I think you may have misread the article. The article is about malicious software posing as the game not the game itself being malicious...
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I think you may have misread the article. The article is about malicious software posing as the game not the game itself being malicious...
Apparently it could be rendered as Squainthorpe as "quaint" would seem to be another spelling of the same.
As the AC above point out it can mean prison time for anyone aware of it. As far as the UK government is concerned if you are aware that somebody even suggested that they pay a foreign official anything but what is explicitly declared by law it's bribery and, if your company has a UK office and you visit, it it can mean prison time whether not not you work for the UK office or are a UK citizen.
The above is regardless of whether the country in question considers it bribery or not or whether it's legal there or not or whether their courts would even consider looking into it or not, unless it's explicitly stated in their law that the payment is legal the UK government say you are guilty of bribery.
"MTB" has long been used as a shortening of mountain bike though I'll admit I, too, do not understand why either.
As to whether mountain bikers are terrorists? I've seen plenty of averts for mountain bike tours for "t'rrists" as George W. Bush would say.
So, Dave126, you know for certain that no manufacturer has ever, no will ever, either intentionally nor accidentally allow the device to attempt to automatically connect to wireless networks?
I'm glad there's an Android developer who works for all major manufacturers on this site, thanks Dave126 for clearing that up...
What if it connects to the neighbour's network? Or somebody walking past? When you can't tell whether the "smart" part is switched on how do you know whether it's trying to download the latest Android update or worse?
As for broadcast TV, in the UK owning a TV with a tuner may mean having to rip out an old antenna cable and the hassles to go with it as well as making it harder to deny to the TV Licensing Stasi that you don't watch TV.
What a lot of us want are dumb screens (with some decently-powered USB power ports, perhaps) to plug things into. But, sadly, that doesn't sound flash enough for marketing so this shite is wheeled out instead.
Alternatives? As I said -- if you can't do it without Microsoft you can't do it. Unless, of course, you're happy with their EULA and their right to change the terms every time they feel like it.
If you're an IT purchasing manager than makes your job almost untenable but, then, I doubt you attained that role over 15 years ago so you're already happy with Microsoft's behaviour.
Indeed, it's all in the EULA, has always been in the EULA and only morons don't realise that.
Really, stop paying MS to cause people issues. It's frightening how many people think they can "buy a copy of Windows" or "Buy Windows Server" in this day and age. It has been at least 5 years since MS told their licensees to kindly go fuck themselves but, it seems, nobody paid any attention.
You have no right to moan when you pay a criminal organisation money to help it threaten fellow customers and random software developers and you know you're doing it.
Oh, but, but I can't do x, y or z on Linux. Well, then, you can't do x y or z, can you?
If you bought Windows you have absolutely no right to moan about Microsoft's behaviour. Well, I suppose if you've been locked in a basement for the past two decades you may have an excuse.
Seriously, we've known for ever that Microsoft is a criminal organisation.
Also, in regards to this particular story, the EULA is pretty damned specific that the OS should not be used where lives are at steak. So, unless a specific agreement was in place with Microsoft then the fault lies with the person using Windows for this task. It could not be any more clear that Microsoft do not want Windows used in these situations because they realise it's not suitable.
Please, everyone, actually stop and think about why you're using Windows and the crimes you're helping fund.
And, again, "but, but I can't run this game on anything but Windows" just means you can't run that game. The price for running Windows has always been that one gives up freedom and sponsors crime.
Every single time Microsoft does something wrong people like myself point out that they're up to no good and every single time the use of Microsoft software is defended and, in the past, people have even been accused of wearing tinfoil hats for criticism of Microsoft.
So, nothing will change here and people will continue to buy Microsoft products because they need to. So why the hell are so many people moaning again?
Mind you, he doesn't have a song by Elizabeth Grant about him...
For many of us Linux users "slack" tends to refer to Slackware. I know there's not likely a trademark issue and most will work out which is being talked about from context but how they could have chosen such a similar name and claim to know about software is beyond me.
It happened because web developers were generally lazy and unskilled and wanted their cake and to eat it too. Don't get me wrong, there were and are some really good web developers out there but the trend was always for them to be people who were "a bit creative" and "a bit computery" and wanted to make a lot of money so they used Flash as an easy way to make impressive sites for customers who didn't know any better.
A similar thing happened with online games -- rather than writing games in real programming languages people made them in Flash because it was easier to be cross-platform and took less time to develop.
Flash has always been dodgy cludge of a toy for playing with and doing fun and cool things with but, sadly, people who didn't know better or didn't care used it for things they shouldn't and became dependent upon it.
Then there are the "But... But... But... We wouldn't be able to do X without Flash." crowd who don't understand that this means "We can't do X.". You know, the kind of people who demand that the laws of physics don't apply to them.
In short, Flash is still here because some people are too stupid to be let loose on computers.
It's a legal pyramid scheme isn't it?
Now it makes sense how these scum make their millions.
Good to know that, in a few years time, there will only be one real browser choice with a few based upon it (Opera, Firefox [if it survives]) and a bunch of incompatible browsers which only render a few pages.
Hopefully I'll be dead by then.
hdparm for spindown works fine with the USB drive attached to my Pi model B, as it does with my desktop also. You'll see an error returned as USB doesn't seem to carry the response from the drive (my interpretation) but the command "hdparm -S 5", for example, does work fine.
The problem is it does cost to be helpful -- too many time-wasting calls (like the one in the article where the customer wanted support for something not covered by that particular helldesk) and you're not getting to the real calls quick enough and, in the worst case, bang goes your "productivity bonus" (or whatever it's called).
Yes, of course, it's best to be polite and, if possible, give help rather than get rid of customers but in the real world of the helldesk time is a precious commodity one can't afford to waste on a customer who's not paying for it.
There are enough genuine issues to keep helldesks busy without having to help people who either can't be bothered to think for themselves or call the wrong people entirely.
Considering advertising is just legalised robbery* I'm sad it isn't making much of an impact.
If the sub-human scum in advertising were really under threat we would have heard about it from every available outlet. As it is, sadly, I think the manipulative wastes of life are still around.
*Telling somebody they need to pay for something they do not is robbery.
@Martin Summers: True, they are not dead yet but it's not looking good.
I honestly don't know what the specs of either are I'm one of those people who wants a mobile communications device with a keyboard. There's nothing I've seen of Android that makes me thing it's any better at email, texting, browsing and phone calls than even my old Bold.
Perhaps that's somewhere else that Blackberry have gone wrong? Perhaps they're trying too hard to be clever and "high specification" when a decent communications device may still have a market?
Thank to all those FAndroids and Applites in marketing forcing slabs of glass on us all. Thanks a fucking bunch.
Now there are no choices left, I hope you're all happy.
Windows costs nothing* to OEMs, so there is nothing to be saved by providing a machine with Linux. Those OEMs which do, occasionally, provide machines running Linux do so in order to provide a bargaining chip on their next M$ licensing negotiations.
Isn't this general knowledge by now?
*They pay M$ a license for "projected machines shipped" and, likely, extra charges for anything which doesn't run Linux (taking into account the negotiations taken into above).
This is a plot by the inebriati to keep the rest of us from becoming more successful and more powerful:
Indeed. A friend once told me they'd been advised to try to drink one non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic one when "binge drinking" as a way to keep blood alcohol lower and reduce dehydration. Whether or not it does your health any good I'm not qualified to say but I'm sure it keeps you from drinking as much alcohol and I know in hot climates it does make the hangover less obvious.
It is said that eating properly before drinking is a good idea also -- how about trying to encourage that?
There are lots of little "tricks" that can either help reduce consumption or, perhaps, change focus a little which I am sure could help makes attitudes to drinking more healthy.
But, no, the government hires some puritanical moron to tell people something which isn't true instead. Shows just how much contempt they hold us all in -- they can't even pretend to give a shit about the people who pay them.
I suspect that "mouse jiggler" sounds much more euphemistic to the Norwegians and, possibly, other Scandinavians also.
How do you think the rest of us feel?
Our UKian government is bad enough but thanks to various "special relationships" and out and out bribery and threats the majority of us in the rest of the world are still ruled by your, ignorant, warmongering, lawless, child-killing, innocent-torturing, fascist government.
Good to see the "cowardly" French and the "crazy drug-dealing homosexual" Dutch seem to be doing their best to resist though.
I suppose, at a pinch, it could be said that at least monkeys have backbones unlike the majority of politicians.
I'm fairly sure the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" jibe was an ironic one but "liberty fries" most certainly was not and it would appear that the "land of the free" and the country which "rules the waves" could learn a thing or two from the country we poke fun at.
Any such list would have to include the USA -- just a post on Twitter on jest and you are an undesirable.
HTML5 gaming? See Bananabread. OK, so it's a different sort of game to the ones generally made in Flash but it illustrates nicely that it's probably not HTML5 itself holding gaming back but, perhaps, lack of experienced developers.
All these "app stores", fancy screens and the like are fabulous for those who want them but, please, somebody, just make a fucking physical keyboard! As it is I'm on a now obsolete BlackBerry Bold because the thought of using one of these glass slices for email and text chat (my main mobile uses) is just too much to bear. Surely physical keyboards aren't that expensive?
By the way, I am aware that BlackBerry are still around with things like the Classic but since I like to keep a phone for at least 5 years before changing I worry that BlackBerry may not exist when I come to buy a new phone.
@ Chemist: My Pi tends to just run and run as an HTTP, SSH and mpd server but it has to be said that that kind of thing is a solved problem without any need for development. It would be extremely bad if web servers needed rebooting more than once a year or so since they've been pretty much doing the same kind of things for decades. Video editing and the like, however, is coping with things like 4K and a huge number of graphics cards and attempting to use every single piece of optimisation available on the platform. I dare say that if one used these video programs on last-years best graphics card, a many-threaded processor and a shed load of RAM they wouldn't crash at all (my ageing bulldozer rarely crashes and it's a rubbish processor) but this software is meant to push the limits so is bound to crash.
Games tend to he the same, also, as they're designed to push the system to its limits in order to be slicker.
Surely software on all systems crashes and has random bugs? I won't deny that Linux source software has its share of buggy programs (though I seem lucky with my choices, Google Earth apart) but I've come across a fair bit of buggy software on Windows too and relatives have had issues with Mac software. Sadly it's the nature of software that human error will always creep in and the vast number of different hardware and software setups used means no software is guaranteed to work for everyone.
@ waldo kitty Your link's not working but I think it will be the one, by Amber Marks.
@ Yet Another Anonymous coward:
There's a book by a woman who has contributed to this site in the past called Headspace which, amongst other things, suggests just that. It's well worth a read, by the way (reminding me to buy it for my Kindle now).
Apparently they tried the ovine variety but it was too easy to pull the wool over their eyes.
However, I can't find any news on it and don't want to post any details lest it be privileged information, for some reason. Has anybody heard of such?
Do some of the posters above live in server rooms or something? The comparison to breaking into somebody's home is at best inaccurate and at worst deliberately overly-dramatic.
This is akin to breaking into a place of business using a credit card to bypass the Yale lock then finding the safe keys in an unlocked drawer, opening the safe, photographing the contents then sending the photographs to the company who own the premises.
Please do not be so misleading as to suggest that this is in any way akin to the heinous crime of housebreaking.
The victims of this scum may just have like a woman who looked a little more youthful -- but the shild abuse images would have been sent to them anyhow.
Without actual evidence even suggesting that the victims of this fan of child abuse images are guilty of anything looks like slander to me.
I thought it was off PARC avenue?
Pretty much what I was thinking: The machine did have a fault and the technician fixed it. I dare say the pub paid for a support contract to keep the machines in good working order so they had every right to expect them to work perfectly.
Ah, so why not have Roman Abramovich's thoughts on family dinners?
Yes, sorry, I forgot all these servants I have and high-class rent-boys. Easy to forget when you're not in a gilded palace.
Seriously though, you really think he's not pampered? The guy's the head of a multinational billion-dollar firm which claims to worship a man who would give his life for other men yet they have a whole country of their own they could sell to help with world hunger yet just sit by and watch...
Good advice or not, why on earth should anybody be listening to this man? What relevance or authority has this pampered prick?
Don't SSDs have many more unused sectors though? Meaning that the drives themselves last longer, since they're over-provisioned and have no moving parts, but the actual bits themselves are less reliable than those on magnetic media. That's certainly the impression I get anyhow.
The fact this is done so well means I'm happy to trust SSDs with my data possibly even a little more than spinning rust but I think the technology itself has a shorter lifespan.
Are some Western Digital "security" bods moonlighting in the malware business?
I notice a lot of replies here saying things like "But nets over such and such a yard would be too big." (which I agree with) or "But criminals will ignore a law stating that it is illegal to fly drones over prisons." (which, again, I agree with).
What those people are forgetting is that security is a process and not a single thing you do. The nets over anywhere practical will prevent some intrusions, the law against flying drones over prisons will allow those with the ability to do so to do things like shoot them down or fire HERF weapons at them, and so on.
Heck, the way some AC posts read here it seems that there are no prisoners in the US since I'd wager every single security measure within the prison system has, at one point, been compromised in theory if not in practice.
I would type more but I've got to put my SSH port back from a non-standard as that's pointless because a real hacker would port-scan. Then I'll uninstall fail2ban because, after all, a real hacker's not going to use the same IP address twice. Then I'll disable public key authentication because, after all, the NSA can break that. Then I'll be nice and safe with my standard-port password-only SSH server...
Edit: I happen to be in the "Just decriminalise drugs already and let prison inmates have all they want" camp.
In Dubai, at least, they'll just build giant freezers then make slaves carry blocks of ice with them everywhere for cooling.
I tend to agree with above posters that the AMD documentation and, even, marketing does explain about the "cores" being in "modules" and that, historically, no FPU is required for something to be designated an FPU so I think the case ought to be dropped.
I actually bought an FX-8120 (I know, somebody had to) and performance-wise it lives up to expectations, though it seems prone to overheating (but no more so when overclocked). I really have no idea which Intel CPU and motherboard combination I could have bought at the time which would perform better for the price since Intel seem determined to this day to produce so many overlapping products with this and that feature enabled or not that it's almost impossible to decide which combination will even support virtualisation never mind will perform the best for a specific workload. Well, until one starts looking at CPUs which cost more than two AMD CPUs and motherboards.
Oh, the reason I am looking at Intel is that I know they do currently make better CPUs than AMD -- I just wish they'd make it easier to choose one.
They can be fired from the hip, as this bloke demonstrates:
Of course you need somebody dragging around a box of ammo and a battery though.
It's hideously expensive per pint and, as pointed out above, the beer's not "craft".
If you want something DIY then just home brew the usual way and if you're after "craft" beer buy it by the bottle as it's not going to be more expensive than this.
What is the point of this?
See Simon Harris's Post below referring to Amy and Amiability for an explanation of the squirrel reference.