1068 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: AC Why would Belgacom not play ball? @matt bryant @MyBackDoor
Why all this talk about sheep?
As a welsh man, you are getting me all excited!
ahhhh Don, sounds like you should be a religious leader!
Since I started to lose weight and get healthier without any pain or effort on my part!
And that's not including the warm fuzzy moral feeling, and the license to behave like a boring smug obnoxious twat to others!
If you're telling me that ice cream isn't veggie, life will not be worth living!
.... and I suppose if people ask you for help with windows, you refer them to the same company? :-)
A potentially serious consequence I haven't seen mentioned yet...
... is the fact that they are rerouting comms, seemingly based on the assumption that all internet use is web traffic.
Of course, they could just be intercepting port 80, but that is still an assumption they have no right to make.
And if this is done by a wildcard DNS record override, the potential consequences could be much worse
Re: We are fighting them on this
Even better, set up your own DNS resolvers.
I don't know why more people don't do this - it's easy, more secure, and more efficient.. You also potentially benefit from being returned IP addresses of servers more local to you - a task that is more difficult (though not impossible) if you use a generic service such as Google DNS or OpenDNS.
You also aren't relying on a single point of failure outside of your control.
The stupidity of third party PIN-authorised systems
The PIN secrecy was always meant to be sacred.
I was quite taken aback when cash machines started appearing in shops and garages, and when I heard about chip and pin, i couldn't believe we would be expected to enter our PIN into third party devices - even more shocked when the banks started to say that this new system is so secure, any security breaches would solely be the fault of the customer.
I'm only surprised this has taken so long!
Fort Belvoir's web page gives a"This Connection is Untrusted." warning when you connect..."
Re: For some reason it's supposed to be easier to open a search window
"it's supposed to be easier to opena search window, type "Firewall",and click "firewall" in the list,than to click the icon directly."
Funny, that's what I've always said to people when they see me using many xterm's under X. They would invariably say that the windows GUI and mouse was much easier and quicker than having to type commands, and that I should "stop living in the past"!
Re: Linus really lost it? Really???
"It was part of a serious discussion about the nature, consequences and frustrations of trying to cope with explosion of interfaces / features of ARM based systems. "
Ah yes, and of course, most such discussions involve wishes of death etc:
and I hope that ARM SoC hardware designers all die in some incredibly painful accident.
So if you see any, send them my love, and possibly puncture the brake-lines on their car and put a little surprise in their coffee, ok?
Now, I'm not suggesting that he was being serious, but come on, how on earth can you try to justify that?
"Fred", you forgot the pengiuin icon - your biased linux fanboism is showing in spades
Re: Linux, and why I don't love it
" If the guy a the top is a total tool, people throughout the collective also behave like tools because it must be the 'right' thing. And this is why I don't embrace the open source community more fully."
You (like many others) have made that annoying assumption that open source == Linux
Ther are plenty of opensource projects being run in different ways that have nothing to do with Linus, or indeed Linux.
Re: Ah the stupid
Or maybe the dad doesn't read his email every 5 seconds, and didn't expect his kid to use his computer in this way.
I don't see any evidennce in the article to call the dad stupid
Re: Good thing I live in the USA!
Yeah... Fair point!
Re: Good thing I live in the USA!
P.s. I get unlimited internet, 4000 texts and free hours talk time for 15 pounds a month! Unlimited data is common here now :-p
Re: Good thing I live in the USA!
I'm not sure what your point is - we also have major operators here in the UK (and the same in Europe)
There are also many tariffs that offer free texts, free phone calls, and unlimited internet.
Additionally, we have never had to pay to receive calls whilst in our own country (how mad and unacceptable would that be!)
This article is about a continent-wide agreement, where we will no longer have to pay extra to use our phones in Europe.
Come back to us when you don't get charged to receive calls whilst you're in mexico!
Re: Good on them.
Ás a teenager in the 80s, I hated the manufactured music, the big hair and mullets, the crappy fashion...
All the things we laugh at today, I also laughed at at the time.
80s nostalgia drives me insane!
"When my daughter & grandaughter spend aweek or so at my place just outside FortBragg, CA, we kill all electronics. We're not there for YouTube ... we're there for family time."
I agree with the sentiment. I don't understand all the downvotes... Are there really people out there who think that it's unjust to be expexted to not use youtube on you hols?
Re: Teaching people to pass lie detector test is illegal?
I thought lie-detector evidence was admissible in American courts. Am I wrong?
" Is that a 1% success rate? 200 "wrongdoers" over a two year period from polygraphing 20,000 people."
The article says 10,000 people, but even so, that would only be the success rate if all of the people tested were also "wrongdoers"!
" Teaching countermeasures against polygraph techniques in itself is not explicitly illegal in the US, although the recent case raises questions about the law around teaching polygraph countermeasures. ®"
Thanks for the clarification.
However, whilst this makes the case less shocking, and although what he did was morally questionable at best, it still seems to me to be quite a draconian law.
It's not as if the guy was a doctor or police officer, or anyone else in a position of authority and trust.
(The cloud service formerly known as SkyDrive)
"Indeed, and "Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent " says it all really."
Yes..... The investors are pleased to know that he's not likely to be going in the next few weeks, and could even stay as long as up to a year!!! *cough*
"but prisons have administration staff, break rooms, etc. It would seem harsh to require all staff to cut themselves off as soon as they go through the gate."
I, and I'm sure many others here, have worked before in secure areas where phones are not allowed. It's not unreasonable to expect similar restrictions in a prison environment.
There's nothing stopping the break rooms and offices from having fixed line phones....
How on earth did we manage before mobiles? :-)
Re: Who's Kim Kardashian?
The Cardacians are an alien race on the star-trek shows
I presume Kim is one of their diplomats.
"I don't believe that's true. My understanding is the burden is on the prosecution to prove your defence of 'forgotten' or 'never had' does not stand up to scrutiny.
The law can often be strict but it would be a travesty of justice if someone could send you an encrypted file, tip the police off, and get you sent down for a number of years. Our courts are not yet quite that facilitating."
The original article actually links to 2 such cases. Also, from wiki:
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_of_Investigatory_Powers_Act_2000), Part III, activated by ministerial order in October 2007, requires persons to supply decrypted information and/or keys to government representatives. Failure to disclose carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. The provision was first used against animal rights activists in November 2007, and at least three people have been prosecuted and convicted for refusing to surrender their encryption keys, one of whom was sentenced to 13 months' imprisonment.
Re: We need Plausible Deniability (i.e. What No TrueCrypt?)
"By examining the encrypted data alone, even after decryption with the outer volume password, there should be no way for anyone to prove a hidden volume exists"
How would the 'missing' disk space be explained? Would it be contained in a swap file, for example?
Re: But, but...
Don't forget, there are many open-source alternatives to Linux
Re: Hang on...
Exactly.I don't see the story here - if I have a publically available website, yet choose to refuse someone access, then that is my right, and as long as I he taken reasonable action so that they are aware, then any further access would be actionable.
Re: ...and here we se the "Head In The Sand" approach to system security...
" Probably because he's already seen all the mindless drivel most people post on Facebook"
Surely that just shows the quality of your friends!
"Who's going to pay to post mail all around the world? And FFS why?"
The old 'freenet' (the bbs thing, not the java based anonymous network) used to do that.
Re: Holy Crap (TM), I have to give my 2c worth here.
Why shouldn't they continue to provide XP fixes ?
We are talking fixes for faults, not enhancements - and primarily security fixes at that.
If the software was 'fit for purpose' when sold, none of this would be necessary, so don't give me this crap about the wonderful MS doing all this for free - in fact, if anything, MS should pay people for their time each time they have to patch a vulnerability!
How can they be called zerodays when they are known vulnerabilities?
Re: What time was that then?
My thoughts exactly, and I knew such a comment would get wisearse replies about using Google and understanding timezones...
Way to miss the point, guys.
No offence to our West coast friends, but the time should at least also been displayed in .co.UK time!
"Companies are very bad at risk management. It always seems that they refuse to consider highly unlikely scenarios that have devastating consequences. "
I used to work for a large British company.
One of their Manchester offices was damaged by an IRA bomnb in the 90's.
The staff were relocated; the servers replaced; but whilst the backups had been completed diligently, and kept safe in the firesafe, no one was allowed access to the site to retrieve them for many weeks, by which time they were virtually useless....
I guess no one had thought of off site backups....
Re: @fortran Upgrade Complete
Why seek a British alternative?
Unless I'm mistaken, it's been shown that the UK is pretty much in the same boat.
Re: Rik - You have surpassed yourself...
Why all the hostility?
This is The Reg - they often have humourous articles - no need to get so worked up!
Re: Just to be clear
He didn't say it was crap - he actually said it was sad that this stuff was rarely - if ever - viewed.
Re: I love the writing at El Reg
I upvoted your post because I thought it was interesting and inciteful.......
I also upvoted Sir Spoons "suckarse" comment !
Re: Not here, I think
" But an interesting thing is that the later your comment gets in, or the further down the pile it is, the less up/downvotes you get. Or it might even get zero votes. That's mostly because it's rare that commentards will ever read all the comments and will start skimming if it is large enough."
I think t's more to do with the fact that once people read an article and its associated comments, they generally don't come back - especially as there is no way to track comments/threads.
The later you post, the less amount of people read it.
Re: Someone at Vulture Central is playing with us
Hee hee. I also noticed that all the posts here (apart from the ones I just voted on) all have matching up/down votes!
I wonder if the ones I just voted on will be similarly modified?
Re: can't wait to see the litigation start
Indeed.... Even putting aside the technical aspects, this whole thing will just confuse the public, and make the lawyers richer
"We may have found its origin, or we may have not"
The sad thing is, that as ridiculous as this is, I'm not surprised.....
I expect the UK to follow in 3... 2... 1...
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- Video Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA
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