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  1. #41
    ~BD~
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    Re: Annexcafe User2User newsgroup


    "Tim Jackson" <tim@tim-jackson.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:WsWdnSpgiuNeYpfXnZ2dnUVZ8oydnZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > ~BD~ wrote:
    >> Tim Jackson wrote:
    >>> ~BD~ wrote:
    >>>> Tim Jackson wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> That's NOT MS notepad you were running. I admit my knowledge of
    >>>>> Windows is a bit out of date, but I just checked it out on a Vista
    >>>>> machine and notepad still displays in a single font and does not
    >>>>> recognise URLs as anything special. Was this on your Mac? Or, if
    >>>>> Windoze, what are the chances notepad itself had been compromised?
    >>>>
    >>>> What I have referred to happened a number of years ago, so I cannot be
    >>>> categoric. It was on a PC using Windows XP Home.
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> Then it wasn't notepad you were running, I can be categoric about that.

    >>
    >>
    >> Now you have me *really* confused! Notepad is a part and parcel of
    >> Windows XP - at least it is here on my machines!
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Notepad is an accessory program supplied with all versions of Windows.
    > Parcel yes, but not part. It does not have the capability AFAIK to display
    > clickable URLs, or hyperlinks, it's a simple ASCII text editor.
    >
    > If you opened a file with Notepad and it displayed hyperlinks, then I
    > would say your copy of Notepad had been replaced by something else. It
    > does seem feasible to me that some malware might hook notepad with
    > something that displays a few of its own hyperlinks, then reverts to
    > business as usual. But it's pretty dumb malware because a lot of users
    > would know this was abnormal behaviour for this program, and that they had
    > been had. So it probably brushed snow over its tracks once you had run it
    > (and followed a link), that's why it reverted to normal.
    >
    > I am convinced the problem lay in Notepad, not the displayed file. It
    > also explains why other 'helpers' were confused.
    >
    >
    > Tim


    You are, in all probability, correct, Tim.

    I found this item: http://www.swishtalk.com/showthread.php?t=37681

    This seems to relate to Notepad being replaced
    http://mc-computing.com/Parasites/notepad_virus.html

    > One of your attempts showed "Exif " Which should be the seventh byte
    > onwards of a jpg file, usually followed by some readable identification of
    > the system that created it. Anything more than six bytes it shows before
    > that isn't part of the file.


    I did notice that - but had no idea what it meant!

    Thanks for your patience.

    --
    Dave



  2. #42
    Tim Jackson
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    Re: Annexcafe User2User newsgroup

    ~BD~ wrote:
    > "G. Morgan" <usenet_abuse@gawab.com> wrote in message
    > news:47b14101f9ca8c80ae37d530f3c5eb66np@mypost.invalid...


    >
    >> What do you mean by getting rid of "evil" on the "web"?

    >
    > Like ....... stopping kids when I see them scrawling graffiti on walls or
    > riding motorbikes along canal towpaths (illegal)!
    >


    Ah, poor kids. Somehow it seems a bit mean for an ex fighter jock to be
    stopping kids seeking a bit of a thrill in today's so-restrictive and
    boring world.

    What we need is more activities for kids to exercise their creativity
    and let off steam, not more vigilantes trying to cage them. Don't
    punish them, take them paintballing. :)


    Tim

  3. #43
    ~BD~
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    Re: Annexcafe User2User newsgroup

    Tim Jackson wrote:
    > ~BD~ wrote:
    >> "G. Morgan" <usenet_abuse@gawab.com> wrote in message
    >> news:47b14101f9ca8c80ae37d530f3c5eb66np@mypost.invalid...

    >
    >>
    >>> What do you mean by getting rid of "evil" on the "web"?

    >>
    >> Like ....... stopping kids when I see them scrawling graffiti on walls
    >> or riding motorbikes along canal towpaths (illegal)!
    >>

    >
    > Ah, poor kids. Somehow it seems a bit mean for an ex fighter jock to be
    > stopping kids seeking a bit of a thrill in today's so-restrictive and
    > boring world.
    >
    > What we need is more activities for kids to exercise their creativity
    > and let off steam, not more vigilantes trying to cage them. Don't
    > punish them, take them paintballing. :)
    >
    >
    > Tim


    Well .... I have been known to let one or two steer my narrowboat! ;)

    It's good to know that you still have that attitude when you have
    advised that vandals shredded your pond liner with a broken wine glass!

    --
    Dave

  4. #44
    Tim Jackson
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    Re: Annexcafe User2User newsgroup

    ~BD~ wrote:
    > Tim Jackson wrote:
    >> ~BD~ wrote:
    >>> "G. Morgan" <usenet_abuse@gawab.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:47b14101f9ca8c80ae37d530f3c5eb66np@mypost.invalid...

    >>
    >>>
    >>>> What do you mean by getting rid of "evil" on the "web"?
    >>>
    >>> Like ....... stopping kids when I see them scrawling graffiti on
    >>> walls or riding motorbikes along canal towpaths (illegal)!
    >>>

    >>
    >> Ah, poor kids. Somehow it seems a bit mean for an ex fighter jock to
    >> be stopping kids seeking a bit of a thrill in today's so-restrictive
    >> and boring world.
    >>
    >> What we need is more activities for kids to exercise their creativity
    >> and let off steam, not more vigilantes trying to cage them. Don't
    >> punish them, take them paintballing. :)
    >>
    >>
    >> Tim

    >
    > Well .... I have been known to let one or two steer my narrowboat! ;)
    >


    Perfect opportunity for a practical physics lesson - Newtonian mechanics
    in the flesh.

    > It's good to know that you still have that attitude when you have
    > advised that vandals shredded your pond liner with a broken wine glass!
    >


    I was a kid once. Unlike some of my generation, I remember it pretty
    well, and empathise. I'd rather channel their energy than dam it. My
    peers and I did worse things and took more risks than most of today's
    kids do, so I find it hard to criticise them.


    Tim

  5. #45
    ~BD~
    Guest

    Re: Annexcafe User2User newsgroup

    Tim Jackson wrote:

    > I find that highly unlikely. I would join in the disbelief. Not only
    > the 'how' but more the 'why'. OK, you don't say how you received and
    > opened the file, eg whether this was by regular POP3 email or through
    > some sort of online chat service or whatever. But if the file was on
    > your hard disk it would be a big job for someone to set up a remote
    > access and use it just to tease you, and then cease. What sort of
    > motive would a wizard of such powers have to stoop so low? ("Those who
    > the gods would destroy they first drive mad" maybe :) ).
    >
    > Consider the possibility that what your computer was showing you was not
    > the file that had been sent, but that either the file transfer encoding
    > or decoding, or the viewer had been compromised. Or that on the two
    > occasions you did not actually look at the same copy of the same file in
    > the same place. I think it almost certain that you are jumping to an
    > unwarranted conclusion here.


    You are, almost certainly, correct. Discussion ends.

    >>> So your invisible friend told you that you should become a vigilante
    >>> hunting down people behaving suspiciously on the 'net? That's some
    >>> big order.

    >>
    >> I wouldn't have put it quite like that, Tim!
    >>

    >
    > I wouldn't expect you to. :)


    You are getting to know me!

    >> I read this (somewhere!) recently :-
    >>
    >> "If you have a challenge, a want, or a need in your life and you bring
    >> that to God, do so knowing that every communication that you extend to
    >> God is heard and every prayer is answered. Then allow yourself to
    >> become aware of how that answer is unfolding in your life.
    >>
    >> Spend a few minutes now in meditation with your eyes closed. Then when
    >> you're ready, begin a dialogue with God. Share with God what's in your
    >> heart and on your mind, and then ask God for communication, guidance, or
    >> understanding.
    >>
    >> When you feel complete, allow yourself to hear God's reply. If you don't
    >> experience receiving an answer immediately, allow the answer to unfold
    >> in your life knowing that God has answered. Be patient with yourself
    >> in this process and continue to allow your faith and trust to deepen."
    >>

    >
    > That is dangerous advice to take literally. The line to God is prone to
    > phishing attacks. I would imagine most suicide bombers use a similar
    > justification. The concept is perfectly reasonable, but the method is
    > readily abused, you are likely to hear what you expect to hear. Just
    > like your bank, don't take instructions from God unless they are
    > properly encrypted and authenticated. (Well what would you expect to
    > hear on a.c.s.)


    I do enjoy your sense of humour! ;)

    >
    >> Read: God and the Modern Scientist http://newhumanist.org.uk/451
    >>

    >
    > Not today thank you, I've enough reading matter already.


    Quote then:-

    "You may eventually press me to tell you what, in my opinion, is God. In
    my view it is first of all a construction of the human mind. As far as
    that is concerned, all words are actually in that category! So, what
    does this word mean? It stands for a presumed ultimate cause, i.e. one
    which does not itself have a cause. Further it is a cause which (or
    who!) some of us believe, or hope, to be essentially well inclined
    towards mankind.
    Such views are widely agreed and are hardly very new or original
    observations. They also remind us that the belief in a personal God
    among scientists has seriously declined in the period from 1914 to 1998.
    The figures for American scientists are actually 27.7% to 7.0% of the
    people questioned. If one wants a proof of the existence of a God, then,
    since the attempts over the ages have been unsuccessful, one can safely
    say that the proposition that God exists cannot be proved or disproved .
    Such propositions exist elsewhere in philosophy, and I have called them
    Godelian, after the logician and mathematician Kurt Gödel. The question
    about God's existence thus takes its place along with other statements
    which can, strictly speaking, be neither proved nor disproved. As an
    example one can think of the statement that the universe is expanding!
    It is probably so, but it cannot be proved in any strict sense. Indeed
    many scientific statements are in this category. Allow me a sweeping
    statement in conclusion: science is a study of the likely, not of the
    certain."


    The article is not long - I think, perhaps, you could have written it!!!


    >> Thank you for your comments. I think you one told me that you use
    >> lined paper - but not everyone does. That does leave room for me to
    >> 'read between the lines' so to speak!
    >>

    >
    > I think I said I try not to write between the lines.


    I think you did. No offence intended!

    >> Dave
    >> An active poster in 'microsoft.public.test.here' - and folk respond!!!
    >> How crazy is that? Or is something still not quite as it seems?

    >
    > Dammit this is the Internet. It is rare for anything to be as it seems.
    > Deception is the norm.


    There's that sense of humour again! Can you/will you explain why posts
    made using Motzarella or aioe servers do not always replicate in the
    associated newsgroups in 'news.microsoft.com' (all of which I now access
    using Thunderbird) ? Maybe you could find a few minutes to test to see
    if the same thing happens to you? If you do, please use the
    'microsoft.public.test.here' group. Many thanks, Tim.

    --
    Dave

  6. #46
    Tim Jackson
    Guest

    Re: Annexcafe User2User newsgroup

    ~BD~ wrote:
    > Tim Jackson wrote:
    >
    > Can you/will you explain why posts
    > made using Motzarella or aioe servers do not always replicate in the
    > associated newsgroups in 'news.microsoft.com' (all of which I now access
    > using Thunderbird) ? Maybe you could find a few minutes to test to see
    > if the same thing happens to you? If you do, please use the
    > 'microsoft.public.test.here' group. Many thanks, Tim.
    >
    > --
    > Dave


    I think this has drifted off topic for a.c.s. I'll reply to this one
    personally.


    Tim

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