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"Which means looking after its Confidentiality, Integrity and AVAILABILITY"
Or CIA for short....
My coats the one with the roll of tinfoil in the pocket for when I need extra layers on my hat.
Re: What is the difference (if any) between the following:
Are you sure that a person used to "hacking" with LOIC would be able to manage the complexity of balancing a brick on the F5 key? Wouldn't they just ask for someone else to do it for them?
Not only could RIM have crashed and burned but they could have had a terrible soundtrack to do it too?
I look forward to...
Oracle disclosing how they valued the API's as part of their acquisition of Sun.
Re: Windows 8.1 - you shouldn't have
I'm sure lumps of coal will continue to be more popular than Win8.1 DVD's for Xmas presents....
I suspect all the Win8.1 sales will be via laptop sales (OK, and the 3 people buying PC's...).
Interested to see UK tablet sales figures for the Christmas period - I'm interested to see how the ~£100 tablet market skews overall sales for the more expensive models.
Years ago, I looked after a few Sun E4500 that had external disk shelves. We had an almost weekly appointment with Sun engineers to replace failed disks for about 6 months until we finally got someone who knew about this issue and carefully inserted cardboard into the area enclosure. As we watched he looked up and said "the enclosure rattles the disks to death - this fixes it".
So much for MTBF stats....
Isn't the problem...
That dealing with the symptoms is illegal (i.e. attempting to clean up or disable infected devices)?
Currently, malicious code is analysed and all potential C'n'C hosts are taken down in some way (blocking routes/DNS/taking down C'n'C servers) but the vulnerability that allowed the devices to become infected remains.
That requires a legal or contractual solution to how infected systems are handled.
Re: Exchange admin's point of view
I thought MS licensed ActiveSync to kill off BB/BES? My recollection was a big increase in our iPhone population around the time iPhones started using ActiveSync. As in around 5,000 additional devices in the space of 3 months.
Having spent many hours looking at ActiveSync logs from Android/iPhone/Nokia devices connecting to Notes and Exchange servers, I would point the finger at the clients - they do some unexpected things, particularly when they are in poor signal areas. I'm not sure the token Windows Phone users had their test devices switched on during the logging period....
For calendaring issues, when a meeting works fine on Outlook or an Android device but appears at the wrong time on a iPhone, I don't think you can blame MS nobbling the competition.
"So how is this about plain packaging and not about people buying untaxed cheaper cigarettes?"
It's about spotting untaxed cigarettes - if all the packs look the same do you think the corner shop is going to sell the taxed cigarettes and make10%-20% of the revenue or do you think they will stock the cheap imports and make 70% of the revenue.
- The cigarette companies still make their money.
- The retailer makes more money.
- The customer pays the same or less.
- The government misses out.
IMHO stopping people smoking is now down to time - it has become an undesirable social activity by being forced outside and changing packaging is unlikely to make a smoker quit if large health warnings and graphic pictures has not altered their behaviour. Not that it will stop silly political point scoring....
What would happen if Apple buys ARM?
The rest of the industry would probably move to MIPS - it may not be as advanced as ARM, but it's not too far behind. Until Intel are able to compete with ARM or MIPS on price they won't be a serious competitor.
The amazing thing about ARM is not the CPU - it's the business model. ARM CPU's are common in phones (and have been for a long time) because they are cheap to produce and "easy" to customise (from a manufacturers point of view you only have to worry about the design and the features/IP that you are adding - you aren't trying to convince another manufacturer to redesign a custom chip for your needs). MIPS would fit that model if there was a compelling reason to move away from ARM.
Re: @Iain Thomson
It's a meta study - it's entirely possible that the data being analysed is the equivalent of noise.
Publicity == funding for actual research.
Re: Fake Product Key ?
I guess they are for activating fake products?
I wonder how you tell you have a fake product? Is Windows misspelt as "Wimdows" or is the logo just a little smeared?
Re: Microsoft is clueless about networking
By default the MAC address doesn't change - this was a MS technical support provided fix for an issue with HyperV hosts not communicating with clients after moving servers between HyperV hosts. When the HyperV host moves, it doesn't notify the switch that the MAC address has moved ports (as VMware does) and instead waits for the server to send outbound traffic. Not so great for a web host.
Re: Microsoft is clueless about networking
"If your switches can't handle dynamic MAC address changes, you should probably get more modern switches. Besides, it's perfectly reasonable to change MAC addresses for virtual machines which are moving between physical hosts, I fail to see why this might be a problem?"
It's not a switch problem - they will happily move the packets around. However, layer-3 devices don't know the MAC address is changed and continue to address packets to the old host MAC.
HyperV's competitors have an elegant solution to this same issue that shows some understanding of the networked environment.
Re: Microsoft is clueless about networking
"Don't let the fact that your comments are demonstrably untrue let you stop, though."
I present two examples:
- MS suggesting that VM's moving between HyperV hosts should get new MAC addresses. Maybe it was just a dumbass L3 support person who suggested this, but still...
RAM on CPU's
Are you sure?
The main issue with RAM on CPU's is the area required (which is also why it is statistically more likely to have a fault). Redundancy is easy (create a block of X units where product requires X-1 - disable one unit). Intel have released papers on how they do this in the 90's.
Putting more RAM as a second layer (i.e. stacked) allows you to get very high bandwidth (wide, short bus) without the level of complexity required in achieving the same thing from an off die memory subsystem where trace path lengths can result in timing issues.
Re: Black label
I think Black Label is just for day-to-day bribes.
For more serious stuff, taking a prince out for lunch and buying a Mercedes convertible for afters makes getting expense claims approved hard...
Maybe the Redbacks are emulating Australian sports people and they're just not as good as they used to be?
My coats the one with a copy of Wisden's in the pocket....
Re: You though the great British sitcom was long dead?
BT are fine to work with. As long as you don't expect timely responses from their sales staff. Or competitive pricing. Or timely delivery of services.
This assumes you're working with BT in the UK. BT outside of the UK lose all those bad habits that seem to plague incumbent telcos in a market.
Maybe it's the sheep that realised their prospects in the outback were limited and moved to the city?
Re: Yes, they could be making only $18...
These breakdowns make a lot of assumptions, but they are usually the most accurate costings that are publicly available. Some of the parts will be very accurate (i.e. RAM), while others will be guesses (i.e. CPU based on typical cost of a large, high performance GPU using TSMC or similar).
Don't forget that over the lifetime of the console there are likely to be multiple revisions and at least one major component shrink that will reduce the costs further and there are typically discount points for most of the components when they hit various (large) volume numbers.
Dropbox vs Twitter
The difference is Dropbox has MS/Amazon/Google as potential competitors and nothing particularly unique in their solution (i.e. while they may have better software/features at present there is nothing to stop their larger competitors matching those) and all are in a race to the bottom for cloud storage.
At least Twitter has a large customer base who are likely to pay for a service if Twitter ever manage to figure out how....
Of course, all of this is completely irrelevant come IPO time...
Re: Whereas MB make their own engines, gearboxes etc
With cars, the differences in component costs vary greatly between manufacturers - i.e. the engine. However, if you choose to dig to deep into this metaphor, I'm sure it will fall over as BMW/Mercedes will be paying the same for one particular set of tires as all their competitors...
With mobile phones, while the CPU may differ, the price difference is insubstantial compared to the discounted price at volume. My understanding is that small runs (<10,000 units) of a custom ARM processor are in the order of US$25/unit. This drops to the US$7-US$14/unit mark when ordered in sufficient volumes.
Similar economies of scale apply to the screens and the RAM/flash.
And there will be assembly on top of that.
If Apple/Samsung can make a US$200 phone and sell it for US$500 all is good.
If BB are making a US$300 phone and selling it for US$350 it might be time to dump the shares....
An unlikely solution...
Perhaps if we returned to using floppy disks instead of USB keys the malware would be too large to fit on the floppies?
Probably not, but floppy disks would be too small for most user content and cease to be used. Problem solved.... Sort of.... Well, it's a better solution than most of the AV products out there.
Why is it that when we see the word "exploit" or the phrase "security problems/issues", we get commentards complaining about an unrelated vendors security?
People need to give themselves a shake and stop spouting crap about things that they appear to know little about.
Re: I wouldn't put it past North Korea
I would happily die in a nuclear holocaust aimed at removing Cowell and Walsh....
My only concern is that they're like cockroaches and would survive by living on the corpses of the dead instead of the corpses of the not very talented that sustain them at present....
My usual SDN scepticism
I can see where this applies in data centre networks, but the scale where it becomes useful reduces the potential customers to a few thousand and consolidation within the large data centre space reducing that further. White boxes instead of expensive Cisco or Juniper kit will make a huge difference for an environment with 100's of racks where the top-of-rack switch may be a little cheaper but the "core" switches are massively cheaper (i.e. <US$100k vs >US$500k for a fully loaded Cisco or Juniper).
For SME's there are already a lot of cheap, effective switches out there so I don't see SDN providing anything useful other than the additional cost of a SDN management tool/licences.
So that leaves the Enterprise market - do they stick with the current management tools and a small number of vendors who can offer all their switching requirements or do they move to an SDN architecture that saves them money on the hardware and costs them more on the management/licensing side.
For the amount of press SDN gets, I'm still trying to figure out what benefit that it would provide to convince me to move from an existing network vendor to a SDN network for the next building move or (small) data centre build/re-fit.
Re: Sue ball approaching
I'm not sure that Cisco will have any relevant patents - the majority of the pure packet moving functionality relies on RFC compliance and silicon so the software layer is unlikely to provide any areas that.
Cisco-only features (i.e. HSRP) would cause issues but there are already alternatives or probably don't apply in the markets Facebook are targeting.
"Sure the speakers are tiny, so of course they lack power and base"
Looks like these newfangled devices also lack a spell check function....
Re: American 'English' Dictionary...
But when you are looking for potential customers, you only need to target unhappy customers of your competitor. Vendor support staff rarely help you pick up new customers, particularly if you're a start-up.
The vendor support staff may know how to craft the customers newly purchased dog turd into a beautiful, functional item, but the vendor only cares about the sale at the end of the day.
Re: A quick question
Options | Privacy
To clarify - what would SDN provide for a small scale network that implemented TRILL in switch hardware over a "dumb network" with a management application managing the device control planes? i.e. your "core switch" manages a flat network ensuring the maximum bandwidth possible as all ports are used rather than spanning-tree .
In large scale environments I can see the benefits of dumb hardware where the cost of the network equipment is significant.
In small scale environments a pretty good solution that is affordable and plug and pray is likely to be preferable to the ideal solution that is harder or more expensive to manage.
I can see the benefit of SDN for large data centres, although I believe the value is in the removal of the software layer in the control plane allowing switches to become white boxes rather than expensive single vendor solutions. Look at the standardisation in network hardware between 10GbE vendors already - under the covers they are pretty much all Broadcom Trident switching hardware tied to an Intel processor managing the control plane.
What I don't see is the value for smaller environments where the cost of the SDN management platform or expertise to run it is likely to exceed any saving in the network hardware.
If you have less than 10 racks (that's enough to be supported by a "core" 40+ port 10GbE switch stack with aggregated links to each 10GbE top of rack switch) connecting to your VM farm, over-subscription is unlikely to be an issue. In such an environment there are likely to be a handful of server VLAN's that rarely change so once a VM server is connected to the network on-going server deployment will be automated via your VM management tools.
I know there will be complex smaller environments that will benefit from SDN, but I don't see it becoming mainstream.
Unless I have missed some feature.....
Re: Three hops
As an alternative, Google include a functional AdBlocker into Chrome, block the ad's and prevent the second and third hops and everyone lives happily ever after.
OK - maybe not the things that make the ad's but they're not people so it's all OK.
I realise this will kill ad-revenue for websites but shutting down the whole Internet would make malware even harder to spread.
A little more back ground
Here's an interview with a lawyer defending the charges being dropped on Fox:
I'm uncertain at which point "a 13 year old sneaking out and drinking" becomes justification for not having to face trial or justice for having sex (consensually or otherwise) with a 13 year old and dumping her on her parents door step.
Justice should at least be seen to be done or is the truth to ugly to show the public?
Re: Why not go F1 style
Maybe a UK model could have a small hydroelectric dam and reservoir on the roof instead?
It would only need to hold enough water to last between rain showers and you could always keep a 20L container of water in the boot for emergencies.
I'd be interested in trying one of these "bricked" tablets
Rumour has it that the user interface on the bricked devices is a significant improvement....
"And watch cat videos."
And are amazed at how much more entertainment a home-made video of a family pet provides than the average singing/dancing crapfest....
El Presidente - here's the Guardians article:
You have to go to the end to find:
"• The following was published on 12 December 2011 in the corrections and clarifications column: An article about the investigation into the abduction and death of Milly Dowler (News of the World hacked Milly Dowler's phone during police hunt, 5 July, page 1) stated that voicemail "messages were deleted by [NoW] journalists in the first few days after Milly's disappearance in order to free up space for more messages. As a result friends and relatives of Milly concluded wrongly that she might still be alive." Since this story was published new evidence – as reported in the Guardian of 10 December – has led the Metropolitan police to believe that this was unlikely to have been correct and that while the News of the World hacked Milly Dowler's phone the newspaper is unlikely to have been responsible for the deletion of a set of voicemails from the phone that caused her parents to have false hopes that she was alive, according to a Metropolitan police statement made to the Leveson inquiry on 12 December."
Very wrong but...
Maybe TheReg could extend their icon functionality to offer this service?
Mine's the coat with the book "1001 questionable business opportunities" in it....
The likely outcome of a "Robin Hood Tax"?
The most likely outcome is that some countries will sign up to the "Robin Hood Tax" and some won't.
The countries that do implement the tax will see significantly less financial trading as companies move to raise money in other markets. Net outcome for those countries? Tax take will reduce in these countries.
The countries that don't implement a "Robin Hood Tax" will likely see an increase in financial transactions and an increase in tax take through existing taxes. Note that this may not be evenly distributed (i.e. if the EU implement the tax, I am unsure if the UK would get the additional transactions or whether companies would look to distant shores as a safer option in case the UK was to develop stronger ties with the EU rather than the current standoff between the EU and UK over financial regulation).
i.e. the market will adjust to ensure that costs are minimised and profits maximised. Some countries will lose and others will win.
Re: Does anyone wanna bet
It's the advertising and marketing that's the evil bit here - sure the food isn't the greatest, but one meal is unlikely to adversely affect your health assuming you have a diet that is vaguely healthy.
Cue Bill Hick's routine regarding advertising and marketing....
Re: How does this apply to El Reg commentards
Hopefully it doesn't.
If it does apply, I think MS/Apple/any other firm that's looking to make up for lost revenues may have found a new cash cow....
Re: Is there really any need for pathetic name-calling like this?
If this was the daily mail, we would have had:
The walrus-like Scottish National Party (SNP) leader whose dad hated England
Based on no research, but I'm assuming it's not too great a leap to find some one in Scotland who hates England....
As far as name-calling, when politicians stop being self-serving, thieving, corrupt w*nkers, I'll consider treating them as people....
Re: "...help customers to consider environmental concerns..."
"Without an energy rating it can not be sold in the EU."
Council Directive 92/75/EEC of 22 September 1992
+1 for the tag line....
In the chief executives defence...
I've had the misfortune to be involved in health records management systems in the past and I suspect the router that he was referring to was a patient records router rather than a router for network packets.
The HL7 routers we used involved large amounts of pixie dust and magic to work. Just because a setting was clearly incorrect, under no circumstances should it ever be changed unless every system using that setting is double checked and a Magic Eight ball returns 5 "Definitely"'s in a row.
My guess is that the AD corruption was an incorrect or deleted DNS entry and that a router stopped passing records between systems because a router could no longer find a destination system.
Re: The real moral of the story is...
No, the real moral of the story is everyone should wear more clothes so that they can take clothes off, take pictures and not have to worry about accidentally ending up naked in a photo or video that appears on the Internet. In an ad. Next to your CV while a potential future employer is evaluating you....
Or maybe the moral is "hoping elected idiots will develop an effective law to protect idiots who have done idiotic things that they later regret" provides a level of optimism not normally seen in these dark times...
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps