1437 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
Why did El Reg headline make me think Blackadder ?
"So, you think there's a big market for snot coloured jewellery ?"
Does MS publish stats on Bing usage ?
I'd be curious to know if they either surge or slump, given this news.
I'd like to say I'd boycott Bing, but since I never used it anyway ....
Hmmmm, real tin foil hat time ...
as alluded to by ShelLuser, I wonder if the real endpoint of this fun is to be able to ban ad/pop-up blockers ? That seems a much more rational reason than the guff spouted by Cameron.
And can we know what's on this blacklist ?
Or do we need a website where people can register terms that they have seen bring it up ?
Before Alan Turing - why not Ada Lovelace ?
or Linda Lovelace - either works for me
I wouldn't trust *any* ISP
my filters are set in my router. My responsibility.
One a serious note, with all of this heavy lifting being put on the shoulders of the ISPs, can anyone suggest the possible timings of:
1) Price increases to compensate them
2) someone suing an ISP because little Johnny saw a nipple, and their parents "thought the filters should stop that".
following on from 2, are we going to have a court case where it's decided the filters aren't 100% reliable (in which case (a) why have them and (b) how much more of a tit will Cameron look then) or that the ISPs are responsible and are liable for compensation (see point 1 above).
ACPO also issued guidelines on how to deal with photographers, pointing out that photography in a public place is NOT illegal. They were completely ignored.
Vaguely OT: Dara O'Briains science club ..
Did anyone see this last night ? The HAV NASA used landed in a 60ft tree, so the recovery team carry a chainsaw.
Is this part of the SPB kit ?
To paraphrase Nathaniel Hale (?) I regret I have only one thumbs-up to give you ...
No real surprise ...
Exactly what *is* Microsofts product ?
Desktop OS ?
Developer tools ?
Productivity tools (Office et al)
Server OS ?
Network software ?
Commercial products ?
Domestic products ?
Phone software ?
Yes, 20 years ago, the IT landscape *needed* one supplier of all these. But eventually customers started gaining experience in IT, and no longer needed one ring to rule them all.
I would hope, as a starting point, all companies would be ISO27001/27002 accredited ?
So let me see
HMG want the UKs security services to perform a security audit of our 350 most capitalised companies, and then store that all in one place.
What could possibly go wrong ?
Talk about brass neck ..
"This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process. We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation," it added.
As if the original implementation was the product of open informed debate ?
A dictionary definition of "Chutzpah"
I suspect we will see a lot more of this ..
smaller, less well known e-commerce sites being targeted, on the assumption their security will be less bullet proof, and giving hackers access to a load of personal data they can then use on bigger sites.
Once again: NEVER REUSE YOUR PASSWORD.
It's NOT the filtering
it's the suggestion that Google et al should be required to adulterate their search results, if a user types in a "certain phrase". Because it's axiomatic that that phrase will go from being "Child sex pictures", to "Tory party plans".
Also, yesterday on R4, Cameron hinted that Google et al might be required to inform the authorities, if a person uses certain search terms.
Now Mr Ray may be happy with that, but I for one am not, and have already started researching for a router that will support a VPN so that my household is out of scope for this.
200 cameras ?
Good luck with that. The UK government already has a long established published policy (via ACPO) of harassing legal businesses they don't approve of. So it's not like you're going to be news to them.
No one spotted the other obvious flaw in this cauldron of fail ?
Presumably it's only English-speaking perverts that will be affected. Or will the blacklists be translated into the appropriate terms in other languages. I mean will "Chercher pour les enfants nue" be blocked ?
Although I suspect, most UK politicians aren't aware there's a world that doesn't speak English ....
Turing is a national hero ... but I don't agree
This is a cynical attempt to airbrush the repressive nature of the state out of history.
Let his conviction stand as a reminder to an age when we were less tolerant. Otherwise we might start to believe we've solved everything now ....
Re: All at once or none at all
"If you were starting from a blank sheet, you'd build your towns/cities/villages/etc so that vehicles and pedestrians were completely separated"
Wasn't Milton Keynes built like this ? The downside being with no mixing of cars and pedestrians, it can be a very dangerous place to walk at night, as you're out of sight ?
Indulgences ?! wft ?
Didn't they disappear with disco ?
Besides, is purgatory mentioned in the Bible (quick wiki) ah, I see ... Maccabees ... a disputed book of the bible.
"Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong ..."
Why am I reminded ....
of the line from H2GT2G about needing a receipt every time you go to the toilet ?
English acronyms ... only 26 letters
means we're starting to see some duplication ... I thought "POS" meant "Piece Of Shit", and that kinda supplanted "Point Of Sale" ....
Recently had an amusing experience when Mother in Law was signing off "LOL" thinking it meant "Lots Of Love". No real harm done, except when she said to her nephew on Facebook "Sorry you weren't too well, LOL" ...
Am I the only person who read this that this guy hasn't been *sentenced* to this time in jail, but that he is in jail (i.e. without bail) awaiting trial ?
In which case aren't there 2 amendments in the US constitution that are relevant ? The 8th (Excessive bail) and 6th (Right to fair and speedy trial)
Just saying ......
Important information's gone from being 4 or 5 levels deep to about 20.
I suspect that is probably intentional ....
Tell me about it - only it's not London, but Brum. Have had that sodding copper chopper hovering in a tight circle around my street for 90 minutes at least 3 times this year.
Around 2 am.
No sirens, no sounds from the ground, and nothing on their twitter feed.
Oh, and it has some sort of flashbomb on the front, so as it's bearing down it's blinding you - really wouldn't have been out of place in "Apocalypse Now".
I have little time for a police force that tries hard to intimidate it's citizens.
SoundHound seems to work better
for me, leastways. YMMV
"fin de semaine" != "le weekend/le week-end"
at the risk of being boring, the reason the French (and Italians) had to nick the word "weekend" is because they had no concept of Friday night/Saturday/Sunday being in anyway different to any other combination of an evening followed by two days. "Fin de semaine" translates perfectly as "end of the week". However it means the same in French as English ... "end of the week". Where a "weekend" is a different (cultural) concept.
giving the thousands who pass by on the M1 motorway something to ponder: “What the bloody heck is that for?”
The tower, or the M1 ?
how does it compare to the assembly building for the Saturn V in Florida ? A building so vast it had it's own weather system, apparently : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Assembly_Building
My point is that there was (and I will stake a tenner I could use the word "is") no effective oversight. Who was managing her ? How was her performance being monitored ?
Having employees with the degree of autonomy required to cause this clusterfuck is acceptable (and probably inevitable) in small man+dog outfits. But in a public service ?
So, my question stands. What *other* unsupervised employees are there in Yorkshire police ?
Re: Blame database snafu on sacked administrator?
And our wonderful press won't ask why the hell an administrator was able to do this. Clearly there *is* (not was) a culture of amateurness in Yorkshire Police (which is the REAL story). So where else is it prevalent ?
“We are in a situation not of our making,” said Chf Supt Odell
I beg to differ ....
Re: Throwing actions
Bad form to reply to ones self, but the same episode also showed that:
1) Men are just as likely to ask directions as women (although the subjects were tested *alone*)
2) Men are no better at parallel parking than women.
Re: Throwing actions
There was a recent Mythbusters which looked at this and found negligible differences between young boys and girls when it came to throwing ... the differences set in after puberty.
If you want to assess two subjects and remove any learned bias, get them to throw with their other arm - as soon as you do that girls and boys throw pretty much equally.
One day ...
I might write a program to hit phishing links with hundreds of thousands of bogus login details, and invite people to forward me any phishing emails they get as targets.
In fact, now I'm thinking about it, a better way would be a distributed app (a la SETI@Home) so the logins appear to come from all over the net.
On a more low-tech note, if everybody who got a phishing email clicked the link and supplied a duff login, the inherent value in phishing would collapse overnight.
I just need that round tuit ....
Vaguely reminds me of a comment
by a security expert years ago, who said that if people wanted to communicate securely, the best bet was to fax each other in handwritten arabic.
@Greg J Preece
The Daily Mail lost because they alleged Psychic Sally used a particular technique of defrauding which they had no proof of. This is a specific claim which is a slur, and hence Sally (rightly) won when she accused them of libel.
If they had simply said "Psychic Sally is a fraud - no one can speak to the dead" then it would have been a different outcome. Mainly because I bet if they did print that, all of a sudden Psychic Sally will be nowhere to be found.
I suspect that it will be impossible to delete this data ...
Even if it was only one column in a database, you would still have to locate, restore delete and re-backup those old databases. And that's before we consider the possibility that the data might be in key-related tables which need to be present for the database to work ....
There needs to be some ISO standard for what to do in these instances ... maybe *replacing* the data with zeros, or spaces, or whatever is needed ...
all webcams I know have a light on them to indicate if they are active..
surely if the webcam can be turned on without your knowing, the light could also be disabled ?
*Properly* implemented encryption ...
8192 bit encryption is worthless if a user chooses "password" as .... well, as their password.
Re: Does this mean ...
only if you like queueing ....
Re: "Assange, who referred to himself in the third person throughout the keynote"
Shit ! I'm fucked :(
"Assange, who referred to himself in the third person throughout the keynote"
Surely that's reason enough to ignore him ?
Yet curiously ...
we are told it's not possible to identify orphan works ...
No security system should have a single point of failure
Which is what has happened here. Someone who had access to the data *also* had access to the means to smuggle it out.
On another thread, I commented that IT admins should not be able to read the data under their control. I've seen it done with Windows ... (I apologise for vagueness, I am not a SysAdmin) it involved creating a folder with an account which was then deleted, having given access to the management, and denied to the administrator. So they could not look inside the folder, (nor take ownership).
Re: "return car manufacturing to Britain"
Indeed. And have just built a brand new powertrain factory in Wolverhampton ....
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