440 posts • joined 25 May 2017
Re: So..... People Using Libraries Are Liable To Get Pwned
"OSS works great when people put back in what they take, not so much when they dont..."
I don't think that every user of say OpenSSL contributing to the code is a good idea. For a start many of them do not know how to program, even among those who do most will not know how to write encryption software without introducing more holes than a colander made of Swiss cheese. I'd rather the few users with appropriate domain knowledge contribute than every user.
"You can count the object storage vendors who don't have a file access functionality on the digits of a fingerless mitt."
A confusing metaphor since a fingerless glove actually has digits even though the name sounds like it doesn't. So did the author mean there are less than 5 vendors without file access features or none?
So it is *utterly preposterous* to assume that the user sat at a Parliamentary computer is the user who is logged into it yet that is exactly the kind of assumption made when prosecuting a member of the public because their IP address was used to download MP3s, hack NASA or DDOS Sony. Clearly its one rule for the pigs and another for the rest of the animals.
Re: If only I could install it
You're not missing anything. MS MR headsets don't seem to be available in the UK and so far I haven't found any useful new features in the Fall Creator's update. There was nothing useful in Creator's Update either which considering I'm a developer and use Windows to "create" every day is either exceedingly bad naming or a lack of features in these updates.
@GBE Re: They're going to move it.
"Kilt's make a bit more sense in warmer climes as well."
Clearly you have never worn one. You might think that your tackle would be cold in the winter but with a decent kilt being 6 - 8 yards of wool with a weight of up to 16 oz / yard they keep you very warm.
"victim blaming – commonplace in infosec – isn't helpful"
When the hack occurred because the victim wilfully ignored standard procedures, allowed known holes to exist in their infrastructure and acts like Experian, Uber or Talk Talk then they deserve to be shamed and there are no lessons to learn.
Re: Telly Tax or Adverts
" Telly Tax or Adverts
That's what it comes down to in the end."
No it really doesn't. On the odd occasion that I watch broadcast TV (currently approx 1 hour per week, not the BBC) I find the adverts to be intolerable, because I normally don't see any adverts at all while watching Netflix. Netflix make better shows than the BBC and don't have adverts so tax or ads is not the only choice.
"If we do not want bland uniformity, an organisation that can encompass Radio 4 and Radio 6 Music and make programmes varying from EastEnders to The Sky at Night is an important thing to preserve."
And all of it total crap. I don't watch anything on the BBC or made by the BBC (with the exception of a couple of very old shows on Netflix). How is it that Netflix can make everything from House of Cards to The Expanse without a license fee? Give me Netflix, HBO and Starz over the BBC any day.
This would have repercussions in other industries that you are not expecting. Many charities use support workers on zero hour contracts for various valid reasons. Your suggestion would cripple charities with greatly increased labour costs and be detrimental to the care of the disabled and other vulnerable groups.
PEBCAK for a mobile world
A few weeks ago I invented a new version of PEBCAK for a mobile world...
A few days after a Moodle upgrade I received a call that a user was unable to login to the system. I was unable to replicate the issue so went back to the training dept. for more info and was told the user was on a phone, in a caravan and had since managed to login. I closed the call with my new acronym:
Problem Exists Between Screen And Fat Fingers!
"Customers not being able to access online banking because the bank stubbornly insists on strong crypto is a far bigger concern than the crypto being broken,"
I could not disagree more vehemently. Crooks being able to steal MY money from the bank because some clueless user is still using IE6 and the bank want to be compatible is completely unacceptable. Online banking is a bonus, having your money secure trumps that since you can always phone, visit a branch or use an ATM.
That sounds terrible. Are devs forced to press one button or the other before leaving? Are they in a separate room that only has room for 1 person so it is really anonymous or can other people see which one you press? Writing code for a bank sounds pretty soul destroying as it is but mandatory happy/sad buttons would definitely stop me working there.
What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners
> I have to now really think who does NOT own an Apple Watch out of the people i know.
I've never seen an Apple Watch, or any other wearable except fitness devices like the Fitbit.
> It very accurately monitors my calorie burn throughout the day
Are you a professional athlete or morbidly obese? Why do you need your calorie burn constantly monitored?
> i use it to pay for things in shops
I find cash convenient or a card if I don't have enough on me, neither will ever run out of battery when I need them. Anyone I've seen paying by phone takes longer than I do to pay by cash.
> it makes using the underground in London easier and safer (no getting wallet out in congested areas)
You have a bit of obvious expensive electronics on your arm. Are you sure that makes you safer?
> is handy for taking calls in situations where using your phone would be akward, ie whilst cooking.
If you absolutely can't pick up the phone then don't. That's what the answering service was invented for.
> I like being able to skip tracks without having to get my iPhone out of my pocket when walking and my next calendar appointment on the watch face is a handy reminder.
Oh the effort required to get my phone out of my pocket, one of these days it'll give me a hernia. Oh you know, not.
> Add to this its watching my heart rate in the background now and will let me know if something irregular is happening
Have you suffered a heart attack, have a congenital defect or arrhythmia or are in imminent risk of a heart attack? If not why do you need your heart rate constantly monitored?
We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal
Re: A one-way street
An over-the-air update to a Google car could change the microphone for Google Assistant to always on and sending everything back to base. That would not require the update process to be phoning home and would be feasible with an independent, third-party handling updates but would be undesirable in a car occupied by members of the MoD. Not to mention I wouldn't want it to happen in my car.
It's not like they don't have form for that kind of thing...
If anything I'd like more ATMs, not less.
I still use cash on a daily basis. The shop I buy my lunch from does not take cards, nearby corner shops either don't take cards, require a minimum transaction of £10 or charge a fee for processing cards. And, as the article notes it is much easier to control spending when you can actually see how much you're handing over and not just blindly type your pin into a machine.
Re: What went right elsewhere?
It would be nice if the article used correct and consistent terminology. It starts off talking about NHS England but then lazily falls into talking about the UK. As you say Wales did not seem to be as badly hit and they are part of the same NHS as England. Then you have Scotland which has its own NHS with different policies and practices.
El Reg journos - THERE IS NO NHS UK!