338 posts • joined Friday 10th February 2012 21:17 GMT
creep, creep, creep
Ahh, this explains why a certain video streaming site i frequent (to watch american tv series mainly) presented a `site not available` page a few days ago. Took all of 30 seconds to bypass the stupid block, so whats the point?
And as far as i know, the site in question isnt doing anything illigal or `extreme`, its just presenting links to streams hosted elseware. Theres mission creep right there, pointless, half arsed, easily bypassed mission creep, but mission creep nontheless.
Sod the false widow, be afraid of.....
In my youth, i picked up what i thought was a house spider and the bloody thing bit me. Turns out it was probably a hobo spider, aka the aggressive housespider. As another poster said, it was mainly the shock of being bitten that shook me up, i had no idea any british spiders could bite humans. It felt like a very mild wasp sting and left 2 little ulcers that took a month or so to heal.
Oh, and killing normal house spiders is a sure way to invite the hobo`s in, they dont usually occur together, but will migrate to a habbitat in the absence of the normal ones.
So there you go daily heil, get yer hacks reporting on that one as well, lets see how many schools you can close and parents you can scare witless.
You would like to think that anything important to the running of the country was kept off a public facing wifi network. If a load of soapdodgers and che wanabes can get at least a bit of the way in, imagine what an enemy government sponsored team could do. Theres no way they would be that lax with national security, is there?
Mind you, these are the people who leave unencrypted usb keys and briefcases on trains and send plaintext cdr`s with databases through the post sooo....
Im more inclined to think that they actually `hacked` a honeypot and are now a lot less anonymous than they think they are.
Hmmm, think il pass on the xbone
Can they legally stop you playing your offline games? I would have thought that would fall foul of numerous computer misuse and trading standards regulations. Banning you from their online service for whatever reason is fair enough, but bricking a bit of hardware the user has paid for and rendering it useless until they decide otherwise? If they did that to me it would be marched back to the retailer and a refund would be demanded with threats of legal action as its no longer fit for purpose.
And if they have this offline games knobbling capability, you have to wonder what else they have hidden in the firmware.
I wonder if the drop off in bittorrent traffic is due to aggressive throttling by isp`s? My isp pretty much kills the connection if you even look at a torrent client. I think a lot of people have moved to filelocker sites like putlocker or private dropbox and mega accounts etc for their pirating needs.
Netflix is pretty shit value in the uk if you use it without fiddling the dns to get American content. How on earth can they justify such a massive difference in choice for the same price? The American one even has far more bbc series than the uk service, how crap is that?
Re: yea google F*ck you
"Yes, but now that they're under your real name, maybe everyone will think twice before leaving imbecile YouTube comments. Less Internet pocket lint."
Eh?, how does this change anything?, I have a g+ account, its full of bullshit false info. How am I more identifiable than i was before?
Trolls can just put false info into the g+ account and continue as normal, this doesnt solve anything.
Tbh, i think the comments are the most entertaining part of youtube.
" Intelligent people don't use google services at all. Instead, we use sites/products that protect our privacy such as Dolphin browser, HushMail, Ravetree, and DuckDuckGo."
The Chinese company behind Dolphin Browser have been repeatedly called out for hiding data raping and snooping functions in their browser. Every time they were caught, they apologised, then just hid it better next time.
At one point, every url,every bit of form data, history and bookmarks were being pumped back to servers in China.
So yeah, Dolphin really, really dont protect your privacy at all and any `intelligent person` would know this lol. Good call on Duckduckgo though.
Re: Quality unchanged
"This comment is spot on, if the policy helps to reduce in any small way the vile diatribe of homophobic, racist, sexist and mostly downright disgusting comments that quite often appear currently on YouTube by making people identifiable, then that is all good in my book. Human nature it seems allows people to quite happily say one thing to a complete stranger when hidden by a cloak of anonymity that they would not dream of saying if they met that stranger in person."
How will requiring a g+ account change anything?, I have a number of them, all with totally false info, im no more identifiable than i was before they required g+ for youtube.
They have also disabled any commenting on posts made before the change, resulting in millions of debates suddenly being silenced.
This is all about inflating g+ subscriber numbers, not offensive comments.
"If the unfortunate beast needs to be killed for the greater good, then pay an experienced and skilled hunter to take it down with the minimum of fuss and the minimum degree of suffering to the animal."
Have a look on youtube for fat American wankers shooting drugged up animals for `sport`. Even though the animal is barely able to stand, the fuckers still wound the thing rather than kill it. Its supposd to be illigal, but is still widespread practice in Africa.
As for this, wouldnt a zoo be a better place for it?, if its so endangered then keeping it alive, but away from the herd sounds better than having 1 less viable animal in the tiny population.
I suppose if the money goes towards the conservation of the other rhino`s and its not possible to relocate it, then its better than nothing, but i bet corrupt officials trouser more money than the rhino`s.
" I rooted it and managed to crowbar Play on it, but it's barely compatible with any of the apps because Amazon have forked the OS so much it's not recognisable to many apps as a "version" they are compatible with."
My kindle fire hd has no problems with the play store. True, it did need `crowbarring` onto it, but its worked perfectly ever since. Only app iv come across that dosnt work is the old google talk apk sideloaded, hangouts does though.
I could just flash cm onto it, but its fine as it is for my usage, no problems whatsoever.
Only thing lacking is gps, which is strange considering the soc supports gps, maybe it can be enabled with a patch or a bit of soldering. Bluetooth gps works fine for the very rare occasion when i need it.
Hmm, from what iv read, it should be possible to rename an apk to antutu or whatever and get it to run full pelt, or add your apk name to the decompiled java file samsung use to trigger this `feature` and recompile. Could be great for running demanding games a bit faster (until the phone overheats and dies obviously).
Its not really cheating though, as technically the phone CAN run at that speed, they arnt falsifying data, just being a bit dishonest about how long the device would last at that speed.
It would be funny if reviews started reporting the degraded battery life these tests would produce, Sammy would soon stop the practice if consumers thought the quoted battery life was a third of the actual figure.
"What's wrong with DAB radio? (Just curious)"
It sounds worse than the fm system the govt want to phase out due to a lot of stations saving money (space on a DAB mux is a lot more expensive than fm) by using dreadful bitrates and sometimes mono only. It has really bad coverage countrywide and doesnt work very well in moving vehicles. It also degrades horribly in bad reception areas compared to fm, with fm you get a bit of hiss, with DAB you get a horrible mix of pops and clicks that make the audio painful to listen to. The recievers eat up power and cost 3 times as much to buy. The mp2 standard it uses is old tech and used only in the uk, everyone else uses DAB+ which is much better in both sound quality and reception.
"Given their bloody awful tablets I'd hate to use one of their phones."
After I rooted, disabled all the Amazon snooping, advertising, autoupdating and useless background services nonsense, my Kindle fire hd is actually a joy to use for the price i paid. Great batterylife,good screen and very good sound, in fact the dolby sound the thing outputs through its speakers is far and away the best iv heard coming from any tablet.
The interface is a bit clunky, but you can install other launchers with a bit of fiddling or just flash cyanogen via a second bootloader and have done with it.
I read somewhere that ofcom were considering buggering about with the freeview bands in a few years, thus rendering up to 30% of current digiboxes/tvs unable to tune in. If true, what a great way to stimulate tv sales and thus tax for the govt at the expense of the public eh. Currys, dixons et al must be creaming themselves at the prospect.
If they want to obsolete something, how about killing the awful current uk DAB radio system and doing it properly next time.
I was given a DAB radio for free a while back, it remains perminently in FM mode due to the non-existent DAB signal in the area i live. On occasions i have fiddled with DAB radios in an area that actually has coverage, i was not impressed at the audio quality. Nasty distortion, weird bubbling mush type sounds and most notable of all, a really flat, lifeless quality to the sound (probably due to the horrible bitrates). Fm sounds much clearer and degrades a shitload better than DAB, at least you can still listen to it without wanting to tear your own ears off.
I think broadcast radio is living on borrowed time anyway, most stations are just unmitigated crap in radiowave form, from inane dj`s, awful ads and the same 10 songs looped until you hate them with a passion. Streaming radio and huge mp3 collections are rapidly making broadcast radio irrelivent.
If god created the heavens and the earth, where did the material to construct him, or the idea of him come from?
Ask a biblethumper that and watch em squirm..
Let there be.....Ignorance?
If they want to teach their ridiculous fairy stories in schools then do it in a theology class or something. Keep it the fuck away from anything science related. Dont teach bloody lies as fact. There is no evidence for the creationism theory whatsoever, its all easily dispproved bollocks. As a race, we should be beyond promoting the worship of sky daddys in public schools by now. And shame on these idiots who strive to present these stupid creation myths as scientific proof to our children. The sooner religion in all its insidious forms is stamped out the better.
Re: Skimpy article
"I was initially wondering if she dropped the charger connected phone in the bath"
Other news sources mention that she had just got out of the bath to answer the call, so my guess is maybe there was a problem with the earthing in the house wiring or charger and her wet body made a really good conduit for the leccy to escape to ground. Or maybe she dripped water into something live.
"If you dont want to root/flash your phone there are other apps that act as a permissions firewall, LBE Privacy guard is one I used in the past but I dont think they work 100% like pdroid."
LBE needs root like the others. Xprivacy using the xposed framework is the most complex privacy app i have come across and its very similar to pdroid in function. It allows fine grain permission and access management and works on most roms ics and up without messing about with patchers on a pc (unlike pdroid, which only works with select roms and requires making a patched zip). LBE is pretty good, but its closed source, hails from China and is getting more bloated with every release, not to mention it can leak data at boot, before it starts up, and hasnt got the vast choice of permission options that pdroid and xprivacy have..
Having said that, I used the full fat xda translated LBE for years and it served me well.
As for facebook, it bloody annoys me that it only takes one person who has my details in their contact list to upload their contacts to fb, and they have all my details, even though I have never had a fb account.
Its getting almost impossible to stay off-grid and anonymous now when the average person doesnt know or care about the data on others they spunk online every day. And dont get me started on photo tagging....
There are some enjoyable reboots, I quite enjoyed the Judge Dredd and Conan ones.
The terminator series is just tired now though, there isnt really much more they can do with the story and Arnie is really looking past his best now.
I dont know why theres so much hate for t3 , I thought it was a solid action fick with one of the best endings ever (the best of course being the ending of ` the mist`, god I laughed so hard at that one).
What gets me is when I first saw t2 in the cinema, I was awed by the special effects in the nuke dream sequence. Watching it now, it really doesnt look that great, tis amazing how far cgi has advanced.
What I dont get is why the imei isnt set in stone on every handset. On my old zte blade, changing the imei was as easy as hex editing an unencrypted file.
If the imei was hard coded, and fees to access the blocking database were waivered/subsidised for poorer countries comms providers there would be no need for this poorly thought out and almost certain to backfire plan.
Of course, the real reason they want this new kill switch function is to install a 2 way backchannel for the purpose of snooping. If you can remote brick a device, you also have the capability to open up the mic, camera, forward sms, eavesdrop on calls etc.
Re: It woud be OK if...
"You'd think anyone nicking a phone wouldn't think to bring a Faraday bag like people use to get nicked clothes out of department stores and the like. If it can't get the kill signal, it can't be killed. And you can't use cell phone reception as a vigilance control. One big blackout or trip to the sticks would kill the phone."
A few anti theft apps available to rooted Android phone owners can brick the device if the sim is changed, no signal needed. Avast antitheft has this option if I recall.
"I quite liked Pacman on the 2600. That and The Empire Strikes Back were both great for a quick, casual game."
The sound effects on 2600 pac man were good enough for the supercomputer targeting system in superman 3. It was a dreadful conversion though, flickery, malformed sprites and the aforementioned sfx that sounded nothing like the arcade version.
"At least with branded WIFI, you do have some assurance that at least the device itself is not logging your details if you don't have a VPN....or so you can hope."
I dunno, its pretty easy to fake the ssid and hoover up pw`s etc. I presume most devices will just connect to a router with an ssid of `BTOpenzone` or `BTFon` without checking if its actually a real BT hotspot.
Aaaargh, why dont they listen?
Please Microsoft, just put the sodding thing back properly. I dont want a bloody link to that horrid start screen, I want a start button like the win 7 one, as does everyone else.
Stop half arsing it and do it properly....please.
How about this....
Imagine a scenario where the Chinese insert a bit of code in a commonly used mobile chip at the point of manufacture that lies dorment until a specific audio trigger is heard (tv advert or song on radio etc). Upon hearing the trigger, unpleasentness happens to said devices, crippling a communications channel. Not beyond the realms of imposibillity and pretty damaging to a countrys mobile infrastructure if the chips are embeded far and wide. Come to think of it, a specific rf pulse would also be a good trigger.
/tinfoil hat removed
"I remember something years ago on the Gadget Show where a smartphone was coated with something that made it very hydrophobic a bit like that Magic Sand. I wonder why we never heard of it again?"
Like this stuff you mean ? http://www.liquipel.com/
$59 to coat a galaxy note, looks like you have to send your phone to them to treat, or buy a precoated one from them though.
Looks like they can treat pretty much any electronic doodaa with their nanocoat as well.
"I bought Threads on DVD about 6 months ago, pretty scary stuff and worse when you think we came pretty close it becoming a reality. Has a young Reese Dinsdale who starred in "I.D." another nutty role in another nutty film!"
The companion documentary to Threads, `Q.E.D - A Guide To Armageddon` narrated by ludvig Kennedy is also worth a watch. It really drives home the fact that in the U.K every single person would be fucked due to population density, landmass and fallout. There wouldnt be a single drop of water or patch of land uncontaminated. The last 5 minutes, where ludvig sums up the situation any survivor, emerging from their bunker would experience is absolutely harrowing. Very sobering documentary.
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vejorfkdgwU
Re: Thank god I bought VHS
I bought a little black box from one of those dodgy ads in a satellite magazine back in the day. It stripped the macrovision and restored the sync on any copy made betwix 2 connected vcr`s. Was great for pirating rental films, I built up an impressive collection over the years. Pity every single tape is unwatchable now, even the scotch `lifetime guarentee` ones, I wonder if they still honour that guarentee?
Also used to take the rental tape apart (if you could, they got wise to this eventually and stopped using screws) and swap the spools, so I kept the original and the copy went back to the rental shop.
Disclaimer: This was a long, long time ago....
Re: Adobe Reader
"The last straw was upgrading to the latest version recently to discover that they've removed the ability to stop PDFs opening in a browser"
I updated mine last night, there was a tickbox to stop it opening pdf`s in a browser on the first dialog that popped up.
One problem they face....
On a Blackberry device, it was free to use on a Blackberry tarrif. I imagine thats why it was so popular in the first place. Are they going to negotiate with the providers to make it free on non-blackberry tarrifs? If their not, then it offers nothing over the established android/ios clients apart from communicating with their ever diminishing userbase. I doubt many people will switch tbh.
"There's plenty of heart rate monitor apps for Android. They work too"
The one that uses the front camera to measure bloodflow in your face is pretty scifi, and scarily accurate in good lighting conditions as well. It also measures your breathing rate via chest movement.
There are loads that measure heartrate by placing your finger over the camera as well, although they do need a good light source.
I actually thought these apps were fake until i read up on the tech behind them, very cool.
Re: Jedit "On the downside, being a mini-tablet it was too big for most pockets "
"Have you considered a belt clip pouch? Not the quick-release types (HATE them--they come loose at the worst moments) but simple flip cover affairs with magnetic closures."
I have always used a belt clip, much more comfortable than having it weigh down a pocket. Get a waterproof one and your all set for anything the elements throw at you.
Be careful with cheap magnetic closures, in some cases they can bugger up the magnetometer sensor in the phone, leading to dodgy compass readings in apps until you recalibrate. I read somewhere that magnets can perminently damage some phones if exposed for long enough. I used to love the armour plated holster my blackberry storm had, it switched the screen on via a magnet when you removed it, proper space age (the phone was fucking awful in every other respect however).
"just look at air-rifles, sure in the UK their fairly low power, but that is by law, not because they can't be made at FAC power levels..."
And you can put a .22 bullet in the silencer and fire a pellet into it. I did this with my trusty webley airpistol back when I was a teen. No idea how accurate it was, but it made one hell of a bang and the barrel/silencer didnt explode.
A lot of the precharged air rifles can be modded easily into something quite deadly. Adding a gas-ram to a common and garden spring powered air rifle can take it way over the legal limit as well.
This 3d gun thing is just a proof of concept, noone in their right mind would go to all the expense and effort to make one for nefarious purposes when there are many easier and cheaper ways of making a gun.
Gun powder can be made by anyone with access to a few common household/gardening products, a basic firearm and makeshift ammunition are easily made at home (see zip gun). Il wager that most people on this forum could fashion a firearm at least as effective as this with just basic tools and materials.
A few theories
I always thought it was something to do with buggering the cell towers handoffs up, as the directional antennas arnt set up for overhead signals, which could blanket many towers from altitude and confuse the fuck out of em. Im probably wrong though.
A few other theories...
Not having passengers annoyed by constant ringtones.
not triggering bombs in the hold or contacting an outside party to do so.
As another poster said, stopping people getting distracted during safety drills.
"Sod a new app. How about increasing the bitrates they offer. They've never been very generous in that regard. Watching ITV Player is like watching iPlayer from ten years ago."
I tried watching something on the thing a while back, twas like watching a cinepak intro from a megacd game circa 1994. Awful, awful quality.
Itv used to have a few good shows, but it really is television for the council estate now, mind numbing, lowest denominator crap.
Not a new concept
I wrote a little tool in visual basic a long while back that ripped spotify content. I took the artist/album name from the window title, like this plugin does and recorded the raw audio stream via an audio library (bass.net i think, it was a while ago), detecting the title change to close the current rip and encode to mp3 or whatever. It worked flawlessly and was pretty easy to code. Mine worked on the windows spotify client, i dont think they had a web service when i wrote it, although I imagine it would have done its job via a webbrowser with a little tweaking. I must dig it out and see if it still works, it would be funny if it did.
It ripped shoutcast streams as well, great for recording improv mix tapes for offline listening.
I was going to release it, but yknow, the law.....
Re: I'm rather looking forward to this
"A 20 second advert, or 5 seconds to skip longer ones to watch several minutes of content isn't that bad."
No, but having intrusive popups overlayed on the video every few minutes ruins the video as its a major distraction, and fumbling for the close icon takes your concentration away from the atmos of the video. Also, the ads i have seen when using a browser without adblocking are either for products im not interested in or products that arnt even relevent to the u.k. They seem to loop the same ones a lot as well, just to angry up the blood that little bit more.
And as I said, I never click on ads out of principle, and activlely avoid products whose adverts get on my wick, so why should anyone care if i block them?
I would go as far as saying that adverts actually ruin youtube, I just wouldnt bother with it if I couldnt adblock.
Re: I'm rather looking forward to this
"Not seen any YouTube ads? That's amazing. On a standard PC browser they make you watch about 20 seconds of adverts before you can skip to the video. Chome blocks this?"
Yeah, I use firefox + adblock personally, but the chrome extension works just as well. Watching youtube on other peoples machines that dont have adblocking is actually painful. I dont think Id actually bother watching anything with all the popup and inserted adverts, its too distracting.
Cheating creators out of ad revenue?, Couldnt give a fuck tbh, I hate intrusive online advertising in all its forms and I never, ever click on them, so they might as well not be there. The web in general is a much more pleasent experience with adblocking, nothing to ruin the atmos.
Re: Weasel words maybe?
"Windows 7 does not require periodic check ins unless you choose to use a corporate licensing scheme that has key (KMS) servers...."
Yup, your right, I just checked. I got confused because a friend of mine without internet got the "your a victim of counterfitting" message after 3 months. So it needs an initial online check to validate, which is also what I suspect the new xbox will require.
Weasel words maybe?
I wonder if it will still require periodic check-ins like windows 7 insists on doing? They say that its not a `permenant` online requirement, but maybe you need to be online when the game is first installed (maybe to lock it to that machine) or it phones home every week or so to check you havnt been a naughty boy and run your disk on multiple machines without paying.
What does god want with a starship?
I rather enjoyed the reboot, the characters were spot on (apart from scotty, who wasnt well cast) and the effects were pretty sweet. To be honest, it was the best thing to happen to the franchise for a long time.
Original series: still pretty good, especially the remastered versions, with subtle effects updates.
Next generation: Quite a few good episodes among the soap opera style tedium.
Ds9: Eastenders in space, I could never get into it, it was too soapy and boring.
Voyager: Best of the bunch, still pretty watchable.
Enterprise: Aaaargh, that theme song. Some good episodes though. We dont mention the ending.
As for the films,
1: A bit ponderous, but ok.
5: More enjoyable than 4.
6: Was that the awful klingon one?
The next generation ones were all ok, although that sun destroying rocket in the one with kirk got to its target a bit too fast, and the sun darkened too quick from their viewpoint on the planet, but heyho.
Re: Any HP 320LX love?
"Get yourself another one - they pop up on ebay fairly often."
I probably will at some point.
One thing puzzles me though, all the pictures i can find online of the HP 320LX show it having a green tinted lcd screen, im pretty sure mine had a paperwhite screen and indiglo blue backlight. I think it even boasted about the new, updated white screen on the box. I know it was the one that could be upgraded to the next version of wince via the included cd (the slightly cheaper version Dixons sold couldnt). Did I have a rarer updated unit, or is my memory just crap?
Any HP 320LX love?
I had an HP 320LX running Wince 2.0 back in the day. I used to use it for browsing offline webpages previously downloaded on my desktop machine (I was way to broke to fork out on a modem card) as well as taking notes in the cut down ms word program. I recall it had pretty good c64 and speccy emulators and a wicked infrared interface that you could program to act as a telly remote control. The batterys seemed to last forever compared to modern handhelds. It also had a really nice blue backlight and a nifty docking cradle.
I really regret selling it in the early 2000`s now, it was a great little device for the time.
"I don't think the lack of a Windows option put people off the original Eee as much as the appalling choice of Linux distribution did"
I bet it wasnt as bad as the appalling distro (Linpus) the Acer aspire one ssd version came with.
I recall hitting the `update` button in options and the thing rebooting first to a command prompt, then just hanging on boot, never to work again.
The ssd had such awful write performance that most os`s i tried were a juddery, unreliable, pretty unusable experiences.
If it had a decent ssd, it could run windows 7 quite happily, but it didnt, and it couldnt. Why on earth they hobbled a very capable little machine with such a performance sapping drive il never know.
I put meego on it in the end, which ran like a dream, in fact it still does, pity they discontinued it really.
Re: could this get worse?
"Well your original would have the EXIF data and you could prove creation of photo"
Trouble is, EXIF data is trivial to alter, it would prove nothing. Whats to stop anyone taking your photo and altering the EXIF data to make it look like they originally took the picture? Same with file creation dates or anything else that could verify the original creator. It doesnt matter how much metadata or stenography you apply to the image when its so easy to alter or remove it. How would you prove it wasnt theirs? or more to the point, would it be financially viable for you to do so?
Back when I was creating small websites for people, I used to pinch other peoples images all the time. I used to change the EXIF data to the sites owner or just remove it altogether and change the file creation date to just before the site went live, then run the image through a converter a few times to kill any stenography.
If anyone figured out they wernt my images (they didnt) I was just going to replace them with other pinched images using the same technique.
This new legislation does nothing to stop the above technique, in fact it makes it easier to excuse.
"Bollocks was it. It was broken, buggy and fugly. The damn thing didn't actually work properly. It didn't sell because while it looked cool on paper, it wasn't a finished product.".
I have a first gen Sony smartwatch, it took a lot of effort just to get the thing working properly. Had to ditch all sonys software, which just wasnt reliable enough for everyday use, and use an open source alternative, then run a tasker like app to reconnect the thing to Bluetooth every time it disconnected (which was constantly). Next up was modding the case as you couldn't charge it without removing it from the strap (why would you design it like that?). After all that, it worked pretty well, until the battery dies without warning, thanks to its lying battery gauge.
So yeah, it wasn't great out of the box.
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