My inlaws kids noticed a had a cabinet full of square carton sleeves containing black plastic circular discs with a hole in the middle. I thin they are still trying to find out what it is I'm guarding so zealously.
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The usual bollocks from the Euros
The ONLY reason they want to bin the 500 Euro notes ( the 200's are next) is they live in a terrible fear that with the exceedingly low interest on bank and savings accounts, people will start taking their money out of the bank and putting it under their mattresses again (sadly, with modern foam mattresses it is impossible to hide your money inside them without creating uncomfortable lumps).
When these notes have disappeared, the road is clear for the banks to start implementing negative interests, making it too unpractical to store even smaller savings.
It is for the same reason they are systematically lowering allowable cash purchase amounts, so you have no other choice but to use banks.
Being a conspiracy theorist does not mean you are wrong.
Good news !
The choice for the Reps was between a religious nut and a regular nut. The people chose the regular nut. Very wise choice.
Yes, it would have been preferable to have a nut-free choice, as lots of people have allergies and such, but one takes what one can get.
Droid security ?
I've owned a Sony Z1, and now a Moto Style, and I've never ever had a privacy score of over 60% according to Bitdefender. The only way to make these things secure is to switch them off and remove the battery, possibly with a crowbar.
I'm quite convinced this can also be used as a measure for Droid security. In my case, about 57%
Unfortunately, I fear the other manufacturers don't score any better.
Oh Boy !
"In certain cases, where efficient online platform-markets have become the benchmark, the central role played by a limited number of established online platforms can lead to adverse effects for their users – by they businesses or consumers – through imbalanced relationships and the potential for unfair treatment. They may also potentially limit competitors’ innovation capabilities."
This one really has it all, hasn't it !
- online platforms
- potential for unfair treatment
I haven't a clue what the the blazes he's on about, but I'm pretty sure he just scored big in the bullsh*t bingo stakes.
Good thing the article explains things somewhat.
BSOD ? I'm sure they have a substantial budget set aside to incorporate them.
There's another one coming
In todays news, Belgian (Flemish) news operation VRT has conducted tests on certain Opel Zafira diesel models (Vauxhall in the UK).
They found one that had not been touched by Opel since February 2015 (before the VW affair), and an identical model that was in for service in October 2015 (after VW)
Although the servicing dealer said the software was NOT updated in October, two independent tests have allegedly shown NOx emissions of the October car were still over the manufacturers stated values to the tune of 200+ mg NOx per km, while the untouched car measured over 800 mg NOx per km.
I think we haven't seen the last of this.
On the VW front, it is now claimed the 'emission software tweaks' used by VW were actually developed by Audi, but never used by Audi themselves.
VW has allegedly offered 4000+ Euro settlement to every US VW diesel owner of an 'afflicted' car. In Europe, however, owners will be lucky to get a free software update. Any monetary settlement will disappear straight into the Eurocrat's coffers never to be heard of or seen again.
Re: OOh missus! - engineers carry tool cases
They're repairpersons now.
I inadvertantly ate a Kinder easter egg last week
I don't know what it tasted like, but it was definitely not chocolate as I know it. I suspect a great number of kids will be in need of some serious head shrinkage therapy once they find out what the real stuff tastes like. And they start wondering if maybe their parents didn't love them.
I'd use the 'Joke Alert' tag, but I'm not sure I'm joking.
Dear Mr. The Donald
The solution to your security problem is as simple as it is Obvious, because you yourself, in all you omnipotent magnificence, have already thought of it :
Just build a great wall around your security systems. and ask the Mexicans to pay for it, which they will obviously do without complaint, mainly because you are such a nice person.
Your obedient servant,
74%, actually. But when they announced Affleck was going to be Batman I knew the mushrooms had gone off. Ben Affleck ? Seriously ???
The amazingly good news is that I have discovered Deadpool.
...waiting for Half life 3. Much more exciting, this.
Re: You can't fix this kind of stupid
According to Ron White you can't fix any kind of stupid.
I am a Truecaller user
and can categorically state True Caller CAN NOT 'search and identify any phone number', or, at least, not identify it. Unless someone has identified it for them first. I don't know what being able to 'search any phone number' actually means.
What it does do most excellently (and this is why I use it) is block calls from callers that hide their phone number.
To quote the unsurpassed Sir H. Appleby
Very droll, Bernard.
Re: Not only in the capital
Mij GSM was back up around 16.15 local, and my mum called to see if I was alright (she knows I'm in Brussels every once in a while). About 10 minutes after I hung up I got a cryptic message on my phone stating 'your service is now restricted' or something to that effect, and they pulled the plug again. Possibly they found something somewhere and decided to play it safe, but that is pure speculation on my part.
Internet cable is running full speed right now, and 4G looks OK, but I'm on wifi so I'm not sure.
Re: Not only in the capital
Comms seem to be back up around Brussels, although they are a bit sketchy at the time of 15.15 local.
To the person who downvoted me for reporting : thanks, I really needed the reality check after such a fine day.
Not only in the capital
GSM network is dead many miles around Brussels. I'm 30 miles out, and although 4G works fine, voice is dead as a doornail, and someone calling my landline said they haven't been able to reach me on mobile. They got the mesage 'correspondent can not be reached'.
Photographic evidence from several sources looks quite horrific. I fear I will be waking up in a different country tomorrow.
Re: I've had a rather productive weekend.
All El reg has to do is ask politely and I will endeavour to oblige;
I've had a rather productive weekend.
Did two things with computers.
- Built a quick and dirty 'Hackintosh'. I'm going to be faffing around with it a bit in the next few weeks to see if I like it for daily use.
- Installed Mint on my main box with a swappable drive. So it boots native. Installation was extremely painless and fast. They also include 'commercial' drivers for the GTX980, and the thing is blisteringly fast. Hardware wise I'm chuffed. Then I tried to install Cairo, which went fine, and proceeded to add some shortcuts to it, which is kind of arcane and clunky. But I'll get there.
I'll still have Windoze on another drive on for the occasions where I need specialized software like autocad, valve calculation software, storage tank software and other stuff I need every now and then. When push comes to shove I can run that off the portable (it's a very good portable)
But I have decided I'm going to make a real go of this and see if I can separate myself from Microsoft in the next few months. I truly hope I persevere this time. Who knows, maybe I'll do something with Wine or something to see If I can get completely shot of it.
Even if I fail, It won't be for the lack of trying. Wish me luck.
Re: There Is No Freedom In China
Yes, it was the land of the free and home of the brave. But then they started exterminating the braves, took the resources from the remaining ones and put them in piss poor reservations so they could be equally free.
And let's not forget 'they' were largely European immigrants, and Europe had been doing just the same for a few hundred years in South America, the Far East and later Africa.
Completely off topic, of course, but I just thought I'd mention it anyway.
It displays the message 'game over - please insert a coin'.
From personal experience
After a substantial amount of research, including published reports, interwebs tests, and a hands on test of 9 commercially available AV packages on some 5 different machines over a period of 2 weeks, I can conclusively, unequivocally and definitively state that :
MS Defender (latest version) is the worst of the bunch by a substantial margin.
So I would advise my fellow readers of ElReg giving this scheme a wide berth untill such time that professionals who know a lot more about this stuff than I do have a chance to take it around the block a few times.
Re: It's not often I agree with Apple but...
I strongly object to the use of the strawman acuusation here. It implies 2 rhings, namely that :
a. I disagree with the OP, and
b. I am doing so on the basis of a false argument, or even a lie.
Both are incorrect. First of, I do not per se disagree with the OP. But a lot has been written and said about this case so far, and none of the arguments seem to hold any water in a legal context. Now, you may disagree with the law, and at this point I'm not sure I like it very much, but It seems to me the case and the car analogy are not very different, namely, in both cases a Judge requires the examination of a system locked by an alleged perpetrator to determine if evidence can be found. In both cases it is not sure the evidence is to be found inside of the system (be it a locked Phone or a locked car) or even if such evidence exists at all.
I can not however but observe that a big stink is being raised in the case of the Phone, while the opening of other posessions of alleged perpetrators is conducted on a daily basis.
At this juncture I do not understand the difference between the opening of a physical safe to extract analogue information or the opening of a digital safe (read Phone) to extract digital information.
Which is what I was trying to sollicit an opinion on. Unfortunately, in vain.
Re: It's not often I agree with Apple but...
Ok, try this.
A murderer is gunned down while on a killing spree in a school.
The FBI is on the case and soon the car is located in the school's parking lot. In the car information could well be found concerning the perpetrator's motives and/or accomplices. Or not. There may also be stuff inside it that has absolutely no relevance to the case. Holiday snapshots. Used condoms. Take your pick. Or not.
Unfortunately the car is locked. The FBI fears the user (read: alleged murderer) may have installed a booby-trap. The car may burst into flames when it is opened by irregular means. Equally unfortunately, the key seems to be missing. It may have gotten lost in the fracas, or the user may have purposely destroyed it.
So a Judge orders the car manufacturer to open it with a key that they do not possess at this time. They have, however, the information to fabricate it in short order, since they have the car's build sheet.
The car manufacturer invokes the first amendment. Because the key does not open the lock directly, but instead sends digital information to a programmed ECU inside the car that sends an open command to the locks. (It may be a bit of a stretch...go with the flow.)
How would you respond to them ?
Re: Asimov's Laws
It all breaks down when the robot becomes 'aware' and no longer considers itself a robot but a sentient lifeform.
I think it was the bravest of Gauls (although it could've been Ghouls), but I'll have the beer anyway.
"Here come the Belgians"
You rang ?
I think I need to get off the train.
I'm spending increasing amounts of my time scouring websites, manufacturers pages, digital publications and more to keep up to date on the warnings concerning problems with the software and firmware in my PC, my phone, my car, my router, my NAS, my TV and every other bit of kit that seems to have some vulnerability exploited every other day.
It's turning into another fulltime job.
According to the FT
Sir Bill of Gates has now waded in...against the stream.
Re: Cook is just grandstanding
And another one, just for the helluvit
b. Consent to Use of Data: You agree that Licensor may collect and use technical data and related information—including but not limited to technical information about your device, system and application software, and peripherals—that is gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, product support, and other services to you (if any) related to the Licensed Application. Licensor may use this information, as long as it is in a form that does not personally identify you, to improve its products or to provide services or technologies to you.
As long as it is in a form that does not personally identify me...yeah right...
Re: Cook is just grandstanding
/Quote/ Well in that case you will have no problem posting links to said documentation and EULAs will you? /end quote/
Yes, if course...
Just one example, from iTunes,
Apple may only use this information and combine it with aggregated information from the iTunes libraries of other users who also opt in to this feature, your iTunes Store purchase history data, aggregated purchase history data from other iTunes Store users...(cut)
... Provide recommendations regarding products and services to other users.
Re: Cook is just grandstanding
OK, I'll bite. But only to get things going.
When you backup your phone to iCloud, the backup is encrypted. However, it is not encrypted with YOUR passcode, but with THEIRS.
Oh, ok, just for the hell of it. On iMessage, look up Cyril Cattiaux' opinion of their securety. A taste, maybe ?
When someone sends an iMessage, the iOS device pulls the recipient’s public key from Apple’s non-public key server to create the ciphertext, or encrypted message. The iMessage is decrypted by the recipient using their private key.
The problem is “Apple has full control over this public key directory,” Cattiaux said.
I'm sure you can unearth lots more information if you put your mind to it.
Cook is just grandstanding
Apple has been running ALL OSX and IOS traffic (including Phone backups and email traffic) through their services for ages, scouring every bit of their users information to see what they can monetize. This is well documented, even in their own EULA's.
Now all of a sudden he acts as if he cares about the privacy of their customers, which I am sure he does not give a rat's behind about. What DOES worry him, however, is het PR fallout when it turns out they have very little trouble supplying the FBI wants.
As for the court orderr itself, maybe y'all should read it for yourself, instead of the interpretation given by interweb journos.
You can find it here
The boundaries are very clearly set.
Re: And when they find them
I strongly disagree.
A prison sentence is a punishment for committing a violation against a society's laws, the idea being the perpetrator being duly punished will gain insight into his/her malversations. It is a way of society saying 'we can not accept this kind of behaviour because it will destabilize our society'. It is why some societies call them 'correctional' punishments, and the places of incarceration 'correctional facilities'. The fact that they don't exactly work is neither here nor there.
An execution is a way for a society to remove elements it deemes unable to be rehabilitated into said society, in other words where the perpetrator is going to be a continued, unrepairable danger to society.
Neither sentence is supposed to be used for a society to 'take revenge' upon a 'criminal element'. The law is never about revenge. It is about rules that can make a society finction.
I find it very hard to believe that people wo have obviously access to global information technology - they seem to be quite effective at spreading malware - do not know or suspect the moral and material implications of sabotaging hospitals or, indeed, any service (think water, electricity) on which a modern society depends to function. I would put it to you they are fully aware of the criticality of the service, as demonstrated by the amount of money they are trying to extort.
I therefor submit it to you that these individuals and organizations, being fully aware of the havoc they are wreaking and their reasons for doing so, are to be considered such a danger to society upon re-entry after a custodial sentence, and are as such are indeed candidates for execution if the laws of the country in which they are deemed culpable of these actions allows for this kind of sentence.
I rest my case.
A sentence - capital or otherwise - is never about a society taking revenge upon a perpetrator.
What's going on at MS ?
I'm pretty sure exactly no one is waiting for this. Unless they wanted to create their own 'LandFill' line, they have succeeded in getting absolutely nothing right with this effort.
Even the spin they tried to sell the 950 on (continuum) is missing. Acer was making these things (bar Win10 of course) 2 years ago. Only better. And they were crap too.
I expect that inside of 6 months we will be reading the news that MS has gotten out of the mobile Phone business completely, and find out they were only using the last Lumia's as test mules for Winpho 10. Which, by this time, will have gained absolutely no traction from their partners and will have been shelved as well. I seriously doubt the much vaunted surface Phone will ever see the light of day.
Note to Mr. Nadella
If, in a future near of far, you feel an uncontrollable urge to separate MS for a few million USD, shoot me a mail and I'll give you my bank account number. You'll be rid of your money a lot faster, and you won't even have to spend any time developing useless gadgets or software. A great step in efficiency if ever I saw one.
Job well done
They made quite an excellent phone end proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot by putting horrendous software on it.
I'm starting to think Nadella is under orders to run Nokia into the ground. He's getting quite good at ruining perfectly good hardware with Win 10. I'm convinced they designed it for exactly this purpose.
Re: Well, so much for the loitering nuke theory
First off, making nuclear warheads is a bit expensive and takes a while, so even if you have one (or only a few) you're not going to launch it into orbit untill you need it and you're sure you can get it down to approximately where you want it.
Secondly, they don't need to launch anything at all. They just have to plant a microscopic inkling that they might possibly have anything remotely capable of doing any damage approaching that of a leaky fart cushion, so they can blackmail the world into sending them another loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, just as they have been doing since the Korean armistice.
Meanwhile, in Belgiumshire
it is indeed possible to have 100, 150 and even 240 Mb cable connections, BUT :
1. They are prohibitively expensive. My 60 Mbit/s connection (and I effectively achive that speed, even if I live out in the sticks) costs me 50 Euro per month. A 200 Mb/s is over 70 Euro per month. AND
2. We're still capped. The newest 'packs' offer 100 Mb/s speeds, BUT are capped at 150 GB/month. There are 'unlimited' offers available, but small print reveals they are capped at 250 GB/month during daytime, which runs to about midnight. When use is between midnight and 6am, volume generally counts as half or 1/4, but still capped.
I don't even know if we have Netflix 4K over here, but streaming 4K to -say- two tv sets is going to make you burn through your monthly 150 MB allowance in a bloody hurry.
On what merit will they be trying to convice the users ?
I can imagine that for anyone using their phone to call, message, email and the occasional web visit it may well work;
On the flipside, I can't see anyone using their phone to do this and only this giving 2c either way. They will keep using what they are using because it works. If it hadn't they would've stepped of the bus a long time ago.
The compelling reason for people using a powerful smartphone is a multitude of apps and games specifically designed for droid and IOS. This is, I think, what sells them and drives people to upgrade them to more powerful hardware and better displays. We already know that a take-up of a new system relies heavily on what I would describe as non-basic use. Windows is allegedly hampered by the absence of a multitude of fart-emulators, aviary agression simulators and such. For people to accept and embrace a new means of going about their daily communication needs, you would either have to come up with a revolutionary (and possibly magical) way for them to send a mail or make a call OR offer them a 'killer application' that is not available from the competition (possibly a solution to a problem they didn't know they had before the solution presented itself). AND there would have to be a substantial immediate (and to a lesser extent future) gain to convince them to put in the effort.. If the only thing you can offer is less of the same, you are doomed.
And all I see here is less of the same. Being able to plug my phone into my monitor does not sound very compelling to me.
Re: No Oil In North Korea
Don't laugh...it's a really fast moving market.
...what percentage of unsuspecting consumers just clicked 'upgrade' because 10 is errrr...more than 8.
Re: Why are they ending it now?
Basically, because the last 30 years, no real money was invested in it. Yes, we had the TD5 engine when it was BMW, and Ford put a Transit engine and gearbox in it as well as a new dash when they aquired it.
The whole drive system is basically a throwback from the 60's. You can't even fit a more modern pokey engine in it or it will rip out the drive line.
I owned one for 8 years and loved it. But without serious mods to the engine it was slow, noisy, sprung like a brick, there was an inch of water in it when you passed a lorry on the motorway in the rain, the heating was anemic, when you got the aircon the co-driver needed his/her feet amputated an so on and so forth.
Simply put, in our modern, comfortable society, the circumstances which required the existance of the Defender and its ilk have gone.
And what's left of the worldwide market is owned by the 70 series Land Cruiser, still produced by Toyota in compliance with Euro-Nowt emission standards, with a near indestructable 4.2 diesel sixpot and driveline.
Not a good idea
The only thing the DMC really had going for it was the idea of a stainless body. But the added weight of it, along with the notoriously heavy addedition of a gullwing assembly, an anemic Renault engine and 80's UK style build quality made it a real dog.
It was a really bad idea to begin with, and barring some curiosum value (look what those crazy 80's people thought up to go with their shoulder pads) it still is.
UNLESS they're going to make it with an ultra light carbotanium body and a 500 horse 0 emissions engine with a range of 300 miles, in which case they might find some customers who want it as a runabout next to their Pagani, they are going to loose money. But I imagine this would add a 0 to the price tag and I don't mean in front.
I'll wouldn't mind paying for it
But then I would demand that Wiki takes responsibility for the accuracy of the information.
To continue the car analogy : the way things stand now is that there are a number of cars spread out around your area. you can make use of them whenever you want, for free. But if they break down, the GPS sends you the wrong way, or the tires are bald, the risk of using them is yours.
If I have to pay for the privilege of using it, I want the maintenance book duly stamped, tire pressure checked, petrol in the tank and the in-sewer-ants paid up.
Godwin's law strikes again. I feared he had taken the day off.
If the American people want to put their trust in The Donald
They should be able to do so, and they can.
I would really like to see him try this and see where he ends up. Apple is a fine candidate to pull this fast one on, because their margins are high, and they have a lot of cash parked abroad. Best case, they continue to design the same quality and style of product they do now, only at lower margines.
Don't think they can't do it. We Always like to compare build quality of your average Ford to a Benz S-Class and say 'look, they couldn't build a quality car if they tried', but I assure you there are many, many very fine quality American designed and built products out there.
If course, the Chinese won't stand for it, and will start levying serious coin on the US produced phones, or denying them access to their market altogether. And possibly start punishing US companies still producing un China.
It would be quite interesting to watch it unfold.
Shirley you mean Eccentrica ? Can't remember now.
Re: Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...
I don't think I ever had a P60, I was still on a 486-DX2 then. I'm pretty sure it was a 90 (I couldn't afford a 100, or didn't want to. This was also a time when rumours surfaced you could easily clock a 90 at 100 'if you had a good one'). The WIKI also mentions the relevant steppings, but as with all WIKI's, YMMV.