I'm guessing the Audis, especially quattro variety, are still about 1 inch from the car in front.
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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?
New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Re: And IF you have no electronic password or phone?
You can't ensure anything isn't pre-bugged which would be game over in any case.
Re: And IF you have no electronic password or phone?
TBH if it's a cheap shit phone then all it really is is a SIM case. Buy a new unlocked one at your destination and factor it into the travel cost. Quick search tells me I can pick up an unlocked 3310 for NZ$99 if I want.
...and what if your access details to your VPN are stored in a keypass file for security purposes?
You'd need to:
1. Have that file with you which would raise suspicion levels, or
2. Download it somehow in a secure fashion afterwards which seems a bit catch-22
Re: Security by Obscurity
No different from CCTV. Doesn't keep you safe but can help plot get a result later.
Re: If your phone is blank of all apps and data...
that would be reasonably suspicious in and of itself, no?
I'd argue that it's no more suspicious than a phone of someone you believe warrants investigation containing a heap of irrelevant shit, much like most of the World's phones, and nothing as incriminating as you'd like to see. Guilt is in the eye of the accuser.
Re: Is that Amber Rudd?
That statement and the point you make really just highlights the idiocy that is happening here. The rush to gather all information, justified and implemented in law by idiots and enforced by bigger ones.
Re: Yet another example of the need for security
Fabbing is not particular dirty, though it is rather water intensive (yeah, I don't know why they have fabs in Arizona, either)
Tax breaks, subsidies and other gifts I'd imagine.
Re: MacOS vs iOS
I'm also not so sure that, just because someone buys an f*cking expensive phone they'll necessarily buy your expensive desktop. Most phone users are predominantly phone users. They might buy a tablet but I doubt there'd be much PC upsell.
Re: "I blame The Matrix for starting all this off, by the way."
Dark background emphasises colour which is why colour photos "pop" with a black boarder - no distracting bright white surround. Anecdotally I also find dark themed desktops easier on the eyes for prolonged use and tend to setup any apps offering it to default to it.
Re: News App
I've been using Thunderbird on Windows and Linux for a decade now, and it works very well.
Whilst I also use Thunderbird, primarily from a cross platform availability perspective, it annoys me with its habit of habitually shitting itself at least once per week. I can guarantee unlocking the (OS X) machine once a week and seeing the "Thunderbird fell on its arse again" crash reporter. I tired of submitting reports. I do use it to enable local folder copies of server mail accounts using the useful "copy folder" add-on.
Feel free to now enjoy what is widely considered the most bug ridden and least stable version of macOS in a decade. If you do insist on using High Sierra then make sure you stick to 10.13.4 because 10.13.5 and 10.13.6 have broken graphic drivers (which Apple has admitted is a known issue).
Unfortunately some of us are stuck with the infuriating nonsense whereby Apple refuse to
support allow the update to Mohave and so High Sierra is the latest release I can go to on my top of the line 2010 iMac. At least it will continue to get bug fixes for some time.
The computer may be 8 years old but the never ending need for compute power pretty much ended back then. I have absolutely no need for a new machine to replace this and Apple knows that which is why they spin the usual bullshit lines and discontinue support. My machine has an HD 5750 with 1GB RAM which, whilst it doesn't set the world on fire, matches the the GT cards that are supported on the base 2012 machines. These cards have 512MB RAM. If that's not a "fuck you buy our new hardware" then I don't know what is. They could easily discriminate machine support to those that can handle it rather than the half-arsed manner they chose.
Ironically I'll have no such issue updating my Hackintosh machine which is one reason why I built one, as I had no intention of burning $3k when Apple deemed fit to milk the consumer.
Re: The Patent Claim at issue
Generally Judges are not idiots and the defendants would have tried to take this apart, but failed. Since it survived then it probably has good merit.
...until it comes to technical discussions whereby Judges, politicians, <insert person in position of authority or power> etc suddenly become utter fuckwits. A large section of the population, irrespective of IQ, are utterly useless when faced with a computer or other interactive electronic devices and exhibit an extremely poor level of understanding so I see no reason why Judges would not fit in with this.
I think the best virtue of Musk is his energy, audaciousness and vision to get these projects off the ground and running.
I think it is his knack of tapping into a rich and seemingly unending vein of taxpayer subsidy that is (corporately speaking) his best virtue.
Re: IBM has patented things like breathing and movement, etc.
Don't do business in the US, problem solved. Most patents granted in the US are for things that cannot be patented in places like the EU.
Re: The Cloud..
People need to look at cloud computing much like power generation. Cloud computing - i.e. someone else's computer(s) - is peaking plant whereas your own machine(s) are base load. You activate peaking plant when the demand becomes too great for your base load generation to cope. Examples would be sales periods for retailers, quarterly reporting for financial institutions, overnight processing for trading houses etc.
I cannot see how running the same capability of hardware full time when it is owned by someone else as being cheaper than owning and running it yourself. It is Op-ex vs Cap-ex. They may well be able to buy that hardware cheaper due to volume discounts, but that saving is their additional profit not your cost reduction.
Re: So this is punishment for supporting Brexit
Brexit took place on June 23 2016 and GDPR became legally enforceable May 25 2018.
You didn't read the bit about them still retaining the data post GDPR implementation did you Walter?
Is it just me or does GDPR sound like a German state security service?
Don't forget your certs
Domain names are one thing but also don't forget to renew your certificates - expired certs also look amateur.
Re: We lost
I can't wait for the PC brigade to skull-fuck themselves into oblivion.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - the vast majority of US patents used in this way are not valid and involve no inventive step or present anything that isn't/wasn't obvious to someone knowledgeable in the field. They are also only enforceable in the US which, handily, Trump is removing from trading with the rest of the planet so perhaps we won't have to put up with this shit for much longer.
Re: Am I being thick ?
they'll throw you under the bus in two shakes
Future tense? I think Whatsapp threw everyone under the bus some time ago, likely after being bought by one of the 5-eyes outsourced spying agencies. There's no way that treasure trove of metadata isn't well and truly sitting in Utah.
Well, actually, it was Microsoft who submitted the patches as they were having trouble fitting all of the Windows source code in one repo.
Should've tried "fitting it" in /dev/null
Re: I want it to be true
They won't hesitate to give you that. The bigger issue is where they epoxy in the SSD and RAM and charge the fucking earth at the point of purchase for improvements. I understand the accountant/MBA theory on fucking the consumer over in this way but I really don't understand the real world practicality of it. At the end of the day you want sales and I think the upsell rate will be lower than expected but the destroy customer relationship one will be higher than first thought.
Fanboi loyalty only stretches to so many reamings. I have a Hackintosh for just this reason. Sure it can be a pain in the arse with security updates requiring kext fixes but I actually get the hardware I want - modular, upgradeable, didn't cost the earth, and it has a decent quiet cooling system.
Judicial orders allowing MyHealth Record information disclosure would have a maximum lifetime of six months, and the citizen would have to be informed that their information is being disclosed.
up until the point at which they sneak in a little change to remove the notification "because national security".
Do these cars use a soft SIM or is it one that could be removed?
I must say that this looks like a spectacular fail on Google's part. This new data law has been in the cards for yonks, and surely it must have crossed their minds that what they're doing is probably illegal. Did they consult a European lawyer, or rely on an American interpretation?
Simple answer - lobby dollars -> don't give a fuck. Just like most multinationals that have had their arse handed to them for bad behaviour, they simply don't care.
Re: Why are so many [..] devs [..] willing to bet their [success to] Twitter / Facebook
On the other hand, there's not much you can get out of 140 characters of drivel, so it's not surprising...
Twitter has always struck me as having potential for sentiment analysis. Response to campaigns whether they be political or advertising. What music people are listening to etc etc. I believe there are a number of apps that perform these tasks and are likely getting reamed right now by the price hikes.
Anecdotally I know why developers entertain these services. I know someone who created a sentiment based music thingy (didn't really bother finding out what it did) that leveraged off of tweets. Made him a multi millionaire when he sold it so I guess he's happy. It's basically a low odds unicorn play. If you're the unicorn you get really quite rich else you're just another keyboard monkey.
Sit around doing metadata searches waiting for you to incriminate yourself.
Re: Too one-sided
Well, yes. That's what the law says. The scanners are there to be used when somebody who would be liable to arrest because there are doubts as to their identity can, instead, have their ID checked on the roadside.
If you can confirm that Mrs Miggins is in fact Mrs Miggins, then you open up alternative avenues such as a voluntary attendance interview, on-street charge or a PND, rather than nicking her just because you can't confirm her identity.
Unless Mrs Miggins has been arrested and fingerprinted, how the fuck does it do that? I don't believe the "Shithole formerly known as the UK" is quite at the fingerprints-taken-at-birth stage just yet.
Software developed in-house?
*** holds down magic button combo ***
"The device is saying there's an active warrant for your arrest. You'll need to come with us sir..."
Re: Two words...
Why dump the Synology? When I updated my existing QNAP NAS to a newer i5 model the old one was flashed with Debian as it was out of support and now provides the on site hardware backup. I use webmin and OMV on it as I'm not after anything special. Just needs to sit there and pull data across. It's now over 10 years old so I've had my money's worth out of it. Just a new power supply needed a couple of years back. What these systems do provide is the low power draw small enclosures with hot-swappable disk bays.
Re: Still Puzzled!
As far as I can see the spooks are perfectly within their rights (under the proposed jackboot, sorry legislation) to pop around to see Bob and demand the original clear text or more likely the keys / decryption method that Alice is using. If they don't? 5 years in the chokey for both of em
Re-read the OP. The point is that the post states Alice and Bob are communicating but the method by which they are doing so makes it very difficult for the Government to know that Alice is communicating with Bob at all. That's the point of encrypted/coded public postings. Done carefully it'll be bloody hard to prove either made a particular post and hence ask for the keys. You think you're identifying the author of a post on a public forum made using a TOR/VPN or TOR/proxy combo? I don't.
The point most people miss is that this is never ever about terrorists, paedos and other criminals. This is now and always about control. Controlling dissent. Jailing whistle-blowers and journalists. Controlling the population at large and leaving them as piss-weak financial cattle to be milked.
Paedos and terrorists are the excuse, whistle-blowers and journalists are the target.
Re: iMessages in the Cloud
Just use Signal. Don't have the hardware dependency then.
Re: Not in IT...
I think it is obvious that when a Personnel Office gets renamed to Human Remains office, that things will be going down hill.
In the words of Dirt Harry "Personnel? Personnel's for ass-holes."
Re: Not in IT...
And most HR departments pretend they care for the employees but they don't. They are their for the company and that's it.
HR are there to see that you are disciplined and fired/made redundant legally. They are absolutely not there for your benefit. Ever.
Re: Silk Road
I'd imagine that, in the judiciary's eyes, his actions and position amount to that of an organised crime kingpin. Hence the sentence.
How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?
Probably not as much as that c*nt Blair.
Who wants to hear from these twats anyway? I'd rather go on a sightseeing tour hosted by David Blunkett.
Re: So, as suspected the IPT is basically a blind, toothless watchdog
Given this statement
His successor in 2014, Philip Hammond, tightened this up to ensure the spies gave him a detailed review of what they wanted and why every six months before he would sign it off, giving him direct control over what types of bulk data they were slurping.
I'm not sure that we can really say anything was tightened up. If you just sign shit off anyway does it matter that you requested details? This is merely ticking a box and continuing the carte blanche directive.
I'm afraid that the UK is now fully a police state. Bipartisan support for national security nonsense that allows Stasi++ level monitoring of everything from everyone everywhere will absolutely no ability to do anything about it whatsoever. IPT investigates and says "yeah, whatever". Brilliant. It is an Orwellian wet dream. Don't even mention anything about Brexit as this clearly demonstrates you're all fucked whether you're in the EU or not.
Re: What are they saying?
Reads a bit like the old US crypto export restrictions. The problem with research discoveries is that you may be first past the post but others are not far behind. This would seem to just hamstring the locals in that they could make first discovery but do nothing with it. Or not be able to be part of leading international research at all.
Re: When will they learn? (Beancounters)
As the saying goes, "accountants know the price of everything and the value of nothing".
Re: Difficult Job
I was puzzled by them wanting integrity and honesty for a sales role.
They could tie it to some of their old file systems and get...
Re: New York is probably the place that least needs them
Ah yes, the cabby classic. As you are bound by your license to take fare paying passengers wherever they ask to go you simply turn off your "For Hire" light after 5pm. Then, as you are legally allowed to be hailed from the street, you can pull over beside anyone hailing a cab and ask where they are going. As your light wasn't on and you're "on the way home mate" you then get to pick and choose who you take where.
I put up with that bullshit for a decade before leaving London forever. They only have themselves to blame.
Re: Steve Jobs vowed to launch the legal equivalent of "thermonuclear war" against Samsung
Neither side won? I thought I read in the article that Apple received $500+m. Probably covers their legal fees and doubles Samsung's. That's a win, not to mention getting phones banned from sale.
Re: Stop using the Internet
I read this bit
Mike Godfrey, chief exec at INSINIA, told El Reg that industrial control kit has long been developed with safety, longevity and reliability in mind. Historically everything was "air-gapped" but this has changed as the equipment has been adapted to incorporate internet functionality. This facilitates remote monitoring without having to physically go around and take readings and check on devices, which are often as not in hazardous environments.
and instantly thought "and therein sits the problem". Connecting to the corporate network using a VPN between sites and having all SCADA kit sitting on a segregated LAN is one thing, just putting shit online any old how so old mate doesn't need to get off his arse is another.
As you voted leave, you're responsible for these folk negotiating for the UK.
I think you'll find that whichever way you voted you want the best people negotiating. To have twats doing the job will benefit neither remainer nor leaver.
I suspect the response to the UK telling the EU to come up with a solution to the Irish border problem would be along the lines of "It was your referendum, your decision to leave and your decision to start the clock ticking before you had even the first idea of what you wanted beyond 'Brexit means Brexit.'
I think you'll find that we could quite easily state the solution is "keep the border open as is" if we felt like it. It's their rules that say that cannot happen, not ours. Therefore they need to come up with a solution, we've already got one.
Re: Dictionary anyone?
As 'remain' literally meant 'carry on exactly as we are' I think we all knew the implications, even if leave voters WERE too stupid to realise that.
Except any remainer who thought that is equally stupid. Remain was never "carry on as we are", rather it was "you want into this ever tighter controlled group, lock, stock, the fucking lot". For the EU there is no "as you were" in the grand project. They want countries to be all in or in our case...get out. It is about ever close union and that does not mean "the bits you want and veto the rest". Those are the choices that were realistically on offer. The tolerance in the EU for the UK's selective pick and choose membership was seriously coming to a head. If you cannot recognise that then you should pay a little more attention. Stupidity and ignorance is abundant on both sides.
Re: So in summary
I disagree. I would be highly sceptical of a judicial system whereby a potential office junior goes to see a (potentially senior) judge to ask what they were up to. If they suspect something unlawful has taken place then they did the right thing by reporting it up the chain. Your argument is really whether the CPS should have prosecuted not whether the person reviewing the access should have reported it to the CPS. The final judgement is with the CPS as to which cases go to trial.
I'm also not in favour of a judge making the decision that a jury was never likely to convict. Really? That's really for them to decide, not you Justice Fuckwit. Otherwise there's little point them ever being there.