* Posts by mixbsd

25 posts • joined 18 Sep 2007

Gmail cuts out the meatspace with canned replies


Not all bad

Canned responses to canned virus hoaxes would be a good use for it.

Amy Winehouse pitches for Bond theme


Well it doesn't matter now...

According to "E! Online" (sounds like an e-tailer of MDMA) Winehouse is off the project: http://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/20080504/en_movies_eo/2dacc19194ee_46ef_92e9_936cf384e3b8

UK net registry battles coup d'etat


specialresolution6.com? why?

For all the pros and cons in this argument, what sticks out more is the .com registration for the campaign website. Since specialresolution6.org.uk and specialresolution6.org are also registered, why bother registering and redirecting users to the .com equivalent?

Caribbean firm circumvents BD+ copy protection


And the first movie they copied...

was "Pirates of The Caribbean", naturally.

Asterisk mauled by buffer overflow bug


SIP channel driver

I would say the 2nd bug would be the most serious. Anyone who is able to make unauthenticated calls could certainly make it a very expensive bug to exploit.

Phorm agrees to independent inspection of data pimping code


New term

Whorm [pronounced 'hawrm']

noun: a privacy advocate who sells himself to a spyware/adware/malware monger.

Net think tank: Phorm is illegal


@The Other Steve

I more like a phial of phail.

Notorious spammer pleads guilty to tax evasion and fraud


27 pairs of shoes

Is this Robert Soloway or Roberta Soloway?

Strange how owning lots of shoes and committing fraud seem to go hand-in-hand (or foot-in-hand). Think Imelda Marcos.

BT admits misleading customers over Phorm experiments


@Jonathan - Phorm PR

Phorm's own blog at http://www.phorm.com/blog/ hasn't had a new post since March 7th. Even the Phorm CEO/Chairman/President/King-of-his-own-shrinking-fiefdom has been silenced.

What's interesting is that on http://www.iii.co.uk/investment/detail?type=&code=cotn%3APHRM.L&it=le&display=community you'll see a list of investors with Phorm Inc in their portfolio that also have these companies (amongst others):

BT Group PLC

Carphone Warehouse Group (The) PLC

Talk about triple whammy.

Convicted cybercrook stands for election in the Ukraine


@John A Blackley

Not a contradiction in this case: he obviously made enough millions pilfering credit-card numbers that he could actually focus on ideas to improve his country.

Seriously though, if a common thief like this carder can get into politics, it's no wonder an adware/malware author like Kent Ertugrul can get into bed with an ISP or three.

BBC's download iPlayer goes titsup


Another possibility

Perhaps the Beeb will just cut their losses and dump the entire service. Does the BBC's Charter even mandate that they have to provide this service?

French Googleslayer gets the green light


Your tax-euros at work

Why don't they just call it "QUANGO"? Seems to be about as useful as one.

Afghan networks start nightly shutdown



Don't you mean "the Tele-ban", Shirley?

Notts police seize mobile phone stun gun


Daylight robbery

Surprised it wasn't disguised as an iPhone - they must be mugger-magnets. Besides, buying an iPhone is a good way to be parted from your wallet.

Palm Centro smartphone


Curved-corner oblongs

And so, the form factor will be called "curved-corner oblong". Bit of a mouthful, that. How about "lozenge" instead?

Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix


Black Box Mentality

Home Server looks like a turnkey solution for people who can't be bothered to learn how to set up simple network shares.

Kind of ironic that something billed as a backup device actually corrupts data.

CPW builds wall between customers and Phorm



Why does Phorm's ticker symbol look so much like a virus name?

Phorm launches data pimping fight back


Website Injections

Remember Belkin's gaffe with unauthorised web redirections in their routers? The sort of spammy nonsense that causes web-based services like DynDNS to fail?


Now we have ISP's injecting code into website responses, just like Rogers wants to do in Canada (for bandwidth cap reminders):


I bet Phorm has already approached Rogers with a view to implementing ad-spamming on their network too.

Any ISP doing business with Phorm is a Bad Thing™ (or is that "Any ISP doing business with this "Thing" is bad Phorm"?)

Data pimping: surveillance expert raises illegal wiretap worries



It wouldn't be too difficult to compile a list of companies who utilise the ad brokers/publishers connected to Phorm.

Boycott the lot of 'em.

Anti-spammer fined $60K for DNS lookup 'hack'


So now an AXFR request is illegal?

If the spammer or their DNS host was negligent enough not to block access to zone transfer information, then the information could arguably be called public domain. What happens next? If I visit a spammer's website to gather evidence, that'll be illegal too?

DVLA's 5m driver details giveaway


How much...

... would they sell Gordon Brown's personal data for? At a couple of quid each, perhaps the whole cabinet's personal information can be abused too.

Hasbro fires off legal letters over Scrabulous


Not exclusive to Facebook

I registered with Scrabulous and played a few games on Saturday and I'm not on Facebook.

Total arse if the site gets pulled.

Mind you, Mattel is very litigation-happy when it comes to trademarks: http://csc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/2006/2006scc22/2006scc22.html

Rove investigator erases his PCs - to kill computer virus


PC Disinfection 101

The question is: even if Bloch did not trust his in-house IT dept to wipe this "virus", why didn't the outside IT contractor back up any files before wiping the disk?

Amazon opens DRM-free music store


Label names

"Amazon claims that several labels - Sugar Hill and Trojan - have never sold digital music in unprotected form before"

Let me guess, Trojan is owned by Sony? If not, they should be.

Jobs hits London to announce O2 iPhone deal


"must-have handset"

I read that as "must-have mindset" the first time around.


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