* Posts by Nifty

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Hacker launches ransomware rescue kit

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Re: Detection better than cure?

By planting some reference files that can be compared?

And the only help that encryption detection can offer is to warn you not to overwrite your backups.

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Re: New OS approach needed

It's called IOS and is not popular with everyone.

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Detection better than cure?

The 'test your restores often idea' is obvious but could this not be made easier by a regular scan by a utility that can test if your online files are encrypted or not and flag up accordingly? Such a utility would need to detect and bypass silent decryption being done by malware.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Another airgap-proof virus vector?

Nuff said

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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They will be hampered by the current protectionist system

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Deathbed? For small items I read the review on Amazon first, then go to Ebay and buy it.

As I'm not prepared to do the 6 Amazon click-hroughs to discover the standard UK postage cost while Ebay shows it upfront.

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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The Roku has apps for all 4 service - iPlayer, ITV, 4OD, Demand 5.

But the range of catch up viewing seems restricted on the non-iPlayer ones when compared to their web versions or is it just hard to navigate?

And as mentioned above, iPlayer is currently half-broken with Roku not responding to requests for a fix.

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Compulsory firmware updates that break your Roku apps

Periodically and on powering up the Roku 3 checks and updates it's version.

This broke BBC iPlayer by putting black bands top & bottom of screen that actually obscure part of the content. Ironically the cheap Now TV lookalike box is not affected!

There's a thread running in the Roku forum for over a month now - no fix in sight and a deafening silence from Roku themselves.

Is this the only STB that has compulsory, non defeatable updates?

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

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Know what you mean by the 80s one not aging well. Total Recall is another that could be remade today with great effect.

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Re: Barriers to purchase

You will probably find that movie release cycles and regional policies were more consistent in the 50s!

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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A tip if your Powerline is next to router but inexplicably slow

I have found that placing the in-plug switching power supply of the main WiFi router right next to a Powerline adapter seriously slowed it down. Ensuring an air gap of a meter improved the speed greatly. Presumably some sort of inductive interference.

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Re: Noise!

I gave up SW listening in the 90s with my last receiver, a lovely British designed Lowe.

Even in the 90s where was sufficient digital rubbish from appliances and gadgets to prevent clean listening.

Sold it to someone who presumably lived on a rock in the North Sea.

Today if I want a quick DX I go to a virtual receiver e.g.

http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

(search websdr for more)

Books, TV, now SQ receives, what device can't be replaced by the internet?

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The next Nest? We talk to Ring, the doorbell-come-security system

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Re: A general problem with IoT devices

A $200 device attached to your front door with 2 small screws will get nicked or maybe vandalised. A $20 one won't and can be easily replaced anyway. Where's the solution that puts $20 worth of sensors on the front door and the rest of the gubbins elsewhere?

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Send all donations

to the Green party in Bitcoin

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Grooveshark closes, blames 'serious mistake' of not paying for music

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" I'm still unsure of why an MP3 album from Amazon can cost more than the CD"

added value - saves a trip to the landfill

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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no IOS zone?

This looks spookily as if someone - a rogue passenger? - did this

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/22/apple_no_ios_zone_bug/

and spoofed the plane's WiFi system to ensure the pilots' iPads would bite...

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

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Put the rubbish on DAB, decent stuff on FM

If they were to put all the mono compressed low bitrate stuff on DAB (oh, it's mostly already there...), it would make lots of lovely room on FM!

6 Music, 4xtra, World Service all to listen to reliably on my car radio.

Then I woke up.

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: Taxes etc

Does that mean dipping the tax return in a special sauce so that it all comes out right?

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: This is exactly the problem

Ms Lovelace featured prominently in the drama on Babbage's life

It's no longer available but here's the info

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02x939n

it was a interesting if slightly weird listen.

Now would be the right time for a repeat (maybe on 4 Extra) as the BBC is having it's computer season.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Where's in the design is the special provision for carrying fibre?

All this whingeing about far flung farms having nearly no internet, yet they all seem to have pylons going through their land.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

Prove that Doppler effect was ever relevant to consumer radio. Links please.

DAB cleverly gets around multipath signal cancellation. Your receiver gets the signal simultaneously from multiple directions and selects the best bit stream and pieces it together with the best bit streams it can find at other frequencies possibly from a different transmitter. So much tech promise, so little culturally delivered however.

RDS FM meanwhile, so long as you invest in a decent car radio, is proving highly effective. As soon as you enter a marginal signal area your receive silently and instantly seeks/switches to the signal from any better available transmitter. The *real* breakthrough - in the 1980s! - was RDS and it's this success that DAB is having trouble dislodging.

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Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."

Due to married domesticity the car is the only place I listen to decent stereo sound on loudspeakers (when walking it's via high quality earbud type earphones).

On my 6 speaker non-DAB car radio I really do appreciate the stereo image listening to downloads. Listening in mono would be an aberration, therefore investing in car DAB would be a waste of money - all rock stations on DAB are mono. Never do serious listening to Radio 4 extra on DAB - ironically R4 extra has an excellent back catalogue of stereo drama recordings best appreciated over internet radio.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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And just this morning, something else that's fishy

Farming Today this morning - this scheme http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/control/technologies/ers/index_en.htm - laptop data entry on fishing vessels then uploading it. What could possibly go wrong?

And this recent fail:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/26/part_of_cap_it_system_may_be_scrapped_after_digital_fail/

Avoidance of apps and mobile devices in favour of laptops. Weird when you think what a productive and creative app ecosystem is out there.

We need is a compact optical/WiFi device to clip onto our old electricity & gas meters that sends images to a cloud for digitization. Random checks by wetware meter readers. Done cheaply in months.

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: OMG .... It's ridesharing?

No, no, ride sharing comes next. Unless the "pros" nip this whole Uber thing in the bud.

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Israeli boffins hack air gap, fire missiles on compromised kit

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So you need to install efficient malware on both machines in order to make one really inefficient hack work. Hmm.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Fill a huge form in with map-linked data and validate the input

there must be a tablet app for that

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Youtube with Roku allows super convenient casting from iPad to TV but I want foreign TV channels like DW that are free to air (their non rights-restricted content). It can all be streamed fuss free in an iPad but Apple just won't do it with Apple TV.

The minute that Apple TV can show ANY and ALL streamed video cast from a iPhone/iPad is the moment that I'd buy one.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

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Re: Small satellite, or a really big LED bulb?

I think that pic is the Lego version

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Online Voting

No electronic voting in the UK yet then.

Well, you need to be a very tech savvy nation wit strong confidence in the security of your IT system to have electronic voting.

Like India.

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

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The article missed the bit about all made-in-France films having a special flag embedded, that would allow exemption from the bandwidth tax.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: The voters hate Google

Google + your brain = cheap prices found for services & goods

Google - your brain = non-optimal higher prices paid

Where was your brain?

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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Re: Quick on the draw?

Time Machine magazine?

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Web protection: A flu mask for the internet

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"Not having web protection online is like working in a flu lab without a vaccination or a mask. For a while, you might get away with it. But sooner or later, you will start sneezing and wish you had taken some simple precautions"

To which, from an IT pro's viewpoint I have to say:

"Having web protection is like working in a hospital where you need to fix people's medical conditions.

But where all the detailed patient notes, help manuals and medicine bottles are kept in a permanently locked cabinet with a 5-step procedure to obtain a key to see any specific item of information"

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Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

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Finally a green apple?

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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The vSphere web console seems to need flash.

Or is there an alternative?

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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This will go down in Wikipedia as the pioneer phone before all phones had an e-ink back.

It will be a given like a touch screen. But of course with slimmed down form factor as technology improves.

That Apple , with its $billions cash pile did not innovate this first just shows how a black swan can sail past entrenched competition.

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Re: Coming to a phone near you...

r.e.

"Usual disclaimer about having no connection with anything in the link, I came across this after the last article on Yotaphone..."

http://www.everbuying.net/product742029.html

Which dumps you on the websites home page?

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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

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Baffling

...to think that mains water, power grid and tarmac roads all got rolled out to 'unprofitable' areas of the UK without the big fuss

Is it because we're now in a new super- privatised world compared to those bucolic days when the UK's more traditional infrastructure was rolled out?

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TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves

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For a moment I thought the article was going to be about "TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves"

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Re: Smart TVs

Anon for what obvious reason? A fairly innocuous comment I would have thought.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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you won't defeat the object

Hamburg's privacy regulator says “I think it’s problematic that Facebook wants to exchange user data between all of its various units, including WhatsApp and Instagram”

Err.. that's the whole point of the acquisitions, bozo!

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Bought it already

Should have invested the millions in something useful

Whenever I buy something online I get intensively chased by ads for a week after to buy the identical item again from the same seller. Funny that Google, Yahoo et al are incapable of adding an 'bought it already' button to their ads! Or maybe the seller should have such a button. Now THAT feature would be worth millions.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Re: HOW much?

The UK is trying to catch up. Merge some mobile phone companies, bundle everything like broadband and TV, set £100/month aluminum spend target per household.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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"Anyone going to a movie, any movie, expecting anything other than fiction is already in the wrong place."

The Theory of Everything (well worth seeing) somewhat contradicts that statement.

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2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

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"Do the cloudy folk do a better job than you were doing before you moved your primary data assets into their "cloudy place"?"

At IBM, quite possibly, yes.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Which part was hard to understand of "content providers such as 4OD"?

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Granny gadget?

This could be a gadget to leave with granny who has no ability with IT / tablets at all.

Because you can fire up Skype or BBC iPlayer etc remotely for them using a free Teamviewer account.

Could even be used a security cam / infirm person monitor at this price point.

IOS / Android - no chance for proper remote control.

Windows 8.1 - proper remote control possible.

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With Android and IOS, content providers such as 4OD have in the past specifically blocked the use of the HDMI port when playing their media. I suggest check if this happens to be true with this tablet.

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Gobbledygook In Real Time

"Using Google Translation Tools for German ..... is going to be THE GREATEST JOKE OF 2015!"

You'll have to wait till the very end of the sentence for the punchline

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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Windows 7 home premium 32 bit. Looks like VeraCrypt is the only option. It's the one that has has not yet had a code audit for security to nearly the same extent as Truecrypt.

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