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Comment: Re:Oh I see... (Score 1) 61

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:Just to get through the misleading stuff: (Score 1) 80

by Halo1 (#47423231) Attached to: Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

this is the first term that the European Parliament's members will presumably have the power to block EU directives (something that remains to be seen how it works out)

That's incorrect. Look up the codecision procedure, it's been around since a long time. Since the Lisbon treaty, directives on more topics have come under codecision, but that one has been in effect for quite a while now.

and this is the only part that they will have in the law-making process

No, it's not just blocking or passing. They can, and do, also amend directives. These amendments then have to agreed upon with the Council of Ministers, but the opposite is also true.

--the European Parliament DOES NOT have the power of legislative initiative.

That's true, only the Commission has this power.

FYI, so you do not get carried away by flashy designations and think that this is an actual parliamentary representative democracy akin to national parliaments: it is not.

It's indeed not, since a lot of member states are heavily opposed to a "Federated States of Europe"-style organisation.

Comment: Re:What about the bankers? (Score 4, Interesting) 109

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:Probable cause (Score 4, Insightful) 212

by jc42 (#47419055) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

I have nothing to hide, except the pron from my wife (she found it already) so why would I care what the FBI does? They aren't going to act on any of this unless these people actually plan to do something criminal and in that case, they should.

If you think you have nothing to hide, you should probably spend a bit of time studying the history of the FBI. Leading an exemplary life has never been a protection from them, if they suspect you may be part of whatever conspiracy is popular at the time. A few decades ago, it was Communists, and having no connection to any Communist organization was never protection from them or their colleagues in organizations like HUAC. It's quite clear that the "anti-terrorist" push nowadays is no more concerned with whether you have anything to hide; if they need a scapegoat and you're handy (perhaps because your name is vaguely like some name on one of their lists), they'll go after you and make your life a hell on Earth.

Having "nothing to hide" is one of the most naive misconceptions going around, and has been for at least a century. Dig into the history of the FBI and assorted other similar organizations. Google can find a lot of it for you. Then come back and tell us again whether you have anything to hide.

(And they probably already have a copy of your pron collection, added to their own. ;-)

Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 218

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) 218

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.

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI

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