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Tech News & Reviews / BT's 'Get it Right' anti-piracy message is all wrong
« Last post by snadge on 17 January 2017, 19:52:57 »

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER BT has become the first to warn users about its upcoming crackdown on 'piracy", in turn revealing that it doesn't know much about it.

UK ISPs will start sending out messages later this month warning users suspected of piracy to cease their wicked ways and adopt acceptable services like Netflix and Spotify instead.

The messages, formally known as 'subscriber alerts' or 'educational emails', are part of the Government's Creative Content UK (CCUK) 'Get it Right From a Genuine Site' campaign that's intended to tackle copyright infringement. While CCUK is voluntary, it has been adopted by most of the UK's large ISPs, including Talk Talk, BT, Sky and Virgin Media.

BT has become the first ISP to set out its stall, and in an advisory on its website, tells users what the can expect from the crackdown.

However, as first spotted at TorrentFreak, the firm also reveals that it doesn't have much of a clue what it's talking about.

Things start out well: "Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is the transfer of data from one person's computer directly to multiple other computers without the use of an intermediate server," BT advises.

"This is known as a file sharing network and is set up using peer-to-peer software on your computer (also known as a programme, application or client)."

But from here, BT gets a bit confused.

"You may have heard of networks like Gnutella, Napster, Torrentz and ThePirateBay. If your computer is online and you make files available for sharing in a peer-to-peer network, other members within that network can download files from you without you noticing," the ISP writes.

Where do we begin. First off, Napster. C'mon BT, this isn't the early 2000s. Secondly, Torrentz shut down last year and doesn't exist. And thirdly, Torrentz (RIP) and The Pirate Bay are torrent index sites, not peer-to-peer networks.

Next, BT goes on to explain how BitTorrent sharing works. Or perhaps, to put it more accurately, how it used to work 10 years ago.

"By default, peer-to-peer software applications search for and share content on your computer with others. Normally, peer-to-peer software usually runs as soon as you turn on your computer and continues to run in the background. Even if you disable sharing/uploading, copyrighted content in a ‘shared' folder on your computer it can still be seen by others using the same peer-to-peer network. Some peer-to-peer software can even reset your preferences to resume uploading."

Our favourite part of BT's advisory is when it talks about file-sharing protocols, and gets the term ‘file types' a bit confused.

"There are many different file types (also called protocols) that are used for the file sharing, such as BitTorrent, Deluge, iLivid, and Tixati etc. Each Protocol will have its own client. Popular BitTorrent clients are Vuze, Transmission, Deluge, uTorrent, Tribler, Tixati, BitComet, Torch etc," it says.

Also, as noted by TorrentFreak, Deluge, iLivid and Tixati are either torrent clients or download managers, they are not file-sharing protocols at all.

BT tried, bless it, and it does eventually offer up some useful information. It also suggests that users will be able to see what content they're accused of pirating by following a link in warning notices.

"Once you click through the link on the email you will land on a BT page which from where you can go through to the portal. BT only provides you a secure access to the Get It Right Information Portal so that your data is kept completely confidential," the company concludes.

Chit-Chat / Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city
« Last post by snadge on 17 January 2017, 19:46:18 »

In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly well-preserved and look as beautiful and stunning as the first day.


The site came to the attention of the international archaeological community when it was threatened by flooding, due to the construction of a nearby dam in southern Turkey in 2000.

Computers / Re: Nasty Scare
« Last post by snadge on 17 January 2017, 19:41:50 »
Exactly   :D :D    To be honest the Hub1/HH5 is limited in what it can do  :(  currently using my Hub1 as i have managed to break my usual box   

aye its Shiite ... i wished i could afford one of those Zyxel routers for £100, there are ugly but perform excellent and are G.INP ready; which Hub One isn't and this affects the sync and latency of your connection, just about all cabs have had G.INP turned on too, this is one of the reasons BT remade the Home Hub 5A into the 5B I believe...could be wrong?

its also Vectoring ready (which BT are trialling) so when its rolled out your already prepared.

it has 5Ghz Wi-Fi on AC/N/G/B/A - USB 3 ports (I think)

Broadcom 63168 VDSL Chipset from which you can pull advanced stats as normal
just a shame its internal Antennas, its supposed to have a good signal anyway but i would of liked ext. ant. for stronger signal but I suppose it doesn't matter
Computers / Re: Nasty Scare
« Last post by Den1 on 17 January 2017, 16:24:29 »
Exactly   :D :D    To be honest the Hub1/HH5 is limited in what it can do  :(  currently using my Hub1 as i have managed to break my usual box   
Computers / Re: Nasty Scare
« Last post by snadge on 17 January 2017, 15:28:00 »
the whole point of what i was attempting was to make the USB on my router visible to me on the web...i shouldnt even need to go through my PC for that and it should be configurable from the router (which i dont think it is) ...sigh!  WHAT AN IDIOT ive been....i gotta get out more lol.... couped in here is driving me mad
Computers / Nasty Scare
« Last post by snadge on 17 January 2017, 05:22:58 »

SO... i decided to ATTEMPT to make my PC bootable via LAN (and all this time trying i realised im on WIFI HAHAHA)  :-\ ...ANYWAY... I enable it in the BIOS, rebooted and a screen popped up saying press SHIFT + F12  to configure Bootable LAN, you had 3 seconds..in the rush i must of pressed something else (although im sure i pressed it) and guess what happened, it only went into DUAL BIOS mode and started backing up my BIOS and restoring it?? my heart was in my mouth, then, when it was done, it wouldn't boot (BSOD) and it wouldn't recognise keyboard or mouse... i managed to keep getting the DUAL BIOS screen on (no options)??? - with my heart in my mouth (this computer is my companion and i cant replace it) I grabbed my phone and googled DUAL BIOS FAILURE and the first page got me back in...phew!

I had to press and hold the power button until it went off, then back on, then immediately back off - then you let go of the power button and turn it on, this initiates the restore BIOS from backup BIOS (as this MOBO has two for just such scenarios)...which it did and worked, I went straight back into the BIOS and all my settings remained?? so I disabled the LAN Boot ....and got the hell outta dodge!!!

Annoyingly I had JUST turned off System Restore too and it had been on ever since i built the bloody thing! so I had no restore points if windows was corrupted, luckily it wasn't.

I dunno what the hell it did? it backed up the settings of the BIOS i know that, but it also said 'restoring' ...? so I thought I had accidentally Initiated the Dual-Bios Backup Repair System...which I had, but it certainly wasn't the same process that rescued it.

think I better start saving for a cheap old dual-core laptop or something, cos this system is now starting to get on, i cant remember which year it was i started making it, but its about 3-5 years old, I know the Samsung 850 EVO I installed in Jan15, before that I had 2 840 EVO's in RAID, before that I had a single 840 regular...which i gave to tom with just 4Tb of writes on it.


my neighnour had the same problem bless him, until i got involved and stuck his numbers on the TPS which got rid of 70% of his calls, the rest I asked him to get me on the phone and i politely told them to remove his number, hes dying of cancer and has less than  2 months left..of course he never had cancer, but we hoped it kicked some guilt into them stopping and guess what? IT WORKED!!!!    :D
At long last BT  has acknowledged the problem ,  and will proved a free blocking service , I have a neighbour in her late 80's ,  that moved into her bungalow but kept it's original phone number , and was getting  many calls offering loans  + discrete escorts etc , as many as 6 a day , and mostly after 9pm , BT couldn't stop them , She is a lovely lady  the calls were seriously affecting her well being , as TPS  couldn't stop international calls , and all BT could offer was a phone  with on screen who is calling display at extra cost ,
which she paid for ,  now if I phone her to ask how you doing ,she doesn't recognise my number , I then get worried  and walk the 200 yards  to check if she is OK , or need any shopping in the winter , and yes I check her bungalow is up to temperature  , I think of it as its  care in the community for elderly neighbours ,which sadly seems lacking  these days ,

coz hopefully 1 day that will be us ,
Tech News & Reviews / Nuisance calls: BT records more than 31 million in one week
« Last post by snadge on 16 January 2017, 12:41:01 »

BT recorded more than 31 million nuisance calls in a single week before Christmas, the telecoms firm has said.

The company, which supplies 40% of the landlines in the UK, said more than 12 million of those were about accident claims.

The figures were collected over seven days between 13 and 19 December.

BT is now launching a new service for its customers which it says could block up to 30 million such nuisance calls a week.

Called BT Call Protect, the system analyses call data to identify rogue numbers. Typically it will highlight phone numbers that make large numbers of calls.

Those calls will then be automatically diverted into a junk voicemail box.

The system will continue to block such callers even if they change their number, a common tactic used by spammers.

Customers will also be able to identify other nuisance callers, by dialling in the code 1572 after receiving such a call.
'Terrible blight'

Talk Talk introduced a similar central call blocking system for landlines three years ago, while Vodafone operates a system for mobiles.

The Talk Talk system now blocks 92 million calls a month, a spokesperson told the BBC, double the amount it did a year ago.

However the Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, said he welcomed BT's new technology.

"Nuisance callers are a terrible blight on society and government and industry are working together to crack down on them," he said.

"We've forced companies to display their numbers when they call you, made it easier to prosecute those involved in making the calls, and increased the maximum fines up to £500,000."

Earlier this month, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that more than 370 people were complaining about nuisance calls every day, and that half of those were about automated calls.

Consumers can block some calls by registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), but many firms get around the restrictions by basing themselves abroad.

Broadband / My Mate Vince
« Last post by snadge on 16 January 2017, 08:18:00 »
Found this YouTube channel called My Mate Vince, "Mr Telephone" LOL - but he does great instructional videos on BT wiring self fixing, installs and routing filtered xDSL through extensions etc

has a website too - http://www.mymatevince.com/

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