104 posts • joined 25 Mar 2013
Re: Remote access
Many of the (better) routers have internet and wireless access to the management interface disabled by default; but check to be sure.
Also a good idea to change the IP address range of the LAN so it's not the obvious 192.168.1.x or 192.168.0.x but make sure it's still an RFC 1918 address:
The JS attack can still get around this if the infected machine is on the wired LAN though; another good reason for using NoScript.
"IBM is outdated and dying on its feet."
I suspect that any company with almost 100 billion dollars revenue and with more Nobel prizes than a lot of countries will be around long after most of us, you included, are dead and buried.
IBM doesn't sell much to consumers, a bit like Boeing and Airbus, but what it provides for business users is hard to replace; IBM has seen off most of the would-be pretenders to its big-data throne (DEC, BULL, HP, ICL etc.) and I can't see any competitor eating their lunch in the near future. The only credible rival in this space is Oracle (+Sun) and they are less than half the size of IBM.
So it's OK to spray my 'pits as long as it's pine scented?
"Im sure the problem here is apply really invented it and for some reason delayed putting in the patent application"
So if the Chinese compnay got a patent approve in 2004, and Apple invented it before, then assuming that it took a couple of years to develop, Apple must have created Siri before they started developing the iPhone?
My point about terrorism is that destuction of infrastructure by thieves has similar consequences to actual attacks on infrastructure; direct loss of life is not neccessarily a terrorist objective (even the IRA experimented with infrastructure attacks and economic terrorism) and there can be serious secondary effects due to loss of communications e.g. if it's over a wide area then there will be people attempting to call for emergency services during the outage who won't be able to get through (although this is mitigated somewhat by the availability of alternate communications channels like mobile telephones).
The EU identifies communications in the critical infrastructure that could be targetted by terrorists:
Many of the villages around where I live have had this happen on several occasions; the current laws on theft and criminal damage don't seem to be a deterrent.
They should treat this as terrorism; okay, the objective isn't to intimidate the public, but the overall result in loss of services is similar, and has a big impact on people's ability to conduct business.
If terrorists started to attack the comminications infrastructure in this way I think we'd see a more pro-active response by gorvernment and the police.
Until there's a dis-incentive for this kind of crime, in the form of effective detection and heavy punishment, then it will not stop. The perps are too stupid to tell the diference between copper and fibre so will keep at it, even when or if the network is 100% fibre (unlikely if telecoms companies are wasting resources replacing stolen infrastructure).
I wonder if it's psychotic enough to work out it can CRUSH HIM IN ITS REMORSELESS METAL GRIP!!!
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
"we have scientists messing with stuff like this"
People seem to forget that the energy involved in our BIGGEST** particle accelerators is TINY compared to naturally occuring (unless it's aliens shooting at us) high energy particles that hit the earth EVERY DAY!!! They're called cosmic rays; scientist would love to use then for experiments, but you can't steer them in front of the detectors so we make do with our puny machines.
If "high energy" physics experiments were going to destroy the world then it would already have happened as a result of cosmic ray events.
** Check the bit about cosmic rays being 40,000,000 times more energy than the LHC
I think you mean that our weather sucks.
Already been done...
I think it's already been done for some US models, but it's part of the manufacturer's anti-theft systems.
They don't just turn the engine off though, they turn the power down gradually via the engine management, like if you were running out of fuel.
I don't know about knees, but politicians of both left and right leanings seem to love this shit; and neither variety seems to grasp that it won't fix anything, its just whitewash to keep mumsnet off their case.
Re: fish museum
Then you'd probably enjoy a trip to "Barometer World":
Or, failing that, try "Badgerland":
So a smart heating control is worth 8x more than AI technology? Maybe the AI will be used to help their aquisition strategy?
That's what I thought; KC's broadband division, Eclipse, uses an ISP assigned username (that looks like an email address, but isn't) and ISP assigned password to authenticate the ADSL connection.
The user's account with Eclipse has a completey different set of credentials that are chosen by the user.
I'm presuming that the engineers have access to the ADSL connection parameters to help them fix problems like the user resetting his router to factory settings.
This is a bit of a non-story, helped along by KC's poor response to the customer.
Check their tax returns!
From the tax they pay it's obvious that they don't exist in the UK so the law can't apply to them.
And Apple users pay for the privilege of having their data slurped by Apple; they don't want freeloaders like Google getting it for nothing!
So you're a "technology" business if any of your employees uses a computer? Maybe they can do this with other sectors, then any business that provides company cars will be a transport business?
Re: 3 are great...
I'm not sure where you get the poor coverage, but my experience of has been pretty good. The only buildings I can think of as being bad are my in-laws,who have some metalised insulation in their loft that kills all signals, and a few factory buildings, which are also of metal construction.
Coverage in airports and road networks seems to excellent; but I can't comment on rail and "wilderness" areas other than bits of Devon where no-one gets a signal.
I work for a Danish company, and often visit Scandinavia, so the no-roaming charges for Denmark etc. is a nice bonus.
I used to be with Vodafone and couldn't get signal in the centre of my nearest city, Lichfield (which isn't exactly a built up area, but it's not the Gobi Desert either). All networks have some poor coverage areas, but my experience of Three is that my phone works pretty much everywhere I want/need it to.
I'll believe it when I read about it in the Morny Stannit
More like justify their surfing porn in work time...
Re: Mathematica on a Pi????
Some people are never satisfied; you offer them a free box of tools, and they complain that you didn't give them the whole tool-making factory.
Re: Remember people "cyberwarfare" is a game for *any* size and number of players.
"Now we have the brain race."
Oh dear; from what we've seen of government IT, the MoD and its suppliers, the UK is screwed.
The MoD couldn't get malware written for an operating system within the lifetime of the software; they've probably just completed equipping themselves with an attack for the PDP-11.
This probably means I can now look forward to "up to 10 cubic metres per day" of water, only to get a couple of litres.
Re: Sounds like the old South China gameplan
They wouldn't get much in the way of high tech, these are just assembly plants where cheap labour is used to put together components made in real high-tech factories in South Korea; at most they'd get some nice conveyor belts and a bit of stock of components waiting for assembly (most of which they could buy on eBay).
"In a way, you are selecting which government(s) can snoop on you."
So best to choose one from a jurisdiction in which you don't live or expect to travel to? What's the best antivirus offering from North Korea then?
@ Collin Miller
Thanks Collin, I'd forgotton about the day/night usage difference, but the point still stands that we'd need a tremendous jump in generating capacity to accomodate a full move to electric vehicles. I also didn't factor in any additional infrastructure to distribute the extra power (high tension links and sub-stations etc.)
I've recently been working in Norway, and it's the first time I've ever been in a traffic jam of electric vehicles (in the Bus/Taxi/Electric Vehicle lane at Sandvika); but in Norway the situation is better for electric vehicles as they have existing hydroelectric capacity, and can probably add more, to support their 2.5 million cars. According to this they already use three times more electricity per person than the rest of Europe:
Whilst the BMW has some good points, it still doesn't get around the major problem of electric vehicles i.e. where does all the electricity come from?
For a few thousand people in the UK, electric vehicles can be a realistic option; but there are over 28 million cars registered in the UK. If all of these were electric we'd need betweeen 10 and 20 coal or nuclear power stations to keep them running:
28,000,000 * 7.4 kW * 2.0 hours charging per day = 414400 MWh (assuming you only need to charge each one for 2 hours a day).
If the charging is spread evenly over 24 hours (a bad assumption, but gives the lowest power requirement) = 17,226 MW, so about 10 power stations; more likely the charging will be predominantly overnight so a more realistic figure is about 20 additional power stations.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favour of electric vehicles, but if the infrastructure isn't planned for them, they will just saturate the demand for electricity leading to rising electricity bills as the rich buy power for their thirty grand electric vehicles and the poor get priced out of the market.
And what about fuel duty? I don't think the government will want to support hte building of 20 power stations with a reduced income from fuel duty as people choose electric over fossil fuels; don't be surprised that if the proportion of electric vehicles increases there is a move to tax electricity usage for transport (like we currently distinguish between red diesel, for agricultural use, and diesel fuel for cars).
Other than that, it's fine, and I do like the interesting use of alternative materials in the BMW (but twenty five grand for a city car!?).
Re: What's an order of magnitude in a joke?
But the point is that the UK would spend more than £40m on the inquiry into why we shouldn't have a Mars mission.
The only way that India will feed the poor is if their economy moves forwards, and even "vanity" projects (and I'm not sure this can be called a vanity project) can help this because the skills are developed at home and stay at home. They didn't just fire £40m into space, the money was spent on technology from Indian companies employing hundreds, if not thousands, of people.
The economic value of nuclear weapons is less clear, but lots of countries, including the UK, have decided that having nukes prevents someone else's foreign policy becoming your domestic policy.
Crowd control via smartphone?
Already been done by Apple and Google (and also by Microsoft if three is, indeed, a crowd)
Re: Are you sure?
I'm pretty sure that as long as it's CE marked it can be sold in the UK to anyone; PAT testing only comes after the equipment is in use, usually as part of an annual inspection of electrical equipment.
Maybe your audiologist didn't get, or couldn't hear, the appropriate advice?
Re: Way too complicated for non-techies
Getting it pre-configured from a reliable source, like some guy on the Internet, will save them valuable time for making tin-foil hats.
Area 41? Now you've let the cat aout of the bag; we never even knew about this one!
"ARM - all they have done is design the chip that powers just about desirable mobile device"
And most of the undesirable ones as well...
Re: Old ways are often the best ...
"I'm fairly certain that, if "terrorists" had really wanted to kill Cheney, they'd have done it the old-fashioned (and much easier) way"
If terrorists had wanted to seriously damage the USA they would have needed to kill everyone in the chain of command above Cheney and leave him alive.
Re: Why not go F1 style
As well as being easier to replace, it will probably be easier to automate the manufacture of separate, flatish, components.
The big problem with carbon monocoque chassis, like F1, is the F1 price tag because a lot of it has to be done by hand. Putting sheet metal through automated hydraulic press lines and then into robot welding requires virtually no people at all.
I think he means tha band...
Re: Region Locking
Nope, the region locking is just for first activation.
The reason behind it is to discourage transhipment of 4G phones to regions that implement a different 4G technology (similar to the iPad 4 4G incompatibility in Australia).
Re: The invisible hand at work
No; I think he means Norton.
Re: "“It’s one of these rare weird things you see in Southern California,” Chace said."
This ones wierd *AND* rare...
" I bet she would not have published while Jobs was alive."
Maybe he can set his lawyers on her when he reincarnates?
I sense there is a market opportunity here for manufacturers to promote secure kit with verified backdoor free software.
The verification process needs to be open to peer review and there needs to be a simple mechanism for users to check that what they install is what got verified.
"ONLY if you're STUPID enough to enable the administrative interface on the WAN side."
I think you mean:
Only if you're naive enough to believe that turning off the WAN admin access on your router (of whatever brand) really does disable WAN access.
After all, who knows where the next backdoor is and, even if it's a locked door, who has a set of keys?
I'm off to the supermarket to stock up on tinfoil...
Re: D-Link and G-String level security
I go for cock-up rather than conspiracy; it's probably a feature for D-Link's own diagnostic/management software. It's still alarmingly stupid though.
Would it help if systems switched from big-endian to little-endian, and vice versa, on each reboot? Many problems could then be fixed by turning it off and on again.
Another Register anti-green article
"Write your answer on a placard and tie it to a dog"
Don't you know that dogs have a larger carbon footprint than a 4x4?!? I'm sending my comment on a placard tied to an old Land Rover.
Re: Always a PC
The difference between Microsoft and companies like Nokia and Blackberry is highlighted by the "500 million PCs on XP" story from the other day.
The lifetime of the investment for those PCs was around a decade, but how many people are using a 10 year old phone? The companies that have invested in Microsoft desktop and server operating systems as well as server applications like Exchange aren't going to jump ship to anything that doesn't offer similar levels of support, so Microsoft have got a longer timescale to develop "Act II". Also, Microsoft is still profitable, so there isn't the impeteus to start throwing out bathwater, along with any useful babies, that some other tech companies have. OK, so the shareholders may feel that MS should have been more profitable, but that's just in 20-20 hindsight.
Apple has no track record in servers, server applications or any of the underlying technology; I know it's a bit dull compared to Angry Birds, but all aspects of logistics, inventory control, manufacturing, accounting and financial services rely on relational databases and the systems based on them. Apple hasn't got one, neither has HP. IBM have several, Oracle has a couple and even Microsoft has one. Yes there are some great FOSS databases, but they've not made a great impression on the market (I'm not counting MySQL as it's effectively owned by Oracle now).
Microsoft's main challenger is likely to be Google; they're a company that understands servers and server applications and they have client operating systems ready to sit on desktops or in pockets. Google's main problem is convincing business that cloud services are reliable enough to bet the farm on.
Re: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...
"Would we need to get Stephen Hawking in come up with some new theory of time dilation in order to find out..."
I think it's already known that the time taken to develop a product is a function of the size of the CEO's ego; if it's sufficiently large then time stands still inside the "non event horizon" and is rapidly outstripped by developments the real (time) world.
Re: "This will never stop"
The problem for the politicians is that now the TLAs are the ones in charge; anyone who even thinks about changing this is going to be targetted by the TLAs with smear campaigns, assistance to political opponants, tragic "accidents" etc.
I think that democracy has come to an end until something happens to change the current situation (e.g. destruction of current civilisation, takover by AI computers, alien invasion etc.)
Sounds mental, but so does hoovering up everyone's meta-data "just in case"...
"according to a bunch of consultants"
Says it all really.
Re: Perspective please
That's what secateurs are for...