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We havent asked you for a while what O/S your using folks and it will be of help in the long term if we can get some idea of whats in favour and whats no longer used , this is helpful in terms of what new articles / information you may wish to read or have updated from our existing range, I have set the poll to only show to voters to encourage participation so please dont be shy and help us to help you  8) 8) 8)

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WinMx World News / Are The Music Industry About To Battle Google ?
« Last post by GhostShip on July 17, 2017, 05:27:05 pm »
Not a new topic for regular readers here but one thats been steadily plugged by a frustrated recording industry.

With the money from CDs and digital downloads disappearing, the music industry has pinned its hope for the future on online song streaming, which now accounts for the majority of the $7.7 billion U.S. music market.

But the biggest player in this future isn’t one of the names most associated with streaming – Spotify, Amazon, Pandora or Apple. It’s YouTube, the site best known for viral videos, which accounts for 25 percent of all music streamed worldwide, far more than any other site.

Now, YouTube is locked in an increasingly bitter battle with music labels over how much it pays to stream their songs – and at stake is not just the finances of the music industry but also the way that millions of people around the world have grown accustomed to listening to music: for free.

I have no idea why Google or one of the other multibillion dollar companies dont just simply buy the rights to a raft of back catalogue material and then sell it online using a micro payment policy, many such small payments would earn them back a vast sum of money and they would both enrich themselves and the recording artist(s) whilst delivering the cheapest way to actually hear the music to the public, they already have the platform in hand to undertake this so why not test the waters by buying up a few of the cheaper rights holding entities and test the market ?

I see a stormy passage ahead for this legislation from the porn viewing public  :lol:

A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun.
The age-check requirement applies to any website or other online platform that provides pornography "on a commercial basis" to people in the UK.

The watchdog will be able to force internet providers to block access to non-compliant services.

The act also sets out other new laws including punishing the use of bots to snatch up scores of concert tickets, and mandating the provision of subtitles on catch-up TV.

I wonder if the legislators have missed out on a trick here, surely deaf porn viewers would also enjoy mandated subtitles and it would only require a few added sentences to the bill,

Whats the world coming too eh folks. :gum:
has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists,

and a sealed envelope containing a message sent through the postal service cant be used by terrorists and criminals? does the Australian postal service open everyones mail?

how about the art of steganography ( ?  never know when those cat pictures right in front of a gov officials face might have a malicious plan complete with embedded map...

gov officials are way too paranoid (and incredibly stupid) when it comes to 'encryption'...
Another case of "small horizon" syndrome it seems..

The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages.Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists, but security experts say strong encryption protects citizens' privacy.

Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect's communications to police with an appropriate warrant. However, messaging companies cannot hand over messages that have been end-to-end encrypted because they do not receive a legible copy.

"For this to work, the companies will have to change their technical architecture or somehow weaken the encryption," said Prof Woodward. "Either is a bad idea."

Some politicians have called for apps to build a "back door" into their systems, to allow law enforcement access to unencrypted messages. But such a system could also be exploited by criminals, defeating the purpose of encryption.

Folks wont wish to use systems that are open to "Official Abuse" by rogue governments or their employees, whilst everyone wishes to assist in the fight against mindless and indescriminate violence we have to weight that against the real threat to the economic welfare of the country, make systems weak and accessible to those same attackers or criminals and you multiply the impact on the populace.

WinMX Lyte / Re: #c0ffee
« Last post by Pri on July 06, 2017, 09:45:04 am »
That's funny. I never imagined picking my colour scheme by the words the hex codes can represent.
WinMX Lyte / #c0ffee
« Last post by White Stripes on July 02, 2017, 11:50:15 am »

#c0ffee is the color

web designers, and others of artistic bent, will quite enjoy this
WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by Pri on June 25, 2017, 10:36:41 pm »
People don't realise the danger they put themselves in when they stick this equipment online. We all know because we're technologically literate but the average person sees WiFi like magic. My own wife once asked me if she would be able to take her laptop to a friends house and receive our WiFi signal there.. several miles away.

Average joes just don't "get" it. And really should they have to? - It is my opinion that we have already enough things to worry about in our daily lives from being able to cook hundreds of meals, learn to drive, learn to operate all the appliances. All things we just take for granted like knowing how to use an elevator/lift. At some point you have to just defer to others.

How many of us knows how to make a candle from scratch? or churn butter? - At some point we said let someone else worry about it, we'll just buy those things in a shop and there are regulations in place to make sure that the butter we buy isn't contaminated with ecoli etc

This same sort of thing needs to be done with technology. Companies like Virgin Media that put out devices must have a baseline of security that anyone can buy it, plug it in and be secure from day one.

My company several years ago produced a home hub for a saudi ISP and in ours we generated a random password the very first time you powered it on and it was presented to the user using a captive portal the first time they opened a web browser. As soon as that message was displayed to a user the WiFi password system was setup on the router automatically.

The screen said to the user, this is your WiFi password, save it somewhere and use it on all your devices. Captive portals like that are not new technology. ISP's and general internet connected device manufacturers are so incredibly lazy it's frustrating to see them put in such little effort.

<- End of my rant lol
WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by White Stripes on June 25, 2017, 06:20:24 am »
Terminal apathy seems to set in when its time to set up a router  :lol:

O_o ..... gotta be kidding me... its simple.... connect lan, set wifi pass, set router pass, connect wan, enjoy internet..... ...only have to do it once too...

...then again every winter the local news has a story about someones house burning to the ground because of a space heater... and even the cheapest of heaters has many warnings and usage instructions embossed onto the unit itself...
WinMx World News / Re: UK ISP Virgin Media Sounds Alert
« Last post by GhostShip on June 24, 2017, 06:22:43 am »
Terminal apathy seems to set in when its time to set up a router  :lol:

A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest.
Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers.

But experts raised concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk. They recommend users change their router password from the default.

I wonder what time next year we will read about this problem again ?

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