23 posts • joined 7 Jun 2011
I still find it pretty amusing that after they lambasted HBGary for their lack of security, not all of them encrypted their own drives and the ones that did clearly didn't do it well enough and so rolled over and gave the keys.
Re: From the new reg article just posted:
Oh, wow. The only sensible comment I've read that doesn't scream "stop liking what I don't like".
I used Habbo years ago, sounds like nothings changed.
The thing is though, they posed as a 13 year old girl, right? Now I know everyone wants to view the world through rose tinted glasses, but I can’t imagine any other responses from a 13 year old boy that wouldn’t be “sexual and vulgar”. What do they expect from putting a bunch of teenagers together?
Sure, there’s paedophiles. There’s paedophiles everywhere on the internet. But kids are told time and time again about the whole talking to strangers business and meeting people off the internet. Does it stop them? No. Did it stop them kids getting killed from meeting people they met on Facebook? No.
I mean, shit, maybe it’s not necessarily a problem with the service and its moderation. From what I remember, the reporting system on Habbo was actually one of the best I’ve seen (Sulake didn’t take kindly to the “scripting” scene) – easy for kids to use and every “Call for Help” (as they call it) was responded to within minutes. Clear instructions provided for what to do if someone engaged in this behaviour with you.
If kids aren’t using the tools given to them, or acting on the knowledge drilled into them in school, then maybe that’s a failure that should be pointed somewhere else.
Kinda feel bad for Sulake. Habbo was probably been hemorrhaging users for a while. This’ll probably be one of the final nails in the coffin.
I thought it was a decent enough show. Thought they'd announce some partial upgrade for the iMacs at least. It was nice to see the 650M added to the MBP as well. The 555M in my current laptop is a great card. I don't game heavily on my laptop, but for the few I do play, like Skyrim, it handles them brilliantly.
Still a couple of things that bug me about iOS6 though.
Doesn't seem to be any mention of opening up an API for Notification Centre for third party widgets.
I'd also like a simple extension of the restriction feature so that I can passcode lock certain apps. I know developers can do this individually for their own app, but it would be useful for the stock apps and the ones that don't.
And, the new Maps. As a 4 user, I'd rather stick with what I've got now, which works perfectly for me, then end up with a gimped solution with a half feature set because they've decided to throw dildos at each other. Bye bye Street View I guess, which I found incredibly useful from my phone.
But, I'm at least thankful they're unifying caller ID between phone number and Apple ID when using iMessage/FaceTime.
Re: Don't do forensics
Thanks for the update, I appreciate it and I look forward to seeing that piece, sounds interesting.
In the end I opted for Business Information Systems, seemed the best choice for the options that were open to me. The modules tie into my interests as well so, hopefully, this will be good stepping stone to start from.
Yeah, in the end, I've gone for Business Information Systems.
Comparing it to the other 3 available to me, it seemed the best choice.
Re: I'm probably going to get lots of "thumbs down" for this. (was: Which degree...?)
Nope, no degree yet. Dropped out of my CompSci. That was purely because of the maths angle. I enjoyed and for the most part did well with the other course content. Programming related stuff never got far enough to become a problem I guess (and with the maths issues, I assume it would have eventually).
Thing is I already sent my UCAS in with my choices - I've been accepted into all (the IT management for Business, Business Information Systems, CompForensics, Ethical Hacking). I've just got to figure out what's the best from the ones I can choose from. From reading the replies, it's kind of becoming painstakingly clear that all are bad as each other.
Re: What do you actually want ?
That's part of the difficulty as well. I'm not honestly sure what kind of career I want either , but I need to understand the jobs available to me. In ten years time I don't want to be stuck in a job with no opportunity for development or basically a future because I picked the wrong degree now.
I understand that me saying "a career in the IT industry" doesn't really help either. It's a blanket term that covers too much and the options I have (or at least, the only options I see) are few.
For me, IT has always appeared to be the logical career choice. I've always been interested in computers and technology in general. Developing this into a career just seemed the way to go from an early age. For better or worse, that's primarily where the interest stems from.
And still being in education and only having a non IT related part time job as a basis of a working environment, I can honestly say I find the "big picture" questions pretty much unanswerable.
I thought of much as much with the security related degrees, even though the overall course content seemed more interesting.
Re: Which degree...?
What am I good that? Well, that is a good question.
I can string a sentence together, usually correctly. These days, that's got to count for something, right?
But really, I've never struggled at anything other than maths. I've never had problems in other subjects. Always received decent enough grades and college wasn't a problem either. Although my hand eye coordination does leave something to be desired and I never quite entertained the idea of running around a field in the rain.
Unfortunately, instead of A Levels at college I opted for a BTEC (IT Practitioners) as my freshly free from school mind didn't want any more exams. Funnily enough, I have nothing actually against them. At least I got the best possible result it offers.
I started a CompSci degree but the maths put me off. I did actually seek help with it, but it wasn't just one or two areas, it was more "what is he on about now?" per lesson which quickly becomes disheartening. That kinda snowballed and mostly killed the whole course for me. Options to swap degrees (replacing the maths with business, essentially) got complicated due to issues between schools, module deficiencies so I pretty much gave up.
I guess it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.
I'd like a degree though, one related to IT and a career in the industry afterwards. I just can't decide which is the best to go for from the options I've got.
I've got to avoid CS because I hate and completely fail at maths (I've tried, trust me). Half of me thinks stop right there. Surely, CS must be the only useful computing related degree (well, perhaps not as useful as it used to be...) and if you can't nail that, good luck even managing to get a job in the industry.
The other half of me has a choice between more business orientated options (Business Information Systems, Information Technology Management) or something more "hands on" (Computer Forensics, "Ethical Hacking").
You see, half of me thinks that a computing degree that isn't CS is pretty much worthless for the computing industry. The other half thinks, from what's available to me, that a business orientated degree will give me the best employability while the more "hands on" degrees will be essentially a lot more interesting.
I understand that no CS and I guess I would call a "deficiency" in maths blitzes most career options - but how can I salvage something worthwhile from the choices I've got?
Thoughts would be greatly appreciated. You can be honest. Brutally honest.
Re: more to the point....
Wouldn't he be thrown inside unless he gave them the password anyway?
Sure hope it isn't her hands in the picture.
Re: VPN Service Recommendations
I forgot to mention, bandwidth is unlimited.
Or at least I see no fair use policy and I've never been told I'm using too much.
Re: VPN Service Recommendations
I use VPNUK and it seems to fit your requirement.
OpenVPN is supported.
Servers in 14 countries.
Unlimited on demand switching between servers.
Two simultaneous connections provided they come from different devices.
"We do not log any user activity (sites visited, DNS lookups, emails etc.) We only log access attempts to our servers (for security and troubleshooting), session durations and bandwidth used."
And they have servers were P2P use is not restricted.
£5.99 a month.
Or xenSmart if you're looking for a VPS - it's from the same guys as PC Smart Hosting.
Krystal, OVH (or http://www.kimsufi.co.uk/), PC Smart Hosting.
All great companies, had products with all of them. Currently got a small hosting package with Krystal, they're excellent, mainly used OVH for domains, also brilliant and PC Smart Hosting offer a dedi for £40 p/m and they're also great.
Network Admin at College
Admin in charge of the network at college a year or two ago. Left the active directory searchable by everyone. Passwords in the description field of accounts. Basically, anyone who could log on to a computer on the college network had unbound access to _everything_.
He was quite adamant about getting me expelled until I dropped the words "data protection act".
It's a shame the college management will never realise his true incompetence. Who would have listened to a 17 year old student over an experienced admin who'd been there a while? I remember walking into the IT office when I'd "been caught", two 21" iMacs on every desk. As far as I know he still works there and he is still in charge. I wonder if he frequents El Reg?
Re: Will be with us for a while
I know for a fact the 9x runs all the tills at Tesco.
Not sure what the new self serves are, but it wouldn't surprise me if that was the same.
They switched exploit (CVE-2012-0507, from CVE-2011-3544 and CVE-2008-5353) on March 16 I think.
Don't count on it.
Don't trust anything BT says, they're fucking useless.
Our exchange was earmarked for the upgrade months ago. June? July? Got pushed back to September. September pushed back to the end of this month.
The new expected roll out date? March 2012. How about you get the original, planned, exchanges upgraded first, before promising the Earth, eh BT?
Direct Download Links
Try using the direct links (through a browser) and then just shift + click on the update button, choose the manually downloaded IPSW.
Redmond Pie usually always have DDL links available.
E.g. http://goo.gl/2Zb4a for 4.3.5
iOS5 includes more options with regards to location sharing/features.
Individual "systems services" can be turned off including "Diagnostics and Usage" among location based adverts, traffic, compass calibration etc and ofc individual apps.
I'm currently at college and I'd seriously estimate that at least 70% of the people I see around college are using Blackberry's. The sole reason is BBM. It's like the new "in thing".
Now that Apple will mirror this with their own, what would keep the teens on BB? I can't honestly see much, other than the current immense popularity.
iMessage will prove really popular, I'm sure of it. It may just take a while to gain traction.
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