1089 posts • joined Friday 5th March 2010 16:20 GMT
Re: Not hard to get around...
ISTR there is a defence to a password request, if you can demonstrate good reason why you can't provide the key - after all, your emails are probably encrypted by your employer in their exchange database. *You* wouldn't be expected to know they key. This is why the smart alecs who send "Oh, send Jack Straw an encrypted email and get him locked up for not knowing the password" were wrong.
Regarding repeated jailing for the "same" offence ... well Scotland managed to keep the naked rambler locked up for over a year, on repeated "contempt of court" charges. So I imagine, yes, if you get 2 years, and then come out of jail and refuse to hand the password over, it'll be 2 more years for you. Pour encourage les autres and all that.
The REAL scandal about RIPA (as previously highlighted) is that it gives the authorities access to EVERYTHING, including what used to be privileged. Under RIPA, any correspondence between you, your lawyer, your MP, your doctor, is completely fair game.
The problem is you can only go so far before juries start getting nervous about convicting. Which is why, despite apparent public approval, we don't get the draconian punishments for death by dangerous driving we could have - juries simply stop convicting.
It's one of the reasons the death penalty got abolished.
Not that I don't agree with the sentiment (yours that is, not about the DP which I am opposed to).
Re: Not hard to get around...
They are. The Law Lords (as were) ruled that privileged communication does fall under RIPA. There was a court case in Northern Ireland a few years back.
I've won a few pints on that one.
Re: Not hard to get around...
If they ask you for a password to your storage say "no its got all my personal information in their, like homemade porno's, some sexy pics of my wife and a load of my passwords in files. im not letting you see that.." or "shit i forgot it..."
One word: RIPA. Two years in chokey for you.
Re: Strange, the article
What do you think a WP7 owner is going to do, if he discovers that WP7 is obsolete ?
I would humbly suggest they would not consider WP8, making it a moot point.
So the UK never got a look in ?
Bit of a rum do, eh ?
And another problem ...
all of this technology (with it's associated eye-watering price tag) is only as effective as the database it sits on. I challenge anyone here, to tell me they can believe a non-trivial database can be anything more than 95% accurate at any given time. And that's before you start to look at people who *deliberately* salt it with duff data.
An ex copper I knew explained some of the tricks the more pikey among us use to evade the law using a round-robin of address changes mainly. End result - the car looks legal, but you would never find the owner.
On a related note, I wonder if they have done any sanity analysis on the data ? I would be curious to know what (if anything) would happen if the same vehicle was clocked in Glasgow and Penzance in the same hour ? Also, in arrangements, where all traffic has to pass in and out of an area via ANPR, do they have any orphaned records, where a car went in, but never came out ?
I have always wanted to have a number plate changer, and drive past the first SPECS camera with one, and the second with another ...
Re: or ...
Maybe it's an anagram ? No reason to believe Microsoft are any good at them either ?
Re: How to solve the Assange problem
Given the public assurance given by the Ecuadoran ambassador that they will not smuggle him out of the UK, why bother with *any* police presence ? Save the money. I suspect that the second he leaves the embassy, Ecuador will suddenly not want him back again.
I read on another forum an interesting observation that given the Ecuadoran ambassador is quite foxy, and Assange is notoriously permanently on heat, and the embassy is a small flat, the situation might be resolved quicker than we think ....
Re: Straw man
IANAL but I believe you can extradite for capital offences, as long as the prosecuting authority (State or Federal) give undertakings not to seek the death penalty. Understandably, prosecutors intensely dislike this (as do the US public) as it highlights the fact that the US is one of the few "civilised" countries in the world that executes people.
I believe there have been a few cases where suspects have fled to Canada, who also will not extradite if the death penalty is a possibility.
There was a guy wanted in the US for child porn offences that the UK refused to extradite recently, as the state prosecutor refused to give assurances he wouldn't be put on some sort of "program" which the ECHR had determined was a cruel and unusual punishment.
Re: Thorium rocks
To be more specific, the biggest roadblock to nuclear is the oil industry.
On a wider note
this is what happens when governments start to meddle in "social policy". It will invariably end up with people with influence regulating other peoples behaviour. Unfortunately, in the UK "people with influence" tends to be a small minority of a small minority.
If you stopped and realised how many laws there are that criminalise harmless behaviour, in the name of morality, you would question the statement the UK is a free country.
Re: Vehicle Security
You'll need an environmental impact assessment. And an equal opportunities policy.
Thank you sir! (Or madam) - Clearly I am in the upper bracket of El Reg commentards, as I remember when IBM held this crown, and various articles pointing out that they were in effect richer than several countries by miles ... this was in the 70s. I was surprised I had to read so many comments before it was mentioned.
Contemporary fanbois might do well to ponder this, and look where IBM is today.
Re: I don't understand
Question: Why haven't the US authorities tried to pick him up in the UK? Our government is even more likely than the Swedes to bend over for the Americans.
I really wish people would stop pointing this out, since it brings the entire Assange circus crashing to the ground. Can't somebody at least try to pretend the US have asked ?
Hmmm wasn't this announced recently?
anyway, my prediction:
1) Amazon will tie up with one, or more major supermarket to piggyback onto their online shopping deliveries
2) As above, but to offer some sort of locker facility at the mega-stores.
Tesco have already subbed their cafe service to Costa, so I would suggest they are the more adventurous of the retailers.
As far as I can see it's a win-win for the retailers. Maybe I should patent the system ?
The elephant in the room ?
Surely the bottom line is the market is just completely saturated ? Apart from the dearth of apps, my Windows Phone (January 2011) isn't missing anything that would make me go out and get a new phone.
Ditto the Mrs HTC Wildfire (bought Dec 2011).
Ditto the lads Nokia 5800 (bought March 2009).
Therefore, for this household, it's completely irrelevant what the price of handsets is. We can't be the only one.
Would *anybody* trust their business to the cloud ?
given the Patriot act, and the willingness of US judges to slap takedowns left right and centre.
Tin foil hat time ?
you have just neatly encapsulated all the reasons why governments around the world would rather radio hams weren't allowed.
Re: Passwords, hashing,salting...
It depends ...
done *properly*, when the password is created, the app also creates a hashed code for each letter in the password. When you are prompted - it compares your input with the hash. Systems like this should be more secure, because even if you speak to an agent - you never give them your whole password (so they can't hightail it out back and hijack your account).
However, you highlight one thing: once you have entered your password, and pressed "return" you have absolutely no idea what happens to it. Which is why you should NEVER reuse passwords.
LinkedIn losing the edge ?
funny, coz I care much less about my LinkedIn profile, since I started getting loads of agencies trying to connect.
And so we have another law
where no one needs to complain, for someone to get banged up.
I for one, am heartily sick, of seeing the criminal justice system being used to dictate some arbitrary morality upon society. I really have no interest in what people watch, or do amongst consenting adults, as long as no one else gets hurt. Endof.
Remember the extreme porn law ? Just taking a screencap of certain films, despite being BBFC approved will get you banged up. And you're forbidden to mention the clip came from a BBFC approved film in court.
Back to school for you
you misunderstand what "profit" means.
To most people, profit is what you have, AFTER you have spent money on running your business - including things like R&D, and investing in infrastructure. In this meaning companies cannot whine that making less profit means less investment, because the investment is what you put in before profit.
However, on the basis, I have never heard a journalist bitchslap a pasty-faced spokesperson who dares to wibble on that without massive profits, you won't get investment, it must mean something different on planet corporate.
more about knowing *what* you watch
When I posted that comment, I was thinking more of a slightly creepy marketing dimension.
VM customers with TiVo are already in the vanguard of this. VM knows not only what you watch, and when, it also knows how you skip the ads, and how you channel surf. Put all that data together, and you have enough for some pretty smart targeted marketing.
Now, who do you think are behind the Lords ?
One thing that I don't understand
are MS going to simply stop @hotmail.xxx emails working - just like that ? Surely not ?
Anyway, have grabbed new @outlook.com accounts to match mine & Mrs Pages @hotmail.com accounts, so we're happy.
80 posts, and no one mentions ...
(OK I skimmed them)
the fact that the proposed system means that someone, somewhere, will know *exactly* what you watch. Which is of course impossible under the present system.
writing this as a screenplay ?
Re: Epic fail
If you know what his 1969 Christmas present to the entire Zeppelin road crew was, you'd know why you haven't got it
(It was a bottle - singular - of scotch).
Re: Am I the only
you're not. But do you swap buttons too ?
I went for a job interview recently, where they wanted you to sit a technical test. The PC was locked down, and the poor interviewer had to dig someone out of IT support to log in to change mouse settings.
One massive FAIL with Windows, is when you RDP into a box, it uses the boxes settiings, not the terminals - so you have to change settings on the box. Which is a real nuisance, if you are sharing a server, as I used to in a team. Every time I logged in, I had to swap buttons.
Also the Windows login screen defaults to right-handed.
Now Linux - or at least the NX protocol is much more sensible, and inherits mouse settings from the client.
passwords should be stored via a one-way hash. Forgotten passwords need to be reset.
Virgin seem to cripple their kit before letting it out the door
Start of the year they upgraded me, and send me a new modem/router (not the superhub, the one down from that).
I have set my network up to be 192.168.1.x . Their poxy router simply couldn't be configured to take that - and it couldn't be put into modem mode to allow me to use my existing router. Repeated calls to overseas just put me through the same steps again and again, with the "technician" expressing surprised when I got the error message about not being able to use that address.
In the end I had to reconfigure my network.
If you can't sit down
a put down will have to do ....
Re: If I tried to migrate them to Linux
one of the tricks which most impressed me was their realising that because the number of entries in the data structure was limited to quite a small number, they could shrink the index from 2^16 to 2^4, which left them 12 extra bits in the datastructure to cram with other data, thus reducing the memory footprint, and being able to load into the Extended Memory.
Kids today, really have no idea.
Re: If I tried to migrate them to Linux
reminds me of my first company ... logistics software, written in DOS, under a windows wrapper. We had an issue where the reporting package (Foxpro) just would not run in under 16Mb (yes, Mb !!!!!) of RAM. So we had to up the minimum spec - I had to put a check in the installation script.
Anyway, one of DOS programmers pointed out that when the DOS code needed more memory, they had to rewrite it (remember Memmaker ?). But when the windows code needed more memory, they just upped the spec. These were real old-school coders who got excited by trimming a byte of a routine in assembler ...
Re: I don't hear anyone...
The only reason I could think of is to get onto the IE9+ stream. But corporately, why do that ? The excuse of "security" with IE6 only holds water if you are using it in the wild. I would imagine a great deal of companies using it (like HMRC) will be driving in-house intranet apps, so much less risky than just surfing the web in general.
I'm sorry, but WALOB
The key test for *anything* is (1) does it work ?, and (2) is there any reason not to continue using it ?
With hardware, then (2) tends to rear it's head with age, until you get the answer "we might not be able to fix it again" - at which point a replacement is mandated.
However, software can't "wear out", so judging (2) tends to be harder.
Your comment was immature in the extreme, and marks you out as someone who has never worked in the real world (I guess it's Uni holidays now). Any change is a risk. So unless you are changing to mitigate a bigger risk, then you shouldn't be changing at all.
one company I worked for in 2007 had virtualised all their desktops into a citrix farm. Result was everyone (apart from the IT guys and developers) just had a thin-client terminal. Great for homeworking - just plug into your router, and it would connect to your desktop.
Thing is by doing this, the IT guys felt they were pretty insulated from needing to upgrade in a hurry ... any problems - security or otherwise, they could just magic up another box.
Last I chatted with them, there was still no date for upgrading from XP. The only other desktops were available to the developers, for testing websites the public used.
Re: Levels of card fraud are at their lowest since 2000.
I was intrigued, on holiday in Spain to notice they use CHIP & PIN *and* signatures. Payments made without proof of signature will be covered by the merchant, not the bank. Hence shops are extremely motivated to check ID with cards. Of course it helps they have ID cards.
Tinfoil hat time ?
I don't think too many people with experience are surprised. We create an artificial time structure (weeks, months) and the proceed to centre our activities around them. Hence "Friday afternoon cars".
That said, it is intriguing there are so many problems with the
Olympics major sporting event underway ... I wonder if there's a capacity bottleneck somewhere ?
Re: I bought. It's nice. I prefer it to iOS, which I also have.
I have *a* BBC app - it's buggy and not supported by the BBC - it's a 3rd party jobbie. Admittedly free.
The fact the BBC haven't bothered with a WP7 speaks volumes. Is there an iPlayer for WP7 ?
Re: Who would buy ?
I don't think things will pan out that way.
Windows Phone 7 is dead to me. I don't really know if it's a good OS, or a bad OS. All I know, is that I can't get any apps for it. In fact, the El Reg app is a rare beast - one that's offered over iOS, Android and WP7(.5).
With such a dearth of apps out there - and no sign'ts of it improving, I can't see WP8 appealing to anyone. The only market segment *might* be corporates. But I can't see senior staff being impressed when they realise they'd have to carry 2 phones, to keep the apps they like from their iPhones.
A rare satisfied customer here ...
(note, I didn't say "happy")
We moved in 10 years ago, when Telewest were cable providers. Since they offered an all-in-one phone,TV and dial-up (!) package, we joined. The only criteria then was "anybody but BT". We have stayed with them, and taken advantage of various promotions to get 6 months free broadband (in 2004), a free upgrade to V+ (2008) and this year a free upgrade to TiVo and the basic 30MBs package (which needed a new modem).
In that time, we've had 1 outage on the broadband. I think they had lost the pairing of the modem with the network, as I called up, and had to quote the modem MAC address. Fixed 5 minutes later.
Speed is pretty much as advertised. Never experienced issues with traffic shaping - maybe because I just set downloads running on my 24/7 server. When they're there, they're there. My only grumble is the slightly od mix of channels on the "basic" TV package. But since we're not sports fans, and our son is way past the cartoon network stage, we're not missing much - it's be nice to have Discovery HD for example. But we manage without.
Customer service on the whole is acceptable - yes you can have some problems with the offshore guys, but if things get too bad, hang up, redial, and select the "I'm leaving you option" - you'll get a UK person, who will knock a few quid off, or give you a discount on a new service.
When I became a homeworker, 3 years ago, I got lumbered with a BT Openreach Broadband connection. The saga of getting it installed, and activated, and the billing sorted was WORSE than I feared. Since I was already expecting a series of missed appointments, incomplete work, and messed up billing, they really went some to go under a bar already set at -10.
Every so often, just for fun, I run a speed test on both connections. Here's todays results:
BT: Ping 39ms DL: 4.87Mb/s UL: 0.72 MBs
VM: Ping 20ms DL: 17.91 Mb/s UL: 1.98 MBs
and that's real. I can download a 1 hour programme in 3 minutes.
Compare and contrast with the in-laws who live a mile away, and have been with every combination of non-Virgin there is ... I stopped counting at the 5th incident they had where they lost internet connectivity in 3 months. Each time they had a round robin of calls between BT and the ISP.
I know VM are a premium service. But that premium saves a lot of hassle should things go wrong.
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