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Warm US Welcome To Talent

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Warm US Welcome

Apparently if your a creative entrepreneur from outside the US you are not welcome, there are no visas to support foreign entrepreneurs. If you would like to serve the US markets you would be much better of going to Canada. Or learn, unlike many European companies are doing, to follow the sun – meaning to have your business hours coincide with the business hours of the country you are working in.

Phil Libin said at TNW: “My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs? Don’t do it … You’ll …

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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Spotify reaches US in July #music

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I remember first using Spotify and needing to create an account using an UK based proxy and setting the proxy in the configuration settings. Since then the service has changed some. Ironically I only got back into Spotify when my father asked me about it – we has set up for him and he wondered why it didn’t work any more. I too had forgotten about the proxy settings. After I ran the update and set it up for him to work I went on to install it on my own laptop.

Spotify Adoption Europe

A couple of weeks earlier a colleague, who is a paid up subscriber, asked a group of colleagues to name artists we thought would not be in Spotify. Naturally having a hipster as a friend paid off and I was able to name a number of artists which Spotify did not have in its collection, a hipster colleague was also able to name a couple. In good hipster/geek fashion we ridiculed him. 😉

Between you and me I like Spotify, and lament the start up issues they have had in the US. Based on the service offered – and from the articles I’ve read in Wired and some other sources – I am positive about the possibilities it has to offer with its Freemium model.

Spotify will launch in the US sometime in July.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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More SMS banking by M&T #sms #bank #risk

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Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS banking: M&T. Their demo, which you can find here, shows that currently you can only do balance inquiries, but it is a slippery road to implementing more features.

As I have stated numerous times before, SMS is not a secure method, even discounting the ability to snoop SMS. The sender number embedded in a sms is a 7-bit/11-byte length field containing a trailing F, specifications say this should be decimal semi-octets. What it doesn’t say, but is reasonably well known is that this is to all intents an alpha-numeric field which is set by the sender. This mean using this field you can spoof the sender, and using blind spoofing you may be able to fool the bank into performing a transaction. And if you are like many people you will not type the phone number when you reply you will reply to the message, so there is a possibility to blind spoof the user into performing a transaction or sending you transaction data. Which leaves the possibility of data leakage. Add that to the fact I can get the messages out of the air, and can either decrypt them or make rainbow tables[1]. There are so many attack vectors in SMS banking that I believe it’s not secure.

From GSM service security:

GSM uses several cryptographic algorithms for security. The A5/1 and A5/2 stream ciphers are used for ensuring over-the-air voice privacy. A5/1 was developed first and is a stronger algorithm used within Europe and the United States; A5/2 is weaker and used in other countries. Serious weaknesses have been found in both algorithms: it is possible to break A5/2 in real-time with a ciphertext-only attack, and in February 2008, Pico Computing, Inc revealed its ability and plans to commercialize FPGAs that allow A5/1 to be broken with a rainbow table attack. The system supports multiple algorithms so operators may replace that cipher with a stronger one.

If they stick to balance inquiries then it can be an acceptable risk, I even do balance inquiries using MSN with my bank, and this only slightly better security wise.

  1. Research May Hasten Death of Mobile Privacy Standard

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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CNN iReport’s on Little Green Men

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I was watching CNN and saw Little Green Army Men Project:

They are collecting one little green plastic army man figure for each of the fallen troops in the Iraqi War. It […] started after reading about a class doing something similar for holocaust survivors in Tennessee.

Although it does have something ironic some of the comment left suggest that the teacher has a political agenda, which is refuted in other comments. In my opinion war is always political and any memorial is political.
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July 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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US Air Force Fighter Training

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It’s been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots, if you can go longer on Escapa! than 18 seconds you are brilliant. Fighter pilots are expected to go for at least 2 minutes.

Shouldn’t they be shooting down airliners?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 15, 2008 at 9:54 am

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Telecom Filibuster

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After the House approves overhaul of wiretap laws I was pointed to this article Obama Camp Says It: He’ll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity. Apparently Obama (his campaign) had already said in October of 2007 that they would.

Sadly as I read in the NYT Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers In fact “…on Wednesday, he [Obama] ended up voting for what he called ‘an improved but imperfect bill’ after backing a failed attempt earlier in the day to strip the immunity provision from the bill through an amendment.” Clinton voted against the bill.

And don’t forget to use tag your election posts too. (Tagging 2008)

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July 10, 2008 at 10:26 pm

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