This is sort of depressing. It's an obituary, for heaven's sake, the man deserves the respect of having his name properly formatted. I don't think I've ever seen an article's title changed on Slashdot, no matter how poor it was; perhaps just this once someone could go in and fix it...
Linus' father has stated that NSA approached Linus and asked, quite frankly and up-front, to put a backdoor in linux. He of course refused. Then you have Linus himself answering that question "no" aloud, while nodding his head "yes." I have absolutely zero doubt that they've since attempted to slip something in surreptitiously, I wonder whether or not they succeeded.
This will be wonderful news for criminal defense attorneys. Is your client accused of having a couple of terrorists in his phone's contact list? Did a customs official conveniently find child porn pictures on your client's phone during a border crossing? Did the prosecutor haul out telco logs "proving" that your client was sending text messages to arrange a heroin deal?
Sounds to me like it's quite plausible that someone else put that $ILLEGAL_SHIT on your client's phone. After all, the capability was built right into the phone by Samsung.
Two things, "Even Ham radio operators?" When did they become the retards of the RF world - I thought that title belonged to CB'ers? Honestly, hams are not interested in your phone.
He wasn't calling hams retards, quite the contrary. He was pointing out that people with absolutely no control over your cellular carrier's towers, and thus no legitimate path into your cellphone, could give you problems despite not being an "authorized" party. Those people would still need to be extremely technically adept, familiar with radio, etc. so hams was a pretty good example IMO.
This is why I use all my own equipment.
Makes me wonder how much longer this will be an option?
I use a Comcast-provided cable modem instead of buying my own. The sole reason for that is that I've had several cable modems die or otherwise fuck up in the past, and it's easier to pay the $7 a month to rent Comcast's modem and be able to swap out as often as is necessary. Modem overheats, lightning strike fries it, some shitty capacitor decides that 6 months is longer than it should ever have lived, WTF-ever, I'll just go exchange it. The rental fee is essentially insurance. Just last week I went and swapped out their old Thomson for an Arris, because the Thomson was on Comcast's EOL list and not DOCSIS 3.0 savvy. Had to figure that out on my own and go get a better model after my service started going to shit. The Arris is now giving far faster throughput for the wired PCs.
Wireless on my premises is handled by two bridged WRT54Gs (v6, patiently awaiting the revamped kickass offering that Belkin has promised since buying the Linksys line from Cisco) running dd-wrt. These of course are my own equipment and there's nothing Comcast can do to prevent me from using them. That really can never change, I can tweak their MAC addresses to whatever I want, there's ultimately no technical way for Comcast to impede me from running my own wireless routers for my own private use. The WLAN is locked down tighter than a twelve year old, ain't no guests or passers-by getting on there.
However, I wouldn't be surprised if Comcast begins issuing cable modems that come with a built-in wireless AP for their own hotspot purposes. I'm not talking about all-in-one modem/router devices, this is what they're already doing with those as per TFA, if you rely on Comcast's equipment for your home wifi network. I'm talking about the actual cable modem itself, it will have an onboard 802.11a/b/g/n radio. If they play their cards right, it won't even need an antenna, I'm sure Comcast has engineers who are well aware of the "leaky/unshielded coax, wifi, CB radio" issue and can put some decent gain enterprise grade antennae inside the service boxes at street demarcs. The majority of residential subdivisions are probably not subject to CB interference.
At some point in the future, they prohibit customers from purchasing and provisioning their own modems, and domination is complete: if you want Comcast internet, you must use a Comcast provided modem, which will act as a wifi hotspot whether you like it or not (aside from those of us who will open the box and fix that shit ourselves). To be honest, I'm surprised that "buy your own modem, call us up with its MAC, and we'll let it on the network" is an option even now, as it "robs" them of recurring revenue on the sunk expense of each modem. I presume there must be some law that forces them to allow this for the time being.
Give it a couple of years. All Comcast-provided cable modems will have a self-contained wifi AP, they'll eliminate the monthly modem rental charge "as a benefit to consumers," and if they're still required to allow customers to own CPE modems, there will be a fee for it.
I recently needed a new 123 lithium battery for my EDC flashlight. Radio Shack wanted $13 for the store brand, while I found an Engergizer at Target for $7. With that kind of pricing it is no wonder that they are doing poorly.
This, this times ten. The stores tend to carry only their own brand, the prices are too high, and the quality is poor. I recently found myself in need of a power adapter, 120v AC to 12v 0.5a DC. Didn't want to wait for shipping or online ordering, so I went to a few retailer sites to compare inventory. (FWIW the exact adapter I needed, tailor made to the product in question, was $6.99 + $3 shipping from both Amazon and NewEgg, but as stated I wanted it "now".)
Radio Shack's site had a few reasonable offerings that were marked "Web Only," the only products that were actually available in a local store were Enercell, which is a Radio Shack owned brand. The adapter I figured would be most likely to fit my need was $25 and had a couple of one-star reviews stating that it was a poorly filtered and regulated source, pumping out close to 16v with no load and still above 12v with a 500ma load. For heaven's sake, Radio Shack has had decades to source and develop quality products, they used to be known for them, and their own hallmark brand is apparently shit!
I poked around Best Buy's site for a couple of minutes, but they didn't seem to have what I needed, even as an internet only order. I checked Wal-Mart's site, they too had some nice online only offers, but one available in-store for $20 that comes with 6 different connectors and had good reviews. So my local choices came down to a $25, "known poor" product at Radio Shack, or a $20 well-reviewed offbrand product at Wal-Mart.
I went to Wal-Mart. The adapter works fine.
nothing to keep him from taking them to court and suing over the original thing
I kinda doubt this, especially considering the fact that he's the one who broke the contract. Any lawyers around?
If I were her stepfather, she'd be sleeping with me tonight. $80K should buy a lot of "comfort!"
Considering I'd never even heard of this app until some Olympian young lady made a big deal out of it, I doubt this was much of a breach. All of the app's users were in the Olympic Village and they know where one another are, anyway.
It should be legal to fire lasers at planes and endanger the people aboard? Or did you mean at your own plane while it is on the ground?
Have you seen any hangars in the air?
Actually I wish it would be that intimate. I could use a good ball-tickling. All I get is a bunch of white space. THAT'S RACIST!
And why is it that you are owed free content?
OKAY there Mister Slashdot Beta Designer...!
Fuck Beta. The community should come together, put together a drone, and have it trail a banner over the Dice HQ building that says: "F U C K B E T A." I've got a five on it, if we can make this happen.