12 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
Why the XML hate?
Battle between virus and antivirus...
...was lost a long time ago. Not to say antivirus is useless, it'll prevent maybe 50% of rootkit infections - but there are advanced nasties out there, and most of them don't play random audio, so you're never going to know you've been compromised.
Prevention is better than cure these days - run noscript, don't open email attachments, reimage regularly etc.
Article fails to mention service packs
Windows 7 will be supported well beyond 2015, if you are happy to update to SP1. Similarly, XP support only ended in 2009 if you ignore SP3.
Should be titled "Down with UTF-16"
Unicode is a good standard and it was written by clever guys. There's nothing wrong with Unicode's approach of mapping each character to a code point, and adding an intermediate step requiring encoding it into bytes. Far better than the ugly mess of codepages that preceded Unicode.
UTF-8 is part of Unicode and it's a damn good encoding.
Although I haven't worn a digital watch for 20 years, I still have the muscle memory for how to switch off the hourly chime on a Casio.
Tim Worstall wouldn't be happy with this article. Mobile operators will charge high prices based on market demand, not based on what they paid for the auction. Failing to auction the licence is basically putting money in the pockets of the shareholders of the mobile operators.
Specific hardware combinations
If a single attack works against iPhone 4, 4S and 5 (for example - I'm not trying to single out Apple), then that's 30% of mobile users already. So it's actually quite dangerous.
Why didn't the Post Office / Royal Mail invent this?
The nearest equivalent is that ancient relic the PO Box - which is expensive and bureaucratic (min 6 months signup!).
"MD5, a cryptographic hash function that's known to be insecure."
MD5's insecurities are nothing to do with its unsuitability for storing passwords; it's failing to salt the password (and to iterate the hash function to slow it down) that's the problem. And the quoted guy is a 'security researcher'?
You need to change your SECURITY QUESTION, if that's what the hackers have. Bad luck if you used the same one on multiple sites.
Re: Desal is expensive. Start simpler and smarter.
The problem in Australia is politics - it's ten times worse than in the UK. 'Normal' water consumption (domestic, industry etc.) is dwarfed by consumption by farmers. There is no need for the dry south east of Australia to be growing that much food, when it could be grown and imported from the wetter north.
And of course, politicians there prevent the price of water from varying enough to put the farmers out of business, which it blatantly would if domestic users were allowed to compete in a free market for it.
0800 numbers are a ridiculous hangover from when people cared about the cost of landline calls - surely most people must be on an unlimited-landline-calls package by now. My £15/month mobile plan provides it all the time AND my basic Talk Talk package includes it on evenings and weekends.
Companies, PLEASE just give us an 03 or geographic number and forget about freephone!
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