Re: Security 101:
"If they get physical control of your machine it's no longer YOUR machine."
If they get physical access they think it's their machine. Of course it's still running W10...
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"[Groups like ISIL] throw out a wide net, and start pulling people in. And when people are pulled in, then they start using secure communications."
And they will get secure communications to use. If they can't get it from legitimate sources they'll just get it from illegitimate sources. Sorry for the caps but:
YOU DO NOT STOP PEOPLE WHO ARE INTENT ON BREAKING THE LAW BY FURNISHING THEM WITH MORE LAWS TO BREAK.
In the meantime, if you cripple legitimate encryption you not only have the baddies still using strong encryption but you have your law-abiding citizens at continual risk.
You can choose to win one or lose both.
"Your job security comes from a good reputation and the ability to jump ship when this happens and land somewhere else, possibly doing something totally different."
If you've got the good reputation go freelance. That way you work for a company which is totally focussed on your career.
Sysadmin or developer, the advice is the same. Talk to people. Sysadmin to developer & vice versa but also talk to users, the people actually sat in front of screens, not just their managers. Get to know how the business uses IT in reality and get to know each others' concerns. That way you might be able to anticipate what the business needs, not just react to it.
"Why is this bit worded in the same style as a lawyer answering a claim?"
I suppose they were both statements that Google made to the Register but el Reg couldn't, of course, verify them for themselves. Alternative wording might have been "Google told us..." but it's a reasonable way to say that.
"I don't get ads. I don't get emails from Google or anyone that I don't want them from."
Neither do I but I have to work at it. An ad blocker is one factor. Another is maintaining my own domain and a multitude of email aliases on there, including short term ones for those who confuse needing and wanting an address for me.
"Even Amazon never emails me about potential purchases."
I'm not sure why you wrote "even". Amazon are far too smart. They realise that it would lose business. Even so I'm thoroughly pissed off with their repeated attempts to inveigle me into Amazon Prime.
"Google employs very intelligent people and they are measured against the ultimate benchmark : ad revenue."
I'm not convinced on this. They ought to be able to get on top of all the bad practices which have driven people to use ad blockers yet haven't seen fit to do that.
"When someone earning X times more than me is paying Y times as much tax and X is many times greater than Y then I'm going to complain because I'm having to make up the shortfall and subdidise their lifestyle."
You're looking at it wrong. If that person were earning X times as much as you somewhere else they wouldn't be paying Y times as much tax here. They'd be paying none at all. And who do you think has to make up that shortfall? You and me of course.
"The real question is how much tax would they have paid and how many austerity cuts could have been avoided?"
What do you mean "how much tax would they have paid?"? In what circumstances? If you mean in circumstances that wouldn't have attracted them here in the first place the answer is simple: none. I'll leave you to work out the effect of that on austerity.
I wonder how many of the critics here, at least those living convenient to cross-channel services, have made trips to France to buy booze and/or fags. It's the same thing. If it becomes possible to make international choices then tax rates become a competitive market.
If a country decides to go the high tax route to gather as much tax as possible from those who aren't mobile there's absolutely no justification sitting and howling* about injustice if tax-payers, individual or corporate go to Hong Kong, Ireland or anywhere else. The decision should have considered these factors.
By adopting more generous rules to high net worth individuals the government has, over the years, gained more tax than it would have done if those individuals hadn't chosen to be here. There are only two questions here:
Does the presence of those individuals with their spending power distort the local economy to the detriment of the rest of us, e.g. in the housing market?
Will these changes lose more from those who move away than it gains by increasing taxes on those who stay?
*Except, of course, the justification of political theatre; shift the blame from the politicians who made the decision in the first place.
"It's the Unix outdated permission systems with scripts run as root and software that must drop privileges itself because of lack of a more granular permission system on processes and files."
No, it's developers* wanting to run their database engines with root permission when they shouldn't need to. There should be a $DatabaseEngine user and group. They can own the scripts, data and everything else to do with the engine. You're obviously unaware that such setups are not only practical but that they've been in use for decades.
"Of course all the downvoters have no clue about a proper permission systems."
No. We're the ones who actually do have a clue. And practical experience.
*Oracle have been around long enough to know better.
Now we're getting to the stuff that matters. Bandwidth to the ISP is one thing. What the ISP does with that is another. Traffic-shaping, for instance. When my old ISP fell into the clutches of TT they traffic-shaped Usenet out of existence for part of the day. And the first rate customer service had been wiped out by a previous owner - I still don't know whether it was run by a chatbot or humans that had failed the Turing test.
These are things which are under the control of ISPs and going to be experienced uniformly by all of the ISP's customers.
"As has been mentioned previously, the BT Openreach estimator that's available to wholesale suppliers is pretty accurate."
The speed I'm able to get in the middle of the afternoon here might be a good deal more than what I'd get in the evening if a lot of people down the road start streaming stuff when they get home from work and my bits have to share the infrastructure with whole lot of others. It might also be better or worse than my neighbours; all our connections come from the same point on the buried cable. Mine comes underground, theirs are overhead from a cable running up a pole, some of them distributed direct from that pole and others from a second pole linked to the first. Clearly there are various options for water penetration, different wiring choices (Al vs Cu) etc.
I got as far as "Wilczek considered a group of atoms in their ground state moving in perpetual circular motion, which is considered an impossible idea because ground states do not have enough energy to spontaneously move."
If I skip everything else I didn't understand it seems to mean that Microsoft are proposing to go round in small circles.
"Now, if HP wanted to license HP-UX, and resume the port to x86, and then hire some quality software developers to upgrade the CDE interface and the available tools ... but that will never happen."
In part because HP-UX is owned by HPE and laptops etc are made by HP Inc. But what a thought.
"cheap components that won't last 2 years"
The trouble with getting this sort of reputation is that even if you turn things round it takes years to get back to where you were. I'm currently on my 2nd HP laptop in the best part of 15 years with no troubles. I also have an all-in-one laser printer which is pretty substantial, has lasted with domestic use for many years and is still going strong. But having seen the HP printer my daughter's firm supplied her with (and looked at what's on the shelf in Staples) when I decided to get a colour laser there's no way I'd have bought it from HP.
I'd really like to see them regain their reputation but in order to do that they really need to face up to how they lost it in the first place. A puff-piece based on what seems to be a shininess comparison isn't convincing evidence that they've done this.
I'm no Apple fanboy - never owned any of their products but:
"The original MAC All in one Computer :vs Commodore PET"
Really! 68k :vs 6502?
You might have said Apple ][ :vs PET but even there Apple was innovative - an open architecture for plug-in boards followed up with the Woz floppy drive. Admittedly they dropped all that later but back then they were innovating. It's just that not many of us are old enough to remember.
"Printing is stupid and primitive"
You are making the common mistake of thinking that everyone else has the same life as yourself.
I've just been printing the handouts for my wife's sewing class. I don't think taking a laptop & showing round would be as useful. That's just one of the very many use cases that you don't happen to have.
"Interesting to see HP moving more to hardware with this and its selloff of its software division."
You missed the split. There are now two HPs. HPE sold the software division. HP inc, which is the hardware and printer ink business, is the one which made this purchase.
Given that goods made all over the world are imported into the EU under the CE mark it doesn't seem to be a critical factor. Unless the standards change what you're making now that meets them will continue to meet them unless you change the product. If the standards change then, irrespective of whether we're in the EU or not the product might have to change to meet them. This is Brexit-neutral as far as selling into the EU is concerned.
What wouldn't be Brexit-neutral would be a UK-only standard which is incompatible with CE in some way, then you'd have to make two different products to sell into different markets. Do you think that's a likely event? Or do you think it more likely that the CE standards will continue to be accepted in the UK, either under the CE mark or some UK-only mark with equivalent standards?
Not being in the customs union would appear to be the real problem.
"life would be a *lot* simpler if so many of the retail sites didn't decide we needed a password and login for *everything*."
My solution is to set up a temporary email address every few months for these wankers and then tear it down later. Their spam just gets bounced.
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