Holy Snikes! The Judge got one right! Woot! Etc. Hope he has a Happy Birthday next time around.
122 posts • joined 6 May 2010
Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed
Re: What about separation?
I don't have a good feel on how to do what you are advocating - but I think the first step is to roll back the idea that a corporation is somehow human and has the same rights (without the responsibilities).
*NOTE* This is based on American law and current legal precedent. I don't know what you Limeys have going on.
All of those arguments - especially the drunk driving one - can be used to support gun ownership. For the record I support personal gun ownership by people who have not proven themselves unsuitable.
We better warn Idaho they are fixing to be wiped off the map when the deadly potato clock becomes mainstream knowledge.
That is certainly an issue. However, I dream about our various departments taking over their own IT like they try to. They have certainly been able to dictate to us what they were going to do and we've had to make it work within our existing framework (with little or no budget adjustments). It would be an eye-opener for them when their data disappeared, when their new shiny didn't interface with their existing, etc. I would pay good money to watch the gnashing of teeth, instead of getting paid peanuts to gnash my own.
One department recently dropped 100k on a new platform (we are a small entity so this is big bucks for us) without any consultation with IT, and refused to have their old data imported by the vendor (an extra 10k). They simply didn't realize it wasn't as easy as copy and paste to move the data. So now we are running 3 systems (because this isn't their first rodeo!) side by side, some of it on truly antiquated systems, just because the ego of the manager won't allow him to acknowledge his failure. We don't have any internal developers so doing the data conversion ourselves would be problematical.
Not only were we not involved - we had no clue it was coming. We had to put on hold our backup update project to fund the hardware and licenses for their new project - wait for it - because they didn't include money for that in their budget.
TLDR - Bad idea to "decentralize" IT the way the author is advocating.
Re: I've checked the specs
Said OFF switch is in the basement. That has no working lights. Behind a locked and barred door that has a sign on it saying "beware the leopard". The sign isn't lying.
Re: Shine the light
It is hard to shine a light where this comes from because the back of someone's head is blocking.
Nobody has brought up the fact that if someone nefarious has physical access to your computer you are pwned. I don't care what bandwagon OS you are trumpeting on about, if you don't have physical security you sure don't have electronic security.
Re: It is possible to eliminate shadow IT
This is us except for the last paragraph. Our users still stamp their feet and demand their preferred solution (which is sometimes the correct one!) rather than work with us to determine a solution.
We would love to help - really - if the user would simply contact us and tell us what they need. We will go find set of possibilities, screen them for security, compatibility, etc and then forward the finalist(s) to the user for eval. We strive for "best bang for the buck" when we source solutions so it isn't always the cheap/free solution or the most expensive one that wins. Usually we find that some feature of Office will do what the user insists it won't, and if not that then some other program we are already supporting will.
We still have a lot of pushback on not allowing users to have admin rights on their stations, but that isn't going to change.
Re: There is an officer...
Just because you have clearance to see a certain level of information does not mean you have a need to know.
Re: He's Canadian. Born in Calgary
"And if they wanted to return Beiber then they would forfeit the entire damage deposit. There is plenty of evidence that he was not "like that when we bought him", thank you very much."
Sometimes it is worth writing the check and walking away. It's not like our checks are good anymore anyway.
Have an upvote. However, since Google wants all of their apps to have full rights to you, they would be pretty hypocritical if they tried to stop other app developers from doing the same. I recently bought an Android phone just to check out the advances in the last 3 years, and the permissions requested by the Play Store boggle my mind.
Re: Reg to the Rescue
But that would let the secret out! Can't have everyone knowing that we have a super secret space lorry and that it can change orbits.
Re: Good news for us all !
Jeez, did Clarkson cut you off in traffic or something?
How many times did Krebs get killed by SWAT again?
Re: Out of everyone involved in this,
You are a little late to the party. Apparently you didn't read any of the responses about the little varmit from people that have actually dealt with them either.
While I appreciate the armadillo for what it is and how it has evolved, it is quite damaging to ranchers and farmers if left unchecked. I've had to put down cattle that have broken legs in armadillo burrows or diggings. I have also had short flights from the back of horses after said horses stepping in 'dillo holes at speed. Luckily the horses were not severely injured.
They can also play hob on your vehicle if you hit them on the road. They are quite dense.
All that being said, I don't believe they should be eradicated either. They are kind of like the wild hogs that are infesting the southern US. They need to be kept in check but not necessarily wiped out.
Re: @Manolo ...Varmint?
You just have to be careful when cleaning them. They are actually quite tasty, with a dense red meat. I like them better than rattlesnake myself. I grew up in rural Texas where armadillos and various poisonous snakes were abundant and cash wasn't so we ate a variety of foods not on the menu at many dining establishments.
The best way to dispatch an armadillo for eating is for one person to get their attention by tapping a stick or similar on a rock in front of them (20' or so, any closer and they'll bolt) and the other person to sneak up behind them and grab their tail, yanking them off the ground quickly. Whack'em in the head with a hammer and BBQ.
Re: You Buried the Lead
No one should ever go full tabloid.
Apparently the answer to Steve C's question "Is Eadon still a thing?" is Yes.
If the Delphi car hadn't been hogging the fast lane doing 5 under it wouldn't be a problem. Jerk.
A lot of people seem to be scared that if we have lots o' radiated power that the genie is going to be let out of the bottle. News for them: That genie is suffering from old age at this point.
Western nations are going to have to accept that some day all of our security theater will not stop some motivated group from setting off a nuke in one or more of our nations.
Re: Stop proposing....
"Tell developing nations they have to control their stack emissions exactly like the rest of us do. Clean sulfur free fuels and fuel oils and refining of same as well as coal did more for the atmosphere than anything else in history but the China and India ignore their pollution at OUR expense and it is greater than anything we put out across ALL developed nations combined."
Well to be fair we did it to them first. We certainly learned a lot about emissions and air quality the hard way, and just like teenagers, those "developing" nations aren't willing to take us at our word - they insist on learning those lessons just like we did.
Re: There is a problem though!
There's the lonely upside to still being on Vista. MS isn't going to nag me about upgrading to 10.
I think they've written me off.
Re: nice try
Methinks you missed some quotation marks in there somewhere Sandtitz. Maybe starting with the letter "a and ending with the letter y"?
The scarecycle (not newscycle anymore) is reducing every year. If anything else happens in the world of IT in the next week this will be swept under the rug by the weekend.
Re: Ain't karma a bitch?
I wish you were wrong.
Re: Technical point
Don't forget the pearwood.
He might be exaggerating a little, but the looters, arsonists and especially those people who are using race relations to further their own careers and bank accounts need to be held accountable for their actions, just as any official or institution that is overstepping their bounds should be.
Those people who peacefully but firmly practiced their right to assemble and speak I will defend (and I have - both directly and indirectly while in the service).
There is a lot more that can be discussed, but back and forth on a forum probably isn't the most conducive to civil discourse.
With all of the snooping technology available to the FBI, who are supposed to investigate cases of RICO as part of their actual remit, they can't find the owners/operators of scam telemarketers and shut them down (with a few notable exceptions of course).
But by golly if you want to walk down the street in a peaceful demonstration (screw the people instigating and participating in looting) they sure have your number.
You beat me to it, congrats. I got sidetracked reading it again...
Re: In other news. Windows 98 is easily hackable.
MS has committed to provide free updates for all major software for 10 years. The phone manufacturers haven't been allowing and/or pushing updates for phones past 1-2yrs, even in the rare instances the code has been updated. How is that equivalent to your mind?
I was assuming this included all the el cheapo "routers" that can be bought to extend the capabilities of your home internet connection. I just installed DSL at home and the router I bought that was CenturyLink branded came with a random strong password, but you had to connect it to the home office before setup could continue. Mixed bag. The little wifi extender I bought to accompany it had a generic password - not cool, but I could change it before connecting to my ISP router. The question is how many typical home users are going to do that and the answer is not 0 but certainly not a statistically significant number.
RE: Class Action
This is probably only specific to the US (because that's the legal system I "know") but the best way to do it would be to remote kill the US based rogue routers remotely and force the manufacturers to replace the equipment *and* refund the original MSRP of the device. The replacement routers should stop setup at "change admin password" screen and not allow internet connectivity until the password was changed to something with a base level of complexity - which is how they should be sent out to start with.
I know this would dramatically increase the calls to support and returns of product because people are too stupid to RTF setup instructions, but we all have to take responsibility for the parts we played in what the internet has become.
Re: Serious question
Give it about a month. Now that the black hat antenna are twitching and they have a direction to look at it will not be long.
It could be there are multiple vulns being accessed but if none of the current crop of antimalware products for OSx are catching them - how would you know until they get turned up by white hats?
I certainly hope this works better than some of the other technology-related bills that have had bipartisan support. CAN-SPAM, DNC list, DMCA...
The first thing I noticed is that the bill has nothing in it about reforming the US Patent Office or how patents are awarded (that I saw in my brief skim). That alone makes it a fail in my book, but it is possible it will be slightly less of a fail if it does reduce trolling.
Re: El Reg has contacted Apple...
Best book your reservation at the Restaurant just in case.
That might be the local vernacular where you are, but it is not US-wide. Everyone I know in the biz calls it "cashing".
We have a strong hunting culture here though, and we cache (cash) supplies for extended fall hunting trips during the late summer scouting trips. That might explain why we know the correct pronunciation. ;)
This. Let's reform the Patent Office first. Then we can go after existing patents that should not have been granted in the first place. That will destroy the patent troll industry without making another law that can be twisted by unscrupulous attorneys (redundant I know) and various greedy non-producers.
Re: Who gives a fuck?!?!
B. Hacked account
E. Pwned really hard in WOW.
Take your pick.
Re: Hydrogen loss?
Are you thinking of Helium?
I am one of the unfortunates that never had the chance to meet this rare soul. I also came to know his writing rather late, about 2005 iirc. I'm not sure if that makes me luckier because I have several of his writings unread and waiting for me to devour or star-crossed because I didn't get to enjoy them as they came out. His writing is so far beyond most of the scribbles that get published it is hard to fathom.
RIP Sir Terry.
Hopefully you fully realized how much you gave to us and how much we appreciated it.
Re: Tone is usually set at the top
Unfortunately I've run across people that just won't listen until you get loud. Usually it is not good for the team or for the individuals directly involved. Generally is sows discord and someone (who might be talented but clueless) ends up leaving. However, I have seen successful teams that operated on "wall to wall counseling" methods. It takes a special touch to keep the lid on long term, but can have excellent results.
Duh, I dunno know boss
It would be a lovely position, but as evidenced above I can't match the dynamism and tongue-in-cheek sophistication of The Reg.
I are prety gud at prof-reddin and fax checkin tho.
It is just you. If you look at the XL pipeline project, anything involving ACA, etc he is still on his warpath. Actually, it isn't so much that he is partisan, but that he seems to think that whatever his administration comes up with is solid gold and no amount of facts, logic or evidence will sway him. Even the private unions are starting to give him subtle hints to ease up. Several democrats are doing the same thing - but I will discount the ones who are positioning themselves for a presidential run.
Congress certainly has its fair share of buffoons, but Pres. Obama isn't some messiah either.
"The possibilities for hilarity are endless"
And another Kudos!
Seriously, thumbs up and "have a drink on me".
I've always been a pretty vehement opponent of piracy. If you want to have a copy of someone's artistic output, buy it. However, I didn't know about the EU's (-UK) stance on fair use (US resident). I can for the first time see the argument for "piracy".
I paid you. John didn't. Go after John and leave me the f**k alone - I'm busy making a backup.
Something being overlooked is the artificial increase in housing that is being perpetuated by California regulations. I have a friend trying to build a garage (approx. 9x10m) that after 4 months is still in the "trying to get all the permits" stage. He is a carpenter so the building is easy, especially with his contacts in the industry. He estimates at least 30% of his original budget will be spent just getting the actual construction specific permits, soil tests, engineered drawings, etc. Then he has to get it past planning committees, historical committees, heritage committees, etc. with their fees.
This is going in a subdivision that has virtually identical houses and garages already in place, all he is doing is catching up. He ended up giving up on having a sink and toilet in the garage because of the extra environmental assessments that would have to be done.
I'm not saying it needs to be a free-for-all building climate, but I think a little pruning of the existing regulatory environment is in order out there.
That would allow housing to be built out quicker and cheaper and put some downward pressure on the ridiculous housing market.