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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.

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.

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