If this means that Google the ever-benificent learns any more about me, I'm dead against it.
87 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010
Don’t know what I was waiting for
Maybe you still haven't found what you were looking for — last year an unwanted U2 album, this year a marginally-enthickened iPhone.
Open government? Ah, not that kind of open …
For a start it would be nice if the explanatory documents were not in a Microsoft-proprietary format.
Surely it's acceptable use?
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.
Re: BBC in the dark ages
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
Damn you, El Reg
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").
Not a disinterested observer
At least two Cisco products still require Flash: Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco Configuration Professional. There are probably others …
Mandatory Pratchett reference
'Smidgen?' said the signaller, slowly. 'I don't think I know a code for smidgen…'
Whittle while you work?
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.
Re: £80 actually
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.
Not my idea of fun
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.
Report of Silverlight's death is an exaggeration
[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.
Re: Great that's Apple F*&^ed then
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.
Re: Altogether now...
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.
What walled gardens?
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.
Re: Where does the electricity go?
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…)
Re: Fancy Bosch Oven
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.
Going after big companies while exempting small
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 184.108.40.206 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.
Needs optional driver to charge iDevices fast
Just got one of these. While pretty much everything works fine out of the box, it turns out you need to download a tiny and none-too-obvious driver from Belkin's site to make it push more than 500mA from its USB ports to charge suckling iDevices.
Now you mention it, I do remember something like that
Surely, given their field of expertise, El Reg should classify these researchers as trickcyclists, not boffins?
See also "Manufacturing False Memories Using Bits of Reality", Loftus, Cohn & Pickerell, 1996.
Room for efficiency
I must admit that, whenever I go into a European mobile phone emporium — obviously as seldom as possible — and see the baroque workflow invoked for even the simplest operation, it seems to me that a) there's too much money in this game; and b) that efficiencies should be possible. But I don't think that reducing the number of operators is the way to obtain them. Probably rather the reverse: "We don't care, we don't have to…we're the phone company." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHgUN_95UAw&spfreload=10)
What? I arrive late, and nobody's mentioned Blade Runner yet.
Better leave, then. I must be in the wrong place.
Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford
Oldie but goldie
Glad your subs are, um, mature enough to remember The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Or maybe they watch TOTP reruns.
Hmm. Suppose I'd better RTFA now.
I've saved the US authorities trouble by putting myself on my own private Atlantic no-fly list since this dangerous nonsense was instituted.
Mine's the Swiss bunker complex, not the Montana one …
Re: Oh my ...
Changes in power consumption and execution time are indeed hard to discern on a server. However, they're trivial to measure on embedded systems such as smart cards and payment terminals. And that's before you expose the poor little chip to see microscopic hot spots, or where the electrons are lingering. (Although cryptographic chips incorporate countermeasures agains such attacks.) Even on servers, attacks are possible by doing unexpected things to the contents of the CPU's shared caches and so being able, for example, to make guesses the execution path of another process's code. The spirit of Bletchley Park is still alive.
There's a dauntingly large amount of literature about this stuff …
Lemme see. So I have to have a Google account in order to participate?
I picked an appropriate and memorable password: it's something similar to smoke&mirrors.
From the referenced BBC story:
“The US Coast Guard is busy decommissioning the existing eLoran infrastructure. And in Europe, the governments of Norway and France have said they will cease operations next year.”
Clearly another world-beater like DAB.
Hazily recalling Leonard de Vries' Book of the Atom (1960), I find it difficult to reconcile these two statements:
"the tech could be exported around the world without fears over nuclear proliferation"
"blanket absorbs neutrons to breed fuel and transfer heat to turbines"
They probably mean breeding tritium from heavy water, but the neutron flux could also breed plutonium from uranium (although "only" plutonium 238, unless there are sufficiently fast deuterons around).
Too few CAPS in HEADLINE
The electrodes on your sub's left pinky may have failed.
Re: @Pascal Monet
Well, you could do your homework (as I have not), and find out whether your building society is breaking EU law: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_transfer#Regulation_and_price
The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from
An earlier, and as yet closed, standard in this space is WiSA: see http://www.wisaassociation.org/. It's lossless, potentially with lots of bits and samples, and does not use Wi-Fi for good technical reasons to do with latency and skew. The association boasts a large rag-bag of members, including a few biggish names, of which, as far as I'm aware, only B&O has products on the market as yet.