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Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 2) 25

by Tom (#48474171) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

What's going through the EU's mind right now?

Can't tell (not telepathic), but I'm in support of this right and I can tell you what I think: The Internet is full of half-truths and outright lies. Search engines do not deliver results based on the truth value of sites, but on popularity, page ranking and such. If, 10 years ago, you were arrested for child porn, with headlines in the newspapers. Three months later, charges were dropped, everyone apologized profoundly to you for the mistake, the government paid a ton of money for your troubles and the prosecutor who go your arrested lost his job.

Which part of this, do you think, will show up on Google, today?

We can do nothing about people remembering things wrong. But we can do something about search engines creating false impressions.

Maybe in the future, semantic web and intelligent agents will be able to show you the relevant context information and solve the problem. But until then, people's lives are being ruined and that problem needs a solution before they're dead, wouldn't you agree?

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 109

by plover (#48469229) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

The radio generally isn't on the same CAN bus as the ECM. The ECM is on the high speed bus which usually is reserved for engine and safety systems, like airbags and ABS. But as you noted, there are places where messages have to cross over: airbags need to be able to tell the entertainment system to have the connected cell phone dial 911. There are commercial CAN bus bridges available that provide this function, and they can be configured like a firewall to isolate all messages except those identified as needing to pass through.

Whether or not these bridges are actual security appliances is a different question. Who has the authority to alter those routing tables? Where is the password kept? How are they secured? CAN is a low level protocol that was never designed to be secured.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 109

by plover (#48469083) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

The military is good at physical security. That's their mandate, after all. It seems logical to put them together.

However, they seem to suck at this aspect of it. There is no reason that an American vehicle (or weapons system) left in the hands of an Iraqi army battalion should ever be able to be commandeered by troops who switched allegiance to ISIL. There should be an American satellite link required for occasional checking-in, and the vehicle should be disabling itself if it's failing to check in, or if it's been added to the "captured vehicle list", or whatever. High-risk auto leasing operations are already doing something like this today, with a kind of inverted Lo-jack system.

And from a maintenance standpoint, this shouldn't be an issue. The machines already require sophisticated computer control to turn on and run. All it has to do is wipe out its program when the "blacklist" threshold is hit, whatever that may be. It's not like ISIL would be able to order a replacement aftermarket electronic control system for these from Alibaba. For that matter, the engines could include embedded charges (think exploding bolts) that would physically disable the machine on receipt of a suitably authenticated "hostile takeover" signal. Or they could simply continuously report their ID and coordinates, and a J-DAM could sort them out right quick.

Yes, I'd raise holy hell if my car's computer shut me down because the manufacturer added me to their blacklist. But this is like a commercial operation, where the assets don't belong to the drivers, they belong to the Army. And they never, ever belong to ISIL.

Until they get this right, why do we think they are going to get consumer car security right?

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 3, Informative) 272

by Lumpy (#48463945) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I still have SDLT tapes that are still readable after 15 years. Hell I have Bernoulli disks that are still readable. The one working like new drive was packed with it along with an assortment of SCSI cables and a current working SCSI to USB adapter and a linux driver on a CD. hopefully if anyone needs to read that data in the future they will figure it out.

I actually did the same thing 3 years ago for a friend. he arrived with a stack of 9 track tapes and a desktop tape drive. Luckily I was able to find an older PC with an ISA slot and installed the card linux had drivers for it and even had the tools to convert the data to standard ASCII. Read all 20 tapes and handed him a DVD disk with the contents of all the tapes. Made a cool $2000 for sitting and watching tape spin. it was cool.

Comment: Re:us vs. them (Score 2) 142

by Tom (#48463341) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

That's the whole point. Kim Dotcom is able to reach the masses that don't even know about slashdot.

Yes, that exactly is the problem. Every aspiring dicator learns in propaganda 101 to control the story. Having someone like Kimble be the "face" of file sharing is a smart move. He's an asshole, a criminal, he's rich out of touch with reality. He's not the guy that John and Jane feel close to. He's just another "celebrity" scandal.

A popular, public figurehead that takes on the Copyright MAFIAA openly and that can't be "crushed like a bug"

Oh, please. Kimble will sell out his friends to cut a deal. That's not an assumption - he's done it before. He will not fight this fight for you. He'll bail out at the first good opportunity.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 1) 142

by Tom (#48462965) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

I've yet to see any other rich people show an interest in Kimbles fate. They're not stupid, and if they care at all they've had someone check this guy and tell them he's just a slimeball whose time is up. In fact, he should've been caught years ago, he avoided prison time more than once by changing country.

That's not how rich people work. They don't have to flee their countries, it would be too uncomfortable.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 1) 142

by Tom (#48462947) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

So, as soon as you start to realize they skirted around the laws for something expedient, the amount of distrust around all of the rest of it goes up quite a bit.

Yeah, you'd almost think it was intentionally blundered so it would make for a great show while at the end none of the actors are harmed too much.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 2) 142

by Tom (#48459143) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

I agree with you, but I also agree with his idea that information should be set free.

In a dialog with two extreme positions, invariable both sides are full of shit.

You need to define "information" better. I'd not like all information about my private life be free. Nor am I interested in yours. And some information can cost lives, not because of evil government spies, but because not everyone in the world is well-meaning.

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