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Comment: Re:We need more than that (Score 2) 442

by Trevelyan (#44006817) Attached to: Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages
In the US because of the Mickey Mouse Protection Act or rather the Copyright Term Extension Act.

Basically every time Mickey Mouse is about to go out of copyright and into the public domain, Disney lobby for copyright to be extended.

Given that they actively use MM, their Trade Mark on him will never expire. Isn't that enough? Why continuously extend copyright?

Comment: OwnCloud News (Score 2) 335

by Trevelyan (#43973663) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?
I have an instance of OwnCloud setup at home. I use it mostly for syncing contact and calendar data. I'm even subscribed to my girlfriends calendar and vice versa. The WebDav part I only really use as a quick way to get files from one device to another, and by device I mean smartphone, tablets as well as proper computers.

When Google announced the closure of Reader, OwnCloud started work on a news reader app too. I've been running it since the beta and I'm very happy.

Comment: Re:wayland's flopping, lets try again! (Score 1) 354

by Trevelyan (#43077625) Attached to: Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland
Here is a rather long IRC discussion between the Wayland and a Mir developer(s) on why..

AFAI can tell, a year ago when Canocial/Ubutunu were deciding which way to go, they stopped believing that Wayland would mature into something that fits their grand plans. Instead of discussing these concerns with the wayland people, they decided to fork Android's graphic stack. (and thus be able to talk to all the ARM SoC blob drivers that support it).

So we're going to get one Unity/Mir/Ubuntu stack on everything from Phones to Desktops....

In the end none of their concerns about wayland turned out to be valid. Daniel Stone even has a compositor that does server-side buffer allocation and runs on said ARM SoC h/w. None of the insecure wayland input remarks on Mir's wiki are true, etc.. Not that it matters now, Ubuntu have already invested in Mir and will likely continue to do so; it will after all, being under their control, no doubt fit perfectly into their grand plans.

Comment: An exercise in suspending disbelief.. (Score 2) 187

by Trevelyan (#41911599) Attached to: James Bond Film <em>Skyfall</em> Inspired By Stuxnet Virus
To enjoy the film, which I did, I had to actively ignore anything that was said in relational to IT. Something that I find hard to do.

The concept behind the plot, while at the most extreme of technical possibility, was a valid idea to explore in a piece of fiction. The Iranians would likely have never detected stuxnet if its 'herders' had kept a better control on its spreading. Imagine something like that in a western government (as the victim). No, what annoyed me most is that they didn't even bother. Simply swapping some of the IT buzzwords in the script for ones that actually meant something in the given context, would have greatly improved its palatability. However that would mean employing someone with real IT knowledge on the writing team. Such a person might have gone insane or have made the script 'boring' with too much attention to accuracy, who knows.

One theory I had when leaving the film, was that maybe the makers didn't want to give the general public any ideas or tips in how someone would go about achieving any of the anarchy portrayed in the film. The more misinformed about computer 'hacking' the safer we'll all be...

Comment: Missunderstanding the issues (Score 5, Informative) 455

by Trevelyan (#41739121) Attached to: Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11
The two main complaints I see discussed here appear to derive from some fundamental misunderstandings about what Wayland is.

Wayland is a Protocol and an optional helper library to implementing that protocol. This protocol says nothing about net work transparency, in both the sense of enabling or prohibiting it. It also says nothing about client decorations. The key points here is not to make a decision for or against any particular technology or methodology and then be stuck with that decision for the next 20 years, like we are with X.

How or if, either of these work is all down to the compositor. The reference compositor 'Weston' does not do network transparency and leaves window decoration to the client or its toolkit. However none of the big desktops, i.e end users, will be using this compositor. For example KDE will continue to use Kwin as their wayland compositor, and KDE have already clearly said that Kwin will be decorating their windows and not the clients!

As to network transparency, all windows are drawn to their own back buffers, and where these buffers will be eventually displayed is also the choice of the compositor, and it might well just decided to send them over a network connection. e.g. like what VNC does.

I think if you base your opinion on what other people say, including me, then maybe you shouldn't comment? All of this is discussed first hand on the Wayland web site and/or mailing list.

Unfortunately since I've posted a bit late, I doubt many will read this...

Comment: False sense of security? (Score 1) 454

by Trevelyan (#40976731) Attached to: DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It
Most people use the standard 4 digit pin, this pin unlocks the keys to the encrypted FS.

With physical access to the phone, one can brute force a 4 digit numeric pin in about 20mins. The brute force has to be done on the phone itself, because you can't access the keys directly, but rather the API of the crypto chip. So you boot your brute force boot image via DFU mode. This of course bypasses any wipe on X failed attempts settings that might have been set in iOS.

Alphanumeric PINs are a PITA, so I'd suggest using a 7 or more digit numeric PIN. This is done by turning off simple passcode and then entering a passcode with only numbers (dispite the full keyboard). When asked for the passcode again to unlock the iPhone will give the normal numbers keypad. (Telling a hacker that your pins only uses numbers, but also make your life much easier).

Comment: Pre-judged? (Score 1) 60

by Trevelyan (#37854188) Attached to: Oracle-Google Trial Won't Start Until Next Year
"In the final stage, 'all remaining issues will be tried, including damages and willfulness.'"

Wouldn't using the word 'wilfulness' suggest he already thinks Google did something wrong?
You or I may or may not think that, but a judge should try to remain neutral. Maybe a 'if needed be' or some such context was cut out of the quote.

Comment: Re:Pooling Opinions... (Score 2) 189

by Trevelyan (#37340582) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike's Solution To the SSL CA Problem
Well one interesting configuration is to use untrustable notaries (or notaries using untrustable sources), such PRC, DHS, FSB, etc. If any one is trying to trick you with a fake certificate for a MITM attacks, the others are not likely to agree that the certificate is genuine. Unless you believe such state powers would co-operate on getting at your encrypted sessions.

"Pull the wool over your own eyes!" -- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs