* Posts by David Greaves

8 posts • joined 1 Aug 2007

Dogs and arson feature in top 10 data recovery disasters

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If they're so good....

... maybe they can accept this challenge:


A normal fully functioning drive overwritten with 0s

Not exactly hard to do.

Getting back data from an accidentally damaged drive is one thing - a criminal with a bit of tech savvy OTOH.

Mind you a disaster recovery firm who can recover data from a PC after spilling wine on the keyboard. Wow! They must be good.

Black hats attack gaping DNS hole

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freedom2surf.net :: POOR (server0009.freedom2surf.net) appears to have POOR source port randomness and GREAT transaction ID randomness.

Forth Bridge painters to down brushes in 2012

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Gates Horns

re: Can I get some of that paint?

@Liam O'Flaherty


They make it but won't retail it. It would screw up the DIY paint business model.

Hungarians unleash dog bark translator

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How do they know?

If mere people can only judge the canine emotional state correctly 40% of the time then who - or what - was able to determine that the software got it right 43% of the time?

There's clearly a Dr Who angle in there somewhere...

This emergency alert has been cancelled by Hotmail

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Email - that well known 1:1 communication tool

So basically Microsoft consider Hotmail no longer appropriate for use as a community communication tool?

No mailing lists, no big cc lists.

A lot of people will have started out on Hotmail and even now may not have the tech-savvy to know they're being screwed.

How long I wonder until there's a cost option that lets Hotmail users use mailing lists? Either for the senders or the users?

Nah, Microsoft would never do that!

It's Open Season on open source

David Greaves

Interesting and enjoyable

I look forward to the next instalment :)

You mentioned some services that may be interesting - maybe you could expand on the state of play around trust and identity in open source and standards? The whole Passport vs Liberty Alliance seems to have gone quiet; and of course the ever present spam problem seems to be a trust/identity issue at heart.

Services that addressed these issues successfully would, I feel, truly be worthy of Web 2.0 tags.

Texas Instruments stands out with 3D TV

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Mmmm - lcd contact lenses....

Wake me up when they make lcd contact lenses with the circuitry covering the iris... (silver or glowing, of course).

Now that would be getting somewhere....

Linkedin spurns bug bounty hunter

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Beyond reproach.

So LinkedIn didn't test their code? They released a product into the public arena that contained a flaw. Who would *directly* suffer if this flaw was exploited? Not LinkedIn; the users.

So someone comes along and finds the flaw. They spend time making sure it is a flaw. It is. They notify LinkedIn and ask for compensation for their work. LinkedIn refuse (why should they pay, *they* aren't at risk and they get it for free in a few days anyhow).

If LinkedIn (or any business) had confidence in their site then they'd have a policy of paying for such exploits - after all there aren't any are there? They do continually penetration test the site don't they? Oh wait, no. The risk is external (as Schneier would say).

Jared was being responsible - there is no 'bobby on the beat' who knocks at your door and says "did you know your windows are unlocked around the back". So Jared has become an entrepeneur - he walks the beat and finds problems. The community doesn't pay him for this service so he asks for (not demands) support from those he helps.

What other motivation do LinkedIn have to fix their problem? None. They were told that there was a problem and obviously did not have the expertise to fix it *even knowing it was there*.

Eventually, when they realise that designing and testing the site properly would be cheaper than paying Jared, his job is done.

The approach Jared used seems to be beyond reproach.

Ask yourself - what would LinkedIn say if they discovered Jared had approached NatWest with a way to undetectably remove funds from the LinkedIn business account; and NatWest had told him to take a hike?

"Unprofessional. Practically criminal! That's *our* money!!"

Oh, really?


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