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Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras Use For Non-Journalists

Arimus Re:terrorist device (446 comments)

Arguably an SLR is point and shoot. Literally.

more than 3 years ago

The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders

Arimus Re:Please. (603 comments)

I tend to use nice a fair bit personally, some times I want my desktop to be really responsive, other times I want my background compilation task to be fast.. just depends on what I am up to, and no matter how good the scheduler is it can't read my mind (for god's sake I get enough 404 errors trying to find the bit I want and its my head)

more than 3 years ago

Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns

Arimus OO / Libreoffiec (510 comments)

For now would have thought Libreoffice's support for Powerpoint etc would be on a par with OO as the fork is based on the 0O 3.3 code base...

more than 3 years ago

Mystery 'Missile' Identified As US Airways Flight 808

Arimus Re:meanwhile (335 comments)

There is probably some missile tech at the USN range wondering where the missile he'd left while he went for lunch has gone... he did though hear a loud roar just after he put his lunch bag down on his console.

more than 3 years ago

Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won

Arimus Re:Microsoft Wanted it that way (262 comments)

Wouldn't surprise me if MS aren't going to be secretly happy about this hack... means they will sell a few more units to people than they would relying purely on X-Box owning buyers (I'm tempted to get one for looking at machine IR vision stuff... and the last console I owned was an old Atari. A *VERY* old Atari at that.... just about managed to play pong on it or breakout)

more than 3 years ago

Security App For the New German Personal ID Hacked

Arimus Re:passport (93 comments)

Suspect they will still require an ID card if you happen to be German citizen... the passport bypass will work fine for non-nationals...

more than 3 years ago

UK Terror Chief Blocked From Boarding Aircraft

Arimus Re:noob (237 comments)

Baron == Male
Baroness == Female
Heir == Male
Heiress == Female

Start to see a pattern?

And she didn't think she was above the law, it was a mistake... which I guess you never mak.. oh guess you do make them :p. Anyway, the bit she got annoyed at wasn't being told to remove it was the lecture the customs/security ape tried giving her - she probably authorised most of the lecture...

more than 3 years ago

Sophos Researcher Suggests Password 'Free' to Spur Wi-Fi Encryption

Arimus Re:He has no clue what he's talking about... (332 comments)

IMO most security experts who spout garbage like this suggestion from Sophos should be taken outside, placed against a wall and subjected to a fire power demonstration using a range of handguns.

Idiots like this give the IT security field a bad name as being made up of charlatans and snake-oil sales men. More cowboys in this field now than the Wild West used to boast... and more bullshit generated than all the bulls in the wildwest used to ;)

more than 3 years ago

Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

Arimus Re:Great new way to annex your neighbor (285 comments)

They used paper maps... as for the v&v part, well depended on who was doing the v&v, after all Germany probably had paper maps with Poland hastily scribbled over...

more than 3 years ago

Cook's Magazine Claims Web Is Public Domain

Arimus Re:CIAA (565 comments)

The CIAA disbanded after being sued on the basis that their use of the letters CIAa on their paperwork was considered an infringement of certain government department's name and the use of the three letters in uppercase overcooked their behinds.

more than 3 years ago

UK Pressures the US To Takedown Extremist Videos

Arimus Re:Don't worry England (629 comments)

If that goes as well as the plans to assassinate Castro... might take a while.

more than 3 years ago

Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

Arimus Re:Rampant ignorance on Google's part (407 comments)

Agree. For an RFQ the requesting authority can, and do, specify what ever they like, they can even specify the entire technical solution down to the silicon level if they desire.

Without knowing the full details of what MS and Google are fighting over hard to say but is this RFQ for a specific solution (it appears to be from the article) and so more a vendor search rather than an oh we need a new toy to do some stuff so lets have some ideas...

more than 3 years ago

2012 Mayan Calendar 'Doomsday' Date Might Be Wrong

Arimus Re:LHC (144 comments)

Due to be offline in 2012 for budget reasons... so doubt we can blame the LHC.

more than 3 years ago

How Cornell Plans To Purge Campus Computers of Personal Data

Arimus Re:Laptops, desktops, thin clients (164 comments)

Point b is only true upto a point; from memory most of the 'os native' encryption only provides for upto baseline encryption standard - which isn't sufficient to, for instance, downgrade restricted to not protectively marked (least in the security classification scheme HMG uses); enhanced grade products are needed which is likely to mean they've been through a certification scheme and only maintain the certification when deployed in accordance with the criteria used to certify the product in the first place or the relevant guidance notes.

more than 3 years ago

How To Deflect an Asteroid With Today's Technology

Arimus Re:The Earth would be fine (264 comments)

means "theat to the Earth's suitablity as our home".

By that definition we ought to exterminate ourselves as we're probably the biggest and most probable threat to the suitablilty of Earth for us....

more than 3 years ago

Oracle's Newest Move To Undermine Android

Arimus Re:Next SCO? (342 comments)

Google's credibility and 'do no evil' motto will be stretched to breaking point as people realise google aren't doing all this purely for their own good - in this day and age he who controls the data is king...

more than 3 years ago

Army DNS ROOT Server Down For 18+ Hours

Arimus Errr.. (154 comments)

How, in this day and age of network engineering, can we even entertain one of the thirteen root servers being unavailable for so long?

Just a small, minor issue there... 1 of the root dns went down... only another 12 still up. Not really a problem even if it had been down for a week.

The whole reason for having 13 root servers is that you can lose a fair few of them before anyone needs to start worrying.

more than 3 years ago



One strike and you are out...

Arimus Arimus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Arimus (198136) writes "Web users suspected of file-sharing are being cut off without warning by internet service provider (ISP) Karoo, based in Hull. Before getting your connection restored you have to sign a document promising not to engage in illegal file-sharing activites. Some people have had their connections suspended for over 2 years. Karoo is the only ISP providing fixed internet access to Kingston Communications customers, which means most people in Hull are stuck with Karoo for internet access."
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Spy fear over e-mail check plan

Arimus Arimus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Arimus (198136) writes "The UK government wants to make it mandatory for phone and internet companies to store all information on personal web use for 12 months.
These plans which will give local councils and other public bodies the power to monitor e-mail and internet traffic have been branded a "snoopers' charter".

According to the UK Government these plans are being introduced to bring the UK into line with the rest of the European Union. Further more the information stored will be made available to investigators in other EU countries.

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said:

"Ministers have proven time and time again that they are not to be trusted with sensitive data, but they seem intent on pressing ahead with this snoopers' charter. "We will be told it is for use in combating terrorism and organised crime but if Ripa powers are anything to go by, it will soon be used to spy on ordinary people's kids, pets and bins."


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