I hope there isn't any joking around as this is a grave situation
No chance of that, this article was dead serious.
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I hope there isn't any joking around as this is a grave situation
No chance of that, this article was dead serious.
I fully agree with your comment, so have an up-vote.
Unfortunately a minority of "copyright" holders want to disagree, and I suspect they are passing wads of cash to the Eurocrats in order to buy an appropriate law.
Welcome to Euro-democracy.
They are simply adopting the US business approach - if you can't compete, sue!
The only opt out that really works is leaving Facebook altogether
Or even better - never sign up with them in the first place!
Cubesats so far launched are mostly in low earth orbit; they'll re-enter and burn up between 5 and 10 years after launch.
In other words: everyone (at least according to the insecurity services).
Sorry, but I don't understand your rant. Firstly you are going on about OS requiring kernel updates to handle new hardware, and then you exclaim about the ability of Windows 7 to recover from faults in poorly written and inadequately tested device drivers. The two issues are <u>not</u> connected in any way.
In fact Windows 7 does need updates in order to support new hardware. This is not done by MS of course (they do not dirty their hands writing device drivers) but by the hardware manufacturers through the release of update drivers. So your first argument is looking a bit shaky.
Regarding the use of microkernels, subsequent research has identified quite a few problems with them largely due to the increased data transfer overheads associated with moving larger volumes of low-level information between user-space and kernel-space (the amount of information that moves between user-space and kernel-space in a monolithic kernel can be very low - examine the source of the GLIBC libraries if you want evidence for that). Basically this means that an OS based on a micro-kernel will less efficient than an OS based on a monolithic kernel for most hardware platforms (there are exceptions of course, but these tend to be experimental or highly-specialised platforms).
It is important to note that no mainstream OS (which I define as those commonly used in the commercial world) are based on microkernel architectures; they all use monolithic kernels (with or without loadable module support). Microsoft tried to use a microkernel architecture in NT3, but it provided such a big failure that they abandoned that approach and went back to the drawing board.
BTW, Windows 7 uses a monolithic kernel architecture which is essentially the same as Linux. The difference is MS that device drivers are typically implemented in DLLs; unfortunately DLLs span the kernel-space/user-space boundary which means they introduce all sorts of security headaches which non-one (including MS) has managed to resolve. In fact it can be argued that DLLs are the main reason that Windows is so vulnerable to viruses et al. There are arguments for saying that Linux kernel modules are similar to DLLs, however it is important to note that kernel modules operate completely in kernel-space, and do not intrude into user-space.
But only if you have upgraded to, or installed from fresh, Windows 10.
My dual-boot system is about to get it's Windows 7 partition nuked from orbit. I plan to be sure!
I remember a book written in the 70's by (I think) Alistair MacLean called Goodbye California. At one point there is a discussion about earthquakes in California (the book is set in that state) and one of the characters says (paraphrasing slightly here since I'm going by memory):
If our civilisation disappears and is replaced by another in a thousand years, then they will speak of Los Angeles in much the same way as we speak of Atlantis. It is not a case of if, but only a case when.
Would someone care to explain how the American senate improving (or removing) privacy rights for American citizens has any effect on non existent privacy rights for non Americans?
It has no effect at all; according to the US Congress non Americans have no rights at all!
Goverments (all of them) seem to be classic case of the intelligence of a mob: take the IQ most intelligent person in the mob and divide it by the size of the mob.
Since the UK already has the necessary data protection legislation in place (which Brussels must be happy with since they have not complained) then I would suggest that the odds are pretty good. However they may start to get iffy if some time-serving minister decides to curry favour with who ever is in charge in the States and tries to weaken the rules.
Sorry but you're in the middle of London. Where are you going to get sharks?
Every Scout pack in my area uses OSM because it's reliable, it's secure and it does excatly what they want. Unfortunately the Scouting Association has apparently tried to ban it's use, something that smacks of a serious case of "not invented here" syndrome.
From "Wizard's First Rule" (quoting from memory):
People are idiots. People will believe anything, either because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid that it is true
... when MS completely gives up and cans the Lumia range? This is the second time they have ventured into the mobile phone market, guess how many times they have failed?
This just goes to demonstrate the advantages of the open source model. A 10-year old screw-up identified and fixed, everything completely open and above board. Let's compare that to the closed-source model used by certain companies Who Will Not Be Named; in that case they would probably never have bothered to review the code and identify the bug, and even if they did they would probably have hushed it up and never admitted to the mistake.
The patch is simple enough so it should be easily applicable to older versions of the Kernel. Whether it actually gets backported will depend on the distro manufacturers of course.
Well I use a combination of Mozilla (with "do not track" enabled and cookies automatically deleted at the end of a session) plus Ad Block and Ghostery both configured into their most anal retentive "fuck off and die" modes. Can be a PITA for a small minority of sites, but the big plus is that it is a very rare occasion when I actually see any ads.
Speaking of Ghostery and trackers, here's a list of them on El Reg's forum: "DataPoint Media", "DoubleClick" and (surprise, surprise) "Google Analytics". Just some everyone is aware of them.
Like a nice holiday in in the Gulag. Free. Paid for by the state.
Let's try to avoid Merkin spelling!
Which just means that they have even less excuse than normal. However there is very little source code marked as having come from MS; I just checked the source for 3.16.7 and found 6 files, all to do with hypervisors.
Different issue also together. That was a spat caused by MS trying to re-interpret the T&Cs of the contract that allowed them to develop and distribute the MS JVM. Sun sued them to enforce the contract, and MS (despite it's huge team of legal eagles) lost big time and subsequently pulled the MS JVM from the market (not that that was any loss).
They won't have much option but to play by the rules. The Linux kernel license (i.e. the GPL) is pretty clear on the obligations that MS have to satisfy. More to the point MS can't try to get the GPL revoked in a US court; that has already been tried (SCO being the last hopeful) and failed.
More to the point, if MS try to revoke the GPL they loose all rights to use the kernel which would probably put a serious crimp in their operations.
Somehow I suspect they will play by the rules this time!
Extending it was a bitch however, have you seen the size of the BSOD patch?
I had to get an enterprise OID allocated by IANA for a company I am working for earlier this year; yesterday I received an e-mail from ICANN saying that I would be contacted next week for a "customer satisfaction" survey. Given the problems I had getting the OID, I am probably not the best person they should be asking in an attempt to justify their continued monopoly.
Vodafone could provide 4G coverage across the entire country now if they wanted, and doing so would probably increase their chance of getting a contract from the ES hugely. However investing any amount of money in the hope of getting a future return is not something that the bean counters want to do since it will impact their bottom line now.
In short - if Vodafone want to get a piece of the ES pie, they need to show that it is worth going to them. Throwing cash away in order to get meaningless "surveys" is not the way of doing this.
Actually it has already happened - ask the Australian cricket team!
Despite the title, MS is (surprisingly) not directly implicated here.
I spent a significant time working as a consultant for a major European company (name withheld to protect the innocent, not that I think they are). One time about 15 years or so ago, everyone got an e-mail from the IT department telling us to leave our desktop PCs switched on over night (you normally had to switch them off, or else) so that IT could push a major update out. All we would need to do is reboot the machines the next day to finalise the update.
Next day dawns and in I go, nice and early, with a pile of work that needs to be done on a PDQ basis. Reboot desktop, and all hell breaks loose - Windows fails to come up and instead gives me a whole slew of error messages. Facing a definite "pot of petunias" moment I take a deep breath and call the hell desk; after only waiting 10 minutes they pick up the phone and (surprisingly) say more-or-less immediately that an IT technician will be around sometime that morning.
When the techie turned up (after only 2 hours wait) he diagnosed the problem and fixed with with a surprising amount of speed. Feeling a little suspicious I asked him what happened, and he responded that the update pushed out the last night had failed. He then said the immortal words: "we (as in the IT crowd) are feeling pretty happy: the update only failed for half of the users; our testing suggested that three-quarters would be impacted".
This was on a site with something like 8,000 employees!
We are talking about Microsoft here. Give it 5 minutes or so.
When you say "associated with a case" what I assume you actually mean is that the person who's property is being searched must be a bona fide suspect in a case. Otherwise the police could search anyone's home based on a case that is occurring 50 miles away that has nothing to do with the person in question.
Also the police using evidence that they gained illegally is the sort of things that makes judges look very dubious. More than a few cases have been thrown out because the police went too far trying to get a conviction. The judges see themselves as the fulcrum of the law's balance, and most of them (although sadly not all) try very hard to discharge the responsibilities this entails in the full.
If the police enter a premises (whether or not by force) that they have no lawful right to enter then they are liable for any damage caused. If they fail to ante up the money willingly, then you are entitled to sue them for the damages plus the cost of the court action. Having a search warrant for the wrong address is not an excuse in law since the warrant will be invalid (having been based on incorrect information).
If you infringe the law by mistake, you will have still have infringed the law and the police can take appropriate action against you. The police are not above the law (regardless of what some of them think) so the same rules apply to them.
Extract from https://netpol.org/2014/06/12/police-raids:
If the wrong premises are searched by mistake, the PACE Codes of Practice, Code B, says that “everything possible should be done at the earliest opportunity to allay any sense of grievance” and there should “normally be a strong presumption in favour of paying compensation”.
Look at our MPs (on both sides of the house) ...
I wonder if I could use the human rights laws to avoid giving any information (right to privacy etc), and also to stop them from blocking me from travelling (right to travel inside and outside the EU).
A couple of weeks ago I had a user call me to complain that they could not establish a VPN into the corporate network. The conversation went something like:
User: "The VPN service is down, I cannot connect to it, it needs to be fixed"
Me: "Well I have a VPN connection, so the corporate network connection, routers and servers are OK. Do you have a connection to the internet?"
User: "Of course I do"
Me: "Can you open a command window and enter the command 'ping 22.214.171.124' and tell me what you see"
User: <response indicates all ping packets disappeared into cyber-hyperspace>
Me: "Are you sure you have a connection to the internet?"
User: "Well of course I ..... ahhh, I see the problem now"
My university used something similar to that (back in the late 1980's) when they move the computer centre from the edge of campus to the university's main building. The building had some huge shafts in it that were originally used for heating, but were no longer in use for anything. Someone had the halfway reasonable idea to run the network's backbone cables up this shaft, and since standard cables might be prone to damage the used these heavy armoured cables (which apparently cost a fortune at the time, virtual a special order).
Everything was fine and dandy for about 3 months, then they started to move the Computer Science department over from it's old location (also exiled at the edge of the campus) to the main building on the next floor above the new computer centre. In order to do this move they needed to a fair amount of reworking to the internal layout of that floor; hence some walls need to be knocked down, other walls needed big holes knocked in them for (internal) windows.
The builders had to get significant amounts of rubble down 4 floors. Guess what, those old airshafts looked soooo inviting ... right up to the point were a load of rubble sliced the armoured cables in half, requiring a complete recabling job cost loads-o-money.
I can still recall overhearing how the head of the computer centre described the builder's actions, along with their "not me, guv" response.
The Russians built three land-based railways; they did not attempt to tunnel 10's of kilometers under the sea. Keep in mind that engineering problems that had to be overcome with the Channel Tunnel, up that by nearly an order of magnitude and factor in geography of the area (much less well known than the English Channel, but what is known makes it harder to tunnel).
10 out of 10 to the Chinese for ambition, but minus several million for engineering practicality.
Or a member of the shadow cabinet ....
Or a member of the Lib Dems ....
Any accident happend to my brother Jim,
When someone through a tomatoe at him.
Tomatoes are juicy and don't hurt the skin,
But this one was specially packed in a tin.
(with apologies to the late Spike Milligan)
While I never flew on a Concorde, I understand from those who did (and survived) that they were actually fairly noisy beasts on the inside, much the same as most passenger planes are today. While I am not going to pretend to understand eavesdropping technology, I believe that at the heart of it is a pretty standard microphone, and they can easily be swamped by the wideband noise in a passenger cabin.
I can believe that French intelligence agents tried to bug Concorde, whether they ever got anything useful for their efforts is something I find harder to come to grips with.
That's pretty much my story - Mandrake (as it was) was the first Linux distro I used for everyday work, and as such it helped me to unshackle myself from the chains of Windows (and also showed the wife that there are alternatives). Sadly when Mandrake an into problems and started to flirt with a paid-for subscription service (a bit like Caldera, aka SCO, had before they collapsed) I jumped ship, moved to OpenSUSE and have been a happy bunny ever since.
(I'll just fetch my coat ...)
... that Ghostery reports that it is blocking Facebook Connect on El Reg articles (but not on the comments pages).
Our main PC dual-boots OpenSUSE and WIndows 7. I think Windows 7 was last booted sometime around last Christmas.
Hmmm ... given that Star Wars was "a long time ago, in a place far, far away", could the Empire parked another Death Star in our back yard and then forgotten where they left it ("I sure I left it in this corner of the asteroid belt, Darth. Can't you blip the keys to flash it's lights."
Just think of the parking fines ....
As you said, the hydrazine thrusters and reaction wheels are purely for orientation; the ion engine would be used to change the orbit.
The loss of the reaction wheels, while a serious issue that requires careful mission management, is hardly a show-stopper. At worse mission control could put Dawn into a slow rotation that matches the orbital period around Ceres; this would minimize the amount of re-orientation that needs to be performed, and hence allow the hydrazine to last that bit longer.
This sort of slow rotation is commonly used on Earth orbiting three-axis stabilised satellites, and was first used on a deep space mission by Voyager 2, so its pretty much a standard manoeuvre.
The mapping orbit allows the spacecraft to photograph Ceres at lowish resolution, and in doing so allows the construction of a broad-brush map. By lowering the orbit scientists can start to look at interesting pictures identified from the map at a much higher resolution.
Oh yes, Dawn uses an ion engine; it has a low thrust but does not use much in the way of consumables. At the moment Dawn has plenty of fuel; don't forget this was all accounted for in the overall mission plan.
... nation's best financial future is to be a prison-camp for other nations ...
Pretty much sums up how Australia was started.
Could you pass me the one with the boomerang in the pocket ...
For me, the real beauty of Groucho's humour was his ability to deliver pointed comments and and barbed jokes without ever having to resort to foul language. There is a lesson there that I wish some of the current batch of so-called stand-up comedians would learn from!