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Comment: Re:Limited to Broadcom only? (Score 1) 49

by faloi (#31643704) Attached to: Remote Malware Injection Via Flaw In Network Card
Intel uses IPMI, which tends to not have quite as many management hooks into higher level functions as ASF. There are still plenty of things that can go horribly, horribly wrong with a bad IPMI implementation...but they're more likely to be exploitable because of something on the system side than something on the NIC side.

Comment: Not a big surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 49

by faloi (#31643032) Attached to: Remote Malware Injection Via Flaw In Network Card
A lot of IPMI and ASF code is an open door into at least some portion of the overall system. As NICs become more and more "intelligent," there's going to be more opportunities to exploit the NIC architecture and any subtle flaws because of the communication path into the system itself. Couple that with a rush to get stuff out the door faster and cheaper...and more of these issues will crop up.

Comment: Re:Who Are These People? (Score 1) 271

by faloi (#27053059) Attached to: "Authors Guild" Skims Half of Google Book-Rights Settlement
They certainly don't represent the majority, or as near as I can tell any, of the writers I commonly read. My best guess is that they're making a lot of noise trying to scare writers into thinking their guild is necessary to protect them from the eeebil copyright infringement, all the in hopes of annual dues. That is only a guess, though.

Comment: Re:MMMmmm (Score 2, Insightful) 509

by faloi (#27012297) Attached to: Microsoft Brings 36 New Features To Windows 7
You are seriously trying to tell me that out of the many thousands of people who tested the Beta, these were the only real problems that they encountered that MS has bothered to fix for the RC?

I'm not a big fan of MS...but no. What they're seriously trying to get you to believe is that on top of the fixes that are going into the RC, they added a lot of simple fixes and posted about them to attempt to maintain buzz about their new OS.

Comment: Re:I don't get Net Neutrality (Score 1) 873

by faloi (#26814023) Attached to: Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality
The biggest down side for me, as I understand it, isn't so much having different pricing schemes for different traffic. It's the ability to re-direct or block traffic the ISP doesn't like. Let's say that Time Warner and Yahoo! enter a deal. Suddenly people who have Time Warner as an ISP can't go to Google. Or any other "competing" web-site. Or even if you can get to the competition site, it's 5x-10x or more slower than the preferred engine.

Carried out to extremes, it could mean that you could only visit Turner broadcasting (subsidiary of Time-Warner) sites in a reasonable manner, because they're the preferred sites. And they could block any content that might be seen as infringing on any of their corporate copyrights, regardless of whether it does or not (no DMCA counter-notices when the DMCA wasn't involved in blocking the material).

At its worst, it gives the ISPs the ultimate control over the content their users see, and how they see it. Would it get that bad? Honestly, I don't think so. But knowing that nowadays a lot of people get service from a single provider (cable, Internet, phone), a significant number of people might find the idea of switching providers tougher because of all the other changes...if they even have another option (besides dial-up or doing without).

Comment: Shocked! (Score 2, Interesting) 873

by faloi (#26813681) Attached to: Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality
A Congresswoman from California that received huge campaign contributions from people in the entertainment industry trying to back-door language to "protect" her primary contributors from the eebbils of copyright infringement? No way! And throwing in the "protect the children!" language. Next you'll tell me that she wants to force content on radio stations.

Comment: Re:To hell with them! (Score 3, Informative) 683

by faloi (#26813585) Attached to: Author's Guild Says Kindle's Text-To-Speech Software Illegal
I went and looked at the member website list of the Authors Guild, and on a quick inspection it looks like I'd have to go out of my way to actually be infringing one of their books. Obviously people with different tastes in books might run into them more often, but this seems like even more of a bad idea on their part than normal.

Comment: Re:What's the point in wating for markets to turn (Score 4, Insightful) 215

by faloi (#26790887) Attached to: AMD Launches New Processor Socket Despite Poor Economy
Not to mention that the money has already been spent for R&D. Spending the money for R&D, then sitting on it because the time isn't perfect is, as you mentioned, the best way to increase the gap. And have the added bonus of being out cash on something that won't sell.

Comment: Re:Heh (Score 1) 86

by faloi (#26783503) Attached to: <em>Vanguard</em> Dev Talks About the Game's Future
Vanguard has always been aimed at a select "hardcore" group of people who feel that any MMO you can play without it being a full time job is for noobs.

Actually, when I tried it real recently (when the new newbie island was in beta), I was shocked at how noob friendly the game really is. Soloing content was doable, maps were pretty straight forward. The things that got to me were the bugs (couldn't complete goblin starting quests without at least two GM petitions), and the sheer repetition. I remembered again the glory days of watching TV while playing Everquest, and how long it took me to realize that if I'm doing something to keep from being too bored in a game, it's probably not a good game for me.

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