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Comment: A share-alike clause? (Score 5, Interesting) 211

by Bradmont (#47223767) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public
It would be amazing if he added a share-alike clause to licensing these patents. That is to say, make it free to use any of Tesla's patents, under the condition that you provide the same free access, under the same conditions, to any technology your company develops as a derivitave.

Comment: Re:So they are begginig the monopoly (Score 2) 100

by Bradmont (#47160145) Attached to: Google Announces 'End-To-End' Encryption Extension For Chrome
They could also theoretically be required to update the extension to a backdoored version; on a mass scale it would probably be noticed, but if done in an individual, targeted basis, it could probably pass unseen. Even that is a step in the right direction though; the problem with mass surveilence is that it is just that, en masse; if it's forced down to individual persons of interest, well, then that's definitely a good thing.

Comment: Re:But can you actually trust it? (Score 5, Insightful) 100

by Bradmont (#47160111) Attached to: Google Announces 'End-To-End' Encryption Extension For Chrome
If it's an implementation of OpenPGP, then the algorithms are very trustworthy and have been vetted repeteatedly over the long term. Since it's a Chrome extension, it will be written in Javascript, so the source should be available to verify. It will also be intercompatible with every other OpenPGP implementation, and if those are backdoored, we're all doomed anyway. The only reasonable attack vector an entity like the NSA would have (assuming the extension audits clean) would be to force google to update it to a corrupted version, which they presumably could have the power to do en masse or for individual users. I doubt that would go unnoticed for long though. And if it leads to a dramatic uptick in the adoption of secure email, IMO it's worth the risk.

Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market? 245

Posted by timothy
from the undead-is-more-like-it dept.
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP — the 'haves'. However, most will be the 'have nots.' Anytime you have such market imbalance, there is opportunity. Since Microsoft clearly intends to create a disparity, there will certainly be those who defy it. What will Microsoft do to prevent bootleg patches of XP from being sold to the unwashed masses? How will they stop China from supporting 100 million bootleg XP users? And how easily will it be to crack Microsoft's controls? How big will the Windows XP patch market be?" There are a lot of businesses still on Windows XP; if you work for one of them, will the official end of life spur actually cause you to upgrade? (And if so, to what?)

Comment: Re:Star Trek covered this (Score 1) 914

This was also the first thing I thought of. While the summary crosses ethilcal lines with talk about virtually limitless sentences, I think this is a potentially *more* humane form of punishment than what we do now. Of course in the DS9 episode, it was unjustly administered and the virtual prision conditions were awful, but this sort of treatment could mitigate some of the reintegration problems that people coming out of prison experience. They could serve a 10 year sentence without missing 10 years of their family's life, of cultural advance, of lost wages, and so on.

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