Was going to post the same thing... It's not the most straightforward piece of software to configure...
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The problem with all these "X is good for you", "X is bad for you" announcements is that they occur in isolation.
I'm pretty sure there have been other studies which suggest that caffeine, tea and chocolate have deleterious effects on the human body. I'm also sure I have read other studies which suggest tea and chocolate in particular are beneficial (in sensible amounts).
What is needed is a study which takes into account all the previous work done concerning a substance, and then measures any harmful effects against any perceived benefits, and makes a judgement as to whether, on balance, the substance is good for you, or bad for you, and at what level of intake.
The principle of free movement of personal data enshrined in primary and secondary law should also apply in the cases where the GDPR allows member states to regulate specific matters.
So, what happened to the protection of personal data then?
Oh it's anonymized!
Well that's alright then...
So, if I understand this correctly, I could, in the future, face EU sanctions if I don't allow other people access to data that I generate? Really?
That can't be right, can it?
Re: What can we say? It's The Reg wot won it.
Thanks for responding. I did wonder whether your original intention was just to go "look at this: funny" and I'm not sure I understand the motivation for El Reg to contact Microsoft about it.
In these litigation-fearing days, I guess it's no surprise that Microsoft would remove the image once brought to its attention, but it's a very sad reflection on society nowadays.
Cheers for replying.
What can we say? It's The Reg wot won it.
Well I hope you're feeling suitably smug, but frankly it seems a rather hollow victory to me, pandering to those who go out of their way to find things offensive or "inappropriate".
Personally I thought the combination of picture and text was funny, and completely inoffensive.
consumers are not tech savy
I think you are quoting A Non e-mouse out of context here, I don't think he's blaming the consumer.
What I understood him to be saying is that because consumers are not tech savy and don't know what to do, it is up to the ISP or device manufacturer to ensure that the device is secure by default.
I don't see why this is such a surprise.
For the vast majority of households, an ISP router is considered to be a consumer device just like a TV, stereo, or bedside alarm clock, there is no expectation that you should have to fiddle with its internal workings, it should just work and be secure.
It is only those of us who work in the IT world who take delight in replacing the ISP router with our own chosen brand, or making changes to settings, or investigate what devices are on the network.
The onus is on manufacturers or suppliers to configure the device to be secure as sent from the factory, whether by providing random passwords for each device, or other similar mechanisms.
Re: Cue useless drivel as defence
It makes it the Microsoft of databases - not to be trusted near a public connection.
Curiously, Microsoft SQL is locked down to local connections only by default, and requires a certain amount of effort, and joined-up thinking, to make it accessible on a public connection, or even to any other host on the network.
You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins
"Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside of my work. In recent years, I've run 365 miles, built a simple AI for my home, read 25 books and learned Mandarin."
Is general literacy really in such a parlous state that reading 25 books is considered an achievement?
Dear Gods, there's no hope...
Ah, the UK government with their unerring ability to get to the heart of the matter, have once again aimed their sights squarely on the root cause of the problem.
Some may have been sidetracked by the idea that the general uncertainty of jobs, the pressure put on school pupils, the increasingly underfunded mental health care sector, may have contributed to a rise in the suicide rates.
But no, they are foolish irrelevancies, the problem is the internet, and the government have an enviable track record of successfully managing it.
With the greatest of respect to your relatives, they don't sound very dilligent teachers. My parents were both secondary school teachers, and at least two weeks of their 6-week holiday were taken up with lesson and timetable planning for the new term,
I remember them with a great roll of paper spread out across the floor trying to fit all the lessons into a week, and all the pupils into the lessons without any clashes.
(this was in the eighties, nowadays I expect they'd use a spreadsheet).
The Register has contacted 186k to ask when it expects the service to return to normal, and the reason for the outage. ®
I would have thought it is clear from the below that the answer is "never"
"If you are currently experiencing an outage with your broadband service, please be advised that you will need to find an alternative provider as we are unable to continue to supply your current service."
It sounds to me (pure speculation) that whatever deal they had with BT Wholesale has fallen through, rather than it being a technical issue.