133 posts • joined Thursday 25th February 2010 11:29 GMT
IT Personality of the Year
I'd like to nominate Edward Snowden for IT Personality of the Year. For his service to the common man , to freedom ,liberty and dissemination of knowledge he certainly wins hands down without even trying.
To be fair cable cutters are cheap.
What about a pair of cutters ?
Is it THAT hard to cut the internet from their facility's " critical " machinery ?
I can fix the problem in less than a minute. What's this line going outside the building ? > SNIP <
Finish. case closed. Is the obvious perhaps too obvious ?
Try to convince stations that have millions in equipment ,towers transmitters and are amking a living to just let go. Won't happen. FM 88/108 MC penetrates rather well in buildings , got tremendous coverage of at least a hundred miles all around the transmitter and sounds great. Noone can even begin to tell me DAB is better than a tx at a nice low fm frequency to get in contact with car traffic , trucks on the roads etc. Rest assured broadcasters would throw a fit to hear that they are out of business to please another group . Politicians beware , stay out of broadcast radio. You will find the radio set owners , car owners , stereo set owners , personal fm radio owners and quite a few more chaps biting hard. .. in fact expect a mugging and your quick demise. We'll get Simon in as counsel on how best to dispose of the man
Why do manufacturers do not open source their apps when they abandon them ?
It would be logical to do so.
I knew you guys still were sour about the Falklands war but this is ridiculous :) Hitting people over the head with satellites .. shame on you
Hi .. im in Laval where this happened. Indeed they been arrested and i hope those teens learn a lesson in jail , but this morning Toronto police and a bunch other constabulary forces nabbed over 350 people , docs , priests , pastors , teachers etc that were involved in a juvenile porn ring. This is a major problem , not only in Canada but all around the world. The IT angle ? Electronic surveillance : they did get these people using taps , and they did a job noone can argue about , used all means to catch these ( add unprintable comments here ) .. excuse me for callig them people. Ever since the NSA scandal broke into the open , we have asked for more privacy , more ways to steer clear of instances that do operate surveillance , but some of it , we must admit is good surveillance with positive impacts on our lives. The old " think of the children " applies here . I admit i am totally split on the issue because there's a lot of good , children were rescued in this nab , they been freed from horrible pedophiles. On the other hand .. there's people abusing their military power and financial advantages and make surveillance total and that is totally unacceptable . Maybe through laws voted by courageous politicians ( ..yeah..< gulp > ) we will find the right equilibrium between communications privacy and really needed public safety access to information. This is certainly ( those two cases ) an excellent example of why my wish for keeping communications private must be balanced with the greater interest of the community. I never thought i'd say this .. but i believe keeping the encryption to a level that can be broken by police forces have some advantages . In this case it saved lives , it put criminals in jail . What a week .. We won't get in Rob Ford .. i'd loose it . Have a great weekend .
I miss the site terribly . I used to go there daily for news , comments and in depth analysis of the behind the scenes games that are played out in the courts . Sorely missed is the word. I surely hope someone will step up with the knowledge of PJ , somehow that someone will surface and keep this type of information/reporting alive. We need someone to expose the shenanigans and put it out in the public view and within the range of the public's legal understanding. Yeah .. sorely missed , an IT resource gone in the wake of the NSA's outrageous actions and spying. I think it was a thin excuse , but i respect her decision.
IT angle ..
I was truly lookign for the IT angle in the article when i realised that the creature described sounded a lot like Steve Ballmer . Sharp teeth , poison dart, bad tempered .. flesh eater .. only difference i can spot is about throwing chairs and tables ..
I , for one , want to personally welcome our new platypus overlords .. time for a pint .. :)
I did give QNX a call and they do not know where to find a copy. The support personnel i talked to had no idea what i was talking about. Had indeed the OS browser , file management plus installer on that floppy.
If you got a copy around anywhere let me know .
Re: " Blabbermouth", "Squealer", Hmmmmm....
Of course .. your questioning will be reviewed by " the board " and a decision on your fate is soon to follow.
Do write a will if you not have done so already . YOU are now at the top of the agenda.
Re: Legal System Fail
You're talking about America. Logic does not apply.Logic will not apply. Remember : the terrorists won and changed Americans forever. The only thing that keep their country from crumbling is the new paranoia state in which they are. They lost their freedom , they lost their liberty and they lost their common sense.
use projection .. have say .. 20 wheels with letter shapes that rotate with a mechanical keyboard or again a set of parallel wheels , backlighted to a frosty piece of glass .. edit is simply rotate one of the wheels . did i miss the point ? :D
Holy cow Batman
What a mouse ! .. Stung repeatedly in the face and just keeps going.
Mighty Mouse eat your heart out ! we just found SuperMouse :)
IT angle ? none perhaps but what a video ! .. Thanks for posting.
Re: Let's not be dicks about this
need the money ? no .. but they certainly are if they start that top banner .. people go to them because we don't have ads all over when we work trying to make a search. Keeping the search clean is the idea of a tool .
Their " featured links pair advertisers are already too much imho and i never click any of them by principle.
hope that AdBlocker works it's magic if they really put that threat into action .They truly start to suck. Someone is going to beat them one day i hope.
Re: Odd - Alternative Poll Required
Specially war mongering politicians . I often said that politicians that want to declare war should do so between them . Take the two heads of state , put them in a ring , give em boxing gloves and let them settle their personnal differences first . Then have them sit and work out a negotiated agreement which will inevitaby be done at the end of the war , less the countless useless deaths and expenses .
Just as you can't fix windows ( we don't have the source code ) why would they make their hardware repairable ? Just forces you to get a new one , them to make more money and you getting the shaft. Really .. if you need a tablet .. get anything else than a MS . When will people learn ?
numbers ! schlumbers ! and a plot !
When someone says 40 times as much it dosen't sound as dramatic as 4000%
40 times the WHO limit is not impacting as much . Probably some journalist ( ;) ) that's in need of a high impact headline .. or his boss ..
This being said , i feel sorry for the People that has to inhale that garbage. but I smell a plot !
That plot is the modern day equivalent of war : there's a theory that makes a direct relation between economic activity / industrialization and pollution, by moving all the production to China the US corporations and all others in the world that contract to China also moved the pollution associated with producing goods ( dangerous / toxic wastes ) to China which will eventually lead to it's demise / revolt and major changes to it's political system. Totally evil .
Conspiracy theorists , rejoice .
Re: whatever will they do next...
This is THE problem i see with the whole situation of monetising us .. we get nothing , zero , nada , not a penny and certainly not a sovereign .We are being milked like a herd of cows and get nothing in return .
If we had a benifit to this , i would not object so much but i find it highly insulting that they use US for their profit and that WE get nothing zero . The use of their data gathering tool is by no means compensation. I beleive at some point people will wake up and put their feet down. We provide the data they make astronomical profits out of , why should we not get paid for it ?
Just close it
I mean .. the users get ripped off , spied on , checked , their data relayed to the agencies etc etc .. privacy bla bla .. i mean .. how much more abuse do you need before you just shut down your accounts ? Hurt them back and just cut the umbilical. It's time to cut off the morphine drip that feeds their bank accounts. They make profits out of your data , the service is their data collecting tool , have they ever gave you a cent for your participation in this money making scheme ? FB is the rip off of the century.
At the time of writing , the worst threat to the USA is the Tea Party.They are the enemy of any social measure that helps those in need. They are the " faction " that shut down the government. They are the ones supporting domestic spying and support the agencies breaking the law . Look no further , there is no need , the Tea Party is THE enemy of the People . Worldwide.
Re: Hunting trolls? You're doing it wrong!
The state of the USA right now is so pathetic that nothing can be done to fix them . Right wing extremists and Tea Party terrorists are trying their damnest to shut the government down. Fix the patent system ? Right now they got way larger troubles handling political terrorists in their midst. They have their terrorists at home too to take care of.
Re: more to this - ie. alleged fraud perhaps?
I'd like to know if he was under instructions from his boss. There are instances where " entertaining guests " is done in very debatable ways. It will be an interresting story to follow ..
Nobody would leave their car unlocked on the street with the ignition key on ....
Nobody you knew before .. then again .. there's me .. i left my keys in the ignition doors unlocked , at my house in the front door lock , the car's trunk ... the keys stay there until morning when i chase them .. so yes there's people distracted enough to do those things
Never assume there ain't a moron that's highly capable of doing the unthinkable :)
Re: Was it a wool jumper?
Anyone wearing a suit is suspect. Ever seen a honest lad in a suit ? no .. Politicians wear suits , bankers , lawyers , see a pattern here ? :)
What ? me ? worry ?
Nothing's going to change and none of what we think matter.
Here we go again.
But we all know , though totally unacceptable and outrageous our governments will do nothing.
We do not expect them to , they are the enemy of the People.
Good first effort ..
But the heart of control systems has two parts , touch panels and control hardware.
This is where it's lacking for now. In order to make such a system practical we need to be able to design touch interfaces that we can upload to ex a tablet , or a real touch panel . Nice to control a tv on off .. but it's way better to have feedbacks ( not in ir of course .. needs rs ) interrogate process and display information , make lists that we can change from the panel etc etc .. Control systems ( successfull implementations ) rely greatly on the ability of the programmer to design interfaces that blend in the decor and that do the job. Automation requires a lot of output, relays , rs232 , net and ir to interface with the devices you already have or buy. So for now , this is a nice toy to experiment with , but it's certainly not ready to compete with pro products of which ill hold back the names. Time .. time time .. We'll eventually get there .. full open source control system that's complete , but nothing yet is there .. so .. i wait .. and wait
To think even for a second that the spooks will let you put your hands on a cypher they cannot break is totally juvenile. the moment they will find messages they cannot break you will see black helicopters move. Military grade encryption and civilian grades are two things.If they can't break it , it's a direct threat to the security.
At the least , someone is mighty interrested in keeping the message a secret. Raises eyebrows don't you think ?
We all know the net is compromised 100% .Thanks Edward for confirming. A true American Hero ( Capital H )
Bad bews anyways ..
Whatever way you look at it , when investors get too close to management all you can expect is cuts and company closure within the decade. Profit at all cost will slowly , like countless other companies , erode away all the components that made the company successful. The lack of business sense as far as leading a tech company goes by " investors " is notorious and always end up by dissatisfying everyone. Tech companies are not led by money first , it's ideas first , then money to make these ideas happen. What's left is best stashed away as funding to make more big things happen , not lining the pockets of " investors " and leaving the company activities underfunded and eventually leading to massive layoffs and eventually the shutdown of the company. I am sure you remember a few good examples yourself. This is very very bad news for MS .
How long ?
I do ask .. how long are FB users going to endure the abuse ?
I shut that down years ago. Lengthy articles keept me informed of their doings , not FB.
Tired of their shenanigans and being abused ? Shut the f****** thing off.
I'm so sick and tired of hearing about how they abuse their bit**** , sorry , i meant fine users ..
Really i don't get how people can stand to be abused like this and not slap back.
Re: Office for Linux, or Office for Chrome - those would be big changes.
What i'd truly like to see is Microsoft Linux would probably be the boldest move any Microsoft new top dog could ever do and i wonder if they just couldn't make a fortune doing it .. hmm must be the beer .. but still ..
nightmarish visions .. ? hmm .. better get heavily loaded with suds . And not a word to Microsoft .. we don't want them to have good ideas LOL
Re: George W. Bush is evil!
I started to write a long " i agree " reply. Turns out that i'm so disgusted i stopped in my tracks.
Obama is a hell of a disappointment , i agree ..
Re: Privacy is key to Groklaw
And in many instances Groklaw was sollicited to find previous art to help invalidate patents.
Many a patent was fought against and was won because of the community.
Groklaw was not only Pamela ( and no it's not her real name ) But a community of experts and noobs all learning and putting their shoulder to the wheel. Another No : IBM and Novell and the likes would not have won against SCO if it wasn't for the work of Groklaw. The site has been tremendous help to us all .
Forever the Lady in a Red Dress will be in our hearts. Thanks Madam for all you gave us.
Even simpler ..
our beloved BOFH was renegotiating his contract and making a point with upper management.
which obviously worked fantastically well. Strange how quiclky management surrendered .. wonder if any Halon was involved in this negotiation .. G'day
Will look good next time the NSA looks for a supplier on a contract .. " ooo this Ellison guy is publically standing for us and approving us .. let's call him see what he can do on this .. " You know a bit of PR with your clients never hurts the bottom line :)
Idiot of The Month Award
Maybe it's time for a new Idiot Of The Month award given to the best of the best idiotic moves made by IT personnel worldwide in a given time period and of course a yearly ceremony / celebration with vast amounts of beer for the top idiot . This one is at least worthy of the Idiot of the Month and i nominate the fella .
What a stupid jerk :)
This is the worst we heard to date. Completely and totally disgusting.
There's no way to protect ourselves. The net as far as i am concerned has turned in an instrument of repression.The freedom we thought we had was just a trap. Now that we rely on it we're f*****.
The only way to get rid of this is to take the governments out and elect new ones that will scrap this totally outrageous level of surveillance. Anyone who don't commit in writing their intentions to stop this insanity is against the People and should NOT be elected.This is f****** insane
If i want meat ill go at my butcher period.
This is as disgusting as it gets. Nothing good can come out of this.
Reminds me of that pink slime of a few years back still in use in some fast foods.
Enough to make me become a vegetarian and forget meat forever.
In other news ..
The people who make their devices are still treated like shit and paid pennies ..
Looking down ..
There was a time we used to look up to the USA for inspiration .. Wow .. Did things ever change or what ! .. Now we look down upon it as the example not to follow . It slid and slides down the never ending spiral staircase. When money buys politicians , you know there's no democracy. When people try to interfere with othger businesses bscause they have an idea they didn't have you know the moral fiber of the place is gone to the dogs.
We had so much examples as of late that visiting the place is the last on the list after visiting the war zone of Afghanistan. What a pity. It's not just one event , it's the never ending succession of news and events. I pity the People to have to live in such a mess. Their system is as bad as it gets. Political . patent, copyright , spying the list is too long for a post. This is just one more of the symptoms of a society that's gone to the dogs. We used to look up to them .. we're now looking down. Hell life's good in Canada :)
What we learned
.. is that nothing will change. They will keep torturing people.They will keep spying for the simple reason that the US Citizens have their little bits of comfort and as long as they do, they will not get involved in politics so politics will stay the same.That is the real lesson here.
Re: Directional Arrows
... and you will find a diligent fix it artist with a drill and a tap working a new set of holes because they are in the wrong direction. " I'll fix it , don't worry ... "
First things first
There's a long history of NSA domestic spying that dates back to the 70's and even before.
https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying/timeline It is in no way complete. There is more.( Cryptome)
To think that anyone even tries to understand Americans is imho pure science fiction. It cannot be done , billions of good men before you have tried and failed. Just take it from me . It's a waste of time.Americans are as contradictory as they get. They love blue , but won't wear it .They like red , but they wouldn't be seen in anything red so they prefer blue , but .. ( here it's time to take a few aspirins ). Questions asked in American surveys are always worded to induce an answer survey contractors and those who pay for it want to hear. Totally untrustable numbers and outcomes.
Snowden is a hero , i hope he finds peace. For the rest :fugget about it and enjoy a cold one.
Computer act anyone ?
Ain't there a law against that in the USA ? Wonder how long they will take to find and jail him.
My guess , they wont move and give him a medal .
Re: Sadly, it only protests spying on people residing in the USA.
it's totally up to you to start a similar movement ,
Nothing prevents you from heading and organising a similar protest.
What are you waiting for ? Cant get off your seat and do it ? .. They won .
So .. go , this is a free society and you can make your wish come true.
Re: Never mind that
The vid of the incident is here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DK-1sIiLNM
Quite funny actually .. some versions of that short clip have been censored ! LOL
Thanks for the laughs
The idea is old
In fact a few years back in El Reg's pages there was a video showing the process of swapping.
Swapping is a great idea and like another reader from Quebec pointed out ( Hi there ) we do have a lot of power on the grid that's shipped to the USA and a lot of extra capacity on our networks so electric cars are not a problem. In fact Hydro Quebec wil be delighted to have our cars running on electrics and so will we. Hydro is owned by Quebec . Every step taken to get rid of the oil industry and it's pollution is welcome. What i do see as a bit of a problem is that in order to be truly practical and reduce costs we need a standard battery pack or very few models and make all electric cars with a swap mechanism. It's nothing to add to the gas stations along the highways and have battery and quick charge stations. The future IS electric.
Add to that " It's way too expensive. " But rejoyce , all Oracle users say it's only a matter of time , anything written Oracle has became way too expensive ..
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