* Posts by Susan Vash

9 posts • joined 26 Sep 2012

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

Susan Vash

"""The app dev said it had invested $250,000 in an utterly charming app that allowed users to find pictures of their friends' friends in bikinis"""


Another reason as to why I refuse to use FaceBook. I may not be missed, but at least my skimpy's are not public display.

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe

Susan Vash

"""... 330Mbps, which the infrastructure business reckons is seven times the current UK average."""

Well instead of giving some peeps a rather delightful 330Mbs, would OpenReach kindly like to provide me with something greater than 14Mbps.

At a supposed average of ~47Mbps, I still get less than 1 third of that - just because (and I love this), "it is not financially viable to put a line in" - I call bullshit; with 20+ houses, of which at least are populated with IT people; I'm sure it would be viable.

OpenReach BT need to pull their collective thumbs out of their collective arses and get the rest of the county up to speed first.

NatWest customer services: We're aware of security glitch

Susan Vash
Paris Hilton

So just to be clear. The bank ask for the nth digit of your password and compare it to what?

Doesn't this method of security (asking for 3 out of n digits/characters of your password) require that the password is itself stored in plain text or did I miss the bleeding obvious (yes, yes, I guess you could encrypt the password, but do you decrypt it into secure memory? and do you keep the encryption key safe?).

Paris as the dumb-blonde look may yet come back to haunt me :D

Must go faster, must go faster! Oracle lobs Java EE into GitHub, vows rapid Java SE releases

Susan Vash

Write once - Exploit everywhere; I thought (or at least hoped) Java was on its way out.

And frankly I fail to see how speeding up releases helps outside of an advertising gimmick for 'Orable

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

Susan Vash

123 are indeed a bunch of cowboys. I've been billed for domains that I've let expire - sometimes two or three years after their expiry, I've been billed for whois protection for domains not owned by me, and their control panel ... just don't get me started.

For an IT company in this day and age, they are fucking useless at pretty much everything they do and their prices are frankly laughable.

G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

Susan Vash

""You have created messaging applications which are encrypted end to end, they are being used by terrorists and criminals to hide their murderous plans. You must ensure that these dark places can be illuminated by the law...""

Forgive me for being blonde but ... surely if my sister Alice writes and encrypts a letter using a <insert funky cipher here>, and sends to via snail mail to her brother Bob who then decodes said letter using a previously agreed phrase/key the powers at be are quite simply royally shafted?

As far as I can see that is end-to-end (albeit slow, esp. given the UK's stunning postal service) encryption that simply cannot be broken assuming <funky cipher> is indeed decent.

Now, I cannot see that the authorities will a) know about said missive being sent, or indeed b) be in a position to intercept and read all communication (and in fact to determine my sister's ramblings are that of a mad-woman or a sophisticated "attack" on society).

Or have I have just given clue #1 to all the would be "terrorists" out there ?

Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

Susan Vash


"The Airlander may have a stake in the "largest aircraft by internal volume" charts, though most of this is taken up by gasbags rather than payload space."

Full of politicians then ?

NetBSD adds RPi Zero support with 7.1 release

Susan Vash

"Packages that get security fixes include the BIND DNS process,"

No, surely not. BIND? Getting a security fix? What is the world coming to?

New critical Java flaw claimed

Susan Vash

Is it just me or do I get the feeling that Oracle's heart is not really in this? They seem to have done a reasonable job with MySQL, so what's the problem with Java?


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