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Successfully knocking out Cryptolocker will stop new infections.
But does it leave a way for the infected to (should they choose to do so) to pay the ransom? If not, the end result will be much worse for the unbackedup.
A controlled shutdown would be kinder to the victims.
The crazies, who will sit in their garden all day cursing the government that granted Amazon the freedom of the skies, still have options if they want to contest the airspace above their sovereign back yards.
Electronic countermeasures to mislead the drone. The drone might land in their garden or fly off in an wrong direction. The ECM could be mounted on permanently-aloft balloons.
Suicide drone conducting a kamikaze attack.
Re: New Security Application
It is, though, fairly easy to establish that a hidden TC file exists. They can then pester you for the passwords.
Better methods of hiding TC files are needed......Perhaps broken up and steganograpied across a whole photo album.
The War on Partners
So partners are now legitimate targets?
Let us hope that ceases to be the case very quickly before terrorists learn that lesson.
Bugs, features and no-nos
Odd. He had been specifically advised by facebook that the behaviour was not a bug.
So he used the behaviour exactly as facebook knew it could be used.
They then went all TOSsy with his ass, told him that Terms of Service trumps Security Team.
Tells us all we really need to know about facebook's technical priorities.
Re: the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...
Yes, they've cast their Baker's dozenth plus 1 or 2 (depending on who you count) white man to the part.
But there is hope yet. We have not seen his costume or make up. He may play the Doctor dressed as a Masai warrior with a ginger wig and in tasteful blackface.
That may not please the feminists I know, but it'd be a nod toward multi- culturalism. They have, after all, previously cast a Scot playing the part with a Lundunish accent.
You say "TOMATO".
West Midands police say "SOLICITING".
That's quite a drift in accent.
As any IT relationship manager knows, never try to search Google with Google. It could break the Internet.
Hmm, the "enormous value" for culture trumps the rights of the individual?
Thought I'd never live to hear that as a mainstream American view.
Though, replace "culture" with "corporations" and I'd be less surprised.
Plus ca change
This is reminiscent of the court orders of half a century ago on airline availability search systems,
Those early, specialised, search engines had a start-up habit of favouring flights operated by the AVS engine's operator. Legal rulings forced them to be "objective" - to the benefit of all:
Passengers (via their travel agents who ran most of the searches) need only search one system to find all flights, rather than multiple ones.
The better AVS systems could outcompete those from smaller operators, and eventually consilidate a grip on the market; today, there are only a couple that matter.
Fairness of display as a route towards further monopoly? It worked for the airline search engines; looks like Google is learning a valuable historical lesson.
That the Reddit hive mind has not learned any lessons.
During the next great witch hunt, they'll be claiming it's different this time because they are using iCrowd technology (or some such heat of the moment techno drivel) to confirm their biases.
Confusing the wisdom of crowds with the madness of mobs is a common online mistake.
Thunderbird suddenly would not talk to gmail, claiming my memorized password was bad; re-entering the pw made no difference. However, the web browser interface logged straight in no worries.
Guess I get what I pay for with Google apps.
Pioneers go bust
The people who built the canals went bust. The people who built the railways went bust. The first wave of dotcom'ers went bust.
Pioneers die so the rest of us can learn how to live in the new world safely.
Why should the internet infrastructure be any different?
Breaking the sound barrier
It'd help too if the front of the goal was a thin sheet of some sort of plywood. A goal would be scored by the ball hitting and/or breaking the plywood.
Computer acoustic analysis from an array of microphones and vibration detectors would distinguish the characteristic sound signature of a ball thwacking into the plywood from other sounds such as a player head diving into it or giving it the elbow.
This may slow down a high-scoring game if damaged sheets have to be replaced several times. But, like the nuke-from-orbit tactic proposed in Aliens, it is the only way to be sure.
Soon, every goal will count, everytime.
Google's sudden cancellation of services is the big question mark hanging over them for corporate adoption.
How can I be sure that a particular service or API will not be dropped at a quarter's notice?
Few other corporations induce such opening questions.
Re: Onroad parking would be better
If people can avoid driving into parked cars (as they do most of the time), I think we can trust them enough to experiment with them not driving into kerbed cable cabinets.
Onroad parking would be better
Putting them on the already overcrowded pavement is a mistake.
Instead, why not treat them as if they were a permanently parked motorcycle? Put them just roadside of the kerb and paint a yellow line around them.
Far less obstructive than a single parked car or a gentrificator's skip.
Re: Fine, but......
No one knows where the EU moeny goes. The EU accounts have only been given a clean bill of health by the EU's auditors once in the last 15 years.
If the EU was a business, it would be struck off.
Re: Has anyone considered what it *really* takes to go completely malware free?
Having done all that, of course, I'd run my target OS inside a VM which itself is inside a VM which itself etc to maybe a depth of 12.
Each VM (different implementations of course) is running separate virus detection / fire walls / etc, so only incoming data that passes all of one VM's sniff tests makes it to the next level.
For an infecting virus that is trying to reach my app in the target OS, the effect would be like running the gauntlet in a very-hard-to-win first-person shooter with no ability to save at crucial points.
With a 12-core processor, my nicely snuggled app would not even notice the latency in handling incoming data.
iJa board anyone?
Maybe Steve is communing still with his Board on Earth.
Connection costs are a fixed overhead?
So I purchase my own device, and my management pony up £61pcm for the network connection.
One desk over (back in the day when we had desks) my colleague has a company-sourced device, and our management pony up £61pcm for the network connection.
If there is a news story here it is that employee connectivity costs £61pcm for the network connection, not including the costs of the end-user device.
Re: Why are we paying for this research?
Understanding the behaviour of prime numbers is absolutely crucial to the current, safe, implementation of any securely networked IT system - including ecommerce and military communications.
Why would a prudent society not be spending in every way on prime number research?
Pace Mary Shelley
Burn it with fire or nuke it from orbit -- both excellent options.
But fear the day it is struck by lightning.
It is possible that the assailants were hobbits. During a street brawl that sort of misidentification is easy to make.
Back in the day ....
..... Steve Jobs would have turned this into a marketing triumph.
After trumpeting this must-have feature across all known media, he'd've sat back and watched lesser companies announce unconvincing plans to make it easier for passwords to be retrieved by non-specialists.
The fan bois would rejoice at the removal of yet another barrier to internet participation by the common hipster.
And, soon, private passwords would be a thing of the past. The new iPassword would potentially allow us all to financially benefit by selling our iPasses on iTunes and sharing in the profits made from our identify theft by the purchasers.
Other companies would learn from Apple's strategy and fire their IT QA departments and hire marketeers instead. All bugs would now be declared as unmissable features, and the more gullible of us would pay more for the bonus ones.
trust no one
Dropbox is convenient and easy to use. Much more so that
n services like Wuala and Spideroak that offer similar services.
But the fly in Dropbox's achilles heel ointment is the lack of encryption on the servers operated by Dropbox.
I would need to trust a lot of foggy processes (fog is all you can see when you are in a cloud) before I could entrust data to all those third parties.
The risk is not just that something I want kept private might be disclosed. I do not want to risk lower-level security stuff being subverted or corrupted.
Merely a smoke screen
This jokesuit is merely a toe in the water by Apple whose real atomic patent is the one that controls the use of the letter i ("whether lowercase, capitalized, iconificated, or otherwise embellished" to quote the patent) to start the name of a product or company or "other assemblage of humans".
Intel, ICI; Ice cream, Instant whip; Ireland, Iran: just a few of the well-known brands at risk from this patent.
Worse, it makes a general claim to the whole art of beginning a word with a letter at all. Some say this will drive all latinate alphabet users to adopt Chinese, at least in commercial writing and advertising.
Short messages only
This may work for short, provided both the sender and recipient have secretly agreed the code.
We might agree that any text message that begins with a vowel contains secret text. The NSA can analyse the preceding 100 messages and decide there is nothing hidden (or have erroneously uncovered a decoy steganographic scheme).
Then I send:
Are you well? Hope the cold is better. Cheers!
And BOOM -- the terrorist attack is GO.
Murder is a big assumption
It could have been a legal duel, or a wartime summary execution, a suicide pact with an as yet undiscovered chum, or merciful euthanasia.
Make the fines change the behaviour
As we all know, fines for government bodies simply get paid by the taxpayer / council tax payer.
We'd have a more accountable system if a proportion of the fine was a surcharge taken from councillor's attendance fees.
Rules of engagement
The rules of the game are that IF the defendant introduces evidence/testimonials of their good character, THEN the prosecution can counter with tales of past legal run-ins.
Otherwise the trial proceeds solely with evidence of guilt/innocence of the charges before the court.
It is not for jurors or the press or anyone else to introduce other evidence into the discourse.
Money go round
If facts are as presented, NHS will charge back the contractor. The contractor will claim on their insurance.
At each step, lawyers will lap up fees.
Insurer will put up fees to NHS contractors.
Contractors will pass increased costs to NHS clients.
And, just, perhaps some NHS execs miss out on gongs in the honours list,
Noscript is your friend
Simple workaround with many spin off benefits: treat your computer as a production machine,
Birmingham has an inland port -- you pass in on the train, just south of the city. always piled high with TEUs.
The government is publicly committed to dragging its feet and then doing the absolute minimum it can get away with and be in arguable compliance with the European Court of Human Right's ruling.
That "arguable" could mean the current cases drag on for a decade or more while the minimal changes that the gov are reluctantly planning are enacted and then found wanting by the ECHR again.
The Supreme Court could have short-circuited that by simply making it plain what the ACPO guidelines must include to circumvent jail terms for chief constables.
Why do we pay Supreme Court judges if they are just going to pass the ball?
Opera to the rescue
Let Firefox update itself to version 4.
It grumbled about an incompatible extension, downloaded what it said was an update to the broken extension, showed me the start screen. Then hung solid. Hung solid while using 100% of one of the cpus.
Hung so solid that even Vista's Task Manager refused to stop it. Had to kill it with Process Explorer.
Tried a few restarts. Same.
Had to start Opera to get to Mozilla's support page and learn the -safe-mode command switch to start Firefox with no extensions.
Disabled and uninstalled all extensions. That made it work.
Now slowly adding them back to find the Firefox killer.
So not an automatic update for me.
It happened to me
I let SP.1 install.
Machine was fine for a week.
Then broke badly, and there were no restore points.
Had to do two factory resets over the weekend.....the first left it unable to download files above 26meg without hanging.
As I was not aware that SP.1 may be the culprit, I let the machine update itself to SP.1 again.
It's like typing on a ticking time bo.......
not a survey site
It does route you to one of those tedious survey sites, but you can ignore that, go back and take the quizzes.
The couple I tried where simple. You score points for a combination of the right answer and your certainty that you are right.
One quiz told me I had a 90% certainty level because I was 100% certain about 9 questions and not sure at all about the 10th. That's a simplistic measure of certainty....if I'd been 90% sure of each question, I'd have the same certainty level but my approach to answering the questions would be subtly different.
Still, it's an ongoing research project, so they can fix that sort of stuff with enough feedback,
The Bue Nowhere
For sheer unadulterated techoporn, try Jeffery Deaver's _The Blue Nowhere_.
Set around 2000 in the early days of commercialising the web. It features astounding viruses, astonishing feats of decryption and of encryption as an automatic response to incoming hackers.
And it has all the techie, nerdy words you can think of, many of them strung together in sentences more reminiscent of Willam Burrough's cut-up writing than of deep technical knowledge:
> But the leaders of the Knights [a legendary hacking crew] were skilled
> software writers, so good that they didn't even bother to compile
> many of their programs....
Catching up with China
Standard phone chargers have been compulsory in China for several years.
We have the Chinese government to thank for taking this initiative.
All Europe has done really is wait until the volume of business in China means manufacturers' were converging on a standard solution worldwide for simple economic reasons.
More hi tech distractions from policing
This is the same Birmingham who installed, and them deactivated, 280+ cameras to keep an eye on Muslim earlier this year. Three million pounds of technology wasted that time:
It's time Birmingham's police weaned themselves off hi visibility, hi risk, hi cost, hi failure, hi tech solutions and tried policing instead.
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