Re: No problem
And if somebody dumps illegal images on your PC/laptop/smartphone, and report you, what then?
1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
Some magazines (later on) used to have a checksumming utility with which you input a line of code, then it gives you a checksum on completion of that line, which you then compared to the one in the magazine listing. If it compares, you continue on with the next line, if it doesn't, you re-input the entire line.
Especially when having to input machine code stuff. Which tend to crash spectacularly should you get just one line wrong.
I haven't had a shufty at the ZX81 (or ZX80) but started with the 48k Speccy.
Good memories of those happy days - including time spent typing in "The Eye of the Star Warrior" from a book (Spectrum Adventures : A giude to playing and writing Adventures by Tony Bridge and Roy Carnell).
Roll on with the good memories of a bygone era!
All righty then.
Now get the Great Unwashed to update their 2-year old (if not older) IoT tat, and see where that will get you.
Better to brick all those old IoT tat for good and get them to get new IoT stuff that can be updated on a regular basis.
But that ain't gonna happen, the old stuff will remain, spewing out junk until it dies and get replaced by another cheap knockoff.
It seems as if it is the taste of things to come.
Especially with crypto-malware - you get infected with one variant that encrypts your stuff, then demand payment. Then another cryptolocker comes along, kicks the original crypto off, and encrypts everything again, and demand payment...
Backups will be key.
That, and eternal vigilance, a tenpack of Rennies and a fridge/cupboard full of [insert your fave energy drink/stay-awake drink here].
If I was president of a country, I would use wooden props (viewable from spaaaaaaaace) and good CGI to let the world believe I have an army to content with, and pressure them to escalate their weaponry upwards, thus making them waste their money on weapons, soldiers and armoury things whilst building my economy up.
Then making all things money go pear-shaped, buying out their soldiers etc, taking control of their countries that way.
I don't care how thin it is. I want a sturdy phone with a big battery, it doesn't matter if it is Nokia Communicator sized.
And put a proper layer of glass on it (which doesn't crack at the first drop), or give us a slide-out QWERTY (like the LG Chatterbox) but with a decent-sized screen.
Fancy doodahs like a fancy posh camera adds nothing to the phone. And fingerprint sensor? Pfft. Don't have need for such gimmicks.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A does it for me.
Recently got upgraded to Android Nougat (7.1) and have a slew of whizzkid features which I'll not use. Can't they make Android modular, so if you want a split-screen function, you just download the appropriate package? Keeping things lean and mean (and less battery-chomping as well).
I still have my old Huawei Mediapad T1 phablet, going strong despite a cracked screen.
Xiaomi is being used as a general day-to-day comms unit (whatsapp/telegram/email etc) whilst the Huawei is used for banking only.
Handset manufacturers will most probably start to collude and design handsets that expire after two years' use, no matter whether they're being used heavily or seldom.
Clever move by the beancountery types.
Offload your data to somebody else, and get rid of your data centres (and its associated headaches etc).
Let your competition handle the load for you, and charge your users a pretty penny for data storage etc.
Moar profits. And if somebody (FBI etc) want access to data, they got more hurdles to clear.
So easy to byoass that padlock - just use a screwdriver to loosen the rubber fuel pipe leading from the filler neck to the tank, slide it down and out of the way, and then siphon some fuel out, and reverse the removal.
Owner just write it off as evaporation or a malfuntioning fuel meter.
Batteries have an internal resistance. Funny thing is, a friend of mine had a LiPO battery pack, which developed a loose wire to the USB port, and he chucked it into a drawer...
...only to discover it two years later. Fixed it by soldering said loose wire to where it should belong to, and the battery pack was still fully charged. Happy chappy.
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