* Posts by Flywheel

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

Flywheel

Oh! I applied the update yesterday and it worked fine. I'm now on 9.3 (13E233). This is the 16GB wifi only version and I have about 7Gb free.

Shame about the F.lux thing - I could really have used that.

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

Flywheel

Project Lune

So now Project Lune makes (more) sense. If a territory/region has no usable Internet, potential terrorists can't be tracked. So just send the balloons up, give the masses an Internet connection, then send the spooks in. Thank you Google!

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Smartphones help medicos, but security is a problem

Flywheel

Re: We need better e-mail software

I agree. I set up Claws Mail on my Arch Linux installation as it had good GPG support. But oh, the PAIN getting GPG linked up to Claws! I literally waded through hundreds of FAQs and HOWTOs, and eventually the combined knowledge gleaned made it possible to get encrypted/signed mail working.

It needs to be a whole lot easier if it's to go anywhere.

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Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month

Flywheel
Facepalm

Yes, but ..

Isn't that what they designed it for? You don't buy a Rolls Royce just to keep it in the garage and look at?!

*sigh*

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Folk shun UK.gov's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

Flywheel

Yeah, but you may know people who could use the service. Unlike (most) politicians, voters tend to talk to each other, and listen.

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I knew I shouldn't have ..

.. sold that bl**dy container ship! I mean, how was I to know I'd need it?!

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

Flywheel

Kodi box + TV Headend + DVB stick + computer monitor with several HDMI inputs?

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

Flywheel

Some assembly required?

Anyone remember the infamous "Black Watch"? "No unprofessional buttons",etc.

It'll no doubt be "available ready-assembled", or "why not save money and assemble it yourself".

No thanks.

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Open trucker comms lets Shodan snoops alter routes, tap CANs buses.

Flywheel
Thumb Down

Re: Owners warned?

Shodan can be very useful: I run a regular test on my IP address to make sure I'm not showing unexpected services.

If someone decides to fit a box which clearly has holes the size of the Blackwall Tunnel without running a security audit on it first then that's their problem!

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Gopher server revived after 15 years of downtime

Flywheel

Bandwidth

The great thing about gopher is that it uses so little bandwidth - very handy if your roaming and need to access data, but don't want to waste money on all the WWW flab.

Oh, and speaking of memory usage, my own gopher server is consuming 2Mb of memory on my 512Mb Raspberry Pi Model B.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

Flywheel
Facepalm

" red-flag any such users as suspects, with good reason"

And what would that good reason be? There seem to be a lot of people where who keep talking about the evil that Tor users do to their web site, but no-one has come up with any concrete examples yet. Give me some and I'll happily discuss.

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Flywheel

Re: Understandable..

"When 100% (or near enough) of traffic from ToR is malicious"

Proof? Links? Sources?

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

Flywheel

Pi-Hole

.. must be going to hurt them. I see that at least 20% of all my web traffic is (was) ads, and I surf a lot.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

Flywheel

Re: 'Faulty Router'

"did they try working out why failover to the backup router didn't work"

Backup router? but that would double the cost surely, and how often would we need it, really?

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Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio may be about to merge laptop ops

Flywheel

Re: New brand name

Toshitsu

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

Flywheel

Re: History repeating itself?

Windows 95 Phone? Yeah! Bring it on!

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

Flywheel
FAIL

"While we don't believe this information has been used inappropriately"

The sheer B*LLS of this statement?!

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

Flywheel

I feel the need to quote this El Reg article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/20/innovate_uk_backing_the_wrong_horse/

Can we have a toilet icon please, coz that's where this country's heading :(

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

Flywheel

Tut! Not on mine, but I'm not running a weather station. Maybe I need to..

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Flywheel

Re: Haiku

Haiku? Why, back in my day we would have *killed* for words. We just had to sit there on the floor (yes, we had a floor) scraping letters together..

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HaLow, is it me you're hacking for? Wi-Fi standard for IoT emitted

Flywheel
Pirate

Re: No thanks

OTOH I could use the extra range for my Pirate Box, assuming the antenna could be small.

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Security bod watches heart data flow from her pacemaker to doctor via ... er, SMS? 3G? Email?

Flywheel

What's the worst that could happen?

a) Prominent politician receives implanted medical device, and the event is publicised prominently;

b) The "enemy" (whoever they are) gets to find out...

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

Flywheel

Re: No big deal

Totally agree! Some people take far too much offence at the slightest thing. I mean, if this country was anything like Kyrgyzstan, half the population would be banged up for calling the Prime Minister a porcine poker.

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Microsoft to begin alerting users about suspected government snooping

Flywheel

Re: Is this exciting new PR move to include warnings of spying perpetrated by the US government?

"I'll never be thrown in a Chinese prison for having been at a protest in Trafalgar Square"

Possibly not at the moment, but if you keep up with the (other) news you'll see Cameron and Chums practically falling over themselves to "accommodate" China due to business interests. This includes our near-future Chinese nuclear power station if they're to be believed. They also seem to be replacing the Saudis as new Best Buddies.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say that in a few years time, if China got really annoyed with a British citizen, they'd only need to whisper in the relevant ear and that person would no longer be a problem.

</tinfoil_hat>

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

Flywheel

We have nothing to fear .. they'll tender it out to someone that Dave knows and they'll produce the usual software fsckup offering. Either that or they'll license Red Star at vast expense to the taxpayer.

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25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world's first website

Flywheel
Angel

Gopher

I'm still running a gopher server - no ads, great speed. Still not convinced about WWW though..

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Facepalm time: MS Office update wipes custom Word autotext

Flywheel

"So far it seems to be copies of Word 2016"

Phew! Lucky it's still 2015 then. Thankfully my copy of edlin doesn't have such problems.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

Flywheel

Re: Names?

"KEVIN"

Key-Encrypted Verifiable Insurgent Node

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Flywheel

Re: modulated outrage...

It's that keyword, "after". Either they're just incompetent, can't communicate, or there's Another Reason (tm)

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EE tops Ofcom’s naughty list, generates most fixed line broadband complaints

Flywheel

Doesn't fill me with much hope...

http://ee.co.uk/our-company/newsroom/2015/12/10/ee-selected-to-deliver-critical-new-4g-voice-and-data-network-for-britains-emergency-services

Is this the same EE that'll be providing comms for our emergency services then?

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Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

Flywheel

S'funny - all the ad sites I know of are at 127.0.0.1 - who needs adblockers :)

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Flywheel

Re: When

You (they) will probably take down the Internet, but with so many developments in mesh computing and small-board computing developments, you'll probably find there'll still be a useful amount of communication taking using Internet technologies/protocols.

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

Flywheel

Re: Leaving out the elephant in the room...

I thought Lync was bad until we switched to Skype. Now it's like trying to have online meetings over 56K diallup.

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GCHQ can hack your systems at will – thanks to 'soft touch' oversight

Flywheel

Re: Yawn.

Don't you just H8 it when the intellyjunce services have known all about the latest group of nutters for months and don't bother to tell any other intellyjunce service?

Of course, we're just unavoidable collateral damage, "doing our bit", right?

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

Flywheel
Facepalm

Texas

As soon as I saw "Texas" on his nameplate I knew that reading the article was a waste of time.

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

Flywheel

Re: Entirely too distracted

"There's nothing to see here .. mooov on"

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TalkTalk boss on Joe Garner exit, Virgin Media support for Openreach and THAT attack

Flywheel

Thoughts..

How about Talktalk get a slightly cheaper Head Honcho but hire a couple of white-hat hackers to do the pen testing etc, then they might get a more secure system.

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

Flywheel

Re: Insult to injury.

.. and following on logically, if I have to pay to be spied on, surely I can get a copy of what's being stored without paying another bleedin' tenner to the FOIA drone?

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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

Flywheel

Presumably if "they" can pass legislation to get lots of small but useful bits of data they can end up with .. a database.

Johnny Cash summed it up nicely https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHniL8MyMM

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GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

Flywheel

Who has more power?

Lets see now - I'm an employed, taxpaying citizen and the power I have to cause actual trouble is minimal: probably an angry comment in the online newspapers. MPs don't give a flying f**k what I think after they've been elected.

An MP on the other hand has the power to influence governments, heads of industry and sundry other "high-ups", so I'd say that they're an obvious, nay, essential target to watch. What have they got to hide?

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Third suspect arrested over TalkTalk breach

Flywheel

Stitched up?

Anyone get the nagging feeling that three alleged perps may have been stitched up and the real culprits are perhaps a less-than-reputable government that Britain doesn't want to upset?

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

Flywheel
Black Helicopters

KISS

Looks like I'll be making up a low-tech Bacofoil bag for my mobile tonight then. I have some spare from making my tinfoil hat. #noduff

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Things you should know about the hard work of home working

Flywheel

You forgot the little extras

.. the main one (for me at least) is that you invariably get a faster network than your office-based colleagues, but you get to pay for it yourself. You also find out how frickin' slow Openreach can be at installing lines and ADSL. I used a MiFi dongle for a couple of weeks while I was waiting for mine to be installed and it was usable, but slow.

Then we moved house again and was offered a 40Mbps fibre link, which we had installed. Great! The only problem now was that the BT wall box had its own power supply, so I had to get a small UPS for that in case the power went off. Add that to the *other* UPS I bought just to ensure that the router and switch I also needed stay up in the event of a power problem and you get the picture..

Remote (hardware) support? Nightmare! My original desktop PC packed up when the integrated soundcard died, and I had a 600-mile round trip to pick up the replacement laptop. No, they couldn't ship it - I had to pick it up myself.

But in spite of all this I just *love* working remotely. The view from my windows is great, and I can chat to my colleagues at any time using Lync.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

Flywheel

Free?

..as in "part of your licence fee mate".

As a BBC Licence Fee payer I'd like a set please.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

Flywheel
Coffee/keyboard

Now is this an interim device or what?

Well, a couple of years ago I bought a NUC DN2820FYKH to use as a small database server for my Raspberry Pi group. Not wanting to install Windows, I looked around for a Linux distro and basically ended up with Fedora: at the time, installing other distros was fraught with problems, and having read how many other users had bricked their BIOS without too much effort I was understandably worried.

Suffice to say that *despite* Intel's BIOS setup and overly-picky HDMI requirement I got the thing set up, and it runs reliably to this very day.

However, looking at Intel's "support" forum, I always got the impression that they were developing the device as they went along, based on the number of problems that unfortunate users had. "Oh, you're using 'this' version of BIOS? You should be using 'that' version - give it a try can you, and tell us what happens?" I'm actually getting pissed off with vendors that ship a barely-ready product and expect us to finish their R&D. It looks like the same for that Intel Compute stick - rushed out, allegedly incomplete and basically an interim product.

So, is this one an interim device, or what?

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Compromised SSH keys used to access Spotify, UK Govt GitHub repos

Flywheel

Wot!? You mean there's no filter in place for that?

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Flywheel

Re: The question is...

Ah, we don't do hanging in the UK any more - we just move the perp to better social housing, increase their benefits and buy them a better gaming console.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

Flywheel

Water

"Because Apple Watch is water resistant, you can dampen the cloth with clean water"

They're missing a trick here - how long before we're prompted to buy Apple-sourced water as the only way to clean your timepiece?

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

Flywheel

Re: will it work on black or brown people?

And how does it work with non-Caucasians with tats?

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

Flywheel

Re: Ban democratic representation in government!? Really?

We're trying it out in the UK now.

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