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I'd suggest using pc.co.uk (aka pcspecialist.co.uk) instead, you can customize your chosen PC, laptop etc to your hearts content, and the specs for the price points, are way better than any of the "named" machines are offering.
I'd be happy if it were only once per year (well, less annoyed anyway), but we've had 6 so far this year (town outside Newcastle Upon Tyne), and a friend down in Dover has had several in the last few months alone.
Wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact it also caused spikes that fried several servers, a couple of hubs and a couple of test machines (got kit for protection against surges, but not spikes (yep, completely my fault)), requiring a lot of kit be replaced.
Thanks but no thanks
I don't want an OS to try to be everything. It's the very reason I'm not going to Windows 8, and the reason I dropped Ubuntu when Unity came in.
I'll stick with Windows XP, 7, Debian, Backtrack, DSL, Helix, Austrumi for now (couldn't get along with Mint, but still have hundreds of other distro's on CD/DVD to play with too).
If they can't even do basic over-clocking or basic coding for a PI, then they're not geeks (hell even leaving out the PI, even newbie geeks can over-clock a machine - machines of the last few years or several, have removed the need to do it the "old fashioned way" ffs!).
As for social skills - they're over-rated.
Useless for me until they add the US and Mexico :o( (o2 charged me around £30 for a 15 minute call - twice (and that then prevented me from topping up the PAYG phone I had with me for the rest of my trip (still not worked out why you can only top up using the same card twice in a month (there's never been the same restriction for using the card to purchase coupons), which was a major pain! it wouldn't even let me use the website to top it up using the same card))
I'll stick with my non-smartphone, lovely little clam shell (LG GB220), and Tom Tom sat nav for cases where I need directions (only ever need it when driving anyway, and even then, only if going somewhere I've never been before, or rarely go to).
Ah an easy one ...
Worst thing about the Daily Mail? Easy - it's still being produced!
Second worst thing about it? Even easier - it's readers! (only crowd I know that are worse than the mumsnet lot)
Strangely, got 3 HP laser printers (4000TN) I got a toner for a couple years ago, and cost £80 each or there abouts (HP is selling them for £143 each now), but would still rather pay for the toners for it than buy any of the newer printers, specifically because the toner it's been using since I got given it (~4-5 years ago, on the "if you can fix it, you can have it" deal - ended up with 3 of them), only finally needed replaced with the one I got a couple years ago, around 3-4 weeks ago (original toner it came with, was with it for several years, no idea of the pages it managed to do until needing replacing though), and in all of the time I've had it, only rarely has paper jams, and only needed a new network card due to an electricity spike nuking the one that was in it at the time.
Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.
The problem? IT'S THE BLEEDIN PARENTS JOB TO FILTER CONTENT!
Oh the joys
As already mentioned, youngsters for the most part, don't care about privacy, so the answer to this was already known before it started. Because of this, as ecofeco mentioned, we're screwed.
31 here, 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Ltd, previously only a named driver on my brothers car, so 0 no claims when I finally got this, and costs me £1200 p/y for the insurance and around £180-200 per year for the tax (and she drinks petrol like it's going out of fashion (managed to keep it around 17mpg, Jeep docs quote 14mpg, so quite happy, as I love her to bits, despite her costing a bleedin' fortune*).
* Paid £900 for her, and she's cost easily 4 times that, in repairs since I got her last July (only problem she seems to have now, is a warning sporadically popping up saying the coolant sensor is bad, but I'm told I can ignore that as long as I regularly check the coolant level (already do anyway, as she goes through around a litre of the stuff a week anyway)).
I'll stick with the laptop thank you. 2GB Ram, seriously?, given the price that is extremely disappointing (almost as disappointing as the price of the Surface pro).
Re: >Ming the merciless
Nope, you're not alone - have ActiveX, Java and Flash all disabled here too ;o)
For things like this, videos, especially on sites such as this, are pointless when text + screenshots will do the job.
As for videos being expensive - since when? CamStudio and the likes, and I'm sure there's likely open source alternatives (especially since all you really need is screen recorders, rather than full blown video recorders) available.
Indeed. I run my company from home, and pay an average £400 in electricity per month alone (went up 200% since they put their new meters in - something they still deny is the cause (except paperwork makes it damn clear!!)).
They had me until ...
"the controller will be written in Java so it can run on any server or switch that supports a Java Virtual Machine"
Think I'll give this one a very wide berth
Err no thanks
I'll stick with my Jeep Grand Cherokee (1996 4.0 Limited) - she may drink fuel like it's going out of fashion (managed to get her to 17.4mpg), but overall in the long term, she's still alot less expensive and easier to fill, than electrics will ever be (given there's not a single electric filling station up here, nor are the batteries cheap enough to ever consider being a viable alternative to petrol))
Neither the tools, nor the blackhats use of them, is anywhere near "new" - it's been going on for years, since the tools were first published online.
As for mitigating them, unless you can spread your servers and such over a ton of different upstreams, you've got no hope of ever stopping such an attack, either saturating them to the point of uselessness, or taking them down completely.
If you'd read the write-up correctly, you'd have noticed, it's not that they didn't create means to download additional malware, but that they actually messed up the routines to do such - this makes them worse than amateurs (aside from anything else, testing code written, is programming 101, especially if you're coding it to be used maliciously).
Indeed, if they're to be called anything, it should be amateur coders, rather than programmers.
The fact there was virtually no protection against researchers/analysts identifying it, also makes it highly unlikely to be the work of professionals.
Re: @Prof Denzil Dexter
Cheers for the clarification.
Thanks but no thanks
I'll stick to paying once for a machine that I can do anything with, rather than a limited machine that I've got to end up paying alot more than paying once would cost me.
$30 x 12 x 3 years = $1080 (likely with a ton in tax added on top of that)
Whereas I can get a brand new and "do anything with" machine for a single cost of around $478 (depending on spec), and that machine isn't restricted as far as the OS/browser I want on it either (as the "do anything with" implies).
Re: @Prof Denzil Dexter
So my dual processor box requires a single license (with extra licenses required if I want more than 2 VMs on it?), but a quad processor box requires 2 licenses? (with extra licenses required if I want more than 2 VMs on it?).
North Tyneside council are already worse than useless, but I've got a sneaking suspicion this is going to make it miles worse for those of us that have to put up with them :o(
Forgot to mention, all of this is before we point out that there's already a slew of malware affecting smart phones, it stands to reason they're going to target these new payment methods in the near future (payment interception anyone?).
Given most outlets still don't even encrypt chip and pin transactions, I shudder to think how long it'll be before these new "options" are in the news for anything other than publicizing them.
Use my debit card for things, but still prefer cash.
Anyone else find it highly suspect that the advert for the job, shows a Gmail address? Perhaps because I've been investigating Indian based scammers for years, I've be come overly skeptical, but no bank or financial company, should be dealing with ANY company that uses a Gmail address as a contact spot, especially for something as important as this.
Was at InfoSec myself for the 3 days, and got extremely sick of people shoving leaflets etc in my face. Spent most of my time with my friends at the Eset stand (partially because I was meeting up with them anyway, and partially to avoid the leaflets etc).
Skimming, phishing and keylogging primarily.
Phone numbers can be traced to the network operator using;
To those wondering ....
This is a change of contract and as such, you're entitled to get out of the contract for free if you wish.
Interesting coinkydink - their name servers suggest a relation to adultfriendfinder.com ;o) (likely just coincidental, but I thought it humerous all the same).
As for Bango (aka bango.com, .net, .co.uk, .info) wouldn't surprise me if they were just Phorm with a different name (umbrella companies are very popular ......), but that's just my suspicious side coming out.
One answer .....
One answer of course, is to stop issuing IP ranges to criminals, and pull the IP ranges currently leased to criminals (e.g. NForce Entertainment, who are solely blackhat and have somewhere in the region of 12288 IPs leased to them)
2 primary reasons ....
.... I'm not switching to Freeview HD (or any other for that matter);
1. I've got Freeview and;
a. It's x number of channels with 99.9% repeats
b. They can't even get the damn signals right for standard freeview (and yep, I've tried different boxes, arials, TVs etc etc etc)
2. Inclusive of the 99.9% repeats, given HD only has a few channels at present, there's absolutely no point.
Any chance of ensuring this becomes the very first page you see on every IT related book, tutorial, website, t-shirt, and becomes a mandatory first and last read for those studying IT in school/college/university.
Indeed, perhaps this should be the first thing you MUST read regardless of the field you're in?
Oh dear ....
Got the XL Black Edition recently as Dixons (or was it Curry's, I forget), had it for £130 instead of the usual £260 price tag (yipee). Got Billy Connolly's voice for it too.
Sadly however, the "Live" services, which would've been great, are still too expensive, given the price of the devices themselves, and how often you're likely to actually need it, on top of the fact the subscription for the "map updates" is somewhere in the region of an extra £60 or something.
As Robert said, wake me up when it's a tenner .....
What's wrong with just giving all kids, free school meals? We pay enough damn taxes to afford it (just nick some of the politicians/bankers pay/bonuses - they can afford it, or ask the government to stop spending so much on useless stuff such as a plethora of unmonitored CCTV).
Had a 3G dongle both when I attended the Microsoft Technical Launch for 7 last year, and the Reading MVP get together, and couldn't get a connection from the second the train left Newcastle Central Station, until I got to London, and even then, it was absolutely rubbish (was still rubbish when I reached Reading, used the internet cafe eventually as I got tired of trying).
The problem ....
.. with the test, is that all 3 were done within the same city, which isn't representative of reality for anyone living outside of such location. Would've been far more accurate to have done the tests at least once in 10-15 of the major towns and cities across the country, or even better, to have done a test in all of the major towns and cities (though that's likely not viable for most reporters, let alone a web reporter that likely isn't paid travel expenses).
I run a URL shortening service myself (no linky as I don't want to do the self advertising thingymabob), and am amazed that people still think you can make money from these.
URL shorteners have never been a viable business model, indeed, I run my own as a convenience to myself and others, and have never even contemplated trying to make money from it.
Anywho, I'm rambling.
Just a correction ....
.... the fact it's obfuscated actually makes it easier to spot as obfuscated scripts are instantly analyzed when I come across them (specifically because I want to know what they're trying to hide from me)
FastHosts? Bah, I'd rather use Virgin Rail!!!!!
FastHosts as far as I am concerned, can go straight to hell ......... especially after doing things like this;
@AC (Thursday 19th February 2009 15:37 GMT)
FastHosts are good at screwing people over ;o)
Where's the "Bomb FastHosts" icon when ya need it?
Employers don't want UK techies
.... if they did, I'd have a job! (as would several hundred other UK IT folk)
UK employers want CHEAP employment, which means outsourcing to places such as India. They don't give a crap whether or not they can actually do the job required, aslong as they come close to being able to do it at around a quarter of the cost.
.... known rogues, tends to have that effect ........ lie with the dog, get fleas.
Just one example;
... and surprise surprise, your buy now button for it;
... is an affiliate link;
tech-pro.net obviously couldn't give a crap, until it stops them earning money ...... what did they expect to happen?
@El Reg, TP are NOT a review site ........ reviewers that get paid by the companies that developed the program they are reviewing = biased (everything I saw on their site had affiliate rubbish all over it).
Two problems here ....
#1 of course, highlighted by BKB .... it's only gonna be useful for Python devs
#2 it's also gonna be useless for those such as myself, that specialize in desktop/security applications .... (can't exactly trust Google for that as it is ....)
Am I ...
... the only one thats happy this has fallen through?
I am not a fan of Microsoft by any means (don't hate 'em either though), but absolutely detest Yahoo (sorry guys, you don't deserve the exclamation) and by this having fallen through, we can now guarantee getting a laugh at their expense for even longer!
Hopefully in the meantime, Microsoft can improve Live search (it's been better than Yahoo in terms of quality for years).
.... booze, food and smoking have been banned here up North on public transport for years and I've seen only a handful of people take notice (only time you're at risk of getting caught for it is on match days when there's actually police or those apparently helpful (my arse they are) folk from Nexus present - even then they tend to do very little if they see someone doing such.
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