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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Daniel Snowden

Re: Change the DNS server...

If changing DNS settings on the home hub isn't possible, you could always try in windows or <insert name of operating system here>. Simply change from "obtain DNS server automatically" to manual (and obligatory 208.67.222.222/208/67.220.220)

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Daniel Snowden

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It's just a matter of time until search times like (and sites relating to) "David Kelley", "Dodgy Dossier" and "Bloody Sunday" are blocked too.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Daniel Snowden

I wonder how long it'll be before search terms like "Bloody Sunday" , "Zinoviev Letter", "David Kelly" or "Dodgy Dossier" make it on to the list?

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Fedora 19 lands in beta with updates for devs, cloud

Daniel Snowden

Will this fix the installer?

I've used Fedora for a while now, but I found the installer on 18 to be virtually useless for dual booting as it tries to handle everything automatically (including partition resizing) in place of the option to use existing free space only which was present in previous versions.

Installing on a new desktop, I ended up using a spare disk just for Fedora!

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Sex offenders need internet access, judge rules

Daniel Snowden

Just put them behind a content filter/proxy

There, problem solved. They have internet access, there's just an enforced AUP, that's all.

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

Daniel Snowden
Joke

This reminds me of the time Scunthorpe was said to have been knocked off the internet

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US nuclear aircraft carrier George Bush crippled by toilet outages

Daniel Snowden
Joke

You're taking the piss?

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Google Docs

Daniel Snowden
Unhappy

Nice but...

Doesn't work with my Google Apps account. Not entirely thrilled at the prospect of moving my docs back to my old googlemail account

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The new killer app is … MMS

Daniel Snowden

MMS? Wassat?

I use facebook, twitter and email all the time. I don't think I've ever used MMS before. With my data plan I don't think I'd ever need to anyway.

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iPhone crashes car stereos, Toyota warns

Daniel Snowden
Coat

well...

I guess it wouldn't be the first problem with crashing Toyota have had.

I'll get my coat

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WD embiggens Scorpio Black notebook drive

Daniel Snowden

Nice disks but...

The WD Black range is known for being noisy and power hungry, so not all that great if you're going to be spending time on the move, but if you tend to use mains power at remote locations then brilliant (seems to be a popular popular choice for portable CAD workstations though)

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BOFH: Pepper-packing bot plot

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Sneaky

How long before one side hides a tactical nuke in the bots case?

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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

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Pint

Was I the only one thinking...

...of a recent episode of BOFH?

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Cinema chain bans laptops, tablets

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They seriously expect me to

trust them to hold on to my laptop?!? Not going to happen unless they provide a signed recepit for it (with Asset tag included)

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New iPod crew: 'Phoney, futuristic, retro, doomed'

Daniel Snowden

Because

Sales tax varies between states. We don't have that problem

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Mafia Wars dons deprived of pit bulls

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WTF?

Chained, snarling Pit-Bull bad...

But chained, snarling mutt is okay? I'm confused.

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Android on an iPhone? There's an app for that

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Interesting

The CPU in that generation of iPhone is underclocked so it's slower than a Hero but if reset back to its original speed it would be more along the lines of a Legend. Combine that with a larger amount of flash (that can actually be used for installing apps, one thing that annoys me about androids) and there could be the makings of a nice littel android phone.

My only concern is the lack of a "back" hard key, would this cause problems for day to day use I wonder?

Either way, I'm sticking with HTC, I love their Sense UI :-)

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Survey: Call centre data standards 'routinely ignored'

Daniel Snowden
Alert

Yet another reason

I never buy anything from cold callers (or over the phone in general for that matter).

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Beeb tech boss seeks to expand TV licence online

Daniel Snowden

Or........

Users can pay for online services via their ISP. If we have a seperate online services charge (that way internet only users do not pay for TV broadcasting costs and those without broadband do not pay for the costs of online services) that is collected vis ISPs then we would have a fairer system that (at least for iPlayer) would be imposibble to evade as it forms part of your subscription fee.

Of course Crapita would not like that one bit, les work for their jackbooted TVLA

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Cops foil Level 3 burglary

Daniel Snowden
Joke

If the BOFH was on duty

it would be the PFY escorting them out of the facility, In a roll of carpet!

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Sysadmins get Quake tools

Daniel Snowden
Linux

Hardly news

Dennis Chao (University of New Mexico) created a Doom version back in 99

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More woe for SCO as Nasdaq says 'go'

Daniel Snowden
Alert

All I can say...

Awwww, diddums!

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Presenting the inaugural Vulture Central Hall of Lame™

Daniel Snowden
Coat

Paris Hilton Frozen

Not dead, not alive. The new Cthulhu!

I'll go get my coat now

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3G still trapped at 2.1GHz

Daniel Snowden

Say what?

So they want to move 3G in to the frequency range used by 2G? I'm not a telecoms expert, but that sounds like shutting down 2G

Does this mean that everyone is going to have to have an expensive gadget that does everything you could possibly want, and nothing that you need?

If so, great news for those of us who don't use mobile internet, don't make video calls, don't want to download games etc

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Microsoft spits out final XP service pack, beta version

Daniel Snowden

You'll have to upgrade sooner or later.

When Microsoft discontinues support for XP I have a nagging suspicion that they'll discontinue product activation. You'll be able to continue using XP but come reinstall time, guess what you'll have to install?

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Fire stations too much like fire stations, says Govt

Daniel Snowden
Boffin

How to prevent stupid ideas

Next time there is a meeting for the purpose of discussing pointless ideas (like the one this fire station idea was dreamed up at) and make a few changes to the room.

1) Place a handles on both sides of the door

2) Make sure the door opens inwards to the meeting

3) (Optional) Place a "pull" sign on the "push" side

Most rational people will (eventually) figure it out. These cretins will give up

"They don't meet the needs of diverse communities" - where do they get this stuff? It's a building designed to serve as a base of operations for personnel and the appliances.

Maybe it's the same person who suggested renaming "Manchester Road" (Bradford) to "Personchester Road"

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Flash-based iPlayer is go

Daniel Snowden

Not working properly

Tried using it last night to watch "watchdog" - Sometimes cut out part way through and the timeshifting control didn't work (annoying when you are halfway through and need to reload)

I expect this is probably a temporary problem. Other than that it's a good service (much better than that kontiki based crud)

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Daniel Snowden

Something fishy

This version of the iPlayer has a tendency to hang. When it does, firefox reports that it's transferring data from "uk.sitestat.com"

Is the BBC using one of these scummy tracking firms?

Auntie, say it aint so!

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Novell vs SCO will go to court after all

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The Nazgul!

So now IBM's lawyers can eat the shirt off Darl McBrides back? All's well that ends well

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Yahoo! and! Adobe! sign! ad-packed! PDF! pact!

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Dead Vulture

or

Evince is starting to look much more appealing

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Cyber cold war fears grow

Daniel Snowden

Honeypot

Best approach, set up a honeypot. A relatively insecure system (not so much that it is obvious) and load it up with bogus intelligence. Something that makes one of Chinas own agents look like a traitor, or make it look like one of their allies is about to double cross them.

Sowing the seeds of distrust between your enemies could work nicely

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Celebrity spam gang whips up a storm

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Not Exactly

"Please tell me you don't really think that idiots running Linux are in less danger of being compromised than idiots running Windows."

I'd have thought that people who are smart enough to install an OS (be it Windows or Linux) would be smart enough to not do stupid things.

Then again the smartest people tend to have the least common sense.

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Indian man marries dog to lift mutt-murder curse

Daniel Snowden
Joke

Dogs Dinner

"Surely the big question is - can the dog cook?"

Nah, probably make a dogs dinner of the whole thing. He'll complain and he'll find himself in the dog house

Right, I'll go get my coat

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Second Skynet satellite to launch tonight

Daniel Snowden
Joke

Not really

"By andy rock

Posted Friday 9th November 2007 14:18 GMT

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again, seriously: 'skynet'?!

i'm not superstitious but if you were building a cruiseliner, would you call it 'titanic'? well?"

Only difference, the Titanic was real. Skynet is not. I can appreciate the humor of it, a few people at MOD must be getting a good laugh out of the whole thing.

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Fedora 8 spins into action

Daniel Snowden
Joke

Fedora vs Ubuntu

<Harry Hill>Makes you wonder, which is better, Fedora 8 or Ubuntu 7.10. There's only one way to find out - FIIIIIIGHT!</Harry Hill>

I'll get my coat now

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Apple's Leopard leaps into action

Daniel Snowden
Pirate

All that trouble

The main attraction of OSX is that it's easy to use.

Why anyone smart enough to be able to hack it to run on a PC would want to use it is beyond me. But each to his/her own.

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NASA gives Beagle 2 another shot at glory

Daniel Snowden

Beagle Bashing

To all the Beagle bashers who think that the landers budget caused its failure (obviously they've all been to Mars and inspected the debris) you forget other lost landers.

NASA scientists have been known to refer to the Mars Curse because of the planets ability to devour landers. In fact, Mars has the highest failure rate for robotic missions. (18 out of 37 attempts)

I expect that NASA is planning on using another Beagle lander as a test due to the missions high chances of failure (In the same way that a Pioneer probe was used to test the effects of Jupiters magnetic field and high radiation levels on the probes electronics)

It's like a high tech version of a Canary

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The iPhone arrives, but is O2 being taken for a ride?

Daniel Snowden

Perspective

"It cost me 35 quid and is on pay as you go. I can ring people up on it and people can ring me. I can text and recieve texts and when I get bored there's a game called Nature Park that's a bit like Tetris. Actually it's a bit more like Columns that Tetris.

My only problem with it is that the little rubber bit on the back has peeled off, so it slides off the dashboard in the car when I set off and forget it's there. It's so irritating when that happens.

Am I losing perspective?"

No, if anything you probably have more perspective than most gadget fans.

(What can I say, I have an obsolescent Sendo that does the bare necessities and nothing more - Strange that one so young as I forsakes advanced technology)

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787 unsafe, claims former Boeing engineer

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Title

"I'm pretty sure you're screwed, whatever airliner you're in, if it crashes. As can be seen by this weeks earlier events, an aluminium jet shatters and burns at landing speed - I'd be surprised if a plastic plane would be any more dangerous."

Not quite screwed Nick,

If I remember correctly, there were a few survivors of the Thai plane crash a few days ago.

just probably screwed

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Kazaa tech chief joins BBC future technology team

Daniel Snowden

They love their P2P

The Kazaa CTO? Wow, the BBC must really love their P2P technology.

They use P2P to cut distribution costs, in other words passing bandwidth costs on to the consumer. At least they won't be able to use spiraling bandwidth costs as an excuse to raise the license fee, again

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SCO files for US bankruptcy protection

Daniel Snowden

Finally!

The flim-flams got what was coming to them.

Did they honestly think that this trumped up lawsuit would work? I believe Linus Torvalds put it best: "They must be smoking crack!"

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O2 takes it to the EDGE

Daniel Snowden

Are they serious?

2.5G, wow! What a giant leap, backwards!

All this shows is that the iPhone is not ready for the UK market. With all the investment in 3G (and not to mention ludicrous amounts of money they paid for licenses) there's now a device that would have the ability to take advantage of it. Would be able to, that is, if Apple actually took the time to enable 3G rather than using the inferior technology that US cellcos are restricted to.

Still, I'd laugh if Apple tried to market the iPhone (in its current state) to S.Korea!

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Wii becomes best-selling next-gen console

Daniel Snowden

Kudos to Nintendo

They've taken a cheaper console with terrible graphics (compared to XBox360 and PS3) and with the addition of an innovative controller, turned it in to a big seller.

Maybe Sony could learn a thing or two from Nintendo. Especially since Wii development can be carried out on a gamecube development kit (with the addition of a WiiMote)

Compare that with the Cell processor - even John Carmack thinks it's difficult to develop for! (And ID have no plans to develop for PS3)

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Sod robots, send people into space: report

Daniel Snowden

Doesn't inspire everyone

I'm not particularly excited at the idea of the UK carrying out its own manned missions. (at best, it'll be another bus to the ISS. At worst, it'll be a glory mission of no scientific value, like Chinas launches) Nor am I excited at NASAs proposed manned mission to Mars.

New Horizons - the first probe to survey Pluto and it's satellites (along with the Kuiper belt) I am excited about.

Manned missions get the public interested in space but it always wanes in the end. Those who are truly interested in space follow the unmanned (and much more interesting) robotic missions. Especially ones that go to the places humans can't reach.

But then again I would have been the kind of person who would have been more excited about Voyager then Apollo. (Both before my time, but even to this day I'm amazed by the insight the probes provided in to the outer solar system)

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Firefox hits 400m download milestone

Daniel Snowden

Way to go!

It's good to see the market share of IE dipping. Now please bear in mind that I'm not saying this as a Microsoft hater. Anyone who'd ever tried to get web sites to render properly on FF and IE will probably share my sentiment.

W3C compliant XHTML/CSS tends to render fine on Firefox. IE on the other hand tends to do some strange things.

Of course, to be fair, IE isn't as bad as it used to be. Thankfully I didn't have to develop in the days of IE4 and the much loved IE workarounds that (fairly) complex pages needed.

If only Microsoft would create a browser that actually follows the (W3C) rules!

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Apple restricts ringtone rights

Daniel Snowden

On a more positive note...

This could discourage iPhone users from using MP3s as ringtones, saving the public from being exposed to mind/tasteless tripe every time the users phone goes off.

Then again, I doubt many chavs will have an iPhone, so the worst culprits wont be affected.

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Mac, Linux BBC iPlayers in the offing, says PM

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A life free of TV

"A one-time supporter of the BBC and the licence fee, I am now happy at the prospect of the BBC being 'privatised' because they simply will not behave properly."

The sooner the better. I expect that the BBC will continue to lobby for broadband internet connections to be subject to the TV license because of the BBC online presence (and the iPlayer) at the next charter renewal.

As a Linux user I could face the prospect of having to pay the BBC "protection money" for a service I cannot use. (I live in a property with TV users, so I'm stuck with the license, but the day will come when I won't have to pay the infernal TV tax for that incessant blabberbox. Just a shame that TV licensing tend to act like the Mafia, and terrorise those of us who choose not to watch TV)

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Church hall bans 'unchristian' yoga for nippers

Daniel Snowden

Title

@Typical Kneejerk reactions

Posted Thursday 6th September 2007 14:45 GMT

"Wot he said.

The rest of you sound like are a bunch of namby pamby liberal doormats. Remember, England is a Christian country and long may she stay so. Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’, and be proud when you do so."

What a load of bigoted, right wing clap trap. England is not an exclusively Christian country. There are many Christians in this country, but there are also those of other religious beliefs and those of no religious beliefs.

I will not cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’ because I do not believe in a God and that is my right in England, a free country! I am under no obligation to venerate anyones God or Gods.

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NBC leaves Apple for Amazon

Daniel Snowden

Who loses?

Content providers and distributors start fighting over money. Who loses?

Answer: The customer

I'm not much of an apple fan, but at least iTunes runs on Mac & Windows, more than can be said for unbox. The only solution to this problem (which affects Mac users who are unable to use the BBC iPlayer) is to stop relying on Microsoft or Apples DRM, but to develop a 3rd party, platform neutral, system

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VXers rain on YouTube's parade

Daniel Snowden

Stupidity

Unfortunately these types of attacks will never go away. Users will always click on links without checking the address (like the phishing links, but that's actually 2 kinds of stupidity rolled in to 1)

Wetware - the weak link

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