1428 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
"The Craigslist slapper experiment"
hard to think of a more concrete examples of two nations separated by the same language ....
"smartphones, tablets, and computers"
All of which are useless without an internet connection. Presumably Samsung have the serial nos etc. I wonder if they can detect the devices going online.
Same with my TV, whose serial number is registered with LG. Anyone nicks my TV, they'll have to use it in dumb mode.
Yes, there's always going to be workarounds for the odd case. But a truckload ?
One thing the IoT is going to bring, is a lot harder to shift consumer electronics.
Funny these outages happening
as some very serious allegations are flying around the net ....
"Super" hub ?
When I first got one, I immediately went into the settings, to setup DHCP the way it needed to be.
Couldn't do it. It forces the IP address of the internal network - you can't change it.
Sent the POS back as not fit for purpose, and got a discount for the next year. Then they introduce modem mode, and I was able to use a grown-up router (D-LINK). My router dishes out DNS settings, and they ain't VM, which is probably why I had to read this article to realise there was an issue.
Only in the *VM* version of the superhub. Like their TiVo service, you get a nobbled box.
Use your imagination ...
They can firewall out sites which don't comply. Or more likely, they can pass a law saying it's illegal to use a proscribed site - i.e. one which isn't hosted in Russia..
Data ? Copy ?
How would you define either, in a modern distributed system ?
And for every false positive ...
the chances of a false negative *increase*. Not only are these asshats breaking the law, and pissing all over our privacy. They're also making themselves *less* likely to be able to protect us.
A point raised yesterday ...
everyone is 100% certain that only *adults* were involved ? Because UK law (and the majority of US states law) tends to be very harsh on assuming consent in minors.
Is "needs internet connection"
the new "batteries not included"
Kids - ask your 'rents ...
(for using "'rents" ---->)
From the Page household ..
My phone is a company supplied Lumia 620. Since it does all I want (and more, actually, the satnav/GPS is a bonus) I don't need a personal phone.
MrsPage has a 2 year old WildfireS. It does all she wants, expect the battery is starting to die a bit, and she'd prefer a bigger screen (as she has vision issues). So we'll be in the market, but not for anything fancy ... the MotoG is looking like the handset of choice.
What's more, I can't see myself *needing* a new phone anytime soon.
Two juggernauts colliding ...
It's a little like Alien vs. Predator ....
"The war on terror" hits "Think of the children"
Of course, nobbling DNS is the cheapest way to mask certain areas of the internet from the masses. So any issues with major ISPs DNS provision is suspicious.
Back in the 1980s ...
at out Polytechnic computer centre, we were "charged" to use the computer. Two key measures were "connect time" (how long you could be logged in) and "CPU time" (how much CPU you were allowed). These were weekly measures, so got reset every Monday. The idea was to ration a precious resource. As an incentive, if you put your job (in my case network simulations, and matrix-busting maths libraries) into a batch process, and ran it overnight, you weren't charged for CPU usage. (They tried to claim this was to encourage off-peak usage. The real reason was the batch process ran as a special user, and couldn't tell whose jobs it was running).
Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.
(A rider to this memory is as an old-school hacker, I discovered the process which managed the charging, and was able to write some code (in FORTRAN !) which sent it the appropriate message token to "reset" my - or anyone elses - usage figures. Happy days ....
Cinematic telecast ....
Out of curiosity, I discovered the 20th July (Finale) cinecast was playing at my local cinema, so bagged a couple of (numbered) seats. 'Er indoors has never really been a big Python fan, but she appreciates how much money we've saved by not going to the O2 ;)
I guess we can call them movie theatres now ?
Icon ? My hovercraft is full of eels -->
Re: Stewart Lee did some excellent stuff about the countryside on BBC2.
*I* upvoted you, leastways, although you may have gotten more downvotes if you started on visible otters.
Anyone familiar with the Peter Principle
(the excellent book, not the dull sit-com) ?
In any organisation, people rise until they become incompetent, at which point they stop. Therefore in any organisation, the real work is being done by people who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
I really cannot recommend this book enough. Despite being over 35 years old, it reads as if it were written today.
thank you for that site, I have only just got enough breath back to type ...
Re: Re Sunday Sport Headlines
Ah, but did you read the second *story* ?
IIRC, it gave a list of possible explanations for the disappearance of the bomber. The last of which was "The original picture may have been a hoax"
Will never happen.
The reason nothing stays the same in government is simple. It means it's impossible - not just difficult, or tricky, but actually *impossible* to identify where anything - or anyone - went wrong.
Here's a simple, (definitely non trivial) example from recent history. Do you remember the winning bid for the 2012 Olympics HMG submitted ? Do you remember how suddenly it went 17.5% over budget because someone "forgot" to add VAT (no you couldn't make it up).
Now, who was responsible ?
See what I mean ?
People with over 10k in the bank are usually not in the "*chump" crowd.
Wanna bet ? Here's a story from .... oh, yesterday, about chumps losing money ....
From the article:
Hundreds bought plots of land near the World Cup destination of Fortaleza, for which they typically paid £10,000. But at the end of last year, they learned that Pantheon had been wound up by the Insolvency Service after failing to file accounts.
Although I have very little sympathy. These people are venal and greedy, and got stung by their own appetite, and parsimony (since they skimped on using a proper financial adviser).
Was it P.T. Barnum that said "There's one born every minute" ?. As true now, as then, as the lads from Lagos know only too well.
It would help an awful ****ing lot
if the banks themselves put their house in order.
I still get phone calls - genuine - from banks who expect me to cough up personal details before they will tell me what I am calling about.
To be fair it's not just banks. All sort of organisations do it.
The single biggest thing that could tackle these frauds is a industry agreement (mandated by legislation if needs be) that a calling agent never asks for security details.
Re: Just drop the damn thing when above the point you want to be above...
These are criminals. Hardly the sharpest tools in the box to start with. The fact that some of their number were *inside* the jail rather underscores the point.
If they were capable of design and build as described, they wouldn't be criminals.
Have an upvote sir, I agree about WinPho, it's actually quite nice. As always, shame about the dearth of apps.
Your Sinclair !
Didn't realise this was a Dennis publication. Maybe explains why copies were never lodged with the British Library (as I discovered when I was doing some undergraduate research in 1988).
Still, their horror at seeing me with a copy of a magazine they tried to tell me didn't exist did get me a pass to the library proper, which was almost unheard of for an undergraduate.
RIP Felix ...
from someone who's subscribed to Fortean Times since before El Reg was born
so how are you therefore entitled to compensation?
We live in a liberal democracy. That supposes we *all* live under the rule of law. Including (and especially) the government.
If the government causes people to suffer, because it breaks it's own laws (which it did in the JSA case) then those people are entitled to redress.
For a government to rush legislation through parliament to retrospectively deny claimants the money they were due (again, under the governments own laws) is a shocking abuse of process, and one which may well be found to be unlawful, when reviewed against the UKs undertakings to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The fact that Labour colluded with the government on this makes them hypocrites of the highest order. The fact that the poor in society have some notion that Labour is looking out for them is one fact that might be used to demonstrate the stupidity of poverty.
we'd be better of bludgeoning them all to death.
better still, get them to bludgeon each other to death.
We need an Idi Amin icon :(
A textbook example
of ideology over practicality. It matters not a jot that this project will cost far in excess of any putative "saving" it will deliver. Because that wasn't it's aim to begin with.
It's real aim is to deliver an extremely cheap labour force to be exploited by the fatcat companies.
Personally I would question Labours sincerity. Don't forget they voted *with* the government to deny jobseekers who had been unlawfully deprived of benefits compensation. Something against the principles of natural justice, where a citizen has a right of redress against state misbehaviour.
Re: Wonderful Idea
I doubt there'll be any human element. It'll be a code controlled locker of some description.
Presumably it'd be a two way street, and you could return stuff this way ?
I still think there's a trick to be made for Amazon to come to a deal with one, or maybe *all* of the big supermarkets to piggyback onto their delivery networks. I appreciate the commercial realities would be for Tescos et al to say no (as they'd want to flog their own tat) but there's an upside that they might win some customers who plump for online groceries (where, after all, you ARE going to be in) just to get the Amazon stuff.
If anyone from Amazon or Tesco/Sainsbury/Ocado want to contact me ...
41 comments, and no one has picked up ...
The FCC said that it is seeking the penalties against Shenzen-based C.T.S. Technology, and has issued a cease-and-desist order halting sales in the US and demanded a list of individuals who purchased phone jammers from the company.
Be curious to know about the law about this. In particular if the named individual either denies being that person, or no longer has the device (sold it on, binned it).
hold off, I cry foul !. Yes, the run of the mill stuff is like making love in a canoe. But then the same could be said of a lot of big brand "UK" beers.
When it comes to decent small-volume craft beers, the US is a shining light.
I must be getting old - I must have looked like a Daily Mail reader getting their breakfast fix of bigotry and hate reading that article. I agreed with almost every word.
My current bugbear is "news" sites (well, local news) where you *have* to sign in with Facebook to be able to comment on articles. It would be interesting to see if there's an objective measure of the quality of comments on such sites, when compared to the internet as a whole. I'd be curious on the IQ of a bunch of self-selecting commentards.
btw is it just me, or does Dabbsy look like an IT version of Will Self ?
(I will be very upset if I don't get a pithy reply. I may have to unfriend Mr. Dabbs ...)
Internet cf. postcards
Personally, I've always taken the view that any data transmitted through any public network should be viewed in the same light as a postcard, where the transmitted data *and* addressing data are in plain view. Although (ironically) the younger generations are probably unaware of how postcards worked. Like rotary phones ;)
There's a scene in the 70s sitcom "Porridge"
where Fletcher is being pressured by McKay to tell him how the inmates digging a tunnel managed to get rid of all the earth.
"Oh, that's easy Mr McKay" says Fletch breezily. "They dug another hole, and put all the dirt in there."
Why does that remind me of electric cars ?
A while back, I was listening a debate about religion, and an atheist said that good people will do good. bad people will do bad. But the only thing that can make a good person do bad, is religion.
Remember they burnt witches at the stake, not as a punishment, but to save their souls.
Are oyster cards identifiable ?
Mine is, as I ordered it online. But how about the one I bought for the Mrs (for a London trip !) in cash at a newsagents ?
If you want to confuse the surveillance aspect of this scheme, have a pool of burner oyster cards. And/or swap them with your mates.
There's a certain delicious irony
in spying on the spies.
I wonder how they liked it ?
It's all the more sweet for being such a Heath Robinson story - how much did these guys spunk on *their* tech ?
Not sure how to define this ...
a boffin is someone who can (and may actually) undertake an ordinary activity in an *extra*ordinary way, thanks to their grasp of science.
Two examples by way of illustration, both from Breaking Bad.
Walter White making his own battery in the desert out of metal and acid (btw that was *bad* science, as the flimsy wires he connected to the RV would have disintegrated with the current needed to start it)
Gale B. using Liebig condensors and retorts to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
I would add that the Mythbusters are all boffins IMHO.
business elsewhere ...
fair enough. However the implication is, over time, certain sites for the expression of opinions and discussions will only be used by a self-selecting audience.
Industry opt outs .....
on a related note, I have recently encountered two online news sites (the Birmingham Mail is one) where the *only* way you can leave comments, is to "sign in with Facebook".
As of 4 weeks ago, my email to their published "contact us" email address has gone unanswered.
Now that's a private, commercial site. But how long before anyone who doesn't have a Facebook account becomes a second class citizen, and can't sign into a government site.
The irony is, I was a big proponent of putting stuff online. I saw it as similar to the 70s when people complained that *only* dealing with people by phone was unfair on those without a phone (yes, it really happened). My argument being that internet access in the 2000s was becoming like having a phone in the 80s (I had some friends in the early 70s whose parents chose not to have a phone. They were extinct in the 80s).
Personally as someone who has read 1984 I think a lot of what saves us is our utter indifference. The system in the book only works due to the scary level of commitment from the government employees. At the moment we simply lack this (hooray for bureaucracy!). In the future? Not so sure.
Stewart Lee, in stating that he hates Twitter, (half) jokingly called it "a state surveillance agency staffed by gullible idiots. A stasi for the Angry Birds Generation"
Like all humour, there's a kernel of truth in that. It won't be the government snooping on what we do, and who we do it with. It will be us - the public.
Most people in East Germany selection for political "re-education" were dobbed in by neighbours (probably in a pre-emptive strike) or more chillingly, their own children. A common classroom trick was to ask the kids to sing the theme tune to the news, to identify whose parents were watching the banned West German news.
Missed caption opportunity
"JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, George Osborne and R2D2. Spot the android."
Newtonian to Einsteinian physics ?
Dredging my memory, wasn't it something about the timings of the transit of Mercury (observed differing from theoretical) which validated Einsteins theory of relativity ? (Whether special or general, I can't say).
Either way, love it !
Except it's the *federal* aviation authority.
Southern states have a deep rooted mistrust of most things federal. Apart from their money.
I like it ..
Many years ago, in Chandlers guitars, Richmond, there was a big sign behind the counter:
"Our hourly charges:
instrument repairs - £20
if you watch - £30
if you help - £50"
Re: ICO and ASA seem to be backing off in this area...
so the ICO and ASA want you to validate your email address to spammers.
I really do think IQ levels are falling worldwide.
A word that *so* desperately wants to be paired with "Act"
The third word :( -->
phew Rory ?
And the first question to make ££££ for the lawyers
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