Re: You said it, man.
Not even Mary Magdalene?
3482 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007
Not even Mary Magdalene?
"And its under threat from politicisation. Net neutrality"
Eh? How, exactly, is net neutrality a threat to the internet?
A threat to ISP profits perhaps, but hardly a threat to the functioning of the internet. Quite the reverse really.
Probably, but no one was listening.
It seems to be an oddly US-centric aspect of how Americans see/idolise the president that you don't really get elsewhere. Its almost like criticising their father or similar.
Even something contentious like Brexit in the UK has less of a knee-jerk support for the leaders (e.g. many pro-Brexit commentards would not be so outraged by others pointing out the current PM is an uncaring cockwomble, for example, but would defend their political goal).
Even a symbolically powerful role like the monarch that also divides opinion fails to ignite the same pro-Trump/anti-Obama frothing as most UK 'republicans' may be against the idea of the monarchy but don't feel need to launch verbal rants against Liz herself.
Well El Reg already has already invented the "kilowrist" as a unit of bandwidth:
And for us Linux lovers we have the south-pointing penguin:
You can never have too many penguins =>
"The biggest mistake he sees companies making is also one of the most common – finding the best team member and making them the boss."
That applies SO OFTEN in science/engineering were the only option for a pay rise or other benefits within the company structure is to move in to some form of management. As a result many, many, companies end up losing a good engineer and gaining a mediocre manager.
Exactly! A New android phone typically manages 36-48 hours!
Yes, might be useful if Android did support the magic sequences:
Some system's C time libraries act as if they use unsigned internally so they work fine post-2038, but others are more pedantic or just obstinate and consider the "negative signed" range as invalid.
Certainly its a simple fix for a while for cases where you have a 4-byte space only (e.g. structures that have to map to a file) or some embedded stuff where 32-bits is still used to avoid the speed/power penalty of emulating 64-bit maths generally.
"So you can represent dates before 1970"
Not really, as many time_t related stuff uses -1 to indicate an error.
You have to remember that the likes of time_t was created for the computer's sense of linear time (for more general uses where date/time format was commonly used) so UNIX creators cared not about pre-1970 and 1970 was therefore as good an epoch as any since 32-bits (or 31 really) put the range so far in the future that no one cared. Similarly DOS time and FAT file systems don't do pre-1980.
"driver doesn't need those skills, so what does it matter if they lose them?"
Because for all the AI hype, there are still worrying gaps in current capability where the car will shit on the driver by saying "Ooops, can't handle this - you take over NOW!!!" with possibly seconds till impact.
When you see all of the news/discussions saying automated cars need good connectivity, need accurate GPS/mapping, need road junctions/signs redesigned, and where insurers have got a cause proposed that implies you are only covered where the car is using automated driving for "appropriate conditions", it seems we still have some way to go.
"AV software is the best possible agent to carry a cyberwar payload"
So not pushed Windows 10 updates then?
Or a complete lack of Android updates for many phones?
Or anything that involves interaction with Adobe software?
If you can reset the account with only access to the phone it is single factor, not two.
The problem is not even so simple. Yes they can block, for example, WhatsApp servers, but they would be stumped by any alternative app that simply used encryption over other channels such as SMS or email and banning those would be a step too far for even our muppets due to the impact on pretty much everything else.
It would also be pretty trivial to write a word-substitution app so the resulting cypher text had similar statistics to plain text and so would not be found by looking for high-entropy test.
"That means we either need to hide them from the OS makers"
You either forgot the state of the phone market, or forgot the icon =>
Currently they would hack in to a phone using any one of numerous vulnerabilities, and from there install whatever "back door" was needed. Generally this is a good approach, as in the least-worst for all of us, as it has to be targeted to the device in question (hardware / software version, etc) and is not universally available to anyone as a deliberate back door feature would be. Also widespread (mis)use would tend to show up and things would get patched*.
Down side to us is the then hoard vulnerabilities like "Eternal blue" etc that ended up in the NHS being screwed over, etc.
[*] - yes stop laughing and the majority of Android users like myself who get bugger-all patches even when bugs are publicly disclosed and in use.
That was my point exactly: the majority of "us", as in "UK citizens", voted for parties with a strong authoritarian bent and a distinct lack of technical knowledge on both sides of the house.
Some of us might have voted Lib-dem precisely because they don't want the big brother state, but finding others who have a clue is difficult.
Lets face it, most (all?) of the recent incidents did not rely on secure encrypted communications. The talking point was the 1st of the bridge nutters who sent a WhatsApp message shortly before, and even that was eventually traced and the recipient has AFAIK no terrorist connections at all.
So really we are mostly looking at a few angry and often not terribly bright people cracking, people who often were already known because folk at the mosque had reported them as trouble makers. So only a moron would put the majority at risk of cybercrime due to the actions of a minority where such a law would have made no difference.
Oops, we voted for them :(
But will our
current shower of shit glorious leaders have the sense to listen to someone who actually knows about the issue, or do their usual dance to the red-tops' bile-spewing?
"escort services, which are carefully targeted to the copyright infringer"
Escorts that provide a better experience due to a lack of DRM?
[*] DRM = dick restriction service, apparently a feature of some marriage-licensed models.
Stop watching those "speciality videos" then, it does your eyes in! Eventually. After the wrist RSI has gone.
As already mentioned, a normal compiler will align structure members to avoid this sort of problem.
Unless you use some packing directive to override that sort of thing, and most commonly that is done for faster/simpler binary file access. So it could be to run other CPU's software more simply, or it could be to speed access to binary data created for/used by another CPU architecture.
Either way it is nice to see the SPARC is not totally dead, just a shame it is Oracle and their eye-watering prices, licensing terms, etc, in the way.
Come now! Were you never at school and tittered about the debating club?
"a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."
Wow, and I thought this thread would avoid discussing systemd
Prices going up is not always a problem if you get a MUCH better machine from it. SSD is generally an improvement (except for big volumes of data) and more RAM is always needed to cope with the muppets behind web browser software, but also what of display quality?
Will see an end to shitty sub-HD resolution laptops? Will we ses desktops coming with worthwhile monitors like 2560 x 1440 at 27" as default?
"masturbation is often useless."
Surely that is what Viagra was invented for? OK there is some risk of heart failure but we all have to go sometime.
"HM sends a pack of corgis to chew the developer's ass..."
Can we have this applied to more UK gov projects? Might just improve the on-time and on-budget chances.
"Story goes that no-one knew at time that lithium in the lithium hydride broke down to tritium and made H bomb way more powerful than intended."
Nope, they know that well. The case was Starfish Prime, as described here:
What they did not appreciate was the EMP mechanism, or if they did they did not realise it would cause damage so far away. And this was largely in the pre-semiconductor era where a few hundred volt spike was laughed off by a thermionic valve. Today even a smallish bomb could cause serious EMP damage to a lot of our critical systems that are not EMP-hardened for military use. More technical info here (PDF doc):
1% of, say, 640 million vulnerability is 6,400,000
Thus if I have 5,000,000 vulnerabilities I have fewer than 1%
Exactly, that 1% is already an integer value of some 6 million or so.
How do I know if a path is heterosexual or homosexual?
I mean I can sort of tell if a path is straight or curved, but that is not helping me know how the path feels about other well-trodden routes. Also how would such a path pass on its inclination?
Oh dear, now I have to contemplate if I like my asphalt...
I am also thinking, why would they do this? As in, why would a cheap repair shop be using more expensive parts to compromise phones that are probably mostly used by customers on lower budgets?
Sure it might make sense to do such a nefarious swap on some drug baron's phone to bypass security as part of a CIA sting operation, but I don't see enough general revenue for the risks to make a cheap repair shop go down that route. Not with Google already whoring most of your data from advertiser to advertiser as a "legitimate" business.
To assume you harvest alien sex slave's organs. You just periodically drain them of their bodily fluids at said orgies.
Really, where did this Robert David Steele guy get his education? OK boys, he clearly needs a refresher course (or three) of The Probe. Got enough lube in the ship's hold?
Not sure, but he regretted nothing..
Time perhaps for a mandatory 5 year warranty including battery replacement at advertised rate/costs given with the initial sales price?
That would focus them and the buyers on the benefits of not selling easily broken shit and being able to fix stuff instead of throwing it away and getting a new device with even more data slurping built it.
Of course, don't you know that The Register is a well-known lesbian publication?
“Ultimately, open source allows you to be in control of you own destiny.”
Is probably the most important aspect. More so with the future of Windows being forced updates and data slurping that we hope is not going to be part of the 'enterprise' version, but we just don't know how that will go.
"Is it really easy to educate people about an entirely new browser and how to use it, rather than to educate them how to install a couple of plugins on the browser they're already using?"
See how Google managed to push Chrome over all other browsers by
pestering promising it would be "better". Most users are not El Reg readers and can just about grasp the idea that "Install XYZ and you are safer" but not the list of plug-ins, settings and a VPN subscription (and matching network changes or app to manage it) needed to achieve the same goal.
More precisely it was due to the use of reheat for take-off (or "afterburners" as the Yanks call it) which is normally only used by the military since (1) it is fuel-inefficient and (2) it is damn noisy.
More detailed reason is you get more thrust from heating the existing mass-flow of engine exhaust to increase the speed and hence the momentum-rate. Down side is noise is approximately related to the 8th power of exhaust speed so 25% extra thrust comes with about 6000% extra noise.
A major reason why most modern aircraft are cheaper to fly and quieter is the use of the wide "high bypass" engines where much of the thrust comes from a large volume of air at lower speed from the part that goes past the actual engine.
I suspect it is more down to shitty vendor's software that breaks easily with MS patches, and/or the risk assessment that such problems were more likely than an infection.
Maybe in said assesment they were wrong, of course.
I read that initially as the Morissey scale. Not sure if that counts as ironic or not.
Its the one with the book in a pocket about being miserable now =>
Now if only you could trust such an appliance to encrypt all cloud-stored data with a key that only yourself had access to...
Come now, the snooper's charter was only ever about catching the dumb and technically ignorant out there. Admittedly, that is most people.
As for trying to crack down on VPN services that would end up as another pointless whack-a-mole game and seriously piss of business users. Of course the gov often dances to the red-top paper's stupid suggestions so there is a fair chance they would try, but again I suspect the real experts know your biggest risk are the local muppets who can buy knifes and rent a van, as we have seen recently.
I am surprised The Pirate Bay has not developed an up-datable bit torrent model that allows the "web site" to be shared like any other torrent, with local searching by pointing the browser to it and some signed-key method of pushing out incremental (rsync-like) updates to it.
Lets face it, they can probably decrypt the lot and come back in a couple of week's time to find the systems *still* vulnerable to being screwed over again.
Lord, praise the profits!
U can't touch that!
"Why can't you just give the permissions you need to the relevant user? Reliance on sudo seems pretty hacky...."
The reason for 'sudo' was to allow no root account being enable, so (1) any attacker has to know both a sudo-enabled user name AND the matching password, and (2) also to avoid the temptation to log in as root for general work.
To provide a slightly more useful answer, and as said it is 'no' because Linux searches your path only, so even if its not in your path but in your directory it won't be run. This is unlike Windows where it will look in your current working directory and with trying various extensions like .exe .com .bat etc.
So if its not in your path you need to use a fully resolvable path such as:
/home/me/sudo (from anywhere)
./sudo (from /home/me or similar as your current working directory)
True, but how many cell phone tower systems use anything but the USA's GPS?
Having the satellites up there is no good if a large proportion of time/frequency/navigation systems use the lowest common denominator.
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