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Comment: Re:Ha Ha (Score 1) 299

by hapalibashi (#30581146) Attached to: GSM Decryption Published
A dangerous proposition? Its public knowledge that operators must provide network based interception facilities. Its a legislative requirement in virtual every country in the world and its standardised. Beyond that, operators can be told to turn off the encryption entirely allowing security forces to directly listen directly using scanners (some phones will display a warning icon in this case). This happened in Moscow after the theatre bombing.

Comment: Re:Commendable... (Score 1) 621

by hapalibashi (#30335106) Attached to: SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation
Whether he was doing his job correctly or not, he was not necessarily incompetent. He managed to install SETI@home on 5000 distributed machines, and also reconfigured their firewalls. This indicates that there exists *significant* levels policy management across the district. The estimation of "at least $50,000" to uninstall what he has installed is over-inflated by a factor of at least 10.

Comment: Re:objective my ass... (Score 1) 1174

by hapalibashi (#29987366) Attached to: Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?
You can't classify a user ignoring the rated fuse *written on the plug* and *color coded on the plug* as a failure of the UK plug. The fuse is there for the same good reasons that (some) appliances have fuses inside -> fit the wrong one and it won't work properly (which is what Wikipedia says!); wiring will melt, (more) circuitry will fry.

Comment: Re:Put the damn thing in neutral! (Score 1) 1146

by hapalibashi (#29976270) Attached to: Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms
In 2005 there was a chap in Renault Megane who claimed cruise control would not disengage. He was in France on the Autoroute, there are toll gates. He phoned up the emergency services and they cleared the toll areas and raised the barrier so he could go through. In this case turning the key wouldn't work, the ignition is a electronic card. Several cars suffered the same problem. Renault denied saying it was a result of drivers pressing the clutch instead of the brake!

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