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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

brooxta

Re: The chocolate is still ****, though.

He could have been a bit more polite about it (when in Rome/Baaaston and all that), but I agree.

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

brooxta

Insert subtitle here

Retention department retrenches: retrains retaining reps.

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Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

brooxta

I take it you are also anticipating a calamitous sky-falling-on-our-heads event following the revelation that Apple PR communicated directly with El Reg. Will wonders never cease?

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The answer to faster wireless is blowing in the wind

brooxta

Re: read all about it

Must be some weird quantum optical effect. Wave - article duality?

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

brooxta

SPOILER ALERT

Star Wars franchise storylines not in fact based strictly on reality and the known laws of physics!!!

Oh wait...

Next time I must remember to use The Force before posting.

>Gets coat<

PS maybe the producers were trying to come up with a really gripping way if opening the film ... But they needed a hand?

>Dons coat<

>Leaves<

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

brooxta

missing the point

I think the real issue here is the way that Moss Side gets referred to as a "suburb" of Manchester by so many sources. From my own recollections "zone" or "theatre" might be better word choices.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

brooxta

memories

I thought plaques helped people remember stuff. Obviously not when it comes to Alzheimer's. You learn something new...

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Another 'NSA-proof' webmail biz popped by JavaScript injection bug

brooxta

Re: Browsers cannot be secure...

Something like Enigmail?

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Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

brooxta

Pilots-as-a-service

No word in the article on what they're using this computing power for... So I'm left to guess that they're using it for a new pilot-as-a-service scheme for new aircraft. Brings a while new meaning to the term "cloud computing".

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FAKE Google web SSL certificates tip-toe out from Indian authorities

brooxta

Re: Longitude prize

Yes it appears intractable. But it's also very important. Hence the longitude prize suggestion, slightly tongue in cheek.

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brooxta

Longitude prize

This is why we need an alternative to the certificate authority model. Currently we have something that has some of the mechanisms and appearance of security but with too many caveats. There is far too much trust placed in the hands of too many organisations, many of whom are not obviously and transparently known to be trustworthy and some of whom are known to be systematically or ideologically compromised.

Consider including this problem on the longitude prize list?

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

brooxta

Re: You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

You could ask the in-laws by loud hailer from the recommended safe distance of five hundred metres while they perform the necessary close inspection (by ingestion) to distinguish the two.

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Google spares founders from TERMINATORS, but not Eric Schmidt

brooxta

Re: "what does that make Eric Schmidt?"

A mandroid.

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Your Android phone is a SNITCH: Wi-Fi bug makes you easy to track

brooxta

Re: Since the phone knows your location....

If I understand what you're saying correctly I think someone may have already had this good idea...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kismetwireless.android.smarterwifimanager

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

brooxta

Re: thats a bit closed minded !!

Yep. With this kind of basic biological research you have to be committed. Either urine or you're out.

I'm out, ta for my coat.

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Who gives a F about privacy? New scorecard rates US pols on spying

brooxta

Re: Greenpeace Blimp?

Consider your question seconded! Is this mission creep from Greenpeace? What does this stunt achieve for them, beyond establishing that they are fond of flying, which actually we already knew about.

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Yahoo!: Yes you, YouTube content-maker. GET IN MAH BELLY!

brooxta

Explanation mark

That's because at Yahoo! everything goes with the bang.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

brooxta

Minority Report

So if an individual set up their own hardware and software to do the same thing for themselves would they be in trouble? If not then I think SCOTUS got this rather wrong.

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Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

brooxta

bandwidth not privacy

The USS Jimmy Carter et al can grant the NSA physical access to the raw feed pretty quickly.

Google are likely in this only for the bandwidth. Security/privacy will have to depend on encryption (as A Blowhard stated above).

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Bored yet? Now there's ANOTHER OpenSSL fork – it's from Google

brooxta
Boffin

Details details

Does anyone know which protocols the new software supports and which cipher suites? And then how does that compare/differ to vanilla OpenSSL? From what I can work out from a quick scan of the linked-to git repository it seems to basically be the same as OpenSSL but maybe not quite as many cipher suites supported. But I could well be wrong.

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

brooxta

Cloud security

When it comes to security in the cloud or in closed source products I am reminded of the Henry Ford quote about his cars, "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black." The modern IT equivalent appears to be, "You can have any kind of information security you like so long as it is crap."

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

brooxta

But what kind of pants?

Trousers - maybe.

Underpants - no way!

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High-end storage tanked, but 'HDPA' storage about to soar says IDC

brooxta

Tilte issues

> High-end storage tanked, but 'HDPA' storage about to soar says IDC

>That'd be 'high performance data analysis' kit for HPC-inspired Hadoopery

So, presumably that'd be "HPDA" rather than "HDPA"? :-)

Although I'm all in favour of HDPA, anything that improves the sound quality on most public address systems would be a good thing.

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

brooxta

Re: light sabre duel

Hmmm, and that nicely explains why he's the one in hospital doesn't it?

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brooxta

Garage door my as...

... asteroids.

I bet it was a light sabre duel with JJ Abrams about whether the lens flare in a particular shot was going to obscure the trademark H Ford eyebrow-raise-and-eye-roll combo.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

brooxta

Re: "Exhausted" - you keep using that word...

If you follow that logic then we end up with at least three problems we don't want:

1. The digital divide starts to follow economic divisions more and more closely as people get priced out of being able to have a unique address to use.

2. It becomes more difficult and costly to address things on the internet. The whole point of the internet is that it makes this easy. The address space is supposed to be huge, that's why early adopter companies like HP have such enormous IPv4 blocks (which in retrospect were too large, but serve to make a point about the original vision for how addresses were to operate).

3. We end up having to police who has which address when, because there will be a strong financial motivation to use one address more than once. The mechanisms required to ensure this doesn't happen will be far more troublesome than a shift to IPv6, and defeat the whole "IPv4 is more private" argument, which IMHO does not stand up anyway.

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brooxta

Re: two errors

The problem with hanging around for "version two" of IPv6 is that the space in the IP header that specifies version is only 4 bits long which means a maximum of 16 versions ever (unless you break the format completely, which rather undermines the point of "waiting for the next version which will integrate better"). And we're already up to v6.

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

brooxta

Re: Hang on...

I'm more concerned that those hooligans on the International Space Station just lased the earth (though, in mitigation, they were aiming at California).

OT: Any word on what the video in question was? Inquiring minds want to know. My vote goes to "A video about a video being lased down to California".

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

brooxta

Re: May you live

May your children have five eyes, but refuse to look you in yours.

May your friends be blessed with communication skills and yet only tell you lies.

May you assume the best of those you entrust with your safety, but only ever be betrayed.

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BREACH! Spotify flings new app at all Android users

brooxta
Boffin

Re: New encryption key

Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis not MP3.

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Vodafone turns to EU, asks it to FORCE 'fair' fibre pricing

brooxta

Analsys Mason

Sounds more like some kind of a medical company than a business with "expertise in the the key areas of telecoms, media and technology" [from http://www.analysysmason.com/About-Us/Who-we-are/ - note the additional "y" in the domain name] :-)

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Google's SPDY blamed for slowing HTTP 2.0 development

brooxta

Dog food

Sounds like someone needs to apply a SPDY algorithm to the working group.

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Congress divorces NIST and NSA

brooxta

Confidence

From the article:

> In that light, anything that gives users confidence that their encryption isn't being backdoored can only be a good thing.

I am not sure I agree. I think that would be a win for the NSA.

Rather, anything that clearly demonstrates that encryption is not being backdoored can only be a good thing. Confidence comes as a result of "good things", it is not, in and of itself, a "good thing" in security terms.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

brooxta

Re: This will only end badly

@ToddR

Which ones, the koalas or the jet engines?

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brooxta

Re: This will only end badly

@ A K Stiles

I was posting using the m.the register.co.UK version of the site which, sadly, is lacking the icon feature. Rest assured the joke icon would have been employed had it been available.

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brooxta

This will only end badly

Isn't anyone else worried the eucalypt oils will gum up the turbines?

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US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

brooxta

That's one for each eye

Type your comment here

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Cisco's Chambers to Obama: Stop fiddling with our routers

brooxta

Re: Words vs Actions

> Because you would still have to trust Cisco themselves

That was not what I was saying. The source code would need to be available and be shown verifiably to be what was running on verified hardware, or, if not open source, then audited by an independent third party.

The problem goes beyond where the kit is produced. I imagine there would be all kinds of holes in Swiss products too.

More important are the processes John Chambers' company use to generate product. So if he is serious about this problem then he needs to modify the process, not just write letters to his president.

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brooxta

Words vs Actions

If this issue is serious enough for Chambers to write a letter to POTUS in public acknowledgement then it would be good to see Cisco take the lead on producing kit that can be verified "gold".

MS have been pushing their (unloved) "trusted computing" platform for some time now but Cisco already have control over both hardware and software, so it should be easier for Cisco to do.

This is about more than SHA512 sums for firmware downloads, this is about being able to tell, with confidence, that you are running trusted code (that had been audited if it isn't open source) on hardware that hasn't been modified.

We have seen strongly worded statements on this topic from Huawei and Cisco now, but actions speak louder.

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brooxta

Re: Victim mentality

> The even more interesting conclusion is "if the routers to 'interesting customers' are backdoored, then why do we need sanctions on them in the firs place"?

Because it's defence in depth.

And if you have someone who manages to get hold of a piece of sanctioned kit with great difficulty they are going to be more likely to trust that it hasn't been backdoored.

And also because sanctions are ethically more defensible.

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

brooxta

Now if only

Virgin GALACTIC would take over the terminal. For real.

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Titsup Russian rocket EXPLODES, destroys $275m telly satellite

brooxta
Mushroom

In other news

Vladimir Putin today ordered a Tesla Model S (allegedly).

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Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook

brooxta

Re: Hmm

Re. @theodore

Ars Technica (don't know whether that reference will get past the moderator :-) covered setting up an email server in a very good multi-part article series recently. You could Google for that. Or look up the ISPMail tutorials. Both of those would be good places to start/refer to.

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brooxta

Ouch

Oh the irony. So delicious it almost hurts. Facebook is concerned with privacy in communications!

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ULA says to BLAME SPACEX for Ruski rocket rebuff

brooxta

Sad indictment

It is a sad indictment on the state of USAian space rocketry that ULA are so vulnerable to Russian manoeuvring on this issue. Not exactly a show of strength or prowess.

SpaceX on the other hand appear to have shone a light onto a rather murky area of the industry in a timely fashion. Yes it is about making money, but it seems that in this case SpaceX have been concerned about how that money is made.

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Don't fret over SOHO routers and Heartbleed. But yeah, there's LOADS to fear on home kit

brooxta
Boffin

Rooting for rooted routers

Any of these security bods care to comment on the relative merits of stock firmware versus what informed individuals like El Reg Readers might install on their rooted routers? eg DD-WRT, Tomato, OpenWRT, Merlin, etc.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

brooxta

Choice quote

> Prof Helm described UK energy policy as "a slow motion car crash".

Hear, hear!

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Net tech bods at IETF mull anti-NSA crypto-key swaps in future SSL

brooxta

Steps in the right direction

Great to see PFS becoming standard, and RSA based key exchange deprecated. These steps incrementally improve TLS security.

That still leaves the gaping hole which is the ridiculous amount of trust placed in root certificate authorities, and what happens when they are compromised (eg. Comodo), but the direction this decision sets seems good.

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Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

brooxta
Trollface

Huh?

> "tasked with working on disruptive technologies that could benefit the company and society"

Didn't they already release Windows 8?

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