* Posts by leexgx

326 posts • joined 19 Jan 2009

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

leexgx

until i seen the person on videos did not really know who this person was any normal person would not have a clue who she was (and like you said this is a grid walk so your going to be talking to just about any one of 100 people you don't know them all on the grid)

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

leexgx

Re: Ringing has never been synced

in the UK Vodafone does this fake ringing when your cant connect to the persons phone (its the voicemail thats ringing witch should never happen) witch is very annoying out of any network Vodafone UK is the only network that does this (they might be doing this like t-Mobile USA is to make it look like they have less dropped calls or not connected ringing calls)

when the call connects that's when the ringing starts (not a fake 2 ring answer phone with T-mobile was doing and i assume Vodafone UK as well, some people take the p and set there voicemail up with a personal one to hang you on the voice mail for 15 seconds before you hit the beep to start recording)

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

leexgx

Re: No money in it

"I'm not aware of any Android phone manufacturer with a reputation for providing patches. If I'm wrong, please enlighten me!"

google devices for 3 years of point of manufactured (tends to be october every year when they release a device, so 3 years from that date, Not sold) pixel is first google owned device (well technically its HTC) if the pixel 2 did not have stereo speakers i probably would not not bought it

they might extend it to 4-5 this year pixel 3 as android kernel now has a Longer LTS cycle of 6 years (was 2 years before so by the time the phone came out google was having to backport fixes manually, with it been 6 years they don't need to do that now) personally security patches should be longer then 3 years as it currently is with most mobile makers (who bother to do it)

some people keep there phones for longer than 3 years or worse sometimes there new contract phone is 2-3 years old with 1-0 years of security updates if any

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leexgx

Re: No money in it

"The ROI isn't zero. There's a reason why the iPhone X can retail for 250 pounds more than the Galaxy S9 and still get away with it."

people pay more for the iphone because its an iphone and admitty its consistent layout, Not security updates (unless you got the X phone then, with the blackberry playbook gesture system it uses most don't like it and end up selling it or returning it, most non english people seem to be doing this)

until something like MSblaster happens again but on android people won't care (a lot harder as most people's phones are behind a NAT on mobile providers) but not impossible if it used MMS to send to binary or SMS to link to a binary to then spread to other phones via some sort of bug

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leexgx

Re: Mobiles, Automobiles, Killer Robots

this silly thing is is Finding a app that does not need 10 unrelated permissions (should only need camera permission to use the flash) some of them are so high the clean ones cannot be found unless you search for "Torch no ads"

google needs to really re work on how it approves apps , its all well and good having 200k apps when 199,000 of them are full of crap or just a app that is just a bowser placeholder with ads to whatever your accessing) google should just remove and force them into review status all apps

apart from key apps that are well known and trusted ones (and the ones that are well vastery installed should go for code review to make sure they are not abusing permissions like needing a and adverts or screen overlay ads

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

leexgx

i had to abandon going to one of my customers any more as it was getting silly (most plug in power packs kick out more EMI then wifi does, also O2 mobile mast about 300-400 meters away)

god knows what happened when local council installed solar panels on there roof (going to have to walk past and see if it has solar panels on it not that he has much choice as he does not own the flat and the meter is on the outside in a cupboard)

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Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

leexgx

was probably 2 people that did not want them boxes (they was probably on your local pashes council board )

not sure why but we don't have up side down pot holes (speed bumps) down our roads so at least someone local does not like them and must be rejecting them to be installed

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

leexgx

Re: Planned Failure?

most have 2 year contracts (not me)

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EE: Data goes TITSUP* for Brit mobile customers

leexgx

it should of been corrected as that was a mast configuration issue that was causing that issue with phone has a signal but it actually doesn't have a signal (after 1-2 minutes the phone releases this and forces the modem to restart in the phone)

i have business EE so you tend to get the higher level support people (UK english), there was some 4g to 3g crossover issues that was causing phone calls to fail to drop to 3G when on 4G (so call did not ring so they got voice mail or call would connect but drop or go silent after 1-3 seconds) all seem to be fixed now

i was also having issues with google voice seems they corrected whatever was causing the google voice passive connection to be dropped (you would say a post code but the phone after 10-15 seconds would give up and fall back to offline google voice watch would type each Letter with a space when doing post codes, witch tomtom could not use)

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Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

leexgx

pixle 2 seems to have been fine (as long as its not made by LG then i buy it)

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leexgx

Re: Not Good

if this happened to me my mobile operator would of replaced the phone due to it been faulty (i dont have mobile insurance)

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Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back

leexgx

Re: Backups ...

That was bit of a mistake, so I guess what happened there was that the incremental backup software assumed it had the original file (it did not actually verify it had a copy of the file)

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

leexgx

Re: FIX for Dot Matrix problem

Does this replace the broken update and make it available (as I had to uninstall and hide the broke and update)

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leexgx

Re: WRONG UPDATE NUMBERS

same here i thought it was the printer that broke as it did not work on 2 other systems (going to have to give them a call up now and see if they bought the new epson lx350 as its likely going to have same issue)

this is why there systems are still on windows 7 not 10 so not to brake stuff (or randomly uninstall so called unsupported software)

at this rate i am going to have to setup a PC (as its only one PC) with windows update turned off (i cant stop the problem update individually as its a roll up update, so its a broken update or no updates at all

MS needs to fix this problem right away as they have effectively disabled all dot matrix printers

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Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

leexgx

if there is a update your phone will have patch level of the 5th or 6th of that respective month

like mine is currently november 5th on pixel 2,,, but they did not push the update out for the 6th nov update that fixes the wifi 0000 key that basically makes your secure WP2 traffic basicly unencrypted and injectable (i get that update plus all these security fixes very soon when i get 8.1 in next day or 2 , for 99% of every one else that be in next 6+ months or never unless they get a new phone)

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leexgx

Re: Peasants..

all android devices from google have 2 years feature and security updates and 1 security updates

samsung seem to follow this model as the other 2 S5+ i have had updates on september (its EE branded rom so they are norm delayed by about 2-6 months, but as this phone is more then 3 years old now it might not get security updates any more)

most phones only seem to get updates for short time, phones running 8.x will likely be a lot rarer due to the requirements of seamless update been required if sold with 8.0 as standard (unless the phone came with 7.x first and was upgraded to it) Seamless update is very good on my pixel

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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

leexgx

Re: If BT can lower their prices........

@tom7

if it was not for Margaret Thatcher in 1990 we would of had full FTTP within a short time to replace the copper network(they was going to completely replace copper with fiber) but Thatcher blocked it (BT even had built the factory in the Uk for making fiber and the equipment which had to be written off)

this is a good read (below) on how one bad decision to block it on anticompetitive ground now cost the UK a lot of money in long run (as FTTP in 1990 would of not cost as much and BT was going to do it on there own as well, now we are mostly stuck with a Stop gap called VDSL/FTTC

http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/how-the-uk-lost-the-broadband-race-in-1990-1224784

if this had happened virgin media probably be on 1gb by now but they dont need to as fastest BT can provide ranges from 10-70mb (as they would actually have to compete with BT/openreach)

this is why i am slightly annoyed with BDUK going with VDSL/FTTC instead of FTTP, as VDSL/FTTC is a stop gap and its highest speed only achievable on less then 200m lines

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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

leexgx

Re: Coverage

4g is quite good at working all the way to -130 signal i find my phone hanging onto no bars and internet and call still working on 4g (assuming the phone does not drop to 2g 3g and then lose signal completely as they have less sensitivity then 4g )

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leexgx

Re: Coverage

they only need to deal with 3 networks O2, EE and vodafone (no point with 3 as most of there masts are shared with EE mostly or O2 or vodafone any way)

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

leexgx

Re: Shush, you didn't here it from me....

chromeOS is more secure then windows and linuxPC (if something managed to break into it you can just reset the thing and log back in no fuss)

only issue with them is they need internet all the time or they are mostly useless (never found the offline support to ever work even thought the extensions say it should work offline) want to get my chromebook back to see if this seamless connection thing works with my chromebook and pixel phone

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

leexgx

Re: No car tax?

i just have mine set to monthly payment if that stops coming out of my bank i know my car is untaxed (but i agree this is a pure money grab and they saying that they are losing £80 to untaxed cars is a farce as they fine you over £100-400 fine+tax fee to re tax your vehicle (if police catch you its 3 points+ fine),, if the come around and see the car on the road or a DVLA controlled APNR cam catches it

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

leexgx

Re: It finally happened.

they still find a way to turn the monitor off and on only

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leexgx

Re: PBKAC

passthrough PSUs are very much discouraged as 1 fuse 2 appliances (in the UK any way) more a safety thing

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leexgx

Re: PBKAC

Bernard M. Orwell

Note Hidden anti-theft device (never heard of that before) your taking things out of context

any way if you read most posts its about extremely simple things, like sticky note on the screen, its not plugged in,failing to restart the computer and they turn the screen off and on (i known people to be fired for stupid stuff like that) the best one that has me chuckling right now is the power is out post lol (cant turn the computer on if your in a power cut)

the issue is some people who work at offices actually don't know how to use a computer (or appliances in general) but have to use a computer in there Narrow mind set to work (not actually sure how people like that get employed if they don't have basic understanding of how electricity works)

the problems MS made in the past with windows Vista when they removed word "start" off the start menu was super perplexing for most lol (why most office computers have there stuff on the desktop)

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

leexgx

Re: It's a great phone

i agree the on screen buttons are a waste of space (tomtom does not go full screen so the buttons always show on mine, not sure why tomtom will not go fullscreen when its running i dont need to see notification bar or my buttons)

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leexgx

Re: Avoid

my bluetooth headset was clicking as well (phone idle no audio or call, it would click every 10-30 seconds) it does not click any more (pixel 2)

also the burn in with the buttons at the bottom the fade effect also has been ported to the pixel 2 as well (i dont know if they just blanket used the same screen nit settings for XL and none XL pixel 2)

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KRACK whacked, media playback holes packed, other bugs go splat in Android patch pact

leexgx

Re: Close to driving me back to iOS.

""Fandroids with Nexus and Pixel devices will be able to get the November Android update directly from Google. ®""

well there the thing only the Nexus 6P and 5X will get these security updates (not sure if the samsung S5 i have will get it) all there other phones are now ignored (need to unlock and flash your own if they are still working) the Nexus 6 and 5 Might get the update as they only went EOL last month (October 2017) but they dont have to

https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/4457705 (this page should be persistent for all future google phones so probably should bookmark it)

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Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G

leexgx

Re: 450MB/sec, 1GB/sec?

most hardline masts are leased line like connections (typically ethernet product so have extra Gigabit speeds mostly at a push of a button), if they want to do LTE-A they can very easily be done after extra line cards and cells have been replaced

unless it repeater masts that use a Microwave dish as its backhaul from another mast that has a hardline then there miy only be enough capacity for normal 4g(150mb)/3g(42mb) per cell on the mast

most masts have 4 cells but can have 8 cells (each 2 is typically 1 sector for MIMO so you can get these higher 450mb speeds but it can be done with 1 cell)

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

leexgx

phone turning off at 30% is a iphone intended feature

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

leexgx

Re: Better alternatives...

i was trying to explain this issue with using a service that stores all your 2FA auth codes is very bad idea as if someone gets into your account (in this case authy) and has your username and password you can lose access to all your account

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Gotcha, Tatcha! Thieves hide in servers to hoover up victims' bank card numbers mid-order

leexgx

this is why you should use credit cards online just way less hassle

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Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

leexgx

Self encrypting USB

i find it interesting that what 32-64GB Self encrypting USB stick or HDD/SSD USB (ones that have a keypad on device it self) should be mandatory they are idiot proof and norm Certified for storing sensitive data

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

leexgx

wow this is Not the USA where they use Fake 4G (3G+ DC-HSPA+) 4G is LTE for the rest of the world

3g is 3g (UMTS to DC-HSPA+, phones show it as 3G, H and H+)

4g is 4g (LTE is 4G, and 4G+ for LTE-A but most phones show 4G for both)

its like in USA where they are going to be calling LTE-U as fake 5G

2g 3g and 4g is a New network that (In the USA the network operators managed to get away with renaming 3g+ as 4G, the G is Generation Not speed)

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

leexgx

i see this issue on 1p buyers who are only buying it as they want feedback i reported them and nothing ever happens (i ended up getting my ebay seller account blocked from selling as i was refusing to give feedback so they would leave negative or file a dispute) there address are fake and some poor person was likely getting 100 sim cards a day in crap mail

i really should take ebay to court or somthing as they blocked my account because i was not complying with scammers demands

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

leexgx

Re: Still no changes

2Nick3

the boeing and airbus sat uplinks can already send telemetry (just at the time there was a cost to it)

the dish it self it has integrated GPS and sat uplink and independent firmware its then plugged into the computer system on the plane which then links to the cockpit (when active on airbus system status of the plane is transmitted to airbus) and internal phone system and onboard wifi or mobile (if mobile and wifi is fitted)

all it would take is a tweak to the firmware to make sure that the ping that is sent to the sat network is also sending GPS location as well (at the moment the default is 60 minutes when not connected so that would need to be increased to lower number like 1 minute when its connected or not to the sat network, if it is connected plane systems telemetry should also be sent every as well so monitor the plane and any sudden problems that norm get flagged up as a problem should immediately be sent to boeing or airbus or plane operator)

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leexgx

Re: Still no changes

almost most modern boeing and all airbus has a sat dish on the top of the plane and it does support telimietnly updating (but at the time you had to pay for it which most airlines did not, i believe that has been changed) i believe airbus is normally monitoring the plane systems but don't think boeing does

but in this case was the system was turned off but the dish was still powered and was pinging satellites every 60 minutes i believe (the system in the cockpit was intentionally switched off but the dish it self can't be powered off, so telemetry updates are possible and should be done say every 15 minutes)

in this day and age where the basic features already there to track a plane in real time (more or less) this feature should be baked into the plane and be a mandatory feature and have an automatic emergency broadcast mode when the cabin for example has lost pressure (say on 3 sensors) engine failure or other conditions (that are verifiable) and send that info via the sat every 5-10 seconds

unfortunately until the plane is ever found we not know what happened

the issue was that the sat system been turned off was reported by the system as it has a log off which makes it look like it might of been intentional by someone in the cockpit, but as the plane was pinging satellites for what 6-7 hours that means the plane was still flying so it was hijacked or had a sudden decompression and the autopilot or self preservation (hands off sticks with autopilot off it keeps plane at level) just kept on flying until it ran out of fuel as everyone was dead

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

leexgx

so gotya 2 times a year a feature upgrade will brake a bunch of PCs (so i can keep my calendar clear for them 2 months when people be calling me alot)

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

leexgx

Re: Almost no US ATMs use EMV

not a hipster but apple pay and android pay is a token generated based (more like chip and pin) me is Android pay

uses a virtual card number so if some one manages to get the virtual card number well emm its still useless to them as they need to stored tokens (that change every time you use one) that are only exposed when the screen is on (Android Pay)

on iphone need your fingerprint to unlock the phone before token is allowed to be used and is for more secure then Tap and pay on visa and master cards (and you get a payment notification as well on the phone so you know if some how upto £30 was taken from you And its a delayed payment so you can dispute it right away)

Tap and pay is a static passive token on your card (have to replace the card if some one manages to clone it or steals the card but its rare due to limit to 5 transactions per day and £30 per transactions none of it is liable if fraud happens)

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leexgx

Re: Speed

its because they are using Dial up to do the token payment which has to be verified (which is Dumb it should be ethernet/3G connection when chip&pin is used transactions take less than 2 seconds to authenticate)

in the UK only the old 2G mobile ones are slower (or for some odd reason you picked the dial up version that needs a landline) and that's only if its the older 2G ones as they have to bring the GPRS data connection up and login and verify which is about 10 seconds(over 30 some times if its dial up), if its a mobile 3G or ethernet (3G mobile card terminal , SumUp or iZettle) they are near instant once you press the ok/Green button

Chip and Pin in USA should be all in with Chip and pin, it takes about 5 years to propagate down the line so everyone gets new cards with chip and pin (optional but shops can choose to tell customers to use it) and merchants get there card machines enabled for chip and pin (they already own a card machine that supports it, they might even be unaware that there termal supports chip and pin and is enabled for it or the POS seller has purposely disabled chip and pin on the terminal for profit)

Note if the terminal supports passive payments like Tap and Pay or active NFC payments like from apple pay or google pay the terminal already supports chip and pin and it been near instant payment (no delay)

after 5 years Chip and pin should be mandatory and mag swipe use should be automatic forced to chip and pin (in the UK the Last place that got chip and pin was actually the superstores or UK wide food stores and even petrol stations, the first was small shops) Tap and pay terminals has been very aggressively deployed most food and drink places have replaced there terminals already (even superstores as well)

how it worked in the EU you wipe the card it tells you to insert the card for chip and pin, if chip fails then mag swipe is available but you need to Prove you own the card when you swipe the terminal asks for information or even a call to the bank (most shops will ask for another card so they are no liable for the fraud if there is any)

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

leexgx

the fix is really having the encryption Optional feature, then at least they can focus more on the people who are actively trying to use encryption (not passively as it is in whatsapp at the moment)

mass snooping has always happened but with whatsapp and some other apps using OTR by default for a bit now the bad people become noise with all the good (mostly lol)

its just a shame that a small subset of people can cause problems

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leexgx

main issue is extremely easy to use apps like whatsapp can make you invisible to tracking as it encrypts all communications by default,

now its harder for 3-4 letter agencies to just focus on people that are using encryption for hiding messages or been paranoid, before they only had to keep an eye on people using tor or sending scrambled/encrypted messages now just using whatsapp hides you with the other millions of people who use it which is really no good

if this act gets though the app makers won't make back doors they just simply turn of OTR in the messaging apps so they can be intercepted again and the people who have somthing to hide will likely use somthing els and get put on the monitoring list

i don't personally like that whatsapp have done by making OTR the default as they have made it very simple to use for any one doing bad stuff with no technical knowledge

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

leexgx

Re: SMS 2FA insecure?

poor excuse

PAC code ? keep your number

lots of data = 3 AYCE

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leexgx

Re: Sorry...

not sure why they just don't use 2FA via the authenticator app

i would recommend the MS authenticator app assuming you have a MS email account as that enables Yes/No login like on yahoo mail app and google 2FA baked into the phone it self

i wish google would Fix the recovery options on google as the account recovery is still 1FA (email or SMS) Yes you can remove it but then you have to prove that you own the account (google used to have a Master code like MS do where you have like a master code to get back into the account)

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leexgx

you can turn that feature off (display messages on lock screen)

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Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

leexgx

Re: There's a balance

EE can do it as they have a massive amount of blocks of 3g and 4g

Three and other networks cant as they don't have enough frequency blocks to do it (on 4G)

when o2 got 3g on the 900 band they they went mad with pole masts that sit in between the 2100 masts

i do wish the O2 and 3 merger had been allowed as that would of given EE somthing to compete with (and well emm vodafone to bother adding more 3g and 4g coverage, vodafone has grate 2g coverage outside of cities),, it would of made 3 Very good as 3 and O2 don't have any mast sharing agreements so if merge had happened both masts allowing 3 and 02 access it would of likely surpassed EE in overall coverage (at the moment i would Not tust my 3 phone to work reliably over the UK where as EE as my main phone hardly find places where it does not work, but where it does not work O2 is normally there)

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If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

leexgx

Re: erase option?

if its a iphone turning the phone off is normal enough nowadays or don't give your finger for 24 or is it 48 hours then you have to use code

if its android you can encrypt the phone as well its best make sure you turn off the phone (if about to be arrested power off phone or restart or keep thinger on power button after 10 seconds the phone will power off or reboot) so they can't just break into the phone when its at the lock screen as quite easy to bypass screen lock on android when you got 3-6 letters in your name (if it's encrypted they need the code when the phone is booting up) neat trick is setting your phone to auto shutdown at set times (like 2am) so to prevent them from been able to accessing the data (unless they do it the moment they get there hands on the phone but i doubt they are that efficient

if you're under 18 you should teach your kids to never unlock your phone to police or school request unless you have a lawyer present as some of them are just out to catch you out on a technicality just for the sake of it (USA has some poor laws where between 15-18 where you're treated as a adult but not a adult at the same time, you can get yourself in trouble by having pictures of yourself on your own phone)

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leexgx

if they all had iphones (recant ones) and did not fess up the finger for more then 24 hours phone becomes pin locked only

but really if your Rioting they get what they deserve

in the UK once the first building was set on fire the Army should of come in and shot them with plastic bullets, Zip tied them up and in back of a van, taking 3 days to round up enough police officers was very poor

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Linux nasty kicks weak, hacked gadgets when they're already down

leexgx

Re: Can we vague that up a little?

it be mostly routers and CCTV devices typically (as they run Linux or a china china base copy of some sort other another router/device that has the hole in it)

OpenWRTis unlikely to have been compromised or if it had it been patched allready

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

leexgx

Re: Microsoft has been getting it wrong with user interfaces

Adam 52

very good post

also Vista HDD problems have come back to windows 10 as well (a lot of the servicing tasks that run in the background are not been ran as background disk priority they are running as Normal, resulting in slow system sometimes, tends to be norm within first 10 minutes of the system starting up)

Fast startup needs a 10 day time out so if the system been booted up using fast start up for more then 10 days it should make sure it does a full shutdown

got that bad there was notification on MS website to press restart instead of shutdown , as people's internet stopped working as shutdown does not shutdown the computer on windows 10 or 8 (its hibernate shutdown i been seeing some people's systems have 30-50 day uptimes), restart does a full shutdown or tapping the power button on the computer if its set to shutdown on button press

automatic driver updating that then Brakes the driver or the system if its the Video or SATA driver it updates (why do it, once its installed it should Not be updated automatically was never a problem on windows 8 and lower)

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leexgx

Re: Microsoft has been getting it wrong with user interfaces

no windows 7 is what Vista should of been (making sure stuff that should be a background task does not interfere with the operation of the PC)

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