* Posts by Crisp

2488 posts • joined 16 Jan 2012

CES tech show adds new security checks after fears of violence

Crisp

Bags and backpacks with many pockets are not helpful.

Neither is groping every attendee and rifling through their stuff.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

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Re: One thing I learned on Elite...

Docking computers are a waste of money.

If you can't dock without losing your paintwork, you shouldn't be in space.

- Paraphrased from The Dark Wheel.

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UK police cuff suspect over VTech toy hack

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Flame

The real question is why hasn't anyone at VTech been arrested?

Adding my voice to what Guus has said above;

Why aren't VTech being held accountable for this? They've not lost anything trivial like their customers bank details or their credit card information. They've practically left the door open for hackers to walk off with the unencrypted details of over 6,370,000 children.

Craig Jones advising consumers to follow cyber-security advice is a poor sop to angry parents that have done nothing wrong and are quite rightly concerned that their children's details are out there on the internet and available to people that might not have their childrens best interests at heart.

You can follow all the cyber-security advice you like, but it will do you no good if they company storing your data gets breached.

What are the parents of these 6,370,000 children supposed to do? Move house and change all their phones? What deterrent will be put in place to remind companies that our data is valuable to us and will cause us a material harm if it is not kept safe?

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Curiosity Rover digs into humanity's first alien sand dune

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Go

If Curiosity can scoop sand...

Then there's every chance it can rack up another first. The first sandcastle on an alien world!

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Rupert Murdoch wants Google and chums to be g-men's backdoor men

Crisp

The US public "want safety over privacy"?

If only someone had seen this kind of tyranny coming... Oh wait! Someone did!

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" - Ben Franklin

Over 200 years ago!

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SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

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Coat

Focus!

Maybe if Elon Musk spent more time on his rockets and less time doing cameos in sitcoms he might actually get around to landing a rocket booster on a barge one day!

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GCHQ Christmas Card asks YOU the questions

Crisp

It's a Nonogram.

It's a Nonogram.

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ISS 'nauts prepare for Cygnus space truck consensual grappling

Crisp

All it needs is The Blue Danube as a sound track.

See title.

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Dailymotion hit by malvertising attack as perpetrators ‘up their game'

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Malicious adverts?

That's all of them isn't it?

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ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

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Nethack got me started on roguelike games. Angband made me love them.

And then Hengband. Which is absolutely awesome for killing half an hour while TFS decides if my code will build or not.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: My headstone shall say

Or Google+

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Hacker predicts AMEX card numbers, bypasses chip and PIN

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Re: Great job AMEX, because secuity by obscurity works so well

The really scary thing is that their algorithm is predictable. From what I gather from the article, from a single card number, you can predict what the replacement card number and expiry date will be.

So all I have to do is steal your card, wait for it to be reported lost or stolen, and then I can quite happily start spending money on your replacement card. I don't even need to know the pin. I can just pretend to swipe a dummy card with that gadget in my palm and just put a signature down.

Whoever implemented that algorithm needs to be sentenced to life at an Amazon warehouse.

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Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

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Thumb Up

Randall Munroe on El Reg?

We are not worthy!

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

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Surely this is criminal behaviour

If someone sells me a lock for my front door knowing that it can be opened with a screwdriver, then they haven't sold me the secure lock that I thought I'd bought.

It's high time that manufacturers were held accountable for the security holes that they leave in their products. These issues cost real people time and money to fix, and they can be so easily avoided with a little bit of diligence.

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

Crisp

People without advanced tech knowledge are absolutely allowed to write about technology

They just aren't very good at it.

Source: Clare Foges

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

Crisp

Make sure that the BBFC is doing their job properly.

Insert a few hundred frames of something in there to make absolutely sure that they watched the whole thing closely.

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Astronomers catch first sighting of a planet's birth pangs

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Coat

Re: Either way

You can do the same thing by watching Dave.

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Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

Crisp

Re: "If our electricity supply, or our air traffic control, were.....attacked online,

We're quite good at attacking our own air traffic control.

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Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty

Crisp

Ultrafast?

Like Sweden had ten years ago?

I can't wait!

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

Crisp

Re: Everyone is going to need to start running a TOR relay.

The idea isn't to do all my surfing using TOR.

The idea is to soak up my excess bandwidth with a lot of extra data by running a TOR relay node. This then provides The Powers That Be with an awful lot of encrypted chaff to separate from my encrypted wheat.

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Crisp

Everyone is going to need to start running a TOR relay.

If the government wants information, then I'll give them more information than they can handle.

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TalkTalk to swallow £35m ‘financial impact’ after attack

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"TalkTalk takes the security of customers’ data extremely seriously"

Since when!?!

Obviously this is some new meaning of the word seriously that can only be found in the Urban Dictionary.

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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I'm not sure that I entirely believe Hannigan.

"People and business in the UK should use encryption to protect themselves. "

Good. I agree with that. I don't want someone pinching my credit card number or masquerading as me online.

" All the government is saying is information needed for national security and serious crime purposes should not be beyond the lawful, warranted reach of the state when the need arises."

I understand that. But what that means is that the government wants us to have weak encryption that can be broken, or some kind of other method of decrypting the content of a transmission. And they want this method in place without anything that can be described as a "backdoor".

The fact remains that if the encryption is weak, then it can be broken by anybody. If there's a second method of decrypting the content, then that method can be discovered by anybody. The end result is the same.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Crisp

Unexpected Science

Picture the scene:

You're quite happily going about your day when suddenly...

Unexpected Science!

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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

Crisp

Re: hummocky

I had to look up that word too :

"Hummocky cross-stratification is a type of sedimentary structure found in sandstones. It is a form of cross-bedding usually formed by the action of large storms, such as hurricanes. It takes the form of a series of "smile"-like shapes, crosscutting each other."

I learnt something new!

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UK lawmakers warn Blighty to invest more in science, or else

Crisp

How about free university places for STEM subjects?

At the moment about the only thing you're guaranteed to get after a three year engineering degree is a £36,000 debt.

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

Crisp

Equip each guard with a butterfly net.

This solution wont work. But it will be fun to see prison guards running around with butterfly nets trying to catch drones.

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OmniRAT malware scurrying into Android, PC, Mac, Linux systems

Crisp

I've got four of them.

They are adorable little creatures.

Although training them is a lot harder than programming a computer.

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

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Re: With a dome is your survival is utterly reliant on a single breakable thing

So we need a double skinned dome! If one of them breaks, you've got another redundant backup to hold the atmosphere in while you make repairs.

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Boffin

Re: Or, maybe, we could reverse the direction of the [solar] wind..

Of course! Reverse the polarity!

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

Crisp

How does Dido Harding sleep at night?

I'm guessing she sleeps fitfully on a big pile of other peoples money.

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Biggest problem with virtual reality: It can be a little too real for people

Crisp

Re: "using a small tethered black hole"

Good idea, but why go to all the trouble when you can simply tile the floor in gravity plating?

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

Crisp

They aren't even pretending to hide their snooping now.

What's it going to take to convince them this is a bad idea? Everyone in the UK putting on a Guy Fawkes mask and marching down to London?

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

Crisp

I'm sure that this will be just like RIPA

And it will only be used against pedoterrorists.

And we all know how well that turned out don't we....

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Re: Say 'No' to puns based on Phil Collins/Genesis song titles

DavCrav showing his True Colours there :)

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Met makes fourth TalkTalk arrest, this time a London teen

Crisp

How much evidence do they expect to find?

I'm no criminal mastermind, but I'd have thought that when the news story broke and people started getting arrested, anyone involved would have deleted absolutely everything that could possibly contain any forensic data.

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

Crisp

You can take my encryption out of my cold dead hands,

See title.

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E-mail crypto is as usable as it ever was, say boffins

Crisp

Re: Fuck, what's happened to Alice and Bob?

Murder suicide pact. Eve was devastated.

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Crisp

So where can I get your public key?

I'd have thought that the only truly safe way to get someone's public key would be to meet them in person or go to a key party.

NO! Not that kind of key party! This kind of party!

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Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot

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Go

It's an Evel Knievel Stunt Bike!

Just scaled up.

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'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

Crisp

So there's no intention to weaken encryption or provide back doors

Except that Baroness Shields says in the next breath "that companies that provide end-to-end encrypted applications [...] must be subject to decryption and that information handed over to law enforcement "in extremis"." blatantly contradicting herself.

The trouble is, any mechanism that enables the government to ask for decryption "in extremis" means that there's a mechanism there to be exploited by other people that might want to see my data.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

Crisp

Re: 18.4 million terabytes?

That should be enough for anybody...

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TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

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The age of criminal responsibilty

Is 10 apparently.

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US Army bug hunters in 'state of fear' that sees flaws go unreported

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Coat

Is this going to be a standup fight, sir, or another bughunt?

When else are you ever going to get the chance to use that line?

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TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)

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What qualifies Dido Harding to run a major broadband provider?

A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a peerage apparently. No wonder she doesn't have a clue about all this new fangled encryption and stuff.

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UK MPs have right old whinge about ‘defunct’ Wilson Doctrine

Crisp

Well if those MP's have nothing to hide...

Then they've got nothing to fear surely?

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CIA boss uses AOL email – and I hacked it, claims stoner teen

Crisp

What is it about stoners and hacking?

Does smoking pot give people hacking superpowers or something?

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

Crisp

The music in this game was awesome

I remember getting the demo tape off the front of a magazine for this and on the B side they had the music from the arcade version.

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

Crisp
Paris Hilton

I've got a similar device

It's basically a kettle lead with the end cut off and an exposed live wire.

(Why is there no BOFH icon?)

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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

Crisp

How do these cars cope with motorcyclists?

How do they compare to regular human meat drivers when it comes to spotting them?

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