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Re: nanny mozilla strikes again
You failed at reading comprehension in school didn't you?
You can whitelist your corporate network in about 0.5 seconds and not have to worry about it.
Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed
"HOW DO YOU STOP ON THE OTHER END?"
That ones simple. Just ask the guys building electric cars: regenerative braking. You slow down AND accumulate energy all at the same time.
Can someone please figure out a way to muzzle the NSA.
Given all the Snowden leaks I'm starting to become convinced that the NSA was responsible for the invention of malware and they obviously had a hand in this.... somehow.
This entire article should ..
appear on thedailywtf.com.
Let's see, a company owns 90% of a market which is PAYING it for their product. There are no real competitors at this point (sorry linux fans, there really aren't that many of you in comparison). So they should just give away something that is literally making them billions of dollars a year? for free?
Yeah, okay, whatever.
I have to say that the snapchat management were idiots for dismissing a $3bn payday. That's a whole lot of money for an app that FB, or really any other company, can reproduce. As the competitors roll out that $3bn is likely to become a valuation of around $3,000 ... Especially when you understand that teens are fickle customers who jump ship on a dime.
Re: For me, Java was already dead
The sheer number of workarounds needed to get stuff to work in Java is enormous. Years ago I said Nevermore and I've been much happier since.
Maybe we should start a site where everyone publishes their method headers so that we can ensure no one uses the same method name and/or signature twice?
Dear god, if Oracle is successful the entire industry might implode.
Re: This is a tough one...
According to Oracle: the first person to "copyright" it would own it. Obviously the other one copied it.
The researchers, as they are normally do, made at least one unjustified claim. Namely, the reasoning behind why men drive and women are passengers.
It has nothing at all to do with the stated reasons. Rather, women ride because they are far more manipulative then men are and are much better at getting others to do things for them. A man prefers to take "control". A women prefers to retain control while letting the man believe he has any at all.
Notice how women have historically been in control of family finances while staying at home letting the man do the work.
Author missing an important point
Like most people in the world, the American public isn't exactly 100% up on current events. Yes, we have constant news cycles telling us how that cute panda is doing in China or how many terrorists have blown themselves up.
However, it's more likely that the average American has heard that the government is using drones to watch and/or attack people than they will have heard about Amazon's drone delivery service. They are also not likely not to know that the US drones are not targeting people on our own soil... And they are even less likely to know how to tell the difference between the two even if there is a large Amazon logo painted on it.
With that in mind, take your average redneck and fly a drone over his head. You can bet he will try to take a pot shot at the thing whether he knows he can hit it or not. Which is the dangerous part as he is more likely to injure himself or a neighbor than the drone.
Yes, I find articles like this useful.
However, leave the hyperbole out. Google employs the most capable people? Not so sure about that. They seem to screw up as often as everyone else; while either over complicating basic things or simply leaving basic features out of product releases. Even the quality of google search results, their bread and butter, has been declining over the past couple of years.
Also, the big three provide very different services. Yes, they are all "cloudy" and what not but at their heart each takes a very different approach. Differences that don't necessarily allow for easy migration.
I am happy that the price/service wars continue. When we first got on Amazon for MS servers, MS's solution would have been about 3 times the price. So we so prepaid for a year. When it came time to reup, we went month to month and have seen our TCO drop. I expect it will continue to do so for quite awhile.
The NSA doesn't exist to "safeguard" anything. They aren't a police force, they aren't in the business of making sure American technical assets are protected. They are in the business of gathering and analyzing every single bit of intel they can.
That said, I vote that we add a new amendment to the US constitution. It should state:
"Federal, state and local governments and all representatives must abide by the same laws as US citizens. Any individual failing to abide by such laws are subject to the normal criminal and civil penalties in addition to 10 years in a federal penitentiary without eligibility for parole"
That would stop this bullshit.
Re: Right and wrong...
There is far more being insured today than ever before. Of course payouts increase. Take any single modern city on the planet and compare how much it would cost to rebuild today vs 50 years ago. Even adjusting the dollars for inflation, there would still be a difference of several orders of magnitude. And that is comparing the result of only 1 disaster.
Increased costs and payouts are not an indication of changes in weather. They are an indication of Changes in how much is being insured.
Impressive. Brings to mind thoughts of the library at Alexandria.
Another thought is that the data stored is essentially a log of human life. Even if we don't care about those drunken party photos, historians 2000 years from now might. The next step would be to get the data off of magnetic entirely and moved to a true long term storage that would survive everything from nuclear strikes to the degradations of time in order to be useful for the future.
Re: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know
The reason why we have things like the MMR and global warming scares isn't because the media cant read scientific papers. It's because reporting the hedges a scientist makes in their paper gets in the way of a good story.
Honestly, would you rather read a story where a scientist says, "We think the world has a 0.0001% chance of imploding if 100,000,000 Hummers are started at the exact same time... But we're not totally sure." Or one where a scientist is reported as saying, "World will implode if more Hummers are sold." It's trivial for a reporter to get a scientist on record saying the second thing then take it completely out of context.
That's the problem. The news media knows exactly what people are saying, they just choose to ignore those bits and instead focus on what will sell papers. Hint: Half true polarizing statements sell more papers than completely true innocuous ones.
They have phones? And computers you say? I guess wonders never cease.
Continued proof that first to market doesn't always mean you keep dominating it. You still have to innovate or your competitors will take it all away.
I'll take 2. Thank you.
Just goes to show that even naive dimwits can make a metric crap ton of money.
Adding him to my block list
Anonymous currency is a destabilizing problem for any country attempting to hold legitimate elections.
The issue isn't with tracking drug dealers or pedophiles. Those are actually just side benefits. The real issue is in determining who bought an election. If Chase bank can funnel $500 million into a presidential campaign fund without anyone, but the recipient, knowing then that is a huge issue. Yes, I'm not naive enough to think that politicians can't be bought through a variety of ways, but most everything can be traced.
Bitcoin may appear to be a good thing, but it has the potential of being highly disruptive to a lot of different activities.
Re: "doesn't admit wrongdoing in the settlement"
Let's say you walk past someone else's car. There is video footage that appears to show that you were very close to it. Perhaps close enough to have caused a big scratch in it's paint. The car owner files a lawsuit against you to have their car repainted. However, you didn't touch it at all.
You're lawyer tells you that it will cost $10,000 to defend against the lawsuit. However, the car owner is willing to settle for $500 (cost of repainting). Even if you decide to fight it, the evidence is enough that it's hard to tell which way a jury would go.
What do you do?
The financial answer is that you settle while not admitting guilt. To do otherwise will simply cost you a lot more money for zero gain.
Now, same situation only you in fact did scratch the car and know it. Not only that, you scratched two other cars on the same street.
Again, the answer is you settle without admitting guilt. If you admit guilt then you make it easier for the other guys to sue you, and their lawyers will tell them not to settle as other damages can be applied in the case.
From a business perspective, you might very well have employees that did something which wasn't acceptable to you. However, that code goes into production and you, the business owner, is sued for it. You'd love to tell them it's not the business's fault rather it's this "rogue" employee, but the fact is the employee works (probably past tense now) for you. In order to limit the financial damages you settle, don't admit fault, and make as sure as possible that the problem is resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
To do otherwise would open your company up to a huge number of lawsuits costing probably far more than would be warranted for the transgression.
Re: Renaming media
Someone already did this. That's why the URLs return a 404.
Hint to the UK:
The right answer isn't to stop training smart people. The right answer is to create an environment that is conducive to launching new enterprises. There are too many issues with having an actual presence in the uk to bother listing. However a few that come to mind are difficulty in terminating employees and incredible tax costs. Heck, I'd leave too and there is no way I'd set up shop there.
Address those then reap the benefits.
The 3 laws...
Someone needs to contact the manufacturer. Apparently they let a defective positronic brain out of the factory. I wonder what the punishment for violating the 3rd law is?
Glad to hear they are responding to feedback. I went to sourceforge a couple days ago to grab something and couldn't figure out where the actual download link was. Ended up just searching for a different package to solve the problem I had. I'm sure I'll check in on them in a few months.
This is a difficult problem. The defense lawyer is good. If I'm ever in trouble I know who to hire as this is likely to go up a few court levels.
Going forward how do you construct a law so that photographers have permission to photograph people in public, without getting their permission, but prevent certain types of photos taken?
The upskirt photo is not of a naked person and the subject isn't in a state of undress. If you claim angle of the shot, then how do you define what is or is not acceptable without impacting a whole class of valid photography.
In short, I'm not sure I see a way to legally define this. Maybe the law should be a little less exacting and instead leave it up to a jury to decide what an acceptable photograph is... However, that way will easily lead to a large number of "wrongly photo'd" cases and huge expenses.
Yes, upskirt photos are obviously wrong and should be punishable. I just don't see how that can be withou impacting a lot of other things. So, kudos to the defense attorney. She's going to "win" this one.
I wonder if any of the Reg's article writers know how to actually parse the English language for meaning.
Apple said they gave "consideration" to users privacy. This does not mean Apple thinks users information should be private or even that they took any step toward keeping such data private. It just means a couple managers or devs thought about user privacy at some point. Probably while chugging a beer and crossing it off a list of potential features of the application.
Come on guys. Learn to read.
Re: Why there are no good Dr Who games.
This was at the forefront of my mind as well. A Myst style game would have been perfect.
Even now they could hook up with Lego to make a cool Lego game. My kids love the various ones ( except LoTR - too violent ). Assembling the key of time is kind of a perfect meme for them
I must be a bit jaded.
Item 2. Was a two parter. Were they saying that they would not provide the legal basis for doing it or that they haven't done it.
Item 3 also had multiplied questions in it. Again were they saying they have never granted a request or that they wouldn't provide information?
Item 4 is curious. They start off talking about malware ( which is a general classification ) but only really deny Trojans. This leaves open the possibility of other classes of malware such as worms or viruses.
Even if we assume he's not lying, the way it was answered leaves a tremendous amount of wiggle room.
My first thought was: maybe now they can buy some decent hardware. That site has always been slow, generally timing out.
I applaud their efforts to retain the minutiae of the ever expanding dung heap if the interwebz. However I jus hope they run the new stuff on something better than 286's
My second thought was: I wonder if they've ever tested their backups.
Re: "Talking to the nice policemen"
Your post is full of fail and I truly hope people don't take what you said to heart.
It is never in your interest to talk with police. There is no such thing as "off the record" with a police officer. That is pure fiction. Whatever you say can be held against you in court. Period.
People normally innocent of what they are accused of will generally embellish the truth slightly to prove their innocence. This is a known fact. However, it is lying to an officer, which is usually enough leverage to get someone to plead guilty on certain crimes just to be done with the ordeal. Otherwise they face obstruction charges as well.
A police officer is not your friend. They aren't there to "clear things up" nor are they there to help you in any way shape or form. They are there simply to uncover evidence of crimes. They have no authority to prosecute and they certainly have no authority to convince a prosecutor to "go easy" on you.
They are permitted to lie or otherwise mislead you in order to get you to fess up to something. This alone is very important. The police have zero authority or power to make any "deals". They often use misdirection and statements to cause you to admit to something you may not have done. Simple example:
Officer: so mr jones, I clocked you at 75mph. Where are you going so fast?
You: I was just going home.
You have now just admitted to driving 75mph. The officer probably had no idea how fast you were going, but it's done now as you've "admitted" it by answering the question instead of denouncing the statement. The police are trained on how to do this. We, as regular people, aren't trained on how to avoid it. Lawyers are though.
I've informed my kids and anyone that will listen that the first thing you do is ask for a lawyer and then shut up. Doesn't matter if you are innocent or guilty. Any competent attorney will tell you the same thing. Tell the attorney the truth and tell the police nothing unless your attorney explicitly advises you too.
A friend of mine's son got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police arrested him and he happily told them everything that he knew. However another person involved claimed my friends son was a part of it. From the police perspective how could be possibly know so much if he wasn't involved? The kid is now serving 10 years. His lawyer almost quit when he read what the kid had told them. So, yes, just keep your mouth shut and let the big boys ( and girls ) figure it out.
Yet another article written by someone who failed to even do basic research on the content. As has been pointed out: the research highlighted isn't new. Just a case of another moron "scientist" claiming to discover something that others have already published.
Meanwhile The article writer ( note that I purposely don't use the term journalist ) mischaracterizes major religious texts by claiming they say something they clearly don't.
Please do the world a favor and stop writing articles until you can figure out what "check your facts" means.
I'm trying to figure out how that statement ends any speculation. More to the point, how exactly does being on a "barge" offer any new way to explore strange new technology that couldn't be done over a webinar?
No, contrary to he articles title, speculation hasn't ended. It's only been slightly more focused.
Kuddos to India. I hope the entire program is successfull.
As to people wondering why spend the money in this way consider this: Stopping poverty isn't done by handouts. If you want to stop poverty then you need three things: education, a way to apply those learned skills, and, most importantly, a desire to pull yourself out of the situation.
A working space program can provide inspiration to a host of people. To capitalize on this the Indian government now needs to make sure educational resources are there.
Re: Before we go to the stars
If the history books are anything to go by, we've been a pretty ignorant species since time immemorial. Nothing is going to change in that area anytime soon, so why not go forward.
Waste of time
What "testimony" could Snowden possibly give the German government at this time that was even remotely worthwhile?
Was the NSA spying on Germany? Absolutely. They spy on everyone, that's what they are paid to do. Are they still spying on them? Duh. You'd have to be a moron to think otherwise.
So, we move along. The fact that the NSA was apparently successful in spying on Merkel should be a condemnation of the German intelligence services. If I was the German Chancellor I wouldn't bother calling the US President about it, instead I'd be in the process of replacing the people responsible for keeping my conversations private as they have completely and utterly failed at their task. Certainly I wouldn't bother bringing snowden in. I might send the guy a thank you card for pointing out how my own government and swiss cheese had a lot in common but that would be about it.
Do the various US intelligence agencies (NSA, CIA, DIA, etc) spy on foreign governments? Yes. Does the US spy on foreign governments they are supposedly friendly with? Yes. If for no other reason than to make sure they are staying friendly. To do otherwise would be a dereliction of their duty.
Does the US spy on their own citizens? Yes - and this is the real point of contention but it is a local issue within the US as it's against constitutional law. However, it has been almost completely ignored. I'm sure Obama is happy that the stupid health care website has been crap because that story has eclipsed this one.
Hearing countries like France, Germany and the UK complain over US spying is laughable. Here's a clue: secure your own borders and communications. Oh... wait, you say that it would then make it harder for you to spy on your own citizens? Well that's a bit like the pot calling the kettle black don't you think?
So, my message to those governments: Grow a pair and fix your own problems.
I fear what this means long term for national sovereignty.
Let's say the US admits we can listen to any phone and internet connection in the world. Let's say GCHQ says the same thing. Immediately one of two things will happen. Either various first world nations will scream and demand treaties preventing it... Or, more likely, anyone not already full vested in that space will want to get in on it. In other words it will draw the various first world countries closer together.
Imagine the US signing a treaty with France allowing them to spy on US citizens at will. Why would the US do this? Because France would reciprocate. We already know some of this is happening, but it will grow more in depth. At some point these countries, in the interest of reducing costs, would likely want to setup an entity for this purpose. Oh, that's right, let's give control of that to the UN...
Do you see where this leads?
As good as the ideas on the article sound, I fear it's just another step on the path to a one world government which I feel isn't a good thing
Home / small business networking kit is crap.
It boggles the mind how bad the coding is on most of these devices. Meanwhile it is a rare day when these manufacturers actually ship an update to fix problems. They put together a product slap it in a pretty box then sell it for about a year or so before retiring it for a new model. In that time they *might* ship a single update.
You know why Apple kicked the crap out of other phone manufacturers? Simple: their iStuff mostly worked, the only options dealt with capacity, then it was updated time and time again. Simple customer service
The networking industry is ripe for a company to do the same thing: make it easy to setup and be secure. Instead they are stuck on "product differentiation" using terms the vast majority of the public has no clue to the meaning. Guess what: Nokia pulled that garbage and where are they now? Certainly not in my hands nor anyone else I know.
Apple has how much cash in the bank? 100+ billion?
90s was a mistake you say? Hardly. Tell me which company from then is in a better fiscal position. Sounds to me like they won.
*not a fan boy, but I do Iike my iCrap.
I've been a developer for over 20 years. Words like "NP-Hard" are simply not in my lexicon.
You just take data, do something to it ( usually ) and send data out. Somewhere along the way someone makes a few bucks. There isn't much hard about it.
"Month long investigation"
Something stinks here. How in the world would it take them a month to figure out who was doing this?
I thought the NSA was tapping every phone call, text and email message. That they were tied into google, Microsoft, Twitter, FB and others. If so, then why didn't they know exactly who this person was within seconds of deciding to look for them?
Either they are far more incompetent than previously thought or snowden's leaks are just crap designed to scare people.
*not bothering with being anonymous as they probably couldn't figure out who I was anyway.
The NSA can force a company to categorically state they are NOT supplying data to the government, even when they absolutely are. In order to comply with such orders a company not only can say that no one can snoop on their security but is essentially forced to make those statements.
Apple itself could very well be telling the truth that they have not developed plans to snoop, while letting the NSA develop those plans for them.
Point is: you can't trust any statements about the security of data made by any company doing business in the US. Instead, you just have to assume that whatever you send is being monitored and stored for future reference. The only real question is whether non state actors can get to it.
I'm trying to imagine how they would prevent cell service interruption while you are in the vehicle.
With all that energy coursing around the outside of it you would think it would play havoc on the devices inside.
Re: Online backups
You must be new to computers.
Do some research and educate yourself.
Intel is absolutely huge. What more do they actually need to do?
Just keep printing chips and making money. seems like a good plan.
However the "Internet of Things" sounds downright evil. As my kids would say, "No thank you"
Am I the only one..
Am I the only one that thinks the problem is easily solvable?
If the purpose is to alert people that their medical information is stored, then it seems the best way forward is to have patients give that consent at the time medical services are rendered. In other words, just have them put their signature on yet another form while at the doctors office.
Simple. No mailings required. Each doctor office prints the form which reduces the print burden radically. Further this would be opt in, thereby makin sure only those that actually want to be in the system are.
With carriers subsidizing the phones, the actual price only plays a small role in who can afford the phone. It's a matter of who can afford the call plans - and apparently a lot of people can. And by "a lot" I mean pretty muh anyone that can be considered in the middle class or above. That's probably a few billion potential customers right there.
No, Apple isn't running out of steam. They have a long ways to go before hitting any type of new user wall. Once they do, it's a matter of loyalty. If they can keep producing a device that works well and has appeal then they will be fine for a long long time.
Simplest answer to all of this mess would be a subscription service to the studios.
You pay $10/month and get access to all of that studios releases accessible on any device. As along as the studio continues providing content that you want, you'll be willing to pay.
Oh wait, that's what Netflix and Amazon Prime are for.... Seems like a good model. Just go with it.
I think Hollywood should apply whatever encryption they want. Make it as hard as possible to watch the crap on anything but an Approved Device properly signed for and gene encoded to the viewers.
Then, maybe, we can dispense with all their bullshit and move on.
Of course, what I'd like more than that are for the idiots on this site to get a couple things clear:
1. Stop conflating content "Creators" with IP Owners. In the vast majority of cases these are completely different groups. Most creators get paid the moment they transfer rights to a studio / record label. They *might* get a residual from sales, but that's small potatoes and is often lowered even more through creative accounting. The real money goes to the studio.
2. Copying a book, video or song is NOT theft using the legal definition of theft. It can be debated as being morally equivalent to theft but it is not theft. Until the laws equate copying a file with stealing we should call a spade a spade: It's Copyright Infringement.
Both of these distinctions are critically important in order to have an honest discussion on the subject.
However I'm not going to hold my breath. Industry schills have an absolute interest in using the wrong terms in everything but the actual written laws.
I thought of this as well.
Pirate goes down to the local electronics store and purchases a TV/player. Takes it back, rips a few movies and torrents them. Then takes the TV back to the electronics store saying he changed his mind. Grabs a second one. Rinse repeat. Around the third or fourth TV he just gets his money back and moves onto the next store.
For people actually dedicated to ripping off movies and reselling them (ie: the entire Chinese marketplace), this isn't going to solve anything.
Hell, just pay cash for a setup in one state/country and ship it to another. Buy the BR (or equivalent) disc somewhere and rip that way. No one would EVER find you from this scheme because they wouldn't have a clue on where to start. Cash is still king.
Honestly, this is just another way to keep honest people honest... which is all any type of security can really do.
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