1066 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
I upvoted you, but again, the NHS isn't perfect by a long shot, so criticise those parts all you want.
Just don't come out with strawmen, lies, and FUD.
This ain't Fox 'News' !!
Re: How can a judge overrule a constitution
"Calling yourself a hacker is the equivalent of saying you are a bank robber , and don't get pedantic on the meaning of the word, in common use hacker = criminal."
Errr, no. And ignorance of usage means sod all - even if accepting your premise of current common use of the phrase.
It's not like he posted "I'm a drug dealer" or even "I illegally break into computer systems have no authorisation to access" and even if he did, whilst it could justly prompt a bit of an investigation, it does't warrant the excessive assumption being made. Hell, it wasn't a bloody signed & witnessed confession!
"Doctor": The government has to right to control your prices
"Manager": The government has the right to control your salary
"Muslim": The government has the right to control your end-of-life
"Reporter": The government has the right to control your sources
"Non-Aligned Politician": The government has the right to control your funding
"Citizen": The government has the right to control your healthcare
Unfortunately, over the last couple of years I've had to make extensive use of both the social services and the health system.
Yet, even here in commie-Britain, I haven't had any prices to pay, and have had complete control over when/how/what has happened.
I have a few personal American friends who have had little to no control of things when they've gotten ill. One had to self medicate for his skin cancer, another lost all his savings (and nearly his house).
I've been quite free to live my life and recouperate without any hassle or worry or financial burdens.
Mind you, as I get my current medication delivered to me for free, I guess I don't have as much freedom as those who have to scour the internet for it.
And it's not a UK thing - It's pretty much the same in the overwhelming majority of first-world countries.
It's because I generally like Americans, and have quite a few American friends (not just online aquaintances) that the whole selfish uninformed position you and your ilk hold, pisses me off so much.
I am under no illusion I live in the best place in the world, and will readily agree with criticisms (even made by Americans) of many of the shitty things or government/police do, but when I hear some overly patriotic Americans spout the 'land of the free' / 'best country in the world' etc. it really pisses me off. These type of ignorant people are what allows the current system to exist.
Your 'swear allegance to the flag' and 'beware evil socialist pinko commies' brainwashing from since you were in high-school does you no favours.
I have no major beef with some right wing things - whilst I tend to veer to the left, I'm quite moderate, and I guess some of my opinions may be considered over here as right wing (whilst to you I'm presumably a bloody bleeding heart socialist commie etc.)
Read the Republican partys manifesto of 50 or so years ago, and it is far more 'socialist' than the Democrats of today!
These days, Republicans are soley out to protect the rich and big businesses.. Hell, they don't even make it a secret anymore.
And whilst I'm here, why are so many Americans (refreshingly, NOT the vast majority that post here) so insecure that they get pissed off if a non-American criticises something that happens in America - and think that by speaking up we are saying it's all good here? - You know, it's not automatically a competition.
When we were critiscising the USA over prism, we weren't implying that our government is great. Indeed, many have posted their criticism of the stuff GCHQ has done - Indeed, despite their posturing, I'm sure the UK government would have gone as far as prism etc. If they had the resources - and of course, they are deeply involved with prism etc. anyway - I've not seen anyone post here saying otherwise.
Yet, when another Prism story was posted, 'asdf' got all offended by all the Brits criticising it and not so much the UKs shite, even though - guess what - it was a story about the NSA not GCHQ. How dare we Brits be critical of something we don't like that happens in other countries!
Ok, I know I've gone off on a rant, and to be fair to 'Destroy All Monsters' most of this isn't directed at him/her. But I still stand by what I've written, and I know many Americans who would agree with me, without feeling personally insulted or threatened.
Still, if it wasn't for your screwed up system, we wouldn't have had 'Breaking Bad' - A show that could never be set in any other civilised country in the world.
"*sigh* That is the reason the judge allowed the seizure without notice.
Without him being notified they get disks, encrypted or not, that contain data, with him being notified they get disks full of random noise."
Hey anon! (very appropriate...)
I think the police had better raid your house and take all your stuff. I mean, you may have done something illegal, and we wouldn't want you to destroy the evidence, would we?
Re: So nobody told this judge that the word 'hacker' has several different meanings?
The most insular, narrow minded, stupid, 'god fearing' folk tend to be right wing in my experience
Re: As an intellectual and technological excercise...
"False dichotomy fallacy. Many more technological marvels of the 20th century were the result of non-military research. The counterfactual is: if the money had been left in the economy, what would people have come up with, quite probably more efficiently?"
YES! YES! YES! ('D.A.M.', have my babies!) :-)
This has always been a bugbear of mine - not specifically relating to military spending.
The number of times some project is defended with 'think of the benefits to other stuff that our consequential inventing of x...y....z... has given'
My response is that if the project had simply concentrated on developing x...y...z... in the first place, it would have been cheaper, and likely better.
Another one I hear is 'I do the lottery to help good causes'
Sigh - if you wanted to help good causes, you could give 100% of your stake, not 10%..
Sorry, rant over!
Re: I think you underestimate MS benefits from this
I agree about apps starting in the background at regular intervals.
Google apps are definitely the worst offenders - I've removed some apps simply because I don't use them frequently enough to justify the constant periodic slowdowns.
Re: To be fair...
Of course not! I was talking about the companies made to comply.
I don't know why you have such a chip on your shoulder though.
I haven't seen any posts by us Brits defending GCHQ - in fact the general consensus seems to criticise the UK just as much as America - it's just that most of the stories that have come out focus on Americas shinanagens - and if you have a problem with that, you can blame Snowdon, your fellow countryman .
I made a long reply last time you made this point, but my browser died just before I posted it.
However, I did respond more fully in a reply to a different comment by 'Destroy all monsters' : http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2000981
See also this post: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2003452
Go ahead - Criticise GCHQ and the shitty UK government - you may be surprised to see that most of us agree with you - it just tends to be some Americans that are so insecure as to see any critisism of American policy as some sort of personal attack on them.
To be fair...
what choice do they have?
Re: 300 MB update
" The thing that would concern me more is partition fragmentation. "
No need to be concerned. Rumours say that the hardware runs on a customised FreeBSD - but even if that's not the case, it. isn't windows.
Do any other systems use a "Try not to fragment disk " rather than a "Try not fo fragment files" algorithm?
I bought a cheapo laptop almost a year ago, and that came with a 750GB drive - you couldn't get smaller even if you wanted to
Errrrr yeah. Really?
"I don't have internet - I may as well die of malaria"
Hash - First -World-Problems
I can't seem to find the "send corrections" linkm so I'll throw this out here instead:
" prove that they're not only could fodder"
Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!
I therefore humbly withdraw my irrelevant rant. - downvotes deserved (even though I did start my rant with "If", I didn't mean to spread FUD)
Sorry, its the iphone with no usb/sd isn't it?
Sigh, I'm getting senile.
Please substitute "Google " with "Apple", and "Android" with "iOS" in my original post!
Hmmmm, Does it. have any USB connection?
If not, I guess you'd have to load it via wi-fi.
Whilst probably more applicable to tablets than phones, I'd find that a major hassle - it's not so much the storage, but the ability to quickly upload stuff from the computer.
Heck, sometines I don't even do that - just take a few pre-loaded USB sticks with me for a long journey.
I suspect their reasoning may have somrthing to do with appeasing the music/film industry - of course, in the real world, this restriction is hardly a barrier...
Re: Is this really an IT issue?
" Iam self-employed and currently pay about 1200//mo for health insurance. I want NOTHING to do with the government controlling our healthcare."
And if it wasn't for your corrupt system in the first place, you'd be unlucky to have to pay as much as a tenth of that.
Still, you can obviously afford it: "I'm alright Jack"
Lets just hope you don't get seriously ill, and are unable to make the payments. every man for himself - It's the American way, after all!
Re: Tim Robbins isn't looking well.
I was going to say the same about Julian assange!
Re: minor error
I still don't know whether your handle is "Dio Design" or "Diode Sign" !!
Re: Statistical analysis, probability, and data sets
That's better, yes!, but as in the old strawman argument, not relevent.
I was referring to people posting 'one offs' not 100's of flights.
I thought I was pretty clear!
Statistical analysis, probability, and data sets
Whilst I'm not supporting the rationale behind the restrictions, posting that you had your phone on, and nothing bad happened holds as much weight for justification as a driver saying he drove home drunk one night and didn't have an accident.
Re: You Missed The Real Story
" The real story here is the comment next to that smiley face: "SSL added and removed here". Is that for real? If so, how the hell are they doing that? That protocol is supposed to defend against Man-In-The-Middle attacks. You'd need widespread compromises of cert authorities, or _additional_ compromises of DNS infrastructure, or a hell of a cryptanalytic breakthrough. Any of the above would constitute amuch more important story than this fluff."
You are wrong, but actually, you've hit on something - the exact opposite to your point.
The smiley is placed at the point where google decrypts/encrypts the data between the internet and its own private network - no man-in-the-middle attack here (As I posted earlier, I think the smiley was done to say 'haha, they may encode stuff here, but we simply grab it from the unencrypted side")
Now, I think it's pretty much assumed that the spooks have access to at least some of the root-cert keys.
There has also been a lot of speculation about what other successes they may have had at breaking encryption.
I think the real story that seems to have been missed is the fact they are making an effort to get at harder to tap links - if they had truely cracked TLS, they would simply jusy tap the much easier to access internet side of the connection.
(Yes, I realise that I've simplistically ignored the processing power aspect of it, but I think the point is still somewhat valid)
Re: SSL Sucks Obviously
Hmmmm. The British weather often sucks.
Politicians usually suck, too.
And how about those petrol prices, eh?
What? Relevancy? Just as relevant as a comment about SSL failing on an article talking about clear-text links being breached.
Re: Why NSA also needs access to US servers' real-time data
" It is not surprising that NSA/GCHQ wouldwant to gain access to traffic directed at Google's (and others') servers. The PRISM program gives them access to stored data e.g. contents of gmail emails etc. but an important aspect of these traffic flows is that they contain persistent cookies."
Whilst that is a good point , this expose deals with the tapping of the 'private' links between data-centres.
Would cookies etc. still be present then?
The fact that the users connection is actively decrypted at point of entry implies to me that googles network in this case is not used simply to forward-on connections, but more in an internal inter-site client/server role between the 2 google sides - e.g. sql select/update/insert queries, data replication etc.
Re: Thus does the cat piss itself
And by extension, a peeping Tom is only committing a crime if he/she is caught!
Re: @Don Jefe
I took the smiley face to mean "haha, they encrypt internet traffic here, but we don't care as we get it off the internal network".
I'm not a guru when it comes to cryptographic certificates, but am I correct in saying that the most secure certificate (assuming you trust the signer) is a self-signed certificate?
I realise that browsers warn against these because they don't follow a chain-of-trust, so the browser can't detect if a MITM is occurring, but it's kind of ironic they do warn for these only, if you assume the spooks have access to the root keys!
" Idiot Members of Congress like him are elected, and reelected,because the majority of US don't bother to vote and of those that do only about 15% of them research anything beyond party affiliation and even then about half of voters don't know who they voted for or who represents them in Congress. It's all really fucking stupid and we deserve all the shit we get dealt because only a minority care about politics beyond what it means for themselves and or 'voting for their fathers party'."
Don, it's basically the same in the UK too. I heard once that more people voted in "Big Brother " (ironic, given the programme name) than the elections at the time.
Looking on the the bright side, I now feel closer to you and your fellow countrymen - we both have governments that are paranoid and insecure little shits that really don't give a crap about the people they are meant to *serve*
Phew! I was beginning to think I was unusual in that when looking at the screen, I 'track' with my eyes, not my mouse!
And as you point out, even scrolling is generally done with the mouse-wheel.!
They call it a microUSB charger...
...in which case, doesn't have to meet the same specs as any other microUSB charger? - like the one I bought recently for 3 quid that works fine - as expected - in my 2 devices which also carry a standard microUSB port...
Please don't sacrifice usability
I actually think that the Reg is the best coded site I use.
Even on my more powerful desktop, if I've got a lot running, and maybe a lot of browser tabs open, whilst other sites can be slow, El Reg is still super fast.
What I'm getting at is that I am no luddite, but please, don't sacrifice usability for new features..
For instance, a WYSIWYG editor was recently mentioned. If you do that, please let us have the option to disable it (a settable option in the account settings too, not just a check on browser capabilities, because even if a device is capable of doing something, it could still be detrimental to the user if it slows things down somewhat)
Incidently, I had a few more suggestions, but they have all been covered in the (very old!) roadmap.
Re: Posted Wednesday 30th October 2013 14:50 GMT to 14:51 GMT
I accidently downvoted someone once. The only way I could find to undo it was to turn it into an upvote.
Lewis, you snob!
That article would have offended about 50% of my social circle!
Re: What a bunch...
"Ohmigod, I just noticed I got a badge! Thanks, Reg."
And don't be put off by the boring twunts that downvoted you!
"As for power lunches, day one at new firm block book your lunchtime for the year."
Call me old-fashioned, but to me a lunch break is a break! In fact, I thought they were a legal requirement, but I'm stupid, and may be wrong.
Don't get me wrong - if there is a problem, or we are busy etc. I'll work through my lunch break, but to use it as a slot where meetings can be arranged... Sod off!
Mind you, I think 'lunch meetings' were invented by business-types as a way of claiming an expensive meal on expenses...
Re: Why should anyone on the phone 'queue jump'?
"I doubt that I will ever succeed in explaining this to Mrs G.
A phone call, wired or wireless, should not take priority over the person you are physically talking to. It is ok to let it ring --- or, even, press that red button."
Also, the number of people that moan that the phone always seems to ring just as they sit down for their tea....
I appreciate that some people may have elderly relatives, or kids on the loose, but, meh, I'll just leave it ring if it isn't convenient for me. I guess I'm just an obnoxious old git.
Re: What bugs me...
"Miss Jamie Jones,"
Paaaah. Only on weekends, dear!
"I can see your pumpkin. Fnarr, fnarr! But you don't get to see it, as El Reg won't allow you to put yourself on ignore. Just like the bastards won't let you downvote your own posts.."
Ahhhhh. Thanks. I didn't notice the pumpkin was functional - I thought it was just a bit of seasonal jolly!
So... They are testing 'ignore' for us plebs.. (I understand that you gold and silver people have had this option for some time)
Still, as the evil auditor notes, the pumpkins have disapeared again!! Someone be tinkering!
What bugs me...
What bugs me is when I'm helping someone with something and they answer their phone, leaving me twiddling my thumbs.
I now explain beforehand that I will walk away if they do so - and I do. They soon got the message. Why should anyone on the phone 'queue jump'? - Especially when I'm the one doing the favour.
As for answering phones etc. In meetings, I think it's plain rude - if I'm expecting a genuinely important call, I'll apologise and explain beforehand, otherwise, all gadgets are off (or left at my desk)
And despite what some Americans may think regarding my name, I'm male!
(P.S. I only posted to see the evil-pumpkin icon next to my name!)
[ EDIT: (because I can) Where is my evil-pumpkin icon?!! ]
Re: Noooo to SPF!!
Whilst I agree that some of it is FUD, and most issues can be worked around, there is one important thing that got me to stop using SPF, and it has nothing to do with my receiving email - I still use SPF filtering on my servers, along with greylisting etc.
Firstly, it doesn't matter how perfectly you configure your own setup.
I stopped publishing my own SPF records for one important and unavoidable reason:
If the recipient of an email uses aforwarding address, they may no longer get the email you send.
I had number of correspondents who this happened to.
They either had their own domains, or had forwarding for various other reasons.
Their email provider at their final destination was honouring SPF.
My mail to them was being dropped because their forwarding server was obviously not an SPF match for my servers (which used SPF-strict - otherwise what's the point?)
For some friends (who had no control of their email servers) the only option was to get their 'real' address.
This is not always possible, and especially affected me as I tend to reply off-list to a lot of problems posted to mailing lists - in these situations I don't know if an email address is being forwarded or not, and even if it is, I have no way to find out the 'real' address.
So, was my email dropped? Or did the recipient ignore it?
Should I be informed of non-delivery - in my opinion, yes, but many places just assume spam and blackhole the email so as not to create non-delivery spam.
To me, THIS the biggest contributer to making email unreliable - it is not the spam itself, but the systems that silently drop mail they don't deliver.
If any of my systems block an email for any reason, the sender (if legimate) gets to know about it. As this is generally done with a 5xx rejection code, the non-delivery notification itself diesn't generate a new enail.
Incidently, mailing lists that are really 'mail exploders' (i.e. the sender envelope is not set to the list address but left unaltered) break similarly.
If you are sure this hasn't affected any of your outgoing emails. (and your own logs will tell you bugger-all) - or you don't care - then you are lucky.
Personally, I'd like to avoid the crapshoot.
No to SPF
Don't use SPF - it can cause all sorts of problems:
" Then you need to buy a phone."
Damnit! I knew I must have been doing something wrong!
I've NEVER had a single spam text or phone call...
"The US and the UK already lost their leads in research leadership and their leads in quantity of output are only maintained by the massive amount of marketing dollars thrown at the industry. It's actually quite sad."
Woooo! A non-Brit critisising something to do with Britain! The horror! :-) [ just a joke in reference to a oost I made a few days ago]
Seriously though, you are unfortunately totally right - we. don't develop much here in the UK anymore - and on the rare occasions we do, the people involved generally seem to emigrate to America to continue that development.
I can't commenfdirectly about America, but I'm sure it's far worse in the UK - after all, you have MIT, Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, apple etc.
Last I heard, even Tim berners-Lee made the USA his home
We are expected to inherit the American fear...
I'd say that the IRA bombings in the height of their campain were far more frequent and damaging (especially in London) than anything seen today, but the UK population were unspooked. (pun intended)
It's only since Americans experienced 9/11 on their own doorstep that the worlds governments is exploiting Americas "fear export" for their own collective good
Re: No war
And from an IT angle, we all of course remember all the comments about the Y2K problem being overhyped...
"All that time and money spent dealing with it, yet nothing major went wrong!"
Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question
Willard, I appreciate your detailed post.
It would be so much easier to hide behind the newspaper and maybe censor comments you don't like.
I have gained more respect for you, throwing yourself to the wolves like this.
You also make some very good points, but as others have pointed out, the insults and stereotypes seemed like trolling - however, your point is noted -- would this Register article even be here otherwise?
Re: Well in that case...
You beat me to it!
I was going to say 'foreign languages' but the point is the same.
(And before the bozo says that it Is useful to at least have some grounding in languages, I'd say the same about a technology most people use every friggin' day! )
Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?
Good luck in the future Bill.
I've enjoyed your articles a lot - even though I keep reading your name as "Blu Ray" !
And thanks for the final 'last post' - it was most entertaining - it takes a good and wise man to admit they are human by admitting their mistakes.
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