* Posts by CommanderGalaxian

264 posts • joined 21 May 2013

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Irrelevant

>>Re: Irrelevant

>>You will. You will be made to. And if you continue to resist, your name will be added to the official list of dissenters.

Vote YES. September 18th.

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

CommanderGalaxian

IR35

"By contrast, London’s biggest firm Addison Lee provides its own cars, but registers its drivers as self-employed."

Surely the whole point of being self-employed is that you provide your own tools and equipment to do the job? Anything else and you are a "disguised employee".

This is the sort of practice that allowed HMRC to bring in the IR35 legislation in the first.

Boffins attempt to prove the universe is just a hologram

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Sock gnomes

And, of course, there's the other phenomena of searching high and low for your car keys, then after a while discovering that they are in a place you have already searched.

NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: and Ghostery tells me,

"Ironically, the page on which Ghostery was reporting was devoted to an Edward Snowden article..."

No irony there at all. Whoever reads that page ends up on a list. And then gets tracked wherever else they go on the web.

Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

CommanderGalaxian

There's just no satisfying some folk.

FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: So

I guess they could have done the same as the Chinese guy who used to work at the same place as me. Just drag and drop endless amounts of functional specs and test documents into an online Chinese portal. When quizzed about it he just said that it was to translate English documents into Chinese so he could better understand them. Management shrugged their shoulders and said - "oh ok then, whatever".

UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: No problem for me then !

"Can someone actually provide a detailed definition of "dangerous indiviual"."

Well according to the most recent information, that would be anyone who:

1) Uses Tor

2) Uses Tails

3) Reads Linux magazines

4) Uses Linux?

5) Reads websites whose content is privacy or security orientated.

For example - a website like this https://prism-break.org/en/

HTH.

Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

CommanderGalaxian
Flame

What sort of tubes downvote correct techincal information?

NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

CommanderGalaxian
Alert

Re: If you've got an audio voice recording...

"are there any grid signalling/control signals sent over power?"

Yes, there are timing signals. All sources of generation have to be co-oridinated to run at exactly the same phase and frequencey. If you buy yourself a decent oscilloscope with decent noise filtering capabilities, you can see the timing signals. Look at the sinusoid, just around the point where it crosses zero, look for tiny spikes or saw tooth patterns - they are the timing signals.

I should caution that you shouldn't stick your oscilloscope probes into the live and neutral holes of your wall socket unless you have been certified (in 17th edition regs, etc.).

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: 50Hz hum randomiser

That's not a good plan. Just like shinning lasers at aircraft as they are trying to land and squawking on police frequencies, if you start dicking about with frequencies on the national grid you will find you receive a lot of very determined attention very quickly.

Double plus ungood is the fact that you are now the eejit almost certainly with a unique noisy ENF.

Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

CommanderGalaxian
Flame

Re: A basic misunderstanding of supernovae

Franson isn't questioning the speed of light. What he is actually saying, is that over those sort of distances, you can't consider space to be a true vaccum - you have to take into account quantum mechanical effects. Only an idiot would accuse him of being an idiot without first bothering to RTFM.

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: Did Einstein predict the speed of light?

Einstein recognised the significance of what Maxwell had stumbled upon (and proved) - that the speed of light is a constant - no matter what, not relative to anything (people kept asking the question 'constant relative to what what?'. Einstein through his theories of relativity explained why it isn't relative to anything.

BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

CommanderGalaxian
Joke

Re: Funny

What's so "super" about it then?

CommanderGalaxian
Linux

Filter trouble then.

That'll be them fiddling with their new DNS based censorship filters then. The good news (for the moment) is that they haven't (yet) blocked things like openDNS.

Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: I'd be more concerned

Indeed, if Facebook read inbetween the lines and get it wrong, you get spammed with yet more annoying irrelevant adverts. And if you get fed up with it, you can simply abandon Facebook. If the likes of GCHQ read between the lines and get it wrong, as a minimum - your life is turned upside down, if not ruined - and without any sort of remedy.

Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Err, so what gets tested at test time?

Yes, that's basically my point, if the "encryption" method is to run code that is functionaly equivalent to - but not actually the actual code - then wtf? Can't see it catching on for avionics and the like.

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Err, so what gets tested at test time?

But surely in order to develop, debug and test, you will still have to use unencrypted binaries. And there's the problem, once you switch on encryption, the code you will be running will no longer be the code you have tested.

But then maybe once you get to test stage you could just use the encrypted version. But then, if there is a problem (and there will be), you will have to switch back to the unencrypted version for debugging...which won't be exactly the same as the encrypted version.

Then again, maybe there will be an auto-unencrypting decompiler/debugger to go with the compiler.

For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

CommanderGalaxian
Pirate

Re: Where will it all end?

Chewing gum.

Tipex.

CD Marker pens.

They all have other use too. >:-)

Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Shirley...

Is there a noodie version of Cortana?

It's Google's no-wheel car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Rockin speed daemons.

Give it time. It's bound to catch on, just like the Sinclair C5.

Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

CommanderGalaxian
Unhappy

I feel let down.

I thought we were supposed to be building a Death Star?

I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get

Your house isn't currency but it gets taxed. Your car gets taxed. Your tv gets taxed. Your gas and electricity get taxed. Your clothes get taxed. Your food gets taxed. Etc Etc Etc. WTF country do you live in where only currency gets taxed!?

Cops cuff 5 suspects after Silk Road copycat secret drug souk bust

CommanderGalaxian

Re: At this point...

Not necessarily so. Read the details, basically they busted folk by pretending to buyers/sellers. And carrying out stings just as normal in meatspace. Also, TOR has never claimed to defend against traffic flow analysis (specifically the fine manual warns that it doesn't) - you don't need to be able to decrypt the messages between Alice and Bob - you just need to know that statistically they are communicating something. And if, let's say, your are Alice and ask (anonymous) Bob to deliver some drugs to your pal Pete and when Bob then drops by Pete's house to drop the drugs off...and then at that point Bob discovers the hard way that Pete is actually Pete the Plod - then Bob is very much frier tucked and now very decidely unanonymous.

Vice squad cuffs vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation in $1m money-laundering probe

CommanderGalaxian
Flame

>>Interesting see how they prove criminal intend when anonymity is one of bitcoin's strengths.

Bitcoin is NOT fucking anonymous. How many fucking times...

http://bitcoin.org/en/protect-your-privacy

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Anonymity

etc

Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: Proving His Enemies Right... ExCUSE me?

>>Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?

As a minimum it gives them huge leverage. And if they really wanted to, it gives them the economic equivalent of the nuclear option. Bear in mind, just a few months back when the US government shut down, the Chinese were threatening - the US better keep paying their debts [to us the Chinese] and not default - or else.

Once upon there was an empire called Rome - it was big and powerful and subjugated peoples paid 'tribute' to the Romans. Then Rome grew fat and lazy and thought they could keep their enemies at bay by reversing the whole process and paying 'tribute' to them. Of course, the Goths and the Vandals and the Huns saw this for what it was - weakness. And the rest is history.

Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

Re: Block by default

>>If you make your browser safe than JS can't hurt it.

>>

But surely people shouldn't have to worrying about making their browsers safe??? Surely the damn things should be safe out of the box?

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

CommanderGalaxian
Unhappy

Re: DNS only / No just porn!

>>If it's only using DNS, on the base that BT doesn't also block traffic to any non-BT DNS, just point your PC (or whatever device) DNS client to 8.8.8.8 (Google) or 208.67.222.222 (OpenDNS).

That won't work. Their filter is designed to block DNS requests - i.e. it doesn't matter whether you are using OpenDNS or another DNS server to do your DNS queries. If you choose to opt of of the filter, they say (for now) that you can use DNS servers other than BT's.

It's very easy to do what they are doing [DNS was not desinged to cope with large scale sabotage by those who control the main infrastructure - it assumed they would be friendlies]. To see how easy it is to filter DNS requests - download a copy of Wireshark - while you still can. :-(

Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

CommanderGalaxian
Go

Re: I genuinely do not understand...

>>I would genuinely like to hear the motivation behind the creator of this.

Take your pick:

A) To show what a pile of shite the XBOX one is.

B) To highlight the density of those stupid enough to buy one.

CommanderGalaxian
Go

Re: I genuinely do not understand...

>>I would genuinely like to hear the motivation behind the creator of this.

Presumably to show what a pile of shite the XBOX one is.

To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

CommanderGalaxian
Facepalm

What a bunch of idiots. Everybody knows terrorists are all on "Puffin Party"!

People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

CommanderGalaxian
WTF?

Re: No different than cash?

>>In it's anonymity.

Why do so many people think Bitcoin is anonymous. Peeps fer fuck sake RTFM:

http://bitcoin.org/en/faq#is-bitcoin-anonymous

http://slashdot.org/story/13/12/02/0035206/rms-calls-for-truly-anonymous-payment-alternative-to-bitcoin

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

CommanderGalaxian
Stop

Re: Interesting

"....Should cause a laugh and will hopefully cause them to have me refused entry and flown back to blighty...."

Dude - that's really not a good idea. They might fly you back eventually - after you've spent several months in detention. They really don't have a sense of humour.

LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

CommanderGalaxian
Big Brother

Re: Damnit

>>Now I'm going to have to setup a transparent outbound proxy to filter all outbound http(s) traffic

Why assume it's http(s)? Just block every outbound connection attempt from the tv, blue-ray player etc, regardless of protocol used.

CommanderGalaxian
Big Brother

Re: And...

>>Will all the TV's (anything else? BluRay players?) that do this get patched or only stuff less then a year old?

Realistically, I think you need to assume yes - everything else is probably doing the same. Me personally, I had already been thinking of updating my firewall setup to stop devices like this initiating outbound connections.

My name is NOT Dread Pirate Roberts: Silk Road accused's fam'n'friends stump up $1m bail

CommanderGalaxian
WTF?

Re: Solitary Confinement?

>>Yet another example of Obama's Justice Department running totally out of control.

>>Maybe Obama will hound this guy to suicide, too.

Even although most of Obama's Justice Department laws were brought in during Republican times....?

Chinese Bitcoin exchange disappears, along with £2.5m

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

419

I'm not clear why this destabalises Bitcoin anymore than 419 scammers destabalise traditional currencies. If you send your money abroad to...well...vaguely somehwhere, with a promise of vaguely something - what exactly would you expect to happen?

Doesn't matter whether it's Sterling, Euros, Dollars or Bitcoins.

Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

CommanderGalaxian
Joke

Flap Flap

And parachutes are the enemy of Skydivers learning how to fly.

Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

CommanderGalaxian
WTF?

Without IPv6 - "...sensors, and other consumer and commercial devices cannot connect directly to the Internet."

Exactly how is this a bad thing?

Web.com DNS hijack: How hacktivists went on a mass web joyride spree

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: In another area of life

>If my bank received a fax , with my name at the bottom...

Speaking from personal experience, don't be surprised if they do. Thankfully I did get it back, not least (and perhaps luckily) as it could easily be seen that I couldn't be at a cash machine in one country while simultaneously sending a fax from another.

Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: Why not get Satellite broadband?

In one word: Latencey. Have you ever used satellite broadband? Thought not.

Seriously - for satellite broadband the killer is latencey. A modern web page with all its asorted irrelevant junk, 3rd party links and other assorted debris takes for ever to download. Doesn't matter a jot if it tells you you have a 1 mbit downlink - you will only get that sort of speed if you are ftping a single file.

CommanderGalaxian

Contention

A lot of the problem isn't caused by poor quality copper or overly long distances from the exchange to subscriber - it's caused by unbundled BT exchanges that allow BT to rip the arse out of things by hooking up 50 subscribers to a single ADSL line.

UK bankers prep for cyberwar: Will simulate ATTACK on system

CommanderGalaxian
Happy

Strange men bearing gifts.

What about the KVMs?

Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: originally belonged to?

Dude, FYI:

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Anonymity

and

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/09/05/follow-the-bitcoins-how-we-got-busted-buying-drugs-on-silk-roads-black-market/

CommanderGalaxian
Terminator

>From a technical perspective, would it be possible for other users of BitCoin to know which Bitcoins landed in FBI hands from the blockchain...

Not really no. But unfortunately - BitCoin being only really pseudo-anon - it could be possible for the Feds to figure who the BitCoins originally belogned too.

CommanderGalaxian
Childcatcher

>>Well they probably sold them, that would explain the dip in the bitcoin prices.

>Of course that could have been a few dealers cashing out but the charts show the big sales just with a couple of hours.

Sounds like Insider Trading to me. You would assume they do the honourable thing and turn themselves in, rather than profiting from drugs and crime and things....

The LSD guru, the 1980s pop-star and video games to reprogram your brain

CommanderGalaxian
Happy

Favourite Season?

Mines Autumn.

NSA in new SHOCK 'can see public data' SCANDAL!

CommanderGalaxian
Terminator

Re: re: social media is public

"Assuming you friended the NSA !"

https://www.facebook.com/NSACareers?ref=ts&fref=ts

So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

CommanderGalaxian

Re: rdrand

No. Not really. Least not for millions. Or billions.

Even an old clunky basic model WWII electro mechanical Enigma machine would appear random up to a trillion or so characters. Modern crypto is *way* more random.

Except, of course, if you have inside knowledge...like what we got by capturing an Enigma machine and were then able to work out that there were a limted number of seed values (a few thousand?) - and hence break the apparently random stream.

BTW: this isn't exactly a new issue:

http://www.wired.com/politics/security/commentary/securitymatters/2007/11/securitymatters_1115

CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

It's all about KISS.

"The issue was not about wasting cycles - it's about whether it can *reduce* entropy. ..."

It won't reduce entropy - and it will defo not increase it! (An increase being what you want). So why run yet more s/w - purposelessly? Just something else that can break.

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