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Comment: Re:Anyone can intercept SSH some of the time (Score 1) 33

by AmiMoJo (#48686043) Attached to: Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

This attack looks like something else though, judging by the numbers they are attacking. I speculate:

- They have fake certificates from trusted authorities for some major sites, and use MITM attacks to serve up fake pages with them. We know that GCHQ loves doing the latter, so it's a question of working out which certificate authorities have been compromised and deleting them. We can also potentially defend against this by using more certificate pinning and warnings which certificates change unexpectedly, as well as distributed certificate checks (to make sure the one you get is the same one everyone else gets).

- They capture a lot of encrypted data but don't decrypt all of it. They store the data and crack it later if it seems interesting. Much of the cracking probably relies on flaws in the implementation of the encryption - small RSA keys, bad PRNGs (we know that the NSA compromised at least a few of them) and the like. They seem to have massive amounts of computing power available too, which is hardly surprising given what we know of their budget and data centres (really supercomputing centres dedicated to violated your privacy and various laws).

Comment: Re:What the fuck is this pretentious bullshit? (Score 1) 141

by AmiMoJo (#48685265) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Vinyl is better as it is compressed differently

Actually that happens to be exactly correct.

Vinyl records can't be quite as "loud" as CDs, because of the physical limitations of the movement stylus and the durability of the vinyl itself. Basically you can compress (in the sonic sense, making the music sound louder) music on CDs a lot more than you can on vinyl, so the vinyl release of an album can sometimes sound much better than the CD simply because it isn't over-compressed.

A few years later they release the "remastered" version, which is just the vinyl mix on CD, and it sounds great.

Comment: Re:why Facebook? (Score 1) 194

by AmiMoJo (#48685207) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

While I don't have a FB account, I understand why some people do. My friends used to communicate with text messages, and I was always in the loop. Then it all moved to Facebook, and fortunately they remember to invite me to things now but in the early days they either forgot or remembered right at the last moment.

I can see many people being basically obliged to be on FB just to keep up with their social circles. From there it's easy to get sucked in, and people start tagging you on photos etc. It sucks and demonstrates why we need to EU Right to be Forgotten as soon as possible, so we can purge ourselves from social media if they start to misbehave.

Comment: Re:Tried red, black, brown still not happy. (Score 1) 141

by AmiMoJo (#48685051) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I had a similar experience to you. Mechanical keyboards feel nice, but laptop style scissor switch keys are faster and more accurate. I ended up with a Microsoft wireless model. Many of their keyboards have a "compact" layout that sucks, but they do a few that have proper spacing. They tend to have F-lock keys as well, which are not ideal, but they are hard to beat for feel and quality.

The other obvious choice is a Lenovo Thinkpad style keyboard. Their wireless models are insanely expensive though. These days I prefer wireless because it's just so handy to be able to throw the keyboard to one side when I need some desk space.


First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January 60

Posted by timothy
from the every-inch-of-seat-matters dept.
jones_supa writes The wait is finally over for aviation aficionados wanting to book a flight aboard the Airbus A350 XWB. Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the plane, accepted delivery of their first A350 of 80 in order, during a ceremony at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning. This particular A350-900 will enter regular commercial service in January, operating daily flights between its Hamad International Airport hub in Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt, Germany. There are three different iterations of A350 XWB being built: the A350-800, the A350-900 and the A350-1000, which seat 270, 314 and 350 passengers, respectively, in three-class seating. The "XWB" in the name means "extra wide body." The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Curious what it was like to be on the Tuesday delivery flight? Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren was onboard that flight and chronicled the landmark trip in photographs.

Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 2) 162

by AmiMoJo (#48672707) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

Well, someone did DDOS their entire country offline, taking down their official news outlets etc, so apparently they do need some kind of cyber security force.

In fact they do have an internal network, used by universities and companies, and a 3G mobile network. There is something to defend.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 2) 358

by AmiMoJo (#48671815) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

The US is a paragon of free speech â" not because there is no room for improvement, but because all (certainly most) other societies are worse in this regard.

European countries consider themselves more free than the US, it's just that they have a different concept of what freedom is.

In Europe freedom is seen as a two sided coin. You have negative freedom, that is freedom from interference and limits on your behaviour. That includes freedom of speech. Then you have positive freedom, the freedom to participate in society and to prosper. That includes things like the right to vote, the right to a family life, and the right to education.

In the US you can protest loudly outside someone's home day and night. Some people go and protest at the funerals of soldiers, and good natured bikers have to come and form a line to keep them away. In Europe that kind of thing would clash with a person's freedom to have a private life, i.e. to privately grieve for their loved on at the funeral.

We also see the right to a private life clashing with US company's desire to profile everyone and use their personal data for commercial gain, which Europeans consider to be a massive loss of freedom but Americans consider to be a corporation exercising its free speech rights.

Comment: Re:not really likely (Score 3, Interesting) 281

by AmiMoJo (#48671795) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What makes it suspicious is that the hackers seem to have access to Sony's system for an extended period of time before going public. If their goal was to prevent the release of this movie they left it rather late in the day. It doesn't seem to have been their primary goal, and in fact they tried to extort money out of Sony first which seems like an odd thing for a nation state to do.

The only evidence that the FBI has offered are some Korean strings, which by themselves tell us very little.

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