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US Intelligence Fail?
If I've read the article right, the list was created by Google and stored on their servers in such a way that it was accessible to the Chinese.
Isn't that a Google Fail, then?
I do loathe the influence that big money seems to wield over British Governments (and the last lot were not so clean themselves, I seem to recall). I'd much prefer the influence to be primarily from our own elected politicians, idiots though a lot of them are.
And on that score I'm not inclined to care much about the minister's complaints - not an MP is he?
Saw my first one yesterday, in Curry's. Wonder why it took so long for it to appear?
It looked nice but for some reason they didn't think to switch it on and show off Windows 8. The salesman seemed more interested in blocking access to it and yacking to another waste of space.
So if you wanted to see Windows 8 in action you were pretty much restricted to non-touch laptops, which of course show off the pointlessness of the UI without touch. And the fact that the store is a ghost-town these days tends to suggest I'm not alone in that opinion.
I think the 'Fail' icon would be redundant.
" selling 100 million copies of a product is a good thing"
But how many of those copies are installed on hardware sat in warehouses waiting for the non-fondling public to finally get Windows 8? Surely it would be trivial for MS to count the number of platforms that have become active and tell is that figure?
I have no beef with the tablet versions, but I will not upgrade to a laptop/desktop version, nor will I advise any of my relatives to do so until MS come up with something that I think is at least as usable as Windows 7 (and I don't care how fast it is under the hood in comparison).
But eventually, since your behaviour is clearly intended to frustrate the need of law enforcement to identify who is using an IP address at a given point in time.
"The benefits to consumers are huge"
An MS joke, that is.
The only way users will all be on subscription models within a decade is if they pull all packaged products. .. and if users fail to realise that there are are alternatives out there that don't open up a vein to marketing blood-suckers.
Not much to crow about
I note that the UK scored worse than the Philippines and is 5 points aways from being only 'partially free' itself.
And likely the Communications Data Bill, if it or a future re-branding ever came to fruition, would push us over the edge.
Re: Wow, what an ingenious fix!
More blatant, perhaps, but not original. It has been apparent for a number of years now that governments in the northern hemisphere are inclined to bring in laws to regulate misbehaviour by public bodies in this area, in such a way as to make legal what would otherwise rightly have been illegal.
The result is the same - we all get shafted.
If the beer's good enough, it won't need to be long-life?
Apparently, dog's milk lasts for years as well.
Ye Olde Face-Booke Emporium
Purveyors of the Finest Snuff *, for the Delight and Delectation of the discerning palate.
[* For a modest consideration : we require no coin of the Realm, merely an infinitessimal portion of your own Immortal Soul.]
Loathsome purveyors of malware. I do hope Mozilla make them pay for the damage that's being caused to their reputation.
What sort of odious software engineer is happy to work on this stuff?
Words at the bottom of the screen
They don't even have to be legible - their mere presence indicates that the words spoken are probably a lie. I've yet to see small print that says "actually the deal is much much better than the bloke said".
Shooting the messenger
Neil McAllister is getting a lot of stick here for 'stating the obvious', but isn't raising serious issues with technology one of the most useful functions of technology sites?
Not everyone is so enamoured of these things that they know everything about them and the issues they raise, so it's helpful to have someone lay it all out.
Might be logical
But it would be more logical to say that mis-management of the economy by US politicians forces women into prostitution. Perhaps they should get to work on themselves?
Re: Ongoing Modelling
It would be a bit costly and time-consuming to update models every time something new (either way) is discovered.
I imagine once sufficient bugs have accumulated we may see the release of a Service Pack, or an upgrade to AGW 2.0.
@BenR - Re: Facebook / Instagram etc.
I think your points are quite valid.
A further point is that Facebook Terms allow them to commercially exploit what you've uploaded and we therefore might find Facebook and similar sites actively protecting that benefit, effectively attacking the non-dilligent on the user's behalf. Or maybe offering such a service at a price?
"We know perfectly well when we're doing churnalism..."
And you'd be told sharpish by your readers.
No danger of that here - a useful and informative article, though I'm not sure if the connection between the Sunlight Foundation and Hacked Off is really ironic. Both organisations, for apparently different reasons, seem to want to but a brake on free reporting.
"...[The] HO [Home Office] are, I suspect, not that pleased ...""
The Lib Dems may not be that good at pleasing HOs, but they'd please me if they made the Government see sense and kill this concept once and for all.
Re: Plan 9 from Planet Obvious: XP -> Linux Mint + sandboxed XP VM
Sounds reasonable. Just a few points to iron out :
1. Would old hardware efficiently support a VM for XP?
2. If Yes, and it is an OEM XP license, does the XP EULA allow installation in a VM?
3. If new hardware, would a new XP license (OEM or otherwise) be available?
4. If Yes, is it possible to avoid paying for a Win7/8 license to get the hardware?
Answer me those and I'll consider your proposal..
Re: Serious WPAD flaw in IE?
That looks nasty! For a standard home network it doesn't seem to be an issue (unless there is already something lurking able to capitalise on it), but following the tip in the thread did at least clear the WPAD-related junk off my network, so thanks for the steer.
Re: Flawed Survey
Hmm I don't think so. Mind you, I don't think my effort counts either, unless they register a premature exit as 'having misgivings about it'.
Facial-recognition software determines that the person you're looking at has winked. It then determines sex and looks up your personal preferences. If appropriate it then searches for local hotels and presents a pre-filled booking form for the nearest hotel for your approval (or a list of your favourite chat-up lines if you're not that confident).
The nature of the filter
We are informed that The proposed request filter will further protect privacy by discarding all data not directly relevant to an investigation, which implies some clever (and I dare say impossible in practice) data processing before the info is handed out.
I would hope that the filter is really a human being who will say "fuck off you're a local council and are operating way beyond your brief". Or something like that.
I wanted to show how little I'm happy to share by not answering any of the questions, but it wouldn't let me.
All a bit vague
All MS seem to be able to say is that security update 2823324 "...conflicts with certain third-party software ". Yet I only see Kaspersky mentioned in this context. Why can't they be more specific?
Way too complicated for me
I'm inclined to agree with jake that (at least for the consumer) it's over the top and it's down to your own approach. I have backups all over the place cos I never like to destroy information, but in truth I don't know what I really have.
Which leads me to an important point : sometimes you want to wipe something out and start again, or get rid of all copies of something that you really wish you hadn't created (embarrassing/compromising etc.). Does this thing come with a "flush all copies of this file away throughout the system" button?
[I recently came across the Windows 'Restore Previous Versions' facility and was surprised to find that you can resurrect files from previous restore points. 'Cool', I thought. Then 'What a security hole!']
"Slide to unluck"
I'm not really up on all this bollocks so I'm confused : what's the difference between that and the Samsung S3's "Swipe to unlock". Or am I using an illegal phone?
Anyway, in response to the request for opinions on gestures 'most useful in controlling my technology', my favourite is the meaningful stare while holding a hammer.
@ Chairo - Re: Huh?
Well said - I remember feeling that at the time. It was focused on the politics and that coloured the responses.
A further factor, I think, was that by that time the whole subject had been done to death and people were just tired of banging on about the evils of the thing. I know I am - I can't even be arsed to read up on what the latest version contains.
@Arctic fox - Re: @JustaKOS ... "You see what I mean?"
Yes, there's no avoiding him. I counted 27 responses to just the one post by Eadon, taking over virtually the whole of the first page - that is awesome power. God-like, almost.
Basically he enjoys the responses, so if you really don't want to give him that power, I suggest not responding.
@AC - Re: @Norman Hartnell
'Responding in kind', you say? Looking back over the comments there are plenty which are just gratuitously hostile (eg "Cast off your dribble-soaked language"), whereas the pro-Welsh comments tend to be civilised in the face of such nastiness.
This issue only matters to those who would like to be able to buy Welsh-language e-books from Amazon, and the cure to the problem would not affect anyone else. So why the hostility?
If you've had the misfortune to meet the sort of Welsh tosser who would see you only as a "bastad saes", then you have my sympathy. But we're not all like that, any more (I hope) than the examples present here represent all English.
It seems crazy, but you may be right. I can't think of any other practical difficulty that they might be having.
So the question then is : why can't they employ one or maybe two people at the most to do this? Are they afraid of having employees involved in something other than distribution in the UK?
Aw come on
Leaving aside the article treading a fine line on the border of taking the piss, and the usual insulting comments that Welsh topics generate, the issue is simply one of puzzlement. Why are Amazon, a global mega-corp whose basis for existing is selling stuff, seemingly incapable of publishing books in a language which, despite speaking numbers, is well-established and requires no special fonts?
Re: Town halls join rush to use the snoopers’ charter
Well there's a surprise.
Still, it's jolly decent of them to make their intentions known in advanced - it should make for a much more informed parliamentary debate.
But I hope the FAA and other AAs aren't just going to rest on a quick expert response. At the very least it has been shown that there is altogether too much information available on the inner working of flight systems. It would be wise to quietly demand a detailed analysis from all providers of such systems as to why this exploit cannot work.
"Really, what did these people expect?"
That pretty much sums it all up.
It seems to be exactly what it was intended to be - something to attract die-hard facebook users, not something to attract the outcasts into the fold.
The real test will be when sufficient numbers of the true targets get their hands on it. Then we'll see if Facebook have judged their users right.
Re: I'm confused.
Re Skype - thanks for that. I shall continue to ignore requests/prods to update it. Don't have any use for it anyway.
KB2823324 installed on my machine on the 10th and I haven't noticed any problems - no crashes and startup is fine. Should I uninstall it anyway?
'Seeing the future' = 'Divination'. Smells like the work of the Devil to me. Perhaps he thought better of it.
Or perhaps he's gone quiet because no matter how far forward he looked he could never find a time when the whole world was embracing the One True Religion.
Re: Modern Media Management
I gather Stephen Fry is on stand-by.
@Yes Me - Re: "...digital copies of books should "deteriorate"..."
Actually, I'd rather Libraries stuck to the physical book form - they're gradually becoming soulless places with their increasing focus on providing internet facilities.
But, that seems to be the way things are going, so we should at least ensure that they aren't screwed by the publishers - hence my comments.
"...digital copies of books should "deteriorate"..."
OK, provided that the rate of deterioration is set to match what Libraries find in practice, not necessarily what fits the publishers' business models.
And while we're talking about deterioration, the publishers should give an initial discount to reflect the piss-poor proof-reading that seems to have crept into digital formats.
Re: Why is this a problem?
"This enormous purchasing juggernaut will devour us all"
Er - shouldn't that be "... will bankrupt us all"?
Might be useful. Or might not.
The presence of a word in Hatebase is pretty meaningless on its own (eg 'Taffy' is there, but I don't feel particularly threatened by its use). What counts is how words (any words) are used. When a derogatory term is applied to a well-defined group and that use is encouraged or approved by those in power (or those who aspire to it), then it's time to get worried . That's the first step - labelling them. To be followed by demonising them and defining them as non- or sub-human. Then the genocide can begin.
The world has so obviously missed these indicators or not responded to them the past. It hasn't been for lack of a database of 'Hate Speech' - just the will to notice and do something about it.
This database may help, but unless it is accompanied by intelligent analysis of the trends for usage of the terms, all that it'll do is add another level to the push to sanitise discourse - 'Pre-Genocidal Speech' being a much more serious accusation than 'Hate Speech'.
Perhaps one shouldn't read too much into graphs, but it does seem that the Win7 share dipped for a short time when Win8 hit the streets, then started to rise again - a clear indication of the failure of Win8 to capture anyone's imagination.
It would be safe to predict, I think, that there will be an upsurge in Win7 sales as people and businesses migrate while they can.
Leaving Win8 languishing, going nowhere - until someone works out what it's for. Or until MS concede their failure and upgrade it to something that is attractive to those who want a tool, not just a window on a world of consumption.
I believe 'em
There does seem to be a strong similarity in concept between Facebook Home and Windows Phone.
Not that I give a shit really - I'll not be entertaining either implementation of the concept any time soon, barring an inexplicable depletion in my quota of brain cells.
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