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Comment Good points, but others agree. (Score 1) 366

See Faced with overwhelming evidence, VW admits thwarting pollution controls for years. (Page 2)

Quote: "For a company to engage in such blatant trickery, top executives must have been informed, said Guido Reinking, a German auto expert."

My opinions were formed partly from watching a PBS News video of a congressional inquiry. A congressman also strongly disagreed with the statements made by the Volkswagen regional subsidiary CEO. The problem is that CEO strongly denied that any managers could have been involved, not just him.

One problem is that none of the reports I've seen were written by technically-knowledgeable people.

Yes, there could be a mistake. Maybe no extra hardware was involved.

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 1) 187

Besides, Google has been doing it for years, and look how popular Android is.

Actually, Google works hard to make sure that users *do* own their own devices, or at least can. All Nexus devices are unlockable, and Google encourages OEMs to allow unlocking as well. Plus the whole open source thing.

Also, the common /. meme that Android reports on everything you do is simply false. Android the OS doesn't talk to Google at all. Google apps do, to the degree that you want to use them.

(Disclaimer: I'm a Google engineer, I work on Android, but I'm speaking only for myself, not for Google. Google has PR people for that; they pay me to write code.)

Comment To me, the U.S. government seems corrupt. (Score 4, Informative) 213

"90% of the things I buy to live (Food, Toiletries, shelter) are owned and made by 13 companies."

It seems that the U.S. government now only helps rich people become richer. There is no democracy.

Companies That Control the World's Food (That is the 2nd page of the article.)

Food Processing's top 100

Comment Chromebooks are taking over the world? really? (Score 1) 140

Garter says there'll be 7.2 million chrome books sold in 2015. That's well below Windows Phone sales numbers and if anyone claimed win phone was taking over the world they'd be locked away. Worse, 70% of those sales are in the education market where they're just used as locked down web browsers which is fine but no kid uses it in the classroom and thinks "wow, I have to ask for one of these for Xmas".

Comment The OEMs did revolt (Score 1) 187

First they refused to go along with windows rt and undercut win8 every chance they could. Then they shoveled a bunch of crappy chrome books out the door. None of that helped, though they were right about winrt. So now they have nowhere to go. It's not like Apple will let them ship osx so what are they supposed to do? Ship Linux systems? Good luck with that...

Nope. They're still hitched to windows because that's what people want, especially now that Win10 is a huge hit.

Comment Why the lack of interest? (Score 1) 182

I read the article but I wasn't quite certain why people weren't interested.

It sounds like it was too much work to maintain and implement, but it sounded like a lot of their implementation simply wasn't being used by anyone. Is it just the fact that LSB isn't as necessary/useful as people thought it would? I feel like most projects end up checking against Debian or RHEL and most distros adopt one of those as a sort of informal standard.

Comment News reports: Volkswagen used special hardware. (Score 3, Informative) 366

"Volkswagon's mistake..."

Apparently it wasn't a "mistake". Apparently Volkswagen used special hardware and software to break the law.

Yesterday on PBS NewsHour the CEO of Volkswagen said the dishonesty was the fault of unknown rogue software engineers, and no managers knew about it. However, special hardware was designed into the system; that couldn't have happened without help from other people in the company, including hardware buyers.

See this article: Older VW diesels will need software and hardware fixes, Horn tells lawmakers.

The CEO seems to be lying deliberately. He says "software". Then later mentions "hardware".

That Auto News article was apparently written by someone who doesn't understand that, if hardware is required, the dishonesty must have been approved by Volkswagen management.

Submission + - US government will not force companies to decode encrypted data... for now (

Mark Wilson writes: The Obama administration has announced that it will not require companies to decrypt encrypted messages for law enforcement agencies. This is being heralded as a 'partial victory' by the Electronic Frontier Foundation; partial because, as reported by the Washington Post, the government "will not — for now — call for [such] legislation".

This means that at the moment companies will not be forced to build backdoors into their products, but there is no guarantee that this won’t happen further down the line. The government wants to continue talks with the technology industry to find a solution, but leaving things in limbo for the time being will create a sense of unease on both sides of the debate.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.