Posts tagged ‘security’

I think that everyone now knows that I think Facebook is a bad idea.

I’ve never been a fan of people being able to tag you in their photos. I’ve never been a fan of their security and privacy policies and records. I’ve certainly never been a fan of how much data they share with advertisers (like the infamous Facebook Beacon system) and it’s getting worse.

So, I thought you might find this little tool amusing. It lets you search people’s facebook status message for incriminating information.

For a quick example, lets try searching for ‘anal sex‘.

Right now, we have lots of variations on the fact that “oral sex makes your day, anal sex makes your whole week”. We have several variations of the “when I was a kid my dad gave me good advice about anal sex – brace yourself, this is going to hurt”. But we also have lots of people now eternally on record stating that they love the anal sex. Or that they now have piles from anal sex. Or that their good friend is enjoying anal sex.

Listen kids, the internet DOES NOT FORGET.

May 2009
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Urban camouflage

CCTV birdbox from Manufactum


I genuinely like this bird box – partly because I love the look on people’s faces when they realise what it is.

If it wasn’t £50 a pop, I’d be tempted to buy a couple to put up around the garden. Maybe with a bat nesting box that looks like an alarm housing…

EDIT Oh yay… and we have the first post to break the new site layout. Anyone want to place bets on how long it will take before I fix it…?

There are (thankfully rare) times when you need to force your system to pass PHP session values as URL query strings instead of as cookie values. In my case it was with American cell phone operators who have set their gateways to claim that they accept cookies and then ditch them silently.

In theory you can force PHP to transmit its cookie IDs as query strings in the php.ini or the htaccess files, however that’s often not available to those on shared boxes.

Yes, we’re talking about an issue that effects a small number of people here. Sadly, due to a server configuration issue, I’m one of them.

So, what’s the solution?

The following code tells PHP to use query strings instead of cookies…

ini_set('session.use_trans_sid',1);
ini_set('session.use_only_cookies',0);

Except, it doesn’t work. This, however, does work…

$_COOKIE = array();
ini_set('session.use_trans_sid',1);
ini_set('session.use_only_cookies',0);

Don’t ask me… I don’t understand it either.

So… apparently 1 million people will have access to the child protection database that the government are calling ‘secure’.

There are 40 million people aged 15-65 in the UK. That’s 1 in 40 people.

Sounds perfectly secure to me…