Re: Tell me now
A fair number of BIOSes/UEFIs allow you to disable USB. Some allow it right down to per-port configs.
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A fair number of BIOSes/UEFIs allow you to disable USB. Some allow it right down to per-port configs.
I was hoping someone would finally point out that even MS Office can't correctly open MS Office documents without screwing the formatting.
Only since 2010, when they correctly implemented their own ISO standard, has it been fixed. And since Open/Libre Office have also implemented that standard (ironically before MS), things have been pretty sane between platforms.
The last time I had formatting go horribly wrong in Open Office was about 2004. Some minor issues crop up from time to time, but usually dealing with old .doc/.xls files.
As long as it's not Poettering... Your binary stored filter rules would be incompatible with kernel updates and exploitable filter bugs would be ignored since it works as designed or some such shite.
Win 10 IoT Edition can run on the RPi3 as far as I understand. Unless they've killed that off too.
Part of it is content licensing, and part is to do with broadcast area laws.
The registration says which region you are in, which they use to restrict which channels you get. Content licensed for NSW can't be broadcast to WA, for example. And commercial stations can't broadcast outside of their area either.
I dont know if they actually enforce this - my old Aurora (the predecessor to VAST) card let me access every Aurora channel. And I'm not eligible for VAST (not that I was eligible for Aurora either - I got the card from a remote school I worked for at the time who were chucking stuff out).
Same here. I personally don't care whether I have sysvinit, upstart or systemd, as long as it works....And systemd simply does NOT work.
I have had so many random and weird failures with systemd that I can not trust it. Sysvinit might not be cool or super fast, but it works reliably.
People run that on Windows? I mean I gave it a trial run on Windows before I bought any gear... But it went straight to it's own VM running Debian when it the equipment arrived.
Why would anyone be surprised. There's plenty of elderly software out there, especially in embedded systems. Even in brand new devices.
The only genuinely surprising thing here is that UBNT haven't acted... Actually, that's not surprising either (as much as I love their products, they do seem very touchy about being told they got something wrong).
I realise this is old, but Google got me here....
The answer is yes and no... With modern virtualisation, the guest does basically directly talk to the CPU. But decent virtualisation software does let you limit what CPU is announced to the guest, which usually helps with stuff getting upset with newer cpus.
KVM/Qemu lets you set the CPU type, and I've had instances where I've had to do that. Not sure if it blocks invalid calls and such, but makes he OS think it's on a 486 or whatever you choose.
That said... The main trouble seems to be driver support. Virtual video card, USB, netowkr, etc solves that problem.
"And unless you have Pro or Enterprise you don't have GPedit and cannot rate limit the downloads."
Even if you have Pro, it looks like it just ignores that setting now. My box is set to 128kbps, but the other day I spotted it doing 5mbps (which broke web browsing, which is why it got set to 128k in the first place).
I've not done much testing, but it worked on 1511, and doesn't work on 1607. I suspect their changes that stop the Store blocking GPO working on Pro may have broken BITS too.
Akamai also pushes out some rather large files on a regular basis to most Windows boxes... Windows Update comes in through Akamai. Those don't cache well either, unlike those tiny little GIFs and such that every proxy and browser cache is filled with.
>I was shocked (but not that surprised) when the search results included links to dozens of similar printers with internet-facing web interfaces.
I'm surprised how many "HP-Setup" and similar WiFi networks are out there... Some of them even let you scan whatever document has been left in the flatbed scanner ;)
Pro tip - don't expect your new router/modem to be secure. Just like you don't expect the car salesman to lock your new car's doors once you arrive home.
"Brandis and co keep telling us that the new law dictates that telcos/ISPs need only to retain the data they are already keeping for internal purposes."
They do keep bring that up. I do wonder if George and Malcolm know the difference between storing 1 number (bytes used), and storing the names, addresses, bytes used, time it started and stopped, etc.
Something tells me these clowns last looked at a phone bill about 20 years ago.
"Someone who is seen loitering about a premesis can be asked to leave the area"
Perhaps what Turnbull means is that we can ask our ISPs to stop collecting data on us then? ;)
"How does a gov going collect metadata when SMTP these days are via TLS and TCP payloads are encrypted ?"
I think they're wanting the SMTP server logs packaged up and stored.
I'm still curious what will happen with storage of things like ICMP and UDP traffic. In some cases, the metadata will take more room to store than the size of the content. I seriously don't think anyone who voted for this legislation actually understands how traffic flows on the internet.
"I doubt you can still buy standard laptops / PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed?"
You certainly can! Sales of new PCs where I work is almost purely Windows 7. Toshiba, Asus and HP have many an option in laptops with 7 preinstalled still.
"I've yet to see a development estimate that matches the actual reality"
Yes, but these are meant to be development builds to gain feedback about any stability issues present in the first place. Delaying them means only the issues MS has noticed can be fixed in a timely fashion.
At least you saw a date - I quickly simplified the fraction down to one third, wondered why they were talking about ninths in the first place, then finally realised it was a US style date without a year.
"9-15 months average?! How ridiculous! These organizations either have too much middle management, really bad documentation or just terrible IT staff."
3-4 months for the initial planning isn't unreasonable in a business big enough to label it's "departments". You'd have specific software to contend with, scheduling around important events in different departments, etc. Managers would need to meet with other managers. Teams would need to meet to discuss the plans. It all adds up.
And that's only assuming you have a handful of servers to do - as the number of servers goes up, the time obviously does too.
A smaller business with one manager and a handful of staff could do it in a weekend, or even a quiet afternoon.
George's own Chief Of Staff signed a letter to my local member responding to my questions saying:
"The government is committed to ensuring agencies' access to metadata remains subject to strong safeguards". Isn't allowing random law enforcement agencies to view what they want somewhat less than "strong"?
And it was also mentioned that the data collected will be subject to the Privacy Act 1988 - call me an idiot, but surely allowing random access by police to this data breaches that act.
> Why wait until then? I began the switch as soon as I saw the Win8 preview.
We've been looking for for a suitable "idiot friendly" (from an updates and maintenance POV) distro to sell preinstalled on computers since XP's demise was announced. The Windows 8 preview was an encouragement to that process.
Sadly the most easy-to-keep-updated distros tend to force stupid changes on people, and the ones that don't force stupid changes tend to require a reinstall to update major releases.
"but Linux has a ~2% desktop market "
I never really believe percentages quoted for Linux market shares...
You can't go off sales volumes for pretty obvious reasons.
You can't use browser agent IDs because not everyone uses the internet in the same ways.
You can't do a survey because a lot of people think "Word 7" is an operating system.
I've got a few Linux desktops that never see the internet, or only ever see ftp.debian.org. Who's counting those?
"No it won't, you troll. The only thing Secure Boot locks down to the point where you can't switch it off is the Surface RT"
Really? I guess you don't need to boot anything much on random x86 devices every day then. They already make Secure Boot a "Where's Wally" game, and some manufacturers have already failed at UEFI booting anything other than their own Windows 8 images.... It's only a matter of time before manufacturers start hiding the Secureboot option, even if only by accident.
" They only slung the DRM scheme to convince the RIAA that Apple was their best choice."
That's what they'll argue in court I expect. And despite my usual thoughts on Apple, I suspect it's largely true, and this time Apple isn't the main problem.
"And the boot time argument? Anywhere needing 99.99% uptime is not worried about a 4 minute reboot."
And most of the reboot time (in my experience) is the BIOS and various controllers doing their random checks and warm-up routines.
"I'd suggest the answer is no"
I'd say so too. Get within wifi range and most would be screwed.
Or just send emails about speeding fines like the Crypto-bastards are doing lately. Seems to work great.
I'd say so - it's the same labels and markings as when HP did it.
Is Toshiba recalling these worldwide like HP? Everyone concluded it was only really a problem for 120v users when HP did it, so odd that Toshiba Australia are worrying about it (240v).
"From the obscure Browser question"
Internet Explorer started life as Mosaic redressed... That said, the question is a bit odd in a 12 question general internet knowledge quiz. I'd have expected more questions about cookies, email and other such everyday things, not a corporate name guessing game.
"I doubt that there will be a tech crisis because people don't know the date that the first iPhone appeared."
Even people who queued up to buy the first model wouldn't remember what year that was by now... Unless some other significant event happened around the same time.
Seems odd someone's "web IQ" would be based on the knowledge of the past and present CEOs of random tech companies.
Yeah - cause Apple's failure to test their products correctly never causes any problems, right?
"The only reason Linux hasn't wiped out Windows is it isn't as good for most customers."
Actually, for the 90% of customers that want to browse the web, send an email and maybe write a letter... It's perfectly fine. You can do all those things with little to no understanding of the underlying OS.
The only reason Linux hasn't wiped out Windows is that customers are too scared of change (which also happens to be a major factor in Windows 8's failure).
"Although even a couple of days would be pretty unacceptable."
It's done over the intertubes - surely it should be able to guess fairly reliably within seconds that the recipient is not available via iMessage. Keep track of failures over a few days, and prompt the sender if there's a run of failures during say 7 days.
Not exactly a hard thing to work around.
>Think of anything you can buy in a metal version or a plastic version.
Like a garden shed?
>And which is more expensive?
The plastic one. Near double the price ($AU460 vs $979)...
In this case, the "premium" priced product is the plastic one.
Brandis's way of lying about his lies.
I sent a letter via my local member a few months ago. No reply yet as to whether the metadata laws actually require me, as a private network admin, to collect metadata regarding the local users.
>One upside to pay-by-bonk is that the means to pay is almost certainly already in-hand (literally),
I'm considering taking my rarely used credit card out of my wallet so the only contactless card left in there is the card I want to pay with... Then I can just wave my wallet across the terminal.
My Aussie bank actually does support pay-by-bonk on Android (has done for about 12 months - didn't hear the media praising that innovation), but rudely only on a preselected collection of phones. My phone has NFC, but no support from them.
I dont' really care too much where this all goes, as long as they stop with the dumbass idea of more gTLDs. Nothing looks more disorganized than the latest release of new ones.
>The.berlin works to promote ratings the same way that "www.berlin.example.com" would.
Exactly... Google uses the domain as part of it's scoring. A website with a direct domain keyword match will rank higher than one without. Of course if you fill the page content with obvious keyword spam, it'll de-rank like crazy still, but most genuine businesses don't do that.
Google's rankings are a little mysterious, but not that mysterious.
Prolific's been blacklisting their RS232 adapters for ages. And it causes problems even for companies like banks. An Australian bank ships Prolific clone cables with their POS integrated EFTPOS terminals. If companies like banks can end up with fakes, how is anyone else supposed to tell?
I personally think a warning should be displayed to notify the user when fakes are detected. That way you know WHY it's crapped out (you don't just call the real manufacturer names). And as long as this hardware fiddling is reversible, I've got no issues with that either.
Probably there for the newsreaders who live in USA, where they would leave out the "and", effectively making it $2m multiplied by 60,000 dollars when read out loud.
So once the Mojang/Minecraft buyout goes through, what will happen to all those Minecraft videos? Can't imagine the Microsoft Copyright Police would like to see all those blocky textures misused by having people entertain other product owners....
"Folks, it's time to enter the 21st century, and if you can't handle a connected account, maybe Windows 10 isn't for you."
Well, actually there's more reasons than a fear of "connection". Those MS accounts can store payment information, so when you're a computer repairer, requesting that password is REALLY awkward. It's like asking for the cutomer's credit card PIN.
It's all becoming a blur now because of misuse of the terms and ever some malware doing more than one "style" of nasty business.
If my memory of my learning days is still OK, it goes something like this:
Trojan - idiot user installs, then it does it's stuff quietly while the user isn't looking (tends not to replicate itself).
Worm - exploits holes in security to "worm" it's way around networks (including the intertubes).
Virus - attaches to other executables and may move to other systems by finding "portable" executables (such as shared disks).
I'm sure I'm wrong in some way, but I spend all day having to dumb things down to "you had a virus" for customers.
"That would be more true if Google only presented a link, which is not the case."
Well they could provide you with a numbered listing, but how useful would that be? Any index needs to refer to the content it's talking about. The index in the back of a book has topic names with the page numbers, not just a listing of page numbers.
Or Apple. Apple was the one providing:
1) The broken security on the storage.
2) The suggestion in IOS that iCloud is essential to your life and must be enabled for true enlightenment.
3) No reminder that photos deleted from the device are not necessarily deleted from the iCloud service.
But Google? WTF? Are they too afraid to sue Apple in case they get permanently banned from the fruit farm?
"More importantly, according to Apple only 6 iphones have bent."
The report I heard said 9 confirmed, worldwide. Still low, but I did immediately wonder how many sheeple simply hadn't yet reported the problem.
And as they've now commented on the problem, 3 things happen:
1) Every iOwner now checks their device regularly for bends.
2) Apple introduces a change to the design and replaces any bent units people complain about.
3) Apple makes no further comments on the issue, leaving the only comment as there is only 6 (or 9) bent phones.
And none of these clowns have even stopped for a second to think about the flow on ramifications of these new laws (assuming I'm understanding the possibilities correctly)...
Let's say ASIO breaks into a network, infects a few computers. The owners take them to a repair shop, where they virus scan, then connect to the network to check for updates. The ASIO virus then attacks the repair shop's network, infecting a few shop PCs (and perhaps other customer PCs).
Now a rep for Big Corporation comes in for a warranty issue at the authorised agent for their laptop manufacturer... The laptop is connected to the repair shop's terrorist suspect network, and also infected by ASIO's spyware.
How is it going to go down when a big company like News Corp, Foxtel, Telstra, etc finds signs of ASIO's busybodying on their networks? I suspect the end result is sueballs being launched towards the government.
Maybe they're concerned the individuals might sue the government over breaches of copyright if they re-publish the submissions...
Has anyone started a petition to kick this moron out of his job? He appears to have zero clue about what his role is.
"What you elected instead was a government more focussed on achieving its ideological goals"
I'm not so sure. I get the impression most of the pollies (on all sides) actually believe Brandis is keeping the national interests in mind. They just gather around, drink his KoolAid and pass his bills.
I'd have thought they'd give the job of AG to a person who actually understands how laws work (and how they sometimes don't)... But what would I know.
"My network printers in use now have 500MHz processors. I do occasionally wonder why they need this level of power"
Print job processing. Especially as people expect more and more to be able to print out a full A4 high res photo in a matter of seconds from their shiny wireless gadgets.
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