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Comment Everyone is Discounting the Humans in Space Battle (Score 1) 892

Everyone seems to be envisioning a robotic battle.

Although we've made tremendous progress in getting spacecraft and other vehicles to act autonomously, we usually keep them on a pretty tight leash, and have thought out beforehand most of the situations we expect these automonous vehicles to negotiate.

It wouldn't surprise me to find humans still have a place in a hypothetical space battlefield, especially considering each opponent would strive to inject appropriate "fog of war" to confuse the robotic elements.

Either that, or well find a way to manufacture robots that are equivilant and/or superior to humans.


Local Privilege Escalation On All Linux Kernels 595

QuesarVII writes "Tavis Ormandy and Julien Tinnes have discovered a severe security flaw in all 2.4 and 2.6 kernels since 2001 on all architectures. 'Since it leads to the kernel executing code at NULL, the vulnerability is as trivial as it can get to exploit: an attacker can just put code in the first page that will get executed with kernel privileges.'"

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.