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Comment: Marketing (Score 1) 143

Highly Sophisticated; by who's standards, Symantec? What do they know about sophisticated software? Symantecs marketing department thought they would make it sound exciting by suggesting it was created by a government agency. Pathetic effort to try and boost sales of Symantec software.

Comment: Progress comes at a cost (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by Going_Digital (#48289325) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'
For all the naysayers out there we can not help the fact that if we want to progress we must take risks. The people involved in this project knew the risk and their work will further our understanding of space travel. This person died doing something he knew was dangerous and presumably enjoyed doing. To stop would be the worst thing as his death would have been in vain.

Comment: Re:My plan is to wait and see (Score 1) 214

by Going_Digital (#47343743) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It
This is why I won't be switching to Lightroom, there is no way I am going to rent software from Adobe. The worst thing about this is that although other packages are available it was Aperture that put price pressure on Adobe. With a major low cost competitor out of the frame we can guarantee that Adobe will increase prices and kick back and watch the money come in.

Comment: That helps (Score 1) 385

So what HP are telling me is that they have no confidence in their products so they are not prepared to take the risks of maintaing their products. Instead they are telling us that there are so many defects in their products that they want to shift the burden of maintenance on to their customers, in doing so they no longer have to worry about the poor quality of their products costing them money. It is great for me as I now know that the next server I buy will not be HP. Stand behind your products or take a hike is what I say.

Comment: Criminal Masterminds (Score 1) 75

by Going_Digital (#44911223) Attached to: Another British Bank Hit By KVM Crooks
It is funny how the media reports it as a sophisticated attack with criminal masterminds as they don't want you to know that it is something that pretty much anybody with a little tech understanding could do. They are only reporting this one because they were such clever criminal masterminds that they got caught doh! Anyone with the courage to go in to a bank masquerading as in IT contractor could plug such a device into a PC. In fact I'm sure many geeks could come up with a far less obvious solution fitted internally. The problem is banks; especially in the UK are living in the steam era and think of their buildings and therefore their internal network secure. Surely staff should be required to use some sort of NFC tag or similar so that the computer can only be operated while they are sat at it and locks when they walk away.

Comment: Impossible (Score 1) 277

by Going_Digital (#44181691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?
It is quite simply impossible to preserve something for ever. What ever format you use to store the information assumes that the people in the future will be able to read it. Lets for example imagine that in the event of a catastrophic event that some civilisation other than America are the ones that service. Perhaps for example it is an obscure eskimo tribe that survives and it takes them two centuries to re-colonise the world to the point where they will discover your data left in America. How will they understand the English that has been written and even if they can translate it, what meaning will it have to them, the world might be a very different place by then. language changes so fast just try reading some Olde English from the 17th Century and see how you get on. We largely have translations of old languages like Ancient Greek and Hebrew used in the Bible as there has been an evolution of the language and so it has been possible to study the way the language has changed and work backwards, but translation is not an exact science hence why there are still disagreements over the exact translation of the bible to this day, hence the essence of you message may be lost. The best we can hope for is for institutions such as archives and libraries will continue to preserve information for the future and that enough of our civilisation survives to pass the information into the future. Hoping of corse that some religious nutters don't don't destroy it all like the Christians did with the library in Alexandria because the material didn't fit with their ideals.

Comment: It hasn't been abandoned! (Score 2) 110

by Going_Digital (#43043967) Attached to: Shorter '.uk' Domain Name Put On Ice
It hasn't been abandoned see their news release The problem was that in the original proposal they intended to give priority to trademark proprietors but this was campaigned against mainly by domainers who stood to loose out. A majority of useful domains are held by domain prospectors and the original proposal would have meant that other people would have had a chance at registering a domain by showing some sort of entitlement to it. Now however nominet are suggesting that they look at changing the proposal to "A revised phased release mechanism based largely on the prior registrations of domains in existing third levels within .uk" effectively making it a simple domain tax where exiting & domain registrants will feel obliged to take the option to get the .uk version of their domain. The whole idea is is a farce and nothing more than a money making exercise for nominet. They claim that there was broad support for new 'features' such as addres verification. They have however not demonstrated an valid reason as to why they need to start selling domains in the .uk space rather than simply applying these new 'features' to the existing system. Nobody stands to gain anything from the proposal but despite that nominet seems the be determined to try again, what does that tell you ? I would encourage people to send in their complaints to

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