26 September 2019

21st Denmead BEER Festival - 7pm Saturday 2nd Nov 2019 - Denmead Community Centre

21st Annual Beer Festival
Saturday 2nd Nov 2019
1900 - 2330
Denmead Community Centre
School Lane PO7 6LU

The Denmead Beer Festival is our main fund raising event of the year and I am pleased to see how well this has been supported over the past 20 years! Please come along to help us continue to provide local services to our local community – we have 45 user groups many of which are providing Community Learning activities.

This year we aim to appeal to a more diverse clientele so as well as a good selection of traditional Beers and Cider, we are offering an enhanced selection of wines – including Prosecco, as well as soft drinks for any designated drivers! Also available will be Aspall’s Cider and a cold filtered IPA for those who are not so fond of the traditional cask ales.   

We will have our traditional Raffle with many super prizes to be won, and a BBQ for those mid-evening hunger pangs! Live music by ‘Mamma Belle’  

Tickets on Sale now from the following outlets.
Parkers DIY
Cheers Wine
Forest of Bere
Sirloin of Beef (Eastney)
Fox and Hounds
Denmead Community Centre.

Many thanks to all for your continued support and I look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 2nd November.  

Donline is once more a sponsor of the Denmead Beer Festival.
This year, my beer is Timothy Taylor's Landlord - one of my all time favourite beers! Cheers!

10 tips for enabling zero trust security

The widespread adoption of public cloud services and the growth of the mobile workforce have rendered perimeter-based security models obsolete. An organization’s applications and data are likely to exist both inside the traditional firewall and beyond it. Security and IT teams can no longer assume that users and their devices (both personal and corporate) on the network are any safer than those on the outside. Perimeter controls do little to prevent an attacker from moving laterally on the network after gaining initial access to it.

What’s needed is a pivot to “boundaryless”security, known more commonly as Zero Trust. In a Zero Trust model, all users and devices—both inside and outside the corporate network—are deemed untrustworthy. Access is granted based on a dynamic evaluation of the risk associated with each request. The same security checks are applied to all users, devices, applications, and data every time.

Getting to a Zero Trust model can take years of effort and require collaboration across the enterprise. If you are committed to deploying a Zero Trust model, or even if you’re just considering it, here are 10 tips to help make your journey a bit smoother.

23 September 2019

The 20 most-surveilled cities in the world

Cities in China are under the heaviest CCTV surveillance in the world, according to a new analysis by Comparitech. However, some residents living in cities across the US, UK, UAE, Australia, and India will also find themselves surrounded by a large number of watchful eyes, as our look at the number of public CCTV cameras in 120 cities worldwide found.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras serve many purposes, ranging from crime prevention to traffic monitoring to observing industrial operations in environments not suitable for humans. The digital age has boosted the prevalence of CCTV surveillance. Cameras are getting better and cheaper, while live video streams can be remotely accessed, stored on the internet, and passed around. The adoption of face recognition technology makes it possible for both public and private entities to instantly check the identity of anyone who passes by a CCTV camera.

Based on the number of cameras per 1,000 people, these cities are the top 20 most surveilled in the world:

  1. Chongqing, China – 2,579,890 cameras for 15,354,067 people = 168.03 cameras per 1,000 people
  2. Shenzhen, China – 1,929,600 cameras for 12,128,721 people = 159.09 cameras per 1,000 people
  3. Shanghai, China – 2,985,984 cameras for 26,317,104 people = 113.46 cameras per 1,000 people
  4. Tianjin, China – 1,244,160 cameras for 13,396,402 people = 92.87 cameras per 1,000 people
  5. Ji’nan, China – 540,463 cameras for 7,321,200 people = 73.82 cameras per 1,000 people
  6. London, England (UK) – 627,707 cameras for 9,176,530 people = 68.40 cameras per 1,000 people
  7. Wuhan, China – 500,000 cameras for 8,266,273 people = 60.49 cameras per 1,000 people
  8. Guangzhou, China – 684,000 cameras for 12,967,862 people = 52.75 cameras per 1,000 people
  9. Beijing, China – 800,000 cameras for 20,035,455 people = 39.93 cameras per 1,000 people
  10. Atlanta, Georgia (US) – 7,800 cameras for 501,178 people = 15.56 cameras per 1,000 people

Google may have just ushered in an era of ‘quantum supremacy’

Google says that it has achieved quantum supremacy, a major milestone towards the development of quantum computers. At least, it seems to have. The announcement came in a paper that was reportedly published on the NASA website before being pulled, according to the The Financial Times which retrieved a copy before it disappeared. “To our knowledge,” Google’s paper read, “this experiment marks the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor.” The Google research paper was titled “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor.”

Google’s quantum computer was reportedly able to solve a calculation — proving the randomness of numbers produced by a random number generator — in 3 minutes and 20 seconds that would take the world’s fastest traditional supercomputer, Summit, around 10,000 years. This effectively means that the calculation cannot be performed by a traditional computer, making Google the first to demonstrate quantum supremacy.

16 September 2019

Donline sponsors the 22nd Wickham Charity Beer Festival 12 October 2019

Welcome to the 22nd Wickham Charity Beer Festival on Saturday 12th October 2019. This autumn we hope to bring you a range of around 30 ales & 6 cidersTickets now on sale.

We will have food available at each session, pies at the afternoon session.
We are please to welcome back the Meon Valley Lions with their fantastic BBQ for the Evening session.

Entertainment at this festival:

To start our evening entertainment off this autumn , we are pleased to welcome back: Danny JHe will playing an amazing cross section of acoustic tunes.

Then after year's of trying we are pleased to have performing for us as our main act: The Scary Biscuits - With their great stage performance & set.

Money raised from this festival will be given to:

Almost one-fifth of Britons 'do not use internet'

Many British people are not using the internet, a survey suggests. The detailed in-home survey of almost 2,000 Britons found that 18% described themselves as non-users.

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), which carried out the research, said people falling into the category tended to be older and poorer than frequent net users.

The size of the group presented a "dilemma" for any government trying to reach and support them, said the OII.

"Non-users are older, proportionately less well-educated and have lower incomes," said Dr Grant Blank, survey research fellow at the OII, who oversaw the project.

Todays brilliant Google Doodle: BB King. Watch & Enjoy x

Today’s Google Doodleillustrated by Little Rock-based guest artist Steve Spencer and animated by Brooklyn-based guest animator Nayeli Lavanderos, celebrates B.B. King - the iconic “King of the Blues” who brought blues music from cotton fields and street corners to grand halls and arenas across the world. 

Born on this day in 1925 on a Mississippi Delta plantation near Berclair, Mississippi, Riley B. King was a sharecropper’s son whose soulful, piercing guitar solos became recognizable with a single note. Often imitated but never duplicated, B.B. King became a blueprint for many of the world’s biggest rock stars who followed. “I wish I could just do like B. B. King,” said John Lennon of The Beatles. “If you would put me with B. B. King, I would feel real silly.”

Raised singing gospel music in church, King performed on street corners before hitchhiking to Memphis and landing a job on the air at radio station WDIA. There, locals began calling him “Beale Street Blues Boy,” later shortened to “Bee Bee” and finally “B.B.”

He began recording in 1949 and never looked back after his first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues.” Records like “The Thrill is Gone” and “Every Day I Have the Blues” have become classics of the genre.

King opened for the Rolling Stones on tour and became the first internationally acclaimed blues artist, winning 15 Grammys, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, receiving honorary doctorates from assorted universities, and performing at the White House. Embodying the traveling bluesman, King was also known for averaging more than 300 shows a year throughout various points in his career.

In 1949, King ran inside a burning nightclub to save a guitar, risking his own life for his beloved instrument. The fire had been caused by two men fighting over a woman named Lucille, and from that day forward, King referred to all his guitars by that name.

“When I sing, I play in my mind,” he once said. “The minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”

BB is one of my heroes of music, I thank God for BBs talent and the beauty of his music.

Go Behind the Doodle: YouTube
Learn more: Google

11 September 2019

281 Arrested Worldwide in Coordinated International Enforcement Operation Targeting Hundreds of Individuals in Business Email Compromise Schemes

Federal authorities announced today a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  Operation reWired, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of State, was conducted over a four-month period, resulting in 281 arrests in the United States and overseas, including 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana.  Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom (UK).  The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million.

BEC, also known as “cyber-enabled financial fraud,” is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.  The same criminal organizations that perpetrate BEC also exploit individual victims, often real estate purchasers, the elderly, and others, by convincing them to make wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. This is often accomplished by impersonating a key employee or business partner after obtaining access to that person’s email account or sometimes done through romance and lottery scams.  BEC scams may involve fraudulent requests for checks rather than wire transfers; they may target sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII) or employee tax records instead of, or in addition to, money; and they may not involve an actual “compromise” of an email account or computer network.  Foreign citizens perpetrate many BEC scams.  Those individuals are often members of transnational criminal organizations, which originated in Nigeria but have spread throughout the world.

10 September 2019

Motorcycle Live: Birmingham NEC - 16-24 November 2019

Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts, Motorcycle Live 2019 – in association with Bikesure Insurance – promises showgoers everything they need to build their perfect day out, under one roof…

Between Saturday 16 November and Sunday 24 November 2019, bike fans across the UK, and beyond, will descend upon The NEC, Birmingham to visit the UK’s biggest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live.

Saturday 16th November & Sunday 17th November – 9.00am – 5.00pm
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd November – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Book your tickets now: HERE!

Reading for today: on God's love for us

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. 
I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Tom Hanks accepted role of church minister TV star because it offered a positive alternative to cynicism

Tom Hanks says cynicism is one of the reasons why he decided to take on the role of American children's TV icon Fred Rogers in his new movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The critics have praised Hanks' portrayal of the mild-mannered Mr Rogers in the movie, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday ahead of its US debut on Thanksgiving. 

Mr Rogers, who died in 2003, was a Presbyterian church minister who entertained generations of American children with his TV show, Mister Roger's Neighborhood

Speaking to reporters about why the role appealed to him, Hanks said: "Cynicism has become the default position for so much of daily structure and daily intercourse. ...and we have become so inured to that, that when we are met with as simple a message as 'Hey you know what, it's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood!' we get slapped a little bit. We are allowed, I think, to feel good. There's a place for cynicism, but why begin with it right off the bat?"

09 September 2019

Win a biking life! Training, a new bike, riding gear & insurance!

Know someone that wants to get into biking? You know that friend… yes, that one that doesn’t ride a motorbike. You’d really like to hang out with them more, but when they don’t ride it’s just, well, dull. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Kawasaki Motors and Oxford Products to give one lucky person the chance to start their biking life.

The folk at Kawasaki are offering one non-rider the chance to do their motorcycle training from CBT through to taking their full test. Upon passing, they’ll get their very own brand-new Kawasaki Z400 motorbike including their first registration fee and one year’s VED tax. Our friends at Oxford will kit them out from head-to-toe with a helmet, jacket and trousers, gloves, boots and that all-important neck warmer and the generous people over at Kawasaki Insurance will help them out with their first year’s insurance premium.

The BikerTek range of parts carries a serious message: bikes repair easier than bikers

Each one is precision-engineered and made to last. But on closer inspection all is not what it might seem. Come and find out for yourself as we tour motorcycle events and venues this summer. Meet the experienced bikers on our stand. We‘d love to chat about the enjoyment, the thrill and riding safely too.

The statistics show that cornering, overtaking, speeding and fatigue are the four most common causes of serious motorcycling accidents. Highways England have put together a few safe riding tips to keep you and your bike safely on the road.

The best film you’ll see for a while: Peter Fonda and Evel Knievel’s safety tips for bikers!

We’ve just stumbled across this brilliant Public Service Announcement starring Peter Fonda and Evel Knievel. And it’s the epitome of 70’s cool!

With Fonda doing most of the talking, the film offers riding tips, demos, and a look at some awesome old AMF Harley-Davidsons in action. And best of all, Evel Knievel’s on hand to offer advice on the importance of proper kit to help bikers stay safe out on the road. Watch it. You might even learn something.

06 September 2019

Remember the time Porsche built an engine for Harley-Davidson? Yes really!

Harley-Davidson and its V-twins have had a long and fruitful history together—a history that started as early as 1914 when the company introduced its first big-bore twin, the F-head. To this day, the V-twin remains a staple for the brand, whether it's the mid-range Revolution X or the big Milwaukee-Eight. Back in 2002, Harley tried a little something different with its V-twin and turned to Porsche to help make it happen.

Picture this: American muscle-man Harley-Davidson working hand in hand with the epitome of German refinement, Porsche. As… weird as the pairing may seem, that's exactly how things went down at the turn of the millennium, some 20 years ago. This wasn’t the first time the two companies collaborated, but the result of this early 2000s cross-Atlantic partnership was going to be one of the most historically impactful: hence was born the V-Twin Racing Street Custom or V-Rod. 

When I was a sprog, I thought Harley-Davidsonwere the ultimate bike. Times & tastes change... I had the opportunity to ride a few HDs back in 2016 at Guildford HD.  I found the standard bikes such as the Fat Bob etc were a bit agricultural, shook like crazy, loosened yer fillings, etc... The V-Rod was something else. A Harley that I could live with. The Porsche engine was a gem - but not for ~£14k! HD enthusiasts hated the V-Rod - just not authentic Harley. Dunno what they're gonna make of the LiveWire then! Ho Hum, I'll stick with "modern" bikes ;0).

04 September 2019

What3words - the app that chops the world into 57 trillion squares

The app What3words essentially points to a very specific location. Its developers divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address.

For example, the door of 10 Downing Street is slurs.this.shark, while the area across the road where the press congregate is stage.pushy.nuns.

It was born out of company founder Chris Sheldrick's postal-related problems growing up in rural Hertfordshire. "Our postcode did not point to our house," he said. "We got used to getting post meant for other people, or having to stand in the road to flag down delivery drivers."

Ten years in the music industry, which involved trying to get bands to meet at specific entrances to their venues, also fuelled his frustration.

"I tried to get people to use longitude and latitude but that never caught on," Mr Sheldrick said. "It got me thinking, how can you compress 16 digits into something much more user friendly? "I was speaking to a mathematician and we found there were enough combinations of three words for every location in the world." In fact, 40,000 words was enough.

What can I say, but Cheers from Denmead!

02 September 2019

Google says hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in iPhones for years

An unprecedented iPhone hacking operation, which attacked “thousands of users a week” until it was disrupted in January, has been revealed by researchers at Google’s external security team.

The operation, which lasted two and a half years, used a small collection of hacked websites to deliver malware on to the iPhones of visitors. Users were compromised simply by visiting the sites: no interaction was necessary, and some of the methods used by the hackers affected even fully up-to-date phones.

Once hacked, the user’s deepest secrets were exposed to the attackers. Their location was uploaded every minute; their device’s keychain, containing all their passwords, was uploaded, as were their chat histories on popular apps including WhatsApp, Telegram and iMessage, their address book, and their Gmail database.