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How To Evade URL Filters With (Not-So) Fancy Math

EddyPearson Re:Simple defense: (162 comments)

"Since they are almost always pointed at evil sites anyways."

Are they? I'd say the opposite, DNS is often a must for naughty software, that way if the IP gets taken down you merely need to change a few A records...

Also you probably don't want to underestimate the number of, lets say streaming services (or any slightly more complex application) that make calls to IP addresses behind the scenes.

more than 4 years ago

Carl Sagan Sings

EddyPearson Yup. (183 comments)

This is absolutely fantastic.

more than 5 years ago

British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid

EddyPearson Re:This is absurd (340 comments)

Thats not how we do it in the UK mate. Here we make as many laws as possible, criminalizing as many people as we can. This so that when we decide we don't like them anymore there's a quick exit waiting. It also makes it easier for the police to root out the bad guys. When everybody has committed at least one crime, gives them leverage.

This was an embarressing oversight, normal service will be resumed shortly.

more than 4 years ago

Habitual Multitaskers Do It Badly

EddyPearson Women! (386 comments)

...Know your limits!

more than 4 years ago

URL Shortener tr.im To Go Community-Owned, Open Source

EddyPearson Re:URL Shortners Are Bad (145 comments)

"The Idea was to save some bandwidth"

No. It wasn't, and that's a really daft suggestion because the short URL redirects you to the target url, so actually you're adding a tiny overhead.

They were created to turn extrmemly long links (eg. google maps with lon+lat+cruft in the querystring) into easy to remember and easy to transfer short links. A job they do very well.

more than 5 years ago

XP Users Are Willing To Give Windows 7 a Chance

EddyPearson I... (720 comments)

...upgraded a low end netbook from Windows XP to Window 7 the other day.

I'm more than happy with it, you can dial down all the OTT UI stuff and make it look like XP, it runs all my existing programs, and actually gives a really welcome speed increases (no, really, it does, even on a cheap machine).

Time has come to upgrade lads.

more than 5 years ago

Parents Baffled By Science Questions

EddyPearson Re:Pardon? (656 comments)

"Daddy gave mommy a baby-seed that growed in her tummy until the baby was ready to be born."

This is something I've never understood. Sure, omit unnecessary details, but use real words.

more than 5 years ago

Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug

EddyPearson Riiiight... (388 comments)

...and what advantages over the spark plug does this rather expensive sounding method have?

more than 5 years ago

Radar Could Save Bats From Wind Turbines

EddyPearson So... (116 comments)

1. Locate wind farm.
2. Fill sack with dead bats from the foot of the turbines.
3. ??????
4. Profit.

more than 5 years ago

Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

EddyPearson And why not Sagan? (799 comments)

Cosmos is and will remain timeless.

more than 5 years ago

Strong Passwords Not As Good As You Think

EddyPearson This is... (553 comments)

...the second story in as many minutes stating the fucking obvious.

Did we just change management or something?

more than 5 years ago


EddyPearson FUD. Bullshit article. (359 comments)

I'm sorry. Is this Slashdot? This articles reads like it was written for the idiots, by idiots.

I've only skim read this dross, but it doesn't seem to make any concrete points. It draws attention some stupifyingly obvious security considerations (I wouldn't go as far as to call them bugs), babbles on about Windows spyware and then has a short excerpt from the GoDaddy help (what the fuck?)

What a waste of text, this boils down to 4 things:

1. User chose an easily guessable user/password for FTP.
2. User left user/password for FTP somewhere world readable
3. User got spyware which stole FTP details stored on his machine.
4. MITM attack on FTP session, stealing user/password over the wire. (this one I assumed because it's recommending SFTP without tellings us WHY)

Let me cut this craptastic essay down to size:

Easy to crack passwords get cracked easily.
Spyware steals login credentials.
Hackers can use MITM attacks to intercept data.
People are stupid and sometimes leave login credentials in a public page.

Frankly the editors should be embarrassed.

more than 5 years ago

ImageShack Hacked, Security Groups Threatened

EddyPearson Ok. (288 comments)

Guess the OpenSSH bug is real...

more than 5 years ago

A Look At Google's Email Spam Prevention

EddyPearson Summary... (176 comments)

...is misleading. New summary:

Bayesian filtering.


more than 5 years ago

UK Launches Dedicated Cyber Security Agency

EddyPearson Re:We just do... (60 comments)


Where did you get that from?

more than 4 years ago

UK Launches Dedicated Cyber Security Agency

EddyPearson We just do... (60 comments)

...what the US tells us to, don't we?


more than 4 years ago


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