Someone call the fire brigade!
My buzzword detector just went up in in flames.
102 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010
My buzzword detector just went up in in flames.
After all, they're specialists in offering products with gaping security holes.
What does Nutanix actually do?
My guess is that it's something to do with Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers, reported a few days ago in El Reg.
In a similar way to Why didn't quantitative easing produce huge inflation?, maybe if there had been no Win 10, PC sales would really have fallen through the floor. Who can say? But Canute may be a better analogy.
Chapter 11 of the only management book I ever enjoyed, Fred Brooks' "The Mythical Man Month". Too bad the adherents of Bitcoin didn't get the memo.
Are all UK home secretaries unpleasant people before they take up the role, or do they suddenly become nasty on assuming office? If the latter, what's the mechanism? Perhaps something like Terry Pratchet's proposed Kingon/Queon effects the transfer from the old to the new incumbent. If it were to travel faster than light, that would be an added bonus, as home secretaries seem to be right behind breaking the laws of physics (while imposing many others).
At last! A counterexample.
Face recognition is fairly expensive, so it's hard to do in a way that would work acceptably (time, memory use, battery impact) on everything, including low-end Android kit, without sending something to a server farm. Both Android and iOS ship with face detection frameworks, but you have to use third party IP for face detection. If your Android device happens to have a Snapdragon (S4 or better) CPU, Qualcomm can help you; on iOS, you'd love to be able to get at Apple's proprietary image signal processor to do the job but, AFAICT, Apple won't let you. So what I'd do is pick out possible faces using the built-in framework, and send just those image fragments to the server farm. Less scope for blackmail, but still greater than zero.
… because Kirk Skaugen was sure whistling loudly.
… without a jailbreak you are not able to do any advanced security study …
Seems a bit circular: "Because it's secure, we can't study its security". Besides, I would have thought that attempting to find a jailbreak came under the heading of "security study".
If this means that Google the ever-benificent learns any more about me, I'm dead against it.
Maybe you still haven't found what you were looking for — last year an unwanted U2 album, this year a marginally-enthickened iPhone.
For a start it would be nice if the explanatory documents were not in a Microsoft-proprietary format.
Im surprised that Vodaphone has not claimed that the contract that the journalist signed with them allowed ransacking: see Beware Vodafone's Draconian "Acceptable Use Policy" on Soylent News. (UK contract, but I doubt Oz's is better.)
VM Ware was much worse when it came to updates. They're already trailing that a new version will be needed for El Capitan
VMware says Fusion 7 already runs El Capitan today, but it’s not considered a ‘supported’ version. This seems to be the case: I'm running it under the El Capitan Public Beta and it seems to work. Not that I'm doing anything terribly stressful to it. I suppose that, if I were, and if it broke, I would not be able to get support. (In particular, I've not tried Windows 10 on it: Windows 7 is fine for what I want.)
Turning things upside down, VMware Fusion 7 on OS X Yosemite supports El Capitan VMs — although, again, I have not tried doing anything too ambitious from inside one.
While cancellation of 50dB is certainly impressive, I can see why the researchers are advocating it as a technology for future picocells. A typical mobile phone transmits at up to 27dBm, and should be usable with a received signal of -95dBm. That's a difference of 122dB. Closer to a base station, where transmit power could be dialled back to 20dBm and the received signal comes in at -60dBm, there's a difference of 80dB. Even with 50dB of cancellation, that gets you a thousand times more interference than signal.
Invincea's report contains no justification for the unstated $250 average cost to victims of each and every impression that underlies its scary headline figure of over half a billion dollars of damage. For example, as this refers specifically to Cryptowall, mobile device users (in the majority in Blighty, according to a recent report) and Mac users (even those with Flash installed and, I know, a minority) are immune: the report discusses only Windows. Even Windows users with up-to-date malware protection have a good chance of dodging the bullet: after all, the report reassuringly describes how Invincea's software nullified the threat; it's just conceivable that its competitors could do the same.
If you fix your browser to tell the BBC It's an iPad, videos play fine. The user agent string you need is
Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 8_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Mobile/12B410 Safari/600.1.4
Now I've got to go and play some Kate Bush. Maybe I'll do it in the (rather more pedestrian) A4 (which does have the — rather nice — "sound package").
At least two Cisco products still require Flash: Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco Configuration Professional. There are probably others …
'Smidgen?' said the signaller, slowly. 'I don't think I know a code for smidgen…'
The opening paragraph does not list Disney among the Commission's targets, yet the end of the story quotes Disney bluster. What's going on?
If you change your browser ID to "Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 8_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Mobile/12B410 Safari/600.1.4", the BBC thinks you're coming from an iPad and serves you MPEG4.
You might want to look at the prices for reasonably good seats at a London musical. £75 plus booking fee is around what you can expect to pay. (Not that that's not eye-watering…) I'll bet the bar prices are comparable too.
Well, assuming that the money was held in local currency, he's still doing better than if he'd left it in South Africa: the Rand was trading at around eight to the US dollar in 2008; now it's at twelve or so.
Kaspersky hints at the "nuke from orbit" procedure needed to get rid of its recent infection by an in-memory Duqu 2.0 APT on page 33 of this exhaustive report. Basically
1) Identify Internet gateway and install hosts used by infection.
2) Simulate power outage — cut power to everything simultaneously.
3) Isolate gateways and install hosts from Internet and internal network.
4) Bring up gateways and install hosts, disinfect and harden them.
5) Give gateways and install hosts access to each other and Internet and observe beadily.
6) When safe, bring everything else back up. Well, before doing that you might want take steps to harden everything else too, but, without the gateways to act as first-level installers, this particular infection can't reestablish itself. Until the authors start to use a different day-zero to get in.
Glad I'm not in this particular game.
Police have arrested 49 men from Spain, Nigeria, and Cameroon […]
Almost half of those arrested hail from Italy, 18 are from Poland and 10 from Spain.
These two statements literally do not add up.
[Microsoft] has killed off Silverlight
I don't think so. Despite the awful smell (which to be fair, was there all along), and much speculation, there's been no official announcement that I can find.
It's a puzzle. My daughter has the knack of destroying Apple cables, and I don't. But I've never caught her being notably evil to one. My guess is that Apple tends to err on the shiny side of svelte versus bomb-proof. There are of course bomb-proof aftermarket cables available, but everybody who needs one has first to destroy and potentially whinge about the first-party one they got in the box with the Apple device.
Looks like a wasps' nest to me.
Note: I can thoroughly recommend a life in which one does not learn what a wasps' nest looks like.
Both Safari and Chrome allow me to download extensions from any old where. I just tried it with something (I hope is) innocuous. Safari gives me a limp "only download from sites you trust" click-through; Chrome does not warn at all — although, unlike Safari, it does tell me what privileges the extension has grabbed. I poked around the files for signs of signing, and found none.
So, if Mozilla enforces a walled garden, I think they'll be in the vanguard.
The trouble is, I dont "love Firefox". It's OK if it's the only browser that happens to be installed, or if the browser I normally use isn't behaving, but otherwise … meh. That emotion's not going to sell me on a phone.
Electricity is around four times as expensive per kilowatt hour as gas on normal tariffs. Heating oil and LPG come in around the same price as gas. So using toasters to heat your home is not a smart idea. Well, unless, perhaps, you have a gas toaster. (Mmmm. Almost ten toasty kilowatts…)
True, but surely it would be nice if it could use NTP to get the correct time for those 5 clocks.
It would be cheaper to put in a low frequency time receiver tuned to DCF-77, which reaches 2,000km from Germany (like what my over-engineered German car has). Or MSF-60 if you don't want to have to apply a correction to get UK time. But that's old, unexciting technology.
Also, whilst I can't see how it would help with proper cooking, it might be nice if you had a ready meal and could just snap the barcode with your phone and set the correct time and temperature.
I have to concede that a long wave receiver's not going to help with that. However, a QR code could carry all the information needed without requiring an Internet look-up.
Isn't this embagoed until tomorrow?
I look forward to being able to purchase Stob H&S toilet rolls through Cash'n'Carrion.
Mine's the one on the hook on the door.
See also recent coverage of the UK's tax exemption for small cider makers, which the EU is likely to determine as amounting to illegal state aid.
Some quick research shows that 42GHz backhaul is limited to about 2km if you're after five nines carrier-grade reliability — heavy rain hits 42GHz hard. Is that far enough?
According to sleuths commenting on the outage, the TVs expect to talk to a machine with the IP address 18.104.22.168 to confirm they have a working internet connection.
Well, not really. As the output from host shows, the address resolves to a node in Akamai's Content Distribution Network. These things change according to time and location. Currently I get a different IP according to whether I'm coming in from home or the office (just 3km away). To expect a single address to work, and to keep working, for everybody around the world (or even just in Blighty) is optimistic.
I impatiently look forward to Adobe and Oracle being monstered.