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Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 259

by carvell (#47158779) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

The US model of the iPhone 5s/5c doesn't support band 7, which is technically used in the UK by EE:

I live in the UK and to be honest I wouldn't bother at all with 4G. It's only available in some city centres and practically speaking (i.e. for using on a phone) it's not really better than H+.

I wouldn't worry about it.

Comment: Copying (most) DVDs still illegal (Score 2) 92

by carvell (#46613739) Attached to: UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

As noted in this report, Technological Protection Measures (TPMs) (i.e. CSS) are still protected:

"Consistent with the approach taken in relation to other exceptions, no reference to TPMs is made within draft Section 28B. Effective TPMs which prevent copying of copyright materials will however continue to be protected, separately to copyright protection, under Section 296ZA CDPA, and circumvention of such measures will continue to be prohibited."

Comment: Re:Fail: crackable in just two days w desktop PC (Score 1) 154

by carvell (#43028851) Attached to: RSA: Self-Encrypting USB Hard Drives for all Operating Systems (Video)
I think you may have misinterpreted how the device works.

Certainly with the FIPS device I use, there are 6 factory programmed 256 bit encryption keys stored in the device. All the pin code does is unlock the factory code that is currently in use in the encryption hardware. The encryption keys are not derived in any way from the pin code.

If you get the pin wrong 10 times then one of the encryption keys is erased and you move onto the next one. Once 6 have been erased, the device is permanently useless. This all happens well before any attempt to access the data via sata or any other means.

+ - Android phone 'wipeout' security flaw exposed->

Submitted by carvell
carvell (764574) writes "A weakness that can cause all the data stored on Android smartphone handsets to be erased has been found.

Websites tricked users into activating malicious code by clicking on-screen phone numbers, Ravi Borgaonkar, from the Technical University Berlin, said.

No Android could tell the difference between actual phone numbers and USSD codes recognised by handsets as instructions to re-set or wipe its memory card, he wrote in a blog post.

Android maker Google has issued a fix.

Mr Borgaonkar is urging Android phone owners to ensure they have the latest updates."

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Comment: Re:perhaps they want to examine packet logs? (Score 1) 107

by carvell (#38259282) Attached to: GCHQ Challenge Solution Explained
Why do people think this is anything other than a publicity stunt to generate internet-chatter and pimp their name about a bit?

The details of the challenge are almost certainly irrelevant - anyone can apply for GCHQ jobs directly with them, without having to complete a challenge.

The more their name is banded around forums and sites like slashdot the better, as they'll get more people applying for their jobs, which can only be good for them.

Comment: Linux build is available (Score 3, Informative) 229

by carvell (#34106064) Attached to: Firesheep Author Reflects On Wild Week

A linux build is available here. It's an firefox addon file (xpi). I have it up and running on Ubuntu fine. You'll need libpcap installed obviously.

You need to make sure you run firesheep-backend --fix-permissions as root manually before it'll work. You'll find this in Firefox's plugins directory.

All info taken from here.

+ - Man jailed over computer password refusal-> 1

Submitted by carvell
carvell (764574) writes "A teenager has been jailed for 16 weeks after he refused to give police the password to his computer.

Oliver Drage, 19, of Liverpool, was arrested in May 2009 by police tackling child sexual exploitation.

Police seized his computer but could not access material on it as it had a 50-character encryption password."

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Comment: Re:Quaint system... (Score 1) 334

by carvell (#32375926) Attached to: UK Home Office Set To Scrap National ID Cards
They don't check anything. I'm constantly requesting copies of birth certificates (genealogy) and I've never been asked anything. Just find the person whose certificate you're after, look them up in the BMD indexes and bingo bango, one officially approved birth certificate arrives in the post a week or so later.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.