someone would leave a perfectly formed steamer in the ashtray.
Better that than an imperfectly formed one.
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someone would leave a perfectly formed steamer in the ashtray.
Better that than an imperfectly formed one.
It's not only Apple though, the other manufacturers are cramming more crap into their wrist worn tat too. It baffles me, it should be obvious from the outset that anything with processing horsepower and powerful radio is going to need a battery too big for a watch or have laughable life.
They should be listening to Colin Chapman. Just make it a dumb screen with a sensor or two and a couple of buttons. Link it over the lowest power Bluetooth that will work to the multiprocessor powerhouse in your pocket. Oh and add a speaker and microphone so that new owners can pretend to be Dick Tracy for the two minutes it takes to realise they look a total tool.
I'm similarly minded regarding my own home. Nothing electrical ever, wireless less often than that and something with Google fingerprints on it? Bwahahahahahaha!
I do understand the need some perceive though. If you think about the use case of an air bnb or warmshowers host for example. Being able to remotely set up one time access codes is a desire I can understand.
I read the article twice and I could not find the part where Uber execs drowned a bag full of puppies, insulted <insert any subset of human population you like> or used some custom software to break at least 3 laws.
I'll get another cup of tea and read it again.
It wouldn't take you half an hour in my case, I'm about as people friendly as smallpox and as tolerant as a Bond villain. Unless there's beer, then I can chat away for days...
It's worth noting that China banned Kaspersky software from government contracts in 2014. But it also banned Symantec's code from its systems as well. Only Chinese security software is on the approved purchasing list.
The US is blocking Kaspersky because it might have a Russian controlled back door in it. China is mandating Chinese AV because they know damn well there is a Chinese controlled back door in it.
- bit of paper wrapped round a gummi bear?
Yes although the battery life will be extended a bit.
Will it? I can see that is would if the additional cells are used for wear levelling like the extra capacity in an SSD. But is there any evidence the cells are used that way rather than being ballast?
Excel is the stand out item of no-total-shit in my desktop work life, I'm not going to hate it.
I can hate that Microsoft are trying to ruin it with The Fucking Ribbon™, styles (that fall apart and bloat your file), and various dumbing down. I truly hate anyone who uses merged cells with wanton abandon, or uses Excel to create a 10 page document with one page of spreadsheet at the back or course the authors of 90% of the VBA I see. But Excel itself does it's job.
If you want me to hate an application in my daily life lets have a chat about Word shall we?
My original Desire did all I wanted but I was put off HTC by it, not a single update in the 3 years or so I used it. The irony for me is that Google have the best track record for security updates but are the worst data hoover. It's almost as if they don't want anyone but them knowing every damn thing about you...
Trump is not omnipotent.
We know that, does he?
16:10 allows you to see the 16:9 movie while playback controls are placed below it. I hate it when a subtitle or something else at the bottom of the screen is obscured by a time delayed auto-pop-up control panel.
I don't give a toss what happens in the incredibly rare event I watch a movie on my business laptop. If I was buying a DVD player, electric babysitter for the kids I don't have or some other frivolity then DVD watching performance may enter the purchasing criteria list. But for a business laptop?
Gah! When I rule the world tech company product managers will be first against the wall! (After the lawyers and accountants obviously)
If it is 16:10 or 4:3 with >1080 vertical I'll take two and the second is simply a spare.
Anyone who knows more than the average plod is suspicious.
In that case I expect my cat to be arrested any day now. And possibly the pot plant in the lounge too.
Game or sport?
Many moons ago I happened upon a heated debate in which a chess fan was vociferously arguing that chess tournaments and talented UK competitors should be funded by the UK sporting authorities. There have been court cases about this subject. The only part of reading the debate that wasn't a complete waste of precious moments of my life was the definition offered of sport vs game.
If something can be done by proxy, an expert guiding a player by phone for example, it is a game. If the skill has to lie with the player present it is a sport. This seems right to me. With Steve Davis at my left elbow and John Higgins at my right I'd still have zero chance at the Crucible - Sport. I do not have clue 1 about the rules of Go never mind how to play it but with the right person or AI whispering in my ear I could probably do quite well - Game.
What if these people are not there on holiday? Perhaps there on a tedious business trip stuck in a crap hotel on the edge of an industrial park evening after evening.
I really don't see any truly international fleets happening a y time soon
You perhaps ought to look up which nations fleet Big Lizzie will be sailing with on her maiden deployment in 2020. Also of interest is which nations flag will be on the side of half the F35Bs she will carry & operate.
hand over their pocket change
It is an offence to mishandle one persons data so Uber were in 2014 guilty of over 100,000 individual offences. The fine for a repeat could be $40.6 billion.
I need to carry around already several kg of photo gear, if the laptop is thin and light, the better. I would change it wholly after a few years anyway.
Lucky you. I'd have unfixable bin food and change it every couple of years too if the price was reasonable. I'd pay Surface money if I could expect reasonable life, my current laptop was fairly expensive and is still excellent (with a few upgrades) after 9 years*. I will not pay eye watering money for something that cannot be upgraded or repaired.
*I didn't believe that either but it's there in the company accounts, 25 March 2008 - 2 x Acer 6592G. To be fair they'd have been replaced twice over by now if I could get a replacement with a non 16:9 screen. I hate 16:9. With an intense passion.
Not by a country mile is the Surface Laptop a proper laptop. A proper laptop is; heavy, has removable batteries, has a replaceable hard drive, can have its memory upgraded, has a plethora of ports, snaps into dock with even more ports, has a keyboard you can type on all day, etcetera.
Wow that's some outlandish poppycock right there. He didn't need to decompile the code to find the URL because he ran a sample and observed it trying to connect.
Sometimes there's a good reason to have someone with a bit of knowledge on the bridge, especially in the military.
It does seem perverse, a skill is in decline due to increased use of modern technology. Solution; more technology to make the skill even less practised.
Interesting aspect ratio - anything not 16fucking9 interests me. So I zapped straight over to the Dell website to see if they do any laptops like that (I'm not interested in thin + light + unrepairable + unupgradable). No, of course not. 4 different resolutions of 16fucking9 and nothing else.
Top physicists and scientists > Lots and lots of other people > Rock Stars > footballers
Top physicists and scientists > Lots and lots of other people > Rock Stars > lice > footballers
Gibsons Theorem states:
Sheep live a very boring existence. To relieve this tedium the species has developed a game to play, it involves dying in the most interesting and unexpected ways. An apparently healthy sheep that turns up dead one morning (they do this a lot) does not score well. A sheep that catches a string of diseases that are difficult to diagnose, expensive to treat but not so expensive to result in a bolt to the back of the head before spontaneously expiring when apparently healthy scores highly. It will be fondly remembered by it's peers. A sheep that simply gets run over gets points for annoying both the farmer and the car owner but still will get 'must try harder' on its report card.
A record high score was achieved by the highly valuable ram that went missing from the farm of Mr Gibson, author of this theorem. Fences were checked, searches made repeatedly, neighbours asked and eventually the police were informed. The mystery was solved a few weeks later when something of an aroma emanated from the 9" gap between two buildings. Given that the horns on the thing were wider than 9" never mind the belly that place had not been searched. The cost involved in taking the wall out of a building and reconstructing it eclipsed the capital loss of the animal and it's life tally of vet bills and secured the ram a record score in the game of Interesting Death.
That's what I see too but your downvoter clearly sees different. In this attack the attacker is in control of the target hardware and the code running on it. I'm struggling to see the connection between this and the scenario in the picture on page 2 of the linked PDF.
Has Snowflake claimed the eclipse as his idea yet?
You'd have thought with the pedigree of the bloke behind it there might have been some kind of commitment to speed or frequency of security updates. Or how long after launch or discontinuation security updates will be continue, ditto OS version updates. Something to set it apart from the market leading laggards (looking at you Samsung).
No, it's just about the shiny.
A privacy focussed assistant sounds interesting though. I'll bet it doesn't meet my idea of acceptable privacy wise; everything processed locally with only anonymous plain text search queries sent out to the infesternet.
It is probably worth reminding those with a short memory that the debts incurred around 2007/2008 were as a result of a global financial crisis, not one caused by the party in power in a country with around 1% of the world's population.
It is probably worth reminding those with a selective memory that in the years running up to 2007/2008 when the economy was in overdrive absolutely nothing at all was done to build up a reserve. Nobody of sane mind thought that level could last (though few predicted quite how hard the global economy would crash). When we should have been building up a reserve for the inevitable rainy day instead the government in power spent spent spent every penny coming in and at the same time reduced the reserves we did hold.
Which party was in power during that time?
Fuck silky smooth. Is it secure? Am I in control of it or is the mothership? Does it do the minimal stuff it needs to do with 100% reliability? Is it a power hog?
After that is all nailed then lets talk about the zillion functions it doesn't truly need, the shiny, the bells, whistles and other crap that diverts programmers from useful work.
Such a low rejection rate could mean that almost all the requests submitted are fair, proportionate and reasonable.
Now, where's that nurse with my pills?
Cheers for the tip, pi-hole added to my to do list.
That depends on your ratios. Per km travelled by the bike or car, bikes are about the same for pedestrian KSI.
That alternative truth came from the Times and just shouldn't be repeated even when followed by the meaningful version, which you did. Just let the BS twist of the statistics die. The full debunk is here:
Time Reg updated their boilerplate to Land of The FreeBS.
Have one on me Mongo ---->
I am firmly of the opinion that eventually science will prove human stupidity is the only infinite resource in the universe.
Thanks AC for that very interesting securityspread link.
Er, he's facing a maximum of 82 years inside, Merkins don't do concurrent sentences.
No I am not saying the Iranian centrifuges should have been fine, just the opposite. When faced with a nation state attack with resources that vast you are going to lose. Natanz was not internet connected, the attack was delivered on a USB stick.
The biggest facility to come under remote cyber attack over an internet connection is Saudi Aramco. Here the office systems were infected and there was a big cleanup to be done. But squiddly dot happened to the plant. Big plant, deep pockets, correctly implemented layered defences were effective in this case at preventing the attack reaching the systems that matter.
MODBUS security can be done. Any system with MODBUS capability should support write windowing and any TÜV approved system must. So if correctly configured you should not be able to write to things that should not be written to. If a factory conveyer that can legitimately be written to tries to achieve 1000mph because there's no bounds limit on your motor drive then it is not configured correctly. No amount of added security layers will be enough if the ones that are there are not used correctly. If a device doesn't support write windowing use something else or add a MODBUS firewall such as a Tofino.
Really big stuff, refineries and so on, will be protected adequately. There are plenty of standards and networking talent in the industry. The risky ones are the medium sized installations where there likely isn't the budget. Where refineries have been hacked it has only been office systems affected. Stuxnet sure but that was exceedingly targeted, relied on massive target knowledge that could not all be obtained remotely and required meatspace delivery. I would argue that IoBT is pretty good so long as we don't get complacent.
Building HVAC and substations are perfect examples of the scale of stuff that is likely to be vulnerable. Internet of Medium sized Things. IoMT. And within that space there's little impact in an office HVAC trying to make the building a fridge. There is impact beyond the fence when a substation goes down. So the ones to worry about are a subset of IoMT.
I agree with you on point 3 but only in respect to international sport. Most football, loathe it or hate it, is a private business. The businesses have a perfect right to milk the shallow minded for their cash. Sport between nations should be free to air. Besides, keeping most of it on paid for services means I don't even have to suffer the unpleasant moment of seeing it when channel hopping.
Which brings me on to the other part that should be regulated, service providers should be required to offer major sports as clearly defined and separately billed packages. You cannot get Sky, even the most basic package with no sport channels, without some of your money going to the FA. If I want a package without cretinball I should be able to get a package that does not fund other peoples watching of cretinball. Back in the late 90's the basic no sport package used to be £8/month, then they did the first of their £billion deals with the FA and my bill went up to £30 for no more channels. And my contract got cancelled. There's some good original content on Sky1 now, I'd pay for that if I were only paying for that.
Lacks detail? Well maybe if you look at grid square SE833224 but NY235015 for example seems pretty lively. You can't search for those locations on google, but on streetmap.co.uk you can.
It would be nice if they added the 1:10000 scale maps though...
This is about streetmap.co.uk not OpenStreetMap.
This is about streetmap.co.uk not OpenStreetMap.org
I was just thinking about crafting a tweetybot group the other day, and this gives some insight on how to have it not look like a single group of accounts. Why even bother showing location info? As a human tweeter I never did.
I think if I had a Twitter account as a human or a bot I would set the location data of my turdspurts such that over a period of time it spelled out 'Mind your own damn business' in the middle of the north Atlantic.
Did you RTFA?
Only one [clock] aboard each spacecraft needs to be operational for Galileo to function as designed.
Where does this leave the whitehats I wonder. While it is good to see mitigations that prevent exploitation of vulnerabilities it is better to find and eliminate vulnerabilities anyway. Can a whitehat disable these mitigations, go bug hunting and then report (for reward) their findings?
If Microsoft are going to reject or downgrade reports of underlying bugs that are mitigated then the bugs will go unfound. Sooner or later they'll get used in a chained exploit. If that is the case these new mitigation techniques truly are a sticking plaster over untreated wounds.
PTP doesn't work over WiFi
Why is that? I thought PTP was media agnostic and so came here to post much the same as cmannett85.
Amazon used Silverlight before HTML5 just as the BBC used Flash but now claims HTML5 compliance.
Your criticism is fair I guess, my rant is not really with the Linux community it is with the software development community in general. HTML5 claims to be a universal solution, it isn't. Java claims the same, it isn't. The penguin community extolls how all my problems will be solved if I just free myself from the shackles of Microsoft. I'm trying, I really am but so far I'm just as frustrated as I am in a Windows world. Different frustrations, same result. I expect the open source notJava Mint comes with is better coded, more secure and more standards compliant than the Orrible original. I should rant at Maxim for somehow making their applet not write-once-run-anywhere.
I may wipe & start again this weekend, perhaps I got something wrong in switching Javas.
I'd be interested to learn how I can avoid being asked for my password every time there are updates to go on and the security implication of any changes to do so.
I'm in the process of trying to go Mint, it has not been painless.
Sure the OS install was a breeze, everything after that..... The daily updates it needs are a pain, I'm getting an awful lot of practice typing my password. The first job I tried to do with it required real Java not the pseudo good-enough-for-webshit NotJava that was installed. Getting that was a bollock ache. Then the applet (is that the right buzzword for a Java application?) utterly failed to run. Write once run anywhere? The only part that was easy was the USB driver (only part available in the package manager). Give up use a Win7 laptop instead.
Next the non jobs I use a laptop for when stuck in a hotel room, watching iPlayer (nope) or watching Amazon (nope again). I can watch FuckallworthwatchingTube though. All three allegedly use run anywhere HTML5. Give up and use a Win7 laptop instead.
There's no hope on earth of the applications (SCADA & PLC tools) I use in most of my day job ever finding their way to Linux.
I starting to even doubt my next SQL+Perl job will be as easy on Linux as the penguinistas would have me believe.
I haven't tried Libre Office yet, if the spreadsheet gets me a customisable experience anywhere near Excel, Visio & Terd 2007 I shall persist with the above issues. If it's as customisable as The Fucking Ribbon™ I may as well stick with the devil I know, learn how to use the Office 2016 deployment tool (fuckyou very much indeed MS for making the 2016 installer all or nothing) and give up on linux. When Win7 goes EOL I'll just be heading up to the roof, I may be a while.
I have 20 years of my working life left, I seriously doubt I will ever be as productive as I was on XP + Office 2007.
I couldn't give a flying f##k what colour it is, it's not coming near any hardware I own.
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