* Posts by Martin

18 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Aug 2007

Boffins dream up Sleeptalking PC standby-mode tech

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Media Players

The PopcornHour media player does torrent and usenet troughing out of the box.

(don't have the power ratings to hand though).

Dixons websites take a little lie down


Still Down

Currys.co.uk and pcworld.co.uk (plus a few oddies) still down at 21:45

That familiar old feeling of finding out you can't read you backup tapes.

Raids net police £1m in pirate game and movie discs


Hull too.

25,000 DVDs 125,000 disks and 12 people arrested.


Jacqui Smith kick-starts yoof ID debate site, site kick stops


The mod sounds familiar

Reading the moderators replies, they seemed strangely familiar.

Than it came back to me - The old Eliza programs where you try to have a conversation with a machine. http://www-ai.ijs.si/eliza/eliza.html

You: How do we stop ID cards

Eliza: Does that question interest you?

You: Labour have shot themselves in the foot again with this ID card nonsense.

Eliza: Please go on.

Home Office hands over £50m for police mobile devices


Title should read. "Officers get iPlod"

Mines the stab-proof one.

Ofcom pulls plug on wholesale broadband regulation

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If only.

I have both BT and Kingston/Karoo available here.

The former has zero LLU's in the local exchange and Krapoo.... well say no more.

Next time you go to the loo, bring your locked laptop with you

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Lucky me then?

I have yet to own a desktop or laptop that can boot off USB. I thought it a damn nuisance, maybe not so bad now.

Ofcom stands up to Information Commissioner


Freely Available on CD Real Soon Now.

Coat, get, bye.

Join the army, get your ID pinched - MoD laptop goes AWOL

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And the rest


"The Ministry of Defence admitted yesterday that it was urgently checking the information thought to be held on more than 400 laptops stolen from the department in the past five years, including at least 68 stolen in 2007 alone."

Dreamhost billing cock-up shocks customer bank accounts

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Peanuts - Hull takes 900,000 UKP

" Angry city councillors are calling for a full investigation into how the authority mistakenly withdrew £900,000 from residents' accounts.

As the Mail reported yesterday, about 9,500 unauthorised automated transactions were carried out by the council earlier this week."


Excuse me sir: there's a rootkit in your master boot record



"The protected flash BIOSs must have some sort of password or PIN built in to the flash upgrade utility."

Usually a physical link on the mobo.


more than 512 bytes available.

Someone said "I'm at a loss to figure how 512 bytes of code (incl partition table data)"

There's vastly more room than that. The 512 bytes is what is loaded into memory at boot time, the whole of the first track (cylinder maybe) is available as well.

Amazon claims amazing Christmas


Bah, Humbug - not next year

And my DVD's, books and CD's arrived this morning, 27th. Ordered in plenty of time. Thank you TNT for finding out you couldn't handle the load and just posted the excess, probably on Christmas eve.

HMRC manual on data protection was protected data


Office Junior

So, how come a mere "office Junior" and seemingly all and sundry have sufficient access rights to dump it all to CD anyway.?

Ofcom stings ISP £30k for silent treatment

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Even if I got a MAC it would be no bloody good. There's no alternative to Krapoo in Hull/Parts of East Yorkshire.

Met Police guilty in de Menezes case


"fast moving police operations where the public are in danger."

Yes, in danger from MetPlod!

California teen offers GPS challenge to speeding rap


But didn't get to court

Didn't he get off because the plod in question had retired so it didn;t even reach court.

Kingston Comms loses BT connection



STILL can't connect to bt.com