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Comment: I lied. I'm not Amish. (Score 1) 140

by burne (#45801621) Attached to: What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

but, I would, if I (and the Amish) could. Find a way to combine their lifestyle with a non-religious set of life values, that is. And a month a year without disruptive technology is the bare minimum.

(Note the difference between atheist ("not believing in an almighty super being") versus non-religious..)

Comment: Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (Score 1) 526

by burne (#45395053) Attached to: Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

Also, fuel fires are easier to deal with. Just spray a bunch of foam everywhere and you're pretty much good.

You seem to seriously underestimate the amount of science that goes into extinguishing fires. The average crash tender carries five completely different systems for fighting various fires, and every fire department has a sixth one ready. Then again: the stuff that they carry isn't designed for the kind of danger a high power car battery poses. But, expect larger L2 firefighting systems becoming standard on your average fire truck real soon now.

Comment: Re:AES (Score 4, Informative) 472

by burne (#44792175) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?
One Bruce Schneier is a (loud) advocate for increasing the number of rounds in AES. Currently it's set at 16, and he advocates increasing it to much more. His main reason for this is that there's a differential crypto-analysis attack against known plaintext data encrypted with reduced rounds AES implementations. In short: If you know or control some of the encrypted data, you can extract bits of the key by comparing changes between encrypted known data. The bits you gain reduce the keyspace you need to search. AES according to the guidelines isn't vulnerable for this. Yet.

Comment: Re:rly? (Score 1) 211

by burne (#44479201) Attached to: The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet

Just try wikipedia before replying on a subject you don't know shit about.

31st century BC is perhaps a bit doubtful. It's shitting in a trench with running water. But, something you would recognise as a toilet appeared in Richmond Palace in 1596. Too bad Queen Elizabeth (the first) refused to use it because of the noise it made.

A bowl you shit in, with a drain, and a flushing apparatus above it.

Comment: Re:WTF.. (Score 1) 125

by burne (#44210993) Attached to: Mount Everest Gets 4G Connectivity

While on holiday in Northumberland and Cumbria I was actually pleasantly surprised by the speed and coverage and even the price for 3G data. £25 for a huawei dongle and 2Gbyte data. At the time I would have paid €100 down here for the same hardware and number of bytes. Yes, coverage in the Pennines was restricted to near roads and villages, but that is to be expected.

Comment: NXP seems to be the common factor (Score 1) 398

by burne (#43918435) Attached to: Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

NXP, google it yourself, don't believe me. NXP's Mifare is insecure, used in Oyster, OV-Chip and a few other very large deployments. Similar weak chipsets are found inside key fobs. Similar problems. Trivially exploitable. Just listening and some knowledge of the platform is enough to predict the next 'secure' exchange. And steal the car. Embarrassing: the next car could as well be a extremely expensive Mercedes Benz S-class.

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