Re: This underlines one more thing
What amuses me most is that the expression I want to use here to point out that you’ve completely missed the joke is ‘that flew right over your head’. Ah, the things that make you chuckle.
54 posts • joined 31 Mar 2014
Blue Streak mean anything to you?
I have no flag to fly either side of the referendum result but it really is getting rather tiresome being confronted with endless stream of sado-masochistic 'we're all fcuked 'coz we're crap and EU was a great club and aren't all you brexiteers such a bunch of ignorant numpties and we're so clever' type comments whilst I try finding some sort of reasoned arguement or 'funny' in the comments section. 'We're all doomed' - OK, so sit back and get run over or do something a bit more positive than just slagging everything off. But shut the fcuk up about what has happened - it's happened. Stop the wallowing and wailing. And back to this topic, we are actually quite good at space stuff as well as plenty of other stuff and so far I cant see the clusterfcuk that was promised so can we stop the self flagellation for a bit and give those with ideas a bit of air and support. We're not 5th biggest economy in world for nothing.
Let's hope man with unpronouncable name's company has a lock out preventing his customers from backing up their entire google team data storage, otherwise he could come a cropper if any of them are saddled with this minor issue - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/07/googles_team_drive_unwanted_drive/
Yep - I remember it well, as the extrapolation of the Gulf States banning them was that rest of western world did have access to the traffic (all BIS and BES email routed via RIM servers in Canada so Uncle Sam must have had a direct feed). Snowden then happened and, well, the world realised that US, UK et al Govnts were snooping wholesale on its own population.
I would guess this product is Gulf only as it is specifically chipped to enable said Gulf States enfettered access to comms.
@ Camilla Smythe
Do you comprehend the size of the job it would be to parse that quantity of unique records esp' when they are stored in a haphazard messy data dump? Did you bother to read his write up on his page about it, including this very point? Did you not also clock that Hunt hasn't charged you a bean for providing you with this service? You must be horrifically high maintenance. Jeez - some people want marmite on everything!
I disagree: the principle operation of the product was to provide an O/S, which it did (rather well at the time as it happens), much as the principle operation of a car is to enable you to travel around under engine power. The bug in SMB v1 was hardly the principle operation of the software; indeed SMB V1 actually worked as it was meant to. However, it could be tricked into failing if it were deliberately fed the wrong data, much as a petrol car fails if you deliberately (or mistakenly) feed it diesel - does that make it a defective product? If a knife is used to kill a person, is that a defective product? Or a plane flown into a building?
The deliberate misuse of a product or parts of it, to cause damage, is the issue here. Pretty much everything in the world today can be considered defective if one takes your approach.
actually, to extrapolate your glib answer, ie he would emulate Canute, is (unintentionally) quite interesting in that he would be demonstrating (as indeed Canute was) that he does not have God's power to command the elements and that actually the common man should take control of his own destiny, not sit around on their fat arse.
Firstly it took several weeks for my mate and his wife to realise it was going on. The poor girl, being only 14 at the time, was embarrassed/humilitated and didnt say a word. It was only after she changed dramatically over the course of a month, not laughing, hiding in her room, not eating, etc, that her parents decided it was more than just teenager angst and investigated. By then the damage was done and she had deleted the texts out of desperation (she didnt know who was sending them). It was reported to the school and then the police, both of whom told the kids they identified to stop it - that's it. They had to move her to another school in the end and only now, 3 years later, is she starting to be herself again.
Given the comments to date, I can only assume none of you have seen the damage done by such 'sexting' activities. The daughter of a friend of mine was driven to the point of despair, depression and severe eating illness, courtesy of lads 'havin' a laff' by sending dic pics and other obscene material to her via smartphone. The damage was devastating.
Hunt maybe lacking a technical grasp of the issue but his flagging this as a serious concern is laudable. This isnt the same as anything in previous generations - it is bullying by remote with no escape through distance.
Rather than being so arrogantly superior, perhaps one should think of the average non-tech literate user of all your technical wizardry and instead think of ways to achieve a solution rather than taking the piss. It's sort of the job description of being in tech anyway, isnt it, rather than being some twat in the server room hell-bent on seeing everthing burn 'coz we know so much more than you bastards'.
I've been in IT for 30+ years, chief cook and bottle washer, and sure would send most of the comments' authors out the door in 2 seconds flat with attitude like that. Cart and horse - getting it wrong is why this country got rogered by the banking world.
>"Works on a personal level... why not the corporate?"
>It doesn't though does it? As a quick example - do you pay into a company pension?*
>You are no longer being taxed on your "turnover"
Actually I think that is the only example, or to re-classify, the one exception. Any others? ISAs I suppose, though that's just a delaying tactic really.
correct - didn't put much thought into it other than to see if anyone had thought it through further than the response you gave, cogent as it would seem to be.
Taxing profit turns up the intractable problem of how to stop multi-nationals exporting their profit through clever little schemes, as previously advertised. Have yet to hear any way to block that hole easily.
So why not kick the alternative on a bit further - doesn't hurt to think the stupid to see if there is something the other side.
In your example, Omnicorp has now coughed up £1.8billion more than before. Mirror that across the enterprise world and HMRC should be raking in huge extra dosh. Reducing the actual tax percentage (in your example you work off 20%) to counter-act that, plus maybe a bit of sliding scale action (like personal tax bands) and you should able to shuffle the payables by Omnicorp to a more manageable/acceptable level and bring Mr Smith's liabilty down to, who knows, even zero (it was only £2K under the old system - Omnicorp's extra dollop is many thousands of Mr Smiths).
not so stupid, maybe.
The entire dot com parts 1 & 2 were built on this - think amazon or any one of the now stratospherically ginormous software/app biz of the past decade or so. Not one made any mention of how to make money - all were ideas of how to use the new technology for technology's sake (from a purist's angle hats off to them I suppose), and the money men kept on throwing moolah at the lucky few that had caught their eye, deperate to not miss the boat. Monetising the resultant audience was not even an agenda item. That is why people who had some sort of business logic couldn't crack the dot com land rush; they couldn't demonstrate to themselves (let alone any potential investor) how to make it pay (yep, i am one of those; bitter at seeing the coming revolution but unable to make a bean). Only those who hadn't a clue about business and so didnt even try (just look at the shiny) got through, which is why we now have so many muppet squillionaires throwing their money about like drunk teenagers.
I spent far too long thinking of an extension to this line of thinking, which I entirely agree with I should add. I was trying to work out how to expound how we are witness to the car-crash of capitalism, the free market and democracy, all of which have gone rather wrong in the past 10 years and have now careered into each other, such that Big Biz and inordinately wealthy individuals seem to be able to own/rig the system, laws of competition don't seem to balance the market any more and democracy is meaningless, esp' when you have such grotesque options (I'm looking at you USA, but the UK's Labour party or the upper echelons of the EU are equally valid for differing reasons). A lucid and reasoned paragraph is in here somewhere but damned if I can find it - I keep on sounding like a crazed illuminati/NWO loon, so will just leave this here as a sort of signpost as to what I am thinking whilst I go drink more coffee and try and shake the w/e off.
Short answer - I agree and upvote.
last week their email in and outbound was mashed up for a couple of days, now this. Either they've got muppets in the datacentre or actually more likely, someone somewhere is being a very naughty boy. Mind you, the huge volume of spam being squirted through their servers over the past few months appears to have been suddenly quelled. Maybe they tightened things up their end and it tipped other things over.
On a side note, anyone know an effective way to de-spam/malware-scan encrypted email connections. Despite being in the game for decades, was slightly shocked to discover a few weeks ago that Norton (yes, yes, I know,) doesn't do anything. Quick search turned up that most competitors, if not all, don't either. Seems to make their products rather superfluous especially all the gumpf in the settings about email protection. There are website nasties I suppose, and downloads, and USB memory sticks, and ... (what have the Romans ever done for us). But still - no email scanning?
this is getting to seriously piss me off. Another bulb blown. Lester - thankyou for making a decade of back-office tech admin less onerous, nay, giving me that smug 'If only you knew' sense of superiority over the cubicled sales drones and navel-gazing chinless wonders that weebled their way in and out of meeting rooms.
<12 gun salute, flag lowered, lone firework shell arcing across the sky. Then the long trudge home, head down, collar up, hands deep in pockets, cursing the Gods at their stupidity.>
OK - so flip the respective positions in your post. You may end up with the same final line but which ones can we do something about. It certainly isn't any of that lot in Brussels/Strasbourg* (*delete as appropriate depending on which day of the month it is when the whole kit and caboodle gets crated up and re-housed - classic EU fiscal probity).
This whole EU thing is about self-determination. Everything else is a subset.
I do love the Comments section. Where else could you read an article about a top level function (by which I mean something any old Joe Shmo would grasp) in Win10 being switched off and within seconds be immersed in a scrum of serious conversations about symlinks, junctions and all manner of minutae - important undoubtably but most definately 'under the hood'.
Perhaps the finer points of trademark law are missed by the author here but they lost the 'Word Only' trademark - that is the word iphone. I should imagine the stylised design/graphic of how the letters and typeface is set is probably still there for the taking and should the leather goods co. start embossing iPhone on their products, rather than IPHONE or iphone, I think they would have a case to answer. Still it is China, so anything's possible.
America is a continent of which the United states is but one country. Sorry to be a pedant here but they don't own the whole frikkin' continent - let's not play to their ego please by giving them the whole place - I like Canada.
Aside from that, totally thumbs up to you at the incredulity of the situation - jaw-dropping.
This happens all over the internet, not just the Reg. Long ago I realised that, after writing a complex and detailed missive to educate the masses, it was sensible to do a simple select all and copy before hitting the Post button. When it fell over, as with you, one could just control-V the content back in the freshly presented blank comment box.
not really - the bigger picture is IT is now an FMCG, like foodstuffs. The view from the megacorps is they have no need for the army of IT admin/tech people (like us lot here) so they are cutting us out of the loop. Userbase is considered tech savvy enough to get the thing working; everything else they'll do over the internet so off the shelf and straight into use with no intermediary administration. We are being retired.
yep - here too. My win7 laptop has been behaving really badly in the past week, even moreso in the past 24 hours, and despite having a top notch fibre broadband service the internet speed/response time is rubbish. A locked down install has no effect either - something very odd going on - smells like the spirit of MS teens' emanations.
@cavehomme2 - I think the OP does realise this. He is pointing out this malware appears to be pre-Snowden, when most of the world (not El Reg readers mind you) didn't actively think their Govnt was up to such a thing. Post-Snowden, World + dog is now far more suspicious and the OP is positing that the State sponsored coders will therefore have changed/upp'ed their game considerably to the point that no one has found any examples. He is not saying it has stopped - quite the opposite. I would suggest you calm down a bit and think for a second before jumping down someone's throat.
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