* Posts by James

13 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Feb 2008

Brit ISPs censor Wikipedia over 'child porn' album cover


Still popular

The articles "virgin Killer" and "Scorpions" are the most popular articles on Wiki - they have had over 35,000 hits in the past hour alone

Compare with the 3rd most popular - this has had a mere 6,900 hits

All thanks to the IWF


New news

Just when you thought it couldnt get any worse...

The Internet Watch Foundation may add Amazon US to its list of sites "blocked" for hosting a picture of an album cover by The Scorpions




Virgin killer is now THE most popular viewed article hit on Wikipedia


the second most popular is Scorpions

Main BBC channels to be broadcast live via web


TV Licence

The exclusion is only if you have a 'main' tv licence eg if you have a set at home, then you can also have a battery powered set in say your caravan without needing a separate licence.

maybe cafes will block that particular web site so they won't need to buy a licence

UK ISPs agree to menace their filesharing users


What they will do

As far as I can tell this is the way it will work

1. the isps will not be inspecting your traffic, packets or anything else

2. the bpi will connect to (say) the torrent on mininova called 'wall-e'

3. they will note all the IP addresses of people downloading that file

4. they will forward that list to the isps who will send out the letters

5. expressly stated is that the isps will NOT give the BPI the names/addresses correcponding to their IP list but will simply agree to send out the letters accoring to that list

T-Mobile not alone in spinning price hikes


0870 numbers

Use the web site

saynoto0870 . co . uk

to find the real number for 0870 and 0845 numbers and they dial that number not the 0870 number

I have a little notebook in which i write the real numbers I most often use

Intel Atom 230 ultra low-power desktop CPU


Power usage

Not sure what the total power draw of this is but my Dell XPS 1330 laptop (Core 2 Duo) draws 28watts normal use (eg web browsing, downloading etc) and 48 watts intensive computing, that includes the HDD and screen.

I would like to get below this but this board is nowhere near

Yet another hole found in BT Wi-Fi router


Probably a silly question

This is probably a silly question but isn't the device serial no also on a label on the outside? In which case if you have access to the house (eg a friend's house, go there for a party etc etc) a quick peek and you then know their router password?

Garage sale genius juices software-hawking eBayers



It is really quite simply.

When you buy a music CD, you are buying a physical CD ( yours to do with as you wish) and a licence to listen to the music IN THAT FORMAT. That's why it's a copyright infringement to rip the music to mp3.

Same with software. The physical disk is yours, the software on it is subject to the EULA which may say no transferring etc etc

I'm not saying this is acceptable, just that this is the way it is at the moment.

If the ELUA says no transferring, selling secondhand etc etc than that's what it says.

Equally, if you rip a CD to mp3 then you are copyright infringing (unless there are specific laws in your country striking down this and allowing format-shifting)

Sucks, but there it is.

Now, if the Autocad had already previously been installed on a machine and the guy was selling it on ebay (even if the machine was no longer using it) then the EULA would prohibit the licence transfer and I would imagine the company's servers would enforce that rule, so the new owner would not be able to activate that copy of Autocad once he had installed it.

If it was a brand new unopened copy of Autocad, then he had a perfect right to sell it.

Your personal data just got permanently cached at the US border


No surprise

This, IMHO, is no different from what's been going on for years. Customs have always had the power to go throught your suitcase, any notebooks (the paper kind), books etc you are carrying. They have looked at videos you carry (especially if they suspect they are porn videos), CDs etc. They can emplty your washbag looking for drugs etc.

Customs have always had pretty well unlimited powers - more than the police.

Bottom line - for a very long time if you enter a country (pretty well any country) you can be subject to any kind of searching including a full strip invasive body search so why does anyone think a laptop is somehow exempt?

Virgin Media in talks to trial three strikes regime against P2P



Yes I think you are right, if you use your connection for anything 'illegal' your connection can be terminated and you will be liable for outstanding monthly rental up to yout 12 month contract

However, is downloading 'illegal'?? I thought it was a civil matter - copyright infringement???

BAA grounds Heathrow T5 fingerprinting system



Good good good good good

Someone somewhere has to put a stake in the ground before we all get imbedded with microchips like dogs

Rebit: This is your grandmother's data backup


Call me Mr Stupid, but..

Call me Mr Stupid but to me they have it exactly the wrong way around for multiple-partiton systems.

For multiple-partition systems they should back up the C-drive once, and the d-drive (likely to be the data drive) contilually as changes are made.

The c-drive would be a 'known good state' backup, and could be restored to that state in the case of drive failure, virus damage etc etc

The d-drive would contain changes made to data and files could be dragged and dropped back onto the d-drive as required in case a restore was wanted.

What is the point of continully backing up the OS drive? I for one would not like to guess what system files to drag and drop back to repair, say, a virus attack.

The is exactly the way we do it now. We use (say) Acronis True Image to take a known good image of the c-drive and (say) external usb drives to drag and drop out data for backup.