any government do anything to save consumers money? There must be something else to this.
Pay it back
So presumably the force will have to pay it back to the tax payer by having a budget reduction for the equivalent amount put in place? No? Then there's no incentive to stop public agencies doing this sort of thing time and time again.
Re: So he wants a Perl script?
We store user keys in a repo with a start/expiry timestamp and class/range of machines to protect. Then each server to be protected by SSH makes a request to our repo over HTTPS which builds an authorized_keys file, downloaded and shoved into its ~/.ssh directory every 60 minutes. You have key expiry and server class/range management all from one central repo. A simple shell script requesting from a simple web service. This works ok for 200+ VMs and physical servers with 50 odd simultaneous SSH users.
Getting into large deployments though of thousands of users/servers then yeah, nightmare. I'd be looking to auth against PAM/LDAP.
Re: why is it illegal?
So does google when you punch in the hash of a torrent. So does ebay, encouraging people to buy/sell second hand media (technically piracy). So do manufacturers of MP3 players with software that allows you to copy CDs etc.
Every industry throughout history has its time and I'm afraid those peddling physical media at a nice fat mark-up have had it. People might download a few rubbish films or albums for free but I really believe only a tiny percentage of those would ever actually pay money for it in the first place. I'd bet that it's not illegal downloads that harms the media cartels' profits but another form of piracy... buying/selling second hand.
The internet is the world's biggest marketplace, allowing people to sell their old tat at a fair price truly determined by the market, with no money heading to the cartels. I'm a big buyer and seller of second media so hope the right to re-sale is never repealed. In fact I generally buy a boxset, watch it, sell it and buy another. All for the net spend of a single boxset. Thankfully DRM hasn't been installed in human brains yet but I suppose that's only a matter of time.
But I think it's bizarre why flea-bay etc (and manufacturers of hardware devices that strongly encourage the downloading of media) aren't persecuted in the same way and for exactly the same reasons as so many torrent websites. Well it's easier to go after the little guy rather than thousands of shareholders isn't it.
Re: Every single time
Tor is such an important network for enabling free speech, I don't think it's a good idea to pump downloads of some generic American TV boxset through it. Please just rent yourself a VPN connection.
Similar thing with .tk domains a few years back where you could register them for free. Just checked and you still can. They just ended up being filled with junk, spam, virus and phishing sites. I see no reason why .ml would be any different.
In general I would think that operators of restricted/unpopular ccTLDs must be wanting to grab some of the cash before the whole raft of .whatevers dilutes the market for country-related domains.
Re: Abusing the legislation
I have nothing better to do, sorry.
The ones to worry about
The sites to worry about are those that enforce a low max length (<20 chars) and disallow special characters. If it's being hashed/crypted properly then the maximum length and any special characters are irrelevant.
Rather than that stupid cookie law crap how about a law requiring sites to display their password storage procedures with big fines for not telling the truth (proper big fines, not the stuff the ICO hand out at the moment for data breaches). It won't prevent idiots being in control of a computer and developing rubbish software though unfortunately.
Do we know what careers software this is and who the developers are?
Amateurs? Or an amazing honeypot?
It's probably not an in-house package but there must be some bods at GCHQ who do the security auditing of code, right?
Re: Next Prime Minister
Ray Barone? PM? Really?
I hate all this endless UI tinkering, not just by M$ but everyone. I just find the ribbon so inconsistent, giving priority to functions I don't want to be a priority.
I still use Office XP (2002) at home and it loads as fast as notepad. That alongside LibreOffice is a winning combination though I tend to find I'm using Libre more and more these days as a result of me finally switching to Linux on my laptop full-time.
Would it not be better to actually enforce laws that already exist? I thought there were already laws that give the ability for victims to be able to claim compensation for libel and laws to cover unauthorised access to private information?
You couldn't make this stuff up... Though apparently civil servants are!
"Politicians are not born, they are excreted."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
10 inch Ainol Hero (snigger)
I've got a 7" Ainol Fire (snigger) and it's the perfect size. Fits in the inside pocket and bridges the gap between my Huawei G300 and 13" laptop. It's cheap and Chinese but actually solid build, decent battery life and reliability. Great screen res as well. It was this or a Nexus 7 but the Nexus 7 didn't have an SD slot.
There's also the 10" Ainol Hero (snigger) which you might want to check out.
Someone in Ainol's marketing department is either a genius or an idiot (slogan, top right)... http://www.ainol.com/
I don't use this particular service but for me AWS generally wins. It's got rough edges but they've got everything covered. If I wanted to run a highly scalable web application then I could easily host parts of it with other providers but I would probably still end up using a particular AWS service somewhere in the pipeline. And if I need one AWS service then I may as well use six. It turns out their pricing is highly competitive and the service I've experienced is well within the tolerances I would expect for the money. You literally pay for what you get. For smaller stuff it's still probably cheaper to colo or host it yourself but for projects where you need the potential to scale every aspect, then AWS is great.
I don't really understand what VMWare are complaining about. What are VMWare's object storage rates or DNS failover charges? They're offering a product which allows a provider to theoretically offer similar services to AWS. Amazon pumps it right into the end developer's face with a standard API. Wish the official docs were better though.
Oh no... must not... can't... resist...
For the advancement of the human race as a whole, that's why. Worried about waste of money? £88m seems like good value for the potential benefits, compared to an Olympics at £15bn (lucky lucky London), HS2 for £30bn (to cut a journey time by 20 minutes), or data snooping for the rozzers at £3bn.
If a company makes people redundant it's often because the people are rubbish or the company as a whole is not making enough money. If a private company is not making enough money then its not the gov's fault or responsibility to subsidise the company (which it seems you are suggesting they do). The government should do its best to look after people who have no jobs, to keep the population healthy and well-educated (with projects like this). All of which it does to varying (although gradually decreasing) degrees.
I hate politicians and public sector inefficiency as much as anyone but £88m is nothing compared to the amounts that are normally thrown to the wind.
Re: 2Mb/sec should be enough for a video stream
I agree on laptop resolutions, it's pathetic. Trying to find anything with a half-decent res that isn't the size of a bus is impossible. I'm trying to replace my Asus Z71VP 1680x1050 with something in the £400-£500 range, it turns out there's nothing with a better screen than my 7 year old beast. I don't think I'm being unreasonable in my expectations, I don't even care about clock speed, an i3 is fine for editing text files, just let me buy a laptop with a resolution that isn't rubbish!
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