* Posts by roomey

18 posts • joined 24 Feb 2009

Researchers slurp unencrypted Viber messaging data with ease

roomey

Re: Recommended alternatives?

I get what you're saying. Put it like this, any text I send no matter what format has a reasonable chance of getting scanned by some government or other. I can't do anything about that.

That is a whole lot different than someone running a packet sniffer on a WLAN and picking my picture texts up without a problem. That is a big issue and one I can do something about. It is a reasonable expectation of privacy (let's call it local privacy) and the fact viber is sending personal data in the plain is negligent.

Is there an alternative that at least uses ssl constantly?

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roomey
Facepalm

Recommended alternatives?

Viber is in big use in Ireland, and shame on me I never checked was it encrypted! I understand about lowered expectation of privacy when using these services, but there is a difference between somone or a government having to target your data, vs broadcasting it in the plain over any network you happen to connect to!

I actually though no way would somone not be encrypting their traffic.

So I guess it is now time to engage in a campaign to move people off viber, but what is a good cross platform alternative?

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VMware takes aim at AWS with hybrid cloudy infra service

roomey
Mushroom

No price war

I doubt they are going to be competing with Amazon on cost. I'm sure there wont be a huge difference, but I am sure bug customers will be adding this to their ELA.

It will be difficult to do a straight up cost comparison.

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Mighty multi-scope snaps stunning STARBIRTH image

roomey
Coat

Supersonic speeds

Just heard this on euro news, apparently the gas is getting expelled at SUPERSONIC speeds.

Coat... Gone

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Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

roomey
WTF?

Anonymous cowards are out in force

Wow never saw so many cowards blasting away on a story. I'm not "saying" that these are not genuine comments, but as a very long term, committed el reg reader this feels off to me.

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Mozilla links Gmail with Persona for email-based single sign-on

roomey
Black Helicopters

Re: Single login?

A possible issue with the idea of using a different password for each website is, that if your email gets broken into, most websites will allow a password reset, so the baddies will get access to all of them anyway. In effect you have the same single point of failure as you do with persona.

Unless of course you have a different email account for each website....

But what happens if you reset them email account passwords.... ahhhh pop.

Non-password authentication will always win security wise for a number of reasons, so now I just have to wait for el reg to get sorted with it :)

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Boffins get black hole double-vision

roomey
Alien

time travel?

I just saw a vid there with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson in which a question was asked, what happens if two black holes collide. The answer was, according to the general theory of relativity, if you were to pass in between them, space is so distorted you would travel back to where you started from, before you left. Backwards time travel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAD25s53wmE good vid

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Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

roomey
Joke

Re: In other news...

>People who try to train their brains with puzzles

They must be using gentoo

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Brutal web vice of the People's Republic crushes innovation, growth

roomey
Big Brother

El reg Blocked in China

Is dear El Reg blocked by the great firewall?

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LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

roomey
Paris Hilton

Post post burst launch

I think the decision has been made,

But what if there is a post post burst launch, ie. ballon bursts, as the assembly drops, through very little atmosphere (so ideally little turbulence), a drogue stabilizes the launch platform and allows a launch.

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ISP kills off country-ban dodge after just 48 hours

roomey
Paris Hilton

Action against GeoIP

I feel that the use of GeoIP is fairly distasteful in most situations, and strikes me as limiting peoples choice solely for the economic gain of a few companies.

What would be a good way to effectively protest against GeoIPs? I imagine Boycotting would not be so effective, but is there grounds to right letters of complain to those who use it?

For example, would UK taxpayers be justified in writing to the BBC to ask them to allow users from around the world access iPlayer?

-Paris, cause there's no Geo IP filter there (sorry, can't help myself)

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Chinese coders beat all-comers

roomey
WTF?

Good coders = hackers?

I love the instant association this article makes between people good at coding, and cyber-terrorism.

Firstly I would think they are pretty different skill sets, and secondly.... What?

The commies are coming... No leaderboard is safe.

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Irish banks settle with Oracle over banking software 'fiasco'

roomey
FAIL

I believe this may be the real reason for the Irish banking crisis!

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Scareware slingers stumped by Google secure search

roomey

Secure search without logging in

You can use the secure search without logging in (I've had it as my default search for the last year):

https://encrypted.google.com/

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Safe as Windows: Smartphones' security nightmare

roomey
FAIL

Poor Rob Cottingham

I think you just DDOSed Poor Rob Cottingham. opps

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Inside 'Operation Black Tulip': DigiNotar hack analysed

roomey
Joke

letters and/or digits

DigiNotar? Diginothankyou

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Ditch the malware magnet

roomey
Linux

Okular

About two years ago I installed kubuntu on the all the users pcs where I work- about 11 boxes. Never had a virus or any sort of security problem with them. We deal with a lot of email based comms from the public, and the email addresses we have are published on the web. Specifically, we use okular to view PDFs. I'm not sure what vunrabilities it has, but we have never been the victim of any. I had to install Linux acrobat reader the other day to read someones cv(I think the fonts were missing in okular)! But other then that I have never needed it (and have since removed acrobat).

For creation we use open office built in PDF export, which works fine, other then for some reason, by default, it saves PDFs in presentation mode!

I guess it depends on what you need to do, for the vast majority of users, acrobat is overkill, all they want to do is read a doc, and copy text out of it. Any extra features which are uneeded are a vunrability or bloat, in my opinion.

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Eircom to block Pirate Bay

roomey

Lets have a fight

Eircom have the worst, most costly service anyway... but if they allow censorship, no doubt the others will follow... We'll have to fight it. Us paddies may get off our arses and do what we do best.. complain :)

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