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The style of software you've known and loved and/or hated isn't going away any time soon. "On PCs we still continue to support the two-decades plus of Windows desktop applications," Box emphasized.
Of course they will. Not even Microsoft (which has a long and stored history of saying and doing some really brain-dead things...remember the "the internet is just a fad" pronouncement, anyone?) would be that stupid as to cut off "real" Windows applications.
The jury ruled [PDF] that Motorola had shown the Intellectual Ventures claim [the '450 patent that describes the use of TCP/IP to move packets of data between wireless base station points] to be invalid as the patent itself was too obvious an idea to any seasoned engineer.
Seems to me that the '144 patent should be even more obvious to an unseasoned engineer. I mean, doesn't that rather describe using something like FTP as a transport for a store-and-forward node? Shit, we were doing stuff like that back in the '80s. (Course, back then, the intestinal parasite bearing the name of Intellectual
Vultures...er...Ventures wasn't even a glimmer in Nathan Myhrvold's eye.)
Oh, please, please please let the damn fool take your advice.
Such action is about the ONLY thing I can think of that would actually get those lazy bastages off their incompetent butts and impeach, convict, and remove the SoB the way they should have after Fast and Furious, or the IRS scandal, or his incitement to riot in Ferguson, or Benghazi.
Geez, Tom! Even for you, this is a new nadir of incoherent and incompetent blather. It'd be instructive (and amusing) to see the Gordian knot you'll tie yourself into trying to explain how investigating the #47Traitors would have anything to do with impeaching...anyone. But go for it! I need a chuckle.
Actually, there is no violation of the law for handling classified documents, even if you assume the reports from the liars in the WH are true.
Your snot-nosed assertion aside, there actually is a law (actually, several) regarding taking possession of classified documents, and dissemination classified information. You'd know this if you actually knew anything about classified information, but since your clearance level is dumber-than-soup, they probably didn't cover that in your briefing.
"From your mouth to God's ear."
Here's an idea to get the Loretta Lynch nomination to sail through the Senate: Have Eric Holder start making loud and repeated noises about "investigating" the Congresscritters that received this information, that "subpoenas" will be issued, which could lead to "criminal charges" for violating "Federal statutes", and so on. Then, he'll need to file a few papers of various sorts.
I guarantee you, Lynch will be confirmed by the weekend.
Spying is all part of the grand game but what seems to have particularly narked the American [sic] is the use of stolen intelligence to brief Congress in a bid to sabotage the ongoing talks.
And nobody receiving this classified information reported it, in clear violation of the law. Of course, we all know that the "law" doesn't apply to oligarchs and plutocrats.
Seems like maybe the number in that hash-tag was vastly under-counted....
The USA currently has the best laws and politicians that money can buy and is set to become largely irrelevant in the overall world scheme as its internal infrastructure starts disintegrating. It's likely to resemble the mafiaocracy of Russia before too much longer.
What do you mean, "before too much longer?"
Steve, you're missing the point. By putting a SmartMeter on their residences, they can helpfully participate in the energy consumption reduction necessitated by their policies (or as driven by some script kiddie sitting in his Mum's basement...)
The are meant to allow the power companies to cut you off at their whim, without any advance warning, for any reason they desire, without any oversight (oh, yes, and without having to send a bod to actually do the deed). Reasons currently being mulled for said treatment include (but are by no means limited to):
There's a Steve Martin routine in there somewhere...
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Because if early warning road network and detection systems were configured properly, the car computer would already know about the accident (or potential accident) and have slowed down for evasive maneuvers.
Really? You' actually expect this? As a counterexample, please do a bit of homework regarding the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) in the US (consider financial considerations, implementation, interfacing, etc. in your answer). Then take a quick look at the Republican Congress, and their refusal to spend a single dollar on infrastructure, the tell me again how likely it is that "early warning road network and detection systems were configured properly".
[...] the science that underpins any solution is known and that applying sufficient resources will thus solve it.
Ah, yes, that ol' chestnut "sufficient resources". The one thing that our Corporate Overlords will do everything in their power to not provide, because...well, providing "sufficient resources" is bad for business, as it doesn't increase Shareholder Value™.
You really aren't from around here, are you?
I struggle with seeing how people who work in computing could see this as unsolvable.
That statement pretty much indicates you don't work in computing. Dude! There are these things called "bugs"....
All liability is now in the hands (brains?) of the corporations who
arewill literally buy enough legislators to insure they are never legally held responsible for everyany life on the roads .
RockBurner, you're not from this side of the pond, are you?
Never been a big fan of the screen-real-estate-eating pictures that overwhelm in the latest El Reg format redo (over-do?). But the picture that comes along with this article is effin' priceless! Nicely done!
It's also fast, and therefore easier on servers that are having to encrypt/decrypt lots of traffic.
And of course, all modern Corporatists would value this way above protecting the customer's traffic. Fucking Brilliant! Time for a Scotch...
Still stuck in Micros~1 marketing bullshit? The only thing about IE that can be "removed" is the front end that fires it up in a browser window that you see. Go try removing the underlying DLLs and see how far you get (but make sure your Windows recovery disks are nearby...).
I still think Insecure Exposer is the winnah. It reflects its features accurately, is succinct and retains the I.E. initials so when a MS fanboi refers to "IE" we can all nod knowingly...
From what Redmond says, it's reasonable to assume that IE may be something consumer customers are going to have to install if they need it.
Wait a minute there...Wasn't the Micros~1 line, for years and years, that Insecure Exposer was an integral and inseparable part of the OS, and couldn't be separated? And yet, now it has to be installed...you know, like an option.
Things that make you go, "Hmmmmm...."
A delegation of MEPs is in Washington this week to put pressure on the US authorities to respect EU privacy laws.
Ha! That's a good one! Our so-called "gubmint" doesn't respect much of anything (ref: #47traitors) including our own privacy laws; you EU-ers expect those morons to respect yours?!? Shirley, you jest!
Intellectual Ventures, the tapeworm of American capitalism. (One of 'em, anyway....)
...and the same critics that saw Oliver North go to prison...oh..wait....
And the letter, try Nancy Pelosi visiting Syria, Obama assuring the mullahs that once he was president he's be easier to deal with, democratic senators going to visit Saddam Hussein....fair bit of deliberate treason there one could say.
You know, you can have your own opinion, but you cannot have your own facts. Since you insist on living in a world devoid of the latter, let me help you. Nancy Pelosi's trip to Iraq was:
1) authorized by the President (a feller named Bush)
2) Was a bipartizan trip (excuse me, I shouldn't use such big words..you will not understand them. This was a trip that had both Democratic and Republican members of Congress on it.)
Now that you've been exposed to something other than the blather, tripe, and outright lies spewed by Rush, Bill-o, and Fox Noise, I'll stand back and wait for your head to explode.
Is she going to join a circus?
Joined a long time ago....
Links, or it didn't happen.
What "critics" are those, now? The same folks who sent a felonious, and quite possibly treasonous, letter the Grand Ayatollah Whatzisface of Iran stating, in effect: Don't pay any attention to the President, 'cus he's blaaack, and you can't trust him? Those critics??? Those racist, sexist, homophobic, plutocratic brain-dead, disrespectful, and oh yes, completely ignorant of the Constitution they are so willing to wave in your face just like Mao's sycophants used to do with his li'l red book?
Hillary should take it as a badge of honor that their undies are in a wad.
(By the way, the correct response to all this manufactured indignation is: Secretary of State Colin Powell. It is left as an exercise to the reader as to why that is.)
Anybody remember getting off their bleedin' arse and turning a fucking knob?
My gawd, aren't we the lazy sods?
Parliament's intelligence committee report into security and privacy has concluded GCHQ's bulk interception of net traffic is not mass surveillance, and so permissible.
Also, In other news...
We're not at war with Eurasia, we're at war with Eastasia, We've always been at war with Eastasia.
War is Peace
Ignorance is Bliss
That last one is the most important...
Clearly, the members of your "parliamentary committee" are graduates of the Antonin Scalia Governmental School of Semantic and Logical Dissonance. Fuckwits!
...is this Lord Sumption's first name, by any chance, Antonin?
Yes, I know I'm an unapologetic Yank, but am I the only one who reads "Holyrood", and sees "Hollywood"? (And am I really that far wrong?)
Maybe you got a little bit of Corporatist in you, after all.
I'm scared of you!
Pssst. You forgot the "and Liberty" part...its all one word to them...
That used to mean protecting the US from foreign powers.
My, how things have changed. Nowadays, it means selling the U.S. to the highest bidder. In that regard, the current US administration hasn't done half bad.
It is the only way to truly demonize Snowden...
I doubt that, all the non-Chinese companies would abandon tech manufacturing in China and have a pretty noticeable impact to their economy.
You're clearly a techie, and not a Corporatist.
A techie applies that evil commodity called logic, and comes up with a conclusion like yours.
A Corporatist would look at this and think (or do what passes for thinking in those folks): I've just spent a metric buttload of Corporate funds to move my manufacturing to the slave-labor mecca called China. If I were to go to the board now and say, "Hey, we have to move our manufacturing again to Vietnam or Myanmar (is that near Burma?) or some other bu-fu place", I'd lose my bonus in a heartbeat. Maybe if we just hunker down and keep a really low profile, this will all blow over, and the vast unwashed...er...I mean, our customers, will get distracted by the next something or another, will forget about all this, and we can sell backdoor-laden products as if nothing ever happened!.. Brilliant! I need a Scotch...
Project Spartan sees Microsoft stripping all the legacy code out of Trident, the rendering engine that powers Internet Explorer, so that Spartan contains only the modern, standards-compliant code.
Dammit, Scott! You owe me a new keyboard!
Privacy? DigitalGlobe's heard of it [...]
...and summarily rejected it as an impediment to "increasing shareholder value".
They have not approved the council-mangled text and will in all likelihood fight it.
Ya think? With Google bringing bags of Euros with them for a "friendly lunch" with key MEPs before the vote?
/me is not holding my breath
But...but...but..."Privacy is not an absolute right"! They said so themselves!
Something about sauce, goose and a gander....
The council said “the right to the protection of personal data is not an absolute right” in the text. “It must be considered in relation to its function in society and be balanced with other fundamental rights, in accordance with the principle of proportionality,” we're told.
Translation: Your "personal data" is neither personal nor yours...is it ours!!!. And we can (and will, donchano) give it to whomever and whatever fat-ass corporation or TLA agency we think can further our personal goals of untold riches and absolute power.
Assuming that these unnamed "ministers" live in a country where the populace can still vote, it would be incumbent upon said populace to vote to run the party of these said "ministers" out of office and into the dustbin of history where they so rightly belong.
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Nobody remembers anything any more. It won't hurt them for more than a week - if that.
I dunno. More that a few commentards here have likened this to the Sony rootkit debacle, which happened several years ago. I, for one, do not buy anything Sony anymore...and I know I'm not alone.
The press will surely rise above this partisan nonsense. Just take a look at Fox News, [...]
Fox News is to the press as a fish is to a bicycle.
No requirement to obtain a warrant is evident in the report, other than the current regulations that insist law enforcement agencies must feel they are pursuing serious crimes before asking to see metadata. [Emphasis added]
I feel like I'm pursuing a serious crime just reading about this!
Clearly, you have no knowledge of how Direct Debits work, which I cannot be bothered to explain since it is nowhere near as simple as you imagine..
In that case, STFU, fuckwit!
In a statement it said: "At TalkTalk we take our customers' security very seriously and we take numerous measures to help keep our customers safe."
This is actually the third time today that I've read the same "We at <insert name of fat-ass Corp who doesn't really give a flying fuck about their customers> take our customers' security very seriously...blah, blah, blah...bullshit, bullshit bullshit..." line here in The Register (see story about Lenovo). Engaging the Corporate Bullshit filter, this quite clearly translates as, "Motherfuck! Call the flippin' lawyers to help us cover our bleedin' asses/arses!"