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Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 1) 294

Skip bringing your smartphone and get a "dumb" phone where you can hardly produce a text message.

I doubt that they would capture any serious offender this way - they have other means to get their stuff through. A micro SD is so small that it's easy to conceal.

But otherwise I have realized that there's no real point in visiting the US these days considering the banana republic government that's in place. Nothing wrong with the people, just the election system that makes sure that only the worst alternatives are available. The only candidate last election that at least had some ambition outside the realm of power or control was Sanders.

Comment Re:How "indirect" was the use? Was SF just a proxy (Score 2) 93

Which just highlights that the problem is the licensing model.

The change of terms means that it's an indication of SAP either have become "too big", they have saturated the market and can't grow anymore or they are starting to fail. In any case they may need to downsize in order to keep the customers.

Also realize that many businesses that have been successful have tailor-made systems.

Submission + - Is Vodafone's new broadband service a man-in-the-middle attack? (

Duncan J Murray writes: Vodafone's recent entry into the competitive broadband ADSL and fibre market in the UK has been met with accusations that they are partaking in a man in a middle attack by providing certificates from bored writes "Vodafone are performing a man-in-the-middle attack... Rather than subverting a wifi router, they have a proxy server which is intercepting your encrypted data requests, making the connection to the encrypted endpoint itself and getting you to send your requests to the Vodafone proxy server...."

Vodafone broadband also seems to be falling foul noscript's Application Boundary Enforcer designed to prevent DNS rebinding attacks, requiring system ABE rules to be disabled to access https addresses.

So far vodafone have responded by suggesting a security exception is created for each occurrence, and another reply from vodafone respond "I've double checked this with our Broadband team and this is how our routers are set up, we're unable to change any settings at our end."

Though we should not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity, is this unwittingly compromising the security of vodafone broadband users?

Comment Re:Higher profit margins? (Score 1) 39

I got a HTC M9 last year, but due to the amount of bloatware I would look at something else next time.

I think that the first thing a phone maker should look at is to not annoy the users with unnecessary stuff and instead let the user decide what they really want. Much like a good restaurant - you will see that when you order a meal there you actually get a few pieces on your plate well prepared. When there's too much stuff you just confuse the user and scare them away.

Comment Re:FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 205

AM spreads better during night, then it can be 1000 km range with little problem. However AM is a declining band with fewer and fewer listeners in many parts of the world. Here in Europe DAB might be an alternative - and is the only public radio broadcast band in Norway.

Anyway - radio in a phone requires the use of headphones, and not everyone uses them.

Submission + - United States has slipped to its lowest level in rankings of economic Freedom (

schwit1 writes: In the latest report, the U.S. ranks 17th out of 180 countries with an economic freedom score of 75.1 out of 100. Last year, the U.S. ranked number 11.

Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand topped the list, with respective scores of 89.8, 88.6 and 83.7. Other countries that placed ahead of the U.S. included Canada, Taiwan and Britain, among others.

The Heritage report said countries with scores between 80-100 are considered economically “free,” while countries scores between 70-79.9 are considered “mostly free.”

Are we now the "Land of the mostly free"?

Comment Re:Until (Score 1) 369

Just because it's used there doesn't mean that it's very good for it, I have seen how bad it can become in vehicle engineering - and trust me, it would make Classic Basic look maintainable.

Comment Re:Until (Score 3, Insightful) 369

If you really want something unmaintainable you should go for Simulink.

On the other hand - I have never seen a good reason NOT to learn C. It's one of the basic building block languages that's widely used on almost every platform, so you won't waste your time if you learn C.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is Flexnet's Agent running on your computer? 1

shanen writes: Is Flexnet's Agent running on your computer?

Not the first time I've noticed this on Windows 10... In your Task Manager you may be able to find an agent.exe process that runs from time to time. It's identified as the Flexnet Remote Desktop Connection software. Uh? But I didn't know I was running a remote connection to my desktop. You?

How serious is this version of the Microsoft ppyware problem?

Submission + - First They Got Sick, Then They Moved Into a Virtual Utopia (

mirandakatz writes: At one point not too long ago, futurists believed that Second Life was the final frontier of social media. Today, the platform is well past its peak—but it continues to host a thriving community of people with disabilities, who are able to live in Second Life in ways they cannot offline. At Backchannel, Kristen French embeds in one such community on "Virtual Ability Island," and offers up a gloriously detailed look at the utopia its residents are creating for themselves. She writes, "For many disabled residents, who may spend 12 hours a day or more in Second Life, the most important moments and relationships of their lives happen inside the virtual world. For them, the fevered fantasies of a decade ago have become reality: Second Life is where they live."

Submission + - Open Databases a Juicy Extortion Target (

msm1267 writes: Recent attacks against insecure MongoDB, Hadoop and CouchDB installations represent a new phase in online extortion, born from ransomware’s roots with the promise of becoming a nemesis for years to come.

“These types of attacks have grown from ones of opportunity to full-scale automated and systematic assaults targeting misconfigured servers containing sensitive data that can be easily hijacked,” said Zohar Alon, co-founder and CEO, security firm Dome9.

Security researchers at Rapid7 estimate that 50 percent of the 56,000 vulnerable MongoDB servers have been ransomed. When it comes to similar misconfigured databases; 58 percent of the 18,000 vulnerable Elasticsearch servers have been ransomed and of the 4,500 CouchDB servers vulnerable 10 percent have been ransomed.

“It’s about the path of least resistance for hackers interested in the biggest potential reward,” said Bob Rudis, chief data security officer at Rapid7. “Hackers have decided it’s easier to end-run an enterprise’s multi-million dollar security system and instead simply target an open server.”

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