It still amazes me that people didn't realise that their government agencies were spying on them. It was obvious from the first days of the net ( 'traceroute' for example).
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I would like to see a LEO, I worked on one in the 60's and then we upgraded to an NCR315 with ferrite rings as well as valves. I used to love the half an hour the valves used to take to warm up, coffee time:-)
I guess BPLand will have no interest for me ( I am already fully versed in the codebreaking side) and so, if I am that way, it will the TNMOC only that receives my £s and I will gaze lovingly over Colossus.
Crikey, looks to me like Google have set Microsoft up for a big fall. I suspect the major future home for Office will be on Apple [ windows may already be terminally ill]. I did think the cloud, but then, well, what's the betting Office soon runs like a whale on Chrome?
Looks to me like a remarkably astute move by Google. So glad that I do not knowingly use their products. Soon they will be sending Androids back in time to kill as all in a Thermo Nuclear war engineered..... sorry, I'll get my coat.
I am still using my iPAD1 - does everything I need a pad for (browse web). Other stuff is adequately covered by my MBA, MBP and iMac. Interestingly, my eyesight is poor enough that I do not notice the improvements in my retina display on my MBP over my MBA. My OH still uses her iPadMini on a daily basis and loves it and feels no need to upgrade (but she does want a new case, her existing case is beginning to fall apart). All is calm in the world.
Re: As if I needed yet another reason...
well that’s fine for you, for me it’s another reason why I do buy apple, and why I buy from the Apple store then go and get my sim from Tesco (or wherever is currently cheapest) on a month by month contract. OH, and when I buy my new iPhone (or whatever) the nice tech in the store transfers everything and makes sure all is working before I leave. I am not [enough of ] a techie, I just want stuff to work. Thank you.
The enterprise will move away from PCs, be they slim or fat, and move to diskless, thin devices on the desk that run all approved apps in the central server farm, this will reduce risk of attack by virus/worm etc at the user interface, and will reduce cost. Enterprises will stay with MS products, too much historic real estate is written in Office 97 or 2003 format and the cost of retraining and re tooling is prohibitive. MS Office is the big pull here for enterprises, nothing else fits the bill, certainly not the free stuff from Sun.
Home users fall into two camps, IMO, those that use computers at work, and those that don't. Those that use computers at work tend to gravitate to something that runs familiar software at home, and in that many enterprises still have not migrated from WinXP, Win8 or RT etc is not hugely attractive for home use. Those that don't use computers at work tend to go for what ever is used by mates, word of mouth seems to be the key here. Often they buy Android kit.
There is a third group, the Apple Orchard. They tend to like that everything works together, then can synch their iTunes library across devices easily, push all their contacts from their old iPhone to their shiny new one, and they like a degree of 'exclusivity' with possibly most of their friends/colleagues in the Msoft or Android camps.
iWorks, be it free or not, is essentially pants. It is feature stark and anyone who has tried to write technical or commercial documents knows that it is not fit for purpose. The same writers of these documents also discover quite quickly that trying to write anything other than a quick text by dabbing fingers on the screen is a non starter. MS know this also and wisely provided a version of MSOffice complete with VBA for Apple OSX systems.
I cannot see, after the Win8 debacle, MS gaining back the large percentage of the market that they once enjoyed in terms of PC hardware and OS, but if they are canny they will move Office ahead and ensure it has cross platform functionality and is the must have productivity tool regardless of platform. I think that Apple has about the maximum penetration in terms of H/w that it will get, and I think Android will continue to bring out varieties and flavours every few months to fill the gap left over. Consumers of such items are, IMO, likely to replace their android kit on a more frequent basis than MS or Apple users.
It is for reasons like this, exactly like this, that I live 4.8 miles from the neighbours, I don't use wifi, and have two separate wired networks in the house. On one, connected to the internet, i have diskless pc, a boot disk, a printer and a scanner. I boot from the disk and print anything i want to transfer to my other network. My other network is fully wired, has pc's, printers, scanners, and anything i want to transfer from the one network to the other I print on one system and scan into the other.
Oh, wait, perhaps I don't, maybe i just steal a neighbours wifi using a similar backdoor to the mentioned in this article. I love the prevalence of BT supplied H/W in the UK :-)
Backdoors have been around for a very long time, for some odd reason they seem to get little reportage, perhaps that is because of hidden influence?
i know at least one very large organisation whose Windows XP pc's do not connect to the internet and hence there is no security risk (USB also locked down, CD drives disabled etc). Peeps who want the internet go to internal internet kiosks or cafe's that are airgapped from the main network by sheepdips etc. it isn't difficult and it stops people wasting time trawling the internet rather than working. So far, no issues. ever. Those that do need to view the internet (procurement, finance, BOFHs etc) seem to manage very well with the current arrangements. Why should they spend money to upgrade at the moment when WinXP/Office2003 etc meet 99% of the corporate needs?
oh no, not more needless bureaucracy
i used to only buy Nokia, all the chargers fitted all the phones, then they changed the pin size, so they included adapters with all the phones - that was great. Now I only buy Apple, and all the phones and tablets use one of two chargers, but the adapter is a costed extra (still OK, but not so good). I have no interest in my chargers' fitting someone else's phone, or someone else's charger fitting mine. It is my responsibility to make sure my phone is charged and that I have the capability to recharge it if needed ( The USB charging lead is not exactly huge in my pocket). If I cock that up and my phone goes flat, that is my fault. I really do not need unelected European mandarins determining that the charger lead for my phone is the same as every one else's. Next thing you know they will demand that the outlet socket for your house electricity is the same all over Europe, so that you can plug your standard charger in wherever you are in Europe. The sooner UK gets out of the meddling EU the better.
Re: Wait, hear that?
I know of a number of large organisation networks running windows xp where the LANs are not connected to the internet and where USB is disabled. They run, they work, they do the job. Alongside them you can often find smaller LANs that have internet facing PCs, but totally isolated so that never the two will talk. It is not difficult for organisations to make IT decisions, but the cost of change to W7 is indeed huge. Especially if XP and Office still meet the corporate need.
something for nothing, someone always complains
I used to work for the CEGB and I remember a complaint that came in from a a woman who had a new Fluorescent Light fitted in her kitchen that would not turn off, even when the mains to the house was isolated. When we investigated we noted that she had part of the National Supergrid going right over her bungalow. Local area board replaced her tube light fitting with a standard bulb fitting. It amused me to see how the story changed over the years, at the last iteration I heard she had hundreds of tubes all over her house getting free light. All rubbish of course. Just one woman complaining, dealt with. Next.
Love the humour
Amusing tongue in cheek article, it did make me think though. When I went to school the primary colours were Red, Yellow and Blue, and we were taught in Art classes how mixing them made all the other secondary colours. Yellow and Blue, for example, made green. How the world has changed, now a secondary is a primary.
yeah, safari does this, too, and very useful I have found it for those rarely used websites. Yes I know abiout it, yes I have a different password for every logon I need, yes I need a way to remember them, yes this is very very useful, and yes, I use a screen saver, with an auto set of a few minutes. No, please do not take this feature away, yes do teach people to lock their screens.
I don't think Sweden is in the EU zone, so I doubt the Eurocrats will use this as a basis for examining the restrictive practices of MC/Visa
In respect of a non us alternative to MC/Visa, obviously Amex fails, the clue is in the name. Wonder if the Arab world or Indian world has an alternative non us Credit Card? I know that their banking morals are different, perhaps it is time for them to spread their wings? The difficulty is getting acceptance in retail outlets.
In terms of anonymous payments being the reason the stop it, I am not sure how this would work? Is the network that you are using part of the authorisation process? I didn't think so apart from the obvious record of the IP address etc. Certainly when I pay online (which is rare ) there are a whole raft of steps to go through to validate the payment
And finally of course, they could always start to accept paypal.
it can hardly be a surprise to the Security Services that the leaks have come from Trusted SysAdmins. It is the same in many companies, in my experience, ordinary users don't always have access to thumb drives or writable drives, but the 'techies' swan in and around with copies of the OS on a burnt drive or a pen drive. We assume they are doing something proper, but what if they are just using our accounts to swipe data? It would be easy enough to do. But then again, it is easy enough to stop too, the problem is, it is the SysAdmins that would have to implement the blocks, and I guess most of them are not motivated? At a recent place I worked, pen drives were locked away, issued only for special jobs, and had to be returned at the end of the day. Unencrypted non registered pendrives did not work on the system. Seems quite safe to me :-) http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/angel_32.png
The Shockwave Rider
Jon Brunner - The Shockwave Rider, as far as I know never made it to film ,but predicted life on the internet, worms, viruses and trojans decades before the existed. Oh, there is a Panther and a girl in it too :)
Failing that, I would Go with Asimov's Foundation series. Big Up to Hari Seldon