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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

grahammm Perfect Forward Secrecy (151 comments)

So they would ban the use of Perfect Forward Secrecy. Using PFS it is impossible to decrypt the intercepted content even with the Certificate's private key.

about a month ago

Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

grahammm Was it picked up in Beta? (125 comments)

Chrome 33 was in Beta for a while before being released as stable. So these issues should have been picked up/highlighted then. How much negative feedback on the new 'new tab' page was there during the beta cycle? I am using Chromium beta cycle and soon got used to the new 'new tags' page.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

grahammm Ask Brains (478 comments)

You will have to ask Brains of International Rescue.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

grahammm Re:Why? (2219 comments)

This type of thing predates the internet. Back in the days when hobbyist electronics/radio construction was reasonably popular and 8-bit (6502, Z80, 6809 etc based) were becoming available, most of the magazines were pretty 'light' on the technical/theoretical side of the hobby. Then a new magazine was launched with a much higher technical level. This high technical level did not last long as lots of people wrote in asking for it to be dumbed down and despite other letters pointing out there were a number of other magazines catering for the less technical reader the published 'caved in' and lowered the technical level to that of the existing magazines. It folded soon afterwards.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

grahammm Re:Fuck Beta (2219 comments)

Slashdot is one of the very few sites on which I have clicked on an advertisement and actually followed through and purchased what was being advertised.

about 2 months ago

The UK's Internet Porn Filter and Fighting Censorship Creep

grahammm Re:This is why I like being old (234 comments)

And I'll let Linda know that I'll be wankin' it to much of that aforementioned content. While smoking weed.

Linda: The blocked content includes child pornography sir.

What will you do now?

Reply, "so sign me up to the filter which ONLY blocks child pornography."

about 4 months ago

ACLU: Lavabit Was 'Fatally Undermined' By Demands For Encryption Keys

grahammm What is the press? (230 comments)

Surely in this internet age, anyone writing a blog or publishing a web page is the equivalent of 'The Press' in the days these precedents were set. In those days, there were no large multi-national media conglomerations, most of the 'Press' was local to a town or district and the editorial reflected the views of the (local) editor. "The Press" was anyone who could set up a printing press, employ some journalists (though some were one-man bands), print a paper and get people to buy it. So modern day blogs are just as much (or even more) in the spirit of what the drafters of the First Amendment to the US Constitution considered "The Press" as the current TV news and newspaper conglomerates.

about 6 months ago

NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel

grahammm Re:I really like the idea (235 comments)

Will NFTables still allow packets to be selectively (eg certain TCP SYN packets) passed to a user-space filter which both mangles the packet and dynamically changes the NATting? With IP tables this was relatively simple (both defining the Iptables rules and writing the userspace filter)

about 6 months ago

Broadcasters Petition US Supreme Court In Fight Against Aereo

grahammm NIH? (229 comments)

Maybe this is just a case of Not Invented Here, and the broadcasters are wishing that they had thought of, and implemented, first the idea of streaming live on the internet and having a PVR like service. The BBC has had this for some time allowied you to stream the currently broadcast programmes and more recently allowed you to pause and resume, as you can on a PVR. Other UK broadcasters have similar internet offerings, some even allowing you to watch certain programmes before they are broadcast on-air.

about 6 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

grahammm Re:In other news (663 comments)

IBM did try this with the PS/2 range which used the proprietary Micro-channel slots instead of ISA. This was a spectacular flop.

about 7 months ago

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

grahammm Re:huh? (617 comments)

It is not just professional singers who do not need electronic 'tricks' to produce good music. Many churches, schools, colleges etc have excellent choirs, and have done since before the recorded music industry was even thought of. Similarly there are many excellent amateur orchestras, and Northern British collieries had world famous brass bands - whose members were miners.

about 7 months ago

"Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

grahammm Add DNS for "legitimate" sites (122 comments)

If the blocks are applied to any IP address pointed to by a blocked site, maybe as a demonstration a blocked site should add the IP addresses of all of the major UK political parties, BBC iPlayer, Youtube, Netflix, lovefilm etc. If mainstream media sites get (automatically) blocked then perhaps the backlash might force TPTB into either removing the requirement to block or require the ISPs to use a blocking mechanism with less potential for collateral damage.

about 8 months ago

Cell Phone Powered By Urine

grahammm Re:Oh, no!!! (88 comments)

Now the government will put a tax on piss...

Already been done by the Roman Emperor Vespasian.

about 9 months ago

Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

grahammm Re:Sex versus Gender (814 comments)

And if you, because of disease or accident, have had your penis amputated, should you therefore be sent to the women's facility?

about 10 months ago

Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

grahammm Re:Do not understand this. (814 comments)

The question here is why women should care who they are sharing a (public) bathroom with? As far as I know women normally 'do their business' in the privacy of a closed (and unless the lock is broken, locked) cubicle. In places such as clubs and at concerts and festivals where the queues for the female facilities are too long, women are quite happy to use the male facilities where men are using the urinals in open view. So if they are prepared to use the mens bathroom when it suits them, they should not care if the (to outward appearance female) woman using the adjacent cubicle used to be a man.

about 10 months ago

Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

grahammm Re:Genetically speaking... (814 comments)

I don't know, but I recently read that 50% of all birth defects involve the sexual organs, apparently it's not that uncommon for surgeons to have to decide soon after the child is born.

Why do surgeons have to decide soon after birth? Are the ambiguous genitalia life threatening? Why not just leave alone and let nature take its course and either defer the gender determination or take a DNA sample and use that to determine whether the baby is male or female. I am sure that many governments would be in favour of the latter, having a record of everyone's DNA taken at birth would be Big Brothers pipe dream.

about 10 months ago

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

grahammm Re:But its still difficult (246 comments)

There are home routers which support IPv6. I am using one - a Techicolor TG582n with an IPv6 /64 routed to it over ADSL.

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

grahammm Re:I could never defend a cyber squatter (381 comments)

Does that not depend on the company with which the domain is registered? Some will automatically create a default web page advertising the registrar. Then, if the domain is only used for mail or only sub-domains are used ,,,

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?

grahammm Re:HTTPS means something specific (252 comments)

But it not his email provider which is not encrypting the connections, but the supplier's email provider over whom he no control.

about a year ago

UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

grahammm Re:I can predict the future (165 comments)

No. The ISP connects to BT Wholesale using PPTP

Correction, I should have written L2TP not PPTP.

about a year ago


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