1194 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010
@A/C Re: Automation is a good thing...
I thought SatNav did this already?
Re: Interesting justification.
Also, the standards that "aren't being met" are close to impossible to meet
Sometimes, a challenging target has to be set to drive research into a problem.
"Necessity is the mother of all invention."
Re: Interesting justification.
Considering that Bosch makes a lot of the injection hardware and controllers, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a lot more companies that might get caught out.
There were emails from Bosch released/leaked in which Bosch told VW that what VW were doing was a bit naughty.
@Roq D. Kasba Re: Don't think for a minute it's only AmEx...
Trust me, it's not just Lloyds who do it...
Re: Great job AMEX, because secuity by obscurity works so well
Predicting the replacement number for a stolen card shouldn't be possible
My last three or four debit cards have had sequential numbers. (Allowing for the check digit at the end of the card number) I'm waiting to see if my next card continues the sequence.
Two or three appeared to have sequential CVV codes too - but that could just be coincidence.
Re: Some perspective
A day or so after the Paris attacks, the French police stormed hundreds of suspected terrorists. There's no-way they could have found that many suspects in 24 hours, so they must have know about all these people before hand.
So the other 99.9999925% of France are going to be subjected to more state surveillance and restrictions from knee-jerk, head-line grabbing politicians.
As per other terrorist attacks, it's not that the authorities didn't know who were suspects. MI5 have admitted that it is impossible to keep tabs on every terrorist suspect. Plus you have the usual issue of false positives and false negatives.
It's practically impossible to prevent anyone carrying out terrorist attacks. I know it sounds harsh, but we have to learn to live with the fact that there will always be deaths due to terrorists. The job of the police & security services is to minimise those deaths.
I seem to recall that when John Prescott was deputy prime minister, he vetoed a train safety program: Not because he didn't think it would save lives, but that the cost to save each live was actually too high. We have to have public discussion over these issues. Politicians making knee-jerk reactions are not the way to do it.
We have to remember that politicians are not interested in what's best for the country, but what's going to keep them in office,
 Google says the population of France is just under 65 million. Assume 500 people in total arrested/investigated.
Wireshark on Mac
I've been using the beta versions of Wireshark on Mac for a while. Whilst the UI is definitely better being more Mac native, I sure hope they've fixed the core issue they introduced where captures often don't actually capture anything!
Re: Probably a necessity
Editing a text file in Red Hat-based distributions is simple. You use vi. [...] Move over to Ubuntu and...wait...vi doesn't behave the same.
In what way? I've used various flavours of *nix over the years, and whilst not a vi guru, I've never had a problem editing a file using the default installation of vi.
You sound like an exception to the norm: A parent taking responsibility for raising their kids!
Re: No Sky thanks
I can't see why I must pay for their service AND still have to suffer adverts. I'm paying for the privilege of watching something I don't want to see!
Either make me watch adverts OR charge me a subscription, but not both.
Re: Hang on a min...
Exactly! I have both a tablet and a laptop. They have different usage sweet spots. The tablet is great for some simple browsing, basic email handling and some simple games (Simple games are all I can manage!). The laptop is when I want to do more typing (e.g. longer emails) or a more seamless multitasking. (e.g. SSHing into a server with a manual open in the background.)
There is no such thing as "one size fits all".
@Nameless Faceless Computer User - Re: OSX is just too far behind Windows
A touch screen looks like a mouse to the OS.
At a basic level, a touch screen isn't too different to a mouse. Both can report a press at a specific (x,y) co-ordinate pair.
The issue is that with a mouse, you can click on an exact pixel on the screen. With touch, you click an area. If your finger presses a circle of diameter 10 pixels, but you need 2 or three pixel accuracy, it's never going to work.
This was the downfall of touch on Windows XP: You still needed the same pixel perfect precision but achieved with your finger. Sure, you could use a stylus, but it was still hard to do. (I know there are accessibility options to make the hot-spots bigger, but you're still trying to put a square peg in a round hole)
Re: OSX is just too far behind Windows
The problem is that Apple is years (and in some cases over a decade) behind Microsoft in supporting touch/stylus in their big boy OS
May I humbly suggest a reason Apple don't support a touch interface in MacOS? 'Cause it's a stupid idea! MacOS (and Windows) were both designed for mouse & keyboard input. This is the reason why Windows XP tablets with just touch interface never really worked as a mainstream idea.
Look at what Microsoft have done: They've actually gone the other way and put their touch interface onto their desktop & server products. See how well that went done? What idiot thought you'd have a touch interface on a server?
Tim & El Reg are both right: A mobile phone and a tablet have different user interface requirements to a laptop, desktop or server.
Is this April 1st? Was this written by an intern? The password isn't "13MillionNewJobs" that's the SSID. There is NO password on the WiFi!
Where's that El Reg Tombstone icon when you need it.
"Why is it people not having sex are telling other people how to have sex?"
(c) Andy Parsons
Not guilty your honour!
An audit means nothing
An audit does not mean that you've made your systems secure. It's just a (paper) exercise to tell you how (in)secure you currently are.
We've only got rumours here so far. Another possible thought, is that anyone working for the government has to be a permie after 28 day? Maybe it's George's way to reduce spending on consultants & contractors?
I'm a FastMail customer and didn't notice any downtime.
@Mike 16 Re: Can we finally settle this?
It was if you wanted to avoid pre-recorded porn.
It's an urban myth that pre-recorded porn wasn't available for Betamax. e.g.
Re: Too big a queue and pipeline can slow down
Wasn't that the problem with the Pentium II?
Windows Phone, now called Windows 10 Mobile, was not completely ignored. "I use it on a daily basis," said Nadella.
"It beeps nicely when my boiled egg is done.", he told reporters later on.
Sadly I think that is the maximum sanction that the ASA has at its disposal; if I am wrong perhaps someone will correct me.
Don't the ASA have the ability to say that they must vet adverts?
Errors, we've had a few, but then again, too few to mention...
Those are some pretty fundamental errors in that advert!
That must have taken real skill to make that many mistakes.
Different NOT broken
People with Asperger's (or even just Introverts) are not wrong or broken because we don't like socialising, etc.. We're just different. I don't want someone to try and "fix" me by making me more socialble. I'm happy as I am.
You could argue that extroverts are broken and need reigning in to be more like introverts.
The world needs both extroverts and introverts (and everyone in between) We all just need to appreciate the others needs.
@A/C Re: Seems sensible for anyone with a high profile.
It has finally been recognised that the current poisonous atmosphere has seriously affected people's willingness to do any volunteer work near children.
I've heard the same story from different backgrounds (Teachers, sport & club volunteers, etc): There are so few men willing to go into these areas because of the fear of being accused of being a paedo. Children are growing up with no real male role models - just the vacuous crap that is put out by the media.
Everyone has different tastes. Just because someone doesn't appeal to you doesn't mean that they don't appeal to someone else.
Also, it's pretty shallow to judge a person just by one picture.
Re: Seems sensible for anyone with a high profile.
As the article points out, though, it isn't just the rich, powerful or famous that are subject to these types of accusations. Nor is it just women who make them, either. I've heard several stories of children who taunt teachers by saying "I'll tell my parents you touched me".
In the current climate, everyone has to be careful about being alone with someone.
..assuming that nobody's tricked it into presenting someone else's number.
There's no need for under-hand trickery. All you need is a Type 5 Presentation Number agreement with your telco. Once you have that, you can send any number you want. (And guessing from the dodgy/weird phone numbers I receive as PPI calls, I'm guessing all the PPI call centres have done so)
Before the days of VoIP, an exchange always associated two numbers* with a line: The presentation number and the network number. The network number was the real number for the line. For many people the two are the same. It's the network number that allows you to track back where the call came from.
But with VoIP, there's no network number, just a trail of SIP headers. And as we've all seen with SMTP & HTTP, user generated headers can be trusted 100%.
* Actually, there's often a third number, called the billing number which can be different again but that's only seen by billing systems not the phone network.
Pre-orders will not be offered until the software is ready for release.
Maybe Warner should adopt a similar strategy after their Batman fiasco.
Re: Very mixed feelings about this
Timeand again, we see various Defense Contracts being awarded which then overrun with absolutely no penalities being imposed or those responsible for awarding the contract being held accountable.
Playing devil's advocate here, maybe some of the contracts are to build things that have never been built before* and probably on the bleeding edge of technology.
I'm not sure any company would give you a fixed price/time contract in such circumstances.
* I'm excluding the idea that another country may have already made it and you don't want to/can't buy from them.
Shareholders angry that they haven't made an obscene amount of money.
Film at 11.
I suspect the reason for this is to stop an organisation awarding a contract to a company, and then increasing the value of the contract by a substantial amount without re-tendering.
In a normal procurement contract I can see the point. But as cloud is supposed to be flexible, having a 20% cap does kind of sound like it's defeating the purpose of using the cloud.
Direct energy weapons
They can barely get direct energy weapons working well enough on ships. So why do they think they can get them working in the weight, size & power constrained space in an aircraft?
Do they really think they'll crack this problem in the next decade? How much time & money did the American's waste/spend on their Star Wars/SDI program?
The lack of mention about the new aircraft being uncrewed must mean that it will be supervised by a sack of meat. The big question is: Why?
You need lots of systems to keep the sack of meat alive, and it's not very good PR back home when you loose a sack of meat. If this is a long range bomber, the sack of meat is going to have a real dull job for the flight out and back watching the autopilot.
Why can't you use a drone or a cruise misisile?
Top Vs Bottom bits
Why did they use the top bits of the pointer to store the colour rather than the bottom? Surely memory allocations usually have some kind of alignment requirements, so some of the bottom bits will always be zero?
@german_se Re: @A Non....
Totally agree. It's not that it can't be done, it's that there's little incentive for someone to rip out years of O/S development and start afresh with a brand new language. This on its own is not a trivial undertaking. But it gets worse!
Once you've got your shiny new secure O/S & language, you then have to re-write all your applications, libraries, etc. in the new language for the new O/S.
Re-writing the entire software stack is a mammoth undertaking and will take years (decades maybe?). Who's going to pay for this?
@Naselus Re: More Bandaids from America
And a general lack of security awareness throughout the whole enterprise, tbh
Is it the lack of security awareness, or the low priority managers put on security? Security isn't a simple tick box in Visual Studio or Eclipse! Often a manager will want code that works "well enough" to ship out the door. Time is money, and security done right takes time.
Re: More Bandaids from America
The problem is that most of the languages you list either run on a VM written in C or compile down to C. You're then reliant on THAT implementation not being broken.
It's turtles all the way down.
I'm no security guru, but you need to start with your kernel being written in a memory-safe language and workup from there. e.g. Microsoft's Singularity. (It should be noted, however, that even this O/S still has some assembler & C code in it which are still potential sources of errors)
Of course, even this will only prevent some errors. If the programmer completely screws up the algorithm (e.g. Apple's Gotofail), no language is going to prevent that.
Government & Encryption
Of course the government aren't against encryption - providing THEY have access to the decryption keys. (Preferably without needing a pesky court order)
...the capsule is "designed to land intact"
Yeah, but what about its contents?
How did the researches work all this out. Did they break WhatsApp encryption, does WhatsApp not encrypt traffic on the wire?
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