Re: Another attempt to kill the "Personal" in PC...
I suspect the driver this time is the potential for the new cash cow of a rolling subscription rather than the one-off purchase cost of a PC.
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Still remember swapping loads of my Commodore 64 games for a second-hand version of Flight Simulator II complete with its mind-blowing wireframe graphics, which my Dad then used to spend hours playing on his SX64 with its built-in 5" screen. He then got hooked on FS right through to X which he was still 'flying' in his late-80s, though sadly isn't around any more to enjoy this release.
Putting aside any subjective feelings about this specific case, I don't understand America's interpretation of "cruel and unusual punishment" which is accepted to include banning humiliating punishments, yet I frequently see US judges meting out 'creative' sentences like this clearly intended to humiliate the culprit. I sometimes get the impression that US judges are free to dream up any punishment they like - surely there's some form of control here?
Of course the baying mobs love this stuff, and retribution is always going to be a part of punishment, but I'm not sure that humiliating punishments belong in civilised society.
"Just make paying a ransom a criminal offence, punishable by, say, ten years in prison for the CEO. Sorted."
Not really. As I mentioned in another thread, in countries that have made ransom payments for kidnap illegal, people are less likely to inform the authorities of a kidnap so the authorities can't then obstruct/prosecute them for paying the ransom to save their loved one (it's not unheard of for authorities to freeze the assets of someone who reports a kidnap to prevent any ransom payment). As a result, it's easier for kidnappers to operate knowing that there's little chance of the police getting involved. The same would probably apply with ransomware.
There's also ways around making an obvious payment to the demanders. You can't be seen to pay a $5m ransom, but you can engage a 'specialist' consultant to either negotiate with the kidnappers or disinfect your IT systems for maybe $1m, that consultant being either a front for the kidnappers/malware pushers, or a legitimate consultant laundering the ransom payment before passing it on to the baddies.
Have to say though, it seems a poorly-chosen time to target CWL when business travel is at an all time low.
Payment of ransom for kidnap is illegal in some countries as an attempt to deter kidnap, but it generally fails because:
a) Consultants who support victims through the negotiation process know how to make payments discretely and work around such laws
b) It makes victims less likely to report the incident to the authorities, actually making it easier for kidnappers to operate.
Same logic applies to ransomware.
I think Garmin will have been through their systems looking at absolutely *everything* over the last few days before making the decision to bring it back online.
The general assumption seems to be that because everything Garmin went down, everything had been infected by the ransomware, but I'd suggest it's more likely that once Garmin discovered the malware in one segment of their system, they pulled the plug on everything as a precaution and much of the recovery has involved ascertaining how far the infection had spread, and whether there were open routes of (re)infection between segments before turning them back on. The last thing they would want is to turn on the recovered system only for it to immediately get re-infected by their Building Management System that everyone had forgotten about.
Been there, done that with Tado. Good system at the time and it certainly paid for itself, but whenever they experienced server issues the system would permanently send a demand for heat to the boiler with the TRVs staying fully open and the house just got hotter and hotter (arguably better than failing 'off' I guess). Happened in the middle of winter, and summer too.
Yeah, always easy to be smug at times like this. So what is it that keeps you going during a run? I'm sure being an experienced runner you'll appreciate that motivation is a very personal thing, and for some it's just that prospect of getting home, uploading their run and looking at their stats and perhaps sharing them on Strava. It doesn't matter if that VO2Max, fitness age or ground contact time is of questionable accuracy or training value as long as it's a motivator.
I suspect there's large number of people today who maybe started out with a fitness tracker just to track their daily steps and then got hooked into the whole fitness thing and are now leading much more healthy and active lives as a result of the technology who would otherwise just be sat watching Netflix.
Of course it's easy to to be condescending and say "we didn't need this stuff in my day" and "the only motivation people should need is their own health" but that misses the point entirely. When I've still got another k to do, trying to convince myself that I'm actually getting fitter despite the fact I feel like my whole body is about to shut down doesn't hit the mark, but thinking ahead to seeing my efforts immortalised online with enough data to launch a lunar mission keeps me going. Yes, your motivation may be purer, but I'm still doing the miles and getting the same benefits as you.
"It's like taking a stroll in a forest. Honestly, officer, apart from you, who do think I came in contact with ? You're the only other person around here, so you're the one putting me in danger."
But the trouble is you can't have discretionary rules because many people's discretion is poorly founded (as just a cursory glance of Facebook will confirm) - Pascal went walking [in the forest] and encountered a police office and that was OK, so I can also go for a walk [in a highly populated area].
But as soon as you start trying to be more granular with the rules (it's OK to go walking in forests but not in highly populated areas), people say the rules are too confusing - is a wood a forest? how many people makes an area highly populated?
So you're back to having a simple one-size-fits-all rule which has to be enforced with no scope for discretion.
In the UK, MMS is one of the services that typically still doesn't fall within allowances - networks typically charging about 50p/MMS. This can get quite annoying if your phone OS's messaging system is set up to fail back to SMS/MMS if it can't send a message using 3G data/WiFi as you don't know until after it's sent, by which time that picture of cat you just sent for a laugh has just cost you.
"It's a bit like when a library moves the Crime and the Thriller sections of books into one called Crime and Thriller- on the same bookcase. (Or the opposite for that matter)."
Or when they put several Crime and Thriller sections in different parts of the library and randomly put the crime and thriller books into any one of those sections. Or maybe have the Hound of the Baskervilles in two different sections, but each one being a different version of the same story.
@AC "I don't believe that if printers' price reflected their true cost, the price of ink would be reasonable I believe, if printers were more expensive (re. true cost), the price of ink cartridges would STILL be as high"
For a "true up-front cost" Epson EcoTank consumer printer:
Genuine Epson T6641 70ml black ink - £8.65
For a subsidized cartridge-based Epson consumer printer:
Genuine Epson T0711 7.4ml black ink - £10.49
I'm afraid the evidence somewhat contradicts your beliefs! (and yes, that is 70ml v 7.4ml)
I agree with you on the cause, but not who's to blame. The printer industry brought this on itself with its model of subsidizing the cost of the printer with the assumed revenue from subsequent cartridge sales - you could argue that the consumer was equally to blame for buying into it, but "back then" there wasn't really an alternative (for consumer-level inkjets). Only in the last few years have any of the main manufacturers taken the brave step of selling refillable ink tank-based printers at a "true" cost. Whilst they still seem to be offering them, that new model doesn't really seem to have taken off, presumably as the average buyer won't understand why he should spend £300 on a printer when he can get an "identical one" for £50. However, take that step and swallow the up-front cost and suddenly you you find yourself liberated. Not only do the 2 x 70ml bottles of each colour ink that came included with my Epson printer amount to the equivalent of about 10-15 full cartridge sets, but the printer conveniently seems less inclined to have to waste copious amounts of it with self-cleaning etc.
From what I understand there's a bit more to this than the tabloids are reporting (shock, horror).
Apparently the submarine's commander had proposed the BBQ party to his superiors, but worried that it might be viewed as being inappropriate and could have been picked up by the ever-fickle media ("NAVY PARTIES AND IGNORES SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE UK DEATHS SOAR" etc), they had said it shouldn't go ahead. However, it seems that the commander went against that and held it anyway, and hence now is getting hauled over the coals.
Still, what good is that version for stirring up apoplectic outrage amongst the red-top readers?
Went to watch Thomas Dolby at a packed La Scala in London back in 2006 - the set was very hi-tech with a big screen showing, amongst other things, a mirror of the sequencer screen (Cubase IIRC). The gig was just a few minutes in when a "Your 30 day trial has expired" pop-up appeared over the screen.
Happy memories, filling in and sending off a form in the back of a book to set up my demon account, waiting to get the account details through the post, excitedly typing them in to my Windows 95 PC with my USR modem connected to the phone line, then... nothing.
Then finding out that I also needed a "web browser", so going out and spending £50 to buy Internet Explorer (as part of the W95 Plus! pack)
Schools are damned if they do, damned if they don't. They have a remit to try to continue education to the highest standard they can, given the circumstances. If some home environments can't (or won't) accommodate that, then so be it, those families should do what they can.
People need to accept that there's no perfect solution to any of the challenges thrown up by Covid-19, everything's a balanced compromise. So pointing out and moaning about the obvious downsides in any solution doesn't really help at all (not a dig, just a general observation).
Green snot? Amateur. I managed to pick up H1N1 swine flu during the 2009 pandemic and generated a constant stream of orange snot for maybe two weeks. However, I'm still unsure which of the unpleasant symptoms were down to the virus and which were down to the medication it was being treated with (Tamiflu). I'm certainly putting the crippling headaches and the appearance of ducks waddling around on my landing and Angelina Ballerina in my bathroom down to the Tamiflu.
Re that 6 minutes of transcript apparently "Voiced by Amazon Polly" - I presume that noise before each paragraph normally associated with the SFX hydraulic hiss of chrome and glass canisters of glowing green liquids being opened is meant to represent a human intake of breath? It's nearly as bad as Zoe Ball.
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