* Posts by George Jenkins

15 posts • joined 26 Oct 2007

Microsoft feeds Excel to supercomputer

George Jenkins
IT Angle

My favourite quote of the day is...

"Fools. No wonder these spreadsheetards got us into the economic shit we're in now."


Brit space agency to probe 'crackpot' antigravity device

George Jenkins


I too can quote Wikipedia to disprove experimental physics:


Broadband tax of £6 per year to fund rural fibre rollout

George Jenkins

Once everyone has broadband...

...I guess we can all be confident the tax will be removed..

Google Squared - the Cuilest search app ever

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You can see where Google's engineers have spent their optimization time:


Brits decline to 'think outside the box'

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Laser shape focus


Boeing chuffed with latest raygun-jumbo ground tests

George Jenkins
Black Helicopters

Haha. Can anyone imagine the scenario...

...terrorists defeat ABL by coating missiles with optically reflective paint?

Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research

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Reap what you sow NXP

I wonder if governments and universities will trust "actually secure this time", but still proprietary protocol version 2, or (hopefully this) is this a big nail in the coffin of such things.

Security militia sought to brutalize ransomware virus

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Re: Dillon Pyron: Not so easy

"If you have the clear text and the encrypted text, the key shouldn't be too hard to crack. Just use your backups. You do have backups, right? Oh well, I wonder just how much the ransom is."

That is explicitly what sort of attack modern day encryption algorithms are designed to withstand.

Not to mention that the data is probably symmetrically encrypted with a random key, and this is the only data encrypted with RSA.

The best part is of course, if you have backups, there is no need to get the wallet out. yay.

UK rattles 'three strikes' filesharing sabre (again)

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Has anybody heard of Darknets (see I2P, Tor, etc)? It amazes me that they actually think that they have a solution.

Then there are the ramifications of moving a huge volume of traffic into the dark on identifying people who are actually using darknets with serious criminal intent.

IFPI wins Danish block on Pirate Bay

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@Michael Nielsen

IANAL by any respect; but if the censorship is 'voluntary', i.e. not legally enforceable, as that would be seen as state backed censorship. Then surely it will be subject to the open market, as in one of the ISP's will try and cash in on some extra customers from the ones who are blocking the Pirate Bay by marketing itself in some form as file-sharing friendly.


Bank turns London man into RFID-enabled guinea pig

George Jenkins

A bit worried...as I bank with Halifax :(

For an example of broken RFID 'security' (yup this includes oyster cards):


Showdown over encryption password in child porn case

George Jenkins

Even if he is 'forced' to reveil his password....

Apart from the legal issues such as precedence and such, the point is almost moot anyway. Once the court decides he has to reveal his password (In first person):

Feds: You must now reveal your password!!!!

Suspect: OK, the password is 'sw0rdfish'

Feds: That didn't work.

Suspect: Well, I swear my password is/was 'sw0rdfish'. Either I must have forgotten, or its been corrupted somehow.

(Idea credit to someone else on a similar article)


Greenpeace slams next-gen consoles

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Paris Hilton

@Mike Wharton

What did you read? Your survey (http://www.dxgaming.com/?p=6&page=2) only mentions the PS3 as a future console they would like to test.

Brown knew data loss was disaster waiting to happen

George Jenkins


You are being sarcastic right?

Panasonic preps in-car Blu-ray player

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I'm sure the quality on a 7" screen is amazing.

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