* Posts by John Robson

1046 posts • joined 19 May 2008

Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

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Re: "A security boon for the masses"

No reason the built in version can't do the same (timeout)...

but that's just a second password - WIWTF with the passcode/pattern/word that you log in with.

Or is it actual two factor with the biometric - oh, no that's be an option along with the passcode, so fractionally weaker than WIWTF...

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Re: "A security boon for the masses"

Because it's only one step away from automatically filling in the password field for you on each site.

That means that an individual site failure doesn't compromise all your passwords. There is still a possible weakness in the chocolate factory to worry about, but this is a good first step towards better passwords, and lower reuse.

If someone is targetting my device then yes, they get my passwords - but that's no different from the situation now. What this does mean is that another moonpig doesn't compromise 3 million people's gmail, facebook and banking passwords...

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Re: Oh, yum, more tracking.

Don't track my reading very much...

The WiFi is generally off (for battery life) and I load books from Calibre as much as anything else.

Every so often it will get the WiFi on for osmething, and at that point the "percent completed" for Amazon bought stuff will get uploaded no doubt.

Surprise Amazon - that book I bought 3 month ago - I've read it...

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LightSail mission stalled by .CSV log file embiggenment SNAFU

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Re: And so...

Both...

They'll be diverting the csv to /dev/null, but the cause of this reboot was probably a cosmic ray flipping a bit on the electronics and therefore triggering a reboot.

That will happen again, but the csv file shouldn't be an issue in the future...

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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Re: How do they know who is registering?

Because this is in the "sunrise" phase - you can only pay top dollar now - when they open it to the public then you can pay $10..

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

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Smart shoes are a bad idea as pointed out...

Smart insoles could have an application - although beyond being a pedometer I can't imagine what.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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I'd love to have smart heating...

But it needs to be internally controlled.

Then the nigerian gent needs to crack my VPN - he can't go online, crack someone elses security and gain control of ten thousand (high value) houses.

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Nest rival: Smartmobes will decide who survives the Internet of Stuff war

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When someone does an internal server version...

...I'll buy in. Even if it's a propietary RasPi image (other cheap hardware is available).

But I'm not having a thermostat that relies on an internet connection - If I want to control it remotely I'll either sort out my own VPN, or connect to your service explicitly. I don't want it connecting to/reliant upon a server I don't control/cannot spoof.

Heck - if it connects by DNS name and I can configure my own (and therefore divert it using my own DNS server) then that's fine too...

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Oz dad-and-son team rattle tin for homemade reusable spaceplane

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Re: Father and Son

Yes, that's why F1 teams all use a free CFD package on laptop and never get surprised on track...

Or maybe them use CFD, then wind tunnels and *still* get surprised on track.

Modelling supersonic flow is non trivial, trying it is often the easiest way.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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You mean, like a scooter? Like my kids play with?

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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Re: eh?

*both* pilots looking at the camera as well...

That's an impressive photograph...

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Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you're beaming yourself to the world

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Re: It beggards belief

Wrap it in tinfoil...

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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Re: the moral of the story

Dine? At StarF^HBucks?

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Failing to respond from complaints about this sort of ad on your network because the complainant isn't (by your own twisted GeoIP) in the same small geographic region is "failing to take reasonable measures"

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Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we're going all-FTTP

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Re: Get the politics out of our NBN

The issue being that it is already an asset - it's only the maintenance costs which need to be considered - unless the scrap value of the copper is comparable with the fibre rollout cost (which is unlikely).

Sweating assets - it's what monopolies are good at...

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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No loss of trust required...

It's not like I do it secretly - It's important that they realise that there are plenty of people who can sniff their traffic.

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Configure it to run through a proxy you control...

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Re: The world is not *BUNTU

Or TinyCore - sub 10MB if you take the CLI option, about 15MB last time I checked for the GUI.

I tend to run debian minimal + XFCE and build up from there, but then I actively like aptitude as a package manger...

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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Re: Silly

Except that if the force has a policy of putting discs in drawers...

The person writing said policy sholud be the one punished for said idiocy.

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: When I can self sign and provide the public key by DNSSEC...

The hash is transported over a secure connection (DNSSEC or HTTPS) - so that can't be altered. The content can still be cached however, since it isn't secret.

This is the difficulty, we have lost the difference between authentication and secrecy.

Downloading a web page (for instance a government policy document) doesn't require secrecy, although autentication is important. A hash could be pushed over DNSSEC very easily, allowing the actual document to be obtained from a cache or anywhere else - and still be authenticated.

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Re: When I can self sign and provide the public key by DNSSEC...

Thinking about - what we need is an HTTPA protocol - authenticated, rather than secure.

So it can be sniffed and cached, but not altered (or the hash would change) - based on a DNSSEC or HTTPS transfer of the hash maybe?

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Re: When I can self sign and provide the public key by DNSSEC...

Only works on a per machine cache, no help to ISPs, companies, multiuser households....

Can't you already ask for "last updated" anyway?

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When I can self sign and provide the public key by DNSSEC...

then this is fine, assuming we don't ever want anyone who doesn't have a fast connection to be able to cache the data...

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Don't look now: Fujitsu ships new mobe with EYEBALL-scanning security

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Re: Here we go again...

Physical security isn't perfect, but that's why I have remote wipe options.

Random pickpocket also getting a copy of my eyes?

Or do we really think there is much we can do against a determined personal attack?

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Re: Here we go again...

Yes, but frankly all I want is a casual lock, to stop the kids doing stuff.

And they aren't nearly sophisticated enough (at 4 and 6 years old) to bypass TouchID - they would however easily copy a PIN, they would see me log in often enough...

The way I stop other people getting into my stuff is to keep it with me, I don't leave it on a train or a taxi, or on a bar for half an hour...

Physical security is something that most people have some grasp of - it's certainly easier to get right...

Oh - and a remote wipe is always an option as well.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Innocent until proven guilty...

already assumes guilt.

"Innocent unless proven guilty" maybe?

Of course now it's "innocent is a drinks manufacturer"

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: A step in the right direction

Not necessarily "anything", but graduated licensing and a police/court system that is will to push people back down that scale is important, as are short duration licenses... it's a very long time since anyone assessed my driving - I'm sure I have plenty of bad habits, but they are now habits...

The biggest problem with road safety is that, in the UK at least, we seem to think that roads are for cars. Is it any wonder Ford Prefect chose that name, or tried to shake hands with a mini?

Roads are for people, some of whom are using a big metal box, many are not. Which ones bring enough energy to any collision to kill - in 99.99+% of cases it's not the pedestrian, the cyclist or the horse...

Anything we can do to reduce the external toll of inattentive drivers, by actions focussed on them - primarily education that the roads are for people, but also driving aids (although I'd still be interested to know the result of drivers seat seatbelts/airbags being banned - not an experiment which can be ethically researched though) is a good thing.

Anything we try to do by restricting those put at danger is just a distraction from the real problem.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Re: AC The real elephant in the room

Then dig a big hole (let's call it a well) and put a tank over that - pump up to the tank and drain to the well, then let the residents use a hand pump to raise water for drinking....

Of course there is the mechanical version of this, where they lift a bag of rocks up, and that gradually falls, providing a few watts for LED lights... Rocks aren't as satisfying to drink.

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Google to extend rogue Chrome add-on ban to OS X

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Re: As an OSX user..

Run a reverse proxy with some rewrite rules - and point your hosts file to that rather than the goomachine?

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

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Re: BT with the stickers

Individual != Random

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AGL trumps Tesla with batteries-and-solar-cell package

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Surely you just hook the mains to the battery, then connect that to the solar panel outputs overnight.

So you buy "normal rate" and sell "feed in rate"...

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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But you are a criminal - if you can format shift then how can I charge you again for the same content on tape, vinyl, cd, bluray, mp3 and aac?

What do you mean you paid me for my time when you bought it first time round?

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: I dont pay TV Tax

I don't pay either,

But I wouldn't mind if they slapped a PPV access charge on iPlayer, although my kids would watch alot less CBBC if they did ;)

At least in part this would be to offset the actual cost of the IP infrastructure and costs, in the same way that some of the license is to fund the broadcast infratstructure and running costs...

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "shy tory"

Tight means not plugging the phone in....

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Re: Don't want to rain....

Lake Mono (mentioned in the article) is pH10, and pH11 is considered within plausible limits...

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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

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"Best option"

Is probably a return to paper and pencil...

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Rodent rescue reckoned as remedy for cursor crisis cruelling BYOD

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I just hope it can work on non citrix reciever applications...

'cos occasionally it's just easier, but citrix is overkill...

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Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up?

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Re: 4G is great!

Video streaming is easily accomplished over a twisted pair of cables to my house, and then some WiFi magic to the large display devices.

I can't come up with a scenario that I would want to stream video to a truly mobile device. I use 3G for audio streaming for a community radio station, and that's convenient since we never know where the studio will be much before we move in and start transmitting.

Then again I live in a world where sensible bandwidth costs more than a pint, but exceeding it is a kidney...

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Re: Sticks head above parapet...

On the odd occasion my tablet claims 4G I see.... no significant difference. The few kB of data might appear in 0.2 seconds rather than 0.3, but frankly I can't tell and don't really care.

When it drops to 2G then it is noticeably slower, so yes - 3G is good, but as the next post down says - ubiquitous 2G would be a good first step...

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Maybe that's *why* it's now a requirement.

They could have learned from early Apollo accidents as well, but hey...

But get satellites back...

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: Not just planes

Not quite sure why the downvote - I have always been told that much of the trains braking is active - dumping power back into the grid. Presumably at least that entire system is compromised...

Overall braking is probably maintained by conversion of brake pads into dust - but it's like a RAID array with only one drive left in a mirror - working, but compromised.

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Re: Not just planes

Presumably with compromised braking?

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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Re: NTP - to correct "wrong kind of heart"

Your heart rate doesn't vary *that* quickly - having the watch signal the "last beat" at last_beat + last_gap will be close enough to this_beat to be good enough

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NTP

Because synchronising regular events over a latency/jitter bound network has never been tried before...

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: Google maps does all this already...

Wheel sensors are a good point - haw many built in systems use them - again I just don't know...

Then again navigation in a tunnel tends to pretty easy ;)

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Re: Google maps does all this already...

It'll be a long while before built in is actually in most cars - is it even in "most cars sold today"?

I genuinely don't know the answer to that - it wouldn't be on my list of things to look for (whereas a decent shelf for a tablet would be - unless of course someone gets me a Tesla Model S, in which case I'll use that fantastic screen)

Cars live for a long while on the roads - the *average* age of a car on the road is 11-12 years in the US, and 8 in the UK.

For that to be the average, given the stability of the total numbers (both the average age and total number are creeping upwards, but relatively slowly) cars must leave the road at an average age of 16 years.

To get "most" cars to have any technology takes a reasonably long time.

The biggest benefit of the in car system is the availability of power, the biggest issue is the usual lack of updates (here things like the Tesla win hands down - I don't know how many other manufacturers do the same?)

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Google maps does all this already...

was exactly my thought as well - although I don't need to transfer it between devices of course.

If the comms is two way and mobile then I can see a use case for fleet operation, but I can't see why this would be better than an appropriate android/iOS app...

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Samsung back on top of smartmobe market

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Re: And in other news...

KFC - the Ivy was a real disappointment...

At least with KFC your expectations aren't high

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Google polishes Chrome security with Password Alert

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Re: "Google promises that it won't ever share the password"

Half? I'd be surprised if it wasn't more like 90% - you only need one android device to connect.

Same for Apple (although lower penetration in some markets may have an effect)

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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Re: Allowed?

Allow might not be a good choice of words, but I wonder what version of fue lis on board - that could make for a rather spectacular burn up... or not - things travelling that fast are relatively spectactular anyway...

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