* Posts by CrashM

23 posts • joined 21 Feb 2013

Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Re: Terrorists are not stupid!

Well... Firstly, the Westminster Bridge attacker was just an angry random. Had he been an actual ISIS soldier and probably would have been better outfitted (software and hardware).

Secondly, Yeah i may have underestimated the time taken to write an encryption implementation but they could use one of the many open source implementations that have been security checked by hundreds of people. However creating their own IM that make use of dark networks like Tor (for that additional layer of security) would not be much of a challenge for an intermediate programmer.

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Terrorists are not stupid!

Do governments really believe that the terrorists are stupid? Do they think that the terrorists don't have even semi skilled programmers?

If you want to send secret messages and guarantee their security all you need to do with spend a few hours programming and you have your own instant messenger, using encryption you implemented yourself, sent though a server you control.

With all this attention on WhatsApp, Facebook and other popular instant messengers why would you use them for mission critical communication?

Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

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Quote: "But then someone could just call your api and do the same thing?"

They can call the intermediate API, but they can only do the things that the intermediate API is designed to do, not everything that the master API can do.

Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

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Interesting... I'm on PlusNet and getting the best speeds i have every gotten (Lancaster).

Hacktivist crew claims it launched last week's DDoS mega-attack

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WTF?

Costs

I don't understand why there needs to be legislation or additional costs associated with fixing this issue.

All you need to do is force the user to change the admin password the first time they log in to configure it. Coding wise, this is a minimal change and shouldn't incur much, if any, additional costs..

Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

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Re: Interesting

After it says file not found, go back.

Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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SSL?

There is no mention of make encryption illegal, therefore using SSL should be fine, and can you tell the difference between HTTPS and SSTP (SSL VPN).

The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Something wrong with C#?

Xamarin releases version 4.0 of its cross-platform mobile developer suite

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It would have to be a HEAVY discount... even a 50% discount would still have a rather extreme price.

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Massively overpriced for a small company that wants VS integration, but not "Business Features" or "Email Support". For 2 developers thats $4,000 per year. An MSDN subscription doesn't even cost that much.

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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How about bringing back some of the features that are in windows 7 but not windows 10 (like customization)

Each version of windows since 7 seems to include less and less features and more useless crap that no one is going to use.

TalkTalk hired BAE Systems' infosec bods before THAT hack

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Why?

Why ask BAE to look into your IT security? They don't even deal with their own IT security, they contract it out to CSC.

AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

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Because the free version doesn't include an On-Access scanner.

ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Re: Extra graphical capabilities of the spectrum 128 ?

Would the extra memory not have allowed for more/more detailed "textures"?

Lack of secure protocol puts US whistleblowers at risk, says ACLU

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The point?

Whats the point when it has already been established that the NSA has already infiltrated most/all or the trusted certificate authorities?

UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Easy Solution

Phone ISPs should provide a reverse Turing Test (like a vocal CAPTCHA) on their customers lines so we can filter out these automated calls. It would probably work for a lot of non automated cold calls too.

The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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If you want big corps to stop avoiding taxes you need to close the loopholes that allow them to do that.

However the government will not close these loopholes because most of the MPs will be taking full advantage of them to avoid tax themselves.

BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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How about giving customers access to control their own line speed and features... that way when they accidentally unplug their modem/router they don't lose a chunk of their speed for a week or 2.

EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

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Facepalm

Awesome... so now you can use up your entire monthly allowance in 54 seconds, assuming a 1GB allowance.

Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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WTF?

Witchhunt...

The government want to do away with something they are scared of (hackers), this is like the days of hunting down women for being good at maths or medicine!

FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Facepalm

Does this mean in the rest of europe they are called CIFs?

Report: AT&T dropping Facebook phone after dismal sales

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Facepalm

Facebook on mobiles

It's not that people don't want Facebook on their mobile... it's that they won't take it to take over their mobile.

Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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WTF?

Congrats Steve

Congrats Steve, you have screwed over another piece of software and doomed it to the grave... who is going to pay $6-20 per month for what google and libre office give away for free?

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