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Comment: Re:The criticism is fundamentally dishonest. (Score 1) 201

by Burz (#48671097) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

You obviously didn't read the website.

But I get your reasoning... Shiny pocket computers are more important than dealing with servitude.

I don't have to read the whole website to see that all I said was correct.

My hero!!! His Xray vision even works over the Internet.

What is your fucking point anyway? That you are morally superior to me because you have a fair phone - no wait, you said you could get one if you wanted to.

My point (if you read it) is that choices exist out there that the Android market at least makes possible.

Me, I don't have any shiny pocket computers unlike you hypocrite. Fuck you.

You presume too much, kemosabe... I'm going on 8 years with the same dumb-phone now.

Comment: Re:The criticism is fundamentally dishonest. (Score 1) 201

by Burz (#48636367) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

What's ridiculous is thinking Android users don't have a choice when it comes to ethics... http://www.fairphone.com/

At least it is something. And while you're reading that page I'd like to remind you of Apple's position as the both the largest and /richest/ smartphone vendor.

Comment: Re:The handwriting's on the wall: Alice v. CLS Ban (Score 1) 217

by Burz (#48625615) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Barnes and Noble were shaping up to test a few of em in court - then Microsoft sidled up and 'partnered' with them. That's another part of the MS modus operandi. Wait for a company who you've hurt to be on the ropes financially, and then offer to help if they'll kiss and make up. Happened with Apple and MS too.

They also did this with Corel and Novell.

Comment: Re:Patents (Score 1) 217

by Burz (#48625499) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

MS have claimed numerous patents which they will STILL not disclose. FAT32 is only a known factor because it is also an issue with cameras, audio players and such.

At the end of the day, if I decide to install Windows on a system bearing Linux, then that Linux system is in peril. If a user receives a Linux ext3-formatted SD card and puts it into a running Windows system, the user will be told the card is unusable until it is formatted.

Where office formats and disk formats are concerned, MS still only has two modes: Pretend its noise that should be erased, or freakout send a SWAT team of marketing psychologists and lobbyists to get you to switch back.

Its nice that MS makes FOSS-friendly noises in the server/cloud space. That is what bullies do when they get their asses kicked. If MS gets the upper hand and their vendor lock-in starts working here, then the friendliness WILL evaporate.


DOJ Launches New Cybercrime Unit, Claims Privacy Top Priority 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the look-we're-helping-see-look dept.
msm1267 writes: Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the Department of Justice, announced on Thursday the creation of a new Cybercrime Unit, tasked with enhancing public-private security efforts. A large part of the Cybersecurity Unit's mission will be to quell the growing distrust many Americans have toward law enforcement's high-tech investigative techniques. (Even if that lack of trust, as Caldwell claimed, is based largely on misinformation about the technical abilities of the law enforcement tools and the manners in which they are used.) "In fact, almost every decision we make during an investigation requires us to weigh the effect on privacy and civil liberties, and we take that responsibility seriously," Caldwell said. "Privacy concerns are not just tacked onto our investigations, they are baked in."

Why Pluto Still Matters 91

Posted by samzenpus
from the where-the-mi-go-and-the-terran-federation-play dept.
StartsWithABang writes Nearly a century ago, Pluto was discovered, and for 48 years it remained the only known object whose orbit takes it beyond the gravitational pull of Neptune. In a single generation, we've now discovered more than 1,000 additional objects in the Kuiper Belt, but does that make Pluto any less special? Here's a strong argument for why Pluto might matter now more than ever.

Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County 127

Posted by samzenpus
from the our-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes A malfunction in electronic voting machines in Saline County, Kansas, left over 5,000 votes uncounted. That's roughly one-third of the votes cast. Counting those 5,207 votes didn't change any outcomes in this case however. “That’s a huge difference,” county Chairman Randy Duncan said when notified by the Journal of the error. “That’s scary. That makes me wonder about voting machines. Should we go back to paper ballots?”

Comment: Demote 99% of the vulnerabilities (Score 1) 64

by Burz (#48464673) Attached to: The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities

Keep all the complex interfaces and code if you need them, but put them behind very small paravirtualization codebase ingrained into the OS which keeps them isolated -- from the core system, and from each other. Really, even your devices like USB controllers and NICs can be treated as untrusted in this way if you have an IOMMU. And you can have it in a normal desktop GUI.

Kernel-implemented security is a failure; Its ridiculous to go through continued years & decades of pain by relying on it and worrying about breakouts from its weak sandboxing tactics.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke