* Posts by RichardBarrell

8 posts • joined 11 Oct 2010

Google machine-guns unpopular social products

RichardBarrell

Google Gears

Google Gears wasn't a pile of social network-ey "Web2.0rhea". It was the prototype sandbox for a whole load of nifty client-side things, many of which have now made their way into the HTML5 standard. Like localStorage, for instance.

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Mixing network traffic types on Ethernet

RichardBarrell

Disk traffic trumps voice. Voice is still soft-realtime, but people won't notice a 5ms delay in their voice traffic. You darn well will notice sluggishness if someone adds 5ms extra delay to every disk seek.

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Experts suggest SSL changes to keep BEAST at bay

RichardBarrell

No. They do the javascript injection on some other site that doesn't have HTTPS turned on.

So you've got one browser tab on https://paypal.com, and another browser tab on http://any.other.site.com. Rizzo and Duong perform a MITM to inject some javascript into http://any.other.site.com, and the javascript on that page causes your browser to make more requests to https://paypal.com for them to eavesdrop on.

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RichardBarrell

3DES is just fine, Michael.

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RichardBarrell

No, SSL 3.0 has exactly the same issue that TLS 1.0 has.

You can think of TLS 1.0 as SSL 3.1 if you like. They're very similar. The name changed when it went from being led entirely by Netscape to being a standards-committee process.

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LG whips out dual-core Android smartphone

RichardBarrell

Re: "And how come no 2.3 already?"

2.3's stable release was only just this month. That isn't *nearly* enough time to put it (and all of LG's inevitable customisations to it) through anything like proper QA testing on the device.

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Intel plays Switzerland in the cloud wars

RichardBarrell

No love for software hippies?

'Whenever someone starts waving "standards," it is always a prelude to war.' - are you sure about the 'always' here? I mean, there are software hippies like the nonprofit Apache and Mozilla people, and they both seem to be pretty keen on standards.

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Commission proposes new EU cybercrime law

RichardBarrell

Re: Surely

You don't need to connect systems to the 'net for them to become compromised. Stuxnet has spread largely through infected USB sticks.

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