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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

crispi Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

noip is just a text substitution of an IP address, and nothing to do with the actual traffic.

It's a meaningless quotation.

You might just as well say that 100% of abuse happens over IP.

about 6 months ago

CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption

crispi and the cost? (118 comments)

So now your 20 character "just on the way home" text message blows out to a couple of thousand bytes, and your telco provider has to send your SMS as 10 SMS now, and charges your accordingly.

about a year ago

Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

crispi Solution : Run all your Windows apps in a VM (464 comments)

Run all your Windows App in a VM, and when you upgrade the physical hardware, migrate the VM (keep the same VM UUID, etc).

about 2 years ago

Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

crispi What about Steam Games (371 comments)

Steam games are consistently higher priced - and you can't get round it with VPNs or Paypal - the credit card # proves you're in Australia.

And it's not like it's priced in Aussie dollars with a mediocre exchange rate - The games are priced on the same store.steampowered.com website in USD dollars.

So why more expensive now? Ah - because steam games would undercut the price of boxed games in stores.

about 2 years ago

Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

crispi Kiddies (252 comments)

Juvenile hackers with an overdeveloped sense of self-importance, holding people to ransom with the equivalence of IT terrorism.

about 2 years ago

To get me to switch jobs, it'd take ...

crispi Benefits: Health? (374 comments)

Being in full-remission for cancer (thanks God!), I'm working for an employer which gives 1 yr sick leave in a rolling 2-year window. It's the only benefit worth talking about (eg we have no coffee), but it's such a biggie, it's keeping me put.

more than 2 years ago

Among APs I detect, the secured:unsecured ratio is:

crispi Re:0 unsecured (277 comments)

Yes, but MAC filtering is useful in addition to other defences (ie defense in depth)

WPA2 PSK, and
MAC filtering, and
firewall, and
ssh with preshared keys only, and ....

more than 2 years ago

Study Finds 1 in 10 Used Hard Drives Contains Old Personal Data

crispi What about 'New' drives (111 comments)

Some dodgy retailers in Australia have been re-shrink-wrapping used hard disks and selling them as new again.

Typically this seems to be with resellers that offer a 7-day money back no-quibble guarantee.

more than 2 years ago

MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

crispi Re:My two cents (1217 comments)

>> Hawking was the only one to stay the course...and yes, he did get a laptop.

Oh really? Given that he was born in 1942, and would have left high-school at 16, or 18 (assuming he went to a Grammar school), he would have left school in 1960.

Now I know laptops have been around for a while, and unless you're a theoretical physicist who understands time, time travel, and .... Hang on!!!

more than 4 years ago

Explaining Oracle's Sun Takeover — "For the Hardware"

crispi Oracle buys Sun for (154 comments)

Customers, potential customers, and to stick it to IBM.

The OS is just a vehicle for a database.

more than 4 years ago

Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

crispi FTW (377 comments)

1) Change your name via Deed-Poll to the letters left in your rack.
2) Place letters on board
3) ???
4) Profit!

more than 4 years ago

The Future of OpenSolaris

crispi Re:I wanted to like OpenSolaris but... (307 comments)

Yeah - same problem - of about nine or ten systems that I've tried it on (up to snv_133), all of them have at least one hardware problem.

eg from my memory

NIC drivers (Broadcom, Even Intel)
W/LAN drivers (Atheros for instance)
Display driver support (not just VESA!)
HW RAID drivers (Compaq, Promise)
AHCI drivers (including NCQ and hot plug support (slated to fix in snv 135)
AMD PhenomII support (fixed now since snv 126)

and I've had issues with the install (eg installation from USB CDROM)

However, saying all this, the journey is worthwhile - some features really are fantastic - especially together:

ZFS + snapshots + dedupe + Virtualbox VMs.


more than 4 years ago

Details Emerge On EU-Only "Browser Choice" Screen For Windows

crispi javascript randomness (220 comments)

random my ass!

only appears to be random if you have javascript working (thanks noscript!) - Otherwise IE8 appears first on the list, on the left.

more than 4 years ago

Unknown 7m Asteroid Almost Impacted Earth

crispi Windows 7 advertising (289 comments)

I know MS has been advertising Windows 7 a lot, but to sponsor a near miss with a 7m asteroid - that takes some doing.

more than 5 years ago

Bletchley Park WWII Staff Finally Recognized

crispi Some reasons why Enigma failed (122 comments)

For a good read, I can recommend "The Hut Six Story : Breaking the Enigma Codes by Gordon Welchman".

Some of the reasons why Enigma Failed:

1) Choosing "sillies" for encryption keys (eg QWE, QAZ (or whatever the equivalent is on the German AZERTY keyboard).
2) Re-using keys
3) Using Cribs (eg putting some of the preamble of the message into the encrypted part)
4) Sending the same message day after day (eg "Nothing to Report"). This would compromise the key for all stations using that key:
5) Using the same key for lots of destination stations
6) Fundamental design limitation (A Letter will never encrypt to itself).
7) Enigma operator laziness (eg using the same order of wheels as the previous day). (There are 5*4*3 = 60 combinations possible).
8) More laziness - using the default Ring setting on each ring.
9) "Indicator setting" repeated - in 1 in 8 cases this would lead to a repeated encrypted key - which would give the cryptanalyst an idea of which wheels could have been used. (Fundamentally this is a kind of key distribution problem - how to get the session key established).
10) Basing a military encryption system on a commercial product.

Sixty years on, we're still making some of the same mistakes!

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Include "Windows XP Mode"

crispi Monopolistic Behaviours again? (364 comments)

I'm wondering - Microsoft is now embedding its vitualisation technology into the desktop (they've already done it for Windows Server of course).
Is this the next salvo in the Microsoft vs. EveryOneElse? I'm thinking what happened in the Browser wars. NCSA/Mosaic initially was a superior browser to IE. Now is the same thing going to start happening to VMware/VirtualBox/ParallelsDesktop? It's hard to compete with Free (VirtualBox is free of course for personal users).

I'm also wondering if this is a sort of admission that Windows7 won't offer a fully compatible API for legacy applications to carry on working?


more than 5 years ago

Australia's Vast, Scattershot Censorship Blacklist Revealed

crispi What about domain squatting / misspellings etc? (401 comments)

Other than being a domain typo, www.ninmsn.com just redirects to a web index.

Are we going to include all domain squatting / domain misspellings / misregistrations now as well?

What about google cache of a banned URL?

It seems clear that the URL filter won't be capable of doing RegEx expansion.

more than 5 years ago

EC Considering Removing Internet Explorer From Windows

crispi Will it be really gone? (827 comments)

Assuming that IE will be removed, will it be little more than :

del "%Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

about 6 years ago


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