* Posts by R

4 posts • joined 11 Jun 2008

Pret customers get free Wi-Fi


In the US

Starbucks offer 2 hours free wifi per day as long as you use a starbucks card to buy something once per month.

So pretty much every regular customer, and those that carry a card in case they need emergency wifi, can get free wifi from Starbucks in the US.

Maybe time to ask why they don't offer UK customers the same deal?


Asus Eee Box Atom-based desktop mini PC

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I own one

A few points.

Ubuntu 8.10 installed nicely. 8.04 didn't.

I had luck with both VGA out and a DVI-HDMI cable.

Wireless required ndiswrapper. Nothing complicated. Others may have more luck, but once I had it running, I was happy.

It can play 720p happily - though at high cpu usage. 1080 is a no go.

For sound I needed to use ALSA.

The computer comes with a wired keyboard, wired mouse and VESA mounting bracket. I use a gyroscopic mouse for easy control across the room.

The computer is about 70% the size of a mac mini.

One problem is a lack of USB ports. 2 on the back and 2 on the front. Keyboard and mouse can use up the back two so without using an adapter, anything else like a hard drive, bluetooth adapter etc will be stuck in the front which is unsightly.

The case is a pain to open - about as easy as opening an ipod. Once you do though, it's simple to add another 1GB sodimm to take the box to 2GB, the limit of the Atom chipset.


Flirty texting could land Scots in jail for 10 years


Read the bill

or is that too much work. Seriously - the bill states that an 'indecent communication' takes place ONLY when the other party has not consented to receiving it and the sending party does not have a reasonable belief that they consent, AND where the message is sent for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification or humiliating, distressing or alarming the recipient.

So, no, sorry to disappoint. The bill doesn't outlaw sex in a semi-detached house, or even in a council flat.

And yes, you can send flirty texts to your SO where you have reasonable belief they want to receive them.


Ofcom swoops on caller ID-faking firm with... request for information


CLI as security

CLI has been trivially forged for years - especially now we have better passing of international CLI data. Anyone who thinks they can use CLI as a security measure is kidding themselves and should stop it immediately.



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