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+ - Linus Torvalds: Apple's HFS+ is probably the worst file-system ever->

sfcrazy writes: It’s been long since we heard a good rant from Linus Torvalds. Linux doesn't rant much, but when he does he hits the nail and he doesn't mince worlds and this time he targeted Apple's HFS+. Linus says, "The true horrors of HFS+ are not in how it’s not a great filesystem, but in how it’s actively designed to be a bad filesystem by people who thought they had good ideas."
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+ - This USB Wall Charger Secretly Logs Keystrokes From Microsoft Wireless Keyboards

An anonymous reader writes: Privacy and security researcher Samy Kamkar has released a keylogger for Microsoft wireless keyboards cleverly hidden in what appears to be a rather large, but functioning USB wall charger. Called KeySweeper, the stealthy Arduino-based device can sniff, decrypt, log, and report back all keystrokes — saving them both locally and online. This is no toy. KeySweeper includes a web-based tool for live keystroke monitoring, can send SMS alerts for trigger words, usernames, or URLs (in case you want to steal a PIN number or password), and even continues to work after it is unplugged thanks to a rechargeable internal battery. That’s an impressive list of features, especially given that Kamkar told VentureBeat the whole process “took a few days” including a few over Christmas break and this past weekend when he decided “to properly document it.”

+ - UK Prime Minister seeks to resurrect the zombie of compulsory key escrow

Dr_Barnowl writes: The BBC Reports that UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has vowed to introduce a "comprehensive piece of legislation" aimed at there being "no piece of communication" .. "which we cannot read", in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

The only logical means by which this could occur would be by the introduction of compulsory key escrow, and the banning of forms of encryption which do not use it. While the UK already essentially has a legal means to demand your encryption keys (and imprison you indefinitely if you don't comply), this would fall short if you have a credible reason for not having the key any more (such as using an OTR plugin for your chosen chat program).

The US tried a similar tack with Clipper in the 90s.

As we all know, terrorists with any technical chops are unlikely to be affected, given the vast amount of freely available military-grade crypto now available, and the use of boring old cold war tradecraft.

Ironically, France used to ban the use of strong cryptography but has largely liberalized it's regime since 2011.

Comment: Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 248 248

> Unfortunately the process is administered by human beings who are flawed vessels at best. A flawed vessel is even more prone than a sound one to being sunk. Surely all good citizens should allow the government to protect itself from embarrassment when one of its imperfect vessels stuffs up? -- E

Comment: You didn't mention Prof. Folo Lirpa's contribution (Score 1) 49 49

I understand Professor Folo Lirpa of the LMB Institute of Biology, Andorra, provided much of the early work on which the paper which you allude to in this article is based.

Your insensitive clod rating has been appropriately adjusted.

E 8-)

Comment: One or two, uh, overlooked opportunities. (Score 1) 364 364

This is one of these clever technical fixes compromised by certain obvious <strike>problems</strike> opportunities.
  • Powerful vintage cars with mechanically-driven ignition systems.
  • Bad people who disable the cut-off device -it's their car after all!
  • What would happen if a remote shut-off device were stolen or borrowed?
  • A "home-built" remote shut-off device could be boon to criminals. Just the thing for that bullion job.

"Argonaut" Octopus Sucks Air Into Shell As Ballast 72 72

audiovideodisco writes "Even among octopuses, the Argonaut must be one of the coolest. It gets its nickname — 'paper nautilus' — from the fragile shell the female assembles around herself after mating with the tiny male (whose tentacle/penis breaks off and remains in the female). For millennia, people have wondered what the shell was for; Aristotle thought the octopus used it as a boat and its tentacles as oars and sails. Now scientists who managed to study Argonauts in the wild confirm a different hypothesis: that the octopus sucks air into its shell and uses it for ballast as it weaves its way through the ocean like a tiny submarine. The researchers' beautiful video and photographs show just how the Argonaut pulls off this trick. The regular (non-paper) nautilus also uses its shell for ballast, but the distant relationship between it and all octopuses suggests this is a case of convergent evolution."

Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine 145 145

bonch writes "Google Voice Mails have been discovered in Google's search engine, providing audio files, names, and phone number as if you were logged in and checking your own voice mail. Some appear to be test messages, while others are clearly not. Google has since disabled indexing of voice mails outside your own website."

Comment: Ok, so you don't like people showing off. (Score 1) 15 15

I assume that the school made its policy very clear well before the ceremony started, and reiterated it immediately just before it did.

To entirely deny a pupil a school certificate for a momentary lapse in judgement is extreme. Presumably the school simply plans to post the certificate to its former pupil's address without further ceremony.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.