Donald Trump provided natural spring water for water-boarding:
561 posts • joined 25 Mar 2013
Donald Trump provided natural spring water for water-boarding:
"you'll be better off just encrypting the whole drive with LUKS instead of making a Truecrypt container"
But you can use TrueCrypt for full disk (including system disk) encryption; works a treat, you can even use a single password to unlock all drives on the machine in one go (requires password caching in TrueCrypt, so is slightly less safe).
"Anyone using Truecrypt on windows obviously doesn't care about security that much anyway"
I think you'll find they really do care; you have to get past TrueCrypt to get to Windows, so the security or otherwise of Windows isn't as relevant as the security of TrueCrypt.
A bit like putting a petty-cash tin in a safe.
As other's have mentioned, the point of hard disk encryption is to ensure that if the disk goes missing, either through accidental loss or targeted theft, the information on the disk is still relatively secure.
The poll seems to be missing the "Hot Martian Princess" option:
"destroying civil liberties is less of an electoral liability than accidentally allowing an unsuccessful terrorist plot to get further than it might otherwise do"
"destroying civil liberties is less of an electoral liability than GCHQ publishing your browsing history"
"The licences should be nominal cost and for a single infrastructure company that resells to Retail Operators"
This sounds like "Openreach for for Mobile"; let's not go there...
OK, so they own the rights, but enforcing them in this case may reflect badly on the company; here's a better response to fans who "infringe rights to characters":
DC Comics should be happy that the car builders, and the fans who pay for the cars, are helping promote their product on the streets...
Sounds like they're taking the piss...
"Microsoft has their niche in the PC market, but it doesn't look like they will ever expand Windows very much outside of that."
Because no-one is using Exchange Server, SharePoint or SQL Server running on Windows Servers?
"I did ask if there was a farm shop"
Or you could go to "Mister India" in Oslo and enjoy a number 55:
"No, it's the deliberate use of the technology to kill, maim and supress other human beings."
I think you've got this the wrong way round; if humans didn't have the desire to "kill, maim and supress other human beings" then there wouldn't be a market for this kind of technology. Before drones were available, they sent men in aeroplanes, before aeroplanes they sent men with guns, before guns it was men with swords and before that men with clubs; right back through time until it was the strongest man who leads the tribe rather than the smartest.
Here's a great quote from "Lord of War" that I think encapsulates the reality of weapons technology:
"Keeping track of nuclear arsenels - you'd think that be more critical to world security. But it's not. No, nine out of ten war victims today are killed with assault rifles and small arms - like yours. Those nuclear weapons sit in their silos. Your AK-47, that's the real weapon of mass destruction."
"Unfortunately, the information that has been made public to this point is very unbalanced"
I think it is the school and police response that seems to be very unbalanced...
"thinking rationally is associated with being an extremist, fascist"
I think you've got that last bit reversed; the "fascist" ideology means "sticking together against outsiders" (based on the symbolism of the fasces suggesting strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break):
Fascism definitely doesn't encourage rational thinking, but it does explain policemen labelling every Muslim as a terrorist.
"Presumably one way or another they had to verify the device was safe"
How about checking to see if there are any visible explosive substances attached? From the description I think ten seconds should have been enough.
"The concern was, what was this thing built for?"
Education? Something that the Dallas police spokesperson seems to have missed...
I thought cyber dildonics was a reference to Professor Kevin Warwick?
It will happen around the same time as we successfully ban war and murder...
Freaking out people who can't receive WiFi in their brains?
Also, do I have to leave the lights on all the time? How will my alarm clock connect to the Internet when I'm asleep? This doesn't seem to have been considered!
Self driving cars are already being tested on real roads; their safety record is pretty good:
Self driving cars are now pretty much inevitable, they will be safer than human drivers because once they are developed to an acceptable level of risk then all of them will be capable of driving to the same standard. Humans have varying levels of driving competence, ranging from those who kill themselves, or someone else, within a few days of getting a license to those who drive for fifty years without having an accident.
The USA has around 30,000 fatalities a year, so the humans are already way behind on safety; I can easily imagine a time in the future when insurance companies will prefer self-drive cars over human control, and that's what will force the issue. Already a young driver in the UK will expect to pay £2000 for their first year of insurance after receiving full license; if they can get mobile in a self drive car without the cost of learning to drive or a huge insurance bill, then why would they go to the trouble?
The same argument may also apply to hire cars; why would they take on the risk of people with variable driving skills, possibly in an unfamiliar vehicle with the controls on the wrong side, when they can simple rent out a self drive vehicle for less money? I know they make a lot of money on the insurance, but those who are renting self drive cars will undercut them in the market.
Humans driving cars could soon become a leisure activity for those who are prepared to pay for the additional risk involved, and it may even become illegal to drive oneself in urban areas where the risk of an accident involving a third party is much higher.
We're the People's Front of Judea!
"Are there any tax advantages to being off-planet for long periods of time?"
Freeside here we come!
I would never trust the "WHOIS" to identify the "owner", and therefore the trustworthiness, of a site; so this aspect is clearly a red herring, there's no money riding on this, other than for lawyers, but as other commentards have pointed out there may be people's lives on the line.
One option could be the concept of a "trusted domain" where the owner pays more for the registry to validate credentials; if you want to be anonymous then you won't be able to apply for a "trusted domain", and this would be reflected in the WHOIS data?
"distinct cartels in the sector of cathode ray tubes"
Next up, an investigation into the telegram industry...
Whatever Oracle are lacking on the technical front is more than made up for by their sales people and lawyers.
Better tell Larry that the Southampton Boat Show starts tomorrow, he might have cash to spend...
"It is conceivable that the gun could have gone off inside our suspect and that would have been deadly because of the proximity to internal organs."
Wouldn't that depend which way up it was?
"Many outside observers say the North is at an advantage because its internet infrastructure is so small while its target's attack surface is much larger."
But, as the photograph shows, it does mean that shoulder surfing is a much greater problem in the North...
"The iPad Pro runs iOS not Mac OS. Which means no mouse pointer on screen, no need for a trackpad."
Phew, otherwise they'd have wanted another $99 for the trackpad.
Outsourcing can save money where Crapita and Crap Gemini aren't in the mix...
I think that the problem is that the different police forces all want to solve the same problems independently so that there's no option to look at combining forces; after all, why have one set of highly paid leaders when you can have nearly fifty!
I wouldn't necessarily advocate a single force for the whole country, but some rationalisation could help reduce costs, and some forces (South Yorkshire) have been involved in so many scandals that removing them could improve morale and public support at the same time.
"but are they likely to sell twice as many books?"
That's the $64,000 question; as you point out, selling 1.99 times as many books for 0.5 of the price is actually a money loser. So the aim has to be to dynamically match the price to the demand; in the old paper-based model they would issue the book at £12 as a hardback, getting a small number of sales to die-hard fans who had to read it first, then after a few months it would go out in "trade" (large) paperback format at about £8 and eventually as time went on as a normal paperback at around £6.
A similar thing can be done on eBooks, but with even greater flexibility as the price can vary much more quickly and in a more granular fashion in response to demand. But only the retailer has the data to do this, which is presumably why Amazon wanted price control.
One aspect of the paper book market, missing from eBooks, is that retailers have a limit on shelf space, so eventually they want to remove stock that isn't selling and return it to the publisher. The publisher also has limited storage space so they may then either destroy the books, which costs money, or sell the books off cheap to budget book stores, thereby making a little money in the process.
As a frequent traveller and book reader I find that the Kindle makes the process a lot simpler than trying to plan how many bulky books to pack; and as a cheapskate Yorkshireman I keep an eye on the "Kindle Daily Deals" and stock up on titles that interest me for a bargain 99p (top skinflint trick here is to use Prime with non-next-day delivery to earn a pound credit for eBooks with every order with Amazon).
"it's just like this... great big pepper pot."
What's with the downvote? Don't you know the origins of the song?
I think I'm turning Japanese
Argos are a good example of a retailer who's leveraged their core strengths of location (lots of them), stock control (knowing what is where) and product range (anything that can fit in a box and sit on a shelf without deteriorating) to offer an alternative to mail order for those who "want it now" or can't get time off work to wait for a delivery at home. Good that they've been able to innovate themselves into the "Internet age"; a possible next step for them, when the technology matures, is to 3D print some products so they can increase their range of products without having to hold stock.
"If they think they have problems now trying to get imessages how bad will it be when they have driven every user away from US companies and US based infrastructure?"
They need to go somewhere that the government is tiny and the taxes are low; so relocate server farms to Greenland* and HQ to the Caribbean?
* I know Greenland is still a part of Denmark, and taxes are high, but the server farms don't make any money and need to be cool; feel free to reply with improved suggestions TIA!
Grab your pitchforks and burning torches, deploy "Angry Mob"...
"Never give out your personal information in response to an incoming call, or rely upon the Caller ID as the sole means of identification, particularly if the caller asks you to carry out an action which might have financial consequences."
Sound advice; are you sure this came from Ofcom?
"Any economic analysis of QE that does not acknowledge the debt based nature of this unbacked privately issued river of gold and the problem of the interest payment is meaningless."
QE may be "debt based", but it isn't "unbacked"; governments are effectively "backing" the investment from QE with future earnings (taxation) in exactly the same way that a company or individual may borrow money based on their capacity for future earnings (wages for individuals and profits for companies).
The main risk with QE is that the government is effectively acting as lender and borrower, so they need to have restraint and balance the improvement they can make to the current economic situation with the impact on the future economy.
The trouble is, the FCC has got to try and anticipate problems before they happen; once the genie's out of the bottle it will be hard to put back in.
There's also the potential problem of deliberate misuse of SDR devices to create a denial of service on radio frequencies. We currently have any number of examples of malware that targets home routers for malicious purposes (DNS redirection for example) so there's a real possibility of criminals or foreign agencies deliberately targeting SDR devices.
Those who want to tinker have a definite point, so the mechanism for control has to take this into account; one option could be that only updates from authorised sources can be delivered over the network but anyone with direct access (presumably the owner) can apply an update from a hardware i/o device (e.g. USB).
Totally agree; and even if the consumer has a really good level of knowledge, who has time to examine every device they own for security vulnerabilities? And you'd have to re-check after every update in case the manufacturer has added a "helpful feature" that includes a new vulnerability.
The industry needs to have one, or more, independent testing and certification agencies that consumers can use as a guide before purchasing; certified devices might cost a little more, but should give consumers the confidence that someone independent of the manufacturer has looked at the security aspects of a device.
The current "race to the bottom" is certainly delivering low prices, but at the cost of poor security.
Wasn't there some kind of AFU with the FAA?
I'm lost for words...
"TLD operators need to pay the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers US$185,000 for the privilege to operate"
"There are no requirements to impose the scrutiny on domain buyers"
This is a nightmare! My 3D tattoo is still freaking me out!
I know, I was wondering if he had an address I could send this "A" I'd just made out of cardboard...
"The question of why the public accepted a substantial user interface change in Windows 95, but not in Windows 8, would make a nice topic for someone to research"
I think the answer is twofold:
1) At the time that Windows 95 was introduced, the number of home users on Windows 3.11 would have been a lot lower than the number of home users on Windows XP + Vista + Windows 7 when Windows 8 was introduced, so the number of people with a prior experience would have been much lower. The number of people using computers at work would have been higher but many would still have been using DOS or terminal based applications, so the user experience would have been completely different and users wouldn't expect any similarity with Windows 95.
2) When Windows 95 was introduced the home-use of the Internet was almost non-existent, and there was no social networking for any disgruntled users to vent their frustrations on.
Maybe they share it, like "headwear as a service"...
Google don't need to slurp all your data with this, they just want to intercept all those 404 responses and replace them with suggestions from Google's advertisers; similar functionality is already implemented in some routers from ISPs.
So if you can't find what you want, Google will suggest something based on your original query; the revenue from this will pay for the updates to the router software.
If you're ok with this, then it's no worse than other products already foisted on people by ISPs like BT.
For those considering this device, you might want to wait for the new "NSA Home Router" (available as "GCHQ Home Hub" in the UK).