Infinite scientific paywall
50 years... and the article is still behind a paywall. That is what we all need, sigh.
88 posts • joined 29 Mar 2011
50 years... and the article is still behind a paywall. That is what we all need, sigh.
Homo Mobilus Telephonensis is aspiring to collect Darwin Awards.
Then they can, after the award ceremony, rebrand the use of pokemon go into "Pokemon Went".
Darn, what a nice lady! I'd wish she'd shot the bastard trying to sell superfluous internet connectivity. Next time I'd give her a gun with infinite-1 barrels. Then we might get rid of all the salesmen in one go.
Well, if the police have nothing to hide, then they should have nothing to fear. That is their motto, so open links is a Good Thing (TM).
I just have a feeling that the police disagree. But then again, so do I.
(a slight form of sarcasm may be present in this post)
When a bus went off the road a few days ago, in which lots of people died in that terrible accident, there was no single soul crying for adding more cameras and control to the bus, driver and occupants.
If we look at the regularly occurring accidents in transportation and the few media-saturated bombs, then we should get a hard look at our priorities.
It is a tragedy that so many people died, but do we really need to be sacrificing our society for the media-circus? Why is nobody yelling to add cameras to the bus-driver's arse? That may actually prevent more tragic accidents than a total surveillance police state, which will not catch one single determined attacker.
(sorry if this sounds like a rant, but I'm really getting tired of having to give up _my_ freedoms for no additional security)
The FAA must make new rules for nature's flying elements close to power lines and power stations. The DHS must ensure that the TSA will reduce the fluidic content to less than a wire's length before they may fly. The NSA must listen in and map the grouping of flying terrorists and map their path across the terrain. All those terrorist birds! They are probably trained and controlled by foreign powers, trying to disrupt our daily life.
The computer made me do it.
Can we get a public chalkboard and have VTech write some lines on there? The number infinity looks like a nice number of lines they'd have to write. Oh, invite the other IoT companies too. We should not miss out on the intelligence of the chalkboard of collective fail.
It is easier to shut off the entire internet than to eliminate porn.
Who are they kidding? The internet grew up because of porn. All other stuff is trivial.
My H2S trademark will be available for licensing real soon now. Any left-over eggs are to be deposited in monetary form to me.
Limited offer! Only $0.99 per sniff&wiff.
Unauthorised use of rotten eggs will be met with the full force of civil and criminal law.
Let us demolish the first, so we can get to the others more easily. There will not even pass 5 seconds before the new laws are used to suppress dissent, and égalité will be demolished. Once we have taken care of the first two, we do no longer need to think of the brotherhood of humanity, as anyone non-compliant will have to wear a mark or is deported.
"To a certain extent, the structure reflects that of an ordinary, average-sized company engaged in software development,"
So, do they pay taxes? Or are they also versed in the Double Dutch Sandwich to evade any waste of hard earned dosh?
Is that why helldesk and local support is such a shitty job? I guess that flushing the toner may not be enough to get the stains out.
A hammer counts if it is spelled HAMMER and weighs in at 5 kg and upwards. Anything less may prevent the full effect of the hit being successful, which would be a real mishap.
You may also want to use a DUAL HAMMER. One that swings towards the toy and the other one symmetrically swinging at the buyer of said toy. No need to clean up the mess afterwards, The suction provided by the toy's innards should be enough to absorb any unwanted spills.
You have missed a link: http://reggister.co.uk
It says it cannot find the server. However, it was served and (slomo) replays are all the rage of old times.
The terrorists will take care of the fats, the alcoholics will kill the terrorists in a road-accident, the alcoholics will drive into a ravine after scooping up some elderly crossing the road, the smokers will die out coughing, the remaining elderly demented have no clue what is going on anyway, and the sensible rest of us will sit by, watch tv and die from intolerable boredom.
What is left is a clean earth...
Well, terrorists are a skinny subset of the population. Therefore, skinny people are much more likely to be terrorists than the fatty kind of people.
The only conclusion this allows is that both fat and skinny people cost us all a lot of money. We'd all be better off killing both parts of the population. It also would reduce the smokers to a mere minimum and certainly reduce the emissions of dangerous gasses.
Now, since war and unrest is a small subset of the costs, it would probably be correct to assume that a one-time expenditure for global correction would not be too bad. Especially seen in the context where the new order is unlikely to proceed with current statistical sets and will start a new lie^H^H^Hdataset.
This is an "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" approach.
Although I am a bit unsympathetic to proprietary software, and not wanting to defend apple or sap in particular, the real problem is that one is asked to prove a negative. That leads to guilty unless proven innocent. Or, in other words, a pretext to (seemingly) random enforcement of whatever the ruling class feels like. Bad times are looming.
"But there may be plenty of relatively harmless planets around."
Yes, indeed, one planet in particular is already classified as "Mostly Harmless".
"Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?"
That could be a very sensible thing to do. Sue the city/county or whatever who owns the ground where the crater was left. They surely were not prepared enough to ensure that the critical infrastructure could withstand a blast so no crater would emerge.
Rule #1: always blame someone else
Rule #2: see rule #1
Of course, they are also placing mirrors in orbit to reflect the world-wide signals back to the array. But that is a different, non-public, budget. Give the scientists some change to cover up the orders of magnitude more costly spying operation. Then, when it all gets under public scrutiny, blame the scientists for not keeping to the budget. Its a win-win for the government vs. the government.
Who watches the watchers becomes a recursive conundrum when the watchers of the watchers watch the watchers.
Maybe _all_ watchers should be fired to break the infinite loop and start from scratch. At least, the stack overflow is near...
Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics.
Fewer parts, fewer fails. It was called KISS at some stage, but got probably rebranded to mean something completely different.
Although a remote desktop is appealing from many points of view, it is a security nightmare. I'd not call it gotoMYpc, but AnySpookCanSeeMyPCToo.
US population ~317*10^6
Life expectancy ~78.4 years
Deaths per year: > 4,040,000
Most of these death are from old age. Therefore, by definition of severity, old age must be outlawed and banned for each and every person. It is an intolerable situation that we can accept so many death each and every year. A catastrophe happening each and every year, simply unbearable. It MUST be illegal and unconstitutional to allow so many people to die!
Once you set a price, the competition will set another, likely more competitive price.
$150000 if I sell white-hat, $175000 if I sell gray-hat, $200000 if I sell black-hat. Guess who is getting the next exploit first...
It would be an arms-race and it cannot be solved with money. Security is primarily an attitude problem and, as with all non-technical problems, you cannot use technology to solve a non-technical problem.
How long before a substantial part of those 23*10^6 will be needed to "pay off" the patent trolls? A good deed never goes unpunished.
Look at the bright side. It /can/ end well. Such job is the perfect place for the hatching of a brand new and fresh BOFH with all the required attributes.
The job description means access to any and all part of the infrastructure and ensures future maintenance to be in strictly regulated BOFH hands. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing!
My Bullshit Bingo-card already overflowed reading the article. Then, as a consequence, the earth gave up and spontaneously exploded. And you want poetry? Can't you just leave it at planet destruction so my towel can be kept clean?
You are commentards, since you read this and usually comment(ard) as well on this forum, you are commentards, QED.
By logic of association, we all are idiots. At least one idiot will be at two degrees of separation.
Better to block anything that is up to three hops from the malware. That will make us all a lot safer!
With Google indexing world+dog, thus distancing two hops in general, would ensure a pretty good cleanup of the Internet.
Time to enable safe-browsing >click< powering down.
If you are married, then you surely do not have any form of free will left.
Whether or not anything then gets decided is not bound by traditional physics. Counterpart logic defies all rules and is either made by an Executive Decision Maker, or with tears no one can explain either.
Are these real scammers or just a front for the NSA soliciting extra-governmental funds for black-ops?
It is just a matter of time until someone spills the beans. If the spooky spying was a rage, then the spooky spying as a backdoor would pop the entire (proprietary) industry to bits.
If anyone is naive enough to think that the software vendors are /not/ in bed with the spooks has a deranged attitude far from reality. Of course are there backdoors being created; we've seen the virus/worm/malware/... shit already hitting the fan at several occasions.
I have heavily invested in popcorn factories and are awaiting the inevitable stock surge.
There is apparently no polite way to tell someone to fuck off, so I'll try this: Well, Mr. Zuck, take your site and you can stick it and shove it up your ... well, you know where.
"It's not really possible to stand up to bullies behind the veil of anonymity because wearing it simply demonstrates you're still afraid."
When the people in East Germany in 1989 started saying out loud in choir at the Monday demonstrations "Wir bleiben hier" (we stay) they were apparently no longer afraid to show their face and give up their anonymity. That was the point were revolution was at hand and commencing.
The road up to that point required anonymity. Without anonymity it would not have come that far, at least not at that speed and probably not as bloodless.
That is called establishing "guilt by association".
Everybody in the world is guilty of "something" when you dig far enough. Once you "associate", you are subject to scrutiny and will be proven guilty of any "something". Just to make a point that you should not "associate" but only "behave".
Such system is also called a repressive surveillance regime and we have plenty of examples through history and contemporary.
The real problem here is that the repressive attitude of governments and associated intimidation seem to have exactly the effect they were designed for:
That is the real tragedy of it. We seem to be all too eager to self-censor in the wake of the revelations and pressures. I can understand PJ's decision, but can in no circumstance support that decision. It shows us the path to utter and complete destruction of free exchange of information.
Symbolism can be a powerful weapon.
It establishes an air of FUD to discourage. Nothing more, nothing less.
Maybe Brazil can [dr]etain $RANDOM politicians from the UK under the pretext that they believe an invalid passport has been spotted. Then question the chap for 9 hours where he got his passport faked and confiscate all the electronic gadgets (including watch). Should make for some interesting dust cloud.
Its a cyber-attack! All duck and quack!
Alternatively, the aliens have been spotted once again and the global conspiracy will continue to hide them in the secret chamber.
(sometimes you wish you could choose multiple icons; a coat for the aliens may be required)
It is the (first) public release of the out-sourced government version to map meta-data into link-graphs. It is time to generate fictional data at a massive scale to blend the data to pulp (-fiction). I guess that there has been enough research already on fake accounts and how you setup such that most probably pass the Turing test.
Come on, create a bigger haystack!
Protecting confidentiality of data is an oxymoron.
There are ways to protect the confidentiality of your data:
1) do not generate it
The list is no longer than one entry. (period)
When people have data, you already have a leak. The people are the leak; be it it by shear stupidity or malice does not matter, neither do the means how the data is leaked. When there is data somewhere accessible, you have a non-zero chance of data leaking out. The probability of a leak over time is 1. Live with it or stop generating the data.
It is like boiling water. The temperature rises quickly to boiling temperature and then stays there until the water is gone. Then it rises again to never seen heights. The problem with all these models is that the fundamental parameters are not all known. So many feedback loops, either positive or negative. The earth will survive, whether we do is yet to be seen. The only really known is that, at some point, there will be no more fossils left to burn. The human species may be around to see that happen, but it also may go extinct way before then.
The media has made the whole thing into a fantastic headline frenzy. "We're all going to die!", "We'll be heated to extinction", "No problem, only 0.1 degree", etc... Media meddling in the discussion over fractions of a degree in one or the other way is just hype, no more. The fact is, nobody knows what exactly will happen in the long term. The only consensus is that our "previous" lifestyle will no longer cut it. Whether this is due to 1, 2, 3 or 6 degrees temperatures is irrelevant. The timescale is also irrelevant for all practical intends. It is our children and children's children who will need to adapt (and they will curse us no matter what we do).
I'd suggest that the media concentrates on reporting on (practical) solutions for the human species to survive in the long run, seen in the light of a changing climate. That may actually help us all so that our children and children's children still are there to curse us (and may curse us a little bit less if we do a good job).
Well, if the patents are granted, then all hope for the USPTO should be extinguished in one final blow. The criteria of "obvious to a person skilled in the field" seems to be a total loss for the USPTO.
I'm now waiting for a patent to be granted on "waving a hand by means of electronic communication using a wireless infrastructure". Hell, it involves computers and phones and whatever electronics, so it must be worthy.
No value got lost. Actually, a lot is saved with moving to /dev/null since most files are already copies from /dev/zero and gzip only allows for so much compression.
When we talk about management documents, then we can safely assume that they were retrieved from /dev/urandom (no, not /dev/random, management types are so predictable 50% of the time), so /dev/null makes a lot of sense. At least more sense than the management types do, have done and ever will do.
(sarcasm may be a part of this post, ymmv)
Plea bargain is basically a form of (psychological) extortion. You just talk up the penalty and see what happens. The plea bargain system is corrupt in favor of the prosecution.
So, Belgium is out of the question then?
The cloud is just being blown out of proportion.
"(Politically) incorrect responses mean that a user needs to wait..."
So, tomorrow the other answer is valid. And next week we need to ask with sugar-coating attached. Next month the taboo of asking about taboos is tabooed using taboos.
Next they tell you that the IP addresses are logged and traced, depending your alleged answers. What could possibly go wrong with this so called "technology"?
Of course they need to clamp down. This is revenge for the roman invasion two thousand years ago. No need to have that noodly stuff imported. They are encouraging the export of feta to improve the economy.