top Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
On the EU membership.. I would expect the concept of Scotland being a
successor state would apply despite the posturing of certain EU members. Countries that break away from each other in this way (think Czech and Slovak Republics, the CIS) tend to retain the obligations and memberships of their predecessor states, which would mean that both the UK and the UK-sans-Scotland would both be EU members. It might end up as a legal fight in the courts to establish EU membership for Scotland though.
However, if they are not EU members and find themselves even temporarily outside the EEA (the European Economic Area that consists of the EU and EFTA countries) then that could effectively stop the free movement of people, goods and capital. It's possible that people from Scotland would need a visa to enter the UK unless a bilateral agreement could be make (such as the UK/Ireland agreement that exists outside the EU). This has the potential for being absolutely catastrophic.
The currency is also difficult, it has been argued that the Scots could have a once-side currency union with the pound sterling even if the UK did not agree. This sort of system already exists in the Isle of Man and Channel Islands, but those are not independent states as such (but nore are they part of the UK). However, there are only a quarter of a million people on those islands and Scotland has more than 20 times the population and 25 times the GDP, so it's a different league altogether.
But the clincher for me would be the sheer amount of paperwork involved if I were Scots. Am I Scottish or English or what? What about my family members? Where will my bank account be? My pension? My job? How do I get across the border? Even if everything goes smoothly, there is an immense amount of effort needed from citizens of the UK to straighten out all these details.
top Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time
Oracle Forms is dependent on Java.. but it seems very version-sensitive. Updating Java can often break forms, despite both being Oracle products.
Other than that, the only use I can see for Java on the desktop is to enable machines to get infected with malware.
about a month and a half ago
top HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port
I used to run an 11/750 back in the early 90s. Rock solid, but ancient even then. Our students used it for Pascal programming using a bunch of VT131s which were also relics from another era. When we ditched those and got some (VT320-like) Televideo 9320s instead, everybody thought that the system had speeded up too..
about a month and a half ago
top Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph
One hundred *billion* dollars? Enough to buy about 5000 Apache attack helicopters (I would not like to be on the wrong end of those). Why do I think this program will end up with a tiny, tiny fraction of that?
top Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board
A whole bunch of OS patches = One change
Replacing a server = One change
Reconfiguring some shared folders = One change
Replacing a whole bunch of printers = One change
There are a couple of advantages with a change process like this.. the first one is collective responsibility, so the poor sysadmin can pass at least some of the blame back to the CAB if it goes wrong. And then also there's the point that other people might have a legitimate input into the process, especially if there are things happening in the business on the same day as the proposed change that IT doesn't know about.
top Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?
Similarly, if you dig out an old copy of BYTE or something similar, it is the *ads* which can be more interesting than the articles. You want *how* *much* for *that*??
top Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions
I hate to call B5 "Space Opera" because it was fragging awesome and one of the best shows ever.. but there seems to be no Space Opera at all on TV anymore since Stargate and Galactica ended. Except perhaps for the odd episode of Dr Who I guess, but otherwise.. nothing. Unless I've missed something.
I was brought up on Star Trek. Surely someone out there in TV land must have the means of brining a decently plotted and good looking Space Opera back to our screens?
top Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I did the Windows XP to Windows 8.1 upgrade on my four-year-old Dell workstation. It works pretty well, and supports a range of really ancient applications either natively or through compatibility mode. I've only found one thing that would not run at all, and that dated from the late 1980s!
But there's a gotcha.. I upgrade to 8.1 via Windows 8. The first step from Windows XP to 8 ran pretty smoothly, all of my data from the XP installation was moved to a folder called windows.old where it could be recovered from by someone with a basic understanding of PCs. All well and good, but the obvious next step was to upgrade to Windows 8.1.. a bit trickier as you can't do that without installing KB2871389 first (either through Windows Update or manually). The Windows 8.1 download is enormous, 3GB+ but it installs smoothly enough.
The catch? Well, upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 8 creates the windows.old folder with the old data in. Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 DELETES that folder and creates a new one with the old Windows 8 settings.. obliterating your original data from the Windows XP installation.
Well, that wasn't a problem for me as I'd backed up everything onto another drive which I unplugged to be on the safe side. But it wasn't what I was expecting to happen *at all*.. and you can see that a less paranoid customer (or one without a suitable backup disk) could well lose everything if going from XP to 8 to 8.1. And I do notice that there doesn't seem to be a Windows 8.1 Upgrade version available anywhere, so this is the path that a lot of people would take..
top Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?
Asset stripped and dumped. Thanks, Google.
top FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database
So, are the users of TorMail being presumed guilty because they dared to use a system that the NSA couldn't intercept?
top Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
Dear advertising networks,
Stop trying to infect me with malware and perhaps I'll stop blocking you from my browser.
top Google Announces Smart Contact Lens Project For Diabetics
Too right. A box of testing strips for my glucose monitor is £25 for 50 (about $40). Lancets are a lot cheaper, but combined it costs 60p ($1) every time I give myself a blood test.. and that's assuming I can do it first time. OK, I don't have to pay for those (I'm in the UK and the NHS pays) but *somebody* has to pay and GPs are increasingly reluctant to renew prescriptions for patients such as myself who are not on insulin.
top Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China
It's complicated.. basically it is de facto a nation, but it is not necessarily a nation de jure. But if you want one of the most likely kick-off points for World War III it is the issue of Taiwanese independence..
top Some Bing Ads Redirecting To Malware
The actual article is
top How BlackBerry Blew It
The critical thing that killed BlackBerry was the huge delays in getting anything done. As the article points out, they spent a whole year arguing about their BB10 devices while competitors were eating there lunch, and when they finally got to market it was TWO YEARS too late. They'd been in a dead end for years with no strategy to get out of it.. and when they finally did the smart thing and bought QNX it took *forever* to get a decent working product out.
And if it wasn't late.. it wasn't finished properly. Like the Storm. And then the PlayBook was both late *and* not finished properly.
Nokia found itself in the same dead end, but at least it had some sort of strategy when it jumped off the infamous "burning platform". I think that Apple is at risk of the same pitfalls.. they are a much more defensive, conservative company than they were six years ago. The only people who really seem to have a clue are Samsung, and they've got all the appeal of the Borg collective as far as I'm concerned..
top FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack
So it's not clear if those addresses belong to the FBI, the CIA, NSA, or anyone else.
Is this even "legal" on the Internet? Perhaps those IP addresses should be reclaimed and reassigned by ARIN since "nobody" is using them and IPV4 addresses are now in short (nonexistent) supply.
Correct, the IP address block (126.96.36.199/29) was allocated to a Verizon Business customer probably located in the Washington DC or Virginia area. Some neighboring blocks in the same
/24 included the US government, some government contractors and some private commercial businesses. Given the geographical location and nature of the customers then it is almost definitely a government agency or contractor, but there's nothing else to be gleaned. I did an analysis analysis at the time when people were screaming that it was the NSA via a private firm called SAIC.
As for "legality".. the block is allocated to Verizon who break it down into smaller chunks for customers who may or may not wish to identify themselves in the WHOIS records. It is just 8 IP addresses in any case.
top EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters
I have a speed limiter. In fact, a lot of people have speed limiters.. but a surprising number of people don't know it. What am I talking about? Well, if you own a Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Mercedes, late model Ford or very recent Opel or Vauxhall (plus some others) with cruise control, then you have a user-adjustable speed limiter built in already.
Going into a 30 mph zone? Set the speed limiter for 30.. then you can watch the road, not your speedometer. 50 mph average speed cameras? No problem.. set the speed limiter to 50 and you won't go any faster. Going down a motorway in France? Set it to 80 mph. Taking it on a track? Leave it switched off. Bloody marvellous.. all cars with cruise control should have it fitted. But a surprising number of people who DO have it fitted don't know how to use it.
top Ad Networks Lay Path To Million-Strong Browser Botnet
The assertion that ad networks do not check code is certainly untrue overall. But some networks check code more closely than others, and the bad guys use all sorts of techniques to evade detection (geotargetting, for example, or changing the behaviour of the ad when it is being examined on the ad network's own IP range). The lengths some bad actors go to are impressive, and be in no doubt that there is a state of war between most ad networks and the bad guys.
However, it is true that certain ad networks do very minimal checking or even seem to be in league with malware pushers. But publishers soon drop ad networks like this and they end up being relegated to the scummy tier of publishers only.
Oh.. it's hardly new anyway.
Here's a report from 2004.
top Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard
already exists as an obsolete form of "th". I don't think it will work it I try to enter it here, but here goes..
top I'd most rather, of the following, search with:
Even when Google became dominant, AllTheWeb was still excellent and was real competition. It had a much bigger index than Google and highly accurate results, so naturally it had to be killed off. Although AllTheWeb.com ended up with Yahoo (via Overture), the core underlying technology (called
FAST) is still in use today and is owned by Microsoft.
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