303 posts • joined Wednesday 12th January 2011 00:46 GMT
Re: My Youtube app...
As is mine, but its not one that MS, Google, or Apple own. Doesn't mean much but its my little way of telling all of the above to fuck themselves.
Yeah, something doesn't add up, unless the AFP are just blowing smoke out of their ass by saying this guy is some kind of Lulzsec leader or if they're saying this based off of evidence that may be inadmissible. Attacking a small town's city government doesn't really fit, though these assholes will do stuff like that.
For instance when my city attacked a charity for feeding the homeless downtown a couple years back, the Anonyputz types attacked the Bus system's website and knocked the bastard offline completely except for the trip planner that Google hosts, kicking the dog that didn't bite them basically instead of attacking the courts, the cops, the person who filed complaints against them, the city government itsself or that district's councilwoman, or anyone else directly involved with the Police intimidation and harassment that was going on.
Nope, they fucked the people who depend on public transportation instead, who are generally low-income themselves, a small step above the homeless people served by the charity they were "defending". So it wouldn't shock me if he did indeed do something like this to correct some slight or injustice from his point of view.
However, If he is indeed some leader of Lulzsec it would shock me if he got caught doing it.
Re: Must ask
You could also get bulk Flax or Quinoa (Keen-wah, its Andean. I dunno how its availability is in the UK though) pretty cheap and they don't have the noxious gas side-effects that Garbanzo Beans do, add some mushrooms for extra protein as well as flavor and some Seaweed for extra nutrients and there you go.
Im pretty sure that a pound or even a dollar a day would be enough to get you by on diet like that, especially since I'm assuming he won't be doing much most of the day.
Re: Problem is tho
And if you're using experimental software not reporting when it breaks and why to the developers, you're doing everyone a disservice. Stick to mainline releases. You'll have a better experience,
Outside of the world of Windows, I run Steam on Fedora and its constantly breaking things, nothing that can't be fixed but things do get broken. So when the feces makes contact with the impeller after you fix it, you file a bug report on it, help however the developer or QA team member asks you to help, and hopefully it gets sorted out.
>>AFAIK, the japanese "Coast Guard" is a thinly disguised navy, and they are ramping it up - mostly wrt to countering China.
They're still a Coast Guard, but they're better funded and better equipped than the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces. They're the better Navy honestly, but I'm pretty sure their Guardsmen do not have protections under the Geneva conventions as the United States Coast Guard does as a Wartime component of the Department of the Navy and as a peacetime component of the Department of Homeland Security.
Much like the Russian Federal Security Bureau (read: KGB)'s Federal Border Guard Service, the Japan Coastguard's employees are civilian government employees from a legal perspective. The thing about this is that in a time of war, civilians who are carrying out Military activity are considered at best Irregulars and at worst, Spies.
Either way there really aren't Geneva Protections for anyone doing that, not that its really mattered since Vietnam (some would say Korea) whether a combatant has them or not. On my Military ID it says I do, but I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that if I'm captured I'm getting tortured, beheaded, or (hopefully) just shot.
With the way canonical has been acting lately why even bother with Ubuntu? If you have or want to use something that uses APT, Why not just use Debian? I mean Ubuntu is just a fork of Debian with proprietary and patent encumbered software included by default, right? Like any other distro, Its not that hard to add repos and software that isn't included in Debian?
So If you absolutely need Canonical's applications or what some would consider objectionable software, you can always add the repo and install the package, right?
I come from the land of Headwear (RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora with KDE because I don't like Gnome, I also have to suffer Oracle Linux at work occasionally, but its basically RHEL with Oracle bloat added on). I'm used to having to add certain things manually (codecs, some drivers, etc) because there are legal or ethics issues involved, so forgive me if I'm saying something completely alien to a Ubuntu user.
I tried using Ubuntu (actually Kubuntu) about six years ago and it was a terrible experience for me personally, and at the present time I don't have to have anything to do with it at either of my jobs, so I don't, but I can see how some people might like it.
Re: It'll never happen
I'll bite. I think you'd find Florida to be all of the above. We hate our workers, our pay is shit, real estate is fairly cheap, we abuse our environment and are surrounded on three sides by ocean. Texas is also a "good" option, they're even worse than we are.
But I suppose that you probably meant "Pacific Ocean" when you meant "Sea" though and I think you'd be shit out of luck looking there.
Re: Hey Grandad, my pal Jimmy says ...
That would be great and all, but the internet was never under their control. First it was the US DoD, then the NSF, then IANA/ICANN. Funny way of looking at things you have there, or you need a history lesson. Now go fetch grandpa another beer.
Your article summary for this thread is blinking. On Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:21.0) Gecko/20130401192816 Firefox/21.0 at least. But its my day off, I just got home from work, and I don't have the inclination to check the code, or fire up Aurora or a mainline release to check it with them, but I figured you may want to know. Its appropriate at least even if its a mistake.
I dunno if this falls into the "corrections" camp or the "its not a bug, its a feature!" side of things but it seems sort of unintentional.
I was going to say exactly that, ACE HIGH, that old NATO system you're speaking of, had a station there. But in and of itsself, that isn't saying much, as there were ACE HIGH transceivers all over the place in every NATO member state from the US to Turkey.
Re: Google keeping Austin weird?
Oh well nevermind, a quick glance at their FAQ says this:
"We are currently focused on our Fiber-to-the-home network, which is for residential consumers. For businesses located in qualified fiberhoods, we plan to introduce a small business offering shortly—stay tuned to google.com/fiber for more details"
So good, it won't be a problem for me if the damn thing keels over on itsself.
Google keeping Austin weird?
My civilian employer is based in Austin (we're not a tech company either, before you ask. I don't work for TI or anyone cool like that. We're a grocery store. If you know Austin and companies headquartered there, you probably know who I mean over on Bowie) and I can see us selling our souls to the Goog without the CIO and board thinking too much about it, unless it invites extra scrutiny from the 30 or so Government regulators we deal with. I can also see it being a nightmare for the regional technicians like myself trying to play nice with a patchy new network to the mothership and a large number of us getting very pissed off at it.
But hell, maybe I'm wrong, maybe it'll work like a dream. Maybe it'll hand out twenty dollar bills and shit rainbows. I don't know, I haven't heard any complaints from subscribers in Kansas City, but then again, I don't know anyone on Google's fiber service, presumably because of the build costs. Which actually kind of bother me, maybe its a Floridian thing but AT&T didn't directly charge users a fee on top of their subscriptions to install U-Verse here three years ago, they even had to negotiate new right of way for quite a bit of it, and Time Warner didn't force anyone to pay extra for their initial digital cable offering in 1999. Hell, they tried their best to keep it a grey secret until they could reliably compete with BellSouth's xDSL and ISDN services as well as have better uptimes and less issues than Time Warner's own analog cable system on the TV side of things.
Regardless, the first six months or so of Cable internet service were great, I was the only person in my zip code that had it and my sustained download speeds were higher than a T1 line (until other people started subscribing to it and ruined speeds as well as the cool factor), which was certainly something to my angsty 17 year old self.
But yes, for comparison's sake everyone I know out in KC all seem to have Time Warner, AT&T or Comcast as well as the usual slew of mobile providers, so I'm intrigued about how well Google Fiber really works before I get directly affected by it with the Austin rollout.
Re: "The end of free TV ?"
20 years is a long time. The public are still as hooked on Television as they were when you were here, anyone who thinks that people have given up on TV is deluding themselves.
The means available to view it have changed, but for the most part even that has stayed the same, most people have Cable/IPTV or Satellite and view it live.
The only time reception is poor is when someone is too cheap to rent a cable box and pay a sub fee. I know literally no one who doesn't have a subscription TV service of some sort, even in a major metropolitan market, having at the maximum 13 or so channels just simply isn't acceptable, even if you only watch TV for news and more high-brow programming like myself.
Premium channels are a different story, I have no need to see the same shit on HBO over and over and I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones, at least not enough to shell out 20 bucks a month for one single program. And I'm pretty sure that Murdoch wants to make his stuff premium.
It isn't worth it, and noone will pay to see his garbage except die hard GOP supporters that worship every tiny, god awful piece of shit that Murdoch and company make trickle out because otherwise its supporting Obammy, that damn uppity terrorist supporting queer non-citizen communist muslim athiest black* who never learned his place and thinks he's President.
Seriously now though, The last person I knew that used an Aerial for anything other than DXing FM radio from other markets was my grandfather....in 1988!
(*I'd use what they generally call him, in case you're wondering it rhymes with "bigger", but Id rather not have my post deleted or be banned)
As long as they take their "News" with them....
I couldn't really care any less.
Fox is a god awful network that cancels their best shows (Alien Nation, Space: Above and Beyond, Millennium, Firefly, Fringe, and so on) yet keeps rehashed crap like the modern "Simpsons" on the air. Their news would be laughable and is to an extent but since idiots like my wife's grandparents take it seriously its fairly dangerous as these people really believe the hate-mongering half-truths that Faux News presents as fact without questioning it. They also get super pissed off when you do question it and back up your assertions with verifiable facts. They hate the idea of unbiased factually accurate statements. If you're a brave soul, go read the bullshit on their forums. They make Daily Fail readers/commentards seem kind and respectable, relatively speaking of course.
Anyway, when they go sub only and all of five people and their respective trailer parks sign up for it, not only will Ted Turner laugh so uncontrollably they'll give him an hour on CNN just for that, the rest of the real networks will laugh as well.
Murdoch likes having it both ways though, and because everyone knows multi-billionaire criminals are so persecuted, or *gasp* held to account under laws, he'll probably be the first to bitch that Comcast, Disney, Turner, and CBS are running a cartel of liberal bias and the unthinking simpletons on the right in the public and in congress believe every word he and his droids have to say, so they'll waste a fuckton of money on yet another pointless and powerless congressional blue ribbon panel.
Hell, alot of Americans watch those two shows for the exact same reason, you're far from the only person. They're funny but they both cover topics that the mainstream outlets are loathe to cover.
If its too varied to be just one class, then its too varied. Only the judge can make that determination. The Solution is to get each different group of "injured" employees together and make classes out of all of them if they number greater than about 15.
It may have been that alone there was no group large enough to grant class status to and therefore a class action would have been picked apart by the opposing attorneys.
Its also never a good sign when the supposed class will not comply with legal procedure during the discovery process, going so far as to telling a court that they wont comply. Seeking the court's assistance on their terms is a surefire way to piss off a judge if you're not playing by the rules the judge lays down in the initial hearings, and from a cursory reading of the article it seems like Koh wasn't prepared to play ball like that. If I was her, I would have probably gone even further and leveled contempt charges.
Plus, given that she's used to dealing with the legally grey to black dealings of the likes of Samsung, Apple, Oracle, AT&T, Advance-Newhouse, and Cisco I can't say I'm very surprised that if something doesn't seem right to her, or seems likely to create a major appellate problem later that she'll toss it out of her court room.
Its also rather surprising that the plaintiffs didn't shop for a different jurisdiction. I personally would have picked Middle Florida if Oracle was involved at all, or in Eastern Illinois if IBM was involved.
You don't ALWAYS need a degree to get that "great job"
Love the footnote. I'm sure editors at any specialist newspaper or website say the same thing about their overriding topic to appease their unthinking simpleton readership which invested nearly the same amount as buying a decent house in an education that prepares one for nothing in the real world much less will only return on investment in around 20% of the cases, generally a break even. Ive watched my father with two degrees struggle to get a job in any industry, the ones he studied for are out of the question at this point. Its sad when a psych honors graduate with a abnormal psych minor and a business degree on top of it as well is looking to work at a lumber yard. So I guess I've had little faith in ivory tower academia since I was a child. As well as watching college dropouts or people who never attended do absolutely crazy things in technology, (like them or not, Apple or Microsoft's early days) while their stuffed suit degreed colleagues tend to not do much but destroy (HP, I'm looking at you, Larry Ellison, etc)
I can only speak from my own life experience and Its pretty sad that when I was 21 I got paid to do what other people in my high school graduating class were paying boatloads of money to read about. All the while I was doing this with only a High School diploma. Hell, I STILL make more than these people with only an Associate's Degree that I didn't pay for from the number 1 two-year school in North America and my experience on top of it which in all honesty has always made me more money and seniority than having a fancy piece of paper with my name on it.
So really, YMMV. And I didn't set out to try to do this, ironically I enlisted only for the Montgomery GI Bill so I could finish my bachelor's without incurring much (if any) debt. The Air Force was the first choice as they have a College (not the Academy, the Air Force actually runs an accredited school inside their Air Education and Training Command), but I wound up Regular Army and then Army Reserve after realizing I couldn't keep up with the kids anymore and the reserve is geared more towards older servicemembers. Really, there's nothing quite like a two pack a day smoker at the ripe old age of 18 lapping you on the track and beating your time by almost 3 minutes while not even breaking a sweat, to make you feel ancient at just 31.
The Army was just the easiest to get into with a PDQ from another branch (I was PDQed, or Permanently Disqualified, from the US Air Force for being underweight, and I had been pretty much locked into Aircrew positions, you'd figure they'd want lighter people for anything in the Air, maybe 9/11/Operation Enduring Carnage, erm, Freedom, and the game in Iraq changed all that, but during peacetime it was a big pain in the ass).
Getting ahead without being Superman just sort of happened by keeping my eyes and ears open, exploiting benefits as well as opportunities that others just didn't do even though they knew about them, and taking risks as they presented themselves. I don't advocate the Military for people like me really, it took alot of growing up for me and alot of mistakes to really succeed here, but there are plenty of ways to prove yourself and your skills without a degree to get to that pie-in-the-sky job that academia endlessly harps about, as in the title of this very article, that when most academics look down their collective nose at those who refuse to play their shitty little expensive game with barely any return on investment in money or time, it really just makes me laugh because they really can't see the forest for the trees, no matter what their little pieces of paper or titles might say.
TL:DR, there are other ways to get ahead in life and learn advanced skills for your career than investing much more than most people can ever afford in higher education, for something theoretical, in other words you can do something hands-on and learn the practical use of whatever and THEN go to school if you need to, or want to.
Re: Crime watch
As did I. Kind of sad really. I wonder if its employer (that is if it has a job, which I sort of doubt) knows how much time it spends trolling El Reg during business hours.
Re: So, will the new JS interpreter....
You forgot Timmy. But then the interpreter would probably be evil.
I do really miss MST3K. Cinematic Titanic and RiffTrax just aren't the same. Funny, but not the same. You don't get gems like Cavedwellers, Manos, Santa Claus conquers the Martians, Kitten with a Whip, and Pod People every day.
"Push the Button, Frank!"
FISA no longer applicable?
I guess the FBI has gotten to the point where FISA doesn't matter to them. I'm sure they're justifying this by saying that since its law enforcement and not counterintelligence that FISA doesn't apply, but the problem is that it does when it comes to interception of a signal originating in the United States.
NSA/CSS can't do a damn thing legally without a warrant. Keep in mind that Intelligence Agenices by their very nature violate the law and they most likely still collect illegally, but its inadmissable as evidence.
It just really makes me wonder how FBI is justifying this.
Re: Oh for crying out loud...
I don't know.
I would say it does indeed count, its god awful but it counts. Its not very effective as it isn't really anything but a list of what is most likely publicly available information from some poorly secured Israeli CRM or sales database, but it does count. They're playing toward a Palestinian audience which is probably the most paranoid and prone to belief in conspiracy theories of the many various groups with an axe to grind in the middle east. Its not exactly surprising they're like that either given their circumstances.
Its very amateurish, but its still a psychological operation as defined as "induction or reinforcement of foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to
U.S. national insert name of nation, group or organization here's objectives." (paraphrased from US Army FM 3.05-30). You're thinking way too narrowly about one aspect of the subject. To anyone who isn't pro-Palestinian, this isn't very credible, whereas I'm sure at least some of the papers in the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan are treating this as more fact than fiction already.
Re: Springfield, Florida
No, but Crystal River Unit 3 is on the Gulf, in the Redneck Riviera, and their safety record is about as abysmal. That plant is going to be decommissioned though, and hasn't produced any energy since 2009. The containment building cracked while it was being refueled and uprated.
And to get cheap access to gas from North America (Canada produces quite a bit too, as does Mexico, its not just the US) the UK's either going to need a transatlantic pipeline hyperproject, or Transocean and the like would need a much bigger fleet of LNG tankers, as well as greatly expanded shore terminal infrastructure to support said fleet. Which also brings up NIMBY concerns. However unlikely it is, one of these terminals exploding in an accident (or something more nefarious) would make the Texas City nitrate explosion in 1947 or the PEPCON explosion in Las Vegas in 1988 look small.
Either way its not cheap or easy.
Re: How about a "BIGGER HAMMER" variant of flaming
Yeah they do, in some launches depending on where you or the feed camera are you can see the bolts go off before the exhaust from the rocket obscures that part of the pad, also depending on weather.
But its not a solution in this case. The amount of force that those bolts generate when they explode would more than likely destroy both the launch platform and the rocket.
If I was teaching, my phone wouldn't be leaving my car. Plain and simple.
Same rule I had as a high school student. I never had my phone stolen that way and I was up to pretty shady shit back then. Thing was most people I knew got their phone jacked at least once at school though so I know what little bastards (like me and my friends were) are capable of if feeling slighted, fairly or not.
Then again people had a real thing for stealing phones when I was in High School. Nevermind that pretty much everyone had a Nokia 5110 or similar so I didn't really get what good stealing someone's phone was, and consequently never did it. People had a weird way of justifying it, like if the victim hadn't busted the antenna off of their phone yet and you had made it a target, and it was something your hormone and drug addled mind thought it a good idea to rectify through theft, but whatever.
JPL is raining on this paper and author's parade
See http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-107. A very dry and not very informative press release written by some bureaucrat droid, but JPL and the Voyager project's official position.
Wired's also being snarky about it, as they usually are. Though their point about how this is semantics is kind of how I feel about it. Everything the instruments see is brand new. We have never encountered this area of space before and it will be awhile before we do again, and even then I kind of doubt New Horizons will still be communicating 28 years from now, when its roughly the same age as Voyager-1. They don't build em like they used to. Hell, maybe I'm wrong, maybe it'll beat the odds and work better than the Voyagers in relative terms I strongly doubt it though.
But honestly, being conservative about things that humanity has never encountered before, only speculated and theorized about would probably the better course of action and if the people who work on this thing at the very least weekly say they aren't seeing what they're expecting when they are truly into interstellar space, I'm kind of inclined to listen to them. It just amazes me they aren't hyping it to try and seek more money.
Re: This is just the sort of thing Hitler would do!
Godwin's Law struck early in this thread....
You know, I hear this alot
This is irksome because Flash is a prime target for targeted attacks and asking consumers or corporate users to turn it off, like Java in the browser, isn't easy because the technology is so widely used on the web.
Aside from one applet my credit union uses to deposit checks electronically, I honestly haven't seen anything else thats wanted me to use Java in quite awhile, excluding the Army intranet called Army Knowledge Online, and the Defense Department's Defense Knowledge Online. As well as some other stuff like AKO webmail,
I keep it deactivated unless I need to scan a check or have to get on AKO/DKO's unsecured network, or any of the Unclassified or Confidential networks handling privacy act, personnel, pay, dependent, medical, and some other FOUO areas to check my official mail and do administrative work. And when I'm done with whatever requires it, I clear the Java temp files, delete my browser cache and cookies and then Java goes right back off. Its just too unstable at the moment to leave on all the time.
Flash is a bit harder, but I only ever use it for YouTube anyway, and most of the time YouTube's in HTML 5 for me, so I dont even notice. Its only on stupid videos with commercials before them that you have to use flash from what Ive noticed anyway, so most of the time I keep it turned off, but constantly updated so when I have to turn it on, I know Im as protected as I'm going to get.
Re: Win RT updates
Yeah, Taylor's right at least from what Ive seen.
From what the salesman here in Orlando at the Florida Mall Microsoft Store showed me, its alot like Windows Update meets the Google Play store. Its pretty quick even with bigger files. But most apps in the store are Microsoft First Party which shouldn't be surprising for a 4 month old tablet in a different architecture and OS than most Windows Developers are used to writing for.
RT could be really cool if Microsoft didn't halfass it. As could Windows 8, but they tried form over function and it worked out so far worse than Vista. I just hope Microsoft will show some agility and accede to what the market wants by changing Windows 8 SP 1 into a traditional desktop environment based but touch enabled OS, like a Windows 7 you can fondle if you will, without TIKFAM or Charms or Gestures or any of the crap that reminds me of Unity. And something like that for the RT tablets.
Yeah, if you ever get a chance, do try Mozilla Litmus out sometime.
Its actually really easy to use for automated testing, they even include scripts so you can run an entire testing evolution in one command. Plus the more data the QA team has, the faster they can work, every little bit helps the QA team. As does participating in bug triage days and hacking on Aurora and Betas, and hell, some people like nightlies but I don't tend to test them myself. With a full time and very demanding civilian job, and my Army Reserve stuff, I dont have time for the extensive amount of work that working on nightlies entails.
I don't know about Chrome, I don't use it. I honestly use Internet Explorer much more than Chrome (And before the rain of downvotes happens, hear me out, I strongly detest IE. One of the reasons I started volunteering time to Mozilla Quality was because even the sometimes sketchy betas and RCs were better browsers than IE 6, which is what I had. Though IE 10 is pretty good as its blazing fast, at least on Windows 7. It is still definitely not my first choice, but its pretty good. The problems with IE were never really with Trident though, the Trident Engine's actually quite good, it was all the other bullshit like ActiveX and its rather dodgy idea of Microsoft cherry picked standards).
However, my distrust of Microsoft is nothing compared to my distrust of Google and Apple. If I'm going to use WebKit, I use Konqueror, since KHTML is WebKit's daddy. So, given my limited knowledge about Chrome, or WebKit for that matter, I have no idea what Apple's rules in regard to taking on bugs as well as pushing patches to WebKit are (like if anyone besides Apple themselves can do it) or even how Google tests it, since IIRC they have both the Chromium volunteer testing community as well as paid QA Oompa Loompas who work for the Chocolate Factory directly.
Re: Who needs Microsoft Support for XP anyway?
>>XP before SP2 was a train wreck
It really was. Though in my experience not for anything malware related if you had an iota of sense about setting up security policies, limiting the attack footprint, and had a decently configured firewall. Drivers and software compatibility were my main issues with it. I recall that I wound up installing Windows 2000 on so many Windows XP boxes when it first came out because it would not play nice with a client's configuration that I lost count.
I remember calling XP "eXtra Problems" because it was a gigantic headache until about SP 2, though it made me quite a bit of quick and (fairly) easy cash.
Re: Let me get this straight....
>>Two organizations out of
six nine really can't be considered the lion's share
See I wasn't kidding about being tired, Ive been up almost 24 hours. Forgetting how to count. Should be a fun drive home.
Let me get this straight....
"COBOL was born thanks to the US Department of Defense rather than from the brains of fellow computer scientists"
So basically you're saying that Grace Hopper was not a computer scientist because she was a Navy Reservist? COBOL's based on FLOW-MATIC y'know. And by saying that, you're also saying that neither were any of the people who worked at any of the other contributors?
Its late and I'm tired but it really comes across that way, at least to me. She only invented the first compiler (albeit incomplete) and saying that isn't the work of a computer scientist is rather puzzling. I'm a Reservist myself, so does that mean if I create something while I'm not on active duty and working for a private entity (Hopper was an employee of Remington Rand at the time she was working on the A-0 Compiler and languages such as FLOW-MATIC and later with Sperry Rand when they were working on COBOL before going back to the Navy full-time in 1967), though my employer is a Vendor to the Defense Department, its really just the DoD doing it instead? If so, that's certainly news to me.
And really if you want to break it down, COBOL was the product of the efforts of IBM, Sperry Rand, Burroughs, RCA and two others that escape me at the moment as well as the Air Force, Navy and NIST's predecessor. Two organizations out of six really can't be considered the lion's share.
And by the way, Dijkstra was given the Turing Award for his work on ALGOL if I'm not mistaken. I've never heard of a Turning Award though. Do you get that for not running over cones at the DMV or something?
Re: So take note of when new Windows DLLs turn up on your system?
You'd figure that. But you also have to assume people are completely security stupid so it bears repeating to anyone who thinks this has magically changed lately.
Re: re. "...just look at the amount of money men now spend on hair gel."
When I was a boy, we didn't have these fancy tight pants, or shirts, or hair. At all! And if we were lucky enough to have hair we certainly wouldn't put such a thing as gel in it! We used pomade. And we liked it damnit!
We had to walk 15 miles in a blizzard to go the drug store payphone to make a phone call. For a PENNY!! There was none of this new fangled devilry these damn kids call mobile phones. And there was only one phone color, black. Those were the days. And Men were MEN back then, I tell you!
>>"When the phone is in standard mode the screen is edged in green, and while it's in secure mode it has a red border"
Interesting. Those colors actually mean something, just so you guys know if you don't already. The five different classification levels are color coded, Green means UNCLASSIFIED, Blue is CONFIDENTIAL, Red means SECRET, and Orange is TOP SECRET. There are different procedures and handling standards for each level, so its telling if it doesn't turn blue or orange.
Also, Charles, color blindness is still a disqualification for most Army and Marine Corps MOS/Air Force AFSCs/Navy Ratings depending on the severity. I know the Navy and Air Force do still disqualify from Enlistment below a certain score, I don't think the Army does though, its just most MOS require color vision.
Re: Does it need pointing out.
Well if it is properly designed, there will be nothing visible or even in the usual settings to distinguish it from any other Android handset so being stopped by the cops in South Nonexististan or the Democratic Socialist Republic of Free Ruskazia won't turn up anything or even raise suspicion that you're not really there to set up a purchasing agreement with a small business or whatever your cover is.
Generally this kind of thing is well hidden, its either under no control by the user at all, or if a user is able to manipulate security related settings the control panel for the classified module is hidden behind a fake app, i.e. that "Angry Birds" app on Joe Spook's phone has nothing to do with flinging birds, but only if a certain area of the screen is touched at a certain time, otherwise it functions exactly the same as the real app.
Unless the issuing agency or unit does something uncharacteristically (or characteristically depending on who it is) stupid like putting the agency seal, Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine Corps insignia, or the US Seal on their SIM cards or if it says PROPERTY OF US GOVERNMENT somewhere easily found there would be no way to tell. Its not like they're going to stick a blue (Confidential), red (Secret), or Orange (Top Secret) sticker on it like most information systems with classified information handling tasks do.
Yes ill email the corrections as well but in the meantime
"The Samsung version is a custom version of Jellybean built on the US National Security
Association Agency’s secure security enhanced Linux"
Re: Has anyone considered what it *really* takes to go completely malware free?
>the fact that you created a one-off configuration and nobody can be bothered to crack it.
Which would also completely embody the discredited idea of security through obscurity.
As there is going to be a vulnerability somewhere in your configuration, given the right motivation someone will eventually crack it. There is nothing which is completely secure, you just have to figure out a way to make the amount of time, money and work it would take to breach your configuration large enough to deter an aggressor.
Off topic but...
Planet Mopar? Remind me to never go there. Any Chrysler planet would be notoriously unreliable. Sounds like something out of my nightmares. Almost as bad as Planet Chevrolet of the GM system.
Mine's the one with the Crown Vic in the transporter buffer, erm, "pocket".
Re: Mint is great but ...
Would you really give a brand new Linux user Gentoo? Its a sink or swim distro and most people who have never had contact with any of the commercial UNIXes or any other Linux distribution are not going to be able to handle being thrown in the deep end coming straight from Windows or MacOS.
Hell, honestly Im surprised noone's suggested to Mac users (out of the comments Ive read so far anyway) to try one of the other BSD derivatives like PC-BSD or even FreeBSD since its pretty much what they're already using anyway, just a locked down and mentally challenged version of BSD called Darwin.
What's a "forensive examination"? Forensic yes. Intensive possibly. Intensively Forensic most likely. However what a forensive examination is escapes me.
Maybe its some kind of stupid new Facebook buzzword perhaps?