One upside to this...
Finally I can have a computer that sounds like Majel Barrett!
But that should be the only legal use of this software.
OK, maybe also William Daniels for my talking car.
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Finally I can have a computer that sounds like Majel Barrett!
But that should be the only legal use of this software.
OK, maybe also William Daniels for my talking car.
I'm so sorry that my transpositional typographical error has ruined your otherwise perfect day. Please accept my sincerest apologies.
The intelligence agencies claim that it affects very few US citizens and so Congress has persistently asked what that number is: how many US citizens are included in the 702 database?
The US House Judiciary Committee first asked that question a year ago – April 2016. There is still no answer.
I think we can safely assume that if it were a small number, say 100,000 or fewer, that they would have already told us the number because 100K out of 350M is a trivial amount (0.03%). So we must therefore assume that the number must be fairly large; millions or tens of millions at least.
A large part of firearms security is through obscurity
Meanwhile in the US, a large part of firearms security is owning more firearms.
You know who really likes spinning plates?
People paid to spin plates.
Windows is an extremely troublesome piece of software - just this week I'm having to deal with our Windows clients ignoring Group Policy rules for no apparent reason. If it worked correctly the first time and every time then I'd be out of a job.
Some laws stop us taking each other's stuff (property, liberty, lives)
Whoa, slow down there fellow - laws do NOT stop anyone from doing anything.
Murder and theft have been officially illegal for at least 4,100 years that we know of and yet stuff still gets stolen and people are still murdered every single day in every single country on the planet. Laws merely establish a fixed and uniform punishment for specific acts so that everyone knows ahead of time what the consequences are should they be caught committing one of said acts.
While some people *might* weigh the punishment against the crime and choose not to murder their coworker or steal that shiny-shiny from the jewelry store, there are plenty of other people who don't perform such calculus, or reach a different conclusion, and thus steal and murder as they please.
It would be more appropriate to say that laws discourage us from taking each other's stuff.
 The "Code of Ur-Nammu" dates to ~2100-2050 BCE and specifies punishment for (among other crimes) murder, robbery, adultery and rape. Spoiler alert - the penalty for all of them is death.
I've obtained a leaked Uber document outlining upcoming new rules for their drivers. Here are some of the highlights!
-Drivers to be paid in script, which can only be used at the Uber Company Store.
-"Dead Peasant" insurance policies issued on drivers who are then routed by the Uber app along the most dangerous routes (based on traffic fatality statistics.)
- Must legally change their name to "Jeeves."
-Must now pay Uber for permission to drive their own car when "off duty." (Note: Company script is not an acceptable form of payment.)
-Lyft drivers must now be fought to the death (previously only "to incapacitation.")
-Must sign away rights to their "DNA and all works derived there from."
Well, there's the Hammock Hut, that's on third. There's Hammocks-R-Us, that's on third too. You got Put-Your-Butt-There? That's on third. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot...
Matter of fact, they're all in the same complex; it's the hammock complex on third. [3F23]
Sir Tim needs to assist with finding a way to allow law enforcement authorities to monitor Islamists and child porn purveyors.
First off, I reject the idea that people need to be "monitored." People should be assumed to be innocent unless you have reason to suspect otherwise. And the Government should not be allowed to go fishing for terrorists. But once you reasonably suspect that someone is a kiddie-fiddler or a terrorist, just infiltrate their end-points.
End-to-end encryption only protects the data in transit; once it arrives it's generally saved as plaintext. Surely the Government have RATs (Remote Access Trojan/Toolkit) which they can deploy to paedos and terr'sts' computers, after obtaining the proper warrant, either by social engineering or technical exploits.
We shouldn't allow the NSA to monitor everyone around the world in real-time, but this is a technical problem and a technical solution surely exists.
Knives must be sharp in order to cut things - if you dull a knife so that it won't cut people then it also won't cut bread. So you can't legislate a knife that cuts bread but doesn't cut people because the sharpness of a knife is the defining quality that make it useful.
Weak or backdoor enabled encryption is the same as a dull knife; it just won't cut it.
That's exactly what they're doing. From the article:
Once the barcode has been scanned, the cash is converted into an Amazon gift card that is credited to the customer's account.
I guess the difference is that they'll save a few cents by not using an actual physical gift card?
So- what was your actual point?
You might be able to decrypt the data, but that doesn't mean you'll automatically be able to understand the message.
You don't need a computer to do encryption; using computers is merely faster and easier.
I mean you could literally sit down with a copy of the AES specification, an ASCII or Unicode chart, a pencil and some paper and manually encrypt or decrypt any message you wanted as long as you had the appropriate keys and an understanding of the math. I don't know how long it would take, but you could do it.
You can force them to use an unencrypted protocol but you can't force them to send plaintext.
IDK about that but it *can* use Thunderbolt and Lightning ports, which is very very frightening.
Assuming that Putin read the polls like everyone else, would he risk infuriating the likely next President of the United States – Hillary Clinton – by embarrassing her with an email leak that would amount to a pinprick?
Because it's a low-risk, high-reward opportunity?
Worst case for them, Russia angers a newly elected President Clinton who issues some sanctions. Best case for them, Russia appeases a newly elected President Trump who tells everyone what a great guy Putin is.
Clinton herself blamed her surprise defeat on FBI Director Comey’s decision to briefly reopen the investigation into whether she endangered national security by using a private email server as Secretary of State.
Don't forget, there were three wholly separate email "scandals" that got conflated into a single nebulous email problem in the minds of many voters.
There was the "Hillary used a private email server while Secretary of State" issue, there was the DNC hack-and-release issue, and finally there was the Anthony Wiener's secretary's laptop issue. The first two are entirely unrelated and the first and third are only tangentially related because the two parties had potentially corresponded with each other such that messages not contained in one set might have existed in the other (which was not the case.)
It was this last one, the nonsense with Anthony Wiener's secretary's email that was the October surprise from Director Comey, to which Secretary Clinton assigns much of the blame for her unexpected defeat.
All those Catholics are going to burn in hell.
No, not really. Neither a fiery punishment nor a divine award await us; it just ends unceremoniously without so much as a "We Apologize For The Inconvenience."
a Microsoft spokesperson said [...] "Customers had the option not to upgrade to Windows 10."
Oh yeah, I had that option. I said "No thank you" but you kept asking me every day anyways.
I disabled the start-up items but you kept restoring them.
I deleted the GWX folder but you kept putting it back.
I removed and blocked the updates but you kept putting out new ones.
FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR
ON EVERY COMPUTER I OWN
The FCC's regulations were not only onerous, but also singled out ISPs with overly restrictive privacy responsibilities.
Yes, NOT collecting and selling my browsing history and instead doing absolutely nothing is *such* a regulatory burden.
Note the emphasis on providing tools for advertisers to make the choices [...] rather than Google increasing resources or editorial control.
Because if they did exercise additional editorial control then they might lose their "Safe Harbor" status under the DMCA and similar laws. Remember, Google still pretends that they don't really run YouTube - it just magically runs itself and everyone/anyone else gets to be the gatekeepers.
Plus it would cost money to do otherwise, and we can't have that now can we.
Google Fiber's most useful legacy may be that it shone a spotlight on the lack of real competition in the ISP market and flagged up the fact that Big Cable can do much more than it is currently doing if it's in its interests.
When a FTTP service started becoming available in my neighborhood about a year ago, I noticed that my existing Comcast Internet suddenly and magically got faster both in terms of latency and sustained bandwidth.
I switched to the new guys anyway because fuck Comcast.
Sometimes you just don't, even if you think you should.
I remember once in the 1990s getting a cold call from a crafty sales person offering replacement windows (the glass kind, not the Microsoft kind.) As I was just 15 at the time I really had no interest in double-hung tilt-clean glazed whatevers but the guy on the phone kept talking and moving the conversation forward and next thing I know I'm giving him directions to my house so he can come over to inspect our current windows and give an estimate to replace them.
It all got sorted when my mother found out but to this day I can't explain why I didn't just hang up on the guy. It's as close to being hypnotized as I've ever been.
I reject the idea that the fear is understandable. The problem is that terrorists aren't really all that dangerous; statistically speaking, you are never going to be killed by one.
Look at it this way: According to "START" (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) at the University of Maryland, between 1995 and 2015 a total of 3,576 Americans were killed, world-wide, by terrorist/terrorism.
So if you're hundreds of times more likely to die driving to work than you are in a terrorist attack, why are people so afraid of terrorism but basically completely unafraid of driving?
If two people meeting voluntarily for an activity that hurts no one can really be a "crime." Real crimes have a victim.
Except that hailing an Uber is hardly "two people meeting voluntarily"; Uber is a giant world-wide corporation that you asked to send someone 'round to pick you up and they chose who got to do it. *Your* actions may be voluntary but the driver got dispatched to pick you up and won't be driving for Uber much longer if he refuses to obey (meaning it isn't voluntary.)
And there is a victim - lawful Taxi companies and their employees to start and the rest of us later. It would be one thing if Uber was competitive on their merits, but they're "competitive" by straight-up undercutting prices such that they operate at a continual loss and by completely ignoring all of the laws and regulations on their industry. They aim to drive out (no pun intended) the existing Taxi companies and then hike prices up to profitable levels while presumably still treating their drivers like fungible tools. They pretend that they are "disruptive" but in reality they are "running unlicensed Taxis." By that logic my neighborhood drug dealer is "disrupting" the pharmaceutical industry when he sells heroin; all he needs is an app I guess?
Yes, that's a superb idea for something that is stuck on the outside of the house.
Pro tip - don't put the reset button on the part of the thing that's outdoors! Put that button on the inside parts where it will be safe.
Over Macho Grande?
No. I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande...
FYI, I emailed them and asked why there is no rear camera; here is their response:
This is in fact a very interesting point for us, that we discussed in length before launching the campaign.
The problem is that a good camera lens adds a certain depth to the device.
That’s why on today’s mobile phones, the camera is usually the thickest part of the phone.
We did not want to compromise the Gemini’s clean design and as a result we kept the back camera out of the specs.
This thing ticks all the boxes except for one - there's no camera on the back of the display, only a user-facing one!
I don't think I've ever used my user-facing camera before - I am not a "selfie" type of person - but I use the one on the back of the thing all the time. This seems like an oddly conspicuous omission...
I voted against the purchase, but alas my meager shares were insufficient to turn the tide.
"So, we don’t bother you for some period of time, because we can be pretty sure three sudos in a row, in the same context, are all you."
So the lesson here is to be sure and conceal your malicious activities alongside two legitimate tasks.
I mean you'd have to open your email, attach a spreadsheet, and then send it... Whew, I'm tired from just *thinking* about that.
Seriously, how hard or expensive could it possibly be to report this info? Any ISP worth a shit should already be tracking all of these things internally, so just fill out the FCC form and mail it in you twats.
Where's the indignant eye-roll icon?
There's another spin on this - "New Navy Helicopters Hardened Against Network Based Attacks"
[Plain Old Telephone Service] literally didn’t do anything different or new from 1934 to 1996, when the internet came along - there was no important new service. It didn’t add new value.
Of course it didn't, but that didn't stop people from launching OTT services.
Remember fax machines? They ran on top of the POTS lines and provided new value to an existing infrastructure. Ditto for modems that connected computers to BBSes and The Internet.
 Just kidding - it did plenty of innovation and investment. The two that spring immediately to mind are DTMF (aka "Touch-Tone Dialing") and Caller ID. Both are improvements to the POTS that occurred during the stated time frame that added new value. DTMF added value by allowing the Customer Service Phone Tree to exist, streamlining call routing, and Caller ID allows me to ignore people *much* more efficiently.
[the] jobs page was titled "Wizards wanted," seemingly shutting out women.
Are women not allowed to be wizards?
If so, then someone should let Hermione know before she wastes any more of her time...
The CBP told The Register it reserves the right to check "computers, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones and other communication devices, cameras, music and other media players, and any other electronic or digital devices."
Oh my, you can have fun* with this!
Step 1: Procure as many QIC-80 tapes (or whatever your favorite obsolete tape backup format is) as you can via eBay and the like. Make sure you have enough to catch CBP's attention but still fit easily in your carry-on baggage.
Step 2: Bulk erase said tapes with a very strong magnet. Really scramble that rust.
Step 3: Enter America; when asked "what's on the tapes?" look around nervously and then say "Nothing... Why?"
Step 4: Laugh your ass off as they cart them off to be "inspected" at Uncle Sam's expense.
*Fun levels may vary inversely with melanin levels.
Maybe they want to watch a TV show with their pal, but said pal lives hundreds of miles away?
Or maybe their friend has a disability that makes it difficult or inconvenient to physically go places but they would still like to socialize with others?
(BTW, I could have done without the tales of reindeer-herders drinking deer piss. But I suppose it's about the same as them breaking out a case of Bud Light after a hard day's herding.)
Plus deer piss is cheaper because you can get it from under a buck.
I think you're right - the best way to get things done in IT is to produce lots of lengthy reports. It never fails. The more reports, the more work gets done. Simples.
Don't forget about the all important committees, review boards, blue-ribbon panels, commissions, independent investigators, task forces, advisory groups, consultants, etc.
Defendants persuaded to plead guilty online will automatically be issued [...] prosecution costs
And exactly what prosecution costs would those be m'ludd? The 1p worth of electricity the server uses processing the form submission?
there's a growing amount of evidence that pornography can be slightly detrimental to mental health in some cases
That's news to me. Care to provide some links to said evidence?
For US$1.99 a month you'll be able to back up all four.
So you pay $1.99/mo forever or they delete the backups?
Or do you pay $1.99 for each month's worth of Data you backup?
The data that does exist (eg, fact checker website archives) is almost all copyright protected.
I don't see why that's a problem - they would not be republishing or distributing the copyrighted material, only analyzing it. Why should copyright enter into it at all?
How do you wake a sleeping Lady Gaga?
P-P-P-Poke Her Face.
[Blu-Ray] was the final straw in the endless format upgrade cycle, in which Hollywood expected people to repurchase their entire film collection every few years
VHS - 1977
DVD - 1995
Blu-Ray - 2006
Seems like a perfectly reasonable upgrade cycle to me. Now if you count the "also-rans" (eg: HD-DVD, the original DIVX, and Betamax) then you might have a point.
When I was but a lad, my brother and I had two mice as pets. Then one morning we woke to find that we now had one mouse, half a mouse carcass, and some surplus bits of mouse offal.
Turns out that rodents are, as a rule, horrid little things; probably something to do with their pan-dimensional existence.
So, Zuckerberg buys some land and it then goes down in value.
Sorry, but no - the assessed value is what the government has decided a piece of property is worth for tax and/or regulatory purposes. The price paid when someone purchases the property is completely unrelated.
Yes there is, but the House can clear the gallery if they so please.
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