48 posts • joined Thursday 19th August 2010 13:37 GMT
Oh man, yahoo is just a grave yard of once-promising projects.
I bet anyone with an interest in tumblr failing are rubbing their hands in glee right now.
Q: What do you call a piece of software that uses duplicitous techniques to install itself on your computer, often piggybacking on the installers and updates of completely unrelated software. After which it slows your computer and then later, tries to scare you into sending them money?
If a public company is having this success, can we assume that certain shadier (government) organisations are already ahead of the game and are routinely cracking public key cryptography?
Re: The real reason they want them turned off
...which makes sense. But then you're allowed to read a book, but told to "switch-off" a kindle. Which makes no sense.
"All of the data related to the backdoor is held in shared memory and never touches the disk."
(which just raises more questions that it answers...)
Re: dont get it
You can group chat with people who aren't on iPhones
You can chat with people who don't have thousands of SMSs bundled with whatever package they are on
You can chat with people in a different countries without racking up huge fees. (I doubt your included texts include texting overseas)
Speaking of which, these TXToIP systems are much better than SMS when you're abroad (with a few caveats)
They handle media files better. Again, I doubt MMS messages are included in your package.
Some people, me included, prefer the UI/UX
I could go on, but you get the picture. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but just because you can't find a use for it doesn't mean it's useless.
It would be good to know the technical details of the attack. Would allow others to better protect themselves.
Give it five years, and you'll be eating your words. Fact.
a) You can already buy music in FLAC format. i.e. Lossless.
b) It's infinitely more convenient to download music onto a device than it is to got to a shop or order the physical media online.
How about some specs?
The main differences between the XL, XE and Original (O) are as follows:
XL: taller, wider & thinner.
XE & O: 4.3"
XE & O: 540x960
XL: 16GB onboard - no microSD
XE: 4GB onboard & microSD
O: 1GB & microSD
XL: Single core 1.5GHz
XE: Dual core 1.5GHz
O: Dual Core 1.2GHz
My "spin and manipulation" alarm just went off.
> In 40 per cent of the 119 countries for which estimates could be performed, the risk of social unrest has increased significantly since 2010. Similarly, 58 per cent of countries show an increase in the percentage of people who report a worsening of standards of living. And confidence in the ability of national governments to address the situation has weakened in half the countries.
So, potentially risk of social unrest has decreased in 60% of the countries?
42% of countries *didn't* think their living standards worsened?
50% of countries *didn't* see a loss of confidence in their government?
It's possible, and doesn't sound so bad. We need more details on the underlying numbers.
I'm no expert, but surely you could detect this kind of attack?
if ( detector.isBlind() )
die("We are under attack");
I'm assuming the detector isn't blinded as part of the key exchange process?
Not true. OTP encryption is unbreakable (key exchange makes it impractical though).
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What a surprise.
I just dropped by the comments section to make some snide comments about their programming prowess, and how I hope they got an external team to build something decent. Looks like I don't need to.
An article about a "consummate attention-seeker Kevin Warwick".
Mission accomplished. Again.
it's for the greater good
The majority of people people will benefit from this technology. The vast majority of people do not know how to change their preferences. Ergo, this new feature should be on by default.
Who gives a toss if facebook tells your friend that you might be in a photo they just uploaded?
The vanishing minority of people who have concerns about privacy issues a) can switch the feature off, if they so wish, or b) delete their facebook accounts and shut the hell up. You'll not find privacy on facebook.
This reminds me of the furore over google street view. Something far more invasive than this. Sure, terrorists and burgers can use it, but the benefits out weigh these cherry-picked worst-case scenarios.
I can highly recommend reading "Kingpin" by Kevin Poulsen. A fascinating insight into this world.
I inadvertently discovered a smart metal when I was a child. I put a hard metal poker into a coal fire, left it there for a while, then when I retrieved it, it has become quite malleable!
For some reason my "smart metal" never made any headlines, and I forgot to patent it.
Skype has always been shit. I can't believe a program with such a huge global user base can be so poorly constructed, and evidently have such poor QA controls.
Love the way their website claims this affects a "small number of users", when every other news outlet describes it (correctly) as a serious global outage.
Stick with XP??
To the two people who say this is a reason to stick with XP; I'm just going to cut and paste a couple of lines from the second and third paragraphs of the article:
"infection rate of four Win7 PCs per 1,000"
"infection rates for Win XP SP3 machines [are] 14 per 1,000 PCs"
Were we reading the same article?
Thanks for the absolute and relative infection numbers John. This is exemplary technical writing!
A novel idea, for sure, but I guess they haven't heard of TrueCrypt's hidden volume.
Why do we always have to congratulate ourselves when we "outsmart" an inanimate tangle of silicon, (which was conceived, designed and built by humans)?
Surely the easiest way.
Not sure why people pay companies to take this stuff away when you can get people on ebay to pay you to take it away.
I've mainly been using it to shift a lot of faulty computers and other electronics. Yup - people are even willing to buy and collect faulty old computers!
What does "trick-cyclist" have to do with any of that?
Register a cloned handset. Switch it off. Other clone in hold turns on.
That's called protectionism and is widely considered to be harmful in the long-term.
Following your logic to the extreme, why don't we ban all imports? That'll prevent jobs and capital leaving our fair shores right?
In his list of credentials, you forgot to mention that he was one of the judges on the Robot Wars TV show. Probably the most pertinent item on his CV in fact!
He's seen more brutal robot on robot action than anyone. (evidently this may have coloured his predictions somewhat).
...from a technical point of view. I was never able to get my head around how they search billions of websites, millions of times a second. And now, with this auto complete, they'll be massively ramping up that number of queries.
Hats off to them I say.
Most ebook readers...
Most* ebook readers are capable of displaying PDFs, and PDFs are capable of displaying all sorts of vector and non-vector information. Ergo, ebook readers would have no trouble displaying an electronic version of the OED.
You make a good point about searching though.
(* based on no research whatsoever)