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Comment Re:So is there a way to disable it? (Score 1, Informative) 500

Steve Gibson (grc.com) has written a tiny freeware program called "Never10" https://www.grc.com/never10.ht... (Warning: GRC has always been an ugly website). It's basically a simple user interface to the Windows GPE and other tools that Microsoft provided but made difficult to find.

Comment Re:Its Scripting time! (Score 2) 95

+1
I cannot help code, but I'll happily evangelize to my family and friends.

Summer of 2014 I was at a party in the UK, seated next to an interesting woman who had been a reporter at Reuters and was currently working for a different outfit, "reporting on tech" for a very large organization based in Brussels. We spent an hour or more discussing the right to be forgotten. I simply could not make her understand the perils. My main argument about the dangers of the erasure of history were just not persuasive.

Comment UPDATED: Not an attack on infrastructure after all (Score 2) 37

From TFA SANS ICS cited at the end of the Slashdot summary:

*Update* A cyber analyst in Israel (Eyal Sela) messaged me to add that the media reporting so far is misleading with regards to the context around the incident. The "Israel Electric Authority" the Minister mentioned is in no way related to the networks of the Israeli electric companies, transmission, or distribution sites. The Israeli Electric Authority is a regulatory body of roughly 30 individuals and this "cyber attack" is only referencing their networks. The original purpose of this blog was to stress caution to the reports but did not try to dispel what the Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water resources had stated as reporting was too early with no evidence presented. However, new reporting shows that the "cyber attack" was simply ransomware delivered via phishing emails to the regulatory body's office network and it appears in no way endangered any infrastructure.This once again stresses the importance around individuals and media carefully evaluating statements regarding cyber attacks and infrastructure as they can carry significant weight.

Comment My sister's books are part of this part of this! (Score 1) 131

But only the UK versions:

Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation and The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS

Her publisher in the UK, Granta, signed up to the programme, but only for those two books and for (AFAIK) no others so far. She pretty much had to bully them into doing it. Once you've signed the book, the e-book is free (bar a small processing fee). the process has worked nicely and though the publisher hasn't pushed it hard, and we haven't yet seen huge uptake, the future looks bright.

We tried to get the US publisher (Norton) interested and they could not be persuaded. Perhaps now with all this publicity they might be.

When it comes to new tech and business methods, the publishing industry might be even more of a sclerotic dinosaur than the movie industry. Don't get me started on the horror that was getting an enhanced e-book (with slides, audio, video etc etc) done.

Comment Realistic / HP / Marantz / Thorens / Model M (Score 2) 702

  • Realistic Radio Alarm Clock - Radio Shack's house brand, bought in 1981. Pounded every day since then.
  • HP Laserjet 6P - Prints and prints. When I ordered my new box I surprised the tech who was building it by insisting sure that he include a parallel port card.
  • IBM Model M - Makes me feel like I am doing "real" work when I type. I think mine is from 1989.
  • Thorens TT - Set it up properly, replace the belt and stylus every now and then, good to go. This has been my daily driver for 20 years. But it had a long life before that.
  • Marantz amp - from the mid-70s, just sits there and sound warm and generous all day, every day. Again, relatively recent to me (15 years), and had a long life before that.
  • The point is, buy the most that you can buy at the time you need it and don't cheap out on things you use every day. (Although the durability of the Realistic brand is a bit of a surprise)

Comment Not network neutrality problem, a business problem (Score 3, Insightful) 182

(Sorry, a properly grammatical title would not fit in the space allotted)

Netflix & Level 3 Only Telling Half The Story, Won’t Detail What Changes They Want To Net Neutrality

In a fairly deep and interesting article over at StreamingMedia.com, Dan Rayburn argues that there is more to the story here and that neither Netflix nor Level 3 are giving us their proposed solutions. He goes through both the Netflix and the Level3 blog posts, taking them apart very carefully.

It is not a network neutrality problem, but rather a business problem. Worthwhile read.

Comment Re:Google wallet (Score 1) 358

Hmm, My Samsung GS IV Google Edition did not have any trouble with Google Wallet. I used it unlocked on T-Mo in the US.

Could it be that the metal back on the HTC One interfered with the NFC? That would be strange, given that the spec sheet over at gdgt.com says that it does do NFC payments.

Comment Re:I don't like the sound of this (Score 1) 155

Thanks for this link. I read TFA, but I'm afraid that someone with a /. number as high as mine is still not really able to answer the questions on that survey. Perhaps someone with the /. number of 422 might explain? Quoting from the survey: The EWG is eager to obtain your input, including on the following questions:

Regarding the EWG's suggested Aggregated RDS model, are there additional advantages and disadvantages that should be considered? In such a model, which data repository (ARDS or Registry) should be considered authoritative?

Regarding the EWG's suggested Aggregated RDS model, are there additional advantages and disadvantages that should be considered? In such a model, which data repository (ARDS or Registry) should be considered authoritative?

Could the EWG's recommendations for purpose-driven authenticated Gated Access to validated registration data satisfy identified RDS users and their needs? In such a model, how would requestors be identified, authorized and issued RDS access credentials? In particular, who would accredit law enforcement agents, based on what criteria?

Could the EWG's recommendations for purpose-driven authenticated Gated Access to validated registration data satisfy identified RDS users and their needs? In such a model, how would requestors be identified, authorized and issued RDS access credentials? In particular, who would accredit law enforcement agents, based on what criteria?

Could the EWG's recommendations for addressing maximum protected registration satisfy both accountability needs and the privacy needs of at-risk individuals? How might a suitable solution be identified and funded?

Could the EWG's recommendations for addressing maximum protected registration satisfy both accountability needs and the privacy needs of at-risk individuals? How might a suitable solution be identified and funded?

Are the users and purposes identified by the EWG thus far sufficiently representative? Are there any significant gaps in users and purposes that must be addressed? Are the users and purposes identified by the EWG thus far sufficiently representative? Are there any significant gaps in users and purposes that must be addressed?

Given the desire for an extensible next-generation RDS that might accommodate the needs of a rapidly-evolving global Internet, how could future new users and purposes be accommodated? Who would decide on permitted purposes, using what criteria?

Given the desire for an extensible next-generation RDS that might accommodate the needs of a rapidly-evolving global Internet, how could future new users and purposes be accommodated? Who would decide on permitted purposes, using what criteria?

Are the registration data elements identified by the EWG thus far sufficiently representative of the data required for each identified purpose? Are there any significant gaps in data elements that must be addressed?

Are the registration data elements identified by the EWG thus far sufficiently representative of the data required for each identified purpose? Are there any significant gaps in data elements that must be addressed?

How should public and gated data elements be classified? What criteria should the EWG apply to make initial recommendations in this area?

How should public and gated data elements be classified? What criteria should the EWG apply to make initial recommendations in this area?

What community needs should be considered during the EWG's discussion of registration data storage duration, escrow and access log requirements?

What community needs should be considered during the EWG's discussion of registration data storage duration, escrow and access log requirements?

The EWG acknowledges that deploying and operating the suggested RDS will incur costs. In such a system, how could or should those costs be borne?

The EWG acknowledges that deploying and operating the suggested RDS will incur costs. In such a system, how could or should those costs be borne?

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Comment Re:Verizon (Score 3, Informative) 375

+1 to this
(Assuming you are going to be spending the majority of your time in an urban area)
Get an unlocked Galaxy Nexus (or whatever the next Nexus is) and use it on the Straight Talk T Mobile service.
Here's a pretty comprehensive guide: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1646755 Plus, here's another vote for T-Mobile's customer service.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 2) 515

One small note, MSE is *not* available for 64 bit XP. So in the (admittedly unlikely) case that your laptop has XP 64 bit on it you'll have to look further. Your first line of defense, as always, is safe surfing, but Avira is going OK for me. It'll annoy you with occasional pop-ups but they are easy to dismiss.

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