* Posts by Ben Tasker

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: "E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians"

In the past when I've said similar, I've had people say "you think the cig is calming you, but actually it's just satisfying the addiction, making the cravings go away"

Because, you know, the twat who pushed untested changes to production clearly had nothing to do with the irritation in the first place..

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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> YouTube is advertising for the artists whose material it hosts

Yeah, there are more than a few bands in my collection now who I stumbled across on Youtube, listened to for a bit and then went and bought their album. Some of those were direct sales as well, as they were small bands I'd likely never have heard of if I hadn't come across them on Youtube (At least one of the bands didn't even have an english language website).

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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To be fair, as much as I don't like it, I personally think he's got a potentially valid argument on this one:

> Adblock detection tools store and execute scripts on the client to detect behaviour of that client (are they using an adblocker).

He's entirely correct that the only storage in use is the cache, which the publisher has little to no control over, and shouldn't really be considered persistent storage in the way the cookie jar is.

On the other hand, that doesn't automatically mean the EPD doesn't apply - it'd be for a court to determine. And he can't be ignorant to the fact that finding out would likely be prohibitively expensive for the advertiser on the receiving end. Far better to fix the behaviour IMO.

He's also right that the response seems to be based on the assumption that scripts are stored, so, again, the above applies - would need to be determined by a court.

But, he definitely seems to be pushing an agenda, and weakens what could be a valid point with some completely out-there arguments.

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Re: snooping my machine

Now, if people would only pick sites based on how bad or good ads on them are, then the same evolutionary process would take place on the market of ads, and they would get all better.

Or, perhaps, things could work the way they should. Advertisers sort out the state of their own house, and people pick sites based on the quality of the content they're going there to see. No-one picks a site based on ads, though they may be pushed into avoiding it because of the ads.

As others have said, the "free market" doesn't seem to work with advertisers. Google's Adsense became hugely popular at one point, in part because the ads were largely text based and non-intrusive. Have advertisers learnt from this success, or are they still pushing flashing animated shit over our pipes? Did the popularity lead to a reduction in that kind of shite? Temporarily, maybe, but it seems to have been whilst the advertisers regrouped and then pushed back with even more crap.

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Re: Bull

But do they?

I've seen this excuse used in so many places. You don't actually get a choice as the damage is often done before you even get a chance to say "no"

Nail on the head.

Generally, you visit a site because the page you're browsing to looks like it might contain the information you're currently after. But, until you visit, you have no idea what the "cost" will be - what JS will run, what third party trackers they use etc.

Once you've found out (and most users never do, because they don't look), it's too late, because it's already happened. All you can do is not visit in future, limiting it to one occurence (for that site). Which means it isn't anywhere close to informed consent and doesn't count.

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: Azer's childish decision

All that was in dispute is the modules name. How that could be used to justify transferring ownership of the module is beyond me and I'd have immediately protected the rest of my code by removing it from the service too.

Agreed, it was an arbitrary decision made with no real grounding in rationality. I'd have pulled my code and then spent some time considering whether I wanted to continue being involved with NPM given the new knowledge

I can understand the logic behind their decision to not allow unpublishing after 24 hours, but on the other hand, it's my code and I now have to ask permission to withdraw it? The end result of that, presumably is going to be for a dependancy to just sit unmaintained

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90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’, say researchers

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That was the argument I was going to make, until they mentioned that just sticking with the vendor's default accounted for a good number of those. That's a different kettle of fish.

That aside, using a certificate signed by your own CA doesn't offer any issues IMO, so long as the clients trust your CA. In fact, if you're using a client that can be told to _only_ trust your CA then even a cert from a compromised public CA becomes less of a vector.

Having a cert issued by a publicly trusted vendor has it's value when it's randomers hitting your service (e.g. a https site), but when the end client is one you control (e.g. a work laptop) or operated by someone you're associated with (like a colleague) reducing trust to a CA you control has some benefits

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

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Re: English

I though the standard for those was Chinglish?

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

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Re: The servers may be up...

Yeah, I spent some time this morning recovering databases from backup as the sudden power interruption wasn't particularly appreciated by InnoDB.

They did a reasonable job of updating their webhostingstatus page, but I can't help think a cursory notification email would have been nice once they were aware there was an issue

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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> What exactly was he hoping to achieve from this?

The only conclusion I've been able to come to on that one is - his name in the news again.

If the report says it was unlawful, it makes no difference as it has no legal sway whatsoever. Assange's supporters no doubt will be all over the net saying "the UN has ruled Assange's treatment illegal" I'm sure, but other than that very little real difference.

If the report had come back and said it was 100% lawful, does anyone believe he'd actually have walked out of that embassy and accepted arrest?

It's essentially a publicity stunt and nothing more

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Re: self-generated DDoS

It would. 'Cos like I said, while the BT Wholesale CentralPlus service was around (which was designed for and exclusively used by BT Retail), it don't need no username and password for authentication, just the circuit ID,

Ever so slightly different now (or was 6-9 months ago, whenever they put my Infinity in).

The username/password still isn't technically used by a HomeHub. The Modem's MAC is whitelisted and the authentication works/fails based on that - they managed to send out a batch of HH's without authorising them to connect them to the network, so I had a very confused engineer here at the time.

As others have said, yesterday, CHAP was failing. Prior to that though packets were making it 1 hop into BT's network and then falling off the network

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Re: Old IT joke

Try explaining to the new Commanding Officer in a military unit why it is that the power-cut has affected his office (not operationally essential) and yet all the sockets and lights in IT's office are still functional.

The operational reasons of making sure the office, DC and path to the DC stay live are obvious, but the explanation is somewhat undermined when it's pointed out that your coffee machine is plugged into one of the "essential" sockets.

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

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Re: Non-starter, at least here in the US

That's assuming it surfaces over your usual IP address as NAT of course. Anyone know?

I can't remember exactly which of the two it is (I believe the latter) but the way BT's works is either

- Goes out over a VPN

- Goes out with specific DSCP markings to differentiate

(IIRC it changed from one to the other at one point)

In either case someone downstream will be able to tell the difference - it certainly gets NAT'd away from your WAN IP before it goes anywhere near the net at large so won't help with snooping by Google either

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: What's the point of living?

@Stuart 22

I've just marathoned the last season of Peep Show so in my head it was Jeremy's voice saying - fits perfectly so have an upvote

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: idiots still use '123456' as their password

Depends how many drinks she's had ;)

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WTF?

Errrr

Not to be picky, but the blog linked to in TFA has a recent post appearing to be the one TFA is referring to, except that it was posted a year ago and the included list is from 2014's top 10.

El Reg hasn't accidentally fallen for the tweet old content as if it were new trick has it?

Edit: looks like this is the correct link https://www.teamsid.com/worst-passwords-2015/

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What if China went all GitHub on your website? Grab this coding tool

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My site uses on the wire encryption, so shouldn't cause any issues for anyone visiting my humble slice of the net.

On the other hand other sites may not keep up with things, and gating punishes the users not the admins (though if it's severe enough, they may well see a drop in traffic which should provide some motivation if they figure out why).

Personally, if I were implementing the gating (and couldn't opt not to) the one big change I'd make is to implement a notification system, something like the following

- User A visits example.invalid via HTTP, feature X is gated so browser effectively disables feature on that site

- User A's browser generates a HTTP request to example.invalid with a recognisable request path (something like /gated-feature-denied.html) with a User-Agent string including a URL to documentation explaining the gating

At the moment it relies on users actually bothering to tell site admins, which most won't. If you're going to punish the users, make it damn easy for the admins to realise this is the case.

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"I only want my HTML, and don't need no stinking cert" crowd are unlikely to be too bothered about JavaScript.

I wouldn't be so sure on that one.

Personally, I'm against the idea of browsers gating "core" functionality on the presence of SSL/TLS. Ultimately the user is being punished for something they have no control over. You can argue they can go elsewhere or bitch to the webmaster, but what if they've spent hours trying to find something niche and this site looks like it has it, but is http only?

On the other hand, blocking certain things might be more appropriate. You can have JS but no XMLHttp/XHR and no cross-domain requests (i.e. posting a form to another domain). But then you're increasing complexity and likely still leaving holes.

Either way though, sites need to start getting their act together and looking out for their visitors. Especially anywhere which might be considered a popular destination, such as an IT centric UK based lesbian website ;)

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BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

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Re: Bit bollocks more like

I sat down with a colleague and tried to work out how to pay for something in Bitcoins. It's the most fiendishly complicated way of paying for anything that I've ever seen

Open (or log into) wallet. Enter recipient address and amount, click send.

What's fiendishly complicated about that?

Laying your hands on BTC is only slightly more complicated than getting your hands on foreign currency (assuming you're going the exchange rather than mining routes).

There are plenty of (valid) criticisms of bitcoin, but I'm really struggling to see ease of use as one of them. Unless you count finding a merchant willing to accept them of course.

Even at the other (seller's) end, it's not particularly difficult. Generate a transaction specific address, display that and outstanding balance to user. Monitor transactions against that address, waiting for n confirmations and then mark payment as complete.

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Law against offshoring

Also a bit crap if you expand and go global. Now available in Asia, but sorry Asians, our call centre is open 9-5 UK time.

It'd probably keep jobs here temporarily, but UK based businesses would be unable to compete with non-UK business so we'd likely all end up jobless in the long run

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Re: Not NT 4.0

Knowing some users, Warp.

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New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

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Re: An actual use for it...

Including a tryagain date in the status code isn't the best way of doing it, status code descriptions should be (relatively) static.

But adding a x-will-be-available-at or the like would be a nice touch, especially if people stick to the same header (much the same way as x-forwarded-for became defacto).

It could also be nice, for dmca type takedowns, to have a "standard" x-see-more containing a link to chilling effects or similar

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Re: Shirley

Not necessarily, the client may have erred by being geographically located somewhere the content is censored.

But, actually, it's not a server error anyway. The client has erred by either requesting content that isn't available (404) or content the client isn't authorised to request (403).

The 5xx range is for where an action the server needs to complete has failed (upstream unreachable, parse error on a cgi script etc).

4xx is definitely the right range for this use, though it's applicability does seem a little limited. You'd use it if you've received a takedown, but an on the wire censorship mechanism is unlikely to use it

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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Re: Never answer 'Whisky' to a non Whisky drinker.

The trick is to clarify a little, I was kindly given a good bottle of scotch a few weeks ago as a thank you.

Though I will normally try and put people off getting me wine, whisky, rum or brandy as my tastes run expensive. It's one of the downsides of having had good staff discount at an offlicense in the past.

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UK police cuff suspect over VTech toy hack

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Re: The real question is why hasn't anyone at VTech been arrested?

Agreed. This news sounds more like a case of shooting the messenger rather than dealing with the twatspanners who thought playing fast and loose with their customer's data was an acceptable thing to do.

As other poster's have said, we need to start going to the top and targeting the champagne guzzling C suites who view security as a cost centre which can be cut/ignored to boost profits.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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> I do hope he wins the nomination. I can't conceive of a world in which he wins the election

I've a strong (and slightly worried) feeling that if Clinton were to win the nomination, a lot of people would vote for Trump instead.

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Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

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Re: Hold on...

> It only has to be an entity that can be responsible for the domain. Any number of anonymizing services will protect peoples' privacy and civil rights.

Be wary of who you choose though. Nominet's view is that the domain is "owned" by whoever is named in the whois. So if you're talking about a .UK you're effectively signing ownership of the domain over to a third party, at least in terms of anything where you might want Nominet to get involved. So make damn sure that anonymizing service is one you trust

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Re: If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide

> I use a domain privacy service. Costs a fiver a year. Is that no longer allowed?

Depends on the Registrar. Our own Nominet went through an unpleasant phase not that long ago.

They changed the rules so that if your site is commercial, you must populate the whois with valid/accurate data (i.e. not a privacy service). The problem is, their definition of commercial was a bit, eh, broad. Carry ads? Commercial. Make reference to selling something? Commercial

They're now trying to overhaul the way privacy services work on .uk so that when you select "private" your details still go to Nominet, they just won't be published in the whois. Because part of the reason we use privacy services couldn't possibly be that we don't trust nominet themselves?

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PHP 7.0 arrives, so go forth and upgrade if you dare

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Re: Not backwards compatible can cause a lot of problems

3. It introduces weird scope for errors and restriction for no good reason.

Particularly in 3 which now complains if you've mixed tabs and spaces for your indenting. It is bad practice and should be avoided, but it's not exactly the easiest thing to spot if you've got limited tools to hand at the time

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Re: All the things

> You have that correct, but somehow you feel this is dishonest?

It's not dishonest, as such. But taking it to an extreme, look at the tricks Verizon likes to pull in the US - FiOS runs past >90% of households in $area. Of course actually getting them to connect you is something entirely different.

> Show a little faith. Sure, they probably will crash and burn, but no need to go on moaning about the inevitable like some dreary greek chorus.

I was more complaining that El Reg's usually faultless lazer vision seemed to have failed to burn through that statement. Mind you it was ~4am so perhaps I missed something

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If Amazon is going to achieve 30-minute delivery for items of that ilk, it will need a lot of rather large warehouses in many, many places, just to keep stuff within 16 km of everyone.

You forgot to enable corporate speak on your babelfish. They've no intention of being to deliver to even the majority within 30 minutes. They said

Amazon adds that it hopes “one day … to deliver packages to customers around the world in 30 minutes or less.”

Which roughly translates to - We're going to have depots in various locations worldwide so we can claim global reach. But to actually benefit from our 30 minute delivery time, you'll have to be one of the relative few who live close to those locations. But look, drones, cool eh?

Drones may be relatively cheap, but running warehouses isn't and if they want to achieve 30 minutes delivery to the majority, not only will they need more warehouses, they'll need to hold more stock. All of which costs money, so they'll just tell everyone about their new delivery service and you'll find out you're not eligible when the postie arrives

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Re: The Great Unwashed are not so paranoid

> The great unwashed are too careless with their personal information. They do not realize that hackers are looking for easy targets and they paint a bulls-eye on their backs.

The problem is it's not just hackers or truly 'personal' information either

There's plenty of stuff that I did as a teen that I'm fucking glad isn't available online. Like everyone else, I'm happy to talk about some of the antics I got up to, but there are other things that are best left buried. I'm sure most people my age probably have at least a few things they feel that way about.

The "great unwashed" though, are posting their antics on facebook, and then complaining when they become a meme. In a decade or so, someone's going to go onto goofacetwat.er and search for their name and dredge it all up again.

I know people who are against the IPB, but don't think twice about letting their social media 'friends' know every time they take a shit. Of course, the latter is their choice, but it still seems bizzare

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Millions of families hit in toymaker VTech hack – including 200,000+ kids

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Re: Naff

The second problem is that even if it does hit the mainstream news (based on what I've heard people saying in response to the TalkTalk problem) most people still won't understand the issues, and will carry on as before.

Especially as VTech are playing the same card as TalkTalk - focusing on direct financial consequences (we don't store credit card details) - rather than acknowledging that losing non-financial data can also be harmful.

As an example, a particularly "entertaining" section from their official statement

In addition, our customer database does not contain any personal identification data (such as ID card numbers, Social Security numbers or driving license numbers).

Correct, but they did lose (from earlier in their statement)

- Name

- Secret question and answer

- Mailing address

- IP address

Which is pretty identifying. Given people re-use secret questions all the damn time, that's more than enough for me to get in contact as "your ISP". All I need to find is a phone number, which is fairly simple given the information above.

I'd have more respect for them if their statement simply read "We fucked up"

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Re: Naff

Our littlun got given one for xmas a few years back by a family member.

They're not bad pieces of kit, per se, but definitely shouldn't go for the price they do. But VTech are out and out robbing bastards (the one cartridge that comes with the tablet is loaded with nothing but ads).

Not received an email, but logged in to check what might have been lost

- kids name: beetlejuice

- kids dob: wrong day,month and year

- account email: dedicated mailbox

- account pass: random string unique to vtech

- address: 200 miles out

Some would say I have trust issues, but time and time again I seem to be being proven right.

Companies need to stop asking for data they don't need and can't protect

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Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

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Re: "Dell's dumb DLL"

I was supportive of your plans, right up until you used the term "Nosh", then my brain decided "fatty, disgusting sausages" could only have been a simile for something I don't much fancy wrapping my lips around.

You ruined the dream man......

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Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

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Re: The Judge is right ...

While I tend to agree with you, usually driving is called "a privilege" and not "a right". The wording of the briefs try to say the internet is "a right".

Which I'd also lean towards saying is going a bit far, though we're getting to the point where it might become such a fundamental requirement to day-to-day life that it has to become one.

Even if we call Internet access a privilege though, it still doesn't quite make sense. We don't take away your driving license if you rob a bank (depending on how you drive making your get-a-way of course).

There is the issue of the ISP and money along with the copyright holders that the sticky part as the way the laws are written and the way the lawyers and various organizations have tended to apply them.

Which is pretty much the bit I have issue with. Removing the internet from someones life does far more than simply stop them sharing/downloading copyrighted content and just doesn't feel like a proportional response to me.

For me, that's a much bigger issues than whether access to the net is a privilege or a right. In either case, it should only be forcibly denied when proportional to do so - in other words taking into account the other consequences on someones life.

If you're caught (seriously) speeding, a judge will often look at how loss of your license will affect you and those around you. He might instead opt to give you a large fine and a buttload of points, but not suspend your license because you've a young family and live in the sticks.

Similar consideration should be given here, especially as misusing a car can cause immediate pain and death, whilst copyright infringement is largely a financial issue.

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Re: The Judge is right ...

I disagree(ish).

Not in the sense that the net is a necessity now, but that we're fast getting to the point where it soon will be.

Banks are closing branches (use Internet Banking), public services are moving to digital by default (need to file your tax return?) those two are pretty important, and just the first that comes to mind.

There are meatspace options for both of those, but it, at a minimum, introduces additional inconvenience (where's the nearest branch of your bank)?

Whether it's proportional is a different argument, but disconnecting a downloader isn't "just" taking away their internet, there's a whole heap of other knock-on effects. Effects that as time passes are probably going to get worse the more businesses/govts go online only.

On the flip side though, a lot of the above can be said for taking away someone's car (or more precisely, their driving license), and we do that. The difference being (aside from the mashed meat cars can generate), there's a legal structure in place dictating at what point (12) we consider the driver's behaviour severe enough to warrant it. Even then, it's generally "reasons of public safety" not protecting a corp's income that's the decider.

What I',m getting at is, whilst I don't think it should be impossible to disconnect someone's net, the point at which it's done is something that needs to be considered/laid out by society, not dictated by an interested industry (not that I particularly trust our politicians, but it'd at least have the outward appearance of democracy).

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Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

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Re: Is a compromise possible?

If the data were to be stored at rest UN-encrypted, but only accessible via an 'encryption' gate at the hardware level, this would prevent remote access to the data if you don't have the key.

However, using a physical switch inside the device to bypass the encryption gate would give access to the data without a key, but only if you have the device.

Unfortunately, the random mugger who nicks your phone would also have access to this switch

Alternatively, you could set up a second encryption gate where the fuzz have the other key, but the interface to this second gate is only accessible physically.

Sounds good on paper, except as the data is stored un-encrypted all "you" need to do is to figure out a means to bypass the gate (whether consumer facing or LEO facing) to introduce a plaintext gate.

Certainly more of a challenge than simply nicking a phone and having all the data there ready, but it still massively undermines the point in encrypting the data at rest.

If no compromise is found, the powers that will be will just stomp all over device-end encryption with their jack-boots to the point where even owning a device capable of running an app on it that performs that function could become a crime.

There's arguably a good chance they'll try to do that any way. If we look at your gated example, the next thing to come would be "Criminals have learnt how to nobble the LEO access point".

On the upside, given an app can be written anywhere, whilst it might be a crime to have that app they're going to have a hard time actually stopping it. The harder they (visibily) push against law-abiding citizens, the more their motives come into question. There's a balance they have to keep as well, it takes a lot, but beyond a certain point people's apathy goes away and they start questioning things (and, given how easy it is, installing apps to "protect" themselves).

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

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Re: If only there were a way...

Given that a locally trusted CA will override HSTS, once we actually see DANE being supported what are the odds that the same decision gets made, at which point it'd have been no help here either.

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

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Re: Just capturing his original post (The only reason...)

Whether it is this or heartbleed or shellshock etc(more familiar with those since I don't deal in end user computing systems), so many alarmists out there behave like every little thing the world is going to come to an end because of it.

Both of which (particularly Shellshock) were a big deal if left unpatched. I don't think anyone has insinuated the world is going to end, but those were some pretty big holes, and Shellshock in particular was a trivially easy way to gain a remote shell on affected systems. In syadmin/security land that's a BFD if any of those affected systems fall under your stewardship.

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Ofcom asks: Do kids believe anything they read on the internet?

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Yep, mines now old enough to have started taking an interest in the net, so there's now filtering in place.

Much to wifeys annoyance, she sometimes allows her tablet to be used so it's in the aggressive filtering category.

Not at that age yet, but I'm looking forward to it becoming an arms race - it's an opportunity for littlun to start having to think and learn about how networks work.

Harder to circumvent filtering will be enabled each time there's a break through - though theres already detection in place for various ways around the current method

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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Re: Hardware

> 1. Powerline ethernet capable linux based hardware with hack potential

Yup, I saw that and thought "I've got to get my hands on one to play with"

Should provide me with some more entertainment :)

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ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

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Re: Can it be hacked?

The number for our emergency support line has been changed to "0118 999 881 99 9119 7253"

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Re: ''deranged sys admins''

Insane / crazy / deranged / mad etc are literally a connotation of mental illness. ie something is wrong in the brain hardware, this is stuff that cannot be fixed or needs heavy medication to control.

Which is not the same as being unintelligent or stupid - so there should be no underestimation of a persons potential capability

If someone's truly and deeply held beliefs are... snip...then it is indeed a logical and perfectly sane thought structure that will lead them to go blow themselves up in a crowd.

I have a very hard time calling it sane. Logical, yes, in that the logic follows even if it's morally reprehensible. Murdering civilians for their (lack of) religious beliefs is not a sane thing to do - I'm using sane: reasonable or sensible.

Equally importantly, using ISIS' indiscriminate tactics, which even Al-Qaeda were against, there's a risk that innocent believers of Islam might also be harmed/killed. Some of those might even be Wahhabi (i.e. "good" muslims in the terrorist's slightly stunted world view). To risk killing those who support you, when the rest of the world is against, is not a reasonable or sensible move.

I completely agree that we shouldn't underestimate them, but I don't think deranged is an inappropriate description for their acts (though whether or not it truly applies to their sysadmins is something else)

The good news is that these people are fuelled by bad ideas, which are possible to fight back against using good ideas, not more bombs.

100% agreed - all the bombs really do is to provide another "example" of the west's evil that can be used when trying to radicalise the vulnerable

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Re: ''deranged sys admins''

Just to pick a big nit.

There's no reason you can't be the most intelligent person on the planet AND deranged -they're not mutually exclusive

The word deranged simply implies mad/insane - there's no implication of stupidity or foolishness, just of less than sane beliefs/thought structures.

Personally, I think deranged is a fair word for those that follow ISIS

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

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1&!1 Mail and Media

True&False Mail and Media?

Or did someone accidentally hold shift and then fail to press backspace?

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Re: I've been around here for ages

> In any article about PC World say how you belittled one of the sales people with your superior knowledge even though you only went in to get out of the rain and wouldn't ever dream of buying anything from them

You mean they used to sell stuff?

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

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But if they'd been using an older Windows based OS, Clippy could have popped up and said "It looks like you're trying to launch an aircraft, shall I check your figures"?

It seems strange that it wasn't already procedure for both to check the figures first. Not entirely sure how 35 got transposed to 51 either?

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Apple's OS X App Store downloads knackered by expired security cert

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@AC

I did say if you did not know it had been compromised. That's the reason we cycle keys at renewal time, stretching the window of validity because people do a crap job of monitoring their infrastructure is not the solution.

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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

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Re: Former?

Virgin reaches more than half of UK homes. Reaching most homes doesn't equal 'highly restricted'.

I guess that depends on context.

The context usually being whether Virgin are trying to have a pop at BT or not. When they are, their areas are "highly restricted", when they're not and are instead are trying to sell, you'd think their network covered every house in the UK, twice

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