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eircom's ssid booboo

Quite surprised to see eircom's rapid reaction to the ssid situation. For those of you who don't already know, eircom generates its WEP key from the serial number, which unfortuantely it coded into the connection. Which of course has made it possible for somebody with access to the website in question to connect to anybodies eircom connection.

The interesting thing is that so many people don't even have a WEP key enabled to start with. Fewer still have a stronger encryption method. Curiously enough I have found that almost all ISPs in Ireland either use a default key generation system and almost all use WEP, even though its not a very secure method. I myself on previous setups have used more secure methods to authenticate

The surprising thing is that despite this there is still very poor publicly accessible WIFI at a reasonable (i.e. NOT extortionate) price. I think much of this is because eircom is still charging such a high rate for even the most basic level of acces…

A Critique of McWilliam's Generation Game

Its rather unfortunate that after years of excellent
commentary and quality predictions - which took many
years to take root, but now turning out to be
uncannily correct, David McWilliam's proposed
solutions for Ireland imminent economic collapse are
so utterly and dangerously wrong.

McWilliams has for a long time warned against the
unique situation in Ireland where low interest rates
have fuelled a massive lending boom and
consequentially, a massive housing value explosion.
With considerable immigration, as much as 50% of it
returning emigrants who left these shores years
ago, housing values (and private sector rents)
rocketed due to high demand and an almost comatose
public housing sector which almost deliberately
failed to house any but the most desperate and
pathetic cases, leaving many public housing estates
an economic disaster zone, packing together the most
deprived and marginalised. In the last couple of
years, subsidy programmes such as the very limited
SOS housing scheme…