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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

burne Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

TCA, the largest 'traditional' taxi switchboard used to stand for "Taxi Criminals Amsterdam', not 'Taxi Central Amsterdam'.

Much of the TCA 'staff' had 2-3 feet dossiers at the local prosecutors.

Uberpop is a threat to local mafia.

Need I say more?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

burne Re:Why? (132 comments)

Other people have politicians that require you to use open source if available.

about 3 months ago

Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

burne Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

The core issue is whether a government should be providing a service.

Is a road, street lighting or waste disposal a 'service'?

Is intarwebs a service?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

burne Re: Nexus 4? (259 comments)

It's almost like you are in the middle of Montana..

about 5 months ago

Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

burne Re: Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Enough neonicotionoid progress and you might have nothing left to eat. Or take turns pollinating the plants that will become your food with a brush.

about 6 months ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

burne Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

> Sharia Law is over there . . . .

I'm pretty sure Sharia law predate cameras by a good eleven or twelve centuries.

about 8 months ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

burne Re: why not? (303 comments)

> Windows can't run a month w/o needing a reboot

Regardless, I reboot all my linux, unix and bsd boxes once a month too. Just to be sure anything can rebooted by a noc monkey without disturbing my sleep.

During daytime, yes. Redundancy is a lie unless you test it periodically.

about 9 months ago

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

burne I'm torn (257 comments)

between spending those modpoints,

and saying the inevitable 'all your temperatures are belong to us'


about 10 months ago

Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

burne Re:You Must Be Crazy ... (139 comments)

No need to, it's built into the OS. It even has a nice cli to handle starting, stopping and logging. ttysnoop.

However, getting sufficient permissions is the hard bit, especially for a remote attacker.

about 10 months ago

What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

burne I lied. I'm not Amish. (140 comments)

but, I would, if I (and the Amish) could. Find a way to combine their lifestyle with a non-religious set of life values, that is. And a month a year without disruptive technology is the bare minimum.

(Note the difference between atheist ("not believing in an almighty super being") versus non-religious..)

about 10 months ago

Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

burne Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

Also, fuel fires are easier to deal with. Just spray a bunch of foam everywhere and you're pretty much good.

You seem to seriously underestimate the amount of science that goes into extinguishing fires. The average crash tender carries five completely different systems for fighting various fires, and every fire department has a sixth one ready. Then again: the stuff that they carry isn't designed for the kind of danger a high power car battery poses. But, expect larger L2 firefighting systems becoming standard on your average fire truck real soon now.

about a year ago

It Takes 2.99 Gigajoules To Vaporize a Human Body

burne Re:Lethal injection is less poetic (272 comments)

Sure? One way to deliver 2.99GJ is to strap the prisoner to 955 kilograms (2100 lbs) of TNT and detonate that. For some reason that seems quite a bit excessive.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?

burne Re:AES (472 comments)

Ah. DJB and JF. The mad math professors. Thanks for your comments. Sadly no modpoints, so the reward is platonic.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?

burne Re:AES (472 comments)

One Bruce Schneier is a (loud) advocate for increasing the number of rounds in AES. Currently it's set at 16, and he advocates increasing it to much more. His main reason for this is that there's a differential crypto-analysis attack against known plaintext data encrypted with reduced rounds AES implementations. In short: If you know or control some of the encrypted data, you can extract bits of the key by comparing changes between encrypted known data. The bits you gain reduce the keyspace you need to search. AES according to the guidelines isn't vulnerable for this. Yet.

about a year ago

Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 Years

burne Re:RSA = out of date (282 comments)

You need upvotes, but I'm out of modpoints.

You are very correct. Take for instance OpenVPN. It uses RSA to exchange an random AES session key. RSA and AES/DES/3DES have different uses, and replacing RSA with AES is simply not possible.

about a year ago

The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet

burne Re:rly? (211 comments)

Just try wikipedia before replying on a subject you don't know shit about.

31st century BC is perhaps a bit doubtful. It's shitting in a trench with running water. But, something you would recognise as a toilet appeared in Richmond Palace in 1596. Too bad Queen Elizabeth (the first) refused to use it because of the noise it made.

A bowl you shit in, with a drain, and a flushing apparatus above it.

about a year ago

Mount Everest Gets 4G Connectivity

burne Re:WTF.. (125 comments)

While on holiday in Northumberland and Cumbria I was actually pleasantly surprised by the speed and coverage and even the price for 3G data. £25 for a huawei dongle and 2Gbyte data. At the time I would have paid €100 down here for the same hardware and number of bytes. Yes, coverage in the Pennines was restricted to near roads and villages, but that is to be expected.

about a year ago

BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

burne Re:LMGTFY (487 comments)

$ host has address

about a year ago

Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

burne NXP seems to be the common factor (398 comments)

NXP, google it yourself, don't believe me. NXP's Mifare is insecure, used in Oyster, OV-Chip and a few other very large deployments. Similar weak chipsets are found inside key fobs. Similar problems. Trivially exploitable. Just listening and some knowledge of the platform is enough to predict the next 'secure' exchange. And steal the car. Embarrassing: the next car could as well be a extremely expensive Mercedes Benz S-class.

about a year ago


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