265 posts • joined 9 Sep 2010
Marketing, contests and prizes are all well and good, and I'm certainly fond of the free beers that this day typically produces, but can we start a movement whereby on this day ritual sacrifice of "most user-ish user in the office" becomes traditional? I mean, we don't have to *actually* remove their beating heart or chuck them into a volcano, I'd settle for a simple ceremonial gesture such as a good flogging in the server room where no one can hear them scream...
(Beer, because I can't bring myself to apply the Joke Alert icon here.)
Chairman Wheeler & cronies are probably going to try and let memories fade and then pull a fait accompli in a few months. *sigh*
From what I've seen, "common sense legislation" rarely involves common sense, and "bipartisan agreement" means the two major parties have figured out how to get what they want and it's only the commoners getting screwed.
Re: Rockets use liquid fuel?
I think the downvoters (and helpful explainers) are missing the JokeAlert icon?
Selling shares in a venture about to launch into space? Elon Musk is taking another page from DD Harriman's playbook.
And suddenly, the folks trying to shoot down drones with rifles and shotguns go from "whackjob tinfoil hat types" to "networking enthusiasts pursuing proactive layered defense strategies".
"Plus whoever holds Antarctica sits on top of the Earth and can control every single aspect of modern commercial logistics. You can't move anything much larger than a breadbox without sailing within reach of military assets in Antarctica."
Exactly! That's why Hitler stationed the Tirpitz in the fjords, to threaten the... wait, what?
I get that if you can't transit Suez or the Panama Canal, Antarctica would be particularly threatening toward the Cape of Good Hope or even moreso Cape Horn, but... between pipelines, smaller tankers, Arctic polar routes, and the Straits of Malacca, I think you're overstating the case a bit.
Re: Monitored house alarms.
Yes, I can point to a million SIMs (sorry, a listing of the MSISDNs won't fit in the comments block) that don't have a single user associated with them. I've seen a lot of clever people figuring out new and interesting uses for cellular data connectivity and hardly any of it involves a meatbag on the mobile end.
I dunno, it's got a number, a capital letter, and a bunch of lower-case, but my gut tells me 1Password is actually a fairly week password.
But if the 3G datalink is properly secured, then it's still a non-issue. The SIM cards can be provisioned onto a private APN, secured with username/password to get onto the cellular network, and the internet access restricted (inside the upstream network, not at the modem) such that only the head office is whitelisted and all other traffic gets dropped. The thief gets a non-functional SIM for their troubles and doesn't keep stealing more of them, and you don't have a wifi AP sitting out on the road just waiting for someone to take the time needed to crack into it.
Why bother when they can just scare legislators and MPs into passing regulations requiring legal access?
Re: OH Look! There's a great big..........
And just like that, Apple Maps secret mission is revealed. It was never intended to guide humans at all.
Re: Returning a favour would be nice
Yeah, I've used "asking a Ford automotive design engineer to change your oil" in the same vein.
I've actually been overjoyed with the rollout of Windows 8. Because it was nasty Vista-ish crap in the first place, I didn't see any reason to try to adopt it. And having hardly touched it, anyone coming to me for help about it gets what I have always replied regarding Apple questions: "Sorry, I have no experience with that one, if you've used it for a day you're ahead of me, but good luck and let me know how it goes."
And people smart enough to stay on Win7 or are running Linux themselves don't ask me for free support anyway, so I'm probably good at least until Microsoft comes out with Windows 9.
Re: Nothing new here...
Ummmm... shouldn't that be 127.0.0.0/8?
(Honest question, despite sounding like a CCNA pedant)
I'm actually a bit surprised that they actually said that, rather than go down the well-trodden path of lying and claiming that they would ever never fail to immediately disclose a vulnerability. I mean, we're talking about an agency that for quite a while denied it's own existence.
Okay, it's an overused meme at best, a but tip of the hat to the best use of the Yakov Smirnov line I've heard in months.
It's pretty bad when it is easier to build a rocket than it is to get that rocket a fair chance inside the federal/DoD "competition" for contracts.
Why would they off Feinstein? She's been their biggest supporter/apologist, current outrage notwithstanding. The senators sniff trouble, they'll put Rand Paul (or actually, a like-minded Democrat, since Sen. Paul is a Republican and so realistically isn't currently eligible) in as the Intelligence Committee chair, and watch how the CIA likes *that*.
I'm reading on Cradlepoint's site that yes, it does take external antennas. Most 3G/LTE routers nowadays do.
It is a better deal when you have a hundred sites, and can pool your usage - hopefully, you're not rolling on backup too often at any one site. I've seen a lot of this being sold, particularly when the remote sites are all hub-and-spoke'd to the core corporate LAN anyway.
Are we sure it wasn't just a test run for waterboarding in space? The problem with Guantanamo seems to be that prisoners can eventually be retrieved from there, so Martian extraordinary rendition would seem to solve a lot of problems for the US government.
Joke icon, sure, but one does wonder what John Yoo is up to these days...
To be fair, most people could hardly give a duck about this news.
I wonder if the NSA could devote some of their encryption/password cracking resources to bitcoin mining, and thereby create their own sort of budgetary moneylaundering?
I'd add the joke icon, but... *shudder* it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was actually already in progress, like some perversion of Rule 34.
I assumed they were referring to the Surface tablet fire sale... *snicker*
Re: Don't forget W12K
Indeed. I still can't fathom how that made it through any design meetings.
Two years ago, I called up the account manager I'd had for a few years to that point (previous conversation being a couple months prior). Extension not in service. Email address just returned a bounceback. Tried to call the primary sales line and no one could locate the name, or my account. Okay, someone got laid off, and the organization signally failed to take over her communications lines and transfer them elsewhere. Got it. Tried to get ahold of a salesperson to make an order of a few laptops on my account. It took me the better part of a day to find someone who was willing to take my order, and then... no order. And that person wouldn't return my calls or email. Their supervisor kept referring me back to them, though, even though I was explicitly asking to be referred to someone - anyone - else. Eventually I got the few laptops ordered (it was actually urgent, and important that they be the same model/hardware as previous ones I'd ordered), and that's the last time I've bought anything with the name Dell on it.
I'm sure losing my $20K/yr spending isn't affecting their bottom line, but surely all these anecdotes do add up to a bit of data (and some red ink)?
Re: IglooDope (Yawn)
"""Snowdope"? "Dummicrats"? Seriously?" Is that your best effort, all you can think to post? Seriously?"
It's not all I can think to post, no. But in my experience, no content worth any thoughtful contemplation or serious debate has ever arrived embedded with proper names adjusted for cheap mockery. If you feel your post deserves consideration, then you'd do well to drop the really stupid name-calling.
"Snowdope"? "Dummicrats"? Seriously?
Disco - or whatever you call Macklemore's music. It's CES, there's nothing confidential going on there - in fact the vendors will say it's confidential only hoping that'll get wider publicity as a "leak" rather than just a normal PR blast.
No, he really does mean towing - as in, dragging the line further and further towards increased censorship and centralized nannyism.
Just give him the fraction-of-cents from all the transaction rounding being done by DTCC for a year.
(I know, I know, it doesn't really work that way, it's a joke.)
Re: Random degrees
Indeed. I have a four-year degree in Political Science while being a server/network IT engineer/supervisor, but hey, it's a degree, and it checks the box. Similarly, no one in my (20-some person) office has a degree that is actually related to the job and career path they're in.
For what it is worth, the US military has a similar mindset - they (typically) require 4yr degrees for commissioned officers, but they don't distinguish between electronic engineering and basket-weaving as far as how it affects one's military service career (other than legal/medical specialties and such).
Sure, they can't monitor the traffic, if China's Great Firewall is blocking it all. *sigh*
Another tip of the cap to Mr. Musk and SpaceX, well done lads!
Re: Speaking of rudeness...
I try to offer to reschedule so that they can attend in a place without being a danger on the road, can view the web conference, etc, noting that screams, crunches, and dead air/disconnects tend to disrupt the meetings. Once I do that two or or three times they tend to get the idea. If they don't, I get with them privately to explain more explicitly. Fairly good results with that approach so far, though there's a couple knuckleheads that I've gone to plan B with - inviting their boss instead of them.
Re: Real names optional
Or do what I do, and just slightly misspell your real last name (along with an email address devoted purely to facebook). Real friends hardly notice, and still a decent evasion of search engines.
The general common sense about not saying anything on a social site that you wouldn't publish in a newspaper still applies, of course.
Re: And so it begins
No, seriously, "bloody freakin genius" is a bit of an understatement. Wow.
I almost wish I resided in London, but it's too far of a commute from Boston, and I'm not sure I'm snarky enough to measure up to El Reg's inimitable editorial style.
Re: Not enough info
So more correctly, "which isn't currently road-worthy" (until it gets retrofitted with Back-To-The-Future style hoverboard technology)...
You apparently have not talked to me.
One wonders whether the apology would still have been forthcoming had someone else not been recording and thus making the incident public news.
It's all irrelevant anyway, it's not like their morale could get any worse as they're already facing a flip-a-coin round of layoffs.
Re: "they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`
You're painting with a brush broader than... um what's the official Reg unit of length again? Pretty damned broad, anyway. So I confess to being a little bit curious as to what your opinion of US Democrats is.
What they very likely mean is no identifying information being transmitted alongside the usage - just a customer ID of some sort that they can match to your account with actual identification in their database at home. At least, that is how such services traditionally work (like with personal medical device monitoring).
And yeah - radiation, really? Do they have a problem with the cellphone in their house, or wifi, or bluetooth, or cordless phone, or... *sigh*
There are good reasons to oppose this, but 'radiation' certainly is not one of them. Security of the data may be, but that's entirely dependent upon the architecture of the implementation.
Last wife's birthday I got her a slow-cooker. Year before that, a Dutch Oven (aka big iron pot). If I'm to believe her (and I do), she REALLY appreciated the gifts.
God, how I do love that woman.
Because glide landing on Mars is more problematic?
Re: Powered by ARM
I'd hope that they wouldn't use GPS, as that'd take away the option of using it on the moon or Mars. Rather, I'd figure they'd use laser rangefinders and a handful of inertial sensors for the necessary precision, and utility in places where we don't have GPS satellites overhead.
Am I the only one that thinks we'll never actually see Snowden again, that sometime in the last few days he was carted (or crated) out of Sheremetyevo to some underground facility a few hours away, where Putin's people could extract everything they want out of him (notably, a few encryption keys) rather than waiting till he decided to leak some more? Snowden's defenses would be set up to deal with US thug tactics, not Russian thug tactics, and let's face it - Putin is much more experienced in that arena than Obama.
Re: I'm no longer voting "for" but "against"
Except we're talking about Congress?
You may have unintentionally highlighted the problem - we hardly know our Rep/Senators' names (I'd bet 20% can name both their Senators, and 10% can name their Rep), so only hardcore political fetishists and party loyalists show up for primary elections and in November it's an R/D lesser-of-two-evils or party-line vote for the vast majority. Then we wonder why our Congress is completely dysfunctional.
Re: MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says
Beat me to the related "In Soviet Russia, your thoughts control the black helicopters!"
Cadence sucks, bad internet meme, I deserve the downvotes anyway. *sob*
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