* Posts by BJC

11 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Be afraid, Apple and Samsung: Huawei's IoT home looks cheaper and better

BJC

Security

Isn't a major issue with IoT always going to be security?

Let's be generous and assume that there are no known issues today for the "thing". Some issues are only evident when general technology moves on. For example, the system may be well designed and can't be cracked today but what about with the computing power available in 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years?

Who wants to spend time managing a "thing"? I'm not keen on the hassle involved in updating my computing devices (although I do) - it's a hidden cost of having the tech. That's worse for "things" that I expect to just be there and work. Even now, who wants to go round round the house checking that all network connected devices are running the latest firmware? TVs, PVRs, disc players, music streamer - do you check them all? Even if you do, does the latest update even patch the latest known vulnerabilities? Have you checked? For every connected device?

What happens if the solution requires different hardware? For example, perhaps the encryption is supported by a hardware module - what happens if the algorithm is found to be compromised? Will the vendor update the hardware of a 10 year old "thing"? What about if it's 5 years old? 2 years?

The whole point is that it's the Internet of *Things*. I tend to keep my "things" longer than I might keep my computing tech. A large installed base of ageing kit is a big support burden. That's likely to be complicated by the hardware being optimised to minimise production cost and further complicated with the design evolving over time as components are changed or eliminated. How long will updates keep being developed and issued? Supporting the ageing Windows XP is going to look simple in comparison.

Will every consumer be expected to become an IT specialist just to ensure that the "things" are all suitably connected and protected? Is that realistic? I don't think so.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

BJC

Universal world time

>> In America? Well you will work 14:00-22:00 and have lunch at 18:00. <<

Doesn't that just change the problem?

Consider you're reading and the subject has breakfast at "15:00". Is that early, normal, late? It wouldn't be possible to tell unless you find out where the character is. So, does the time become "15:00 90degW"? That wouldn't seem to be a simplifcation.

Similarly, if you were to schedule a business meeting between UK and US colleagues, it might still be necessary to know whether all parties are likely to be awake and at work.

At least with the current system, once the time conversion is done, I can easily determine if it's a normal business hour, or not.

Just my 2p.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

BJC

Re: We will tell them it's free - Muuhahahha

Alternative translation:

You can upgrade, for free, from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 within the first year of release. After those first 12 months, you need to pay to upgrade. Either way, once you're upgraded it's yours and you are supported. That is, it *doesn't* need license renewal - it is not a subscription.

Take at look at http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/. The key quote is "This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost."

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

BJC

Re: Related...?

I had the same thing last night with the Parental Controls overlay, also for the first time. The site I was trying to get to was The Register! Frustratingly, clicking the options to ignore it didn't actually bring up the selected link (on The Register). Instead, I got stuck with an error.

The Parental Controls thing happened just after something else. I rebooted my PC. Following the restart, I got errors from the router telling me that it couldn't connect. I tried a couple of sites but it was adament. I then logged on to the router and all looked well. It worked fine after that. I don't know if it just cleared itself or if it was a result of logging on.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

BJC
FAIL

Re: Geography...

If someone could also just pop Rosyth back down onto the Firth of Forth and away from Dundee, that'd be grand.

I hope that map wasn't generated by the on-board navigation system.

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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

BJC
Unhappy

Painful audio

This is the second Tech Week video I thought looked interesting and was worth watching, based on the subject matter. Unfortunately, in both cases, the audio is so poor that it's completely distracting. Consequently, I didn't get far into either video.

I don't think it does The Register or QA Tech any good to link to such poor quality material. OTOH, I guess it was worth what I paid for it.

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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

BJC
Happy

I'm in

I got the 2nd iteration of the XPS13, preinstalled with Ubuntu and it's one of the best buys I've made. It's a fantastic size, the screen is great.

As for Ubuntu, well it just works - no drama, no excitement. It's an OS - that's what it's supposed to do! I was a little miffed about the pricing - virtually the same with Windows or Ubuntu, which seemed unjust given the MS tax. However, the Windows option was through the "Home" channel while the Ubuntu option was through the "Work" channel, with better support (although I haven't needed any). However, I'm happy to pay for the Ubuntu pre-install if it's tweaked to fit the machine which it seems to be. Personally, I've drifted to a preference for GNU/Linux for home use, over the last few years, although I'm still firmly with Windows at work.

Searching around, as I did prior to purchase, there weren't many options for buying a decent spec laptop with GNU/Linux pre-installed, so I welcome Dell's efforts. Perhaps other vendors might take note so we can have a genuine choice of OS.

Anyway, I'd buy another in a heartbeat. Each to their own though.

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Yahoo! Mail! offers! HTTPS! amid! account! hijack! spree!

BJC
FAIL

Not on BT Yahoo accounts

I've just checked my BT Yahoo account and I see no such option.

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F1 2010

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And Revs...

I even remember Geoff Crammond's Revs for the BBC. I'm still amazed of the perception of the Snetterton Bomb Hole corner - it really felt like the steering went light on the exit. All that with only keyboard entry and low resolution display!

[I refuse to work out just how many years ago that was - just way too scary!]

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Dell's order status website wobbles at knees

BJC

...or was it?

I was trying to determine the order status because I was trying to cancel the order.

During the order process, the estimated delivery was "3+ weeks". The order confirmation estimated delivery as 7th July - about 4.5 months! While technically correct, that's ridiculous! No point in hanging around, so I tried to cancel the order the next day.

Given recent experience, I have serious reservations about using Dell again. As was said before by someone with far more widom than I:

"The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." — Albert Einstein

Maybe it's time to recognise the obvious and give up on Dell.

Bruce

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