* Posts by Badvok

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Illegal drugs and dodgy pics? Nah. Half the dark web is perfectly legal

Badvok

Re: specialist software and expertise

"Yeah, so they know how to use a TOR browser and a port scanner... whoop-de-doo..."

I think you'd need a bit more than that to find even a reasonable percentage of the available anonymous sites, or does Google now index this stuff too?

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Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

Badvok

Re: "We've been doing this since before the US was a country"

@Pascal: "Well we've been murdering each other since the dawn of Mankind, but I do believe that public opinion on that is pretty much Not Good."

Hmm, I think you need to look for a better example, especially where the US is concerned since they still routinely murder people in the name of law, religion, oil or trade. It was the biggest hypocrisy in Catholicism that woke me up as a child, that the Catechism allowed for killing at the behest of the people running your government while still stating that killing was a mortal sin.

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Google splats more bad Android security bugs with patches your mobe will probably never see

Badvok

Re: Hype?

Most are pretty unlikely since they rely on side-loading a malicious application, or receiving dodgy MMS messages (unlikely due to the expense that would be incurred by the sender). Only a couple appear to be exploitable by browser misdirection to a malware site or MITM attacks.

What is interesting is that quite a few of these are Linux Kernel issues and binary device driver issues which aren't in the strictest sense Android itself and could apply to any device running the same Linux kernel or device drivers.

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Joint Committee on UK Snoopers' Charter: Make like a dictionary and give a definition

Badvok

Re: Header image

And you sir are exactly the sort of person they want to rid the world of thus justifying their actions. You hide behind a forum handle, degrading and insulting people based on their looks.

She may be a horrible person, her actions certainly are, but deriding someone's appearance is pathetic.

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Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

Badvok
Mushroom

Re: 'precision docking of oil tankers, as well as navigation'

That 13 microsecond error can equate to 4km. That can be rather significant when you have to start slowing down 25km away from the dock and could certainly be the difference between stopping or ploughing straight in.

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

Badvok
Meh

Less competitors = lower auction revenue = lower network costs = lower consumer prices or higher margins, take your pick.

It's certainly obvious where Ofcom stand and it is NOT on the side of the consumer.

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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Pirate

MIKEY-SAKKE are they TAKKING THE MIKEY?

See title.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

Badvok
FAIL

What you mean with two women who aren't teenage, lesbian or timelords? And only one of whom could possibly be considered mutated.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

Badvok

Re: FTFY

I know I'll probably get loads of downvotes for even asking this but has anyone actually checked whether any of this information actually does get sent anywhere if you don't sign up to the 'Let us see everything you're doing programme' or as Microsoft call it the 'Customer Experience Improvement Program' ?

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PM wheels out snoop overseer minutes before latest snoops' charter bid lands

Badvok
FAIL

Oooh look, someone's made a Strawman with twigs for legs so that it is easier to knock down than any other.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

Badvok

Check out Beyerdynamic's range, I have the DT770 Pros and they are the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn even when wearing glasses.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

Badvok

Re: Evil

No, I meant what I said, Windows 7, not other ancient UIs. Though of course you should note that many applications written for those ancient systems you appear to like do actually still work on Windows 10.

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Badvok

Re: Evil

FlameButt: "What gets me the most about that 'upgrade' comment is (and no-one else seems to have mentioned it yet) is the look and feel of the new OS!"

Ah, so you haven't actually used Windows 10 then, fair enough. When you do get around to looking at it you'll find that you don't have to use any of the new UI stuff, in fact you can pretty much make it look and behave just like Windows 7. This was the big U-turn people were talking about a little while back that I guess you missed.

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Badvok

Re: Evil

" Win 10 doing a neat BIOS update"

Now I've heard everything, Windows 10 is able to flash your BIOS without even prompting you - Wow! Next we'll be hearing that Windows 10 can actually modify the user's DNA!

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Badvok

Re: Evil

"Forcing an update to an operating system that's incompatible with many people's software?"

Whereas I'm sure there are a few obscure bits of software that might not work, I certainly haven't found any. For me, with all the developer tools and bespoke apps I run, I can't say I've really noticed any difference going from 7 to 10. I didn't even have to reinstall anything following the in-place update.

That's all it really is you know, just another update, not really a new OS. Yes they've added a few things and tweaked a few bits under the hood but backwards compatibility is not broken for anything Vista compatible onwards, everything that worked for me under 7 works just as well under 10. Though of course I'm not still holding onto any tools from that long ago.

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

Badvok

Re: Evidently

Oh well learn something new every day, since the major two, Visa and Mastercard, only ever use 16 digits and most online shops only accept 16 I made a false assumption that it was standard :(

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Badvok
FAIL

Oh dear, how poor maths ability is these days, looks like some can't even do basic maths.

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Badvok

"sorry but birthdate is incredibly sensitive and useful for identity theft"

Yes, it is one of the factors used in identity theft, however given a full name to work from it is very, very easy to obtain from public records.

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Burned: British Gas customer info hits Pastebiin

Badvok

"But before they had an email address and a password and afterwards they have an email address, email password, BG password, full address, DOB, and utility bills. See why it's a problem?"

Nope, not giving a toss about protecting online BG info is not the same as being dumb enough to use the same password for important things, so no they wouldn't get email password. And all the rest is freely available public information anyway. And any organisation that accepts a printed utility bill as proof of anything these days is just asking for trouble.

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Badvok

"How on earth do you solve this problem for people who don't give a toss? Maybe BG shouldn't let them have online accounts."

What? Just because I really, really don't give a toss who knows how much my Gas / Electricity bill is I shouldn't be allowed to have an online account?

Note: no bank account or card details are accessible via online BG account but a hacker could of course add their own card and pay my bill for me :)

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

Badvok

That's got nothing to do with net-neutrality, all that would have still been possible with all the amendments because ISPs would still have been allowed to manage traffic on their networks, including cross-connects. There was no amendment that said that they had to provide the same bandwidth from other parts of the internet as they do from within their own zone.

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Badvok

Re: WANTED

You could have all that now if you wanted, all you need is someone with a few spare $blns and you can build your own open, free, non-commercial internet and let everyone use it. However, in the real world, I think we'll have to stick to having commercial interests invest money in the system and for some inexplicable reason put up with them expecting some kind of return.

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Badvok

"Yes but what happens when you spend big bucks for your Porsche and then you try and drive down a road that is 'sponsored' by Toyota."

You don't, you choose a road that is 'sponsored by Porsche' or that is neutral. Your analogy fails because you assume you only have the choice of one road, while in real life this is often the case it is certainly not the case when it comes to ISPs.

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Badvok

Re: Would it have been too much to ask

@Markablejones the biggest point you and many others miss out is that in Europe we typically have competition between ISPs unlike in large parts of the US. If an ISP did start favouring one service over another then users are likely to notice and if they don't like it switch ISP.

Yes I know some small parts of Europe don't have many options but if any of the ISPs started doing anything like this it would still be too big a hit in areas where there is choice for them to risk it.

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HTC's new One A9 will gulp Android updates days after Nexus mobes

Badvok

Re: Call the lawyers!

Yes, HTC copied Apple with assistance from Dr. Who. As usual Apple's reality distortion field seems to have had an effect on design.

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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

Badvok

Re: But even when you are no longer making "calls"...

Sorry I don't get your point, in the UK at least, you don't pay line rental on mobile networks whether your using data or voice or SMS.

I know you do however on fixed lines and other physical services like electricity, gas, water but that's because there is a fixed physical connection aka line that you are renting.

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

Badvok

Re: Viking electric eels ?

Artistic license, they probably felt eels worked better than electric rays which would have been both local and probably more powerful.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

Badvok

Re: Waste of time and money, you can't break the rules of biology.

"uoted in diagonal size appears to be screen sizes for marketing purposes). Using Pythagoras' theorem, a square pixel of 0.56mm would actually have a diagonal size of slightly under 0.8mm, but lets not split hairs here."

WRONG AGAIN! Yes a square pixel of 0.56mm would be < 0.8 but your original calculation of 0.56mm was wrong (FHD = 1920x1080). I did compound the error by typing 0.9mm instead of 0.8mm but that's finger trouble for you. The diagonal dimension is what your eye will be able to detect unless of course you have CCDs for eyes that are perfectly aligned with the display.

I can think of quite a few things that have distinct edges on TV programs that I watch, like people, houses, plants, in fact I'm really struggling to figure out what it is that you watch that doesn't contain any high-contrast edges.

Anti-aliasing is a work-around for poor resolution, ask any gamer who has a QHD or better screen whether they actually keep anti-aliasing turned on.

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Badvok

Re: Waste of time and money, you can't break the rules of biology.

@Loyal Commenter: "Assume you have a 50" TV, that is the diagonal size, which translates to a screen width of around 1100 mm in a standard 16:9 layout. In standard 1080p HD (1960 x 1080 px), that makes each pixel 0.56mm."

WRONG! Each pixel is about 0.9mm wide (diagonally), so definitely around about your supposed perception resolution and the last thing I want to see is individual pixels, I want to perceive smooth sharp lines and curved edges not a jaggy mess or edges anti-aliased into a blur.

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Chocolate Factory plops Marshmallow on Android slabs

Badvok

Re: New Type of Crime Announced by Yugguy!

The point is that you actually did have the choice of which phone to buy, if you made that choice without knowing anything about the stock software then that's your fault, no one forced you to buy it. Plus, you could always put some other software on it instead.

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Badvok

New Type of Crime Announced by Yugguy!

According to Yugguy you can now walk into a store and they'll hold a gun to your head until you buy the phone they want you to.

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Badvok

Re: Google has also sought to make the Google Now virtual assistant more prevalent with Marshmallow

"I also don't want to be forced ..."

Please look up the definition of 'forced' in the dictionary.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

Badvok

Re: Faraday Cage?

"If you want a pysical off switch, how about taking the SIM out?"

Phones without a SIM or with a locked SIM can still make emergency calls so I suspect they are still able to communicate.

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Sensitive Virgin Media web pages still stuck on weak crypto software

Badvok
Devil

Who cares?

If someone really wants to MITM my browser's connection to VM and spend 75 hours breaking the key to find out my name and address and how much my VM broadband costs me please go ahead.

As to those who let VM store anything more than that, well ...

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Three mobile data network GOES TITSUP across Blighty

Badvok
Happy

I know it's no use to anyone who is having issues, but it's all good for me :D, my mobile p̶o̶r̶n̶data is being delivered just fine.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

Badvok

"serious budget and effort" - you are joking right? One tiny accelerometer and a line of code that says 'When accelerator pressed, if g == 0 then engine-profile = A else engine-profile = B'. Which would also have the added benefit of cutting emissions for those who like to blip the throttle while sitting at traffic lights.

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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

Badvok

Re: Prices are more reasonable than the Nexus 6

@Patrician: I have no idea where you are getting your specs from for comparison but both the LG G3 and Galaxy S5 specs-wise offer better for less than the 5X with the only exceptions being the fingerprint nonsense and the separate sensor stuff. Of course the 6P beats them but for comparisons with that you need to look at the Note 4 or LG G4 which also offer better for less.

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Badvok

Re: Prices are more reasonable than the Nexus 6

The Galaxy S5 is also <£300 these days.

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Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH

Badvok

No, he's absolutely wrong. If you couldn't see a pixel that is 0.25mm square you'd have serious eyesight issues.

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Badvok
FAIL

At 0.25mm (85" 8K) versus 1mm (85" FHD) dot pitch you'd have really bad eyesight not to be able to see the difference. Though of course the distance at which you can see the difference does change.

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Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

Badvok

Re: "Hello can I speak to Mr A Coward, please?"

I had that exact conversation with a certain three-letter bank several years ago, needless to say that I don't bank with them anymore.

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Badvok
FAIL

Re: 4K gaming

Utter nonsense, if you can't see the pixels on a HD screen at 6' then you really need to get your eyes tested. (BTW: If it is HD then the pixels are 1.5mm square but I guess you actually meant FullHD since you mention 1mm square pixels.)

But you also totally miss the point of higher resolution, i.e. to NOT SEE the pixels, just the nice smooth curves and diagonals which must look really, really horrible and jaggy on your screen from 6' away - if only you could see it.

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Badvok
FAIL

Sorry, but I just don't get the point of this article.

4K/UHD gaming is still a pretty new thing so why is this guy using kit that is well over a year old? Perhaps that's why he leaps to such ridiculous conclusions, such conclusions would probably make sense 12-18 months ago.

We now have fast G-Sync compatible UHD monitors (even IPS ones) and we have graphics cards that could blow away a single 295X2 without even using crossfire/SLI.

And what's this 'uncanny valley' thing? I thought that was to do with human like robots.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

Badvok

Re: Screen size

Ribbon? What Ribbon is that? Or perhaps you need to update your software to something from the last decade before you get a new laptop. (I actually can't remember exactly when MSOffice started allowing you to auto-hide the ribbon but it has been quite a while.)

Though I do agree that 768 is not really acceptable since most phones exceed this now and it seems daft that you can actually see more detail on a phone screen than on a 10" - 13" laptop screen.

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

Badvok

Re: PET 2001

My memory fails me too on the screen colour, but according to wikipedia, it was blue phosphor on the first model.

Being top in my maths class granted me the privilege of using my school's only computer and it was a PET 2001. I then moved to a college to do my A levels and did Computer Science on NETWORKED CBM 8032s which had access to a shared dual-floppy drive!

We were spoilt in them days.

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Spooky ghost town vid perfectly sums up YouTube's 8K playback: It's virtually no use to anyone (yet)

Badvok

@foxyshadis: Rules of Thumb

But there are some misleading rules of thumb. FTFY

FYI, most of the 'rules of thumb' rely on determining horizontal and/or vertical dpi and calculating what would be distinguishable by the human eye. There are two problems with that calculation, a) who on earth wants to see individual pixels anyway, and b) human eyes don't have linear grids of receptors that are perfectly aligned with the screen. A more realistic dpi to use would be a diagonal one and that would approximately halve the screen sizes you quote.

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

Badvok
FAIL

Re: "Yup, it's a feature, not a bug ..."

We need a 'fail at science' icon to cancel out the 'boffin' icon used above. Though giving the benefit of the doubt it could simply be a typo because X and Y are next to each other on the keyboard aren't they?

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Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now we help do SURVEILLANCE for the SPOOKS

Badvok

Re: Hmmm. . .

Oh dear, I can see your train of thought, yet you still hit the 'Submit' button anyway?

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

Badvok

In other news: Security hole found in all OSes!

It turns out that the 'format' command just changes a few blocks of data and doesn't overwrite the whole disk/store, thus allowing data to be retrieved afterwards.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Badvok

Re: Darwin slide has things backwards

Oh the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia.

A lot of the 'wonderful' content you think you remember so fondly is available on YouTube these days, take a look and see if it really is better than today's stuff. Once you take the rose-tinted specs off I think you may change your opinion. Entertainment TV is and always has been pretty dire.

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