* Posts by Grease Monkey

1596 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Judge kills Facebook's bid to dismiss private message sniffing case

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When will facebook and the rest learn that putting something is in their terms and conditions doesn't make it legal?

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Google bakes W3C malware-buster into Gmail

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Re: AdBlock

"IT'S GOOGLE, F'CRISSAKE."

But I'll bet you use their services don't you?

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Dumb question, but really why did we need that much evidence? The fact that the hackers never leaked The Interview was a bit of a hint. The fact that the (supposed) hackers demanded The Interview be canned was another. The fact that the NK government caused the hacks a righteous act was another - any sensible government trying to distance themselves would have issued a statement condemning the hack.

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

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Damage Limitation

What is most annoying about this is that several of the council's comments are clearly about limiting damage to their reputation rather than trying to put things right or actually apologize. In particular they seem to be trying to downplay the whole incident.

Probably worst in that respect was: "The council has assured affected residents that the document was only viewed 11 times and the data wasn’t in plain sight." But how many of those 11 saved the data and passed it on? Has it been republished anywhere else? And if so how many people have read that.

But the most annoying statement was the one about people falling victim to sophisticated scams and warning those affected by this data loss to be vigilant of those scams. Why do you need a "sophisticated" scam when you already have just about all the personal details you need to apply for credit. Many social housing tenants already have poor credit histories (often that's why they are in social housing in the first place) just one application for credit which then went unpaid could be enough to detroy their credit rating forever. And even if the council could sort out their tenants credit ratings in that respect, could they sort out the emotional trauma caused by an unwarranted and unexpected visit from bailiffs or a debt collection agency? (BTDT incidentally. Not nice.)

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Pint

So the vuln is in the web server on the router? How many home routers allow access to the web management server on the WAN interface? Most only allow access from the LAN side. So doesn't the presuppose that the attacker has access to your LAN? In which case you're already in trouble.

Or maybe I'm missing something because its lunch time at 2 hours before COB for the year.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scrap metal?

I've built a car before. Sure a lot of the parts; engine, transmission, uprights, rack, column, brakes, etc. were from the scrap yard, but the chassis and suspension components were home built from steel tube and plate.

The two problems with your title:

Scrap metal - scrap metal is unusable junk. The metal in this case was salvageable or perfectly usable second hand parts.

Built - Nope assembled from parts. To say you "built" a machine to me means you actually fabricated significant parts or at least did some serious work in making those parts fit. Assembly - sticking stuff together that was intended to go together. Building - fabrication or at least serious adaptation.

So "Brit GUN NUT assembled WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of spare parts." FIFY.

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Upchuck nation: Half a million CHUMPS now own Google Cardboard VR gear

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You are aware aren't you that the cardboard website has instructions to make your own? So these people who've forked out twenty bucks have clearly made a choice. Twenty dollars or half an hour of their time. Fair dos, that's their choice.

I've made all sorts of things for the price of raw materials, rather than forking out several times the amount for the finished article, but I don't deride people who choose to buy rather than build. I'm sure you own a few things that somebody else has made their own for much less money, but I doubt any of those people would be quite so patronizing towards you as you are to others. Some would consider that you have made foolish and expensive choices, but hey, they're your choices. If somebody wants to chuck a few quid at this gadget then that's their choice too.

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Sony hackers PINCH early version of James Bond Spectre script

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Maybe the hackers can get somebody decent to do a rewrite, then sneakilly put it back overwriting the original without the producers knowing. Then maybe, only maybe mind you, Spectre would be the first good Bond film rather than just another formulaic, predictable sequel in this interminable mediocre fest.

Now don't get me wrong if it sells and makes millions then good luck to 'em. And yes I suppose many of the films have been reasonable light entertainment, but please let's not pretend they are at all significant or anything other than pile 'em high sell 'em cheap mass market fodder.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Back in 1981 I was in the US during the air traffic controllers strike. We flew from Wichita to Dallas Fort Worth then out to the UK. No ATC, no 21st century technology. Also no significant delays. Mostly just pilots using their brains and eyes and talking to each other.

Apparently this is progress. A computer goes down and flights that don't even cross that computer's controlled airspace are affected.

Question #1: What's the business continuity plan?

Apparent answer: What's a business continuity plan?

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Alleged Silk Road boss's lawyers want murder-for-hire evidence blocked from trial

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Hold on a no. The alleged murder plots were in order to prevent witnesses giving evidence against him? If those are prosecution witnesses in this case then that evidence would definitely be relevant to this case.

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Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

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Business ISPS will put in fibre anywhere if you're willing to pay. The SMEs under discussion here seem to be moaning that they can't get domestic services on business premises. They need to budget for business grade services then there won't be a problem.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Re: Not a new problem

Not quite. It had always been a tradition of the organization that it's patrols would salute members. When spped traps came into being patrols would flag down members to wan them that they were approaching a spped trap. The story goes that this was deemed to be illegal, so they came up with the idea that patrols would not salute members if there was a speed trap ahead. The theory being that the member could then stop to ask the patrol why he didn't salute and he could then tell them about the speed trap. I've always wondered about that story simply because the patrol was still warning the driver of the speed trap and therefore breaking the law. I think it more likely that the omission to salute was a clear signal that therefore meant the driver didn't have to stop. After all stopping to be warned of a speed trap would probably lengthen you journey time more than simply driving below the limit.

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They didn't think they were doing anything illegal? Since when has ignorance been a valid defence?

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Manchester festival marketers fined £70,000 over spam ‘mum’ texts

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Probably impossible to "overhaul" SMS in this respect. Remember it would still have to work with the millions of sold phones still out there.

Actually the facility to send a text with the sender name is important, people want to know who the text comes from rather than just a number. However this requires honesty, which is of course why the ICO has rules which forbid using false names.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Re: Speed, Speed and More Speed

I'm not a fan of FF for various reasons, chief among them it's bloatiness that just gets worse and worse. However when I'm dissatisfied with something I change to a competitor, I don't continue to use it like you. That's just plain bonkers.

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Oooh look Google isn't the *default* search engine. Except that presumably would't apply to upgrades, since it would be extremely bad form to change a user's default search engine without asking them. So wouldn't that mean that thee change only applies to fresh installs which will be a very small proportion of the total number of installs.

For me it would seem better to give the user a list of search engines to choose from at install, rather than force a "choice" upon them.

BTW do Google still give Mozilla a big chunk of their funding? If so, for how long will that last?

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Drone is as far as I know a US word for what we in the UK have always called a radio controlled aircraft. I certainly recall an episode of Batman from the sixties with a "bat drone" in it so they've been using it for some time. So why suddenly are the UK media using the word drone solely to describe a r/c quad copters? Either all r/c craft are drones or none of them are.

The idiocy goes further. I heard Jeremy Vine (OK so the man's ignorant on a wide range of subjects) claim that there were all sorts of legal restrictions on drones that don't apply to "the sort of radio controlled planes that people used to fly in the seventies". Don't you just love media ignorance?

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Gigabit-over-copper VDSL successor G.fast signed off at last

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In building deployments would mostly be below Ethernet cable run limits, so why use this tech? In building it would make more sense to stick with Ethernet.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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Honestly how did you miss that? Years ago when BT bought them I remember loads of fuss on here and other forums. There were commentards throwing the knee jerk* reaction of, like you, threatening to leave with no stated or rational reason. Then there were those predicting that all Plusnet customers would become BT retail customers. Never happened. Of course the joke there is a lot of Plusnet customers were, and still area, BT wholesale customers.

The thing is however that it was a whole load of fuss over nothing. Nothing really changed operationally. BT for some reason wanted to own a crappy bargain basement ISP so they bought one. End.

Thing is though if you react like that you'd better check out the products and services you buy and see who the ultimate owner is. You might get a few surprises.

* I would call your reaction a knee jerk if it hadn't taken many years to happen.

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The one thing I don't buy here is that so many people are so anal that they have an email address that they use only to receive ISP bills. It follows therefore that they must have dozens if not hundreds of email addresses each for a single purpose.

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

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Looking at the emails you can see that Apple were making up cover stories (is lies) for blatant anti a competitive practice. How anybody can defend this is beyond me. However it's likely the courts will probably find in favour of Apple and their money. This is the US legal system we're talking about.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

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Re: Really?

Nobody was forced to buy an iPod, but once they owned one Apple did their level best to force them to buy music from iTunes. Furthermore if you bought you music from iTunes they then tried their best to prevent you from using it on any other device or player. The only way to do that IIRC was to burn the music onto a CD then rip it back into MP3 format.

The worst thing about those cade however is claiming that they blocked Real Networks as a security measure to protect users. Protect them against what exactly? Freedom?

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Firmware update kills Lenovo Home Media Network HDDs. Here's how to resurrect them

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"The moral of the story is always back up before performing a firmware update. Others may just choose not to buy Iomega or Lenovo again."

And that's why I have no sympathy for these idiots. Wouldn't be at all surprised to hear the upgrade advised a backup, but these lusers chose to ignore the advice and whinge later.

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Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off

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Why did they mention the boat and the winds? Clearly to detract from the fact that the craft wasn't ready for launch. If the boat hadn't been there and the day had been calm the launch wouldn't have taken place due to the valve fault.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: The answer is still no.

Everuy version has been terrible, but still he uses it. He hopes there will be an alternative when he buys his next laptop, but there was when he bought his last two laptops and still he chose windows.

It doesn't matter which camp you sleep in (windows sucks or windows rocks) this man's arguments make no sense.

For the record I run Windows on the household laptop purely for my sons gaming needs. None of the software I run requires windows. I'd choose Mint, but then laddo couldn't play his games. When he's old enough to have his own PC I'll be moving back to Linux.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: Interesting; and that explains a lot

Well if defrag and cccleaner didn't fix it then it must be serious.

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Used to be that a majority of commentards on here knew what they were talking about. Some of the comments above demonstrate that the authors have little or no technical knowledge. "Attach a debugger"? FFS. The demographic of el Reg has changed.

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Always makes me smile when users throw tantrums about problems with free software.

Nobody seems to be taking a methodical approach to diagnosing this problem. Maybe if some of the people experiencing this issue actually tried to carry out some diagnostic work rather than simply complaining they'd get to the root of it.

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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Here's a simple question: does any other ISP in the UK use this tech? From Arsier's comments I think that we can infer that they don't. If Arsier could say competitors were using the tech then I think they'd have a point. But if nobody is using this tech in the UK then their comments mean nothing to BT customers.

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Why blame Microsoft? If you ship software to run on another vendor's platform then it's up to you to make sure your software is compatible with the software, not the other way round. Wherever the blame why is it always the users of the free version who whinge loudest?

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Funny how you meet plenty of people these days who will tell you they met online, but few who tell you they met through a dating app or agency. Why is that? For a start people who meet online usually meet discussing one shared interest, not by being matched up by a system that compares all their shared interests. In the real world couples seldom share loads of interests. Indeed in many long and happy partnerships you will find few interests that the couple shared at the start. Perhaps they have come to share interests over time or have discovered new shared interests together, but that doesn't mean that they compared interests when they met. People who meet by more traditional methods often don't even know if they share anything other than being in the same place at the same time. Dating agencies and apps seem to miss that the most important interest a couple shares is each other.

That's why they seldom work or on the odd occasions when they do the resultant couples seem a little strange.

It's the same with being introduced by friends. Most happy couples just happened to meet, there wasn't some would be cupid involved who said "I know this bloke who you'll hit it off with."

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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The funny thing about the tired old BMW jokes is that they are out of date. All those particular knobs have migrated to an Audi, probably thanks to those adverts a few years ago that featured some sales type dickhead implying that all sales type dickheads drive BMWs while Audi drivers are all Mother Theresa.

The only BMW centric bad driving I tend to see these days usually involves older bimmers driven by twats who think that the propeller badge automatically makes their car an M3 and every road the nordschleife.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Not playing, had enough several years ago

What a niaive AC you are. Of course the internet is a business. It takes money to run that business. If you don't like the advertising that's fine, block it or ignore it as is your right. But just as it is your right to block advertising it is the content provider or hosts right to put it there in the first place.

Films are chock full of advertising. Are you telling me you don't watch any film with product placement? If you are you must not watch many films at all. Sometimes product placement is more intrusive than an ad break. Shoehorning action or disalogue to fit in a product plug can be much clunkier than simply having a pause for a 30 second advert.

And as for your battery of tools, that would be much more intrusive to you browsing enjoyment than the adverts themselves. But then I suppose having your tinfoil hat slip down over your eyes is pretty intrusive too.

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Pretty pointless service really. Firslty Google's banner ads aren't particularly intrusive and are, therefore, easy to ignore. More intrusive ads are the main reason people use ad blockers.

And secondly it only works for Google served ads, I'm betting Google's advertising will only mention that in the very small print.

But really why pay Google to block their own ads when you can get several perfectly good ad blockers gratis?

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

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I'm tired of all this moaning about the use of the words "up to" in broadband advertising. We're not stupid. When we see and advert for a sale with "up to 50% off" we don't complain we've been misled when the item we buy is only discounted. When we see an advert claiming we "could save up to £250 on our car insurance" we don't complain when we only save £25. Why? Because we speak English and we understand what the words "up to" mean.

One thing that would be nice is a ban on ISPs advertising services in areas where they don't offer those services. We've all seen the billboards advertising fibre speeds where you can only get plain vanilla ADSL at a maximum of 8Mbps.

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Erm, you are aware you can get BT Sport on Sky aren't you. Sky OTOH have plenty of exclusive channels. The thing I don't get is why somebody would get broadband based on what TV channels they can get with it.

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Re: Really?

You say that like you think a Draytek is in improvement over a cheap shitty home router. Nope it's just a different cheap shitty home router.

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HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report

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Connecting your security DVR to the internet is beyond foolish.

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

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If they've already settled out of court then the ink is dry on that contract and as such they should have to pay. However the US legal system is such that crooks can legally buy their way out of criminal charges by paying off victims, so nothing would surprise me about that system.

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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How do you know it was the same cable?

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Re: So...

Yahoo! Mail is very definitely free. BT give you access to free Yahoo! Email with a BT domain name. When you leave BT your email just keeps on working even though you're not paying them a penny. Free.

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Re: So...

So your UK based business is so tight that it relies on free mail services from a US based business. Recommend that as a business you use business grade services rather than cheap residential grade services. And while you're at it I also recommend you put a little effort into finding out what services you're getting. Reading your contract would be a start.

I work for an ISP and I'm constantly annoyed by business customers who pay for residential services and then moan that they're not getting business services.

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That's not an intrinsic part of TCP/IP the protocol is irrelevant. You are right though it should be possible to reroute the traffic either automatically or manually to work round the break. Sounds like penny pinching to me.

The thing is though that this is what you get for using low cost or free services. What's the SLA on Yahoo! Mail? Customers complaining probably never checked when they signed up. Guaranteed percentage uptime? Guaranteed time to restore service? Compensation for outages? Bet there aren't any of those in the contract.

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repair

They lift the fibre onto the ship, trim the ends and splice it. Job done. Can be a real pain in deep water.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Did you read my post? The lookup is for the dialled number and the originating number. Destination and source. This is very common and not unique to 111 & 101. Plenty of businesses will try to route you to your local office in a similar way.

The lookups for 999 as every source DN must have an address lookup for 999 (not mobiles of course). It's up to the service provider to supply these details.

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Surely they don't rely on a single call routing database? As far as I can see the only thing that could cause an outage of NGN routing on this scale would be the loss of the database that ties the non-geographic numbers to ordinary directory numbers - depending of course on the source number. That being the case it makes you wonder why it took so long to get it back on line.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: BBC documentaries Or Channel 4's Grand Designs

Documentaries (and some other shows) on commercial TV are considerably worse than the BBC equivalent as they lead up to every ad break with "coming up after the break" and follow every ad break with a recap. Consider how short the gaps between ads are getting on some channels then take out the recap and preview section of each segment and then take out the ads and the opening and closing titles and work out how much content there is in an hour of commercial TV documentary.

The beeb make a lot of their programmes forty-odd minutes long in order that they can be sold uncut to foreign broadcasters. However it still doesn't work very well, watch old BBC shows on channels like Dave or ITV 3 and the cuts to ad breaks seem abrupt and somewhat arbitrarily placed.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

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Re: Passwords? We don't need no steenkin passwords!

I never ever understood why a home router would have admin enabled on the WAN interface. Then again I've never worked on one configured that way out of the box.

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It's a shocking thought but BT home routers don't have a standard default password and do get updated automatically.

On the subject of default passwords every manufacturer could do what BT and some other ISP do and ship each router with a different default password. Sure it dores't prevent the device being hacked, but it does make it that bit harder. Malware authors like other crime tend to go after the low hanging fruit so just making things a little bit harder is sometimes all it takes to stay secure.

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