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* Posts by K L

6 posts • joined 19 Feb 2008

Canada quashes Yes Men hoax with phishing claim

K L
Jobs Horns

Harper is a ditchpig.

First of all, this would seem to contradict precident in legal terms. A Canadian company, Canadian Tire tried to get the crappytire website shut down, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/07/04/canadian_tire_loses_fight/ Truly an epic fail.

This should at least call into question the legality of the government's actions.

The reason I'm posting, though, is to point out the Harper Government have done far worse. They manipulate and exploit every loophole they can find to accomplish their despicable goals.

I believe hate is a pretty strong word to use in reference to another person. I hate Steven Harper. I think he's evil.

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K L
Megaphone

Is it a right to criticize the government in print?

Democracy itself is harmed when dissent in the form of satirical treatment of the ruling government is cencsored.

But it doesn't surprise me at all for this to happen under the Harper Government. Our civil liberties are subtly and gradually being stripped away such that most are going unnoticed by the vast majority of Canadians.

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El Reg to launch space paper plane

K L

If High Altitude Glider = HAG.....

... then I'm sure there are all kinds of things you can do with that.

I suggest: El Shag, Experimental Lightweight Scale High Altitude Glider.

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Exploit code targets Mac OS X, iTunes, Java, Winzip...

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Thumb Up

@Evil Graham

If I understand you correctly, and I think I do, an aspect of my idea would be a prearrangement with the authenticating institution, a special password, let's say, using some form business identification as a username. Then only the true site can authenticate in this manner. The response from the authenticator would likewise be associated with the user in the same manner as a challenge question's answer only in reverse.

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K L

Re: DNS exploits.

It occurs to me that one way to validate websites would be the following:

Upon arrival at my bank's website, for example, the website could authenticate itself by sending info to an authentication server which would send back an encrypted reply to the site's server, which would then be decrypted and displayed to the user.

Granted, it's late and I'm half in the bag, but it seems plausible to me.

Perhaps I'm an ignoramus though; there might be a dozen reasons why that would never work, for all I know. I'd be interested in hearing them.

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BitTorrent busts Comcast BitTorrent busting

K L

No effort to conceal torrent throttling here

In Canada, Eastlink Cable openly admits to trying to "manage" torrent traffic as, I believe, do most Canadian service providers, but encryption seems to be effective so far. To me, it's shameful but unfortunately, it's a choice between crap and crappier.

Some of their techs are total shits. I had one tell me, "We don't provide speed, we provide bandwidth." Guh. I wanted to reach through the phone and slap him. Next, while asking him to work on a problem I am having right now with my service and call me back, he said his shift had ended 2 minutes ago and basically declined to do a thing. If I was caught doing that where I worked I'd be marched out the door.

It's no wonder to me that people are willing to take any step possible to sidestep every effort made by ISPs to limit service regardless of the reason. Competition is limited and customer service is piss-poor across the board. I'm only posting because I think the more bad press, the more chance of putting an end to this disgusting practice.

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