9 posts • joined Thursday 5th April 2012 11:43 GMT
Should be titled "Down with UTF-16"
Unicode is a good standard and it was written by clever guys. There's nothing wrong with Unicode's approach of mapping each character to a code point, and adding an intermediate step requiring encoding it into bytes. Far better than the ugly mess of codepages that preceded Unicode.
UTF-8 is part of Unicode and it's a damn good encoding.
Tim Worstall wouldn't be happy with this article. Mobile operators will charge high prices based on market demand, not based on what they paid for the auction. Failing to auction the licence is basically putting money in the pockets of the shareholders of the mobile operators.
Specific hardware combinations
If a single attack works against iPhone 4, 4S and 5 (for example - I'm not trying to single out Apple), then that's 30% of mobile users already. So it's actually quite dangerous.
"MD5, a cryptographic hash function that's known to be insecure."
MD5's insecurities are nothing to do with its unsuitability for storing passwords; it's failing to salt the password (and to iterate the hash function to slow it down) that's the problem. And the quoted guy is a 'security researcher'?
You need to change your SECURITY QUESTION, if that's what the hackers have. Bad luck if you used the same one on multiple sites.
Re: Desal is expensive. Start simpler and smarter.
The problem in Australia is politics - it's ten times worse than in the UK. 'Normal' water consumption (domestic, industry etc.) is dwarfed by consumption by farmers. There is no need for the dry south east of Australia to be growing that much food, when it could be grown and imported from the wetter north.
And of course, politicians there prevent the price of water from varying enough to put the farmers out of business, which it blatantly would if domestic users were allowed to compete in a free market for it.
0800 numbers are a ridiculous hangover from when people cared about the cost of landline calls - surely most people must be on an unlimited-landline-calls package by now. My £15/month mobile plan provides it all the time AND my basic Talk Talk package includes it on evenings and weekends.
Companies, PLEASE just give us an 03 or geographic number and forget about freephone!
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