1245 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011
Re: "Bet you're shocked to hear that, aren't you?"
You were shocked to hear that Tor could be and is used to provide cover for nefarious activities?
Or was it just this specific use case which was particularly surprising to you?
Re: No sympathy.......
In matter of fact, every transaction can be identified in the block chain, although the owners of the addresses involved cannot (that's the anonymous part).
Which is why it's not a full audit. Without knowing source and destination you have no chain of custody and no accountability.
All you have a list that says 'Amount X was moved from arbitrary account A to arbitrary account B'. That means the block chain is dependent upon external information for full audit purposes. Any failure of the systems managing that external information, such as happened with MtGox and Flexcoin, can lead to exploits.
That reliance on external information for full accountability is the weakness of the block chain.
Re: No sympathy.......
...what they [Bitcoin] provide, which is arguably of some value, is a fully audited, globally distributed audit of all transa[c]tions, via the block-chain.
Which is why the missing Bitcoin were found immediately after the loss were discovered,right? If the transactions were fully audited, actual source and actual destination would be known, and this problem wouldn't exist.
About the only thing right about what you said was the word "arguably."
Re: Just an FYI
Huh? Sorry, I got as far as that phrase in quotes, and just stopped there and didn't read the rest of your comment.
That being said, don't assume everyone else reads the way you do.
Seriously, how does one manage to say for sure either way when it's only just been opened for beta?
It's just been opened to the public for beta. Beta testing has been going for about a year (I was invited in August) but the NDA has just been lifted.
Now I'm seeing in the press the exact same range of comments I saw from new beta testers, and they fall into basically 3 groups:
1. Elder Scrolls gamers complaining that the world isn't as open as they're used to. This is correct, but necessary -- you can't adjust the game world for a single player when you have thousands of players;
2. MMO fans complaining that the game was missing common UI elements of MMOs (e.g, combat log, minimap). This, while also technically true, ignored the facts that you can play the game quite effectively (and achieve better immersion) without them, and that there is an add-on API for which add-ons are already being developed to provide these features; and
3. Players who treated the game as a new experience and took the time to learn how it was designed to be played.
Group 3 was invariably the most pleased with the game, and in my experience provided some of the most constructive feedback (which, BTW, I can tell you has definitely been incorporated into the game.) However, even groups 1 and 2 usually ended up liking the game despite their initial complaints.
In short, don't expect "Skyrim Online" or "WoW in Tamriel".
Re: "copying a 50GB folder of small files"
Another very important factor is the method of copying. If you're using Windows Explorer, it doesn't matter how fast the drive is -- there's a lot of per-file overhead in the OS.
In a few years time,could we be seeing 400Gbps FCoEoF?
You want Broadcom to fix another manufacturer's video drivers?
Or are you saying you want the open source community to ignore Broadcom's drivers until they've fixed this issue you're seeing with a specific configuration?
Well, either way, here's what's going to happen. Each member of the open source community is going to work on whichever project rewards them best. Whether that's financial remuneration, resolving an issue they themselves experience regularly, respect from the community, their own self-actualization, or some other reward depends on what they want.
You can give some of them an incentive to work on the issue you're seeing (one of the simplest incentives is plain detailed information on the issue itself), or, (this is the beauty of open source) you can even work on fixing it yourself.
You can get involved, or you can continue bitching. Your choice.
Re: Not sure where you work...
The other issue, is when it's custom made, if the guy that wrote it buggers off, and there is little or know documentation, it leaves a whole load of shit behind....just look at the banks for a classic example of this.
That's why you beat them about the head with the Big Book of SSADM before letting 'em near a compiler.
That's why they start taking months instead of days to deliver anything, and the CIO starts looking favorably at off-the-shelf again.
From the pedant to the paranoid, just about every El Reg commentard stereotype should have an issue with that turn of phrase.
(No icon, 'cos I can't attach 'em all.)
Re: say it again
Problem is, the VT100 doesn't do anything -- it simply passes keystrokes to and echoes output of the mainframe to which it's connected -- a mainframe which can be infected by all sorts of nasties.
Re: Now if they can get ports the other way
You misread that graphic. That's from Android to Nokiadroid, not from WinPho to Android.
8 hours to port your app from a giant marketshare to 0 marketshare. Brilliant!
1. "New sources have quoted it without valid reason, too."
2. "New sources have quoted it without valid reason."
3. "News sources have quoted it without valid reason, too."
4. "News sources have quoted it without valid reason."
In each case, "have quoted" is correct. "Have quote" is not a valid verb form.
If "too" was the intended word, it should have been preceded by a comma if for no other reason than clarity. If "to" was intended, it is an extraneous preposition; the meaning is clearer without it.
It's a Buyout.
The new owner stumped up a massive 744,408 BTC...
This person is citing a supposed "leaked document" that looks like it was written by a six year old running a lemonade stand. New sources have quote it without valid reason too [sic].
Oh Internet. What would we do without your endless opportunities for irony?
...a new global set of standards to make online warfare as unacceptable as the use of nuclear or chemical weapons.
So all the major players will be doing it, and everyone will know they're doing it, but they'll continue to try to deny it and hide to what extent they're doing it?
This is different from the current state of affairs how, exactly?
Of course we care
"if [Cisco] can put that same box with better performance and better programmability in your data center, cheaper than a white box out of Taiwan, do you care?"
Of course I do! Cisco cheaper than anyone!? That's one of the signs of the apocalypse!
Re: 850 MB download to patch a lousy SSL bug?
There is. Download the update on the device rather than via iTunes. The update itself is only 13.6MB.
Of course, that may be a bad idea in this case, if the update process uses iOS SSL connection security to verify that it's downloading from a trusted source...
Re: They have a point...
The problem isn't that they think that Mars One is a bad idea; the problem is the method of conveying that information: a fatwah is more of an order than advice -- it's like the edict of a pope or the "political opinion" of some US "ministers".
It illustrates a key problem of organized religion -- the tendency of those in the organization to shift from advising to demagoguery, and for the scope of their advice to creep beyond managing your spiritual affairs to managing your physical* affairs.
* or [extra]marital, even...
Re: Bay Trail Goodness
Picked up a T100 to replace the wife's aging Dell Inspiron and very impressed with it.
Good choice. I went with the T800. Would not recommend.
"There is no 'UK porn filter'. There are instead parental controls implemented by the ISP, which, and this bit is the only thing that is new or has been changed, are now enabled by default for new accounts on several major ISPs. You don't need some dodgy new browser to bypass the parental controls, you just need to disable them in your account settings."
Exactly. Simply identify yourself to the authorities and explicitly state that you want access to material many of them have expressed distaste for. What could possibly go wrong with that?
...CD players offer a ubiquitous and universal standard for playback...
Someone's forgotten Sony*'s numerous perversions...
* There were others messing with the standard as well, but Sony was the most visible, and arguably the most aggressive.
Give him a tablet...
With nothing but Flappy Bird on it.
Play Store is not Android
So there's no contradiction here. Google only restricts use of the Play Store and Google's apps based on what's preloaded where, not Android itself.
This conflation of Google's apps with Android appears to be based on the premise that Google's apps, Play included, must be preinstalled for an Android distribution to be considered adequate, but Amazon and a number of Chinese manufacturers have already proven that premise incorrect.
The MADA also does not prevent the consumer from installing and running Google's applications if they do want them, either from an alternative app store or via sideloading.
So essentially this is a blog with some very good arguments about why Google's MADA is not a good thing, which have been unfortunately blunted by a clear logical fallacy in the conflation of the applications and the operating system.
Re: Leave it out
Technically, that would be avoision.
At this point it would be helpful to point you to the submissions these and other witnesses have made to the Select Committee’s enquiry – but we can’t, because they’re inexplicably under embargo. If you've Silverlight installed, you can watch the second session here. ®
So the second session is effectively under embargo as well?
In related news,
Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops sign peace treaty, as strange light in the sky grows larger...
Re: If you don't like a topic or activity, then don't go to that site.
1. Stop arguing with yourself.
2. There are numerous ways to avoid seeing online ads, not the least of which is not visiting sites which use them.
And why is that?
"FAST is yet to come across any appropriately qualified legal advisor that can give 100 per cent assurance that second hand software is completely infringement risk free," he said.
I'm sure this is in no way related to certain FAST members writing EULAs and Ts&Cs which have more lines of text than the relevant software has lines of code, with clauses which are ambiguous, not legally enforceable, and in some cases directly contradictory to other clauses in the same document.
POS network -- or POS security standard?
..and the POS network should normally be subject to PCI compliance checks to be able to accept credit card payments.
It is subject to PCI compliance.
Unfortunately, "the current PCI standard (PDF) does not require organizations to maintain separate networks for payment and non-payment operations (page 7)"
(Krebs on Security Article http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/02/target-hackers-broke-in-via-hvac-company/ -- link to PCI standard preserved from source.)
Re: android upgrade debate
Some phone manufacturers will offer OTA updates
Yes, but you can count the number who offer upgrades from 2.x to 4.x on one hand or less.
Not sure about that pic -- looks shopped...
Re: Like customer, like company
The problem is Apple has bought tons of beer* for their lawyer. That's why he's pursuing this absurd line of appeals. For him there's the upside of more money and no downside, because lawyers in the US are rarely if ever held accountable for the stupidity of their clients' positions, even as they knowingly persist in enabling such stupidity for the sake of more billable hours.
*Figuratively speaking (i.e, they've spent a lot of money on him). I am not implying in any way that their lawyer is or would have to be a drunkard (or indeed any kind of drug addict) to persist in pursuing such a petulant petition.
Of course, to properly simulate the universe, they'll have to get that latency down to 1 tP...
Analysis of 836,021 Play Store Android applications...
more than one in 20 (5 per cent) ... can locate and open private photographs ...
One in 30 (3 per cent) ... can divulge email addresses over the internet.
Meanwhi[le], 1,749 uploaded the address over an encrypted connection and a further 1,661 did so over an unencrypted connection where traffic can be easily harvested.
Almost 10 per cent of apps tested included permissions to read contact lists.
I'll ignore the vague use of can, as Mark did a perfectly acceptable job covering that. Instead I want to focus on these numbers. See above how specific they are when talking about general access, about what the apps have rights to do. Nowhere there do they talk about motive though. That's the interesting stuff. How many of these apps are actually intrusive?
Many have a legitimate need for this data but others are clearly intrusive.
Oh. Thanks for the detail, guys.
RE: the term is OS and manufacturer agnostic.
Not according to a particular fruity manufacturer...
Re: It's so easy
It is easy to be blasé when it's not your confidential info being handed out without your permission.
But is that the case? How many Apple employees use Apple's services? The odds are just as high* that a random Apple employee using an Apple service has been the target of one of these orders as a random non-employee who uses Apple services.
* Absent further demographic information anyway. Apple's hiring requirements, for example, may have some effect on the odds, but when the odds are already on the order of one in a million, I bet it's not significant.
Re: Same here...
"but the os is of no practical use."
I don't actually understand what you mean by that. It does many things better than iOS, and performs better than Android.
The practical use of the OS is that it provides you with the best camera-phone on the market.
No. The only practical use of an OS is that it provides users with a way to take advantage of the hardware they purchased to a degree and in a way that they feel happy with their purchase.
Your use of the subjective "better" underscores this point. You feel it is better than iOS and Android for the use cases you have experienced or researched.
But each user's definition of happy is different, requiring flexibility in the system. Smartphones get this flexibility from their app ecosystems. Microsoft's app ecosystem is the smallest. Ergo, it is less flexible, and of less practical value to the varied users out there.
"Roughly 80 per cent of people say they would keep paying for the BBC if the cost was no different to the licence fee," said Elstein. Around 40 per cent would pay double and 10 per cent of licence fee payers would pay treble.
What would those people paying double or treble get?
At first, I thought he was describing a demand curve, but the math doesn't work in that case. The best they could do is about 88% of current revenue by charging about 1.5 times as much.
Later paragraphs describe the income as made up of the equal payers + the double payers + the treble payers, indicating that some people would be paying more. Are we talking separate subscriptions for each channel, then? That could work, but information is scarce on whether that would align with the general demand statement made by Elstein.
And of course, all of this speaks only to economic value, not to societal value. The BBC may make more money this way, but will they make better content? Or will they just make more popular content in order to chase as much subscription money as possible? Take a look at the US cable channels for the likely answer to that.
Re: Time to shine :)
On the face of it, laser printers are a terrible technology - dangerous toner dust, delicate moving parts and expensive consumables, with high power consumption - while inkjets should offer complete safety, cheap consumables and low power.
Last time I had an inkjet, I was replacing each cartridge annually, at a total cost of $120 per year (black and 3 colors). Then in 2006 I bought a laser printer and just replaced the black toner in December 2013. I also bought the color toner, as it's about to run out. Total cost: ~$400 for 7 years, or ~$57 per year.
15 years ago, I had to review Material Safety Data Sheets for the toner and ink for a college which had both inkjets and laser printers. Suffice to say the ink was no less dangerous than the toner, just dangerous in different ways. At that time I also reviewed consumables costs, and the difference over the lifetime of the machines was negligible.
Aside from HP's 1100 series (a truly horrible range of equipment) I have yet to see a laser printer die in less than five years. I've seen way too many inkjets break within a year because of cheap components.
Inkjets do use less power, but the manufacturers' strategy of subsidizing the purchase price with expensive inks has led to cheap quality and high consumables cost, making them no more cost-effective than laser printers, except possibly in situations where electricity is quite expensive.
Re: Time to shine :)
Are lasers and inkjets in competition? Surely they serve different markets. When was the last time you agonised about whether to buy one or the other?
Of course, that was also the last time I bought a printer.
Keep your hat on
It's about time they shared some of this lovely cash with the users then.
At 1.9m in net assets and 9.47m users, 20p per user would bankrupt them.
Re: Since when did...
Since the age of the average reg hack hit fifty...
Frankly I will argue with the research, it's bollocks, I own a hybrid but hanker after something more decidedly environmentally unfriendlier that goes like a bat out of hell, needs to carry my progeny safely though...
Exactly. Because a study of 23,000 people could not possibly represent your generation better that the opinion of one. Honestly, I don't get why these pollsters don't quit wasting their time and just call you whenever they have a question.
It's too bad
It's too bad there isn't some company out there that benefits extensively from OpenBSD and is currently sitting on a massive pile of cash.
Surely such a company could easily donate $20,000, would benefit by ensuring the stability of the architecture underlying their systems, and may even be able to write most of it off as a charitable deduction.
Ah well, no such beast exists, obviously.
Re: Doesn't it depend what you mean *by* "net neutrality" ?
But that introduces a slippery slope.
Which is a logical fallacy. Normally that would end the argument. But your next question is just interesting enough to merit continued discussion.
If you prioritize ANY type of packet (a VoIP packet, like you say), what's to stop de-prioritizing a different type of packet (like a BitTorrent packet)? Furthermore, what if the ISP faces an encrypted or otherwise-obfuscated stream where identifying the purpose is difficult?
The answer is you don't prioritize ANY type of packet. You prioritize identified packets based on how latency-sensitive their payload is. That's good traffic management in a nutshell.
Those packets which are obfuscated (encrypted streams generally aren't encrypted at the transport layer, which means they still include readable metadata indicating their purpose -- c.f. PRISM) are by definition not identifiable, so they needn't be prioritized.
The problem comes when ISPs try to assign priority based not on packet type but on source and/or destination. That's not only not neutral, it's bad traffic management.
"Following the decision, the FCC left the door open for an appeal."
Why wouldn't they appeal?
Well, I haven't read the court's decision, but since the chairman said "the court invited the FCC to act", I would guess that there is clarification in the ruling which might pave the way for a regulation which would be more resilient to legal challenges.
Failing that, it simply may not be affordable for the FCC to appeal. Even government agencies have to pay their lawyers.
Failing that, Wheeler may be looking at more persuasive (appealing, if you will) arguments from telecoms companies like AT&T.
Abadie's lawyer had argued in court that the regulation cited, “driving with a monitor visible in violation of California Vehicle Code 27602” didn’t apply to his client since the law was passed before Google Glass was available.
Ex pre facto?
Re: This is
But what if 1 state has no desire to win, it does'nt care about losing, heck 90% of its population could be vapourised in retaliation , but it does'nt care about it, because the leaders are right and have the blessings of their religion behind them, after all if they did'nt have the blessings then their god would'nt let them be in charge.
Have you been re-reading the news regarding the US government shutdown again?
Here's a tip, Wikibon folks: color is good -- when it clarifies things. That second chart just looks like someone threw up all over your first chart.
Re: Phrasing Perils
So that's a total of 2540 phones sold then?
Well, he did say that Nokia makes 90% of Windows phones, so that sounds about right...
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