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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

DNX Blandy Another reason to try and go open-source (322 comments)

That's just insane! Microsoft have bended them over a table and in a gimp suit and stuck the gobstopper up their arse. We are a medium sized company and we are seriously looking at moving, as much as possible, away from Microsoft and on to open-source. I think my company should pay me half of what it would have cost us in MS licenses ;)

about 5 months ago

German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

DNX Blandy 130000€ to clean them! (347 comments)

For 130,000€, I'll go over there right now and clean them all myself. Only 170 boxes so even if it takes a month, not really a problem eh.

about a year ago

How To Communicate Faster-Than-Light

DNX Blandy If it were possible... (265 comments)

April fools i know but, The Speed of Light is simply that, a recognised speed. If I was travelling 10 light seconds at twice the SOL, I would get there in around 5 secs depending on massive magnetic interference. Something could not arrive b4 it's sent, a tiny fraction over 0 yes. I don't believe travelling at the SOL slows time, mearly presents a huge issue where hitting a tiny particle would be a disaster xD the forces involved would be insane. I could also be wrong but prove it!

about a year and a half ago

Systemd Ditches GNU C Library for Their Own

DNX Blandy Stupid idea slashdot (92 comments)

How 2 piss your users off, do something stupid. This better be back 2 normal tmoz. I read slashdot daily as an awesome news feed. April fools or not, I'm not amused. Will go somewhere else if not sorted.

about a year and a half ago

Tracking the Web Trackers

DNX Blandy Re:So why aren't you protecting yourself? (97 comments)

I disable cookies and ONLY allow the sites I want. I use Firefox and ABP (Ad Block Plus). They can have my IP but that's all they will get. I hate the advertising companies as on some sites, especially when downloading, they swamp the whole page with "Download" buttons which look like the download buttons from the actual website they are advertising on. Total nightmare!

about a year and a half ago

Cryptographers Break Commonly Used RC4 Cipher

DNX Blandy Re:RC4 has been broken for years (90 comments)

I'm no expert with regards to symmetric encryption granted, but I do know a lot about it. It makes RC4 look like plain-text in comparison. I disagree with regards to using a larger key as it means there is a lot more overlap when rotating the key, why have key(x) when you can have key(x, y)? It's technically as easy hence the speed is only just slightly slower, a fraction. The problem with keys that are 256 is the rotation. I came to the conclusion that there wasn't enough scope to randomize it enough hence the 64K key. I did numerous custom tests with a 256 key and I wasn't satisfied. It doesn't waste any computation and also I found it very good at securing large files. I still can't believe that RC4 is still used with the likes of WEP, SSL. In the end, it'll never get used and just be my own personal symmetric encryption algo :)

about a year and a half ago

Cryptographers Break Commonly Used RC4 Cipher

DNX Blandy RC4 has been broken for years (90 comments)

I run tests on RC4 years ago, run it thru a plain text file full of the same char repeated and then run through RC4, guess what? Oh the password is showing every 256 chars, hence the "weak" key. I developed a newer version of RC4 called RC64, uses a 64K (65536 or 256 ^ 2) key. The randomisation process is very complex and the algo was only just slightly slower than RC4, which is very fast anyway. A graphical representation of the 64K key visualized pure white-noise when the key was viewed in grey-scale. They need to start using mine me thinks :) Oh, and in a 50MB file full of the same repeated char, the password was not even hinted at and no 4 bytes were the same.

about a year and a half ago

Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Robot or Android?

DNX Blandy Bender... (608 comments)

Bender for sure so kiss my shiny metal ass :P

more than 2 years ago

End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare

DNX Blandy Scaremongering as usual (646 comments)

It wont make any difference, the 2 main ways viruses etc get into a machine is: 1). Browser 2). Email. The router acts as a natural firewall so it's all down to the browser, anti-virus and the user being a bit savv and looking out for anything that's not right. Security nightmare my arse! We already have a security nightmare and it's the users fault mainly for not watching out.

more than 2 years ago

What is your most productive time of day?

DNX Blandy When I go for a dump :) (185 comments)

Seriously, I've had some proper brain-storms when having a dump, nothing else to do while on there and it does get u away from the computer for a few minutes which I think helps.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

DNX Blandy Experience (480 comments)

Funny you should be in this situation as I starting working from home 2 years ago and I've been ok. I travel to our main office 270 miles away every 4-6 weeks but travel expenses are paid for. I have a room with an office setup in my house and do try and keep the door closed. I do miss the office atmosphere but in all, I have no problems and work like I would from the office, (OK sometimes I get distracted!).

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Warns of Critical Zero Day Vulnerability

DNX Blandy Ditch Adobe PDF Reader (236 comments)

I've read numerous forums ages ago on ppl agreeing how sh!t Adobe Reader is. Use another one like PDFXChange or something. An why is the Adobe Reader install so large? PDFXChange is tiny in comparison.

more than 2 years ago

Hotmail Mobile Usage Spikes Thanks To Apple iOS 5

DNX Blandy Could do this in iOS v4 anyway! (122 comments)

Hotmail Mobile Exchange Server: Enable SSL User Pass Done.

more than 2 years ago

The State of Hacked Accounts

DNX Blandy Third party websites (69 comments)

The reason Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook accounts get hacked is because of the shitty third party websites like those little small "gameing" sites, they get hacked and guess what? Oh! the user has used the SAME password for for their main email accounts. If people used just 2 passwords, this would stop their primary email accounts getting compromised. 1 main password for main account, and another for the shitty freebee websites which will probably get hacked. Simple!

more than 2 years ago

Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

DNX Blandy Normal passwords are becoming useless (615 comments) runs numerous tools for this and with some users GPU rigs going totally insane: 4 x ATI Radeon 6990 throwing MD5 hashes out @ 45.7 Billion/sec, that's mixalpha-numeric password of length 8 in 1 hr 20 mins and then we can start on the dictionaries / hybrib-dictionaries / case-mutations / etc. The way passwords are used / stored is becoming broken by design.

more than 3 years ago

I prefer my (non-technical) books to be ...

DNX Blandy Multiple-choice (390 comments)

I like them printed and bound, then converted into a film :) brings a whole new dimension to the original book with the film visual effects / characters.

more than 4 years ago

Are You Using SPF Records?

DNX Blandy Re:They help, but only slightly! (263 comments)

I have multiple mail servers from different companies from which I check the SPF lookups via the logs but, if I was having problems, I would use the soft fail. As yet, I've not had to. I Agree with you, the time for excuses are past.

more than 4 years ago

Are You Using SPF Records?

DNX Blandy Re:They help, but only slightly! (263 comments)

Clearly I do not suffer from "Asperger's Syndrome" lol, and I do actually ask the question as to why it's needed, which the comment below happy provides :)

more than 4 years ago

Are You Using SPF Records?

DNX Blandy They help, but only slightly! (263 comments)

I also use SPF records for all my domains, most are simply: "v=spf1 a mx -all". "-all" as in hard fail. I don't know why there is a soft fail "~all" option, if it's not from a known host / IP, it should fail. What's the point in returning an unknown response? Like as if there was no SPF record in the first place? It's amazing how many domains actually use soft fail. Anyone know why? They only help stop backscatter and other IPs from sending emails from as long as the other mail server does a SPF lookup. We have become dependant on the email protocol and the way it works, pitty it's in such a mess :( Damn you SPAMBOTS!!!

more than 4 years ago



Num of emails sent by code you've written to date.

DNX Blandy DNX Blandy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DNX Blandy (666359) writes "I have written code to send emails alerts etc to registered users on our databases, and working out numbers, I'm easily in the 10,000,000+ range due to the size of the databases involved, but it's not SPAM, all emails were registered properly by the owners. Anyway, poll idea is below:

Number of emails sent be code you've written to date...

1 — 1,000
1,000 — 100,000
100,000 — 1,000,000
1,000,000 — 10,000,000
10,000,000 +

DNX Blandy DNX Blandy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DNX Blandy (666359) writes "Favourite electronic sci-fi character?

Bender (Futurama)
C3PO (Starwars)
R2D2 (Starwars)
Criton (Red Dwarf)
Holly (Red Dwarf)
790 (Lexx)
Marvin (Hitchhikers Guide)


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