The upshot of this that if you were vulnerable to wannacrypt last week then you've been owned by the NSA for years.
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The upshot of this that if you were vulnerable to wannacrypt last week then you've been owned by the NSA for years.
As far as I know it governments had been struggling with the big question - 'which is cheaper, pay Microsoft to keep XP running or update the whole NHS?' for a number of years. Teresa May was Home Secretary and Jeremy Hunt Health Secretary when they decided to make the balance sheet look a little better and not bother with either. They were warned about the risk at the time and many times since.
For some reason they seem to be reticent to talk about it now.
kids: "are we nearly there yet?"
sat nav: "at the roundabout take the third exit"
dad: "Not much further now"
kids: "You said that an hour ago and it's not very comfortable in the boot of this car"
sat nav: "At the roundabout take the third exit"
dad: It's fine up here in the drivers seat and, let me tell you, the view is magnificent"
kids: "Shouldn't we have taken the third exit?"
dad: "I don't have to do what the sat-nav says if I don't want to"
kids: "It's cramped and we can't see anything. Can we come and sit up on the back seats"
dad: "No. The sat-nav says it's not allowed. Nothing I can do about that."
mum: "I agree with dad"
dad: "Anyway we had to take all the other seats out. It's all the fault of that hitch-hiker we picked up.
mum:"I agree with dad"
kid1: "I don't think this is fair. Can't we fix this?"
dad: "No, there is nothing wrong and if there if there is is not my fault"
kid2: "Listen to the dad, he knows. This is a rubbish car"
kid1: "He obviously lying. The dad has put us in here on purpose"
kid2: "No, dad's great. The car is ruined lets set fire to it"
kid1: "Can mum drive?"
kid2: "No. Dad says she crashed the car last time"
kid1: "Everyone says it was the other drivers fault"
kid2: "Dad said h's the best driver so it must be true"
dad: "Yes kids. safest if I drive".
kid2: "Can we set fire to the car?"
dad: "If you really want me to set fire to the car I will. You know I'll do anything for my kids."
kid1: "but we are in the car on a motorway it's dangerous and we'll be stuck at the side of the road"
kid1: "It's getting hot in here on account of the car being on fire"
kid2: "Cars get hot or cold. It's natural. Don't worry"
kid2: (shivering in the rain, hair gently smouldering, watching the traffic go by and waving goodbye to dad as he gets in a taxi) "we'll who would have thought that would happen? But still this is much better than being stuck in the boot of that car eh?"
Presumably this is "our team vs their team" type politics. This thinking is what lets politicians of all persuasions off the hook. However bad they are they just point to someone else and say well 'they would have been worse' and some people believe them.
I think the article itself points out the same play from all the players. The upshot as far as I can tell is that politicians should not be involved in project that are likely to last longer than one parliament, probably none shorter either.
This is just marketing hype isn't it? 'You don't want to use that old reliable stuff. You want to buy new stuff because it's newer." I can't see where the cost comes from though. Dataflex is still available and under development BTW, or at least Visual Dataflex is.
As in the mode rather than the most beloved
"always baffled me how serial screw-ups go from one highly-paid position to another, leaving devastation in their wake"
Boss: We need to improve services and reduces costs. Can you do it?
Applicant1: It's not possible and there are already too few staff.
Applicant2: It's not possible and there are already too few staff.
Applicant3: It's not possible and there are already too few staff.
Applicant4: Easy. And I can do it and make the board of directors look good too.
Guess which applicants are telling truth? Guess who gets the job?
Could give a toss about that rag I just hope it doesn't mean that Murdock will laying some cash on Google et al to promote his drivel organ in the result rankings in a pathetic attempt to drive traffic back.
Burglary and housebreaking are not usually considered high IQ professions though.
I'm trying to get our Scout Group interested in OSM but because of the Compass debacle there is a worry about online security.
... App controlled mini cabs had to abide by the same legislation (insurance, knowledge, wheelchair access) as black cab drivers? Would that be acceptable?
I think you have misread it. You would get pennies in the pound for any invoices up to the point the shark/insolvency practitioner steps in but full payment after that. Why would it be a benefit otherwise?
"Edit: Oh yes, you would be surprised at just HOW MANY SALESMEN actually call at your door in the day."
And how many parcels your neighbours have delivered.
This is more of the 'I don't care how you do it, just get it done' bluster style of management from people who don't know what they are doing but went to right school so feel they must be better than everyone else. Stupid ideas don't get shot down early because 'politics' so the people at the front end are just left looking like the idiots when really it's idiots above and all the way up.
The one thing you have to understand, if you really want to know why things like this happen, is that the ONE overriding concern of everyone involved in government is THEY MUST NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD ME RESPONSIBLE.
The Government can't get those sort of clauses into an IT contract because everybody knows the project will fail before it starts.
"Quite apart from anything else it's not the pursuit of profit that makes organisations more efficient: it's the prospect of having whatever profits you might be able to make competed away leading to the death of the organisation that does."
So it's about compete or die? That assumes that the only way a private company can fail is by having it's market stolen by another more efficient provider. A bit of an over simplification I would say, there are many ways for a private company to fail not least financial ones. If a private company could leave vital services unfulfilled then there must be some protection in place to make sure it can't happen. If there is protection the 'or die' part is taken away and whole privatisation model falls apart. If the service cannot be allowed to fail then it cannot be truly privatised.
How did we get a system that's actually less ethical than an industry that was founded on close links to organised crime, payola, dodgy accounting and monumental waste?
I think closer inspection will probably find is exactly as unethical as before but with fewer players. The industry used to support rank after rank of unscrupulous middlemen between the artist and the public each with a hand in the till. Now there is just one big till and one big hand but the result is pretty much the same.
There is a statistic that is often quoted that 57% of Landrovers ever built are still running. I don't know if that is strictly true but I do know they tend to get rejuvenated every so often. I think it will be a long time before they are gone altogether.
"This article is about Mr Novogratz saying that Uber's 'cut' is too high - Uber is overcharging for it's matchmaking services. If he's right, a free market will create a competitor which will kill Uber. One who is willing to take a lower 'cut' and thus is able to charge lower fares (which will steal all of Uber's customers) or pay the drivers more (how well would Uber do if their drivers all left Uber to work for a higher paying competitor?)."
Once 'entrepreneurs' smell the money they will all want in. There are/will be hundreds of wannabe Ubers trying to take the market by being looking cheaper, safer or nicer than the incumbent although usually they just advertise heavily and litigate, They throw money at it, lots of money. To defend against this intrusion Uber will need money, lots of money. They have to get what they can now or lose out later.
Obviously they were two guys considered 'no longer useful' by the CIA so they engineered the most preposterous way for them to be die at the hands of a rival agency to stop people looking too closely for the real reasons and the real culprits.
"It's not that UC is so complex, it's that the current range of benefits and systems are and they don't 'talk' to each other in any kind of sane way, the nasty old legacy systems are tied together using people and paperwork."
I think that backs up what I'm saying doesn't it: The main IT project is not UC. The current hotch-potch of weird and wonderful legacy bollocks is were the project fails and that is independent of UC or whatever crap was tacked on top of trying to redevelop Benefits IT into something coherent.
The big problem is that the minister wants a major project completed during his/her term in office so they can claim credit for the sucess however in doing so they guarantee that they preside over another failure.
Universal Credit is a policy on benefit payments - There is an IT system to support benefit payments.
I really can't see form what the politicians have said why the two are tied so closely together. The Universal Credit policy could be implemented by pushing bits of paper around and a new IT system could be implemented to support any benefits system yet somehow the IT part is the problem ...
... unless the Universal Credit policy is so complex and unwieldy that only a super computer backed implementation can work it out within the lifetime of the claimant. Now that could be the reason for the delay.
"And in the *20 years* since, Google and Facebook have robbed your privacy, apple have created the ultimate walled garden, huge unix security holes have been found that affect virtually every installation, google have shipped the android malware, and you're not supposed to mention (or do?) anything personal in front of your Samsung TV as it reports back to God-knows-who. Oh and the mobile phone companies knew about voicemail hacking in the year 2000, and managed to completely dodge the bullet when the shit hit the fan ten years later."
TL:DR Everyone is guilty of something therefore no-one is guilty of anything.
As I understand it only Samsung admit to this in their TAC's but the use of outsourced voice recognition is quite common. So many many things could be transmitting what you say over the internet.
It depends on how you define success.
I think I'll post a video of trees rustling in the wind and claim all tube content filmed outside infringement.
"Do we get many truly awful movies these days? Studios are becoming more risk-averse so we're seeing more "so meh it's hmm" titles."
I hear what you are saying but I'd counter with 'Hector and the Search for Happiness." And use a phrase that occurs so often in this thread that it probably needs an acronym. The only film I ever walked out of. TOFIEWOO.
'The upgrade will only be free in the first 12 months after release and will last for the "supported lifetime of the device." '
Translation. Unlike XP and win 7, This version will die when we tell it to die.
just because you don't know about the flaw doesn't mean no-one does.
In all fairness to the guy we don't know that. He may stand motionless and silent in court with only a Wolfie Smith style freedom salute as answer to 'The Man'.
I wonder if it will come bundled with whatever the old Nokia Sat Nav is now called. I know it was spun off some time ago but I really liked it on my N8 and the lifetime updates made the N8 pretty good value.
The best selling list makes interesting reading. Not surprisingly a Nokia is reconnected to be the best selling of all time, not the 3310 though it is apparently the 'emerging markets' 1100 with 250 million units sold. In fact of the 12 phone models that have sold more than 100 million only 2 are not Nokias; the Motorola Razr v3 and the Samsung E1100.
I think that shows just how badly Nokia messed up.
"Basically, it's imposing a universal service coverage on all phone companies, but allowing them to delegate the service on to their competitors."
An operator will put up a mast if the number of calls passing through it will cover the cost and the up-keep. In rural areas that is a risk. So one operator puts up a mast in a village. All their competitors share the coverage and so all of them know the economic case. If it turns out to be a good place for a mast the competitors can put up their own masts reducing the value of the first one. If not they can leave it on it's own and let the first operator carry the costs of an under-performing cell.
Exactly how much of the land area is covered by a some but not all carriers? That is the only part that this plan will have any effect. The area not currently covered by any carrier is, I suspect, much larger.
... free markets encourage investment to the benefit of us all. The government just need to keep out of the way.
What's that you're saying? Free markets are free to channel investment in short term, high profit, low risk operations if they want to? Who would have guessed they would do that then.
P.S. Where is good for Vodafone coverage? I know It's not somewhere I've ever been.
Yes you are missing something. Three passes on the cost to the customer, They all do. The customer doesn't like this. All customers in that area migrate to O2. All five of them. Three doesn't care, Three doesn't have to invest in the additional infrastructure, doesn't incur additional cost and so is cheaper than O2 for the millions who live in high traffic areas.
The fact is the economics of the mobile phone cell network break down below a certain user density. That means it needs to be done a different way or funded a different way.
"firing on all cylinders and kicking ass!"
Microsoft have invented gas powered ass kicking machine? What do they want that for?
That's what this articles logic seems to lead to. We were happier when we didn't know what we were missing. Or perhaps 'we were all better off when people knew there place and stuck to it'. No wonder the millionaire Dave 'bring back Victorian values' Cameron endorses it.
The problem here is that at first 'happiness' is used as a label for a definition of the thing the we all want and pursue and then, later, it is found that we don't necessarily want or pursue that thing. So then the conclusion is not that the definition is wrong but that we don't want that thing we all want.
This is the classic nutter in box problem. The box is opaque but thin walled. They can't see him, he can't see them but anyone approaching the box is vulnerable. The door opens outwards even if he isn't armed he could still batter someone attempting to open the door or throw shit or what ever. If he is armed he could shoot out at random at any time there is no protection in the area for police or civilians.
What should they do if he doesn't want to come out? It's either a siege or a shoot out. OR some novel approach like this. I think they did OK: the kicking was a bit OTT but no-one ending up in hospital or the morgue.
Our office moved over to IPhones this year. Some of the toys you can get for it are great but I still miss features that were standard on my Symbian phones years ago. It certainly doesn't hold a call so well in poor reception areas either. As a hand held computer device it is peerless as a mobile communication device, not so much.
Brain Surgery : OpenMind
Haematology : OpenVein
Proctology : Hello
... but aren't the other two Mel and Sue off of The Great British Bake Off? I wondered what they did the rest of the week.
£1,000 for a two hour session on how to protect you on-line persona.
It consists of 1 hour 59 minutes drinks, nibbles and introductions and then I'll just tell 'em. Don't ever get drunk or horny and especially not both at the same time.
OR they could have been stolen a long time ago. Before they were deleted.
Given that at least one of the victims says the images were deleted long ago some these images may have been copied and kept secret for years. It seems likely to me that someone has gathered together a lot of other people 'secret store' of images. Maybe hundreds of password guesses by hundreds of different pervs some of whom struck lucky a few times over a long period of trying.
my guess in that this is less of a single huge hack that represents some huge security breach but a gathering together of the usual drip feed of unwise/unlucky celebs privacy invasion that represents poor password security.
PC sales were based on cost and ease of use. If you could say 'Our PC compatible will calculate your spreadsheet in half the time of theirs' people would buy it. If you said 'Our PC compatible will calculate you spreadsheet more reliably than theirs' or Our PC compatible will calculate you spreadsheet more securely than theirs' they wouldn't. MS networking outsold Netware on familiarity and ease of use (mainly).
The market got what the market thought it wanted and now has to live with it. Even today idiot users routinely disable anti-virus because it 'slows the PC down' and find secure passwords too much hassle.
Hmm. yes. The IBM PC was initially dumbed down so it didn't compete with existing IBM divisions that couldn't keep up. IBM were so self obsessed they thought the only competition was with themselves. The suits said 'yes the PC very nice but it will confuse the customer. They won't know which IBM product choose? make it less powerful'. In the end they chose Compaq.
The first reaction of a lot of IT professionals when reading about internet connected business was "why the hell would you do that? It a security nightmare". Similarly the same reaction when the various different definitions of "the cloud" were mooted. Now everybody appears to be surprised that the cloud is indeed a security nightmare. As far as I'm can see this is just the long tale of computerising business still wagging from the 1950's.
In the old days a business had one set of ledgers that where locked in the safe overnight. Messing with the post brought serious jail time but you still didn't send anything in a letter if you didn't want the anyone else to know. Couriers carried locked cases to which they had no access. You shredded or burned everything when it became obsolete. Everyone knew the rules and knew that not sticking to them made you vulnerable. Eventually these practises will be duplicated electronically as the necessity for each is re-discovered.
or stop trying to pretend that 'entrepreneurs' care about anything other than making money. Privatisation means loss of control. It's not that you don't get to make the decisions it's that you don't get to say who controls the people that make those decisions. Damn sure that whoever they are they won't be thinking of benefiting tax payer when they do. The government has virtually no say in anything that goes on anymore and we are a step away from a Russian style oligarchy.
All these junkets and press releases and just putting up the wallpaper after the house has fallen down.
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