U.K. National Grid Status
OK, electricity only, but it is showing wind as 8.21% as I type: http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/index.php, France at 11.88%
674 posts • joined 29 May 2007
Where is El-Reg served from ?
Maybe Ballmer should have started selling a line of chairs ?
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Let's get on with looking at the great pictures from New Horizons.
If you listen carefully when Theresa May (or similar) is trying to convince us that this surveillance is effective they say something like ''had found xx suspects'' - translation: ''our monitors went ping over xx people who we shall investigate''. They do NOT say how many people have been convicted (or the ping found to be true) as a result of Internet surveillance, presumably because this would be much less than xx and so less persuasive that letting snooping continue is a good idea.
Any experienced politician or press facing civil servant knows how to present numbers deceptively.
But since it was free in the first place, it is still free!
If they are going to force people to decrypt data I was pleased to note:
either by providing encryption keys or turning over decrypted data
Handing over a piece of plain text is, IMHO, much less bad than having to hand over keys. You know what the spooks have, something presumably itemised in a court order. Hand over the keys and a lot of other stuff is now readable by them as well.
Does that count towards one of the 200 porn videos that you watch every year ?
Time in seconds should be how computers see it.
Time broken up into minutes/hours/days is done for the convenience of humans - who cannot deal with large numbers - who knows that 2592000 seconds is a (30 day) month ? The time convertion routines will deal with leap seconds.
Slight complications with some applications, eg bank interest is computed in days - be they 86400 or 86401 or 86402 seconds long. Programmers will get used to this and will cope, it will become part of the 'tradition'.
Fiddle the issue now and we will just end up being hated in generations to come when they have a big problem to deal with - and their computers will not deal with them since that is not the way things will be done.
They would need to set up a subsidiary over which they only owned shares but had no executive control and which was guaranteed to not employ any USA citizens. Then: when the USA court comes sniffing the USA based company could show its requests and the two fingered replies that the European company was giving it.
Even then: I am not convinced that this scheme would be good enough.
If you want to take pictures in a public park and use them commercially you need to pay:
Extradite Gary McKinnon. Sorted
More or less what I was going to write. Gary only got in because of hopeless sysadmin practices in the USA (eg not changing default passwords). Have these clowns learned nothing in the decade since then?
It seems not - the hunt is now on for scapegoats and then not bother to smarten up their act.
TWTA = Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traveling-wave_tube
The secret trade deal will, by all accounts, let facebook abuse everyone's personal data. Big business seems to know what is going into this while those affected by it (ie us) will be kept in the dark until it is too late and the politicians can retire on various 'contributions'.
How much has all this collection cost ? Would we have saved more lives giving that money to the NHS?
has anyone made one to google to see what it has about them - and got a reply ?
to someone else. I doubt that they really believe that the other will stop trying to crack them, this is just for show.
I dislike WP intensely largely for this reason. I want to install the programs/scripts read only - preferably using the OS installer (eg: yum/rpm or apt-get). It is also hard to have one copy of the scripts and use them in several sites. WP makes this very hard, they entire mindset of the developers seem to have little clue about large scale system admin and want WP to do everything.
Also: they seem to favour features over security -- get something working quickly, worry about good coding later.
These are the ones that really concern me. The police are given special privileges to find things out about us - ANY abuse MUST be met by a high profile dismissal and loss of pension.
I could not see how many of these were caught, but I suspect that the numbers reflect no more than the top of an iceberg.
The problem here is that many manufacturers of phones, etc, lose all interest in some hardware once it is more than about a year old. However a lot of us buy a phone and expect to use it for many years - why throw out something that still works ?
to include those of the French president and all members of the national assembly.
What do you mean ... some should be excluded ... why ... is it not really safe then ?
What now ? Forks and distros ?
Yes - I have my own copy, slightly different from yours, and I have given versions, free of charge, to my kids.
Sue me if you don't like what I have done!
have made her dishy ?
Ah, so that is the hole that the bankers were trying to fill - I always suspected that they weren't quite as bad and selfish as they had been portrayed!
Adblock Plus should countersue for theft of bandwidth.
No, it is you & I who should sue for use of bandwidth - unless Adblock plus coordinated some sort of class action.
I can see the admen trying technological mechanisms to stop me viewing their content unless I viewed ads - but what they don't understand (or refuse to) is what I don't like:
* ads that start autoplay of video or sound
* ads that use up a lot of screen space
* ads that pop up/under
* ads that download a lot or slow my browser
* intrusive ads
Nice, small, discrete ads I can put up with. Anything else - piss off!
You don't need one IP address per site if you use SNI (Server Name Indication). The main problem is that this is not supported by MS Windows XP - which although down to about 17% ... is still some time before web site owners consider it unimportant.
HTTPS is not secure if you can 'own' certificate authorities and/or DNS - neither of which is hard for governments -- so it comes down to who you want to protect against ?
People forget that what he was talking about was that excessive use of goto is harmful. It harks back to a day when many programs had a goto every 3-5 lines -- that is spaghetti code. A small number of goto and corresponding labels can make the code cleaner by avoiding the use of ThereIsAnError type variables that are continually tested until the error handling code at the bottom of the function is reached.
Here is a nice article on the subject: http://david.tribble.com/text/goto.html
Quite possibly: good encryption is hard; but just because one group got it wrong does not mean that they all will.
The findings are analogous to sampling a selection of 100-watt light bulbs at the hardware store and discovering that they vary in brightness
I always knew that these low energy bulbs were not what they were cracked up to be. Don't last as long as claimed either.
So if they want a copy of your passport so that you can see what information they hold about you, does that not suggest that they did not do enough to assert who you were when you signed up on their web site in the first place ?
Surely: give the exact same information (be that true or false) should be enough.
Sending the list by (presumably unencrypted) email is a bigger problem. Sending email is like putting a post card into a letter box, it can be read by anyone who handles it. So: this email has potentially been read by all sorts of people.
This is the REAL cluelessness - it seems that el-reg's journalists have also forgotten this problem with email.
OK: in this case the NSA has already got this information, but who knows who else has tapped into the Internet routers that the email went through ?
who are defending them in court over their GPL infringement: https://sfconservancy.org/linux-compliance/vmware-lawsuit-faq.html
They will need even more money after they have lost to rewrite their code so that it does not rely on them just grabbing someone else's code and ignoring the license.
They would be very upset if others did that and used their product without paying them ... thinking about it - since it is based on GPL code, it must be licensed under the GPL, so you can do that - just take a copy and use it where you want to.
Will it be legal to rip it out of your car ?
That is all the MEP delegates will get from the US...
Not true - Monica Lewinsky no longer works for the gov't of the USA.
the lying toads will not lose any sleep by living up to the promise. The NSA will just continue to slurp up whatever it wants citing Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse: terrorists, drug dealers, pedophiles, and organized crime.
The definition of debugged software is: software in which the bugs have yet to be found.
Ie all non trivial code contains defects.
There is a relief for breach of GPL that is written into the GPL: release the offending code. VMware could become GPL compliant by releasing its code under the GPL.
Quite simple really.
That would be very interesting - especially in banking circles!
Do the backdoors in iPhones have rounded corners ?
Well, you could even get rid of the country codes themselves. ....
It all depends on how people see their identity or that of their organisation. Many of us still see us as entities within a country, thus I am phcomp.co.uk. Larger or multinational/global entities might choose something different, eg ibm.com or one of the new TLDs that were recently created.
NSA/GCHQ or KGB ?
If I were any of the above I would be setting up companies that sell security products and put a few backdoors in all products. To deal with security companies that I did not 'own' - I would also get a few employees on side by helping them out of problems (financial/drug/marital/...) - problems which I would prob have put them into in the first place.
Maybe they are not doing this; but would anyone believe them if they said not ?
It is very hard to see what they are comparing with what. If it is a default install then all operating systems will install a very different collection of applications ... this makes a naive comparison meaningless.
It is not worth the effort.
The main purpose should have been to make Linkedin take security more seriously so that this did not happen again. But the ''fine'' was a rounding error when compared to its turnover, so small that it will only figure as a footnote to a footnote in their annual report.
Only once we start to see the penalties for crap security actually hurt will we see real improvement.
That is because the ABI compatibility that Linux it talking about is *userland* ie programs. Compatibility within the kernel has never been a design goal - they want to be able to change the way that things work so that they can do things in new/better ways.
That is not at all a problem because all device drivers should be within the kernel tree and thus be recompiled (after perhaps some code changes) with a new kernel.
Binary device drivers are an anathema in the Linux kernel world -- so if you do it, what do you expect ? -- it was never intended to work in the first place! Everything in the kernel is supposed to be Open Source.
So: don't complain about something that was never a design goal.
Eg GPL software that is free (as in no money) for all to use. If I compile and give a binary to someone will I be liable for license fees ? If so then giving something away will cost me money.
A provider who has, presumably, moved to HiFi from the health food industry.
Having a crap is not illegal, so why do toilets have doors ?
you will end up paying sooner or later. The free bit is to get you hooked.