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  1. An activist used to be someone who would typically get involved in some form of direct protest or action, representing a larger group who have different and clear ideas about the way in which things should be changed or done. Now, it's someone with a big mouth that doesn't have much in the way of a clear idea of any other way forward. Or someone who knows "their" way forward but also knows it won't gain any traction and has no popular support, importantly because their cause is at odds with others' liberty and rights, and thinks that "he or she who shouts the loudest" will win. And so does precisely that - on social media - and if bold enough, maybe in-person, and tries to personally undermine people in order to get rid of them. That's what happens when you lose an argument. In a nutshell activism used to be related to causes and changing hearts and minds, however these days it's more about "nasty people", and exerting pressure on such people seen as "barriers". Which is a shame because it makes activism, a valid form of political participation, something that most people associate with nutcases whose causes may be dismissed.
  2. DTMark

    Eurovision 2019

    Thing is, there isn't much of what I'd call "tunefulness" anyway. It's something of a monotone. That's why it grates on me. I suppose it's a bit like when Italians try to understand English - in that they're used to the up-and-down sound of their own language, and ours is flat by comparison. Which makes everything sound emotionless. But then to us, they sound very loud and "larger than life". In that track I listened to: with the exception of the segment at the very start, the clues which convey emotion are missing. It's just one long continuous "push" hence the bagpipes analogy. If she is always like that I would suppose it would make all her songs sound the same.
  3. I heard this again recently and I had forgotten how good it was. No, really. They were probably the pick of the boy-bands in every respect. Decently musical, a real piano, harmonies, that bassline, super-tight timing and perfectly cheesy lyrics pitched to their fan-base which tended to be teenagers. Seriously, I think this is brilliant.
  4. DTMark

    Eurovision 2019

    I must confess that I hear some of Adele's stuff and think it's like nails down a blackboard. The top hit on YT is this one, so I gave it a try. She is talented and has a distinctive voice. I wouldn't say that she was out of tune but she has a very odd style of delivery. The bit near the start sounds wavering, but I think that's just emotion and there's nothing wrong. It starts quite well in that respect. As it goes on it reminds me a big of bagpipes, which have that continuous underlying sound of air being pushed, like a sort of level, continuous wheezing. It has to do with how she "pushes" - it's incredibly level, oddly so, and to my ears it's an irritation. Pleasant enough but I found myself checking the time index to see if the end was drawing near as it really grates on me. Were the track any longer I would have stopped it before it finished. It's quite a nice song, though.
  5. Surely, though, if we import 30,000 chipsets for broadband cabinets, we must perform quality and other checks - if not on every one then at least a decent proportion - and reverse engineer them to see what's there, regardless of where they are from, before we then put them into 30,000 cabinets around the country?
  6. I have an immaculate 12" copy of that. Cracking bass-work. My mate used to play this in his car. There we were, the four of us, way back then, in his car - all blokes - in the summer, windows wide open with this blaring out. I know that most people don't listen to the words in songs, but when I suggested he did.. ;)
  7. This probably won't do Huawei much good in the long term: If I remember rightly, when BT finally dragged themselves out of the dark ages with a stack of public money and began installing VDSL "fibre" street cabinets, the chipsets used were from one of two manufacturers. One of which was Huawei, so their chipsets are at a rather "pivotal" point in the network should anyone have installed a "backdoor" in them. Perhaps traffic could be monitored or intercepted. This is being considered a judgement of error (at least they didn't get all the chips from one supplier - sensible in terms of risk mitigation for such a big project). There's even talk of ripping out the circuitry from those tens of thousands of street cabinets and replacing it with basically "the same thing, but not made in China". What is the thinking on this issue: 1. Microchips from China represent a significant security risk - Chinese chips especially. Because...? 2. This has absolutely nothing to do with security and everything to do with holding back China?
  8. My God. There's a name-drop. Brain whirs and locates.. That's back there with the Norman invasion, that is.
  9. Two-factor authentication is a good answer. SMS sent to your mobile when you try to log in. Enter the code you receive to complete your login. Provided that you remember to do just one simple thing: Set your phone so that the contents of newly-received SMS messages aren't printed onto the lock screen in full. Because, if they are, and someone has your phone, they can get the code without even having to unlock it.
  10. The "half-way house" option might be: use KeePass on a Windows desktop - that's the master. It stores passwords in a file, all encrypted. Name your password file bolognese (.kdbx) or similar. Something random, anyway. In OneDrive, or whatever, create a sub-folder somewhere called 'recipes' (but not "passwords"). Have KeePass store the file in there. And install the software on your other devices too - both OneDrive and KeePass. Optional variants might be: use a separate OneDrive account (in case someone targets you specifically) for the KeePass file. Just as long as the password file isn't the only file. Basically what you're doing except that the file is also encrypted. By the way, since I'm in IT, I didn't actually say any of the above, if anyone asks.
  11. I don't know the answer to that, however bear in mind that in at least one version of iOS you could skip the lock screen altogether simply by asking Siri to show your photos. Once into that, you could access anything. And on one version of their desktop OS you could log in as the Administrator by leaving the password blank. Apple's buggy software caused by the lack of testing would concern me. But then Android is scrappy in many ways, too. There's such a rush for "updates" that testing is inadequate, I suppose the motto is "protect yourself".
  12. KeePass uses encryption to store the passwords, but it's not a "one way hash" which means, in English, it is the type of encryption that is more easily decrypted given enough time should someone steal the database file. But it's pretty good. You can have it generate passwords for you. As you say, different password for every site, randomised and not based on anything personal (not: date of birth, daughter's name, car make, rock group..) Any online password storage service is a magnet for attackers and your security is only as strong as theirs. KeePass is a Windows desktop app albeit there are versions for other operating systems but I haven't tried them.
  13. For a Windows machine: https://keepass.info/ Also essential to make sure your backups of that machine are working. Note this is a stand-alone piece of software and it's not integrated with anything. So you'd still be relying on the browser to remember passwords on your mobile, for instance. I don't think I'd want a piece of kit on a mobile with a record of all my passwords.
  14. Everything tells me that it was indeed a may-bug. I have only ever seen two before now. But it's the right time of year.. Except.. this was bigger, the head wasn't moth-like ("furry-looking"), and the patterning of one of those - and the thing I saw - were both very distinctive and different. Maybe both of those are the male and this was a female or vice-versa, might that be possible?
  15. DTMark

    5G - Thoughts?

    No, 5G everywhere. The transmitters don't need to "go that deep" (so near to you). On the science - this topic is a little like climate change in that there are many vested interests. In many decades, we may be looking at an expose of the cover up relating to the damage done by mobile/wireless networks generally and especially using devices held next to the head. Or, actually, there's "nothing to see here". There is no issue. Mirror opposites and I have no idea which is right. When I was looking at a project to equip this village with a fibre network but with wireless as an alternative, with transmitters and repeaters in the village, I found most didn't care too much but a few were highly vocal about the potential danger with wireless. But they weren't asking for a Faraday cage around the village to block out all the wireless frequencies including their television signal. It's right that we should operate on the basis of "test and prove it first" before a widespread roll-out. If there is genuine scientific concern. Not just because of suspicions and hearsay. Much the same was probably said about the roll out of electricity. Genuinely: I have no idea who is right and who is wrong.