* Posts by spold

8 posts • joined 8 Feb 2012

PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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Booze on Aeroflot - mostly for the flight crew.

IMHO - likely bonking Sarah senseless before getting on a plane to Central America. Will love the movie.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: Video conferencing?

Ah you will need the video conferencing add-on - think head band with a bent coat hanger stickiing out front and a mirror dangling off the end....

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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

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Hmmm how about the internal (to IBM) CHRISTMA EXEC (there must have been an 8 character limit somewhere) for the IBM/370? This was sent out just before Christmas in around 83 I think. It was a Rexx (/GDDM I believe) routine that would display on 3279 colour terminals. It had some nice Santa festive graphics but also had the little wheeze that it also read your PROFS/NOSS address book and sent itself to everyone in there from you. It very quickly brought the IBM SNA gateways to their knees, luckily everyone buggered off for the Christmas break and the IBM network admins were able to have a festive time flushing it out the queues while everyone else had better things to do.

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Missed the Venus solar flyby? It's only 105 years to the next one

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if you missed it ,just grab a pair of those dark viewing glasses that no-one else needs now and put a pin-sized drop of black paint on them - you can now experience the same view anytime it is sunny.

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Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

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Big Brother

Not really that new, and...

Kinda bindun ... see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EyeTap

Lawyers will love it - little Jimmy has bad eyesight - ah must be the glasses! Class action lawsuit!

Police will love it - access to video for a criminal investigation - like having millions of roving surveillance cameras.

Seems to be sitting on some possibly dodgy patents - a lot of the VR companies explored this in the 80s and 90s and could never find a market, but I bet there are some prior patents being dusted off.

As a privacy professional I'll love em too if they ever become real - keep creating the work google!

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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The problem is understated due to the fact that most people carry more than one card and most likely use the same PIN for each of them. So a thief has multiple opportunities to compromise the PIN (at which point all remaining cards in the wallet are compromised).

One option is to use a common root PIN (say 3 digits or 5 digits depending on your PIN length) and then base the remaining digit (lets say make it the 3rd digit) card specific - e.g, base it on the CSV value printed on the card).

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Kodak to kill off digital cameras

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Shuttered?

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Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

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The article does not make it clear that Rogers is also Canada's largest cable TV company and that Bell has a Fibre/Satellite delivered TV service as well, both coupled with their broadband services - of course they would be testing it.

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