* Posts by ordinaryjoe

3 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Nov 2009

Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M


The Acorn RISC architecture didn't catch on??

Eh... are you sure.? That made me giggle

I just looked up the numbers, back in2008 ARM (from Acorn Risc Machines originally)... their sales of ARM cores went through the 10 Billion barrier, who knows what it is today?

Last time I checked there were only 6 Billion people on the planet.

In fact, trying to avoid ARM is like trying to avoid Starbucks or Reality TV. Even if you were to ensure that your PC, your nettop and your phone were all free from ARM, as a Reg reader you'd probably stll own 2 or 3of the things,in your router, your USB hub, or your car.

Google Instant 'invented by Yahoo! in 2005'


Unnerving - is google trying to tell me something?

I was using google instant a moment ago.

I started typing "I want one of those" looking for a prezzie

I got as far as "I want" when google instant suggested "I want to die".

That's a bit dark....

Will google start instantly feeding me withadd links where I can find assisted suicide, or perhaps buy guns to blow my brains out with?

Perhaps Google might think about filtering some of these instant results? Is it in good taste to speed up the process of investigating means of commiting suicide?

Amazon peddles payment service

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Serious Concerns

This seems like a very strange idea. By far, the biggest concern for most web shoppers is the rising threat of credit card fraud, not the effort expended in typing a credit card number.

This whole model seems mathematically weak. Amazon actually suggest in their blurb, that it might be convenient to use your first name as the first word in the phrase.

I'm not an expert on linguistics, but I think there are 10000 words in common usage and 50% of English language is made up of the first 600 words.

It does not take a genius to figure out that extremely rapidly every combination of words that you or I would think of, will result in a valid passphrase, particularly as they do not allow numbers or special characters in the passphrase.

Therefore the passphrase appears to have virtually no security value at all.

So what would protect my credit card? No login, no presentation of CV number, no match of address supplied against the address registered with the card, my name does not even need to be presented - just a four digit pin.

If I get this right then, there's soon after launch a theif will be able to pick any two words, and then guess a pin. One time in ten thousand its going to be correct? How long would it take even the least experienced developer write a loop that carries out 10000 guesses?

If I were to get drunk and leave my credit card in a bar. I would cancel it because I'm not an idiot. This appears to be like leaving your credit card in every crook-filled bar in every seedy place in the world. However the analogy is not quite right. If I were to physically loose my credit card, a thief would at least got to pick it up, which requires more effort.

Please, someone put me straight. I would prefer to look like an idiot and be reassured, than continue to believe that a company I have previously trusted so much could come up with such an idea.