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Comment Re:Effectively requires root (Score 1) 157

Not true. See https://youtu.be/DU-HruI7Q30 as posted by someone else. If the machine was really busy doing other stuff, you'd have trouble, but if the machine is MOSTLY idle, apart from running GPG on your chosen cyphertexts, then occasional network interrupts and short-lived cronjobs and stuff won't be too much of a distraction. He even demonstrates that his machine is running something really short every second, doesn't matter, you can trick GPG into making your machine emit the tell-tale squeals for a decent fraction of a second, telling you about ONE bit of key. Repeat with carefully selected cyphertexts and you can extract 1 bit per second until you're done with a 4096-bit key in about a hour. The example in the video had GPG in Enigmail in Thunderbird decrypting your email on receipt. If you know enough about SSL you could fairly easily do this as a series of negotiations on any TLS port.

Comment Re:You can probably afford hardware (Score 1) 78

I'm assuming you already have access to some sort of laptop/desktop to post to slashdot? I'd say skip the shields, get a cheap arduino clone, probably one with the USB port NOT the separate TTL programmer if this is your first Arduino experience. Don't forget a USB CABLE for it. Small breadboard, some suitable jumper wires, (or perhaps you can recycle some old cat5?) and a few cheap servos ($5 ea). No real need for a "shield", you can directly connect most servos. It's also quite easy to convert the servos to "continuous rotation" if you want a speed-controllable (propulsion) motor rather than a position-controllable (steering) one (assuming you also have access to some tiny screwdrivers, knife/clippers, etc). Recycle bits of spare wood/plastic/card for body, wheels, arms, whatever. You can make really simple sensors by just having INPUT_PULLUP wires touch GND wires when bumped. Servos can steer/push/pull/propel/twist things. You can LATER look at more reliable switches/buttons, light/IR/temperature/distance/other sensors, RGB LEDs, displays, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc once you've had a bit of fun and have a better idea what you want to build. Remember most Arduinos already have 1 status LED, and Serial.print() for debugging/control whilst still connected to USB.

Comment AMOS (Score 1) 414

Used to love AMOS, years ago. AMOS was pretty much "BASIC with nice looping, functions/procedures, and easy access to some cool Amiga graphics $#!+ like sprites, scrolling, and blitter".
These days, probably JavaScript, and honestly I wish Canvas/SVG/WebGL/SOMETHING was even half as easy as AMOS for quick-yet-pretty graphical stuff :-/

Comment Happened to us too (Score 3, Interesting) 133

A US startup called "Bytemark" started trading in the UK (my hosting company has been around since 2002). Like an idiot I asked them to please change their name because it could cause some confusion. Until then I'd not considered trademark issues, and we finally filed for a trademark of our own. Of course they filed 2 weeks before us, after I'd sent my polite request. So 2 years and about £20,000 later (only finished just last month) we defeated their objection to our trademark at a hearing, and the trademark office gave us full rights over the name. If it hadn't gone that way we could have been harassed into changing our 10-year old brand name, especially if we'd gone into any new areas of business.

My takeaway from that is that if I start another business I'll take on registration of the UK, EU & possibly US trademark as a given before launching. But when you're just starting out, it is (at best) thousands of pounds that could really be put to better use.


Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy 121

cagraham writes "Startup Swarm Mobile intends to help physical retailers counter online shopping habits by collecting data on their customer's actions. Swarm's platform integrates with store's Wifi networks in order to monitor what exactly customers are doing while shopping. In exchange for collecting analytics, shoppers get access to free internet. Swarm then send reports to the store owners, detailing how many customers checked prices online, or compared rival products on their phones. Their platform also allows stores to directly send discount codes or coupons to shopper's phones."

Researcher Shows How GPUs Make Terrific Network Monitors 67

alphadogg writes "A network researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has found a potential new use for graphics processing units — capturing data about network traffic in real time. GPU-based network monitors could be uniquely qualified to keep pace with all the traffic flowing through networks running at 10Gbps or more, said Fermilab's Wenji Wu. Wenji presented his work as part of a poster series of new research at the SC 2013 supercomputing conference this week in Denver."

Comment Amazon's competitors still leaving an open goal (Score 1) 258

So here are two experiences that made me think "screw this, I wish I'd shopped at Amazon". This may just be a UK-specfic experience, but...

1) Samsung Series 9 laptop from PC World, bought from their store in April, came with Windows 8 drivers (I think) that just never worked. Mouse pointer jerking around, it blue-screened within 5 minutes on one boot out of every two. I updated its drivers through Windows, through the Samsung driver update utility ... just hopeless. I tried to use it for about a month, trying to avoid reboots, but eventually gave up and took it back to the shop. Their nice assistant agreed it looked screwed, took it back, and after two phone calls their support people said that because I hadn't made a restore disc, they couldn't / wouldn't do anything with it, and it must have been my negligence that broke it. I am taking them to court for the £900 purchase price to get a refund, after I'd bought a different model ... at Amazon.

2) Bought a £150 model helicopter for a member of staff as a leaving present from Maplin (big electronics component & gadget store), to be delivered to his house. They make a picking error and deliver a completely different, much cheaper product. I call them and say, hey, you've made a mistake would you mind delivering the correct item. No. I must go over to the recipient's house, pick the item up, drive it to the store before they will acknowledge their mistake and get me what I ordered. They generously offer a freepost address for me to send the item back, but I must be sure to go to the post office and get a certificate of dispatch! [if you've never been to England this generally involves driving into town, queuing, finding it closed for lunch etc.]

I know from for 1) Amazon would take the item back without question, and I'd be confident enough ordering a replacement on the same day, giving me what I want sooner. And for 2) again, I know they would send the right item out without question and tell me to keep the mistake, it's nor worth the restocking fees.

So whenever I hear "Amazon driving retailers out of business" what I really hear is "Amazon showing how it's done by treating customers as honest & impatient, competitors continue to fuck it up". Amazon aren't even the cheapest, or even the easiest web site to find what you want, but I do know that they care about customers getting what they want quickly, and often that's why I'll pay a bit more.

Is this unfair to ALL OTHER retailers? Am I forgetting some intangible Amazon magic here?

Comment Re:Data Caps (Score 1) 40

You don't have to go far into the countryside for availability to be a major problem, particularly if there are trees or hills in the landscape (true of just about anywhere apart from the fens.

And this smacks of a solution to the broadband promise along the lines of 'well, we promised fast internet to 95% of the population, and see, you have it! We didn't say it wouldn't cost 200 quid a month?'

Comment Limit access (Score 5, Insightful) 381

Have separation between levels of security and have fewer & fewer admins working on them as you go up the chain. Use the old established and trusted guys at the top. Don't have thousands of people (particularly contractors) crawling all over the most sensitive data. Seems obvious really. Look at the amount of data *Private* Bradley Manning got his hands on. It's like NSA & Govt just leave the barn doors open and hope the fear of prosecution will prevent the bad thing from happening.

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