Re: Rule #1 for the user-facing components development
As a performance guy, I would suggest that it is rather more important that the devs use full size databases etc rather than undersized hardware.
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As a performance guy, I would suggest that it is rather more important that the devs use full size databases etc rather than undersized hardware.
And how does it affect the Truecrypt/Veracrypt hidden volume?
I've used Truecrypt in the past to protect backup disks, simply because some correspondence may contain financial info. I didn't bother with the hidden volume functionality. But, AIUI, there is no way to prove that one doesn't exist. So if I provide the password and it turns out it's just a load of old backups; and the prosecution has a "sense" that there might be a hidden volume ... ?
I reckon they've missed a trick here. In my experience data becomes less valuable the more stale it is ... If a mark won't pay a grand when it happens, the chances are by the time it goes up to two grand they'll already be reconciled to the idea the data is gone forever and the increased price will merely solidify that view.
Start high and discount every few days, dutch auction style, and the deep pocketed victims will pay big for fast access to data, whilst even casual users might eventually pay 50 quid to recover some old photos they barely care about about six months after infection.
"Bet this case goes down the cracks"
... That is exactly what joint and several liability protects victims from. You get you compensation from one party with the ability to pay and it becomes their responsibility to seek reimbursement from other parties.
This is why you will often see the highways department or equivalent cited as a co-defendant in a road traffic collision. If they have any fault at all, they pay the entire compensation, and the onus is now upon them to sue other liable parties.
As far as the law goes, the usual reason for having a large list of defendants is joint and several liability: if one of your defendants has deep pockets you can go after them for 100% of the compensation even if they are only 1% liable, the idea being that it is then their burden to seek compensation from the other parties.
Wasn't that Uber?
... You'll be getting phone calls from dodgy solicitors asking if you want to seek compensation for smart meter mis-selling.
"Whatever happened to reporting the news of the day factually and allowing the reader to form their own opinion, you know like journalists as supposed to do." --- FozzyBear
Whilst I agree, the caveat is that, without a significant change to education (in the UK at least) very many people are not equipped to form their own opinion. Most recent example I came across on FB: someone said "I don't really care what it says in scientific papers, I trust the evidence of my own eyes and ears" Now, this is a reasonably intelligent person, and plenty of other reasonably intelligent people "liked" it and typed their heartfelt agreement, despite the fact that, although it sounds good, it's absolutely stupid.
I don't think fake news is the problem: it's fake analysis ---either at the editorial level or at the level of the reader (or listener or viewer) that is really a problem: correctly spelled, grammatically sound, articulate, authoritative and persuasive text that fundamentally misrepresents either the content or, more often, the meaning, of the facts to which it refers.
"it wouldn't be good for the game"
Who cares? The FA are trying to raise money through charities to pay for all-weather pitches for kids to play on ... why? The vast prices for tickets and subscriptions are just more 'trickle-up' economics where ordinary people find themselves having to pay for some of the most extravagant lifestyles on the planet.
"Asking someone to be in the office each day isn't constructive dismissal by any stretch of the imagination" -AC
Your imagination might need stretching. One example... you work at a local office which is closed; your employers tell you you now work from home; several years later they insist you attend a much more distant office everyday.
"But they can make it illegal." --- Ledswinger
Not really, they can't. It's pretty trivial to embed a message of a few kB into a picture of a few MB. It's even easier to prearrange code words in idiot code and send messages with innocuous looking public posts.
To prevent people communicating steganographically, you pretty much need to prevent people communicating at all. It's time for the authorities to dispense with the pre-crime fantasy that you'd be able to stop all manner of atrocities if only you had total knowledge of your citizens.
We keep hearing the "if it saves one life ..." mantra. This should be slapped down immediately; it is no more practical to spy on everyone to reduce a few terrorist deaths than it is to enforce a national 20mph speed limit to reduce the vastly greater number of road deaths.
Ridiculous. Humane traps are a tenner each, add a wifi cam with movement detection and you're up to 50 quid. Depending on build quality, etc, I can see this being 130, but 1300?
BTW, be careful about thinking cats are necessarily effective. Some cats increase the rodent problem by bringing them in from outside, where they were minding their own business, and releasing them in your house.
"Your receipt includes a QR code you have to print out and place in your desired LZ" --- Necronomnomnomicon
I hope that's quite finely geofenced ... otherwise someone flies their drone over, spots your big LZ QR, photographs it, drops black ink / soot etc on it and then prints out the original somewhere else, like the flatbed of a pickup parked outside your house and then waits for your stuff.
"Some "ceremonial county" equivalent for list of traditional solar system planets solves the problem for everyone," -- tiggity
this is the solution ... there are 8 planets but Pluto is sometimes accorded the title due to historical considerations.
"Or isn't the Earth a body that orbits the Moon? Just like two masses of whatever size have equal gravitational attraction, so two bodies in close proximity equally orbit each other." --- smartermind
They're rotating around their 'barycentre' or mutual centre of mass. However for Earth/Moon that point is below the surface of the Earth and for Pluto/Charon that point is well outside Pluto.
that will work?"
It's supposed* to work but some webforms incorrectly filter out + as an unacceptable character. It works fairly widely though. And I'm pleased to say the only time I have ever received email to email@example.com is from El Reg themselves.
* RFC 5233
"oh , so 4.10 is bigger than 4.9" --- Prst. V.Jeltz
I do hope your job includes assigning IP addresses!
... I've had numerous hire cars where the phone book still has other people contacts in, and the GPS still has "home" in it.
... results for "alternative search engines" perhaps?
I love that programme, especially when Herr Wehn is on it. I think he's got to hold the record for the boldest unspotted truth, starting a spiel on the Ancient Greeks by starting "The Ancient Greeks were mostly idiots ..."
Whilst I agree it appears in this case they had not terminated his corporate VPN access.
"The rules that should be in place are simple things." --Brian Miller
Agreed. In order, I think I'd like the following:
1. No default unauthenticated access
2. All devices of the same type to have different credentials
3. Devices must become open to user modification (i.e. rooting, re-flashing) when support ceases.
There's a few others ... I'd like companies that repeat the same old lazy mistakes to be punished, but I can't think of an objective measure that could be used.
... asking for recording or transcript of any conversations any of these people have with each other?
Unauthenticated access or hard coded, default, credentials should be barred by default from all
enterprise class kit
"And when they come up with a compromise they are hammered for that. Everyone wants it the way they want it."
If the only way to prevent a convenience being a security nightmare is to turn it off completely you haven't compromised: you are presenting choices as a dilemma when there is no sensible reason to do so.
There are so many ways of avoiding this: physical switch on the device, unique password derived from the serial number, etc. etc. Shipping as insecure by default is not acceptable.
and because mobile signal on A roads and motorways also saves lives
"Mangling commands from the user is unforgiveable." Tannin
+1 There is very little excuse these days for unresponsive UI
"If so, then someone should let Hermione know before she wastes any more of her time..."
I'm sure women are allowed to be "Wizards" in the real world but they are not in Harry Potter. At least I'm pretty sure the only difference between Wizard and Witch in potterworld is gender.
I'm getting this on all my Facebook posts at the moment (others can't see it on them).
What's the worst debug message you've seen in prod?
"I'm technically adept. I've been using Unixes since SunOS and Xenix. But I still struggle with configuring X, persuading network interfaces to stay on the network and whatever Voodoo is necessary to authenticate over LDAP because I'm not a full-time sysadmin." --- Adam 52
Sounds more like either you're choosing oddball distros or oddball hardware to me.
"Then being able to get staff in and have them hit the ground running because they use windows on the home desktop, they used it in their last job, they used it in school." --- werdsmith
To me it's almost the opposite: I wouldn't want users doing 95% of the stuff they use their home PCs for. I don't want them installing software, devices, clicking any damn link they see --- and mostly I don't think you want clerical types even interacting directly with the file system. By the time a Windows system is locked down sufficiently for customer service agents and back office clerks to use safely, it's nothing like the system they used at home or school.
"Given that most people are familiar with Windows" --- big_D
Which version of Windows would that be? IMHO, with the exception of the Gnome->Unity change in Ubuntu, Windows changes just as much from the user perspective as Linux.
And, I know it's harsh, but many of the people I have spoken to who consider themselves "familiar with Windows" are really nothing of the sort --- they tend to be the people who are confused with being given a new browser or, quite pertinently, a different Office program.
I'd love to know how they're actually training their users at the moment because I just can't see why the training costs would be so high.
"It's easier with LVM or btrfs" --- Chewi
I've been sticking with ZFS for my own non-experimental work. Which (unless I'm missing something makes LVM superfluous). Once your O/S is on ZFS you can just replace a distro by receiving a ZFS snapshot of the new distro.
Is btrfs considered ready for prime time yet?
"I didn't realize that Confucius spoke English. Are you sure it wasn't Einstein that said or wrote that?" --- JeffyPooh
You got me, the quote's from GI Joe. But I should have remembered Napoleon's dictum: "Utilisez toujours l'icon de blague"
Nope. Firstly it's "making the same MISTAKES over and over again" otherwise anything that involved practice would be insanity. Secondly, it's a (mis)quote from an anonymously-written pamphlet for Narcotics anonymous.
Just helping out because, as Confucius said, "knowledge is power and knowing is half the battle"
My battery is going, so rather than replace it before it is absolutely dead, I bought a RAVPower "car starter" from Amazon. It's a tiny little box, barely bigger than, I dunno, 3 iPads stacked together, in a neat little case. No way is that going to start a 2.0l diesel, I thought, so I charged it up, threw it in the boot and forgot about it. Maybe it'll help my sister in law out when her little 1.0 won't start, and at least I can use it as weekend USB power when away from the mains ...
Then a friend, who has an older 3.5 V8 Diesel Range Rover, asked me to help her start her car. Left for months, it was totally dead, not even enough juice for the central locking. It was also parked in a corner making it hard to get another vehicle there for a jump start. So, in a talismanic gesture, I whipped out said little box, connected the puny croc clips to the massive battery and did my best to weather the withering storm of contempt, spanning the spectrum from polite skepticism to unrestrained mockery, from the assembled mechanic / farming / military types who inevitably, in a busy rural yard, gather thoughtfully around a very attractive young woman with a non functioning car.
Honestly, if that little box never works again it was worth the fifty quid just for the reaction from the assembled crowd when the engine roared into life on the first turn of the key.
"What has this reporting got to do with an IT related issue" --- WibbleMe
It's about a Tweet.
Presidential (adj.) have a bearing befitting a president, i.e. confident, dignified and statesmanlike.
Honestly I don't have any friends I could forgive for posting, drunk or not, an all caps tweet that said "SEE YOU IN COURT" --- my flabber is truly gasted.
"But Wikipedia itself is actually unreliable and biased on most of the historical or political articles." --AC
Anyone expecting to find a single reliable source for contentious issues such as history or politics, especially the nearer they are in time, is incredibly naive. One of the best lessons from W is "do not rely on a single source"
Remember Alexander Pope's words (Essay on Criticism, I think)
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.
"It reeks of lazy ignorant fools who want to be seen to do something rather than actually do something that works." --- Jim234
The Politician's Syllogism so excellently lampooned in Yes, Prime Minister.
We must do something
This is something
Therefore, we must do this.
"Why is it that every piece of software
I like is eventually sabotaged from within by its own devs?" -- Updraft102
... offshored work will be brought back?
at least those are all measures of "amount" ... shipping, being somewhat more historic, has things like a ton that's a volume (a shipping ton is 40 or 42 cubic feet depending which side of the Atlantic you're on, and a register ton is 100).
"Given that you were connected to the internet to be able to make the post, why not just google it yourself? :)" --- Rich_Herds_Cats
Can we coin a single word that means the above? I'd use it a lot!
Sorry, but I always stick to SI Units, as everybody understands those; for instance my car's fuel consumption is 5.14e-8 square metres.
AC, I'm not missing the point. I don't think he said that his Muslim ban would be an immediate, ill-thought, rushed through executive order which applied (after some shilly-shallying) to people who were already legally resident in the US.
You've only got a realistic choice of two presidential candidates. Just because you voted for one of them doesn't mean you have to support everything they do; it's entirely possible you thought they were the lesser of two evils. This seems clear to me, but perhaps I am, as you say, a numpty.
"There is a difference between "protesting and acting like a spoilt child" --- these people think they are protesting; you think they are acting like spoiled children. So, it appears the difference is just whether you agree with their protest or not.
"Will they be campaigning about fewer foreign nationals taking away American jobs? Probably not.."
Did this make some logical sense to you? Because it reads to me that you feel that it is not acceptable to protest against a policy you think is unjust if it is the policy of someone who might have some other policies you don't consider unjust.
I know people who voted for Tony Blair himself (i.e. he was their MP) but still protested against his decision to go to war with Iraq. I don't think there's anything incompatible about that.
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