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Comment: Elephants. Rooms. (Score 1) 76

by torpor (#48280895) Attached to: Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

I think the big elephant in the room is more to be found further upstream, in the area of manufacturing. Worrying about software hacks is one thing - not having the faintest absolute clue exactly *what* is inside the chip package is something else entirely. Think its an accumulator bank? Oh sorry, maybe we forgot to mention the harmonic bundles associated with wave guidance within the interstitial distances of the rapidly blinking transistors .. yeah, those can be read from space. With a satellite (or 12).

The game is over folks, or rather .. the game is on, depending on how you look at it. Until you are capable of investigating and participating, directly, in the sub-assemblies, you will always have a weak back door. Either we, ultimately, become able to assemble our own chips on the desktop, or there will always be a power class: those who can build such devices, and those who can only be ruled by them.

Comment: Re: It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 702

by LWATCDR (#48279973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

At the time it was the only way to make a computer at the price and performance of the Amiga. Also at the time no one knew the future. Windows 95 was a decade away. Windows was a bad joke. Mac OS was stuck in black and white and at a price point well beyond the Amiga and ST.
One does wonder what have happened if the Amiga was based on instead of Tripos.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 702

by LWATCDR (#48277717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Emacs, Amiga, Motorola, ascii.

Actually I had an Amiga and it was a better system but I still thought the ST was cool. It was the PC that sucked and still won. BTW before anyone goes of how the PC was open when the Amiga launched you had 286s, running MS-Dos that limited you to 640 of real memory with out a lot of tricks and a 33mb partition limit on hard drives.
Oh and the OS did not handle graphics, printing, or audio. If you wanted to do any of those you had to do it all yourself. Every program had to have a bunch of printer drivers to print and you just usually hoped that your printer could emulate an epson, Okidata, or Diablo printer.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.