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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

kwark Re:The OpenSSL Disasters were a result of attitude (340 comments)

If the CA is doing it right, they only had to reissue the signed certificates of endusers, but they might have had to replace intermediate certificates.

about a month ago
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LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue

kwark Re:That's nothing. (50 comments)

Mailing lists are a source in my bad experience. I also hated the people in which names these messages arrived (before blacklisting linkedin).

about a month ago
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LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue

kwark Re:they become aggresive... (50 comments)

And this is why I reject any email linked to linkedin. It surely felt more then 3 times semi random people (with who I might have corresponded on some mailinglists) try to invite you.

about a month ago
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OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

kwark Re:Run your own resolver (90 comments)

You patched your telnet to connect to port 80 by default? Our is the telnet command an alias?

about 2 months ago
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Australian iPhone and iPad Users Waylaid By Ransomware

kwark Re:Basic security measures? (52 comments)

Then I have good news for you: not all 2 factor auths need phonenumbers. Don't know what Apple uses/requires though.

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

kwark Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

Is there a setting in the bios to change this 4s to power off to immediatly?

about 3 months ago
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Speedy Attack Targets Web Servers With Outdated Linux Kernels

kwark Re:Not only Linux (93 comments)

I found a compromised website on my companies shared hosting platform (which runs a 2.6 kernel (Debian/oldstable)). But the files where "infected" by a ftp account via proftpd on a machine running a 3.2 kernel (Debian/stable), the login was right on the first try. My guess is malware on the site owners machines stealing ftp logins (which is old news).

about 4 months ago
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Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

kwark Re:Really, Slashdot? (135 comments)

And that technique is called: SNI
And even though the servers supported it for a "long" time, some clients didn't, most notably the mobile browsers.

about 7 months ago
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Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

kwark Re:Massively overblown issue? (135 comments)

OSX appears to have something called a keychain, store the password to crypt there and keep the store encrypted.

about 7 months ago
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Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

kwark Re:Really, Slashdot? (135 comments)

"Thanks, I didn't know that."

You didn't know that because it is not true. SSL encrypts everything before anything is send. That is why (before SNI) it is impossible to have multiple certificates for multiple virtualhosts on 1 ip adress: the host that is being queried and has to match a certificate CN isn't known at the time of the SSL handshake.

about 7 months ago
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New Zealand's Hackable Transport Card Grants Free Bus Rides

kwark Re:Why do transit smartcards need to be hard? (96 comments)

"But this is a bus. There is an active connection to the central office."

Until the perp. is using a gsm jammer (or you get into an area without coverage). The bus terminal will store the transaction for later validation, but since the perp is using an anonymous or cloned card he has gotten an untracable free ride.

about 8 months ago
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New Zealand's Hackable Transport Card Grants Free Bus Rides

kwark Re:Why do transit smartcards need to be hard? (96 comments)

"The reality is that 99.9% of people are honest and will pay what they should regardless of whether the cards are insecure and could be 'hacked'."

People are less honest then you think, most will do stuff they know they shouldn't if they think they will not get caught, even when there is no financial need.

This chipcards and the required tollgates were introduced with a promise to stop fare dodgers. Recent news of the dutch system appears to have the effect of going from 11% to 2%. http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Nederland/article/detail/2943764/2011/10/03/Aantal-zwartrijders-RET-daalt-spectaculair-door-ov-chippoortjes.dhtml
The same might have been achived cheaper with more actual people in the public transport actually checking tickets..

about 8 months ago
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New Zealand's Hackable Transport Card Grants Free Bus Rides

kwark Re:Why is everyone reinventing the wheel? (96 comments)

Bluetooth? They just shouldn't have picked a known bad contactless smartcard. NFC is perfectly suitable for this (and can be tied to "modern" phones)

about 8 months ago
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New Zealand's Hackable Transport Card Grants Free Bus Rides

kwark Re:Why do transit smartcards need to be hard? (96 comments)

You need to take into consideration that there is no active connection to the central office, terminals and cards have to be able to work standalone if you want to stop abuse of anonymous cards and gsm jammers (in busses).

about 8 months ago
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Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

kwark Re:Disaster waiting to happen (282 comments)

In NL the utilities aren't buying the excess power up until to 5MWh, it just gets deducted from your usage: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salderen

If you are a nett producer (which is not possible for most homes due to a lack of viable sun facing surface area), you get might get less (eg Nuon pays you about 0.07 EUR/kWh http://www.nuon.nl/energie-besparen/zonnepanelen/terugleveren/ ).

But if (and only when) these rules change, storing might be usefull. But I doubt storing electric power is very useful. I'm partial to storing heat instead ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_heat_pump )

about 8 months ago
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Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

kwark Re:Disaster waiting to happen (282 comments)

"What I'm waiting for is swapping the prices of day and night electricity prices. In the summer "peak" demand has shifted to night time by now."

Until this happens, storing solar generated energy is just dumb. At the moment my panels help me in 2 ways:
-it lowers my electricity demand for a year by about 50%.
-it saves about 10% on the price per kWh since I send energy to the grid at peak rates (0.22 EUR/kWh) and almost exclusively use offpeak (0.20 EUR/kWh)

I have absolutely nothing to gain by storing electricity right now.

about 8 months ago
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Taking Google's QUIC For a Test Drive

kwark Re:Fuck you, site. (141 comments)

"I guess browsers need "pay attention to refresh" to become an opt-in option."

If you have noscript installed it is optional, can't remember if I disabled the noscript html element or that is the default

about 9 months ago

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