* Posts by bexley

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

bexley

absurdly over subscribed

I amm all for network efficiency but virgin take the piss. Im making these numbers up but i suspect that they are not far off.

local network segment can support 20 customers at advertised speeds. they sell it to 200 customers and attempt to make it all fit by packet shaping, throttling? unfair use and peak time capping.

all of this rendered my vm 50Mbps connection unusable unless i set an alarm for 3am and stayed up till 9am.

the underhanded way they do it annoys me, all of the speed test sites seem to be exempt from their rules and it does take a bit of know how to identify the problem.

i have never before nor sinve experienced such a farcical network connection service in all my days. i bailed as a result of moving house.

I now have 150Mbps with none of the above rubbish, it works all of time peaktime or not, no bandwidth caps or fair use crap for 30 euro a month.

and they install brand new coax from the cabinet to my house. I had to move countries to get it though. The Netherlands may have its problems but internet access is not one of them.

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

bexley

what the point of being in charge of an airforce....

....if you cant benefit from perks like taking the company car home for the weekend?

I don´t see anything wrong with this, as long as aircraft availability for maintenance and operations was not affected (it wasn't) then whats the problem?

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Re: SAMBA

Yeah, it used to work fine in previous versions but samba is totally fucked in Mint 18.1, even after you install it you have to manually set permissions on some config files.

It´s as if it was never tested, not even once.

Thankfully, there is a community that makes solving these problems as simple as googling it.

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bexley

there is real value for us in windows being the most used OS

most of the malware is targeted at windows versions due in part at least, to them being so widely used.

This is fine by me but if Linux were suddenly the most widely used platform then a lot of malware authors would turn their attention to us.

Let windows take the flak, i´m happy to be the Linux underdog.

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

bexley

its been doing this for weeks

in the netherlands

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

bexley

This is why we should not use debit cards...

....linked to bank acounts. pre-paid debit cards are the way to do online payments if you cannot use iDEAL or paypal.

Something similar happened to me once and I was stranded in another country with an empty bank account and no means to access it anyway as the card got cancelled.

The bank would not send me a new card to anywhere but my home address. Not much help as I was on another continent.

From them on I never used a debit card linked to my bank account in anything but an ATM.

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Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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Re: Funny

I have noticed that my doctor has XP on her desktop and uses IE6 to connect to some medical encyclopedia (google for doctors or whatever).

I wonder if actually, the satellite offices were an attack vector being more likely to have a lower security policy / no security policy compared with a big hospital with an IT department.

I obviously have no idea how or if her GP PC is connected to a larger NHS network. I did ask but she had no idea and wondered what the hell i was talking about.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

bexley

the report might be speculation but....

...they are running those subs on windows xp.

Windows XP.

And very low paid naval personnel.

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

bexley

only cloud recording...

...which you have to pay an monthly fee for.

They get all your data, from your home, with facial recognition and you pay them for it.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Re: Ha Ha

Is your desktop on the public internet / has your ssh port forwarded / NAT´d through the firewall?

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Re: Dear prime minister...

While I agree with you quite a lot there are some additional factors to consider.

1) the cops cant watch them all. Think how many people that would take. Lets say that a team of 4 people is needed to keep watch on a suspect. They cant work 24/7 so they need to work in shifts. Lets say that 4 shifts of 4 working 24/7 and factor in 1 more shift of 4 to cover absence and holiday. Now multiply that number by the the number of suspects on the watch list locally, and then nationwide, and then internationally.

We would need a exponential increase in the number of cops., 4 or 5 times the size it is at now.

2) I have heard stories of rivals within the muslim communities sending anonymous tip offs about their rivals, business rivals or people that they do not like into the Police, naturally these amount to nothing and are time wasted for the cops.

3) Islamophobia, this one is pretty common, a guy with a scraggly beard, sandles and a dish dash moves in down the road. Other occupants on the street are reminded of all the bad things done by similarly dressed people. They call the police the moment that he does something suspicious like putting the rubbish out late at night.

There is a guy near me that I don´t like the look of, I can easily imagine seeing his grainy face on a CCTV image after some atrocity however, my own common sense prevails and I have not called the Police with some paranoia fuled story about him.

Not everyone has common sense though.

I would venture, as many other have, that living under the threat of terrorism in one form or another suits most governments nicely, it makes it far easier for them to tighten their grip on us.

I expect that the reason that anyone suggesting that perhaps our foreign policy might have something to do with islamic terrorism coming our way is ridiculed and mocked outrage ensues is because that foreign policy is often designed to produce the results that we are seeing.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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2500 liters of booze eh?

that´s 11 million well spent.

More surveillance in the UK / Eng;and is a most unwelcome prospect, Scotland has no land bordered with the EU so I dont see why this is such a big issue. If scotland leave the UK and join the EU, just leave the border as it is and perhaps do some spot checks on the roads.

Same in NI. When fighting a war with the IRA, the border was never a big problem and remained open throughout and the EU (with no land border) hardly represents a bigger threat than the IRA did.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

bexley

these are all a bit weak

SO far all of these anecdotes have been a bit weak. I suspect that most of us cannot actually reveal the biggest fuck ups that we have seen due to maintaining a thin veneer of professional courtesy.

I have been witness to some mind melting levels of incompetence over the past few years that have resulting in a rather large and previously successful business going out of business, it would make a good story but i doubt that anyone would believe it.

Instead we are just dredging up questionable stories from 15 years ago or telling fibs.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

bexley

these exploits are worthless

this is not a ¨cyber attack¨, this is somebody with admin privileges clicking on something they should not have done.

Some local files being encrypted really should not be a problem these days for a decent IT department, they should have it all puppetised and be wiping and rebuilding those machines now, or this morning, whenever this started.

If their databases have been encrypted then lets hope that they have tested their backup strategy and have already restored this last nights backups

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

bexley

these exploits are worthless

They are from 2013 and they couldn´t sell them, nobody wanted them. They want the xero days for win10 etc..

Don´t be fooled into thinking your alright because you have win10

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Remote hacker nabs Win10 logins in 'won't-fix' Safe Mode* attack

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Re: Encrypted HD, right?

physical access required therefore we can just add this to the myriad of other ways in for a physical attacker.

I'd still like to see this fixed though, a modern OS should be as hardened as possible and kept up to date as often as required. I'm currently watching a documentary on nation state hacking, zero day, it's very good but the length of time that zero day vulnerabilities go undetected and the even when they are detected MS are sluggish to respond, is worrying.

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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disturbing

They all just had to sit still at gunpoint in the car and let the man bleed out, nobody rendered any help to the victim.

The lady seemed pretty calm too. Shame the lead up to the event was not filmed so we dont really know what happened although you have to assume that the cop car had a camera filming it all.

Sad times, not going to get any better with a large number of cops being shot in Dallas, the cops are not exactly going to be less twitchy after that.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

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Re: Amsterdam...

you simply hire native legal staff and use native legal consultancy services, of which there is a thriving industry in the Netherlands on account of pretty much every major multi-national having a large office there.

The school system in the Netherlands places a huge emphasis on teaching English, they recently began teaching it to year 1 students.

For commerce, It is normal and common to have two contracts, one in english and the other in Dutch, the English one being as close a translation as can be. There are legal mechanisms in place to facilitate this as they understand that virtually nobody wants to or will learn Dutch considering the limited value and absurd sounds you will be required to make.

Ireland for cheap labour, call centres etc... but the serious stuff can be done in Amsterdam. It is a mjor european hub, very easy to get to from anywhere in europe and easy to live and work in and let's not forget about that lovely 30% tax break that they give skilled foreigners to come to work there.

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Schlock and .aw as Dutch net registry rebrands

bexley

BV is....

....the dutch version of a Ltd company

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

bexley

It works for me

I had a call with a windows user yesterday and it worked fine

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

bexley

Regarding the current chair of the UNHCR

THe UNHCR is currently chaired by a Danish bloke with a Canadian Vice Chairperson and an Ethiopian women.

http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e450976.html

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

bexley

Quite right too, I also suggest that we sue James bond.

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

bexley

Re: Errr

where do i begin....

Amazon are big enough to be in the same group of companies that have a fat pipe right out of their data centre and into the intelligence agency cloud.

You need to use a credit card to set up an aws account which unless you have obtained on under a different identity, makes you very easily traceable should the need arise.

It's too much hassle for the average internet user to do, they will simply move on and in some cases go legit.

Amazon, can at any time, apply their own blocking methods and since they are american, probably will at some stage.

it's a nice try but far from ideal. Your ssh tunnel is commendable though, providing that it terminates somewhere safe and out of reach, say russia or india perhaps.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

bexley

I'll put the tinfoil hat on then

this shill has successfully diverted the discussion away from the technical solutions tondeal with this new rrm issue and into a lengthy and largely unecessary 5 pages of why its not theft.

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Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

bexley

How will the cabin crew be able to confirm that the device is in flight mode?

You can't trust everyone to ensure that their devices are in flight mode by themselves, not everyone knows how to do it and even those that do can make a mistake. I've landed before and suddenly felt my phone vibrate as a text came in when I was pretty sure that I had flight mode on.

What about devices with buggy operating systems that cant be trusted to do what they are told.

There has to be a way to jam the frequencies of gsm . wifi etc without also jamming the critical flight systems?

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

bexley

Uninstall

I got a new lenovo y500 the other day and spent the first 2 hours of ownership uninstalling about 20 applications that they had put on there.

Macafee would not uninstall either, ran the uninstaller from controll pannel but it remained and I had to go to the macafee website to download another specific tool just to remove that shite from my computer.

Then onto tackling windows 8 only to discover that UEFI has damaged the ability to easily install Linux on another partition.

It is technically still possible to do but requires lot's of editing of grub files to get it to boot.

Things have gone backwards

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

bexley

fingerprint

will that fingerprint be 'backed up' back to apple servers and therefore whichever intelligence service wants it?

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

bexley
Unhappy

patriot act

As i understand it, this is legal under the patriot act.

It's about time that was repealed and that politicians stopped using patriotic acronyms to target peoples patriotic sense of right and wrong to make grossly offensive laws palatable.

That and using terrorism to justify everything.

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British LulzSec hackers hear jail doors slam shut for years

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Re: Got off lightly

With the kiddie porn, was a he a pedophile or are we talking about some 4chan pictures?, i'm fairly sure that this lot are part of the 4chan crowd and one visit there will give you an idea of the sort of pictures that get posted for shock value, its not a CP den.

Sounds like they threw a net out and trawled to try and beef up their case as much as they could.

The prison sentences are shockingly long, regardless of how much time they might get off. Prisons have been around for an awful long time and we still have a problem with crime. It is reasonable, by now, to assume that prison is not a viable solution to crime.

These boys need helping to become more responsible citizens not locking up. There are better ways to deal with this than prison.

If one of them did turn out to be a pedophile though then I consider that the kind of thing that prisons are useful for, you cant cure or train somebody to not be a pedophile so locking them up seems the only way to deal with that particular problem at the moment.

Lulzsec, if nothing else, helped to harden the internet, some companies are taking better care of our data now.

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Top tools for junior Linux admins

bexley

I like to use 'watch' quite a lot to give me a live output of commands like 'du -sh'

It's not very pure and it's been a while since i used it but when i was first faced with a linux server i found webmin to be a life saver until i learned how to do simple thing like add a user or restart a service.

I like 'iptraf' too for a quick look at whats going on with a nic.

'startx is also quite an amusingly obscure way to start the desktop, always makes me smile when a new person see's me do that when they have spent the past 45 minutes fumbling around trying to do something.

My advice to new comers is always to use linux as your main os for a while, no dual booting or having a VM on your windows laptop. The problem with that is that as soon as you hit a problem that will be faster to get around by going back to windows, you'll go back to windows and learn nothing.

Dive in, be prepared to do some reading to be able to get yourself up to the same level that you are with windows. Once your there then you will find that you can do an awful lot more with linux.

I found Debian to be a wonderful and easy to use linux, i recommend it to anyone and personally i find it much easier to use that the redhat's out there.

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

bexley

teaching is a skill in itself

I have met plenty of decent enough engineers who are terrible at training others.

If you know how to teach properly (and being a trained academic teacher does not necessarily mean that you know how to teach properly) and you can research your subject matter then you can teach anybody anything at all.

You don't need to have a degree in computer science to teach people computer related subjects, the ability to coach and train is way more important

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Better pay your taxes: The world's NOT going to end this year

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Stop

Re: Ironic really

There are thousands and thousands of maya people who will be around to see it in 2012, who do you think lives in central and south america?

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Indian navy computers stormed by malware-ridden USBs

bexley

bit locker

.that is all

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Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

bexley

They ave gone too far this time...

...providing that the register is not being liberal with the truth that is.

The app is shite anyway, takes about 5 minutes (literally) to load. Uninstalling it is no hardship for me.

Good riddance

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Google wingmen rain Project Glass on San Francisco

bexley

ads

OK so when do the compulsory ads come in to ruin it?

Imagine having a sidebar on all the time display targeted ads based on everything you looked at while wearing them or where you have been etc...

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

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Stop

It's not actually designed for crossing the atlantic

A quick glance at his website shows that this Proof of concept design is intended to float on lakes only.

There will be other designs along the way to setting off to cross the Atlantic.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Stop

Re: sheilas wheels

Yes well...I've been working at the pointy end of the TV industry for 11 years now, i'll be sure to point out to everyone here that they have been doing it wrong and to give you a call.

PPM (i had hoped that this would be obvious) in this case does not stand for Parts per million.

It's Peak program meter you imbecile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_programme_meter

with the chastising out of the way, it is fair to say that commercials have higher production values than most program material but it's far less sinister than your explanation. Ads pay, programs don't, therefore the ads producers spend more effort on setting the levels to peak without clipping.

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bexley
Happy

sheilas wheels

The single most damaging thing to advertising is sheilas wheels.

That literally tipped me over the edge.

There are pretty strict ofcom rules to follow regarding audio levels. Your not allowed to exceed 7ppm. So what they do is set the program audio at about 5ppm and then ensure that the ads blast out at the full 7ppm, catching your attention.

I have not owned a TV for years now and only watch torrents or streams of a few programs like "The Walking Dead".

At the back of my mind i do worry that they might not make it any more if everyone just downloads it, but they only seem to pay attention to viewing figures in the US so it does not seem to matter how you watch it elsewhere in the world.

I block the ads on the register now after inadvertently finding my page changing to some fucking HTC desire website because i clicked in the dead space as i was scrolling down.

To return to topic, When watching TV, most of us are in a psychological state similar to hypnosis, Your mind is more open to suggestion that it is normally due to the comatose inducing affect of watching the idiot box for hours at a time.

Those brightly coloured, loud flashing ads are more likely to be embedded in your mind than they otherwise would be.

I think that this is both interesting and scary. If you find yourself coming home from the shops one day having purchased something with no idea what your going to do with it then perhaps it's time to stop watching the ads.

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The most dangerous job in America: Keeping iPhones connected

bexley

Re: Should be safer than rock climbing

Yes but they are not top roping and there is no belay. They have to free climb / clip a sling on every few steps. It would take so long to get to the top that there is not enough time to complete the task and climb down again in one day if they climb and clip each step.

They dont even use ropes so cant ab down afterwards.

I'd actually rather be doing this for a living that sitting behind this desk telling other people to do it!

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BBC shrinks Red Button: Loses 8 channels after the Olympics

bexley

Re: Reasons not two watch BBC?

Because some people use sign language as their primary communication method.

and....

It's not up to them, the government make them do it.

"The Communications Act 2003 requires broadcasters meet the legal requirements either by:

programmes being translated into sign language

programmes being made by or for deaf people and presented in sign language

The target is for five per cent of programmes to be signed using the same target dates as subtitles.

The BBC website has a dedicated Sign Zone area on its iPlayer, allowing access to all signed programmes."

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/disabledpeople/everydaylifeandaccess/leisureathome/dg_4018341

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Bitcoin bank Bitcoinica still titsup after cyberheist

bexley

bc are useful...

...for buying things that you would prefer nobody could ever find out that you had bought. Simply, like bit torrent, it is a perfectly good system that can be sued for anything but one that is best used for less than legal transactions.

If your in favour of anonyminity then bit coins are for you.

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Chinese and US military square off for cyber war games

bexley

@AC 11:22

What a prick

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Smoked by Android: Microsoft coughs up free laptop

bexley
FAIL

Re: @pinky

QOS

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Medieval warming was global – new science contradicts IPCC

bexley

and another thing

I think the ad model for this website is pay per view, as in, when the ad is loaded on a page, the reg get paid.

So the more people that load this page of rubbish the more money the reg get in ad revenue.

Perhaps that has something to do with such blatantly provocative tabloid stories

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Balance?

Is there any chance of some more balanced articles on these matters, Lewis clearly holds a controversial opinion, one that most believe to be abhorrent.

How about letting another writer tackle the work to provide some balance.

That is unless the house view is that humans have nothing to do with the changing environment and that the staggering abuse of natural resources and pollution is somehow justified?

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4G hobonet stunt was riddled with flaws, doomed to ridicule

bexley

5GB per month?

I already struggle with the 7GB a month i get on 3G and I'm not sharing that with 5 other people It's not enough any more.

unrealistic data caps need to go away. How can they tout 4G as a next gen mobile internet 'more suitable for things like video streaming' if your only getting 5GB a month?

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Thousands of Brits bombarded in caller spoofing riddle

bexley

Re: whitelists

There are free apps for that. Since i applied for a loan about two years ago i have been getting about 10 spam texts a day and several cold calls from scammers and marketing companies.

The TPS does not work. Thing settle down for three months and then it flares up again. You see, registering on the TPS confirms that your number is a good one that works.

Also, replying STOP to the spam sms's just confirms that your number is real and is resold again and again.

I was forced to install a spam filter and blacklist app and it's been great.

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Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

bexley

Re: Where should I start

It will charge my galaxy s but if I'm using satnav, the screen and GPS use more power than the charger can supply.

It lasts about 3 hours from a full charge.

I use a power monkey extreme on longer drives now.

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Hobbit movie locations using 6km of data cabling

bexley

broadcasting

I work for a broadcaster and we use quite a bit more than 6km for a transmission system. However to have 6km of cat-6 out in the field is quite a lot, the data centres that they are sending back to will have a hell of a lot more.

A standard outside broadcast truck will have about 1Km of cat-5e, about 3Km of IMG-1000 for video and a few hundred meters of CT-100 for the RF stuff oh and 1Km of IMG-360 for black and burst reference to the broadcast kit (cameras, vtr's, etc...).

It is true that this is all very boring unless you work in the industry, then it's only slightly less boring.

I wonder how they are powering it all out there, must have a massive genny

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

bexley
Angel

Re: Re: Re: Linux is just a kernel

you know that the only reason apple used bsd instead of gnu linux was because of the licensing? They would not have been able to resell linux but then can make more money from using bsd. It has nothing to do with security or stability.

I am so sick of people telling me that osx is so fucking awesome like it's the purest or pure OS's and apple designed it all because they are the bestest.

It's just a flashy interface and some programs on top of someone elses work.

To return to topic, I'm with Torvalds on this, the end user should not need to know the root password in a corporate environment. Not being able to print or join a network without root is indefensible.

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