* Posts by JimboSmith

33 posts • joined 16 Aug 2012

Hardened Linux stalwarts Grsecurity pull the pin after legal fight

JimboSmith
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

4
0

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

JimboSmith
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.

1
0

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

JimboSmith

Good article!

0
1

Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

JimboSmith

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

2
0

Freeparking web hosting services go TITSUP after migration

JimboSmith

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.

0
0

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

JimboSmith

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

0
0
JimboSmith

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.

3
0
JimboSmith
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.

2
0

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

JimboSmith
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.

0
0

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

JimboSmith

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.

0
0

Applications to run more white-space Local TV stations invited

JimboSmith

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.

0
0

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

JimboSmith

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

0
0
JimboSmith

Re: One-trick pony

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

0
0
JimboSmith
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.

0
0

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.

0
0
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 .

0
0

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/

0
0

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!

2
0

Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

JimboSmith
Thumb Up

Re: Your cut-out'n'keep guide

It's £129 for the 64Gb Version in the UK (at Currys/PC World)

0
0

Free games for all after EA discount code goes viral

JimboSmith

Re: Only needs online once

Yup but the computer is in a remote house where there is no internet, no reliable mobile signal, which is why I wanted the game - you can get bored of the same view. My plan was to burn the download to a DVD and then install it on the computer when I got there which would have been fine. However the computer would need to be connected to the internet to validate the game and as I can't move it around easily - a mini tower and I don't drive, that's why they refunded the cost. I can't install it on my laptop owing to policies with some of the clients who I work with, about what software is installed on the machine when I connect it to their network. The text on the box did say that it needed to be connected to the internet, however it was covered by the price sticker.

0
0
JimboSmith

Steam sucks, it refused to let me use a genuine store bought copy of a game, so I contacted support and complained. They added the game to my Steam account so I could download it, all 3GB of it but they then asked me if the computer I planned to play it on was connected to the internet. When I said no they said they'd have to refund my money as it needed an internet connection even if I was doing a single player version.

1
0

Apple Maps too good for Taiwanese military

JimboSmith
Mushroom

Google and Bing have blurred/blocked something else

So with all this secrecy around you have to wonder what's under the green blur on Google that affects a part of Russia close to the Bering Straits. You can see the blur here :

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?ftid=0x59f78f69ab39b585:0x5fc26c2ebfa92b76&q=66.26658,179.216423&ved=0CA0Q-gswAA&sa=X&ei=PU51UMPeFsPg8APiqYDoBw

So then we look at Bing and discover that it is also hidden here too but someone with more expertise in Photoshop has been copying and pasting not with getting heavy with the blur tool.

http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=HDRSC4#JnE9LjY2JTI1NDAyMjY2NTglMjUyYzE3OSUyNTQwMjIxNjQyMyU3ZXNzdC4wJTdlcGcuMSZiYj01My4xMDc0Nzg1MjA4NTg0JTdlMTQuMzI1MDk3NTYwMjUlN2U0NC4yMjk3NjkwOTIxNiU3ZS05LjYyNTA5Nzc1MjI1

Have a look at the small lake closest to the pin and then look down and right you'll see where they've copied it from to do the cover up.

It's actually an old Russian missile complex but then that's hardly a secret anymore, and all what I've written above + pictures of the complex can be found here:

http://www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03files/Russian_Bases_ICBM_Site_Chukotka.html

0
0

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

JimboSmith
Thumb Up

Re: There have been a few...

Thank you!

0
0
JimboSmith

I read the synopsis of a book about a UK unit that actually carries out the "we didn't do it" killings and it was fascinating but I can't find it now despite scouring Amazon. for example they all use assumed names to help preserve anonymity, however they take this to the nth degree and don't discuss their real identities even within the unit etc. If anyone knows what it was called would you be so kind as to please post the title here.

0
0

Tablet security study finds BlackBerry still good for something

JimboSmith
Meh

Re: Playbook

Skype being missing is I think down to Skype not RIM.

0
0
JimboSmith
WTF?

I object to that on the basis that I've bought three, one for myself two as Christmas presents. so that's 129 then.

3
0

Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

JimboSmith

Re: Channel Numbers are so 20th Century

My Sony allows me to do just that - I've binned all the shopping channels and reordered/renumbered the channels so that the +1 is next to the normal channel, not miles away. Wouldn't buy a telly that didn't have those features as standard.

0
0
JimboSmith

Re: Renumbering

It doesn't affect me because I have my channels in a specific order with either their own sequential numbers or given a specific number (e.g. 301 is on 31) so DMOL can do what they like it won't affect me. I don't use a PVR though and I can imagine that would be a pain.

0
0

Sky gripe grounded Freeview EPG facelift

JimboSmith
Stop

Why doesn't every manufacturer just offer the option to change the channel numbers, delete channels etc. on their TV's? My Sony CRT Freeview jobby allows me to do all that, and the only annoying thing that happens when they do a rejig of the channel numbers is a message appears telling me to do a retune which I just ignore. I'm not buying another TV that doesn't offer that as a default feature.

0
0

Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

JimboSmith
Thumb Down

So It's just like a Tivo then - mine was doing that sort of functionaliy in 2002.

3
0

The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

JimboSmith
Thumb Up

BBM just for the young?

I'm approaching the big 40 not 14 and I use BBM (as do my friends) and it's only £3.33 a month from T-mobile if you PAYG for 6 months in advance. I haven't found an unlimited SMS package for that price anywhere else, and BBM rocks!

0
0

Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

JimboSmith
Stop

Re: Sunk cost

Certificate of Airworthiness.

Airbus were not prepared to continue support, making the replacement parts, technical support etc. and therefore surrendered (after consultation with BA/AF) the type certificate for Concorde (i.e; handed it back to the regulators) meaning that the entire fleet was grounded. Branson could have bought them but he

a) Only said to the press that he was prepared to offer £1 for them, same as BA paid.

b) Couldn't fly them anywhere without a Certificate of Airworthiness.

So what was he going to do with them, open up a museum? Because strangely that's where they all ended up, just without the bearded one having any involvement.

2
0

Forums