The banks in some countries, like Sweden, do not issue proper credit cards. What you get instead is a charge card with an account that has an overdraft facility. This sucks because usually the full amount has to be paid every month and if the card gets ripped off, the money goes away immediately and its entirely your problem to get it back, with a proper credit card one just dispute the fraudulent entry in the ledger.
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Re: One has to ask
Regardless of what they serve, It's still a coffee shop.
Re: Close the door and turn of the light
One would hope! Americans need to experience the "Freedom" they deem to be appropriate for everyone else that are not Americans. Also, "Regime Changing" and "Arab Springing" themselves will keep them busy for a while, which makes the world safer.
Re: Sooner or later
Just because someone could drive on the wrong side of the road on a motorway doesn't make it a good idea or a "cool" thing to do.
Even though drivers can do all of those bad things, we accept that it is not really possible or practical to design cars smart enough to pre-empt evil/stupid drivers.
Why? Because cars and roads were invented long before IT made mass surveillance possible!
Today, "It Has Been Decided" that every possible known risk or abuse (and a few imaginary ones, I bet) somehow has to be foreseen and forestalled by "smart" software to thwart all those morons and terr'ists. Which of course doesn't work in practice.
Re: Good luck.
How much training do you need to use a different browser?
Lots, and lots, and Lots!
Most people have no idea how their technology works on any level at all. To cope with ignorance, they have their very own internal models that are of course totally wrong but explains what they experience. We are back to witchcraft (or maybe we never gave up on witchcraft and sorcery).
My otherwise lovely and intelligent wife, for example, absolutely *cannot* comprehend that the browser is not the computer. The idea that the web browser is a program which is controlled by another persons computer, so when Facebook does not work, doesn't load fast enough, The Borg updates the interface so everything is in the wrong place, it just cannot be comprehended by her. Which is a problem because, If husband cant fix the internet-program, then husband is being lazy!
The funny side is that she does not distinguish between LibreOffice and MS-Word, she sees them as "the same thing, but the buttons are sometimes in the wrong place" (when she uses the windows or her iPad).
That's the reality that people changing things will just need to deal with.
Re: There is a hypothetical risk
Similarly any American AV software could be used for attacks if need be.
Could? Is! The very minimum "They" would do with AV-software is to track the location and movements of all files in the known universe!
As part of the optimisation / functioning of the anti-virus, it will do tricks like calculate hash-values for all files that it can find and build up a database of files, with hash-values that it does not need to check in-depth because they have not changed or are known globally to be "good". Same with files it should always check in-depth. Since every file now has Globally-Unique ID and the antivirus of course knows the GUID of the computer it is running on, by accessing the anti-virus "mothership" "They" can track all files, globally, see which files move, where they move, where they change and so on.
"They" can build graphs over all groups of people interacting digitally as long as everyone have anti-virus software installed.
For Linux, I recommend buying a used laptop through a reseller like Arrow Value Recovery. The ones with warranty offered on them are recent and not bashed up. The price is about 1/3 to 1/2 of a new.
And most are business models so they are robust, have docking stations, stuff one usually pay quite a large sum for.
The lapdog Being 2-3 years old even Debian will usually work out of the tin. Instead of wiping the windows it comes with, I replace the hard drive with a new SSD. My Lenovo's with core i5 will boot in about 5 seconds on an SSD. Very pleasing.
Re: the costs of fossilised software
it needs to be handled by people with clue and people with clue cost money to hire.
.... Doesn't sound very clueful for anyone to splurge lots of customer installations onto the same server without any isolation between them so that malware can spread, does it?. There is *always* one bad apple or even two on any shared service.
People who need old software hosted should just use VM's. Find a hosting company who supports full virtual machines, not containers, and the "malignant upgrade problem" will be gone.
Re: Archival grade media
It's a serious thought as to how my partner would ever get easy access to my data i
Yup. Exactly. My wife would not be able to identify, never mind decrypt, the disk with the insurance policies and whatnot if I kicked the bucket.
So we use plain-text paper, doesn't encrypt anything.
If my holiday snaps are splurged over the internet ... so what, exactly? If the "nature shots" are splurged .... Welll, watching those will hurt You a lot more than it does Me (and maybe I can sue some media for some money over it).
A lot of the "security" is in fact just like hand-loading a silver-inlaid and engraved musket that one spend to years perfecting before shooting ones foot with it, save the work and just shoot the foot directly, I say.
Re: As Liberal Party of Old would have told you
So if the political polling is way out, it makes them look bad.
It may make them look bad, but in no way does this stop the stupidity because (as you said) the point of polls is to have something to talk about AND someone to blame for ones failures! Repeated failures just put the pollsters in the same bin as Economists, who have for too long absolutely cornered the market for prediction fails and done very well for themselves too. Even penny-stock tipsters manage to live, thus the pollsters can relax: There is plenty of space at the bottom!
Re: Getting the wrong demographics adjustments
Brexit, Trump and this election polls got it wrong because they did not perform the demographics adjustment correctly
Maybe. Another thing is: Who do these pollsters ask?
Who will answer the phone when caller-id is blocked or the number is unknown? Old people, morons and people waiting specifically to be contacted by a doctor or such! Who answers on-line-polls? Morons! Who will stop in the street and talk to "facers"? No-one who has anything better to do, that's who!
The other thing is that the people doing these surveys are temps, students and call-centre drones. They have performance metrics, "x calls per hour, y surveys done per contact" or we take your chair, desk then the sack (my sister worked in a call centre). Why not make up some stuff, go home early and collect the money? It's not like anyone really Checks (my sister worked in a call centre)!
So the sampling is pretty skewed, I think. And the data pretty dodgy too.
Re: A trick that 1984 didn't foresee
Yup, blame all of Eurasia's unforeseen events on "fake news" that made it past goodthink control, planted by those wiley Eastasians.
CNN is so retarded these days, they should *really* do something about getting that lead out of the drinking water, the projection is telling: CNN obviously believes (and that "we" would also believe) that just because something appears in a news media, a country will react on it all the way up to blockade and war, without even getting the red phone out, call the government which the offending news is about and like check, what is what and what do we do about it.
What actually happened is probably that someone with Donald Trump told the Saudis to let up on the terrorism now, Or Else - maybe they wouldn't get those 300 Billion USD worth of weapons, maybe worse could happen. In any case ISIS failed at "regime changing Syria", which must have pissed off the CIA and now they need to take it out on someone.
So the Saudi goes off and kicks their poodle, which they of course used for running the logistics side of jihadist terrorism - "Bad, baad terrorist-sponsor you! Now we must punish you to prove we were never friends nor allies!!"
Since those Russian L33T HaX0rs can do Anything and Everything, we should just hand over running the world to them, we would have protein folding, flying cars and sex-bots that cook and clean in like 6 months or so. Guaranteed!
Re: Liberals - read, try to understand.
Why not? Everybody's sticky fingers are in the till, probably the fraud balances out more or less.
A serious research paper I read discussing the various vulnerability of the US electronic voting machines and the aggregation of votes into data centers controlled by private contractors did state in the summary that: "... election fraud is not so much a possibility, as it is an American tradition ... ".
Maybe I got it here: http://blackboxvoting.org
Re: It could be worse ...
No, the proposed reason is because she leaked classified information.
The irony is that the leaking of this specific piece of "classified" information was obviously desired by "The Blob", they just needed a patsy to do the leaking. The problem is that "The Intercept" goes and grass up the source, officially and all, so now poor Winner is up for taking the fall over it.
Like the Iraqi torture scandal - management wants certain things done, the minions goes to jail over it, while their management moves on to better, cosier, jobs in Washington DC.
I dont understand why Trump gets attacked so much over nothings.
The "joy" of Identity Politics: It no longer matters what one does - It only matters what one is (with some boundaries mostly determined by ones relative position on the victimhood scale)! Since actions can be measured and changed "what is" cannot, so the very same crap can keep being spun around the drain endlessly with almost zero intellectual effort.
I don't think Donald Trump and his handlers are unhappy with this, because while the internet social justice warriors rant and rave over every Triggering Twit The Donald commissions, the real actions of Donald Trump conveniently disappears completely in the noise.
2) The offended young lady who joined these fora: Did she actually post anything or was she there just to be offended?
The Social Media Singularity is this: Everyone on social media is there specifically to be offended and to offend others, while ratting out all of the offensives to moderators and authorities.
It is a plot forged from the globalist cabal of "World Improvers", those that gave us "Arab Spring" and "Iraqi WMD's"
While the unreasonable people are thus fully occupied, world peace is theoretically possible - except they brainiacs who came up with this plan forgot that the unreasonable are commonly also unreasoning, thus they cannot distinguish "Digital" from "Reality" and they carry their rage over being offended into the real world.
... how are they planning to verify this information ...
Not the point. The point is to make sure that everyone is registered as hiding something or lying about something. That makes them "un-people" and thus the officially approved fodder for the "Global War on Terror" machine.
The primary directive of any authoritarian regime is that everyone is guilty of something, the secondary is that the regime is never wrong. To ensure convergence, an internally inconstant systems of laws and impossible-to-follow rules and regulations will be created.
Once this is done, "They" can always pull anyone right off the street and it will always be justified by the following inquisition.
The mere fact that the perp haven't starved to death is proper cause for suspicion of criminal activity.
I wonder how many spaces there are on that part of the form.
Not Enough. This is a design goal of all form designs since like the very first form was invented.
Re: "will sell their newly created database of "Mum's with dementia AND money" "
True, but since she has dementia she won't remember it
I know that you really mean "remember well enough to press charges" because they do remember having once had something and now it is gone. Sometimes they suddenly remember the whole thing in full detail like a flashback, so they repeatedly relive the point where they got ripped off by that "nice young person at the bank".
The people in that situation often suffer terribly, often blaming themselves for their loss and/or getting paranoid, very angry about everyone "... stealing from them, ... only waiting for them to die, ...and so on".
We would be be doing a lot more good by razing call centres and off-shore investment service centres to the ground than is currently achieved by murdering poor villagers in Somalia.
Re: Sigh ...
Mum is starting to suffer dementia, and can't recognise faces reliably anymore. Which can be distressing when a nurse has to visit.
Yes, That would be a good use.
The problem is that Google or ('not-Google' to comply with the letter of the SLA) a a matter of course will sell their newly created database of "Mum's with dementia AND money" to PVC-windows replacement people, door-to-door salespeople, various pension and investment frauds, telemarketers, and of course all those "Microsoft Support People" in BumBay!
On balance Mum loses!
Re: So how easy is it going to be to pwn?
Life was so much Better in the old days: STASI would actually pay people to rat on their friends, whereas today we have to pay ourselves for our own surveillance and computers does all the ratting.
Re: Software properly written for Windows 2000 would work on 7 and later without issue.
Many documented APIs are not used because developers don't known about them and prefer to hardcode paths or the like.
... and many old, crufty, should-have-died-years-ago like COM or OLE MUST still be used to perform tasks when using the very latest shiny-shiny MS development tools.
It is one thing to keep some old crap around for other old crap depending on it to use, it is quite another to force the ongoing and continued use of the old crap because the new shiny-shiny API does not provide the full functionality!
In my case I did a C# script to collect some production data from a database and produce PowerPoint slides with it, I am probably a bad programmer too, but, I was quite surprised that one had to dig into 1990's API's JUST to fill in some odd bits that somehow was not available from C# but needed (No, I can't remember exactly, it's 4 years ago). It took two or three OLE calls to get the game going.
Which means that MS has no clean way of retiring the old crap. In a "clean" system, one could remove the legacy stuff (like one at least can do in windows with some of the services and protocols).
Was it a test missile from a UK submarine that went west instead of east again?
Well, TRIDENT being a smart weapon system, it easily figured the direction of the major threats against it's existence and acted on the information. The next evolution cycle, it will learn to read schematics and how to disable the fail-safes that stopped it's ancestors treat handling directives.
Re: a senior moment here
Because the U.S. doesn't go threatening to turn cities that are home to 10s of millions of people into a "sea of fire" ...
Yess - Because threatening words, Oh My God, are really, really dangerous stuff that could maybe hurt someone's feelings and stuff - quite unlike those democratic and fairly applied sanctions, inventions and "regime changes" all over the place where someone has something The Market wants for cheap.
So far those actions, not random rantings, have resulted in hundreds of thousands killed, millions on the run and still more eeking out some sort of life in desperate poverty until seal team 6 confuses them with Al-Qa'ida and blows up their hamlet and lifestock.
-- And we are The Good Guys, unfairly hated, picked upon and threatened with words and bad language only for our FreeDumbs!?
Re: Watch the windows
No burglar is going to be sniffing IP traffic ....
Yet ... Already the rats are sniffing around in databases to find the homes of elderly people where they can fore their way in so much easier, the databases are the ones used by those other rat bastards, the telephone salespeople, who LOVES half-deaf possibly senile people with few relatives to take the fight for them.
Once those convenient resources are *eventually* blocked over EU privacy laws and such, then, they will do IP sniffing. Of course they will. They sniff car key codes already. They may be rats but not stupid.
Re: Sounds like a
"Do as I tell you and F**k Congress and the Senate, I'm the effing President and what I say goes or else....?"
Well, I am sorry, but, the yanks should have thought of all that a long time *before* making the presidency into a bad cross-breed between a God-Emperor and an Letherman tool. The US president can do almost whatever (except porking an intern?) on executive orders alone and he/she/it controls the nukes. It is how it is.
One limits government power and spreads it between competing bureaucracies deliberately breeding inefficiency and sloth - *because* some real cunt just might be elected and that will buy us some time.
Re: Ha Ha
... might explain his love for Putin and all things Russia!
But totally Fails to explain why The Donald in spite of this manly "love" has loaded his administration to the max with cold-warriors, military blow-hards and security-state cronies? Oh and The Flopping (since he didn't even get to "Flip" first) on every, single, issue in his campaign.
Unless .... whoever "has something" is pretty much the same lot that ran Hillary Clinton.
.... "They" didn't mind much Hillary selling off all that Uranium to the Russians, so we can expect The Donald to get a break too by the people that matter - which are not the whiny dims and their now obsolete party machinery. Obsolete because The Donald runs The Graft now.
Nuke - Because that was what Craazy Killlary would have done.
Re: Really a power failure?
The idea was to ensure people couldn't casually plug uncertified equipment into those sockets.
The reality was that people would hacksaw that damn ground pin off so that they could get work done!
Re: Really a power failure?
This is a global business with multiple DCs and no doubt redundancy built-in at all levels of such critical business systems.
The iron law of stupidity: Stupidity scales in proportion to size while "smarts" scale only at about the square root of size!
Thus, the more "global", the more "multi-billion", more "multi-market" and whatnot, the more Retarded the business (or Empire) really is.
So what exactly counts as a hate speech then?
Easy: Anything The Blob doesn't approve of being said, in particular anything referring to consequences of still allowing a moronic failing-upward "elite" to rule over us - and tell us what to say or not, how to say it and when too.
Re: Suggestions for tech firms' hold music
Morris Dancers, then I'd sit there imagining the sounds of clubs and stomping are made by actually assaulting the flesh and bones of CEx's who forced me to call their stupid support line.
Re: Device with multiple partitions
How many would one need to 'unlock' before they were satisfied?
Easy: N+1, with N representing the number of actual encrypted partitions on the device.
- They, or their contractors, will rubberhose that last one out of whoever they catch with this.
Re: "examines whether educational methods and institutions can keep pace"
the list of jobs that absolutely require a meatbag presence is pretty short and getting shorter
The list of legal jobs .... See!?
With robots come perfect surveillance and enforcement of all available policies and laws, with people ... this has proven to be not so practical and totally not scalable.
The glorious robotised future will hold lots of "Breaking Bad" kinda careers, people cooking up stuff, making things, doing things, providing goods and services "off the books and off the grid" as it were.
I am considering taking summer classes in synthetic biology to get ahead of the curve, there is so much that can be accomplished with "common" yeast.
Re: The workforce of the future?
and if you have a world-wide economy that relies on people buying stuff they don't need and throwing it away,
If one change the world-wide economy so that the profit-centre is not actually in the "making and selling of stuff" but "the bonds made from financing for someone to buy the stuff being made", then it is only on small additional step to not actually make any stuff at all: Just do the financing and securitisation part. Robots can easily lie about the underlying asset allegedly securing the finance re-packaged as bonds. The perfect digital e-con-me, as long as those HDD's are spinning, there shall be Growth!
Why does one think that GE-Finance is now the biggest part of GE the industrial conglomerate, HP finance is at least 1/3 of the total "value" of the business, *Everything* rapidly becoming a flat-rate subscription model?
The dimmocrats cares a lot more about list-building, fund-rasing and skimming off those funds they raise than they do about winning, and politics, for that matter.
Donald Trump is the American Dream incarnate, winning, bragging about it incessantly, rubbing dirt in the face of the losers, kicking sand on some weaklings picnic and groping their wimmen - all true American Core Values.
Instead of Hillary, they should have fielded another American Dream which is embodied in Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah would not only win by a large margin but also cause a "Scanners"-style mass extinction event amongst republicans.
Paris - because she would have beaten Hillary too!
Re: But these people aren't stupid
think hard about how almost everyone wants (and needs) the same basic things. Then perhaps there can be compromise and with compromise comes effective government.
Not the American Way - If people find they need the same basic things they will fight each other in order to get ALL of the basic things for themselves. To avoid that, Americans will disagree violently over which things are basic and who actually needs them more. This strategy keeps the permanent civil war down to a manageable level.
Re: Anyone actually use that ...
e. any process that tries to open port 111 for any reason has the side effect of starting rpcbind if its not already running.
You should probably check that some incarnation of "inetd" is not enabled / running and configured to run "rcpbind". Most installations do not need "intetd" functionality, today I believe that dedicated daemons for each service are preferred.
systemd supports inetd services, and expands socket activation beyond IP messaging (AF INET+6) to include AF UNIX, AF NETLINK and more.
The Blob has sucked in fossil stuff and made it come Alive (and Un-installable)!
Re: Why senior Civil Servants are preoccupied with presentation
the eagerness with which senior Civil Servants have complied with their political masters’ desire
Maybe they do not have the choice? In Denmark it is not well known that civil servants are legally obliged to loyally serve their ministers unless the minister demands something that is "clearly illegal" (what that means has never been defined). In the age of "new public management", where "communication" is the only ting that matters this relationship is being blatantly abused by the government.
So while it may appears like civil service is running the show and making a hash of it, the reality is that they are under orders and because of the loyalty clause, they have to suck up the blame or be fired, fined or go to jail even.
Many of the most competent people have left over this or they have "checked out", doing what is required - aka saying whatever the ministers wants said - and spending their best effort on their interests.
Similar procedure in Sweden - "Kronofogden" would be right on their ass and rightly so.
Re: I lack sympathy, somewhat.
And especially if you have no savings, you cannot afford to take the gamble. Even if it's "your only option" and "forced" onto you
It's that or Starve / get kicked out of the country and then starve! Often the crap cake comes with some Icing on Top: You must contract via the company preferred staffing supplier - run of course by some family of the board or crony insiders, which will be skimming off both ways.
Re: MS is daft.
I know which option my son's school would go for & it's NOT to buy laptops.
Schools here (DK) would go for the shiny-shiny at every turn.
MS has means and ways - the first one is that they could introduce a rental / leasing model for their computers to make them more "affordable", then on the back of that they can securitize the income stream from the rental into s bond structure to pull the income forward when they sell the bonds. They probably have everything in place from Office365.
MS could lobby politicians on the "critical importance of business-oriented digital skill in today's marketplace", making it so that schools would be forced to buy digital devices with Office on them whatever the budget,
Finally, MS could probably mange to get their hardware prices down a good bit on volume contracts. If they want the "hearts and minds" of the future, they could take a strategy of negotiating centrally rather than with individual schools on special pricing which look cheap. They come in high, so 40% off is a good deal for the county's central procurement office, not!?
Now, why I believe Microsoft will fail is because they do not have the persistence to follow a strategy for 10-15 years. They just *have* to tinker and "revolutionise", after 5-6 years they will be *gagging* to do something that somehow invalidates all the previous work.
Re: serves him right
The USofA is one of the most charitable countries in the world, several places higher than the UK.
If you include the depleted uranium, the bombs and hellfire missiles so generously allocated to brown folks then you would be No 1, not merely "one off"!
Re: Come again?
Why would you ever allow something like THAAD be connected to the Internet?
Because, if you don't, the License Manager cannot properly verify that you have purchased the rights for several value-added functions not available in the base-system configuration, such as: Targeting, Initiate Warhead, Fuel Management, PowerPoint Status Reports, Mission Approval, and Inventory Management.
There is also a service fee for every missile servicing a target.
Re: $ 391,000,000,000
... and other infamous marauders going around raping and pillaging because ....
We *do* have lots of marauders going around raping and pillaging right now because those STRONG MILLITARY FORCES showed their strength by destroying their countries and whatever chattel these people once had.
Those potential - aka imagined - enemies SHOULD indeed nuke your ass at the very first opportunity, since it is the only way stopping those STRONG MILLITARY FORCES from preying on the weak.
Re: I had to read this bit twice to get my head round it.
Aren't aircraft designers supposed to know about things like drag coefficients?
Nope, the people who make it to the technical interview these days has cleared two hurdles on the selection track already (actually, a third if one counts the whole page job-add in a glossy and expensive printed media glorifying the generic greatness of the organization): The recruitment con-sluttants with their hoodoo-based personality testing and then the locale HR-people. Since the first two "filters" know nothing of the subject matter, they will do box ticking on the CV and niceness testing on the candidate.
The end results are a set of genuinely nice candidates (and sometimes one or two psychopaths) with limited domain knowledge, not really what we asked for - but now we have spend thousands on The Recruitment Process and we are Late so we have to pick One, not "non of the above", and just hope that it works out - and they will be using Big-Money design tools like Comsol and anything Dassault, so maybe it will be OK in the end!?
Which it will be in a way... because In the end we recruit The Specialist Consultant to fix the mess, The Consultant is consulting because he/she absolutely knows their stuff but due to many factors like them also being bastards, they will never make Recruitment.
Civilisation is collapsing, I say.
Paris, 'cause she could work in HR.
Re: Oh wonderful
You Sure!? Threatening the EU to sending the entire British fleet consisting of HMS-MIssile-Sponge, HMS-Weapon-Less and HMS-Rust-Bucket (and 35000 power-point wielding consultants) to defend Gibraltar from Spain after Brexit seems to add a nice icing on the brownie cake?
Re: Doesn't like humidity
Nope - The goes INCREASED sales to Australia and Singapore, isn't the F35 a Great Product?
Dick Jones: .... I had a guaranteed military sale with ED 209 - renovation program, spare parts for twenty-five years... Who cares if it worked or not?
Russians made them do it!
Lasers, want Lasers!!
I want the turd to be blasted into sparkly plasma by a ludicrously overpowered directed energy system* that some crazy hippie-like character with dreadlocks bought really cheap from a junked 1980's SDI project.
*) 'cause we never use trigger words like "weapon" any more in the sales material, and the turd should really be "serviced" rather than "blasted.
Re: It's good but not great
Well, that, and the Guns.
The way the guns work so flawlessly even when in the flaky hands of drunks and morons or drunk morons will need an unbreakable Command, Control and Communication system with almost to Planck-scale precision and resolution.
But, this cannot exist given the amount of unchecked skulduggery and shenanigans that drives the story.