* Posts by Refugee from Windows

237 posts • joined 10 Jun 2010

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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's to-do list

Refugee from Windows
Black Helicopters

Re: Electronic Crop-dusting?

As someone's already made a GSM base station using a Raspberry Pi, I think this has already been done. So get suspicious if your signal improves and you can hear a buzzing sound outside.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

Refugee from Windows

A sort of tearing noise

A friend was regularly landed with £7 a day for *any* data with this lot, he's moved to a dumb phone and ditched them. Do they really want to keep anything other than corporate customers?

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Hardly a surprise

There's not a lot of money to be made, and if you tag the emergency services comms on the back of the public service, when that goes down there's not an independent network to rely on. Oh dear. We do of course know how reliable 4G services are, especially outside main population centres.

Police cars will now be equipped with a box of pigeons to summon help with to cover the gaps in coverage perhaps?

Omnishambles. You've got it in one.

Coat, there's a PMR handheld in the pocket.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

Refugee from Windows

Re: Ergonomics, the forgotten discipline...

Reminds me of something...

... all I want is a cup of tea.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Refugee from Windows

Down the pub

There's a boozer in West Yorkshire that also hosts the local amateur repeater. When it's in use it's been known to desense car receivers as they have awful SAW type direct conversion receivers (cheap) and a signal 600kHz away from it causes problems.

You could always upgrade to Mr Bean type locks.

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Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

Refugee from Windows

1980's tech

I understand that TCP/IP was just a thought in Tim Berners-Lee's head back in 1985, back then there would be no thought of connectiong this sort of device to a large and somewhat anarchic network.

Personally I prefer my control devices to be double pole with a nice mechanical actuator.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

Refugee from Windows

Spotted the building

Ripon Workhouse. No don't give Iain Duncan Smith any ideas...

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Get ready: 'Critical' Adobe Reader patches coming on Tuesday 12 May

Refugee from Windows

Too late

Acrobat Reader is but a memory, I'm afraid I ditched it six months ago, so I'll be missing this one. I wonder how much of the original code is left?

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Ageing?

Some of the systems designed over 100 years ago have proved to be extremely safe over that time. It's some of the new innovations that appear to have inherent weaknesses. Possibly because there's not a Mk1 brain of a signaller keeping an eye on them.

I'll get my coat, it's got a Bardic lamp in the pocket.

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

Refugee from Windows
Paris Hilton

PTC device

Ah yes, the technological wonder known as the Polyfuse. Take the volts from across it, let it cool and lo and behold it conducts again.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

Refugee from Windows

Re: In the news over the weekend...

Possibly as the consumer's demands are simply being ignored. Is smart metering only in the interests of the supplier? I'd say it is. I don't see any advantage of them to me, it's not going to change my power consumtion habits by much, and it'd no doubt be out of date by the time it's installed. If my supplier insists, I'll simply change supplier.

That's leaving aside any privacy and security matters of course.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Refugee from Windows

Formby, Lancashire

I'm surprised, none have spotted the Dan dare connection.

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Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

Refugee from Windows

Lightweight?

I've got LAMP running on a Pi, is that lightweight enough?

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

Refugee from Windows

Re: 3 TV's

I'd see the future as being through POF, small enough to lose down the side of the carpet but a darned sight faster than wireless, plus no problems of channel congestion.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

Refugee from Windows

Mysterons

Something of ours has accidentally destroyed the Mysteron City. Now where have I heard that before?

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

Refugee from Windows

Please turn the lights off

M$ are banking that the x86 franchise keeps going, but given that a lot of the world develops on ARM based cores, that would really mean an exit from the embedded market for one.

The danger is that their OS that's supposed to run everywhere can't because there's a whole class of processors it can't run on. In that case, Google will rule the roost with Android and M$ will just be selling an office suite as a service.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

Refugee from Windows

Police budgets

Forget Huawei, with the current climate maybe it'll be Wouxun who'll be providing the kit.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Refugee from Windows

Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

It needs a bit of care both ways. Of course this system will not work on the windy country lanes in $NationalPark where there is no data connectivity and you can't see round the bend. Takes the cyclist to assume that drivers won't see them til the last minute and be able to take avoiding action, and the driver to be driving such that he/she could stop safely.

This goes as well if the warnings are too frequent they will be ignored, far from the other distractions that could be encountered en route from "sat-nag", phone etc.

There are idiots behind wheels and on saddles, you just have to assume you're going to come across them. However go the other way, if a driver lets you pull out or in other ways behaves well, a friendly wave is appreciated. The driver who ignored you is just going to ignore the unconventional hand signal you want to give him anyway - don't bother it's not worth it.

Yeah, I am both a cyclist and a driver.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

Refugee from Windows

Substantial majority

How about only being able to advertise the speed which say 90% of customers will experience for 90% of the time in order to be representative of the service they would receive?

Superfast 5MB broadband doesn't sound quite so appealing.

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

Refugee from Windows

I wonder if the cost of contacting all the "victims" and the cost of the administration has been calculated. The bill for that should be considerable - or have EE just left it? Should this be claimed off the "victim surcharge thing"? However 50p per person seems too small a charge, make it a tenner and send the collectors round.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

Refugee from Windows

It's a different PCB than the B+, there's not even a spot to park the Ethernet/USB expansion IC as in the previous version. The USB port goes straight into the SoC.

However it does mean it's shrunk a bit, and the power draw is reduced, useful for portable applications.

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

Refugee from Windows

Re: no surprise to me

My brother in law trained his fish with the remote control from the telly. Obviously as they started to connect a flashing infra red light to food, you could point it at the tank and the fish would respond.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Refugee from Windows
Pint

Re: There is no way to opt out of this short of deleting the application.

Does just setting adelogs.adobe.com in the hosts file to be at 127.0.0.1 work?

Great minds think alike - or did I get back from the pub 2 minutes too late?

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Re: O/T: Mountain Rescue

Given the areas that Mountain Rescue work in often don't have even 2G coverage, what hope is there for LTE?

As someone who's involved in providing emergency comms in such remote areas, you can pull the wifi dongle out of my cold dead fingers. We use these for linking into existing networks, for some ops it's about the only thing we could use reliably. I do remember when (large cycle event) traversed the Dales, the data links provided by (large communications plc) didn't actually work when called upon.

I have no confidence this is a good idea, and although TETRA/Airwave is fairly resiliant, backing all the eggs into the LTE basket seems like a very bad idea.

Coat - it's got a handheld radio in the pocket.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

Refugee from Windows

Leeds and elsewhere

Ben Heck paid a flying visit to our office in Leeds. He was careful to call it the "Zed - X" all day. We suspect he got it in the neck from our folk here. He was on his best behaviour.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

Refugee from Windows
Unhappy

Re: Who few still use Adobe Acrobat and Reader?

I'm sorry Adobe, but our relationship has come to an end. I've noticed that you've been spending a lot of time trying to fix things, parts that I never actually asked to have and have generally putting on weight and getting rather lax about my security. It's over, you are but a memory on my hard disk, and I've got a new more lightweight partner.

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

Refugee from Windows

Re: 470kHz?

With just 1W erp max I don't think it's an issue really.

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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

Refugee from Windows

Re: More than you asked for?

My dog sitter sent me an email saying that she was stranded in a bus station in Amsterdam, Holland. All pretty good as half an hour earlier she'd sent me a text message saying my mutt had been for a good run round.

Several hours later we'd got her GMail account back under her control!

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Microsoft unloads monster-sized can of bug spray on Internet Explorer, again

Refugee from Windows
Mushroom

Re: I don't understand...

Couldn't they just issue an update that terminates IE6 permanently? Just get it to display a static page with "Internet Explorer 6 is dead, please change century"?

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

Refugee from Windows

Re: I'm all for teaching children how to program...

Not C++, just a little Scratch and some Python maybe. Hmm, not blowing raspberries at this one.

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Steelie Neelie: Enjoy your EXCLUSIVE UHF spectrum in 2020, mobile operators

Refugee from Windows

Re: NOW JUST WAIT A COTTON PICKIN MINUTE

We'll be back to just enough bandwidth for 5 channels, from only main transmitters, so back to square one?

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New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes

Refugee from Windows

Still doing the rounds

I remember these, I had one years ago. It showed all these nasties resident in my C: drive which was pretty awsome, considering the machine was running something with ext3 as the file system. Just a browser animation it seems.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

Refugee from Windows

DPA

There should be a box saying " the information provided is for Electoral Administration purposes only " for you to tick. No selling it off, no third parties, no excuses.

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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

Refugee from Windows

Re: Another reason

The browser choice option should have meant when selecting to use a browser that's not IE, that all the working components of IE are permanently removed from the system.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

Refugee from Windows

Overspecified

It's cos Microsoft haven't grabbed the idea of lightweight and power efficient computing. Hence their near absense of support for ARM based devices, the bus that they have totally missed. The RPi and similar have shown that there is an ecosystem outside Windows that doesn't need bloated hardware to run it. Of course there are other single board computers available - Beaglebone, RiOTboard etc

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

Refugee from Windows
Holmes

Opportunity missed

They could have laid off all of the development team for IE, and do a lot of us a favour. After all it doesn't make any money does it?

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Re: Hooray

As one who was sat on a lonely moorland road with a relay providing a communications link for "large sporting event" recently, where even Mountain Rescue were using a sat phone data uplink, I can say that coverage in the Dales is somewhat "undewearish".

Do you know how much those sat phones cost to actually use? When you've a sudden inrush of spectators then the cells quickly fall over anyway, they're not able to cope. Oh well, but even if every village has full coverage there will still be blank spots in valleys, round the back of hills etc. VHF radio in your National Park vehicle works a lot better than the phone.

I doubt however if the backhaul could cope. A well know national communication company's recent "upgrades" spectactularly underperformed, and the all singing all dancing radio system hired in didn't talk between centres, so the backup deployed was ticking over all day.

Nuff said, I'm off, and that is a VHF handheld radio in the pocket.

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FTC: T-Mobile USA took '$100s of millions' in bogus txt charges

Refugee from Windows

No incentive

With the carrier taking a slice of the loot, they're reluctant to deal with it because they'd then lose the dosh they've got for acting like the getaway driver. Just make it difficult, and hope that the amount of money the customer's been robbed isn't enough to want them to escalate the complaint.

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LinkedIn ignored SIX WARNINGS about account-hijacking bug

Refugee from Windows

Re: FAO hackers - a simple request

The other working member of the household, because she's on the safety list at one of her places of work, has an email address. For a bit of a laugh I put her profile on LinkedIn. She's had offers of jobs all over the place, some local and one at Network Rail in Milton Keynes. However she'll happily persuade stray sheep to return to pasture and chase rabbits for mere biscuits.

Stray Livestock Control Operative. Hmmm. Skills include herding and livestock management! Upgraded from sheep to cows to boot as well.

She gets better offers than me. It's not fair.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

Refugee from Windows
FAIL

Data Mining Opportunity

Just think of the potential for three letter agencies and cash starved software companies. Uniquely selected advertising related to the confidential report you're just typing. Details of flights to Cuba perhaps.

I can see it just going SO wrong here.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

Refugee from Windows
Coat

Re: Acme Dairy products

Microsourcing. We put the packaging machine straight after the pasteuriser, it prints a 2D barcode which can identify which cow made the milk and when. Not that it would be any much use to anybody really.

It's all possible, but I just can't see the point.

Coat, it's time to go and milk the ladies again.

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Sneak peek: Microsoft's next browser (thanks, IE Developer Channel)

Refugee from Windows

Available as part of Office 365 subscription in Windows 9, stripped of Active-X we hope.

Pig 1 you are cleared to taxi.

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MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

Refugee from Windows
Mushroom

X flare

A few hours after the rest of the communications networks have been knocked out, F-layer propagation will be excellent. Trouble is, with social networks down, will any of us have anything to talk about?

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Curiosity GOUGES AND SCORCHES Mars with drill and laser

Refugee from Windows

Spectrum is green

Hope they're careful not to upset the Mysterons then.

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Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

Refugee from Windows

Hello from the real world

Okay, we're already giving measured suppliments to our* cows and automatically recording milk yield in a herd with 200 going through the parlour each day. We don't have an wireless access point in the dairy and I doubt one'd handle the numbers passing through. Good luck getting it all to tie in with the milk recording software, and even more trying to get one of those down the entire herd's throats without being kicked.

*Not mine personally but as I seem to spend a disprortionate time assisting sorting out their tech then they might as well be, they even "borrow" my collie on occasions.

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Cortana, remind me to patch Windows, IE, and Adobe gear next Tues

Refugee from Windows
Alert

Retiring Acrobat

Sorry Adobe, but if we're having to have patches for what should just be a blooming document rendering program every other month, it's time for me to retire it. There are other products to do the same, and I'll be looking at Flash next. I'll be getting the firewall to relate everything from adobe.com as malware in future.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

Refugee from Windows

Energy Policy

You mean they have one? I thought, by the actions over the last 20 years that we didn't.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

Refugee from Windows

Re: Dual track is nothing new

Sorry I mate I scratched your record on the leadout...... doesn't quite make it on other formats.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Refugee from Windows
Facepalm

Can I quietly end it all?

So if I rush off and buy a W8 machine the first thing it'll do after starting (and maybe several hours of chewing through, multiple reboots) is to then download a gi-normous patch, get my broadband to crawl to a halt, and then mess everything else I might have done between starting the new machine and it deciding to update?

Maybe my ex-XP* machine will stay in action until enough of the caps on the mother board have died and then I'll just give up and just use Raspberry Pi's or something on a one machine per task basis. I have a Windows 7 machine, but just how long will it be before they drop this, but then I have tested it booting into Mint and I could live with that.

XP will live on as a VM here for some time here. However if your supplier delivers you a product that requires major changes before you can actually use it, I would say that they've messed up.

Maybe M$ ought to introduce a scaleable product range that doesn't require bleeding edge hardware, but I suspect it's beyond them, they've gone too far.

*I couldn't make my mind up between Mint and Xubuntu so I've got dual boot.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Refugee from Windows

Re: Dynamic range

At least analogue doesn't go all bitty at the bottom end of the dynamic range, it just goes into the noise. Note how these are "classic" recordings as I suspect the use of compression in more recent ones destroy the ambiance and dynamic range anyway.

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