Perhaps the problem was...
They wanted to scan the Queen's passport.
Alas, she wasn't traveling.
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...so little time. Maybe El Reg can come up with a bunch of names and handicap them in a race for the hearts and minds of the audience.
The best part would be the one line after the horses name that the handicapper describes the abilities.
Would be interesting.
And then you would have "Wannacry" just put a gate across the track, and is awaiting payment to lift it.
There are MANY you-tube videos of them doing "work" on VMs. Almost all of them use silly things like 'tree' commands to do a "scan" then the guy on the other end pastes in a nasty message at the end saying ...infected...trojan...virus... or some such. One guy salts his VM with all sorts of booby traps and watches the fun ensue.
There is one example where a guy gave a fake credit card number and captured the
customer service guy scammer calling up the credit card processing page on HIS VM. He wanted to go in and refund all the charges. Another actually got the remote guy to lock up his own computer (syskey).
Some are pretty interesting.
My one experience was with a guy trying to get a windows command window up (windows-R), but nothing happens on my Linux machine. It took about 5 minutes for him to realize this.
It wouldn't hurt. No HTML stuff just plain text and nothing else. This of course goes double for anyone emitting "security" warnings and the like. Then the link ought to be obvious and in the proper domain, and a short one if possible.
ASCII does have its virtues.
And they are going to ben these as well? The trend now is to have this "electronic flight bag" (Boeing term) travel with the pilot instead of all the paper stuff they would normally carry.
If this DOES go through, and pilots aren't exempt, it might be very interesting.
As for things in the hold, what about Galaxy Note 7's that were the subject of "flame on" switches a while back? In the hold? Not good!
I'm not holding my breath. These guys like to be "leaders" in new legal ideas, made up of whole cloth and thin air. While something needs to be done, I'm not exactly sure that the court (and especially the ninth circuit) is the place to do it.
Then again, i'm not holding out for legislative solution that actually works either. There are a BUNCH of vested interests here, and they have many conflicting ideas on what is "proper" for their lobbying group. Whatever solution comes out of this, it will taste bad for ALL those involved. Hopefully the bad taste is small and equal for the participants (we can only hope).
The err is human, to really foul things, you need a computer.
If this is anything like the bank error that was made on my account when the company I worked for went Chapter 7 (death of a company, under extreme duress), the bank will suck back anything it thought was in error.
I was (if the company lived) to have an automatic deposit. Well, the deposit happened, but a couple of days later, it was slurped back. Live and learn. The next time I was paid by what I considered a "dodgy" company, I went right to the bank, and got CASH (in the USA, folded nice green paper with pictures of presidents and other elder statesmen) then went over to MY bank and deposited it. They can't suck back CASH!
Live and learn!
Maybe they can give insight into the goings on here. As I see it, it is as they say "complicated", and as with most things "legal" clear as mud.
A good lawyer should really go through the decision, and put it in terms we can all understand.
I'm sure that others will argue the details, but for me, it looks like a victory for the GPL, and I can't add much after that as I'm only an engineer, not (thankful;y) a lawyer (or play one on TV).
And as anyone knows, the answer is: More than I have now.
With all the point to point connections demanding bigger and bigger hoses for the data, consumers have demanded more and more data through inefficient connections. At one time we had "Broadcast" technology which if you summed up how much data was consumed by individuals would get an enormous number (sure it was all the same data, but that is what BROADcast means).
Now we have all these point to point links between providers and consumers that want anything and everything on an on-demand NOW basis. Satisfying the bandwidth habit will only get more expensive over time as "replace" happens over and over again.
Sad but most likely true. (*SIGH*)
But the federalies do little to stop it.
IRS scammers: Haven't seen them do perp walks.
Ransom ware: Sieze the proceeds? Nope!
Fake Microsoft service: Kill off the 800 (toll free) number? Not a chance?
Yes there is lots of money lost, but is any jail time handed out? Very little (if at all!).
And we all deal with it every day!
While this doesn't apply here (no warning), but if you are UNSURE of the person who is writing the check, and they have written a bunch of them, it is best to CASH (yes, get lots of folding paper, or those new fivers) the check. Once you have the CASH they can't take it back from you. Just go to the issuing bank and say "please cash this check". They may not like it, but (at least in the USA) that's what they have to do. If sometime later (after the money runs out form others cashing their checks), and you deposit the check you thought was "good", they will suck it back from your account. This isn't a pleasant sight, and might lead to the same frustration.
Yes, I've been through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy (death of a company!). It isn't pretty!
For "Loss Leader". Get the unit sold, no matter what the cost. Kinda like selling a home computer for $49.99 retail, and offering a $50.00 rebate check (See Texas Instruments). We want market share, no matter what the cost.
For reference, see razor blades/razor for costing.
Currently I'm a contractor as well. The nice company I work for sends money to the contracting agency, and they use that to pay me and the taxes involved. The rate that my agency charges the company has to cover all the expenses, and me as well. If they want to make money, they need to charge a bit more than the total costs, so there is some "overhead" as well.
If something like that happened here in the USA, it wouldn't take long for the general public to find out, and then someone in government as well, usually ones that have keys to greybar hotels. Most states have labor commissioners whose sole function is to make sure you (the worker) aren't getting screwed over, and they come down HARD if there is some malfeasance detected. About the only way the contracting agency could get away with things, is to file for some sort of bankruptcy. Even then (I've been there) the first $2000 or so of wages is one of the "high priority" claims (sadly lawyers are higher).
Yes, I'd rather not be a contractor, but it does provide for cash flow. That is a good feature.
Hillary was a staffer around the time Nixon was president, and saw all the problems with "the tapes" he had. Eventually they were made public, and his downfall came shortly after that. Nixon failed due to a coverup,and Hillary knew all about this. The lesson learned here was if you have the evidence under your control you can do with it what you want even if someone asks for it.
Fast forward to a private email server. Under her control (tick), asked for (tick), destroyed (tick), made unavailable (tick). Yup, learned those lessons well. If they can't get to your evidence, that can't haul you into court. Well done Hillary!
As for the Electoral College, sorry, there are actually 51 (you need to count Washing DC here) separate elections going on. Every one has different importance. Some will always go one way (California for the left), some go the other way (Wyoming for the right). That is the way it is. Some states are close to a toss-up, and the candidates need to campaign there (Wisconsin comes to mind). You can't take them for granted. The "popular" vote is meaningless, as that is how the rules are written. Everybody KNOWS the rules, and the final referee is comprised of a court of 9 wise men. Normally we don't want to get to that point, but it does happen (2000 election).
To change the rules, a changeset is needed, and getting it promoted to the source file takes a LOT of work, including the approval of 38 states. This means that if 13 states don't like it it doesn't fly. Being as there are around 13 small population states that would be "put out of business" in elections, I don't see that changeset being promoted any time soon. So, DEAL WITH IT.
Sure it is a terrible way to elect a president, but in the UK the prime minister gets "elected" by his own party (the one in the majority), which might be just as bad (sorry if I got this wrong, my civics class didn't cover UK elections).
Yup, Hilary defeated herself. She thought she was "entitled", and it showed.
Makes me want to barf. If you need to mention this funny term to show things "positive" it should be a note of caution. The big mess of a bunch of years ago liked to mention this and look where it ended up.
Just give me nice "Positive Cash Flow" and hope that you aren't doing anything illegal. Things will turn out OK.
As for the actual company product, I really can't say. It looks nice on paper, but lots of things do.
To be able to read/write the 365's cloud files directly into the application. You do your stuff locally, and save it out the those other guys "cloud".
This might need to make sure that the formats work correctly, but that is a continuing effort.
At a previous job, I was in a constant tog-of-war with that other software and LibreOffice. They handled tables and indents differently for me, and every time I read back in the saved file it was mushed up. I might have done something wrong (likely), but it did mess things up.
What needs to be done is to persuade a hardware vendor to include it in the "shipped software" by default. I suspect the Redmond people might object though!
Yes, I know no sensible person sends mail by "telnet <mx> 25"
While this may be true, spammers do exactly that programatically. Spew to port 25 and just discard the result.
Me? One of my web cams nicely transfers pictures once a minute to my FPT server and has for over 10 years. Of course, FTP is a really weird protocol (PORT/PASV and all that), but if it is implemented, it DOES work. There is a lot of history around it and the problems/flaws are pretty well known, and for the most part pretty well fixed. It is like the energizer bunny, it keeps going, beating its drum.
It is to get young minds full of mush some understanding of what really goes on. Unfortunately the problems encountered in such a course have little bearing on "reality". Stanford has gone through many languages in its "intro" courses, some which really don't exist outside of the given course work. They started out with:
1) Algol on a Burroughs 5500
2) Algol-W on an IBM 360/67
3) Pascal on TOPS-20
(and as the author says):
Most of these are nice "teaching" languages, but are a bit difficult to get going in "real life". The problem is that the techniques taught in the first course of programming just don't translate well. One of my experiences was helping a younger sister (student at Stanford!) with an assignment in Pascal. Kinda obtuse the problem, but it did teach some programming concepts. I also helped out a roommate work the same problem (in a different way, don't want to give it away!) which was based on the notes from the professor. They were two different programs in the end. Now that we all have computers, the problems encountered seem to be along the lines of "how do I format this in Excel" or some such. Most who USE computers don't have a clue about what work goes into the various programs they use. For the most part, it really doesn't matter. Sure we do actual "programs", but being in an IT profession is but a fraction (and a very small one) of the workforce.
Life goes on.
Maybe the intro course should be how to do macros/database in Excel. Combine with "elementary Word" and you might even have a course.
Should be in everyones "repair" kit. This example should have shown that.
Given that moisture of many varieties seems to invade electronics on a semi-regular basis, a good supply (they come in nice boxes at surgical supply stores) ought to be on the "buy" list.
As always, your milage may vary.
As much as it is annoying to us all, and we all strive to ignore it, it DOES seem to work. This is because we are all talking about it.
Ad blockers are interesting devices. They are but one item in the never increasing battle between the eyes that look and the people who show. I suspect that eventually the result will be a draw, the declared "winner" keeps going back and forth. With ad blockers, comes web sites that detect them and don't display content, and so it goes.
As for TV ads, the wife desperately does all she can to skip over them (via TiVo), or mute them otherwise. I on the other hand seem to ignore them altogether, and assume that it is a perfect time for a potty break as necessary.
In the end, life goes on. If there were no ads, we would have two results:
1) Everything formerly supported by advertising would be more expensive (Newspapers, US TV, magazines, web content...)
2) Nobody would buy "new" things since they wouldn't know about them, which would drive up the costs there (supply/demand).
So, we're stuck with the current imperfect arrangement much as we ALL loathe it.
Life goes on.....
Is dribblings after you sign an NDA or some such, but don't talk about it either.
Maybe this is why ARM processors are gaining traction?
I just put this in my list: If IBM had picked some other processor architecture (say Motorola 68000), it wouldn't be Chipzilla, but just a bit of dust probably making DRAM chips. (Wishful dreaming on my part!).
Please tell the congressman that the equivalent would be a telephone company using speech recognition on telephone conversations and selling people (advertising scum) what keywords you use in everyday life.
That is what browsing history is after all.
He needs to get a clue
In reasonable time?
My nice USA electric oven can whip out a pizza in about 20 minutes from a cold start. If you start the oven as you order the take & bake one, it can take less, as the travel time is about the same as the warm up.
Get out the beer and have at it. Don't need this multi-door monstrosity that thinks it is hot all the time. How do you clean the beast?
You need the proper attitude. You see, ALL Fridays are "good Fridays". This is especially true around beer o'clock in the afternoon. That is when you read the current BOFH episode, and wish you could do something similar with your boss, and groan while walking over to the pub "across the street".
Yup, every Friday is a "good" Friday.
Like those who fake being the IRS, or "Microsoft" support.
Yes, these guys rake in $$$ every day, from unsuspecting people, but I have yet to hear any FTC action about them (like shutting down the toll free number at first sight!).
Somebody needs to get with the program!
With all the scams out there, law enforcement takes little notice. They seem to think that a small $50 or so problem is insignificant. Of course it is, but when you multiply by a big number (a simple thousand will do) it DOES become significant.
You just don't see that many good prosecutions for scams out there. Maybe the FBI could open an office in Lagos. I'm sure they could get some business there!
They could have shut off beer sales for a fraction of the month. It might be the only way to calculate the taxes. Just use one rate for the whole month, and since you didn't make any for the time the new rate was in effect, no tax.
Yeah, real bummer.
Than again, it might start a new campaign: Don't Tax Our Beer!! (of course, good luck with that).
Any good currency, or language needs an army to back it up. The world's main currencies seem to have this made (I could question the euro, but there are a couple of armies there).
Esperanto: Fail, no army!
Ebonics: Fail, no army!
Bitcoin: Bound to fail, no army. May exist as a "stock" and traded as such.
And so it goes...
They will trade "the swiss" (probably different than "swatch") for the right to use second hands with circles in them. I believe that the Cupertino Fruit company got hit with that one for clock displays.
One can conclude from actions like that that an paid, idle lawyer is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Live and learn. Oh, The Bard might have been right in Henry VI, pt 2.
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