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  1. True, but that really is not a trivial exercise (at least for the WPA bit). My £0,02 says the authorities would have to already have some serious grounds/intel to resort to that, considering the resources likely to be required. And the kind of people likely to attract that level of attention from authorities very probably don't use WiFi (too easy to compromise, MAC spoofing is old news to the determined h4xx0r) but cabled connections. I'm quick to add, I'm not a criminal (just have to keep my PC super-secure re. client confidentiality)
  2. Unless either (i) you'd be dumb enough to open an email with attachment from someone/some company you don't know (reportedly this is how 'they' would install the keylogger), or (ii) the men-in-black physically break into your home/office to install some snooping kit, their attempts at remote snooping are likely to be about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. A healthy combination of hardware + software firewalls and IP blocking software (e.g. PG2) should see you sorted. Personally, I use 2 physical routers (one maintains ADSL web connection, WiFi disabled, and feeds another, WiFi enabled, to which local devices connect, both have in-build hardware firewalls plus my own settings/policies to manage ins/outs, IP ranges, allowed/disabled/forwarded ports, connectable MACs + LAN IPs, exceptions, etc.), plus XP Firewall and another software firewall and PG2 (not forgetting AVG and spyware/adware monitors) If you use Outlook/Outlook Express, of course you should disable the preview pane (because it automatically opens emails) and specify that emails are not to be opened unless double-clicked (this is a very old security tip, I can't even remember how to do it by now!) EDIT @ Cyclone: not the OP's fault, put it down to 'modern journalism' (that which repeats much, without ever querying much )
  3. The secret? It's known as the 'Vatanen flick' (flick the s/wheel against the turning direction then immediately turn the s/wheel into the turn while applying the handbrake). (credited to Ari Vatanen when 4WD rallying started, to get a 4WD car in the right posture for a drift turn on tarmac, though I'm sure it's been done countless times before with non-4WDs) Easy, when you know how I'm quick to add, that wasn't me on Abbeydale Rd, nor do I regularly engage in such reprehensible behaviour I'm just VIP driver-trained and it was part of the 'defensive' cursus
  4. If selling/recycling, short of taking out and keeping the HDD with you, killdisk gets my vote. DBAN is just as good, but I find killdisk (non-bio ) still cleans whither than white You'd be selling/recycling the PC with either a blank HDD ready-to-format-to-the-user's-preference, or a fresh install of the OS (nothing like it for that fresh, lightning-quick-out-of-the-box experience). I've been using it for donkey's years, on countless PCs / laptops, never an issue.
  5. My brother-in-law used to work security at M'hall some years ago. The stories I could post... I'm liking this thread (donkey's funny, reminds me of Shrek's definition of same ), please don't stop/close it
  6. It should be in 'Computer & Tech' As to the question, you need to refine it a bit, methinks Do you mean: 'how do 0's and 1's read from some medium or other (memory, CD, DVD, etc.) become wavelengths (audio)?' Start here (link), and continue here (link).
  7. I've used the same cc with Paypal for donkey's years, they've never frozen my account each time the cc ran out (and I did not update the cc details for weeks or months at a time) Point in fact, the current cc ran out in Nov and the account's still alive and well (but still has funds accrued from auctions, so this may explain that?)
  8. An interface is required between HDMI and DVI: DVI out (PC) > DVI in (pass-through) > HDMI out (pass-through) > HDMI in (TV) whereby a loss is incurred (however marginal it may be, it is likely to become noticeable on highest bandwidth image sequences e.g. 1080p). No interface = no loss, so either of DVI out (PC) to DVI in (TV) HDMI out (PC) to HDMI in (TV) would be an improvement over a DVI-to-HDMI solution. The real advantage of HDMI over DVI (why I put it > DVI), is that it also carries digital sound. DVI does not. Of course, the DVI-to-HDMI interface does not "magically pull the sound from the ether" either, so DVI-to-HDMI still only gives you image, not sound.
  9. A lot of graphics cards (and PCs incorporating such cards) come with a DVI > DSUB adapter or dongle as standard. Then all you want is a simple VGA lead extension (female/male), for pennies It all depends on what your PC output is, now. In simple terms, lowest to highest image quality goes: HDMI > DVI > DSUB and if your PC also has a more conventional 'TV-type' out: HDMI > DVI > DSUB > SCART > Svideo > Composite ('yellow round' video out is composite, but may instead be bespoke, e.g. Dell laptops' S-video dongles) (component intentionally left out, really rare output from a PC) Next question: have you thought about audio? Because it doesn't travel through that cable, btw
  10. Dear me! Haven't checked this thread in weeks, I come back for a neb ...and you lot are still feeding saxondale's habit?!? What I'm looking forward to, is the time at which the variance, between the real market status and the 'offset' market status drip-fed by estate agents and banks, will grow to such an extent as to be beyond any damage control by any amount of spin.
  11. Beware, not all LCD TVs have a VGA (D-SUB 15 pin) connector. Moreover, yours may have a DVI (digital) input, which will provide an improved quality over the VGA (analogue) input. Check your TV first for what input ports it has, and check your PC for what output ports it has. Come back here with that info and I'm confident geeks on here (me included ) will be able to sort you out
  12. If they turn up, just thank them for the offer and tell them you're renting and all that kind of stuff is to do with the management company (of course, you don't have their number handy, sorry). Off they go, no aggro.
  13. @ LibertyBell Like all the Linux'd EEEs, I'm quite sure you can replace the OS with an XP install. Just get hold of a cheap XP Home version with CoA, and you'll be sorted @ upinwath, glad you're liking your 701 That's exactly why I've got one, and am so happy with it after countless 'normal laptops' (IBM, Tosh, Dell) over the years. And that's exactly why ASUS made such a name for itself with netbooks (kick starting the whole thing, before they became a must-have fashion item): I don't want to lug 2+ kg of 'desktop replacement', I just want something light, Tonka-built and more useable/versatile than a Blackberry (not to mention, I can VNC my desktop with it anyway ) ... and I wouldn't worry too much about breaking it: the most fragile part in a normal laptop is always the HDD (even when shock-proofed/shock-mounted).
  14. I'm looking forward to a little free time to get myself reacquainted with Battlefield 2
  15. Simplest to sart with, for a light user/beginner: * Got to Control Panel, click Add/Remove software, and remove any software you don't use, then * Run Scandisk (once), then * Run Defragmenter (twice), then * Download and install CCleaner, then * Run CCleaner, choose the option to empty the Recycle Bin, delete Cookies, delete Internet temporary files, etc., then when that's done, * Still in CCleaner, choose the option to tidy up your registry (not as thorough, but very much safer, than other products mentioned). If the above (which should take no more than 20 mins start to finish, depending on your PC specs) does not produce a marked difference, then as suggested earlier in the thread, it may be best to backup your data (on USB sticks, CDR etc.), and reinstall everything from scratch using the Restore disks if you have them.
  16. True (Of course. Duh!) False. Public service employee wage > Benefits amount paid to same person when unemployed Both benefits and public service employee wage come entirely from tax money, originally. Tax levied on public service employee wage = tax money paid back in tax. It's just going round and round and not generating real value = no economic growth.
  17. The intent is certainly not to 'punish', but to incentivise (for instance, I'd never consider that people on incapacity or disability benefits should fall into this model). You have to look at it as a system of communicating tubes or vases: you need to keep topping up the system with fresh cash increasingly frequently (more & more unemployed = more & more benefits to pay) , but there's only so much accounting trickery the GVT can do to find this extra cash (more & more unemployed/companies bust or making a loss = less & less tax money in). So you need people to stay on benefits as shortly as possible, since when they're not on they are putting in. Who are the people likely to stay on benefits for the shortest time? People with useable/marketable skills. I think you're describing (or basing your point on) a socialist labour market, I'm looking at it from a pragmatic point of view.
  18. You been and seen, to back your opinion? And it's not simply a question of 'making things': what makes you think services (private or business to business) can't run overseas? Case in point: all the UK call centre activity delocalised to India and the like.
  19. The real problem here is that we are no better educated anymore, than countries which were deemed '3rd World' not so long back, e.g. Korea, India, China. It's never a question of fairness, as university-educated, but sprout-picking Koreans, Indians and Chinese could tell you The country's capacity to rejig its education curriculum and dispensing format, after recognising the true worth of the current model (relative to its real economical value, in a global context) is the problem: for any given job that can be performed in any country (and that's most of them these days)are our GCSE'd or Degree'd new employables as marketable, or less, than their foreign counterparts?
  20. That's exactly my point, though. 'The system' needs changing, there's too much apathy. You're not going to change 'the system' by becoming a cog in it. When the entire system becomes made of cogs, there won't be any fuel to make it go round. Then what do we do? Transferrable skills is what you should be after
  21. And when everybody else does that, who's going to be generating real value from which to draw taxes, with which to pay people in "local governmet/council jobs"? Have a look at the mire that France has become, with this mindset.
  22. On the basis of an 8 hour day, I believe people on benefits should be made to contribute to society somewhat more proactively than with just "seeking a job", on the basis of their past contributions. That could occupy at best/worst (depending on POV) 4 hours a day, in a controlled environment (Job Center), the remaining 4 hours to be something community service-like. E.g. "on the basis of their past contributions" = if they always were on benefits, never contributed anything "to the pot", be put to work 6 hours and search job for 2, and if they contributed lots before ending up on benefits, less work and more job searching (on the understanding that people who contributed lots have higher likelihood of finding work quicker, therefore start putting into the pot again quicker). The alternative would be, don't do the work bit. But then benefits would be cut back in proportion (only paid for the hours spent at the Job Centre looking for a job), or even none at all. Just common sense, really, when you think about it. I am mildly offended by bendeanwragg's post. I was not born in this country, have never drawn any form of benefit here or anywhere else, and have always paid my way and more. You could do worse than reign in your aircraft carrier-sized broad brush, M'lady
  23. Some of the comments in this thread "People in glass houses" and all that. I'm all for 'controlled repossessions', because at the end of the day it is banks and borrowers who have let themselves into such situations, and they should both face their responsibilities for it (borrowers lose any equity built into the property, banks rarely if ever make their money back on foreclosures). But not at the expense of humanity (whereby the 'controlled' in 'controlled repossession'). Having been in a similar situation some years ago, I can certainly empathise a lot with these poor people, and sincerely hope the situation gets sorted, especially if it only arose as a result of an incorrect data entry.
  24. Robbiet, you're forgetting the agricultural capacity as well (not only can't we make anything anymore, we can't feed ourselves anymore either ) The last 'obscene fuel prices' episode highlighted this so well, and should have sent the Gvt running, far more so than the financial crisis! Same thing happened in France, where most of the remaining steel industry was sold to the Indian carpetbaggers for three pence and guess what? Cruch comes around a year or so on, and everybody's out on their ear of course!
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