Re: Two stories:
Yup - squat on the ground, in a ditch or dip and keep your feet together - even the differential between your feet can be dangerous.
26 posts • joined 28 Aug 2015
Could have been a spearfishing attempt, which can be way more profitable than bogus support calls. Companies have lost millions through clever social engineering, and they may have been building a target profile. The scammers for these types of events are often highly capable, with inside knowledge and decent skills to sound convincing and launder the cash fast.
Got that. It's called BT Guardian, and runs on the phone handset, so no ongoing cost (aside from needing CallerID).
Unrecognised and withheld numbers get a mandatory whisper announce, numbers in the address book get straight through. So far it has blocked 100% of spam calls - the automated ones detect it as an answerphone, and the manual ones move on to an easier target.
It's a really simple fix. Takes a bit of time to enter all your numbers manually.
Sad to see it go to. I'm not great on Ubuntu, and my first attempt to set up MythTV on top of Ubuntu took days and a couple of bits, like the web interface, never worked.
After a drive failure I used the Mythbuntu ISO and it was up and working in a couple of hours - it just made life a lot easier. I then used it to create a second front-end which was up and connected in about 30 minutes.
If Ubuntu and similar ever want to be mainstream, they need to do the kinds of things the MythBuntu team did, and move more of the stuff you need to an actual GUI that works. Typing in long strings of commands from dodgy forums with no indication of how up to date the information is is a lot less user friendly than going into a control panel and updating some options.
I don't have the skills to contribute, but I hope some who do pick up on it and continue development. It's a great, legal way to build a video library from over the air broadcasts in a way than an average computer user can get up and working.
However, if you left the keys on a wall outside the house, with a note saying 'help yourself' you would have little comeback when the car was stolen / emptied / trashed. No insurance payout, and no-one would be impressed by 'but it never said i should not leave the keys right next to the car'
Which is pretty much like using an easily hacked device.
I tried that for a little while, but in too many cases ran across problems with my chosen system:
Systems with min/max/character requirements that blocked the 'generated' password
Systems that required changing regularly (no way to change without using a different formula)
Once, a change in the URL
I gave up and now use a random string generator and a secure way of saving them, but it's no use when I'm not on my main PC.
My current big bugbear with Linux (on Ubuntu at the moment) is that something that should be easily doable through the GUI is generally done on CLI.
I know there are good reasons for using a CLI. But manually copying an esoteric command character by character from a help forum to do something simple is stupid. Unless you are a frequent user, the CLI is much slower, harder to use and less precise.
Compare a windows user support page with a similar level question for Linux, and for the average user the windows one will be easier to follow. Even stupidly simple things like creating a permanent file share generally require memorising or looking up commands - while in a GUI I know it's to do with drives, I can look there and find a menu item to do it - I don't need to memorise anything.
Linux will not go mainstream until it is easy to use for people that don't use it often, and are not interested in learning how to use a CLI at all.
There are, of course, some legitimate uses.
If you work in a specialist industry, or target a specific type of business calling is often the cheapest and fastest way to market - especially if you offer a service that's new or they don't know they need.
Of course, lying to get sales is fraud - but cold calling itself is not an issue if targeted to the right people, at the right time, with the right offer. I get sales calls pretty regularly, and some are useful. It's the untargeted ones who go for high volume, low quality that give the rest a bad name.
I'd love to see the config panel:
Hipster avoidance: on/off
Drive style: old lady/tourist/normal/effective progress/joyride
Speed limits: 0 / +5% / +10% / ignore
Tyre screech: off / dramatic moments / always
Wheelspin: never / two lane traffic lights / always
Priorities order: pedestrian / cyclist / other vehicle / GoogleCar: drag to edit
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