903 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
Re: "Back door" = "Security weakness"
"Back Door" implies it was deliberately designed in for illicit access, which is not an allegation which the currently available facts can support.
I would prefer Pandora over Spotify too if it was still easily available over here. The whole music genome thing was really could at predicting music I'd want to listen to.
The contractors should simply reduce the level of service they provide by an equal percentage in turn.
Re: Use the fine to help them become compliant
That puts the practice of fining government agencies into a whole new light. I previously thought they were trying their best with the tools available, but if they've had this capacity all this time...
Use the fine to help them become compliant
For my money, the ICO should get the power to appoint an auditor/advisor to oversee data breach offenders, helping/forcing reforms until they are compliant. Ideally a similar model to the court appointed auditor that Apple are fighting tooth and nail with at the moment.
If a company can shrug off £500K fines, perhaps an independent government employee doing rigorous penetration testing of their networks should send the requisite shivers down spines, especially when they realise the auditor could stumble across more naughty activity that they'd have a legal duty to report. As an added benefit the Directors would get a first hand taste of how important it is to protect data.
Re: On the upside...
The other downside is the possibility that his colleagues will take him seriously. I'm sure governments would love to move to electronic transactions only instead of untrackable physical cash.
I would put the joke icon up, put I'm not sure if I'm joking or not.
Re: call center work?
They don't have to be a fraudster themselves, they just have to know a fraudster through the prison network who is willing to trade them contraband for personal data.
For my money, they should have a pin code on the Google/Apple account which you have to enter unless you've just provided your card details. Maybe allow purchases of up to £10 to authorise without pin unless they are occurring frequently.
Boom, no liability for Google / Apple, user isn't overcharged unless they are negligent in protecting their account, and the freemium sharks have to move on to easier prey.
No it doesn't. I got one for my dad thinking exactly this at the weekend only to find lots of Motorola cruft that won't uninstall.
I wonder if they could make Motorola give up the 'lockdown' mentality and release a mobile with stock android sans uninstallable apps? I think there's a gap in the market for a decent hardware manufacturer willing to put out something that isn't bogged down with shite by default if they could undercut the latest Nexus a little.
"Legacy systems, often built before the internet existed, were simply not designed with the levels of interconnection and security threat we see today."
While I'm sure it's theoretically possible to compromise them, surely legacy systems that predate the internet (Jesus Christ critical infrastructure is practically running on abaci btw) have a strong level of inherent security unless they have been specifically modified to take remote instruction?
Re: Avarice ?
High end phones are £400 and up these days, and the mid range ones are hardly cheap either. You can't call people out for not writing off something that cost them a fair chunk of change. Unless I misread the article, the recycling company is just that - a company, not a charity.
I'm picturing a civil war within Nokia as certain factions resist being borged with their dying breaths.
I am shocked and astounded that a former Microsoft employee is shaping his new organisation in Microsoft's favour now that he's CEO. I did Nokia see that coming
Re: You never realise
Did you mean to put "without a data connection" somewhere in there?
Re: but...Dyson sphere
Stashing it in the cupboard would be murder though
I'd be willing to bet that there will still be organisations paying the $800 in year 3. It will be interesting to see if anyone tries to stop Microsoft from charging fees that are deliberately punitive. Not that I think they'd succeed, but it could be interesting to watch.
Weren't HTC bullied into a royalty agreement with Microsoft over Android? I wonder if the Nokia agreement replaces it or amends it?
Re: In the UK?!
"The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak."
They have a nice little sideline selling the output of this on to the Pop music industry.
Re: Why Zombies
The big problem in the game industry is bandwagoning. Zombies are here at the minute because x years ago one of the zombie games came out and at the time it was fresh and new. All the game companies pounced on it and now even though lots of people are sick of zombies the industry hasn't really got the message yet. It will eventually die off when the new bandwagon comes along, like the WW2 shooter glut from years ago died when Modern Warfare became the new hit thing.
Re: Why Zombies
"How about a game where the targets are the silly law makers, the corrupt politicians and the thieving bankers. No, I am not putting all law makers, politicians and bankers into the same cart, just the bad ones...."
You're looking for Assassin's Creed. Or possibly Watch Dogs when it comes out.
If Google, Samsung, Cisco and (maybe Lenovo, do they have a lot of patents?) all cross licence, they could very well achieve the critical mass of defences that would make even Apple and Microsoft hesitate to throw down in court.
Re: There must be more to this than we're being told
There's what you are legally allowed to do, and what Microsoft will allow you to do without dragging you through the courts for years. Whether it's legal or not, MS wouldn't risk that precedent being established. The confidential settlement amount was probably £100, infinitely preferable to being bled dry with legal bills over years.
Re: I see some difficulty
It's not unheard of for the government(s) to accidentally or deliberately fight itself.
Just tried to change my Sky password, the change password dialogue is doing sweet FA. Fantastic.
Re: Plus ca change...
I'm pretty sure your ISP is locked in at the network level nowadays, you need a MAC code before your current provider will let go of your connection.
Re: Rats in a sack
"That's the only reason I would watch the Parliament channel."
You're missing out. Prime Minister's Questions is like a free visit to the Panto and amateur comedy night in one. Watching the rehearsed cheers and jeers and scripted put-downs is quite amusing until you remember they run the country and the depression hits you.
I need a drink.
Re: Of course costs multiply
Are you trying to say Gary Lineker's appearance fees are index linked to the price of spuds?
Re: "heroic codebreakers of Bletchley Park"
Given they were seen as draft-dodgers and spat on in the street, not allowed to tell anyone they were a vital part of the war effort, although their lives weren't on the line I would say heroic is a borderline acceptable descriptor.
Re: The Internet's full of numbers
Releasing the album through the Daily Mirror was just bending the rules so he could make a comeback at the #1 spot, PR and spin rather than huffinesss. (As I understood it)
Re: new products
With the exception of Dick Tracy, who is still looking forward to strapping a shit phone to their wrist? That's the only new-ish product I can think of that could be in Apple's pipeline; unless they somehow have yet another market-changing product up their sleeve, Cook is just paying lipservice to the nutjobs who believe in unlimited growth.
I did recall AT&T had a dreadful reputation across the pond. If they slurped my provider the alarm klaxons would be going at full pelt and I'd be looking at alternatives.
Re: Ok, you've lost me
The unspoken implication is that you are walking into a war on two fronts if you attempt to sue either of them. I could see Google finding something to sue Apple over & Samsung dragging Microsoft to Court if those two don't start playing nice. They could well attract additional partners with the strength of their alliance, If another big name company with a war chest of dollars and patents were to join them I'd be very surprised if the lawsuits didn't start waning.
I thought Google had switched teams on the Net Neutrality issue? I'm sure El Reg had an article about it.
Re: Not the best choice
Amazon says the MOJO is £220? I could get a PS3 and at least 4-5 (older) AAA titles for that.
Unless they have backed down and I haven't seen it, you forgot to mention the biggest sticking point of the OUYA - when you try to connect to the store it demands your credit card data. This is before even browsing the store and you cannot get round the enter card data option. At the time some launch backers were getting the console there had been a few hacking scandals, and now this untested new company who we had already paid money to wanted our financial data before we made a purchase?
By good luck I had a card that was expiring that very day, otherwise I would have returned it and demanded a refund, but it soured me on the OUYA and now it sits gathering dust. If it's finally got proper XBMC and USB I may give it another go, but they've got a lot of goodwill to reclaim before I'll give them any more money.
Fueled by sugar, but fuel is not flammable...
...Are you sure? My hazy memories of chemistry class are assuring me sugars burn like the clappers. Is Maltodextrin an exception?
I just don't get the point of Twitter. I gave it a go and still check it now and then, but I can't see how you can say anything interesting in 140 cha
Re: Conspiracy Time
Last time I accidentally clicked on the Facebook app in the Play store it wanted permission to call phone numbers. Unfortunately I can't uninstall it without rooting.
Re: The beginning of the end
OR... US government selling bitcoins gives implicit signal that they are legal to own, and anyone buying bitcoins from the government would have good standing to sue if they were restricted or outlawed in future. Price spikes. The end of the beginning.
"Ninty could still end up smelling of roses by treating the U as a stop gap and releasing something rather more potent in 2 or 3 years."
I could be wrong on the details, but I believe abandoning a console because it didn't sell well and bringing a new one out quickly was one of the big nails in the coffin of SEGA. Gamers felt betrayed and changed brands, if Nintendo tried something similar I don't know how the casual market would react.
I dropped Orange after the second time they massively overcharged for data, I think that was probably shortly after they had melded with EE as well.
Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?
"When nice white people both have nukes it's detente and has brought safety to europe for 50years"
If you discount the occasional communication breakdown or scanner mishap that nearly had our charred remains glowing in the dark...
Lucy Koh again?
Bloody Hell, can California only afford one Judge?
(Yes yes, I'm sure she is the Technology cases specialist Judge or something like that. I just thought there'd be controls against one Judge overseeing multiple cases against the same companies.)
Re: Running out of time?
Being first to market is a very important edge, but there's a hell of a lot else to consider. They have to make sure the rift is comfortable and adaptable to a wide range of head sizes and glass wearers, is affordable to a sufficient number of people, and makes the absolute bare minimum of people want to puke.
They don't want to bomb like 3DTV, and considering the technical challenges involved anyone else jumping into the market will have a lot to learn very quickly if they want to overtake.
Not that I don't feel your pain though, I wish I had an Oculus to play with right now...
Wouldn't be that much hassle, just adapt the TV licence to come with an iPlayer login and allow that to work abroad (which some people have been - rightly - screaming for for years.) Given the Beeb have a budget of around £3Bn I think they could manage it; One less character on Eastenders would probably pay for it.
Ooh, this'll be one to watch. Could be good for the footy fans if you could get a web subscription to a sports service abroad without all the obstructions now BT and Sky have split the matches.
It's a bit redundant now but with all the technology in cars now it's no great stretch of the imagination to picture an 'always on' automobile'. Imagine if the new Audi Doody* came with a built in mobile that activated the immobiliser and set off the alarm every time it lost connection to the company servers. Would you factor that in to your review?
*Credit to Lee Mack
Re: Basically the fault of the mobile providers
I thought the assertion that apple was being 'targeted' was a bit sketchy as well. Obviously iPhones do have better resale value, but looking at "the targeting of Apple rose from just 25 cases in 2002 to more than 8,000 last year" they are comparing now to a decade ago. How many iDevices were readily available to snatch on the streets in 2002? Didn't iTunes launch in 2003?
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