282 posts • joined Tuesday 19th July 2011 08:36 GMT
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: 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.
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....
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 ;)
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 ;)
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?
Illegal versus DMCA
Are you sure? Interoperability was IIRC one of the few loopholes DMCA allows... Can't be bothered to verify though.
If I were the UK queen, I'd rather emigrate to Iceland. Seems a lot better for one's mental health than trying to get to change civil servants/security services to change their ways.
PS: Shame there's no polar bear icon...
So they weren't slippery characters, more... treacly, right?
Re: Article incorrect to suggest they were Ultra Viries...
So basically that law gives the government the right to detain whom they please - without even having to think up an excuse about the victim being a terrorist?
BTW, this part of the article:
"This is a routine hazard for people of interest to spooks or serious police investigations, and it could be seen as a little odd that Greenwald, Miranda and Poitras didn't anticipate it."
is rather nasty, isn't it? Why shouldn't you use a laptop etc if you're "a person of interest"? It's not their fault that western legal systems get corrupted by these 1984 style laws, is it?
Icon because that's the only thing that will save my blood pressure now.
Re: Sue FAPL for redress
I don't know how the legal system works over in the UK but the judge gave the court order, didn't he? So he should be responsible for the mess.
What he then chooses to take out on FAPL is his concern, but not something the poor (sniff) sites that have been wrongfully blocked should have to concern themselves with.
@Craigness: Re: Encryption needs to be on the client side to be secure
How do you know?
Re: Who wrote this article?
@John Smith: no, not really: the last paragraph was about using quantum computing to attack the encryption.
I suspect RISC OS's concern (and certainly it would be mine) is Google just handing over the key to the 3 letter agencies - no crypto attack required.
Re: How does this reassure concerns...
Also I'm very surprised the article text itself doesn't contain this info.
Re: Some toy throwing going on here.
"M$ neither licensed nor asked permission before reverse engineering the private API, and subsequently threw the toys out of the pram when Google shut them down."
I vaguely remember IP law has provisions to allow reverse engineering these kinds of APIs for interoperability reasons. 
E.g. Google's copying API headers from Java was not deemed an infraction on Java IP.
Whether Google are within their rights to subsequently block anything with a Redmond whiff knocking at their API... that I can't say... and can't be bothered to try and find out...
 Didn't even the DMCA have some provisions for that?
The EU response will be absolutely zilcho, nothing, nada - just look at the so-called "Safe Harbor" to make is possible for EU companies to store confidential/client data in the US without falling foul of EU data regulators.
It is in effect an admission that the US (i.e. a foreign government) may unleash the Patrioat act ("the government can look at the data even without telling us") on EU data.
After this, do you really think EU government instituions will care?
I agree with your explanation about email providers not being allowed to read the contents of the email in general... but in this case, yes, Gmail has specifically mentioned they would do this (even if not in red letters) when the user signed up.
Too bad many people don't read T&Cs. That's really their problem.
However, ISPs etc suddenly doing deep packet inspection, reading email contents without it being contractually agreed with the customer, *is* a problem, yes.
Re: Oracle--the official database of the Five Eyes!!
Ehm yes, but I think you'd better replace:
<<next time an American politician says he wants to "reach across the aisle" or promote "bipartisan engagement" [....] to fuck you over>>
<<next time any politician says anything [....] to fuck you over>>
Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole
You might even start growing a beard ;)
Re: EU wide please
It's useless. The proposed German system would also turn over the unencrypted data to the authorities. This may mean the NSA would not snoop on you (or have to work harder at it, i.e. by asking the German government nicely), but our own "democratic" governments would still be able to do so...
I'll get my coat with the GPG man page printout now...
Re: Totally secure
I think you need to bring your irony detection unit in for servicing...
Yes. And your point is?
Re: The NSA has naught but garbage
I'd be fine with them spending American taxpayers' money if they weren't using that money to spy on me and everybody else. Yes, including whatever cat pictures I care to send to whomever.
Of course the world isn't kept safe by massively indexing garbage. But budgets are and you never know if you find somebody with an outstanding parking ticket... or somebody Googling for pressure cookers and backpacks.
Re: Better solution
Perhaps the term you're looking for is "useful figurehead". Get him out, get somebody else in... repeat n times... - nothing changes....
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