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For anyone wondering about the legality of the research, Tentler insisted: "It isn’t [illegal]. Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Websense, every antivirus vendor in the world, and Shodan – they all do similar scans."
Never heard that one in court before. He might, just might, want to pay for legal advice right now. He could save an awful lot later ....
If they did that in Brum
they'd probably double the average traffic speed.
HTML5 RDP ...
noticed quite a few projects are starting to deliver this ... using a browser to replace terminal services, and all the other proprietary remote-access protocols.
The metamorphosis of the PC, back into dumb terminal is almost complete.
Where's my VT100 ?
Drifting OT, but "iPhone" ...
wasn't there a court case a while back where Hoover effectively lost their exclusivity of branding, as it was judged that "Hoover" was synonymous with "vacuum cleaner" ?
Similar to "Blu-Tak" and "Sellotape" ?
Maybe the same is happening to "iPhone" becoming a generic term, rather than a brand.
And although I know it will attract a slew of downvotes, I do find it interesting this phenomenon seems to apply to things which suck or stick.
9 *am* to 9 *pm* ?
Surely the other way round would be of more use ?
MS are paying the wrong people ..
sod phone manufacturers ... you could have wall to wall Windows phones in every store. Until you have enough *apps* to offer, no-one who can choose their phone will go Windows.
If MS invested a few million to develop, say, 50% of the top 50 apps that are lacking a Windows port, they'd have a much better chance of getting Joe Soap to buy one.
What happened to the Citrix story ?
Has El Reg been Geugled ?
I know it existed, as I commented on it ... Now I get a nasty Apache error ..
The requested resource
is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource.
Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server at forums.theregister.co.uk Port 80
makes no difference if it's "worthwhile" or not. It will be done badly - if at all - because the political will which started it will wane as it goes on.
Concorde was more a marvel of political will than technology.
5 year plans ....
The reason these megacorps inflate their prices so much is they damn well know, the bigger (i.e. *longer*) a project is, the more likely it will fall between two political camps.
The government that ordered it.
The successive government which on balance of probabilities didn't want it.
As soon as the latter happens, then the project will be reviewed, the specification (as was) will be revised to account for the new political reality, and from that point, the project will slowly wither and die.
Look as HS2 .. all the dithering. What sane CEO is going to take any part of that project, without a damn good padding to cover themselves over the potential 2 (and it will over run, so we may have 3 or 4) changes of government ?
I don't know what the answer is, but the problem is politics.
I'd call it "Spinal Tap"
because it goes all the way up to 11
Obligatory ? Stewart Lee reference ...
Stewart: "It's very easy to use words and logic to make someone look like they're selfish, simply because they've expressed a position that could be interpreted as that."
Chris: "That's what Julian Assange says."
Stewart: "I bet he does."
In other news
the price of BitCoins goes up ....
Doesn't the new copyright law
specifically exempt format shifting ? Also it doesn't define how much a "quote" of a work is.
So would a fan uploading a 100% clip of an MP4 stream as (say) an AVI be liable ?
Backward compatibility ...
One thing this otherwise excellent article doesn't really address, and is the *real* reason we are where we are.
PC/MS-DOS were inherently flawed, as they were single-user in execution, they had no concept of root and user access. Whoever switched on the machine was king of the hill. And this paradigm carried on throughout the 1980s and 90s - right the way up to Windows 95.
We *could* have had a true multi-user multi-tasking PC/OS combination in 1987. But the second business realised they would have to pay for new software to run on OS/2, the die was cast.
Excellent reading and discussion material for a Friday. It's like being back at Uni ;)
Want to thwart the snoopers ?
You don't "send" mail anymore. You simply post your encrypted message on a usenet server (ask your parents, kids) with the intended recipients public key as the subject.
The recipient can easily find the message from whatever server they use, and download it, decrypt it, and if required, respond the same way.
All the communications in the world in the open, and (assuming you trust the underlying encryption) safe. Sadly, Teresa May will now lose that lovely "meta data" she wants to collect, so she knows who is communicating with who, but that's the price she (and others) will have to pay for abusing their powers in the first place.
Bearing in mind, from a UK perspective, discussion of encrypted mail is moot, since the authorities can simply ask you to decrypt it with the incentive of 2 years (or is it 5 ?) in the big house if you don't.
Human physics !
Many years ago, I read a book (it may have been a siblings schoolbook) which expressed human activity in SI units.
If I remember correctly, the human brain, running at full pelt, can use an incredible 100W ... which is 25% of the total energy a human can expend. Which, if you think about it, means your body has to deliver enough power to your brain to light a 100W light bulb.
When you start to think about the chemistry behind that, it leaves you in wonder at nature. It also puts "technology" squarely in it's place, when you think how much power a CPU takes to badly ape human thinking.
STILL no standard ?
I posted a while ago, to general approval, that there really needs to be an ISO-level standard about how passwords (or more generally identity verification) should be carried out.
At present, you have no idea what happens to that password, once you press "register", or "Login".
Is it hashed and compared. Is it stored in plaintext ?
You have no idea.
If you forget it, can you reset it. Will it be emailed to you, in plain text ?
You have no idea.
I'm starting to think that usernames and password are starting to become obsolete, although the worry is, there's nothing (yet) to replace them.
Is there space in the market, for something you can use on a phone ? Something like a virtual RSA keyfob, where it delivers a verification code based upon your credentials, and something unique stored on the phone ?
Drifting OT slightly ...
funnily enough, we had 2 letters yesterday - one for the wife, and one for sprog (a brief usenet discussion suggests I should also receive on, but they're being batched).
Anyway, their names are being kept *off* the open register (according to the letter) which is following the previous choice I made when I last submitted the form.
Reading this makes an interesting point:
"The Government has stated that 35 million voters will be transferred to the new system automatically as their identity can verified using the Department of Work and Pensions database. The remainder will be required to prove their identity in order to remain on the electoral register"
so clearly wife+child are in that system. However there are posts from people who are being asked to verify their identity.
I would be curious to know - I wonder if we'll ever be told - how many "voters" disappear after this exercise ?
Also, is this the first time that the DWP "system" has been connected to issues involving citizenship ? Presumably there are NI number holders in their system who are *not* eligible to vote ?
I have never studied German, just pick up little bits from reading and the odd film, so I was well chuffed that I almost decoded that ...
Sonner = special
tag = day
gruktfahr (or more probably)
karten = card [ticket ?]
I think it's clear the direction we're moving ...
the client end - PC plus browser, is becoming the end-goal. You then point that at the website of your choice, to actually do something.
If this is the case, then the end of the journey will be a box which is intended for, and designed to just access websites, which deliver the real functionality.
When you look at it that way, ChromeOS is a logical development. And hardware vendors need to think carefully about what they build.
Nice placement for El Reg
On the lappie screen
A black cab ? What happened to this world famous "knowledge" then, which is the reason for their high fares ?
My wife has MS, and is registered blind (although partially sighted). We went to a national exhibition for aids and adaptations last year, and it seemed every ****er and his dog had some "special" aid, which in reality was a crippled tablet/phablet/phone running Android, with a few custom apps.
All of which was priced about 10x what it would have cost if you wanted the same thing *not* designed for the blind.
The only thing we got which was of any use, was "Cocoons" - a pair of sunglasses which reduce the glare my wife experiences due to the optic neuritis.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, 2 years after I looked into using voice control for android, and deciding to wait until we had a decent phone (not a Wildfire) we get a Moto G (*Brilliant* btw) and I discover that **** all has moved on in the world of Android voice control. It's still pants.
To be fair this is voice control via bluetooth. If you start researching you realise that no one has ever, in the history of the world, wanted to use a BT headset to control their phone. The crushing irony is, my *Windows 8* phone, has seamless BT integration.
You're an idiot
the BitCoins got instantly converted to cash (USD, natch).
I would hope the real test ...
is to permanently bar anyone thick enough to download an alleged VM image from "the security services" from having any say in IT ever again.
The biggest challenge ...
is getting the punters to understand that SMS is *not*,l never has been, and never will be a reliable service.
It's scary the people who *only* send a text in the unwavering belief that it will always be received.
How times change ...
A few years ago, news like this would have generated criticism from the west, along with a long spiel about democracy.
Nowadays, news like this, and the west goes "that's a good idea"
Sorry, I call "bollocks"
My 18yo son, who has an apprenticeship in ICT (and tells everyone he works in IT) had to call me up Saturday night, to "set the internet up" (i.e. explain how to go to Settings, Wireless and Networks, APNs) on his mates phone. They were having a little party with about 10 others, none of whom had the faintest idea (which is why they asked my lad).
Also works for Virgin ;)
Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan
Sorry. Cock up over conspiracy every time.
Um ... did you read the story just before this one ?
You'd go down, big time.
as per title
Not to use IE.
Or Windows, in fact.
IcoScript uses the Component Object Model technology in Microsoft Windows to control Internet Explorer to make HTTP requests to remote services. It also uses its own kind of scripting language to perform tasks.
Anyone ever read "OMNI" in the 80s ?
I'm sure they had an article about the problems of long distance space travel, and someone suggested a drive based on heating metal up. The glow of photons would create a tiny thrust, which - over time - would accelerate to quite a speed. IIRC the artists illustration (OMNI had some stunning sci-fi fantasy artwork) showed something like a car cigarette lighter in space ....
Deja vu ?
every so often, you get stories about "joined up government". They have a brief vogue, and then die down again.
My suspicion is every so often, a new, wet-behind the ears minister dreams up a wheeze, which sounds brilliant.
They then take this idea to the civil service (who have seen it all before) who point out that maybe it might not be such a spiffing idea after all, since it would have to apply to the minister, their spouse, their children, and could make life a tad tricky, but that there's a desperate need for international standards around the internet of things, and that the minister would be better serving the government by devoting the next 18 months to that line of work.
Rinse and repeat.
The road to hell
and all that.
It's never *this* government you need to worry. After all they're cute and nice, and love their cats.
It's the government as yet unseen - the next one.
 is paved with good intentions, and things which seemed "a good idea at the time".
Re: Is watching Twitter taking your eye off the ball ?
Maybe, just maybe, because there aren't that many to start with ?
Just like the press try to convince us there's a paedo lurking in every bush, the government (who, by the way, are the ones who define terrorism) would have us believe there's a sleeper cell in every street.
Re: Tablets are neither phones nor PCs
True. And what tablets *have* done, is demonstrate that for certain values of "PC User", a tablet is quite adequate.
Take my wife for example (I wish someone would ;) ). Totally non-IT person, but uses email, and browses a lot, and likes Amazon. When the only tool we had to achieve these tasks was a PC, she used a PC. However, after locating a decent high-spec 10" HDTV android for <£200 at Christmas, she hasn't used the PC once.
Speed through checkouts ...
MrsPage and I have have been using these fold-up crates to pack our shopping into. Get to the checkout, unload on belt, get to other end, and pack crate (in trolley) faster than the checkout operator can scan them. Really flummoxes the twunts who like to make customers scrabble by not turning on the output belt, as I can take the item from their hand.
Added bonus is box can then be stacked nicely in boot, and not fall over like a collection of bags.
As to scanning items individually, it's the trained procedure. There are numerous lines where items look identical, but aren't ... not only is there the risk of a pricing difference, but also stock control and special offers need to know.
You might think you invented the idea of jerking around with customers, with your youth, haircut, and facial ironmongery, but you don't realise this 45+ duffer used to work in Sainsburys on Saturdays, just like you ...
I have to write *something*
as I need to express my delight as stories like this ->
No mention ...
of how a dropped screw can disappear into a trans-dimensional vortex, never to be seen again ?
Until you walk around barefoot, this is.
Why, oh why, do I keep reading this as "Cortina" ?
Bring back the Ford Cortina !
How does this square with the mantra of "public transport" ?
In the 90s, I was convinced that MS had two departments, at opposite ends of the building. One was dedicated to *fighting* piracy, and came up with all sorts of whizzy ways to stop it. Their work was then taken across the building to the other team, who made sure it never happened, since some of Microsofts market dominance is undoubtedly based on how "porous" Win 3.1/95 and Office 97 and Visual Studios 4,5 and 6 were.
Certainly at the local level, councils up and down the country have done their damndest to deter private motoring. This is no secret. It's a stated policy. I have an email in reply to my observation that resequencing some local lights would improve the efficiency of the junction. The reply I got basically said that as a means to encourage public transport, anything which made it easier to drive was undesirable.
There are two examples of this in concrete and tarmac in SW Brum, where the A38 passed through Selly Oak and Northfield. The bypass is 5 minutes *longer* than the previous route (a fact locals have twigged, meaning the original route is used to bypass the bypass). This was by *design* not accident.
Re: On the whole
Since the majority of the panel seem to be fairly well educated, even if not in a scientific subject, I would suggest they are all bright enough to make a fairly sane assessment of the situation.
Well, highly educated men once thought that you could fit 10 angels on the head of a pin, and that disease was spread by bad air.
Point taken ? Or are you prey to the conceit that we're perfect, whilst laughing at our ancestors ?
Serious (maths) question ...
If we're all agreed that weather is a chaotic system, then is there some theorem somewhere which shows that sampling a chaotic system regularly over time (say, every day) will result in an overall data set which *isn't* chaotic ? Because if the answer is "no" then it seems to me that climate is as chaotic as the weather it drives, and - by definition - no amount of modelling, or knowing start states is going to give us more than a few reliable data points, before it starts drifiting.
Icon, not because I claim to be one, but I'd like the answer from one ->
Says it all
about the value of science in 21st century Britian
er ... actually
a 100% mesh grid of smart meters will tell you *exactly* where the leccy/gas is being pilfered from.
Re: Stuff the meters
Burglars will have a field day when all the lights go off ....
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