322 posts • joined 19 Jul 2011
The problems found are comparatively minor, easily fixable, and indicative of competent people writing code just outside of their core competencies.
Well... some of these errors (the messing with different data types - signed & unsigned integers etc) does not look to my (granted, inexperienced) eye as something a competent programmer would do.
However, yes, the problems do seem fairly minor (once again, no C dev here so I admit my relative ignorance - though I must commend the report writers on their clear explanations)
One erratum, multiple errata.
Documenting schema protectable?
@bigtimehustler: exactly. And even if it would fall under copyright, there's exceptions for interoperability in at least US and European law. DB schemata would be prime examples of details needed for interoperability.
Re: You are looking at it from the wrong perspective....
"but that if they let the site exist, it weakens"
Are you perchance confusing patent enforcement with copyright enforcement?
Re: Typical Microsoft
I misread that as Microsoft Inhume. Too much Pratchett again...
You mean FreeDOS? Yes, one might be able to put GEM on it and have a ball ;)
Re: I'm going to repeat my comment from elsewhere..
That's what the US would like you to believe, but that's not the case. If the US wants data from another country it will either have to file a request for assistance or acquire the data via "other" means.
One of those means is the Patriot act: every US-headquartered/based company must hand over all data from any of its subsidiaries on request. Game over.
No need to enable automatic updates though...
Re: Ha! Take that!
Yo dawg, I heard you like backdoors... etc
Re: The question nobody ever asked
Not quite, Mr President - see the earlier post about the Chinese gold...
Re: 10,000 or 25,000
While that makes sense (thank you), my point is really that this kind of info should have been in the article.
Re: Unix servers?
Yep. Confusing article.
At one time it's 10,000 servers, then 25,000... which is it?
Re: Why do people fuss about Muslims?
You could even go crazy and spell t*ts as tits... see how that works ;)
I wonder how LanGuard compares to other tools like Nessus (and OpenVAS)?
Well, MS money certainly went into the site. Money that could (theoretically at least) have been spent on more bonuses^H^H^H^H work on fixing Windows 8.
Re: he 'called' Obama, eh?
Depends. Over a million and Obama may even pick up the phone :)
Well played, sir!
"Nearly all share the same Debian underpinnings"
So which of the ones mentioned don't? Do tell.. I'm curious, haven't touched Ubuntu in years as I jumped ship for ehrrmmm... Debian ;)
"Dell are not distributing Firefox (you can prove me wrong by giving me a link to where Dell are offering it for download)."
Who says all distribution has to be done via a download? There's CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, tapes, even punch cards, paper or T-shirts with source code (re the PGP export thingy years back)
@Gav: Installing is not distribution but downloading is?
"Going through the process of installing it on your computer is not distribution."
Explain to me how:
1. Dell has a disk with an OS on it
2. Dell now has a disk with Firefox on it.
How can the difference between 1 and 2 /not/ be distributing Firefox?
Charging for installation etc...
Installating something /is/ distributing it... Nice try though...
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...
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