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Comment: Re:Does this mean that gaming controllers (Score 1) 232

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#42245931) Attached to: Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank

The military walkie talkie I had to use during my military service did not even work properly on a mild sunny autumn evening (or any other weather), so I figure the reason a military walkie talkie costs that much is basically because the military pays that much...

Comment: Re:Missing details (Score 2) 93

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#38699384) Attached to: Viruses Stole City College of S.F. Data For Years

I can see the need for some sociology or psychology students to access porn, but only a very few on very specific projects. Methinks some faculty spanking material was the greater concern than student access to "research data" which could have been addressed by granting specific machines a bypass in the firewall configurations.

Methinks the porn blocker was probably overzealous*, and blocked way to much.

* In general, those blockers come in two variations: The overzealous type, which gets in the way of normal usage, or the useless type, that blocks next to nothing.

Comment: Re:why is the CD player on the same network? (Score 2) 272

by PseudonymousBraveguy (#38677702) Attached to: The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

Well, it is usually on a different (layer 2) network, but usually there is a gateway routing messages between the two. Why? Because the CD player is embedded in the entertainment system, and that system displays information from the engine (e.g. current mileage), or you may be able to configure your engine via the entertainment system (like switching your engine and gearbox to "sport" mode). However, the gateway does not blindy route any message to any network, there is usually a fixed configuration which message should be routed to which network.

Nevertheless, most development in the field is centered around safety, and not focused at security, so I'm not that surprised that vehicular networks are hackable.


Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License 647

Posted by timothy
from the that's-refreshing dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In Real View v 20-20 Technologies, it was held that the actual copyright infringement damages for a single unauthorized download of a computer program was the lost license fee that would have been charged. The judge, in the District Court of Massachusetts, granted remittitur, reducing the jury's verdict from $1,370,590.00 to $4200 unless the plaintiff seeks a new trial. Something tells me the plaintiff will seek a new trial."

AT&T Officially Ends Plans To Acquire T-Mobile USA 176

Posted by Soulskill
from the admitting-defeat dept.
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has officially announced that it no longer plans to purchase T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. In a press release, the company said, 'The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.'"

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