74 posts • joined 30 Dec 2013
I remember the start of the year we had a few days of snow and it was near riot in the local Sainsburys so it's easily imaginable that a lack of custom officers may lead to travel chaos much like when the French like to go on strike.
Although what Amazon actually said was civil unrest was part of their contingency planning at all their facilities both here and around the world and that Brexit could trigger said plans all the way up to civil disorder and I suspect they've even planned for government overthrow. Of course any large organisation has contingency plans for many many eventualities but just because you have a plan and can foresee it doesn't mean you think it will happen.
Awful Keyboard of the Century.
I have the MacBook Pro and can confirm it's keyboard is truly awful. I have a can of air on the shelf for a 4 month old laptop and it needs using every week to blow out crap so the keys work. Truly awful design.
Contrast with my MacBook Air 2011 which still worked after trips to Africa and used on a bus with more red dust than Mars yet a Pro machine which never leaves the sofa craps out every few weeks.
Best Christmas News Ever
The best news I've heard all year - cannot wait to dance on their grave when they go bust. I'm currently in a small claims court for a defective iPhone that in the first month they would not replace or refund under warranty.
Such poor customer service it's mind boggling but at least I'm now banned from their local shop :)
I bet 99.9% of drone users will just update anyway (myself included). It's hard to see who you are going to sue as they are a Chinese company and cleverly sell from China. But even if you could get a UK court to listen I'm sure DJI will just say it's for safety and to comply with local laws. Yes it sucks but nothing you can do about it.
Thinking about it you might be able to get an import ban but it would probably take years and cost a fortune and what drone owner is going to do that.
The sensible option would be to block TeamViewer from IP's that are known to be used by scammers, it's not as if I and I suspect others have reported these IP's to BT, Talk Talk and Sky yet nothing ever happens. And while we're at it block the telephone numbers these people use, some of which have been active for over 3 years.
Of course that would be sensible and easy so not likely to happen.
Shock horror a company wants to make a profit....
In this global economy large companies are able to employ people anywhere in the world, the fact they bring them to the US to pay taxes there instead of just expanding their offices in other countries I'd think is a benefit/bonus to the US but looks like those regional offices will just get bigger and bigger.
A few years ago India blocked access to Github for a few days over the site hosting encryption code, it's reported that Syrian developers had released an app that was written using open source encryption for fighters in that country to securely communicate.
The horse has already bolted and all backdooring will do is make the US less secure and its tech companies less competitive.
As DNS hijacking is easier than hacking into a server you'd think that "...provide[ing] a user's password in plain text..." to anything would not be a great idea especially domain passwords. I always thought the password was sent as a hash and then matched on the server and never sent in plain text which seems exceptionally easy to compromise.
Why do you feel the need to upgrade because you are told to ? A well secured 2003 server is still 1000 times more secure than a poorly secured Windows 2012 server. I'd sack the idiot who thinks upgrading creates a better sense of security rather than the person who has a secure network and isn't held to upgrade ransom.
The fact that ISIS and other Syrian groups are rolling their own cryptographic software based on open source code and even hosting it on places like Github would suggest this is your basic scaremongering by people who do know better.
While I'm sure the plebs of most terror organisations may still use Apple and Google any self respecting terrorist middle management would be using their own systems.
WTF Richard Head
"This year, however, Prime Minister David Cameron publicly criticised the existence of encrypted messages which law enforcement and security services are unable to access, and stated his intention of gaining US support for the notion that "[We must not] allow a means of communications which it simply isn't possible to read"
The single most f***** stupid thing any person could ever say. I fear my government 100 times more than any "terrorist"...
Github already hosts some forks of well known encryption libraries for users in the Middle East and I've read reports that the Syrian opposition uses modified open source programs to communicate as they cannot trust anything developed in the west. So I fail to see how this most ridiculous of ideas is going to help. Indeed how are these people even employed coming up with such stupid ideas.
Our world wide web is becoming more segregated by the day.
Well you have to ask why this data was being held in the first place. If the fines had already been paid then "Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes". But like most things in life nobody will be held accountable and despite some promises to tighten up security very little will happen because security costs and these companies are only interested in making money not protecting your data.
Sucks so bad
The new app is awful so far.
1. A 1000 raw image library in Aperture is 1.8gb yet in Photo it's now 5.9gb - haven't tried any of the big ones yet.
2. Faces detection is rubbish, after 60 minutes of detecting the seven suggests were so bizarre and trying to reject them did nothing (yes I know it's a beta)
3. Shut down and then restarted and Face detection started again.
4. No easy way to organise and it seem like a game of hide and seek to get to maps or other views.
Will be sticking with Aperture until they pry it out of my cold dead hands.
Not surprised, having worked on a government contract 10 years ago the levels of incompetence were truly staggering, 2 months of Terminal Services not load balancing properly and on my first day managed to Google the issue and tick a box before 10am.
They were paying the Cisco switch guy £1,200 per week to enter 10 MAC addresses per day as the new machines were rolled out to unblock them.