Re: Thank You, Captain Obvious.
In other news (THIS IS TRUE)...
Yesterday, the New England Patriots post-game report was sponsored by... VOLKSWAGEN!
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In other news (THIS IS TRUE)...
Yesterday, the New England Patriots post-game report was sponsored by... VOLKSWAGEN!
Report: VW Execs 'Knew' About Fuel Economy Issues Last Year!
I just checked Process Explorer, and what do you know - 1.1GB. That sounds pretty bad, but bear in mind I have 2 Firefox windows open with several hundred tabs (though only a small subset are loaded). I wonder if Mozilla is trying to boost performance by using more RAM?
I've found that it's not the number of tabs open, but the types of websites and how many you browse. For example, if you visit and re-visit the awful and bloated Walmart website often enough in just one tab, your RAM goes to 1.8G and higher, and browsing on any tab becomes painfully slow.
On Firefox, the more RAM a profile consumes, the slower that profile gets until you are forced to re-start the browser.
I run Firefox 28 on one laptop and the latest Firefox 42 on another laptop. When I compare the two, browsing identical websites with multiple tabs open, not only is FF28 faster but it uses about half as much RAM. FF42 gobbles up RAM at an alarming rate, when FF28 is using 750M RAM, FF42 is using 1.3G and it gets worse and worse as you keep browsing.
It's almost like the modern versions of FF act like old Windows 98, using all all available RAM and getting slower and slower until you have to restart it to get it running fast again.
FF jumped the shark with the Australis interface. There's a good reason why the classic theme restorer plugin is popular.
There used to be a flashlight app on the Android app store that was about 3M in size and grabbed access to almost all phone privileges, including network access. It's since been taken down.
I use a firewall to block network access to any app that doesn't need it, but I refuse to install any app that wants to toggle sync on and off, as no good can come from that.
Often, the advertisers involved in a malvertising incident may not be the malicious actor themselves. Segura stated: "They may simply have resold to a third-party that abused their trust. For this reason, it would be unfair to terminate the top level advertiser because they did not 'knowingly' participate in the malvertising"
I'm sorry, that's not good enough. I'll bet if the third-party advertisers were required to either step up their game and vet advertisers, or be terminated when they resell malvertising, the problem would diminish significantly.
They need to be technically competent enough to know when they are doing something wrong or face the consequences, just like everyplace else on the web.
One of the banes of politics in the US - and possibly elsewhere - is business men who are confused about the nature of government and politics.
The reality is that career politicians are confused about the nature of business, as their goals are in direct opposition.
In business you want to keep overhead down so you are rewarded for spending as little as possible, keeping headcount down, and making a profit.
Government is exactly the opposite. Since the purpose of government is to spend money, a politician is rewarded with power by spending as much as possible, and keeping headcount as high as possible. You are actually punished if you make a profit.
It's easy to just brush off a businessperson what wants to get involved in politics, but the truth of it is that Trump has a history of making money for state and local governments. You don't have to like him, and he can be an asshole at times, but you can't argue with his record.
This isn't surprising that Hillary is against encryption, as she has consistently supported the surveillance provisions of the PATRIOT act from 2001 up to this year.
Meanwhile, Trump is against backdoors, supports warrants, and wants to limit government surveillance. Have the Earth's magnetic poles flipped as well?
How does that song go?... "The party on the left / Is now the party on the right..."
That'll be... Dr Frankenstein.
Oddly enough I found that while Yahoo blocks access to their email when using them latest Firefox 42 w/AdBlock, if I use Firefox 28 with AdBlock I can still access Yahoo email!
When I worked for a defense contractor, if I did what Hillary did my clearance would be revoked, I'd never be allowed a clearance again, and I'd be fired.
But if you are rich and powerful, I guess the rules don't apply to you.
Whenever I listen to someone who insists some babble they read online is true, I remind them of this quote I read years ago on Yahoo!:
"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet" - Winston Churchill
"One bourbon, one scotch, one latte..."
Not as catchy as the original.
Brand tribalism is a piss-poor reason to choose technology.
Pot. Kettle. Black.
I'm not sure why the downvotes for you Trevor.
The downvotes are because most, if not all, of Trevor's points do not apply. The iPads that are approved for use by the FAA are not your standard run-of-the-mill iPads. They are heavily locked-down, heavily customized, and can only be updated by technicians that have validated the software again and again and again.
They do not have access to the Apple app store, nor do they have Angry Birds installed. so any criticism from those that are anti-Surface are those with an unprofessional, untechnical anti-MS bias.
Back in October 2012, NOAA got the path of Hurricane Sandy wrong – its GFS model reckoned Sandy would swerve away from the US – whereas the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) got it right, calculating America would take a direct hit. The superstorm killed 233 people and caused $75bn of damage as it barreled into the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the east coast of the United States.
And yet three years later there are still hundreds of people homeless, and thousands with horribly damaged homes, while they get screwed over by insurance companies an the U.S. government.
From a technical standpoint, the Democratic password is more secure: it's longer and mixes numerals and letters
As already stated above, "13MillionNewJobs" is an SSID, not a password
But if it WAS the password, the above extract from the Reg article is still wrong because IT'S A PUBLIC PASSWORD THAT NO ONE HAS TO GUESS!!!
Is this April 1st? Was this written by an intern?
@Mark 85 wrote:
If you read the article, it's obvious and explained. Most admin assistants have that kind of "power" for lack of a better word. They managed the bosses email, phone calls, meetings.. everything. If they work at it, they can manipulate the whole company....
True. The way I see them get caught is when some bigwig with a black-belt in office politics at or above the same level as the admin's boss either tries to get something done or asks for some bit of information and the admin blocks them with some stupid reason. The blackbelt bigwig quickly smells bullshit and demands answers. That's when everything comes out into the open and the admin finally gets caught. Believe me, I've seen it happen.
I recall a study done 20 years ago of auto accidents that determined that speed doesn't cause accidents, it's the DIFFERENCE in speed. So if everyone is driving 24mph, or 50mph, that's safe. But if you have everyone driving 50mph and one car doing 35, that difference in speed is a danger. That's why the left lane is so strictly enforced on the Autobahn.
If one car is doing 60mph and it's tapped or sideswipped by another doing 62, that's not too bad because it's effectively a 2mph accident. But think of the same situation when the cars are 40mph and 25mph, that's the equivalent of a car doing 15mph hitting or sideswiping a stationary object.
will El Reg switch to HTTPS then?
El Reg doesn't even use HTTPS for login/password!!!
In the Windows-based ATMs I'm familiar with, system functions are only available from interfaces on the back of the unit, never on the customer side.
However, as I understand it, there are custom ATM systems (not Windows or Linux) that violate this rule.
I've worked with Bitdefender. They aren't what I would call an honest company. Their forum was taken down when people started posting flaws in their antivirus. Also, once you give them your credit card they keep charging it for updates and "enhancements", even if you have opted-out.
Both NSA and GCHQ declined to comment on Lewman's suspicions.
...as maybe they were too busy looking for employees to fire?
I appreciate that there are ethical employees in these organizations, but by going public hasn't Tor just made it harder for these ethical employees to report bugs and keep their jobs?
In other words, because people don't have the full details of the secret spy program they can't argue that they were included in the secret spying program.
To add to the hypocrisy, the NSA was once nicknamed "No Such Agency" because the government denied that it existed! And because the agency officially didn't exist, you couldn't argue in court that it was doing anything illegal.
The NSA just learned that argument still isn't valid.
In a fit of irony, all the videos on this article will not play, showing instead "Error 2025".
(I ask again that El Reg create an icon for irony.)
So if the floating point units (FPUs) were removed from the chips, them AMD's advertising would be correct, correct?
To me, the FPUs are a core enhancement. The Plaintiff has no argument. Case Dismissed.
After spending months pressuring tech companies to add backdoors into their encryption software, the FBI says it has given up on the idea.
"Aye, and if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon." - Montgomery Scott, Chief Engineer U.S.S. Enterprise
The number of my friends that upload their entire contact list to services like "Linked-In" is huge. I've never been asked if it is ok they provide Linked-In with my personal contact details.
One of the reasons why LinkedIn members are so angry at the service - that, and the impending discontinuation of LinkedIn Groups.
Thanks to this article I have uninstalled the Drugs.com app from my Android!
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
- Albert Einstein
I take care of my family's computers. Thanks to Microsoft bullying Windows 10 onto everyone it's been a royal Pain In The Arse to take care of the Windows 10 popups, remove updates, etc. on the Windows 7 machines.
Meanwhile, the Windows XP machines simply work - with Outpost Firewall protection and Internet Explorer disabled.
the four horsemen of the infopocalyse – terrorists, drug dealers, pedophiles, and organized crime.
Nice one, that. I'll have to remember it.
President Obama, nearing the end of his final term, has given up pushing for a law demanding breakable encryption.
Mr. O has stopped promoting it, but unfortunately he'll gleefully sign it if it crosses his desk.
Problem is art 8 is badly written almost on the level of the second amendment in the US constitution - it's wildly open to interpretation depending on who you're asking
Not true. The 2nd Amendment is very clear and the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld it. All U.S. citizens have the right to own firearms and that right cannot be taken away without due process (convicted of a felony, etc). It is based on the basic premise that We The People are more powerful than The Government and if that government becomes oppressive, the people can revolt (see the opening sentences of the Declaration of Independence).
An unnamed senior officer told The Times that the capability was "about everyday investigation rather than surveillance",
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck...
I have heard that in many locations around the US, you can shoot whomever you like just as long as they’re on your property.
Not to my knowledge. They must in inside your house, and uninvited, before you can open fire. If they are outside your house but on your property they must both be armed with a weapon and also an imminent threat.
On the opposite extreme, there are areas of California where in the same situation you are required to give ground, even if a loved one is in danger. In this situation if you assault the intruder, the intruder can actually prosecute you for assault!!! There was a case in the 1970's where a burglar was assaulted by the homeowner and the homeowner was prosecuted. The burglar famously said on the stand, "I didn't want to hurt anyone Your Honor, I just wanted to rob his house".
Sorry but despite us have having this noble air of civility, we're all just monkeys with technology. The killer instinct is just below the surface in every single one of us and it's only the brainwashing we get in our familie, schools and social circles that helps us to keep it under control. Once in a while it bursts out, we break something, shout and scream and then we get back to normal.
Although I don't like what you wrote, I'm forced to agree with it.
Mmm... old Mercs... sigh...
+1, man. Remember the 450SEL? As heavy as an Apollo rocket and just as fast. I got my Dad's up to 145mph (233kph) and it was still accelerating.
As far as the state of mechanics laptops, they are nearly all guaranteed to have updates disabled and are quite likely to be Windows XP so they can run obscure software from 10 years ago which has had no updates or Win 7, 8 or 10 version because the company has gone out of business or just because it does not give a damn. So there is little kudos for exploiting them. It is trivial.
This is true. I have a Windows XP laptop that contains software and documentation for older cars. It won't run properly on Windows 7, even in compatibility mode.
Put away the hitch-hikers thumb, your retrieval pod is on the way.
Just let me get my towel and I'll be ready to go.
This is very dangerous for a reason not yet discussed - the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade ruled that abortion is legal because the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution INFERS a right to privacy. it's important that the ruling states that the 14th INFERS a right to privacy, it does not directly mention it.
If CISA is allowed to pass, it chips away at the privacy inference in the 14th and threatens overturning not only Roe v. Wade but Miranda and a host of others.
To make the world more upside down, Democrat Obama says he'll sign this privacy-stripping bill, while in Congress a Republican is against it while an ultra-left Democrat from California supports it.
The world has gone insane.
NASA's Office of Technology Transfer has been around since the 1960's. I wrote a report about this in high school about 30 years ago and so I was pleased to see this article. But what's changed is that up until now the technology has been totally free with a license similar to the GNU public license. Charging for the technology may be illegal under U.S. law because it was paid for by U.S. taxpayer dollars.
Some ideas may be good - i.e. a refrigerator that somehow warns me of a failure and inability to keep the proper temperature so my food may be at risk
While that may SOUND good, it's impractical and not needed.
I have the job of actually speaking to manufacturers as well as people that build things. Home appliance manufacturers tell me that while people are talking about connected appliances they see no compelling PRACTICAL sales advantage.
Consider the above quote - in truth, refrigerators have something like a 99.9% reliability rate. I'm told the reliability of the electronics to monitor and report the status of the refrigerator is much lower than the reliability of the refrigeration system!
For that reason, while the major appliance manufacturers may showcase test products, they have no real plans to produce connected appliances in quantity.
Innovation is actually being driven by insurance companies. They are getting into the act and hiring highly technical, and very expensive, security experts to evaluate the security technology of insurees. In more and more cases they are refusing to insure, which is telling manufacturers that they better get their act together or face financial consequences.
You know, people still using Windows XP don't look so foolish now.
"A PC's operating system is software. A mobile phone's OS is firmware."
A bit misleading.
A PC BIOS is Firmware, yet users ought to be able to easily upgrade it.
Not misleading, it's technically accurate. A PC's OS is software.
Yes, a PC BIOS is of course firmware, but I disagree that users should be able to easily upgrade it. Typically PC software is kinda forgiving when upgrading, worst case you reinstall. But we all know that mistakes in upgrading the BIOS can brick the computer permanently.
I've seen "users" remove the CD-ROM when running from the CD-ROM, despite the big bold warning "DO NOT REMOVE CD UNTIL PROGRAM IS COMPLETE", then blame the computer when it locks up. Despite onscreen warnings, I've known of people to turn off their laptop while the BIOS is updating then blame the manufacturer that the laptop is now an expensive door stop. These people are obviously not Mensa candidates and are blessed with the IQ of celery.
We are mostly experienced techies here on El Reg and can easily forget that the cupholder story is true.
What do you see as a fundamental difference between software and firmware?
Short answer: Software is stored in an easily user-modified form like a disk drive or USB drive. Firmware is stored in semiconductor memory and is deliberately difficult for a user to modify, it requires a technician's skills.
More complex: Software is is closer to OSI Level 7 and is interactive and reprogrammable on the fly by the user, where user = someone using the system without any technical skills.
Firmware is always stored in semiconductor memory like Flash or ROM. Firmware is closer to OSI Level 1 and is the closest layer to the hardware. It typically requires more advanced knowledge to modify.
A PC's operating system is software. A mobile phone's OS is firmware.
I'm sure there's a better explanation but I' haven't finished my first cup of morning coffee yet.
"Either a nuclear pile a hundred miles across or..."
That if he walks out and hands himself in, the US will come up with some excuse for him to be sent over there...
High profile extraditions like this are brought to the President's desk because of the diplomatic implications. At this point only President Obama can make the decision whether or not to extradite. Based on past experience Obama will extradite only if he has both Britain's and Sweden's buy-in.
By international law, Britain won't agree until the bail-jumping claim is settled, and Sweden won't agree until the rape charge is settled and it must be done in this order.
Only when both European charges are settled can AssangeTM be extradited to the U.S. - assuming Obama wants him. At this point it would be highly impractical for Obama to even request extradition to the USA. Julie is no fool and must know this.
The loser in all of this is Ecuador. Julie is a diplomatic thorn in their side in any relationship between Ecuador and both GB and the USA, especially with Ecuador's present trade negotiations with China. Now that the cops are gone (and I'll bet they are really gone, no covert surveillance), Julie is likely to be shoved out the embassy's back door without so much as a "Good-bye". Maybe he will be picked up, but I suspect that all three countries are sick and tired of him. The smartest strategy then is to just ignore AssangeTM, which would really make him look like a fool for hiding in the Ecuador's embassy in the first place.
Freeman Dyson - this man is a REAL scientist!
This article really seems to ramble and in many cases has no firm footing in reality.
It's important to remember that CEOs do not make technology statements. When a CEO makes a public statement, they are talking to stock and industry analysts, period.
As Technologists we may not appreciate what Robbins said, but he is telling Wall Street he wants to get things done faster which is what the street wants to hear.
Since Robbin's speech, CISCO's stock has shot up 10% so his speech was successful. Analyzing what Robbins said in technical detail is a complete waste of time.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) said "By striking down the Safe Harbor Agreement, the European Union Court of Justice today called for open season against American
businesses government's private data farming."
Fixed it for ya.