Re: So, plays tunes you own, alarm clocks stuff you set and listens to everything you say 24/7
It does - voice is only sent once the trigger phrase has been detected
14 posts • joined 21 Jan 2011
Oh for God's sake ENOUGH ALREADY. I'm not even an eco warrior and I'm finding all this anti-environmental propaganda is getting really fucking annoying. Get a new drum or go and bang this drum somewhere else. At least most stories have a vague IT related angle but the deluge of unrelated anti-environmental stories has got dull.
I really don't understand why MySQL is so popular. A a friend refers to it accurately as MyFirstDatabase. With InnoDB it just about scrapes into being a proper database, but for years with MyIASM tables it was orders of magnitiude away from competing with Oracle, certainly for high end transactional storage.
This is what pisses me off, why do we need all these seperate passwords for 00s of sites?? OpenID for all the low value stuff and then a small number of secure passwords for the things that matter, along with 2factor auth, like texting a code to your phone or something.
Sure, with yahoo, google (and facebook?) providing them 35billion people now have OpenID accounts, but find me ONE site where I can use it? Even the tech sites (like El Reg) don't support it...
I'm suprised the figure is so low, I'd have thought password resuse for similar "low value" sites would be near 100%...
I blame the phone companies. Voicemail should be secure automatically. There should not _be_ any default PIN number. I think it is totally understandable that people didn't realise there was a PIN number set to defaults that needs changing. I just took out a new phone contract and nothing was mentioned about this at all. A random PIN can easily be sent in a text message to the phone when voicemail is first accessed.
I access my voicemail using my mobile which lets me straight in. If I lost my mobile then sure, voicemail is vunerable but I wouldn't expect anyone to be able to access it without my mobile.
The phone companies seem to have got away lightly with this, but they deserve a massive bollocking for enabling this to happen in the first place. It's their fault, not the mobile users.
@michael C ="What BS is this? There is no wall. US LAW prevents apple from closing the PC down, even if they wanted to, which they do not. the phone is only closed because the FCC gives carriers the right to do it, and because you do not own the phone, and because the OS is essentially inseparable from the device. PC and the OS on it ARE seperable."
Is this the same as the way that the apple lost the case against the iphone devteam? i.e. there is no obligation on Apple to open the iPhone to 3rd party app stores (or enable sideloading to use an Android term), but people are entitled to jailbreak the device IF THEY CAN? i.e. a Mac out the box would be locked to the Apple App Store, but tech savy people could jailbreak it? Because the vast majority of people are never going to jailbreak their phone/PC.
@Stephen Booth - It's not the device manufacturer that matters, it's the OS supplier. Obviously for Apple this is the same company, but not MS. Sure, you _can_ use other App stores, but how many people are going to (a) know that, (b) bother? if one comes with the OS. Look at Android, you can install alternative app stores to Googles, but how many people do?
Personally I think app stores are great, especially for small devs/apps. Before App stores, if you wrote a cool but simple app that people would pay 50p for (but no more), how were you going to sell it for 50p? No one is going to type their credit card into an unknown website for an app that costs 50p. Now you can sell it. And make a profit.
And I think the whole PC software model needs turning on it's head. WTF is with this still requiring admin rights to install software? And shared libraries? Yeah great when disk space was expensive but not now. Every app should come with everything it needs to run (that doesn't come with the OS), be installable into User space, and sit in a sandbox so it has very restricted access to the host OS, even when installing.
The current way of installing Apps hasn't changed since PCs were invented.
"indicating the sad fact that some folks can't be bothered to use a unique password for different sites."
Hardly, I'm probably registered on 20+ different websites for various reasons. I'll give a medal to anyone that can remember 20 different strong passwords and which one is for each site. I use different passwords for internet banking and anything that really matters. The rest all use the same. Sure, you can save the passwords in your browser but that has it's own security issues, and then you can only login from that PC.
The solution is for websites to use something like OpenID, but I've not come across a single website that uses that yet.
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