Are you sure it was Dr McCoy and not Doctor McGayver?
1697 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007
A quick question
Firefox has a DNT function? Where do I find that and how the heck do I turn it on?
Perhaps the reason only 20% of the customers have it enabled is that the rest of us didnt even know it was available!
agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?
Either I'm reading things wrong or I've been out of Aus for too long...
Things have certainly changed if the Nationals are now socialists. Agrarian - Yes. Conservative - You bloody bet ya! Socialist - What the F%&k?
How can, in this day and age, a multinational company only purchase the rights to use a patent it needs for its entire product line that applies in only one country (I'm looking at you Qualcomm)?
And how can, in this day and age, a multinational company purchase parts from another multinational company without checking that the company has all of the necessary patents for the entire world?
Surely this is what those expensive legal departments are for??
Fox News/Daily Mail version headline
Massive Experiment Fails to Find Anything, Wastes Millions of Tax Payer Money
Queue outraged comments talking about homeless people, high taxes, and the wasteful nature of Scientific funding...
And in America probably add something about God having created the universe, science is evil, and isnt this kitten cute?
Thankfully we have the Reg to provide an intelligent review of the Boffins hard work...
Re: It's an option
Right up until the IPO when it will not be able to be switched off as that would upset the admen and consequently the stock holders.
Re: is 164g enough to make the difference?
Crikey, you've just given me an idea to sell to Apple.
We'll fill the next version of the iPad with helium (dont worry about leakage, the damn thing can be a pressure cylinder as people arent supposed to touch the insides anyway!). We'll call it the iPad "Lighter than Air!". It'll sell bazillions!
I'm off to go patent the idea now...
The horizontal mambo, perhaps?
I havent read the background detail to the story
But it sounds like WD hired a pro from a rival company and that guy then fabricated data so that he could use what he had learned at Seagate to help WD. Was WD actually aware that the guy had fabricated these notes, or at least had suscpicions?
If not, being penalised 600 million seems bloody harsh. Especially if the information he brought only allowed WD to get to market with a product "months" before they would have any way. OK I can maybe see them being punished with revenues from the products that incorporated this technology for lets say a year. But hitting them with a 600 million fine when they only made 400 million profit seems harsh. It doesnt sound like they went out of their way to steal the tech. Unless of course they knew (or had strong suspiciouns) that the guy had fabricated the claims that the tech was in the public domain, in which case the sum may be reasonable, but still...
Not interested at ALL. EVER.
I never really understand these companies...
I'm sure in the management meeting it sounded like a great idea to make all the programs the same across all products - tablets, laptops and desktops. "Only one version needed for everything? Think of the savings we can make when we dont need different product teams!"
Still surely someone in engineering must have pointed out that it doesnt really work that way, and that all you will do is dumbdown the product (which will annoy the high end users), introduce an interface thats clunky (which will annoy everyone), and instigate a rash of bad press (which will hurt the bottom line).
But then again, when has management ever listened to common sense when the big dollar signs are floating in front of their eyes?
Ignoring SWMBO! You obviously have a deathwish!
The effect of ignoring SWMBO -------->
Please check out the linked article in the story. A guy had his rights forfeited without his knowledge because he called himself a hacker on his website.
Hence this article...
How friggin awesome is evolution!
Oh no, please stop being a bad boy.
Please, if these politicians are actually outraged there are dozens of ways which they could visibily act and hurt the americans.
Everything from expelling ambassadors or embassy staff, removing co-operation between german agencies and american ones, right up to the extremes of trade sanctions. But they never do it. If the only punishment a child gets for misbehaving is a stern telling off, then I can guarantee that they wont stop misbehaving. And the US is very much a child in need of having its toys taken away and being made to sit in the corner with the dunce hat on!
Re: A large amount of data transferred between systems?
You forget in the article it mentions that this is a text file. You can fit a lot of prisoners details in a 1,44MB text file...
Did I understand correctly?
My understanding of the article was that the router is entirely safe from attack from the Web, but if something is installed on the local area network then it can be backdoored?
So someone would have to hack into your computer through any firewalls etc, before they can turn around and attack your router. Am I missing the threat here? If they can already hack into your computer, getting access to the router seems trivial...
ANY article found to have been edited by one of these PR style firms gets an immediate unremovable tag at the top warning the consumer that a PR firm attempted to modify this page to provide the subject with a biased review.
That sort of thing would automatically put suspicion into the readers mind about that firm (lets face it most of these would be about whitewashing a firm or perhaps tarnished individual) and act as bad PR. Not too many companies would then be willing to risk getting permanently branded as deceitful on the most read encylopedia in the world.
Re: Now pull my other one
"In Birmingham, my Dad recounted driving home with the passenger door open so he could see the kerb."
Blimey! I think I would be walking home that day. Mind you I'd probably have to stay well back from the road to make sure your Dad's open door didnt give me a whack!
A blow for consumers...
And once again only the lawyers win...
You seem to be forgetting how easy it is to salt the internet with false reviews, false twitter comments, false facebook posts, etc. There are companies out there that will happily do thousands of the things for you for the price of a cuppa. So just because there are "comments" out there saying people got their stuff back, you would be a fool to believe that 100%!
Darren's comment about the secondary payload in the decryption is about the only reason I can think of for them to provide any sort of file decryption. So if there are REAL comments about them actually decrypting the files, I would almost bet on it that those PC's are now owned in one way or another by the pricks who created this virus.
So once again, why would you pay?
Im not doubting you Charles but...
I'm not doubting you Charles, but I'm actually curious which programs would make use of DGA and why? I really cant think of a reason off the top of my head why you would need this from a legit program though.
(that might be because its almost pub time though!)
Re: Title is basically incorrect
How do you know this exactly? You actually paid these scum?
Why would the virus writers bother to even provide the fix. Its much simpler to have the encryption happen, demand money, get paid, and disappear. If you have a fix on the internet somewhere, some smart White Hat will probably track it down eventually, obtain the key, and then spread it around and you've just lost your revenue source.
Sure you have to spread at least some rumours that paying gets your files back, to give people some incentive to pay, but its hardly in your interest to actually HAVE the key available online somewhere.
Part of me wants to diss Elon for all the wacky stuff he is trying to do.
The slightly larger part of me wishes all billionaires were so awesome and did wacky stuff like Elon.
Keep it up dude!
Its not the chip's fault!
It's obvious that the Apple/Jobsian Distortion Field is so strong on the iPhone 5S that it is actually affecting the local gravity experienced by the chip!
The words of Thomas Jefferson come to mind...
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Re: A complete failure to understand (in)security is common.
You seem to be forgetting that NOONE that has any sort of technical nous would be caught dead working on a Helldesk.
So are you really suprised that they would be that stupid?
"... and there’s a lot we don’t know about how narcissists are as parents."
Great! Now you know who to include in your study group. Get cracking psychologists!
Re: Ironic possibility
I knew a woman once called Rain. Hilariously she ended up marrying a guy called Day, so her name became Rain Day. I never quite worked up the courage to ask if her middle name started with an E.
Just for that statement....
"I assume the Swedish case will disappear of its own accord in due course"
You utter f$%kin prick. I hope the swedes when they do finally get you, string you up by the balls!
Oh but come on EA would lose a heap of cash that way. We cant have that now can we!
Re: Yes, Word is the worst word processor....
To paraphrase Mr Churchill,
"Word is the worst form of Word processor, except for all the others which have been tried." ;)
Am I the only one...
Am I the only one who things testing a vacuum cleaner in a dust free environment is like testing a chainsaw by cutting through Jello? Ok you might get a result, but I hardly think its telling you anything useful...
Re: Open Kepler conference?
Oi now, dont be trying to bring your dirty "common sense" into this argument. That guff has absolutely no place in government or bureaucratic thinking...
Re: Just move it.
Ahh but you cant have it in China, because the same law also states that US citizens whose research is funded by the US government are not allowed to present said work in China. A large number of US researchers couldnt attend this years IAC in Beijing for this very reason.
The only way to have it would be to have it somewhere outside of the US AND China...
Re: FIVE years?
"These spolied kids and their fancy networks. Back in my day, we didn't have any of these fancy inter-networking cables... we had to carry our packets by hand. Uphill, in the snow, and compute the checksums by hand before we died of hypothermia."
Computing a checksum? We would have killed to only have to compute a checksum! We had to carry our packets by hand, uphill both ways, in the snow, computer the checksum AND read out the entire packet in binary. And if we got even one number wrong we would wish we had died of hyperthermia because our Dad would murder us!
But you tell kids that these days and they just dont believe you...
I have to disagree with the premise of the article
The premise of this article is that higher resolution of 4K will lead to higer piracy. I call bollocks on that!
The vast majority of torrents out there have the movies available in around 1GB sizes. Thats only slightly up from the good ol' days of the burnt CD 600-700MB movie which we had back in the late 90's. This is despite the fact that Blu Ray files when ripped properly come in at around 4GB.
The vast majority of users (which is an assumption I make based on the vast majority of torrents being 1GB) dont care about or want the larger size files to watch. They are more then happy to stick with the usual DVD rip of 1GB quality. People are HIGHLY unlikely to download a 4K torrent (20-odd GB if my memory serves correctly) in order to watch just a film.
This is little more then an attempt by the security providers to try and force the studios and 4K set manufacturers into forking out cash for something which will have no use in the real world.
Re: "capable of brining home a week's worth of groceries"
"Fun to play with, but hardly useful in TheRealWorld[tm]."
Funny, but I would bet all of my cash that the exact same sentiment was expressed when the Steam Engine was first shown off. Hell I would bet the same sentiment came out when the Wheel was invented.
Just because its not real world applicable right now (and there getting damn close to real world capable if they can crack 130km/h and have 4 seats and a stereo!) doesnt mean they wont be applicable in the future...
You mean the regular Ethiopian people didnt get television until 1973. Those in charge always seem to get things that little bit earlier, no? ;)
Actually a quick look on Wikipedia shows that Ethipoian TV was established in 1964, so I doubt your figure of 1973 is accurate...
Re: I have never understood the English system for unmamnned tills
I think the thing that you are missing is that England has a lovely culture involving a significant percentage of the population, which we collectively like to call "chavs". A self service system tied to people being honest about their purchasing would quickly lead to corporate bankruptcy for any supermarket trying that system out.
I guess you're just a bit more honest in the Netherlands...
Re: Waitrose FTW
Really? That seems a great way to get three weeks shopping done for the price of one!
"Oh sorry. I dont know why it only scanned one of the packets, I swear I tried to scan all 3 packets! Modern technology, eh?!"
Maybe I'm missing something here...
This is how the premise sounds to me. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
So your in a store shopping. You find something you want, you pick it up, you look on an app on your phone, go I'll buy that now thanks, bang you pay your dosh via the phone, and take your goodie and walk out of the store. URGHH! You try walking out of the store with that bit of kit you just purchased WITHOUT going to the checkout and security hit you with the tazers for being a dirty little thief.
How does the shop assistant know you paid for it? you could have just been playing with your phone at the time. And what happens when the app crashes, and you lose the docket for the purchase? I dont think the store will take your word that you did pay for it.
So many problems with this idea. So many ways I see failure!
The real question I would like the answer to...
Does anyone think that there is ANY chance that this will change the way Americans will vote i the future?
Will Americans now begin to show some common sense and start voting out all of these idiots or am I being ridicuously optimistic?
For those commentators above (and I'm sure many more coming below) who are spouting Linux as the be all saviour of the world. Please stop the evangelicizing now. Your average worker knows Windows, they have used it in the office, they use it at home. If you ask them to learn something else, you will need training courses, extra helldesk, continuous IT support, etc. just to keep the lusers happy. You give them Windows they know it, they use it, you can keep IT support costs down. This is what comapnies want. So companies will not move away from Windows for that very reason.
This is also the same reason why, as mentioned in the article, that companies are staying away from Windows 8, because with its new and different (read: scary for the luser) interface, engenders the exact same additional support costs as moving away from Windows. In a few years if Windows 8 takes off for private users then maybe companies will move to it because then they dont need to train people as much, but personally I dont see that happening for at least 2-3 years.
I'm sure some clever bunny will mention that you can create a linux distro that looks and operates just like Windows, but the first thing that the luser spots that is different (the missing windows icon for a start) will cause all that lovely (read: annoying) anxiety to come out instantly and you're back to the high support costs.
The only options for most companies with a bigger workforce then 10 people is to stick with XP, move to Win 7, or be prepared to fork out massive costs to bludgeon the workforce over to a completely different option (Win 8 or Linux). Guess which 2 options are most popular?
A $10million (100%) increase in pay for the CEO. Which would mean there would be similar percentage level increases across the board of directors and other top execs, so we can probably say somewhere in the region of $100 million in pay rises for the board, top execs, their secrateries, marketing departments, etc.
Now lets assume that each of those people being sacked are on $50,000 a year income (probably a ridicuoulsy high average I know for the poor shlobs getting sacked, but it makes the calcs easy), so $100 million divided by that $50,000 equals 2000 workers who could keep their jobs and contribute to the company, if the upper management werent a bunch of greedy scumf%&ks.
Someone really needs to take to CISCO management with the "Clue Bat" (i.e. a piece of 2"x4")
Re: What's the big deal?
Right. I'm sure that's a much easier way of finding out whats going on, then to just you know ASK your partner who the number is for. But then I suppose that would mean she had to admit that she was spying on her husbands phone bill in the beginning. There's a little thing called trust and without it you may as well not bother with the whole marriage thing...
I wonder if Cook will have the balls...
... to pull a Jobs and reply to all the people complaining with "you're just looking at wrong!"
I guess I'm going to get downvoted here...
Honestly people are always whinging about Easyjet and Ryanair, but you get what you bloody well pay for! For example, it's cheaper for me to get from Bremen to London with Ryanair than it is for me to get from Bremen to Berlin by train, which in my opinion is brilliant.
But I dont expect good service with Ryanair, I dont expect good seats, and frankly I dont expect to get their on time, because if I want those things I'll pay extra and fly with one of the expensive airlines (Lufthansa, etc.), and then if the service is bad, the seats uncomfortable or the plane delayed, THEN i have a right to bitch and moan and complain.
The people complaining about Ryanair and Easyjet service would also be the first ones complaining if the prices of those airlines went up, which is what would need to happen if you want the good service, comfortable seats and ontime flights. You cant have it both ways.
Oh and as for the sailor boy who by being delayed 90mins on a flight would miss his ship sailing from Portsmouth. What the hell is he doing leaving it to that late stage to get back in time (and using an airline like Easyjet when time is so critical!). If I was his CO, whether he made it or not, he'd be copping one hell of an earful. When you have something as important as a sailing to catch, you do not fly in with minutes to spare BECAUSE you will ALWAYS get delays...
Let the downvotes commence...
Re: But that's only slightly better than my book!
"It's like saying in 2030, a £20 toaster will have 256GB of RAM and an 80-core processor."
Yeah, but I bet the toast is perfect everytime... :P
Re: Likely Cause
I'm interested El Reg, was February 2013 a parliametary recess month (i.e. no politicians means no wankers in the house), or was this a busy parliametary time with all hands to the pumps (i.e. the parliametary aides were too busy (i.e. the boss was in) to be watching porn?).
Enquiring minds and all that...