Monday, 27 February 2017

Choose Fairtrade - because farmers deserve a fair price

Right now, millions of hard working farmers in developing countries aren’t paid enough to support their families. Yet every day they provide the food that we eat.

Their children go hungry and can’t go to school. Some are forced to work. They have no choice.

Their communities are trapped in poverty, unable to pay for wells and water pumps. They drink dirty water and cannot afford to visit the doctor when they become sick.

This is the cost of exploitation.

The answer is simple. Where we have an option: choose Fairtrade goods - to ensure producers aren't effectively subsidising cheap prices for us - the consumers.

Chrome malware masquerades as "missing font" files

New hack tricks users into downloading missing fonts loaded with malicious files
A security researcher has discovered a new hacking tactic on Google Chrome that manipulates websites into displaying missing font prompts, which then trick users into downloading malicious files.

The infection was first spotted on an unnamed WordPress website by Mahmoud Al-Qudsi, a researcher at cybersecurity firm NeoSmart Technologies, who detailed the process in a blog post.

The attack involves a hacker exploiting JavaScript to alter the rendering of content on a webpage, causing it to resemble mis-encoded text which appears as a jumble of symbols and shapes. The code then prompts the user to download the missing fonts through a Chrome language pack to decipher the text.

Clicking "Update" results in a file called "Chrome Font v7.5.1.exe" being downloaded and a second prompt encourages the user to run the file, all the while appearing as a perfectly safe Chrome download.

The attack is particularly well disguised and makes every attempt to appear a legitimate Chrome pop up, including the correct text formatting and right use of colours for the "Update" button.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Are we tough enough on animal cruelty? Please read this & sign the petition.

When two brothers who filmed themselves torturing a dog were spared jail it provoked an outcry. Yet England and Wales has the lightest maximum sentence in Europe for animal cruelty offences. Now an MP is hoping to make the law tougher on perpetrators.

There was outrage when the abuse to which Andrew and Daniel Frankish subjected a bulldog became public knowledge.

The brothers, from Redcar in Teesside, had repeatedly stamped on the dog and thrown it down stairs. As a result the dog became paralysed in the back legs and was eventually put down.

Yet they were given only a suspended sentence at Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Even if they had been jailed, the maximum prison sentence they could have faced was six months - meaning they would be released in just three.

The sentence attracted widespread criticism. Nearly 500,000 people signed an online petition calling for a tougher penalty. Others held a vigil for the abused dog while a plane was flown over Middlesbrough FC's stadium during a match, calling for the brothers to be locked up.

Please sign the petition here:

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Alien: Covenant. “Prologue: Last Supper"

The official prologue to Alien: Covenant introduces the crew of the mission as they gather for a final meal before entering cryosleep.

Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. In Theaters: 19th May 2017. I can't wait!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Daytona: the best motorcycle boots money can buy.

Daytona, in our view, makes the world's finest motorcycle boots for the serious motorcyclist who commutes, or tours, extensively. Daytona does not believe in bling.

In fact, one might even suggest that their boots are a little dull in design terms. But what they do produce is boots of the very highest quality and safety. Daytona boots nearly all come with a Gore-Tex membrane for the very highest levels of waterproofness, but in most cases their boots are also made from hydrophobic leather that actually repels water. In the sole, Daytona boots have a steel shank for stiffness and protection. As you would expect, you also get hard protectors for the heel, ankles, and toe area. 

Daytona boots all come with a two year warranty, but for most motorcyclists a pair of Daytona's will last a lifetime. And that's because Daytona will re-sole boots, replace membranes, or indeed any other part of the boot that falls into disrepair.

Touratec Adventure Travel Event: 5-7 May 2017

The Touratec Travel Event is the UK's premier Adventure Riding event.
It's FREE to attend! Save the dates: 5th to 7th May 2017.

Growing year on year since 2008, it stands as a testament to all riders who desire riding on and off-road.

Educating & informing new & experienced riders with a wealth of industry manufacturers, smaller independent exhibitors, workshops, and ride-outs.

The aim is to provide a rich and absorbing experience over three days in the beautiful Brecon Beacons.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Panasonic ToughPads - in Space!

The challenge has been met! Toughpad has taken that giant leap for tablet-kind, leaving our atmosphere and entering space beyond.

We've captured every moment on film, from the early planning stages through to touchdown back on terra-firma. And you can join us for the full adventure, right here online.

So don't miss a moment. Find out how two intrepid Toughpad tablets fared when they tackled space, the final frontier.