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Re: You'd think after maybe the 10,000th incorrect password attempt...
Possible on nix systems too. On SCO the default was nine with was too low for many users and had to be increased.
Re: SCO ... do us all a favour . . .
I agree very much, still I feel sorry for those guys who worked and developed SCO Unix. I worked some 15 years with different Unix-like systems like FOR-PRO, SCO, HP-UX, Solaris and AIx. SCO was not bad at all but was run on cheaper hardware. The word to remember here is not Unix but the POSIX standard for Unix-like systems. Porting software between different "systems" was not always "automatic" but possible when you understood what to avoid. Anybody could write a Unix-like system and call it what ever just not Unix without breaking any law. Code copying without permission is out of the question of course. And Linux is Linux.
If you look at this graph you can see that Linux stands alone.
Re: I think Apple owns Unix now anyway @peredur
Yes Unix is a trademark but AIX or Solaris or HP-UX are not called Unix as nobody wanted to pay for the name and it was not necessary either. AIX was written from scratch as IBM did not want to depend on AT&T then a big company. No copied code was found within Linux and SCO left that claim years ago. So we shall see what funny claims SCO has come up with this time. Oh dear.
I think we need Groklaw again
People who knew how things where are perhaps gone, lawyers will be new and "empty" headed. Pamela is the only person with all the facts. And I suppose SCO will again try for a 50/50 chance with a jury.
No icon as there is nothing ugly enough to express my feelings for SCO and its backers.
Re: Big OED oversight.
Just a twitterstorm.
You and your children first. Ships and other floating objects have buoys which send a distress signal getting wet when the ship sinks. I am not sure if seamen had or had not any wet dreams or opposition to such an device. This is about a similar device sending a distress signal from a car in distress. No more, no less. There was a lot of shit about having to use a "safety belt" too, taking all the liberty out of driving and being such a time waste in putting it one. I suppose ABS was also a communist plot to take the knowledge out of the art of braking. Technology is not the bad big brother -84. We are. I am too, more interested in what ever related to IT. But the problem is that we have totally forgotten who are "running" us. This article was about education for IT. And I did like it and it introduced questions and memories. But in politics no education is required and as far as I remember now, the only one.
Technology, since the stone age, has gone forward, and there is no end to it. But the problem is not technology but the people who we have elected to use it. Or rather the people who creep out of their holes when we do not give a shit about it. To day, we look at problematic countries like Turkey, and similar, and we feel sorry for stupid, when people and governments do not know how to behave in an democratic and orderly way like us. And still they are the ones who respond to stupidity.
It is easy to push the bill across the table (I do, never look your self in the mirror) to friends in the US and perhaps because of your size and importance. How come half of your population believe in Smith or George or Jesus or who ever. The world is 5000 years old and so forth. Sarah grand grand.. was riding a dinosaur.
Technology does not frighten me, the people abusing it do, all while we are "asleep" discussing the wonderful world of C or C++.
Re: Energy levels
"when the LHC isn't even running at full power yet". It will probably take 10 to 20 years to build a new one so there is a lot of time to use the LHC still. And this is all just speculations still.
"except for the OS."
How you insult me Microsoft and Nokia. You are like two old impotent farts sitting by the river trying to catch a fish without a bait. Damn you both. When Google plays Android not Linux, you think your slack and dead MS thingy name is worth something. Damn you both, for stupidity.
Re: And this is the EU's business how?
" what does the national parliament do in all this?". well, they accept it or they do not or they tweak it a bit. The reporting part I find a bit worrying. Report to who and how and how do you prove you did it There is a slight feeling that "anything hacking" should resemble touching some bolt on your car engine and you loose your warranty.
Still this, according to the text, was not about who to convict but about "calling for harsher criminal penalties against convicted hackers." (depending on ..???.) Perhaps I should have read the PDF.
Re: In detail however...
Yes, I believe most programmers know how easily a "last minute" trivial code change can fail. At least I have had that experience more than once. And if something makes you mad it's when you fuck up with something trivial.
Re: In detail however...
"Central command and control doesn't work."
But then again "too many cooks spoil the broth".
Re: Just asked someone who did GCSE IT last year
Perhaps he is as a nice blonde I once met. Telling her I was a programmer she lit up and told me she was a programmer too. My next question was, of course, about the programming language, which was Excel.
Re: Sad day
Adding to 1812 and Youtube what about this, different war, though.
and the real stuff.
I agree, it is a long and bloody story and ten books would no tell it all. No reason to leave China out either. The advantage the US had was that they where able to start from scratch and they did a good job about it then.
"Bravo. Well written and well worth reading even for non-techies."
I agree very much, but I would like to point out that those ideas in the American Declaration of Independence came from Europe.
Referring to the Wikipedia about The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) .
..In France, Enlightenment was based in the salons and culminated in the great Encyclopédie (1751–72) edited by Denis Diderot and (until 1759) Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1713–1784) with contributions by hundreds of leading philosophes (intellectuals) such as Voltaire (1694–1778), Rousseau (1712–1778)  and Montesquieu (1689–1755). Some 25,000 copies of the 35 volume set were sold, half of them outside France. The new intellectual forces spread to urban centres across Europe, notably England, Scotland, the German states, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Italy, Austria, and Spain, then jumped the Atlantic into the European colonies, where it influenced Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, among many others, and played a major role in the American Revolution. The political ideals of the Enlightenment influenced the American Declaration of Independence, the United States Bill of Rights, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and the Polish–Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, 1791
High tech prisons in Sweden that give you all the facilities to hack around the world. Perhaps Assange should move from the Ecuador embassy to Sweden for a better life.
Re: What's his angle?
Does it matter, we have polluted oceans and seas, and that can be easily proved. Global warming or not, due to us or something else, why should we not try to stop polluting the air too. We are so damned good at polluting, any normal person will have some one hundred chemicals in his blood because of us, and nobody else.
What this article says is that the number of female taking part in cyber security is low. So what.
This question about the lack of women in professions with more men than women is old. So far there has been less about professions with more women than men.Open source, any programming. There are those who try find a reason for it among the messages here. Good ones or bad ones, who knows.
Tradition is surely one reason. If you want to have your hair cut in Northern Europe it will most likely be done by a woman. In Spain, Italy and so forth most likely by a man. Probably no difference in the result.
When I was seven our teacher, a women, asked us about what we would like to become as adults. The boys wanted to become fire fighters, captains, policemen, soldiers and so forth. Then there was, suddenly, one guy who wanted to become a dentist. Complete silence in the class and then a huge laugh. Who wants to become a dentist. Poor bastard, I suppose his father was a dentist, perhaps he become one too, or did we kill him. Now I cannot remember anything about what the girls wanted to be, too dull stuff to remember, perhaps. Tradition and family are certaily thing who affect us as children. But where is the problem. I had absolutely no feeling to become a nurse regardless of the lack of a vagina. Forgive me, trying to add humour to this, I think I failed. Anyway, I have known several superb programmers from the opposite sex. The only difference I have seen is that men have some inbuilt tendency to fuck around with stuff like using side effects of instructions that sometimes are very clever but awfully ugly to maintain, if you do not know it in advance. Men have a tendency to try to squeeze their cook into the code. Women whose code I have seen never seem to do that. More straight forward, no gimmicks, but on the other hand, you hardly see them at work at nights or weekends, children, husbands, better things to do or just more intelligent, who knows.
About women testers, I remember one who was given a list of codes the program was supposed to accept. It did, only it did accept almost any other code too. I suppose any guy would have made the same mistake too. Proves nothing, of course.
So where is the problem. If a women does not feel like working in IT. So what.
OK. there has been a lot about the difference between brains, and why not. There was a program about Chimps where the kids where handed human kid toys and the girls took the "soft" toys and boys the "boys" toys. And so what. I do think there is a difference between men and women but is that difference bigger than the one among men and women, perhaps not, and so what
Re: Piracy is actually HELPING to sell these products...
"To quote Bill Gates famous words"
At a hastily convened press conference Bill Gates announced that he personally thinks that "Linux is the best OS ever."
Smile. Perhaps the date is wrong.
I have to tell my cat she is now safely identified for AWS. She is Angorian.
Re: A cunning plan
"overruns". I can understand that but what is the word when some source decided it would cost say 40% compared to the reality. I have seen a lot of that in IT and mostly the "reality" is accused of being wrong.
(mostly, rather like 100%).
Re: Possible future......
I must agree on the Steve Balmer part. So, Cook, something Jobs was unable to tell you or think about years ago. Annoying indeed.
Re: Air traffic safety
"the chances of hitting it would still be negligible". As far as air traffic safety is concerned, If you have had a look at was has happened, there is absolutely nothing that can be negligible. But I had a good answer to my question, no additional questions, and I still feel happier without a lot of birds flying around at take off.
Time to move towards open and free software. For some Windows users I would suggest doing it on Windows first, step by step.
Re: I'd assumed that the increased risk at weekends was
Well, I have such an experience, very few in fact about being cut at any hospital, but this woman doctor started by telling she was in a hurry. And everything she did went wrong and everything had to be corrected later. Who knows, perhaps Mondays are not better. Without claiming any statistical value, of course.
Re: Air traffic safety
Yes, that is as I had expected, still the route prediction for a balloon can't be much to rely on. Nice stuff, all the same.
Air traffic safety
How is that dealt with. Could such an "payload" not be dangerous in a jet engine.
"impared eye-sight" I will agree on that. I have an "old" Nokia and I use the alarm for waking me up. But for some stupid reason the text is so damned tiny, without any reasons, I need to put on my glasses to read it. Stupid. As far as dumb ideas I will not agree. There are always people, old or young, who need and will benefit from something the rest of us do not need, yet, perhaps.
Re: Yup - Me too!
Hello GrumpyOldMan, from my own experience our "fuse" tends to get shorter and shorter the older we get, and that explains a lot. How I hate people who linger in front of the ATM for longer than absolutely necessary.
Re: Samsung 1 Nokia 0
Samsung has the advantage of doing the hardware too. That advantage was handed over to them by us. Nokia fell a sleep and Elop has acted like an elephant in a porcelain shop, being, him self, the "burning platform". That is sad, especially as Nokia did understand fairly early the potential of Linux. I was much surprised years ago that they even knew there was Qt. Internal struggles, sleepy bosses destroyed it all. In the end, I suppose, Nokia had all the problems similar to the problems within Microsoft. Anyway as long as there is competition things happen mostly for the better, I think.
Re: Well duh!!
My best business sense would be to rob a bank, unfortunally, I am just too lazy, and I would like to act independently too, before and after.
Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off
Save our economy by NOT ripping us off. Sounds more to the truth although I think Microsoft has perhaps gained from being copied too in markets where nobody had the money to pay for Microsoft anyway. Still "global economy" related to the success of Microsoft is horse shit.
Re: So. Linux then.
@Don Jefe. In my experience most problems come from unrealistic schedules made by unrealistic people. Munich was determined enough to make it successful. Ballmer went to Munich at least twice but I think he is realistic enough not to do it again.
Re: Short Memories
"flipping disks isn't one of them" and I still have nightmares about sitting in some office in some city at some customer at night looking at that damned piece of wobbling "paper" floating from the left to the right hours after hours. It must have been the most stupid copy program ever made. Our mind concerning speed is rather interesting, on a Sun hardware, in the shell, I had a counter going from 100 to 200 and so forth. The customer looking at that said "it looks very slow". So I changed the counter to going 1,2,3 and this customer looked happy again. To be honest I have not been any better, at times. Compiling on CP/M the whole thing just died, no sound, no life, stone dead. Pissed off, I went for some beer, forgetting to shut the damned thing down, And when I returned the compilation had finished OK. This stone dead period lasted from 20 to 30 minutes (Cobol).
Re: "popular app Notepad"
I don't know what Notepad++ was but the problem with Notepad compared to vi was that there was a restriction on the size of the file with Notepad, also as always, you could us vi with a script.
Re: Ballmer will take care of Win 7
I have no intention to shoot you down but there is nothing in a good Linux distro that is more difficult than Windows. You don't need to know anything about programming for neither Windows or Linux or OS X. You can drive a car without knowing anything about how your engine works (my wife gets along without knowing why there is a gearbox, she reacts to the sound ). Take some time, download a .iso and try it out on a CD or DVD. Speak about it, years ago I thought I was the only Linux freak in the neighbourhood and then I found out there where many who also thought the same.
Re: Series of attacks agains the computer systems?
Hello old timer, I agree, we should always mention if it is Windows, but to day, as time has passed, it is news only if it is Linux. Rule of old thumb, if there is something about .exe it is not Linux (so far).
Re: I''ll bet they do exist.
Long ago they made a gyroscope to be sent up to find out about space draft, or something, predicted by Einstain. Anybody with a link to that.
Re: COBOL ain't going nowhere soon.
I suppose it must have been +20 years since I did anything with COBOL but mini skits still look good (depending on the legs) and cars still have four wheels and in decent countries a steering wheel on the right side to no surprise for kids of to day, and I have since seen code looking more "messy" than COBOL. Newer met my grand father but I think I would still like my Mustang from the year of 1965. Wonder what happened to Fortran (or was it FORTRAN) and Algol. Mona Lisa looks god too, even if I cannot understand her smile, given the times.
Re: Good Grief!
Why take it so damned seriously. Show business is show business, entertainment, no more, and you can have a beer on me if BT does not end up in the top three. IT, never mind, it's Friday after all. Relax.
Re: Oh hell, about high time
Adding to my previous post. There where very intelligent people proving how getting rid of slavery was bad for the economy, the country, the society, peace and what not. I am not sure we are quite there either, yet.
Oh hell, about high time
To get rid of all those tax heavens. Easy or difficult, probably difficult. Time is needed for those who are in charge to have their money reinvested outside, somewhere. Should this happen, I think so, and still there are those who would say "just close your eyes and be happy as before" non of that money is yours anyway, and the big boys will always know what is good for you and the state and the economy.
Re: Android is not a saviour
True, but I was hoping they would have continued with Maemo and the N9.
"30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud along with fines of up to $14m."
If think McKinnon, "If extradited to the US and charged, McKinnon would face up to 70 years in jail", from Wikipedia and Aaron Swartz
"charges carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines plus 35 years in prison". Also from Wikipedia.
Is the US getting softhearted or should one read it as the bigger the crook (read senior Wall Street executives) the bigger the chance to have all forgotten as financial crimes are so hard to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" as Lanny Breuer so nicely put it.
In a way we are all vultures, as soon as somebody is "belly up" in the slightest way we will attack in drones. Kudos to Andrew Orlowski for trying to be neutral and to the point comparing cell phones, also made by Nokia.
I am pissed off by how Nokia has performed, but the problems started before Elop, or should I say they fell a sleep before him. Rotten and lazy at the top. Elop was like "an elephant in a china shop" and that was not amusing either. Killing off too much too early without any good reason. And even if I rather get a N9 now than a MS phone, I hope they will eventually recover and take part in the competition.
I had to define Groupon as spam to get rid of it. Too much is too much.