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Comment: Resurrection (Score 3, Funny) 74

I see the plot of a new Micheal Bay (or maybe J.J. Abrams) movie: The US military, unable to get qualified recruits to fight the new Zombie wars, takes a cue from the Zombie playbook and develops the technology to bring life old soldiers. After a bit of a difficult start, the program exceeds all expectations until the previously dead soldiers revolt at being put back in the grave and bring Washington to it's knees by filing for Social Security benefits.

Comment: Re:Oh I see... (Score 1) 55

by Lumpy (#47425267) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

That is easy, when you flash the firmware on many of the high security types of systems it increments a counter when the bootloader loads the new firmware. they simply look at the counter and see if it matched the last time it was in for an update or was reported on the last update.

It's as simple as a small cheap i2C eeprom hidden away on the system that is not easily read from the running OS. the hacker would haveto disassemble the system hardware and basically reverse engineer the board to discover it. I have seen them hidden under other chips to save board space, but doing that would hide it from most hackers.

Comment: Re:What about the bankers? (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by Lumpy (#47423043) Attached to: Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Actually most of America would applaud the SWAT team entering banks with shotguns and tasers.

Listening to an investment banker on the floor screaming "dont taze me bro" would pretty much make every single person on the planet smile at the same time. It would cause world peace and make cold fusion work.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Twenty Nine

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Destiny and me woke up at the same time the next morning. We cuddled a while, made love again, then made coffee and took a shower together while the robots made us steak and cheese omelettes and toast and hash browns. Destiny put on the news. There was something about a problem in one of the company's boat factories; some machinery malfunctioned and killed a guy. I sure took notice of that! They didn't really have much information about it, though

Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 217

by Actually, I do RTFA (#47416471) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

That seems like a non-sequitur. The GGP was saying it's not Android's fault that bundling was abused - I was saying that it was because it was the predictable way, in fact the only predictable way, it would be used. The feature was added to be abused.

That's not saying Android is never to be used, or that there are not better and worse implementations. But it is calling them out that this one feature has no redeeming (to the customer) use.

Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 217

by Lumpy (#47414411) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Google allows it, which is wrong. Google can easily say, "if you do not provide a clean pure android on your phone you can NOT call it android in any way and you can not even say that it is "compatible" Also it's not just AT&T. HTC bakes in all kinds of complete crap that ruins the phone.

That would stop it instantly.

Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 217

by Lumpy (#47414385) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

"Users do not have control because we're experiencing what Oligarchy feels like."

no Users do not have control because they refuse to learn. Cyanogenmod is your path to bliss and control for Android. If you "cant be bothered" with learning how to install it, then privacy and control are really not that important to you.

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