1166 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
How on earth can this happen ...
I actually feel well-disposed towards Ms Hodge !
One of the few bastions of democracy the UK has left - the ability of parliament* (in the form of select committees) to force people, companies, institutions - and occasionally countries - to account. In public.
Instead of whinging, companies should trumpet their engagement with such a process. Oh, and not do anything to be embarrassed about ....
*That's an elected parliament.
And the water temperature goes up another tenth of a degree ...
When will the frog die ?
OT:RSA algorithm ...
do I recall dimly that when the US ban on exporting encryption *software* was in place, you weren't allowed to export disks, but paper was fine ? So the guys who developed PGP just printed out the code, and scanned it in the other end ?
Is anyone surprised ?
Gosh, a story where laws intended to prevent "terrorism" are being misused.
This is so 2004.
(Waves across the pond) "Hello USA. Glad you could join us"
I was envisaging a device where the actual silicon gets blown.
but who destroyed the evidence ? Certainly not the suspect.
Here's another legal hypothetical ...
suppose a company devises a circuit which can't be read without the correct key being loaded into a register somewhere. Loading the wrong key causes the device to short and destroy the contents.
Police seize device. Ask for key. Suspect accidentally (!) gets a digit wrong. Police try key, and device bricks itself, and is completely unreadable.
Since the device no longer contains encrypted data (in fact it contains no data) what's the score under RIPA ?
As a rule, if changes in technology can cause a law to become invalid, then the law was probably a bad one to start with.
and another thing ...
How do they tell the difference between encrypted data, and a capture of a few seconds pink noise from a quiet part of the FM spectrum ?
Once more proof
that we have to rely on the baddies being marginally more stupid that the people tasked with catching them.
He should have used a TrueCrypt style encrypted container. Police unlock device, unaware there's a hidden file within.
As a matter of interest, since terrorists work in cells, what would the situation be if the password was broken into pieces and shared out with no single terrorist knowing the whole? If the police catch one, and he gives them *his* piece, but they can't decrypt because they haven't caught the others (or have killed them in apprehension) would he still be liable under RIPA ?
Why can't elections all be like this
a small minority vote against (say) a candidate in an election, so they don't get returned. Would work wonders for the UK government
Something in the Merkin psyche really distrusts anything vaguely socialist. Never understood it myself.
@obnoxiousGit - you undermine your own argument
Just to clarify this, this is a statement made by a man who brought an Apple device? Really? A man who joined a walled garden, and willingly handed over all his personal information to Apple, has some grounds to complain about companies not respecting personal privacy?
Just because I willingly buy a copy of The Times, doesn't mean it's OK for Murdoch to mug me, steal £1 and force a copy into my hands.
Is this the 21st Century equivalent
of counting how many angels can fit on the head of pin ?
For some reason ..
I have just had an image of someone with 2 phones, a scammer on each line, putting the handsets down with mouthpiece to earpiece, and walking away ....
68000 - 16 bit
The QL was released when I was in my first year at Uni - doing a course which had a large element of microprocessor design. Our lecturer commented that it was a bit of sharp practice described the 68000 (lovely processor btw) as 16 bit. I still recall his comment ...
"It's a bit like sending of five quid for a coat hanger and cigarette lighter, to receive a bent nail and a red headed match"
He *may* have once worked for Sir Clive ....
It's immaterial. Really.
Whatever the outcome. No one will be censured. No one will be blamed. No one will held accountable.
Life as a public servant means never having to say sorry.
Re: Amazon ?
Did you read my comment ?
Yes, anyone *can* place a review on Amazon. But Amazon tell you if that person actually *bought* the item they are reviewing.
Thus empowering you to make you own mind up.
I find it fascinating to see reviews for DVDs which have yet to be released, from the ignorati. There was one (which rightfully drew some cutting comments) for a comedians live DVD from someone who said "I don't like him on telly, so this will be pants".
Curious as to why people are so down on Amazon reviews - at least you can see if it's been certified as a genuine purchase (although, to be fair it's *Amazon* who certify it).
Desmond Bagley "Running Blind"
The premise of this book was an electronic thingamijig which the US & UK had fed information to the USSR about, claiming it was part of a revolutionary radar system which could see down to the ground, and over the horizon.
In reality, it was a circuit board with every single odd and anomalous electronic effect designed it. (At one point in the book the protagonist asks an engineer to examine it, and the engineer is baffled by it's behaviour).
The idea was to let the Russkies "intercept" the component when a jealous UK had supposedly stolen it from the yanks. And then waste many man-years of their expertise trying to examine it.
There are still some around. I order from a home brew store, and it's delivered by a woman in a saloon car. My first thought was it was an employee or relative (the shop turned out to be 15 miles away from me, although I didn't know it when I ordered). But then the same woman delivered something else (at 7pm) for the wife ... I think it was vitamins or something.
Re: Imagine how much better it could be
The courier companies have missed the boat. Big Time.
Our regular supermarket (Sainsburys Tamworth) has a locker system outside. Collect your goods at your convenience.
And I'm guessing it won't be long before they integrate online shopping with Amazon et al, so your Amazon order comes with your groceries. For a price.
Would these analysts ..
be the ones telling farriers back in the 1900s that "things will look up".
Or telling sail manufacturers "we're through the worst of it" in the 1800s.
There has been a paradigm shift in the computing landscape. Take my missis (oo err !) as an exemplar. We bought (actually acquired box through work. I've never bought a PC) a PC in 2009 specifically for her. She used it daily. Emails, surfing, and forums, with a little media playing (mainly YouTube).
I got her a nice 10" android tablet in December. She hasn't used the PC since.
Re: After the General Election
Well I for one, who is one of these types who always votes, will not consider any of the big 3 parties. My current thinking is to vote Green. I can't say I agree with their energy policy, but life's full of compromises anyway.
My sincere hope is we get no majority party at the next election AND no way for any two parties to achieve a majority. Maybe then we'll see some consensus politics.
Has El Reg teamed up with "Viz" ?
just asking ?
surely the reflected ones will have picked up some dirt from the wall ?
are you sure it was *laser* surgery ? I was under the impression the Russians devised the technique using conventional surgery (against a chorus of scepticism from the medical community). They used to do it on board ships they sailed around the world (for hard currency).
It was the west which refined it using lasers ... at which point it became Big Business.
A timely reminder to all
to check EVERY SINGLE element of their business infrastructure.
A few years ago, the clowns that hosted our web site and database had a power failure. When I asked why this had taken our website offline for 2 hours, they replied it was because the primary and backup servers were on the same circuit. Which they thought (in writing !!!!) was a perfectly acceptable setup, and they had never had any complaints before.
plus ca change ....
back in the 80s, people used to advise that "FORMAT C:\" was the magic command, and many "lulz" ensued.
Of course everyone got wise to that.
And then people started circulating "hacks" to speed your machine up. They were suitably impressive. You had to run DEBUG, and then issue an "OUT" command. Which proceeded to call your hard card (remember them ?) low-level format routine ...
Am I alone in having no sympathy for someone who blindly follows something from the internet ? It's almost Darwinian .....
Of course if people did just use Bitcoins to avoid transaction fees, and for cross-border payments, then it's volatility is less of an issue. You just but whatever value of bitcoins you need for the transaction (say £50 worth) and then transact. It's immaterial whether that £50 bought 1 or 0.00001 bitcoins.
Which is exactly what the banks *don't* want.
I wonder if part of the hype surrounding bitcoins is pushed by a shadowy cabal of bankers hoping there will be a bubble-burst which will put people off digital currencies ?
That's if you convert it to cash
I have just spent my Bitcoins to buy stuff. No conversion needed. How can UK plc prevent people buying stuff with bitcoins ? Wait till people on eBasy start using them. Remember Virgin Galactic recently accepted $200,000 worth of Bitcoins.
sorry to downvote you, but criminals already start off being less bright than the average bear. There are many documented cases of fibre cables being stolen because the thickie crims think they're copper.
The best way to clamp down on metal theft is to ensure scrap merchants are required to take proper ID from anyone selling scrap metal - even someone bringing in an old saucepan.
Also, given they aren't likely to smelt the copper down (although I have heard they burn the insulation off) I wonder if it's possible to mechanically mark the cables (maybe an imperceptible notch every so often) to aid detection.
I will bet ...
the whole problem was when a sysadmin decided he wanted to receive alerts at his personal email (gmail) account, and had a finger-fumble moment.
The real question is why on earth such a mission critical system was happy to accept an UNVERIFIED email address as the endpoint for diagnostic emails. Almost every system + dog nowadays insists on clicking on an emailed link to verify the address before using it.
The more this debate rumbles on ...
if cigarettes are *that* bad for you, then why aren't they illegal ? After all we're told that cannabis (for example is illegal). And nobody has ever died from cannabis. Yet thousands die EACH YEAR from tobacco.
Just highlights the hypocrisy at the heart of our society. We don't make laws based on evidence and fact. We enforce someone elses morality on society.
When the smoking ban came in, I did some quick calculations based on personal observation of how much less people were smoking, and how many had given up. Those figures equate to a loss to the treasury. ISTR it worked out north of £100 million a year. I couldn't factor in the increased costs to the treasury of (a) more people claiming their pensions and (b) older people needing more expensive healthcare, but I would hazard a guess it will be at least equal to the lost £100 million, and slowly growing (as more people giving up get older).
So that's around £200 million a year the government needs to find from other sources. Hello non-smokers.
I suspect if the government had been honest and said "are you prepared to pay 5% extra VAT to plug the loss of revenue from tobacco", there would have been an awful lot less people so keen.
Personally I smoke 3 hand rolled cigarettes a day. Not so fussed by the smoking ban, but it could have been made a bit more flexible.
Please don't post a link to that moronic coroner who recorded a death due to cannabis. No doctor believes him.
What ? Why do you think we've already been warned that VAT increase will never be reversed ?
I would pay ...
if when I search for a song, I don't get 100 videos of kids in their bedrooms "interpreting" it for me.
BO11LUX isn't on the askMID database
or it's not insured
this from a country that banned "WTF" in licence marks ?
Re: security by ping
*You* said security by ping not me. I didn't say I was using it as a security measure. My experience of CCTV is that it's not a deterrent, and it's never of any use to the police in getting any stolen property back - let alone catching the scrotes.
I just happen to have a CCTV camera hooked up to my server so I can play around with Zoneminder. I did toy with the idea of sending an email or SMS when the phone was out of ping range, but it was easier to issue a "service zoneminder start" command, than trawl through the sendmail or bluetooth manuals.
Yes, my Smartphone has a fixed IP - or rather my router gives it a fixed IP. And regarding any power saving mode (which it does have) that's kind of a failsafe anyway. There's no downside to the camera being activated erroneously, so it's a risk I'm managing to live with.
It irritates me when people fail to account for all factors before picking fault. As a 100% reliable presence detector, is this suitable ? No. As something cobbled together with what was lying around to illustrate how we can always find new tricks for old dogs is it of interest ? Yes.
Re: Making 1+1=3 ?
Not really, it seemed so bleeding obvious ... just a tiny bash script which runs on a cron ...
Making 1+1=3 ?
I would suggest that technology goes in bursts. Massive advances, then a hiatus as people start to find weird and wonderful ways of mixing it up. Case in hand, is a combination of my home server, and a WiFi router. Who would have thought that by setting up a ping to my smartphones WiFi IP address, I would have a crude - but effective - presence detector. Now, my CCTV setup is switched in automatically, if there's no response to a PING after 2 minutes.
"I haven't had sex in 300 years ..."
"... 310 if you include my marriage"
Woody Allen - "Sleeper"
when I was at Uni, in the 80s, I thought the x86 architecture was damaged in the name of backwards compatibility (remember the Extended/Expanded memory fiasco ?).
Now the 68xxxx from Motorola. THERE was a processor. Incredibly logical instruction and addressing modes.
Off the top of my head.
(Bearing in mind exchange of encrypted data is always vulnerable to the initial key exchange)
1) Choose a book*, obviously in digital form
2) Parse the book into a database. You need to be able to search for words and letters.
3) Encrypt your plaintext by matching words from your book, and noting the position. Obviously you will have many exemplars for common words, so your algorithm should try and use different word positions for repeated words (e.g. "The"). For words not in the book (technical, foreign) you escape and insert letter positions (again mixing them up).
4) You now have a text document which is meaningless without knowing which book was used. (And - see Sherlock Holmes - which edition).
Now you could just generate your own hash table. But then you'd have to distribute it. With the book system, you can distribute the DETAILS of the book by a separate, trusted channel. Say a face to face meeting.
However, my understanding is that the spooks are less interested in the contents of messages, as the sender and recipient relationship. In which case, posting to newsgroups would avoid the link.
*Magazine, newspaper, research paper.
"Forced" to stay open ..
I wonder who has to pay in these circumstances ?
Re: How about Wales?
Wasn't there an old legend about actors from Dr. Who running away from something on an alien world (i.e. disused quarry) and bumping into the cast of "Blakes 7" running the other way ?
AIR a lot of the 3rd doctors adventures were filmed outdoors - which is very expensive compared to a studio. One of the conditions of Blackadder 2, after the lukewarm reception to "The Blackadder" (which had a *lot* of film scenes) was that it be filmed entirely in a studio.
@bigtimehustler - "moral" duty
chimes with that ludicrous attempt by Harriet Harman (what was her previous occupation ? Oh, yes, a barrister) to subvert our legal system by claiming that it was OK to bash Fred Goodwin, because he was guilty "in the court of public opinion".
Well, effectively, what is happening, is Google (et al) will be distorting reality, by messing with their search results.
Once you accept the principle, all else is, to quote George Bernard Shaw "arguing about the price".
Maybe Google shouldn't return searches for politicians names ? After all, there's no need to know what they got up to in the past.
Or how about searches for government misconduct. Maybe searches for British troops breaking the Geneva convention. After all we wouldn't want to help terrorists, would we ?
I can actually see this p(l)aying into Googles hands. How long before they offer a paid-for "premium" search facility ?
Politicians seem to struggle
with the difference between the contents of a location, and the contents of a location pointed to by another location. Somehow I can't see them developing as C programmers any day soon.
Re: Earl Grey - VOTE NOW
Ah, Earl Grey with a spoonful of set honey ... I'm in heaven