So VERY true!
If I had a dollar (or, better yet, a quid) for every time I've heard one of those, I'd be writing this from my own private island.
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If I had a dollar (or, better yet, a quid) for every time I've heard one of those, I'd be writing this from my own private island.
It really does. But likely this will degenerate into finger-pointing between Google and the phone manufacturers. Google will be absolutely safe, no matter what, because the FTC will never do anything to harm them in any way.
If anyone thinks they will, see this article from El Reg last month. Google will just call a certain close friend in the White House, and the nasty FTC will go away and leave poor, abused Google alone.
Don't hold your breath waiting for any patches.
"The significant benefits of these transactions are clear; greater competition..."
Of COURSE! Merging companies obviously produces MORE competition. I can't wait until AT&T, Comcast and Charter merge. Then we'll have LOTS of competition so it will be a buyer's market. Right? I said, "RIGHT?"
And in other news, Big Brother has INCREASED the chocolate ration by 10 grams per week!
The GWX virus hit my wife's computer, too. She complained that wouldn't boot correctly, nor would any of her programs work. She was right, it didn't work at all. Then I realized it had tried to sneak Win X on behind our backs. I managed to do a system rollback and got Win 7 working again, then quickly installed GWX Control Panel to keep her computer safe from the GWX virus.
Next move will be to get her onto Linux, as I did with my own machines many months ago.
"Even in my most Orwellian paranoia I never could have dreamed that the content holders, like Apple, would also reach into your computer and take away what you already owned," the musician said.
Guess he never heard about the Kindles that had content remote erased by Amazon, then. El Reg covered it here.
All the big companies have the same attitude, really, whether it's Apple, MS, Amazon, etc. They truly feel that "All your device are belong to us."
We all have two choices. We can either go along with the manufacturers and stay connected like good, little sheep. Or DISCONNECT your devices from the Internet and/or carefully control what access your devices have (and what data the manufacturers can slurp/delete from them). Take your choice.
I have a suspicion that Lord Bong was involved in the rebranding, as the decision shows clear signs of being Thinkfluence-inspired. Perhaps Lord Bong was involved as a Thinkfluence consultant. Or would that now be correctly referred to as a thinkfluenceer (sounds like "Thinkfluence seer")?
Looking forward to hearing from him soon.
I DAILY get several emails like "your account was signed into by an iPhone in Angola. If this was you, you're all set. Otherwise, click the link below to go to our 'Resolution Center'." And other similar crap. Given how many folks just can't get the idea of how phishing works, I wouldn't be surprised by any number of pawned accounts they have available for sale.
In that event, I'm one of the engineers. And so's my wife!
Being a "'Merican," I hear folks discuss who they're supporting for president a fair bit. I like to listen to WHY they prefer a certain candidate. Most Trump supporters I've heard aren't for him because they expect him to dig a moat between the US and Mexico, set up death camps for illegal immigrants or invade Canada, etc. I mainly hear two reasons for supporting Trump:
1) He has enough money of his own that he can't easily be bought.
2) People are so sick of our federal government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations that they feel it might not be a bad idea to smash it up and start over. They think that Trump might make a good wrecking ball.
To me (1) seems somewhat reasonable, but as for (2), I think Trump would find that Washington has a lot more inertia than one person can overcome. If he wins in November, I guess we'll see -- we'll certainly have to HOPE that he's been talking a lot of bollocks.
ANY tool can be used for good or evil. I can use a hammer to do repairs or build projects in my home. Or, if I were so inclined, I could use it to murder someone.
The "good guys" use encryption tools to smuggle information out of evil nation states. The "bad guys" use these tools to help promote terrorism. Tools aren't good or evil in themselves. The difference is simply how they're used. Be nice if the government could figure that one out.
It's the people vs. the giant corporations, and it's a scary battle. Let's hope the human beings win out over the mega-corporations. We can't beat them at the ballot box anymore, so maybe we can hurt them with strikes, at least.
Verizon thinks they're invulnerable. Maybe they are. But they might want to think about what happened to UPS. They totally dominated shipping - until their strike. After that they haven't seemed (to me, anyhow) to have ever gained back the business or respect they once had.
That imposes the very low limit on what you can spend without filing a ton of paperwork. It's the FED. Therefore, if you're a candidate anywhere in the US, you either have little money, file a ton of paperwork or belong to whoever bankrolls you. One guess which one is most common among the "winners" holding office?
Then stir in the worst Supreme Court decision in history, Citizens United, and the US is totally doomed with hardly a pretense of "government by the people."
Of course that means 1 and 9, so about 19%. Or maybe 1.9%. Or was that .19%? Something like that, anyhow.
Paris 'cause she's smarter than the crooks who are in charge of this inanity. They can't even seem to PRETEND to be providing a useful service here. The clowns who call with the "This is MS Technical Support, and Your Windows has a Virus, but WE CAN HELP!" scam manage a much more convincing job of pretending to do something useful.
when I told them not to use "kill -9".
Hopefully the creators of this masterpiece won't mind when I put this on my voicemail for those who call and want to leave a message when blocking their caller ID. Priceless!
This reminds me of Hitler's touting the "big lie" as being the best way to control the mob. You get caught telling little lies, but big ones somehow slip by in some sort of cognitive dissonance.
LOOK, EVERYONE! WE'RE LIMITING GOVERNMENT SNOOPING! Says the same folks who brought you the Patriot Act, the secret intelligence court and CISA.
The fed could probably bypass the entire normal court process by just going to the NSA archives. Well, they might have to ask the secret intelligence court for permission, but who knows what that court does, since it is, after all, secret? Did someone say "accountability"? No, I didn't think so.
And forget FOIA requests, too, because CISA says they don't apply.
Feinstein getting upset about this? Nope, Feinstein will be laughing at anyone who is foolish enough to buy this big lie. Where the fed is concerned, there ARE no protections. They pry and spy however they like. "All your information are belong to us!" If you don't like the spying, you can go someplace where they don't spy on you, like....uh....well...I dunno, Jupiter, maybe?
My own Kindle is wifi only, and the wifi stays turned OFF. I do everything via USB. Don't need any "cloud" or Amazon snooping on what I'm reading or not reading, and I can manage my books just fine without their help. It may help that it's an old Kindle 3 and not one of the newer "improved" ones.
Amazon has a lot of things going for it, and generally good customer service. However, they have some total twats working there, too. This isn't their only scam. About a year ago, when you bought something, a box would pop up offering a "trial" subscription to Prime ($100 USD/year). The nasty bit is that the "YES" choice was checked by default, and it was small. When trying to do anything with a computer, most people just want rid of any damn pop-up that gets in the way, so they hit the close button. With the default still marked "YES."
So a month or so later, many got a little surprise in the form of a $100 charge on their credit cards (if they used credit cards) or bank accounts (if they used debit cards). I avoided this personally because my paranoia drove me to carefully read the box before I dismissed it, but I know people who were hooked this way, including to the point of getting NSF charges on their checking accounts due to funds unexpectedly missing thanks to this scam. To give what little credit is due, Amazon did refund the $100 charges upon demand.
I'd think Amazon make enough money doing honest business without resorting to deceptive business practices, but I guess I'd be wrong. Bezos really needs to give his business a close, personal look and do a bit of housecleaning.
"Well," said O'Brien, "it's just amazing how a little electricity, properly applied, can help restore one's memories, isn't it, Winston?"
Apparently you Brits have an equivalent of Diane Feinstein? Well, sorry to hear it and all that. These are the sort of people we need to get onto the "B" Ark (we'd have to tell them it was the "A" Ark, of course, to massage their egos). We don't need FTL travel. Just launch it into the sun.
Icon says it all. Welcome to Oceania. Long live Big Brother and INGSOC!
The problem here is that there is only so much radio spectrum available. We're pushing up into the TeraHertz realm nowadays, but it's still short-sighted to tie wireless spectrum up streaming movies and TV to people in their homes.
Of course, people are doing what is cheapest and works for them NOW. Given the current market dynamics, it makes sense to cut your cable and go with mobile. However, as we run out of mobile spectrum because we are using it to stream entertainment to people in their homes, we're going to see a major shift, either through higher fees for mobile access (most likely) or possibly government intervention to keep spectrum from getting clogged up with data for which there are reasonable alternatives that don't involve broadcast spectrum.
This would be even more true if we can ever get fiber laid to where we need it. Even though I live in a large city in California, my choices are to use slow DSL (which I do), mobile data (and blow out my "fast" allocation in a week or so and then be stuck with 3G or slower speeds the rest of the month), or pay through the nose for Comcast cable. There is no cable or fiber competition, of course. And with more people jumping on the "mobile data for streaming at home" bandwagon, there won't be any motivation for the carriers to lay cable or fiber -- until the crunch comes, at which time they will be laying cable and fiber -- at nosebleed prices. But by then it will be either the cheapest or only game in town for home consumption.
Wow! Digital watches, that's a pretty neat idea.
Oops, our backups didn't work. But why work on fixing the problem in our infrastructure that caused it? Instead, let's just sign up to use "someone else's infrastructure" that we don't control or really know much of anything about. Of COURSE that will work so much reliably than anything we control.
A bill to make both pi and e equal to 3.0. This will be known as the "Making Scientific Calculations Simpler Act." Every bit as well-thought out as her encryption bill (or any of her many other Great Ideas), this will foster scientific innovation by making math much simpler for scientists and others. It will catapult the USA into a real leadership position in the scientific world.
Future projects include assisting work on conquering space by getting Congress to repeal the law of gravity.
But if the "tsunami-like wave" were water instead of gravity, how many Olympic swimming pools or Rose Bowl stadiums would it fill? Perhaps we need a new unit for gravity waves?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Instead of trying to vaporize a big rock with a big warhead, how about using a string of small warheads? You detonate them right on the surface. Vaporized rock will be the reaction mass. Repeat until you've got enough delta vee for the rock to be in a desirable orbit.
You'd be hitting the rock in the "side" as viewed from Earth. The radioactive debris would mostly be ejected at high speed away from Earth.
This technique could also be used to slow down the spin of a rock and even nudge it into orbit around the Earth if its original orbit were close enough to Earth's. Bore tunnels in it (away from the radioactive bits), seal and pressurize them. Space station, anyone? This technique could provide quite a bit of cubic space for human use while reducing the need to lift building materials to Earth orbit. If you're lucky, the rock may even contain water, so you could make breathing air and fuel on the spot, again not having to lift it from Earth.
What do you mean fighting Russians? We are at war with Eastasia. Oceania has ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.
A lot of people, confronted with this sort of bollocks would just say "I'm off!" and go to another provider. But there's the problem, you see. Our ISPs conspire to make sure there's little or no actual competition anywhere. So it's "Oh, you're off? To where, precisely?"
I won't pay the one "broadband" provider available where I live their extortionate fee. So, yes, I have slow Internet. It would be nice if this problem could be fixed, which I'm certain our government will attend to right after they get the pigs flying in formation properly. In the meantime, there are worse things than slow Internet.
Mine's the one with the DSL router in the pocket.
A few years ago, they jacked property taxes, but it wasn't implemented correctly. The result was that most homeowners underpaid their taxes. Once the problem was found, the homeowners were all told to cough up ALL of it NOW. For most, this was several thousand $, and they could not do it.
Finally, after petitions and all sorts of political pushback, the state allowed people to pay their back taxes in installments, or so I've heard.
Gotta wonder what those folks over there are up to?
Paris because I think somebody that bright is in charge over there.
I guess I've been confused all this time. I thought that all the other stuff on the page was news items? And these need to be some different (and quite annoying) context because.....?
Like many folks, I recently had an experience with the "Windows X virus." My wife complained that her PC didn't boot right and had no Internet at all. I checked it, and found that Windows X had downloaded (no wonder my Internet connection had been so slow earlier) and tried, but failed, to install.
A quick rollback, installation of GWX Control Panel and some heavy-handed deleting of everything Windows X related solved all her problems. The next fix for her will be Linux Mint.
Looking at that complex diagram gives me the feeling there are a lot of people involved in all this cell phone tracking/advertising/etc.
I think it's time to build the "B Ark" (with apologies to Douglas Adams) and put all these folks aboard. I know we don't have interstellar travel working yet, but we could just shoot it into the sun, which would work well enough. Being rid of these buggers would be worth every penny it cost, too.
Apparently some folks are unhappy with my snarky crack above. Okay. But doesn't this whole story sound like the mayor's daughter calling daddy and saying "Oh, I got a ticket today!" And daddy says "No problem, honey. I'll call the chief of police, and he'll take care of that for you."
So Google is upset they got caught breaking several laws designed to protect people against monopolies? No problem, call Obama, and make that nasty FTC go away. But WHY would he do that? Philosophical reasons? Maybe he's a total laissez-faire free-market guy that makes Tim Worstall look like a socialist? I doubt it. Then why take the part of a large corporation against the people he's supposed to protect? There's something else going on here, and I doubt it would bear the light of day.
I will have you all know that the U S of A has one of the FINEST governments that money can buy.
Icon says it all.
Excuse me, while I put on my tinfoil hat.
Apparently the vast majority of these ransomware attacks seem to come from Russia. I could be wrong about that, although the variant discussed in the article avoids Russian keyboards, and the author speculates, quite reasonably, that it might be to avoid local law enforcement. If Russians are the main actors here, we need to do something to balance out the flow of good and services.
I propose that DARPA, GCHQ or some other appropriate government agency (or agencies) encourage Western hackers to write and deploy locker software that attacks ONLY computers that ARE Russian. Maybe even pass laws specifically exempting citizens who launch computer attacks against Russia. It's a bit of reciprocity, you see. After Russia complains, we can tell them "We have a proposition for you. We'll stop our people from doing this to your country if you work with us on stopping YOUR bad boys and girls doing it to our country."
Might be a way to get some international cooperation, for the first time, in stopping the ransomware plague. Something certainly needs to be done about stopping it, and AFAIK, bugger all has been done so far. Wherever in the world these scum live, they need to be tracked down and jailed.
As another legislature purchased by big telecoms? Why am I not surprised?
Truly, the boards of both AT&T and Verizon (and probably the other ones, too -- better safe than sorry) should be taken out and SHOT. Well, okay, maybe just give them life without parole. In the worst prison they can find. But really, either of those options is too good for them.
Of course, nothing like that will never happen. Instead, the big companies will continue to laugh all the way to the bank. They will screw the taxpayers by getting crooked and incompetent legislatures to hand over tax money to them, and will then screw the taxpayers AGAIN by continuing to charge ridiculous prices for crap service. Then the government will have to raise taxes again because they're out of money. It's just the way government works, folks.
A recently found copy of the Encyclopedia Galactica that fell through a time warp has an entry under "Telecomms Companies." They are defined as "A bunch of evil jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came." Viva la revolucion!
Don't forget to cut their heads off and bury the head separately from the body. With garlic in the mouth. Best to also cover the body in garlic, too. And put some crucifixes in there, as well. THEN nuke it all.
This is like some bad horror movie where the monster just WON'T DIE, no matter what they do to it.
World + Dog to SCO: Please, please, do EVERYONE ELSE a favor and just DIE ALREADY. Okay?
Children are pretty much "intelligent," but I've watched kids smashing stuff just for fun. What about an air traffic control system that just decided to "smash stuff" just to see what would happen? Oh, look, the pretty flames! In addition to creating intelligence, you need to figure out a way to make AIs CARE about what they are doing, both from a quality standpoint, and a moral standpoint. Morals programming, anybody? Maybe start with Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
Obligatory XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1613
The judge is right. And I think that Googling a juror's personal life should ALWAYS be banned in any trial. Juries for some cases, particularly RICO cases, are already completely anonymous, for obvious reasons. This privacy protection should be extended to all juries. It's fair game to ask them questions about what sort of work they do and their opinions on matters that could affect the case, but I strongly feel that their personal identity should never be reveled to anyone outside the court itself. Ever.
One of these days, what with requiring automatic crash detection, etc. installed in cars, they'll probably add in a speed monitoring app that WILL snitch you off to the police, who will happily mail (or perhaps e-mail) you a REAL traffic ticket if you speed. Why bother with speed cameras when they can make your car do their job for them?
Got to love Big Brother, don't we, fellow citizens of Oceania?
bullshit common sense walks.
There, fixed it for you.
That sometimes your "cloud backup" can turn out to be just vaporware.
As other posters have pointed out, this has been a theme in some Science Fiction stories. I remember something like this in the book Rising Sun by Michael Crichton in which a character was framed for murder by means of an altered video. There was also a Battlestar Galactica episode where Baltar was framed (by who, one wonders, exactly?) for tampering with the defense master computer on the eve of the Cylon attack.
Really can't see a lot of GOOD coming from this technology, except, as one poster mentioned, we can get Humphrey Bogart doing TV ads, if you call that good.
And it's easy to see a lot of BAD things coming from this technology. It's been years since "the camera does not lie" was anything like the truth, and this new tech isn't likely to really help.
Not saying I hope they do, please understand, but if the fed drops the hammer and actually orders Apple to do this, those engineers really won't have any choice. If they refuse to do as they are told, they could be held personally accountable and put in jail for civil contempt of court and left in jail until they change their minds about cooperating. That sort of thing doesn't happen a lot, but judges, particularly federal ones, do have that kind of power.
Pissing off the FBI isn't illegal, but it's not recommended, really, if you like peace and quiet in your life. And pissing off federal judges is almost as dangerous as pissing off the BOFH.
About 13 years ago, I took over as the IT guy in a medium-sized business. The computer I was using had LOTS of viruses and malware, which made me wonder a bit about my predecessor. Then I saw the directory PORN with several sub-directories. I noticed a couple with names like GAY and BESTIALITY, and I decided I really did not want to view any of the content. I just nuked the PORN directory and all its sub-directories, then started cleaning up the viruses and malware. Took me about a week to get the computer cleaned up (no backups, of course). Also did a wipe of all slack space, just to make sure it was really gone.
Beer icon because it's Friday, and I could have used one after just seeing the sub-directory names, much less the contents.
@ Robert Moore
Absolutely agreed! My main computer went Linux Mint in response to Windows X, and my dual-boot laptop has Win 7 (for a couple of "Windows only" programs I need) and Ubuntu with a Cinnamon desktop. It's exactly as you say, Mint and Libreoffice does about everything one needs with a nice, shallow learning curve.
Not sure who downvoted the original post, but I figure it's some employee of Microshaft. Sorry to rain on your parade, Satya. Try to have a better day.
Thanks for giving these bastards more ideas on how to snoop on people!
I've got an idea. Instead of doing that, why don't we tell them all to sod right the hell off?
Fortunately the newest Android system allows me to lock out permissions in each app, and I lock out everything the app doesn't need to do what *I* want it to do. Permission to use microphone for an app that doesn't clearly need it? DENY.
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