* Posts by Sloth77

12 posts • joined 24 Oct 2016

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

Sloth77

I told them about this months ago....

Can't believe they still havn't fixed it.

FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

Sloth77

if we can put a man on the moon, we can...

- cure cancer

- solve world hunger

- divide by zero

- have crypto backdoors

- <insert other ridiculous claim here>

UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club

Sloth77

Re: Doctor, where have you been all this time ?

"P.S. No... I do NOT have any problems playing games, talking on Skype, etc. etc. etc. Never have had. And I forward precisely ZERO ports."

Most likely you are playing games that do not require peer-to-peer access between players. Some games, particularly Xbox games, but also PC (eg. Elite Dangerous) do require it however and won't work without either uPnP or manual port fowarding.

As regards Skype, I suspect it falls back to a centralised server (ie. middleman) approach if it cannot establish a direct connection between users.

Android P to improve users' network privacy

Sloth77

Great, there go the useful Wifi utilities

Yet another nail in the coffin, after the process listing API got nerfed.

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

Sloth77

> 2. Retina displays - are these really neccessary?

Yes IMO. Look at the difference between an iPhone 3GS & 4 (or newer). It is night and day (providing you have half decent eye sight). Anything beyond Apple's "retina" pixel density is less arguable.

Agree with all your other points tho...

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

Sloth77

Re: I can't help feeling...

It's $600 not £600 - and that is for the Wifi+4G version. The Wifi only version is $499, which is actually only about £350 in GBP.

And I got it for £236 as an early backer :-)

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

Sloth77

Ironic...

The UK equifax site offers a "Equifax Protect" service:

"Equifax is ideally placed to help businesses if they experience a data breach"

https://www.equifax.co.uk/data-breach/react.html

They *really* should take that page down....

'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

Sloth77

Re: I'm confused

"I'm not sure why more banks don't give customers hardware gizmos Like Nationwide BS or Barclays in the UK do. Can't cost more than a fiver and must pay for themselves with fraud prevention?"

Because they're a royal PITA? I carry enough crap in my pockets without a separate gizmo for each service requiring 2FA.

'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore

Sloth77

Enough with the cute names already!

Do we really need 'cute' names for vulnerabilities? Seems to me that security research these days is more about showmanship than actually securing software....

</rant>

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

Sloth77

Re: The encryption horse is free

"Did you join up today to astro-turf on behalf of the Home Office?

Lets look at what you forgot:"

No, you are missing the subtlety here. They are not bothered about end-to-end encryption between customer and service, ie me -> Google, because Google is able to decrypt the information and simply pass it to the goverment. As they do already.

What they are bothered about is end-to-end encryption directly between users. Because then the only people that can decrypt it are the two users. And as it was previously pointed out, this type of encryption is fairly rare.

So:

Online banking.

Placing orders online with Amazon, eBay, Tesco etc etc.

Paying for anything via PayPal

Securely sending your password to your email provider to get your mail

Logging into pretty well any other service.

Are all perfectly safe. At least in theory. Unless the government change their mind....

Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

Sloth77

I'm not sure that's a valid analogy as the first two examples are of something you "have" and the last is something you "know". Once the person has returned the keys, they are no longer able to access. But giving the password gives them permanent access until you change it.

Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

Sloth77

Yes, every piece of software has bugs. But not every piece of software is directly accessible from the Internet. And a "horrendous UI" is not a security issue (normally).

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