* Posts by Alan Birtles

12 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

Alan Birtles

Re: A major obstacle to encrypting everything

SNI is fairly well supported now so SSL virtual hosting is possible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Name_Indication

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TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company

Alan Birtles

4.6 volts * 90 amps = 414 watt hours? no, try 414 watts per hour, they don't say how long they run their kit for so there is no way of knowing how much energy they actually use!

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

Alan Birtles

Re: I think he forgot something

And walkers, cycling is more efficient than both walking and running

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Ten... dual-band wireless routers

Alan Birtles

The latest firmware update for the edimax improves the interface a bit

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Samsung bakes lower-voltage server memory

Alan Birtles

"1.33Mb/sec of bandwidth" - my broadband is faster than that! I'll take the high power option

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Ten... Premium Android smartphones

Alan Birtles

xperia pro

xperia pro is coming soon... http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/corporate/products/phoneportfolio/specification/xperia-pro

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Apple pulls app after dev publishes users' PINs

Alan Birtles

Alternatively...

People (quite rightly it turns out) didn't trust the app with an important pin code so used an easy to remember but insecure code instead. On the other hand many people are probably using the came code for their bank cards

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Chinese mobile malware powers click-fraud scam

Alan Birtles

re: (untitled)

these aren't viruses they are trojan horses. there is a big difference, viruses are self propagating, trojan horses require the user to be fooled into installing them. the android trojan horses are quite limited at the moment due to android's security measures. they can only do things normal apps can do and wont be able to disrupt the phones operation (apart from maybe running up large data bills and using up credit)

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Hitachi refrigerates rack rears

Alan Birtles

(untitled)

it means that for 1 kw of power they can keep something cool which is producing 43.5kw of heat which you could say is 97% efficient (for 44.5kw of power usage they are getting 43.5kw of useful work)

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Samsung E60 e-book reader

Alan Birtles

waterstones

I agree that waterstones is terrible but you don't have to use it, you can use any digital editions store including wh smith. (Or with some drm jiggery pokery you can read books from any store including the kindle store)

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Buggy home routers expose O2 customers to hijacking

Alan Birtles

Not suprised

I helped setup my parents router this weekend, i was only mildly suprised to see that it was using wep by default. what was more suprising was that by default there is no username and password required to login to the web interface!

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Sony's 40GB PS3 for Europe confirmed

Alan Birtles

@olius

€399 - VAT = €340 = $481 which is less than the US 60GB price. considering the extra costs of operating in europe (longer guarantee obligations, multiple languages to support etc.) i think the price comparison is reasonable

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