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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Synonymous Howard

The 3hr extended versions are sooo much better .. those extra minutes make the films much better (apart from the singing dwarfs in the first one which really is too much) and actually makes the second one flow better and follows the book more closely.

However, the third one is going to be a stretch.

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Nefarious private use of drones

More likely "Estate Agents Ahoy!"

http://bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30080972

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Re: Or - STOP PRESS!!!

Don't worry, if too many people break the rules, the police will simply ignore it as it upsets the crime stats and just causes more to paperwork ... at least 20% of the time anyway (see today's big news story on iffy crime recording).

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SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION

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Sorry but replacing caps or other discrete component is an order of magnitude different to resoldering a dry joint or loose connector.

*shakes head* kids these days.

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Synonymous Howard

Re: Sounds lovely...

yes and surely a true geek would have got the soldering iron out and replaced/repaired said power connector.

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Re: Confused.com

In my experience of running a mail server on my own home broadband connection for over 10 years is that the only mail servers which actively refuse connections are the ones for aol.com … so no great loss there (although my transport config routes those via my ISP instead).

But it would really not surprising me if some ISPs are using their deep packet inspection technologies (which they use for traffic shaping and QoS) to dynamically alter SMTP traffic to strip out capabilities from server responses (mine probably does not based on my evidence) or force all web traffic through their own proxy servers (if mine is doing that then it is configured not to add any Proxy headers).

I agree with the EFF though … use TLS/SSL whenever possible but also consider SMIME/PGPing the content. I've worked with x509v3 certs for over 10 years and it is still a pig to get software clients to use them properly or easily.

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Superb

Now that is how to plan and execute a project.

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

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Re: So are they all made in UK now ?

Possibly ... and Made in UK is somewhat of a cachet on Alibaba ...

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/free-shipping-raspberry-pie-2-Raspberry-pi-2-generation-B-512M-memory-green-plate-imported-UK/1550832366.html

So assuming you don't get hit with customs handling charge + vat then its cheaper to export from and then re-import in to the UK.

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Re: No ethernet

Yes it's an 'upgrade' of the A not a clone of the B+ but using the same approach as the 'upgrade' of the B to B+ ... i.e. I think the differences between the B and B+ are the same differences between the A and A+ ... so better power regulation (brill), microSD slot (brill), more GPIO pins (brill) and a board re-layout (meh).

The $ price tag has always been a bit of a misnomer as that is the total BUILD inc PROFIT price not the retail price which needs to include Delivery + VAT.

Still, a nice upgrade and very useful for embedded systems which require more grunt than an Arduino/Teensy/etc but at a comparable price.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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Re: Ah but......

Then it ought to be trivial for Apple to examine said signed iOS apps and revoke said certificates. Macs certainly use OCSP a lot judging by the network traffic so should be able quickly spot a wrong 'un and block its use.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Re: Another angle

The iCloud Drive upgrade is OPTIONAL .. you don't have to do it in order to upgrade to iOS 8.

Apple helpfully tell you that iCloud Drive is a one-way upgrade and you can easily hit the "Not Now" button.

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Not seen any slow down on the iPad mini myself ... maybe I'm holding it right.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: The problem is...

Bash is not just a CLI shell as such .. its a scripting language processor (like Ruby, Perl, etc). So for example, you could call other applications from within, say, PHP ...

http://www.devx.com/opensource/Article/40785

[interesting that particular link talks about bash on Windows 8-]

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: If you do not sanitize CGI input

I believe one of the attack vectors is that you could pass function definitions TO a cgi-bin script FROM the web server in its runtime environment (as per RFC3875) ... e.g. crafting HTTP headers to include dodgy bash function definitions. These headers are passed by, say, Apache, to the environment when cgi-bin scripts are initially invoked ... so your script is running with a poisoned environment with extra functions defined.

It's a big enough issue that I've spent the afternoon put mitigations in place on the internet facing web servers I look after 8-(

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Synonymous Howard

Re: Maybe the next iteration

It uses I2C so you can easily daisy-chain other I2C devices off the same pins anyway.

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Re: Maybe the next iteration

But these work a treat ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400718865406

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Rather expensive versions chosen

I'd take a reasonable tablet with GPS + Bluetooth and £5 ODBII dongle + Torque over much of these, especially when tethered to a smartphone ('free' upgrade to 4G on Three has worked out well for me). There are a number of good Car DVR apps as well but I've yet to find a good 'trip recorder' which records front and back video + GPS / timestamp overlays, ODBII data recording (in sync with video) and provides turn by turn routing ... maybe one day I'll write one 8-)

Car DVR cams are stupidly cheap on eBay and work rather well .. I have a 'basic' cam for £18 and it just sits there taking 720p video with motion detection, auto start, G-sensor lock, recording looping etc. Pay a few more quid and you get 1080p, dual cameras and GPS.

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Careful with 'fibre speed record' hype: which record's been broken?

Synonymous Howard

I've just had the Openreach FTTC product installed and my speed has gone down from 4.5Mbs to 3.5Mbs for downloads, yet up from 500Kbs to 18MBs for uploads .. screwy or what?!

Sigh. And there I was hoping that the official estimate of 52 - 72 MBs would mean I'd get near the top end (as my ADSL2+ estimate was 1.5Mbs and I got 4.5Mbs thanks to an ADSLNation faceplate).

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

Synonymous Howard

Re: Big = evil?

Don't be (caught being) evil.

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: 3.142 platforms

Although I have 4 RasPis and have run XBMC / PlexBMC on some I have found the £10 nowtv (Sky+Roku) boxes to be very good (side-loaded with a Plex client via the 'dev' mode easter egg) and running iPlayer, 4oD and umm, Demand 5.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: What a waste!

Yeah creative types like Linus Torvalds. Gimme a break. Very few people need optical drives these days .. I've got a £40 portable blu-ray drive, just use it for rips and the very occasional software cd .. everything else goes over the wire(less) or on thumb drives. Optical is just too damn slow and small .. consign it to the floppy and zip pile.

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Re: What a waste!

I'd go for a 15" Macbook Pro with its 15.4 inch 2880x1800 IPS display, quad 2.3GHz i7,16GB RAM + 512GB PCIe flash, 2.02Kg, 8 hour battery, all at £2,199 without discount but I would think most people should be able to get it at the 'standard' discount price of £2,023 though.

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Speaking in Tech: What do you MEAN, US court can demand OFFSHORE public cloud data?

Synonymous Howard

Re: Not sure if anyone else has ever asked this...

Agreed .. I have never been bothered to listen to these podcasts .. ever.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

Synonymous Howard

Re: One word answer explaining precipertous fall

They've just rebadged it you fool!

I'm not having a Mini Metro

I'm not having a Mini Metro

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Projector on a smartphone? There's a chip for that

Synonymous Howard

Re: asteroids

Star Wars - my fav vector graphics arcade game of the 80s.

'use the force luke'

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Synonymous Howard

Re: Fatal attraction

Oooh .. another useful one ... now where's the credit card gone ... "wifey, where have you put my wallet? No, honest I'm not going to buy anything, I just want to look at my card numbers."

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Re: Cured !

banggood is good, odd juxtaposition of electronics and ladies wear though ... however can't stop ebaying for arduino bits at the moment.

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Re: I must be cutting down.

Ooohhh .. haven't heard of R F Potts before ... will have to have a butchers soon.

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I thought it was a 15 minute break every 4 hours? .. so 15 minutes at 'lunch time' and then home even earlier.

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Synonymous Howard

Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)

Yup .. 26 series for the TRS-80 stuff. I was a part-timer there for 5 years in the early 80s (got a gold TC pin and everything) ... learnt programming there and even wrote a stock control system for the local store that ran on the Model 3 ... ahh those lovely yellow hand written receipts (typing them in on the system at the end of the day).

Stock takes were fun .. trying to do it faster than before ... climbing around the 'stock room' which typically consisted of rather dodgy wooden racks in a 20 foot square bit at the back of the shop.

Counting thousands of pounds out on the floor on Christmas Eve after managing to push people out of the door so we could close on time.

Happy Days ... although I did recycle all my wages back on their stuff 8-/ (but I got the pick of the 'sales' and 'discontinued' items .. still have the original TRS-80 Model I .. and a top of the range logic-controlled tape deck picked up for £25)

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Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts, some oily fingers, and you're in command

Synonymous Howard

I recognize ...

The Arduino Mini Pro (ebay £3), Bluetooth serial module (£3) and SD card module (£1) .. not yet sure what the green boards are (buffers? level converters?)

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Joke

> I'll take MS incompetence every time.

Ahh .. you must be IT support then as MS keep you in a job.

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DIY

You can build your own home cloud yourself today, very cheaply and using open source software.

You could start with NAS4Free (www.nas4free.org) on a HP Microserver and add on WebDAV and other software elements if required by specific apps.

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Synonymous Howard

Re: (albeit willingly given).

All those are on my proxy's block list in addition to blocking on AdBlock.

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Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

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Re: I love the 10 second boot from SSD

And you miss the point, that these days a laptop with a good OS does not often need to be booted from cold .. a good OS sleeps well and long without recharging, does not always need rebooting when applying patches and is stable enough it does not crash and burn and stays up for weeks on end.

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Synonymous Howard

For an 11 inch or smaller device .. then JUST ... although it does look vertically cramped but is usable when mobile! I have an 11" Macbook Air and it has that resolution but the weight and size overcomes the resolution disadvantage ... not that I get much chance to use it as the missus has nabbed it as 'hers' because of its size.

For anything bigger then look for a minimum of 1440x900.

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Synonymous Howard

Re: I love the 10 second boot from SSD

You should not need to boot from cold these days on a laptop .. sleep mode should be fine for everyone and pops back in a second or two ... or maybe that's just Macbooks 8-)

OT: Have to say that 'sleep' on stock Android is crap though giving battery life that is naff compared with iPads. I'm still having to fight Android on tablets to stop it draining battery overnight whilst iOS is astonishing good at sleeping yet still processing push notifications etc.

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Synonymous Howard

Re: Netbook 9

Chromebooks should be correctly named 'Netbook Redux' or the more accurate 'Android+Keyboard'

Still they are now looking like large PSION Netbooks (tm) but with native tinternet access.

This one is definitely fugly though and not worth a punt even if you could turn easily it in to a generic 'Linbook' / 'Unbooku'

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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Re: GP's Opening Hours

No need to talk to a GP .. just send them a completed copy of one of these 'community produced' following opt-out forms (as no 'official' opt-out form seems to exist .. what a surprise!) ...

http://medconfidential.org/how-to-opt-out/

http://www.blackburnroadmedical.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Care-Dot-Data-Fact-Sheet-Opt-Out-Form.pdf

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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Re: Point 3

My mother-in-law still has a coal-fired plant in her house and I have a gas-fired plant in mine.

What? You mean an electricity generating turbine .. sorry .. my mistake, should have said, yes, one of those as well and that's in the garage when not on the road.

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Synonymous Howard

Re: Nice article

But you have to get your squib damp otherwise you won't get around the island and back to Cowes.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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c–h–r–o-m–e–netbook then.

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Bluetooth Smart to tap IPv6-powered Internet of Things after 4.1 upgrade

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Re: TNG coms

This is close...

http://www.technologytell.com/gaming/47749/dream-cheekys-star-trek-themed-usb-gadgets/

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Build your OWN Apple iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi

Synonymous Howard

Re: Excellent Article

Yup .. like an upgraded Quidco Mobile App .. saves having to remember to "sign in" when near a shop.

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Apple BIGGEST LOSER in Blighty's Battle of Fondlers

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Re: Disaster!

And without the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina versions having hit the streets .. i.e. people holding back purchases for the new models. Come back again in Feb'14. Pure Reg click bait.

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WHO ate all the PIs? Sales of Brit mini-puter pass 2 MEELLION

Synonymous Howard

When I left school in '82 they had one UK101 (complete with cardboard box case) and one RML 380Z between a fair few hundred kids. Sounds like progress to me 8-)

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

Synonymous Howard

Someone saw it come down

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24907261

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How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

Synonymous Howard

That sounds like my life .. after 35 years (the last 22 actually getting paid for it) of coding / hacking / building / rebuilding / fixing / solving / documenting and generally automating the heck out of all things techie, it stills amazes me how many times people ring up to ask me to help out with something "because they are sure I might know" (and I usual do or 'know how to google it').

I suppose I get a perverse thrill from solving other people's problems .. especially when the ones I'm supposed to be working on are ... well .. boring. Still as long as there is a WBS code to book to then its paid work 8-]

I keep all the code I write, you never know when you may need to 'remember' how you did something .. plus all my code comes with a (my) life-time support guarantee.

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Pebble smartwatch app guys! Put your mind at WRIST: New SDK + iOS 7 alerts

Synonymous Howard

Re: New SmartQ Watch

Battery life - that's the killer app requirement. How does this do? In real use?

More functions ~= Lower battery life.

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Need a job? The 'Internet of Things' WANTS YOU

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Bayesian Inference Engine

Actually I'm interested in that having just built an arduino based heating controller and about to add 'occupancy' monitoring of my alarm system (for the PIRs and doors opening etc) .. is there a blog with it on at all?

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