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Comment False dichotomy (Score 1) 259

"Google has been nowhere near as firm as Apple about its stance on un-compromised encryption - Android is famously an open sourced platform that anyone can modify. "

The way that sentence has been structured, there is an implicit suggestion that an open-sourced platform implies weak encryption.

What would you rather have? Security through obscurity?

Comment Re:Key exchange (Score 1) 174

That is actually exactly what my app, Zip Phone (link) does.

All voice traffic is encrypted using a randomly generated 256-bit AES key, which is exchanged using 2048-bit RSA. Both phones display a hash of the public key, so the callers can exchange it vocally to confirm that there is no MITM.

The REALLY neat thing about my app, if you ask me, is the fact that it automatically makes VoIP calls to any of your contacts that also have the app installed, without you even needing to open up the app.

Comment We should encrypt EVERYTHING by default (Score 1) 504

Who believes anything the NSA says anymore?

I honestly believe the only way forward is to encrypt ALL of our communications from here on. HTTP, SMS, email, voice, everything! Give them so much encrypted data they don't know where to look and what to decrypt. Even with their awesome hardware and unknown capabilities, surely it's an easy task to drown them in exabytes of encrypted data.

As a developer, I've taken the first step (shameless plug coming up). Awaaz is a Android plugin that automatically takes over any outgoing calls, and assuming the other party also has it installed, it will establish a direct P2P connection over the Internet and encrypt all communications using 256-bit AES. The symmetric key is exchanged using 2048-bit RSA, and new public and private keys are generated every single time, thus theoretically making decryption impossible. I encourage everyone to use it!

Comment Re:Or (Score 1) 273

if you want to think differently, i suggest you google smallpox, or visit pakistan or northern india where they still have polio cases.

Actually India has been polio free for the last two years, and has even applied to the WHO to recognize that fact and declare the country free from the disease.

Link

Comment I love the concept of open Wifi.. (Score 2) 505

Way back when I first got Internet, I always used to keep my WiFi open for universal access. My thinking was, I found it extremely convenient when I accidentally found an open WiFi while traveling, so why not do the same for others.

However, now the point is moot, since open WiFi is as good as illegal in my country (India) now. After a spate of related news articles, I had to lock down my wireless. It just isn't worth having cops over for something like this :-(
Chrome

Submission + - Slashdot for the entire web (in a Chrome extension) (chatterati.in)

siliconeyes writes: "I have been a Slashdotter for much of my adult life. I firmly believe that this website and its discussions have played a major role in shaping my personality and when I'm asked who or what has had the most major influence in my life, my answer is often "slashdot". I love the quality of discussion here, and have always wished that more people were a part of it so that they could benefit the way I did from it. So since I'm a programmer myself, I decided to get up and actually do something about it. The result was a Chrome extension called "chatterati", which basically adds ./'esque forum capabilities to every webpage that the user is on. Discussions are scored and moderated like Slashdot, and the idea is to promote discussion and critical thinking in Internet users, to become active participants instead of passive consumers. So today, I urge this community to try my extension, and tell me how I can improve it. Spreading the word is obviously required. On my part, I vow never to make this software commercial since it would be against the ethos of this community. Thank you."

Submission + - How can an indie developer publicize their latest greatest creation? (jainanuj.com) 1

siliconeyes writes: "I have recently created an application and what I believe is the next best thing after sliced bread. I have put a lot of effort into it, and honestly believe that anyone would love it, should they come to use it. Feedback from close friends who have been nice enough to try the app is hugely positive. However, it is one of those apps that relies on the "hive mind", and its utility increases exponentially with the number of users that use it. This is where the big problem lies — how do I get more people to try it? I have tried writing to a few big tech blogs (gizmodo, techcrunch, BGR etc), but nobody even replies with a negative. I can't afford to hire a PR agency. Is astroturfing my only option where I keep posting on random forums and with a massive amount of luck gain 1-2 users a day? I've left out details of my app, but you can find details by clicking on the primary URL."

Comment What I want to know is... (Score 1) 625

So obviously one of the biggest issues with an idea like this is the need to maintain a vacuum over hundreds of kilometers, where a single defect can render the entire setup useless. SO, how about just blowing air into one end of the tunnel at a high speed, like let's say 200 km/h, and sucking it out from the other end at the same rate? Heck, this way the train doesn't even need to be powered anymore - it'll just get pushed by the high pressure behind it, and low pressure in front. No catastrophic failures in case there is a hole somewhere in the tunnel either - just a little loss of efficiency!
Moon

Submission + - Giant Underground Chamber Discovered On the Moon (siliconindia.com) 2

siliconeyes writes: "Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization have discovered a giant underground chamber on the moon, which they feel could be used as a base by astronauts on future manned missions to moon.

An analysis by an instrument on Chandrayaan-1 revealed a 1.7-km long and 120-metre wide cave near the moon's equator that is in the Oceanus Procellarum area of the moon that could be a suitable 'base station' for future human missions."

Android

Submission + - Mobile Operator Sprint embeds rootkit in Android (xda-developers.com) 1

pucko writes: User "k0nane" at the forum of xda-developers.com have discovered an interesting piece of software in Android based Samsung mobiles sold by Sprint.
Apparently Sprint have embedded a secret application called Carrier IQ which have full control over the phone and everything the user does with it.
It even monitors input, which essentially means; Sprint have full access to your passwords, your banking accounts and your corporate secrets.
Encryption and SSL is a worthless defence, Sprint and Carrier IQ sees your information BEFORE it is protected.

The question is now, how many other carriers uses this rootkit? Does it exist on iPhone? Blackberry?

Image

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
Classic Games (Games)

Hasbro Finally Drops Scrabulous Lawsuit 51

The Associated Press reports that Hasbro Inc. has now dropped the lawsuit it launched earlier this year against Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, the creators of Scrabulous, a Scrabble clone that found a sizable following on Facebook. We previously discussed Scrabulous' return to Facebook under a different name, as well as the "official" Scrabble client, which was not exactly well received. Hasbro's IP rights to the game are limited to North America, and the AP story adds: "Mattel, which owns the rights to Scrabble outside of North America, filed a lawsuit against the brothers in India claiming violations of intellectual property. It was not immediately clear what the status of that lawsuit is."
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Researchers Discover How To Make the Perfect Phone Call 85

Having made amazing discoveries such as how to make the perfect cheese sandwich, linking heavy caffeine use to sleeplessness, and figuring out where all the teaspoons have gone, science has made the greatest breakthrough yet. They have uncovered the secrets of making the perfect phone call. The perfect phone call clocks in at a mere 9 minutes and 36 seconds, easily 11 minutes shorter than any conversation I've ever had with my mom. Unlike a call to mom, the perfect phone call is almost devoid of any gossip about her divorced neighbor and her heavily tattooed daughter. Instead three minutes should be spent catching up with news about family and friends, one minute on personal problems, a minute on work/school, 42 seconds on current affairs, 24 seconds on the weather, and 24 seconds talking about the opposite sex. What's left of your 9 mins 36 secs is a free for all.
Software

Submission + - Skype goes down

siliconeyes writes: "Skype has suffered a massive failure that is preventing people all over the globe from signing on to the popular IM/voice application. The Skype heartbeat website has been displaying the message Problems with Skype login for over 24 hours now. The Skype forums are full of people complaining about the lack of service. Even though SkypeIn and SkypeOut are shown as working normally on the heartbeat site, one has to wonder how they are supposed to use these services without being able to log in!"

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