329 posts • joined 9 Nov 2011
"The taskforce will analyse the risks ... in ensuring that the trading of virtual currencies does not impinge on their ability to ..." make thumping great profits by ripping off their customers for converting one "real" currency into another.
Re: DNS problems likely
I get spasmodic problems, but not sporadic ones because I'm normally accessing the internet from one place.
Re: I'm Mr Angry, from Birmingham...
Or of help desks telling you to go to the web site because they're busy when you've phoned up to find out why you can't get on the web.
Re: Not in the UK.....
Legally, even if you are stopped in a layby you must apply the handbrake and take the ignition key out of the lock before using a hand-held mobile. Note that just switching off does NOT engage the steering lock - you have to remove the key.
Making a call hands-free is just about as distracting as holding the mobe in your hand because you are not concentrating on your driving, so don't do it. However if the mobe is just running a satnav app then it's equivalent to a stand-alone satnav. Both are distracting especially if you try to reprogram them whilst driving.
Let's get one thing straight
These formats (OpenXML, ODF, etc.) are word processing formats. A document may not format the same on two different computers even if they are running the same operating system and the same version of whatever "productivity suite". The result depends on printer settings (paper size, margins, fonts, etc).
PS and PDF are print formats and should render the same if the paper is big enough. However PDF is not as portable as its name would suggest because Adobe has added so many bells and whistles to Acrobat that its files are no longer readable on some platforms unless an older version is forced.
"Data are anonymised ..."
Seems the Europeans can write better English than most of he English!
It's not our fault
'A DoH spokesman said "thanks for letting us know" before adding that it was not responsible for the website.'
WRONG! It's your web site. You are responsible for it. You can outsource the effort but not the responsibility. You are responsible for appointing crap contractors.
The villains will just have to go back to driving Mk.2 Jags then...
The skimmer could well have included a fake keypad overlay.
However if they used bluetooth they must have had a receiver nearby, such as a concealed mobile phone programmed to text the information, or store it until the device was retrieved.
"Ready" = NOT
"an “HD Ready” TV isn't necessarily capable of receiving HD broadcasts."
Isn't it about time this misleading description was banned by the ASA?
"Use strong, memorable passwords"
If ever there was an oxymoron!
Re: Everything they need except a user manual
"phones that never change location from the prison and are only switched on sporadically "
Er, no. If the phones are switched on sporadically they must change location! You probably mean "spasmodically".
Well I'd certainly have included the Texas Ti Programmer. I can't remember if it had a model number, but it was the first one I came across that could work in octal, decimal and hexadecimal. I'm sure I had something like the black Sinclair for a long time - red led display but oblong keys. My first calculator was a Hemmi Sun which I have in my hand right now.!
Say "comprised of" oine more time and I'll scream!
"Incidentally just because you hadn't stolen anything when breaking into a house doesn't mean you didn't commit a crime."
On the other hand if you fall into an elephant trap it's not your fault it was there.
Kicking the decision down the road
In case you hadn't noticed there's a general election in 2015. Are you surprised?
Re: FM radio will not be killed...
I don't want to listen to tin-pot parochial radio stations. They're for the benefit of the broadcasters not the listeners.
Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB
5) A weak signal or a bit of interference would result in bit of noise or a few crackles instead of complete break-up of sound.
6) Radios in different rooms tuned to the same station would be synchronised.
Why do you need a separate sound system for your tv. I don't have a main tv for this reason. I use a smart HD HDD recorder and an HD monitor. The sound output goes into my hi-fi system and the HDMI outout goes to the monitor. That's all I need.
Re: And why aren't they going after this group??
"The entire UK police force is too tied up with investigations of investigations of investigations about plebgate."
and the dubious activities of various media personalities forty years ago.
Re: Simple answer
If Windows didn't use extensions for file types then it would presumably use proper file types which are independent of filenames. I'm fed up with getting attachments typed as binary data (Application/octet-stream) because some stupid Windows or webmail client hasn't bothered to set the Content-type properly.
One problem is that if Windows users hide frequently used extensions, which is/was the default, then the attackers can send filenames ending in .doc.exe which look like .doc files if you've overlooked the fact that you shouldn't be seeing .doc either.
The ransomeware is usually a .exe file inside a .zip file. I've received loads of them not just pretending to be from financial institutions but also from couriers.
109% - Nonsense!
"Simple. Most of the competition – Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, LG, and HTC – lost money during the quarter. The only other phone vendor surveyed who didn't – Sony – simply broke even."
No. Profits are profits. Losses are not profits.
if NSA and GCHQ had targeted the terrorists instead of slurping all and sundry they wouldn't have had the whistle blown on them.
Any server / browser?
"By establishing things like XML and HTML as standards, the W3C has helped ensure the web works everywhere – no matter what web server or browser you’re using."
Which it lamentably failed to do. How many sites do you come across that only "support" certain browsers? Many are written to exploit particular features in certain browsers that aren't available for all platforms.
Re: This is disturbing
My Concise Oxford Dictionary gives several meanings:
1. n. Bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel;
bundle of iron rods for heat treatment;
bundle of herbs (usu. in pl.);
dish of liver etc. chopped seasoned and baked as ball or roll;
(sl.) homosexual (usu. male).
It can also be used as a verb usually in the context of embroidery.
Also look up faggot-vote - it doesn't mean what you might assume!
Of course "fag" on this side of the pond means "cigarette" amongst other things (toil, drudgery etc) so "lighting up a fag" or "I'm dying for a fag" might trigget a few alarms at farcebook.
Re: How about ...
I deg to biffer. I use an LG HD monitor (27" because that was the largest I could find, although to get the same picture height as my old 25" CRT I would really need a 32" low height screen) and a HDD/DVD recorder soon to be upgraded to a smart HD HDD/BD recorder. I don't see why the tuner and speakers need to be crammed into the back of a flat panel screen. I have a perfectly good sound system so I don't need an inferior one in the tv. The industry is losing out by not actively marketing tv 'separates'.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
"So rather than one pirated original, someone obtains two. Compare the two versions to identify their respective watermarks, or alternate a frame from each to produce a unique third copy - add their own watermark and see how far it spreads."
I think you'd need at least three independently downloaded copies. Then where there's a discrepancy if all but one agree you take that value otherwise you set a value based on the surrounding pixels. You still have a problem if the signature is based on the positions of modified pixels rather than their values. Adding extra frames won't defeat forensic examination there could be some pixels that are set to predefined values on all copies for synchronisation purposes. Just downscaling to HD would make it difficult though.
But what's the point of UHD if you pepper it with random pixels?
Unnecessary post because your other login pages won't log me in. Please improve browser compatibility.
Microsoft doesn't want your business
"The message is clear: Microsoft doesn’t want your business - so get off Windows XP."
- so get off Windows. Period.
"Am I the only AC to read that as DILDOS ?"
If the fingerprint readers are anything like those on the HP laptops I use they're more trouble than they're worth. Having spent the last few weeks removing the paint from my car with 180 wet-and-dry my fingerprints are virtually unreadable anyway!
"I tried to transfer away from BT only to realise after waiting 6 weeks to get an unreliable internet connection that my new ISP ( Plusnet ) was in fact wholly owned by BT. Sad times."
Plusnet operates as an autonomous company and is a great deal better than the parent. The connection problems probably lie with BT or BT Wholesale regardless of your ISP.
I thought it was a Christmas pudding.
message for logging-in purposes only. Other login pages have browser compatibility issues.
'Also it defined our local Scout district website as "gambling"'
They must have confused gambling with gambolling.
If something works ...
Why can't they bloody well leave it alone?
"every new car sold in Europe will be required to feature an embedded mobile phone capable of dialling 999 the moment it hears the tinkling of glass."
That won't do much good in the rest of Europe. 112 would be more sensible,
The last thing
Apple should be doing is following Samsung and going down market. It should be working on the next high quality disruptive product.
"* We would have loved to honour HTML syntax and surround the word "blink" with angle brackets, but doing so risked making the story unreadable in some browsers or causing El Reg's publishing apps to choke on tag we don't use."
Er, have you heard of < and > ? Or do I have to type &lt; and &gt;?
Re: Is There Any Point To This?
"Surely any decent citizen will have already instructed their ISP to block this filth-laden smut at source, won't they?"
Logic error. The ISP will almost certainly have no control over the source of the smut.
"Whats the real reasons behind this bollocks?"
Cameron trying to look like he's actually doing something to people who understand the internet even less than he does.
Nanny State Gone Mad
Do the math
"In 1948 the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a child born in that year would be 65 today"
No, about half of those still alive would be 65; the rest would be 64.
Re: Pseudo Holographic TV - No glasses needed
How would that system cope with multipe viewers?
Re: The glasses
Where, as in "where did I put those wretched glasses".
Re: It was "stereoscopic", not "3D".
It's binocular at best (for the reasons already given). The best 3D effects are achieved with a moving camera e.g. an aircraft flying over mountains. For that you don't need any special technology.
Mags down pants?
Phone books aren't what they used to be. :(
Re: Ideal profit margin
"One alternative would be to split the network off BT, Virgin et al and have a single government owned network. No digging the same road up three times to supply different suppliers. Only QOS as a benchmark. Guaranteed to work. Like the railways, or the roads."
Yes, we need a publicly owned infrastructure provider like Network Rail, not like Railtrack. This could be BT Wholesale/Openreach. The service providers could then compete on a level playing field. Private monopolies are always in it for what they can grab for their shareholders.
If we still had the GPO they would just do it because they were being paid to do it, not because they expected to make a profit. They might use far more people than were really needed (like British Rail) but they would get there in the end.
Re: Secure OS
Apart from "there's no such thing", the safest OS is one that
a) is scarce enough that it isn't worth while anyone bothering to attack it;
b) is owned by someone who isn't important/rich enough to attack regardless;
c) lets you know exactly what it's running;
d) has an email client that displays messages in plain text and shows links clearly;
e) has a web browser that displays link URLs clearly and doesn't run any active code;
f) doesn't allow automatic remote installation or updating of software;
and probably a few other things I haven't thought of.
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