How do you define the word "malicious"?
I think you have to be setting out to cause harm in order for it to count as malicious. As such, I would concede that GNOME made a mistake, but I would think it hyperbolic to say that they that GNOME 3 is malicious.
I think if you want to call something malicious, you have to have set out in the first case with intentions to subvert the user's sovereignty over their own property. Install something I didn't ask for and would have specifically rejected? Malicious. Make it difficult to opt out? Malicious. Report my local drive searches that are none of your business? Malicious. Lock me out of content I bought? Malicious. Bloat my phone with a bunch of apps I can't install? Malicious. Make a dumb-ass design mistake? Dumb-assed, but not malicious.
To conflate bad design with malice dilutes the discussion of things that genuinely are malicious -- that genuinely mean us harm.
And when you issue that command, what interprets it? Has that code that interprets the command been compromised? Are you sure?
Indeed. Making While Muslim seems to have joined Walking While Black in the litany of capital offenses.
Difference between factory reset and completely replacing the NVRAM, perhaps?
I have two thoughts about this:
First, I find it worrisome, but not as much as when it impacts the non-game software world, i.e. the world of operating systems and productivity software, stuff that either is something everyone uses, or people use to make money, or both. What do you do if your job depends on your computer booting, which it refuses to do?
Second, I don't know if you have noticed or not, but some software companies (Microsoft, for instance) don't even try to hide the fact that there is nothing in the box, because
there is no incentive to stop the practice.
They agreed to it, presumably in order to keep the fines down to where they are. Here's a relevant excerpt from the article:
As part of the settlement, Smart City will cease its Wi-Fi blocking activities and will pay a $750,000 civil penalty.
(usually only PR or execs can do it)
Truth. Interestingly enough, this makes it very easy to tell the official story from the unofficial, when there has been an incident of some sort. All you have to do to filter (or filter out) the official story is grep for a pattern like
If you don't mind me asking, what carrier, which version of the S4 mini, and what ROM did you use?
I have an S4 mini, CDMA/LTE version, on Sprint, so this interests me. The battery life is not currently bad, but it would be interesting to de-bloat the firmware.
Funny, I thought they were radio frequencies that are inserted between existing ones.
Mine too! It's amazing how they seemed to know that I was looking for my stuff. Even more amazing, it's more up-to-date than my backups!
Fuck it. I'm done with backups. Whoever runs this site is doing a much better job than I could ever do.
Computers haven't changed significantly in the last 7 years.
Regardless of that, an Atom N450 at 1.66 GHz is a pretty low-end machine, even for 2005.
to be persecuted
Normally, one would use the word "prosecuted" here . . . but I like this version.
Just exactly how do they propose 'taking out' a drone?
There is at least one case where a drone was taken out by a fire hose at a house fire. The troubling thing in that case, though, is that a firefighter took his hose off of the fire to take out a drone that was far enough away as not to be causing any real problem. The fire department ended up replacing the drone.
Part 15 reads almost the same for 900 MHz as for 2.4 GHz: You can use 1W if you are doing one of three things.
Thing 1 is to send a direct-sequenced spread spectrum signal (not in this case)
Thing 2 is to send a frequency-hopping spread spectrum signal, with a maximum dwell time of 400ms and a minimum of 50 channels in your spreading sequence (again, not the case here)
Thing 3 is to send a digital signal of at least 500 kHz RF bandwidth (which is likely to be the case here)
Additionally, there are bonuses for using good antennas (the FCC seems to want to encourage this). You do need to reduce your transmit power if you have a gainful antenna, but you only have to reduce power by 1dB for every 3dBi of antenna gain. For example, using a 3dBi antenna (for instance, a 5/8 wave) would double the strength of your transmitted signal, but would require you to turn down your transmitter power by 1 dB, making it roughly 800 mW rather than 1W. Put this together, and you get an effective radiated power (ERP) of ~ 1.6W.
In a more extreme case, imagine using a 24dBi directional antenna: You get a 2^8 boost in your signal from the antenna, and only have to cut your power by 8dB. Actual transmitter power ends up at 160mW, but the boost from the antenna gives you an ERP of ~40W.
Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They've just learned to hide in the trees.