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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

ei4anb Bespoke Handcrafted Libre (409 comments)

"rather than relying on their charity or free software" - Sigh!

The FOSS movement should work to educate such people. Perhaps we should call it Bespoke Handcrafted Libre FOSS because some people equate "free" with "cheap and nasty"

about a month ago

NSA Able To Crack A5/1 Cellphone Crypto

ei4anb Thst's 14 year old news (122 comments)

It has been common knowledge for at least 14 years that governments could eavesdrop on A5/1 traffic http://cryptome.org/gsm-joke.htm

Many governments have warned industrialists not to discuss secrets when using a mobile phone near the country borders. Only the radio channels are encrypted in GSM, lawful interception happens on the wired network that interconnects the base stations so eavesdropping on A5/1 is mostly used when lawful interception is not an option, e.g. listening to the GSM traffic of other countries.

about 4 months ago

New Zealand Converting Old Phone Booths Into National WiFi Network

ei4anb also in Ireland (72 comments)

Eircom in Ireland do this too, there's one outside the car park that I use when shopping in the town center, very convenient.

about 7 months ago

NSA Releases Secret Pre-History of Computers

ei4anb blackholed (167 comments)

Well, that didn't take long.
Name: www.governmentattic.org

about 10 months ago

One Year After World IPv6 Launch — Are We There Yet?

ei4anb not quite there yet (246 comments)

$ nslookup -type=AAAA google.com
Name: google.com
Address: 2a00:1450:4007:80a::1001

$ nslookup -type=AAAA slashdot.org
Name: slashdot.org

about 10 months ago

Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

ei4anb my son's friend is going to same camp (241 comments)

I'll ask him to say hello and give our good wishes. October Sky is one of our favourite films and let's hope Kiera does as well as Homer Hickam did despite his early escapades.

about a year ago

Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

ei4anb suitable punishment (243 comments)

The judge knows that it's impossible to remove all copies from the Internet but he has ordered Google etc to work on the problem and demonstrate that they have spent some effort in trying as punishment for not being helpful earlier when the plaintiff asked them to clear his name.

about a year ago

Smartphone Used To Scan Data From Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

ei4anb How to clone a chip card (236 comments)

I have worked in information security for 25 years and am always amused when people say something is "physically impossible". There is almost always a way. I have worked on forensic engineering for chip manufacturers, finding production faults by etching off layers using warm nitric acid and reading the secrets out of the circuit using a microscope. That technique can be used to make many copies of a card but nobody bothers because it's too time expensive and there are easier ways.

Ross Anderson's group in Cambridge are real experts in the chip and pin technology, they know that security implementation flaws often make cards vulnerable, for example see http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2012/09/10/chip-and-skim-cloning-emv-cards-with-the-pre-play-attack/

Many parts of the world still use only the magnetic strip. For years while Europe waited for the US to deploy chip and pin we saw European CC numbers being used in the US. Now NFC will make it easier for US based cloners to get just enough data from your cards to send to their cousins in other countries.

about a year ago

Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

ei4anb The software architect ... (262 comments)

whose job it is to listen to all of the above people and produce a coherent design that both meets the requirements and works.

1 year,4 days

Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage

ei4anb SSL rocket science (176 comments)

$ curl -vIs https://www.windowsazure.com/ 2>&1 >/dev/null | grep "expire date"
* expire date: 2013-11-15 18:15:53 GMT

Call this from a cronjob script which should then take suitable action if the date is too close.

about a year ago

Zimmermann's Silent Circle Now Live

ei4anb I believe him (127 comments)

I was working on public key cryptography in the late 70s while doing my undergrad degree in maths and electronics and got to know some of the people in that field. I have talked with PZ face to face about his experiences with PGP and government. I believe him.

about a year ago

Cyberoam Packet Inspection Devices Open Traffic To Third Parties

ei4anb CA trust injection via Active Directory (29 comments)

Most companies that do this type of SSL inspection at their Internet gateways can get Internet Explorer (and such companies often standardize on IE) on the user's PCs to trust the fake certificate by pushing the fake Certificate Authority Root Cert through their Active Directory.

about 2 years ago

Programming — Now Starting In Elementary School

ei4anb CoderDojo teaching kids to code (162 comments)

I help out at the local CoderDojo, it's like a youth club and we show them everything from Scratch through HTML & Javascript up to developing Android apps (for the older kids). The company I work for just donated 100 old laptops to allow kids without their own (or parents) laptop to take part.

Here's what it looks like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMODHilE4qk

about 2 years ago

US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data

ei4anb Facebook intelligence (240 comments)

They're looking for intelligence on Facebook? That should keep them searching for a while :-)

more than 2 years ago

I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

ei4anb Celtic calendar (454 comments)

Here in Ireland we follow a Celtic calendar. Autumn (fómhar) is defined as the three month period with the Autumnal Equinox as midpoint. For simplicity, seasons nowadays align with the months of the Gregorian civil calendar so Autumn starts on the first day of August.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_calendar

more than 2 years ago

Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

ei4anb Nothing new under the sun... (252 comments)

Kevin Mitnick was able to get mugshots of police that were investigating him by buying a police yearbook claiming it was a present for a relative who was a police officer.

"At one point, he went to a police station and found a Los Angeles Police Department yearbook for sale. It included photographs and names of the very undercover squads seeking him. He said he wanted to buy a copy as a gift for his police officer uncle. With no questions asked, for $75 he walked away with a photo guide to his pursuers."


more than 2 years ago



Prius driver did not select neutral

ei4anb ei4anb writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ei4anb (625481) writes "Yet another story of a runaway Toyota. Thankfully the CHP were able to calm the driver and have him apply both brakes. However two lines from the story strike me as strange: "Sikes told reporters he didn't go into neutral because he worried the car would flip." and "The car slowed to about 55 mph, at which time Sikes says he turned off the ignition and the car came to a stop." Disclaimer: I drive a Prius"
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