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Comment: Re:Not the right way (Score 1) 256

by jaseuk (#49105609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

Having the friends over is an opportunity. I walked in on a bunch of teenage boys using chat roulette for a "laugh". As a group it probably was harmless, had they done this alone they could possibly got in to real trouble. I told them that girl could easily be a 60 year old fat man, it could also be a really young girl, either way it could get you in trouble and not what you are looking for. They were genuinely repulsed and I'm pretty sure they got the idea..

Do any of their friends use internet filtering? Probably not anyway. They may well not even know such sites exist.

I'll consider putting together a having the friends over AUP with choices. To cover internet use, games ratings, healthy food, taking of photos, use of suncream, health screening, allergies, screen time and bed times. That'll go down real well with their friends and make me look like a nut case.

Supervision+Trust goes a long way. I do filter my 8 year old,


Comment: Government Intervention (Score 5, Informative) 495

by jaseuk (#48933851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

EU wide publically funded projects to bring high speed broadband across Europe?

We had plenty of choices for dial-up too, what we lacked particularly in the UK was free local calls, that made modem calls expensive compared to the US. Since then everything has been going our way.


Comment: Re:Other title sugestion (Score 1) 128

Facebook has fine grained permissions for pages/groups etc.. (admin/editor/contributor etc.)

Twitter/Facebook also allow you to offload the running of the account to an app. (e.g. Hootsuite, SocialOomph, Tweetdeck, etc.)

Either of these solutions mean that you don't have a single password in use for social networking.


Comment: Re:This is what security firms do (Score 1) 124

by jaseuk (#48800857) Attached to: Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

Nah, most penetration testers / ITHC etc. are more interested in breaches of confidentiality and integrity. I've never known a standard test deal with availability. You certainly don't need those sort of firms to help you test out your BC and DR plans.

Insurers are quite keen on this stuff. Both on how you'd deal with lowering the risks (e.g. fire alarms, gas suppression, UPS etc.) as well as your plans in place for any recovery efforts. A lack of planning and preparation would push the costs up astronomically which would increase the size of any insured claim.


Comment: Re:Absurd (Score 1) 281

by jaseuk (#48600479) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

No not absurd. If there systems are designed so they have no access to this information, then they can't hand it over. They can't be compelled to re-engineer their systems.

Apple and Microsoft can most likely offer similar assurances soon, but probably won't.

Now - none of this helps you if the spies have certs + network TAPs, but a lot better than how things were sounding before.


Comment: Re:If you can't crack the password, then don't. (Score 1) 146

by jaseuk (#48081945) Attached to: Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

I agree that Apple can't give an agency access to the device.

There is still some question around any icloud backup. You can lose a device and restore to a replacement. You can forget your password and go through the reset process. These two mechanisms tell us that in fact Apple could if pressured hand over an iCloud backup with the means to decrypt it, provided that they intercept the forgotten password process.

Of course there could be some legal reason why the agency cannot change the password. If inclined of course, they could very well intercept a password reset e-mail from Apple in any case,

But if I was very security consious, then disabling all cloud services would give me a suitably secure phone.


Comment: Re: better name (Score 1) 349

by jaseuk (#48061745) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility


r2 is fine.

*2000 = workstation 2000
2003 = windows XP server
*2003 sr2 = windows xp sp2 server
2008 = windows vista server
*2008 R2 = windows 7 server
Server 2012 = windows 8.0 server
*Server 2012 r2 = windows 8.1 server

* prefix are the ones I've generally been happy with. The others have been pretty looking turkeys (as you'd expect from desktop editions)


Comment: Re: No alternative system is available ? (Score 3, Insightful) 145

by jaseuk (#48044793) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Yesterday the phone service was offline too.

I know because I renewed yesterday.

The website was fineby the afternoon.

Why the service had trouble is a mystery to me, the only apparent difference is instead of saying your disc is in the post it now explains this is not required. Nothing new about anything else.


Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 4, Interesting) 120

by jaseuk (#48018893) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

The USA may have highest per-capita spending, but that hides the fact that you have a system where very few people OVERPAY for your health-care compared to much of the rest of the developed world. It doesn't mean it's evenly spent.

http://liberalconspiracy.org/2... : "For a direct comparison, that means that in England the government spends around $3,200 per capita on healthcare and covers the entire population whereas in the US the federal government spends around $3,700 per capita and yet covers less than a third of the population."

You should have a much better economy of scale, particularly with drugs purchasing, research and best practice. Yet it doesn't bear out in practice somehow...


Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504

by jaseuk (#47943873) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Well the only way you can unlock it is by tapping in the pass-code. If you have it configured correctly then it will wipe after 10 attempts. After the 6th attempt it will disable for 1 minute. So you either have 10 chances which will take several minutes to complete. On the other hand to brute force you would have to do this in batches of 4-5 tries, with the owner correctly unlocking between attempts and not being suspicious. It would probably be easier just to use a "hard hack" such as torture or assault to get the pass-code or setup a camera.

Of course the touch-id is a potential weakness, but also a strength as it prevents over the shoulder interception of the pin, while the PIN is still needed from time-to-time.

I would be pretty happy with a 4 digit "simple" pass-code in this situation. It's secure enough for me. I'd rather not encourage "hard hacks".


Comment: Re:Alternative explanation (Score 2) 398

This has been rather done to death (http://www.extremetech.com/computing/186576-verizon-caught-throttling-netflix-traffic-even-after-its-pays-for-more-bandwidth) , but Verizon doesn't appear to be throttling or shaping Netflix. They are running their peered links to Layer 3 at 100% capacity. Traffic that doesn't go via Layer 3 does not suffer. So if you find an alternative route that doesn't use Netflix's Layer 3 peering connections (such as a VPN) then things run well.

For this to be resolved, people really need to find non-Netflix services that are equally impacted and bring this up. It may well be that 90% of Verizon's Layer 3 pipe is for Netflix, but there are bound to be other services suffering. If this can be demonstrated this puts other parties into the equation and should encourage Verizon to take up Layer-3s offer of additional free peering capacity.

I suspect that Verizon would rather that Netflix isn't running at full-speed as it quietens down their overall network usage and can somewhat claim they are not capping or throttling. Perhaps Layer-3 should shut down these peering points for maintenance and let the Verizon find a way through another peer / transit, it might melt the whole of Verizon's network that way and encourage them to solve it.


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