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Comment: Financial Institutions outdated (Score 1) 23

by grahammm (#49352333) Attached to: 'Bar Mitzvah Attack' Plagues SSL/TLS Encryption

While I know that it is a generalisation, but many financial institutions seem to be using these deprecated TLS/SSL options. For example not supporting any PFS ciphersuites and some even only offering RC4 even to modern browsers. This despite their claims that 'security is one of their top priorities'. Financial institutions are amongst those most in need of good data security, so why are they still using these outdated protocols?

Comment: Why no commentaries on R5 Live Sport? (Score 1) 65

by grahammm (#49080917) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH

The BBC story and blog states that many R5 Live Sports commentaries are 'blanked out' because it is available worldwide and the BBC do not have the world rights. As it is radio, the sound consists mainly of the commentators talking, and these are BBC commentators so in effect the BBC is saying that they do not own the copyright in the words spoken by their employees (intended for broadcast) as part of their employment. Or to put it simply, the BBC own the copyright to the commentaries made by their commentators - so they also have the right to broadcast (whether by radio or IP) wherever they choose. So this is a fatuous argument.

Comment: Re:Car analogy (Score 1) 437

by grahammm (#48729283) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

But there is a difference between "Not supported" and "Actively preventing it from working". If a country is 'not supported' then it should mean that you are on your own and the official support channels will not provide help if you have problems. Not that they actively block you from accessing from that country,

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by grahammm (#48729135) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

It's all about the cash. Different markets have different rates because they can/can't afford a single worldwide rate..

True. But that does not stop them providing the same shows/movies etc worldwide but charging the appropriate local rate for access. I wonder how much of this "pirating" is to get cheaper access to content which is available locally, and how much to get access to content which is NOT available locally and therefore can only be obtained by 'pirating'? I suspect that the latter is more common than the former.

Comment: Re:This is nothing new for me. (Score 1) 164

One slight problem with that. When it has been passed to the payment processor it is too late. In many (if not all) EU countries, the law requires that the tax inclusive price is shown to the buyer when the buyer is a consumer (ie not a business to business transaction). So the appropriate VAT rate has to be known before the buyer is shown the selection of goods/services on offer.

Comment: Following != agreeing (Score 4, Insightful) 121

Just because you follow something on Twitter or Facebook does not mean you agree with or support it. Surely it makes sense to also follow the enemy/opposition/competition just to get more of an insight into what they are doing. So, it would make sense for Obama and/or his staff to follow the Tea Party.

Comment: Re:Airlines could surcharge for the actual journey (Score 1) 349

by grahammm (#48696243) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

There have been at least 2 well publicised cases of this in the UK, but on the railway not airlines. In the first, someone had a very cheap point-to-point fare and when they got off the train one stop to early they were charged as though they had no ticket. The second involved someone with an advance (ie allocated seat, specific train etc) ticket who got a lift to the stop after the origin shown on the ticket and again they had to pay full fare for the journey actually made.

Comment: Airlines could surcharge for the actual journey (Score 1) 349

by grahammm (#48695381) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

One way round this issue, from the airlines point of view would be for them to charge the passenger for the actual flight taken - NY to SF in the case outlined - if both that flight would have been more expensive than the one booked and the passenger does not use the extra leg(s). I suspect most flights are booked with credit cards, so the airlines could do the same as hotels are just make an extra charge if the final legs are not used.

Comment: Hotspot handover? (Score 1) 63

by grahammm (#48307669) Attached to: Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

As the article states, currently you have to log in to each hotspot individually. Are there ant plans to implement the protocol which enables you to migrate between hotspots in the same way as you move between cell towers, with each hotspot handing over your connection to the next? This could be useful for pedestrians in city centres, shopping areas etc and would relieve the load on the 3G networks in areas where lots of people are using data connections on their mobile phones. So that as you move between shops you do not have to keep logging in to a different hotspot.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming