* Posts by Old Handle

1472 posts • joined 4 Mar 2011

Next-gen Tor to use distributed RNG, 55-character addresses

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It all depends on what they do with the randomness from other computers I guess. For instance one of the simplest things they could do is have several computers generate random numbers of the same size and XOR them together. In that scenario, the worst an attacker can do is not help any. Even if they hand you 000000000000000 or the like, combining that with your own number won't make it any worse.

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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Paris Hilton

So basically the BBC exists to keep the TV license fee going, rather than the other way around?

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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"From HMD we can expect a range of Android phones and tablets."

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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Makes me long for a simpler time

Remember when ads were just little bumper-sticker shaped images at the top or bottom of the page? People complained about those too, but as long as they didn't flash bright colors or impersonate windows pop-ups I never minded much. It would be nice if we could go back to when those were all we had to deal with.

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NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

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Re: One time pad

Obviously you would need some system to make sure the keys are only used once. To start with, the cards you hand out would have to be unique (while you keep a copy of each). Each would contain two separate blocks of key data, one for sending and one for receiving.

It still might not be super practical, but the basic idea is sound, say 4GB is good for an awful lot of emails.

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Well done team! But it seems like these emergency software modes on spacecraft have a record of doing more harm than good. Maybe I just don't remember it, but have you ever read a story where it says "foocraft suffered a bar failure, but fortunately it when into emergency mode enabling us to resume contact and continue its mission"? As far as I can recall it's always "foocraft is stuck in barmode for some reason and we're trying to get it running again."

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: I'm surprised that the wolves are doing well

Both can be true, though. It may simply mean that humans are worse than cancer.

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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Re: Huh???

My understanding is that he feared they would be able to figure out what he had done fairly quickly, and hoped going public would offer him some measure of safety. I don't know if that was a good move, but I can understand the reasoning. With the benefit of hindsight, I guess I'd have to say he probably should have delayed the reveal a bit longer,

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: Not this stuff again

Flyby Anomaly. First I'd heard of it, but apparently it's a real thing. Although "jump" sounds like a bit of an exaggeration.

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Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

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Re: dats beautiful

That wouldn't be an entirely bad thing, think of the fun that could be had by changing what it points to.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: Bah!

As the judge who made this ruling pointed out, a 19-year veteran FBI agent ought to know what he's doing when he requests a warrant too. He didn't come right out and say so, but it sounds as if he suspects they knew what they were doing wasn't on on the up and up.

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Judicial rulings can make surprisingly entertaining reading in a bland sort of way. Especially the polite, indirect ways they go about telling the losing party that they're basically idiots. I even learned a new word, "improvident" (which it would be to extend the Good Faith exceptions to completely invalid warrants.)

On a more serious note, I do have a certain amount of sympathy for the government's argument that there needs to be some way to obtain a warrant against a computer hiding behind Tor, but it doesn't sound like they made their best attempt here, not going to the right kind of judge. And in any case, they are bound by law as it stands, not what it should be, just like the rest of us.

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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Re: sidebar of shame

I thought everyone called it that.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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Re: A pedant writes...

As far as I'm aware, it's illegal to jam cellular signals, but not to physically block them. If they wanted to build a Faraday cage around the theater, I don't think anything's stopping them.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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OK, I'm inclined to think it's just stupid, not evil

It seems to me the only change to make this a reasonable (not necessarily good, but reasonable) law is insert "if possible", at the end of the requirement for companies to turn over data. Since it does contain the provision that no particular design can be required or prohibited , in practice all it really means is "If you leave the door open, let us use it". As currently written, all a company would have to do to "comply" with this law, while still offering strong end-to-end encryption is say "Alright, 'appropriate technical assistance' coming right up. We're going to build the world's biggest super computer farm to crack this key for you... but you're paying, right?"

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

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Re: Pr0n!

I donno, by tying it into facebook, they will no doubt feel obliged to protect their clean image... err the clean image they believe they have, but at the same time, there's definitely a market for that kind of thing. An obvious solution would be to sell the gadgets but let third parties handle the porn, but that kind of freedom doesn't exactly seem to be in style right now. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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Cash, fear and uncertainty: The Holy Trinity of Bitcoin and blockchain

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Re: Twiiter on the blockchain

There's Bitmessage too, though as of last time I checked, that looked kind of rudimentary.

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Popular cable modem vulnerable to remote reboot/reset flaw

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Re: Strangely...

Are you by any chance using some kind of software that pre-fetches pages? If so I guess it's conceivable it automatically visited RebootMyModem.net for you.

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Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

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Childcatcher

I'm not sure what's supposed to be sinister about offering children more privacy online, I'd have thought that was a desirable thing. Clearly they shouldn't have left up a forgotten page that returned unfiltered results, but that's fixed now, and I doubt if many kids have a "fuzzer" handy, so no harm done. As far as the results on the intended search page, it looks like they're doing pretty good. I entered a few obscure terms that could have yielded nude results and the "worst" thing I was able to find was some classical art.

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Re: The other problem

It's already fixed. It says so at the end of the article, and my check confirms that address just sends you back to the front page now.

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British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales

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Re: That sentence

Not enough details, but given this was a "dark web" business, it's entirely possible he doesn't even know who most of his clients were.

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Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

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Re: Is anyone from MIT reading this?

They picked the wrong time to go to Flash. Not that the previous choice, Java was so great either, but at least there are other legitimate geeky reasons for having that one installed.

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Re: Well, time to zap the blight

About the only thing (save the occasionally amusing flash game or animation) that anyone has used it for in the last 5 years is video, and it's finally obsolete for that too. You might still rarely come across a site needs it for video, but essentially all major sites support HTML video now. In short, it's time.

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Illegal drugs and dodgy pics? Nah. Half the dark web is perfectly legal

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Re: So dark net is no longer dark

Tor Browser is "specialized software", sure, but so is Firefox... It's just kind of a dumb claim. They're trying to make it sound mysterious without really saying anything. And yes, I would imagine onion.to has blacklisted any super illegal sites they are aware of, though I'm not dumb enough to go poking around to find out for sure.

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Not Bitcoin, but close: Red Hat and Microsoft bite into blockchain tech

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Re: Blockchain...

Ah trusted, but Trust is hard to come by. It may be one of the scarcest commodities of all.

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Humans get 'aroused' fondling robots in their private areas – study

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Linux

It's actually the App version of Tor. Runs on Android, appropriately enough.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Unhappy

On the one hand, this law sucks, on the other hand I have problems with big corporations trying to push democratically elected governments around. Just recently Georgia's governor vetoed a religious-freedom bill* under similar pressure. But goodness knows this kind of corporate bullying it goes on all the time, although much less publicly, and that sucks too.

*This one would have protected people's right not to make cakes they don't agree with. While many might put the two laws in the category, from my libertarian perspective they aren't the same at all.

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Inflatable space podule set for orbital trial

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Re: 16 square meter?

16 cubic meters. That's actually significantly smaller in practice. The Japanese aren't that short.

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Google-funded study concludes: Make DMCA even more Google-friendly

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That's the Hippocratic Oath your thinking of...

Google's motto was "don't be evil."

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'Devastating' bug pops secure doors at airports, hospitals

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FAIL

Too funny

This should be memorialized as THE classic security blunder. I can just imagine whoever did this thinking, or perhaps even saying out loud, "It's just blinking lights, no need to worry about security on this bit..."

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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More to the point, IMO, they tampered with his computer, which is now being used as evidence. How can they get away with not revealing what they did to it?

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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Terminator

I just hope they're careful not to let the dormant cyber pathogen out.

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Re: Admin password

I believe there actually is a feature for something like that, and given the phone belonged to Syed's employer (local government no less) they could easily have been using it. Unfortunately, they simply hadn't bothered to set it up.

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

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Re: Blondes

Interesting way to slip a study on phenotype and intelligence under the radar without being called racist,

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I never have, but I assume that's because I don't have a twitter account.

Well, to be honest I try to keep my face off the 'net entirely.

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Re: authority vs liberty

Authoritarian, absolutely, but I'm not sure where you get "right wing" from. Both wings have their authoritarian streak (communism ring a bell?). And it's frustrating as hell sometimes. While I lean towards the left on most social issues, but I think liberty is the more important goal overall, but it often seems like people are too caught up in the left/right fight to even think about it.

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FAIL

No matter which way you spin it, it's the same tired old story. How about doing a balanced article next time.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Even Windows 7 has sometimes weird UI behaviour

Ctrl+Alt+Arrow-Keys I bet. Great for pranks.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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Pint

Oh good, they fixed the headline. That was bothering me.

(It previously said "Microsoft did Nazi see that coming")

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Israeli biz fingered as the FBI's iPhone cracker

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Re: Happy now ?

Much safer? No. A little safer? Yes. The thing that worried me about the whole thing, is that if they could lean on Apple to help, it could become a routine procedure. "Hey Tim, we've got another cart of phones to unlock." Whereas I'm sure this Israeli forensic company's services don't come cheap, so they're not going to unlock every phone they get off somebody caught with an ounce of weed or whatever.

I have no problem with them bringing heavy hacking tools and extracting data from the phones of real terrorists like Syed. I just don't want it to be so easy they can do it for no good reason.

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US State Department sextortionist gets 57 months in cooler

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Re: At first glance this seems to light

Doesn't sound like they actually got him for any sex crimes. If he supposedly received sexually explicit photographs of minors, I'm not sure why he wasn't charged with that. Maybe it was just part of the plea deal.

Unless I'm mistaken and "sextortion" is an actual crime. I'm thinking it just counted as regular extortion.

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Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

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Re: Massachusetts?

Nah, R'lyeh is way out in the Pacific. He probably has terrible connectivity. Maybe that's why he sends dreams and not email.

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HP Inc won't shake you down for ink in 3D printer era, says CTO

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Re: Identifiying the real problems

Maybe Nokia, they started with rubber boots after all.

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Wait! Where did you get that USB? Super-stealthy trojan only drives stick

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Re: If comedian Bill Maher had read this story --

That doesn't solve the problem though, as mentioned in a previous post, USB sex toys could contain malware just as easily as anything else.

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Re: Guvmint Work

I don't think this one even relies on being automatically run. It sounds like it uses a Trojan application, something the user would launch on purpose. Although I'm not real use why you'd be running applications from a USB drive on a supposedly secure system.

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Re: I goes to the internet

Although it definitely sounds like something state actors would be doing, I wouldn't rule out for-profit industrial espionage either.

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Re: format before any use...

I don't know if such a thing exists, but I suppose you could have some kind of special USB hub that only lets certain classes of device connect. A simpler idea, would be to use SD cards (and a single, trustworthy reader) instead of USB drives. I assume it would be much harder to reprogram those to do anything besides store files. Although the SD format does have some kind of seldom-used DRM feature, so who knows what kind of weird stuff could be lurking in there.

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Telling your wife why you were fired is the only punishment

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Re: @foxyshadis

Perhaps calling the police didn't seem like an entirely risk-free option either. After all the files were found on company computers. Isn't it possible the police are going to show up and say "we better take all this kit back to the station, no telling where else he may have stashed files." And then through no fault of their own, the company is up the creek.

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'Hot Tech Talent' IT job board ads caught up in sexism allegations

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Joke

Kevin, the python developer seems to be shown at work... or at least he's doing something with a python, I'm not certain he's developing it.

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iOS flaw exploited to decrypt iMessages, access iThing photos

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Re: Nation-state?

My guess (without having read any of the details, mind you) is that they set up unrealistically favorable conditions in their lab. So they have a proof of concept, but it doesn't mean they're equipped to pull it off on a real target.

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