* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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Re: re: Another code word they use is "bush2bush pipeman"

"There's no evidence for it - but it is scientific fact"

That used to be a joke before Theresa May

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Re: They jest surely

> Cameron, Microsoft, Nominet as "secret" codewords for particularly unpleasant acts

Steady on now - even criminals have standards

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Statistical tests for randomness DO NOT tell you if somebody else knows the sequence.

There are published books of random numbers, they pass all the tests for randomness (as does pi) but the next number in the sequence isn't a secret if you wrote the book.

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We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

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No - go for the 'P' model made by political prisoners - then there is no decrease in quality on a friday afternoon

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

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So if I live in Barnsley

And want to visit London - do I need a visa ?

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: French?

>I've found French very useful in France...

Why? You could only use it to speak to French people !

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

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Re: No trustees

And the Royal Bank of Scotland isn't Royal, isn't Scottish and the only similarity to a bank is that they are a(a) broke and (b) have little pens on chains.

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Google scrambles to block backdoors

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Re: Nice Encryption you've got there

Unless Google want to do business in that country - in which case the same friendly service will be extended to them

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: Apple and Nokia...

Zombies stumble around looking for brains to eat.

Apple fanbois simply stumble around looking for brains?

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Re: GSM

GSM wasn't particularly secure, partly because it had to be performed by 1980s era handsets and partly because it was designed in secret inside the companies by amateurs.

There was a weaker version of GSM for export to naughty countries - but I don't think anywhere seriously bothered and it was officially abandoned a few years ago.

GSM was really only secure against a journalist with an FM scanner listenining in to heirs to the throne - the government would simply tap the telco's network anyway.

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Re: Interesting...

There was a case recently where a phone company in the USA accidentally sent the bill for the wiretap to the subscriber (mafia IIRC) they were wiretapping.

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Re: The bottom line *so* far.

The Blackberry is secure if you are running your own BES. If you are using one provided by your phone company then in the words of Nelson Muntz "haw haw"

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Re: No surprise there.

Before the end of the cold war, they spied on CND, Greenpeace, opposition parties, trade unions journalists.

Now they spy on families of people shot by the police, families of people murdered where the police did nothing, people who object to fracking, animal rights campaigners.

And these are the cases where they actually bothered to insert actual agents - who do they spy on when it's more work to exclude somebody from a sweep than include them?

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Re: Android

> live in the daylight and admit our social sins

Unless you work for an oil company outside the USA - in which case apparently you are targeted in the national interest.

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

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Re: Teaching people to pass lie detector test is illegal?

You can volunteer to take a test as a stunt and the prosecution can use your refusal to take a test but the result isn't admissible.

However it is used for government security vetting but regular companies can't use it internally

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

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Re: A guide to Hypocrisy

But remember Benjamin Franklin was a subversive supporter of terrorists - and worse than that a potential free thinking individualist

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

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Sorry typo, RC4 not RSA

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GCHQ discovered the maths behind the possibility of public-key encryption - that does not give them the ability to decipher it.

The actual encryption scheme chosen is independant of the idea behind public key. You can use any scheme you want, it just so happens that IE uses RSA with a failry short key length which can be broken

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Re: Cost of Decryption

There is a reasonable definition of "can't be decrypted" if brute forcing it takes > million years.

There is some evidence that the NSA exploits weakness in RSA which is used by some SSL implementations - but mostly they don't need to because they can simply ask Google/Facebook/etc for the certificates which allow them to decode the keys anyway

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The REAL winner of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

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The REAL loser of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

> Billion Android Phones.

And MSFT get a $15 patent fee on each one - now with the Nokia patents they can double that.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: Truth or consequences

> you can be honest about former employees

So long as you are really sure you are being honest.

Can you prove that your records are correct?

Can you prove that the statements weren't motivated by personal feelings?

Can you demonstrate that there was no discrimination against the person?

Remember in a libel case you have to prove that the allegations you made were true - the person allegedly libeled doesn't have to prove they weren't.

Is it worth the risk to your business or should you just say nothing ?

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Re: Anarchist?

Worse than that- he showed "ideologies of ... individualism"

We spend billions on education to prevent individualism this school obviously failed to stamp it out

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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re: Why would we have known about it?

Because somebody in the US would have been bribed/blackmailed into handing it over to criminal gangs - and so billions would be being stolen from online bank accounts.

Or the Russians/Chinese would also have cracked it and everyone in the world would have boxes that decrypted American military communications leading to defeat at the hands of apparently insignificant 3rd world forces.

The army would then have turned up at NSA headquarters with a bunch of tanks asking why the NSA had let their soldiers die by not telling the army that their codes were crap.

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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

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Re: remote brick option ?

So if your phone/tablet is stolen - remember to call the NSA/CIA/DHS customer service lines and tell them.

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Re: remote brick option ?

Or when you find you can no longer get on a plane because the iPhone that Apple and the NSA know is yours suddenly turned up in Boratistan - so you must be a terrorist

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

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Why go to Norway ?

If you are from Queensland an want a large desolate area to drop a Mach8 brick onto?

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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

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Re: Rumoured to take 30mins for Border Force PC's to boot (and it's shared between about 6-8)

Have the police tried booting it harder? Or tazering it?

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Re: My E-gate experience in Heathrow is

And the person in front of the gates telling you which one to use.

... oh the empty one which has just been vacated by the last user ?

.... thank you very much I would never have figured that one at on my own...

Except in Manchester where they stand there to stop you using the gates - just be a minute - just rebooting them - just give it 5 minutes

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Re: I find it odd that it is more difficult ...

That's the difference between being a citizen of a republic and a subject of a monarchy.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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Just what I wanted

I use the clock on my phone to tell the time, but my new Nexus is too large to pull out of my pocket when I'm running for the bus.

A remote desktop login for my phone which shows the lock screen with the time would be very useful mounted on my wrist.

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Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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A sucess!

So you get to hand out millions to friendly suppliers (don't forgot the donations next election guys) and at the same time you stop poor people getting their money - looks like a win from No10

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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There is no dark side of the moon, really...

Matter of fact it's all dark

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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That's nice then

So it was a total coincidence that soon after nice friendly eco-aware native Americans arrived on the continent all the big slow defenseless meaty animals suddenly disappeared?

Looks like we will have to rename "head smashed in buffalo jump" heritage site to "caring for the poor endangered species impacted by climate change buffalo jump"

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Hey, Steve... it's MicroSOFT, not MicroPHONE...

Just like Dec did with minicomputers, Sun did with workstations and IBM didn't do with mainframes ?

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Re: Shame

DOS

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Re: The dancing dad of IT

Suppose somewhere in the Nokia patent portfolio there is one on saying the word "hello" on a mobile phone or something similarly ridiculous - that Microsoft can use to threaten all the other makers.

Remember they already make about 4x as much from patents on Android phones as they do on their own winPho.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: Insider trading

So it would only be insider trading if he HAD bought shares in the company he was sent to destroy

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Re: This will stir up the interest in BlackBerry as well, I bet...

So no phones anymore as the patent lawyers clean up ?

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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Re: two words for Anne Wojcicki: Community. Property.

Half is tricky when "what you have" is a major interest in a currently operating public company.

If half of his shares in Google and half his votes on the board were suddenly owned by somebody who hated his guts - exactly what would the company be then worth?

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Obligatory xkcd link http://xkcd.com/966/

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: Just remember...

>...home taping is killing music.

Thank god - otherwise we would have had the Spice Girls and TakeTaht

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Redmond's certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

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Re: Wasn't that the POINT!?

You don't think the point of the certs might have been to drive customers to use MSFT products in the knowledge that they could hire somebody who had proven that they actually knew what they were talking about?

If the point is just to make a profit on the certs - they could just put them all on ebay

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: Sadly

I was hoping that whoever wrote the original implementation would be on el'reg

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

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Was the user aware of the file transfer program?

Should they have been?

Should a case worker have done a security audit of a machine supplied by the council?

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Highly sensitive UK documents? Really?

>And 98% of El Reg is from teenage boys who have grown up

haven't

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Re: moiety Write me down a mule

So if say Canada merely refused permission for any flights to the US to enter it's airspace - leaving Americans only able to fly to S.E. Asia - that would be merely an adminsitrative matter?

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: Thanks, but no thanks.

Trained seals of course!

They might be detained for 9hours by customs but they are unlikely to reveal your secrets - seals don't leak

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: It shows many things

The banks and money transfer companies who took their fee and didn't ask too many questions

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