291 posts • joined 13 Feb 2013
Because then they would have traced the hacker. They know what packets went from that location to where. Likely there is much more than they are letting on. Remember that this is the collection agency for the government tax monies, it is the biggest cash/personal info flow in the country. Electronic intelligence likely came from the very top.
I'd take that bet that they log every byte.
I think you should get +10 for the wry comment, and an extra 100 oolor points for the accidentally subject-matter appropriate handle.
>...the wallpaper appears to move behind them.
This is kind of a different league though, the background move tied to the gyro is a lot simpler than tracking eye movement. Particularly so if only one axis is used.
This (the background move a la iOS) is actually an easy trick to replicate in the browser. A couple lines of JS to tie the gyro to a CSS transition function on the background position(or use two layers for the icon so the effect is only on it - or whatever other object) and voila!
This actually makes sense. Though the government isn't exactly the bastion of good security practices either. They seem to mistake the ability to see all info in transit for actually doing something about human practices within the organization orders of magnitude beyond the private world. Plus ca change...
Re: how many (and which) numbers where taken?
>Because one of the other 3 or 4 letter agencies bought them on an exchange.
Doubtful. They don't need to buy this type of stuff to figure out where the data went. Unlike businesses which lack access to infrastructure to investigate, they already gather the type of info needed to track it down:
Re: Was it a MITM or what?
>I also find the term 'removed' a bit strange, because to me, that means that they disappeared from the source. Maybe I'm being a bit too literal, but I find it strange.
Allow me to translate for you.
Our 4-letter security agencies are finding out who did this. Whoever took the numbers better leave them the fuck alone.
Now if you excuse, me I need to file my taxes, perhaps paper will suffice.
Re: Occam's Razor
1. Leak trivial email, blame nefarious evil-doers, get free press.
2. Viewers visit your new News site to see why you are being hacked.
At least his business plans are more complete than 99% of IT related businesses.
FTFY - now it is in typical internet business plan mode. WTF is that gibberish for number 2 though? It seems to be more of a !!! than the usual ???
Re: what to expect....
>running a copy of Borland Turbo Pascal on DOS 5.0. :-/
Ah, a Real Programmer. That explains why the government cannot find anything (think veterans records in the States).
Re: apology to Groucho
Your in luck, he wouldn't have it!
Re: "Kristoffer received...
>Hacking the security is much more fun.
I see you have been around children this age. My not quite 2.5 year old nephew knows all the alphanumeric characters and is trying to type in passwords. Calculators, microwaves, and washing machines face the same barrage of button mashing (as characters are loudly announced). It's like an elegant form of a million monkeys on a million typewriters in a natural pseudorandom sort of way to go about brute forcing quality tests, but there you have it.
Re: NSA Recruitment guy
>... well he should really get used to the idea of visiting his son behind bars from age 16 and beyond.
Nonsense. They couldn't keep that kid in custody NOW for 5 minutes before he gave them the slip.
Re: A report from the Rand Corporation ..
Who cares, it is ten years behind the trend.
Re: An e-mail client?
The first thing I thought was Notepad++. I haven't updated it since downloading it a while ago. The only reason I updated from using Notepad was find and replace.
Also, NoScript and FlashGot are excellent add-ons for Firefox, that can help with protection and video 'borrowing'.
Re: re: What chocolate
Try the 90%. Break the squares into 4 and let it melt slowly on your tongue. Goes really nice with a strong black coffee of reasonable source. Or a joint. Or both. The 99% is a little overkill, best saved for when paired with something or grated onto another treat as part of the recipe. I can actually fool my niece and nephew with the 90% instead of feeding them the confection crap that is a 'chocolate' bar.
>What makes you think that?
That grin on his face and gleam in his eye. I have seen that look somewhere before... Oh, right, the mirror.
In case my previous comments have been confusing, I am not the guy in the pic nor do I think he is evil. Not you, is it AC?
From the sounds of it, the kid has his head on right and is not the adrenalin type. That guy at the left in the pic, he, I would keep an eye on, but the kid and glasses beside him I would hire them just on that pic and knowing they were around at the end of the competition.
@ Anonymous Blowhard:
There is no maybe about it. But some follow-up studies should be done just in case...
Re: It's not spying if it's information-gathering
Misdirection. There is no way FB can ever grow into its valuation. At least not with the current maths. Give as much time as possible for insiders to cash out.
Oracle claims it never goes down on you
How do you upvote the headline?
Not much of a surprise though.
Re: Ah, but...
>I have a degree in Physics and a Post Grad in Business and run a successful Sales and Marketing department. Having an analytical and inquiring mind are not mutually exclusive to being a good communicator and networker. In fact, I think they are most complimentary!
The higher level one works at, the more important the effective communication of ideas. The best leaders are those who get everyone together and harness the differences rather than play them off each other. I would go further and say the mind component is necessary, but not sufficient to be a good communicator.
For every geek or bully-type engineer/techie there are 10 well adjusted ones you don't hear about. While we're being honest, lets admit that more than half of engineers/techies are barely fit for their work much like the general population. No wonder the delusions of greatness are so common.
The reality is for many bright people, the specialization early in education coupled with their own propensity to pick up certain subjects faster allows them to get 'skills' that would take most people much longer to acquire. When you look engineer/tech types after several years in the workplace, most of these early achievers have greatly increased their speaking and writing skills as they have had much practice through the course of their work.
You missed a 1.
My 2 1/3 year old nephew is already trying to type the password into the computer. Tablets are more of an infant or senile device. That is, entry level. Thus, the faithful are correct, but for the wrong reason. As per usual.
Re: Over a hundred billion in the bank
Anyone else find it crazy that a marketing company with over $100billion in spare cash finds it terribly hard to spend much of it on research and innovations. Then when they finally do something, its to measure how much their customers are sweating.
They do have to calibrate whether their marketing telling you to sweat is working well.
On a serious note, Apple is definitely putting money into this whole data-scrape-you movement. Although if such sensors are really part of the plan, I have doubts as to how well this works out. In general, tracking of meta data gathered during performance of tasks or exercise is notoriously noisy (the human factor). This makes it difficult to gain insight by looking at the numbers and invites grasping for explanations for why those numbers vary from some ideal or average.
This is not to say that there won't be a large market for that kind of stuff, just that it'll peak and only the diehards will be left like many a diet or exercise fad. I think it will be a question of whether they make a little money off of it (not really adding to the bottom line) or perhaps get a surprise hit (unlikely, I think).
>At least I hope that's what you were doing
Read some of Mr. Pott's previous forum posts, it shouldn't take too long to be thoroughly convinced of the cynicism.
>Apple is improving the app not the data
They are inventing the app. Patent application to follow. The data is still a mirage like a desert road.
Wondering how they will leave a gaping hole for the black helicopters to fly through>>>
Re: I invite the US and the other 5 eyes partners...
> provide for my religion
But will you really have time to decompress between "not-torture" "interrogations" to enjoy your pyrrhic victory?
El Reg needs a 4-B's icon >>>>
Re: "Canadian Mounted"
>Oh, that is his horse
Moose. And we ride bareback.
Re: Hang on there!
Proof that Colorado cannabis laws are having their intended affect.
Re: On the upside...
>Still, at least it proves that there are some politicos that aren't afraid to speak out in the face of absurdity.
And against his own party member, double points in my book.
Re: Balancing Imbalance
>and if Paul Hogan was still alive.
$100 he walks out of the burning flames with a sizzling pan of penguin brains and heart, he takes of his hat to shake out the dust, but it is burnt and many carbonized bits flake off, he places what is left of the hat back on his head and says "that was a hot one, lets eat mate."
You can collect in any currency you like, I''l take Canadian.
Re: Not familiar with Tinder...
That may be what is advertised. But take a look at the actions of the users:
It is a vehicle to flirt and engage in the dynamics leading to a 'hookup'* without the traditional social and personal network strictures. Beyond this, there is nothing special about what happens between people when they finally meet. They will be the same boring people they always were - see online dating and how the results mirror that of offline dating. Sure there will be some scandal (particularly when famous people get involved), infamy, and hope involved...how like love in the analog world.
* Suspiciously enough hooking up can refer to anything from minor cuddling to making porn look tame, in other words typical human mating actions that in the past were referred to as 'dating' which could mean anything from they sometimes do stuff together to they are damn near playing house.
Re: So, Doktor Frankenspud, we meet again!
>In fact, there's a growth market. GM the spuds to be wind-giving, with specific strengths and aromas you can choose. A-E for strength, 1-10 from parfum through to devil's breath.
If a potato cannon is involved, I am interested. Perhaps an SPB endeavor.
I concur, further, one could go so far to say that HTML is more like punctuation than programming - though I believe that excellent grammar and language skills will help many future programmers when they deal with syntax in a computer language. Focus on the 3 R's is crucial for success as a programmer. Beyond just helping provide a strong framework within which to explain, attack a problem, and discuss it with others effectively, such focus on 'basic' skills repeated in many small steps along the way builds to way more than trying to teach someone 'how' to code 'properly'.
The sad thing is that these YoC people are the ones who sell (or at least hang out with those who do) code that make your "use once and mangle" scripts look like a "a considered process".
I think that the approach you outline is excellent, and quite frankly many smart kids who would otherwise not bother to learn could be exposed enough for them to see they can always learn the details along the way in the future as they work through a problem that requires computing.
Myself, I only really got going with actively programming as a considered process after I got frustrated trying to plumb together not quite complete libraries that did many great things, but not what I wanted, and not as efficiently. Once I started to think that I could do better, I became more discrete about the context of a problem or a solution and refused to accept solutions (particularly from myself) that were poor.
On the other hand, I also found that sometimes a simple generalization is more effective than a complicated, but computationally expensive slightly more precise filter in certain constrained autocomplete situations.
Re: Cyclone Boy
No, only a puppy mascot. The Typhoon Terrier.
> A horrible overgrown pile of crap written by people who don't understand the language they're using
So it isn't just me.
Then again, Michael, one could say the same about much of code :(
Or maybe we are talking about the documentation. I reported 2 examples (by email) that had errors which beginners would be extremely confused by (on top of being obviously wrong). Instead of changing less than 10 characters of text, they put it up with my email that I assumed 'might' be kept private in the bug section for over a week before it was fixed.
I don't do non-HTML5 anymore, so jQuery-type libraries (I liked YUI 2.somethinglate, but that was its own can of worms) have given their way to stuff like D3 (which I credit for my switch to HTML5) for quick testing, but anything proper is pure JS brutally shortened. Funny how going from testing in IE6 and Firefox to try to get alignments has switched to Firefox and Chrome to optimize UI performance and playing with 3D CSS.
The way I now think of what a web page can do is miles from before (assuming same time input from me). Freed from the constraints of early JS lack-of-portability (damn you IE), I can make apps that will work on well over 90% of devices in the Western world with decent fall back and no extra crap. The sequences are not shortened. Nay, I have put a 250ms delay on certain actions because the response was too jarring:
makeItAsFastAsiPhone(); // just kidding, I think
Re: You had me at...
I'm still trying to find out who I know that runs XP. The closest I can get is Vista on a friend's family computer. I am the XP user. Friends come to me for help with Windows 7/8.
>> posted from an XP machine
Re: Make Everything OK
You should try clicking on the donate button at the bottom. I got a PayPal page in Russian asking for American dollars.
Re: Get Godwin's law out of the way first
upvoted, but only for the kebab.
Re: And who says criminals don't have a ...
>Or maybe they just popped back home to the Caribbean for more supplies...
You mean Morocco, n'est pas?
>And a helpful suggestion warranted a down vote?
Wasn't me, but it would be more helpful if you got the model number right. The machine you are suggesting is the Acer 720 line.
Re: Marissa Meyer == The New Carly Fiorina
You wouldn't per chance be a [soon to be] former employee?
>apparently the Yahoo! Board disagrees
As does the stock market (probably explains the board's point of view). And her former employer didn't really have much use for her either. Wasn't her job to make the place seem like less of a sausage party? Or was it running the search page? I can never remember.
I'll bet the blond bimbo has skills that neither you, the board, nor I will see. And in my case, at least, that is a shame indeed.
My good sir, you are mistaken:
I doubt we are talking about the first one in definition #3.
>Staff who want to be paid in bitcoin are savvy?
I certainly wouldn't hire anyone willing to take it as payment. Something about risk assessment abilities springs to mind, but I can't put a finger on it.
Re: Sending a clear message..
The Black Hats are fine. These guys are Ass Hats.
They will likely be in protective custody with the diddlers.
Given the mission, it would replace the Navy's P-3s along with some manned P-8.
Carrying weapons on such a mission is a very high cost to the loiter capabilities which is the major point of the drone in addition to moving personnel out of the reach of any opposition weaponry. Not to mention the fact that bomb carrying ability is laughable compared to currently available aircraft.
One need not agree with US strategy to accurately assess the reasons, though not agreeing usually renders the individual unable to make a coherent argument much like the fervent fundamentalist 'patriots'.
Re: Let me get this straight...
>We have heroin, cocaine, Benadryl, Xanax, beer, and champagne but their calling it accidental?
Welcome to North America, people have quite a lax attitude to alcohol and pharmaceutical use despite the seeming uptight bent of the continent. This stupid mindset that things a doctor can prescribe are 'safe' has been beaten into the minds of the population and seems to persist as does binge drinking across all but the most religious groups. Even amongst the nutter right wing evangelical types there is much booze and improper pharmaceutical use, while they look down on the street drug user who is actually less of a risk from a toxicology standpoint (obviously there are ties to a much higher propensity of other high risk lifestyle choices amongst street drug users but that is never the point they make).
How many Directors
>How many Directors of Security are likely to be doing Heroine, Coke and Xanax on a business trip to Vegas?
More than not. Chances are you are unaware of the recreational drug use amongst your colleagues. The one you think is the least likely user is the most likely to enjoy tripping balls for a few hours every weekend or other on "E", but really they are doing meth in pill (60-80mg is what most street E contains).
As for the OD, pharmaceutical opiates combined with alcohol are responsible for more deaths than all other drug overdoses combined. Often the intelligent person is the one to flout the recommendations since they 'know' better, sadly, much like heroin, odd things happen with opiates even with the same dose when other factors are present.
Jake's pigs are artisanal breeds, they eat better than 99% of El Reg readers.
Re: Commence conspiracy theories.
I hereby claim my prize for prognosticating cause:
On the matter of conspiracy, as I wrote previously ^^^:
"Of course black helicopters would no longer be much of a surprise either, but he is dead, so that kinda mostly rules it out."
Another way, in addition
Anyone that has knowledge of prior art can help defeat patents:
an example in action:
There are a lot of people around here that could probably help.
Re: Not what it's cracked up to be
Are 6's upside down nines?
Re: I'm confused
>What are the chances that the maid is a registered user of the site?
Pretty low given this:
Why am I not surprised that 'some' of the female accounts are fake?
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