No need for installation; just run it. You can then delete it. The effect is persistent because it sets registry settings that Microsoft has promised will be effective. If Microsoft reneged on this there would be legal fireworks from businesses which Microsoft still has some respect for.
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Re: Hang on a second
So if your friend gets an email that purports to be from you and has an .exe file attached, he should run it, right?
Are you sure he's your friend?
Cynically, I wonder if the iDrive optimisation refers to a future optimisation of profits, i.e Apple can now provide a smaller and cheaper SSD as standard, and no socket to plug in an external drive, while charging people for the extra cloud storage they now automatically use.
Wait and see
Never believe claimed hardware capabilities even after a product release, let alone over a year before release. Always wait to see what level of software or media support for the hardware is actually available in your country and what the price is.
AFAIK, in the US, unlike here in the UK, a plaintiff can damage a defendant financially, even if the defendant wins the case because a successful defendant is expected to pay his own legal costs. In the UK, the loser generally pays both sides' costs incurred before any reasonable settlement offer.
Assuming I'm correct, can someone please explain to me why the US operates in this apparently unjust way? It would seem to encourage vexatious lawsuits by the wealthy.
Re: It could be...
They have but slept.
Re: Sounds like bad config to me
I suspect the same. You can protect your account with a strong password and two-factor authentication, but that doesn't protect the computers, which can be reached without knowing which account, if any, they belong to.
Getting through two-factor authentication that's protecting the account requires the private key, unless the criminals have found a weakness in TeamViewer's site that allows the need for that to be bypassed. I would hope that TeamViewer does not keep a copy of that private key.
Always make sure that no computer can be accessed without a good password, even if your account is compromised. That password should not be known by TeamViewer or anyone else, so should be different to the password protecting the account. Additionally, disallow the use of PINs.
Finally, there's always a possibility of a vulnerability in the software itself, so keep it up-to-date, and don't have it running without a good reason.
Re: It's GWX Control Panel or Linux
Use Never10 from grc.com. That way you don't need to install anything.
Re: Musk's goal closer and closer
This is just a taster for landing three stages at once from the Falcon Heavy. I am SO looking forward to that. They'll need a big storage area soon.
Re: Ob: Pournelle
It would not be real life if it had not first been imagined.
Seizing bitcoin is not like seizing other currencies. There can be backup wallets that allow the bitcoin to be spent before any seized computer is even examined. Maybe that's why only a total of £26,000 is reported from 4 locations.
Re: Lots of lateness
"hopefully it keeps the local terrorists worried..."
I would rely on something better than hope if I were you. Never pick a fight with violent lunatics.
Earthquakes vs nanoscale engineering
I imagine that having set up equpment to make chips with parts measured in nanometers, you really don't want that equipment being moved distances that might be measured in meters while in use.
Re: Those bits that are following it
As a test of the cameras, could they try to image the accompanying debris? The sooner, the better, as the separation distances will only increase with time and are likely already very large relative to the size of the spacecraft.
I use Firefox mainly because of its large range of useful extensions, and one of those is the Classic Theme Restorer because I didn't like the last appearance change.
The best way to introduce a new look and feel is with an app or option that's active by default after a new installation, and inactive by default after an update of an old installation. Allow users to easily turn big UI changes off and on.
Re: Classic scam model
Perhaps you're just trolling. Perhaps you're an idiot. Or both.
Do you call supermarkets pushers when they end a promotional offer? Would you accept being called a pusher when asking for a pay rise?
The existing contracts are, of couse, being honoured. Services and prices change over time. That's perfectly legitimate and normal. Only a fool expects a commercial service to be provided for nothing indefinitely and then cries "scam" when he finds that he's misunderstood reality.
Look up Diffie–Hellman Key Exchange. I don't know if Signal is using this protocol or something else that achieves the same thing. The point is, secure ephemeral key exchange between strangers is a solved problem.
Re: Saturn's gravitational pull
It's not the strength of the pull per se that heats things up, it's variation in the strength of the pull as the moon varies its distance from the planet while following a non-circular obit. The stronger the pull the more the moon is stretched. As the pull alternately strengthens and relaxes, the moon is alternately pulled more and less out of shape from spherical, causing frictional heating.
Re: Did anyone notice
Did you notice how the fan noise increased in pitch as it was teased? Of couse, it needed extra cooling as it heated up, but it's fun to imagine that as an emotional signal.
I suspect the volume of 12 days of backed up shit would far exceed the volume and pain of any phone. The final relief must've been quite considerable.
Re: Technological solution
"Also I like my pilots *with* depth perception on take off and landing."
Two eyes a few inches apart don't add much depth perception when looking at the runway. At that distance, you're relying on other cues.
Reliance on broadband provider for email
Why would someone who is IT-savvy remain reliant on a Virgin email address for 20+ years? He should've bitten the bullet and migrated email away from his broadband provider a long time ago, either to a Google address (or similar) or, better still, a domain of his own which can be hosted anywhere. Better late than never.
I have noted that this discussion involving very long german words has attracted some posters with very long user names without even the occassional upper case letter to assist the reader.
This appears to be strong evidence that disgustedoftunbridgewells and allthecoolshortnamesweretaken are sleeper agents among us just waiting for the day when this ubertechnology will make germans proud again.
How much does it cost an attacker these days to launch a large-scale attack? What's the going rate per Gbit of DDoS?
I'm guessing that the majority of major ISPs still allow outgoing traffic with spoofed IP addresses. If only politicians worked less to undermine security, and started mandating that ISPs install filters to block spoofed traffic instead of mandating that they spend money on filters to direct traffic to politicians.
All a bit depressing, really.
Seeing these politicians so out of their technology depth reminds me of a film called Idiocracy where two ordinary people hibernate for 500 years and then find themselves the smartest people alive. One ends up as president.
The thoughtless leading the learned
So the researchers acknowledge doing government-funded reseach. Nothing wrong with that on its own. However, the concern is that the US government may have employed people to engage in a fishing expedition that unreasonably threatened the innocent as well as the guilty, without probable cause. Issuing a subpoena to get the results of the research you've paid for could be a cover-your-ass legality.
I wish there were as much concern about this here in the UK, as our non-computer literate leaders plan to legislate how things must work. I wonder if our government will one day be as much of a laughing stock as the US politicians who once legislated that the value if Pi is exactly 3....
USO, PSTN and SIP.
I'm with Virgin and have been trying to reduce my costs by ditching the PSTN landline for a couple of years. I've been happily using a SIP adapter on my ordinary desktop phone for many years, so I really don't need Virgin's phone service. The trouble is, Virgin charge more if you ditch the phone. That's both for new customers and for existing customers negotiating a discount. This reflects the absence of competition.
The major telecom players just make too much money from the charges they've persuaded Ofcom to mandate, and with the call charges for initial connection, distance and time, as if they weren't using the global IP networks to distribute calls. Heaven forbid that too many customers could do that for themselves as easily and cheaply as they visit a web site on the other side of the planet.
The government's been tallking about a USO for broadband. What about also making it mandatory to offer SIP VoIP services too, while also removing the USO on providing the old PSTN service.
Have an upvote. I see no deterrence in this judgement.
How many will buy a second Watch?
The iPhone is a success because a lot of customers replace iPhones with iPhones. We've yet to see how many people will buy a second Watch.
My niece has just been learning how to balance chemical equations. I think that could've been usefully done in those diagrams.
Re: Many heads are better
It's Apple's object code that's getting the scrutiny. A lot harder, but they're getting results which Apple are using to improve the source code.
Many heads are better
I imagine that Apple is quietly very happy with the free scrutiny that their code is being given.
NASA generally goes to great lengths to avoid contaminating ET life with life from Earth. It would be unfortunate if this manoevre ended up contaminating life in the clouds of Saturn with life from Enceladus.
AFAIK, Apple's A7 is based on ARM processors. To what extent does this decision affect other users of ARM processors? How do later Apple processors avoid infringement?
I guess I'll have to read about this decision more widely. Hopefully, the article will be updated later to better cover the implications.
If you're offered a special arrangement, even for a short time, always check for gotchas in the T&Cs.
"Supports Games < 750K: Yes
Supports Games > 750K: Yes"
Why no support for 750K?
Re: Well that's just grand!
Assuming 20% remaining after a day's use when new, how long before degradation of the battery reduces that margin to 0%? How much does dissatisfaction with deterioating battery life reduce the average time between phone replacements?
Genuine questions, as I've never been a heavy user of smartphones, and never owned a high-end model like an iPhone.
Re: Unintended consequences
So have you considered running for office?
Re: "What that group did is illegal . . ."
... and I'm sure they'll delete the data upon payment too.
When strong crypto is considered bad by the government...
...it makes an honour from the government for cryptography quite suspect. Which is quite sad.
It's not easy to cover important technicalities with brevity and clarity, but you managed it. Nevertheless, prejudice and ignorance is hard to do battle with.
There will also be people who say 192kHz sampling is better than 96kHz, and look for more. There will be dealers who are financially dependent on doing things like selling £100 analogue cables for transferring CD audio from player to amp.
"Want to hear the difference? No problem. Use your ears..... See? You get what you pay for. SO much better than using a cheap digital cable. That'll be £100, please. So happy to have a discerning customer."
I know you're not completely serious (at least I hope not), but I suspect that the biggest physical problem might be getting rid of the waste heat.
What's being talked about behind the scenes?
This attempt to affect public opinion may be the result of a hidden debate that's going on, and it's probably a wider debate than the things that have been in the news lately.
I'm not familiar with U.S. law, but if it's possible for the president to offer Snowden an immunity agreement in exchange for living quietly in the U.S., I think it would be a very popular decision with the public in many countries. People in the U.S. might be more inclined to vote for another Democratic president.
Energy vs momentum
The sail isn't for harvesting energy from the sun (that's plentiful near Earth), it's for harvesting momentum, which you need to change speed and/or direction.
My current laptop has a non-centred touchpad, like many of these models. I have found that to be an ergonomic nightmare. Never again.
Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED
Re: Bottom line
"... walk away with theirs stuffed full of cash"
and votes for sale.
No doubt there are some Generals salivating at the prospect of redirecting a large object to Moscow or Washington or wherever, in a way that's plausibly an "Act of God", and with no radioactive fallout to worry about.
Bye bye CNNIC
The best response is to ask if you need to trust CNNIC. I've distrusted them in my browser and I'll see if that has consequences for me. Unlikely.
Signal is compatible with its siblings RedPhone and TextSecure on Android, and those two are about to be combined into one app. So, if you currently use Android, you're ready to go.
The software is published, so there will be plenty of scrutiny of the security.