Google "Maher Arar" for an example of the horrifying potential of social-network analysis run amok.
283 posts • joined 16 May 2007
Google "Maher Arar" for an example of the horrifying potential of social-network analysis run amok.
Dr. North provides something sorely lacking, a pragmatic and detailed roadmap of how Brexit could be made to work. His proposals are flawed, however, because like all British governments since the 70s, and probably much of the British establishment, he keeps on seeing the EU as a mere trade agreement that has grown too big for its britches.
Pro tip: there is reason why it was renamed from European Economic Community to European Union. Continental Europeans see it as a political project, originally to make internecine wars like WWI and WWII inconceivable, but now mainly to unify Europe under a loose federal banner to keep it relevant on the world stage. They do not share Dr. North's curious infatuation with UNECE (inventors of EDIFACT, surely one of the most baroque set of data formats ever).
Dr. North's vision of European countries rebelling against an overbearing EU to switch instead to a panglossian utopia of frictionless free trade brokered by benevolent (and competent!) UN committees is simply risible. The EU is what it is because that's how most of its member countries want it, yes, even Greece. His vision is certainly possible, unlike most Brexiter predictions, just like it is possible that Bill Gates will wake up tomorrow with a burning desire to give me a billion dollars, but it is just as unprobable.
Yes, RADIUS was more of a Livingston, then Ascend thing.
RADIUS lives on, most enterprises' WiFi and authenticated Ethernet rely on it, but it's successor DIAMETER (get it?) is the protocol that is replacing SS7 for telephony in the post-circuit era.
California law makes illegal Kelo-style land grabs under eminent domain for the benefit of a private party.
The article makes Net Neutrality sound like an extremist position. It is actually a milquetoast compromise. The real uncompromising position, that I fully endorse, is structural separation, i.e. that network providers are banned from participating in adjacent markets like apps, video services and the like. Network Neutrality violations are hard to prove and police, whereas removing the incentive for them to occur in the first place would be a far more effective.
The biggest invention in telecom, automatic switching, was a consequence of Net Neutrality violations. Almon Brown Strowger was an undertaker, and his local telephone switchboard operator was the wife of his competitor, who would underhandedly direct his calls to her husband instead. Strowger retailiated by inventing the rotary automatic telephone switch, which would put her out of a job and make the network tamper-free (at least until software-based digital switches replaced electromechanical switches like Strowger's).
I think he is referring to the fact the US Marines couldn't believe their luck and purchased all the British Harriers they could get their hands on when the UK MoD unwisely decided to scrap them even though there is still no operational replacement.
In the bad old days of System 7 Mac viruses were rife, specially the resource fork ilk. It's moving to the UNIX foundation of OS X that made a big difference, not any difference in demographics.
It's the certificate authorities issuing the certificates, e.g. RapidSSL, who have to do the work, not the webmasters.
"Isn't the Apache a better loiterer"
Helicopters are notoriously vulnerable, even to small-arms fire. The A-10 on the other hand can still fly even when huge chunks of the superstructure have been blown away by cannon fire.
The high latency of SAN compared to SSDs means block storage users like databases are slowly but inexorably moving to shared-nothing, direct attach (DAS) architectures like PCIe and NVMe, with the networking being handled at a higher level by the database itself. Aerospike and Spark are good examples of this trend.
NAS is the only way storage vendors can still peddle expensive and increasingly irrelevant storage arrays. The other is acting as a premium backend for virtualization (i.e. vMotion), and that's being eaten up by software as well.
Java garbage-collection's random stop-the-world latency spikes are generally anathema to the HFT world. It's possible to work around it by rolling your own memory management, but then you are better off rewriting in C/C++.
HomeKit has a good security and privacy story, thanks in part to its dedicated chip ans OS, but that's also why it is rather late to the market.
That said, there is very little consumer appetite for IoT in general due to an underwhelming value proposition, sub-par and buggy user experience, serious security and privacy issues and a bad habit of companies abandoning products and turning them into doorstops long before the end of their reasonable lifetime.
What you are describing is exactly why storage arrays are going to be replaced by DAS - they are just too slow
As a practical matter PCIe card-format SSDs are not hot-swappable, as taking a server out of the rack to remove the card usually requires powering it off.
This does not apply to other form factors like U2 or Thunderbolt.
Brendan Gregg showed how shouting had a measurable effect on disk latency while at Sun:
I thought the foremost concern was the defense of the realm, and that often entails deliberately putting the said people in harm's way.
That's pretty rich, considering AT&T hasn't even tried to bring fiber to its customers, despite pocketing tremendous tax breaks to do so since the 90s. They are happy to starve their rotting infrastructure of investment and milk it for profits, investing is for suckers like Verizon FIOS.
Actually it's Ireland that broke the law by granting state aid, and the remedy is for Apple Ireland to disgorge the said aid plus interest. This is not a fine or penalty. All in all, Apple got off lightly (well, when Ireland exhausts appeals, that is).
The companies in question are Irish subsidiaries of Apple. Apple could reduce its European tax burden by repatriating the money to the US, but then they would have to pay US taxes, which are higher.
Apple and Ireland will appeal, and they will lose eventually. I doubt Apple will move: Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU, and its normal corporate tax rate (not the sweetheart deal) is lower than most.
The same ruling is also applicable to Google and other tech companies whose too-clever-by-half tax avoidance strategies have been laid bare, even though the EC has not even touched the main tax dodge of using arbitrary intra-company payments for "intellectual property" to shift profits to tax havens.
Obviously they'd love to enclose the commons for their own benefit. That's why Israel is considering banning the use of unlicensed spectrum by carriers:
I'd buy a 4K player, but for the fact there is not a single UHD Blu-Ray release I am even remotely interested in. Perhaps when the remastered release of Lawrence of Arabia comes out, whenever that is, or Rogue One next year.
I suspect falling sales of discs are caused as much by the creative bankruptcy of Hollywood and lack of movies worth watching as by competition from streaming.
Erdögan's rhetoric is unseemly at best, but the US *is* harboring the head of a Scientology-meets-Opus-Dei cult that masterminded a failed coup attempt that killed hundreds in Turkey. It's as if the commander of the Provisional IRA were living in Virginia unfettered while organizing a terror spree in London. The Turks' fury is somewhat understandable.
What about Alibaba's UC Browser, which has built-in ad-blocking? It is very popular in places where mobile users pay by the byte, claiming over 50% market share in India for instance.
Vancouver is notorious for the illegal electrical taps that power lamps in its marijuana "grow-ops", as noted by Douglas Coupland in "City of Glass".
The startups there have been displaced by the much more lucrative business of providing hostels for Chinese students:
Storage Array and SAN makers keep peddling an architecture designed for disk that is simply obsolete in an era where latency is everything.
The greatest benefit of NVMe isn't throughput, it's low latency, largely by simplifying the protocol compared to ATA or SCSI. Putting NVMe devices inside an array with multiple levels of protocol conversion guarantees latency will be at least an order of magnitude slower, probably closer to two, and completely defeats the purpose of fast NVMe storage.
Parse the careful semantics.
Or Edinburgh post-scotxit. Or Amsterdam, where the majority speak excellent English.
The phrase comes from "Software Defined Radio" (SDR), where a tunable wideband RF circuit combined with a fast DSP substitutes for fixed-function electronics. The Software-Defined Networking guys cribbed it from SDR.
SDS is the same promise as "open": cheap and flexible unlike the proprietary black boxes. Of course, only open-source solutions can be trusted, a vendor will always try to bring back lock-in.
If your network latency exceeds your storage's latency, the right architecture is direct-attached storage, not networked storage, with the networking happening at the application layer, e.g the database. Very few Ethernet switches deliver the < 0.2ms latency of a typical NVMe SSD (only Arista comes to mind).
Networked storage is a paradigm whose time is past, and the increasingly frantic efforts of storage vendors to stave off irrelevance by shoehorning SSDs into legacy architectures designed for disk remind me of other Rube Goldberg contraptions like disk arrays that pretend to be tape auto loaders to work around brain-dead backup software.
Switzerland is the home of Calvinism, after all.
Thanks for the tip, I had the same issue as @J Bourne. I have been using the ancient feed http://www.theregister.co.uk/excerpts.rss, switching to http://www.theregister.co.uk/headlines.atom gives the author (but no other categories or tags)
This was sufficient an annoyance that someone wrote an extension to disable this incredibly dumb UX.
See Joel Spolsky's excellent article on how Microsoft's Excel team was paranoid about dependencies, to the point of having its own compiler:
Much harder and more expensive than promiscuous code reuse, but it does have its advantages.
At first I thought the resolved feud between Node.js and its Io.js fork had erupted anew.
Git (the open source code management system by Linus Torvalds,not Github the company) is decentralized by design, and it is trivial to move the code itself elsewhere, e.g. Bitbucket or self-hosted, much easier than switching from Sourceforge to Github.
What is harder to replicate is the community. Github's value is from its role as the social network for developers, not from its code-hosting. They cannot afford to antagonize developers. A recent example was when most of Github's Enterprisa sales and Product Management left the company. They were taking the product in directions that caused a backlash from individual developers, and the company opted for the latter:
Those people are primarily index funds, i.e. people who rely on Google's revenues to fund their retirement and would probably look askance at the shenanigans of Tony Fadell at Nest, among others.
It's Israeli and Indian employees of Intel that rescued it from irrelevance when it was being trounced in performance by AMD, from the Core architecture designed in Israel to the Xeon chips done in India.
I'm guessing Italic is toast. The thing is, low-cost domains like IoT don't have the margins to fund cutting-edge fab technology, only smartphones, tablets, PCs and servers do.
Oracle's branch of ZFS has support for encryption, which is not available in OpenZFS.
Most of the original authors of ZFS have left Sun since it was acquired by Oracle, and there is probably more talent on the OpenZFS fork.
And they will swiftly find a way to cut the dependence of the device on the cloud, possibly via firmware update.
Google is notorious for abruptly discontinuing services, but those people bought the hubs before the company was acquired, so blaming the victim under the doctrine of caveat emptor won't work.
Trust on First Use doesn't solve the problem, because legacy compatibility downgrade attacks mean the problem cannot be solved at the SMTP layer. It's time for people to stop trying to devise doomed work-arounds and instead move to increase adoption of S/MIME, which has the potential to help, but has benn hamstrung by inadequate PKI infrastructure. Imagine if Apple or Google provided automatic S/MIME carts using the same kind of automated provisioning Let's Encrypt has.
Investors do, and in their desperation to eke out returns in an era of effectively negative interest rates, they piled into VC without understanding how to gauge a startup, thus the surge of dumb money following the herd.
Ouch, how the mighty have fallen...
The problems with email, Slack, and every other messaging system are social and behavioral in nature. Moving to a new system, like getting a new email after changing jobs, gives a short respite but dysfunctional collaboration patterns reassert themselves quickly.
Like IRC, texting or chat, Slack is good for throwaway exchanges, but it's not going to solve the problem of efficient work habits. That will probably take one or two generations to happen, after all people are only just starting to take a more systematic approach to handling their to-do lists withGTD et al.
Let's Encrypt works quite well and is free.
HTTPS because in the post-Snowden era, everything should be encrypted by default.
The cost of an HTTPS connection is in the initial TLS handshake and key exchange. By the time nginx sees the user-agent header, the harm is already done.
Government is not required for a solution. What we need is a digital version of Underwriters Laboratories, who do certification and safety checks for manufacturers, as do others like NSF or the TÜVs:
If IoT vendors cannot sell a product if it lacks a security mark from UL or others, they will get with the program.
Everyone running a secure website should test its crypto using the free SSL Labs tool:
Nothing less than an A or A+ rating is acceptable.
I bought a Shuttle DS57U, a fanless dual-core 1.5GHz Broadwell PC meant for digital signage applications (I use mine as a firewall, as it has dual Intel GbE NICs instead of the usual Realtek garbage). It is also available in an i7 version, the DS57U7 (dual-core 2.4GHz Intel i7-5500U ULV), still fanless.
Very neat little system, and fairly inexpensive as well at $500 total system price with SSD and 16GB RAM (gross overkill, I know).