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"The implication was that Microsoft's security is somehow terrible compared to anyone else."
No, I wasn't implying Microsoft were worse than anyone else because everyone has bugs and security flaws. It was a general question.
Genuinely interested in finding out the answer to this. Given there are so many vulnerabilities found and they keep patching the code, are the fixes they make likely to open up more vulnerabilities or break fixes for old ones? It seems never ending and I do realise just how big these code bases are it just amazes me that they can never ever get near fully secure.
Re: Lack of clue
"So they've got a clue they don't have all the clues.... yet"
Well maybe Ian Mason might want to contribute there and point them in the right direction. All they're guilty of is saying that UPS's suck in their opinion and they want them to be better. If people contributed to projects like this rather than complain about them doing it wrong or not having a clue then they might get somewhere.
Re: Regulatory Oversight
No, they are communication satellites and because no-one really can tell the rest of the world what they can and can't launch into space, this is perhaps the only way this company can be called out on their inconsiderate behaviour and attitude.
Really? Noone has said it? OK well then I *have* to.
Aren't people worried that with this being so loud it could wake the NEIGHbours? You could really foal out with people.
I come to the comments on articles like this for the puns people...
"Not that they own any real estate on the Moon of course."
No they don't, but you reminded me about something saying that. What about that bloke that claimed all the planets and celestial bodies and started selling bits of them to gullible punters (yeah unfortunately me too in my younger days, chance for a bit of the moon eh, why not?). Surely he should kick up a stink about people going up there and sticking mobile masts on his and his customers land? Or is he busy sitting on his cash pile still laughing.
It's digital publishing. They rush the articles out so as not to miss page views for the initial wave of interest and then they correct it later (mobile seems slow to never to get them?). Sign of the times, thankfully we are intelligent enough as readers of this site to decipher the odd strangulation of a sentence. The sentence you mention looks like some of the things I'd write if I was knackered.
Bored now. I'm not going to bother upgrading from my S8. I think they're only releasing a new phone every year as they've got their upgrade program that they launched which states that you get a new phone every year.
The only benefit to the S9 being pretty much exactly the same as the S8 is that they might be able to easily keep pushing the updates out for the S8 as well. I'm currently running the beta Oreo on my phone patiently waiting for them to release the final version, which I thought they'd do on the announcement of the S9.
Nope, I'm going to hold out with my current phone unless something from another manufacturer catches my eye. Even those who love people to know they have the latest phone will be no better off with the S9 because how would anyone know you had one? Is that one of the reasons the iPhone X has a notch?
Re: I know what trump is thinking
Giving/allowing them to carry, I don't know if they had to pay for them or not but unfortunately it's a fact that they have them in a pilot state:
The most recent mention of the pilot is in this article some way down the page:
We all live in this world and in the UK what happens in the USA good or bad has a habit of spreading. Luckily we don't make it easy for anyone to get a gun so our chances of mass shooting are great reduced. Strange that isn't it.
Re: I know what trump is thinking
They're giving the teachers guns now, sending nominated staff on courses on how to use them and deal with the idea of shooting one of their deranged pupils one day. What a world we live in...
He's right, you can't regulate evil but you can sure as hell not make doing evil easier.
I wonder what amanfrommars has to say about it.
It would be nice if El Reg admitted that it is their pet AI they unleashed on us commentards a few years ago...
Someone needs to do a spot of investigative journalism on this and end the saga one way or another! If someone who knows what they're talking about breaks their NDA one day, they're in a very tricky position as if they've got nothing they won't be able to afford legal bills as they'll implode. If of course their product is amazing then it will do them the world of good for investment and publicity, not that they seem to be struggling without anything to show!
AMP is causing higher user engagement presumably because you can't turn the sodding thing off in search results. I have no choice but to click on an AMP page most of the time these days because the regular page has been hidden somewhere. I always click on the link button at the top to open the page on the publishers site in the vain hope that others are doing it immediately and it shows up in their stats somehow.
Here we are again with someone saying we 'don't need it'. Well how about we just have the ability to do it and see what happens hey? Who are these people who make judgments on what people need? I'm reminded of the phrase 'see things as they are not as you are' and no doubt the people making the 'don't need' comments would be happy themselves with what they have stated and of course that should do for everyone else too.
All this country really wants and desperately needs in this more and more digital economy we have is for some bugger to get on with the job of laying fibre everywhere to every home they can physically get it to. Only then worrying about what technology is put down it because at least it can be bloody changed later!
Government have a lot to answer for with this because only they can force the issue or make it happen nationally where profit isn't the first consideration. No company will ever ever do this kind of thing as an altruistic gesture and that should be face smackingingly obvious to everyone who makes the decisions.
I have an S8. Quite simply if the S9 costs more than that did then I won't buy it. It won't be worth it and neither is the iPhone X. I'm not going to be fooled into buying entry to an exclusivity club. Just like HTC have screwed themselves with poor build quality, software bugs and complete lack of customer care. You can see it coming Samsung will screw themselves by following the expensive is good route. That will only ever work for Apple tax payers. People who buy premium Android phones are savvier than that.
"At the moment we are making sure our systems are secure, which they are, so discussing details of it is not helpful."
Of course. And is stable door locking now a Winter Olympic sport?
Had one of these as a 'temporary' fix for a business leased line order that went wrong. It dropped out constantly and got throttled like mad if you actually tried to use it. This was for 45 or so office users in a barn in the middle of the countryside. They tried everything including rebooting the phone mast and it never worked properly even after that. They even sent one of their engineers out, a guy who actually built the mast we were connecting to. He did all kinds of diagnostics and knew his stuff, nice guy. He also told me that Ericsson who actually ran the mast sites wouldn't let them (EE) do anything to their own masts as Ericsson were ultimately responsible for any downtime in the contract. I know this is being touted for home use but if you want to use it for any more than casual browsing good luck as I can't imagine the problems I had would have just gone away.
I never would for very obvious reasons, but part of me would love to play with this stuff and go see what's out there that you can log in to and control remotely. Of course there are people without such scruples that would be on Shodan all the time doing precisely that.
It shocks me that it's still a thing and more so that you don't hear about companies suffering attacks all the time. Surely some company somewhere in the world is having some scrote log in and turn their heating up full whack or some industrial control system had gone aywire thanks to an external actor. Where are all the stories about this? I would like to hear the real world impact of these net facing systems being compromised.
Re: It might be ok
They bought out Micros some time back and the Oracle branding is only just really starting to appear on the hardware if you have it replaced.
Micros were apparently reasonably good at what they did but Oracle have turned it into crud. Their support has got marginally better but they're still happy to leave you high and dry without a functioning system for weeks if they don't know how to fix issues they've caused by pushing out updates.
It's very easy to very quickly get into trouble unexpectedly. It's a natural environment with many variables that even experienced swimmers and surfers can 'come a cropper' in. Not to mention that these are kids and kids make mistakes.
Let's hope you never get in to trouble in the sea and they've decided to wind up the coastguard because they shouldn't be taking the time and trouble to help 'idiots' as how can they tell who they are? That's like A&E closing because they get swamped with drunks. I'm sure most people who end up needing emergency assistance in the sea don't intend to need it whereas idiot drunks who drink to excess could easily prevent that happening. I know what I'd rather fund.
Re: What I want to know is
Not paying for a .uk sounds great but if you don't get it someone else will. Plus you've got all those trademark holders who are always held to ransom when it comes to domains. Unfortunately the only people who did obviously object and could feasibly have done something resigned, leaving the current management to do exactly what they want.
"Apple enforces these upgrades quite fiercely, so iThings tend to become unusably slow after a few years."
Well yes, on purpose as it happens too!
What are you implying, that he was off form before? I think you need to apologise!
Re: I'm Guessing Russian Hackers
"Irony. Look it up."
Waaaaay too subtle, lack of a winky face and you went a bit Bombastic Bob on us.
Re: Oh woe is him...
"What's that, you couldn't go to the theatre because you had to be at work, doing the job you get paid to do by us, the taxpayers? Poor diddums!"
He's just as entitled to a private life as anyone else. Why do so many people think that people we elect have to be subservient to us? Fact is, he did miss going to see something he wanted to see to do the job. You're also forgetting that there's a large plethora of people paid by the tax payer to do jobs for us including the likes of doctors and nurses, would you say that to them? So what's your point really?
Re: Glastonbury have one answer
That's a great idea but how do I buy them as a gift for someone if I need their mugshot?
Re: Merry Christmas
Ugh! A downvote for wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, the Grinch has stolen my Christmas now too. I'm unspeakably heartbroken.
In this country I think people have an aversion to talking about money generally, we just hope rewards we are promised are big rather than have the awkward conversation to clarify just how big. We don't like talking about the salaries are on or sometimes believe we deserve more than we are on, even if we do we seldom do anything about it.
Everyone else thinks IT is a cushy job and we are paid a fortune for little. We all know that's not true, we also know we are the first to be screwed over financially or with our jobs as opposed to everyone else in the company.
I think the attitude towards IT and IT workers in general needs to change to be more positive and recognise the skills we have and how much the world would be in the shit (and in the dark ages) without us. That would make for the best Christmas present we could all get one year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at The Register and all my fellow commentards. I hope you all have a great one especially anyone unlucky enough to be on call over the holiday.
Re: No, it's stupid
"When was there ever an Apple door lock"
Hmm, if only we could *root* out the answer to that...
Re: Poor excuse for a politician
"I suppose you think his sickening perversions should be tolerated. In my day we had ways of dealing with his kind."
Well I know how I'd deal with trolls.
Re: Poor excuse for a politician
"Nominative determinism, gets you every time."
I dare not ask what's involved in your job then ;-)
Re: Poor excuse for a politician
Wow, comment matches the handle...
From personal experience, they won't be missed, one of the least helpful and incompetent banks I've ever had the misfortune of using. Other better banks are available.
"so as I need to pay in a load of spare cash I either have to wait to I have a day off, or waste an hour of my time including travelling and processing time. Probably better to use coinstar, even if they do take 10%."
I'm happy to help out and take it off your hands if ever you need. Just let me know!
If you'd booked your time off completely unaware of this issue as they were and then made plans, what would it take to make you change your mind? Would you reverse your decision to have holiday out of the goodness of your heart? What else can they do. The pilots that didn't book holiday aren't being asked to inconvenience themselves.
"Easy cheap way to do what?"
Answer is in the first sentence.
"After 4 days they're all expert at lock picking now"
Yes if they get imprisoned again they can take part in the great 'Ass'cape
All brilliant, until your Internet connection goes down and the diverse route backup connection isn't as diverse as you thought it was.
All we need now is AI to do the work of your company in the cloud and you can do away with employees entirely so it won't matter. Heck it could be an improvement for some!
"No one pays Road Tax, it's call VED"
Bit pedantic. People know what it means. I've used it interchangeably and so have others.
Re: @Martin Summers
"Putting it on fuel has its problems. Apart from pushing the price up and encouraging further fuel cleansing to avoid tax - you'd be amazed how people come down to my remote farm to try and steal red diesel for just that purpose. Also smuggling is easy - most foreign truckers coming to this country have extra large tanks already to avoid having to re-fuel here and any excess can often be bought from returning truckers."
I think that's always going to happen though Tom regardless. It's not something most people will do casually and so as a scheme it's less risk and likely to stop evaders. If they're avoiding paying road tax now they're going to keep doing it regardless of how it's collected.
"And electric cars?"
Erm... They don't pay road tax anyway!
Yes more tax on fuel but no VED that's the point. It's fair and proportionate to your actual usage. As for the "no more paper discs" comment, for insurance this is exactly what is needed to ensure less scum are driving around without it. It's also easier to get the details of the insurance company from someone you've had a bump with because it's right there. More rests on someone having insurance than someone unfairly not paying their road tax.
Abolish road tax and put it on fuel instead. It's done elsewhere so why not here. You pay more or less according to your road usage. Simple, fair and no way of avoiding it.
Oh, and an insurance disc required to be displayed on the windscreen for good measure, to me that's more important to know that is covered.
Forget 5G,right now it's just not needed. Spend the money on pure fibre to the premises networks and getting mobile coverage sorted. The industry is forever racing ahead of itself creating solutions for problems we don't have and neglecting the ones we do.
Re: Could get a nasty surprise
Fibre To The Crapper?
"So support turn on the Accessibility Settings?"
To see the post it better?
I still feel there's a massive lack of getting out and doing anything at all. With the attitude they have towards this now it's amazing that many remote villages even got phone lines put into them. Just get out there, dig up the roads, string the fibre across poles, do whatever, just do bloody something. They've taken lots of public money over years to achieve the objectives they're saying are so hard to meet and it still hasn't fixed the problem.