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Comment: Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (Score 1) 175

by AmiMoJo (#47924877) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Apple say that the data is encrypted with a key derived from your password. Okay, that says they could be telling the truth, in so far as they don't store the key.

However, in practice it's meaningless. They could easily make the client send the password to them in plaintext for target accounts (weren't Hushmail suspected of doing that years ago?) For most users they could just brute force the password. We have to take their word for it that the password storage is properly secured, e.g. hashed with a unique salt value.

When the FBI comes knocking with a National Security Letter all bets are off.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 288

by AmiMoJo (#47923811) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Why are you defending them? Technical people like us may understand all these issues but as far as the average Apple user is concerned this unwanted album turned up and now they have the hassle of removing it. Worse still there doesn't seem to be a way of blocking Apple from adding stuff to your music library in the future. Hopefully the outrage will stop them doing it again.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 288

by AmiMoJo (#47923801) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

I was a teenager in the 90s and most of it was shit.

Around 1990 a major change happened where music was written before lyrics instead of the other way around. That made songs very hard to sing, if not impossible. The vocals often had to be sampled and sequenced because live performance was impossible. As someone who likes to sing that sucked.

1990 was also when the loudness war went atomic. Bad times.

Comment: Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (Score 1) 252

by AmiMoJo (#47923705) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

You can't have it both ways. If you lower corporation tax you either have to cut services or raise other taxes. There is a minimum outlay required to keep the roads drivable and legal system going etc. which corporations demand.

Ireland gets a lot of EU subsidy and the international companies based there are just shells. They bring no jobs or social benefits. Switzerland has high wages and high taxes on individuals.

Corporations want to be in our counties. They want local, skilled workers who can afford to live a reasonable life and be productive. They want education, roads, healthcare, services. They should pay for them, and won't leave if forced to.

Comment: Re:Nothing Useful (Score 1) 345

by AmiMoJo (#47923305) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

For me the motivation to upgrade will be when I get a 4k monitor and want better high DPI support from Win 8/9. Windows 7 isn't bad but 8 not only looks better but it also supports different DPI settings for different monitors.

I have 7 on my desktop and 8 on my laptop. With Classic Start Menu I don't have any complaints with 8. In fact booting from cold to desktop in 4 seconds flat is very nice for a laptop when I want to quickly look something up.

Comment: Re:The real test? (Score 1) 345

by AmiMoJo (#47923287) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Most people are fine with it once you install Classic Start Menu. There is some good stuff in 8, and it's not like Vista where performance went to hell and a lot of stuff just broke. Having different DPI settings on each monitor is nice, for example. All they really need to do with 9 is fix the start menu.

Having said that the multiple desktops feature looks nice. Something that should have been done years a go, but better late than never.

Networking

Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing? 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the adoption-is-driven-by-fear dept.
CowboyRobot writes: We live in an imperfect world where routing-security incidents can still slip past deployed security defenses, and no single routing-security solution can prevent every attacks. Research suggests, however, that the combination of RPKI (Resource Public Key Infrastructure) with prefix filtering could significantly improve routing security; both solutions are based on whitelisting techniques and can reduce the number of autonomous systems that are impacted by prefix hijacks, route leaks, and path-shortening attacks. "People have been aware of BGP’s security issues for almost two decades and have proposed a number of solutions, most of which apply simple and well-understood cryptography or whitelisting techniques. Yet, many of these solutions remain undeployed (or incompletely deployed) in the global Internet, and the vulnerabilities persist. Why is it taking so long to secure BGP?"

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