* Posts by James Hunter

5 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Oct 2007

American ISPs already sharing data with outside ad firms

James Hunter


After reading so many Phorm stories I finally decided to mention Hitwise, only to discover that someone in this thread has done the same - spooky timing :-)

I would like el Reg to start looking at companies like this as well as Phorm - I can't really see much difference between them - other than Phorm is looking to put hardware in the ISP and Hitwise just buys the data.

The company I used to work for used Hitwise, although I was never privy to the info; i do know that it was VERY revealing about people's browsing. And, as stated above, it is tied into Experian, so they can do profiling geographically, demographically and probably some other -ically's too.

Perhaps you could highlight this sort of thing as well as Phorm so we can browse without our data being looked at or sold

Geordie cops arrest two for Wi-Fi squatting

James Hunter
IT Angle

asking permission first - an analogy

To the people who are saying it is an offence even if the router is open because they didn't ask the owners explicit permission first - try this analogy.

When you browse the web you are connecting to someone elses resources, eg the el reg site - they have to pay their providers for the bandwidth costs of supplying news to you. So you are using their service which they paid for. Did you ask them permission to connect to the website first? No? Then you are committing an offence in the same way that the 'wi-fi leechers' did.

Oh wait a minute, you're not. You see, even though there is no explicit permission given anywhere on this (or most other) sites, you have IMPLICIT permission to connect because the pages are open and when your browser connects to the web server and asks for a page, the server replies OK. This is the same as my wireless card asking a router for an IP address and connection and it saying OK.

Now, sometimes people don't want you to connect to their webpages - eg they may have a pay for service that you haven't paid for, In this case, they secure those pages, requiring you to have a password/certificate/whatever. This is the same as my wireless card asking a router for permission to connect and the router saying no, you haven't got the correct MAC/password/etc.

So if you believe connectiong to an unsecured wireless router is an offence without the owners explicit permission, I'm afraid you can't browse any more websites until you've asked their owners explicitly.

The rest of us, who have some understanding of technology will of course still be able to browse happily away. Maybe the comments on this site will be a little more sensible then.

It's simple -

1) an UNSECURED router is an open invite to connect. the owner has given permission to connect by not blocking you. If they are too stupid to understand they should be blocking people, TOUGH, they should take some personal responsibility and learn about the technology they are using (you remember personal responsibility, the thing we used to have before it became fashionable to blame someone else for everything that happens to us)

2) Cracking a SECURED connection is an offence.

IT? icon because clearly, some people on here haven't a clue about IT issues

Camouflaged code threatens security apps

James Hunter

multiple hash

just whitelist based on 2 (or more) different hashes - it is probably not feasible to add bits correctly in order to generate 2 files that collide in 2 different hash spaces at the same time.

IANAC by the way

(I am not a cryptographer)

MS to bundle 'broken' random number tool in Vista SP1

James Hunter

a better system already exists...


Vista Business sales soar like leaping dachshund

James Hunter


Agree with the Vista is <insert expletive> but have to take issue with your use of the sales figures:

Vista sales go 17% -> 13% (-4%) and that is back pedalling

XP Pro sales go 31% -> 27% (-4%) and that is stabilising

You don't need to spin the figures like this to convince us that XP is (relatively) better :-)