Skype Is Evaluating Adding Typing Suppression Feature
Solved a related issue a couple of years where we wanted audible feedback on the keyboarded being types. The use case was a complete mute person Text-To-Speech (TTS) generator to talk over phone/VoIP (in this case it was Skype). Without being able to hear the keyboard clicks the receiver of the call gets long periods of silence while the "speaker" is typing the next word. This silence is confusing and often leads to interrupts from both parts, similar to the problems one gets with walkie talkies. By adding virtual keyboard typing sounds, the other party (the "listener") knows that the "speaker" is typing and naturally waits. It was really helpful! (This was a Windows machine and the solution we ended up with was to use Sound Pilot [http://www.colorpilot.com/soundpilot.html].)
Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?
Kudos to IamTheRealMike for such an informative and well written summary.
LastPass Password Service Hacked
Maybe I'm paranoid, but I really don't like copying passwords to the clipboard. I'd much prefer some kind of automatic key pressing function.
"The Auto-Type feature of KeePass is very powerful: it sends simulated keypresses to other applications. This works with all Windows applications and for the target applications it's not possible to distinguish between real keypresses and the ones simulated by Auto-Type. This at the same time is the main disadvantage of Auto-Type, because keyloggers can eavesdrop the simulated keys. That's where Two-Channel Auto-Type Obfuscation (TCATO) comes into play.
TCATO makes standard keyloggers useless. It uses the Windows clipboard to transfer parts of the auto-typed text into the target application. Keyloggers can see the Ctrl-V presses, but do not log the actual contents pasted from the clipboard.
Clipboard spies don't work either, because only parts of the sensitive information is transferred on this way.
Anyway, it's not perfectly secure (and unfortunately cannot be made by theory). None of the currently available keyloggers or clipboard spies can eavesdrop an obfuscated auto-type process, but it is theoretically possible to write a dedicated spy application that specializes on logging obfuscated auto-type."
Persistent Home Videoconferencing Solution?
Having access to the remote machine(s) will be very useful, because there will always be something that breaks and you'll need to admin that computer. I maintain a Windows 95 computer trans-Atlantic via remote VNC access. Basic setup:
1. Signup for a DynDNS.com account. Free.
2. Install the DynDNS client IP updater on the remote machine. Having it update its IP number at the DynDNS.com account. This will
Iceland Volcano's Ash Grounds European Air Travel
Yeah, classy pilots:
British Airways Flight 5390 was a British Airways flight between Birmingham International Airport in England and Málaga, Spain. On 10 June 1990 an improperly installed pane of the windscreen failed, blowing the plane's captain halfway out of the aircraft, with his body firmly pressed against the window frame.
Kodak Wireless Picture Frames Open To Public
The hardware seems to be hardwired to framechannel.com. By using a (wireless) router that can either
1. do URL redirects, or
2. use a custom DNS service
it should be possible to use an alternative service, or setup your own RSS feed. There are lots of things you then could to.
Also, it would be possible to "hide" behind a hard-to-guess RSS URL, or possibly have the RSS server to only respond to certain IP numbers.
Bank Goofs, and Judge Orders Gmail Account Nuked
Anyone else having problem with Gmail? I cannot log in...
A Real-World Test of the Verizon MiFi
Irony is not about reciprocity. If person A does thing X, and somehow it comes back and bites them in the ass, that is not ironic". Instead, "Irony is the use of words in a way to conceal true intention with literal intention. More clearly, irony is when you say one thing but mean another." [not the thing you are describing].
Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?
"Install a blob on the desktop that'll tell them their IP."
Even better: setup a dyndns.com account, give their computer a dyn alias name, and have the DynDNS client run on their computer to update their IP with dyndns.com. This way you can access their computer by a fixed domain name instead of a dynamic IP.
Sarcasm Useful For Detecting Dementia
Good luck going to Australia then ;)
Good Email For Kids?
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.