1315 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009
Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.
Can the rest of us secede from Westminster too? Big wall and you have most of the biggest arsehats in the country contained. Job done.
Re: We *love* password managers..
Depends on your usage requirements really. Cloud-based is risky; triply so if you're trusting some other bugger's code and encryption.
On the other hand, by maximising entropy and letting a computer remember it for you; you're minimising to virtually zero brute-force and guessing attacks.
First Microsoft and now Google calling for easier passwords. Are the spy agencies having problems easily raping our private data or something?
I have a watch so that I still know what time it is, even if the batteries on everything else are dead. Replacing that with another battery burner that has to be recharged all the time would entirely negate the point.
Given what a huge expensive clusterfuck government IT projects tend to be, I'm not convinced that tying banking details in there is a good idea. And that's not even considering outfits like the DVLC who have been flogging off private information to anyone with a chequebook.
The new expanding edit box is going to come in handy. Not especially fussed about the rest of the improvements though.
Re: Think of the children... or not.
"...abstinence is the only answer"
Not really. It's just a normal human activity; and like any other activity there are risks involved. It's relatively new, however, and the risks may not be that obvious to anyone not in the technology game. And the risks go way, way up when you're a young, attractive high-profile celebrity because there's more people who want to see you naked...a certain percentage of whom are going to be amoral with the necessary skills to ninja your phone. Get beyond a certain level of famous, and the result is pretty well inevitable unless you take countermeasures.
Also, a big reason to take these photos in the first place is to send them to other people; which is doubling the risk. You're not only trusting their integrity; but their IT knowledge and personal security too. Plus the integrity of everyone who could get hold of the transmission.
The choices are: i) Don't do it; ii) Put the effort in and learn what you're doing; or iii) Live with the results. Given that the people involved were young and in varying stages of love/drunkenness, the second option is the least likely to happen.
I don't think anyone's career is going to be harmed by this. The response has been mostly sympathetic.
So what happens if you're satirising sexism by pretending to be outrageously sexist? Or racist by being racist? Or any other -ist?
Re: Nice reference, Mr Lecter.
Has to run back to the farm...that's the Achille's eel in the scheme.
Re: you are beautyfull
Why thank you; but I need planning permission before posting nudes..
Re: Polaroids FTW
Dunno about polaroids; but it would certainly be a reasonable precaution to move photos you don't want to escape off internet-facing gear and onto a non-connected USB drive if you have any sort of public status.
Ricky Gervais caught a lot of flak for tweeting "well don't have nudes on your phone" then, or some such; but I agree with him to the extent that accepting some megacorporation's bland assurances of "yeah it's secure" is a mistake.
Re: What's a jlaw?
Jennifer Lawrence. The actress who was in the Hunger Games.
Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?
Well in my case, it's the sort of pleb who believes the "You have the latest version of Opera" prompt after I ask it to check for updates.
Also, when I go to opera.com and hit the 'help and support' link (I was looking to see what developments have developed before committing to anything; now that I know there's a new one), it's just help for v12.
Only difference I can see is they've done away with the separate search bar; which doesn't make me happy.
I tried that - not working for me for some reason. Should have thought to post the link though. Upvote for your superior organisation skills.
MS also killed SkypKit recently, thus stuffing all those people running multi-im-network clients like Trillian. There are workarounds; but they all involve running a full-fat copy of Skype in the background.
The real problem is that Skype is like bloody Word in that you have to use it (or at least maintain some sort of compatible presence) because everyone else is using it.
Notice how these cunts are always talking about other people's privacy and not their own.
Re: someone else's program
Going to go a bit further along this line of thought:
"Do you agree with what I'm seeing here? The prospects are endless and Siri/Cortana/Google whatever should become the speech recognition app interface abstraction layer. We will still need app functions but they will be hidden away behind the smart personal assistant (SPA).
I don't agree. It depends upon how much of yourself you are willing to sell for personal convenience. The well can and will be poisoned if you trust a corporation (or any business/company/whatever).
Problem is, Siri is someone else's program, running on someone else's computer and primarily for someone else's benefit at the end of the day.
He doesn't seem to have been very good at cybersecurity for a 'czar'.
Quality journalism; you know you can count on El Reg for proper news. Can we have more vultures in tiny hats for the next article please?
Two Godwins before the comments have even started. Could this be a record?
Judging by the comments above, I'm firmly in the barbarian class. Russell Hobbs 14899 Platinum Grind and Brew Coffee Maker Machine and expresso beans from Lidl. Good coffee and minimal messing around. Maintenance costs aren't too bad either.
Are we going to be factoring in friendly fire?
I'm thinking human military (USA! USA!); vampires feeling peckish and/or dynastic; and zombies who will walk right over their brethren when counfounded by -for example- a kerb.
I watched it to fact check, simple as that. To compare what I observe with what's being shovelled at us via the media.
Muslim != Terrorist extremist psychopath
All Muslims? Seriously? It's "thinking" like that that just creates more terrorists. Just as not every Christian goes on cinema rampages with an AK47; and not every Buddhist sets themselves/monasteries alight; not all Muslims are psychopaths.
If you treat all Muslims like they're going to break out into jihad and dodgy raps at any second, you're going to create resentment and -in the end- create the conditions to create more terrorists.
The vast majority of Muslims just want to be left alone to get on with things, same as the vast majority of everybody else.
Neither of your choices are actually choices. The truth -as ever- lies somewhere between the two extremes.
That is disgusting. What are these people on?
Good point well made. And, to complete the thought, the gov couldn't put any empasis on any foreign-ness they noticed because it would make things distinctly more uncomfortable at home.
The impression that I got was that the guy wasn't a sarf Londoner at all...the way he spoke gave me the firm impression that English was very much a second language because of his inflection and mispronunciations. Yes, there was a strong sarf London accent; so he had either spent some time in the UK or he learnt English from those who had. Or is a consumate actor. May even have an English passport, but I'd lay a few quid down on him not being born and raised in the UK.
And yet the UK papers (and El Reg, sadly) just go with "English accent" and stop there. That, and the PM saying "British Citizen". If your theory is correct, wouldn't they be emphasising the foreign-ness?
"Government policy and the media narrative are threatened by this video."
Can't see how. Name a conflict and there's always a few Brits who join up for shits'n'giggles (and others...it's not an exclusively Brit hobby). And if you were joining on the 'terrorist extremist' side then you'd obviously be up for an atrocity or two.
I haven't seen the full video though (I did have a look just on general principles after that copper arsehole's statement; but can only find sanitised versions. Not totally sure I want to see the full version anyway). Does the original actually show the execution, or does it cut to a body? What I have seen, though, all the reports of the "British accent" are a bit misleading. The person has definitely spent some time in the UK (or some time with people from there); but there is definitely another accent in there if you listen past the Sarf London.
Can't see why a false flag would be necessary with ISIS...they seem to be doing a fairly good job of arousing hate on their own. Mind you; they're getting close to the oil, so maybe we're not hating fast or deeply enough.
Re: Nubile young women lusting...
Suggestion: Porn review
Guaranteed monster page hits; plus a possible record-breaking webcast as the Register Hacks compete to see who gets the job. Some job interview suggestions:
● Cage match
● Drinking competition (you'd probably need to hook up some big data for that one, as I would expect a loooong war of attrition with Reg Hacks)
● Geocache race around London (and other reg-nest cities) where the contestants have to alternate between London cabs and Uber cars; with bonus points being awarded for the promixity of the drivers to each other.
● Ultimate bacon creation competition (only counts if the contestants eat all of their creation without their arteries exploding).
"Complete with containers of beer - variably full - placed adjacent to the kit, in order to create a fully realistic RF blocking environment."
You did that with a straight face. I'm truly impressed. And will be stealing that line.
Re: SSL is a good thing
Namecheap have got one for €6.72 right now, and they usually have something in the $10/yr range. It's relatively easy to do, especially if you have cPanel hosting. Generate a server key, buy your certificate and then install it on the server.
Self-signed is fine for personal use or for a small group who either have enough technical knowhow to know that a self-signed cert isn't the end of the world; or who you can tell in advance "your browser is going to have fits at this point...just ignore it".
You just can't use it for anything involving random visitors because the chances are that they will never see your site. I'd have SSL on everything just as a courtesy detail if the warnings weren't so dire.
Re: SSL is a good thing
You can't really use self-signed certificates. Browsers pop up really alarming warnings that would put off most of your traffic.
Well traditionally Microsoft have alternated between halfway reasonable and "screwed the pooch" operating systems, so it makes sense to hang in there and see what 9 has to offer.
Of course, if MS don't start listening to their customers soon then that could be the best thing that has ever happened to linux.
The banning electricity part was pretty funny.
...or (the cynical version) could be used as an excuse to let the officer off scot-free as seems to happen on a disturbingly regular basis in cases of abuse of power like this.
Re: $10/yr is the tip of the iceberg
I do realise that self-signed are worth the paper they're not written on; but that depends upon what you want to use the SSL for. If it's important or popular or user details are involved then you should do it properly. For small sites to protect login details; or for switching SSL on as an option 'just because' (mostly to avoid marketers tracking you and to make those bastards at GCHQ and the NSA earn their paycheques) then it should appear a little less alarming. I'd suggest maybe an orange or yellow padlock displayed in the browser toolbar (as opposed to the green ones for expensive certificates or whatever the colour is for the $10 special offer certs) that shows encryption is being used but you shouldn't necessarily be putting your bank account details in there. Possibly with a popup to alert you if the cert has changed since the last visit.
As things stand browsers react to self-signed certs like you're going to be imminently pwned and then fisted by terrorists. So nobody bothers.
Sure you run the risk of a MITM by someone faking the certificate; but sending everything in plaintext ALSO runs the risk of MITM, and requires less skill to do so.
Re: $10/yr is the tip of the iceberg
....not to mention the actual level of trust in the 'trust authorities'.
I would also like self-signed to be more acceptable. Currently browsers hoot like you've just set the bloody thing on fire when it encounters a self-signed cert.
Currency is based on belief. If Ecuador haven't even got their shit together enough to have their own paper currency, I can't see it going anywhere.
Re: It was inevitable.
It hasn't been cracked - they found a stash of private keys when raiding a control server. Presumably the naughty guys will be generating a new lot now.
I think she's got this whole 'digital music' thing wrong.
Not much sympathy for child abusers; but is anyone else getting that "paedophiles today, littering tomorrow" mission creep feeling?
Internet of Things again. Unless it connects to a private machine and ONLY a private machine to aggregate your data/make shiny graphs/whatever then you can pretty well guarantee that it isn't secure and is leaking. Almost certainly to the manufacturer; quite probably to a bunch of ad agencies; and the chances are good -bordering on certainty- that it isn't hard to hack.
"The regulatory rules also call for early termination charges to be limited and for charges to only apply if the supplier has met its commitments, which is arguably not the case when broadband speeds turn out to be less than promised or outages are frequent."
If the ISP haven't delivered what they said they would deliver then surely they were first to break the contact; which is then null and void. Less speed is probably unenforcable due to the "up to $speed/sec" weasel-wording; but frequent outages would certainly be cause to tell them to go fuck themselves.
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