Re: Security by obsurity
I wonder which CERT vulnerability fridge magnets fall under....
95 posts • joined 5 Feb 2013
I wonder which CERT vulnerability fridge magnets fall under....
They forgot to ask for a pony. Always ask for a pony!
A person having a lot of money in their possession is not an indicator of intelligence. Or taste, since I'm on the topic...
Put a blindfold on and stop up the ears of the frightened lass. That will keep all the horrible, horrible Internets out of her.
So, that's sorted.
Maybe there could be an RSS feed for the list.
It's amazing how many successes (or even partial successes) humankind have managed. Well done, ladies and gentlemen, well done indeed!
We, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Working Groups, declare that the Bolivian Embassy, in confining Julian Assange to a single couch within a rather small set of rooms to be "arbitrary detention". Keeping him there is "unlawful". We rather forgot about your existence for a number of years, Julian, much to your chagrin. I do hope you will recover from this blow to your ego.
We forthwith declare: Mr. Assange, you are...still...free to go *
* directly to jail in Britain for skipping terms of bail. Do not pass "GO" and do not collect $200. Really, that's on you, old boy.
If you can plausibly blame non-productivity on an event outside of your control, play up how critical the tool/service is to your work, and then goof off until it's back up.
If your boss sucks, they'll buy the story, and you won't feel too guilty about selling them a line of hooey.
I find myself feeling a little bit...disoriented...by hearing the head of a US Federal organization come out on the side of citizens of the United States. I think my heart may have grown three sizes right there.
But we keep misplacing it when it's working, and when we find the machine, it's broken.
Hi, we are in the business of selling advertisement space on webpages and sending ads to you. We are pretty proud of how we spend a small fraction of the money we take in doing that to filter out some of the least desirable ads.
While we are here, lets take a moment to tell you about how malicious advertisements are increasing and that ads even we are too embarrassed to serve up are becoming pretty common. This gives us even more ads to filter out! You know, from the good ones. The ones you eagerly wait for.
I've had the pleasure of attempting to help a user get started with an application when the following conditions applied:
1) Not familiar with "double click to launch application from shortcut" concept
2) Not familiar with "double click" concept
3) Did not know there was a "left" mouse button, and preferred using the "right" one
4) Neither of us spoke the other's native tongue
5) User did not want to use application
The user was not happy to have been stuck in front of a computer in the first place, as they were a pilot, and they really didn't see the need to be sitting at a desk when they could be flying. I agreed, really.
Can they build it into a product, and will the product be successful? That's the really interesting question to me. As the author noted, Intel and Micron are adding a new memory product that needs to sit in a new "spot" in a computer architecture. Where Intel thinks it should go in has me more curious than what's in the magic black box, personally.
He doesn't understand how businesses work.
Reminds me of all the old computers I've been blessed with that I wish had died much sooner than they had.
Never attribute to terrorism that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Agreed. Until a battery "invention" reaches products people actually use and buy, I can't take it seriously anymore.
The Register needs a battery invention comment icon, and can finally retire that Paris Hilton one...battery research has become a bigger attention seeker.
Sometimes, the purpose or utility of a company has come to an end. Yahoo! may be there. If so, then, well...the company possibly needs to be ended, and stakeholders would prefer that to be done in a way that makes them filthy rich. Which, I can't blame them for, I'd rather end up filthy rich rather than just filthy.
The tough part is that the people that work for the company, which is currently providing them with their livelihood...they won't end up filthy rich if the company ends, and they depend on the money coming in from working at said company to maintain their current lifestyle. And I can't imagine that anyone wants to unemploy themselves.
So, attempt to reinvent yourself, company. Sadly, your odds probably aren't a lot better than a from scratch startup at succeeding at that new venture(s). Sure, you probably have actual money coming in to spend on making yourself a new company, but you're public, and that means you've got a lot of cooks in your kitchen that want results now, not tomorrow or next decade...
Oops, security system has failed in a detectable manner. I shan't worry, I'm sure your property is safe!
For this device to have any utility, that would mean it is highly probable that the user has a "legit" copy of a piece of media, and is playing it on a compliant media player. Or it wouldn't have HDCP going out on the wire to strip out.
We'd better shut those people right down. Paying for content might be habit forming, and once you've got an established pattern of behavior, it's frightfully difficult to stop.
In my opinion, one of the most basic problems with YouTube is that it's just not a good user experience.
I end up "on YouTube" mostly from links from other sources that have posted/curated/promoted a video that just happens to be using YouTube as the distribution means for their content. Or I use YouTube to upload a video that I post elsewhere. I need to link to it from elsewhere on the web for anyone to find it.
YouTube just isn't something that I go to directly. There's just too much noise and abysmally poor content sorting and presentation. Funny isn't it? An advertising company that is known for search engine prowess and thorough profiling and analysis of users of its services...can't figure out what videos people want to watch?
There's a lot of US citizens that are pretty sure they're experts about their "rights" and their "freedoms". And it's very likely that over one million "drones" have already been sold in the USA to date. Probably crossed that number months ago. Just playing the averages here, it's a pretty safe bet there are a lot of these things in the hands of unskilled operators. Don't even have to have malicious intent for accidents to happen here.
"installing a rootkit in the MSLA's random-number generating computer that allowed him to predict the digits for future winning tickets"
Either there are errors in this sentence, or the random-number generating computer isn't generating random numbers. Given the charges levied, it seems the latter would be the case.
So, after finding out who benefited from gaming the system, crack investigators...find out who implemented the "random" number generator and sack them. I'm pretty sure there's enough free cash flow from this lottery to ensure you could hire a competent implementation of a random number generator.
By the 'technology' that could somehow harvest the mass of a star in mere minutes, and 'store' that as energy. On something the size of a planet.
I mean, the Earth has a mass close to 6x10^24 kg, and the Sun masses roughly 2x10^30 kg. Using this as a rough proportion of what the Starkiller Base hoovered up...that means it somehow pulled in and stored about 1 million times it's mass in less than a hour.
I NEED this technology...if this could be adapted on a smaller scale, it would completely revolutionize my enjoyment of holliday meals.
...is a good guy with a backdoor.
I wish that was a joke.
When you look back on the history of where Flash came from, it seems obvious why it's a festering pile of...software. I will miss it about as much as RealAudio, webpages with auto playing MIDI music, and <blink> tags.
They were speaking directly to their base: the stupid and angry. This is the stuff the stupids want to hear, they feel bad when people use big words and make them feel their dullness. People with average intelligence or better are supposed to hear this drivel, despair, and give up on democrazy. If the GOP can get smarter people to not vote, they're on their way to taking over the thing they most want to destroy.
Until your monopoly gets a competitor, then you need government intervention to come in and squash them before they make you work for your dominate position.
I mean, really, what does a company that has decades of experience in serving and delighting their customers with a fantastic offering provided at the prices only an economy of scale can make possible have to fear from an upstart that has no experience in running an ISP?
Sorry, I don't have tissues enough to go around, you'll have to wipe up those tears of laughter on your own.
Anti-virus packages are for shutting the barn door after the cows have already started to get out. Never will completely prevent the cows from getting out in the first place. Anti-virus is more Clean-up The Mess Once You've Discovered It, And Someone Else Has Already Figured Out What To Do About It.
I view "anti-virus" software as virus injection software...you've decided to infect your PC with a relatively benign strain of performance sucking rootkit, in hopes that it is so successful as a infectious agent that it can starve out other, nastier virii.
Adobe's move got some people/organizations to become more...diligent....about purchasing licences for software they were using. The "cloud" moniker is rather poorly applied here, but I suppose from a marketing point of view, they couldn't call it the Creative License Enforcement Suite.
We demand truthiness¹ here!
Imagine a future in which a device along these lines has a remotely exploitable bug, and you can't shut the darn thing off as a last ditch mitigation because you've slapped a few thousand of these doohickeys into a building's fabric, and there's no easy way to power only the "good" IoT bugs with RF without also powering the "bad" ones.
Dave: "HAL, turn on the heat in here, it's freezing!"
HAL: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. The temperature sensors indicates that the internal temperature of your room is 127°C."
Agreed. It might be possible to make an argument that internet access is a "necessity", but it's not currently a "right" in the United States.
It's not like you have a "right" to food and shelter in the United States, so...even if it seems crappy that you don't have a "right" to internet access in the USA...I could see why the judge found a brief making a claim that internet is a "right" laughable in this context.
If it takes iOS updates improving energy use to achieve the same battery time with a smaller battery on the new S variants when compared to the previous model using the existing iOS build...well, that's great.
But the previous model will even be better on battery life when the new iOS update happens to it.
We're kinda getting to the point where cramming more stuff in a smartphone isn't necessarily a better user experience. That is gonna become a problem for smartphone makers sometime soonish.
When you think of it that way, we actually don't know if their customer support is poor. We just know that their product support is poor.
Instagram may be doing a fabulous job of supporting their advertising customers.
While it isn't a bad thing, in and of itself, to attempt to collect data, and make sense of it, there's bit of a problem with collecting data, finding that it is inadequate to draw conclusions from, and then...draw conclusions from it.
Botnets are decreasing in abolute terms? Interesting. Botnets decreasing in relationship to aggregating personal computers numbers with devices/platforms that may, or may not have relevance to botnets? What does that mean? Anything?
The zero day conclusions: I don't have complete data, yeah, there's a bunch of scary zero day things, and I don't have any way to figure out how "dangerous" they are or how exposed people are to them, but hey, if I increase the pool of potentially impacted people, the ratio goes down. Yay, we're safer?
If we add in the human population to the bird population, and then calculate the ratio of creatures dying from avian flu on an annual basis...are humans getting safer? Or is the question so unrelated to the available data that attempting to answer the question with the data silly?
He'll be okay if he doesn't get another CEO job. He has enough to get by for the rest of his life. Unless he's not fiscally responsible enough to get by on 18.8m, and in that case, he isn't fiscally responsible enough to be a CEO in the first place.
So it's sorted either way.
I was under the impression that all children start out with mobility problems. So it could be anyone.
So, now that "on a computer" patents are out, we're moving to "on a truck". Fantastic.
To put it politely, this is asking the inmates to run the asylum.
I believe this would actually make the false/satire/doesn't-conform-to-my-beliefs-so-must-be-fake stories more durable. If it just shows up with a note "this has been flagged false by users" that will do jack all at best. If links flagged as "fake" get removed, then you tweak all the conspiracy mongers into KNOWING the link is true, because it got suppressed.
In all actuality, this would probably just turn into another means of online harassment.
What if it maneuvered the phone so that it maximized potential damage? There's where the money is at!
Sometimes, when you make something, simple, powerful and useful...it's done, other than the maintenance and bug fixing. But when that happens, what do you do with your time?
Hollywood has sequel-itis and remakes. Software has feature bloat.
But how many of the hacked...er...repackaged apps are in the top 100?
Because it sounds like to me this particular mouthpiece is calling a knock off app that has similar name/icon/function with added "features" buried in the pile of phone apps at position one million a "hack" of the original application. But the genuine app is probably just fine, and isn't compromised.
This press release is akin to a web ad banner screaming YOUR COMPUTARS ARE INFECTION! CLIK HERE NOW TO FIX!
<sarcasm>This sounds totally legit to me. Buy with confidence!</sarcasm>
We're going from having the internet run by an organization that had a self serving agenda, and only payed enough lip service to being "open" to keep outright revolt from happening, to another organization that has a self serving agenda, and is only paying enough lip service to being "open" to keep outright revolt from happening.
The saddest thing is, the previous organization had an agenda that was intended to potentially benefit millions (their own country), and the new one really only cares about a few hundred at best. Seems like we're going from most of us being buggered to all of us being buggered.
YouTube made the content creators the product. Why do you pay the product, when you can dangle intangibles?
Considering that the content creator is the product, and the viewer was also the product (to advertisers)...GooTube offering subscriptions to remove ads converts one of the products into a customer. That's possibly implying that Google is seeing signs that the value of the viewer-as-a-product doesn't have much in the way of an upside anymore.
Transparent. Then it can be whatever colour you imagine it to be.
Maybe Magic Leap is the Next Big Thing in corporate tax avoidance for US companies. Want your taxable profits to virtually disappear? Take a Magic Leap over Cuba to the Grand Cayman!
I'll admit it, if El Reg showed up outside my door, I'd probably cower in fear as well.
Beware the black vultures circling overhead!
Once Apple convinces all their customers to also buy an iPad for their wrist, sales will double!
I'm looking forward to this new plug. No more of this:
1) Attempt to insert USB Type A plug blindly into the back of a device (doesn't go in)
2) Flip plug 180 degrees. Still doesn't go in.
4) Flip plug 180 degrees again. NOW it inserts.