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Comment Re:Waiting for secure version without Intel vPro/A (Score 3, Insightful) 104

Yes processors run microcode.

But that is no reason to connect it to an antenna which allows a pc which is turned off to still be able to run wireless remote management commands.

In security one of the most critical consideration is to reduce the attack surface.

Intel vPro/AMT has such a large attack surface, that if we can assume there are no deliberate back doors, it is a safe bet that having it still introduces a wide range of new attack methods against us.

And for what? Just to help make corporate IT's job a bit easier? And remember those extra gates to support it does increase the chip's die size, power consumption, and cost.

Why not have AMT/vPro only in corporate PC's on request, and not have it in anything else.

Comment Waiting for secure version without Intel vPro/AMT (Score 5, Interesting) 104

For some reason I get very nervous with an out of band remote proprietary management system baked into recent Intel chips, which operates below the OS, and has not been independently audited and reviewed by trusted 3rd parties (such as those not associated with mass surveillance).

Note that AMT is also in all Intel chips with vPro:

This posting from the FSF (Free Software Foundation) has a decent writeup about it:

It seems that we are now in the age of hardware backdoors.

Maybe AMD which cannot seem to compete with Intel on performance and low-power, can make a niche for itself as a secure (backdoorless) alternative.

These days, I would value my privacy over performance.

Comment Re:Isn't the current mouse protection rule ... (Score 3, Interesting) 207

Doesn't the current mouse protection rule set the clock to death of creator plus 70 years for copyright?
Shouldn't that be not only enough for anyone but utterly overboard?

This is my understanding as well. And "Philip Francis Nowlan" who is the creator of Buck Rogers died in 1940, which was more than 75 years ago.

So with the current rules, Buck Rogers should be fully in the USA public domain.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait until 2036 for Mickey Mouse to enter public domain, and by then I suspect that Disney will bribe enough government officials to prevent it.

Comment Details missing... (Score 3, Informative) 163

When does the bios install the files, at boot time, or when the OS is running?

If at boot, this should require bios drivers for read+write ntfs filesystem support in order to know where in the primary drive the bios needs to install the files, which means the bios can hold a much larger amount of storage then expected.

If when the OS is running, this opens up the potential for many new scarier exploits and backdoors, even for a more secure OS with different file systems, such as Linux or *BSD, beyond just storage, such as memory and network access.

Does this still work with FDE (Full Disk Encryption), such as bitlocker, truecrypt, bestcrypt, pgpdisk, etc.?

Comment Burkas as future privacy fashion? (Score 0) 110

I hope that I am not forced to wear a burka just to keep some small amount of personal privacy, once big data is able to tap into nearly every single survailence camera, and use face recognition to automatically track everything I do, even with my mobile phone at home or turned off.

Western society is be becoming more and more Orwellian.

In the old days, people would fight and die for freedom and liberties. But now societies are willing to sacrifice these to prevent one person from being harmed from terrorists even though the odds are insignigant compared to other threats we accept such as traffic accidents, or having one child from being molisted even though this is nearly always done by someone close or known to the child.

Comment Bury him alive in Boston Cesspit (Score -1, Flamebait) 649

Due to the difficulty in finding execution drugs in the USA, why not bury him alive in a cesspit, placed far enough below a few outhouses in a predominate Boston location?

Victims and their immediate families can freely use those outhouses. And everyone else can be charged $1 for each use, with 100% of that money going into a victim fund.

Comment Genetics provide too much info about people (Score 1) 135

Currently DNA analysis is quite crude, basically enough to determine some genetic predisposition to illness and family relationships.

But there is indication that researcher might be able to find generic markers with predispose people to various conditions and traits (such as being left handed, homosexual, overweight, balding violent, psychopathic, etc.). Do you really want this information to be in the hands of big government and multi-national corporations?

Even if someone is genetically predisposed to some trait, there are additional environment factors which can prevent this from surfacing.

Why should a person who may have genetic markers to make them predisposed to violence, but was raised in a loving environment and taught at a young age to use anger management techniques and never hurt a fly, be discriminated against like someone who has countless violent acts against innocent people?

DNA should only be allowed to be freely collected, when people have the technology and option to change their own genetics, so that they are not victimized by discrimination.

Comment FDE is unreliable in Android (Score 2) 124

So many people have issues when it comes to enabling and using FDE (full disk encryption) with Android.

Quite often when they upgrade their OS they are advised to first decrypt their OS in order to avoid bricking their devices or losing data.

When when there is no FDE and users try to enable it, it often fails, especially with 3rd party OS such as Cyanogenmod, often due to partition issues such as the main file system overlapping the crypto footer region, forcing many to give up in order to avoid having to repartition and then reinstall OS, apps, data, etc.

Forcing FDE in all future Android version as the default, just as Apple does with iOS, will ensure that always-on encryption is normal consistent state which is always tested against, instead of the messy mixed encrypted and unencrypted Android ecosystem we have today.

Comment I just want to know: backdoor or nobackdoor (Score 4, Interesting) 109

With recent Intel chips containing AMT (Active Management Technology) and vPro, which contain integrated 3G radio support plus hidden processing core running separate hidden "management" instructions from the main core, what I really want to know is which Intel chips have a potential backdoor and which do not.

Otherwise any smart competitor which can prove that their don't have any backdoors, would have a significant marketing advantage. (Are you listening AMD?)

Comment Let NSA+GCHQ buy Gemalto since their own their ass (Score 5, Interesting) 99

North Korea hacks Sony => Cyber-Terrorism
USA & Great Britain hacks Gemalto => Patriotic-Duty

Of course Gemalto will say anything they can to limit economic damage, but without proper and transparent oversight of secret agencies they is no way to validate any claim by Gemalto that their 3G/4G SIM secrets were not stolen.

The best course of action is for Gemalto to simply be bought out official by the NSA and GCHQ, since they already own their asses, oops I mean assets.

Comment Re: In other news... (Score 3, Insightful) 78

Interested comment from an Anonymous Coward, who is too scared to stand behind their words.

The fact is that numerous polls in many countries including the USA show that there is unfortunately significant public support for increasing police powers and decreasing oversight.

Keep in mind that these same idiots also vote for the same corrupt politicians from the same corrupt parties as well.

When the sheeple finally reach their breaking point and have enough, they end up supporting whatever nut cases can best sell them the simplest counter-production solution which best promotes the fantasy that they can have their cake and eat it too. (Think USA rightist tea parties and Greek syriza leftists.)

Comment In other news... (Score 2, Insightful) 78

police support the creation and advancement of police states. Also in other news, water is wet.

Nothing to see here folks.

The issue is not with the police, which more often than not support doing away with any pesky human rights and oversight which make it "harder" for them to do their jobs, but with the cowardly sheeple who empower them by happily give up their freedom every time some they hear someone say boo.

Yes terrorism is horrible, but lots of other risks in life are much more deadly, including gun culture, obesity and processed foods industry, poverty, insufficient vaccination and medical treatment, etc. And yet very little is done to address these other issues since steeples don't consider them as scary.

Strange that we were able to defeat the Nazi horrors without having to resort to creating our own police states, in which every citizen is monitored and they activity permanently archived.

Comment Offline Mathematica for Android Please (Score 1) 210

Mathematica use to run great offline on Win 3.1 on 486 platforms, which have a small fraction of the capability and resources of a modern smart phone.

True that the current version of mathematica does so much more, but even an older strip download offline version would be so much more than the countless Android & iOS CAS apps in the App/Play stores.

I purchased Wolfram Alpha which is decent for compution, but often when I need it most, especially for big number modulo calculations, I don't have an Internet connection. Plus a stand alone mathematica would be best for importing and running M language scripts.

If a standalone offline version of mathematica was available for Android, I would be one of the first to purchase it.

Comment Prefer Intel vPro & ATM solutions for spying (Score 0) 18

Why on earth would anyone want open hardware, when they can get the latest Intel chips offer vPro and ATM (Active Management Technology) which provides government mandated (via NSL) hardware backdoors? It is a lot harder to hide wireless spying in open hardware, which makes it useless to me.

I personally prefer these new Intel chips, because I like knowing that big brother has full remote access to my computers, independent of OS and disk encryption, in case I do anything in the future which upsets them.

Now excuse me, while I surrender to the authorities for thought crimes in my sleep, which someone told me that I might have.

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner