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Comment: Re:Oh I see... (Score 1) 69

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) 118

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.

Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 219

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) 219

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.

Comment: Re:yes but (Score 3, Insightful) 299

by NeutronCowboy (#47411765) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

Then please tell me: how does this decision not apply to any other "sincerely held religious belief of a closely held corporation"? The SCOTUS might say that the decision is only supposed to apply to these particular scenarios, but I can't see how you can distinguish one sincerely held religious belief from another. Unless, of course, you let the government get into the business of deciding which religious beliefs trump which.

Then again, this is already happening, thanks to some enlightened congress critters wanting to legislate Baptist beliefs into government law.

Comment: Re:Kind of like supermarket loyalty schemes (Score 1) 347

by NeutronCowboy (#47411317) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

The problem is that the only difference between your libertarian and your anarchist is that the anarchist goes to the logical end of "all government intervention is bad", and the libertarian just happens to support exactly the intervention that you like.

In other words, it's just another form of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy.

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