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Comment Re:Title not entirely accurate (Score 5, Informative) 131

Story broke in 2008 (Randi), NYT (2009), and then in 2010 the BBC did more work on it.
Here's the original WIkipedia page, from 2009, with the links to NYT and Randi:

Comment Re:Waitrose (upscale supermarket in UK) Twitter (Score 1) 172

I was surprised to see a mobile phone company's official FB page flooded with complaints, and one service rep trying to tell people to email her so she could fix their problems. I guess FB does not allow holding comments for moderation like you can with typical forum and blog software. In FB you can disable commenting, but that's it as far as I can tell.

Comment Re:Reverse notation (Score 1) 110

Are you sure that was part of thee DNS? Usenet used that kind of hierarchy: humanities.classics,, alt.binaries.nice,, etc. Also, you see DNS names reversed like in algorithms. Makes a much more readable sorted list.

Comment Re:Should be .gb not .uk (Score 1) 110

At one time there were three countries without much geography in their common names:
United Kingdom (of...)
United States (of...)
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (no geography at all).

Then there's the (Roman) Empire and the (Roman) Catholic Church. Anglicans talk about a "catholic" church, meaning "universal," which is confusing.

Comment Re:Poor sods (Score 1) 110

I find "subzero" confusing in Canadian or British weather. Adds to the wind-chill confusion, but that is less common.
I read somewhere British phone numbers are the most difficult to remember. Maybe it's the punctuation, but I mostly like the U.S. system, except for the newer area code regime.

Comment Re:The airwaves are public not private (Score 1) 186

Yes, but in WPA2-Personal, how can the client distinguish the router from it's evil twin? If the evil twin router issues a challenge, it can probably decode the response. All the client knows to do is send the password encoded to meet the challenge. With WPA2-Enterpise the client keeps track of the router's SSL public key, so can verify the challenge is valid. The evil twin cannot send a valid challenge because it does not have the real router's private key (provided by Radius). That's how I understand it. Or "guess-understand" it! I would like to be wrong.

There a pretty simple Free Radius setup tutorial here: So I guess it just requires a hardware server and making sure your router has decent firmware to connect.

Comment Re:The airwaves are public not private (Score 1) 186

That's good to know. I assumed that since the client can't distinguish the real router form the fake, it would respond to a password challenge with the password response, and that the response could be demunged to the cleartext, in WPA2-Personal. Glad to know if that's not true.

Comment Re:The airwaves are public not private (Score 1) 186

Is it correct that the evil twin problem is unsolved for WPA2-Personal? Seems you can't prevent someone else from spoofing your SSID and harvesting the passphrase, unless you go to WPA2-Enterprise with Radius. Free Radius is available, but you need to run a little server in addition to your wireless router, I would guess. Maybe the extra hardware can double as a firewall?

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