* Posts by Quirkafleeg

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BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006

Quirkafleeg
Boffin

Re: PHORM & BT

“The other problem is that with browsers being asked to re-submit the page request as the first is intercepted for profiling.”

Packet sniffing will be sufficient for that; no need to cause a re-request. At least, not a repeat HTTP request.

I find it reasonable (for Phish's purposes, which I don't find reasonable) if the propagation of the intercepted packets from the web server is delayed "a little" to allow for analysis of the page content. (That might cause re-requests, i.e. sending of duplicate packets, something which is normal in TCP/IP communication in the absence of a sufficiently timely response.)

Think of the eyes in the icon as those of Big Brother Pharm. Privacy is exposure.

Patent shields customer support from customers

Quirkafleeg

@Thorsten

“… in some location where they are genuinely unable to speak intelligible English. Anything north of the Midlands, for example.”

Thorsten, turn your map around. You're looking at it upside-down.

Trend Micro gets slashed in attack of the killer iframes

Quirkafleeg
Happy

Re: @james condron

They have LCD displays in shops. Lots of LCD monitors or TVs, all on display…

Quirkafleeg
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Those Google search links

Try clicking on one with NoScript installed and watch what happens.

BBC calls DRM cops on iPlayer download party

Quirkafleeg
Linux

Flash plugin

“Could you tell me how I do it on Linux on AMD64, or Sparc64, or PowerPC then? Hint, there is no Adobe Flash plugins on these platforms.”

Sparc or PPC – no (well, not easily and not fast).

AMD64 – nspluginwrapper. 64-bit browser, 32-bit Flash plugin, no problems (so long as your kernel was built with 32-bit support enabled, which it probably was).

Mobe software firm Picsel prunes 10% of workforce

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Re: Decimated

“Would it be safe to say Picsel decimated it's workforce?”

No. At least, not with that apostrophe.

IPCC's 'evil twin' launches climate change sceptic's creed

Quirkafleeg
Flame

Re: 4 questions & simple math

“Q3) How much CO2 from all sources goes into the atmosphere each year?

A3) 180 - 200 billion tons.”

And how much is taken out of the atmosphere each year? You seem to have failed to include this in your calculations…

Smut peddlers and spammers invade Google Groups

Quirkafleeg
Coat

Re: Kill off the Spammers' Income

“Would it be too difficult therefore to put an immediate world wide block on a site that is paying spammers to push forward their site or goods […?]”

Not at all. I'm quite certain that there's somebody in .pk who'll happily do that :-)

Will EV SSL stop phishing attacks? Probably not

Quirkafleeg
Pirate

Re: Well, I think the answer is "Definitely not": I just got this...

Was that quoted mail, perchance, from somebody off on a phorming^Wphishing run?

EC jacks up Microsoft fine by €899m

Quirkafleeg
Gates Horns

Re: PC World

“ ‘walk into PC World or where ever and tell them you want a PC with Linux on, you'd face blank stares…’ ”

“Well if you will go into one of those over priced hell-holes staffed by [morons], what do you expect? […]”

Now, now, be fair. I'm sure that one or two of them have heard of this thing called ‘lienix’.

“Even so, your point is well made: try buying a PeeCee that has something other than Windoze on it.”

Easy: build it yourself, or get one built for you. (Or be pointed towards certain *really* small computers – yup, saw an eeePC on sale in a high-street shop.)

BBC mulls dropping Flash as iPlayer meets iPhone

Quirkafleeg
Go

Re: Time to market

“Did they not get the memo? Linux is taking over, they'd only have to build once and roll out on phone's (sic), PDA's, desktops and set top boxes.”

They're using Java? :-)

UML officially an unfunny matter

Quirkafleeg
Coat

This isn't UML

UML == User Mode Linux.

Secret printer ID codes may breach EU privacy laws

Quirkafleeg
Black Helicopters

What's all this about credit cards?

Or cheques, for that matter? I prefer coins and notes.

Bray recalls team XML

Quirkafleeg
Stop

Subheading

What is "Shoulda" and why did it happen sooner?

Major Linux security glitch lets hackers in at Claranet

Quirkafleeg
Boffin

Re: Linux is more secure - not completely secure

“It only effects the 2.6.23 kernel”

How does it cause a kernel? Do tell.

Anyway, 2.6.22.18 was also released on Monday, with a similar fix for the same bug (the fact that it wasn't the same fix drew some comment on the kernel mailing list). 2.6.21.*, which is also vulnerable, is no longer maintained by the kernel people so no fixed kernel has been released on kernel.org – DIY patch, or wait for your distribution to provide an update. Same goes for other kernels back to 2.6.17.

Google in mass 404 land grab

Quirkafleeg
Go

Re: The trouble with toolbars

“I have been known to demonstrate the joy of hitting F11 to give a nice big screen to them - to exclamations of joy.”

I find that that's done by replacing the monitor with a bigger one…

Microsoft dishes out six critical updates

Quirkafleeg
Linux

I didn't have to wait until Tuesday

… because I got my patches on Sunday.

(Found out via IRC, looked up the details, checked them, patched, rebuilt, installed and rebooted. No problems, and yes, I did check that the bug was fixed.)

EU investigates Microsoft's OOXML campaign

Quirkafleeg
Coat

@Mats Koraeus

Office 2700, eh? Well I never.

Sky broadband customers blindsided by SMTP switch-off

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Email headers, rewriting, evilness of

They should – at most – be adding a Sender header, not rewriting the From header and, perhaps implicitly, the Reply-To header (remember, the default is whatever's in the From header).

Perhaps it's as well that I don't use $ky.

EU to ban the patio heaters that ate the planet. Not.

Quirkafleeg
Flame

Re: To Chris G:

“Also, a huge project to arm everyone would reduce the criminal and non-criminal population alike.”

Well, that's one way to reduce our carbon footprint…

RealPlayer dinged by software watchdog group

Quirkafleeg
Boffin

Re: Any Alternative for BBC broadcasts?

The BBC don't seem to have caught onto the fact that Iceweasel = Firefox, so for me, the Windows Media option remains available. Many such streams work fine with xineplayer (using ffmpeg's codecs); those which don't are streamed over MS RTSP. (It's a bit odd that they do that – if you can get hold of the stream's URL, you can turn it into an mms:// one and get the same stream that way.)

VOIP and the web baffle Brit spook wiretappers

Quirkafleeg
Black Helicopters

What a crock of sh*t

“And I've always been suspicious of the claim that Skype was impervious to tapping because of its "end to end encryption".”

Yes. That'd be all three ends.

Spotted in the wild: Home router attack serves up counterfeit pages

Quirkafleeg
Linux

Re: resolv.conf

> One command from CLI.

> print "nameserver 192.168.1.1" > resolv.conf

Wrong. "print" is an alias of "run-mailcap". You meant this:

echo 'nameserver 192.168.1.1' >resolv.conf

US boffins create darkest material ever

Quirkafleeg
Alien

Re: What about the physics?

A 2 thousand billion ton heatsink? Would be good for anybody going flare-riding…

Most home routers 'vulnerable to remote take-over'

Quirkafleeg
Alert

Re: Has everyone missed the point…

"if you don't go to dodgy websites in the first place where these people are likely to have put the crafted flash" - hmm, rogue advertising banners, anybody?

MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft

Quirkafleeg
Linux

i386 plugins on amd64

http://gwenole.beauchesne.info/en/projects/nspluginwrapper

… which is packaged for various Linux distributions, e.g. Debian:

http://packages.debian.org/nspluginwrapper

Becta excludes Vista, Office - again

Quirkafleeg

@Andy S

> Did anybody actually own an acorn outside of a school?

Of course. And some of us still do own Acorn computers or their descendants, and some of them still see regular use. These things were built to last :-)

BOFH: Memory short circuit

Quirkafleeg
Stop

Re: bah to "1 pound note" conspiracy theorists

Maybe that's because those of us who don't (didn't?) get that misconcept remember using pound notes…

Fully patched PCs are a rare breed

Quirkafleeg
Linux

Re: Patching your computer...

Slowdown? I've not noticed any slowdown…

Hackers turn Cleveland into malware server

Quirkafleeg
Boffin

Unrouteable addresses

192.0.2.0/24 (192.0.2.1 to 192.0.2.254) is guaranteed unrouteable.

US switches off the incandescent lightbulb

Quirkafleeg

LED bulbs

http://www.reuk.co.uk/Pharox-240V-LED-Lightbulbs.htm

Not quite there yet, though - these are equivalent to 40W incandescent (according to that page) and somewhat expensive (ditto). I plan to wait for the 60W- and 75W-equivalent versions before I consider not using CF lighting.

Quirkafleeg
Coat

Re: Don't ignore the heating effect

In winter, wear thicker clothing…

BBC redesigns and 'widgetizes' homepage

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Re: @The clock!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/home/beta/object/clock/tiny.swf

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