* Posts by Seajay

9 posts • joined 27 Apr 2012

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars


Re: sent to space in 2004... carrying pieces of the World Trade Center

I think they were building it right about the time - more info here


Ticketmaster gatecrash: Gig revelers' personal, payment info glimpsed by support site malware


The third party don't need the credit card details. However, the "chatbot" javascript from the third party will have been included in the ticketmaster webages. If that javascript coming from the third party is then hacked, it can basically do anything it wants on the ticketmaster page - including keylogging everything that happens and sending a copy to wherever the bad actors want it to go.

Ticketmaster's own processes for credit card details etc may be secure, but the third party code obviously wasn't

Android apps prove a goldmine for dodgy password practices


Re: XKCD has been totuting the complexity angle for years

I think it falls to dictionary attacks because instead of picking totally random words, people tend to pick real phrases instead. So the title of a movie, or their favourite band, or a line from a poem. That's easy to crack with dictionary attacks.

What is being suggested in the xkcd is not vulnerable to dictionary attack however - if you actually select random unconnected words, the entropy is very large.

Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row


Re: all this focus on pho...

Shirley the bigger concern is that their developers are able to get that off their secure network...

That is serious - and don't call me Shirley.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


"To me, that looks like a way … to draw a cock'n'balls visible from the ISS."

That just made me spray tea all over my desk. Just imagining the crew of the space station watching, as selective blackouts draw that 700 mile long picture across the UK...

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'


Re: For once I am with the plaintiffs

...until the planet was wiped out by a disease from a dirty telephone (having sent the telephone sanitisers off world on the B Ark). So in truth, it was only those on the B Ark that survived after all!

Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack


Re: They gave him their password

Not really - the person who steals your house keys from the car, breaks into your house and nicks your stuff is still breaking the law - whether your insurance company will give you the money back is a completely different thing. Same here. Whilst you may be a bit dim in giving out your details to a phisher, that doesn't make it lawful for the phisher to use them. As with an unlocked house, just because you CAN access a computer system doesn't mean that it is lawful for you to do so.

Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield


Re: Pragmatic

Fairly sure I don't drink 100 gallons of water a day...

Basic instinct: how we used to code


Was I the only one to have something different?

My first computer was a TI-99/4a which my Grandad bought me for Christmas in 1982. It had solid state cartridges for games etc, but also could be programmed in TI-BASIC (plus I had the "extended basic" cartridge). I remember spending ages on one project, only to get half way through my fantastic game concept, for the machine to tell me it had run out of memory... AArrggh!

I did then rewire the joystick ports to connect to home made pressure pads under the carpet made out of bin-liners/bubble wrap and tin foil, so that I could sound an alarm and record when my 'orrible little brother was sneaking into my bedroom - that worked really well actually... :-D

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