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* Posts by killbot13

35 posts • joined 24 Sep 2011

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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Virgin bb ok, hub iffy

I have Virgin bb, up to 30Mb, seems to work virtually all the time, any problems seem to be down to the superfail hub (thanks Boris!). It has good days and iffy days, but most of the time it works. I have dumped Sky tv and added Virgin tv (get it next week), going for the premiere package which includes the mk2 superhub. Maybe it will be better. And I got an 18 month discount with www.rewardsforforces.co.uk which is the only reason why I switched from Sky tv. Everyone else gets 6 months discount. I think the offer ends 28Feb. Just done a speed check with speedtest.net, I am getting 30Mb download speed.

One thing I have noticed is ethernet check frame sequences errors. I have Wireshark running and have seen quite a few of these errors. I have Wireshark running so I can fine tune my firewall rules and noticed these errors so I now run Wireshark as a matter of course. I save the logs, just in case. I live in the Northwest but about 50 miles away from Bolton so the Bolton issue should not be affecting me. I hope it gets fixed properly.

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Snowden: Canadian spooks used free airport WiFi to track travellers

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Easy option

Why not turn off devices or just turn off wifi? Simples. I will for all future visits to airports.

Edit :

Bloakey01 beat me to it, with better options.

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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FAIL

Re: Keepass FTW

Keepass is a brilliant piece of software. I just need to persuade the other half to use it. As for blame, there are the users using the same password on multiple sites (I am sure plenty people do it), but Yahoo! should take the majority of it for giving out users passwords (and usernames) to another company. You just don't do that, unless you're Yahoo. I have been threatening to dump Yahoo for a while, now seems as good a time as any.

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BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

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A brilliant improvement to BB 10.

The Q5 and Z10 are looking better now. I have a Curve 9320 and a Playbook. I wish they would provide an upgrade for the Playbook to BB OS 10 or bring out a new version, perhaps with a 10" screen. There is only about a tenner between the Z10 and Q5 at carphonewarehouse. Maybe it is time to get a Z10 and upgrade to a touchscreen. I really hope this latest improvement to BB 10 gives Blackberry a boost. I really want them to do well. As OrinokoMatt says, ask the Pentagon. Blackberry respect their users privacy which sems to be a bit lacking these days with other companies. Yes Google, I'm pointing the finger at you.

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Chin up, BlackBerry. We know who still loves you: The cuddly Pentagon

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At last

They can hold their heads high again and get back to being successful again. I wish them success in what they do. Go for it Blackberry. I prefer their devices over the others out there. My choice. I value my privacy. Perhaps it is time for a 10” tablet running Blackberry 10 OS.

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Canada says Google broke law by snooping health info to serve ads

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Ads are optional

I block google and a number of other sites at the firewall. I use Wireshark to see where traffic is going to or coming from and block accordingly. I also use adblock. Not so on my Playbook. I was looking at a website recently looking at a particular brand, then opened El Reg in a new tab and found ads for said brand. So no surprise google can do this. So I block cookies when I don't need to log on to a website and clear any cookies as soon as I have finished.

I think google need reining in on this issue where searches on health issues and devices are concerned and maybe other areas too. I don't use any google services. I use another search engine. The problem with google is their success is due in part to their search engine being very good and we having used them have helped them on their way to success. Yes, I remember using them in the mid-nineties. Not any more.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

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Unhappy

Barclays online banking down for a few hours

Barclays online banking was unavailable last night (was after 00:30 this morning, still down at 04:00), no idea what happened, but it is back now. Nothing on their website to say why. Their website was up, just the online banking unavailable. A page stating that it was down and they were working on it was displayed when clicking on online banking login. I did email the newsdesk at el reg, not heard anything, not seen any articles yet.

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Windows 7 'security' patch knocks out PCs, knackers antivirus tools

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@pPPPP Re: Windows Security Patches + Anti-Virus considered Harmful

Like you I run Slackware 14. I run it on all my computers and I love it. Any package installations are done on the command line, no pissing about in a gui or clicking on buttons.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Happy

Now and again

I do something for a neighbour. I don't mind as she doesn't ask very often. Just after her father died I built the PC he had bought the parts for. No problems with it at all. I didn't want anything and told her so but I ended up with a few bottles. Nobody else asks so not a problem for me. I am currently trying to get an old laptop of hers up and running. Vista would install but wouldn't see the nic so it wouldn't connect to the net and reactivate so I am looking at installing a Linux distro. Zorin might just be the one Mint wouldn't work, it complained about a directory having the wrong perms when starting up X, but the directory perms were fine).

Judging by the comments, this situation varies from person to person. I don't mind helping out friends, family and neighbours as it may save them some hassle in the long run. It doesn't happen very often so I don't mind. The odd glass or three when I pop over to say hello also helps. And her OH is a builder. Advice very useful but I would certainly pay him for any work he did for us. The guttering needs looking at so he may be able to help and we can pad out his wallet for it too.

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BlackBerry results not as bad as they possibly could have been

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PC World

I bought my 64GB PB last sunday for £129 at PC World. I just checked their website and it is still £129. I really like it and will be buying a BB phone next month to go with it. I need a new phone anyway and a Blackberry is the only one on my list. I wish Blackberry all the best and hope they do well.

I am writing this on my PB and think it is better than Apples offerings. I have used a friends iPad but the PB is better. I have no experience of any Android devices but I wouldn't touch them because of the data grabbing that Google do of all their customers/users of their devices.

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$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY

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IP addresses

And what about IP addresses? If the net is still operating on IPV4 then there may not be enough for all these new gTLDs. Just a thought.

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Testing..

Perhaps they were testing a new tool? If someone out there is using a million strong botnet, you can be sure it's no script kiddie. Maybe this was just phase 1.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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@cornz 1 - zero @ Derek Burns

I just searched for screenshots of Tempest, that was a different game and I remember it now, only just. A good one that was.

Just found Gyruss on youtube. Yes, that's the one, damn fine game, many hours spent playing that when I should have been studying.

Thank you both.

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Zero

I remember one in the 80's that had alien ships coming out from the centre of the screen in any direction and you could fly your ship in a circle around the edge of the screen always pointing into the centre, at the alien ships, shooting them. I am sure it was called Zero. I spent a lot of time on that one, most enjoyable.

Centipede was another favourite, together with Defender. I still have R-Type for my ancient Amstrad CPC664, never could get to the end. Also got Ghosts and Goblins which always showed as black and white if you used the modem with it to pay it on a tv and Elite. Galaxian, Galaxia, Phoenix were good ones. There are a lot I have probably forgotten.

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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

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Re: Security issues

Jake,

You hit the nail on the head with your post.

Eadon does not do us any favours mouthing off as (s)he does.

I also use Slackware for my personal desktop.

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Tesla drops veil on TOP SECRET solar Superchargers

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Oddly enough it was mentioned in a paper this week, maybe yesterday, but with more and more people using cars that don;t pay road tax (now CO2 tax) they may have to start charging by the mile. Or something similar. So they screwed that up when they decided to change road tax to be based on how much CO2 vehicles produce per mile. So we may end up having to have a black box in our vehicles or cameras monitoring how far we go and get a monthly bill. If you add road tax to the cost of fuel those with electric cars are going to pay a lot less. So we should go back to the old system of road tax and forget about how much CO2 vehicles produce. Global warming? The planet is going through one or more cycles, no global warming here, just a planetary cycle, now move along.

Perhaps Tesla is getting there step by step. At least he is showing what can be done now. Maybe Richard Branson could step in and start his own project.

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Online bank punters tricked into approving theft of their OWN CASH

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Re: Malware attack against the chipTAN

It is the users machines that are affected, not the banks. Quote "...by fooling users of malware-infected machines..." unquote.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Blackmail

Sounds like blackmail - demanding money with menaces or similar.

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Apple 2?

Sounds like it might be like Apple MK2. Buy the hardware and the OS comes with it and it is not available anywhere for retail sale. At least that's the way I read it.

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Gaping 'open data' loophole could leave your privates on display

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Pirate

head storage

They may not be copying the data but someone who reads it will have a copy in their head and could do what they wanted with it, eg save the details to file, write them down or pass them on to someone else. Just a thought...

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Open-source password keeper to get 'minor' weekend security fix

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It is local storage

It is stored on your PC, not in the 'cloud' or anywhere else, unless you want it to be. If you are going to comment then at least get your facts right,

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Users: 'Personalized internet? Fuggedaboutit!'

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@Edward Clarke

I think they may use your IP address in conjunction with the ads they try to dump on your screen. So searching with one browser and using another for the buying may not make any difference unless you block ads and don't see them. However they will still have all that info they gathered on you when searching.

I never click on ads, mainly because I block them. I understand some small sites need the revenue from ads so that is fair enough. There is only one site where I allow ads and that is krebsonsecurity.com, a site well worth looking at. Any and everything google related is blocked by my browsers. I also have a few firewall rules set up for that, especially after I trialled Chrome and found it talking to https://www.l.google.com when I had not even tried surfing anywhere near google. I wanted to see if Chrome really did talk to google, using wireshark to sniff the packets. It sent packets to google as soon as I had entered a web address in the address bar and hit enter. I had entered El Reg's address. And like a few others I use duckduckgo. Works for me.

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Apple wins access to Google, Motorola documents

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Mushroom

MAD...

Mutually Assured Destruction...

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Proview wins new Chinese IPAD ruling as Apple threatens to sue

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Re: Re: Time for a review

Well, going by those figures I guess nobody is leaving China any time soon. I stand corrected. Perhaps this is the way it is meant to be then, China being the manufacturer of (most of) the worlds goods. Only time will tell.

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Mushroom

Time for a review

Perhaps this will cause a few companies to start thinking about whether they should be doing business in China. Just a thought. As for Apple, I think they may be a little screwed. Whatever happens I guess they will be coughing up some wonga to someone especially if they bought the trademark from a company who weren't authorised to sell it. The outcome could make for interesting reading. Lots of companies moved manufacturing to China, maybe they will move back. Ok, they probably won't but it would be nice to bring some manufacturing jobs back to the West.

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Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Meh

No to Android

This is why I won't touch an Android phone. Someone (Google and others) want as much info as they can get on their users. No I don't do Apple either. I was on Facebook until late last year. I deleted my account. I don't miss it. We all have a choice don't we? Use it or don't use it. Simples. And just for the hell of it - Duckduckgo :-D

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Google plots Chrome web password maker

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Alert

The title is over there somewhere

I use Keepass(x) for storing my passwords but generate my own, at least 16 characters long (some websites don't like long passwords, banks included). this is my choice. I have heard of lastpass, just never used it. I shall have to have a look at it.

Google will only have your passwords if you let them have them. However a password generator is a good idea as long as you can keep a copy somewhere preferably encrypted. However, with all those usernames and passwords in one place they will make Google a bigger target than ever.

@Craigness - yes Facebook is everywhere. With 800 million plus users it is close to login central, maybe more so than Google. Fortunately I am not on Facebook. It was good in the beginning but then went downhill, so I left. Deleted my account. No I don't have any Google accounts either. Never will.

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

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The point...

...is Microsoft is using Windows security as another excuse to block Linux. Wll it work? Who knows. It has not been implemented yet. Yes, I use Linux. Currently I am running Slackware on an Acer Aspire and a homebuilt PC. If this secureboot goes through then I may not be able to buy hardware, say next year, that I can install Linux on. Essentially, if we buy a PC or the hardware to build one we should have the freedom to install whatever OS we want on it.

Consider all the threats to Windows - viruses, trojans, key loggers, etc. They infect a Windows system when it is actually running, not before it boots. I may be wrong here and if I am I am sure someone will correct me. So, this Secureboot issue seems to be more about locking out other operating systems rather than fixing Windows security. That's my opinion and I'm sticking with it unless someone can prove otherwise. This is backed up by the fact that Microsoft do not appear to have said, yes, add the function to be able to disable this secureboot, unless I have missed something somewhere.

I have only ever had 2 prebuilt PCs and they were back in the early/mid nineties. Since then I have built my own. Perhaps it will be possible to buy motherboards on their own with this function disabled, or with the ability to disable it. We do need to know what manufacturers are going to do about this instead of speculating on what may or may not happen. Yes, maybe the EU will put a stop to it, and maybe the US will get the locked down motherboards while Europe (and maybe the rest of the world) get fully functional ones. I do think that this may come under the heading of anti-competitiveness but we will have to wait and see.

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US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

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Mushroom

The title will be shot down by our drones...

Being a Killbot myself I welcome my newer, faster OS.

Seriously, if they have malware regularly ending up on their systems someone on high needs court martialling (or whatever the American version is) for not increasing security to prevent this happening.

This is just one mention of a serious IT problem at one AFB. How many AFBs do the Americans have? How much equipment that could be affected in this way? Skynet could be one click away...

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Credit card companies plan to sell your purchase data to advertisers

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Paris Hilton

What title

Well why not stop using the cards and pay them off, that way there will be no more new data for them to analyse. If it came to a choice between 2% and 29% I would go for the 2% and stop using the card.

Paris, 'cos she's interested.

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Job creation better than expected in the US

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Made where?

I am wearing new balance and they say Made in Indonesia inside. Yes I did buy them in the USA, a couple of years ago in Florida.

Just about everything in the USA says it is made somewhere else, usually China. Except aluminium foil. it actually says on it Made in USA. Must be about the only thing made in the USA.

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GNOME emits 'head up the arse' desktop update

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FAIL

@Time to stop!

I agree wholeheartedly. Ain't broke don't fix. It's like KDE. I stopped using it when 4.x came out. What was wrong with version 3.x? I now use XFCE and have not looked back.

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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Paris Hilton

Motherboards...

I thought they were all made in China anyway. My current one is 3 1/2 years old and I have no intention of changing it yet. And yes I run Linux on it., plus XP on another disk in the same machine.

There will be plenty of people in other countries who would not want this to happen, they would not be able to use their 'unofficial' copies of Windows on new hardware. And would not want to upgrade either.

I am interested to see where this will go, if anywhere. It certainly does look like an attempt to stop other OS's running on X86_(32/64) hardware in a bid to kill competition. That is how it looks but maybe that is not their intention. Come on M$ let's hear from you.

Paris - because.

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