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Comment: Re:Bad summary (Score 3, Informative) 139

by argent (#31839380) Attached to: How To Exploit NULL Pointers

The OP's article wasn't very long, so you should be able to figure out that you just rephrased what he said: you need to have a null pointer function call kernel bug to exploit this. No combination of null pointer vulnerabilities in user space, and no null pointer reads and writes in kernel mode (which are more common) will get you root.

Comment: Re:I get music for free online! (Score 1) 261

by argent (#31837596) Attached to: Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

The problem is that most people see that some music is given away for free and then suddenly the demand that all their music is free.

No, that's NOT the problem. That's A problem, but not THE problem.

The problem is that the Internet makes the distribution of music cheaper.

This has two effects:

1. People can more efficiently distribute music illegally.

2. More people can afford to distribute music legally without going through the people who were handling the distribution before the Internet.

There is debate over the relative sizes of these two effects.

The existing illegal music distribution channels were already more efficient than the music distribution industry, because they didn't have to pay for advertising. The existing out-of-band legal music distribution channels were pretty limited... I never mail-ordered much, for example, I mostly bought tapes and later discs from local bands. See, they couldn't really effectively piggyback on the channels the pirates were using (well, they could, but they didn't get paid).

So the biggest change has not been in the availability of illegally distributed music... you could always get all that you wanted if you wanted to... it's in the availability of LEGALLY distributed music outside the "distribution industry" channels.

TL;DR: see my previous message.

Comment: I get music for free online! (Score 5, Insightful) 261

by argent (#31836060) Attached to: Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

"There's no doubt that the music industry has declined significantly over the last 10 years," Lamy said. "Countless studies have blamed this on the fact that millions of people have been getting their music for free online. That has translated to thousands of lost jobs in the industry and that's undeniable."

I get music for free online!

I get free samples from iTunes every week.

I get free music from magnatune.com every day.

I get free samples distributed directly by the artists and advertised on 3hive.com.

I don't buy as many CDs because there's so much legally distributed good music online. I buy music online as well, but not as much as I used to buy CDs, and I usually only buy a couple of tracks instead of the whole album. So I don't need to pirate music for my demand for the traditional music distributor's high-overhead services to go down.

I don't buy a newspaper any more, because I get better and more timely news online, some through reprinted wire services, some through independent journalists. I'm not "pirating news" any more than I'm "pirating music". I can see how this is a problem, but it's not a problem that's going to be solved by writing stricter laws or putting people into jail... or by charging newspaper prices for digital news. The internet makes distributing information more efficient. Businesses based on a percentage of older more expensive distribution mechanisms are going to have to change or adapt... but trying to use the law to attack a decreasingly important part of the problem isn't going to solve it. It's not going to magically become more expensive to distribute bits... it's going to get cheaper. There's going to be less and less overhead to get your margin from as the industry gets more efficient.

Comment: They *are* dumb pipes! (Score 1) 449

by argent (#31831210) Attached to: In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"

Some European telecoms groups fear Google will reduce them to 'dumb pipes' because the internet search and advertising company pays the network operators little or nothing for carrying its content.

That's because they *are* dumb pipes. That's their bloody job, moving bits around. That's all I'm paying my ISP for... I don't use their portal or email account or anything. Get used to it... you worked hard enough to become dumb pipes, throwing out services that you could actually provide more efficiently than websites like Usenet... you made your bed, sleep well.

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.

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