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I wish they'd fix the new version before dumping the old one. I get plagued with "network problems" despite nothing else having issues. My father's machine won't send video, despite him being able to see it locally.
Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active
I wish they'd fix the Linux version. It was fine until they forced everyone off the older stuff and made us all use the new one, which I guess proves that progress is a vector. Now I have 'network problems' that only seem to affect Skype and nothing else on my system.
I think they've used the same code as in Skype 4 Business, which I have the misfortune to use at work and also seems to suffer such issues.
What a stupid debate, I echo the comments from Lee D somewhere up the comment stream. Anyone who finds it offensive please explain why, given that master-slave describes the relationship quite well.
I'd like to see your alternatives, just in case I find any of them offensive.
Re: Then they're hurt or killed
No, in California it only might kill you.
There's always next year's ballot if the tech companies manage to water things down. Find out what they dislike most and make sure that's on the public ballot next year.
Re: What are they measuring here?
I think the way both Windows and Linux work, if they auto-configure IPv6 and you try to connect to something that has both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, it will choose the IPv6 by default.
This often gives a clue as to a problem with the IPv6 configuration somewhere, if there's a long delay and then it connects. This is because your end starts by attempting IPv6 and eventually times out when it doesn't actually work because something's eating packets and falls back to the IPv4.
In theory it shouldn't need anything in the router apart from understanding IPv6, broadcasting the relevant magic to the local network and establishing a default route to the outside. The equivalent of the NAT 'firewall' that you get for free with IPv4 is the fact that the router firewall should be configured to drop any packets not associated with a connection set up by the local network. That stops all bad stuff coming in unless the user explicitly configures a rule. It's on a par with doing port forwarding under NAT with no other restrictions in place (so internal users can talk to any external address and port).
I find OpenWRT to be just fine for this stuff, although admittedly it's not consumer software (but that style of port-opening interface could be).
I run a few low-traffic sites and find that the bots that visit are invariably IPv4. I do get traffic from what appears to be phones on IPv6, and a sprinkling of others. Because I have IPv6 set up on the home network here, I find that it will often access the rest of the world using IPv6 if the far end offers it.
That's the other side of the coin of course, your average punter just connects his router to the cable modem (or uses a smart cable modem that does both jobs). If that magically broadcasts the IPv6 magic on the local network then most modern devices will set up and use it and said punter will be none the wiser for it. If he's got to go into a configuration menu and tick a box somewhere then all bets are off.
Re: Great more automated non-perfomant code
I remember complaining about this with Windows 3. As an exercise, we wrote a program (not an app in those days) using all the Windows classes and it was something over 100k in size by the time it had linked in all the bloat. Then we wrote it without all of that as a DOS program and it was a couple of KB.
Frameworks are nice but be aware of the side effects. This also goes for those who put the frameworks together - don't build in mega dependencies so that using one function brings in War and Peace as a side effect.
It sounds like they need to adopt a Plutonian solution and declare that any moon smaller than a certain percentage of the largest one should be declared to be a Jovian Pet Rock and have its moon status revoked.
That's sort of what has happened. Have you tried a whois query recently? The generic one gives a lot less information than it used to, and if you go to a registrar's site you get this in the notes:
IMPORTANT: Port43 will provide the ICANN-required minimum data set per
ICANN Temporary Specification, adopted 17 May 2018.
Visit https://whois.godaddy.com to look up contact data for domains
not covered by GDPR policy.
Of course, if you're happy to go to their website then all is revealed if it's not a registration covered by GDPR because they have better control over it. Hopefully they'll add California residents to the same list as those covered by GDPR.
Re: Slippery slope
I see you've been influenced by the BRexit bullshit.
The "EU bureaucrats" are no more unlecected as they are in any government.
I thought he was talking about the ICANN board. In this instance the EU are the good guys.
Re: Legitimate business interests
Although it's very much worth bearing in mind that the whole point of pushing it through was specifically to make it easier to change later, unlike a ballot version which, as the article states, would be much harder to change once passed. That should be concerning to everyone. If the politicians were really up for this type of privacy legislation, why didn't they just let it go to a ballot? Let's hope that Mactaggart & co are keeping a close eye on the legislation as written and any future modifications (which may be hidden in other bills as riders etc.) and are ready to act again.
I can see some merit in having it easily changed in case there is an issue where someone got something wrong. If the only way to fix it was another ballot initiative then fixing errors might turn out to be hard. On the whole though, I'd prefer the ballot version because it's harder to subvert as I see that as more likely than incremental improvements through the normal legislative process. I agree, I hope that they keep the ballot stuff in a safe place, ready to haul it out if someone offers the legislators enough money to change the existing version to something weaker.
I had an S4, which I've just retired, but looking at the latest Samsung offerings, they're too big, cost too much and have way too much bloat on them. I went for something lower down the market, which is more than enough for what I want. I get to fill it with things I want, rather than figure out which of the pre-installed crap I can safely disable. My new phone lasts several days on a single charge, to the point where I can keep it topped up merely by having it charge on my daily commute. All at less than a third of the price of the latest flagship thousand dollar (or equivalent in local currency) phones.
I would like a dual-SIM phone though, or a way to allow two phone numbers on the same SIM with the ability to disable/mute/divert one of them during evenings and weekends.
Re: How difficult is it to disable slurp?
I'm not sure how I've done it but I have a browser config set up so I don't see ads on Forbes and it still lets me in. Not that I go there that often but occasionally I click on something that turns out to be one of their links.
Re: Yo! Yank ... Er ....
The only way you can accurately determine the proper tax jurisdiction is by geolocation using the street address. This assumes the address used is the location of the buyer. Another wrinkle is if one buys something online while away from home, what is the taxing jurisdiction and how is it determined? Depending on how it is done, a VPN service might cause all sorts of fun (honest I was in Finland when placed the order).
The address to which the product is shipped determines the taxes. If you're a hundred feet the wrong side of a tax boundary and you've got a friendly neighbour the other side, see if they'll accept delivery of your packages.
This is where the UK VAT (admittedly with a simpler system) and South Dakota have it right - if you're under a financial limit then you don't have to pay but you can't reclaim anything either. Otherwise a retailer is going to require you to have a shipping address in their state so they can ship to that, and then it's your problem moving it from there to your home state.
Another option would be for the retailer to state at time of sale that the buyer is responsible for paying the sales tax direct to their state and that details of the transaction amount would be forwarded to the state to assist them in recovering it. That way, a small retailer could send a data dump every month or quarter to each state with all the transactions and then the state could ask people for their money. I think the California income tax forms already have a section where you can declare stuff where you should pay tax but haven't.
This is nonsense, according to the Boeing website the 777x has a two seat configuration capacity of 375 whereas Emirates run the A380 with a two class capacity of 615. Nowhere near comparable.
They are comparable if you figure it as passengers per engine. In fact, the 777x comes out better.
The big reason no one wants it is because the first few A380s built are less fuel-efficient than later ones, as various tweaks and improvements have occurred.
Think how many soft drink cans it'll make.
Re: Return ticket?
Ask YouTube about the NASA Sample Recovery Robot Challenge. Some of us had fun trying to do phase 2 a couple of years ago. It's surprisingly difficult, although I think technology will make great leaps before they have to do it for real.
It was indeed shrouded in fog. We heard it at the official viewing site but not a glimmer of light. It was as cold as a British Bank Holiday at 4am in Lompoc.
Re: Citation needed....
Outsourcing works well when you've got a well-defined package of work that needs doing, you haven't got internal staff available to do it and you won't need those staff once the work is done. Or it's a longer-term thing but only for a day or so a week and it's easier than trying to recruit a part-time employee to fill the gap.
Most of the horror stories are missing one of those requirements, usually the 'well-defined package of work'.
Saved by the mail app
I'm not sure I've ever fired up the Windows mail app, so I guess it's a change I wouldn't even be aware of if not for articles such as this. I locked down Windows apps by default, restricting what they could do on the machine in an attempt to impose some level of security.
I had a Galaxy 4, I just bought a Moto E4+ for work use and it's a step-up after four years for less money. It's also a bit too big but I'm getting used to the bulk. I don't use the fingerprint sensor, I much prefer a password even if it's a bit less convenient because it's more secure and more immune to US law enforcement. I don't know of anything on the newer Galaxy or iPhones that would tempt me to part with $1000 instead of $129.
Re: Poor decisions
My cattle class seats tend to take about a week to wear off, especially if it's long-haul.
How many people know how long a chain is though? It's a bit like an acre, a unit often used but ask people how big it is and most won't know (my answer is 'one chain by one furlong'). Perhaps the good citizens of New Zealand are more clued up about old imperial units than others.
Re: Chameleons ?
I've heard that there's a chamelephant in the room but I can't see it and people are reluctant to talk about it.
UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned
Another good demonstration of why ad blockers and script blockers are essential.
I see the ICO site is down for maintenance at the moment, I guess someone's pulled the plug on it until they can fix it properly.
Website Guide to IVR
What would be ideal is for companies to have a web page with the entire script to their IVR on it, so you could go browse it in advance and then when you hit the voice prompt just key 14235 and get immediately to your chosen point. If there wasn't a suitable endpoint for your query then you'd know in advance and instead of wasting time on the phone, could try writing a letter, wrapping it round a brick and delivering it to their offices in person via a suitable window.
Re: Simon will look back on this
He doesn't usually retaliate in the next episode. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Re: You mess with the GNU ...
Look at it this way. I downloaded the source code. I've made changes, and given them to my mate Bill. I've now made more changes, but I don't want to give those to Bill. Bill is asking for them, wondering why I've now spurned him, but I'm not going to give them to him and I'm keeping my reasons to myself (basically, I think Bill is a plonker, and I don't want to hurt his feelings). Instead I've given these new changes to Alice. Where's the GPL2 breach in that?
If you've given Bill the binaries then he's entitled to the source required to build those binaries. GPL2 does not require you to give him updates to what he's already got. If you gave the updated source and binaries to Alice then she is within her rights to give the binaries to Bill, and if he asks, the source code too. Yes there was a high degree of daftness in putting stuff in writing.
The US credit scoring system is not fit for purpose anyway. I don't care what algorithms they're using, I consider them to be wrong because they fail to account for all relevant factors. Worse, the credit system has wormed its way into almost everything - want a phone contract? Unless you're paying up-front they'll go check your credit score. Want a job? Yes, some employers want to know too.
They seem to give greater weight to short-term things such as your current credit card balance, yet ignore the fact that this is a cyclical thing and that it's paid off in full every month, so you get a better rating just after you've paid off the card than just before, even though your overall spending/paying behaviour is the same (obviously if you don't pay it off then that's a different matter).
Minority Report, anyone?
El Reg is still IPv4 only. As is the BBC. Perhaps it's all a plot by the Chinese to prevent their people from accessing such subversive media.
The IPv6 network, first developed in the 1990s in China
Was that before or after Al Gore invented the internet?
That's what I was thinking too. Apple can point out that it's not a good use of taxpayers' money wasting it on lawyers when the government clearly has a way of achieving what they want without needing Apple to help.
Re: Fake news
Why is it fake news when a lot of people seem to have seen it happen (not me - see below)?
Damn! I missed it. For the good of the US (and the world) someone ought to set up a cron job to deactivate it overnight, although if he's off in Asia then perhaps 'overnight' needs to be a bit flexible.
I did an exercise once, I took an existing C# app that read from a USB dongle and updated a screen and ported it to C++ with the assistance of Qt. The original motivation was to be able to get the same functionality on Linux and the original, not exactly greased lightning on a Windows machine, was like cold treacle when run under Mono on Linux. Then I ported the C++ thing back to Windows (as in tweaked the HW-specific bits and recompiled it) and it was easily way more responsive than the original. C# is OK for slow-and-dirty hacks but a real pain otherwise. Yes, Perl is probably preferable.
That's not a proper perl script, it's almost readable.
Besides, internet fridge developers seem to have forgotten that not everything you buy from Tesco goes in the fridge, or even in the kitchen.
Oh, they have. You can have another box for the bathroom, one for each bedroom, one for the cleaning supplies cupboard. All interlinked so they can compile a master shopping list for everything.
It depends on how you're doing it. Older manual methods wouldn't have used xor, more likely it was a book of numbers, to determine which letter to substitute for the one in question.
Re: "unlike public key encryption, which has easier key distribution but is less secure "
Once upon a time DES was good enough, now it can be cracked quite quickly, almost real-time. If computing power continues to increase at the same rate, today's stuff will one day suffer the same fate. We're already recommended to use larger key sizes because 1024 bits can be brute forced. the information being protected may not be relevant by the time it's easy to crack - a bit like the old Playfair cipher used a hundred years ago - it could be cracked in a few hours, but if the message was "attack in 15 minutes" then it would be somewhat out of date by the time it was cracked.
Uncrackable encryption has existed for ages, it's known as the one-time pad. Unless you have access to the key then you stand no chance of reading the original plain text. Its big weakness is key generation and distribution, which has to be done via secure channels in advance, unlike public key encryption, which has easier key distribution but is less secure (depending on the amount of compute power available). Of course, one advantage of the one-time-pad is that in theory it is possible to easily create a spoof key to produce a harmless plain text.
I'm glad you qualified that with a 'yet'.
I'm wondering how they'll extract the information from those who are naturalised citizens, unless the starting plan is just to give themselves permission to hold the information without any specific plan to actively acquire it. I can't quite see USCIS doing a mailshot to people with a form asking them to fill it in. Or rather, that's what I'd like to see them try because that's the quickest route to court. More likely is that they'll pick off individuals at airports as they enter the country, which is the time when you're most vulnerable and surrounded by enforcement goons with limited access to a lawyer.
I thought that was normal behaviour for Windows 10. For reasons beyond my control I have to run a Win10 machine and if I have to reboot it then it takes 20 minutes before it's usable again. On the plus side, I do have a Linux VM installed and do as much as I can in that.
Re: More spying?
I'm a bit more careful with mine. A small square of cardboard behind a piece of black tape so I don't get glue all over the lens. Standard fitment for laptops in my possession. Even the desktop webcam spends most of its time hanging from its cord, pointing at the base of the monitor stand where it can record the steady accumulation of dust particles.
Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is $929
My cheaper option is currently to keep using the phone I bought three years ago. It does what I want, and while the battery holds out I don't see the need to upgrade to something that expensive.
I'd like something with the feature set of a Galaxy 4 only with a modern CPU and memory capacity. A lot of the newer ones are too big - the 4 fits in my pocket nicely and the screen is a reasonable compromise between portability and readability. None of this face or fingerprint crap for unlocking either. Dual-SIM would be nice, unless one of the carriers is prepared to offer me two numbers on a single SIM.
The only way updates should be applied to this sort of stuff is by user intervention. Someone needs to have physical access to the aircraft and flip a switch, insert a key or other positive action that allows the upgrade to occur, in conjunction with detecting that the aircraft is on the ground and otherwise powered down. IT should only accept a signed image, and also inhibit all functions related to movement until the upgrade interlock is removed.
The same is true for cars, too (especially the 'on the ground' bit).
Re: Error 0x00000245
ENOTTY - Not a typewriter.
Except it wouldn't be an error i this case but an accurate statement of fact.
Re: They're part of the problem
The US credit scoring system is not fit for purpose anyway. What you get is a snapshot, so the day before I pay off a credit card bill my score can be noticeably lower than the day after. It fails to note that this is a repeating pattern and actually represents a sensible and responsible use of credit.
As for paying interest, if you're doing that on a credit card then you're using it wrong.