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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Blue Stone Re:T vs T2 vs S (81 comments)

DVB-S is the satellite equivalent of DVB-T which is Mpeg2.

DVB-S2 is the equivalent of DVB-T2 which is Mpeg 4.

The only difference is that nowhere in the UK is mpeg2 used for HD terrestrial broadcasts, whereas satellite broadcasting still frequently uses mpeg2 for HD content.

about two weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Blue Stone Re:Broadcast standards in Europe (81 comments)

DVB-T (Mpeg2) is used for SD broadcasts in the UK. DVB-T2 (MPeg4) is used for all the HD channels (terrestrially).

about two weeks ago
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UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

Blue Stone Satire that Writes Itself. (45 comments)

Francis Maude (the minister setting this up) - "Through the excellent work of GCHQ, in partnership with other government departments, the private sector and academia, we are able to counter threats and ensure together we are stronger and more aware."

And if the spy agencies are the threat? Who will protect us from those who wish to protect us?

Perhaps the course will be teaching people how to evade the mass surveillance of GCHQ and their pals at the NSA? Seems unlikely!

about three weeks ago
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Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

Blue Stone Sure ... (114 comments)

... "seperate"

about three weeks ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

Blue Stone The Stasi & Stripes (217 comments)

The government has files on everyone (or nearly everyone); people never suspected of, or implicated in, any crime.

How is this different from what the Stasi did?

about a month ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Blue Stone Re:The United States Voted For That Declaration (261 comments)

The founders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had, at the time, just faced down a global fascist hegemony, which made those rights seem just and proper and self-evident for great peace and wellbeing.

Now those founding states are becoming a global fascists hegemony ... they're not so keen on them.

Quelle suprise! :)

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Blue Stone Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

The whole G+ real-name crap kept me away but it did teach me something I wouldn't have otherwise known if I *had* started using the service:

I can get along perfectly fine without Google +.

about a month and a half ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

Blue Stone Re:Identity Theft (74 comments)

So, pretty clearly, there is a huge problem with SSNs being used in the USA as both identifier and authenticator. And this has been know for years, and many people have suffered as a result of this really really stupid system, whose flaws are obvious to everyone using the system.

So how long will it take to get something changed?

about a month and a half ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Blue Stone Re:A few points (255 comments)

Thanks. Its contributions like yours thant make /. a still tolerable place.

about 2 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Blue Stone Re:False Warnings? (135 comments)

>Stop allowing the perpetrators to hide behind the corporate veil.

Then what's the point of a corporation!? (See my sig. below.)

about 2 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Blue Stone Re:Even better idea: (135 comments)

He'll be schmoozing with the various copyright cartel lobbyists, who'll be blowing smoke up his arse and whispering sweet little lies in his ears.

Recompense will come in the "you scratch our backs, we'll scratch yours" format at some point in the future. That's the way it usually worls: 'favours' for 'favours'.

about 2 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Blue Stone Finally (276 comments)

Finally someone (of note) says what everyone has been thinking (and saying).

Without the ability to challenge, it amounts to totalitarianism.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Blue Stone Re:Core competency (142 comments)

In 2050 Firefox will be a wood-pulp mill in Finland.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls

Blue Stone Re:More Uses for Aluminium foil (125 comments)

>Hopefully we'll wise up someday and stop caring about the pointless minutiae of each others' lives

We've been scrutinising the minutiae of others lives for millennia; ever since we evolved into social grouping, with all its hierarchical dynamics. It's not going to stop any time soon.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Blue Stone Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

Wat is this utopia of user-slelected privacy controls?

signed,

A reamed-every-which-way-including-Sunday Android user.

about 3 months ago
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GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

Blue Stone Re:Not profitable (110 comments)

I sense a meme...

  GoDaddy is to domain registrars what RyanAir is to the low-cost airline industry.

about 3 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

Blue Stone Re:US Government is Corrupt by Inspection (253 comments)

He was joking. He meant it amounts to being illegal - because they persue and persecute anyone who exposes their wrongdoing - and they use the DoJ et al, to do the persecution.

about 3 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Blue Stone Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

This is why no Briton is in a position to criticism [sic] the US.

Britons are not party to the nefarious shenannigans of the British state (by and large). Britons who oppose such things should be free to criticise them wherever they happen. As should everyone.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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How Do I Stop Google Stalking Me?

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Blue Stone (582566) writes "I recently noticed and was alarmed to see Google displaying the name of the (small) town in which I live in its search results (previously it had been very innacurate). Despite disabling the geo.location function in Firefox (unethically enabled by default) and ensuring that all private data was deleted (history, super-cookies, no toolbars) on accquiring a new IP address Google still knew where I was. My IP addresses come from a large national ISP and I'm solely using Firefox with geolocation disabled. Where is Google getting my location from and more importantly, how do I stop it creeping me out and behaving like a (giant, corporate) stalker?"
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UK's MI5 Drools Over Oyster Card Travel Data

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Boiled Frog from a Nation of Suspects (582566) writes "The Oyster card, an RFID single-swipe card (recently cracked) was introduced to London's public transport users purportedly to make their lives easier. Now British Intelligence services want some of the benefits by trawling through the travel data amassed by the card to spy on the 17 million Britons who use it.

Currently the security services can demand the Oyster records of specific individuals under investigation to establish where they have been [3,000 requests for passenger journey data in 2006] but cannot trawl the whole database. But supporters of calls for more sharing of data argue that apparently trivial snippets — like the journeys an individual makes around the capital — could become important pieces of the jigsaw when fitted into a pattern of other publicly held information on an individual's movements, habits, education and other personal details. That could lead, they argue, to the unmasking of otherwise undetected suspects.
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Zone Alarm 8 Causing Firefox to Hang

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

As mentioned in the previous entry, I updated Zone Alarm after high DPCs caused by version 7.5s outdated True Vector service (vsmon.exe) caused my system to become unusable. The problem disappeared and everything was fine until a new problem occurred: Firefox would hang after ~30 minutes usage, refusing to load new pages. Firefox would also refuse to quit or start again, requiring a restart of the computer to fix this ... before it would happen again. Ridiculous.

I did a little Googling and the evidence seemed to mount up against the new version of True Vector. Suggested solution: use a different firewall. Uninstalled Zone Alarm. Installed Comodo Firewall. Using it in Custom Policy Mode pretty much replicates Zone Alarm's pop-up allow/deny dialogue (with the minor niggle that the 'allow permamnently' tick-box's state is persistent (from a previous answer) instead of always defaulting to 'do not remember this answer' - and so allow or deny on a case by case basis unless a deliberate exception is chosen.

Firefox no longer hangs. Seems to confirm that True Vector was indeed the culprit. Silly Check Point.

The Comodo firewall seeemed to have issues with Avast! antivirus (not exactly confirmed - it caused running firewall after initial reboot to fail) so I uninstalled Avast! (which I liked) and used Comodo's antivirus - along with the entire Internet Security Suite (using the built-in Defence+ instead of Windows Defender). I do like all the information that Comodo gives me (details of every connection etc.) although some aspects of it are slightly non-intuitive (especially compared to ZA's user-friendly interface).

One day and one night running successfully. Early days.

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Vista High Deferred Proceedure Calls (DPCs) Causing High CPU

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

After the latest round of updates from Microsoft, Vista's Deferred Proceedure Calls would go though the roof on certain network activity. Actually it was rather too high before the latest updates (as of the date of writing) but they increased exponentially after the updates.

Before the updates, and for some time now, on loading a webpage in either Firefox or IE, especially one that had heavy image content, audio would stutter (in Winamp and other audio programs) and the mouse pointer would jitter. On my Quad core Core 2 Duo Quad Q6600, Core0 would be at around 85%. The others would spike at around 50 to 75%. The fault was due entirely to high DPCs. Running Azureus would result in similar high DPC. It was suggested that the shitty audio drivers (Sigmatel) were to blame. This turned out not to be the case.

After the updates, the situation worsened, with Core0 pegging at 100% and the others reaching up into the 80s. I could do nothing else while a graphic heavy webpage was loading, or a torrent was downloading (seeding was without incident) as my mouse pointer lurched all over the place and the system was almost entirely unresponsive. Process Monitor revealed that the vsmon.exe (Zone Alarm) was doing an awful lot of something.

I checked for an update for Zone Alarm (7.5) and updated to version 8 and all these problems went away. Whatever Microsoft had been tinkering with had severely fuxx0red with what Vsmon.exe was trying to do, and it couldn't keep on top of things anymore.

Once again, Zone Alarm, that free, ubiquitous (and actually not too shabby) firewall had proved to be the culprit. Nothing to do with Azureus, Firefox, Sigmatel audio drivers, my chipset or Vista.

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