Yeah, I'd forgotten about that as well. Amusingly, the files are copied via modem in the space of seconds and our hero's techie sidekick declares that decrypting the bad guy's files will take "a few minutes". Some things never change, and Hollywood's depiction of magical technology is one of them.
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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help
Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...
"RIP Linux... It was nice knowing you.
Mines the coat with the Microsoft logo on it. I'd be happy to help any of you escape the SJW gulag if you want."
So... are you saying that if you were to post in Microsoft-related forums with expletive-packed rants (and in your case not-particularly veiled homophobia) nobody would object? I suspect you are incorrect, and I suspect your post tells us more about you than any issue with the Code of Conduct for the Linux Community.
"Galileo works "in combination" with GPS and is rather easy to block again not something you want in modern warfare"
No, you wouldn't want it modern warfare, because it isn't for modern or any other kind of warfare. Galileo is *interoperable* with GPS, GLONASS, etc. It does not rely on GPS, and is not, nor was it ever a military system.
"I set myself up a gmail account specifically for work, all my internal company mail goes to O365, all external to gmail."
I'm sure it shouldn't need saying, but this is typically a gigantic no-no. If the company has a proper security policy and AUP you are violating them both. If they don't, they should and you would be violating them both.
Depending on your correspondence/job you might also be violating privacy/data protection laws in a manner that leaves you and your employer liable.
Re: Don't let the Gummint get involved
""Gibiru is the preferred Search Engine for Patriots." and does absolutely nothing on my browser except a lot of self-praise."
It does not use a certificate - default connection is to http, so your searches are in the clear for anyone who happens to be looking.
It also appears to use the Google API for search, which is hardly reassuring in terms of privacy, and the ability of Google to literally just switch it off if they choose. Plus the site blurb makes me think it was bashed together by a collection of raging fruitloops, so there's that.
Re: Just think. The UK could have had the "benefits" of such a system years ago.
"How foolish they were to turn down the advantages of the cradle-to-grave surveillance system that was the National Identity Card Scheme and it's infamous "National Identity Register""
Turned it down, yes. Or at least temporarily dodged the bullet until the idea is resurrected and whispered in the instinctively authoritarian ear of whichever IT illiterate twit is Home Secretary at the time.
Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?
"Despair over Brexit and Trump?
Might be the prevailing sentiment of El Reg staff or Situation Publishing, but trust me, many of us think they are the two best things to have happened in 2016."
The tedious orange tool may yet prove to be the last thing to happen in or to 2018, given his manifest mental illness and his apparent belief that first use might be fun.
Re: Sounds like he wants to be able to force people to give up passwords & keys
"Sounds like he wants to be able to force people to give up passwords & keys
Not attempt the impossible trick of making secure encryption with a government backdoor."
For the last 18-odd years the government here in Blighty has had the legal means to force the surrender of encryption keys on pain of imprisonment (RIPA 2000). I'm pleased to report this has prevented all terrorism and we live a life of unfettered bliss in these Sceptred Isles, secure under the watchful gaze of Big Brother.
Re: To be fair...
"I thought we weren't supposed to talk about them."
So they're like the entities of the Cthulhu Mythos, those that shall not be named? I started forewarned and repentant. Hopefully I haven't completed the summoning of that which lurks on the threshold (of mainstream computing).
Re: Who cares?
"I mean seriously? Other than anti-establishment SJWs and solicitors looking for their next meal ticket why would anyone give a toss about this? The chances of Mr Average IT person who hasn't signed the official secrets act ever being called up by GCHQ is so vanishingly small that its virtually non existent."
There is always a delightfully uninformed uniformity to your alt-right buzzword-packed trollograms. I'm an average IT guy at a multinational and I can certainly think of a scenario where this would be a possibility.
The clue being "multinational", the significance being the nations in question.
Re: "In IT terms a 2009 product is close to end-of-life" - Does not compute!
"Love to know the rationale for this statement; having worked on IT 'products' with an intended operational life measured in decades..."
Try sticking Windows 7 on this year's Ultrabooks and let us know how you get on. You've worked on products with a intended operational life measured in decades - but most businesses now work with hardware with an intended operational life measured in single-digit numbers of years.. The key word in each case is "intended."
Re: The one domain where IoT shit cannot linger long
"Security should be the number one concern of any IT appliance, unfortunately it generally feels to be last minute, rushed and under-appreciated."
Along with the sheer lack of interest in actually providing security fixes thanks to perception of these devices as disposable commodity items.
Re: The one domain where IoT shit cannot linger long
"Babyminders, stuffed toys, surveillance cameras, nobody's life is in danger when these things get taken over."
You appear to be limiting your assessment of the possibilities.
Police officer. "We're very sorry for your loss sir. We think they used the cameras to establish that your wife was home alone..."
Re: Boris Johnson is American already
"Ooh! Hasn't he given up his USA citizenship or does he pay the annual Federal taxes on what he earns here and else where?
The people need to know!"
Yes on both counts, the first earlier this year, and the latter prior to that. He didn't enjoy contributing to the US Treasury coffers, that much is clear.
US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called
Re: I could have done without the "nerd" comment
"And I'm not a fashion whore."
You heard it here first folks. Opposition to a narcissistic crook, sexual predator, bigot, con-artist, pathological liar, possible traitor and science denier being in the White House is fashionable. Who knew? For your information I'm from Scotland and we hated him with passion and reason long before his name ever stained your ballot papers.
I'm also amused that you thought "utterly paralysed, perpetually scandal-hit global laughing stock government" would be preferable to "big government", but I guess it takes all sorts.
Re: What is that smell?
LCD screens have been around for a long time, only becoming ubiquitous once prices came down - using them in a vehicle with confined space would make sense regardless of cost. DVD as a format has existed since 1995, but nobody said the van never received any upgrades during its service life, did they?
.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job
Re: Coming soon to the UK...
""Prime Minister Corbyn will sort all this nonsense out. ;)"
HA HA HA HA HA HA
If you think any of the major parties are going to disassemble anything that's already in place then you're seriously delusional. Can I just remind you of Labour's National Identity Card..."
Actually, whatever his other faults may be, Corbyn opposed ID cards, saying they "will not solve crime, fraud or terrorism":
Re: Dilbert's PHB, shurely?
"Not the originator I guess but surely one of the main sources that popularised the "heavy files" thing?"
My favourite Dibert strip in that vein remains the one where he has the PHB crawling around on his hands and knees in his office all afternoon looking for the token that fell out of the token ring network...
"Apparently you don't understand the difference between using a common word and quoting someone else's thoughts & ideas. Given how clueless and wet a lot of people on here seem to be doesn't that surprise me in the least."
Yes, common words in the context of only one group of people, specifically right-wing mouthbreathers. As such, when an individual uses them in any context, my respect for them drops to a level almost as low as my assessment of their intelligence.
"Ah, quoting someone else. The "I'm not smart enough to think up my own retort" retort. Never mind, keep trying, better luck next time eh? Chin up!"
Said the man who learned his favourite insults from Breitbart and "Fight Club". Unless of course you invented those first resorts of the terminally unimaginative, "snowflake" and "libtard".