Re: Have you ever lost anything you wanted back
Yes Biros do make their way to wives cars but not their lids.
I remember a Babylon 5 movie called Third Space. I think that's where all the Biro lids go.
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Yes Biros do make their way to wives cars but not their lids.
I remember a Babylon 5 movie called Third Space. I think that's where all the Biro lids go.
You go through life thinking that you're quite bright, fairly intelligent, pretty good at solving problems. Then, every so often along comes an article like this just to remind you that you are, in fact, as thick as two short planks.
I'd add to the the vacant dead eyed stare of the vendor trying to sell you the aforementioned web service when you ask what assurance of security they can provide for their product. Has it been pen tested? How quickly do you respond to identified vulnerabilities? Do you even do input validation?
Invariably the answer is "I'll get back to you" or "but we're 27k accredited!" or "it's in a datacentre with fences". Then the squirming begins on both sides as the vendor tries to justify storing sensitive info in an insecure system (which they refuse to secure) and the department that has already bought the product (but didn't speak to the security guy (me) until installation was due) starts to shit it that they've spent £110k on an outsourced lemon with a good salesman.
None the less it'll all be my fault for asking awkward questions late into a project I didn't know about.
Sounds wonderful, sorry can't afford it.
Plus I can't afford to re-jig the 15yr old network completely based on your eggshell principle plus all the ancient legacy applications that would never cope with a proper secure network.
I can't even get money to put in proper monitoring which is probably what one of these wonderful toys would need.
And even if I could change the network and put in SIEM I wouldn't be permitted to have the downtime to do it or get a body to run it.
So I suppose I'll get some money for a new firewall every 5yr and we'll continue to cross our fingers. As long as the iPads flow for now the heads are happy.
Sometimes NASA and ESA get things very right and the FSM touches the little machines with his noodly appendage and blesses the mission.
Was just thinking that the option of a right angled HDMI would have been good.
Politicians and many (but not all or even a majority) of teachers believe that a failing education system can be made better through the purchase of fashionable technology.
That just costs money and is therefore easy. As an added benefit spending money on education looks good in papers and reports. It doesn't need to be spent well as long as there is plenty of it. And it can be done in time for voting.
Actually attracting good teachers and improving basic literacy and numeracy as well as having a well informed and intellectually bright (or vocationally talented) student population is hard and probably takes longer than one election cycle. Therefore they're not interested.
Digital is the new Cyber doncha-know?
Cyber is old hat baby.
Lol we've still got suppliers bitching about moving on from IE6.
Firefox + Adblock
and NoScript if you're paranoid like me.
Upgraded laptop and desktop last week. No problems. Disabled the windows tacking stuff.
Ignored edge and stuck with Firefox, Cortana not there, couldn't care less. Don't use it on my WinPho and I won't use it on the desktop. No moral objections I just don't see any use in these PA apps.
Win10. Maybe because I'm a WinPho user I really didn't get an big jarring effect from the move. It works, I can find stuff. It boots quicker. The rest...meh.
It picked up my rather ancient Samsung printer which was good. Even Win7 didn't like that very much.
SWMBO switched over without any complaints which is far more impressive. She hates changes.
I do find it strange that a lot of people get massively upset when MS does the data slurping thing yet seem perfectly happy to hand everything over to Google or Facebook. MS should maybe have kept quiet about it like the others?
Generally most people I know that have tried to switch are happy with Win10 and have had few problems. A few hate it or have had big problems and have rolled back to 7.
Just hook it all up to the CANBUS what could go wrong.....
Yeah but the full deal is only £8 more a year for everything else.
I'm considering moving on to the full thing.
I don't really know anyone that doesn't have a tablet now, at least not anyone that wants one.
Most houses have 2 or three plus phones.
There isn't any drive to get a new one other than breakage and dud irreplaceable batteries.
Most people just use them for social media, web browsing and some video watching. Nothing that really stresses the cpu. So there really isn't even a driver for more power.
Other people have found that tablet are a bit shit for work and are either going back to laptops or are buying Windows tablets with half decent keyboards. Recreating netbooks which got pushed out by tabs in the first place.
I probably will have a go. But not for a little while and not until I've got a proper backup of the current Win7 install.
I'm waiting on the first crypto locker attack on a car now.
It's going to be far more profitable to disable someone's car and demand a payment to release it than to kill them. Killing them tends to make people take action as well.
If I just skim off $500 from a few thousand people I'll probably make a fair bit of profit and the law won't bother for a while.
I'll be the one without an Android power ICE in the future.
If you really want to scare people just imaging a future where self driving cars are commonplace (which they will be). And I hack your car to ignore stop signs or red lights or just program it think the destination is 10m west of whatever you put in. again I doubt that would happen too much since there probably isn't much money to be gained from it.
Happy days saving cash for the whopping 512Kb memory expansion cards.
Gif pr0n (at least it might have been gifs), first viruses.
Breaking joysticks on Speedball 2
So much innovative stuff, which admittedly doesn't look great these days but was such a leap from the 8bit days.
Remember the last time NASA has a big announcement about 'alien life' and it turned out to be a bacteria in a hot spring in the USA that really liked Arsenic. Interesting but not what was implied.
The cynic in me thinks that NASA is going to announce an Earth sized rocky planet in the habitable zone of another star which 'could' support liquid water (depending on another thousand variables).
I really hope it's more than that, but I doubt it.
Still feel like MS peaked with Win 2000.
A brutal square lump of speedy solidness that just shut up and got on with it.
MS might do better when they try to stop trying to be Apple or Google. But they never will. idiot investor and boards will always want to chase the high margin fanbois to the detriment of those low margin high volume users.
I'm one of those few WinPho users and I really like WinPho. I've always found it far less hassle to use than a previous Android phone.
At work we've recently migrated users to WinPho away from Blackberry. We've had no real complaints users like them for their simplicity and we've save a lot of money over retaining and upgrading BB.
It would be a great shame if MS turned WinPho into the same schizophrenic mess that Windows Desktop 8 was/is.
I get the feeling MS is just so tied up in itself they don't even go and get a fresh pair of eyes on their developments. I think they just need someone that can see the woods for the trees and maybe just point out to them that sometimes their stuff sucks.
What is even worse is that it seems the engineers that do the nuts and bolts underneath are doing a great job. Win8 was super fast even on old hardware, security guys reckoned it was pretty decent out of the box it just seems that Ms has an army of user interface and marketing guys that take a good foundation and smear it in layer upon layer of shiny shite that no one really wants.
Just make it fast and make it feckin work.
Yes. Icebergs in frozen sea ice was my thought
What'll I do with all these out of date coconuts Dave? Put them in the recycling?
Nah, fill up that duvet cover with them and we'll chuck them in the canal.
In someone's mind a duvet and a canal is the best option for getting rid of coconuts. That's quite frighting really.
CPA is just a Hammerite test. It does what it says on the tin.
OFFICIAL as a classification covers everything from public documents to information under the data protection act. You don't need to use certified equipment for OFFICIAL either.
I think Samsung are just trying to make more of this than it really is.
Samsung = Our phones can be really secure (if you configure them right and have MDM)
CESG = Yes, they're quite secure (if you configure them right and have MDM)
None-the-less the KNOX stuff is interesting from a security standpoint. Now you know it works.
If you were a student in the 90s the Hicks was probably on your radar.
His stand up was certainly a point of reference for my mates who were all 17 in 1994. Just the right age for someone as subversive as he was.
I had the same thought once and through the wonders of the internet found an answer.
Apparently it's not that dark. Even at that distance the sun is many times brighter than a full moon here on earth, although it is a small bright point of light.
Can't remember the numbers but it's out there is you look.
I hope they see something really weird. I can't keep saying this tinfoil hat is for fashion.
Utterly epic science though.
Is there not a rather large continental fault line going right now there?
Nothing MS makes will ever be fashionable.
It's when they try to do this that things fall down.
When they just try to make things work they do ok.
The people that buy WinPho now are buying a solid phone with a camera. They're not bothered about a huge volume of apps and they;re not bothered abut having the latest flagship phone. They're not buying the lifestyle experience that Apple or Samsung are marketing.
Those people are harder to leverage money from for Ms and for app vendors
When MS try that lifestyle marketing thing it just looks stupid.
It'll be a shame if MS give up on phones, I like mine and I'm seeing them replace Blackberry in businesses since they provide integration with Exchange easily and they're cheaper than iPhones.
"My other bet is that somewhere down the line we will see a very powerful phone device that goes with a docking station and can run full Universal and Win 32 Windows applications that really will embody the mobile first mantra as you can carry it about in your top pocket and use it like a phone nowadays"
This was one of my thoughts too. A mid end phone is more than powerful enough now to run a basic desktop operating system. That could be a big step if your business phone was also your desktop, also your tablet etc. We've already got users happily using docked Windows tablets as desktops then picking up the tablet to take home at the end of the day. And that's using Win8.1 which is a dogs dinner.
I'm sure they'd be happy to drop the 10" tab for a 5" phone.
QVC start selling 'Space Broom!', only $10M.
But I do wonder why they didn't fit a little brush wiper arm on the panels if dust was thought to be the limiting factor on the rovers life.
Finally on July 14 the clearest pictures are seen and the dark and light images resolve to show - "Greedo Shot First"
Handed out to media types for many many reviews short and long, tear-downs, destructions tests CHECK
Handed out to celebrities to be seen and photographed possibly by some same media types - CHECK
Bought by fanbois - CHECK
Right who's left........anyone?
I've never heard a Vulcan described as quiet before. I saw one at RAF Leuchers in the 90s and it made your guts vibrate and the ground shake as it went by. Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.
A sad but understandable day. Our new stuff is no doubt much much better than the old V bombers but they're not half as impressive.
Now that's a wedding picture!
No remote sessions from non-business PCs. That is a big no-no for us.
We have enough offices to mean that this is an inconvenience rather than a disaster however it makes the platform look bad. These users should effectively never need to visit an office. But now they do just every ~40 days to change a password and nothing else.
MS should be the one to step into enterprise replacing BB. They should be able to get their own phones to integrate with their own network architecture.
We've issues Winpho to replace BB here. User like them. The phones are cheap, the users find them easy to use. They're good phones which is often a rare quality in android phones.
Then you discover unforgivably stupid omissions.
We have mobile users with no laptops. They don't need them, email is all they need and the winpho does it fine. Except when the ad account password expires. There is no way to reset from the phone. They have to trek to an office sit down log in change pwd then head off again.
No encryption option for users without an exchange server?
Maybe winpho10 will fix niggles like this. We'll probably get some more.
I'll be disappointed if the winPho bites the dust. I don't really like Android, I don't want to get into the Apple ecosystem and moving to BB is probably going from the frying pan into the fire.
Might have wanted to patent that idea coz it's not a bad one?
Well done customer! You've saved £50 on your energy costs this year through the information provided by your smart-meter.
Smart-meter maintenance charge £150
Congratulations, your annual saving is £-100.00
I thought Windows Phone was actually picking up market share?
97% of all mobile malware on Android might drive some market share towards cheaper Windows phones.
No Al Swearengen?
Best tv program ever cancelled.
I'm getting quite excited but the New Horizons mission, shame it's going to take quite a while to get a fleeting glimpse of the little planet as the probe scoots by. There has been so much great space science going on this year. Well done boffins.
Think you're right if you've the app you're not affected.
Integration with AD makes WinPho a pretty easy choice for cheap business BB replacements .
The lack of apps on WinPho doesn't really matter when all you really need are calendars and email.
The built in off-line Nokia Maps can be pretty big plus for those that have to delve into remote areas lacking in a mobile signal.
MS inability to keep up with the Facebook API might put of some folks outside of business.
Not sure how WinPho 10 will do. Windows 8.1 for phones works really quite well. 8.1 just sucked on everything else.
This machine has been out there since 1997. 18 years.
I wonder if NASA is seeing the benefit in cash and kudos of their probes that just seem to keep going and going.
These things must be tough as hobnail boots.
The little Opportunity Mars rover is still going too 10yr on when the original mission was 90 days (Martian)
I wouldn't worry to much if GDS have set it up. It'll look good on an iPad but GCHQ won't be able to find anything on it.
Do they know what way up it is yet?
Was there not a supposition that the poor wee bugger was lying on its side.
Does it have the capability of righting itself?
Irrespective, massive kudos and many pints to and epic piece of boffiny.
When I used Win8.1 on a tablet the Metro interface actually worked really well with touch. It was the schizophrenic nature of the tablet which couldn't quite makes it's mind up whether to use a metro app or a desktop app that was a PITA. Sometimes ending up with two versions of IE running with different pages because it all got a little confusing.
Turning win8 off an on was hardly a hardship. It took about 15sec to boot. I never switch off my Android Nexus 7 tablet because it takes nearly 3min to get going, not because the battery life is good.
With Win 8 I felt like there was a really good OS in there somewhere trying to break through the layers of shite put in by the marketing men.
I can understand accidentally calling someone by sitting on a phone.
I can understand accidentally hitting the indicators when driving
But 'accidentally' firing the rocket motors on a space capsule attached to the ISS...
Is there a big red "do not touch" button in NASA HQ that does this?
Because everything is about saving money now.
And it's more important to the recruiters that you have the rigtht certs now, they don't really care if you know how to use them or now.
You can't measure experience very easily so it gets ignored. Much easier to tick the cert boxes.
Nope. As said everyone in Government is a contractor these days so when something goes FUBAR they just move on from that contract to the next. Leaving both the contractor and the Gov department to merrily repeat the TITSUP FUBAR incident ad infinitum.