How do you know they are not using it? They did something to strong arm NZ into raiding Mega. It is entirely possible they use this all the time. Need new copyright laws to appear in a country? Blackmail on the ready. There are many things the US successfully convinces other countries to do. Why outright overthrow a government when you can subvert it slowly and methodically?
Typically you want a nuke at altitude for maximum damage. Setting it off on a boat would not have near the radius. Not only do you get good downward force and range from above, the EMP would do damage to a larger area as well. One would hope you couldn't get close enough with no transponder, hopefully we don't find out. Personally, I would consider it a waste to use one at sea level.
At this point, I wouldn't do anything. If this security vulnerability becomes public from an anonymous source, the vendor will blame you. That is the issue with disclosing it to the vendor, once you have done so, your choices are bend to their will if they won't play ball, or ruin the relationship. I would recommend working towards getting rid of the vendor, as they are leaving your system insecure and not willing to fix the issue. Until that point, suck it up.
Personally, I prefer it if the boss gets the food then goes away. It is one less distraction. The only exception to this is if my boss can actually help solve the problem or I need someone to bounce ideas off of. Otherwise get the hell out of my way, sitting in an office surfing the web doesn't help anyone solve the problem. I'd rather have my boss get rest so he can fight off the shitstorm better the next day.
Pretty much never. As long as there is money to be made throwing patents through the system and politicians to bribe, it will never happen. The general public is too stupid to care.
I work with a system like this, and you can pretty much guarantee that when something like the flu goes around, you are probably going to get it cause everyone comes into work anyway. Our management says not to come in sick, but I have yet to see them send someone home for it. It is almost counter productive cause you get people coming in and basically accomplishing nothing all day. I've witnessed the opposite abuses though, so I understand both sides. I've seen people call in sick when they were not just to use sick time. I would imagine that happens frequently in countries that mandate sick leave.
I use OpenDNS through comcast, and I still see the OpenDNS error pages and the like, I'm pretty sure it is going through. Perhaps they are looking for failure returns and hijacking those?
Traditionally, the word racket to describe a business is based on the example of the "protection racket" and indicates that the speaker believes that the business is making money by selling a solution to a problem that it created (or that it intentionally allows to continue to exist), specifically so that continuous purchases of the solution are always needed. Example: in a protection racket, a representative from the racket informs a storeowner that a fee of X dollars will be required every month for protection money, though the "protection" that is provided comes in the form of the racket itself not causing damage to the store or its employees.
Google created the problem of a trademark search resulting in a competitors link being presented first unless you pay. To me that would qualify as "a racket". If running a racket is not evil, where do I sign up?
I'm not trying to say it illegal, just evil.
I'm pretty sure if governments put their collective minds to it, they could win. Complacency leads to defeat. There are enough ignorant sheepish humans out there to go along with whatever a government wants to do. Don't be surprised when censorship comes and most people do not give a shit.
It would be interesting to see what the Flash Player penetration is like with this demographic - especially considering I sometimes see Flash banner ads on Slashdot.
You don't use firefox with noscript/flashblock? I don't see shit. Pulling numbers out of my ass like adobe did, I would say over 50% of people reading this have some form of adblock in place. Their statistic is as real as mine, granted they might have some data they twisted to get that number, I have my gut feel!
Sadly he is correct about IE being better than netscape at one point in time. Netscape after being bought by AOL went down the tubes and IE was one of the best that was available for Windows in my opinion. Unfortunately there are still a few sites that do not work in firefox for me and I have to suffer through IE, but other than that I never use it anymore.
Vista for some uses (users) is better than Ubuntu. There are games that do not run on Ubuntu, I cannot easily update my blackberry (without hacks anyway) on Ubuntu. I still have to dual boot my laptop for a few things. It doesn't mean that Vista is a superior operating system, it just means for somethings/people it is better. If I get marked troll so be it.
A lot of you will hate me for this...
Hopefully not, I don't. Disagree strongly != hate.
MS doing this is them trying to ensure that Firefox will work with their web apps (or, web apps built with their technology).
Great, if I wanted it I would seek it out, download it and install it. I think most people that go with firefox understand that some MS technologies don't quite work with it in all cases. Genuine windows crap comes to mind.
Now, granted that they are taking liberties they should not.
Many people use firefox to get away from Microsoft. Understand that what MS is doing here is blasphemy to many. Actions like this reinforce the "MS is evil" notion. If a firefox update installed something into IE without asking or without an uninstall, I would be offended too.
On the other hand MS is trying to make the browsing experience BETTER for people who use
The ends do not justify the means. Oh shit, I forgot this is slashdot, ignore that comment.
I'm not so sure this is a bad thing.
If it is not bad for you, good. I do not doubt that many people will not care about this. For many of us this is bad. I personally do not like anything (iTunes, Java, etc) that installs components without my approval.
Look, if you were running Ubuntu, installed Opera, and automatically got plugins from Synaptic for Opera that added new functionality would you complain?
If it came from Opera, no. If it came from another source, yes I would complain. Your example is a bit different. If Windows had something like Synaptic, and I got firefox through it, I wouldn't be surprised if they pushed an update that modified it. But I didn't get firefox through a MS service. Your comparison fails. I compile my own firefox for both Windows and Linux, for optimization and more control. I don't fully trust Synaptic for everything either.