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Chit-Chat / My abstract thoughts
« Last post by Roco on 24 April 2017, 23:36:23 »
My record of the week , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6tuzHUuuk
 it got me thinking  maybe girl power has finally arrived ,
We now have a  Female prime minister  , Germany has the same , the USA  nearly did , but voted for Trump , all gas and pants IMHO , ABBA and Bannarama  is going on tour ,  I surrender to girl power ,  us guys  haven’t made a great change in  this world  so far , maybe time to move over  ,
Makes me think was Jesus really a bearded male ? 
Computers / Re: Norton is back on AV-Comparatives...False Alarm Tests March 2017
« Last post by Roco on 24 April 2017, 20:30:37 »
indeed you are right on my "Holiday "it's a open ended tour ,  it might last a week or the entire Summer, or life untill the money runs out ,  could have booked a deluxe once in a lifetime cruise ,  but not my scene , cant see myself dressing for dinner , would rather have lunch with the ships below deck engineering crew  , now reached the age even if I won the lottery i wouldn't change , 
BTW , holiday is planned  for late May early June onwards , will be hopefully be  around  for a while yet , sort of getting back on Topic "Norton " I once owned a S/H Norton Dominator  m/cycle , it was also unreliable  :D
Computers / Re: Norton is back on AV-Comparatives...False Alarm Tests March 2017
« Last post by 1bit on 24 April 2017, 00:33:44 »
u get urself away out for ur holiday... :)

Im sure that Norton still provides excellent protection... AVs that have high FP detection usually do... but at the cost of you deciding if its FP or not, and I would rather that than a Virus slip through the net...

thats why I dont use an Anti-Virus... I just use Winpatrol and thats it (oh and VirusTotal Uploader) to check files ive downloaded against over 60 AV's within seconds

reason is cos i dont visit dodgy sites, always the same few... also any Malware is ALWAYS set to run at boot....so Winpatrol will alert me if anything got on my machine

plus i still have these On-Demand scanners which I use every few weeks... which akways show up clean... so I dont feel the need to bog down my machine with an AV....if I was to go with one it would probably be Bitdefender Free or Avira Free (if not bothered about pop-up "upgrade to pro" up every 2 days)

Computers / Re: Norton is back on AV-Comparatives...False Alarm Tests March 2017
« Last post by Roco on 23 April 2017, 23:05:57 »
should we  cheer ? , as a amateur dabbler in the mystic arts of the computer world  , seems like pc world and Norton had a lot to answer for , spent many free hours  helping out friends  running paid for Norton,
 it was like the near sighted helping the blind to cross a busy  road  , even today  the word Norton makes me shudder , thankfully  the free avira seems to holding it's head up , anyway summer is fast approaching time for me to start travelling ,  probably wont take any internet connected devise   , at a push i might use a library connection ,  but me and my old car needs to start summertime  travelling and shed a few winter time computer chair calories ,
Computers / Norton is back on AV-Comparatives...False Alarm Tests March 2017
« Last post by 1bit on 22 April 2017, 18:29:25 »

false positive tests:

1 FP-
Panda Security

2 FP's-

3 FP's-

4 FP's-

Kaspersky Lab

6 FPs-


9 FP's-

20 FP's-

29 FP's-
Trend Micro

96 FP's-
Symantec Norton

125 FP's-
Tech News & Reviews / There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware
« Last post by 1bit on 22 April 2017, 18:01:01 »

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell.

Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits found in the leak and can be used to load other malware.

The script, which requires some programming skill to use, is available for download on GitHub.

[ Further reading: How the new age of antivirus software will protect your PC ]
Some security researchers have used Jennings's script to scan the internet for machines infected with the implant. Their results have varied widely, showing between 30,000 and 100,000 computers with the code on them. 

Below0Day, a penetration testing company, has tweeted graphs showing which countries are most affected. The U.S. sits at the top, with 11,000 machines.

Several other countries, including U.K., Taiwan, and Germany, have more than 1,500 machines infected.

It’s not clear when these machines were infected with the implant, Jennings said. However, the suspected NSA exploits that deliver Doublepulsar were leaked a week ago, at which point anyone with some hacking skills could start using them.

Security experts are worried that cybercriminals or foreign governments might take the leaked exploits and attack vulnerable machines over the internet. They say computers with older or unpatched Windows systems are particularly at risk. Rebooting a system will remove the implant, but not necessarily any malware associated with it.

Jennings said he developed his script by analyzing how the Doublepulsar implant communicated over the internet to its control server. However, his original intention was to help businesses identify the implant over their networks, not to scan the entire internet for the implant.

“There’s been a lot of discussion on Twitter,” he said. “People are wondering if maybe the script is incorrect, because they are surprised by the number of systems infected.”

However, not one has presented evidence that his computer script is wrong, Jennings said. 

"There’s probably a group out there, or many out there, using these exploits to compromise vulnerable machines,” he said.

Older Windows Server systems, especially those running without a firewall, are considered easy to hack with the exploits. Thousands of these machines around the internet appear to be exposed.

Dan Tentler, CEO of security provider Phobos Group, has been looking at the accuracy of the script. He’s already done manual checks on 50 machines that were flagged as infected, and all 50 of them were.

“Usually if you check that many, and the scripting is bad, you would expect to find a handful that were false positives,” he said. “But I’ve found zero false positives.”

It’ll take more time for security researchers to vet the accuracy of the Doublepulsar search results. But Tentler recommends system operators take steps to prevent infection from the recently leaked malware.

Users should install all available patches on their Windows system, he says. Past patches from Microsoft will address the danger, but older operating systems like Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 no longer receive support from the company. 

Users can consider upgrading the system to a newer OS. They can also run antivirus products like Windows Defender to help them root out any malware.

Tech News & Reviews / Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101
« Last post by 1bit on 22 April 2017, 17:58:19 »

Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101.
Dr Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (Eniac) which first ran in February 1946.
Eniac is widely considered to be one of the first electronic, general purpose, programmable computers.
Dr Huskey also helped complete work on the Ace - the Automatic Computing Engine - designed by Alan Turing.

Founding father
The Eniac was built at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1940s and, once complete, was more than 100ft (30m) long, weighed 30 tonnes, used 18,000 valves and 1,500 relays. Programming the massive machine to do different computational tasks involved rewiring its various units. Eniac was built to calculate the trajectory of shells for the US army.

Dr Huskey became involved with the development effort to create Eniac soon after joining Pennsylvania to teach mathematics to Naval recruits. His task was to make the punched card reader for the machine work and to write technical manuals describing how to operate it.

After the war, Dr Huskey travelled to the UK to help Alan Turing refine and complete the Ace. This was built at the National Physical Laboratory and in 1950, when it ran its first program, it was the fastest computer in the world.

He also helped design and build two other machines - the Swac (Standards Western Automatic Computer) and the G-15 which, despite weighing almost a tonne. was known as a personal computer because it could be operated by one person.

Dr Huskey spent his entire academic career involved with computing teaching at the University of California, Berkeley and was one of the founders of the computer science faculty at UC Santa Cruz.

"Harry basically lived through and participated in the entire span of the history of electronic computing," Dag Spicer, a curator at the Computer History Museum, told the New York Times.
Chit-Chat / Re: Who do you want as your next Prime-minister?
« Last post by Roco on 22 April 2017, 04:06:07 »
just to add  my thoughts
Given up on UK politics were we ever fully “united “ ?  I read so much about the North- South prosperity divide,  yes I guess London is the hot spot for money gained  off the backs  of the industrial North  ,  well  believe me it ain’t all honey& roses  for the working folk in London , it comes at a price,  hence I sold up and  moved rural for my retirement , sure slower BB  no street lighting + the village straw sucking  Doc ,  nearest cinema is 10 miles away my local shop  the co- op is in the front room of a converted house , LOL ,
Politics? What has it ever done for me ,  hence I don’t vote ,  but looking forward to the door to door party canvassers ,  could be my this years only free  entertainment , 

Video / Re: Portable Moniter with PS3 super slim
« Last post by 1bit on 20 April 2017, 16:27:55 »
very strange?? I didnt know you can get HDMI splitters that arent switches like routers...because to HDMI to multiple TV they need to repower-up the signal, I used to work in currys and this is how all the TV's were hooked up... by various links of switches

think of it like a splitter Ethernet cable...


Thats not the purpose here, looks like youve found your own solution my friend (using both) :)

HDMI SPLITTER -> VGA CONVERTER -> 3.5mm -> VAN speakers

and you get the 3.5mm cable in the box (10cm)

but im sure if anyone tried to get 2 HDMI TV's running with that splitter i would be surprised it works..
edit - after some quick research it would seem theres enough power to use a 2-way 'passive' splitter only and only works if the TV's are of same size and model, need 3 or more then you need a 'active' switch :)

as your only using 1 HDMI signal and its all passive equipment I know this should work 99.999999% lol

P.S. you dont have anything to do with the VGA side of it. you just want the Audio OUT from the device
Video / Re: Portable Moniter with PS3 super slim
« Last post by totallyrocks on 20 April 2017, 16:19:11 »
I think I figured it out, use a passive HDMI splitter then the a HDMI to AV and composite to aux jack on one output, and HDMI to mini HDMI on other for video.

splitter -


with a VGA cable, depends if VGA is as good as HDMI?

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