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Comment Re:Good old fashioned crisis management... (Score 4, Insightful) 270


The crazy part is that the Paris terrorists didn't use encryption and nothing they did was affected by Snowden in any way. So to raise Snowden is a total non sequitur.

If anything, the Paris attacks weakens the case of those who want to ban encryption. Encryption simply wasn't a factor and banning it would not have helped.

Comment Blue gloves (Score 1) 400

The last time I flew into the U.S. the TSA guy was typing my family's details into the computer while still wearing his (hopefully unused) blue surgical gloves. He sent the rest of my family through but not me. He asked me to accompany him, and at that stage I started to clench. Thankfully I just had to sit in a room for 5 minutes and then answer some inane questions, and I was on my way, rectum unscathed.

Comment Split updates (Score 1) 56

Google could even provide the updates directly if they classified their libraries, programs, and apps into those that the carriers and vendors could play with and those that they can't.

It should be perfectly possible to update an SSL library without interfering with any customisation. They could even allow veto of patches of carriers and vendors, if the patches really did break anything. Of course the carriers and vendors would have to be given a few days to test for breakage. But, even with such a veto, 95% of Android security vulnerabilities could be patched.

Vendors could still release their own patches for allowable libraries and programs, and Google might even want to assist with infrastructure and control systems for that. Improved vendor patching benefits Google.

This patching issue, and the volume of vulnerabilities, is really hurting Android in big organisations deciding whether to support Android phones.

Comment Re:Well, that was quick (Score 0) 181

thebargz said "more mass is definitely not what is needed".

It depends which car you're in. Passengers in an SUV hitting a SMART car head-on are much more likely to survive than are the passengers in the SMART. The SUV will slow suddenly but the SUV will go into reverse suddenly.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead