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Comment: Some history (Score 0, Flamebait) 191

by koan (#48668293) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

To remind you how scummy Sony is.

The Sony BMG CD copy protection rootkit scandal of 2005–2007 concerns deceptive, illegal, and potentially harmful copy protection measures implemented by Sony BMG on about 22 million CDs. When inserted into a computer, the CDs installed one of two pieces of software which provided a form of digital rights management (DRM) by modifying the operating system to interfere with CD copying. Both programs could not be easily uninstalled, and they created vulnerabilities that were exploited by unrelated malware. Sony claims this was unintentional. One of the programs installed even if the user refused its EULA, and it "phoned home" with reports on the user's private listening habits; the other was not mentioned in the EULA at all, contained code from several pieces of open-source software in an apparent infringement of copyright, and configured the operating system to hide the software's existence, leading to both programs being classified as rootkits.

Sony BMG initially denied that the rootkits were harmful. It then released, for one of the programs, an "uninstaller" that only un-hid the program, installed additional software which could not be easily removed, collected an email address from the user, and introduced further security vulnerabilities.=====

Comment: I'll play the Grinch (Score 1) 57

by koan (#48667925) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

Lately I've been wondering why we lie to our children, why the "real life" magic of science and Nature isn't told to them instead, in fact I feel that telling them lies and fairytales from an early age softens their brains up for religion/propaganda later.

Though I can't prove that, the idea interest me, so anyone have a rational reason (encouraging imagination will not be accepted) to tell their children lies like Santa Claus and the rest of the standard fairytales?

Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 1) 118

by Archtech (#48667233) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

Reminds me of the first time I ever heard this particular discussion: at DEC in about 1983. A colleague who had gone to do quality engineering on VAX/VMS systems asked for statistics on crashes caused by memory errors. All VAX computers had built-in ECC (of course), but the advanced thinkers in engineering were wondering if it would be more cost-effective to do without. Money would be saved, both by the manufacturer and the customer, and systems would run significantly faster (maybe). Surely that would be worth the fairly infrequent crash, which could be recovered from with the help of backups, logs, etc.?

We all thought the idea was daft - purely on general principle. The reduction in speed due to ECC could be exactly specified, as could the extra cost. But random crashes couldn't - and what if human error caused the backups, logs, etc. to be missing or corrupt? Worse still, what if errors were introduced that didn't cause a crash or any noticeable problem? All sorts of critical systems could go on stacking up subtly wrong data more or less indefinitely.

To this day I always ask for ECC whenever I buy a new PC - but the only machines I have ever found that had it were Dell workstations.

Comment: The more interesting part (Score 5, Insightful) 334

by smooth wombat (#48667011) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
and reports against officers dropped by 87%

While most people on here are focusing on the police portion, the civilian portion is more damning. It shows the amount of crap police have to put up with by people who think they'll file a brutality report so they can not be held responsible for their actions.

I don't have the link, but some on here will remember the video of the woman who was in the back of a police car yelling and screaming for the police to stop hitting her without realizing a camera was recording the whole thing. When she claimed police brutality, the video was shown and the charges were thrown out.

While there is certainly some police abuse going on, there are much more claims by people of police abuse where none exists. Just like dashboard cameras, it works both ways so when people claim they weren't doing anything when they were shot, the camera will show them reaching for their gun (see the most recent shooting in Missouri though we don't have video of the incident).

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 111

by koan (#48664685) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

For trust to enter into your relationship with Apple shows how poorly you approach the relationship, that's why there are business contracts, that's why there are warranties, because "trust" should never be an issue that needs discussing, for the simple reason they can not be trusted without their having a sense of "loss of profit".
Your "dissatisfaction" wouldn't enter into it if they thought they could continue to make money.

You trust people you know face to face, you do not trust a corporation with a history of poor security, slave labor, financial fraud, tax evasion, personal data accumulation of customers for resell and customer manipulation, and interaction with governmental agencies that is ethically dubious at best.

Why would they ever have *your* best interest at heart? After everything I've mentioned above, that can easily be Googled and verified, it should be very clear they do not have your best interest at heart.

They have your money at heart.

Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. -- Ambrose Bierce