1139 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: Slow News Day
How did we ever survive without it (!)
(apologies for twatterism)
"Windows 7, an operating system that will turn five years old this year..
....Windows 7 support is set to continue in earnest until mid-January 2015, when the OS is slated to exit the mainstream support cycle and begin a five-year run as a limited "extended" support product "
"Most companies i know are still ridding themselves of xp by rolling out windows 7.
Hardly going to switch to Win8 but don't let that stop the kids declaring epic fail.
The sooner the principle that 'identity' can be somewhat stolen so easily is extinguished, the better.
Those silly 'memorable' questions etc. mean I could probably get the password reset on accounts of many people I know, and half the population of my village.
If some company erroneously gives things to someone else thinking that it is me, how the hell should it be my problem?
'Mitchell and Webb' put it far better than I could: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9ptA3Ya9E
Re: Actually, to be fair...
" I resent people who are stupid enough not to question shit like this in the first place."
With the way DRM is continually misrepresented, I wouldn't expect a typical non-techie horny teenager to not believe the snapchat hype...
Mind you, having said that, the ability to take a photo of a phone screen should be obvious...
Too little, too late.
Apologising because of the bad press you've received is simply a PR exercise.
The 'feature' is now, at last, rate-limited? How the hell was this not always the case, and why did it take so long to make this simple fix anyway?
Anyway, all it will take is some scandal involving some dodgy pics that someone has saved and republished, and your house of cards will collapse.
Too harsh? I resent anything and anyone that lulls people who don't know any better into a false sense of security.
" My desktop machine at home is my equivalent of a cloud server, with all my music, videos, documents and pictures on it. I then rsync all or a subset of this between my laptop, tablet and phone."
I do similar, but also use a cheapo pay-as-you-go phone with 15 quid for 30 days unlimited data (which I already have for other purposes) so I can stream my personalstuff over the internet, therefore not needing to store/sync much on the phone itself.
A *true* 'private cloud' !
Mobile data caps?
I remember those!
It wasn't all that long ago that the USA was way cheaper for internet (and comms in general) access than the UK.
Free local calls and phones in the bedroom were just a teenagers wet dream
Re: One of life's little ironies
" Perhaps the cause of this is the 200m North Hessary Tor transmitter that is within spitting distance of HMP Dartmoor at Princetown?
.... which transmits TV and radio only, and has bugger all to do with mobile comms!
Re: A bit amateur-ish and not entirely honest, it seems
" Status page in-house? That's going to be very helpful if things go belly-up. Not."
Indeed. And their DNS servers, according to Coward, above. Even my 2-bit setup has DNS in geographically (and 'networkally' different areas)
I understand you have infrastructure issues. To help, I offer to host your network status page.
Re: Let the punishment fit the crime
" Make the perp serve out his term in an airline terminal, living on airline food and sleeping on hard plastic seats under fluorescent lights."
You'd have to expose government departments abuse of the Nations privacy to get that punishment.
I can just imagine the excitement raging amongst teenage girls when they discovered they could use their bitcoins to buy 'crops' for their 'farms' (!)
Seriously, though, whilst I can see bitcoin benefitting from more 'official' endorsement, I can't see it as anything other than a PR exercise for Zynga!
Re: what to write
Then just copy everything the NSA has.
"Microsoft Office 1002014 cannot read this file"
I'm sorry, but that document seems to have been produced in an earlier version of Office.
Please ask the originator to upgrade to the latest version of Office, and resend.
Microsoft Office 1002014 offers all the must have features critical for productive work in todays environment. Anything else is sooooooo 1002013.
Re: Thirsty! @ Gordon 10
" Now, I'd be very surprised if you saw Coke commercials during this past Santa season, because there weren't any. Coke didn't advertise at all this year. They took their entire advertising budget and sunk it into rebuilding the Philippines after that area got devastated by typhoons last fall."
Fair dos. Got to give them credit for that. I'm even more impressed due to the fact I didn't even know about it until you posted it.
Re: Not what it's cracked up to be
silent_count • joined Monday 21st November 2011 01:09 GMT
" They were silent 9's. :)"
Bloody hell - you've waited over 2 years to be able to make a post entirely relevant to your username!
Re: just another wanker millennial taking advantage of the same
I was thinking the same.
Initially, I thought he was a bit of a nob with a big ego for turning down the *huge* Facebook offer, but gave him the benefit of the doubt - assuming there was some real reason he couldn't accept the offer due to circumstances we don't know about.
But now, added with this - and his response - and the revelation that they nicked someone else's idea anyway.....
Re: The sheeple are so gullible
Naaaah, grumpy old-man-Bryant.
Brighthouse?! Does the monthly fee get broken down into smaller 'more manageable' payments that end up costing you 50% more? :-)
Anyway, yeah, returning a wildcard instead of NX is yucky, but if any changes to the external domain system can affect your internal stuff, you have a badly setup system! - both for reliability and security reasons...
Still, just run your own dns server, and skip the ISP altogether...
Re: ICO could do some real work for once
The appbrain ad detector program ( http://www.appbrain.com/app/appbrain-ad-detector/com.appspot.swisscodemonkeys.detector uses a backend database of apps to automatically warn you if you try to install an app with dodgy permissions (not just ads)
How it went down:
"I've been going over the expense returns, and it seems you've claimed for vodka. Care to explain yourselves?"
" (caught a few, though, as notauser notes)"
I thought that those taken in would have at least realised when he mentioned the Chinese firewall!
I can't say I agree or disagree with your assertion.
However, our spooks here in the UK were complicit, and should expect the same outcome, as should all the other countries in the 'five ears' (or whatever it's called... It's late here!)
Shouldn't they be suing the NSA and GCHQ?
Re: An unsolvable decision problem
"As was the case of Sokal's hoax about postmodernist thinking, it is à priori undecidable whether anything coming from that corner is serious or not."
Yep. It's a sad indictment on the situation (and I'm talking generally - I haven't viewed the link) where the 'loony feminists' can't be told apart from spoofs - The 'Poe law' of feminism. The sincere loony fringe only succeed in hampering the legitimate cause.
"And as wireless charging boffins have found, any new design will have to compete against USB, which is becoming a global connection standard for juicing batteries in portable kit."
I didn't think USB had enough power to charge laptops...
Re: Techie question.... @Jamie
Yep. That makes sense.
However, if my client has been compromised, it's 'game over' already. After all, self-signed certificate or not, they have me pwned.
I'd never use a public terminal, for instance, to access anything even requiring a password (https or no https). Heck, I won't even use anyone elses systems for private/financial stuff.
I was just curious if a self-signed certificate would stop the https being hacked by stopping people abusing 'technically legitimate' access to any CA certificate in the otherwise chain - or if there was some other subtle issue this option would throw up that I hadn't thought about.
As an aside, if someone was intercepting my CA-signed connection via a CA certificate intercept, am I right in assuming that the attacker wouldn't be able to stop me being provided with a different certificate and signature - it's just the fact that the browser would normally accept it silently?
As for my own systems, I know they are secure because I was visiting some dodgy site, and this flashing red banner told me I had lots of viruses, and it is now keeping me safe due to this .exe file I downloaded and ran... That and all those browser bars promising me extra security and loads of free smileys means that I'm really safe! :-)
Re: Techie question.... @Jamie
Ahhh. I get what you're saying now, and I agree.
However, when I said 'my own personal stuff' I didn't mean my webserver for public consumption, I meant my *own* use for accessing my email etc. over https.. Not that I have anything to hide - in fact, my mail is so full of crap, I'd be doing a disservice making it public!
Re: Techie question....
Hmmm. Thanks for the reply. I was wondering if there was some subtlety I hadn't thought of...
However, I don't think this right. After all, even the 'chain of trust' has to stop somewhere, and so what would be stopping evil hacker NSA bloke from pulling the technique you describe at that root?
I thought the private key (held presumably secure on the server) would thwart the type of attack you mention
For my own personal https stuff, I'm thinking that it would be safer to go back to self-signed certificates on my server...
Despite the initial browser warning that it's an untrusted source, the certificate chain can not be spoofed, because there is no-one else in the chain of trust to spoof it.
Is this correct?
Re: This might be a stupid comment, but...
Naaaaah! I know you were being rhetorical, but I'll answer anyway :-)
I do personally use a registered domain for my internal stuff, but it's not necessary.
One of the reasons is so that I can keep the internal / external DNS configs on one machine. However, the domain is slaved to internal nameservers, and all internal machines use internal nameservers so that the internet is not a dependency.
In fact, whilst I agree about the domain mess, anyone who's internal systems could break due to this (or to the other often mentioned thing about some ISP's returning a default IP instead of NXDOMAIN on unknown addresses) really needs to fix their setup anyway..... If your internal printer fails because network solutions (or whoever) put a * wildcard under .com, then you have other potential security and reliability issues to fix!
As for the tongue-in-cheek comment about having internal mailservers listen on all domains, I don't see how that is relevent to the situation you are commenting on... Surely, more of a hypothetical question is should your external mailserver accept stuff routed to names assigned to registered internal hosts? !!
Re: This might be a stupid comment, but...
" Why would you move your stuff to a new FQDN,assuming you already have a perfectly good existing one for your company?
It's not a stupid comment.
Short answer - you wouldn't!
It's just a way for Icann and some domain speculators to make some money. Also, some idiot marketing folk (who haven't thought through the problems it will cause them, even leaving aside the technical issues)
Isn't anyone going to stop this fiasco? All it needs is a few of the major ISPs to agree to not honour these new crappy non-domained-domains, and hopefully they will go the way of the .biz / .museum etc.
It's in their interests to stop this, as it will produce administration and support heacaches.
It's in the interests of businesses wanting to avoid another needless landgrab.
It's in the interests of marketing departments and consumers (You can simply write myste.com on the bottom of your adsm and everyone knows what it means)
Of course, now that nominet is planning the same thing, I've all but given up hope.... I'm beginning to hope that its implementation is a massive screwup that has to be abandoned, taking Icann with it
Re: About that Star Trek stuff...
star trek style replicaters indeed!
I'm still waiting for my bloody hoverboard.
Re: You can keep your 4G....
Errrm yeah. I dunno if Prof Falken made a typo there, but I've often done 2.5GB a day over three mobile broadband...
Re: What's to stop a US native using this?
You'd still not be fulfilling the "UK resident" role, and if you were a pretty prolific offender, it would be easy enough for them to prove this.
Alice corp. will lose...
They aren't an American company!
They're just biding their time...
They are sneaky buggers, those Martians ....
Back in the days of public payphones...
... did institutions ever apply a block on inappropriate phone numbers?
I expect not... But of course, all forms of smut didn't exist until the internet invented it.
Ahhh, with the mention of kids for extra brownie points, I think the reporter is angling for a job with the daily mail.
Re: I'm always surprised at the naivity of people
We are well past the days when computers were just used by geeks....
That's OK then (!)
Re: Why is it...?
I'm a long time unix hacker, and hate Windows as much as the next guy, but are you really complaining about pro-MS bias here at the Reg? !!
Besides, in all fairness, if this was an article about a toolbar program on Linux, and someone blamed the OS, I'm sure you'd soon call foul
I wouldn't normally make a post like this, but:
"HAHA! Best thread ever!"
Re: Meh… EULAs
People seem to think that if something is in the EULA, it must be binding. - If you agreed in an EULA to kill your first-born, guess which response would be legal?
Re: If you want to clean up YouTube...
I'm not supporting the new system, but the old one was pretty cruddy - you couldn't even link to other youtube videos!
" What sort of person gets scandalised by ASCII art? :-/"
The problem is the loud minority who object that *others* will object to something.
The PC brigade are on a mission to save us from ths supposed horrors that would supposedly upset/corrupt us, even when they actually wouldn't.
Well, if it wasn't blockable under porn/smut, maybe it can be blocked as extremist?
Re: DVLA Site seems fine to me.
" Right, smart-arse, now try changing the address on your driving license."
Been there, done that. Just 3 weeks ago in fact.
Afrer filling it all in they said they'd send me a form to sign and I'd to include a photo, because I'm an old fart from before photo-id's had been invented.
Payment was taken online (I lost my old license years ago ), I received the form and only had to sign and date it (as did the poor sod who had to vouch for my photo), and post it back in the supplied freepost envelope.
I was a bit peed off that I couldn't complete it online, but that was because I somewhat optimistically thought I could get away with not requiring a bloody driving ID card.
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