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Comment leaving aside the potential for abuse... (Score 1) 87 87

Do you think that as long as an organization lets us know that "People will be able to track the aircraft online whenever they're used in order to learn where and why they were deployed" we should allow the creepy, annoying presence of machines buzzing around our visual and sonic spheres?

Comment Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 385 385

Wait till your corporations trade secrets are leaked because the FBI's collector was insecure.

So the scenario is a someone is selling hard drugs / distributing child porn / etc from a corporate VPN? Wouldn't the FBI just ask the company to provide the logs and wouldn't the company gladly comply?

I don't think corporate VPNs will be much affected/troubled by this.. Only the VPNs that market themselves as hiding internet users are likely to be affected I would say.

Not saying whether that's good or bad, I've not got enough info to know. I would be interested to know why they don't want to give any details in these cases, since I can't think why it should be any more or less private than a regular wiretap (not "hack" as the title misleadingly states).

(It's 2015 and I still need to put <br /> for newlines.. Come on guys.)

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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC 180 180

DeviceGuru writes CompuLab has unveiled a tiny 'Fitlet' mini-PC that runs Linux or Windows on a dual- or quad-core 64-bit AMD x86 SoC (with integrated Radeon R3 or R2 GPU), clocked at up to 1.6GHz, and offering extensive I/O, along with modular internal expansion options. The rugged, reconfigurable 4.25 x 3.25 x 0.95 in. system will also form the basis of a pre-configured 'MintBox Mini' model, available in Q2 in partnership with the Linux Mint project. To put things in perspective, CompuLab says the Fitlet is three times smaller than the Celeron Intel NUC.

Comment Re:As a content creator and an Australian (Score 1) 109 109

.. content creators (a.k.a. Hollywood)

I don't think this is / will be specifically aimed at Hollywood (we Australian's do have a small film industry).. I think that was just a rabble-rousing association made by someone who wants to whip up opposition.

That you're a content creator who wants his work protected and you oppose it because of an implication it's for Hollywood shows how effective this tactic is.


FYI I am also a content creator (software dev), but since I write business software that isn't distributed and my personal software is open-source, I do appreciate the benefits of the status-quot (though the proposal isn't particularly hard-line anyway), I don't have strong views on this. I just wouldn't get too foamy at the mouth about an implied association.

Comment Re: Idiot pruf (Score 1) 228 228

You'd need to exploit the browser in such a way that you can POST to the modem with a custom user agent set, that'd be a pretty serious exploit, and I'd be more worried about that. You could then use the modem to try and trick around with DNS to get on other machines, but it'd be hard to do transparently. It would all have to be pretty well tailored.

Anyway I'm not saying this isn't a security hole that needs to be fixed, but that the idea that this shows the need for increased regulation is nonsense.

Comment Re:Idiot pruf (Score 1) 228 228

I'd be more worried about your level of reading comprehension being recorded for posterity.. "If you have a serious amount of money riding on your $100 modem/router/wifi being secure from within your own network then no amount of legislation is going to help you."
  • This bug is only exploitable if you enable WAN administration
  • All internet traffic involving money / confidential data should be (and pretty much always is) encrypted
  • If you are sending important unencrypted data over the wire you can just listen to the wire
  • Do you really want to pay for the routers you buy to go through a bureaucratic process to establish whether the software (including third party software) has been thoroughly tested? Should that include the component parts like the processors, thttpd, linux? What would that legislation look like? How would it be enforced for overseas companies?

You'd probably get equally indignant if such legislation actually passed based on your knee-jerk reaction and US router prices shot up. ("But what about the starving family with only $100 budgeted for their router?")

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 228 228

And even if they could access his router you would hope confidential business info would be encrypted anyway.. If he was transmitting commercially valuable info unencrypted via his modem and his competitors resorted to spying they could just listen in on the cable leaving the building.

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