* Posts by Sean M

18 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

'Asteroid mining company' makes classic hypegasm debut today

Sean M

New Scientist article

New Scientist published an article this week on the Earth occasionally having temporary extra moons. And one of them could be nudged into a close enough orbit to mine :


Ofcom lays out wireless roadmap

Sean M

All cars will then be trackable

Put a mobile phone in every car, and then every car will be trackable.

Therefore road pricing becomes easy.

And tracking average speed becomes easy as well, so speeding becomes impossible to get away with.

(Of course the phone would have to be always on, but I'm assuming this will be a legal requirement).

Move over Storm - there's a bigger, stealthier botnet in town

Sean M

More details

Unlike Storm and Nugache, the Kraken botnet does not use a peer-to-peer architecture. The code includes a list of domains in which the C&C server might be located, and once a new machine is infected it begins looking through that list to find the current location.

The Kraken code arrives in a file disguised to look like a typical image file, such as a JPEG or a PNG, but with a hidden extension of .exe

I believe this means that only Windows is affected.

Damballa plans to publish a subset of the list of infected IP addresses it has seen within the next week or so. Damballa also plan to reveal more details at the RSA conference in San Francisco, which started today.

Spotted in the wild: Home router attack serves up counterfeit pages

Sean M

Default password not required on router

You don't need a default password on a router. You don't actually need ANY password on a router.

You provide a physical switch on the router labelled "Configure".

If the switch is on, then it provides the configuration page to any computer that connects, and does no routing (so you can't do anything with it apart from configure it).

If the switch is off it works normally.

Which means you have to physically access the router to configure it. Now it's as secure as your house is!

Heathrow PC security probe launched

Sean M

Reboot on exit

Yep, that'll work.

From memory (it's been a while since I was last there) the Easy Internet Cafes in London (you know, the bright orange ones) do this every time a user finished their session.

Of course, you may still be able to get free internet access (see above), but no permanent exploits would be possible.

Showdown over encryption password in child porn case

Sean M

Why he wouldn't give them the password even if there is no child porn there

A reason why he would not give them the password, even if there is no child porn in the encrypted files, is because there might be something else in there that could incriminate him of a different crime.

To take an example (to choose a popular one), there are copyrighted films or songs there.

Now this may cost him a huge fine (and maybe a prison sentence?) Whereas if he ran the "can't incriminate myself" defense throught the courts and won, he gets away with it.

And yes, that would mean he is innocent of the crime they accused him of (having encrypted child porn), but has incriminated himself as guilty of another crime they didn't know he had done. Hence the constitutional protection.

Perhaps you say that he is still guilty, so who cares? Take another example then. He has files in there that suggest he is guilty of tax evasion. He knows that he is innocent, he is certain that he can prove he is innocent, but also knows that it would probably take some time in jail (or a big bail bond) and a huge legal fight to do so. It is therefore better in his case to run the "can't incriminate myself" defense, even though there is no child porn there and he is innocent of everything else.

Toshiba quietly shows fuel-cell fitted UMPC

Sean M

re: Rather you than me...

Yes, potassium hyroxide is a lot nastier than methanol. From the same site : http://ptcl.chem.ox.ac.uk/~hmc/hsci/chemicals/potassium_hydroxide.html

Methanol is a dangerous chemical, and potassium hydroxide is a very dangerous chemical. Methanol may cause damage if you're not careful, potassium hydroxide WILL cause damage if you're not careful!

China ramps up space programme

Sean M


Hmmm, dumping $1,000,000,000 of US debt on the open market would make absolutely no difference to anyone (that's only $1 billion).

I assume you meant $1,000,000,000,000 i.e. $1 trillion, which would come close to destroying the american dollar and economy in one easy step...

Sears admits to joining spyware biz

Sean M

How 2971 words is 54 pages

This web page gives a detailed description : http://www.benedelman.org/news/010108-1.html

There are 2,971 words of text, shown in a small scroll box with just ten lines visible, requiring fully 54 on-screen pages to view in full

'Extortionist' turns Wi-Fi thief to cover tracks

Sean M

@John Parker

"Can't we have a new setting for Wifi routers that is "Free for all" - so if we want to create a little free hotspot we can?"

You already do, change the SSID to "Public Access" or "Free Public WiFi" or something similiar.

Violin plays AMD for memory monster

Sean M

@ Adam White (physical connection)


"PCI Express interface (4x & 8x interfaces)"

"The Violin 1010 Memory Appliance is connected to a host via the PCI Express interface. This connection requires a Host Interface Board (HIB) and a PCIe Cable"

Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

Sean M


I notice that there is no wikipedia page for amanfromMars, I'm sure this omission will be corrected soon

Sun warns of voracious, collapsing data centers

Sean M

Waste heat

So, build the data centre in some very cold place (Alaska, Iceland, Moscow etc.) underground, then build a shopping centre / tower block / business park / several housing estates on top of it.

And make money out of the waste heat as well.

Net Asbo slap for boasting Bebo teen

Sean M

link to story in Norwich newspaper


Nokia to offer unlimited music downloads... for free

Sean M

URL, press release, and good news

Cynical aren't we?


And I quote "Once the year is complete, customers can keep all their music without having to worry about it disappearing when their subscription is over."

Nope, I have no idea how they're going to make any money out of this either!

Rackspace flattened by Texas trucker

Sean M

Rackspace's fault


No, sorry, if the servers go down, it's Rackspace's fault. Period. It's their job to make sure the servers stay running and they failed.

A total power failure is to be expected at some point and should (and can) be covered, and wasn't.

UK gov greenlights 450MW wind farm

Sean M

Storing wind power

"You can't store wind power"

Not easily, although there are options (batteries, pumping water uphill, flywheels, heat and insulate), none of which are very efficient.

On the other hand, wind power is MORE reliable than nuclear power at present. Currently 50% of British nuclear power stations are offline, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7082518.stm

Start-up rolls out meaty desktop cluster

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Could generate a lot of heat

From the website, the maximum amount of power coming from them is 3600 watts. Not including the monitor.

Hey, you fry (or grill) your breakfast on it too!


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