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Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda

kestasjk Re:As a content creator and an Australian (109 comments)

.. content creators (a.k.a. Hollywood)

I don't think this is / will be specifically aimed at Hollywood (we Australian's do have a small film industry).. I think that was just a rabble-rousing association made by someone who wants to whip up opposition.

That you're a content creator who wants his work protected and you oppose it because of an implication it's for Hollywood shows how effective this tactic is.


FYI I am also a content creator (software dev), but since I write business software that isn't distributed and my personal software is open-source, I do appreciate the benefits of the status-quot (though the proposal isn't particularly hard-line anyway), I don't have strong views on this. I just wouldn't get too foamy at the mouth about an implied association.

about 2 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

kestasjk Re: Idiot pruf (228 comments)

You'd need to exploit the browser in such a way that you can POST to the modem with a custom user agent set, that'd be a pretty serious exploit, and I'd be more worried about that. You could then use the modem to try and trick around with DNS to get on other machines, but it'd be hard to do transparently. It would all have to be pretty well tailored.

Anyway I'm not saying this isn't a security hole that needs to be fixed, but that the idea that this shows the need for increased regulation is nonsense.

about 6 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

kestasjk Re:Idiot pruf (228 comments)

I'd be more worried about your level of reading comprehension being recorded for posterity.. "If you have a serious amount of money riding on your $100 modem/router/wifi being secure from within your own network then no amount of legislation is going to help you."

  • This bug is only exploitable if you enable WAN administration
  • All internet traffic involving money / confidential data should be (and pretty much always is) encrypted
  • If you are sending important unencrypted data over the wire you can just listen to the wire
  • Do you really want to pay for the routers you buy to go through a bureaucratic process to establish whether the software (including third party software) has been thoroughly tested? Should that include the component parts like the processors, thttpd, linux? What would that legislation look like? How would it be enforced for overseas companies?

You'd probably get equally indignant if such legislation actually passed based on your knee-jerk reaction and US router prices shot up. ("But what about the starving family with only $100 budgeted for their router?")

about 6 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

kestasjk Re:And? (228 comments)

And even if they could access his router you would hope confidential business info would be encrypted anyway.. If he was transmitting commercially valuable info unencrypted via his modem and his competitors resorted to spying they could just listen in on the cable leaving the building.

about 6 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

kestasjk Re:Will this stupidity ever end? (228 comments)

From d-link.com executive team page: "Born in 1952, Roger Kao graduated from Tamkang University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from National Chiao Tung University where he also served as an Associate Professor."

Really though if you don't know whether third party software embedded in a few of your huge range of products contains a hidden backdoor when a rarely used feature is activated what kind of CEO are you?

about 6 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

kestasjk Re:Will this stupidity ever end? (228 comments)

Oh yeah, hell hath no fury like a D-Link customer scorned; when they find out their cheap disposable routers have a flaw in them they'll need to send in the army.

about 6 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

kestasjk Re:Idiot pruf (228 comments)

Yes government should get involved in the design of routers, and write laws about software code vetting. After all the huge extra costs would be absorbed by the shareholders, not us.

If you have a serious amount of money riding on your $100 modem/router/wifi being secure from within your own network then no amount of legislation is going to help you.

about 6 months ago
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Cost of Healthcare.gov: $634 Million — So Far

kestasjk Re:What of the mission? (497 comments)

First step on the Moon was a gravely important mission, but it was easy for Neil Armstrong to do it...

Great point. You win.

about 6 months ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

kestasjk Re:Tor compromised (620 comments)

Then again since anyone can be a tor node, and there are never enough tor nodes, and tor nodes are more likely to be used for shady activity, it just takes a decent percentage of tor nodes to be compromised and you can pretty quickly build a picture of who common clients are and who they are talking to. For a server it can't be too difficult, with government resources, to track someone down through tor nodes. I'd say with a decent sized botnet and enough time you'd be able to chip away at anonymity without much difficulty.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

kestasjk Re:hrm (239 comments)

They probably just descramble the firewall....

about a year ago
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There Is No Reason At All To Use MySQL: MariaDB, MySQL Founder Michael Widenius

kestasjk Re:Sign of OSS maturity (241 comments)

I'd say it's a big sign of a certain OSS developer's immaturity.

about a year ago
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

kestasjk Re:rediculous (604 comments)

I really hope people aren't taking that comment literally by the way..

1 year,2 days
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

kestasjk Re: Slippery slope. (604 comments)

Shutting down a city's public spaces destroys trust, [blah blah blah]. And to what end?

Catching the people who injured 170 people and killed 3 in a terrorist attack.

1 year,2 days
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

kestasjk Re: Slippery slope. (604 comments)

Far more lives were affected by the lockdown than by the bombing itself. Who are these hypothetical "someone"s you speak of? The victims' families?

I meant affected in a non-trivial way. My life has been "affected" by reading about it, and someone who was advised to stay indoors while they caught the suspects was "affected", but to say your life has been affected by it in a way that can be counted against someone who had a leg blown off is an insult.

Civil panic would be a horrible way to "honor" the death of one of my loved ones.

Civil panic being "Please stay indoors while we finish chasing down the other person who did this to your loved ones" ? I guess in that situation you would probably have places you need to be though, and who cares if having everyone moving around while an armed chase plays out makes casualties/hostage taking/escape more likely?

1 year,2 days
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

kestasjk Re:we had reasonable guesses though (604 comments)

170 marathon runners / spectators were wounded and children were killed in this attack intended to kill/maim as many innocent people as possible.

What does this have to do with neighborhood gun crime, or car crime, or whatever? If those gunmen had indiscriminately opened fire on a crowd of people, just because they wanted to maximize the damage, and 170 people were maimed and children were killed, I am sure you would get a similar response. (And presumably there would be people saying "that's nothing: in the neighborhood I live in people have got stabbed and mugged before and there was no lockdown then! this is becoming some kind of fascist state!"

1 year,2 days
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

kestasjk Re: Slippery slope. (604 comments)

It is so embarrassing seeing people in this discussion saying how few people were killed, what a terrible thing it is that Boston was locked down for a day, and how could the police do that.. I just cringe at the thought of someone who's life was affected reading some of the comments in this discussion.

1 year,2 days
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

kestasjk Re:rediculous (604 comments)

If they ever get 20 guys again like 9/11 and they all just get rifles and randomly start shooting people all over the country like the Washington sniper did this countries going to become a police state if the police react like this.

Right; more people are killed by car accidents every day than by 20 snipers taking out people at random across the country. I say in that situation the police should ignore the snipers and go look for drunk drivers and speeding!

Frankly until terrorists are killing more people within the US than cancer and heart disease put together, I don't see much point going after it.

1 year,2 days

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Blocking annoying ads, leaving the okay ones

kestasjk kestasjk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kestasjk (933987) writes "Is there an AdBlock system which makes it easy to block annoying flash/gif/image based ads, but leave the text ones? I feel guilty about running AdBlock, but when I turn it off the non-textual ads just bug me too much (even though I find the text-based ads often interesting).

I could go through the massive AdBlock filter list and prune out the flash/gif/image ones, or start my own list and have to block out new ads, but hasn't anyone else dealt with this problem?"
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Printers which aren't terrible

kestasjk kestasjk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kestasjk writes "Printers are mostly terrible; breaking down after no time at all, with terrible proprietary software, and ink cartridges which are almost as expensive as the printer itself.

Surely someone out there has found printer nirvana? Most of us just need to print out documents, not photos; does there exist a stable, solid, cheap printer with cheap ink that can print out basic documents with the occasional graph/diagram? Why has other hardware come so far, but printers are still stuck in the 1990's?"
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Microsoft announces new policy on interoperability

kestasjk kestasjk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kestasjk writes "Yesterday Microsoft made an announcement listing four changes to their policy which may completely change the relationship between Microsoft and the open source community:

These changes are codified into four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions: 1) ensuring open connections; 2) promoting data portability; 3) enhancing support for industry standards; and 4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.
Microsoft has also announced a list of specifications which it "promises" it will not sue you for implementing, and even invites open source programmers to participate in "plug-fests" with Microsoft programmers.

Is this the beginning of a new Microsoft, or is it a direct response to the EU's latest monopoly investigations? Either way, will it have a positive impact on open source software development?"

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kestasjk kestasjk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kestasjk writes "People who upload their own films to video-sharing website YouTube will soon get a share of the ad revenue. YouTube founder Chad Hurley confirmed to the BBC that his team was working on a revenue sharing mechanism that would "reward creativity".
Will this actually give people an incentive to create their own content, or will it give rise to YouTube spam?"
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kestasjk kestasjk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kestasjk writes "BBC News is reporting that Jennifer Strange had taken part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" game run by KDND 107.9 radio in Sacramento, which promised the winner a Nintendo Wii.

A work colleague said Ms Strange had reported her head was hurting hours after the contest and was going home.

Ms Strange, 28, was found dead on Friday at her house in Rancho Cordova."
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kestasjk kestasjk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kestasjk writes "The BBC is reporting that Intel has found a way to manufacture light generating Indium Phosphate and light recieving and data processing silicon on the same chip. The breakthrough could mean cheaper and higher speed computer networks and help to speed up the transfer of data inside computers.

Perhaps instead of high speed links in your computer communicating serially through wires the data will be beamed directly from chip to chip!"

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