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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kiss Encryption Goodbye... :* on: September 06, 2013, 06:44:11 PM
I'd say the most positive aspect of this whole affair is that it should lead to big improvements in encryption in the future.

Trouble is things will get tougher but no system is unbreakable - just look at all the unbreakable codes in history!

OK you will need machines to do the breaking, and if quantum encryption ever happens it is going to be exponentially harder to crack - but what's the bet that long before it gets too hard to crack in a reasonable time scale laws will be passed to prevent 'too difficult' encryption being used or forced to include a 'security' backdoor.

The trouble is the US wields too much power and the powers that be just aren't that bright and so are easily manipulated. The rest of the world is just scared of what the US might do next. The 'special relationship' enjoyed (until recently) by the UK is truly Etonian in nature (if you take my meaning - if not someone else can post a graphic image).
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kiss Encryption Goodbye... :* on: September 06, 2013, 11:15:16 AM
I am the enemy and I am really pissed ...

Democracy - F****

As I UK citizen I also find it amusing that apparently GCHQ have a similar project (though given the UK don't seem to be able to set up any government IT systems that aren't obsolete before they get them working I am not losing any sleep). Also we don't have a constitution .... doesn't the US have some sort of paper and isn't there some sort of vague provision in there for an individuals right to a private life?
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: September 03, 2013, 08:37:49 AM
Reboot healthy living +1  Thmbsup
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nonplussed - Windows 7 random BSODS on: August 26, 2013, 04:45:21 PM
Thanks guys ... currently the system is stripped down to monitor, keyboard and mouse ... otherwise nothing plugged in and all components are Dell factory components.

Must admit I thought about the PSU and also if it was something environmental. I suppose something could have shaken loose when they drove it home too.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nonplussed - Windows 7 random BSODS on: August 26, 2013, 11:37:24 AM
Worked fine for a couple years?
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Nonplussed - Windows 7 random BSODS on: August 26, 2013, 11:02:56 AM
Totally confused ... asked to fix a Dell computer which is constantly crashing with BSODS and pretty randomly.

It is a Dell desktop running Windows 7 x64.

Tried all the usual things and gave up and reinstalled the factory image. Everything seemed OK but next day the BSODS started again.

Had the computer in my house:

1) Reinstalled factory image again
2) Removed crapware/ Norton etc.
3) Updated from Windows update and all drivers/BIOS/software updates recommended by Dell
4) Installed MSE  and other common tools
5) Ran stress tests and memory tests for 48 hours.
6) Produced Image Backup of system

No logged errors and no BSODS throughout.

Took it back to owner and BSODS start again almost immediately.

Removed everything except screen keyboard and mouse and BSOS continue to appear at random.

Anyone got any ideas?

The commonest STOP codes are 0x1e, 0x7d and 0x3b but they all seem to be random. Most hint at driver issues but they are factory drivers and don't seem to cause issues in my house. All very odd!
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 19, 2013, 07:32:54 AM
This is rather long, so I won't post a quote, but it's a list of non-stop surveillance insanity:

http://www.washingtonsblo...-spying-on-americans.html


This says it all:

Quote
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter … in the wake of the NSA spying scandal criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.

See http://www.spiegel.de/pol...tisiert-usa-a-911589.html

Good old Peanut.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Edward Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds on: August 09, 2013, 03:46:40 PM
Lavabit was MY email provider.  I used it because they were a small, relatively unknown email provider (read: smaller target), they used Linux servers (gotta support the flock smiley ), but more importantly, they kept your email encrypted, with no master key.  Only YOU could read your email.  Ever.  

Not strictly true - unless all you senders and recipients also use the same service and you can guarantee end to end encryption (with methods the government don't have backdoors into - I suspect they can get into most of them) your email can be read on the servers of people who write to you and who receive emails from you. OK it would make life a bit more difficult but really it is just processing time if they take an interest. I would guess using encryption is likely to make them keener to read your stuff.

The UK has an interesting policy - it is illegal to use encrypted mail - you can use encryption for transport but not on the servers. GCHQ has to be able to read all your email - they haven't enough to do with real terrorism.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 28, 2013, 03:45:38 AM
So Obooboo now says he's into the whistleblower system

Next he will be saying he wants Snowden to come home to receive a medal ...
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: July 26, 2013, 06:04:26 PM
Congrats ...

Haven't dared to weigh myself but my trousers are hanging looser so I am pleased (and my cello playing is improving).

Lot's of vegetarian and fish meals. Much less meat. Feel a lot healthier.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Build your own 3-D printer! on: July 22, 2013, 03:17:46 AM
Wonder how log it will take prices to drop to inkjet proportions?

See
http://www.maplin.co.uk/3...ter-velleman-k8200-783902

Fun video at the bottom of the page.

Next stage will be to print your ow 3-D printer Wink
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 15, 2013, 11:27:12 AM
Interesting/entertaining discussion on YoungTurks

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OoO5y-Ig98" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OoO5y-Ig98</a>
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8's Task Manager -- Slow as Hell. on: July 14, 2013, 01:29:32 PM
I am using Windows Defender and Windows Firewall (both preinstalled in Win 8 as standard)- so I shouldn't be having problems because of 3rd party security software!
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8's Task Manager -- Slow as Hell. on: July 14, 2013, 12:49:55 PM
Same here - even slow from the taskbar context menu. I did notice it was using over 20% CPU when it finally launched and then dropped back to nothing.

I absolutely hate the new task manager. I am sure it has better stuff in it than previous versions but I find it a confused layout, slow to use and one thing I really hate is that MSCONFIG no longer gives you a quick way to disable startup items - it sends you to task manager to fiddle with apps one at a time.

Haven't tried any of the alternative task managers but I bet some of them work better.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: July 12, 2013, 04:42:45 PM
Here is a great idea for healthy "ice cream".

Handful of frozen fruit per person (works really well with raspberries, blackberries etc.)
Couple of table spoons of natural chilled yoghurt

Use a heavy duty hand blender to smash up the fruit with the yoghurt (Note it needs to be heavy duty to deal with lumps of frozen fruit, and works best with a hand blender in a tall narrow container, see what I use below).

The frozen fruit freezes the chilled yoghurt and if you mash it up until the fruit is completely mushed up it makes a fantastic, almost instant, smooth ice cream.

If you have a sweet tooth you might want to add a little caster sugar but personally I prefer it without.

Don't try and make too much at once.

Have it with some fresh fruit (strawberries are great) and get you daily intake of vitamins in a yummy bowl full.


This is the blender I use: http://www.bamix.com/de-luxe-190.html - was recommended by Gordon Ramsey and is fantastic - but not cheap, the bowl with this version can be used for grinding spices and even mincing meat, and this http://www.bamix.com/krug-09-lt-214.html is what I use to make it in. You can even make "whipped cream" from chilled skimmed milk - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVD5jCSpGg
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 12, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
On the BBC Snowden meeting in Moscow with Human Rights Lawyers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23283684
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: July 09, 2013, 11:48:34 AM
Every day i have to fight off the urge for candy!
Sugar's a vegetable isn't it?

Yep - but only if you are bovine!
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Windows Internet Explorer 8 Problems on: July 02, 2013, 10:11:06 AM
Go to Internet Options and try resetting IE to 'factory default settings' (Use the reset button of the final tab). That also disables all the crap that accumulates in the background with IE.

Also try flushing your DNS cache (CMD prompt and type IPCONFIG /FlushDNS ) - you will need to disconnect and reconnect again from the network after that (pull the wire or switch off WiFi for a minute - alternatively restart your computer).
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Windows Internet Explorer 8 Problems on: July 01, 2013, 04:24:37 PM
If it isn't a daft question why use IE8 when it is causing so much grief?
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Amazon MP3 development on: June 30, 2013, 10:59:13 AM
It is quite possible to buy a CD from Amazon and then list it for sale again on Amazon (which costs nothing until you sell it). Anyone can sell on Amazon. I often buy stuff on Amazon that is new but slightly cheaper from a third party seller.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Amazon MP3 development on: June 29, 2013, 10:38:20 AM
No more uncontrollable physical media

Odd though as they have moved to unprotected MP3 format which is even easier to share than physical media.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Amazon MP3 development on: June 29, 2013, 04:39:46 AM
Most, if not all, the digital downloads I have seen with DVDs require the redemption of a code on a slip inside the box. The boxes also say a digital copy is included. If I redeemed the code and then flogged the DVD the buyer won't get the digital copy. At least in the UK.

There are no video downloads from amazon.co.uk yet and they even dropped their rental system. Having said that I still think this is a very odd marketing decision for the manufacturers to allow ... or is this a prelude to the complete disappearance of physical products and this is the way to move customers into the new digital only world?
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: June 28, 2013, 07:15:09 PM
Doesn't alter the fact that the US has been continuously at war somewhere in the world since the second world war - and only ever to further their own financial needs - there is very little ideological content these days just economics. ut note those economic considerations don't benefit the American people - only the uber-rich puppet-masters.

The sensible thing to have done after Snowden's revelations would have been for the administration to through their hands up in horror and start a genuine investigation into illegal surveillance. At least then they wouldn't have shown their hand as the designers of all this crap. They should have given Snowden a reward, patted him on the back, put him on the dollar bill as a national standard for honesty and democracy and then quietly go back to business as usual.

Instead their petty minded, corrupt lying ways means that ultimately at best he will spend the rest of his life under voluntary house arrest and at worst they may even execute him through legal trickery or more likely covertly. It is now a matter of pride not to let his public service be seen for what it is.

"Land of the free, home of the brave" not for a long time outside the usual political doublespeak.

I don't dislike American's - every American I have met has been friendly, kind and considerate (and mostly appalled at what the US political system has become) - but your democracy is as dead as Europe's. All this taking democracy to the world is nothing but horseshit to cover up the real smell.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Amazon MP3 development on: June 28, 2013, 07:01:48 PM
The confusion I have is that Amazon give you the MP3 version of CDs in your cloud account. As far as I can tell once you have them you are not breaking copyright by selling the CD and keeping the MP3 files.

Actually in the UK it is illegal (though unlikely to be enforced) to rip CDs to MP3. Under currently legislation copying any copyright material is forbidden for any reason - including making digital backup copies, or ripping to MP3 players. This is particularly clear where any form of copy protection is used - it is technically illegal to own software or hardware that could potentially have the capacity to break copy protection - even if that is not the intention of the software, device or owner. It is a law that assumes guilt rather than innocence - so much for the law.

Effectively Amazon's new scheme means you can buy a CD (often cheaper than MP3 versions anyway, esp. for classical music) and then legally sell the CD still sealed as new and make a profit on the deal. In the meantime Amazon have given you a copy of the album in MP3 format. Have they really thought this through? (I just checked the terms and conditions and it says nothing about the MP3s only being there for the duration of the ownership of the CD - the only condition is if you download the MP3s and then cancel the order they will charge you for the MP3 version). See http://www.amazon.co.uk/g...UTF8&nodeId=201123480

The difference with DVD and BluRay with downloadable content is that I think the license says it is for the owner of the DVD or BD - it would therefore not be the same thing. Also to get the download codes you have to open the package to you can't really sell it as new (esp. since the code, advertised on the pack, has been removed or already claimed).

Oddly I didn't ask Amazon for this service - I am not sure the copyright holders are going to be too happy with it either.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EU Court - Piracy Tax On Printers on: June 28, 2013, 09:58:19 AM
There is a logical conclusion to the EU ruling - copy what you like now you are paying for it.

Since they are charging a levy for people making copies they can't argue that copying is illegal any longer.
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