1292 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010
Yeah, its a myth, a bit like haggis running round the hillsides.
It's actually a trapezoid sausage sandwich, but getting a hungover Glaswegian to say trapezoid was pushing the butchers luck.
Re: What are your predictions?
Going to be a big turnout with 97% registered by last Friday and the SNP hoping to sign up the remaining 33% before today.
Social media is not a good place to take a measure of the feelings of the people.
There has been a substantial amount of intimidation where anyone has expressed a preference, with idiots on both sides. There's a large number of No supporters who are frightened to make their feelings known in public, and the Yes campaign is being particularly vocal. If you want to know what it feels to be intimidated like the Blacks and Gays, put that little "No Thanks" sticker on your Facebook picture (apologies for the non-political correctness, but it gets the point over). So looking purely at social media I predict Bing will be wrong (bookmarked to come back on Friday and check).
Tech bit over.
This has become a War of Independence. We might be using the ballot box instead of the bullet but this War of Independence has deeply polarised opinions and brought the worst out in supporters of both camps to the extent of being "religiously" fanatical. The metaphorical "spilling of blood" typical in revolutions and Independence wars has not happened (yet), but blood has been drawn, violence has taken place and property has been vandalised and destroyed.
I hope my fellow countrymen of both sides are proud of their actions and behaviour. I for one am looking for a new country to call home. Ukraine is looking good at the moment. (Count down to nasty replies just to prove my point).
Re: third-party usage
Target - now there's a company that inspires confidence when one thinks of payment handling...
There won't be widespread uses for NFC until it's easy for developers to leverage, and Apple won't open it up to developers until they come up with new uses.
Re: So we'll all have
Which is precisely why the FIDO Alliance is creating a Universal two factor standard (U2F).
Short term you're right, we'll probably all have a few separate tokens, but done properly it should be possible to have a single item that covers multiple services.
Way to go confusing the general public again. TFA? WTF!
Why not stick to the industry standard acronym of 2FA, you know, the one most people recognise as security related. (don't believe me, google "TFA" - first mention of it being "two factor authentication is on the fifth page of results where 2FA is on page one)
Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to Nationalization of Telcos.
Presumably this "nationalization" would take place when the Americans invade and insist we use their language?
Re: If they say yes...
There's no whiskey from Scotland. Lots of whisky, but no whiskey.
I foresee a "fire sale" of cheap devices on he horizon. Could be some bargains to be had as the stock in the shops is sold off.
Re: "Currently, encryption is forbidden"
"Seriously though, how would they know there is encryption? Do the waves change colour?"
If it sounds like English (or another spoken language), it's not encrypted. If sounds like backwards high speed audio garbage, it's encrypted. I'm guessing you've never actually heard radio ham communications.
Based on some of the figures quoted above for contracts proves there's a market for shops to help customers work out what they want because the accuracy of maths being displayed is atrocious.
Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator
"Isn't it true that any business, organization, enterprise, or endeavor that uses the internet in some way is automatically exempt from all laws?"
It's worse - everything on the Internet is behind a Schrödinger field - it is both exempt from the law and under US legal jurisdiction at the same time irrespective of the country.
It's only when someone lifts the lid do we find out if it still responds to a ping.
Doesn't sound like the government knows much about spying.
Tardy sysadmins "accidentally" leave open wifi hotspots.
Locals "find" open connections and have access to the uncontrolled Internet
NK spies didn't think to slurp the traffic and catch the "rebels". Even google figured out there was a benefit to capturing all passing wifi traffic for later analysis
The age old adage remains true - never believe anything until its been officially denied
Technology to stabilise an object being held or attached to something moving.
<cynical>What possible reasons could google find to invest in such a business?</cynical>
Sounds like a solid investment to me, I do hope they continue and expand the medical uses along with everywhere else this will be used.
As a concept, services such as Uber have their merits.
But let's not forget that Taxi regulations date back to the 17th century when rules were brought in to ensure fair and prompt service by the carriages servicing the public for hire. Uber et al may claim to be outside the current taxi regulations in the relevant jurisdiction, but they won't be for long - the rules will be changed (and are probably long over due an overhaul).
Ultimately the protection of the public will prevail, and it's the evolution of that protection of the public that has led to the regulated taxi services in place today.
Not everyone wants to carry around a phone that can double as a TV you can hang on your wall.
It need to fit in your pocket, suit or jeans, and be both comfortable.
I find the iPhone 5 large enough, and while before yesterday I had no plans to replace it with a 6, I'm now pretty certain I won't be replacing it with a 6. Indeed when the time comes I'll probably be looking elsewhere for something sensibly sized.
Or am I the odd one out?
(Paris? She'll never be plus sized)
Re: not a Delivery?
"It must be a really shit IT firm that has to take down its online store to add products. I wouldn't buy a wheelbarrow from an IT company that had to do that."
"It must be a really good marketing company that takes down its online store to add products. I would buy lots of shiny shiny from an marketing company that had to do that." said the Fanbois
(or maybe you were right first time, and Apple really are that shit at IT)
Re: 'Apple bashing, a favoured sport amongst infosec geeks'
No smoke without fire ...
Re: Today's weather
I'm not a Salesman.
I never wanted to do this job in the first place!
I... I wanted to be...
Leaping from tree to tree! As they float down the mighty rivers of
British Columbia! With my best girl by my side!
The Giant Redwood tree!
The Little Whopping Rule Tree!
We'd sing! Sing! Sing!
Re: Must have a think about this
Some "banks" view some of the services they offer as a value add item, and it could be the same with your digital ID. Customers will be more reluctant to switch banks if they've got an established digital ID they'd need to move or possibly even recreate.
Re: Out of cheese error
There's more to government services than just the issuance of passports and driving licences.
And besides, you'd never have entered the circle of trust. If your ID couldn't be verified outside the circle, you wouldn't get the bank account or the passport in the first place to then be in the circle for future verification. See above comment about Finland and people with poor credit ratings.
Re: Soo... any of the pics any good?
If it's true it's an iCloud breach, then it's iPhone photos, so not even as good as the other "blurry out of focus junk"
So Apple has inked a deal to use American Express to be the payment PROCESSOR. That's the back end bit.
So the point isn't that nobody accepts Amex. It's that nobody (yet) accepts Apple!
Re: Just don't do it
"Additional think like hardware encryption..."
So that would be Apple iPhones then. Hardware encryption as standard (3GS and later). I haven't investigated any others.
As for the communication channels, they're the same for all Internet access, so you might as well restrict yourself to performing all transactions at a branch. And carry lots of cash. And be even more vulnerable to attack.
And people wonder why the Architecture team screams when some techie suggests "Let's just install VNC"
Don't get me wrong - there's nothing fundamentally wrong with VNC, or most of the other remote control tools - AS LONG AS THEY ARE CONFIGURED AND SECURED PROPERLY
To quote the great Robin Williams - "it's like partial circumcision - you either do it properly or you fucking forget it"
Why don't they just buy Pebble?
Probably a better product already, so just stick it in an Ive's case
First it was Brighton. Then it was Fleetwood. Hastings came next, then most recently Eastbourne.
Which of our famous Piers will be next to go up in flames?
Re: Maybe he should go into the Den
I'll give him all of the money, but I want 35%, not 18.2%
The Heart Of Gold spaceship had motion sensing controls, and that's simply all this device does - detect motion through changes in pressure.
Re: Update management
Even if you use a third party update tool, you can't actually turn off the inbuilt Adobe Updater for Flash. If you want to stop it checking for and offering updates you need to set the check time to a large number as well.
I found this after being offered updates after turning off auto-update.
I then found this article: https://forums.adobe.com/message/6250514
Great move, however the cynical side of me predicts a substantial number of internal applications failing in the business world.
Maybe it will encourage more businesses to consider refreshing their estate more often...
Another US$148m this quarter. Ongoing. Increasing.
And yet so many large businesses are continuing to scrimp and save on little bits of security "because it'll never happen to us"
Is your security as good as it could be. If you just answered "yes", prepare to be boarded. What was the best last week is old news and vulnerable. Security is a moving target and if you don't keep looking at ways of improving it you will be a victim.
You missed an option on the Poll
"Don't be stupid, El Reg is never going to be invited to an Apple event"
If it's unsolicited, why didn't they delete it?
We're talking several months where it was on their device. The judge is right - we cannot permit "it was unsolicited" to be a defence for the continued possession beyond what would be a reasonable time to check and delete.
What is a reasonable time? Every circumstance may vary, but I'd have thought 99.9% of people check and clear their messages at least once per week. Most people are several times per day.
I doubt the Merkins were even aware of the different jurisdictions jeopardy otherwise they'd already have tried something surreptitious to make him visit Scotland then nab him while there. Oh, little bit of a conspiracy theory there.
"There is no reason, in a competitive integrated market, for companies to frustrate customers on both sides of the border by introducing roaming charges after independence."
Although there will be a currency conversion between Sterling and the Euro
Much as I commend you for your attempt at wit, Link is the agreement where cards from one bank can be used in an ATM provided by someone else, and Link make no charge to the card holder for this service. (Banks pay each other an interconnect fee of ~30p, but across the major providers that pretty much evens itself out since they all own some of their own ATMs that can be used by other banks).
Charges are levied either by the owner of the ATM, or less common, by your bank if its one of the few who charges for not using their own ATMs.
It's like trying to stop the phone from ringing by removing all the phone books.
If information is out of date, then it is the out of date information that should be removed, not the links to it. The links will disappear if the information is removed.
Politicians really don't get it, do they
There is actually an extensive, ongoing, developed monitoring of a specific known threat. Why else would ALL parties agree to this rushed legislation.
I don't for one minute believe it would have received the support from Labour if Ed Milliband not been fully appraised of what his predecessors left behind and he would be likely to inherit.
Now I know David Cameron announced in a vague way that loss of data retention "would hinder investigations", but I'd suggest there must have been something substantially more tangible to present otherwise the opposition would have taken the opportunity to oppose.
Or maybe I just need a thicker tinfoil hat...
Statistics are brilliant. Until recently that's how the insurance industry priced premiums. Male, 17, more likely to have an accident than a Female, 17, or a Male, 45.
There are types of people who are more likely to have accidents. It's largely down to attitude. It's a generalisation but it's been the foundation of the actuarial industry for centuries. So the people who adhere to the ban are typically those less likely to have accidents in the first place. Those who "know better" tend to be paying less attention irrespective of it being a phone, cigarette, CD, satnav, short skirt or any other distraction. That doesn't mean the ban is invalid. It simply means those who have chosen to ignore it continue to have accidents.
Orange (and now EE) really piss me off with these texts. Despite following the instructions to STOP, they continue.
Why does it piss me off - well its not my phone, its my Mums, and she's not up to speed with this text thing yet. So I get a call - "my mobile's making funny noises, what should I do". I then need to go through the whole rigmarole again of explaining what SMS is and why she can ignore it
EE - get your act together. Opt-out means OUT. No texts. None. Nada. Keiner. Aucun. Nessuno. Or do you like paying those Ofcom fines?
Re: Well there is flaw right there....
I think you missed the point.
A bypass needs to be available so the hotel can access the safe when the guest forgets the code or the batteries fail.
Makes sense to put the emergency access BEHIND a screwed panel to increase the attack time required. You still need the emergency key to actually open the safe.
"Bit like putting screws for the padlock latch on the outside but covering them with thick paint that clogs the slot"
"Although Assange maintains his innocence of the Swedish allegations – and no charges have been filed against him..."
Yes, that is why Police have powers of arrest - so they can investigate allegations and determine if charges are appropriate. They cannot charge him until they investigate fully, that would clearly be a breach of human rights or at the very least would jeopordise any potential trial as a technical failure.
The simple answer is that the Swedish offices come to Ecuador (UK) and interview Assange. They can then decide either to charge him, or remove the arrest warrant. That then only leaves the UK laws he's broken.
So Scotland subsidises the UK. Great. That's what being part of a caring communal society is about. Those who can contribute more, do contribute more. A progressive taxation policy.
Or are you not aware of the proposed taxation structure from the White Paper. It's great how the poor insist "the rich should pay more" - well you know what - you're probably an educated technical person if you're reading El Reg. You probably earn above the national average. You're the rich, please pay more!!!
I'm guessing you're the petulant selfish child in the mirror of Mr Salmond. "It's our oil and we'll use the money for ourselves only and screw anyone whose poor 'cause its OURS not yours".
You have important passwords, and very important passwords. Just because they are passwords doesn't mean you should treat them all in the same way!!!
I save passwords for many websites and other services (e.g. El Reg) in one of the above. What's the worst that can happen - someone can compromise my account and post as me online.
I keep my very important passwords in a completely different manner.
As has been said many times before, security is about layers - you're more secure the more layers of protection you have
A bit like the old desire to be a politician should exclude you for life, if Murdoch wants it, it should automatically be discounted as an option.
Surely the law is ultimately counter-productive
Amazon sells at roughly the same price as a shop.
Amazon enjoys bulk discount from the publishers so on any given book it's profit margin is larger, so it can invest in quicker delivery and more customer service (and potentially other "benefits"). At the very least it would cover the delivery charges and then some.
Or does the law mandate that the publisher must sell to each vendor at the same price (wouldn't that encourage a cartel and be against EU competition law)
Utter rubbish. Google is under no legal obligation to "publish" anything in a search result.
Public interest law does not mandate that a search must return any particular item which may well be in the public interest.
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