301 posts • joined 19 Jul 2011
Re: Microsoft needs to adapt
Nope. The market for scientific/engineering/military applications was there as well.
@ Yet Another Anonymous coward: Honest government employee!??
That's why it says "former" in the article ;)
Re: Allô ?
And the German-speaking Belgians <snigger>
Icon because... well, Belgium. Yum.
Re: If alice can't trust bob
Unless Hank is your nice local US government spook, that is. Perhaps doing a bit of industrial espionage. Perhaps just digging through your email correspondence with your extramarital... ehrm companion.
Quote: "Indeed, and I'm wondering why there is such concern about the client copying or passing on the plain text of the e-mail."
... because that nicely diverts the attention from the fact they're a US based outfit subject to US law, including provisions on handing over encryption keys without notifying the customer etc, regardless of the cheery promises they make in their PR materials.
Re: El Reg now has a correspondent in Mongolia?
Well spotted. Wonder if there's local IT news of interest...
Yes, synthesizing organs: great idea... hopeful avenue for e.g. cancer patients with cancer in the liver where a transplant + the required immunosuppresants don't really bode well for the cancer prognosis if there's mets involved (i.e. everything except primary hepatic cancer).
I'll ehrm... drink to that.
Well, yes, right about the i but what about the n in DeutscheNfrau.. surely it would be Deutschefrau... (nominative feminine, singular)..
What do I know, I'm just from the country next to it where we fortunately lost that cases thing...
Luder was a nice find though :)
Re: Incorrect: From the NHS:
Well, I suppose they realize it, they just won't admit it... remember the boozing doctors topic around Christmas?
Re: Under the GPL
Unless that guy works for Google and the guy starting the lawsuit works for Oracle...
Re: Due diligence?
Don't know much about UK law but wouldn't this be covered under existing consumer protection laws - i.e. that the consumer has a reasonable expectation of security when buying the service which is then totally flouted by the provider?
Van or De?
De Raadt, not Van Raadt. The former means "the", the latter "of"/"from" (in Dutch which I presume is the origin of his name).
I know all those pesky Germanic words must sound the same to you half-Norman French speaking natives but some of us poor foreigners, do care <sniff>
I'll just get my coat now, thanks...
... pfah, detest them - but as you say, Velv, they're not nearly as bad as corner-cutting bonus grabbing management that come up with the unholy idea of skimping on security in the first place.
At least with the 70s debates you know what the next big solution was that... sparked the debates of the 80s.
Helps to make your arguments appear well-thought out and such. Give me old debates any day.
What will they think up next?
Re: Does this mean...
@GM & YAAC: wish I could upvote those multiple times.
NATO = UN Agency?!
Stopped reading after that.
Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft products...
There's MonoDevelop for C#, and tons of C++/Java IDEs+undoubtedly many more or less exotic variants like an ADA IDE+compiler...
Myself, I'm partial to Lazarus (cross-platform IDE that uses Object Pascal, sort of like an open source Delphi). I rather easily write hobby applications for Linux, Windows and OSX.
Re: are "me too" posts allowed in this particular instance?
Ehm... <shrugs> me, too!
Re: Replacing trust with security
21st century, Shirley?
And next to terrorists, what about pedophiles? They're big in Holland... ehrm... well their use as an excuse for all kinds of monitoring and wiretapping laws is.
Agreed about the rest - though I wonder what's wrong with PGP/GPG mail... unless it's
1. the geek factor needed to understand how to set things up,
2. a mailer that enforces encryption of all mails to designated recipients...
3. the fact that it leaks metadata making it more susceptible to traffic analysis.
Ah well, let's see how this initiative pans out...
Titles, ah well...
Who's MWR? Inquiring minds want to know...
Turning it off and on again?
They... ok their computers should be nuked from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
That neatly completes the buzzword bingo for today ;)
@Westlake Some users more equal than others
"Users are directly engaged in the business of their employer --- some of them at a very high level."
Even if we're not talking about staff in HR, facility management, legal, accounting, audit, finance etc, i.e. users/staff in line departments, these people may *still* not be directly engaged in making profit...
I suspect a "live and let live" attitude on both sides of the tech divide would help. E.g. the fiction that IT is solely responsible for all things vaguely IT related, *including* business requirements for all IT systems unfortunately endures, as does IT not knowing or caring about what valid business needs actually are.
Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon - Sir
Squinting at esquire, my etymologic senses whisper to me it's a Norman French derivation. Don't the French get a say? Or possibly the descendants of the Normans up North?
But I've been known to be wrong before...
Well, the difference between
- is not monitoring
- will not monitor
- has been monitoring for ages but we've stopped now
- we let the Brits do the monitoring
- we don't monitor but eavesdrop, then get a German speaking intern to write up the translations, /then/ we monitor the translations
is quite palpable, yes.
Growth does not equal existence
Doesn't mean all desktops have disappeared though ;)
Also, I suspect that some (specialized, granted) applications will need quite a few changes in small form factor devices before they can be ported... e.g. CAD.
In any case, I think it's rather perverted to go around feeling scientists and trying to guess their nationality based on touch...
Invented before the internet
So AIS was "invented before the internet" and therefore its architecture does not have security in mind. Could be plausible, except... when exactly was GPS invented then? Before or after the internet?
I'm a bit suspicious here.
Re: Commodore 64
Should have just had you type SYS64738... young people nowadays, really...
Djikstra, Dijkstra, what's in a name...
Erm yes, Dijkstra.
I'd think Djikstra would be slightly more easily pronounceable than Dijkstra for native English speakers.
Just think of it as Dykstra - or even Dykestra ;) - and maybe that will make pronouncing it easier.
Springtime for GMail and Microsoft, winter for Yahoo and ...?
.... mmm, having trouble with filling in the dots. Needs to be 1 syllable to match the original...
I would agree.
Just because PCI has some tick mark about having a patch process etc having a properly though out risk assessment+controls+review cycle (a la ISO 27001/2) is much more important and could well indicate that there are enough mitigating controls to make the risk of no patches appearing acceptable (e.g. don't allow XP users access to the web; use of up to date virus scanners, network monitoring etc).
But that doesn't make for a nice scary headline+increased revenue from switches from XP to 7.
Note however that PCI DSS *is* a US initiative and it seems Americans are a bit crazy for checkboxes, so who knows, I may well turn out to be proven wrong here.
Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on
Re: Bring back Maemo
Have an upvote from a happy ex Maemo/now Meego user... Shame indeed it was axed, but as you say, Android presents a very different competitor than commercial Unix used to.
Sorry, no, apparently highest number of wiretaps per capita in the world....
Is it me or does the article just start babbling about vectors without explaining what vectors are meant? Probably in the articles the Googlers published, but who RTFA when you can complain?
Romanes optimes sunt ;)
Long live the Norman conquest as well as the infiltration of Latin/Romance terms into English!
(Actually, knowing some English really helped me learn Latin and French, so thanks for that!)
(Title: yes, well, had to stay in line with Romanes eunt domus, right?)
(Icon: no vinum?... well beer it is then)
Wish I could upvote you twice...
Re: Phantom Power
The original one. Everybody knows the Rolls Royce one was an unreliable disaster ;)
Or even 27002.
Re: Isn't it free already?
Maybe the OP was literate but one of those annoying Johnny Foreigners whose native tongues would have you use CD's as the plural of CDs. And he might have just slipped up a tiny bit.
However, I'd never stand in the way of a proper grammar bash, so bash away...
Agreed. You can even use interesting low-bloat GUI toolkits like fpGUI but I'm sure you know that already, soppie ;)
Re: Methinks quite rightly so, the more likely truth be .....
Nice try, but that was understandable punctuation and not nearly enough random capitals. Please try again!
Or what about some KitKats ;)
Ballmer's oracular statements
"By the early part of this year it was clear to me that perhaps acquisition would be a way to accelerate."
So it was clear to you that something may potentially lead to something else.... or in other words: "it was clear to me that acquisition could also decelerate [insert whatever it is]".
As to what is being accelerated... well, I'd rather not speculate.
"I called [Nokia board of directors chairman] Risto [Siilasmaa] right after the first of the year sometime in January, early February. "
The first WHAT of the year? Public beheading of underperforming VPs? Bonfire? What?
Re: BTW, if the NSA allowed "Tor" or similar sytems to do remote login
Why lay the blame for the hiring/screening policies only at the contractor - it's the NSA who should have stipulated *and enforced* good policies (and practice!) by the contractor...
No incomprehensible charge here
If the charge is really "cheating the Revenue", that sounds like a refreshing departure from the usual legal mumbo-jumbo.
Thumbs up (in that respect) for the cash-collecting government minions from across the water!
Additionally, encrypting incoming and outgoing traffic is well and good, but unencrypted data at rest/inside the cloud provider is still at risk from provider personnel and depends on regular physical/logical access security of the cloud data center anyway.
Waving "encryption" around as a magical solution is just PR.
Re: How about strapping a micro-SD card to a homing pigeon's leg?
Yep, it was on the Register. Pigeons between Howick and Durban, IIRC.
BTW: anybody heard of homing rats?
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