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Comment: Re:The US Navy has lots of windows boxen (Score 1) 147

by Virtex (#46285887) Attached to: Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months
I remember shortly after the Navy had their problem with the Yorktown, an admiral was quoted as saying, "A lot of people claim Windows NT is unstable, but we've found that not to be the case. Our Windows machines have an average uptime of around 95%" A 95% uptime works out to an hour and 12 minutes of downtime per day. Without realizing it, he made the point of just how bad NT4 really was. Fortunately for Microsoft, Windows stability has improved dramatically since those days.

Comment: too many patents (Score 1) 96

by Virtex (#44006157) Attached to: Congress Proposes Strategy For Fighting Patent Trolls
It would be nice if there were a way to limit the number of patents a company or individual was allowed to own. If companies couldn't stockpile their patents then they would be forced to limit their patents to the higher quality ones. Of course any such law would have to be written carefully to avoid the obvious loopholes companies would surely exploit.

+ - Washington Post fires mobile team-> 1

Submitted by imac.usr
imac.usr (58845) writes "The Huffington Post is reporting that The Washington Post has gone through yet another round of layoffs, but this time instead of cutting editorial positions, they're apparently cutting IT positions, specifically in the mobile applications department. According to Washington, DC media blog FishbowlDC, 54 people, including the General Manager of Mobile and Director of Mobile Products were given the axe on Valentine's Day. A particularly damning quote from the FishbowlDC article: '“[CIO and VP Shaliesh] Prakash thinks these are ‘inefficiencies’ – that is the exact word he uses for human beings who are not useful according to him,” said a source who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “Get rid of experienced people to save money, under the garb of streamlining is the new trend inside the Post.”'

Given that mobile products seem somewhat more likely to succeed than printed newspapers, this seems a strange decision at best."

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Comment: $100 billion (Score 1, Flamebait) 230

by Virtex (#41712455) Attached to: China's Yearly Budget For High-Speed Rail: $100 Billion

Running high speed lines across the nation is expensive — to the tune of $100 billion dollars a year.

Isn't that about what we pay to China every year just to cover the interest on the money our country has borrowed from them? At least all that interest money is being put to good use.

Comment: Re:here comes another round of litigation (Score 1) 675

by Virtex (#38698256) Attached to: Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM
What Apple does is a little different. They make their own hardware, so (at least in my opinion) they are justified in locking down that hardware. In Microsoft's case, they ony make the software, but are trying to dictate to every other hardware manufacturer how their hardware should be built. If Microsoft made their own hardware, I would have no problem with them locking it down. It's them acting like they own all the hardware companies out there that really irritates me.

GSM Decryption Published 299

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the spend-the-money-on-tech-instead-of-lawyers dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that German encryption expert Karsten Nohl says that he has deciphered and published the 21-year-old GSM algorithm, the secret code used to encrypt most of the world's digital mobile phone calls, in what he called an attempt to expose weaknesses in the security system used by about 3.5 billion of the 4.3 billion wireless connections across the globe. Others have cracked the A5/1 encryption technology used in GSM before, but their results have remained secret. 'This shows that existing GSM security is inadequate,' Nohl told about 600 people attending the Chaos Communication Congress. 'We are trying to push operators to adopt better security measures for mobile phone calls.' The GSM Association, the industry group based in London that devised the algorithm and represents wireless operators, called Mr. Nohl's efforts illegal and said they overstated the security threat to wireless calls. 'This is theoretically possible but practically unlikely,' says Claire Cranton, a GSM spokeswoman, noting that no one else had broken the code since its adoption. 'What he is doing would be illegal in Britain and the United States. To do this while supposedly being concerned about privacy is beyond me.' Simon Bransfield-Garth, the chief executive of Cellcrypt, says Nohl's efforts could put sophisticated mobile interception technology — limited to governments and intelligence agencies — within the reach of any reasonable well-funded criminal organization. 'This will reduce the time to break a GSM call from weeks to hours,' Bransfield-Garth says. 'We expect as this further develops it will be reduced to minutes.'"

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."