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Comment: Misinformed Rubbish! (Score 1) 111

by Going_Digital (#49412973) Attached to: Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue
You couldn't get more clueless than this article.

As others have mentioned it is a trademark not patent issue and the problem doesn't just go away on December the 5th as trademarks are renewable.

However trademarks have a requirement to be used otherwise they can be cancelled. If "Leonard Timepieces" have not used the word Apple or an Apple symbol on any products in recent years then Apple can apply to have the trademark cancelled. Apple were probably quietly waiting to see if "Leonard Timepieces" would renew their trademark before going to the trouble of applying for it to be cancelled.

Comment: Equal treatment is the answer. (Score 1) 273

Either Vietnam lets all countries use its facilities as a simple business relationship or deems it a domestic military facility for the exclusive use of their forces. If it does allow other countries to use the facilities then there should be a clause that withdraws the facility should any country be engaging in a war and wish to use the base to re-fuel its combat aircraft.

Comment: Chinglish (Score 1) 578

by Going_Digital (#48723831) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?
Variations of English are the most widely used language in the world at the moment and as so many non-English speaking countries teach English as a second language the trend is likely to continue even if it is not the most appropriate language. One of the key features of English is that it absorbs parts of other languages as it evolves. You can see how english from England has adopted French, German and Gallic words for example and how American English has dropped many of these Anglo French influences and replaced them with other influences such as Italian. Because Mandarin Chinese is difficult for westerners to learn and to be honest we have become quite lazy when it comes to learning languages a large proportion of Chinese people learn English and other languages so they can have more opportunities in business. As greater numbers of Chinese people join in with the English speakers the language will inevitably pick up influences from the Chinese. Just as today you would hardly recognise Ye Olde English from 500 years ago, in another 500 years nobody will recognise the English we speak today.

Comment: Re:Kodak is dead (Score 2) 94

by Going_Digital (#48674781) Attached to: Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way
Likely a simple brand licensing arrangement, where a unknown company (usually a Chinese company not known in the west) wants to sell their products in the western market and needs a familiar name to convince people to buy. What typically happens though is cheap rubbish has a well known brand put on it to make it sell only to eventually destroy the brand.

Comment: Re:Threatpost, professional, processes (Score 1) 177

by Going_Digital (#48640879) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony
They were sharing their drives because they knew no better, it is what they did at home. Not only did this mean they were causing security issues they were also risking losing their files as they were not backed up. Providing a central server where there files were kept meant they were on a RAID array so they were always available and were backed up to tape every day. It also meant that when their PC let out the magic smoke or was being replaced with a newer model they could continue to work and access their files by logging in on any unused computer on the network.

Comment: Threatpost, professional, processes (Score 3, Interesting) 177

by Going_Digital (#48640827) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony
The state of corporate IT can be shocking. When I took over the IT at the UK branch of an international technology company I couldn't believe what I saw. Regular office staff had file sharing switched on individual PCs, Software developers had systems operated as root or administrator. People routinely downloaded whatever they wanted and installed it on their computers.

The first thing I did was make sure that no computer had any file sharing or any other services running on it, instead users would have to share files by placing them on a properly managed server and printers had their own dedicated print server box or were replaced with network printers. All the PCs then had local firewalls enabled to effectively make sure that there were no open ports on them even if some errant software got installed.

All users were given regular user accounts, no admin access granted. Some users that were doing things like software testing who had to constantly install software were given admin access to a virtual machine so they could do all their testing on that VM.

It was decided that the offices around the world would be linked up so that direct access to the network could be obtained all over the world. Now every office just plugged their new router into the LAN and gave full access to everything. I however installed a firewall on the new WAN link that restricted remote offices to accessing only 2 servers on our network and only on specific ports to access the services that we wanted to provide access to.

I was so pleased I did all this as one day the WAN link seemed to be going slow, so I broke out the network monitor to see what was going on to find thousands of connection attempts coming from all of our international offices. As it turns out one of the US PCs had got infected with a worm and it was spreading over the whole global network. I could smugly say that apart from the slow WAN performance we were not effected at all. Our offices ran as normal while the rest of the company lost days of productivity trying to clear up the mess. It was at that point that finally the company started to listen to my calls for better security.

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.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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