Re: Smut filter and nonce-catching
Indeed - where's the connection?
629 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010
Indeed - where's the connection?
Last year many companies had only just finished migrating away from Windows XP. For large enterprises which are heavily tied in to Microsoft systems (Windows, Active Directory, Exchange/Outlook, Office, etc.) what's the next step? We'll be clinging on to Windows 7 for dear life, but if Microsoft doesn't get its act together then we'll need something new. Any suggestions?
There are plenty of foreign contractors working in the UK. Tax them too much and they'll leave (or stop coming in the first place). For a Spaniard or Greek it's just as easy to move to Germany as it is to move to the UK.
I find it much faster and easier to cast content from smartphone to TV, rather than navigate through the TV's laborious submenus and unintuitive button sequences to reach e.g. the YouTube app. All the TV needs to do is display anything cast to it. And if that's too hard, a £30 Chromecast or Amazon Fire dongle will fix the problem.
More importantly, a TV should last a decade or more. Any "smart" TV will be poorly supported within three years, let alone ten. (Just look at how few Android phones get OS upgrades.) So let's hear it for dumb TVs controlled via smartphone instead.
So that the tots can see where mummy works all day.
Faster JacaScript just means faster ads pumped into our faces. Browsing a 1990s-era website is instant; but browsing any modern site is an exercise in frustration, waiting for a shed-load of external dependencies to kick in. On mobile devices it's even worse: you start reading the content, then the paragraph jumps out of view as a dynamically-loaded ad fills the space you were reading.
So thanks, Google, for making the browsing experience slightly faster with Chrome; but no thanks for making it such a horrible experience with all your ads.
Why don't "les rosbifs" have UberPop? I wouldn't mind earning an extra £20 a day dropping off passengers at the airport (which just happens to next to my office).
If they'd just call it 11/9 like the rest of the world, then they wouldn't have this problem.
Haven't the governments shot themselves in the foot here? If they restricted the amount of bandwidth for sale (leasehold), they would limit the supply and thus push up prices. As it stands they're flooding the market with 4G frequencies. No wonder they aren't reaching the lofty heights of the 2000-era auctions.
£75 plus booking fee, so £80.50 for one person or £79.25 per head for a couple. That kind of money would buy you a lot of tickets to far more original events.
Sure, the Apple costs a bit more to buy; such that you might well end up at the same financial position after three years, including the resale value. But during those three years you'd have all the enjoyment that comes with owning an Apple product; whereas your Dell will afford you no such joy.
If you genuinely prefer the Dell then that's fine; but if you were hoping for a cheaper Apple equivalent, it's a false economy.
Yet curiously a three year-old second-hand MacBook will easily sell for at least 33% of list price.
I see lots of green flag-waving but no mention of specifics. He could demand global cap & trade legislation to limit CO2 emissions; he could demand anti-pesticide laws or anti-pollution laws in those countries which have a problem with environmental pollution (clue: not the west). He could even say that people who switch on their air-conditioners when the outdoor temperature is less than 30 degrees will burn in hell (oh the irony!). But no, it's just a wishy-washy motherhood & apple pie statement. Nothing to see here.
>"does make me wonder whether they made any effort to resolve their individual cases themselves before spamming the internet with their rants"
Companies seem to react faster to bad news posted on social media than to bad news communicated directly to them. Last month I tried to tell a major company that its website had a broken FAQ link. I used the "send a message" functionality on their website; they emailed back failing to understand the problem, so I phoned them and got the standard script: "What is your account number?" "I don't have a bloody account, I was trying to research whether to open one!"; and after three follow-up emails I gave up.
"If you don’t have a Wiki-style document repository where people can add designs, hints, tips and known issues, you really are missing a trick."
Maybe it's just the places I've worked, but I've never seen a decent internal Wiki. In my experience documents get strewn across multiple locations: network drives, source control, Readme.txt files buried alongside source code, Sharepoint documents, Sharepoint Wikis, other Wikis, etc. The idea of having one Wiki to unify them all reminds me of https://xkcd.com/927/ - just replace "standards" with "document repositories".
If the department is under-resourced and employees are regularly having to work long hours to meet deadlines, then I'd fully expect them to leave. That's poor management, nothing to do with having an employee like Tim.
> "the products acquired were in all likelihood one-off or low volume purchases"
Isn't this just a case of "we need a twenty-foot network cable to make our £million CT scanner work, can you nip down to PC World and get one?"
I can't imagine banks encode in ASCII either - they're still using EBCDIC.
Holding on to employees for a year or two, perhaps; but for seven years? Your theory is implausible.
"a recession, when there's spare capacity"
Nothing like today then, with our 5% unemployment rate. Nor do we have factories lying idle, nor airports half-empty, nor any other possible indicator of spare capacity.
So whatever the lessons of this article, they aren't relevant to the present situation.
Maybe IT could be billed directly to departments that use them, rather than funded centrally. Following the money tends to concentrate minds wonderfully, and departments may be pleasantly surprised to see how much cheaper it is to use internal resources rather than engaging external consultancies.
You'd still need some central IT oversight to make sure they follow common standards, coding conventions, security policy, etc., so you'd end up billing only half their time to projects / departments and the rest to central office. It'd still be an improvement though.
Maybe your car should pay NI, since it's just a robot replacing the two men who previously carried you around on your sedan chair.
Indeed. It's trivially easy to get your hands on a bulk list of valid email addresses, and if you're DDoSing a large company (say Amazon, EE, Tesco's) where half the country has an account, you'll get a pretty good hit rate.
This might explain how France manages to have a first-world standard of living while pursuing a second-world economic policy.
(cue flames in 3... 2... 1...)
I'm going to find a picture of some bearded bloke in the desert and edit the EXIF data such that the geotag points to the White House, then post it on Twitter. Let's see if they actually do basic sense checks before typing the coordinates into the missiles.
Yes they exist - some people like to watch their baby while they're at work.
What's the worst-case scenario? Let's imagine somebody wants to kidnap your baby, so they'd like to hack into your baby monitor to find out when the parents aren't in the room. (Let's assume it's a hot country and baby's window is wide open.) If the kidnapper is outside your house waiting for the parents to leave the bedroom, it's just as easy to sniff a DECT wireless baby monitor as to hack a wifi-connected one. Maybe even easier.
Of course, all this is ridiculously hypothetical. Your security flaw is leaving the window wide open, not leaving your baby monitor's firmware unpatched. Most babies are stolen from public places: hospitals and nurseries in the main, but also e.g. snatched from the back seat of the car while mum goes into the petrol station to pay. Let's stop pretending that cybersecurity matters for baby monitors.
Does the $7,500 tax credit really matter for Elon's fortunes? The first car, the Tesla Roadster, had a list price of $109,000. How many prospective buyers were persuaded by the government's 6.8% discount?
I'd like to see some real-world cases where an ex-employee used old company emails stored on his personal phone / laptop / Hotmail account to somehow gain an unfair advantage which he couldn't have gained if the article's guidelines had been followed.
There's still some scope for OEMs to innovate (look at the YotaPhone with its e-ink rear screen); so it's not all doom and gloom. The fact that they can't fiddle deeply with the OS is quite reassuring to some consumers.
O2 tend to be cheaper than the other networks though. You pays your money and you takes your choice.
"if you're paying that interest out to foreigners then that's money that leaves the domestic economy"
That's true for Greek euro payments to Germany; but when Britain repays its debts to a foreign creditor, those are pounds sterling; and they can only be spent in Britain. So it never really leaves the British economy.
The result is that printing money has the same effect as printing debt: it's inflationary.
Porn is blocked on UK mobile networks by default, and many users shy away from requesting an unblock. So it may be true that Pornhub has a lot of users viewing on mobile devices, but they'll be on Wifi, not 3G/4G.
A twenty-five year old system must surely be incredibly basic - the state of the art desktop computer back then was the Intel 486DX. Replicating that functionality with modern tools will be quite straightforward.
Of course then some idiot will come along and add tons of superfluous features, and ten years down the line they'll be tendering for the replacement of a thirty-five year old system.
Most cars reach 30mph on urban commutes, even if their average speed over the whole journey is just 10mph. City driving is largely start-stop: bursts of 30mph when the light turns green, followed by 0mph when the next light is red.
Cyclists often make the same mistake: assuming that because they can hit 12mph, they'll be faster than car drivers averaging 10mph. But cyclists are also doing 0mph at red lights, so their average journey speed is just 4mph.
I should have used the </sarcasm> tag.
Will the Hyderabad office suffer from the same problems of lack of diversity that befall the Mountain View office? Or will they manage to recruit in even numbers across the castes, religions, and sexes?
What can Ofcom do to clamp down on foreign hate preachers broadcasting over the internet? Lots of noises, not much concrete action.
Can you just use a photo of your iris? Because that's really not secure at all.
"The tax system really does get its slice, eventually"
That's not good enough. Our beloved leaders want their slice now, up front, so that they can deliver on their wild promises to the electorate. If they don't get their hands on the money, or at least show that they're making an effort, they won't be re-elected.
Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will enjoy security updates until 2023. Sysadmins aren't going to be made redundant for a while yet.
This is relevant in that Amazon has a reputation for poor industrial relations. In other words, applicant beware.
Thanks Trevor. I was very much of the same opinion as you before working with Azure. Old-school IT folk are scared of it partly because it threatens to make their specialist skills redundant - you no longer need to know about that obscure IIS machine.config file setting, or whatever your particular angle is.
I can see the value in an app store for cloud-based services, but as a consumer I have mixed feelings about white-labelling services.
For example look at PC World's cloud-based backup service KnowHow, actually provided by LiveDrive. If you buy it direct from LiveDrive you only run the risk of one company going tits-up; whereas if you buy it from PC World then you're exposed to twice the risk. Obviously it's a good synergy for both LiveDrive and PC World, but the poor consumer often gets passed from pillar to post trying to resolve any issues.
Some of us have debit or credit cards which charge exorbitant fees on foreign currency transactions. Take the humble Halifax debit card: £1.50 flat fee per transaction plus 2.75% percentage fee. That rather takes the shine off a lot of smaller transactions.
For many use cases, a cheap home-based Raspberry Pi is enough. Sure, the hardware is basic and your domestic broadband is slow; but the sheer quantity of other users means there's a hell of lot of support out there. For those just dabbling and not sure if they want to go further, a Pi is a great place to start.
"Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices..."
Microsoft did the same with Lumia devices running Windows Phone 7.x: no upgrades to Windows 8. They really can't claim some sort of moral high ground here.
But we know HTTPS is flawed: the certificate authorities can't be trusted. By all means encourage website owners to improve their security and/or privacy, but not like this.
World's first Starbucks and a floating bridge? Come on, there must be more than that to do in Seattle. What do *you* do at the weekend there?
The clue is in the name, Open Book. Not phone-a-friend (Facebook), not ask-the-audience (Twitter). For exam purposes you'd need a whitelist of acceptable resources. It's an awful lot of effort on the part of the examiners, with the aim of solving a problem which hasn't been proven to exist.