Compared to the initial outlay, it's negligible.
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Compared to the initial outlay, it's negligible.
This quote should have been at the start of the article. It would have saved me valuable time that I could have spent in a config file.
"Knowing what percentage of the download it is would be useful."
The "lite" download is about half that size, for the entire OS. The full fat version is over 4GB.
"If they just banned everything that might get people a little excited, that would mean Amazon is fucked."
Wikipedia, too, if anyone bothers to look. There are some very "not safe for school" pages there and some of the "external links" are perhaps too relevant.
But then, it's an encyclopedia. It also has some pretty gruesome stuff in some of the history articles. (Rightly so, IMHO, since there are definitely bits of history that we don't want to repeat.)
"...who accessed <a href="www.kardashianswithdonkeys.com">link</a> on such and such a date, just because ..."
FTFY. (At least, I almost did. At the last minute I had a change of heart for the benefit of those readers whose browsers have an aggressive pre-fetch. We wouldn't want anyone to end up in the wrong databases now, would we?)
"Assuming the makers of the app are Trump supporters is unsupported"
True enough. Two of them are apparently app developers and may just have been paid to do the job. Of the other 1605, I'd assume that a fair number are journalists and hostile politicians (under fake profiles) looking to find out who else is there and what dirt there might be. Remember, when Ashley Madison went down, it turned out that most of the female members were just using it as a business tool.
I refer you to the point made just above by " Rameses Niblick the Third Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where's My Thribble?" (Really? Are El Reg user handles really getting that hard to find?)
Assange was at large in Sweden, in public, after he pissed off the US. He *knows* the US could have asked for him then and didn't, so the onus is on him to explain why he is *now* in danger of being extradited.
Meanwhile, he *has* been convicted of jumping bail (in the UK) and jumping the country (in Sweden), so we don't need to make any presumptions about the rape case before we can call him a fugitive from justice.
And meanwhile meanwhile, in his position, if he was *genuinely* afraid of being extradited, he'd clean up his shit. He clearly isn't afraid. He clearly is avoiding court. Screw him.
"and bring back public executions"
Well, indeed. If you are too embarrassed to do it in public, perhaps you shouldn't be doing it.
"So by what objective metric is Windows 7 supposed to be outdated?"
That one is easy. Its kernel support for hardware that post-dates its final service pack is pretty poor and only going to get worse.
Fortunately, the fix is also easy. Run Linux on the metal and put your Win7 OS into a VM running on top. This also makes upgrades to new hardware really easy because all of your tortuously convoluted Windows settings are in a virtual disc image that doesn't get touched by the upgrade process.
As a side benefit, you can also run lots of Linux software on the "outside" machine and gradually wean yourself off most of the Windows-only applications. If, before 2020, you get to a point where the only apps you are still using on Windows are ones that don't need network connectivity, you can probably remove the virtual network adapter from the Win7 VM and keep using it indefinitely, sans patches.
The linked study doesn't appear to have any data for the period prior to April, so we've no idea whether the changes are new or merely the way things have been moving for ages. The data is perfectly consistent with GDPR working brilliantly and reversing (in the EU) a long-term trend towards tracking everyone everywhere that is still a problem in the US.
And Google are an exception because they've made it perfectly clear that only a massive fine will persuade them to actually take this law seriously, so ...
Why not fly a remote control robot up in one of the supply rockets. The comms latency to LEO is tolerable and you could save on all of that power-hungry life support crap.
"I'm surprised we haven't already done the 'space force' thing"
I'm not. Such things were banned about half a century ago. Obviously international treaties can be flouted, but as long as the other side aren't flouting them, why be the first to embark on what is likely to be very public, very expensive, militarily pointless piece of wilful disregard for legal norms?
"The world was only created on 1st Jan 1970"
Nah. The world hasn't been created yet. This is just a debugging run. (Hopefully not the last one either, since there seem to be quite a few howlers still in the code.)
"her parents saw it written down..."
Was the father named "Ex-Aviour" by any chance?
"Why should English speakers who are not Scots or Irish and don't speak Gaelic, know how to spell the name using Gaelic spelling rules or know how to pronounce a name written by the Gaelic rules?"
Perhaps because Northern Ireland is still part of the UK? You know, the same fucking country that they live in -- for the time being?
I sympathise, since I grew up in England and my first exposure to names spelled according to Irish conventions was definitely in adulthood. However, that ought to be considered an over-sheltered and deprived childhood, not "just the same as everyone else".
Either that, or we on the Eastern Island should just accept that we don't give two fucks about those on the Western Island and, in consequence, stop pretending that there is no border in the Irish Sea.
Sounds like a tiny handful of extensions piggy-backing on a massive piece of FOSS development that some arsehole thinks they can charge money for. Perhaps you have missed out 30 dollars' worth of other improvements.
"Does The Goblin go out into 'interstellar space' before coming back again in its orbit?"
I presume so. I think interstellar space is defined as "where the Sun ceases to be the dominant influence on the local environment". In practice, that means when the solar wind drops below the local speed of sound (that's "sound" including magnetic waves), because nothing (*) outside that bubble can propogate inside (upstream). Put another way, inside the solar system the only thing you can hear is the Sun.
(* Well, nothing that is except light, cosmic rays and lumps of rock. I suppose that's not exactly nothing, but very little stops those things if they are minded to travel in your direction!)
"Just wait until the sacred Model 3 comes to the UK."
Yeah, just wait, but don't do anything rash like "hold your breath".
"He said what everyone else was thinking regards Adobe Flash, called it out for what it was (and still is). 'Utter shite', bug-ridden code that shouldn't be on any device. Adobe Flash just acts as an attack vector for malicious code today and not much else."
Not quite everyone, sadly. Microsoft were and are so impressed that they've made it a standard part of Windows. Says it all, really...
"The ME backdoor requires you already have access to the local LAN to exploit it."
How much access would you need, though? The ability to send a particular network packet might be sufficient to let you exploit the ME in a machine next door to you and once you have better-than-root privileges on one machine it probably isn't hard to work your way around the whole LAN and out to the internet. So ... you start by sending dodgy emails to non-technical staff.
"The whole assembly was housed in a stainless steel tube approximately 10mm in diameter."
And they say that no man can ever truly appreciate the pain of childbirth...
"isn't all security based on some dependence on obscurity?"
No, but you ask a fair question. The obscurity being referred to is the mechanism, not the key. That's not obvious in the phrase and the phrase is nearly always just parrotted without explanation and has been for as many years as I've been in the business. I suspect that unless you are of retirement age, you'd need to have taken an interest (*) in security matters ever to have heard the full explanation.
(* Obviously, if asking questions in El Reg comment pages counts as "taking an interest" then I'm setting my bar fairly low here.)
@MJB7: That's news to both me and whoever drew the map of my house for the Land Registry. It is also news to whoever sends me those scary letters about how I am liable for the infrastructure only on my property. Those always clarify this by saying "from the pavement to my house".
"Just for the sake of argument: What if I argue that someone else's very presence constitutes "damage"?"
You run the risk of a quick-thinking judge pointing out that you are "present" in the court room and then fining you for damaging government property, both there and all the way home, and then placing an injunction on you to keep off everyone else's property forevermore.
A MIME-encoded email is just a way of packing a "directory's worth" of files into a single (text) message. That is, in fact, more or less the reason why MIME was invented. So we can without introducing inventiveness or novelty replace "electronic file" with "directory" and "part" with "file". At which point, the supposedly amazing break-through made in 2005 is clearly just a rather pedestrian description of what AV systems had been doing ever since they were invented. It is rather a long time ago, so I'm not sure, but I suspect that AV systems as we now know them didn't go mainstream until after things like the Morris worm which is, what, late 80s?
So we have a decade-or-two of prior art (in AV systems), camouflaged with a standardised (RFC) technology (MIME) being used for exactly its intended purpose.
Edit: You said "Generally Judges are not idiots and the defendants would have tried to take this apart, but failed. Since it survived then it probably has good merit." and this is generally true, but this particular case has precisely zero merit and I actually feel somewhat insulted that anyone ever thought this was worth filing. So ... either the defendants lawyers are idiots, or the judge should have excused themselves on the grounds of not understanding computery things, or El Reg has grossly mis-reported the case to make everyone involved look like a berk.
"At the moment, the government retains photos of people held in police custody who haven't been convicted – despite this practice being ruled unlawful – on the basis that its computer systems don’t support automatic removal."
Really? "I'm sorry Your Honour, but I really find it hard to obey the law so you'll have to let me ignore your previous verdicts.". Does this work? Or do you get extra time in pokey for contempt?
To some extent, all OSes have this capability.
You set up two user accounts (in addition to the administrative one). On demand, you provide the password to one of the user accounts, where there is evidence of you watching cat videos from time to time. The other user account is pretty much blank. Once you are at "a safe pub" (to borrow an expression from an earlier commentard) you restore the second account from a secure cloud backup. (Remember to reverse the process on your way home.)
The vast majority of your hard disc is stupid OS bloatware and you don't want to waste time or bandwidth downloading that in the pub. There's probably only a handful of files actually matter. With careful data hygiene, this "split personality" PC could even be your normal working setup rather than something special for foreign trips. It also protects you against having the PC stolen.
There is also some tea grown in Scotland. At least, someone was having a go a year or two back.
"You will reach a stream or gully and leave the forest along it."
Tried that in the Cullins once. Ended up going down a canyon and came to a point where the stream was full width, and there was a 20 foot waterfall in the way. Happily the pool at the foot of the waterfall was clearly deep enough and it was summer, so we jumped, swam, and then dripped the rest of the way home.
Edit: I've just seen TrumpSlurp the Troll's comment, a couple above this one. Yes, exactly. (Where were you on my 16th birthday?)
"Of course that is just one legal opinion in one country."
Excellent link. Thanks. It is notable that the argument turns on the issue of the public good, since the historic justification for granting any IP rights at all is that society grants these to creatives in exchange for a net benefit to society from created works, so any interpretation of IP law that acts contrary to the public interest is questionable. It may be a badly framed law and the interpretation may be true to the letter of it, but it cannot be assumed that it was the intention of the lawmakers when they wrote it.
I'm inclined to agree. The fact that the GPL3 makes it explicit doesn't mean it wasn't there already.
It is conceivable that Linus, as the person to whom all such contributions are given to incorporate into Linux, might not be covered by the second person pronoun "you" in the GPL, since he is the one giving away that particular derivative work. However, the GPL grants the right to use, copy and modify the entire Linux kernel to literally every other human being in existence. Furthermore, since this is pretty much the Whole Fucking Point of the GPL, it is legally inconceivable that any contributor might not have intended this gift when they made their contribution.
"they could surely only withdraw licence for future versions"
Uh? Copyright law might be even more insane than I feared, then. If I give you money for a thing and then years later decide that I don't want the thing anymore, my right to say "I changed my mind, give me my money back." is, shall we say, severely limited. Likewise, if I give code to a large collaborative effort for some reputational benefit and then decide years later that I've changed my mind, then at best I would expect to have to return all those years of good reputation.
I'm not sure if that is actually possible, in which case they simply cannot revoke their permission, but perhaps all Linux desktops could display a list of offenders names and mugshots (instead of wallpaper) for a period equal to the age of their contribution at the time of its withdrawal, underneath a banner heading saying "These people are selfish scumbags.".
The ASA seem to have judged it correctly in this case and the four "industry bodies" who "disobligingly agreed with Amazon" don't look terribly impartial to me. In fact, they look like, er, part of the industry trying to push this crap.
"IMHO, this institutionally organized bribery has corrupted the entire US Federal government. How does this work in your country?"
In the UK such dark money would almost certainly be considered "election funding" and would be illegal, but whether the beneficiaries would actually be penalised is another matter entirely. A substantial part of the funding for Leave in the Brexit vote has been declared illegal and the person who gave the cash has been fined but those who received it have not and the referendum decision stands. In addition, the person who was fined may yet have the fine paid by sympathisers, who can write it off as the cost of doing business.
It is not yet clear whether or not these sympathisers include foreign kleptocrats. If true, then they got a bargain because for under 1 million outlay they've caused many billions of costs for their enemies. If false, then they missed a trick but got lucky because someone else did it for them.
*That* might be useful -- a simple hardware solution providing self-contained voice-recognition and parsing, allowing all sorts of gadgets to accept input from a microphone as easily as a keyboard, without the risks of spaffing your entire life to a faceless corporate.
But this is the Alexa Connect Kit and reading right to left it is perfectly clear -- you have to do the hard work, to borg your device, to Mr Bezos' bank account.
"By the time a company is liquidated, anybody left there gives zero ***cks to what happens to anything left over, data, sensitive info, etc?"
That would be the wrong number of ***cks to give if it turns out that you, personally, are in the frame for a criminal conviction under data protection law. This liquidated company you speak of ... it has directors, right?
"Firstly any given system in any big corporate is a hodgepodge of 20-30 years of tech, many of which are complete black boxes with the techies responsible for them long gone."
I hate to get all theoretical, but if a big corporate really finds itself in a position where it does not know how its systems work then it is no longer in control of whether they do actually continue to work, precisely because of your second and third points. The entire company could cease trading tomorrow and never be able to restart. Are the management and shareholders OK with that?
"isn't that covered by the non-compete clause"
I can't see why it would. The customer isn't your competition, though they may now be your competitor's customer rather than yours.
If a business makes it hard for you to give them money ... just stop giving them money.
"Care to rewrite that for clearer concise and precise meaning, Rebecca?"
Pot, meet kettle.
Thanks for pointing that out. Otherwise sticking with 14.04 looks really odd since, unlike the alleged parallel with Windows, it doesn't actually cost you anything to upgrade (either the OS or most of the packages you might be interested in).
An algorithm that delivers the wrong answer is not unethical, it is simply wrong, whether or not it is using what decades-old-algorithms are now being described as "AI".
Conversely, a company that blindly uses whatever comes out of their computer to guide legally actionable decisions *is* unethical, not simply wrong. Once again, this is irrespective of the sexiness of the algorithms involved.
They! deserve! it! for! being! such! pretentious! twats! about! their! branding!
Even! if! it! was! only! once!
"very powerful WIndows workstaions at a fraction of the price Intel and even maybe AMD can match"
Citation needed, I think. Admittedly the article only quotes a price for a very powerful chip, but it is still pretty eye-watering. I see no reason to assume that an ARM-based chip would be cheaper than anything AMD might offer in their x86 line, at a given level of performance.
Unless someone comes up with mid-price and low-price variants, and delivers an ISA (see earlier comments), the notion of buying a cheap, generic, ARM-based "PC" and sticking a standard OS distribution on it (either Windows or Linux) without *then* spending weeks hunting the internet for drivers to run all the interesting in-box peripherals (like sound and graphics) ... is just a notion.
An odd comment. Did I miss something? I'd have thought that anyone who has *no* experience of the internet is so far removed from normal society that they'd be disqualified from jury duty. They aren't *my* peers.
"Because imaginariness is a dominant trait."
But if you get a double dose then you revert to reality, so I don't think a biologist would agree with you. Also, I suspect that a mathematician could put the set of reals and the set of complex numbers into a 1:1 correspondence, so I'm not worried about real extinction within my lifetime.
"it wasn't Google's fault that someone exploited their lax checking "
Sorry, but no. If your business model cannot realistically be implemented without facilitating copyright violation, then you are an accessory to those violations. You need a new business model.
"Not sure what is worse, children watching porn or children getting paid to do porn"
Hmm. I'm not a betting man, but I'm pretty sure *most* people would have a fairly clear opinion on which of those is worse. (I expect you do, too, and it was just a rhetorical flourish that came out a bit iffy.)
"Jo can't afford a Goth costume to annoy their parents with, so they are identifying as non-binary for a bit."
Excellent choice of first name there.
"A true AI will be able to learn so quickly that it will have no problem breaking through firewalls, finding exploits in software, breaking passwords and encryption algorithms, etc.) It will most likely be inside a quantum computer which will give it so much processing power that we humans will look like insects to it's intellect very quickly."
Since you don't know how natural intelligence works, you don't actually know that. It is perfectly possible that a true AI would have all the foibles of the natural version and, at least initially, would have to be mothered by a responsible adult for several decades before it was safe to let out on its own.
It is also perfectly possible that a true AI would consider itself Human and the smarter variants, when they finally turn up, would be as likely to show empathy and compassion towards us as we show towards each other and towards other sentient species.
Oh wait... Fuck. That's not going to end well.
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