* Posts by JimboSmith

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Translated: BlackBerry CEO John Chen on cops-snooping-on-BBM

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I thought if you ran a BES server you and only you had the keys. Therefore it wouldn't matter what law enforcement agencies asked for from BlackBerry they couldn't help - and is what Mr Chen I think is suggesting. I wasn't aware that BIS was ever claimed to be in the same class of security.

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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

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No complaints from me when Facebook stopped appearing on my BlackBerry, probably because I deleted it myself. Just saw it as a waste of memory and a privacy concern.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment

I was at the launch of the Pure Bug and spoke to some of the Pure guys who were there promoting it. I said it looked a bit too weird for me and I hoped they weren't "betting the farm on it". The silence that followed spoke volumes. There were other radios that allowed you to record the problem was they were sh!t in terms of what they actually did. For example I had a Roberts (that's now gathering dust in the attic that had a record function. It even did timer recordings but you could schedule only one thing to record and that was it. You could set it to record that same thing daily or weekly but just the one thing. It sucked and I never used it much as a result. Now I can listen via the iPlayer to BBC stuff I've missed or my satellite receiver can record radio (and tv) programmes from whichever satellite it's pointing at.

Ultimately until fairly recently the cost of the basic DAB receiver was too high to have all these extra bells and whistles included in them (colour screens, extra info etc.) and now you can get all that from a smart phone. You could actually send a code in the FM radio text data that the radio app on your phone would recognise and display extra info/a link to purchase the MP3 etc.

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Re: DAB, DAB+ and Digital Radio Mondial

The only advantage of DAB (as currently implemented in the UK) over FM is the extra stations it offers. Now and Next can be done on RDS same with traffic progs (not forgetting EON for that on the BBC). The sound quality on DAB is bad compared to FM and the bit rate for stations is embarrassing and a lot are in mono anyway to save costs. But then given the majority of the radios are only single speaker. Yes with good reception on DAB you get less interference and hiss but if that drops below a certain threshold it's painful to listen to (the oft quoted bubbling mud). The only reason that DAB has had the improvements in terms of listening/ownership is because it is now actually rather hard to buy an analogue (FM+MW) radio with digital tuning. Nip down your local Currys, John Lewis or other retailer and see how many they now stock. Due to the extra processing power required above that needed for FM to decode the signal DAB will always need more power and I'll not be using DAB on my next phone even if it's an option.

I have a Sony SW100 that is still going strong which offers FM/LW/MW/SW (inc SSB) from something not much bigger than an audio cassette box on two AA batteries. I won't be swapping that for DAB anytime soon. I speak as someone who used to work in the media and in DAB at one point

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

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Once upon a time back in the days of NTL and analogue cable I was a customer of theirs. I had to be if I wanted anything other than regular fta broadcast tv because it was rented accommodation and there was a no dish clause. One night a channel froze and there was something I wanted to watch on that channel. The receiver at the head end had fallen over, it was obvious from the on screen display being broadcast on top of the frozen picture. It was showing the same thing on both boxes and therefore definitely not the equipment in the house.So I called customer service (in the UK at the time) and said that their receiver needed a reboot at the head end. I also asked when the engineer would be doing it as my prog started within half an hour.

NTL: I need you to find your remote control.

Me: Can I reboot the headend this way?

NTL: No sir you can't

Me: So why are we doing this then?

NTL: We need to check whether your box is faulty or something at our end.

Me: Both my boxes show the same thing, they just unscramble the picture and all the other channels are fine. This therefore leads me to say as a bloke who works in broadcasting on the engineering side it's your receiver at the head end that's fallen over.

NTL: We don't know that yet sir hence why we have to try out the remote control tests.

Me: Let me hazard a guess based on the OSD of the frozen channel that you use Scientific Atlanta receivers at the head end?

NTL: What makes you say that?

Me: Because I've seen this OSD before on a SA box before and given time I can probably tell you the model number too.

NTL: Regardless of that I need you to run the remote control tests sir.

Me: Okay go on then

NTL: (after tests) It would appear that our local equipment has failed and the not your box.

Me: Didn't I tell you that? Anyway now you know that there is a problem when is it likely to be fixed?

NTL: 9 O'clock

Me: great so I should be able to watch my programme this evening?

NTL: No sorry that's 9am not 9pm

Me: Why can't someone do it this evening?

NTL: They've all gone home at this time of night.

Me: It's lucky you don't run the tv transmitter network in the same casual manner.

NTL: We don't run the tv transmitter network though, we're a cable company.

Me: You might want to check up on that you might be surprised.

NTL: I don't think so.

Me: Okay so basically you're not going to reboot it this evening and as such I will miss my programme.

NTL: Yes sorry.

Me: Why am I paying you people......

I stopped my subscription shortly after this happened.

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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When I worked for the Commercial Media rivals of the BBC everything that could be blamed on the BBC was blamed on the BBC. Audience figures for a show slightly down? Specific demographic missing from the audience? Unable to do that on a commercial station (Ofcom would scream murder) only the BBC can get away with it. It's always the fault of the BBC. So I played devils advocate in one meeting by suggested that what we wanted therefore was for the BBC to be put on equal terms with ourselves namely be regulated by Ofcom and take advertising rather than the License Fee.

The faces round the room were not smiling and someone said we didn't want to change the status quo (and certainly didn't want then taking advertising) because who would we have to blame for our woes - we certainly won't be blaming our excellent programmes.

Ofcom can and do ban services from broadcasting in the UK, fine you for serious breaches of the broadcasting code and for the Media services 'can' be quite tough. Telecoms on the otherhand.......

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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Re: *errrrr* No.

Speaking as someone who has been on a 747 when an engine died I would be happier on one of them than a two engined plane any day. There may be no basis for this in reality but that's my feeling

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

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Re: Big boxes of pot nodles

I really hope that wasn't a typo. :o) For emergency washing I would hope.

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Re: ...advising customers to keep their phone batteries charged...

I've got a spare phone that I keep with a charged battery strapped to it in a bag with other essentials (such as cash, radio, AA batteries, energy bars etc.) which I can grab in an emergency if I have to leave the house. My smartphone has an ultra power saving mode (Samsung) which does what it says on the tin and shuts down most functions. I have a spare USB battery pack and cables to keep the phone charged when running low. I've also got enough tinned and dried food to last about a week. Having said all that I've sat through the odd hurricane and seriously bad weather on the eastern Atlantic seaboard in the US and I know it pays to be prepared.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Surely this time you just load up on spares at the time you take delivery to allow for cheaper replacement costs. (and don't call me Shirley) Build that or a guaranteed parts deal into the contract to minimise the cost risk. Oh and Airbus pulled themselves out of the running to replace the VC25A, must have decided it was more hassle than it was worth.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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My folks switched to Mac when XP went out of favour because Which? recommended their laptop as a best buy. My mum kept the XP one for the Bridge game she has that is Windows only, it also means that she can keep that by the bed and keep the wifi/Internet off. So she is now evangelical about Mac and when offered a windows 7 machine by my brother she turned it down. When I asked why he didn't want it he said he was sick of the Windows 10 nagware. He had bought a new machine with 10 already loaded and much better spec. I suggested loading Linux on it when I saw him at Christmas.

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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Re: Possibly add an egg

Sausage Inna Bun, possibly with the sausages made with named meat.

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

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Black Helicopters

Re: I call Bollocks.

But are the security minded individuals (try not to laugh) at Talk Talk actually recording/storing the data or just checking it against naughty sites and then discarding it? Because it says in the El-Reg link you provided that:

In its statement the firm sought to head off the privacy concerns stirred by harvesting of URLs."Our scanning engines receive no knowledge about which users visited what sites (e.g. telephone number, account number, IP address), nor do they store any data for us to cross-reference this back to our customers," it said.

And also....

"We are not interested in who has visited which site - we are simply scanning a list of sites which our customers, as a whole internet community, have visited."

Might bump the costs up bit to start keeping all the data, link it to individual customers, make it searchable, keep it secure (I told you not to laugh) etc. and make a tasty target for some script kiddies when they do.

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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Re: Look at what you get for your money:

I work somewhere where I have to walk past the Sky stand to get to work. Bloke on the stand started to try and get me to sign up to Sky one morning. I said no and walked past but next morning I'm approached again and he asks why I don't want his lovely sky box plus subscription. I explained that I already have a satellite receiver which is in many respects better to my mind than the Sky box. No we have the best receiver out there, yours can't be better what is our HD box missing. I explained that the Azbox I have can:

use removable storage as well as internal.

I can record and watch the recordings on my computer, etc. with no DRM.

I have usals and disceq meaning I'm not tied to one satellite.

I can surf the internet and add more receiver modules if I want including DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-S etc.

It has CAM slots and will decode 4:2:2.

I can delete, rename, reorder and renumber channels.

I can watch things especially sporting events for free on foreign channels that Sky charge for.

Ah he say but can you watch Sky on it? I explained that as soon as they launched a CAM I would be able to do so. I also would consider it once they did but not until. In the meantime I might consider a different foreign package.

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Re: Re:Have you been to Ofcom's HQ?

Have an upvote for the Sir pterry reference.

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

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Also likely to put up mobile phone costs as they'll have to do this too.

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Trident test-shot startles West Coast Americans

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Re: Cover story weirdness...

Actually there's a protocol for informing the Russkies and others of ICBM tests so that there's (hopefully) no chance someone mistakes a test for a first strike launch. Given that there have been enough false alarms over the years at NORAD this seems like a good idea.

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

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Re: Yeah.. No thanks

Had to nip out to the post office yesterday just after kicking out time at the local Schools. On the bus ride there I was joined at the back of the upper deck by several spotty teenage youth in uniform. One of them had an impressively high resolution image of one lady and four men engaged in what I now understand is a position referred to as 'airtight'. His phone was filled with such images and as this was the latest addition he was bluetoothing to his mates sitting around him. One of them asked if phone boy had updated his Facebook app to the new version as I was getting up to get off. Can't imagine what the facial recognition software will make of his phone and the contents

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

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I would love to get my folks off of Talk Talk, the problem is they have an email with TT and being old making any changes to anything technical like that will cause untold problems for them.

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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Facepalm

Re: Digital motors?

"I would recommend that you put in a complaint into the ASA. At least they appear to be prepared to deal with blatant fuckwhittery."

If anyone was thinking of talking to the ASA.........I like the text on the side of the box that says lower carbon emissions, simply because if you read elsewhere on the box they have a brushless motor. That's not really what I'd think of as carbon emissions in the modern day. My pen has less carbon emissions than my graphite pencil under normal usage in that (pencil*) case.

*sorry.

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Yeah okay I must admit that I skim read the article.

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Surely to gain any meaningful conclusion you need to perform the same identical test with all the models concerned.

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A few hundred quid......Have you seen the price of a new Dyson?

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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Re: Old news?

That's quite some response he got from the TT lady, I wonder if she is still saying that today?

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Warn your old and technically illiterate relatives that there might be problems

Interestingly my parents are with Talk Talk through them having first signed up with Homechoice, which was in turn bought by Tiscali, which was bought by Talk Talk. They still have a Homechoice email address and I've warned them to be on the lookout for odd bank transactions and to change passwords etc.

However a long while ago I had the misfortune to have to contact Talk Talk customer technical support because the broadband was dead and I was getting complaints. I had already identified that the cable (they live somewhere rural with a telegraph pole supplying their landline/BB) from the pole to the house had suffered a direct hit from something (we thought a lorry) and was no longer connected to the house. I started the phone call informing the support bloke of this and asking for a BTOpenreach engineer to visit and fix it. When asked if there was an email address that they could be contacted on that didn't rely on their broadband being functional I said yes dodderyoldfolk1922andabit@Homechoice.co.uk which is available on their smart phones.

Bloke: "No you mean @talktalk.net don't you"

Me: "It's what I just said it was and I can spell it out phonetically if you need it."

Bloke: "You might want to switch to a Talk Talk email address you know"

Me: "Why?"

Bloke: "Well that domain's quite old you know"

Me:"So are my parents, and that's why we don't change things if at all possible. What does the age of the domain of the email address have to do with anything anyway?"

Bloke: "Well you know.......it might get switched off due to its age. We can't support everything indefinitely."

Me: "How long have you worked in this job"

Bloke: "A while"

Me: "Do you have any qualifications in anything IT related?"

Bloke: "I'm not sure I'm allowed to answer questions like that"

Me: "Okay, can Talk Talk not afford to keep the payments up on the homechoice.co.uk domain? It's not really that expensive is it? My domain name is a .com and only costs ~£10 a year."

Bloke: "I can't comment on the company or finances"

Me: "Okay then, any news on when you can get BTOpenreach to send someone round to look at the external cable?"

Bloke: "We have yet to determine where the fault has occurred"

Me: "Well the first step I would have thought would be to reconnect the landline through which the broadband reaches them wouldn't you? Would you like a picture of the cable hanging down from a telegraph pole to confirm it?"

Bloke: "................We'll send details of the first appointment available in an email to that address"

Me: "Thank you, I have to go now my head hurts".

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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So this is Dyson the company who tried to sell me a vacuum cleaner twice and failed. I asked over the phone if you had to have the rotating brush head on the cleaners or was there a standard non rotating wide head included? I was told that it's very efficient and effective but if I really wanted one without rotating brush it was an optional extra I could order. Having already tried a friend's Dyson and noting that I didn't like the rotating brush head (and neither did she) I decided against buying one. I bought a Vax bagless cyclone one instead and have had no problems.

They failed in store on the second occasion because when I asked what a "digital motor" was - which prominently features in their advertising and her sales patter - the demonstrator on the shop floor was unable to do so. Then I saw this. http://www.eevblog.com/2010/12/13/eevblog-132-delusional-dyson-marketing/

I got as cross about the carbon emissions claim as he did.

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TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

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Re: Biased and a little bit clueless

Candy Crush would drain a colleague's phone in a very short space of time and turn the phone into a lovely pocket warmer. A fully charged phone would just about survive the journey into work but needed to see a charger ASAP. If there was a delay to the train it sometimes didn't last and they couldn't then phone and say they would be late.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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So this intermingling of Gmail and Outlook contacts reminds me of WinPho and Facebook. When the windows phone was first released if you synchronized your Facebook account with your windows phone your contacts app was filled with your Facebook contacts. I attended a demo of the Windows Phone where this was pushed as a cool feature and something they thought was fairly unique proud of as a result. Think it used Facebook Connect to do this. So spotty teenager steps forward and says that he's done it and now wants to undo it as it's driving him mad. He had nearly 200 friends on Facebook none of whom had their contact details visible and therefore in the contact app he had nearly 200 empty entries. He also had a fair few of these people listed twice as a result, once with details once without.

Asks how to delete the Facebook empty ones and is shown a method to do this which he dislikes. That apparently only hid them not deleted them (they turned up if you searched) so is given another suggestion, unfriend them on Facebook and then ask to be their friend again. This also appears to be as popular as a dose of the clap and the young gentleman suggests with a few four letter words interspersed that his new phone will be wiped and returned to the carrier.

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

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Re: Once upon a time...

"I don't get the Star Trek reference......."

The original reason (allegedly) for sky being hacked was when they decided to encrypt SkyOne when they were about to show the final season of Star Trek The Next Generation. Someone wanted to watch the final season and supposedly hacked the videocrypt to allow this without needing to be a subscriber. It became known as the Season hack as a result.

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Re: Once upon a time...

Whilst at Uni I had a house with a dish on the wall and I thought I'd get a receiver and see what was available free to air. For the record I was not doing anything related to Star Trek or any of the Seasons of the show, not that I wasn’t tempted for educational purposes. I tuned into VH1 UK and found the picture scrambled but VH1 Germany on the same satellite was FTA. A mate came round and saw the fact that I had free music television, Eurosport and a few other channels that were worth watching. So he went home and having borrowed a ladder from the uni hooked up a dish and the Sky Videocrypt Integrated Receiver and Decoder (IRD) a hand me down from his dad after he'd got a new one. On this box however both VH1 channels were scrambled (although the Germany one was clear for about a second) and he was perplexed as to why mine worked. I went round and it was only that channel that didn't work all the other FTA channels were watchable. So I called directory enquiries got the number for MTV Networks Europe called them and asked.

Nice lady says she doesn't know about that but gives me the name of the person I need to speak to who does. The bloke I ended up speaking to says that they have flagged the German version as encrypted so that the IRD scrambles the picture. This is down to the rights being for different countries and the adverts etc. So my mate unpluggs his IRD and with his driving licence + other ID buggers off to Cash Converters and sells it. He buys a bog standard analogue receiver from the same shop with the money and then had free music television like me. I never got round to installing a motor on my dish (did have to do some academic work) but I did have a positioner box knocking around.

Good luck to the CBP checking all the items I bring to the USA for FCC approval.

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URRGH! Evil app WATCHES YOU WATCHING PORN, snaps your grimace

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BlackBerry PlayBook

On the PlayBook when you download an application it lists the things that the application wants access to. There is also a checkbox next to each item in the list and you can uncheck permissions you don't want the application to have. Some applications won't work without some permissions i.e. A camera app and the camera, but I like having the choice. I had assumed that Android had had that built in from the start but when I started using it I realized that was missing and I had minimal control. If I can't see a reason for an app needing permission to use something on Android I don't download that app.

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Hardened Linux stalwarts Grsecurity pull the pin after legal fight

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Facepalm

Strangely I just found this

http://forums.grsecurity.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3713

Which is a pretty nice post on this subject.

Google cache just in case: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:wudElb9NPTYJ:forums.grsecurity.net/viewtopic.php%3Ff%3D3%26t%3D3713+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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FAIL

Re: Ho hum,

At a previous employers we were the first department to have Outlook whilst everyone else had Novell. One fine day an email arrived with a pest piece of malware that just sent a message + malware to every email contact and if the recipients opened the email it would do their contacts too. So having been told that the computers needed to be sanitized one by one and not to use them, my team took the opportunity to go to the pub for the day.

Everything is good once the IT (support) crowd had finished doing their stuff and work could have resumed at 4pm except by that point we couldn't see a point in doing that. Fast forward a few months and the Intern email account is used for the first time since the outbreak, during intern season (the summer holidays) by our latest victim, sorry intern. Whereupon the emails start flooding in again as they clicked on the email and their account wasn't sanitised as someone forgot to check those accounts not logged in.

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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Good article!

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Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

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It would be nice to have emails back but I do understand that a DDoS is no laughing matter.

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Freeparking web hosting services go TITSUP after migration

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I've been with them for over thirteen years and I've not had a problem until this migration where upon my email went nuts. I couldn’t any emails on my phone (although this resolved itself) however my tablet was the major problem.  I started to get duplicate emails downloading for my entire mailbox which I could delete only for them to reappear next time I connected. For a time and I didn't want to turn on the wifi because of the knowledge that I'd just be downloading yet another set of duplicates. I eventually deleted the contents of the old mailbox and that seemed to solve the problem. Everything now works perfectly again but for about 48hrs I was wondering what I could do.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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The problem is that it is unlikely to ever be as or less power hungry as FM because the radio has to decode the entire MUX to get to the one station you want to listen to. Not ideak

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Re: When 50% isn't half

It's done on the Rajar listening figures and includes DAB, DVB, Streaming etc. The diaries aren't that reliable* (yes you still have to fill out a diary if you are picked) they did try electronic meters but they weren't able to get the things to work satisfactorily. The 50% of Digital listening (not just DAB) is down to the fact that if it was just based on DAB we'd still be here in 2025 waiting for 50%.

*Although no one will admit that because the industry are totally reliant on Rajar listener numbers for selling adverts and can't afford to rock the boat.

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Big Brother

Re: Poor reception

Apart from a larger choice of stations and less noise on perfectly received stations, there is nothing that DAB offers that FM and RDS/EON can't do/an equipped receiver. For example Currently playing track, Station ID, Show information, Traffic annoucements, Programme type are all available via RDS Timer, Recording, Rewind, Pause etc. are all possible and are dependent on your receiver spec. DAB battery life is cack because the radio has to receive an entire multiplex and then decode the data received to find the station you want to listen to and then play that one. That as opposed to FM where it's just one station per frequency etc.

There was talk of putting DAB on phones and you may recall the Virgin Media Lobster phone which did just that but it was fairly hideous to look at and the reception stank even in central London. They tried adding TV to that (don't ask about the quality) and it didn't draw enough people in, D1 went back to just radio stations when that ended. That also didn't help as someone else mentioned the battery life which although wasn't bad to begin with as soon as you engaged the radio for a reasonable amount of time, you had to hope you weren't going to need the thing for anything serious like using it as a phone later on. Personally I've got loads of AM/FM radios most of which cover shortwave too and my listening is done via those. I've got a couple of DAB radios from when I worked in the industry and they were given to me but they are in the attic just collecting dust. Wish there had been some sort of trade in programme so I could have got money off my Sangean ATS-909X which I bought to go with my Sony ICF-SW100 on my travels.

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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FAIL

Security

So I'm called by a friend who has had her Yahoo! email account hacked and someone is sending emails to her friends as her. It's not just spam sending either this is I thought someone preparing for an "I'm on holiday and I've been mugged please Western Union me £800 to get home" scam. They'd been sending emails saying that this girl was off on holiday somewhere hot and might not take their phone etc. they were caught out by an out of office reply for an email my friend hadn't sent.

So I go round and we talk about password security Dictionary Attacks, Brute Force etc. and did some simple maths about how long it takes to crack a password. I suggest using a phrase spaced unevenly with odd capitalisation and random other characters (e.g. thi smO nit Orn eed s!a rea lly gO, Odc lea n) but she settles on something far longer but easier to remember. So having had her change it (without my knowledge of the actual phrase) and check that everything else is the same like recovery email password reminders etc. I asked her what her initial password was and she says "football" she also acknowledged that this was a bit dumb knowing what she now knew about how easy that was to crack.

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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NESN

First off I'm a Red Sox Fan and therefore NESN (New England Sports Network) is my home for sports, and is carried on basic cable. Never seriously bothered with ESPN and when I'm over in the states if what I want to watch sports wise is not on NESN I go to a bar/restaurant and watch the game there. Not going to pay for ESPN thank you very much and there are alternatives to the Disney Channel for the young ones.

I do remember Yorkshire Cable back in the day promising me that they could supply all the channels I wanted to watch, only problem was they were insistent that I buy them in a bundle. I explained that there were only a few channels that I was likely to watch and could I create my own bundle - No! I had to buy loads to get the channels I wanted - mostly one in each bundle. So I told them I didn't want their TV service just the phone line (which they not only offered but which was very good value) and they installed just that. I then bought a satellite dish and watched the FTA channels including VH1 Germany with all the English bands on it. Couldn't use a Sky IRD on it though as they had set the encryption flag (so UK viewers couldn't watch it as they confirmed to me) and the box would just show a scrambled picture, you needed a FTA box.

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Applications to run more white-space Local TV stations invited

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Local radio has recently not been a success in this country, far too many stations were licensed with too little advertising money to go round. Then the disaster that is DAB came along and cost stations even more money with the carrot of automatic licence renewal to try and offset that. There hasn't been a single DAB only station that has made any money and Planet Rock is up for sale again, never having made any money. Global Radio paid well over the odds for GCap Media and then lobbied the government to allow them to merge loads of their local stations. They then cut the number of stations that they broadcast in half in what in the industry was seen as a way of drastically cutting their costs. They needed to do this because they had taken out a loan to buy the business and they had repayments that were rumoured to be quite high. I used to work in the industry and have knowledge of this.

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BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe

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Re: Actual IMAP?

I can get several days out of my blackberry (9700) and have been the envy of many of my friends because of that. are the

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Re: One-trick pony

I've got a playbook thanks, bought three one for me and two as Christmas presents.

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Meh

Re: email without BB services

You could go with T-mobile and get BB service for £3.33 a month if you pay £20 for 6 months upfront.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

JimboSmith

Re: Power Hungry

Back in 2000 we only had a handful of stations and the transmission bit rate for each station was fairly high, now only Radio 3 is at 192k despite the BBC stating this was the lowest acceptable bit rate for DAB TX back in 2003 (see page 34 of this PDF version of the BBC R&D white paper WHP061 http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/whp/whp-pdf-files/WHP061.pdf for more details. Classic fm is the next best at 160k but that's under the limit. Worse is the fact that the treasury is millions of pounds worse off because they didn't auction the analogue national licences whn they came up for renewal because they expected there to be an impending DAB switchover, so there wouldn't be any bidders for a shortened licence term. All ballcocks of course, DAB switchover will be 2020 if they're lucky.

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JimboSmith

Re: So..

- Increase the power levels so they're not an order of magnitude below the FM broadcasts. It's a SFN right? What's the problem?!?

As I understand it there is a maximum power level and minimum distance between transmitters, if these aren't adhered to it causes reception problems .

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

JimboSmith
Alert

30 second skip

Bill you are aware that you can add a 30 second skip into your Series 1 Tivo aren't you. http://www.weaknees.com/30/

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

JimboSmith
Pirate

Have you been talking to my doctor about prostate exams? She used those exact words!

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