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Comment Re:Use Linux servers? (Score 2) 186

Ladies and gentlemen: How to setup an insecure facing internet server 101: Let's not have a clue and follow some video tutorial! Now I know where the $ came from, it's all the money that will be stolen from any server set up by those who follow your expert advice.

I think what you're describing is exactly how this came about in the first place. Even a modicum of firewalls and proxies would mitigate most of the attack vectors for this exploit, yet we see lots of infections. That sounds like lots of people set things up without properly understanding them.

Comment Re:This is nothing new (Score 1) 248

There used to be bar in London (and maybe Manchester) that had screens with drinks prices on them. The prices would change during the evening, sometimes there'd be a big 'crash' or a big 'run', which obviously changed the buying habits of the punters that night.

I'm not sure it was based on anything especially clever though - I suspect the manager just used to push the 'up' button a bit when it was busy and 'down' when it was quiet.

Comment Re:Open the pod bay doors, Google (Score 1) 48

...and no more "Hey Google - call an ambulance as this guy's having a heart attack" either.

We're really at version 0.9 of this sort of tech. First they need to distinguish between a few known voices per device. Then they need to distinguish *every* voice, and not sorry which device those voices were heard on. Then they need to be able to act intelligently for any unknown voices - of course, one man's 'intelligent response' is another's 'complete bollocks'. After all that, they need to actually be able to do something useful - really useful like "Hey Google, hold my calls unless they're important" - a human can do that quite easily, but it'll be a while before computers can. When they can though, we might be at v1.0. It's okay, I can wait ;-)

Comment Re:Low-cost is the factor here (Score 1) 129

If crap I buy from Amazon can have a way to recycle it, then I'm pretty sure the millions we spend on satellites can stand a small increase to cover the costs of cleanup/recovery/de-orbit or whatever.

I know it's a dirty word, but some minor regulations here would solve this problem in short order. That only requires that the countries with launch capability agree to it (yeah, easier said than done).

Comment Re:I can't believe I'm defending Samsung... (Score 1) 119

Years ago I had a Motorola K1. It's a little flip phone that could (in theory) connect to the Internet via a dialup connection. Because Motorola wanted to push all that crappy dialup stuff, they put a whole button (on a crowded keypad) for getting onto the Internet. It was so absurdly slow to load the browser, much less dialling up that I found it easier to go online in other ways than to ever use it. Some of the other buttons could be remapped - but not that one. Shame, I could have used that real-estate to do something useful.

I still have that phone - I use it as an alarm clock. I've remapped all the keys to make it as 'fat finger friendly' as possible, but even though it's in aircraft mode, and had a dead sim in it, one little press of that button still tries to load up the browser. It still annoys me some 10 years after they came out with that phone.

Comment Re: DIY? No, more like DOA (Score 2) 156

+1 (me too)

I'd love to be able to use Kodi for all of my media viewing - ideally including live TV as well. If Kodi had a Netflix plugin, we'd use Kodi in place of the crappy Netflix player built into the TV. If they had an Amazon Video plugin, we'd ditch the Amazon FireTV box too. If there was a decent way to hook up a MythTV server and Kodi, then we could ditch the satellite box too. We'd be down to a couple of raspberry pis to do the lot. Sounds pretty awesome to me.

Comment Re:Don't think so (Score 1) 131

...and yet right now, algorithms do the trading, and humans just alter the config of the algorithm. It's not too much of a reach to expect that in a few years what takes 10 traders today will take 1 trader because the algorithms will be better and controlled in more circumstances by machine learning.

Fast forward that a bit further and maybe one person controls the same volume of trading as one of the bigger algo-trading companies do today. Keep going, and maybe it's really down to 10 guys around the world, each operating their own super-trading systems and they represent 99.9% of all trading in the world. Eventually even those 10 guys will be replaced by computers, and then you have an almost entirely computer-run financial system. The more automation there is, the more trades take place, so whilst there may still be humans doing the odd trade for their pension investments or whatever, the sum total of all of that trading will be some pitifully small percentage of the total, and so largely insignificant to the markets.

Comment Re:That seems unlikely... (Score 1) 131

Not really true - what's happening is that algorithmic trading has become harder (because you're now 'playing' against other algorithms and not just slow humans, and because the spreads have got smaller). Now, if you want to trade any real volume algorithmically, you're going to need to be really, really good at it from the outset. Had you started 5 years ago and evolved you'd be doing just fine. If you start now, or started back then and failed to evolve then you've got a really steep hill to climb.

That said, I've seen it's possible to make some personal money relatively 'easily' on certain instruments at certain times. The trick of course if knowing when is the right time, and which instruments to use. Programming that behaviour into a 'bot' isn't trivial either because it's very hard to analyse your own behaviour and assumptions sufficiently to write them in a program. However, if you're just trying to make a bit of pocket money (rather than getting rich quick), it is within the bounds of possibility. The thing is, if that's all you're aiming to do, then it's scarcely worth the financial outlay of writing the bot. To overcome the economics you need to trade at high volume, which puts you back into the big leagues and the problems therein.

Comment Re:why ? (Score 1) 38

True, but this sounds like it's (possibly) more environmentally friendly and cheaper to make than regular Flash. I guess it also opens up possibilities for a printed business card or whatever that you can put into a reader. Sort of like the branded flash drives people throw around now, but cheaper, more disposable and in (even more) different shapes.

Comment Re:How Are These Devices Getting Public IPs? (Score 1) 163

Most cameras and other things with a phone-based interface will try to automatically open ports on the firewall (via upnp). A lot of routers have upnp enabled by default, and so this works in a lot of cases. For those people with routers that don't play along, the product will ask them to setup port forwarding - let's be honest, most people who just bought a webcam to watch over their driveway will do anything the product tells them to do because they want to watch their driveway when they're out of the house. It's only /.ers (or 1% or however you like to think of it) that really think about the consequences of such actions.

Given the human realities of such devices, they really should have considerably more security by default. However, the other reality if of course that security costs some extra R&D time and money, which puts up the product price. If you're in business you can either make a more expensive but secure product and sell 100 of them, or make a cheaper insecure one which might not get hacked for a year or two and sell 100,000 of them. Even if it does get hacked, you might not be held accountable - with that in mind, it seems pretty obvious why these products are they way they are.

Now... these products are getting bricked. The kinds of people that didn't think about security probably won't be able to fix them, so will either throw them away or return them to vendors for a replacement. Of course, the replacement will be equally insecure and will brick again. Eventually, after some bad Amazon reviews the product will disappear from the market. I'm sure there are some side effects which the media will pounce on as a reason why this is the work of some sort of paedo-terrorist-commie, but time will tell...

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