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Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 1) 140

by drinkypoo (#48468807) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Nothing in the "copyright cartel" (whatever that is supposed to be)

When will you learn to use the internets, including important features like a search engine? But frankly, I believe that your obtuseness is entirely disingenuous. You cannot have an interest in this subject and not be familiar with that phrase.

What does stop people from doing this is the knowledge the people who actually have the money to do such a thing have: that they'd be spending a lot of money and never get it back.

Of course they would. They'd make a profit, too. They might not be able to make the kind of fuck-you profits they make now, not least through that aforementioned creative accounting.

No, it isn't a viable model. THAT'S why nobody has done it yet. Not because of some mythical "copyright cartel" that prevents someone from doing it.

It's not about prevention. It's about not being able to compete with someone who is successfully gaming the system.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 80

by drinkypoo (#48468787) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

The radio is not a radio any more, it's a control unit (in many cases) and it changes powertrain and suspension settings. it legitimately needs to be able to communicate with stuff that's on that bus. But it should be doing it through a gateway which only permits the necessary signals...

I want remote features, but nobody should be able to drive away with the vehicle without actually having the key, and nobody should be able to reflash the vehicle without actually physically accessing it. Once they are in, though, there's very little you can do to prevent them. For cars which cost multiple thousands of dollars, it's not difficult to imagine someone spending a few hundred on a PCM and a couple hundred per model they want to steal making up a harness ahead of time which will operate any vehicle but the very fanciest without discussing starting the engine with the immobilizer at all. Preventing them from accessing it is also preventing a tech from doing so...

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 335

by drinkypoo (#48468427) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Your measure of left and right does not match up with American political norms. Now if your basing it on outside U.S., that's fine, but it doesn't play here.

Bullshit. The far left is still here in the US, it's just been equated with terrists by loudmouths in red states living off tax money from blue states.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 80

by drinkypoo (#48468331) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

If you can't do that, then at the very least don't let a hacker turn my engine off while I'm driving down the free way. Some features are simply not worth that vulnerability.

The sad part is that preventing this is really easy by following some basic principles of networking and security like properly sanitizing your inputs. But they're just not used to even having to think about that at all at the companies which build the PCMs. Some vehicles are clever enough to have a communications gateway in between systems but who trusts the gateways?

Comment: Re:In Finland (Score 1) 446

by drinkypoo (#48466375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Wooden houses as opposed to what? I don't think a well built wooden house is at all a problem in an earthquake zone.

No, it's just a problem in a fire zone, which in the USA tend to correspond closely with earthquake zones. Building flammable houses on a grassland or in woods is daft.

Comment: How about unfucking the awesome bar (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48465583) Attached to: Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

The awesome bar used to be awesome. But somewhere along the line it got changed to just search whatever search engine you have selected in the search engine box. Useless. You have to make search keywords and type them if you want to search specific sites. I just want it to always search google when it doesn't have a match.

I imagine there's a config setting for this but I haven't figured it out yet

Comment: Re: I would buy... (Score 1) 259

by drinkypoo (#48465563) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

It's the LTO drive itself that kills you, the drive and the SCSI card will set you back a couple $K to start.

Who doesn't have a bunch of Adaptec SCSI cards lying around, though? Only total newbie IT orgs. shit, I'm just a hobbyist, and I have a u160 card I'm not using. Maybe someday I'll install it so I can use my slide scanner.

Comment: Re:CS players cheat? (Score 1) 217

by drinkypoo (#48462869) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

You can't permanently band people from Steam when all you need to create a new account is an e-mail address. People will just use a new throwaway account for hacking

So what? It still magnifies the cost substantially.

The way to go is to make getting a pass to play online painfully difficult.

I don't think even Valve can get away with that.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 1) 140

by drinkypoo (#48462715) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

How, as a society, do we fund the creation of big budget movies that a lot of people really enjoy?

Crowdsourcing, I suppose. You pay for the movie ahead of time, and based on your investment you get to see the film, download it, get a DVD or a Blu-Ray or an M4V, get to be an extra in a crowd scene or whatever they're offering. There's no reason that major studios can't use this model. And then there's merchandising, official conventions, and lots of other opportunities for profit. I don't really think that there will be any problem getting enough people to fund some of these big-budget stinkers.

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