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We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist
Re: Deniability, old chap
I'll get my coat. Mine's the one labelled: "We never had this conversation".
Too smart for our breeches.
What's the obsession with vulnerability and sticks? A kind of TITSUSB of the 21st?
My own obsession is mandatory (electricity) smart meters. They provide a vector for devilry that will cost lives, destroy buildings. Only the existence of lower-hanging fruit will delay the conflagration.
Maybe the EU should make a rule that a certain percentage, say 75 or 125 or 300, of ad revenue for views of a copyrighted work, cast on behalf of a non-owner, must go to the copyright owner. Or to the EU itself. (<< see, I'm collecting down votes, it's the 21st century upgrade of Numismatics.) In addition to the familiar takedown measures. Yes, there are issues, but knowing the revenue should not be one of them.
Or mandate a $$ reward for (the first?) viewer who reports each copyrighted work cast on behalf of a non-holder of the copyright. That ought to be an entertaining scramble.
If people weren't fixated by the thought that they could watch or collect stuff, we'd be involved in more healthful recreations such as gardening, yoga, or playing Go. As we did before the invention of the VCR. It's like a 21st century upgrade of Philately. They want us to pay attention. The annoying screens and technologies are part of the process of hooking us on their game.
Re: Possessing an increasinly rare skill...
Two words "Black Books".
The intercalary hole exists in a parallel universe. The door to it is over there. Mine's the one with the black key in the pocket.
Marvin was an optimist
Here's another instance of behavioural engineering, if you like. Facebook now hides more of the comments on a thread. "View 2 more replies ", "More ...". Sometimes you have to click dozens of times to read an entire thread. Before, it was PgDn. They want to keep us clicking, automatically, the first step towards unfortunate results, and I wasn't thinking of RSIs.
In the title, it is Douglas Adams's Marvin, though perhaps Limeliters's Marvin would be a better thought.
Where is the bean?
Of course, you-know-who is evil. But under previous management, Skype also had a policy whereby if you didn't use the account for a few months, they'd hide your credit. You had to go through a process to get it back. I found that policy without reason and reprehensible. It's not quite theft, but I wonder how easy it is to get back my $8 in credit? To get it refunded? Or even credited to Amazon (ha ha)?
Multiply 100,000,000 quiescent accounts by $0.47, and that's still a heap of dosh.
I stopped Skype as a background process because it seemed to be slowing down the (XP) system. Inevitably, that led to reduced and then no usage. I discovered google voice (or whatever it was called) which allowed free calling in North America and worked better than Skype. Perhaps as a free service, this was too successful for google, so they muddied the waters by withdrawing services and introducing less-capable ones. Now we just use a pseudo-land-line, with handsets around the house, connected to cable. I really don't understand how this came to pass. Would Ned Ludd have been proud that we have forsaken the communications offerings of our masters, or disdainful that we came to it in such a mindless way?
What do TLA's use to store what they slurp? It must be better than consumer kit....
Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex
While you're taking the bus to work, she's working the incubus.
The King of Damage is as Important as the Almond of Damage
Apple could be in for colorectal damage. In the palace, that's right next to the Doge's bullocks.
Mine's the one with the atholetic protector.
Not Another Tupperware Opportunity
Maybe the people who voted IDK are awaiting an integrated developer's kit in the second post.
I don't know which one mine is.
Help. A hacker overclocked my brain implant and it's now 2047.
Mine's the one with a bottle containing 42 nips, in the pocket.
La tarifa de mi tia esta a dentro de la capa gruesa de grasa
I'd like an unphone. All calls go direct to voicemail.
Here in Canada, the term robocall has overtones of election fraud. The party which committed the fraud was not fined or dissolved, "possibly" because they won that election.
In Mexico, some 15 years ago, the national legislature passed a law that the call originator must pay. The recipient does not get billed for a call. By law, not by small print in a lengthy contract. It seemed to make an instant difference. Years on, I'd like to know how effective it still is against spam calling.
Judging from how many spam calls El Reg commentators seem to receive, shouldn't the phone company be paying each of them a monthly subscription, rather than the other way around?
Seems like a modest sum, considering the scale and blatancy of the breach. It does nothing to challenge my working theory that "lawyers are happy, as long as they get paid."
How many end users receive dosh, how much, and is it in addition to losses directly attributable to the breach?
Re: BT was going to outsource security says leaked memo.
No, Bt. Bacillus thuringiensis, effectively stamps out bugs. Oops.
Re: say again, how are they dodging 30% apple tax?
On my Apple iPod Touch 2g, I have Opera Mini, Version 126.96.36.199389 Copyright (c) 1995 - 2012 Opera Software ASA All rights reserved. They list 12 "Third Parties", none of whom is Apple (though ironically one of them is google). Mildly disappointed to learn that this is just window dressing around Safari. Though the important question is whether it works.
Before malware and internet banking, I was anti-Apple. Now there's a point to a walled garden, if well maintained. And thanks to the masons.
Yeah, regrettably, I think so. Caught-22. Error is carrying that phone through US Customs. IANALBIPOOTI.
Re: Cross a border...
Saarkinder salaam searchers, slammed for slimy salami sandwiches.
... might have been the El Reg headline, back in 1969. Going into Canada, it's likely you'd be done for meat products, which at least would be confiscated. BSE and all.
Inspired by Mattycakes
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?"
Which of you, if your client asks for the data, will give her a Have A Nice Day?
Every single one of them.
The Space Merchants
How apt that this year marks the 65th anniversary of Kornbluth and Pohl's brilliant novel The Space Merchants. The (IMHO) salient dystopic element of that world is that adherence to a contract has become more important than laws against, say, murder or slavery. In our 2018 version, and accepted by several commenters of this story, adherence to a contract is more important than strictures against public endangerment. Sure, the majority of commenters have expressed some level of outrage, but let's face it, the FBI haven't arrested any company executives. We would be shocked if they did. Yet people often get jailed for various kinds of "fooling around", actions that don't endanger anybody.
The Space Merchants also has several lines in dystopic biotechnology. They mostly haven't happened yet, but again, parallels with reality are out there for comparison. On the surface, The Space Merchants is an action novel, so can be read with (guilty?) pleasure by those who go for Louis L'Amour or ... Robert Heinlein.
Simply a good move by India. They've created a bargaining chip from nothing. USA does that in its sleep.
"Rail Delivery Group" Thank you, I needed that fillip of levity.
Me, I blame the Norks, the people ostensibly from Norcolk.
There are a lot of people named David Levy. This one I know as a chess International Master, so IM David Levy. I was sympathetic to his plight in the fracas related to the mind competitions. Here is The Archive of a 2001 article referred to tangentially in the wikipedia, so truly a footnote to history:
What to make of this 17 years later? As another spectral line? I have no idea.
Pressed Internet users. Pre-, Re-, De-
This, and other measures, I'm not picking on Oz, will be ineffectual against those who have sufficient resources or incentives. Those people will get their messages through, in secrecy, with plausible deniability, all the time. The pen-pushers will never catch any of them. But it will be an excuse for a government to further restrict the freedoms of its citizens, and to expend more of the country's resources building some bureaucratic creep's empire. Meantime, ordinary people will get stuck in a web. It's like "law and order" campaigns that, for every real crook they don't catch, issue jaywalking tickets to twenty.
Internet. That was a cool idea.
Please downvote if you detect pessimism.
Re: Where To??
I found Switzerland not that expensive in the shoulder season between summer hiking and winter skiing. Beginning of November, for example.
But if you have to hold your do in August, why not Slovenia, or Denver? Or both; it's a connected world, it says here on this packet of crisps.
Re: It's to be hoped that the conference organizers vote with their dollars...
I would not criticize the sluggards. They will always be with us. It's the hackers who are at fault for using a word such as "attack" as slang. Really? What did you expect, especially in the United States? One could safely use all manner of words, even "tickle".
Chess is an untapped source for new possible slang words without baggage. Sente, joseki, atari. Oops, wrong game. Combination, pawn storm, checkmate, Zwischenzug, Zugzwang, Sitzfleisch, outpost, passer, board room, isolani, back rank, ... maybe "colour complex" would be risky in some contexts. The chess word stalemate is prodigiously misused because it ends the game, while time and death may loosen an impasse, a deadlock, or a Mexican standoff. Pedant alert: it's "risk-averse", not "risk adverse".
Hypnotic Stare of the Beast
I was tempted to note that if they're filtering software by country of origin, and nothing else, they are beyond hope for any kind of security. But I doubt it. I doubt every word they state. This is the military of the Country of Mystery. And Sparkles. Of course they have an ulterior motive. It might as well be the only motive.
They're good at that game. One of the reasons for the Fall of Soviet Communism is that they convinced the rooskies that everything American was shiny and good, so they spent more on industrial spying than they did on R&D. I feel confident that both bogus plans for real cool things, and real plans for bogus cool things, were on offer. I forget which Communist leader said to America "We will buy from you the means of your own destruction", but he must be turning over in his place of rest and possibly display, because the other guys put the pea under a different walnut shell.
Release the draxen
The forked OS should have the power of Android and the mutability of Linux. And the other way around. I nominate the name Anthrax . Powerful, and dangerous.
Re: Optional Extra Purchase
So, thinking of the great Canadian Outdoors in January? Temperatures down to -40C not unheard-of? Good luck typing in woollen mittens. Over a decade ago there was a screen (which I associate with the IBM Thinkpad 600E and 600X models) which if used in extreme cold would adopt a pink (or perhaps magenta?) cast. Forever, though I think mine got less pink with time--and centrally-heated indoor use.
Re: Worse than anti-freeze!
DHMO is especially pernicious in Ice Wine. The phase changes dramatically.
Re: Never mind the delay....
Rhymes with "missiles".
Re: Never mind the delay....
"Nevermind the days, here's the nights in a Moscow hotel with the sex pisstles."
Re: Ok, put it another way...
When you pay the building inspector for the mandatory before anybody can stay in the building. Or the bilge pump inspector for the mandatory before being allowed to sail.
These regulations are not just for "safety", they also protect the (corporate) members of the associations which issue them. A requirement, for example, to put electrical outlets on walls every x feet (when say x + 2 is also a reasonable number, or was last year) results in bilgeloads of extra billable hours. Smiles from the electrician, smiles from the electrician's contractor, who bills at twice what the electrician charges him. Smiles from the socket manufacturers. Smiles from the copper mining corps. So as another answer to the question, the standards will continue to be kept current because follow the money.
More bits of big biz bids.
WD are not getting out of the HD biz, they're reducing capacity to about two-thirds of current. Yes, no doubt they want to make more by making less.
I'd assume that most of WD's market is OEMs. Possibly the factory they're closing, manufactures low capacity (say 1TB) HDs. Weeks ago, I bought a bog-standard WD external USB-powered 4TB drive from <Greek Mythology Female Warrior Clan>, and today the prices are $cdn5 to $cdn15 higher. That could simply reflect weakness in the $cdn, or maybe the announcement paid off already.
Funny, I wouldn't buy a 1TB anything. For SSD it's too expensive, smaller works. For HD it's too small. MMV. From my POV, HD capacities have been stagnant for a long time. Does this mean there will never be an affordable 2.5" 20TB drive? Heck, how about a 20TB full-size drive? That's about the same data density as the ubiquitous 2.5" 4TB HDs of today. I don't know if the issue is technical (such as heat dissipation), marketing, or whether they're selling them like mad to TLAs. If they did, why would they tell us?
@Jeltz : poetry to my ears.
"I hope you've learned to [...] sanitize your database inputs."
If the schoolish think in analogy, it would be: "... know which part of the sentence is the Subject, and which part the Predicate."
Re: Emacs org mode not mentioned?
I also went for this in DR-DOS
PC-Outline (TSR) Yes!
and later without TSR because windows. I used it weekly up to 2012. Not bad for software from 1986. PCO was a fabulous organizational tool. But the world being created was not as well organized. Even though I could have up to 9 tabs open, with up to 64K text in each tab, I eventually went to an editor with unlimited tabs and each file up to ... haven't hit a limit yet, but hundreds of MB anyway. Realistically, the size of each file from each source is only a few MB, so whatever the limit, it doesn't come into play. I use ConTEXT, and not the most recent version, which gave me problems. ConTEXT seems to have been abandoned, but it still works.
I've tried some of the special tools, briefly. I want a system that focuses on the content, want minimal screen area taken up showing the UI.
"Blockchain" is just a (misleading) name for a Merkle tree with some additional unicorn feathers tacked on.
Yabbt if Angela had named it Holzmachtfrei, it wouldn't have sold so well.
Re: Quite an interesting vid on explaining Blockchain
Thumbs up. In the first minute I learned how to pronounce Azure (the thing he's in charge of). Accent on the first syllable, as in English, but the 'u' deprecated almost to nothingness. Every pronunciation has its scope. You say Honus Wagner the baseball star differently from Richard Wagner the composer.
Looking forward to the ruthless powers of logic and exposition that made Process Explorer a good piece of software.
Re: rename TheRegister TheBlockChainRegister
We have a blockchain in the washing machine. Weighs near a ton (that's tonelada if you're of the other persuasion). Hoping there'll be a practical blockchain for bicycles soon.
And the tune should be reminiscent (but not so much as to cause litigation, my so fine swede lard) of "Istanbul".
Re: I am confused
@Steve K. Please deliver summer to my home in Canada before, in six months, I write such as this:
Surely there's no such thing as a sales engineer. Real engineers bristled at the term "software engineer", I guess because it was often self-referred and not the result of a course of study at a recognized school of engineering and subsequent professional qualification. But maybe they worked out the objections. The idea that there could ever be a sales engineer is at best a joke and at worst an insult to engineering. At least, that's what it says in this here book, "Word Neurosurgery".
PS: I'll gladly sign for it: delivered summer in January. Flight to New Zealand an acceptable substitute. Sorry, lift-to-weight ratio rather pathetic for auto-relocation.
Please do not send ticket for Australia. That would be by way of AManFromMars-upials. Splendour, mates.
Re: I am confused
I am charmed by the comparison to Joni Mitchell's cat. #mewtoo
Deign to drain Alphabet for brain get Br(y)ant in hand dines duo in cloud. Chipzilla, my consensual pterosaur, mon armour. Illustrated by Edward Hopper heterodyner, landscraper non-flyer. Sauce for the brant is sauce for the Dia(ma)n(t)e. Schauce i mat.
Re: Pledge to Protect
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"The post is required, and must contain letters."
Agglutination. The reason road signs in Hungary can be really really really wide.
The rest is a mote in a fanboi's aye aye aye.
Not so smart meters
Eventually, so-called Smart Meters will be hacked, and exploits will include such inconveniences as rapidly switching your house current. Expect burned out items, maybe fires. Lives may be lost. Where I live, you have to pay $32.50 extra, per month, to the electric company to not have a Smart Meter.
Re: Maybe it shouldn't keep laying off people.
Blame Univhackers. The haitch is silent. So is the quay.
I'm surprised anybody in (important) gov't is allowed to use e-mail, as we know it, at all. Ever. It's not enough to encrypt and attach every text. Plus, such a stricture would be a good impetus to create end-to-end, cradle-to-grave, secure e-mail, a hoary idea without an expiration date. I guess they're afraid that if it existed, citizens would use it.
Ring off hire
I'm glad to see in the pic that they have a reinforcement ring under the cockpit. That way you can keep your collection neatly in a binder while waiting for them to become flight-safe.
at a 'astronomy on tap' beer-n-astrophysics event last month, a couple of the post-docs said pretty much exactly the same thing, that its turned out the orbital fluctuation measured were either erroneous or could be explained by existing phenomena.
Now is the Occam of our Discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of Sedna.
Forgive my ...
They really don't like the old "Man's home is his castle." (forgive the anachronistic sexism). They: gov'ts, corps. Coming soon to a life near yours: Chez pas rien jamais aucunement Château (forgive my purposefully bad French). Now, let's discuss your culpabilité. Let me tell you how I may enhance your life today. No need for pardon, we've got you.