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Abusing HTTP Status Codes To Expose Private Info

Apatharch Re:Incognito anyways (133 comments)

The technique does depend on cookies (if indirectly), since social networking sites (and indeed any site using sessions) depend on cookies to maintain their sessions. Incognito mode doesn't block cookies; it just makes sure they're deleted once you close the browser, so it won't provide any defence against the "attack".

Also, it would be straightforward to adapt the technique to work in IE by using AJAX requests instead of script tags to query the URLs to be checked.

more than 3 years ago

New Red Dwarf Series Threatened By the Twitter Era

Apatharch Re:This is why (228 comments)

The trouble is it hasn't been Red Dwarf since series 6.

more than 3 years ago

UK ID Card Scheme Data Deleted For £400K

Apatharch Re:Let me do it (149 comments)

I know it's not the done thing to actually read the article, so:

The destruction will be carried out by a a CESG accredited and approved supplier, securely and in accordance with established secure destruction policy, procedures and guidelines, Green said. These include compliance with the HMS IA Standard No. 5-Secure Sanitisation of Protectively Marked Sensitive Information. Physical equipment holding the data will be degaussed and physically shredded.

more than 3 years ago

Is Wired Hiding Key Evidence On Bradley Manning?

Apatharch Re:Fallout... (381 comments)

If journalists were in the habit of providing legal support to their sources once outed, and Manning had also been confirmed as Wikileaks' source (which they have consistently denied), then you might have had an argument there.

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

Apatharch Re:On the contrary (1348 comments)

I don't know whether it was an editor* or the author of the article himself (my bet's on the latter), but whoever chose the title "Desktop Linux: The Dream Is Dead" was undoubtedly trolling. (*At PCWorld, I mean, not /.)

more than 3 years ago

Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Apatharch Re:I went one further (1260 comments)

Yes it is. Insofar as using infinity as an arithmetical value is valid, 10/infinity = 9/infinity = 1/infinity = 0.

more than 3 years ago

Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

Apatharch Re:Technically, yes, except .... (485 comments)

Nice idea, assuming the traffic cops enforce the laws reasonably. If, on the other hand, they're prone to issuing tickets excessively, this would only give them greater latitude to do so.

more than 3 years ago

Europe Proposes International Internet Treaty

Apatharch Re:Europe? (116 comments)

Maybe it was these guys?

about 4 years ago

Intel Threatens DMCA Using HDCP Crack

Apatharch Well done Intel (373 comments)

You've found a foolproof way to protect your obsolescent DRM. After all, it worked so well for DVD/CSS.

about 4 years ago

Neal Stephenson Unveils His Digital Novel Platform

Apatharch Re:No thanks (157 comments)

So you're saying I should buy a $500 iPad and pay $10/year to read a website novel that I might not even like?

So you're saying I should buy a $30,000 car and pay $3/gallon to drive it?

Well, if you want to stay true to the analogy, it's more like paying $30,000 for a car, $3/gal to drive it, and there's only one road in existence.

And you don't know how long it is or where it leads.

about 4 years ago

Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

Apatharch Re:Uh (830 comments)

I don't think the claim is entirely implausible; 25MB of code may well suffice to simulate the human brain if it was written in something like brainfuck.

I do however disagree with the assertion:

The genome is not the program; it's the data.

The difficulty in truly understanding the genome is that it's both program and data.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Source Outed To Stroke Hacker's Own Ego

Apatharch Re:I don't care (347 comments)

At least in the US, we are not at the stage yet where the military can openly admit that they are beginning an ongoing operation whose objective is to slaughter civillians en masse, and not expect to get an overwhelmingly negative response frmo the public....

That's because they can just label them "terrorists" instead of "civilians".

more than 4 years ago

Does the Internet Make Humanity Smarter Or Dumber?

Apatharch Re:Of course it can... (282 comments)

Arguing on slashdot makes you ________.

-1 Troll?

more than 4 years ago

London's Mayor Promises London-Wide Wireless For 2012 Olympics

Apatharch Re:Has Boris thought.... (130 comments)

For those who didn't read the article (i.e. most Slashdotters), the phrase "This will most likely require some sort of payment..." seems to imply some form of access control and thus user tracking, so it wouldn't run afoul of the DE bill anyway.

more than 4 years ago

Digital Economy Bill Passed In the UK

Apatharch Re:FYI: (384 comments)

No, we just wish he was incarcerated.

PS. I think the word you were actually looking for is "incarnate", but nice Freudian slip.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

Apatharch Re:Automation (951 comments)

What if eventually any job you can do can be done better and more cheaply by an AI? What should happen to you then?

Then the job should be done by an AI, and you should train for a job that can't be so economically automated. It's not like this issue hasn't come up before with the advent of robotic assembly lines and, well, any kind of automation technology ever.

Or setting a precedent that just because some people are stupid/ignorant it's OK to mistreat them (see the electroshock proponents above).

We're not just talking about general ignorance/stupidity here; we're talking about someone's ability to do their job. If they lack that ability then they should be trained further or replaced. It's that simple.

more than 4 years ago

Pirates as a Marketplace

Apatharch Re:I don't think anybody should pirate anything (214 comments)

Sure, if you take something which doesn't belong to you (and without permission of course) you are a thief.

However, making a perfect duplicate of something without diminishing the original is not the same as taking it.

more than 4 years ago

Man Arrested For RuneScape MMORPG Online Robbery

Apatharch Re:Interstellar kredits (118 comments)

They deliberately misspelled the word so that the acronym would match the ISO 4217 code for the Icelandic Krona.

more than 4 years ago

Man Arrested For RuneScape MMORPG Online Robbery

Apatharch Re:EBank theft (118 comments)

I think it's also worth emphasising that it was only the sale of in-game currency for cash which got Ricdic's account banned, not the actual theft. If he had kept the cash in-game, he wouldn't have been subject to sanctions from CCP at all.

Referencing the original BBC News article:

Ricdic has now been thrown out of the game as trading in-game cash for real money is against Eve Online's terms and conditions.

The rules governing play within Eve would not have sanctioned Ricdic if he had simply stolen the cash and used it in the game, nor if he had bought kredits with real dollars.

Of course the nature of this particular theft doesn't really relate to the RuneScape account theft since it occurred within the rules of the game in question; describing it as "similar illegal activity" is misleading at best.

more than 4 years ago


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