What It DID have that was 'lo tech'
Namely newspapers with actual paper.
Several times Harrison Ford is seen at a coffee shop reading a paper.
Nothing even vaguely resembling a smartphone or internet caff.
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I genuinely believed that the only people who used McAfee were non-techies who bought a PC/laptop with McAfee software included as a 'bonus' ( or described as such anyway ). In other words people who did not realise its uselessness OR how to uninstall it.
I am genuinely surprised that any company actually uses it.
Since there is mention on this thread of public masturbation, the obvious advice is not to do it.
A bloke who was previously on ITV Breakfast, Dan Lob, managed to get conned into doing that and ended up searching for the perp who made him do it.
Channel 4 in the UK made a program about it, "Celebrity Sextortion" :
Redmond has gone back to the drawing board for its "Andromeda" handheld
If Microsoft want to do 'Drawing' surely there must be SOFTWARE that does that kind of thing ?
Somewhere. They might even be really radical and look up a supplier on the interweb.
You do not need Asian wisdom to know the importance of backups.
Just remember ( especially if you are American ) 911.
Cantor Fitzgerald is a financial services firm that had its HQ in the WTC.
When it was attacked on 911 600 of its staff were killed.
The company is still in business. ( As it happens I pass one of its local offices in a bus several times a week. )
The reason for its survival is summed up in one word : backups.
The company were meticulous in doing them and dumping them to their London offices via satellite.
The moral of the story is that it is impossible to exagerate the importance of backups.
Will the insurer insist of the customer using products/services from a security company they have a deal with ?
The important point is that the company DOES use proper security products and services.
Whether they get charged too much for that is a secondary question.
And by the way any company thinking of buying this insurance should INSTEAD hire an IT security firm to check they are doing everything properly in terms of IT security.
Surely the obvious question here is to what extent cyber insurers actually check the vulnerabilities of their customers ?
If I sold such insurance I'd make sure the customer had, at least, all the usual suspects in terms of anti-virus software and so on. And if I had to install such software personally at least then I could feel reasonably sure that I would not end up actually paying out a ransom equivalent.
So even those who are paranoid ( rightly or wrongly ) about SystemD did not pile in to blame it here. I'll take that as a 'no'.
Backup you say ? Tell me about it. I must admit that when it comes to backups I very much talk the talk, full stop.I have since bought a 1TB detachable hard drive which at least makes full backups fast via USB3.
( All I need now is software for DIFFERENTIAL backups ).
The technical details of SystemD are over my head but I do use Mint as the main OS on this laptop which makes me Mr. Innocent Bystander in this argument. I had heard of SystemD and even a rumour that Mint was going to use it. That Mint ALREADY is using SystemD is news to me
( provided by this article ).
My problem is that a month ago a boot of Mint failed and after reading this thread I must wonder whether SystemD is at least one of the usual suspects as the cause of the problem ?
Here's what happened :
As I do every couple of weeks, I installed the latest available updates from Mint but the next time I booted up it did not get beyond the Mint logo. All I got were terminal-level messages about sudo commands and the ability to enter them. Or rather NOT enter them. Further use of Terminal showed that one system file did not now exist. This was in etc/ and related to the granting of sudo permissions. The fact that it did not exist created a vicious circle and sudo was completely out of action. I took the laptop to a shop where they managed to save my Backups folder that had been on the desktop and install a fresh version of Mint.
So what are the chances that this was a SystemD problem ?
When I saw Blade Runner again a few years ago what struck me was Harrison Ford actually .................
And btw, given that The Reg routinely nicknames companies ( such as The Chocolate Factory) , why does it NOT refer to the people who bring you Android as The Electric Sheep Dreamers ?
If the queues for Oxford Circus Tube aren't bad enough, just remember you are in the physically dirtiest place on the planet. When BoJo was mayor he was always arguing with the Guardian about exactly how dirty Oxford Street was : NOT the dirtiest street on Earth but admittedly in the Top Ten.
The question is :
even if they managed to cure schizophrenia, how long would it take to get rid of the horribly popular misconception that schizophrenia is .......... Multiple Personality Disorder
( when people say that being in two minds about something is 'schizophrenic' )
Back before I was personally even aware of the concept of GUI I knew of systems designed with at least an attempt to cater for the ( hypotheteical ? ) most stupid user. The term used for such systems was 'idiot proof'.
( I was cynical enough to think there was no such thing. )
Since the term is conspicuous to me by its absence from this article I presume the 'designs' in question are made by people unaware of the very idea. And that means they design FOR THEMSELVES.
( So since 'everybody knows' what the F5 button is for we''ll redesign it to do all sorts of 'obvious' loading. )
Computer fraud is as old as computers. Take computer fraud to mean the illegal moving of money through bank accounts via a computer's overnight jobs and the processing of individual computer records ( as happened in this case ).
The 'original' computer fraud job goes back to the time when rounding was a new idea in computing terms ( COBOL ? ). The question about this story is whether it actually happened or is it an urban myth ?
Seems a programmer rewrote a bank system so that any rounding done by the system benefitted him personally. So interest is calculated for an account and if said interest includes a fraction of a penny then that is NOT added to the account in question but sent to the programmer's account.
So the calculation says the interest is £31.735p but the account only receives £31.73p with the extra ha'penny credited to the programmer's account. A trivial sum, even back then, but when it happens literally tens of thousands of times then the money stolen does add up.
As a general rule people are stupid about how many of their emails they actually read
whether at work or at home. And that includes CEOs.
Ideally people should not open an email at all unless they absolutely positively MUST.
And for their own financial sake companies should teach their staff to do that.
A carrot and stick policy could work : in extreme cases getting fired for opening too many dodgy emails
and bonuses for avoiding them ( and warning cow-orkers about the latest dodgy subject lines).
Company policy should be that you can only read emails to your company address PROVIDED
* You know the sender via the sender's address
* People with whom you are in regular email contact agree with each other how to recognise each other's
( eg. agree what the subject says exactlty even though it may have zero to do with the actual message.
I agree with Jane that her next important eamil will be headed 'It is raining in Borneo'. )
* a deparment ( sysadmin ? ) must manually allow me to read emails from people I have not previously
had email contact with ).
It had been known since 1977 that there were rings around Uranus
A story in itself. I seem to remember reading at the time how accidental the discovery was.
Something about punch cards etc. left in a box and only when they actually bothered to process them
...... 'Wow ! Look ! A ring system.'
@ Doctor Syntax
"a key whose use is limited to one particular OS?"
You're using the 'wrong' version of Linux. Here in Mint the Windows key is modelled on ....
Windows !!!! So the key itself gives the Start menu ( equivalent ) and Wnd+E shows me what's in my Home folder ( so is the equivalent of Windows File Explorer ).
First, I'm always amused when people ask whether a user is into gaming, with the basis being how much computing power the user might actually need for a prospective laptop, for example. For me, the short answer is 'no'. I DO play Solitaire, but that is trivial in terms of computing power needed.
Windows Solitaire was, I must admit, a guilty pleasure. But it used drive me mad, first, with the frequecy with which there would be two IDENTICAL cards ( such as BOTH red sevens, say ) after the initial deal. Usually I asked it to deal AGAIN ( and got another identical pair ). Then I'd get to a stage in the game where although I thought I was losing, I thought there was SOMETHING I might be able to do. However Windows refused to help me.
( btw, it kept my 'score' as winning 13% of the time. Which was nice. )
That brought me to the Linux version which is something called KPatience which has several card games, the version most like Windows Solitaire being called Klondike. This is infinitely preferable to Windows' version. It holds your hand all the way and gives a running commentary. It says 'this game is winnable'; 'this game is lost' etc.
What is frustrating is when I make several good moves and THEN it says 'this game is lost'.
It even has a 'Hint' button that can say exactly where to move certain cards. It regularly tells me half a dozen card moves that I would otherwise manage to miss and in effect wins the game for me.
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