Nation State resources
Stack Overflow probably has more resources (in this context) than most nation states.
202 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009
Stack Overflow probably has more resources (in this context) than most nation states.
Why bother with the machine when you can go for its owner?
because then the owner will know that their stuff has been read. The FBI et al. want to be able to read stuff without letting the owner know that they're being watched.
If only they spent as much time, effort and money unlocking the secrets of the universe rather than peoples browser history...
Who was it paraphrased Howl with 'I watched the brightest minds of my generation, spend their time trying to persuade people to click on ads'?
Have to say I'm intrigued. Not enough to visit, but why is that a good name for a porn site?
When I was his age, I'd have got high marks for building a digital clock. Now you get arrested.
Is this what 'arrested development' means?
Like Mark 65, I'd be prepared to pay to read El Reg, so long as there were no adverts for 'subscribers'. How much I don't know, but I wonder if it's been considered?
While some organisations block dynamic ips, not all do. Sendmail (what I use, so I know this works) allows you to change the routing based on the email address you're sending to. So most mail goes direct, and where the recipient domain is blocking a dynamic ip address, the mail gets sent via another mail server. Could be your ISP, although I use the server for another domain I have which includes mail hosting. The return address is still set to my own domain so (Hotmail is one example, IIRC) mail to Hotmail goes via<other domain server> and replies come directly back to my server.
Every now and then I get another email blocked, so I add the domain to the routing list. I think I have about a dozen or so in the table now, after getting on for 20 years of running my own server.
I've never looked at PostFix, so I'll be following this series with interest. Dovecot, Spamassassin and fetchmail I know.
Caps, bike helmets, cars, motorcycles, shoes, clothes, coffee, lighters, baseball bats, etc... oh lets not forget money.
Pretty sure everything could have some kind of duel use.
baseball bats maybe, but I can't see how you could fight much of a duel with money
Seems to be a 'thing' that when raising grievances against large organisations they then launch an offensive against the aggrieved individual.
There are stories like this in every issue of Private Eye, and have been for some years now.
The culprits usually seem to be public bodies - NHS, Education, Council, Police. Common to all of these seems to be that the organization concerned spends truly vast amounts of money on their internal investigation, to avoid being shown up.
user (=uploader) has to obtain consent from all people in the pics, which is (a) ridiculous and (b) probably not defendable as due diligence.
While agreeing with you, recently we had some people taking photographs in our office, and the photographers went round and got a consent form signed by anyone who was in any of the photographs, not just if they were the subject, but also if they were in the background. I guess the pictures are intended for publication, and maybe the consent is there in case someone complains later on. Perhaps this is a defensive action, or maybe there are some rules around this, at least for some uses?
initially cheap and shiny which loses value at an alarming rate
My first thought was how like a mobile phone, but it applies to any computer, and from my younger years, exactly how buying a new car was perceived (perhaps without the cheap bit).
Presumably El Reg uses various analytics, and the number of comments per article is obviously easy to measure. I would think that if Tim's articles attracted few comments, and low page views, they would dropped like the proverbial.
Indeed, by reading and then posting your comment, you're probably doing your bit to ensure that the articles keep coming.
Economics isn't my field, but I think the articles are still interesting to read, and they mostly seem to generate some debate - higher quality than the Windows/Mac/Linux wars at that.
In the Uk in the days of modems, the modem didn't have to be PTT owned but it did have to be approved - actually anything you attached to the phone system had to be approved. IIRC the main test was whether it was possible for an electric current to jump a gap and make the phone line live. This would be a lot of the reason my first modem cost me about half as much as the computer it was attached to...
Didn't know he had a girlfriend, I thought he just rubbed his magic lamp.....
To paraphrase an old MS Access joke. You have a problem and you use Sharepoint to solve it - now you have two problems.
s/MS Access/regular expression/ the way I heard it.
If anything I'd say that the offline piracy maximum sentence should be dropped to match the current 2 year one for online piracy. It is, after all, a relatively minor crime.
I think the long (10 year max) sentence here is to cope with individuals who duplicate 100s/1000s of copies and sell them. The same theory might also apply to, for example, sellers of fake Rolexes, Gucci bags and so on. The key point being that a stiff sentence is available for individuals who seek to make a profit from copyright infringement.
Realistically you won't get 10 years for copying a DVD for a mate, you won't even be prosecuted unless you're unbelievably stupid.
something I've hated about MicroSofts PC Business. In that its nearly impossible to do any actual coding without the additional cost of some Software Package.
WTF? Notepad is built into the OS, and the SDK's (which include compilers and libraries) are free to download, and have been for at least the last 10 years. More recently Visual Studio, has been available free in a community edition
I'd say most have three types of 'gate', at least one with a person, some machines to take cash or cards, and at least one lane for people who use a fully automated system, where you have a badge on the car, and don't need to stop. This seems to be the case in the South anyway , which is the area I know best.
Reminds me of the Labour party spending all that time & effort on fox hunting.
Rather depends if the OS is necessary to open the thing. It might just be an ordinary safe, with some extras bolted on. Does it still work if you unplug it, maybe waiting for the UPS to run down?
Norway is a lovely place full of fine beer & chocolate, and magnificent scenery....
Apparently deficient in public lavatories, however.
Not specifically web sites, but Visual Studio has tools that can profile power usage by an app. This is really for apps that you're going to submit to the store, so I guess they're expecting to be installed on Phones/Tablets where this would matter.
I hope it was made clear to all the 'end-users' of their spyware,that if they wished to see the source code of the programs that were 'bugging' them, they need to visit the url below etc, etc.
I believe this is normally a requirement if you distribute software containing GPL code. Quite a few consumer routers, for example, use GPL software and this is often referred to in the documentation, with a copy of the GPL on the accompanying CD.
Well it's kind of rare to come across someone who doesn't believe that a person should be tried by a jury of his peers.
What kind of system would you prefer?
A jury of his pears.
I also blacklisted DoubleClick, and it cut my traffic down too.
I think this is quite subtle.
1) The music biz never cared about copying (unless on an industrial scale, a copy for a mate is ok) They still don't.
2) Laws which are widely ignored and pretty much unenforceable (as in this case) are not good and so the government wishes to tidy this up.
3) The attempted solution was effectively the same as the case of photographers right to their work, which the government attempted to co-opt.
4) Effectively the government was trying to deprive the 'music biz' of a legal right, that has value, without paying compensation.
5) Unsurprisingly the 'music biz' is unhappy about this.
Love or hate the music biz, I doubt many people would be in favour of a government that confiscates it's companies or citizens property or rights without compensation.
It's the same as asking me to pay for bank shareholders losses for a bank that I don't use.
Which if you're a UK taxpayer, and don't bank with RBS, HSBC or Lloyds, is exactly what happened.
That struck me as well. They don't appear to be asking for anything other than 'shut the site down', so this looks a possible motivation.
According to the book, he spent his time at Goldman trying to maintain out of date code in the HFT era. He was leaving to join another company, that would have been a competitor of Goldman's. The code he copied was mostly open-source, but would have been of no practical or commercial use. A large part of why he was leaving was to be able to start a new codebase from scratch - designed for the job. Old cruft would not have been helpful;.
He also says in the book, that GS were happy to use open-source, but didn't contribute their changes back. Perfectly OK, depending on the license - but not really in the spirit of the thing.
While the rest is rather cruel (and funny), this part does seem to make some sort of sense
In fact, this can save us the hassle of having to write / pay for a speech recognition engine.
especially given the other comments on the shortcomings of translation engines. My favourite, from a long time ago, was translating "out of sight out of mind", into "invisible idiot". There would be a need for quality control if we did this, to prevent one illiterate educating another.
This isn't something only the French have done. I remember some senior management of one of the gambling firms being arrested in the USA, on the basis that they took bets from Americans. Personally I think what Uber are doing in France is far more reprehensible.
Agreed on Here.
I'm a little curious about the Uber statement that Mapping is at the heart of what makes Uber great. It seems to me that mapping is far from being a core process, although maybe this should be taken as a warning that they're going to put even more effort into tracking their users?
PFI was conceived by the previous Conservative government. In opposition Labour pointed out it's problems, and then when they came to power they continued with it. While Labour were in power, the Conservatives opposed it. Now they are in power, it continues under the new name of PFI2 (or maybe PFI-rebooted, or some other thing).
bit like the post Chernobyl joke. The British sent some advisors to help out. they advised changing the name.
Google Winscale and Sellafield if young enough not to get it.
Governments need to get better at helping people transition from dying industries into something more productive, rather than flinging them on the scrapheap or propping up a redundant way of working at vast cost to the rest of us.
Remembering the miners, there was a foul, dangerous job, that no-one sane would want to do. For all that it was well paid, and better than no job at all, which was pretty much the choice.
Is that like longpig?
takes all kinds to make a world.
Why did you shoot him 66 times?
I ran out of bullets.
<re keyboard connector> This is a compromise though, since in this position you cannot easily tap icons on the taskbar.
This is mostly what I use the pen for
c:\>ipconfig /flushdns maybe?
Usually works for me anytime I edit and save the hosts anyway.
But still spoofed in Private Eye.
with the help of libertarian-minded Republicans, the president was shot down.
Yeah, we wouldn't want that happening everywhere.
The Co-operative Bank's creaking IT is so shaky it should be sold off, according to senior government officials.
If it's that rubbish, why do they think someone will buy it? Who? Maybe the government?
While I see your point, if your search provides an app for the client you're using, (we're discussing the windows app store so you're either using windows phone or win 8.*) , the most obvious way for you to obtain and install this app is by visiting the store.
If you're not a developer or corporate bod it's mildly difficult to install an app onto a windows phone, if you don't do it through the store. All the store apps are windows runtime (IIRC) and I have a feeling that this also applies to tablet/pc versions of Windows.
Hey, Obama, don't you have a snooper's charter to push through Congress ?
Is that the translation of the message?