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ChrisIB

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    Programmer
  1. ChrisIB

    Free VPNs and are they worth it?

    So if only using an https mail portal rather than a client, it will already be secure even over open wifi, so whether or not to use a VPN will be down to whether it would be of benefit to have a second layer of encryption? Difficult to evaluate I guess, not sure of the hacker skills required to attack either. Thanks, will check it out
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    Free VPNs and are they worth it?

    Interesting. My main use is just for security if I'm out and about doing email on free wifi. It seems difficult to evaluate what if any protection it gives from malware. I guess at home there is perhaps little point unless I don't trust my ISP?
  3. Any recommendations for VPNs? I have tried the one built into Opera and also ProtonVPN (which uses a Netherlands based server, so of limited use). Also what about the pros and cons? I get that encryption aids security but does it also introduce vulnerabilities? (as say you are reliant on the integrity of the servers).
  4. On the BBC's Politics today Mr Self sparked an angry reaction from the right-winger by claiming “every racist and anti-Semite in the country” voted for Brexit. Mr Self said earlier on the show there were many rational reasons for leaving the EU but there said many of the key proponents of Brexit believed in an “ethnic nationalist Britain”. https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/will-self-mark-francois-brexit-row-bbc-video-racist-anti-semite/ Fellow panellist Grace Campbell later tweeted that prior to the show Self had suggested Francois had a small manhood. https://twitter.com/GraceCampbell
  5. ChrisIB

    The "I am currently reading" thread

    ABC's of Quantum Mechanics by V. Rydnik, 2001 An expanded translation of the original Russian book (1963). Over the years I've tried numerous lucid tomes in my quest to understand some of this. Here the clever prose keeps you awake and the analogies lift it. A few of the concepts even got levered into my surprised brain.
  6. Not sure, my experience was with the same network, O2. Android gives the signal strength in dBm from System, About phone, Status, Network, Signal strength
  7. A few years ago I got a Sony L1 and for the first time the call quality was better than a land line. Not sure if that was improvements in the tech or if Sony put in some fancy electronics or speakers. About a year ago replaced it with a Huawei Honor and instead of getting a borderline voice signal in poor reception areas, I get one good enough for hotspot data. Thinking of upgrading and looking at the reviews there is little mention of reception, which seems odd, so, any recommendations or avoids?
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    Rate the last film that you've seen - part two

    The girl in the spider's web Slick and well paced with Claire Foy replacing Rapace as Salander. More Bourne than Dragon though and whilst I like Bourne, this was oddly uninvolving. 5/10
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    The "I am currently reading" thread

    The secret life of birds by Colin Tudge Wonderfully interesting, not a dull word
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    The "I am currently reading" thread

    On the future Prospects for Humanity, Martin Rees The Astronomer Royal peers into our future
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    The "I am currently reading" thread

    Top secret alien abduction files : what the government doesn’t want you to know, Nick Redfern, 2018 It draws from FOI, contactee and abductee information and suggests several phases of alien activity. The early years, from the 50s, where contactees reported benevolent, non abduction type interactions. Intrigued governments began discreetly opening files. A second and more sinister phase from the sixties with abductions and experimentation. Governments became more proactive with monitoring and rapid response, black helicopter type reactions and occasionally their own abductions. Disinformation was used to limit widespread credence being given.
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    Rate the last film that you've seen - part two

    Zoe A story about how synthetic humans can feel and even love, and how the people they are involved with react to this concept. Slow but interesting 7/10
  13. ChrisIB

    CD Printing option

    Thanks for the recommends, will check them out
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    CD Printing option

    Looking to replace my trusty Canon Pixma. I would prefer a laser but neeed to be able to print CDs and that seems to be available with inkjets only (Canon, Epson). Anyone a recommendation?
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    The "I am currently reading" thread

    Bill Bryson's African Diary
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