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Comment EU debunking of report (Score 4, Informative) 732


Reports in the press today suggest that the EU intends to bring forward “formal proposals this autumn” to introduce automatic speed controls -known as “Intelligent Speed Adaptation” or ISA, into cars. This is quite simply not true and the Commission had made this very clear to the journalists concerned.

The Mail on Sunday for example, uses a quote from a Commission spokesman but chooses to leave out the first and most important sentence given to the paper’s reporter, which was this:

“The Commission has not tabled – and does not have in the pipeline – even a non-binding Recommendation, let alone anything more.”

For the record, the rest of the quote supplied said this:

“The Commission has supported past research into ISA. There is a current stakeholder consultation and study focusing on speed limiting technology already fitted to HGVs and buses. One aspect of that is whether ISA could in the long-term be an alternative.

And a second consultation on in-vehicle safety systems in general. Taking account of the consultation results, the Commission will publish in the autumn a document by its technical experts which will no doubt refer to ISA among many other things. That is all. (NB such “staff working documents” are not adopted by the Commission at political level and have no legal status.) Nothing more is expected in the foreseeable future.

It is part of the EC’s job – because it has been mandated to do so by Member States, including the UK – to look at, promote research into and consult stakeholders about new road safety technology which might ultimately save lives. This is done in close cooperation with Member States and the UK has generally supported such efforts.”

It might also seem strange to some that the UK government -if the press reports are accurate at least in that respect – apparently objects so violently to even being consulted about a range of future ways in which lives could be saved on Europe’s roads.

Comment Re:How to update TZs (Score 1) 405

You'll find the Olson database at its new home on IANA http://www.iana.org/time-zones.

If you are wondering why its there, look here

You only need paid support from Oracle if you want updated timezones faster than they do regular updates of the JRE (at least 4 times a year with the new Java CPU scheduling) and you can't build the timezone packaging kit previously mentioned in that blog post.


Submission + - John the Ripper Cracks Slow Hashes On GPU (h-online.com) 1

solardiz writes: "New community-enhanced version of John the Ripper adds support for GPUs via CUDA and OpenCL, currently focusing on slow to compute hashes and ciphers such as Fedora's and Ubuntu's sha512crypt, OpenBSD's bcrypt, encrypted RAR archives, WiFi WPA-PSK. A 5 times speedup over AMD FX-8120 CPU per-chip is achieved for sha512crypt on NVIDIA GTX 570, whereas bcrypt barely reaches the CPU's speed on AMD Radeon HD 7970 (a high-end GPU). This result reaffirms that bcrypt is a better current choice than sha512crypt (let alone sha256crypt) for operating systems, applications, and websites to move to, unless they already use one of these "slow" hashes and until a newer/future password hashing method such as one based on the sequential memory-hard functions concept is ready to move to.

The same John the Ripper release also happens to add support for cracking of many additional and diverse hash types ranging from IBM RACF's as used on mainframes to Russian GOST and to Drupal 7's as used on popular websites — just to give a few examples — as well as support for Mac OS X keychains, KeePass and Password Safe databases, Office 2007/2010 and ODF documents, Firefox/Thunderbird/SeaMonkey master passwords, more RAR archive kinds, WPA-PSK, VNC and SIP authentication, and it makes greater use of AMD Bulldozer's XOP extensions."

Submission + - Sony blocks PS3 jailbreaks with firmware 3.42 (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sony has released firmware 3.42 for the PlayStation 3 and with it stopped the current slew of jailbreak solutions from working.

Whether you use PSGroove, PSJailbreak, or PSFreedom, updating to 3.42 will stop them working PS3 Hacks has confirmed. Therefore if you want your console to remain jailbroken you should not update.

Open Source

Submission + - Why open source developers should thank Apple (h-online.com) 1

Dj writes: Apple has become the enemy-du-jour for the free software and open source movements, with complaints ranging from the Apple App Store's censorship of applications to Apple's use of DRM. But Apple have also set a high competitive bar for open source, and proprietary developers to exceed.

Submission + - How to Become Linus Torvalds (h-online.com)

Dj writes: Glyn Moody has had a look at the questions "What is Linus Torvalds' secret to managing the Linux development community? And is it a secret that can be applied elsewhere?" and he finds answers and parallels in an unexpected place, micro-blogging...

Submission + - Gartner Issues Smackdown on Open Core (gartner.com)

Sortova writes: "Those of us who are concerned about the growing prevalence of the open core (or fauxpen source) business model are often ignored when those VC-backed companies have much more to spend on marketing, as well as the few but profitable acquisitions accomplished by VCs such as Benchmark. We're often labelled as open source "zealots" and enterprises are told to ignore us.

However, enterprises tend not to ignore the advice of Gartner, one of the most respected analyst organizations out there. Today, Brian Prentice posted Open-Core: The Emperor's New Clothes which is a scathing critique of the business model, not as a road to VC riches, but as a solution that enterprises should consider.

There are way too many good quotes to pick just one, but he sums things up with "You see, when you start peeling back some of the value propositions being attached to open core business models what starts to appear is a picture of a bog standard software provider trying to use the latest phraseology to cut through the noise of a crowded marketplace".

In a similar blog post back in 2008 I wrote "The emperor is naked, folks." It is nice to see someone with influence agreeing with me."


Submission + - Mozilla to protect Adobe Flash users (h-online.com)

Dj writes: Mozilla are making Firefox check for old versions of the Flash plug in and warning users when it is out of date and vulnerable to security issues. The checking will appear in the next release of Firefox 3.5.3 and 3.0.14 which are in beta now.

Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock.