So: in 100 years time ...
when we have bombed or otherwise destroyed our civilisation the rest of life on the planet will continue quite happily without us.
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This kind of so called accidental breach seems to happen so frequently one could get the impression it is willful.
No, it is people just doing things without thinking. You could send them on a training course once a month and it would still happen.
They will (hopefully) bollock whoever did it. This person will be careful for a while but might do it again next year.
Amazon UK's interestingly low tax rate is mainly down to it reinvesting most of its income to grow the business.
Encouraging a business to grow is normally a good thing and to be encouraged. When something grows to the size of Amazon and behaves in predatory ways: it is not a good thing. Amazon needs to be curtailed before it kills more other businesses - that cannot compete because of how Amazon behaves.
Governments need to act to clip the wings of behemoths to preserve healthy competition.
In Oct 2020 I put a new Linux (Debian) machine on line. In 18 1/2 hours it had 2,438 ssh attacks (none succeeded).
Where did the attacks come from:
An established Linux server gets 13,000 to 20,000 ssh attacks in a day (less at weekends). In addition attacks are directed at web server, email, ...
(All numbers are from a quick survey)
but if you have been attacked then things might look very different.
Yes: there should be good backups but not everyone does. Yes: bad backups is stupid/negligent/... but it happens.
Sacking the IT director or the bean counter director who refused to fund good backups does not solve today's problem.
A requirement for companies with more than 100 employees to have to have their backups externally audited once a year might be a way forwards but is unlikely to be the silver bullet: affordable audits are never 100%.
The trouble is that no one seems to care, it is not just facebook. But then look at the examples of heads of government (I'm not just talking about Boris).
The liars are the employees of these corporations - who then pretend that it is nothing to do with them but the corporation that has lied. All corporate utterances should be publicly signed off by a named individual so that we know who to hold to account when we find out that we were being lied to.
Consider the outcry if schools were to teach pupils that "it is OK to lie to gain advantage" or the churches to say that the ninth commandment has been abolished.
Logically the correct course of action is not to ban E2EE but ban Facebook instead.
Part of me is screaming "yes, yes - ban facebook". But that itself would be oppression/control-freakery by government just as much as the CCP is trying to do away with the Uyghur Muslim religion.
In a free society we have to allow people to do and believe things that we think are wrong or stupid.
Many people know about cookies but are unaware of other means of tracking a browser or user. So, for the purpose of this review, a cookie should be defined to include: local storage, browser fingerprinting, etc.
Different sorts of cookies need to be understood: cookies from the site that you visit are very different from 3rd party ones. Session cookies (short term ones that tie together pages visited over 1/2 hour or so) are different from ones that survive over weeks & months.
Opting out should be no harder than opting in. Some web-sites or apps have opt-in with one click, to opt-out you need to click every type of opt-out.
The review should be about (mobile 'phone) apps as well as what happens via a web browser.
Web sites should list every cookie that it (any any 3rd party) sets and say what it is used for.
You should be able to opt out of every sort of cookie - with the exception of session cookies.
if his patronising explanation could be quoted to the press if/when something went wrong ?
I suspect not as it would be career limiting as most of the board would want to maintain their current bonuses. However the chief techie will take the rap even if he was not allowed to do the right thing.
But prevention is the best way out. It might cost a bit but how much will shares & bonuses be hit when an attack happens ?
but am going to have to get a newer one when 3G is switched off in a couple of years time.
I suppose that it is about more than mobile 'phones, but I do wonder how it will fare in places like rural Wales where I was recently - when even a 2G/3G signal was hard to get.
Microsoft Office has compatibility issues with the ODF format - do not confuse the software with the file format.
Microsoft does not want complete working with ODF. If it were to get there then people could exchange ODF files rather than OOXML ones, this would mean that it would sell fewer MS Word licenses. A good bit of non compatibility helps with the FUD to worry people about switching to LibreOffice.
Microsoft makes money by pushing obscure, non standardised document formats.
relies excessively on China in its supply chain. This makes us vulnerable to an increasingly capricious government; they feel confident due to their increasing economic power and so feel empowered to impose their world view on others.
The danger is that China will insist that companies that deal with it agree to small demands (eg refer to Taiwan as part of mainland China), then more and more of them.
Putting our supply eggs in one basket is dangerous, no matter where that basket is.
More important than what it costs the consumer should be what it costs the planet.
Yes: old stuff can be recycled (and sometimes is) but there is still a lot of energy needed in making new things.
Things sold should have a prominent repairability number on the box/web-page.
We need products designed to last longer, not just a right to repair.
The planet needs products designed to last longer.
This story is not really very different from yesterday's one about printer ink being more expensive than Chanel No. 5. It is about gouging your customers.
That comment is arse about face: it is the inks which are designed to work with the printers, not the other way round.
If some third party makes an ink that confirms to the printer spec - then it can be used. The printer should not care.
Imagine the brouhaha if Ford cars only worked with Ford petrol, Ford oils, Ford tyres, ...
(Other car makes are available)
Thank you for doing that public service, but do you not have anything better to do ?
One thing that would help is restricting those who can set the originating 'phone number to approved organisations - they all seem to (apparently) call from a UK number. OFCOM is asleep on the job.
Although I am not a fan of his business practices his flight is an achievement and he should be allowed to celebrate. Hopefully it will result in cheaper access to earth orbit and, eventually, travel beyond that.
I hope that there is healthy competition from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and others.
He is caught between the medics on one side and his back benchers + business people on the other. He cannot please everyone and has tried to come out with something that is vague enough to please no matter your opinion -- but he has failed.
Not explaining the reasoning is part of the obfuscation, it just makes things worse.
Boris' ideal role would be father Christmas: a fantasy man of smiles and freebies all round.
Oh: his Sunday shenanigans on trying to evade self-isolation y/day was simply beyond the pail.
Humans should then be responsible for making decisions.
After (re)viewing the evidence (ie images) that the AI matched to the person. This might be hard for a human if the image quality is bad or the person has different make-up or ...
What happens if AI is not being used and a venue owner thinks that s/he recognises someone who caused problems some time back ? The owner may well be confusing an innocent person with someone else - this has likely happened many times.
Jesus people. All this bashing of SonicWall when these things went EOL *7 Years* ago!
When I have bought things I do not remember seeing something that says "This will EOL in 2022", or similar. But the EOL date is becoming increasingly important.
Maybe the EOL date should be mandated to be big and obvious on the box & web site.
It is more secure than working on a home PC full of games and untrusted applications,
Eh ? Keeping files on some MS server to which god knows who has access to is more secure ? Who has been smoking what ? How much has the NSA helped create this ?
Oh, I suppose what they are saying is "The MS Windows that we provide is so insecure that you cannot trust it".
Then: what happens when your Internet connection is down or the MS servers are dead ? If it is all on your own machine then it is always available.
Yes: I do see that being able to access files from multiple machines is useful, but there have long been other ways of doing that.
I, and others here, have said many times that if insurance did not pay ransomware then companies would be forced to up their game.
Yes: it would hurt a few that did not get the message, but after a couple of bankruptcies other companies would start to take it seriously - not just try to blame others.
If this is not done then the pain will persist for many years, this will not stop it but should make it much harder for the crooks.
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