Re: The smart meters offer a running commentary on how much power a home is consuming.
I have visions of this disembodied voice from the cupboard under the stairs:
Oh, you keep your wife there too?
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Lasers, Inkjets, Dot-Matrix; modern claptrap.
When I first started playing with computers, I had a GPO type 7 Teleprinter which I used for RTTY and packet BBS.
It took two people to lift it, and every time it did a carriage return it used to jump about a foot to the right
You could hear it for miles around - chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga... CRASH!
Really big companies hire consultancies to create a radio map their sites, while small businesses just plug in a domestic-grade hotspot or two.
Bit of a sweeping statement, that.
We are a small business (@50 staff) but when we moved offices a couple of years ago, we spent as much time planning our WiFi provision in the new building (three floors) as we did our wired infrastructure. We did extensive testing using a variety of different access points and end user devices before deciding on a final configuration.
As a result we have a robust secure office WiFi network, and an accessible guest WiFi which is on a separate broadband connection.
I'm not in any way trying to be racist or derogatory, but my understanding of American culture (being a Limey) was that the common epithet for Hispanics was "spic" .
I don't think that, if two African-Americans had set up a fast food joint called Wandering N***er, they would be surprised if people were offended by that, so why should this be any different?
Reported in 2009: F16s scrambled against UFO
The object was spotted by the pilot of Olympic Airways flight 266 from Athens, and the sighting was corroborated by staff at Athens Airport and a nearby Greek air force base. Pilots of two other passenger jets also reported seeing the body.
The eyewitnesses described it as looking like a large star, although it was moving erratically and constantly changing shape.
Two fighter jets were sent to investigate the sighting over the Greek capital in November 2007 but the object shot up into the sky and vanished before they could get a clear view.
Greek officials say that the object, which was not detected on any radar, was probably a mistaken sighting of the planet Venus in the Autumn night sky.
Okay, Greek Air Force, I grant you, but not the sixties either...
However, this bit I disagree with:
But then the whole of IT has its roots in military requirements, just as aviation does.
Aviation, as far as I'm aware, was very much a product of civilian trial and error, and individual entrepreneurship, whether you're talking about early lighter-than-air craft, through heavier-than-air craft to powered flight. I cannot think how you can justify saying that it has it's roots in military requirements.
However, there is no disputing that military requirements lead to a very rapid development of powered flight once the principal was accepted.
"[The Senators and Representatives] shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place." (US Constitution, Article I, Section VI)
I'm not a lawyer, but that would seem on its face to immunize a Senator or Representative who cared to make a speech about perceived government misdeeds, which I presume was the original intent.
I'm not so sure, it could be they'd get him under "Treason".
The vast majority of web servers are not managed by anyone at all. Many will simply be wordpress or similar sites which once set up by their point and click owners are rarely if every upgraded and thus open to every expoloit going. The underlying systems on such services are probably never upgraded either as that would break too many of their customers sites. So sadly in the real world there are plenty of web servers to exploit.
You're confusing websites, and web servers. Yes there are thousands of "fire and forget" web sites out there, but they nearly all sit on managed servers provided by a hosting company. It is the hosting company's responsibility to manage and monitor the server, not the site owners. And it is the hosting company that should be penalised, if one of their servers is part of a DDoS attack and they don't do anything about it.
so as an admin of a small wordpress site, how would I know if my site has been compromised?
You shouldn't - your site sits on a server provided by and administered by a hosting company, and they should have the necessary monitoring in place, and it is their responsibility, not yours.
It is easy to blame the few guys plugging the many holes but there are a lot of ways to be compromised. And once compromised you may not know about it, you may be part of a DDOS and know nothing about it. Because your server is owned!
If your server is being used as part of a DDoS attack and you don't know about it, then you're doing it wrong.
The most rudimentary traffic and resources monitoring should highlight that the server is doing something it shouldn't.
Unlike compromised home PCs, there really is no excuse for compromised web servers.
The vast majority of web servers are managed by someone who is paid to do it, and therefore should be responsible and competent enough to either stop the compromise in the first place, or be able to detect and remove any malicious software if an infection occurs.
If a server is identified as one of the sources of a DDoS attack then it's owner / operator should be notified, and sanctions applied if it's not fixed.
I wear a watch, it cost me Fifty quid about 20 years ago., I change the battery maybe once every two years.
I can't understand people who say that they use their mobile to tel the time, 'cos it's easier.
By the time I've remembered which pocket my phone is in, removed it from the pocket, turned it the right way up, and pressed the button to turn the screen on, I've wasted a good 30 seconds, compared to just glancing at my wrist.
The security expert was astonished by the reaction to the scandal of the web-snooping NSA PRISM project, which left consumers feeling "violated".
Apart from a few Daily Mail types, the average consumer's reaction appears to have been resounding apathy, either because they don't understand, or they don't think it applies to them.
I wouldn't celebrate too much, just yet. To quote from the article:
The government has now responded to the warning that British start-ups were being snapped up by foreign companies, promising to hold a round table discussion in the Autumn to discuss how best to support the UK's start-up scene.
"Hold a round table discussion in the Autumn" is about as much as you're going to get, and they will feel they have met their responsibilities by having done so.
No practical application of any outcomes from that discussion will ever be implemented, I guarantee.
Facebook, Microsoft and Google all want to reassure customers around the world that they didn't simply allows spooks to have unfettered access to their servers, but only responded to specific requests.
If Snowden's latest revelations regarding Hotmail are true, then Microsoft not only allowed spooks to have unfettered access to their servers, but they actually wrote the code to facilitate that.
I'm quite sure that the other companies will have done the same.
This is not a dig at Microsoft, or Google or Facebook, btw, if the government of their country leans on them, there's very little that they can do but comply.
However, it just shows that the government's protestations about oversight and due process are complete bollocks.
I may be naive but would appreciate a PRACTICAL reason for going to cloud data storage.
Are the cost savings that great? And is the security risk that trivial?
I would have thought that most potential cloud customers could "get away" with a decently specced server, thereby retaining control of their data.
Most potential cloud customers look at "The Cloud" as a way of getting rid of all that expensive IT nonsense, like racks and servers and IT staff, which doesn't make them any money.
The world might still be 20 years from the end of Moore's Law, but the hunt for technologies to replace semiconductors is going on right now.
It would be rather stupid to wait until we ran out of ways to improve current technology before starting to research alternatives...
Oh, but wait, that's what people think we should be doing with the internal combustion engine, isn't it?
Yeah, you see "coding" is much more modern, none of your old fashioned "programming" thank you!
After all, "programming" is all about punching holes in cards or swapping jumpers around, isn't it?
Whereas "coding" is all pointy - clicky, copy - pasty, java - scripty type stuff, isn't it?
See, I know all about computers, I do.
> Either you have a different definition of khaki or something is terribly, terribly wrong with your poo.
> Perhaps he's been eating a lot of spinach... Popeye would be proud!
I'm not sure if this is an American vs British thing, but Khaki (as in the battledress colour in WWII) is a yellowish brown.
Fairly close to the colour of my poo...
And most importantly, stick the background recording of analytics up your arse.
Having worked in a medical environment for many years, and therefore knowing that an Emetic is something which makes you vomit, I always had the feeling that an Analytic should perform a similar function, only at the other end, so to speak.
Now that I work in IT, and have to deal with various Web Analytics tools, it only reinforces my initial misapprehension.
Realising the two craft were travelling at almost perpendicular orbits and were predicted to come within 700 feet (213m) of each other, the equivalent of an interstellar hair’s breadth, McEnery immediately began to panic.
On nearly every road on this planet, large chunks of metal with a mass of several tons come within 3 feet (1m) of each other at a closing speed that can be in excess of a hundred miles an hour, and it happens ALL THE TIME!
In my book, even in orbit, 200+ metres is a clean miss.
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