* Posts by RichardBarrell

11 posts • joined 11 Oct 2010

Broadband internet in New York is so garbage, the state's suing Charter

RichardBarrell
Happy

The sub heading made me giggle. Well done. ♥

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LG's $1,300 5K monitor foiled by Wi-Fi: Screens go blank near hotspots

RichardBarrell

Re: Did someone not do their EMC/FCC/CE testing then?

> "can even cause the connected Macs to freeze, requiring a restart." (? what's freezing here: the screen, the Mac, both?)

At a guess, it could be something like: the monitor goes faulty and repeatedly attaches and detaches from the display output on the Mac's video card; the Mac has to change the window manager & video card state when a monitor is attached or detached; the rapid toggling tickles a bug in the video driver or window manager, leading it to freeze; and you don't normally experience that bug because it's not normal to be able to repeatedly plug and unplug a monitor that quickly without a hardware fault.

Or maybe when the monitor's bugged it does something amusing like sending totally bogus EDID information that tickles a bug somewhere. "I have a width of -3200 pixels and I want to be driven at 4MHz" or something equally silly.

Given the complete uselessness of faulty hardware, bugs which only occur when you have faulty hardware plugged in aren't top of the priority list to fix. It's pretty reasonable that a problem like that could be left lying around for years.

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WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

RichardBarrell

Re: Counting

Tumblr host sites on lots of domains. If you own a domain name and have a Tumblr blog, you can configure both so Tumblr will serve your blog on that name. e.g. http://tumblr.snipe.net/ is one - the domain doesn't end in ".tumblr.com", it belongs to someone else. These probably are the ones being counted. It's very plausible that as many as 160k domains have been set up like this; Tumblr have lots and LOTS of users.

Tumblr also have a lot of subdomains, which must not have been counted. Tumblr serve every blog on its own subdomain. e.g. http://dooktrain.tumblr.com/ is a blog posting pictures of ferrets (and maybe other stuff, I didn't look). Tumblr have a LOT more than 160k registered blogs: as far as I can tell, well into the hundreds of millions. One estimate I saw put it at 300 million this July.

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Google machine-guns unpopular social products

RichardBarrell

Google Gears

Google Gears wasn't a pile of social network-ey "Web2.0rhea". It was the prototype sandbox for a whole load of nifty client-side things, many of which have now made their way into the HTML5 standard. Like localStorage, for instance.

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Mixing network traffic types on Ethernet

RichardBarrell

Disk traffic trumps voice. Voice is still soft-realtime, but people won't notice a 5ms delay in their voice traffic. You darn well will notice sluggishness if someone adds 5ms extra delay to every disk seek.

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Experts suggest SSL changes to keep BEAST at bay

RichardBarrell

No. They do the javascript injection on some other site that doesn't have HTTPS turned on.

So you've got one browser tab on https://paypal.com, and another browser tab on http://any.other.site.com. Rizzo and Duong perform a MITM to inject some javascript into http://any.other.site.com, and the javascript on that page causes your browser to make more requests to https://paypal.com for them to eavesdrop on.

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RichardBarrell

3DES is just fine, Michael.

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RichardBarrell

No, SSL 3.0 has exactly the same issue that TLS 1.0 has.

You can think of TLS 1.0 as SSL 3.1 if you like. They're very similar. The name changed when it went from being led entirely by Netscape to being a standards-committee process.

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LG whips out dual-core Android smartphone

RichardBarrell

Re: "And how come no 2.3 already?"

2.3's stable release was only just this month. That isn't *nearly* enough time to put it (and all of LG's inevitable customisations to it) through anything like proper QA testing on the device.

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Intel plays Switzerland in the cloud wars

RichardBarrell

No love for software hippies?

'Whenever someone starts waving "standards," it is always a prelude to war.' - are you sure about the 'always' here? I mean, there are software hippies like the nonprofit Apache and Mozilla people, and they both seem to be pretty keen on standards.

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Commission proposes new EU cybercrime law

RichardBarrell

Re: Surely

You don't need to connect systems to the 'net for them to become compromised. Stuxnet has spread largely through infected USB sticks.

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