* Posts by js6898

24 posts • joined 3 Aug 2016

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


One advantage of spinning rust drives is that if you use a program such as eraser to erase a file then it is definitely erased. You cannot say the same if the drive is a SSD...

Chrome ad-blocker crackdown preview due late July. Here's a half-dozen reasons why add-on devs are still upset


Why bother about ad blocking extensions anyway - can you not just use the HOSTS file ? (genuine question)

Easter is approaching – and British pr0n watchers still don't know how long before age-gates come into force


They are coming into force 15 July

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


is switching to Edge the answer, particularly now it will have disable html5 autoplay gunction (which is the only reason i use cjrome)

Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched


Re: So What Is the Law for Updates...

I think a guarantee is related to the spec at the time of sale. So if 2 months down the line the phone won't turn on then you can claim. If an attack vector is found and a security update issued then not. The sales literature etc never said they would be.

Analogy time again - you buy a DAB radio. All goes well until 6 months down the line someone finds a way to inject their own (eg advertising) message into the DAB signal so interrupting your listening. All new radios are thereafter build with a software fix that means this can no longer happen. Should this fix be retrofitted to all existing older DAB radios?

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive


Well luckily going forward nothing like this whatever happened again at least on Windows 10 machines all you have to do is tell Cortana what you want to do

UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics


easy - just create an id based on someone else. Everyone knows someone whose name, address, dob and even cc number if required they know.

It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!


To me there are two different kinds of passwords scenarios

the first is where you are logging on to say your bank. anybody is very unlikely to guess your password because you only had three tries and then you are locked out and have to do a reset so in this scenario the password almost doesn't matter - no one is going to get it in 3 tries

The second scenario is where the person trying to get your password has access to the file containing the encrypted source of passwords or for example a Word document that is encrypted. in this case of course they have as many tries as they want and will typically run a password cracking program using a very fast computer and an even faster GPU.

In this case they will use a dictionary attack and so you should not use words for example 'my head is painted green' is only a 5 character password as it has 5 works

a simple way to choose a random password is to think of an obscure song or poem and use for example the first letters of each word in the first couple of lines of that song or poem as the password. Add a special character at the beginning or end or both if you want to

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish


No availability yet - the Microsoft ISO download page still shows Fall Creator's Update


Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient


why a 7v battery? 9v maybe but 7v? yes they are available of course but who has a spare 7v battery lying around ?

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser


Truely don't understand all this anti-MS feeling. I have been with MS since XP days, upgraded to W7 (missed Vista) and then W10 (missed W8). Everything just continues to work. I have Office 2007 for my spreadsheets and word files (keeps working year in, year out). Thumbsplus for my photos, VLC for my videos, IE for internet (started with IE6, now on IE11). Never had a problem. HOSTS file block adverts etc - always has done, still continues to do so. Use Allway Sync to backup my files, Audacity, Freemake (old free version), Adobe Audition (old version). Never had to upgrade anything. Just goes on and on. Now on W10 1709 not had to pay anything for years (last time was when I bought my W7 PC and I assume I paid an OS licence then). I love MS - just can''t work out how they make any money. They've certainly not had much from me over the last 15 years. Oh and yes, had years and years of free Hotmail. Feel as though I should make a donation to MS as a 'thank you' but don't know how.

Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions


If you know someone's date of birth (even approximately) and where they were born you can get the mother's maiden name from the GRO - indexed on FREEBMD.

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home


Alexia logs? Surely they don't log what you do with it...

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months


I've got a 30GB package from Three, ditched my landline and used my Galaxy S6 (then S7) as a modem to connect my laptop for some time now. It's fast, reliable, better than my WiFi was. Don't have internet TV - then again, I never did.

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta


Turned it on, went to edit a .txt file on my desktop (using notepad), wouldn't let me save the changed .txt file back onto the desktop. Turned it off and then I could save the file.

Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads


You can still play it on the web - just search 'colossal cave adventure'



Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers


Yes I use HOSTS file and nothing else - have done for a decade or more. That, and the 'disable HTML5 autopay' extension recently added to Chrome browser and my internet browsing is as peaceful as can be.

Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs


I was referring to the fact that it is not possible to securely erase a singe file (eg 'myinternetbankingpasswords.doc') from a SSD whereas it is trivially easy on a conventional HDD. Thus, before using a big SSD to store all your data make sure you will never want to securely erase a file.


One reason why I like hard drives and not SSD is that you can truely erase a file on a HDD (eg use ERASER to overwrite the file). As far as I am aware (and I am no expert) this is not possible with SSD due to the way they work?

Unbreakable Locky ransomware is on the march again



I blame Microsoft for making the default Windows setting to hide file extensions for known file types this means for example that invoice.exe shows up as invoice I really can't understand why the setting is that way yes you can change it but the default should be to show all file extensions

You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world


I am not sure how this is supposed to work. Got the sensors bit, but how does that track you? If you have WiFi and Bluetooth turned off on your phone, the only way they can track you is via your payment card. How do the sensors fit into tracking?

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?


You can't logon to a Tesco account without device recognition - if you try to logon from another PC they text you a PIN so that adds another layer of security

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?


Re: That'll be a NOPE

Yes it can be declined - just stop the Windows Update Service and you will never get it!


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