« Last post by 1bit on 12 April 2017, 08:38:19 »
A voter registration site that crashed in the run-up to last year's EU referendum could have been targeted by a foreign cyber attack, MPs say.
The "register to vote" site crashed on 7 June last year just before the deadline for people to sign up to vote.
The UK government and electoral administrators blamed a surge in demand after a TV debate.
But MPs on the parliamentary Public Administration Committee say a foreign cyber attack could not be ruled out.
The committee's chairman, Leave-supporting Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, told BBC News there was no "hard and fast" evidence the registration site had been targeted.
But he said the committee's report had included the possibility that the crash "may have been caused by a DDOS (distributed denial of service attack) using botnets" in its report "on advice".
He declined to elaborate further.
The then Prime Minister David Cameron extended the deadline for registering to vote in the referendum after the website crashed.
The committee has also criticised Mr Cameron's "questionable" motives for calling a referendum in the first place, saying it had been done to "call the bluff" of his critics and shut down "unwelcome" debate.
The committee urged future governments to think carefully before promising nationwide votes on controversial issues, particularly if they are not prepared to implement an outcome they do not like.
"There was no proper planning for a Leave vote so the EU referendum opened up much new controversy and left the prime minister's credibility destroyed," the report says.
Bernard Jenkin wants a new cyber security centre to prevent foreign interference in elections
It said that civil servants should be required to prepare for both possible outcomes in future referendums - such as a second vote on Scottish independence - something they had been prevented from doing in the run-up to the Brexit vote.
The committee called on the government to set up a new Cyber Security Centre to monitor and contain potential attacks on UK elections and referendums - particularly foreign attempts to influence public opinion and disrupt the democratic process.
"The US and UK understanding of 'cyber' is predominantly technical and computer-network based," said the report.
"For example, Russia and China use a cognitive approach based on understanding of mass psychology and of how to exploit individuals.
"The implications of this different understanding of cyber-attack, as purely technical or as reaching beyond the digital to influence public opinion, for the interference in elections and referendums are clear," the report added.
« Last post by 1bit on 12 April 2017, 08:35:34 »
Imax has struck a deal to more than double the number of its large screens in European cinemas run by the continent's biggest operator.
AMC - which owns Odeon among other brands - plans to create 25 new Imax theatres over the next three years, about 10 of which will be in the UK.
Some will also be built in Germany, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia.
One expert said Imax had proved popular with those seeking a "premium experience".
AMC and Imax expect to jointly spend about $25m (£20m) on the expansion plan and will subsequently share the revenues.
"One of the things that has really frustrated me over my 23 years [in charge] has been our inability to properly penetrate Europe," Imax's chief executive, Rich Gelfond, told the BBC.
"Europe has been challenging because of its infrastructure - the theatres are smaller, they are dated and don't really fit the Imax specs, and the build-out [of new cinemas] has been slow.
"So, today is really a historic day for us."
AMC is making the investment five months after taking over Odeon and a month after its acquisition of Nordic Cinemas. The company is itself controlled by China's Dalian Wanda Group.
It is now engaged in a wider effort to upgrade its cinemas.
"One of the ways you get people not to watch a movie in their home or on their iPad is you offer them a 60ft [18.3m] screen," said AMC's chief executive Adam Aron.
"When consumers have so many choices... one of the smartest things we can do is put in more and more Imax or Imax-like experiences, because that is one of the long-term guarantors that people are going to still go out."
The initiative will bring the total number of Imax cinemas run by all chains in Europe close to 250.
However, that figure will still lag behind the 800 in existence or in development in China and the 350 in the US.
China's cinema-building spree has helped Imax spread quickly across the country
"Imax has already proven its worth in many countries, and wouldn't have built the brand it has, unless it had been able to attract the public," commented Robert Mitchell from the trade magazine Variety.
"The question mark is whether it will succeed in countries like Germany, where cinema attendance has been dropping for the last couple of years and [where] Imax only has a few screens at present, so is less well known."
Imax has developed a projection system that allows images to be shown on screens up to 100ft wide without becoming blurry.
It also offers filmmakers cameras that are able to capture higher resolution footage than normal.
Directors including Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay are fans, but the tech is normally restricted to blockbuster projects because of the additional costs it incurs.
Imax cameraImage copyrightIMAX
Imax cameras have been used on Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Beauty and the Beast among other films
In addition, Imax offers software to convert footage shot with normal cinema cameras, and has developed a proprietary sound system for its theatres.
It faces competition from other large-screen formats including Dolby Cinema, RealD Luxe and an in-house effort from AMC.
To help distinguish itself, Imax recently announced plans to start screening original content unavailable elsewhere.
The InhumansImage copyrightMARVEL
The first two episodes of The Inhumans have been filmed with Imax digital cameras
The first "exclusive" is a deal to show the first two episodes of a forthcoming Marvel TV show - The Inhumans - in September, several weeks before they come to television.
"Other companies like HBO went from Hollywood-content only to original programming," Mr Gelfond explained.
"We're following in those footsteps and thinking: why not bring a great original content experience at a slower time of the year?"
In addition, Imax recently launched a standalone virtual reality centre in Los Angeles and will shortly open different versions of the concept attached to cinemas in New York and London.
Members of the public pay to try out short experiences using StarVR headsets, which offer a wider field-of-view than rival tech.
The firm already offers content linked to the movies John Wick, Star Wars and The Walk, and has struck a deal with Warner Bros to create new experiences based on its DC superhero films.
Imax VRImage copyrightIMAX
Imax's range of VR content includes Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, in which players wield lightsabers
Mr Gelfond said he hoped that this would attract Millennials - those born after mid-1990 - who had proved harder to attract to cinemas than older age groups.
But he acknowledged that it was early days for the tech.
"We are starting with about five to 10 VR centres that will all be open this year," he said.
"We'll look at the results. If they look good we'll build it out at a much more significant way.
"And if they don't we'll have not lost much."
« Last post by 1bit on 12 April 2017, 08:29:55 »
ive just put win10prox64 on a laptop for a customer
« Last post by Roco on 11 April 2017, 22:08:35 »
Cannot see a problem with doing that it will update to the latest version any way, the only issue is that if you have not run win10 on that machine before you will have to buy a activation key
Activation codes from here https://softwaregeeks.co.uk/ have used them myself so all good
thanks Den for your advice , this computer has run 10 registered B4 , but on a removed H/D, curious where it's registration key is held , at microsoft via my H/D or in my computers bios ? ,
when I get time will fit a new 1tb h/d install my 7 basic then run the free 10 update ,
on a new H/D , ( belts and braces ) time permitting , still knee deep in family and friends car problems , the pile grows higher each week
« Last post by KRW on 11 April 2017, 12:38:31 »
Received a TT update and got forum updates once installed.
Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
« Last post by Jay9 on 11 April 2017, 12:18:09 »
The cheapest broadband prices shoot up by an average of 43% or £113 a year, after introductory deals end, Citizens Advice has said.
The charity said more than a third of customers were unaware of the price increases.
The rises amount to a "loyalty penalty" for customers who stay with the same provider, Citizens Advice said.
It has urged broadband providers to be more transparent about prices and said government should scrutinise the firms.
The £113 figure represents a five-fold rise on what customers were paying on average in 2011 to stay on the same broadband deal.
Four of the five biggest internet service providers had "loyalty penalties" as follows, according to Citizens Advice:
BT 12 month contract: £198 (67% increase)
Sky 12 months: £120 (53% increase)
EE 18 months: £90 (36% increase)
TalkTalk 24 months: £66 (28% increase)
Virgin Media's 12 month plan was the only one that didn't impose a loyalty penalty when the initial term of the contract ended.
"Loyal broadband customers are being stung by big price rises once their fixed deal ends," Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said.
"The government has rightly put energy firms on warning for how they treat loyal customers - the actions of broadband firms warrant similar scrutiny."
The Citizens Advice research also found that older people and poorer customers were more likely to be hit by such charges as they generally stayed with the same supplier for longer than other customers.
In the survey of 3,000 consumers, broadband users aged 65 and over were more than twice as likely as younger users to have been on the same contract for more than 10 years.
In March, an Ofcom report revealed that elderly people with a landline and no broadband at home had been hit the hardest by rising line rental charges.
BT announced price rises in January for many of its services, including regular and super-fast broadband.
Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk had also all put up their prices in the past 12 months.
« Last post by KRW on 11 April 2017, 11:11:31 »
I'll contact Tapatalk, I have pixel which just got updated to 7.1.2 so maybe Tapatalk haven't issued their update.
« Last post by 1bit on 11 April 2017, 10:43:19 »
TT app has nothing to do with us... best getting onto them if its not updated in a while that has you concerned, weve not had any updates for it either
« Last post by KRW on 11 April 2017, 06:39:44 »
Is there a problem, my Tapatalk app has not updated since 5th April even though I've done a manual update gesture.
« Last post by Roco on 10 April 2017, 22:58:19 »
I once got arrested as a murder suspect , some loon had phoned the police from a old style red public phone box , confessing to killing a woman and weighing down her body and dumping her in a local river , his phone call was 1.15 pm , police kept surveillance on the phone box , I was walking past with my mothers dog , (unfortunately a French poodle ), I begged her to buy a husky with blue eyes , do kids ever get listened too ?
sure enough the body was found , estimated time of death was 15 years previous , that would have made me a 6 year old suspect, the local cop shop receiving Sergeant tok one look at me and said you must be joking he would hurt a fly , known him since his nappy days , least I got a ride home in a wolesey police car with bells ringing to get greeted by Mum and ½ the street of curious neighbours , most thinking I knew that kid wasn’t right , ………maybe I often wonder if they might have been right LOL
back on topic
usa-russia ww3 ,outcome , just saying might start learning the Slavic language ,
at least I got a head start my best friend/gal is Russian ,
HECK , Roco translates to Pokko , , hint ? time to to cut out the pork pies , maybe my gal is right