543 posts • joined 11 Feb 2016
Common sense says they simply cannot allow one state close to mainland Europe to become a haven for "bad guys". If anything being outside the EU will make our data even more valuable as we'll have slightly different governance than EU member states and thus we'll be under more scrutiny than ever before by our European cousins.
But the "wiggy-one" said Kim was everyone's best mate and Kim should be allowed to play with everyone else now? Is "Wiggy" bored with his new playmate already?
If the top US snoop agency hates it...
...then is must work properly and be blocking NSA spyware. I'll gladly be renewing my Kaspersky 10-user license in a couple of months thanks very much!
One day there'll come a point where we'll no longer need to exist. AI will plan our lives in to the future and CGI can create the video feed. The human race can commit mass suicide any way it wishes and simply leave the simulated human race to "live out" it's days until the sun burns out. I've no doubt there's a few scif-fi books detailing such tales.
Trackball can be worse....
I still use a trackball as I get chronic pain in my wrist from using standard "mices". It's basically an upside-down mouse and with your sweaty, food, bogey, greasy soaked thumb constantly on the ball all the time, let's say you really don't want be there at the end of the week when it's "ball and socket" clean out time!!
Re: A fairly basic question...
I can think of a few cases...
They want CCs someone wrote some shitty payment system for their website and they don't want to bugger about with trying to tie to a proper payment vendor.
A payment vendor will charge a management fee to handle the transaction and places like "CackPhone Whorehouse" don't want to pay the fees and would rather put your info at risk.
The want the CC data in case you spend money at another company under control of their parent conpany, then they can tie all that juicy data together without having to a)wait for another data breach release on the black market or b) having to pay some shyster to hack Facebook accounts for your toilet habits!!
Yes, it's good common sense and I applaud it. However also bear in mind that not every business is turning millions in profit, some are very small "one-man" businesses have a niche they want to protect, they're on razor thing margins and they have a right to protection too. They might not be able to afford to fight off the bastards who want to rip them off, they go under and the local country's economy loses another business and may gain another social security recipient.
Dating sites, don't make false claims?
Right, well that's the entire online dating biz up the swany!
Re: The question begged is...
It seems funny at first but the guy obviously has a serious anti-social mental health problem that needs attention. Taking a dump in public once, we'll you're just a prat who got caught because you weren't prepared or just plain lazy. This guy did it 30 times in the same place, that's some sort of OCD related mental health problem or an unresolved cry for help or attention. The guy doesn't need criminal charges, he needs to see a specialist before it completely tears his life apart.
FFS! It's obvious he's just a bargaining chip and nothing more!
He's being held in the US on charges simply at the pleasure of the "wiggy one", as soon as the US wants something off Mrs May and she gives it to "wiggy" then Marcus will be free to come home. Governments and rulers have been doing it for thousands of years, you keep someone important locked up until they either a) become worthless or b) they finally become what is expected of them, a valuable bargaining chip in some unrelated dicussion.
When Marcus gets released in maybe 18 months time, old "Wiggy" looks good and all the Foreign Office types will pat each other on the back for bargaining his release. It's all bollocks!
"A social media platform isn't just for college, it's for life."
"I invented Facebook, and at the end of the day, I’m solely responsible for what information is regularly released to unknown, unauthorized sources on this platform.” - Mark Zuckerberg
Fecking idiot! It's not some tinpot little forum running on a PC in your bedroom. Jesus Mr Z needs grow up, he's still behaving like a spotty little nerd who thinks responsibility is a dirty word. In case you've not noticed Mr Z your little project has exploded to draw in a 1/3 of the planet's population, all sharing their dirty laundry in public, making you and your mates billions and letting you lot carry on behaving like silly 20 somethings who need to learn to grow up and realise what you have created and take proper care of it.
Here we go again
If Larry says it's easy then it must be! The guy's never put a foot wrong or said some complete and utter horse crap that PHBs have believed, PHBs have then made we poor working techies implement based on Larry's BS!
Face it Larry your cloud offering is like comparing the Hello World source from any language you wish to name against the source of an O/S kernel, so far apart it's just not enough funny.
Re: Piracy does not hurt who you think it hurts
The other aspect is that some of these companies love certain sections of society actually going ahead an ripping off their software as much as possible.
Art and phototgraphy students ripping off Photoshop means they learn Photoshop, then when they get out into the real world they immediately demand that Photoshop be the first choice from their employer or for their business, that's when Adobe get their "loss" back, when student goes out into the workplace and orders up a genuine license. Same with MS software years ago, students came out into the workplace only knowing MS software and that's what they expect when they began their working lives, "kerching!" for MS.
Mobile app sales
A large scale paradigm shift towards the mobile app, always on, always connected, cloud service based world we now find ourselves in. We're used to paying $1 for an app or tolerating ads in our free apps, we get used to getting something good for peanuts, we've had our mindset changed to realise that cheap doesn't mean utter crap. So we're now more open minded to try cheap alternatives knowing that while there's still a lot of ad-infested dross, there's some genuine diamonds-in-the-rough out there that cost next to nothing.
What pee's me off is that once again the only people who suffer are genuine honest people. Amazon returns is superb, I've returned genuinely broken items without any fuss at all, unlike a lot of retailers who will just make you feel like a scumbag for trying to get something sorted out, some online PC parts suppliers and very well known printer manufacturers who shall remain nameless. As usual there's always some arsehole trying to game the system and Amazon will probably tighten up the process and making it harder for genuine problems to be dealt with as easily.
When will devs speak to their infrastructure teams?! Ha!
As usual the developers go charging off and putting dev code out into production before they speak with the DBA and infrastructure teams! Bloody typical! Although in fairness, I can imagine these hacker devs probably has some arsehole project manager beating them with the paperwork and demanding a stupid release date be met! Ha ha!
Re: Salt free
"The only reason, other than laziness, which I can think of for sending the data elsewhere is that the scanner cant actually do the processing locally.."
I would say laziness, rather cost cutting. Get a cheap scanner to cut cost to a minimum, spend some of the money you saved on the backend infrastructure and profit. Know the kind of f**kwits who will poke, hit and smash these readers and knowing you have to replace them every so often, you might look to save money by using the cheapest you can. I'm not defending them, it's utter bollocks that they have to transmit hashes or what-have-you off the device to another device, rather than a unique and simple ID, simply playing devil's advocate.
I'm guessing some bellend at Philips tech screwed up the AWS Route 53 config and broke all their customers toys!
Sure I have remote controlled lights in a few rooms but they're Bluetooth controlled locally in the house, useful for when you and the Missus are cuddled up on the sofa and you don't want to get up they can be useful to turn down the lights. You get into bed and forgot to switch off the lights downstairs whip out the phone and switch them off remotely. Useful when you get early in the morning and my lights are timed come on so I don't trip arse over tit, over the fecking cat in the dark some mornings! However they're a simple convinience, not life and death and I could live without them if pushed, I managed for many years before. I most certainly have no interest in conntecting my house lights via a remote server hosted on AWS or Google Cloud.
All this fuss!
I remember happily playing Speccy games on a hacked PSP about 8 years ago. I also bought a GP2X Chinese retro box around 2010 that would let me play Speccy, CBM64, Amstrad, SNES, Megadrive and countless other retro machines. The GP2X cost me something like £80 second hand at the time and what's more it was in my hand and usuable, not like this VEGA catestrophe that can only play one machine's games, has not made a single appearance and from a company that has investors money locked up "in trust" so to speak.
Android app stores are awash with retro emulators for pennies, either use on screen control or for something more tractile buy Bluetooth gaming add-ons off eBay for a few quid. At least you'll be gaming in a matter of days guranteed rather than waiting for news from a bunch of incompetant twats arguing among each other.
...just like every other kind of snob, so far up their own fundaments that they can easily be fooled by anyone putting in just a little effort to dupe them.
Food is not a way of life, it's just food. It goes in one end, hopefully stays in there, stops you feeling hungry and general makes it way out in a timely fashion.
"The list included: machine learning, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, edge computing, hardware acceleration, quantum computing, adaptive security, serverless, data analytics, blockchain and digital twin virtualized modelling."
FFS! Who isn't playing with these or pretending to? Ask anyone in the tech sector what they're up to and this list reads like a cribsheet for Buzzword-Bingo. Cripes, I reckon I must have said at least 3 of these in the last 3 months at some meeting or other!
Unplugged most of the time.
I have one but it's plugged in only when we want to use it. My wife, who I called paranoid, insists we keep it unplugged when not in use. Maybe she was on to something.
WTF kind of advice is that for our average person?!
"Just to be safe, Talos is recommending that owners and administrators of home or small office routers reset the devices and restore to factory default in order to clear potential malware."
FFS! What terrible advice! If I do a full reset on my NAS box, guess what it does? Yep! Completely wipes the RAID layouts and formats the underlying disk devices! That'll make me popular at work and if I do it home, well all I ask that someone had a sofa for me to sleep on 'cos my wife will make sure my arse won't touch the ground as she boots me out!
Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed
Too complex for black and white
Computer games, music, youtube videos, Tony Blair, etc, anything can contribute to a persons instability, then give them access to a tool of violence and they have a better chance of making their "scream" heard. You can never point you finger at one thing and say "There! That thing there made little Johnny go to the gun cabinet.", it's simply too complex. Given today's complex and pressured lifestyles, especially among teenagers and young people with the myriad of social pressures in their lives, any combination so things can trip someone and make them find a solution to their frustration. We pray it never happens to our own children but every single human being on this planet has it inside them to do exactly that poor wretch did yesterday, it just takes the right combinaiton of triggers and the blue touchpaper is lit.
Tech savvy, bleeding edge bellends!
Ok, a bit strong, someone has to take the first steps in anything. I'm sure 100 years ago every person with a horse was laughing at those idiots with their automobiles going 10 mph and running out of fuel after 25 miles while the horse simply "refulled" by eating some grass on the side of the lane.
However there seems to be this class of supposed tech savvy people who will "tech up" anything they possibly can simply for the sake of it. There's no thought about "What if X goes TITSUP?", nope. They order the shiny toy from Amazon Prime, have their house fully controlled to the minuest detail direct from their mobile phone, head off to work and immediately drop their phone down the khazri by accident and lose complete control of their dwelling!
Maybe it's just the fact that like a lot of people here on The Reg, I've been in IT since the early days of computing and we've all seen a hundred trends come and go, we know that it's never IF tech fails it's simply a matter of time to WHEN tech fails. Call me a cynical old twat if you like, however I prefer to be known a curmudgeonly realist.
A huge thanks to the US government...
...for confirming yet again that my decision to avoid ever setting foot in the US again was a wise one. The US government is quite obviously not interested in fostering any sort of international relations and wishes to keep all visitors out, and worse permanently keep any they manage to capture at the borders. I'm sad about it as it's a lovely country with lovely people but as a non-US citizen I'm more than happy to oblige the US government and keep the heck away from the place from now on.
Re: US Prisons
And the sickening death of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill person who was scolded for 2 hours in an 82C shower room, 90% burns and his skin literally fell of his body.
There is a minority of so called guards and careworkers in institutions who are basically worse than the guards at Nazi concentration camps. You could, at a pinch, say the Nazis had an ideal in mind and believed in their twisted idealogy, whereas a small minority of institutional workers are state sanctioned psychotic murders and sadists who enjoy inflicting pain on others for nothing more than pure pleasure it gives them.
"Why would young people want to train for a field that they can be quite sure that the entire field will be outsourced well before they can retire from that line of work, let alone a particular company?"
30 years working in IT myself and the first thing I told my daughter as she started to look at her job prospects prior to starting her GCSEs, "My love, keep the hell away from IT 'cos although I love it, you will be entering a dead end career.". Told her to find study honest core subjects ( maths, English, history at least one European language ) study them all hard and hang on 'cos the way your working life will go you will have to change careers probably twice if not more times before you see anything like retirement age.
Re: Use local
"Not surprising for a country that uses the term engineer for washing machine repair technicians..."
I believe I saw "Sanitation Services Operative" on the back of someone's jacket at a London train station recently. The problem is that they have to come up with ever more elaborate names for jobs in order to attract people to take them. "What's the job?", "Train cleaner." and people will look for something with that has a name with a bit more dignity to it. I'm not saying it's wrong or right or that people should stop being so picky about menial jobs that need doing but when you pay minimum wage you still have to make the job appealing in order to get some poor, desperate bugger to take it and keep doing it.
"You can call me a dreamer..."
Imagine if FB was blocked by all UK ISPs for just 48 hours, can you imagine how much faster the internet would be without all those inane posts and crap pictures wizzing off the FB datacenters? Vile ad business would go out of businesses, as well as those dodgy sunglasses sellers too. World peace would break out without people spewing bile at each other from behind their keyboards.
Re: concern about the potential offensiveness of the words
"...those who consider themselves "liberal" are often showing surprising intolerance of other views."
Sadly this is so often the truth. I often enjoy the hypocritical liberal types screaming about freedom of speech in one sentence and the very next, screaming loudly to demand that someone whom has offended them be silenced.
Re: Works for me
You really are a first class bellend AC! Doctor Syntax above has covered the salient points but basically "innocent until proven guilty" is what holds most free nations in check and ensures no one can simply throw you jail without proper justice being served to prove beyond doubt that you actually did something wrong. By the looks of it you sound like the sort of twat who advocates the death penalty for anything worse than coughing in public, that is until someone you care about gets framed for a crime they didn't do and then you'd change your tune about "due process". Although it seems that as you're prepared to spout such utter bollocks in public I suspect it won't be long before you do something utterly stupid and end up in clinky anyway!
Re: The obvious solution
A decision most sensible people are coming to. The US is lovely country, people are friendly and happily welcome visitors, that's the same the world over from my experience, average Joe is always perfectly decent and always pleased to meet new people. However it's always what twat-addled boneheads in charge of any given country that ruin it for everyone. A combination of moronic government, Homeland Security and the TSA at the border I doubt I will ever set foot inside the US again, which genuinely saddens me greatly as I'd love to go again but I'll have to make do with my memories of 2001's trip.
Re: Security researcher clickbait
"99.9% of these stories are total bullshit by people trying to get publicity because they're idiots and don't know they're talking bollocks."
No, they're simply spouting alarmist bollocks in the hopes they'll get in the Daily Fail next week. The company name splashed all over the dailies, right in front of loads numpty middle managers? Holy heck you can't buy quality PR like that, well you can but not at the price Pen Test Partners are likely to be able to afford on a national scale.
While I don't doubt there is a grain of truth in some of this, the fact that Mr Munro stated his points in nice, neat sound-bite sized sentances that even Vinnie Jones completely pissed could understand, rings my bullshit-o-meter off the wall. Easy Sun/Daily Fail/Mirror formatted twaddle that fits neatly into Twitter 140 char limited messages, so it can be broadcast over the media wires quickly and get attention in the worldwide media, it's classic media phishing, PR bullshit exercise.
I love how it can be hooked into all the resources...within AWS. It's a wonderfully flexible technology...within AWS. You can trigger security alerts and collect logs from various resources...within AWS.
With great technology comes great potential for lock-in, be careful.
Re: Working as a consultant in one organisation
We once had a fire drill in my office and the fire warden we'd chosen for our floor ( ground floor mark you ) had taken the job the day before. Fire drill kicks off , we all stand up and suddenly our new fire warden runs to the fire exit...and keeps running out the fecking building!! We're all stunned that he's not checked the kharzi or the kitchen and just run out the building, we then start pissing ourselves laughing as he comes running back after been shouted at by the chief fire warden for leaving us lot to potentially burn had it been real!
Re: Engage pedant mode.....
'Steam is a gaseous form of water (i.e. no air present)."
so when is anyone going to see that?'
Looking through a telescope?
Re: Don't wear high vis
Dad, is that you?
I thought my old man was the only bloke in Britain who wore hi-vis coats all year round instead of getting himself a decent outdoor coat. He swears by them in the wind and rain but he said that people automatically assume you're working on something wherever you happen to be standing, especially when he's messing about in the depths of the local Wickes buying wood for his latest DIY project.
Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....
A young fresh faced kid at school, aged 14. Me and a mate were standing by the fire alarm, one of those "break grass" jobbies. I was tapping it, stupidly I know now, and saying it was never going to break. However being young and stupid I didn't realise that glass weakens with age and it duly broke, 950 kids poured out of the school into the huge playground while I tried to fight my way through the crowds of bored kids to find the Deputy Head. I profusely apologised for my utter stupidity, he thought it was hilarious! He marched me to the caretaker's room, I had to help the caretaker fix the alarm and then spend the next 3 days during lunch break doing chores for the caretaker as punishment. Give the DH credit though, he never told my parents how stupid I'd been, cheers Mr Slade wherever you are now!
So when can you get in the first self-driving car? GM says 2019. Mobileye says 2021. Waymo says 2018 – yes, this year
Re: I can't do hanky-panky with the driver in a driverless car
You can see the The Sun headline can't you, "Driverless Bonk-a-long! - Today a couple were arrested for climbing into the back of a driverless car for quickie while it sped down the M4 at 60mph."
Don't be so sure. This potential market is not just big, it's f**king huge. This is basically the automotive industry version of what "the cloud" has done for IT infrastructure and everyone wants to be the new AWS.
Of course, there's no way I'm getting in one for a few years, especially the minute one goes wrong and locks on the accelerator at full pelt on the M5 and there's nothing to do but wait until it hits something or runs out of fuel. Or worse it drives full pelt down Regents St into Piccadilly Circus at 50mph.
Re: "From which it follows that the docs were unclear. "
"Os that developers copied each other - happened even before StackOverflow was available..."
I was thinking that too, is this simply a case where Fred was the first to read the manuals, he wrote about it and didn't get it quite right then others have simply thought, "Sod reading the manuals, this looks OK.", tested it and it works. Then that knowledge passes into lore and before you know it's simply the "done thing" without question.
Re: "We're looking at seven million downloads"
That's what occurred to me. How many are docker pulls and other container tech, that gets pulled and never even started.
You can pull SQL Server for Linux for free but you still need to agree the license and where required ensure you have a paid up membership to the MS clubhouse to use the Std and Ent versions.
Re: Embrace, extend...
Seriously? SQL Server will be in trouble if it ever relies 100% on Linux, but trust me there is no way Linux can be stamped on by MS. I'll eat the brickwork in my house on the day MS kill Linux!
If MS try to stamp a particular distro and get even close to killing it, it will simply get forked and pop up elsewhere. Linux and FOSS in general, is like a balloon full of water, if you squeeze some part of it, it simply pops out somewhere else having been forked.
My two favourites
"Come see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"
"Oooh! What a giveaway!"
And of course...
"Yes, you must spank us all. And after the spankings comes the oral sex!"
Re: Well I backed it...
While I feel sorry you've been cheated, sincerely I do as it's a horrible feeling to be fleeced by a bunch of crooks, surely this is one of the risks that all 5000 early investors would have signed up for? Any early investor in a product always faces the very real risk that the product will not appear. You're always taking that gamble that if it works, you're quids in but if it fails then you're simply out of pocket.
You're sold an idea and your cash puts faith behind the idea and gives it credibility but nothing is guarenteed unless in the contract you signed with the startup, "You will get your initial investment back if we fail." and no one in their right mind will ever put that clause in the contract you sign with a startup.
Of course I'm assuming you did sign a proper legally binding contract with this obvious bunch of shysters?
Did my own research....
...albeit very lazy and limited.
I commute everyday into the wonderfull little hamlet of London-on-Sea and just watching the number of people struggling to get the phones to pay at the station barriers and shops around the stations shows the mobile pay market, in terms of physical presence, just isn't mature enough yet. The number of people using credit and debit cards on the same payment systems, it works better than phones but even that pales into insignificance compared to the number using Oyster and paper tickets that simply work 99% of the time.
Same as the old boss...
As the old saying goes, "Money talks and bullshit walks.".
The more money you have, the better your online advertisements and doubly so in the political arena. Nothing new to see here then.
Re: I think Apple will fix this
I have upvoted you purely based on your wonderfully pure optimism in the face of a multi-billion dollar company you think actually cares.
I'll tell you what will happen. Apple will release a new MBP version, with a fixed keyboard. All the true zealots will rush out to buy it, love it to bits, dump their old kit on the second-hand market and forgive Apple for everything. Those that remain with theie busted keyboard on the old model will quietly be fixed as there will so few that Apple will not have to perform a mass recall and get any bad press.
Re: Useless Apple
"MBP is still far and far above anything else."
It used to be. Born and bred in the 8bit era, moved up through Windows until the blessed light of Lord Jobs found me one Summer morn in 1998 and I bought my first Mac. At one point, with just 3 people in our house, we owned 4 iMacs and 3 Macbooks. Verily the Lord Jobs did smile upon our blessed house. All the while I continued to spread the good word as I toiled among the heathens in their Solaris, HPUX and Linux world. I tried hard to spread the good word of the Lord Jobs but then the Church of Apple succumbed to the vile will of dirty money, they saw that they valued vanity and money over quality offerings. The Cook has taken the word of the Lord Jobs, corrupted it, lead his flock astray by the introduction of sub-standard offerings. My faith strained to breaking point until one day it snapped. I installed VirtualBox on my iMac, I learned in secret that Windows and Linux were not evil, just alternatives and that they had value and much to offer. The heathen Gates and his lackey Balmer had worked hard on their own good word and it was good once more, blessed was the way of Powershell, pure and clean. Our very own Luther, Linus had worked hard and had established his own following, once again, good an strong. I also began once more to work in the infinite possibilities of custom hardware. The haze lifted from my eyes and I found there was a new true way, the "way of balance" whereby we can all co-exist in a tolerance and respect. I now build my own hardware and look for whatever works best when I need it. Sometimes OSX, sometimes Windows and other times Linux.
Now I preach the word of "horses for courses", sure you can pay a premium for expensive hardware to run what is a good verison of Berkley Unix with a superb GUI, and OSX is a damn fine O/S but don't let the light of Jobs blind you anymore my son. Be at peace with all the world and it's varying viewpoints.
There is still an elegance in the offerings from the Church of Jobs but having ascended to meet his own maker, the money-lenders entered the temple and now there is no one to cast them out. Apple doesn't care for us anymore, if they ever did, greed and corruption abound in the once pure Church of Jobs and I won't pray there anymore.