26 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd March 2010 13:20 GMT
Doesn't make sense
If this logic was taken to other areas it would mean that:
1) Steinway would own the copyright to all piano concerts in the world?
2) Add you own crazy case.
Surely that cannot be right!
Re: Still fingering the tsunami @sunnyskies
It is funny with coal fired power stations - for some reason nobody cares about the million+ dying from the pollution every year, thousands of miners dying every year, cancer causing and IQ damaging mercury and other heavy metals in the smoke and ash, etc. etc. No let us instead worry about some tiny risk related to our clean nuclear plants!
The land that has to be abandoned around Fukushima is small compared to land abandoned on a routine basis when we build hydro power stations - yet nobody really worries too much about that! On top of that you should remember that the land is only being abandoned due to unreasonably high safety standards that are causing more damage than the risk they are trying to deal with.
Please go and worry about something really dangerous instead of nuclear power!
Why not buy a much better Samsug Galaxy S3 today?
Why wait when you can just buy a very nice Samsung Galaxy S3 today?
To my surprise I noted during the last month that all my "Apple wearing" non-techy friends have done just that.
Apple must be very afraid!
Appe is scared
Most of my non-techy iPhone wearing friends have recently turned up with a white Samsung Galaxy SIII. I can understand if apple is very scared!
If you can patent rectagles with round corners I wonder if Samsung has managed to patent phones with screens that are bigger than 4 inches ;-) - Just because of size there is no way you can mistake a new Samsug phone for an iPhone.
Paris - because it is all about size!
Mobile TV works fine in France
Here in France all operators have offered TV on their 3G networks at least during the last 3 years. You typically get somewhere between 30 and 70 TV channels thrown in with your monthly subscription. It works fine.
However, my kids spend more time on Youtube than on those TV channels. No doubt that video on demand is the future.
Phone thieves bevare!
I just realise that the computer crime laws appear to be offering great protection to smart phone owners.
If somebody steals my phone that must surely be covered by "do an unauthorised act in relation to a computer".
As industries start to build computers into their products and attach them to networks and radio transmitters they become vulnerable to all kind of new attacks they fail to understand.
It is "standard procedure" that the go through several phases before their products eventually become secure enough to operate reliably in the new networked environment.
The first phase is almost always: Denial.
This is where Medtronic is now.
Remember Microsoft, the CCTV industry, the burglar alarm people, SCADA, etc.?
The real issue
The real issue is that the Southern European countries fought very hard to join the new hard currency, the Euro, BUT they failed to re-adjust their policies and way of living to match the new currency.
They were used to funny money and salaries and prices going up 10% every year and they failed to adjust this down to 1%. For example, since joining the Euro prices in Italy have gone up more than 40% compared to Germany. The result is a massive fall in competitiveness.
The Germans took some very hard medicine with almost no wage increases during the 90'ies and adjusted pension age, etc. I can understand that they are very unhappy to support the Greeks who doctored the books, went on a binge of spending and took their pension at 55 before the crisis began.
Bailing out everybody will not save the Euro. On the contrary it will turn it into a failed soft currency. The Euro law was set up to create a strong currency and that is why bailouts are not allowed. Pity that our politicians will not take the hard medicine: allow a default. But perhaps they are also afraid of another set of bank collapses.
It is wrong to call this a currency crisis. It is a problem of national debt and national economic policy that fails to take the new hard currency into account.
Oh no! Yet another local system that works in Denmark only :-(
Bad for tourists and danes abroad who visit the old motherland.
I hope this fails!
(Other Fails: half the of the credit card terminals in Denmark only accept the Danish dankort, no thanks to foreign cards!; their new Oyster card like system (which is a big failure) doesn't allow tourists to use it - we pay full price!)
If you travel a lot it is a big deal to avoid queues at border controls. Imagine that you have to queue up and flash your passport whenever you go to work? Lots of Europeans cross borders when they go to work every day and the abolition of border controls has really increased the development of the border regions.
You don't have to flahs your passport going from Wales to England or from Scotland to England. Why should it be any different when you move around, for example, Italy, France and Germany!?
Before Schengen I used to travel in a night train between Luxembourg, France, Switzerland and Italy. It was sooooo nice to be woken up *twice* for each border crossing (check out of one country and being checked into another one) and having the train standing still.
Believe me, no border control is a Big Deal!
We are all too lazy
One key problem is that we are all too lazy to bother deciding who we want to trust. This is too difficult! We are happy to rely on browser vendors huge list of root CA's from organisations who obviously do not have adequate security and are happy to sell that "secure feeling" of a $10 certificate.
This problem is unlikely top be solved by some technical solution such as improved protocols IMHO.
Perhaps our browser needs some kind of "trust mode". When in "banking mode" it will not trust domain validated certififates. When in "Dissident mode" it will drop trust in Chinese certificates or whatever local regime I do not trust. Etc.
I would have loved Android on Nokia
I dropped Nokia a few years ago due to crappy software. I would have loved to run Android on some cool Nokia hardware but that will not happen :-(
If a smaller company like HTC can do both Android and WM7 why can't Nokia?
These guys built a real sub for $ 200.000
$200K is a lot lower than the $5m DEA estimate!
The builders are now working on some very nice rockets. So far the people have no plans of entering the drugs trade AFAIK ;-)
ID madness after 911
Much of the "show ID" madness began after 911 which is amazing since none of the 911 plotters used any fake ID!
In Europe they have removed the requirement to show ID before boarding a plane. So whenever I fly with Lufthansa from Frankfurt to France I show no ID anywhere - passport control has also been abolished within the Schengen area. The lack of ID check greatly speeds up boarding which is now done by a machine which opens the gate after scanning your boarding pass.
No need to take the bus! :-)
Elsewere within the Schengen area I find that airport or airlines want to see you passport 90% of the time - probably to stop you using somebody elses ticket.
Unlawful processing of personal information
Surely this must be unlawful processing of personal information under the Data Protection Act.
Having seen the photos of Assange being handed the CDs the Information Commisioner should have been out with blue lights to stop this illegal activity. Ahhhh, I forgot, nobody takes the DPA seriously.
Well done Twitter! (no sarcasm!)
Good to see that Twitter is open about this and informs their users before handing over the data. Many other companies would just hand it over silently!
Considering the amount of time my children spend on Youtube I think that Google will be sucessfull - even without the TV stations cooperating! Google also has enough money to buy some serious content. I wish them luck but hope that the "spying" can be limited to a reasonable level.
I have just closed my Paypal account
"We are sorry that you have decided to close your PayPal account. With millions of members in dozens of countries and regions across the globe, PayPal is continually improving and expanding its award-winning services."
Living without Paypal is easy, a relief actually :-) But living without Visa is another story. However, I have a few cards which I do not really use and closing them now is a good time to send a message.
Revoke Apache licenses for Oracle!
What if Apache refused to license all Apache software to Oracle? That would probably hurt!
Would this even be possible?
Would it be fair if open source groups took such steps against bad corporates?
Pipe dream, I guess!
If you want a one word reply it must be: Linux
FreeBSD is a very nice OS but in my humble opinion it is not production ready unless you really feel like spending lots of time tinkering.
FreeBSD is suffering from a huge lack of "eyeballs" compared to Linux. Over the past years FreeBSD have missed many release schedules and you just get the impression that there are not enough FreeBSD developers out there to deliver the functionality and stability which we see in Linux distributions such as Redhat.
An important production issue is lack of official hardware support. Most vendors of servers, disk controllers, etc, will officially support Linux but not FreeBSD. The same goes for software. It is sometimes diffult to find FreeBSD support for your favourite configuration management tool, virtual machine hypervisor, etc. etc.
Many databases, such as MySQL, work better on Linux because the majority of the developers, consultants, etc. work on Linux. So the Linux platform gets tested, documented and optimised much better.
Package management on FreeBSD is less mature than Linux and due to lack of official FreeBSD support you often end up compiling your own packages (and kernel if you have a bad day) and maintaining your own package repositories. This really slows down patching/vulnerability management.
So in many FreeBSD production environments you may see low productivity and delayed projects because your staff will be spending time on debugging and fixing some low level critical issue that just works out of the box on Linux. Well, that is my experience. Your mileage may wary.
May your OS be with you!
Flying European Hotels
Apparantly governments no longer require passengers to show any ID for flights within the Schengen area - but some airlines do. Lufthansa doesn't require any ID, great to bord quickly by flashing your boarding pass barcode at a machine! This may come as a shock to some: but I love these privacy respecting Germans!
When I moved to Britain is was shocked to realise that many British do not consider themselves to be European. Europeans are the (weird) guys living on the European continent! This makes it easier to understand the anti European stance in some of the tabloids. Then the Brits also had programmes like Eurotrash which paints Europeans as being crazy, weird and mostly naked - funny though!
I am as confused as everybody else regarding the showing of passports in hotels in Europe (Britain included :-). Sometimes they want it and sometimes they don't, seems like a 50% chance to me.
I have taken my coat and left for France. I really miss the good pub food and fantastic English humour. I do not miss NuLabours big brother attitudes and the long border control queues! Not to mention that you now have to register your passport details in advance when you travel to the UK - even from Paris! Crazy! I wish you Brits all the best in restoring some of your freedoms!
Where's the news?
WOW! An old authentication protocol which has been abondoned by its creator and replaced by Kerberos is broken. Yes, we all knew that, thanks.
Suggestions for similar interesting articles:
SSLv2: still broken after all these years.
HTTP basic authentication: still broken after all these years.
SSHv1: still broken after all these years.
Telnet: still broken after all these years.
Wow, this is getting exciting! ;-)
May I suggest to read some excellent The Register articles about how media should do some background checks before passing on news from other sources.
To the Anonymous Coward who wrote:
"Man-in-the-middle require fooling the user to send their data to them instead of where they intended - so the moral is don't trust unsecured networks."
The purpose of most security protocols is to allow trusted transactions on non-trusted networks. The benefit is that you do not have to trust the network. That is good, for a network is a big and complex beast that should never be trusted IMHO.
What if: Google lockout?
I wonder what HRH Jobs would think if the Googleplex decided that their wast number of services were off-limits to Jobsian devices suc as iPhones, iPads, Mac, iX ??!
IMHO this is yet another Apple app rule which is not in the interest of neither iPhone developers nor iPhone users.
If you ever go to Moscow, even for a few days, I highly recommend Yota.
After beeing fleeced by most hotels which charge RUB 900 (GBP 20!) per day for Internet access I now use Yota. It is great, mobile, 3 mbps in real life and only cost RUB 50 (GBP 1.10) per day. SIP and Skype works fine.
The Wimax dongle, which can be found in most shoppng centres, only costs RUB 2000. So compared to paying extreme hotel rates you are saving money during day 3.
English info is here: http://www.yota.ru/en/
What about liquid fluoride thorium reactors?
Another promising small scale reactor type is the liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR).
Would be interesting to hear The Reg Energy Nuke Boffins view on this technology!